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Med student adds ‘dad of 3’ to his degree

Christopher Johnson was unmarried and childless when he entered medical school in 2011.

That would change quickly.

Chris Johnson holds Madelyn, and his wife, Jillian, has Claire, left, and Sophia. Chris will receive the doctor of medicine degree Friday, May 29, and then study ophthalmology at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial for a year before serving his residency at Loyola University Hines VA Hospital in Chicago.

Chris Johnson holds Madelyn, and his wife, Jillian, has Claire, left, and Sophia. Chris will receive the doctor of medicine degree Friday, May 29, and then study ophthalmology at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial for a year before serving his residency at Loyola University Hines VA Hospital in Chicago.

In 2012, he married Jillian, his girlfriend of three years. Both wanted children and they thought, “Why not start right away?”

“I would say that it doesn’t get any easier as you go further in your training, so we thought we would get started,” said Chris, who is now 26. “We always wanted a good number of kids.”

But he didn’t expect they would have three children in 18 months.

Their oldest daughter, Claire, was born May 17, 2013, which was four weeks before his first set of boards.

“I was doing 12-hour study days,” he said. “The night my wife went into labor, I was studying until 10:30 p.m. and then went to bed. She, of course, went into labor at midnight.”

Their twins, Sophia and Madelyn, arrived Dec. 30, 2014. Before the twins were born, Jillian was put on bed rest while he was interviewing for an ophthalmology residency.

Jillian’s first thought was, “Oh no, what are we going to do?” The next thing that ran through her head was that these babies were “not allowed to be born” until he got home from his interviews.

“But with a little luck and a lot of prayer and extra helping hands, the twins waited another month to bless us with their presence,” Jillian, who works as a claim representative at State Farm Insurance, said. “We were so relieved that they waited until Chris was done with interviews so I had help at home while I recovered.”

Originally, the babies were going to attend his graduation from the College of Medicine and Life Sciences Friday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at Stranahan Theater.

“However, we decided the kids won’t attend the ceremony as I found out it is hours long. We don’t want to torture those around us,” Chris said.

Reactions to their growing family have been varied. Some people think they are crazy. Others ask, “How do you have time to do anything?” Some say, “What were you thinking?” And then the most prying question: “Was this planned?”

“Not 100 percent, definitely not the twin part, although twins do run on my wife’s side of the family,” Chris said.

The couple met during their undergraduate studies at Ohio State University. Chris is from Celina, Ohio, and Jillian is from Sagamore Hills, Ohio. For the most part, they share parenting duties, but Jillian knows how important it is for Chris to do well in school.

After Claire was born, he would hold his daughter while he was studying. She would spit up on his book, which was “the bible of studying for the test,” he said.

“That was a difficult time,” Chris said. “My wife would get up with her a lot so I could focus on studying. Then during rotations, I was getting up three or four times a night with the baby. I wanted to give my wife some sanity.”

Jillian said Claire was a terrible sleeper when she was an infant. For the first month, she got up at every feeding, which was just about every hour around the clock. Eventually, she put Chris in charge of diaper changing and burping.

“We make a really great team, and I could never do it without him,” she said.

When his wife was five months pregnant with the twins, he had to complete a monthlong rotation in ophthalmology in Cleveland.

He remembers saying, “‘My wife is pregnant with twins and home alone with our daughter. What am I thinking?’”

Luckily, the twins were born during his winter break, but he only had six days with them before getting back to work. He can’t remember much from that time. He wasn’t sleeping much, obviously.

“We were up a long time each night,” he said and laughed.

The next step for the family is moving to Indiana for his internship at Ball Memorial in Muncie. After that, he will complete his residency at Loyola in Chicago.

Chris decided to become an ophthalmologist after observing a cataract surgery.

“I love the combination of medicine and the eyes,” he said. “I will be able to make an impact in people’s lives. Seeing people being able to see again made me love it.”

His mentor, Dr. Gerald Zelenock, professor and chair in the Department of Surgery at UT Health, said Chris is a hard-working and dedicated young doctor.

“He is a very mature student who accomplished much in medical school, which is a challenge as a married student with children.”

By the time he is finished with his residency, Claire will be in school, while his twins will be heading to kindergarten. Jillian said his dedication to education is inspiring.

“Chris is a great example of hard work and dedication for our daughters,” she said. “He is very dedicated to doing well in school and, obviously, as shown by his accomplishments, his hard work has truly paid off, but this is not at the expense of his family. I have never seen a father who is so amazing with his children. I know that the kids have no doubt that they are No. 1 in his life.”

