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Special ‘freeze’ promotion set for men’s and women’s basketball games

A special $2 discount will be available from Thursday through Tuesday, Dec. 21-26, for the Toledo men’s and women’s basketball Winter Ticket Spectacular.

Fans can purchase tickets for $6 (includes parking) by going online and using the promo code “freeze.”

For the men’s games, fans can buy tickets in the bleacher seats for games vs. Akron Friday, Jan. 5, and Western Michigan Tuesday, Jan. 9.

For the women, general admission tickets are available for contests vs. Akron Wednesday, Jan. 3, Ohio Wednesday, Jan. 10, and Northern Illinois Saturday, Jan. 13.

For ticket information, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as on gameday; or go online at utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Rockets shot down by Mountaineers, 34-0

Toledo fell behind early and could never get back in the game in a 34-0 loss to Appalachian State Saturday night in the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

The Rockets (11-3) trailed 20-0 at halftime, and App State outgained Toledo in total offense for the game, 458-146.

Senior running back Terry Swanson rushed for 44 yards in the game.

Senior quarterback Logan Woodside, playing in his final game as a Rocket, completed 16 of 29 passes for 124 yards. Senior Terry Swanson led the running attack with 44 yards. Sophomore Diontae Johnson caught two passes for 21 yards, finishing his season with a school-record 1,278 receiving yards.

Appalachian State controlled the first half, taking a 20-0 halftime lead and outgaining the Rockets in total offense, 267-85, in the first 30 minutes.

The Mountaineers got on the board on their third possession of the game on a seven-yard TD run by Jalin Moore with 4:06 to play in the first quarter. The 36-yard drive was set up by an ASU interception of Woodside near midfield that was returned 19 yards by Anthony Flory.

ASU scored again on its next possession, a nine-play, 64-yard drive capped off by another seven-yard run by Moore. After the Mountaineers forced Toledo to punt, they drove 57 yards before settling for a 29-yard field goal by Chandler Staton to increase their lead to 17-0 with 8:09 left in the first half.

Toledo’s second turnover of the game, a fumble by Johnson on the ensuing kickoff, set up the Mountaineers’ next score, a 23-yard field goal to up their lead to 20-0. ASU ended the half with Staton missing a 25-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

Toledo began the second half by driving into ASU territory, but the UT drive was stopped when Woodside was picked off by safety Desmond Franklin on the four-yard line. He returned it 35 yards to the ASU 39-yard line, setting the stage for a 31-yard TD run by Moore, his third score of the evening, to give App State a comfortable 27-0 lead.

ASU scored on the first play of the fourth quarter, a three-yard run on a reverse by Malik Williams that made the score 34-0, which would hold as the final score.

Rockets watch Mobile’s Mardi Gras Parade on eve of big game

On the eve of the 2017 Dollar General Bowl, the Toledo Rockets had a full day of activities in Mobile Friday.

Rocky gave a high-five during the Mardis Gras Parade Dec. 22 in Mobile, Ala.

After a morning practice, the entire team attended the mayor’s luncheon at the Mobile Convention Center. UT President Sharon Gaber spoke on behalf of the University. Former Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops was the featured speaker.

In the evening, some of the players attended the Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Mobile. Participating in the parade were the UT Marching Band, as well as President Gaber, the cheerleaders, and Rocky and Rocksy.

The Rockets will battle Appalachian State Saturday, Dec. 23, at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium at 7 Eastern time on ESPN.

The UT Marching Band stepped it up in the Mardis Gras Parade.

Rockets visit USS Alabama during bowl trip

Following a brief morning practice, the Toledo Rockets toured the USS Alabama on the third day of their stay in Mobile, Ala., for the 2017 Dollar General Bowl.

The Alabama is a retired World War II era battleship that has been docked in Mobile Bay since 1964.

A few of the Rockets posed for a photo during a tour of the USS Alabama.

The players also had some free time Thursday afternoon before returning to a full schedule Friday.

The Rockets will practice Friday morning, attend the mayor’s luncheon in downtown Mobile, then go to the Dollar General Bowl Mardi Gras Parade Friday night.

On Saturday, Toledo will face Appalachian State in the Dollar General Bowl at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Eastern time. The game will be televised on ESPN.

UT offering art workshops for youths over winter break

Looking for something to keep the kids busy over the holiday break? The University of Toledo Art Department will present two four-day workshops.

Designed for children ages 7 to 13, the workshops will take place from Tuesday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 5, at the UT Center for the Visual Arts on the Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

The Superhero Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, with check-in at 8:30 a.m. Participants will make their own superhero outfit, character and comic design. Instruction will cover hand sewing, drawing, and working with fabric paint.

