A University Of Us

October 5th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

The Inauguration of The University of Toledo’s 17th President
By Patty Gelb

Entering the ArenaIt’s all about us.

That’s the message that Dr. Sharon L. Gaber shared with more than 1,200 people in Savage Arena and many more on a global video feed, as she was officially installed as The University of Toledo’s 17th President on Sept. 25, 2015.

In her inauguration address, Dr. Gaber laid out her priorities which include elevating The University of Toledo’s reputation on a national stage. She stressed that she needed the support of everyone…students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, to help her realize her vision for a bright new future for the institution.

“When I was first contacted about the UT presidency, the potential embedding in the simple fact of a University named after its city intrigued me,” she said during her address. “The more I investigated, the more impressed I was with what I learned about the region, the city, and The University of Toledo.”

There is, President Gaber said, an overarching reason to ask for the support of the University family.

“Let’s commit to not only do the right thing for our students,” Gaber said. “But to do the extra thing. Ensuring student success is the job of every single member of this community.”

An inauguration week, in a university setting, refers to the series of events planned in celebration of the installation of a new president. The “installation” is the actual moment the new president assumes the articles of office.

The campus-wide events held in celebration of the president’s inauguration were planned by numerous individuals and groups across campus. Leading the planning for these events on behalf of the University’s Board of Trustees was Jeff Cole (B.A. ’89; Masters in Education ’96), chair of the Trusteeship and Governance Committee.


“There are so many facets of the University that were involved in the planning,” said Cole. “This is a historic occasion for the University to welcome such a transformational leader to our campus. We wanted to make sure that it was appropriately recognized, not just by our faculty, staff, student and alumni bodies, but by the community at large and other academic institutions across the United States.”

The week-long celebration, funded by private dollars, offered opportunities for the whole campus to get involved.

During the week, everyone was encouraged to sign welcome banners that were then displayed during the formal inauguration ceremonies.

A backyard barbecue, sponsored by the Office of the President and the Division of Student Affairs, was held and all were welcome. Rocky, Rocksy, the Blue Crew and hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni attended the celebration that included a pep rally for the Toledo vs. Arkansas State game, Rocket cheerleaders, music from the marching band, caricature artists and trampolines. The University of Toledo Alumni Association and the Division of Student Affairs provided inauguration T-shirts sporting the date 09.25.15 which were handed out to all who attended.


Student Government held a reception welcoming Dr. Gaber. The Departments of Music and Theatre hosted a presidential concert that was free and open to the public. Special lectures, symposiums and conferences were held across all of the colleges in honor of the University’s new president.

“That is one of the fabulous things about an inauguration,” said Cole. “It is not just the formal ceremony itself, but all that takes place during the week leading up to the inauguration. It really highlights all that a major metropolitan university has to offer from a concert to symposia to activities for students to different academic celebrations in different departments.”

On Friday morning, the day of the official inauguration ceremony, celebrations began with an academic symposium entitled “Creating a Social Compact Between the City of Toledo and The University of Toledo: From Knowledge to Action.”

The installation ceremony, held that afternoon, was full of pageantry and respect to the history of UT. It began with a processional of over 500 representatives which started at the Student Union traveling across campus to Savage Arena with the chimes of the clock tower ringing in celebration.


The processional was led by Grand Marshal Kristen K. Keith, Ph.D., president of Faculty Senate carrying the University’s ceremonial mace.

The ceremonial mace is adopted from middle ages when it was a weapon against armored warriors. Through the years it was transformed into an ornamental staff that served as a symbol of authority of a ruler. Colleges and universities have adopted the mace as an ornamental staff or baton which is carried by the grand marshal of the university in all formal academic processions of the university.

The mace carried in Dr. Gaber’s inauguration was created in 2006 by Monroe, Mich., artist Jiro J. Masudo, following the merger of UT and the Medical University of Ohio. The maces of the individual organizations, prior to the merger, were formally retired at that time.

The grand marshal began the colorful procession at 2:30 p.m. on a perfect day of blue skies and warm temperatures. She led the group past the University Seal in the middle of Centennial Mall, touching it, before heading toward the Arena. Behind the grand marshal was a breathtaking sight of color guard with the American, State and University flags followed by a procession of over 40 international students carrying their country’s flags, many wearing native dress.

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Immediately following the flag procession, Dr. Gaber led hundreds of people, attired in the academic robes of inaugural dress representing respective degrees, colleges, doctorates and areas of study. The procession included past presidents, senior leadership, deans, delegates from the community and other universities. Presidential Ambassadors wearing their presidential blazers adorned with the University’s seal and special 25th anniversary pins, along with student representatives, were part of the procession in support of Dr. Gaber. Each of the University’s colleges was represented by a contingent following its logoed flags. The procession became a river of color and pageantry that flowed across campus.

Dr. Gaber was seen smiling and waving, even stopping when a student ran up to take a quick selfie with her. The atmosphere of the processional was joyous and celebratory.

