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UT selects new provider for Student Health Insurance Plan

The University of Toledo has selected a new provider for the Student Health Insurance Plan.

Payer Fusion LLC will manage the spring 2019 Student Health Insurance Plan available to undergraduate and graduate students. UT and the company entered into an agreement Dec. 31.

“We are excited about this new partnership and believe it will be positive for our students,” said Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs.

Enrollment for spring 2019 through the UT Student Health Insurance Plan managed by the new provider, Payer Fusion LLC, is available for coverage that begins Jan. 1. Students can complete the enrollment forms available at utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/student-advocacy/student-health-insurance.

The voluntary enrollment period will be Jan. 1 through Jan. 31. Payer Fusion LLC will send a temporary insurance card to students via email. Once enrolled, students will be able to utilize those services at the start of the new year. Those who enroll after Jan. 1 will be backdated to have the coverage beginning Jan. 1.

The costs and coverage for spring 2019 are expected to match the costs and coverage for the fall 2018 semester. Aetna will be the network provider for UT.

In addition, the new contract with Payer Fusion LLC will include a patient advocacy program in which students with past claim concerns can call 1.866.752.8881 or email studentstoledo@payerfusion.com for help working through any past concerns. Students with specific questions about their personal health insurance claims should contact Tonya Tressler, student insurance management representative, at 419.530.3474 for assistance.

Students who are required to have health insurance and were enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan for fall 2018 will be automatically enrolled for spring 2019. Students who are required to have health insurance coverage can continue to waive that coverage through Jan. 31, 2019, via the myUT portal.

“We are pleased to be able to continue to offer students the opportunity to voluntarily enroll in a UT Student Health Insurance Plan and appreciate your patience through this transition,” Cockrell said.

University providing temporary housing to students displaced by apartment fire

The University of Toledo is connecting students with temporary housing following an off-campus apartment fire Wednesday evening.

Students displaced by the fire at University Circle Apartments are asked to call 419.343.9946 or visit the Office of Residence Life in Ottawa West Hall.

The University is providing temporary housing in on-campus residence halls, as well as linens, toiletries, vouchers for meals in the dining halls, and other necessities to assist students.

“The safety of our students is our No. 1 priority, and we want to assure these students and their families that we will take care of them during this difficult time,” said Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs.

Semester starts with events to welcome students

The University of Toledo has a slew of events slated to bring together students to start the academic year.

“Our Weeks of Welcome events encourage involvement and success,” Dr. Sammy Spann, associate vice president and dean of students, said. “We want students to make new friends, learn about the University, and meet faculty and staff through their journey to become a successful Rocket.”

Check out some of the events the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership in the Division of Student Affairs has planned to welcome students to campus:

Friday, Aug. 24

• Paint Party, 8 p.m., the Flatlands. Dance! Paint! Make new friends! This event is sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming.

Saturday, Aug. 25

• Slip-n-Slide, 11 a.m., hill by Parks Tower. Presented by the Interfraternity Council, the water event is a cool way to learn about Greek life at UT.

• Bonfire, 8 p.m., the Flatlands. The Resident Student Association hosts this annual tradition that includes pizza.

Sunday, Aug. 26

• New Student Convocation, 4 p.m., Glass Bowl. Rain location: Savage Arena. UT President Sharon L. Gaber, Vice President for Student Affairs Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Provost Andrew Hsu and others will welcome new students and talk about what it means to be a Rocket.

• After-Convocation Barbecue, 5 p.m., the Flatlands.

• Jam Session, 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Steps. Members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council will step it up to showcase the UT Greek community.

Monday, Aug. 27

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500. Stop by to learn about the programs and services that support UT’s multicultural students.

• Candy Cab, 11 a.m., Main Campus. Fans of “Cash Cab” take note: You can catch a free ride on campus and have a chance to win prizes. Members of the UT Police Department, UT Medical Center, Title IX Office and Rocket Wellness will offer golf cart rides and ask health and safety questions.

