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Finalists named for UT CFO position

Four finalists for the position of executive vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer will hold open forums in May to engage with The University of Toledo community.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to get to know the candidates at four open forums. Each will take place in Student Union Room 2582:

• Monday, May 2, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. — John Beaghan, vice president for finance and administration and treasurer to the Board of Trustees at Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.

• Monday, May 9, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. — Dr. Gregg Lassen, vice president for business affairs at the University of New Orleans.

• Tuesday, May 10, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. — Dr. David Ellis, associate vice president for budgeting and analysis at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

• Friday, May 13, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. — Dr. Cornelius Wooten, vice president for administration and finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The executive vice president of finance and administration and CFO is responsible for the University’s overall financial leadership, strategic financial planning, and financial management. The role also oversees UT’s facilities and police and safety operations, the divisions of human resources and information technology, and other business services.

For more information about the CFO search and to see the candidates’ curriculum vitaes, visit utoledo.edu/depts/hr/cfo-search.

Campus master plan scenarios being developed to share with campus fall semester

The University of Toledo’s master planning team will continue to receive feedback during the summer months to be ready to share proposals when faculty and students return to campus in the fall.

UT’s Facilities and Construction staff are working with consultants from SmithGroupJJR to study the facilities and use of space on the University’s campuses and to establish a long-term vision that will guide facilities decision-making for the institution into the future.

“The input of the campus and the community is critical to a successful comprehensive plan that sets the course into the future for a strong University by addressing the academic, research, clinical, physical, functional and financial needs of the institution,” said Jason Toth, UT associate vice president for facilities and construction. “By taking the extra time this summer to continue to calculate campus needs and prepare future scenarios, we also will be able to coordinate the campus master plan with the ongoing strategic enrollment planning initiative and receive input from the University’s new provost and other new senior leaders.”

For more information about the University’s master planning process or to contribute input online, visit utoledo.edu/facilities/master-plan.

Budding conservation biologists go birding at Warbler Capital of the World

As songbirds begin to stop, rest and refuel along Lake Erie marshes before finishing the last leg of their spring migration to Canada, a class of environmental science students at The University of Toledo learned firsthand how researchers collect data and what the long-term patterns teach about climate change.

“I had zero experience with birding,” UT senior Alexa Seaman said. “I heard this area is called the Warbler Capital of the World. Now I know why.”

Black Swamp Bird Observatory Research Director Mark Shieldcastle showed an American goldfinch to UT students before it was banded.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory Research Director Mark Shieldcastle showed an American goldfinch to UT students before it was banded.

“This is a remarkable natural phenomenon,” said Dr. Hans Gottgens, UT professor of environmental sciences and editor-in-chief of Wetlands Ecology Management. “These songbirds are the size and weight of a pingpong ball. It’s fascinating they are so light and somehow manage to migrate from South America to Canada. They’re magnificent animals.”

A group of 17 students boarded a bus last week on Main Campus for a 40-minute drive to the Black Swamp Bird Observatory at Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area in Ottawa County, which is preparing for the Biggest Week in American Birding, May 6-15. Tens of thousands of avid birders across the world flock to the 10-day festival timed to coincide with the peak of spring songbird migration.

Kate Zimmerman, the education director for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, left, and UT student Jeanna Meisner released a banded American tree sparrow.

Kate Zimmerman, the education director for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, left, and UT student Jeanna Meisner released a banded American tree sparrow.

“The Black Swamp Bird Observatory has been monitoring songbird migration for nearly 25 years on the southwestern shoreline of Lake Erie,” Gottgens said. “There is little habitat left along the lake for these birds, so they all pile up in the same area for food and sleep.”

UT undergraduate students watched as conservation biologists at the observatory used mist-nets to carefully capture and care for the birds. Researchers demonstrated how to safely hold the birds, identify the species, and assess them for weight and condition.

