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UT launches faculty leadership programs

A new fellowship program and leadership institute at The University of Toledo will provide opportunities for increased faculty leadership development on campus.

UT President Sharon L. Gaber and Provost Andrew Hsu are launching the two programs to present opportunities in higher education administration and improve career satisfaction among the University’s faculty.

Business Hlogo 1c Black“UT has some fantastic faculty, and we want to further develop those future academic leaders for success in higher education administration,” Gaber said.

“We are committed to providing opportunities to help prepare future academic leaders and if these opportunities are appropriate at this point in your career, we hope you will consider applying,” Hsu said.

The first UT Presidential Faculty Fellowship through the Office of the President will award two faculty members the opportunity to shadow the president and provost in a mentorship program during the upcoming spring semester. The fellows, who are to receive a one-course release, will work on projects that further the institution and receive insight into the skills needed in higher education administration.

The inaugural UT Leadership Institute through the Office of the Provost will provide up to 15 faculty members the opportunity to participate in a six-month program beginning in December that features monthly discussions of various aspects of leadership in higher education. Issues such as the administrative structure of higher education, leadership styles, critical issues facing administrators, funding, diversity and inclusion will be addressed by current UT leadership and invited speakers. It is open to all tenured faculty who aspire to be administrators, as well as current chairs and associate or assistant deans who aspire to a greater level of leadership responsibility.

Applications are being accepted for both competitive programs. Visit utoledo.edu/offices/president/faculty-fellowship to apply for the fellowship program by the Oct. 14 deadline and utoledo.edu/offices/provost/ut-leadership-institute.html to apply for the leadership institute by the Oct. 28 deadline.

Flu shots available soon for UT employees and students

In an effort to keep its employees and patients healthy this flu season, The University of Toledo will provide several opportunities to receive flu shots on campus throughout October and November.

The vaccinations will be offered free of charge to all physicians, faculty, staff, residents, students, health-care workers and volunteers during a six-week period starting Monday, Oct. 3, and ending Friday, Nov. 18.

Flu Shot PosterThis is the second year for the universal flu shot policy. Flu shots are required for individuals who work in the hospital and ambulatory clinics, and for those whose duties require them to enter patient care areas. Proof of vaccination is required by Thursday, Dec. 1.

While not required for faculty, staff and students on Main Campus, vaccinations are highly encouraged, and clinics will be available for those wishing to get a flu shot.

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can lead to serious complications for young children, the elderly, and those with certain medical conditions. Kip Miller, director of primary care clinics, said healthy individuals can transmit influenza even if they are not exhibiting symptoms.

“It is important that we control the spread of influenza as much as possible,” he said. “We should always be mindful of the health of the patients we come in contact with and help to reduce the spread of the flu, particularly among those whose health is already compromised due to illness or surgery.”

A full immunization schedule is available online at https://webinfluenzaapp.utoledo.edu. Individuals need to complete the vaccine administration questionnaire found on this website prior to receiving a vaccination. Those wishing to receive their flu shot outside of the flu clinics must upload proof of immunization to this website.

Individuals seeking to file an exemption due to religious or medical reasons need to have a request on file by Monday, Oct. 31. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Those granted an exemption will be required to wear a mask during flu season, which typically runs from Dec. 1 through March 31.

“We had a good response to the requirement when implemented last year,” Miller said. “We are confident that our health-care community will continue to support this effort to keep us all healthier this flu season.”

Work scheduled for parking garages over fall break

Maintenance on the parking garages will require some closures from Friday, Sept. 30, through Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The east parking garage and the basement of the west parking garage will be closed over fall break.

“This will allow replacement of the lower level flooring drains and associated piping,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said. “We once again apologize for the inconvenience this might cause and appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to make improvements to the parking garages.”

Both structures are scheduled to reopen Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Documentary to be screened as part of Hispanic Heritage month

“14 The Movie: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Vanessa Lopez” will be shown Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in Student Union Room 2592.

“We believe this documentary is perfect to show during Hispanic Heritage Month because this is a topic that affects Latinos on campus directly and indirectly through ourselves, family and friends,” Arturo Ordoñez Vazquez, graduate assistant for Latino initiatives in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, said.

Hispanic Heritage Month movie screening“14” explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen. The documentary examines the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment through personal stories and history. The story is told through the lives of three American families who changed history by their challenges to the status quo.

“This film was chosen because it explores the question about who has the right to be an American citizen,” Ordoñez Vazquez said. “Even today, some want to restrict birthright citizenship to children whose parents are U.S. citizens or permanent residents only if they are born here themselves. Many of our students have family members who are undocumented or have ancestors from other countries. It’s a perfect film to show during a month of diversity celebration in order to spread knowledge on the issue. In addition, immigration is a huge topic right now with the next presidential election.”

