The University of Toledo Year In Review

December 26th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

Under the direction of President Sharon Gaber and with the support of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, many great things were accomplished at the University of Toledo in 2016.  Here is a recap of a few of the many newsworthy moments from this year:

  • The Ohio Attorney General’s Office awards UT $214,000 to help victims of sexual violence on campus. The funding is used to create the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness.
  • bubble-tea-guysUT alumni Prakash Karamchandani and Hochan Jang open Bubble Tea in the Gateway.
  • For the 10th year in a row, UT Medical Center receives the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
  • Some 2,000 attend the 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Celebration in Savage Arena.
  • UT student-athletes earn a combined grade point average of 3.216 in the 2015 fall semester, the highest department GPA for a semester in school history.
  • The University’s surgical residency program ranks No. 14 in the nation when it comes to outcome-based measures, according to the Journal of Surgical Education.
  • The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences celebrates the opening of the Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments’ gift of $250,000 funds several new state-of-the-art instruments.
  • Total enrollment for spring semester increases to 18,849, according to official 15-day census numbers. That’s up from 18,783 in spring semester 2015.
  • 02012016-1861Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc., visits campus Feb. 1 for the Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series and shares the story of how he and Steve Jobs — and their business partner Ronald Wayne — revolutionized the computer industry. More than 3,000 attend the event in Savage Arena.
  • White House National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli visits Scott Park Campus and holds a Toledo Community Forum on Responses to the Opioid Epidemic, discussing evidence-based programs to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse.
  • Open forums and focus groups take place to gather input for the University’s strategic diversity plan.
  • The UT Board of Trustees approves the merger of the College of Health Sciences and the College of Social Justice and Human Service. The new College of Health and Human Services will be established July 1. Dr. Christopher Ingersoll will serve as dean.
  • To stabilize the University’s budget, division and college leaders are asked to identify a 1.5 percent reduction to the operating budget for fiscal year 2016 and
    3 percent to the entire budget for fiscal year 2017.
  • Will Lucas, alumnus and co-founder and CEO of the technology company Classana, and founder of Creadio, is named by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to the UT Board of Trustees.
  • UT is among eight Ohio universities to receive a total of $1.9 million from the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative.
  • beier-2016bThe UT Foundation achieves a 2.3 percent total investment return for the 2015 fiscal year, surpassing the 2 percent average for participants of similar asset size, in the National Association of College and University Business Officers-Commonfund Study of Endowments.
  • Mark Beier, the longtime radio play-by-play voice of Toledo Rockets football and men’s basketball, retires.
  • matchdayA total of 165 fourth-year medical students learn where they will train for their residencies at Match Day.
  • hsuDr. Andrew Hsu, dean of the College of Engineering at San Jose State University, is named UT provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and will start his new job July 1.
  • Donald Kamm, associate director and Title IX deputy coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago Office for Access and Equity, is tapped as director of Title IX and compliance and Title IX coordinator for UT.
  • ut-tps-press-conferenceUT and Toledo Public Schools partner to create a new initiative called Teach Toledo to recruit and prepare the Glass City’s citizens to become Toledo’s teachers.
  • Nearly 1,700 students, faculty and staff spend March 19 giving back to the community during the Big Event.
  • Senior Sammy Richart becomes only the seventh Rocket in program history to qualify for the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Meet.
  • The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center is named one of the 2015 top 100 hospitals and health systems with great oncology programs by Becker’s Hospital Review.
  • The women’s golf team breaks a school record by winning its fifth tournament crown of the season with an eight-stroke victory at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va.
  • Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell starts his new job as associate vice president and dean of students April 4. Most recently, he served as associate vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at Jackson State University in Mississippi.
  • bancroft-at-podium-smiling-by-danPolar explorer Ann Bancroft speaks April 5 in Doermann Theater as part of the Jesup Scott Honors Distinguished Lecture Series.
  • Students dance for 13 hours at RockeTHON and raise $147,530 for the Children’s Miracle Network.
