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Professional development events available to UT women in science fields

University of Toledo female students, staff and faculty interested in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) fields are encouraged to take advantage of upcoming Association for Women in Science (AWIS) opportunities.

AWIS logo“The Association for Women in Science is the largest multidisciplinary organization for women working in STEMM,” said Dr. Susanne Nonekowski, associate lecturer in the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry and president of the AWIS Northwestern Ohio Chapter. “These events are designed to support equity and full participation of women in all science-related disciplines and across all employment sectors.”

A workshop for preparing a professional social media profile titled “How to Craft the Perfect LinkedIn Profile in 30 Minutes” will take place Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Martin Conference Room of the Frederick and Mary Wolfe Center on Health Science Campus.

awis flyerMary Jo Borden, practicum coordinator in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will share best practices for creating a presence online and explain how to use LinkedIn’s search functions to build a professional network. A photographer also will be on hand to take professional headshots.

“This workshop will be valuable to students, faculty and staff,” Nonekowski said. “Whether you are new to LinkedIn or if it has been a while since you updated your profile, this event will have you looking your best online.”

The group also is seeking individuals interested in becoming members of its Mentorship Circle.

“We are looking for anyone interested in connecting with other women in the STEMM fields in order to build relationships and learn from those who were once in their shoes,” Nonekowski said. “Mentors can be from any science-related career field, whether academic or professional. We want individuals who are motivated and interested in supporting other women as they grow in STEMM careers.” 

Mentors and mentees will be paired according to career interest and meet once a month throughout the academic year.

“The Mentorship Circle is in the planning stages, but we want to be sure that everyone who is interested has the chance to join us before mentoring teams are established,” she said. “There have been several successful Mentorship Circles across the country, and we are excited to bring this program to the Toledo area.”

Nonekowski said UT is an institutional partner with AWIS, which means any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a STEMM field can register with the organization for free at awis.org/utoledo. When registering, students should be sure to choose the Northwestern Ohio Chapter to be notified of local activities.

“We are grateful to the University for their support of AWIS,” Nonekowski said. “This partnership is instrumental to the support of female science students and professionals across northwest Ohio.”

For more information about AWIS, to join the Mentorship Circle, or to register for the LinkedIn event, call 419.530.1979 or email susanne.nonekowski@utoledo.edu.

Commuter Fall Fest set for Oct. 27

Get into the spirit of the season: Stop by Commuter Fall Fest Thursday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

Enter a pumpkin-painting contest and have free pizza and other fall treats, including popcorn and candy.

Palm readers and psychics will be on hand, as well as caricature artists.

Detroit musician Charity Ward will perform her mixture of R&B, soul and funk starting at noon.

The free event is sponsored by Commuter Student Services and the Office of Student Involvement Leadership in the Division of Student Affairs.

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Two Department of Music concerts offer variation on Halloween theme

The University of Toledo Department of Music will present two Halloween-themed concerts, but each will offer a performance distinctly different from the other.

On Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., the UT Concert Chorale will perform “Totentanz” (“Dance of Death”), a choral arrangement by Hugo Distler of Franz Liszt’s famous work.

HalloweenConcertThen on Sunday, Oct. 30, the UT bands will perform a program of chillers and thrillers from classical music through modern Broadway hits.

Distler’s “Totentanz” was written while he was an organist at a church in Lübeck, Germany, when the Nazis were in power and fear of death dominated thoughts daily. After seeing the wall mural of the Dance of Death in St. Mary’s Church, he decided to write a choral work set to Liszt’s music, telling the stories of the characters in the mural as they make their fateful dance with death.

UT’s performance also will feature a multimedia presentation created by UT film student John Leo. In addition, the evening will showcase rarely performed selections from Distler’s “Elf kleine Klavierstucke für die Jugend” (“Eleven Short Piano Pieces for Youth”) played by piano performance major Mercy Olson.

The “Totentanz” concert will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

The UT Bands Halloween concert will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. in Doermann Theater.

The University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform music from Hollywood’s scariest movies, a medley of haunting Broadway hits, as well as spine-tingling selections of classical music.

