Intern in Ohio: Mutually Beneficial

July 25th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

Intern in Ohio: mutually beneficial for UT students and alumni

By Aimee Portala


Bryant Kesler attended Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio for two years before transferring to The University of Toledo to pursue a degree in Construction Engineering and Technology.

“In order to gain experience, I registered on Intern in Ohio. I was instantly matched with American Floors and Interiors. I ended up receiving an internship offer at the end of the interview. The process was quick and easy,” said Kesler.

Dylan Orwig (L) and alumnus Gary Johnson

Dylan Orwig (L) and alumnus
Gary Johnson

Intern in Ohio, presented by The University of Toledo, uses Classroom to Career technology developed by Detroit-based computer software and technology consulting firm Digerati. The technology employs an advanced matching algorithm that instantly connects employers and internship-seekers based on skills, interests and the requirements of the position.

By asking a series of questions to both students and employers, Intern in Ohio creates matches that ensure compatibility for each listed internship position.

“American Floors and Interiors provided a great internship where I had the opportunity to be around contractors and contribute to the success of a project. I have since graduated from UT and am currently employed by Allen Soil and Water Conservation District working as a district technician,” Kesler said. “My work experience at American Floors and Interiors, combined with my coursework at UT, was key in landing this full-time position. I’d recommend Intern in Ohio to any student who’s seeking an internship. It’s a great resource for launching your career.”

Intern in Ohio is advantageous for both students and employers. Students are exposed to experiential learning opportunities across the state and they are able to get in the door with what they know, not who they know. Employers benefit through access to talent and the reassurance that the internship candidates are suited for the needs of the position.

UT alumnus Gary Johnson, president and founder of American Floors and Interiors, has had positive experiences with Intern in Ohio.

“I have had the pleasure of using Intern in Ohio twice, and both times I hit a home run. I love the ease of navigating the system. The information I get before an interview takes place helps me in my decision making process,” Johnson said. “It’s a fantastic tool I intend to use again.”

An employer, on average, will answer 20-30 questions about a position when it is posted. Students are matched to opportunities based on their answers about their skills and interests. The system identifies the top seven matches for each individual student as well as for each posted internship. When a match is made, both the employer and the student are notified.

Dylan Orwig, construction engineering technology graduated December 2013, also interned with Johnson at American Floors and Interiors.

“My internship with AFI was definitely a resume booster. It was beneficial to have some experience under my belt,” Orwig said.

Orwig currently works as an estimator for a Toledo-area contractor.

“I help conduct interviews for co-op positions, and we look for students who have at least some experience. The sooner they are exposed to their career fields, the better,” said Orwig. “Intern in Ohio covers a lot of things asked about in interviews. It gives students an idea of what employers look for.”

“Intern in Ohio appreciates the support of employers in providing experiential learning opportunities for students. Gary Johnson is a great example of a UT alumnus stepping up to the plate to hire UT students as interns,” said Bernie Gosky, executive director for Intern in Ohio. “This is a fabulous free resource that’s helping to attract and retain talent in northwest Ohio and throughout the state.”

Nelson Barnhiser, a senior double majoring in accounting and organizational leadership and management, is an accounting clerk intern for Kuhlman Corporation, a concrete company located in Maumee, Ohio.

“Prior to registering with Intern in Ohio, I had been looking for an internship for about a year. It was easy to create a profile and it didn’t take long. I had been notified very quickly that I had been matched with internship opportunities. I connected with my hiring manager from Kuhlman via email,” said Barnhiser. “I would definitely recommend Intern in Ohio. As long as you take the time to keep your profile updated, then you should get matches.”

The web-based program is free for both students and employers.

“Intern in Ohio gives both students and employers a real advantage…fast, precise and relevant opportunities that give the student real work experience and provides the employer with immediate staffing. A win-win situation,” said Larry Burns, UT vice president for external affairs.

For more information visit, contact Gosky at 440.554.8238 or Aimee Portala at 419.530.4279.

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Toledo Law Launches Master of Studies in Law Program

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Do you want to enhance your career by learning more about law and the legal system, but you don’t want to devote three years of full-time study to obtain a J.D. degree?

