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Archive for November, 2013

Negotiation skills to be explored at annual recognition event

Dr. Joshua Weiss, co-founding senior fellow of the Global Negotiation Institute of the Harvard Negotiation Project, will present “How to Get to Yes When the Road is Paved With No” when The University of Toledo Center for Family & Privately-Held Business holds its annual recognition celebration 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Sylvania Country Club.

“The goal of this presentation is to make people better negotiators,” said Angie Jones, program director at the Center for Family and Privately Held Business. “This event will give program participants the tools required to successfully negotiate with customers, employees, suppliers and even family members.”

Weiss will present:

•  Strategies and tactics to help you gain confidence in negotiating
•  How to negotiate with different people in a variety of relationships
•  How to focus on interests, not positions
•  Ways to employ objective criteria in negotiations

“These negotiation tips will not only help people in their family business, but also in all aspects of their personal and professional lives,” Jones said.

The Center’s annual recognition celebration is funded by the Jim and Celia Findlay Foundation. The evening will include networking and recognition of outgoing Center for Family and Privately Held Business advisory board members.

“We will pay special tribute to longtime center supporter and our dear friend, the late Jim Findlay, at this program,” Jones said.

The UT Center for Family & Privately-Held Business, established in 1992, provides a forum for idea exchange and networking, while developing a body of knowledge to help families in all stages of business ownership and growth.

Political strategist James Carville to speak at UT Nov. 18

One of the best-known American political consultants will visit The University of Toledo Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. as the inaugural Jesup Scott Honors College Lecture Series continues in the newly renovated Doermann Theater in University Hall.

James Carville is perhaps best noted for his role helping elect William Jefferson Clinton to the U.S. presidency in 1992 and has been a frequent political commentator on cable news.


“We’re incredibly excited by the opportunity to hear from Mr. Carville about a fascinating career as well as the political possibilities he sees for the nation,” said Dr. Scott Scarborough, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

A professor of practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, Carville has a long list of electoral triumphs on his record. He has helped lead successful gubernatorial and Senate races as well as guiding former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to victory in 1999.

Carville is married to high-profile Republican strategist Mary Matalin; together the couple wrote All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President. He also has written 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation(2009) and his most recent New York Times best-seller, It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!, co-authored with Stan Greenberg, with whom he founded Democracy Corps, an independent polling nonprofit organization.

Carville is the second of four guests who will speak during the 2013-14 academic year as part of the Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series. Still to come will be business strategy expert Richard Rumelt Monday, Jan. 13, and Arizona State University President Michael Crow Monday, March 10.

In September, UT heard from education innovator Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy.

All lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater, and speakers will take audience questions.

Visit to order tickets and learn more about the speakers.

“A distinguished lecture series sponsored at the university-wide level is something that top-tier universities provide to their students and to their communities, and UT is proud to offer the same for Toledo and northwest Ohio,” Scarborough said.

Media Coverage
The Independent Collegian (Nov. 13, 2013)
The Blade (Nov. 19, 2013)

Intern in Ohio connects UT students with United Way for nearly 150 internships

This January when United Way of Greater Toledo launches its annual program to help meet the tax preparation needs of the community, its efforts will be powered in part by The University of Toledo and Intern in Ohio.

United Way is using Intern in Ohio, an online matching system, to fill nearly 150 internships as it seeks to help people save more of what they earn.

The Free Tax Preparation Program helps low- to moderate-income families in the community by preparing their state and federal returns at no cost. This year, United Way utilized Intern in Ohio to attract college students from specialized majors, like accounting, to paid and unpaid internships that provide the services. 

“The experience we have had with Intern in Ohio has been incredibly positive,” said Toni Shoola, program manager. “The website is easy to use and customizable to fit diverse employer and student needs. I also am very impressed with the way it connects students to great opportunities for personal development and professional advancement.”

Shoola not only enjoyed the ease of use of the tool, but also the quality of the UT students United Way connected with.

“Intern in Ohio has helped our program connect with a large number of University of Toledo students in which we see a lot of potential,” Shoola said. “The staff at Intern in Ohio has been incredibly accommodating and helpful with posting positions on its website.”

Not only is the University partnering with Intern in Ohio to bring opportunities to students, UT faculty are involved by helping organize training for United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Program.

Dr. Laura Williams of the UT College of Business and Innovation is helping host an orientation for United Way’s tax program Wednesday, Nov. 6. Additionally, the internship opportunities have been approved for course credit in both accounting and finance.

“This is exactly the type of connection we envisioned when we partnered to bring Intern in Ohio to life in northwest Ohio,” said Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs. “This is a perfect combination of technology, expertise and a community need that so many will draw a benefit from. We are proud to sponsor Intern in Ohio.”

