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Celebrity wait event Aug. 27 to benefit Mundt Cardiology Fund at UTMC

University of Toledo Medical Center and Al and Adela Mundt will host a special celebrity wait event Monday, Aug. 27, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Loma Linda, 10400 Airport Highway in Swanton.

The event will benefit the Mundt Cardiology Endowment Fund at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Established in 2008, the endowment supports new and innovative programs such as the Left Ventricle Assist Device that will one day make heart transplantation again available in Toledo.

Waiters will include the Mundts, Dr. Christopher Cooper, UT professor of cardiology and interim chair of medicine; Tricia Cullop, UT head woman’s basketball coach; Tod Kowalczyk, UT head men’s basketball coach; and Harvey Steele, morning radio personality at K100.

The evening will feature a grand prize drawing for a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, donated by the Mundt family, at approximately 8 p.m. along with $1,000 cash for second prize.

For more information, contact Howard Newman, UT associate vice president for development, at 419.383.6840 or howard.newman@utoledo.edu

Submissions sought for Ottawa River Photography Contest

UT students: Enter the 2012 UT Ottawa River Photography Contest.

Students conducted a fish survey in the Ottawa River.

The President’s Commission on the River is sponsoring the competition. Gift cards will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to enter the contest; even cell phone photos will be accepted.

Students are limited to a maximum of three separate photo entries. Digital manipulation should be limited to basic light and color correction.

Entries should include a high-resolution jpeg image of the Ottawa River on Main Campus and can focus on scenic views, wildlife, nature, people or any river-related topic or theme.

A panel of photography and Ottawa River experts will judge the entries. All decisions of the judges will be final.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.

Email photos, along with student name, Rocket ID and phone number, to Dr. Patrick Lawrence, UT professor and chair of the Department of Geography and Planning, and chair President’s Commission on the River, at patrick.lawrence@utoledo.edu

Awards will be presented Friday, Sept. 14, at noon at the Student River Plaza, located between the Student Union and Carlson Library, as part of Celebrate Our River Week.

Toledo to hold fall prospect baseball camp Oct. 21

The University of Toledo baseball program will hold its annual Fall Prospect Camp Sunday, Oct. 21, at Scott Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for players who will be graduating from high school in 2013-15.

The one-day camp is designed to give advanced baseball players the opportunity to develop their talents in both instructional and game settings. Campers will participate in batting practice; the 60-yard dash; instructional sessions on pitching, catching, fielding, baserunning and hitting; and a scrimmage. A pro-style workout and fundamentals session will be followed by a scrimmage that will conclude the day’s activities.

Campers will be instructed and evaluated by The University of Toledo baseball staff, players and several college coaches. The cost of the one-day camp is $125 and is nonrefundable. This fee includes a numbered camp T-shirt and lunch.

Players should bring a glove, bat, and helmet, and should wear comfortable workout attire and cleats. In case of rain, campers should have gym shoes or turf shoes for the indoor workout facility. Catchers should bring their own catcher’s equipment.

The Toledo Baseball Practice Facility provides an excellent opportunity for complete baseball skill instruction and performance. The main diamond, plus the indoor hitting and pitching facility, enable campers to receive instruction in all aspects of the game.

To receive more information or to sign up for the camp, go to toledobaseballcamps.com.

If you have any questions, contact Assistant Baseball Coach Nick McIntyre at 419.530.3097 or nick.mcintyre@utoledo.edu.

‘The Relevant University’ to air Aug. 29

Tune in to “The Relevant University” Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR.

This month, Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs, shares information about the Toledo Region Brand.

In this month’s episode:

• Joe Napoli, president and general manager of the Toledo Mud Hens, introduces the Toledo Region Brand to promote the area as “the heart of new manufacturing.”

• UT President Lloyd Jacobs talks about higher education’s role beyond the classroom to support economic development efforts in their communities.

• Dean Monske, president and CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership, describes the current economic climate and looks to the future.

• And John Dickey, co-chief operating officer of Cumulus Media, discusses the importance of not allowing state lines and other barriers to hinder economic growth.

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.

Call for International Education Week events

The UT Center for International Studies and Programs has begun to plan International Education Week, scheduled for Nov. 12-16.

