UT’s Club Lacrosse Team Celebrates a Milestone

April 27th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Kristy Kissoff
UT Communications Major

Who would have thought that an advertisement for players in the Collegian student newspaper in 1972 would turn into a long standing lacrosse club?

In conjunction with the 40th Anniversary celebration of the first team that was spawned by that Collegian ad, several members of the 1972 inaugural squad were able to watch the current UT Men’s team take on the Ohio University Bobcats in their last home game of the season. As they sat in the lofty perch of the Glass Bowl press tower, Jim DiSerio, one of the co-founders of the club recalled that a challenge of their practices in the 70’s consisted of attempting to throw the ball over the Glass Bowl press box. DiSerio said, “We would have a hard time doing that now because of all the changes that the stadium has undergone since we were players.”

1972 team members (L to R) Mike Koch, Hal Hamer and Jim DiSerio with current lacrosse team president Dan Bryan in his "throwback" jersey.

Members of that original team including DiSerio, Hal Hamer and Mike Koch, all marveled at how much the university had changed since they had last visited the campus. DiSerio beamed with pride as the team wore throwback jerseys that had been presented to them the night before at the anniversary reception. DiSerio donated the ’72 replica jerseys after stumbling upon the UT lacrosse website only weeks before. After confirming that this was the team that he helped create, he was more than excited to travel from California to Toledo to support the team and reconnect with old friends.

Among the many alumni who enjoyed the reunion were members of the 1979 team, from L to R: Kevin McCourt, Mark Stoffan, Bill Searles, Jim McMahon, Hal Hamer, Doug Link, and Nick Kissoff

Club founder Jim DiSerio returned to Toledo from Stockton, Ca., and presented the entire 2012 Lacrosse Team with new 1972 "throwback" jerseys.

The anniversary celebration the previous night on Saturday, April 14th at Le Petit Gourmet in Maumee, was hosted by UT Lacrosse alumnus John Kozak. Alumni and current players along with many of their family members joined together to enjoy the festivities for the night. The reception included a display of memorabilia from past UT lacrosse teams, a slide show of pictures and newspaper clippings detailing the history of the club and a silent auction of jerseys and photographs autographed by the current team.

At the reception, Hal Hamer recollected the history of the lacrosse club over the years, as he has been involved from the point of the team’s inception up through his tasks this season when he taped lines on the field for the current team’s games. Even the current and past players were surprised to hear that the lacrosse team holds the UT school record for longest winning streak with 37 consecutive victories over several seasons in the early 90’s.

The anniversary weekend had started earlier that day with the annual alumni game at UT’s Glass Bowl Stadium. Two teams were formed with alumni players from every decade in order to allow for a competitively balanced game which ended with a 12-11 final score and only a few pulled muscles. Fifty alumni returned to UT for the game traveling from as far as Iowa, California, Florida and Colorado. Some members of the ’72 team even used their original wooden sticks during the game. Many of the club’s earliest players recalled playing in the Glass Bowl prior to the change from natural grass to Astroturf following their 1974 season.

However the change in playing surfaces is not the only thing to have improved in the last 40 years. Last year, the lacrosse club joined the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) where they compete in the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) conference. The MCLA is the highest echelon of lacrosse at the college club level. The move to the MCLA highlights the progress of the UT lacrosse team and their greater commitment to excellence. This is the level from which most NCAA Division 1 lacrosse teams arise and the MCLA contains the top club teams in the nation. This year, the Rockets traveled to Indianapolis to play Indiana and East Lansing to play Michigan State as well as hosting Pittsburgh and Purdue in the Glass Bowl.

In addition to the higher level of competition, the MCLA carries with it a higher financial burden. The alumni weekend served a dual purpose of reinvigorating alumni involvement and raising funds for the club. The proceeds from the alumni game and reception went to the current team’s operating costs with over $1500 raised for the team.

