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Rockets look for road victory at Western Michigan to get back in division race

Toledo (3-4, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) has a short week to prepare for its contest at MAC West co-leader Western Michigan (6-2, 4-0 MAC) this Thursday night.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The Rockets are coming off a 31-17 loss to Buffalo at the Glass Bowl on Saturday. The Rockets led at the break, 17-7, but were outscored by the Bulls 24-0 in the final 30 minutes.

Toledo’s defense kept it in the game, but the Rockets could not keep pace with the Bulls in the second half. UT set season highs with three interceptions and five sacks, but penalties and field position proved too much to overcome in the end.

Buffalo outgained the Rockets in total yards, 463-295, and racked up 32 first downs to just eight for UT. Junior linebacker Jordan Fisher led the Rockets with a career-best 12 tackles. Seniors Josh Teachey and Ka’dar Hollman each broke up three passes. Junior Willie Ross was credited with 2.5 sacks.

Sophomore quarterback Eli Peters was 5 of 17 for 128 yards and one TD in relief of starter Mitch Guadagni. His big play was an 80-yard TD to junior Diontae Johnson. Redshirt freshman Bryant Koback led the rushing attack with 81 yards, 70 of it coming on a first-quarter TD run.

Western Michigan (6-2, 4-0 MAC) is tied with Northern Illinois for first place in the MAC West Division. The Broncos are coming off a 35-10 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday and have won six straight games following season-opening losses to Syracuse and Michigan. WMU leads the MAC in total offense (467.1) and rushing offense (219.6). Junior Lavante Bellamy leads the MAC in rushing with 821 yards. Junior quarterback Jon Wassink is second in the MAC with 247.5 yards passing per game.

Toledo leads the series with Western Michigan, 42-30. This will be the 73rd meeting between UT and Western Michigan, dating back to 1939. The two schools have played every year since 1950.

The Rockets beat Western Michigan, 37-10, at the Glass Bowl in last year’s regular-season finale. The victory clinched the MAC West Division title for Toledo.

American Red Cross needs blood donors

Hurricane Michael is the second large-scale relief effort the American Red Cross is responding to in less than a month.

Severe weather forces the cancellation of blood drives and decreases donor turnout in the affected areas, which results in thousands of blood donations going uncollected, according to Angie O’Brien, account representative with the American Red Cross.

The University of Toledo Medical Center is answering the call for help and will host an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Morse Center, located on the third floor of Dowling Hall.

“Hurricane Michael’s impact will be felt for weeks to come,” O’Brien said. “We are counting on sponsors like The University of Toledo in unaffected areas to ensure we have enough blood products to support patient needs.”

Along with the Oct. 24 blood drive, UT will host several blood drives over the next six weeks.

“Every drop counts,” O’Brien said. “Our goal is to fill all available appointment slots and make sure those who schedule in advance keep their appointments or reschedule for another time if there is a conflict.”

To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code UTMED. Or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (733.2767) for further information and scheduling.

Lake Erie Center photo contest seeking submissions

The Lake Erie Center’s ninth annual photo contest is accepting entries through Friday, Nov. 2.

Amateur photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to share their nature photographs featuring the beauty of the region extending from Oak Openings to Maumee Bay.

“We host this contest every year because we feel it is important to mesh art and science, and we enjoy showcasing the amazing photographs we receive each year,” said Rachel Lohner, education program manager at the Lake Erie Center.

The theme of the contest is “The Nature of Our Region: From Oak Openings to Maumee Bay.”

Color and black-and-white photographs will be accepted. Entries are limited to three per person.

Prizes will be awarded in multiple age categories. First-place winners in each category will take home $25, and the grand-prize winner will receive $100.

Winners of the contest will be invited to attend an awards reception and receive their prizes in January.

Read more about the contest and enter photos at utoledo.edu/nsm/lec/webforms/lec-photo-contest.html.

Bancroft Street construction nears completion

The Bancroft Street road replacement project is in the home stretch.

Miller Bros. Construction Inc. of Archbold, Ohio, and the city of Toledo will begin final paving Friday, Oct. 19.

That means there will be intermittent lane shifting during this portion of the project.

In addition, the parking bay area in front of University Hall will be closed Friday, Oct. 19, and again late next week, Thursday or Friday, Oct. 25 or 26, according to Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation.

“We ask that motorists and pedestrians continue to use extreme caution as construction winds down,” Collins said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during this project.”

Department of Theatre and Film to hold auditions for two productions

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will hold two sets of auditions this fall.

The first auditions, for the play “The Pillowman,” will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22-23.

The second set will be for the musical “Into the Woods” and will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 13-14.

All auditions will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Studio Theatre.

Auditions are open to everyone, including members of the community. Cast members do not need to be UT students. Parking is free during the auditions.

For the play auditions, participants should prepare a one-minute monologue that must be memorized. For the musical, they must prepare a theatre song.

Scripts are available for a 24-hour loan period and are in the department office. Sign-up sheets and audition forms are posted on the production call board near the dressing rooms in the Center for Performing Arts. Audition forms can be filled out in advance, but they must be brought to the audition. Additional audition forms will be available the evening of tryouts.

