UT Alumni Association Plans New Glass Bowl Pavilion

February 24th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in In The News

By Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

The University of Toledo alumni are the heart and soul of the institution. The achievements of UT graduates have worldwide impact, from medicine to business to the arts and humanities.

Representing more than 115,000 graduates, the UT Alumni Association also serves as host for more than 200 events each year, both on campus and on the road.

The organization is seeking support to create the Alumni Pavilion, a unique place on Main Campus that will recognize the success of UT graduates while serving as an outdoor gathering location for pre-game tailgates and alumni activities.

The facility, projected to cost $700,000, will be built along the exterior of the Glass Bowl at the northwest corner of the stadium. Adjacent to the tailgate lots and next to the west entrance, the pavilion is expected to be the primary gathering spot for alumni pre-game activities as well as a place for campus groups and community organizations to meet for other events and activities throughout the year.

The 5,000-square-foot facility will feature the University’s traditional lannon stone construction, supported by columns symbolizing the solid foundation UT alumni provide the institution.

Each column will hold plaques recognizing Gold T, Blue T and Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alumni recipients, past Alumni Association presidents, and outstanding chapters and affiliates.

“As a replacement for the association’s current alumni tent, the pavilion will serve as a permanent location for pre-game tailgates and other outdoor activities,” said Dan Saevig, associate vice president for alumni relations.

The pavilion will be outfitted with food and beverage stations, as well as a sound system, he noted.

“We are asking the University’s alumni to help make this exciting new facility a reality through individual and corporate contributions,” Saevig said, “especially those at the $25,000, $10,000, $5,000 or $1,000 level, payable over a three-year period.”

Naming opportunities exist for donors who wish to make a special commitment to the project; these include naming the pavilion itself, a variety of special areas inside the facility, and 15 pillars supporting the structure.

The Alumni Association’s goal is to raise the necessary funding by June 1 with construction planned in time for the first home football game in September.

To make a contribution or to learn more about pavilion naming opportunities, contact Jeff Grilliot, UT major gifts officer, at jeff.grilliot@utoledo.edu or 419.530.5320 or Dan Saevig, associate vice president of alumni relations, at daniel.saevig@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4008.

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UT in the News

February 24th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in In The News

Live Science notes work of UT researcher

The disturbed sleep that comes with a physical disorder may be influenced by whether a person is right- or left-handed, says Dawn Alita R. Hernandez, a professor of medicine at UTMC.

Read this article here.

Wild ride through the universe at planetarium

New state-of-the-art technology at the UT Ritter Planetarium guarantees entertainment value plus education, reports the Toledo Blade.

Read this article here.

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Honors Bestowed on Community Legends

February 24th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

Several UT alumni were recognized in October by the African American Legacy Project (AALP), a Toledo-based enterprise now in its seventh year, at its Legends Weekend. AALP’s vision is to serve as a multi-disciplinary epicenter that celebrates the triumph and spirit of the African-American experience, and a motivator and promoter of community development. Honored this year were:

Clarence Walker (Bus ’50), Toledo, former director of the Frederick Douglass Community Association and past president of the Cordelia Martin Health Center. He also served as president of the J. Frank Troy Senior Center and now holds the chairman emeritus position on the center’s board of trustees.
Donald Baker MD (Ed ’66, MED ’76, Res ’81), who established the Dorr-Secor Walk-in Clinic, one of the first of its kind in Toledo. The longtime community contributor was also a standout player in Rockets football and was inducted into the Varsity T Hall of Fame.
Shirley M. Ellis (Univ Coll ’93), who became the first African American nursing director in the Toledo Hospital system, later being hired as executive director of human resources at Riverside Hospital.

Richard “Dick” Huston PhD (Ed ’48) was honored posthumously. Born in Detroit but educated in Toledo, he earned a Bronze Star during WWII. Returning to civilian life, he was the first principal of Ella P. Stewart school, later serving as superintendent of Ecorse Public Schools in Michigan.

*Photos courtesy of The Toledo Blade

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Class Notes

February 24th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes


Nina McClelland PhD (A/S ’51, MS ’63), UT dean emerita, was honored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and selected to its 2011 class of Fellows.

She served in multiple roles at ACS, including chair of the board of directors.



Gerald R. Beale (Bus ’68), retired from Merrill Lynch since 2010, was honored for his contributions to business at the 35th annual Birmingham Hall of Fame induction and scholarship banquet, held in October in the historic east side neighborhood.



Larry McDougle EdD (EdD ’71), president of Owens Community College, Perrysburg, retired in September.

Gary Thieman (Bus ’71), senior vice president of Medical Mutual’s northwestern Ohio region, was named by Gov. John Kasich to serve a term ending in 2017 on the UT Board of Trustees.

