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Removal of trees to improve safety on Main Campus

To ensure that The University of Toledo Main Campus remains beautiful and safe for all, the Facilities and Grounds Department is planning to remove some trees.

UT visitors may notice trees being removed near University Hall and along Bancroft Street. This area is one of the most recognizable on Main Campus, being front and center to the community.

According to Doug Collins, UT director of facilities maintenance and grounds, the removal of these trees is necessary because they are dead or dying. Collins stressed that the trees pose a hazard to pedestrians and must be removed for their safety.

The trees, which are maple, elm and linden, will be replaced by other native species in order to keep campus looking beautiful and healthy.

Other trees in the area will be pruned in the next few weeks in order to promote healthy growth.

UT has been planting trees around campus in order to make the grounds more appealing, and these trees were watered diligently during the drought that took place this summer, Collins said.

Halloween Spooktacular to offer musical treat

Catch the “Ghost Train” to spend the “Night on Bald Mountain” and visit the “Cave of the Winds” at this year’s Halloween Spooktacular.

The UT bands, orchestra, opera and choir will celebrate the season Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater.

Selections from “Wicked” as well as classical favorites, including “Orpheus” and “Jabberwocky,” will be performed.

The concert will feature theatrics; expect to see zombies, hunchbacks and more.

Audience members are invited to come in costume.

For more information on the free, public event, contact the UT Department of Music at 419.530.2448.

UT Community Charitable Campaign continues toward $175,000 goal

More than 400 employees have pledged donations to this year’s University of Toledo Community Charitable Campaign (UTC3) as it approaches its midpoint.

Tom Garey, left, Howard Newman and Donna Braswell show off the tote bags employees who give more than $120 receive after donating to UTC3.

With about $88,000 in pledges committed, Vicki Riddick, UT senior wellness officer and UTC3 chair, said there’s plenty of room to grow toward the campaign goal of $175,000.

“The campaign is off to a fantastic start,” Riddick said. “I’m so thankful for the ongoing support and love, seeing our employees showing off their totes around campus.”

Those who give at least $120 to the campaign receive special tote bags as a symbol of appreciation.

The campaign is specific to the UT community and targets four local federations: the United Way of Greater Toledo, Northwest Ohio Community Shares, Community Health Charities of Ohio and EarthShare of Ohio. These organizations represent hundreds of local and international charitable organizations around the globe.

Members of the University community can explore their giving options on the UTC3 website at bit.ly/UTCCC. By entering a user code and a password supplied in emails sent to each employee, users view a variety of organizations and match giving preferences with charities that reflect their philanthropic passions.

To receive a paper pledge, call 419.383.6406 or email vicki.riddick@utoledo.edu.

Paper pledges may be turned in to the following UTC3 representatives:

• Donna Braswell, Wolfe Hall Room 1235L, Main Campus;

• Kim Crozier, Rocket Hall Room 1300, Main Campus;

• Sandra Manton, Learning Resources Center Room 2011G, Scott Park Campus; and

• Jennifer Reynolds, Dowling Hall Room 2285, Health Science Campus.

The UT community also can donate to causes not specifically listed, such as UT’s organ donation program or autism center, by indicating the program in the online donation process.

Last year’s average pledge was $198, or about $9 per paycheck. Riddick believes that with participation from everyone in the UT community, the $175,000 goal can be exceeded.

Faculty and staff who donate more than $120 to the campaign will be invited to a celebratory event Friday, Dec. 7, on Scott Park Campus. Riddick said the format will be a bit different this year.

“Rather than a traditional, sit-down breakfast, we’ve decided to host an open house of sorts to be more flexible for employees’ busy schedules,” Riddick said. “Don’t worry; we’ll still have breakfast and the great prize selection our donors look forward to. Rocky and Rocksy will also be there to give some high-fives. We hope to see as many of our employees as possible there.”

