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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to deliver UT commencement address Dec. 17

Toledo native and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D. Sallah will return to his alma mater Sunday, Dec. 17, to deliver the keynote address during The University of Toledo’s fall commencement ceremony.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. in Savage Arena.

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Sallah will address 2,067 candidates for degrees, including 118 doctoral, 523 master’s, 1,370 bachelor’s and 56 associate’s.

The ceremony is open to the public and can be viewed live at video.utoledo.edu.

Sallah’s investigative work as a reporter and editor with award-winning newspapers across the country has revealed public corruption, police abuses and government blunders, resulting in grand jury investigations, legislative reform, and the recovery of millions of taxpayer dollars.

He is a reporter on the national investigations team at USA Today/Gannett Network in Washington, D.C.

“This is where it all began for me,” Sallah said. “From the time I took my first journalism class in the fall of my freshman year, I fell in love with journalism, and UT is a big part of that. It’s part of my foundation — the professors, the values they conveyed to me about journalism, and why it’s so critical to our society, especially investigative work. I’m honored to be coming home to be the commencement speaker.”

“Journalists have an important role to inform the public about the issues that affect our lives, and Michael Sallah has embraced that responsibility uncovering many misdeeds through investigative reporting that resulted in positive change,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “I look forward to him sharing with our graduates how he got his start here in Toledo and inspiring them to stay curious and serve their communities.”

Born in Toledo, Sallah is a 1977 alumnus of The University of Toledo, graduating cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. He was named UT’s Outstanding Alumnus in the Social Sciences in 2004. Sallah also is a 1973 graduate of St. John’s Jesuit High School.

He was a reporter and national affairs writer at The Blade for more than a decade, and was the lead reporter on the 2003 project “Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths” that exposed the U.S. Army’s longest war crimes case of the Vietnam War. The series won numerous national awards, including the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

While investigations editor and reporter at the Miami Herald, Sallah led an inquiry into local corruption. His team’s 2006 “House of Lies” series exposed widespread fraud in Miami-Dade County public housing and earned the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. He was named a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his series “Neglected to Death,” which uncovered deadly conditions in Florida assisted-living facilities, led to the closing of 13 facilities, and was the impetus for a gubernatorial task force to overhaul state law.

During his two years at The Washington Post, Sallah received a Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism for an investigation that exposed a predatory system of tax collection in the District of Columbia. 

He returned to the Miami Herald in 2014 and was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2016 for uncovering one of the nation’s most corrupt sting operations in a police unit that laundered $71.5 million for drug cartels, kept millions for brokering the deals, and failed to make a single significant arrest. 

Sallah is the author of the books “Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War” and “Yankee Comandante: The Untold Story of Courage, Passion and One American’s Fight to Liberate Cuba.” He also was a consultant for the Public Broadcasting Service documentary “American Experience.”

UT’s fall commencement ceremony will recognize graduates from the colleges of Arts and Letters; Business and Innovation; Judith Herb College of Education; Engineering; Graduate Studies; Health and Human Services; Honors College; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Nursing; and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and University College.

For more information, visit utoledo.edu/commencement.

UT doctoral student receives 20 Under 40 Leadership Award

Jeremy Holloway, who is pursuing a doctorate in curriculum and instruction in the Judith Herb College of Education, recently was recognized for his contributions to the community.

He was honored as one of this year’s recipients of the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award.

Jeremy Holloway, a UT alumnus and doctoral student, smiled after receiving a 20 Under 40 Leadership Award.

The award is presented annually to 20 individuals who are 39 or younger in the Toledo community who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities.

“I am so proud to receive this award and so proud to represent The University of Toledo,” Holloway said.

He is a man in motion. Holloway is a mentor for undergraduate students through the University’s Brothers on the Rise, which helps UT males, especially African-American and Latino, make the transition from high school and college. He also is involved with UT’s Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program, represents the Judith Herb College of Education in the Graduate Student Association, and is a leader for the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education.

In addition, he is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“It gives back when you give back,” Holloway said. “You make deposits to your character account when you pay it forward. [Being involved] also helps me realize that we are all together, and we all really need each other to make a difference.”

The native of Toledo also is finishing his doctoral degree. He has been invited to speak on his dissertation research at conferences in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as Austria.

“I try to take things one task at a time and believe I work better when my schedule is fairly full,” he said. “I think the key for me is to prioritize.”

He packs a lot into his days. As a graduate assistant in the Judith Herb College of Education, he coordinates professional development for the High Schools That Work and Northwest Ohio Tech Prep programs, and teaches workshops for area teachers and administrators. Holloway also tutors local students.

