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International women’s rights activist to speak at UT March 3

Women’s rights activist, author and organizer Charlotte Bunch will come to The University of Toledo to speak in honor of Women’s History Month Thursday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Driscoll Center Alumni Auditorium.

Bunch, who began her career in activism during the civil rights movement in the 1960s and was given the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights by President Bill Clinton in 1999, will discuss the growth of the global women’s human rights movement in a lecture titled “The Dance of Feminism With Human Rights: A Reflection on 25 Years of Advances, Backlash and Challenges.”

Bunch

Bunch

“We are honored to host such an inspiring woman who works to empower citizens worldwide,” said Dr. Asma M. Abdel Halim, associate professor and interim chair of women’s and gender studies in the UT College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences. “She will look at the advances made by women, especially within the United Nations. While discussing the challenges ahead, she also will address the backlash against feminism.”

Bunch is the founding director of the Women for Global Leadership Program at Rutgers University. She has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and received the Women Who Make a Difference Award from the National Center for Research on Women.

She also is the author of Passionate Politics: Feminist Theory in Action. She is the focus of a 2011 documentary titled “Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch.”

Bunch serves on the women’s division of the advisory board for the Human Rights Watch. She also sits on the board for the Global Fund for Women and the International Council on Human Rights Policy.

Light refreshment will be served at the free, public event.

UT women’s golf team ties school record with fourth tourney title of season

The Toledo women’s golf team tied a school record Sunday by capturing its fourth tournament title of season with an 11-stroke victory at the 18-team Rio Verde Invitational in Arizona.

The Rockets carded their best round of the tourney with a five-over par 293 to finish at 21-over 885 (298-294-293) over 54 holes

The UT women's golf team scored an 11-stroke victory at the Rio Verde Invitational in Arizona.

The UT women’s golf team scored an 11-stroke victory at the Rio Verde Invitational in Arizona.

UT was led by top 10 finishes by the senior trio of Sathika Ruenreong, Manisa Isavas and Morgan Salm; however, it was freshman Pimchanok Kawil who paced the Rockets Sunday with an even-par 72.

Ruenreong topped Toledo with a second-place showing and a two-over par 218 (74-70-74) with Isavas (72-75-74) and Salm (72-77-73) tying for sixth and eighth place, respectively, at five-over 221 and six-over 222. Kawil tied for 36th place at 12-over par 228 (82-74-72), while freshman Natcha Daengpiem placed 53rd at 16-over par 232 (80-75-77).

Xavier’s Hanna Lee captured medalist honors at one-over par 217, one stroke ahead of Ruenreong.

UT Libraries encourage students to take book on spring break

Shorts — check. T-shirts — check. Sunglasses — check. Bathing suit — check. Sun screen — check.

And library book — check. All packed in your suitcase for spring break.

University Libraries, in partnership with the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, is encouraging UT students to take advantage of a week away from studies to read. Not textbooks or research articles, but reading for pleasure.

Check out a book to enjoy over spring break or anytime. UT Libraries, in partnership with the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, offers popular titles available to borrow by students, faculty and staff.

Check out a book to enjoy over spring break or anytime. UT Libraries, in partnership with the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, offers popular titles available to borrow by students, faculty and staff.

In December, UT Libraries renewed its agreement with the public library that provides University students and employees with a chance to check out popular fiction books usually unavailable on campus. A Rocket ID is the only thing needed to check out a book.

The public library provides the books to the University so that students can read for enjoyment rather than just for study.

“We hope students will take the opportunity to look at the books available near the elevators on the second floor of Carlson Library in the area designated with the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library signage,” said Barbara Floyd, interim director of UT Libraries. “Spring break is a perfect chance to relax and refocus, and reading popular books that can take your mind off school work is a great way to spend some time.”

The agreement between the two libraries has been in place since 2008.

The public library provides books to encourage students to develop a lifelong reading habit, said Marilyn Zielinski, technical services manager for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

Many new titles have been added to the collection and are available for checkout in Carlson Library.

Popular books also are available on Health Science Campus on the fourth floor of Mulford Library for students and employees, Floyd said.

Rockets to begin spring football practice March 1

The University of Toledo football team will begin its quest for a 2016 Mid-American Conference Championship when spring practice opens Tuesday, March 1.

The Rockets will have three practices this week, then take a week off for spring break before resuming practice Tuesday, March 15.