  • chan-screen-shotThe Dr. Cyrus Chan Endowed Scholarship Fund is established by friends and colleagues of the 39-year-old resident who is battling stage IV colon cancer. Chan passes away April 21.
  • banner-signing-autorgraphs-by-danMore than 650 pack the Student Union Auditorium to hear rapper, record producer, actor and activist David Banner discuss “Diversity in Politics.” His keynote address is part of Diversity Week and Diversity Month.
  • Dan Barbee, vice president for clinical services, is named UTMC interim CEO to replace Dave Morlock, who announces he is leaving the University.
  • Trustees approve the merger of the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning and YouCollege with UT Online to form University College. Dr. Barbara Kopp Miller, associate provost for online education, will be dean beginning July 1.
  • UT and BP partner for the new Rocket Engineering Prep Program that will ensure full tuition and fee scholarships for four years for select Toledo Public School students to attend the College of Engineering in exchange for successfully completing three summers of enrichment and mentoring programs at the University during high school.
  • The University is selected as one of America’s Outstanding Navy Reserve Employers for 2016. Out of more than 100 employers nominated for this recognition, 50 are chosen, and UT is the only higher education institution selected to receive the designation.
  • glass-bowl-turf-project-5A new FieldTurf surface called Revolution 360 is installed in the Glass Bowl.
  • The College of Business and Innovation is listed in the top 100 best undergraduate business schools in the nation by Bloomberg, a global business and financial information and news leader. The college is No. 96.
  • The women’s basketball team finishes 24th best in the country in home attendance, averaging 4,050 fans per contest for the second highest total in school history. The Rockets lead the MAC in attendance for an unprecedented 26th consecutive season.
  • brown-dwarfUT astronomers identify a new object in space approximately 100 light years from Earth, estimated to be roughly five to 10 times the mass of Jupiter and 10 million years old. The free-floating planetary mass object is a brown dwarf and called WISEA J114724.10-204021.3.
  • Don Reiber LectureSavage Arena’s production control room is renamed in honor of Don Reiber, associate professor of communication and director of the Department of Communication’s Media Services, who passed away Sept. 20 at age 68. More than 400 attend a memorial service April 24 to remember Reiber, who spent 36 years at the University teaching television production, live-truck production, and radio production and programming.
  • Golfer Sathika Ruenreong is one of six individuals selected to participate in an NCAA regional hosted by the University of Alabama. She is the first Rocket to compete in an NCAA event in the program’s 21-year history.
  • manilowThe UT Concert Chorale sings three songs with Barry Manilow April 27 as part of his Farewell Tour at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.
  • UT 2016 Spring CommencementDr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and former U.S. Congressman and physicist Dr. Rush D. Holt address 2,843 candidates for degrees at commencement ceremonies.
  • Stephanie Sanders, an executive consultant at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a firm that specializes in strengthening higher education enrollment practices, is named interim vice president of enrollment.
  • Five peregrine falcon chicks hatch atop University Hall’s tower.
  • Women’s Golf Head Coach Nicole Hollingsworth, who in March signed a contract that will keep her at the Rockets’ helm through the 2018-19 season, is named MAC Coach of the Year.
  • brown-and-mcketherDr. Willie McKether, associate professor of anthropology who has been serving in a temporary role as special assistant to the president for diversity, is named UT vice president for diversity and inclusion.
  • Former Utah assistant Jonas Persson is named head women’s swimming and diving coach.
  • Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Susan Desjardins speaks in front of 254 candidates for degrees at the College of Medicine and Life Sciences commencement ceremony.
  • UT student-athletes earn a combined grade point average of 3.249 in spring semester, the third highest department semester GPA in school history. The men’s golf team sets the all-time UT record for team GPA with a 3.759 mark.
  • Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor in the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, is named dean of the College of Graduate Studies. She replaces Dr. Patsy Komuniecki, who will retire July 1.
  • Graduate student Holly Embke is the first researcher to discover direct proof of grass carp, a type of invasive Asian carp, spawning in a Great Lakes tributary.
  • A group gathers to celebrate the Merger Anniversary.The 10-year anniversary of the merger of The University of Toledo and the Medical University of Ohio is celebrated.
  • Trustees approve the $737.8 million budget for fiscal year 2017.
  • The board also approves the merger of the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences and the College of Communication and the Arts.
  • Dr. Jamie Barlowe will serve as dean of new College of Arts and Letters starting
    July 1.
  • UT is selected to join the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. The association operates world-class astronomical observatories and works to promote observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research.
