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Spring Job Fest Set for March 3

Representatives from more than 70 employers will be at The University of Toledo for the Spring Job Fest Tuesday, March 3.

The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

“We put a new spin on this annual event. The Spring Job Fest will include the addition of the on-campus student employment job fair along with the all-majors job and internship fair,” said Shelly Drouillard, director of career services.

That means students can look for part-time jobs and seasonal employment, internships, and full-time positions.

Professional business attire is recommended.

“Students should plan to attend this event, which will offer a chance to meet potential employers, practice their interpersonal skills, and prepare for interviews,” Drouillard said.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 20 Japanese companies that are members of the Japan External Trade Organization.

“We are excited to add additional opportunities for our students to find experiential learning and employment opportunities, whether that is on or off campus,” said Shannon Niedzwicki, assistant director of internship and employment development. “This event will be the one-stop shop for all students and offer a diverse range of opportunities.”

Students can meet with representatives from numerous businesses, including Beaumont Health, Caliber Smart, Cedar Point, City of Detroit Law Enforcement, Clean Harbors, Fifth Third Bank, Honda Kaihatsu Americas Inc., Inverness Club, Mercy Health, and Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America.

To see the list of participating companies, go to the Spring Job Fest Involvement Network web page or download the Career Fair Plus app. The app provides students with the latest employer information, links to research employers prior to the event, the ability to tag favorite employers to check out at the event, a map of the fair, and a place to take notes throughout the day.

Students who need assistance with job-hunting strategies, resumés and interview skills can check out the Career Services website, or stop by the office, located in Thompson Student Union Room 1533 or call 419.530.4341.

UToledo Sorority to Promote Reading With Book Giveaway Feb. 29

The Toledo Area Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women will host one of six book giveaways in the country to promote reading and literacy this weekend.

UToledo Pi Beta Phi sorority members will distribute 20,000 books to local children and schools Saturday, Feb. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

The fraternity day of service is made possible thanks to First Book, a nonprofit with a mission to provide books to children from low-income families.

“Only six cities in the United States host fraternity day of service, and we are just so unbelievably honored to be one of the cities,” Natalie Baxter, UToledo junior majoring in nursing and Pi Beta Phi president, said.

More than 150 volunteers from campus and the community will help distribute the books, which are suitable for children and teens.

“Pi Beta Phi believes that reading is a gateway to all of the many opportunities that are offered in the world. Reading takes you places, transforms you, and makes you feel empowered,” Baxter said. “Pi Beta Phi believes that when there is one child that can’t read, that is one child too many. If we just show one child all the amazing things reading has to offer, we have done what we have set out to do.”

UToledo Law Student Becomes First Black Editor-in-Chief of 52-Year-Old Law Review

Second-year law student Damon Williams made history as he was selected to be the next leader of The University of Toledo Law Review.

Williams will be the first black student to hold the prestigious position of editor-in-chief in the publication’s 52-year history when his term begins later this year.


“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have been afforded,” Williams said. “Becoming the first editor-in-chief with African-American heritage is an amazing milestone, and I am beyond honored.”

The law review, which was first published at the UToledo College of Law in 1969, is a student-run journal written by law professors, judges and students.

“I am delighted that Damon was selected as editor-in-chief of The University of Toledo Law Review,” D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the College of Law, said. “He’s exceptionally bright and will be an excellent leader. Although we wish this milestone would have happened sooner, his selection is encouraging as it reflects progress.”

“This is but a step in what I hope to be a continuing process for The University of Toledo,” Williams said. “I am striving to help foster subsequent diversity milestones and continued Law Review success, and I look forward to my future collaboration with community members.”

Law Review members are selected as editor-in-chief after a highly competitive, in-depth interview process. The elections committee considers academic performance, writing ability as demonstrated by their academic writing and editing throughout the year, and leadership potential.

