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Chemistry and Biochemistry Department to celebrate 100-year anniversary

The University of Toledo’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will celebrate its 100th anniversary this week. The two-day centennial celebration will feature a presentation by green chemistry leader Dr. John C. Warner and a banquet at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Department grows
The UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was established in 1915 with the appointment of Dr. Henry R. Kreider as chairman at its first home on the corner of Cherry and Page streets. In 1922, it moved to Nebraska Avenue and Parkside Boulevard where the current Scott Park campus is located, and moved again in 1931 to University Hall. This was deemed an adequate location until a post-war influx of students in 1946 made the space too cramped.

Bowman-Oddy Laboratories was constructed in 1966 and opened one year later to house the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

Bowman-Oddy Laboratories was constructed in 1966 and opened one year later to house the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

Bowman-Oddy Laboratories, the department’s current home, was completed in 1967, and in 1998, Wolfe Hall was dedicated to support expanding research programs and growth of undergraduate and graduate enrollment.

Kreider served as the leader of the department for 29 years until he retired in 1944. After several alumni expressed their wishes to honor Kreider, a scholarship fund was created under the direction of Dr. Harold Oddy, the namesake of the building and chairman after Kreider. The fund became the Kreider Memorial Scholarship and is one of the highest student honors chemistry majors can receive.

A longstanding goal of the department was to become accredited by the American Chemical Society, the largest scientific society with more than 150,000 members worldwide. This milestone occurred in 1953, although the honors program was initiated earlier in 1939 for students in general chemistry classes. The first master’s student, Martin Yee, was admitted in 1922, and the department’s PhD program was established in 1967.

The department now hosts the third largest population of students taught at UT — more than 5,000 every fall. This growth reflects the key role that the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has supporting numerous programs throughout the University.

NSM 49 chemistry flyer-2.pdfEsteemed alumni
In addition to exceptional changes within the department, there have been some exceptional alumni. Although too numerous to mention individually, chemistry alumni have impacted the world as we know it. UT chemistry graduates have been recognized for their work as medical doctors, dentists, pharmacists, university faculty, patent attorneys, and presidents, CEOs and research directors at Fortune 500 companies.

Their notable achievements and discoveries include the development of synthetic diamonds, the synthesis of artificial sweeteners, invention of vacuum pack lids to prevent food spoilage, and portable defibrillators, as well as helping establish worldwide guidelines for safe drinking water and consumer products.

One exceptional leader for UT was Dr. Arthur H. Black. He graduated from the department with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1941 and went on to enlist in the Navy, where he was an ensign assigned to the USS Kidd, a destroyer escort. He served in the Pacific from February 1943 to April 1945, when he was wounded in a kamikaze attack.

After being discharged in May 1946, Black returned to the University and became an instructor of chemistry. While at UT, he served in a host of positions, including dean of men from 1964 to 1968 and associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences from 1968 to 1983. He was active in the UT Alumni Association and received the Blue T Award, an honor recognizing an individual’s outstanding service to the University through committee and community involvement, and served as chair of the Golden Alumni Society for two years.

Even though he retired in 1983, Black continued to teach chemistry as a superannuate until 1990 and as a part-time instructor until 1996. He passed away in 2000. The department is working to establish an endowed professorship to honor his lifelong commitment to the UT community.

Featured speaker
Warner is the president and chief technology officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry. His free, public presentation, “Green Chemistry: The Missing Elements,” is set for Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. in Doermann Theater.

As president and chief technology officer of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, Warner is one of the fathers of the green chemistry field — a relatively new area of study focusing on the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances. With Paul Anastas, he co-authored Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice.

Warner has published more than 200 patents, papers and books, and has numerous awards. His honors include being elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and being named one of 25 Visionaries Changing the World by Utne Reader in 2011.

He and Anastas also will give remarks at the Centennial Banquet Thursday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art’s GlasSalon. The cost for attendees is $30 and $15 for students.

For more information about the celebration or banquet, contact Charlene Hansen at charlene.hansen@utoledo.edu.

