A Healthy Dose of Reason

May 28th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Alumni Profiles

By Patty Gelb

Casey ReasonBeyond a reasonable doubt, Dr. Casey Reason (Education Specialist, ’94) is at the forefront of professional learning communities and virtual collaboration in the United States.

So much so, in fact, that the National Education Association (NEA) – the largest professional organization and the largest labor union in America – is sharing a chapter of his latest work with 3.2 million educators in this country ranging from kindergarten to higher education.

Professional Learning Communities at WorkReason’s book, “Professional Learning Communities at Work and Virtual Collaboration: On a Tipping Point of Transformation,” scheduled to be released this summer, was co-authored with Richard DuFour. DuFour is recognized as one of the leading authorities on aiding schools and their administrators in implementing the professional learning communities’ process.

Professional learning communities is a system that K-12 schools can adopt to change the way teachers work. Without a collaborative system in place, like professional learning communities, teachers could work alone as almost a free agent — managing their classrooms, teaching students, planning lessons and grading papers. Beyond faculty meetings to discuss issues, a teacher could be fairly isolated.

“In the era of accountability where we have to be consistent with what we present, professional learning communities asks that teachers meet consistently, share their approaches, share lesson plans and share data,” said Reason. “Common assessments are developed within the PLC structures so that all of the teachers use the same test within a similar time frame. They may find out that one teacher is able to bring more students to standard more consistently than another teacher. It is a way to ensure that every student is served, supported, and it allows teachers to work more collaboratively.”

Professional learning communities is not a new concept. It is used in many schools nationwide to facilitate teachers into working groups. Technology advances and the opportunities it could create in this field was an interest to Reason. The former teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, virtual course developer, consultant and author of award-winning educational books had been researching the effects social media and technology was having on education.

“The middle of last year, I approached my publisher with the idea of publishing a book on the topic of how professional learning communities were evolving because of technology,” said Reason. “I have worked with virtual learning for many years now, since the early 2000s. What we are learning about social media and virtual learning, and just the power to connect, is changing how people work in teams and what they are capable of.”

His publisher suggested that Reason reach out to DuFour about working on the book together. Reason knew DuFour, so he picked up the phone and gave him a call. He shared the concept and within a 15-minute phone call, DuFour was onboard with the project.

“He really liked the idea of a forward thinking book that focused on how technology is changing how people work in teams,” Reason said. “That is how the book got started.”

They spent the better part of the last eight months writing and collaborating. The pair just completed final edits.

“The professional learning community process is based on the premise that educators have expertise that can enhance their individual and collective practice if there is a process to share that expertise,” said DuFour. “The book parts out that this sharing need not be limited to colleagues in your building and can be expanded to include educators from around the world if educators tap into the power of technology.”

This latest book shares a lot of Reason’s most recent research interest; but it has been his experiences over the last 20 years that led him to the position where he is now in his career and those experiences began in Northwest Ohio. He was born in Sandusky to parents Clair “Tuffy” (Education, ’59) and Janice Scott Reason.

The couple met at UT in the spring of ’58 in an education class taught by Dean Kathryn Schwab. Tuffy played for the Rockets as a starting forward on Toledo’s very first Mid-American Conference Championship basketball team. Both went on to become educators; Tuffy an English teacher and Jan a principal.

“The University of Toledo provided the background and training needed to achieve goals we had planned for ourselves,” said Tuffy Reason. “We felt very confident in the classroom because of the excellent training we received from this institution.”

familyWhen Casey was born, his father was a radio broadcaster moving for his job across Ohio and Michigan. The family decided they loved the Toledo area and moved to Maumee. His father became a teacher at Clay High School. His mother became a principal for Toledo Public Schools.

Casey Reason first became a teacher, then an administrator. He was an educator for five years in Sylvania when he was offered the position of assistant principal in Findlay. His career continued to progress when he became an associate principal at Washington Local Schools, then the principal at Whitmer High School. Reason was just 30 years old. It was during this time that he decided to attend The University of Toledo to receive his education specialist degree.