Repairs underway to waterlines near Student Union

Crews are continuing work over the holiday weekend to replace waterlines near the Student Union and Carlson Library.

Water has been turned off to both buildings to allow for repairs following a water main break earlier this month outside the Student Union. Portable toilets, hand-washing stations, bottled water and maintained life safety systems have allowed for continued limited operations.

Water service will be restored to the buildings after the approximately 100 feet of waterlines are replaced and the buildings will then be fully reopened to the public; however, they will be under a boil water drinking advisory for 72 hours.

University officials apologize for the inconvenience and will continue to update the campus community on the progress.

All 16 UT varsity sports teams earn 3.0 GPA or higher for first time

For the first time in school history, all 16 University of Toledo varsity sports teams earned team grade point averages of 3.0 or higher, Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien announced today.

thumb-rocket-color-logoOverall, UT student-athletes earned a grade point average of 3.258 in spring semester, the second-highest department GPA in UT history, trailing only the 3.266 set in spring 2012.

It is also the 13th consecutive semester in which UT student-athletes earned a combined GPA of 3.1 or higher.

“We could not be more proud of what our student-athletes accomplished in the classroom this past semester,” O’Brien said. “For every team to earn at least a 3.0 grade point average says so much about the commitment to academics of our student-athletes. It also speaks of the great support provided by our coaches, athletic department academic staff and University faculty members who help them reach their goals.

“This is truly a great achievement for our student-athletes, one in which all of Rocket Nation can take great pride.”

Individually, 23 student-athletes earned President’s List honors with a perfect 4.0 GPA, while 35 percent (119 of 340) earned a spot on the Dean’s List by garnering at least a 3.50 GPA, and 70 percent (238 of 340) achieved a 3.0 grade point average or better for spring semester.

Women’s soccer had the highest team GPA at 3.640. Baseball had the highest GPA for a men’s team with 3.307.

Toledo 2015 Spring Semester Team GPAs (3.0+)
Overall Department GPA: 3.258

Women’s Soccer — 3.640
Women’s Basketball — 3.582
Women’s Swimming and Diving — 3.541
Women’s Golf — 3.498
Women’s Tennis — 3.488
Women’s Volleyball — 3.424
Softball — 3.317
Baseball — 3.307
Women’s Cross Country — 3.297
Men’s Golf — 3.282
Indoor/Outdoor Women’s Track — 3.194
Men’s Cross Country — 3.086
Men’s Tennis — 3.080
Men’s Basketball — 3.044
Football — 3.006

‘The Relevant University’ to air May 26

Tune in to “The Relevant University” Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. on AM 760 WJR.

Relevant U logo 2014International recruiting will be the topic of this month’s show.

Mary-Bec Gwyn, associate vice president for branding and creative services at The University of Toledo, will be joined by Mark Schroeder, UT director of international admissions, for the program.

Their guests will be:

• Lewis Cardenas, dean of international enrollment at Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, N.J.;

• Jennifer Brook, director of international student recruitment and marketing at Foothill and De Anza Community Colleges, Los Altos Hills, Calif.; and

• Lou Greenwald, director of university relations at KIC UnivAssist, which has offices in Summit, N.J., and Mumbai, India.

The University of Toledo and Detroit’s WJR Radio produce the monthly, hourlong program that explores the critical role higher education plays in our world.

Listen at utoledo.edu/therelevantuniversity, WJR 760 AM or wjr.com.

Credit union branch in Student Union to move downstairs this month

The UT Federal Credit Union soon will be relocated from the third floor of the Student Union to the first floor in room 1570.

UToledo-Federal-Credit-Union-final“We needed more space and greater visibility,” said Kara Mominee, marketing manager of the UT Federal Credit Union. “The new location is more convenient for our members, as well as being right next to Rocky’s Technology Central, with whom we have a special financing offer with.”

The new location will offer the same services, including short-term loans for purchases at Rocky’s Technology Central and Rocket Wireless.

In addition, an ATM will be available.

“A lot of members are excited about the ATM since we didn’t have one at our old location,” Mominee said.

“The ATM will be located outside of the new location, so it will be available even when the credit union isn’t open.”

The credit union’s third-floor location will continue to be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the move at the end of May.

“The credit union will close for one day for the move and then return to normal operating hours,” Mominee said. “We will be updating our members as soon as we figure out specific dates.”

For updates, visit the UT Federal Credit Union on Facebook here.

For more information on services, visit uoftfcu.com.

Department of Music to present summer workshops

The University of Toledo Department of Music is offering four music workshops in June and July.

