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Gala to honor exceptional student writing

After tireless efforts striking the keyboard and scrawling on paper all year, students will be recognized for their work by the Shapiro Foundation and the Department of English Language and Literature.

The Shapiro Writing Festival’s Gala Celebration and Award Ceremony will be held Friday, May 1, at 6 p.m. in the Libbey Hall dining room to honor the top winners of the Shapiro Annual Essay and Revision Contests.

The Essay Contest accepted submissions from students enrolled in English classes at The University of Toledo. There were 62 winners across 15 categories, including two new categories this year: Composition II Non-Research Writing and Graduate Language and Literature Essay.

Winners will receive cash prizes that totaled more than $10,000 this year.

“Students are really just pleased and delighted,” said Sara Yaklin, chair of the 2015 Shapiro Committee and senior lecturer of English. “The judges found in the work that was represented that many students went above and beyond in shaping and revising their submission.”

The top winners are:

Composition I Non-Research Writing

• Tyler Shipley
• Sarah Avina

Composition I Research Writing
• Melody Beerbower
• Zachary Moyer

Composition I Common Read Research Writing
• Yasmina Ahmad
• Cassidy Boyden

Composition II Non-Research Writing

• Andrew Krantz
• Olivia Velasquez

Composition II Research Writing

• Andrew Krantz
• Hunter Reinhart

Professional and Technical Writing
• Rebekah Meyers
• Kayla Tibbits

Undergraduate English as a Second Language
• Abdulrahman Alotaibi
• Turki Ahahmadi
• Rami Alnajdi
• Hun Jin Lee
• Yulexis Pacheco

• Mark Ramirez
• Tanasio Loudermill

• Morag Ann Hastie
• Tanasio Loudermill

2000-level Undergraduate Literature
• Austin Holmes
• Miranda Garczynski

3000- to 4000-level Undergraduate Literature
• Jessica Aberl
• Joe Heidenescher

2000- to 4000-level Writing or Linguistics Class

• Morag Ann Hastie
• Alison Mejias Santoro

Honors Thesis
• Melanie Krouse
• Yousra Medhkour
• Karly Pahl

Graduate Language and Literature Essay
• Hillarie Curtis

Top recipients of the Shapiro Essay Revision Contest and the Fern R. Kalmbach Memorial scholarship also will be honored. They are:

Shapiro Essay Revision Contest
• Andrea Tsatalis
• Ashley Teow
• Elissa Vaitkus
• Jessica Mysyk
• Christina Palmiero

Fern R. Kalmbach Memorial scholarship
• Benjamin Decatur
• Alfonso Zapata

The contest and gala are sponsored by the Shapiro Endowment Fund from Dr. Edward Shapiro, UT professor emeritus of economics, and the Department of English Language and Literature.

“The variety of genres in the submissions show how essential writing is, no matter what it is you’re doing,” Yaklin said. “This is a foundational ability to have and the Shapiro fund was intended to recognize that. Dr. Shapiro was in the Economics Department, but writing was his other passion. It’s really important to recognize the interdisciplinary nature of this contest — even students who are not English majors can win. It’s about recognizing good writing and we honor that.”

For more information contact Yaklin at sara.yaklin@utoledo.edu.

Hit the lanes for bowling mixer May 16

Campus community members are invited to come out for an afternoon of bowling, networking and fun at a mixer with colleagues from other schools.

bowling 1The event will take place Saturday, May 16, at Interstate Lanes, 819 Lime City Road, Rossford.

From noon to 3 p.m., faculty, staff, family and friends from The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Monroe County Community College and Owens Community College will be striking up conversations and tearing up the lanes.

“The main reason behind this is not only to get folks together from the other schools, but to bring together folks especially on this campus,” said George W. Hayes Jr., UT electrician journeyman 2 and organizer of the event. “It would be groundbreaking for this event to happen with all the mix of people just from this campus alone to come together, relieve some stress, bowl, mingle and just have fun.”