  • Lawrence R. Kelley, who has been interim chief financial officer, is appointed to the position.
  • balbinotVeteran sports broadcaster Brent Balbinot is the new “Voice of the Rockets.” This fall, Balbinot will serve as play-by-play broadcaster for football and men’s basketball, and host the respective coaches’ radio shows.
  • Dr. Rebecca Schneider, professor and chair of curriculum and instruction, receives two state grants to train local high school teachers to teach college courses to their students as part of an expansion of the state’s College Credit Plus program.
  • Fiscal year 2016 ends with a total of 10,529 donors giving $18.5 million to the University. It is an increase in donors of nearly 17 percent and an increase of nearly 10 percent in dollars.
  • As part of the Academic Affiliation, UT learners on the ProMedica Toledo and Toledo Children’s Hospital Campus begin occupying a new academic space. The renovated area provides classrooms, on-call sleep rooms, a lounge, lockers and shower facilities for students and residents.
  • arboretum-july-2016-by-danStranahan Arboretum is No. 40 on the 50 Most Beautiful College Arboretums by Best College Reviews.
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich names Alfred A. Baker, a retired vice president from Owens Illinois Inc., to the UT Board of Trustees.
  • appelDr. Heidi Appel, senior associate director of the Honors College at the University of Missouri, is named dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College. She will start her new job Aug. 15.
  • The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center and UT Physicians are selected to participate in a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services pilot program designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of oncology specialty care.
  • A Helicopter lifts steel beams that are being used to reinforce the bell tower.W.R. Meyers Co. of Napoleon, Ohio, uses a helicopter crane to deliver steel beams that will be used to reinforce University Hall’s iconic tower.
  • UTMC is recognized by the National Health Resources and Services Administration as a platinum-level partner for its efforts to promote organ, eye and tissue donation as part of the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.
  • Domino’s opens at the Gateway.
  • art-on-the-mall-close-up-2016-by-danMore than 10,000 attend the 24th annual Art on the Mall, presented by the University of Toledo Alumni Association.
  • Business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi holds a ceremony in honor of Sierah Joughin July 30 in the Student Union. Joughin, who was entering her third year as a student in the College of Business and Innovation, died last month at age 20. About 100 attend the event, which includes a candlelight vigil.
  • The University and the city of Toledo announce the Toledo Talent Keeps Toledo Great internship program to allow all students the opportunity to earn experience working in city offices and provide local government with additional talent to serve the community.
  • A total of 173 medical students receive their white coats and recite the pledge of ethics at a ceremony Aug. 4 in the Lois and Norman Nitschke Auditorium.
  • Dr. Frank Calzonetti, vice president for government relations, is appointed vice president of research. He led the University’s research operations for a decade before moving to government relations in 2011.
  • Former Rocket quarterback Bruce Gradkowski opens Social Gastropub Aug. 15. The renovated eatery replaces Gradkowski’s.
  • bridge-shot-by-danClosed since March, the new David Leigh Root Bridge on Stadium Drive opens. The span features UT’s signature lannon stone and six-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides of the road.
  • Carlson Library’s $3 million renovation of the third and fourth floors is celebrated Aug. 18. Funded by state capital investment funds, the renovation includes the creation of more than 20 new group study rooms on the floors.
  • Male student-athletes are the recipients of the 2015-16 MAC Faculty Athletics Representative Academic Achievement Award for the highest overall grade point average for all men’s sports.
  • UT wins the 2015-16 MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award for the best GPA in the conference. UT’s 377 student-athletes post a school-record grade point average of 3.235.
  • Enrollment for fall semester increases by 267 students, marking the first gain in six years. Total enrollment for fall semester is 20,648, according to official 15-day census numbers. UT had 20,381 students enrolled in fall semester 2015.
  • The facilities master planning team holds open forums to receive feedback on scenarios.
  • Trustees conduct their first performance review of President Sharon L. Gaber and voice their full support of her leadership.
  • steak-n-shake-construction-signUT extends its contract with Aramark for six years and announces Steak ‘n Shake is scheduled to open in spring 2017 and replace Rocky’s Grill in the lower level of the Student Union.
  • A memorial service is held for Dr. Lancelot C.A. Thompson, professor emeritus of chemistry and 55-year UT veteran, who died Sept. 10 at age 91. President Gaber announces the Student Union will be renamed in his honor. A trailblazer, Thompson was the first African-American full-time faculty member at the University, the first black to receive tenure, the first African-American vice president, and the first person to hold the post of vice president for student affairs.
