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Free Student Recreation Center access expanded to HSC employees

Beginning Tuesday, July 1, at 9 a.m., full-time faculty and staff on Health Science Campus will be able to sign up for free access to the Student Recreation Center on Main Campus.

To sign up, HSC employees need to log in to the myUT portal located at myut.utoledo.edu and click on the Other HR Information link in the left hand column of the employee tab. After clicking on Rec Access, accept the terms and agreements and the process is complete.

UT officials noted that employees will need to obtain the newest version of the University ID card to access the center.

For more information on Office of Recreation memberships, hours and programs, click here.

UT doctor re-elected to American Medical Association board

Dr. Carl Sirio, chief operating, clinical and medical officer at UT Medical Center, and senior associate dean for clinical affairs in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, was re-elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association (AMA), the largest physician organization in America.

Sirio

Sirio

Sirio has served on the 21-member board since 2010 and is on the executive committee as well as finance, membership and business strategies committees.

“I value greatly the opportunity to give back some measure of myself to improve our health-care system for the benefit of the patients we serve,” Sirio said. “It is my strongest hope to leave for those that follow us a profession that remains noble and satisfying.”

Board members are elected by physicians and medical students from more than 180 state and specialty medical societies who gather in Chicago for the annual House of Delegates meeting, the AMA’s primary policymaking body, according the association’s website.

Before being elected to the board, Sirio chaired the Initiative to Transform Medical Education on the AMA Council on Medical Education and represented the association for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education — during which time he helped create new standards for building greater diversity in medicine. In addition, he served on the internal medicine residency review committee and helped develop pilot programs on more clearly linking educational and clinical care outcomes.

Sirio has been nationally recognized for co-founding the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative, one of the first regional collaborations in the country for medical, business and civic leaders to address health-care safety and quality improvements.

Additionally, he has received $6.5 million in grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for work designed to improve patient care.

Currently, Sirio is a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Joint Commission and Measure Applications Partnership sponsored by the National Quality Forum as part of his work in quality of care and performance improvement.

Naganathan to name interim provost

Dr. Nagi Naganathan, whose term as The University of Toledo interim president begins July 1, announced today that he will recommend the appointment of John Barrett as interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs to the UT Board of Trustees.

Barrett

Barrett

Barrett, who joined the Office of the Provost in the 2012-13 academic year as vice provost for faculty relations and accreditation, assessment and program review, would take the position following Dr. Scott Scarborough’s appointment as president of the University of Akron beginning July 1.

“John Barrett brings with him a wide array of experiences and knowledge that will serve The University of Toledo well in the months ahead. The interim administration is committed to building a more united university by melding the expertise and talents resident in all of our campuses,” Naganathan said. “As chief academic officer, John will oversee UT’s academic affairs on all of our campuses, as well as the Division of Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Libraries, Experiential Learning, International Programs and Distance Learning.”

Naganathan said the deans of the Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences will report to the interim provost in the new organization chart. The interim dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences also will report to the interim provost for academic matters and to the interim president for clinical matters.

“I want to thank Dr. Naganathan for the faith he has placed in me. I have no doubt that working collaboratively with the deans, department chairs and faculty, The University of Toledo will continue moving forward as we focus on this institution’s missions of scholarly research, service and educating students to prepare them for a career and a life of critical thinking and intellectual growth,” Barrett said.

Barrett, who served as president of the Faculty Senate in 2009, joined the UT College of Law faculty in 1994. Prior to his academic career, Barrett worked as a corporate attorney with Holme, Roberts & Owen in Denver, Colo., with a concentration in international work focused on Europe, Asia and South America.

He has published in the fields of international law, art law, bankruptcy, corporate law and environmental law. He also edited the international chapter of Norton’s Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law.

Barrett has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the American Arbitration Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers, World Trade Center – Denver, Toledo Area International Trade Association, Planned Parenthood, Mobile Meals and the American Civil Liberties Union.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, Barrett earned his juris doctorate from Harvard University.

Students offer medical services in Belize

Eleven students traveled to Belize in May on a medical mission trip that helped change the lives of countless members in one large community of that country.

Hannah Kissel, Anna Crisp and Brandon Stewart posed for a photo in Belize last month for an 12-day medical mission.

Hannah Kissel, Anna Crisp and Brandon Stewart posed for a photo in Belize last month for an 12-day medical mission.

International Service Learning, a nationwide organization that was introduced to UT’s campus last fall, organized the 12-day venture that departed May 5.