Junior running back Kareem Hunt, who ran for two touchdowns and 79 yards in Toledo’s 32-17 win over Temple in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl, and the Rockets return to the field to practice this week.

Junior running back Kareem Hunt, who ran for two touchdowns and 79 yards in Toledo’s 32-17 win over Temple in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl, and the Rockets return to the field to practice this week.

Toledo is coming off a 10-2 season, including a 32-17 victory over Temple in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl.

First-year Head Coach Jason Candle returns 15 starters from last year’s squad, including junior running back Kareem Hunt, a first-team All-MAC selection in 2014.

“The quality of players we have is as good as it’s been since I’ve been here. But we know ability doesn’t always equal wins. It’s all the other characteristics that often make up a winning football team,” Candle said. “The players who are returning learned so many lessons last year, not only how to play the game, but they learned how to overcome adversity and never quit.

“There are great challenges ahead of us. This team still has some question marks. But looking at it from scratch, we have a lot of good football players coming back and also a lot of players who have the potential to be very good. If we continue on our current learning curve, we could have another very successful season.”

The spring practice season will culminate with the annual spring game in the Glass Bowl Saturday, April 9, at noon.

Rocket football season ticket orders are being taken now. Call 419.530.GOLD (4653) for more information.

UT to host heroin overdose simulation Feb. 29

The University of Toledo and Team Recovery will simulate treating a heroin overdose situation to help fight Ohio’s heroin epidemic.

The simulation, which will include health science students, faculty and staff, will be Monday, Feb. 29, at 8 a.m. in UT’s Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center on Health Science Campus.

Community partners have been invited to the first floor theater to watch a live video feed being filmed one floor above in the state-of-the-art medical education simulation suites.

“You will experience the high-intensity process, emotions, and medical treatment of heroin overdose starting inside a home and hopefully feel a connection to what is happening to people of all ages and walks of life in our community,” Tia Hornish, UT clinical simulation and education research associate, said.

“The patient will be one of our human simulators. Students will act as the patient’s family and friends inside the apartment attempting to administer the antidote drug Narcan, or Naloxone, which is now available at pharmacies over-the-counter,” Hornish said. “Toledo Fire Department medic students will serve as first responders who transport the patient to the hospital. UT medical, nursing and physician’s assistant students will next take over trying to save the patient’s life.”

When the scenario ends, students and doctors will meet the guests in the theater to discuss the exercise and what can be done to respond better.

Representatives from Team Recovery, a local organization of recovering heroin addicts who are working to help other addicts get clean, will answer questions with scenario participants beginning at 9:30 a.m.

“Narcan saved my life,” said Matt Bell, one of the founders of Team Recovery, who overdosed on heroin in fall 2014. “I graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA, but dropped out of UT after pain pills from a baseball injury led me ultimately to heroin addiction. There is a way out. This simulation may be scary to see, but people need to understand the severity and prevalence of what is happening inside so many homes in our area.”

Team Recovery holds family support group meetings once a week. Representatives also share their stories in school classrooms from sixth grade through college to spread prevention awareness.

“As health-care providers, we need to be able to understand that the heroin epidemic is not discriminating against anyone and provide resources to help addicts,” Hornish said.

Students from more than 30 schools to participate in UT’s first national sales competition

Professional sales students from more than 30 universities across the United States will be at The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27, to compete in the inaugural UT Invitational Sales Competition.

The competition will take place in classrooms and meeting rooms throughout the Savage & Associates Business Complex on Main Campus.

web sales competition logoThe first rounds of the competition will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, followed by the second round from 1:45 to 3 p.m., and quarterfinals will be from 4 to 5:40 p.m. The competition will conclude Saturday with the semifinals from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. followed by the finals from 10:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

The winners will be recognized at an awards luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Student Union Auditorium.

“The Edward Schmidt School of Professional Sales is widely recognized as one of the top educational sales programs in the nation, and we regularly send teams to other universities to participate in major sales competitions,’ explained Deirdre Jones, director of the school. “Most sales competitions are intended for senior sales students, so we decided to establish a unique competition for freshmen, sophomore and junior sales students. This allows the students to practice and sharpen their sales skills earlier in their sales studies while also allowing employers to be the first to interact with the developing sales professionals of tomorrow.”

