Greg Mancz: Keeping His Head Above the Crowd

August 27th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in The Rockets

In the world of sports, flash and self-promotion are everywhere. We are reminded of this every time we flip on the television or tune into sports radio.

Unfortunately, you don’t always hear about the student-athlete who does it the right way. The kind who goes to class, gets good grades and volunteers his time with local charities. The kind who wins on the field and inspires off it. The kind like Greg Mancz.

Mancz, a senior offensive lineman for the UT football team, seemingly does it all. He has already graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance and is currently pursuing his MBA. He regularly volunteers for team charity events, and often organizes them. He even has found time to be the campus vice-president of Athletes in Action and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


“I am just being me,” Mancz said. “I never change who I am. I am proud of how I grew up and I try to do things the right way.”

Mancz, a two-time All-MAC player and an All-America candidate this season, is considered the leader of Toledo’s veteran offensive line. He leadership extends beyond the playing field, as evidenced by his tenure as President of the UT Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) in 2013-14. SAAC is a committee made up of UT student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The goal of the SAAC is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being, and fostering a positive student-athlete image. SAAC couldn’t have asked for a better leader.

“Greg is everything you want in not only a leader of your football team but as a person,” UT head coach Matt Campbell said. “He loves his teammates and this football team, and he embraces Toledo as a community.”

Mancz, Greg vs. EMU 11-2-13ABorn and raised in Cincinnati, Mancz has adopted the Glass City as his own. He wants to bring the Mid-American Conference Championship Trophy back to his new home.

“We have done a lot here in Toledo but we have unfinished business,” Mancz said. “We have hurt ourselves late in the season the past few years but it is our job to make sure we don’t do that this year. We need to take care of business. We are on a mission and we will do whatever is necessary to complete that mission.”

In order to fulfill that mission, Greg may be asked to take on a new role this season.

Playing mostly at the guard spot in his first three years, Mancz may move to center in 2014. No surprise, Mancz said he is happy to play wherever Coach Campbell needs him. That’s what team leaders do.

While Mancz is unquestionably the leader of the UT football program, he is definitely a follower of other Rocket student-athletes and their quest for championships. A big sports fan, you can find Mancz (he’s not hard to miss at 6-5, 300 pounds), at a variety of UT sporting events, and not just when the teams are winning.

Mancz, Greg vs. WMU 10-5-13 (4)For example, back in 2010-11, a rebuilding men’s basketball team struggled to a 4-28 record, but that didn’t stop Mancz from cheering on his fellow student-athletes. He was there, sometimes in a near-empty student section, cheering like crazy after every made basket and slam-dunk.

“Those guys were out there doing the best they could and I felt responsible to show them it was not going unnoticed,” Greg said. “We are all Toledo student-athletes and we need to support each other. Now look at them. I can’t even find a seat!”

Once his own mission is accomplished on the football field, Mancz hopes to be enjoying more UT athletic events in his final year of school, though with the expected large crowds at Savage Arena this year it may be a little harder to notice him at men’s basketball games. Or maybe not. “I’ll be the big guy yelling” he said with a laugh.

It seems not matter what he does, Greg Mancz always stands out in a crowd.

–       Joe Mehling, UT Athletic Communications Office

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Motivated Rockets Enter 2014 With a New Sense of Focus

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Over the past several seasons, the Toledo Rockets have featured very good teams that one way or another fell short of their goal, that is, a MAC Championship title. The 2013 campaign fit this pattern. The Rockets lost a late-season contest vs. Northern Illinois that would have clinched a trip to the MAC Championship Game for UT. Worse, a season-ending defeat at Akron knocked Toledo out of a possible bowl game.

Head Coach Matt Campbell feels setbacks like this have only served to add fuel to the Rockets’ fire.

Sylvestre, Junior vs. EWU 9-14-13“I think that disappointment forced us to look in the mirror and ask ourselves how we can get better,” said Campbell, who enters his third season as Toledo’s leader. “We are coming back in 2014 with a renewed sense of focus. Sometimes you need to feel pain to really grow. That growth process has been rapid for this team.”

The Rockets certainly have the talent to contend for a MAC title again. They return 19 starters, including 10 defensive regulars. The skill positions suffered significant losses, but experienced and capable players are waiting in the wings. Toledo returns six All-MAC players, including first-team All-MAC senior linebacker Junior Sylvestre, who leads a defense that returns five of its top six tacklers. The Rockets’ offense returns four starters from the front line, while Jeremiah Detmer, the MAC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2013, is arguably the most accurate placekicker in the country. The media is sold on Toledo, as the Rockets were picked to win the MAC’s West Division title.