“This is a great new organization,” said Hannah Kissel, a senior pre-med biology and German major, who participated in the mission. “We’re really excited to spread the word about it and get more people involved.”

The students, along with several local doctors, set up four health clinics during their time in Belize. Each clinic admitted patients for a day and gave free medical exams, as well as any medications the patients needed. Additionally, each patient was referred to local doctors for continued treatment if needed.

Kissel, who will take over as president of the organization this fall, explained that the day before each of the clinics opened, the group traveled to rural villages. They would meet and invite the villagers to visit the clinic for free treatments.

While the mission trip had many medical factors, you don’t have to be a medical student to participate, Kissel said. The experience is open to many different areas of learning, and everyone can help, she said.

Reaching out to the villagers was rewarding, Kissel said, recalling helping a woman.

“She wasn’t sick or anything, she just wanted to have a blood glucose test because she was diabetic,” Kissel said. “She came up and she was so excited to have that done that she just hugged me afterward. I really hadn’t done anything, but seeing that was so rewarding. You don’t feel like you’re doing a ton because it’s more of a learning experience for us. She was so happy that someone was there to do that for free, and she didn’t have to worry about anything.”

Smiling for the camera in Belize were, front row from left, UT students Anna Crisp, Samantha Mason, Kendra Hopeck, Brandon Stewart, Brianne Freeman and Sirena Mason, and back row from left, Dr. Cuellar, Jessica Schulte, Hannah Kissel, Dr. Yorleny, Kiley Stevenson and Ashley Wang.

Smiling for the camera were, front row from left, UT students Anna Crisp, Samantha Mason, Kendra Hopeck, Brandon Stewart, Brianne Freeman and Sirena Mason, and back row from left, Dr. Cuellar, Jessica Schulte, Hannah Kissel, Dr. Yorleny, Kiley Stevenson and Ashley Wang.

Brandon Stewart, a senior health-care administration major, recalled the hospitality of the people he worked with in Belize. The first clinical site the group set up was at a church; Stewart said the pastor and his family were so grateful for the aid received that they made the International Service Learning group a baked chicken lunch.

“That experience alone was truly humbling to me,” he said. “General access to health care is an aspect of our culture here in the States that we take for granted daily. I really enjoyed getting to meet the different villages of the Cayo District, [immersing] myself into their culture.”

Jessica Schulte, who will be a first-year graduate student majoring in epidemiology this fall, agreed that the Belizean people were kind and appreciative of her work, which she found very gratifying.

“Seeing the smiles and appreciation on the patients’ faces was the most rewarding part of this trip,” Schulte said. “No matter the living conditions or health status, the Belizean people lead happy lives and do not feel like they need more.”

The organization also collected suitcases full of donations, including ibuprofen, Tylenol, allergy medication and syringes.

Kissel said she learned a lot about herself and how to communicate with others on this trip, which she believes she’ll use in the future, particularly in preparing for medical school.

“I’ve kind of affirmed this passion for medicine,” she said. “I feel more driven to finish up my last [undergraduate] year, and I’m super-excited to start medical school, especially with going into patient interaction, those hard situations where you don’t know how to communicate with them; I’m definitely going to take that away as well as the thought process you develop working with a diagnosis.”

Some of Kissel’s plans for the upcoming year as president include offering more mission trips, including one that focuses on pharmacy students. However, she said she also would like to reach out to the Toledo community.

“One of things I realized while I was there was that I don’t even know how to take a blood pressure,” she said. “That’s not something that’s hard to do, but I think it’d be really easy to teach people in schools and get them interested, not only in the medical field, but also in service learning.”

Kissel said she would like to start an after-school program where she could share her service-learning experiences with others and promote it throughout the community.

For more information about International Service Learning, visit islonline.org.

Dining and parking the focus of Auxiliary Services reorganization

A recent review of the Office of Auxiliary Services has resulted in a reorganization that UT officials believe will be more efficient and maintain the University’s commitment to strong student and employee services.

All food service will be centralized under the oversight of Mario Toussaint, senior director of operations — dining, retail and clinical nutrition. Toussaint’s primary focus had been on Health Science Campus. He also will assume oversight for the Satellites Auxiliary’s gift shop at UT Medical Center.

In addition, parking services now will report to Sherri Kaspar, who manages parking enforcement for the University.

The remaining auxiliary services will continue to be coordinated by Joy Seifert, director of auxiliary services, and the entire office now will report to Jen Pastorek, director of supply chain management.

“In the past few months, Joy and I came together to find the best model to provide great service to the UT community, and we think these changes will provide the opportunity for increased focus and expertise on two particular areas — food and dining services and parking,” Pastorek said. “Both fall into their own unique category on a college campus and with people at UT with specific expertise in those areas, it just made sense to consolidate.”

