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UT participates in Give and Go: Move Out 2013

With the end of the spring term and students packing up for summer break, The University of Toledo is preparing for the annual flood of unwanted household items typically discarded by students leaving on-campus housing.

GiveAndGoLogoThis year UT is participating in a nationally piloted program called Give and Go: Move Out 2013 to keep these items out of the trash and instead see them put to good re-use. UT is one of five colleges chosen for the initiative.

During finals week, which runs through Friday, May 3, UT will work with Goodwill of Northwest Ohio to set out donation bins in the lobbies of each on-campus residence hall for use by students cleaning out their rooms.

Items collected will include electronics, linens, furniture, books, dishes and cookware, clothes, toiletries, and non-perishable foods. When students donate any of these items, they will receive a 10 percent off coupon to Goodwill and a coupon to The Oasis.

The U.S. Department of Education estimates that three million students live in campus housing at 2,100 U.S. colleges and universities nationwide. Each year, students leaving campus encounter storage and car trunks that only can hold so much, and they often leave good clothes, electronics, books and furniture in overflowing campus dumpsters.

“We know students are conservation-minded and willing to do something on behalf of the planet if it’s convenient and fun. Give and Go: Move Out 2013 is an easy cleanup solution that offers tangible results,” said Brooke Mason, UT interim sustainability specialist.

The pilot initiative, organized by Keep America Beautiful and Goodwill in conjunction with the College and University Recycling Coalition, encourages college students to do something good by donating their unwanted clothing, kitchen items, electronics, books and dorm items as they clean out for summer break.

The purpose of Give and Go is to encourage students to reduce waste and boost existing sustainability practices on campus. After students donate their goods, those items are sold at Goodwill stores, and the revenue is used to fund job training and community-based services for people who face challenges to finding employment.

In addition to UT, the schools selected to participate in the initiative are Creighton University in Nebraska, Franklin College in Indiana, Northern Illinois University and Trinity University in Texas.

Click here for more information on the UT Give and Go program.

Presidents of Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Battelle Memorial Institute to address graduates May 5

The presidents of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and Battelle Memorial Institute will speak at The University of Toledo’s commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 5.



During the morning ceremony, Sandra Pianalto, who has been president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland since 2003, will speak to graduates from the colleges of Business and Innovation, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts, and Languages, Literature and Social Sciences at 9:30 a.m. in Savage Arena.

At the afternoon ceremony, Dr. Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO of the Battelle Memorial Institute since 2009, will address graduates from the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service and the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning at 2 p.m.

There are 3,041 candidates for degrees — 886 candidates for doctoral, education specialist and master’s degrees, and 2,155 for bachelor’s and associate’s degrees. Each ceremony will be webcast live on video.utoledo.edu.

“We are honored to have such accomplished professionals as Sandra Pianalto and Jeff Wadsworth at this celebration of academic achievement,” UT President Lloyd Jacobs said. “These individuals know well the value of higher education and have gone on to do incredible things within their professions and as productive members of their communities. They are both positive role models for our graduates as they move forward in the next chapter of their lives equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills taught by our wonderful faculty.”



Pianalto will receive an honorary doctor of business administration and Wadsworth an honorary doctor of engineering. Also receiving an honorary degree will be Robert Savage, a distinguished UT alumnus and co-founder of the Savage & Associates insurance and financial management business in Toledo.

Pianalto began her career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in 1983 as an economist in the research department. In 20 years, she ascended to assistant vice president of public affairs, vice president and secretary to the board of directors, first vice president and chief operating officer, and finally president and CEO — a position she’s held for 10 years.

Her professional success comes directly from her understanding of the importance of education. The daughter of Italian immigrants who came to America more than 50 years ago, Pianalto had helped them study for their United States citizenship examinations as a third-grader.

Pianalto went on to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the university of Akron and George Washington University, respectively.

Wadsworth is president and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute, which is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization. Formed in 1925 in Columbus, Battelle has developed the Xerox machine and a number of innovations in medical technology, telecommunications, environmental waste treatment, homeland security and transportation.



Before his current position, Wadsworth led Battelle’s Global Laboratory Operations business; he oversaw the management of six national laboratories of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center.

