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UToledo Names Director of Cross Country, Track and Field

Andrea Grove-McDonough has been named the director of cross country and track and field at The University of Toledo, Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien announced today.

Grove-McDonough comes to Toledo following head coaching stints at North Carolina, Iowa State and Connecticut.

“We’re excited to welcome Andrea Grove-McDonough as the new director of cross country and track and field,” O’Brien said. “Andrea has been very successful at the highest level of intercollegiate competition. Her teams have excelled athletically and academically, and she has a proven track record in recruiting. I’m confident she will help our student-athletes achieve their full potential.”

“My family and I are excited about the opportunity to lead the Toledo program,” Grove-McDonough said. “The Rockets have a great history of success in their cross country program, and on the track in recent years, where they have won MAC Championships and been very competitive at the national level. I’m looking forward to getting started and taking the program to even greater heights.”
As the director of cross country and track and field, Grove-McDonough will serve as the head coach for men’s and women’s cross country and as the head coach for women’s track and field.

“What I’m most excited about is being part of a very supportive and dynamic athletic department,” Grove-McDonough said. “I was impressed with [Senior Associate Athletic Director] Kelly Andrews and Mike O’Brien. It was really the interview process that sealed the deal for me and their consistent communication with me throughout the process. Ultimately, I felt like Toledo was a place that not only wants to win, but wants to do it the right way. I fell in love with the family atmosphere of the entire athletic department and, most importantly, I felt Toledo would be a terrific fit for me and my family.”

Grove-McDonough comes to Toledo after serving one year as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach and assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach at North Carolina. Prior to that, she was the head women’s cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at Iowa State from 2013 to 2018, and held the same position at UConn from 2008 to 2013.

While at UNC, Grove-McDonough coached the men’s cross country team to victories over four nationally ranked squads for the first time since 2011. Under her direction, six Tar Heels earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition in cross country and track. In the classroom, the women’s cross country squad posted a 3.44 GPA, the highest team GPA among all UNC varsity teams.

In Grove-McDonough’s five seasons at Iowa State, she led the Cyclones to five combined NCAA cross country championship appearances and four Big 12 cross country championship titles. ISU’s best season was a runner-up team finish at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championship, the Cyclones’ highest finish in 29 years.

Under Grove-McDonough’s direction, 31 ISU student-athletes went on to become NCAA qualifiers and 16 earned NCAA All-America honors. In the classroom, the Cyclones earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team honors five consecutive years, while the women’s cross country team posted Iowa State’s highest women’s team GPA five times between 2013 and 2017. The women’s cross country team also achieved a team GPA of 3.81 during the 2017 fall semester, which tied for the highest team GPA recorded in Iowa State history.

At UConn, Grove-McDonough led the Huskies to an eighth-place national finish in 2012, their first NCAA Cross Country Championship appearance in school history. In five seasons under Grove-McDonough’s direction, 15 UConn student-athletes became NCAA qualifiers, six earned All-American honors, and five were Big East Conference champions. In addition, records in every indoor and outdoor distance event were broken. Academically, her teams earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team honors four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012.

In addition, Grove-McDonough has coached several individuals who excelled on the international stage. In 2018, she coached Cailie Logue to a USA Junior National Championship in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. Grove-McDonough has coached three USA Junior National runners-up in the 3,000 meters and steeplechase, five U-20 World Championship qualifiers, two U-20 Pan Am qualifiers and two U-20 Pan Am medalists.

Grove-McDonough was named Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year for cross country in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, and was named Big East Conference Head Coach of the Year for cross country in 2012. In 2013, 2014 and 2017, she was named U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Midwest Region Head Coach of the Year for cross country. She also earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors for indoor track and field in 2012 and 2013. Grove-McDonough was part of the coaching staff that earned Big East Conference Coaching Staff of the Year honors for indoor track and field in 2009.

Prior to becoming a coach, Grove-McDonough was a two-time national titlist, winning the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials in the 10,000 meters. She ran professionally for 12 years and was a seven-time Canadian National Team member. Grove-McDonough was ranked first in Canada in the 10,000 meters in 2008 and was ranked second in the nation in the 5,000 meters in 2002, 2006 and 2007.

Grove-McDonough competed at the University of Minnesota as a distance runner, earning All-America honors in the 1,500 meters with a fifth-place finish at the 1996 NCAA Outdoor Championship. She earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 1996.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Grove-McDonough graduated from Minnesota in 2004 with a bachelor of arts degree in human resource development and business and industry education.

