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UT art professor finalist to create Edison statue for U.S. Capitol

Thomas Lingeman, a University of Toledo professor of art, is one of three finalists being considered to make a new statue of Thomas Edison for Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

Tom Lingeman's proposed statue of Thomas Edison

Tom Lingeman’s proposed statue of Thomas Edison

“My design portrays a young Edison at the age of 31, the same age he was when he invented the longer lasting incandescent lamp,” Lingeman said. “He is forward moving with the U.S. patent in his right hand and a light bulb in his left hand.”

The Ohio Statuary Hall Commission will announce the chosen designer Monday, Dec. 22, after receiving approval by the state, the architect of the Capitol, and the joint committee on the Library of Congress.

The chosen design will be placed in National Statuary Hall, a meeting chamber built for the House of Representatives in the early 1800s. Today, every state has the ability to display two statues in the two-story amphitheater room that has colossal columns and tile floors of marble.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent Ohioans and the nation through my work and talents. And if I’m chosen to do this, I look forward to working with the Ohio Statuary Hall Commission using the vast resources of The University of Toledo in the production and installation of a lasting work of art in the U.S. Capitol,” Lingeman said.

The UT professor’s work has been shown internationally at the Camara de Comercio in Toledo, Spain, and at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. Additionally, he has permanent works of art on display throughout the area, including at UT, the Juvenile Justice Center and Olander Park in Sylvania.

Lingeman joined the UT Department of Art in 1979 after he obtained a master of fine arts degree from Southern Illinois University.

UT appoints new dean of College of Health Sciences

A national leader in health-care education is returning to The University of Toledo to head the College of Health Sciences beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Dr. Christopher Ingersoll has accepted the position of dean of the College of Health Sciences. Ingersoll received his PhD in biomechanics with a minor in research and statistics from UT.

Ingersoll

Ingersoll

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Ingersoll to UT. His experience will prove a valuable asset for the College of Health Sciences, and the University as a whole,” said John Barrett, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “Health-care professionals are integral to the growth and success of our nation and our world. Dr. Ingersoll’s leadership will greatly benefit our students now and in the future.”

“I am deeply honored to return to my alma mater and for the opportunity to work with the talented and motivated faculty, staff and students in the college,” Ingersoll said. “Together, we will be able to continue to build the already popular and highly regarded programs in the college, and raise the national and international profiles of those programs.”

Ingersoll most recently served as the dean of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at Central Michigan University. He previously spent a number of years at the University of Virginia, Indiana State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and held many leadership positions.

“I also look forward to the opportunity to work with the faculty to increase research contributions and community outreach activities that improve the quality of life for people in northwest Ohio and beyond,” Ingersoll said.

He holds a bachelor of science in sports medicine and athletic training from Marietta College, and a master of arts in athletic training from Indiana State University.

Ingersoll was chosen to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Dr. Beverly Schmoll, who served as a dean at UT for six years.

“Dr. Schmoll masterfully guided the health professions for the University. She elevated the College of Health Sciences and provided a strong foundation for Dr. Ingersoll to cultivate and develop,” Barrett said. “We are grateful for her dedication and commitment to UT.”

Luncheon celebrates new AFSCME contact agreement

A new collective bargaining agreement between The University of Toledo and the union representing about 1,900 employees on Health Science Campus was celebrated Thursday with a luncheon and contract signing.

At the ceremonial signing were, from left Jovita Thomas-Williams, UT associate vice president for human resources and talent development; Randy Desposito, president of AFSCME Local 2415; Dr. Nagi Naganathan, UT interim president; and Steve Kowalik, regional director of AFSCME Council 8.

At the ceremonial signing were, from left Jovita Thomas-Williams, UT associate vice president for human resources and talent development; Randy Desposito, president of AFSCME Local 2415; Dr. Nagi Naganathan, UT interim president; and Steve Kowalik, regional director of AFSCME Council 8.

Leaders of UT and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Ohio Council 8 and AFSCME Local 2415 ceremonially signed the new contract at the Dec. 18 event.

“I would like to thank the AFSCME members for their commitment to the highest quality patient care and their dedication to maintaining the strength of our university and medical center,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and senior vice president for clinical affairs. “Together, we are meeting the challenges of a constantly changing health-care environment.”

“The management and labor teams that worked diligently on this collective bargaining agreement have charted a course for the future of our institution that will benefit the University, our employees and the community at large,” said David Morlock, CEO of UTMC and executive vice president for finance and administration.

Morlock also thanked Jovita Thomas-Williams, UT associate vice president for human resources and talent development, for her leadership in the negotiations on behalf of the University.

“I would like to thank the University’s leadership, AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Local 2415’s negotiating committee, and our membership for their tireless preparation, commitment and patience throughout the very long negotiation process. The key to a successful negotiation is in the preparation, and the AFSCME executive board and our union stewards worked very hard with management to come up with a new three-year agreement,” said Randy Desposito, president of AFSCME Local 2415.

