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Top five floors of Carlson Library to reopen at 5 p.m.

UT’s Carlson Library will reopen floors one through five beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

The basement and services located there, including the Writing Center, the Learning Enhancement Center and Trio programs, will reopen Thursday morning for normal business hours.

Carlson Library closed late Tuesday night after failed sewage pumps on a part of UT’s Main Campus resulted in basement flooding.

No academic materials were damaged, and crews have disinfected the space and are finalizing the removal of carpet and other flooring damaged.

UT had designated rooms in the Student Union for students to study in while the library was closed. Finals for students are next week.

UT campus climate survey available through May 2

The University of Toledo’s biannual climate survey is available to complete through Friday, May 2.

Students, faculty and staff received an invitation to take the survey in their UT email account April 8 from President Lloyd Jacobs. This email contains the link to the survey, which will take about 20 minutes to complete. Those with questions should contact equityanddiversity@utoledo.edu.

Led by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement and supported by the UT Culture Ambassadors, the surveys are created by the Office of Institutional Research and address several issues, including perception of acceptance, diversity-related services, courses, programs, organizations, attitudes and feelings toward others, discrimination and harassment, satisfaction and awareness.

Many students, faculty and staff already have completed the survey. Those who participate may choose to be entered in a drawing for various gift cards, certificates and discounts.

“Filling out the survey was important to me because I wanted to make sure my opinion was heard,” said Melaney Goosby, a sophomore in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences. Goosby won a gift card to the Oasis Restaurant and Delivery for her participation in the survey.

“I felt compelled to participate in the survey because I come into daily contact with and interact with diverse staff and students,” said John Fedor, educational specialist for UT’s TRIO Student Support Services Program, which is part of the Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success. “It is important for the University to get an accurate assessment, and the more respondents the better and more accurate the results.”

Some of the results and direct impact on UT from previous survey responses include safety awareness campaigns, an increased effort for anti-bullying initiatives, obtainment of a grant for mentoring programs for women in the STEMM areas, a review and recommendation of changes in the harassment policy, support for Safe Places training, and the creation of the diversity certificate program that is free to all UT faculty and staff.

Students, faculty and staff received an invitation via email to take the survey.

Explore the world at Toledo Sister Cities International Festival

The Toledo community will celebrate cultures from around the world during the Toledo Cities International Festival through entertainment, food and crafts.

International Fest poster 2014The fifth annual festival will be Saturday, April 26, from noon to 8 p.m. in The University of Toledo Student Union Auditorium.

Attendees will celebrate the cultures of Toledo’s Sister Cities from Spain, China, Hungary, Poland, Japan, Tanzania, Germany, Lebanon, Pakistan, India and more.

“The International Festival grows each year as more and more community members come out to celebrate their heritages and learn about other cultures,” said Dr. Susan Miko, executive director of Toledo Sister Cities International. “The University of Toledo is a great partner because of its commitment to diversity and engagement with not only students, but the broader community.”

The day will include international performances featuring music, dance and martial arts, as well as ethnic restaurants providing food and drinks for sale, a number of cultural and craft vendors, and a raffle and silent auction.

A language corner also will allow community members to learn basic phrases in multiple languages.

“The goals of Toledo Sister Cities International mirror the University’s efforts to encourage international interactions to increase global understanding and respect,” said Dr. Sammy Spann, assistant provost with the Center for International Studies Programs. “We are proud to host this festival on campus for the greater northwest Ohio community to explore their world.”

Admission is $5 in advance and can be purchased at the Ask Rocky counter located in the Student Union or by calling Toledo Sister Cities International at 419.966.1048. At the door, the price will be $5 for UT students with Rocket IDs and seniors 65 and older, and $7 for general admission.

For more information, visit toledosistercities.org or like them at facebook.com/ToledoSisterCities.

UT student helps plan local Drug Take Back Day

Got drugs? From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, you can safely dispose of unused and expired medications at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

Drug Take Back Day is part of a national initiative of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The event at the local health department was planned by its intern Andrew Schneider, a second-year PharmD student at UT.

Got drugs“By collecting the meds, we’re preventing children from accidental overdoses, and we’re taking dangerous drugs off the street,” Schneider said.

The Health Department is located at 635 North Erie St. in downtown Toledo and will be accepting liquid medications, inhalers, ointments, lotions, narcotics, over-the-counter medications, medication samples and vitamins. It also will accept old mercury thermometers to be disposed of in environmentally friendly ways.

“Improperly disposing of medications and mercury thermometers can contaminate water and land, so it’s important that people are aware that there is a proper way to dispose of them,” Schneider said.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department can’t take needles, syringes or lancets, according to Schneider, but those items can be put in a hard container labeled “sharps” and disposed of in regular trash. The Health Department also cannot take IV bags, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans or personal care products.

Each year the event is run by a second-year PharmD intern with guidance from the third-year intern who planned it the year before. Schneider credits his success in planning this year’s event to the help from Sarah Dickey, the third-year intern, and Evelyn Schreier, the pharmacist who selected him as an intern.

