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Deadline to get flu shot is Dec. 1

The deadline to receive the required flu shot is Tuesday, Dec. 1.

To keep its employees and patients as healthy as possible, The University of Toledo has implemented a universal flu shot policy for those in the hospital, ambulatory services, off-site clinics and others whose duties or positions cause them to be in patient care areas.

The flu shot, which is being offered free of charge, is being required for all doctors, faculty, staff, students, health-care workers and volunteers. Flu shots also are being offered on Main Campus, where the immunization is not required but highly encouraged.

In addition to the flu shot locations, people can get the immunization by calling the nursing administration at 419.383.5003 to arrange an appointment.

For more information, go to utoledo.edu/fluprep.

Rockets back in Top 25, move up to No. 24 in AP Poll

After a two-week absence, the Toledo Rockets are back in the Top 25. Following a 44-28 victory over Bowling Green Nov. 17, the Rockets moved up to No. 24 in the latest Associated Press media poll with 123 points, one spot ahead of Temple and one behind Mississippi State.

Toledo also received 69 points in the latest USA Today coaches poll, good for an unofficial ranking of No. 27.

Rocket football logoThe Rockets were ranked in the Top 25 for five weeks this season from Oct. 4-Nov.1, rising as high as No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches poll before a loss to Northern Illinois Nov. 3 knocked them out of the Top 25.

Toledo (9-1, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) will host Western Michigan (6-5, 5-2 MAC) Friday, Nov. 27, with a chance to earn at least a share of the MAC West Division crown. The game will start at noon in the Glass Bowl. For tickets, click here.

Theatre auditions scheduled Nov. 30-Dec. 2

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will hold auditions for its spring plays Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, in the Center for Performing Arts Studio Theatre.

Auditions will be held from 6 to 10 p.m.

The department will be casting for:

• “No Exit,” a play by Jean Paul Sartre about three people trapped in a room for eternity. UT student Andrés Medina will direct the production. It will be staged Feb. 19-21, 23-24 and 26-28.

• “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman about a florist and his plant named Audrey. Dr. Edmund Lingan, UT associate professor and chair of theatre and film, will direct the show. Performances will take place April 8-10, 15-17, 19-20 and 22-24.

Auditions are open to all.

Those auditioning should have a brief monologue prepared and will be asked to perform a song. Actors should be familiar with the shows; script information is available from the Theatre and Film Department office.

Sign-up sheets are posted outside the Theatre and Film Department office, located in Center for Performing Arts Room 1030.

Audition preparation information can be found at http://utole.do/auditions.

UTMC to host fashion show Nov. 29 in honor of World AIDS Day

The Ryan White Program at The University of Toledo Medical Center is getting the conversation started about HIV/AIDs prevention with a fashion show Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 3100 Glendale Ave.

“Fashion With the Stars: A Tribute to Fashion’s Fallen Stars” will feature Rasheeda, an American rapper, fashion designer, television personality and businesswoman from Atlanta.

Fashion Show“We thought fashion would be a way to reach the black community, which isn’t as accepting of hearing about HIV and AIDS because of a stigma within some churches and families,” said Kennyetta White, minority outreach coordinator for the Ryan White Program.

The fashion show, in honor of World AIDS Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1, is being hosted in collaboration with Priceless Designs in Toledo, which is providing the models and the clothing. During the intermissions, facts about HIV and AIDS will be shared. One of the most startling facts is that the highest risk population for contracting HIV is black men between the ages of 18 and 24.

“The fashion industry has lost some amazing people to AIDS such as Perry Ellis and Willi Smith,” said Richard Meeker, project director for the Healthy Relationships Program in the Ryan White Clinic. “This show is trying to reach a whole new demographic.

“We don’t pay attention to HIV and AIDS like we used to, but it is still a huge problem,” Meeker said. “Besides the risk to the black community, it is on the rise because of heroin abuse. We had a case in Ohio where 26 people were affected by the same needle.”

White said some people look at HIV as a manageable disease these days so they aren’t as careful when it comes to protected sex and drug abuse.

“They think they can take a pill and they will be fine,” she said. “They relate it to something like diabetes.”

While the treatment plans for HIV can lead to a normal and healthy life, each body reacts to the disease differently. It isn’t something you want to contract just because it can be manageable, White said.

Rasheeda said continuing the AIDs conversation is vital because it has no cure.

“It’s very important that I participate in this cause and use my platform to spread as much awareness as possible,” she said.

To purchase tickets — $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP — can be purchased by contacting White at 419.266.2853 or email kennyetta.white@utoledo.edu. Proceeds will benefit the Ann Locher Foundation.

