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Enter Rocket fan Jeep giveaway contest

Rocket fans will have the opportunity to win a brand new vehicle as The University of Toledo has teamed up with Yark Automotive Group, Bud Light and iHeart Media for the Toledo Rocket Fan Jeep Giveaway Contest.

The contest will run through Friday, Oct. 27. Contest participants must be 21 years of age or older to enter.

There are three ways to enter:

• Text JEEP to 81530 for a chance to qualify (standard message and data rates apply);

• Go online at RocketFanYarkJeep.com or WIOT.com; or

• Enter at the Toledo vs. Northern Illinois football game Thursday, Nov. 2.

Entries are limited to one per person.

Two finalists will be selected via text or online entry, with the third finalist being chosen at the game.

All three finalists will receive a key, and one lucky fan will have the key to start and win a 2017 Jeep Wrangler.

For a chance to win, all entrants must be present at the game.

Tickets for the game can be purchased at the UT Athletic Ticket Office, online at utrockets.com, or by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653). Tickets are half-off for UT employees and retirees, and UT students are admitted free to home games with ID.

Two-way traffic to resume on Bancroft Street

By the end of Friday, Oct. 20, two-way traffic is scheduled to resume on West Bancroft Street.

“There will still be lane restrictions until the week of Nov. 6, but traffic will continue to be maintained in both directions,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said.

The sewer project construction on Bancroft will conclude for the year in early November.

Work will continue on the project in March.

College of Business and Innovation to recognize couple Oct. 20

The UT College of Business and Innovation will celebrate the gift of Alan H. and Karen A. Barry as they become Million Dollar Partners for their $1 million gift establishing an endowed professorship in accounting.

The celebration, which will include the unveiling of a plaque, will take place Friday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Stranahan Hall lobby.

Alan H. and Karen A. Barry

Mr. Barry, a 1966 graduate of the UT College of Business, is a certified public accountant, the retired president and chief operating officer of the Fortune 200 company Masco Corp., and currently serves on the UT Foundation Board of Trustees.

“The accounting background I got at the University was beneficial to me throughout my career,” he said when their gift was announced in April. “I’ve always been a supporter of the University, and once I was in a position to do so financially, I felt pretty good about giving back to the University that gave me the opportunity to succeed.”

The Alan H. and Karen A. Barry Endowed Professorship in Accounting will be used to recruit or retain a professor in the Department of Accounting; any costs related to the recruitment of a faculty member; bridge or pilot research projects; faculty and staff development costs; curriculum development; the development of a fellowship program; and specialized equipment needed for teaching.

UT to induct 2017 class for Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame

The University of Toledo Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame will induct six former student-athletes and one coach at a banquet Friday, Oct. 20, at the Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.

Social hour for the event will begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will follow at 7 p.m. The class also will be introduced at halftime of the UT football game vs. Akron Saturday, Oct. 21.

Also at the banquet, the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame will present the Distinguished Service Award to Joe Fink and Mike Renard. Fink is a longtime supporter of UT who has been an active member of the Downtown Coaches Association. Renard retired as UT’s equipment manager earlier this year after serving in the position for 34 years.

Tickets for the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame induction dinner are $45 or $360 for a table of eight, and can be purchased by calling the Athletic Development Office at 419.530.5087.

The 2017 Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame inductees are:

Harvey Bowles, wrestling coach, 1975 to 1994. As wrestling coach for 21 years, Bowles led the Rockets to a Mid-American Conference title in 1982-83. During his UT coaching career, he mentored four All-Americans: Myron Shapiro (1975), Brad Smith (1976), Chuck Biggert (1979) and John Potts (1986). Under his leadership, Toledo wrestlers won 23 individual MAC titles. Bowles wrestled at UT from 1959 to 1961 before a back injury ended his career. Bowles was actively involved in the World Cup of Wrestling championships that were held in Toledo in the 1970s and 1980s.


Joe Corfman, baseball, 2009 to 2012. A four-year letter winner, Corfman made first-team All-MAC in 2010 and 2012, and first-team all-region in 2010. In 2010, he knocked in 61 runs, scored 69 runs, and had 20 doubles, all of which rank second on UT’s all-time season list. As a senior in 2012, Corfman had 78 hits, 16 doubles and 22 stolen bases. On UT’s career list, Corfman ranks first in hits (261), first in doubles (54), second in runs (177), second in total bases (375), fifth in RBIs (134) and 10th in batting average (.329). Primarily used as a second baseman and third baseman, Corfman was a three-time Academic All-MAC selection from 2010 to 2012.


