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UT student input needed to build downtown Toledo master plan

Students at The University of Toledo are invited be part of the 22nd Century Committee’s development of a master plan for downtown Toledo.

The UT Department of Geography and Planning and the UT Urban Affairs Center will host a public meeting Monday, Feb. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Student Union Room 3018.

Planning for Downtown:Ê  Livability, Innovation, and the Future“It is critical that this process include new students and millennials,” said Cindy Kerr, executive director of the Downtown Toledo Improvement District. “They should have an impact and a stake in the future considering their most sought-after residential location after graduation is downtown. We want to make sure their voices are heard so developers continue to offer things that interest them and promote growth for generations.”

“At Monday’s meeting, we will go through our initial analysis for downtown Toledo,” said Andrew Overbeck, principal at MKSK, a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm. “We will open up the meeting for questions and discussion in order to capture the wisdom of the students.”

“Young professionals interested in being involved in what downtown Toledo could look like in the future should attend the meeting,” said Dr. Patrick Lawrence, UT professor and chair of geography and planning. “What would make you stay in Toledo after graduation?”

The 22nd Century Committee, a public-private partnership of 27 local government, business, nonprofit, labor and education leaders, was created to bring together the many plans for downtown development into a single, comprehensive master plan. Learn more about the group’s activities by visiting downtowntoledoplan.com.

Provost candidate discusses shared vision during first forum [video]

The first of four finalists for the position of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs held open forums Wednesday to engage with The University of Toledo faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Christopher Keil McCord, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Illinois University, spoke about the importance of creating a shared vision and turning that vision into reality during each of his forums on Main Campus and Health Science Campus.



“We face demanding challenges and exciting opportunities at this place in higher education,” he said. “We are being pressured like never before to balance our enduring values against a rapidly changing environment. We have to have a sense of vision, and we have to execute on that vision to make it matter.”

McCord said he sees the role of the provost as helping define and articulate that vision, which needs to be grounded in the University’s mission, people and environment, and then also leading the campus in bringing that vision to fruition.

McCord, who was born and raised in Ohio and served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, said community engagement is an essential role for a University. He also discussed his passion for shared governance, diversity and inclusion, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

He answered questions from the audience on topics that included supporting student entrepreneurship, serving nontraditional students, and using assessment data to make decisions.

Prior to joining Northern Illinois University in 2007, McCord served as associate dean for graduate affairs in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. He joined the UC faculty in 1986.

McCord has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Bowling Green State University and a PhD in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

To watch the Main Campus forum visit, click here.

To watch the Health Science Campus forum, click here.

For more information about the provost search and upcoming candidate forums, visit utoledo.edu/offices/provost/provostsearch.

Students encouraged to apply for Phi Kappa Phi scholarships

The University of Toledo chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is accepting applications for its Awards of Excellence scholarships for UT students who will be returning to the University fall semester 2016.

Three recipients for $500 awards will be selected.

phikappaphi728x520_q85To be eligible, students must have a GPA of 3.6 or higher or equivalent. Each applicant must submit a resumé, a 500-word essay, and two letters of recommendation.

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 18.

Applicants do not need to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to be eligible for the scholarship. Graduate students also are encouraged to apply.

The application form is available at http://bit.ly/UTPKPScholarship or by contacting Page Armstrong at 419.530.6059, Barbara Floyd at 419.530.2170 or Wade Lee at 419.530.4490.

Student Food Pantry moves on campus

Cans of corn, boxes of raisin bran and, of course, many packages of Ramen noodles are now available to students on Main Campus with the relocation of the Student Food Pantry to the Student Union.

Now in the high-traffic area off the Student Union’s main entrance, the Student Food Pantry in room 2504 across from the Commuter Lounge offers students convenient access to donated meals and snacks.

Adrienna Hutchins, a graduate assistant for the Division of Student Affairs, helped relocate the Student Food Pantry to Student Union Room 2504.

Adrienna Hutchins, a graduate assistant for the Division of Student Affairs, helped relocate the Student Food Pantry to Student Union Room 2504.

“It can be difficult to concentrate on your homework and study for a test if you are hungry or concerned about how you will get groceries. Thanks to the generosity of our faculty, staff, students and alumni, we are able to offer this resource for students to help ensure they are in a position to be successful,” said Virginia Speight, associate vice president of student affairs and director of residence life.

UT previously partnered with Toledo Campus Ministry to offer a food pantry at its location just off campus that served students by appointment. The opportunity arose to move the food pantry on campus, and student staff is on hand to serve their peers Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With their student ID, UT students can visit the Student Food Pantry twice a month to get a basket and fill it with food — three days worth of three meals per day.

The Student Food Pantry was stocked with items thanks to a campus food drive during the holiday season.

