UT Goes Global

September 26th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

by Patty Gelb

Dana meyer“As I often start my stories, a patient came into the clinic yesterday…”

This was the beginning of the blog post from Dr. Anne Ruch who was in Guatemala at the time of writing. She was part of a global health medical mission from The University of Toledo. Ruch went on to describe the story of a 46-year-old woman that came into the clinic. The woman was diabetic and had visited the clinic many times.

This time the woman was there with her daughter who was having infertility issues. While waiting she told Ruch, “by the way, my foot is bad again.” She then proceeded to take off a bandage to reveal a toe that was almost twice its normal size and dripping pus. Ruch quickly put in a phone consult to Dr. Coral, an accompanying physician. They both agreed that the best course of action was antibiotics and to advise the woman go to the hospital to amputate her toe.

When Ruch suggested this, the woman’s eyes filled up with tears. She reminded Ruch about Tracy Benson, the UT medical student who came with her on a mission the year before. That time when the woman came to Ruch with the same issue on her other foot, Benson had encouraged Ruch to incise, drain and pack it.

When Ruch looked back at the notes, the little picture in the chart of the woman’s previous problem looked a lot like this problem. “I remember at the time thinking that Tracy was being overly optimistic,” said Ruch in her blog post.  She had felt it was too late for that toe but now it looked completely normal. “Look how good it is,” the woman exclaimed.

Ruch remembered how Benson had the woman come back twice a day for the whole week so she could clean and “pack” her toe. “She cared for that lady,” says Ruch in her blog post. “She washed her feet as Jesus did for his disciples. So, I said a silent little prayer of thanks to Tracy for giving this woman many months of health and for showing her an example of how Jesus teaches us to live.”

Ruch went ahead and did the same procedure she did before. “It is truly in God’s hands how it will all turn out,” said Ruch. “But for now, Tracy’s act of great kindness brought me and this woman a little closer to the love of God.”

Addis AbabaThere are endless stories like this when describing The University of Toledo’s global health programs. “Inspirational” is how many of the students and staff who attend a global health mission describe it. “Life changing” and “emotional” are other words often heard. Dana Meyer, a fourth year medical student who was also in Guatemala in August, 2013 said “the global health experiences help ground students and reminds us why we went into medicine in the first place because medical school can be very stressful.”

Meyer explained that it is easy to forget that patients are people who need your help, especially during the third year of medical school when students are under a lot of pressure to see patients, get everything right and to learn everything they have to learn. “The medical mission trips really help remind you of that, because the people there are so grateful,” said Meyer. “They really need you and appreciate you being there.”

krisbrickmanThe global health program at The University of Toledo started about seven years ago when Dr. Kristopher Brickman – UTMC chief of staff, chairman and medical director, department of emergency medicine and director of the office of global health – was approached by a group of students. They knew that he did medical mission work internationally and they were hoping he would help create a global health program here at UT.  A quick survey of students determined there was significant interest in creating such a program. Brickman and the group of students met with Dr. Jeffery Gold, chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Brickman explained to Gold that he would be willing to support this initiative and felt it was important for UT.

brickmanafricaThings really started coming together on a trip to China and India that Brickman attended with Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, president of The University of Toledo. It was during a discussion about global health in the back of the car from Delhi, India, to Agra, India, where Jacobs told Brickman that he was interested in developing these programs but to not stop at the College of Medicine and Life Sciences; take it to the entire university.

“He told me, ‘I know you are aware of the university’s limited funding for initiatives such as these, but I want you to be the champion to develop this program and make it happen,’” said Brickman. “I agreed to do it as long as he agreed to support it moving forward since it was going to be a huge project.”

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Brickman had received the blessing of Gold to develop any programs or relationships that he felt were relevant to the program. Since they were already in India and going to China, that was where the first programs and relationships were developed.

Fast forward six years later and The University of Toledo now has 17 different international affiliations and memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with some of the top academic centers in China, India and the Middle East. There are MOUs in Beirut, Jordan, Kenya and Ethiopia. UT holds a unique relationship in the Philippines with the Ministry of Health where there is a signed agreement with the secretary of health.

