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UT Engineering Fall Career Expo slated for Sept. 26 in Savage Arena

The University of Toledo Engineering Career Development Center will host the Fall 2018 Engineering Career Expo Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Savage Arena.

“This year marks a milestone for the center: celebrating 20 years of placing more than 20,000 engineering co-ops,” said Angie Gorny, interim director of the Engineering Career Development Center.

More than 190 companies from across the United States and 700 UT engineering students and alumni are expected at the event.

Companies scheduled to participate include Automatic Handling, BP, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Dana Inc., GEM Inc., Johnson & Johnson — DePuy Synthes, First Energy Corp., GE Appliances (a Haier Co.), Honda, Libbey Inc., Matrix, Marathon Petroleum Corp., Owens Corning, Owens-Illinois Inc., PCC Airfoils, SSOE Group, and the Lathrop Co.

Employers are seeking undergraduate students to participate in engineering co-op assignments, as well as their leadership development programs, along with seniors and graduates for full-time employment.

“This event is a dynamic networking and hiring experience for students to connect with companies seeking the talent they need for success,” Gorny said. “The expo is exclusive to UT College of Engineering students who are enrolled in the mandatory co-op program, as well as UT engineering alumni searching for full-time opportunities.”

Since the launch of the co-op program, the event has grown in size each year and this fall has been relocated to Savage Arena.

“The demand for our co-op students is evidenced by the increase in the number of companies participating this fall,” Gorny said.

The college hosts semiannual career expos to offer UT students the opportunity to network with potential employers. It allows employers to meet UT students to determine if they would be a good fit in their organizations.

“The current job outlook for engineering students in The University of Toledo Engineering College is certainly bright as indicated by the record number of students registered to attend the fall expo,” Gorny said. “This reflects very positively on the quality of The University of Toledo’s engineering program and our students. It also demonstrates our vital and mutually beneficial partnership we have with our industry participants.”

The UT undergraduate mandatory co-op program is one of only eight mandatory engineering co-op programs in the country.

“Many students indicate our co-op training is the reason they attend the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo,” Gorny said. “Our students have one full year of professional engineering experience before they graduate, and they feel confident seeking full-time employment upon graduation. Co-op businesses are able to work with these students and determine how the student fits within their organization. It’s a win-win situation for our students and the companies who hire them.”

More information can be found on the College of Engineering Career Development website or by contacting Gorny at angelagorny@utoledo.edu.

Greening UT’s projects blossoming

Greening UT has been leaving its mark on campus through projects aimed at replacing turf grass with native plantings and reintroducing habitats that once thrived in the area.

Greening UT is a team of students supported through the UT Student Green Fund. Its mission is to make the University a more sustainable institution and improve the human condition by supporting green ideas and initiatives proposed, decided upon, implemented by, and funded directly by students.

Black-eyed Susans, butterfly milkweed, false sunflower, partridge pair and gray-headed coneflower are included in Greening UT’s prairie planted by Bowman-Oddy Laboratories.

The group’s most recent project is a prairie planted in front of Bowman-Oddy Laboratories on Main Campus. This site was chosen due to its visibility, continuous monitoring, and two greenhouses that allow the students to manage seed sorting and growing.

“Native prairie plants work with the ecosystem rather than fighting it,” said Dr. Todd Crail, UT associate lecturer of environmental sciences. “They remove the need for fertilizer, dramatically reduce water usage, have root systems that store as much carbon as a forest, and additionally balance natural water and nutrient cycles. These plants species also feed the ecosystem through the food web interactions with insects and birds. Ultimately, they reduce the costs of maintaining a landscape, and we’re hoping to demonstrate that this different aesthetic is acceptable, if not beautiful and inspirational.”

Jeanna Meisner developed the Greening UT project as her capstone project. She graduated in 2016 with a bachelor of science degree in biology.

“Jeanna’s proposal was the first to receive wages for students from the UT Student Green Fund,” said Linnea Vicari, a former UT Greening student. “Using these hours, Jeanna and another student were paid to identify potential areas for native plantings on campus. As I moved in and Jeanna finished up, we focused on the Bowman-Oddy site.”

