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See works by Czech painter/scenographer at Center for the Visual Arts



A multimedia display of the work of Czech artist Jaroslav Malina, who is well-known for his paintings and designs for the stage, will be on exhibit at the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus Tuesday, March 24, through Wednesday, April 29.

There will be a public opening reception of the exhibit Friday, March 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gallery. Dr. Joseph Brandesky, professor of theatre at Ohio State University at Lima and curator of this traveling exhibit, will host the reception and provide a walking tour of the exhibit.

Malina’s work is touring the United States. Prior to coming to Toledo, the second stop on the tour, it was exhibited in San Antonio. Upcoming stops will include Lima and Columbus in Ohio, and Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. The exhibit includes 68 works as well as a recorded interview with the artist.

Jaroslav Malina designed this set for a 1985 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Jaroslav Malina designed this set for a 1985 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

His career spans more than 40 years and includes more than 450 set and costume designs for theatre, film and television, as well as 30 one-man exhibitions of his scenography work, paintings, graphics and posters. His non-stage work, or “free work” as he calls it, and his scenic designs are inextricably linked.

“In both fields, one finds Malina expressing his abundant sense of abstraction, eroticism, contradiction, humor,” Brandesky said.

Born in Prague in 1937, Malina studied at Charles University and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has served as a faculty member at universities in the United States, Japan, Finland and Great Britain, and as the general commissioner of the Prague Quadrennial (International Theatre Design and Architecture Exposition). He has been a member of the board for the commissioner general of the Czech section of EXPO Aichi 2005 in Japan. In recent years, his designs for operas have been staged in Germany and Italy.

Jaroslav Malina's drawing of the set for the 1985 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Jaroslav Malina's drawing of the set for the 1985 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

His work is represented in the collections of Prague’s National Gallery, National Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts, Museum of Czech Music and Theatre Institute. In the United States, his work can be seen at the Theatre Research Institute at Ohio State University, the Performing Arts Library and Museum in San Francisco, and in many U.S. and international public and private collections.

The free, public exhibit can be seen Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, call the UT Department of Art at 419.530.8300 or go to www.utoledo.edu/as/art.

Dogged volunteer earns monthly Jefferson Award

Renee Valtin can tell when Connie Donald reports for volunteer duty at the Wood County Humane Society.

The dogs give Donald away.

“I can tell by their bark,” Valtin, shelter manager, said. “To the dogs, Connie means ‘We get to go out for a walk.’ As soon as the dogs see her, they know something special is going to happen and they go crazy.”

Donald, a registered nurse at The University of Toledo Medical Center, has been honored with UT’s second Jefferson Award for her outstanding community service. She’s been a volunteer dog walker, kennel cleaner and all-around girl Friday at the shelter for about 18 years.

She will receive her Jefferson Award certificate and pin during the town hall meeting Tuesday, March 24, at 11 a.m.

“I’m flattered,” she said. “There are certainly a lot of people at the shelter who deserve this award. I feel thanked every time I go there and work with the animals.”

She remembered a time when, as a renter, she wasn’t allowed to have pets. She signed on at the shelter to help needy animals and get a little exercise.

“I had no idea what I was getting into!” she said and laughed. “It used to be just me. There would be 12 dogs waiting and one walker. They didn’t all get long walks, but every one got some exercise.”

With Donald’s steady presence has come an influx of volunteer dog walkers; so many, in fact, that dogs outnumber walkers only about 2-to-1 nowadays, rather than 12-to-1. Four times each week, Donald and the crew gather the leashes and treat rescued dogs to long strolls.

“It’s so rewarding,” Donald said. “The majority of these dogs have been horribly neglected or abused, and the socialization makes them more adoptable. It’s great to see them blossom after coming in scared to death.”

Valtin said Donald’s contributions go much farther than simple dog walking. Donald reports for duty on a moment’s notice, spends holidays treating sick or injured animals, and helps with rudimentary medical testing. She’s also an outspoken ambassador for the humane society.

“I don’t know what we’d do without her,” Valtin said.

Donald, who knew from kindergarten that she wanted to care for people and animals, doesn’t feel her volunteer efforts are extraordinary. Grateful tail wags are more than enough thanks.

“I’ve been to the park or out in the community and had dogs remember me from the shelter,” Donald remarked, noting she now has four dogs and two cats — all from the humane society. “I just really love the interaction with the animals and the people.”

