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Women’s History Month to be celebrated at University

A noted historian will visit The University of Toledo to give the keynote address for Women’s History Month.

Dr. Lorri Glover will give a talk titled “Why Not a Woman? The Improbable Life of Eliza Lucas Pinckney in Revolutionary America” Wednesday, March 13, at 6 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 2592.

The John Francis Bannon Endowed Chair and Professor of History at Saint Louis University is writing a biography on Pinckney, who, at age 17, took over running three plantations in South Carolina in the late 1730s. Pinckney experimented with indigo production, which, cultivated by slave labor and marketed globally, became a cornerstone of the state’s economy.

“Eliza Lucas Pinckney’s remarkable writings — the largest collection from any women in the colonial South — afford fascinating insight into agriculture and commerce in the Atlantic World, Southern plantations and racial slavery, 18th-century family values, and especially gender history,” Glover said.

In addition to Glover’s talk, the University has several other events slated to mark Women’s History Month.

“I am really excited for this year’s lineup of Women’s History Month events. We have tried to highlight some of the spaces where women have fought and are still fighting for justice,” said Danielle Stamper, interim program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Success and interim program manager at the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women.

Monday, March 11 — Women’s History Month Kickoff Exhibit, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Carlson Library Room 1005. Authors featured will be NK Jemisin, Octavia Butler, Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, rupi kaur, Alison Bechdel, Suheir Hammad, Monique Truong, Zadie Smith, Melody Moezzi and Audre Lorde. Attendees will be able to read about these authors and eat bagels. Everyone who attends will be entered into a drawing for some of the pieces by the authors. In addition, Carlson Library will have books by the authors on display.

— Stand Up to Stalking and Sexual Violence, 6 p.m., Health and Human Services Building Room 1711. Anna Nassett will share her personal account of being stalked by a stranger for more than seven years, and how advocacy for stalking victims is important for recovery. The event is sponsored by The University of Toledo Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness.

Friday, March 15 — Film Screening, “#SayHerName: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland,” 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2592. The event is sponsored by the Eberly Center for Women, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Toledo alumnae chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Monday, March 18 — Womxn of Color Symposium: Finding and Using Our Voice, 1 to 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Denice Frohman, poet, educator and performer, will lead the symposium. Her work focuses on identity, lineage, subverting traditional notions of power, and celebrating aspects women deem unworthy. The professional development event will feature dialogue and cultivating resilience and empowerment. Register by Thursday, March 14, to utoledo.edu/diversity. Limit 100 participants. Read the UT News story about this event.

Tuesday, March 19 — Lunch With a Purpose, noon, Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0152. Dr. Barbara Mann, UToledo professor of humanities, will give a talk titled “Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath: The Twinned Cosmos of Indigenous America.”

Monday, March 25 — Preparing for Success, 4 p.m., Collier Building Room 1035. Amy O’Donnell, Distinguished University Lecturer of Career Development, will lead a program on salary and contract negotiations.

Tuesday, March 26 — Preparing for Success, 4 p.m., Carlson Library 1005. Amy O’Donnell, Distinguished University Lecturer of Career Development, will lead a program on salary and contract negotiations.

Thursday, March 28 — Discussion, noon, Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0152. Dr. Nyasha Junior, a faculty member in the Department of Religion at Temple University, will discuss “What Is Womanist Interpretation?”

— Women’s History Month Jeopardy, 6 p.m., Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0152. Stop by for trivia and a chance to win prizes.

Sunday, March 31 — Phenomenal Woman, 6:30 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Jasmine Dees, founder of Anointed Angels, will speak at the Association for the Advancement of African-American Women’s Sixth Annual Woman’s Gala.

— A Slash of Color and Culture, 6:30 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Be there for the Natural HAIRitage’s Third Annual Hair Show.

For more information about these free, public events, go to the Office of Multicultural Student Success website or call 419.530.2261.