International Education Week serves as a reminder that college and university campuses play a special part in shaping the awareness of everyone’s role in the global village. The week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

UT faculty, staff and students are encouraged to explore the value of education abroad, the richness that is brought into classrooms and departments by international students and faculty, and the benefits derived from all international programs on campus.

“International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the international efforts that are taking place on UT’s campuses,” said Dr. Sammy Spann, assistant provost for international studies and programs. “We want International Education Week to be a University-wide celebration.”

Any group or individual interested in hosting an event during International Education Week Nov. 12-16 should submit ideas by completing an online submission form found here.

Deadline for event submissions is late October.

Mum sale to raise funds for Walk to Defeat ALS

The Nana’s Flowers of Hope team is sponsoring a mum flower sale fundraiser to benefit the ALS Association’s efforts to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Just in time for Grandparents’ Day, the fundraiser will sell hardy mums in yellow, lavender and russet for $10 each.

The plants, which are in one-gallon containers with a 10- to 14-inch bloom circumference, are on sale now and can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the former Dowd-Nash-White residence halls on Campus Drive on UT’s Main Campus.

The money raised by the mum flower sale will go toward the $6,500 goal the Nana’s Flowers of Hope team has set for its participation in the Walk to Defeat ALS Sunday, Oct. 7.

The team honors Diane Hymore, a longtime employee of The University of Toledo and President Lloyd Jacobs’ assistant for many years, who recently was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Orders for the mum sale can be made online at utole.do/mumsale and payment can be made through payroll deduction via the Satellites Auxiliary for Health Science Campus employees or cash/check the day of the flower pickup Sept. 7.

Anyone interested in joining the Walk to Defeat ALS or making a tax-deductible contribution can do so by visiting the team’s website at http://webnoh.alsa.org/goto/NanasFlowersOfHope.

The Walk to Defeat ALS will be held Sunday, Oct. 7, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Promedica Flower Hospital in Sylvania.

For more information, contact team co-chairs Toni Blochowski at 419.277.2523 or John Adams at 419.461.0412.

Online instructional design team receives research grant

The UT online instructional design team has been awarded a $4,000 research grant to examine gaps between student perceptions of quality in online courses and the views held by Quality Matters-certified peer reviewers.

Dr. Peter You, UT online director of faculty support, is serving as the project lead.

“Although Quality Matters peer reviewers are asked to take a student’s point of view when reviewing online courses, there might still be a gap between the perceptions of reviewers and the students who take an online course,” he said. “Therefore, it is necessary to collect feedback from students about course design.

“The results of this study will enable Quality Matters reviewers to identify the gap between the Quality Matters reviewers’ and student’s perspectives, and enable us to better understand students’ perspectives. The results also can be used for course revisions. The study also can be replicated in other institutions where Quality Matters is being implemented.”

Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. There are more than 500 institutions affiliated with the Quality Matters program, and Ohio has the largest statewide consortium with 58 member institutions.

The University of Toledo became a member of the Ohio Learning Network’s Ohio Quality Matters Consortium in spring 2011.

Quality Matters developed a researched-based rubric or standard of performance for evaluating and improving online and blended courses. Formated to evaluate course design only and not course delivery or content, the rubric consists of eight broad categories broken down into 40 individual standards. These 40 standards can be used in a variety of ways ranging from providing guidelines for course development to the evaluation and certification of courses either through an internal or external review process.

UT online instructional designers are certified by Quality Matters to evaluate the setup of online and blended courses at the University, as well as Quality Matters subscriber institutions nationwide. Instructional designers use Quality Matters metrics to evaluate and improve online and blended course design in collaboration with faculty.

Faculty who are interested in learning more about the role of Quality Matters in online and blended course design may contact peter.you@utoledo.edu.

Ohio governor appoints UT senior as student trustee

Brittney Brown, a University of Toledo senior heavily involved on campus, now will be providing a student perspective to the UT Board of Trustees.

On Aug. 7, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich named Brown as the new student trustee. Her term will expire July 1, 2014.

“I’m excited to meet new people, work with people directly at the top, make those networking connections, and hopefully make a difference,” Brown said.

Student trustees are essential to the board because they offer insight from a student perspective, Brown said. They sit on one committee and are welcome to attend all committee meetings they wish to attend.