UT has developed these relationships all over the world so its students have the opportunity to be involved in global health activities. These opportunities are primarily for fourth year medical students, but are also available for nursing, physician assistants, pharmacy, engineering, physical therapy, foreign language students as well as the Toledo community.

dustindeanchinaThere are two kinds of experiences that the students can have. There is the medical institutional experience where the students work with a medical institution and do a one month rotation. And there are also medical missions, which are a bit different because they are led by UT faculty and tend to be a week to two-week-long experiences.

The medical institution experiences are a full month under the direction of the faculty at the foreign site. It is similar to the work they do as third and fourth year medical students here in the U.S. They see and evaluate patients and participate in patient care as a part of their observership. The students are also very involved in academics. They are required to give a lecture at their foreign site as well as give a presentation upon their return to UT.

Med students and tuina doctorsThe mission activities are different in that students are accompanied by an active faculty member from the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. These mission trips generally last a week or two in places like Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Africa and the Philippines. Students then apply for academic credit based on the clinical activities under the direction of the accompanying faculty member.

Over the course of the last six years some 400 students have participated in these global health initiatives.

“I didn’t necessarily expect that they would gain a lot of very different and unique medical knowledge,” said Brickman. “But I did expect them to see a culture very different from what they have grown up in. Different from the one they have trained as medical professionals in a health care system.”

Dr. Ruch patient consultation_Guatemala 2012Brickman really wanted the global health programs at UT to be as much a cultural experience as an academic experience. He feels it is important to learn to function in a system that has very different resources than the one that the students are accustomed to here in the U.S.

“We are the country that is aberrant when it comes to how our health care policy works,” Brickman said. “Everyone else functions more within their means and that is a message that I want the students to understand from a global perspective, most of the world functions very differently than the one you trained in. It doesn’t mean that we are superior to them. It’s just different.”

Taal volcanoThese missions are an eye-opening experience for the students. According to Brickman, the first week is very overwhelming. The second week they start to understand the differences a little better and begin to embrace those differences. Typically by week three and four the students become really engaged.

The global health program is meant to take the student out of his or her comfort zone. Typically, students begin this experience with a significant amount of knowledge and understanding about medicine and are put into an environment that is critically different from everything they know. The students come back with a much richer and deeper knowledge of how different cultures throughout the world function, commonly with far less resources than the U.S. healthcare system.

“Most of the students who are able to participate in global health experiences come back with more compassionate views of the world and its health care limitations,” Brickman said. “They become involved and connected to charitable efforts in the future, whether in their own neighborhoods or with global efforts.”

Dr. Anne Ruch, Dina Elnaggar, and Tracy Benson_Guatemala 2012And the results of these trips are remarkable. During the 2013 Nicaragua Mission trip, the medical team treated 530 patients (244 children and 286 adults). The dental team provided 802 dental sealants and 211 fluoride treatments for 543 children. The women’s health team performed 45 pap tests and physical therapy treated 60 patients.

The generous donation from two alumni donors allowed the team to provide 25,000 doses of analgesics, 6,000 doses of antibiotics, 15,000 doses of vitamins and anti-parasitic treatment for 1,000 people.

“None of this would have been possible without the dedication of University of Toledo students and faculty. Our team was truly interdisciplinary,” stated Steven Cogorno, a fourth year medical student and the 2013 Nicaragua mission team leader in a follow up letter to the director of student affairs.

Expanding, Cogorno explained, “ Many of the students commented that they felt hesitant when we arrived, but by Friday they were confident in their clinical abilities. These students are best and brightest of the UT College of Medicine community. They were eager to learn, able to accept and integrate feedback and committed to serving others. It was truly a pleasure to work with such capable and dedicated individuals.”

