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Archive for May, 2013

June UToledo Board of Trustees Meetings


Monday, June 3, 2013
Driscoll Alumni Center Board Room
2:00 p.m. Finance and Audit Committee Meeting
3:00 p.m. Trusteeship and Governance Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The Hotel Faculty Club Room
9:00 a.m. Academic and Student Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Hotel Faculty Club Room
7:30 a.m. Clinical Affairs Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Libbey Hall Main Dining Room
6:00 p.m. Board End-of-Term Social Dinner

Monday, June 17, 2013
Driscoll Alumni Center Schmakel Room
1:00 p.m. Board Meeting – Lunch will be provided for the Trustees prior to this meeting.

Any questions may be directed to the University Communications Office by calling (419) 530-7832 or via email at

Joan A. Stasa
Secretary to the Board of Trustees

May 30, 2013

Parkinson’s Center to celebrate open house May 24

The Gardner-McMaster Parkinson Center will hold an open house Friday, May 24, to give members of the Toledo community the opportunity to learn more about the clinic.

The open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m. in the new Medical Pavilion on the UT Health Science Campus and will include light refreshments and music. The event is open to the public.

The nearly 6,000-square-foot facility is set to be one of the leading Parkinson centers in the nation due to its team-care approach working with physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, pharmacists, neuropsychologists, and other health-care professionals who also are experts in Parkinson’s care.

The Gardner-McMaster Parkinson Center is named in recognition of the generous donations from the family of Findlay businessman Philip Gardner, as well as the Harold and Helen McMaster Foundation. The Parkinson’s Foundation of Northwest Ohio also raised more than $160,000 to help offset the approximately $1.35 million in renovation costs.

Media Coverage
The Blade (May 25, 2013)

The University of Toledo Business Incubation Program announces Pitch & Pour winners

Three regional start-up companies have earned a boost for their businesses after successfully surviving a “shark tank” at The University of Toledo Business Incubation Program’s first Pitch & Pour, a business pitch event held in association with the uHeart Digital Media Conference.

Approximately 150 people attended the inaugural event on May 10, as new companies provided an overview of their business models and answered questions from a panel of regional and national technology start-up experts.

The event’s primary sponsor is the state of Ohio’s Edison Technology Incubation Program and featured representatives from five regional startup companies who pitched their business ideas for the chance to win up to $5,000 in cash and prizes.

The winners were:

•  MakeMeMakeUp (1st place): MakeMeMakeUp is a customized makeup service where users design personalized cosmetics using a smartphone application;
•  Daystream (2nd place): Daystream is a social journaling platform that allows users to document the stories of their lives in a way that makes it easy to share and remember. Daystream was created by 11-year old Jonathan Buchanan;
•  Rootloop (3rd place): Rootloop is a social platform where users collaborate and create music with friends and other musicians around the world.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges representing local, regional and national companies including Google, Marshall & Melhorn, and A novel competition format, attendees present also were allowed to cast their votes for best presentation via smartphone, effectively serving as the tie-break vote and helping determine the crowd favorite.

“The University of Toledo’s Edison Technology Incubation Program is an early-stage business catalyst working with the University and numerous public and private entities to accelerate job creation in the region,” said Scott McIntyre, manager of Business Incubation at The University of Toledo. “The event was the first in a series promoting our role in helping develop local and regional entrepreneurs and startups.”

Additional sponsors included Marshall & Melhorn, Treu House of Munch, Seed Coworking, Startup Weekend Toledo, StartUp Toledo, Maddie & Bella Coffee Co., Verso Group, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Silicon Rust Belt.

For more information, contact Jessica Sattler, associate director of regional and economic engagement, at 419. 530.6164 or

UT, UT Police Patrolman Association ratify new three-year contract

The University of Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association (UT-PPA) and The University of Toledo ratified last week a new three-year contract that will run through Dec. 31, 2015. The UT-PPA ratified the agreement May 12 by a 28-1 vote and UT’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the deal at its May 13 meeting.