Service learning opportunities to work with these plants have been offered throughout the semester by faculty in the Environmental Sciences Department. Students can help raise and plant in existing prairies and gardens, as well as collect and process seeds to germinate and grow for new projects.

As for upcoming projects, UT Greening plans to work on filling existing prairies with more plant species and create more installations around campus, according to Bernadette Barror, a UT student on the team.

“I feel that this is a great way for students to get involved with plants on campus,” Barror said. “So many of our volunteers have never or rarely worked in a garden, and Greening UT provides not only this experience but the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to an improvement of the environment for the whole community.”

To the surprise of many, herbicide is one of the tools used when converting swaths of turf grass and is coordinated with UT Facilities.

“[Targeted] spraying will give us a clean slate to work with,” Barror explained. “When we do this, it will kill the invasive plants while not affecting the plants we want to grow.”

“Working with UT Greening was an incredible experience for me,” Vicari said. “UT Greening helped me develop my leadership skills as well as really rooting me into the Environmental Science Department.”

Students who are interested in learning about UT Greening, its projects and volunteering opportunities are encouraged to contact Crail at todd.crail@utoledo.edu or Dr. Jon Bossenbroek, director of the UT Office of Undergraduate Research and professor of environmental sciences, at jonathan.bossenbroek@utoledo.edu.

State honors UT for Latino community leadership

The Ohio Latino Affairs Commission selected The University of Toledo for its 2018 Governor’s Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award.

UT was chosen for the category of Nuestra Familia, or Our Family, which honors individuals or organizations that encourage the inclusion of Latinos in Ohio and are committed to making the state a welcoming place to all.

“We value and embrace our wonderfully diverse campus,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Diversity and inclusion are important to our success. In fact, it makes us stronger every day. Our investment and growth in Latino students, faculty and staff is important to who we are as a University, and we are honored to be recognized for our commitment.”

The award will be presented to Gaber Saturday, Oct. 27, at the 38th annual Governor’s Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans Gala at Lorain Community College in Elyria.

“The honor recognizes organizations within the state of Ohio who perform service of exceptional benefit to Latino Ohioans,” Dr. Gregory A. Guzman, commissioner of the Ohio Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs, wrote in a letter to Gaber. “The receiving organizations and individuals are always of good character and community standing exhibiting exceptional leadership, which The University of Toledo has certainly done.”

“The University is proud of the good work that we are doing with the Latino community,” Dr. Michele Soliz, associate vice president for student success and inclusion in the Division of Student Affairs, said. “From medical missions to Spanish-speaking countries to focusing on the success of Latino students, we are committed to the betterment of our communities. We are humbled to be recognized for this prestigious and competitive award. We look forward to working collaboratively with community members and forging new partnerships.”

University to host naturalization ceremony for Constitution Day

Nearly 70 people will become U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony Monday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Law Center McQuade Auditorium on UT’s Main Campus.

Judge Jack Zouhary of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio will preside over the ceremony, which will celebrate Constitution Day at the University.

“Students, faculty and staff should plan to attend this very moving ceremony celebrating United States citizenship,” said Diane Miller, associate vice president for government relations. “It’s a great reminder of the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States and how that is sought after by people from all over the globe.”

Welcome remarks will be given by UT President Sharon L. Gaber and D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the UT College of Law.

Billy Jeffers, president of the Student Bar Association, will open the court, while Ariel Berger, vice president of the association, will close it.

Andrew Williams, president of Student Government, will read the Pledge of Allegiance.

Guest speakers will be Inma Zanoguera, a graduate student and 2015 UT alumna and former women’s basketball star who won the Sahara Marathon earlier this year, and Benjamin Syroka, a UT law student who clerked for Judge Zouhary.

The UT Concert Chorale will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” under the direction of Dr. Brad Pierson, assistant professor and director of choral activities in the UT Music Department.

The free, public event is sponsored by the Office of Government Relations and the Center for International Studies and Programs.

