2019 January | UToledo News







Archive for January, 2019

Business mogul to speak at UT for Black History Month

Dr. William F. Pickard will share his story of being the first person in his family to graduate from college and working to become one of the top businessmen in the country when he visits The University of Toledo for Black History Month.

He will speak Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theatre.

Pickard is chair of Global Automotive Alliance, a co-managing partner of MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO of Bearwood Management Co., and co-owner of five newspapers.

“We are excited to have Dr. Pickard as our featured speaker this year,” David Young, UT director of Toledo Excel and Special Projects, said. “He will talk about achieving success despite the odds.”

Pickard’s career started with a McDonald’s franchise in Detroit. In 1989, he founded an automotive manufacturing company, which became Global Automotive Alliance. The holding company for some half dozen businesses has about 1,600 workers and approximately $500 million in sales. One of the nation’s leading minority-owned companies, Global Automotive Alliance supplies plastic parts to the top three automakers in the United States.

During his more than 40-year career, Pickard has mentored African-American business owners and published a book, “Millionaire Moves: Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship.”

“I fully embrace the mantra: ‘Each one, reach one, teach one.’ These words get me fired up,” he wrote in the introduction of his 2017 book. “They also explain the purpose of this book. This is my way of saying that whatever I’ve done, you can do it, too.”


The entrepreneur and philanthropist shares his leadership skills on the board of the National Urban League and as a member of the Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Pickard to be the first chair of the African Development Foundation, and President George Bush tapped him to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Trade Policy Negotiations in 1990.

Pickard received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate from Ohio State University.

In addition to Pickard’s talk, the University will celebrate this year’s theme, “Embracing Our Power — Honoring Our History,” with several events during Black History Month. Listed by date, events will include:

• Tuesday, Feb. 5 — Black Student Union Comedy Show, 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

— A UT student leader will be honored with the Black Excellence Award during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Akron at 7 p.m. in Savage Arena. In addition, African-American students will be highlighted during the game. For tickets, go to the Toledo Rockets website, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), or stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena. UT employees and retirees may purchase tickets at half-price; UT students are admitted free with ID.

• Wednesday, Feb. 6 — Jerome Jenkins, former basketball coach at California State University at Sacramento, will give a talk, “The War Within,” at 6:30 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 2592.

• Thursday, Feb. 7 — Black History Month Film Series: “Moonlight,” 7:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Room 1039.

• Monday, Feb. 11 — Step Afrika! will perform at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium. The dance company dedicated to the African-American tradition of stepping tours around the globe.

• Thursday, Feb. 14 — Black History Month Film Series: “Creed,” 7:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Room 1039.

• Friday, Feb. 15 — Dr. Derek Alderman, professor of geography at the University of Tennessee, will give a talk titled “The Maps Behind the Movement: African-American Freedom Struggles as Geographical Work” at 2:30 p.m. in Snyder Memorial Building Room 2110.

• Thursday, Feb. 21 — Black History Month Film Series: “Pariah,” 7:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Room 1039.

• Friday, Feb. 22 — Black Student Union Fashion Show, 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Ticket prices to be announced.

• Monday, Feb. 25 — “Black GirlZ Rock,” 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. The National Pan-Hellenic Council will honor women on campus who have made an impact on UT students.

• Thursday, Feb. 28 — Black History Month Film Series: “Get Out,” 7:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Room 1039.

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

For more information on UT’s events for Black History Month, contact Young at david.young@utoledo.edu or 419.530.3815.

#MeToo Movement to be discussed Feb. 5

The Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women will host a talk titled “Law and the #MeToo Movement” for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

Nicole Porter, associate dean for faculty research and development in the UT College of Law, and professor of law, will speak Tuesday, Feb. 5, at noon in Carlson Library Room 1005.


She will discuss the #MeToo Movement, including the legal aspects and the recent changes in Title IX.

Since the movement gained momentum in November 2017, Porter has been working with law professors across the country to try to increase the public’s awareness of the legal issues surrounding #MeToo.

“There are many misunderstandings and misconceptions about sexual harassment and sexual assault. One of my goals is to help clear up some of the confusion,” Porter said. “I think conversations like this one are difficult, but very important.”

She plans to talk about the difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault, and how Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 addresses sexual harassment in the workplace.

Porter also will address the quickly changing law surrounding Title IX, which applies to educational institutions, and some of the myths surrounding sexual assault and sexual harassment.

To register and for more information, call the Eberly Center at 419.530.8570.

UT grad students: Feb. 1 deadline to register for Three-Minute Thesis Competition

An 80,000-word thesis takes about nine hours to present. On Thursday, Feb. 28, UT graduate students will have just three minutes.