Bogomir Kuhar PharmD (Pharm ’78), Powell, Ohio, a clinical consultant pharmacist, presented in the pharmacy management category at the 2011 Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Protection and Empowerment Awards in October, along with Miranda Weaver, a vice president for Catalyst Rx, which won the Platinum Award for empowering members with vital information on lower-cost drug alternatives, for its Generic Advantage Program.

Donald L. Plotts (MEd ’79), president of North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio, joined the board of directors of First Federal Bank of Ohio.



Beth Myers (MA ’81) was recognized by Adrian College, where she teaches, with the Exemplary Teaching Excellence Award, sponsored by the division of higher education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church.

Juan J. Perez (Law ’85), partner in Perez & Morris LLC, was named by Gov. John Kasich to serve a term ending in 2020 on the UT Board of Trustees.



Jennifer Benedict (Law ’02), partner in the Health Care Department of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, was elected chair of the board of trustees of Notre Dame Academy, Toledo.

Patrick M. Bickley (Eng ’02) joined Baker & Daniels LLP as an associate, focusing on intellectual property and patent work in the legal firm’s downtown Indianapolis office.

Emilio V. Ramirez (MEd ’03), educator and administrator in Toledo Public Schools, was honored with the Distinguished Citizen award at the Birmingham Hall of Fame’s 35th annual induction and scholarship banquet.

David A. Peer II (MSA ’05), Waterville, was promoted to senior in the tax department of Weber O’Brien Ltd.


Marriages & Unions

Danielle R. Vorst (HHS ’09) & Michael A. Westrick (Eng ’10). She’s a third-year student in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences; he’s pursuing his UT master’s degree in electrical engineering.


Extended Class Notes

Love, death and unsavory realities at heart of alum’s celebrated first novel

“Two friends showed me that love and death are far more complicated than your teachers, your priests, and pop culture want you to believe. They’re the ones who showed me that no matter how young or old you are, you’d better start living and loving to the fullest right now. And if, by sharing their stories, I can prove that to you, it might make my having lived worthwhile.”

So says John, a dying teen who’s wise beyond his years. In telling the story of his two friends, John isn’t kidding when he says “complicated.” There’s love in his narrative, certainly, but there’s also pedophilia, rape and incest.

And two teen protagonists of rock-star charisma: Gordon Byron and Michelle (Shelly) Shelley.

If any of this begins to sound familiar — including John’s surname of Keats — it’s because John is the creation of writer Ty Roth (MS ’05) and the narrator of Roth’s debut novel So Shelly, which was named one of the top 10 romances of 2011 by the American Library Association.

If that isn’t auspicious enough for a newly published author, the American Booksellers Association listed Roth among is best New Voices in Young Adult Literature for 2011.

A 27-year veteran of teaching, Roth first had the idea of using the three youngest poets of the Romantic period of English literature — Keats, Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley (yes, Roth does a gender switch) — when observing his students’ reaction to their work.

“I realized that the students were as interested in the lives of the writers as much as in their poetry. Especially because Byron and Shelley lived such scandalous lives — like a modern TV series,” says Roth, who today teaches English at Port Clinton (Ohio) High School.

“I initially had the idea that the later Romantics would make great novelistic heroes, but I shelved the notion while writing two other books — which didn’t go anywhere! When I came back to it later, this is the one that sold.”

Told partly in flashback, So Shelly — set in an unnamed lakeside town that sounds suspiciously like Port Clinton — begins shortly after the death of Shelly in a boating accident (of course) and follows the attempt of Gordon and John to steal her cremated ashes for what they consider proper burial rites.

Dark stuff, certainly, but Roth is only staying true to the novel’s gothic antecedents. “You don’t have to understand all the parallels with the Romantic poets to enjoy the novel,” he says. “It’s very much an issue book — issues that apply not just to young people, ranging from racism to promiscuity.

“If you read it at a shallow level, you see the sex and some of the language and you think that’s all there is, but what the book shows is what Byron’s own life demonstrated: He left shattered lives in his wake. His own life was in many ways destroyed by his own lifestyle; it left him empty. For young people who read it, the point I’m trying to get across is that if you choose that lifestyle, you’re going to be left the same way.”

Anything but preachy, Roth — who’s had some interest from Hollywood adapting So Shelly — wrote the book as a rattling good story for young adults. “I always say, if I could be somebody for a weekend, it would be Byron,” he laughs. “For everyday, it would be more like Keats.”


Death Notices


Blanche (Fishler) Edelman (Ed ’35, MEd ’70), Holland, Oct. 11 at 98.



Mary E. Spencer Davis (Bus ’40), Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 23 at 93.

Henrietta A. (Rump) Sterling (Ed ’41), South Rockwood, Mich., Sept. 29 at 92. Alpha Delta Kappa founding member.

