Celebrating a Milestone

June 26th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

by Patty Gelb

smith_mary_on_roundsThis year marks an important milestone in the history of medical education in Northwest Ohio. It is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Medical College of Ohio (MCO), now known as the University of Toledo’s Health Science Campus.

The University commemorated this important occasion with a celebration at the Radisson Hotel on the Health Science Campus on May 31. This event – which sold out two weeks in advance – was a touching tribute to the pioneers who believed in the mission of building a medical college in Toledo.

Dr. William McMillen, a former UT provost and the chairman of the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee, along with a committee of 28 dedicated members worked tirelessly to pull together the history and organize events celebrating the importance of this event.

“Fifty years contains a lot of history so the anniversary committee worked hard to highlight stories and photos that symbolized and honored the dedicated students, faculty members, and staff,” said Dr. McMillen.

The event was sponsored by Block Communications, Medical Mutual and ProMedica, with a special gift from Dr. and Mrs. Peter White. Allan J. Block, chair of Block Communications and John Robinson Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Blade and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and sons of the late Paul Block, Jr., were honorary co-chairmen and speakers at the event.

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“The anniversary dinner on May 31 at the Radisson on the UT Health Science Campus was a great success. It was like a giant family reunion,” said Dr. McMillen. “People couldn’t stop reminiscing and laughing.”

Dr Mary R SmithDr. Mary R. Smith, UT professor of medicine and pathology gave the keynote address entitled “Remembering the Medical College of Ohio.” Dr. Smith and her husband, Dr. Hollis Merrick, came to Toledo to interview for positions with MCO in the late 1970’s when there were only a few buildings on the campus and a bulldozed field where the hospital would eventually stand.

Over 350 people were in attendance enjoying the historical displays, the camaraderie and reminiscing the important milestone that they were celebrating. Six members of the first medical graduating class from 1972 attended the event. Thirty-two students out of 417 applicants made up that first class that began their studies in 1969.

To put things in perspective, the College of Medicine and Life Sciences received more than 4,200 med school applications in 2013, with a class size of 175.

Dr. Robert Page, the School of Medicine’s first dean, wrote a memoir entitled “The Early that Days” which is part of the book “A Community of Scholars: Recollections of the Early Years.” In it he stated, “I felt a great feeling of accomplishment at both ends of the first class’s matriculation. At the beginning, I was pleased with our selection of students, and at graduation, I was proud of their accomplishments. I will carry those sentiments with me always.”

The idea for a medical college in Toledo was born out of a growing crisis in Ohio. By the end of the 1950’s, there was an appalling shortage of medical professionals to treat the growing population. Studies showed that Ohio would have to graduate 402 physicians in 1960 to maintain the ratio of needed medical professionals to the general population. Although there were three highly respected medical colleges in Ohio at that time; Case Western, Ohio State and the University of Cincinnati, only 290 physicians were targeted to graduate that year. The Interim Commission on Education Beyond High School described the situation as “Ohio’s inability to take care of the education of its own citizens” and stated that immediate action was required.

Cleveland, Akron, Dayton, Toledo and Kent State University all asked for a new state-supported medical school to be built in their region. The City of Toledo had been working since 1954 to establish a medical school and it was known that adequate land was available to construct the facilities necessary to support the academic programs.

Event picturesProminent citizens of the community were behind Toledo’s bid to become the next location for a medical school in Ohio. Paul Block, Jr., co-publisher of The Blade and an organic chemist was one of the strongest advocates for this mission.

In 1960, The Blade reported on a study conducted by Dr. Charles Letourneau, a hospital consultant who was studying plans for expansion at St. Vincent Hospital. Letourneau expressed to the Mayor of Toledo, Michael Damas, that a city the size of Toledo should have a medical school.

With Block, Jr., leading the charge, Governor James A. Rhodes called a special session of the Ohio General Assembly in 1964 to consider a bill to create a medical school in Toledo. The bill was approved unanimously by the Ohio House in November of that year and the Ohio Senate immediately followed with its uncontested support.

Governor Rhodes signed the legislation one month later to create the Toledo State College of Medicine. The school was renamed the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo (MCOT) in 1967 and later the “at Toledo” was removed to shorten the name to The Medical College of Ohio (MCO). When it was established, MCO was the fourth medical school in Ohio and the 100th in the entire United States. Originally, MCO was separate from The University of Toledo. At the time of MCO’s inception, UT was a municipal institution and there were no plans to convert it into a state school.

The University of Toledo and the Medical University of Ohio merged on July 1, 2006, to form the third-largest public university in the state by operating budget. House Bill 478 was signed on March 31, 2006, by Governor Bob Taft, creating a university that is now built around academic colleges and professional programs matched only by a handful of public universities nationwide, including Ohio State University and the University of Michigan.

From a time 50 years ago where there were not enough medical professionals being trained to care for the populace of Ohio, the University of Toledo now has a world-class campus devoted to the health sciences with a mission to improve the human condition by providing patient-centered, university-quality care.

MCO CommitteeThe 50th anniversary celebration committee was formed and held its first meeting in August, 2013. The focus was to plan a kick-off celebration in November and the main anniversary celebration in May. The committee also worked to capture as much of the history of MCO’s beginnings as possible, digging through MCO archives and providing personal materials for displays at both events. Due to their work, we are fortunate to have many opportunities to learn more about this momentous historical event in the state of Ohio.