In 2005, he received a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and a bachelor of education degree from UT. He taught Spanish at area schools and graduated from the University in 2014 with a master’s degree in English as a second language.

Holloway is grateful to his father, Tyrone Holloway Sr., who graduated from UT with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an administration personnel major in 1971.

“After my dad graduated from The University of Toledo, he was unable to find a job, so he returned to UT and worked as a janitor for years,” he said.

Tyrone Holloway worked as a custodian from 1985 to 1994, when he took a job in the UT Registration Office. He retired from the University in 1994.

“Later I realized my dad stayed and worked as a janitor so that I could attend the University when I grew up,” Holloway said. “I decided to take him up on that offer.

“The University of Toledo is a place of legacy for me. I am honored to be here.”

25 years and counting: Center for Family Business to celebrate, look to future

The University of Toledo Center for Family and Privately Held Business will celebrate its 25th anniversary of service to area companies Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Toledo Club.

Established in 1992, the UT Center for Family and Privately Held Business is dedicated to serving the specific needs of family businesses, primarily in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. It received its start due to a generous endowment by the Stranahan Foundation and the continual support of family businesses.

“The fun-filled evening will include stories about the past and reflections on the future,” Debbie Skutch, center director, said. “We will honor center leadership past, present and future; and we have some other fun activities planned. The center has thrived for 25 years because of our members, sponsors and community partners, and we want to spend the evening celebrating them.”

“We have always strived to be attentive and responsive to the changing needs of our members,” Angie Jones, assistant director at the center, said. “Their businesses are not static, but always evolving. They change as the economy changes, as world markets shift, and as dynamics change in their own businesses. We truly believe it is our responsibility to be there with pertinent answers to as many of these issues as we can. We have done that, which is why our members stay with us and new members join us all the time.”

Today, with nearly 200 family businesses as members, the center membership benefits include:

• Attendance at events and forums sponsored by the UT Center for Family and Privately Held Business;

• Monthly mini-forums available to member companies only;

• Interaction with family business peers through affinity group participation; and

• Access to local, regional and nationally recognized business experts.

Thirteen companies have been members since the center was established; these include The Andersons, the Appliance Center, Gross Electric, Hart Inc., Kuhlman Corp., Shrader Tire & Oil, and Walt Churchill’s Market.

“Over our first 25 years of service, we estimate that the information, resources, programs, networking and more has resulted in a positive impact worth millions of dollars to these regional businesses,” Skutch said. “The viability of our members is the reward we seek, and together we will continue to make a meaningful difference in their future success.”

UT student chapter receives gold award

The UT student chapter of APICS recently was presented the Gold Award.

APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management. UT received recognition through the association’s Student Chapter Management and Recognition Program.

This award is presented to student chapters for management, growth, programs, certification and professional networking opportunities.

Along with the award, the chapter also received an APICS gift certificate for educational purposes.

“For me, it is an honor to receive the award, but I am accepting the award on behalf of the work that the board members, past and present, have done,” said Scott Ballard, president of UTAPICS. “It’s a team effort.”

APICS is a global organization for supply chain professionals that offers educational programs and certifications, holds supply chain conventions, and provides opportunities for members to further their careers through the attainment of knowledge and networking.

The UT chapter strives to help students obtain employment after graduation by bringing in guest speakers who are looking for new talent and scheduling plant tours so students have a chance to learn firsthand about supply chain operations, as well as network with potential employers.

“Serving as the president of UTAPICS has given me an opportunity to use my leadership skills while gaining a network of knowledgeable supply chain professionals around the area,” Ballard said. “I find the most satisfying thing about being involved in this organization is the feeling I get from helping others achieve their goals and having met and worked with the wonderful professionals from our local chapter.”

With more than 200 student chapters nationwide, APICS strives to foster the advancement of end-to-end supply chain management through a body of knowledge, innovative research, systems and methods to create value for customers, members and organizations.

Interim dean of College of Business and Innovation named

Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, associate dean for graduate programs and research for the College of Business and Innovation, has been named interim dean of the college.

HassabElnaby will lead the College of Business and Innovation while a search is conducted for a permanent dean to replace Dr. Gary Insch, who resigned Oct. 26 after leading the college since July 2014. He will return to a full-time faculty appointment in the Department of Management.

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“I appreciate Dr. Insch’s leadership for the College of Business and Innovation during the last three years,” said Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “The college has an important role in preparing the next generation of leaders for the global marketplace. We will continue our positive momentum as we move forward providing our students a high-quality education and engaging experiential learning opportunities.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to serve our students, faculty, alumni and business leaders in the community as interim dean of the College of Business and Innovation,” HassabElnaby, said.