“Internships are a critical force in retaining talent in this region,” said Bernie Gosky, executive director of Intern in Ohio. “Together, we are working to increase the number of successful internships for students across the state of Ohio by connecting students based on what they can do and what they want to learn to do.”

Utilizing a revolutionary matching algorithm, Intern in Ohio connects both employers and students to internship opportunities based on skills, interests and requirements. By matching based on these factors, this free technology ensures that all internship candidates are well-suited for their experiential learning opportunities. This reduces the traditional barriers to effective internships and streamlines the hiring process to save employers time and money.

For more information or to register as a business or student with Intern in Ohio, visit For more information on the United Way Free Tax Preparation Program, visit

Outline for career success sketched in free talk by retired CEO

Planning for a career takes serious effort, and landing your dream job can be even more difficult.

Dr. Ronald L. Thompson, retired CEO and entrepreneur, and lead director of Chrysler Group LLC, will share practical advice from decades of experience at his free, public talk “Be Prepared to Succeed” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Student Union Ingman Room at The University of Toledo.

“I have a long lifetime of experiences,” Thompson said. “I hope that in sharing them, my experiences can help others prepare for a lifetime of their own successes. Success usually isn’t something you stumble upon; opportunities present themselves and you have to be positioned and prepared to take advantage of them.”

Thompson served as CEO and chairman of the Maumee-based company Midwest Stamping, a manufacturer for the automotive market. Under his ownership, the company experienced rapid growth and became one of the largest minority-owned companies in the United States.

Audience members will have the chance to ask Thompson questions in the part of his presentation that he considers as important as his speech.

“I hope that students in particular will feel free to ask questions that are relevant to them as individuals,” he said. “There’s no substitute for a real back-and-forth dialogue.”

Thompson is hosted by Brothers on the Rise, Alpha Phi Boule, and the Association of Black Faculty and Staff.

“Many students are very interested in becoming entrepreneurs after they graduate,” said Dr. Anthony Quinn, UT associate professor of biological sciences and a faculty adviser to Brothers on the Rise. “Here’s someone who has walked the walk and made a name for himself as an entrepreneur and as a businessperson.”

Media Coverage
The Blade (Nov. 9, 2013)

University of Toledo and Wayne State University Will Offer Degrees at Schoolcraft College

LIVONIA, MI –  Schoolcraft College announced today that it has created a new Bachelor’s and Master’s degree partnership program with Wayne State University and the University of Toledo that will begin in the fall of 2014. Degrees in business, nursing, engineering, criminal justice and more will soon be available at Schoolcraft’s main campus in Livonia.

While many community colleges offer university completion programs, the new “Schoolcraft to U” partnership is much more than what others have offered. Both universities will offer classes on Schoolcraft’s main campus in Livonia and online. The University of Toledo also will waive out-of-state tuition fees for students interested in its program offerings. Seamless transitions from Schoolcraft College to one of the partner universities and collaborative student support programs highlight this innovative agreement.


“Schoolcraft College is much more focused on helping its students earn a Bachelor’s degree and beyond,” said Schoolcraft College President Dr. Conway A. Jeffress. “We selected Wayne State and the University of Toledo because we believe they have the programs that give our students their best chance of earning a degree and bettering their lives. We wanted to offer our students these highly employable degree programs without having to leave Livonia.”

“For several years, The University of Toledo has been committed to blurring the line between Michigan and Ohio to provide access to high-quality UT degree programs to Michigan students,” said Dr. Lloyd A. Jacobs, President of The University of Toledo. “Coupled with our marketing efforts and creative scholarship models, this partnership with Schoolcraft College is symbolic of that commitment by seamlessly allowing Schoolcraft students to continue their academic careers and achieve the dream of a four-year degree.”

“At Wayne State, we want to offer classes when and where it’s convenient for students,” said Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson. “The new facility in Livonia will give us a presence in another part of metro Detroit and create an opportunity for more people to earn degrees in the high demand fields of business and engineering. With more and more students attending community colleges, it’s important that Wayne State create partnerships like this to offer pathways to a bachelor’s degree.”

While UT and WSU will offer classes throughout Schoolcraft College’s main campus in Livonia, the majority of its class offerings and its business offices will be located in a new building that Schoolcraft College purchased about a year ago at the corner of Seven Mile and Haggerty Roads. The building is being remodeled to suit the needs of each of the partners. It will be state-of-the-art.

