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Student-run CommunityCare Clinics to host 5k race March 30

The University of Toledo CommunityCare Clinics, an interdisciplinary, student-run organization established to deliver free quality health care to underserved populations, will hold a 5K run/3K walk Saturday, March 30, on UT’s Health Science Campus to help fund its efforts in assisting the greater Toledo community.  The race will be co-sponsored by the UTCOM chapter of the American Medical Association.

utccclogoLast year, the clinics helped more than 1,000 patients from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Race participants will have the opportunity to compete against teams from the UT colleges of Medicine and Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Nursing, as well as physician assistants, physical therapists and general undergraduates in the categories of most participants and fastest times.

The race is open to all members of the University as well as the public.

In addition to the race, the CommunityCare Clinics will offer free health screenings on site for blood pressure, glucose, BMI and more. Participation in the race is not necessary to receive a screening.

The race will start at 9:30 a.m. with onsite registration from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. on the lawn outside Mulford Library.

The cost for registering is $23 for participants who sign up online here before Friday, March 29, or $25 the day of the race.

Additional race information will be provided upon registration.

Volunteers from the CommunityCare Clinics operate out of a number of different venues, including Perrysburg Heights Free Medical Clinic and the Perrysburg Heights Women’s Clinic, and they provide additional help at the Mildred Bayer Clinic for the Homeless, which is run separately by the Neighborhood Health Association.

“We’re kind of like a safety net for everyone out there that is under-insured or uninsured,” said Helaine Kwong, a second-year medical student and executive director of the CommunityCare Clinics. “Once in a while the patients will just stop me on their way out after seeing the doctor and tell me how much our services meant to them. To me, that’s the most rewarding part about volunteering with the CommunityCare Clinics.”

Both the Perrysburg Heights Free Medical Clinic and the Perrysburg Women’s Clinic are in the process of moving to CedarCreek Church. The new name for the clinics at Cedar Creek will be the CommunityCare Free Medical Clinic and the CommunityCare Women’s Health Clinic. The free clinic will offer services from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday starting March 28 while the Women’s Clinic will operate the third Thursday of each month by appointment only.

Those who have questions about the race or would like to volunteer may email race@utcommunitycare.org.

University, American Cancer Society seek study participants

The University of Toledo and the American Cancer Society are teaming up to encourage participation in the latest phase of a national cancer study that will provide new understanding about the causes of the disease.

Dr. Roland Skeel, UT professor of medicine, was interviewed by WTOL News 11 after a press conference last week to announce the University and the American Cancer Society are partnering for a research study.

Dr. Roland Skeel, UT professor of medicine, was interviewed by WTOL News 11 after a press conference last week to announce the University and the American Cancer Society are partnering for a research study.

The Cancer Prevention Study-3 is the third phase of an ongoing effort to discover the causes of the disease. In phase one, the study officially linked cigarette smoking to lung cancer. In phase two, obesity and certain foods were identified as causes. Phase three is expected to further increase understanding.

“The past decade has seen an explosion of new knowledge about cancer that has shown great promise for our ability to control this often devastating health problem,” said Dr. Roland T. Skeel, UT professor of medicine. “While new, more targeted and individualized treatments have improved our ability to fight against cancer, this study to improve our understanding of the causes of cancer can do even more to help reduce the number of lives impacted by this disease.”

“The Cancer Prevention Study has revealed incredibly important things about the relationship between human behaviors and cancer,” said Toledo Mayor Mike Bell. “I am very excited about this partnership with the American Cancer Society, The University of Toledo and the city of Toledo that empowers our citizens to be proactive in the fight against cancer.”

The study is open to anyone between the ages of 30 and 65 who has never been diagnosed with cancer. The University’s goal is to enroll 800 adults from various racial and ethnic backgrounds in northwest Ohio to collect data that may one day help eliminate cancer as a major health risk.

The first step will take place at UT enrollment sites, scheduled on Main and Health Science campuses from Tuesday, April 16, through Saturday, April 20. Participants will be asked to read and sign a consent form, complete a small written survey, and provide a waist circumference and a small blood sample.

Additional steps will occur at home. Participants will be asked to complete ongoing surveys that will include questions about factors related to their health. These surveys will be mailed periodically over the span of the research study.