“From a technical perspective, Damon’s formal yet graceful writing style and his superior academic performance made him a competitive candidate among his peers,” said Lindsey Self, law student and the current editor-in-chief of The University of Toledo Law Review. “He demonstrates conviction in his vision for the journal but is unafraid to take calculated risks. Damon’s writing and leadership demonstrate a unique balance between sensibility and practicality with inventiveness and ingenuity — a balance that is difficult to find in practice, let alone law school.”

Williams, who also serves as president of the Black Law Students Association, was born and raised in Toledo. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in forensic science at Bowling Green State University.

He hopes his law degree will help him facilitate the social and political changes he wants to see in the world. Although he is still figuring out his next steps, Williams is considering a federal clerkship or doctor of juridical science.

“This is much bigger than me alone,” Williams said. “I have a fantastic executive board in Hayley Mise, Cameron Morrissey, Kate Murray and Morgan Isenberg. Their continued excellence and support are essential to the success of the Law Review. In addition, Lindsey Self has been a shining north star, guiding me toward the path to success.”

Health Insurance Tax Forms Now Available

Tax form 1095-C has been issued to applicable employees.

Employees who elected electronic delivery may now access these forms via the myUT portal in the Employee Self-Service Dashboard. Employees who did not elect electronic delivery should expect to receive their 1095-C form in their home mail before Wednesday, March 18.

Form 1095-C is distributed to all full- and part-time, benefits-eligible employees who either had health coverage with the University for at least one month during 2019 or were offered coverage but declined. Employees who were ineligible and did not receive health coverage will not receive a 1095-C.

The form confirms for the IRS that employees and their family members had qualifying health coverage during the 2019 calendar year. The form does not need to be attached to your tax return, but it should be kept for your records.

Employees with questions about their tax return or how to use 1095-C information on their tax return should consult with a tax advisor.

If you do not receive your 1095-C form by March 18 or have other concerns, contact benefits@utoledo.edu.

Battle of Badges Game to Follow Men’s Basketball Contest Feb. 29

Rocket fans can support the city of Toledo’s Fire and Police departments in the second annual Battle of the Badges basketball game that will be played in Savage Arena following The University of Toledo men’s basketball contest vs. Ball State Saturday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m.

Fans can purchase tickets for the Rockets’ game vs. the Cardinals for $11 by going to utrockets.com/police or utrockets.com/fire and watch the Battle of the Badges.

Tickets may be purchased online at Toledo Men’s Basketball Ticket Central website, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653), or visiting the Rocket Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena.

Five dollars from every ticket sold will go toward each organization’s charity. The fire department is donating to Toledo Firefighters’ Local 92 Charity, while the police department is contributing to the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association.

This group shot was taken last year at the inaugural Battle of the Badges game.

Research Pioneer to Discuss Optic, Nanotechnology Tools to Treat Cancer

Dr. Brian C. Wilson, an expert in the field of photo-diagnostic research and photodynamic therapy for cancer, will visit The University of Toledo this week to talk about his work.

He will deliver the Physics and Astronomy Department Colloquium Thursday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. in McMaster Hall Room 1005. The title of his talk is “Translational (Nano) Biophotonics for Cancer Applications: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology.”


Wilson is internationally known for his research on optical tools that can be used for minimally invasive cancer treatment and early diagnosis. With support from the Canadian Cancer Society, he started a program in translational research and clinical trials of photodynamic therapy — the use of light-activated drugs — for brain, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers.

The professor of medical biophysics at the University of Toronto played a pivotal role in the development of fluorescence and other endoscopic imaging techniques, as well as pioneered optical imaging to guide surgery for head, neck, prostate and brain cancer.

Moreover, Wilson also has expanded his work to include the development of nanotechnologies in cancer treatment, diagnosis and research.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Wilson to campus,” Dr. Aniruddha Ray, UToledo assistant professor of physics, said. “He is a world-renowned medical researcher and a pioneer in light mediate cancer diagnostics and therapy. His presentation will be of interest to those working and studying in the interdisciplinary areas of physics, biology, chemistry, medicine, bioengineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.”

Wilson, who is also a senior scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, will explain how the application of optics in life sciences and medicine — with or without the complementary use of nanotechnologies — requires integrating physics, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology and medicine.