Nominations for UT’s third Jefferson Awards winner are being accepted at www.utoledo.edu/utcommcenter/jeffersonaward until Wednesday, March 25. Honor someone who has made a difference in the community or in the lives of others with a nomination for this prestigious award.

Film series to address issues faced by people with disabilities

A short film series will be presented by The University of Toledo Disability Studies Program Wednesday, March 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Student Union Room 3020 on Main Campus.

The first film, “Offense Taken,” documents a community’s response to a show titled “Rise of the Celebretards” by a Minneapolis theater company. The documentary also serves as a springboard for discussion about language like, for example, “Does artistic freedom outweigh human rights?”

The second film, “The Kids Are All Right,” is a documentary about disability rights activist Mike Ervin, who challenges the pitiful representation of people with disabilities in Jerry Lewis’ Labor Day telethon. The film’s objective is to raise awareness about the effects of pity, and charity and the perception of disability.

In the last film, “The Perfect Flaw: Triumphing Over Facial Disfigurement,” David Roche recounts the details of his life with a facial vascular malformation complicated by radiation burns. He uses his life and sense of humor to help people address issues such as self-esteem and fear of rejection.

“This film series helps expand our understanding of what it really means to be human in the world,” said Dr. Jim Ferris, Ability Center of Greater Toledo Endowed Chair in Disability Studies, director of the UT Disability Studies Program and associate professor of communication.

Refreshments will be provided at this free, public event.

For more information, call the UT Disability Studies Program at 419.530.7244.

‘Dangerous’ academic to give Summers Memorial Lecture

Dr. Michael Bérubé has quite a sense of humor. Take a look at the scholar’s blog at www.michaelberube.com.



“I teach American literature and cultural studies at Penn State University. And I have been certified as dangerous by the David Horowitz Center for Freedom Fries and Apple Fritters,” he posted.

The Paterno Professor in English Literature and Science, Technology and Society is referring to when the conservative commentator labeled him one of the “101 most dangerous academics in America” in 2006.

On his blog, Bérubé shares his opinions on liberal politics, cultural studies, disability rights, hockey and music.

He will discuss “The Pursuit of Literature” at the 20th annual Richard M. Summers Memorial Lecture Friday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100 on UT’s Main Campus.

“We’re very excited about Michael’s visit because he has the ability to appeal to both the scholar and the layman on a variety of subjects: from the importance of studying the humanities to disability rights, from the pursuit of literature to liberal politics,” said Dr. Tim Geiger, UT associate professor of English.

“Michael’s ability to express himself crosses the boundaries of all intellectual levels and appeals to that which, at its most basic level, is simply what makes us human,” Geiger said.

Bérubé has written several books, including Rhetorical Occasions: Essays on Humans and the Humanities (2006), What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and “Bias” in Higher Education (2006) and The Employment of English: Theory, Jobs and the Future of Literary Studies (1998).

In his 1996 book, Life As We Know It: A Father, a Family and an Exceptional Child, he wrote about his son, Jamie, who has Down syndrome.

“His concerns, and the way he is able to write about them, demonstrate the perfect merger of compassion with the intellect,” Geiger said.

The Richard M. Summers Memorial Lecture was established by Marie Summers to honor her son, a member of the UT Department of English from 1966 until his death in 1988. The lecture is designed to bring a distinguished literary scholar, critic or writer to the University.

Before the lecture, Bérubé will participate in a colloquium on disability studies at 1 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 1460.

“The colloquium will be an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and other interested people to talk with Dr. Bérubé about his writing on citizenship and disability,” said Dr. Jim Ferris, Ability Center of Greater Toledo Endowed Chair in Disability Studies, director of the UT Disability Studies Program and associate professor of communication. “We’ll focus on his article, ‘Citizenship and Disability,’ published in Dissent in 2003 and available online at www.dissentmagazine.org/article/?article=506].

For more information on these free, public events, call Geiger at 419.530.4415 or Ferris at 419.530.7245.

American Heart Association honors senior UT administrator

Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, provost, executive vice president for health affairs and College of Medicine dean, received the American Heart Association’s Legacy of Life Award at the Glass City Heart Ball March 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons.

Dr. Ameer Kabour congratulated Dr. Jeffrey Gold, who received the American Heart Association’s Legacy of Life Award.

Dr. Ameer Kabour congratulated Dr. Jeffrey Gold, who received the American Heart Association’s Legacy of Life Award.