For more information or to register to participate, visit ToledoCPS3.org or contact Andrew Mariani at 888.227.6446 extension 5103 or andrew.mariani@cancer.org.

Assistant coach named MAC Football Recruiter of Year by Scout/Fox SportsNext



University of Toledo Assistant Football Coach Scott Isphording has been named the Mid-American Conference Recruiter of the Year by Scout/FoxSportsNext.

Isphording helped the Rockets attain the No. 1 recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference, according to every national scouting service.

According to Scout.com, Isphording is credited for recruiting “two highly touted quarterbacks, Logan Woodside from Kentucky and then Michael Julian from South Carolina, whom he stole away from several BCS [Bowl Championship Series] offers.”

Isphording, who coaches the quarterbacks, will be entering his fourth season at UT next fall.

“Scott always does a great job recruiting, and we are particularly pleased to be bringing in two top quarterback prospects in this year’s class,” said UT Head Football Coach Matt Campbell. “Scott and our entire staff did a fantastic job recruiting this year. Honors like these reflect on the great job our entire staff is doing recruiting future Rockets.”

Offensive Line Coach Tom Manning also received recognition this year, earning a spot on Rivals.com’s “Top Recruiters” list for Non-BCS schools. Manning is the only coach from the Mid-American Conference to make the list.

Shapiro Essay winners announced

The judges have made their decisions, and 15 students have been recognized for their editing skills.

The Shapiro Essay Contest is held annually by the Department of English Language and Literature and provides students an opportunity to win cash prizes for revising a poorly written essay.

This year, there were 132 participants from all ranks and departments, according to Dr. Deborah Coulter-Harris, associate lecturer of English and the contest director.

The student winners are:

• Bradley Sommer, senior history major, $500;

• Zachary Dietrich, senior mathematics major, $400;

• Zachary Feit, sophomore exercise science major, $300;

• Anthony Mecurio, sophomore education major, $200;

• Audrey Miklovic, sophomore nursing major, $100;

• Jeanette Beerbower, freshman English major, $75;

• Devin Brown, junior nursing major, $75;

• Eric DiBell, freshman undecided, $75;

• Neil Duris, junior humanities major, $75;

• Lucas Jones, freshman mechanical engineering major, $75;

• Lauka Mackenzie, junior marketing major, $75;

• Zachary Reaver, senior bioengineering and biochemistry major, $75;

• Joshua Staffeld, sophomore pharmacy major, $75;

• Morrison Wilson, junior English major, $75 and

• Nicholas Mecurio, sophomore accounting major, $75.

“This contest is not only an exercise in healthy intellectual competition, but thanks to the late Dr. Edward Shapiro’s generosity, students can win money that helps them pay for books, fees and tuition,” Coulter-Harris said.

Coulter-Harris said she wanted to thank all English Department faculty who made the contest possible, including judges Dr. William Free, Dr. Eliott Adams, Michael Hiser, Sara Yaklin, Paul Conner, Dr. Rosemary Kurek and Suzanne Smith.

She also expressed her appreciation for monitors Sean Burres, Elizabeth Anderson, Dr. Stephanie Anderson-Quinn, Sarah Abts, Teresa Boyer, Robert Beckwith, Aubrey Crosby and Linda Panczner.

Toledo to host Big Ten foe Illinois in Sweet 16 WNIT March 28

Toledo (29-3) will entertain Big Ten member Illinois (18-13) in the Sweet 16 of the WNIT Thursday, March 28, in Savage Arena. The opening tip is slated for 7 p.m.

Yolanda Richardson and the Rockets have been playing tremendous defense during the WNIT.

Yolanda Richardson and the Rockets have been playing tremendous defense during the WNIT.

The Rockets are in the midst of a nine-game home winning streak and sport a 15-1 (.938) mark in Savage Arena this season. In four-plus years under Head Coach Tricia Cullop, UT is 72-9 (.889) on its home court, including 35-6 (.854) against non-league opponents.

The 2012-13 Mid-American Conference Regular-Season Champions advanced to the third round for a third consecutive season with victories against Butler, 63-49, last Thursday and Youngstown State, 61-43, Saturday.

Sophomore Inma Zanoguera paced the 2011 WNIT Champions with a career-high 24 points against the Youngstown State, drilling a collegiate-tying best three triples.

