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UT to give back to community through Big Event Aug. 28

Hundreds of students along with faculty and staff from The University of Toledo will lend a hand to do some good throughout the city Sunday, Aug. 28.

The volunteers will spread out across the community and spend the day raking, pulling weeds, painting, picking up garbage, washing windows and more at parks, residential homes, businesses and UT’s campuses.

Alpha Xi Delta and Pi Kappa Alpha, a social sorority and fraternity, teamed up to clean up a local garden for the Big Event last spring.

Alpha Xi Delta and Pi Kappa Alpha, a social sorority and fraternity, teamed up to clean up a local garden for the Big Event last spring.

The annual Big Event is the largest single-day community service event completed by UT students in the Toledo area.

“The Big Event is a great way to give back to Toledoans and businesses who do so much to support us throughout the year,” Joseph Leech, UT engineering student and director of this year’s event, said. “As we start our fall semester, we are enthusiastic to do something special and show we intend to make positive contributions to the city.”

This year’s Big Event will feature a new kickoff called Paint Your Pride.

Students will meet at 10 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center on Main Campus and use stencils to paint the Rocket insignia across campus.

“We are creating a new tradition,” Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said.

Several of the Big Event project locations across the city include:

• Bancroft Hills, the neighborhood just east of UT Main Campus between Bancroft Street and Dorr Street, and between St. Francis de Sales High School and Westwood Avenue, from noon to 2 p.m.

• Wildwood Preserve Metropark from noon to 2 p.m.

• UT Main Campus along the Ottawa River from noon to 2 p.m.

The next Big Event is scheduled for March 25, 2017, when students will again give back to UT’s neighbors.

“We will also be doing several Service Saturdays throughout school year,” Leech said.

Register for Wound and Hyperbaric Symposium

Members of the medical community are invited to participate in this year’s Wound and Hyperbaric Symposium Friday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kalahari NIA Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Presented by the UT Division of Vascular/Endovascular and Wound Surgery, the symposium will emphasize the new advances in wound healing and management of biofilm. It will provide health-care professionals the opportunity to advance their knowledge on comprehensive wound assessment and documentation, the economic impact of lower extremity wounds, the role of physical therapist in wound care, and designing a wound team. There also will be several panel discussions with question-and-answer sessions.

wound symposium webThe cost to attend “The Art of Healing” for health-care providers is $90, which includes registration, breakfast/lunch and credit.

The deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 2; there will be no guarantee of availability after that date. Online registration is encouraged at cme.utoledo.edu.

No syllabus will be provided at the event, but it will be available to view or print online one week prior to the symposium.

For more information, call the UT Center for Continuing Medical Education at 419.383.4237.

Seven home soccer matches to be streamed live on ESPN3

Seven of the Toledo women’s soccer program’s nine home matches will be streamed live on ESPN3 in the 2016 campaign, the UT Athletic Department announced Monday.

Last year, The University of Toledo launched a production operation that provided significant exposure and learning opportunities for UT students.

thumb-rocket-color-logoThe Rockets’ home contests against Northern Kentucky (Sept. 2), Detroit (Sept. 4), Indiana State (Sept. 18), Ohio (Sept. 25), Northern Illinois (Oct. 20) and Western Michigan (Oct. 23) will be produced and streamed live by ESPN3 from Scott Park.

In addition, the Rockets’ home match against Central Michigan (Oct. 6) will be produced by BCSN and also streamed live on ESPN3. 

Last weekend, UT (1-1-0) opened its 2016 campaign by splitting a pair of road contests. The Rockets lost to Quinnipiac in their season opener, 2-1, before rebounding with a convincing triumph against Wagner, 5-1.

Toledo is back in action at Atlantic Coast Conference member Louisville Sunday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium.

UT to offer free clinical breast exams at Toledo Pride 2016

The University of Toledo Center for Health and Successful Living will provide free clinical breast exams Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Toledo Pride Festival in downtown Toledo.

web center for health and successful living“We hope to reach women over the age of 40 who haven’t recently had an exam,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, health education professor and co-director of the Center for Health and Successful Living. “It is important that women be proactive and take the time for preventative health screenings.”

According to the National Cancer Society, breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and confined to the breast, and early detection is an important factor in the prognosis of someone diagnosed with the disease.

The exams are sponsored in cooperation with UT Health’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

UT doctor of physical therapy students to receive white coats

White coat ceremonies are a rite of passage for students entering the health-care profession and symbolize the beginning of a career in science and treating patients.

Twenty-eight first-year students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in The University of Toledo’s College of Health and Human Services will receive their traditional white coats during a formal ceremony Friday, Aug. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Student Union Room 2582.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Tim Berta, former Bluffton baseball team member and survivor of a 2007 bus accident that occurred while the team was traveling to Florida.

