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Former Rocket selected for MAC Hall of Fame

Former Toledo women’s basketball player Dana Drew-Shaw has been voted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame.

Drew-Shaw will join four other inductees into the 2018 Induction Class Wednesday, May 30, at 6 p.m.during the MAC Honor’s Dinner at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.

Dana Drew-Shaw was a two-time MAC Player of the Year.

In addition to Drew-Shaw, the other inductees are Orel Hershiser (Bowling Green, baseball), Charlie Batch (Eastern Michigan, football), Dr. Carol Cartwright (MAC/Bowling Green/Kent State, administration) and Michael Turner (Northern Illinois, football).

Drew-Shaw played basketball at UT from 1990 to 1995 and was named MAC Player of the Year and All-MAC First Team in her sophomore and junior years, leading Toledo to three NCAA Tournament appearances and one WNIT berth. She guided Toledo to three regular-season MAC Championships and three MAC Tournament Titles.

She averaged 11.7 points per game as a freshman, 15.0 points per game as a sophomore, 20.1 points per game as a junior and 19.0 points per game as a senior. She was named MAC Player of the Year her sophomore season and then sat out the 1992-93 season due to knee surgery, playing just three games that year. Drew-Shaw came back for her junior season and was again named MAC Player of the Year. After sitting out several games due to injury, she was named All-MAC Second Team as a senior in 1994-95.

Drew-Shaw was named to the MAC All-Tournament Team on four occasions and was the MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player three times. She ranks second on Toledo’s all-time career assists (659) and fourth in scoring (1,919). As a sophomore, she played on the United States Olympic Festival team.

She was named Academic All-American First Team twice (1994, 1995) and was named Academic All-MAC on three occasions (1991, 1994 and 1995). She was the recipient of the Walt Disney Post-Graduate Scholarship, NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship, MAC Post-Graduate Scholarship, and White Scholarship for Excellence in the Study of Political Science.

Drew-Shaw is married to former Toledo Academic All-America basketball player Casey Shaw. They lived in Italy for several years, where Shaw was a professional basketball player, and Drew played three years of professional basketball. They currently reside in Nashville with their four children, Anna, Isaiah, Caleb and Luke.

The MAC Hall of Fame was approved by the MAC Council of Presidents in 1987. The charter class was inducted in 1988 and subsequent classes were added in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994. After six induction classes, the MAC Hall of Fame maintained 52 members until it was reinstated in May 2012. This year’s class brings the number of MAC Hall of Fame inductees to 92 individuals from 13 classes.

Tickets are available for the MAC Honor’s Dinner. Individual tickets are $100 each and a table of 10 is $950. Contact Julie Kachner at the MAC Office at 216.566.4622.

Runner punches ticket to national championship

Senior Janelle Noe punched her ticket to the NCAA National Track and Field Championship Saturday after finishing the 1,500-meter in a personal best 4:16.34.

Noe took ninth at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Tampa, Fla., and becomes the first Rocket to qualify for the national championship since 2016 (Liz Weiler, 3,000S and Kyesha Neal, discus).

“Janelle is obviously an amazing athlete, and she just continues to put together great races,” Head Coach Linh Nguyen said. “This has been a historic season, and I couldn’t be happier to see it continue into Eugene. There’s no harder working or more deserving person, and it’s great to see her commitment pay off.”

Noe ran alongside teammate Petronela Simiuc, who finished 20th after crossing in 4:28.49.


Professional staff employees to receive raise

All PSA employees, non-AAUP faculty and faculty administrators meeting specific criteria will be eligible to receive a wage or salary increase effective July 1 or Aug. 20 (for non-AAUP nine-month faculty).

Increases for PSA will be based on the following salary levels:

• Less than $75,000 — 3 percent increase;

• $75,000 to $100,000 — 1.5 increase increase; and

• Above $100,000 — 1 percent increase.

For non-AAUP faculty, these rates will determine the merit pool available for increases.

Those eligible for the increase are full-time and part-time non-union employees who were hired before Jan 1, 2018, and who have not received salary actions resulting in an increase after that date.

The approximate 1,400 PSA members include the classified exempt, classified salaried, and unclassified administrative and professional employees who do not belong to a bargaining unit and do not have faculty rank.

Compensation for UT employees who are bargaining unit members is determined by their collective bargaining agreements.