The processional entered the arena to the sounds of the UT Wind Ensemble playing “Crown Imperial.” Once settled, Cole introduced the colors and led the assembly in the National Anthem before welcoming the platform party.

Sharon Speyer (’86 J.D.), chair of the Board of Trustees, shared remarks and hosted a series of greetings and gifts of welcome to the new president from Cody Spoon, president of Student Government; Keith, on behalf of Faculty Senate; Catherine Martineau (’77 B.S., ’81 J.D.), president of the UT Alumni Association International Board of Trustees; Gary Leidich (’72 B.S., ’74 M.S.), president of the UT Foundation Board of Trustees, and The Honorable John Carey, chancellor of Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Articles of Charter

A video on the digital scoreboards featured UT students, faculty, staff and community leaders welcoming Dr. Gaber to the University. The poignant presentation included a special message of support from her children, Allison, Jennifer and Peter. One could tell from her reaction this was a touching surprise.

The view the video greetings, click here.

Following a musical presentation, Speyer recognized past presidents in attendance before Joseph H. Zerbey, member of the University’s Board of Trustees gave remarks which officially introduced Dr. Gaber to the University and community. Speyer then officially installed the president by symbolically bestowing the University’s 150-year-old bound charter to Dr. Gaber then placing the UT medallion around her neck before declaring her the University’s 17th president.

“There is a lot of pageantry that goes along with an inauguration that is full of symbolism and tradition,” said Cole. “It also really provides the president her first opportunity, with classes back in session, to speak to all facets of the University and lay out her vision of what she would like to accomplish.”

Following her official installation as president of the University, Dr. Gaber, who is a nationally recognized urban planner, emphasized the critical ties she sees between the University and the city of Toledo.

“The University of Toledo is an anchor institution of this community and has the opportunity and the responsibility to move beyond rhetoric; to create a community positioned to embrace and mold our own future,” Gaber said. “It is critical that we seize this moment.”

An excerpt from her speech shares her call to action to the University and community:

A Call to Action
To best position ourselves locally, regionally and nationally, let me share with you a “call to action” for The University of Toledo.

First, it will be my top priority to work with the University community and regional organizations to elevate UT’s reputation on the national stage. But this is not one person’s task. Don’t ever be shy about sharing your successes and accomplishments and those of your UT colleagues. As a “University of us,” our strength comes from the chorus of many voices.

Second, we will increase the numbers and the academic preparedness of students enrolling at UT, and we will make sure they graduate. First- to second-year student retention has increased by about 2 percentage points in each of the past two years — a good start toward improved graduation numbers.

Third, we will increase externally funded research and research expenditures, and we will embrace the importance of faculty scholarship. As a doctoral research university, it is the job of our faculty to discover new knowledge in collaboration with our undergraduate and graduate students, and pass that on to society.

We have done this, and we will reinvigorate this effort.

Fourth, we will dramatically increase our fundraising efforts for student scholarships, endowed professorships, new and renovated facilities, and University initiatives. As I look around, it’s wonderful to see so many University supporters. This is a great indicator of the passion so many of you have for this institution.

And fifth, we will ensure that a UT education stays financially accessible for students by reducing administrative costs.

We will continue to be responsible stewards of our public resources.

And embedded within all of these priorities is an ongoing commitment to increasing and celebrating the strength created by our diversity.

To read the full inauguration address of Dr. Gaber, click here.

Following the president’s address and conclusion from Speyer, the entire assembly sang the University’s Alma Mater, “Fair Toledo,” then recessed to a reception. Dr. Gaber strolled through the crowd, stopping to talk to everyone, shaking hands and sharing laughs at the joyful event.

Thoughts captured at the reception…

I think it was really a wonderful experience to be at the inauguration. Since I am a Presidential Ambassador we had the privilege to be on the floor seeing everything firsthand which was really, really special. It is really cool because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Being a student here at The University of Toledo, I think that Dr. Gaber has a lot of amazing plans and ideas for our University. Everyone is talking about her transformational leadership, her vision for UT and the city of Toledo. As a young student at UT, I am really excited to be here under her leadership.
Katie Harrington
Human Resource Management and Marketing Student

I thought it was really inspiring to be a part of such a great tradition. As a UT staff member and two time alumnus it was just really cool to be a part of something that only happened at the University 17 times.
Jocelyn Szymanski, ’12, ‘13
Wellness Coordinator for the Office of Community Wellness and Health Promotion

The ceremony was very impressive and Dr. Gaber’s speech was very impressive. It laid out a great pathway for the future for The University of Toledo.
Mike George
Director of Development, Lourdes University

I thought it was absolutely outstanding. To me it was touching and it hit on all of the exact reasons why we hired Dr. Gaber. She is going to knock it out of the park.
Joe Zerbey
Member, Board of Trustees