“We were looking for the wing length, if it was male or female, and the amount of fat on the body,” Seaman said. “Before we released the birds, we also watched the banding process.”

According to Gottgens, researchers put a miniscule aluminum band around the leg of a bird to help track its travel.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory Education Director Kate Zimmerman spoke to students from Dr. Hans Gottgens' upper-level conservation biology course.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory Education Director Kate Zimmerman spoke to students from Dr. Hans Gottgens’ upper-level conservation biology course.

“Some of these bands are so tiny, you could hardly see them with the naked eye,” Gottgens said. “Birds banded in northwest Ohio have shown up in Columbia, South America, later in the year. Over time, you keep track of the status of the birds. Are they in danger of going extinct? Are they growing more abundant?”

The database on the conservation status of songbirds also provides information related to changes in the environment.

“By following the birds and relating it to climate conditions, you get an idea of how climate change affects bird migration,” Gottgens said. “Some birds might show up much later than they did 25 years ago partly because of change in the weather and climate conditions.”

Seaman had the opportunity to touch and release a warbler after a conservation biologist finished banding it.

“She placed the little bird on my hand, and the bird just flew away in a matter of seconds,” Seaman said. “It was an awesome, amazing experience.”

Bloomberg ranks College of Business in top 100 best undergrad schools

The UT College of Business and Innovation ranked in the top 100 best undergraduate business schools in the nation by Bloomberg, a global business and financial information and news leader. The college ranked No. 96.

Every year, students around the country compete for a head start on conquering the corporate world by studying business in college. Since 2006, Bloomberg has ranked undergraduate business programs to help guide prospective college students and their families in choosing the right degree program for the career they want.

business logo“All of us in the College of Business and Innovation are very excited at this national recognition by Bloomberg of the quality and relevance of our programs,” said Dr. Terribeth Gordon-Moore, senior associate dean of the college. “This recognition by Bloomberg further validates the quality of our faculty, the significance of our curriculum, and the excellence of our students.”

Bloomberg determined its rankings after surveying nearly 30,000 students and recruiters at almost 600 companies. Bloomberg updated how it ranks undergraduate programs to put a bigger focus on the outcome most students want from B-school: the brightest possible career path. Bloomberg based its rankings on four main metrics:

• Employer Survey (40 percent of total score): Feedback from recruiters who hire recent business graduates on how well schools prepared students for jobs at their companies.

• Student Survey (35 percent): Students’ own ratings of the campus, career services department, and faculty and administrators.

• Starting Salary (15 percent): The base compensation of students who had jobs lined up, adjusted for salary variation across industries and regions.

• Internship (10 percent): The percentage of a school’s graduates who had at least one internship at any time during college.

“Our tremendous success in securing jobs for our students — as high as 93 percent as of May 2015 graduates — through the work of our outstanding Business Career Programs Office obviously played a key part in producing great survey results for the Bloomberg study,” Gordon-Moore said.

“We proudly proclaim at the top of our website that ‘The College of Business and Innovation equals careers,’” she added. “The Bloomberg surveys and rankings are in, and we are pleased and excited to have this external confirmation of what we have already known.”

Spring plant sale through April 29 at Wolfe Hall

The University of Toledo Department of Environmental Sciences is holding its spring plant sale this week.

The fundraiser benefits the community gardens and student groups.

“We offer a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and native wildflower seeds,” said Jessica Sherman, PhD student researcher in UT’s Department of Environmental Sciences.

The sale is open from noon to 4 p.m. through Friday, April 29, at Wolfe Hall.

Organizers accept cash and credit card.

Plant Sale 2016

UT invites public to Stranahan Arboretum’s 50th anniversary celebration on Arbor Day

Arbor Day 2016 will mark 50 years since The University of Toledo’s Stranahan Arboretum opened to the public as a place of beauty, learning and inspiration.

