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Patient, child advocacy graduate programs now enrolling

The College of Criminal Justice and Human Service at The University of Toledo is taking applications for incoming graduate students interested in the Patient Advocacy Graduate Certificate or Child Advocacy Graduate Certificate programs.

Both programs consist of four courses over two academic semesters that are completed online. The application deadline is Thursday, Aug. 1, and classes will begin Monday, Aug. 19.

Patient advocates act as liaisons between patients and health-care providers to help patients navigate an increasingly complex health-care system. Advocates educate patients on their treatment options and help them keep their medical information, such as medications and special diet, in order for doctors.

“Physicians are so limited in their time,” said Debra O’Connell, UT director of patient advocacy. “Advocates help empower patients to be proactive and make their own decisions.”

Those who enroll in the Patient Advocacy Program are often looking for a second career, O’Connell said. Advocates come from but are not limited to professions such as sociology, communications, law, pharmacy and education.

In the Child Advocacy Certificate Program, students receive specialized training in such issues as the family dynamic and specific social services available for children. Students learn how to utilize social services, help children with disabilities, and connect mental health services with people who have been neglected or abused, whether physically, mentally, sexually or other types.

“It is a great way to make yourself more marketable,” said Dr. Christie Jenkins, associate director of the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center in Toledo and a part-time instructor in the UT Department of School Psychology, Legal Specialties and Counselor Education. “Child abuse is so prevalent in our era. There is a need to have specific training because one in four girls and one in six boys have been sexually abused by age 18.”

Those interested in applying for either program can contact O’Connell at 419.530.5421 or debra.oconnell@utoledo.edu.

The Lonely Friends take Local Band Challenge to perform at Music Fest

The Lonely Friends, a band formed in 2011 for a high school fundraiser, won the UT Local Band Challenge to perform at The University of Toledo’s Music Fest 2013.

winnerThe band, described as “old-school rock with influences of blues and some metal to keep it fresh,” was selected from performance videos uploaded to the Music Fest Facebook page July 1-7. Community members voted the next week for the local band they wanted to see perform at Music Fest Friday, Sept. 13, and the majority of votes – more than 8,000 – came for The Lonely Friends.

“I was surprised that we won,” said Travis Geiman, the band’s guitarist. “We kept posting the competition to Facebook throughout the week and were in the top 10, but we didn’t think it would be us. Everyone is happy that we won.”

The band came up with its name from the game Rock Band. The Lonely Friends was processed one time by the name generator and band mates thought it was kind of funny and have stuck with it ever since.

In addition to Geiman, The Lonely Friends features Michael Barlos on vocals, Anthony Kitts on bass and Nick Duszynski on drums.

The quartet formed in 2011 when Maumee High School needed a group to play for a marching band fundraiser. Alumni of the school, Geiman, Kitts and Duszynski previously had been in the marching band and Barlos in choir, so they gave it a shot, thinking at the time it was temporary.

They are in the process of mixing their first album, which will be released this summer, Geiman said. The band also has the first few songs finished for a second album.

The Lonely Friends has performed one or two shows per week since the summer started. Music Fest 2013 will be the biggest show they play to date.

“I hope everyone enjoys Music Fest, and hopefully they take something away from the music we play and can relate to it in some way,” Geiman said.

For more information about Music Fest, visit utoledo.edu/musicfest, and for more about The Lonely Friends, visit facebook.com/TheLonelyFriends.

Two UT basketball players help Spanish National Team defend U-20 European Championship

Toledo junior Inma Zanoguera and freshman Elena de Alfredo played significant roles in helping the Spanish National Team capture its third consecutive U-20 European Championship in Samsun, Turkey.

UT players Inma Zanoguera, left, and Elena de Alfredo were members of the Spanish National Team that won the U-20 European Championship.

UT players Inma Zanoguera, left, and Elena de Alfredo were members of the Spanish National Team that won the U-20 European Championship.

Spain successfully defended its Division A title with a 59-53 victory over Italy Sunday, July 14.