“Mr. Berta will share his remarkable story of recovery after the accident,” said Dr. Michelle Masterson, associate professor and director of the Physical Therapy Program. “His inspirational story helps students to not only see the huge impact that physical therapy can have on a patient’s life, but also what hard work and perseverance can accomplish.” 

Physical therapists are experts in the evaluation, treatment and prevention of movement dysfunction, such as conditions arising from injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis or developmental disability. UT’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education.

Rockets to host Victory Day Aug. 20 at Glass Bowl

The University of Toledo football program will host its third annual Victory Day for cognitively and physically impaired students from Toledo area schools Saturday, Aug. 20, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.

victoryday_logos3__2_Victory Day allows special needs students to have their moment in the sun on the football field. Each student will be partnered with a UT football player who will serve as his or her mentor for the day. Victory Day athletes will participate in a number of simulated game-day activities, assisted by Rocket football players.

Participants will wear Rocket team jerseys and will be presented with medals after the game to commemorate their victory. Toledo football players, cheerleaders, Rocky the Rocket and UT Marching Band members will be on hand to show their support.

Victory Day was started in 2010 by Aaron Segedi, a teacher and football coach from Trenton, Mich., a cancer survivor whose life was saved thanks to a liver donation from his sister, Rhonda. Since then, the Victory Day program has been adopted by high schools and universities in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

For more information about Victory Day, go to victorydayfootball.com.

UT to kick off health coaching program for breast cancer survivors

The UT Center for Health and Successful Living will hold an open house and orientation for breast cancer survivors enrolled in its new health coaching program Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Health and Human Services Building Room 1100 on Main Campus.

The 30 breast cancer survivors enrolled in the six-month program sponsored by Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio will meet with credentialed health coaches once a month beginning in September and ending in March.

web center for health and successful livingBreast cancer survivors often struggle with long-lasting complications from treatment and find it difficult to maintain optimum health.

“The program is designed to equip survivors with the skills and resources to take control of their nutrition, fitness and mental health in order to live longer, happier lives,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, health education professor and co-director of the Center for Health and Successful Living.

Using the survivor’s life goals and priorities as a guide, the health coach and survivor will work together to identify specific health behavior changes that are needed to help her accomplish life goals and priorities.

UT’s Center for Health and Successful Living is a community hub of resources, education and supportive services for individuals living with chronic disease.

UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences welcomes new students with ceremony

First-year learners enrolled in The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will participate in a professional advancement ceremony Thursday, Aug. 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lois and Norman Nitschke Auditorium.

White coats will be given to 107 doctor of pharmacy students and 35 bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences students as a gift supported by CVS/Caremark and white coat mentors. In addition, eight pharmacy administration majors will receive embossed portfolios. One dual degree learner is among the bachelor of science majors.

The traditional ceremony is held at the end of orientation week and marks the student’s transition from the study of pre-clinical to clinical health sciences. It is considered a rite of passage in the journey toward a health-care career.

UT College of Pharmacy logo“These students have laid the foundation for their future success, but the curriculum is challenging. They will be tested beyond anything they have experienced before. We encourage these students to have a sharp focus and to be ready to work hard to become leaders,” said Dr. Johnnie Early, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “The history of the program has shown us that through dedicated effort and solid commitment, the vast majority of our students will rise to the occasion and be very successful in their educational journey.”

Twenty-eight students received UT’s Pharmacy Excellence Scholarship. The award is given to academically exceptional students who meet or exceed eligibility requirements for the highly competitive contingent admission program.

Early will speak at the ceremony along with UT President Sharon L. Gaber, Provost Andrew Hsu, Dr. Dorothea Sawicki, vice provost for health science affairs and university accreditation, and Joel Levitan, pharmacist with the Neighborhood Health Association.

Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was the first college established at UT in 1904. The college’s guiding principles are personal integrity, professionalism, and respect for humanity and human diversity.

Cardio drumming classes provide physical activity, fun for cancer survivors

Thursday nights can get a little noisy in UT’s Health and Human Services Building. The thump of music and the banging of drumsticks can be heard coming from the multipurpose room as cancer survivors gather to literally pound themselves into shape.

A new, six-week session of cardio drumming will begin Thursday, Aug. 25. The class will meet weekly on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Registration is $5, and all equipment is provided.

cardio drumming close-upCardio drumming is a cardiovascular workout that blends drumming, movement and dance to get the pulse racing and tone muscles. Participants wield weighted drumsticks to beat on a fitness ball during choreographed routines set to music.

