The Relevant University

The voice of the Rocket Nation
The University of Toledo’s the Relevant University is a partnership with 760 WJR, 1370 WSPD and in print via The Toledo City Paper. The Relevant University will focus on the role of colleges and universities in their communities. You will hear from members of the Rocket Nation, our partners, our peers and those that are helping to shape the future of higher education.

Next Episode : Monday, July 6, 6-7pm on 1370 WSPD

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Stars of UT

June 29, 2015 • The Relevant University : Toledo

On this episode of “The Relevant University: Toledo,” Host Mary-Bec Gwyn interviews the “stars” of our Natural Science Astronomers. Dean of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Karen Bjorkman and Director of the Ritter Planetarium talk about their work as well as their backgrounds in Astronomy. Also, joining the program is Katie Rofkar, Director of University Marketing at UT.

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State Funding in Higher Education

June 23, 2015 • The Relevant University : Detroit

On this episode of “The Relevant University: Detroit,” Host Mary-Bec Gwyn and Co-Host Bill McMillen, former Provost and Vice President of Government Relations for The University of Toledo, invites guests that trigger discussion on the widely debated topic of state funding for higher education.

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Mentor and Mentees

June 22, 2015 • The Relevant University : Toledo

On this episode of “The Relevant University: Toledo,” Dave Strukel guests hosts an edition that focuses on the importance of mentoring. He interviews those he has mentored as well as those that have been mentors for others.

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Father’s Day Edition with Guest Host Brian Jones

June 15, 2015 • The Relevant University : Toledo

On this episode of “The Relevant University” Brain Jones, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine, hosts this special Father’s Day edition of The Relevant University. He is joined by co-host Amelia Teyner.

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Beach House Family Shelter, UT’s Paralegal Studies Program, UT Women’s Golf

June 8, 2015 • The Relevant University : Toledo

Host Mary-Bec Gwyn, Associate Vice President for Branding and Creative Services at The University of Toledo triggers discussions with Tammy Holder, Executive Director of Beach House Family talking about the programs and services Beach House has to offer, Jim Tuschman and John Schlageter, UT Professors and lawyers who talk about UT’s Paralegal Studies Program and what sets it apart, and Nicole Hollingsworth, UT Women’s Golf Coach talking about the recent success of the program and its exciting future.

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Integrating education and care

June 1, 2015 • The Relevant University : Toledo

Host Mary-Bec Gwyn, Associate Vice President for Branding and Creative Services at The University of Toledo is joined by a group of people who discuss how integration helps propel their respective fields. Guests represent the Disabilities Studies Program at UT, Lung Cancer Screenings and why it is so important, and UT’s Department of International Admissions.

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International Recruiting in Higher Education

May 26, 2015 • The Relevant University : Detroit

As colleges and universities across the United States strive to increase enrollment year after year, recruitment and admission of students is essential. This is true whether it’s in the backyard of an institution, a couple hours’ drive away or on an international stage. International recruiting has increased significantly in the last few years within higher education. Students from around the globe bring diversity, a global perspective and a strong economic impact to a University campus. Admissions offices often have a unique team of staff to focus just on international students. Finding ways to push out information about an institution and get student commitments from around the globe can be challenging. On the May edition of The Relevant University, the Associate Vice President for Branding and Creative Services, Mary-Bec Gwyn, will speak to four guests who are experts in the field of International Admissions in higher education. The first guest, Mr. Mark Schroeder, is the Director of International Admissions at the University of Toledo and he will join Mary-Bec as cohost for the evening.

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Creating a healthy and safe community

May 18, 2015 • The Relevant University : Toledo

Host Mary-Bec Gwyn triggers discussion on health and safety in our community through topics including breast cancer care at the Dana Cancer Center, services and programs at UT’s Counseling Center, and community health, wellness, and safety with the Toledo Fire Department.

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Toledo Area Humane Society, Senior Behavioral Health and Special Guest Jim Heller

May 11, 2015 • The Relevant University : Toledo

On this edition of “The Relevant University,” host Mary-Bec Gwyn, Associate Vice President for Branding and Creative Services at The University of Toledo discusses The Toledo Area Human Society’s upcoming events, the topic of senior behavioral health and what UTMC is doing to help, and special guest Jim Heller talks about his time in radio and being one of the voice for the Rockets!

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Local efforts for Nepal, Community Engagement and More

May 4, 2015 • The Relevant University : Toledo

On this episode of “The Relevant University” host Mary-Bec Gwyn, Associate Vice-President for Branding and Creative Services at the University of Toledo discusses local efforts to provide aid to Nepal including the local American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio’s efforts and the UT Nepalese Student Association. Discussion also include information from our department of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement. Guest co-host Billy Pierce, UT’s Director for Undergraduate Admissions also offers enrollment advice.

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Athletic training and sports medicine integration creates an environment optimal for experiential learning.

April 28, 2015 • The Relevant University : Detroit

Athletic training and sports medicine play an essential role within college athletics. Student athletes rely on the experience and knowledge of their training team to prepare before, during and after the season physically and mentally. Athletic trainers and physicians often work together to map out the best course of treatment needed for a team or individual and also blend their talents to team up with academic programs to help foster careers of aspiring sports medicine professionals. The integration creates an environment optimal for experiential learning. For the April edition of The Relevant University, host Mary-Bec Gwyn, Associate Vice President of Branding and Creative Services, we will speak with four guests who all have many years of experience both in teaching and practicing athletic training and sports medicine. Brian Jones, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine at the University of Toledo, will join her as cohost. Brian has over 18 years of athletic training and sports medicine experience and has been a vital part of the University of Toledo Sports Medicine program.

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College Credit Plus and More

April 27, 2015 • The Relevant University : Toledo

On this edition of “The Relevant University,” host Mary-Bec Gwyn, Associate Vice President for Branding and Creative Services at The University of Toledo facilitates discussions on the college credit plus program, UT’s center for International Studies and College of Communication and the Arts. Also, more Making Strides.

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Student-Athlete Health

April 20, 2015 • The Relevant University : Toledo

On this edition of “The Relevant University,” host Mary-Bec Gwyn, Associate Vice President for Branding and Creative Services at The University of Toledo, continues the discussion of student-athlete health. Other interviews include Metzgers Printing partnership and a preview of two events UT is involved in: Making Strides and Glass City Marathon.

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Athletics, UT Health, and New Exhibits in Toledo

April 13, 2015 • The Relevant University : Toledo

On this edition of “The Relevant University,” host Larry Burns, Vice President for External Affairs at The University of Toledo, is joined by a great group of people who discuss athletics, UT Health, and new exhibits in Toledo.

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Resources for Student Success

April 6, 2015 • The Relevant University : Toledo

On this edition of “The Relevant University,” host Mary-Bec Gwyn, Associate Vice President for Branding and Creative Services at The University of Toledo, is joined by a great group of people who discuss resources for student success.

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The College Search Process: Internships

The Relevant University : WTAM 1100 Cleveland spot

Employers now prefer students with relevant internship experience. Larry Burns, vice president for external affairs at UT, and Billy Pierce, UT’s director of undergraduate admission, talk about the importance of experiential learning on this segment.


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