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‘What Were You Wearing?’ art exhibit kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness Month events

An art installation titled “What Were You Wearing?” will be on display for one week at The University of Toledo to kick off a series of events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The free exhibit hosted by UT’s Title IX Office is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6, in Carlson Library Room 1005.

“What Were You Wearing?” will be on display Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005. The art installation shown here in this photo by Jennifer Sprague was on display at the University of Kansas.

“What Were You Wearing?” is a collection of 24 survivors’ stories and re-creations of the outfits they were wearing at the time of their assaults. The goal of the “What Were You Wearing?” project is to debunk the common rape myth that sexual violence happens because someone dresses a certain way or that they are “asking for it.”

UT President Sharon L. Gaber will speak at the opening reception for the exhibit at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 2.

The exhibit has been presented on campuses across the U.S. since it was created in 2013 and changes at each campus based on the submissions of the survivors of sexual assault in each location.

“This exhibit corresponds with Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the national conversation about what victims were wearing,” Gaber said. “Across the country, we are seeing gymnasts courageously stand up for their leotards after others publicly and wrongly blame their clothing as a cause for sexual abuse. The powerful exhibit at The University of Toledo should help all of us to move away from placing fault and shame on the victims of sexual violence and instead place the responsibility on those who cause harm.”

“Clothing has nothing to do with sexual assault,” said Donald Kamm, director of Title IX and compliance at UT. “The exhibit provides a tangible response to one of culture’s greatest sexual assault myths.”

Other events planned for Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout April include:

• Monday, April 2 — Sexual Assault Awareness Jeopardy from noon to 1 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005. Hosted by the YWCA Hope Rape Crisis Center, UT’s campus advocate will lead a trivia game on sexual assault awareness facts to learn more about the issue of sexual assault and resources on campus.

• Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6 — Red Flag Campaign. Hosted by the Title IX Office, red flags will be displayed in Centennial Mall to represent the 316 individuals who reported rape in the city of Toledo in 2016.

• Tuesday, April 3 — “Interpersonal Violence” from noon to 1 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005. The presentation is hosted by sexual assault nurse examiners at The University of Toledo Medical Center.

• Wednesday, April 4 — Bringing in the Bystander from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005. Title IX leaders at UT will explore different strategies to help a friend or acquaintance by safely intervening in instances of sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking.

• Thursday, April 5 — Safe Place Training from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005. A Safe Place is a confidential place free from homophobia, transphobia, bipohobia and heterosexism where people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, queer or questioning can feel welcome, safe and included. During Safe Place Training, which will be hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Success, participants are provided information on common issues and challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, what it means to be an LGBTQ ally, as well as international, national, state, local and UT resources.

• Tuesday, April 10 — Self-defense class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the International House Multi-Purpose Room on the sixth floor. The UT Police Department offers a self-defense class open to all UT students, faculty and staff. Participants will learn personal safety tips as well as self-defense tactics in a safe and comfortable setting. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

• Thursday, April 12 — The Clothesline Project from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Centennial Mall (rain location: Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge). The event, which is hosted by the UT Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness, is an avenue for those affected by sexual violence to express their emotions through writings and drawings on a symbolic T-shirt. The shirt is hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the issue of sexual violence.

• Wednesday, April 18 — Walk a Mile in Her Shoes from noon to 2:30 p.m. in Centennial Mall. During the event hosted by UT sorority Alpha Chi Omega, participants will be challenged by a colleague or friend to walk a mile in high heels with proceeds benefiting a local domestic violence shelter.

• Monday, April 23 through Friday, April 27 — A Cup of Prevention. Stickers with resource information will be on every coffee sleeve purchased from Starbucks in the Thompson Student Union and Java City in Rocket Hall while supplies last. As part of the #UTtogether campaign, the information is being distributed to raise awareness on sexual misconduct prevention resources available to students, faculty and staff.

Wednesday, April 25 — Denim Day. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear jeans to raise awareness of sexual violence. Stop by the Title IX and YWCA Hope Center’s tables in the Thompson Student Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn more.

— What Goes Unseen from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Room 2582. The Office of Multicultural Student Success and the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness are hosting a presentation on the truth about sexual assault and domestic violence in the Latino community.

