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José Treviño displays his artistic talent in the college

Jose Trevino and Rocky the Pharmacist

Jose Trevino and Rocky the Pharmacist

Most students in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences know José Treviño for his role as Director of Transfer Services and Recruitment for the college’s Office of Student Affairs, but many don’t know how skillful he is with a chainsaw. About 15 years ago, he was inspired to create wood carvings by a friend who carved totem poles from large pieces of driftwood from Lake Erie.  Wood carving is a way for José to connect with his Latino culture, and he often creates pieces symbolic of his heritage. Many of these adorn his home.

After carving his elaborate creations, José sands them down with a grinder and adds paint or stain, always careful that the beautiful grains in the wood are visible. For José , this pastime provides focus and a way to escape from the stresses of life.

“The tools I use drown out the sounds of what is going on all around me so I can focus on what I am doing.  I also enjoy seeing these pieces begin to take shape,” José said.

While José generally creates these pieces for his family’s enjoyment, some have been seen in the corridors of the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center and have been featured at art exhibits and even The Toledo art Museum of Art.

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is the Scientific Editor and College Communicator for The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is a triple alumna of The University of Toledo with master's degrees in English and Education and a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy.
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