  • The University is ranked among the world’s top research schools in the 2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
  • UT helps launch the White House mentoring program called My Brother’s Keeper in Toledo, which will prepare local students for college and career readiness.
  • The University hosts the 13th annual International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference.
  • strategic-planning-dinnebeil-by-danThe UT strategic planning committee holds its inaugural meeting Sept. 27.
  • Dr. Xin Wang, associate professor of psychiatry, receives $3.38 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the brain for early signs of post-traumatic stress disorder after an injury.
  • youngAndrew Young makes history come alive at the Edward Shapiro Distinguished Lecture Sept. 29 as he shares his 60 years of experiences in the civil rights movement, the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, and as mayor of Atlanta. More than 500 attend his talk in Savage Arena.
  • kellersUT alumna Janet Keller gives $1 million to support generations of future teachers. She and her husband, the Rev. Gerald Keller, are inspired to advance the Judith Herb College of Education’s strong reputation as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.
  • The Ohio Senate presents a proclamation honoring the Athletic Department for earning the 2015-16 MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award.
  • Trustees approve Oct. 10 the issue of $30 million in bonds to address maintenance needs on Main Campus and Health Science Campus. Parks Tower and other academic and administrative buildings will be renovated.
  • The Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness receives a U.S. Department of Justice $299,202 grant to prevent and address sexual assault victimization on college campuses. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine awards UT $286,782 to continue operations of the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness.
  • chapmansGeorge and Leslie Chapman donate $1 million for the construction of the new basketball office complex in Savage Arena.
  • The Toledo Rockets win the Battle of I-75 for the seventh consecutive season with a thrilling 42-35 Homecoming victory over the Bowling Green Falcons Oct. 15 in front of 30,147 fans in the Glass Bowl.
  • Daymond John, an investor on ABC’s Emmy award-winning reality television series “Shark Tank” and founder and CEO of the clothing line FUBU, speaks Oct. 18 in front of a capacity crowd in the Lois and Norman Nitschke Auditorium. He shares his success story as part of the Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series.
  • Strategic planning open forums are held to gather input from the campus community.
  • UTMC is again verified as a Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
  • The 16th annual Great Lakes Water Conference focuses on “Safe Drinking Water: A Tale of Three Cities” Nov. 4 in the Law Center.
  • thompson-exterior-sign-by-danThe Student Union is renamed Nov. 7 in honor of Dr. Lancelot C.A. Thompson, the longtime UT professor and administrator who devoted his career to student success.
  • UT is recognized as a top school for supporting student veterans. Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse, gives the University the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation. Military Times lists UT in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings, and Military Advanced Education & Transition names UT a top school in its 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities research study.
  • veterans-dayArmy Sgt. Richard Perry, UT professor emeritus, receives the French Legion of Honor at the annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast and Resource Fair Nov. 11 in Savage Arena.
  • blue-star-memorial-by-bk-photographyNew markers are unveiled Nov. 11 at the UT Veterans Memorial Plaza. The new Gold Star Memorial and Blue Star Memorial markers pay tribute to the Gold Star families whose loved ones paid the ultimate price defending the country and to those Blue Star families who have defended, are defending, or will defend the United States.
  • The Ohio Department of Public Safety certifies the UT Police Department for meeting new state standards for the use of deadly force, agency recruitment and hiring.
  • A draft of the campus master plan is presented to the public Dec. 7. The proposal focuses on repositioning the academic core, investing in research, consolidating athletics, and enhancing student life.
  • Senior tight end Michael Roberts is named first-team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America and Phil Steel Publications.
  • utmcUT Medical Center is named one of America’s 32 best teaching hospitals at preventing central-line infections in intensive care units, according to Consumer Reports.
  • The Board of Trustees approves the conversion from a 16-week semester to a 15-week semester.
  • Toledo loses to Appalachian State, 31-28, in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Dec. 17 in Montgomery, Ala. Senior running back Kareem Hunt rushes for 120 yards and two touchdowns to become UT’s all-time leading rusher.
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Alumna’s gift makes holiday bright for one UT student