I found it very moving. It is neat to see the support of the community who turned out. I certainly look forward to her term as President.
Jim Lapp ’73, ‘74
Vice-President of the UT Retirees Association

It was a fitting ceremony on a beautiful day. President Gaber’s message was on the mark in urging all of us to come together to make UT successful. I wish her the very best and look forward to working with her.
Dr. Nagi Naganathan
Professor and Dean, College of Engineering

I thought it was a really nice event. I think that Dr. Gaber is going to do a lot of good here at UT. You can just tell she has a positive vibe about her. Just the way she was smiling up there, especially when she saw her kids on the video, it was more like a personal experience than business. It was really nice.
First-year P.A. student

It was a very nice ceremony. It was nice to be a part of something that only happens every so often. It is cool to have something like this happen during my four years that I can look back and say, ‘I was part of that.’ I really like Dr. Gaber and look forward to seeing what she has in store for the University.
Pamela Steider
Biology Student

I thought the inauguration was a very good experience for our students, alumni, faculty and staff. It was a great opportunity to introduce Dr. Gaber and welcome her in a public fashion. It was really an amazing experience.
Marcus Sneed ‘07
Associate Director, Alumni Relations

I was just telling my colleague that when Dr. Gaber came and interviewed with us, that we as faculty got a chance to ask her questions — and it was her smile that did it for me. Her smile was reassuring, it shows strength, it shows character, but is also shows the kind of pleasantry that I feel that we’ve been missing. She is such a good role model for our young girls. All of the girls in my class are always told to speak up, you might be a leader one day. We’ve got a female president, look how she projects herself, you must do the same. You must project a smile and it must be sincere and it has to have strength. That is what I see in Dr. Gaber. I saw it all the way through the ceremony. It is so genuine. When she smiles, you can’t help but be reassured and know that behind it, something good is coming.
Kimberlie Colson
Associate Lecturer in Spanish

I thought it was incredible and an opportunity to engage the entire campus to celebrate, not only Dr. Gaber’s inauguration, but the University and its future. I have never had the opportunity to be at an event like this and it was really wonderful. I think Dr. Gaber was absolutely the right choice. I am so excited about her ideas and her commitment to collaboration, her sense of urgency and call to action. I think she is going to be a fantastic president –and she already is.
Sharon Speyer
Chair, Board of Trustees

Traditionally these types of things are pretty low energy but I think that today, listening to each of the individuals speak, their inputs were so vibrant and so forward thinking. They seemed to be very excited about Dr. Gaber joining our University and I think she is going to be excellent. She is so personable and I think she connects really well with the students. I got a chance to see her at the student BBQ and she shook hands with everyone, including myself. Speaking with her, you can tell she is intelligent and she is going to provide a lot of insight, and valuable things to our University.
Logan Pendergrast
Public Health Student

I like meaningful events and today was a very special one for the history of the University. I have had a chance to meet her and she is a very personable individual. She is going to excel with our students, our faculty, the staff and most of all, the community. I think what she brings to the University is inspiration and excellence.
Lynn Brand
President of the Satellites Auxiliary Volunteers

The entire hour and a half ceremony can be viewed here.

For a short overview of the procession and ceremony, click here.

To learn more about the inauguration of the 17th President of The University of Toledo, visit the full website here.

Come meet Dr. Gaber at Homecoming on Saturday, October 10th on the campus of UT. The Toledo Rockets play Kent State University and kick-off is at 3:00 p.m. For full details about Homecoming activities and for tickets to the game, click here.

No matter where you live, you can be a part of historic events at The University of Toledo through social media. You can stay connected at pep rallies, sporting events, Alumni activities, happenings around campus, and even major celebrations like the inauguration of Dr. Sharon L. Gaber. Find your UT Alumni Association on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to stay connected.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toledoalumni
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UToledoAlumni
Instagram: https://instagram.com/toledoalumni/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=127818

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Rocket Fans Unite!

October 5th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Patty Gelb

There could be some confusion based on the name; but you don’t have to be downtown, a coach, or even an alum to be a member of the Downtown Coaches Association (DCA). All you have to be is a UT Rocket fan!

With a history of Rocket spirit, the DCA is a booster group that has been encouraging interest and raising funds for The University of Toledo athletics programs since its inception in 1937. These Super Fans get an inside perspective on everything happening in UT sports at weekly luncheon meetings held at Savage arena. UT head coaches speak to attendees about the previous week’s contests, talk about upcoming opponents, introduce student athletes and answer questions. There is no better way to have more insight as a fan of Rocket sports than being a part of the DCA.

09082015-9931Nancy Creech, (B.A., ’72) should know. Not only is she a Rocket fan who has been attending meetings for about 17 years, she was just elected president of the DCA for this upcoming season. As the first female to hold the role for the group, you can hear her pride of the Rockets and the DCA when speaking to her.

