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Disability Studies Program to screen, discuss ‘A Christmas Carol’

The UT Disability Studies Program will screen Charles Dickens’ seasonal classic “A Christmas Carol” Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100.

A Christmas Carol FlyerEbenezer Scrooge, played by George C. Scott, is a bitter, old miser who believes nothing good can come of Christmas if it does not make him any money. Visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, on Christmas Eve, he is warned that if he does not change his unkind ways, Scrooge is doomed to a torturous afterlife in chains. Scrooge then is visited by three spirits that take him on an adventure to assure his repentance.

After the screening, film-goers are invited to stay for a discussion with faculty and students from the Disability Studies Program on representations of disability in film, literature and other media intended for young people.

For more information on the free, public event, contact the Disability Studies Program at 419.530.7244 or kathryn.shelley@rockets.utoledo.edu.

Rockets accept invitation to play Appalachian State in Raycom Camellia Bowl

The University of Toledo has accepted an invitation to play Appalachian State of the Sun Belt Conference in the 2016 Raycom Camellia Bowl at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.

The game will be played at 4:30 p.m. Central time (5:30 p.m. Eastern time) Saturday, Dec. 17, and will be televised on ESPN.

web Raycom Camellia Bowl“We are very excited to be selected to play in the Raycom Camellia Bowl,” UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said Sunday when announcing the news. “The Rocket Nation sends a thank-you to Executive Director Johnny Williams and the entire Raycom Camellia Bowl selection committee. We have heard nothing but great things about the hospitality of the bowl committee and the city of Montgomery.

“I also want to congratulate Head Coach Jason Candle, his staff, and obviously our Rocket football team on a very successful season,” he said. “I’m confident that our players, coaches and fans will all enjoy a terrific bowl experience in Montgomery.”

Candle, who led the Rockets to a 9-3 season in his first full season as head coach, was enthusiastic about his team’s bowl destination.

“The Raycom Camellia Bowl will provide our players with an outstanding bowl experience, as well as the opportunity to play against a very tough Appalachian State team,” Candle said. “Playing in the Raycom Camellia Bowl is an excellent reward for our players, coaches and everyone involved in our team’s success.”

The Rockets (9-3, 6-2 MAC) finished in second place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. UT will be playing in its 16th bowl and sixth in the last seven years. UT is 11-4 all-time in bowl games, including a 32-17 victory last year over No. 24 Temple in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl in Candle’s first game as UT’s head coach.

Appalachian State is 9-3 and 7-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. The Mountaineers finished as co-champions of the Sun Belt along with Arkansas State. Appalachian State is coached by Scott Satterfield, a former Toledo assistant who has been the Mountaineers’ head coach for four seasons. Satterfield was the passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach at UT in 2009 under then-head coach Tim Beckman.

Toledo and Appalachian State will meet on the football field for the first time in the 2016 Raycom Camellia Bowl.

This is the third year for the Raycom Camellia Bowl. Bowling Green won the inaugural matchup over South Alabama, 33-28, in 2014. Appalachian State defeated Ohio last year, 31-29.

Information on ticket sales and travel packages will be announced Monday.

University to hold breast cancer screening event Dec. 9

Clinical breast exams and mammograms are important tools used to detect breast cancer in its early stages, when the chances of survival are highest. But one-third of women older than 40 have not had a mammogram in the past two years.

web center for health and successful livingThe University of Toledo’s Center for Health and Successful Living with support from Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio will sponsor free clinical breast exams and mammograms Friday, Dec. 9, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at UT’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center on Health Science Campus.

Women older than 40 who have not had a breast exam or mammogram in the past three years, or those who have found a lump during a self-breast exam, are encouraged to attend.

“Women tend to be more worried about everyone else and put their own health on the back burner,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, co-director of the Center for Health and Successful Living and professor of health education. “We want women to take the time to have a breast cancer screening. An ounce of precaution truly is worth a pound of cure.”

Registration is required. Call Barbara Oxner at 419.344.5172.

Lecture series focuses on ‘Everyday Humanities’

“Everyday Humanities,” a lecture series co-sponsored by the UT Humanities Institute with the Way Public Library in Perrysburg, will bring 10 humanities scholars — including seven from UT — to give presentations on their research.

In co-creating the lecture series with Way Library, Dr. Christina Fitzgerald, professor of English and former director of the Humanities Institute, said she hopes it engages the community: “We want to help the public in northwest Ohio understand how the humanities have an impact on their everyday lives.”

everyday humanities lecture seriesAs Fitzgerald and Natalie Dielman, UT alumna who works at the Way Library, wrote in their grant to fund the program, the purpose of the series is to “bring humanities professionals from the region to Perrysburg to speak about engaging topics of general audience interest that demonstrate, explicitly and implicitly, how humanities research and interpretative methods enrich our understanding of the world around us in our everyday lives.”

The program is funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities. The motto of the state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities is “Sharing the Human Story,” and “Everyday Humanities” aims to do that through the research of UT and area scholars.

