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Re-imagining northwest ohio 2010 UT Foundation Annual Report Inside

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The University of Toledo College of Engineering Offers


Prestige — Ranked 18th in the nation for graduate engineering programs by The Princeton Review. Impressive facilities — A 40-acre, multi-building complex with computing facilities ranked among

the best in the state.

Quality students — More than 2,700 quality undergraduates and 350 graduate students; for example, the fall 2010 engineering freshman class had an average GPA of 3.7 and an average ACT score of 26.2.

Quality faculty — More than 100 faculty and staff members who receive more than $10 million in annual research funding from local, state and national sources.

Innovative training — An entrepreneurship focus for incoming freshmen, a capstone course that challenges seniors to design and produce solutions for real-life clients, and one of only 8 engineering colleges nationwide with mandatory co-op programs. Outreach — Hosting hundreds of

community events and speakers and offering an “Introduction to Engineering” course at area high schools for college credit.

Praise and acclaim — Commended for its co-op program, alumni/industry involvement, effective advisory councils, and student communication skills. Accredited by ABET.

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Volume 58, Number 2 Winter 2011 Executive Editor Cynthia Nowak ’78, ’80 Associate Editor Vicki L. Kroll ’88


Contributing Writers Christopher Ankney ’08 Meghan Cunningham Jeanne Eastop ’75, ’79, ’82

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Graphic Designer Erin Lanham Principal Photographer Daniel Miller ’99 Creative Director Michelle Hoch-Henningsen Recent Awards Pride of CASEV: Research/Scientific/Medical Writing, Gold Award, ”Sustaining Passions“ Crystal Awards of Excellence: Magazine design, 2009-2010 publishing year Feature series writing,“Homing in on Home” Magazine writing, Fall 2010 Toledo Alumni is published three times a year in Fall, Winter and Spring by The University of Toledo Alumni Association and the Office of University Communications. Vice President, External Affairs/ Interim Vice President, Equity and Diversity/Publisher Lawrence J. Burns

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Linda, future lawyer, addicted to making a difference, Travel Channel and Food Network aficionado, swimmer who challenges what you think a woman can do in a hijab. Learn how UT is working to get beyond the labels and diversify what we think about diversity at

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The University of Toledo Alumni Association Officers and Trustees

Dear Friends, In the past year, I have had the pleasure of becoming more involved with the University and its connections to local economic development initiatives. I have never been more pleased to realize just how many connections there are between University resources and building northwest Ohio’s future. Whether it involves the growth of intellect and knowledge, a vibrant business-friendly community that is regionally and globally connected or building new innovative technologies that produce new products and services, the list is broad and copious.

President Constance D. Zouhary ’81 First Vice President Don Warner ’76 Second Vice President Paul Toth ’88, ’01 Secretary David D. Dobrzykowski ’95, ’99 Treasurer Terri Lee ’92 Past President Walter “Chip” Carstensen ’72, ’74 Executive Director Dan Saevig ’84, ’89 One-Year Trustees Bernie Albert ’68 Marie Latham Bush PhD ’83, ’00 Elizabeth Davis ’97, ’06 Dana Fitzsimmons ’76 Elizabeth Grothaus ’93, ’98 Philip Miller ’71, ’88 Tamara Norris ’87, ’06 J. Lee Johnson PhD ’99 Two-Year Trustees Laurie L. Adams ’86 Jean Austin ’92, ’99, ’03, ’05 Bernard G. Barrow Sr. ’70, ’72 Mike Malone ’79 Catherine Martineau ’77, ’81 Jay Pearson ’91 John M. Rudley PhD ’70 Tamara Talmage ’99 Thomas Wakefield MD ’75, ’78 Joe Zavac ’89, ’92 Three-Year Trustees Angelita Cruz Bridges ’97, ’97, ’00 Robert Buchman ’06 Stu Cubbon ’81, ’98 Brad Kozar ’80 Student Alumni Association Rosaline Cordova On the cover: A waking dream to engage every visionary

In my own “re-imagined northwest Ohio,” I can see that the initiatives currently under way will pay great dividends for our future. Strategies to expand our human capital and education will be understood to be the work of every organization in our region. Our region’s innovation system will fuel the scientific and technological discoveries that will support existing businesses, build new businesses and provide the jobs that do not currently exist. A re-created quality of place will result from the rejuvenation of our urban neighborhoods, improved business climates, increased public-private partnerships and access to quality health care. This issue of Toledo Alumni Magazine is devoted to views of our alumni, faculty, students, administrators and friends on how the region can enjoy success in the unfolding century. I challenge everyone in our local community to think about the characteristics of our region and to vigorously re-imagine what our future vision can be as a collective whole. As Richard Florida notes in his latest book, Who’s Your City,“It is our numerous weak ties, rather than our fewer strong ones, that really matter. They introduce a bit of chaos into the equation, which more often than not is the key to identifying new opportunities and ideas.” Florida points out that it is all of our loosely connected thoughts that we need to keep bringing into the fold. I look forward to reading this issue and to continuing the dialogue about how together we can connect the “ties” for a better economic future for us all. Sincerely,

Richard B. Stansley Jr. Chair, UT Innovation Enterprises

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Sim city builds medical magic With technology on the scalpel edge and a nod to Hollywood CGI, UT’s new Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center, and the Nursing Learning Resource Center, take professional synergies to a new level. “We want to transform the way we teach,” says Pamela Boyers PhD, executive director of the new 12,000-square-foot sim center. “That means doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others learning side by side, practicing skill development in health-care teams before they move to a clinical environment.” As Boyers notes, simulation technology has advanced to the point where it’s realistic for health-care professionals. Examples fill the combined centers that take up the entire lower level of the Collier Building on the UT Health Science Campus. Take METI Man, a patient simulator of remarkably human fidelity.“It does everything but walk,” says Brian Cress, clinical simulation technician. Internal wireless technology gives METI Man a pulse, blood pressure, light-reactive eyes and programmable speech — even the ability to have a seizure. Preprogrammed scenarios for male and female patients, and point-and-click software allow actions and reactions to develop on the fly, as in a live clinical setting. In one teaching scenario, for example, METI Man had been hit by a car in the middle of Health Science Campus. Health-care teams had to respond as the simulator was transported via ambulance to UTMC. The basics of medical practice are a critical prelude to such team simulations, explains Marty Sexton RN,


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director of Learning Resource Center and Interprofessional Simulation, much utilized by nursing students.“We have a human-patient simulator where nurses are able to run through acute-care scenarios,” she says. A health assessment lab includes all the necessary equipment for advanced practice nursing and physician assistant students. Elsewhere in the complex, anatomical models let students practice inserting catheters or IVs, or testing lung capacity. They can even perfect their suturing skills on different types of external wounds duplicated in material that closely mimics real skin. In another room, Harvey™ the cardio-pulmonary simulator trains students to distinguish the sounds of various heartbeats, from an innocent murmur to dangerous ventricular tachycardia. And down the hall, staff is testing a CAD wall that will allow virtual immersion simulation. That’s anatomy, physiology and surgery lessons in 3-D. It’s heady but steadying stuff.“Students today appreciate learning their skills on advanced technology,” says Boyers. “They tell us that they feel simulations increase patient safety and satisfaction, and improve communication skills.” “While there are a lot of sim centers around the country, this is one we believe will really set us apart,” says Timothy Gaspar PhD, RN, dean of the College of Nursing.“It’ll position UT and our Health Science Campus professionals with a distinctiveness, with new ways of learning and creating new knowledge.” Adds Sexton,“Better collaboration between health-care professionals is the key to better patient outcomes. That’s the end result of all this exciting work.”

Rosa Zartman, research associate at the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC), spoke with Dr. Sultan Al Jaber as, from left, Robert Collins PhD and Frank Calzonetti PhD listened. During his visit, Al Jaber toured several UT locations, including the PVIC labs.

Elemental. Glass, wood and earth were just a few of the elements visibly transformed at the 18th annual Art on the Mall, held in July on Main Campus. Well over a hundred artists and thousands of visitors placed the much-revered juried art show in an unbroken line of success. Another spectacular element: perfect summer weather.

Hot and wow. September started off with a crash, a crush and more than one crescendo of sound at Music Fest, a seven-hour outdoor musical event organized by UT’s Culture Ambassadors. A few of the notables who took to the stage included Sid Siddall, above, drummer for MAS FiNA, Martha and the Vadellas, and We the Kings.

Clean energy depends on academia, says expert “Academia is without a doubt one of the most crucial elements to the successful adoption of clean energy,” said alternative energy expert Sultan Al Jaber PhD when he visited UT in July. “It is responsible for developing and advancing technologies while cultivating the required researchers, academics and leaders that will fuel the renewable energy sector’s human capital requirements.” Al Jaber spoke about the Masdar Initiative in Abu Dhabi, that nation’s multifaceted program to develop and commercialize renewable energy technologies. Al Jaber is chief executive officer of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co., mandated by the government to drive the Masdar Initiative, whose centerpiece is Masdar City, a carbonneutral, zero-waste municipality. Since the program’s 2006 inception, he has been the creative force behind the Masdar Initiative. Al Jaber, who received an honorary degree from UT in recognition of his achievements in renewable energy, said he was impressed with the significant strides the University has taken in solar energy development. —Meghan Cunningham, University Communications

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Reflections of success. Participants at the official opening of the College of Pharmacy’s new building on Health Science Campus were almost outshone by the late-summer sun reflecting off the $25 million structure. Located between the Block Health Science and Health Education buildings, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified pharmacy facility includes laboratories, lecture halls and offices to offer students more hands-on experience in an integrated medical community. The UT and Toledo communities had a chance to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the reception and tours of the new building that followed.

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UT President Lloyd Jacobs and ProMedica Health System President/CEO Randy Oostra clinch the deal.

Relationship changes face of regional medicine The University of Toledo and ProMedica Health System agreed to a historic new agreement to advance health education and research for both organizations. UT will manage and oversee academic endeavors across the ProMedica system under the guidance of a new joint Academic Health Center Board comprised of equal representation from ProMedica and the University. “The real work lies ahead of us,” says Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor, executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine.“Both institutions will benefit greatly from this, but northwest Ohio is going to be changed forever because of this.” Included as part of this academic relationship is collaboration with respect to ProMedica research and residency programs as well as fellowship, clerkship, nursing, pharmacy, allied health and continuing education. Additionally, the University will provide administrative assistance in helping facilitate more clinical research conducted at ProMedica. The latest is online at

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Noted novelist shares lifetime of revelations The University extended sanctuary to some shady characters — Jazz Age bootleggers, sexual obsessives and high-rolling grifters among them — when acclaimed writer Craig Holden donated his personal papers to the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections. Holden, who grew up in Toledo and as an Honors student took his UT bachelor’s degree in psychology, biology and philosophy in 1983, is the author of fast-paced novels that include The River Sorrow (1993), Four Corners of Night (1999), The Jazz Bird (2001), The Narcissist’s Daughter (2004) and Matala (2007). Holden’s papers provide a remarkably complete look at Holden’s development as a writer, according to Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center.“The collection includes everything from early writing from his days as a student at Rogers High School, through his undergraduate years at UT and his graduate studies in creative writing at the University of Montana,” she says. Floyd first asked about the papers some years ago when Holden was teaching writing classes at UT, says the

author, now on the English faculty at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Holden admits that the career-spanning contents had gotten away from him: “I wasn‘t in a place in my life where I could sit down and organize everything, but Barbara said they would, which is wonderful.” The papers should prove interesting to UT students seeking their own careers as authors, Floyd notes.“This collection allows a researcher to get into the mind of the creator in a way that is rarely possible,” she adds. For Holden, now deeply into the process of creating his next novel — a multi-generation family saga — being part of a historical record is a new sensation. “Yeah, it’s a strange thing. I’m archived,” he says with a laugh.“In a way it’s weird, but it makes me happy to think about the records sitting in a nice temperature-controlled placed where they’re not going to get lost. “I don’t have to worry about them anymore and I can visit whenever I want.”

Seeking Rocket romances Did you and your significant sweetie kindle your romance while you were students at UT? Did that first kiss happen under the Bell Tower, or maybe in a secluded corner of Mulford Library? We’re looking for romantic stories of married or otherwise committed alumni who connected and courted at any of the UT campuses. Plans are afoot for ways to celebrate UT romances — a special couples dinner, for instance, or the construction of one or more permanent campus tributes. Some couples may be the subject of profiles in Toledo Alumni Magazine. Watch for future announcements, or open your heart now by sending your story to Cynthia Nowak, editor, at .

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Surge of a century If you find today’s weather’s strenuous, imagine if the level of one of the Great Lakes dropped five inches a day for a year. Something similar happened ninety-three hundred years ago, spawning century-long climatic impacts that included colder, windier weather. Following the failure of a natural dam, Lake Superior’s water level dropped a hundred-fifty feet. The resulting flood of fresh water surged out to the ocean, leaving drowned forests and back-flooded lake basins in its wake. Timothy Fisher PhD, UT professor of geology and environmental sciences chair, is one of nine researchers investigating the climate-changing “freshwater event.” The research, he says, provides insights into how sensitive the oceanic/ atmospheric climate system was to a relatively small freshwater surge. Implications for our own melting ice masses could be fraught.


Have a cacao, dude Dark chocolate: the new health food, with research continuing to indicate its benefits. While at Johns Hopkins, Zahoor Shah PhD, now UT assistant professor of medicinal and biological chemistry, was part of a team studying the effects of epicatechin — a compound abundant in cacao beans — on the neurological damage that follows a stroke. The mice-based study, published in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism, shows less diminishment of mobility and overall body function in mice that received epicatechin before and after an induced stroke. In fact, all those receiving the antioxidant compound survived the stroke. If you start a chocolate regime to help dissolve platelets, lower blood pressure and enhance blood flow, remember: Bittersweet is better, but no more than three bites a day!


Milking an idea More than a million young children in developing countries die every year from diarrhea, in large part from microbe-contaminated drinking water. Cleaning the water at the source can be too expensive for hardpressed nations, but what about an additive? Hironori Matsushima PhD, UT assistant medical microbiology and immunology professor, is leading research to develop a milk with added antimicrobial proteins that would allow it to be mixed with virtually any water source, creating a drink both safe and nutritious. Produced by cows engineered to give milk containing human rather than bovine antibodies, the pathogen-killing white stuff could be shipped and stored readily in powdered form. Awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the research is moooving along.


Drama in every cup Every joe-joneser knows how a simple cup of coffee contains complex flavors — but an equally complex interdependence between species of ants, beetles, wasps, flies and scale insects? Stacy Philpott PhD, UT assistant professor of environmental sciences, is researching the matter on an organic coffee farm in Mexico. There, Azteca ants have a symbiotic relationship with green scale insects, major coffee pests. While ants protect them from adult beetles, they can’t tackle hungry beetle larvae. And when the feisty ants repel a parasitic wasp, they inadvertently chase away other larvae-eating wasps. Meantime, the ants are attacked by parasitic flies. Still following all this? Perfect balance is achieved when ants are limited; they and beetles thrive, the latter keeping the crop-damaging scale insects under control — and coffee flowing.

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Top right: Kate and Joel McGormley (Law ’99), Schmidt Young Alum winner; Alumni Association President Connie Zouhary; UT President Lloyd Jacobs; Alumni Association AVP Dan Saevig; Blue T winner W.H. “Chip” Carstensen (Eng ’72, MEng ’74); Gold T winner Charles Balch MD (A/S ’64). Previous page, left: 2010 Grand Marshal Lance Thompson PhD and his wife Naomi.

