Can’t Help Falling in Love (With My First Job)

March 28th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

A Recent UT Alumna Brings Elvis to Life in Las Vegas

By Meg Sciarini, Class of 2010

One year ago I ran away to join the circus. I ran away from Toledo where I was born and raised, to Las Vegas to join the crew of Cirque du Soleil’s Viva ELVIS. Two shows a night for five nights a week, I avoid getting squashed by a monumentally large blue suede shoe, dodge super hero acrobats as they make their way to the stage, and listen to a live band jam. You never get bored in a place that has a stage that rises into platforms, a 60,000 lb trampoline set that is lifted into the air and acrobats flying from straps across the stage. Incredible talent both on and off the stage surrounds me; from Brazil to Lithuania, our show is made up of people from across the world who put on an amazing show celebrating the life and music of Elvis Presley as only Cirque du Soleil can. So how does a Midwestern girl like me fit into this plethora of worldwide talent? I have the ability to bring Elvis back to life every night.

I am a projection technician; part of my job is to bring the King of Rock’n’Roll back to the big screen, or in our case, three big screens. I operate video that plays during the show so that fans can relive their favorite Elvis moments, from his first appearance on TV all the way through the ‘68 Comeback Special. Having the skills of a projection technician is a blend of all my passions; my passions for art, for film, for technology and for the integration of video into live theater. Cirque du Soleil’s mission to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world is the same ideal that I share as an artist. The University of Toledo – I graduated from the College of Visual and Performing Arts in 2010 – allowed me the opportunity to pursue my passions, which in turn has given me the tools to fulfill the mission at Viva ELVIS. Every day at work I am able to perfect the skills that I learned at UT as a film/video major, while I also have been able to branch out and learn other positions such as carpentry and lighting. It is an amazing experience when you can walk into work and learn something new every day. The education at The University of Toledo gave me a foundation in my craft, but more importantly, it gave me the confidence to be a seeker of knowledge; to be able to educate myself beyond the classroom and that learning does not stop after graduation. UT gave me opportunities to see the world, to explore video and opportunities to showcase my talents.  But a college education is not a job guarantee, it was up to me to find my place in the world, to use my talents to the best of my ability. I am thrilled that I found my place with Cirque du Soleil.

As I walk backstage to start a show, I sometimes find myself the target for our cowboys practicing with their lassos. After I manage to dodge being hogtied, I narrowly avoid running into multiple Elvi making their way to the straps that will rocket them across the stage. As I finally make it to our flying TV prop, I commence my daily ritual of giving our seven-foot-tall rigger a high five, doing a sumo dance with my lead carpenter, and discussing the latest Detroit Red Wings game with my Michigan-native stage managers. As I continue with my evening, I usually walk by dancers in the hall who almost always amaze by not kicking me in the face in such a tiny hallway. I pass our chair-stacking performer and wave to him as he is balancing on a champagne bottle. I try to learn French phrases as I help one of our drummers get set and although I try to avoid it, I always have one of our acrobats manage to tackle me into a gym mat at the end of their act.  It’s the small rituals during the night that make me love coming to work. While we run the same show every night, I never get bored because the people around me keep working hard to make the job fun. It also makes the people I work with more like a family, and being so far away from home, that means a lot to someone like me because I come from such a close family. It’s nice to be able to have friends who will cook a holiday meal with you when you can’t go home for Christmas. It’s a special treat to have a regular Sunday night dinner with friends from work who just enjoy hanging out, eating good food and laughing so hard your face hurts because it reminds me of my family and makes living so far away a little less lonely.  Everyone on my show has been in the position of being far away from family; we all have left our homes, some of us have left our countries in order to pursue our dreams. We all have that common bond and no matter what our role on the show is and we all come together to support one another through the good times and the bad. From all over the world, we have come together for one purpose; to entertain. We have all shared the same dream and we have all worked hard. When I walk out on the catwalks above the audience and see people together in a standing ovation, I know that this is exactly where I want to be. Through the work ethic that I developed at The University of Toledo and with the influence of my hard working family, I have found a company that shares my ideals and supports my growth; I have found a company that I can dedicate myself to.  I am asked for nothing less than my best and I put a hundred percent of myself into this show because this is my dream. It is the most satisfying feeling in the world to be happy to go to work, to have superiors that make work fun and that let me know my efforts don’t go unnoticed. The University of Toledo prepared me to give nothing but my best, to work hard, and to pursue my dreams; Cirque du Soleil has given me the opportunity to live my dream.

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UT in the News

March 28th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in In The News

UT staff members discuss bullying

On WTVG-TVs public service show Bridges, several members of the UT community shared their insights on the topic of bullying in schools.