Bowlers are encouraged to wear their school colors. There will be music, games and door prizes.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 and include three games and a pair of bowling shoes.

“This event is for us to break the mold and try something new. Let’s dare to be different,” Hayes said.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Hayes at george.hayes@utoledo.edu.

UT Health encourages employees to register for Toledo Heart Walk

University of Toledo Health is ramping up participation for the 2015 Toledo Heart Walk with T-shirts and a raffle for UT employees.

The Heart Walk, which supports the American Heart Association, will take place Saturday, May 30, at 8 a.m. at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.

“Heart disease is still the No. 1 cause of death in the United States,” said Vicki Riddick, senior wellness officer. “And here at UT and UT Health, we feel it’s really important for us to take care of our employees and empower them to take care of their own health and well-being. That’s why we encourage everyone to join us for the Heart Walk.”

UT Health CEO Dave Morlock is the chair of this year’s event. He has challenged the UT community to raise a total of $40,000 for the Heart Walk this year.

To encourage participation, UT Health is raffling off a $100 gift card. To be entered in the drawing, UT employees must register for the Heart Walk and raise $25 by Saturday, May 2. In addition, any team captain who meets that criteria and has at least eight walkers on his or her team by May 2 receives a second chance to win.

All UT employees who donate $25 will receive a UT Health 2015 Heart Walk T-shirt to wear for the walk. T-shirts will be distributed the week of May 26. To receive a T-shirt or be entered in the raffle, participants must contact Andrea Jacobs at andrea.jacobs@utoledo.edu.

Employees can join the UT/UTMC Heart Walk team by visiting heart.org/toledowalk.

UT Medical Center volunteers thanked at luncheon

Volunteers make a significant impact at The University of Toledo Medical Center through their service to more than 118 departments.

Pat Windham, who was the first president of the Satellites Auxiliary and now a board member of the organization, left, and Teresa Puglisi, corresponding secretary for the auxiliary’s advisory board, were among many volunteers who attended the luncheon.

Pat Windham, who was the first president of the Satellites Auxiliary and now a board member of the organization, left, and Teresa Puglisi, corresponding secretary for the auxiliary’s advisory board, were among many volunteers who attended the luncheon.

UTMC has more than 250 active volunteers who provide an average of 4,000 hours of monthly service.

To thank them for their service, UTMC hosted a luncheon during National Volunteer Week in the Faculty Club at the Radisson Hotel on Health Science Campus.

“Volunteers are an integral part of UTMC,” said Amy Finkbeiner, service excellence operations manager at UT Health. “During National Volunteer Week, we recognize them for the contributions they make every day here at the hospital.”

According to Finkbeiner, volunteers provide an extra level of care and service to patients, understand and empathize with families and visitors, provide support services for hospital and University staff, and assist with research in various laboratories and facilities.

Speakers at the luncheon included Dave Morlock, CEO of UT Health and executive vice president of finance and administration; Tony Urbina, service excellence officer; Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary; and Mario Toussaint, senior director of operations for dining, retail and clinical nutrition.

For more information about the UTMC Volunteer Services Program, contact Finkbeiner at amy.finkbeiner@utoledo.edu or Patty MacAllister at patricia.mac2@utoledo.edu or 419.383.6336.

UT, Ernest Health announce groundbreaking for Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio

Ernest Health Inc. and The University of Toledo announce the groundbreaking for the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio. The hospital will be constructed and operated by Ernest Health and located on UT’s Health Science Campus.

web Ernest-Health-logoThe new hospital, which will be known as the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio, will provide intensive physical rehabilitation services to patients recovering from strokes, brain and spinal cord injuries, and other impairments as a result of injuries or illness.

As an affiliate of UT, the hospital will provide training opportunities for resident physicians of the University through a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program and for students through clinical rotations for physical, occupational, speech therapy as well as nursing.

“We are excited to work with The University of Toledo and establish our first physical medicine and rehabilitation educational program. It’s been rewarding to collaborate with the University’s leadership to meet this community need,” said Angie Anderson, senior vice president of development for Ernest Health.