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Shamila Chaudhary: tracking Pakistan Sphere of responsibility: National Security Council, The White House Not many federal employees in Washington get a chance to go one-on-one with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Fewer still would use the meeting to debate the secretary’s Pakistan policy, and as for the number who get a job offer on the strength of the conversation — well, hen’s teeth and bipartisan cooperation come to mind. But Shamila Chaudhary (A/S ’99, A/S ’99), now director for Pakistan and Afghanistan with the President’s National Security Council (NSC), was primed for the conversation. “I’ve been studying Pakistan since I was eighteen,” says the career employee of the State Department, from whom she’s on loan for the NSC assignment. “I was born there; when my family came to the United States in 1979 I was two.” By the time she was an Honors Program student at UT, she’d considered Pakistan as a specialty, and credits the late David Hoch PhD, then program director, for pointing the way. “He was the first person who invested a lot of time in my interests,” she says. “He helped me find scholarships and funding to study Pakistan, for which at that time there wasn’t a lot of focus. The Honors Program awarded me a research grant to travel there, my first overseas study experience.” By graduation, she knew she was Beltway-bound: “I wanted to work in government and my initial inclination was the State Department because my hope was to work on foreign policy. One surprise I had was the influence American politics has on foreign policy. There are many constituencies involved in formulating foreign policy, and a lot of the necessary coordination between them happens at the NSC.” Her next step became clear, she says: “If you’re at the State Department and you’re working on foreign policy, you should at some point come over to the National Security Council, primarily to get the experience of organizing and engaging the inter-agencies. That’s one of the NSC’s primary responsibilities, to ensure that everyone is on track with the president’s policy.” Though she’d joined the State Department under the Bush administration, eventually working the Pakistan desk, the country’s strategic priority didn’t diminish

Chaudhary with U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke (who died in December) on a trip to India in June.

under President Obama — though the strategy itself changed. Chaudhary recalls, “When Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State, she came with a very different approach on policy that encouraged an atmosphere of debate. She’s very inquisitive, so she encouraged us to ask a lot of questions and push the ball further when we look at our relationships with other countries.” They met during an early briefing. Chaudhary says. “There with my bosses and her advisers as well, I started debating with her on the roles of Pakistan’s various constituencies and which the U.S. chooses to engage. “We didn’t necessarily agree, but the next day, she offered me the chance to work on her staff — basically as a result of our discussion.” While Shamila looks on Clinton as “a role model for how to critically think about foreign policy and diplomacy,” that still leaves domestic considerations — in particular, the NSC’s interactions with Congress. “They’re stakeholders in policy-making,” she notes.

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John Tolly:

Burundi interlude “They control the purse strings, and when we offer assistance, these are American tax dollars going to another country.

Sphere of responsibility: Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. State Department

“We’re in a constant dialogue with Congress: Are we ensuring that the dollars are going to the right places? What’s public opinion? We have a responsibility to address the views, interests and needs of the multiple stakeholders invested in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.”

The morning sun can’t entirely pierce the haze that veils Bujumbura, capital city of poverty-plagued Burundi in central Africa. In the streets, honking minibuses and motorcycle taxis scatter nimble pedestrians, some balancing on their heads loads of sweet potatoes, bananas or wood from the city’s open-air markets.

The 2010 Pakistan floods that left a third of the nation underwater add urgency to the dialogue; Chaudhary predicts that the dire situation will continue to change the NSC’s overall engagement for months yet: “It was more than just another calamity. You have the loss of people, livestock, farmland. There is still a war next door [in Afghanistan]; it’s hard to push for more counter-terrorism cooperation when that’s the reality. How can we help them preserve stability?” In the scrum that’s policy-craft, she admits, the transition from altruist to pragmatist is inevitable: “If you don’t get there, you’re not going to be able to do your job. I always remind myself that there’s no true altruism in politics; if you don’t have your interests in mind, what are you doing there? “That doesn’t mean there can’t be any good coming out of the process.” It’s one reason she and her husband Christopher Steinitz (a Middle East expert and former State Department employee) initiated a Pakistan research grant at the UT Honors Program. The country’s importance to America’s security interests is real, she says — “but we want people to study the nation beyond that as well.” Partisanship for Pakistan? She knows the risk: “That’s why in the Foreign Service you don’t work on any country for too long. I’m a civil servant based in Washington, so my focus is developing a particular expertise and contributing to the nation’s good. “This is where I should be. This is something I can give to my country.”

Despite the swirl of noise and color, memories of civil war and genocide still disturb the citizenry’s dreams. Though Burundi is relatively calm now, carjackings, muggings and organized banditry — especially in the country’s rural interior — are almost as common as the waxbill flocks twittering in the acacia trees. Simmering political divisions make for an unsettled future. At the ten-acre construction area for the new U.S. Embassy, Special Agent John Tolly (A/S ’80) of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the calm, never-sleeping eye at the center of controlled chaos. This Bujumbura posting as site security manager might be his last — he’s within spitting distance of retirement — but its mix of dexterity, danger and tedium is familiar. After all, this is a guy who’s seen service worldwide, including Somalia and Kosovo in wartime, and the notorious Mexican state of Sonora. The roster of visiting VIPs he’s protected reads like a global A-list: Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice. Margaret Thatcher. Yasser Arafat. The Dalai Lama. Prince Charles and Princess Diana. With that kind of buildup, you might expect a stony-eyed Vin Diesel type rather than the soft-spoken, open-faced fellow who hasn’t allowed a long career with the dicey side of human nature to make him entirely cynical. “Maybe in some ways,” he says. “But not completely. It seems to me that wherever I’ve been, people are people. There are good people everywhere. “Every time I get a little crusty, I run into somebody who works in a restaurant, or maybe a local employee of the consulate, and they do something extraordinarily nice. You kind of come back to reality.” His perspective of reality has expanded widely from his early career in Michigan with the Monroe County

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Sheriff’s Department. “That’s when the urge to look further set in,” he recalls. “I started thinking about seeing more of the world.” He didn’t anticipate the increased danger of that world, he admits — international terrorism was in its infancy in the 1980s — but he doesn’t let it discourage him. Having lived and made friends in the Middle East gives him a more inclusive perspective, he notes. “I think that we as citizens of civilized countries just have to make up our minds that we won’t tolerate this.” He has an insider’s cautious optimism about increased cooperation between American federal law enforcement and international agencies on their counter-terrorism policies. “After 9-11, it had to get better,” he says wryly. His own duties have included investigations into passport and visa fraud, “which may not seem so significant compared to murder or bank robbery, but international criminals rely on bogus passports to maintain their activities.” The bread and butter of his work, though, is security for the U.S. Secretary of State and visiting dignitaries. “We don’t actually protect heads of state — that’s the job of the Secret Service — unless that person hasn’t yet taken office. In 1990, after Alberto Fujimori was elected president of Peru, we protected him for a while, which was interesting because he had been an engineer before going into politics. He would just decide to take a walk in the middle of the night and leave his hotel room, and our guys would go scurrying after him.” Heads of state not recognized by the U.S. government are also under his jurisdiction — thus, Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Nelson Mandela before he became president of South Africa. “A lot of times,” Tolly notes, “the more hostile the government is to the U.S., the more decently we agents are treated by the dignitaries we’re protecting because they’re well aware of the threat against them.”

Tolly on construction site

did a whole lot of training with other federal agents, where it’s enjoyable to share experiences.” He’ll also look back in amazement, he says: “As a kid, I would never have imagined this. “I really wish everybody in the States would have the chance to go to some of the countries where things aren’t so good, so they could come back here and — regardless of which party or president is in power — just realize how blessed they are to live in this country.”

As well, he’s managed security programs at many U.S. embassies and consulates overseas. It’s been exciting, he allows, admitting that retirement is still conjectural. “I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.” When he’s finally on the other side, though, what he believes will give him the most professional pride is “keeping folks safe. I was involved in some investigations that took bad people off the streets, and

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Re-imagining northwest Ohio For those of us living, working and investing in the multi-county area that includes southeast Michigan, our best days may lie ahead of us — but predicting their arrival remains tricky. In the meantime, northwest Ohio’s prolonged economic walloping is mirrored by many areas of the country. While northwest Ohio’s dilemma isn’t unique, perhaps our options are. With UT as a primary investor in the region’s revitalization, there’s no shortage of talent already pushing an agenda of change. Faculty, alumni, students, administrators and supporters are excited about new ideas and early successes in an enterprise that’s anything but academic. View many extended interviews online at


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The big IT Allen Rioux, chair and associate professor, UT Department of Engineering Technology Information is power: “One of the things we’re fortunate to have is a well-thought-out information technology infrastructure, built by both the state and by private companies. We have a strong base for facilitating data communications, stronger than almost any other region of the country. We often call the area a crossroads because of its location at intersecting highways; well, Toledo is so well-wired that we’re connected directly with Chicago, Atlanta and East Coast data centers. “We also have schools that are very good at developing capable professionals, we have individuals willing to invest energy, time and capital in start-up companies. What we don’t have is a collective vision about how to pull together those three elements, the key to the successful development of any region.

Building Business Anew Tom Gutteridge PhD, dean of UT College of Business Administration Sonny Ariss PhD, professor and chair of Department of Management Gutteridge: “We can enhance employment levels by building on historic manufacturing. How do we make our manufacturing sector more competitive, how do we move to the actual production of the components needed in solar and renewable energy, and in biotechnology?

“Develop a group of people who understand our well-trained work force, our industrial base and our people who know how to run companies. Inventory the assets to make northwest Ohio an information technology center — all the pieces are already here. “We have enough expertise and capabilities in this area, not necessarily to become the next Silicon Valley, but we could become a major data center for corporations, or a major code center if we were interested in developing software applications.”

“Improve global competitiveness. Our region has an exciting multinational diversity; by building on that base, we can add a global dimension. “Improve the relationships within the community so that the boundaries are more permeable between city and county, public and private, making one region where we’re all working together to benefit all.” Ariss: “Technology, whether it’s involved in manufacturing or service, is going to be involved in bringing back jobs. We cannot count on a company to relocate to northwest Ohio; we have to grow our own companies — hence the role of the University as an engine of economic growth, to fine-tune development and educate people on the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. “Further, the role of the college is to educate the whole UT campus on the importance of entrepreneurship, because that is what is going to bring jobs and economic development.” Note: Innovation Enterprises at UT hosts a yearly business competition for UT faculty, staff, students and alumni (as part of a campus team). See


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Healthy environment, healthy economy Kevin Joyce (Law ’82), executive director of Black Swamp Conservancy Perspective: “We’re in the business of protecting and preserving natural areas and farmland, mainly through conservation easements — perpetual land conservation agreements. We’re in favor of a balance: some land developed, some set aside so future generations have the same opportunities we do.”

example is the Black Swamp itself, with its original wetlands — the cheapest, most efficient way to keep your water clean. Undeveloped land also traps carbon and so improves our air quality.

Advice: “A big part of what we do for this region is to support economic development and economic sustainability. The two simplest examples are farming and eco-tourism. Right now, agriculture is the number-one industry in Ohio and this region; we work with landowners who want to make sure their land stays in farming forever.

“Northwest Ohio has very little population growth, but we’re using more and more of the land. We need to be conscious of that and avoid developing all of it.”

“As far as eco-tourism, take birding, and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s research and education efforts. People from all over the world come to the region to observe migrating birds, bringing tourist dollars and creating jobs. “Land conservation not only contributes to economic development and sustainability, but also to healthier communities. Just one

In sum: Bank on nature for the future.

Below, Joyce at 577 Foundation in Perrysburg, former property of Virginia Stranahan, one of Black Swamp Conservancy’s founders

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Planning a more perfect city Sujata Shetty PhD, UT assistant professor of geography

Attitudinal change Mike Bell (Ed ’78), mayor of Toledo Perspective: “Toledo underestimates its own potential.” Game plan: “One of the things we have to do in regard to the city is to stay in budget. We can’t afford to get into the situation of spending more than we have — then the perception is that we can’t manage our resources. “The other part of the equation is being a regional partner. In the last fifteen to twenty years we’ve isolated ourselves from being a part of the larger entity called northwest Ohio. We need to be part of that team — not as the lead dog, but as a team member so we’re all pulling in the same direction.”

Urban design: “Consolidating infrastructure to make the best use of limited resources is a conversation many cities are having. It’s difficult. You can’t really ask people who’ve lived in neighborhoods for generations to leave because there are only four houses on their block, but you can provide some incentives, whether it’s another home or money. Cities have to be very careful because the people asked to move are often the most vulnerable. “There are conversations in Toledo about creating a land bank. If there is a house or vacant land on which taxes have not been paid for many years, or the owner cannot be found, the city takes over title. At least then we know who owns the land, and the city can knock down derelict structures or assemble land more easily if there’s interest on the part of a private developer. Smaller is greener? “Part of the challenge of having smaller, less sprawling cities in the future is rethinking how to make them more sustainable. Are there more efficient, greener ways to consume energy or water? Maybe it’s local electricity production rather than a very large grid — not that one will entirely replace the other, but we’ll need alternatives. “The cycle of employment loss, foreclosure and fewer property taxes to pay for safety services creates problems so complex and interconnected that they resist easy solutions.”

What can residents do? “Look at your own attitude and the big picture. We need to be less understated in how we present our strengths. Take a closer look at all the assets we have here. Then think about how we can improve the areas where we may fall short, so that future generations can have a place that’s even better. I think we can create a northwest Ohio that will draw people — not just from Ohio, not just from the United States — to our region.” To see more, visit

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The engine of medicine Debra Gmerek PhD, UT associate dean for research; director, Jacobson Center for Clinical & Translational Research The state of Ohio bio-research: “Within Ohio, if your city doesn’t begin with a C, you can be left out of the equation. I was at a meeting with participants in BioOhio [a nonprofit organization designed to accelerate bioscience industry, research and education]. Until recently, our region has had minimal interactions with BioOhio; today we have someone from the organization who’ll be here once a month. We hope to have him spend more time here as things develop. “When my turn to speak came, I was able to talk about things happening at UT, both with our ProMedica partnership [see Page 6] and our new state designation as a Center of Excellence in biomarker research and individualized medicine, and the work we’re doing to advance entrepreneurship with biomarkers.” To market: “Developing jobs is a very long road in bioscience. It’s not like manufacturing where you create something, build a prototype,


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then build a plant that creates jobs. Getting a new drug to market and to the clinic takes a very long time. Usually, start-up drug companies out-license to a pharmaceutical company for further development, manufacturing and distribution. “But attracting companies to be strategic partners with us would be a benefit. We have companies from the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas showing interest in working with UT; they’re very keen because we have a nimbleness, a flexibility and responsiveness that they’re not getting in larger institutions.”

Refine, refocus, retain the best Brian Randolph PhD, associate dean of undergraduate studies, UT College of Engineering Staying in power: “Our future is going to depend heavily on energy. We do have some natural, acknowledged strengths in alternative and sustainable forms of energy; we need to leverage that into the future. But it should be more than just the types of technologies we present to others; we also should live in a conserving manner, to practice what we’re promoting to others. It’s natural — we’ll have to do with less energy or come up with better ways to produce it as the demand continues to grow.