More information about the Schoolcraft to U partnership, including links to the programs being offered by UT and WSU, an Information Request form and a FAQ area, is available at

Schoolcraft College is a public, predominantly two-year college, offering classes at the college’s main campus in Livonia, Haggerty Road between Six and Seven Mile Roads; the Radcliff Center in Garden City; the Public Safety Training Complex in Livonia; and

Editors’ note: Images of the construction on the new building that will house most of the operations of the Schoolcraft to U partnership, including some aerial video footage of the entire Schoolcraft Campus are also available on the SCtoU website at

Media Coverage
The Blade (Nov. 7, 2013)
13 ABC, WTOL 11 and WNWO (Nov. 8, 2013)
WDIV Detroit and WJBK Detroit (Nov. 8, 2013)
The Blade (Nov. 11, 2013)
The Independent Collegian (Nov. 13, 2013)

Veterans to be honored during annual celebration at UT

The University of Toledo will honor the nation’s veterans and their families by hosting the annual Toledo community Veterans Day celebration on Monday, Nov. 11.

The ninth annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast and Resource Fair will be held from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at The University of Toledo’s Savage Arena. The remembrance ceremony that follows the breakfast also will be held in Savage Arena. In years past it had been at the outdoor Veterans’ Plaza.

Toledo News Now’s Jerry Anderson will serve as the master of ceremonies and Gen. Victor E. Renuart, Jr., retired commander of the U.S. Department of Defense North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, will give the keynote address.

General Renuart has served the country since 1971 when he entered the U.S. Air Force. A command pilot with more than 3,900 flight hours, the general has served as the commander of Fighter Wings internationally and throughout the United States as well as Director of Strategic Plans and Policy for the Joint Staff and Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. He retired in 2010.

“It is important to take this opportunity to honor all of the women and men who have served this country and their families who made the sacrifice with them,” said UT President Lloyd Jacobs, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. “UT is proud to be a recognized military friendly school in the city of Toledo where we come together on Veterans Day each year to show our appreciation.”

GI Jobs magazine recently featured UT in its 2014 Military Friendly Schools list recognizing the University for working with veteran students to translate their military service experience to useable credits for their education. UT also was praised for its online learning options and affordable tuition.

Prior to the Rocket football game against Navy on Oct. 19, the University designated a permanently unoccupied seat in the Glass Bowl in honor of military personnel who were or are prisoners of war (POW) or have been declared missing in action (MIA).

The Veterans Appreciation Breakfast and Resource Fair is sponsored by Block Communications, Inc., Lucas County Commissioners, UT, the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio and the Lucas County Veteran’s Service Commission.

Media Coverage
The Blade (Nov. 11, 2013)
The Blade (Nov. 11, 2013)
WNWO, 13 ABC, FOX Toledo and WTOL 11 (Nov. 12, 2013)

With initial human trials completed, IRISense moves closer to the market

For more than 26 million Americans and 370 million people around the world afflicted with diabetes, daily finger pricks to measure blood-glucose levels could soon be a thing of the past.

IRISense, LLC, a company with support from Innovation Enterprises at The University of Toledo (UT), is continuing to develop its technology that will ultimately enable people to use a smart phone camera to scan their eye and determine blood sugar (glucose) levels.

“We have completed our first round of human testing and have received very encouraging results,” said IRISense CEO Brent Cousino. A second round of human testing is in the planning phase. “The smartphone app that we are developing is just one segment of this new blood glucose monitoring system that will save individuals and insurers thousands of dollars a year due to increased monitoring compliance.”

With doctors recommending three to eight finger pricks each day, patients can spend $2,500 or more annually on testing supplies. Because of those costs and other issues associated with finger pricks, as many as 70 percent of patients do not fully comply with monitoring as recommended by their physicians.

According to Cousino and Dr. Brent Cameron, IRISense inventor and a professor of bioengineering at UT, the algorithm that IRISense has developed is currently at an 85 percent accuracy level. This means that 85 percent of the time the blood glucose level as measured by the IRISense scan falls within an established range for blood monitoring. Commercially available continuous glucose monitor (CGM) performance is only accurate about 70 percent of the time.

“Ultimately our aim is to get as close to 100 percent accuracy as possible,” Cousino said, “but since we are already at 85 percent, we are optimistic that accuracy approaching 100 percent is possible.”

The next hurdle for IRISense is to complete the development of an automated process that will select the best image data for use in its algorithm. That automation should significantly improve the IRISense blood glucose level testing results.

In addition, the IRISense team has been working to understand the future of the market for blood glucose testing. Cousino said the firm has developed a revenue model for a market of $3.5 billion in the United States alone. Further, IRISense will collect all the data from the eye scans which will be of great benefit to the user, physicians, insurers, and public health officials.

“Our office is very glad Dr. Cameron recognized his invention might be used one day to improve the human condition,” said Stephen Snider, associate vice president for technology transfer and associate general counsel. “We hope this technology will be used in the future so individuals who suffer from diabetes will no longer have to prick their finger in order to measure their glucose level.”