UT political science professor weighs in on Iowa Caucus results

David Davis comments on the Republican Presidential caucus in Iowa.

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Class Notes

March 28th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes


Herbert Woodward Martin (A/S ’64), professor emeritus of English at the University of Dayton, gave the December commencement address at Central Michigan University and was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree. The Dayton resident was also inducted into the city’s Walk of Fame.


Gary Thieman (Bus ’71), senior vice president of sales and customer relations for commercial business with health insurance company Medical Mutual of Ohio, was appointed to the UT Board of Trustees by Ohio Gov. John Kasich for a term ending in 2017.

Nancy J. Sattler PhD (A/S ’72, MEd ’88, PhD ’04), Fremont, was elected to a six-year term as president of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, a national organization for college mathematics teachers.

Paul Wright (Law ’78), founder of Wright Law Co. LPA of Dublin, Ohio, received a Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation in December.


Ron Binder PhD (Ed ’83, Ed ’83), associate dean of student affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, received the highest honor of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) — the Robert H. Shaffer Award — at the AFA’s annual meeting in St. Louis. He also became co-chair of the Fraternity and Sorority Knowledge Community of NASPA, the leading association of the student affairs profession.

Harold R. Reed (Bus ’85), Maumee, was appointed to the new post of chief operating officer with The Andersons Inc., with responsibility for the company’s grain, ethanol, plant nutrients, rail and turf and specialty groups. He’s been with the company since 1980, most recently as president of the grain and ethanol group.

William A. Young Jr. (MBA ’87) was appointed president and CEO of St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio, which is co-owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals.

Christopher Ingersoll PhD (PhD ’89), dean of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at Central Michigan University, was named the UT Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service Outstanding Alumnus in October.


Nicholas Richardson PhD (PhD ’97), associate professor of chemistry at Wagner College, State Island, N.Y., received the Excellence in Service award at the annual Faculty Awards Dinner in November.


Tiffany Gray (A/S ’04) was appointed associate director of the LGBT Resource Center within Syracuse University’s Division of Student Affairs.

Kathryn (Sterling) Keating (Bus ’05), Maumee, was promoted to talent acquisition officer in the human resources division of Fifth Third Bank, where she has worked since 2006.

Marriages & unions

Keri E. Schreckengost (MBA ’09) and Jason Tarbert. She’s a contract specialist for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, N.M.


Erin (Hundley) Carter (HHS ’01) and her husband Kyle, Lansing, Mich. welcomed their daughter Emma Rose in July.

Extended Class Notes

Mike Reilly (Ed ’76), known worldwide as “the voice of Ironman,” was inducted into the Ironman Triathlon Hall of Fame at the event’s world championships in Kona, Hawaii, in October. The event marked Mike’s 23rd year at the microphone; he’s worked 109 Ironman competitions since 1989.
Almost a quarter-million athletes crossed the finish line hearing Mike’s delivery of “You are an Ironman!” One of the founders and current vice president of the Active Network ( in San Diego, Calif., Mike has been in the endurance game for 30 years and stays an active participant, crediting his past as a

Rocket wrestler for the internal strength to finish. Click here for details.

Death Notices


Clyde W. Sweet II, Findlay, att. 1939-1941 and in 1940s, Dec. 8 at 90.


**Donald K. Cameron MD (Bus ’41, A/S ’49), Sylvania Twp., Dec. 1 at 92.

Doris (Northrup) Redway (Ed ’45), Toledo, Dec. 6 at 88.

Ralph F. Drescher (Ed ’48), Toledo, Dec. 24 at 86.

**Wilbur A. Taylor Jr. MD (A/S ’49), Findlay, Dec. 10 at 83. Sigma Beta Phi, Alpha Epsilon Delta member.


*Judge Robert V. Franklin Jr. (Law ’50), Toledo, Nov. 29 at 85. The first minority on two local benches, he also served on the UT Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1997. In 1982, UT presented him with the Gold T Award, honoring outstanding professional success. Five years later, he received the Distinguished Attorney Award from the UT Law Alumni Association. The community leader also served on the UT Alumni Foundation Board of Directors.

William M. Holmes (Pharm ’50), Apex, N.C., Dec. 23 at 84.

Marion “Marney” E. (Willard) Jewell (Ed ’50, MEd ’81), Edmonds, Wash., Oct. 20 at 86. Delta Kappa Gamma member.

Richard A. Gerlinger (A/S ’51), Bermuda Village, N.C., Nov. 23 at 83. Sigma Chi member.

**James Hipp (Eng ’51), Toledo, Dec. 19 at 83.

John P. Weed Jr. (Bus ’51), Sylvania, Dec. 8 at 84.

Gilberta A. (Hofbauer) Finch, Sylvania, att. 1952-1954, Dec. 8 at 77.