Costumes are not required, but are highly encouraged for this family-friendly event, where treats will be provided.

For more information on the free, public concerts, visit the UT Department of Music at utoledo.edu/al/svpa/music.

New trail along Ottawa River to be dedicated on UT’s Main Campus

A new walking path by the Ottawa River on UT’s Main Campus will be dedicated Thursday, Oct. 27, at 9 a.m.

The gravel trail, which extends from the Law Center to Secor Road, was constructed along the waterway.

The new gravel path along the Ottawa River starts behind the Law Center and extends to Secor Road.

The new gravel path along the Ottawa River starts behind the Law Center and extends to Secor Road.

“This trail, which was paid for by the Student Green Fund, will be a great way to experience the Ottawa River,” said Dr. Patrick Lawrence, chair of the UT President’s Commission on the River and associate dean of social and behavioral sciences in the College of Arts and Letters.

“You never know what you might see. We have more than 40 fish species in the river. And this summer we’ve also reported muskrats, deer, turtles, frogs, blue heron, mallard ducks and Canada geese,” Lawrence, professor of geography and planning, added. 

Lawrence is scheduled to speak at the dedication, which will take place on the south side of the Law Center. If it rains, the ceremony will be held inside the Law Center.

“We’re lucky to have the Ottawa River running through our campus,” Lawrence said. “We’ve worked hard to improve the aquatic and forest habitat along the 3,700 feet through Main Campus.”

Biblical violence topic of UT Center for Religious Understanding lecture

The University of Toledo Center for Religious Understanding will host a lecture titled “Unnecessary Roughness: American Perspectives on Biblical Violence” Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Libbey Hall.

The lecture will be given by Dr. Yonatan S. Miller, the Markowicz Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies and director of the UT Center for Religious Understanding.

unnecessary roughness posterHe received his doctoral and master’s degrees in Jewish studies from Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. After completing his PhD in 2015, he held a postdoctoral appointment as a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard’s Center for Jewish Studies.

His research examines the interpretive reception of the Hebrew Bible among ancient Jewish writers, with particular focus on the continuities, adaptations and appropriations of biblical motifs in Jewish literature, from the Dead Sea Scrolls through the Babylonian Talmud.

“The lecture is an outgrowth of my doctoral research. I employ football and other illustrative analogies from contemporary American society to better make sense of — although not to justify — what might seem like senseless acts of biblical violence,” Miller said.

“While I can say with a relative degree of confidence that these violent narratives are literary fictions, my purpose is not to justify them, but to understand why they were created, where they came from, and how they functioned over time,” Miller said. “By shedding light on these developments, my hope is that we can better grapple with some otherwise disturbing biblical stories and gain a better understanding of a foundational religious text.”

The Philip Markowicz Lecture in Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies is an event for both the University and the wider lay community from greater Toledo. The lecture is sponsored by Markowicz’s children, Dr. Allen Markowicz and Sylvia Neal, in honor of their father’s continuing passion for the academic study of the Hebrew Bible, which continues with vigor, even now into his ninth decade of life. 

Complimentary tickets are required for the free, public event; RSVP at cfru.eventbrite.com.

Free parking is available in Lot 13. For more information on campus building and parking locations, visit utol.do/directions.

For additional information, email cfru@utoledo.edu.

Faculty member receives career award to advance research

Dr. Emily Diehm, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, has received the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association’s 2016 Advancing Academic Research Career Award.



According to the association, this honor is intended to support young faculty members advance their academic and research careers in the field of communication sciences and disorders. The award is a formal mentorship program and also includes $5,000.

The award not only focuses on research, but also funds proposals that include a teaching component.

“My teaching portion of the application I wrote included a lot of discussion of a ‘flipped classroom’ as I’d eventually like to provide my students with lots of hands-on opportunities while in graduate school to learn how to conduct assessments and develop practice intervention techniques,” Diehm said.

She began researching child language and literacy problems during her undergraduate studies in 2007 and became a speech-language pathologist in 2010.

Along with child literacy problems, Diehm is researching the content and pedagogical knowledge that speech-language pathologists and teachers have with respect to dialectal variations.