Friday, Feb. 1, is the deadline to register for the second annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies. The academic contest for research students was created by the University of Queensland in Australia.

Teri Green, a specialist in the College of Graduate studies, calls the competition the college’s signature event.

“Prior to the Three-Minute Thesis Competition, the College of Graduate Studies did not have a singular event or activity that was open to UT graduate students from any discipline, that engaged programs and departments, or was open to the UT community at large,” Green said. “That all changed in 2018, and we anticipate this competition growing every year.”

By bringing the competition to UT, the College of Graduate Studies is able to support skills development in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors while building a cross-disciplinary research culture throughout campus.

“Students have a fantastic opportunity to come together across disciplinary boundaries, get to know one another, and talk about their research,” Green said. “By having the winner represent UT at higher levels of competition, we are also building and enhancing external relations for the University and graduate studies.”

Qualifying rounds for the competition will be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21 and 22, and Monday, Feb. 25.

The final round will take place Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. in Health Education Building Room 110 and Lobby on Health Science Campus.

For information about the Three-Minute Thesis Competition, go to the College of Graduate Studies’ website.

Vote for UT to become Camp Kesem chapter

One ambitious student is campaigning to make The University of Toledo the newest chapter in a nationwide organization dedicated to a noble cause.

Jade McDaniel, a third-year UT student, is organizing a campaign for a Camp Kesem chapter at the University.

Camp Kesem strives to support children ages 6 to 18 whose parents have or have had cancer by hosting a free weeklong summer camp.

The University of Toledo is one of 12 finalists in the organization’s national chapter expansion campaign.

“I first learned about Camp Kesem a few months ago during a meeting with several cancer genetic counselors,” McDaniel said. “They told me all about Camp Kesem and how the closest chapter was at the University of Michigan, so they have many kids of their patients who would like to attend each year, but they can’t because of the distance. I decided to take the steps to start a chapter here at UT.”

The camp is an opportunity for these children to take a break from all of the challenges they face on a daily basis. It also gives the kids an opportunity to be with peers who understand what they’re going through.

The camp is organized by college students through the chapters at their universities. There are more than 100 chapters across the nation.

To make the UT chapter a reality, the campus community is asked to vote through Friday, Feb. 1. The universities with the most votes will become the newest Camp Kesem chapters.

Anyone can vote daily on the Camp Kesem website.

Business plan competition accepting entries

Wednesday, Feb. 20, is the deadline for UT students and employees to enter the ninth annual business plan competition sponsored by the UT College of Business and Innovation.

The top prize: $10,000 to help make that business idea a reality.

“We are looking forward to seeing the creative array of entries from all campuses,” said Dr. Sonny Ariss, professor and chair of management. “This business plan competition has been growing for eight years, and we expect that success to continue.”

“This annual competition is a marquee event for the University and the College of Business and Innovation,” Dr. Anne L. Balazs, dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation, said. “I am excited to be part of this competition that supports innovation, rewards creative thinking, and encourages entrepreneurs.”

Competition entries must be submitted using Lean Launch Pad concepts, which enable people to develop their business model upon nine basic building blocks: customer segments, value propositions, channels, customer relationships, revenue streams, key resources, key activities, key partnerships and cost structure.

“The College of Business and Innovation is again ready to offer guidance to help teams effectively implement their plans, emerge beyond the University, create jobs, and enhance area economic growth,” Ariss said.

There is no cost to enter the competition. Registration must be completed online. Winners must prove that they have formed an LLC or S Corp in order to receive a financial award.

The UT College of Business and Innovation is providing the following prize money:

• First place: $10,000 (sponsored by Owens-Illinois Inc.);

• Second place: $5,000 (sponsored by the William and Paula Fall Business Plan Award Fund); and

• Third place: $2,000 (sponsored by PNC Bank).

The timeline for the 2019 competition is:

• Those planning to enter the competition are invited to attend a question-and-answer session Wednesday, Feb. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in the PNC Entrepreneurship Lab, located in Savage & Associates Business Complex Room 3100.

• Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 20.

• Finalists will be announced Wednesday, March 20.

• Finalists will make an oral presentation about their business using the business model canvas Friday, April 12, between noon and 5:30 p.m. in the PNC Entrepreneurship Lab in Savage & Associates Business Complex Room 3100.

• Winners will be announced Friday, April 19.

The competition is open to all UT students, faculty and staff, while alumni can participate as a member of a team involving current students, faculty or staff.

To register or for more information, go to UT College of Business Administration website.

Theatre department to present ‘The Pillowman’

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will present Martin McDonagh’s Tony Award-winning play titled “The Pillowman” Friday through Sunday, Feb. 1-3 and 8-10, in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.