Sales students will experience rounds of competitions and coaching sessions, as well as participate in a career fair and attend a Walleye game during the two-day event.

“We are extremely pleased by the participation of so many respected sales schools from universities such as Missouri, Florida State, Purdue, Tuskegee, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Georgia State and more,” Jones said. “Furthermore, we are excited that major companies such as our product sponsor 3M, our Rocket sponsor Quicken Loans, and other major companies, including Goodyear, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Reynolds & Reynolds, will be interacting with these students in role plays, as coaches, at our career fair and more.”

UT students travel to Honduras for medical mission trip

The University of Toledo chapter of Global Medical Brigades, the largest student-led undergraduate medical mission trip organization in the world, spent eight days over winter break in Honduras setting up medical clinics and seeing patients.

According to Bailey Slone, president of the UT chapter, the organization treated around 850 patients during their eight days in Honduras.

Students from the UT chapter of Global Medical Brigades posed for a photo with some peers from the University of Hartford in front of a school where they setup medical clinic in Tomatin, Honduras.

Students from the UT chapter of Global Medical Brigades posed for a photo with some peers from the University of Hartford in front of a school where they setup medical clinic in Tomatin, Honduras.

“We were able to do more than we ever expected. We did not have to turn a single person away from medical care, and that was a major goal of ours,” Slone said.

Twenty members of the UT chapter joined 10 students from the University of Hartford to expand the group and share the cost of the medications they took to Honduras. For both groups, this was their first time going on a brigade, so they worked together for the duration of the trip.

Together, the students from UT and the University of Hartford were able to raise enough money to bring $8,000 in medication to Central America. They raised funds for one year before embarking on the brigade.

According to Cole White, former president and co-founder of the UT Global Medical Brigades chapter, the average person in one of the Honduran communities the group visited lived more than 20 miles away from a doctor.

“It so happens that [Bowling Green State University] is 22 miles away, which is a perfect example of the current situation where we visited,” White said.

Three days of the brigade were spent setting up fully functioning medical clinics for the locals. One day, the group built five eco-stoves, which reduced carbon footprints and use special stones and solar panels to run. Another day, the group visited local homes alongside the Community Health Workers, who are the equivalent of state-tested nursing assistants, according to Slone. On the final day of the trip, the students visited a water brigade and went to an orphanage to spend time with the children.

“We got to see many medical conditions you would not see in the United States. Everyone gained real shadowing experience and a greater understanding for other cultures and parts of the world,” Slone said.

Slone added she took away so much from the trip that she can hardly put it all into words. “I gained not only a better understanding of medicine, but I felt reassured time and time again on the trip that being a doctor is what I truly want to spend my life doing. I will never forget the days I spent in Honduras.”

The UT chapter’s next brigade will take place in Nicaragua during winter break of the 2016-17 school year.

For more information about the UT chapter of Global Medical Brigades, contact Slone at bailey.slone@rockets.utoledo.edu.

University launches new version of UT Mobile App

Version 2 of the UT Mobile App for iOS and Android devices is now available for free in the App and Play stores.

Unlike the old app, Version 2 allows students to check their Rocket email, customize their home screen with the shortcuts they use most, and update their parking permits.

mobile app 2The new app also has an improved user interface and better navigation of the home screen, according to Dong Chen, assistant manager of academic application development.

Key features of UT Mobile App Version 2 include class schedules, directions to buildings, recent grades, student job openings, the ability to view and pay UT bills, bus routes and schedules, and more.

Chen encourages students, faculty, staff and the community to provide feedback for the third version of the app, which is already in the planning stages.

For more information, visit https://mobileapps.utoledo.edu.

And to submit feedback, email mobile@utoledo.edu.

Salt-N-Pepa to headline ’90s concert at Savage Arena

The I Love the ’90s Tour will stop at Savage Arena Saturday, Aug. 20, as part of the Savage Live concert series, UT officials announced Wednesday.

The event will be headlined by the Grammy Award-winning group Salt-N-Pepa, best known for their groundbreaking efforts as one of the first all-female rap groups and numerous hits.

Salt-n-Pepa

Salt-n-Pepa

The lineup also will feature Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Tone Loc, Kid ’n Play, Rob Base and Young MC.

