Congrats! July 2018

Recognizing leadership

Since 1989, Notre Dame Academy has inducted 70 graduates into its Hall of Fame, honoring those who have made outstanding contributions professionally or through community service. This past spring, two NDA alumnae, Patricia Lewis Sopko, ’81, and Sr. Mary Delores Gatliff, SND, ’68, became the most recent inductees. Sopko received this year’s Professional Achievement Award for her work in hospice care and as an instructor with the University of Toledo’s College of Nursing. Sr. Gatliff received this year’s Service Leadership Award for her impact on the community made through the Diocese of Toledo and the the Sisters of Notre Dame.

Directing research

The University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center researches environmental conditions and aquatic resources in Maumee Bay and the western basin of Lake Erie, with a focus on understanding the relationship between land-use and water quality. In May, Dr. Tom Bridgeman, a professor of limnology (the study of bodies of fresh water) in the UT Department of Environmental Sciences, was named the Center’s new director. Previously, Dr. Bridgeman served as a resident faculty for the Center.

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Fashion police

No, Perrysburg police officers won’t pull you over for committing a fashion faux-pas, but you can still call them the fashion police. Recently, the Perrysburg Township Police were named the Best Dressed in the Nation by the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD). While sharply dressed police officers might exude a passion for fashion, they reflect the important role uniforms play in law enforcement and public safety. “Uniforms have a powerful impact on how employees are perceived, and this is particularly true in law enforcement and public safety,” said Steve Zalkin, NAUMD president. “In law enforcement, a visible, uniformed public safety presence on the street, at a mall or other institution can add a sense of security and help comfort the public or allay fears.”

Inviting visitors

Tony Packo’s is a must-visit Toledo restaurant, so it’s not surprising to hear that Tony Packo Jr. received the 2018 Tourism Impact Award during Destination Toledo’s 10th annual Conference on Tourism. “Tony works closely with the CVB and helps our staff whenever we need his assistance,” said Cathy Miller, Director of Tourism at Destination Toledo. “When we have bus tours in town, Tony is always available to meet with the group and share personal stories of how Tony Packo’s restaurant started. He is a true asset to our entire community.”

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