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Justin Drummond’s SparkCing Rockets On the Court and Aiding Young People in Community

Drummond3 (2)Justin Drummond is a man with a plan. He has an eye on his future both on and off the court. As a senior co-captain for the Toledo men’s basketball team, Drummond’s goal is to help the Rockets win another Mid-American Conference championship and advance to its first NCAA Tournament since 1980.

But what Drummond is doing away from basketball is equally as impressive. A third-team All-MAC honoree and UT’s third-leading scorer at 14.2 ppg last season, he’s already formed his own corporation, SparkC, llc.

SparkC (pronounced “spark”) is a private security management consulting firm that Drummond formed on December 23, 2013 in the Washington, DC area. As the president and CEO of SparkC, he intends to have his company fully operational by 2017.

“SparkC was an idea I had been forming in my mind for about a year, and it finally came to life last December,” Drummond said. “The “C” in SparkC has great symbolism for me. In addition to serving as the primary logo of SparkC, it also stands for Character which is the principle I am building my organization with. I believe that good character will help SparkC prosper. “

2000 adj drummond lecture 2 cutDrummond said his vision for his business initially began with his desire to go into the law enforcement profession while growing up in Bowie, MD.

“I wanted to help protect people whether they were at work, home or anywhere in their community,” Drummond said. “In high school, I had thought about being an FBI agent but when I went to college I realized I didn’t want to do that specifically. I still wanted to help protect people, though, and realized I could do that by being involved with private security. SparkC has worked out perfect for me, because I also have a great love for business.”

Drummond began to learn about the many different aspects of security through his criminal justice classes at UT and his interactions with Mick Dier, a retired UT police officer who is currently a lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Legal Specialties.

After building the foundation for SparkC, Drummond lent his services and developed his first security risk assessment for an corporate office building in June in Washington, DC area.

“I didn’t know how to do it at first,” Drummond said. “I had to teach myself. There’s no correct way to write one, and everybody has their own distinct way of doing it. I picked the brains of some people in the business and that helped me out a lot.”

2000 adj drummond lecture good 3 cutDrummond’s vision to help make the world a safer and more productive place has also evolved into a different focus for SparkC. He calls it SparkC Innovation. SparkC Innovation is a branch-off organization from SparkC which is focused on inspiring and empowering youth and young adults to reach their full potential in life.  This area involves reaching out to kids and trying to make an influence on young people’s lives both in terms of protecting themselves, as well as having an eye toward their future.

SparkC Innovation is also dedicated to finding unique ways to reach youth through creativity programs and innovative projects. The first project was released earlier this month and called #SparkCChange (pronounced “spark change”). It’s a visual creative project geared to inspire, empower and motivate. (You can view video of the project by going to the Youtube channel: SparkC Innovation)

Last April, Drummond began speaking to Toledo-area youth about making the right decisions and helping them try to avoid pitfalls that exist in today’s society.

“Everyone makes mistakes in today’s world, and I wanted to let kids know about my life experiences and how you need to prepare for the future,” Drummond said. “God has blessed me a lot, and I want to share that with others. My goal is to empower and inspire youth and young adults to reach their full potential.”

Drummond spoke to over 500 youths in the Washington, DC area in the months of June and July, and he has coordinated many youth initiatives, including one in Northwest Ohio this summer. It was an eight-day, 14-session program for 45 students that was part of the Toledo Mayor Office’s Youth Commission.

Drummond2 (2)“I had to develop a comprehensive curriculum for STEP (Summer Teen Employment Program) that included job readiness, interview skills, professional knowledge and life skills in general,” Drummond said. “I think the young adults really enjoyed the way I incorporated my thoughts and ideas into ways they could relate. I want to help them get on the right path so they can have success in their lives. I think it’s a plus that I’m 21 years old and no different than them. I didn’t always have the right answers, and I want to help kids not make some of the same mistakes I did.”