One of the barriers for students getting to participate in a global health experience is lack of funds. The primary cost for the global health programs to the university is one staff member who coordinates all international programming. Students have to pay their own way for these trips outside of limited funding (in the form of a travel grant) provided by the Center for International Studies and Programs. Fortunately, the costs once in the foreign location are minimal. Students stay in the dorms where, oftentimes, limited meals are provided. But the costs for airfare can range from $1,500 to $3,000 per trip.

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“Right now, since we don’t have funding, it is primarily up to the students to fund the majority of the project and that is my only disappointment in this program,” Brickman said. “It is only available to those students who have the money to do it.”

The program is always in need of funds. What funding they have received goes toward scholarships to assist those students who are unable to cover their costs. Brickman encourages anyone interested in participating in the global health programs or wanting to learn more to contact Deborah Krohn, the global health advisor at deborah.krohn@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2549.

Dina Elnaggar_Guatemala 2012“We have really become a major player on a global scene and I believe we have become a more relevant institution because of our participation in our global networks,” Brickman said. “Based on some of the things we have been able to develop because of this exposure and our participation, I think it drives us to a higher level.”

Brickman and his Global Health Committee are working on a January 2014 fundraising initiative. Their hopes are to create an endowment to help build the Global Health program; thus, making international electives more accessible to the student body.  “We plan to launch our newest campaign in the coming year,” said Brickman. “We hope this type of grassroots fundraising will not only highlight how far we’ve come as a unit, demonstrating the high demand for international electives from our student body, but also help raise awareness both at the university level and the Toledo community for the role we play in today’s public health issues across the globe.”

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African Time

September 26th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

by Lorrie Elchert (’94, ’04)
Photos by Pineapple XVI

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We prepared for months, packaging medications and supplies, getting our immunizations and going over details and diseases. During this time we were also participating in various fundraisers. Organized by Dr. Richard Paat and sponsored by Good Hope Lutheran Church in Bucyrus, Ohio, along with the Zion Lutheran Church in Waterville, Ohio, our medical mission team readied for our journey to Tanzania, Africa. We found out two weeks before leaving, that a tractor fell on to the mountain road that we were to travel, making it impassable. It was then decided to go to a village at the base of the mountain called Kibakwe. The advance team arrived and found a church building with rooms we could stay in with a separate building we could use as our clinic. There also was a room for a pharmacy and dental area.

UT1Our team consisted of Dr. Paat, Dr. Gary Gladieux and Jeffrey Breymaier, D.D.S. We also had nurse practitioners Jean Austin and Lorrie Elchert, nurses Ruth Stygles and Randy Wise and pharmacist Jamie Kosanka with us. Our engineer was the multi-mission experienced Dennis Bensch and we had the wonderful volunteer assistance of Pastor Dave Bliss, Pastor Steve Bauerle, Emily Breymaier, Emily Schneider and Becky Seibert. Our photographer who accompanied us to document the trip was Kevin Seibert.

After long flights from Detroit to Amsterdam then Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro, we arrived at the Kilimanjaro Airport where we were greeted by Dr. Nasarri, who helped us through customs. We were awed by the deep purple night sky that glittered with every star and constellation as we journeyed to Arusha, Tanzania, where we spent the night. We awakened to the sounds of hundreds of people boarding buses to go to their jobs in nearby towns and villages. Once we got ready, we boarded a bus to Kibakwe. We stopped at a road stop for gas and were met by people of all ages, selling and bartering food, drinks, crafts and T-shirts to the tourists through the bus windows.

A four-hour journey with a few rest stops and eight police stops made the hours pass away quickly. We were told we were on African time and not to worry. Passing large baobab trees, we saw fields being hoed by hand and few ox and donkey pulling carts. On the side of the road we saw herds of goats, donkeys and livestock in the fields overseen by the Maasai herdsmen and women. Many people were walking with large amounts of bananas, wood and more than one 10-gallon bucket of water on their head and shoulders heading to their homes.