Strategic healing John Kane MD, UTMC chief of staff, associate professor of orthopedic surgery Medical practice in the near future: “We’re going to have more patients to treat and fewer resources to do it in the future. Health-care reform is badly needed. Here in northwest Ohio where we’ve had so many people lose their jobs, we certainly see the need for it. “We have in Toledo a very fine establishment of health-care providers: hospitals, physician clinics and other services. We can provide an extremely high level of care, but it creates market duplication of services and increasingly costly competition. With less funding, the challenges will be in making sure that actual and appropriate patient care gets the lion’s share of the resources. Sharpened focus: “One of the things we can do is establish primary care access throughout northwest Ohio, with direct ties to secondary and tertiary care in the cities. Technology is helping us with linked resources and records. “We should increase our focus on preventative health care, on health and disease maintenance, management of chronic diseases. And on the individual doctor-patient relationship.”

“The transportation system is phenomenal here. All modes exist. If we continue to build on that toward more international outreach, it’s going to leapfrog us ahead of others. Water, water, not everywhere: “Then we need to be absolutely unified about maintaining and improving the quality of Lake Erie. Whether it’s dealing with invasive species or manmade situations like runoff, we need to be fierce in our defense of the lake. The potential impact on tourism, commerce and transportation is enormous. Join the core: “We need northwest Ohio to look at urban areas that have been neglected, refocus on a sustainable future, take stock of the buildings and the civic core. Not just Toledo — in the Bowling Greens and other communities in the region. Refocus on a personal conservation perspective, so people who live close to public transportation or closer to the city core can create a much smaller energy footprint. They can still live quite a good life. “Part of the effort can be promoted by smart government and smartgrowth initiatives. The time when we can send people out farther and farther to develop green space has passed; we need to look at redeveloping brown space. There’s still a lot of high-quality life to be lived in the city center, and a lot of construction can be done based on rehabilitations. In some ways it’s more costly, but it’s the right thing to do in the long run to strengthen the region.” Be not afraid: “Finally, our future also depends heavily on the education we provide to the [engineering] students who come to UT. It’s not sufficient anymore to give them a good technical background. That’s expected as a minimum; it’s the other things that are going to become essential. How can they apply their technical expertise in a responsible manner? How can our graduates get over their risk aversion so they’re willing to take the chances to develop businesses and fail a few times, ultimately creating one that will push us forward economically?”

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The strategic buy-in Jeanny Amidon (UTCTC ’76, Eng ’78, MBA ’83) and Judith Kehrle (MBA ’85), successful local entrepreneurs Following their respective retirements, the longtime friends pooled their combined sixty years of corporate, government and industrial experience — and forty-plus in compression planning — to launch Second Act, which offers strategic planning services they call “facilitation for successful organizations.” Advice for new entrepreneurs? Jeanny: “You may have a great idea, but if you can’t think of a practical application, how to make all the pieces come together to make your skill set work for you, it’ll never be feasible.”

Keeping solar radiance regional

Judith: “Developing a long-range strategic business plan starting with a clear mission, vision and values is what Second Act can facilitate — we applied our own skills to our business ideas.” Role of local entrepreneurship?

Frank Calzonetti PhD, vice president for research and economic development with UT’s Office of Research and Innovation

Jeanny: “To encourage taking the idea to the next level is so important to the area. That’s where UT plays a big role, in getting young people with new ideas, building on existing industries.”

The edge: “We’re very fortunate at having entered into a particular solar energy technology ahead of the game, where we had at the University and in the community researchers and entrepreneurs who were developing thinfilm photovoltaics. When the whole technology area exploded, suddenly there was international interest — a lot of that interest had people looking at what was going on in Toledo.

Judith: “When we work with an organization, we stress that they develop the plan; we just facilitate. It’s theirs, they feel ownership, they feel responsible for it and care about it.”

“At the same time, the University won an award from the National Science Foundation to form the Northwest Ohio Alternative Energy Cluster and leading to the establishment of the UT Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator. That was in advance of many other communities. “But now we’re facing competition. If we believe this is an important technology that’s going to make our companies and region much more competitive for many decades to come, we need to continue very good research, come up with new technologies and discoveries, form partnerships in our community and beyond, and we need to continue to project that we are a center of excellence in this area. UT’s School of Solar and Advanced Renewable Energy can help us retain a lead position, and when fully up with senior leadership in place will help us attract the best students, faculty and industry collaborations.

Jeanny: “When you get a group of people together working on something they believe in, there’s a certain energy level. People are excited — they come up with their own ways of getting things done. It doesn’t have to be the perfect way; another group may come up with a different way. But each group feels ownership. “That’s what can be missing when an organization doesn’t work collaboratively, is very top-down, very ‘This is the way it’s going to be.’ Let people contribute! They may not all be entrepreneurs, they may not be able to go outside their regular duties, but they have good ideas — about their community, their work. Find a way to allow them to feel ownership, because then they’ll work harder at finding solutions to problems.” Judith: “Collaboration is also the key beyond the individual organization. We see partnering as a way to accomplish more and provide greater benefit to the community, on everything from literacy to green living.” To see more, at right, Kehrle and amidon

“There are many reasons to be optimistic, but we cannot slide. There’s a lot of work needed to move forward, some tough decisions on where to prioritize.”


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Attracting the creative class Jennifer Rockwood, director of UT First-Year Experience Life follows quality: “I’m a big proponent of [urban studies theorist] Richard Florida. If you bring the right arts, the right bike and walking trails, the right coffee houses to your city, people will come — because people want to be where things are happening. A city’s economy grows not just because of the kinds of businesses, but because of the kinds of people drawn into the mix. “Businesses follow people, and quality of life is critical to people. If you’re the kind of person who’s energized by being around the brainiacs of the world, you’re going to want to settle in such a place. That’s how we can bring people back.” Living arts: “I’m a great believer in the ability of the arts to make us better human beings. They might even ultimately save us; the arts are a very effective way to examine what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong in the world. “There’s so much to do in Toledo, but it needs to be better orchestrated. I hope that Dr. Jacobs’ plan of making UT the generator of more connections extends to the arts — a natural extension of the outreach to industry and human capital. Make us the center of a great wheel, a clearinghouse.”


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Staying aloft in deflating times Lloyd Jacobs MD, president, The University of Toledo Work force be with us: “Northwest Ohio is an interesting location for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its work force. With the know-how, the work ethic and the can-do attitude that still exist here, this is the best work force anywhere. “The future of northwest Ohio is bright. We are in a position where we can reinvent ourselves. The unemployment rate is difficult, so the role of the university is increasingly not just to equip students for a life of prosperity, but to be in the business of creating jobs — by making discoveries in research, by spinning off corporations, so every research dollar we bring in actually contributes to jobs in northwest Ohio.”

Let the humanities speak Charlie Blatz PhD, UT professor of philosophy Essence of experience: “The humanities present us with stories about building communities, establishing connections, moving beyond ourselves to the place of relationships.

Choose the positive: “We often don’t have a choice in the circumstances in which we find ourselves, but we do have a choice in how we react. If we react with hope and commitment and a little bit of faith in the future, To see more, visit

“There are all sorts of lessons of history — ways in which literature nourishes scientific imagination, where philosophy is working with neurobiology and cognitive science to think about questions such as ‘What is the will? How do emotions enter into judgments?’ “Physicists have said that art and literature works through them to help generate ideas on what they’re doing.” Future is nearly here: “By 2030, according to some experts, we will reach a steep decline in fossil fuels. As yet we have no replacement — hence the need for a conversation including the source of social unity and alternative fuels that will meet our needs without harming many. “What will give us that conversation? What will keep us together as a society, as a world? The humanities will play a crucial role. Religion will play a large part; various religions are studied and brought together in the humanities. Ethics and poetry, philosophy and literature, additional gifts of the humanities, will be needed. “History will be essential as we seek to form a future, avoiding the mistakes of the past. Languages and gender studies will contribute to the understanding of culture. All of these are necessary to grasp the many possibilities of our new circumstances.” Start talking: “Somewhere in Toledo we need a big sign that says, ‘2030 — where are we going to be?’ And to answer that question, we will read and speak, discuss and reflect upon the works of the humanities.”

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Stories that sell Mike (A/S ’01) and Heather (Biddulph) (A/S ’01) Whaling, Columbus entrepreneurs Take a few steps out the front door of the Whalings’ gentrified 19th-century townhouse in Columbus’ Germantown and you’ll see part of what reeled in the two business owners: coffee bars, art galleries, restaurants, shops. “The mix is what drew us,” says Mike, founder of online brand-building company 30 Lines ( “There’s history, there’s character, but then there are fresh faces, people our age.”

Today’s identity into tomorrow Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, U.S. House of Representatives for Ohio’s Ninth District Be resourceful: “Places that will make it in the 21st century are those that are sustainable. You see what’s happening in China, in Russia, in the western part of the United States, with the drawing-down of resources: water and fresh air. “I think we’ll see a population shift because of our water. People will want to live here. We of the Water Belt have a major responsibility to prevent our water from becoming more polluted. We are very poor water managers compared to the West, where every gallon is both understood and measured, because we’ve never suffered from scarcity. Meanwhile, there are greater pressures from the arid West to move our water via pipelines there. It’s a looming political fight coming by mid-century.”

They could have settled anywhere, but they did their research — which didn’t involve contacting local Chambers of Commerce. Says Heather, whose company Geben Communication ( bridges traditional PR and new media, “Technology’s changed the way people communicate. By interacting on Twitter and Facebook, we were able to see how people were doing. We were able to get a good feel for the lifestyle and the business opportunities for each city. “In our online marketing world we talk a lot about social groove, proving that you have a good social network, but that applies to city development as well. Show me business owners who live there and are really making it. Show me young professionals who love what they’re doing, show me neighborhoods that are thriving, show me activities that tell me you have a strong community. Tell stories.” Mike: “The short-term need in Toledo is jobs. At the same time there’s lifestyle and culture. That’s the story that shouldn’t be forgotten. The job keeps food on the table, but once you come home from work, you want to think about what we’re doing this weekend with friends.” To see more,

Identity crisis: “We need to understand who we are — people have forgotten. Think about our heritage — economic, natural, cultural — and help blend those for the future in a new way, pivoting off what’s already been done.” To see more, visit

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The Wild Bill Hickock factor Chris Riley, graduate student in UT Department of English He’s twenty-six, kicked around some. Unable to parlay his degree from an upstate New York college into a job, he was lured to the California dream — which turned nightmarish. “I’m the reverse of Steinbeck’s Joads,” deadpans Chris. “I went out to California to find work, and now they have one of the country’s worst unemployment rates.” Months of nowhere gigs and couch-surfing among newly-unemployed friends ended when he heard about a “a paradise called Wyoming.” One of the seasonal jobs he found there let him live in a national park near the mountains, whose natural beauty thrilled him. Like the scenery, Wyoming’s employment picture is rocky. Riley was between jobs when a former professor put in the word about UT. It sounded good; Chris set off, despite an unreliable truck. “I was thinking a lot as I drove,” he says. “The first few days I tried to frame it around Wild Bill Hickock — I’m related to him somehow.”

Liberal studies love a challenge Lawrence Anderson PhD, professor of astronomy and director, UT Master of Liberal Studies Program Humankind at the crossroads: “The coming century will bring the greatest challenges humankind has ever faced. How do we make the decisions that will answer the challenges? Liberal arts fit into the equation by putting everything into context. Science can give you answers to specific questions, but it can’t tell you how to apply those answers within a political or social context.

Wild-Bill-like, he believes in risks — for cities as well: “I set big goals that are flexible. I don’t want to see myself locked into one thing forever.” Along with flexibility, he’s drawn to cohesive neighborhoods — something he misses on the Secor Road corridor: “It’s not pedestrian-friendly. It feels disconnected, nondescript. But downtown and the Old West End look pretty vibrant.” But the longer road sings: “I’m hoping to go back to the mountains, maybe teach at a charter school in a small town — and write about the traveling experiences.”

“For example, take global climate change issues. How do we address those within the political and social context? How do we accommodate them within the context of existing economies, or the context of people displaced by floods? At what point do we have to be ready for mass migrations, or worry about resource management and possible conflicts? All those are addressed not only by the social sciences, by political sciences and sociology and anthropology, but also by the humanities through literature and languages. “We’re not the first people to face social conflict; for thousands of years, people have written about it. Understanding their solutions, or at least their awareness, is crucial.” Quality of life: “Also, the liberal arts simply make life more fun, more beautiful, more fulfilling. Here in northwest Ohio we have a wonderful museum, a very good symphony and opera, artists all over the community who provide uplifting works and critical analyses of social situations.”


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Educator, innovate thyself Tom Brady PhD, then-interim dean, UT Judith Herb College of Education Driven to learn: “Education should be a cultural imperative. Economic development ought to be driven by the entrepreneurial spirit, and both our public and private sectors ought to operate in a climate of merit, competition, performance and accountability. “In the end, an educated population will drive new businesses, create a climate that doesn’t require as much public welfare or health care. “We’re all looking for quick fixes, but education for everybody is a long-term process. The big push in Ohio is graduating kids from high school. That’s a good goal. If we devote some of our attention, though, to making sure that every urban kid has a chance at pre-K learning, we would do more to affect what happens when they graduate than by waiting and hoping we’ll figure out how to get them to college. I imagine pre-K as part of our public education system. If we did nothing but that, it would have a huge payoff.” Book review: “Carl Schramm in The Entrepreneurial Imperative says that our only sustainable competitive edge in this country is the entrepreneurial spirit. Not education, technology or manufacturing — what we have developed here is the ability to innovate. Unless we leverage that, we’re not going to beat people based on the old ‘we have more than you have’ model. The way you get there is education.”

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Supply chains strengthen diversification Anand Kunnathur PhD, senior associate dean, UT College of Business Administration Mark Vonderembse PhD, professor and interim chair of Finance, UT College of Business Administration Beyond automotive: Anand: “The economic downturn has decimated the automotive industry and contracted its supply chain. That supply chain is not only central for the economy of the region, it is absolutely essential for job creation. The University is playing a role through the creation of the Vehicular Supply Chain Institute. Its mission is to study the supply chain associated especially but not exclusively with the automotive industry and come up with fact-finding documents as well as suggestions for revitalizing the supply chain by diversification.”

implemented. We’re also considering how that will expand into a regional information exchange for health-care data, so all medical entities in northwest Ohio will share information — reducing costs, increasing speed of treatment and making it easier for patients to access their data and carry it from physician to physician.” To see more, visit

The health-care supply chain initiative: Mark: “Health care is now the largest industry in the United States, consuming about seventeen percent of the gross national product. As a result, it is no longer possible not to consider effective resource allocation. “We are beginning to look at how the University Medical Center will improve its operations through electronic medical records, currently being


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The importance of the dream Richard Monroe (A/S ’56) Born in Toledo’s then-rural Reynolds Corners area (where the family farm was one of the sites examined in the 1920s for Toledo University), Richard has since 1970 lived in Hawaii, where he operates his own rattan furniture business — now in its third decade. Since the conversation is about re-imagining, his strong opinions on dreams seems an excellent counterpoint. World vision: “I was the first of my family to finish college, but I wanted to see the world. That became my priority. My classmates at Toledo University had different ones; they were already making marriage plans as we graduated. “I took art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and learned to appreciate European art, so that’s where I wanted to go. I took a twelve-hour-a-day job and saved money like crazy for this trip. That’s the pattern I set: Work hard and save, save, save so I can travel.” Use chance and serendipity: A chance meeting in Los Angeles with two visiting Balinese students led him to that country on a visit. “It was pristine, a very magical place,” he recalls. “I stayed in the palace of the king, who gave me a cottage and my meals for a dollar a day. To go from Reynolds Corners to live in a king’s property — well, it’s sometimes beyond my comprehension.” While he was an employee of Pan-Am, the company began offering a free around-the-world flight to its employees. “I said, ‘That’s for me!’ My boss, though, said I had to be back in two weeks. “I asked him, ‘If I resign can I still have the pass?’” Richard could and he did. “Then I had to find another job. But my priority at that time was to travel.” The load: “I agree with [business guru] Robert Kiyosaki, who says that the worst thing you can do is get a job. He says that it takes up all your time and keeps you from getting rich! With my fine arts degree, there was no job for me in Toledo. So I took what interested me — a cultural education — and ran with it.” Not that he didn’t work. He took two years to explore a chemical process; he raised chickens in Taiwan. (“Wasn’t my best idea,” he says.) “I was always looking for a business opportunity. I ran a hotel in Wakiki Beach, Hawaii. Didn’t make much money, but what a fabulous adventure. All this happened before I was married.”

