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LLSS OFFERS THREE YEAR DEGREE OPTION
The College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences now offers 24 three-year degree options. Three-year degrees are available in the following majors.
Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Communication, Economics, English, European Studies, French, Geography and Planning. German, Global Studies, History, Law and Social Thought, Linguistics. Middle East Studies. Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Urban Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.
Completing a bachelor’s degree in three years requires well-prepared students who are motivated to work at an accelerated pace in eight-week courses, or who have earned college credit through one or more of the following:
Advanced Placement courses leading to a score of at least 3 on an AP exam.
Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program where students earn high school and college credit at the same time.
Early College High Schools where the high school curriculum earns college credit
Career-Technical Credit Transfer whose work
Prior Learning Assessment where learning gained through work and life experience outside the classroom is evaluated and validated for college credit
Military training and coursework
Successful scores on College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.
Successful scores on foreign-language, mathematics, and chemistry placement exams.
For more information about the three year degree option, visit http://www.utoledo.edu/llss/pdfs/Three-Year%20Degree%20Pathways.pdf
LLSS FACULTY RECOGNIZED FOR POSITIVE IMPACT ON STUDENTS
Students interested in earning a three-year degree should work with a high school counselor and a College of Languages, Literature, and Social Sciences advisor to determine if this option meets your needs.
The winners of this year’s Student Impact Award were announced on November 6th. Honorees were chosen for going above and beyond by the most important constituents of all: their students. Eleven of the 25 winners are from the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences.
• Michael Bartell, instructor, Department of Communication
• Dr. Steven Christman, professor, Department of Psychology
• Larry Cook, associate lecturer, Department of Economics
• Mike Hiser, senior lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature
• Robert Imbur, associate lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature
• Dr. Jackie Layng, professor, Department of Communication
• Dr. Willie McKether, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
• Dr. Brian Patrick, professor, Department of Communication
• Oleg Smirnov, associate professor, Department of Economics
• Dr. Jerry Van Hoy, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
• Cheryl Wessel, associate lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages
The college is proud of the achievements of our faculty members and appreciates their dedication to teaching our UT students.
FATHER JAMES BACIK TO DELIVER THE ANNUAL GANDHI LECTURE ON NOVEMBER 4TH
Father James J. Bacik, former Pastor of Corpus Christi University Parish and adjunct professor of humanities at UT, will deliver the Sixth Annual Gandhi Lecture on November 4 at 5 p.m. in the Richard and Jane McQuade Law Auditorium: "Truth-Force: Exploring Gandhi's Response to Violence."
Father Bacik is the author of Catholic Spirituality, Its History and Challenge, Tensions in the Church, Spirituality in Transition and Spirituality in Action and (with Kevin E. Anderson) A Light Unto My Path: Crafting Effective Homilies. Richard P. McBrien, Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University, has called Rev. James Bacik "one of America's finest, most insightful theologians."
The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Free parking is available in lot #12.
If you have a disability and are in need of accommodations at this event, please call 419.530.2164. Accommodation requests may also be e-mailed to email@example.com or faxed to 419.530.2157. Please note: Some requests may take longer to process; therefore, advanced notice is requested.
LLSS Launches the School for Interdisciplinary Studies
The College of Languages, Literature, and Social Sciences launched the school for interdisciplinary studies on September 27 with the opening reception held at Libbey Hall. The event was opened by the Founding Director of the school Charlene Gilbert followed by remarks from Dean Jamie Barlowe, Dr. Jim Ferris, Dr. Réné Heberle, Dr. Jerry Van Hoy, and Dr. Mark Denham.
The new School for Interdisciplinary Studies includes founding programs in Africana Studies directed by Dr. Rubin Patterson, American Studies directed by Dr. James Campbell, Asian Studies directed by Dr. Gene Chang, Disability Studies directed by Dr. James Ferris, European Studies directed by Dr. Mark Denham, Global Studies directed by Dr. Jetsabe Caceres and Dr. Mark Denham, Law and Social Thought directed by Dr. Réné Eberle and Dr. Jerry Van Hoy, the Master of Liberal Studies directed by Dr. Jerry Van Hoy Middle East Studies directed by Dr. Elias Nigem, Religious Studies directed by Dr. John Sarnecki, Urban Studies directed by Dr. Carter Wilson, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department by chaired by Charlene Gilbert.