With the Rockets’ season quickly approaching, Drummond’s time commitment for Rocket Basketball will increase. He’ll still make time for his business, though, especially the opportunity to speak to kids of all ages about preparing for their futures.

“I will still work a little bit on the security portion of SparkC in the coming months, but my primary focus will be on going to school, playing basketball and expanding SparkC Innovation’s youth empowerment efforts speaking to as many kids as possible,” Drummond said.

Then once Drummond’s college days are complete, he will have a few different paths to pursue. Whether it’s basketball or business, he will ensure success for himself and many others by devoting his full attention to SparkC and helping protect people and influencing lives. Hopefully for Rocket fans, he’ll be wearing another championship ring wherever he goes.

Rockets Search Nationally and Internationally to Secure Top-Notch Basketball Recruits

Coach T. Cullop vs Ferris State (3)Recruiting is the lifeblood in collegiate athletics. It is what separates programs in terms of winning conference titles and playing meaningful games in the month of March. Just ask University of Toledo women’s basketball coach Tricia Cullop.

“One quote that’s always stuck with me when talking about recruiting was by Geno Auriemma, who said that there are two kinds of coaches, those with great players and former coaches,” Cullop said. “It doesn’t matter how good of a X and O coach are you. If you don’t have the best players, it will be hard to have success and sustain it.”

Cullop has been a part of collegiate hoops for the last quarter of a century as either a player, assistant coach or head coach. The seventh-year head coach at UT understands the importance of getting it right in terms of signing recruits and is willing to expand her boundaries beyond the United States.

“You have to recruit great players that will work well together as a team,” said Cullop, who ranks fourth in Mid-American Conference history in league (74-24, .755) and overall (141-60, .701) winning percentage. “You always have to be at your best while recruiting, and it is our staff’s mission  to bring the best people and players into our program.”

Over the last 25 years, Cullop has learned from the best in the business and developed a specific three-point plan or philosophy when it comes to recruiting.

“I mainly look for three things when recruiting – athletic ability, attitude and academics,” Cullop said. “First is athletic ability. Can the recruit make a difference on the court and help us win a championship. Second is attitude. Is this recruit someone who I will enjoy coaching? Is it someone who puts the team first and would be a great representative of our program and the university? And last, but certainly not least, is academics. Do we have what the recruit wants academically, because we want them to be successful and thrive after leaving UT.”

I. Zanoguera vs. Ferris State (1)Cullop and her staff begin searching for recruits within a six-hour radius. From there, they branch out to areas all across the globe to find the necessary talent for their team to compete at the highest level on a consistent basis.

“There is so much talent in this area, so we always start our recruiting efforts close to home,” said Cullop, a three-time MAC Coach of the Year. “Then if we can’t find what we need in that area, we look at other options. Lately that option has been internationally.”

Since arriving on UT’s campus prior to the start of the 2008-09 campaign, Cullop and her staff have signed six international recruits. This year alone there will be five international players (Inma Zanoguera, Janice Monakana, Elena de Alfredo, Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriottt, Nancy Kessler) on Toledo’s roster.

“I love having a good blend of players from a variety of places,” said Cullop, who led the Rockets to the 2011 WNIT championship. “A great thing about international players is they have a tendency to be well-rounded offensively, whether it be passing, ball-handling or shooting skills. Sometimes we have to catch them up to speed defensively, but just having that mix of players playing for different types of coaches brings great variety. Plus international players complete against top-notch talent all over the world as opposed to just in the United States. I think those experiences will only make us better.”

The first of Cullop’s international recruits at Toledo almost single-handedly helped resurrect a once-storied program after five straight losing seasons. Naama Shafir, a native of Hoshaya, Israel, was a four-time All-MAC honoree and graduated as one of the most decorated players in school history.

“When you have the opportunity to recruit an international player who will elevate your program and be mature enough to handle being away from their family, you jump at that chance,” Cullop said. “I’m sure glad we did that with Naama. She helped take our program to a whole new level. She was extremely successful both on and off the court during her time at UT and left as part of the winningest class in school history.”