“I love working at the health department,” Schneider said. “It’s been a great way to take what I’ve learned in school and apply it.”

Another drug drop-off location will be at UT Medical Center, which is partnering with the UT Police Department for Drug Take Back Day. Medications will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Emergency Department Lobby.

Trustees approve smoking ban, discuss presidential search process

University of Toledo trustees approved a resolution to ban the use of tobacco products on Main Campus during their April 14 meeting, finalizing a push initiated by Student Government and incorporating the opinions of faculty, staff and the University Council.

UT President Lloyd Jacobs said after the meeting that he would establish an implementation committee to recommend the best method and timeline for when the ban will go into effect.

During the meeting, trustees also approved a proposal by Dave Morlock, CEO of UT Medical Center and executive vice president for finance and administration, to consolidate UTMC’s family medicine residency program in the former Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic on Glendale Avenue.

UTMC will assume control of the family medicine residency program at St. Luke’s Hospital July 1, 2014, Morlock said, and the plan is to physically relocate the St. Luke’s program and the family medicine residency clinics in the Ruppert Health Center to a newly renovated portion of the former VA building by July 1, 2015. Morlock said the renovation and relocation would cost $3.6 million.

Joseph Zerbey, chair of the Board of Trustees, announced at the meeting the board’s intention to enter into an agreement with an executive search firm with experience in higher education and health care as it begins the search process for UT’s next president.

“The board recognizes that one of its great responsibilities is the selection of the president of the University,” Zerbey said. “To that end, it is critical that a transparent and effective process be developed and executed.”

Cavanaugh

Cavanaugh

Zerbey announced that while the board itself will serve as the search committee, he has asked Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs, and John Barrett, vice provost for faculty relations and accreditation assessment and program review, to lead an advisory group to be populated by faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders.

Rich Martinko, director of UT’s Intermodal Transportation Institute, also presented to the board an opportunity to propose a new Dorr Street exit off I-475 that would coincide with an Ohio Department of Transportation expansion of the western leg of the interstate to three lanes in the coming years.

Trustees approved a UT commitment of $1.5 million to help fund the exit construction, but made that support contingent on numerous factors, including similar commitments from other local municipal partners and a Dorr Street location.

Zerbey also announced the appointment of Steven Cavanaugh to the UT Board of Trustees. The chief operations officer for HCR ManorCare, Cavanaugh has served as treasurer of the UT Foundation Board of Trustees and chair of the Business Advisory Council for the College of Business and Innovation. Cavanaugh’s term will expire in 2022.

Kaptur to speak with medical students April 23

Kaptur

Kaptur

The Medical Student Ethics Club at The University of Toledo will host Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur for a discussion about the Affordable Care Act.

Kaptur, who represents Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, will talk with students Wednesday, April 23, at noon in Health Education Building Room 110 on the UT Health Science Campus.

She will speak about the health-care law and how it will affect the students as future clinicians.

Limited refreshments will be provided to students on a first-come, first-served basis.

UT Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society to initiate new members

The University of Toledo Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will hold its initiation ceremony for new members Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union.

phikappaphi728x520_q85More than 75 undergraduate and graduate students and three UT faculty members will be inducted into the honor society this year.

Dr. William S. Messer, UT vice president for research, will present the keynote address.

Inductees into the honorary must be among the top students as juniors, seniors or in their graduate program to qualify for membership.

In addition to inducting new members, the society will honor three $500 scholarship winners. The winners were selected based upon academic performance, an essay, and letters of recommendation from faculty members. They are Elizabeth Cummins (Toledo), Samuel Park (Toledo) and LaVelle Ridley (Toledo).

Cummins is a senior majoring in speech language pathology. She is active in many organizations related to her academic interests, including the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, the Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Project and the UT Perceptual Motor Development Program. In the essay that was part of the scholarship application, she wrote about the research she conducted on the history of the Opportunity Home, a school and rehabilitation center for children with the polio that existed in Toledo from the 1930s to the 1950s. During this research, she spoke with people who had contracted polio that left them permanently disabled. The research impacted her decision to help persons with disabilities in her future career. One of her faculty nominators stated, “Elizabeth demonstrates the qualities of quiet leadership and effective organizational skills.”

Park is a senior majoring in applied mathematics. In his essay, Park wrote about how his high school freshman geometry teacher turned him from someone who hated math into someone who loved it. Park stated, “I hope to serve that role in other people’s lives as a math tutor for children.” One of his faculty nominators noted, “While most students are satisfied with any formulas given to them and start applying them to solve problems, Sam is different. He tries to understand more where a formula comes from and why it is true. He is excited to learn new mathematical ideas and would like to explore beyond what he is taught in the classroom.”

Ridley is a junior and has a dual major in English literature and Africana studies. As a student in the Jesup Scott Honors College, Ridley had the chance to conduct in-depth research into the life of nationally known poet and UT alumnus Herbert W. Martin. His research will be published in The University of Toledo Journal of Undergraduate Research. He also has presented his research at a national conference. Ridley is president of the Beta Rho chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an honorary for English majors. As one of his faculty nominators stated, “He hopes to be an English professor himself someday, and since his first semester, he has worked doggedly to improve his writing and thinking, and to amass more knowledge of the field and its objects of study.”

