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Brown hails military talent conversion bill

Vets’ re-entry to job market easier 

The Pentagon will need to better help returning servicemen convert their specialized military training into civilian careers if a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) becomes law.

Mr. Brown, speaking Wednesday at the University of Toledo, said he introduced the Troop Talent Act of 2013 with eight other Democrats and seven Republicans to help veterans make an easier transition back to civilian life and avoid unemployment.

UT already has programs to help returning servicemen get college credit for service-related skills and training, either through testing or a portfolio.

He said the law would have little or no cost burden to taxpayers.

According to the senator’s office, the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is nearly twice that of the overall population. And the number of veterans receiving unemployment benefits has more than doubled since 2002, from 44,810 to 89,725.

“If you’re a medic in the military you ought to have a leg up on getting EMT certification. If you’re a driver in the military you ought to be able to get a commercial driver’s license easier and you should be able to get a job when you come back to Lucas County. The purpose of this bill is to connect better than we’re doing,” Mr. Brown said.

The bill would require the Pentagon to provide more guidance to service members to help create a path to a civilian career, and to require the Pentagon to communicate better with civilian licensing and credentialing agencies to help them account better for knowledge and skills gained in the military.

Sean Baney, 40, is a Navy veteran of Iraq, where he was a corpsman. He is an Owens Community College student who plans to start at the University of Toledo on a bachelor’s degree after completing the requirements for his associate’s degree. He is a flight medic with ProMedica.

“I know coming out of the medical field in the Navy with a lot of the civilian organizations’ certification process you have to go through everything just like you were starting brand-new,” Mr. Baney said. “Right now there really is no recognition of our training and experience. It’s not transferable to certification.”

Lt. Haraz Ghanbari, of the U.S. Naval Reserve and a military liaison at UT, said the Troop Talent Act is “another key to that important and critical puzzle of making sure our veterans have every chance after they have raised that right hand to answer their nation’s call to service.”

The issue of recognizing veterans’ military skills was raised last year by Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, a Springfield Township Republican, in his failed bid for the 9th Congressional District seat against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo). He said he was trained as a plumber in the Air Force, but was not recognized as a plumber because he did not have a civilian license or certification.

The legislation is one of several bills Senator Brown has co-sponsored to give veterans a boost in training and employment.

The Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Enhancement Act of 2013, now awaiting a vote in the Senate, would reauthorize the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program for two more years to provide retraining assistance to unemployed veterans for 12 months.

Also co-sponsored by Mr. Brown is a bill that would provide an additional $1,000 per semester to those who use the GI Bill to pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields.

— Tom Troy

Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2013/10/24/Brown-hails-military-talent-conversion-bill.html#SGHYC52fKFZkgLGw.99

10/23/13

 

UT to welcome new citizens, learn about wrongful conviction on Constitution Day

For those of us born in America, it’s hard to imagine the feeling of becoming a citizen, but The University of Toledo community can witness it firsthand at a naturalization ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 17.

“The naturalization ceremony we hosted for Constitution Day last year was extremely moving,” said Dr. Renee Heberle, UT professor of political science and public administration, and co-director of the Program in Law and Social Thought. 

The ceremony will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium on Main Campus and is co-sponsored by the Office of Government Relations and the Program in Law and Social Thought. At the ceremony, more than 20 people will be sworn in as U.S. citizens by federal court officials.

Also from noon to 2 p.m. in Student Union Room 2584, there will be a live simulcast from Washington, D.C., with the Constitution Project, which will include a presentation of its annual Constitution Commentary Award. This year the award will go to filmmaker Ken Burns and his colleagues for their documentary, “The Central Park Five.”

The documentary tells the story of five teenagers in Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a woman after making false confessions — the leading cause of wrongful convictions. The phenomenon of wrongful convictions and Fourth Amendment rights will be addressed in a panel discussion moderated by Carrie Johnson of National Public Radio.

The panel will include Burns; Shawn Armbrust, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project; Saul Kassin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and James Trainum, a retired detective from the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.

“We celebrate the Fourth of July and the Declaration of Independence, but the Constitution actually governs our rights and how we do government,” Heberle said. “We need not only to celebrate the longevity of our Constitution, but also to educate ourselves about how it works in our lives on a daily basis.”