A group of UT students will celebrate the golden anniversary by recreating the tree planting ceremony of five decades ago along with food and games Friday, April 29, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the 47-acre site at Sylvania Avenue and Corey Road.

arboretum springUT President Sharon L. Gaber will attend the tree planting ceremony that will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The free, public event on Arbor Day will feature guided tours and family activities, including potato sack races and Frisbee.

“As a senior project, our group called Team Treedom Arboretum wants to ignite the hope and inspiration that was present 50 years ago by involving both the community and the University,” Matthew Miller, UT student majoring in environmental studies, said. “We want to help make a difference by inspiring the next generation of tree planters with our love of nature and belief in preserving forests for the future.”

“The UT Stranahan Arboretum is not only an outdoor laboratory for ecology and geology classes, it is a place to nurture plants and engage our community in fascinating biodiversity,” Gaber said. “We want to use this milestone to kick off the next 50 years of our work to protect the environment here and across the broader region.”

The W.W. Knight family donated the land to UT in 1964 in memory of Robert Stranahan, founder of Champion Spark Plug Co.

The Stranahan Arboretum opened in 1966 and serves as one of the Department of Environmental Science’s field sites for education and research. It also hosts educational programs for local K-12 school students.

“Trees are amazing. They not only make our world beautiful, they clear our air and clean our water,” Dr. Daryl Dwyer, director of the arboretum, said. “The 50th anniversary of the Stranahan Arboretum should remind us to thank J. Sterling Morton, who with his wife organized the first Arbor Day in Nebraska in 1872 as a holiday that is a promise for the future made by planting trees that ‘grow and self-perpetuate themselves and shed yearly blessings’ on us all.”

Parking will be available at Camp Miakonda located at 5600 W. Sylvania Ave. A UT vehicle will shuttle visitors to Stranahan Arboretum. 

Open forums slated for graduate studies dean candidates

Three finalists have been selected from the internal search for a new dean for the College of Graduate Studies.

They are:

• Dr. Laurie Dinnebeil, Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education in the Judith Herb College of Education;

• Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor of medicinal and biological chemistry, associate professor of chemistry, and director of international pharmaceutical sciences graduate student retention and recruitment in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and

• Dr. Patrick Lawrence, professor and chair of geography and planning in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences.

The UT campus community is invited to meet the candidates at open forums.

Listed by date, the open forums will be:

• Friday, April 29 — Dinnebeil from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in Health Education Building Room 105 on Health Science Campus and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in Student Union Room 2592 on Main Campus.

• Monday, May 2 — Lawrence from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in Health Education Building Room 105 on Health Science Campus and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in Student Union Room 2582 on Main Campus.

• Thursday, May 5 — Bryant-Friedrich from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in Health Education Building Room 105 on Health Science Campus and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in Student Union Room 2582 on Main Campus.

Curriculum vitaes are available for each candidate at utoledo.edu/offices/provost/search-dean-graduate.

“We are looking for someone to lead our graduate and professional programs to become even more nationally distinguished and highly ranked,” Dr. William Messer, vice president for research and chair of the search committee, said. “The next dean also will be charged with continuing and growing UT’s emphasis on graduate student research.”

The University has 128 master’s degree programs and 40 doctoral programs in 12 colleges. In addition to those degrees, the University offers professional doctorates and master’s degrees, as well as a variety of certificates in health care, business and personal enrichment areas.

Service recognition and staff awards set for May 3

The Employee Service Recognition Program will be held Tuesday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

More than 800 employees will be recognized for their years of service at the University.

Business Hlogo 1c BlackFive employees also will receive the 2016 Outstanding Staff Award at the ceremony.

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

“Shining the spotlight on loyal employees who accomplish so much every day and who are committed to improvement and innovation is important,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Employees make the University what it is — a destination of choice for so many. We need to recognize staff members for their dedication.”

Gaber will speak at 3:15 p.m. to start the celebration. A reception will start about 4 p.m.