Individuals interested in making a donation of non-perishable food items should contact Speight at 419.530.7262 or virginia.speight@utoledo.edu.

Nominations needed for Rathbun Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Edith Rathbun Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award.

Take a few minutes to recognize a deserving UT faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself through exceptional community outreach and excellence in community-engaged scholarship, whether in research, teaching or professional service.

Each recipient of the Edith Rathbun Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award will receive $750. Two awardees will be chosen.

The Rathbun Excellence Award was endowed through a generous and growing gift from Edith Rathbun and further gifts from campus and community donors. It recognizes outstanding outreach and engagement scholarship in any field, discipline or area at The University of Toledo. Full-time faculty members in all colleges are eligible to receive the award. To support the award, go to https://give2UT.utoledo.edu and search Rathbun Outreach & Engagement Excellence Fund.

The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, Feb. 29.

The one-page nomination form is available at http://utole.do/rathbunawardnom.

Winners will be recognized at the UT Outstanding Awards Reception Monday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Raddison Grand Ballroom on Health Science Campus.

The selection committee is composed of faculty members who served on the Scholarship of Engagement subcommittee of UT’s former Council on Outreach and Engagement.

For more information, contact Penny Thiessen in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at penny.thiessen@utoledo.edu or 419.530.6171.

Feb. 15 lecture will answer questions for prospective medical students

When prospective medical students attend the Career Mentoring Series lecture on Monday, Feb. 15, they’ll receive both an invitation and a warning.

“It is the greatest job in the world, but some days it can be the worst job in the world,” said Dr. Blair P. Grubb, Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at The University of Toledo. “I implant pacemakers and defibrillators, which is a type of surgery, and it’s really cool to play the hero. It’s really cool to walk out and say, ‘Ma’am, I saved your husband.’ But one of these days, you have to play the villain.”



Grubb will give his talk, “What a Long Strange Trip It Has Been: Reflections on a Career in Academic Cardiology,” Monday, Feb. 15, at 5:15 p.m. as part of the UT MD Career Mentoring Series in the Nitschke Hall SSOE Room (1027). Beginning at 6 p.m., a panel of UT medical students will answer questions from the audience for an hour at the free, public event.

The title of Grubb’s talk comes from the song “Truckin’” by the Grateful Dead, one of his son’s favorite bands. His son, Alex, is a third-year medical student at the Cleveland Clinic, and Grubb gave a similar talk there recently.

Grubb earned a degree in biologic sciences from the University of Maryland in Baltimore County and the doctor of medicine from the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. He completed his residency at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he also was chief resident.

He completed a fellowship in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at Pennsylvania State University, and today Grubb leads the Electrophysiology Program as well as the Syncope and Autonomic Disorders Clinic at UTMC. He sees patients from all over the United States and the world, and has helped develop the field of autonomics, pioneering many of the diagnostic and treatment modalities that are in common use.

“If you’re not willing and ready to, in some ways, let medicine become your life — then don’t do it,” Grubb said.

He compares a life in medicine to his experiences being a parent: “You enter parenthood with the knowledge that in doing so it will become your life. And it will be a tremendous, lifelong sacrifice, but it will be worth it to you. There is no reward without sacrifice.”

Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist to perform at Tatum Scholarship concert

Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist, composer and arranger Bill Cunliffe will be the guest artist for the 2016 Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Cunliffe, who is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions, began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band. He has worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody, to name a few. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name.



He currently plays with his trio; his big band; his Latin band, Imaginación; and his classical-jazz ensemble, Trimotif. He performs in the United States and around the world as a leader and sideman, as well as a soloist with symphony orchestras.

Recent recordings include the Bill Cunliffe Trio 2013 album titled River Edge, New Jersey, with bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner, and a 2015 solo disc titled Playground Swing, which features “Wheels on the Bus,” “The Flintstones,” “Over the Rainbow” and “Happy.”

Cunliffe is a professor of music at California State University at Fullerton, where he was recognized as a distinguished faculty member in 2010. He also has written several books, including Uniquely Christmas (2012) and Jazz Piano Inventions (2005), for Alfred Publications.

The concert is presented by The University of Toledo Department of Music Jazz Studies Program. Proceeds from ticket sales support the Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship, which benefits minority students who want to study jazz at UT.

Advance tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for UT faculty, staff, alumni and students, as well as seniors 60 and older and members of the military. Visit utoledo.tix.com or call 419.530.ARTS (2787). Tickets also will be available at the door.

To support the Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship, visit https://give2UT.utoledo.edu and search Tatum.

Sandy Hook Promise speaker to stress importance of inclusion in Feb. 12 talk at UT

The Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization based in Newport, Conn., was founded by family members of the children lost in the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 with the mission to prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide and accidental discharge.

