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Archive for September, 2017

National companies to recruit UT business students at fall job fair today

Nearly 100 employers — including major national companies such as Coca-Cola, Reynolds and Reynolds, Quicken Loans, Dana Holding Corp., Owens-Illinois Inc., and Owens-Corning — are coming to The University of Toledo to participate in the College of Business and Innovation fall job fair Friday, Sept. 29.

“One of the four key components of the College of Business and Innovation brand is transform, and that is exactly what happens at each of our two yearly job fairs,” said Dr. Terribeth Gordon-Moore, senior associate dean of the college. “Seniors are already securing job offers, underclassmen are polishing their job skills by acquiring internships, and freshmen are encouraged to participate to immediately begin developing their valuable connections and job-seeking skills.”

Approximately 500 UT College of Business and Innovation students will participate in the annual autumn job fair from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union. Among the companies recruiting COBI students will be the Cleveland Indians, 3M, Chick-fil-A, Dish Network, Eaton Corp., Fifth Third Bank, Hilti, Marathon Petroleum, Therma-Tru Doors, UPS and the U.S. Department of Defense.

“We are always excited for our students that so many well-known companies come to us to find the talent they need,” Gordon-Moore said. “This reflects very positively on the quality of both our programs and our students. It also demonstrates the extremely dynamic and mutually beneficial relationship enjoyed by the College of Business and Innovation and recruiters for major national companies.

“This semiannual job fair is a very important part of what we do to prepare our students for their futures,” Gordon-Moore explained, adding the college’s Business Career Programs Office works year-round to assist students in acquiring internships and jobs upon graduation. “We strive to provide the necessary resources so our students can conduct their own tailored job searches.”

The job placement rate for spring College of Business and Innovation graduates has been at least 93 percent for several years.

Bowling event to bring together kids, men and women in uniform

Tensions between civilians and police have been on the rise recently, but a member of The University of Toledo staff is looking to make a change.

George W. Hayes Jr., UT electrician journeyman 2 and Toledo Bowling Senate junior coordinator, organized the Build-A-Trust-Bowl-A-Thon to help bridge the trust level between people in the Toledo area with men and women in uniform.

The event is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Toledo Sports Center, 1516 Starr Ave.

Kids, police, firefighters, military personnel and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

With more than 30 years of working with kids, Hayes has seen firsthand many of the issues they face and hopes this event will help make Toledo a better place.

“With the issues going on around the country between the police and young folks, I think that this is a great way to try and bridge the trust level between the groups here in Toledo and the surrounding area,” Hayes said. “It’s good to get the community involved because this is not just a Toledo problem, this is nationwide.”

The cost to bowl three games is $5 per person, including shoes. Kids 17 and younger bowl for free courtesy of Jon Harris of McDonald’s, who helps sponsor the event.

There will be music and door prizes at the event, which is expected to bring in 200 people.

Hayes encourages all police, firefighters and military personnel to attend, regardless of where they live or work.

“Come out and have some fun with The University of Toledo Police and other officers if you are not afraid to get beat on the lanes by the young folks,” Hayes said. “If you know how to have fun, fun and more fun and want to make a difference, come out and party with the crew.”

Clothesline Project on display at UT Sept. 28 to bring awareness about sexual assault

As part of The University of Toledo’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about sexual violence, UT will hold its annual Clothesline Project this week.

The visual display bears witness to violence targeted against women. T-shirts are individually designed and crafted to publicly express the personal experience of a survivor. Some shirts share her words, story and emotions; other shirts created by family and friends pay tribute to one’s memory.

The Clothesline Project will be on display from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 on Centennial Mall. If it rains, it will be moved to the Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge.

The T-shirt collection, which holds more than 200 shirts, coordinates a color to many types of abuse: white for those who died because of violence; yellow and beige for battered and assaulted women; red, pink and orange for survivors of rape and sexual assault; blue and green for survivors of incest and sexual abuse; purple for those who were attacked because of their sexual orientation; and black for women attacked for political reasons.

Jamie Wlosowicz, graduate assistant for the Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program, said the event gives victims, family members and friends the opportunity to express how the assault affected or empowered them, while at the same time providing them an outlet to express their emotions and share their story in a creative way.

There are many resources available for survivors of assault; these include the University Counseling Center, YWCA advocate, campus advocate, sexual assault and domestic violence counselor, and a 24/7 hotline — 419.530.3431. Title IX accommodations, advocacy and assistance filing a University complaint also are available.