UT has made its reputation on a wide-open, high-scoring offense, and that is not likely to change. True, four All-MAC players have moved on, but Campbell likes what he sees on the offensive side of the ball. In addition to the four returners on the offensive line, All-MAC wide receiver Alonzo Russell and budding star running back Kareem Hunt lead a host of talented and hungry newcomers.

The biggest question for the offense, of course, is at quarterback. Campbell has three candidates for the starting position: Junior Phillip Ely, a transfer from Alabama; sophomore Logan Woodside, who performed admirably in part-time duty in 2013; and redshirt freshman Michael Julian, whose 6-foot-5 frame seems to be built for the position. All three have played well in training camp. Campbell has been staying mum as to his preference, except to say he would be comfortable with any of them as his starting QB.

On the defensive side of the ball, Toledo has shown steady improvement over the past few seasons. Campbell is counting on new defensive coordinator Jon Heacock and his staff to help raise the defense up to a championship level.

Detmer, Jeremiah vs. EWU 9-14-13aThe Rocket ‘D’ is especially strong up the middle, with all three linebackers returning, along with All-MAC defensive tackle Treyvon Hester. Five of Toledo’s top six tacklers from 2013 are back, including Sylvestre (118 tackles), junior linebacker Chase Murdock (109) and junior linebacker Trent Voss (60 in seven games). Hester made third-team All-MAC as a freshman, garnering 7.5 tackles for loss.

Toledo’s opponent in its home opener is New Hampshire, ranked No. 4 in the country in the preseason FCS poll. Week Two features what should be one of the biggest home games in school history, a date with Missouri and head coach Gary Pinkel on national TV. Pinkel coached at Toledo for 10 seasons from 1991-2000 and is in the school’s Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame. Last season, Missouri went 12-2, won the East Division title of the Southeastern Conference, defeated Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl and finished the year ranked No. 5 in the nation in both major polls. The Rockets also play road games at Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium on Sept. 12, and at Iowa State on Oct. 11.

Toledo’s MAC season opens with home games vs. Ball State on Sept. 20 and Central Michigan on Sept. 27. The other two league home opponents are UMass on Oct. 25 and arch-rival and defending MAC champion Bowling Green (10-4, 7-1) on Nov. 19. Toledo’s league road games are at Western Michigan on Oct. 4, Kent State on Nov. 4, Northern Illinois (12-2, 8-0) on Nov. 11 and Eastern Michigan in the season finale on Nov. 28.

“We face another challenging schedule, but we’re looking forward to it,” said Campbell. “I think it’s good for our fans that we can open up the season with four home games in the first five weeks of the season. But we play a schedule full of tough opponents, home and away, and we’re excited for the challenge.”

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Relatively Speaking, A Child Shall Lead Them

August 27th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

by Patty Gelb

RawskiGreg Rawski is a perfect example of how to get somewhere quickly. In fact, one could say that this Rocket has rocketed up the academic ranks.

At the age of 37, Rawski (MBA, ’00; Ph.D., ’05) is one of the youngest, if not THE youngest, dean of an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) institution in the world. Earlier this month, he was appointed Schroeder Family Dean of the School of Business at the University of Evansville in Indiana.

Rawski was promoted internally, having served as associate dean of business at the school. His enthusiasm for creating connections with students, businesses and the community, plus the innovative learning opportunities that he provides for his classes propelled him to the new post.

“I want the school to be known as a place where faculty not only improve student knowledge, but also transform their lives.” said Rawski. “At Schroeder, we are an academic family.”

Rawski’s academic career is rooted in Toledo.

Growing up in Point Place, he attended Cardinal StritchHigh School in suburban Oregon. Following high school he completed his undergraduate work at Bluffton University, studying marketing and management. He then completed his graduate studies at The University of Toledo, receiving both an MBA and a Ph.D. in Manufacturing Management.

He learned early on in his career that he wanted to become a college professor.

“I was always interested in business,” said Rawski. “But it was during my first college class when my peers were sharing their goals and dreams that I realized I had a passion to help achieve them. I knew I could bridge my business and teaching skill sets by becoming a professor.”

