Tower of Power: Alumnus leading project to miniaturize UT’s landmark

March 31st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Vicki L. Kroll


Bill Teaderman lined up a piece of wood in the model to see how it looked before cutting it.

While snow was falling on a cold March day, sawdust was flying inside the warm wood shop at the Sylvania Senior Center. Camaraderie and cacophony abounded as two men put a piece of pine through a planer, and two others ran a chop saw.

Exacting precise cuts from the whirring blade was William E. Teaderman (Eng ’53), who is leading a special project for the UT Alumni Association: creating a wooden model of University Hall’s tower.

Armed with binders of research, several copies of blueprints, and a vision, Teaderman is designing a small version of UT’s awe-inspiring 205-foot collegiate Gothic landmark that has stood boldly in the west Toledo skyline since it was completed by the Spieker Co. in 1931.

UT’s tower — it’s iconic, symbolic and definitely architectonic, not to mention photogenic, poetic and academic.

No pressure for the tall order, right?

Teaderman laughed as he placed the frame of the classic structure on a work bench.


Bill Teaderman cut a piece of wood while Bill Carpenter, left, and Brian Paul watched in the wood shop at the Sylvania Senior Center.

“It’s about 30 inches tall. That’s one-eighth size,” he said. “We’re trying to make as close of a replica as possible with all the damages that have been done: They’ve retrofitted the building, they remodeled the building, they repaired the building. You have to do a lot of detective work to get the feel for it.”

And Teaderman has been on the case for two years, collecting copious details and trying to confirm information about that majestic building on the south side of West Bancroft Street. He’s left no Lannon stone unturned.

If it is indeed Lannon stone.

“I’m still trying to verify that the stone work is as recorded,” he said while unfolding a map. “But where it’s written up right now, it’s in the wrong county of Wisconsin. So I can’t even tell you this is the stone they’re saying it is. A UT geology student is helping with that now.”

“The detail with which Bill has researched the history of the tower and University Hall — well, it’s easy to understand why he has been so successful in his career as an engineer and as a surveyor,” Dan Saevig, associate vice president of UT alumni relations, said.


Bill Teaderman compared the tower blueprint with the piece of wood that will be cut.

Coincidentally, Teaderman worked for the firm that drew up the blueprints for University Hall — Mills, Rhines, Bellman & Nordhoff Inc., which was Bellman, Gillette & Richards when he was hired as a site engineer in 1960. Prior to that, he was a contract engineer with A. Bentley & Sons Co. The first bid Teaderman was awarded was for UT’s Engineering-Science Building, which is now the Health and Human Services Building. In 1965, he joined Jones & Henry Engineers Ltd. as a senior construction engineer until 1992 when he went to NCI Associates Ltd., where he stayed until 2013. The American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow continues to work as a certified surveyor in Ohio and Michigan.

“Bill has a clear vision of how the model is to be constructed,” said Dr. Samir Abu-Absi, UT professor emeritus of English and a regular at the Sylvania Senior Center wood shop. “He has been poring over blueprints and photos of University Hall and studying about the history and architecture of the building.”

“As an engineer, Bill has a great eye for detail and making sure the job is done correctly,” Julie Graf, director of the Sylvania Senior Center, said.


Bill Teaderman checked a measurement.

“Every building is designed with a personality,” Teaderman explained. “University Hall and the tower were designed to give people something to talk about, give them their flavor or frosting, because the intent of the building is to derive interest and get the students fired up to learn.”

His fire to create ignited when he was 10.

“From early on, I built models. The first one was a playhouse. My brother burnt the thing down; he was playing with a candle in the backyard,” Teaderman recalled.

That flame continued to flicker, and he majored in civil engineering at UT and took classes in University Hall.

There was another passion that consumed his collegiate days: Marilyn Sutton (Ed ’67). The two sweethearts from DeVilbiss High School continued their education together at the University. In 1949, Teaderman designed a Homecoming float for her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, which took the top prize, beating the float he came up with for his fraternity, Pi Rho Sigma. “She never let me forget that,” he said and laughed.


Bill Teaderman, left, talked to Dr. Samir Abu-Absi about the tower project in the wood shop at the Sylvania Senior Center.