UT establishes School of Healthcare Business Innovation and Excellence

With a goal of enhancing the business of health care in northwest Ohio and beyond, The University of Toledo has established the School of Healthcare Business Innovation and Excellence.


“Tremendous advances in health care have been achieved through a variety of activities, such as new medications, breakthrough surgical procedures, medical devices, high-tech diagnostic equipment, innovative treatments and progressive approaches to delivering care,” said Dr. David Dobrzykowski, director of the school. “There are additional opportunities to significantly improve the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of health care by understanding and improving the business aspects of health care. We can further enhance the quality of health care while eliminating waste, increasing productivity and reducing costs.”

The UT College of Business and Innovation and the College of Medicine and Life Sciences have taken a leadership role in establishing the new school.

“Utilizing interdisciplinary expertise from a variety of business fields, including finance, management, information technology, operations management, process improvement, marketing and more, the faculty of the UT College of Business are ready to help you and your medical team enhance your operations and achieve your business goals,” explained Dr. Thomas Sharkey, interim dean of the College of Business and Innovation.

“Through research, community engagement and educational endeavors, this school serves as a premier resource for directly impacting quality health-care delivery,” he added.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, said the college’s participation in establishing and supporting the School of Healthcare Business Innovation and Excellence is a natural extension of its longstanding mission.

“The UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences is a world-class educational institution for those interested in becoming physicians. We do an excellent job providing students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to practice medicine in a wide diversity of communities. It is becoming increasingly important that education must include components of the business of health care,” Gold said. “Working with the UT College of Business and Innovation, we believe we can help prepare tomorrow’s physicians to best serve their patients, not only by providing the best medical care, but by practicing optimal business practices.”

“The School of Healthcare Business Innovation and Excellence is also for administrators, nurses, therapists, professionals working in hospitals, and nonprofit organizations, and others working in the health-care field,” Gold added. “We know that we can play a pivotal role in enhancing care, not just in northwest Ohio, but throughout the United States and beyond.”

As the school expands, other UT colleges and programs may become involved; these may include the College of Business and Innovation’s Executive Center for Global Competitiveness, UT Medical Center, Judith Herb College of Education and Health Science and Human Service, and the colleges of Engineering, Law, Nursing, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“Establishing the School of Healthcare Business Innovation and Excellence is a timely and relevant step for The University of Toledo,” noted UT President Lloyd Jacobs. “The health-care arena is experiencing tremendous change on many fronts, and it is appropriate that UT brings its information and expertise into the community to benefit all involved. Collaborative efforts with health-care providers, business leaders, government policymakers and others will produce breakthrough enhancements that increase efficiencies, reduce costs and, ultimately, provide better, more patient-centered care.

“Furthermore, the school will partner with businesses and organizations beyond the University, such as health-care providers, labor unions, governments, business and economic development agencies, and insurance providers, which will provide direction for educational, research and outreach programs,” Jacobs added.

A variety of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs focused on skill development at the intersection of health care and business are available through the school. Contact Dobrzykowski at 419.530.2342.

University continues to promote sustainability on campuses

UT took another step toward becoming a climate-neutral campus by joining nearly 900 universities and businesses nationwide with a membership to the Association for the Advancement in Sustainability in Higher Education.

The association’s goal is to create a prosperous, ecologically healthy world, a more environmentally friendly planet through higher education.

According to Brooke Mason, UT interim sustainability specialist, because the University has purchased the institutional rights to a membership with the Association for the Advancement in Sustainability in Higher Education, anyone with a UT email address can set up a free account.

“[The association] is a network of schools and companies that focuses on higher education sustainability,” Mason said. “Anything that has to do with sustainability and higher education is listed there, whether it is education, dining, energy, waste, water and transportation. It works like an idea-sharing network. The site has resources for almost any sustainability initiative you can dream up.”