An hour-long feature was produced by WGTE-TV containing interviews, historic images and the full history of the building and early beginnings of the school. A portion of “Toledo Stories, MCO: A History of Healing and Teaching” was played for attendees of the anniversary celebration and it then aired on WGTE in June. You can watch this fascinating story on WGTE’s website by clicking here.

A section of The University of Toledo Foundation’s website is dedicated to the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of MCO.

You can watch video interviews of people who participated in the creation of MCO. The videos are a compilation of interview segments from board members, faculty and staff to alumni and community members. Interviews are casual in nature, capturing “unofficial” history, funny stories, personal experiences, challenges and victories that would not normally be found in a book. To view the videos, click here to be directed to the video history page.

In 2011, the book “A Community of Scholars: Recollections of the Early Years of the Medical College of Ohio” was published. For more information about or to purchase the book, please visit The University of Toledo Press website.

On the MCO history website there is a photo gallery section that allows you to scroll through hundreds of pictures of the creation and early years of MCO. To view all of the photos from the MCO 50th celebration on The University of Toledo Facebook page, click here.

You can help us capture the history of MCO with the “Your MCO Story” section of the website. On this page you can read through other submissions people have written of their time at MCO. You also have the opportunity to share your stories. We hope you join us in celebrating this incredible milestone in the medical history of Northwest Ohio by visiting the website and taking the time to share your MCO story.

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The Legacy Gift

June 26th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Dan Saevig

Barb Hogan

Barb Hogan

Barb Hogan’s son was a gift to family and friends.

Nearly 30 years later, Tom Hogan’s legacy is a gift to people he never knew. Many weren’t even born when he died in 1984.

Yet the memory of his life resonates every time a serious injury call is sounded in Northwest Ohio.

Barb is the mother of trauma medicine in the Toledo area. The traumatic death of one of her own gave life to formalized trauma care as we know it today, not only in this region, but throughout Ohio.

Energetic and enthusiastic, Tom was precocious by nature and a risk taker. His mom said that he gave her every grey hair she had. A junior at the University of Toledo, Barb and Al’s middle child was planning to switch his major from geology to recreational therapy because he was struggling with math.

Barb, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from what is now known as UT’s College of Nursing and served for 15 years as a clinical professor of nursing at her alma mater, was a Life Flight nurse at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center who had been on hundreds of runs. Al was in the midst of what would become a 30-year administrative career with UT’s library system.

With three college-aged children at home for the summer – older sister Kathleen was at UT and younger brother John was soon to transfer to UT from Miami University – Barb and Al were packing for a three-hour drive and a camping trip to Pinery Provincial Park on the shores of Lake Huron in Grand Bend, Ont.

“The last thing he said was, ‘Don’t worry about us, Mom,’ Barb recalled. “’We’ll be fine.’”

With that, Tom bounded down the stairs and off to his part-time job as a grounds maintenance worker at Laurel Hill Swim and Tennis Club.

To this day, it’s still not clear what happened the morning after Tom said goodbye.

Barb Hogan second from left

Barb Hogan second from left

A large ladder was hung horizontally on the ceiling in the club’s garage. Perhaps the ladder fell as Tom was taking it down. A more likely scenario is that the 21-year-old – a risk taker by nature – was performing chin-ups on the mounted ladder, something his boss had told him several times not to do.

This much is known.

Tom fell backward, his head striking the pavement. The force of the fall caused his head to snap forward. The ladder then landed on his face and his head hit the ground again. The neurosurgeon responsible for Tom’s care told Barb and Al that the reactive impact had sheared their son’s brain across its center.

“A few years ago, I hit black ice and was knocked unconscious,” Barb said. “I knew when I was falling that I was falling. But I couldn’t do a darn thing about it.

“But when I came to, I thought, ‘Well, Tom never experienced anything like this. Because he was gone when he hit, the minute his head hit the ground.’ It was kind of confirming for me when I got that head injury that he didn’t know what had happened and experienced no pain.”

A rescue squad was dispatched to Laurel Hill. Its crew had been trained in trauma care by Barb.

Tom was rushed to the Medical College of Ohio Hospital.

In Canada, a park ranger approached the Hogan camper and told the couple to call MCO immediately, that there was a medical emergency. This was in the days before cell phones, so the pair made their way to the public telephone in the campground registration area.

“I got one of the nurses I knew really well on the phone,” Barb said. “And she said, ‘Barb, we have your son here.’”

The words were devastating. When Barb shifted into emergency room nurse mode to find out the severity of the injuries, she was heartbroken.

Finally, she asked, “Which son is it?”

As that call was ending, another came from her co-workers at St. Vincent. Word of the accident had spread quickly. Life Flight and emergency room physician Randy King left his shift at St. V’s and went to MCO to help his co-worker.

“I said to Randy, ‘Don’t let them pronounce him (dead) until we’re there,’” Barb remembered. “Please don’t let them pronounce him.’”

Knowing that the first three days are critical when horrendous brain injuries occur, Barb and Al broke camp and quickly showered.

With water cascading upon her, Barb’s mind shifted from clinical nurse to mom. Tears began to flow.

A woman in the bathroom heard the heavy sobs and asked Barb if she was all right.

In her despair, Barb responded no, that she just got a phone call and she knew that her son was dying.

The complete stranger said nothing more, but stayed with the grief-stricken mother until she left the restroom.

