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Law student receives fellowship to work at firm representing unions

Myers

Myers

UT law student James Myers has received a 10-week fellowship from the Peggy Browning Fund that will enable him to delve deeper into his labor law studies while working at the union-side law firm of Schwarzwald, McNair & Fusco LLP in Cleveland this summer.

“The Peggy Browning Fellowship is a wonderful program, and I am honored to be chosen as a fellow. I hope this summer will be the beginning of a rewarding career in labor law,” Myers said.

After receiving more than 500 applications from 139 participating law schools, the Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 70 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide this year.

Myers’ passion for employee rights began early as the son of a union officer in the small farming community of Paulding, Ohio, and his interest increased while he was working in two unionized factories to pay for his undergraduate degree from Miami University.

While at the UT College of Law, Myers has served as an extern at the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals and as an intern with the Toledo Bar Association’s Pro Bono Legal Services Program. He intends to graduate next spring with a certificate of concentration in labor and employment law.

“James is an excellent student, and I’m very happy for him,” said Joseph Slater, the Eugene N. Balk Professor of Law and Values and an expert in labor and employment law. “The Peggy Browning Fund is a terrific organization, and the students who have received fellowships in the past have had very good experiences.”

The Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent union-side attorney who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board from 1994 until 1997. More information is available at peggybrowningfund.org.

Program offers local, fresh produce to UT community

The University of Toledo Urban Affairs Center continues its Community Supported Agriculture Program this summer with Riehm Farms.

Riehm Farm logoWhat began as a pilot program four years ago has expanded into a local food source for faculty, staff and students to buy fresh produce directly from farmers in Ohio.

“People don’t think about the most important thing, ‘Who grows your food?’” said Dr. Debra Boardley, professor of health education and public health, who is a customer of the program. “Riehm Farms offers this information, and you can even go out and visit the farm and watch them grow your veggies if you wanted to. So why buy broccoli from Florida when you can get it from Ohio?”

Riehm Farms, located in Tiffin, is offering 350 vegetable shares, 90 eggs shares and 50 beef shares. All shares range from one to two canvas grocery bags received weekly, depending on preference and availability.

The season will run for 20 weeks beginning Tuesday, June 4, until the middle of October.

“We are entering our fourth year partnership with the University and it’s been pretty good. But I would love to see it grow,” said Diane Riehm, co-owner of Riehm Farms.

The Community Supported Agriculture Program also offers complimentary delivery services to the campus every Tuesday from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at the Research Technology Complex, 2600 Dorr St.

The UT community can sign up for a membership here until Tuesday, June 4.

All memberships are on a first-come, first-served basis. The fruit shares are sold out.

‘The Relevant University’ to air May 28

Tune in to “The Relevant University” Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR.

white background with lines_FADEThis month, Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs, delves into the finances behind higher education and how students can get the best value for their tuition dollars.

In this month’s episode:

• Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, president of The University of Toledo, discusses how UT is finding unique ways to handle complex budget challenges.

• Detroit lawyer Mark Bernstein talks about being elected a University of Michigan Regent after a “Make College Affordable” campaign.

• Doug Lederman, editor of Inside Higher Ed, provides information about his online source for all higher education news and a national perspective on higher education funding.

• And Kelly Chesney, vice president of marketing and communication for Business Leaders for Michigan, shares the organization’s plan to grow “the new Michigan” with investment in higher education as a key component.

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 utoledo.edu/therelevantuniversity.

CVA brighter, greener with lighting system overhaul

The Center for the Visual Arts building has received a $15,000 overhaul of its lighting system, illuminating not only the facility but also meeting goals of energy efficiency at The University of Toledo.

“The Center for the Visual Arts is burning brighter thanks to the comprehensive fluorescent light retrofit project. Not only do we see better, but we appreciate the energy savings with the more efficient use of electricity,” said Chris Burnett, associate professor and chair of art.

The center expects savings of 30 percent as a result of this project, which was completed in March. On top of these savings, the project will bring in a $11,000 rebate for the energy upgrade, and all refuse from this project was recycled, according to the project leader Sandrine Mubenga, UT manager of electrical engineering.

Funding for this project would not have been possible without the help of Jim Graff, director of facilities operations, who volunteered $12,000 from his budget. The remaining $3,000 was supplied by SEED (Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Design), UT’s sustainability initiative.

The majority of the work was completed in-house by Facilities. However, some areas of the center are structured with high ceilings and called for independent contractors. Mubenga kept the University’s mission in mind and partnered with a minority business enterprise, Bryson/Tucker Electric LLC.

“Overall, this project modeled goal orientation and the breaking down of silos between different areas and trades within the University,” said Brooke Mason, UT interim sustainability specialist. “It’s more efficient and better for everyone if the university operates in this manner.”

Mid-American Conference honors 23 Rockets with President’s Award

MAC-logo-verticalThe Mid-American Conference recognized 23 University of Toledo student-athletes as President’s Award winners.

The MAC President’s Award is given annually to seniors who graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

“We want to extend our congratulations to our student-athletes who received Mid-American Conference President’s Awards,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “Considering the obligations required of a student-athlete, it is a tremendous accomplishment to graduate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. These young men and women represent the finest examples of what it means to be a true student-athlete.”