Cullop has had a definite advantage in securing international recruits as of late, as all three of her assistants, Vicki Hall, Alex Stewart and Rebekah Legan, played overseas. From their time playing professionally, the UT assistants have developed strong contacts within the international basketball scene.

“It’s a huge recruiting advantage to have three staff members that played professionally,” Cullop said. “The contacts they have are vital in the recruiting process and they have already paid off. It’s definitely important to know what contacts work better with you and which ones are going to take care of you.”

J. Monakana vs. Ferris State (2)A few years ago, Coach Cullop sent Coach Hall to London to check in with a mutual friend Dan Bowmaker, who had worked with (Janice) Monakana and (Jay-Ann) Bravo-Harriott. Both coaches had a good relationship with Bowmaker and another mutual friend, Mike Flynn, who is the director of the Blue Star Recruiting Service. Hall went over to explore the possibilities with Monakana and came away equally impressed with the play of Bravo-Harriott, as well, so Toledo recruited both players.

At first Monakana and Bravo-Harriott didn’t want to go to school together, so Cullop and her staff had to work hard to show them the benefits of playing together at UT. After some time thinking it over, both Monakana and Bravo-Harriott decided there is great comfort in having someone from your homeland on the same team.

“Honestly, recruiting is pretty simple,” Cullop said. “It boils down to relationships. When you know people and have a strong enough relationship with them, they trust you. It’s no different when recruiting international players. If you can build a good relationship with the international coaches, they are more eager to send you players, because they know you will take good care of them and give them a great experience.”

Another friendship or relationship that benefitted Coach Cullop and the Rockets in securing an international recruit occurred with the recruitment of two-time All-MAC recipient Zanoguera. Coach Cullop didn’t have an opportunity to see Zanoguera  play firsthand, but she had some friends who gave her enough information to put the pieces together and let her know that Zanoguera could play at the Division I level.

J.A. Bravo-Harriott vs. Ferris State (2)“Inma decided to come to Toledo very late in the recruiting process,” Cullop said. “She actually took her official visit after school had started. I think being that late in recruiting scared some schools off and actually worked to our benefit.”

Zanoguera recalls the recruiting process that led her to UT’s campus.

“I remember Coach Cullop telling me I was good enough to play at Toledo,” Zanoguera said. “She asked if I would be interested in coming over for a visit and experience what it is like to play for her. I thought it sounded pretty good, but I never really gave her an answer right off the bat. I thought about it for a long time, and when I finally decided to move forward with it, we emailed back and forth for a bit before I came on a visit. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Not only are the Rockets finding success in recruiting international players, but they are sending players overseas to play professionally after their collegiate careers are over. Andola Dortch, Melissa Goodall and Shafir have each signed professional contracts to play overseas over the last four years.

“Our players know they are going to be put through drills that will prepare them for the next level of competition,” Cullop said. “They understand my staff is going to develop them in all areas of their game and give them the best opportunity to get to the next level.”

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A Day to Remember

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By Patty Gelb

IMG_8142The weather felt like it was ordered specifically for the occasion. That morning was the last warm day of the season in Northwest Ohio. It was sunny, with a gentle breeze carrying the 60 degree air. It dawned the perfect day for the Tenth Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Breakfast and Resource Fair held November 11 on the campus of The University of Toledo.

This celebration, drawing over 400 attendees, took place in John F. Savage Arena. Veterans and guests of all generations arrived and were welcomed by uniformed members of The University of Toledo ROTC and Presidential Ambassadors.

All who attended this celebration were greeted by camaraderie, a buffet breakfast and 35 organizations in attendance providing services, information and assistance to veterans.

The event was held on the home court of the Toledo Rockets basketball teams. Organizations ringed the arena and guest tables were set up in rows from one basket to the other. Overhead, the electronic scoreboard screens displayed waving American flags. A stage at one end of the stadium held a poignant display of a Battlefield Cross and wreath in remembrance of fallen and missing soldiers.