“As our employees continue to deliver the highest quality health care to the sick and injured in our community, AFSCME and management have agreed to establish labor/management committees to address the needs of our employees and the patients of this hospital. We have agreed to face our challenges collaboratively in an effort to improve the institution and the lives of our employees and the patients that we serve.”

AFSCME members and the UT Board of Trustees both approved earlier this fall the agreement that runs from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017.

The contract calls for wage increases of 2.5 percent in year one and 1 percent in both years two and three. It also changes monthly health-care premiums to 20 percent as UT works to make premiums uniform across all collective bargaining units and employee groups.

The agreement provides employees and their dependents expedited primary care appointments at UTMC health-care facilities. It also establishes labor-management committees that will drive improvements in patient care and satisfaction.

“We were able to achieve convergence because of the spirit of collaboration between the teams,” Interim President Nagi Naganathan said. “And we will build on this foundation to ensure that our University remains a strong contributor to our region’s health-care needs.”

Business professor serves as keynote speaker at West Point conference

Dr. Clinton Longenecker, Stranahan Professor of Leadership and Organizational Excellence in The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation, was a keynote speaker at the 29th annual National State of Ethics in America Conference at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Dr. Clinton Longenecker and his wife, Cindy, right, posed with Rachel Maddow, center, host of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” at a recent conference at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Longenecker and Maddow were keynote speakers at the conference.

Dr. Clinton Longenecker and his wife, Cindy, right, posed with Rachel Maddow, center, host of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” at a recent conference at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Longenecker and Maddow were keynote speakers at the conference.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Inspiring Honorable Living — Moving From Compliance to Internalization,” which addressed ways to inspire someone to live above and beyond the honor code, regulations and prohibitions. The goal was to have participants leave the conference inspired to live honorably, build trust, and influence others to do the same.

Longenecker is a frequent speaker for senior U.S. military leaders on the subject of leadership, the ethical challenges associated with success and power, and how to avoid ethical failure.

“I have three years of doing programs and projects with senior military leaders and have spoken at all of the military senior graduate schools, but to have the opportunity to speak at West Point was both humbling and remarkable,” Longenecker said. “The place is a cornerstone of U.S. history; you are surrounded by it and deeply moved by what you see.”

“I spoke about my research about the Bathsheba Syndrome — a leader’s potential inability to cope with and respond to the byproducts of success, the ethical temptations leaders face, and how not to get caught up in wrongful, unethical behavior,” he said.

Comments from evaluations completed by cadets after the conference included:

• “It was the first time I was called out to systematically think through the challenges and temptations that come along with success and power of command; it really made me think differently about success.”

• “The idea of predicting personal leadership challenges to put in place safeguards is literally life-changing.”

• “In our profession, we often discuss errors of others after we find out that they have occurred. With Dr. Longenecker’s methodology, we can learn to have the hard conversations before they become embarrassing or toxic behavior patterns.”

Longenecker said, “The cadets and military leaders are driven to success, which can be a very good thing, but I know I shook up their thinking when it comes to ethical leadership, character and competency, and the dangers of success.”

Also presenting at the conference was Rachel Maddow, host of the nationally broadcast MSNBC program “The Rachel Maddow Show,” who spoke on her book Drift, concerning politics and the use of military force.

After the conference, one cadet wrote, “I liked how the second day presentations fed into one another; it was like Rachel Maddow asked questions and Clinton Longenecker answered them.”

Center named second-team All-America by Football Writers Association of America

University of Toledo senior center Greg Mancz was named second-team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), it was announced today.

Mancz

Mancz

Mancz is the only player from the Mid-American Conference to make the FWAA All-American team. He is the first Rocket to earn All-American honors since Eric Page was named honorable mention by Sports Illustrated in 2011. He is also the first UT offensive lineman to make either first- or second-team All-America on one of the five major All-America teams since Dan Bukovich made the Associated Press first-team in 1938.

“This is a great honor for Greg, one that he truly deserves,” Toledo Head Football Coach Matt Campbell said. “To be named an All-American is very special, an honor that very few players ever receive. This is a proud day for Greg and for the entire University of Toledo football program.”

“I am very honored and humbled to be named an All-American by the FWAA,” Mancz said. “I look upon an award like this as an honor for my entire team, especially the offensive line. We are all seniors and really worked as a single unit this year, so I feel like the other four guys on the line earned a share of this honor.”

Mancz has been showered with post-season awards. Last week, he was honored with the 2014 Vern Smith Leadership Award, which is given annually to the MAC’s top player. He is the first Rocket to receive this award since quarterback Bruce Gradkowski shared the honor with Western Michigan wide receiver Greg Jennings in 2005, and the first Rocket to win the award outright since running back Wasean Tait in 1995. He is also the first offensive lineman to earn the award in its 33-year history.

