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Marathon to affect traffic, parking lots beginning April 19

The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay and 5K will affect traffic on and surrounding UT’s Main Campus Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22.

As a result, several parking lots will be impacted beginning the evening of Thursday, April 19, through Sunday, April 22.

Students and others who may be traveling on or around campus are reminded to plan accordingly.

Organized by the Toledo Roadrunners Club, more than 8,000 runners are expected to participate this weekend in the events, which will have a major impact on traffic.

Specifically, Lot 10 will close beginning Thursday, April 19, from 9 p.m. through Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m. Cars remaining in this lot will be towed Friday, April 20, at 5 a.m. Lot 12W also will close at 9 p.m. Thursday and open at 4 p.m. Sunday.

On Saturday, April 21, East Rocket Drive will close from 9 to 9:45 a.m. There will be no access in or out of parking lots 18 or 9 during this time.

Also on Saturday, Stadium Drive will close from 7:30 a.m. until noon.

On Sunday, April 22, Lots 3, 4 and 18 will be for volunteer parking only; cars will be unable to leave until after the race is complete, approximately 1 p.m. No parking will be permitted in Lots 5, 6 and 10.

Also on Sunday, Secor Road will close at 4 a.m. between Bancroft Street and Valleston Parkway, and West Towerview Boulevard will not be accessible. At 7 a.m. Sunday, Secor will be closed from Kenwood Boulevard to Dorr Street. The entrance to Lot 25 from Secor will be open after 8 a.m.

Additionally, several lots will not allow cars in or out on Sunday from 6:45 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m.; these include Lots 1N, 1S, 2 East Ramp, 3, 4, 8 (both entrances), 9 and 26. Students are urged to plan accordingly if they need to drive to work or elsewhere.

UT Campus Course Maps for the 5K on Saturday, April 21, are available here.

Complete campus and city road closures for Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, are available here.

For more information about the event, visit glasscitymarathon.org.

Native American drum group to perform April 23

SouthEastern WaterSpider will return to campus for a concert Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 2584.

The free performance by the Eastern Woodland Native American drum group is part of the University’s celebration of Diversity Month.

“We are happy to welcome back SouthEastern WaterSpider,” Dr. Michele Soliz, assistant vice president for student success and inclusion, said. “The group’s performance of traditional music spotlights their heritage and is educational and entertaining.”

The group will play traditional Eastern Woodland songs that have been approved by their elders as genuinely Eastern and indigenous.

Diversity Month is presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of Multicultural Student Success.

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Success at 419.530.2261.

University Women’s Commission honors employees, gives scholarships to students

Three UT employees were recognized for exceptional achievement and dedication to the campus community at the 32nd annual Outstanding Women’s Award ceremony.

More than 60 attended the University Women’s Commission program, which was held April 11 in the Savage Arena Joe Grogan Room.

Kelly Andrews, senior associate athletic director who is chair of the University Women’s Commission, told the crowd that since 1987, the organization has honored 173 UT faculty and staff members, and awarded $87,000 in scholarships.

Guest speaker Sherry Stanfa-Stanley, director of foundation and development communications with the UT Foundation, talked about how challenging yourself to go outside your comfort zone can be empowering. The 1983 UT alumna and 2017 Alice H. Skeens Outstanding Woman Award winner is the author of “Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares,” which just received a silver medal in the humor category of the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs).

Recipients of the 2018 Dr. Alice H. Skeens Outstanding Woman Award were, from left, Melissa Gleckler, Dr. Revathy Kumar and Dr. Michele Soliz.

The recipients of the Dr. Alice H. Skeens Outstanding Woman Award were:

• Melissa Gleckler, educational technologist with UT Online in University College. She has worked at the University for 11 years. Gleckler won the Ohio Academic Advising Association Excellence Award in 2017, and has presented about advising and learning assessment at national conferences. She is a founding member of the Toledo Academic Advising Association, and she is serving a three-year elected term as co-chair of the communications committee for the Professional Staff Council. The UT alumna received a bachelor of arts degree in communication in 1996, a master of liberal studies degree in 2009, and is working on a PhD.