For the tournament, Zanoguera averaged 9.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals in 27.2 minutes per game. She shot 51.5 percent (35 of 68) from the field and 72.7 percent (16 of 22) from the charity stripe, en route to being named to the all-tourney squad. The Llucmajor, Spain, native ranked fourth in the tourney in two-point field goal percentage (54.1 percent, 33 of 61), sixth in helpers, eighth in thefts and 16th in two-point field goals made (3.7). She scored in double figures on five occasions in the 11-day competition, including a tourney-best 15 points against Belarus.

de Alfredo contributed 7.8 points, 2.3 caroms and 0.8 dimes in 19.4 minutes in the nine contests. She converted 31.3 percent (20 of 64) from the floor and a sparkling 95.8 percent (23 of 24) from the free-throw line. She finished 12th in the tourney in free throws made (2.6). de Alfredo tallied double digits three times, including a tourney-high 15 points versus the Slovak Republic.

The Spanish squad finished the tournament with a perfect 9-0 ledger, outscoring its opposition by 11.1 points (59.5 to 48.4) per game.

Elite Prospect Soccer Camp slated for July 22-23 at Scott Park

Toledo will hold its annual Summer Elite Prospect Soccer Camp Monday and Tuesday, July 22-23, at Scott Park.

Soccer cover art  DVD 430 CD 253The two-day camp is focused on helping local players develop and is built on the elements of fun, technique, tactics and low player-to-coach ratio.

“Over the past few summers, we have had tremendous response to our elite prospect camp, and we expect another great two days of high-level training and play again this year,” Toledo Head Women’s Soccer Coach Brad Evans said.

The camp is intended for serious female soccer players in high school and driven to compete at the college level. Campers will gain an inside perspective into Evans’ coaching style and UT soccer’s championship environment.

Each camper will train in sessions led by Evans, interact with current UT soccer players, work with the UT strength and conditioning staff, participate in a recruiting question-and-answer session, and complete a UT ACL tear-prevention program.

In addition, campers will be housed in a freshman residence hall on campus.

Each camper is expected to bring her own ball, water bottle, shin guards, soccer and running shoes, proper soccer clothing, sunscreen, toiletries and bedding.

The cost of the two-day camp is $115. Each participant will receive a Toledo soccer shirt and shorts.

For questions or more information, contact Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach Vicki Traven at 419.530.6251 or email soccer@utoledo.edu.

Final phase of Ottawa River restoration to begin July 29

The restoration of the portion of the Ottawa River flowing through The University of Toledo Main Campus soon will be complete with the final phase of in-stream work to begin this month.

Restoration work on the Ottawa River started last week as non-native plants were cleared from the riverbanks. Major in-stream construction work is scheduled to begin Monday, July 29.

Restoration work on the Ottawa River started last week as non-native plants were cleared from the riverbanks. Major in-stream construction work is scheduled to begin Monday, July 29.

Student workers of the Maumee Conservation Corps from Partners for Clean Streams already have begun clearing of the riverbanks to prepare for the major in-stream construction work that is scheduled to begin Monday, July 29. The clearing will remove non-native invasive plants along the riverbank with no extensive removal of trees planned, and replanting of native species will take place later this summer.

“This phase will focus on aquatic improvements, including adding large rocks and logs to mimic natural water flow and get a ripple effect in the water,” said Dr. Patrick Lawrence, professor and chair of the Department of Geography and Planning, and chair of the President’s Commission on the River. “Right now the river is essentially uniform with very limited ripples or turbulence. Adding these natural materials will make for more diversity to the aquatic habitat giving fish and other aquatic organisms more places for nesting, spawning, food and shelter.”

The President’s Commission on the River in 2009 started the habitat restoration efforts for the 3,700 feet of the waterway that runs through Main Campus. This current work is funded with a $235,000 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and a $151,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and represents the largest project undertaken to date by the commission. The restoration project also involves the assistance of Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, EnviroScience, Partners for Clean Streams, Ohio EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Ecological Restoration Inc. has been hired for the final in-stream restoration phase, which is scheduled to be complete Aug. 16. Signs will be placed along the river to inform the community of the work being done; however, no bridges or roads will be closed during the restoration, and disruptions to the University community will be kept to a minimum, Lawrence said. A workshop and public tour about the project are being planned for early August.

Summer is the best time to complete the project because there are fewer people on campus, the river water is at its lowest levels, and it is after the fish-spawning season during the spring, reducing impacts to the natural habitats, Lawrence said.

