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Alumni to be honored at annual Homecoming Gala Oct. 24

Twenty outstanding alumni from around the world will be recognized Friday, Oct. 24, at The University of Toledo Alumni Association’s Homecoming Gala.

The event, which annually draws capacity crowds to the Student Union Auditorium, will begin at 6 p.m.

The program features outstanding graduates from each of the University’s colleges, as well as the recipients of the Alumni Association’s highest honors: the Gold T, the Blue T and the Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alum.



Benjamin Tran of Dayton, Ohio, is the 2014 recipient of the Schmidt Award, which is presented to a graduate who is 35 years of age or younger in recognition of outstanding achievement in his or her field of endeavor.

A 2005 graduate of the College of Engineering, Tran is an electronics engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He was honored earlier this year with the National Security and International Affairs Medal for creating and deploying a new aerial sensor system to help Army and Special Forces units detect and destroy deadly improvised explosive devices.

His invention has been placed on unmanned aerial vehicles and is the first to include radio frequency sensors in combination with electro-optical and infrared sensors, which has greatly expanded situational and operational awareness. Prior to his breakthrough, IEDs had accounted for two-thirds of the casualties to U.S. coalition forces in Afghanistan. For his efforts, Tran was recognized at the White House last month as a recipient of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, which is the United States’ most prestigious award dedicated to honoring this country’s civil servants.



Dr. Nina McClelland of Ann Arbor, Mich., is this year’s recipient of the Gold T, which is presented to a graduate in recognition of outstanding career accomplishment.

McClelland, who completed a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1951 and a master’s in chemistry in 1963, is recognized globally as one of the most influential people in environmental science. For 15 years, she served as president, chief executive officer and chair of the board of trustees of the National Sanitation Foundation, which now has offices and laboratories in 40 countries.

Former chair of the American Chemical Society, it was McClelland who developed a Water Quality Index to report water quality in lakes, rivers and streams. In time, states and water authorities were required to annually report water quality to Congress using the index. After the Safe Drinking Water Act was passed, she developed a standard adopted by the government regarding chemicals used to treat drinking water as well as one covering all products that come in contact with drinking water via its treatment, storage and distribution.

Upon her retirement from the National Sanitation Foundation, she formed a consulting firm whose clients included the World Bank. From 2008 to 2011, she served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. McClelland was awarded an honorary PhD by the University in 2003.

The Lapps

The Lapps

The Blue T recipients are Jim and Nancy Lapp of Toledo. This award is presented to an Alumni Association member who has made outstanding contributions to the progress and development of the Alumni Association and the University.

The Lapps — husband and wife — are proud graduates. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1973 and a master of business administration degree in 1974 from the College of Business and Innovation, while Nancy completed her bachelor’s in 1974 and was awarded a master’s in 1977. Combined, the pair spent some 65 years as employees at UT, with Jim serving a variety of administrative positions in undergraduate admissions and in what is now the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning, while Nancy served as coordinator of undergraduate advising in the College of Business and Innovation.

The Lapps have given freely to the University of their time, talent and treasure. Nancy is a charter member of Women & Philanthropy, an organization devoted to providing lasting assistance to the University, and she became that organization’s first lifetime member. Jim served for two years as president of the UT Retirees Association, during which time UTRA was recognized as the Alumni Association’s Affiliate of the Year. The couple has a pillar in the William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion, have supported a variety of departments, including athletics, and they have endowed a scholarship in the College of Business and Innovation. Last year, they were recognized at the community-wide National Philanthropy Day as UT’s choice for the Outstanding Community Volunteer Award.

A very limited number of seats remain for the Homecoming Gala. Tickets are $30 and $11 for children.

Call the UT Office of Alumni Relations at 419.530.2585 (ALUM) for more information or to make reservations.

‘Brainstorming Solutions to Modern Issues in Education Law’ topic of Oct. 25 symposium

Education experts will convene at The University of Toledo College of Law Friday, Oct. 25, to address the legal and practical challenges facing the nation’s schools.

law symposium imageThe free, public event titled “From Kindergarten to College: Brainstorming Solutions to Modern Issues in Education Law,” is sponsored by The University of Toledo Law Review and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

Four panels will discuss salient legal issues in education, including the development of modern disability law and the legal requirements of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans With Disabilities Act; affirmative action and desegregation; legal issues surrounding school safety; and the successes and failures of the conventional education model and its alternatives.