Rockets blast by Red Wolves, 37-7

The Toledo Rockets zoomed by the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 37-7, in the Glass Bowl Saturday night.

UT put 10 points on the scoreboard in less than three minutes to start the game against the team from the Sun Belt Conference and never looked back.

Running back Terry Swanson scored two touchdowns for the Rockets in the victory over Arkansas State in the Glass Bowl.

Running back Terry Swanson scored two touchdowns for the Rockets in the victory over Arkansas State in the Glass Bowl.

The Rockets received the opening kickoff and in six plays went 70 yards and scored on a two-yard run by Damion Jones-Moore. The extra point put UT up 7-0.

On the kickoff, Toledo linebacker Jaylen Coleman popped the ball loose, and the fumble was recovered by teammate Delando Johnson on the 31-yard line.

Toledo cashed in on the turnover when freshman kicker Jameson Vest booted a 31-yard field goal to put UT up 10-0 with 12:07 to go in the first quarter.

Arkansas State then intercepted Phillip Ely and took over on the Rockets’ six-yard line. But Toledo’s tough defense forced the Red Wolves to attempt a field goal, which was missed.

The two teams traded possessions until UT senior safety Rolan Milligan brought down a tipped pass for an interception and raced 36 yards to increase Toledo’s lead to 17-0 in the final seconds of the first quarter.

It was another turnover that led to the Rockets’ next score. Junior defensive tackle Treyvon Hester knocked the ball loose and senior defensive end Trent Voss picked it up and took it to Akransas State’s three-yard line.

Sophomore running back Terry Swanson scored on a three-yard run at 11:34 mark in the second quarter to push UT’s lead to 24-0.

The Red Wolves got on the board with an explosive 92-yard kickoff return by J.D. McKissic to cut UT’s lead to 24-7.

Toledo killed some clock on its next possession, going 69 yards in 16 plays in a little more than six minutes. Vest added three points with a 23-yard field goal to make it 27-7.

The Red Wolves had seven penalties in the first half for 85 yards, and their total offense was 86 yards in 27 plays.

It was Vest again with a 44-yard field goal at the 8:34 mark in the third quarter to boost UT’s lead to 30-7.

Toledo’s defense tamed the Red Wolves’ high-powered offense, which didn’t convert a third-down conversion until three minutes were left in the third quarter. The Rockets had six tackles for loss. Senior defensive tackle Orion Jones recorded three sacks.

Swanson scored again on a one-yard run for UT and Vest kicked the extra point to boost the Rockets’ score to 37-7 with 5:34 to go in the fourth quarter.

While it was a rematch of the GoDaddy Bowl, two star players were missing: running back Kareem Hunt for the Rockets and quarterback Fredi Knighten for the Red Wolves. Toledo won that bowl matchup, 63-44. UT has played Arkansas State four times and is 4-0.

With back-to-back victories over Bowl Championship Series Power Five conference teams Arkansas and Iowa State, Toledo is now 3-0.

The Rockets will open Mid-American Conference play against Ball State in Muncie, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. The game will be carried by the American Sports Network.

Read more here.

UT inaugurates 17th president

The University of Toledo inaugurated Dr. Sharon L. Gaber as its 17th president Friday in a ceremony filled with the traditions of the institution and the promise for a bright and collaborative future between UT and the surrounding community.

Nearly 500 UT faculty, students, administrators, trustees and University delegates processed from the Student Union to Savage Arena, where more than 1,200 watched their arrival.

Dr. Sharon L. Gaber was inaugurated as UT's 17 president Sept. 25 in Savage Arena.

Dr. Sharon L. Gaber was inaugurated as UT’s 17 president Sept. 25 in Savage Arena.

“This is a University of us,” Gaber said, a refrain she repeated several times during her inaugural address to emphasize the critical ties she sees between the city and the University.

“Our name is not incidental or casually chosen,” she said, identifying universities across the nation named for their cities in mutually supportive relationships. “We are part of a proud tradition of institutions that are advanced regionally and nationally through engagement with their communities.”

