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Celebrity Waiter Event Tonight to Benefit Mundt Cardiology Fund at UTMC

University of Toledo Medical Center and Al and Adela Mundt are playing host to a special celebrity wait event tonight, Monday Aug. 27 from5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Loma Linda on Airport Highway.

The event benefits the Mundt Cardiology Endowment Fund at The University of Toledo College of Medicine. Established in 2008, the endowment supports new and innovative programs such as the Left Ventricle Assist Device that will one day make heart transplantation once again available in Toledo.

Waiters include the Mundts, Dr. Christopher Cooper, professor of Cardiology and interim chairman of Medicine at UTMC; Tricia Cullop, head woman’s basketball coach at UT; Tod Kowalczyk, head men’s basketball coach at UT, and Harvey Steele, morning radio personality K100.

The evening will feature a grand prize drawing for a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, donated by the Mundt family, at approximately 8 p.m., along with $1,000 cash for 2nd prize.

For questions please contact Howard Newman, associate vice president for Development at 419.383.6840 or

Media Coverage
13 ABC (Aug. 28, 2012)

Healthy eating with The Andersons, UT Medical Center

What you put in your grocery cart has an important impact on your health and well-being.


University of Toledo Medical Center and The Andersons are partnering to provide the store’s customers with an interactive guide to living a healthy lifestyle.

The Eat Healthy, Be Healthy campaign inside The Andersons stores will give shoppers tips on what items are good for them with signs and access to UTMC health experts, including physicians and dietitians.

“Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is the best way my patients can help themselves stay healthy. So many medical problems in life can be prevented by eating that fabled ‘an apple a day,’” said Dr. Lawrence Monger, UTMC internal medicine physician. “That apple, along with lots of other fruits and vegetables, and reasonable portions of proteins and complex carbohydrates are the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle.”

The campaign will kick off Saturday, Aug. 25, with the UTMC Wellness Expo at The Andersons, 4701 Talmadge Road. The event, which will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include information on healthy eating and overall health and wellness with UTMC health experts on hand; an ask-the-expert hour with Monger; and shopping tours with Kate Ormiston, UTMC clinical dietitian.

Each month, there will be healthy living presentations from a UT physician and UTMC clinical dietitian. Presentations will rotate through The Andersons store locations. Shoppers will find a series of healthy living tags throughout the stores to identify what a UTMC clinic dietitian recommends.

Upcoming events for the Eat Healthy, Be Healthy campaign include an ask-the-expert session with Monger Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Andersons, 4701 Talmadge Road.


Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner to speak Aug. 27

Dr. Ei-ichi Negishi, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will visit The University of Toledo to discuss his research Monday, Aug. 27.

His talk, which is part of the Frontiers in Chemistry Seminar Series, will take place at 4 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100.

Negishi pioneered metal-based reactions called palladium


-catalyzed cross-coupling that allow for efficient synthesis of complex organic compounds.

This more precise method for coupling two carbon-containing fragments is used for synthesizing a wide array of chemicals used in medicine, agriculture and electronics.

For that work, Negishi shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Dr. Richard Heck of the University of Delaware and Dr. AkiraSuzuki from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan.

Their methods are widely used in industry and research in a variety of applications, including pharmaceutical antibiotics that work on drug-resistant bacteria; agricultural chemicals that protect crops from fungi; and electronic light-emitting diodes used to produce ultra-thin monitors.

“Transition metals can help us synthesize a wide variety of organic compounds we need in high yields efficiently, selectively, economically and safely,” Negishi said. “My lecture will discuss the basic principle and concept, discoveries based on them, and their development andapplications with emphasis on catalytic asymmetric syntheses in these manners.”

“Having your work recognized by the awarding of a Nobel Prize is the ultimate achievement for any scientist. We are honored to have Dr. Negishi visit The University of Toledo to discuss his research with the faculty and students in the Chemistry Department,” said Dr. Ron Viola, Distinguished University Professor and chair of chemistry.

After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Negishi came to America to work on his doctorate. While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, he met Dr. Herbert Brown,professor of chemistry at Purdue University and a trailblazer in synthetic organic chemistry.

In 1966, Negishi went to West Lafayette, Ind., to work with Brown at Purdue as a postdoctoral researcher. He then was a faculty member at Syracuse University for eight years.

Negishi joined the Purdue faculty in 1979 — the same year Brown received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In 1999, he was named the inaugural Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, a title hestill holds. He also is the Teijin Limited Director of the Negishi-Brown Institute.

For more information on the free, public talk, contact Dr. Kana Yamamoto, UT assistant professor of chemistry, at or 419.530.1507.

Scholarship Dinner to Highlight Importance of Philanthropy in Medicine

As the cost of education rises across the nation, the role philanthropy plays in making it affordable and attainable has become more important than ever. The University of Toledo has focused fundraising efforts to face this growing financial problem.

“If it weren’t for The University of Toledo, I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my dream of going on to medical school. I feel very lucky to be selected as one of the scholars, especially at The University of Toledo Medical Center,” said Nick Oblizajek, a recipient of the 2012 ProMedica Health System/The University of Toledo Better Together Scholarship.

This Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Toledo Hilton, numerous students like Nick will be able to meet face to face with the donors who are giving back and paving the way for medical students to pursue their dreams of becoming doctors.

More than 100 students and donors are expected to attend the event where more than $1.1 million in scholarships will be awarded.

Dr. Jeffery P. Gold, chancellor and executive vice president of biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine, will be on hand to discuss the importance of philanthropy in medical education and how it clears a path for a new generation of physicians who will not be burdened financially when first attempting to enter practice in their chosen community.

“The generosity of our donors has a direct impact on the delivery of quality health care in any community,” said Gold. “It not only clears the way to earning their degrees, but it empowers them to begin providing care upon graduation by not having to focus their attention on paying off sizable loans and other debilitating financial matters.”

From CFO to Provost: UToledo’s prescription for fundamental higher education change

While it isn’t his goal, University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs knows he might be starting a fight.

On Thursday, Jacobs recommended to his Board of Trustees Dr. Scott Scarborough, a man with more than 20 years of leadership in university finance, operations and business affairs – three of those coming as UT’s CFO. Most recently, Scarborough has served as senior vice president and executive director of UT’s 223-bed Medical Center.

If approved, Scarborough will be UT’s next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Jacobs acknowledges it is an almost unheard of career trajectory, but points out that new ideas and higher education don’t seem to often mesh.

“Higher education is in need of fundamental change,” Jacobs said, noting that this national rhetorical consensus has been primarily met by colleges and universities changing verylittle. “As an industry we’re rapidly pricing ourselves out of the market for our primary audience and many students and families are starting to wonder if the return on investment makes sense.

For far too long, Jacobs said, universities have adapted students to institutional cultures, traditions and methods rather than the school adapting to students’ needs.

“Too often universities offer the courses they want to offer while students struggle to graduate on time because too few class sections are available to meet student demand. Those days areover,” Jacobs said. “The debate as to whether students are our customers is over. They have money and they have the choice of where or whether to invest in a college degree. That’s the definition of a customer.”

Jacobs said Scarborough’s business and health care experience make him the perfect choice for a provost’s office and a University that is focusing its strategies on students’ success above all else.

“At The University of Toledo, educational experiences will be rigorous and challenging,” Scarborough said. “But enrollment and registration processes, obtaining timely access to an academic adviser or a tutor, and meeting faculty during office hours should be simple, easy and convenient. The notion that enhancing the customer experience somehow minimizes the strength of the education we provide has long struck me as a false argument and an insult to our outstanding faculty.”

A non-traditional university leader himself as a U.S. Marine and former vascular surgeon, Jacobs has long rejected the belief that higher education is immune to the changing technological and chronological realities of the global economy.

“I have often spoken about The University of Toledo as a relevant University,” Jacobs said. “To be relevant, institutions have to change at least as quickly as the population and society they serve. To be a leader, they have to change more quickly. Higher education is in need of fundamental change and The University of Toledo is taking action.”

Celebrate Navy Week with Aug. 24 concert at UT

The Navy Band Great Lakes and Marine Corps Band New Orleans will visit the Glass City to celebrate Navy Week and the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 with a concert on Friday, Aug. 24 at The University of Toledo.

“We are honored to present this bicentennial commemoration concert recognizing the tremendous contributions during the War of 1812 by our United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard,” said Lt. Patrick Kevin Sweeten, director of the Navy Band Great Lakes.

The free, public event is scheduled to take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Doermann Theatre, located on the third floor of University Hall.

The Navy Band Great Lakes is comprised of 45 professional musicians who perform more than 600 missions each year, including military ceremonies, public performances and more. Since the first bugler reported for duty over 100 years ago, “Pride in Service” has been the theme for Navy Band Great Lakes.

The Marine Corps Band New Orleans began in 1978 and performs more than 250 times annually, entertaining over six million people.

“I believe the audience will take from this patriotic performance pride for our Armed Forces accomplishments over the years, while also learning some important facts about our nation’s history and the critical role our Sea Services Team plays in world affairs,” Sweeten said.

Guests attending the concert may park in the grassy area across from University Hall, between Goddard and Drummond roads with access from Goddard. Directional signs will be posted and Rocket Patrol will be there to assist guests with parking.

This concert at UT is one of many in Toledo during Navy Week, which also includes tours of the U.S.S.Hurricane, U.S.S. De Wert and the historic U.S. Brig Niagra. The community also will have the opportunity to learn about the War of 1812 and the relevance of today’s Navy, and see the U.S. Navy and Coastguard as well as the Canadian Navy firsthand through community events and outreach.

To learn more about the Navy Band Great Lakes visit

For more information about Navy Week in Toledo, visit

New students move into UT residence halls

New students at The University of Toledo move into their residence halls next week for the 2012-13 school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 20.

New students can move in Tuesday, Aug. 14 through Thursday, Aug. 16 and returning students will move into their residence halls on Saturday and Sunday. Wednesday morning is traditionally the busiest on campus move-in day.

