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UT emergency medicine residents compete with filmmaking skills

For the second year in a row, The University of Toledo Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program has made it to juried competition — for a funny video.

video game imageThe video, created by second-year resident Dustin Dean, is one of 13 in the competition for the fifth annual Best in Emergency Medicine Video Challenge. Each video shows why that residency research program is the best in emergency medicine, and this year the theme is video games.

Dean’s humorous video features emergency medicine residents in a video game using skills to treat patients and navigate residency life to advance levels. It even has a Psy look-alike who comes in complaining that he can’t dance and trying to get pain medications.

“I enjoy the competition, and it’s always fun to see what other residencies bring to the table,” Dean said. “I’m proud of the video our residency created and like last year, I hope it creates a few laughs.”

This year’s video is called “UTMC Emergency Medicine Residency: The Game” and has received more than 1,000 votes, landing it in the juried competition.

Making it to the competition means a $100 Apple gift card for Dean and a chance at cash prizes for both him and the UTMC residency program.

The first-place resident will receive $5,000 plus $10,000 for his or her residency program; second place will receive $2,500 plus $5,000 for the program; and third place will receive $1,000 plus $2,000 for the program. The winners will be announced Saturday, Feb. 15.

Last year, Dean’s video, “UTMC EM Residency: The Movie,” won third place.

To watch this year’s video, visit emp.com/utmc-emergency-medicine-residency-the-game.

Last year’s video can be seen at emp.com/utmc-em-residency-the-movie.

Reading by artist/activist/author moved to Jan. 29

The University of Toledo Disability Studies Program will present the acclaimed feminist artist, disability rights activist and author Harilyn Rousso Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 5:45 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 1210.



Rousso will read from her memoir, Don’t Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back.

In a review, feminist icon Gloria Steinem raved, “I’ve known Harilyn Rousso as a powerful activist and gifted artist, but with this revelatory book, she becomes something even rarer: a storyteller who conveys her uniqueness and so helps us to discover our own. Don’t Call Me Inspirational is irresistible to read, honest, insightful and universal.”

Rousso is a psychotherapist and founder of the Networking Project for Disabled Women and Girls of the YWCA/NYC, a pioneering mentoring program that has been replicated widely. She is also president of Disabilities Unlimited Consulting Services, which provides education and training on disability equity issues.

In 2003, Rousso was selected by the National Women’s History Project as an honoree for National Women’s History Month.

She is a former board member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Center for Women Policy Studies, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Sister Fund and Educational Equity Concepts, and a former commissioner with the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Rousso’s free, public reading is co-sponsored by the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

University announces 2014 class for Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame

Six former student-athletes will be inducted into The University of Toledo Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame Saturday, Feb. 22, in Savage Arena.

Social hour for the event will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will follow at 7 p.m.

The Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame also will present the Distinguished Service Award to longtime radio voice of the Rockets Mark Beier.

Tickets for the induction are $45 and can be purchased by calling the Athletic Development Office at 419.530.5087 or 419.530.4183.

The 2014 Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame inductees are:

Engel, Greco and Ingram

Engel, Greco and Ingram

Brian Engel, Men’s Tennis, 1969-1973. He was a three-time Mid-American Conference Champion, at No. 6 singles in 1970, No. 5 singles in 1971 and at No. 2 doubles in 1970. A four-year letterman, Engel was a key part of three MAC Championship teams in 1970, 1971 and 1973. The 1972 team finished as MAC runners-up. Engel moved up to No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles as a junior, and played No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles as a senior. He graduated from UT with a degree in business and later attended the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern. Engel helped found the National Junior Tennis League of Toledo, which has brought tennis to more than 1,000 disadvantaged youth.