The clay dirt blew on the way up to Kibakwe and we quickly closed bus windows as vehicles passed. Our faces and jaws were sore from the vibration of the roads. It was worse than riding on the Millennium Force at Cedar Point. Bridges over the ravines were made of wood and rattled as our bus went over them. We stopped at the Mpwapwa hospital to pick up six nurses and we ended up staying overnight in the village due to it being unsafe to drive any further in the dark.

After three hours of sleep, we were back up and on the road. We arrived in Kibakwe and unloaded the bus. Right away we set up our clinic rooms and sorted supplies for the supply room and pharmacy. The prized dental chair was also assembled.

UT6Our first task was to train 14 villagers to be health care promoters. These young men and women were eager to learn and gave up their time from their jobs and families to take on this adventure. We initially taught them to take blood pressure, listen to heart and lung sounds, suturing, putting on sterile gloves and how to deliver a baby. They then were stationed daily in different areas with different providers to promote further learning throughout our mission. On our first day of providing care a young school teacher named Joel from the village joined us to be a translator. He shared with us that he had wanted to be a doctor and he was so bright that he became our 15th health care promoter.

Our six nurses came from Mpwapwa and Dodoma and all worked in hospitals. Their English was excellent as was their recognition of common African diseases and treatment. They gave up time from their jobs and families to be with us feeling it was imperative to help other villages and their native people. They were excited about our equipment, like our portable pulse oximeter that they had never seen before. They were also interested in learning about our advanced practice in nursing in the U.S. Several were interested in pursuing their master’s degrees.

UT2As we started our first day in the clinic, we were amazed at the people. They walked hours from villages and mountain areas. They waited for hours in the hot sun, many times with little to eat or drink. One older man waited three and a half hours in the hot sun and had traveled six and a half hours that morning to see me. He was dehydrated with a pulse of 133 (initially in triage his pulse was 111). I gave him a large cup of water. He smiled and was so gracious.

They came to see us dressed in their best outfits of beautiful bright colors and patterns. The men wore suit coats and hats. Occasionally the young girls wore the same dress as their mothers. Infants were swathed in cloth and held close to their mothers. Tanzanians in this area were of the poorest in Tanzania. Very few has seen a doctor or even had a well check for their children. They were so caring, grateful and listened intently. The people used whatever resources, if any, to remedy their own problems. We saw homemade dressings to cover wounds, homemade crutches and canes to name a few. They smiled or held your hand. Sometimes the elderly kissed your hand or just hugged you. Children sat on your lap and looked at you with their big eyes and you would get a smile by the time you were finished with their examination.

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The next day word had spread and our volume of patients tripled. Over 200 people were brought down from the mountain village of Lufu by bus. Many asked about our families and we shared pictures of our families. They brought their entire families for us to be examined even if they were healthy.

We provided care over the long days, working into the night using headlights for light. We saw diseases we typically don’t see, such as manifestations of TB, malaria and AIDS. Two of the many cases we saw were a nephew helping his 46-year-old uncle who had AIDS and was suffering from pneumocystis pneumonia and a tuberculosis abscess on the side of a neck of a 62-year-old woman.

UT3Intestinal parasitic infections were common, so everyone was treated for them in triage. We also saw other parasitic infections such as onchocerciasis or “river blindness” and several cases of lymphatic filariasis or “elephantitis.” Some of the cases we encountered were a 20-month-old boy with Marasmus (severe malnutrition), a four-year-old boy with Kwashiorkor (severe protein malnutrition), a 60-year-old lady with a huge goiter, a child with severe hydrocephalus, a 17-year-old with osteomyelitis of a foot and a seven-year-old girl with hypoplasia of the lower jaw. Asthma and allergies were common from dust and the smoke of cooking on an open fire. Dental care involved many extractions, several infections and one that eroded into the sinus cavity. Vision changes were frequently seen from dust and UV due to no sunglasses or hat for protection. We ran out of glasses and sunglasses in a day and half. Muscle and joint pains from lifting or carrying for hours daily took its toll on the human body. People often walked two miles from a well to their home with two 10-gallon buckets of water on their head. Cracking dry feet with tinea (fungal foot infections) from the toil of walking with no shoes were seen daily. Many of the medications that we used for these common disorders became in short supply. We did not deliver any babies and but we did see one laboring young mother. A minor surgery removing a fatty tumor from the side of a young man’s neck was performed by nurse practitioner Jean Austin.