Performances for “The Pillowman” will be held Feb. 1-10. Performances for the “Into the Woods” are April 5-20. Rehearsal schedules will be determined after the shows are cast.

Written by Martin McDonagh, “The Pillowman” will be directed by Quincy Joyner, UT assistant lecturer of theatre. The play is about a fiction writer who is interrogated by police because the content of his stories is horrifyingly similar to a string of recent child murders.

“Into the Woods” will be directed by Dr. Edmund Lingan, UT professor and chair of theatre. Based on the book by James Lapine, the production features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Four fictional characters are taken out of their fairy tale stories and given the chance to make their deepest wishes come true. The characters find themselves on a quest that somehow becomes intertwined with the other characters’ journeys.

Men’s, women’s basketball season preview Oct. 24

The University of Toledo will host “Tricks, Treats and Dunks,” presented by Paramount Advantage, a special basketball season preview Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. in Savage Arena. Admission is free.

The evening will begin with trick-or-treating for kids from 6 to 7 p.m. at stations located in the arena concourses, pumpkin decorating, and a haunted house inside Fetterman Gym.

Fans can dress in their Halloween costumes and get treats and prizes. Free basketball schedule posters will be provided for fans to get autographs from UT women’s and men’s basketball players.

At 7 p.m., the fun moves to Nichols Court, where a contest for best Halloween costumes will be judged. Prizes will be given out to best costumes for children. There also will be raffle prizes for both fans and UT students throughout the night.

Following the Halloween costume contest, the 2018-19 UT women’s and men’s basketball teams will be introduced. The Rockets will participate in a game of Knockout that will feature players from both teams, a Rocket Kids Club member, a UT student and a fan. The event will conclude with a slam-dunk contest for the men’s team.

Fans can purchase snacks from the concession stands as they watch the action and listen to music from a DJ.

In conjunction with “Tricks, Treats and Dunks,” the Residence Hall Association will host its annual Halloween Walk. Children and families will have the opportunity for more trick-or-treating in the residence halls following the conclusion of the event in Savage Arena.

Free parking will be available in lots 3, 4 and 5, which are adjacent to Savage Arena.

Rockets to host MAC East Division leader Buffalo Oct. 20

Toledo returns home this week to host Buffalo (6-1, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) Saturday, Oct. 20, at noon.

The Bulls are the leaders in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. They are one of three MAC teams, along with MAC West teams Northern Illinois (4-0) and Western Michigan (3-0), that are still undefeated in conference play. Toledo must still play all three teams this season.

The Rockets (3-3, 1-1) are coming off a 28-26 loss at Eastern Michigan Oct. 13. Toledo nearly came back from a 25-point deficit, but the Rockets’ furious rally came up just short.

Toledo trailed 28-3 going into the fourth quarter when junior Mitchell Guadagni engineered three scoring drives, the final touchdown coming with 20 seconds left when Guadagni scrambled 10 yards to cut the lead to 28-26. Toledo went for the two-point conversion to tie the game, but Guadagni’s pass to sophomore Bryce Mitchell was broken up. Toledo’s attempt at an on-side kick went out of bounds, giving EMU its first win over the Rockets in the past 12 meetings.

Buffalo is coming off a 24-6 victory over Akron at home last week. The Bulls have won six of their seven contests this season, their only defeat a 42-13 loss to Army. Buffalo has defeated non-conference opponents Rutgers and Temple, along with MAC foes Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. The Bulls lead the MAC in scoring defense (21.7) and total defense (335.9). Their offense is paced by junior quarterback Tyree Jackson (1,543 yards, 18 TDs) and freshman running back Kevin Marks (530 yards, seven TDs).

Toledo and Buffalo have not met since a 51-41 Rocket victory in the Glass Bowl in 2013. UT leads the all-time series, 7-3.

Tickets for the game are on sale at the UT Athletic Ticket Office, online at utrockets.com or at 419.530.GOLD (4653). Faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID, and UT students are admitted free with ID.

UT to host statewide women’s conference; RSVP by Oct. 26

The American Council on Education Women’s Network Ohio will hold its 20th annual conference at The University of Toledo Friday, Nov. 2, in the Thompson Student Union.

UT President Sharon L. Gaber will moderate a presidential panel at 8:45 a.m. with Lorain County Community College President Marcia Ballinger, Capital University President Elizabeth Paul, Union Institute and University President Karen Schuster Webb, and Kent State University President Beverly Warren.

“It is an honor for The University of Toledo to host this conference, and I look forward to talking about women in higher education leadership roles with presidents from institutions in Ohio,” Gaber said.

“We are excited to have the American Council on Education Women’s Network Ohio annual conference come here for the first time to The University of Toledo and to northwest Ohio,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, executive director of the UT Minority Business Development Center, who is co-chair of the American Council on Education Women’s Network Ohio and chair of the annual conference. “This year marks the 20th anniversary of the conference, and we appreciate the support of President Gaber.”