The workshops that will be offered are:

• Janus Vocal Arts Festival — Thursday through Sunday, June 4-14

music campFaculty: Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini
Ages: 12 and older
Adult track — Thursday through Sunday, June 4-14
Study and performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”
Performance dates: Friday and Saturday, June 12-13, at 7:30 p.m.
Participant fee: $550

High school track — Monday through Sunday, June 8-14
Voice training, personal coaching, concert preparation
Concert date: Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
Participant fee: $200

Youth track — Wednesday through Sunday, June 10-14
Acting classes, voice lessons, music theater
Performance date: Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
Participant fee: $160

Register by Friday, May 29; payment is due first day of track.

To register and learn more, click here.

• Flute Camp — Monday through Friday, June 8-12

Tse watches flute playersFaculty: Joel Tse, principal flute with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and UT flute instructor, and Amy Heritage, flutist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Suzuki flute instructor
Ages: Elementary school through adult
Track 1 — Suzuki book 1 and 2 and beginning band (Heritage) — $150/week (mornings-only workshop)
Track 2 — Intermediate and advanced (Tse)
— $300/week (full day) or $65 per day if attending less than five days

Special guest Robert Johnson of Flute Specialists will present a flute repair and care workshop.

Additional workshops for all participants will be offered in yoga and breathing, and music and movement, and for younger students, flute crafts and stories.

A concert performed by all students will conclude the workshop Friday, June 12.

Register by Friday, June 5; payment due Monday, June 8.

To register and learn more, click here.

• 2015 UT Summer Jazz Institute — Sunday through Wednesday, June 14-20

SJIcomboFaculty: Jay Rinsen Weik, guitar; Norm Damschroder, assistant director, bass; Gunnar Mossblad, director, saxophone; Tad Weed, piano; Dr. Olman Piedra, percussion
Ages: 12 and older
Tracks: Vocal, instrumental, teacher-training, jazz appreciation

The UT Summer Jazz Institute is the place where all levels of jazz students can discover and achieve their jazz potential through the study of jazz in one of four exceptional programs: instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, teacher training and jazz appreciation. The teacher-training track is flexible to fit the participant’s time and needs. It provides enough contact hours for one to three hours of continuing education. Check with the school district for its continuing education policies and forms.

Register by Monday, June 1, or a $25 late fee will apply; payment due Friday, June 12.

To register and learn more, click here.

Summer Strings — July 14, 16, 21, 23, 26

Faculty: Cecilia Johnson, director
Ages: 18 and older
Track: Adult amateur musician

Summer Strings will meet twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. This strings workshop (violin, viola, cello and bass) is for the adult amateur musician who is looking for a fun music experience that will keep playing skills sharp over the summer plus provide an opportunity for concert performance. Participants are asked to attend at least two of the rehearsals and the final session Sunday, July 26, which will be the concert performance at 3 p.m.

Fees: $90 (all five sessions) or $25 per session for those who cannot attend all rehearsals

Register by Friday, July 10; payment due Friday, July 10.

To register or for more information, call the Music Department at 419.530.2448 or provide contact information — phone and/or email — and indicate instrument when mailing in payment.

Please note: Participants younger than 18 must complete and have a parent or guardian sign the permission/medical consent form.

For more information, go to the UT Department of Music Summer Workshops website here.

Fundraiser to benefit local charity, support pet education programs

A local organization working to provide proper care and training for pets, including the so-called bully breeds, will host a fundraiser to garner support for its mission.

petbullproject imageToledo’s PET Bull Project will a host a fundraiser at Twylite Thursdays — an event put on for local charities — Thursday, May 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pinnacle in Maumee.

The event, which costs $10 to get in, will include music from the Blind Dog Boogie Band, a cash bar, and a silent auction featuring Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Browns memorabilia, photography packages, and painted portrait of your pet. Half the proceeds will go toward Toledo’s PET Bull Project to help fund programs.

“Fundraiser’s like Twylite Thursdays are the only way we keep our doors open at the PET Bull Education Center,” said Cynthia Reinsel, founder and president of the organization. “This education center opened in January 2012 and is where we hold classes for young people to talk about pet safety, responsible pet ownership and animal cruelty. We are all volunteers, and the only way we continue to support our mission is through private donations and fundraising.”

The local nonprofit organization uses the model PET: Prevent animal cruelty and dog fighting, Educate on the importance to spay and neuter, and Train pets and people to be breed advocates. It offers a variety of classes and programs, ranging from dog training, safety education, and the Pawsitive Reading Program — an initiative used to teach kids confidence in reading through therapeutic interactions with dogs. Volunteers and trainers also work to have dogs adopted and with area veterinarians to prevent overpopulation of pets in shelters.

