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Rocket Student Suit-Up event scheduled for March 25

The University of Toledo Career Services, in collaboration with JCPenney, will host the UT Suit-Up Event at JCPenney in Franklin Park Mall Sunday, March 25, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

During this event, UT students and recent graduates will be able to purchase everything they need to finish their look for that next interview or new job: suits, dresses, sports coats, dress pants, shoes and accessories at an additional 40 percent off. Students must show their UT ID to get into the event and to receive a special discount card. 

“This is a terrific partnership with JCPenney, where students will be able to take advantage of this discount and build their professional wardrobe for a new job or their first big interview,” said Shelly Drouillard, director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services. “All UT students and recent graduates are encouraged to attend.”

Sephora inside JCPenney will offer a chance to win prizes and provide free mini-makeovers.

The night also will have free salon consultation and express bar hair touch-up. In addition, on-the-spot portraits will be available for discounted headshots.

A free shuttle bus will run to and from the event with pickup at the University Main Campus Transportation Loop. Shuttle times and event details may be found at utoledo.edu/success/career.

The Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services works to connect students to meaningful learning experiences and assist students with major and career exploration.

Question may be directed to Christine Albright, career consultant, at christine.albright@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4454.

Songfest to raise funds for Veterans Matter

Since 1937, UT students have been brought together by song, dance and philanthropy for Songfest.

This year, student organizations will compete to raise money for Veterans Matter under the theme: “Billboard Hits: No Time Like the Present.”

Songfest 2018 will be held Saturday, March 24, at 5 p.m. in Savage Arena.

Veterans Matter was founded in 2012 and is a rapid-response system partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Homeless Veterans program to allow homeless veterans to find housing. Money raised helps cover the deposit or first month’s rent so veterans can move in quickly. Today, Veterans Matter operates in 16 states as well as Washington, D.C.

“We chose Veterans Matter this year because the members of both Mortar Board and Blue Key see the need for our local homeless veterans,” said Tayler Bowen, emcee for Songfest. “We decided there was a need to give back to those who gave so much for us.”

This year’s Songfest theme gives participants the opportunity to choose songs that were produced within the past decade.

“In the past, the theme has historically been based around older songs that were produced 10-plus years ago,” Bowen said. “We looked to get the organizations and community excited by only selecting songs from the past 10 years. We think this is a really fun change of pace for everyone and will keep everyone excited.”

Songfest will have 21 groups participating, and organizers hope to raise $25,000 for Veterans Matter.

Many hours of practice go into the weeks and months leading up to Songfest, and the performances that result have led to the event becoming one of the most highly anticipated of spring semester.

In addition to the musical numbers, Blue Key National Honor Fraternity and Mortar Board National Honor Society, the Songfest sponsors, hold their recognition and tapping ceremonies during the event.

“We look forward to sharing our beloved tradition with all students, faculty and staff, alumni and the rest of the Toledo community,” Bowen said. “People should be there to see the event come together and all of the hard work that the organizations have put into their performances.”

Donations will be collected at the event, or go to veteransmatter.org/utsongfest.

Annual UTMC chili cook-off competition set for March 23

The University of Toledo Medical Center will host its annual Chili Cook-Off Championship Friday, March 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Four Seasons Bistro outside the Pinnacle Lounge. 

Fifteen contestants representing several departments have entered to have their chili recipes judged by UTMC CEO Daniel Barbee; Dr. Michael Ellis, chief medical officer; and Allen Siefert, chief administrative officer of outpatient integrated clinic operations.

The winner of the contest will be announced by emcees Monecca Smith, chief nursing officer, and Mario Toussaint, chief experience officer.

The winning department will receive a trophy to display for a year, a catered lunch, and a prize package.

Spectators at the event will receive complimentary chili or vegetable chili from the Four Seasons Bistro.

UT Opera Ensemble to present ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Magic and fantasy will take center stage as The University of Toledo Opera Ensemble presents Benjamin Britten’s opera of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Performances will be held Friday through Sunday, March 23-25, in Doermann Theatre. Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7 p.m., and the Sunday performance will be at 3 p.m.

Britten’s English libretto brings song to the colorful world of Shakespeare’s famous play. Fairy-King Oberon orders Puck to gather a special love-potent herb to anoint the eyes of Tytania to fall in love with whomever or whatever she sees. Much to Oberon’s delight, she falls in love with a donkey.

Puck also sets out to sprinkle Demetrius, hoping to get him to fall in love with Helena. But things go awry when the mischievous Puck gets it wrong. Can love ever be put aright?

The cast features Micah Graber as Oberon and UT students Paige Chapman as Tytania, Alana Miller Scaglioni as Helena, Moises Salazar as Lysander, Meridian Prall as Hermia, and Justin Bays as Demetrius.

Fairies will be played by Robin Stafford Smithberger and UT students Sydney Kraus, Mackenzie Payton and Ashley Roark. UT students Caris Croy and Ashley Venrick will be fairies at large.