• Sundae on a Monday with President Gaber, 4 p.m., Centennial Mall. Rain location: Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge. Be there to meet President Gaber — and for ice cream.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

• Run. Hide. Fight. Training, 10 a.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. UT Police will provide products and resources to help prepare and respond to a violent intruder. Materials for training provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Reserve a seat: utoledo.edu/depts/police/webforms/run-hide-fight.html.

• Candy Cab, 11 a.m., Main Campus.

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

• Student Involvement and Part-Time Involvement Fair, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Centennial Mall. Rain location: Thompson Student Union Auditorium and Rooms 2582 and 2584. Looking for a job? How about an organization dedicated to something you’re passionate about? There’s something for everyone; stop by and see!

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

• Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women Ice Cream Social, 2 p.m., Tucker Hall Room 0168. Find out about the center, its services and events.

• Candy Cab, 3 p.m., Main Campus.

• Late Night Breakfast, 9 p.m. to midnight, Thompson Student Union South Dining Hall.

Thursday, Aug. 30

• Run. Hide. Fight. Training, 8 a.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. Reserve a seat: utoledo.edu/depts/police/webforms/run-hide-fight.html.

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

• Greek 101, 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Interested in joining a sorority or fraternity? Stop by and learn about the expectations, requirements and benefits of Greek life.

Friday, Aug. 31

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

• Pop in and Plan Your Semester, 1 to 3 p.m., Carlson Library Room 0200. Come in for some popcorn — and help to organize a study schedule for this semester.

Saturday, Sept. 1

• President’s Tailgate, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., lot 25 near Rocket Hall. Students are invited to meet President Gaber. Stop by for free food, music, games and prizes.

• Toledo vs. Virginia Military Institute, 7 p.m., Glass Bowl. Students are admitted free with Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID; go to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Tuesday, Sept. 4

• Writer’s Block Buster, noon, Writing Center, Carlson Library Room 0130. Learn tips and tricks for busting through writer’s block.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

• Big Event Committee and Service Showcase, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Find out about the Big Event, UT’s largest student-run service project.

• Who’s Got the Time? 3 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2591. Members of the Center for Success Coaching will offer learning strategies and time management techniques.

Thursday, Sept. 6

• Run. Hide. Fight. Training, 11:30 a.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. Reserve a seat: utoledo.edu/depts/police/webforms/run-hide-fight.html.

• Who’s Got the Time? 3 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2591. Members of the Center for Success Coaching will offer learning strategies and time management techniques.

Friday, Sept. 7

• Club Carlson, 7 p.m., Carlson Library. Check out the open house, complete with mini-golf, escape room and more.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

• Education Abroad Expo, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Centennial Mall. Learn about international study, internships and service learning, as well as volunteer, teaching and travel opportunities.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

• Money $ense, 4 p.m., Carlson Library Room 2024. The Center for Success Coaching will offer strategies to keep tabs on finances.

Thursday, Sept. 13

• President’s Backyard Barbecue, noon to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall.

• Money $ense, 4 p.m., Carlson Library Room 2024.

Friday, Sept. 14

Night at the Rec, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Student Recreation Center. Stop by for a workout! For more information, go to utreccenter.com.

Saturday, Sept. 15

• UT vs. Miami, noon, Glass Bowl. Students are admitted free with Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID; go to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Monday, Sept. 17

• Personal Safety and Self-Defense, 8 p.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn safety tips for school, office, home and public places, as well as self-defense tactics to try in a safe, comfortable setting. Participants should wear light clothing and tennis shoes, and they are advised to stretch and hydrate. Attendees must sign a liability release form to participate in the class.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

• Pizza With the UT Police, 11:30 a.m., Centennial Mall. Stop by to meet members of the Office of Public Safety, have a slice of pizza, and play some games.

For a complete list of Weeks of Welcome events, go to utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/welcomeweek.

Interim leader named permanent vice president for student affairs

The University of Toledo’s interim leader of the Division of Student Affairs has been named to the post permanently.

Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell will serve as vice president for student affairs effective Jan. 1. He had served in the role on an interim basis since June 1.

Cockrell

“Flapp is a passionate leader who is committed to student success and motivating his team to provide the best service possible,” President Sharon L. Gaber said. “I look forward to his continued leadership and the initiatives he will put in place to enhance student life on our campus.”

“I am proud to be part of The University of Toledo community and appreciate the president’s support,” Cockrell said. “I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the administration, faculty, staff and students to strengthen the student experience both personally and professionally.”

Cockrell is responsible for the conduct, counseling and advocacy of UT students. He oversees student life activities, including the on-campus residence halls of 3000+ students and more than 250 student organizations, and the Thompson Student Union on Main Campus.

The offices and departments that make up the Division of Student Affairs include the Office of the Dean of Students; Office of Residence Life; University Counseling Center; Office of Multicultural Student Success; Office of Recreation; Office of Greek Life; Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards; Office of Student Involvement and Leadership; Office of Student Advocacy and Support; Toledo Excel; Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services; Office of International Student and Scholar Services; Title IX; and Upward Bound.

Cockrell joined UT in April 2016 as associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students. He came to UT from Jackson State University in Mississippi, where he served as associate vice provost for student affairs and dean of students. His career has included additional experience in student affairs roles at Mississippi University for Women, Ohio State University and Florida International University.

He has a bachelor’s degree in family studies from Mississippi University for Women, a master’s degree in educational leadership and student affairs from Florida International University, and a doctorate in urban higher education from Jackson State University.

Assistant provost named interim dean of students

In his new role as interim associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, Dr. Sammy Spann will encourage students to get engaged on campus.

Spann, who has served The University of Toledo for 15 years most recently as assistant provost for career services, experiential learning and international programs overseeing the Center for International Studies and Programs, was appointed to the role effective July 15.

Spann

“We are fortunate to have someone with Sammy’s commitment to students and passion for higher education on our campus. He will be an enthusiastic champion for student success as dean of students,” said Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, interim vice president of student affairs.

Spann, who has 18 years experience in higher education, joined UT in 2002 as director of Camp Adventure, a service-learning program he continues to be involved with today. Throughout his tenure at UT, he also has served as executive director of student engagement and assistant provost for international studies and programs.

“I look forward to working closely with students and my colleagues across the University to enhance the student experience here at UT,” Spann said. “I am passionate about getting students involved on campus and connected to opportunities to reinforce their education through real-world experiences. This is an exciting opportunity to help students be successful through those efforts.”

Sara Clark, director of global engagement and education abroad, will serve as the interim director for the Center for International Studies and Programs.

Spann is a UT alumnus receiving his PhD in special education from the University. He also has a master’s degree in special education and behavior disorders from the University of Northern Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

Prior to joining UT, Spann was a recruiter and retention specialist for Fort Valley State and a supervisor of education practicum experiences at Northern Iowa.

Retirement reception June 1 for senior VP of student affairs

A retirement reception for Dr. Kaye M. Patten, senior vice president of student affairs at The University of Toledo, will be held Thursday, June 1, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Schmakel Room.

Patten will retire in June after more than a decade at the University.

Patten

“I have enjoyed my time at UT, have created many great memories, and feel our team has accomplished much,” Patten said. “I am looking forward to the future.”

“For 11 years Dr. Kaye Patten has provided strong leadership for the Division of Student Affairs,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “On behalf of our UT community, I thank her for all she has done and wish her the best upon her well-deserved retirement.”

Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, will serve as interim vice president of student affairs effective June 1. 

Interim VP of student affairs named

The University of Toledo Division of Student Affairs is transitioning through a leadership change.

Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, will serve as interim vice president of student affairs effective June 1. Dr. Kaye M. Patten will retire in June.

Cockrell

“I have enjoyed my time at UT, have created many great memories, and feel our team has accomplished much,” Patten said. “I am looking forward to the future.”