Mancz also made first-team All-MAC this season, making him a three-time All-MAC recipient. He moved to center this season after playing three seasons at guard. He helped lead the Rockets to an 8-4 record and guided the offense to the No. 1 spot in the MAC in total offense (486.3 yards) and rushing offense (247.3 yards)

He was a nominee for five national awards this season, and was a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, given annually to the nation’s leader in community service. He has already graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance and is pursuing an MBA. He regularly volunteers for team charity events and often organizes them. He served as president of the UT Student Athletic Advisory Committee in 2013-14. He even has found time to be the campus vice president of Athletes in Action and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Mancz’s final game as a Rocket will be Sunday, Jan. 4, when Toledo plays Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

New doctoral program to graduate first three students

The first three graduates of a new PhD program at The University of Toledo will cross the stage at commencement, and all of them have already started their careers.

These students completed the PhD Program in Spatially Integrated Social Science, which began in 2009 in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences. It is a program that combines aspects of spatial technologies — such as geographic information systems, Global Positioning System and Google Earth with social sciences, including geography, economics and public health — to create a unique mixture of expertise and address a wide range of important issues.

“A lot of it is focused on location — where are the ideal locations for infrastructure, for populations, or in moving goods and materials from one area to another,” said Dr. Patrick Lawrence, professor and chair of the Department of Geography and Planning, home of the new program.

Even before coming to UT, spatially integrated social science was a major initiative of the National Science Foundation that started at several research centers, including the University of California-Santa Barbara. The field has been identified as a major area of job growth by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Though one program, students can tailor their experience based on their academic interests within the social sciences. For example, one student can study the efficiency of transporting goods via rail or ship, while another can research how public health services are impacted by location.

This variety begins with the program’s six required courses, but students can subsequently choose three different seminars and three different electives from the four departments involved: Geography and Planning; Economics; Political Science and Public Administration; and Sociology and Anthropology. This provides a learning experience tailored to the student’s research interests.

“Not only is this an outstanding program that allows students to focus on spatial studies and tie that to their own interests, but the students are fortunate to work with wonderful faculty who provide exceptional guidance in their roles as mentors,” said April Ames, one of the program’s new graduates and now an assistant professor in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Ames’ research is on the application of geographic information systems in evaluation of the association of health symptoms with fields that use biosolids, organic matter recycled from sewage and used in agriculture. Prior to her dissertation, she worked for Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, a UT professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, on a USDA-funded project related to various aspects of biosolids, so her research in spatially integrated social science was a natural extension of her work.

“Although I’ve worked and studied in the environmental and occupational health fields, I’ve always remained passionate toward my interest in geospatial applications,” Ames said. “The Spatially Integrated Social Science Program gave me a venue to further my education and tie my interests together.”

Ames is one of three students who will be at commencement Saturday, Dec. 20. She will be joined by Qi-Feng (Eric) Wang, who is now working in Seattle, and Jeff Eloff, who defended his dissertation this semester.

The program, which is the only one of its kind in Ohio, currently has 17 students and accepts new students each fall. It is a four- to five-year program, depending on the length of time students take on their dissertations.

Current areas of graduate research within the program include intermodal freight, location analysis of level one trauma centers, and the planning for urban trails. Faculty in the program have been able to secure external funding to support work by many of the doctoral students from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Graduate students have received several awards for their research and presented their work at national and regional professional conferences and meetings.

“We think we’ve hit on something successful,” Lawrence said. “There’s a demand for it, there’s an interest in it, and the program is showing success in terms of the students being able to go through the program, do the research, get funding, give presentations, complete publications, and being able to secure full-time career jobs in both academia and the private sector.”

Limited number of seats left for student bowl trip

Students: There are just a few seats left on the last bus headed for the GoDaddy Bowl next month.

Sales will continue until all remaining seats on the last bus are sold, according to Dan Saevig, associate vice president of alumni relations.

The $25 trip includes game ticket, round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations and the UT Alumni Association pre-game party.

Additional buses were added due to demand today, Saevig said.

Students interested need to go to the Office of Alumni Relations in the Driscoll Alumni Center Room 2001 to make reservations. A student ID and payment will be required. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Six buses will carry UT students to Mobile, Ala., where the Toledo Rockets will play the Arkansas State Red Wolves Sunday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m. Central/9 p.m. Eastern at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The low-cost trip is made possible by the UT Alumni Association and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

For more information, contact Marcus Sneed,associate director of alumni relations, at marcus.sneed@utoledo.edu.

Students: $25 trip to GoDaddy Bowl on sale at 1 p.m. Dec. 16

Start 2015 off right: Go bowling with the Toledo Rockets! Watch UT take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves Sunday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m. Central/9 p.m. Eastern at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile Ala.