MAC Tournament tickets on sale

Rocket fans can support the Toledo men’s and women’s basketball programs in next week’s Mid-American Conference Tournament by purchasing tickets through the University Athletic Ticket Office.

The MAC Tournament will open with first-round games at campus sites Monday, March 11, and continue in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena with the women’s quarterfinals Wednesday, March 13. The men’s quarterfinals start Thursday, March 14. Both sets of semifinals are on Friday, March 15, with the finals Saturday, March 16.

The top four seeded teams for both the men’s and women’s tournaments receive byes into the quarterfinals. The Rocket men’s team currently holds the No. 2 seed in this year’s tournament and has clinched a first-round bye. The UT women will be the No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the tournament and have one game remaining in the regular season. The women will host a first-round game in Savage Arena Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Toledo Rockets’ website, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653) or by visiting the ticket office in Savage Arena. Only tickets purchased through the University will be in the Rocket section of Quicken Loans Arena.

The UT Alumni Office will host a pregame party before every men’s and women’s game in Cleveland. All pre-game parties will begin two hours prior to tipoff of the Rockets’ game(s) and will be held at Harry Buffalo, 2120 East 4th St. across the street from Quicken Loans Arena.

MAC Tournament ticket pricing

Men’s seats — all seats are reserved

Pricing through the University Ticket Office/Toledo will call table at Quicken Loans Arena:

$34 — Adult

Fans may order tickets one of the following ways:

• Online at the Toledo Rockets’ website;

• By calling 419.530.GOLD (4653);

• At the University Ticket Office at Savage Arena; and

• At the Toledo will call table at Quicken Loans Arena (based on availability).

Seat placement will be based on Toledo Athletic contribution levels and season ticket history.

$15 — UToledo students

Limited tickets for UToledo students may be purchased with cash only at the will call table at Quicken Loans Arena on game day.

UToledo students must present a valid Rocket ID; one ticket per student ID.

Women’s seats — all seats are general admission

Pricing through the University Ticket Office/Toledo will call table at Quicken Loans Arena:

$10 — Adult

$5 — Youth and Senior

Fans may order tickets one of the following ways:

• Online at the Toledo Rockets’ website;

• By calling 419.530.GOLD (4653);

• At the University Ticket Office at Savage Arena; and

• At the Toledo will call table at Quicken Loans Arena (based on availability).

$5 — UToledo students

Limited tickets for UToledo students may be purchased with cash only at the will call table at Quicken Loans Arena on game day.

UT students must present a valid Rocket ID; one ticket per UToledo student ID.

All ticket orders will be in the Toledo will call in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena on game day. Toledo will call is located at the southeast Cavs media entrance, located across from the east parking garage. Remember to bring a photo ID when picking up tickets.

Rockets capture second straight MAC West title

Toledo secured its second straight Mid-American Conference West Division title Tuesday evening with a dominating 76-57 triumph over Western Michigan in Savage Arena.

The win gave the Rockets their 24th victory of the season, tied for second most in school history, and three shy of the school record.

Toledo is tied with Bowling Green for the second best conference record at 12-5. The Rockets currently possess the No. 2 seed in next week’s Mid-American Conference Tournament due to their 78-71 win over the Falcons Feb. 9.

Senior Nate Navigato’s 17 points paced a balanced Toledo offense that featured five players in double figures. He was joined by senior Chris Darrington (12 points), sophomore Spencer Littleson (11 points), junior Willie Jackson (10 points) and sophomore Marreon Jackson (10 points).

Willie Jackson also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to register a double-double and help the Rockets to a 35-28 advantage on the boards. Freshman AJ Edu blocked a season-high six shots, the most by a Rocket since Allen Pinson swatted away seven at Duke Dec. 12, 2004.

Sophomore Michael Flowers topped Western Michigan with 21 points on 5 of 16 shooting.

Toledo shot 50.0 percent from the field and was 9 of 20 (.450) from behind the three-point arc. WMU finished with a 37.3 shooting mark and was just 2 of 14 (.143) from three-point range.