“The University appreciates the ongoing contributions and exceptional services provided by all of our academic, hospital and professional staff and faculty employees, as well as the role each person plays in supporting the University’s mission and goals,” said President Sharon L. Gaber.

Any questions about wage increases may be directed to your supervisor, union steward or human resources consultant.

Law faculty member wins Fulbright grant to research women’s housing advocacy in Ecuador

Shelley Cavalieri, UT associate professor of law, was awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to conduct research on women’s housing advocacy in Quito, Ecuador.

She will teach law courses in gender theory, housing and health, and clinical legal education at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito.


Gender and housing are crucial issues in Ecuador due to an extreme gender pay gap, rapid urbanization, and the inadequacy of housing. Cavalieri proposes using socio-legal methods to conduct her research — working closely with citizen activists, nongovernmental organizations, local academic experts, and government officials.

“The housing issues that are central to my Fulbright proposal are rooted in the same questions of citizen engagement in and government response to the problems of urban life that form my research at home,” Cavalieri said. “My Toledo experiences will shape my research in Quito, and my time in Ecuador will enrich my work in Toledo.”

Cavalieri teaches property law at the University. She is a leading expert on human trafficking, land reform and land banking. Her research focuses on feminist legal theory and economic, social and cultural rights.

She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in bioethics, and the University of California at Berkeley, where she received a law degree. 

“Being selected for a Fulbright is one of the highest honors that an academic can achieve,” said D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the UT College of Law. “During her Fulbright, Professor Cavalieri will be doing important research on the impact of women’s advocacy in improving housing access and quality. She also will be a wonderful ambassador for the College of Law and the University.”

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

Cavalieri will spend the 2018-19 academic year in Ecuador. She is one of only a handful of law professors at the University to receive this honor.

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers grants to American faculty, administrators and professionals to teach and conduct research abroad. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Center for International Studies and Programs at The University of Toledo.

Law professor awarded visiting fellowship at Princeton University

Lee J. Strang, UT professor of law, recently was awarded a visiting fellowship at Princeton University for the 2018-19 academic year.

As a James Madison Program Fellow, Strang will continue historical and archival research on religion and legal education. 


While in residence, he will focus on completing his latest book, “The History of Catholic Legal Education: Struggles Over Identity.” The book is believed to be the first comprehensive historical study of Catholic legal education in the United States.

“This fellowship is a tremendous opportunity to learn from excellent scholars while writing my history of Catholic legal education,” Strang said.

He is the John W. Stoepler Professor of Law and Values at the UT College of Law. He teaches in the areas of constitutional law, property law, administrative law, federal courts and appellate practice.

Strang was appointed to the Ohio Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2016. The following year, he received the UT Outstanding Faculty Research and Scholarship Award. 

He is a leading scholar on constitutional law and interpretation, property law, and religion and the First Amendment. His publications include “How Big Data Increases Originalism’s Methodological Rigor: Using Corpus Linguistics to Recover Original Language Conventions,” which was published in the University of California at Davis Law Review in 2017, and “Originalism’s Promise,” which is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. He is editing the third edition of a unique multi-volume modular casebook, “Federal Constitutional Law,” for Carolina Academic Press. 

“The award of this prestigious fellowship recognizes both Professor Strang’s scholarly achievements to date and the promise of his scholarship in the future,” said D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the UT College of Law. “Already a nationally recognized expert in constitutional law, this fellowship will allow Professor Strang to work on an important new book on Catholic legal education.”

The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions is sponsored by the Department of Politics at Princeton University. The program is dedicated to the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the fields of constitutional law and political thought.

Seven UT sports teams have highest Academic Progress Rate in MAC

The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures for the four-year period from 2013-14 to 2016-17, and The University of Toledo received impressive scores across the board.

All 16 UT varsity sports had at least a 968 score, well above the NCAA’s “cut point” of 930, with women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s tennis and women’s tennis leading the way with perfect 1,000 marks. Those four sports plus baseball (993), men’s basketball (990) and women’s soccer (998) all had the highest APR scores in the Mid-American Conference.

“These are impressive APR numbers, but frankly we’ve come to expect it,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “Four of our sports had perfect APR scores of 1,000, seven had the highest score in the MAC, and all of them had at least a 968. Those numbers reflect the fact that our student-athletes are excelling in the classroom and graduating in very high numbers.”

