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Campus water line repaired, water restored to buildings

Repairs have been made to the ruptured water line on Main Campus, and water service has been restored to the impacted buildings.

The repairs to the section of the water line on the east side of the West Parking Ramp were complete shortly after 8 p.m., and the city of Toledo restored service to the water line at 9:30 p.m.

Students in the impacted residence halls, which include Honors Academic Village, MacKinnon Hall, Scott Hall and Tucker Hall, are able to use the restroom facilities, however the drinking fountains remain closed as a safety precaution.

Water also was turned back on this evening to the additional buildings impacted, which include Wolfe Hall, Memorial Field House, Center for Performing Arts and the Law Center. Water service was restored to the Student Union, Bowman-Oddy Laboratories and Carlson Library earlier today. The library remains closed for the evening.

Normal operations are expected in all buildings tomorrow.

The UT facilities team appreciates your patience and understanding while repairs were completed.

Water restored to some campus buildings

Water service has been restored to the Student Union and several additional buildings following a water main break on The University of Toledo Main Campus.

In addition to the Union, water is back on in Carlson Library, Bowman-Oddy Laboratories and areas of the Memorial Field House. Restroom facilities can be used, however drinking fountains remain closed as a safety precaution. Food service in the Student Union is expected to reopen tomorrow.

A number of campus buildings remain without water as crews continue to address the ruptured water main that occurred late Tuesday on the east side of the West Parking Ramp. Those buildings, which will have water service restored after repairs are complete, include Wolfe Hall, Honors Academic Village, MacKinnon Hall, Scott Hall and Tucker Hall.

An additional water main issue on Secor Road also interrupted water service to the Center for Performing Arts and the Law Center. The College of Law canceled Wednesday evening classes, however all other classes are being held as scheduled.

Crews are working diligently to address the issue in an effort to make repairs yet today. Notifications to campus will continue as updated information becomes available.

Update on dining, bathroom facilities for on-campus students impacted by water main break

The University is working to provide students living on campus with options for dining and bathroom facilities as crews continue to work to repair the ruptured water line on the east side of the West Parking Ramp on The University of Toledo Main Campus.

Water service to several buildings has been shut off in order to repair the broken water line. Buildings affected are Wolfe Hall, Bowman-Oddy Laboratories, Memorial Field House, Honors Academic Village, MacKinnon Hall, Scott Hall and Tucker Hall. The Student Union and Carlson Library also are without water.

Bottled water has been delivered to the impacted residence halls. Students are being directed to University Hall for bathroom facilities, and the University is working to provide portable toilets near the buildings. The Student Recreation Center is available for students to use for showering and bathroom facilities and is open until midnight.

Additional UT police officers will be available throughout the evening to assist students in the northwest area of campus.

The dining facilities in the Student Union are closed; however, a dinner buffet will be offered until 8 p.m. in the South Dining Hall, and the Croutonz restaurant remains open also until 8 p.m. The Ottawa East Dining Hall is open until 8 p.m. to provide students dinner.

Repairs underway for ruptured water line outside West Parking Ramp

Crews are working to repair a ruptured water line on the east side of the West Parking Ramp on The University of Toledo Main Campus.

The leaking water line was discovered Tuesday evening, and attempts were made to repair the break without turning off the water; however, the decision was made early Wednesday afternoon to seek assistance from the city of Toledo to turn off the water to address the issue.

The buildings impacted include Wolfe Hall, Bowman-Oddy Laboratories, Memorial Field House, Honors Academic Village, MacKinnon Hall, Scott Hall and Tucker Hall.

Water service will remain shut down until repairs are completed. In the meantime, all faucets, toilets and drinking fountains in those buildings cannot be used.

Rockets ready to battle for MAC title

When The University of Toledo football team met the local media for the first time earlier this month, it was clear that first-year Head Coach Jason Candle has the Rockets focused and united in a single purpose — a Mid-American Conference Championship.

The Rockets, 10-2 in 2015, were picked to finish in second place in the MAC’s West Division by the league’s media. But Candle told the 15 or so reporters on hand that previous success will have no bearing on the outcome of the 2016 season.

Jason Candle had 20 days to prep the Rockets for the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl after being named head coach last December. It was a debut to remember: Toledo beat No. 24 Temple, 32-17. Candle has been on the UT coaching staff since 2009.

Jason Candle had 20 days to prep the Rockets for the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl after being named head coach last December. It was a debut to remember: Toledo beat No. 24 Temple, 32-17. Candle has been on the UT coaching staff since 2009.