Philosophy is important to the humanities and to this series, Fitzgerald said. “Philosophy asks the big questions about that human story: about our being, about meaning, about knowing, about how to live the good life, and so on. The very fact that we ask these questions and ponder our existence is part of what makes us human, so philosophy is an essential part of the humanities. For that reason, we have two philosophy talks in our series.”

Dr. Madeline Muntersbjorn, UT associate professor of philosophy, gave the first talk of the series just before Halloween. Her talk explored “Why Monsters Matter” to humanity, why they are so prevalent across cultures and human history, from the perspective of philosophy. According to Fitzgerald, “This topic really exemplifies the way that the humanities can engage us in our everyday lives.”

Dr. R. Bruce Way, associate lecturer in the UT History and Foreign Languages departments, will give the next lecture titled “Samuel Woodworth’s Wishful History of the War of 1812” Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave. in Perrysburg.

The lecture series continues through Aug. 2. The free, public talks are held at 7 p.m. at the Way Public Library.

For more information, contact the Humanities Institute at humanitiesinstitute@utoledo.edu or click here.

Several holiday-themed concerts on tap

The UT Department of Music will present several holiday-themed concerts this month.

Listed by date, events are:

Saturday, Dec. 3 — The UT Choirs will sing the music of Hugo Distler at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater. The Men’s and Women’s Choruses will perform selections from the Mörike Chorliederbuch, a collection of folk-song inspired works based on the poetry of Eduard Mörike. The Concert Chorale will present Die Weihnachtsgeschichte (The Christmas Story), a beautiful 45-minute work built on the old chorale tune “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” (Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming). Tickets: $10; $5 for students and seniors.

jazz posterMonday, Dec. 5 — The UT Concert Chorale will present Die Weihnachtsgeschichte (The Christmas Story) at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St., Toledo. Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, op. 10, is one of Distler’s most beloved works. Based on a traditional German melody, Distler created a stunning a cappella telling of the Christmas story that epitomizes the subtle beauty of his music. Premiered in 1933, this work continues to be a favorite among choirs around the world. Admission: $10; $5 for students and seniors.

Thursday, Dec. 8 — The UT Jazz Holiday Concert will take place at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater. All the University jazz ensembles — Latin Jazz, GuitArkestra, Vocalstra, CrossCurrents (jazz faculty ensemble) and the UTJazz Ensemble — will perform at this annual holiday concert. This family-friendly program for all ages will include holiday classics from Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Johnny Warrington and many others. Tickets: $15; $10 students, children and seniors.

Sunday, Dec. 11 — The UT Concert Chorale will present the music of Hugo Distler at 3 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery. The UT Concert Chorale will perform selections from Hugo Distler’s Totentanz (Dance of the Dead) and Die Weihnachtsgeschichte (The Christmas Story), highlighting the best of its fall concert selections. Admission: Free.

Tickets for events can be found online at utoledo.tix.com or by calling the Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419.530.ARTS (2787). The box office is open Mondays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m.

Women’s basketball game Dec. 4 will be ‘Community Day’

The Toledo women’s basketball program will host “Community Day” in conjunction with its matchup against Madonna University Sunday, Dec. 4. The opening tip against the Crusaders is slated for 2 p.m. in Savage Arena.

Tickets for Sunday’s non-league contest will be $7 when purchased prior to game day and $11 on game day.

community dayIn addition, fans can have their photo taken with Santa, and the Rocket Line performance can be seen on the concourse during pre-game festivities.

Season tickets as well as the Rocket 10 Pack are still available for fans to purchase by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653) or visiting the UT Athletic Ticket Office. The Rocket 10 Pack is a mini-ticket plan in which fans can purchase 10 vouchers that can be used in any combination for either the UT women’s and men’s basketball programs. For example, individuals can use four vouchers for women’s basketball tickets and six for men’s tickets or vice versa.

The cost of the Rocket 10 Pack is $125 with full-time UT employees and retirees able to purchase the plan for $62.50 with a limit of two. Only two vouchers may be used for the Rocket women’s games vs. top ranked Notre Dame (Dec. 18) or archrival Bowling Green (Feb. 11) and the Rocket men’s matchup against the Falcons (Jan. 17). The location of the seats is general admission for the women and Sections 202-205 (Rows 18-35) on the upper east side for the men.

Fans can order tickets online at utrockets.com, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653) or at the UT Ticket Office in Savage Arena.

Ritter Planetarium showing annual holiday program for kids

Come hang out with Santa and Rudolph as they learn how to find their way home using constellations in The University of Toledo Ritter Planetarium’s annual presentation of “Santa’s Secret Star.”

The holiday program is shown on the full dome and targeted toward children 4 to 8 years of age.

Find out how the jolly old elf uses astronomy to plan his annual trek in the UT Fulldome Studio production of “Santa’s Secret Star.”

Find out how the jolly old elf uses astronomy to plan his annual trek in the UT Fulldome Studio production of “Santa’s Secret Star.”

After Santa finishes his Christmas deliveries, he and his reindeer become lost. Without a compass, he and Rudolph turn to the constellations for help, and the stars lead them to the North Star, which guides them home.

The original show was written in 1988 by Ritter Planetarium Associate Director Alexander Mak, and it has been updated for the planetarium’s new projection system.