The president pointed out that UT is one of the most comprehensive universities in the nation, providing many more opportunities for collaboration between faculty and students and the private and public sectors of the region.

Gaber put forth to the University and the community a call to action, asking for help advancing five primary priorities:

• Elevating UT’s reputation and prominence on a national stage;

• Increasing the numbers and preparedness of students enrolling at UT and ensuring they graduate;

• Increasing externally funded research and faculty scholarship;

• Increase philanthropy to raise dollars for scholarships, endowed faculty professorships and university initiatives; and

• Reducing administrative costs.

Embedded within all of these priorities, she said, is an ongoing commitment to increasing and celebrating the strength created by our diversity.

“Being inaugurated as the 17th president of The University of Toledo marks the beginning of a new era,” Gaber said. “And while I rarely emphasize it, I am proud to be the University’s first female president. I recognize the responsibility that comes with being ‘first’ in any leadership role, and I commit to you that I will work hard to meet that responsibility.”

As Gaber concluded her remarks, she had one additional request: the adoption of a sense of urgency to move forward.

“No strong university sits idle; UT must always work to set a faster pace.”

The president quoted former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt:

“‘One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.’

“I ask that you choose to walk with me on this journey,” Gaber said. “And I believe together we will achieve the remarkable — for this University and this community.”

In her remarks, Sharon Speyer, chair of the UT Board of Trustees, praised Gaber’s leadership.

“In President Gaber, we have a passionate leader who puts students first and is dedicated to ensuring their success,” Speyer said. “She is an academic who is committed to supporting the research and scholarship of our talented faculty.

“And UT’s 17th president is a true community partner eager to strengthen those existing ties and form new relationships with UT donors and collaborate with organizations that will further enhance this University, this city and our region.”

During the ceremony, Gaber was welcomed by Cody Spoon, president of Student Government; Dr. Kristen Keith, president of Faculty Senate; Catherine Martineau, president of the UT Alumni Association Board of Trustees; and Gary Leidich, president of the UT Foundation Board of Trustees.

A video of UT students, faculty, staff and community leaders welcoming Gaber to the University also was played, punctuated by words of support from Gaber’s children, Allison, Jennifer and Peter.

Inauguration open to the public, will be streamed live

The historic inauguration of Dr. Sharon L. Gaber as The University of Toledo’s 17th president will take place Friday, Sept. 25, in Savage Arena.

The event is free and open to all UT students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters and the general public.

Beginning at 2:30 p.m., a ceremonial procession of UT leaders, faculty, students and University delegates from across the country will join Gaber and make their way from the Student Union to Savage Arena.

The inauguration ceremony will begin around 3 p.m. and will be streamed live for those unable to attend in person at video.utoledo.edu and on YouTube.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception for all attendees in the Savage Arena concourse.

UT Health introduces new transportation system

UT Health is streamlining its non-emergency patient transportation system.

The University has contracted with Community EMS, which is based in Ohio and Michigan, to provide all patient transportation with a fleet of five vehicles branded UT Health.

UT Transport side“It makes it easier from an administrative standpoint because we won’t be working with multiple different companies,” said Greg Hawkins, director of business development at The University of Toledo Medical Center. “We won’t have to make multiple calls to transport our patients. This also gives us quality control because we will have requirements on timeliness for prescheduled transports.”

Prior to this change effective Sept. 14, UT Health did not have a contract with a provider, but operated from a list of local transportation companies to assist with moving patients from UTMC to skilled nursing facilities, for instance, or from UTMC to off-site locations. While patients have the final say in transportation, most patients ask for the hospital to arrange it, Hawkins said.

Jeff Schneiderman, operations manager for Community EMS, said the partnership offers the opportunity for continual level of care.

“Most of the patients being transported will leave UTMC seeing the back of one of our squad doors,” Schneiderman said. “We want to make sure it is the best experience we could possibly give them.”