Justice Judith French of the Supreme Court of Ohio, who argued Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, the landmark school voucher case, in the United States Supreme Court while in practice, will deliver the keynote address.

“The annual Law Review Symposium always strives to address a current legal and social topic,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law, “and this year’s symposium, with its sterling lineup of speakers, promises to contribute to progress in a vital field of public concern.”

The symposium is expected to draw attorneys who practice education, disability and administrative law; state and federal education agency employees; and educators and school administrators.

For more information and to register, visit or call 419.530.2962.

UT hosts day camp for high school students with hearing loss

The University of Toledo Graduate Studies Consortium for Listening and Spoken Language recently hosted a day camp for area high school students with hearing loss in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic on Main Campus.

The camp featured America’s Pride, an award-winning local teen group, and Dr. Lisa Kovach, UT associate professor of educational psychology and national expert on bullying.

Students made their own drums and performed with the Northern Spirits Drum Circle, and they toured the UT campus and participated in discussions to help prepare for employment.

“The talk on bullying showed students how to report to an adult without seeming like a tattletale,” said Adam Barnes, a second year speech-language pathology student. “Students had the chance to see that they do not have to settle career-wise because of their hearing loss. The event opened their mind to other possibilities.”

The camp was made possible by a U.S. Department of Education Personnel Development Grant to train UT speech-language pathology students to work with teens with hearing loss.

“We want to help them with transition planning, how to self-advocate and show them services provided by our office in addition to the campus tour,” said Dr. Lori Pakulski, UT professor of speech-language pathology.

In addition to Barnes, students who make up the UT Graduate Studies Consortium for Listening and Spoken Language are Mary Dunn, Ryan Rummel, Emily Russell and Leslie Starr.

Information session for four-year doctoral cohort to be held Aug. 19

Individuals interested in a doctorate to advance their careers in higher education are invited to an information session about a leadership program at The University of Toledo.

The information session for the 2014 Four-Year College and University Leadership Doctoral Cohort will be Monday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Health and Human Services Building Room 1712 on Main Campus.

The session will be hosted by Dr. Ron Opp, UT associate professor of educational leadership, who will provide information on the cohort’s core scheduling, financial aid and costs, summer leadership academies, the associated internship, and length of the dissertation. A question-and-answer session will follow.

“Individuals who might be interested in this cohort are faculty, staff and administrators who are interested in learning more about higher education administration,” Opp said. “Typically, students in our cohorts have aspirations to move into senior leadership positions in academic, student or administrative affairs.”

The three-year program is limited to 15 students, so Opp encourages those interested to begin considering it now to be prepared for the interview process in April. The deadline to apply is April 15.

“For those who are sitting on the fence about doing this because the timing might not be right or other life commitments, we do not start the cohort every year,” Opp said. “The next one doesn’t start until fall 2018.”

The cohort will include a two-week European Summer Leadership Academy in Belgium and Holland, and a two-week U.S. Summer Leadership Academy with studies of college leadership and policy issues in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

Each semester, classes will be held in eight sessions Tuesday nights from 5 to 10 p.m. with four in-class and four virtual class meetings. Students are expected to take two classes each semester.

“It is a distinctive program in that people will not have to drive to Toledo every week,” Opp said. “We will teleconference half of the classes from UT.”

The target audience for the cohort will be administrators and faculty from the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan’s four-year institutions, Opp said. A master’s degree is a program requirement.

No RSVP is required for the Aug. 19 information session.

Advanced Leadership Academy enriches diverse range of UT students

University of Toledo students from across campus took a step to enhance their personal and professional lives recently as they participated in the annual Advanced Leadership Academy, which was presented by the College of Business and Innovation.

Those who attended and a few who helped teach the recent Advanced Leadership Academy posed for a photo.

Those who attended and a few who helped teach the recent Advanced Leadership Academy posed for a photo.

Students were invited to participate based on their academic and professional records of success and the recommendation of graduate faculty. Academy members included master’s and PhD students from the UT colleges of Business, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy and Education, and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

“It is very exciting to bring together some of our very best graduate students from across our campus to link up with outstanding leaders from a wide variety of professions and disciplines,” said Dr. Clint Longenecker, Stranahan Professor of Management and academy program coordinator. “The connections and learning between our students and leaders in this program are something very special.”

