This Rocket Gets Around and Around

February 23rd, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Patty Gelb

Alan 4If you’re going to talk the talk, you need to walk the walk.

A UT alumnus has put his own spin on that well-known saying.

“Get out there and be as active as you can,” is the message that Alan Thompson, (BS,’71), has for the baby boomers from his generation. Good advice for all of us, and certainly taken by Thompson. He just passed the 6,000-mile point in a 9,000-mile bicycle trip following the perimeter of the United States.

This trip has always been a dream of his, although, long treks on a bicycle are not unusual to this seasoned cyclist. In 1985, he did an around-the-world trip where he crossed four continents. The journals that he kept eventually turned into the published book, “One Time Around: A Solo World Bicycle Journey,” that is still available on Amazon.

Alan 8He followed that yearlong sabbatical with an over 3,000-mile trip in 2005 along the Lewis & Clark trail from St. Louis to Oregon.

But it was on August 17, 2015, when he started this journey and followed his dream to circumnavigate the U.S. on bike.

“I’m 66 and not getting any younger, so I knew it was now or never,” said Thompson.

His age was not the only factor in the decision to make this journey now. Recent health issues held him back for several years. Earlier in 2015, during the water crisis in Northwest Ohio, Thompson had hip replacement surgery.

“I was in the hospital when they were carrying in bottled water,” he shared.

Two years earlier, he had a malignant melanoma on his back and basal cell skin cancer on his eyelid that had to be addressed.

Alan 1There was no possibility to attempt a long distance bicycle tour while dealing with medical concerns. After he worked through these issues, his mind turned back to his around the U.S. tour.

“I had a window of good health that I thought I better take advantage of,” he said. “I felt I needed to go now if I was going to do this.”

It was not just the adventure of the trip that made him want to take the journey. Thompson had the goal to raise money and awareness of two important charities – Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children. He is a longtime volunteer for the Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity.

“I know what excellent work Habitat does in Toledo, around the U.S. and internationally,” said Thompson. “Also, Save the Children is another excellent organization that is helping kids all around the world. What better causes than building homes for people and helping kids?”

Alan 6With all of those factors in mind, Thompson pedaled away on his bicycle from Toledo, Ohio, headed eastward.

His journey began along the shoreline of Lake Erie which turned into the shoreline of Lake Ontario in New York. He followed the Saint Lawrence River through Vermont before crossing into Maine. From that state, he turned south following the coastline of North America to southern Florida.

This trip has been a bit different from past bicycle journeys. For this trek, Thompson is towing a trailer behind him. He is carrying camping equipment, a computer, clothes, food and supplies — every inch of his bicycle and trailer are packed.

“The trailer changed the ride dramatically because it adds more weight,” said Thompson. “But, it certainly draws more attention when I am going down the road. I get a lot of questions from people asking where I am going and where I have been.”

AlanThompson is camping, staying in motels and reaching out to those in the Warm Showers community. Warm Showers is an online community that is a worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists. He camped more often in the beginning of the trip. The last few months he has spent more nights in an inside setting. He began the New Year in Florida and made short work of the Gulf Coast in January. He has spent February in the vast and desert terrain of Texas.

“It has been so cold down here,” Thompson said. “Here in the desert, it drops down to the 20s overnight, and I am not a great cold weather camper. The other day I started the day riding in the 20s, but by midday it was lower 70s.”

What has made this trip so special for the cyclist is the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for his charities, plus volunteer at building sites all around the country during his trip. He also gets the opportunity to indulge his avid interest in history.

Thompson is retired from a 31-year career as a World and American History teacher. He taught 7th and 9th grades at all three junior high schools in Sylvania, Ohio.

Alan 3“Being a history teacher, I’ve always enjoyed visiting historical sites,” he said. “On one of my last stops, I went to the Alamo and wrote a long historical post with my online update.”

Thompson created a website that allows people to follow the trip. He is journaling his travels, writing about the conditions in which he is riding, sharing stories about the people he meets and detailing the history of the amazing places he sees.

“When I came through Massachusetts, I rode Battle Road between Lexington and Concord. I wrote a historical post about that. I did the same with Fort Sumter. So some of the updates I try make historical in nature. Some are just posts of ‘here’s what I am up to.’”

Thompson also uses his website to thank his supporters that donate to the charities he is riding for in his updates. He provides information about the charities and gives the opportunity to donate to Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Alan 10His bicycle tour has successfully raised over $12,000 for his charities so far, but Thompson was going through an internal debate after crossing into El Paso, Texas. When interviewed, Thompson was debating the longevity of this trip.