Law viewbook: Advocates DVD-462 subfolder CD-461If yes, the Master of Studies in Law (MLW) program at the University of Toledo College of Law may be just right for you. Toledo Law is now accepting applications to its new MLW program for Fall 2014.

Designed primarily for professionals aiming to enhance their existing careers, the MLW program also can help re-direct and launch career paths. The MLW program can benefit those who work with lawyers, whose work is governed by laws or regulations, and in other career settings where knowledge of the law is valuable.

“Law is pervasive and affects virtually every workplace,” said Ken Kilbert, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Toledo Law. “Students in this innovative program gain skills and knowledge that are widely applicable yet can tailor their studies to concentrate in a particular field.”

Students earn the MLW degree by successfully completing 30 credit hours, which equates to two semesters of full-time study or more semesters of part-time study. Day and evening courses are available, making it convenient to pursue the MLW degree part-time while working full-time.

After one introductory course, MLW students take classes alongside J.D. students, acquiring a basic foundation in the law and exploring upper-level electives of their choice. Toledo Law offers courses in a wide variety of subjects. Concentrations include health care, human resources, criminal justice, business and many more.

The MLW degree does not entitle a graduate to practice law or take a bar exam. If that is your goal, Toledo Law offers full-time, part-time, day and evening options to earn a J.D. degree.

MLW classes at Toledo Law start August 23, 2014. For more information about the Master of Studies in Law program, visit or contact the Office of Law Admissions at 419-530-4131, To apply, go to

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Raising the Bar

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By Patty Gelb

MartyWhether due to the time spent practicing law, time on boards representing those in need of legal aid, donating time in a soup kitchen, or performing with his lawyer/judge rock band, Jingle Balls, Martin E. Mohler (Law, ’73) is a busy man. Nonetheless, he recently assumed an important role in the state of Ohio that will make his schedule even more hectic. On July 1 of this year, Mohler took office as president of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA).

A Toledo native who grew up in the Old West End, he attended Rosary Cathedral Grade School and then Central Catholic High School. Following graduation Mohler went to John Carroll University in Cleveland, where he earned his BA in English, cum laude.

Mohler knew he wanted to become a lawyer from a young age. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he planned to go to Georgetown University for law school. Instead, the budding attorney received a draft notice.

“Oddly enough, when I took my draft physical, I was rejected for some minor physical issue,” said Mohler. “Afterward, The University of Toledo College of Law gave me a scholarship and my wife-to-be was going there as an undergrad. So I stayed, and I don’t regret it at all.”

Mohler spoke fondly of many people at UT, including current Dean of the College of Law, Daniel Steinbock, and John Stoepler, who was a professor while he attended. Stoepler went on to be the dean of College of Law and interim president of the University in 1988.

“John Stoepler was just a wonderful teacher and he became a close friend of mine,” said Mohler. “He tragically passed away at a young age.”

Marty_familyMohler said he had excellent professors. Judge James G. Carr, who is now a federal judge on senior status, was his criminal procedure teacher. Mohler said he felt privileged to have the opportunity to practice in front of Judge Carr. He was also honored to be the person to present Judge Carr his black robe at a ceremony 20 years ago when Judge Carr first became a judge and Mohler was the president of the Toledo Bar Association.

Mohler spoke highly of his University of Toledo education.

“It was a nice place to go,” he said. “It was an intimate setting. The school wasn’t big back then. You really got to know the professors well, and I think that helped.”

Following law school, Mohler went into private practice starting out with William J. McDaniels. McDaniels died only a few months later, so he practiced on his own until joined by attorney Robert G. Christiansen. Christiansen later became a judge.

“So I did a solo, small-firm thing for about 30 years with different iterations of firms,” said Mohler. “Then about 11 years ago, I merged my practice with my present firm.”

Mohler’s merger made him a partner with the Toledo firm of Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline and Mohler, LLP. His practice covers both criminal and civil law.

His road to become the OSBA President began early in his law career. In addition to being a former president of the Toledo Bar Association, Mohler is a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is also a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. He has been an active member of the OSBA over the years, having chaired the government affairs committee of the OSBA Board of Governors in 2010-2011.