Wadsworth earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in metallurgy from Sheffield University in England. The University also awarded him a doctor of metallurgy degree in 1991 for his published work, and he received an honorary doctor of engineering degree in 2004.

Savage, who will receive an honorary doctor of commercial science, received his bachelor’s in business in 1959 from UT; in 2003, he was awarded the Gold T Award, the highest honor for UT alumni.

A generous alumnus, he gave a $1 million donation in 2006 that was the catalyst for a state-of-the-art center for students in the College of Business and Innovation: The Savage & Associates Complex for Business and Learning Engagement opened in 2010.

Savage was a member of the UT Board of Trustees for nine years and a trustee for The University of Toledo Foundation for nine years.

Six graduate students to present at international Steinbeck conference

It is an honor for a graduate student to present research on an international forum. For an upcoming conference on writer John Steinbeck, The University of Toledo will send an unprecedented six students.



The students will travel to San Jose State University in California, where they will each give a 25-minute presentation on aspects of the author and his works.

The conference, “Steinbeck and the Politics of Crisis: Ethics, Society and Ecology,” will take place Wednesday through Friday, May 1-3, and will be presented by the John Steinbeck Society of America and sponsored by the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.

“I think it’s a special gift that so many students are coming from a single university,” said Nick Taylor, director of the Steinbeck Center. “We had paper proposals from all over the world, so the students were competing with scholars from India, Japan, Europe. One of our goals with this conference was to regenerate the ranks of Steinbeck scholarship, and thanks to Tom Barden, we are well on our way.”

Each student is part of the class John Steinbeck, Writer, which is taught by Dr. Tom Barden, UT professor of English. Last year, Barden published Steinbeck in Vietnam, a complete collection of the dispatches the American novelist wrote as a war correspondent for Newsday magazine.

“I’m very proud of the students, and I’m sure it’ll be a fun and great experience to share with them,” said Barden, who also will present at the conference.

The students, all pursuing master of arts degrees, are:

• Laura Delucia, a second-year grad student studying English literature from Ottawa, Ohio;

• Zachary Fishel, a second-year grad student studying literature from Janesville, Pa.;

• David Hartwig, a first-year grad student studying English literature from New Bremen, Ohio;

• Felicia Preece, a second-year grad student studying modern American literature, American realism/naturalism from Eastpointe, Mich.;

• Jamie Renda, a first-year grad student studying English from Waterville, Ohio; and

• Juliana Restivo, a first-year grad student studying literature from Toledo.

“Being selected feels great. It’s really heartening to feel like your literary interests and academic voice are recognized and seen as important to the goals of literary study,” said Delucia, who will present her research on the use of automobiles in The Grapes of Wrath. “As an English literature graduate student, and as a teacher in training, being selected to present at the conference gives me, professionally speaking, a better sense of direction as to the kinds of doors my degree opens.”

The conference will be held in conjunction with the 33rd Annual Steinbeck Festival, which is hosted by the National Steinbeck Center. The festival will take place Friday through Sunday, May 3-5, in Salinas, Calif., the birthplace and childhood home of Steinbeck.

College of Law to hold commencement May 4

The University of Toledo College of Law commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4, will recognize 119 candidates eligible for law degrees last December and in May and August.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

Samuel E. Marcellino III, the 2012-2013 Student Bar Association president, and Katherine M. Greene, the class valedictorian, will address their peers during the ceremony.

Richard B. McQuade Jr., a 1965 UT alumnus, former United States District Court Judge and former University trustee, will deliver the commencement address.

Nominated by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, McQuade served on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio from 1986 to 1989. Prior to that, McQuade practiced with his father and brother in Swanton, Ohio, and served as prosecuting attorney and Common Pleas judge in Fulton County, Ohio. He left the federal bench in 1989 to become the president of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Ohio. McQuade now has a dispute resolution practice in Swanton. He recently stepped down after years of service on the University’s Board of Trustees.

In recognition of a generous donation by McQuade and his wife, the Law Center auditorium, renovated last summer, has been named the Richard and Jane McQuade Law Center Auditorium. A past gift to the University by the pair funded the McQuade Courtroom, a teaching courtroom used by the Paralegal Studies Program.

