Mike Rankin – A License to Lead

May 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

by Patty Gelb

Mike-Rankins_AlumniThere is one UT graduate who has probably touched more Ohioans’ lives than any other. That is because his name, Mike Rankin (JD ‘79), appears on every Ohio driver’s license and state ID as the registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

The path that brought Rankin to this unique position actually began in Toledo. He was born here, graduating from Whitmer High School. He went on to The Ohio State University to receive his undergraduate degree in 1975.  Following graduation, Rankin returned home and worked his way through night law school at UT while working as a full-time Lucas County jail counselor under then Sheriff Don Hickey.

“The jail had been built in 1888 and in the mid-seventies it was about three times the capacity that it was built for in terms of the number of prisoners it was holding,” said Rankin. “That was quite an experience and education in and of itself.”

After a year, two months and three days, then Judge Melvin Resnick hired him as his first law clerk. “Not that I was counting my days spent working in the jail,” Rankin joked. “Having Judge Resnick get me out of jail was a welcome relief. Judge Resnick served as a superb role model and teacher of how the practice of law is about helping everyday people solve complex problems.”

bmv_logoRankin’s impressive career leading up to the BMV had him serving the public in a variety of capacities. Following graduation from law school, he went back to work for Sheriff Hickey as the Sheriff Department’s first in-house legal counsel assisting the sheriff and over 200 staff and deputies. He later served as an assistant Lucas County prosecutor under Tony Pizza. Rankin served as a special prosecutor for the City of Columbus and as a 12-year member and former chairman of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. The Commission by federal law is responsible for all transportation planning in the Mid-Ohio region and helps direct funding for this and many other public infrastructure and quality of life improvements in the region.

In addition, Rankin helped lead Ohio’s busiest court systems as chief deputy clerk for the Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk in Columbus. He also set up three in-house legal departments from 1979 through 1993, one public and two in the private sector. He did a lot in his 30 plus years of practicing law, which included a stint representing utility giant American Electric Power on mergers, consolidations and acquisitions.

Rankin was first appointed as the leader and registrar of the BMV in April, 2007. He held that position for several years when he was approached by then Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and asked to join her team as the #2 in charge of that office as the assistant secretary of state for the state of Ohio. He accepted and was assistant secretary of state until January, 2011.

“When her term ended, I was ready to return to the private sector and practice law or maybe do some lobbying when I received the invitation to join a new administration leading the BMV once again,” shared Rankin.

Being registrar of the BMV is a position that Rankin truly loves and it inspires him every day. It is a very large organization handling many complex issues for residents of the state of Ohio. Most people probably know the BMV is responsible for issuing driver’s licenses, state IDs, vehicle registrations and suspending driver privileges based on court orders. Many don’t know all of the federal and state laws and mandates that fall under the BMV or the many programs that they manage.

next_of_kinNext of Kin is a program that only takes a couple of minutes to complete online at the Ohio BMV website or at any Deputy Registrar’s office. You fill out a form identifying two persons who authorities may contact in an emergency. If you are seriously injured or cannot communicate, this contact information is accessible to police only through the BMV database. It saves law enforcement thousands of hours trying to track down next of kin. It can also save lives because emergency doctors can have instant discussions with people who are familiar with your medical history.

The BMV also issues and medically certifies commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders. There are nearly 350,000 Ohio CDL holders who by federal law must be medically certified.

“If you are going to be driving a bus, 18-wheel tractor trailer or dump truck,” said Rankin. “It is important that we have any medical conditions identified.”

id_r_kidsAnother potential lifesaver is ID Our Kids for Safety. This program allows the parent or lawful guardian to bring their child into any Deputy Registrar’s office with an original birth certificate and social security card to get the child a state ID. Rankin was one of the first appointed in 2003 to the Governor’s State Amber Alert Board and Steering Committee and he continues to serve to this very day. ID Our Kids for Safety is an important issue to him.