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Program in Law and Social Thought will have a table with baked goods at the top of the Student Union steps. The sweets are free of charge, but donations will be accepted for future programming such as the events on Constitution Day. Students also will raffle off prizes, including Olive Garden dinners and a free night’s stay on Kelleys Island.

Established in 2004, Constitution Day recognizes the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. All educational institutions that receive federal funds hold events to recognize the day.

 

 

United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs to speak at commencement Dec. 15

The University of Toledo will welcome His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash of the United Arab Emirates as keynote speaker for fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. in Savage Arena. 

Gargash

Gargash holds two cabinet positions in the United Arab Emirates: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for the Federal National Council.

 “The University of Toledo is honored that Dr. Gargash is able to visit our campus and speak to our graduates,” said UT President Lloyd Jacobs. “As a leader in a nation that has areas where UT also has intellectual strength — such as alternative energy — Dr. Gargash’s words will provide these new UT alumni with invaluable lessons as they seek careers in fields universally touched by sweeping global changes.”

UT will award Gargash the honorary degree of doctor of public service for his work in public affairs, economics and renewable energy, culture, and international leadership. Gargash will be accompanied by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.

There are 2,132 candidates for degrees from the summer and fall semesters from 11 of the University’s colleges. There are 686 candidates for doctoral, education specialist and master’s degrees, as well as graduate certificates, and 1,446 for bachelor’s and associate degrees.

In the event severe winter weather requires commencement to be postponed, the ceremony would take place Sunday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. in Savage Arena.

The ceremony will be webcast live at http://video.utoledo.edu.

During the recent uprisings in Arab countries in spring 2012, the UAE remained stable and Gargash was a leading voice in the region calling for peaceful transitions that could pull citizens out of poverty in many of the Middle East nations affected.

In an op-ed published in August, Gargash wrote, “In the UAE, we have been less affected by the events of the Arab spring, partly due to our economic success and partly due to the legitimacy of the political system. Throughout these difficult months, the UAE has continued to provide its citizens and residents (including hundreds of thousands of Arabs) with a secure and stable livelihood and an opportunity to prosper economically and to thrive socially.”

In addition to his cabinet portfolio, Gargash holds the positions of:

• Chair of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking;

• Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai School of Government;

• Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Al Owais Cultural Foundation;

• Deputy chair of the Permanent National Committee for Demographic Structure;

• Member of the Ministerial Legislative Committee; and

• Member of the Dubai Economic Council.

Gargash attended The University of Toledo and ultimately graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University, where he also earned a master’s degree. He received a doctorate in political science from King’s College, Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.

Advanced Energy Workshop

October 31, 2012

8:00a     Continental Breakfast             

8:45 – 9:00a               

Welcome 

Chancellor Jim Petro, Ohio Board of Regents

9:00 – 9:30a               

Welcome and Overview of National Science Foundation Project  

Dr. Frank Calzonetti, Vice President for Government Relations, University of Toledo

Dr. Paula Compton, Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director, Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network, Ohio Board of Regents

9:30 – 10:00a            

Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) Overview

Mr. Hideo Tsuchida, Director of Articulation and Transfer Policy, The Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

10:00 – 10:15a     Break  

10:15 – 11:30a          

Energy TAG Creation and Review Panel Update  

Mr. Daniel Burklo, Dean of Engineering Technology, Northwest State Community College

11:30a – 12:15p   Lunch       

12:15 – 1:30p            

Panel I: Industry Perspective on Technical Workforce Needs

Moderator: Ms. Nadeane Howard, Industry Consultant, University of Toledo

Panelists:

Ms. Nancy Horton, Managing Director, Nuclear Programs, Energy Industries of Ohio

Mr. Patrick Kelly, Director of Economic Development, First Energy

Mr. John Witte, President, Advanced Distributed Generation

1:30 – 2:45p              

Panel II: Shale Gas Course and Program Support from Higher Education Institutions

Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey Daniels, Professor, School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University

Panelists:

Dr. Robert W. Chase, Chair and Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology, Marietta College

Dr. Jeffrey C. Dick, Professor and Chair Geological and Environmental Sciences, Director, Natural Gas and Water Resources Institute, Youngstown State University

Ms. S. Kathleen Steere, Coordinator Oil & Gas Programs, Stark State College.