“It can be intimidating at first, but the steps are simple and it won’t take long to get the hang of it,” said Yvonne Naserdin, 10-year breast cancer survivor and class participant. “If you can do aerobics or dance, you can do cardio drumming.”

Class instructors said the idea to offer cardio drumming at the Center for Health and Successful Living started after a former student invited them to attend a class.

“It was a great experience and combined physical, social and emotional wellness,” said Wendy Maran, UT associate lecturer of recreational therapy. “We knew cardio drumming would be a hit and worked to get certified to get the foundational knowledge we needed to teach.”

She and Holly Eichner, UT lecturer of recreational therapy, became certified through Drums Alive early last year and kicked off the program last fall.

“We have had such a positive response,” Maran said. “Our classes are very upbeat and coordinate the drumming and dance moves with the rhythm of the music to challenge our students mentally and physically.”

While the class is designed to get participants moving, the instructors said they offer modified movements for those who have limited fitness or mobility issues due to treatment.

“We have people who drum while sitting on a chair, and we have some who have a little less flexibility who do modified moves,” Eichner said. “Regardless of how they are able to participate, they really get into it. Sometimes it’s hard to hear the music over the banging of the sticks.”

Participants have reported an improvement in fitness, muscle memory, rhythm and patterning. Naserdin said she has noticed a difference in her cardiovascular health and muscle tone since beginning the class.

“I have killer calves,” she said and laughed. “My arms are firmer, too, and it helps with my cardio health concerns. I try to maintain a certain weight, and I walk and take this class to help me stay in shape.”

The instructors said the classes also are a great way to lift the spirits of cancer survivors.

“Many times participants come into class tired and not feeling like exercising, but we have a lot of fun moving and singing along to the music, and before long they are dancing and laughing and leave energized and in a great mood,” she said.

Naserdin said she leaves the class revived and ready to take on a new day, and she encourages others to give the class a try.

“I leave with a whole new attitude,” she said. “It was something I always wanted to try, and now I’m hooked. If you try it once, you’ll want to come back.”

Call UT’s Center for Health and Successful Living at 419.530.5199 to register.

Plenty planned for students’ first weeks at UT

Students: Get involved! It’s time to meet new friends, have fun, and learn about The University of Toledo during First Weeks events.

“Studies show that the first few weeks of college are critical for all students,” Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students said. “That’s why we want to make sure all UT students have the chance to learn as much as possible about the institution and all the resources we have to help them succeed. We also want to make sure they make friends, connect with administrators, faculty and staff, and have some fun, too.”  

first weeks 2016Check out some of the events the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership has planned to welcome students to campus:

Wednesday, Aug. 17
• Taste of Gateway, 4 to 8 p.m., the Gateway, located on the southwest corner of Main Campus at the corner of Secor Road and Dorr Street. See the shops, try the food, pick up free samples, play games, and enter a karaoke contest.

Thursday, Aug. 18
• Bonfire, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., the Flatlands. The Resident Student Association and the National Resident Halls Honorary will provide paint for the spirit rock and s’mores. WXUT and the Blue Crew will bring the entertainment.

Friday, Aug. 19
• Bike Ride to the Park, 1 p.m., Rocket Wheels Bike Share Station by Rocket Hall. A guide will lead bicyclists on the University Parks Trail on a ride to Wildwood Metropark Preserve. At the park, a naturalist will offer a tour of the grounds. Need a bike? Go to utoledo.edu/rocket-wheels. Monthly Friday rides will continue, weather permitting, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, and Nov. 2 and 17.

• Commuter Welcome Reception, 2 to 4 p.m., Student Union Ingman Room. First-year and transfer commuter students: Stop by for free ice cream before the New Student Convocation.

• New Student Convocation, 4 to 5 p.m., Glass Bowl. Rain location will be Savage Arena. UT President Sharon L. Gaber and faculty and staff members will welcome new students.

• After-Convocation Barbecue, 5 to 7 p.m., Lot 10 near the Glass Bowl.

• Movie Night, 6:30 p.m., Glass Bowl. Come out to see “Toy Story” (PG). Activities will include coloring stations, inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses, corn hole and more. Movie will start at 8 p.m.

• Foam Party, 8 p.m., the Flatlands. Dance and be lathered in foam! This event is sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming.

Saturday, Aug. 20
• Slip-n-Slide, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., hill by Parks Tower. Meet classmates and have some fun and free food.

• Paint UT, 9 to 11 p.m., the Flatlands. Sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming, this paint party will feature black lights and electronic dance music.

Sunday, Aug. 21
• Jam Session, 2 to 4 p.m., Student Union steps. Learn about some of UT’s multicultural student organizations and support offices, and see a step show by members of the UT Greek community.