The Rockets will close out their 2018-19 regular season Friday, March 8, vs. Eastern Michigan (15-15, 9-8 MAC). Tip-off time in Savage Arena is set for 7 p.m.; the game will be carried on ESPN-Plus.

For tickets, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), go to the Toledo Rockets website, or stop by the UT Ticket Office in Savage Arena.

Men’s basketball punches ticket to Cleveland with 80-68 Victory at Central Michigan

Toledo clinched a share of the Mid-American Conference West Division title and punched its ticket to Cleveland Saturday afternoon with an 80-68 triumph at Central Michigan (20-9, 9-7 MAC).

The win was the Rockets’ second straight wire-to-wire victory and gave Toledo (23-6, 11-5 MAC) a first-round bye in the MAC Tournament for the fourth time in the last six years.

Senior Jaelan Sanford scored 19 points in Toledo’s 80-68 win at Central Michigan.

”We are MAC West Champions, but we aren’t happy with that because there is more for us to accomplish,” Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. “Our defensive mindset was locked in for 40 minutes, and I thought we were very efficient offensively in the second half. Central Michigan made a run at us in the second half, but we stayed together and made big plays down the stretch.”

The Rockets were led offensively by the trio of senior Jaelan Sanford, junior Luke Knapke and sophomore Marreon Jackson. Sanford (8 of 13 from field) and Knapke (8 of 9) tied for the team scoring lead with 19 points, while Jackson (7 of 13) contributed 18 points.

Knapke also tied his career high with five blocked shots and dished out a team-high four assists.

Knapke helped Toledo equal its school record with 11 blocks, the second time this season the Rockets blocked 11 Chippewa shots. Freshman AJ Edu tallied four blocks, with senior Nate Navigato and junior Willie Jackson rejecting one apiece.

“Our defense in the paint from Luke, AJ and Willie was tremendous,” Kowalczyk said. “We didn’t allow very many layups, and our size and defensive intensity played a big role in that.”

Willie Jackson helped Toledo post a slim 35-34 rebounding advantage with a team-high eight boards.

The Rockets shot 52.4 percent from the field and knocked down 11 of 27 shots (40.7 percent) from three-point range. Marreon Jackson was 4 of 9 from three-point range, while Sanford was 3 of 5. UT limited Central Michigan to a 39.3 shooting mark.

Toledo will have an opportunity to secure a second straight outright West Division title when it hosts Western Michigan Tuesday, March 5. Tip-off time in Savage Arena is set for 7 p.m.

For tickets, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), go to the Toledo Rockets website, or stop by the UT Ticket Office in Savage Arena.

Independent coffee shop celebrates grand opening in Gateway Feb. 25

An independent coffee shop is celebrating its move to Gateway Plaza at The University of Toledo with a grand opening event Monday, Feb. 25.

Brew, which is open to the public at the retail center on the corner of UT Main Campus on Secor Road at Dorr Street, is offering $1 Americanos and free drip coffee or tea with the purchase of a pastry from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Brew, an independent coffee bar, is serving customers at its new location in the Gateway Plaza. The shop offers coffee, tea, pastries and ice cream.

The coffee bar is located between Barnes & Noble University Bookstore and Huntington Bank. It moved to Gateway from its original location near campus on the south side of Dorr Street.

“We love coffee, and we opened our business in 2016 because we felt there was a need for coffee shops around The University of Toledo area,” Jennifer Erd, owner of Brew, said. “Approximately 70 percent of our customers are students, so being closer to student housing, faculty and classrooms makes sense. Plus, Gateway gives us double the space.”

Brew serves coffee from Zingerman’s Coffee in Ann Arbor, along with local, made-from-scratch pastries and desserts from All Crumbs Artesian Bakery, 7 Little Cupcakes, Libby’s 17 Second Cookies, and So Sweet Lebanese and French Pastries.