Hamer spoke at the reception about the cost of playing lacrosse. “When I was asked to play on the first team, I didn’t have enough money to buy a stick,” Hamer said. “I was lucky enough to have one of the other guys trade me his old wooden stick for a few of my record albums and without that I wouldn’t be where I am today giving back to my team.”

“The cost of operating this team is fairly pricey,” current Coach Mike McComish said. “We have to pay for equipment, travel, renting the Glass Bowl and hiring the referees.” The MCLA also requires that all players on a team must have matching gloves and helmets as well as an athletic trainer present at games.

The team’s $50,000 budget is made up primarily of player dues. The players must also supply much of their own equipment. The rest of the budget must be supplied by donations. Many lacrosse alumni hope to help alleviate some of the financial burden on the players so that they can focus more on playing lacrosse.

Hal Hamer echoed that the change in financial burden on the players is significant. Hamer said a wooden lacrosse stick in the 1970s cost $5. Today, sticks are made of different types of engineered materials and can cost over $200. He also recalled that when he had a sprained ankle after a game, he was given a half roll of athletic tape by a fellow team member. The team had no budget to buy more tape so Hamer had to make the partial roll last. He dutifully taped the used pieces each night to the wall of his dorm room until it eventually lost its adhesiveness after a week of use.

In order to assist the team, a lacrosse alumni board of directors has been formed to help sustain the club in order to create a connection between alumni and the current team. This group will also act as an organizational and fundraising arm for the team in the future. The board has created an online database consisting of rosters of all past years’ teams and hopes to reconnect with as many members as possible.

The 40th anniversary weekend was one of seeing old teammates reconnect and new friendships being created. The UT Lacrosse alumni were able to meet the current players and their families, bridging the gap from present to future, something that the lacrosse alumni board is striving towards.

While the current lacrosse team does not need to advertise for players like they did in 1972, they now have players that are looking forward to attending UT for the purpose of playing lacrosse.

“We have had dozens of contacts from players that now want to come to UT specifically to play lacrosse with us due to our elevated status,” Coach McComish said.

Any alumni of the lacrosse team and the University of Toledo are encouraged to visit the utrocketslacrosse.com website for updates on the team’s status and continue the connections that were made during the anniversary event. With everyone’s help, the future of the UT Men’s Lacrosse club will be assured another 40 years of memories.

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UT in the News

April 27th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in In The News

John Steinbeck’s last battle: UT prof’s book chronicles writer’s Vietnam reports:

Dr. Tom Barden and his new book,
“Steinbeck in Vietnam"

Late in 1966, American novelist John Steinbeck — 64 years old, Nobel laureate, chronicler of underdogs in lauded works that included The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men — went to Vietnam as a correspondent. As a journalist, he probably couldn’t have chosen a more propitious time: The Vietnam War was entering the national consciousness. Within a year, the number of American troops in Vietnam would approach 500,000, with U.S. casualties topping 15,000. (Nearly 110,000 would be wounded.)

Steinbeck’s public support for the conflict was less well-timed. Anti-war rallies were spreading across America; the first march on the Pentagon was just around the corner in 1967, the same year that Vietnam Veterans Against the War was formed. The erstwhile subversive was labeled a warmonger; his reports helped fuel an already incendiary era.

The flare was a brief one; by 1968, Steinbeck was dead, and his accounts of the war went into archival limbo, lost to the general public.

Until now. Dr. Tom Barden’s Steinbeck in Vietnam (University of Virginia, 2012) offers for the first time a complete collection of the dispatches Steinbeck wrote as a war correspondent for Newsday magazine.

Barden, dean of the UT Honors College and a longtime Steinbeck scholar, drew on the Steinbeck collection at Princeton, the papers of Harry F. Guggenheim at the Library of Congress, the Pierpont Morgan Library’s Steinbeck holdings, and the archives of Newsday. His introduction and extensive notes for the book give the social, political and personal backstories.

“Steinbeck always wanted to be where the action was,” Barden said. “Even The Grapes of Wrath was based on journalistic fieldwork he did, spending time with and talking to the Okies in California. In World War II, he lived in Army Air Corps barracks with a crew of airmen and published an account of their training and missions titled Bombs Away. In the 1950s, he went to the Soviet Union for the U.S. State Department and filed a series of essays.