The Association for the Advancement in Sustainability in Higher Education account remains free for students, faculty and staff once set up, so long as UT renews its membership every year. Students, staff and faculty also can sign up for biweekly email updates without an account.

Mason said the creation of her position was part of the institution’s ongoing efforts to become a more sustainable campus, and she is looking forward to hearing ideas from the UT community on how the University can become more climate-neutral.

“Creating a sustainable position is a pretty big step in the right direction,” Mason said. “UT has made great strides with some amazing energy conservation measures with Michael Green, UT’s director of energy management. But there is still work to be done in other aspects of sustainability, which was why he was such a supporter of creating my position.”

Mason said that in addition to raising awareness about sustainability, UT will look to start a bike-sharing program and will study the feasibility of composting.

In 2009, UT President Lloyd Jacobs signed the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, an agreement among presidents of universities across the nation to combat global warming. This made UT one of more than 600 U.S. universities to pledge to become more climate-neutral.

Mason said students, staff and faculty with ideas on how to improve sustainability on campus can communicate their ideas at Facebook.com/greeningUT or Twitter.com/greeningUT.

UT bow tie to be worn by Fox Sports reporter at World Series Oct. 27

The University of Toledo bow tie has won third place in the World Series Bow Tie Challenge and will be worn by sideline reporter Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports during game three of the World Series in Detroit Saturday, Oct. 27.

The bow tie is the same one used for UT’s annual “Tie One On” event at the men’s basketball games to benefit the Dana Cancer Center’s efforts in the fight against prostate cancer.

UT partnered with BowTie Cause to create a signature bow tie for the “Tie One On” event. Coaches and fans in the stands wear bow ties to raise awareness for prostate cancer. The “Tie One On” event this year will be the Bowling Green game Jan. 26.

Rosenthal also has joined forces with BowTie Cause, which was started by NFL player Dhani Jones.

Organizations from across the country put their bow ties up for a vote in the World Series BowTie Challenge, all for a chance to have Rosenthal wear their tie during Major League Baseball’s championship series.

Coming in first with the most votes was the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, followed by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in second place, and UT in third.

American Pharmacists Month recognized at UT [video]

How well do you know your pharmacist? The American Pharmacists Association is encouraging you to get to know the folks behind the counter a little bit better, and The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is helping to drive that message.

During October, the organization is advocating that everyone “know your pharmacist, know your medicine” as part of American Pharmacists Month.

“The most satisfying part of becoming a pharmacist is knowing how much you will help the patient,” said Sarah Milkovich, a fifth-year pharmacy student at the University. There couldn’t be anything more rewarding in the world than putting all that difficult schooling you went through to use.”

According to Dr. Christine Hinko, professor and associate dean for student affairs for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UT is taking the lead on making sure its pharmacy students are well-prepared for the ever-changing field.

“Nationally, pharmacists are becoming more involved in comprehensive patient care with a new focus on medication therapy management or MTM,” Hinko said. “That means that the pharmacist has the ability to assess the patient’s drug therapy and develop a medication action plan to assure compliance, safety and efficacy. Educating the patient is a key component. Our curriculum is designed to develop these MTM skills in our student pharmacists.”

UT offers a residency program that allows pharmacy students real-world experience, giving them the patient-centered experience before they land a job. Opportunities like the Community Pharmacy Residency Program equip residents to provide services to diverse patient populations, collaborate with other health-care providers as part of an integrated team, and develop and provide high-quality, patient-focused care.

For four consecutive years, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has offered a Student Leadership Retreat. This year 40 students participated in an all-day program that included an analysis of their interpersonal communication style and a team-building exercise on an outdoor challenge course.

“We’re very proud to offer these kinds of unique opportunities to our students who are aspiring to be effective leaders in their profession,” Hinko said. “We are helping to build on their individual strengths and skills, which is vital to their professional development.”

The American Council for Pharmacy Education accreditation report noted that the model UT is using by having third-year and fourth-year PharmD students serve as teaching assistants for first- and second-year pharmacy students is one that should be commended and emulated by others.