“Commencement is always a joyous event,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law, “and it will be made even more special this year by having one of our most distinguished and generous alumni as the speaker.”

A reception at the Law Center immediately will follow the commencement ceremony.

College of Pharmacy commencement to take place May 4

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will hold its spring commencement Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. in Savage Arena.

The college will award 104 doctor of pharmacy degrees, 15 master’s degrees and 164 baccalaureate degrees.

Among the 164 baccalaureate degree recipients, a majority will graduate with honors. Seventeen will graduate summa cum laude, 53 will graduate magna cum laude, and 51 will graduate cum laude.

The University of Toledo will confer two honorary degrees at the pharmacy commencement.

Dr. Suzanne Epstein will receive the honorary doctor of humane letters degree. She is the associate director for research for the Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration. She also is the principal investigator and regulatory reviewer for the Gene Transfer and Immunogenicity Branch of the Division of Cellular and Gene Therapies. Epstein is a leader among researchers seeking to develop a universal influenza vaccine that reduces the population’s vulnerability to a flu pandemic.

Dr. Paul Abramowitz will receive the honorary doctor of science degree. He is the chief executive officer of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, an organization dedicated to supporting the professional practice of pharmacists in hospitals, health systems, ambulatory care clinics and other settings spanning the full spectrum of medication use. Abramowitz earned a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from The University of Toledo in 1977.

UT faculty to be featured in WGTE’s lab live stream May 2

WGTE Public Media’s Educational Resource Center will host two half-hour live streams Thursday, May 2, at 8:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. to explore opportunities and careers related to STEM — science, technology, engineering and math.

image.phpEach 30-minute STEM lab program will be streamed live online on Knowledge Stream, WGTE’s video-on-demand service at knowledgestream.org.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to watch to learn about opportunities available in STEM professions. Practicing professionals from The University of Toledo will serve as panelists so that students can see role models for these careers.

WGTE has invited classrooms from around Ohio to participate in each program. Viewers with questions may email or chat with panelists during the shows at stemlab@wgte.org.

At 8:30 a.m., Dr. Isabel Escobar, UT professor of chemical and environmental engineering will moderate a panel that will feature Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, UT associate professor of medicinal and biological chemistry; Dr. Karen Bjorkman, dean of the UT College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy; and Amber Hall, an undergraduate majoring in bioengineering and exercise science. Watch this discussion here.

At 1 p.m., Escobar will moderate a second panel that will consist of Dr. Lesley Berhan, UT associate professor of mechanical engineering; Dr. Cyndee Gruden, UT associate professor of civil engineering; and Shelly Nielsen, UT engineering alumna who works at NAMSA. Watch this panel here.

Pharmacy students match with residency programs

The wait is over for students in the UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences doctor of pharmacy program who were anxiously awaiting their matches for upcoming residencies.

Students graduating in May from the doctor of pharmacy program include, from left, Andrew Azzi, Julie Miller, Benjit Singh, Sarah Albers, Amber DeVore and Stephanie Ogorzaly. All will continue their post-graduate training.

Students graduating in May from the doctor of pharmacy program include, from left, Andrew Azzi, Julie Miller, Benjit Singh, Sarah Albers, Amber DeVore and Stephanie Ogorzaly. All will continue their post-graduate training.

The matches were announced last month when 15 UT graduates placed in residencies throughout the country.

Dr. Martin Ohlinger, the critical care pharmacy residency program director, said residency programs are looking for students who understand that pharmacy has become more individualized and that pharmacists have to develop relationships where they actively engage their patients and other health-care providers.

“We are looking for candidates who have a good understanding of that,” Ohlinger said. “Employers want candidates with good patient care skills and who have had some experience in that setting.”

UT students matched with the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and Harper Hospital in Detroit, as well as the Rutgers University Daiichi Sankyo fellowship program in Parsippany, N.J. Of the total 15 matches, 11 have been placed in Ohio.

“We have a nice mix of students,” Ohlinger said. “Some of our grads are even staying in Toledo. We have a very comprehensive program at UT, so the student and resident experience is quite diverse.”