We tried to include changes in activity, diet, exercises and provide more prevention ideas; not just pass out medications. One gentleman returned the next day to inform us the medicine he received was too strong. He had received a multivitamin. Dr. Nasarri arranged for follow up appointments in the clinic in Mpwapwa for patients that needed it or who were treated for tuberculosis. Tanzanian government treats and regulates all tuberculosis cases. Other patients were set up to be followed by the village’s health promoters that we had trained. Each village was provided a cell phone for their health care promoter in order to contact a physician locally. The phones were provided by our Lutheran church sponsors.

UT4On our last night we awarded certificates to all of the health care promoters and nurses. They rewarded us with the sound of their voices singing beautifully which we will always remember. Sunday, our last day, we went to church in Kibakwe and found the service breathtaking. Tanzanians’ life revolves around their family, especially their children, their religion and music.

Many people questioned why I was going to Tanzania and my response was “why not?” The conditions don’t matter if you are providing care. You simply overlook the conditions and provide care to anyone in need. Perhaps it was also to strengthen our inner self. I felt a strong bond with the Tanzanian people. They were so rich in family and spirituality and were truly wealthy in my eyes. On the last day I saw a 96-year-old lady. She removed her bright cloth shawl so I could examine her and I found a T-shirt that said “Girls’ Locker Room, Aeropostale.” I smiled and told her that my teenage daughter would wear that too. She kissed my hand and I kissed hers. She mumbled softly in Swahili and I asked for a translation. My translation was “you are a blessing, you are a blessing, I am blessed to be with you.” When I left, I felt that I was the one truly blessed. Our entire mission team shared this feeling in Tanzania.

Even after a 25-hour flight home, we all shared thoughts of returning to Tanzania. We are already planning our next trip to Kibakwe in 2014. Dr. Gladieux is arranging to bring the seven-year-old girl with hypoplasia of her jaw to the U.S. for reconstructive surgery. Jean and Lorrie are assisting the local nurses with pursuing their master’s degrees and are setting up collections for sunglasses, used glasses and school supplies. We are all in communication with the local nurses and some of the health care promoters by email and Facebook. In the fast-paced, hectic-life back at home in the U.S., we look back and think how nice it would be to be back on African time.

To watch a video put together by the photographer including interviews of many of the people who attended, click here.

To watch a video of surgery being performed while in Kibakwe, Tanzania, click here.

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50th Anniversary of the Department of Geography and Planning

September 25th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

Geography 50th Logo ColorAlthough Geography classes had been taught at UT in the College of Arts and Sciences since its formation in 1909 – and in later years in various programs by part time instructors, including within a combined geology and geography department – in September 1963 a standalone Department of Geography was established in the College of Arts and Sciences with one full time geography faculty member Dr. Byron Emery.  The arrival of Dr. William Carlson as the new President of UT in 1958 set the stage for the formation of a geography department due to his related interests and experiences with the discipline.

Courses and majors would increase during the 1960s with the addition of Dr. Donald Lewis and an increased focus in the area of economic geography lead by Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Hoffman.  In the fall of 1970, the Ohio Board of Regents (OBOR) approved the MA Geography program to be offered by the Department.  By 1973 the Department grew to seven full time faculty members as Drs. Basil Collins, Eugene Franckowiak, Robert Basile and William Muraco were also teaching courses in a variety areas with special focus on human, economic and urban geography.

