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Vice president for advancement named to lead fundraising, marketing

A fundraiser with more than 15 years of experience in higher education development has been selected to lead The University of Toledo’s Division of Advancement.

Michael Harders, vice president of university advancement and development for Kennesaw State University in Georgia, will join the University as vice president for advancement Monday, March 20.

Harders

Harders

“The work that the Division of Advancement does to elevate UT’s fundraising and messaging to our campus, alumni and external communities is important to the University’s success achieving our goals,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Mike’s experience and commitment to building a culture of philanthropy will provide strong leadership in this area, which is focused on elevating UT’s reputation.”

The Division of Advancement includes Alumni Relations, Development, Marketing and Communications, and Special Events. It was created in 2015 with the merger of UT’s Institutional Advancement Division and External Affairs Division.

“I am honored for the opportunity to work with President Gaber and The University of Toledo community to advance the vision and strategic priorities of this outstanding university at this important moment in the institution’s history,” Harders said. “It’s an exciting time at UT as it completes its strategic plan and continues efforts to grow fundraising and alumni engagement for the University.

“I look forward to collaborating with the campus community, to learning the philanthropic interests of the supporters of the institution, and to working with the talented professionals in the Division of Advancement as we strive together to support our students and faculty, and enhance our facilities and programs for the benefit of our state, nation and world.”

During his time at Kennesaw State since 2012, Harders tripled the amount of annual support to the university with significant growth in annual giving and alumni participation and donations.

He previously served as executive director of development for Missouri State University, where he coordinated its “Our Promise” comprehensive campaign, which exceeded its $125 million fundraising goal. He also was senior director of development for the Kansas State University Foundation.

Harders, who is moving to Toledo with his wife, Leigh, and children, Josephine and Henry, earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Kansas State University.

Activist to give keynote address for Black History Month

Dr. Angela Davis, an activist, scholar and author, will speak at The University of Toledo’s Black History Month Kickoff Luncheon Saturday, Feb. 4, at noon in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

Her talk is titled “The State of Black America: Views From a Political Activist.”

Davis

Davis

Born in Birmingham, Ala., Davis and her family lived in the “Dynamite Hill” area, where she witnessed the bombings of African-American homes in the middle-class neighborhood. A prominent civil rights activist since the 1960s, Davis has been involved with the Black Panther Party and the Communist Party USA.

She is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she also led the Feminist Studies Department. Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to dismantling the industrial prison complex, and an affiliate of Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.

black-history-month-luncheonHer books include “Women, Race and Class,” “If They Come in the Morning (Radical Thinkers),” “Are Prisons Obsolete?” and “Angela Davis: An Autobiography.”

“Dr. Angela Davis will urge the audience to seriously think about the changes that have occurred from the 1960s to the present with regard to rights, activism, and social and cultural change as it relates to African Americans,” Dr. Kaye Patten, senior vice president for student affairs, said.

“We are proud to welcome Dr. Davis, who has always been an advocate for positive change. To be able to hear her personal stories will be an incredible honor,” Dr. Willie McKether, vice president for diversity and inclusion, said.

In addition to Davis’ talk, the UT Gospel Choir will perform at the luncheon.

A limited number of $20 tickets are still available for the event, which is free for UT students who RSVP. To purchase tickets or RSVP, go to utoledo.edu/diversity.

The event will be streamed live in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

The luncheon is presented by the UT Division of Student Affairs, the UT Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Toledo chapter of the Links Inc., and the Study Hour Club.

Listed by date, other events that will take place at the University in honor of Black History Month will include:

• Wednesday, Feb. 8 — “Real Talk: Mental Health in the Black Community” at 6:30 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 2500. Sponsored by the UT Office of Multicultural Student Success, the free, public event will be facilitated by Dr. Steven Kniffley Jr., assistant professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of the book, “Knowledge of Self: Understanding the Mind of the Black Male.”

• Thursday, Feb. 16 — Dr. Damon Tweedy will discuss race and health disparities at 7 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1200 on UT’s Health Science Campus. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and a staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center. His articles on race and medicine have been published by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post, as well as by several medical journals. His free, public talk is sponsored by We Are STEMM, a UT student organization dedicated to empowering peers from underrepresented populations who are interested in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.

• Friday, Feb. 24 — The Black Student Union 48th Annual Fashion Show at 6 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium. This year’s theme is “All Around the World.” The show will feature fashion from countries around the globe, particularly places represented by UT students. Tickets can be purchased at the Ask Rocky counter in the Thompson Student Union or at the door. All proceeds will go toward scholarships to support African-American students.

For more information on UT’s events for Black History Month, contact David Young, director of the Toledo Excel Program, at david.young@utoledo.edu or 419.530.3815.