“She had a wonderful rapport with her students. Her office was next door to mine, and the walls were quite thin. I could hear laughter, sometimes tears and consolation, and lots of encouragement,” one nominator wrote. “Melissa is a proud UT alumna. I have always admired her pursuit of self-improvement and further education. She continuously sought opportunities to add a credential or skill and is pursuing a PhD focused on educational media and technology, with research interests in how course aesthetics and technical design affect the learning experience. As an adjunct instructor, she took pride in enhancing her courses with the latest technology and was passionate about updating the content and course material every semester.”

• Dr. Revathy Kumar, professor of educational psychology in the Judith Herb College of Education. She joined the UT faculty in 2001. Her research focuses on social and cultural processes involved in constructing a sense of self and identity among adolescents in culturally diverse societies. Of particular interest are the roles of teachers, teacher-education programs, schools, communities and families in facilitating minority and immigrant adolescents’ development, learning and motivation. Her work has been published in education and psychology journals.

“Dr. Kumar has started examining the role of mindfulness cultivation among pre-service teachers for enhancing awareness and focusing attention on personal implicit and explicit biases toward poor and minority students. The program of research is both important and relevant because increasing demographic heterogeneity in our country has raised concerns regarding our teachers’ capacity to face the challenging task of teaching culturally diverse students,” one nominator wrote. “She has chosen to develop a line of research particularly aimed at improving undergraduate teacher education at UT and, as responses to her articles indicate, recognized as useful across the nation for constructing teacher education programs that prepare teachers to be effective in the diverse classrooms they will enter.”

• Dr. Michele Soliz, assistant vice president for student success and inclusion in the Division of Student Affairs. During her 17 years at the University, she has worked in the Office of the Provost and served as dean of students. She was chair of the 2017 UT Community Charitable Campaign, which raised $128,934 for nearly 220 nonprofit area organizations. The UT alumna received a master of education degree and a PhD in higher education in 2002 and 2012, respectively.

“Michele has an unbridled passion for helping the students she comes into contact with on campus, as well as those in the community. Her determination and wholehearted desire to help others was apparent to me since the first time we worked together,” one nominator wrote. “She has been a committee member of the Latino Youth Summit and Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program since their inceptions. She is active in the UT Latino Alumni Affiliate, serves as a mentor to African-American female students in the Talented and Aspiring Women Leaders Program, and teaches the course Managing Diversity in the Workplace. Her hours of charitable work confirm she is not only socially conscious, but also invested in the betterment of the world around her.”

Winners of the University Women’s Commission $1,000 scholarship were, from left, Celine Schreidah, Jessica Avery, Shaquira Jackson and Hailey Cox.

The University Women’s Commission also presented $1,000 scholarships to four students. Receiving awards based on academic achievement, support of women’s and gender issues, and campus involvement were Jessica Avery, a senior majoring in history; Hailey Cox, a junior majoring in biology; Shaquira Jackson, a junior majoring in theatre; and Celine Schreidah, a senior majoring in biochemistry.

Deadline approaching to register for Latino Youth Summit

Wednesday, April 25, is the deadline to register for this year’s Latino Youth Summit at The University of Toledo.

The annual event for middle and high school students will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15 and 16, respectively.

More than 500 Latino junior high and high school students visit campus each year for this event. The summit provides youth with the opportunity to learn more about the opportunities that are available at The University of Toledo, as well as other post-secondary options.

Josué Quiñones, also known as JQ, will be the keynote speaker both days. A self-described career champion, Quiñones’ message of “Success is a lifestyle!” is designed to inspire students to strive for success in everything they do.

Students will be able to participate in a mini-preview of the campus, learn about career opportunities, and engage in hands-on activities in pharmacy, engineering and personal finance.

There will be several scholarships awarded to incoming freshman; these include one year of on-campus housing and $2,000 annually for tuition.

To register, visit the Latino Youth Summit page.