1968 Byron EmeryInto the 1980s those “eternal seven” faculty members would advance department with growth of the BA and MA programs, with several also engaged in university administrative roles and community engagement – a trend that would continue in the subsequent decades.  The MA Geography program has continued to be a major strength of the department and constantly highly ranked nationally with as many as forty students enrolled at one time, and graduating classes reaching ten some years. Various Department and program reviews would result in growth in the areas of focus including expanding to a Department of Geography and Planning and adding specializations in the fields of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, transportation, and the environment.

Growth in majors and students in geography courses grew into the late 1990s at which time the Department also became a member of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).  In 1996, the department was one of three geography graduate programs invited to participate in a major national study on Global Change in Local Places undertaken by the Association of American Geographers.  By the late 1990s with retirements, a number of new faculty members joined the Department with an expansion to ten full time faculty, adding expertise and courses in environmental geography, cultural geography, urban planning and housing, and weather/climate.

Due to a growing interest and expertise in GIS and related research areas, the Department established a lab in the Lake Erie Center in 1998, followed by the creation of the Geographic Information Science and Applied Geographics (GISAG) facility in 2003. Since its formation, the GISAG has secured almost $19 million in external research grand funding to geography faculty and researchers from other departments and colleges at the University, and involving the work of dozens of graduate students supported by federal, state and local agencies, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, NASA, USGS, NRCS, Ohio Department of Transportation, City of Toledo and many others.

Recent years have seen continued expansion of the Department and academic programs with the introduction of the PhD program in Spatially Integrated Social Sciences (SISS) approved by OBOR in 2009.  The SISS PhD program is housed and administered by the Department of Geography and Planning and represents a multidisciplinary effort also involving the Departments of Political Science and Public Administration, Economics, and Sociology and Anthropology  – all within in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences.   By the fall of 2013 the SISS PhD program has grown to a total of 18 students with anticipation of graduation of the first class this academic year.

2010 marked a significant milestone for the Department with a move from the 3rd floor of University Hall, which had been its home for many years, to newly renovated and expanded offices, labs, and classrooms on the 3rd floor of Snyder Memorial.  The Department has continued to deliver quality courses and programs to majors and students taking both geography and planning courses, while offering opportunities for internships, undergraduate and graduate research, community engagement and outreach via classroom experiences and student projects.

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Throughout its history the Department has also been engaged in numerous campus planning efforts – as highlighted by the often repeated story of how geography students mapped the footpaths of students crossing Centennial Mall one winter to design the current walkways – and has worked extensively on local community planning for downtown Toledo, Lucas County and various area townships.  Graduates have taken up careers in a range of fields, with many in local agencies including TMACOG, Toledo Port Authority, City of Toledo, TARTA, and regional planning offices.  A number of graduates have also continued onto advanced degrees leading to securing faculty positions at many distinguished universities.  Current faculty have received numerous major grants and awards, such as recognition from the University for their teaching, research and service and been active in various administration roles at the University and College levels, taken leadership responsibilities with regional, national and international professional organizations including the Association of American Geographers.

2006-7gradstudentsPresently, over 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and hundreds of UT students are served by the ten full time faculty and three support staff in the Department of Geography and Planning. With the continued interest and growth in international issues, geospatial technologies such as remote sensing and GPS, demand for urban and regional planning, and need for an improved global view, the future for the Department and its programs remains strong and positive for another 50 years!

Special events planning during the 2013-2014 academic year for the Department 50th Anniversary include:

Fall 2013 term (selected dates):  Department Colloquium Series, featuring Alumni speakers

October 5th, 2013:  GAP and GTU hosted tail gate event at Snyder Memorial for Toledo vs. Western Michigan Homecoming Game

October 25/26, 2013: hosting 2013 Joint Annual Meeting of East Lakes Division, Association of American Geographers and Canadian Association of Geographers, Ontario Division

November 7th, 2013:  50th Anniversary Alumni Reception

December 6th, 2013: Department Holiday Party

April 8-10, 2014:  Special Panel sessions at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers

For more information on these events and other planned activities, alumni, former faculty, current students and friends of the Department are asked to contact the Department Chair, Dr. Patrick Lawrence (patrick.lawrence@utoledo.edu).