Rustics will be portrayed by Jordan Loyd, Phil Smith and Mark Blowers; UT alumnus Devon Desmond; and UT students William Floss and Brandon Warren.

Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini, assistant professor of music, is producing and helping to direct the show. Scaglioni is an assistant director of the production, and Quincy Joyner is the stage director. Wayne Anthony is the rehearsal accompanist and vocal coach.

A chamber orchestra led by Matthew Forte, UT director of orchestral studies, also will perform.

Tickets $10 to $15 are available through the Center for Performing Arts Box Office and online at utoledo.tix.com.

Tee it up: Members needed for UT Women’s Golf League

The University of Toledo Women’s Golf League is looking for a few new members.

The league is open to faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees and friends of UT at all playing levels. Individuals can be matched to a partner.

The league plays Thursday evenings from May through August at Valleywood Golf Club, 13502 Airport Highway, Swanton.   

League fees are approximately $325.

For more information on the league, contact Deb Houck of IT/Clinical Informatics, at 419.383.5429.

UT scientists awarded $400,000 grant to study wildlife in Oak Openings region

A team of ecologists at The University of Toledo was awarded a two-year state wildlife grant from Ohio and Michigan to study flagship species of the Oak Openings region to better inform conservation and management strategies.

Using radio telemetry, Dr. Jeanine Refsnider, evolutionary ecologist and assistant professor in the UT Department of Environmental Sciences, and Dr. Henry Streby, ornithologist and assistant professor in the UT Department of Environmental Sciences, will focus on the productivity and survival of red-headed woodpeckers, eastern box turtles and spotted turtles particularly in the oak savanna and wet prairie habitats in northwest Ohio and southern Michigan.

Spotted turtles like this one in the Oak Openings region will be monitored by UT researchers thanks to funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The two-year study will include conservation strategies for three species.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are funding the work with a $400,000 grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“Oak savanna and wet prairie habitats have drastically declined in this area during the last century,” Refsnider said. “We are interested in three flagship species of Oak Openings ecosystems. If they’re doing well, the ecosystem is probably doing well. But if the animals are there yet not successfully producing offspring, the populations will continue to decline and possibly go extinct. We want to give conservationists a powerful tool to optimize the landscape and maintain wildlife populations, and that requires knowing not just whether rare species are present, but also whether they are reproducing successfully.”

Work begins in the spring on the study, which is titled “Distribution, Density and Demography of Red-Headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Box Turtles and Spotted Turtles in Oak Openings of Ohio and Michigan.”

The eastern box turtle also is part of the UT study funded by a $400,000 grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“If the habitat is good for charismatic mega fauna, there’s a good chance it’s right for the whole system,” Streby said. “If it’s bad for one of these, it’s likely representing underlying problems for all species.”

Radio transmitters will be epoxied to the turtles and harnessed to the woodpeckers. They do not inhibit the animal’s movement.

For all three species, UT researchers will be conducting distribution and density surveys, monitoring adults with radio-telemetry, monitoring nests, and tracking juveniles with radio-telemetry when they leave the nest.

Researchers will then use nest and juvenile survival data to determine which landscape compositions and configurations result in the best overall productivity for any species individually and all three together. 

“We want to identify the recipe for a quality habitat and map where nests might have the highest success in getting what they need for a self-sustaining population,” Streby said. “The Oak Openings region is a complex patchwork of wetlands, uplands, thin forest, dense forest, prairie and wet prairie. This comprehensive study is necessary to demonstrate which parts of the habitat are working and inform conservation management in the future.”

Red-headed woodpeckers, like this one on the hand of UT graduate student Kyle Pagel, will be monitored in the Oak Openings region during the two-year study.

Science center CEO to discuss STEMM roles for women

Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, will speak Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium.

She will give the keynote address as part of The University of Toledo’s celebration of Women’s History Month.


Matthews was selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the 100 most influential women in Michigan in 2016. She also was honored as a Michigan Chronicle Woman of Achievement for her act of inspiring others through vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service.

Since she was named president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center in 2013, Matthews has worked to increase female involvement within STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) fields. She has implemented several programs, including career exploration fairs, innovative professional development for teachers, and the STEMinista Project, an initiative supporting the science interest of middle school girls.

During her lecture, Matthews will discuss strong female leaders and their diverse management styles. She will provide emphasis on women in STEMM fields.

“I’m honored to participate in the Women’s History Month celebration at The University of Toledo,” Matthews said. “Women provide an important voice and perspective that is critical to innovation and progress. There is a need to better engage and encourage girls in STEMM and to support this need. It’s up to us to inspire the next generation of women scientists, engineers and innovators.”

Matthews also shares inspiration through poetry. She has published four poetry collections and is a Library of Congress Center for the Book honoree.

Danielle Stamper, interim program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, believes Matthew’s lecture will be motivating to UT students.