“I am really kicking things around in my head after 6,000 miles,” he shared. “The main purpose of my trip was benefitting Habitat and Save the Children. I have done that. I have stopped to volunteer at 12 different Habitat facilities in 12 different cities on my journey here. But I have come to a point where the donations have really stagnated. I am just wondering if I am at that point that I need to decide if I am now just doing this for the adventure. I have already had a lot of adventure.”

Thompson seemed to be struggling with the decision of whether to continue on. He spoke about, and has written on his blog, of how small a person can feel on the roads in Texas passing signs stating, “No services for 74 miles.” Those of us driving in a car would glance at the gauges to make sure things were alright before continuing on. When riding on a bicycle, towing over 100 pounds of your survival gear, those 74-mile gaps in human contact become quite daunting.

Alan 2“Over the last six months, it has been a lot of great experiences. But it is tough being all alone out there on the road in the middle of nowhere,” he said. “Parts of Texas have been so vast. You are just a small little dot going over the landscape with your bicycle. It’s intimidating sometimes.”

Following this interview, Thompson continued his journey. He headed west leaving Texas and crossed into New Mexico, his 22nd state. His most recent website update shared his stay in a Warm Showers community member’s home and dealing with the brutal, in-the-face winds during a 67-mile day ride. He also wrote a description of what the desert across New Mexico looks like from his bike. His written descriptions, videos and pictures make the reader feel like they are sharing the journey with him.

Alan 7“I have been amazed by the beauty of the United States and the changing from one landscape to the next,” said Thompson. “Coming out of the bayou of Louisiana into the vast open spaces of Texas… there is amazing variety in the country. Along the coastline there were many times I was riding right along the Atlantic Ocean and the gulf coast. It was just so beautiful.”

Although Thompson was debating on completing his journey in mid-Feb. when he was interviewed, he is currently continuing on. He is enduring his greatest physical challenge and lives every day to the fullest.

“My message to the baby boomers is don’t sit down,” he said. “Keep on moving. Do whatever you can. Even if you are like me with artificial body parts, get out there and keep as active as possible.”

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If you would like to follow Thompson’s trip, you can visit his website here.

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Astronomy students conduct research with Discovery Channel Telescope

February 23rd, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Lindsay Mahaney

Astronomy article artworkSeveral UT students had the opportunity last fall to observe and collect data on celestial objects in a way that most astronomers don’t get to experience until well into their professional careers.

In a recent visit to the Lowell Observatory’s Discovery Channel Telescope located outside of Flagstaff, Ariz., Dr. Karen Bjorkman, dean of the UT College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, and her class had the opportunity to observe a number of stars, planetary nebulae and galaxies.

The telescope was conceived and built by the historic Lowell Observatory, where Pluto was discovered, using private funds, led by a major contribution from the Discovery Channel. It was completed and dedicated in 2012.

UT, Boston University and the University of Maryland joined in a scientific partnership with the Lowell Observatory to conduct research using the Discovery Channel Telescope, with UT joining in 2012. In subsequent years, the partnership grew to include Northern Arizona University and Yale University.

For three years, Bjorkman has taken her undergraduate Observational Astronomy class for hands-on experience with the 4.3-meter telescope. Last fall, student travel and observation was made possible by support funds from the Helen Luedtke Brooks Endowed Professorship of Astronomy.

While the class gets the opportunity to work with the one-meter telescope at the Ritter Observatory on campus for most of the semester, the much larger Discovery Channel Telescope allows for significantly more detailed images of a wider range of objects. It is the fifth largest telescope in the continental United States and one of the most technologically advanced, and its location within the Coconino National Forest offers the clear dark skies that are crucial for observing the cosmos.

“I try to integrate the use of the Discovery Channel Telescope with everything else we do in the class,” Bjorkman said. “They learn the basic techniques of observing at our own Ritter Observatory, and they learn about the process, we talk about all the techniques, and they prepare their own mini-research project. During the semester, we talk about the different instruments that astronomers use.”

Bjorkman explained the camera on the Discovery Channel Telescope, called the Large Monolithic Imager, makes it easy to take data even on very faint and distant objects. Each student is required to select an object in the sky to observe during the visit, and that object becomes the focus of his or her final project.

“For my project, I chose a reflection nebula, NGC 7023,” said Jessica Moore, a senior astronomy student. “This experience helped me with the project by letting me gather my own data. I was able to see everything that goes into an actual science image from start to finish. It also gave the data some passion because we are the ones collecting it.”