Monroe while working for Pan-Am

Re-imagining life: “The period of time between college graduation and marriage is when you’re actually free, a very special time and when people, men and women, should follow their dreams. It could be to travel, or start a business or explore various relationships or anything else.” What’s in your dream wallet?

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Lake Erie at the crossroads Carol Stepien PhD, director, UT Lake Erie Center It’s the water, stupid. “In the Great Lakes we have the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem as well as most of our country’s fresh water. “Lake Erie, though, is the canary in the coal mine. We’ve observed over the last ten years that environmental conditions are declining, presumably due to high phosphorus levels from agricultural runoff, and we’re seeing more harmful algal blooms. Lake Erie has also gotten more cloudy and we’ve see an increase in the dead zone in the central basin each year. “We need to work with agriculture. Confined animal feeding operations and large-scale farms, plus increased tiling of our land, have increased the amount of runoff entering the lake. No-till farming is good for reducing sedimentation, but also increases runoff. “I’ve seen inroads, though, a change in attitudes toward acting green — in recycling, awareness of wasteful packaging, the farmers market movement, and the move toward fresh foods.” To see more,

Regional branding initiative Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president, external affairs and interim vice president for equity and diversity “About a year ago, Destination Toledo brought together about ten community-based organizations, including UT, BGSU, Toledo Mud Hens and the Toledo Chamber of Commerce, to create a brand for northwest Ohio.” The branding firm hired, Applied Storytelling, used community forums to extract that data, Burns says. “They came back with a brand platform based on the region’s need for a reputation in what they’re calling New Engineering. “Our history is basically based on old manufacturing, which we know has evolved. New or smart manufacturing is based on using new technology and new engineering processes. “We’re asking local companies to be early adopters of the platform, using the same terminology, even the same photographs in their materials.” Many photos are the work of University photographer Daniel Miller. “That‘s really what this brand process is about: giving companies the tools to describe northwest Ohio as a good place to do business.” To see more, visit


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Success story in the making Dane Theisen and Josh Marvin, seniors in the College of Business Administration Meet the creators of, where students can sell “textbooks to furniture and cars, and everything in between. We’re on Facebook as MyCollegeStuff.” Dane: “We came up with the concept because we realized that there’s a gap in the market, that college students are very overlooked.” Josh: “A lot of what we’ve done has been inspired by what we learned going to school here — the college has been a big driving force behind what we’ve been able to accomplish.” The entrepreneur thing: Dane: “If there’s a need for it, an idea will work. Innovation means changing the way you do things.” Josh: “If you recognize a need in a market and don’t [fill] it, it eventually will exist because someone else will do it. It has to do with timing, and with your willingness and your drive to push it.”

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Dane: “The core of our business — corporate social responsibility — is the key to the future. We’d like to keep the company based in northwest Ohio because of the strong college culture in Toledo. It means a lot to know you’re creating jobs.”

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The University of Toledo: a letter from President Lloyd A. Jacobs MD

Dear alumni: You have by now, in all likelihood, heard that The University of Toledo Board of Trustees has approved a reorganization plan for certain units of the academic enterprise. I write to provide a rationale and some detail of that plan. In broad summary, the reorganization will, we believe, enhance communication, synergy and student centeredness.

world.” I believe The University of Toledo is positioned to be among the handful of institutions that historically have had great impact on human society. I believe The University of Toledo can and should be a leader in a transformation under way in our society, in which universities take a leadership role for the world of the future.

Let me begin by repeating the formal vision statement of The University of Toledo, which states that this university is and should be “a transformative force for the world.” I believe the author of that phrase had in mind a world where universities are more connected to their communities, locally and globally, a world in which universities are more connected to corporate America and to government, and a world where universities not only equip students for the future, but actually create a future for them.

In the 21st century, a new role is being asked of universities, not only to educate, but to innovate, to set the bar for health care quality, and to make the place where we find ourselves a place in which it is pleasant to live. The University of Toledo is and will be a leader in this societal transformation. It will be among the world’s high-impact institutions.

This vision is being achieved in many places within our university. The John B. and Lillian Neff Trading Room creates a future for its students. The Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization helps ensure that students will have a future. The partnership between the Center for the Visual Arts and the Toledo Museum of Art ensures that students will be positioned for a fulfilling life, for a life well lived.

We must chart our own course. We are assigned a different societal function from Harvard, Yale and Columbia. If we follow the path of the University of Michigan or Ohio State University, we will never in our lifetimes catch up. We must chart our own way. We have the opportunity to seize upon the transformational wave of “engagement,” where we already hold a leadership position. Our purpose is to situate ourselves to be among those institutions whose impact is felt worldwide for decades. This vision is the University’s vision, it is my personal vision, and it is the vision of the thousands who comprise The University of Toledo.

My own vision for The University of Toledo is entirely congruent with the idea of “a transformative force for the

The vision that I have attempted to outline for The University of Toledo will require significant change within


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the institution as well as a changed perception from outside. To pursue our vision with integrity and diligence will require an attitude of collegiality, stewardship and ownership. Societal engagement can never be introverted and cannot maintain the status quo. Organizational restructuring is one tool for institutional renewal. It is always situational; there is no single model, no “best in class.” It is most effective when new synergies are created and when it renders an organization more “open” to its customers. Our plan has five major elements. There are many existing synergies and common purposes that exist for the Judith Herb College of Education and the College of Health Science and Human Service, which will be strengthened and enhanced by the merger of these two colleges. The new Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service will be a model of interdisciplinarity and engagement. Much human service is in fact pedagogy, and at many universities these exist in a single college. Exciting synergies may be expected to result from this merger. Students’ access to their dean and to their college and its offerings will be increased by the creation of three new colleges from the disciplines currently found in the College of Arts and Sciences. The three new colleges will be: 1) The College of Visual and Performing Arts, 2) The College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, 3) The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Content expertise, an important leadership criterion in higher education, will be enhanced by this arrangement. A scientist will be dean in science, an artist in the arts and a linguist, perhaps, in language literature and social science. This strengthening of leadership will enhance these disciplines. Small units in large organizations may have little voice in institutional decisions. I believe this to have occurred in some areas of this university. The reorganization of the College of Arts and Sciences will help correct this.

Sales has existed in the College of Business Administration for a decade. The School of Solar and Advanced Renewable Energy was created at The University of Toledo nearly two years ago. Promoting interdisciplinarity and creativity through the development of schools is a central strategy in this plan. In this context, a school may be defined as a cross-disciplinary unit which may exist within a single college or across two or more colleges. It “borrows” faculty whose “home” is in the sponsoring college(s) and is led by a director. Deans will have broad discretion in the creation of schools. While these structures will be encouraged, they will not be mandatory, and many faculty members will continue their work outside of the school structure. The fifth and final step in this reorganization plan will be to sort through the more than one hundred departments, seeking synergies, possible redundancies and alignment with the colleges in which they exist. This critical phase is still under development, but obviously will constitute a large project as it unfolds. There are literally thousands of decisions ahead of us. What are the first steps? Who will be appointed to leadership roles? How will they be chosen? What will be the milestones, the metrics and the deadlines? When will former structures cease to exist? How will we attain unity of purpose? When will we know when we are finished? These decisions will spread over months, even years. I ask for your input and participation. Students, faculty and staff have been encouraged to get involved in this period of change. Alumni, alumnae, let us know of your interest, share your expertise and please help us redesign our beloved institution for a great future.

Lloyd A. Jacobs MD President

Most of all, the many disciplines currently within the College of Arts and Sciences will become more accessible and therefore tractable to students, parents, and potential partners and stakeholders. This connectedness will enhance the pursuit of our vision. There are many similarities among the principles of adult education, lifelong learning, innovative pedagogies and the first-year experience. Bringing these functions together in a single college will energize the creativity of the entire institution. The College of Innovative Learning will utilize every existing and new technology to enhance the learning environment, and serve as a laboratory for learning in an era in which knowledge exists in cyberspace. The College of Innovative Learning will be an exciting undertaking. The concept of “schools” as part of this university’s structure is not new. The Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional

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Henry R. Kreider PhD (A/S ’33), St. Petersburg, Fla., wrote in to say that he’s still healthy and happy and enjoys receiving letters from recipients of the scholarships established to honor his father, Henry Kreider PhD, chair of the then-TU Chemistry Department. At 99 years young, Henry Jr. may well be the “elder statesman” of UT alumni. Best wishes!





Nina McClelland PhD (A/S ’51, MS ’63, MPH ’00), dean of the UT College of Arts and Sciences and interim dean of the School of Solar and Advanced Renewable Energy, was among nine women inducted into the 2010 Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame last summer in Columbus.

Sam A. Muller (Ed ’61), Flint., Mich., a retired teacher, won a bronze medal in a tournament held by the Grand Blanc Senior Chess Club.

Jonathan A. Binkley (MA ’66), Toledo, was re-elected Republican State Committeeman from District 11, one of 66 Ohioans serving on the Ohio Republican Party’s State Central and Executive Committee in Columbus. John W. Snow (A/S ’62), former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and board member of Cerberus Capital Management LP, was elected to the board of directors of health insurer Amerigroup Corp. in Virginia Beach, Va. Joseph Blumberg (Eng ’64), Atlanta, is executive director of Men’s Health and Wellness Center, a forum addressing male healthcare issues. It’s partly supported by national firms and by WSB Radio, which runs a weekly show on men’s health. More online at


Herbert Woodward Martin (A/S ’64), professor emeritus of English at the University of Dayton, authenticated two newly discovered works by 19th-century poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, as reported in the Dayton Daily News. Gordon C. Cox (UTCTC ’67), Haskins, Ohio, celebrated his 40th year as bridge engineer and land surveyor with the Wood County Engineer’s Office. He and his wife, Diana, who also celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, live with their son Allen (Eng ’02, MBA ’04) and six grandchildren on the family farm.



Gary Thieman (Bus ’71), Toledo human resources and employee benefits consultant, became senior vice president of sales and customer relations for commercial business with health insurance company Medical Mutual of Ohio, whose northwest Ohio region Thieman will also lead. The former vice president and principal of Findley Davies will be responsible for a four-state sales region. W.H. “Chip” Carstensen (Eng ’72, MEng ’74), past president and general manager of Buckeye CableSystem since 2002, was named president of Block Communications Inc., the parent firm of Buckeye and The Blade, both of Toledo. The 20-year CableSystem veteran is also past president of the UT Alumni Association. Steven E. Gilbert (Ed ’73) retired in June after 37 years as a high school social studies teacher and varsity football coach, including his most recent stint as head football coach for Columbian High School, Tiffin. Now a work-study coordinator for North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, he’s slated for induction into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame later this year.

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John R. Perfect MD (MED ’74), professor of medicine and associate professor of molecular genetics and

Beyond number. Mathematician Robert Ghrist PhD (Eng ’91) wants to demystify that most formidable of sciences and apply it to here-and-now challenges. “I am evangelical in my belief that topology — the study of abstract spaces and their properties — is an ideal mathematical discipline for contemporary problems in science and engineering,” says the Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Mathematics and Electrical/ Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. “Topological results, being based not on precise distances or displacements but rather upon global features, tend to be very robust and insensitive to noise and various errors, a useful feature for real-world problems.” He came to UT in the fall along with his family (including his wife Deborah (Kling) (A/S ’92) and daughter Annie, shown here) to give a series of talks on his work. As principal investigator on a four-year, $8 million study for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on sensors, topology and planning and winner of a National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, he has plenty to share. His love for mathematics began at UT, he notes: “I was slowly drawn to mathematics for reasons primarily aesthetic. Mathematics is beautiful in a way that is hard to grasp quickly, unlike music or painting, whose beauties are easily recognized.”

microbiology at Duke University, was honored with a Distinguished Faculty Award by the university’s medical alumni association. Lead author of the “2010 Guidelines for the Treatment of Cryptoccosis,” issued by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, he also serves as interim chair of Duke’s Division of Infectious Diseases and director of the Mycology Research Unit. Paul Sink (MEd ’74, Ed Spec ’77), Lorain, Ohio, was named interim principal at Kirtland High School for the 2010-11 school year. He came out of his 2000

retirement to serve as interim principal for two Ohio schools; he’s now back after his 2008 retirement. H. Buswell Roberts Jr. (Law ’75), a partner in Toledo law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, was named the 2011 Roanoke (Va.) area bankruptcy and creditordebtor rights Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. He’s licensed to practice in both states.

Darlene W. Harris-Jackson (UTCTC ’76, A/S ’97), Toledo, joined Family Service of Northwest Ohio as director of its Home Care Options, a home health-care service. Michelle A. Janney PhD, RN (UTCTC ’76, A/S ’80, PhD ’93), senior vice president and Wood Prince Family Chief Nurse Executive at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, received the Nursing Excellence Award for advancing and leading the profession, given by Nursing Spectrum, a national RN-led communication company. Gary Martz (A/S ’79) was promoted to executive vice president with industrial packaging producer Greif Inc., Delaware, Ohio. He will continue as president of Greif’s land management business Soterra LLC. Dennis Sankovich (Univ Coll ’79, MPA ’85), executive director of the Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts, was honored for leadership and contributions to the industry with the Mary Beth Treen Award, bestowed at the 2010 Performing Arts Exchange in Pittsburgh. A 30-year veteran of arts management, he was director of Tiffin’s historic Ritz Theatre prior to coming to MSU in 2004.



Gayle Brazeau PhD (Pharm ’80, MPharm ’83) accepted the position of dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of New England, Portland, Maine. John A. Russ MD (MED ’80), Toledo, attended the Air Force Academy Class of 1970 reunion in the fall, when the class unveiled its gift to the academy in Colorado: a $1 million memorial dedicated to graduates killed in Vietnam and to the Air Force’s legacy in that region.

Photo by Will Jones, WSU Photographer

Reba Harrington (Ed ’76), retired U.S. Air Force officer and associate counsel at the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services, part of the U.S. Department of Defense, earned a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Air War College in Alabama. She’s now working on a PhD in business philosophy from Northcentral University.