“All of us speak a dialect. Linguistically, there is no single dialect that is better than the others,” she explained. “I want to make sure that teachers and speech-language pathologists are able to identify features of non-standard dialect use and provide culturally sensitive instruction.”

With a background in American Sign Language, Diehm became interested in the connection between language and literacy after she learned of low literacy rates among those who communicate through sign language.

“The long-term goal of my research would be to better identify students who are likely at risk for literacy disorders and provide appropriate interventions that target their specific deficit areas before they even begin to struggle with reading and writing,” Diehm said.

Eberly Center launches new partnership projects

The Catharine S. Eberly Center has several events slated this week.

The Eberly Center will hold an open house Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. to kick off its partnership with the Women of Waterford Foundation.

Members of the Women of Waterford Foundation and The University of Toledo communities are welcome to come for an informative evening to learn more about the center’s programs and services. Donations of clean, gently used professional clothing on hangers will be accepted at this event.

In honor of National Novel Writing Month in November, the Eberly Center is teaming up with Carlson Library and the Writing Center to offer several events. “Women Writing: Finding Our Voices, Sharing Our Stories” will take place Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room. The event will focus on the writing and publishing process.

This partnership also is providing support for participants of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), an organization formed to provide a structured writing schedule throughout November. By following the national guidelines, participants will have enough written to edit into a 200-page novel. For a schedule of group writing sessions and workshops, click here.

To foster academic research and writing, the Eberly Center is promoting the cultivation of a supportive environment with its new series, Lunch With a Purpose. Each month, participants will bring their lunches and hear presentations of work from women researchers at The University of Toledo. The expectation is for participants to offer feedback and camaraderie.

The first Lunch With a Purpose will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Eberly Center, located in Tucker Hall Room 0168. Dr. Celia Williamson, UT professor of social work and director of the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute, will present “Human Trafficking 101 With an Emphasis on the Role of Domestic Violence in Trafficking.” To RSVP for this free event, click here.

For more information about the Eberly Center, how to partner for events or series, and how you can get involved, call the Eberly Center at 419.530.8570.

UT pharmacy students host bowling tournament to support cancer patients

A pair of University of Toledo pharmacy students are on a roll when it comes to fighting cancer.

Jacob Garfield and Ryan Brown teamed up last year to create “Strike Out Cancer,” a bowling tournament to benefit UT Health’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center. Nearly 80 teams participated, raising more than $2,500.

Microsoft Word - 2nd Annual UT STRIKE OUT CANCER flyer (002).doc“We received so much positive feedback after last year’s event and had so much fun, we decided to do it again,” Brown said. “We have room for 360 bowlers and would love to fill all the spots. We are aiming to double our donation to the Dana Cancer Center this year.”

The second annual “UT Strike Out Cancer” bowling tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 28, from 9:30 p.m. to midnight at New Glass Bowl Lanes, 5133 Telegraph Road. The evening also will include a Halloween costume contest, door prizes, a raffle, music, concessions and a cash bar.

The tournament is a 9-Pin No Tap Dutch Doubles format.

“In this style of play, taking down nine pins equals a strike,” Garfield said. “Teams of two bowlers will play alternate shots throughout the game, with the only time one of the pair completes a frame alone is when scoring a strike.”

Teams will play three games with each game adding to the team’s final score. The top team in each division — all male teams, all female teams and co-ed teams — will win a cash prize, Garfield said.

Chris Kosinski, Dana Cancer Center clinic manager, said funds raised from the event support patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

“Patients received integrated supportive therapies, including therapeutic hand massages and guided imagery,” he said. “These techniques help patients manage the physical and emotional stress that cancer treatment can cause. They help to support the patient’s stamina and well-being, and we are grateful for the work Jacob and Ryan have done to raise funds for this type of care.”

Registration is $20 and includes three games and shoe and ball rental. Teams can register here before Tuesday, Oct. 25, or at the event.

UT distance learning instructor recognized by Quality Matters

The University of Toledo continues to earn accolades for its online courses.