Graduate students also are able to request time at the telescope, and one joined Bjorkman’s class. Cody Gerhartz, a fifth-year graduate student working with Bjorkman toward a doctorate in physics with a concentration in astrophysics, is monitoring a set of hot stars with gaseous disks that are found in star clusters. Through long-term observations, he’s working to determine more information about the processes of formation and evolution of the disks.

“I was among the first group of students from UT to get to experience the Discovery Channel Telescope and have since been out there around seven times,” he said. “Trips to the telescope are always a great break to the norm, getting out of the office and into some truly beautiful locales, not to mention the chance to look at a true dark sky. An opportunity like this is not something everyone has, making the Astronomy Department at UT a unique experience.”

Additionally, Bjorkman is working on some of her own research with Dr. Noel Richardson, a postdoctoral research associate and UT alumnus (BA, ’04, BS, ’04, MS, ’06). Bjorkman’s interests are focused on stars with disks of gas around them. Some of the stars lose the disks and later grow new ones, she explained, but no one knows why. She has been observing approximately 10 star clusters with these features and monitoring the stars in the clusters to find evidence of the changes.

“We want to understand the process,” Bjorkman said. “What goes on to cause a star to lose a disk or grow a new one?”

Richardson had the opportunity to work on some of his own research as well — specifically a supernova that was discovered about six months ago: “This particular star was a massive star that underwent a large ejection of matter earlier in the year. Until recently, astronomers did not know that such ejections could occur near the end of a massive star’s lifetime.”

Previously, Richardson observed the star as it exploded from an observatory in Quebec, but he was unable to continue observing it as it went behind the sun. Through his research at the Discovery Channel Telescope, he’s been able to confirm that it is acting like a supernova now, and the observations collected will help determine if the explosion created any dust.

Bjorkman said that while the opportunity to use a new telescope is exciting, the partnership aspect of the agreement also is extremely beneficial to the University.

“Through this partnership, we’ve built relationships and collaborations with our colleagues and astronomers and their students at all these other institutions, which is really good,” she said. “It builds good relationships and collaborative opportunities for the University nationally and internationally.”

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Real Leadership in the 21st Century focus of KeyBank Global Leaders Forum

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KeyBank Leadership Forum ArtworkReal Leadership in the 21st Century is the theme of the 2016 KeyBank Global Leaders Forum, presented by The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation (COBI), which will be held on Thursday, March 17, at Savage Arena on the main campus of The University of Toledo. The morning-long program is free, but seating is limited and registration is required.

The keynote speaker will be global engagement authority Jim Haudan (Ed, ’78, MBA, ’85), CEO of Root, Inc., which is located in Sylvania, Ohio and has been recognized nationally as a Great Place to Work, who will discuss “The Power of Engagement.” Haudan is also the author of the bestselling book, The Art of Engagement: Bridging the Gap Between People and Possibilities.

Also presenting at the event will be Jim Hoffman (Bus, ’71, MBA, ’72), President, KeyBank; Dr. Sharon Gaber, President, The University of Toledo; Dr. Clint Longenecker (Bus, ’77, MBA, ’78), UT Distinguished University Professor; and Marc Lautenbach, President and CEO, Pitney Bowes, Inc.

“The KeyBank Global Leaders Forum provides a wonderful opportunity for our regional business owners and leaders to hear from difference-making leaders such as Jim Haudan, Marc Lautenbach, Dr. Longenecker and President Gaber,” Hoffman said. “It is part of our vision at KeyBank to help our community, and our businesses, thrive.”

Hoffman’s enthusiasm is shared by College of Business and Innovation Dean, Gary Insch.

“The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation is extremely pleased to again partner with KeyBank to present another Global Leaders Forum,” Insch said. “Holding the event in UT’s Savage Arena assures that hundreds of area professionals, as well as many UT students, will have an outstanding opportunity to learn, network and benefit from the presentations and discussions at this unique event. “

Longenecker has presented to business leaders around the world.

“As leaders are attempting to deal with the challenges of this turbulent economic environment, this event is a great way to discover new ideas for becoming a better leader and creating competitive advantage with people,” Longenecker said. “We invite them to come, be ready to learn and be in a better position to make 2016 a great year.”

KeyBank and COBI presented the first Global Leaders Forum in 2008, which featured former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department John Snow, and the second event in 2013. The Global Leadership Forum was created to provide an environment for regional business leaders to talk about contemporary issues, discuss cutting-edge leadership practices and explore trends.