“So his going to Vietnam as a reporter wasn’t atypical for him. But as his wife told it, the real draw was that his two sons were there.”

Steinbeck’s sons, John IV and Thom, already had served long enough in the military to lose their initially rosy view of the war by the time their father arrived in Vietnam, Barden noted. It would become a divisive element in their relationship when the elder Steinbeck — who would lose his own enthusiasm for the war — did not go public with his doubts.

Within a month of his arrival, however, Steinbeck admitted, “This war in Vietnam is very confusing not only to old war watchers but to people at home who read and try to understand … This war is not like any we have ever been involved in.”

Despite his age, Steinbeck was determined to execute his mission as a reporter. “One goal he had was to challenge his fellow writers and counter the growing consensus that the war was going badly,” Barden said. “A theme he hit on often was ‘at least I’m here seeing it for myself,’ even though General [William] Westmoreland was his tour guide.”

As a Vietnam veteran, Barden, whose service began in 1970, knows firsthand the conflict’s trajectory after Steinbeck’s departure: “I can sympathize with his desire to have the war be noble and winnable, but by my time there, that was clearly not ‘the way it was,’ as Walter Cronkite used to say. Everyone I talked to when I arrived agreed that the mission was to wind the thing down with as few casualties as possible and get out.”

Already garnering critical praise, Steinbeck in Vietnam both covers a crucial chapter of American history and completes the published Steinbeck canon.

“I wouldn’t argue that [the dispatches] are comparable to The Grapes of Wrath, or even Travels With Charley, but they are Steinbeck’s last works and even though they were written on the fly in hotel rooms and were little more than field notes with offhand political opinions thrown in, many of them still work in a literary sense,” Barden said.

“They have the spell-casting power of Steinbeck’s great works of fiction. They have his trademark immediacy and passion.”

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Class Notes

April 27th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes


Art Scott (Bus ’71), who retired in 2008 after 33 years with Nestlé, is living in Cave Creek, Ariz.

Albert Scott PhD (A/S ’72, MEd ’79, Ed Spec ’86, PhD ’95) was chosen by Lucas County’s Economic Opportunity Planning Association to lead its Head Start program, which has an enrollment of more than 2,000 low-income children.


Kathy (Adams) Vanderbush (A/S ’83), a U.S. Air Force veteran, was named director of the Monroe County (Mich.) Veterans Affairs Office.

Elizabeth G. Simcox (Law ’88) was named executive director of the Dauphin County (Pa.) Bar Association. She was previously employed by Penn State University and Harrisburg University.


Jill (Regez) Whelan (A/S ’95) was appointed vice president, corporate communications, for Swagelok Company, a developer/provider of fluid system solutions worldwide. She’s been with the company, based in Solon, Ohio, for 16 years, most recently as director, Global Technology Centers.
Jason R. Bartschy (Bus ’96), Springfield Twp., joined the Business Banking Group of Fifth Third Bank as a relationship manager, working at Fifth Third Center, One SeaGate.

Sarah A. Corpening (Law ’99), Oregon, was hired as executive director of the Toledo Bar Association. Previously she was CEO of the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center.

Greg Rawski PhD (MBA ’99, PhD ’05), Boonville, Ind., associate professor of management in the Schroeder Family School of Business at the University of Evansville, received the 2011 Exemplary Teacher Award at UE’s winter commencement. He joined the university in 2005.


Brian S. Spitler Jr. (Law ’03) was selected as a partner in the Atlanta law firm of Carlock, Copeland & Stair LLP. His practice focuses on defending attorneys and accountants in state and federal courts throughout the Southeast.

Andrew M. Kvochick (A/S ’04) joined the law firm of Weldon, Huston & Keyser LLP, Mansfield, Ohio, as an associate.