HassabElnaby joined UT in 2003 as an assistant professor of accounting. HassabElnaby, whose research focuses on financial reporting and corporate governance, holds PhD, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting from Cairo University.

UT partners with Fiat Chrysler to train Toledo Assembly Complex workers for Jeep Wrangler launch

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation has teamed up with the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Toledo Assembly Complex to prepare more than 2,200 workers to build the next generation Jeep Wrangler, launching later this year.

During the past six weeks, employees from the Toledo North plant, where the new Wrangler will be built, have been participating in a comprehensive training and launch readiness program known as the “Toledo Way.” The weeklong program included three eight-hour days of hands-on technical training on UT’s Scott Park Campus, a day of community service, and a day devoted to learning about the Jeep brand and time behind the wheel of a Wrangler to experience its off-road capability.

Mike Simon, right, and Cody Klosowski assembled a model of the Jeep Wrangler as Kurt Michalski and Wendy Wood watched. UT partnered with Fiat Chrylser Automobiles to train more than 2,200 Toledo Jeep employees to build the new Wrangler.

“The University of Toledo is proud of this excellent partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that enhances our collective efforts to strengthen our community,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Working together, two of Toledo’s anchor institutions continue to contribute as major forces to the region’s growth and development. People make the difference, and we are providing these hard-working men and women high-level training to succeed for their families and for our region.”

The hands-on activities, developed collaboratively with UT, focused on expanding the employees’ knowledge of and competence in “World-Class Manufacturing,” the company’s manufacturing methodology that aims to eliminate waste while improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. The classes were tailored to meet the specific needs of workers in various departments and taught by instructors from UT and Northwest State Community College.

“This training was unprecedented in size and scope,” said Chuck Padden, Toledo Assembly Complex plant manager. “It would have been impossible for us to execute this training while also preparing for an important vehicle launch without the cooperation of the UT and Northwest State Community College staff.

Dr. Anand Kunnathur, professor of information, operations and technology management, and associate dean for special projects in the College of Business and Innovation, talked about UT’s role in the training program for staff at the Toledo Assembly Complex.

“They not only provided us with a location large enough to hold these classes, but enhanced our curriculum by developing unique hands-on activities that would engage our employees,” Padden said. “We believe this experience has given our Toledo workforce the necessary tools to ensure a successful launch of the Wrangler.”

Production, salaried and skilled trades employees cycled through the training in shifts of 180 people six days a week. The course curriculum included classes on quality, safety, problem solving and workplace organization, and the way in which parts are delivered to an operator on the line. In one class on logistics, the Toledo employees used Legos to build a car, simulating the importance of on-time parts delivery to the line.

“The UT College of Business and Innovation is pleased and excited to deliver this important training program for more than 2,200 employees at Toledo’s Jeep manufacturing facilities,” said Dr. Gary Insch, dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation. “Jeep is one of America’s most iconic brands, and the College of Business and Innovation, as one of Bloomberg’s top 100 business schools in the nation, is proud to be their educational partner. We are committed to their continued success.”

The Toledo Assembly Complex training sessions were led by Dr. Anand Kunnathur, professor in the Department of Information, Operations and Technology Management, and associate dean for special projects in the UT College of Business and Innovation.

This is the second time the Toledo plant has turned to UT for training support. In 2013, the plant worked with the University to prepare the workforce for the launch of the Jeep Cherokee. Since then, UT has delivered training classes directly to skilled trades on the plant floor.

Attend third be-WISE-er event Oct. 25 to learn how to combat substance abuse

The University of Toledo Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the nation’s largest and oldest co-educational professional business fraternity, is hosting its third be-WISE-er event on substance abuse Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

Several community organizations will provide information about what people can do if they or someone they know is addicted to harmful substances. Staff from UT Health Science Campus will be present with some simulators and will teach attendees how to administer intranasal naloxone.

“We are proud to present this free community event to continue the fight against the crippling issue of substance abuse,” said Natalie Zerucha, organizer of this event and a senior human resource management and marketing major in the College of Business and Innovation.

“Alpha Kappa Psi is truly humbled by the community’s support of our first two be-WISE-er events, and we are doing our best to make our third event even better so we can have as big an impact on the city as possible,” Zerucha said. “We truly believe we can help build a better college community, as well as a better Toledo.”

Be-WISE-er is open to the community, but will focus on college-age individuals who are at a particularly high-risk of becoming addicted to alcohol and other drugs. More than 600 people participated in the first two be-WISE-er events.