Listed by sport, UT student-athletes who received the Mid-American Conference President’s Award are:

Baseball
• Ben Hammer

Women’s Basketball
• Naama Shafir

Women’s Cross Country
• Kaylin Belair
• Richelle Gray
• Kristal Studer

Football
• Dan Molls
• Ben Pike
• Jared Strait

Women’s Golf
• Allison Schultz

Women’s Soccer
• Megan Blake
• Natalia Gaitan
• Rachel Kravitz
• Kristen Mattei
• Jaimie Morsillo
• Blair Sorg

Softball
• Rebecca Heimbigner
• Lindsey Tobias

Women’s Swimming
• LesLee Winfield

Men’s Tennis
• Bryant Dudzik
• Terrance Weigand

Women’s Track & Field
• Ksenia Kriatchkova
• Emily Potter

Women’s Volleyball
• Bethany Irwin

Occupational therapy student helps teen burn victim in Romania

A University of Toledo Occupational Therapy Program graduate student recently spent a month helping to improve the life of a 16-year-old burn survivor from a gypsy family in Bucharest, Romania.

Fahrer

Fahrer

Working with a foundation called The Door, which was established to provide assistance and support for children and families in need, Emily Fahrer not only helped the boy but also learned a great deal about the gypsy culture.

“Despite feeling overwhelmed in a new and different culture, I met some incredible people that showed me generous hospitality the whole time I was in Romania,” said Fahrer, who is pursuing a doctorate in occupational therapy. “I learned so many valuable things about occupational therapy.”

In addition to the language barrier, which required an interpreter, the experience was intense because she had just two weeks to complete her objectives and make a difference in the teen’s life, whereas most students work directly with clients for approximately two months.

“At first it was hard to establish a trusting relationship with my participant while there was someone relaying messages between us,” Fahrer said. “After assessing his needs, we decided that the highest priority was to address his inability to read or write and then focus on his self-esteem issues because of the burn scars. We came up with some new strategies to help him learn.”

Fahrer said that before she worked with teenager, he could not retain basic information such as the Romanian alphabet. Fahrer learned much of the Romanian alphabet from YouTube and with help from her translator, she was able to teach the 16-year-old how to recognize and pronounce more than half of the letters.

She is using the experience as a case study as a part of her capstone project, which is one of the requirements of occupational therapy students to receive their doctoral degrees at UT.

Students can choose from several different types of disseminations for their capstone projects, such as a case study, program development, program modification, advocacy or course development, which all require a combination of 640 hours of practicum, mentored studies, writing about the experience, and presenting the final project to the community during a 15-minute presentation.

Fahrer’s case study is the first international capstone project in the program.

Parking lot closures announced for this week, Memorial Weekend

As a part of the ongoing parking area sealing and re-striping this summer, The University of Toledo Facilities and Construction will take advantage of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend to work on eight parking lots on Main Campus and three at the Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation.

From Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27 the following parking lots on Main Campus will be closed:

• Area 1 South, east of the Health and Human Services Building;

• Area 13, north of the West Parking Ramp;

• Area 13 North, west of Dowd, Nash and White halls;

• Area 27A, west of Ottawa House West;

• Area 27B, east of the Crossings;

• Area 27C, south of the Transportation Center; and

• Area 27D, west of the Transportation Center.

In addition, Area 9, south of the Glass Bowl, will be closed one day only Friday, May 24.

On the Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation, Area 22 at the east entrance will be partially closed Thursday, May 23, through Saturday, May 25. Areas 32 and 32 South near the Westwood Building will have work done Friday, May 24. Work will not interfere with deliveries to the campus.

The goal is to have all of the parking areas open for business by Tuesday, May 28, said Doug Collins, director of facilities maintenance and grounds.

UT to offer summer music workshops

The University of Toledo Department of Music is offering several workshops this summer, many suitable for a variety of age groups and skill levels.

UTSummerWorkshopsImgMore information and links to online registration are available here.

Below is a listing with brief information on each of the workshops.

Flute Workshop with Joel Tse, June 10-15
Faculty: Joel Tse, principal flute with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and UT flute instructor; class pianist, Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of music; rhythm, Olman Piedra, UT director of percussion studies; music theory, Norm Damschroder, UT senior lecturer of music
Ages: 12 and older
Tracks: Performance, Teacher Audit
Description: Master flutist Tse will head this intense workshop in flute. Students are trained in breathing, technique, rhythm and music theory, as well as provided master class coaching. A concert performed by the students will conclude the workshop on Saturday. Flexible attendance; attend as few or as many days of the workshop as you like.
Cost: Weekly rate $300; daily rate $65 per day
Click here to register and for more information.

Exploring Orff-Schulwerk, June 12-14
Faculty: Dr. Pamela Stover, UT assistant professor of music
Ages: College level and up
Tracks: College credit only — available at the undergraduate (MUS 4980-002) and graduate level (MUS 6980-002)
Description: An introduction to the highly creative and integrative Orff-Schulwerk process of music and movement education for elementary education teachers and students. Designed for beginners to Orff-Schulwerk, experienced teachers who hold Orff levels and want a different perspective also are welcome.
To register: Enroll and register as you would for any other class, or if you are not a UT student, you can register as a guest student to take this workshop. Contact the UT Office of Undergraduate Admission or the College of Graduate Studies for more information.