For more information on the naturalization ceremony, contact Lisa Byers, executive assistant in the Office of Government Relations, at lisa.byers@utoledo.edu.

Toledo to host No. 21 Miami at Glass Bowl Sept. 15

In one of the most anticipated home games in Toledo football history, the Rockets will host No. 21 Miami (Fla.) in the Glass Bowl Saturday, Sept. 15.

A capacity crowd is expected for the contest, which will air on ESPN2 at noon. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m.

The Rockets will host No. 21 Miami Saturday, Sept. 15, at noon, marking the first appearance of a Top 25 opponent in the Glass Bowl since a 2014 meeting vs. No. 22 Missouri.

Toledo (1-0) opened its season with a 66-3 romp over Virginia Military Institute Sept. 1, followed by a bye week. Miami (1-1) lost to LSU, 31-17, in its opener before crushing Savannah State, 77-0, Sept. 8.

In the VMI win, junior Mitchell Guadagni completed 11 of 16 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns in his debut at quarterback. Sophomore Shakif Seymour and redshirt freshman Bryant Koback rushed for two touchdowns apiece, while senior Cody Thompson caught one TD and recovered a blocked punt for another. The Rockets outgained VMI, 603-232, and led at halftime, 42-3. Toledo’s defense came up with several big plays, forcing three turnovers and limiting the Keydets to 61 yards rushing on 31 attempts.

Toledo’s 63-point margin of victory over VMI was its largest since 1951, when UT defeated Davis & Elkins 88-0. It is also the third-largest margin of victory in program history. UT’s 66 points marked the sixth time under Head Coach Jason Candle that the Rockets have scored at least 50 points, and the second time they have scored at least 60.

Miami, which is ranked No. 21 in the AP Poll and No. 20 in the coaches list, is led by senior quarterback Malik Rosier, who threw for 131 yards and two TDs in the win over Savannah State. He completed 27 of 36 passes for 333 yards to rally the Hurricanes from a 16-10 deficit to defeat the Rockets in Miami last year, 52-30. Mark Walton paced the running attack in that game with 204 yards on just 11 carries.

This will be the ninth time Toledo has hosted a Top 25 team and the first time since 2014 when No. 22 Missouri knocked off the Rockets, 49-24.

A limited number of tickets are still available: Click here or call 419.530.GOLD (4653). UT students are admitted free with ID, and UT employees can purchase two tickets at half off.

Fans are reminded to get to the game early and to use entrances off Douglas Road, Dorr Street and Secor Road to avoid the construction on Bancroft Street. Stadium Drive Live will start at 9 a.m.

UTMC nurse graduates from FEMA’s first National Emergency Management Basic Academy in Ohio

UT Medical Center Nurse Erin Konecki recently graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy in Columbus, Ohio.

It was the first such program to be held in the state.

Erin Konecki posed for a photo with Daniel Kolcum, assistant director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, after graduating from National Emergency Management Basic Academy in June.

FEMA is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security; its mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that the nation works together to build, sustain and improve the capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

The National Emergency Basic Academy was created to produce a comprehensive curriculum that provides the foundational knowledge and skills needed to support the unpredictable challenges in the field of emergency management.

It can be considered a gateway for those pursuing a career in emergency management and provides participants with the opportunity to build camaraderie and establish contacts for those new or transferring to the emergency management profession.

It is the first phase of FEMA’s new Emergency Management Professional Program, which is designed to be a lifetime of learning for emergency managers. The program includes three separate but closely related training programs — the Basic Academy, the National Emergency Management Leaders Academy and the Executive Academy.

“I have had a lot of experience taking classes through FEMA training, including online self-paced courses, traveling to Anniston, Alabama, to the Center for Domestic Preparedness, taking local FEMA courses, and hosting FEMA classes right here at UT,” Konecki said. “I began seeking other opportunities through the state and when I was made aware there was a basic emergency management course, I jumped at the opportunity.”

Konecki finished the five required courses — Foundations in Emergency Management; Science of Disaster; Planning: Emergency Operations; Exercise Design; and Public Information and Warning. She also completed a total of 152 hours of training to graduate from the National Emergency Basic Academy.