Sampsel, with robot on left, at Wright State University-Nursing Institute Living Laboratory Smart Technology House

Health-care benefits from ’bots And in developing disasters — as RNs age and retire, Americans are facing a shortage of experienced nurses. Debi Sampsel RN (A/S ’80, UTCTC ’81, NRSG ’85), executive director of The Nursing Institute of West Central Ohio, knows the prediction well. One of her first actions with the institute at Dayton’s Wright State University was to examine its federally funded nursing work force study. “Looking at the results, I saw that our region was soon to have a mass exodus of seasoned nurses,” she says. To help retain what she calls a “brain trust” of such nurses and nursing faculty, she’s recruiting robotically. Take RP-7, a human-sized robot equipped with cameras, a microphone and remarkable abilities in both clinical and classroom settings. Sampsel had already seen how well the RP-7, built by InTouch Health, worked in a retirement center, where the robot’s two-way communication abilities allowed less experienced caregivers to access the knowledge of experienced clinical nurses. “I’m also interested in preserving seasoned nurses’ experiences, how we can convey them even after the nurses retire or reduce their hours,” says the former UT anthropology major whose specialty is the field of aging. “And if the nurses develop their own chronic-care problems, they’ll still be able to work and mentor novice nurses.” Although the Nursing Institute is still in the early stages of using the RP-7 in the clinical area, robots already work in health-care environments nationwide, transmitting EKG readings, heart and lung sounds, and live patient images. Reaction’s positive, Sampsel notes: “Patient satisfaction doesn’t deteriorate because you come to the bedside with a robot.” Robots represent just one joystick-controlled item in her toolbox. The institute launched Second Life, a virtual world showing health-care organizations how to convey necessary information to their employees. “Very useful in hospitals’ nursing orientation programs,” Sampsel notes. In the institute’s Living Laboratory Technology Smart House, health-care professionals commingle different systems — Internet, wireless, cell phones, sensors — to teach. As robots play their parts in family-living simulations, participants are given the chance to suggest more robotic applications. “Emotions as well as professional competencies are engaged,” Sampsel says. “Someone thought of the need for pet therapy, so she bought a robotic cat and donated it to us.” Along with technology, Sampsel relies on her anthropological foundation: “It was a great underpinning for nursing, especially as I cared for patients of different cultures. When we set up the Living Laboratory, I was very emphatic about how we had to include simulators from different nationalities, to reflect the world.” View her latest, including videos, at

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retail division. He has 23 years of experience in financial services.

Teachers as leaders. For a writer, professional validation packs the best kind of punch. Such accolades twice hit Casey Reason PhD (Ed Spec ’94), chair of leadership studies at Grand Canyon University and owner of a leadership consulting company in Scottsdale, Ariz. His second book, Leading a Learning Organization: the Science of Working with Others, published by Solution Tree Press, garnered both a nod from Phi Delta Kappa International, which named it a Book of the Year selection, and an endorsement from Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager. Reason’s book, intended to help principals and teacher-leaders improve organizational learning in their schools, pays special attention to the role of emotion in a working culture — including the negative emotions that arise with the rapidly changing educational field. He says, “I wanted to explore how leadership has changed, given all the new information we have today on adult learning, theory and brain research. We’re unlocking the mystery of learning — maybe the mystery of leading can follow right behind.” His website is

Jeanne Smiczek (UTCTC ’82), a floral designer, opened a full-service flower shop, Back to the Fuchsia, in Saugatuck, Mich. Online at . Sam Vandivort (Eng ’82) was hired as SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) manager for the city of Henderson, Nev. Ron Binder PhD (Ed ’83) was appointed associate dean of students for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, supervising the areas of residence life, and judicial and Greek life. Caroline Gaither PhD (Pharm ’83) is using her one-year sabbatical from the University of Michigan, where she’s an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy, to research health-care disparities with Monica HolidayGoodman PhD of UT’s Department of Pharmacy Practice.

ranked by her peers as a leader, appearing in the 17th edition of Best Lawyers in America, published last year by Woodward/White. Ann (Roby) Myers (Ed Spec ’85) and her husband Jake, Temperance, Mich., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September. The retired reading specialist serves on the boards of Bedford Public Schools and Bedford Senior Citizens. She’s also an advanced master gardener. Sharon Speyer (Law ’85), regional president of Huntington National Bank, Toledo, was appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland to the UT Board of Trustees in August.

Kathrin E. Kudner (Law ’85), a member of law firm Dykema’s Detroit health-care practice group, was


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Jeffrey S. Langenderfer (Bus ’86), Sylvania, joined Fifth Third Bank as vice president, regional sales manager in the

Michael L. Price (UTCTC ’86, Univ Coll ’88), Waterville, a senior financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial, joined the company’s Diamond Ring club, a designation honoring consistently high sales and leadership, and an achievement awarded to fewer than six percent of company advisors. Harold G. “Bud” Vielhauer (Law ’86), Tallahasee, became general counsel for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Commission in January. Previously, he was deputy general counsel with the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Christopher Slawinski (A/S ’87), Annandale, Va., retired U.S. Navy veteran, was named president, East Coast Region of the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), a congressionally chartered veterans’ service organization. He also works as FRA’s national veterans’ service officer. Jeffrey Rowell (Bus ’89), Chester, Va., was promoted to bank officer at Bank of Virginia. He’s been in financial services management for 12 years.

The revolution will be mobile Call it a techno-fellowship, the one Will Sullivan (A/S ’02) accepted with the Reynolds Journalism Institute to study mobile web development for journalistic applications. The interactive director at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mo. — where he oversees multi/social/ mobile media development — says he’ll be using the time to research the rapidly evolving field of mobile devices, from iPads to Android phones, and how news organizations can use them to better report and publish the news. “Morgan Stanley’s influential tech analyst Mary Meeker has predicted that by 2015, mobile web devices will outnumber desktop computer devices used to access the Internet. This revolutionary shift in our culture will provide amazing opportunities for news and technology companies,” Sullivan says. “My heart flutters thinking of the new possibilities and experiences we can offer audiences to become informed, entertained and more interactively involved with their communities.” A multiple innovation award winner, he’s been a corporate trainer and speaker nationwide, and his site,, was recognized by the Harvard University Nieman Journalism Lab as one of the “10 Best Future of Journalism” blogs.

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Wave power could change tide of alternative energy discussion When Aaron LeMieux (Eng ’99) dropped his classes at UT in 1996 to start a fifteen-hundred-mile trek up the Appalachian Trail, he knew it’d be lifechanging. He just didn’t know how. Now, 15 years and the spark of an idea later, LeMieux has solved a really annoying problem, is in the process of lobbying legislatures and venture capitalists for funds to help solve an even bigger problem, and he’s given a prestigious TEDx conference lecture about how he plans to change for good the way energy is produced in this country. “Fifteen hundred miles gives you a lot of time to think,” LeMieux says. All of his thinking took the form of the nPower® PEG (Personal Energy Generator), a small cylinder-like device you can put in your backpack or briefcase, where the up-and-down motion of walking will generate electrical power that you can then use to charge or use mobile electronics when you’re off the grid.


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The PEG generates power by capturing the energy from oscillating movements, the other thing LeMieux had plenty of while walking the trail. “I noticed that I was creating an awful lot of kinetic energy by swinging my arms and moving my legs up and down,” he says. “And I noticed that I was frequently stopping into towns to buy new batteries.” Frustrated by all the waste, LeMieux, whose company, Tremont Electric, is headquartered in Cleveland, began work on the nPower PEG immediately upon returning to classes at UT. It’s now for sale at But LeMieux’s idea isn’t just about personal energy generation. The technology, he said, is scalable: “There’s a tremendous amount of energy going unused in the up-and-down motion of waves. We want to capture that energy and we think we can do it in a way that’s just as if not more efficient than solar or wind power generation.” LeMieux is talking with people who include Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and venture capitalists, attempting to raise enough R&D dollars to build his prototype nPower® Wave Energy Generator. “We understand that Lake Erie doesn’t have the world’s supply of wave energy to power everything,” he says. “But we have great access to a very large body of water and a strong manufacturing base here that is able to produce the kinds of things we need to make this happen.” He’s confident that a prototype wave energy generator will make his nPower technology mainstream, with greater access to the kinds of dollars that fund other alternative energy projects. “When people [in Congress] are looking to put together these sort of top-down economic recovery plans, they tend to only write specifications for technologies they know about,” he says. “So we need to make sure they know about nPower.” You can hear more from LeMieux and view his TEDx lecture by visiting youtube. com/toledoalumni. — Chris Ankney, University Communications



Karen Lemerand (A/S ’90) was honored by the Kiwanis Club of Monroe, Mich., with the George F. Hixson Fellowship Award, recognizing her service to the community and the organization. She works as a facilitator for Mercy Memorial Hospital System. Rod R. Smith (A/S ’90) was chosen as high school principal at EHOVE Career Center, Milan, Ohio, where he was previously assistant principal and intervention specialist through the Huron County Educational Service Center. Marcia Herbkersman (Ed ’91) was hired by North Point Educational Service Center and placed at EHOVE Career Center in Milan, Ohio, as an intervention specialist, working with marketing, sales and service students who have multiple disabilities. John D. Smith (Law ’91) was named vice president and academic dean for Concord University, where he held the position as an interim for a year. He’s also director of the honors program and the Legal Studies Department at the Athens, W.V., school. Jim Pool (Univ Coll ’93) completed his first Ironman race at Cedar Point, Sandusky, in September. A medical device sales rep for Medtronic, he lives in Toledo with his wife, Karen (Zedaker) Univ Coll ’93, and their daughters, Abbi and Ellie. James R. Gant (A/S ’94, Law ’99), attorney and COO for the Lucas County auditor, was hired as business manager for Toledo Public Schools. John Sigg PhD (PhD ’94), faculty member in the Ithaca College School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, was appointed the school’s associate dean for graduate and clinical studies. He joined the college in 1992. Keith Dasbach (Bus ’95) joined Downing-Frye Realty Inc. in Naples, Fla., as a sales associate. Chad Tuschman (Law ’95) of Williams DeClark Tuschman Co. LPA, headquartered in Toledo, was

Cursive toiled again. How often do you use handwriting? Even in these finger-flying texting days, people do put pens, pencils or a Pine Green Crayola to paper — if only to leave a note for the UPS driver. If you learned handwriting in school, there’s a good chance your teacher was using the D’Nealian Handwriting method, utilized in many school systems since the 1970s. It was developed by Donald N. Thurber (Ed ’52), now a retired educator living in Lasalle, Mich., who wished to give his elementary-school students a mastery of cursive writing that was easier on small hands than the process of the old Spencerian script. Is it still relevant in the digital age? Without a doubt, says Thurber. “Long before keyboarding, children scribblewrite to express themselves. This leads into alphabet letters, which leads directly into the reading process. I strongly believe the sooner children can write words, the earlier they will learn the reading process.” With new studies suggesting that cursive writing provides a brainstrengthening challenge for kids, what’s old may be new again. Details at his website: named an Ohio Rising Star by Superlawyers 2010. Ryan P. Householder (Bus ’97, MBA ’01) was promoted to assistant vice president in the finance division of Fifth Third Bank, working at One SeaGate in downtown Toledo. He lives in Waterville. Kelly Ragucci PharmD (PharmD ’97) was named assistant dean of curriculum for the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Pharmacy. She holds faculty appointments as associate professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences, and associate professor of family medicine. Madhav Ranganathan (MEng ’97) is a global alliance manager at the Chicago headquarters of Accenture, part of virtualization software producer VMWare. Jeff Wilson (MBA ’97, Law ’00), a Toledo business consultant,

published a book, Life’s Cheat Sheet: Crucial Success Habits School Never Taught You, last summer, the planned first of a series. Sarah L. Downing (A/S ’98), Goshen, Ind., took her 10 years of manufacturingsector software development experience to become founder and chief developer of On the Dot Software Solutions, specializing in custom software development and website design. See



Vyjayanthi Krishnan PharmD (PharmD ’00) is a senior scientist at Wellstat Biologics

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Corp., Gaithersburg, Md., which concentrates on biological agents used in cancer treatment. Felecia Nave PhD (MEng ’01, PhD ’05), associate professor of chemical engineering at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, was promoted to associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs, involved in curriculum reviews, enrollment management and other initiatives.

On the ball. Josh Wierzba (Bus ’10) left his UT graduation with more than a diploma. The former Rocket baseball outfielder was recognized as Sportsman of the Year for all men’s programs by the UT Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. “He’s a great kid,” says Cory Mee, head baseball coach who recruited Wierzba. “I can’t say enough good things about Josh. He’s the ultimate team player who will do whatever he can to make the team succeed. His positive outlook and energy were contagious.”

Nicholas J. Wilson MD (MED ’01), a board-certified radiologist, joined Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. Joseph A. Beals (Eng ’02) was promoted to senior manufacturing engineer at Indiana firm Auburn Gear Inc., where he’s worked since 2005. He and his wife, Jodi, live in Edgerton, Ohio.

Yogesh P. Patel MD (Res ’06), assistant professor for the UTMC radiology residency program, was elected president of the Ohio State Radiological Society, the Ohio chapter of the American College of Radiology. Brian Boos (A/S ’07) graduated from the University of Akron School of Law in May. Emma Hostetter MD (MED ’07) joined Annville (Pa.) Family Medicine in August. She’s working on her master’s degree at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore.

Mohammad K. (Mohammad) Laham (PharmD ’03) is assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Jordan, Amman.

Matthew Wise (Bus ’07, HSHS ’07) received his juris doctor from the University of Akron School of Law in May.

Timothy Allison (MBA ’05), Temperance, Mich., was promoted to assistant vice president in the Finance Department of Fifth Third Bank’s One SeaGate offices. Dena Baker-Becker PhD (PhD ’05) was hired to teach psychology as a full-time faculty member of Terra Community College, Fremont.

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Rahul Khupse (PharmD ’06) joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Findlay as an assistant professor.

Kate Marrero-Patterson (HSHS ’07) completed her juris doctor at the University of Akron School of Law in May.

Ann Soto (A/S ’04) received her juris doctor in June from the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle.


Shelly Smallman-Nielsen (Eng ’05), Toledo, was promoted to corporate engineer for North American Science Associates, the world’s leading medical device contract research organization.

Michael Harris (Eng ’03) was promoted to project manager at West Monroe Partners in Columbus. He’s a consultant in the labor management solutions practice, creating and implementing labor standards for national clients.

Sunghan Yim (PharmD ’03) is a research scientist for Avon Products, Inc., Suffern, N.Y.

Fusion threads. Saravana Kumar Subrumanian (MBA ’10) and Joseph Vogelpohl (Univ Coll ’08, MBA ’10) are finding their business bliss with far-ranging inspiration. When they formed the clothing company Saravana Vogelpohl, they chose a motto to match the scope of their ideas: “We design clothes for people with imaginations as big as ours.” The company, based in the United States with operations in southern India, draws on global and time-tripping influences. Check their offerings at

of Fifth Third Bank, which he joined in 2005.

Starr Keyes PhD (MEd ’05) joined the education faculty of Bluffton University in Ohio. She earned her 2010 PhD in special education and applied behavior analysis from Ohio State University. Michael L. Lagger (MBA ’05) of Sylvania was promoted to vice president in the business banking division

Laura Wills MD (MED ’07) joined the staff of Adena Pediatrics in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Lesley Wright (HSHS ’07) received his law degree from the University of Akron School of Law in May.



Tilak Gullinkala PhD (PhD ’10) was hired as a senior polymer chemist by Hydration Technology Innovations LLC, working at the forward-osmosis membrane manufacturer’s new R&D facility in Corvallis, Ore.