Sometimes the best medicine doesn’t come with a prescription.

When the Hogans pulled their trailer into the parking lot at MCO later that day, they were met by more than 50 friends; emergency medical personnel who had worked with or been trained by Barb.

Sometimes the best prescription isn’t medicine.

“The way the community supported us was just amazing,” Barb said. “I think that was probably what made me so determined to see to it that everyone had that much of a chance.

“Not everyone has a whole community of people willing to stand with you and hold your hand when your kid dies.”

Tom had the best of care, but the pressure in his brain continued to rise. He passed away three days after the accident. His death came one month and five days after his 21st birthday.

Barb couldn’t do anything about her son. But there was something she could do, pledging to turn the worst thing that could ever happen to a parent into something good for others.

Trauma medicine in the 1980’s was in the midst of an exciting yet tumultuous period. Dr. John Howard, an MCO faculty member, was at the forefront nationally, authoring white papers to establish a national trauma structure based upon his experiences in the Korean War with MASH units, mobile army surgical hospitals.

At the same time, technology was improving and hospitals with helicopter capabilities were expanding their reach, serving outlying communities whose facilities weren’t able to treat the most severe injuries.

Yet the state of Ohio didn’t have formal guidelines for trauma care. The only group designating a hospital as a Level 1 trauma center – facilities equipped to handle the most seriously injured – was the American College of Surgeons. At the time, there were none in Northwest Ohio.

A founding member of the Society of Trauma Nurses, an international organization, Barb pushed for and was charged by St. Vincent management with establishing St. Vincent as a Level 1 facility.

“We started putting in place the people from within the institution that respond when a trauma comes,” Barb said. “That was a nurse from the operating room, a nurse from a critical care unit, the emergency room nurses, emergency medicine physicians, an emergency medicine resident, the trauma surgeon. Every person around that bed had a job that was written in the policy and procedures.

The Hogan family picture (L to R) Tom Hogan, Alan Hogan, John Hogan, Barb Hogan, Kathleen Hogan-Garrett

The Hogan family picture (L to R) Tom Hogan, Alan Hogan, John Hogan, Barb Hogan, Kathleen Hogan-Garrett

“Trauma case managers, social workers, the spiritual component of the hospital – pastoral care – were all part of the trauma team. The trauma case manager moved between what was going on in the room and the family, because my experience was all of those things were going to be really important for the mental health and…the eventual acceptance of whatever was going to happen in that trauma room for that family.”

Barb said that St. Vincent and MCO were verified as Level 1 trauma centers on the same weekend in 1990. ProMedica Toledo Hospital now also carries that designation.

With one fight won, Barb’s battleground moved to Columbus.

She was called to testify before the House of Representatives, joining other proponents of formalized legislation in support of a state-wide verifiable trauma system. Unlike others, she could speak, not only from a clinical perspective, but from a personal one, as well.

“What I said to them was, ‘My son died, but I had the ability to know that everything that could have been done was done,’” Barb said. “’He wouldn’t have lived no matter what trauma system was in (place). But that shouldn’t be a privilege. Everybody should have had that ability to say that.”

Barb celebrated her retirement from nursing in 2000 with the parallel announcement that Ohio legislators had mandated a verifiable trauma system that included a state registry of trauma care.

Now 73 years old, Barb was named the College of Nursing’s Alumna of the Year for Clinical Practice in 2013 and the recipient of the American Trauma Society’s Distinguished Service Award in 1997. Barb and Al have been married for 52 years.

Come July, 30 years will have passed since Tom’s death. It’s been said that time heals all wounds, but the tears in his mother’s eyes as she remembers her middle child says that the turning of the calendar has only helped close the wound. The scars still remain.

“Surviving such a loss is really hard,” Barb said. “You have to find a way to make sense out of it.

“’Why did it happen?’ There is no answer to that question. You ask the question, ‘Why? Why me?’ There is no answer to those questions.

“’How can we make something happen out of this that is good?’ I think that is where it all came from. ‘How do I cope? How do I deal with this?’

“It’s still very painful if I think about it so I don’t. I will miss him….forever.”

After his death, Tom was shared with the Toledo community. His skin was used to heal a child’s burn. His eyes and kidneys were also donated. The recipients were people he’d never met. They were presents of life from a young man who had died, yet perhaps no gift was more important than the establishment of a formal trauma system that has helped save the lives of thousands of critically injured patients.

In Tom’s death and Barb’s response, there is life.

It’s their legacy.

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UT in the News

June 26th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in In The News
UT President to Step Down June 30

University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs will step down effective June 30 after being nominated to serve with a global economic development nonprofit organization based out of Washington, D.C.

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UT Appoints College of Engineering Dean as Interim President

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Nagi Naganathan, dean of the UT College of Engineering, to serve as interim president beginning July 1.

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UT Medical Students Ready For More

Graduates clad in long, dark robes crossed the stage to receive their diplomas during the 43rd commencement of the University of Toledo college of medicine and life sciences.

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UTMC’s Senior Behavioral Health Center Opens

National Day of Making at UT

UT Students Restore McKinley Statue

Looking at Link Between Violent Video Games and Lack of Empathy

The sound of machine guns rattled through the building as explosions shook the walls.

No, I wasn’t at a weapons convention or shooting range or in an impromptu war. I was at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo here, also known as E3.