• Saturday, April 28 — Take Back the Night from 6 to 10 p.m. at Rogers High School, 222 McTigue Drive. The annual event protests all forms of violence against women.  

For more information, visit utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/saepp/events.html.

Reflections on China: Teaching English, touring with Yale Alley Cats, showing Rocket pride

Since October 2017, I have had the opportunity through the support of a company called Education Group Central to teach middle school students in China English as a second language online. The experience was enriching as I would often pick up the guitar and teach the students a new American song. I never thought I would have the opportunity to visit and see them face to face.

On March 10, I was invited to travel on my first visit to China in order to meet all my students whom I had been teaching on the screen. The experience was surreal. I’m sure it was the same for them. As we all met each other for the first time, we were star-struck; it was like we met someone we had only been watching in the movies.

Jeremy Holloway took a selfie with some of his students.

My classrooms were in multiple cities all over China, so I visited them all. The first stop was in Beijing, then by plane to Zhongshan. From there, I traveled by train to Guiyang, then to Xi’an, and then back to Beijing.

I had the opportunity to visit the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden Palace in Beijing. I also had the opportunity to see the Terracotta Army Sculpture Museum in Xi’an. I tried everything from hot pot and Chinese burgers to Peking duck. It was phenomenal. Since some of the distances between cities was farther than a trip from New York to Orlando, Fla., I had the opportunity to experience all kinds of climates from areas with the same temperature as Toledo to areas with T-shirt weather and palm trees.

I visited the schools and taught each class one lesson, and then we had time for questions and answers. Most of the students asked me about my experience in China, what cities I visited, and how I liked the food. I felt like a celebrity as they crowded around me to ask for my autograph. A very humbling experience indeed, but we all enjoyed ourselves.

Jeremy Holloway took a selfie with the Yale Alley Cats on the Great Wall of China.

What made my experience very unique on top of visiting the students — I was placed on a tour with a group called the Yale Alley Cats. The team of undergraduate male Yale students is part of a group that started at the school in 1943. It was fascinating to spend time with these students and ask them questions about their experience applying and getting into Yale. Some of the students shared how they took the SAT and the ACT 19 times before entering, and another student said he only took the test a couple of times, but wrote a good essay. The students were extremely talented in different ways, from knowing two or three languages to their well-mannered behavior everywhere they went.

But the one thing I learned from them that was fascinating was their common decisions in choosing Yale because the university let them pursue the arts along with STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine). They shared how they felt other Ivy League schools only cared about the academics, but Yale strongly encouraged a balance of pursuing the arts like singing, dance, languages, etc., along with their academic interests. What I realized the most was the students were passionate about something they studied, and they credited that passion to why they really got accepted to Yale.

After I shared with them my joy of singing, they also graciously let me lead one of their songs during a dinner together. I sang “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys with the Yale Alley Cats.

Sporting one of his favorite UT T-shirts, Jeremy Holloway had his photo taken on the Great Wall of China.

I was proud to represent The University of Toledo with these students. I shared with one Yale student how my father worked at The University of Toledo just so I could have the opportunity to go to school, and I feel like I am living out a legacy. My story was well-received, and it felt good to form a mutual relationship with these students through my story.

Something the Yale students attribute to their success in academics is something that I believe successful UT students can also attest to. It was refreshing to hear that their success in their academics at Yale, in their opinion, is still dependent on their involvement in student activities and groups on campus. None of the students thought it a good idea to lock themselves in a room and study all day. In fact, they shared how they met their best friends in this Yale singing group and that when they feel stressed from the heavy work they have to do, the time with their Alley Cat friends melts away their stress and gives them the balance and the fortitude they need to excel in their academics.

Most importantly, I find it crucial to understand that the name of a university is only relative to the goals you want to accomplish. I want University of Toledo students to understand how our pride in our university makes us stand side by side with the best of them. I would encourage each UT student to become crystal clear about his or her goals and treat The University of Toledo as a Harvard student treats Harvard because they understand that the university never made the people, but the people always make the university. Go Rockets!

