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Classic film series to begin Sept. 4

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will present a series of classic movies projected from 16mm film.

While commercial films across the United States and locally are digitally projected, these classic films will be shown as they were intended — on actual film.

All films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Room 1039. Listed by date, the First Friday on Film Series will feature

This still is from Alfred Hitchcock's “The Lady Vanishes,” which will be shown Friday, Sept. 4.

This still is from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Lady Vanishes,” which will be shown Friday, Sept. 4.

• Sept. 4 — “The Lady Vanishes,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1938, 96 minutes, starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave.

• Oct. 2 — “Seven Samurai,” directed by Akira Kurosawa, 1954, 207 minutes, starring Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura and Keiko Tsushima.

• Nov. 6 — “His Girl Friday”, directed by Howard Hawks, 1940, 92 minutes, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.

• Feb. 5 — “Breathless,” directed by Jean Luc Goddard, 1961, 90 minutes, starring Jean-Paul Beimondo, Jean Seberg and Daniel Boulanger.

• Friday April 1 — “Stagecoach,” directed by John Ford, 1939, 96 minutes, starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor and Andy Devine.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students, faculty, staff, alumni, seniors and members of the U.S. military. Tickets include soft drink and popcorn.

Advance tickets are available through the UT Center for Performing Arts Box Office and one hour prior to show time.

UT involved in Healthy Lucas County collaboration

The University of Toledo is part of a Healthy Lucas County collaboration to improve the well-being of the region.

Healthy Lucas County will host a community forum Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at the United Way of Greater Toledo, 424 Jackson St., to release its 2015-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan. A community walk will follow.

“Everybody has a stake in the community health improvement plan,” said Ann Mary Mercier, a public health consultant for the Medical Technical Assistance and Policy Program Health Access Initiative in the UT Department of Psychiatry. “The community is invited to attend the forum because they are our target population. These are the people we want to focus on. It is such a large document, and we want to make it accessible to everyone.”

Healthy Lucas County is concentrating on five priority health issues in the 2015-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan:

• Increasing healthy weight status.

• Decreasing heart disease and other chronic diseases.

• Decreasing youth mental health issues and bullying.

• Decreasing infant mortality.

• Increasing school readiness.

Mercier is specifically involved with working on an action plan to promote healthy weight. The work group she serves on is looking to increase the amount of nutritional and physical activity information that physicians provide to their patients.

“This is the first community health improvement plan where there are detailed steps with targeted goals,” Mercier said.

As part of her involvement, Mercier also is focusing on reducing chronic disease through increasing recruitment for nurse practitioners and physician assistants in Lucas County. How can nurse practitioner/physician assistant recruitment be improved? Can tuition incentives be offered?

With the help of Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, UT associate professor of educational psychology and expert on bullying and school violence, Mercier also is exploring mental health issues in Lucas County youth. Both UT employees are gathering baseline information about mental health screening tools that help detect early signs of mental illness.

Pescara-Kovach also is involved in gathering information on anti-bullying programs being implemented in schools. The hope is to increase the number of health-care providers who are making recommendations for depression and/or mental health issues. Additionally, she is conducting workplace violence threat assessment, mental health awareness, and suicide prevention and intervention training for ProMedica beginning in September.

The Healthy Lucas County collaboration is coordinated by the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and includes ProMedica, Mercy, The University of Toledo, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, the Neighborhood Health Association and many other community partners.

The Sept. 15 forum is free, but reservations are requested in advance to sheavesj@co.lucas.oh.us. Forum registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Parking lot closures for football games announced

The first Rocket football game at home in the Glass Bowl will be against Stony Brook Thursday, Sept. 3.

The University of Toledo Police Department has released its schedule of lot closures for that contest and all other home games for the 2015 season to ensure parking availability for those attending the games.

Rocket football logoParking areas 6 and 10 will close at 9 p.m. the day before games. Overnight parking is not permitted. Fans with a parking area 6 or 10 football parking pass will be admitted starting at 6 a.m. game day.

Parking areas 5 and 9, along with the Greek Village loop and Parks Tower loop, will close starting at 6 a.m. on game day. Any cars remaining in the parking area 9 on game day will be towed starting at noon.

football parking 2015Parking areas 3 and 4 will close at noon.

Parking areas 18 and 28 will close at 4 p.m.

While lot closures can be an inconvenience for faculty, staff and students, Rocket football games and other campus events are an important way the University interacts with the outside community, according to UT Police Chief Jeff Newton.