In addition to the undergraduate and graduate students who will be inducted into the honor society, three UT faculty members will be inducted. They are Dr. Page Armstrong, lecturer in the Honors College; Dr. Ronald Opp, associate professor of educational leadership; and Dr. Susan Purviance, professor of philosophy.

For more information, contact UT Chapter Phi Kappa Phi President Wade Lee, associate professor of library administration, at 419.530.4490.

Take Back the Night to mark 20 years in Toledo

Take Back the Night, an event that addresses and protests all forms of violence against women, has been raising awareness for 20 years in the Toledo area.

This year’s Take Back the Night will be held Saturday, April 26, on Scott Park Campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the main programs beginning at 7 p.m. The event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, sponsored by UT’s Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program.

Students looked at shirts that are part of the Clothesline Project, which was on display last week in the Student Union as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Clothesline Project also will be part of Take Back the Night.

Students looked at shirts that are part of the Clothesline Project, which was on display last week in the Student Union as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Clothesline Project also will be part of Take Back the Night.

“We are celebrating 20 years of a collective of women fighting for the end of violence against women. Sadly, this also means after 20 years, Toledo still has a need for this event, meaning that violence against women is an issue that has not seen improvement,” said Alcy Barakat, a graduate student in the Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, and a volunteer for Take Back the Night.

Displays will include the Clothesline Project, where shirts decorated for women affected by violence serve as a testimony to the problem, and the Silent Witness Project, a global activist movement commemorating women who had their lives ended violently by a partner or acquaintance.

“It’s a great opportunity for the campus community to raise awareness about violence against women and the resources available,” said Angela Spoerl, manager of the Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program. “It’s also a way to extend support to survivors not only on UT’s campus, but in the Toledo community as a whole.”

A free shuttle will leave the UT Transportation Center at 5:30 p.m. and will return to Main Campus at approximately 11 p.m. Free child care also will be provided at the event.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month extends across campus. Charlene Gilbert, professor and chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, teaches Feminist Approaches to Social Problems, where students design and implement social campaigns using feminist theory. One group is attempting to start a Wear Red for Intimate Partner Abuse Awareness campaign on the UT campus.

“This campaign is a great way to engage and educate college students on how to recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships,” Gilbert said.

For more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Take Back the Night, visit utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/saepp, toledotakebackthenight.org or facebook.com/TBTNToledo.

Pet therapy on deck April 24 for end-of-semester stress

With final exams and projects approaching, it’s a stressful time of year for students and faculty at The University of Toledo.

ToledoAreaHumaneSociety_logThat’s why Commuter Student Services and Student Government have teamed up with the Toledo Area Humane Society to host an Adopt-A-Pet event Thursday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Centennial Mall.

The event will allow students, faculty and staff to take a break and play with some of the shelter’s animals.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to get their minds off of studying and also for the pets to have some interaction outside of the Humane Society,” said Matthew Williams, a graduate assistant for Commuter Student Services.

The day of the event, participants will have the chance to meet some of the Toledo Area Humane Society’s animals in an enclosed area on Centennial Mall. But more than that, everyone has the opportunity to take one of these animals home as an adoptive or foster pet.

Those who foster a pet do so only until the Humane Society has enough space in its facility or the pet is adopted.

Student organizations also can help pets by signing up as volunteers with the Toledo Area Humane Society.

“It seems like our student population is excited for an event like this because you don’t have the opportunity to have pets when you live on campus,” Williams said. “And when you live off campus, you do have that available to you, but not all students take advantage of that.”

Williams thanked Dr. Sammy Spann, assistant provost with the Center for International Studies Programs, and Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace, senior vice president for the student experience, for helping to make the event possible and keeping the students’ best interests in mind. He also is grateful for the Toledo Area Humane Society.

“The Toledo Area Humane Society has gone out of its way to make sure we have everything we need for the event and they’re just as excited as we are,” Williams said.

UT improves in national recycling competition

The University of Toledo was once again successful in its recycling efforts during RecycleMania, which took place from Feb. 2 to March 31.

RecycleMania tournament logoUT placed fifth out of seven Mid-American Conference schools in the Gorilla Division, which is for overall recycling.

The University also placed top three in the MAC for corrugated cardboard and bottles and cans, and finished in second place for paper.

UT competed against more than 450 schools across the United States and Canada in the eight-week competition. The University improved in most categories on a national level.

UT improved from 42 to 26 in the paper category, 95 to 57 in corrugated cardboard, and 111 to 92 in the Gorilla Division.

“The sustainability, energy, efficiency and design initiative is very proud of UT’s results in this year’s RecycleMania competition. We’d like to thank all UT students, faculty and staff for their continual support,” said Brooke Mason, interim sustainability specialist. “We strive for continual improvement, so we are already thinking about how we will beat this year’s rankings next year.”