IMG_2257During his doctoral work at UT, he taught approximately 15 classes, primarily in operations management and statistics. Even then, it was a lot more than just the classroom work for him. It was about creating connections with students and helping them pursue their dreams. One of his classes received an award through the American Red Cross for raising thousands of dollars for the 9/11 relief effort. Other classes supported tornado victims of Fostoria, cystic fibrosis, and the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation.

“Anytime your class can perform a service learning project, it creates cohesion and raises the learning environment to a whole new level,” Rawski said.

Rawski knew he wanted to work for a smaller, private school where he felt he could make more of an impact. After receiving his Ph.D., he accepted a position at the University of Evansville. Some 200 applicants wanted the same job.
“I was fortunate to be selected,” he said. “I think that it came down to very strong teaching evaluations from my students at UT. I really appreciated the opportunity to work with them.”

IMG_2711His excellence in the classroom has been acknowledged many times over. He was recognized as the 2012 Exemplary Teacher of the Year among Evansville’s 180 faculty members. Rawski was also the recipient of the University’s top award for scholarship, The Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award. Other awards include the Graduate Teacher of the Year (2012), Global Scholar Award (2011), Dean’s Research Award (2010) and the Dean’s Teaching Award (2007) in the Schroeder School of Business. His faculty office was endowed by retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark and Linda Pillar. Rawski was also chosen to represent Evansville at the New American Colleges and Universities Innovation Summit.

“This recognition certainly stems from the help of my UT professors such as Dr. Dale Dwyer and Dr. Don Beeman, and of course my students,” Rawski said.

The dean also spoke highly of other faculty who helped him at UT including his dissertation advisors, Dr. William Doll and Dr. Paul Hong and his mentor, Dr. George Murnen.

A very prestigious statewide award was bestowed upon Rawski by the Governor of Indiana a few years ago. He was selected as one of 12 future leaders of the state, receiving the 2006 Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s Leaders by the Indiana Humanities Council. This award recognizes outstanding young Indiana leaders between the ages of 19 and 29 for their achievements in entrepreneurial, community, education and cultural arenas and for their commitment to Indiana.

IMG_1378Although he’s six hours away, Rawski still maintains close relationships with Toledo. He co-authors research with his dissertation advisors and sent a team of Evansville students to compete in the sixth annual Global Supply Chain Management Case Competition which UT sponsored. He also coached the North Coast Lady Rockets, a girls AAU basketball team placing over 20 girls in college over nine years and reaching the AAU nationals.

As the Schroeder Family Dean of the School of Business at the University of Evansville, Rawski looks forward to growing connections with students and regional companies.

“We have great opportunities for students here,” said Rawski. “What differentiates us is that we create a culture of innovation and really connect with our students. Teaching and research come from the head, connecting comes from the heart.”

His philosophy is working at Evansville. All of the Schroeder School of Business career outcomes and indicators are increasing. In large part because of his efforts as associate dean, their 98 percent job placement rate has gone up 24 percent in the past three years. Enrollment has grown to 260 business majors and their starting salaries have increased 14 percent from just last year. Two years ago they made their first placement with Cisco Systems the top ranked IT company in the world with a starting salary of $100,000. Today Evansville has placed four students at Cisco.

Harlaxton College “The Schroeder School is relatively small but we focus on getting to know the world,” said Rawski. “60% of our students study abroad – and at the heart of that is our British flagship campus, Harlaxton College, owned by the University of Evansville.”

Rawski has taught four international courses in England.

To help connect their students to industry, the school brings in global thought leaders. Recently they have had Steve Forbes, Colin Powell, Calvin Klein, and the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox. Additionally, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerry’s) came to the school, even bringing free ice cream for everyone.

Some of Rawski’s future goals at the Schroeder School of Business are to raise undergraduate enrollment, while growing starting salaries and brand recognition.

IMG_4670He is married to his wife Lindsay, whom he met in Evansville. Together they have two children; Isabella and Jackson. A third child is due in October.

Rawski spoke with great fondness of his time at UT and the many people who touched his life while he was in school here.

“I just love what I am doing, and Toledo prepared me well for this career,” said Rawski. “I am especially thankful for that.”

