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Rockets to host Western Michigan Nov. 24 with MAC title hopes at stake

The Toledo Rockets’ quest for a Mid-American Conference West Division title and an appearance in the MAC Championship Game comes down to the final game of the season.

Toledo (9-2, 6-1 MAC) will host Western Michigan in the regular-season finale at the Glass Bowl Friday, Nov. 24. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m., and the game will be carried by ESPNU.

Terry Swanson rushed for a career-high 192 yards vs. BGSU, giving him 1,045 for the season. He is the 15th Rocket to crack the 1,000-yard mark and ranks sixth at UT with 3,283 career rushing yards.

If the Rockets win, they earn at least a share of the division crown and a berth into the league title game at Detroit’s Ford Field Saturday, Dec. 2. A loss to the Broncos would leave UT needing a loss from Northern Illinois in its Nov. 24 game at Central Michigan.

Toledo is coming off a 66-37 victory over archrival Bowling Green Nov. 15. Senior Terry Swanson rushed for a career-high 192 yards, and redshirt freshman Shakif Seymour tied a school record with five touchdowns to lead the offense. The Rockets only led by a field goal, 24-21, at intermission. But a four-touchdown barrage in the third quarter gave the Midnight Blue and Gold a comfortable 52-28 edge heading into the fourth quarter.

Western Michigan (6-5, 4-3 MAC) was knocked out of the MAC playoff picture by a 35-31 loss at NIU Nov. 15. The Broncos are led by senior running back Jarvion Franklin, who paces the MAC with 1,176 yards. True freshman Reece Goddard has taken over at quarterback over since sophomore Jon Wassink went down with an injury vs. Eastern Michigan Oct. 21.

Open forum dates for education dean candidates next week

Final candidates have been selected from a national search for the position of dean of the Judith Herb College of Education.

The candidates and their open forum dates are:

• Dr. Joaquin S. Vila, dean of the School of Education and professor at Northern New Mexico College in Española, N.M. — open forums Monday, Nov. 27;

• Dr. Raymond H. Witte, chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio — open forums Tuesday, Nov. 28; and

• Dr. Brian V. Carolyn, associate dean of the Graduate School at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. — open forums Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Each of the candidates will participate in an open forum this week. All members of the University community, as well as community members and alumni, are invited to attend. Click here to see the schedules and curricula vitae for the candidates.

The dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Judith Herb College of Education and has a direct reporting line to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. The dean provides a clear vision for the college in keeping with accreditation and University standards.

Time announced for UT-Western Michigan Nov. 24 game; Rockets can clinch MAC Championship berth with win

Kickoff for Toledo’s football game vs. Western Michigan Friday, Nov. 24, has been set for 11:30 a.m. on ESPNU.

The Rockets (9-2, 6-1 MAC) can clinch at least a share of the Mid-American Conference West Division title with a win over the Broncos (6-5, 4-2 MAC). A victory also would send Toledo to the MAC Championship Game for the first time since 2004.

Toledo can win an outright MAC West crown with a win over WMU and a Northern Illinois loss to Central Michigan Nov. 24. If Toledo and NIU both win their games, the Rockets would advance to the MAC Championship Game by virtue of a tiebreaker — the Rockets’ 27-17 victory over the Huskies Nov. 2. An NIU loss to CMU automatically sends Toledo to the MAC title game regardless of the outcome of the Toledo-WMU game.

Tickets for the Western Michigan game can be purchased online, at the UT Athletic Ticket Office at Savage Arena, or by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653).

UT to hold free breast cancer screenings

The University of Toledo’s Center for Health and Successful Living will offer a series of free mammogram clinics for uninsured or underinsured women Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glenwood Lutheran Church, 2545 Monroe St. in Toledo.

Free clinics also will be held Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul Community Center, 230 13th St. in Toledo.

The event is geared toward women 40 and older who have not had a breast exam or mammogram in the past two years. Those with no insurance or are underinsurance may qualify for the screening free or at a reduced cost.

Registration is required and space is limited. Call Barbara Oxner at 419.344.5172 or email CHSL@utoledo.edu.

Artist donates works to be sold to benefit alma mater

The University of Toledo College of Arts and Letters’ School of Visual and Performing Arts will hold an exhibition of selected artwork created by local artist and UT art alumna Nathine G. Smith.

The Benefit Exhibition for the Nathine G. Smith Fund for Artistic Achievement will be held on the first floor of Sullivan Hall on Main Campus from Friday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Jan. 5, during regular business hours.

Nathine G. Smith sat by a couple of her creations.

All pieces in the exhibit are for sale. Smith has graciously offered to donate the proceeds to benefit the UT Department of Art and its students.

The work will be introduced to potential buyers at an invitation-only reception Friday, Nov. 17. Remaining work will be on display through Jan. 5 or until it is sold.

Pieces are mixed-media on paper, collage, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil, and graphite.

“My work is created by experimentation with mixed-media on paper, exploring texture, form and color in two- and three-dimensional abstract forms. My inspiration comes from nature, music and literature,” Smith said.