LLSS Faculty Receive Awards for Service and for Research
Two faculty members in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences received awards for their outstanding work.
Dr. Jackie Layng, professor in the Department of Communication, received the Outstanding Service Award from the Arc of Lucas County at their annual Awards Banquet on Thursday. The Arc of Lucas County provides support, education and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Dr. Layng was cited for her 14 years of continuous service to Special Olympics Track Team.
Dr. Peter Lindquist, Associate Professor of Geography and Planning and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Spatially Integrated Social Sciences, was named a University of Toledo research/scholarship award winner for 2012-2013. Dr. Lindquist’s research interests in Geography apply geographic information systems (GIS) to problems in urban transportation planning, most notably in mass transit ridership forecasting. Recently his work has also included the acquisition and management of a comprehensive database for freight movements in the upper Midwest.
LLSS Faculty Receive University Awards
Dr. Olugbenga Ajilore, Associate Professor of Economics, was acknowledged as a University
of Toledo research/scholarship award winner for 2012-2013. Dr. Ajilore was nominated
by colleagues in the College, endorsed by Dean Barlowe, and finally, selected as an
award recipient by the Chancellor and Provost.
Dr. Kati Thompson- Casado, Associate Professor of Spanish in the LLSS Department of Foreign Languages, has been named the first recipient of the Main Campus Shining Star Award. The new award “recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to the student experience.” The award was presented by the new Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Scott Scarborough. To view a video of Dr. Scarborough and Dr. Thompson- Casado, please visit this web site.
Political Science Professor Sunday Ubokudom Publishes Book on U. S. Healthcare Policymaking
Dr. Sunday Ubokudom, UT associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, published his book United States Health Care Policymaking: Ideological, Social and Cultural Differences and Major Influences through by Springer, a leading global scientific publisher. The book was written “to demonstrate the role that ideology plays in problem definition and policy formulation and to discuss “some of the theoretical models that can be employed to study the health care policymaking process” (p. vi). Chapters cover US health care policymaking, the evolution of the US health care system, constitutional, political, and legal influences, economic and provider influences, technological influences, physical, social, cultural, and global influences, demographic influences, safety net programs, a history of health care reform in the United States, and future direction of health politics and policies.
Reviewer Carole Ann Kenner of Doody’s Review Service wrote, “This book is unique in the way it presents health policy in the context of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). . . .There are many health policy books on the market. This one is unique because it is easy to read and understand and it addresses the controversies that are setting the stage for the next round of healthcare policy debates.” Dr. Obokudom’s work is a part of the Springer Texts in Business and the Economics series. For more information visit this web site.
Professor Ovamir Anjum Publishes Important Study of Islamic Thought
Dr. Ovamir Anjum, Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, has published Politics, Law, and Community in Islamic Thought: The Taymiyyan Moment with the prestigious Cambridge University Press.
Politics, Law, and Community in Islamic Thought provides a new interpretation of Islamic political thinking from the early to the late medieval period. The focus of Dr. Anjum’s book is Ibn Taymiyya, one of the most brilliant theologians of his day. Reviewing the book, Dr. Jon Hoover, Lecturer in Islamic Studies at The University of Nottingham wrote, "With bold and penetrating insight, Ovamir Anjum completely reframes our understanding of the great Damascene jurist Ibn Taymiyya's views on politics and the caliphate.”
Dr. Anjum’s work is part of the Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization.
LLSS Students Receive Presidents Club Scholarship
Josahua Beekman, a Psychology major with a pre-medicine concentration, and Hillarie
Meiring, an English major concentrating in creative writing, received prestigious
Frank E. Horton Presidents Club Scholarships for 2012-2013. The awards were presented
by President Jacobs at the Annual Donor Recognition Event held Friday, May 11.
The Presidents Club awards three $4,000 scholarships each year to full-time undergraduate students who show academic merit and financial need. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate campus/community involvement and who have attended The University of Toledo their entire college careers.
Professor in Sociology and Anthropology Named Fulbright Fellow
Dr. Dwight Haase, Assistant Professor of Sociology, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study and teach in the Palestinian West Bank next academic year. Dr. Haase’s fellowship will focus on microcredit as a socioeconomic development strategy.