The Legacy of Life Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the American Heart Association’s mission to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

“This award really goes to the 3,000 people on Health Science Campus whose dedication and hard work make UT an outstanding institution for health education, research and patient care,” Gold said. “The American Heart Association plays such a vital role in building healthier lives and in providing support for cardiovascular- and stroke-related research. I am deeply honored to be chosen as a recipient of the award.”

Nearly 400 people, including 50 from UT, attended the program.

Gold, who has had an enormously productive academic career, was nominated for the award by Tom Tousley of Wilcox Financial, Dr. Ameer Kabour of Toledo Cardiology Consultants, Daniel Wakeman, president and CEO of St. Luke’s Hospital, Buzz Hermann of St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, and Dr. Paul Berlacher of Northwest Ohio Cardiology Consultants.

Proceeds from the event will support the American Heart Association’s cardiovascular research, education and advocacy programs throughout northwest Ohio. Since 2007, the association has allocated more than $1.2 million for research studies in the Toledo area.

Before coming to Toledo in 2005, Gold, a cardiovascular surgeon, was very active in the affairs of the American Heart Association’s Heritage Affiliate, which includes Connecticut, New Jersey, New York City and Long Island. He was a member of its board of directors and of its development committee from 1995 to 1999, and of its Gala Planning Committee for six years.

A member of the influential 17-member Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits medical schools in the United States and Canada, Gold joined the Medical University of Ohio in May 2005 from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, where he was professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.

During his 25-year career in academic medicine, he has obtained more than $10 million from the National Institutes of Health and other public and private organizations for cardiac-related studies. He continues to do public health-related research in the epidemiology of heart disease and is a strong advocate for improving access to cardiac health services.

In 2005, the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation established the Raymond & Beverly Sackler Distinguished Professorship in Medical Education in honor of Gold for his commitment to excellence in medical education at the College of Medicine.

He was president of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association from 2005 to 2007.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Gold earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Cornell University in 1974 and 1978, respectively, and completed residency and fellowship training at the New York Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Match Day magic: Medical students learn of residencies

At the strike of noon last Thursday at the Pinnacle in Maumee, fourth-year medical students were given envelopes containing information that could very well shape the rest of their lives.

Receiving their first choices in residency matches were graduating medical students, from left, Alexander Farag (University of North Carolina Hospital), Jennifer Gueth (University of North Carolina Hospital),  Brian Harr (Northwestern University) and Stacy Hollopeter (Rush University Medical Center in Chicago).

Receiving their first choices in residency matches were graduating medical students, from left, Alexander Farag (University of North Carolina Hospital), Jennifer Gueth (University of North Carolina Hospital), Brian Harr (Northwestern University) and Stacy Hollopeter (Rush University Medical Center in Chicago).

It was Match Day, the annual event at which medical students find out where they will spend the next three to seven years for their medical residencies, therefore affecting their careers and relationships.

Almost immediately upon opening the envelopes, the banquet hall was filled with shrieks and tears of joy. Once again, it was a very successful year for soon-to-be graduates of the UT College of Medicine.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, provost, executive vice president for health affairs and College of medicine dean, said, “I couldn’t be more thrilled with the achievement of this year’s students. The number, type and quality of their matches are truly remarkable and continue to be stronger each year.”

Institutions where students matched include the most competitive academic programs in the country — Harvard, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic.

Also impressive is the fact that 17 graduates chose to stay at The University of Toledo Medical Center to continue their training.

“We have been working very hard for several years to support the health-care needs of our community, and retaining double the number of our graduates at UTMC last year is a significant accomplishment,” Gold said.

Only four more students will train in other Toledo-area programs, a number the College of Medicine would like to see increase.

A total of 41, or 30 percent, of graduating UT medical students are entering primary-care fields, while 92, or 68 percent, are entering other specialties. Primary care includes family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics.

After four years at UT, the medical students will disperse to 24 states outside Ohio. In all, 39 percent of students will remain in Ohio. The most popular destinations outside of the Buckeye state are Michigan, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Health fair, tours at new Heart and Vascular Center

The new Heart and Vascular Center will offer tours and a small health fair for heart and vascular health Tuesday, March 24, and Thursday, March 26.

While touring the center, visitors will be offered refreshments and hear advice and tips on heart and vascular health from the American Heart Association.