Ernest Health currently operates 23 post-acute care hospitals, including 15 rehabilitation hospitals that have consistently been recognized as being in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals nationwide for care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely. The national ranking is provided by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation, a not-for-profit corporation that was developed with support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, a component of the U.S Department of Education.

“We have been supported and warmly welcomed by The University of Toledo and other health-care and community leaders,” said Darby Brockette, CEO of Ernest Health. “We consider it a privilege to be able to serve the area and look forward to becoming an active member of the community.”

As part of the agreement between the two organizations, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio will absorb operations of inpatient rehabilitative services currently offered through the medical center. There will be no interruption of services, and current staff can retain employment with the University or apply for positions at the new hospital. Officials estimate approximately 120 jobs will be created.

“This collaboration is an important step forward and signifies the value we can create for our community when we bring together the University’s assets with forward-thinking, well-run community partners,” said Dr. Chris Cooper, UT senior vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Ernest Health will break ground on the 49,000-square-foot facility Tuesday, May 12, at 10 a.m. during a ceremony at 1445 West Medical Loop. The public is invited to attend.

“I am pleased to welcome Ernest Health and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio to Toledo,” Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson said. “Our community will only be strengthened by the care and support given to Toledo residents by this hospital. Welcome to Toledo and thank you for enhancing our community.”

Medical student wins national award

In the face of an often stigmatized procedure, one medical student is fighting to make sure all women have access to the health care they need by becoming an abortion provider.

Fourth-year medical student Carolyn Payne will continue her training with an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Fourth-year medical student Carolyn Payne will continue her training with an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

That’s why Carolyn Payne, a fourth-year medical student at The University of Toledo, is this year’s recipient of the National Abortion Federation’s Elizabeth Karlin Early Achievement Award.

“It’s an issue that I’ve studied for a long time and, early in my career, I recognized there was a huge unmet need for abortion providers,” Payne said.

She began her journey as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, where she took women’s studies courses to feed her own curiosity. Because abortion rights were a common topic brought up in class, she decided to investigate the matter further.

Payne began working at a Planned Parenthood that provided abortions, sitting in on counseling sessions with women. Her time there gave her perspective on what women facing this decision are going through and the many factors involved in it, and fueled her desire to learn more.

She then spent a summer working in a hospital in Ghana, a country where abortion is legal but culturally unacceptable. While there, Payne saw women die from trying to self-induce abortions to avoid the cultural ridicule of being seen obtaining an abortion at a public hospital.

“Abortion is a procedure that we can do in five minutes with simple technologies,” Payne said. “It is incredibly safe when done with the right equipment by skilled providers, and yet around the world we are still allowing women to die by denying them access to safe pregnancy termination.”

Payne worries that because abortion has been legal in America since 1973 and women in this country for the most part no longer die from unsafe abortion, many of her peers don’t understand the reality of the morbidity and mortality associated with unsafe and inaccessible abortion.

“Throughout history and in nearly every culture, women have always terminated pregnancies,” Payne said. “We as a society and as a medical profession have the opportunity to acknowledge that and provide this care safely to women. Alternatively, we can ignore reality and turn our back on women when they need empathetic medical care the most. If I can provide this service and save a woman’s life, that’s a great privilege.”

According to Payne, another problem with denying women the right to an abortion is that it’s not always as simple as a woman not wanting a baby.

“I’m on an obstetrics rotation right now, and we frequently see women present to the hospital with pregnancies that are not viable or are severely compromising the health of the woman,” Payne said. “She may need a termination, but if the fetus still has a heartbeat, the entire obstetrics team is uncomfortable providing that woman with the evidence-based medical care she needs and deserves.”

Payne, who will graduate from the UT College of Medicine in May, matched into an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Tufts Medical Center, which is a Kenneth J. Ryan residency training program in abortion and family planning in Boston. Having this distinction means the program will allow Payne to practice abortion procedures — something not all programs support.