The in-stream work is the final phase of the project that has included adding more than 300 native plants and trees along the banks of the river and creating a cut bank area near the Law Center last summer that will allow for more water storage during higher river levels.

Another related milestone for the Ottawa River on Main Campus was achieved in February 2012 when the fish consumption advisory, with the exception of carp, was lifted for the river by the Ohio Department of Health and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. The advisory had dated back to 1991 when it was issued by the Ohio Department of Health as a result of the decades of manufacturing activity and improper waste disposal of hazardous substances in the Ottawa River and its watershed.

“We have more than 40 fish species in the river, and we’ve noticed additional wildlife such as small mammals, birds, turtles, frogs, mallard ducks and Canada geese,” Lawrence said. “We look forward to the completion of the restoration that will further enhance the river and add more wildlife diversity.”

African-American Festival to be held July 20-21

This year’s African-American Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, on The University of Toledo Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation.

AAFBanner copyThe festival is the annual fundraiser organized by the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union. It also will include a prayer breakfast Friday, July 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church New Life Center, 1430 W. Bancroft St., and a parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. that will start at Dorr Street and Detroit Avenue and end at Nelson Grace Park.

“This is our major fundraiser for the year,” said DeLise Simmons of the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union, who coordinates the festival. “This is a thank-you to the community and our members for their continuous support, and a chance for us to all come together as a family.”

Musical performances over the weekend will take place from 2 to 10 p.m., and gates will open at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s musical acts will be Zapp, jazz saxophonist Joseph Vincelli, singer Ramona Collins, The JAMM Band, Imagine Schools, Jay Rush Jennings, and The Five Deep Band. Taking the stage Sunday will be the The Dramatics, Toledo Youth Choir, The Rance Allen Group, Debra Brock, Darius Coleman and the D.C. Singers, and The JAMM Band.

Children’s rides are free and sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

Food will be sold by local vendors, including Black Kettle Barbeque, Ruby’s Kitchen and K&K Concessions. Because it is a family event, there will be no sale of alcoholic beverages.

Other local vendors and organizations that will be at the festival will include the Lucas County Workforce — The Source, Sprint, Genesis Village, Kids Unlimited Academy, Imagine Schools, Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio, Toledo Public Schools and the Toledo Fair Housing Center.

“We look forward to hosting this festival every year,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, UT associate vice president for equity, diversity and community engagement. “The yearly estimated attendance of 12,000 individuals brings a richness of food, music, culture and the strong sense of community to campus.”

Gore added, “Our office, in collaboration with Rocket Wellness and the College of Medicine Student and Faculty Diversity, will be providing free health screenings right at the festival. We hope that the screenings will not only be informational, but instrumental in the prevention of any life-threatening health situations.”

For more information on the African-American Festival, click here.

Assistant professor wins Early Investigators Award for research on women’s health

Dr. Jennifer Hill, an assistant professor in the UT Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, is one of eight recipients of a 2013 Early Investigators Award from the Endocrine Society.

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The award is sponsored by Amgen and Pfizer Inc. and recognizes outstanding individuals early in their careers who research women’s health.

“It’s a really critical period of your career,” Hill said. “You’re establishing yourself, your own laboratory, and working on your independent research direction.”

Hill’s research is focused on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) — a syndrome that affects 10 percent of women. Women with PCOS have an imbalance of hormones that can lead to irregular periods, unwanted hair growth, acne and fertility problems. The syndrome can put women at risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other problems.

Since joining UT’s faculty in July 2009, Hill has performed research on how metabolic challenges such as obesity and insulin resistance impact fertility and PCOS development.

“This is a very important issue for women’s health, and there is a limited amount of research that can be done on women themselves,” Hill said. “If you really want to get at the mechanisms behind the disease, you need to go to animals.”

With the use of animals, particularly mice, Hill and her colleagues can do more than blood testing and monitoring — some of the only ways to ethically study the disease in humans.

Hill and her lab assistants work with mouse models to understand the relationship between PCOS and metabolism. Some of these models have a genetic resistance to insulin and others are given high levels of testosterone to induce PCOS symptoms such as ovarian cysts and irregular reproductive cycles.

“Ideally, five years down the road, we’d like to move into translational research,” Hill said. “I want to be able to identify biomarkers in the mouse models that we then test in humans.”

Hill expressed optimism that the award would open doors for future research grants and raise the profile of the lab nationally.