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Rocket Spirit

August 27th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni


ROCKET SPIRIT: UT alumnus Jeff Traudt unfurled a new Rocket flag outside of his State Farm Insurance Agency, 2828 Central Ave., near Main Campus. “We’ve got the football season starting soon! Time for a new flag as the old one was looking tattered,” he said. The loyal fan will be at the home games to cheer on Toledo. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1979 and became a State Farm agent in 1980. Traudt served as president of the UT Alumni Association in 1995 and 1996, and he is UT Foundation Board of Trustees emeritus member.
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Class Notes/Obits

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David E. Corbin (MEd ’73) co-authored “Health for Life,” a high school health textbook. The book has been published in both print and e-book by Human Kinetics.

**Randall C. Dixon (A/S ’75, Law ’80) was sworn in as the new president of the Toledo Bar Association. He practices law at Dixon & Hayes, LTD in Toledo. Dixon is a third-generation west Toledo attorney, practicing in both Ohio and Michigan.

Dr. Richard M. Markoff (PhD ’78) has become the founding president of the Damar Foundation in Indianapolis, Ind. The Damar Foundation was established to help raise funds to support the work of Damar, the non-profit that has been serving children and adults challenged by autism, as well as intellectual, developmental and behavioral disabilities, for more than 40 years.

Martin E. Mohler (Law ’73) began his term as president of the Ohio State Bar Association in July 2014. Mohler is a partner in the Toledo law firm of Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline and Mohler LLP.
Mary Jane Strickland (A/S ’75) recently retired from The Ohio State University. She was an office manager in the psychology department.


*Michael Weaver (MSN ’85, PhD ’90) has been named the interim dean of the college of nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Weaver received the Outstanding Alumnus for Research Award in The College of Nursing from The University of Toledo Alumni Association in 2013.

Fedor The Hon. Teresa Fedor (Ed ’83), a state representative for Ohio, had her End Demand Act signed into law. This legislation is aimed at tackling the black market-driven demand for purchasing commercial sex with a minor.
**Dan Saevig (A/S ’84, MBA ’89) was sworn in as a member of the Oregon City Schools Board of Education in July 2014. Saevig is associate vice president of alumni relations and executive director of the University of Toledo Alumni Association. Saevig
Grosko Sandra Huth Grosko (Law ’91) was appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio as clerk of the court. She is the third woman to serve in this role. Grosko has served as reporter of decisions since August 2011 and served as interim clerk of the court in 2007. The clerk of the court oversees the office of the clerk, which is responsible for administering the filing of cases and documents before the court and other important functions of case management.

Sandra Speller (A/S ’96) is an insurance specialist at Family Heritage Life Insurance Company of America in Toledo.

M. Sean McNulty (Law ’94) has been named chief public defender by the board of directors at the Toledo Legal Aid Society. McNulty has been employed by Toledo Legal Aid Society since 1994 and has been supervising attorney at Lucas County Juvenile Court since 1994.

Cheri A. Budzynski (Law ’07) was selected to join the 2014-2015 Class of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute. Cheri is an associate in the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Cheri practices in the environmental practice group, focusing on environmental law, administrative law and litigation. Her primary practice has focused on matters falling under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and Solid Waste Regulations. Budzynski_Cheri
Lucas_Small Lucas Blazejewski (Pharm ’09, PharmD ’12) has been awarded Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s Thirty Under 30 Award for 2014. After Lucas received his graduate degree he secured a full ride scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to pursue a Peace Corps Masters International degree in public health. He left the United States for a Peace Corps appointment in Kenya in June 2013.
Neil Beavers (Bus ’08) has been awarded Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s Thirty Under 30 Award for 2014. Neil was this year’s recipient of the Young Alumni of the Year Award for Beta Iota Chapter. He is currently a quality manager for Preform Technologies, located in Swanton, Ohio. Neil also started and developed a real estate investment and management company. He specializes in the single family home with an emphasis on the student market. NBeavers_Small

Josh Crites (HSHS ’05, A/S ’09) works as a strategic advisor for the Seattle Housing Authority. He was recently awarded the German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will spend the next year in Germany researching the affordable housing model used across the country.

Rachel_Small Rachel Schipull (MEd ’09) was honored at the Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Awards in June 2014. Thirty individuals under thirty years of age from all parts of the LGBTQIA community were selected based on activism, business, culture, non-profit work and more. Rachel recently became a holistic life coach and went back to school for a certificate in urban agriculture through Windy City Harvest program. She’s currently interning at the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Births and Marriages
Alyssa Marie Klausing (HSHS ’10) and Kory James Hesseling (HS ’12) exchanged vows on July 26 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, Ohio. Alyssa is a speech-language pathologist at Therapy Solutions at Van Wert County Hospital and Kory is a personal trainer with the Van Wert County YMCA. klausing-hesselingweb
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Faculty, staff & friends

Michael J. Barron, Sylvania, Ohio at 78, formerly taught in the history department.