Jacy Dyer, women’s swimming and diving, 2007 to 2011. Dyer was a four-time All-MAC swimmer and 10-time MAC Champion in her career. She also took second or third in six other events at MAC Championship Meets. She is the only UT women’s swimmer ever to qualify for the NCAA Championship in three different events. At the conclusion of her career, Dyer held more than 20 UT, MAC and various pool records. A two-time team captain, Dyer was named MAC Swimmer of the Year and UT Female Athlete of the Year in 2009-10. She made an immediate impact for the Rockets as a freshman, earning second-team All-MAC honors and breaking the UT record in the 1000 freestyle. As a sophomore, Dyer earned first-team All-MAC recognition and set the MAC record in the 500 freestyle at the MAC Championship Meet, the first of her 10 career MAC golds. She also finished second in the 1650 freestyle and fifth in the 200 free. As a junior in 2010, Dyer won MAC titles in the 200 free, 500 free, 1650 free, 400 free relay and 800 free relay. She earned first-team All-MAC and MAC Swimmer of the Year honors, leading UT to its first-ever MAC Championship crown. That year she set the MAC record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:44.23, the second-longest current league record for any event. Dyer made first-team All-MAC one last time as a senior, taking four MAC titles in the 200 free, 500 free, 400 free relay and 800 free relay. She qualified and competed at the NCAA Championship Meet in the 200 free, 500 free and the mile. She placed 11th in the nation in the 800 free, the highest finish in UT history.


Amy Galvan, softball, 1992-95. A four-year starter at first base, Galvan earned first-team All-MAC honors in 1993 and 1994, and made second-team all-league in 1995. She also made the All-Mideast Region Team in 1994 and 1995. She won the MAC batting crown as a sophomore in 1993 with a .418 average, the fourth highest mark in UT history. As a junior, she led the team with a .399 batting average (second in the MAC), RBIs (42, also second in the league), hits (71), doubles (13) and slugging percentage (.506). As a freshman, Galvan was a member of the squad that won the MAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Galvan ranks second at UT in career batting average (.349), hits (225), RBIs (95), slugging percentage (.461) and doubles (35).


DeJuan Goulde, football, 1997-2000. Goulde was a three-time All-MAC defensive lineman, earning first-team honors in 1999 and 2000 and second-team recognition in 1998. As a sophomore in 1998, he had six sacks and 16 tackles for loss, helping lead Toledo to a MAC West Division title. In 1999, Goulde had 84 tackles, 10 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. His 10 sacks ranked him tied for second in the MAC, while his 17 tackles for loss ranked eighth. In 2000, Goulde was a force on one of the best defenses in school history. The 10-1 Rockets allowed just 81.5 yards rushing per game that season and shut out three opponents. Goulde had 73 tackles, nine sacks and 17 tackles for loss. He was named third-team All-America by the Football News, and he was runner-up for MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Goulde ranks third all-time on UT’s career list in tackles for loss (47) and tied for third in sacks (25).


Chuck Friedman, men’s track and field, 1961 to 1964. Friedman was the first star sprinter for the UT track teams. He won four MAC sprinting titles in his career. In 1963, he won the 220-yard dash and took third in the 100 at the MAC Meet. He also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 220, the first UT athlete to make it to the NCAAs. In 1974, Friedman won the 100- and 220-meter dashes, and anchored the 440-yard relay MAC title team that set the league record. He became the first UT runner to win more than one event at the MAC Championship Meet. That 440 relay team finished second at the Central Collegiate Championships, barely losing to eventual NCAA Champ Illinois. Friedman was runner-up in the 220 to 1964 U.S. Olympian Trenton Jackson of Illinois. He also qualified for and ran in the 1964 NCAA Championships in the 100 meters and 200 meters (21.6). Friedman graduated from UT with a degree in engineering in 1964 and received his MBA from Northwestern University in 1966. He helped start the Toledo Striders Track Club. He worked at Libbey-Owens-Ford Co. in Toledo for many years before being relocated to North Carolina, where he lives today in retirement.

Zilberstein Rezak

Fabiana Zilberstein Rezak, women’s tennis, 1989-93. Zilberstein Rezak competed in the No. 1 singles spot for three years for the Rockets and was a three-time All-MAC First Team selection (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93). As a junior, the native of Buenos Aires finished fourth at the MAC Championships following a 20-10 record at the top singles position. In her final year with the Rockets, she posted a 13-6 overall record.

Women to ‘Step Up to Step Out’ at annual leadership conference

More than 600 women will participate in the 2017 Women in Leadership conference co-sponsored by The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University to learn strategies for professional advancement.

The sold-out conference titled “Step Up to Step Out: Strategies for Distinguishing Yourself to Advancement” will take place Friday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.