“We have been looking at the opportunity to become more efficient and timely in providing our patients a safe transition,” said Angie Ackerman, director of outcome management for UTMC. “The overall goal is to provide patient satisfaction, along with quality customer service, from a unique vendor that will have the patient’s best interest in mind.”

Ackerman said Community EMS is providing transportation to many of UTMC’s new off-site locations. She expects at least 10 transports per day.

UT Marching Band to drum up spirit downtown Friday night

The UT Marching Band will travel between five downtown businesses Friday, Sept. 25, beginning at 9 p.m. in advance of the Rockets’ game against Arkansas State Saturday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.

Last week, Ye Olde Durty Bird, Ye Old Cock n’ Bull and the Blarney Irish Pub hosted pop-up pep rallies as a way to bring Rocket spirit downtown and show support of Toledo’s game against Iowa State.

Members of the UT Marching Band and the UT cheerleaders went downtown last week for pop-up pep rallies.

Members of the UT Marching Band and the UT cheerleaders went downtown last week for pop-up pep rallies.

Those three establishments will be joined by Pizza Papalis and Veritas this Friday in attempt to fire up Rocket fans for Saturday night’s game against the Red Wolves.

The band will spend approximately 15 minutes at each location and will be accompanied by the UT cheerleaders and the Dancing Rockettes.

Below is the estimated schedule for the UT Marching Band Tour:

9 p.m. — Pizza Papalis, 519 Monroe St.

9:20 p.m. — Veritas Cork & Craft, 505 Jefferson Ave. #101

9:40 p.m. — Durty Bird, 2 S St. Clair St.

10 p.m. — Ye Old Cock N’ Bull, 9 N Huron St.

10:20 p.m. — The Blarney Irish Pub, 601 Monroe St.

Another downtown band tour is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, before the Rockets take on Kent State in the Homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 10.

Read more about the Toledo-Arkansas State game here.

Teaching and transforming our students

Well, here we are at the start of another school year filled with excitement, hope, energy, and an opportunity to make a real difference in the world with our hallowed profession!

I was recently asked by Interim Provost John Barrett and his staff to facilitate a mini-workshop on teaching for the New Faculty Orientation Program. As part of the program, we did a group exercise with UT’s 80-plus new faculty on “The Attributes of the Best Class You Ever Experienced.” Our new faculty members described their experiences, shared those with each other, and coached each other on what to do to provide our students with awesome learning experiences. It was truly inspiring to hear faculty discuss how great teachers had changed and transformed their lives!

Dr. Clinton Longenecker

Dr. Clinton Longenecker

I know that teaching is sometimes underappreciated, but I was reminded by my new colleagues that teaching has the potential to change and transform people’s lives, which is a noble calling indeed. As teachers, it’s easy to focus most of our time and energy on the “information” associated with our various courses. But we have found in our adult learning research that information is simply the foundation for great teaching. Game-changing teachers focus on providing great information in their courses for sure. But great teachers also create a learning climate for student motivation, idea integration and career application to help their students experience real transformation.

So going into this new school year, here are some of the most important things that we can do to provide our students with transformational experiences. Our students deserve cutting-edge information and knowledge, but let’s remember to use our platform to help transform our students.

Our students connect with our passion and mojo. The overarching factor for transforming students is bringing our passion, excitement, expertise and enthusiasm to each and every exchange we have with them. They can tell pretty quickly if we’ve “got mojo” for them and for what we are teaching. This single factor plays a dominant role in our ability to motivate and impact our students.

Our students want and need the “big career/skill” picture. The best teachers create relevance and idea integration. Regardless of the subject we teach, it is imperative to ground each class with a clear and concise explanation of how this class will benefit the students’ career preparation. Whether it is course content, specific skills that will be acquired, people they will meet, or practices to be mastered, it is important that we give students a strategic view of how each class will help them achieve their career aspirations. As the semester unfolds, we need to constantly illustrate how our material ties back to their career success. This simple act can have a powerful effect on a student’s motivation and commitment.

