UToday | UToledo News - Part 2






University Sign Shop Closes; Ordering Process Remains Unchanged

While the UToledo Sign Shop closed July 1, the procedure to order signage on campus remains the same.

“We have a list of preferred vendors that will make signs for campus members when needed,” Bob Waddle, senior director of planning, design and capital projects, said.

While signs no longer will be created at the University, requests will still be submitted on the work order website.

“All requests will be reviewed and approved by the University architect to ensure that UToledo standards are being followed,” Waddle said.

Once approved, the order will be sent to a preferred vendor.

“The vendor will coordinate payment and installation directly with the requesting department or office,” Waddle said. “The requesting department or office will be responsible for all costs for the order.”

Current orders are being processed; there is no need to resubmit requests, he added.

For assistance or more information, contact Waddle at robert.waddle@utoledo.edu or Nicole Baden, University architect, at nicole.baden@utoledo.edu.

Parking Garages Slated to Reopen

Annual restoration work on the east and west parking garages on Main Campus is almost finished.

The west garage is scheduled to reopen Monday, Aug. 3, and the east garage is set to follow Friday, Aug. 14.

“These closures are necessary so we can properly maintain the structures,” said Doug Collins, manager of motor vehicle operations in Facilities and Construction. “We thank everyone for their patience so we can take care of the garages.”

Supplemental horizontal reinforcements were installed, and floors were patched and caulking replaced, according to Collins.

College of Engineering Faculty Member, Student Earn Statewide Recognition

The University of Toledo’s reputation as a hotbed for engineering leaders and problem solvers just got a boost from industry peers around the state.

A faculty member and student from the College of Engineering have been honored by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and were formally acknowledged during the organization’s virtual All-Ohio Engineering Conference June 11-13.


Dr. Nick Kissoff received the 2019 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. Kissoff retired following the spring 2020 semester after 20 years as an associate professor in UToledo’s Engineering Technology Department. He is also a three-time graduate of the University, earning a bachelor of science in civil engineering in 1980; a master of science in civil engineering in 1983; and a doctorate in engineering systems in 1988.

“Since this was my last year in teaching, the award is a great culmination to my career. I’ve received so many letters of thanks from graduates that it has now given me pause to see how valuable my interaction with students has been over the last two decades,” said Kissoff.

“I worked following the motto that, ‘You’re either all in, or you aren’t in at all.’ I committed to be the best I could at teaching.”


Jennifer Abney received the OSPE’s Outstanding Engineering Student Award for 2019. Abney, a fourth-year student expecting to graduate in fall 2020 with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering technology, sees a range of career opportunities in the field.

“Personally, this award is meaningful because it feels like another piece of proof for myself that I can do this. As I’ve gone through the program and a couple of co-ops, I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything I’ve learned,” said Abney. “Ultimately, wherever I work, I hope that I learn as much as possible and that I can be a valuable employee.”

The Toledo Society of Professional Engineers, where Abney is president of UToledo’s student chapter, also won the OSPE award for having the best Engineers Week celebration in 2019. Events including Introduce a Girl to Engineering, led by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement at the College of Engineering, played a key role in the award.

“We’re very proud of Nick, Jennifer and our programs at the college,” said Michael Toole, dean of UToledo’s College of Engineering. “This recognition from the OSPE is a celebration of how we continue to lay the foundation for the future of our profession.”

UToledo Bookstore to Reopen July 27

The Barnes & Noble University of Toledo Bookstore in the Gateway Plaza is scheduled to reopen Monday, July 27.

Customers will be asked to social distance and wear masks to keep everyone safe, according to Colleen Strayer, general manager of the store.

“We are excited to welcome back campus and local community members,” Strayer said. “We ask everyone to be mindful and respectful during this unprecedented time so we can all stay healthy.”

The store located at 1430 Secor Road on the southwest corner of Main Campus will be open that week Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those hours also will be in effect the week of Monday, Aug. 3.

The weeks of Aug. 10 and 17, the bookstore will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UToledo classes are slated to begin Monday, Aug. 17.

Hours for the week of Aug. 24 will be Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and closed Saturday.

Regular hours for fall semester then will be Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and closed Saturday.

For more information, visit the Barnes & Noble University of Toledo Bookstore website.

UToledo Doctoral Student Receives Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

A University of Toledo doctoral student has been selected for the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, a yearlong program that places highly qualified graduate students in host offices in the legislative and executive branches of U.S. government.

Michaela Margida, a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Sciences, is among five finalists in Ohio selected as part of the 42nd class of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant fellowship program that provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.


Margida focuses her research on mathematical modeling of coastal ecosystems and biogeochemical processes such as the ways in which microorganisms contribute to nutrient availability. She also consults with high school teachers at the Aerospace and Natural Science Academy of Toledo to increase student engagement in scientific research.