The Veterans Day Appreciation Breakfast and Resource Fair has been at Savage Arena on UT’s campus for four years now. Prior to its move to UT, the event had a number of homes since its inception over ten years ago in a meeting of the Lucas County Veterans Service Commission and the Lucas County Commissioners. The idea was to create an event that would honor all who served our country on Veterans Day, plus bring together services to help veterans.

“(Current Lucas County commissioner) Tina Skeldon Wozniak was a real strong supporter,” said Lee Armstrong, U.S. Navy (retired), executive director of the Veterans Service Commission. “She wanted to help get the word out about what we could offer veterans.”

The first event was held at the since demolished Toledo Sports Arena and then moved to different locations for many years. Originally, it was a very different event because the breakfast was in one location and the resource fair was held at a separate location. Meetings several years ago between the Lucas County Veterans Commission, The University of Toledo and the American Red Cross helped develop the partnership that now organizes this annual occasion.

IMG_8148“The University of Toledo is proud to have the opportunity to host the annual Veterans Day celebration at Savage Arena,” said Vern Snyder, vice president of institutional advancement. “UT has a long tradition of supporting veterans through a variety of services such as participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides scholarships to military veterans; our Military Service Center and, of course, our Veterans’ Plaza. Bringing the Veterans Day Celebration to UT was an honor and it is nice to give the event a true home.”

The American Red Cross is one of the main partners of this event.

“About four years ago we hooked up with the Red Cross and (American Red Cross Regional CEO) Tim Yenrick’s group,” said Armstong. “They are now truly the workhorse on this event. Tim and his staff coordinate the vendors. We all work together on this as a team.”

At Savage, veterans had the opportunity to stroll among the vendor tables. The American Red Cross, Lucas County Veteran’s Commission and UT, plus many other companies and nonprofits had tables with information about services to assist veterans.

In addition to the organizers, the event was presented by Fifth Third Bank, Block Communications, Inc. and Lucas County.

Before breakfast was served, an invocation was given by Chaplain Peter Drury of the 180th FW Ohio Air National Guard. After breakfast, guests were welcomed by the master of ceremonies, Jerry Anderson from Toledo News Now. The colors were presented by The University of Toledo ROTC Color Guard and Joint Services Honor Guard. The national anthem was sung by UT vocal performance music major, Devon Desmond.

IMG_8151Daniel Cannode, Purple Heart recipient and commander of Region II of the Military Order of the Purple Heart led the Pledge of Allegiance and was the first speaker of the event. Cannode served with the United States Coast Guard from 1966-1972 with a Tour of Duty in Vietnam with United States Coast Guard Squadron One aboard the USCGC Point Grey 82324 from 1969 to 1970.

“As a veteran, I always look forward to this event,” said Cannode. “Being a commissioner of the Lucas County Veterans Service Commission it is so invigorating. I spoke with three or four WWII vets for about 15 minutes each and just stood there mesmerized by what they have to say about the war.”

Other distinguished speakers included Wozniak, Congressman Bob Latta, State Representative Teresa Fedor and President of The University of Toledo Student Veteran Affairs Josh Ortiz.

The keynote speaker was Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins.

“I welcome you all to today’s ceremonies,” said Collins. “Today is such an honor and privilege to be able to be here before you. A veteran is a person who displays honor, duty and country. We’re here to honor heroes, remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication. And — to say thank you. Thank you from the heart for their sacrifices.”

IMG_8139Fedor’s remarks shared the meaning of the importance of Veterans Day.

“Today’s the day we pause and remember and say ‘Thank you,’” said Fedor. “Today’s the day we honor their service and sacrifice — for all to understand the foundation and soul of this nation is extraordinarily defined by those who served and fought for the freedoms that we enjoy today. As we remember all those who have served our nation, words cannot express our deepest gratitude. It is that gratitude that unites us as one nation and anchors us in the past in order to preserve our future and freedoms.”