Our students want and need learning structure and clear expectations. We should never underestimate the importance of being organized and in communicating our course schedule and expectations on an ongoing basis. We want our students to know exactly what is coming and when to help them plan and organize. Let’s make it easy for students to work hard and learn. Many of us have found that it is very useful to create a course-learning contract. This document outlines the behaviors and challenging expectations that our students can expect of us and that we can expect of them. The best teachers challenge their students to be the best they can be!

Our students want access to us and need us to connect with them at a personal level.
It is said that “people care how much you care before they care how much you know,” which is true in any discussion of great teachers. So there is no substitute for establishing, communicating, keeping, inviting and welcoming students to make use of office hours. The simple act of being accessible to our students can carry great weight in letting our students know we care for them and are there to answer questions and provide career counsel. Students also greatly appreciate it when we know their names. Now in big classes, this can be very difficult, but nametags, name placards or using technology to memorize student’s names can all send a powerful message that we care about them as people.

Our students want and need active hands-on learning and engagement. In every discipline, there is a time and a place for straight one-way lecture teaching. But research continues to show that real learning and transformation requires student engagement and active learning. In putting together each class, ask yourself, “What can I do to encourage student involvement, ownership and excitement around the material, foster dialogue and discussion, and build energy and enthusiasm into the session? The good news is there are lots a ways to do this and lots of people on campus to help us if we are serious about becoming better transformers. Our students want class to be fun, and maybe even entertaining, regardless of discipline. Focusing our efforts to create student motivation, integration and application of material is critical.

So here’s a thought: Instead of going into this new school year thinking of ourselves as teachers, instructors or professors, consider redefining your role to that of a transformer. A decade ago, I redefined my role as that of a transformer and it has caused me to approach teaching very differently. And as a transformer, I’m always looking for new ideas on how to improve my teaching talent, so I hope you don’t mind me sharing these thoughts.

Transforming our students just might be one of the more important activities that you and I ever participate during our lives. And as a University of Toledo alumnus, I am very fortunate to have been transformed by the great teachers who taught me.

Have an awesome school year! And never underestimate the transformational power you possess!

Longenecker is a Distinguished University Professor of Management and director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in the College of Business and Innovation. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master of business administration degree from UT in 1977 and 1978, respectively. Send your thoughts and suggestions to clinton.longenecker@utoledo.edu.

UT Arts Diplomacy class to help develop collaborative community mural

Students in the Arts Diplomacy class at The University of Toledo will work with members of the community to create a public mural under the direction of artist David Loewenstein.

The mural will be placed at the entrance to the Frederick Douglass Community Association’s James B. Simmons Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building, located at 1001 Indiana Ave. in Toledo.

the Frederick Douglass Community Association’s James B. Simmons Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building

the Frederick Douglass Community Association’s James B. Simmons Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building

Painting is scheduled to take place from Friday to Tuesday, Oct. 2-6, during daylight hours, weather permitting. The public is invited to watch and even pick up a paintbrush and help.

The subject of the mural will be determined through a collaborative process involving UT students and Frederick Douglass Community Association members and stakeholders.

The free, public panel discussion will take place Monday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the UT Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

UT Assistant Professor of Art History Thor J. Mednick, who teaches the Arts Diplomacy course, will moderate the panel discussion featuring Loewenstein, community artist and founder of the Mid-America Mural Project; Dr. Brian Kennedy, director of the Toledo Museum of Art and director and eminent professor at the University; and Rachel Richardson, director and mural coordinator for Art Corner Toledo.

This mural by David Loewenstein is in Lawrence, Kan.

This mural by David Loewenstein is in Lawrence, Kan.

The panel will discuss the arts as a mode of economic, political and cultural intervention in the Toledo community. The underlying question to be discussed is what form such intervention could take and how it could be marshaled to create change, development and empowerment in and for the community.

Loewenstein is a muralist, writer and printmaker based in Lawrence, Kan. In addition to his more than 20 public works in Kansas, examples of his dynamic and richly colored community-based murals can be found across the United States in Chicago, New Orleans and New York City, as well as in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arkansas, Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Iowa, as well as in Northern Ireland and South Korea. Loewenstein’s prints, which focus on current social and political issues, are exhibited nationally and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Yale University, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles. See more about him here.