Included in the contract are:

•  Wage increase of 1.5 percent, 0.5 percent and 1.5 percent respectively over the duration of the contract;
•  No health care plan design changes and premium cost sharing equal to other staff bargaining units; and
•  Increased work rule flexibility to meet the various and changing needs of the University and police officers.

Chuck Lehnert, vice president for administration, said the agreement was the mostrecent example of the UT-PPA’s commitment to the UT community.

“The University of Toledo is incredibly fortunate to have these men and women providing protection, education and security to members of the UT community,” Lehnert said. “It was clear even while UT-PPA negotiated on behalf of its membership that it had students, faculty, staff and the public safety in mind.”

“This agreement is a public example of the special and collaborative relationshipbetween UT and the UT-PPA and I think it demonstrates that by working together we can overcome any challenge in a manner that is satisfactory to us both,” said Officer Bryon Hansel, president of UT-PPA. “UTTPA would like to thank The University of Toledo Board of Trustees for working with us in reaching an agreement during these trying economic times.”

“We have seen all too often in recent years the critical role campus police forces across the nation have played in responding to emergencies and keeping students and universities safe,” said Jeff Newton, UT police chief and director of public safety.

“Our campus community looks to and trusts these officers they interact with on a day-to-day basis and I think we were able to reach a successful outcome for the UT-PPA and the University because of the trust and respect cultivated over time away from the bargaining table.“

All 37 UT police officers are sworn state of Ohio peace officers commissioned by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

Huntington Bank Gives $150K to UT for Scholarships, Academic Programming

Will invest in Gateway business district with construction of new branch

Huntington Bank announced today that it will give $150,000 in funding for academic programming and scholarships at The University of Toledo, as part of an expanded banking program it will offer on campus over the next five years.

Huntington is expanding its product and service offerings to students and employees who choose to become customers. The bank also has committed to making banking more convenient for the University of Toledo community by adding a full-service branch in the Student Union and additional ATMs on campus.

Additionally, Huntington will invest in the Gateway business district revitalization by adding a new branch at the corner of Dorr Street and Secor Avenue.

“Huntington is committed to ongoing investment in Toledo and all of Northwest Ohio,” said Steve Steinour, chairman, president and CEO of Huntington Bank. “We look forward to continuing to work with the university as it educates the next generation of leaders. We are especially pleased to contribute to the vitality and economic growth of theGateway neighborhood through the construction of a new branch in its business district.”

“Huntington has always been a great community partner,” said UT President Lloyd Jacobs. “Our partnership will provide more students with the ability to earn a top-tier education, more convenience for students and staff and it will increase our students’ knowledge of the way money works and how to use it responsibly. Our relationship withHuntington represents the kind of public-private partnership that communities need in order to grow.”

Huntington has also committed to financial literacy seminars and support for both students and employees.

Students and employees who choose to sign up with Huntington will receive Asterisk Free Checking ™, Huntington’s industry-leading free checking account with no minimum balance requirement. The checking account comes with 24-Hour Grace® overdraft protection and free debit cards, including a University of Toledo co-branded debit card option, among other features. Students and employees will also be able to link for free their Rocket ID cards to a Huntington checking account for PIN-based ATM and point-of-sale purchases.

About Huntington
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $56 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The Huntington National Bank, founded in 1866, provides full-service commercial, small business, and consumer banking services; mortgage banking services; treasury management and foreign exchange services; equipment leasing; wealth and investment management services; trust services; brokerage services; customized insurance brokerage and service programs; and other financial products and services. The principal markets for these services are Huntington’s six-state banking franchise: Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The primary distribution channels include a banking network of more than 700 traditional branches and convenience branches located in grocery stores and retirement centers, and through an array of alternative distribution channels including internet and mobile banking, telephone banking, and more than 1,400 ATMs. Through automotive dealership relationships within its six-state banking franchise area and selected other Midwest and New England states, Huntington also provides commercial banking services to the automotive dealers and retail automobilefinancing for dealer customers.