For more information or with any questions, contact Aleiah Jones, program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, at 419.530.2261 or aleiah.jones@utoledo.edu.

UT Chapter of Student Veterans of America to host flag retirement ceremony

The Student Veterans of America UT Chapter will host a flag retirement ceremony Thursday, April 19, at 11 a.m. on the steps outside the Thompson Student Union.

The purpose of this event is to educate people on the history of the flag, the proper way to dispose of a flag that is no longer suitable for display, and preside over the retirement of several American flags.

“Many people know that burning the flag is a step in the process, said Cadet Erica Loroff, president of the UT chapter of Student Veterans of America. “However, many do not know that you have to divide up the colors on the flag and burn them separately.”

Attending this event is a way of showing respect and honor to those who have volunteered and sacrificed for the United States.

“We are a group of students from all different backgrounds that come from around the world to achieve our educational goals,” Loroff said. “This event will be a testament to the student body, faculty, and administration that we honor, respect and, ultimately, thank those who have volunteered to serve and given the ultimate sacrifice to our country.”

Members of the UT Chapter of Student Veterans of America look forward to educating students, faculty, staff and area residents about the ceremonial folding of the flag and showing them what each fold represents.

“It is a great opportunity to reflect during the ceremony about all that is great about our country and how much has been sacrificed to remain free to this day,” Loroff said.

For more information on this free, public event, email utoledosva@gmail.com.

UT Student Filmmakers Showcase April 20

The Department of Theatre and Film will present a public screening of its film students’ best work in the 2018 UT Student Filmmakers Showcase Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

The event is a sensory experience filled with artistry and variety, a film lover’s annual favorite. Chosen in juried competition, the 19 entries scheduled to be shown include film, video and animation shorts created as part of the curriculum.

This image is from the stop-motion animation film titled “Artificial” by Conner McGovern, a UT senior majoring in film. “Artificial” is one of 19 works that will be screened during the UT Student Filmmakers Showcase.

The UT Film Curators Club and the UT Department of Theatre and Film co-host the event.

The Film Curators Club will provide free concessions during the screening and host a speakeasy-themed after-party following the showcase. All are welcome.

Tickets to the showcase are $10 for general admission and $5 for UT employees, students and alumni, and for seniors 60 and older, kids and members of the military.

Advance tickets are available through the UT Center for Performing Arts Box at 419.530.2787 or online at utoledo.tix.com

UT president to deliver state of the University address April 18

President Sharon L. Gaber will share The University of Toledo’s positive momentum during her second state of the University address.

The speech will be Wednesday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium, followed by a reception. University students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public are invited to attend.

“We have so much to be proud of at UT, and I want each person in Toledo to celebrate the excellent University they have in their community,” Gaber said. “This annual event is an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments and look forward to the future.”

The successes of UT students, faculty and staff, and the impact those achievements have on the broader Toledo region, are something everyone can rally around, Gaber said.

This will be Gaber’s second state of the University address since being named president in July 2015.

Dana Cancer Center to host program for managing life with cancer

To help patients and their families handle the many challenges faced after a cancer diagnosis, the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at The University of Toledo Medical Center is hosting a program called “Managing Life With Cancer: It’s OK Not to be OK.”

The program will take place Thursday, April 19, at 6 p.m. in the cancer center on Health Science Campus to provide cancer patients, caregivers and health-care providers information about the resources available.

“A diagnosis of cancer complicates life for the individual, as well as her family members and caregivers,” said Katie Racz, UTMC social worker. “In addition to choosing medical treatment, you may experience physical side effects, absence from work, emotional distress, financial concerns and family issues.”

Racz will discuss support services available at the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center and in the community to help patients and their families manage the social, emotional and spiritual aspects of living with cancer.

The program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested by calling 419.383.5243.

Spring football scrimmage moved to April 13

The Toledo Rockets have moved their annual Blue and Gold Spring Football Scrimmage to Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Glass Bowl due to an inclement weather forecast for Saturday.