“Emergency management is a very complex discipline,” Konecki said. “Enrolling in the academy was extremely beneficial to me to gain a greater understanding of the foundation and background of emergency management.”

She is a registered and alternate lead nurse in UTMC’s Emergency Department. She also serves as the department’s clinical disaster liaison, working with the staff of the Safety and Health departments and the clinical staff members of the Emergency Department. She assists with disaster drill planning and other necessary tasks to ensure involvement of the nurses.

Konecki received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lourdes University and basic EMT certification and national registry card through Owens Community College.

She is also a 2018 graduate of the Master of Public Health Program at UT, where she majored in environmental and occupational health and safety science with a focus in disaster preparedness.

Konecki said the academy taught her how to effectively plan drills while working with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency planners; improved her networking and public speaking skills; taught her how to anticipate and respond to disasters, and how to disseminate information to the public.

“It was a very proud moment to have graduated from this program,” she said. “It was especially monumental to be the first group ever from Ohio.”

Konecki plans to attend higher levels of the Emergency Management Professional Program as her career progresses.

For more information about FEMA’s training and emergency management courses, visit training.fema.gov/empp.

The University Toledo College of Nursing and ProMedica expand partnership

The University of Toledo College of Nursing and ProMedica today announced an expanded partnership to bolster nursing education and address current and future health-care industry challenges.

The planned partnership between the UT College of Nursing and ProMedica will focus on enhancing undergraduate and graduate nursing education and high-quality care while developing a clinical nursing workforce to help meet current and future health-care needs in ProMedica’s local, regional and national service areas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States is expecting 1.2 million job position vacancies for registered nurses by 2020.

The UT College of Nursing provides nursing education programs responsive to the changing needs of students and the health-care environment. UT’s nationally ranked master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice Program include a range of specialties, including adult gerontology primary care, pediatrics and psychiatric mental health. UT’s Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice Program was the first such program in the state to take nurses to the highest level of clinical practice and position them as leaders in the health-care field.

Through this partnership, ProMedica and UT will collaborate to develop innovative educational programs, diverse clinical experiences for students, interprofessional research collaborations and high-quality professional development programs to improve health care in our community.

Additionally, the partnership will work to advance the nursing profession and health care by supporting the development of local, state and national policies.

“Our expanded partnership with The University of Toledo College of Nursing is a natural extension of the academic affiliation between ProMedica and The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and it reflects our shared commitment to developing northwest Ohio into a premier hub of medical education and clinical care,” said Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica. “This is an especially exciting time to take this partnership to the next level given our recent addition of HCR ManorCare, and the increased opportunities to educate and better prepare nurses to meet the needs of the growing senior population.”

“Strengthening the University’s partnership with ProMedica provides exciting opportunities to expand clinical training opportunities for our nursing students and to increase academic-clinical collaboration to advance nursing education, research and practice,” said Dr. Sharon L. Gaber, president of The University of Toledo. “We are proud to build on our existing Academic Affiliation to continue to advance our region as an innovative leader in education and health-care delivery. As part of this new partnership with the College of Nursing, research will be enhanced and the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, through the Academic Affiliation, is committing $1 million to collaborative research between the colleges.”

UT faculty member wins second Blackboard Catalyst Award

Dr. Claire Stuve was among honorees from around the world who were recognized during Blackboard’s annual conference this summer in Orlando, Fla.

It was the second year in a row the curriculum developer and technology researcher for University College won a Blackboard Catalyst Award.

Stuve

Stuve was honored in the category of exemplary course, which recognizes faculty and course designers who develop exciting and innovative classes that represent the very best in technology and learning.

Since its establishment in 2005, the Blackboard Catalyst Awards have honored innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice.

Recipients of the awards are selected by a cross-functional team of Blackboard experts.

The awards program honors clients who have gone above and beyond in using technology in innovative ways from impacting the student experience to building exemplary courses.

Since 2011, Stuve has been a staff member and an adjunct professor in University College; she joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics as an adjunct in 2016.