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Class Notes

September 25th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

Please Submit Class Notes to: Amanda.Schwartz@utoledo.edu

’60’s

BirdelHabitatHumanity **Birdel Jackson (Eng ’68), president of B&E Jackson & Associates and Habitat North Central Georgia board member, presented keys to a new home to the Underwood family in Canton, Georgia on July 15.

’80’s
*Alan J. Lehenbauer (Bus ‘81, Law ‘84) has been elected to serve a three-year term as District 3 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. District 3 includes 492 attorneys who reside and practice in the district.

**Mark Susor (Bus ’81), vice president of Industrial Engineering for UPS and Habitat North Central Georgia board member, presented keys to a new home to the Underwood family in Canton, Georgia on July 15. See picture above.

Bonflglio Mark Bonfiglio (A/S ’82, Pharm ’85) was recently promoted to vice president for content development in the Clinical Drug Information Division of Wolters Kluwer Publishing.

’90’s
Matthew Kutz (MS ‘97, MEd ‘97) recently wrote a book titled “Contextual Intelligence: Smart Leadership for a Constantly Changing World.” The book is a 2013 finalist for the Outstanding Leadership Book Award given by University of San Diego School of Leadership Studies. Matthew just returned from Rwanda with his family for six months as a Fulbright Scholar.

Dr. Neil Patel (A/S ‘93) has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor and hospitalist in pediatrics. He will provide the medical care at SIU’s affiliated hospitals in Springfield and is also a member of SIU HealthCare, the medical school’s practice group.

’00’s
**Chief Warrant Officer Justin Shedron (A/S ‘07, A/S ‘07) has received the 1,000 hour safe flight hour award and has also been awarded the Army Senior Aviator Badge for obtaining 1,000 accident free flight hours and seven years of service as a rotary wing aviator.

Dr. Mathew Weimer (MED ‘05) is among a select group of physicians honored by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation for his commitment to education in the field of family medicine. Weimer

’10’s
Brandon Estep (NSM ‘12, Eng ‘12) helped to lead the team behind the upcoming social impact racing game, The Solar Games. This is a revolution that is changing the video game and entertainment industries that is also effecting real world change. Brandon is the technical producer of the project.

Marriages & Unions

Castellino_Koontz Craig Koontz (MS ‘11) and Janelle Castellino were married on July 26, 2013 at Pinnacle Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Faculty, staff & friends

The new University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation building, the Savage and Associates Complex for Business Learning and Engagement, has just been recognized with LEED silver distinction by the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy saving design and construction. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends
Dr. Simmie S. Blakney, Toledo at 85. He was a professor emeritus of mathematics and advocate for equal rights. He joined the UT faculty as an associate professor in 1964 and was promoted to professor in 1971. He was the first African-American appointed chair of the mathematics department; it was a post he held for ten years. He was one of the founding members of the UT Caucus of Black Faculty and Staff, which became the Association of Black Faculty and Staff. He served as chair of the organization from 1971 to 1975 and in 1982. He also helped establish the UT Office of Minority Affairs and assisted with drafting the University’s first affirmative action document. In addition, he served as chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Committee and was a member of Faculty Senate and the Upward Bound Program’s Academic Advisory Committee. Blakney, an associate of the Danforth Foundation, also administered funding from National Science Foundation grants for in-service institutes for high school math teachers. He was named professor emeritus when he retired from the University in 1990 and continued to teach through UT’s Upward Bound Program.

Edward J. Fitzgerald, Toledo at 95. He was a Eucharistic minister at MCO for 25 years.

Marilyn L. (Schalitz) Martin Monti, Toledo at 84. She was a longtime member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

Bettie J. (Anderson) Rees, Holland, Ohio at 94. She was a secretary in the UT President’s Office from 1953 to 1957.

Sharon M. (Laughlin) Yost (UTCTC ’89), Rossford, Ohio at 70. She was the manager of the Neurology Department from 2003 to 2010.