Rev. John E. Lester (Ed ’52), Sylvania, Nov. 26 at 81.


Fred R. Henzler, Toledo, att. 1960s and 1970s, Dec. 12 at 81.

Philip Rymers PhD (MA ’60), Jasper, Ga., July 14 at 82.

Richard B. Calaway (Bus ’62), Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Nov. 3 at 75.

Judge Michael T. Russell (Bus ’62), Portola Valley, Calif., Nov. 28 at 71.

John T. Holzemer (UTCTC ’64, Bus ’74), San Ramon, Calif., Oct. 9 at 68.

**Joe Moran (Bus ’67), Naples, Fla., Dec. 7 at 67. Alpha Sigma Phi, Alpha Kappa Psi member.


James F. Romaker (Bus ’73), Lima, Nov. 29 at 64.

Jessie (McCormick) Sporek (Ed Spec ’73), Sylvania, Nov. 22 at 86.

Richard L. Zolman (Univ Coll ’74), Elmore, Dec. 25 at 77.

Deborah J. Bocian (UTCTC ’76), Toledo, Dec. 8 at 60.


Harry J. Jackson (UTCTC ’81), Hilliard, Ohio, Dec. 4 at 65.

Josephine E. Shaw (UTCTC ’84), Toledo, Dec. 9 at 63.

Kathryn VanBrandt (Bus ’84), Ottawa Lake, Mich., Dec. 17 at 71.


Keith C. “KC” Kreps (Ed ’96), Bettsville, Ohio, Sept. 10 at 58.

Gregory A. O’Dell (Law ’96), Ann Arbor, Mich., Dec. 23 at 54.

Delores G. (Moore) Moman (UTCTC ’97, Univ Coll ’97), Toledo, Dec. 11 at 73.


Nathalie A. (Hilaire) Jones (MS ’04), West Palm Beach, Fla., July 26 at 38.

Faculty, Staff & Friends

Dallas Garber PhD (PhD ’77), Toledo, who served as director of the Student Union from 1971 until his retirement in 1992, Dec. 5 at 72.

Evelyn R. (Wauters Kimerer) Gozdowski, Holland, UT cashier from 1982 to 1984, Dec. 7 at 90.

Leonard T. Kubiak, National City, Mich., UT custodian from 1986 until his 1997 retirement, Nov. 19 at 76.

Lucien E. Morris MD, Rollingbay, Wash., faculty member at MCO from 1970 until his 1985 retirement who was named professor emeritus of anesthesia in 1987, Nov. 15 at 96. In 1970, he was appointed founding chair of the Department of Anesthesia; he developed the private practice plan for clinical physicians, established the Anesthesia Residency Program and served as chief of staff of the hospital. Morris was known for designing a precision anesthesia vaporizer system known as the “copper kettle” that for more than two decades was used as a standard apparatus in most U.S. teaching hospitals. Morris received an honorary doctor of science degree from MCO in 1994.

Julius J. Nagy, Toledo, former MCO maintenance employee, Dec. 8 at 90.

Robert F. Smith PhD, Ottawa Hills, professor of history and part of the first group of faculty to receive the Distinguished University Professor designation, Nov. 24 at 81. He joined the UT faculty in 1969 as professor of history, earning tenure in 1971. His 1986 Distinguished Professor honor was part of the  University’s Program for Academic Excellence. The author of several books, one of which won the 1973 book award of the Ohio Academy of History, he served on a number of committees that included those with a focus on Latin American studies. He retired in 1992.

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Apple and iPhone 4S for UT

March 28th, 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 or call 419-530-4807 to make a personal appointment.

Rocket Wireless
Proudly serving our campus community since July 3, 2002!

Who are we?
Rocket Wireless owned by The University of Toledo

What do we do?
We provide cellular voice and data services from the major carriers like Sprint, Verizon and AT&T.

Where to find details?
Visit our website at or call 419-530-4807 for appointment or visit us in Rocket Hall 1917 Monday through Friday opening at 8:15 am each day with extended hours to 5:45pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

When can you start?
This is an exclusive offering for students, employees and alumni.

How do we get the service?
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Plans for individuals start as low as $30 per month and we have family plans too!

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12- Month contracts to keep you current with the changing technology.

UT’s cellular service exclusively for students, employees and alumni is Rocket Wireless.
Proudly serving our campus community since July 3, 2002!
Take advantage of savings from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon only through Rocket Wireless.
We know the companies, the best deals and best phones.

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AT&T iPhone package voice & data as low as $55 monthly…iPhone 16GB 4G is $199
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Verizon iPhone with a One-year contract with monthly rates starting as low as $65 for voice and unlimited data, yes, we have unlimited Verizon data exclusively available through RW!

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