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UT president, Toledo mayor to kick off Rocket Week at flag raising ceremony

The University of Toledo President Sharon L. Gaber and Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz will kick off the start of “Rocket Week” with an official proclamation from the mayor and ceremonial raising of the UT flag outside One Government Center on Friday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m.

Rocket Week is a series of special events the first week of the 2018-19 academic year leading up to the home-opening football game of the defending Mid-American Conference Champion Toledo Rockets. The Rockets will host the Virginia Military Institute at the Glass Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.

In addition to the location at One Government Center, Rocket flags will be flown at other city buildings and parks. Toledo area businesses and fans are encouraged to fly their University or Rocket flags during the week leading up to the home opener and all season long.

As part of Rocket Week, UT and the city of Toledo also will recognize city employees during the game and pregame festivities.

“We’re ready for another exciting school year and Rocket football season,” Gaber said. “UT is proud to be this city’s university. We also are very proud of our MAC Champions. I want to highly encourage our community to join us in showing their Rocket pride. I look forward to celebrating with Rocket fans and recognizing the dedicated individuals who serve our city.”

“The city of Toledo has an amazing university with an incredible athletics program, and I invite all Toledoans to join me in showing their Rocket pride as we raise the UT flag at One Government Center, city parks and other sites across the city — including my own home,” Kapszukiewicz said. “I want to thank UT for recognizing the hard work city employees do for our community. We will see you at the game on Sept. 1 and throughout the season.”

Some of the events during Rocket Week include a pep rally on campus Wednesday, Aug. 29, as well as downtown pep rallies on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the food trucks at Levis Square and on Friday, Aug. 31, in the entertainment district. The Friday night rallies continue a tradition in which the Rocket Marching Band performs at various establishments, marching through the downtown streets between each performance.

There also will be a Rocket Week Barbecue on Health Sciences Campus Wednesday, Aug. 29. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the patio outside UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro.

Throughout the week, and especially on “Rocket Thursday,” fans are encouraged to wear their Rocket gear or school colors midnight blue and gold in support of UT. The University celebrates Rocket Thursday each week throughout the school year.

UT faculty and staff also are encouraged to decorate their offices to show their Rocket pride for a chance to win tickets to the game. The contest will begin Friday, Aug. 24, with participants posting photos of their spirited work area with the hashtag #RocketWeek to enter the competition, which ends at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. The winner will be announced Friday, Aug. 31, on the UT Athletics Twitter account @ToledoRockets.

On game day, UT will debut Stadium Drive Live, a pregame tailgate event located adjacent to the Glass Bowl on Stadium Drive that will take place prior to the first five Rocket home games this season. Opening three hours prior to kickoff, Stadium Drive Live will give fans an opportunity to enjoy tailgate games and live music performances on the Battery Wholesale stage. Fans will be able to purchase food and beverages from Aramark’s Tailgate Gourmet II booth, which will offer grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and other items, in addition to food trucks and the Bud Light beer garden.

Rocky’s Locker will offer a Rocket Week promotion providing customers a 3×5 flag with the purchase of $50 in Rocket gear, while supplies last. Participate on social media using the hashtag #RocketWeek.

For more information about Rocket Week or to purchase football tickets, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena, go online to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Women in STEM to host network-building event

Women in STEM at The University of Toledo is working with the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women and the Association for Women in Science to create mentoring programs and initiatives for students.

A welcoming and network-building event will take place Monday, Aug. 20, for women pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or math at the University. The organization also has expanded its inclusion of those studying the medical sciences.

This free event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Libbey Hall Dining Room and provide students and faculty with a relaxed atmosphere that will allow them to establish and develop mentoring relationships to ensure their success at UT.

Women in STEM at UT also has worked with IDEAL-N, a multi-university project that is funded through the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program and facilitated by Case Western Reserve University.

IDEAL-N aims to institutionalize gender equity transformation at leading research universities by creating a learning community of academic leaders that is empowered to develop leverage knowledge, skills, resources and networks to transform university cultures and enhance diversity and inclusion.

“Organizations like these and the Association for Women in Science are a valuable source of information for women in STEMM,” said Dr. Patricia Case, associate dean for the UT College of Arts and Letters. “They provide links to education and research opportunities, as well as provide opportunities to develop relationships with other women in STEMM.”