UT President Sharon L. Gaber and BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey will participate in the conference that will feature talks from several business leaders, including:

• Abha Bhandair, director of equity administration and benefits accounting for Brown & Brown Insurance;

• Kelly Hyne, senior vice president of strategic partnerships for the Ladies Professional Golf Association;

• Whitney Johnson, author of “Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work”;

• Debby Peters, founder and instructor for Connext Nation, a word-of-mouth marketing training program;

• Aly Sterling, founder and president of Aly Sterling Philanthropy, a national consulting firm based in the Midwest; and

• Maryrose T. Sylvester, president and CEO of Current, powered by GE, which blends advanced energy technologies such as LED and solar with networked sensors and software.

The annual conference is organized by the BGSU College of Business and the UT College of Business and Innovation.

For more information, click here.

International scholar to discuss humanities, new book

Dr. Michael Bérubé, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Pennsylvania State University, will visit The University of Toledo this week for two events and to work with students.

On Thursday, Oct. 19, he will give a lecture titled “The Humanities and the Advancement of Knowledge” at 5:30 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.


Bérubé argues there is no widely accepted public rationale for new research in the humanities. He challenges the notion that this kind of research is finding a secure institutional home in North American academe, despite his own lifelong commitment to the defense of the humanities and the university institutions making such work possible — like the book, “The Humanities, Higher Education and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments,” co-written with Janet Ruth (2015). He discusses the role of humanities centers and institutes in fostering interdisciplinary humanities research.

His free, public talk will be followed by a reception in the Law Center Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Lounge.

On Friday, Oct. 20, Bérubé will lead a free, public brown-bag conversation about his book, “The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read” (2016). The event will start at noon in Carlson Library Room 1005.

Scholars are calling the book a radical and critical contribution to American studies, literary studies and disability studies.

Twenty-five copies of the book will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, thanks to the Disability Studies Program; the Department of English Language and Literature; the Department of Art; the School of Interdisciplinary Studies; and the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters.

Since 2001, Bérubé has taught at Penn State, where he served as director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities from 2010 to 2017 and was president of the Modern Language Association from 2012 to 2013. Prior to that, he taught 12 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He is the author of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning biography, memoir and philosophical inquiry into disability issues, “Life as We Know It: A Father, A Family and an Exceptional Child” (1998), which he followed up with “Life as Jamie Knows It: An Exceptional Child Grows Up” (2016), which are about his son who has Down syndrome. Other titles include “Rhetorical Occasions: Essays on Humans and the Humanities” (2006) and “What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and ‘Bias’ in Higher Education” (2006). He also has a blog at michaelberube.com.

During his two-day visit, Bérubé will tour UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus and view an exhibition titled “One Way or Another,” which features works by adults with special needs. He also will be a guest instructor for two classes, one for the Political Science and Public Administration Department, and one for the English Language and Literature Department. In addition, he will give an interview to writers for The Mill, a literary magazine edited by UT graduate students in English.

Bérubé was on campus in 2009 and delivered the Richard M. Summers Memorial Lecture.

Sponsors of Bérubé’s visit are the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities; the College of Arts and Letters; the School of Interdisciplinary Studies; the School of Visual and Performing Arts; the Department of English Language and Literature; the Disability Studies Program; and the Department of Art.  

UT scientist to discuss importance of rivers for Lake Erie fish Oct. 19

As concerns about algal blooms, fish deaths and invasive Asian carp spawning are under the microscope in Lake Erie tributaries, an aquatic ecologist at The University of Toledo is highlighting the value of healthy rivers for fish in the Great Lakes.

Dr. Christine Mayer, professor in the UT Department of Environmental Sciences, is specifically targeting the Maumee, Sandusky and Detroit rivers in her lecture titled “Swimming Upstream: The Importance of Western Lake Erie’s Rivers to Fish Populations.”


The free, public event will take place Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at the UT Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.

“The rivers and river mouths are a small area compared to the whole lake, but they hold some key habitats for fish, such as the type of environment required for reproduction,” Mayer said. “Some fish species, such as walleye, spawn both in the lake and in the rivers, but having river stocks helps increase the diversity of our ‘fish stock portfolio,’ just like your financial portfolio.”

While the river habitats are important to native fish, Mayer said there also is potential for newly invasive species, such as grass carp, to use rivers for spawning.

“Rivers are highly affected by human alteration of habitat and inputs from the land,” Mayer said. “It is important to try to envision what kinds of conservation or restoration are best suited for the three big rivers entering western Lake Erie to contribute the most benefit to Lake Erie fisheries. Each river has unique issues.”