Since the move, Brew added ice cream.

“We’re selling pints by Hartzler Creamery out of Wooster, the same place we get our milk. It’s delicious,” Erd said. “With the ice cream, we’ve added affogatos to our menu — a scoop of vanilla ice cream drowned with a double shot of espresso. Coke floats are coming soon.

“Along with being an awesome local coffee shop, we want people to think of us as a nice, after-dinner option, too,” she said. “We will continue to promote local artists by displaying and selling their work and offering open-mic sessions every month.”

“Brew is a great addition to Gateway,” Brenda Lee, president of the UT Foundation, said. “We are excited they have joined our vibrant campus.”

Brew is located on the south end of the Gateway, which also includes Rice Blvd., Verizon Wireless Zone, Great Clips, Jimmy John’s, Bubble Tea and Domino’s Pizza.

Brew is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Brew is an Alumni Association membership benefit partner. UT Alumni Association members can save 10 percent at Brew when they show their membership cards.

World Languages and Cultures Department to explore global topics this spring

Three talks are scheduled for the UT Department of World Languages and Culture’s spring colloquium.

The free events will take place at noon in Memorial Field House Room 2420.

“Arab Refugees in Germany Reloaded” will be the first topic presented by Dr. Gaby Semaan, director of Middle East Studies and coordinator of the Arabic program, Wednesday, Feb. 27.

“Between 2015 and 2016, Germany received about one million refugees of whom approximately 40 percent were from Arab countries, the majority of them being from Iraq and Syria,” Semaan said.

The UT associate professor of Arabic will provide snapshots from his ongoing research on Arab refugees in Germany.

“Attendees will get to know more about the challenges, successes and failures of the acculturation process of the Arab refugees in Germany,” Semaan said. “I hope to provide a better understanding of the complexities of identify formation the European countries and the Arab refugees are facing.”

Next month, Dr. Linda M. Rouillard, professor of French and chair of the World Languages and Cultures Department, will discuss “The Sin That Stinks to High Heaven: Disbelief in Gautier de Coinci’s Marian Miracles” Wednesday, March 27.

And on Wednesday, April 17, Dr. Manuel R. Montes, assistant professor of Spanish, will give a presentation titled “The Assassination of Don Quixote by the Coward Sansón Carrasco: A Rereading of Cervantes’ Classic Through a Western Film.”

“The colloquium lecture series the Department of World Languages and Cultures organizes every semester is a space where the department shares the scholarship and research of its faculty, students, alums and others with the University and local community,” Semaan said. “Presenters share their work and address a wide range of topics stretching from cultural aspects of pharmaceutical practices in Europe and Asia to other issues that are of cultural, technological, literary, pedagogical, communicative and linguistic nature.”

For more information, contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures at 419.530.2606 or Semaan at gaby.semaan@utoledo.edu.

UT Engineering Spring Career Expo to take place Feb. 27

The University of Toledo Engineering Career Development Center will host the Spring 2019 Engineering Career Expo Wednesday, Feb. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

“This year continues to mark a milestone for the center: celebrating 20 years of placing more than 20,000 engineering co-ops,” Angie Gorny, director of the Engineering Career Development Center, said.

More than 120 companies from across the United States and 700 engineering students, graduates and alumni will participate. Companies scheduled to have representatives on campus include Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Dana Inc., GEM Inc., Johnson & Johnson — DePuy Synthes, GE Appliances, Honda, Matrix Service Co., Marathon Petroleum Corp., Owens Corning, Owens-Illinois Inc., PCC Airfoils, SSOE Group, and North Star Bluescope Steel LLC.

“This event is a dynamic networking and hiring experience for students to connect with companies seeking the talent they need for success,” Gorny said. “The expo is exclusive to UT College of Engineering students who are enrolled in the mandatory co-op program, as well as UT College of Engineering alumni searching for full-time opportunities.”