“One of the reasons this program is so important is that if a child with a state ID is missing or abducted, the police have instant access to their photo and information,” said Rankin. “When a child goes missing, the first few hours are so important. With this ID, police can go right to the BMV database and post it on TV, the web or at airports. Think of the power of that.”

Another area that most people don’t think of the BMV handling are non-renewable driver’s licenses or state IDs for foreign national registrations and student visa holders. There is a lot of paperwork and forms that have to be presented and filled out correctly. The Ohio BMV staff has to be versed in all of the different federal and state laws and be a resource for these customers.

The BMV handles a lot more than most Ohio citizens probably realize.

Rankin believes you can’t lead an organization like the BMV from behind a desk or a computer screen. He feels that getting out regularly to talk to staff and customers and asking questions along with promoting good communication are keys to good customer service. He tries take calls at least once a month with the 80 some BMV customer service telephone operators who answer on average between 85 and 150 calls per operator per day.

“These are people who are handling complex questions involving federal and state law, dealing with court orders and helping our customers solve their BMV problems,” shared Rankin. “It is really remarkable how well they do it. Talking to customers and taking care of them really keeps you grounded and humble.”

He also gets out and visits the over 260 Deputy Registrar, Driver Exam and Reinstatement Service Centers across the 88 counties that make up Ohio. Rankin spends as much time talking to staff and customers as he possibly can to better learn their needs and concerns. He hands out his business card with his direct contact information to nearly everyone he meets to help ensure good customer service.

Mike and this wife, Ruth.

Mike and this wife, Ruth.

“People I work with tease me sometimes saying ‘Mike, you hand out your business card like you are in an elected position.’” Rankin said. “I just want people to know that they can always call our main number or me and get great customer service.”

Providing good customer service is a subject that is near and dear to Rankin’s heart. He knows what most people first think when they think of the BMV. It is the image that is typically lampooned in TV sitcoms and even in a current commercial.

“I love the one where the pig gets his picture taken for his driver’s license,” Rankin said with a laugh. “The pig says ‘I think my eyes were closed’ and the BMV clerk yells ‘next.’ I frankly get a kick out of the jokes.”

Rankin and his team are working to change that image and there has been a steady increase in customer service satisfaction levels over the last three and a half years. In a 2013 statewide survey completed by over 21,600 customers, the Ohio BMV reached an all-time high for customer service satisfaction with ratings at 97.83 percent.

“When we talk about the great customer service satisfaction ratings that we get every year, it’s really because of our staff,” said Rankin. “Any success is really a part of a team effort. I know it sounds a little simplistic, but my philosophy in a nutshell has been ‘treat people the way you want to be treated.’ It has worked beautifully.”

That philosophy seems to be making a big difference at Ohio’s BMV. The state was ranked number one in the country in customer satisfaction nationally with, among other things, lowest wait time in a recent survey conducted by the private company www.DMV.com. Ohio’s wait time was an average 14.45 minutes which is remarkable compared to states like Georgia, Texas, Colorado and others that average just under a 45 minute average wait time.

“When you think out of some 21,600 responses that over 97 percent said they received good customer service, that tells you we might be doing something right,” said Rankin. “This is the best job I have ever had. I have had a lot of great jobs, but this far exceeds all of them in terms of the satisfaction you get in helping people.”

Rankin also speaks fondly of his time at UT.

“The professors that I had really provided me and the other students a solid education in the law,” he said. “And of course if you are working daily in the law field while attending law school, it even makes that law education experience even more relevant.”

He also believes it is so important to have great mentors. Rankin credits his time working in the mid-seventies for then Judge Resnick, Sheriff Hickey and many other people since then.

“I guess what I like about the university today is they have more students doing internships so they can receive more hands on working experience,” Rankin said. “Not just in the law school, but also at the undergrad level and I think that is so important.”

Rankin has been married for 31 years come August to his wife Ruth and they have two adult children. There is a UT legacy within the Rankin family. Mike Rankin’s father, Dr. Robert Rankin, a long time Toledo dentist and oral surgeon graduated with his bachelors from UT in 1936. And his son, Michael is a 2003 UT grad with a BA in Communications.