“I believe that Dr. Tonya Matthews will encourage and empower women, especially women of color, to pursue STEMM careers,” Stamper said. “I am excited to hear from Dr. Matthews how her passions of poetry and writing have advanced her in the STEMM fields.”

Matthews received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical and electrical engineering from Duke University and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She was a biomedical engineer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and she worked at museums in Maryland and Ohio.

The free, public event is sponsored by the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of Multicultural Student Success, with additional support from the Jesup Scott Honors College and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Outstanding Staff Award nominations due April 2

Take a few minutes to nominate UT staff members who exceed expectations and enhance the University environment for students, patients, staff, faculty and the community.

Nominations for the 2018 Outstanding Staff Awards are due Monday, April 2.

Eligible nominees must be full-time or part-time (20 hours or more) regular employees (contingent, temporary and intermittent employees are not eligible), and have at least two years of service at the University.

Senior administrators and previous award recipients are ineligible if they have received the UT Outstanding Staff Award within the past three years.

All nominees will be acknowledged at an awards ceremony Thursday, April 26, at noon at the Thomas and Elizabeth Brady Engineering Innovation Center. A total of five employees will be selected to receive awards and $1,000.

In addition, the Diane Hymore Exemplar of Excellence Award will be presented.

Nominations will be accepted from faculty, physicians, staff, students, patients and community members.

The selection committee for the awards consists of previous winners and a representative from Human Resources, the Professional Staff Association, and the bargaining units.

The selection committee will consider:
• Career accomplishments and outstanding contributions on the job;

• Commitment to improvement and innovation; and

• Leadership and loyalty to The University of Toledo community.

The nomination form is open until April 2 and is available here.

For more information, email michelle.peterson@utoledo.edu.

Wanted: Nominations for Diane Hymore Award

Monday, April 2, is the deadline to nominate a UT employee for the Diane Hymore Exemplar of Excellence Award.

Established in 2013, the award is presented to those often-unheralded employees who do exceptional work.


Hymore was director of senior administration operations and a longtime executive secretary to the president. She was honored in 2013 as the first recipient of the award. She passed away in 2015.

Nominations are open for the 2018 award, which will be presented to an individual whose work defines the core values of the University in Hymore’s spirit of support, encouragement and service.

The nomination form is available here.

The award will be presented at a staff recognition ceremony Thursday, April 26, at noon at the Thomas and Elizabeth Brady Engineering Innovation Center.

Match Day brings excitement, life changes to UT medical students

Congratulatory cheers, hugs and tears were on full display at the annual Match Day celebration, when the next generation of physicians opened envelopes that revealed their residency placements.

“Match Day is a pivotal moment in the lives of medical students,” Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and executive vice president for clinical affairs, said. “Our students work tirelessly during their medical school career to reach this point. It is humbling to witness this day and experience the excitement of our students when they open their envelopes.”

Christina Camick was matched to her top choice, UT, in general surgery.

Retaining top talent in the area continues to trend in a positive direction with 10 percent of the 156 fourth-year medical students graduating in May staying in northwest Ohio to continue their training.

Christina Camick matched to UT for her residency in general surgery, her top choice.

“I woke up a little nervous, but excited,” Camick said. “Toledo is a strong program, and I knew if it was meant to be it would work out. The faculty members are outstanding. They are approachable and knowledgeable. I am very excited.”

Grace Maltbie will go to Case Western/University Hospitals close to her parents where she will be a resident in the radiology department.

“I really enjoyed radiology and would be able to spend more time with my daughter,” said Maltbie, who attended the event with her daughter in matching outfits. “I am a single mom and have been dreaming of this day. Whenever things would get hard, I would just think about Match Day and being here with my daughter. It means a lot.”

Grace Anne Maltbie and her 3-year old daughter, Anna Maria, celebrated her match to Case Western/University Hospitals.

Mike Maltbie, Grace’s father, was particularly excited with his daughter’s placement.

“I work at Case Western Reserve University doing information security, so I will be able to walk to a Starbucks and bring my daughter coffee after she’s had a long shift,” he said.

In addition to getting matched to the University of Pittsburgh in obstetrics and gynecology, Latima Collins also personally “matched” to her significant other when she became engaged at Match Day.

“I am excited because I matched and I got engaged to the love of my life,” Collins said. “I am in shock! I am on cloud nine and thank God for everything that has happened today.”

UT medical students matched to institutions across the country; these included Yale New Haven Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Duke University Medical Center.

Latima Collins celebrated her match to the University of Pittsburgh and her engagement to Andrew Anamanya, who waited to pop the question at the ceremony.

This year, students matched into 23 specialties, with 71, or 46 percent, in primary care fields, and 50, or 31 percent, entering other specialties. The top specialties for this graduating class were internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine and anesthesiology.
Ohio was the most popular state with 61 students matching here. The second most popular state was Michigan with 19, followed by Pennsylvania with12. Overall, students matched with programs in 29 states.