At one point in the ceremony, World War II veterans were asked to stand and be recognized. The few that were there stood to the rounds of applause from the entire group.

“The greatest generation is passing away so fast,” said Cannode. “Every Veterans Day we go and there are fewer and fewer. I would ask anyone who sees a World War II veteran to not only thank him for his service but to thank him for your freedom. If it wasn’t for that generation, who knows what the United States would be.”

After the speeches and recognitions, the ceremony ended with a moving rendition of “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes, ringing of the bell and a single bugler playing “Taps.”

Following the ceremony, a shuttle bus was available to take veterans to The University of Toledo Veterans’ Plaza. Dedicated on November 11, 2009, The University of Toledo Veterans’ Plaza is an outdoor memorial created to honor all those who served our country. Located between Centennial Mall and the east entrance of the building that many UT alumni would know as Memorial Field House, the Veterans’ Plaza is a reflective and beautiful spot on campus.

Veterans Plaza. CD-1037The plaza honors almost 400 individuals and groups who served our country. Messages on the plaques are tributes from family members, friends, high school and college chums, corporations and service groups to the honored loved ones who served in the armed services.

For those interested in still honoring a loved one at The University of Toledo Veterans’ Plaza, you can contribute $1,000 toward a custom plaque on the wall to honor a veteran. Nameplate listings are sold for $100. If you are interested in more information on how to honor someone on the wall, please contact Gail Simpson at gail.simpson@utoledo.edu or 419.530.8425.

Veterans Day, 2014 on the campus of The University of Toledo was an inspirational day and an opportunity to show their appreciation for all those who have served our country.

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Class Notes/Obits

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Please submit your class notes to: Amanda.schwartz@utoledo.edu


Roy Silver (A/S ’72, PhD ’82) is a longtime professor of sociology at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. He was honored as a recipient of the Helen Lewis Community Service Award from the Appalachian Studies Association in September. Recipients of the award are those whose work has influenced the field of Appalachian studies as well as someone who is influential in community participation, challenges traditional perceptions of the region and its people and contributes to the region by “living social justice.”


James D. Thomas (Law ’87) joined the law firm Voyrs, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP as a partner. Thomas has more than 25 years of legal experience, including as a former United States magistrate judge in the Northern District of Ohio and, most recently, as the leader of the Global Litigation Group for Squire Sanders, which included more than 250 legal professionals around the world. Voyrs, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP is located in Columbus, Ohio.

Honorable Mark S. Braunlich (Law ’81) was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Monroe County Circuit Court bench to fill a vacancy. The Circuit Courts in Michigan have jurisdiction over felony offenses, civil disputes in excess of $25,000 as well as domestic relations. Braunlich has served Monroe as a district court judge for the past 12 years after almost 21 years of private practice in that city.

**Dr. Richard Paat (MED ’86) was recognized at the 25th anniversary of the Diamante Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement and service to the Latino and greater Toledo community. The event is a collaboration between Bowling Green State University, Herzing University, Lourdes University, Owens Community College and The University of Toledo. Paat has provided free health care to the Latino communities of northwest Ohio, Guatemala and Honduras for more than 15 years. He received the award in September.

Dr. Kelli Jo Arndt (Ed ’87, PhD ’06) is the director of a new program at Winebrenner Seminary, located in Findlay, Ohio, that offers classes for the new Master of Arts in clinical counseling degree beginning in January 2015. Arndt previously taught students in the masters of school counseling and community mental health program for the past seven years at the University of Dayton


Dr. Andre A. Konski (Bus ’95, MA ’98), medical director of the department of radiation oncology at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa. and professor of clinical radiation oncology in the department of radiation oncology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, was named among the 30 fellows of the American Society for Radiation Oncology in September 2014.

Tammie Hursh (Law ’91) was appointed by Ohio Governor John Kasich to replace the retiring judge in Lima Municipal Court. Hursh is the former Lima chief prosecutor and assistant law director.