Convenient parking is available, and a continental breakfast will be served. To register for this free forum, go to

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UT in the News

February 23rd, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in In The News
President Announces Moves to Stabilize Budget in 2016, 2017

Praising the progress the University has made in the last seven months, UT President Sharon L. Gaber announced in a letter to campus Feb. 17 that challenges still remain and additional actions would need to be taken to stabilize the University’s budget for the current fiscal year as well as FY 2017.

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UT Buildings Are Mostly in Decent Shape

Most buildings at the University of Toledo are in good condition, though some are underutilized, according to a report from consultants charged with creating a 10-year master plan for the university.

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UT, BGSU Look at Joint Courses Following Review

The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University could work together and with other institutions to offer certain classes, including some foreign languages, following a state-mandated review of courses with low enrollment.

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Rocket Agency Plots Its Trajectory

The University of Toledo hired a new executive director to oversee a fresh approach for its nonprofit economic development agency, which previously faced scrutiny for its investments and a lucrative contract paid to a former leader.

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Steve Wozniak Speaks at UT

In the late 1970s, Steve Wozniak, then an engineer for Hewlett-Packard Corp., went to his bosses with an off-the-wall idea: Why not develop a small computer that the average person could have in their home?

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UT Dedicates Lab To Analyze Wide Range of Research Jobs

A laboratory that opened in mid-2015 at the University of Toledo to benefit pharmaceutical, medical, and environmental research and education was dedicated Thursday.

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Naloxone Panel Hosted at UT

Peace Corps Applications Double at UT

LVAD Implant at UTMC

Chief Newton on UTPD Annual Report

Student Food Pantry Moves to Student Union

Youths Urged to Seek Role Models

Brian Johnson called on the black youth in the Toledo area to look to historic black people as role models and to be aware and informed about the world around them.

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Law Professor on Nominating a New SCOTUS Judge

Professor on Workplace Violence

UT Women’s Golf Coach on Heart Disease

UT Dentistry Residents Volunteer at Give Kids a Smile

Student-Athletes Post Highest Fall Semester GPA in UT History

UT student-athletes earned a combined grade point average of 3.216 in the 2015 fall semester, the highest department GPA for a fall semester in school history.

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Student Forum Organized by 22nd Century Committee

Eberly Center Wait Night 2016

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Class Notes

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**Dr. Richard Perry (Ed ’48, MA ’50, PhD ’64) was presented with the Soldier’s Medal during a ceremony at UT in November 2015. Perry earned the medal by helping after an explosion at a post in Germany on April 6, 1945. He carried men to safety and returned several times to remove unexploded ammunition before he was injured by an exploding phosphorus grenade. The medal is awarded for heroism not involving enemy contact. Perry is a retired UT professor.


Charles H. Fairbank Jr. (Bus ’67) was selected as the Henderson County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year in 2014. He also received the Hendersonville Shrine Club Distinguished Service Award for 2013. Fairbank is a long-time resident of Hendersonville, N.C.


**Thomas M. Wochok (Law ’74) recently became associated with the Law Office of William E. Artz, P.C. in Northern Virginia. The firm specializes in medical negligence cases and handles matters in Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland.


Dr. William Jaquis (MED ’89) was announced as the secretary-treasurer of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Board of Directors. Jaquis is chief of emergency services at LifeBridge Health and chief of the department of emergency medicine at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. He has been active on the state and national levels for ACEP for two decades and assumed the presidency of Maryland ACEP this year. ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine and has 53 chapters in the United States and its territories.

Terri Mortemore (Ed ’82, MEd ’91) was awarded the title of High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year for the Toledo area from the local American Chemical Society. The organization honored her for sharing the excitement of chemistry and inspiring future scientists through her dedication to motivating students. Mortemore has taught chemistry at Maumee High School since 1989.

Michelle Bogue (A/S ’87) received the 2015 Conservation Educator of the Year award from the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District. Bogue is an environmental sciences teacher at Sylvania, Ohio’s Northview High School.

*Tim Croak (A/S ’82) had his book, “The Light, A Guide for Living Life with Awareness, Honor, and Purpose,” published in September 2015. Croak is one of America’s top financial advisors, and he helps put money, wealth, and power into perspective. He confirms that life is about the people around us, the experiences we share, and the ways we help each other grow individually and as a society. Croak

Carrie Rehmert (Univ Coll ’98) was named Reid Health’s November Ambassador. She has worked at Reid for 17 years and is the lead CAT scan technologist in the radiology department. Reid Health’s main campus is located in Richmond, Ind.

Jana McVetta (Ed ’93, MEd ’93) was promoted to support services quality manager of the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Lima, Ohio. The position oversees ancillary support services and programs in the community support services department, coordinating all quality and compliance systems.