“The University had a good and rigorous program,” shared Reason. “There was a personalization about it where there seemed to be genuine concern for people. I still think this is important and I assure you that I still carry that with me with what I do today.”

Upon completion of his degree at UT, this Rocket alumnus continued his meteoric rise in the field of education. He went on to become an assistant superintendent in Northville, Michigan. In 2008, he was offered and became the inaugural chair of leadership studies at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He wasn’t a stranger to the area having worked with the University of Phoenix over the years in distance and virtual learning and developing online curriculum.

But it was his time as associate principal of Washington Local Schools that helped him start his career as an author.

“When I was at Washington Local, the teachers and staff of the school worked very hard and we made some pretty significant changes and improvements,” said Reason. “After five years together, we ended up winning a special commendation from the State of Ohio for dramatic improvement and achievement in an urban setting. Because of that award, there was interest in how we did it.”

The school was studied and they were part of a reform network to learn how they achieved their success. Several years following, Reason was speaking at a conference when he ran into the president of Solution Tree Publishing.

“I told him a little about my background and what we had done at Washington Local,” Reason shared. “He asked me if I ever considered writing a book and I had. He pulled his cell phone out, called his publisher and said ‘Here is a guy that I really want to write a book for us. I will put him on the phone and I want a contract for him as soon as you can.’ Not quite ten years later I have written five books. I was the keynote speaker at Solution Tree’s biggest conference this year. It’s been a very good relationship and I think we both chose wisely.”

leadingalearningorganizationReason utilized his education experience to write “Leading a Learning Organization: The Science of Working with Others.” The book was awarded Phi Delta Kappa International’s book of the year selection for 2010. It was also endorsed by best-selling author Ken Blanchard.

MirrorImagesFollowing the success of that book, Reason and his father had the opportunity to work together. They co-authored his second book “Mirror Images: New Reflections on Teacher Leadership.”

“I approached my dad and said I thought it would be a good idea to write this book together and he agreed,” said Reason. “It was a great experience and a great opportunity to bond together… I gave him a template and he added to it. Then we took turns editing each other. My dad is an English teacher, well, we are both English teachers. But, he is a better editor than I am.”

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Reason went on to write “100 Days to Leadership Impact” in 2011 and “Stop Leading Like It’s Yesterday: Key Concepts for Shaping Today’s School Culture” in 2014.

“With schools, some of the biggest challenges we face are our old, existing paradigms,” Reason said. “In that book (‘Stop Leading Like It’s Yesterday) I talk about the fact that there are so many old paradigms. The fact that we take summers off has everything to do with an old paradigm. The idea that you learn lots of valuable information about a student while working with them for a whole year in elementary, and then pass them on to the next grade with almost no information following them, is an old paradigm that is based on the bureaucracy of the system, not what is good for learning. If you are running a business, there is no way that you would take a client, spend nine months nurturing it, abandon it for three months in the summer, then pass it off to another sales rep with almost no transition. You wouldn’t do that in business, yet we still do it to some degree with students all the time.”

Reason recently transitioned out of the chairmanship at Grand Canyon University to make more time for speaking and writing, but he keeps his hands in teaching as a part-time professor and supports universities in business development efforts. The majority of his schedule is filled as a full-time speaker and consultant. He is incorporated with his own company now.

An important part of Reasons’ world are his twin sons, Brice and Kiah.

“My boys were preemies and were in the Toledo Hospital for a month when they were born,” Reason said. “The doctor that delivered them was the former University of Toledo quarterback, Dr. Kent Bishop. He is a good friend and was great under pressure in bringing my sons into the world. Both boys are now good sized… one of them is almost 6-foot 2-inches. I am about ready to lose the height battle.”

