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Political strategist to kick off 2014-15 Honors Lecture Series

Political strategist and former presidential adviser Karl Rove will be the first speaker in this year’s Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series.

Rove

Rove

Rove will speak Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater.

The event is free, though seating is limited. Call 419.530.2738 to reserve seats. The lecture also will be streamed live in UT’s Memorial Field House Room 2100.

Rove is one of the nation’s best-known political strategists. He served as senior adviser to President George W. Bush for seven years and led Bush’s election campaigns in 2000 and 2004.

He served as deputy chief of staff from 2004 to 2007, overseeing the offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs. Rove was deputy chief of staff for policy and coordinated the White House policymaking process.

“Universities are forums for great conversations, and we’re excited to hear from this year’s speakers,” said Dr. Lakeesha Ransom, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College.

Also speaking as part of the 2014-15 Distinguished Lecture Series will be Paul Begala, political strategist and former adviser to President Bill Clinton Wednesday, Jan. 21, and Dr. Brian Kennedy, director of the Toledo Museum of Art Tuesday, March 24.

Sullivans’ gift for Larimer renovation latest in long line of UT contributions

When it comes to supporting UT athletics, Chuck and Jackie Sullivan are in a league of their own.

Chuck and Jackie Sullivan

Chuck and Jackie Sullivan

The Sullivans made the lead gift to the Rockets’ latest capital campaign, a $5 million renovation of the Larimer Athletic Complex. They donated $1.5 million, half of which went toward the Larimer project, the other half designated for a coaches’ endowment fund.

The donation is the latest in a long line of gifts from the Sullivans to support numerous projects at UT, both for athletics and the University as a whole. All totaled, the Sullivans have given nearly $14 million to the University, including $1.2 million for the renovation of the soccer, track and tennis facilities in 2003, and $5 million for the renovation of Savage Arena in 2008, the largest single gift ever made to the UT Athletic Department.

“We cannot say enough about the generosity of Chuck and Jackie Sullivan,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “We can always count on their support to help us in our quest to provide the best possible environment for our student-athletes. They are great friends who truly care about The University of Toledo, and they show that time and time again with their support. There is no doubt that we are a stronger Athletic Department thanks to the Sullivans.”

Chuck, a 1959 graduate of the UT College of Business, said his gratitude for the education he received from the University is all the incentive he needs to give back to his alma mater.

“I grew up in Toledo and had eight brothers and sisters. There wasn’t a lot of extra money floating around in those days, so I had to work my way through school,” said the former CEO and chair of Interstate Bakeries in Kansas City. “So I’ve always had a strong affinity for UT because I would not have a college degree if it wasn’t for The University of Toledo.”

Jackie, a graduate of Rider University, said she has adopted UT as her unofficial alma mater. “We come back to the area in the fall just so we can watch Rocket football games,” she added.

The Sullivans stressed the importance of supporting the University, whether it is the Larimer renovation project or an academic endeavor.

“We support the Athletic Department as well as numerous academic areas of the University because we think it is important and worthwhile,” Chuck said. “I would strongly encourage others — especially alumni — to contribute to UT if they are in a position to do so.”

The Larimer Athletic Complex originally opened in 1990 as part of the Glass Bowl renovation project. It is named after Frank and Hazel Larimer, whose lead gift paved the way for construction of the new building.

New Academic Center named in honor of Marcia and Roy Armes

When they were asked to play a part in the renovation of The University of Toledo’s Larimer Athletic Complex, Marcia and Roy Armes were more than happy to help out.

Roy and Marcia Armes

Roy and Marcia Armes

They were even happier knowing that their gift would assist Rocket student-athletes in their academic pursuits.

The Armes’ gift of $500,000 to the Rockets’ latest capital campaign was designated for the expansion and improvement of the Rocket Academic Center located in Larimer. Renovations include additional work space for student-athletes and staff overlooking the Glass Bowl field; the creation of private tutoring rooms; new computer equipment; and new furniture.

“We feel fortunate to be able to give back to a University where we both went to school,” Roy said. “It’s an honor for us to be able to contribute to the athletic program and to the student-athletes. One of the things we cherish most is for us to be able to contribute to the education of the student-athletes.”

UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said the academic center re-opened in July as the Marcia and Roy Armes Rocket Academic Center.

“We are very grateful to Roy and Marcia for their generous donation,” O’Brien said. “We know how important academics are to them, so it is only fitting that the academic center is named in their honor.”

Roy, a 1975 graduate of the UT College of Engineering, is the president, chair and chief executive officer of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in Findlay. Marcia attended UT before transferring and earning her degree in education from Western Michigan University.

They have made numerous gifts to the University, including a recent donation of $1 million to support UT’s Engineering Leadership Institute.