“It’s one of our more popular shows during the year,” Mak said. “It’s educational, it’s entertaining, and it’s seasonally appropriate.”

Admission to the program is $7 for adults and $5 for children, senior citizens and UT community members. All children younger than 4 are free.

The program will be held Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. through Dec. 17. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the show.

After Friday night programs, guests are taken to one of two of the observatories for sky viewing, weather permitting.

Relay for Life slated for Dec. 3 at UT

Relay for Life will be held Saturday, Dec 3, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at The University of Toledo Student Recreation Center.

The theme of this year’s event is “Remembering the Past, Fighting the Present, and Curing the Future: Relay Through the Ages.”

Relay for life 2016Relay for Life offers community members an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of individuals take turns walking or running around a track. Each team is asked to set a fundraising goal and have a representative on the track at all times during the event. 

Relay for Life started at UT in 2001. Each year, more than 1,300 students participate in this 12-hour overnight event on campus to help raise money to fight cancer.

The Relay for Life’s organizing committee has a goal of 2,000 participants, according to UT student Kylee Peppers, external director for this year’s event.

“Our event has continued to grow throughout the years, and with the way The University of Toledo as a whole is growing, we believe that 2,000 participants are easily attainable,” Peppers said. “If we were to meet our goal of 2,000 participants, it would help us further our mission and surpass our fundraising goal by that much more.”

This year’s goal is to raise $60,000, according to UT student Katie Smith, administrative director of the event.

“We’ve been working on reaching our goal throughout the semester by holding fundraising events — bake sales, restaurant fundraisers, a 5K — and by encouraging individuals to get donations from family and friends, and by selling luminaries that people can decorate in honor or memory of someone who has battled cancer,” Smith said.

So far, more than 54 teams numbering more than 1,700 have raised some $38,000.

The event will start by celebrating survivors. There also will be a ceremony halfway through the event that honors loved ones; participants have the chance to share why they “Relay.”

This year’s Relay for Life has plenty of activities for participants.

UT student Mitch Hering, internal director of the event, said, “We hope to keep Relay participants busy all night long with a wide variety of games, activities, entertainment and food options.”

Toby Bolte, UT student and director of this year’s Relay for Life on campus, hopes that students take a lot from this event: “We want students to have a fun time and be entertained and at the same time understand how cancer affects everyone. Cancer has touched every single person, and we want to appreciate the survivors and caregivers. Most important, we want to honor all those we have lost to cancer.”

For more information about Relay for Life, email relayforlifeutoledo@gmail.com.

Men’s basketball to hold Superhero Night/Youth, Team & Scout Night Dec. 3

Tickets can be purchased for $5 each for Superhero Night as well as Youth, Team & Scout Night for The University of Toledo men’s basketball game vs. Green Bay Saturday, Dec. 3. Tip-off time is set for 7 p.m.

To receive the discounted price, fans need to purchase 15 or more tickets at the same time prior to game day. Tickets are located in Sections 201, 202, 206 and 207 and rows 36-46 of Sections 203, 204 and 205 in Savage Arena.

unite mens bballIn addition to Batman and Superman being available for kids to meet, a special halftime performance by the Troy (Ohio) Pop Rocks will take place. The Pop Rocks are a jump rope team that performs a high-energy choreographed routine featuring jump rope, tumbling and elements of dance.

Season tickets as well as the Rocket 10 Pack are still available for fans to purchase by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653) or visiting the UT Athletic Ticket Office. The Rocket 10 Pack is a mini-ticket plan in which fans can purchase 10 vouchers that can be used in any combination for either the UT men’s and women’s basketball programs. For example, individuals can use six vouchers for men’s basketball tickets and four for women’s tickets or vice versa.

The cost of the Rocket 10 Pack is $125 with full-time UT employees and retirees able to purchase the plan for $62.50. Only two vouchers may be used for the Rocket women’s games vs. Bowling Green or Notre Dame and the Rocket men’s matchup vs. Bowling Green. The location of the seats is Sections 202-205 (rows 18-35) on the upper east side for the men and general admission seating for the women.

Fans can order tickets online at utrockets.com, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653) or at the UT Ticket Office in Savage Arena.

UT to host post-election community forum Dec. 1

More than three weeks after Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, a panel of scholars at The University of Toledo will participate in a public forum to analyze the election cycle, its results and what happens next.

The event, which is open to the public and sponsored by the UT College of Law and the School for Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts and Letters, will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

web Post-Election Forum flyer“We want to bring our community together to engage in constructive discussion and debate about the changes underway with Trump’s victory,” Dr. Renee Heberle, professor of political science, said. “Topics will include appointments to the White House advisory staff and cabinet, historical comparisons to past presidential elections, constitutional issues, and feminist perspectives on the campaign and outcome.”

Panelists will include Dr. Jeff Broxmeyer, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Jetsabe Caceres, assistant professor of political science and director of the Global Studies Program; Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor of women’s and gender studies; Benjamin Davis, professor of law; and Rebecca Zietlow, the Charles W. Fornoff Professor of Law and Values.

After presentations from panelists, the audience will be invited to ask questions and offer input.