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Archive for May, 2012

Local artist to unveil beautiful mural painted for UTMC pediatric patients

Jeannine Dailey poses in front of the mural she created in the lobby of UTMC pediatrics clinic.

As Jeannine Dailey finishes the vast mural that spans the walls of The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Pediatric Clinic located in the Ruppert Health Center, it seems fitting that the beauty she’s created for kids and families comes from having successfully conquering the results of a disease normally associated with children.

On Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. in the Ruppert Health Center on UT’s Health Science Campus, Dailey will unveil her mural and share her remarkable story.

After catching chickenpox as an adult and having part of her brain removed, Dailey was expected to live the rest of her life in a nursing home.

Instead, working with The Ohio Rehabilitation ServicesCommission (RSC), Goodwill Industries and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Development Center, Dailey has her own business, Visions Murals, LLC.

“I always wanted to open a mural painting business” Dailey said at Vision Murals’ launch celebration in August of last year, “and this new program is allowing my dreams to come true.”

U.S. News ranks Toledo Early College High School among nation’s best

Toledo Early College High School, a Toledo Public Schools high school operated in partnership with The University of Toledo, has been issued a Bronze Medal by U.S. News and World Report as part of its 2012 “Best High Schools” edition.

Toledo Early College High School allows students to earn college credit while in high school. Located on the UT Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation, early college students begin their studies with high school courses and college courses are added to their curriculum in their junior and senior years. Students can graduate high school with up to 60 college credits – the equivalent of two years of college.

U.S. News and World Report issued the Bronze Medal to schools that meet a number of academic achievement criteria as judged by the publication, including college readiness, math and reading. Toledo students scored 100 percent proficient in math and 98 percent proficient in reading.

“The University of Toledo is proud to partner with Toledo Public Schools to give these students the unique opportunity to be a high school student and a college student at the same time,” said Dr. William McMillen, UT provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “The successes of the students in the Toledo Early College High School truly should be celebrated for their ability to excel at both the high school and college levels simultaneously.”

The Toledo Early College High School opened for the 2005-06 academic year and graduated its first class of students in May, 2009. TPS will celebrate the 2012 graduates at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 in Nitschke Auditorium on the UT Main Campus.

Early Colleges in Ohio got their start in 2003, when KnowledgeWorks, working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ohio Department of Education and others, created the Ohio High School Transformation Initiative (OHSTI) and Early College High School Initiative reform models partly in response to the state’s poor graduation rate.

The program is designed to increase the number of first-generation, low-income, English language learners and students of color completing a four-year degree.

Toledo Early College High School is among nine early college high schools initiated by KnowledgeWorks that are now a part of EDWorks’ Fast Track high school approach, which is a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks.

Two other Ohio early college high schools also were issued Bronze Medals – Dayton Early College Academy and Youngstown Early College.

The state’s Early College High Schools have consistently reported more than 33 percent of students graduate from high school with both a high school diploma and two years of college credit or an associate degree.

“The Ohio early colleges are still in their educational infancy, but the success of Youngstown, DECA and Toledo early college high schools is emblematic of what can occur, even over a short span of time, when dedicated professionals endeavor to create challenging academic programs,” said Thomas J. Lasley, II, executive director of the Ohio Early College Association. “Such programs are essential if our young people are going to be competitive for future jobs in a globalized market economy.”

To see the U.S. News and World Report ranking of Toledo Early College High School, visit

Media Coverage
13 ABC (May 22, 2012)

ODNR officials to band falcon chicks today at UT

Naturalists from the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Wildlife will band the 2012 UT peregrine falcon chicks 2 p.m. Monday, May 21.

The free, public event will take place outside the Student Union on the UT Main Campus where tables will be set up. Rain or high winds could postpone the event.

Officials confirmed May 4 that UT’s resident peregrines, Belle and Allen, are the parents of four chicks this year. A video taken from a helmet can posted on YouTube from that day has been viewed more than 40,000 times. Watch it at

Ohio wildlife crews will bring the baby birds down from their top-of-the-tower nest and give each one a leg identification band so that it can be tracked after it migrates from its birthplace. Blood also will bedrawn from the chicks and they’re weighed to help determine their overall health.

This is the sixth successful brood for the adult peregrines since the division installed a nesting platform on the tower in 2007.