“Enigma Variation XXII” by Nathine G. Smith

“Mainly I work with my hands. I like the feel of the textural surface, the piecing together — almost quilt-like — of paper creations. I work with layers and layers of art tissues, stacks of them, and I have to sort through those and cut and tear to size. It could take three weeks or sometimes a couple months. I couldn’t possibly duplicate a piece — the colors are always different.”

Smith and her husband, Willard Smith, former UT vice president for business affairs, are longtime Toledo arts supporters. Together, through years of volunteerism and financial assistance, they have supported a wide range of area arts and educational initiatives and institutions, including the Toledo Art Museum, Toledo Symphony, The University of Toledo, area hospitals, and the Rotary Club.

Nathine is a graduate of the UT/Toledo Museum of Art School of Design with a bachelor of arts degree in art. Afterward, she pursued an independent study program at UT. Previously, she received a bachelor of science degree in education from Miami University.

Her works were featured in a one-woman exhibit called “Exploring Texture” at the UT Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women.

Smith, who has numerous awards to her credit, is also a longtime member of the National Collage Society. In 2005, she was included in the society’s book, “Collage,” as a Signature Member. She is also a member of the Athena Art Society (since 1988) and the Toledo Artists’ Club (since 1997).

UT Rocket Marching Band to perform in Valentine Theatre Nov. 18

The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band will take its show on the road to an indoor venue: the historic Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams Street, Toledo.

The Sounds of the Stadium Concert will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.

The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band will take its show on the road to an indoor venue: the historic Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams Street, Toledo.

The Sounds of the Stadium Concert will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.

The program will feature music from the band’s 2017 football season. Selections will range from ZZ Ward and Panic! At the Disco to The Beach Boys, Lee Greenwood and The Beatles.

Traditional UT favorites also will be performed.

Tickets — $7 each — are available through the UT Center for Performing Arts Box Office, 419.530.ARTS (2787) and online at utoledo.tix.com.

Tickets also are available through the Valentine Theatre Box Office at 419.242.ARTS (2787) and valentinetheatre.com.

For more information on the UT Rocket Marching Band, click here.

Preparing medical labs to assess bioterrorism agents topic of Nov. 17 workshop

The University of Toledo Department of Biological Sciences will host a workshop titled “Agents of Bioterrorism: Sentinel Training for Clinical Laboratories” Friday, Nov. 17, in Bowman-Oddy Laboratories.

The workshop will provide an overview of the sentinel clinical laboratory’s role in the identification of primary agents of bioterrorism and will emphasize how to safely handle suspect organisms in clinical specimens and cultures.

Participants will include microbiologists in the northwest Ohio region, including practitioners at UT Medical Center, Mercy Health System and ProMedica Health Systems.

“Currently, very few labs in northwest Ohio are qualified to handle samples contaminated with bioterrorism agents,” said Dr. Bruce Bamber, associate professor and chair of the UT Department of Biological Sciences. “Protocols must be in place for the rapid and safe collection, handling, analysis, transport and storage of samples. Increasing the number of qualified medical testing laboratories increases the speed and effectiveness of our response to potential bioterrorism attacks in the northwest Ohio region.”

The Ohio Department of Health is hosting this workshop at various locations throughout the state to train practitioners of medical laboratory testing to respond safely and effectively to potential bioterrorism attacks.

“There is a clear need for expertise in the area of how to handle requests, handle specimens, identify potential bioterrorism agents, and report back to response agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Homeland Security, the Ohio Department of Health, and the patient’s physician,” Bamber said. “This expertise is needed to maintain a high state of general preparedness in case a bioterrorism attack takes place.”

The event is co-sponsored by the National Laboratory Training Network and the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory.

UT to host Louisiana-LaFayette in final game of preseason WNIT Nov. 18

Toledo (1-1) will wrap up play in the Preseason WNIT against Sun Belt Conference member Louisiana-Lafayette (1-1) Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. in Savage Arena.

Tickets for Saturday’s matchup, which are not part of the season-ticket package, will be $16 for elite reserved, $14 for general admission and $7 for children.

To purchase tickets, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go online to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653). The ticket office is open from from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and will open at 10 a.m. game day.

Current suite, club, loge, courtside and elite-season ticket members will have their seats held for Saturday’s game. To order, members can call the Athletic Development Office at 419.530.4183 or ticket office, stop by either office, or purchase online. Members will need username and password to order online or will need to create an online account.

All other seating is general admission, and doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Also, the Joe Grogan Room will be open to Rocket Fund donors.

UT participating in Great American Smokeout Nov. 16

In an effort to end smoking and raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use, The University of Toledo is joining the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout Thursday, Nov. 16.

Sponsored by the UT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Program and UT Pharmacy Services, the University events will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union on Main Campus and in the UT Medical Center Medical Pavilion near the UTMC Pharmacy on Health Science Campus.

The goal of the events is to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of smoking, as well as provide students, staff and faculty with information on how to quit.

