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Football player to receive 2019 Chuck Ealey College Undefeated Spirit Award

University of Toledo senior wide receiver Cody Thompson has been named the 2019 recipient of the Chuck Ealey College Undefeated Spirit Award.

Thompson is the 12th Rocket who will receive the prestigious award at the annual Songfest event in Savage Arena Saturday, March 30. He also will be honored at the eighth annual High School Undefeated Spirit Award Ceremony Sunday, March 31, at the ProMedica Steam Plant.

During his career, Thompson was a two-time, first-team All-Mid-American Conference wide receiver for the Rockets. He caught 181 passes for 3,312 yards and a school-record 30 touchdowns. As a senior in 2018, he had 48 receptions for 647 yards and 10 TDs, and was named second-team Academic All-America.

In 2017, Thompson suffered a season-ending injury in what would have been his final campaign with the Rockets. However, because of his injury, he was eligible to play an additional season of college football. After an off-season of rehab, he returned to lead the Rockets in 2018. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in December 2017 and is pursuing a master’s degree in recreation and leisure.

Founded in 2007, the Chuck Ealey Foundation presents the award to the student-athlete who best demonstrates the behaviors of living the undefeated spirit in his or her sport, in the classroom and in the community. Award winners are role models for making good choices and living with an undefeated spirit in everything that they do.

The award also recognizes that behind every person with an undefeated spirit, there are others around them who have instilled this spirit. It is named for Ealey, who was one of the greatest football players in Toledo history. A quarterback, Ealey led the Rockets to a perfect 35-0 record and three Mid-American Conference Championships from 1969 to 1971. His mother, Earline Ealey, is the inspiration behind the award. She lived her life with an undefeated spirit and instilled that spirit in her son. Chuck Ealey has been working to instill the same spirit in his family and everyone around him.

The foundation uses undefeated as an acronym, standing for undefeated, no negativity, determination/desire, encouragement/endurance, faith/focus/fortitude, equality, attitude/actions, tenacity, education and discipline.

The Undefeated Spirit Award has been presented annually at the University’s Songfest as a way to bring together student leaders and student-athletes.

Craft breweries increase residential property values

The craft brewery boom is good for home values.

Using Charlotte, N.C., as a case study, researchers at The University of Toledo and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte found that craft breweries have a positive impact on residential property values.


Condominiums in center-city neighborhoods show a nearly 3 percent increase on sales price after a brewery opened within a half mile.

Single family homes in center-city neighborhoods saw a nearly 10 percent increase after a brewery opened within a half mile.

The study, which is published in Growth and Change: A Journal of Urban and Regional Policy, found no significant impacts on commercial property values.

“Being able to walk to a craft brewery in the evening or late afternoon on the weekend is considered a positive amenity that would — for some people — be attractive when looking at a house,” said Dr. Neil Reid, professor of geography and planning at The University of Toledo, who is affectionately known as the “Beer Professor.” “There is a different attitude toward a craft brewery. It’s perceived differently than a liquor store or bar.”

In Charlotte, a relatively large and growing city with an increasing competition for land and housing, 21 breweries opened between March 2009 and October 2016.

For the study, researchers focused on properties sold between 2002 and 2017 within a half mile buffer of a brewery and found that while many areas in close proximity to a craft brewery appear to have been associated with relatively higher price premiums even before the opening of the brewery, breweries tend to add to this premium.


“These results are informative to policymakers considering revising zoning laws and other regulations in efforts to promote the growth of craft breweries and spur economic development in their local economies,” said Dr. Isabelle Nilsson, assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Nilsson earned a Ph.D. in spatially integrated social science at UToledo in 2015 and her master’s in economics at UToledo in 2011.

Reid’s previous research has shown that craft breweries often tend to be located in neighborhoods that have recently experienced economic distress, and craft breweries have played a key part in revitalization efforts in many urban areas by restoring old, abandoned buildings.

Craft breweries contributed $76.2 billion in economic impacts to the U.S. economy in 2017, including more than 500,000 total jobs with more than 135,000 jobs directly at breweries or brewpubs, according to the Brewers Association.

“This new research shows that craft breweries contribute to increased property tax revenues for local governments, in addition to job creation and aiding neighborhood revitalization efforts,” Reid said. “However, the effects to residential property values may not be as significant in places with higher rates of vacancies and lower population growth, as well as in more established cities such as Chicago or New York.”

In a separate study recently published in Papers in Regional Science, the researchers took a close look at craft brewery closures in Chicago, Denver and Portland from 2012 through 2016 after a decade of rapid industry growth.

In those four years, 27 craft breweries closed and 225 opened for business.