Fans can count on a fun-filled evening grooving to hits such as “Push It,” “Shoop,” “Whatta Man,” “Ice, Ice Baby,” “Gansta’s Paradise,” “Wild Thing,” “Funky Cold Medina,” “Rollin’ With Kid ’n Play,” “It Takes Two,” “Joy and Pain,” “Bust A Move” and more.

I Love the ’90s will be the second event in Savage Live, a multi-event concert series hosted by The University of Toledo. Savage Live will kick off Saturday, March 19, with the sold-out Rock the Arena, an eight-act rock fest headlined by Bret Michaels.

“We’re thrilled to announce I Love the ’90s as the next event in the Savage Live concert series,” said UT Associate Athletic Director Tony Zaworski. “Our goal has always been to bring in entertainment that will appeal to both the campus and community, and we believe this lineup does just that. This concert will take us back to a decade that helped lay the foundation for today’s hip-hop and rap artists with music that still permeates pop culture today.”

He added, “After selling out Rock the Arena, we believe this next installment in our series will continue to show that Savage Arena is once again a thriving venue for live entertainment in Toledo, Ohio.”

I Love the ’90s will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, in Savage Arena. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the music will begin at 7 p.m.

Current UT students can buy discount tickets for $25 at the UT Ticket Office in Savage Arena beginning Monday, Feb. 29.

Tickets starting at $35 will go on sale Thursday, March 3, at UTSavageLive.com and at the UT Ticket Office in Savage Arena and by calling 419.530.4653.

For more information on this and other Savage Live events, visit UTSavageLive.com or UTRockets.com.

U.S. EPA awards UT student team $15,000 for ‘Greenbox’ recycling project

A group of innovative University of Toledo students has taken the Redbox video kiosk idea and turned it green.

The project is attracting national attention and federal research money.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the team of UT undergraduate students a $15,000 grant to participate in a national competition to design solutions for a sustainable future.

UT students are building the Greenbox prototype for food recycling this semester.

UT students are building the Greenbox prototype for food recycling this semester.

The UT team’s proposal is to create a community-based garbage collection system called Greenbox, which turns food waste into energy.

To understand the senior design project, it helps to be familiar with the Redbox video rental system.

“Instead of getting movies or video games on disc at an automated machine, you can drop off a three-gallon bag of food waste at a Greenbox kiosk and rack up reward points for gift cards or other perks,” John Martillotta, UT senior majoring in mechanical engineering, said. “It’s a new way to recycle that has not been done before.”

“If you’re not looking to compost, our system would be a good way to collect and store food scraps from households and restaurants and use it to generate energy in the form of methane gas or create fertilizers,” Dr. Matthew Franchetti, UT associate professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, said. “The garbage bags would be transported from the kiosks throughout the community to a large-scale anaerobic digestion facility.”

The EPA chose the UT team to compete with more than 30 other university student teams across the country in the 12th Annual People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition.

In the spring, all teams will submit their reports and proposals for a chance to receive an additional $75,000 in grant funding for their project.

“This year’s [People, Prosperity and the Planet] teams have created innovative research projects that tackle some of our most pressing environmental and public health challenges,” said Dr. Thomas A. Burke, science adviser and deputy assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “These students have the opportunity to bring their exciting new ideas for innovation in sustainability to life by expanding their learning experience beyond the classroom.”

The United States generates more than 34 million tons of food waste each year, and more than 97 percent is disposed of at landfills, according to Franchetti.

Greenbox would be a recycling option with reward incentives to divert food waste from the landfill.

“Greenbox also would reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with food waste rotting in landfills and lead to a cleaner environment,” Franchetti said.

The UT team said the Greenbox kiosks — standing six feet tall, four feet deep and five feet wide — would be located at convenience stores, fast-food restaurants, grocery stores and pharmacies.

Somewhat similar to the U.S. Postal Service automated centers, the Greenbox kiosks would include a touch screen and label printer. Once a kiosk is two-thirds full of food waste bags, a sensor would automatically notify a local hauler that the machine needs to be emptied. The bags would then be transported to a local waste-to-energy facility and weighed so customers could cash in on recycling incentives.

“Last semester, we developed the design and built the business plan. It would be a franchise like Redbox,” Martillotta said. “This semester, we are building the Greenbox prototype. Our project is relevant on a large scale. If it keeps moving forward, we could have a positive impact on preventing pollution across our country. The byproducts of food waste are awesome. We’re just trying to find a good way to do it.”