“For 11 years Dr. Kaye Patten has provided strong leadership for the Division of Student Affairs,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “On behalf of our UT community, I thank her for all she has done and wish her the best upon her well-deserved retirement.”

A retirement reception for Patten will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, in the UT Driscoll Alumni Center Schmakel Room.

“Dr. Phillip ‘Flapp’ Cockrell has proven himself to be a strong leader with a commitment to student success, and I appreciate his willingness to step into the role of interim vice president to continue the progress being made in the Division of Student Affairs and to fulfill the University’s mission for a student-centered environment,” Gaber said.

“I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to working with the administration and faculty in looking for ways to enhance student success as it relates to the student experience at the University,” Cockrell said.

The offices and departments that make up the Division of Student Affairs include the Office of the Dean of Students; Office of Residence Life; University Counseling Center; Office of Multicultural Student Success; Office of Recreation; Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards; Office of Student Involvement and Leadership; Office of Student Advocacy and Support; Toledo Excel; and Upward Bound.

Cockrell joined UT as associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students in April 2016. Cockrell has several years of experience working in student affairs at various universities. Most recently, he served three years as associate vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

His prior student affairs experience also includes work in various positions at Mississippi University for Women, Ohio State University and Florida International University.
Cockrell toured and studied institutions of higher learning policies and practices abroad in England, Scotland and Ireland. 

He received his bachelor of science degree in family studies from Mississippi University for Women in 2003. Cockrell obtained a master of science degree in educational leadership and student affairs from Florida International University, followed by a doctor of philosophy in urban higher education from Jackson State University.

AVP/director of residence life named

Valerie Simmons-Walston is UT’s new associate vice president of student affairs and director of residence life.

She started her new post Jan. 9.

Simmons-Walston

“Ms. Simmons-Walston brings a wealth of student affairs experience to her new role at UT,” Dr. Kaye M. Patten, vice president for student affairs, said. “In her most recent role as dean of students at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, she oversaw Residence Life staff, Career Services, Judicial Affairs, Office of International Studies, and the Office of Military/Veteran Affairs.”

“I am excited to be at The University of Toledo,” Simmons-Walston said. “I’ve enjoyed my first month on campus, and I look forward to learning more about this institution and getting to know more students, staff and faculty.”

Simmons-Walston said she is learning more about University’s academic culture daily.

“Working with multiple offices campus wide, it is my goal to collaboratively serve our students well and retain them through graduation,” she said. “I anticipate more opportunities to work with faculty and partner with my fellow colleagues in Student Affairs to develop and support innovative, noteworthy leadership programs for our students. It is our responsibility to ensure that our students graduate with a prepared advantage over their peers at other institutions.”

She added she plans to continue attending athletic events: “The energy surrounding the games is contagious.”

In 2012, Simmons-Walston received Brenau University’s Haggerman-Thompson Excellence Award for her work with students, faculty and staff.

Prior to joining Brenau University, Simmons-Walston worked at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., and Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.H. Early in her career, she was employed by the Norfolk Public School System in Norfolk, Va.

The Cleveland native received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Kent State University and a master of arts degree in counseling from Hampton University. Simmons-Walston is working on her dissertation for a doctorate in education from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Housing and dining fees to increase next academic year

The University of Toledo is planning modest increases to the fees charged for living and eating on campus to ensure UT continues to provide high-quality service to students.

The UT Board of Trustees approved Monday a 2 percent increase in residence hall fees and a 1 percent increase in dining fees beginning fall semester 2017 to cover increasing costs of operations.

The adjustments were made now to give students and their families more time to plan ahead for the upcoming academic year.

The changes in housing fees represent an increase of up to $95 per semester depending on the residence hall. Dining costs will increase up to $12 per semester according to the meal plan selected.

Late-night exam breakfast Dec. 11 canceled

A Late-Night Exam Breakfast event scheduled for 10 p.m. to midnight Sunday, Dec. 11 in the Ottawa East Dining Hall, has been canceled due to inclement weather.