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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Update From Chair of COCA Council

Cut and pasted below please find the most recent update on the merger process from COCA Council Chair Ray Marchionni:

Hi all!

Hope summer is going well for all!  Following is an update on where we are to date with the formation of the new college.

As you already know, the new college has been named the College of Arts and Letters and the arts school is named the School of Visual and Performing Arts.  These were the names that the majority of faculty chose.  The UT-BOT Academic Affairs Committee approved the new college name as well as the arts school name; these will be on the consent agenda for the full UT-BOT meeting in June.  We will hear more on specifics after July 1, when the new college administration becomes official.

We’ve had a change on the summer co-Council with the resignation of Jay Weik who has been replaced by Brian Patrick.  
Additionally, we have made our first assignment w/re to the creation of the new college’s Constitution.  The particulars of the assignment are in an email that Jerry and I will soon send to the co-Council and to those faculty members who volunteered to work on the new Constitution.  I will send you a copy of the email once it is sent to the co-Council and volunteers so that you have insight as to how we’ll proceed.  

Both Jay Weik and Daniel Tobias have resigned their positions on the CoCA Council and have been replaced by Edmund Lingan (theatre/film) and by a music faculty member to be named at a later date.  I would like to thank both of them for their service this past year.  I suspect that after the Constitution is discussed and voted upon by the new college faculty this fall we will then proceed to discuss the formation of the new college Council.



Anonymous said...

Now is the summer of our content

Anonymous said...

Board of Trustees: You can sleep easy at night. Sit out on the patio and enjoy the warm summer evenings. Read a good book. Sharpen the golf game. Take that long-postponed overseas vacation. Host a wonderful barbeque.

The Main Campus faculty is gone for the summer.

Anonymous said...

Ok. I’ll take a stab at this. First, thanks Bloggie for continuing to post up challenging on-topic images that not only inform but educate. I had to wrestle a bit with this horrific illustration to squeeze some sense out of it.

I first transliterated the gothic font to reveal the term “Prokrustes” (Procrustes), which a Wikipedia article revealed to be a minor character in classical Greek literature and a son of Jupiter ( but who wasn’t back in the day?).

Anyway, Procrustes was a giant highwayman who kidnapped and tortured-unto-death random wayfaring strangers. He resided along a road to Athens in a hut that had an iron bed. When bored he invited tired travelers spend the night. Instead of a good night’s rest each one experienced a "Procrustean Nightmare": He secured his guests atop the iron bed while they slept and, if they were too short for the bed, he proceeded to deploy devices methodically while they howled and screamed to slowly stretch them out until they achieved a “best fit.” If they were too tall for the iron bed, he surgically amputated their excess height to correct that. Depravity.

Truth be told, yesterday I might have mistakenly guessed that a “procrustean bed” was a geologic term. I should have known better, but I majored in a STEMM discipline. Bloggie has now enriched my education by posting up as an uncaptioned illustration this old historical and literary reference that I could not place. My ignorance in this instance reminded why everyone at UT needs a comprehensive liberal arts education along the road to earning their degree.

How was this image of Procrustes-at-work on-topic for this UT Arts & Sciences blog? Clearly, it represents the Jacobs Administration’s hacking up of our College of Arts and Sciences to fit its evil, vindictive, Procrustean strategic plan. We faculty should never forget that painful experience and strive now to ensure that under the Gaber Administration such folly will never happen again.

Anonymous said...

BOT does not meet over summer, next meeting (and last for current academic year) is on June 20th, with much of the final business decisions and approvals already completed in various committee meetings earlier this month, so their work is done. However, the senior administration, including arrival of the new Provost, will remain active all summer, note news about recent appointments and more to surely come over the summer.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Boggie for sneaking a sketch artist into a recent clinical affiliation negotiation meeting between ProMedica and the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

The UT representative appears to be under some duress. My sources at the meeting indicate that now shuttering UT Medical Center’s clinical care operations for a boatload of cash for the medical school, designating Toledo Hospital as UT’s flagship teaching facility, and transferring faculty members to North Cove Blvd. now isn’t enough for Toledo’s number one institutional health-care highwayman.


Is UT changing its school color from midnight blue and gold to ProMedica green and white?

Could a change in the color of the Glass Bowl Stadium field turf be in the offing?

How does ProMedica College of Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Toledo sound?

Historians will tell you that legendary highwaymen--brigands if you like--were ones who could afford a horse; either that or they had successfully stolen one! Their thefts were usually from unfortunate individuals or stage coaches and its passengers.

Now their thievery is much better organized and respectable and in fact even revered and publicized in the community as they accumulate globs other people’s savings and earnings.

What a pity!

They don’t even have to go to the trouble of buying or stealing a horse or purchasing a gun.

Ah, yes, the fragile scales of health care in Toledo.

Unknown said...

UA's Scott Scarborough resigns. Celebration now underway

Anonymous said...

UTMC is the part of UT most likely to sink the university in the years ahead. The sooner we can get rid of it the better. Across the country universities are getting ride of their hospitals so they can focus on, you know, being universities. If this ProMedica deal helps get rid of UTMC so more effort is focused on the core of what a university is, so much the better.

And unclear what sources you have, but the secret information they obtained they may have gotten from reading the Blade stories on the topic...

Anonymous said...

The ProMedica partnership is a win-win for everyone, especially the greater Toledo community. ProMedica has long need an academic affiliation to expand their drug and medical procedure trials. UT has long need a larger hospital system to place medical residents. The partnership accomplishes both of these tasks. Perhaps even more importantly it keeps residents in the area increasing the chances that they will settle in greater Toledo area. This will help avoid or alleviate the coming doctor shortage cities,like Toledo, will face.

Yes, ProMedica can play hardball against other hospital systems, but they are a great community asset. They are a great employer paying living wages and benefits to all of their people. They are one of the most philanthropically oriented organization in the region. They provide quality health care. They have visionary leadership. They are civic minded.

I am proud that my University is partnering with such an outstanding community member.

Anonymous said...

What has caused the current budget problems at UT?

It is not UTMC, but the university's feckless enrollment strategies and mediocre academic reputation.