Media Coverage
The Blade (May 22, 2012)

TPS students to explore best locations for wind turbines in Toledo

Where are the appropriate locations for wind turbines in the greater Toledo area? Toledo Public School students will work to answer thatquestion at the Wind Energy Summit.

An estimated 100 students from several Toledo Public Schools classrooms – Chase STEM Academy, Harvard Elementary School, and Ottawa River Elementary School – are expected to attend the summit that will take place 9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Monday, May 14 at Toledo Technology Academy, 3301 Upton Ave.

The Wind Energy Summit will engage students with hands-on models to explore realistic issues related to wind turbine locations, such as shadow flicker, ice shedding, impact on avian species and turbulence. The students also will learn about specific types of turbines by building and comparing the types of blades that enable a wind turbine to lift a heavy object or generate electrical current.

Tenth grade students at the Toledo Technology Academy with assistance from students at Woodward High School will engage the younger TPS students in the activities to help them answer the question.

The classes were invited to participate because their teachers are participants in The University of Toledo LEADERS program, which aims to improve K-12 science education to better prepare students for future careers in Northwest Ohio’s renewable energy industry.

LEADERS, which stands for Leadership for Educators: Academy for Driving Economic Revitalization in Science, is funded by a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Earlier in May, the program announced its second cohort of teacher participants from Toledo Public Schools and schools in Monroe County, Michigan.

Media Coverage
The Blade (May 15, 2012)

Latino Youth Summit to celebrate 10th anniversary

The 10th annual Latino Youth Summit to promote higher education to junior high and high school students of Latino or Hispanic heritage in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan will take place Tuesday, May 8, at The University of Toledo.

“The summit is a way for us to reach students as early as seventh grade to show them yes, you can go to college, and this is how,” said Cecilia Rivera, UT Greek life coordinator and chair of the Latino Youth Summit Committee. “We want to promote higher education — if not college, some kind of trade — because it’s incredibly difficult to get a job with only a high school diploma.”

The summit will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting in the Student Union on Main Campus, with some tracks at the College of Engineering and on Health Science Campus.

More than 80 tenth-grade students will participate in hands-on activities using patient simulators, a 3-D CAD wall, plastinated organs, and other tools as they learn about science and medicine from 10:40 a.m.-noon in the basement of the Collier Building on the Health Science Campus.

This year, the University is partnering with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, a national organization promoting education, civic participation and leadership development for Latinos. The institute hosts the largest Latino leadership conference in the country that has attracted more than 6,000 attendees.

As a partner, the institute has arranged for speakers for the Latino Youth Summit workshops and is sponsoring this year’s keynote speaker, Roy Juarez Jr., a motivational speaker who encourages youth to hold on to their dreams. The institute also included the local event in its StudentLeadership Series.

“We’re so excited to partner with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute because it’s important to help this program get the national recognition it deserves,” Rivera said. “There are similar programs in the U.S., but there aren’t really any comparable programs in Ohio.”

Rivera has been involved with the Latino Youth Summit since her senior year as a student at UT in 2003, when she first volunteered at the event. It is her first year as the committee chair.

“The event’s become progressively bigger since our first year,” she said. “It has even started attracting student groups from outside the Toledo Public Schools, where it began. We have had groups from the Catholic schools, a few of the suburban schools, even from Temperance, Mich., and places like Archbold and Swanton.”

During the summit, students meet for a welcome and quick breakfast before separating into different tracks organized by grade level.Workshop tracks include introductions to the College of Pharmacy and the College of Engineering, money management and a new track about social media.

The University awards an annual scholarship for one attendee. The scholarship, which is given to a student who attended the summit during his or her senior year, amounts to $2,000 per year for four years aswell as one year of housing at UT.

The summit is organized by a 15-member committee, and the event numbers some 100 volunteers who are students and staff members.

Media Coverage
13 ABC (May 9, 2012)
The Independent Collegian (April 26, 2012)

Gold to present economic impact of medical education on state and region


The economic impact of medical education on the State of Ohio and our region will be the focus of a presentation by Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, UT chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs and dean of UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Dr. Gold will present “Economic Impact of Medical Education in Ohio and in Northwest Ohio: The Broader Picture” at 10 a.m. Monday, May 7 in the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center in the Collier Building on the UT Health Science Campus.

This work, recently completed by the respected firm Tripp-Umbach, looks on the impact of Ohio’s medical schools on the economy, jobs, tax revenue and other key economic metrics. These factors have been systematically studied for more than ten years, all demonstrating important trends, Gold said.

