Tackling the System by Patty Gelb

February 21st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

Bates, Joe-head 2009Joe Bates (’10 with a B.S. in Individualized Studies) had never seen snow before coming to Toledo for college. Northwest Ohio was a pretty dramatic climate change for the young man from Oakland, California. But Bates was excited for the difference. He was here to play football for The University of Toledo as a defensive back.

Bates had been playing football since he was 10 years old. As a senior at Skyline High School, he was named a first-team all-city pick, a second-team all-metro choice by the San Francisco Chronicle and rated eleventh in the Contra Costa Times “Cream of the Crop” listing. He got a lot of looks from universities across the nation and signed with Oregon out of high school on a full athletic scholarship. Unfortunately Bates couldn’t redeem the scholarship because he was behind in math credits. He attended a local community college, completed the needed math courses and then started looking at universities again.

By the time he was in a position to be recruited again, his recruiter at Oregon, Greg Lupfer, had moved to a coaching position at The University of Toledo. When Lupfer heard that Bates was available again, he called and asked if Bates would be interested in coming to Toledo.

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“I admit I didn’t know where Toledo was,” said Bates. “I heard of the school and had seen the Rockets play on TV, but I didn’t know exactly which state it was in.” Next thing Bates knew, he was standing in the Detroit airport ready for his first trip to The University of Toledo.

UT ended up being a great place for him. He had several successful years on the football field. Academically, he was interested in criminal justice. He got his degree in individual studies focusing on courses surrounding this area of study.

20140220_090312“I really enjoyed the people there,” said Bates. “People were very welcoming, took me in and made me feel like family.”

Following graduation he moved back to California. He wanted to become a police officer in Berkeley so he applied to the University of California to go through the process. Bates passed the physical, written, oral and panel examinations only to be put on the wait list. After five months without a job, he got a phone call from a friend back in the Midwest who shared information about a position at the Lucas County Youth Treatment Center, a correctional facility located in downtown Toledo. It was an opportunity to take his first steps into the criminal justice field, so he moved back to the home of his alma mater.

Bates became very attached to working with young individuals who were troubled during his years at the correctional facility.

“I felt I really got a response from the youngsters at the Youth Treatment Program,” he said. “I thought ‘I could do this for the youth in my own community.’”

So after two years, Bates moved back to California and took a position with a drug and alcohol treatment facility. His potential was noticed and he was quickly promoted to supervisor. Although he was doing successfully at his position, Bates didn’t feel like it was the perfect fit for him. When he received a call from Youth Uprising, a non-profit organization he had great interest in but previously had no available opportunities, he transitioned to working for them. Bates became a career coach working with 14 to 19-year-olds.

20130324_154129Youth Uprising is a multi-service community transformation hub, located in the heart of East Oakland. Its mission is “to transform East Oakland into a healthy and economically robust community by developing the leadership of youth and young adults and improving the systems that impact them.”

Many of the young people they work with at Youth Uprising have been defined as hard to serve or are engaged or at risk of being engaged in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

“It is much more hands on,” Bates said. “It was more like working with the kids at the correctional facility in Toledo, except these youngsters aren’t incarcerated.”

Keeping with his previous record of work success, Bates was promoted quickly. He recently became a senior career coach and now works with 18 to 24 year-olds getting them ready for a career. He mentors and offers training on professionalism, time management, interview skills, resume building and career counseling.

“We help them get jobs,” said Bates. “A lot of these kids grew up in a single family household. They haven’t had the chance to learn about real-life situations. My job is to prepare them for these situations.”

19-0056Working at Youth Uprising has an emotional side. Located in a high violent crime area, they are regularly touched by tragic and heart-breaking circumstances.

A current case weighing heavily on Bates’ mind is a tragedy with two brothers with whom he was working. The young men were both killed in their neighborhood, weeks apart from each other. Bates met their mother, who lost both of her sons within a couple of weeks, at their funerals.

A positive case that put a smile in his voice was the story of helping a 19-year-old man complete his GED. The young man wasn’t motivated to finish school because he didn’t believe he could do it.

“He did all right with English but really struggled with math,” shared Bates. “We spent a full two weeks studying. He only had one more chance to take the GED before the standards changed and he would have to start all over.”

The young man passed his GED and is now enrolling in community college.

“It takes a strong soul to work here, but it is a good deal when we are able to help someone. It is very rewarding,” Bates said.