Holloway is a doctoral student in the Judith Herb College of Education. Last year, he was honored with the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award, which recognizes Toledo community members 39 or younger who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities. The UT alumnus received a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and a bachelor of education degree in 2005, and a master’s degree in English as a second language in 2014.

Basketball player named to Lou Henson All-America Team

UT senior Tre’Shaun Fletcher has been named to the Lou Henson All-America Team.

He is the third Rocket to be named to the Lou Henson squad, joining former Rockets Julius Brown in 2014 and Nathan Boothe in 2016.

Fletcher

Fletcher enjoyed a storybook season for the Rockets as he became UT’s first Mid-American Conference Player of the Year since 1981 in addition to being a first-team All-MAC selection. He was instrumental in Toledo posting a 23-11 win-loss mark, capturing the MAC West Division title with a 13-5 league record and appearing in the MAC Championship Game.

A 6-foot-7, 205-pound guard, Fletcher ranked third in the MAC with 18.1 points per game and fourth with 8.0 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists per game and was the only player to appear in the top 15 of all three categories. He scored a career-high 31 points vs. Marshall (Dec. 9) and paced the team with 29 double-digit scoring contests.

Fletcher registered the second triple-double in school history with 20 points, 11 rebounds and career-high 11 assists at Northern Illinois (Feb. 27), and his 12 double-doubles ranked third in the MAC.

Lou Henson coached 41 years and is the all-time winningest leader at both Illinois and New Mexico State. When Henson left the game in 2005, he ranked sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I mid-major player and will be announced April 2 in San Antonio, the site of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

Rockets, Kroger team up to aid Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank

The University of Toledo football program took part in the annual Kroger Sacks for Cash program in an effort to help fight hunger in the community.

The Rockets, who had 22 sacks during the 2017 regular season, earned $1,100 for the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank. For each sack during the season, Kroger donated $50 on behalf of UT and Bowling Green State University.

The Toledo football team earned $1,100 through Kroger’s Sacks for Cash program last season for the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank. At the check presentation last week were, from left, James Caldwell of the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, UT junior Nate Childress, Coach Jason Candle, and Kroger representatives Amy McCormick and Dan Galway.

Head Football Coach  Jason Candle, along with junior defensive tackle Nate Childress, were on hand to represent UT and the Rocket football program at a recent check presentation ceremony, thanking Kroger for their continued support and for giving back to the community.

James Caldwell, CEO and president of the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, thanked both Bowling Green and Toledo for their support.

Kroger was represented by Corporate Affairs Manager Amy McCormick, District Director of Operations Dan Galway, and Media Relations Manager Jennifer Jarrell.

“We’re proud to partner with Kroger to help a very good cause in the fight against hunger in northwest Ohio,” Candle said. “We certainly have a very spirited rivalry on the field with Bowling Green, but this is a goal we are happy to coordinate with them and to join as partners in the fight against hunger.”

Since 2011, when the Sacks for Cash program began, Kroger has donated a total of $8,875 to the food bank, the equivalent of roughly 31,000 meals.

Basketball coach signs contract extension through 2022-23 season

The University of Toledo and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tod Kowalczyk have reached an agreement that extends Kowalczyk’s contract through the 2022-23 season.

“Tod has proven himself to be a tremendous leader, and we are extremely pleased to extend his contract,” UT Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike O’Brien said. “He and his staff have established our program as one of the best in the Mid-American Conference. Our outlook is extremely bright for next year and beyond. Even more impressive than our success on the court is the academic culture that’s been established which has our program at the top of the MAC.”

“I’m very thankful to our tremendous administration of President [Sharon L.] Gaber and Mike O’Brien for showing confidence in me and my staff,” Kowalczyk said. “I’m extremely proud of the culture we have in our program and the direction that we’re headed. My family and I absolutely love being a part of the Toledo community, and I can’t wait to build on this past season’s success.”

Kowalczyk was named the Rockets’ head coach in March 2010 and is tied for third place on Toledo’s all-time victory list with 142 wins. He has guided UT to a 104-62 (.627) win-loss mark over the last five seasons with the Rockets’ victory total during that span ranking second in the MAC. Included in that win total is a school-record 27-7 ledger in 2013-14, as well as a 23-11 campaign this past season that is tied for the third most victories in program history.