Peak growth in all three cities took place in 2013 and 2014, and since then the number of entries into the market have declined while the number of closures has increased.

“I think that the craft brewing industry is following a natural progression, with rapid growth at the onset followed by diminishing growth rates as it matures,” Nilsson said. “As it continues to mature, we will see shakeouts involving closures of less competitive breweries.”

The economic geographers found that being in a cluster does not have a significant effect on brewery survival.

“Many craft brewers who open a business choose to locate close to the competition to draw more people in for brewery hopping, though it also is partly driven by zoning restrictions, too,” Reid said. “However, clustering also creates a more competitive environment, which can make it harder for one to remain open.”

Although closures do not appear to occur in brewery districts or in areas with a high concentration of breweries, closures tend to occur in more residential areas outside of downtowns.

Closed breweries had an average of one other brewery within one mile, while those that were still open as of 2016 had around 2.5 other breweries surrounding them.

The researchers also identified other trends related to business survival:
• Being in a neighborhood where incomes are higher is positively related to brewery survival.

• As the population of white and millennials in a neighborhood increases, the probability of a brewery surviving decreases.

• Higher population density also is associated with greater likelihood of closure.

“Even though millennials are driving the industry and craft beer drinkers are predominantly white, income is more important than racial composition or age composition,” Reid said.

Dr. Oleg Smirnov, associate professor of economics at UToledo, and UToledo doctoral student Matt Lehnert, also served as co-authors on the study of closures in the craft brewing industry.

To learn more about the evolving appetite of craft beer drinkers and the experimentation of craft brewers, check out Reid’s blog about the beer industry.

Statewide conference on campus helps lead to national recognition

Last fall, The University of Toledo hosted the 20th annual conference of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network Ohio.

This year, the nationally competitive ACE State Network Leadership Award went to the American Council on Education Women’s Network Ohio.

Dr. Shanda Gore, left, and Dr. Robin Arnsperger Selzer, center, co-chairs of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network Ohio, accepted the ACE State Network Leadership Award earlier this month at the ACE annual conference in Philadelphia. They are shown with Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, chair of the ACE Women’s Executive Council and ACE Women’s Network Ohio presidential sponsor.

Dr. Shanda Gore, executive director of the UToledo Minority Business Development Center and the Minority Business Assistance Center, and Dr. Robin Arnsperger Selzer, associate professor of pre-health at the University of Cincinnati, accepted the award March 9 at the ACE annual meeting in Philadelphia. They are co-chairs of the American Council on Education Women’s Network Ohio.

“I would like to thank all those on the UToledo campus who attended or volunteered to make the 20th annual conference a big success. This ACE recognition is special because this was the first time the American Council on Education Women’s Network Ohio has been recognized for this award and it is due, in part, to the success of our annual conferences,” Gore said.

“Dr. Selzer and I also presented to ACE attendees concerning best practices with network strategic planning and maintaining a successful ACE Women’s chapter,” added Gore, who is the principal investigator for the upcoming federally funded Global Minority Business Virtual Development Center.

“I am honored to present the ACE Women’s Network Ohio with the 2019 ACE State Network Leadership Award,” said Gailda Pitre Davis, director of ACE leadership. “Ohio happens to be one of the earliest active states in the Women’s Network. Activity waned in the late ’80s, but last year they celebrated 20 years of renewed and noteworthy activity.”

With an engaged executive board working actively with Selzer and Gore, four regional coordinators around the state, and institutional representatives, the ACE Women’s Network Ohio has had a significant impact on women in higher education in Ohio, according to Davis.

Last year, the ACE Women’s Network Ohio experienced its second consecutive sold-out annual conference, with more than 200 attendees participating in workshops, panel discussions, networking and professional development events. Recently, the network continued to grow its social media outlets, re-energized its institutional representative outreach, and established a secure archival system.

“ACE is setting great standards through a number of their diversity-focused initiatives, and we are contributing toward their goals through our annual conference programming and continuous support of women,” Gore said. “Our ACE Women’s Network Ohio chapter members know there’s much more to be done in the areas of equity — pay — and diversification at all levels in higher education, and we will continue to support the work.”

Gore has served on the ACE Women’s Network Ohio executive board for three years, chairing the Strategic Planning Committee before becoming the annual conference chair and state co-chair.

Dr. Angela Paprocki, assistant provost for curriculum and instruction, joined the ACE Women’s Network Ohio executive board last year and serves on the chapter’s awards committee.

Songfest set to entertain, raise funds for local mental health center

One of The University of Toledo’s oldest traditions returns this weekend: Songfest will be held Saturday, March 30.