The Fighting Illini qualified for Thursday’s contest by wins against MAC member Miami, 73-60, Thursday and Eastern Illinois, 62-54, Monday.

Illinois finished with a 9-7 mark in the Big Ten and features a high-powered attack with four players scoring in double digits led by first-team all-conference honoree Karisma Penn’s 19.0 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game, 2.2 blocks per game and 2.8 steals per game.

The Fighting Illini are 7-6 away from home this season and are making their eighth all-time appearance in the WNIT.

Toledo and Illinois will be meeting for the first time.

The winner of Thursday’s contest will take on the winner of MAC member Ball State and Kansas State. Sites and times for the Elite Eight round will be released at a later date. 

Tickets for Thursday’s game will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats (all seats in the lower bowl) and $12 for general admission (all seats in the upper east sections). Tickets for children 12 and younger are $7.50 for reserved seats and $6 for general admission. UT faculty and staff may purchase two WNIT tickets at half price.

Elite season-ticket holders’ seat locations will be held until 8:30 a.m. Thursday. After that, those seats will go on sale to the general public.

UT students will be admitted free, courtesy of the UT President’s Office. UT students must show their Rocket ID at the gate to gain admittance.

UT students attending the game also will be eligible to win one of six great prizes to be given away throughout the game, courtesy of Cullop:

• $25 gift card to the Rocket shop (two winners);

• $50 cash (three winners); and

• Grand prize of a free iPad mini.

Tickets may be purchased at the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena or by phone at 419.530.GOLD (4653). General admission tickets and reserved section 101 tickets may be purchased online, beginning at 10 am Tuesday at utrockets.com.

Parking for all WNIT games at Savage Arena is free and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, the Joe Grogan Room will be open to Rocket Fund donors.

Students: Dates to remember for summer sessions

It may seem like spring break just ended, but students are reminded to keep some important dates in mind if they’ve registered for summer classes.

Summer session I will begin Monday, May 13, but students should ensure their accounts are in order before the first day of class.

“Our students should check their accounts frequently,” said Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace, senior vice president for the student experience. “Information can update quickly, sometimes daily, especially with scholarship and other financial details, so it’s best for them to check their accounts a couple times a week.”

Patten Wallace said it’s convenient and simple for students to monitor their financial information using the myUT portal. Just log in for more information.

Students also should remember the following as summer semester I approaches:

Use Rocket Solution Central. A team of UT professionals will walk you through your questions. Call Rocket Solution Central at 419.530.8700 or go to utoledo.edu/rsc/ for details.

Remember registration cancellation dates: Tuesday, April 2, and Wednesday, May 8. Keeping current with your financial obligations will ensure that you continue smoothly on your education path. Please be aware that, as of Tuesday, April 2, students who have overall balances of $500 or more for spring and previous semesters will experience registration cancellation for summer 2013. This means your “seat” in classes, housing, meal plans and parking permits will no longer be available until your balance has been paid in full.

Registration cancellation will occur again Wednesday, May 8, for students who have not made payment arrangements for their summer and previous semesters balances and for those who have not made first installment payments on their summer 2013 Installment Payment Plans.

For more information about registration cancellation, click here.

Bullying topic of March 28 talk

“Bullying: Some Facts and What You Can Do” will be discussed by two UT faculty members Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at Park Church, 1456 Harvard Blvd., Toledo.

PFLAG-Toledo-LOGOThe free, public talk is part of the spring lecture series sponsored by the Toledo chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a national nonprofit organization that celebrates diversity, promotes equality, and offers education and dialogue.

Dr. Susan Telljohann, professor of health education, and Sherry Tripepi, lecturer in social work, will talk about bullying and its consequences, as well as ways to prevent and deal with it as part of Equality Toledo’s Safe School Project.

“Presenting to the Toledo chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is especially important because LGBT youth and adults are at higher risk of being teased, bullied and harassed compared to the general population,” Telljohann said.

She and Tripepi pointed to a recent eye-opening survey by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network that found:

• Nearly 81.9 percent of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed.

• 38.3 percent were physically harassed and 18.3 percent said they were physically assaulted.

• 63.5 percent indicated they felt unsafe because of their sexual orientation and 43.9 percent sensed they were in danger because of their gender expression.