Marty_guitarAs the OSBA President, Mohler performs many roles including spokesperson for the large organization. The OSBA has almost 80 employees and an array of programs and services for its almost 30,000 members. Mohler has speaking engagements, lobbies, writes articles and is the face of the state bar for a year. He was president elect, is now president and will become past president, each for a year, for a three-year commitment.

Mohler feels the benefits provided by the OSBA makes membership valuable. Some of the services include providing online legal research free to members, discounted required continuing legal education hours, webinars, malpractice insurance and many networking opportunities.

“We try to be indispensable to Ohio lawyers,” said Mohler. “If you are a member of the Ohio State Bar, you get bang for the buck. We have a huge membership. It’s a voluntary bar so no one is required to join. But, historically we have enjoyed a strong, vibrant and robust membership, and we continue to do so.”

There is a lot he would like to accomplish as President.

“You know, you can’t change the world in a year. I realize that,” said Mohler. “But, I would like to build on some of the good things that my immediate predecessors have done.”

He is interested in specialty courts and he is also concerned about funding for legal services both nationally and in Ohio. Many who are unrepresented, can’t afford an attorney and can’t qualify for legal aid because the financial guidelines are so low.

Marty_band“There is a gap of people who really don’t have the money, or at least in their minds don’t have the money, to afford an attorney, and we really need to get these people representation,” said Mohler. “I was in Washington in April, lobbying various congresspersons for the funding for the Legal Services Corporation. We hope to keep funding at least at its present level, if not increase it, so we can meet the large unmet need for legal services.”

Mohler said the relationships one can develop through a local or state bar association are invaluable for all lawyers.

“The networking opportunities are amazing,” said Mohler. “I was pretty much a solo guy, just starting out and I met tons of people through the Toledo Bar Association and its committees. It really helped me professionally. I think those relationships that you can develop through bar association memberships are good.”

Mohler has a full plate with the OSBA, but continues his history of service to the Toledo community. He volunteers at a local soup kitchen through St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania. He also serves on the pro bono board of the Toledo Bar Association. He chairs the Facility Governing Board for the Correctional Treatment Facility for Lucas County and is a former member of the board of trustees of the Toledo Legal Aid Society and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Legal Aid of Western Ohio.

He and his wife of 41 years, Terri, have four grown children and two grandchildren. Mohler and his wife enjoy visiting their children, in Cincinnati and New York, as often as they can manage to do so. He also enjoys squash, tennis, working out, reading, movies and music.

What else does this man, who seems to do everything, do in his spare time? He plays rhythm guitar and provides vocals in an all-attorney band know as Jingle Balls. Their genre is 60s, 70s and 80s rock and the band is comprised entirely of OSBA members. They played at the Gridiron Show at the Valentine in May of this year and also in Columbus at the reception on the evening after Mohler accepted the presidency of the OSBA on May 1, 2014.

To learn more about the Ohio State Bar Association, click here to visit their website.

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New Planned Giving Website Available

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The UT Foundation just introduced a new website that focuses on bequests, gifts from IRA’s and deferred gifts such as charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities. The website,, is interactive and is divided into four sections.

Planned giving websiteIn the first section, there is information about our Heritage Oak Society, for those who have informed the Foundation that it is in the donor’s estate plan, some donor highlights and the Foundation’s contact information.

The second section allows you to answer some simple questions to help discover the right gift technique for you. This second section is further divided into three additional parts: gifts that anyone can make, including bequests or trust gifts, gifts that pay you income, such as charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities and gifts that protect assets. In this part, you actually can run some numbers and “try out” a gifting technique to see, for example, what kind of payout and charitable deduction might be available to you.

The third section allows you to compare various gifting techniques and gives information about the goals and benefits of these gifting techniques. The fourth section provides valuable information about personal estate planning, including a will planning wizard, some handy personal financial planning calculators and information about the Foundation for your professional advisors.