With the change, Auxiliary Services will comprise:

• Rocket Wireless;

• Rocky’s Technology Center in the Student Union;

• The Copy Center;

• The fleet copy machine program;

• Rocket ID Card services; and

• Off-campus merchant program.

Seifert said she thought the new model for the various business services would benefit consumers.

“I think we have had strong dining service on Main Campus, and I have no doubt Mario will be able to enhance that even further,” Seifert said, also noting that consolidating all parking components under one service will reduce the potential for confusion among campus constituents.

“Auxiliary Services has a lot of benefits to offer UT employees and students, and I’m excited for what lies ahead,” Seifert said.

Students take a shine to restoring sculpture in summer class

Students are preserving pieces of Toledo history in a UT class this summer.

Conor Roberts, a fifth-year sculpture and 3-D art major, manned the hose and Brandi White, a third-year criminal justice major who is switching to be an art major, assisted with the restoration of the statue of President William McKinley in front of the Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo.

Conor Roberts, a fifth-year sculpture and 3-D art major, manned the hose and Brandi White, a third-year criminal justice major who is switching to be an art major, assisted with the restoration of the statue of President William McKinley in front of the Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo.

Tom Lingeman, UT professor of art, is teaching an Outdoor Sculpture Conservation course for the third summer in a row. The class shows students how to properly care for and conserve outdoor sculptures, particularly bronze ones.

“It’s a perfect summer offering,” Lingeman said. “It’s not something you want to do in the winter unless you have a special event; it’s probably the worst time to do it. You’d have to use artificial heating, you’d have to deal with the weather, and there would be potential freezing issues with the materials.”

The class travels to different sculptures around the Toledo area and restores them. Students recently cleaned and restored the century-old bronze statue of President William McKinley in front of the Lucas County Courthouse.

Students learn how to restore and maintain statues using materials and techniques traditionally used and preferred by conservators. Sculptures should be cleaned and waxed every three years, or less, to maintain a good appearance, Lingeman said.

“Publicly owned sculptures require a schedule of regular maintenance performed by trained professionals,” he said. “A history of this conservation should be readily available in some archive form for future conservators.”

Lingeman explained that the processes he teaches his class for cleaning are designed to leave the metal undamaged.

“Our first tenet when planning a strategy for the cleaning and preservation of a priceless, publicly owned bronze sculpture is: Do no harm,” Lingeman said. “A century-old sculpture such as the William McKinley can be preserved and maintained and look beautiful without removing, abrading or marring the original casting.”

Conor Roberts, a fifth-year sculpture and 3-D art major, said this is his second time taking the class and he feels like he’s still learning new things.

That includes assessing the condition of works and what needs to be done to conserve them, he said.

In addition to the McKinley statue, the class also has restored Iron Mike on Glenwood Road in Perrysburg and Commodore Perry on Louisiana Avenue in Perrysburg, both bronze statues.

The course will finish with an assessment project where teams of students survey six sculptures of their choosing around the Toledo area. Students will photograph the sculptures and make a detailed list of repair and maintenance sharing the data with the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo for review.

Lingeman said he hopes to expand the class in the upcoming years and potentially take a trip to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania or Washington, D.C., to restore bronze sculptures.

Men’s golf coach falls in sudden-death playoff at PGA Professionals Championship

UT Men’s Golf Head Coach Jamie Broce was a putt away from winning the 47th PGA Professional National Championship Wednesday, but instead ended up falling in a sudden-death playoff to Michael Block of Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Broce

Broce

After both golfers registered pars on the first playoff hole, Block birdied the second hole to win the title at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

With the second-place showing, Broce has earned a spot in this year’s PGA Championship Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

Broce entered the final round with a three-shot advantage over Block and didn’t lose his lead until bogeying the 18th hole. He finished the tourney at two-under par 286 (68-72-71-75), while Block carded an even-par 72 today after posting rounds of 73, 69 and 72 the previous three days.

Broce has guided UT to second-place showings at the MAC Championship in each of his first two seasons at the Rocket helm.

Former UT basketball star signs with Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarus

Former Rocket standout Andola Dortch has signed a professional contract with Tsmoki-Minsk for the 2014-15 season.

Dortch

Dortch

“I’m extremely proud of Andola and excited for her opportunity that lies ahead,” three-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop said. “Her goal from the start of her collegiate career has been to play professionally. It’s great to see her dream become a reality.”