Celebrate right and freedom to read at banned books vigil Sept. 28

The University of Toledo will celebrate its 20th annual Banned Books Vigil to celebrate the right to read and think freely without censorship.

The free, public event will take place Thursday, Sept. 28 on the third floor of Carlson Library. The event begins at 9 a.m. with programs starting every half hour through 5 p.m.

“Our democracy depends on our intellectual freedom,” said Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication, who coordinates the event. “Anybody who controls what we read controls what we think and what we know. We give away banned books to promote free inquiry. It’s a fun way to circulate these books that have been called into question.”

Light snacks and refreshments will be available, with free banned books and door prizes given away every half hour. The first 300 attendees also will receive a goody bag at the entrance. One of the sacks will contain a card redeemable for $50 on the spot.

“We want the students to enjoy themselves,” Kilmer said. “We are thankful that all of these people find the time to come to our festival of reading and free expression.”

Topics and speakers for the event are:

  • 9 a.m. — “Welcome: Read on” by Beau Case, dean of University Libraries, and Dr. David Tucker, UT professor of communication;
  • 9:30 a.m. — “The Future Isn’t What it Used to be” by Dr. David Tucker, UT professor of communication;
  • 10 a.m. — “Banned: Native-American Spirituality” by Dr. Barbara Alice Mann, UT honors professor of humanities;
  • 10:30 a.m. — “Girl’s Night Out With Pandora, Lilith and Eve” by Warren Woodberry, local author and mentor;
  • 11 a.m. — “A Historical Overview of Book Banning From Plato to the Present” by Arjun Sabharwal, UT associate professor and digital initiatives librarian;
  • 11:30 a.m. — “All That (and) Jazz: Censorship of Transgender Representation in Children’s Books” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor and interim chair of the UT Women’s and Gender Studies;
  • Noon — The Dr. Linda Smith Lecture: “Suppressing ‘Truths’ in the Age of Fake News” by Heidi M. Appel, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College;
  • 12:30 p.m. — “Remarks and Observations” by Dr. Andrew Hsu, UT provost and executive vice president for academic affairs;
  • 1 p.m. — “Just What is Fake News?” by Lou Herbert, Toledo broadcaster and historian;
  • 1:30 p.m. — “Book Burning Videos: Indiana Jones, Eyewitnesses and Ray Bradbury”;
  • 2 p.m. — “Plato’s ‘Cave’ in the Age of Post-Truth” by Dr. Glenn Sheldon, UT honors professor of humanities;
  • 2:30 p.m. — “Jeopardy!” hosted by The Independent Collegian editors;
  • 3 p.m. — “Covering Campus News Transparently in the Selfie Age of Public Image” by Emily Schnipke, editor-in-chief of The Independent Collegian;
  • 3:30 p.m. — “You Read WHAT to Your Daughter?! And Other Stupid Questions…” by Josie Schreiber, UT student;
  • 4 p.m. — “Hear No Evil! See No Evil! Speak No Evil! Teach No Evil!” by Cindy Ramirez, Bedford High School teacher; and
  • 4:30 p.m. — “Hard-Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People” by Risa Cohen, West Side Montessori teacher.

University of Toledo, Ohio University to partner for population health research, academics

Join us as we formalize a population health collaboration agreement between Ohio University and The University of Toledo.

Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions and The University of Toledo College of Health and Human Services are pleased to invite you to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing the commitment of our universities to collaborate on important population health efforts.

This collaboration includes the launch of the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health, shared research efforts to find solutions to the state’s health problems, and joint academic offerings for students.

WHEN: 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

WHERE: Ohio Department of Education, first floor conference room
25 South Front St., Columbus, OH

WHAT: Signing of collaboration agreement between Ohio University and The University of Toledo

WHO: Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey
Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis
The University of Toledo President Sharon L. Gaber

Please note: A driver’s license is required to enter the Ohio Department of Education building.

For more information, please contact:

Regina Schwartz
Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions

Sarah Velliquette
The University of Toledo


UT Engineering Fall Career Expo Sept. 27

The University of Toledo Engineering Career Development Center will host the Fall 2017 Engineering Career Expo Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Representatives from more than 160 companies will be available to talk to students and alumni of the UT College of Engineering from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of Nitschke Hall and North Engineering.

Employer participants will include American Electric Power, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., DTE Energy, DePuy Synthes/Johnson Co., Honda, Marathon Petroleum Corp., Owens Corning, Owens-Illinois Inc., Toledo Refining Co., and Zimmer Biomet.