December 26th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Vicki L. Kroll

alumnagiftDaniela Somaroo hopped in her car Dec. 18 in Detroit and drove down I-75 to visit friends in Toledo — and to make one special delivery.

First stop for the UT alumna: the home of Dr. Sammy Spann, assistant provost for international studies and programs.

She handed Spann a check for $4,000, a donation to the Center for International Studies and Programs.

“He immediately rejected it, which I expected was going to happen,” Somaroo recalled. “And I said, ‘No, this is something that I really need to do, and I’m not going to take it back because this could help somebody else.’”

“This was an unexpected blessing,” Spann said of the generous donation. “This will be used to help a young lady from Haiti who was getting ready to go home due to lack of funds. Now she can take classes next semester.”

Two years ago, Somaroo was that young lady lacking funds for school.

“During my last semester, the government body that administers currency exchange in my country wasn’t approving the release of dollars for me to be able to pay for school anymore,” the native of Caracas, Venezuela, said. “And, of course, if you don’t pay your last semester, you don’t get your diploma. That was my concern: If I didn’t have my diploma, I wouldn’t be able to submit my paperwork for a work visa.”

Somaroo was at the Center for International Studies and Programs and happened to see Spann.

“Like the awesome person Sammy is, he asked, ‘Hey, how are you doing? Were you able to pay for your semester?’ I wasn’t going to lie to him, and I told him I was still about $4,000 short, and I was graduating in four days,” Somaroo said. “I can walk in the ceremony, but I wouldn’t receive my diploma.

“So he talked to Cheryl Thomas, executive assistant in the Center for International Studies and Programs, who is also a great person, and he said, ‘Hey Cheryl, can you find $4,000 for Daniela’s account?’ And then he said, ‘Congratulations, you’ve graduated.’ That was just a shocker. Things like that don’t happen all the time. It was a life saver. I am forever indebted to him.”

It was December 2014, and Somaroo received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. Then she landed a job as a service engineer at Honeywell International Inc. and moved to Merrillville, Ind. For the past couple months, she’s been filling in at the company’s Detroit office.

“Sammy didn’t say it was a loan,” she said. “But I made myself a promise once he gave me that money to pay for the semester; I told myself I had to pay it back somehow someday. It took me two years, but I made it.”

Spann was moved to tears by the gift and posted about it on his Facebook page.

Comments poured in: “So awesome people like her still exist. Wow!” “She truly has a heart of gold.” “Thank you so much for showing love to our students.” “What an inspiration. I can’t wait to give back to the Center for International Studies and Programs!” “It is so amazing to see Rockets helping Rockets!” “Thank you for reaching back and investing in others!”

Somaroo was surprised by the post — and the comments.

“It was just extremely overwhelming. I didn’t expect anything. Sammy’s thank-you and knowing where that money is going to were more than enough, and I told him that,” she said. “The amount of comments and love I’ve received from that post — my heart is full.”

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Raycom Media Camellia Bowl festivities in pictures

December 26th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Events

The Toledo Rockets dropped a 31-28 decision to Sun Belt Conference champion Appalachian State in the 2016 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Dec. 17.  Although the Rockets didn’t win the game, there were plenty of bowl-related activities for Toledo fans to enjoy in Montgomery, Alabama, including an Alumni Association pregame event which drew more than 330 people from around the country.

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UT in the News

December 26th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in In The News
UT leader: Result of work for better rank will take time

University of Toledo President Sharon Gaber told an audience of business leaders that the university is committed to improving its national rank but cautioned it will take time to see results of that work.

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UT campus master plan

UT, BGSU hold their fall commencement ceremonies

Much has been said about the millennial generation, Timothy Snyder said Saturday to a packed Savage Arena, and plenty of it has been negative.

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Board of Trustees approve conversion to 15-week semesters

The University of Toledo will offer 15-week semesters beginning in the 2017-18 academic year to provide students with more flexibility for success in the classroom and experiential learning opportunities.

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UT awarded Department of Commerce innovation grant to invest in academic researchers throughout Northwest Ohio

The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded The University of Toledo $500,000 to help launch startup companies, move ideas to market, and spur job creation through faculty research.

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UT Medical Center earns national safety recognition

An increased focus on patient safety has earned The University of Toledo Medical Center a place on a ranking by Consumer Reports of the country’s safest teaching hospitals.

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Human trafficking victim aid boosted with Toledo Community Foundation grants

An effort to coordinate services for area human trafficking victims received a $75,000 boost from the Toledo Community Foundation.