“I am so thrilled about this match and think I will thrive in Boston,” Payne said. “I am confident Tufts is going to train me to be an excellent ob-gyn and will nurture and support my involvement with organized medical and political advocacy.”

Payne isn’t the only one confident about her future. Dr. Lisa Harris, one of Payne’s mentors, nominated her for the National Abortion Federation’s Elizabeth Karlin Early Achievement Award.

“I have no doubt that in watching Carolyn over these past years I am witnessing the beginning of an exceptional career in medicine and an exceptional career in leadership and advocacy around abortion care and rights,” Harris wrote in her nomination.

Payne plans to continue advocating for women’s health care for the rest of her career.

“There are a lot of negative stereotypes about abortion providers,” Payne said. “Something that I hope to do is show that abortion providers are compassionate, educated doctors who just want to provide the best health care to women.”

UT Opera Ensemble to give Cabaret Concert

The University of Toledo Department of Music and the UT Opera Ensemble will present a Cabaret Concert to close out the season Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Rehearsing a scene from “The Old Maid and The Thief” were, from left, UT Opera Ensemble members Devon Desmond (baritone), Nnenne Edeh (mezzo-soprano) and Sonjia Fry (soprano).

Rehearsing a scene from “The Old Maid and The Thief” were, from left, UT Opera Ensemble members Devon Desmond (baritone), Nnenne Edeh (mezzo-soprano) and Sonjia Fry (soprano).

The concert will feature a variety of bawdy and rollicking show tunes, as well as a few opera favorites, according to Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini, UT assistant professor of music and director of the UT Opera Ensemble.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online at utoledo.tix.com.

Two members of the UT Opera Ensemble recently were recognized for their talents.

Devon Desmond (baritone) was recently awarded the top prize in the Barbara Rondelli Perry Scholarship Competition for superior achievement in vocal performance.

Nnenne Edeh (mezzo-soprano) was the first-place winner of the local 2015 Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists and will represent the area in the regional finals in Detroit in the summer. Contestants had to perform an opera aria, foreign-language art song, an art song in English, a selection from oratorio, and a spiritual or piece by an African-American composer.

New student housing coming this fall

The University of Toledo will open a brand new living community for the start of the 2015-16 academic year.

Work continues on the Honors Academic Village, which will open for the start of the 2015-16 academic year.

Work continues on the Honors Academic Village, which will open for the start of the 2015-16 academic year.

The Honors Academic Village is located just south of Bancroft Street at the corner of Campus Road and West Rocket Drive near the Memorial Field House.

The living community will have close to 500 state-of-the-art apartments with one-bed and one-bath, two-bed and one-bath, and four-bed and two-bath floor plans.

The Honors Academic Village will have a Mac and PC computer center, smart board-equipped study rooms, and iPad bar for residents to use.

A 24-hour fitness center, on-site laundry facilities, and a recreation center featuring billiards, pingpong and foosball are some of the other amenities included at the new village.

Students also will have the opportunity to participate in several Living and Learning Communities, including Engineering, Global Health, and Peace, Sustainability and Global Citizenship, to join peers who are committed to their academics, as well as making a difference in the community.

“The vision of the project was to create a space for students who have similar types of academic pursuits and interests to come together and support one another. It is designed to be a place where students can collaborate, share and build upon their ideas,” said Dr. Lakeesha Ransom, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College.

Financial aid funds can be applied to living in the Honors Academic Village, and returning UT students will have the option to select a meal plan.

“We wanted to create a space that would provide students with amenities and programs, and give them a sense of home and comfort,” Ransom said.

Space is limited, and rooms are filling quickly. The Honors Academic Village is accepting applications and leases.

To learn more, take a virtual tour or apply at honorsacademicvillage.com.

Rockets spotlighted in Golfweek’s walk-on feature

Toledo Women’s Golf Coach Nicole Hollingsworth and men’s golf team members Nate Gonring and Colin Joseph are spotlighted in a Golfweek article about the best walk-on stories in collegiate golf.