“I first got to know Bill when we were building the Koester Alumni Pavilion, and he committed to donating a pillar in memory of his wife, Marilyn, and their extended family, grateful for the impact that the University had on their lives,” Saevig said. “He truly loves UT and is so proud of what it stands for and what the future holds.”

Dedicated to UT, Teaderman offered to make the tower model so Saevig could take it to alumni events and meetings across the country.

“The tower is a source of pride with our alumni and friends,” Saevig said. “Invariably, it’s something they think of when they think of The University of Toledo. They talk of its beauty and what it represents. I suspect that the tower model will be quite popular with our alumni and friends on social media around the country.”

Chatting with everyone, Teaderman is quite popular at the Sylvania Senior Center.

tower2“In addition to being a great leader in the wood shop, Bill has been a great cheerleader for the Sylvania Senior Center,” Graf said. “He got people excited about the wood shop and recruited new members, educating them on the proper use of the machines.”

“I do have six fellows on the crew now,” Teaderman said. “Three carvers are getting ready to work on the gargoyles. And there are three wood workers. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Abu-Absi will be putting in some hours: “Bill can be persistent and can be very persuasive when it comes to recruiting volunteers.”

“I happened to mention that when I joined the UT faculty in 1968, I shared an office with some colleagues in a room right under the tower on the fifth floor. Later I moved to an adjoining room that included the turret; it was just large enough for a desk, a file cabinet and two chairs,” Abu-Absi said. “Having innocently volunteered that information, there was no way I could get out of being involved. Bill has recruited me to work on the turret.”

And Mike Essi (Eng ’69, MEng ’73) is sharing some time and is responsible for the Roman clock in the tower.

TeadermanCoverPine and chestnut are the choice woods. “Pine matches the color of the stone,” Teaderman explained. “We’ll have rough and smooth wood to reflect the field stone.”

The quiet, meticulous man has spent months reflecting on plans for the model.

“There are so many details we want to add; rosettes, for example, and the symbols of the colleges that are carved in the doors of the main entrance,” Teaderman said.

“I’m still trying to decide if we’re including the peregrine falcons’ nest that’s on top of the tower. We can only include so much,” he joked.

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Entrepreneur Alumnus Named to UT Board of Trustees

March 31st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Meghan Cunningham

LucasA local technology entrepreneur and the organizer of TEDxToledo has been appointed the newest member of The University of Toledo Board of Trustees.

Will Lucas, the co-founder and CEO of the technology company Classana that connects students with educational and career-related resources, and founder of Creadio that provides custom, live in-store music channels for businesses, was named by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to a term beginning Feb. 24 and ending July 1, 2024.

“I look forward to the opportunity to serve The University of Toledo and our community in this role,” Lucas said. “I am passionate about the future of education and the future of Toledo. The University of Toledo is an important part of creating that future, and I stand ready to help it succeed.”

Lucas, a 2015 graduate of UT with a bachelor’s degree in organizational technology, is the founder, curator and license holder for the local annual TED talks, an acronym that stands for Technology Entertainment Design, bringing together the city’s thinkers and doers since 2012.

“I look forward to Will joining the board and adding his perspectives from his community engagement and professional experiences,” said Sharon Speyer, chair of the UT Board of Trustees.

Business Insider named Lucas among the 46 Most Important African Americans in Technology in 2014 and the Most Influential African Americans in Tech in 2013. TechCruch also listed him in the 40 Diverse People in Tech Who Made Big Moves in 2015.

He serves on the Ohio Casino Control Commission and the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.

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UT in the News

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New UT Provost a Dean at San Jose State

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Class Notes

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Dr. Christine Manzey (Ed ’77, Ed ’78, MS ’85, PhD ’10) retired from Notre Dame Academy, located in Toledo, after nearly 32 years of service. Manzey taught science in the areas of anatomy, AP biology, physiology, comparative animal physiology and even started a molecular genetics course at the school. Manzey
Schutz Dr. Robert Schutz (MED ’86) joined Bluffton Women’s Care as an obstetrician and gynecologist. Bluffton Women’s Care is located in Bluffton, Ohio and is part of the Blanchard Valley Medical Practices.
**Kristi K. Hoffman (A/S ’86) published a book for teen and preteen girls, “Total Package Girl.” Hoffman is a national speaker, award-winning TV host and PBS-TV media personality. Her book helps girls across the globe tackle confidence battles, body image issues, cyberbullying and peer pressure situations using secret weapons, quizzes, power quotes, and deep-dive activities. Hoffman

Timothy Hood (Ed ’83) was named BCSN Teacher of the Month in January 2016. Hood teaches Spanish at Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School in Ottawa Hills, Ohio.