APR is a gauge of every team’s academic performance at a given point in time. Points are awarded on a semester-by-semester basis for eligibility, retention and graduation of scholarship student-athletes. A score of 1,000 is considered perfect. Sports that fail to reach the “cut point” (930) can be penalized with the loss of scholarships, practice restrictions and post-season bans.

The APR data released May 23 is a cumulative figure taken from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.

UT scholar to host news conference about words used to describe alleged victim of child sex trafficking

In response to recent media reports about a case involving a former Toledo police officer, The University of Toledo Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute is hosting a news conference at noon Friday, May 25, at the Kent Branch Library, located at 3101 Collingwood Blvd.


Dr. Celia Williamson, a UT professor of social work who defends the rights of women and girls on a local, national and international level, organized the event along with the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition to discuss the importance of words and to educate the public on child sex trafficking.

“Language is a powerful way of denigrating oppressed populations who society views as less valuable,” said Williamson, who is the director of the UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute. “When an alleged victim is 14 years old, she is not a ‘child prostitute’ or ‘under-aged prostitute.’ Child sex trafficking is modern-day slavery.”

Williamson wants to decrease the stigma associated with alleged child sex trafficking victims and rally the community to support them.

“We want to assure child victims who may be out in our community that we want them to come forward and get help,” Williamson said. “The community also needs to know the proper language to use when discussing the topic of commercial sex with a child.”

Water shut off in three buildings on Main Campus

University and Gillham halls, along with the Savage & Associates Business Complex, have no water Wednesday, May 23, after the city of Toledo broke a 12-inch water line this morning.

The water should be back on around noon today and then will be shut off at 3 p.m. so the line can be repaired, according to Cheryl Skolmowski, executive assistant in Facilities and Construction.

There will be a boil advisory for these buildings — and Stranahan Hall, which has water — for three days or until the city notifies the University the advisory has been lifted.

Main Campus Pharmacy to start summer hours

The University of Toledo’s Main Campus Outpatient Pharmacy will begin its summer hours after Memorial Day.

The pharmacy will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We want to assure campus community members we are here and we are open. It might be a little more difficult to get to us for a while with the construction,” Dr. Valerie Householder, manager of the UT Main Campus Outpatient Pharmacy, said. “Please use the Secor Road entrance to get to West Rocket Drive to come see us.”

West Rocket Drive is closed at the railroad tracks so new steams can be installed. The project is expected to be finished by Friday, June 29, according to Dan Perry, electrical manager with Facilities and Construction.

The pharmacy summer hours will remain in effect until Monday, Aug. 20, one week prior to the start of fall semester.

Located in the Main Campus Medical Center across from the Horton International House, the pharmacy offers personalized health care, immunization services, affordable prices and a wide array of over-the-counter products.

“We are here to help and answer any questions about prescriptions,” Householder said. 

The pharmacy will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day.

For more information, click here or call 419.530.3471.

Rocket baseball player named National Pitcher of the Week

Toledo’s senior pitcher Sam Shutes was named National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), the organization announced Tuesday.

Shutes earns yet another accolade after his incredible two-hit, complete game shutout of Bowling Green last Friday. With the Rockets needing a win to keep their Mid-American Conference Tournament hopes alive, he threw the first complete game shutout by a UT pitcher since the 2014 season.


He was dominant from start to finish, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out nine. He retired the final 17 batters he faced, six by strikeout, and pitched to just two batters above the minimum.

Shutes leads the league with 10 victories and 89.1 innings pitched, and his 3.12 ERA is fifth in the conference. Seven of his last nine starts have lasted at least seven innings, and he has five starts this season with at least six shutout innings.

He has been especially dominant in conference play, posting a 1.96 ERA in 64.1 innings pitched; opposing MAC hitters are batting just .212 against him.

Immediately after Shutes threw his complete game shutout, teammate Michael Jacob went out and threw one himself, giving Toledo back-to-back incredible pitching performances to end the regular season. The Rockets earned the No. 5 seed in this week’s MAC Tournament thanks in large part to stellar outings by Shutes and Jacob.

Shutes also was named All-MAC for the first time in his career Tuesday, joining Ross Adolph and John Servello as MAC award winners for Toledo. He was named a national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball and was CollegeSportsMadness.com’s MAC Player of the Week as well. 

Toledo will begin its MAC Tournament run Wednesday, May 23. The Rockets will play No. 4 Central Michigan at 6 p.m. at Sprenger Stadium in Avon, Ohio.