Golfweek_logoHere is what Hollingsworth submitted for the story:

“Walking on at Indiana changed my life. I went from a mid-90s shooter to a Big Ten champion and fifth at NCAAs. I was the No. 5 player on this team. A girl from rural Indiana who had never been on a plane. A girl who has traveled to 38 states because of college golf as a player and coach. College golf and (former Indiana head coach) Sam Carmichael changed my life forever. At Toledo, we have a very great story with walk-ons because I have continued that tradition for 18 years of my coaching career. At Toledo, we have taken people like Marguerite Johnson and Emily Hardcastle, who came in as 90 shooters and left with averages of 79-80 and were in the starting lineups their last two years. Walk-ons are a great story. It’s my story, so I love it.”

Head Men’s Golf Coach Jamie Broce sent this for the article:

“This year, we have a ‘preferred walk-on’ as a freshman in the top five. Colin Joseph has been a role model for the rest of the team. Great in the classroom, inquisitive about golf (picks the brains of our best players), is respectful, coachable, and has continued to improve every day. I hope to recruit a whole team of players with the same mindset and demeanor. Can’t wait to see how his story unfolds. We also had another walk-on, Nate Gonring, who is a fifth-year senior who finished tied for sixth at conference last year and played some inspired golf. He came back this spring to our lineup after a semester off (pharmacy major) to help inspire the guys and be part of a great spring. He will always be an ambassador for the Rockets.”

Read all the stories submitted by coaches from around the country here.

Women & Philanthropy to host event on human trafficking; RSVPs requested by May 1

Women & Philanthropy at The University of Toledo has donated almost $250,000 to the University, but it does much more than that.

That’s why from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, the organization will host a free, public discussion on human trafficking in the Law Center Richard & Jane McQuade Law Auditorium. It will feature speakers Dr. Celia Williamson, UT professor of social work; Attorney Megan Mattimoe; and State Rep. Teresa Fedor.

Williamson organizes and hosts the annual International Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex Work Conference at UT and founded Second Chance, which provides services to women and youth involved in sex trafficking. She also leads the recently established UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.

Mattimoe is one of only four attorneys in Ohio that specializes in the representation of trafficking victims and founder of the Advocating Opportunity program in 2012.

Both Mattimoe and Williamson were recipients of this year’s Toledo Area Jefferson Awards.

Fedor will speak on policy issues surrounding human trafficking.

“I hope people who come can learn more about the issue of human trafficking and what is being done both locally and at the state level,” said Marianne Ballas, chair of Women & Philanthropy.

To RSVP for the event, contact Christine Spengler, director of advancement relations in Institutional Advancement, Women & Philanthropy member and administrative contact for the organization, at chris.spengler@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4927 by Friday, May 1.

Founded in 2006, Women & Philanthropy is made up of UT faculty, staff and alumnae as well as members of the Toledo community. The group aspires to promote the University through investments and grants to UT initiatives.

Women & Philanthropy is committed to forging new relationships and building a community of thoughtful, effective philanthropists among women diverse in age, interests and backgrounds. The organization currently has 70 members who participate in several events throughout the year.

“One of the responsibilities of our organization is not only to invest in the University, but to learn more about it,” Spengler said. “We try to have at least one educational event a year where we can highlight something on campus that would be of interest to members.”

The organization funds one or two grants each year from membership dues, which are $1,000 per year. Last year, it funded a computer lab for the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women and the Women & Philanthropy Student & Family Room for the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning to provide a comfortable place for students to bring their families when they have to fill out paperwork, review transcripts and more.

The group is voting on this year’s grant recipients, which will be announced next month.

“It’s really a great group of ladies,” Spengler said. “The friendships made are really wonderful, and we do a lot of fun things in addition to our philanthropic pursuits.”

Membership is open to any interested woman. To learn more about the organization, visit http://utole.do/womenphilanthropy or http://utole.do/womenphilanthropyfacebook.