3:00p     Adjourn

Powerpoints of Advanced Energy Workshop

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Viewing party Feb. 7 to watch, discuss governor's address

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich will deliver his second state of the state address from an eastern Ohio elementary school at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The University of Toledo community is invited to watch the speech in Student Union Room 2584.

The viewing party is sponsored by the UT Office of Government Relations, College Republicans, College Democrats and Libertarian Party of UT.

Kasich will deliver the address from Wells Academy in Steubenville, Ohio, which is one of the state’s top-ranked public elementary schools. The governor has said he will share the school’s story of success despite the difficult economic climate and outline his vision for continued recovery.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank to Visit University of Toledo to Highlight the American Jobs Act
Blank will also meet with local business leaders as part of White House Business Council outreach effort.

WASHINGTON – Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank will travel to Toledo, Ohio tomorrow to visit the University of Toledo Clean and Alternative Energy Business Incubator, a program that supports collaboration between clean energy companies and the university in order to help grow the clean and alternative energy industry in the region.  In Toledo, Blank will discuss details of President Obama’s American Jobs Act – how it will spur economic growth and accelerate job creation.

Blank will also host a White House Business Council roundtable discussion with local business leaders to discuss the jobs plan in further detail, challenges facing America’s business community, ways to improve U.S. economic competitiveness and the help that is available to businesses from agencies across the federal government.  

WHO:             Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank

WHAT:           Visit to University of Toledo Clean and Alternative Energy Business Incubator

WHEN:          10:35 a.m., Tues., Oct. 12, 2011

                        *Media Arrival Time: 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:     
University of Toledo
Clean and Alternative Energy Business Incubator
2600 Dorr St.
Toledo, OH 43607      

RSVP:  The visit to University of Toledo Business Incubator is open to press, but the White House Business Council meeting is closed to press. For additional information or to inquire about interview opportunities, please contact Kevin Xu at kxu@doc.gov or 202-482-4883.

About Acting Secretary Blank

Prior to becoming acting secretary upon the resignation of current U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, Blank served the Commerce Secretary since June 2009 as his principal economic advisor in her role as Under Secretary for Economic Affairs and head of the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA). ESA oversees the two premier statistical agencies in the United States, the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. She also serves as his appointed Board Representative to the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation.

Previously, Blank was the Robert S. Kerr Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan (UM). From 1997-1999, Blank was one of three members of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers, participating in White House decision-making on a host of economic, social and regulatory policy issues.

Blank is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists and a Lifetime Associate at the National Academies of Science. A native of Missouri, Blank is a summa cum laude graduate in economics from the University of Minnesota and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Monday, September 12, 2011

COLUMBUS—State Representative Barbara Sears (R-Monclova) today announced that the Ohio House's bipartisan Tax Structure Study Committee will be holding a public hearing on Monday, September 12th at the University of Toledo.

The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. at the Scott Park Campus Auditorium, located at 2225 Nebraska Avenue in Toledo. It will serve to give the people of Ohio an opportunity to speak to the Ohio House of Representatives on the state's tax climate. Specifically, the forum will cover three areas of the tax code:  the commercial activity tax, the sales and use tax, and tax expenditures.

"I appreciate that the Tax Study Committee has prioritized NW Ohio and is holding a hearing in Toledo," Rep. Sears said. "The committee's purpose highlight's that we are taking our mission seriously of reviewing state revenue and expenditures, and ensuring that they are collected and spent appropriately. Ultimately, ensuring that the tax code works for Ohioans also ensures that government doesn't impede businesses from creating jobs."

Upon completing the necessary research, the committee intends to put forth an executive summary and possible recommendations for the Legislature. Rep. Sears encourages all residents of Toledo and Lucas County who are interested in voicing their opinions on Ohio's tax structure to attend this hearing.