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New Theory Explains Mysterious Growth of Metal Strands

They’re but a wisp of metal, hardly noticeable to the human eye. Yet they’ve crippled everything from pacemakers and watches to missile systems and satellites.

Although these seemingly innocuous metal strands, which appear in electronics, have been wreaking havoc for more than 60 years, no one knows exactly how they form.

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Parkinson’s Disease Symposium Reveals Local Sources of Help

The bad news is that the number of people living with Parkinson’s disease in America — 1 million — is expected to double in the next 15 to 25 years.

The good news is “there is so much hope, there is so much good that is going on in Parkinson’s research and treatment today,” said Dr. Lawrence Elmer, professor of neurology at the University of Toledo College of Medicine.

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Dr. Edward Shapiro Scholars Honored

Study: Majority of College Presidents Oppose Concealed Guns on Campus

As activists on both sides gear up for a potential November ballot measure to ban concealed guns on public campuses in Colorado, research from the University of Toledo finds that the majority of university presidents oppose concealed weapons, on and off campus.

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Scientists From NASA Offer Tips to Businesses

It’s often said that free advice is worth exactly what it costs. Then again, free advice usually doesn’t come from NASA scientists.

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Detroit Lions Sign Marketing Deal with University of Toledo

The Detroit Lions said today they have signed a multiyear advertising deal with the University of Toledo, making the football team the third Detroit pro sports team with a marketing relationship with the Rockets.

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National Youth Sports Program at UT

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Class Notes/Obits

June 26th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

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


**Diana H. (Dee) Talmage (MEd ’65) is the new chair of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors, an organization made up of Ohio’s 23 community colleges. She is also a member of the Owens Community College Board of Directors.

GILDAN MEDIA HOT FLASH Ellen Goldberg (Ed ’69) recently published her book, “What the Hell Happened to Me? The Truth about Menopause and Beyond.” Her book is written with an irreverent, dry sense of humor and covers everything from wrinkles to spider veins, falling body parts to skin tags, flatulence to muffin tops, and everything in between.

**Joel Levitan (Pharm ’69) was installed as a trustee for the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) in April 2014. He has practiced community pharmacy in the city of Toledo for 42 years. For 20 years, he has served in leadership roles with the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy. He is a past recipient of OPA’s Bowl of Hygeia Award.


*Philip Miller (Pharm ’71, MPharm ’88) was selected as the recipient of the Walter Frazier Award by the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists at its recent 75th annual meeting. The Frazier Award is given to an Ohio health system pharmacist for a combination of practice excellence, community service, professional education endeavors, and continued service to the Ohio Society.

**Mark S. Mandula (Bus ’79, MBA ’80), managing partner of United Capital Funding Corp., was the sole speaker at an unprecedented pre-convention master marketing class before the 14th Annual RFIx Convention that was held in Warsaw, Poland in March 2014. Mandula was also a featured speaker at the European Business Union Economic Eurosummit that was held in Paris, France in March 2014. United Capital Funding Corp, is based in the United States and is headquartered in the Tampa Bay, Fla. area and also has regional offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Charlotte, N.C.

*Deborah Randall (Pharm ’77) was installed as a trustee for the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) in April 2014. She has practiced community pharmacy in the Cleveland, Ohio area for more than 30 years. She currently works as a staff pharmacist at Gibsonburg Pharmacy in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Randall has also been active in the Sandusky Valley Academy of Pharmacy as well as the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate.


*David M. Mohr (Eng ’82) retired from the State of Ohio, Department of Natural Resources in April 2014 with 30 years of service. He was chief engineer for six years and worked on many projects in Ohio’s state parks and recreational facilities, including Maumee Bay State Park and Marina. He met his wife *Karen (Perry) (Ed ’82) as a freshman at UT and they have been together ever since. Their son, John, is a graduate student studying history at Auburn University in Alabama.

Mary Gaynier (A/S ’89) began experimenting with cut-paper art forms in 2001, and started showing her work in 2005. She has won many awards with this intricately-crafted paper art style. In addition to creating works in her studio, she teaches paper-cutting workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art and The University of Toledo. Her intricate works start by folding a high-quality rag paper infused with strands of cotton, into eighths or quarters then uses an Xacto blade to cut the paper. The meaning of her creations can only be guessed by the viewer upon close inspection. Her go-to themes include aliens, monsters, mischievous dogs, menacing plants, and accidents waiting to happen. Gaynier

Scott Procop (UTCTC ’89) opened CODA Brewing Co. in April 2014 in Aurora, Colo. Procop owns Cedar Creek Pub, located next to the brewery. CODA brews craft beers using a 10 barrel system.


Renata Brown (A/S ’93) wrote her first book, “Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden.” The book aims to teach kids about gardening and the natural world, and it also contains a year’s worth of indoor and outdoor garden-related activities and crafts. She is currently the vice president of education at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

*James Adams (Law ’90) has been a shift quality manager at Chrysler Trenton Engine Complex in Mich. since August 2013. His son, Ryan, age 23, is studying public health at The University of Toledo in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Ryan graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. in April 2013.

Knowles Scott Knowles (Law ’02) has been promoted to chief executive officer of Sims Brothers Recycling. He served as vice president of regulatory affairs and compliance, general counsel prior to the promotion. The firm buys, accepts, transports, processes, brokers and sells recyclable products including scrap iron and steel, nonferrous metals, cardboard, newspaper, high-grade paper, plastics, electronic scrap and glass. Sims Brothers Recycling is headquartered in Marion, Ohio with three additional Ohio locations.