Monday through Thursday, Aug. 22-25
• Student Affairs Welcome Stations, various locations across Main Campus. Administrators, faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions and hand out freebies while supplies last.

Monday, Aug. 22
• Sundae on a Monday with President Gaber, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Centennial Mall. Share a cool treat with President Gaber. The first 500 people in line will receive a gift; hint: #selfiewithUTPrez.

• Personal Safety and Self-Defense Course, 6 to 8 p.m., Health Education Center Gym. Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn personal 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 course.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

• Tuesday Tidbits, 10 a.m. to noon, Student Union Trimble Lounge. Hear about academic resources designed to help students succeed and graduate.

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House and Block Party, 5 to 8 p.m., Student Union Room 2500, Student Union Patio and Stairs. Learn about the office’s resources and check out the music, giveaways and food.

Wednesday, Aug. 24
• Student Involvement Fair, noon to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall. There’s an organization for everyone; see for yourself! Get involved!

• Midnight Breakfast, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., location to be announced. Sponsored by Greek Life, this event is a chance for students to meet sorority and fraternity members and leaders.

Thursday, Aug. 25
• De-Stress Fest, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., University Counseling Center, Rocket Hall Room 1810. Stop by for a chance to win prizes, have a slice of pizza, pet a dog from the Toledo Area Humane Society, color, and spend a few minutes in a massage chair.

• Meet the Office of Public Safety, 6 to 8 p.m., basketball and tennis courts south of McComas Village. Get to know members of the UT Police Department, Health Science Campus Security, Support Services, and Radiation Safety and Health.

Friday, Aug. 26
• On-Campus Student Employment Part-Time Job Fair, 1 to 4 p.m., Student Union Rooms 2582 and 2584. Dress professionally, bring resumés, and meet representatives from departments and offices on Main and Health Science campuses. Apply for part-time and Federal Work-Study positions.

Saturday, Aug. 27
• Color Run, 10 a.m., the Flatlands. Details to be announced.

Sunday, Aug. 28
• The Big Event and Paint Your Pride, 10 a.m., Student Recreation Center. Show your school spirit and join the Division of Student Affairs to paint the Rocket insignia across campus. Then give back by volunteering to help in the community.

Monday, Aug. 29
• ALICE (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate) Session, noon to 1:30 p.m., Center for Creative Education Room 0111 on Health Science Campus. Learn how to be a survivor and lead others to safety in life-threatening situations that involve a shooter or violent intruder. Attendance vouchers will be provided.

Tuesday, Aug. 30
• Tuesday Tidbits, 10 a.m. to noon, Student Union Trimble Lounge. Hear about academic resources designed to help students succeed and graduate.

• All Sorority Meet ’n’ Greet, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Union Auditorium. Learn more about the Greek sororities and how to join.

Wednesday, Aug. 31
• Personal Safety and Self-Defense Course, 6 to 8 p.m., Health Education Center Gym. Attendees must sign a liability release form to participate in the course.

• Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Orientation, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Union Ingman Room. This event is mandatory for those going through recruitment to learn more about the process and the expectations involved with being a member of a sorority.

Thursday, Sept. 1
• President’s Barbecue, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Centennial Mall. Students and employees are invited to lunch. Activities will include inflatables, limbo competition and more.

• All-Fraternity Meet ’n’ Greet, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Union Auditorium. Learn more about the Greek fraternities and how to join.

Saturday, Sept. 3
• Rocket to the Point, 8:45 a.m., meet at Transportation Center for a trip to Cedar Point. For $25, students can ride a bus to the amusement park, receive a park ticket and free (non-alcoholic) drinks. Space is limited; tickets on sale at Ask Rocky in the Student Union.

Thursday, Sept. 8
• Pep Rally, noon to 1 p.m., Student Union Steps. Join the UT football team and psych up for the game against Maine.

Saturday, Sept. 10
• President’s Tailgate Tent, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., lot 25 near Rocket Hall. Students are invited to meet President Gaber. Stop by for food, games and prizes.

• Toledo Student Run, registration starts at 5:45 p.m., between Larimer Athletic Complex and lot 10 by the Glass Bowl. Students will receive a free home-opener T-shirt and get to run on to the field and up into reserved front-row seats to watch the Rockets play Maine.

• Toledo vs. Maine, 7 p.m., Glass Bowl. Students are admitted free with their Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID; $25 to $60.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
• Silent Disco, time to be announced, Student Union Auditorium. The dance party is sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming.

Thursday, Sept. 15
• Pizza with the Police, 1 to 2 p.m., Parks Tower Lobby. Monthly event held across campus so students can meet UT police officers in an informal setting.

For more information, go to utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/welcomeweek.