**Ruthann E. (Scheib) Neal, Oroville, Calif., att. 1942, Sept. 13 at 87.

Harold Mumford, Ottawa Lake, Mich., att. 1943-1948, Oct. 16 at 87.

Merlin C. Race (Bus ’49), Browns Mills, N.J., July 31 at 92.



Herman C. “Bud” Kahler (Pharm ’53), Pemberville, Ohio, Oct. 22 at 80.

*Marjorie (Halprin) Zalewski (Ed ’55), Toledo, Oct. 14 at 78. Alpha Omicron Pi member.

Joseph E. Bauer Jr., Toledo, att. 1957-1962, Oct. 11 at 72.

Rita L. (Tucholski) Urzykowski (Ed ’58, MEd ’65), Toledo, Oct. 1 at 79. Part-time faculty at UTCTC in 1990s.

Frank E. Kaspitzke, Toledo, att. 1959-1965, Oct. 12 at 70.



Richard A. Schutt (Bus ’60), Heathrow, Fla., Aug. 10 at 73.

Paul H. Scofield (UTCTC ’63), Monclova, Sept. 29 at 69.

Norman Rubinoff (MBA ’67), Toledo, Oct. 11 at 70.

**Rex C. Keener (Law ’68, MLS ’90), Holland, Sept. 2 at 81.

**James R. Cannaley (Bus ’69), Holland, Sept. 28 at 66.



Lillian Lutchey (UTCTC ’71), Toledo, Oct. 9 at 70.

Delora M. (Peoples) Atkins (Ed ’72, MEd ’84), Rochester, N.Y., Oct. 19 at 82. Alpha Kappa Alpha member.

Janell (Baker) Lang (MEd ’74, Ed Spec ’84), Ottawa Hills, Oct. 5 at 66.

Mark J. Bennett (A/S ’76), Concord, N.H., Feb. 5 at 56.

Eugenia “Jean” Raftopoulos (A/S ’76), Lake Mary, Fla., Oct. 4 at 77. She and her husband Demetrios founded the Dion Raftopoulos Bioengineering Scholarship to honor their late son, also supporting the Dion Raftopoulos/Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Research. She was a member of the Presidents Club and Heritage Oaks Society.

Sister Mary J. Nusbaum PhD (PhD ’79), Temperance, Mich., Oct. 17 at 84.



Larry S. Pollak (Law ’81), Columbus, Oct. 19 at 55.

Ruth A. (Townsend) Rumpf (Ed ’81), Toledo, Oct. 7 at 52.

Judith K. (Liebnau) Rucinski (UTCTC ’85), Beverly Hills, Fla., Oct. 2 at 71.

George G. Wells (UTCTC ’85), Wauseon, Oct. 21 at 62.

Christine Lyman (UTCTC ’87), Montpelier, Ohio, Aug. 11 at 52.



Shannon L. Tabb (UTCTC ’97), Toledo, Oct. 18 at 41.

Douglas J. Washing MD (Res ’99, Res ’05), Sylvania, Oct. 16 at 41.



Sara E. “Libby” (Lane) Decker (A/S ’02), Ottawa Hills, Sept. 29 at 64.

*Debra S. Hansen RN (NRSG ’05), Toledo, Oct. 20 at 54.


Faculty, staff & friends

Charles Gunther III, Toledo, Oct. 5 at 78. The longtime Toledo Museum of Art administrator received a prestige appointment as UT adjunct assistant professor of education in 1976 and was named adjunct professor of art education in 1986.

Jack N. Hepinstall, Fort Myers, Fla., Oct. 3 at 89. Athletics storekeeper 1980-1981.

Thelma Belle Baker Schell Katz, Toledo, a data entry operator in pharmacy at MCO, 1990 and 1991, Sept. 26 at 80.

Judith E. Royal, Liberty Center, who was hired as a word processing specialist at MCO in 1992 and retired from UTMC in 2007, Aug. 27 at 61.

Joseph J. Tucholski, Toledo, who worked in MCO Maintenance from 1993 to 2004, Oct. 4 at 69.

*Alumni Association member
**Lifetime member


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Apple and iPhone 4S for UT

February 24th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in UT Technology
iPhone 4S – It’s the most amazing iPhone yet and Rocket Wireless has all the details.

Apple announces the iPhone 4S now available from all three major carriers and Rocket Wireless offers services from all three major carriers. The new iPhone 4S comes with the Dual Core A5 chip, an all new 8 MP camera and optics, new iOS5 operating system and iCloud and introducing SIRI allowing you to use your voice to send messages, set reminders, search information and more.

AT&T and Verizon both offer the iPhone 4S with a 2 GB data plan. Sprint offers the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S with unlimited data plans. To ask your Rocket Wireless specialist for details email us at rocketwireless@utoledo.edu or call 419-530-4807 to make a personal appointment.

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