Grove-McDonough and her husband, Troy McDonough, former University of Montana All-America decathlete, have a son, Smith (9), and a daughter, Holden (3).

Parking Permit Rates Change, New Programs Implemented

As the University continues moving toward more equitable parking, a number of changes and new programs will be implemented for fall semester.

Among them are new rates for most members of the UToledo community. To provide you with advance notification, review the permit types and fees on the Parking and Transportation Services’ website. New rates go into effect in August.

When compared to current parking permit rates, these include an annual increase of $15 for “A” permits, which are used by most full-time faculty and staff; this amounts to an increase of 58 cents per paycheck for individuals using payroll deduction.

Current permit-holders with payroll deduction will see this new deduction on their last paycheck in August and do not need to register for parking.

Individuals who pay one lump sum with a credit card, requiring annual parking registration, may register starting Monday, Aug. 5, on the myParking website.

Employees in collective bargaining units will continue to pay the parking rate specified in their contract.

Student parking permits will remain unchanged for 2019-20.

It is against University policy to pay a citation, pay a meter, or purchase a parking permit with a University P-card. Guest permits purchased by the department are to be charged to the departmental index and an account provided.

If you have questions about parking or registration, visit the Parking and Transportation Services’ website or contact parking@utoledo.edu.

Diver Earns Academic All-America Accolades

University of Toledo diver Joelle Gallais earned individual Scholar All-America Honorable Mention accolades from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

Gallais assisted the swimming and diving team in earning the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team awards announced last month. The team put together the seventh-highest GPA in the country at 3.69.

Gallais

The bioengineering major has an impressive resumé in her first season at UToledo, garnering six first-place finishes in the diving well and competing at the NCAA Diving Zones.

The award recognizes student-athletes that have achieved a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher and competed in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

In addition to the 1,221 first-team selection, 890 students were named as Honorable Mention selections. These students have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a “B” standard time or competed at the NCAA Regional or Diving Zones.

Alumna Designs Mural for Inner-City Beautification Project

Artist Caroline Jardine, who earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from The University of Toledo in 2017, recently designed and completed a mural project intended to beautify abandoned homes on North Huron Street in the historic Vistula district, the Glass City’s first neighborhood.

The houses have good bones and may yet be rehabilitated. The project is intended to protect the homes from vandalism in hopes that a buyer may one day remodel them.

These photos show the house at 1105 N. Huron St. in Toledo before and after the mural project.

Jardine’s mural consists of panels that cover the windows and doors of the structures. Each panel has a unique design that connects in color scheme and concept to the other panels.

The project was initiated by Reginald Temple, director and vice president of community development for First Federal Bank of the Midwest. Temple, a UToledo College of Arts and Letters alumnus who received a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2003, often partners with the Lucas County Land Bank on various projects.

Jardine

Temple said this mural is similar to other board-up projects the Lucas County Land Bank and the Arts Commission have done, like the one for the former residence of Art Tatum, Toledo’s legendary jazz pianist.

The Huron Street project was organized through the collaborative efforts of First Federal Bank of the Midwest, the Lucas County Land Bank and the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. First Federal Bank provided volunteers, plus lunches and restrooms for the volunteers. The Lucas County Land Bank provided the properties, and the Arts Commission commissioned an artist and provided the paint and boards.

Ryan Bunch, communications and outreach coordinator for the Arts Commission, asked Jardine to design 16 murals for the North Huron Street properties.

“I designed the panels so that they would function as individual pieces and as a whole,” Jardine said. “Lindsay Akens [creative place-making facilitator with the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo] and Ryan Bunch showed the Vistula community members the designs and received their approval to move forward with the project.”

Volunteers painted the panels for the houses on N. Huron Street.

Jardine added that her design was inspired by her own work and the houses themselves.

“I chose to include abstracted, minimalist figures that look out to the viewer,” she said. “The vacant houses are given character and life through these figures. The house at 1109 N. Huron was partially blue to begin with, so I brought in blue as one of the colors in this mural.”

Temple arranged for nearly 60 volunteers from his company to carry out the painting.

Jardine said she was impressed with the volunteers because they did so much more than paint: “The houses that the murals were installed on needed a lot of work. Volunteers cleared brush, mowed the lawns, picked up trash, pulled weeds, and cleaned the porches.”