For more information about IRISense, visit or contact Cousino at

Algae topic of of Great Lakes Water Conference

Algae, fueled by excess nutrients, cause economic and environmental harm and threaten public health in the Great Lakes region and beyond.

Legal and scientific experts from across the nation and Canada will tackle the algae problem at the 13th annual Great Lakes Water Conference on Friday, Nov. 8 at The University of Toledo College of Law.

The free, public conference is sponsored by the College of Law and its affiliated Legal Institute of the Great Lakes.

Keynote speaker Chris Korleski, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office, will kick off the one-day conference at 8:45 a.m. Panels focusing on “Algae in the Great Lakes” and “Algae Across the Nation” will follow at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. An afternoon panel titled “The Compact, the Carp, and the Court” at 1:45 p.m. will round out the sessions.

“There is no silver bullet that will solve the harmful algae problem, but this conference contributes both legal and scientific ammunition to combat this scourge,” said Kenneth Kilbert, director of the Legal Institute of the Great Lakes and associate dean for academic affairs.

The conference is free to the public. Registration is $70 for Ohio attorneys seeking 4.5 hours of continuing legal education.

For more information or to register, visit

Media Coverage
The Blade (Nov. 8, 2013)
The Blade (Nov. 9, 2013)

Canaday Center exhibition features correspondence of luminaries

What do Charles Darwin, Maya Angelou, J. Edgar Hoover, Margaret Mead and T. S. Eliot have in common?

Signed letters from all of these individuals — and more than 200 other notable people — are part of the Ward M. Canaday Center’s new exhibition, “Letters of Luminaries: Notable Correspondence in the Collections of the Ward M. Canaday Center.”

The free, public exhibit opened last week and will be on display in the Canaday Center located in the Carlson Library on the UT Main Campus weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 31, 2014.

“The signature of an important person from our past is a singular, proven connection to a significant individual’s life,” said Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center. “There is a significance to those signatures that cannot be easily described, but which draws one to whatever it is they signed.”

The staff of the Canaday Center spent the past year culling through its 6,000 feet of manuscript collections to locate letters signed by important persons. They located letters from political leaders, business innovators, intellectuals, celebrities, sports figures, authors, foreign dignitaries and famous Toledoans.

The Canaday Center also organized a smaller exhibit titled “Celebrity Sightings” that features enlargements of signed photographs of famous people from the Canaday Center’s holdings; these include Orson Welles, Katherine Hepburn, H.G. Wells and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Media Coverage
The Independent Collegian (Nov. 13, 2013)
The Blade (Nov. 13, 2013)
The Blade (Nov. 17, 2013)
The Blade (Nov. 20, 2013)
The Blade (Nov. 28, 2013)
The Blade (Dec. 11, 2013)
The Blade (Dec. 19, 2013)
The Blade (Jan. 2, 2014)
The Blade (Jan. 9, 2014)
The Blade (Jan. 15, 2014)
The Blade (Jan. 30, 2014)
The Blade (Feb. 6, 2014)
The Blade (Feb. 19, 2014)
The Blade (March 13, 2013)
The Blade (March 20, 2014)
The Blade (March 27, 2014)
The Blade (April 3, 2014)
The Blade (April 10, 2014)
The Blade (April 17, 2014)
The Blade (May 8, 2014)
The Blade (May 29, 2014)
The Blade (June 19, 2014)
The Blade (June 26, 2014)
The Blade (July 17, 2014)
The Blade (July 24, 2014)

Week recognizes non-traditional students

The College of Adult and Lifelong Learning will celebrate the successes of adult, transfer and military students during Non-Traditional Student Recognition Week Nov. 4-8.

An open house for the new one-stop location for all adult, transfer, and military students will kick off the week-long celebration 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 in Rocket Hall Room 1300. The College of Adult and Lifelong Learning has moved to that location along with the offices for adult, transfer and military admission.

In this one office students can get assistance with transferring college credit, applying for financial aid, identifying scholarship opportunities, and receiving academic and career advising from a staff that specializes in serving adult, transfer and military students. The open house event also will include tours of the new Military Service Center and Veteran’s Lounge.

Non-Traditional Student Recognition Week will continue with students having the opportunity to meet with success coaches 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 in Rocket Hall Room 1300 and participate in “Career Night: How Can We Help You?” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Rocket Hall Room 1530.

College of Adult and Lifelong Learning Dean Lettman will hold a Dean’s Round Table to discuss new topics and trends for adult college students on Thursday, Nov. 7. RSVP to

The week will conclude with a coffee and donuts breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in Rocket Hall Room 1300. That same day the winner of the Non-Traditional Student of the Year Award with a $1,000 scholarship will be announced.