“We want students, faculty and staff to know that the University cares about their well-being. There are many groups and resources on campus that can support those looking to quit smoking, this event helps bring that information to those interested,” said Jocelyn Szymanski, wellness administrator.

On Main Campus, pharmacy staff will be on hand to give carbon monoxide tests to smokers so they can measure their lung capacity and also show the amount of carcinogens that enter their body when they smoke.

Both locations will have tobacco cessation information and other educational materials and handouts.

Another goal of the events for the Great American Smokeout is to remind students, employees, and community members that The University of Toledo is tobacco-free on all campuses.

For more information about the Great American Smokeout, contact Szymanski at jocelyn.szymanski@utoledo.edu.

Rockets roll to 66-37 victory over Bowling Green

Senior Terry Swanson rushed for a career-high 192 yards, and redshirt freshman Shakif Seymour tied a school record with five touchdowns as Toledo beat Bowling Green, 66-37, Wednesday night in Doyt Perry Stadium.
It was the Rockets’ eighth consecutive win over BGSU and the most points Toledo has scored against its archrival since a 63-0 triumph in 1935.

The victory put Toledo (9-2, 6-1 MAC) in position to earn its first trip in 13 years to the Mid-American Conference Championship Game. With a win over Western Michigan at the Glass Bowl Friday, Nov. 24, the Rockets would clinch at least a tie with Northern Illinois (8-3, 6-1 MAC) for the MAC West Division title. Toledo would advance to the title game vs. the East Division champion by tiebreaker due its 27-17 victory over Northern Illinois Nov. 2.

Redshirt freshman Shakif Seymour tied Kareem Hunt’s school record with five touchdowns in one game in Toledo’s big win over Bowling Green Nov. 15.

Bowling Green gave the Rockets a battle in the first half, trailing only by a field goal, 24-21, at intermission. But a four-touchdown barrage by Toledo in the third quarter gave the Midnight Blue and Gold a comfortable 52-28 edge heading into the fourth quarter.

Toledo outgained Bowling Green in total offense, 637 yards to 389 yards. While Swanson and company were racking up big chunks of yards on the ground, senior quarterback Logan Woodside efficiently piled up 232 yards on 13 of 18 passing. Woodside also threw for a pair of touchdowns, giving him 87 for his career and breaking the Toledo record of 85 previously held by Bruce Gradkowski (2002 to 2005).

The Falcons got on the scoreboard first when quarterback Jarret Doege hit Teo Redding over the middle for a 57-yard score. Toledo quickly tied the score on a seven-play drive that featured only running plays. Swanson gained 52 of the yards, but Seymour finished it off with a three-yard dash into the left corner. A short while later, Seymour finished off another drive with a two-yard TD run that capped a 12-play, 95-yard drive, giving Toledo a 14-7 lead with 1:51 left in the first quarter.

Bowling Green took advantage of a bad snap on a Toledo punt early in the second quarter, tackling punter Michael Julian on the UT 24-yard line. On the very next play, Doege connected with Andrew Clair, tying the score at 14-14. Toledo took back the lead, 21-14, moments later on Seymour’s third touchdown of the night, a 10-yarder that capped a four-play, 67-yard drive.

Toledo seniors celebrated their four straight win over archrivals Bowling Green Wednesday night and UT’s continued possession of the I-75 trophy. The Rockets’ victory made it eight straight wins over the Falcons.

Bowling Green’s defense set up its third touchdown, stopping UT on fourth-and-one from its own 35-yard line. Three plays later, the Falcons tied the score for the third time when Doege hooked up with Redding again, this time from 17 yards out.

The Rockets took a 24-21 edge into halftime when Jameson Vest kicked a 24-yard field goal in the waning seconds of the period.

UT upped the lead to 31-21 on its opening drive of the second half, moving 55 yards on four running plays. Seymour finished it off for the fourth time, this time from 23 yards out. Following a three-and-out by BGSU, Toledo struck again as Woodside hit Jon’Vea Johnson for a 45-yard TD pass to make the score 38-21 with 11:45 to play. The touchdown pass was Woodside’s 86th of his career, breaking the previous school record of 85 by Gradkowski.

Doege kept the Falcons in it with a 27-yard TD pass to Scott Miller, cutting the lead to 38-28 with 10:15 left in the third quarter, but Toledo scored two more times in the quarter to put the game on ice. Seymour scored his fifth touchdown of the game, a one-yard plunge that finished a 14-play, 72-yard drive. Two minutes later, Woodside hit Diontae Johnson on a 41-yard pass that he tipped two times before hauling it in for the score.

BGSU trimmed the lead to 52-31 with a 32-yard field goal by Jake Suder with 11:39 to play. Just seconds later, sophomore Art Thompkins tacked on another score on an 88-yard TD run to make the score 59-31.
Walk-on senior Brad Smith capped the Rockets’ offensive production with the first touchdown of his career, a four-yard score with 4:48 remaining. Bowling Green added a two-yard touchdown run on the last play of the game to bring the final score to 66-37.