“I think a lot of the guys are very proud of the fact that I am the first female president,” said Creech. “I don’t really look at it that way. I look at it as being the president of DCA. I am truly a Rocket fan and this is really a culmination of being a real fan. I get to be the president of DCA and I think that is a great place to be.”

Creech, who received her degree in education, was a Rocket cheerleader and elected homecoming queen in 1970. She feels her years at UT were a growing experience at a time in her life when she needed to grow up.

“The University has always been a really great symbol for me because it’s a good school, not just a good athletic department or program — but it is a really good school,” she said.

Homecoming 1970 Creech PictureWhen she attended her first DCA meeting with husband Charlie, (B.S. ’65), she thought it would be kind of an old man’s group. She learned quickly that it was not.

“In the years I have been involved, it has been really great,” she said. “Every week we have the coaches come in and usually they will bring a player or an assistant coach. You have the chance to ask them questions, which is not something the normal person who sits at home gets to do. It is like you are a super-fan plus! This is your opportunity to hear what happened and what they are going to do about it. You get a real feeling of what they are like.”

There is a major function of the DCA beyond the weekly luncheon meetings. The group provides fundraising support to UT athletics. They achieve this by running a 50/50 raffle at all home football and basketball games. They also hold an annual fall raffle and this year’s grand prize was $5,000. The winner of the raffle was awarded at midfield in the Glass Bowl at the September 26, Rockets vs. Arkansas State game. Last year, the DCA was able to contribute over $100,000 to the athletic department and they plan on continuing to raise these large amounts of funds to help support the Rockets every year.

“The DCA has been a tremendous supporter of Rocket Athletics for many years,” said Dave Nottke, Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Development & External Affairs. “Year in and year out, we can always count on the group and its members to provide that extra support that helps to make our programs successful here at UT. We are very thankful for the support we have received over the years.”

09082015-0034There are no qualifications or criteria to join the DCA. The organization welcomes all who would enjoy getting firsthand information from Rocket coaches and players every week at the Monday luncheons which run thru March.  There are currently around 250 members and the membership fee to the DCA is $40 per year and $50 for couples. The luncheon meetings are $15 per person and held in the West Lobby at Savage Arena.  Buffet lunch begins at 11:30 and speakers begin around noon.  You do not have to be a member to attend a luncheon.

The first meeting of the year for the DCA featured UT Football Coach Matt Campbell reporting on the team and the football equipment manager, Jeremy Boyd with a demonstration on what it takes to outfit and protect players. The second luncheon, UT President, Dr. Sharon L. Gaber attended and spoke to the group.

Creech truly enjoys the insight to the Rockets that she gets from being a member of the DCA and hopes everyone who is a true Rocket fan will consider joining.

“We welcome everyone to come and be a part of our meetings,” she said. “We introduce our guests and hopefully we turn them into new members. Like I said earlier, all you have to do to be a member is be a Rocket fan — and I fit that mold!”

To learn more about the DCA, click here to visit the UT Athletics’ website.

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UT in the News

October 5th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in In The News
UT Inaugurates Dr. Sharon Gaber

Canaday Center Opens New Exhibit

President’s Inauguration Concert

President’s Backyard BBQ

ProMedica and UT Sign Pact As Partners

With a few pen strokes, the University of Toledo and ProMedica inked an academic affiliation agreement Wednesday, ending months of negotiations and linking the institutions together for 50 years.

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New Dean Upbeat on College of Law Prospects

As a first-time law-school dean, Benjamin Barros arrived at the University of Toledo just as law schools across the United States slid into their fifth year of an enrollment slump.

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Remembering Beloved Communications Professor Don Reiber

Honors Academic Village Ribbon Cutting

UT Professor Says Jeep Change Could Have High Rewards

More Medical Students Staying Local

UT Professor of Law on CIA Interrogation Techniques

UT Health Inducts New Members to Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor

UT Health Expert on Flu Vaccines

Decriminalization of Marijuana in Toledo

Blessed Be My Freshly Slaughtered Dinner

Could you look through a rifle’s scope into the long-lashed eyes of an elk and pull the trigger if it would be the only meat you ate for the year? Would your conscience be more or less troubled if instead you slit the necks of animals you planned to eat after they were nurtured like adored pets on an idyllic farm?

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Class Notes

October 5th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

Please submit your class notes to: Amanda.Schwartz@utoledo.edu


*John L. Straub (Law ’69) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Straub is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.


William F. Hayes (Law ’77, Bus ’80) has been appointed to chair the Aviation Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. The OSBA maintains 32 standing committees and 11 sections, each of which monitors a particular area of law.