*Jeffrey Dempsey (Bus ’93) has been named president and chief operating office at Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. He has been with Mercy for 17 years, most recently as vice president of operations for St. Charles Hospital.

Marie-Joelle C. Khouzam (Law ’91) was welcomed as a partner to the law firm of Bricker & Eckler, LLP, located in Columbus, Ohio. Khouzam has significant experience in labor and employment and municipal law. She will serve clients in the firm’s employment and labor group.

Sandra Pinter (Bus ’94) was appointed as the new vice president of finance and accounting at CF Rail Services, located in Schaumburg, Ill. Pinter previously worked at Moxie Jean (Good Karma Clothing, Inc.) as co-founder and chief operating officer. CF Rail Services is a leading railcar repair and maintenance provider, offering quality running repair and program work for railroads, private car owners and shippers in North America.


Evan Hill (MA ’09, PhD ’11) is part of a group in the UT Psychology Department, studying infrasound hearing in birds. Hill found that not only do chickens hear infrasound, but they are even more sensitive to it than homing pigeons. Work is currently in progress to determine how widespread is the ability to hear infrasound among birds and how they use it. His article, “Conditioned suppression/avoidance as a method for testing hearing in birds: the domestic pigeon,” was published in 2013.

Rebecca E. Shope (Law ’08) has been appointed by the Honorable James G. Carr to serve on the Advisory Group for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Shope is an associate in the Toledo office of the law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Mark Nagel (Ed ’09) is the new intervention specialist at Swanton Middle School, located in Swanton, Ohio. Nagel is native to Delta, Ohio and has three children.

**Lisa Williams (HHS ’01) accepted the position of vice president of learning and engagement at Cuyahoga County Community College. She previously served as the vice president of individual advancement and has served as the vice president for academic affairs at Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio since January 2009.

Dr. Bryon Borgelt (MA ’04, PhD ’09) is the new principal of St. Rose School, located in Perrysburg, Ohio. St. Rose School is a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school with 296 students. Borgelt is a Perrysburg native and he has spent the past 15 years teaching, serving as an assistant principal and then working as principal of St. John Jesuit Academy in Toledo.

Ceci *Cecelia Rivera (HHS ’03) was named as the Greek life coordinator in the office of campus life at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Rivera previously worked at The University of Toledo before accepting the new position in Princess Anne, Md.

Anne Robinson (MA ’02) has taken over as executive director at Savannah-Chatham County Court-Appointed Special Advocates, a volunteer-run nonprofit that serves as advocates for abused and neglected children in Chatham County, Ga. Juvenile Court.


Matt Bollinger (Eng ’11) is the new assistant coach to the Toledo Walleye coaching staff for the 2014-15 season. Bollinger was the coach for The University of Toledo club hockey team the past three seasons and was named Coach of the Year last season.

*Scott Weis (NSM ’13) was announced as one of the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows. He will receive a $30,000 stipend while completing an intensive masters-level teacher education program at a participating Ohio university that will prepare him to teach math and/or science in high-need Ohio schools.

Ben Batey (MPH ’10) was selected as the Wood County Health District health commissioner. Batey has most recently served as chief executive for the Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center. He has also held other health district positions including epidemiologist and director of nursing. Wood County is located in northwest Ohio.

Erik Lange (MEng ’10) joined the law office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP in the intellectual property department. Lange will work out of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills, Mich. office. The firm is headquartered in Detroit, Mich. and has attorneys practicing in more than 50 different areas of concentration. Lange, Erik_9-2-14 - pr

Fadi Sarsour (HS ’13) was announced as one of the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows. He will receive a $30,000 stipend while completing an intensive masters-level teacher education program at a participating Ohio university that will prepare him to teach math and/or science in high-need Ohio schools.