The Wizard Camp 2.0 will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., with check-in at 12:30 p.m. Participants will hand sew magic puppets, create a spell book and a magical traveling case, and make a wand.

There will be a supervised lunch break for youths staying for both workshops. Lunch will not be provided; participants are encouraged to pack a lunch and a beverage.

The workshops cost $60 each or $105 for both. Register here.

Rockets visit hospital, finish first bowl practice in Mobile

The Toledo Rockets completed their first practice Wednesday afternoon in Mobile in preparation for Saturday’s game vs. Appalachian State at the 2017 Dollar General Bowl.

The Rockets practiced at UMS-Wright Prepatory School for about 90 minutes before returning to their hotel. 

Senior quarterback Logan Woodside and the Rockets practiced Wednesday in Mobile, Ala.

Head Coach Jason Candle said the practice was a good start for the Rockets (11-2), who have not played since defeating Akron for the MAC Championship Dec. 2.

“We had a chance to acclimate ourselves to warmer weather,” Candle said.

Highs in Mobile reached the low 70s Wednesday, with high humidity and scattered showers.

“Also, we haven’t practiced outside since the Western Michigan game (Nov. 24). Otherwise, it’s the same as any practice: play hard, take care of the ball on offense, create turnovers on defense.”

Earlier in the day, seniors on the team delivered toys to children at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital.

The Rockets ended their day in a bowling competition vs. Appalachian State. Toledo rolled by the Mountaineers and will bring home the bowling trophy.

On Thursday, the Rockets will have a brief morning practice, followed by a tour of the USS Alabama in Mobile Bay.

Seniors on the team visited patients at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital.

Rockets land in Alabama in preparation for Saturday’s Dollar General Bowl

The Toledo Rockets spent their first day in Mobile, Ala., enjoying some Southern hospitality at a shrimp boil dinner at Ladd-Peebles Stadium Tuesday evening.

Ladd-Peebles will be the site of the 2017 Dollar General Bowl that will pit Toledo vs. Appalachian State Saturday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. Eastern time. The game will be televised by ESPN.

The Rockets were welcomed when they landed in Mobile, Ala., where they’ll play in the Dollar General Bowl Saturday, Dec. 23.

The Rockets landed in Mobile about 3:30 Central time before heading to the stadium for dinner.

Prior to dinner, Head Coach Jason Candle met briefly with local media; he lauded the great tradition of football in the state of Alabama.

“I was part of this experience three years ago as an assistant coach, so I know the hospitality this city provides,” Candle said. “We know how the state of Alabama appreciates football. There is such great tradition in this state and right here in Ladd-Peebles Stadium. We’re very excited to be playing in this game.”

Wednesday’s agenda includes a morning visit to the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital; the team’s first practice in Mobile; and an evening bowling competition vs. Appalachian State.

Head Football Coach Jason Candle spoke to local media after he got off the plane.

Freeze frame: New book offers pictorial history of UT

There are 240 photos packed into the 128 pages of “University of Toledo.”

That’s a lot of pictures telling many stories in the new book by Barbara Floyd. Part of Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series, the work takes a look back at The University of Toledo.

Barbara Floyd holds her new book, “University of Toledo.”

“This book would not have been possible without the incredible images preserved in university archives created by photographers known and unknown,” Floyd said. “The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections houses more than 15,000 UT images, and sifting through them to decide what to include in this book was a labor of love.”

Floyd was the perfect person to curate the book. She retired last month as director of the Canaday Center, where she worked 31 years, initially as university archivist and later also as director of special collections for 20 years.

And she is a UT alumna. She received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism, a master of arts degree in American history, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University.

“The University of Toledo changed my life,” Floyd said. “Having the chance to pay tribute to this beloved institution that means so much to so many was a wonderful opportunity.”

The pictorial review starts with one man who had a vision: Jesup W. Scott believed Toledo could be the “Future Great City of the World.”

“As a real estate investor, Jesup Scott saw the location of Toledo on railroad lines, on the Great Lakes, and near farmland as the elements of a future industrial powerhouse,” Floyd said. “And that future great city would need a university.”

Scott donated 160 acres of land to serve as an endowment for the Toledo University of Arts and Trade. While the school failed, it was resurrected in 1884 by Scott’s sons, who gave the remaining assets to the city to create a manual training school.

“By 1909, the institution was becoming a full-fledged university, but struggled financially and needed a permanent location,” Floyd said.

When Dr. Henry J. Doermann became president of the University in 1928, he began planning for a new campus. A $2.8 million bond levy was passed that November, less than one year before the Great Depression.