“We’re a new team,” said Candle, who enters his first full season as UT’s head coach after seven seasons as an assistant. “Last year was a great season, but those 10 wins aren’t going to win any football games for us this year. This is a different team with new senior leadership, new players, new coaches — a new brand of football. Every team takes on its own identity and takes on its own attitude and approach to the game.”

Candle said he is pleased with what he has seen in training camp.

Senior running back Kareem Hunt has rushed for more than 100 yards in 20 games during his collegiate career, the second-best mark in UT history. He ranks fourth in career rushing at the University with 3,470 yards.

Senior running back Kareem Hunt has rushed for more than 100 yards in 20 games during his collegiate career, the second-best mark in UT history. He ranks fourth in career rushing at the University with 3,470 yards.

“We’ve seen great attitude, good attention to detail, and a lot of spirited work,” Candle said. “One thing that is really neat about our team is there is a spirit to compete every day.”

The Rockets return 48 letterwinners, including 15 starters and six All-MAC players. Among the eight players on official watch lists for national honors are running back Kareem Hunt, a two-time All-MAC pick; first-team All-MAC offensive tackle Storm Norton; All-MAC wide receiver and return man Corey Jones; two-time All-MAC defensive tackle Treyvon Hester; and All-MAC safety DeJuan Rogers.

“We have a lot of great competition at every position,” Norton said. “This is the best depth we’ve had since I’ve been here. That gives us an edge to have so much competition.”

Senior defensive end John Stepec racked up 24 tackles, three sacks and one pass breakup while playing in 12 games last season.

Senior defensive end John Stepec racked up 24 tackles, three sacks and one pass breakup while playing in 12 games last season.

“Our team has a lot of heart,” Hunt said. “We always play hard and always play for each other.”

The Rockets are preparing for their season opener at Arkansas State Friday, Sept. 2.

UT will host Maine in its home opener Saturday, Sept. 10.

Among the Rockets’ six home games this season are a Sept. 17 non-conference battle with Fresno State of the Mountain West Conference and a Homecoming clash with arch-rival Bowling Green Oct. 15. Toledo also will travel to Provo, Utah for a Friday night tilt at Brigham Young Sept. 30.

The Rockets are scheduled to be on national television for the final five MAC games of the season, and more TV games may be announced later.

Season tickets are still available. Tickets are half-off for UT employees and retirees, and UT students are admitted free to home games with ID. Go online here or call 419.530.GOLD (4653) for more information.

Rockets share joy of victory with area special needs students

The University of Toledo football program recently hosted its third annual Victory Day for cognitively and physically impaired students from Toledo area schools.

Rain forced the Rockets to move the event indoors to the Fetterman Training Center, but it did not dampen the excitement and fun as about 40 students met UT football players, ran drills, and heard their names announced over the public address system as they scored a touchdown.

Tyler Ruch was hoisted the Rockets following his touchdown on Victory Day.

Tyler Ruch was hoisted the Rockets following his touchdown on Victory Day.

Victory Day is an opportunity for special needs students to have their moment in the sun on the football field. Each student was partnered with a UT football player who served as his or her mentor for the day.

Victory Day athletes wore Rocket team jerseys and were presented with medals at the end of the day to commemorate their victories. Toledo football players, cheerleaders, Rocky the Rocket and UT Marching Band members also were on hand to cheer on the participants.

“This is what it’s all about — a chance to give back and be a part of something bigger than us,” UT Head Coach Jason Candle said. “It’s just a tremendous day for our guys and for the kids. Sometimes I think our guys get more out of this than the kids do.”

Victory Day was started in 2010 by Aaron Segedi, a teacher and football coach from Trenton, Mich., a cancer survivor whose life was saved thanks to a liver donation from his sister, Rhonda. Since then, the Victory Day program has been adopted by high schools and universities in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The Rockets first celebrated Victory Day in 2014.

Rockets’ school-record GPA wins MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award

The University of Toledo has been named the recipient of the 2015-16 Mid-American Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award, the conference office announced today.

For the past academic year, UT’s 377 student-athletes posted a school-record grade point average of 3.235. It is the second year in a row and the fourth time in the last five years that the Rockets have won the award.

web institutional award“Establishing the record for highest grade point average in school history and earning the MAC Institutional Academic Award is a wonderful achievement by our student-athletes,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “I’m especially proud of the tradition of academic excellence that we have established at The University of Toledo. Earning the MAC Institutional Academic Award for the fourth time in the last five years is an indication of the consistent effort and determination of our student-athletes to excel in the classroom. This honor is also shared by the coaches, classroom instructors and the Student Athletic Academic Services staff who all work so hard in mentoring and nurturing our student-athletes.”

The MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award is presented annually to the conference school that achieves the highest overall college GPA for student-athletes competing in institutionally sponsored sports for the academic year.

UT also received the award in 2014-15, 2012-13 and 2011-12.

Last week, the Mid-American Conference recognized Toledo with the Faculty Athletics Representative Men’s Academic Achievement Award. These honors recognize the conference institution with the highest overall grade point average for both men’s and women’s student-athletes. It was the third time the UT men won the award and the first time since 2010-11.

Campus community invited to President’s Backyard Barbecue

Get ready to hang loose! The 10th annual President’s Backyard Barbecue will bring a taste of the island life to Centennial Mall Thursday, Sept. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to the luau, which will feature a pig roast, teriyaki pulled beef, pulled chicken marinated in island spices, coconut rice, chips and vegan sandwiches. Mocktails, including berry daiquiris and margaritas, will be served, along with water and snow cones.

How low can you go? Find out at the limbo competition! Or rock a grass skirt and take part in the hula contest. There’ll be inflatable games, a rock wall and pedal cars, as well as air brush tattoos and caricature artists.

Giveaways will include leis, grass skirts, sunglasses, pineapple cups, T-shirts and selfie sticks.

The Office of the President and the Division of Student Affairs sponsor this annual event.

“Students and employees are invited to come out and have some fun on our own piece of paradise,” Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said. “Celebrate the start of the semester, wear your midnight blue and gold for Rocket Thursdays, and have a good time with some good food and good friends.”

If a tropical depression affects the weather, the event will take place in the Student Union Auditorium.

SA 1862 President Backyard BBQ poster

Auditions set for new singing group Sept. 9

The UT Department of Music will hold auditions Friday, Sept. 9, from 3 to 9 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts for a new choral ensemble, The Glass City Singers.

This group will be made up of singers between the ages of 16 and 30. Members will be selected from the highest quality high school, collegiate and young professional singers in the Toledo area.

Pierson

Pierson

Interested singers must register for an audition here. Time slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Singers will be expected to:

• Perform two pieces in contrasting styles. Music may be used or a cappella is acceptable. Singers must provide their own accompanist.

• Sight read in major and minor keys.

• Demonstrate rhythmic proficiency.

Singers who are selected for the ensemble will be asked to pay a $100 fee to cover costs of the accompanist and music purchases.

Rehearsals will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Choral Rehearsal Room 2016. Singers who are not able to attend all rehearsals may be subject to removal from the ensemble. Absences will be excused on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the director.

The Glass City Singers will be directed by Dr. Brad Pierson, assistant professor and director of choral activities in the UT Music Department.

The ensemble will provide a choral experience of the highest quality to all singers, according to Pierson. He added the group will offer innovative performances to engage and involve the Toledo community.

Read more about The Glass City Singers and Pierson here.

For more information, contact Pierson at bradley.pierson2@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4558.

Participants, input sought to salute diversity

Students, faculty and staff: Your help is requested to help the University celebrate diversity.

Business Hlogo 1c BlackThe Office of Multicultural Student Success welcomes anyone interested in participating on its 2016-17 Heritage and History Month committees.

“We want to help UT showcase its diversity and ensure inclusiveness,” Henderson Hill III, assistant dean of multicultural student success, said. “That means more input and additional viewpoints will increase the success of our events.”

He said anyone wishing to join one or more of the committees should contact the chair.

Contacts for Heritage and History Month committees are:

• National Hispanic Heritage Month — Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
Arturo Ordonez at arturo.ordonez@rockets.utoledo.edu

• LBGTQA History Month — October
Danielle Stamper at danielle.stamper@rockets.utoledo.edu

• Filipino American Heritage Month — October
Belinda Wheeler at belinda.wheeler@utoledo.edu

• Native American Heritage Month — November
Dan McGuire at daniel.mcguire@utoledo.edu

• Black History Month — February
Marjory Goodloe at marjory.turner@rockets.utoledo.edu

• Women’s History Month — March
Alisha Durham at alisha.durham@utoledo.edu

• Asian American and Pacific Islander Month — April
Shawanna LaVoy at shawanna.lavoy@utoledo.edu

• Jewish American Heritage Month — April
Dan McGuire at daniel.mcguire@utoledo.edu

• Diversity Month — April
Henderson Hill III at henderson.hill@utoledo.edu