In “The Pillowman,” Katurian, a fiction writer abused as a child, churns out bizarre novels with violent plot twists that raise the suspicions of the police when his stories align a little too closely with a recent string of child murders. During his interrogation, Katurian reveals the horrid childhood experiences that informed his craft.

Quincy Joyner, assistant lecturer of theatre, is directing the production.

“There are brutal moments in this play. That’s how Martin McDonagh writes. But he dares us to look past the surface of the story’s characters,” Joyner said. “There are moments of humor and intellect in the writer who writes about horrific things, in the police officers who want the world to be a safer place, in the younger brother who has a childhood filled with dreadful experiences. It is a play that challenges the audience as much as it entertains.”

The cast features Hanna Gerlica, a junior majoring in pharmacy, as Mother; Bryan Harkins, a senior majoring in theatre, as Tupolski; Becca Lustic, a junior majoring in theatre, as Michal; Abbey Mulinix, a student at Wildwood Environmental Academy, as Little Jesus Girl; Grace Mulinix, a freshman majoring in theatre, as Katurian; Faith Murphy, a junior majoring in theatre, as Ariel; Justin Petty, a sophomore majoring in theatre, as Father; and Christian Soto, a freshman majoring in theatre, as Pillow Boy/Brother.

Members of the design team are Dr. Edmund Lingan, professor and chair of theatre and film, producer; Scott Hunt, UT alumnus and faculty member, composer; Kristin Ellert, set designer; Daniel Thobias, associate professor of theatre, costume designer; Stephen Sakowski, assistant professor of theatre, lighting designer; Ryan Peters-Hieber, a senior majoring in theatre design technology, sound designer; Kevin Upham, a senior majoring in theatre, stage manager; and Logan Fleming, a sophomore majoring in theatre, assistant stage manager.

Tickets are $10 for students; $12 for UT faculty, staff and alumni, and military members and seniors; and $18 for the general public. Call 419.530.ARTS (2787) or go to the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ website. Tickets also will be available at the door.

University to name first Student Employee of the Year; nominations needed

The University of Toledo Career Services is launching a Student Employee of the Year award for 2018-19.

The guidelines for the Student Employee of the Year selection have been established by the National Student Employment Association and the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators.

According to Career Services, the honoree will be a student who, in her or his work role, exemplifies reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution. Nominees will be evaluated based on those criteria.

The UT Student Employee of the Year winner will automatically be entered to contend for the state title, with the possibility of advancing to regionals and nationals.

“The University employs a workforce of 3,000 students that do a lot for their school, and a lot of them are putting their education to use,” said Joshua Vail, student employment specialist for Career Services. “This is just one way we’d like to give back and show a little recognition for them. We also will be hosting a reception for all of the students who were nominated, along with the supervisors who nominated them.”

Supervisors should submit their nominations forms via email by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. The nomination form and a complete list of requirements can be found on the Career Services’ website.

For more information, contact Vail at joshua.vail@utoledo.edu.

UT announces spring enrollment numbers

For the second consecutive year, more than 90 percent of new students enrolled in the fall continued their studies in the spring semester.

The undergraduate fall-to-spring-semester retention rate of 90.5 percent for the 2018-19 academic year continues the positive trend resulting from increased efforts to support student success.

The total enrollment for spring semester 2019 is 18,804 students, according to official 15-day census numbers. There were 19,236 students enrolled in spring semester 2018.

“The University’s increased focus on supporting student success is already having a tangible result in increased student retention, and we expect to see those efforts reflected in future graduation rates,” said Jim Anderson, the University’s new vice president for enrollment management. “Our efforts now are targeted at how do we best build on that success as we look to grow enrollment next year and into the future.”

Anderson, who joined UT in January from Boise State University, said among his goals are strengthening relationships with community colleges to help streamline the transfer process for students interested in a bachelor’s degree and partnering with the UT College of Graduate Studies for opportunities to encourage current undergraduate students to pursue advanced degrees.

The University also has expanded its marketing efforts for graduate students, including a redesigned website, increased communication to prospective students, and added more recruitment events.

The spring enrollment includes 14,566 undergraduate students and 4,238 graduate students. Among the areas of growth for the University are new international students and students enrolled in the College of Law and University College.

UT employees: W-2s available

The UT Payroll Department has processed W-2s for the 2018 tax year.

Those who chose to receive their W-2s electronically can log in to the myUT portal and look in the employee tab under tax forms.

University employees who opted for a paper copy should check their mail; W-2s were picked up by the U.S. Postal Service Jan. 28.

UT cancels classes for Jan. 30 and 31

The University of Toledo has canceled all classes for Wednesday, Jan. 30, and Thursday, Jan. 31.

Despite canceled classes, the University will remain open and operations will continue as normal.

Any additional updates will be made available at utoledo.edu/weather.