Casey Reason’s parents now live near him and their grandchildren. The author likes to spend as much time as he can outside, hiking whenever possible. He is an elder in his church and spends time traveling all over the world consulting and speaking. One special trip he recalled was a consulting job at a boarding school in Switzerland. He took his sons on that trip, living in the boarding school. His kids got the opportunities to “live above the clouds” for a week. Reason enjoys the opportunities to travel with his boys.

Reason has had great achievement in the field of education and he and DuFour’s new book promises to continue this streak. The book will be available in August of this year and the NEA will be sharing the first chapter of “Professional Learning Communities at Work and Virtual Collaboration: On a Tipping Point of Transformation” to all of its members.

“I don’t think the NEA has ever done anything like what they have offered to do in this project,” said DuFour. “I think it reflects their efforts to bring educators together through technology as a means of helping educators meet the increasing demands that are being placed upon them. We were very proud to partner with the NEA on this venture.”

Reason shares DuFour’s pride in the work they did on the book and the fact that the NEA wants to share it with its membership.

“For the first time in the history of the NEA they’re sending a sample chapter of an author’s new book to ostensibly every teacher in America,” Reason said. “There are 3.2 million people in the NEA and there are another 600,000 in the American Federation of Teachers. A good majority of every teacher in American public schools are going to get a copy of a chapter of our new book.”

His work through the years has made an impact across the U.S. and specifically to the NEA.

“Dr. Casey Reason is exceptionally knowledgeable about online communities and digital engagement,” shared Barbara Hopkins, Ph.D., Sr. Program Specialist at the NEA. “His expertise has aided us greatly at the National Education Association (NEA) in order to build our online professional learning communities.  He’s a master trainer, researcher, practitioner and overall great person.  His role as a thought partner has greatly benefited us in the development of our strategy and training.  It’s been a great joy to work with him on this major initiative for NEA.”

Reason continues to work to improve the learning environment of schools and education for kids. He is very optimistic in the future of education in our nation.

“The fact of the matter is the reason schools haven’t changed much is that we have never run out of business.” Reason said. “General Motors and Ford would not have changed if other companies hadn’t come along and to some degree forced the issue. The point of my new book, however, is that technology is a flattening force that points to an optimistic future. We have got an unbelievably great opportunity to connect kids with resources that are free or nearly free today. Despite what is said in the news, this is a great time to be in education and I am very optimistic about what this new era of technology can mean for kids and the future of our country.”

The University of Toledo Alumni Association received an advanced copy of the first chapter that is being shared through the NEA. To read the chapter, click here.

To order a copy of Reason’s book, click here.

To learn more about Casey Reason and his work you can visit his website at: http://www.caseyreason.com/

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Packing the House for the Annual Meeting

May 28th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

The Alumni Association’s Annual Meeting on May 16 was attended by what’s believed to be a record crowd of nearly 300 people. Held in the Koester Alumni Pavilion, the program featured a full Tony Packo’s buffet, lots of socializing, an update on the University from Interim President Nagi Naganathan, and the introduction of the 2015 award winners.

The Alumni Association award winners were:
Volunteer of the Year-Lillian Lagger, Oregon, Ohio
Affiliate of the Year-Latino Affiliate
Chapter of the Year-Seattle Chapter

The 2015-16 Alumni Association Board of Trustees as approved at the Annual Meeting:

President – Catherine Martineau (BS ’77, JD ’81)
First Vice President – Stuart Cubbon (JD ’81, MBA ’98)
Second Vice President – J. Lee Johnson (PhD ’99)
Secretary – Angelita Cruz Bridges (ALA ’97, BA’97, JD ’00)
Treasurer – Amy Skibinski (BBA ’00, MBA ’03)
Past President – Dr. Thomas Wakefield (BA ’75, MD ’78)