Research has found that a male-dominated discipline can be demoralizing to women, and having a group of individuals to guide you or “have your back” can be the difference between success and exiting a career path, Case explained.

“Women account for approximately 52 percent of the population, so equality would mean that we have more representation in these fields,” Case added. “When barriers are lifted, women pursue and succeed in these degrees as much as men.”

If interested in attending the event, RSVP to Angelica Johnson at angelica.johnson2@utoledo.edu or 419.530.5146.

For questions about the event, contact Case at patricia.case@utoledo.edu.

Convocation to welcome new students Aug. 26

UT traditions will be explained during the New Student Convocation Sunday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.

University President Sharon L. Gaber will be at the event to greet and address new students.

“New Student Convocation teaches new students about the special traditions that come along with being a Rocket. They will learn about the importance of school spirit and pride,” Ashleigh Wade, associate dean of students and director of conduct and community standards, said. “New students also will be welcomed and inducted into the Rocket family by University leadership, faculty, staff and students.”

Other speakers will include Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs; Jason Candle, head football coach; Tod Kowalczyk, head men’s basketball coach; Tricia Cullop, head women’s basketball coach; and Andrew Williams and Sofia Rodriguez, Student Government president and vice president, respectively.

“Dr. Cockrell will discuss the importance of co-curricular learning and taking advantage of University resources,” Wade said.

“Provost Hsu will introduce the college deans and the president of the Faculty Senate,” she added.

Blue Key will perform the national anthem, and Blue Crew, Rocky and Rocksy, the cheerleading squad, and the pep band will teach new students the University’s fight song, “U of Toledo,” as well as spirited cheers and chants.

“This event is a chance for new Rockets to become acclimated with campus life before classes start,” Wade said.

Following the event, participants are encouraged to attend a barbecue in the Flatlands.

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the New Student Convocation will be moved to Savage Arena, and the barbecue will take place outside the arena.

Honors Drive on Main Campus to close Aug. 13-14

Honors Drive, which runs parallel to Bancroft Street and is accessible from Campus Road, is scheduled to close Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 13-14.

The road located on the north side of the Honors Academic Village will be demolished and temporarily replaced with stone.

Honors Drive is slated to reopen Wednesday, Aug. 15.

“Drivers will be able to drive on the stone base until paving is completed later this month,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said.

Women’s soccer to host garage sale

The Toledo women’s soccer team will host a pop-up garage sale Thursday, Aug. 9, at Scott Park prior to its 4 p.m. match against Michigan State.

Items for sale will include team-issued gear, clothes, shoes and other equipment from the Rockets’ championship season.

Admission to Thursday’s match is free.

Satellites to hold 43-hour shoe sale

Step right up to the 43-hour shoe sale!

The Satellites Auxiliary and the UT Retirees Association in conjunction with Outside the Box Shoes will hold the sale from 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, through noon Friday, Aug. 10, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

Brand names will include Clarks, Klogs, Skechers, Merrell, Spira, New Balance, Danska, Alegria and more.

“This sale happens twice a year, and our employees are grateful for cushioning their soles every six months,” Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, said.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

Profits will benefit the auxiliary’s and association’s campus scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary promotes education, research and service programs; provides support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conducts fundraising events; and offers volunteer services.

For more information on the shoe sale, contact Brand at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 9 to celebrate Parks Tower renovations

The largest residence hall on The University of Toledo campus is reopening for the 2018-19 academic year after undergoing a $12 million upgrade.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the transformation of Parks Tower will take place Thursday, Aug. 9, at 4:30 p.m. followed by an open house that will end at 6:30 p.m.

Blake Moyer, left, and Matt Moyer of Foundation Steel LLC in Swanton, Ohio, painted the handrails outside Parks Tower, which will open for fall semester after a $12 million renovation.

The closest parking is in lot 9, just south of the Glass Bowl Stadium.

Parks Tower, which will house 668 students this academic year, features new elevators, bathrooms and plumbing fixtures, as well as a new entry vestibule and reinvented main lobby that includes multiple social spaces. The University also added a new fitness center, new furniture for all rooms, program space, quiet zones and kitchenettes. Lounges on each floor were overhauled and redesigned.