“The current job outlook for engineering students in The University of Toledo College of Engineering is certainly bright as evidenced by the number of employers registered to attend the college’s fall expo,” said Dr. Vickie Kuntz, director of the Engineering Career Development Center. “This reflects very positively on the quality of both our programs and our students. It also demonstrates our dynamic and mutually beneficial partnership we have with our industry participants.”

This event is held to connect students with companies seeking talent needed for success.

“The college hosts semiannual career expos in order to afford our students the opportunity to network with potential employers. It also allows our employers to meet our students to determine if they would be a good fit into their organizations,” Kuntz said.

“Our undergraduate mandatory co-op program is one of only eight mandatory engineering co-op programs in the country. Many students indicate our co-op program is the reason they attend the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo. Our program requires our students to graduate with one full year of professional engineering experience. Our students feel confident seeking full-time employment upon graduation. Co-op employers are able to work with these students and are able to determine how the student fits within their organizations. It’s a win-win situation for our students and the employers who hire them.”

More than 600 students are expected to attend the fall expo.

UT celebrates fusion of art and science with Toledo CellulART Sept. 29

Scientists by trade. Artists by association.

Biologists breaking down the building blocks of life to find a cure for cancer and other diseases fuse science and art every day, turning the laboratory into a studio.

This week The University of Toledo is hosting a one-day conference to celebrate and explore the creative side of cytoskeletal research.

Toledo CellulART is from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at the UT Center for the Visual Arts, a building designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and attached to the Toledo Museum of Art.

“Much of what we do is microscopy-based, which takes a certain level of artistic expertise,” said Ashtyn Zinn, UT PhD student researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Zinn organized the free, public event with the help of a grant from the American Society for Cell Biology. She works in the cancer research laboratory of Dr. Rafael Garcia-Mata, UT assistant professor of biological sciences.

Toledo CellulART’s keynote speaker is Dr. Keith Burridge, Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will speak at 3:30 p.m.

“Dr. Burridge is a modern scientist and pioneer in the field of cytoskeletal research,” Garcia-Mata said. “Among a very long list of seminal contributions, he provided key early insights into the mechanisms of cell attachment and adhesion as one of the very first to characterize focal adhesions and the contractile nature of stress fibers. He discovered and characterized many of the key molecular components of the complex now known as the adhesome.”

The event also features a talk and artwork by Dr. Dylan Burnette, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology at Vanderbilt University, at 1:30 p.m.

Oral and poster presentations by students and faculty are scheduled throughout the day. Pieces by past winners of the Nikon Small World Challenge will be on display at 4:30 p.m.

Registration is required for the event, which brings together the regional art and scientific communities. In addition to UT faculty and students, researchers from 15 other universities will be attending from Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, including the University of Michigan, Notre Dame and the University of Chicago.

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Welltower Announces Transformational Gift to The University of Toledo

Welltower Company Headquarters Will Remain In Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio, September 20, 2017 — Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) announces the donation of its state-of-the-art, LEED-certified office buildings and approximately 100 acres of land for the benefit of The University of Toledo. This transformational gift, at an estimated value of more than $30 million, is made possible through an innovative real estate agreement that transfers the company’s extensive Toledo property at 4500 Dorr Street to The University of Toledo Foundation. Welltower’s corporate headquarters will remain in Toledo, where it has been located since 1986. As part of the agreement, Welltower will continue to occupy the 4500 Dorr Street North Building. The University of Toledo and the UT Foundation will evaluate the optimal uses for the gifted real estate to advance the University’s mission.

“We are thrilled to make this transformational gift to The University of Toledo,” said Tom DeRosa, Welltower’s Chief Executive Officer. “As the global leader in health care real estate, we are positioning Welltower for growth and optimizing our own real estate footprint. We have more space than we need, and are focused on running the business more efficiently. This led us to consider more productive, community-minded uses of the campus. The University of Toledo is the ideal choice, and we are delighted to partner with them in such a meaningful and progressive way. It is a fitting tribute to our company’s founders, Fritz Wolfe and Bruce Thompson, to donate the building and grounds to an institution that so profoundly impacts the region and the community that the Wolfe and Thompson families loved dearly. We are honored to open the gates of this incredible campus to broader uses that will benefit The University and the Toledo community for generations to come.”

“We are grateful for this generous gift from Welltower, which affirms the important role of The University of Toledo to positively impact our community. This Toledo-based global company chose to invest in UT because of our capacity to contribute to the growth and development of our region, and we are thankful for their support,” said Sharon L. Gaber, president of The University of Toledo. “This is the largest gift in the University’s history and provides a unique opportunity to explore potential uses for this space that would best serve the University and the community, and contribute to our goal to be one of the top public, national, research universities.”