Shaleeta A. Smith (NSM ’11, MPH ’13) was introduced as the new city health commissioner of Steubenville, Ohio in April, 2014.

*Kelsey Croak (HS ’13) is a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the Virginia Military Institute, located in Lexington, Va. She has earned the David H. Perrin Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Award from the University of Virginia. The award is given annually to a graduate student in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia working towards a master’s degree in kinesiology. Croak

*Margaret Reynolds (Bus ’10, MBA ’10, Law ’10) was recently hired by Reno & Zahm LLP, located in Rockford, Ill. Her practice focuses on business law, and civil and commercial litigation.

Dr. Kellie Buschor (Pharm ’10, PharmD ’12) was chosen to participate in the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation’s 2014 Critical Care Traineeship. The traineeship is a 5-month, ACPE-accredited, educational experience during which pharmacists will be trained to develop and maintain specialized services for the management of critically ill patients.

Dr. Evan Hill (MA ’09, PhD ’11) accepted a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, located in Kearney, Neb.

*Heather Haught (MA ’13) is a current psychology doctoral student and has been awarded a summer internship in Washington, D.C. She will be working with the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) where she will be working as a data analyst. The IDA is a think tank that is contracted by the Federal government to analyze real-world national security issues.

Faculty, staff & friends

Jill Brown (current UT doctoral student in psychology) was accepted into a highly selective summer program organized by the European Association of Social Psychology this August in Lisbon, Portugal. She was also awarded a travel scholarship from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology to attend this program.

Dr. Jason Rose and Dr. Andrew Geers (current UT faculty) recently examined how the perception of vasovagal symptom (dizziness, nausea and fainting) alters blood donation. The research, to be published in the journal Transfusion, revealed that non-donors vastly overestimated how typical it is for people to experience vasovagal symptoms during blood donation.

Shane Close (current UT doctoral student in psychology) has been awarded a summer internship in Washington, D.C. He will be working as an intern with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a data analyst. The GAO supports Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities to legislate, appropriate, and oversee the Federal government for the benefit of the American people, and is commonly referred to as the congressional watchdog.

Dr. Andrew Geers (current UT faculty) was featured in articles in the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. The articles describe research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology about whether high levels of optimism helped married couples sustain their relationship, or, if high levels of optimism can leave married couples vulnerable to relationship problems.

Gabriela Hurtado (current UT doctoral student in psychology) was selected to be part of the student subcommittee of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS)’s Board of Directors. This subcommittee has primarily focused on presenting student initiatives related to the annual conference and student group to the board each year.

Ateka Contractor (current UT doctoral student in psychology) had four first-authored research papers accepted for publication recently. Contractor’s papers will appear in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Psychiatry Research, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, and Psychiatry Findings.

Ashley Hall and Monica Rohrabaugh (current UT students in psychology) were competitively selected to attend the Summer School on Crime, Law, and Psychology, held from July 5-12, 2014 in Prague.

Monica Rohrabaugh (current UT student in psychology) was awarded a research grant from the American Psychology and Law Society (AP-LS). This grant will fund research examining children’s memory for dyadic conversations. For an applied perspective, this research aims to inform the legal system of a child witnesses’ ability to provide accurate conversational testimony during forensic interviewing and following trials.

Births and Marriages
McCabe Jenna McCabe (HSHS ’11) and Adam Aebischer announced their engagement in March 2014. They are planning to marry on August 16, 2014 at St. James Meeting House in Boardman Park, located in Boardman, Ohio. McCabe currently works as a speech language pathologist for Campus Health Care Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

*Joyce Kissoff, Toledo at 77.

William “Red” Mitchell, Toledo at 84. Mitchell coached the UT hockey club during the 1966-67 season.

John A. Toepfer, Waterville, Ohio at 80. John was the owner of Four Wheel Drive Diversified Inc. in Maumee, Ohio. He was also a member of the UT Center for Family Business and Privately Held Business and had served on its board.

Beverly Ann Blake, Toledo at 80. She worked in the UT Finance Office from 1990 to 1995.

Elvine M. Britter, Holland, Ohio at 94. She was supervisor of food services at MCO from 1962 until her retirement in 1992.

Delores A. “Dee” Damschroder, Oregon, Ohio at 78. She was a nurse at MCO in 1980 and 1981.

Mary C. (Sue) Nissen, Oregon, Ohio at 72. She worked in MUO/UT Health Information Management from 2005 to 2009.

Dr. Robert T. Sandin, Minneapolis, Minn. at 86. He joined UT as a professor of higher education in 1968. He was named director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education in 1969. He also served as assistant vice president for academic affairs in 1969 and was named director of planning in 1971.

Alphonsus L. “Red” Barron, Millbury, Ohio at 93. Barron was a UT continuing education instructor from 2001 to 2003.

William A. “Bill” Cameron, Toledo at 86. He was a UT faculty member from 1997 to 2002.

Anna Josephine (Polesovsky) Stevens, Monclova, Ohio at 91. She was a secretary in the department of anesthesiology at MCO from 1970 to 1980.


Dr. William Schmeltz (Bus ’45), Bowling Green, Ohio at 89.