He said he hopes that UT students and community members open their hearts to this issue.

“Many of the undocumented people in the U.S. have planted their roots here and have U.S. citizen families. You can’t label all people the same or tear families apart,” Ordoñez Vazquez said.

“The film also introduces the case of Dred and Harriet Scott, who claimed they were enslaved in the Missouri territory. Although a court agreed that they were free, upon appeal the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that, as descendants of Africans, they did not have freedom. In other words, all black people in the United States and its territories could be stripped of any right at any time because they were not truly citizens. This is a film we can all relate to as immigrants,” Ordoñez Vazquez said.

A question-and-answer session will follow the documentary.

The free, public screening is part of the University’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

For more information, call the Multicultural Student Success Office at 419.530.2261.

Ottawa River Photography Contest winners announced

Three UT graduate students won gift cards for their striking shots entered in the 2016 Ottawa River Photography Contest.

Bruce Kwiatkowski, who is pursuing a master of arts degree in German, won first place with his photo titled “Winter Scene.”

Tyler Westendorf, a graduate student in environmental science, came in second with his shot, “Bridge View.”

And Isha Muthreja, a graduate student in engineering, took third place with her photo titled “Reflections.”

“This contest was created to encourage students to take a closer look at the Ottawa River,” said Dr. Patrick Lawrence, associate dean of social and behavioral sciences in the College of Arts and Letters; professor of geography and planning; and chair of the President’s Commission on the River. “And it’s a great way to showcase the beauty of the waterway that we’re lucky to have run through campus.”

The event was part of the Celebrate Our River Week and was sponsored by the President’s Commission on the River.

Bruce Kwiatkowski won first place with “Winter Scene.”

Bruce Kwiatkowski won first place with “Winter Scene.”

Tyler Westendorf came in second with “Bridge View.”

Tyler Westendorf came in second with “Bridge View.”

Isha Muthreja took third place with “Reflections.”

Isha Muthreja took third place with “Reflections.”

Celebrate Right to Read at Banned Books Week Vigil Sept. 29

University students, faculty and staff, and area citizens will celebrate the right to read and think freely during the 19th annual UT Banned Books Week Vigil Thursday, Sept. 29, on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

The free, public event will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. Throughout the day, 20-minute presentations will focus on censorship and the importance of freedom of expression.

Banned books week 2016_Poster.jpgAll day, free snacks and light refreshments will be available, and door prizes — including donated banned books and UT items — will be given out to make the event fun as well as educational for the audience.

UT faculty and area teachers are invited to bring classes; attendance vouchers will be available at the freedom of expression festival.

“I hope the UT Banned Books Week Vigil raises awareness of the importance of reading to our democracy,” Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication, who coordinates the event, said. “Without reading freely, citizens could not think freely and, therein, would not ask the questions that lead to reform and a better nation. I hope the event gives students a fun break from their routines and enlarges their understanding of the First Amendment.”

Topics and speakers for the event will be:

• 9 a.m. — “Read On, Everybody! Welcome to Our Annual Celebration of Free Inquiry” by Barbara Floyd, interim director of University Libraries and director of the UT Press, and Dr. Jeffrey Wilkinson, professor and chair of communication.

• 9:30 a.m. — “Free Expression and the Inside-Out Prison Exchange” by Emily Numbers, community and public relations specialist in the College of Engineering, and community art coordinator.

• 10 a.m. — “Stereotyping Indigenous Peoples in Children’s Books” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor of women’s and gender studies.

• 10:30 a.m. — “Censorship and Media Ethics” by Sarah Ottney, former editor of the Toledo Free Press, which closed in 2015.

• 11 a.m. — “The Not-So-Free Press: Global Media Troubles,” Arjun Sabharwal, associate professor and digital initiatives librarian.

• 11:30 a.m. — “W.W. III: The War Against Women” by Warren Woodberry, Toledo author.

• Noon — The Dr. Linda Smith Lecture: “Owning the Words: Intellectual Property, First Amendment Law, and the Parlous State of Free Speech” by Dr. Sam Nelson, associate professor and chair of political science and public administration.

• 1 p.m. — “Lifting the Veil: Banning the Graphic Novel Persepolis” by Dr. Matt Yockey, associate professor of theatre and film.

• 1:30 p.m. — “Revealing the Hidden Rules of Broadcast News” by Lou Hebert, Toledo broadcaster and historian.

• 2 p.m. — “Words” By Dr. David Tucker, professor of communication.