Employers are seeking undergraduate students to participate in engineering co-op assignments, as well as their leadership development programs, along with seniors and graduates for full-time employment.

“The current job outlook for engineering students at The University of Toledo College of Engineering is certainly bright as indicated by the record number of students attending the college’s career expos,” Gorny said. “This reflects very positively on the quality of the University’s engineering program and its students. It also demonstrates the vital and mutually beneficial partnership they have with industry participants.”

The undergraduate mandatory co-op program is one of only eight mandatory engineering co-op programs in the country.

“Many students indicate that the co-op training is the reason they attend the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo,” Gorny said. “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 determine how the student fits within their organization. It’s a win-win situation for both students and the companies who hire them.”

More information can be found on the UT College of Engineering Career Development website or by contacting Gorny at angela.gorny@utoledo.edu.

Rocket Innovations seeks applications for Student Venture Investment Program

Rocket Innovations, The University of Toledo’s technology investment fund, has seen recent return on its investments and is ready to invest in new technology business ventures.

Current UT undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent UT alumni within one year of graduation, are invited to submit ideas for a new technology venture that may lead to up to a $20,000 investment from Rocket Innovations.

The purpose of the program is to provide critical early funding and mentoring to move a promising idea for a new venture into a successful business enterprise.

More information on the program and application materials are available on the Rocket Innovation website.

All applicants are required to participate in UT’s I-Corps or other customer discovery process and must be able to demonstrate a clear market need and a viable business model to support the venture.

Those receiving funding will be provided mentoring from Rocket Innovations staff and the UT LaunchPad Incubation Program.

Opportunities for funding to support critical services from the Northwest Ohio Entrepreneurial Services Program, NextTech, will be available to successful student entrepreneurs.

In addition, mentoring will assist the student entrepreneur(s) in moving her or his venture to the next level, positioning the venture for follow-on funding and revenue generation, and taking the enterprise toward a desired exit.

The Rocket Innovations Board of Directors has approved $100,000 in support of this new program. The board approved this funding because of the recent positive performance of the Rocket Innovations portfolio, where previous business investments have returned funds into the program.

For more information, contact Dr. Norman Rapino, executive director of Rocket Innovations, at 419.530.6165 or norman.rapino@utoledo.edu.

Toledo’s 2019 football schedule features six home games

The University of Toledo’s 2019 football schedule was released today, with six games on the home slate for the Rockets. Toledo will open the season at Kentucky Saturday, Aug. 31, and will debut at home Saturday, Sept. 14, vs. Murray State.

Highlighting the home schedule is a Sept. 28 matchup with traditional power Brigham Young University. The Rockets and the Cougars met in a high-scoring classic in Provo in 2016, with BYU coming away with a 55-53 victory on a last-second field goal.

The Rockets also will host defending Mid-American Conference Champion Northern Illinois in a Wednesday night meeting Nov. 13.

Rounding out the home schedule is a matchup vs. Western Michigan Saturday, Oct. 5, in the annual Homecoming game; a date with Eastern Michigan Saturday, Oct. 26; and a clash with Kent State Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Toledo’s road schedule will begin with its first-ever meeting on the gridiron with Kentucky. The Wildcats were 10-3 in 2018, their best season since the 1977 squad went 10-1. UT’s other nonconference road contest is at Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference Saturday, Sept. 21.

The MAC road games are Saturday, Oct. 12, at Bowling Green; Saturday, Oct. 19, at Ball State; Wednesday, Nov. 20, at defending East Division champion Buffalo; and Friday, Nov. 29, at Central Michigan.

Three games on the 2019 schedule have already been set for national TV broadcasts: Nov. 5 vs. Kent State (ESPN2/ESPNU or CBS Sports Network), Nov. 13 vs. Northern Illinois (ESPN2 or ESPNU), and Buffalo (ESPN2 or ESPNU). Other dates will be added to the broadcast schedule later.