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Bates gets to wear many hats at Youth Uprising and is gaining a lot of different types of experiences. He does feel it is a stepping stone type of job and has future plans to put his experiences to good use. His goals are divided between becoming a community college academic counselor and his strong passion for coaching football at the high school level. His experiences at The University of Toledo helped peak an interest in both fields.

Working with his counselors at UT, he thought, “Wow, I would love to do this.” Bates loves the idea of helping young people get where they need to be academically.

“I want to be in an environment where kids want to help themselves, be in college and move forward,” he shared.

He also learned a lot about coaching football from Tim Beckman, the head coach when he was a Rocket.

“When Beckman came in we were at a bad point,” said Bates. “We beat Michigan that year but our record wasn’t that good. Beckman broke us all of the way down and started us at the bottom in terms of technique and fundamentals. He really improved the chemistry.”

Bates works with the football program at his alma mater, Skyline High School.

“They are at a down point right now. But I feel like the tools I learned from The University of Toledo will help with that situation,” he said.

20130820_150525-1Bates plans on staying involved with UT through alumni events, joining the Varsity T Club and through athletics. He recently attended an alumni event in his hometown that he really enjoyed and looks forward to others. He met an alumnus in his area that also really loves the UT football program and they plan on watching a few games next season. There is another alumni event coming up to watch the San Francisco Giants that is already on his calendar. He says he gets a feeling of association by continuing to stay involved.

“I loved the architecture there,” Bates said. “I remember flying family out and driving them past University Hall at night just to see it lit up. I enjoyed that so much, it was a great experience for me.”

Bates also has athletic connections out in California that he hopes might benefit UT in the future. He has a nephew that will be ranked in the nation this coming season. Bates hopes to draw people into UT. He also has a son on the way and Bates shared that if his son decides to go out of state for college, he will be going to The University of Toledo.

“It is a Division 1 university athletically, which is the highest you can get,” said Bates. “That is something that I can brag about here in California through my network of athletes and coaches. I am proud to be a Rocket.”

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Class Notes and Obits

February 21st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

J. Larry Matecki (Ed ’72, Med ’78) was inducted into the E.L. Bowsher High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 3, 2013. He coached football, boys and girls basketball and boys and girls tennis while at Bowsher, retiring to Fort Myers, Fla., in 2005.

**Jay E. Nussel (Ed ’78, Med ’82) has been appointed as vice president for institutional advancement at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, W.Va. ABU is a small university in the heart of Appalachia with 1,200 students. It is the originator of the physician assistant program.

**Dr. Mark A. Penn (MED ’77) will become the founding dean of the new medical school at Roseman University in Nevada. Penn joined Roseman in 2012 as chancellor of its Utah campus. He has also served in a variety of leadership roles with Northeast Ohio Medical University, including executive associate dean of the college of medicine.

*S. Dwight Osterud (Ed ’70, Law ’74) has retired as judge of Perrysburg Municipal Court at the end of his fourth term. He will serve as visiting judge in Municipal Courts throughout the state and continue the Perrysburg Law and Government Explorer Post Mock Trial program for high school students.

Nunnari *Nick C. Nunnari (A/S ’83) has been elected as a city council representative in Ward 2, Westlake, Ohio. His term began in January, 2014.
*Michael Siffer (Eng ’91) has earned certification as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) by the Transportation Professional Certification Board, Inc. He is currently employed by GAI Consultants, Inc. in Fort Wayne, Ind. and serves as president of the Fort Wayne Chapter of The University of Toledo Alumni Association. Siffer
Amanda M. (Teuscher) Leffler (A/S ’99) has been appointed co-chair of Brouse McDowell’s Litigation Practice Group. Brouse McDowell is a leading regional legal professional association with offices in Akron, Cleveland and Lorain.
Wuertz Jennifer Wuertz (Bus ’91, MBA ’97) is celebrating 20 years with SSOE Group. SSOE, Inc., is one of the nation’s largest architecture and engineering firms. Wuertz earned her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) in 2009. This certification signifies that she possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resources management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating her breadth of knowledge in the field.