Marriages & Unions

Samuel D. McMurray (Bus ’82) & Laryce Sasaki. He’s a retired Toledo police officer. Courtney Ludt (Ed ’94) & Austin Copper. She’s a response intervention facilitator with the Palm Beach School District in Boca Raton, Fla. Brian Szabo (Eng ’99) & Meghan Flannery (HHS ’05, HHS ’07). She’s a cardiovascular technologist, he’s a UT software engineer.

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Jonathan Holodniak (AUniv Coll ’02) & Heather Koren (Ed ’03). He’s an IT consultant, she’s a teacher and coach with Jefferson Junior/Senior High School. Harpersfield, Ohio.

master’s degree at UT in speech language pathology.

Jana N. Polsley (HS ’07) & Lucas J. Shaffer (HS ’07). They’re both physician assistants in Chicago, she in dermatology, he in neurosurgery.

Mollie S. Parsons (MEd ’10) & Justin Zenz. She’s a UT residence hall director.

Maria S. Borchers PharmD (Pharm ’06, PharmD ’08) & Christopher Barga. She’s a pharmacist at CVS, Westerville, Ohio. Benjamin J. Bregman MD (MED ’06) & Landi Coltrian. He began a fellowship in pulmonary critical care at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in July. WinstonSalem, N.C. Allyson E. Conover (HHS ’06) & Kristian Lavinder. She works for Brook Army Medical Center. San Antonio. Josef Froehlich MD (A/S ’06, MED ’10) & Mary Anne Bafunno PharmD (Pharm ’07, PharmD ’09). He‘s completing his residency in psychiatry at the University of Louisville Hospital; she’s a clinical pharmacist at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

Cailin M. Menke (Bus ’10) & Nicholas Schimmoeller. She’s pursuing a graduate degree at Cleveland State University.


Abbey (Parsons) (A/S ’99) and Paul D. Shiban (A/S ’95),

Strongsville, Ohio, celebrate the birth of their daughter, Celia Elaine, in October. Michael Moore (Bus ’03) and wife Jessica Merriman (Ed ’04, MEd ’06), Hilton, N.Y., welcomed their first child, daughter Isabella James, in September. Jaime (Conley) (Eng ’04) and Robert (Eng ’05) Kramer, Obetz, Ohio, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Annika Lorraine, in October.

Ashley Bunkelman (HHS ’09) & JP Russeau. She’s finishing her

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Helen J. (Cassady) Kujawa, Toledo, att. 1932-1934, Sept. 29 at 95. Josephine (Lancashire) Kutsche, Maumee, att. 19341936, Sept. 26 at 94. Harold R. Gamble (Eng ’35), Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12 at 96. Virginia (Kusian) Lincoln, Walbridge, att. 1936-1938, Oct. 26 at 92. Janet R. (Baumgartner) (Jacobs) Ransom, Toledo, att. 1937-1939, July 8 at 91. **Ruth E. “Betty” (Krecker) Redmann (Bus ’38), Ottawa Hills, Sept. 23 at 93. **Isabel F. (Fye) Martin (A/S ’39), Maumee, July 29 at 92. The longtime supporter of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women was a Presidents Club member and established the endowed Earl M. and Isabel F. Martin Scholarship. 29-year Chi Omega adviser. Alumni Association president, 1977-1978.



William W. Baker (A/S ’40), Walled Lake, Mich., July 8 at 92. Henry Coyle, West Lafayette, Ind., att. 1940s & 1950s, July 1 at 81. **Donald D. Duhaime (A/S ’40), Toledo, Oct. 28 at 93. A former Rocket in track and wrestling, he supported UT athletics and established the Duhaime Library Fund at Carlson Library. Presidents Club member. **Thomas E. Greiner Sr. (Bus ’41), Toledo, Oct. 18 at 92. Frank Whidden (Eng ’41), Piqua, Ohio, March 23 at 94. **Janet M. Crandell (Ed ’42, MEd ’70), Sylvania, July 8 at 89. *Frank C. Raggon Jr. (A/S ’42, MEng ’53), Redding, Calif., July 30 at 90. Richard L. Lang (Eng ’43), Estes Park, Colo., July 10 at 90. Sivia (Smilack) Olson (A/S ’43), Toledo, Aug. 16 at 90. Marlin D. Winkleblech, Toledo, att. 1944-1947, July 12 at 86. Sigma Beta Phi member, Phi Kappa Psi president. **Thomas E. Fought Sr., Clearwater, Fla., att. 1946-1948, Oct. 4 at 83. James G. Mars, Oregon, att. 1946-1948, July 30 at 83. Galen C. Miller, Toledo, att. 19461948, July 20 at 85. Shirley (Myers) (Pipes) Thomas (A/S ’46), Ottawa Hills, July 10 at 85. Alpha Chi Omega president; UT foreign languages lecturer and instructor in 1960s. William E. Bowman (Eng ’47), York, Pa., April 16 at 90. *Oliver “Bud” F. Crawford (Bus ’47), Swanton, July 14 at 88. Frederick J. Fadell (Bus ’47, Law ’59), Holland, July 5 at 85.


*Robert J. Neale (Bus ’47), Winter Haven, Fla., June 18 at 86. *Katherine (Winsinger) Merriam (Bus ’48), Palm Harbor, Fla., Nov. 1, 2009 at 83. Sally (Sweeny) Miller (A/S ’48), Brighton, N.Y., Aug. 20 at 84. Delta Delta Delta member. **Lawrence B. Ginther (Eng ’49), Toledo, Aug. 8 at 87. Roger J. Seibert (Eng ’49), Fostoria, Oct. 12 at 86.



Robert L. Brady (Bus ’50), Walnut Creek, Calif., Oct. 23 at 86. Frances K. “Jane” (King) Chase (Ed ’50), Toledo, Aug. 6 at 82. Chi Omega member. Robert M. Freimark (Ed ’50), Morgan Hill, Calif., Feb. 18, 2010 at 88. A noted artist, filmmaker and educator, he was profiled in the Winter 2003 issue of Toledo Alumni Magazine. *Lewis R. Heldt (Ed ’50), Toledo, Oct. 28 at 83. He established the Heldt Family Scholarship in athletics and the Ruth V. Hawkins Heldt Memorial Scholarship in education. Presidents Club and Heritage Oaks Society member. *Clarence R. Krieger (Eng ’50), New Philadelphia, Ohio, Oct. 27 at 87. Tibor Kurucz (Eng ’50), Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 14 at 88. Earl A. Laishley, Toledo, att. 1950-1952, Oct. 24 at 81. Jerrold A. Redding, Toledo, att. 1950s, Oct. 14 at 80. **Richard D. Baker Sr. (Bus ’51, Eng ’57), Toledo, Oct. 14 at 83. Sigma Beta Phi, Phi Kappa Psi member. Raymond J. Kunisch (Pharm ’51), Toledo, Sept. 3 at 86. Phyllis J. (Tanber) Lipinski (Ed ’51), Highlands Ranch, Colo., Sept. 19 at 82. Alpha Omicron Pi member. **John F. Zingg (Eng ’51), Dayton, Feb. 10, 2010 at 83. Ruth A. Bartell (Ed ’52), Bowling Green, Aug. 5 at 85. Robert J. Janis (Bus ’52), Toledo, Sept. 6 at 85. Walter C.A. Bouck (MA ’53), Toledo, Aug. 25 at 85. Clarence R. Egert (Ed ’53, MEd ’56), Elmore, Oct. 13 at 81. UTCTC mathematics instructor for several years. Clarence “Pat” Mason, Toledo, att. 1953-1958, July 10 at 76. Rudolph J. Zietlow Jr. (Ed ’55, MEd ’73), Waterville, Sept. 10 at 85. Suzanne R. (Hoffman) Haase (Pharm ’56), Toledo, Aug. 4 at 77. Michael E. Judge (Law ’56), Sylvania, Oct. 16 at 81. Roland P. Miller, Yuma, Ariz., att. 1956-1958, Sept. 8 at 82. *Ellsworth M. “Fritz” Murley Jr. (Eng ’56), Temperance, Mich., July 20 at 84. Theta Chi, Sigma Xi

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member; UT engineering instructor from 1986 to 1990. **Robert E. O’Keefe (Bus ’56), Toledo, Sept. 5 at 80. Gene R. Saevig, Oregon, att. 1956-1964, Oct. 22 at 80. Frank H. Becker (Bus ’57), Akron, July 2 at 91. Daniel R. Moldenhauer (Bus ’57), Livermore, Calif., Aug. 11 at 76. Robert A. Standriff (Ed ’57, MEd ’60), Toledo, Aug. 29 at 79. Lettered in UT tennis. Served on Varsity T Club executive board. Barbara A. (Burgmaier) Wagner (Ed ’57, MEd ’79), Sylvania, Sept. 11 at 74. Warren V. Weaver (Eng ’57), Toledo, Aug. 3 at 84. Anna C. (Wiemeyer) Wheeler (Ed ’57), Lambertville, Mich., Oct. 25 at 75. Russell R. Bierley (Ed ’58, MEd ’61), Sun Lakes, Ariz., Oct. 9 at 75. Lettered in UT basketball and baseball in 1955, 1956 and 1957. Howard N. “Ki” Punches (Eng ’58), Everett, Wash., March 6 at 78. William H. Black III (A/S ’59), Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Sept. 7 at 76. Francis J. “Joe” Stack (Law ’59), Sylvania, Sept. 21 at 87.



Shirley A. Brodbeck (Ed ’60), Toledo, Oct. 19 at 75. Kenneth A. Bylow, Perrysburg Twp., att. 1960s & 1970s, Oct. 11 at 72. James A. Church (Bus ’60), Palos Hills, Ill., Sept. 6 at 74. Eleanor J. (Holowinski) Gordon (MEd ’60), Toledo, July 10 at 80. Charles S. Neptune (Bus ’60), Toledo, July 7 at 72. *Kenneth P. Pacer (Pharm ’60, MEd ’86), Toledo, July 25 at 74. Edward W. Shriver, Toledo, att. 1960s & 1970s, July 30 at 70. *Thomas W. Topolski (Ed ’60, MEd ’70, Ed Spec ’76), Blissfield, Mich., Sept. 27 at 73. *Michael A. Carone (Bus ’62), Vermilion, Ohio, Aug. 20 at 79. Alpha Kappa Psi member. Duane E. Lau (Eng ’62), Pueblo, Colo., Aug. 26 at 70. Roger D. Neuman (Pharm ’62), Findlay, Aug. 3 at 70. Harvey A. Stegemoeller (MA ’62), Sun City West, Ariz., Sept. 5 at 81. Thelma F. (Hendricks) White (MEd ’62), Toledo, Oct. 1 at 94. Ronald J. Bialecki (Bus ’63), Toledo, Oct. 12 at 70. Alpha Sigma Phi member. Kathleen S. (McFarland) Kraft, Carmel, Ind., att. 1963-1967, Sept. 7 at 65. Chi Omega member. *Robert C. Willey (Bus ’63), Bonita Springs, Fla., Aug. 29 at 74.

Dorothy (Wolson) Zimmerman (Ed ’63), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 4 at 95. Lennis E. Kreuz (UTCTC ’64), Columbia, S.C., Oct. 30 at 69. **Della E. (Stevens) (Erswell) Wilson (Ed ’64, MEd ’70), Toledo, Oct. 1 at 84. Jack L. Brunk (Eng ’66), Rensselaer, Ind., July 22 at 72. *David B. Evans (Ed ’66, MA ’71), Toledo, Sept. 26 at 71. Gary L. Hartman (Ed ’66), Toledo, June 27 at 64. Anthony M. Kobylak (Eng ’67), Rossford, July 26 at 73. *John R. Long PhD (A/S ’67), Delaware, Ohio, Aug. 19 at 65. Terrance M. Sullivan, Toledo, att. 1967-1970, Aug. 25 at 60. Marilyn E. (Van Cise) Fry (MS ’68), Payne, Ohio, Aug. 16 at 70. Stephen D. Peskoff (MBA ’68), McLean, Va., Oct. 27 at 68. Mary D. (Wagner) Sweeney (Ed ’68), Toledo, July 4 at 85. Marilynn (Mohan) Cafruny, Rapid City, S.D., att. 1969-1971, July 8 at 93. Virginia L. Beals (MS ’69), Toledo, Sept. 15 at 94. Melvin S. Cohen (Bus ’69), Toledo, Aug. 26 at 64.



Thomas J. Bradley, Monroe, Mich., att. 1970-1973, Oct. 18 at 66. Alva A. Day (UTCTC ’70), McGregor, Texas, July 3 at 61. Donna (Meyers) Dupy (MEd ’70), Naples, Fla., April 16 at 85. Mary E. (Bain) Mollenkamp (MEd ’70, Ed Spec ’73), Toledo, Aug. 26 at 94. Thomas D. Baker (Ed ’71), Toledo, Oct. 24 at 73. Richard J. Honisko (UTCTC ’71), Toledo, Sept. 26 at 59. *Mark A. Rasmus (Bus ’71), Maumee, Sept. 25 at 62. Sigma Alpha Epsilon member. James B. Bates, Temperance, Mich., att. 1972-1975, Oct. 3 at 56. **Malcolm M. Limongelli (Law ’72), Plains Twp., Pa., Oct. 21 at 63. Sam Haddad (Bus ’73), Toledo, July 3 at 61. John W. Ahlfors (Bus ’74), Plano, Texas, July 2 at 67. Carolyn L. (Brown) Smithers (MEd ’74), Lansing, Mich., Sept. 19 at 69. James W. Taylor, Hopewell Twp., Pa., att. 1974-1976, July 22 at 53. Robert A. Blair (A/S ’75), Perrysburg, July 10 at 68. Jason L. Holbrook (MEd ’75), Fremont, July 16 at 65. **Catherine (Apanaitis) Hopkins (Univ Coll ’75), Port Townsend, Wash., Sept. 22 at 88. Frances J. (Johnson) Perry PhD (MA ’75), Bowling Green, Aug. 14 at 77. Adjunct instructor

in Department of Sociology from 1970s to 1980s. Gregory R. Yonker (UTCTC ’75, Univ Coll ’77), Fostoria, Sept. 12 at 55. Myron (Mondell) Hood (UTCTC ’76), Holland, Aug. 28 at 56. Richard J. Szczepaniak (Law ’76, MBA ’77), Sylvania, July 25 at 58. Lucille (Dusseau) Szczepanski (MEd ’76), Toledo, Aug. 28 at 88. Bobby Lane Daniel (Univ Coll ’77, Law ’80), Friday Harbor, Wash., Sept. 9 at 56. Gerald D. “Jerry” Dudek (A/S ’77), Fort Wayne, Ind., Sept. 2 at 55. Former Collegian editor. Stephen A. Lutz MD (MED ’77), Wolcottville, Ind., June 15 at 60. Longtime medical missionary in Papua New Guinea. Judith K. (Jackson) Lawicki (UTCTC ’78), Brooklyn, Mich., Aug. 2 at 64. Susan (McMillan) Waxler (UTCTC ’78), Toledo, June 29 at 63. Dennis A. Butler (Bus ’79), Curtice, July 8 at 64. Rosalie “Leah” (Fleming) Johnson (UTCTC ’78), Toledo, Oct. 1 at 88. William C. Locke Jr. (UTCTC ’79), Louisville, Ky., Sept. 9 at 57. Betty (Jackson) Mixon (Ed ’79, MEd ’87), Indianapolis, July 10 at 66. Charles F. Porter (UTCTC ’79), Waterville, Aug. 10 at 56.