“I have poured my heart and soul into this project for four years now and believe in what we are doing 100 percent,” Reinsel, secretary 2 in the UT Department of Pediatrics, said. “I know we have made a difference in our community from the outcome measurements we have collected. I believe that if we are to change the amount of animal cruelty cases and irresponsible pet ownership problems in this country we have to start with our young people.”

For people who are unable to attend but would still like to donate to the project, contact Reinsel at director@toledospetbullproject.com.

For more information on the project, visit toledospetbullproject.com.

College of Medicine to host commencement May 29

Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, senior adviser to the Secretary for American Indians and Alaska Natives with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will address The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences graduates at a commencement ceremony Friday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at Stranahan Theater.



There are 236 candidates for degrees: 174 who will receive doctor of medicine degrees; 14 who will receive doctor of philosophy degrees; 10 who will receive master of biomedical science degrees; 29 who will receive master of public health degrees; two who will receive master of occupational health degrees; and seven who will receive graduate certificates.

Roubideaux will be presented an honorary degree.

“We are honored to have the accomplished and nationally recognized Dr. Roubideaux speak to our graduating class,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, senior vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “She has spent her illustrious career serving American Indians and Alaskan Natives. She is a compassionate physician, advocate and accomplished author on American Indian and Alaska Native health issues, research and policy. Her resumé could be used as a roadmap for what future physicians could accomplish in academic medicine and public health.”

Roubideaux is the senior adviser to the Secretary for American Indians and Alaska Natives within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Previously, she served as the director of Indian Health Service, where she administered a $4.6 billion nationwide health-care delivery program to provide preventative, curative and community health care to 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

She had always planned to be a physician and treat American Indian patients. However, as she began her career, Roubideaux said she noticed the health disparities and determined she needed to do more. She moved into academic medicine and research to define the problems and look for solutions.

Roubideaux intends to offer the UT Health graduates, in particular future physicians, a message of hope and compassion.

“I definitely want to congratulate them and wish them well on their journey, wherever it takes them,” she said. “I want to encourage them to always remember who they are serving. So much of medicine is moving to patient-centered care. It can be easy as a physician to forget what it is like to be a patient. I want them to always remember to be compassionate caregivers.”

Roubideaux earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency program in primary care internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She then received her master of public health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health while also completing the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University fellowship in minority health policy.

Her career has been long and varied. Roubideaux was a medical/clinical officer at two Indian Health Service hospitals in Arizona before serving as an assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where she conducted research on the quality of diabetes care and directed programs to enhance American Indian and Alaska Native student enrollment in health and research professions.

She is the past president of the Association of American Indian Physicians and an active researcher on American Indian health policy and health issues with an emphasis on diabetes. She was the co-director of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians Competitive Grant Program on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.

Roubideaux’s honors include the 2008 Addison B. Scoville Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from the American Diabetes Association, the Outstanding American Indian Faculty Award from the University of Arizona Native American Student Affairs, and the 2008 Physician Advocacy Merit Award from the Columbia University Institute on Medicine as a Profession, among others.

Register for regional orthopedic symposium

Friday, May 22, is the last day to register for the Northwest Ohio Regional Orthopedic Symposium, an insight into musculoskeletal treatments hosted by The University of Toledo Department of Orthopedics.

The conference will be held Friday, June 5, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Health Education Building Room 103 on UT’s Health Science Campus and will include lunch.

Topics to be covered will include injection techniques, radiology interpretation, fractures and dislocations, common sports injuries, arthritis and more.

Continuing medical education credit is available at the symposium, which costs $20.

To register or to see the symposium’s full agenda, visit uthealth.utoledo.edu/centers/ortho.

For more information, call 419.383.4020.

Trustees approve new contract with faculty union

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees approved May 11 a new contract with the UT chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

The collective bargaining agreements cover UT’s tenured and tenure-track faculty and lecturers and are effective retroactively to July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017, and thereafter effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

The union membership ratified the collective bargaining agreements May 5.

“Faculty are core to our mission in ensuring a high-quality university education to our students, and this contract is an important step forward for our university,” Interim President Nagi Naganathan said. “My sincere thanks to AAUP leadership and all faculty for their commitment to our students and to UT.”

The agreements, which cover about 600 faculty members, include a $2,000 increase to base pay in the first year and a 2.7 percent wage increase. A wage increase of 2 percent is included in each subsequent year covered by the contract.

Faculty members also will contribute 20 percent toward health-care costs as the University works to make premiums uniform across all collective bargaining units and employee groups.