**Walter Baldwin (UTCTC ’48, Bus ’51), at 94.

Selma Cohen (A/S ’42), Sylvania, Ohio at 93.


Franklin Montry (Bus ’51), Livonia, Mich. at 98.

Charles Reif (Bus ’51), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. at 82.

Bernard Nebel (Pharm ’57), Highland Heights, Ohio at 79.

Richard Slopey (Bus ’56), Prescott, Ariz. at 87.


David Zaski (Bus ’62), Pemberville, Ohio at 81.

Thomas Gregory (Bus ’64), The Villages, Fla. at 73.

Steven McLaughlin (A/S ’64), Perrysburg, Ohio at 72.


Jenatha Boose (Ed ’72, MEd ’76), Leonard, Mich. at 62.

Dr. Emilio Bisaccia (MED ’79), Basking Ridge, N.J. at 59.

Dr. Zaiful Girgis (RES ’75), Potomac, Md. at 85.

Michael Martin (Univ Coll ’78), Elk Grove, Calif. at 69.

Ronald Wolf (UTCTC ’72), Toledo at 69.

Stephen Bowman (Bus ’73), Cleveland, Ohio.

Paul Sontchi (UTCTC ’72), Edgerton, Ohio at 74.

David Livermore (Bus ’70), Honeoye Falls, N.Y. at 65.

**Judith Fitch (Univ Coll ’77, MS ’80), Toledo at 74.

Sister Mary Longeway (MS ’75), Toledo.

*Dr. Sabry Gohara (RES ’75, Teaching Scholar’s Fellowship Program ’02), Ottawa Hills, Ohio at 72.


Pauline Nagy (NRS ’87), Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. at 68.

Therese Shaver (NRS ’89), Pickerington, Ohio at 44.

*Howard Abernathy (Bus ’88), Pickerington, Ohio at 68.

Elna Hatcher (A/S ’81, A/S ’88), Toledo at 92.

Dr. Cheryl Kish (Ed ’80, MEd ’91, PhD ’93), Hilliard, Ohio at 64.

Earl Rowland (MBA ’81), Swanton, Ohio at 60.

Judith Zapadka (A/S ’83, MEd ’84), Oregon, Ohio at 68.


John Rathke (MA ’96), Montpelier, Ohio at 73.

Scott Smith (A/S ’97), Oregon, Ohio at 43.

Angela Bennett (UTCTC ’91), Adrian, Mich. at 42.

Michelle Bruns (A/S ’98), Maria Stein, Ohio at 36.

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**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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2014 Commencement Address by Deborah Wince-Smith, President and CEO, Council on Competitiveness

June 26th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Events
University of Toledo
Commencement Speech
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Deborah L. Wince-Smith
President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness

Good morning, Board Chairman Zerbey, President Jacobs, Trustees, Provost Scarborough, Faculty, Distinguished Graduates, Family and Friends.

Morning Commencement ceremonyI am honored and privileged to share in this seminal milestone, as we come together to celebrate the hard work, dedication, and achievements of the University of Toledo graduates assembled here today.

We salute your individual success.

We salute your collective accomplishments.

And we congratulate you as you embark upon the journeys that will shape the next chapter in your personal and professional lives.

You may not fully realize the “Potential and Power” you possess.

Yet, you stand before us as the next generation of thinkers, creators, innovators, and inspired leaders.

You embody the capability and harbor the responsibility to forge a new future for our great nation and to impact a better future for global prosperity and security.

As a classical archaeologist, my lifelong passion has been to understand and elucidate the continuum of human civilization. The creation, mastery, and use of new knowledge and technology in innovation have always determined which cultures, societies, and economies flourished and changed the course of history.

Indeed, across the world and through the millennia, nothing else has played a greater role in cultural evolution, national prosperity, and spiritual and artistic achievement.

Here in Toledo, “The Glass City,” the heritage and legacy of innovation infuses culture and prosperity—built upon a foundation of thousands of years of scientific discovery, technological experimentation, entrepreneurship, and risk taking— culminating in today’s preeminent industrial enterprises anchored along the Maumee River.

Humans have always valued glass and have been enthralled by its mystical properties.

From the most fragile, iridescent perfume bottle created for an Egyptian Princess, to the bits of mirror Spanish Conquistadores flashed in the sun to dazzle Aztec and Inca Royalty, to the kaleidoscope of colored jewels, shimmering within the dome of a Mughal Emperor’s Pavilion, the Alchemy of Glass has ever transfixed our imagination.

We gaze spellbound and worship sacred images adorning the radiant, stained-glass windows of soaring cathedrals. Glass beguiles us with its pure aesthetic beauty. We are fascinated by the mystical, optical reflection of glass. The glimmer of its light is gloriously revealed in full sunlight and soothes our souls as the shadow of dusk crosses the night sky.

The artistic creations of Tiffany, Steuben, Tiffin, and Dale Chihuly grace and define our public buildings, and decorate our homes with special occasion glass objects we use in our daily lives and cherish as family heirlooms.

One cannot but marvel at the treasures of glass history housed in the Toledo Glass Museum, truly a veritable record of man’s innovation, evolving tastes, and the pure joy of artistic creation.

All Stone Age cultures used natural “volcanic” glass as a core material for fashioning tools. They affixed glass tips to spears for hunting, and made sharp glass cutting tools to fashion clothing and construct shelters.