New resident move in will begin on Tuesday with limited floors in Carter Hall and Parks Tower, which will expand to all residence halls started Wednesday. Students will move in between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day. Click here for a full Fall 2012 move in schedule.

UT president names recommendation for provost

UT President Lloyd Jacobs announced Thursday his recommendation for provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.


Dr. Scott Scarborough, who most recently served as the senior vice president and executive director of the UT Medical Center, will be recommended to the UT Board of Trustees for appointment as the chief academic officer.

“I believe he will not only bring this knowledge to bear, but also his passion, dedication, expertise and versatility; leadership traits which he has demonstrated most effectively during his short, yet highly successful, time leading UTMC,” Jacobs said in an letter to the University community.

The president also extended his appreciation to the University community for participation in the provost search process.

“Over the course of our search, Scott met with many constituent groups, whose feedback proved critical to his selection. He received consistent accolades for his commitment to putting students first and focusing on providing a UT experience inside and outside the classroom,” Dr. Jacobs said. “It is this philosophy that I believe will be a hallmark of tenure as our chief academic officer.”

Scarborough has been with UT since 2007 when he accepted the position of senior vice president for finance and administration. He has been overseeing the UT Medical Center since May, 2010. Scarborough joined UT from DePaul University and prior to that, he worked for the University of Texas System for 10 years.

“The University of Toledo faculty represent the core of this institution’s teaching and research mission, and I am excited by the opportunity to learn and to provide leadership that will enable them to be successful,” said Scarborough. “If approved by the Board of Trustees, the relationships and friendships I have established during my time at the University will be invaluable in this new position. I would like to thank Dr. Jacobs for his confidence in me and the team of thousands that comprise theacademic mission of the University.”

Scarborough received his PhD in strategic management from the University of Texas at Arlington, and holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler and an accounting degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees will consider the president’s recommendation on Tuesday, Aug. 28. If approved, the appointment would go before the full board during its next regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 17.

Scarborough would succeed Dr. William McMillen, who is retiring after 30 years with UT and the former Medical College of Ohio/Medical University of Ohio.

Media Coverage
The Blade (Aug. 10, 2012)
The Independent Collegian (Aug. 15, 2012)
The Independent Collegian (Sept. 19, 2012)

UT Minority Business Development Center expands incubation spaces

The University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center (UTMBDC) has announced the expansion in the number of incubation spaces available to minority-owned businesses.

While the initial incubation spaces accommodate 10 local businesses, UTMBDC Interim Manager, Erik Johnson, looks forward to the 29 additional spaces becoming available at their center, which is located in the Faculty Annex on the Scott Park Campus.

“The new spaces are much more accessible and conducive to entertaining our members and affiliates customers,” said Johnson.
Through center partnerships with local, community-based business professionals, incubation spaces provide businesses with an economical office space, professional development services and access to networking resources through the University community

To apply for an incubation space, UTMDBC requires minority-owned businesses to have the following:

  • Executive summary and/or business plan
  • Four to six months of working capital
  • Service oriented, light manufacturing or general construction trades.
  • Potential to produce significant revenues in for to six years
  • Intent to remain in the Toledo business community

Interested businesses can apply for the remaining spaces through the UTMBDC website at The center will then review all submission materials and require the applicant(s) to participate in an interview process in order to determine their acceptance.

For more information, contact Erik Johnson, interim manage of the Minority business Center, at 419.466.0337 or at

Media Coverage
The Blade (Oct. 5, 2012)

UT’s Fourth Annual Internet Marketing Conference set for Oct. 2

Registration is now open for The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation’s Fourth Annual Internet Marketing Conference scheduled for Oct. 2, from 7:30 a.m. until noon in the UT Student Union.

“This conference follows the three very successful Internet Marketing Conferences conducted by the UT Interactive Marketing Initiative in 2009 -2011, and is intended to build upon and expand the knowledge areas addressed in previous years,” said Dr. Iryna Pentina, co-director of the UT Internet Marketing Initiative

“The simple truth is that Internet marketing techniques are now a requirement for business success,” she continued. “This conference brings together Internet marketing experts and practitioners and offers exclusive networking opportunities, featured speakers, an exhibition area, and break-out sessions. The goal is to have participants leave this half-day conference with the game plan and ideas they need to take positive action to advance their businesses in today’s digital age.”

The keynote address by the nationally known marketing expert Joe Pulizzi of Content Marketing Institute will focus on digital marketing strategies from the perspective of storytelling.

Other topics and speakers at the conference include:

  • Social Media Marketing Segmentation, by Jeff Rohrs of ExactTarget
  • Mobile Apps Development, by Jason Therrien, President of
  • Using Video to Market Your Business, by Kelley Hynds, President and Executive Producer, Hyndsight Productions
  • Marketing Automation, by Derek Grant, of Pardot

The presenting sponsor for the 4th Annual UT COBI Internet Marketing Conference is, a nationwide Internet service provider and hosting company.

Companies and individuals interested in attending this year’s event are encouraged to register soon, as previous conferences have sold out and seats for the 2012 program are limited. Group discounts are available, and exhibitor opportunities have beenexpanded.

Registration and exhibitor information can be found at