“It’s important to come together and commemorate these milestones,” Jovita Thomas-Williams, vice president and chief HR officer for human resources and talent development, said. “The University is a special place to work, and it’s nice to thank the employees who make it feel like home for so many — students, patients and their peers.”

Service Awards will be presented to eligible employees who achieved their milestone anniversary during the calendar year of 2015. Those who have worked at the University five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years will be recognized with service pins and awards during the ceremony.

Graduating seniors: Be sure to complete First Destination Survey by May 16

The University of Toledo in conjunction with its Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services is piloting UT’s First Destination Survey for graduating seniors.

The survey consists of less than 10 questions, most with drop-down responses making it fast and easy to complete.

Business Hlogo 1c BlackStudents who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for prizes, including an iPod touch package valued at $328.

The survey was emailed to students who have applied for graduation beginning April 4 and will remain open until Monday, May 16.

In addition, when students reach 100 credit hours, a message will automatically appear on their degree audits noting they need to complete the survey.

The University of Toledo’s First Destination Survey is required to be completed, even if other program-specific surveys are administered at another time.

“The goal of the survey is to collect and report post-graduation status of newly graduated undergraduate Rockets from all colleges and majors,” said Shelly Drouillard, director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services. “Survey data will provide us with critical information necessary for institutional reporting, career and academic advising, and recruitment.”

Questions may be directed to Drouillard at shelly.drouillard@utoledo.edu or 419.530.7800.

Pacemaker Awards to honor local couple, outstanding UT 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 the 53rd annual Pacemaker Awards Friday, April 29, at the Inverness Country Club.

Kathleen Hanley

Kathleen Hanley

The 2016 recipients of the Business Pacemakers Award are Kathleen Hanley, recently retired from ProMedica, and Michael Hanley, recently retired from Ernst & Young. It is the first time in the history of the honor that the business Pacemaker Award will be presented to a married couple, as well as the first time the award has been presented to more than one person.

Mrs. Hanley retired from ProMedica in 2015 after 35 years of service. She served as chief integration and development officer, president of ProMedica Indemnity Corp., and ProMedica’s chief financial officer. Previous to her long career with ProMedica, she was a senior auditor with Ernst & Young. Mrs. Hanley graduated from the UT College of Business with a BBA in accounting in 1978 and an MBA in finance. She has held many leadership positions with a variety of community organizations, including membership on the UT Foundation Board and the UT College of Business and Innovation Business Advisory Council, and she was named the 2014 UT College of Business and Innovation Most Distinguished Alumna.

Michael Hanley

Michael Hanley

Mr. Hanley retired from Ernst & Young in 2014 after 37 years with the firm, where he served many companies in the automotive industry in both an assurance and advisory role. He was the firm’s global automotive leader, was a frequent speaker at automotive conferences around the globe, and led conferences or executive discussions covering global and regional automotive megatrends, urban mobility, and doing business in developing markets. Mr. Hanley graduated from UT in 1977, completed Ernst & Young’s Executive Program at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in 1996, and is a certified public accountant. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Shiloh Industries Inc., as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the MVP Foundation.

The Hanleys have two children and reside in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“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, and both Kathleen and Michael Hanley certainly belong in that impressive roster,” said Dr. Gary Insch, dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation. “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. Kathleen and Michael’s highly successful careers, outstanding leadership, and tremendous generosity to our community make each of them an ideal business professional to receive this year’s award, as well as to historically be the first dual Pacemaker honorees.”

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 2016 student Pacemakers are: Applied Organizational Technology — Donna Provolish; Accounting — Gianfranco Rolando and Rodrick Perkins; Finance — Martha Krause and Patrick Northcraft; Information Operations Technology Management — David Headley and Madeline Jarrett; Management — Kayla Cepo and Karee Kunkel; Marketing/International Business — Stephanie Elkins and Megan Gaysunas; Master of Business Administration — Gretchen Buskirk; Master of Science in Accountancy — Rachel Headley; and Dean’s Recipient — Jacob Pawelczyk.