Jeffrey P. Guggenbiller (Eng ’05) joined the Dayton office of architecture and engineering firm Barge Waggone Sumner and Cannon Inc. as a civil engineering intern.

Rebecca Hollis (Eng ’05) was named to the Lake High School (Lake Twp., Ohio) Athletic Hall of Fame for her outstanding soccer career with the Lady Streaks. At UT, she lettered four years and was named to both the MAC and the College Sports Information Directors Academic All-American academic teams.

Current students

Brian Morrissey, enrolled in the paralegal studies program at UT, was awarded a $1000 scholarship by PANO, the Paralegal Association of Northwest Ohio. For more information on the annual award for UT paralegal studies students, contact Mary Ellen Babich at 419.321.1414.

Extended Class Notes

H. Wesley Brown MD (A/S ’41) published his second book, The Possessor, a biography of his father. A retired pediatrician living in Berea, Ohio, Brown — whose family includes many UT graduates — hopes that his new book “allows the reader to acquire insight into some areas of economics, psychiatric medicine and the creative and compassionate nature of [my] father’s mind and his life-altering decisions.” UT alumni may be interested in the remembrance of Ed Schmakel that’s part of the book as well. It’s available through Xlibris, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

Death Notices


*Marian B. (Beroset) Faber (Ed ’38), Ottawa Hills, Jan. 5 at 94. Pi Beta Phi member and past president, Mortar Board.

**Jane (Monaghan) Hanf, Houston, att. 1939-1940, Dec. 28 at 90.

Dorothy M. (Marleau) Schabeck (A/S ’39), Toledo, Dec. 24 at 94.


Henrietta (Rump) Sterling (Ed ’41), South Rockwood, Mich., Sept. 29 at 92.

Vance H. Dodson PhD (Eng ’44, MS ’47), Parsonsfield, Maine, Dec. 20 at 89. Served as assistant professor of chemistry during the 1950s.

Ruth L. (Becker) Kolvas, Ottawa Hills, att. 1945-1949, Jan. 19 at 84.

*James F. Shemas (Law ’47), Toledo, Dec. 28 at 93.

**George E. Kuhman (Bus ’48), Mesa, Ariz., Nov. 12 at 91.

*Joyce L. (Huebner) Hight (Ed ’49), Toledo, Jan. 12 at 84.


Richard D. Kaszynski (Eng ’50), Brecksville, Ohio, Jan. 5 at 85.

**Patti L. (Cartlidge) Pete, Toledo, att. 1950s and 1960s, Jan. 23 at 75.

Robert H. Miller (Eng ’51), Pinckney, Mich., Jan. 17 at 84.

Thomas J. Zaenger (Eng ’51), Monroe, Mich., Jan. 5 at 88.

**Reno R. Riley (Law ’52), Toledo, Dec. 31 at 85.

**Melvin Wilczynski (Pharm ’52), Toledo, Jan. 16 at 83.

*Henrietta B. (Birkenkamp) Woolaver (Bus ’53), Plantation, Fla., Jan. 22 at 79.

Ronald W. Brown (Eng ’55), New Hope, Minn., Sept. 1 at 79.

**JoAnn F. Maher (Ed ’55, MEd ’80), Parrish, Fla., Dec. 16 at 79.

Rudolph P. Snowadzky (Ed ’55, Ed ’57), Winthrop, Maine, Aug. 26 at 82.

Philip J. Mazziotti (Eng ’56), Swanton, Jan. 1 at 89. Part-time teacher in College of Engineering.

John P. Cover (Bus ’57), Springfield, Va., Dec. 17 at 77.

Charles F. Libbe (Eng ’57), Tannersville, Pa., Dec. 10 at 82.


Richard H. Koop MD (A/S ’60), Sylvania, Jan. 9 at 73. He served as a volunteer UTMC faculty physician since 1981. Theta Chi member.

Donald E. Anderson PhD (A/S ’63), Holland, Jan. 4 at 84.

Bonnie Angevine (MEd ’64), Sylvania, Jan. 3 at 77.