Smart Money Choices - 2011 Toledo Area Conference - August 12, 2011


Posters at the Capitol - Columbus Ohio - April 15, 2010

Undergraduate students from any discipline are invited to submit abstracts for research posters to be presented at the Posters at the Capitol event, April 15, 2010.  The Third Annual Posters at the Capitol is an important event for undergraduate students from Northwest Ohio to showcase their research.  Students selected for participation will design and produce professional quality research posters presenting their research and its significance for Ohio. These posters will be displayed at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus from 10:00am to 3:00pm, Thursday, April 15, 2010.  Students conducting the research and designing the posters will be in attendance with their posters, so that Ohio legislators, legislative staff, state agency personnel, and visitors to the Statehouse can learn more about the research and discoveries students are making and ask questions on a one-on-one basis.  This annual event in Ohio is modeled after the highly successful national Council on Undergraduate Research “Posters on the Hill” display that is held annually in the Capitol of the United States in Washington, D.C. 

The event is being jointly planned and organized by the invited institutions in Northwest Ohio, which include: Bluffton University, Bowling Green State University, Defiance College, Heidelberg University, Lourdes College, Mercy College of Northwest Ohio, Northwest State Community College, Ohio Northern University, Owens Community College, Rhodes State College, Terra Community College, Tiffin University, University of Findlay, and The University of Toledo.  The event is supported by the UT Office of Undergraduate Research, the BGSU Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, the University of Findlay, and the UT Sigma Xi chapter.

For more information, go to:  http://www.utoledo.edu/utlc/undergradresearch/PostersAtTheCapitol/main-posterscapitol.html

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US Senator Sherrod Brown Held a Student Forum March 30, 2010

US Senator Sherrod Brown held a student forum at UT to address "Brain Gain" on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Student Union 2592.  Senator Brown asked students what can be done to keep students in Ohio after graduation.  There was a panel of 3 UT students and a former OU student who remained in Ohio after graduation that provided input on the subject.
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Governor Ted Strickland visiting the Scott Park Campus of Energy & Innovation February 26, 2010 - all invited

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland will be holding a media event with representatives from Xunlight Corporation, Willard & Kelsey, and Huntington Bank on Friday, February 26, 2010 starting at 2:00 p.m. in the glass concourse on the first floor of the campus.  Steve Steinour, Huntington Bank CEO will be in Toledo to report on the progress of the Ohio Huntingon Business Loan Program.  Both Xunlight Corporation and Willard & Kelsey have advanced in the energy industry with support from this loan program.

The Scott Park Campus of Energy & Innovation is located at 2201 Nebraska Avenue, Toledo Ohio.  Parking is provided in lot #22 off Parkside Boulevard. 

Call (419) 530-5529 for additional information.

 

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Ohio Gov. to visit campus Thursday, community invited

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland will visit and tour The University of Toledo’s Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009.

Following the tour, the University community is invited to the conference room of the R1 Building for remarks from the governor about the future of alternative energy in the state of Ohio.

The event is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m. in the R1 Building located at 2600 Dorr Street, near the Main Campus East Entrance. ****************************************************************************************************************************

 

OnMonday, September 21, 2009 President Lloyd Jacobs and The University of Toledo Board of Trustees will dedicate the Scott Park Campus of Energy & Innovation.  The event is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. at 2205 East Scott Park Drive in Toledo Ohio, outside the Scott Park Student Center.  Join us as we take our initial history-making steps toward development of a zero carbon footprint campus.

The ceremony will include prominent speakers, displays of alternative energy technology, and an optional tour of UT’s Clean & Alternative Energy Incubator. Parking for the event is available in Area 22 on UT’s Scott Park Campus.  Directions and a map are available at www.utoledo.edu/campus/virtualtour .

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Monday, August 3, 2009 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium on the University of Toledo campus, Representative Matt Lundy and Senator Mark Wagoner will co-chair a hearing for the Joint Select Committee on the Impact of the Changing Automobile Industry in Ohio.  Click here for more information.  This event is open to the public.

 

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Ohio Board of Regents' 2010 meeting schedule:

 

 

May 5

The Ohio State University

June 2

Board of Regents' Office

July 7

Board or Regents' Office

August 4

The Ohio State University

September 1

Cuyahoga Community College

October 6 Board of Regents' Office 
November 3 Board of Regents' Office 

December 1

Board of Regents' Office 
 

 

For more information http://regents.ohio.gov/board_meetings/

IUC Weekly Government Relations Meetings: Every Tuesday at 11am @ IUC offices. For more information http://www.iuc-ohio.org/calendar/default.asp

Last Updated: 3/22/15