“As I begin my career, I am focused on learning more about the role scientists play in policy development,” Margida wrote in her fellowship application. “I want to refine my leadership, communication and outreach skills so I can help inform decisions affecting ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources.”

Margida and the other finalists affiliated with Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program join a group of 75 graduate students recommended to the national Sea Grant office from 27 programs across the country.

Finalists will meet virtually in late 2020 for placement interviews with potential host offices, which can include executive branch appointments in offices like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior and the National Science Foundation, as well as legislative placements on Senate and House committees and in legislative offices. More information about the program is available at seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss-fellowship-program.

Contactless Pickup, New Food Options Coming This Fall With New Dining Partner

The University of Toledo is rolling out a number of improvements to its on-campus dining experience this fall as part of a new partnership with Chartwells Higher Education.

New to campus will be mobile ordering with contactless pickup, two new food concepts in the Thompson Student Union, and refreshed residential dining options that have a chef-driven focus on fresh, scratch-made dishes that meet a variety of diverse dining needs. Later in the semester, more pickup locations and delivery points will be added across campus.

Chartwells Higher Education is a national leader in contract food service management, hospitality and award-winning guest service, serving more than 300 campuses in the United States. In partnership with UToledo, Chartwells aims to create a premier food service program that emphasizes quality, made-to-order food, menu customization, variety, value, student success and education, and forward-thinking innovations.

As part of the University’s Rocket Restart plan to prepare for a safe return to campus, a number of changes have been implemented for on-campus dining, including the installation of clear barriers at all points of sale, enhanced cleaning procedures and social distancing measures.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the public dining experience. As we return to campus, we’re following all state and local guidelines and taking the necessary precautionary steps. Things are going to look a little different, but it’s imperative we do what we can to keep our community safe,” said Michael Dennis, associate vice president for finance and treasurer. “At the same time, we’re excited to be partnering with Chartwells and bringing new food offerings and services such as contactless pickup to campus. As we sought a new dining partner, we were impressed with their reputation for quality food, innovative technology and commitment to safety.”

Through the BOOST mobile app, students will be able to place orders from many on-campus restaurants and skip the line for easy pickup. The app also features an interactive campus map, menus with nutritional information and integration with Apple HealthKit, in-app messaging, manager information, and a feedback platform. Additionally, a student choice concept will be introduced in the spring where guests are able to vote for adding the dining concept of their choice at the newly renamed Parks Tower Fooderie each semester.

“We are incredibly thrilled to be part of The University of Toledo campus and community. Our program is built to set students up for success, using dining as an engagement and educational tool across campus — whether it is introducing a new cultural dish, educating students on cooking practices and culinary skills through our Teaching Kitchen platform, or creating unique experiences through legacy events,” said Nadeem Zafar, division president of Chartwells Higher Education. “This fall, guests can rest assured that we will continue with this dynamic approach to dining with added safety measures to keep our students and associates safe and healthy.”

New dining options in the Thompson Student Union include Ace Sushi Boba and Bowls, an Asian-fusion concept serving sushi dishes and bubble tea, and Wild Pie, a counter service pizzeria that sells pizza by the inch. Those new locations will replace Magic Wok and Oath Pizza. UToledo’s existing national brands, including Starbucks, Subway, Chick-fil-A and Steak ‘n Shake, will return this fall.

In partnership with Chartwells, the University is looking ahead to renovations for both the Thompson Student Union and Ottawa East Dining Hall and bringing in new national brands and food options to the College of Engineering.

Upcoming Preview Days Offer Personal, Inside Look for Future Rockets

The University of Toledo is staying connected with future Rocket families with a new version of its Preview Day events supported by appropriate measures to keep campus visitors safe.

UToledo’s upcoming Preview Days, the first of which is Friday, July 24, will offer small, personalized sessions, a campus tour, and one-on-one time with colleges, students and staff members. The summer events were reimagined in light of social distancing and other guidelines in the University’s Rocket Restart plan. Upcoming programs are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 17.

For each Preview Day, future Rockets and guests have the flexibility of attending a morning or afternoon session with representatives from nine of UToledo’s colleges, depending on the student’s interests.

UToledo stands out as one of the few colleges and universities in the region to offer live, in-person tours and guidance during COVID-19.

To learn more or register for an upcoming Preview Day, go to utoledo.edu/visit or contact enroll@utoledo.edu.

Dialogue on Diversity to Address Impact of COVID-19 on Black and Brown Communities

The University of Toledo is continuing its Dialogues on Diversity series with a conversation on how the ongoing global pandemic is impacting underrepresented minorities.

The next virtual town hall in the series titled “The Impact of COVID-19 in Black and Brown Communities” will take place 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, and can be accessed on WebEx using the access code 303401. The event password is DoD4:COVID.

