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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.

Public invited to celebrate 50th anniversary of astronomy at UT Oct. 26

The University of Toledo is celebrating a milestone in astronomy: 50 years of education, outreach and celestial exploration.

The public is invited to an open house in honor of the 50th anniversary of UT’s astronomy program, Ritter Observatory and Planetarium, and Brooks Observatory.

The free event will take place Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Ritter Planetarium and will feature a look back through half a century of northwest Ohio’s connection to astronomy.

“One of the joys of astronomy is that people are inherently curious about it, and so sharing our research and our telescopes with the community have been vital in our mission from the beginning,” said Dr. Jillian Bornak, associate lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and chair of the UT Astronomy 50th Anniversary Committee.

The event will include a presentation of stories submitted by Toledoans of their memories, such as visits to UT for full-dome movies, public viewings with telescopes in the observatories, and special events for Apollo 11 and the impact of the Shoemaker-Levy comet on Jupiter.

The event also will include talks by Dr. Adolf Witt, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, who served on the NASA Universe Working Group, and Dr. Jon Bjorkman, professor of physics and astronomy, who studies stellar winds.

The Ritter facility was dedicated Oct. 13, 1967. It was intended to blend research and public education for the University, local schools and community. The 1-meter-diameter telescope housed on top of the Ritter building is the largest optical telescope in the United States east of the Mississippi River.

College of Medicine to collaborate with ProMedica in new research center

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences is collaborating with ProMedica on its recently announced initiative to study the impact of the social determinants of health on individuals and communities.

ProMedica’s National Center for Social Determinants Research will use a multidisciplinary approach to understand and propose solutions to address the conditions in which people are born, live, work and age that affect their health and well-being. Along with ProMedica physicians, faculty members and learners from the University will serve as researchers and primary investigators.

ProMedica announced the new center Oct. 17 as part of the 10-year, $50 million Ebeid Promise initiative to strengthen neighborhoods by addressing the social determinants of health made possible with a generous gift from Russel J. Ebeid.

Dr. F. Charles Brunicardi, chair of surgery in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, will serve as a co-medical director of the Scientific Advisory Group along with Dr. Kent Bishop, president of ProMedica’s Women’s and Children’s Service line, to advise and provide guidance for the center’s research agenda.

“The College of Medicine is made up of a tremendous group of researchers, physicians and learners who can offer new insight and innovative ways to address current health issues and how they relate to the different social determinants,” Brunicardi said. “This center will provide an extraordinary opportunity for the clinical and translational research done locally to have a positive impact and be adopted on a national level.”

The center, which will be one of the first of its kind in the nation to be rooted in an integrated health-care delivery organization, will be uniquely positioned to tackle the complex questions and issues surrounding the effects of the social determinants of health and help prepare the next generation of health-care providers through the development of robust medical curriculum and real-life practicum.

Hunt Returns to Glass Bowl, honored as No. 7 on UT’s All-Century Football Team

A special guest made an appearance at the Rockets’ football game in the Glass Bowl Oct. 21. But he certainly was no stranger to Toledo fans.

Kareem Hunt, Toledo’s all-time leading rusher and a meteoric rookie for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, was back on campus along with fellow NFL rookie Treyvon Hester to witness the Rockets’ 48-21 victory over Akron on a sunny autumn afternoon.

Kareem Hunt waved to UT fans after President Sharon L. Gaber and Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien honored him for being voted No. 7 on Toledo’s All-Century Football Team.

Hunt also was presented with a framed photo commemorating his spot on the UT’s All-Century Football Team during a break in the first quarter by President Sharon L. Gaber along with Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien.

Hunt was unable to attend the original ceremony Sept. 16 honoring the top 50 players in Toledo’s 100-year history. The University is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of its football program, which was founded in 1917.

“It’s a great honor to be No. 7 on the All-Century Team with all those great players of the past,” Hunt said.

Hunt, who is leading the NFL in rushing and recently was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated,
is No. 7 on the All-Century Football Team. He rushed for 4,945 yards from 2013 to 2016 for the Rockets before he was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.

He is only the second rookie in NFL history, along with Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, to gain at least 100 yards from scrimmage in his first seven games.

UTMC completes Joint Commission accreditation survey

The Joint Commission visited The University of Toledo Medical Center and outpatient facilities and while official results aren’t expected for another week, preliminary findings have been positive.

“We are leaving here today [Oct. 20] with a very thin report – one of the most minimal looking reports we have seen this year,” said Katherine Chamberlain, Joint Commission nurse surveyor and team leader, during the exit interview. “We are exceptionally proud of the good work you have done here. Congrats. It’s a job well done.”

UT Medical Center

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies 21,000 health-care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission accreditation and certification is a voluntary process that is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

“I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone for the enormous amount of work and dedication that contributed to these positive results,” said Dan Barbee, CEO of UTMC. “I am very proud of the efforts of the entire UTMC team.”

Rockets blast Akron, 48-21; Woodside throws five TDs

Senior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for 304 yards and five touchdowns, including three in the first quarter, to lead Toledo to a 48-21 victory over Akron in the Glass Bowl Saturday afternoon.

Woodside, who completed 17 of 24 passes, hit 10 different receivers on the day. Junior Jon’Vea Johnson led the way with five catches and two scores. Senior Terry Swanson led the ground attack with 123 yards on 20 carries.

The Rockets had a lot to celebrate as they defeated Akron to stay undefeated in the Mid-American Conference.