Volunteers did some brushwork, too. Some of the large panels were four feet by eight feet.

“Once we finished priming each of the 16 panels, I outlined the designs and color-coded them so that the volunteers could begin painting them,” Jardine said. “We had two to three days of painting, one and a half days of touch-ups and detail work, and one and a half days of installation. Finally, we clear-coated the panels and installed them on the first floors of the houses.”

Three young girls from the neighborhood came by daily and watched as the project unfolded. Lindsay Akens and Liam Johnson of the Arts Commission suggested the scope of the project be increased so the girls could participate.

Jardine designed several additional panels to cover the basement windows for the girls to paint. Temple noted that the girls were thrilled to be included. “The excitement on their faces was phenomenal,” he said.

The houses are adjacent to each other at 1105 N. Huron and 1109 N. Huron St.

Six Rockets Named MAC Distinguished Scholar Athletes Following Spring Season

Six University of Toledo student-athletes were named Distinguished Scholar Athletes from the spring season by the Mid-American Conference.

The awards were received following strong contributions in the field of competition and exemplary work in the classroom.

The Rocket women’s golf program led the way with two student-athletes recognized. Baseball, softball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis each landed one student-athlete on the list.

Seniors Pinyada Kuvanun (women’s golf) and Luke Vitosevic (men’s tennis) received the honor for a second time, while seniors Claire Aleck (women’s tennis), Kaitlyn Bergman (softball), Brad Boss (baseball) and Pimchanok Kawil (women’s golf) were honored for the first time.

The Distinguished Scholar Athlete is given to students who have excelled in athletics and academics. Following each season, any student-athlete with a 3.20 GPA and participation in at least 50 percent of the contests is automatically named to the Academic All-MAC Team for each sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

From the Academic All-MAC Teams, the league’s faculty athletic representatives select the best to be Distinguished Scholar Athletes. Only student-athletes holding a cumulative 3.50 GPA or higher are eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award. The number of Distinguished Scholar Athletes from each sport are equivalent to the number of first-team selections or 20 percent of the nominees, whichever is greater.

New Online Tool Puts Employee Information in Single Location

A new employee self-service dashboard is available that enables faculty and staff to explore their department’s organizational structure, and see sick and vacation time accruals, earning details, benefit plans, and tax forms using only one link.

Additionally, supervisors can access up-to-date information about each of their team members, such as their job descriptions, leave balances, emergency contacts and more.

“We’re continually looking at ways to improve the UToledo experience for our employees,” said Wendy Davis, associate vice president and chief human resources officer. “This new dashboard enables faculty and staff to access much of their employment and tax information from the University without having to click multiple links on our web portal.”

“It puts everything right at your fingertips with just one tool,” said David Gaus, director of compensation, human resources information system and project management. “That means you don’t need to search the myUT portal to perform several employment-related tasks, ultimately saving you time.”

To access the new self-service dashboard 24/7, visit the myUT portal and follow these steps:

• Select “LOGIN” in the upper right-hand corner and sign in with your utad and password. If you need help logging in because you forgot your username or password, contact the Information Technology Help Desk at ithelpdesk@utoledo.edu, or call 419.530.2400 (Main and Scott Park campuses) or 419.383.2400 (Health Science Campus). 

 

• In the Employee tab (or Associate tab for Foundation employees), in the My Toolkit section at the top left, use the Employee Self-Service Dashboard link under the Employee Dashboard — New header.

For your convenience, the myUT portal still contains the current links under the My Toolkit section so you may access your information as you have in the past. However, by using the new self-service dashboard, you can find all of this information in one location instead of using different links for different tasks.

While the tool is easy to use, information about the new dashboard is available on the Human Resources’ website.

 “If employees or supervisors have any questions about using this new dashboard, or if you see information you believe needs to be updated, be sure to contact your HR consultant,” Gaus noted.

Five Golfers Recognized for GPA

The Toledo women’s golf team placed five individuals on the 2018-19 Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team.

Seniors Natcha Daengpiem, Pimchanok Kawil and Pinyada Kuvanun were joined by juniors Donchanok Toburint and Saranlak Tumfong on the squad.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50, and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent (Division I) or 66 percent (Division II and III) of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.