During the 2017-18 season, Toledo captured its seventh MAC West Division title, appeared in its sixth MAC Tournament Championship Game, and saw senior guard Tre’Shaun Fletcher become the program’s first MAC Player of the Year since 1981. The Rockets ranked No. 1 in the MAC and 14th nationally with a 40.1 three-point field goal percentage, a mark that ranks second in school history. The Rockets also were first in league play in three-point field goal percentage (41.8), three-point field goals per game (9.9) and three-point field goal percentage defense (32.5), and set school records for three-point field goals (327) and blocked shots (135) in a season.

The Rockets have displayed tremendous academic success under Kowalczyk, as well. UT has garnered the National Association of Basketball Coaches Team Academic Excellence Award in three of the last four seasons (2013-14, 2015-16 and 2016-17), one of just 12 programs in the nation to be honored. Toledo’s Academic Progress Rate also ranks first among MAC men’s basketball programs with its score of 990 during the four-year period from 2012-13 to 2015-16.

Prior to becoming UT’s head coach, Kowalczyk posted a 136-112 record in eight years as Wisconsin-Green Bay’s head coach. The Phoenix advanced to post-season play and notched back-to-back 22-win seasons in his last two years. In addition, every player who completed his eligibility while Kowalczyk was Green Bay’s head coach received his degree.

Kowalczyk is a native of DePere, Wis. He and his wife, Julie, have two children, Race (11) and Rose (9).

Campus community members encouraged to post events on master calendar

The University of Toledo is a busy place.

“We know there are many events taking place on our campuses, and that’s why we want to make sure major happenings don’t overlap,” President Sharon L. Gaber said.

To that end, campus community members planning events are reminded to check the University’s master calendar at calendar.utoledo.edu.

And once a date is selected, faculty, staff and students are asked to post events to the online calendar.

Sharing event information is easy: Go to calendar.utoledo.edu and click “add event” and follow the prompts.

Detailed instructions are available here.

In her quest to find ‘home,’ UT graduate student wins Sahara marathon

As her feet pounded the dirt road — mile after mile — through the Sahara Desert in northern Africa, the wind whipped sand through Inma Zanoguera’s hair and up her nose.

Camels lifted their heads, their long-lashed eyes following her as she ran by. Up and down the rocky dunes under the cloudy sky, The University of Toledo graduate student and former basketball player ran.

Based on last year’s winning time, Inma Zanoguera knew she had a shot at winning the Sahara Marathon — and she did, becoming the first Sahrawi to win the 26-mile race. (Photo by Damien Patard)

What was she chasing?

To while away the hours, Zanoguera filmed herself talking to her family on the GoPro she carried. She recited poetry. And she returned to her favorite running song, Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA”:

I got loyalty, got royalty inside my DNA…
Got war and peace inside my DNA
I got power, poison, pain and joy inside my DNA
I got hustle though, ambition, flow, inside my DNA
I was born like this…

This song meant a lot to Zanoguera on so many levels. It was her DNA that brought her to the desert, the birthplace of her biological mother. She was on a quest of sorts, a search for her roots.

Inma Zanoguera’s journey to Africa was about much more than the marathon. In her search for her roots, Zanoguera said she found more questions than answers. She said she relishes the connections she made with people in the camps, who were gracious and hospitable. (Photo by Michelle-Andrea Girouard)

As she crossed the finish line, completing her first marathon, Zanoguera fell to her knees. A race representative scanned her bar code. It was official: She had won the race with a time of 3:48:11 — the first Sahrawi woman to win the 18-year-old event.

The 2018 marathon was historic. For the first time, Sahrawis won both the men’s and women’s marathons.

A search for ‘home’

Adopted when she was a toddler by a family in Mallorca, Spain, Zanoguera discovered last year that her birth mother was a Sahrawi.

In 1975-76, Sahrawis fled their home in Western Sahara as Moroccan soldiers invaded during the Western Sahara War. Zanoguera’s mom was fortunate to land in Spain. But many others ended up in refugee camps in Algeria. They are still there, four decades later.