“That’s three generations of Toledo Rockets,” shared Rankin.

Even though the Rankins haven’t lived in Toledo since late 1989, they have many family and friends who still live and work in the Toledo area.

“It’s just great to come back to Toledo, whether I am visiting my family or friends,” Rankin said. “It’s a really neat community that has adapted well in the new economy. Toledoans seem to have adjusted and adapted to the challenges of the past 40 years, as has the University, by reinventing itself to stay relevant.”

Mike his son, Michael, also a UT grad.

Mike his son, Michael, also a UT grad.

He recently attended a UT Alumni Association event at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus where he presented an engraved plaque with a special UT logo license plate to Vern Snyder, vice president of Institutional Advancement. These plates are another great way to support the University as well as show pride in UT.

Rankin plans on staying involved through the UT Alumni Association chapter in Columbus and is reflective of his time at the University.

“When you hit age 60 which I did this past year, that kind of a milestone has me excited to do even more in the way of serving others,” Rankin said. “Getting older gives you an opportunity to take time to reflect on the things that are truly important in life. One of the things that I feel my education at UT gave me was the ability and the confidence to know that you can do many good things in life. I have been very blessed with many family, friends and mentors who helped me build a career in serving others including a very prosperous law practice; but I wasn’t afraid to try something different even though I was in my 50s. I hope other Rockets have had and do have similar experiences where they are able to transition and be flexible in their careers and life path.”

To read the 2014 Annual Open Letter to Customers from Mike Rankin with all of the details about the Ohio BMV’s latest achievements, click here.

To see the DMV survey results ranking Ohio’s BMV as the nation’s lowest wait time and read The Washington Post “This week’s best state in America? Ohio, for its Bureau of Motor Vehicles” opinion article from May 16, 2014, click here.

To learn about specialty license plates, including how to order a UT plate through the BMV, click here.

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Alumni Association Launches New Website

May 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

Your University of Toledo Alumni Association is proud to announce the launch of a new website redesigned with YOU in mind.


Our new and improved, fully-featured website is visually enhanced and much more intuitive. At a quick glance of the homepage, you will see the latest news for UT alums with the main rotating news feed. You can easily learn about the many events that we host for alumni in Toledo and across the country in the events section, or you are one quick click away from the latest e-magazine articles, class notes and obituaries. It is also easy to join the Alumni Association online and learn all about the benefits of becoming a member.

Here are a few highlights of the new website:

AlumniEventsPageShotAffiliates Search: Joining one of The University of Toledo Alumni affiliates is another way to stay involved with your UT family. All of the colleges at UT and several special interest groups maintain an affiliate for their alumni and the new website allows you to search through and learn details about each group.

Chapter Listings: Chapters are created by The University of Toledo Alumni and friends in specific geographic areas to share their Rocket pride and to meet other UT alumni living nearby. Watch your Rockets at one of the Watch Parties organized by chapters all across the country and be with people who understand why you have to watch a football game, even if it means a 9 a.m. kick-off on the west coast. As a member of an Alumni Chapter take the opportunity to attend wine tastings, join networking opportunities, enjoy special local tours, and meet and greets with senior leaders and coaching staff of UT; all fun opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow Rockets in your region. Spend a few moments on the site to find the chapter nearest you.

UTFAreastoSupportPageHomecoming Section: Do you know the history of Homecoming at The University of Toledo? Be sure to stop by the Homecoming section of the site to learn more about this 91-year-old tradition and to keep up with all of the events and activities.

Art on the Mall Details: One of the area’s largest juried art shows is held each year on the campus of UT and if you haven’t attended yet, you should really save the date. Check out the Art on the Mall section for the specifics about the event, registration if you are an artist or food vendor and more details as the date of the event approaches.

Rocket Pride: Do you remember the UT Fight Song? Or the words to “Fair Toledo”? Be sure to stop by the Rocket Pride page for a trip down memory lane.

UTFGivePageShotThis new site also provides links to all of our social media platforms. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the breaking news about events and activities around campus. Join LinkedIn for career opportunities and UT connections and visit our YouTube page for campus videos.