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Class Notes/Obits

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Mark Welker (Eng ’63) retired from IBM in 2006 after nearly 43 years of employment as an engineer, project manager, product planner and market intelligence professional. Mark and his wife Suzanne congratulated their grandson, Colten Zane Gruchow, on graduating with honors from Platt Canyon High School, located in Bailey, Colo. Colten completed over 20 hours of classwork at The Colorado School of Mines during his senior year of high school. These hours give him a jump-start on his computer science degree when he starts there this fall. Welker

Steve Rhodes (Bus ’85, MBA ’91) was named the CEO at CHELCO Electric Cooperative in 2013, CHELCO is located in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. He was previously the CEO of Kosciusko Electric Cooperative in Warsaw, Ind. from 2003 to 2013. Steve was elected chair of the Touchstone Energy Cooperative’s board of directors in March 2014 and he has served on the board since 2010. Touchstone Energy is a national brand associated with nearly 800 electric cooperatives located across the U.S.

DEA with his Smithsonian Exhibit_updated **Dr. Darrick Antell (MED ’81) has his groundbreaking research on identical twins on display in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. His research is part of the Human Genome Exhibit, a display commemorating the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. Starting in September 2014, the Human Genome Exhibit will tour other natural history museums around the country and the world.

*Amy Siffer (Bus ’92, Honors ’92) is now the business development manager at ENS Group, Indiana’s leading technology firm, located in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Dr. Guy S. Cavaliere (Res ’96) joined AllCare Clinical Associates, PA as an anesthesiologist. AllCare Clinical Associates is one of the largest private physician-owned anesthesia practices serving North Carolina and provides anesthesia and pain services for over 70,000 procedures annually.

Jennifer Greico (A/S ’93, Law ’97) presented at the Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Deposition Workshop at The Inn at St. John’s in May 2014. The two-day educational conference taught winning cross-examination strategies, the dos and don’ts of witness preparation, deposition techniques and question selection. Greico is a partner at Neuman Anderson, P.C., a Birmingham, Mich. based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation. Greico

*Jonathan D. Mondelli (A/S ’06) was promoted to executive director of the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts at WTVG 13abc, located in Toledo. Mondelli will also oversee all of the directors for these newscasts.

**Chief Warrant Officer 2 Justin Shedron (A/S ’07) has obtained 500 hours of flight time in the UH-60 “Blackhawk” helicopter and is currently undergoing maintenance test pilot training at U.S. Army post Fort Rucker, located in Fort Rucker, Ala.

Ladd Mallory Ladd (A/S ’11, Honors ’11) received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in May 2014 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Ladd is a first-year graduate student in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Education’s energy science and engineering doctoral program. Her dissertation research focuses on how nitrogen affects biogeochemical processes associated with greenhouse gas emissions from warming permafrost soils in the Artic.
Derek Mull (A/S ’11, Honors ’11) received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in May 2014 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mull is a first-year graduate student in chemistry. Mull

*Ross Madison (SJHS ’13) signed a free-agent contract with the Washington Redskins, an NFL team located in the Washington, D.C. area.

Births and Marriages
xavier 8 Joe Bates (CALL ’10) celebrated the birth of his son, Xavier Bates, in May 2014. Joe was featured in the February 2014 eMagazine and he currently works at Youth Uprising in Oakland, Calif
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. Robert W. Hamilton, Kernersville, N.C. at 76. He was a faculty member at MCO for a decade. From 1989 to 1995 he was the chief of the division of nephrology and a professor of medicine. For two years, he served as director of curricular review. Hamilton retired in 1999 and one year later was named professor emeritus.

Francis “Frank” J. Kollarits Jr., Whitehouse, Ohio at 75. He joined the UT faculty as an associate professor of electrical engineering in 1981 and continued as an adjunct professor of radiology at MCO. In 1996, he started the bioengineering division in the College of Engineering.

Shelley S. Lehnert, Whitehouse, Ohio at 56. She was a clerical specialist in rehabilitation service administration at UT Medical Center from 2006 to 2009. Shelley is survived by Chuck Lehnert, UT vice president for corporate relations.

Benjamin F. Marsh, Maumee, Ohio at 87. Marsh was a former chair and member of the MCO board of trustees. He served from 1981 to 1990.