“As student members, we don’t have a vote but we have a voice,” Brown said. “The board really values our opinions.”

Brown will serve on the finance committee, which she feels will be useful to her professional career since she is a double major in accounting and marketing.

Brown serves as a University Ambassador and works in the Office of Student Involvement. In fact, the program manager in the Office of Student Involvement, Jessica Spradley, encouraged her to apply for the student trustee position.

For the 2012-13 academic year, Brown will work with fellow student trustee Josh Beekman, who has been in the position for a year. Each student trustee works for a period of two years, with a new student appointed annually so that one veteran student works with one new student.

Faculty research databases have many benefits

The University of Toledo encourages researchers to enter their projects and grants into two databases to promote interdisciplinary collaborations and provide access to more grant-funding opportunities.

The University uses the funding opportunity database InfoEd SPINPlus Global Suite and is in the process of developing UTED, which stands for University of Toledo Expertise Database, focused only on UT research.

In order for the databases to be productive and efficient, it is important that faculty members use these resources to enter their information, said Dr. Debra Gmerek, UT associate dean of research for the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and director of the Jacobson Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

“These databases can help our faculty find other researchers who share their interests and collaborators who have a needed expertise. Its usefulness, however, relies on the data it contains,” Gmerek said. “We therefore encourage faculty to input their research interests and expertise.”

InfoEd SPINPlus Global Suite is a top-notch funding opportunities database with more than 40,000 opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors. It also lists the expertise of many different researchers throughout the world.

“We were interested in having a robust database of funding opportunities available for faculty and contacted InfoEd International,” said Dr. Elsa Nadler, UT director of grants development, who helped get this service for UT. “The service this company offers is comprehensive and reasonably priced. We think the UT community will benefit greatly from this new service.”

The InfoEd database is comprised of three separate and cooperative parts: SPIN, a funding database that allows for grant searches; GENIUS, an expertise database; and SMARTS, which is a system that delivers highly relevant, targeted and perfectly matched new sponsored programs to users.

To access the InfoEd system, which is open to all faculty, staff and students, visit www.infoed.org/genius_live/create_new.asp. The website also has directions for faculty members to create their individual profiles.

The instructions are designed for ease of use, but if academic departments would prefer to schedule group training, contact the UT Research and Sponsored Programs Office at 419.530.2844 or 419.383.4252.

The UT Expertise Database currently includes information for faculty in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and College of Engineering.

Faculty from these three colleges automatically should have their name and contact information in the system. The individuals then need to log in and update their profiles, which typically takes less than 15 minutes, Gmerek said.

All faculty, staff and students with a UTAD username and password can access the database at uted.utoledo.edu.

This database was created two years ago with support from Information Technology and Research and Sponsored Programs, and is an easy-to-use search engine that allows the user to find faculty members from these three colleges based on their interests or expertise. It also allows the user to see what grants a faculty member has received and provides contact information.

This database is small and fairly new, but UT hopes to include more of the colleges in the future, Gmerek said.

Scholarship dinner to highlight importance of philanthropy in medicine

As the cost of education rises across the nation, the role philanthropy plays in making it affordable and attainable has become more important than ever. The University of Toledo has focused fundraising efforts to face this growing financial problem.

“If it weren’t for The University of Toledo, I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my dream of going on to medical school. I feel very lucky to be selected as one of the scholars, especially at The University of Toledo Medical Center,” said Nick Oblizajek, a recipient of the 2012 ProMedica Health System/The University of Toledo Better Together Scholarship.

This Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Toledo Hilton on UT’s Health Science Campus, numerous students like Oblizajek will be able to meet face to face with the donors who are giving back and paving the way for medical students to pursue their dreams of becoming doctors.

More than 100 students and donors are expected to attend the event, where more than $1.1 million in scholarships will be awarded.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor, executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, will be on hand to discuss the importance of philanthropy in medical education and how it clears a path for a new generation of physicians who will not be burdened financially when first attempting to enter practice in their chosen community.

“The generosity of our donors has a direct impact on the delivery of quality health care in any community,” Gold said. “It not only clears the way to earning their degrees, but it empowers them to begin providing care upon graduation by not having to focus their attention on paying off sizable loans and other debilitating financial matters.”