• About 30 percent reported missing a day of school in the past month because they felt unsafe compared to 4.5 percent of the general student population.

“It is important for all individuals — parents, teachers, community members — to understand the problems associated with bullying and ways they can help prevent or stop it because of the many negative physical and emotional consequences that victims face,” Tripepi said.

For more information on the lecture, email susan.telljohann@utoledo.edu or sherry.tripepi@utoledo.edu.

UToledo Inside scheduled for March 27

The first edition of UToledo Inside, formally known as the president’s town hall, featured details on the Main Campus strategic plan and customer satisfaction at UT Medical Center.

PrintPresident Lloyd Jacobs and Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs, will host the second episode Wednesday, March 27, at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Trimble Lounge.

Guests will include:

• Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor and vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

• Dr. Karen Bjorkman, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, along with faculty from the Astronomy Department Dr. J.D. Smith, Dr. Rupali Chandar and Dr. Mike Cushing.

• Daniel Janisz, a UT student who organized this year’s Big Event community service project.

Jefferson Award winners also will be honored during the show.

UToledo Inside features new video components different than the former town hall.

Stream UToledo Inside online at video.utoledo.edu, and send questions to townhallquestions@utoledo.edu.

UT graduate symposium hopes to grow, inspire students

The Midwest Graduate Research Symposium at The University of Toledo has seen more student involvement every year, but now its planners are thinking bigger than ever.

This year’s event will take place Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Field House. Students at the graduate and postdoctoral levels from multiple disciplines and universities throughout the Midwest will give oral and poster presentations of their research.

“One of the reasons this event is unique is because it’s multidisciplinary and multi-university,” said Aaron Shaw, secretary of the Graduate Student Association on UT’s Health Science Campus.

Last year, 24 schools were invited to send students to the event, which yielded 185 presentations. This year 62 schools were invited and students from Ohio State University, Purdue University, the University of Michigan and many others have submitted abstracts for presentations.

The symposium is run by UT’s Graduate Student Association, which has expanded the event every year since taking the helm in 2009. It originally was known as the Toledo Graduate Forum, which was limited to UT students.

The association’s goal for this event is to make it the go-to graduate symposium in the Midwest and positively brand UT in the process. Last year, the Graduate Student Association proposed this idea to University administrators, who invested in the event, making it funded through the institution rather than sponsors, and tying the two entities together.

This year, the conference will feature free breakfast, lunch and semi-formal dinner for all who register. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Alan Shaw, chief executive officer and president of Vedantra Pharmaceuticals Inc., who will receive an award at the event.

Awards also are given to two students in each area of interest — one oral presentation and one poster presentation. Presentations are judged by faculty from various universities.

Graduate and postdoctoral students may register to present here before Friday, March 29; postdoctoral students and faculty members also may register to be judges. The same registration site can be used by those who wish to volunteer the day of the event.

Students: Take Gateway survey for chance to win iPad mini

The Gateway at The University of Toledo is conducting a survey for UT students enrolled for spring semester regarding the development on the corner of Secor Road and Dorr Street.

Students who complete the survey will be eligible to win an iPad mini for sharing their opinions on the development, mix of businesses at Gateway, and what establishments they would like to see in the future.

“This survey is designed to be a mid-term checkup,” said Matt Schroeder, vice president for real estate and business development at the UT Foundation. “We want to receive feedback from students before they hunker down for finals and graduation. Their thoughts on Gateway are very important to us given the student-centered nature of the multi-phase redevelopment initiative.”

The University has been marketing the remaining two retail spaces, Schroeder said, while preparing for Huntington Bank to open in Gateway this July. Ideally, the remaining 4,900 square feet of retail space will be leased prior to the 2013-14 academic year, he said.

The survey was sent to all student Rocket email accounts March 13 and will be posted until Wednesday, March 27. So far, more than 1,500 students have completed the survey, Schroeder said.

“The survey is important in terms of how we market the project and plan for future phases,” he said. “Results will be analyzed by Institutional Research and used as guideposts in terms of where we are in the student’s eyes.

“The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will help our team to remain focused on current and future phases and opportunities,” Schroeder said. “From the very first sketches visioning the project, Gateway is intended to fulfill the needs brought to us by students.”

Student can take the survey here.