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Golf tourney to fall on birthday of Eberly Center’s namesake

The University of Toledo’s Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women is hosting the fourth annual Golfing for Empowerment Tournament Monday, July 23, which just so happens to be what would have been Mrs. Eberly’s 90th birthday.

The people who planned the event were not aware that this date was her birthday; it was sheer coincidence. In 1980, the center was named in honor of Eberly, one of its first advisory board members. She was a staunch supporter of the center and had served as chair of its advisory committee until her death in an automobile accident in 1979.

“The Eberly Center for Women has and continues to create programming and events that provide women an opportunity to try to do new things,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, associate vice president for the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement, and center director. “We wanted a summer event to highlight one of our community partnerships, build awareness about the center, and ultimately create a fun atmosphere of engagement. We not only got that, but now we have a birthday to celebrate.”

The center will be partnering with A Service for Self-Employment Training and Support (ASSETS) of Toledo, a nonprofit organization that provides practical, experience-based training for those starting or expanding a small business.

“I think it’s really important for everyone to get more involved with golf because it’s such a great tool for getting access to different people,” said Emily Hardcastle, interim community outreach coordinator for the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement. “Golf is really popular in a lot of different professions, and we hope to have a great turnout on July 23.”

The tournament will be held at the Brandywine Country Club, 6904 Salisbury Road in Maumee. It will be a scramble beginning with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. There will be several raffle prizes and even a possible $10,000 award for anyone who gets a hole-in-one.

The event costs $85 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and dinner. Dinner will be served at the golf course after the tournament.

Tickets are available for those who wish to attend the dinner without playing golf. It also is possible to sponsor one of the holes or sign up an entire team.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.utoledo.edu/centers/eberly/docs/golfregister.pdf. Registrations are requested by the first week of July.

Trustees approve budget, AFSCME extension, telescope consortium

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees approved the fiscal year 2013 budget at its June 18 meeting, concluding a months-long process that included participation from faculty and student leaders.

President Lloyd Jacobs, right, presented a proclamation to Carroll Ashley, chair of the UT Board of Trustees, whose term will expire at the end of the month. Ashley was appointed to the MUO Board of Trustees in 2002 and helped during the merger with UT.

The $797.6 million budget invests in graduate student stipends, a new pharmacy program, and additional space and equipment for research areas.

The budget reflects a $7.6 million reduction in state subsidy, but a $15 million investment in state capital dollars that will be used to fund routine maintenance. Due to strategic position control, the University was able to reduce salary expenditures without widespread layoffs.

The budget includes an in-state undergraduate tuition increase of 3.5 percent, but no increase in general fees. There were no changes in residence hall fees, and the budget includes new meal plan options for students.

The board also approved a $1.4 million investment in the Discovery Channel Telescope near Flagstaff, Ariz., enabling UT astronomers to join a consortium with the University of Maryland and Boston University governing usage of the 4.3-meter ground-based telescope.

Dr. J.D. Smith, associate professor of astronomy, said that guaranteed access to the telescope will be invaluable for UT researchers and graduate students and greatly will increase the strength of grant applications for external funding.

In other business, trustees approved a one-year extension with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2415, the collective bargaining unit representing nearly 2,000 employees on Health Science Campus. AFSCME members will vote on the tentative agreement Wednesday, June 27.

President Lloyd Jacobs announced that six years after the merger with the former Medical University of Ohio, a significant milestone had been reached: Every policy difference between MUO and UT has been merged, rewritten or deleted. He also called attention to Dr. Jamie Barlowe being named permanent dean of the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences.

Trustees also approved new officers for the coming fiscal year, naming William Koester chair of the board and Joseph Zerbey vice chair.

Outgoing chair Carroll Ashley praised the University, looking back over all that has changed and all that has been accomplished since his appointment in 2002.

“This University has emerged as a leader in the region and it has been exciting to see this transformation, especially in such a relatively short period of time,” Ashley said.

The terms of Trustee Richard McQuade and student trustee Heather Griffin also will end June 30.