All UT faculty, staff and students receive free general admission parking by presenting a valid Rocket ID to the parking attendant on game day. General admission parking areas are 1, 2, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, and the east and west parking garages.

Premium parking areas are 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 and 28 for suite holders, stadium club seat holders, athletic contributors, sponsors and premium season ticket holders.

Additional game day parking information is available here.

The 2015 home football schedule is:

• Thursday, Sept. 3, Stony Brook, 7 p.m.;

• Saturday, Sept. 19, Iowa State, 8 p.m.;

• Saturday, Sept. 26, Arkansas State, time to be announced;

• Saturday, Oct. 10, Kent State (Homecoming), 3 p.m.;

• Saturday, Oct. 17, Eastern Michigan, time to be announced;

• Tuesday, Nov. 3, Northern Illinois, 8 p.m.; and

• Friday, Nov. 27, Western Michigan, time to be announced.

Annual Clean Your Streams event concludes weeklong celebration of river

After Saturday, Sept. 19, the rivers and streams around Toledo will look a little cleaner.

That’s because the 19th annual Clean Your Streams event will be taking place, bringing in hundreds of volunteers to tidy up area waterways. The University of Toledo is participating in the event by hosting two kickoff locations: the Ottawa River by the Law Center and Swan Creek at UT Medical Center.

clean-your-streams-logoOther locations include Olander Park, Monroe Street United Methodist Church, Three Meadows Park, Oregon Municipal Building and International Park.

Each year, the event brings in volunteers to help pick up trash and restore habitats. Because supplies are limited, volunteers are asked to register before Wednesday, Sept. 9, by calling 419.874.0727 or going to PartnersForCleanStreams.org/events/cys.

“The actual task of picking up garbage helps clean up the river,” said Dr. Patrick Lawrence, UT professor and chair in the Department of Geography and Planning, and chair of the President’s Commission on the River. “But I think it also helps people to be more aware — they understand the rivers and streams and that they’re important as part of our environment and part of our community.”

Clean Your Streams is just one of a few events happening for Celebrate Our River Week at the University, which is put on by the UT President’s Commission on the River.

At 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, submissions are due for the fourth annual Student River Photography Contest. Winners of the contest will be selected and announced at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Student River Plaza. For more information, click here. To submit a photo, email pPatrick.lawrence@utoledo.edu.

Submissions will be on display in Carlson Library starting Thursday, Sept. 17, and winners will be framed and put on the third floor of the library. There also will be informational posters about area rivers on the first floor.

Clean Your Streams will conclude events Saturday, Sept. 19, but also will kick off a week of events culminating with the inauguration of Dr. Sharon Gaber as UT president Friday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. in Savage Arena.

Gaber has been very supportive and involved with this year’s planning of Clean Your Streams and Celebrate Our River Week.

“With her background as an urban and regional planner, I think she’s very much interested in things having to do with the river and campus planning, as well as involvement between the University and the community,” Lawrence said.

Art faculty member to exhibit work at Secor Gallery

“Dan Hernandez: Recent Work” will be on display from Thursday, Sept. 3, to Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Secor Gallery, 425 Jefferson Ave. in Toledo.

The exhibition will feature a selection of new and recent artwork from the UT assistant professor of art’s “Genesis” project.

“Nocturne” by Dan Hernandez

“Nocturne” by Dan Hernandez

Hernandez produced several works that will be on display with the support of a grant from the University Research Awards and Fellowship, as well as an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

The work in this exhibition also will be on display at the Kim Foster Gallery in New York City in November. His first solo exhibit was held there in 2012.

“Genesis” refers to his visual dialogue between religion, mythology and pop culture. The word “genesis” can refer to the literal definition, the biblical book of the same name, as well as the video game system Sega Genesis. Hernandez incorporates these notions as well as other ideas into his work.

His art has been presented recently in solo exhibitions at the University of Kentucky and the University of Michigan. It also has been included in group shows in Tel-Aviv, Israel, as well as London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

An opening reception for the Toledo exhibition will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The artist also will be in the Secor Gallery for a meet-and-greet event during the Third Thursday Art Walk Sept. 17.

The Secor Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. or by appointment.

For more information on the free, public exhibition or events, contact Hernandez at daniel.hernandez@utoledo.edu or 419.530.8321.

Anticipation builds: Rockets ready to start season

Expectations and excitement are high for The University of Toledo football team.

At media day this summer, the Rockets were picked to win the Mid-American Conference’s West Division and the 2015 Marathon MAC Championship Game.

2015 football schedThe team and star running back Kareem Hunt were featured in the recent College Football Preview edition of Sports Illustrated.