*Carol F. (Gerson) Guttenberger (MBA ’81), Sylvania, July 9 at 57. Founder and first president of MBA Association; adjunct business professor from 1980s to 2003. Ann E. (Oberkiser) Murphy (UTCTC ’81), Perrysburg, Sept. 20 at 62. Linda M. (Kasavage) Carroll (A/S ’82), Cincinnati, July 28 at 56. Linda (Treuhaft) Dorn (UTCTC ’82), Toledo, Aug. 4 at 69. Ingrid M. (Johansson) Slawson (Univ Coll ’83, MLS ’91), Northwood, July 8 at 82. Edward F. Keating III (MEd ’84), Lima, Sept. 10 at 60. Walter R. Boggs Jr. (UTCTC ’85, UTCTC ’85), Homossasa, Fla., June 30 at 81. Sandra L. (Laird) Gyuras (MEd ’85), Tiffin, Oct. 16 at 69. Randy R. Myrice (UTCTC ’85), Toledo, Aug. 1 at 54. Paul P. Szymanski (Bus ’86), Perrysburg, July 3 at 46. Sandra (Wright) Bodley (Univ Coll ’88), Toledo, July 26 at 67. Gary L. Boudrie (MEd ’88), Sylvania, Sept. 14 at 58. Edward Lamp PhD (PhD ’89), Woodville, Oct. 10 at 68. Adjunct UT faculty for a number of years.



James D. Babel (Bus ’90, MBA ’97), Toledo, Aug. 10 at 52. Sandra R. Harden (UTCTC ’90), Toledo, Aug. 5 at 62. David L. Lott (UTCTC ’90, Eng ’92), Oak Harbor, Aug. 16 at 41. *Gary J. Parker (UTCTC ’90), Swanton, Oct. 31 at 54. William S. Poss (A/S ’91), Miami, Sept. 24 at 46. James E. Babcock II (A/S ’92), Kensington, Md., Aug. 14 at 50. Jill R. (Johnson) Carpenter (UTCTC ’97, HHS ’02), Toledo, Oct. 13 at 42. Troy S. Geller (Pharm ’97), Upper Arlington, Ohio, Sept. 26 at 35. Dana (James) Achinger (UTCTC ’98), Lyons, Ohio, Sept. 16 at 42.



LaKeisha D. Marshall (AHHS ’02), Toledo, Oct. 15 at 33. Casey Bucher, a sophomore in the College of Health Science and Human Service, died following an attempted robbery and assault July 18 at 22. Julie (Tritch) Fahrbach, a junior studying marketing and fundraising in University College, Oct. 1 at 52.

Faculty, Staff & Friends

Glenn J. Ames PhD, Toledo, history faculty member, Oct. 14 at 55. He joined the UT faculty in 1988 as assistant professor, becoming professor in 1998. The author of five books, Ames received one of UT’s Outstanding Researcher Awards in 2004. Other honors include a Fulbright grant and fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Portuguese Ministry of Education and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon. *Kenneth L. Bowers, Brooklyn, Mich., UT electrician from 1972 to his 1992 retirement, Oct. 6 at 81. Named as Outstanding Staff in 1991. Ashel G. Bryan, Bowling Green, longtime benefactor of the Health Science Campus, Sept. 26 at 89. He served as a board trustee with the former MUO from 1976 to 1985 (chair for four years) and with the MUO Foundation from 1984 to 1995 (president for three years). A member of the Presidents Club and Heritage Oak Society, he and his wife Dorothy funded an outdoor commons area on the Health Science Campus, supported various construction projects and

instituted a number of scholarships and professorships in their names, including an emergency hardship fund for UTMC nurses. In 1987, MCO named him a Distinguished Citizen; he was awarded an honorary degree from MUO in 1996. The donated artwork of Dorothy, who died of cancer in 2001, is on display at several UTMC locations. Janice (Sawchuk) Cousino, Toledo, Maumee Valley Hospital/ MCO nurse, Oct. 5 at 70. Most recently she was with the MCO Medical/Surgery Department, retiring in 2009. *Bernard J. Cullen MD, Maumee, professor emeritus of pediatrics and noted expert on child abuse, Aug. 19 at 91. While in private practice in Toledo, he founded the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center in 1973. He joined the faculty at MCO in 1977 and became director of the Regional Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program. For more than 30 years, Cullen served as chair of the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. His work as a founding member of the Lucas County Sexual Abuse Task Force resulted in the establishment of the Children’s Advocacy Center. An adjunct professor of psychology at UT, he was named professor emeritus at his 1990 retirement, and was honored in 2002 when a treatment facility for traumatized children, adolescents and families was named the Cullen Center. Mary C. (Erdman) Drew, Maumee, MCO secretary for more than 20 years, Sept. 21 at 87. Mae K. Engler RN, Toledo, July 29 at 93. She joined UT Health Services in 1965, retiring in 1981 as nurse supervisor. Alba Garris, Toledo, UT Student Records clerk from 1982 until her 1993 retirement, July 19 at 87. Laurie S. Gerney (UTCTC ’91), Toledo, UTMC Emergency Department nurse since 2005, Sept. 10 at 46. Kenneth B. Goodenday, Swanton, adjunct instructor of marketing in the 1990s, July 1 at 79. Theodora “Teddy” Harris, Toledo, UT custodian from 1999 until her 2008 retirement, Aug. 11 at 71. While at Apple Tree Nursery School, she received the Shining Star Award for Outstanding Support from the Toledo Association for the Education of Young Children. Chris A. (Somers) Henderson (UTCTC ’77, Univ Coll ’84, MEd ’85, Ed Spec ’86), Toledo, who worked in the UT Office of Undergraduate Admission since 1986, most recently as associate director of adult/transfer admissions, July 25 at 59. Among her service to adult students was helping to develop a military service

center; for this and other work she was named an Outstanding University Woman by the University Women’s Commission in 1987. Robert E. Higgins PhD, Hurricane, W.V., professor emeritus of education and a 23-year UT teaching veteran, July 20 at 88. He joined UT in 1963 as an associate professor of education; by the time of his 1986 retirement he was professor of counselor and human services education. From 1965 to 1983 he was chair of the Department of Guidance and Counselor Education. University committees he chaired included the Conference Committee, the Master Plan Committee for Graduate Education, and the Committee on Academic Personnel. He was named UT Outstanding Teacher in 1985 and honored for outstanding leadership in 1988 by the Toledo chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Marcia B. Huff, Waterville, July 10 at 81. Educational coordinator in MCO Pathology Department until retirement in the late 1980s. Robert R. Irish PhD, Toledo, July 3 at 87. He started his UT teaching career in 1956 as an instructor of accounting. Retiring as emeritus in 1985, he served as associate professor of accounting and adviser for the UT chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. Ernest C. Jones Sr. (Ed ’66, MEd ’76), Toledo, Oct. 26 at 67. He helped direct the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) at UT from 1970 to 1994, and taught at UT’s Upward Bound. Kappa Alpha Psi member. Lloyd R. Kavanagh MD, Toledo, clinical associate professor in MCO Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1971 until 1993, July 4 at 81. In January 2010, the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County recognized his 50 years as a physician. John C. Knurek, Genoa, UT custodian at UT from 1977 to 1982, July 6 at 93. Madam Anne Leask of Leask, formerly Moira Anne (Curr) Helgesen, Norfolk, United Kingdom, who joined UT in 1955 as an instructor, then held the position of associate professor of foreign languages from 1960 to 1965, April 25, 2008 at 96. She changed her name in 1968 when she became chief of the Scots Clan Leask. Larry F. Konrath PhD (Bus ’57, MBA ’59), Maumee, professor emeritus of accounting, Oct. 17 at 75. He joined UT in 1964; in 1975 he was named associate dean of the College of Business Administration and served as chair of the Accounting Department from 1985 until his 1990 retirement. He continued teaching until 1998. Author of an undergraduate textbook, he chaired several committees and was a member

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in memoriam

of Faculty Senate, the Fiscal Resource Planning Board and Graduate Council. He also was a faculty adviser for Beta Alpha Psi. Wallace D. Martin PhD, Toledo, faculty member in the UT Department of English for more than 20 years, July 26 at 77. He joined UT in 1961 as an instructor, became an assistant professor in 1962 and an associate in 1965. A member of several University committees, he was given an Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 1986. He retired that year as professor of English. Indrek Martinson PhD, emeritus professor of astronomy at the University of Lund, Sweden, Nov. 14, 2009. The internationally recognized expert on acceleratorbased atomic physics made extended yearly visits to UT, serving as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Astronomy and Physics, thanks to a collaborative exchange program, established in 1970, between UT and the Lund. Noah E. McFadden, Sylvania, UTMC radiology technician assistant since 2007, Oct. 21 at 23 as a result of injuries from a car accident. Eileen M. (Barris) McHenryTibbits, Fullerton, Calif., former MCO nurse, May 3 at 83. Georgia C. Michon, Toledo, former Theatre Department secretary, Oct. 12 at 61. Dorothy S. Mohn, Toledo, Finance cashier from 1982 until her 1996 retirement, Aug. 6 at 89. Ann Marie Newton, Perrysburg, MCO instructor of medical-surgical nursing from 1974 to 1976, Oct. 12 at 69. William Petree, Toledo, att. 1947-1949 and 1959-1964, UT engineering/electronic technician from 1967 to his 1988 retirement, after which he worked intermittently for another decade, Oct. 1 at 84. Herb J. Redding, Gibsonburg, Ohio, part-time mathematics instructor from 1989 to 1994, Oct. 20 at 84. Doreen Canaday Spitzer, Princeton, N.J., archaeologist, author and philanthropist, Sept. 6 at 95. Her gift of $226,000 funded the construction and equipping of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections in memory of her father, the Toledo industrialist for whom it is named. Wanda R. Stewart, Toledo, UT custodian from 1969 to 1974, Oct. 31 at 82. Jeanne C. Swindle, Toledo, UT nurse from 1969 to 1971, Aug. 17 at 86. Charles H. “Chuck” Vicinus, Holderness, N.H., professor emeritus of theatre who directed more than 100 UT stage productions, Sept. 30 at 80. He was appointed UT professor of theatre in 1978 and was the program adviser for the acting


and directing segment of the department’s new bachelor of fine arts degree program. In 1979, Vicinus started and was managing director for UT Summerstage, which ran through the mid-1980s, giving students a chance to work with Equity actors from June to August. He served as chair of the UT Theatre and Film Department for six years and for 13 years was a co-director of the Governor’s Gifted Summer Institute, which gave Ohio students the chance to perform Shakespeare. Involved with the American College Theatre Festival at the state and national levels, he helped establish the Performing Arts Council of Toledo. In 1993, he was named professor emeritus and continued working at UT until his retirement in 2000. Gene E. Wright MD, Lima, family medicine practitioner for 43 years, Oct. 3 at 85. He was involved in education for many years as a clinical instructor for medical students, first at OSU, then as a preceptor for family practice residents at the then-MCO, which in 1992 honored him with its Distinguished Citizen Award.  

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Biblio-files The Everest Principle (How to Achieve the Summit of Your Life) (Hay House, 2010) Stephen C. Brewer MD (MED ’79) and Peggy Wagner The Everest Principle is not your typical self-help book. It provides a fascinating framework to make changes in one’s life by addressing health, behavioral and emotional hurdles that often prevent one from achieving goals — a.k.a. reaching the summit of life. The theme of climbing a metaphoric Mount Everest engages the reader and brings to life a holistic approach to overcoming barriers, attaining high-level goals and enhancing one’s circumstances. What makes this book special is that it is written with such a positive perspective: You can lose weight, stop smoking, become more assertive or achieve whatever life changes are desired. Reaching your personal Everest becomes quite possible with the push from the ideas presented. — Jeanne Eastop (UTCTC ’75, A/S ’79, NRSG ’82), UT assistant professor of nursing

All for the King’s Shilling (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010) Edward J. Coss (Ed ’76) The Duke of Wellington, it seems, was being unjust when he famously characterized the British soldiers who fought for him during the Napoleonic Wars as“the scum of the earth,”thieves and rogues who enlisted for rum and spoils of war. This well-researched and very human book demonstrates that far from being criminal, the average redcoat regularly displayed honor that today we’d call remarkable, given the appalling conditions under which he was forced to live and fight. Then as now, a soldier’s first allegiance was to messmates, and those woe to“skulkers and poltroons”who endangered the team. Coss, who teaches at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Belvoir, puts flesh and blood under the fancy-dress uniforms of two centuries past. — C.N.

Also in print Jewish U: A Contemporary Guide for the Jewish College Student (revised)

Slaughter of the Dissidents: The Shocking Truth about Killing the Careers of Darwin Doubters

(URJ Press, 2010) Rabbi Scott Aaron (Law ’92) Revised and updated with more“real-world advice and Jewish wisdom”to help non-Orthodox students navigate their first campus year while retaining their Jewish identity.

(Leafcutter Press) Jerry Bergman PhD (HS ’99, MPH ’01, HS ’04) Results of some 30 years of Bergman’s research into academic careers allegedly derailed by doubts regarding evolution.

Flying Cars, Amphibious Vehicles and Other Dual Mode Transports (McFarland & Co., 2010) George W. Green (Bus ’50, MBA ’51) This illustrated worldwide history is filled with photos, specifications and technical information on once-andfuturistic vehicles ranging from the Convaircar to the Amphicar to “the fabulous Dobson Air Dart (Get set for space-age fun!)”

Elusive Dreams In Reason We Trust (RoseDog Books) John Chrysochoos PhD, UT professor emeritus of chemistry Elusive Dreams is a novel of both romance and romantic idealism as two visionary high school teachers take on the world. In Reason We Trust posits a new reliance on objective judgment as a path out of the political/ economic/social morass.

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Stability in Times of Change 2010 Annual Report

The University of Toledo Foundation


Friends, donors and alumni, In November, your University of Toledo was mentioned in the nation’s premier newspaper covering higher education as an up-and-coming institution. The story, in the Chronicle of Higher Education, highlighted about a dozen universities with surging reputations and offered views on how such reputation growth is accomplished. There are important things happening at UT, but that reputation comes from you. As I travel the nation and meet with groups of alumni and University supporters, I am always amazed at the positions of leadership and accomplishments of those with a University of Toledo affiliation. Even during these tough economic times, UT graduates are sought out by organizations that have come to trust in the education this institution provides. It is you who have built and grown the stature of your University of Toledo. Lloyd A. Jacobs Still, we face difficult times ahead. While the economy is slowly recovering, the state of Ohio’s budget forecasts look to be extremely challenging. Federal stimulus dollars that helped mitigate UT budget cuts during the last two years will not exist as the state plans a new twoyear budget.

But as the Chronicle story emphasizes, UT has been preparing. We have worked hard to make the institution’s business operations more efficient and to move resources to the academic interface between students and professors. We’re engaged in an academic reorganization that elevates the arts, social sciences and humanities, focuses resources on areas of excellence such as renewable energy and biomarkers and adopts innovative learning methodologies. Across the nation we’re seeing the silver linings of difficult economic times. While economic resources are scarce, generosity of spirit and volunteerism are on the rise. I encourage you to continue to support your University of Toledo in any way you can. Your excellence in your place of employment, your leadership in your community and your donation as your circumstances allow all radiate the value of a University on the move.