Rob Bleile (BBA ’04, MBA ’10)
Beatrice Daniels (ASC ’91, BA ’01, MLS ’10)
David Dmytryka (BSCE ’80, MSCE ‘83)
Brad Kozar (BA ’80)
Margaret McFadden (BEd ’84, MSEd ’88, BSN ’90, MSN ’97, DNP ’11)
Tommy Pipatjarasgit (MBA ’96)
William M. Snyder (JD ’78)
Larry Yonovitz (BE ’73, MSEE ’82) Student Representative

Amber Ayres (BA ’03, MS ’12)
Lorraine Hansen (BS ’77, MS ’99)
Roy Hodge (MBA ’03)
Kris Keating (BA ’05)
Doug Mallette (BBA ’01, MBA.’07)
Nancy Miller (BA’77, MEd ’79, JD ’88)
Thomas Sodeman (MD ’95)
Patricia Winzeler (AAB ’84, BS ’91)

Natalie Bostelman (BA ’01)
Joel Levitan (B ’69)
Nina McClelland (BA ’51, MA ’63, PhD ’68)
Romules Durant (BEd ’98, MEd ’02, PhD ’07)
Stan Odesky (BBA ’59, MBA ’60)
Robin Whitney (BSCE ’86)

Marie Latham Bush (EdS ’83, PhD ’00); Patsy Camp (BEd ’60);
David Dobrzykowski (BBA ’95, MBA ’99, PhD ’10);
Myron Duhart (JD ’96); Mark Fox (BS ’99, MS ’04, JD ’07);
Rachelle Gray (MSN ’98); Kenny Schank (BBA ’05);
Tom Schuster (A ’65, BA ’85); Mark Staples (BS ’81);
Joe Zavac (BBA ’89, MBA ’92); Clayton Notestine (Student Rep.)

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Rockets in Europe

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Paris 2015 073Rocket alumni and friends from throughout Europe and the United States came together in support of UT students on May 2 as the Alumni Association hosted its first-ever European reception at La Boca, in La Rochelle, France.

Coordinated by Alumni Association trustee William Snyder (Law, ’78), who lives in France, the event honored the UT Sailing Club which participated in the EDHEC Sailing Cup, the largest intercollegiate offshore regatta in the world, with 23 countries represented.

Alumni from as far away as the Czech Republic and Germany came together to welcome the students to Europe and to congratulate them on beating more than 50 other schools to take home the Paul Hoffman Perpetual Trophy at the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta in Larchmont, N.Y. in November.

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Class Notes

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Please send your class note to: Amanda.schwartz@utoledo.edu

Day Dr. Michael Day (MED ’72) wrote a book about his career as a doctor in Lafayette, Ind. His 30-chapter book, “Lessons My Patients Taught Me,” contains many anecdotes about his patients. All proceeds from the book are going to charities and medical organizations.

Dennis J. “Denny” Addis (Bus ’75) has announced his plans to retire in May 2015 from The Andersons Grain Group from his role of president. Addis had a 43-year career with The Andersons, beginning 1971 bagging fertilizer and loading trucks as a part-time employee while a student at UT.

**Ed Ciecka (MA ’73) is stepping down from his position as the Rossford, Ohio city administrator to join his wife in retirement. Ciecka worked for 31 years with Lucas County, where he was the county administrator. He held the position of city administrator in Rossford for 11 years and will remain in the Toledo area to enjoy retirement.

Hal Gregory (Ed ’89) was appointed as Superintendent of Oregon City Schools, located in Oregon, Ohio. Gregory has been with the district for 12 years and has been assistant superintendent since 2008. Gregory
Mack Jonathan Mack (Law ’83) has been selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel for its “Nation’s Top Attorneys” recognition. Mack is the vice chairman of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees and executive committee member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors.
Teresa Ghazoul (MED ’85) joined Avita Health System as a medical specialist in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Her office is located in Ontario, Ohio. Ghazoul
Dixon Amy L. Dixon (A/S ’80) published a non-fiction book, “A Hole in the Fence: Getting to the Other Side of Divorce.” The book is about hope and healing after a divorce.
Steve Rhodes (Bus ’85, MBA ’91) has been re-elected as president and chairman of The Touchstone Energy Board of Directors. Touchstone Energy is a national brand associated with nearly 800 electric cooperatives located across the U.S. Rhodes has served on the board since 2010. 2015 Steve Rhodes
Snyder Dr. Timothy Law Snyder (A/S ’81, A/S ’81, MS ’83) was named as Loyola Marymount University’s 16th president. Loyola, located in Los Angeles, Calif., is a private university with 9,400 students. Snyder was vice president for academic affairs at Loyola University Maryland from 2007-2014. He was awarded by the UT College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics as their Outstanding Alum of the Year at Homecoming in 2014.