John Greco, Football, 2004-2007. He was a three-time All-MAC selection at left tackle, one of only a handful of Rockets to earn first-team all-league honors in three consecutive seasons. He started 49 consecutive games in his career — every game for four seasons — including 36 straight at left tackle. Twice he was named to the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation’s best lineman or linebacker. As a freshman, he started in 12 games at right tackle, helping the Rockets to a MAC Championship and a berth in the Motor City Bowl. As a sophomore, he assumed the left tackle position vacated by current Hall of Famer Nick Kaczur and went on to earn first-team All-MAC honors. The Rockets went 9-3 that season and won the GMAC Bowl vs. UTEP. As a junior in 2006, Greco was the team co-captain and started all 13 games at left tackle, earning first-team All-MAC honors. He again earned first-team league honors as a senior, and was a third-team All-America selection by Rivals.com. Greco was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game. The Sporting News ranked him No. 8 offensive tackle in the nation. Greco was selected in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams, the highest draft pick out of UT since Dan Williams was taken in the first round in 1993. After three seasons in St. Louis, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns, where he is a starter at offensive guard.

Justin Ingram, Men’s Basketball, 2003-2007. He was a senior co-captain on the 2006-07 men’s basketball team that won the MAC regular-season championship. He averaged 14.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists on his way to first-team All-MAC honors that season as the Rockets went 14-2 in conference play. Ingram was a star almost from the moment he arrived at UT, averaging 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists to earn MAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2003-04. As a sophomore, he averaged 9.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He moved from point guard to shooting guard as a junior, earning second-team All-MAC honors while averaging 14.6 points and guiding the Rockets to the MAC Tournament Championship Game. For his career, Ingram ranks eighth all-time in scoring (1,494 points), fourth in three-pointers (213), third in free-throw percentage (81.6 percent) and third in steals (217). He is the co-leader in games played with 123. The Rockets’ record in his four seasons was 75-48, 47-23 in MAC play. Since his graduation from UT, Ingram has enjoyed a successful professional career playing basketball in Europe.

McKinley-Deal, Parmele and Shaw

McKinley-Deal, Parmele and Shaw

Megan McKinley-Deal, Women’s Swimming and Diving, 2004-2008. She was one of the best divers in UT history, earning All-MAC honors in her junior and senior seasons. She is one of only four UT women’s swimmers to earn All-America honors. In her senior year, McKinley was an NCAA qualifier and first-team All-MAC selection. She was the MAC Diver of the Year that season, winning both the one-meter and three-meter boards at the MAC Championships. She was the first UT diver to qualify for the NCAA Championships since 1995, placing 10th in the three-meter and 22nd in the one-meter to earn All-America recognition. With McKinley’s points alone, The University of Toledo was ranked 33rd overall in scoring at the NCAAs. McKinley still holds both the one- and three-meter school records. As a junior, McKinley earned second-team All-MAC honors, placing second in the three-meter and third in the one-meter at the MAC Championships. She also competed in the NCAA Diving Regionals, taking seventh in the one-meter and ninth in the three-meter. McKinley placed fourth in the three-meter as a freshman and fourth in the one-meter as a sophomore.

Jalen Parmele, Football, 2004-2007. He was a first-team All-MAC running back in 2006 and 2007 for the Rockets. As a junior in 2006, Parmele rushed for 1,131 yards and eight touchdowns. He gained more than 100 yards in each of UT’s final four games, including 173 vs. Ball State. As a senior, Parmele rushed for 1,511 yards, ninth in the nation that season and the fourth highest total in school history. He also scored 14 touchdowns and was third in the balloting for MAC Player of the Year. He rushed for 241 yards on 38 carries in a 43-40 win over Ohio, the third highest single-game total in UT history. He finished his UT career with 3,119 yards rushing, the fourth highest mark for a Rocket at the time. After the season, Parmele was invited to the Hula Bowl, where he rushed for 46 yards. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by Miami. He has since played for Baltimore, Jacksonville and Tennessee as a kickoff returner and backup running back.

Casey Shaw, Men’s Basketball, 1995-1998. He was named second team All-MAC in 1996-97 and 1997-98, and made the MAC All-Freshman team in 1994-95. He also was an outstanding student, earning third-team Academic All-America honors as a senior in 1997-98, and making the Academic All-MAC team in his junior and senior seasons. Shaw ranks sixth all-time at UT with 1,562 points and fifth with 871 rebounds. He led the Rockets in scoring and rebounds twice, with 16.3 points and 9.0 rebounds as a junior and 14.2 points and 10.0 rebounds as a senior. He ranks second in UT history with 107 blocked shots and sixth in field goal percentage (.546). A two-time captain, Shaw was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 1998 draft and had a successful professional basketball career in Europe. He is married to former UT women’s basketball player and Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Famer Dana Drew-Shaw. They live in Indiana and have four children.