The project is funded by the UT offices of Debra Davis, dean of the College of Communication and the Arts, and Interim Provost John Barrett.

Total lunar eclipse party Sept. 27 at UT Ritter Planetarium

A super-moon total lunar eclipse hasn’t occurred in 32 years, but you have a chance to see one Sunday, Sept. 27.

To celebrate the rare occurrence, The University of Toledo’s Ritter Planetarium will hold a free special viewing party from 9 to 11:30 p.m., weather permitting.

This image from NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows a total eclipse of the moon.

This image from NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows a total eclipse of the moon.

The partial phase of the eclipse will begin at 9:07 p.m., according to Dr. Michael Cushing, UT associate professor of astronomy and director of the planetarium.

“From 10:11 p.m. until 11:23 p.m., the moon will be completely eclipsed,” he said. “At 11:23 p.m., the moon will begin to emerge from the Earth’s shadow, and by 12:27 a.m., the eclipse will be over.”

And if you miss it, you’ll have to wait 18 years for the alignment of the Earth between the full super moon and the sun to occur again.

Because the moon’s orbit isn’t perfectly circular, the moon is sometimes closer and sometimes farther from the Earth. On Sunday, it will be slightly closer to the Earth and it will appear about 14 percent larger, hence the “super” name, Cushing explained.

“The combination of a super moon and a lunar eclipse is uncommon; there have only been five since 1900,” Cushing said.

Earth’s satellite is often referred to as the blood moon during a total lunar eclipse.

“As the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, red light from the sun is filtered and bent, or refracted, through the Earth’s atmosphere and onto the moon’s surface,” Cushing said.

Starting at 9 p.m., a 10-minute program explaining the total lunar eclipse will run continuously at Ritter Planetarium until 11:30 p.m.

“Even though you can see the eclipse from anywhere in the area without any special equipment, we’d like to invite you to experience the event with us,” Cushing said. “We will have several small telescopes pointed at the moon on the planetarium’s south lawn.”

Pianist to celebrate birthday with concert Sept. 27

Frances Renzi, UT professor emerita of music, will return to campus for the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series.

She will celebrate her 75th birthday with a special concert performance Sunday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m.

She also will present a master class Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon.



Both free, public events will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Renzi’s recital program will include Schumann’s “Arabesque,” Mozart’s “Rondo in A Minor” and Beethoven’s “Sonata in A-flat Major.” She also will perform Ravel’s “Sonatine,” two of Chopin’s nocturnes and Debussy’s “L’isle joyeuse.”

She has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, including those of Dallas, Houston, Toledo and the New Hampshire Music Festival. She has performed throughout North America, Taiwan and China, giving recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and the China Conservatory in Beijing.

With a reputation as an extraordinary chamber player, Renzi appears regularly as a featured guest artist on the Toledo Symphony Chamber Series and also performs each summer at the New Hampshire Music Festival. She was a founding member of the Toledo Trio at The University of Toledo and performed with them for 27 years.

She has recorded solo and chamber music for Centaur, Educo, Koch International, Musical Heritage Society, Azica, Audite and Decca/Argo. Of her recording of 20th century etudes by American composers Ned Rorem, Vincent Persichetti and George Perle, Fanfare Magazine noted her playing as “… absolutely superb … crystal-like articulation, impeccable rhythmic precision, unflagging energy, and a truly remarkable understanding of these pieces …”

Her recording of chamber music of Paul Schoenfield was nominated for a Grammy. Her performances as a soloist and chamber musician have been broadcast on radio and television across the nation, including a presentation on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”

She was a solo pianist for the New York City Ballet performing Stravinsky’s “Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra” and Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Waltzes,” and participated in the Stravinsky Festival at Lincoln Center.

In 2000, she was awarded a commendation from the Ohio Senate honoring her outstanding UT career of 27 years.

A native of Texas, she received a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree from the Juilliard School.

For more information on the master class and concert, click here.