Organizers also are seeking sponsorships and other donations.

Rockets team up with Kroger to offer $12 Black Friday tickets for Nov. 27 football game

The University of Toledo is teaming up with Kroger to offer $12 Black Friday tickets to the Rockets’ final home football game of the season vs. Western Michigan Friday, Nov. 27. Game time is set for noon.

Rocket football logoFans may purchase up to six tickets. For every ticket purchase, UT and Kroger will donate $2 to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank.

Tickets may be purchased online, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653) or in person at the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena. Online orders use promo code “KROGER.” Tickets must be purchased prior to game day.

Tailgate party, football game to benefit cancer survivors

The Friday after Thanksgiving is usually about shopping. This year, it is about surviving.

The University of Toledo Center for Health and Successful Living is organizing a tailgate party for cancer survivors and their families before the Rockets’ football game versus Western Michigan Friday, Nov. 27.

cancer Tailgate event webThe free tailgate party will start at 10 a.m. in parking lot 1S on the east side of the Health and Human Services Building before the noon kickoff in the Glass Bowl.

The Center for Health and Successful Living also is selling discounted game tickets that anyone can purchase for $12 with $2 going toward the center for screening and outreach purposes. Use the code “CHSL” when buying the tickets at http://utrockets.com. Reservations for the tailgate party are appreciated.

“We wanted to thank our survivors for coming to our programs, and we wanted to connect our survivors to each other,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, co-director of the center and UT health education professor. “We want to celebrate their survivorship journey and create some awareness about the center.”

Since its inception two years ago, the center has educated more than 5,000 people and screened more than 500 women for breast cancer.

The Center for Health and Successful Living, located on the first floor of the Health and Human Services Building on Main Campus, offers a variety of low-cost health promotion and disease prevention services, including health coaching, health screenings, case management, customized exercise programs and support groups.

“We are an arm of the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center; we are Dana’s survivorship program,” Thompson said. “We do free screenings, mobile units and education in the community. We also do patient navigation. People will call us and say, ‘I need help finding a physician.’ We also help people who can’t afford health services.

“We have known people who have walked 5 miles to get a free mammogram,” Thompson said. “The more we work with people in the community, the more we see the need. Our students were doing health coaching at one point, and we were finding that people couldn’t even identify a vegetable.”

While the center is open to anyone, Thompson said specific attention is paid to minorities, the LGBT community and those suffering from mental illness.

“We try to serve the mentally ill because they live 25 years less on average,” she said. “They don’t get screened because they are focused on their mental health instead of getting a colonoscopy or a mammogram. We try to provide services for everyone, but we try to focus on people who are underserved.”

Thompson started the center with Dr. Tim Jordan, UT health education professor, because her mom, Gladys, had breast cancer.

“My mom had to go to so many different places to get support for her cancer. I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have it all in once place?’” Thompson said.

Jordan said a large part of the center’s mission is to recruit and retain high-quality students to UT while collaborating with other academic departments.

“We want to create more opportunities for students to gain more skills in their majors,” he said. “We have students in occupational therapy, social work and physical therapy, among other disciplines, who intern and volunteer in the center. We have even had international students specifically come to UT to intern in our center.”

As the center evolves, it has added many social events to its calendar. For instance, the Pink Sneakers walking group meets at 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. The center also hosts a Survivorship Book Club, which is meeting Monday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

“A lot of these programs are things that people have asked us to do,” Thompson said.
“Last year, we had a Christmas party for survivors at my home. Everyone had to say one thing he or she was grateful for this year. Someone said, ‘I am grateful that I had cancer because I would have never met all of you at the center without this diagnosis.’”

Thompson and Jordan are working to secure more funding for the center, which runs on $10,000 a year, to be able to offer additional services. Thompson and Jordan run the center in their free time.

“This is a labor of love, but if we had more money, we could do more for the community,” Thompson said.

To make a donation to the Center for Health and Successful Living, contact Malory Sykes, major gifts officer in the Office of Development, at malory.sykes@utoledo.edu or 419.530.5428.

Order poinsettias from Satellites by Nov. 24

It’s that time of year again: Make your holidays more festive by ordering a poinsettia from the Satellites Auxiliary.

The poinsettias range in price from $5 to $15 and are available in a variety of colors, including red, white, pink, and blue with gold. The plants vary in size from 4.5 inches to 7.5 inches and by the number of blooms.

poinsettia1Fresh wreaths measuring 14 inches also are available for $10.

Order forms must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 24. Fax to 419.383.3206, email lynn.brand@utoledo.edu, or drop off to Volunteer Services in Dowling Hall Room 75.