“We are very proud of the new website,” shared Dan Saevig, associate vice president of Alumni Relations. “We hope it provides a useful, informative portal for our alumni to stay involved with their alma mater!”

We are pleased to share this new alumni benefit with you and invite you to come and explore your new University of Toledo Alumni Association website!

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Class Notes/Obits

May 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

Please Submit Your Class Note to: Amanda.schwartz@utoledo.edu


Mike Robarge (Ed ’69) was honored with a career achievement award by the Ohio Iota Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at The University of Toledo in April 2014. Mike served two years as Ohio Iota Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter Rush Chairman and was the Greek Week King when he attended the University.

Tom Bartolett (Eng ’69) and his wife, Sue, helped to come up with the concept of Ozzie’s Market, located on W. Central Ave. in Toledo across from Secor Metropark. It is a convenience store with gas pumps and it has elements of an old-fashioned general store. It is also a location to show pride in Toledo-area products and to help the local community and business owners.


Cris Hastin (Univ Coll ’75) was honored at the Ohio Iota Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni and Senior Appreciation Dinner in April 2014. He was recognized for his significant and long-term service with the fraternity’s alumni association.

John C. “Archie” Myers (Ed ‘77) was inducted into the Ohio Iota Sigma Phi Epsilon Founder’s Circle. He served as fraternity president in 1974 when he attended UT. This award recognizes outstanding service and leadership as an undergraduate or alumni at a critical time in the Ohio Iota Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter’s development.

Clarence “Skip” Cubbedge (Eng ‘79) recently simulated a complete satellite-to-ground communications system with DigitalGlobe, a commercial vendor of space imagery and operator of civilian remote sensing spacecraft. Cubbedge wanted to test if the system would support a 50 percent increase in data rate. The results showed that simulations speed increased tenfold and the data rate did increase by 50 percent.

**Dr. Fred Hill (A/S ’75, MED ’79, Res ’82) joined the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies as the chief medical officer for the southern region. Hill will lead medical affairs for its Medicaid health plans in Louisiana and South Carolina. FredHill

Robert C. Meyer (Law ’78) is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law and co-founder of Morrow & Meyer LLC, a labor and employment law firm in North Canton, Ohio. The firm is a state-wide practice representing employers in workers’ compensation and employment matters.


Jan Hillman (MA ’86) was named as vice president for institutional advancement at Urbana University, located in Ohio. Hillman has a 35-year track record of success in fundraising, strategic planning and board management at institutions, including Wright State University, Clark State Community College and Kettering Medical Center.

Kevin Dintino (Ed ’89) recently earned his doctorate of physical therapy through the Evidence in Motion Institute for Health Professions. He is currently the regional director of the southeast and central Virginia-based independent physical therapy practice’s 12 clinics in Richmond, Va.

MarkDaniel Mark Daniels (Bus ’83) is the new superintendent for the McLean County Unit 5 schools in Normal, Ill. He will oversee more than 13,000 students across 23 schools and other facilities.

Lisa (Werner) Autry (Ed ’85, MEd ’91) recently completed a mural for Immaculate Conception church in Forest City, N.C. The mural depicts the story of Jesus on the cross with the thief who taunted him on one side and the thief who believed in him on the other side. The mural is one of many that Autry has completed over the years.

Karen Bailey (MBA ’88) was appointed to the Atlanta, Ga. Ronald McDonald House Charities board of directors. Bailey serves as the vice president of national accounts for Georgia-Pacific Professional’s Food Services Solutions business. Bailey

John Jutila (MBA ’85) was appointed as the chief executive officer for Champion One, a leading third party optical transceiver company located in Beachwood, Ohio.


Dr. Jeffrey Finn (MED ’99) of Susquehanna Valley Pain Management Center, P.C. in Harrisburg, Pa., began seeing patients in Fulton County Medical Center’s Specialty Services building in February. He practices physical medicine and rehabilitation.