University to host business competition a la ‘Shark Tank’

The University of Toledo Launch Pad Incubation Program will host the second annual Pitch & Pour business pitch competition Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Pitch and Pour screen shotThe event will be held at the Tom and Elizabeth Brady Innovation Center, located inside the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex.

Pitch & Pour is a competition modeled after “Shark Tank.” Teams have five minutes and five slides to pitch their business concepts.

Four judges and one combined crowd vote from the audience will determine the winner. The incubator is looking for entrepreneurs and students with business ideas in the early stage or pre-market entry.

This year’s competition will consist of seven teams. Three of those teams will be student-led companies from UT.

Flvx LLC, pronounced “flux,” a team led by UT student Zac Rosenbauer, offers a new type of fitness app.

Hephaestus LLC, led by UT graduate student Connor Kress, will pitch an unmanned aircraft system package that is a new product capitalizing on several developing innovations.

Grypshon Industries, created by Tom Burden, is the third student team. Grypshon designs and develops aerospace safety equipment for the U.S. military.

Other business concepts being pitched:

• Therapals.com, created by Mollie Verdier, is an online social community and video-based activity center for children receiving speech, occupational and physical therapy services.

• Launch Thought LLC was developed by Grant Webster and uses game theory to increase user engagement, decrease churn rates, and improve customer outcome on websites and offerings.

• MusicMinion, led by Scott McIntyre, was designed to deliver relevant, rare, independent music recommendations based on users’ historical musical tastes.

• Dr. Perry Inventions is led by Dr. Christopher Perry, a board-certified physician specializing in ear, nose and throat, and plastic surgery. He developed the EARigator, a handheld, battery-operated irrigation and suction device to safely and effectively clean earwax from the ear canal.

The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to receive potential investments for his or her company or product as well as cash and prizes.

At last year’s competition in May, MakeMeMakeUp came in first place. The customized makeup service allows users to design personalized cosmetics using a smart-phone application.

The University of Toledo Launch Pad Incubation Program works to bolster innovation and wealth creation in northwest Ohio by providing intensive entrepreneurial expertise, access to capital, state-of-the-art facilities and other resources within the innovation ecosystem to early-stage technology-based start-up companies. As a major hub of entrepreneurial activity in the region, the program is focused on taking business ventures from concept to commercialization and providing a framework for companies to become thriving, self-sustaining members of the community.

For more information, contact Molly Reams Thompson at molly.thompson@utoledo.edu or visit pitchandpour.com.

Some dining facilities closed for Jan. 28

The following dining facilities on Main Campus will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 28:

In the Student Union:
• South Dining Hall
• Candy Counter
• Food Court with the exception of Subway

Closed in Rocket Hall:
• Java City

Closed in the North Engineering Building:
• North Engineering Pod Express

The following dining facilities will be open for their normal hours Tuesday, Jan. 28:
• Starbucks
• Rocky’s Pub and Grill
• Ottawa East
• Parks Tower
• International House Provisions on Demand

UT cancels most Jan. 28 classes

The University of Toledo has canceled classes for Tuesday, Jan. 28, except for students in the College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy on Health Science Campus.

Despite canceled classes, the University will remain open; all employees should report to work. If Lucas County is under a Level 3 Snow Emergency tomorrow morning, UT will provide further communications for employees.

The University of Toledo Medical Center and its outpatient clinics, as always, will remain open. Students in clinical clerkships also should plan to report to work.

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Contribute voice in fight to end bullying at Jan. 30 town hall meeting

Listen to individuals share their stories about the harmful effects of bullying and how they overcame the experiences this week at a town hall meeting hosted by a UT faculty member.

Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, associate professor of educational psychology, will host a live WGTE Public Media town hall program Thursday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. at the WGTE Studios, 1270 S. Detroit Ave.

“The young individuals have experienced horrific bullying, and they will share with us how they survived. There have been numerous suicides related to bullying, and we can reach those who are at risk before it’s too late,” Kovach said.