Mayer’s talk is part of the UT Lake Erie Center’s Public Lecture Series.

Rockets run past Chippewas, 30-10

Senior running back Terry Swanson rushed for a season-high 145 yards and two touchdowns as Toledo dominated Central Michigan, 30-10, on a rainy afternoon in Mount Pleasant.

A driving rain limited the passing games for both teams, forcing the Rockets and the Chippewas to lean on the running game. Toledo was able to sustain a consistent attack on the ground despite missing three starters on the offensive line, while the Rocket defense bottled up the CMU runners and forced Chippewa quarterback Shane Morris into a sub-par performance. Central was held to 244 yards of total offense, including just 49 yards and two first downs in the first half. Morris was 17 of 37 for 182 yards and two interceptions. CMU gained just 62 yards in 21 attempts on the ground, an average of 2.9 yards per carry.

Senior running back Terry Swanson led the offensive attack with 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Toledo (5-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) gained 399 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Logan Woodside managed the game well, completing 10 of 18 passes for 89 yards, as UT leaned on the running game more than at any time this season. Redshirt freshman Shakif Seymour added a career-best 119 rushing yards, all in the fourth quarter.

The game started with a light rain, but by the middle of the first quarter, the conditions worsened, with a hard rain and gusty winds making it challenging for the offenses.

Toledo got on the board first on a 48-yard touchdown run by Swanson on a fourth-and-one call midway through the first quarter. The teams then exchanged empty possessions until Jameson Vest connected on a 41-yard field goal to give Toledo a 10-0 lead with 8:49 to play in the half.

Swanson came through again on fourth down late in the first half, scoring from 22 yards out on fourth-and-two to make it 17-0 with 1:19 left before intermission.

Central Michigan (3-4, 1-2 MAC) got on the board with a 23-yard field goal by Michael Armstrong with 27 seconds left in the third quarter. But the Rockets put the game safely in the win column by responding with an eight-play, 87-yard drive that was finished off by a five-yard run by Woodside. The extra-point attempt hit the upright, making the score 23-3. Seymour had a 39-yard run in the drive.

Moments later, redshirt freshman Justin Clark picked off a pass, setting up an eight-yard TD run by Seymour. CMU scored on a 26-yard pass from Morris to Shane Conklin with a minute to play to close out the scoring.

The Rockets return to Toledo next Saturday to host Akron in a noon kickoff in the Glass Bowl.

Main north entrance to University Hall to close

Due to ongoing restoration work on the bell tower, the main doors to the third floor of University Hall facing Bancroft Street will be closed starting Monday, Oct. 16.

“We are taking advantage of the fall break on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 16 and 17, to minimize the impact to students, faculty, staff and visitors,” Jason Toth, associate vice president for facilities and construction, said. 

The east and west entries facing Bancroft, as well as all other doors, will remain open. 

“We expect the doors to be reopened by Monday, Oct. 30,” Toth said.

Toledo to battle Central Michigan in key MAC West matchup

Toledo will travel to Mount Pleasant to face Central Michigan for another critical Mid-American Conference West Division matchup Saturday, Oct. 14, at 3:30 p.m.

The Rockets (4-1, 1-0 MAC) out-battled West division foe Eastern Michigan, 20-15, at the Glass Bowl Oct. 7, but also suffered a big loss in the process. The outcome was not decided until sophomore safety Kahlil Robinson picked off his second pass of the game with less than a minute to play.

Sophomore Art Thompkins led Toledo’s rushing attack with 94 yards on 15 carries as the Rockets beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 20-15, to make it a happy Homecoming.

Senior quarterback Logan Woodside completed 23 of 34 passes for 289 yards to lead the Rockets over the Eagles. However, Woodside’s favorite target, senior wide receiver Cody Thompson, was injured early in the game and never returned. It was later confirmed that Thompson suffered a broken leg and will be out for the season.

Woodside ranks first in the MAC in passing yards (327.0) and passing efficiency (163.4).

With Thompson out, his top targets are sophomore Diontae Johnson (28 receptions, 16.4 yards per catch, five TDs) and junior Jon’Vea Johnson (16 receptions, 14.2 yards per catch).

Senior Terry Swanson (355 yards) and sophomore Art Thompkins (337 yards) lead the Toledo rushing attack.

Central Michigan (3-3, 1-1 MAC) is coming off a big win at Ohio. The Chippewas forced four turnovers on their way to defeating the defending MAC East champs, 26-23. Senior quarterback Shane Morris completed 25 of 35 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Morris, a transfer from Michigan, ranks second in the MAC behind Woodside with 264.2 yards passing per game.