John Lechman (A/S ’96) has been named director of development for Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Previously he was director of development for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters’ schools and care center of Monroe, Mich. and Mercy Children’s Hospital/Children’s Miracle Network of Northwest Ohio.

Lawrence D. Tribble Jr. (A/S ’96) is the author of “Sweatless Victory: 10 Answers to Everyday Questions.” Tribble is a life and empowerment coach, and is also a dedicated and results-driven community leader and youth advocate. This book can unlock your hidden treasures through empowerment and self-realization. Tribble
Shawn Fitzgerald Dr. Shawn Fitzgerald (MEd ’95, PhD ’97) has been named dean of the school of education, innovation and continuing studies at Widener University in Chester, PA.

Kelley Hartley Hutton (A/S ’91) has been named the director of athletics for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Ind. Hutton has served as the head women’s volleyball coach for 15 seasons. She also previously served for 12 years at IPFW as senior woman administrator and associate athletic director.

Jennifer Grieco (A/S ’93, Law ’97) recently presented at the 2014 mid-year meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Her workshop session was titled “Win-Win: Matching Unmet Legal Needs with Available Legal Talent.” Greico is a partner at Neuman Anderson, P.C., based in Birmingham, Mich. Greico

Jalen Parmele (att. 2004-07) was inducted into The University of Toledo Varsity “T” Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 22 in Savage Arena. Parmele played football for the Rockets from 2004-07 and was a First Team All-Mid-American Conference running back in 2006 and 2007. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He played for Baltimore from 2008-10, Jacksonville in 2010 and signed with Tennessee in 2013 but was released before the regular season started. He is currently a free agent.

stein Dr. Thomas Stein (PhD ’06) was selected as the vice president for enrollment and financial aid at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.

Kenneth M. Thompson (A/S ’05) returns as a juror for the eighth annual Art in Public Places Knoxville exhibition. This is an outdoor sculpture exhibition that opened in April 2014. The pieces are on display in downtown Knoxville, Tenn. and McGhee Tyson Airport through March 20, 2015.

Chadd Johnston (Bus ’06) has accepted a position on the business development team for HVAC services at GEM Energy in Walbridge, Ohio.

Dr. Scott Foster (MED ’05, Res ’10) joined Avita’s orthopedic and sports medicine team. Foster is a fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeon and has four Ohio offices located in Ontario, Galion, Crestline and Bucyrus.

Dr. Gratia Pitcher (A/S ’03, MED ’06) has been appointed to the role of medical director at Rainbow Hospice Care in Johnson Creek, Wis. She will work as part of an interdisciplinary team that provides a full spectrum of physical, emotional, social and spiritual care to terminally ill patients and their families.

Dr. Matt Noyes (MED ’07) is a member of the East Ohio Orthopedic Group and is the only physician in the Dover, Ohio area trained to perform a new, minimally invasive procedure for tendonitis pain in elbows and shoulders. He uses an ultrasound probe and ultrasonic energy to remove the diseased part of a tendon, but leave the healthy tissue untouched.

Patrick Hankos Jr. (A/S ’10, Honors ’10) is the new assistant prosecutor in the Huron County prosecutor’s office. Located in Norwalk, Ohio, Hankos will be handling most of the juvenile court cases and occasionally some adult cases. 032014_Hakos_Patrick
Maggie Reynolds *Margaret Reynolds (Bus ’10, Law ’13, MBA ’13) joined Reno & Zahm LLP as an associate in March 2014. The law firm is located in Rockford, Ill. and offers experienced counsel in 12 areas of law.
*Tyler Haldeman (Bus ’13) joined the News-Messenger in Fremont, Ohio as an advertising representative for the newspaper. Haldeman

Dr. Carl Ortman (MED ’10) is a new primary care physician at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Athens Medical Associates in Athens, Ohio. His focus is in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases.

Births and Marriages

Scott Steven Rindler (Bus ’10) and Katie Marie Drees announced their engagement and have plans to marry on June 7, 2014 in the St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia, Ohio.