“We are very proud of the players’ efforts throughout the year and dedication to a culture of academic success within the program,” Head Coach Jenny Coluccio said. “I also want to thank our academic support staff and Stacy Bowers [in Academic Athletic Advising] for continuing to support our players in their academic pursuits.”

The five Rockets selected to the squad each possess a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Daengpiem leads Toledo with a 3.907 GPA followed by Tumfong (3.804), Kawil (3.703), Kuvanun (3.621) and Toburint (3.575).

Key Control Closed This Week to Move

Key Control will be closed from Monday through Friday, July 29 through Aug. 2.

The office will relocate from the Transportation Center to Plant Operations, which is located on East Rocket Drive near the south entrance to Main Campus.

Key Control will reopen Monday, Aug. 5, in Plant Operations. It will be located by the front door.

The office phone number will remain the same — 419.530.KEYS (5397) — but the mail stop will change to 206.

For more information, including how to request a key, visit the Key Control website.

UToledo to Present Art Day Camps for Kids Aug. 5-9

The University of Toledo Department of Art will host two weeklong art day camps for kids ages 7 to 11.

There will be a morning camp and an afternoon camp Monday through Friday, Aug. 5 to 9. Children can be registered for one or both sessions.

These children participated in a UToledo art camp in June.

The morning session is called Wizard Camp. Projects will include wand making, dark forest terrariums, flying dragons, dragon eggs and more.

Afternoon campers will explore Art Around the World as they make projects celebrating the artwork of several global regions, including Mexico (Día de Muertos masks/piñatas), Andes Mountains (collage painting), France — Notre Dame (stained-glass window suncatchers), Egypt (painted rocks and scarab paintings) and China (dragon puppets and paper lanterns).

There will be a supervised lunch break between the morning and afternoon sessions. Those staying all day are encouraged to bring a lunch and beverage; lunch is not provided.

The camps will be held in the Center for the Visual Arts on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

The cost of the workshops is $60 for either morning or afternoon camps or $105 for both camps and includes all materials and supplies needed for the projects. Workshop fees are due prior to the first day of the workshops.

To register, go to the UToledo Department of Art website.

UToledo Biodesign Teams Compete at International Biodesign Challenge in New York

Two teams from The University of Toledo Biodesign Challenge competed in June at the international Biodesign Challenge Summit in New York.

“In only our second year of competition, UToledo once again was on the international map and competed brilliantly against strong competition in New York City for the Biodesign Challenge Summit,” said Barbara Miner, chair and professor of art.

Students on the PlastiGrow team are, from left, McKenzie Dunwald, Michael Socha, Colin Chalmers and Ysabelle Yrad.

The UToledo team btilix was one of only nine global finalists for the overall award out of 34 institutions that made it to the international competition, and PlastiGrow was runner-up in the Stella McCartney Prize for Sustainable Fashion. McCartney is the daughter of Paul McCartney and a well-known fashion designer.

According to the Biodesign Challenge website, the McCartney prize is awarded to the Biodesign Challenge team that “explores and/or develops proofs of concept for fashion alternatives that are biological, sustainable, ethical and free of animal products. We ask the teams to explore lifecycles, production processes, disposal and potential for recycling.”

PlastiGrow developed a biodegradable material that can be used for many products in place of conventional plastic; this greatly reduces the cost and energy spent on waste and recycling efforts. Team members are McKenzie Dunwald, art; Michael Socha, bioengineering; Colin Chalmers, art; and Ysabelle Yrad, environmental science.

Btilix team members are, from left, Tyler Saner, Sarah Mattei, Courtney Kinzel, Timothy Wolf and Sherin Aburidi.

The UToledo team btilix developed a disinfectant spray for combating antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The students on the btilix team are Tyler Saner, art; Sarah Mattei, environmental science; Courtney Kinzel, environmental science; Timothy Wolf, bioengineering; and Sherin Aburidi, bioengineering.

“We hit it out of the ballpark through sheer hard-working collaboration on the part of our cross-disciplinary teams of students, as well as the outstanding effort, creative foresight and sheer dedication of Assistant Professors Eric Zeigler and Brian Carpenter,” Miner said. “Their work, advancing the sophisticated presentations, modeling integrative thinking, and employing best pedagogical practices, as well as pulling together faculty members and researchers from many disciplines to help each of the teams, is really meritorious.”

Both teams will showcase their work at the Momentum arts festival Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 19-21, at the Mini Maker Faire in Promenade Park in Toledo.