Rebecca E. Shope (Law ’08) is currently employed by Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and has been named as a 2014 Ohio Rising Star. No more than five percent of Ohio attorneys are selected by Super Lawyers for this distinction. The Ohio Rising Star recipients have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

*Captain Raymond L. Nagley (A/S ’06) graduated from UT Magna Cum Laude and Distinguished Military Graduate (ROTC-DMG). He then went on to receive his MBA from Florida Atlantic University and was selected for an Active Guard Reserve position on active duty with the Florida Army National Guard as a human resources officer. He was nominated for the nation’s highest junior officer leadership recognition, the General Douglas MacArthur Award for the Florida National Guard in 2009 as a Lieutenant. In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and awarded the state of Florida’s highest junior officer leadership recognition, the General Sumter L. Lowry Award for exemplifying the qualities of patriotism, Americanism and leadership. While he served as the commander of over 170 soldiers he received the Alabama Commendation Medal from the governor based on validation and readiness to deploy in support of the Command and Control Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Elements (C2CRE) mission. In 2013, he was awarded the Transportation Corps Regimental Officer of the Year award for the National Guard Bureau for his accomplishments in 2012. He is currently attending the Army’s Command and General Staff College with projected completion in 2014.

Cheri A. Budzynski (Law ’07) is currently employed by Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and has been named as a 2014 Ohio Rising Star. No more than five percent of Ohio attorneys are selected by Super Lawyers for this distinction. The Ohio Rising Star recipients have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

*Donovan Nichols (A/S ’04, Honors ’04, Med ’06) is a staff member for 2014 Student Government East Institute at National Association for Campus Activities. Donovan is the assistant director of Tate Student Center for Student Activities and Organizations at The University of Georgia. Donovan

Gregory H. Wagoner (Law ’01) is currently employed by Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and has been named as a 2014 Ohio Rising Star. No more than five percent of Ohio attorneys are selected by Super Lawyers for this distinction. The Ohio Rising Star recipients have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Walter “Don” Davis (Eng ’04) recently founded Diamondback Division. The Diamondback is a reverse trike with a 1300 cc engine and a leaning pneumatic suspension. It is currently being put in to production in Cincinnati, Ohio. To see more about this trike visit www.diamondbackdivision.com.

Births and Marriages

Laura Kochendorfer (Ed ’13) gave birth to her daughter Arabella on Sept.16, 2013.

KRAMER Robert Kramer (Eng ’05) and Jamie (Conley) Kramer (Eng ’04) are proud to announce the birth of their second daughter, Penelope, on August 5, 2013.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Belva K. “Bitz” Evangelista, Toledo at 76, a former MCO employee.

James. J. Malone, Sylvania, Ohio at 90, was a budget coordinator for the College of Engineering in 1985 and 1986.

Joann R. “Robbie” Robinson, Holland, Ohio at 83, was a nurse at MCO from 1976 until her retirement in 1993.


George Koepke (A/S ’47) at 97.

Charles Cromly (Pharm ’48), Toledo at 92.

*Robert Hinds (Bus ’49), Sarasota, Fla. at 89.

**Gordon Voelker (Bus ’47), Columbus, Ohio at 88.

**Clarance Beaver (Bus ’48), Vienna, Va. at 92.

Herman Mainwold (A/S ’48), Toledo at 90.

Dr. Melvin Conn (A/S ’43), Toledo at 92.

*Alice Shurtz (Ed ’46), Toledo at 89.


*Donald Heidtman (Eng ’53), Columbus, Ohio at 83.

Paul Murray (A/S ’50) at 57.

Margaret Wirt, att. in 1954, Toledo at 77.

Jack Gigandet (Bus ’57), Kissimmee, Fla. at 89.

**Nancy Reister Ballantyne (Ed ’52), Toledo at 83.

Janet Tigges (Ed ’54), Hilton Head Island, S.C. at 81.

*Barbara Hawkins, att. in 1956, Seaside, Calif. at 80.


**Henry Herschel (Law ’67), Toledo, Ohio at 71.

Hugh Lindsey (MBA ’66), Bryan, Ohio at 82.

Richard Laraway (Ed ’67), Temperance, Mich. at 71.

Frances Toney (Ed ’64), Hot Springs Village, Ark. at 83.

Johnnie Brown (Ed ’69) at 82.

**Edward Rutherford (Ed ’64, Med ’75), Holland, Ohio at 82.

**Fred Bollin (Med ’62), Holland, Ohio at 74.

Ronald O’Neal (Bus ’66), Sylvania, Ohio at 71.

James Glase (Med ’62), Toledo at 89.


**Marion Michel (Ed Spec ’75), Sandusky, Ohio at 88.

Carol Frey (Med ’79), Crossville, Tenn. at 65.

David Duffey (Law ’79), Columbus, Ohio at 60.

Mary Daudelin (Med ’72), Whitehouse, Ohio at 79.

John Brown (Eng ’71), Maumee, Ohio at 65.

Matthew Bennett (A/S ’72), Toledo at 66.