Sessions during the daylong event will cover several topics, including developing a career and personal plan to reach the executive level; building feminist futures on and beyond campus; creating transformative space for Latinas in higher education; and cultivating networks of leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“This year’s theme is ‘Lifting as We Climb,’ and it is a testament to what we need to do as women to help one another be successful professionally,” said Gore, who is the principal investigator for the Ohio Minority Business Assistance Center Toledo and the Global Minority Business Virtual Development Center.

Prior to the conference, a Northwest Ohio Presidential Panel titled “Engaged Women Leaders: How Colleges and Universities Are Impacting Communities in Northwest Ohio” will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium.

The panel will feature Gaber, Defiance College President Richanne C. Mankey, University of Findlay President Katherine Fell, Tiffin University President Lillian Schumacher, Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek and Bluffton University President Jane Wood. The presidents will discuss how higher education institutions play a vital role in their communities.

RSVPs are requested by Friday, Oct. 26; go to utoledo.edu/offices/president/email/ace/ace.html.

Tickets — $125 and $50 for graduate students — are available at
aceohiowomen.org/conference_signup.php. About 30 tickets remain.

For more information and a detailed schedule, click here.

Rocket fans have chance to win Jeep at football game Oct. 20

The University has teamed up again with Yark Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, Bud Light, and iHeart Media for the Toledo Rocket Fan Jeep Giveaway contest. Rocket fans will have the opportunity to win a brand new Jeep Wrangler at the Saturday, Oct. 20, football game against Buffalo.

“We value being local and working with local partners to provide the people of Toledo with products and services they love,” said John Miller, a representative of Treu House of Munch, which has been part of Toledo since 1875. “This has been one of the biggest and most successful marketing programs we participate in because the people of Toledo support all things Toledo.”

“We are very excited to be sponsoring our third year of the Toledo Rocket Fan Jeep Giveaway,” added Doug Kearns, vice president of Yark Automotive Group. “We love to support our hometown Toledo Rockets as they go after another Mid-American Conference Championship this season.”

“The University of Toledo and the Jeep Wrangler represent some of the best we have to offer in Toledo,” said iHeartRadio Toledo Market President Kellie Holeman. “We’re thrilled to once again give Rocket fans and iHeartRadio listeners the chance to drive away from a game in a brand new Jeep from Yark Automotive Group. It’s just one more exciting part of Rocket Nation.”

NewsRadio 1370 and 92.9 WSPD has been the flagship home of UT football for 52 years, and now games may be heard on the free iHeartRadio app.

The contest will run through Saturday, Oct. 20, with the winner receiving the keys to a brand new 2018 Toledo-made Jeep Wrangler.

Contest participants must be 21 years of age or older to enter. There are three ways to enter (limited to one entry per person) to win:

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

• Go online and enter at WIOT.com.

• Enter to win at the UT vs. Buffalo football game Saturday, Oct. 20.

Two finalists will be selected via text or online entry with the third finalist being selected at the game. The winner will be announced at halftime during the UT-Buffalo game. All three finalists will be given a key to the Jeep, with one lucky fan’s key starting the vehicle. For the chance to win, all entrants must be at the Oct. 20 game.

The Toledo Rocket Fan Jeep Giveaway contest is sponsored by Yark Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, Bud Light and iHeart Media.

Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center to offer free breast cancer screenings Oct. 19

The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at The University of Toledo Medical Center is recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with free events aimed at early detection and education about the disease.

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to think about having your mammogram,” said Jan Tipton, a registered nurse and manager of the Infusion Center at the cancer center.

On National Mammography Day, which this year falls on Friday, Oct. 19, the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center is offering free mammograms and clinical breast exams for women who are uninsured or underinsured.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, but statistics show that one-third of women older than the age of 40 have not had a mammogram in the past two years.

“By doing regular screenings, we can detect these cancers early and hopefully prevent patients from needing more invasive treatments,” Tipton said.

Women who have not had a recent mammogram or those who have found a lump during a self-breast exam are encouraged to register. A limited number of spots are available. To register or inquire about eligibility, call 419.383.5170.

Later this month, the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center will host a free panel discussion with three of its breast cancer specialists to talk about the precision treatment options available at The University of Toledo Medical Center.

The program will begin at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, and feature breast surgeon Dr. Heather Klepacz, medical oncologist Dr. Danae Hamouda and radiation oncologist Dr. Tangel Chang, who will speak about the latest advances in breast cancer treatment, including the most individualized treatment available today. A question-and-answer session will follow.

“We are entering into a new age of state-of-the art care using precision targeted therapy. Drs. Klepacz, Hamouda and Chang are all outstanding physicians who are part of our family-centered multidisciplinary care team,” said Dr. F. Charles Brunicardi, a surgical oncologist at UTMC and director of the Cancer Program in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “We are proud of the work the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center is doing and glad we can educate the community on the latest options in cancer care.”

The panel discussion is open to the public, but reservations are requested by emailing danacancercenter@utoledo.edu or calling 419.383.5243.