Tricia Ann (Adamski) Appelhans, Luckey, Ohio at 34. She was a paramedic and nurse in the UT Medical Center Emergency Room from 2000 until 2012.

Richard “Rick” P. Byrnes, Fremont, Ohio at 70. He is a former instructor who taught physics and mathematics.

Dr. William J. Lenz Jr., Toledo at 68. He held a volunteer faculty appointment as a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry from 1977 to 1995 and as a clinical associate professor from 1996 to 2004.

30’s
*Dr. Willard Bright (A/S ’36), Vero Beach, Fla. at 99.

40’s
**The Honorable Francis Restivo (A/S ’47, Law ’49), Maumee, Ohio at 91.

**Brandon Neal, att. 1944, Oroville, Calif. at 88.

50’s
**Dr. Philip Morton (A/S ’52), Indianapolis, Ind. at 82.

** Nancy Randolph (Ed ’50, MEd ’80), Henderson, Nev. at 77.

William Pasztor (Eng ’50), Folwom, Calif. at 86.

Bill Shuler (Eng ’53), Carthage, N.C. at 84.

60’s
Kenneth Miller (Bus ’65), Oregon, Ohio at 69.

Dennis Connolly (Bus ’68), Northwood, Ohio at 67.

**Larry Stalter (Eng ’66), Powell, Ohio at 76.

George Germain (Eng ’62), Oregon, Ohio at 77.

**Phyllis Nordin (A/S ’63, MA ’92), Pittsford, N.Y. at 84.

70’s
Emily Thayer (MEd ’76), Toledo at 65.

Patricia Craig (UTCTC ’78), Very Beach, Fla. at 79.

Janice Gauthier (Univ Coll ’78), Kasilof, Alaska at 67.

George Krueger (UTCTC ’78), Monclova, Ohio at 72.

Dr. Joan Tarloff (Pharm ’72, PharmM ’77, PhD ’82), Bluebell, Pa. at 63.

Sue Sgro (A/S ’74), Toledo at 63.

Ronald Kretzer (A/S ’76), Toledo at 59.

*Thomas Ketcham (Eng ’72), Perrysburg, Ohio at 64.

**Dr. Stephen Szychowski (Univ Coll ’76, MEd ’80, Ed Spec ’89), Apollo Beach, Fla. at 58.

Michael McWhorter (A/S ’73), Toledo at 68.

80’s
Timothy Sheehan (Law ’84), Toledo at 54.

**Dr. Katherine Gerke (Med ’80), Thetford Center, Vt. at 62.

Kenneth Bialecki (Univ Coll ’82), Toledo at 52.

Dr. Scott Longevin (MED ’86), Cincinnati, Ohio at 54.

David Grueshaber (Bus ’80), Maumee, Ohio at 57.

**William Weissenberger (Bus ’64), San Rafael, Calif. at 70.

Renee Sampson (UTCTC ’53), Toledo at 53.

90’s
Carol Delap (Univ Coll ’96, MEd ’99), Swanton, Ohio at 65.

Ann Roberts (A/S ’93), Toledo at 93.

Steven Solys (A/S ’91), Northville, Mich. at 54.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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President Jacobs Delivers University Address


Visionary Educator Kicks Off UT Lecture Series

Salman Khan has been called revolutionary and a visionary for offering free online courses that allow learners to master math and science at their own pace.

But for much of his lecture Tuesday evening at the University of Toledo, Mr. Khan displayed a stand-up comic’s crack timing.

Read More: http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2013/09/18/Visionary-educator-kicks-off-UT-lecture-series.html#e0UWf22RLmMSQbR4.99


Scientists Build Silver Nanoparticles That Outshine Gold Ones

Gold may be flashier, but now chemists are giving silver a chance to shine. They’ve figured out how to make silver nanoparticles that are even more stable than gold nanoparticles.

Read More: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-silver-gold-nanoparticles-stable-20130904,0,3496176.story


Bride Overcomes Paralysis, Attends UT

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