The Huntington National Bank, Member FDIC ®,and Huntington® are federally registered service marks of HuntingtonBancshares Incorporated.

About The University of Toledo
The University of Toledo, established in 1872, is a diverse, student-centered public metropolitan research university. The University is home to more than 22,000 students across 13 colleges and six Ohio campuses. UT offers more than 230 doctoral, professional, graduate and undergraduate programs. Nearly 350student athletes comprise 15 Division 1 Rocket athletic teams. UT has earned national and international acclaim for its expertise in solar and advanced renewable energy, environmental sciences, astronomical research, translational research and biomarkers. For more information visit

Media Coverage
13 ABC and WTOL 11 (May 16, 2013)

UT hosts events to encourage girls in science

More than 100 girls will visit The University of Toledo this week to participate in two events to encourage their interests in science.

The fourth annual Women in STEMM Day of Meetings, WISDOM, will take place Thursday, May 9 and Girls in Science 2013 will be Saturday, May 11.

On Thursday, girls will explore and perform experiments in a number of areas: physics and astronomy, chemistry, biology, engineering, pharmacy and medicine.

The girls will extract DNA and burn bubbles during rotations with the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 9:30-10:40 a.m. in Student Union rooms 2582 and 2584.

Thursday’s event is hosted by the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association for Women In Science, which organizes the exploration day to encourage young women to consider careers in one of the areas offered at the Women in STEMM Day.

Students from all Toledo Public Schools and Washington Local Schools, as well as Toledo Islamic Academy, will participate. They will spend the morning at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, from 9:30 to 10:40 a.m., and then from 11 to 11:45 a.m. visit the College of Engineering, where they will have lunch. Following lunch, they will visit the UT Health Science Campus from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

“Girls are increasingly interested in science, but there continues to be a lower number of girls pursing that interest in college and subsequently their careers,” said Dr. Isabel Escobar, UT professor of chemical and environmental engineering and past president of the Association for Women in Science. “It is our goal that events like Women in STEMM Day will inspire girls to embrace science and technology.”

The Saturday event will be a hands-on workshop on global climate change from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when students in fifth through 12th grade will have the chance to learn about the sun and its impact on Earth and nearby planets in the Ritter Planetarium and the basics of alternative energy research going on at the University by touring one of the photovoltaic labs.

There will be several faculty, staff and students speaking with the girls and helping them with various activities, including viewing the sun through solar telescopes.

The girls will put together handmade solar cells 2-2:30 p.m. in McMaster Hall room 2011.

All materials and lunch are included with registration. Funding for this event is provided by the National Science Foundation.

For more information about the events, contact Meghan Cunningham at 419.530.2410 or

Media Coverage
13 ABC (May 13, 2013)

UT to host uHeart Digital Media Conference May 10

The way we communicate is changing daily and today’s integrated marketing professionals need to constantly evolve with the times.

The University of Toledo has long been a leader in this arena, and is now bringing its expertise and the expertise of its partners together for a one-day event for business leaders, students and communications professionals.

The uHeart Digital Media conference will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 10 in the Student Union on the UT Main Campus.

“We have put together a line up of speakers that would rival any digital media conference around,” said Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs. “This will prove to be a major event for leaders in digital media and entrepreneurs across the region.”

Attendees will learn how to leverage social media and build their own digital brands, successfully develop and launch applications that will attract interest in a crowded marketplace, target niche markets to increase affinity and build communities around a brand and products.

Dave Hunke, former president and publisher of USA Today and now chief strategy officer at Digerati, will present the keynote address about how he and his team at USA Today helped transform the brand of one of the nation’s most popular newspapers from a print publication to a digital giant.