Celia Williamson (UTCTC ’83, A/S 88) received the Jefferson Award, which honors individuals for community and public service. Williamson was selected from a list of 53 nominees and 15 finalists for her efforts as a social worker to fight human trafficking. She founded the Second Chance Program in 1993 and also secured federal funding to create the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition. UT created the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute to help educate people across the nation about what she calls modern-day slavery.

Patricia R. Richards (A/S ’83) was elected by her colleagues as the new chair of the board of directors for the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP). Richards is the president and CEO of SelectHealth, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. SelectHealth is a part of one of the nation’s top-ranked integrated health systems, ensuring high-quality healthcare at the lowest possible cost for the community.

Ford Weber (A/S ’83, Law ’87) was hired as director of economic development for the city of Dayton, Ohio. Weber will be responsible for planning, organizing and implementing strategies to build Dayton’s economic base. He will seek to retain businesses in Dayton and attract new investment.

Annette P. Sabo Johnson (Ed ’88) was elected to the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Foundation board of trustees in February 2015. The EMU Foundation operates with the sole mission and purpose of providing additional financial support to students, programs and services on behalf of the University.

Dr. James T. Harris III (Ed ’80) was selected as The University of San Diego’s fourth president since the 1972 merger of the San Diego College for Women and the University of San Diego College for Men and School of Law. The University has over 6,300 students on four campuses in two states and is recognized as one of the nation’s top universities for civic engagement.

Pradeep Saha (Eng ’88, MBA ’91) is the new president and CEO of Horsburgh & Scott, located in Cleveland, Ohio. The company employs about 200 people and is a custom gear and gearbox manufacturer.

*Patricia A. Wise (Law ’85) is a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. The Select Task Force will examine the problem of workplace harassment in all of its forms and look for ways by which it might be prevented and addressed. Wise is one of 16 Task Force members from around the country. She is a partner at Niehaus, Wise & Kalas, located in Toledo, Ohio Wise
Christner Dr. Jennifer Christner (MED ’95) has been named dean of the school of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, located in Houston, Texas.
**Steven Cavanaugh (Bus ’92) is the 2015 recipient of the Business Pacemaker Award from the UT College of Business and Innovation and the Business Engagement and Leadership Council. The Pacemaker Award recognizes an individual for outstanding achievement in business as well as contributions to the community and the University. Cavanaugh is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Toledo-based HCR ManorCare Inc., a healthcare services company with yearly 60,000 employees. He also received the James K. Larson Distinguished Achievement Award from UT’s Jesup Scott Honors College at Homecoming 2013. cavanaugh_steven
Kelly Phillips Kelly Phillips (NRSG ’93, PhD ’06) received an Honorable Mention from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). A CNL is a fast-emerging nursing role developed by the AACN in collaboration with leaders from education and practice to improve the quality of patient care and better prepare nurses to thrive in today’s healthcare system in any setting. Phillips is the program director for the MSN Graduate Entry Clinical Nurse Leader program at the UT College of Nursing.
Sarah Prout (Law ’98) was hired as the executive director of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology. She brings nearly 20 years of advocacy and leadership experience to the position. The Michigan Council of Women in Technology is focused on growing the number of women in the technology fields and making Michigan the top state for women in technology. It supports Michigan’s female IT workforce, students, and corporate partners and provides programs and funds to help educate and engage young female students in IT. Prout

John Stipancich (Bus ’90) was appointed as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Newell Rubbermaid, located in Atlanta, Ga. As chief financial officer, he will be responsible for external reporting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, internal audit, risk management, information technology and investor relations. Newell Rubbermaid is a global marketer of consumer and commercial products, such as Sharpie, Paper Mate, Calphalon and Rubbermaid.