Tudor Jarrod Tudor (MA ’93, Law ’95) was selected as the new dean and chief administrative officer for the Burton Township campus of Kent State University.

Jim Barone (Law ’94) was elected senior vice president for group business development at MGA (managing general agent) distribution for Ameritas Life and Ameritas Life of New York. His responsibilities include leading the group division’s MGA distribution and expansion.

Sgt. Mike McGee (UTCTC ’93) retired from the Toledo Police Department after 30 years of service. McGee was a leader of the department’s former mounted patrol, serving with the unit in the 1980s and from 1999 to 2006. McGee

Susan Smith (A/S ’93, A/S ’93) has been appointed as the official Delaware County, Ind., historian. Smith will act primarily as a resource person for Delaware County’s historical and genealogical organizations, serve as liaison between statewide agencies and local organizations and answer queries from the public.

Dubios Dr. Bradley Dubois (MED ’95, RES ’97) is a family medicine specialist who started seeing patients in January at Whitewater Valley Primary Care in Connersville, Ind.

Mary C. Chapin (Law ’92) was appointed as vice president and chief legal officer of The National Student Clearinghouse, located in Herndon, Va. Formed in 1993, The National Student Clearinghouse is a trusted source for and leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges, handling more than 1.2 billion education record transactions annually.

**Dr. Devdutta Sangvai (MED ’98, RES ’01) has been appointed by the governor of North Carolina to the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. Sangvai is associate chief medical officer at Duke University Health Systems. He is very active in the medical community and has served as President of the Medical Society, an assistant professor at Duke, Executive Director for Duke Connected Care Clinically Integrated Network, and various committees for Duke University Health System. The Medical Care Commission adopts statewide plans for the construction and maintenance of hospitals, medical centers and other health care facilities. The commission has 17 members, each serving a four-year term.

Cheri A. Budzynski (Law ’07) is an attorney at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo and was just named to the firm’s partnership. Budzynski is a partner in the environmental practice group and her area has an emphasis on air and water issues that impact industry. Budzynski_Cheri_300dpi

Robb Williams (MBA ’00) recently launched the Midwest division of his company, Founders Professional, with a downtown Chicago office of five employees. Founders Professional is a wholesale insurance brokerage specializing in the placement of professional liability insurance.


*Daniel Woodcock (Bus ’14) recently launched his web marketing business, Birney Woodcock, started the Toledo Matters podcast, and was nominated for Toledo’s 20 Under 40 Award.

Faculty, staff & friends

Ed Miller, a 90 year old Rockets fan, still has football season tickets and women’s basketball season tickets and attends every home game. Ed also still teaches ballroom dancing. During his time at the University he wrestled and has a plaque in his home that shows he was at the Olympic Trials for wrestling in 1952.

Births and Marriages

*Dr. Joseph Shipman (MED ’14) and Lauren Gregoricka announced their engagement and are planning a May 13, 2016 wedding at The Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Mich.

Beck Valerie Christine Beck (Ed ’11) and Lucas David Johnson announced their engagement and will wed on June 18, 2016 at The Chapel in Sandusky, Ohio.

Dr. Eric Thompson (Pharm ’05, PharmD ’07) and Dr. Erin Thompson (Pharm ’10, PharmD ’12) welcomed their first child, Mallory Lynn Thompson on November 8, 2015.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. William U. McDonald, Toledo at 88. He taught in the UT Department of English for nearly four decades. He joined the University as an instructor in 1955. Two years later, McDonald became an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1961, and was named professor in 1966. During his career, he served as assistant chair of the English Department and chair of basic English classes from 1960 to 1966; director of graduate studies in English from 1966 to 1968; director of freshman English from 1968 to 1972; and associate chair of the English Department from 1966 to 1985. He retired in 1985 and continued to teach part time until 1993, when he was named professor emeritus.

Andrew J. Minet, Toledo at 71. He was a former employee at UT Medical Center.