Students will take the stage for the annual philanthropic event at 5 p.m. in Savage Arena.

This year’s theme is “Forever Legends,” and students have set a goal of raising $5,000.

Funds raised will go to the Zepf Center, a Toledo nonprofit that provides behavioral health and vocational services to Lucas County youth and adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

“Donations will go toward diagnosing and treating mental illnesses, as well as community-wide education to help end the stigma associated with mental illnesses,” said Sofia Rodriguez, a senior majoring in recreational therapy, who is director of the Songfest philanthropy team.

Twenty-one student groups will participate in the competition. It will be the first year members of the International Students Association will step into the spotlight at the event, according to Jose Viloria, a senior majoring in management, who is director and emcee of Songfest.

“With our theme, ‘Forever Legends,’ each student group will pick an artist or group and perform a song as a tribute,” Viloria said.

Anyone new to Songfest should expect a night of entertainment, as student organizations spend countless hours preparing for the competition.

“Seeing the performances is exciting, just as much as it is rewarding for the individuals participating,” Rodriguez said. “The students truly do practice for months just for this one opportunity to show you their skills.”

The grand total of funds raised for the Zepf Center will be revealed at the end of the night.

“I am particularly excited to see how much money the University community raises for Songfest,” Rodriguez said

Donations will be accepted at the event, or text “Rocket2Recovery” to 71777 to contribute.

Community-Engaged Research Symposium slated for April 17

The Office of the Provost invites all faculty, staff and students to attend the University’s premiere Community-Engaged Research Symposium Wednesday, April 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Nitschke Engineering Commercialization Complex.

This year’s theme, “Impacting Our Region Through Community-Engaged Research,” focuses on how UToledo faculty are collaborating with key community partners to impact the region and improve life for area residents.

More than 40 booth and poster presentations will be available for viewing between 3 and 5 p.m., representing research, scholarship and creative activities in many different fields across UToledo’s campuses.

“As a major public research university, this inaugural symposium is a fantastic way for faculty and staff to discover each other’s work across various disciplines,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, vice provost of faculty affairs and co-chair of the symposium.

“It’s also a great way for students to meet with leading faculty and learn how they can get involved in research and other endeavors as part of their academic pursuits,” she added. “They’re welcome to drop by the symposium at any time, depending on their schedule.”

Additionally, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Nitschke Auditorium, President Sharon L. Gaber will welcome participants to a panel discussion on the region’s opioid crisis response. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Panelists will include Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith, UToledo professor and chair of psychiatry; Gary Johnson, Toledo City Council; Scott Sylak, Mental Health Recovery Services Board of Lucas County; and Drug Abuse Response Team representatives from the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. Dr. Linda Lewandowski, dean of the College of Nursing and co-chair of the UToledo/Community Partners Opioid Task Force, will serve as moderator and welcome questions from the audience at the end of the session.

Regional partners, including community agencies and organizations that have collaborated with this year’s symposium presenters or that have been impacted by their work, as well as their guests, also are invited to attend any or all portions of the symposium.

Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be available, and parking is conveniently located next to Nitschke for all participants.

For more details about the Community-Engaged Research Symposium, including a complete list of University presenters, visit the Research Symposium 2019 website.

Senior guard recognized by National Basketball Coaches Association

Senior Jaelan Sanford has earned additional postseason honors, receiving First-Team All-District 14 recognition from the National Basketball Coaches Association.


Sanford’s honor marks the eighth straight year at least one Rocket has been included on the all-district squad.

The National Basketball Coaches Association divides the nation into 25 districts and honors 10 players from each district, signifying a five-player first team and a five-player second team.

A 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard, Sanford earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors this season after being a second-team All-MAC selection a year ago.

Sanford paced the Rockets in scoring with 15.5 points per game and ranked second with 3.2 assists per game, a 1.7 assist/turnover ratio, 75 free throws made and 89 free throws attempted. He also ranked first in the MAC with an 84.3 free-throw percentage and topped the Rockets with 26 double-digit scoring contests.

He finished his career in fifth place on Toledo’s all-time scoring list with 1,789 points and fourth with 238 three-point field goals. He also started a school-record 133 straight games and tied Jordan Lauf and Nate Navigato for most games played in a career.

‘Treasuring Our Talent’ with Service Awards: RSVPs due April 8

Human Resources reminds all eligible employees to their RSVP by 5 p.m. Monday, April 8, to attend the University’s annual Employee Service Awards, slated for Thursday, April 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Radisson Mahogany Ballroom on Health Science Campus.

More than 650 employees will be recognized for reaching a milestone year of service in 2018, including 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years.