Students had the opportunity to learn success and leadership principles from an eclectic group of speakers that included UT Head Football Coach Matt Campbell; Chad Bringman, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Northwest Ohio; Drs. Margaret Hopkins and Robert Yonker, UT associate professors of management; Michael Miller, chair and CEO of Waterford Bank; and Dr. Tom Brady, founder, chair and CEO of Plastic Technologies Inc.

“It was a privilege to attend The University of Toledo’s Advanced Leadership Academy,” said Lisa Foote, 2013 MBA student. “I received valuable insight from speakers in the business environment as to what it means to be an effective leader. The importance of emotional intelligence, conflict resolution and good communication skills are necessary to be a great leader in the workplace.”

“The Advanced Leadership Academy was a perfect window for my personal and professional growth,” said international MBA student Emtithal Alhumood. “Sharing valuable stories and knowledge from different professional people in different areas helped me observe what I need to improve for my career life. It was an awesome opportunity to enhance my communication skills, too.”

Amanda Jemmott, graduate with a master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management, said, “I personally enjoyed hearing the background and experience of so many different leaders in our community. I especially liked that the people brought in to speak to us were not all business leaders. I think the biggest thing I got out of the academy was learning how critically important soft skills are in order for leaders to be successful. While technical knowledge and intelligence are also important, they don’t amount to much if the leader does not have the ability to get positive results working with people.

“I think the quote I heard from guest speaker Chris Anderson is what strikes me the most: ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,’” she said.

Author of psychiatric service dog book to hold free seminars at UT July 27, Aug. 10

Two trainings focusing on therapeutic aspects of the human-animal bond will bring Jane Miller, a clinical social worker and certified dog behavioral consultant, to The University of Toledo.

Jane Miller and her dogs

Jane Miller and her dogs

Miller, the author of Healing Companions, one of few books published on psychiatric service dogs in the country, will provide trainings Saturday, July 27, and Saturday, Aug. 10. Both events will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium on Main Campus.

The July 27 session is titled “Animal-Assisted Therapy in Social Work Practice: An Overview,” and the Aug. 10 session will be “Psychiatric Service Dogs and Emotional Support Pets in Social Work Practice.”

“There is an increasing demand for psychiatric service dogs,” said Dr. Janet Hoy, assistant professor in the UT Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work. “There are many more people requesting psychiatric service dogs than there are people knowledgeable to train them.”

Healing CompanionsThe trainings are open to all majors and backgrounds, and social workers can earn up to six continuing education credits toward the biennial 30-credit requirement for licensure renewal.

Miller’s book promotes awareness of health benefits in the human-animal bond, and how psychiatric service dogs have helped people with post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and mental illnesses that cause flashbacks.

“The dogs can be trained to recognize when a person is having a flashback,” Hoy said. “They can be trained to interrupt that process and help ground the person — bring him or her back to the present moment — by putting a paw on them or nuzzling against the person experiencing a flashback.”

Other examples of tasks psychiatric service dogs can be trained to do include but are not limited to doing an “all clear” check of an empty house; turning on lights in a dark home; bringing medications to a person; and providing a “buffer zone” while out in public for people who have a fear of being attacked from behind.

There is no cost to attend the seminars, which are being jointly sponsored by the UT Social Work Program and Student Social Work Organization.

Those interested in attending the trainings can register by sending an email to

UT student interns at World Health Organization this summer

Sanjay Gupta Sagar, a doctoral student in the UT Department of Health and Recreation Professions, is spending his summer interning for the World Health Organization (WHO) offices in Europe.



Through July, he is based in the Bonn, Germany, office, where he will compile a summary analysis of the 2013 Joint Monitoring Program report for the WHO European region, map potential donors and foundations for water health, collect data and literature review on the water-related disease situation in Europe, and update the WHO European Region atlas on water and health.

“Europe was my first choice,” said Sagar, who also was accepted to the Nepal WHO office and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund in India. “I am originally from Nepal, which is in South Asia and hence, I do have understanding of public health in that region. I was never exposed to Europe, and that is why it was my first choice.”

Once he completes his studies and has had significant exposure in the field, his goal is to work with WHO and make a difference in public health.

While in Europe, Sagar also hopes to visit the WHO regional headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Eventually, I want to work in the global public health areas, so I would like to get exposure to all regions of the world where WHO is working,” Sagar said. “My next destinations will be Australia and Africa.”