Wicklund_David_300dpi David W. Wicklund (Law ’74) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Wicklund is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
Dr. David Sleet (PhD ’73) was recently presented with the 2015 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award at the 66th Annual meeting of the Society for Public Health. Sleet was honored for his contributions that have led to better evidence, more effective translation, and greater adoption of injury prevention interventions. Sleet is the Associate Director for Science, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, in Atlanta, Ga. He was also awarded the Royal Order of Sahametrei Medal by the Government of Cambodia, with the rank of Officer-Knight 1st Class, conferred to foreigners who have rendered distinguished services to the King and to the people of Cambodia. He was honored due to his global road safety work.
**Thomas G. Pletz (Law ’71) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Pletz is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Pletz_Thomas_300dpi

Jim Suhrbier (Pharm ’72) was recently elected to a second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. He serves as a representative of Region 2 (Pa. W.Va., Va., Del., Tenn., N.C., S.C.).

Fynes_Jack_300dpi Jack G. Fynes (Law ’77) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Fynes is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.

Timothy J. Nusser (UTCTC ’75, Univ Coll ‘78, Law ’86) was awarded the prestigious AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. The AV Rating is the highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for a lawyer.

John K. Nelson (Law ’79) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Nelson is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Nelson_John_300dpi
Simpson_Joseph_300dpi Joseph S. Simpson (Law ’88) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Simpson is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.

Martin G. Baum (Univ Coll ’88) was named as senior vice president of commercial strategy at STELLAS Life Sciences Group. STELLAS, headquartered in Switzerland, is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company with its main focus on developing innovative products to treat cancers and central nervous system diseases.

Neema M. Bell (Law ’86) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Bell is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Bell_Neema_300dpi

**Joseph Sawasky (Bus ’85) has been selected as the President and CEO of Merit Network, Inc. Merit is a non-profit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities. They own and operate America’s longest-running regional research and education network and remains on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services.

Woodward_Kathryn_300dpi Kathryn J. Woodward (Law ’86) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Woodward is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.

Sandra Kreps (MEd ’87) was hired by the Monroe Schools Board of Education as principal of Monroe, Mich. High School.

**Michael S. McGowan (Bus ’78, Law ’81) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. McGowan is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. McGowan_Michael_300dpi

Alberto Coya (MEng ’89) was named as the country manager in Peru for MWH Global, an engineering, consulting and construction firm focused on water and natural resources. Coya will be responsible for managing all services and work in the country. He will be based in Lima, Peru.

Sanderson_Michael_300dpi Michael G. Sanderson (Law ’81) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Sanderson is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.

John Walsh (UTCTC ’87) was appointed to the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber Board of Directors. Walsh is the chief executive officer of ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital, located in Warren, Ohio.

Mark Van Hala (Eng ’80) was named Florida Engineer of the Year by American Society of Civil Engineers. Van Hala has been an employee at Orange County Government for 14 years and currently serves as the public works representative. VanHala

Capt. Kenneth J. Szczublewski (A/S ’84) had his official retirement ceremony in July 2015 at the US Naval Memorial in Washington, D.C. after a 30 year career defending our Nation as part of the US Navy.

Bellas Stephen Bellas (Bus ’88) is the new chief financial officer for Commonwealth Credit Union, located in Frankfort, Ky.

Kirk G. Warner (Law ’83) was elected the 102nd president of Rotary Club of Raleigh, N.C. Dedicated to serving the local and international community, the club is engaged in a variety of projects. Warner is the leader of the product liability defense practice group at Smith Anderson and a senior litigator on the firm’s commercial litigation team.

Denise Hasbrook (A/S ’81, Law ’84) was appointed as Partner-in-Charge of the Toledo office of Roetzel & Andress LAP. Hasbrook focuses her practice on shareholder disputes, business litigation and representing employers in all types of issues. Roetzel & Andress has offices located throughout Ohio and Florida and also in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Hasbrook 2011

Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff (Law ’88) was announced as the associate provost for academic quality and executive director of the International Institute for Innovative Instruction at Franklin University, located in Columbus, Ohio.

*Timothy Yenrick (Ed ’87, MEd ’99) is the new president & CEO of Family Service of Northwest Ohio, located in Toledo. Family Service is a non-profit agency that empowers families to manage life’s challenges by providing high quality and affordable counseling, home care, outreach, advocacy, prevention education services and comprehensive crisis care.


Dr. Sharon Master (PhD ’96) is now a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. Master is currently the Biological Sciences Bureau Chief, Scientific Laboratory Division for the Department of Health.

Rothschild_James_300dpi James I. Rothschild (Law ’93) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Rothschild is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.

Dr. Lillian Shaffer (PhD ’92) was recently elected president of the Caryl Crane Youth Theatre Advisory Board for the 2015-16 season. Shaffer is a senior portfolio director for the clinical research firm PAREXEL International, where she oversees business support and conduct of international drug trials.

Jeff Snyder (Ed ’93) began a two-year term on the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors. Snyder will serve as a Class AA representative on the state board, representing the Northwest District. He is currently the superintendent of Lincolnview Local Schools, located in Van Wert, Ohio.