In the Bronze Age Aegean world, and throughout antiquity, the Cycladic Island of Melos held a closely guarded and lucrative trade monopoly to supply the finest “obsidian” for a myriad of applications found in the archaeological record for thousands of years.

Today, we cannot imagine the modern world without the use of glass. Glass infuses every aspect of life, from our built environments and medicine, to scientific instruments and our ubiquitous iPhone screens. And, glass is centered at the very fulcrum of enabling the large-scale solar panels bringing renewable energy to our electric grid, homes, farms, and industrial facilities.

The Story of Glass is a “Mirror of Human History.” The first “true” glass was produced in Mesopotamia’s Fertile Crescent and Ancient Egypt some 5,000 years ago. Glass beads, gold, rock crystal, and ebony comprised the most precious cargoes of the sailing vessels plying the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, traversing the Great Nile, and connecting people and cultures across the Mediterranean world.

From Karnack and Ugarit, to the Palaces of Minoan Crete and the rock hewn Lion Gate of the Citadel of Mycenaean Kings, nothing was more prized than carved glass intaglio gemstones, more precious to Pharaohs and high priestesses than lapis lazuli and turquoise mined from the Sinai desert and remote hills of Afghanistan.

“Glass Blowing” became the technology game changer in the Early Roman Empire of the 1st Century, BC. This new technology was quickly championed by the Roman State, which took control of its use for artistic design and glass fabrication. Presaging our 21st Century “Global Supply Chain” networks, Rome outsourced glass manufacturing to Alexandria, Egypt. In so doing, they created the first “Industrial Glass Cluster” of talented craftsman, materials suppliers, and distributors for luxury glass products. Soon, these highly sought after goods moved across the Roman Empire, delighting customers, defining taste, providing skilled jobs, and delivering wealth and prosperity.

During the Crusades, Glass Makers fled to Venice, and a new “Glass Cluster” emerged. With artistic design, know how, and production techniques coming from Syria, Glass Making was established in 13th century Venice as its flagship industry. The delicate wares of Murano Glass Blowers became the very symbol of sophisticated taste, luxury and wealth, from the dowries of Medieval Queens to the goblets Kings raised at Royal Banquets.

And, the innovation journey of glass continued apace, with the Venetians jealously guarding their “trade secrets” and proprietary knowledge. In tandem, new innovators and risk takers continually joined the race to “out create and out innovate,” spurring creativity, expanding competition, and building new trade networks.

With the superior, clear, colorless glass known as “Cristallo,” Venice’s Murano Islands became glassmaking epicenters. However, scientific discovery and new technology eventually undercut the Venetian chokehold on the global glass trade, and the wealth and prestige it conferred.

In 1673, George Ravenscroft’s new materials innovation produced “Clear Lead Crystal” fabricated on an industrial scale. With a refractive index that made glass brilliant and pliant for cutting and engraving, “Lead Crystal” revolutionized taste and trade. England soon eclipsed Venice as the “Glass Innovator”—clearly an example of “Disruptive Innovation” at work! Thereafter, the Industrial Revolution’s mechanical tools, organized labor, capital investment, and new business models moved glass production from the craft guild to industrial scale manufacturing.

Yet again, the Innovation Journey and evolution of glass shifted gear and place, as German innovators and investors entered the game. Scientist Otto Schott, a chemist and inventor, joined forces with the Carl Zeiss firm to capitalize on the effect of new chemicals to define the optical and thermal properties of glass. This invention gave rise to unimagined applications and the birth of today’s global industrial enterprises, employing thousands of scientists, engineers, designers, artists, and production workers around the globe.

Frederick Siemens’ invention, the “Tank Furnace,” accelerated continuous, large-scale production for molten glass.

Together, Schott, Zeiss, and Siemens forged a rich legacy, epitomizing science at the frontier, the development of new technology and tools, and the risk taking and rewards inherent in entrepreneurship. They led the way from “Start-up to Scale-up!”

Today, Schott is a $2.7 billion company with 16,000 employees.

Zeiss is a $5 billion enterprise with 24,000 employees.

And Siemens stands tall as a $120 billion global giant, employing 370,000 employees, with a diverse product portfolio spanning the full spectrum of electronics—from the most advanced automation and power systems, to health imaging and telecommunications.

And, of course, being America and Americans, we too were “on the move,” innovating, investing, growing new businesses, and changing the world!

The journey to the “Toledo Glass City” began in Massachusetts at the New England Glass Company—a descendant of the storied colonial innovators of precious Sandwich and Cranberry glass, a rare color wrought by the fusion of glass with gold.

William Libby worked as the company’s agent. Soon, his son, Edward, took on the mantle of entrepreneur and risk taker. After failures and setbacks, he still recognized opportunity and moved the New England Glass Company to Toledo.

Why Toledo? — Well, there was abundant and inexpensive energy—“natural gas”—to provide industrial feedstock and fuel production. Sound familiar to today? There was access to high quality sand as the core natural resource, coupled to a critical logistics infrastructure. Integrated networks of rail, land, and steamship transportation provided rapid supply of materials and market distribution for finished products.

In 1888, a train arrived in Toledo from Boston with 50 carloads of machinery and 250 skilled workers. Edward Libby quickly established the new Libby Glass Company.