Katina Kay Kill (A/S ’05) and Anthony Thomas Graham exchanged vows in March 2014 at St. Gerard Catholic Church in Lima, Ohio.

Katelin Rudolph (PhD ’12) and *Michael Iott (PhD ’13) were joined in marriage on October 26, 2013 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Monroe, Mich.

KrouseWedding Karin Krouse (A/S ’06) and Coit (Tony) Black were married in July 2011 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Defiance, Ohio.

Laryn Ziegler (Ed ’11) and Jeff Wheeler married in March 2014 and currently reside in Northwood, Ohio.

Ryan Foglyano (Eng ’03) and Laura (Schaefer) Foglyano (A/S ’03) welcomed their first child, Julia, on August 13, 2013. julia
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Faculty, staff & friends

Carol Brandt Brug (A/S ’87), Toledo at 60, was a part-time instructor in the department of mathematics for 22 years.

Rosemarie Kehres, Toledo at 84, was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

Sharon Kay Periat, Sylvania, Ohio at 66. She started working at the University in the late 1980s at the former Community and Technical College as a placement-testing monitor. Periat then became a part-time adviser to those seeking associate degrees. In 1999, she was named an adviser in the College of Health and Human Services, where she later became director of student services. In 2010, Periat received one of the Outstanding Women Awards from the University Women’s Commission. She retired in 2011.

John Bennett Bacon, Toledo at 73, was an author and his books included “Being and Existence: Two Ways of Forman Ontology” and “Ontology, Causality and Mind,” he also taught at UT and several other universities.

Marguerite E. (Pollex) Faulkner, Toledo at 92, was a clerk who worked in UT Student Records from 1971 until her retirement in 1990.

Melvin Stewart, Toledo at 75, was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

Millianne (Priest) Duffey, Toledo at 89, was a secretary at MCO from 1980 until her retirement in 1988.

David L. James, Toledo at 48, was a painter journeyman at the University. He joined the UT staff in 2008.

June L. Mallory, Toledo at 84, began working with the University in 1965 as a clerical specialist in the UT library. She retired as a secretary in 1987.

Adela Mundt, Maumee at 77, was a local restaurateur and UT Medical Center benefactor. She helped lead several area restaurants: Loma Linda, Ventura’s and Barron’s Café. Since 1970, she owned Loma Linda; the Swanton establishment is often cited as the first area restaurant to serve Mexican food. In the late 1980s, Mundt had a new Loma Linda built next to the original, which was then torn down. Her success was in the spotlight when the U.S. Small Business Administration named her Small Business Person of the Year in 1992 for the Cleveland District. When her husband, Alfred, had a heart attack in 1983, the couple sought care at the former Medical College of Ohio. Alfred had quadruple bypass surgery and after congestive heart failure he received a heart transplant in 1998. The grateful couple became major supporters of the UT Medical Center, establishing the Adela and Alfred Mundt Endowed Professorship in Transplantation Cardiology, and also making a significant contribution to the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at UTMC.

*Florence Meyer, Toledo at 96.


Robert Roehrs (A/S ’36), at 62.

Betty Roehrs (A/S ’37, MEd ’74), at 99.


Doris Jenkins (A/S ’41), Norwell, Mass. at 95.

*Dorothy McHenry (Ed ’41), Toledo at 95.

William Lewis (Eng ’49), Kent, Wash. at 87.


**James Arite (A/S ’56), Seboyeta, N. M. at 81.

Dr. James Annarino (A/S ’59), Toledo at 77.

Robert Holey (Eng ’50), Black Mountain, N.C. at 87.

Shirley Warren (UTCTC ’54), Sylvania, Ohio at 82.

*Charles Hohly (Bus ’50), Toledo at 87.

**Sharon Miller (Ed ’54), Glen Arm, Md. at 81.

George Meyer (Eng ’51), Toledo at 86.

Howard Mercer (Eng ’53), Monclova, Ohio at 85.


John Gueldenzoph (Bus ’68), Perrysburg, Ohio at 75.

James Carr (UTCTC ’62), Freedom, Pa. at 72.