Chad Yoakam (Ed ’94, Ed ’94, MHHS ’00) is the new clinic director for the Manhattan office location of Excel Physical Therapy. Yoakam specializes in the rehabilitation of lower extremity dysfunction including complex foot and ankle problems.

Phil Kortokrax (MBA ’93) has been promoted to the position of vice president of North American tire operations of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. In this role, he will be responsible for the strategic leadership and growth of all Cooper operations in the U.S. and Canada. Cooper Tire & Rubber is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car and light truck tires. They are headquartered in Findlay, Ohio.

*Gino Torio (Eng ’98, MEng ’06) joined Parker Hannifin in the hybrid drive division, located in Columbus, Ohio. Torio will serve as the division program manager and will be responsible for new product introduction projects and product portfolio management. Parker Hannifin, headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, specializes in motion and control technologies, including aerospace, climate control and fluid and gas handling.

Rivera Dr. Lonny J. Rivera (MEd ’00, PhD ’09) took a position as the associate superintendent for the Ohio Department of Education. Formerly Rivera was the superintendent at Oregon City Schools, located in Oregon, Ohio.
Erika Beckman (MEd ’06) has been selected as principal of Erie Huron Ottawa Vocational Education (EHOVE) Career Center, a leading career tech school in Milan, Ohio, for the 2015-2016 school year. Beckman served as an assistant director at EHOVE since 2010. Beckman
Shatnawi Dr. Aymen Shatnawi (PhD ’07) has joined the University of Charleston in the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences as an assistant professor.
Dr. Paul Hong (PhD ’00), the professor of operations management in the UT College of Business and Innovation, wrote “Building Network Capabilities in Turbulent Competitive Environments: Business Success Stories from the BRICs.” The book presents strategies for recognizing the challenges and optimizing the opportunities for building network capabilities and competitive advantage with the context of the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC). PaulHong

Alex J. Adams (Pharm ’07, PharmD ’09) was selected by the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute and the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society as the recipient of the 2015 Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award. This award is presented to a young pharmacist no more than 10 years into his or her career who has demonstrated exemplary leadership accomplishments.

Martha Champa (MEd ’00) was the February 2015 teacher of the month, awarded by Toledo newspaper, The Blade. Champa works in the Washington Local school district with the gifted population.

Matt Smith (Ed ’06) is the men’s varsity basketball coach at Swanton High School, located in Swanton, Ohio. Smith currently serves as the dean of students at the Swanton Middle School.

Mellon Sarah Mellon (MEd ’10) recently joined Michigan State University, located in Lansing, Mich., to serve as the veteran resource representative for the university’s Veterans Resource Center. In this role, she will assist service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents with information and resources necessary to meet their academic, professional and personal goals.
Dr. Greg Guzman (PhD ’14) was appointed as Northwest Ohio’s representative on the Ohio Commission on Hispanic-Latino Affairs. Guzman is the executive director of Central City Ministry for the Toledo Catholic Diocese. He oversees Queen of Apostles and Rosary Cathedral, both K-8 elementary schools. Guzman
Faculty, staff & friends

Ciara Metzoian, Steuart Besley, Julia Brookover, Megan Cunningham and Mackenzie Shiflett (current UT students in psychology) are all members of the UT Psychology Honor’s Society, Psi Chi, and presented at the annual conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, Ill. Their presented research is on how individuals’ personal theories about weight and feelings of weight stigma influence self-perceptions and cognitive attention.