Mary Ann (Braucher) Wilczynski, Toledo at 67. She was a custodian at UT from 1989 to 2008.

Dr. Jeffrey G. Dunn, Toledo at 78. He was a visiting professor in the Chemistry Department from 1998 to 2001, and then served as director of the College of Arts and Sciences Instrumentation Center from 2001 to 2006.

Jeannette E. “Jeanne” Miller, Toledo at 92. She worked at MCO for several years in medical records and retired as tumor registrar in 1984.

**Dorothy Robinson, att. 1949, Eaglewood, Fla. at 93.

Dr. Ayyaswamy Thambuswamy (RES ’75), Perrysburg, Ohio at 85. He was a former volunteer assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.

Frances A. (Kwiatkowski) Bishop, Toledo at 57. She was a custodian at the University from 2007 to 2010.

Dr. Bernard A. Coyne, Ann Arbor, Mich. at 83. He came to the University in 1964 with the charge of establishing the Theatre and Speech Department. He served as the first chair of the department for 10 years. In that capacity, he helped shape the Theatre Department as well as its eventual home, the Center for Performing Arts, which opened in 1976. Over the years, Coyne directed numerous UT productions, and he was co-founder of the Creative Arts Community in Toledo and founder of the Alternate Theatre Company in Toledo. In 1968, he was elected to a two-year term on the board of directors for the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology, a New York-based organization dedicated to improving technical standards. He retired from the University in 1985 and received emeritus status.

Grace L. (Goodsite) Russell, Waterville, Ohio at 94. She was a retired University employee.


Harry Warnke (Bus ’41), Des Plaines, Ill. at 96.

Joseph Koluch (Eng ’49), Northwood, Ohio at 89.

Jeanette Deacon (Ed ’48), Lisle, Ill. at 88.

Stanley Camp (Bus ’49), Toledo at 94.


Marcia Judge (Pharm ’57), Camden, Mich. at 81.

Robert Mallory (Bus ’57), Toledo at 90.

Benjamin Landis (MEd ’56), San Mateo, Calif. at 89.

Marylou Toth (Ed ’53), Gig Harbor, Wash. at 80.

**Raymond Squire (Eng ’57), Toledo at 84.

Virginia Garofalo (Ed ’50), Red Hook, N.Y. at 88.


**Paul Cairl (MEd ’63), Findlay, Ohio at 88.

Barbara Douthett (Ed ’69), Toledo at 68.

**Lawrence Fleck (Bus ’60), Toledo at 80.

Mary Tubbs (Ed ’68, MEd ’72), Toledo at 73.

Robert Wimberly (A/S ’61, MS ’66), Port Charlotte, Fla. at 79.

James Wilkinson (Bus ’69), Toledo at 71.


Rev. Linda Rahe (NRS ’77, MNRS ’87), Findlay, Ohio at 71.

Peter Barber (Law ’78), Toledo at 68.

Charles Berning (UTCTC ’74), Toledo at 72.

**Phillip Gill (A/S ’71), Ottawa Lake, Mich. at 68.

Mark Furman (UTCTC ’79, UTCTC ’89), Toledo at 66.

Karen Long (Ed ’75), Toledo at 65.

Kathleen Francis (Ed ’76, MA ’87), Sylvania, Ohio at 77.

**Hilde Hildebrandt (A/S ’75), Buckeye Lake, Ohio at 83.

William Knoblauch (Ed ’71), Maumee, Ohio at 70.

David Hoffman (Eng ’74), Centreville, Md. at 74.


Freda Stovall (UTCTC ’80), Toledo at 65.

Eric Bischoff (Ed ’88), Ashland, Ohio at 52.

Renee Potts (Law ’89), Marion, Ohio at 52.

Eric Ramlow (Bus ’84), Bowling Green, Ohio at 54.

Kathleen Kolinski (UTCTC ’84), Colorado Springs, Colo. at 60.


Donald Holman (UTCTC ’92), Toledo at 64.

Phillip Haas (MS ’94), Akron, Ohio at 73.


Pauline Kynard (A/S ’02), Toledo at 60.

Alexander Conn (Law ’08), Falls Church, Va. at 34.


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Rocket Wireless is now on HSC!

March 31st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in UT Technology


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