Jessica Kruger, a UT doctoral student in health education, teaches three classes that have been recognized by Quality Matters, a peer review process that certifies the design of online and blended courses.



The courses recently recognized are:

• HEAL 1310: Nutrition for Fitness and Health, which is for all majors and teaches foundational knowledge of nutrition.

• HEAL 1360: Alcohol and Contemporary Issues in College, which focuses on the effects alcohol can have on college students.

• HEAL 3300: Drug Awareness, which teaches everything about drugs, legal and illegal, good and bad.

“It is important to make sure courses are meeting a standard, include more rigorous work, and focus on the student,” Kruger said.

“We work hard with our health education doctoral students to help develop their teaching skills, but Jessica has gone above and beyond to maximize her teaching effectiveness in the online learning environment,” Dr. Joseph A. Dake, professor and chair of the School of Population Health, said. “We are proud to have her as one of our majors.”

Kruger said programs like Quality Matters are important because instructors can take what the QM peer review team suggests and improve the course being taught.

“I encourage students to try online courses and to pay close attention to whether or not a course is Quality Matters-approved,” Kruger said. “Having Quality Matters approval shows that the class has been reviewed for its design and that it is put together in a way that is conducive for student learning and is easy to navigate.”

Kruger believes distance learning is important because it is a great way to provide students with more flexibility; however, it requires strong self-discipline.

“Just because a course is online does not mean it is easy or takes less time,” Kruger said. “Online courses require students to be self-motivated to work on projects and learn the materials on a schedule.”

Faculty who would like to learn more about Quality Matters or the course review process are encouraged to contact Phoebe Ballard, director of instructional design and development, at phoebe.ballard@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4379.

Author to discuss campus racism at diversity dialogue Oct. 24

The latest installment to the Dialogues on Diversity and Inclusion series will take place Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

“Know Better/Do Better: Deeper Reasons Why Campus Racism Exists” will be presented by Lawrence C. Ross, author of The Divine Nine and Blackballed. This lecture will focus on why campus racism exists and how to overcome it.

Ross talkRoss’ lecture will cover the systemic racism that has been observed on college campuses for generations and has been ignored. Ross looks at it from four different viewpoints: policy, symbolism, overt racist acts and racial micro-aggressions.

“As you’ve seen over the past couple of years, there’s been more than 100 different campus racism protests, and it’s evident that colleges and universities aren’t prepared to handle it,” Ross said. “Colleges and universities are places where we educate our future leaders, and if they’re not fostering an environment that is racism-free, or creating an inclusive environment, what does that say for the future of American society?”

The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book-signing event.

Henderson Hill, assistant dean of multicultural student success, said the decision to spotlight this topic was influenced by questions and concerns about current racial tensions and issues around the country.

“I think that people should attend this discussion because it is an opportunity to have a program facilitated by a content expert who does work related to race, culture and inclusion,” Hill said.

Ross was chosen to speak after a group of students heard him at a national conference and felt that he would be a good fit for the series.

“Our students were impressed by Lawrence Ross, and we are extremely excited for him to visit the University and share his powerful point of view on why racism still exists on college campuses and how we can all work together to create an environment where all feel like they belong,” Dr. Willie McKether, UT vice president for diversity and inclusion.

McKether led UT’s effort to create a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion, which is available on the Office for Diversity and Inclusion website at utoledo.edu/diversity.

According to Ross’ website, his newest book, Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses, tackles the historical and contemporary issues surrounding campus racism.

“Racism isn’t about false equivalence, or ‘I just feels…’; campus racism has a real-life effect on the students who are the targets and those who do the targeting,” Ross said. “To get a comprehensive understanding of it, people should get out of their own myopic point of view and see how deep the problem is.”

Ross’ visit is sponsored by the offices of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Student Success, and Student Involvement and Leadership.

“It is really important for all students to come out to hear Lawrence Ross and other speakers like him,” Donovan Nichols, assistant dean for student involvement and leadership said. “It is an opportunity for students to dig deeper and gain more understanding about an issue that is extremely prevalent in our nation and on our campus.”

For more information on the free, public event, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Success at 419.530.2261.