UTMC to celebrate start of renovations for new Parkinson’s center

The University of Toledo Medical Center will mark the beginning of a six-month renovation project to create one of the leading Parkinson’s centers in the nation with a ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. on the first floor of Dowling Hall’s southwest corner.

This rendering by the Collaborative Inc. of Toledo shows what the Gardner/McMaster Parkinson’s Center may look like when finished in 2013.

The nearly 6,000-square-foot center will be named the Gardner/McMaster Parkinson’s Center, recognizing generous donations from the family of Findlay businessman Philip Gardner, as well as the Harold and Helen McMaster Foundation.

In addition to numerous other private donors who will be recognized when the center opens early next year, the Parkinson’s Foundation of Northwest Ohio has raised more than $160,000 to help offset the approximately $1.35 million in renovation costs.

“There have been tremendous advances in the past 10 years that have greatly expanded our understanding of Parkinson’s disease and the ways we care for people with this disease,” said Dr. Lawrence Elmer, professor of neurology and medical director of the Center for Neurological Health.

“This new center will increase accessibility for patients, optimize and maximize the care provided to our patients and their families, and place them in close proximity to physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and other health-care professionals who are also experts in Parkinson’s care,” said Elmer, a specialist in the treatment and research of Parkinson’s disease for more than 20 years.

“One of the keys we have learned over the years is the value of exercise in slowing the progression of Parkinson’s and the importance of a team-care approach in combating complications of the disease,” he said.

And the center’s resources aren’t just for patients.

“As our society on average gets older, more and more people are diagnosed with or know someone who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. At this center, we also want to help educate family members caring for someone with this disease so they know what to expect and how to assist when needed,” Elmer said.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor and executive vice president for health affairs, emphasized this isn’t a resource only for northwest Ohio.

“Larry Elmer is recognized internationally for his research and expertise in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease,” said Gold, who also serves as dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “Advanced clinical treatment facilities like UTMC’s Gardner/McMaster Parkinson’s Center separate academic medical centers from other health-care organizations and attract patients from all corners of the globe seeking the most current treatments available.”

Elmer also emphasized his thanks to the center’s donors.

“None of this would have been possible without the generosity of the Gardner and McMaster families, the Parkinson’s Foundation of Northwest Ohio, and the many, many people who made individual gifts to help fight, treat and one day cure this disease,” Elmer said. “In spite of our nation’s economic challenges, this overwhelming degree of community and University support is breathtaking; our commitment to people with Parkinson’s disease and their families is to serve them in a way that exceeds all their expectations and to enhance their quality of life to the highest possible level.”

Toledo police officer shows Rocket pride while competing on new reality show

A Toledo police officer is supporting The University of Toledo while a contestant on a new summer reality show on ABC.

Toledo Police Sgt. Kevin Braun wore a UT hat during the first episode of “The Glass House.”

“The Glass House” is similar to the CBS hit “Big Brother” with the unique difference of viewers being involved with the program by making suggestions to shape the contestants’ daily lives and determining who stays on the show.

Fourteen contestants, including Toledo Police Sgt. Kevin Braun, are fighting to stay in the house to have a chance to win $250,000.

On the first episode, which aired June 18, Braun sported a midnight blue and gold UT baseball cap for the nation to see.

Braun, who lives in Walbridge, has been a member of the Toledo Police Department for 12 years.

Watch “The Glass House” Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC to see if Braun shows off more Rocket gear as he competes for the cash prize.

UT to host summer camp for gifted, talented students

The future promises to challenge tomorrow’s leaders, scientists and creators who are the students of today. And a unique summer program at The University of Toledo is preparing these future leaders with activities that challenge thinking and celebrate learning.

The Gifted, Talented, Creative Summer Camp, known as GT@UT, will challenge primary, middle and junior high students with interesting programs Monday through Friday, June 25-29, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on UT’s Main Campus.

The UT women’s basketball team will assist with a “CSI Toledo” mystery in which the campers are called to help solve a “crime” in Savage Arena. Participants also will pitch their innovations to a panel of business and community leaders as part of an “Entrepreneurship Shark Tank.”