“This investment in Parks Tower shows the ongoing commitment of the University and its leadership to listen to our students and provide them with the environments that will help them to be successful not only in the classroom, but also outside the classroom,” Jason Toth, associate vice president for facilities and construction, said.

“We invested in critical maintenance initiatives while also focusing on the needs of the students,” said Valerie Walston, associate vice president for student affairs and director of residence life. “Parks Tower is a welcoming environment for our vibrant campus community.”

Built in 1971, Parks Tower was the University’s first large-scale residence hall. Parks Tower was renovated during the 2017-18 academic year. It houses first-year students.

“From the thoughtful furniture selections and kitchenette additions to the overall improvement of how space is utilized, these renovations are designed to improve student success and make students feel both comfortable and supported,” Matthew Perry, associate director for residential education, said.

Tours and refreshments will be available during the grand opening.

“The open house is an opportunity for incoming students to see their new home that features the amenities they want,” Bradley Menard, UT director for housing, said. “We also have heard from many alumni throughout the summer who plan to be here to see the changes because Parks Tower is the place they started their college experience, met lifelong friends, and made wonderful memories.”

Parks Tower residents will begin moving in Wednesday, Aug. 22.

UT staff and students trained to respond to active shooter in hospital

The University of Toledo conducted an announced exercise Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon to practice de-escalation training and responding to an active shooter in a health-care setting.

The training and exercise involved approximately 75 staff and student participants at the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center.

A second phase of the exercise tested the UTMC Emergency Department’s ability to respond to a surge of patients in need of critical medical care.

“It is important to regularly review our response tactics so that we are prepared for any emergency,” UT Police Chief Jeff Newton said. “In a hospital setting in particular, our colleagues need to be prepared to respond for both their personal safety and also for the safety of their patients. While we hope we never need to use this training, we are committed to being prepared.”

The training exercise is part of ongoing efforts to better prepare and protect the health and safety of faculty, staff, students and campus visitors.

To review UT’s safety procedures and plans, visit the UT Emergency Preparedness website.

Basketball player to shirt up for Philippines in international tournament

University of Toledo incoming freshman forward AJ Edu will compete for the Philippines in the FIBA Under-18 Asia Championships Sunday through Saturday, Aug. 5-11, in Thailand.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity, and we will need to play really well as a team to make the top four,” Edu said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing against some good competition and having the opportunity to get better.”


The Philippines will face China, Lebanon and United Arab Emirates in Group B and will be attempting to qualify for the Under-19 World Championship next year.

“AJ was really good in our workouts before he left to train with his national team, and we’re excited that he’s receiving this great opportunity,” Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. “When AJ asked me what I thought about him playing for the Philippines, I told him that anytime that you have a chance to represent your country, it’s the greatest honor in athletics. I couldn’t be more proud of him and his family, and how he’s representing his mother’s native Philippines. I know AJ’s going to get some really good international experience and come back with unbelievable lifelong memories.”

The group stage concludes Tuesday, Aug. 7, with the top teams in each group proceeding to the quarterfinals Thursday, Aug. 9. Teams that finish second and third in each group will play each other Wednesday, Aug. 8, for a berth to the quarterfinals.

2018 FIBA Under 18 Asia Championships Group B Game Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 5
China vs. United Arab Emirates, 6:45 a.m. Eastern
Lebanon vs. Philippines, 9 a.m. Eastern

Monday, Aug. 6
China vs. Lebanon, 4:30 a.m. ET
Philippines vs. United Arab Emirates, 6:45 a.m. Eastern

Tuesday, Aug. 7
Lebanon vs. United Arab Emirates, 4:30 a.m. Eastern
China vs. Philippines, 6:45 a.m. EEastern

Wednesday, Aug. 8
Qualification to quarterfinals

Thursday, Aug. 9

Friday, Aug. 10


Saturday, Aug. 11

Campus Road entrance off Bancroft Street set to close briefly Aug. 1

The Campus Road-Bancroft Street intersection is scheduled to be closed the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 1.

The closure, slated to last until approximately noon, is necessary as work continues on the new roadway, according to the city of Toledo.

Middlesex Drive will have access off Bancroft Street.