Angry birds defend their Bell Tower nestMay 24th, 2012
Falcons are causing a lot of commotion at UT. Not those ones from BG, but the resident peregrine falcons living on top of the UT Bell Tower.
The newest brood of chicks for UT’s resident peregrine falcons, Belle and Allen, hatched and officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources did their annual visit to check on the baby birds. As you can imagine, the parents don’t like the idea of humans messing with their nest and their aggression was captured by UT Photographer Dan Miller and Videographer Chris Mercadante. Watch the full video here.
And this is pretty cool. The news sharing program Right This Minute came across the video and included it, with clever commentary, in their broadcast. Take a minute to watch it:
The state officials verified the eggs hatched on May 4 and came back to campus Monday to place identification bands on their legs so they can be tracked after they migrate from their birthplace. The Blade and WNWO 24 were on hand to meet the baby birds.
The University also received some attention from U.S. News and World Report. Tom Barden, English professor and dean of the Honors College, was interviewed about his new book Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War. Read the question-and-answer column here. And Toledo Early College High School, a Toledo Public Schools high school located on the UT Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation, received a bronze medal from the magazine for its 2012 Best High Schools edition. ABC 13 covered the school’s graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
UT has become a model for other states and universities considering mergers after the successful 2006 merger of UT and the former Medical University of Ohio. UT President Lloyd Jacobs is quoted in a piece in New Jersey’s Courier Post about discussions there to merge Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University.
But mergers can reach fruition.
In 2006, the University of Toledo combined with the Medical University of Ohio, creating an institution with more than 8,000 workers, 23,000 students and an economic impact estimated to exceed $1 billion. The combined institution includes schools of medicine, law, education, engineering, nursing, pharmacy and business. The merger’s cost was estimated at about $30 million.
“Frankly, there are few state institutions of our size that have gone through a successful merger,” said Lloyd Jacobs, the university’s president. “It’s been six years now and there have been no talks of a divorce.”
Jacobs noted the merger had to overcome hurdles. Once the merger plans became known, he said, alliances were formed, particularly among people who believed their jobs were at risk.
“There have been thousands of roadblocks from which firearms our police force should carry to the insignia,” Jacobs said. “There are so many different decisions that have to be made and that is part of the culture clash. Each institution values different things.”
Is there a doctor shortage in Toledo? Yes, says Dr. Jeffrey Gold, UT chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences. He explains to ABC 13‘s Susan Ross Wells why:
Meghan Cunningham is UT’s media relations specialist. A Michigan native, she is a proud Michigan State University graduate (Go Green!) who is learning to root for a Rockets team with colors a little too similar to that other Michigan school. Meghan traded in her newspaper reporter notebook for a public relations one and will use this space to comment on and critique the work of her former colleagues and fellow reporters (in the most polite way possible) and spread the news of what is going on at UT.
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