Tsmoki-Minsk is a professional basketball club based in Minsk, Belarus. The team plays in the Belarus Premier League, the VTB United League and the EuroChallenge. Tsmoki-Minsk was the champion of Belarus this past year and will participate in EuroCup next season.

Dortch wrapped up her collegiate career as one of the most decorated players in school history. The three-time All-MAC selection finished second in UT annals in career minutes played (4,160), tied for second in games played (136), third in steals (293), fifth in assists (553), sixth in free throws made (399) and free throws attempted (566), seventh in field goals attempted (1,305), and 11th in scoring (1,454).

The two-time MAC Defensive Player of the Year also sits sixth (1,131, 2011-12) and seventh (1,119, 2013-14) in school history in minutes played; eighth (88, 2012-13) and 10th (76, 2013-14) in thefts; seventh (178, 2013-14) and 10th (162, 2011-12) in helpers; and ninth in free throws attempted (193, 2011-12) and free throws made (132, 2011-12) in the Toledo single-season record book.

Dortch played a key role in helping the Rockets win 98 games (98-38 ledger) over the last four seasons (51 league wins), securing a WNIT Championship (2011), two MAC regular-season championships (2010-11, 2012-13), and three consecutive MAC West Division titles (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13).

She will be the third UT women’s basketball player to play professionally under Cullop, joining Melissa Goodall (Italy and Spain) and Naama Shafir (Israel) on that list.

Lung cancer screening now standard of care at UTMC

In 2010, 160,000 people in the United States died from a cancer more common than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined.

“Lung cancer is the primary cancer killer in the United States and is especially prevalent in Ohio,” said Dr. James Willey, the George Isaac Endowed Chair in Cancer Research at The University of Toledo. “Eighty-five percent of the patients I see are too advanced for a surgical cure and are going to die within a year or two.”

That’s why the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at The University of Toledo Medical Center has been working for years to improve its lung cancer screening methods. Just this year, the U.S. Preventative Health Services Task Force announced lung cancer screening as standard of care, and UTMC already was prepared to begin offering lung cancer screening to select individuals.

On Tuesday, July 8, the Dana Cancer Center will offer these screenings to employees between the ages of 55 and 80 who smoke more than 30 packs of cigarettes a year or have quit within the last 15 years. Screening is most effective in high-risk patients, as opposed to those with low risk of lung cancer who may not benefit from the screening.

Because lung cancer screening was made standard of care this year, only a few private insurance companies reimburse the cost. Fortunately, because of the Affordable Care Act, all private insurance companies will be required to cover this cost starting January 2015.

“In the meantime, UT is offering the screening at a cost of $99, which covers all costs for the patient — the CAT scan, the interpretation by the radiologist, and a brief consultation with a pulmonologist to interpret the results and give them some initial recommendations,” Willey said. “Beyond the $99, there is no other cost to them.”

In 2010, 220,000 people were diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States, and only 60,000 of those individuals survived. When it comes to lung cancer, early stage diagnosis is key to survival. The problem is that due to lack of symptoms, most lung cancer is found too late.

“It starts in the middle of the lung, and there are not a lot of pain fibers or anything else in the middle of the lung,” Willey said. “There is a lot of room to expand, so the tumor can just push other tissues aside and keep growing without giving a lot of symptoms.”

Patients who wish to participate in the screenings, which will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. the first Tuesday each month, will receive expert care from pulmonary specialists, radiologists, cancer specialists, surgeons and nurses.

To learn more about the screening program or to schedule a screening appointment, call 419.383.3927.

Law alumnus to take office as Ohio State Bar Association president

Martin E. Mohler, a 1973 graduate of the UT College of Law, will begin his term as president of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) July 1.

Mohler

Mohler

He was elected to become the president-elect at the OSBA’s annual convention last spring.

Mohler is a partner in the Toledo firm of Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline & Mohler LLP. His general practice covers both criminal and civil law.

“Marty Mohler is the third UT law grad to head the OSBA,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law. “We are very proud of him and our other graduates who serve at all levels of bar association and judicial leadership.”

Mohler is a former president of the Toledo Bar Association, and a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is also a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. He has been an active member of the OSBA, most recently having chaired the Government Affairs Committee of the association’s board of governors.

Mohler has a history of service to the Toledo community. He volunteers at a local soup kitchen and serves on the Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Board. He also chairs the Facility Governing Board for the Correctional Treatment Facility for Lucas County. In addition, he is a former member of the board of trustees of the Toledo Legal Aid Society and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality/Legal Aid of Western Ohio.

Mohler earned his bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University.