*Dr. Cory Stine (PhD ’12) has been promoted to vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the Terra State Community College Foundation. Terra State Community College is located in Fremont, Ohio. Stine was previously the assistant director of enrollment services at Terra from 2000 to 2008. He then became director of admissions and dean of student development at Owens Community College before a year as interim director of adult, transfer, and military admission at The University of Toledo. In additional to Terra’s foundation and institutional advancement, he will continue to oversee enrollment work.

*Alyssa Hoop (NSM ’12, MS ’14) was announced as one of the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows. She will receive a $30,000 stipend while completing an intensive masters-level teacher education program at a participating Ohio university that will prepare her to teach math and/or science in high-need Ohio schools.

Stephanie Angel-in-lab *Stephanie M. Angel (NSM ’14) recently took top honors in the Sigma Xi Research Symposium in August 2014 for her research on an invasive type of brain tumor called glioblastoma. The research she performed on stage-four brain tumors won first place in the cellular and molecular biology division and first place among undergraduate competitors.
Faculty, staff & friends

Ashley K. Hall (current UT doctoral student in psychology) recently accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. She will be afforded the opportunity to continue her research in forensic developmental psychology while teaching undergraduate courses.

Dr. Henry Heffner and Dr. Rickye Heffner (current UT faculty) were invited to contribute chapters to the 50th volume of “The Springer Handbook of Auditory Research.” The handbook is celebrating the 22-year history of the series and Springer asked senior scientists in auditory research to provide essays for Volume 50 that focus on their contributions to auditory neuroscience in the past, on their views of the current state of the field and their thoughts for the future of their field, including outstanding questions that are still unanswered.

Births and Marriages

Mehdi Ismail (Bus ’06) and Faten Moussa celebrated their first anniversary in September. Their day-long wedding celebration in 2013 was held in Lebbaya, Lebanon. They welcomed their first born son, Sharif, on September 5, 2014.

*Andrew Vollmar (MED ’14) and Christine Carr were married on May 24 at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Canton, Ohio. Their reception was held at Congress Lake Country Club in Hartville, Ohio. They reside in Columbus, Ohio where Andrew is a resident in family medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

**Connie Lee Brumbaugh (Ed ’76) and Martin Brumbaugh celebrated their 60th anniversary on August 15. They have resided in Hillsdale, Mich. for 25 years and spend their winters in Chandler, Ariz.

Perry Pirooz (A/S ’53, MS ’62) and Jean Pirooz celebrated their 60th anniversary on July 14 with a trip to Hawaii.

*Nan (Hershey) Smith (Ed ’88) and Sylvester “Sonny” Smith (Ed ’56) celebrated their 60th anniversary on August 21. They enjoyed a family dinner for the special occasion. SmithAnniversary
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. Nadim Bitar, Bingham Farm, Mich. at 90. Bitar joined the UT faculty in the department of sociology and anthropology as an associate professor in 1969. The native of Lebanon had a reputation for his scholarly work focusing on revolutionary ideology and advocating the possibility for the unification of Arab countries. He was the author of several books, including “The Revolutionary Nature of Political Catastrophes” and “The Revolutionary Ideology.” In 1977, he received one of the University’s Outstanding Teacher Awards.

**Dr. Peggy Hull Smith (A/S ’76, MA ’80, PhD ’83), Toledo at 77. She worked as a research assistant in the psychology department from 1976 to 1979. She was named an instructor in 1979, served as a visiting assistant professor in 1983, and was promoted to assistant professor in 1984 and associate professor in 1992. Hull Smith’s research focused on infant memory and learning. In 1993, she was named a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences. She served as a faculty advisor for Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology and was a member of the American Psychological Society, International Society on Infant Studies and Jean Piaget Society.

Richard “Dick” Matthews, Medina, Ohio at 88. He was a former UT employee.

Christopher J. Pio, Toledo at 28. Pio was a former UT employee.

Jody Matzinger, Toledo at 66. She was hired as a secretary and worked in the medical director’s office at MCO in 1987. In 1990, she became a technical typist in the heart station, where, one year later, she became a records technician 2. Matzinger then worked as a registration specialist until her retirement in 2008.