The camps also will include “The Great Outdoors – Campus Edition” botany experiments, and “The Writer’s Life” and “Occupy Earth: Becoming Global Citizens” activities to document their experiences via the written word and directing and producing a new media short video.

“This is a positive experience for gifted and talented children who get the opportunity to explore their interests beyond a traditional school setting,” said Dr. Robert Schultz, program director and UT professor of gifted education and curriculum studies. “The number of participants has doubled since last year’s camp, and we look forward to the program continuing to grow.”

The camp is open to students enrolled in third through eighth grade who have been identified as gifted/talented/creative by their school district or can provide a letter of recommendation by a teacher or gifted program coordinator.

GT@UT is in its third year and is the only gifted and talented program offered in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The program will conclude Friday, June 29, when parents and guests are welcome to hear the students share their experiences.

‘The Relevant University’ to air June 26

Tune in to “The Relevant University” Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR.

This month, Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs, recognizes the 40th anniversary of Title IX with a discussion on women in sports.

In this month’s episode:

• USA Today reporter and columnist Christine Brennan shares her experiences as a female reporter in sports media.

• The NCAA’s Director of Gender Initiatives Karen Morrison provides information about the organization’s efforts to support women athletes.

• Kathy Beauregard, the athletic director at Western Michigan University, discusses her experience as one of the few female ADs in college sports.

• And University of Toledo Women’s Basketball Coach Tricia Cullop talks about the growing support and recognition for female athletes.

The University and Detroit’s WJR Radio produce the monthly, hourlong program that explores the critical role higher education plays in our world.

Listen at www.utoledo.edu/therelevantuniversity.

Assistant professor to serve as associate editor of American Journal of Business

Dr. Stephen Callaway, assistant professor of management in the UT College of Business and Innovation, has been named an associate editor for the American Journal of Business.

He succeeds Dr. Robert Yonker, UT associate professor of management, who has served in that position for the past three years.

“Our major goal is to increase the journal’s exposure in national and global contexts,” said Callaway, who has taught strategy and entrepreneurship at the University for four years. “The College of Business and Innovation has always had representation in this journal and with the transition to a new publisher, this global journal reflects and supports the college’s mission of developing lifelong leaders for today’s global economy.”

“It was invaluable serving as an associate editor, seeing the research from the other side, how decisions are made,” Yonker said. “The most rewarding part for me is to see a manuscript evolve. It may take two to four iterations to get it ready to appear in the journal, but being able to see the publication process from the other side helps you become a better author and writer.

“I served my three-year term as an editor, and I recommended Steve because he was published by the journal, has reviewed for the journal, and he is a very good researcher. Our current advisory board needed someone with expertise in entrepreneurship, which Steve has.”

The American Journal of Business was established in 1985 to provide a medium for business professionals, executives, consultants and teachers to discuss research developments and their practical implications. The publication’s audience is the business community — both academic and practitioner.

The journal is supported by several Midwest schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; supporters include The University of Toledo and other MAC schools. It recently was acquired by Emerald Group Publishing Limited, a leading scholarly publisher of journals and books in business and management.

“Emerald is a well-known publisher that is pursuing topics that are global in nature, not just Midwest or American,” Yonker said. “It is attracting more manuscripts, which has enabled the journal to obtain more recognition.”

“For UT, it means a lot to be associated with a high-quality journal that is consistent with our mission,” he continued. “It’s a global, relevant journal that blends science with practice, providing information that people can apply, which is also what we do in the College of Business and Innovation.”

“I love teaching because you can see the good you do immediately,” Callaway said. “If someone does not understand a concept at first and you can help them so they do, you see the value of what you do. That’s why I strive to be the best teacher and best researcher I can be. As an associate editor of the American Journal of Business, I will strive to ensure top-quality reviews to make the publication valuable to top-notch researchers and business professionals.”

New presidential administrative assistant named


Visitors entering the President’s Office will see a new and familiar face as Patty James assumes the role of administrative assistant to UT President Lloyd Jacobs.