Her responsibilities as curriculum developer and technology researcher in University College include creating a research-based curriculum that incorporates emerging technologies and evaluating data on new and redeveloped courses.

Her research interests include using technology to foster engagement and applying the principles of good course design.

“I love technology and the impact it can have on learning,” Stuve said. “So I’m interested in finding out what technologies have the biggest impact, how I can help students learn better and increase retention, and how I can help students have fun.”

She is also a campus liaison for New Media Consortium and a Quality Matters Certified Master Reviewer. And she is a master’s student in UT’s Public Health Program. The UT alumna received a bachelor’s degree in physics, a master’s degree in instructional technology, and a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction.

The course she is being recognized for this year by the Catalyst Awards is called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Training, which is designed to teach faculty how to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra with students and how to incorporate it into their curriculum.

As an undergraduate student, Stuve struggled with her work, motivating her to help future students who may be struggling become successful while also teaching faculty how to ensure their students’ success.

“Part of helping students be successful is helping faculty be better teachers and know themselves how to help struggling students,” she said. “Therefore, I wanted to design a course where I could teach faculty how to use innovative and fun technology to help students.”

The training course utilizes innovative technology through advanced multimedia, simulations and web conferencing, and was the first course of its kind offered at UT that incorporated training simulations.

Stuve explained how she recognizes every student is different and learns differently, so she tries to incorporate numerous teaching methods that present content in multiple ways. She also makes it her mission to ensure students are having fun when they’re learning.

“I’m honored to have won a Catalyst Award for a second year because it reaffirms to myself that I am making a difference and that what I do is helping students,” she said.

UT social media ranked 14th among Division I institutions for second year

For the second time in two years, The University of Toledo’s social media content has gained national recognition.

The University’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts were compared against all 338 Division I programs, and UT was ranked 14th for its consistent engagement of social media users.

UT’s social media team — Natalie Watson, junior social media specialist, left, Cam Norton, associate director for social media, and Claudia Garber, a senior studying communication who is a social media intern — taped a video in University Hall’s courtyards. The team ranked No. 14 among 338 Division I programs for its social media efforts on the University’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, according to Rival IQ.

Rival IQ out of Seattle gathered data from Division I institutions from June 2017 to May 2018. The firm compared data from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram while looking for strong performance in user engagement.

Engagement is a measurable action of a social media post, including likes, comments, shares, retweets and reactions.

Top ranked universities had the highest rates of engagement.

“We’ve been analyzing the content we post to perform better online, spreading UT’s message far and wide,” said Cam Norton, associate director for social media. “I’ve had a great team in place for the past few years that helps to create the content we share daily.”

Posts that performed best featured University research, student-life, athletics and Internet memes.

UT has more than 56,000 followers on Facebook, more than 63,000 people follow @UToledo on Twitter, and there are more than 14,000 followers of the uoftoledo Instagram account.

ROTC to host Run to Remember Sept. 11

The University of Toledo’s Army ROTC Program will host the Run to Remember, a 5K run and walk on Main Campus, Tuesday, Sept. 11.

“The goal of this event is to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice on that day and have people show their support and donate to a good cause,” said Master Sgt. Johnnie Fields, UT senior military instructor and commandant of cadets.

Although the event is free, a $5 donation is recommended from participants. Funds raised will go to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

“It’s important to come together to remember,” Fields said. “Bringing together the UT and Toledo communities makes us all stronger.”

The race will take place on the UT track by the Health Education Center. Free parking will be available in lots 1S, 5 and 6.

To register for the race, visit utmemorial5k.myevent.com or stop by the event table Sept. 11.

Registration and T-shirt pickup will begin at 6:30 a.m. The opening ceremony will start at 7 a.m., with the race and walk at 7:15 a.m.

A moment of silence with chimes from University Hall’s bell tower will occur at 8:46 a.m., the time when the attacks began in 2001.

In addition, there will be a closing ceremony.

“We are planning to make this an annual event,” Fields said. “It’s important that we never forget.”

For more information, contact Fields at johnnie.fields@utoledo.edu or 620.757.5238.