• Summer Jazz Institute, June 16-22
Faculty: Gunnar Mossblad, UT director of jazz studies and saxophonist; Vic Juris, guitarist; Tad Weed, UT assistant professor of music and jazz pianist; Norm Damschroder, UT senior lecturer of music and bass player; Olman Piedra, UT director of percussion studies and percussionist
Ages: 12 and older
Tracks: Vocal, Instrumental, Teacher-Training, Jazz Appreciation
Description: The UT Summer Jazz Institute is the place where all levels of jazz students can discover and achieve their potential through the study of jazz in one of four programs: instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, teacher training and jazz appreciation.
To register and for more information: SummerJazz.utoledo.edu
Cost: $500 total ($450 tuition plus $50 application fee). If taken for college credit, the workshop tuition will be waived and UT tuition and fees will apply.

• Art Song Festival and Workshops, June 26-30
Faculty: Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini, UT assistant professor of music and soprano; voice — Nancy Crego, Alexander technique; Timothy Cheek, diction; Karen Lykes, mezzo-soprano; Dr. Sam Savage, tenor; Andrew Walker Schultze, bass-baritone; Michael Sylvester, tenor; piano — Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of music; Clara Cheng, Nigel Foster
Ages: High school and older
Tracks: Artist, High School Student
Description: The Art Song Festival and Workshop is dedicated to promoting recital performances as well as to training singers and collaborative pianists in the fine art of recital planning and performance. This festival is packed with master classes, voice lessons, coaching sessions and recital performances, as well as classes geared for the student and emerging professional singer and pianist.
To register and for more information: ArtSongFestival.com
Cost: Adult participant: $680 total ($600 tuition plus $80 application fee, high school participant: $230 ($150 tuition plus $80 application fee)

• Opera Role Study: Così Fan Tutte, July 8-26
Faculty: Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini, UT assistant professor of music and soprano; Don Bernardini, tenor, stage direction; Robert Mirakian, conductor; Nathanael Leonard, accompanist
Ages: Adult and college
Tracks: Performance
Description: This intensive, nearly monthlong daily workshop will culminate in the performance of Mozart’s beloved comic opera, “Così Fan Tutte.” Due to the performance nature of this workshop, openings are limited. Early registration is suggested.
To register and for more information: Click here.
Cost: UT student: $300 ($250 tuition plus $50 application fee),
non-student: $350 ($300 tuition plus $50 application fee)

• Books to Sing, Dance, Act and Play, Aug. 5-7
Faculty: Dr. Pamela Stover, UT assistant professor of music
Ages: College level and up
Tracks: College credit only — available at the undergraduate and graduate level
Description: A hands-on workshop for librarians and educators on ways to integrate music, literature, drama and art in activities appropriate for preschool through middle school.
To register: Enroll and register as you would for any other class, or if you are not a UT student, you can register as a guest student to take just this workshop. Contact the UT Office of Undergraduate Admission or the College of Graduate Studies for more information.

FORMS: Permission for minors to participate/consent for medical treatment — this form is required for anyone younger than 18. Download, print and have your parent or legal guardian sign it. It can be mailed in advance or brought with you on the first day of the workshop.

Parkinson’s Center to celebrate open house May 24

The Gardner-McMaster Parkinson Center will hold an open house Friday, May 24, to give members of the Toledo community the opportunity to learn more about the clinic.

The open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m. in the new Medical Pavilion on the UT Health Science Campus and will include light refreshments and music. Residents of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are invited to attend.

The nearly 6,000-square-foot facility is set to be one of the leading Parkinson centers in the nation due to its team-care approach working with physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, pharmacists, neuropsychologists, and other health-care professionals who also are experts in Parkinson’s care.

The Gardner-McMaster Parkinson Center is named in recognition of the generous donations from the family of Findlay businessman Philip Gardner, as well as the Harold and Helen McMaster Foundation. The Parkinson’s Foundation of Northwest Ohio also raised more than $160,000 to help offset the approximately $1.35 million in renovation costs.

Jumper to compete at NCAA Preliminary Championships May 23

Douglas

Douglas

Senior Kiah Douglas will compete in the long jump at the NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Preliminary Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, May 23.

Douglas of Saginaw, Mich., qualified for the regionals with a personal best leap of 6.09 meters at the Toledo Invitational Track Meet May 3. This will be her first appearance at an NCAA regional event.

Douglas, who ranks 37th in the East region, recently finished in sixth place in the long jump at the 2013 Outdoor Mid-American Conference Championships with a jump of 5.69 meters. At the 2012 Outdoor MAC Championships, she landed in second place with a mark of 5.98 meters.

If Douglas finishes in the top 12 at regionals, she will qualify for the NCAA Championship Meet, which will take place Wednesday through Saturday, June 5-8, in Eugene, Ore.