Watch a UT video about American Pharmacists Month, and visit pharmacist.com for more information.


Public meeting to outline phase two of Ottawa River restoration project

Tim Bowlin, left, and Patrick Cisek used an auger to dig holes to plant trees along the Ottawa River. They were two of 25 volunteers who helped put in more than 300 native trees and plants earlier this month as part of the restoration project sponsored by the President’s Commission on the River.

Plans for the Ottawa River’s in-stream restoration will be detailed at a public meeting Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. in Snyder Memorial Building Room 3066.

The project team, including the President’s Commission on the River, Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will present plans and field questions about phase two of the restoration.

In 2009, the commission started the habitat restoration efforts for the 3,700 feet of the waterway that runs through Main Campus. Funding the current work is a $235,000 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and a $111,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“A variety of techniques using natural materials — rocks, logs and wood — will be used to create changes in the river flow and to enhance the aquatic habitat and provide shelter for fish and aquatic organisms,” said Dr. Patrick Lawrence, professor and chair of the Department of Geography and Planning, and chair of the President’s Commission on the River.

In natural streams, water flow varies and has more movement and diverse materials, he said. Right now, the river is flat and there are no changes to the way the water moves.

Phase two of the Ottawa River restoration calls for recreating nature in various ways in five sections of the waterway.

Riffles — short, shallow areas of stream that increase the speed of water flow — and large cover stones will be installed. Locked logs and aquatic plantings also will assist with water movement. Lunkers — cave-like spaces beneath the banks — for fish will be built. Cut banks and grade work also will be utilized to create areas for water storage as in-stream elements are added, as well as to control for erosion.

Casey Kimball, left, and Shawna Bessette planted a tree earlier this month as part of the Ottawa River restoration project.

Signage will explain the added features and why they were installed.

The project will serve as a demonstration of ways to restore an urban river. And it will mean more fish and wildlife, Lawrence said.

“We want to attract more fish and critters fish eat, and improve the diversity of plants and other animals that call the river home,” he said. “Forty species of fish already have been identified in the Ottawa River, but we want to do much better and have an improved aquatic habitat for plants and animals.”

Phase two restoration plans will be finalized in early 2013, with the in-stream and associated bank work, including the addition of native plants, slated to begin next summer.

Recent work on the project included adding a cut bank south of the Law Center to allow for more water storage during potential higher river levels. And earlier this month, more than 300 native plants and trees were put in along the banks of the river.

“We hope to improve the condition of the Ottawa River on campus while educating the UT and local communities about what can be done with urban streams,” Lawrence said.

Free parking for the meeting is available in Lot 10, located north of the Glass Bowl.

For more information, contact Lawrence at patrick.lawrence@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4128.

Men’s basketball to hold coaches clinic Oct. 27

Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk and the Toledo men’s basketball program will hold a coaching clinic Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Savage Arena.

The cost is $10; appetizers will be provided following the clinic.

The clinic will begin with presentations from Hillsdale College’s Head Coach John Tharp from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by former head coach Bill Van Gundy from 10 to 11 a.m.

The Rockets will conduct their practice from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Kowalczyk providing useful drills and techniques for coaches to utilize in their upcoming seasons.

Tharp guided the Chargers to a 24-6 win-loss mark last year en route to winning the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title and making a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Van Gundy previously coached at NCAA Division III Brockport State and Genesee State C.C. in New York and is the father of former NBA head coaches Jeff and Stan Van Gundy.

Kowalczyk is entering his third season at UT’s helm and orchestrated a dramatic turnaround in the 2011-12 campaign. The Rockets registered the second-largest turnaround in NCAA Division I Basketball last year by compiling a 19-17 win-loss mark and advancing to post-season play for the first time in five years.

Toledo will return all but one letterwinner from last season’s squad; hitting the hardwood will be second-team All-Mid-American Conference honoree Rian Pearson and MAC Freshman of the Year Julius Brown.