James will take over day-to-day operations while her predecessor, Diane Hymore, assumes a new role as director of administrative operations for the president and the senior leadership team.

“I’m pleased to be working with Patty, and I know she will excel in her new role as a key liaison for me between constituents inside and external to the University,” Jacobs said.

“Diane has run the President’s Office with incredible precision and poise during the last six years, but especially during this time of transition, I need to spread her talents across the offices of the senior leadership team,” Jacobs added.

Sabrina Nabors, resources coordinator, will continue to support the president, as well as assist James and Hymore.

Those who were at UT prior to the 2006 merger with the former Medical University of Ohio will remember James from her previous stint in University Hall Room 3500 as the receptionist and scheduling coordinator for then President Dan Johnson.

After the merger, James became executive secretary to William Logie, vice president for human resources and campus safety, from 2006 to 2011, and she maintained her role as executive secretary to the leadership in Human Resources and Talent Development following Logie’s 2011 retirement.

Area youth participate in National Youth Sports Program at UT

More than 150 youth ages 10-16 from across the Toledo area are participating in the 43rd annual National Youth Sports Program at The University of Toledo.

The athletic camp runs through Thursday, June 28, with youth participating in weekday activities such as track, soccer, softball and swimming throughout the afternoons.

The camp begins each day at 10:30 a.m. with a lunch and address from a “hometown hero” before breaking into groups for athletic activities until 3:30 p.m., most of which take place at the Intramural and Inter-Collegiate Athletic Fields by the east entrance to Main Campus off Douglas Road.

The National Youth Sports Program provides economically disadvantaged youths the opportunity to participate in fitness, recreation and educational programs. When the program started in 1968, UT was one of the first universities in the country to host it.

In addition to the athletic activities, the youth participate in educational and health programs, and math and science tutoring, as well as nutrition, personal hygiene, career education, and alcohol, tobacco and other drug seminars. The program also teaches lifetime leisure activities, including fishing, swimming and fitness walking.

The 2012 program kicked off June 11 and will conclude Thursday, June 28, with an appreciation banquet.

For more information on UT’s NYSP, click here.

Pitcher signs as free agent with Kansas City Royals

Former Toledo right-handed pitcher Lincoln Rassi has signed with the Kansas City Royals as a free agent following the completion of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.


Rassi becomes the second Rocket to continue his playing career, joining right-handed pitcher Mike Hamann, who was selected in the 16th round of the MLB Draft (494th overall pick) by the Chicago Cubs.

Together, the duo helped Toledo claim its first Mid-American Conference West Division title in school history in 2012. The Rockets’ 19-8 (.704) MAC record equaled their best mark since the conference went to three-game series prior to the 2004 campaign. Overall this spring, UT sported a 30-27 mark, registering its second 30-win season under Head Coach Cory Mee. Toledo also secured a spot in the MAC Tournament for a school-record fourth-consecutive season.

A four-year letterwinner, Rassi compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.53 earned-run average and a team-tying best four saves in 19 relief appearances this spring, yielding seven runs (six earned) on 24 hits with 43 strikeouts in 35.1 innings of work. The 2012 first-team All-MAC selection finished tied for ninth in the league in saves.

In MAC games, Rassi led the league in opponent batting average (.170, 17 for 100), as well as tied for first in ERA (1.29) and tied for sixth in saves (4) and total appearances (12). The Goshen, Ind., native was nearly unhittable down the stretch this spring and gave up only three runs (two earned) on 16 hits with 31 strikeouts over his final 13 appearances, covering 27.1 innings of work (April 4-May 24).

Picked as the eighth-best MAC prospect for the 2012 MLB Draft by Baseball America, Rassi wrapped up his collegiate career tied for first in UT annals in games started (16, 2011) and tied for eighth in saves (4, 2012) in the single-season record book.

Rassi also becomes the second Rocket to be a current member of the Kansas City Royals organization. Mitch Maier (2001-03) was chosen by the Royals with the 30th pick of the first round in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. The three-time first-team All-MAC recipient has been in the major leagues in six of the last seven seasons.