The process to match into a residency is very competitive, Ohlinger said, and includes criteria beyond grades that are considered to get into a program. Selected students usually show leadership in professional organizations, community involvement and charity work.

Summer semester date to remember: May 8

With summer session I beginning Monday, May 13, students are reminded to check their account information frequently to ensure a smooth transition into their course work.

“It’s a good idea for students to check their accounts frequently,” said Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace, senior vice president for the student experience. “Information updates quickly, sometimes within a few hours, 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. Visit myUT.utoledo.edu for more information.

She offered the following tips to ease students’ transitions into summer classes:

• Use Rocket Solution Central. UT’s team of professionals will walk students through their questions. Call Rocket Solution Central at 419.530.8700 or go to utoledo.edu/rsc/ for details.

• Registration cancellation date to remember: May 8. Keeping current with financial obligations will ensure that students continue smoothly on their education paths. Be aware that on Wednesday, May 8, students who have outstanding balances of $2,000 and have not paid the Installment Payment Plan (IPP) fee and the first IPP payment for summer and previous semesters may experience registration cancellation for summer classes. This means their “seats” in classes, housing, meal plans and parking permits may no longer be available.

An outstanding balance is a student’s account balance for summer and previous terms, minus memo and authorized aid, which is eligible processed aid and scholarship funds. Summer aid request is required if students plan to use any portion of their 2013-14 financial aid for summer 2013 semesters.

For more information about registration cancellation, go to utoledo.edu/offices/treasurer.

Women’s Leadership Forum to feature Navy helicopter commander

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation will present its Third Women’s Leadership Forum Wednesday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pinnacle in Maumee.



“Soaring Your Way to New Leadership Heights” will be the theme of a presentation by Capt. Shoshana S. Chatfield of the United States Navy, former commander of the Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Chatfield will address leadership challenges faced by women in today’s complex world of work. She will discuss the critical issues of leading and building trust in diverse workplaces along with the communication topics of respectively giving and receiving feedback.

In addition, Chatfield will talk about the concept of improving self-knowledge and focusing on achieving results by asking for and acting on feedback. Participants will take away a personal guide to developing a self-knowledge action plan.

Chatfield holds a bachelor of arts degree in international relations and French language and literature from Boston University, a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, and a doctor of education from the University of San Diego.

After earning her wings in 1989, she was assigned to West Coast Helicopter Combat Support Squadrons and subsequently served with HC-1, HC-3, HC-11 and finally with HC-25’s Island Knights. She also served as an H-46 flight instructor and an assistant professor of political science at the United States Air Force Academy.

Her personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and Joint Service Achievement Medal, among others.

The UT College of Business first presented its Women’s Leadership Forum in 2009.

In addition to the UT College of Business and Innovation, the Women’s Leadership Forum is sponsored by Ballas Buick GMC, 2-Scale, Black & White Transportation, Industrial Engineering Technologies Inc., HCR ManorCare, First Solar, Buckeye CableSystem, Owens-Illinois Inc., The Blade, Tenneco Inc., SSOE Group, ProMedica and Huntington.

A limited number of seats remain. The cost of the program, including lunch, is $20 per person. To register, email ECGC@utoledo.edu, or call 419.530.2036.

Surveyors to visit Health Science Campus to review medical education [video]

The University of Toledo is welcoming to its Health Science Campus surveyors from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the World Federation of Medical Education this week.

The team arrived Sunday and will conduct a full assessment of the structure and functions of the medical school.

“This visit culminates a lengthy process, in which the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, the faculty, the students, the staff, the leadership of our med school, have invested over two years preparing for what is known as a full survey accreditation visit,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, on the latest edition of “The Chancellor’s Corner.”


In preparation for the visit, a team that was led by Dr. Constance Shriner, associate dean for faculty development and curriculum evaluation, developed an extensive self-study that reviewed all 131 standards for accreditation of medical schools.

The survey team will be on campus through the afternoon of Wednesday, May 1.

“We are very proud of the doctor of medicine program, and we warmly welcome the team from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the World Federation of Medical Education to our campus,” Gold said.

“If you run into them, tell them how proud we are of our students and how pleased we are to have them on campus,” Gold added.