**Gregory B. Siegel (Pharm ’79, Law ’84), Perrysburg, Ohio at 62. Siegel was a pharmacist at UT Medical Center from 1999 until his retirement in June 2014. He was a member of the University’s Institutional Review Board.

Mary C. (Henneman) Carr, Swanton, Ohio at 66. She was a former cook in the Student Union.

Colleen E. (Duncan) Kajfasz, Toledo at 55. She worked at the UT Federal Credit Union for more than 20 years as a loan processor.

Barbara (Brahier) McCauley, Toledo at 69. She established the library at Corpus Christi University Parish and served as its director for 10 years.


Marjory Schick (A/S ’37), Holland, Ohio at 99.

**Elizabeth Donaldson (A/S ’37), Fresno, Calif. at 99.

Robert Kemp (Eng ’36), Bristol, Ind. at 100.


Richard Chapman (A/S ’49), Lawton, Mich. at 88.

Harold Scheer (Law ’43), Coconut Creek, Fla. at 94.


**Richard Guyton (Ed ’53, MEd ’61), Toledo at 86.

Eunice Thomas (MEd ’59), Columbus, Ga. at 87.

**Donald Nichter (Pharm ’51), Columbus, Ohio at 86.

**Charles Mann (Bus ’50), Toledo at 90.

Clifford Dearbaugh (Ed ’56), Carlsbad, Calif. at 82.

Clara Shank (A/S ’58), Perrysburg, Ohio at 78.

Nancy Hendrikx (Ed ’52), Perrysburg, Ohio at 84.


Thomas Hayes (UTCTC ’69), Maumee, Ohio at 66.

Carol Hinkleman Morten (MEd ’68), Sylvania, Ohio at 87.

Charles Jones (Eng ’61, MEng ’66), Ottawa Lake, Mich. at 75.

**Patricia Pickett (MEd ’66), Maumee, Ohio at 82.

Stanley Wulf (Bus ’64), at 72.

Claude Moldenhauer (MBA ’66), Greensboro, Ga. at 76.

Robert Webb (UTCTC ’65), Holland, Ohio at 74.

Mildred Meyer (Ed ’69), Toledo at 93.

Joseph Kagy (MEd ’66, Ed Spec ’74), Toledo at 89.


Dr. Ruby Schendel (MEd ’76, PhD ’89), Wilsonville, Ore. at 83.

Jerry Tracy (Univ Coll ’75), Wauseon, Ohio at 69.

Douglas Dittman (Bus ’73), Strongsville, Ohio at 68.

Terrance Ryan (A/S ’73, Law ’76), Fort Collins, Colo. at 67.

Kathryn Randolph (UTCTC ’74), at 64.

Gerald Keane (Bus ’73), at 60.

James Arthur McFellin (Bus ’72, A/S ’74), Baldwin, Mich. at 75.


Mary Jilek (Univ Coll ’88), Worthington, Ohio at 72.

Arthur Mabrey (Univ Coll ’85), Columbus, Ohio at 67.

Loren Torgerson (Univ Coll ’83), Laurinburg, N.C. at 53.

*Margret Wright (UTCTC ’88), Perrysburg, Ohio at 80.


Cathy Connell (Bus ’97), Perrysburg, Ohio at 64.

Donald Sekulski (UTCTC ’95), Toledo at 41.

Arthur Arendt (Ed ’99), Coldwater, Mich. at 76.

*Judith Collins (Ed ’90), Toledo at 71.

Jacqueline Ritzman (Bus ’99), Barberton, Ohio at 39.


Emily Sidorowicz (Univ Coll ’05), Thermal, Calif. at 59.

Thomas Doty (Bus ’00), Maumee, Ohio at 66.

Emily Horton (Ed ’04), Conroe, Texas at 33.

Jaclyn Smith (MA ’07), Luckey, Ohio at 37.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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Interim President Calls on UT Community to Come Together for Year of Accomplishments

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