Roy said personal experience has led him to appreciate the efforts of student-athletes, both in their chosen sports and in academics.

“With our two sons participating in high school sports — and one in college sports — we understand a lot about the dedication, commitment and hard work that goes into excelling in both athletics and the classroom,” he said. “I’ve talked to some of the student-athletes at UT, and they said it would be great to have a bigger and better academic center. We want the student-athletes to take advantage of their academic opportunities and set an example when they begin their chosen careers after they leave The University of Toledo.”

Roy’s career as a business executive has meant that the Armes have lived in many places around the world over the past 40 years, most of them far away from Toledo. They moved back to northwest Ohio about seven years ago when he accepted his position with Cooper Tire. They found that the University had undergone some dramatic changes, and they were excited to get more involved.

“To see all the changes at this University is just unbelievable,” Roy said. “We’re looking forward to seeing even greater things in the years to come.”

Medical illustrators win big at annual conference

Designing layers of skin peeled back to reveal muscles and bones is part of the daily routine for Roy Schneider and Tony Floyd-Bradstock. However, The University of Toledo medical illustrators traded skin for plaster for their award-winning piece “Wall Repair.”

Roy Schneider and Tony Floyd-Bradstock posed for a photo by their award-winning “Wall Repair.”

Roy Schneider and Tony Floyd-Bradstock posed for a photo by their award-winning “Wall Repair.”

The two recently were recognized for the project at the 2014 Association of Medical Illustrators conference.

“Wall Repair” won two Salon Awards at the conference: Members Choice Award, which is voted on by association members as best in show, and Advertising and Marketing Promotional Award, which is for an illustration deserving recognition of achievement.

Schneider said the original concept was conceived as an advertisement for Owens Corning insulation products. The idea was to design the anatomy of a house wall, which they accomplished by creating an image of two wall spaces — one with Owens Corning Fiberglas and a second with a competitor’s insulation, he said.

While Owens Corning never used the design, the piece inspired Schneider and led to a big break in medical illustration: designing a virtual dissection program, Anatomy and Physiology Revealed, which eventually was published by McGraw-Hill. The project was a collaborative effort of the Department of Neurosciences and the Center for Creative Instruction and received the Dr. Frank Netter Award in 2000.

When they were told there was space to publicly share their work in their own building, Schneider and Floyd-Bradstock brainstormed and got the idea to reuse some of the concepts from the program to create “Wall Repair.” Check out their art in the Center for Creative Education Room 2130 on Health Science Campus.

Schneider said they were trying to combine the medical aspects of a virtual dissection and the original concept of a wall in a “fun and playful way.”

“A lot of people can’t handle the blood,” Floyd-Bradstock said. “So you see it as a surgery and get kind of grossed out; you then realize it’s not pink muscle.”

“It’s only insulation,” Schneider added with a laugh.

Schneider and Floyd-Bradstock collaborated on the project, which was a six-foot by eight-foot space, along with UT alumnus Josh Klein, a former medical illustration intern.

Phishing scammers target UT employees, students

Along with colleges and universities nationwide, The University of Toledo is under attack.

Phishing scammers recently have been focusing their attacks on institutions of higher education, said Dr. Godfrey Ovwigho, vice president for information technology.

“The University of Toledo has seen an increase in the amount of phishing emails that target faculty, students and staff,” he said. “The scammers are probably located somewhere in Europe and have become quite sophisticated in making their emails look convincing.”

These emails come from various websites and typically try to trick employees and students into either proving or sharing their login credentials, or attempting to gain access to bank accounts via payroll direct deposit information.

If you have recently responded to one of these emails and provided your login credentials, change your password immediately. If you need assistance, contact the Help Desk at 419.530.2400 or ithelpdesk@utoledo.edu.

As a reminder, the University will never request that you provide your credentials in an email. Do not click on hyperlinks or reply to suspect emails. When in doubt, call the Help Desk. Further information regarding phishing can be found at http://utole.do/phishing.

“The realities of the Information Age make it important to stay aware and vigilant about protecting all personal information,” Ovwigho added. “Being alert to possible scams like this is our best defense.”

Red Wanting Blue to perform at Music Fest encore Aug. 30

Columbus-based band Red Wanting Blue has appeared on the “Late Show With David Letterman,” VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live” and NPR’s “Mountain Stage,” yet members remain humble.

Red Wanting Blue

Red Wanting Blue

“We’ve all had our moments of like, maybe we’ll never get anywhere with this, but we still love it and we’re going to do it anyway because it’s what we love to do,” said Scott Terry, lead singer. “If the money never comes, who cares? We love to play music and we love to travel; we like being an American rock ‘n’ roll band.”