Jacob Fox (current UT student in psychology) was awarded the Psi Chi Regional Research Award. This award was given for his research project “Does Choosing Help Everyone?: Examining the Relationships Between Choice, Self-Construal, and Pain.”

Dr. Kamala London (current UT faculty) recently had an article accepted in the journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology. The article is entitled “Development Trends in False Memory Across Adolescence and Young Adulthood: A Comparison of DRM and Memory Conformity Paradigms.”

Jill Brown and Heather Haught (current UT doctoral students in psychology) had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making. Heather recently took a research position to work at North Carolina Department of Commerce, located at Raleigh, N.C.

Erin Vogel (current UT doctoral student in psychology) won two awards at the Midwest Graduate Research Symposium held on UT’s campus in March. She won the Top Women in STEM award from the Association of Women in Science as well as second place for an oral presentation award.

Births and Marriages
Kundmueller Nicholas Kundmueller (Eng ’05) and Amy Kundmueller (HHS ’05) are elated to announce the birth of their second child, Lorelai Grace Kundmueller, on June 10, 2014. She joins her big brother Clayton to make a family of four.
Matthew R. Clausing (Bus ’06) and Jennifer L. Clausing (HHS ’06, OTD ’09) celebrated the birth of their first child, Nolan Robert Clausing, on December 23, 2014. Nolan
Rohrs Deborah C. Rohrs (Law ’09) and Jeremiah G. Frank were joined in marriage on April 11, 2015 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Defiance, Ohio.
Evan Michael Wolf (Bus ’08) and Brooke Michelle Higdon (CALL ’11) announced their engagement and are currently planning a wedding for August 22, 2015. HigdonWolf
Lyczkowski Ryan Beat (Eng ’02) and Emily Lyczkowski (Bus ’13) are engaged and will wed on August 8, 2015 at Nazareth Hall, located in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Emily is a human resource specialist at UT and Ryan is an electrical engineer at SSOE.
Craig Ewing Soller (Bus ’08, MBA ’09) and Ashley Lin Feher exchanged vows on July 26, 2014 at St. Petri’s Lutheran Church in Toledo. Craig is employed as a financial analyst for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and Ashley is employed as a nurse at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, also located in Columbus. Stoller
Shields Kristi Shields (A/S ’06) and Dave Mehrman were married on October 18, 2014 at Lacuna Artist Lofts in Chicago, Ill. The couple honeymooned in Thailand and resides in Chicago, Ill.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Daniel G. Sundberg, Sylvania, Ohio at 60. He was an instructor in the Department of Mathematics since 2004.

Lowell I. Hinkle, Perrysburg, Ohio at 78. He was a former UT instructor.

Dr. Clayton L. Ziegler (Eng ’52, MBA ’67), Waterville, Ohio at 90. Ziegler became a lecturer of mathematics in 1961 and in 1965 became an instructor in engineering technology in the Community and Technical College. He also served as chair of the Engineering Technology Department from 1975-1977 and from 1980-1984. While at UT, he helped develop the bachelor of engineering technology two-plus-two program. He also established four two-year programs: industrial engineering technology in 1969, climate control technology in 1975, plastics engineering technology in 1984 and quality engineering technology in 1987. Ziegler was granted emeritus status in 1987 and continued to teach one term a year until 1996.

Dr. James L. Bailey, Garfield Heights, Ohio at 84. He joined the UT faculty as an associate professor in 1963 and was named a professor 10 years later. In 1968, Bailey and two engineering faculty members were selected by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to conduct research on the effects of earthquakes near nuclear plants. While at UT, he also taught graduate courses at NASA in Cleveland, Ohio. Bailey retired in 1987 and was granted emeritus status and continued to teach one term a year until 1995.