Head Football Coach Jason Candle’s 2019 squad returns 51 letterwinners and 14 starters from last season’s team, including sophomore running back Bryant Koback, who led the Rockets with 917 yards rushing as a freshman. The Rockets were 7-6 in 2018, and are one of only nine schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision that have had a winning record in each of the past nine seasons.

Rocket fans can get a preview of the 2019 team at the annual spring scrimmage Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.

The 2019 season also will mark the 150th anniversary of the first college football game between Rutgers and Princeton Nov. 6, 1869. To commemorate the occasion, UT will feature social media posts all season highlighting the tradition of Toledo football. In addition, a special celebration of Rocket football history will take place at the Nov. 5 game vs. Kent State.

Rocket football season tickets are on sale for as low as $70.

Full-time UT employees and retirees may purchase up to two season tickets at half-price. Additional season tickets may be purchased at the full price. UT students are admitted to home games free with ID.

For more information, go online to the Toledo Rockets’ website, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), or stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office during business hours.

Toledo-born actress to give commencement address

Katie Holmes, an internationally recognized actress, producer and director, will return to her hometown to inspire The University of Toledo graduates at the spring commencement ceremony.


The Toledo-born actress who has appeared in more than 30 films and television programs will be the commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremony Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in the Glass Bowl.

The UT Board of Trustees approved Monday an honorary degree for Holmes, in addition to several other board actions.

Holmes made her feature film debut in “The Ice Storm” in 1997, and her breakout role came a year later as Joey Potter in the television series “Dawson’s Creek,” which she portrayed for six years.

Her film credits include “Go,” “Wonder Boys,” “Batman Begins” and “All We Had,” which is one of several projects in which she served as director and producer. In addition, her Broadway experience includes appearing in “All My Sons” and “Dead Accounts.”

Holmes managed and designed the fashion line Holmes & Yang, with her partner Jeanne Yang from 2009 to 2014, and is the co-founder of the Dizzy Feet Foundation that supports dance education in the United States. Holmes is a graduate of Toledo’s Notre Dame Academy. Her father, Martin Holmes Sr., and brother, Martin Holmes Jr., are graduates of the UT College of Law.


Trustees also approved an honorary degree for Dr. Scott Parazynski, a physician, astronaut and inventor, who will address graduates of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences at its commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, at 4 p.m. in Savage Arena.

Parazynski spent 17 years as an astronaut during which time he flew five space shuttle missions and conducted seven spacewalks. In 2016, he was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center.

Parazynski trained for a career in emergency medicine and trauma and has applied his expertise in the human adaptation to stressful environments. He is founder and CEO of Fluidity Technologies, a company focused on developing disruptive robotic control devices for everything from drones to surgical robots.

In other business, the Board of Trustees approved a proposal for a new Master of Applied Business Analytics Degree Program in the College of Business and Innovation. The program’s goal is to meet a growing demand for skilled professionals with analytical problem-solving skills who can apply real-time solutions to business problems.

The proposed 30-credit-hour program combines functional areas of business with business analytics courses and would conclude with an internship project or thesis. The proposal next will be submitted to the Ohio Department of Higher Education. With approval, the program would start by fall semester 2020.

Also approved by trustees were housing and meal plan rates for the upcoming academic year for continuing and incoming students who are not in the current cohort of the Toledo Tuition Guarantee Plan. Dining rates will increase 2.8 percent, with a maximum of $4 more per week depending on the meal plan selected, and housing fees will increase an average of 2.9 percent, which represents an increase of up to $19.60 per week. The new housing and dining rates will help to cover increased costs of operations.

A new collective bargaining agreement with The University of Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association (UTPPA) also was approved by the trustees. The agreement, which runs from Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2021, was ratified by the union Jan. 9. There are 26 employees represented by the UTPPA who will receive wage increases of 1.8 percent effective Jan. 1, 2019, 2 percent effective Jan. 1, 2020, and 2.2 percent effective Jan. 1, 2021.