Sander Simen (Law ’69), Flint, Mich. at 71.

Michelle Fall (UTCTC ’96), at 45.

Donald Laframboise (Ed ’66), at 73.

Ronald Klein (UTCTC ’60), Maumee, Ohio at 76.

Rosalyn Siegel (Ed ’65), Toledo at 87.

Richard Farkas (A/S ’60), Las Vegas, Nev. at 77.

Melvin Bettinger (Bus ’65), Toledo at 82.

Jane Knorr (Ed ’64), Oregon, Ohio at 92.


Dr. Terrence Johnson (MED ’73), Van Wert, Ohio at 65.

William Wuensch (Pharm ’76), New London, Ohio at 69.

Rita Tansey (Ed ’73, MEd ’86), Toledo at 77.

Robert Schneider (A/S ’75), Toledo at 63.

Joseph Bettinger (Bus ’71), Toledo at 65.


Gary Collins (Ed ’80), Perrysburg, Ohio at 62.

Dr. Mary Jones (PhD ’81), Tipton, Mich. at 89.

Arlene Russell (Ed ’81), Toledo at 72.

Dr. Rosa Lewis (PhD ’80), Sylvania, Ohio at 86.

Dr. Stephen King (PhD ’83), Readsboro, Vt. at 66.

Mark Reinbolt (UTCTC ’86, Eng ’89), Whitehouse, Ohio at 50.


Gregory Keener (UTCTC ’97), Swanton, Ohio at 41.

Lois Mackey (A/S ’92), Celina, Ohio at 86.

Jawonia Reynolds (Bus ’99), Toledo at 39.

Cheri Hass (Law ’95), Columbus, Ohio at 47.

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**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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UT in the News

May 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in In The News
Provost Named University of Akron President

Dr. Scott Scarborough, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, has been named the 16th president of the University of Akron.

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The University of Toledo’s Simulation Center Opens

The new Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center at the University of Toledo Medical Center has high-tech mannequins that breathe, blink, and bleed, and virtual trauma, operating, and intensive-care units to train students in the latest in patient simulator technology.

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UT Grads Overcome Barriers, Ready to Make a Difference

One of the many cell phones being held up to video-record the spring commencement ceremony in the University of Toledo’s Savage Arena on Saturday belonged to Nichole Addis.

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UT Grads Prepared for Jobs

Italian Visitors Get Hands-On City Tour

For representatives of 38 Italian companies in town for a three-day economic forum to explore business opportunities in the Toledo area, Tuesday began with greetings from local officials and organizers of the event and continued with tours of two prime local assets.

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Forum Shines Light on Fleeing Sex Abuse

Lee Ann Campbell was just 6 years old when she became a victim of sexual abuse.

“My trafficker didn’t come as a stranger,” the 39-year-old Toledo resident said.

She told her story during the “A Night for Freedom” forum at the Maumee Indoor Theater on Tuesday night, attended by 140 people.

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Partners in Time: UT Students Adopt Seniors at Nursing Home

It’s Friday night and there’s a party going down at The Laurels of Toledo.

Inside the long-term care facility’s brightly lit cafeteria, University of Toledo students Rachel Beeson and Nonso Agubosim cut a rug to the tune of Hey Ya! by the group Outkast. Swaying along with the beat, Catherine Campbell, 92, is firmly parked in her wheelchair on the edge of the makeshift dance floor.

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UT Soccer Player Allergic to Exercise

Clinical Trial Awareness at UTMC

Sports Oligopolies and the Economics of Getting Rid of Donald Sterling

This past weekend, an audio recording surfaced, allegedly of Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling making disparaging remarks about African Americans and other ethnic groups. For most longtime Clippers fans, like me, this fits what we’ve known about Sterling and his history of racist actions. The rest of the sports world has quickly gotten up to speed: Columnists and angry fans have called for boycotts and for the players to make a stand in hopes that public pressure will make some sort of change, and Sterling will sell the team.

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UT’s Cellular Program

May 28th, 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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