He will illustrate this by highlighting four research and development projects focused on addressing unmet clinical needs in oncology: quantitative fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging to guide cancer surgery; multifunctional nanoparticles for image-guided phototherapies; non-linear optical microscopy for cancer pathology; and the use of optically active nanoparticle-linked photosensitizer molecules activated directly or indirectly by X-rays.

“Dr. Wilson will walk us through the journey from technology development to application on cancer patients,” Ray said.

Wilson is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the International Society for Optics and Photonics, and he has received numerous national and international awards, including the Canadian Cancer Society’s prestigious Robert Noble Prize.

For more information on the free, public colloquium, contact Ray at aniruddha.ray@utoledo.edu.

Feb. 27 Event to Discuss Studying Abroad in Spain This Summer

Students have the chance to learn a language, make new friends, earn three credits, and live in Toledo, Spain, from June 28 to July 24.

Learn more about this study abroad opportunity at an information session Thursday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2420.

The Department of World Languages and Cultures will provide refreshments at the event. Prospective students are encouraged to attend the session and hear about the class offered through UToledo and El Programa Español en Toledo.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to either begin your study of the Spanish language or continue to develop your language skills in the beautiful historical city of Toledo in the heart of Spain,” said Dr. Linda Rouillard, professor of French and chair of the World Languages and Cultures Department.

The summer program will take place at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo. The four-week study of the Spanish language and culture will allow time for cultural discovery and excursions.

Applications are due Wednesday, April 1.

For details or to register for the Feb. 27 information session, contact Rouillard at linda.rouillard@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2029.

Sustainability Efforts on Campus to be Discussed Feb. 26

A sustainability forum will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100.

“The purpose of the Earth Rally is to get feedback from students, faculty and staff about sustainability and what the University can do to improve its initiatives,” said Grant Epstein, campus culture chair with Student Government.

Discussing UToledo’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint will be Jason Toth, senior associate vice president for administration; Michael Green, director of energy management; and representatives from several student organizations.

“When I joined Student Government, one of the changes I wanted to see on campus was making the University more sustainable,” Epstein said.

The sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering is a member of the Student Green Fund, which is made possible by voluntary student donations and finances student-proposed and executed projects that promote sustainability, renewable energy, efficiency, waste reduction and educational initiatives.

Thanks to the Student Green Fund, there is a solar field on Health Science Campus, and there are water bottle filling stations and air dryers throughout the University.

“While efforts continue to make the University more sustainable, it’s important to inform people about what UToledo is doing and receive feedback from campus community members,” said Epstein, who is a member of Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity.

“We have installed motion-sensor lighting controls in many buildings, and our exterior lighting is 99% LED,” Green said. “In addition, our recycling system is more efficient and effective.”

“Facilities and Construction is supportive of striving to improve sustainability on our campuses,” Toth said. “We look forward to continued opportunities to implement sustainable systems and also to work with our students, faculty and staff on future initiatives.”

Future sustainability initiatives will be discussed at the forum.

Reservations are requested for the free, public event: Go to the Earth Rally website.

For more information on the forum, contact Epstein at grant.epstein@rockets.utoledo.edu.

Distinguished University Professors Announced

Three Distinguished University Professors were named in honor of their exemplary career achievements in teaching, research, scholarship and professional service.

The newest faculty members with the honorary title, who were approved and recognized by the Board of Trustees Feb. 10, are:

• Eric Chaffee, professor of law in the College of Law;

• Dr. Mohammad Elahinia, professor and chair of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering in the College of Engineering; and

• Dr. Melinda Reichelt, professor of English in the College of Arts and Letters.

Three Distinguished University Professors were honored and approved by the UToledo Board of Trustees. They are, from left center, Dr. Mohammad Elahinia, Eric Chaffee and Dr. Melinda Reichelt. To Commemorate the moment, they were joined by, from left, President Sharon L. Gaber, UToledo Board of Trustees Chair Mary Ellen Pisanelli and Provost Karen Bjorkman.