Toledo’s defense held Akron to 333 yards of total offense, including 119 in the first half when Toledo held a 24-7 lead. The Zips, who had 42 yards rushing on 24 attempts, never got any closer as the Rockets scored two more times in the third quarter to take an insurmountable 38-7 lead.

Sophomore safety Kahlil Robinson led Toledo with nine tackles. Junior defensive end Olasunkanmi Adeniyi had four tackles, a tackle for loss, and two QB hurries.

Toledo (6-1, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) took the opening kickoff and drove 60 yards in seven plays, capped by a terrific 24-yard touchdown catch by Jon’Vea Johnson. Johnson leaped and pulled the ball away from an Akron defender in the back of the end zone to give Toledo a 7-0 lead.

The Rockets’ next drive was thwarted when Woodside’s pass deflected off a receiver’s hands and into the arms of Akron’s Ulysees Gilbert, who returned the interception 14 yards to the UA 29-yard line. But moments later, Woodside struck again, hitting sophomore Desmond Phillips down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown. It was the first TD reception of Phillips’ young career, and increased the margin to 14-0 with 3:12 left in the first quarter.

Toledo’s defense got the ball right back on a diving interception by redshirt freshman Justin Clark on the Akron 36-yard line. Three plays later, Woodside hit sophomore Danzel McKinley-Lewis for a 13-yard score.

Toledo’s tough defense held the Zips to 333 yards of total offense.

Akron (4-4, 3-1 MAC) trimmed the lead to 21-7 on the first play of the second quarter, a 25-yard flea-flicker from Thomas Woodson to Kobie Booker.

The Rockets answered with a 40-yard field goal by Jameson Vest to make the score 24-7 with 10:23 left in the first half. Akron failed to cut into the lead when Tom O’Leary missed a 40-yard field goal with 58 seconds left.

Vest missed a 55-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the half.

Toledo put the game away in the third quarter when Woodside hit Jon’Vean Johnson and Diontae Johnson for 25- and 11-yard touchdowns, respectively.

Akron scored twice in the fourth quarter to narrow the margin. Redshirt freshman Shakif Seymour rounded out the scoring for the Rockets with a 15-yard TD run with 1:40 left in the contest.

The Rockets next head to Ball State for a Thursday night game Oct. 26 in Muncie, Ind.

Enter Rocket fan Jeep giveaway contest

Rocket fans will have the opportunity to win a brand new vehicle as The University of Toledo has teamed up with Yark Automotive Group, Bud Light and iHeart Media for the Toledo Rocket Fan Jeep Giveaway Contest.

The contest will run through Friday, Oct. 27. Contest participants must be 21 years of age or older to enter.

There are three ways to enter:

• Text JEEP to 81530 for a chance to qualify (standard message and data rates apply);

• Go online at RocketFanYarkJeep.com or WIOT.com; or

• Enter at the Toledo vs. Northern Illinois football game Thursday, Nov. 2.

Entries are limited to one per person.

Two finalists will be selected via text or online entry, with the third finalist being chosen at the game.

All three finalists will receive a key, and one lucky fan will have the key to start and win a 2017 Jeep Wrangler.

For a chance to win, all entrants must be present at the game.

Tickets for the game can be purchased at the UT Athletic Ticket Office, online at utrockets.com, or by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653). Tickets are half-off for UT employees and retirees, and UT students are admitted free to home games with ID.

Two-way traffic to resume on Bancroft Street

By the end of Friday, Oct. 20, two-way traffic is scheduled to resume on West Bancroft Street.

“There will still be lane restrictions until the week of Nov. 6, but traffic will continue to be maintained in both directions,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said.

The sewer project construction on Bancroft will conclude for the year in early November.

Work will continue on the project in March.

UTMC joins Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network

To better serve the people in the Toledo region who suffer from addiction, The University of Toledo Medical Center has joined the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the nation’s leading nonprofit treatment provider and its Patient Care Network is the first of its kind in the addiction treatment industry working to address the needs of patients beginning their recovery journey.

“We saw the need and felt the obligation to join the fight against substance misuse that is so prevalent in the Toledo community, the state of Ohio and our nation,” said Dan Barbee, CEO of UT Medical Center. “As a member of the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network, we will have access to resources, best practices and most-effective treatment approaches that will be invaluable additions to our current care provided in the UTMC Adult Detoxification Inpatient Unit to aid our patients as they work toward a successful, long-term recovery.”

In April, UTMC opened a 10-bed inpatient, acute detox unit for adults ages 18 and older. The unit has treated about 320 patients with a nearly 94 percent program completion rate.

“The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s experience, knowledge and expertise uniquely position us as a ‘center of excellence’ to share our clinical best practices and tools with other leading-edge health-care providers through our innovative Patient Care Network,” said Bob Poznanovich, executive director of business development for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. “We are committed to sharing our multifaceted, evidence-based approach to confronting the opioid crisis with states like Ohio, and our own system benefits mightily from collaborating with other leading-edge health-care providers like The University of Toledo Medical Center.”

As a member of the Patient Care Network, UTMC will gain access to tools, resources and collaborative consultation for its leadership, staff, patients, families and communities. This is especially timely as the opioid crisis places added pressures on hospital systems, substance use disorder treatment providers, primary acute mental health providers, and other specialty providers across the country.

To learn more, visit hazeldenbettyford.org/professionals/patient-care-network.

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.