The marathon route traveled through three of the five refugee camps.

Zanoguera said she tried not to have any expectations of her trip to Africa. She wanted to remain open to whatever she saw and felt. A few weeks later, back in Toledo, she is still processing the experience.

Inma Zanoguera looked at her award for winning the 2018 Sahara Marathon; the awards were made by artist Mohamed Sulaiman Labat, who lives in Smara, the refugee camp where Zanoguera stayed while in Algeria. (Photo by Michelle-Andrea Girouard)

After the race, she stayed in Smara, one of the camps, for a few days. The people there knew who she was by then — the girl who won the marathon. Some of them knew her story, that her mother was a Sahrawi. They peppered her with questions: “How do you feel being back home?” “Do you feel Sahrawi?”

“Those were big questions,” Zanoguera said.

She didn’t have ready answers.

The question of “home” has always been one that troubles her, she said. She never felt quite at home in Spain, where the only people who looked like her were her brother and sister.

She decided to come to America in part because it had black and brown people. But when she got here, she said she was still seen as “other,” as a foreigner.

“I never feel at home anywhere,” she said. “Part of me unconsciously wanted to find a home [on this trip to Africa].”

At the award ceremony the day after the race, Inma Zanoguera raised the Sahrawi flag, the flag of her birth mother’s homeland. (Photo by Michelle-Andrea Girouard)

After she won the marathon, the Sahrawi minister of sports held a reception for the 2015 UT alumna.

“He welcomed me home,” she said. He told her he was happy to have her back, even though this was her first trip to her mother’s homeland. She was offered dual citizenship.

As she wandered the camps, she knew she stood out. Once again, nobody looked like her. She wasn’t wearing a melhfa, the traditional full body cloth that Sahrawi women wear. But at the same time, she said, it was like holding up a mirror to herself when she looked at them.

She said she was touched by their hospitality, their willingness to answer her questions. She had so many. “What do you think about someone like me coming to the camp and calling herself Sahrawi? How do you find meaning in the camps?”

Inma Zanoguera befriended 18-year-old Mohamed Moulud on the day of the race’s award ceremony. He convinced Zanoguera that she should raise the Sahrawi flag when she claimed her prize.

Zanoguera found the answer to that last question when she met an artist, Mohamed Sulaiman Labat. He showcases his art in Germany and England and had every opportunity to leave the camps. But he didn’t.

“The world has enough art,” he told Zanoguera. “They need me here.”

He built a studio in the camp and creates art out of whatever he can find — wood, cloth, clay, metal. He made the colorful, creative awards that Zanoguera and the other runners received.

Zanoguera said she thought she might have some kind of mystical revelation as she ran. She didn’t. But one evening at sunset, her guide took her and Canadian filmmaker Michelle-Andrea Girouard, who is making a documentary about Zanoguera’s search for her roots, to the dunes near the camps.

As she gazed out over the endless horizon, Zanoguera said she had a moment of sadness. There isn’t much beauty in the camps, she said, but here, there was indescribable beauty.

Inma Zanoguera took this photo of the endless Saharan dunes near the refugee camp.

“I realized that the beauty, the oil, the [natural resources] were so out of reach for those who belong to the land. They didn’t get to enjoy this,” she said.

Finding her place

The marathon and the connections she made to her mother’s people were healing for her, Zanoguera said.

“This trip was part of the learning process and acceptance,” she said. “I am Spanish, and I am Sahrawi, and I feel like a part of me also is American because I came here at such a young age. I am all these things, not just one.”

She said she has more questions now than when she started.

“I don’t know yet what it means for me and how it will affect my daily life,” she said.

Zanoguera and Girouard raised $1,200 for the refugees. Zanoguera said the two want to be smart and use it to create a sustainable program for the refugees. They’re considering starting a sports program for children, a way to distract the kids from life in the camps and share the many lessons that Zanoguera learned from athletics.

Her new friends in the camps asked if she was going to come back to visit. Zanoguera said she’s not sure. She said she would love to come back when their film is finished and present it at FiSahra, the film festival the camps hold each year.