• 2:30 p.m. — “Oops! When lol Posts Backfire” by Jessica Harker, editor-in-chief of The Independent Collegian.

• 3 p.m. — “Jeopardy!” led by The Independent Collegian staff.

• 3:30 p.m. — “The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs,” an episode of “South Park” in which J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is revisited.

• 4 p.m. — “What? Can You Teach THAT?” by Cindy Ramirez, Bedford High School English teacher.

• 4:30 p.m. — “Banned Songs” by Dr. Edmund Lingan, associate professor and chair of theatre and film.

Banned Books Coalition logoKilmer said this Banned Books Week Vigil would not be possible without help form generous sponsors: Ann Lumbrezer; Aramark; Barry’s Bagels; The Independent Collegian; Lambda Pi Eta, UT Communication Honor Society; UT Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America; Mitchell and Kelley Auctioneers; New Sins Press; Phoenicia Cuisine; Barnes & Noble University Bookstore; UT Campus Activities and Programming; UT Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development; UT Counseling Center; UT College of Arts and Letters; UT Jesup Scott Honors College; UT Department of Art; UT Department of Communication; UT Department of English Languages and Literature; UT Office of Multicultural Student Success; UT Federal Credit Union; UT Toledo Friends of the Library Foundation; UT Foreign Languages Department; UT General Libraries; UT Greek Life; UT Marketing and Communications Office; UT Office of the Dean of Students; UT Student Government; UT Theatre and Film Department; UT Starbuck’s; UT School of Visual and Performing Arts; and WXUT radio station. She added a special thanks to the UT Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

Satellites to hold $6 sale this week

The Satellites Auxiliary’s $6 sale will take place Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 28-30, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

$6 sale FlyerCheck out a wide array of items that will be for sale for $6: rings, watches, bracelets, scarves, ties, sunglasses, belts, earrings, cuff links, purses, wallets, totes, reading glasses, pendants, chains and more.

“There’ll be more than 1,000 unique accessories and gifts from around the world,” Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, said. “We’ll have something for everyone.”

The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a volunteer group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide services.

For more information on the sale, contact Brand at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

University to launch strategic planning process

The University of Toledo this week will begin work on a new strategic plan to advance its mission as a metropolitan research institution.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the strategic planning committee will convene its inaugural meeting to receive its charge from President Sharon L. Gaber.

Business Hlogo 1c BlackThe committee is comprised of nearly 30 UT faculty, staff, administrators and students, and includes a member of the Board of Trustees. Under the guidance of Provost Andrew Hsu, the committee will be co-chaired by Dr. Laurie Dinnebeil, Distinguished University Professor and chair of early childhood, physical and special education, and Dr. Anthony Quinn, associate professor of biological sciences and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The University has engaged strategic planning consultant Sharon McDade to facilitate the process and keep the committee on track.

Following the kick-off meeting, the committee will engage in a process throughout the fall to discuss the current status of the University and solicit input through a series of town hall forums and online surveys. The input will be used to develop a draft plan that will be shared for feedback early in spring semester.

A final plan is expected for the Board of Trustees’ consideration in summer 2017.

Juice House to host concert Sept. 27

Want an organic college life? Want to be a pioneer of this new social movement of UT?

Stop by “Juice Is in the Air” Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Centennial Mall.

juice event septemberSponsored by Juice House, the free, public event will include a backyard karaoke concert, snacks and conversation on living a healthy lifestyle.

Juice House was founded by University students and local community members who recognized the need for healthy living among college students on the UT campus.  

“Juice House is not only promoting juicing to help balance the current American diet, but also provides a new style of social gathering for the whole campus through a series of juice parties and clubs starting this semester,” said Tiffany Richmond, a UT alumna and communications coordinator with Juice House, who is pursuing a PhD at Bowling Green State University.

“We promote organic food, healthy living, healthy relationships, and organic thinking to help students create and discover a fresh social life on campus.”

For more information and future notifications, visit juicehouse.org.

UT Political Science Dept. hosting presidential debate watch events for students

The University of Toledo Department of Political Science and Public Administration is holding its first presidential debate watch event with students Monday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. in University Hall Room 3820.

Political science students will watch the debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, engage in fact-checking, follow social media response, and participate in a discussion and evaluation.

“The debates are the last significant events that potentially move poll numbers unless there is a sudden major economic crisis or terror attack,” Dr. Sam Nelson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, said. “Debates are rarely game-changers, but Trump is a different kind of candidate, so maybe they will have bigger effects than in the past. It’s important for students to participate in the process and see both candidates side by side answering questions about issues facing the country.”

A presidential debate watch event also is scheduled to be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the same location.