Red Wanting Blue will perform Saturday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Rocket Hall parking lot as part of a special encore of UT’s Music Fest.

Formed in 1996 at Ohio University in Athens, Red Wanting Blue has been touring the United States for more than a decade.

After 14 years being independent, the band — Terry, bassist Mark McCullough, guitarist and keyboardist Greg Rahm, guitarist Eric Hall and drummer Dean Anshutz — signed with Fanatic Records in 2010. To date, they have released 10 full-length albums, including 2011’s From The Vanishing Point, which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and led to national exposure.

The band’s most recent offering, Little America, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and No. 31 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.

“I’m a stubborn man; I thought I could do it myself for such a long time. I think that’s a great mindset for a musician and a band to have… there’s so much you can do yourself,” Terry said. “You probably have to consider the opportunities that are out there when people are asking you to join their label. That’s what happened with us. Fanatic Records came to us and said, ‘We want to represent you because we believe in what you’ve done on your own already.’ That’s been so huge for us, just to be able to find people that are as passionate about our band as we are.”

Terry is known for his prominent stage presence, which adds a great deal of energy to the band’s live performances.

“I make a lot of faces when I sing… I use my whole body to get the song out of me. I get very emotional,” he said. “That’s what I love about performing. Getting to reach new people and being able to give them something that’s real and honest, and hoping they walk away and go, ‘Wow, that was really something. That guy gave himself more than he had to.’”

Ultimately, Terry strives to offer an authentic, organic experience to fans.

“I think, at the end of the day, a song lasts if you can make something really meaningful with the words. I try my best to perform songs as honestly as I can, and I try to write them as honestly as I can,” he said.

Glass Bowl, sweet Glass Bowl: Rockets ready for season to start at home

The University of Toledo will open its 2014 football season with four of its first five games in the Glass Bowl.

rocket schedule 2014The Rockets, who were picked to win the Mid-American Conference West Division in a media vote, will start their season vs. New Hampshire Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.

The following week, Southeastern Conference power Missouri comes to the Glass Bowl. After a road game at Cincinnati, Toledo will host consecutive Mid-American Conference games vs. Ball State Sept. 20 and Central Michigan Sept. 27.

At least four Rocket games will be carried on national television, including the Friday, Sept. 12, match-up at Cincinnati on ESPNU. Three other contests will be carried on either ESPN2 or ESPNU: Nov. 4 at Kent State, Nov. 11 at Northern Illinois and Nov. 19 vs. Bowling Green in the Glass Bowl.

The Nov. 28 game at Eastern Michigan also may be carried on ESPNU. Other games may be picked up later by national or regional TV outlets.

“We face another challenging schedule, but we’re looking forward to it,” said Matt Campbell, who is entering his third season as the Rockets’ head coach. “I think it’s good for our fans that we can open up the season with four home games in the first five weeks of the season. But we play a schedule full of tough opponents, home and away, and we’re excited for the challenge.”

Toledo’s opponent in its home opener is New Hampshire, a very strong NCAA-Football Championship Subdivision program that finished 10-5 in 2013 and advanced to the semifinals of the division playoffs.

Week two features what should be one of the biggest home games in school history, a date with Missouri and Head Coach Gary Pinkel. Pinkel coached at Toledo for 10 seasons from 1991 to 2000 and is in the school’s Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame. Last season, Missouri went 12-2, won the East Division title of the Southeastern Conference, defeated Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl, and finished the year ranked No. 5 in the nation in both major polls. The Rockets and the Tigers faced off in Columbia last season, with Mizzou coming away with a 38-23 victory.

The Rockets’ first road game of the season is the Friday night non-conference match-up vs. Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium Sept. 12. The Bearcats were 9-4 last year, 6-2 in the American Athletic Conference.

UT’s fourth and final non-conference game will be played Saturday, Oct. 11, at Iowa State (3-9, 2-7 Big 12).

Toledo’s MAC season opens with home games vs. Ball State (10-3, 7-1 MAC) Saturday, Sept. 20, and Central Michigan (6-6, 4-4) Saturday, Sept. 27. The other two league home opponents are UMass (1-11, 1-7) Saturday, Oct. 25, and archrival and defending MAC Champion Bowling Green (10-4, 7-1) Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Toledo’s league road games are at Western Michigan (2-10, 1-7) Saturday, Oct. 4; Kent State (4-8, 3-5) Tuesday, Nov. 4; Northern Illinois (12-2, 8-0) Tuesday, Nov. 11; and Eastern Michigan (2-10, 1-7) in the season finale Friday, Nov. 28.

Campbell welcomes back a solid core of players for 2014. Of the 44 players in the Rockets’ 2013 offensive and defensive two-deeps, only nine were seniors. Leading the way this season will be a top-notch offensive line that returns four of five starters, as well as a defense led by first-team All-MAC linebacker Junior Sylvestre.

