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College students across U.S. to participate in national sales competition at UT

Professional sales students from 34 universities across the United States will visit The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation this weekend to compete in the third annual UT Invitational Sales Competition.

The Edward Schmidt School of Professional Sales at UT organizes this first and only national sales competition dedicated exclusively to juniors, sophomores and freshmen because graduating seniors are typically already placed in jobs due to high corporate demand.

“We believe that younger students are chomping at the bit to shine outside the shadow of a senior, and we are confident that they have the talent and coachability to compete on a national stage,” said Deirdre Jones, director of the Edward Schmidt School of Professional Sales and the UT Invitational Sales Competition. “We are thrilled to bring tomorrow’s top talent today to our sponsors so they can find the sales talent they need for internships and regular job placements.”

Since 2016, more than a dozen corporate sponsors who send company representatives to serve as buyers and judges have hired 48 competitors. Hiring tripled between 2016 and 2017.

The sales competition will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24, in classrooms and meeting rooms throughout Savage & Associates Business Complex.

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

The winners of the competition will be recognized at an awards luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

The event also will feature a career fair for participating students from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room featuring sales leaders and recruiters from sponsoring companies.

More than 100 sales leaders and recruiters who participate serve as buyers and judges for the role plays and also interact with the students during coaching and interviewing sessions and the career fair.

Sponsors include 3M, Owens Corning, Quicken Loans, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., and Procter & Gamble Co.

Participating universities include Baylor, Florida State University, Ball State, Oregon State, Temple and Purdue.

Director of center operating NASA’s Hubble, James Webb space telescopes to speak Feb. 22

The director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, which operates NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the soon-to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope, will speak on campus as part of The University of Toledo’s continuing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Ritter Astrophysics Research Center.

The free, public event featuring Dr. Ken Sembach and titled “Great Observatories, Present and Future” will take place Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Wolfe Hall Room 1205.


“Some telescopes are put into space to get above the blurring of our atmosphere and to detect light that our atmosphere otherwise blocks,” said Dr. Jillian Bornak, associate lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and chair of the UT Astronomy 50th Anniversary Committee. “Dr. Sembach will talk to us about these great observatories and lay out the foundation for why we are excited for the view of the universe that the Webb telescope will give us.”

Toledo has historic connections to deep space exploration and unraveling the mysteries of the universe.

In 1946, an astrophysicist from Toledo named Lyman Spitzer Jr. proposed building telescopes in space. Today, UT researchers and students use Spitzer and NASA’s other space telescopes by downloading the data and engaging in the exploration of the universe from Ritter.

The James Webb Space Telescope, which will be the largest and most powerful when launched into orbit next year, is named in honor of Dr. James Webb, who received an honorary degree at the dedication of UT’s Ritter facility Oct. 13, 1967. Webb was the head of NASA at that time.

The Space Telescope Science Institute is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, which UT was selected to join in 2016 in recognition of the astronomy and astrophysics program’s strengths in research, education and outreach.

Before becoming director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, Sembach served as interim director, Hubble mission head and Hubble project scientist. Previously, Sembach was the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer deputy project scientist for Large Science Programs at Johns Hopkins University. He also was a NASA Hubble Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sembach received a bachelor’s degree in physics with honors in 1988 from the University of Chicago and a PhD in astronomy in 1992 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Chemical sensing topic of Distinguished University Professor Lecture

Dr. Jon R. Kirchhoff, Distinguished University Professor and Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will discuss his research this week.

The title of his Distinguished University Professor Lecture is “Chemical Sensing: Finding a Needle in a Haystack.” The free, public event will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. in Doermann Theatre.

“The presentation will look at the importance of chemical sensing in our everyday lives and the challenges of making accurate and useful measurements,” Kirchhoff said. “Several projects from my research group will be used as examples.”

In his 29th year at The University of Toledo, Kirchhoff has served as associate chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for 16 years and chair for four years.

He received his PhD from Purdue University in 1985 and specializes in analytical chemistry focusing on chemical sensing. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and patents, and has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research and infrastructure grants totaling $5.8 million.

Kirchhoff was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2010.

“The faculty who have been named Distinguished University Professors are colleagues that I have admired for their significant contributions to the University,” he said. “It is an honor and very humbling to be considered among this group of faculty.”

A reception will follow his lecture in the lobby of University Hall.

Trustees approve program to provide students with digital course materials

The University of Toledo has adopted a new program that will automatically provide students with lower cost, digital course materials when they enroll in a number of specific courses.