“It will be a great internship for him,” said Dr. Jiunn-Jye Sheu, UT associate professor of health education, who is Sagar’s adviser. “It is the most well-known organization on public health, and he has experience with water sanitation in underdeveloped regions of the world.”

Sagar found the internship while browsing online and said the application process was a lengthy one. He thanked Sheu and the Center for International Studies and Programs for their help in securing the opportunity.

“The Center for International Studies and Programs at UT is very supportive for those wanting international exposure,” Sagar said. “The center provided me a travel grant to cover my airfare to Germany, and I am thankful to them as well.”

Chinese delegation to visit UT to learn about U.S. education management

Since 2008, a delegation from the Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics has come to The University of Toledo to learn about business management — but this year will be different.

This year the delegation has requested workshops that focus on higher education management. When the group comes to the University Sunday, July 14, delegation members will receive just that from UT faculty and staff.

“The model we are creating for this delegation visit is one we hope can be replicated with other delegation visits to UT in the future,” said Dr. Ron Opp, UT associate professor of educational leadership and the doctoral program coordinator in higher education, who is coordinating the educational component.

Dr. Aige Guo, the director of the UT Confucius Institute, is coordinating the logistics for this visit.

The group’s 11-day educational and cultural tour will not only include a stop at UT, but also at two very different institutions in the region: Lourdes University, which is a small, private Catholic institution, and Owens Community College, which is an urban community college.

During their visit, the Chinese faculty and administrators will stay in the International House on UT’s Main Campus. When they are not touring area colleges and learning about UT educational policies, they will check out northwest Ohio to get a cultural perspective of the area.

This trip and workshop is jointly funded by the Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics and the Ministry of Education of China.

Rockets baseball lands five on Academic All-MAC Team

A conference-best five members of The University of Toledo baseball team have been selected as Academic All-Mid-American Conference.

Outfielder Ben Hammer also earned a spot on the second team of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Baseball Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Outfielder Ben Hammer also earned a spot on the second team of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Baseball Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Senior Matt Delewski, junior Tyler Grogg, senior Ben Hammer, sophomore Andrew Marra and junior James Miglin were chosen to represent the Rockets on the 18-player list honoring the athletes’ achievements both on the field as well as in the classroom.

The Academic All-MAC honor, voted on by the faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions, is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

A member of the Capital One Academic All-District IV Baseball Team with a 3.41 GPA in exercise science, Delewski batted .324 (79 for 244) with 31 runs scored, nine doubles, one triple and 45 RBI. The only Rocket to start all 58 games this spring, Delewski reached base in a team-high 51 contests and hit safely in a squad-best 45 games, including 22 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI efforts. The two-time all-league selection ranked second in the MAC in hits (79) and fifth in RBI. He also finished first on the squad in hits, second in total bases (90), runs scored, RBI, multi-hit games and multi-hit contests, fourth in batting average, and tied for fourth in two-base hits.

Grogg possesses a 3.38 GPA in electrical engineering technology and hit a team-high .357 (74 for 207) with a squad-best 62 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple, one home run, 20 RBI and a school-record 36 stolen bases. He also led the MAC in runs scored (21st nationally; sixth in runs per game, 1.17) and thefts (sixth nationally; sixth in steals per game, 0.68), as well as ranking second in batting average and on-base percentage (.441) and fourth in hits. He also finished first on the team in batting average, runs scored, thefts and on-base percentage (.444), and second in hits, walks (21) and hit by pitches (13).

The third member of the Rocket baseball program to ever garner Academic All-America status with a 3.90 GPA in exercise science, Hammer batted .333 (65 for 195) with 28 runs scored, 12 doubles, a squad-best four home runs and a team-high 48 RBI this spring. The 2013 first-team All-MAC recipient reached base in 44 of 52 contests, tied for the third-highest total on the squad. He ranked second in the MAC in RBI, seventh in batting average, and ninth in slugging percentage (.467).

Marra holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in pre-medical studies and posted an impressive 1.86 ERA in his final five relief appearances (9.2 IP) of the season. Overall in 2013, Marra sported a 0-2 record with a 7.99 ERA and a team-high three saves in 16 relief appearances. He accumulated 23.2 innings of work, surrendering 22 runs (21 earned) on 42 hits and 17 strikeouts.

An exercise science major with a 3.89 GPA, Miglin started 52 games (51 at catcher, one at designated hitter) this spring, batting.277 (56 for 202) with 21 runs scored, a team-high 14 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBI. He also hit safely in 36 contests, including 13 multi-hit and five multi-RBI efforts. Defensively, the two-time Academic All-District selection threw out 24 of 68 (.353) potential base stealers.