Rocket football logoTwo more buses will motor south for the big game, thanks to the UT Alumni Association in conjunction with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, the specially priced bus trip package will go on sale for current UT students who are not already on a waiting list. Visit the Office of Alumni Relations in the Driscoll Alumni Center Room 2001 to make reservations.

The $25 trip includes game ticket, round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations and access to the UT Alumni Association pre-game party.

Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who wish to sit with friends on the bus and stay in the same hotel room must make their reservations together.

“Because it is exam week, if a student has a scheduled exam at 1 p.m., he or she is permitted to have a fellow student from their group secure a seat,” said Marcus Sneed, associate director of alumni relations.

“We will need your Rocket ID card, Rocket number and payment. Once the reservation has been made, the student must come to the Office of Alumni Relations on Wednesday, December 17, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with proof of the scheduled exam. You also will need to fill out the reservation and liability waiver form at that time. If you do not come to Driscoll Alumni Center Suite 2001 during those hours, your seat will be forfeited,” he said.

The UT chartered buses will leave at Saturday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m. from Rocket Hall and return Tuesday, Jan. 6, at approximately 2 a.m.

All UT students will be required to show their valid Rocket ID upon registration and when loading on the bus.

In addition, all students must provide a cell phone number that will be used during the trip.

The first bus trip sold out in two and a half hours last week, Sneed said.

For more information, or contact Sneed at marcus.sneed@utoledo.edu,/a>.

Owens Corning CEO to address graduates Dec. 20

Mike Thaman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Owens Corning, will be the speaker at The University of Toledo fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. in Savage Arena.

Thaman

Thaman

He will address graduates from the colleges of Health Sciences; Adult and Lifelong Learning; Social Justice and Human Service; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Business and Innovation; Communication and the Arts; Languages, Literature and Social Sciences; and the Judith Herb College of Education.

“Mike Thaman’s vision and leadership are truly aligned with the University’s commitment to best equip out students with knowledge and guidance that will help them succeed,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, UT interim president.

There are 2,252 candidates for degrees, including 113 doctoral candidates, 594 master’s candidates and 1,461 bachelor’s candidates. The remaining 84 candidates are for education specialist and associate’s degrees, as well as graduate certificates.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on video.utoledo.edu.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. in Savage Arena.

Thaman has held positions in manufacturing, corporate development and international business since joining Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials and composite systems, in 1992.

His titles have included vice president and president of the Engineered Pipe Systems business headquartered in Brussels; vice president and president of Owens Corning’s Exterior Systems Business; and senior vice president and chief financial officer.

A longtime corporate strategist, Thaman emphasizes a human-proportioned approach in helping American businesses thrive.

When he accepted a company leadership award from the National Safety Council earlier this year, he focused on the human rights aspect of company safety. “For more than 75 years, Owens Corning has understood the importance of having engaged, productive employees who arrive home to their families and friends, without incident, the same way they left.”

Prior to joining Owens Corning, Thaman spent six years as a strategy consultant at Mercer Management Consulting, where he was a vice president in the New York office.

He serves as director of Florida Power & Light Co., Owens Corning Fabricating Solutions and Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC. For NextEra Energy Inc., Thaman was an independent director for more than 10 years and its lead director until this year. He served as a director of AGY Holding Corp., and as director of Florida Power & Light Group Inc.

Thaman earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University.

Other UT commencement ceremonies taking place are:

• College of Engineering: graduate commencement Thursday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m.; undergraduate commencement Saturday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in Nitschke Hall Auditorium.

• College of Nursing: Friday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. in Nitschke Hall Auditorium.

For more information, visit utoledo.edu/commencement.

UT art students to showcase works Dec. 18

For one night only, creations by more than 20 UT art students who took the Concepts in Art, Studio and Theory class fall semester will be on display.

CAST webCheck out their work Thursday, Dec. 18, from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Secor Building Ballroom, 425 Jefferson Ave.

“The students’ unique and personal practices explored current and complex issues through diverse works ranging from sculpture, photography, design and ceramics,” Brian Carpenter, UT instructor of art, said. “Spanning the mystical, ideological and political, the exhibition is the culmination of each student’s investigation into both the practice and theory of his or her chosen subject.”

Carpenter, who taught the Concepts in Art, Studio and Theory fall semester, explained the importance of the class.

“The Concepts in Art, Studio and Theory course prepares studio art majors for their bachelor of arts degree through an exploration of what it means to construct a creative and meaningful life as an individual focused on the arts,” he said. “The course provides an experiential and creative forum that is bound by theories and practices of contemporary art, inspired by visiting artists, and embedded in the Toledo art community.

“It is in this context that emerging artists hone previously acquired skills and knowledge to create self-directed works of art based on concepts, research and class critiques.”

For more information on the free, public exhibition, contact Carpenter at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.