The new initiative, called the Inclusive Access Program, is a model in which a fee for the course materials is added to the tuition when he or she registers for the course.

“UT continues to work on strategies to reduce textbook costs for our students,” Provost Andrew Hsu said. “This program provides students significant cost savings over the bookstore retail prices and at the same time is a convenience to automatically connect them with the required materials so they have it on the first day of class and are ready to learn.”

The cost savings for the course materials provided through the program range from a few dollars to as much as $300 for a single textbook.

The program is being launched for fall 2018 with 14 high enrollment courses in the College of Business and Innovation and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. It had previously been tested in a mathematics course.

The Board of Trustees approved the inclusive access model course fees at its meeting on Monday.

Trustees also approved an honorary degree for Charles “Chuck” Ealey, who will be the commencement speaker for the spring 2018 ceremony Saturday, May 5. Ealey, who received a bachelor’s degree in business economics from UT in 1972, broke numerous records as a standout football player leading the Rockets to three Mid-American Conference Championships. His perfect 35-0 NCAA record still stands after more than four decades.

Ealey played in the Canadian Football League after graduation and had a successful career as a financial planner. The Chuck Ealey Foundation, which he created in 2007, continues to support youth mentoring programs and high school awards programs that encourage people to embrace their undefeated spirit.

Also approved by trustees was a 2 percent increase in housing and meal plan rates for students who are not part of the incoming class under the Toledo Tuition Guarantee program. The changes in housing fees represent an increase of up to $96 per semester, depending on the residence hall, and up to $42 per semester in increased dining costs, according to the meal plan selected. The new fees, which will begin fall 2018, cover increasing costs of operations while keeping the additional costs for students at less than $10 per week.

Two departments in the College of Nursing are being renamed to better group faculty according to shared content expertise to enhance collaboration opportunities. The Department of Nursing Science will be changed to the Department of Maternal, Pediatric and Mental Health, and the Department of Advanced Population Health will be the Department of Adult, Family and Population Health.

Grammy Award-winning pianist to play Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert Feb. 21

Billy Childs, who took home the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for “Rebirth” last month, will visit The University of Toledo this week.

The five-time Grammy Award-winning pianist will perform at the Department of Music’s Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.


Since his first recordings in the 1980s, Childs has developed into a distinctive and distinguished composer. An accomplished symphonic writer, he has amassed jazz originals that can swing hard, dazzle with intricacy, touch with direct simplicity, or mesmerize with crystalline lyricism.

On his new Mack Avenue debut album “Rebirth,” Childs reaches back to the start of his astoundingly varied musical experience — leading a small jazz band of state-of-the-art musicians with his piano playing.

At his musical core, Childs is an improvising pianist. He has the ability to equally distill the harmonic and rhythmic languages of classical music and jazz into his playing. The wide-ranging vocabulary on the taut track “Tightrope” begs the question of Childs’ love of classical music; “I’m not just jazz,” he stressed.

His insistent pulse and melodically probing introduction to song is a key to his musical identity: welcome extended harmonic possibilities as they come along, take a flexible approach to time, and leave an open door for input from bandmates.

While on campus, Childs also will conduct a free master class at 2 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

A cash bar will be available the night of the concert.

Tickets are $20 each and are available at the door and through the Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419.530.ARTS (2787), as well as online at utoledo.tix.com.

All proceeds from the concert benefit the UT Department of Music’s Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Program. This scholarship is awarded to African-American students pursuing a degree in jazz performance at UT.

UT Spring Engineering Career Expo Feb. 21

More than 140 companies will attend the Spring 2018 Engineering Career Expo at The University of Toledo Wednesday, Feb. 21.

The networking and hiring event will take place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of Nitschke Hall and the North Engineering Building.

Only UT College of Engineering students and alumni are eligible to attend this opportunity to connect with companies.

More than 700 engineering students and alumni are expected to attend.

Companies scheduled to participate include Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Dana Inc., Marathon Petroleum Corp., Matrix Technologies Inc., Owens Corning, Owens-Illinois Inc., PCC Airfoils LLC, Plastic Technologies Inc., R.W. Beckett Corp., Rudolph Libbe/GEM Inc., SSOE Group, The Lathrop Co. and ZF Group. 

“The current job outlook for engineering students in The University of Toledo College of Engineering is certainly bright as evidenced by the record number registered to attend the college’s spring career expo,” said Dr. Vickie Kuntz, director of the Engineering Career Development Center that hosts the event. “Employers are seeking undergraduate students to participate in engineering co-op assignments, as well as their leadership development programs. Employers are also seeking seniors and graduates for full-time employment.”