“Participants will also get to experience a 3D multisensory interactive presentation that will show the devastating effects of driving and drinking,” Zerucha said. “The first 200 participants will get to experience the 3D part of the presentation, so come early to get your glasses.”

There will be food, free T-shirts, raffle prizes and more at the free event.

For more information, go to facebook.com/bewiseer.

College of Business and Innovation to recognize couple Oct. 20

The UT College of Business and Innovation will celebrate the gift of Alan H. and Karen A. Barry as they become Million Dollar Partners for their $1 million gift establishing an endowed professorship in accounting.

The celebration, which will include the unveiling of a plaque, will take place Friday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Stranahan Hall lobby.

Alan H. and Karen A. Barry

Mr. Barry, a 1966 graduate of the UT College of Business, is a certified public accountant, the retired president and chief operating officer of the Fortune 200 company Masco Corp., and currently serves on the UT Foundation Board of Trustees.

“The accounting background I got at the University was beneficial to me throughout my career,” he said when their gift was announced in April. “I’ve always been a supporter of the University, and once I was in a position to do so financially, I felt pretty good about giving back to the University that gave me the opportunity to succeed.”

The Alan H. and Karen A. Barry Endowed Professorship in Accounting will be used to recruit or retain a professor in the Department of Accounting; any costs related to the recruitment of a faculty member; bridge or pilot research projects; faculty and staff development costs; curriculum development; the development of a fellowship program; and specialized equipment needed for teaching.

UT leadership expert to deliver free, public lecture Oct. 5 as national teaching award finalist

Dr. Clinton Longenecker, a leadership expert at The University of Toledo and one of three finalists for the prestigious Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching from Baylor University, is giving a free, public lecture titled “Career Success and Survival in the 21st Century: A Mandate for Lifelong Learning!”

The event, which is an essential component of the award process and sponsored by the UT student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management, will be Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Savage & Associates Business Complex Room 1200 on Main Campus.

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The other Cherry Award finalists are Dr. Heidi Elmendorf, associate professor of biology at Georgetown University, and Dr. Neil Garg, professor of chemistry at UCLA.

In addition to delivering a lecture on his or her home campus, each finalist also will present a lecture at Baylor in Waco, Texas, this fall. Longenecker’s lecture is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m.

The Cherry Award winner, which will be announced by Baylor in 2018, will receive $250,000 and an additional $25,000 for his or her home department and will teach in residence at Baylor during fall 2018 or spring 2019.

Longenecker, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in the UT College of Business and Innovation, has received more than 60 teaching, service and research awards and numerous industry awards. He was recognized by The Economist as one of the “Top 15 Business Professors in the World.”

The Cherry Award is the only national teaching award — with the single largest monetary reward — presented by a college or university to an individual for exceptional teaching.

“To be selected as one of three finalists for this prestigious award is an absolute honor, and I’m very proud to represent The University of Toledo on this national stage,” Longenecker said. “I’ve considered my entire career to be a privilege, an opportunity to make a difference, and a blessing to be able to teach adult learners how to improve their skills and career trajectory.”

Longenecker’s teaching, research and consulting interests are in high-performance leadership and creating great organizations. He has published more than 190 articles and papers in academic and professional journals, as well as several best-selling books. His latest book, “The Successful Career Survival Guide,” was published in March.

UT, TPS partner to enhance student leadership skills

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation is partnering with the Toledo Public Schools Jones Leadership Academy to enhance student leadership skills through a new program called Young Executive Scholars.

Up to 15 students will meet once a month at business etiquette workshops presented by UT and community professionals on various business and leadership topics throughout the academic year starting Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Jones Leadership Academy.

“This new partnership referred to as YES will expose a select group of high school students to leadership skills, business etiquette aptitude, communication best practices and protocol, professional dress, and dining etiquette while allowing them the opportunity to network with UT faculty and staff,” said Selina Griswold, UT associate professor of management. “This YES collaboration will help cultivate the academic potential of high school juniors through powerful mentorship and the development of real-life business leadership skills.”

“Since business etiquette is a sign of professionalism and respect for others, it will help these young leaders make positive first impressions while building trust in the workplace and other professional settings,” Dr. Ward Barnett, Toledo Public Schools principal, said. “To prepare these young leaders for the world, they must learn to adhere to a well-understood code of etiquette.”

When Barnett was an undergraduate student at UT, he was a mentee in Griswold’s UT Mentorship Program that connected him with Toledo professionals who assisted him with achieving his academic goals.

“We know firsthand that these types of partnerships between professionals and students can produce significant results,” Griswold said.