Admission is free.

The scrimmage will use a running clock and is expected to last about one hour.

Players will be available for autographs after the game in the West Concourse.

Fans may enter the Glass Bowl via gate A, located on the west side of the stadium near the press tower. Fans can park in either lot 9 or lot 10.

Former Rocket greats and current NFL players Michael Roberts (Detroit Lions) and David Fluellen (Tennessee Titans) will serve as honorary coaches.

On Saturday, April 14, the Rockets will hold a free football clinic for youth in eighth grade or younger from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Fetterman Training Center (moved from its original location in the Glass Bowl). Registration and check-in will begin at 9:45 a.m. Register in advance here.

The 2018 season features seven home contests, including matchups with Miami (Fla.) Sept. 15 and Bowling Green Oct. 6. Season tickets can be purchased online or by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653).

2018 Pacemaker Awards honor UT alumnus, outstanding business students

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation and the Business Engagement and Leadership Council will recognize both business and academic excellence during their 55th annual Pacemaker Awards Friday, April 13, at the Inverness Country Club.

The 2018 Business Pacemaker Award will be presented to Alan H. Barry, a 1966 graduate of the UT College of Business, who is a certified public accountant, retired president and chief operating officer of the Fortune 200 company Masco Corp., and a member of the UT Foundation’s Board of Trustees.


Barry joined Brass Craft Manufacturing Co. in 1972 as controller and became president of the Masco division in 1988. In 1996, he became a group president of Masco, a manufacturer of home improvement and building products. He has broad business experience that includes finance, manufacturing, customer development, acquisitions and general operating management.

Barry currently serves on the board of directors of the H. W. Kaufman Financial Group. He is the retired director of Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc., Scotts Miracle Gro Co., and IPS Corp. He also served as an executive board member of the Plumbing Manufacturing Institute from 1985 through 2000, and as chairman of the institute in 1994. In addition, Barry served on the executive board of the associate member division of the American Supply Association during 1995 and 1996.

Barry and his wife, Karen, a 1964 UT alumna, have a history of philanthropy at The University of Toledo. In 2014, the University named a new accounting lab in the College of Business and Innovation for Alan Barry. At the time the lab was established, it was the first one nationwide to have a certified management accountant license, in which students could access for free the review material from Wiley, a leading provider of educational programs for professionals and students who are preparing for the certified management accountant exam.

The couple also endowed the Alan and Karen Barry Scholarship Fund, which provides support for full-time UT business accounting students based on both merit and needs.

Alan Barry, a native of Toledo, is an active member of the UT Alumni Association’s Phoenix chapter, is involved in UT’s Blue Key organization, and serves on the executive committee for the children’s charity Variety.

In 2017 the Barrys donated a $1 million gift to establish an endowment that supports the Alan H. and Karen A. Barry Endowed Professorship in Accounting at The University of Toledo.

“Recipients of the Pacemaker Award over the past five decades read as a who’s who of current and legendary business leaders in the Toledo region,” said Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, interim dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation, “and Alan Barry certainly belongs in that impressive roster. The Pacemaker Award is the College of Business and Innovation’s highest honor, recognizing individuals for outstanding achievement in business, as well as contributions to the community and the University.

“We are also pleased to recognize the excellence of students from each of our departments through the Student Pacemaker Awards,” Hassan HassabElnaby said.

Student Pacemaker Awards are presented to UT College of Business and Innovation graduate and undergraduate students for their outstanding academic achievement, University and community service, and leadership.

The 2018 student Pacemakers are: Master of Business Administration — Aanchal Senapati and Mitchell Howard; Master of Science in Accountancy — Tyler Hecht; Accounting — Martin Linthicum and Sarah Avina; Finance — Alex Odenweller and Brianne Michel; Information Operations Technology Management — Brandon Stewart and Lindsey Wittenauer; Management — Kathleen Kurman and Jenna Jeffers; Marketing and International Business — Haley Orr and Amanda Martin; and Dean’s Recipient — Julia Foley.