Paul W. Hankins, Toledo at 84, was a facilitator at the Northwest Ohio Center for Labor-Management Cooperation from 1989 until his retirement in 2003.

John “Jack” A. Honsberger, Perrysburg, Ohio at 84, joined MCO as an employee in 1999 and worked at the University until 2010. He was also a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary.

Dr. Marvin L. Michael Kay, Oberlin, Ohio at 86, was a professor emeritus of history. He joined the UT faculty as an associate professor in 1971 and retired in 1992. He was chair of the UT Faculty Committee for Peace and Justice.
Joseph J. Monto II, Toledo at 79, was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary. He was a greeter at the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center and a laundry delivery volunteer.

Nancy C. (Freeborn) Peluso, Toledo at 58, was a clinic manager in family practice from 2005 to 2008.

H. Alan Rudolph, Holland, Ohio at 80, was a former local executive who taught marketing and sales.

Maryal Slee, Perrysburg, Ohio at 85, was a telephone operator from 1979 to 1992.

Leona E. Bacon, Roswell, N.M. at 74, taught at the University.

Dr. William “Bill” Leons, Brattleboro, Vt. at 78, taught anthropology for 35 years. He joined UT as an assistant professor in 1975 and was named professor emeritus when he retired in 2010. Leons served as adviser to the Vietnamese Student Association for several years and was adviser to the Latin American Studies Program from 1979 to 1985. While attending college in the early 1960s, the civil rights activist joined the Freedom Riders in Jackson, Miss.
*Marilyn Hankins, at 82.


Donna Schultz Hall (Ed ’48), Maumee, Ohio at 88.

Dr. Robert Shuff (Ed ’45), Hot Springs National, Ark. at 94.

**Virginia Church (Ed ’48, MEd ’72, Ed Spec ’75), Tiffin, Ohio at 87.

**Rose Huebner (A/S ’44), Toledo at 91.

Richard Light (Eng ’42), Toledo at 94.

Jacob Jakab (Eng ’49), Jensen Beach, Fla. at 95.


William Bretschneider (Eng ’51, MEng ’57), Erie, Mich. at 91.

Fritz Grensing (Eng ’59), Palatine, Ill. at 78.

Normal Wolfe (A/S ’50), Cumming, Ga. at 88.

William Haffelder (att. in 1950), Holland, Ohio at 93.

Dorothy Pudlicki (Ed ’50), Toledo at 87.

**Robert Gibson (Eng ’57), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. at 85.

Leon Yaffe (Bus ’51), at 58.

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

Harmon Ingwersen (Bus ’58), Saint Joseph, Mich. at 83.

Donald Dugan (Pharm ’50), Oregon, Ohio at 89.


Patricia Myler (Ed ’68, MEd ’79), Toledo at 85.

Donald Dyer (Ed ’66), Oregon, Ohio at 86.

Mary Debien (Ed ’61, MEd ’69), Port Clinton, Ohio at 87.

Jeanne Davis (Ed ’64), Monroe, Mich. at 95.


**Mary Pat Boatfield (Ed ’74, MEd ’87), Nashville, Tenn. at 65.

Dr. Norman Barry (PhD ’72), Southgate, Ky. at 73.

**David Davis (Bus ’70), at 68.


John Nutter (A/S ’81), College Station, Texas at 59.

Charles Cline (Bus ’85), Scottsdale, Ariz. at 53.

Meredith Niedermeier (Univ Coll ’82), Monroe, Mich. at 76.

Linda Turk (Ed ’85), Swanton, Ohio at 54.

Joan Hoffman (MEd ’84), Temperance, Mich. at 84.

Wendell Jones (Law ’85), Bowling Green, Ohio at 82.

Cynthia O’Brien (Ed ’85, MEd ’91), Elkhart, Ind. at 67.

David Saygers (Bus ’85), Central Lake, Mich. at 84.


Wilhelmina Bartlett (UTCTC ’94), Toledo at 53.

Jo Anne Durnwald (MA ’98), Toledo at 81.


Robert Wenzlaff (Eng ’01), Toledo at 50.

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