“Being named a Distinguished University Professor is The University of Toledo’s highest permanent honor bestowed upon a faculty member,” said Dr. Karen Bjorkman, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “We are proud of these outstanding faculty members who contribute so much in the classroom and in their fields. The impact they have on our students is immense.”

Chaffee joined the University in 2013. He is a nationally recognized scholar of business law and has written extensively about securities regulation, compliance, and the essential nature of the corporate form. He has presented on these topics at prestigious schools, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago and the University of California at Berkeley, and has published in numerous top-tier journals.

He is the co-author of three books, including a forthcoming title published by Cambridge University Press, and he is a founder of the National Business Law Scholars Conference, the premier conference in the business law field. In addition, Chaffee has served as chair of multiple sections of the American Association of Law Schools — positions elected by his peers.

“The Distinguished University Professors that I have encountered during my time at UToledo have all been phenomenal people,” Chaffee said. “I am deeply honored to receive this award. I am very grateful to all of those individuals who have supported me and challenged me to be more during my career, especially my colleagues at the College of Law.”

During his time at the College of Law, Chaffee has received four teaching awards thanks to votes from law students. He also has written and spoken extensively about the importance of incorporating transactional skills into law school curricula.

Elahinia is a global leader in advance manufacturing of shape memory alloys with applications in energy, medical, and mobility applications. He brought his expertise in smart and active materials to UToledo in 2004. During his tenure at the University, he has received more than $13 million in sponsored research funding for 36 projects as principal investigator. Sponsors of his work include the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Ohio Board of Regents.

With his students, Elahinia has authored or co-authored three books, seven book chapters and more than 100 journal articles. These publications have been cited more than 4,700 times. He and his students have presented nearly 280 conference papers. Elahinia has 19 invention disclosures.

“The scholarly success of my group is due to the dedication of my students and research scholars, eight of whom have become professors in other universities around the country,” Elahinia said. “I am honored and humbled by the recognition. Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with a very talented group of students and colleagues inside and outside of the University who have been very supportive. This recognition belongs to them all.”

A strong mentor, Elahinia has supervised nearly 20 visiting scholars and postdoctoral researchers. He received the University’s Faculty Research and Scholarship Award in 2017 and the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2019.

Reichelt became a faculty member in the Department of English Language and Literature in 1997. She teaches linguistics and English as a second language writing. Additionally, Reichelt directs the University’s English as a Second Language Writing Program.

Her research focuses on the role of English and English-language writing instruction around the world, including in Germany, Turkey, Poland, Spain, Cuba and the United States. She co-edited two books, “Foreign Language Writing” and “L2 Writing Beyond English.” Reichelt also has published in various edited collections and prestigious journals, including Composition Studies, Modern Language Journal, World Englishes, Foreign Language Annals, and the Journal of Second Language Writing.

“I am pleased to receive this honor and am grateful to my family, colleagues and students,” Reichelt said.

She has presented her work at conferences in China, Bulgaria, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Cuba, Ukraine and the United States. Her international reputation has led to delivering keynote addresses at several global conferences. Reichelt has received two Fulbright Scholar awards, and she serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Second Language Writing.

University Libraries Offering Workshops This Semester

From conducting research for a paper or a job search to learning more about digital publishing, University Libraries has a workshop for you.

During spring semester, University Libraries is offering workshops designed to build practical skills and improve scholarship and research habits. No need to register — just show up.

UToledo librarians are here to help undergraduate and graduate students in their research success.

One-hour workshops will be:

• Life Hack: UToledo Libraries;

• Finding Resources Your Professor Will Love;

• Mastering Citations in EndNote;

• Scholarly Attribution and Citation: What You Need to Know;

• Business Research for the Job Hunt;

• American Psychological Association Updated: Using Seventh Edition APA Style; and

• Digital Publishing.

Workshop descriptions and details can be found on University Libraries’ website.

For questions or more information, contact Julia Martin, associate professor, director of reference and instruction, and business librarian, at julia.martin@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2492.