Students, faculty and staff from the University and the general public are invited to be members of the studio audience to not only hear the stories, but also join the discussion and ask questions.

Those who attend will receive a pamphlet that was developed by Kovach with local and national resources, information about bullying, and tips on what to do if you experience or witness bullying.

“I want young people who are being bullied to understand that life does get better, that there is life after elementary school and high school,” Kovach said. “I also want students, parents and teachers to be aware of some of the signs that a child is being bullied and how to handle the situation.”

The town hall program is part of the larger Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety collaborative effort of WGTE Public Media and Fostering Health Communities, which is a joint effort among Mercy Health Partners, ProMedica and UT Medical Center. The initiative focuses on increasing youth safety by decreasing the incidence of bullying.

Attendance is free, but RSVPs are required. To RSVP, click here or call 419.380.4613.

The program will also air Friday, Jan. 31, at 2 a.m on WGTE and can be seen here.

UT to shoot for bow tie record Feb. 5

bow tie adThe University of Toledo’s annual Tie One On event has rapidly become a tradition on campus and in the community.

Since its inception in 2011 as a fundraiser for cancer care, awareness and outreach at The University of Toledo Medical Center, the event has made bow ties a significant part of campus culture.

Now organizers are trying to further link the UT name to the distinctive, symmetrical neckwear by pursuing the world record for the number of bow ties tied simultaneously.

“Bow ties have become a big part of life at UT,” said Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs and Tie One On founder. “What started out as a way to inject fun and fashion into the daily life has evolved into a rallying point for the Rocket Nation.”

This year’s Tie One On event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in Savage Arena when the UT men’s basketball team takes on rival Bowling Green.

As in past years, participants will attend a meet-and-greet in the Fetterman Athletic Training Facility, where they will receive their tie. However, this year, attendees will be asked to remain in the facility so UT can pursue recognition from Guinness World Records for the most bow ties tied simultaneously.

“This effort is designed to further our goal of making Tie One On a year-round idea on campus,” Burns said. “We are getting more and more student involvement through the new Bow Tie Tuesday initiative and seeing them attend the event in greater numbers.”

To register for Tie One On, visit utoledo.edu/tieoneon. The $100 donation includes a bow tie, ticket to the game, the reception and a chance to be a part of history. A silent jersey auction also accompanies the event.

“We’ve raised more than $40,000 for cancer care, awareness and outreach,” Burns said. “Now we’re taking it to the next level, and we hope the community will turn out in force to help us kick cancer’s butt.”

Tickets for Jan. 30 wine and cheese reception available

Tickets are still available for the annual wine and cheese reception to benefit The University of Toledo women’s varsity sports programs.

thumb-rocket-color-logoThe event will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Fetterman Gym in Savage Arena prior to the women’s basketball game vs. Akron.

The cost is $25 and includes admission to the UT women’s basketball game against the Zips.

Tickets for those 21 and older can be purchased at the UT Athletic Ticket Office or from UT female team members. Tickets purchased from individual student-athletes or coaches will directly benefit that sport.

For more information, call Kelly Andrews, senior associate athletics director/senior woman administrator in Intercollegiate Athletics, at 419.530.2810.

Four football players named Academic All-MAC

Senior center Zac Kerin made the Academic All-MAC team for the third straight season.

Senior center Zac Kerin made the Academic All-MAC team for the third straight season.

Four University of Toledo student-athletes have been named to the 2013 Academic All-Mid-American Conference football team.

The four honorees are junior place-kicker Jeremiah Detmer, senior center Zac Kerin, junior offensive lineman Greg Mancz and senior long-snapper Matt Wall.

Kerin made the Academic All-MAC team for the third consecutive season. Mancz is a two-time selection.

Rockets making honorable mention Academic All-MAC are Mike Ebert, Vladimir Emilien, Ethan Kagy, Chase Nelson, Zac Rosenbauer and Alex Zmolik.

“I’m extremely proud of the student-athletes who made the Academic All-MAC team, and proud of all the young men in our program who are working very hard in the classroom,” said Head Coach Matt Campbell.