 Picked to win the MAC, the Rockets are named one of the five “teams that could get the Group of Five’s ‘New Year’s Six’ bowl bid.”

And at least four games will be carried on national television. The Rockets’ home game vs. Iowa State of the Big 12 Saturday, Sept. 19, will be broadcast on ESPNews at 8 p.m., while the home contest vs. Northern Illinois Tuesday, Nov. 3, will be on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Road games at Central Michigan Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. and Bowling Green Tuesday, Nov. 17, time to be announced will be on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

“There are great challenges ahead of us,” Toledo Head Football Coach Matt Campbell said. “We have a lot of good football players coming back and also a lot of players who have the potential to be very good. If we continue on our current learning curve, we could have another very successful season. That’s what has me so excited about this season.”

Campbell welcomes back 46 letter winners and 15 starters from last year’s team that went 9-4 overall, 7-1 in conference play. The Rockets shared the West Division title and chalked up an impressive 63-44 win over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl.

The Toledo offense will be paced by junior running back Hunt, who rushed for 1,631 yards and 16 touchdowns in 10 games last season. Wide receivers Corey Jones, with 842 yards and five touchdowns, and Alonzo Russell, with 770 yards receiving and eight touchdowns, provide the Rockets with additional threats at the skill positions.

“Expectations are on Kareem. When you go from the hunter to hunted, it puts a different dynamic on where you are going. Kareem steps into that fray now. Everyone will know who he is,” Campbell said. “But I think Kareem’s best is still to come.

“What I like is that it is important for Kareem to be successful. He takes this very seriously,” Campbell said. “He’s been surrounded by leaders in the past. Now he has to be the leader. He has leadership qualities, so I look forward to seeing him accept that role. A lot more is expected of him, and he understands that.”

Defensively, Toledo returns eight starters, including defensive end Trent Voss, who had 77 tackles and 15 tackles for loss in 2014, and a pair of All-MAC tackles, senior Orion Jones and junior Treyvon Hester.

The Toledo Rockets will open the season in the Glass Bowl vs. Stony Brook Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. and then travel to Southeastern Conference opponent Arkansas for a contest Saturday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m.

Season tickets, as well as tickets for the UT-Stony Brook contest, are on sale at the UT Athletic Ticket Office, online at http://utole.do/football2015 or at 419.530.4653. Faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID, and students are admitted free with ID.

UT Health supports JDRF One Walk

Julie LaPlante’s job as the secretary for the Endocrinology Division at The University of Toledo Medical Center has helped her gain insight into Type 1 diabetes.

But it wasn’t until her adult son, Derek, was diagnosed with the disease that she truly understood its life-changing implications.

Julie LaPlante with her son, Derek

Julie LaPlante with her son, Derek

In support of the research being done to find a cure for juvenile diabetes, LaPlante is organizing a UT Health team to walk in the JDRF One Walk Sunday, Sept. 20, at Ottawa Park in Toledo to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“It completely changed my son’s life when he was diagnosed,” LaPlante said. “He started with insulin injections three times per day and then began to use an insulin pump.”

LaPlante said her son started showing signs of diabetes with weight loss, frequent urination and lightheadedness. While the diagnosis gave him answers, he had to adopt a brand-new lifestyle.

“He has to be mindful of everything that he does, whether that is tracking the carbs in what he eats or remembering to remove the insulin pump before he swims.”

The Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at The University of Toledo is a silver sponsor for the walk. Dr. Juan Jaume, chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at UTMC, said JDRF is the leading charitable fundraiser and advocate for juvenile diabetes research and its complications. The disease impacts 1.25 million Americans.

“Insulin should not be considered a cure, so we need to keep researching to find a cure for this disease,” Jaume said. “While insulin helps a person stay alive, it does not prevent some of the disease complications that can include nerve damage, blindness and kidney failure.”

LaPlante said she hopes her son’s story encourages UT employees to make a donation or join the team.

“I would be ecstatic if 50 people signed up to be on the team,” LaPlante said. “My son is even coming home from Chicago to walk with me.”

To register for the team or to donate, go to http://utole.do/et.

Downtown Coaches Association luncheons set to begin

A University association will host weekly luncheons featuring the UT athletic community.

The Downtown Coaches Association is an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging interest in The University of Toledo athletics program. Members and guests will have the opportunity to attend a weekly buffet lunch that will feature talks from different members of UT’s athletic community.

Downtown Coaches AssociationThe cost of lunch is $14, and anyone interested in Rocket athletics is encouraged to attend. Annual membership dues are $40 for those who choose to join the organization.