Four Rockets also were named to the Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention list: Nate Langhals, a business major with a 3.40 GPA; Jacob North, a pharmaceutical sciences student with a 3.48 GPA; Alec Schmenk, a construction engineering technology student with a 3.48 GPA; and Ryan Wilkinson, a civil engineering major with a 3.74 GPA


Ohio Humanities Council awards $16,000 for school-community workshop

Twenty-five area teachers and teacher educators will receive full or half scholarships to learn about how to reach their students by experiencing the communities that are important to them.

The workshop, “From Kuschwantz to Kwanzaa Park: Everyday Humanities in Urban Neighborhoods as a Basis for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy,” will be held from Monday through Friday, July 22-26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ohio Humanities CouncilIt will bring together teachers, neighborhood religious and cultural leaders, and humanities scholars to learn garden lore, religious traditions, food, verbal arts and music as practiced in an urban neighborhood — and to use these as the basis for lessons throughout the curriculum.

There are still a few scholarships for teachers to attend the workshop thanks to the Ohio Humanities Council and the UT College of Graduate Studies. Interested teachers should contact Dr. Lynne Hamer at 419.283.8288 or

“All urban neighborhoods are full of the ‘humanities of everyday life,’ and teachers can use these cultural treasures to create culturally relevant curriculum and pedagogy for teaching all subjects to neighborhood children,” said Hamer, UT associate professor of foundations of education in the Judith Herb College of Education and lead teacher for the workshop.

Sally Castillo, who teaches fourth grade at Old Orchard Elementary School and is an intern consultant for new teachers in Toledo Public Schools, is participating in the workshop along with several of the teachers she mentors.

“I am finding a larger disconnect than ever before between myself and the young students in Toledo Public Schools,” Castillo said. “I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the urban neighborhoods in Toledo. It is clear that though I was born and raised in Toledo, there are many places and things that I am unfamiliar with.”

Castillo’s situation as a teacher is the new normal.

“Most teachers don’t teach in their own communities like they did prior to World War II,” Hamer said. “It is well-researched that teachers’ lack of familiarity with families and community leaders is detrimental to students’ success in school — especially in urban schools. It’s not the teachers’ fault; it’s just the historic situation we are in. We need to help teachers learn to get familiar.”

The workshop, which will meet in the Padua Center, 1416 Nebraska Ave., will include daily field trips to different sites within the Kwanzaa Park neighborhood of Toledo. There, teachers will interact with community leaders and parents before returning to the center to create ways to teach all subjects, including science and math, based in the cultural content they experience.

“Today we can have a better understanding of each other, and we have to understand each other’s cultures and religious beliefs,” said Oscar Shaheer, president of Kwanzaa Park Neighbors, the community organization hosting the workshop intended to increase that understanding.

Joe Martin, longtime member of Paradise Baptist Church and lifelong artist, will help lead the workshop.

“I think teachers are always a positive influence on any project, especially projects that involve children and the community,” Martin said. “I learned a long time ago that children get one-third of their influence from teachers. The parents and others in the community give another third. The last third is from outsiders — peer pressure. It’s very important that teachers and parents know each other and work together, and that parents let the teachers run the classroom instead of the children.”

Ohio Humanities Council Senior Program Officer Jack Shortlidge noted the Toledo workshop was highly ranked by the state panel charged with selecting the six workshops to receive funding. The six, to be held throughout the state, are featured on the Ohio Humanities Council website. Teachers from as far away as Zanesville already have registered to attend the Kwanzaa Park workshop.

One Ohio Humanities Council reviewer noted, “[The Toledo] program as a whole is ambitious, creative and relevant with a well-articulated theme that relates to Ohio Humanities Council requirements and is carried through even into the lunch sessions.”

Lunches will include an urban chicken fest barbeque, collard green and cornbread cookoff, navy bean buffet and traditional church BBQ dinner.

Dr. Tom Barden, UT professor of English, is one of three University humanities scholars on the workshop faculty.

“When Dr. Hamer and I taught together in UT Humanities Institute summer classes in the 1990s, we had wonderful sessions with area teachers exploring how everyday life is full of art, and stories, and history, and wisdom. And I’m excited about getting back to those stimulating gatherings,” he said.