William Sholl (MBA ’97) was hired at Defiance College, located in Defiance, Ohio, in January as an assistant professor of practice of marketing.

DiBasio Barry DiBiasio (Univ Coll ’90) recently joined the Bolte Real Estate staff of realtors, located in Port Clinton, Ohio. DiBiasio is the founder and CEO of STEPS Agency, Inc., based in Fremont, Ohio. STEPS is certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and serves over 70 individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Northwest Ohio.

John D. McIntyre (UTCTC ’93) was reappointed to the five-member Ohio Real Estate Appraiser Board by Gov. John Kasich. McIntyre is president of the John McIntyre Group Ltd., which specializes in residential and commercial Ohio real estate property appraisals, located in Toledo.

Mark W. Stahl (Bus ’91) was been sworn in as an Ottawa County, Ohio, commissioner. Stahl previously served as a county commissioner from 2009 through 2012 and will serve as the commissioner through January 1, 2017.

Ali H. Ismail (Bus ’95, MBA ’00) was appointed as the Minister of National Planning and Development of the Republic of Somaliland in November 2015. Ismail is now responsible for all national planning of economy and development in a macro-level. Somaliland is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.

Dr. Sherri Winegardner (MNRS ’95) is the director of the new four-year academic program in nursing at Bluffton University, located in Bluffton, Ohio.

Khaled Smaili (Eng ’93) was invited to join The Expert Network, an invitation only service for distinguished professionals. Smaili has been chosen as a Distinguished Executive based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognition, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career. He currently works for Accenture, located in San Jose, Calif., one of the premier global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing firms in the world. There he serves as a leading solution architecture executive at the firm’s infrastructure services practice.

Dr. Scott J. Anzalone (MED ’95) was chosen by The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Athens, Ohio, as one of its master faculty. Every four years, the college bestows this honor on a small number of physicians teaching at its clinical campuses, for their outstanding contributions to Heritage College.

*Dr. Caroline Brackette (A/S ’94, A/S ’98, MHSHS ’00, PhD ’07), associate professor of counseling in Mercer University’s Penfield College, located in Atlanta, Ga., was appointed to the Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities Planning Board by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. The board provides and facilitates coordinated and comprehensive planning in conformity with standards and procedures established by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Milan D. Slak (Bus ’91) is now a taxation law member of the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus P.A. The firm is a full-service, mid-sized business law firm with 130 attorneys in three offices in Allentown, Pa., Bridgewater, N.J., and New York, N.Y.

Edward L. Schimmel (A/S ’99, Law ’03) took office on January 1, 2016 as mayor of the city of Northwood, Ohio. He previously served as a city councilman for eight years. Schimmel will continue to practice law with the firm Hizer & Schimmel, with offices in the Toledo area.

Denise Friend (MEd ’97) won Ohio’s Yearly Excellence in Teaching Award from the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, a statewide award for teaching English to people from around the world.


Jonathan Gadd (Bus ’05) was elected to the board of directors for First Tee of Akron, Ohio. Gadd is vice president of sales and marketing for Managed Care Advisory Group (MGAG), headquartered in Toledo. MGAG is a medical consulting firm specializing in audits and settlements. First Tee of Akron provides young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as confidence, perseverance, and judgement through golf and character development.

Stephen Chang (Bus ’02) has been named senior manager of Rehmann’s audit and assurance department in Troy, Mich. Chang will serve commercial clients. Rehmann provides one-on-one financial services to small business and middle-market companies throughout Michigan and beyond. Chang

Dr. Jeffrey Hunek (MED ’01) opened his new practice, Dermatology and Dermatolic Surgery in Venice, Fla.

jackson, evan Evan Jackson (Univ Coll ’04, MHSHS ’06), a school counselor at Sidney High School in Sidney, Ohio, has been elected as president of the Ohio School Counselor Association (OSCA). He will serve a 3-year term and serves as the representative for all school counselors, counselor educators and student members of the OSCA.

Dr. Judi Nath (PhD ’00) is one of six faculty appointments for the 2015-16 academic year at Lourdes University, located in Sylvania, Ohio. Nath is the writer-in-residence for the College of Arts and Sciences and also teaches anatomy and physiology, biology, nursing and pre-med to undergraduate and graduate students.

Laila Ariss (Ed ’02, MEd ’09) was recognized by her peers at Maumee Valley Country Day School, located in Toledo, as an excellent teacher. She is a leader in implementing differentiated instructional practices in her classroom.

Carl J. Daniel (HSHS ’09), a State Highway Patrol Trooper, has been selected 2015 Trooper of the Year of the Findlay, Ohio, post. He was selected by his fellow troopers based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers, and the public.