Home games are free for students with IDs, and tickets are half off for UT faculty and staff. Call 419.530.GOLD (4653) for more information.

Rocket Fridays return to UT

Rocket Fridays will return to The University of Toledo campuses Aug. 29, just in time for UT’s home-opening football game vs. New Hampshire.

Rocket Fridays webThe initiative is designed to increase school pride by encouraging all UT students, faculty, staff and alumni to wear their Rocket attire or midnight blue and gold clothing every Friday.

The first Rocket Friday will be Aug. 29; the Rockets will host the Wildcats in the Glass Bowl Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.

Rocket fans are encouraged to post photos of themselves wearing their UT gear on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #RocketFridays. The best two submissions each week will receive prizes of $50 and $25, respectively, to Rocky’s Locker, located in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena.

UT athletics officials also will be on campuses every Friday during the school year to select two winners for the best Rocket attire. Winners will receive a pair of tickets to a football, men’s basketball or women’s basketball game. One winner will be chosen from the Main/Scott Park campuses and one from Health Science Campus.

As a special Rocket Fridays promotion, Rocky’s Locker will give all UT students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans 25 percent off selected items in the store on the first Thursday of each month. The first Thursday special will be Sept. 4. The 25 percent Rocket Friday discount cannot be combined with the Ultimate Fan Plan or any other promotional offers. UT faculty and staff receive 10 percent off all other times, while UT students receive 20 percent off.

For more information, call Rocky’s Locker at 419.530.5432 or stop by the shop.

Lots to close on football game days

This year’s Rocket football home opener is against New Hampshire in the Glass Bowl Saturday, Aug. 30.

ParkingLotClosures_UpdateTo ensure the Toledo community has space to park at home games, the University has released its schedule of lot closures for the 2014 season.

Lots 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, including the Greek Village Loop and Parks Tower Loop, will close starting at 7 a.m. on game days. Vehicles that are parked in Lot 9 on game days will be towed.

Lots 3, 4, 18 and 28 will close at noon.

In addition, Lots 1N, 1S and Lot 2 will close Saturday, Oct. 25, at 6 a.m. for the Homecoming parade and football game against UMass.

The UT Police Department also offers a text message and email alert program as a reminder of towing on game days to those who usually park in Lot 9. To register, you must sign in or create a UT Alert account at https://stuweb00.utoledo.edu/redalert, click on “groups” and subscribe to the UT Football Lot 9 tow alert group.

The 2014 home football schedule is:

• Saturday, Aug. 30, New Hampshire, 7 p.m.;

• Saturday, Sept. 6, Missouri, 12 p.m.;

• Saturday, Sept. 20, Ball State, TBA.;

• Saturday, Sept. 27, Central Michigan, TBA.;

• Saturday, Oct. 25, UMass (Homecoming), 2 p.m.; and

• Wednesday, Nov. 19, Bowling Green, 8 p.m.

Presidential search open forums scheduled, ad placed

The University will host open forums in several weeks to enable members of the campus community to share their opinions on what traits and characteristics the next UT president should possess.

Forums will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 10 and 11, on Main and Health Science campuses:

• Sept. 10: 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Driscoll Alumni Center Board Room, Main Campus

• Sept. 10: 3 to 4:30 p.m. — Faculty Club, Radisson Hotel, Health Science Campus

• Sept. 11: 10:30 a.m. to noon — Faculty Club, Radisson Hotel, Health Science Campus

• Sept. 11: 3 to 4:30 p.m. — Student Union Room 2591, Main Campus

In addition, Larry Burns, vice president for external affairs and coordinator of the search advisory process, is working with Dr. Tom Wakefield, president of the UT Alumni Association, to reach out to alumni for their input. Burns said he also has reached out to Student Government leaders to discuss the best way to engage students in the information-gathering process.

Comments from the forums will be recorded and transcribed for distribution to the members of the presidential search committee and the UT Board of Trustees, and will be placed on the presidential search website.

“Input from the campus community is an essential part of a successful presidential search,” Burns said. “This is a unique university and it will take a special person to lead it. This feedback will assist the UT Board of Trustees narrow down who is the best fit and also help potential candidates determine whether the University is the place for them.”

Burns also said the initial notice announcing UT’s presidential search will run in the Labor Day edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“While we still have a lot of work and several months until the search committee is ready to start narrowing down candidates, this advertisement is our first opportunity to invite great leaders to consider The University of Toledo.”

Burns said the initial meeting of the presidential search committee also will occur Sept. 11, though it will meet in executive session.

The University has hired presidential search firm Witt/Kieffer of Oak Brook, Ill., to assist in the process.