The college hosts semiannual career expos to give students the opportunity to network with potential employers.

“The University of Toledo College of Engineering’s undergraduate mandatory paid co-op program is one of only eight mandatory engineering co-op programs in the country,” Kuntz said. “Our students experience one full year of professional engineering experience before they graduate, and they feel confident seeking full-time employment upon graduation. Co-op businesses are able to work with these students and are able to determine how the student fits within their organization. It’s a win-win situation for our students and the companies who hire them.”

International students’ night slated at women’s basketball game Feb. 21

See you at the game, international students! Come cheer on the women’s basketball team as they play Eastern Michigan Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in Savage Arena.

“We planned this event so all international students can come and learn about basketball, have fun, and support our Rockets,” Xinren Yu, international program coordinator for the Center for International Studies and Programs, said.

International students are invited to tour Savage Arena at 5 p.m.

Following the behind-the-scenes look at the facility, there’ll be food, music and games.

All international students will receive a free T-shirt designed especially for the event.

“The international students also will be able to go on the court before the game for the fan tunnel,” Yu said. “We’ll be able to cheer and welcome our Rockets as they take the floor.”

International students who want to attend the free event should sign up here.

Army ROTC offers $5,000 bonus to sophomores, seniors planning on graduate school

The University of Toledo ROTC Program is promoting a new $5,000 bonus for sophomores and seniors planning to attend graduate school who can pass cadet basic training.

“We’re looking for high-quality college sophomores and seniors to join ROTC and attend basic camp at Fort Knox [in Kentucky] this summer,” said Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Hughes, commanding general, U.S. Army Cadet Command.

For those who successfully complete basic camp, Cadet Command will offer a contract and pay a $5,000 signing bonus.

Upon graduation, cadets who fulfill the military science requirements will receive a position as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. The cadet may elect to be part of the Regular Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

“This is a great opportunity for UT students to enroll in one of the best leadership courses in the country while pursuing their educational goals,” said Capt. Anny G. NovaReyes, UT assistant professor of military science.

The wide range of jobs and occupations within the Army requires recruitment of officers from all degree fields, she added. The Army is in need of a diverse talent pool to lead soldiers and defend America’s national interests.

Those interested should contact the Army ROTC at arotc@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4696.

UTPD seeks feedback on community engagement

The University of Toledo Police Department is seeking feedback on the service it provides to campus and recent efforts to enhance relationships between police officers and the University community.

UT students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Toledo community, are asked to take a short survey available online or in paper format that seeks information about how safe you feel on campus, how much you trust the police, and how you engage with campus police officers.

“Last summer we received a $37,000 grant from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services to support initiatives aimed at improving relationships between the campus community and UTPD,” said Jeff Newton, UT police chief and director of public safety. “We used those funds to support events like Meet the Office of Public Safety Day and Pizza with the Police. Now we want to gage how those efforts are impacting how the community engages with our officers.”

UTPD also enhanced its social media activity this year with a digital media campaign to communicate with the community through the department’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The survey can be taken online at http://police.utoledo.edu, and paper copies are available at the UTPD police station in the Transportation Center on Main Campus. UTPD also will make the survey available at the remaining Pizza with the Police events this semester, which will take place at noon Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Health and Human Services Building; Friday, March 23, in the Thompson Student Union; and Thursday, April 26, outside the Thompson Student Union.

The initial survey data will be collected through Saturday, May 5; however, the department plans to keep the survey available online to continue to receive feedback about its operations.

Inaugural Rockets’ Wine Night set for Feb. 21

The University of Toledo will host the inaugural Rockets’ Wine Night at Savage Arena prior to the women’s basketball game vs. Eastern Michigan Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Heidelberg Distributing will feature 12 of its most popular wines in the Fetterman Practice Gym beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Tipoff for the basketball game is 7 p.m.

Cost for the inaugural event is $30 and includes a game ticket, 12 wine samples, and appetizers. Tickets to the event are $20 for fans who have already purchased their game tickets. The cost for designated drivers is $20 and includes game ticket and appetizers with soft drinks.

This event is for fans 21 and older.

All attendees will be required to show a valid photo ID upon entry. No refunds or exchanges will be provided for failure to provide ID or failure to attend.

Attendees can redeem their event voucher at the door of the Fetterman Practice Gym from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for access to the pre-game event.

To order tickets for Rockets’ Wine Night, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), go online at utrockets.com, or stop by the UT Ticket Office at Savage Arena.