Individuals interested in attending should contact UT Assistant Coach Jason Kalsow at 419.530.7739 or jason.kalsow@utoledo.edu or Director of Basketball Operations Michael Bennett at 419.530.4769 or michael.bennett@utoledo.edu.

Services set for former MCO president

Calling hours and a service for Dr. Richard D. Ruppert, who played a pivotal role in shaping the Medical College of Ohio during his presidency, have been announced.


Ruppert died Oct. 22 in New Orleans. He was 81.

The family will welcome friends, colleagues and alumni Friday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Road, Toledo.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 4225 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo.

In 1977, Ruppert became MCO’s third president. During his 16-year tenure, he continued the college’s expansion with more clinical services and patient care, increased biomedical research activities, and additional academic offerings.

Under his leadership, the School of Nursing, the School of Allied Health and the Graduate School were established. And the campus master plan approved by the first MCO Board of Trustees was finished, with construction completed on the $150 million, 270-bed MCO Hospital, the Ida Marie Dowling Hall, the Lenore W. and Marvis S. Kobacker Center, the Eleanor N. Dana Conference Center, the Toledo Hilton, and the Dorothy and Ashel Bryan Academic Commons. Also finished were the Coghlin Pavilion, the Henry L. Morse Sports Center, and an ambulatory care center that was named the Richard D. Ruppert Health Center upon his retirement in 1993.

“Much of MCO’s success can be credited to Richard D. Ruppert,” wrote Dr. Gerald Marsa in a 1993 Toledo Medicine editorial for the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County. “From a new college on a divided campus — one part farmland and the other a deteriorating county hospital complex — he provided guidance and the political skills to develop the new campus to its present 10 structures.

“Only six graduating classes preceded Dr. Ruppert’s arrival, whereas today more than 2,000 MCO graduates are practicing physicians throughout the U.S. The school has emerged from its early growing pains to achieve an identity as a quality medical institution during Dr. Ruppert’s tenure, with a large credit due to his leadership and vision.”

Born in Middletown, Ohio, Ruppert worked on the family farm in Franklin, Ohio, five years after graduating from high school before going to Ohio State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in 1957 and a doctor of medicine in 1961. It was at OSU that he met medical classmate Elizabeth (Libby) Spencer; the two married in 1959.

He completed an internal medicine internship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and in 1962 returned to Ohio State, where he was a resident in gastroenterology until 1965 and served as chief resident for one year. For nine years, Ruppert was professor of gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine. In 1970, he was named assistant dean of the College of Medicine and added the title of medical director for patient services in 1972. Ruppert was named OSU Man of the Year in 1970.

In 1974, he became vice chancellor for health affairs at the Ohio Board of Regents. He served in that post until he was named MCO president.

The Toledo and Port Clinton resident also was known for his service to the community. Ruppert was a former member of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Board from 1989 to 1999 and served as its chair four years; president of the Rotary Club in 2005-06; campaign chair for the United Way of Greater Toledo in 1991-92; member and president of the Ohio Historical Society Board from 2001 to 2011; and member of the Hayes Presidential Center Board from 1996 to 2011.

Since 2002, he was trustee, campaign chair and president of the Fort Meigs Historical Society, and he served as president of the Torch Club in 2012.

His numerous honors include receiving the Jefferson Award for community service in 2009 and being named a Master Fellow by the American College of Physicians in 2007.

Surviving are his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Ruppert; daughters, Victoria Ruppert Ridge, Elizabeth Morgan Ruppert, Rebecca Ruppert McMahon and Julie Ruppert Schulte; sisters, Patricia Talbot, Libby Hannah Wade and Nancy Ruppert; brothers, James Ruppert and Rupert Earl Ruppert; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Richard and Elizabeth Ruppert Presidential Scholarship Fund through the UT Foundation.