Carol Pry (MBA ’93, Law ’93), managing director of Treliant Risk Advisors, received the 2015 ABA Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes leadership, initiative and accomplishment in banking regulatory compliance management.

Jenifer A. Belt (Law ’95) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Belt is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Belt_Jenifer_300dpi

Jeff Keim (Bus ’91) is now the executive director of the Owens Community College Foundation. He is responsible for raising private and annual revenue for the foundation to provide for the needs of the college and its students.

Waleed Zoabi (Eng ’90) was named as a shareholder for Clark Nexsen, an award-winning architectural and engineering firm providing innovative design solutions to U.S. and global clients. The shareholders are integrally involved in guiding the firm’s client-focused strategy.

**Dr. Mark L. Fink (MEd ’00, PhD ’07) received the Center for Excellence award from the New Media Consortium for demonstrating excellence and outstanding achievement in the application of technology to teaching, learning or creative inquiry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he serves as associate vice provost of online education. Fink was recently recognized among the Distinguished Women & Men in Nevada for his commitment to public service and continuously leveraging his years of experience in the technology sector to discover, develop and implement emerging and disruptive learning technologies to benefit higher education in Nevada.


Dr. Binesh Patel (MED ’00) was named as the chief medical officer at Detroit Medical Center, located in Detroit, Mich.

Dr. Gratia Pitcher (A/S ’03, MED ’07) joined Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, located in Duluth, Minn., as a hospitalist. Pitcher is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in internal medicine.

Priest Robert A. Priest (MEd ’03, Ed Spec ’05) was selected to be the principal of Van Wert High School, located in Van Wert, Ohio. Recently, Priest was awarded with the America Lawyer Alliance’s 2015 award for Teacher of the Year. He was selected from 16 candidates representing 12 states. Priest has been teaching at the high school since 2007.

Shelley Musshel Kennedy (Law ’05) has been appointed to chair the Aviation Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. The OSBA maintains 32 standing committees and 11 sections, each of which monitors a particular area of law. Kennedy is a staff attorney for the Hon. James D. Jensen at the Sixth District Court of Appeals in Toledo.

Dr. Manu Malhotra (MED ’00) was recently named chief medical officer at Henry Ford Hospital, located in Detroit, Mich.

Josh Love (A/S ’09) was recently hired as the assistant news director at WTVG-TV, Channel 13 ABC in Toledo. Love has also served as executive producer, producer and photographer/editor, as well as a live truck technician.

Dr. Mohammad Shukairy (MED ’02) joined Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in their Sycamore, Ill. office. Shukairy specializes in minimally invasive spinal surgery, neck and back pain and microscopic neurosurgery. Shukairy

Emily Samlow (Law ’07), was inducted as a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. To become a Fellow, lawyers must first be nominated by their peers before going through a selection process and committing their time to the Foundation’s outreach programs. Samlow was also awarded the 2016 Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under for District 3. Additionally, she is taking part in a Group Study Exchange through Rotary and is one of only four young professionals spending March 2016 in Scotland. Samlow is a staff attorney with the Court of Common Pleas in Wood County, Ohio and president of the Wood County Bar Association.

Courtney Tolson (Bus ’07) was named as a consultant to the Change Management and Communications practice in the human resources consulting firm Findley Davies, located in Maumee, Ohio. Tolson develops strategies focused on employee development, change management, and organizational effectiveness.

Matthew Dills (Law ’04) joined ITC Holdings Corp. as vice president, human resources and chief human resources officer. ITC, based in Novi, Mich., is the nation’s largest independent electric transmission company.


Stacy Krzyston (HSHS ’12), Air Force Airman 1st Class, completed basic training with honors from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. She will graduate in October from Tech School Security Forces at Lackland AFB. She then plans to report to Patrick AFB in Florida with the 45th Security Forces Squadron.

DAnniballe Matt D’Anniballe (Bus ’10, MSA ’11) is a certified public accountant who recently joined the Cleveland market of The Siegfried Group, LLP as a senior associate.

Blake Young (MEd ’11) has been selected as the new principal of Wauseon Primary School, located in Wauseon, Ohio.

Katie Shepherd (Ed ’15) is a new music teacher at Jamaica, Nautilus and Starline elementary schools, located in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Shepherd

Dr. David Peterson (MED ’10) was accepted for a 2015-16 Hand fellowship with the University of New Mexico (UNM) Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Peterson is one of only five physicians who are joining this accredited fellowship program at UNM.

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. David Nemeth (UT Professor in Geography and Planning) won the May edition of Inside Higher Ed’s cartoon captioning competition. This monthly contest requires participants to come up with a creative caption for a cartoon provided by the magazine. In addition to having the caption and cartoon published in the magazine for the month, Nemeth received a signed copy of the comic by the artist and a cash award for his efforts.

Births and Marriages

Alysia Kay Buchs (NRS ’09, NRS ’11) and Christofer Douglas Crites were united in marriage in June 2015. The ceremony was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Defiance, Ohio.