Truly, the Libby story is a “Back to the Future” parable, an inspiration and object lesson for today’s 21st century manufacturing and energy renaissance well underway here in Toledo and across America. But also, it is a parable of the “Disruptive Power of Innovation,” and the imagination and hard work of innovators.

In 1888, Libby hired the uneducated son of a coalminer, Michael Owens, a glass worker from the age of 10. He went on to invent the most important glass production technology in more than 2,000 years—a huge, transformative breakthrough that propelled the glass industry into the 20th century Industrial Age. Owens invented the technologies and processes to automate the manufacture of light bulbs and window glass. His seminal 1904 patent for a “Glass-Shaping Machine” brought glass products for the first time to the masses, creating new demand, new markets, new jobs, and new prosperity for a growing Middle Class.

And, by 1930, Libby Owens had joined forces with Toledo’s Ford Plate Glass Company to become the first major producer of flat glass for the automotive and building products industries. In no small part, the “Glass, Auto, and Rubber Clusters” of Northeast Ohio and Michigan harnessed the industrial might of the American Midwest, powering the successful invasion of Normandy, determining the outcome of World War II, and propelling America to post war global leadership.

Now, you must be wondering why, on your graduation day, you are hearing a mini-lecture on glass. Because, the story of “Glass Making” in the City of Toledo, and its great university–where you have studied and flourished–captures the very essence of why innovation matters. This is why each and every one of you—from scientists and engineers, to artists, doctors, and philosophers—must contribute to building and nurturing an Innovation Society, an Innovation Culture, and an Innovation Economy for America.

Like the Glass Makers of old, you, the newest entrants to the societies of learned and imaginative men and women, have an obligation to be “21st Century Glass Makers,” to be illuminators—and innovators—shining the ever brighter lights that will lead our way into new worlds.

The “Metaphor of Glass” and the “Power of the Glass Maker” are metaphors for the power of knowledge, and the risk taking and hard work that every generation must undertake to improve the human condition. Following countless generations across the sweep of history, your generation must now accept the mantle of responsibility to forge the next wave of innovation, economic growth, and social progress.

“Glass Innovators” turned abundant sand into lenses to afford sight. They gave sailors and navigators the tools to explore the seas and discover new worlds. They empowered scientists and doctors to see and probe deeply into a single cell to cure disease. And, they unleashed the vision of astronomers to contemplate and understand the nature of our universe, explore its very beginnings, and predict its infinite expansion into universes existing far beyond our wildest imagination.

And, today, America’s “21st Century Glass Makers” are leading science, technology, and innovation at the University of Toledo, collaborating with industry to develop new products and performance at the cutting edge of innovation. These Toledo Glass Makers are at the vanguard of our 21st century energy revolution—a revolution that will ultimately capture the power of our inexhaustible Sun!

But what of your future as you soon depart this place of learning and discovery? You must now find your place and purpose in an era of turbulence, transition, and transformation, in a world being reshaped by globalization, new technology, and boundless opportunity.

You will ever live in a world of relentless, accelerating technological change, opportunity, and, yes, uncertainty and risk.

The digital, biotechnological, nanotechnology, and cognitive revolutions are rewriting the rules of production and services in digital code, genetic code, atomic code, and neural code.

These technologies will shape our collective future. They will determine where economic activity will flourish, where wealth will be created, how humans will progress, and how society will advance—much as the technologies of legendary “Glass Makers” contributed to the prosperity and vitality of Egypt, Rome, Syria, Venice, England, Germany, Toledo, and America!

As the next generation of thinkers, creators, innovators, and leaders, you have the “Potential and Power” to exploit the leading edge of technology to create a new physical world, to relieve human suffering, improve living conditions, and make life easier, more productive, and more joyful for the many, not just the few.

You have the power to solve the great global challenges of our time—adequate food, clean water, improved health, affordable energy, environmental sustainability, and global security.

You have the “Potential and Power” to build the new businesses that will provide a skilled job and a good living for others, reduce poverty, and bring wealth and development to your communities and to communities in need around the world.

Moreover, you have at your disposal the greatest collective, cumulative knowledge of humankind, coupled to the most profound tool set heretofore created.

Imagine if the thinkers of Classical Greece had today’s research, computational, and data-mining tools.

Imagine if the artists, architects, and inventors working in the studios of Renaissance Florence had today’s platforms for visualization, graphics, digital design, and rapid prototyping.

Imagine if the engineers of the Industrial Revolution had access to the advanced materials, smart manufacturing tools, high performance computing, and modeling and simulation embodied in a smart phone!

Our planet holds rich, diverse, and abundant resources—both tangible and intangible—that constitute the raw materials you must transform. You must draw upon your ingenuity and creative power—much like “Glass Makers” have done for thousands of years—to create new value, abundance and, yes, beauty.

From its very beginning, glass reflected nature’s light and illuminated our world. Your parents, teachers, and fellow citizens now look to you to illuminate our future world with the light of your minds, with the knowledge you have learned, and with a lifelong commitment to imagine and out-create.

And, most important, you must strive to become committed, caring leaders. For today, we pass the torch to you, the shapers and stewards of our future world, a world you will one day bequeath to generations yet to come.

Let me close with these inspiring words from our 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson, that I believe capture the “Power and Potential” you hold in your hands today and that you will carry with you throughout your lives:

“For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest sleeping in the unplowed ground. Is our world gone? We say “Farewell.” Is a new world coming? We welcome it—and, we will bend it to the hopes of man.”


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