The prestigious Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year.
Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Receives Invitation from the Republic of South
May 13, 2012
Dr. Rubin Patterson, chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has received
an invitation to attend the Global African Diaspora Summit to be held at the Sandton
International Conference Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. The invitation was
extended by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic
of South Africa on behalf of His Excellency President Jacob Zuma , President of the
Republic of South Africa. The summit is was developed by the 17th Ordinary Session
of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, the African
Diaspora Technical Committee of Experts, and the African Diaspora Ministerial Meeting.
It will offer an opportunity to discuss and implement “the Draft Declaration, Programme
of Action and Implementation Plan” of those meetings. The summit will be held on Africa
Day, May 25, 2012.
LLSS Faculty Receive Awards
Apr 22, 2012
Kevin Czajkowski, Professor of Geography and Planning, received the UT Outstanding Researcher Award for 2012. The prestigious award recognizes significant research conducted by UT faculty.
Deborah Coulter-Harris, Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature, received the University of Toledo’s Outstanding Teacher Award for 2012. UT Outstanding Teachers are selected by a committee of UT instructors and a student representative, who review nominations.
Patrick Lawrence, Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and Planning, has been selected to receive the Edith Rathbun Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award recognizes faculty for exceptional community outreach and for excellence in community-engaged scholarship, whether in research, teaching or professional service.
The awards were presented at a ceremony and reception on April 23rd at the Medical Hotel
at The University of Toledo.
LLSS Alumna Wins Prestiguous Award
Mar 29, 2012
Charlotte L. Shaffer, an alumna of the Sociology Department, received the prestigious
2012 Milestone Award for Social Services presented by the YWCA of Northwest Ohio.
Ms. Schaffer is the founder of the Area Office on Aging and the former Director of
the Community Planning Council of Ohio. She has also served as an honorary member
of the Junior League of Toledo, a board member of the Salvation Army, and President
of Lutheran Social Services.
LLSS Faculty Honored With Student Impact Awards
Dec 22, 2011
The winners of a new honor for UT teaching were announced on Friday, December 16. The Student Impact Award honorees were chosen by students to acknowledge what student government president Matt Rubin described as an "uncommon effort" and connection with their students. These are the LLSS faculty who received this award.
- Michael Dowd (Economics)
- Eleanor Dombrowski (Communication)
- Friederike Emonds (Foreign Languages – German)
- Michael Kistner (Foreign Languages – Spanish)
- Richard Knecht (Communication)
- Ron Lora (History)
- Brian Tittl (Philosophy)
- Mary Beth Schlemper (Geography and Planning)
- David Wilson (Political Science)
The college is proud of the achievements of our faculty and appreciates their dedication
to teaching our UT students.
First Class Graduates from LLSS
Dec 19, 2011
Under the new banner for the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences,
156 UT students received their degrees from the college at the Fall Commencement.
The ceremony, held in Savage Arena on December 18th, included the commencement address
by Toledo Mayor Michael Bell, a UT alumnus
Five graduate students received their doctoral degrees in Psychology. There were 29 Master of Arts, Master of Liberal Studies, and Master of Public Administrations degrees awarded. One hundred and twenty one students received their Bachelor of Arts degrees and one student received a Bachelor of Science degree.
Graduates with academic distinction were given special recognition. Anita L. Schlatter was awarded a summa cum laude degree in Spanish.
Magna Cum Laude awards were earned by Alishia Roberts and Beverly Daniel Schick (Communication), Mark A. Echhart (History), Andrea Jean Petitjean (Law and Social Thought), Lara Elise Downing (Linguistics), Allison Kathryn LaCourse, Haoxiong Li, and Amanda Stryer (Psychology), and Gabriella Lynn Pardee (Spanish).