Celebrating her victory

At the award ceremony the day after the marathon, Zanoguera leaned against a fence as she waited to receive her prize. She was torn. She’d never really felt a strong allegiance to any flag. When she played basketball for the Spanish national team, she said it never felt right to her to raise the Spanish flag.

But here, among the Sahrawi people, it felt right to raise the Sahrawi flag.

“But how do you dare raise a flag that signifies so much persistence and honor after only three days of being in this camp?” she said.

As she waited, she struck up a conversation with Mohamed Moulud, an 18-year-old refugee, who stood on the other side of the fence. She asked him what he thought. Would he be offended if she raised the Sahrawi flag?

“You absolutely must,” he told her.

She turned to the crowd and asked to borrow someone’s Sahrawi flag. As she walked to the stage — the first Sahrawi woman to win the Sahara Marathon — she carried the flag of her mother’s country and raised it high.

College of Arts and Letters to showcase majors at April 2 event

The University of Toledo College of Arts and Letters will host a majors exploration day Monday, April 2.

From English to psychology to the visual arts, the College of Arts and Letters offers more than 30 majors.

Dr. Charlene Gilbert, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, will welcome attendees at 9 a.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Starting at 9:15 a.m., there will be workshops on visual literacy and communication; social sciences, including psychology, sociology and economics; and humanities, including languages, history and philosophy.

Following lunch, there will be a tour of Main Campus.

Register for exploration day at discover.utoledo.edu.

For more information, contact Kate Abu-Absi, outreach and retention specialist in the College of Arts and Letters, at katherine.abu-absi@utoledo.edu.

Basketball player named to AP All-America Honorable Mention squad

University of Toledo senior Tre’Shaun Fletcher was named to the Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention team Tuesday.

The last Rocket to be named to an All-American squad was Steve Mix, who earned a spot on the Helms Foundation All-American Team in 1969.

“To be recognized among the top players in the country is an incredible honor for Tre’Shaun and a tremendous reward for the hard work and contributions he made to our program,” Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. “He was unbelievably consistent with his positive energy and leadership the entire season and, in my opinion, he’s one of the best players to ever play at The University of Toledo.”

Fletcher enjoyed a storybook season for the Rockets as he became UT’s first Mid-American Conference Player of the Year since 1981 in addition to being a first-team All-MAC selection. He was instrumental in Toledo posting a 23-11 win-loss mark, capturing the MAC West Division title with a 13-5 league record and appearing in the MAC Championship Game.

A 6-foot-7, 205-pound guard, Fletcher ranked third in the MAC with 18.1 points per game and fourth with 8.0 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists per game, and was the only player to appear in the top 15 of all three categories. He scored a career-high 31 points vs. Marshall (Dec. 9) and paced the team with 29 double-digit scoring contests.

Fletcher registered the second triple-double in school history with 20 points, 11 rebounds and career-high 11 assists at Northern Illinois (Feb. 27), and his 12 double-doubles ranked third in the MAC.

Concert to celebrate jazz icon April 3

The University of Toledo Department of Music and a host of performers will present a concert honoring the memory and the music of Jon Hendricks, jazz legend and former UT faculty member.

The concert will be held Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Jon Hendricks wore a 1990 Grammy Award nominee medal in this 2008 shot by UT Photographer Daniel Miller.

Performers will include jazz vocalists Ramona Collins, Lori Lefevre, Kim Buehler, Kelly Broadway, Ellie Martin and Isabella Weik.

Musicians for the concert will be Jay Weik (guitar), Norm Damschroder (bass), Tad Weed (piano) and Olman Piedra (percussion/drums).

Many consider Hendricks to be the father of vocalese — the art of setting lyrics to established jazz standards. With the vocal group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, he refined vocalese, whereby voices are arranged to sing the parts of instruments.

Hendricks taught at the University 16 years. The UT Distinguished Professor of Jazz who struck a lasting note in the music world passed away Nov. 22, 2017.

Proceeds from the concert will be used to establish a scholarship fund at The University of Toledo in his name.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. They are available in advance from the UT Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419.530.2787 or online at utoledo.tix.com. Tickets also will also be available at the door.