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PhD student searches for Earth-like planet

Emotional abuse in childhood may mean migraine later

Emotional abuse during childhood packs more of a wallop than physical or even sexual abuse when it comes to increasing odds of migraine later in life, researchers said.

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UT astronomer selected as member of elite NASA group focus on cosmic origins

A University of Toledo astronomer who specializes in the formation of stars and planets has been named to a 12-member NASA advisory group.

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UT students Relay for Life

It’s the season of giving and this 12 hour relay is raising tens of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society.

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Toledo’s bell towers are a ‘voice to the community’

For churches and universities throughout northwest Ohio, ringing in the holidays is a literal affair.

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Art student restores globe in Carlson Library

What the globe in Carlson Library needed was love, sweet love. And some new paint.

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Class Notes

December 26th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

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over-40-tennis-team-membersJames “Skip” Aston (Bus ’73), Tony Donofrio (Bus ’80), Kevin Brooks (A/S ’92), Srini Hejeebu (RES ’96), Supriya Chakravarty (RES ’06), along with Jack Eid, Dan McCloskey, Ed Nahhas, Gus Safadi, Dave Strup, Frank Viviano, and Max Forster are all members of a tennis team at Shadow Valley Tennis and Fitness Club, located in Maumee, Ohio. They are state champions, Midwest champions, named Team of the Year in the USTA NWO Region, and made it to the nationals, located in Palm Springs, Calif., where they lost to Hawaii, the eventual champions. The team’s record for the year was an impressive 17-2.

*Don King (Eng ’79) embarked on an adventure to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. King and three friends had a firsthand view of the residing snow and glaciers at 19,400 feet. They also investigated the high levels of fluoride in the water and soil, and enjoyed meeting the people of Africa, converting a couple to become Rocket fans.


Michael A. Buczkowski (Bus ’83) was announced as chief marketing officer in the division of continuing education at the UCLA Extension, located in Los Angeles, Calif. Buczkowski was the founder, owner and CEO of Digit Integration in Chicago, an agency known for the hyper-connected “always-on” social world, fusing big data modeling with a technology platform to publish, listen, monitor and measure. UCLA Extension has over 90,000 enrollments annually. Courses are evenings and weekends in Westwood and Downtown Los Angeles, also offering online degrees.

*Glenn Plumby (MBA ’85) was elected to serve on the board of directors for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Plumby is the senior vice president of operations at Enon, Ohio-based Speedway LLC. NACS serves the convenience and fuel retailing industry by providing industry knowledge, connections and advocacy to ensure the competitive viability of its members’ businesses.


Karen Adinolfi (A/S ’92) has been named as vice president of the board of directors for the Akron Area Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Adinolfi is a partner at the law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA and focuses her practice on labor and employment litigation, regulatory compliance, and union matters.

*Gino Torio (Eng ’98, MEng ’06) attended freshman orientation with his daughter, Ashlen, over the summer. They discussed that she was a third generation Rocket and between all of the family members combined, held 16 degrees from UT. Gino’s father, Dick Torio (Bus ’54), is in the hall of fame at UT for wrestling. His mother, Barb Torio (Med ’96), sister Mary Torio (Ed ’90), brother Richard Coady Torio (Bus ’90), sister Sheila Torio (Ed ’91, Med ’04, Ed Spec ’15), brother Anthony Torio (Ed ’96, A/S ’00, MA ’02), sister Angela Torio (Ed ’02), and sister Theresa Torio (Ed ’03, MHSHS ’10, Ed Spec ’12) all hold degrees from the University and are proud Toledo graduates.

paiz Dr. Joshua M. Paiz (A/S ’09, MA ’11) has published his co-edited volume on second language writing with Beijing Foreign language Teaching and Research Press. This book was co-edited with Drs. Tony Silva from Purdue University, Junju Wang and Cong Zhang from Shandong University.
Louise M. Schlatter (Eng ’99) received The American Institute of Architects Ohio (AIA Ohio) Mentor Award. The award is given to an architect, who through dedication to the profession, has committed themselves to assisting and advancing knowledge and skills of those entering the profession. louise_schlatter

Kyle Kubik (Ed ’12) is the new principal of pre-kindergarten to grade four at Monroe Catholic Elementary Schools. He will oversee education at the St. Michael and St. John campuses, located in Monroe, Mich.