Cum Laude graduates were Stephanie Jean Schoewe (Anthropology), Rosemary Kathryn Sorg (Asian Studies), Selina Marie Arriaga, Ryan Jeffry Bour, and Erin Nicole Geer (Communication), Amanda Gall and Hayler Wynne (English), Emma Catherine Blandford (German), Tracy Lynn Lembke (Global Studies), Autumn Noel Dominguez, Dominic J. Gentile, and Toby Rozzcipka (History), Benjamin R. Daley (Philosophy and Political Science), Selena Marie Arriaga, Sara Bates, Zachery J. Jenkins, Natalie R. Perrine, Mary Elizabeth Petersen, Mathew J. Severhof, Haichao Tian, and Caitlin B. Winn (Psychology), Haley Cook (Psychology and Religious Studies), Maria Auxiliadora Martinez (Spanish) and Mahdiyyah M. El-Amin (General Studies).
Dean Jamie Barlowe noted, “We are proud of our students in the new College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences. We wish each of them the best success as they pursue the next phase of their lives.”
Scenes from the fall commencement can be found at http://www.utoledo.edu/commencement/index.html
Geography and Planning Major Yujin Lee Receives Internship Award from the National
Dec. 14, 2011
Yujin Lee, a major in Geography and Planning in the college, has been competitive
selected for a prestigious internship award with the National Geographic Society.
The National Geographic Society’s internship program furnishes students with a professional
learning experience through participation in projects aimed at the diffusion of geographic
knowledge. During the internship Lee will have opportunities to interact with writers,
photographers and explorers in Society’s various departments. The internship experience
will be at the headquarters for the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.
C. this summer.
Dr. Neil Reid Named Next Director of the North American Regional Science Council
Nov. 29, 2011
Dr. Neil Reid, Associate Professor of Geography and Planning in the College of Languages,
Literature and Social Sciences, has been appointed as the next Executive Director
of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC). NARSC (http://www.narsc.org/newsite/) is an interdisciplinary organization whose mission is focused on promoting the scholarly
exchange of ideas and knowledge that applies to understanding the functioning of urban
and regional economies in North America and across the globe. The Council organizes
an annual international conference that provides a forum for interaction and discussion.
Dr. Reid will assume his responsibilities on January 1, 2013. During the upcoming
twelve months he will shadow the outgoing Executive Director, Professor Jean-Claude
Thill of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
UT Communications Students Win Top National Award
Nov. 2, 2011
The student produced “UT: 10news” won the prestigious College Broadcasters Association National Student Production Award competition for “Best Special Broadcast.” This national competition includes the most highly ranked communication and journalism programs in the country. The winning segment “UT Myths and Legends” was produced by Ashley Karsten and directed by Christopher Mills. Nick Delwiche was the Technical Director. Diane Woodring was the Audio Director. Keith Bombrys provided Video Playback. UT ranked above Rowan TV Network Channel 5 from Rowan University, UTVS from St. Cloud State University, and Carolina Week from the University of North Carolina.
The award winning broadcast is the one of the “UT:10news” episodes created in COMM 4100 “Television Journalism” taught by Dr. Jackie Layng. The series is produced in the Department of Communication’s Media Services studio, a state of the art, high definition studio in Rocket Hall.
Visit http://www.youtube.com/ut10news#p/u/7/dHYkHNo1jqE to view the winning UT entry.
Matt Szollosi and Jordon Urbanski Named LLSS Outstanding Alumni
Oct. 17, 2011
The first Outstanding Alumni for the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences have been named.
For the Humanities, our Outstanding Alumnus is State Representative Matt Szollosi. He received his B. A. in English and later graduated with his J.D. from the UT College of Law. Rep. Szollosi is serving his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives. Matt is a Partner with the law firm of D’Angelo & Szollosi Co., L.P.A. Matt has been a member of the Lucas County Children’s Services Board and served as Chairman of the Personnel Committee. Additionally, he has served as an Advisory Board member for the Little Sisters of the Poor.
For the Social Sciences, our Outstanding Alumnus is Jordon Urbanski. He received his degree in Communication and after graduation joined his family business, Urbanski and Sons. He has recently expanded his business by opening a second funeral home on Secor Road. Jordan has been very active in Toledo area politics and has served as a volunteer in numerous mayoral election campaigns. He remains very highly involved with the Polish community of Toledo and serves voluntarily in such activities as neighborhood restoration projects.
The Outstanding Alumni nominees are recommended by their departments. The nominations were reviewed by the LLSS Alumni Affiliate who made the final decision.
They will be honored guests at the annual Homecoming Alumni Gala on October 21st. They will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on October 22nd