UT political science scholar to speak at alumni event about presidential election

The community is invited to an event hosted by the Golden Alumni Society at The University of Toledo discussing the victory of President Donald Trump, the Electoral College and its history, and the effect of the 2016 election on the major political parties.

The Golden Alumni Society is comprised of UT alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago or who have reached the age of 75 since graduation.

The free, public program titled “The Election and the Future” features Dr. Jeffrey Broxmeyer, assistant professor in the UT Department of Political Science and Public Administration, will take place Friday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Schmakel Room. Reservations are required.

Retired Judge George Glasser is a member of the Golden Alumni Society and coordinator of the event. He graduated from UT with a bachelor of arts degree in 1951 and a law degree in 1953.

“This is the first time the Golden Alumni Society is hosting a program about an election,” Glasser said. “The subject is on everybody’s mind and stirring up a great deal of controversy and opinions. We want to serve the community by utilizing some of the fine resources we have at the University to provide information, discussion and answers to questions.”

This semester, Broxmeyer is teaching courses at the University about political parties and the presidency. His current research in American political development focuses on the wealth accumulated by party leaders during the 19th century.

“I plan to provide some historical context to the election results as well as a political science perspective on where the country is heading with the new Trump administration,” Broxmeyer said. “One of the main topics will be the development and impact of heightened political polarization on governing, political institutions and public discourse.”

A question-and-answer session will follow Broxmeyer’s presentation.

To sign up to attend the event, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 419.530.2586 or register online at toledoalumni.org.

UT launches option on myUT portal to use preferred first name in email, directory systems

University of Toledo students, faculty and staff now have the option to manually change their first name to their preferred name in systems where it’s visible to the University community.

The preferred name would be displayed in place of the legal first name in the myUT portal, Outlook email, eDirectory, BlackBoard Learn and Self-Service for all class lists, course schedules, course rosters and any other non-legal document. It does not change an individual’s actual email address. The first name in the email display name also would reflect the preferred name.

preferred-first-name-updateThe change can be made on the myUT portal beginning this spring semester. It’s a self-service process that does not require approval.

UT made the move to offer the preferred-name option in response to input from the LGBTQA community.

“This is an important step in supporting those who are in transition,” Dr. Willie McKether, vice president for diversity and inclusion, said. “This allows how you identify yourself to be reflected in UT systems, whether it be a transgender issue or a nickname you prefer. We have colleagues who are not comfortable using their given names. This gives them the flexibility to use their preferred name. We want to ensure every member of the UT community feels included, respected and free from discrimination.”

To add, change or delete a preferred first name, sign in to the myUT portal. Under the “Employee” and “Student” tabs, click on “Update Preferred First Name.” Type your preferred first name and click “Update.”

The individual’s legal first name will remain unchanged in UTAD accounts and on identification badges because those connect with the legal name in other University systems.

“We don’t want to create a potential error when it comes to tax forms, official transcripts, insurance and legal issues,” Bill McCreary, UT vice president and chief information and technology officer, said. “I prefer to be called Bill, not William, so I plan to take advantage of this option myself. However, we advise students, faculty and staff to keep names appropriate and respectful because it is visible to our entire University community.”

Approximately 5,500 students, faculty and staff members already use their preferred names in some systems.

President affirms support for international students in letter to campus

UT President Sharon L. Gaber affirmed support for the University’s international students, faculty and staff in a letter sent to campus Monday in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending the entry of individuals from certain countries into the United States for 90 days.

“The University of Toledo welcomes people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, national and international backgrounds. Diversity is a core value of the University. We believe our diversity makes us stronger, and we work hard to create an environment of inclusion,” Gaber wrote. “It is the contributions of and collaboration with people from backgrounds different than our own that allow us to excel in education, research and economic development, and contribute to society.”

The email to campus follows up on the president’s initial statement on the issue from Sunday.

There are currently no students abroad impacted by the executive order, and University leadership is strongly encouraging those individuals from the countries affected to avoid all international travel for the immediate future. The president also noted that campus police have not inquired about immigration status in the past and have no plans to start doing so.

“Please know we are all here to help address any concerns, questions or worries you may have, and will work to connect you with local resources, including immigration attorneys, to address your specific situations,” Gaber wrote.

University leaders are monitoring potential changes to immigration laws, policies and practices, and will keep campus updated as more information becomes available.

Faculty, staff and students with questions are invited to contact Dr. Sammy Spann, assistant provost for international studies and programs, at 419.530.5268 or sammy.spann@utoledo.edu, or Dr. Kaye M. Patten, senior vice president for student affairs, at 419.530.2665 or kaye.pattenwallace@utoledo.edu, for assistance.

Criminal justice and legal specialties career/internship fair Feb. 2

The University of Toledo Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies programs will host a career and internship fair Thursday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

criminal-justice-fairRepresentatives from nearly 90 agencies will be available to meet with students interested in law enforcement, corrections, social work, probation and legal specialties.