Each eligible faculty and staff member will be presented with a special UToledo service pin during a brief ceremony hosted by President Sharon L. Gaber. This year’s theme is “Treasuring Our Talent.”

Employees also should plan to pick up a thank-you gift selected for their specific service anniversary at this event.

Parking is available in the hotel lot.

For additional information and the complete list of UToledo’s Service Award recipients, visit the Human Resources’ website.

Professor named American Council on Education Fellow

Dr. Robert A. Schultz of The University of Toledo Judith Herb College of Education has been named a Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) for 2019-20.


The professor of gifted education and curriculum studies, and chair of early childhood, higher education and special education, is one of 39 to receive the distinguished designation.

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration through its distinctive and intensive nominator-driven, cohort-based mentorship model.

More than 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program over the past five decades, with more than 80 percent of Fellows having gone on to serve as senior leaders of colleges and universities.

“The ACE Fellows Program epitomizes ACE’s goal of enriching the capacity of leaders to innovate and adapt, and it fuels the expansion of a talented and diverse higher education leadership pipeline,” ACE President Ted Mitchell said. “Each year I am impressed by how many former Fellows are named to prominent leadership roles, which makes it even more exciting to meet each new cohort. I’m left wondering, ‘Where will these Fellows end up?’”

“I am honored to have been selected as an ACE Fellow and to serve The University of Toledo in this capacity,” Schultz said. “The program and training will provide a broad array of resources and experiences that are sure to be transformative in my growth and development as a leader.

“I want to thank President [Sharon L.] Gaber for her support and encouragement to pursue this unique and prestigious opportunity,” Schultz added.

Schultz has been a faculty member at the University since 2001. In addition to professor and chair, he serves as director of the Honors Program in the Judith Herb College of Education and is the assessment liaison for the University-wide Visual Literacy Consortium. He also is a member of The University of Toledo Leadership Institute class of 2018.

He was nominated to be an ACE Fellow by a senior administrator at the University and completed a rigorous application process.

The ACE Fellows Program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses, and other higher education-related organizations, and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year.

During the placement, Fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institutions, attend decision-making meetings, and focus on issues of interest. Fellows also conduct projects of pressing concern for their home institutions and seek to implement their findings upon completion of the placement.

At the conclusion of the year, Fellows return to their home institutions with new knowledge and skills that contribute to capacity-building efforts, along with a network of peers across the country and abroad.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn from and broadly explore leadership with top officials at another college or university,” Schultz said. “This will be an exciting and transformative experience as I continue my career in higher education.”

He is an alumnus of the University of Akron, where he received bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in biology/chemistry and cytology, respectively, and a master of arts degree in education. Schultz also received master of art and doctoral degrees in gifted education and curriculum and instruction, respectively, from Kent State University.

UToledo med students biking across country before graduation to raise money for Community Care Clinics

The sun rising over Los Angeles March 20 signaled the start of a 50-day adventure for a pair of fourth-year medical students at The University of Toledo who are bicycling more than 3,200 miles across the country.

The trip is raising money for UToledo’s Community Care Clinics, a student-run organization that provides free medical care to those with limited or no health insurance.

UToledo medical students Ricky Voigt, left, and Bobby Easterling began their cross-country bike trip by dipping their rear tires in the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, Calif. They are raising funds for UToledo’s Community Care Clinic.

“This is a way to give back on our way out from Toledo,” Ricky Voigt said. “In my eyes, this is one last thank-you to the community.”

Voigt, an Eagle Scout who will soon embark on an emergency medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is joined on the trip by Bobby Easterling, who matched with Ohio State University for his residency in internal medicine.

The pair set a goal of raising $3,267 — one dollar for every mile of their journey — but more than $6,000 was pledged to the Community Care Clinics before they rode their first mile.

“It’s a good cause and a lot of our classmates are really dedicated to it. We know they do good work out there,” Easterling said. “We’re thrilled that people are supporting this.”

Voigt and Easterling left Toledo just days after Match Day. They’ll need to reach the East Coast in time to return to Toledo for their May 10 graduation from the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, giving them just over a month-and-a-half to cross the country.

To do that, they’ll need to average about 70 miles a day. They’ve scheduled a handful of rest days in major cities, but they won’t have time to linger much along the route or to have the luxury of packing it in if it rains.

In spite of that, they’re both eager to complete this journey.

“I think the hardest part is going to be just being on the bike for 45 days. I think physically it’s going to be tough at first, but you kind of get used to it,” Easterling said.