Along with Hill, the lab consists of four members: Joseph Marino, a postdoctoral researcher who recently has accepted a faculty position at the University of North Carolina; Abigail Dowling, who is starting her postdoctoral work in the lab this summer; Xiaoliang Qiu, a graduate student who successfully defended his dissertation in June;
and Latrice Faulkner, who currently is away for an internship with the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.

Hill attended the Endocrine Society’s Annual Awards Dinner last month in San Francisco.

“The awards presentation gave me a chance to meet the other Early Investigator Award winners and their mentors,” Hill said. “In addition, we were able to see the Laureate Awards presented to some of the giants of endocrinology that same evening. Their work has made such amazing contributions to knowledge and human health. It was tremendously inspiring.”

UT Medical Center highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2013

The University of Toledo Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization.

HEI2013coverUTMC earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate health care.

“One of the most important values of The University of Toledo is to treat all persons equally, regardless of characteristics, including but not limited to age, gender, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,” said Norma Tomlinson, executive director of UTMC. “A visit to a health-care provider is often stressful as it is, and the last thing any patient or family needs to worry about is being treated differently.”

“We are very proud of the role we play in the community as a place where anyone can come and feel safe and feel accepted,” said Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs, who oversees UT’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement. “It is through our hospital and health-care services that the community most frequently interacts with The University of Toledo, and this recognition is one more example of UT employees living out our values and commitment to equality.”

UTMC was one of a select group of 464 health-care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria for equitable care; these include non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.

“LGBT patients deeply appreciate the welcoming environment provided by a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” said Shane Snowdon, director of health and aging at the Human Rights Campaign. “It makes a big difference to know that your local health-care facility is fully committed to giving you the same care it gives your neighbors and co-workers.”

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, or to download a free copy of the report, visit hrc.org/hei.

UTMC shines during CMS accreditation visit reviewing patient safety efforts

The University of Toledo Medical Center caregivers and staff are celebrating today following an outstanding three-day, unannounced, random Patient Safety Institutional Survey completed Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Health on behalf of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

A formal report detailing UTMC’s performance is expected in the next month or two.

Surveyors evaluated UTMC’s infection control efforts, its discharge planning and its quality assessment performance improvement — a total encompassing more than 40 health-care categories and some 335 elements — based on interviews, observations, and document and policy reviews.

“We are very proud of our efforts to ensure patient safety, but the feedback we received from the survey team are a welcome third-party validation of the effort of thousands of employees on our health-care team,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gold, chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

“Out of every item they reviewed, the survey team found only two minor elements that needed to be addressed, and we have already changed our policies and processes to do just that,” he said.

Gold pointed out that in the Quality Assessment Performance Improvement area, possibly the most important and surely the most complex of piece of the survey, there were no elements identified to be addressed.

“We are so very proud of our health-care system, and particularly proud of all of our caregivers. The Ohio Department of Health team was complementary of our systems, policies, procedures, and particularly the warm, caring team of physicians and nurses, pharmacists and therapists, social workers and dietitians, and hosts of others who every day care for our patients and support their families,” Gold wrote in a letter distributed to UTMC employees Wednesday evening.

“Every day, we, together, define university quality care, the higher degree of healing. This is defined with every patient interaction, every outpatient visit, every procedure, every medication we dispense, every patient room we sanitize, everything every day.

“On very special days, we have the opportunity to show the outside world how we define this quality of care and set the standards for our regional community and the national community of health-care delivery systems. Remarkable quality, safety and patient experience are all of what we expect for ourselves and our families when care is needed and is how we define true excellence.



“A very special thank you to all of our health-care team and particularly those who went so far out of their way to warmly greet the survey team, demonstrate our approach to our patients, and exemplify our pride,” Gold wrote.

Rocket Shop to close for renovation July 12; scheduled to re-open July 24

thumb-rocket-color-logoThe Rocket Shop, located in the Sullivan Athletic Center in Savage Arena, will close for renovation and expansion from Friday, July 12, through Tuesday, July 23.

Re-opening is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24.

The online store at UTRockets.com will remain open during this period.

The Rocket Shop is expanding its existing space in order to accommodate the increased demand for University of Toledo athletics apparel and merchandise, and to improve the overall experience of its customers.