As part of its mission, the organization provides programs and training to protect children from gun violence.

sandyhook_custom-a481c0fcba4fa606696edbd695b379cf7410add3-s6-c30 copyOne of these programs, Start With Hello, will be presented by Mike Webber, a national Sandy Hook Promise trainer, Friday, Feb. 12, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Gillham Hall Room 5300 on The University of Toledo’s Main Campus.

Start With Hello is designed to teach students in grades two through 12 how to reach out to and include students dealing with social isolation in order to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or organization.

According to Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, UT associate professor of education and co-chair of the UT Anti-Bullying Task Force, the FBI and Secret Service have identified a list of traits shared by a majority of school shooters and other targeted violent perpetrators in the country, and one of these traits is feeling alienated, ridiculed and/or isolated from others.

“Start With Hello was created as part of the Sandy Hook Promise, which stresses the importance of reducing social isolation and fostering inclusion. This is especially significant when it comes to the prevention of school shootings and suicides,” said Pescara-Kovach, who researches bullying-related suicides and homicides, and is the author of School Shootings and Suicides: Why We Must Stop the Bullies.

sandy hook helloRather than speaking as he would to younger children, Webber will focus his presentation on teachers and adults to explain the program and what it takes to implement it.

This presentation is meant to be especially helpful for current and future employees of schools, youth groups and pediatric hospitals, and all community members are welcome to attend.

“The parents involved with the Sandy Hook Promise recognize that [social isolation and alienation] were a big part of shooter Adam Lanza’s life. They want to ensure that their children, who were precious first-graders, have not died in vain. Their experience will hopefully decrease these tragic accidents,” Pescara-Kovach said.

February 8-12 is Start With Hello Week. Nationally, hundreds of schools and youth organizations are participating in trainings, activities, media events, contests and more to raise awareness and educate students and the community.

For more information, contact Pescara-Kovach at 419.530.2048 or lisa.kovach@utoledo.edu.

More than 100 companies to recruit UT business students at spring job fair

Approximately 450 University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation students are expected to attend the college’s annual spring job fair Friday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Student Union.

A total of 110 companies — including Marathon, Owens-Illinois Inc., Dana Holding Corp., Coca-Cola Co., ProMedica and Owens Corning — will participate.

“Once again we are excited and happy for our students that so many well-known companies are coming to the UT College of Business and Innovation to find the talent they need,” noted Dr. Terribeth Gordon-Moore, senior associate dean of the college. “This reflects very positively on the quality of both our programs and our students. It also demonstrates the extremely dynamic and mutually beneficial relationship enjoyed by the College of Business and Innovation and recruiters for major national companies.”

She said all UT business students should plan to attend the event.

“Employers are looking for undergraduate students to participate in business internships and their leadership development programs, as well as for seniors and graduates seeking full-time employment,” she added. “Furthermore, we strongly encourage our freshman students to attend the job fair, engage these company representatives, and begin a relationship with these employers now.

“This semiannual job fair is part of what we do to prepare our students for their futures,” Gordon-Moore explained, adding that the college’s Business Career Programs office works year-round to assist students in acquiring internships and jobs upon graduation. “We strive to provide the necessary resources so our students can conduct their own tailored job searches.”

More than 85 percent of UT College of Business and Innovation students participate in internships, and the job placement rate for spring 2015 College of Business and Innovation graduates was a record 88 percent.

Deadline for Outstanding Teacher Award nominations approaching

If there is a UT faculty member in your life who deserves recognition for inspiring, motivating and challenging you and your peers, now is the time to nominate her or him for the chance to be honored as an Outstanding Teacher.

This will be the 41st year the University and the UT Alumni Association will recognize faculty members for their outstanding dedication to teaching.

The deadline to submit nominations for the Outstanding Teacher Award is Sunday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m.

All full-time faculty members who have not received the award in the past are eligible for this honor. A list of past winners is available here.

Up to six winners will be chosen by a group of past recipients and a Student Government representative, and all committee deliberations and the content of nominations remain confidential.

Recipients will receive a cash award of $1,500 and recognition by the University, the UT Alumni Association and President Sharon L. Gaber.

Nominations should include specific examples that demonstrate the nominee’s ability as an outstanding teacher as the supporting statements in the nomination weigh heavily during the evaluation.

“The faculty at UT are hardworking and should be recognized for the time they invest to help their students learn the skills to succeed after graduation,” said Amanda Schwartz, associate director of UT alumni relations.

To place a nomination, go online to http://utole.do/outstandingteachernom.

Winners will be recognized at the UT Outstanding Awards Reception Monday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Raddison Grand Ballroom on Health Science Campus.

For more information, contact Schwartz at amanda.schwartz@utoledo.edu.