Orders will be available for pickup on Health Science Campus Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Four Seasons Bistro. The pickup date for Main Campus is Thursday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rocket Hall Lobby. For pickup, all poinsettias will be foiled and sleeved.

Payment options for the poinsettias include checks (payable to Satellites of UT Medical Center), cash, departmental requisition for Main Campus and payroll deduction for Health Science Campus. Payment is due at the time of pickup.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide volunteer services.

For more information on the annual poinsettia sale, contact Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Distinguished University Professor featured on business skills DVD from The Great Courses

Dr. Clinton O. Longenecker, Stranahan Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in the UT College of Business and Innovation, is one of five business professors from top U.S. business schools featured in the recently released Critical Business Skills for Success Lecture Series published by The Great Courses.

For 25 years, The Great Courses has been producing audios, videos, CDs and DVDs featuring the world’s best professors on topics in the fields of science, mathematics, history, fine arts, music, religion, philosophy, literature, finance and more.



Ryan Davis, a recruiter from The Great Courses, said, “The Great Courses selects only the top 1 percent of professors in the world to share their knowledge with our worldwide customer base of adult learners.”

“Everyone wants to know: What does it take to reach success in business, the kind of success that lasts? It all comes down to a solid grasp of the fundamentals of business — the same kind that are taught to MBA students in many of the world’s most prestigious business schools, including our own,” Longenecker said.

The comprehensive Great Courses five-part, 60-lecture course, Critical Business Skills for Success, is designed to give people this kind of integrated, accessible introduction. Each of the Critical Business Skills for Success course’s five parts is a detailed look at a particular skill: strategy, operations, finance and accounting, organizational behavior, and marketing.

Longenecker’s sections focus on organizational behavior and high performance leadership.

“The Great Courses Series has an exceptional following among lifelong learners as they draw talent from the best schools from around the world,” Longenecker said. “Their lecture series are developed with amazing professors from universities such as Harvard, Michigan, Yale, Duke, Ohio State, UCLA, Emory and others. To have The University of Toledo included in these circles in a series with worldwide distribution is a wonderful thing.”

He added, “I also think that the ideas shared in Great Courses programs are more powerful than ideas being included in a book, primarily because of the reach and the powerful learning associated with great and dynamic lectures and with these topics being available on DVDs, CDs, streaming.”

The lectures were recorded late last year, and the Critical Business Skills Series was released worldwide in the spring.

“This kind of well-rounded business education is useful to anyone who works in a company of any size,” said Longenecker, who was named by The Economist as one of the top 15 business professors in the world. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master of business administration degree from UT in 1977 and 1978, respectively.

The CD and DVD versions include 60 lectures, a 496-page printed course guidebook, and a downloadable PDF of the course guidebook. The program is available at TheGreatCourses.com.

Law professor elected vice chair of American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution

UT Law Professor Benjamin G. Davis was elected vice chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution at the organization’s annual meeting in August in Chicago.

The Section of Dispute Resolution, established in 1993, has more than 18,000 members and is a global leader in dispute resolution. As number three in command, Davis will help to manage and develop the section’s work.



“Enhancing peaceful means of dispute resolution at the local, state, national and international levels is what the section and its members do in their remarkable work,” Davis said. “I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to help dispute resolution progress and to bring back that experience to my students.”

Davis has spoken on dispute resolution issues around the world and is published widely across a number of academic disciplines. He led the creation of fast-track international commercial arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce. He has been an early innovator in the development of online dispute resolution, creating an international law student moot court in online negotiation, online mediation, online arbitration and online litigation from 2000 to 2005, and a symposium on the topic of online dispute resolution published in The University of Toledo Law Review in 2006. He is a fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts.

Before teaching, Davis worked in Paris for 17 years. Most of that time was as American legal counsel of the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration. There, he directly or indirectly supervised more than 5,000 international commercial arbitrations and mediations, and developed training programs on international trade topics for professionals around the world.

Davis also recently was appointed to serve on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security.

He received a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard College and is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.

Alzheimer’s disease topic of Nov. 24 talk

Dr. Lynn Ritter, education coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association, will be the guest speaker at the Satellites Auxiliary’s luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 24.

The title of her talk is “I Am Going to… Oops ‘Now Where Was I Going?’”

Those who attend may bring their own lunches to the free event, or they may pay $7 for lunch that will include soup, salad, fruit, a beverage and dessert.

Cash or check payable to the Satellites Auxiliary will be accepted.

Complimentary valet service will be available for the event at the medical pavilion.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a volunteer group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide services.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Jennifer Pifer at 419.385.6863 or Pat Windham at 419.385.4808.