Kenneth P. Hicks (Law ’00) was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates for Wayne County, District 19. Hicks is an attorney in Huntington, W. Va.


Dr. Dilip Das (PhD ’13), assistant vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, was named to the Washtenaw Community College board of trustees.

Dr. Brett Brodbeck (HSHS ’11) opened his new chiropractic office, Modern Spine Chiropractic Center in Bucyrus, Ohio. In addition to seeing patients in Bucyrus, he also works with patients in Columbus, Ohio, Tennessee, and other locales describing those as “virtual” appointments on Skype. Brodbeck_small

*Blake Bacho (Comm/Arts ’15) accepted the position of sports editor for the Potter Leader-Enterprise, located in Coudersport, Pa.

Births and Marriages
BOBmILLER Bob Miller (A/S ’96) married his partner of 19.5 years, Brian Jantz, on December 30, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. They have been together since August 1996 and first exchanged rings on December 30, 1996. They met when Bob went to grad school at Mississippi State University for his master’s program.
*Jennifer K. Ryan (Ed ’15) and *Michael D. Thomas (Bus ’14) were married on August 1, 2015 at Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo. They currently reside in Toledo. THOMASryan
spitler Noelle Gabrielle Spitler (MNRS ’14) and Robert James Isphording were married July 25, 2015 at GESU Roman Catholic Parish in Toledo. Noelle is an RN at Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio and Robert is an audiologist employed at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Toledo.

Chelsea Kay Wymer (A/S ’11) and Joseph Michael Khristov (Bus ’08) were joined in marriage on May 30, 2015 during a double-ring ceremony held at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Perrysburg, Ohio. Chelsea is employed by Hylant in Toledo as a talent acquisition specialist and Joseph is employed by Dana Corp., in Maumee, Ohio, as an accounts receivable analyst.

*Scott Grekowicz (Eng ’15) and Kayla Bischer announced their engagement and are planning a wedding on April 30, 2016. Grekowicz
Heil Thomas William Heil (Eng ’95) and Kristina Ann Jones are engaged and will be married on June 4, 2016 at Springfield Assembly of God in Akron, Ohio.
*Amanda Marie Isaacson (HS ’15) and Bryan James Cajka were joined in marriage on January 2, 2016 in Stony Ridge, Ohio. Isaacson

Lynn Moran (Ed ’87, Ed Spec ’11) and Jeff Gajdostik celebrated their love of the Ohio State University and University of Michigan rivalry during their November 2015 wedding reception. They each wore the jersey of their team of choice and the game was playing on TV during the festivities. Lynn is the principal at Larchmont Elementary School in Toledo and Jeff is a groundskeeper at UT’s Main Campus.

BifulcoSalsbury Alyssa Bifulco (Ed ’12, MHS ’14) and Clayton Salsbury (Eng ’11) announced their engagement in November 2015. Alyssa is employed as a speech language pathologist for Findlay, Ohio schools and Clayton is a maintenance and engineering manager at Lubrizol Advanced Materials. The couple will exchange vows in summer 2016 in Grand Rapids, Ohio.
Kendra Danielle Hudson (Ed ’11) and Matthew Thomas Lindsey were united in marriage on October 3, 2015 at Tall Timbers in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Kendra is a paralegal/licensing coordinator for the State of Ohio Chiropractic Board and Matthew is employed by Kroger. Hudson
Rentz *Brock Owen Rentz (Eng ’14) and Rebecca Lynn Kellogg are engaged and will wed on September 10, 2016 in Maumee, Ohio. Brock is an engineer at Toledo Engineering Co., Inc., and Rebecca is a resident support specialist at Behavioral Connections in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Curt Baden (Bus ’07) and Jennifer (Sutter) Baden were married June 20, 2015 in a ceremony held at Providence Lutheran Church in Holland, Ohio. Their reception was held at the Valleywood Golf Course in Swanton, Ohio. Baden
Greenleaf Amber Greenleaf (Law ’09) and Brandon Duber were married on October 11, 2015 in Aspen, Colo. Amber is a tax attorney and Brandon is lawyer and partner at Bentoff and Duber, located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Carly Safier (MED ’14) and Robert Dulabon announced their engagement and are planning an April 2016 wedding. Carly is a pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Robert is a mechanical engineer at Phillips Respironics and director at Rodu Training. safier
Blakely Sarah (Heydinger) Blakeley (A/S ’04) and Matt Blakeley (Eng ’05) welcomed a baby girl, Ellena, to their family in September 2015. She joins big sisters Charlotte and Stella.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Barbara Kolb Beittel, Marietta, Ohio at 89. She was a former adjunct faculty member in the Music Department.