Annabelle B. Orendorff, Perrysburg, Ohio at 82. She was a maintenance clerk and typist in plant operations from 1977 until her retirement in 1992.

Betty Mae Runkle, Perrysburg, Ohio at 90. She began working as a billing clerk in the Maumee Valley Hospital, which later became MCO. She was an accounting clerical supervisor when she retired in 1984.

Jacob “Jake” A. Campbell, Toledo at 54. He was a custodian from 1997 to 2006.

Delories A. Galloway, Toledo at 85. She was a custodial worker at UT from 1975 until her retirement in 1989.

Dr. Ruth A. Myers, Toledo at 80. She taught at the University for three decades. She joined the UT faculty as an instructor in psychology in 1963 and was named assistant professor of psychology in 1965. She was later named adjunct associate professor.

Dr. George A. Nankervis, Akron, Ohio at 84. He was a professor and chair of the MCO Department of Pediatrics from 1979 to 1985. He received the Golden Apple Award for teaching in 1982.

Adamae Schooner, Holland, Ohio at 84. She was a dietary food service worker at MCO from 1982 to 1991.

Beverly “Bev” Vasko (A/S ’88, MA ’02), Toledo at 61. She was a counselor in student services from 1993 to 1998.

Dr. William “Bill” Wiersma, Holland, Ohio at 83. He joined the UT faculty as an assistant professor of educational research and measurement in the College of Education in 1963. Two years later, he was promoted to associate professor and founded the Center for Educational Research and Services and served as its director for 22 years. Wiersma was named professor in 1967. He wrote or co-wrote seven textbooks and was recognized for his work in the classroom in 1979 when he received the University’s Outstanding Teacher Award. He retired from UT in 1987, was named professor emeritus and continued to teach part-time for 14 years.


Robert Meffley (UTCTC ’21, A/S ’23, MA ’24), Maumee, Ohio at 82.


Dorothy Gladieux (Ed ’31), at 85.


Francis O’Connor (Law ’49), Sarasota, Fla. at 88.

*William Searless (Bus ’46), Sylvania, Ohio at 88.


Kristin Skornia (Ed ’58), Boyne City, Mich. at 78.

Charles Young (Eng ’57), Sidney, Ohio at 80.

*Donald Rutz (Bus ’50), Erie, Pa. at 88.

*James Walton (Eng ’50), Ocala, Fla. at 88.

LeMarr French (Pharm ’58), Willoughby, Ohio at 83.

Col. Dale Anderson (Law ’50), Toledo at 91.


Norma Buchholz (Ed ’69), Murphy, N.C. at 79.

**Robert McIlvain (Ed ’60), at 77.

John Clark (Bus ’69), Defiance, Ohio at 70.

Gary Hable (Bus ’65), Weaverville, N.C. at 70.


Allan Devine (Ed Spec ’79, MEd ’77), Sylvania, Ohio at 67.

Michael Hoefflin (A/S ’57), Toledo at 57.

Johnnie Zachman (MEd ’79), Traverse City, Mich. at 99.

Robert Stochl (MEng ’70), Middleburg Heights, Ohio at 80.

Doris Perry (MEd ’81), Toledo at 81.

Dr. James Owens (PhD ’72), Springfield, Ohio at 83.

The Hon. Warren Lotz (Law ’72), Henderson, N.C. at 87.

*Paul Hankins (att. ’73), Toledo at 84.

John Balch (MBA ’76), Bexley, Ohio at 62.


Charles Brisbin (UTCTC ’83), Toledo at 77.

Lori Jansen (UTCTC ’87, Univ Coll ’89), Brunswick, Ohio at 47.

Douglas Chryst (Eng ’87), Kings Mountain, N.C. at 57.

M. Jean Conkle (Univ Coll ’83), Toledo at 92.


Reverend Mack Armstrong (MA ’90), Napoleon, Ohio at 69.

Dr. Edward Pike (MBA ’90), Valencia, Calif. at 73.


Dr. Jill Olthouse (PhD ’10), Findlay, Ohio at 36.

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