“The Downtown Coaches Association has been an instrumental support group for Rocket athletic programs for several decades,” said David Nottke, senior associate athletic director. “Members get the up-close and personal look inside of Rocket athletics. Our coaches and student-athletes are regular guests on our Monday luncheon programs.”

The opening luncheon on Monday, Aug. 31, will feature UT Football Coach Matt Campbell with a report and Football Equipment Manager Jeremy Boyd with a demonstration on what it takes to outfit and protect players. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at noon.

UT President Sharon Gaber will speak at the second luncheon, which will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, due to the Labor Day holiday.

Lunches then will continue each Monday until winter break. After winter break, luncheons will resume Monday, Jan. 4.

For more information or to join Downtown Coaches Association, click here or contact Julia Kudla at 419.530.5087 or Julia.Kudla@utoledo.edu.

ProMedica, The University of Toledo reach academic affiliation agreement

ProMedica and The University of Toledo College of Medicine have finalized an academic affiliation agreement that will enable the two organizations to develop one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. The academic and clinical medical model will recruit medical students, physicians and researchers to northwest Ohio and benefit our communities for generations to come.

ut-promedicaA signing ceremony will take place Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Toledo.

“Our goal is to establish one of the nation’s premier academic medical programs that will attract and retain the best caregivers and specialists,” said Randy Oostra, ProMedica president and chief executive officer. “This agreement lays the foundation for our long-term vision to create healthy individuals and healthy communities for generations to come.”

“As we look out at the next half century, this affiliation positions both organizations to be national leaders in health-care education and medical research,” said UT President Sharon Gaber.

The focus of the agreement is on academics and research as well as:

• Offering a broader range of educational and training opportunities for future physicians and medical professionals;

• Attracting and retaining a greater percentage of physicians and other medical specialists;

• Increasing clinical training capacity that will be comparable to other major academic centers;

• Creating new jobs and driving community revitalization, economic and business development opportunities; and

• Enhancing research and innovation opportunities.
Substantially, all of UT’s medical students, residents and fellows will be placed at ProMedica facilities. The agreement includes a commitment by ProMedica to support the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, including teaching, research, and the college’s facilities.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to enrich the quality of medical education and expand our clinical training capacity in Toledo and northwest Ohio,” said Dr. Lee Hammerling, ProMedica chief medical officer. “We’re very excited about the future.”

According to a recent report released by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the nation will face a shortage of between 46,000 to 90,000 physicians by 2025, including primary and specialty care. At the same time, the demand for physicians continues to intensify as a result of the nation’s growing and aging population.

The partnership will be governed by an Academic Affiliation Operating Group, which will serve to develop and implement an academic and programmatic plan for the affiliation. The group will be comprised of six members with equal representation from both parties. A first key action by the group will be the development of a transition plan, which is anticipated to begin implementation in July 2016.

The dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Dr. Christopher Cooper, will chair the Academic Affiliation Operating Group.

“The outcomes of this agreement will be truly transformational,” said Cooper, who also serves as UT’s executive vice president for clinical affairs. “For too long, we have educated students that have traveled to other parts of the country to practice medicine. Thanks to UT’s and ProMedica’s affiliation, not only will we retain far greater numbers of the health-care providers we educate, but I have no doubt students, residents and clinical faculty will be drawn to northwest Ohio and what we have created together.”

For more information about ProMedica, visit promedica.org/aboutus. For more information about UT, visit utoledo.edu.

Back-to-school drive, kick-off social to be held Aug. 31

Join University of Toledo Alumni Affiliates Monday, Aug. 31, for the Shoes, Socks and Underwear Drive and kick-off social from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Gradkowki’s, located at 1440 Secor Road in the Gateway.

“It’s a chance for affiliates to get together and kick off the school year,” said Tamara Talmage, president of the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science, and Social Justice and Human Services Alumni Affiliate.

Donations will be collected for the Shoes, Socks and Underwear Drive during the event, and participants can sample free appetizers.

“Other local organizations started collecting backpacks and school supplies to donate in the area, so we talked to principals to see what else students needed,” Talmage said. “Last year, we only collected shoes, but this year socks and underwear were added to the drive after hearing there was a need for them.”

Grey, black, brown or white tennis shoes or dress shoes and socks are needed for students in grades K-8 in children’s sizes 1 to 6 or toddler sizes 10 to 13.

Underwear donations are needed for younger students.

Throughout August and September, donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Driscoll Alumni Center Room 2001 on Main Campus.

For more information, visit toledoalumni.org or call 419.530.2586.