Bobby Easterling, left, and Ricky Voigt took a UToledo flag on their 50-day bike ride across the country. The medical students started their trek in Santa Monica, Calif., and will pedal more than 3,200 miles to the Atlantic Ocean.

Avid runners, Easterling and Voigt came up with the idea to do a cross-country bicycle tour after they ran the Flying Pig Marathon together last spring in Cincinnati. One of Voigt’s Scouting friends had previously done a similar trip, and he helped them decide if the trek was feasible in their time frame and develop the initial plan. Easterling, the more serious cyclist of the two, also drew on his experience participating in the 100-mile Pelotonia charity bike ride in Columbus.

Since the fall, Voigt and Easterling have been sketching out the route and ramping up their indoor training on stationary cycles.

“We’ve probably been riding about four days a week. We started out an hour or two at a time. Now we’re riding 60, 70, 80 miles, which is about four or five hours on the trainer,” Voigt said. “It takes up a lot of time. We just set up Netflix in front of the bike and go.”

Starting from Los Angeles, they are following the historic U.S. Route 66 to cut across Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri into St. Louis. From there, they’ll travel east through Indianapolis, Columbus and Pittsburgh before continuing on through Washington, D.C., and on to the Atlantic Ocean.

Each is carrying about 50 pounds of gear on his bike, including camping equipment. The pair elected not to book any accommodations before the trip began to give them some flexibility in where they stop for the night.

Easterling and Voigt weren’t heavily involved in the Community Care Clinics during their time at the University, but they each have been impressed by the organization’s reach.

Nate Locke, a first-year medical student and director of administration for the Community Care Clinic, said the organization is heavily reliant on donations.

“Health care is expensive, so to have somebody who just wanted to help us out in this way was such a blessing,” he said. “Without the clinics, a lot of the people we see wouldn’t have any access to health care whatsoever. We also provide food and clothing. We try to take care of the entire person, not just the patient.”

The clinics served nearly 5,000 patients last year. Locke said the board is hoping the funds raised by the “Ricky Bobby Bike America for Community Care Clinic” campaign might be enough to cover a larger project, such as adding electronic health records.

Voigt will post updates to his Instagram, @therickyvoigt. Donations can be made on the Ricky Bobby Bike America for Community Care Clinic website.

NY jazz artist to perform at concert honoring Jon Hendricks April 2

The University of Toledo Department of Music will welcome jazz vocalist Kim Nazarian of New York Voices as the guest performer for the 2019 Jon Hendricks Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert.

The concert will be held Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.


For the past 25 years, Nazarian has been harmonizing all over the world with New York Voices. In 2012, she was recognized as one of the top 50 most influential Armenian artists and was inducted into her high school’s hall of fame.

Along with the many recordings Nazarian has made with New York Voices, she is proud to be one of the featured voices on Bobby McFerrin’s “VOCAbuLarieS” CD. Another recent professional highlight is her collaboration with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Manchester Craftman’s Guild on a concert tour dedicated to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald.

Nazarian also is part of a special program called “Vocalese,” created by visionary producer Larry Rosen, which has integrated New York Voices with the Manhattan Transfer and Jon Hendricks.

The Ithaca College graduate specializes in teaching vocal technique and the art of ensemble singing. For the past three years, she has represented the USA as a judge for the International A Cappella Competition in Graz, Austria. She will be a guest teacher in Germany this summer.

Nazarian has conducted the New York and Arizona All-State Jazz Choirs, and many area and district jazz choirs in the United States. Her highly acclaimed workshops have been presented at the Jazz Education Network and many state Music Educators Association conferences.

In addition to her extensive studio credits as a movie score and jingle singer, some of Nazarian’s other recordings include “Red Dragonfly in NY” produced by Jiro Yoshida; “Long Ago and Far Away,” an original children’s radio show; and guest appearances on “An Afternoon in Rio” with guitarist Joe Negri (the handyman on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”); “Two Worlds” with Boston-based band El Eco; and Mark Shilansky’s “Join the Club” release.

In 2015, Nazarian released her first solo disc titled “Some Morning.” Guests on the recording include Paquito D’Rivera, Gary Burton, John Pizzarelli and Sean Jones.

Hendricks, a jazz legend, was one of the originators of vocalese, a jazz singing technique in which a vocalist improvises lyrics to existing instrumental songs and replaces many instruments with his or her voice and that of other vocalists. Hendricks was a beloved member of the University Music Department faculty in the Jazz Studies Program for many years before he passed away in November 2017.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Jon Hendricks Memorial Scholarship Fund at The University of Toledo.

Tickets — $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors — are available in advance from the Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419.530.2787 or online at the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ website. Tickets also will be available at the door.