The University of Toledo Foundation

2010 Annual Report



Lloyd A. Jacobs President University of Toledo


Letter from UT Foundation President and Board Chair Dear Friends, The greatest indicator of an organization’s enduring success may be its capacity to adapt to change. Whether the change is prompted by technological, financial or societal factors, the ability to adapt paves the way for progress. For the UT Foundation, these ongoing efforts to evolve and prosper include evaluating financial and investment policies, implementing cost-savings steps and exploring new revenue-producing avenues to benefit the University we support. This past year, the UT Foundation undertook several efforts to maintain our long-standing tradition of success. Even amidst a continued economic downstretch, we’ve positioned our organization to further UT’s achievements in the areas of education, research, healthcare and economic development. Among the steps we took in 2010 were:

Brenda S. Lee

- Refining our endowment and spending policies, to maximize the funds we manage - Implementing an online honor roll and electronic mailings, endeavors to “go green” and reduce operational costs - Pursuing a variety of business development alternatives, to benefit not just UT but the entire Toledo community While our policies and decisions contribute to our success, we look to our partnership with UT’s faculty, staff and administration for guidance in determining priorities and needs. Likewise, our partnership with the community shapes our real estate and business development decisions. And our partnership with supporters and benefactors provides the necessary resources to make these goals realities. Whatever success the University and the UT Foundation achieve together can be attributed greatly to the part you play. What we’ve accomplished together in this one year will impact those the University directly serves—as well as the world beyond—for years to come. On behalf of the University community, we thank you. Sincerely,

Brenda S. Lee President The University of Toledo Foundation

Charles A. Sullivan 2009-2010 Chair The University of Toledo Foundation Board of Trustees

Charles A. Sullivan

Restructuring Positions UT as Transformative Leader The formal vision statement of The University of Toledo states that UT is and should be “a transformative force for the world.” UT President Lloyd Jacobs believes his own vision for the University aligns well with that statement. “In the 21st century, a new role is being asked of universities: not only to educate but to innovate, to set the bar for healthcare quality, and to make the place where we find ourselves a place in which it is pleasant to live,” said Dr. Jacobs. “ The University of Toledo is and will be a leader in this societal transformation.” This leadership role will require significant change within the institution, including organizational restructuring, he noted. Consequently, UT’s Board of Trustees recently approved a revised structure for the University’s colleges, departments and schools. The goal is to create and capitalize on “synergies” which more effectively serve the UT community.

Three new colleges will be created from the disciplines currently existing in the College of Arts and Sciences:

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Two areas that already share existing synergies are the Judith Herb College of Education and the College of Health Science and Human Service. Merged into one, as the “Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service,” the new college’s services and common purposes will be strengthened and enhanced.


- The College of Visual and Performing Arts - The College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences - The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics The new arrangement will provide smaller units a greater “voice” within the University; will increase


accessibility by students, parents and other stakeholders; and will strengthen content expertise in leadership. “A scientist will be dean in science, an artist in the arts and a linguist, perhaps, in language, literature and social science,” explained Dr. Jacobs. “ This strengthening of leadership will enhance these disciplines.” In addition, the new College of Innovative Learning will maximize the benefits of new technologies and “energize the creativity of the entire institution,” Dr. Jacobs said. Promoting interdisciplinarity and creativity through the development of several individual “schools” is another central strategy in the transformational plan. The concept of schools, which are cross-disciplinary units that may exist within a single college or across two or more colleges, is not new at UT, noted Dr. Jacobs. The School of Solar and Advanced Renewable Energy was created two years ago, and the Edward Schmidt School of Professional Sales has existed for nearly a decade. As the reorganization unfolds, many decisions await the University. These include studying the more than 100 departments for additional partnerships and redundancies, as well as determining leadership for the newly organized entities. “ This organization will, we believe, enhance the University’s communication, synergy and student centeredness,” Dr. Jacobs said. Input and participation by all stakeholders—students, faculty, staff and alumni—will play a key part in the plan’s success. “We hope everyone will help redesign our beloved institution for a great future.”

Asset Allocation 20.9% Fixed Income

$171.8 Million Total UTF Assets

41.7% U.S. Stocks

June 30, 2010

20.6% Alternative Assets 15.8% Non-U.S. Stocks

1.0% Cash

“What you leave behind is not what is engrained in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles

Assets 2001-2010 2010



















$124.2 $0


$162 Million Endowment June 30, 2010




Assets (in Millions)


Fetterman Training Center Enhances Athletics Experience for UT Players and Community

For much of The University of Toledo community, UT serves as more than a resource for excellent academics. UT’s athletic program offers outstanding entertainment for spectators and fans, and equips its student-athletes with lifelong skills, conditioning and community engagement. The new Fetterman Training Center, completed in early 2010, marked the culmination of a building campaign that also included the renovation of Savage Arena and the construction of the Sullivan Athletic Complex in 2009.

Supported through a $1 million gift from Hal and Susan Fetterman, the 90,400-square-foot practice facility is used by all of UT’s 16 varsity sports, as well as the University’s intramural and club sports. The facility includes a 100-yard FieldTurf playing surface, a regulation basketball/volleyball court, sprinting lanes and a long jump pit for track, a golf practice area and new golf locker rooms. As part of the project, improvements were also made to the adjacent outdoor track, including new permanent bleacher seating, a press box and elevated viewing platforms. UT Head Football Coach Tim Beckman, speaking at the dedication ceremony on behalf of the coaches, said the new facility will have a tremendous impact on all UT’s athletic programs. “When we bring our recruits into this building, it tells them that this university is committed to our athletics programs and has a vision for excellence.”

Professionals in the field of autism expect a million and a half children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) growing to adulthood within the next decade. Preparing to meet the needs of that currently underserved community is the impetus for UT’s first coordinated autism program, the UT Center for Excellence in Autism. The program is part of the department of pediatrics, and has also joined forces with ProMedica Health Systems and other member agencies of The Autism Collaborative to create a network of services for individuals with ASD and their families in the northwest Ohio region.

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New Autism Center Creating Environment for Success


Sherry Moyer, director of the UT Center for Excellence in Autism, said the primary focus is building a network of services, focusing on the entire lifespan. The center’s services, research and advocacy programs will augment and enhance existing resources, such as those offered by the


Autism Society of Northwest Ohio. The goal is to create an environment for success, she said, with every person living with autism able to access support and develop lifelong skills. Especially exciting, she noted, is the potential for research synergies among the areas of education, occupational therapy, medicine, psychiatry, biology, pharmacology, social work and physical therapy. Ten years down the line, she sees the Center as being a medical destination: “When people around the country think of the lifespan of autism and the need for successful navigation of resources, I want them to think, ‘Oh yeah—we’ve got to talk to UT.’ ” To make a gift in support of the Center, contact Jennifer Schaefer at or 419.530.2408.

$174.4 Million Investments Under Management June 30, 2010

LaValley Rooftop Garden Provides Nature Oasis Amidst Technology The College of Business and Innovation’s new Savage and Associates Complex for Business Learning and Engagement is the most technologically advanced building on UT’s campus. The four-story center, connected to Stranahan Hall by a glass walkway, includes data ports for every seat in its ten classrooms, “Smart boards” rather than chalkboards, and touch panels for additional visual and electronic aids. Yet on top of the cutting-edge building sits a nature oasis—rooftop plantings and built-in white benches and tables, along with a wonderful view. The LaValley Rooftop Garden, funded through a $250,000 gift from the LaValley family, not only serves as a tranquil setting for studying, but also emphasizes the “green” principals which guided the building’s design and construction. Those included energy-efficient use of glass and recycled construction materials “The College of Business and Innovation is committed to green business principals,” said Dean Thomas Gutteridge. “As such, we are proud of the green initiatives given to our new addition to our business college. “The LaValley Rooftop Garden provides an excellent space for our learners to study, relax and enjoy the outdoor environment, while being environmentally responsible.”

Annualized Investment Performance - June 30, 2010 12%









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Dorr Street Gateway to Open in 2012 An organization’s most significant changes are often intangible ones. However, a project soon to be underway at the corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road has the potential to not only transform The University of Toledo’s physical campus, but also serve as a catalyst in the renaissance of a commercial corridor and its adjacent neighborhood. Long envisioned by students, faculty and staff, the Gateway project is now poised to “enhance the University experience, as well as attract people from the community to campus,” according to Matt Schroeder, UT Foundation vice president for real estate and business development. This project represents a crucial first step in a larger, community-embraced revitalization effort to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain bustling business districts, promote a safe and walkable environment, and create an aesthetically pleasing area through quality architecture and appealing streetscapes.

As Phase One becomes a reality, planning for future additions, as well as initiatives all along Dorr Street will remain ongoing. “We’ve taken a multi-pronged approach to a community-based initiative,” Mr. Schroeder said. “Rather than

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Taking a multi-phased development approach, Phase One will be an integrated mixed use development that will create a “campus town” environment where students, faculty and neighbors can live, learn and interact, Mr. Schroeder said.

simply focusing on a modest retail development, we’ve studied all facets and considerations.” As part of the UT Foundation Real Estate Corporation’s overall strategy of community partnership, the goal is to develop the area in a way which will not only benefit UT but also the community. Toledo councilwoman Wilma Brown said the project “symbolizes a unity of purpose” between the University and neighboring community groups. She said the relationship between the University and members of the Secor Gardens community has flourished in recent years, partly due to UT allowing residents and stakeholders’ input into development decisions. “It’s a big financial commitment by the University to make this a community, not just a place for learning,” she explained. Plans for the Corridor are guided by multiple studies and countless meetings with stakeholders, including students. The current progress is the result of continuing efforts by the University, the City of Toledo, community development corporations, neighborhood associations, businesses and others. While this initiative is a huge undertaking, Mr. Schroeder noted it is also a financial investment, with the expectation of a traditional market rate return. “More important,” he said, “it will assist with recruitment and retention, while transforming an area into a diverse and culturally rich destination.”

A new Taco Bell on Dorr Street, relocated from the Dorr and Secor intersection, is one of the first visible steps of the Gateway transformation.



Designation of Support to UT - 2010

$11.5 Million

$2.4 Million Capital Projects

Total Support Provided to the University

$4.2 Million Programs and Services

$2.4 Million Student Aid

July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010 $339,632 Research

$625,536 Fundraising

$1.5 Million Athletics

Total: $11.5 Million

“The real distinction is between those who adapt their purposes to reality and those who seek to mold reality in the light of their purposes.” – Henry Kissinger

Foundation Support Provided 2001-2010 2010



















$15.5 $0


Designation of Fund Balances

38.7% Academics

4.1% Athletics 5.6% Research $8



Support Provided (in Millions)


38.2% Student Aid

8.4% Capital Projects 5.0% General Support

Ways to Give Your support of The University of Toledo remains more important than ever as we work together to make UT a university of distinction.

Matching Gifts: Corporate matches count toward a donor’s total giving and may significantly increase the gift’s value.

Unrestricted Gifts

Planned Gifts

Unrestricted gifts, given with no specified purpose, allow UT flexibility to fund special opportunities and meet emergency needs, as determined by the University.

Planned gifts allow donors to make a significant gift to benefit UT in the future, typically at the donor’s or beneficiary’s death.

Designated Gifts Donors may designate gifts for a specific use, such as scholarships, and for a particular college, department or program.

Outright Gifts And Pledges Cash: Cash is the simplest, most direct and most popular type of charitable gift. Online gifts can be made with a credit card at our secure website: . Checks should be made payable to the University of Toledo Foundation and mailed to: The University of Toledo Foundation P. O. Box 586 Toledo, OH 43697-0586 Pledges: Donors may make pledge commitments payable over several years.

Closely Held Stock in Business or Partnership Initiatives: Gifting this appreciated property can reduce capital gains taxes while generating charitable income tax deductions.

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Securities: When making gifts of appreciated securities, you avoid capital gains tax on the appreciated portion. To learn how stocks, mutual funds and bonds can be transferred to the UT Foundation, call 419.530.7730.


Real Estate: Gifts of real estate include personal residence, farm and commercial property. Such gifts will be recognized at fair market value as determined by a qualified appraisal, and you avoid capital gains tax on the appreciated portion.


Planned gifts may offer donors tax advantages and financial benefits, such as providing current income tax deductions, removing assets from your estate, and producing income. Donors should consult with their own advisers as to specific tax consequences. Bequests: Bequest provisions in a donor’s will may provide for a specific amount, percentage or residue of the estate. Life Insurance Policies: Donors may either donate a paid-up policy or designate the UT Foundation as policy owner and beneficiary while continuing to make an annual gift of the premium amount to the Foundation. IRA and Other Retirement Plans: By naming the Foundation as the beneficiary, estate and income taxes are completely avoided on these assets. The donor can designate other, more tax-efficient, assets for children. Gift Annuities and Remainder Trusts: Each provides income to the donor or other beneficiary, while providing a charitable gift to UT. We can help you connect your goals with effective giving options. For more information: - Call the UT Office of Institutional Advancement at 419.530.2603 or toll-free at 1.866.848.0002 - Visit the following Web sites:

The University of Toledo Foundation 2009-2010 Board of Trustees Officers

William Horst

Chair Charles Sullivan

Birdel Jackson

President, William Vaughan Company

Retired Chairman and CEO, Interstate Bakeries Corp.

President, B&E Jackson & Associates, Inc

Vice Chair Gregory Kopan

Chair, Business Department Marshall & Melhorn, LLC

President, Beacon Financial LLC

Treasurer Anne Marie Riley

Director of Pension Management, Dana Corporation

Secretary Hussien Shousher President, GEM, Inc.

Members Marianne Ballas

CEO, New Waste Concepts, Inc.

Daniel LaValley

Attorney, LaValley, LaValley, Todak & Schaefer Co., L.P.A.

Steve Lennex, CCIM

President, Lennex Realty Co.

Brian McMahon

Danberry National Ltd.

Jeffrey Miller

Elizabeth Brady

Linda Molenda

Howard Brown

Senior Vice President of Investments, Harbor Capital Advisors

Essie Calhoun

Genito-Urinary Surgeons, Inc.

Daniel Murtagh, M.D.

Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Co.

Raymond Olczak

Elaine Canning

Francis Rogalski, M.D.

Chief Financial Officer, Phoenix Technologies International

Gene Collins

Retired Managing Director, Salomon Brothers Asset Management and Travelers Asset Management International Co.

Nicholas Conrad

Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, The Andersons, Inc.

Jeffrey Denker

Retired Vice President and Treasurer, Owens Illinois, Inc.

Joel Epstein

Retired Partner, Ernst & Young Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatricare Associates

Robert Savage

Chairman Emeritus, Savage & Associates, Inc.

Debra Schaefer

Executive Vice President and Secretary, Brooks Insurance Agency

Jeffery Smith

Attorney, Brickler & Eckler, LLP



Lance Talmage, M.D.

















Center for Health Services

John Fedderke

President, Lott Industries, Inc.

Kathleen Franco-Bronson, M.D.


Joan Uhl Browne

Director of Marketing, The Blade

Robert Hinkle

CEO, Hinkle Manufacturing, Inc.

Contributions 2001-2010

Jim Steves

Managing Director and Principal, Waverly Partners, LLC

Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010

Milton (Tony) Knight

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Health Care REIT, Inc.

Retired, Libbey High School

Total Contributions

Thomas Killam

President, Ballas Buick GMC Vice President, Plastic Technologies, Inc.

$8.5 Million

Walter “Chip� Carstensen

President, Block Communications


$10.7 $0





Contributions (in Millions)



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