The discussion on the disparate impact of COVID-19 in African American and Hispanic communities and strategies to keep safe will be moderated by Dr. Sammy Spann, UToledo associate vice president and dean of students.

Participants will be:

• Dr. Brian Dolsey, ProMedica cardiologist;

• Gwen Gregory, director of nursing and health services at the Toledo Lucas County Health Department;

• Louis Guardiola, associate lecturer and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the UToledo College of Health and Human Services;

• Gabriel Lomeli, assistant director of undergraduate admission at UToledo;

• Jason Wanamaker, fourth-year medical student at UToledo; and

• Dr. Celia Williamson, UToledo Distinguished University Professor and director of the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.

This is the fourth in a series of recent virtual Dialogues on Diversity following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota that sparked protests against systemic racism across the country.

UToledo is a community that celebrates and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. As an institution, we remain committed to building an inclusive environment free of racism, sexism, bigotry and other negative influences.

History Faculty Member to Discuss Women’s Fight to Vote on WGTE Special July 23

Dr. Chelsea Griffis, associate lecturer in The University of Toledo Department of History, will be featured on a special edition of WGTE’s “BackStory” focusing on women’s right to vote.

“Revisiting the 19th Amendment” will stream live on wgte.org Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m.


Griffis will talk about the aftermath of the amendment that prohibits states and federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. The amendment was ratified Aug. 18, 1920, and officially adopted eight days later.

“Now more than ever, it’s necessary to reflect on the importance and power of voting,” Griffis said. “Women struggled for 72 years to achieve the right to vote in the 19th Amendment, and we must also remember that many women of color were still unable to vote based on discriminatory legislation, threats and violence. This struggle has much to say about the current state of voting rights in the U.S.”

Following the program, Griffis and others will participate in a live question-and-answer session.

WGTE is partnering with the League of Women Voters of Bowling Green, Perrysburg area and Toledo-Lucas County chapters to create the women of northwest Ohio spotlights, which air weekly on WGTE and FM 91.

Griffis received a master of arts degree and doctorate in history, and a graduate certificate in women and gender studies, from The University of Toledo.

She also will help celebrate the suffrage centennial during a live Zoom event hosted by the Toledo Lucas County Public Library Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. Register for the event on the library website.

Disability History Scholar’s New Book Tells Forgotten Story of ‘Money, Marriage, and Madness’

A new book by a disability history scholar and Helen Keller expert at The University of Toledo tells the story of a white female physician — for some time, the only female doctor in Madison, Wis. — and how the affluent woman came to spend 20 years in a state insane asylum as a patient of one of her former male colleagues.

Dr. Kim Nielsen, UToledo professor of disability studies, history and women’s and gender studies, wrote the biography published by University of Illinois Press about Dr. Anna Ott, who died in 1893 after being determined legally incompetent and institutionalized. Through Ott’s story, Nielsen spotlights how power, society, sexism and ableism built structures and social systems that favored the nondisabled in 19th-century America.

Kim Nielson


“Money, Marriage, and Madness: The Life of Anna Ott” describes how the legal and medical cultures shaped one woman.

“Anna Ott had enjoyed status and financial success first as a physician’s wife and then as the only female doctor in Madison,” Nielsen said. “Throughout her first marriage, attempts to divorce her abusive second husband, and 20 years of institutionalization, Ott determinedly shaped her own life.”

Nielsen writes that historical and institutional structures, like Ott’s whiteness and laws that liberalized divorce and women’s ability to control their property, opened up uncommon possibilities for Ott. Other structures, from domestic violence in the home to rampant sexism and ableism outside of it, remained a part of even affluent women’s lives.

“I want readers to know that diagnoses have histories, and that they are not ahistorical,” Nielsen said. “Physicians, her husband and community leaders diagnosed Anna Ott as insane. This stigmatized and delegitimizing diagnosis reflected and reinforced the ideologies, assumptions, social structures and power dynamics of her time period. For folks invested in considering medical diagnoses all-knowing and ahistorical, this is difficult.”Book Cover of Money, Marriage and Madness

While researching and writing the book, Nielsen was most surprised to discover the allegation that Ott robbed the local Wells Fargo bank.

Ms. Magazine honored Nielsen’s book as a “June 2020 Reads for the Rest of Us.”

Nielsen is an editor and contributor to “The Oxford Handbook of Disability History” published by Oxford University Press in 2018. Nielson’s book, “A Disability History of the United States,” was published by Beacon Press in 2012.

Other books include “Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller” published by Beacon Press in 2009; “Helen Keller: Selected Writings” published by New York University Press in 2005; “The Radical Lives of Helen Keller” published by New York University Press in 2004; and “Un-American Womanhood: Anti-Radicalism, Anti-Feminism, and the First Red Scare” published by Ohio State University Press in 2001.