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Phone: 419.530.2005
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Communication Advisor
Lisa Bollman



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The University of Toledo Department of Communication, in cooperation with the UT Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, marked its 100th ESPN3 production Saturday, April 29. The landmark broadcast was the Rocket softball team’s game vs. Western Michigan. Even though the game itself was delayed and eventually called for rain, the milestone was privately marked with a celebratory cake.

In addition to the complement of women’s soccer and women’s volleyball games in the fall, men’s and women’s basketball in the winter, and baseball and softball in the spring, Eidemiller and Mondelli are planning to increase coverage to include women’s swimming and diving in the 2017-18 academic year, and are exploring the possible addition of tennis down the road.

All UT-produced ESPN3 games are available online at or on mobile devices through the ESPN app. For a full schedule of games, including a listing of available TV viewing options, visit and search by sport.

Students interested in becoming part of the production crew are encouraged to contact Eidemiller at or Lisa Bollman, academic adviser in the Department of Communication, at

UT10 Wins award

The UT: 10 newscast was just awarded a 2016 Mark of Excellence Finalist for Best All-Around Television Newscast for Region 4 from the Society of Professional Journalists. This means that the class produced a newscast that ranks in the top 3 among colleges and universities in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and West Virginia, which include several very prestigious journalism schools.

UT: 10 news is a weekly 10-minute newscast that covers the past week's news and sports for 11 weeks per semester or 22 newscasts per academic year. It is streamed live on YouTube every Tuesday at 10:30 AM October through April. UT: 10 news is produced by a class called Multimedia Journalism (COMM. 4100), that combines five different communication classes into one and allows the students to take part in experiential learning in how to research, write, shoot, edit and report news and sports.

The names listed on the award are the 2016 Student Producers, Devan Lutz and Angelique Baird, but the award is for the entire class of student reporters as well as the student crew.

Congratulations to the students and Faculty Advisor/Instructor Dr. Jackie Layng and Production Studio Coordinator Kevin O'Korn.


THE DEPARTMENT Mourns passing of Professor Brian Anse Patrick

--by Michelle Horn, Secretary 1, Department of Communication

Brian Anse Patrick, Ph.D, who also always proudly followed up his whole signature designations with G.E.D, B.A., and M.A. passed away after a battle with cancer on December 26th, 2016.

He's known for his persistent whistling in the hallways, his complete belief in the 2nd amendment, his biting remarks that cut through any political or administrative agenda, his books that both were intellectual and witty, and his standing up for anything he believed in with the balance of both cutting to the issue and his expansive knowledge.

There's no lack of stories that can be told about Brian. He challenged students to do their best work and he was an incredible mentor. It's hard for this secretary to write about him in the past tense because it's a hard realization that he has departed from us.

Throughout his battle, he kept a positive attitude. One of the last emails from him I received contained this line: "I am irradiated, but somewhat disappointed that I don't glow in the dark." Such was his sense of humor. 

There will be a memorial service for Brian on May 21, 2017, his birthday, per his wishes, for his ashes to be scattered over his farm land in Michigan. Until then, we salute the cowboy-hat, anchovy-eating (dug out by his pocket knife), glass bottled-Coke drinking, whistling, telling song stories person that he was. He is missed dearly.


Click here to access the ESPN3 website. The Communication Department team of faculty, staff and students who shoot and televise UT sports for ESPN 3 have completed their first official fall season. This was an exceptional feat, considering it was done after the passing of one of the Communication Department’s most integral members, Don Reiber. As technical director and executive producer, Jonathan Mondelli and John Eidemiller, not only coordinated the recording of sports events, but also supported the University in recording multiple other kinds of events campus-wide. They have been behind the scenes at sporting events, debates, an inauguration, plus many ceremonies and concerts. These gentlemen and their students deserve a great deal of credit for what they have been able to accomplish this semester on such short notice. They have televised seven women’s volleyball games, four soccer games, and by the end of the semester will have covered 12 men's and women’s basketball games for ESPN3. Along with providing the in-house feed for all home football games, and they covered the UT presidential inauguration, which was streamed on the web. They televised three Toledo mayoral debates, on Buckeye Cable. Lastly they recorded the Rocket Marching Band “Sounds of the Stadium” concert and will shoot the Fall graduation ceremony.

John Eidemiller receives Provost's "Shining Star Award" for Fall 2015! This honor is awarded to one faculty member, one staff member, and one administrator every semester. John was nominated by Chair Dr. Jeff Wilkinson for all his efforts to keep things running after Don Reiber unexpectedly passed away at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester.

Last Updated: 8/8/17