Students of all majors are encouraged to attend and meet potential employers, including the FBI; police departments throughout Ohio, Michigan and Indiana; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency; Marshall & Melhorn LLC; and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“Students should dress professionally and bring a resumé,” Dr. Wendi Goodlin-Fahncke, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program, said. “Even if you’re not looking for a job or internship, this is a great opportunity to network for the future.”

Rocket football to hold signing day event Feb. 1

The University of Toledo football coaching staff will host a special presentation of its 2017 recruiting class Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m. in Savage Arena.

football-signingday-web-01Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. The event is free to all Rocket fans and will be streamed live on ESPN3. Fans may park for free in area 5 located west of Savage Arena.

Head Coach Jason Candle and his assistant coaching staff will review their 2017 recruiting class and show video highlights of each signee at the event. Feb. 1 is the first day that high school seniors are allowed to sign national letters of intent.

Following the presentation, Rocket fans also will have a chance to meet the coaches at a reception and sign their own “letter of intent” with the football team. Fans who sign a letter committing to purchase season tickets for the 2017 season can get their “signing day” photo taken with Candle.

Season ticket information will be available. Current season ticket holders may renew their season tickets at the event.

The concession stands will be open at the event. Fans also may enter to win Rocket gear from Rocky’s Locker, a 2017 football parking pass, or four tickets to the 2017 home opener.

The Rockets will open the 2017 season at home vs. Elon Thursday, Aug. 31.

For season ticket information, call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

UT scholars to host forum Jan. 31 titled ‘A Law and Order Presidency? Issues in Policing and Criminal Justice’

The University of Toledo’s second post-election forum since President Donald Trump became the country’s 45th president will feature a panel of scholars focusing on the topic of “A Law and Order Presidency? Issues in Policing and Criminal Justice.”

political-forumThe free, public event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. at the West Toledo Branch Library, 1320 West Sylvania Ave.

“We invite all concerned members of our community to join us for a public discussion about critical issues and questions pertaining to law enforcement, the terms on which we adjudicate crime and punishment, how we think about rights, and how we might aspire to justice,” Dr. Rene Heberle, professor of political science, said.

Heberle will discuss “Undoing Mass Incarceration in the Trump Era: What Is to Be Done?”

Additional speakers and topics will include:

• Jelani Jefferson Exum, UT professor of law, “What May Change? The Influence of the Attorney General on Criminal Justice Protections and Priorities.”

• Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, UT assistant professor of disability studies, “Not in Our Name: Disability, Mental Health and Criminal Justice Reform.”

• Gregory Gilchrist, UT associate professor of law, “Federal Influences on Local Policing.”

“Criminal justice and policing reforms have been at the forefront of political and policy activity at the federal level, in statehouses, in communities and in the streets for the last several years,” Heberle said. “Faculty from various disciplines will offer perspectives on the kind of influence the federal government has had on reform efforts over the past several years. More importantly, we will discuss prospects for continuing reform given the fundamental shifts in ideological perspectives and priorities signaled by the new administration taking shape under President Donald Trump.”

The event is sponsored by the UT College of Law and the UT School for Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts and Letters.

Mortar Board applications due Feb. 3

Juniors and seniors: Applications for the UT Mortar Board Honor Society are due Friday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m.

mq1Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes students for leadership, scholarship and service. There are more than 200 chapters across the country.

To become a member, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher; excel in leadership and service; and pass through a selection process conducted by Mortar Board.

As members of Mortar Board, students will continue to provide service and leadership to the campus through projects: Reading is Leading, working with Blue Key to plan Songfest, and Wrap Up Toledo. 

Applications only will be accepted via OrgSync.

Any questions concerning Mortar Board or the application process may be directed to Kylie Koesters at kylie.koesters@rockets.utoledo.edu.

UT president issues statement following executive order ban

UT President Sharon L. Gaber issued a statement Sunday expressing the University’s commitment to diversity following the executive order issued by President Donald Trump that temporarily bans citizens of seven countries from entering the country.

The University of Toledo welcomes people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, national and international backgrounds. Diversity is a core value of the University. We believe our diversity makes us stronger, and we work hard to create an environment of inclusion.

UT President Sharon L. Gaber is in agreement with the concerns raised by the APLU (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities), which recently issued a statement on the negative consequences of the recent executive order issued by President Donald Trump. We are signatory to the BRIDGE Act, which would give students temporary protection from deportation through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to continue living in the United States with permission from the federal government.

The University will continue to study President Trump’s recent executive order and the impact it has on our campus. We will communicate more when we have more information.

The Center for International Studies and Programs is available to assist faculty, staff and students as more information becomes available. Contact the center at 419.530.5268 or CISP@utoledo.edu.