Julie Ann Kostura (NRS ’11) and John Joseph Milius (Eng ’12) were married in June 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.

Haskins Michael D. Haskins (HSHS ’11) and Elyssia K. Yado are engaged and will wed on October 3, 2015.

Dr. Casey Poupard (HSHS ’10, OTD ’13) and Isaiah Bross married in August 2015.

Brandon Arnold Wilkins (Eng ’11) and Kristi Ann Yoder exchanged vows in August 2015 in Mt. Hope, Ohio. Wilkins
Mitchell Kevin Mitchell (A/S ’03) and Brandi Lopez will wed on October 23, 2015 at Upland Country Club, located in St. Upland, Calif.

Andy Seger (Eng ’11) and Sarah Petty were married in August 2015 in the St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia, Ohio. Seger is employed by Honda of America as a mechanical engineer and Petty is employed by Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services as a financial and medical services specialist.

Gregory John Edelbrock (Eng ’07) and Brianna Money Swift exchanged vows in September 2015 at Villa Siena, located in Gilbert, Ariz. Edelbrock is a project manager at FNF Construction and Swift is employed at Friendship Village Retirement Community. Edelbrock

Allison Bayes (NSM ’12, MEd ’13) and Keon Ruplinger were united in marriage in June 2015. The ceremony and reception were held at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

*Charles Machala (att. 1945), Toledo at 95.

**Dorothy Schafer (att. 1944), Bradenton, Fla. at 93.

**Robert Sickelbaugh (att. 1976), Toledo at 83.

**Joan Ryan, Toledo at 85.

**Dr. Robert Wolfe, Holland, Ohio at 86.

*Dale Fischer, Bokeelia, Fla. at 85.

Dr. Anna May (Newton) Klippel, Worcester, Mass. at 93. She taught chemistry classes at UT in the late 1940s.

Marilyn Wandtke (UTCTC ’78), Perrysburg, Ohio at 85. She was a nurse at Maumee Valley Hospital and moved to work at the Medical College of Ohio Hospital.

James Koelsch (Eng ’73), Metamora, Ohio at 69. He taught civil engineering at UT.

Dr. Stephen B. McConnell, Toledo at 74. He was a technical services chair on the board of directors for UT’s Coalition to Access Technology and Networking in Toledo. Sloan also assisted with University field research on coral reefs and wild horses.

Dr. Rhua C. Ernst, Rosenhayn, N.J. at 75. She joined the UT faculty in 1967 as an assistant professor of general studies and director of the Instructional Resources Center at the former Community and Technical College. In 1970, she was named coordinator in library technology. Ernst left the University to start a family and became an elementary school teacher.

Dr. Robert L. Gibson, Bloomington, Ind. at 95. In 1957, he joined the UT faculty as associate professor and chair of guidance and counselor education. Gibson was promoted to professor two years later. The West Virginia native ran the Counseling and Guidance Training Institute, an annual summer program, in the early 1960s. He left UT in 1965 to teach at Indiana University.

Dr. John M. “Jack” Lowe Jr. (PhD ’71), Mechanicsburg, Pa. at 89. He coached track and cross country at UT from 1960-1970.

Edward B. “Ned” Wickes Jr., Madison, Conn. at 97. He was a longtime faculty member in the College of Education. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1951 and was promoted to associate professor of curriculum and teaching in 1955. Wickes taught at UT until his retirement.

Dr. R. Kenneth Wolfe, Holland, Ohio at 85. He came to the University in 1973 after working at Owens-Illinois Inc. and IBM Corp. In 1994, he received one of UT’s Outstanding Teacher Awards. Wolfe served on Faculty Senate and was chair of the systems doctoral program. He retired from the University in 1997.


Dr. Robert Binkley (A/S ’48), at 90.

Miriam Richey (Ed ’41), Ottawa Lake, Mich. at 96.

Sarah Bertram (A/S ’46), Toledo at 91.

**Helen Benschoter (Ed ’44), Toledo at 93.

James Pearson (Bus ’40), Groves, Texas at 98.

Jane Kreps (Ed ’46), Mason, Ohio at 88.

Jane Emery (Bus ’47), Sylvania, Ohio at 90.

Joseph Shugarman (Bus ’48), Toledo at 91.

William Mikesell (Bus ’49, Law ’50), Oregon, Ohio at 92.

John Muller (Bus ’48), Rochester Hills, Mich. at 89.

Jahn Tinglum (Ed ’49), Madison, Wis. at 90.

**Robert Colgan (Eng ’47), Sylvania, Ohio at 93.

John Weaver (Eng ’43), Heath, Ohio at 94.

Richard Smith (Eng ’49), Englewood, Fla. at 90.


Edward Zoltanski (Law ’58), Perrysburg, Ohio at 89.

Dr. Beverly Collier (A/S ’53), Williamston, Mich. at 80.