The donation by Welltower includes the 4500 Dorr Street Main Building’s 140,000 square feet of office space, which will be repurposed by the UT Foundation, and the approximately 31,000 square foot North Building to be leased by Welltower as its corporate headquarters and office space for its Toledo-based employees. As a result, Welltower will significantly reduce the cost associated with its corporate headquarters. Final transfer of the real estate and implementation of the lease-back structure are expected to occur by the middle of 2018. The company also plans to open an office in New York City in 2018. This adds an important local presence to support the company’s significant east coast portfolio, and will function similarly to other regional offices in London, Toronto, Jupiter and Beverly Hills. Additionally, the company has real estate management offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Phoenix.

About Welltower
Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure. The company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people’s wellness and overall health care experience. Welltower™, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns interests in properties concentrated in major, high-growth markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities and outpatient medical properties. More information is available at

About The University of Toledo
The University of Toledo, established in 1872, is a diverse, public metropolitan research university committed to the success of its students and the northwest Ohio community. The University is home to more than 20,000 students across 13 colleges offering a wide array of undergraduate majors and graduate and professional programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine, nursing and pharmacy. The UT Rockets compete in Division I athletics with nearly 350 student athletes winning on the field and in the classroom breaking records for GPA achievement. The University has earned acclaim for its expertise in advanced renewable energy, environmental sciences, astronomical and biomedical research discoveries. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When Welltower uses words such as “may,” “will,” “intend,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “estimate” or similar expressions that do not relate solely to historical matters, it is making forward-looking statements. In particular, these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those relating to Welltower’s investment opportunities and plans with The University of Toledo and its Foundation. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause Welltower’s actual results to differ materially from its expectations discussed in the forward-looking statements. This may be a result of various factors, including, but not limited to: the status of the economy; the status of capital markets, including availability and cost of capital; issues facing the health care industry; not closing the transaction with The University of Toledo and its Foundation; unanticipated difficulties and/or expenditures relating to future investments or acquisitions; Welltower’s ability to maintain its qualification as a REIT; and other risks described in Welltower’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission . Finally, Welltower undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements.

Transformation of K-12 education law topic of Stranahan Lecture Sept. 21

Over the past two decades, the landscape of American elementary and secondary education has shifted due to the emergence and expansion of privately provided, but publicly funded, schooling options, including both charter schools and private school choice devices like vouchers, tax credits and educational savings accounts.

Nicole Stelle Garnett, the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, will discuss this changing landscape at noon Thursday, Sept. 21 in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

Her talk, “The Continuing Transformation of K-12 Education Law: Beyond Vouchers and Charter Schools,” is part of the UT College of Law’s Stranahan Lecture series.

“Professor Garnett is one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 education,” said Professor Lee J. Strang. “We’re delighted Professor Garnett is delivering this fall’s Stranahan Lecture because she will shed light on not just the important reforms that have already occurred in K-12 education, but also potential future changes, including here in Ohio. Professor Garnett’s lecture is sure to spark debate and conversation.”

Nicole Garnett

A well-known scholar of education and property law, Garnett has published two books in these areas: “Lost Classrooms, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America” (University of Chicago Press, 2014), and “Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing, and the Restoration of Urban America” (Yale University Press, 2009).

She also is widely published in leading law reviews and teaches courses in property, education, local government, and land use planning law at Notre Dame.

Garnett earned her bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University and her juris doctor from Yale Law School, and she was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

This free, public lecture is a part of the Stranahan National Issues Forum and is sponsored by the UT College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

UT alumnus’ play about dealing with dementia to debut Sept. 20

“Remember Me,” an original play written by Maxwell K. Cleary, will premiere this week in The University of Toledo Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 20-22, and 2 p.m. for Saturday, Sept. 23.

“Remember Me” is a play that focuses on dementia while taking a look at what reality is — or isn’t — for the family, the caregivers and the person with the condition. It shows the barriers, demands and isolation families face when trying to care for a loved one.

Cleary graduated from UT with a master’s degree in social work in 2016 and is a hospice social worker in Toledo. His practice experience with grief is evident throughout the play.

Issue Box Theatre is producing the play and is headed by Rosie Best, a social worker in the Toledo community who has a history in theater education. While taking classes at UT, she started Issue Box as a community project to bring together art and social justice action. Best graduated from the University with a master’s degree in social work in 2016.

The play will be performed in conjunction with the International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

Proceeds from ticket sales from non-registered conference goers will go to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services of Northwestern Ohio and the UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.