Dr. Patrick Mulrow, Jupiter Island, Fla. at 88. Mulrow joined the MCO faculty in 1975 as professor and chair of the Department of Medicine. His research on hypertension was known around the world. In 1991, he was elected chair of the American Heart Association’s Council for High Blood Pressure Research. He was elected secretary-general of the World Hypertension League in Ottawa, Ontario. He retired in 1997, was granted emeritus status and continued his research. In 2004, Mulrow received the MCO Career Achievement Award.

Dr. Hector Ramirez, Perrysburg, Ohio at 76. He completed his residency in vascular surgery at MCO and was an assistant instructor of surgery in 1972 and 1973.

Howard M. Selland, Henderson, Nev. at 72. Selland was a former trustee on the MCO Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2000. He was the former president of Aeroquip and senior vice president and group executive of Eaton Corp.

Wilma G. Furfaro-Cook, Holland, Ohio at 84. She was a former nurse at MCO.

Barbara J. Hill Shaw, Toledo at 71. She was a former MCO employee.

Clara E. Patton Sciplin, Toledo at 81. She was a former UT employee.

Garry Lee Anderson, Toledo at 59. He was a custodial worker at the University for 21 years. He joined the MCO staff in 1994.

Mary Frances “Tibble” Doyle Foster, Perrysburg, Ohio at 86. She was a member of the MCO Board of Trustees from 1975 to 1984. She was a founding board member of Hospice of Northwest Ohio and a former president of Planned Parenthood of Toledo and Junior League of Toledo.

Carole A. Golder, Covington, Ky. at 58. She was a former UT employee.

Dr. Howard S. Madigan, Sylvania, Ohio at 94. He joined the College of Medicine and Life Sciences as assistant dean for continuing education in 1968 and became associate dean and associate professor of surgery one year later. In 1986, he returned to the faculty and retired as an associate professor in 1987. Madigan received a volunteer appointment as clinical associate professor of surgery, a position he held until 2004. He was a founding member of the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education.

JoAnn Valvo (Univ Coll ’91, MEd ’92), Toledo at 70. She volunteered with the Satellites Auxiliary for 20 years.

Donna M. Belkofer, Curtice, Ohio at 71. She joined the UT staff in 2002 and retired as administrative secretary 2 in 2014.

**Eloise N. Chantoff (Ed ’71, MEd ’76), Toledo at 87. She was a former UT clerical worker.

**Robert E. “Bob” O’Brien (Bus ’49), Toledo at 89. He was a founding member of the UT Center for Family and Privately Held Business. O’Brien was a member and former chair of the center’s advisory board.

Alicia E. Preslan, Bowling Green, Ohio at 64. She was a former instructor in the Judith Herb College of Education.

Russell W. Rice (Eng ’52), Toledo at 91. He retired from MCO as director of the physical plant.

Jacquelyn L. Romano, Toledo at 81. She was a former MCO employee.


Jesse Frey (Eng ’48), Indianapolis, Ind. at 93.

Claire Whitehead (Ed ’47, MEd ’74), Maumee, Ohio at 90.

Romilda Petersen (Ed ’48), Fairfield, Ohio at 92.

**Kenneth Leininger (Bus ’49), St. Petersburg, Fla. at 91.

**Helen Seizert (A/S ’48), Fort Myers, Fla. at 90.

Donald Sell (A/S ’49), Toledo at 89.

Ellsworth Shinavar (Eng ’47), Oxnard, Calif. at 89.


*Frederick Dzienny (Bus ’57), Toledo at 81.

**Delos Palmer (Eng ’52), Naples, Fla. at 86.

James Whitten (Eng ’55), Grand Rapids, Ohio at 85.

*Robert Dunlop (Eng ’56), Camarillo, Calif. at 84.

**Frederick Blanchard (Eng ’55), Tucson, Ariz. at 86.

Nancy Hipp (A/S ’55, Ed ’60, MEd ’69), Maumee, Ohio at 82.

Frank Swanson (Eng ’53), Livonia, Mich. at 85.

Joseph Kinshaw (Ed ’57), at 82.

James Hyland (MEng ’55, MBA ’66), Toledo at 92.

James Duwve (Eng ’57), Jerome, Mich. at 81.

Glenda Boehk (Ed ’56), Rockport, Texas at 81.

Dr. Frederick Gawecki (A/S ’58), Papillion, Neb. at 79.


John Szymanski (UTCTC ’64), Toledo at 80.