Members of the Ohio Council of Medical School Deans, of which Gold is the chairman, present economic impact information to our legislators to their communities on a regular basis.

UT law student’s article on Great Lakes Compact receives statewide award

UT law student M. Zack Hohl has been announced the winner of the Ohio State Bar Association’s 2012 Environmental Law Award for his paper titled “The Great Lakes Compact: States Suffering from Withdrawal.”

The article will be published in the OSBA Environmental Law Symposium and Hohl will receive a prize of $1,000 donated by the Ohio law firm McMahon DeGulis LLP.


Hohl’s winning paper analyzed the goals and framework of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact by evaluating the exemption for bottled water under the Compact. After being signed and ratified by the eight Great Lake States, including Ohio, the Compact was ratified by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2008.

According to Hohl, “While the Compact is admirably thorough and a major step toward sustainable development in the region, if the Compact is weakened (either through state action or exploitation of exemption like that for the bottled water) it will be incredibly difficult for states to act ontheir own. Therefore, it is important that states and individuals follow both the letter and spirit of the Compact if we are to achieve sustainable use of our regional waters.”

“The new Compact is vital to Ohio and this region,” said Ken Kilbert, associate professor at the College of Law and director of its Legal Institute of the Great Lakes. “Zack’s paper is a terrific piece of legal work and will be very useful to lawyers, judges and policymakers.”

Hohl will graduate summa cum laude this month, and will deliver the Class Address at commencement, which will be 1 p.m. Sunday, May 6 in the Student Union Auditorium.

While at UT College of Law, Hohl has collected highest ranking student awards in several classes, including his environmental law,natural resources law and water law courses. Hohl also serves as articles editor for The University of Toledo Law Review and as co-president of the Environmental Law Society.

Moreover, Hohl’s scholarship during his law school career will be published not once, but twice. The article “Legal Tools for Reducing Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie” that Hohl co-authored with Professor Kilbert and Tiffany Tisler ’11 will be published in the upcoming fall issue of The University of Toledo Law Review.

According to an OSBA press release, the Environmental Law Committee asked that submissions for the 2012 Environmental Law Award advance the application and practice of environmental, energy or resources law in the State of Ohio. Submitted articles were judged on the following criteria: relevance to the practice of law in Ohio, timeliness and importance of the selected topic, organization, quality of legal analysis, quality of legal research and quality of the overall writing. A panel of environmental lawyers and OSBA members reviewed the submissions to select the winner.

For more information contact Rachel Phipps, assistant to the dean for communications in the UT College of Law, at 419.530.2628 or

Media Coverage
The Independent Collegian (April 26, 2012)

U of Toledo Moves to Fill Local Film Industry’s Need For Experienced Employees

With more movies being produced in the Toledo area than there are people to work on them, The University of Toledo has developed Film Crew Training classes to enable people at any stage in their careers to learn from film industry professionals and quickly transition into a job.

Graduates will have the opportunity to work on major motion pictures scheduled to be produced in our area. Already, movies like “The Avengers” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson, and “Ides of March” starring George Clooney, have been shot in our region.

“We look at the classes we will be offering as providing an outstanding career path in a real growth industry in Toledo and throughout our region,” said Betty Anzaldua, program director at UT. “There are hundreds of jobs available in our region which graduates of our Film Crew Training classes will compete for while participating in a job that promotes our area worldwide. University of Toledo Film Crew Training is truly your road to a new career.”

Running June 25 through July 27 and taking place on UT?s Main Campus, classes will consist of 90 intensive hours covering the topics of camera and audio and production and grip. The former will focus on an expansive gambit of learning about camera and audio equipment and their operation, cinematography, terminology, boom operation and the role of a film crewmember on a live set.

In the production classes, students will be trained to be production assistants, talent assistants, office assistants and will learn facets of script development, casting, location scouting, storyboarding, and post production concepts. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to produce a short film or commercial. Grip class includes training on lighting techniques, film equipment, scaffolding, and rigging.

Anzaldua estimated the beginning pay of program graduates to range anywhere from $15 to $25 an hour.

Students can select classes running from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information or to sign up now, visit or call us at 877.387.1112.

For more information, please contact Jon Strunk at University Of Toledo at 419.530.7832 or Mort Meisner at 248.545.2222.

Media Coverage
13 ABC (May 10, 2012)