Jeffrey A. Huffman (A/S ’89), Copley, Ohio at 48. As a student he wrote for The Collegian and after graduation he joined the UT staff as an assistant director in the Sports Information Office. In 1995, Huffman moved to the Alumni Relations Office, where he served as assistant director of the annual fund, associate director of alumni relations and director of alumni programming.

Dr. Robert D. Matz, Toledo at 68. He was an assistant professor of educational psychology during the mid-1970s.

Joanne P. Roehrs, Toledo at 82. She was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary who volunteered at the hospital.

John M. “Jack” Ford (Law ’75, MA ’78), Toledo at 67. He was a longtime politician and was Toledo’s first black mayor and a former Democratic leader in the Ohio House of Representatives. He was president of city council for 21 years, and he served as mayor from 2002-2005.

Carole J. Napolski, Toledo at 80. She was hired in 1978 and in 1987 was named assistant manager in the Business Office. One year later, she was named assistant manager of special projects. In 1991, Napolski became special assignments coordinator and left the institution in 1992.

Mary F. Spencer, Toledo at 83. She worked at UT for more than two decades. Spencer was hired as a clerk typist in the Physical Education Department in 1969. Two years later, she was named secretary in the department, where she retired from as secretary II in 1992.

Cheryl A. Wesolowski, Mesa, Ariz. at 59. She was a nurse at MCO from 1976 to 1983.


Phyllis Siskind (A/S ’41, MEd ’59), Toledo at 81.

Jean Wagener (Ed ’49), Naples, Fla. at 88.

Virginia Blakesley (Ed ’42), West Tisbury, Mass. at 94.

Dr. Leo English (A/S ’40), San Jose, Calif. at 96.


**William Hundley (Bus ’53), Ponte Vedra, Fla. at 88.

**Robert Rejent (Eng ’52), Toledo at 86.

Bernard Johnson (Pharm ’50), Marco Island, Fla. at 87.

**Richard Cox (Bus ’53), Whitehouse, Ohio at 84.

Loann Kent (Ed ’58), Naples, Fla. at 80.

Joan Wiley (Bus ’53), Perrysburg, Ohio at 84.


Sandra Meyers (Ed ’64), Yorba Linda, Calif. at 73.

Roger Trudel (A/S ’62), Toledo at 75.

Jacqueline Kirkendall (Ed ’68, MEd ’78), Sylvania, Ohio at 71.

Christopher Hill (UTCTC ’68, Univ Coll ’79), Ida, Mich. at 68.


**Dr. Mary Lenkay (RES ’72), Toledo at 94.

Jane Hillebrand (Law ’79), Livermore, Calif. at 58.

John Kalisz (UTCTC ’76), Holland, Ohio at 74.

Richard Oehlers (UTCTC ’75), Hamilton, Ind. at 77.

Charles Feilhardt (Univ Coll ’75), Toledo at 63.

Kenneth Crots (Bus ’70), Riga, Mich. at 67.

Bonnie Swan (UTCTC ’76), Holland, Ohio at 62.

Gary Osburn (UTCTC ’76), Toledo at 79.


Anne Hasenauer Getz (UTCTC ’87), Toledo at 49.

The Hon. Thomas Bunch (Law ’80), Chillicothe, Ohio at 66.

Linda Castro (UTCTC ’86, A/S ’91), Toledo at 57.

*Mary Spencer (A/S ’87), Toledo at 84.

Rose Lonsway (Univ Coll ’84), Tiffin, Ohio at 71.

Robert Losey (Law ’84), Huntington, W.Va. at 63.

Mark Macksey (Bus ’87), Toledo at 54.


Michael Corey (Bus ’91), Perrysburg, Ohio at 48.

Brian Ueberroth (Ed ’98), Swanton, Ohio at 42.

*James Terry (Ed ’90), Perrysburg, Ohio at 51.

Ellenie Ash-Godwin (Ed ’97), Toledo at 66.

Lori Kohler (Ed ’93), Toledo at 46.


Kristine Grooms (HHS ’01), Toledo at 38.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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