Along with Hunke, speakers will include:

•  Fulter Hong, Google
•  Ben Bator, Texts from Last Night
•  Matt Burns, Tech Crunch
•  Hayley Call, Ohio Job and Family Services
•  Anthony Broad Crawford, GiveForward
•  Will Lucas, Classana
•  Joe Sharp, Thread
•  Dustin Hosteler; Digital Graphics
•  Mike Bott, The Brandery
•  Jim Connely, McGraw Hill
•  Communica

The event will wrap up with the uHeart Startups Pitch & Pour After Party 4-7 p.m. in Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex for conference attendees.

Registration is $50 and $20 for students. To register, visit, or contact Amelia Acuna at 419.530.5874 or Follow the event on Twitter at @uhrtdgtl.

Media Coverage
The Blade (May 11, 2013)
WNWO and 13 ABC (May 13, 2013)

Final steel beam lifted into place for UT Simulation Center


The final steel beam of the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center will be lifted into place 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 8.

The beam, which will be draped with American and The University of Toledo flags, is the final piece of more than 550 tons of steel used for the four-story building. The best vantage point for media will be in front of the Wolfe Center on the UT Health Science Campus facing east (see map).

The Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center will be the first in the nation to incorporate three integrated simulation centers: a progressive anatomy and surgical skills center, an advanced simulation center and the virtual immersive reality center.

Construction of the $36 million, 60,000-square-foot center began in September and it is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Media Coverage
The Blade (May 9, 2013)

May UToledo Board of Trustees Meetings


Sunday, May 5, 2013
Savage Arena
8:15 a.m. Nominating Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Driscoll Alumni Center, Schmakel Room
6:00 p.m. Social Dinner

Monday, May 13, 2013
Driscoll Alumni Center, Schmakel Room
1:00 p.m. Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Hotel at UTMC, Faculty Club Room
7:30 a.m. Clinical Affairs Committee Meeting

Any questions may be directed to the University Communications Office by calling (419) 530-7832 or via email at

Joan A. Stasa
Secretary to the Board of Trustees

May 3, 2013

UT student to join Peace Corps upon graduation

In two weeks, Jeanetta Mohlke-Hill will fly to Paraguay to serve 2.5 years as a member of the Peace Corps.

Hill, 22, is graduating summa cum laude from the Jesup Scott Honors College on Sunday, May 5, with a bachelor’s degree in women’s and gender studies.

“For women and gender studies, there’s an emphasis on learning through actually doing stuff, not just sitting in classes, taking in information and reading, but applying what you’ve learned in your classes, developing the skills you’ve learned, and putting them in the real-world context,” she said.

Jeanetta Mohlke-Hill, right, will join the Peace Corps upon graduation from The University of Toledo. She is pictured here with her family, from left her mother Shauna, brother Theodore, father Mike and brother Nathaniel.

Hill had made an impressive mark on her university and made the most of her college years. She founded the UT Feminist Alliance in 2011, helped organize UT Women’s History Month and Take Back the Night, tutored for three years at the Writing Center serving as assistant director for one year, and volunteered to be a note-taker for the Office of Accessibility.

She also interned last summer for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., through the Washington Center and traveled to Nicaragua for spring break with the Honors College to help at an elementary school.

The Hill family has strong connections to campus as well – Jeanetta’s mother, Shauna, is a dietician at the UT Medical Center and her father, Mike, is a UT doctoral student who works as an English instructor at Henry Ford Community College. Her brothers, Nathaniel, 5, and Theodore, 3, attend preschool at the Early Learning Center on the UT Health Science Campus.

Jeanetta is one of 3,041 candidates for degrees at UT’s commencement ceremonies on Sunday in Savage Arena on the University’s Main Campus.

In the morning ceremony, Sandra Pianalto, who has been president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland since 2003, will speak to graduates from the colleges of Business and Innovation, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts, and Languages, Literature and Social Sciences at 9:30 a.m.

At the afternoon ceremony, Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO of the Battelle Memorial Institute since 2009, will address graduates from the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service and the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning at 2 p.m.

Click here to download a photo of the Hill family. Pictured from left Shauna, Theodore, Mike, Nathaniel and Jeanetta.