Births and Marriages
young Katie Young (MED ’14) and Chad Estep wed on September 24 at Hotel Monaco in Chicago. Katie is completing her last year as a resident physician in internal medicine at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and plans to pursue a fellowship in pulmonary critical care. Chad recently completed his PhD in neuroscience at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Scott Braddock (Eng ’05, MEng ’08) and Summer Reinke were married on October 15 at the Club at Hillbrook in Chagrin Falls, Ohio in an outdoor ceremony. Scott is employed as an FEA Engineer for Tenneco in Milan, Ohio and Summer works as an artist. braddock-reinke-wedding
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Daryl Blanchard, Toledo at 82. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1969. He became a full professor in 1978 and coordinated the Architectural Technology Program at the former Community and Technical College. He taught in the Engineering Technology Department until 2014.

Dr. Ray A. Brinker, Marshfield, Wis. at 84. He joined the MCO faculty in 1984 and was professor of radiology with a joint appointment in surgery when he retired in 2006. For a time, Brinker also served as chair of radiology.

William “Bill” Candelore, Clermont, Fla. at 88. He was a former instructor in the ROTC Program.

Marlene J. Corey, Toledo at 80. She worked at MCO from 1992 until her retirement as director of worker’s compensation in 1998.

Dr. Frank O. Horton III (MED ’73), Toledo at 69. In 1976, he was named a clinical associate professor in the MCO Department of Medicine.

Sandra L. (Rice) Tegtmeier, Northwood, Ohio at 63. She was a former employee of MCO and UT Medical Center.

Dr. John Chrysochoos, Toledo at 82. A physical chemist, he joined the UT faculty as an assistant professor in 1967. The native of the Greek island Ikaria was promoted to associate professor in 1971 and professor in 1976. Chrysochoos served as department chair in 1993 and 1994; he retired in 2003. The avid UT sports fan wrote eight books, including “Longevity,” “In Reason We Trust,” “Elusive Dreams,” and “Ikaria – Paradise in Peril.”

**Dr. Andrew Delbecq (Bus ’58), Almeda, Calif. at 80. He was a lecturer at UT in 1959 and 1960. After receiving master’s and doctoral degrees, he returned to Toledo as an assistant professor of general business in 1962 and was an associate professor or organization behavior when he left UT in 1967.

Churton Budd (A/S ’91, UTCTC ’93), Toledo at 52. He worked at MCO and UTMC from 1987 to 2015. Over the years, he was a laboratory technician, paramedic, emergency nurse, and systems analyst in clinical informatics. Budd worked on the scene of disasters, including Hurricane Andrew in Florida and New York City after 9-11.

Lucielle F. “Luci” Gorski, Perrysburg, Ohio at 86. She was a member of Women & Philanthropy at UT. Gorski was on the grants committee for the volunteer organization that promotes the University through grants and UT initiatives.

Fred Lewis Schierloh, Temperance, Mich. at 72. He was a former UT employee.

Ellen M. Clarke, Toledo. She was a former MCO employee.

James “Jim” Dyko (A/S ’69) Toledo at 69. He was an associate lecturer in the Judith Herb College of Education from 1998 to 2013. Dyko also coordinated the sign language program.


**Joanne Juergens (Ed ’50), Fort Wayne, Ind. at 87.

Charles Rymers (Ed ’50, Med ’53), Elmore, Ohio at 88.

Linda Wilgus Taylor (Ed ’51), at 87.

John Huffer (Law ’57), Port Clinton, Ohio at 84.


Occie Burt (Ed ’65), Cincinnati, Ohio at 79.

Gerald Hendricks (Med ’65), Bryan, Ohio at 98.


Peggy Coleman (Ed ’73, Med ’77), Toledo at 76.

Mary Haefner (Ed ’71), Toledo at 98.

James Wesolowski (UTCTC ’74), Toledo at 63.

Edward Sobczak (UTCTC ’72), Lake Oswego, Ore. at 92.


Dr. Lee Bowlus (MED ’80), San Diego, Calif. at 61.

Carol Walker (A/S ’83), Toledo at 62.

Berry Whitehead (Univ COll ’85), Melbourne, Fla. at 93.


Dr. Bonita Buckley (PhD ’90), Toledo at 89.

Betty Liller (Ed ’90, Med ’97), Grove City, Ohio at 67.


Dr. Susan Meisner (Pharm ’01, PharmD ’03), Brownstown Township, Mich. at 46.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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