David Gatwood (A/S ’78, Law ’81), Buffalo Grove, Ill. at 60.

Larry Forth (Med ’79) at 67.

Cathleen Williams (Ed ’72), Berkey, Ohio at 63.

Margaret Gosses (Med ’76), Perrysburg, Ohio at 87.

Eddie Turner (UTCTC ’74, Univ Coll ’78), Toledo at 82.

**Velma Kingsley (Ed ’72, Med ’75), Bluffton, Ohio at 97.

John Kreuz (A/S ’74), Columbus, Ohio at 62.

Thomas Grachek (Bus ’70), Pueblo, Colo. at 65.

Roger Kapeluck (Med ’73), Findlay, Ohio at 65.

**Glen Rittner (Ed ’72), Novi, Mich. at 64.


Phyllis Conroy (Med ’80), Sylvania, Ohio at 86.

Lee Forgette (UTCTC ’86), Toledo at 70.

Linda Brinkman (Law ’84), Naples, Fla. at 60.

Mark Richey (UTCTC ’86), Toledo at 55.

Irvin Hughes (UTCTC ’80, Eng ’85), Perrysburg, Ohio at 62.

Lyle Overly (Med ’85, Ed Spec ’86), Swanton, Ohio at 63.


Jeremy Bennett (A/S ’99), University Heights, Ohio at 38.

Brian Boyer (Bus ’94), Cornelius, N. C. at 42.

Leroy Madison (Ed ’96), Toledo at 50.

Jay Palicki (UTCTC ’97), Temperance, Mich. at 54.


Mary McConnell (A/S ’03), Toledo at 59.

In the December 2013 eMagazine we listed Jane Bauman Cherry (Ed ’58) as being deceased. We apologize for our mistake and are happy to report that Jane is doing well and living in Houston, Texas.

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UT in the News

February 21st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in In The News
Toledo Law Grad Goes to the Olympics to Resolve Disputes:

On a sunny day in Russia last week, Toledo native Matthew Mitten was watching the USA-Canada women’s ice hockey game, catching a bit of speed skating, and sitting in on the pairs figure skating.

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Veterans to Get Financial Skills Training at UT:

When military veterans return home, they often bring with them considerable stresses built up over their time in dangerous, far-away places.

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UT Specialists on Infection Control:

Human Trafficking Panel at UT:

Kidney Donation Chain:

UT Breaks World Record and Beats BG:

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UT’s Cellular Program

February 21st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in UT Technology

Rocket Wireless your cellular headquarters


The University of Toledo owns and operates a cellular program for its students, staff and alumni.

Did you know that we offer similar yet unique plans, different than those that you will find at your local AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Stores? For a full listing of our current plans please visit our website www.utoledo.edu/depts/rocketwireless. To help you stay current with the every changing technology, we offer both one and two year contracts as well as unlimited data plans. Are you already with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon and want to switch, give us a call (419-530-2900) we can assist.

What’s new this Month:

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 may be featured in the near future with a metal body
  • Apple is expected to announce the newest version of the iPhone with the next few weeks
  • Be cautious when texting a person you know is driving. There is a court case in NJ, where lawyers are claiming sender of text message was electronically in vehicle which caused the physical accident.

Apps, Tips & Tricks to simplify:

Batteries: Your battery can be significantly drained by the continual scanning processes looking for 4G. If you know that you will be out of a 4G area or if you are not acquiring a 4G signal as indicated on the task bar, remember to turn your 4G radio OFF – thus saving your battery.

Lost Car Fob: Lock your keys in car, no worries. In three simple steps you can unlock your keyless entry car remotely with your smart phone.

  1. Contact the person who has the extra remote
  2. Hold your cell phone about a foot away from the driver’s side door
  3. Ask the person on line to hold the remote near the speaker of their phone and press the unlock button 3 or 4 times and wait for the car to unlock.
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Let’s Connect!

February 21st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Our Community


Join your University of Toledo Alumni Association on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube to stay up to date with news and events from your alma mater and the UT Alumni Association. Alumni can also receive job opportunities, connect with fellow alumni and celebrate their Rocket pride through our social media platforms.

The University of Toledo Foundation and Gateway, partners of the UT Alumni Association, also want you to connect! Please like the Foundation on Facebook, where alumni and friends can celebrate UT and learn about the various ways to support our mission.

Follow Gateway, a retail center that offers dining, shopping, entertainment services and luxury student apartments on The University of Toledo’s main campus, on Facebook and Twitter to discover sales, specials, news and events.

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