Scheduled to open in May, The University of Toledo’s Heart and Vascular Center will provide patients with state-of-the-art facilities and some of the nation’s best cardiac and vascular specialists.

The free, public tours will be available Tuesday, March 24, from noon to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Third-shift employees are invited to tour the center Thursday, March 26, from 1:30 to 2:30 a.m.

For more information on the Heart and Vascular Center, visit http://utmc.utoledo.edu/clinics/heartandvascular/.

President’s Council on Diversity making strides

The President’s Council on Diversity is committed to valuing everyone and addressing diversity issues among students, faculty and staff at The University of Toledo.

Established in March 2008, the council consists of faculty, staff, students and community representatives.

Implementation is a main focus for the council, according to member Charlene Gilbert, director of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women and professor in the departments of Women and Gender Studies and Theatre and Film.

“There are and have been other diversity groups on campus that have provided great recommendations for increasing diversity on campus and in the community, but have struggled to implement these ideas,” she said.

The council assesses all diversity recommendations, chooses specific recommendations to implement, selects individuals or groups to be responsible for these tasks, and then monitors the progress.

According to Debbie Barnett, community member, “I am happy to see The University of Toledo taking an active role in embracing diversity. It is very important for students to understand diversity so they can get the most out of their learning experience. Without the acceptance of others, we cannot live in a harmonious society.”

The President’s Council on Diversity was a major supporter in the recent opening of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Office as part of the Office of Multicultural Student Services, located in Student Union Room 2500 on Main Campus.

“The council hopes this office will provide resources, programming, outreach and a place for students to feel safe,” Gilbert said. “We believe the opening of this office is another step toward including all students and working toward a diverse community.”

Along with supporting the office opening, the council is co-sponsoring a film series that will run on Tuesdays, March 24 to April 14. The first film to be shown will be “Milk,” which is about Harvey Milk, the first publically gay man elected to office.

The President’s Council on Diversity meets twice a month and has numerous subcommittees that focus on different objectives. Gilbert said the two current focuses for the council are to increase minority construction and purchasing participation at the University and the retention of students.

For more information, visit www.utoledo.edu/diversity/council or contact Gilbert at 419.530.8570 or Charlene.Gilbert@utoledo.edu or Michele Martinez, interim dean of students and member/convener of the President’s Council on Diversity, at 419.530.5323 or michele.martinez@utoledo.edu.

Events to spotlight Communication Week, March 23-27

Public relations experts and local news personnel will talk about their jobs during UT’s Communication Week Festival, Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27.

The festival, in its second year, will include presentations by student organizations, local communications professionals, and UT faculty and staff members.

Events will be held on UT’s Main Campus and include:

• Monday, March 23: “Media Convergence,” a presentation by Tom Oswald, media producer for the UT Department of Communication, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in University Hall Room 4620.

• Tuesday, March 24: The UT chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America will present guest speakers Tobin J. Klinger, UT senior director of university communications, and Matt Lockwood, UT director of public relations, at 3:30 p.m. in Student Union Room 2584.

• Wednesday, March 25: UT:10/UTTV will present guest speaker Kristian Brown, anchor for 13 ABC News, at 7:15 p.m. in Rocket Hall Room 1558.

• Thursday, March 26: The Independent Collegian will present guest speakers Dave Murray, special projects editor for The Blade, Dr. Samuel Nelson, UT associate professor of political science, and Jason Webber, public relations adviser to the Toledo mayor, at 7 p.m. in the Law Center Auditorium.

Refreshments will be available at each event.

For more information on these free, public events, contact Dr. Sumitra Srinivasan, UT assistant professor of communication, at sumitra.srinivasan@utoledo.edu.

Faculty, staff invited to Student Veterans Association meeting

The Student Veterans Association would like to invite UT students, faculty and staff members with connections to the military to attend an informational meeting Wednesday, March 25, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Rocket Hall Room 1530 on Main Campus.

The Student Veterans Association is a social organization for student veterans and students with a military connection.

Members will provide information on the organization, discuss plans for social and community service activities, and attempt to establish a connection between students involved in the organization and faculty and staff with military experience.

Eventually, members would like to develop a mentorship program through networking and involvement between UT students, faculty and staff associated with the organization.

The meeting will be followed by refreshments and socializing in Rocket Hall Room 1300.

To RSVP or for more information, contact the UT Military Service Center at 419.530.1213.