Michael Prephan (Ed ’61, Law ’68), at 81.

Owen Jansen (Ed ’63, MEd ’79), North Port, Fla. at 76.

**Paul Booher (Bus ’67), Toledo at 86.

**Robert Fox (MBA ’69), Holland, Ohio at 80.

Ronald Parsons (MEd ’68), Milton Freewater, Ore. at 81.

John Cooper (UTCTC ’68, Univ Coll ’80), Swanton, Ohio at 74.

Doran Snyder (MEd ’63), Walbridge, Ohio at 83.

Joseph Blumberg (Eng ’64), Atlanta, Ga. at 73.

Larry Gardner (Bus ’63), Waterville, Ohio at 74.

Orris Tabner (Ed ’68), Toledo at 83.


Henry Wolf (Ed ’71), Swanton, Ohio at 68.

Thomas Specht (Ed ’70), at 67.

Margaret Fields (MEd ’71), at 79.

Mertie Kynard (UTCTC ’78), Toledo at 76.

Martin Dorf (A/S ’78), Huber Heights, Ohio at 62.

George Deem (Univ Coll ’72), Oregon, Ohio at 75.

**William Bussdieker (UTCTC ’76, Eng ’79), Hilliard, Ohio at 70.

Patricia Wechtel (A/S ’71), Toledo at 87.

Joseph Shaw (Law ’75), at 66.

John Starzynski (A/S ’77, MS ’80), North Bend, Wash. at 60.

Charles Gibbons (MEd ’71), Rossford, Ohio at 77.

James Burlage (Univ Coll ’74), Perrysburg, Ohio at 63.

**Doris Danekind (Ed ’71), Oregon, Ohio at 92.

James Mack (Univ Coll ’76, MEd ’01), Toledo at 71.

Dr. Dean Huffman (MED ’74), Portage, Mich. at 68.

Dr. Jeffrey Miles (MEng ’73, PhD ’80), Beachwood, Ohio at 74.

Dr. Michael Schuster (A/S ’79), Elmore, Ohio at 59.

Marc Schoonmaker (A/S ’79), Toledo at 61.

Kenneth Iler (Univ Coll ’73), Las Vegas, Nev. at 73.

Daniel Matuszewski (Univ Coll ’90), Rossford, Ohio at 90.

John Atkinson (Unic Coll ’73), Toledo at 85.

Ronald Harris (UTCTC ’72), Toledo at 66.


Michael Mayer (Ed ’81), Fairborn, Ohio at 57.

**Timothy Boos (A/S ’89), Kenosha, Wis. at 49.

Carlton Bembry (Univ Coll ’84), Los Angeles, Calif. at 57.

Susan Picknell (Pharm ’80), Gahanna, Ohio at 58.

Thomas Biggs (MEd ’81), Maumee, Ohio at 80.

Janet Schoemaker-Wallbank (A/S ’82), Howell, Mich. at 68.

Dr. Randall McCollister (MED ’81, RES ’82), South Point, Ohio at 66.

Mary Schrock (Ed ’82, MEd ’85), Wauseon, Ohio at 80.

Jeanne Craig (UTCTC ’87), Maryville, Tenn. at 62.

Barbara Madden (UTCTC ’85), Toledo at 55.

Pamela Kyle (UTCTC ’82), Toledo at 69.

Ronald Niemesh (MBA ’89), Frankfort, N.Y. at 66.


David Wheeler (Eng ’96), Toledo at 42.

Charles Buckenmeyer (MEd ’95), Monclova, Ohio at 78.

Elaine Schimmoeller (NRS ’97), Columbus Grove, Ohio at 62.

Johnnie Kimble (UTCTC ’98), Toledo at 61.

Delia Workman (UTCTC ’92, A/S ’94), Holland, Ohio at 70.

Kathleen Scott (A/S ’97, MEd ’01), Waterville, Ohio at 63.

Barbara DeWitt (Eng ’91), Spring Valley, Ohio at 74.

Joy Tester (UTCTC ’93), Dallas, Ga. at 50.

Sister M. Cabrini Warpeha (PhD ’91), Sylvania, Ohio at 86.

David Dimmer (A/S ’90, MA ’96), Toledo at 50.


JoAnne Wright (UTCTC ’06), Toledo at 64.

Michael Emerson (Bus ’04), Curtice, Ohio at 41.

Dr. Lindsey Phibbs (CMS ’05, MED ’10), Perrysburg, Ohio at 36.

Chardell Russell (HHS ’04), Toledo at 72.

Heather Cheloff (HHS ’04), Toledo at 35.

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