A photo shows Doermann at the 1929 groundbreaking ceremony for University Hall.

“President Doermann selected the Collegiate Gothic design elements of the great universities of Europe because he wanted the architecture to inspire students,” Floyd said.

University Hall with its iconic tower and dual courtyards continues to be one of the most photographed landmarks in Toledo.

Images chronicle the University’s growing campus and burgeoning student life, which flourished even more when UT joined Ohio’s higher education system in 1967.

“The focus of this book is on the major events that shaped the University,” Floyd said. “It celebrates the University’s growth as an institution.”

There was a lot to celebrate in 2006 when UT merged with the Medical University of Ohio. At the time, it was estimated the new entity would have a $1.1 billion impact on Ohio’s economy.

A few pages also commemorate when UT was in the national spotlight. A smiling Chuck Ealey, the quarterback known as the “Wizard of Oohs and Aahs” who led the Rockets to a 35-0 record from 1969 to 1972, is in the book, along with a shot of the men’s basketball team playing Indiana in the inaugural game in Centennial Hall, now called Savage Arena. UT won, 59-57, with a basket at the buzzer to end the Hoosiers’ 33-game winning streak. And the women’s basketball team is shown celebrating its 2011 WNIT Championship.

Floyd gave credit to the late longtime UT photographer Bill Hartough, MCO photographer Jack Meade, and current University photographer Daniel Miller: “Their keen eyes captured events big and small, as well as campus life.”

“University of Toledo” is $21.99 and available at the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore and online book retailers.

Dollar General Bowl watch party Dec. 23

Fans who can’t make the trip to Mobile, Ala., to see the Toledo Rockets play the Appalachian State Mountaineers in the Dollar General Bowl Saturday, Dec. 23, are invited to a watch party.

The University College Alumni Affiliate will host the event at Bar 145, 5305 Monroe St. in Toledo.

Wear your blue and gold and come cheer on the Rockets!

Meet at 6:30 p.m. before the game starts at 7 p.m.

All food and drink costs will be billed individually during the watch party.

Reservations are appreciated, but not required. Click here.

UT adopts Toledo Tuition Guarantee

New students to The University of Toledo will be able to pay the same undergraduate tuition from their first day of college through graduation under the new Toledo Tuition Guarantee plan.

The Toledo Tuition Guarantee, approved Monday by the UT Board of Trustees, establishes a fixed tuition rate for four years to provide price transparency and consistency for families, while also encouraging students to complete their bachelor’s degree in four years.

“I’m glad to be able to offer this price certainty to our students and their families as we continue to strengthen our efforts that encourage students to succeed in their studies, graduate and go on to pursue successful careers,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said.

“UT for many years has provided an exceptional value to our students with one of the lowest tuition rates among public universities in Ohio. This tuition guarantee plan aligns our commitment to providing a high-quality education at an affordable price with efforts to support student success and raise retention and graduation rates,” said Larry Kelley, UT executive vice president for finance and administration, and chief financial officer.

UT’s tuition guarantee plan begins fall semester 2018 for new degree-seeking undergraduate students who enroll at the University for the first time as first-year students or transfer students. It establishes a fixed rate for tuition, the general fee and select miscellaneous fees, such as for library information and career services. On-campus housing and meal plan rates also are guaranteed for four years; however, residence hall space cannot be guaranteed beyond a student’s second year because of the University’s requirement that students live on campus for their first two years. The out-of-state surcharge is not included in the Toledo Tuition Guarantee. Graduate students also are not part of the guarantee program.

Undergraduate students are guaranteed the fixed rate for four academic years, which includes eight consecutive fall and spring semesters, four summer semesters and any intersessions within that period. Students who take classes beyond their four-year guarantee period will pay the tuition rate set for a subsequent cohort.

For students in programs that take longer than four years to complete because of required additional credit hours due to accreditation or licensing requirements or required internships or co-ops, they will be granted up to a one-year extension of their guaranteed cohort period. The list of applicable programs is being finalized.

Students who complete their undergraduate degree within the guarantee period are eligible for a new $500 scholarship toward continuing their education in a UT graduate program if they enroll within three semesters of graduating with their bachelor’s degree.

The Toledo Tuition Guarantee does not impact students already enrolled at UT who will continue under the traditional tuition model.

A collaborative team of administrators, faculty and staff from across the University have worked since April to put together the Toledo Tuition Guarantee plan. The plan has been submitted to the chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, who approves requests to adopt guarantee programs.

For additional information on the Toledo Tuition Guarantee, visit utoledo.edu/admission/freshman/tuition/guarantee.