Bernard J. Meyer (Law ’67), Loyalsock Twp., Pa., March 2, 2011 at 73.

William F. King (Bus ’68), San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Jan. 12 at 75.


*John F. Kennedy (Bus ’70), Wimauma, Fla., Dec. 12 at 66.

Juelden (Partin) Pope, Bowling Green, att. 1970s, Jan. 18 at 72.

Gary A. Tipton (UTCTC ’70), Perrysburg, Jan. 10 at 64.

Thomas D. Peoples (Bus ’72, MBA ’73), Dublin, Ohio, Dec. 26 at 66.

Kenneth J. Kaminski (UTCTC ’73), Toledo, Dec. 30 at 66.

David C. Vines (Ed ’73, MEd ’79), Toledo, Jan. 6 at 72.

Ruthellen (Moore) Sharp (MEd ’75), Sylvania, Jan. 13 at 87.

Gary R. Weinandy (Eng ’76), Toledo, Jan. 16 at 57.

Mary F. (Newsome) Luton (UTCTC ’79), Toledo, Dec. 31 at 77.


**Paul D. Horne (Univ Coll ’80), Toledo, Jan. 24 at 61.

**Thomas H. Page (Bus ’81), Ottawa Hills, Dec. 31 at 56. Served as UT controller from 2002 to 2008.

Betty J. (Miller) Peterson (Pharm ’83), Toledo, Jan. 25 at 78. Alpha Kappa Sigma member.

Edward R. Schuler II DO (Pharm ’83), Kingston, Ohio, Sept. 3 at 50.

Johnnie B. Sharp Jr. (UTCTC ’87), Toledo, Jan. 9 at 70.

John R. Moynihan (Law ’88), Flint, Mich., July 25, 2011 at 48.


Sandra Gustwiller (UTCTC ’92), Walbridge, Dec. 31 at 66.

Elizabeth A. Koch (A/S ’92), Chicago, Nov. 1 at 41.

Chester K. Campbell (Univ Coll ’94), Maumee, Jan. 1 at 85.

Cheryl L. Chesney-Walker (MEd ’94), Powhatan, Va., Jan. 23 at 52. Coordinator in Pediatrics at MCO from 1996 to 1999.

Minnie Jeffries (UTCTC ’95), Toledo, Jan. 2 at 60.

Douglas Whalen (UTCTC ’95), Perrysburg, Dec. 28 at 58.

Candy L. Budd-Crowley (MEd ’99), Toledo, Jan. 14 at 42. Gamma Omega Kappa member.


Linda M. Clow, Toledo, att. 2002-2007, Dec. 28 at 50.

Staff, faculty & friends

Jose I. Aponte, who taught in the UT College of Pharmacy for more than 25 years, Dec. 26 at 100. He joined the University in 1946 as an assistant professor of pharmacy, becoming associate professor in 1950 and professor in 1956. In 1964, he received the Outstanding Teacher Award. His service on various UT committees included military affairs and academic grievances. He retired in 1972 as emeritus. In 1985, the college dedicated the Aponte Model Pharmacy, created to give students hands-on experience in dispensing medicine, in his honor.

Carolyn Autry, Perrysburg, Dec. 12 at 71. The adjunct associate professor taught UT art students from 1966 until 2001.

Janet M. Hudak, Zephyrhills, Fla., UT clerk from 1969 to 1975, died 27 at 87.

Herbert W. Jones, Toledo, MCO custodial worker from 1979 until his 1991 retirement, Jan. 7 at 88.

Beverly A. Moharter, Toledo, secretary in Marketing Department in the College of Business from 1990 to 1997, Dec. 18 at 65.

Henry A. Ricks Jr., Toledo, custodial/building services worker from 1992 to 1998, Dec. 17 at 75.

Clyde W. Sweet II, Findlay, former lecturer in College of Business, Dec. 8 at 90.

Anna M. Whitzel, Toledo, a longtime nurse who retired from MCO, died Jan. 6 at age 89.

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Apple and iPhone 4S for UT

April 27th, 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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