Dr. Richard Collier (A/S ’53), Williamston, Mich. at 82.

Jo-Ann Teufel (A/S ’50), Ottawa Hills, Ohio at 87.

**Richard Harner (Bus ’58), Toledo at 86.

Mickey Hardcastle (Ed ’50), at 87.

Mary Line (A/S ’51), Findlay, Ohio at 86.

**Donald Caldwell (Pharm ’53), Lakeside, Ohio at 84.

Bernard Janis (Bus ’59), Maumee, Ohio at 84.

William Moll (Eng ’56), Maumee, Ohio at 79.

**George Green (Bus ’50, MBA ’51), Dearborn, Mich. at 94.

Leonard Krauss (Bus ’55), at 82.

Douglas Yeager (Bus ’54), Grand Rapids, Ohio at 84.

Virginia Richmond (Ed ’54), McHenry, Ill. at 83.

**Berniece Williams (Ed ’56), Pickerington, Ohio at 96.

Dr. William Richmond (A/S ’52), at 87.

**Virginia Moll (A/S ’51), Maumee, Ohio at 94.

Donald Ziemke (MEd ’58), Maumee, Ohio at 96.


Robert Wilson (MEd ’68), Baltimore, Md. at 72.

Dr. Rhua Ernst (UTCTC ’65), Rosenhayn, N.J. at 76.

*Thomas Beidleman (UTCTC ’68), Holland, Ohio at 68.

Lynda Clark (Ed ’68), Toledo at 69.

Francis Nagy (A/S ’63), Solon, Ohio at 78.

Adrian Potter (Bus ’64, MBA ’69), Knoxville, Tenn. at 81.

David Zawodny (UTCTC ’68), Toledo at 68.

Donald Seymour (UTCTC ’62), Toledo at 76.

*William Bates (Law ’69), Rocky River, Ohio at 71.

Dr. Jerry Mallett (MEd ’64, PhD ’72), Findlay, Ohio at 76.


*Roger Verny (Ed ’70, MEd ’75), Newburyport, Mass. At 67.

Dr. John Lowe (PhD ’71), Vero Beach, Fla. at 90.

Dr. Ronald Fulkert (Ed ’75, PhD ’97), Ypsilanti, Mich. at 67.

Timothy McCartney (Pharm ’79), Toledo at 67.

Stanley Harmon (Ed ’71, MEd ’85, Ed Spec ’85), Toledo at 71.

Nicholas Batt (Law ’76), Holland, Ohio at 63.

Diane Armstrong (MEd ’78, PhD ’82), Perrysburg, Ohio at 67.

Margaret Paraham (UTCTC ’76), Toledo at 65.

Robert Schnapp (Bus ’72), Toledo at 71.

Barbara Rainey (Ed ’74), at 81.

Helen White (UTCTC ’74), Toledo at 89.

James Daniel (UTCTC ’77), Holland, Ohio at 72.

Raymond Dupuis (Ed ’70, MEd ’80), Sylvania, Ohio at 83.

Philip Provo (Ed ’70), Naples, Fla. at 69.

Thomas Connolly (A/S ’73, Law ’77), Oak Harbor, Ohio at 67.

Michael Whalen (UTCTC ’72), Maumee, Ohio at 94.

Dr. Ann Spodnik (MED ’75), at 61.

Dr. Edwin Weathington (MED ’76), East Lansing, Mich. at 75.


Warren Hem (Bus ’84, UTCTC ’88), Toledo at 57.

Sister Mary Dale Burgard (MEd ’81), Toledo at 76.

Nancy Bowers (MEd ’82), Brooklyn, Mich. at 82.

Mary Doljack (MA ’85), Columbus, Ohio at 62.

Richard Schultz (Eng ’82), Monclova, Ohio at 67.

Charles Ellerbrock (Eng ’80, Law ’86), Toledo at 63.

Miriam Hamm (MEd ’81), Toledo at 82.

Michelle January (UTCTC ’84), Toledo at 55.

Gwendolyn Ezepue (Bus ’81), Cleveland, Ohio at 57.


Janice Payne (A/S ’96), Toledo at 68.

*Joy Dougherty (MEd ’90), Toledo at 74.

*Kenneth Crothers (Univ Coll ’97), Toledo at 91.

Julie Steedman (UTCTC ’95), Northwood, Ohio at 49.

Kent Nord (Law ’93), Bloomville, Ohio at 47.

Stephanie Larkins (UTCTC ’93, Univ Coll ’01), Oregon, Ohio at 46.

Sherry Madigan (UTCTC ’92), New Madrid, Mo. At 54.

Bonita Owens (UTCTC ’98, UTCTC ’99), Bradenton, Fla. at 68.


Shannon Spino (HSHS ’04), Toledo at 35.

**Kathy Woodard (Ed ’01), at 39.

Kristen Wingate (A/S ’05, Ed ’05), Independence, Ohio at 32.

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