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Rockets ready for No. 14 Miami

Fresh off one of the greatest comeback victories in school history, the Toledo Rockets will attempt to win their fourth consecutive game in a matchup at No. 14 Miami Saturday, Sept. 23, at 3:30 p.m.

Toledo (3-0) rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat Tulsa, 54-51, before 24,239 joyous fans at the Glass Bowl Sept. 16. On a night in which the University honored some of the greatest players in its 100-year history, the Rockets and senior quarterback Logan Woodside came through with a performance worthy of the ages.

Woodside threw for 458 yards and a school-record-tying six touchdowns. The third-biggest comeback in the 100-year history of the program was not completed until junior placekicker Jameson Vest booted a 33-yard field goal with no time on the clock.

Woodside was honored by both the Manning Award and the Davey O’Brien Award for his performance vs. Tulsa. He also was named Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week. Woodside has 7,636 career passing yards, moving him into third place on Toledo’s all-time passing yardage list.

Woodside and Vest were only two of the night’s heroes. Senior wide receiver Cody Thompson set career highs in both receptions (9) and receiving yards (178). Sophomore Diontae Johnson caught four passes for a career-best 142 yards, and he scored twice in the fourth quarter on bombs of 49 and 74 yards. Senior running back Terry Swanson rushed for 139 yards and one score. On the defensive side, junior safety Josh Teachey racked up a career high 14 tackles and returned a blocked extra point 100 yards for a critical two points near the end of the third quarter.

Sophomore Diontae Johnson caught four passes for a career-best 142 yards, and he scored twice in the fourth quarter on bombs of 49 and 74 yards in Toledo’s 54-51 win over Tulsa.

Toledo racked up 679 yards of total offense vs. Tulsa, the fourth-most all-time and the most since the Rockets gained 666 yards vs. New Hampshire in 2014.

Miami (1-0) will be playing just its second game of the season due to cancellations related to Hurricane Irma. The Hurricanes dispatched Bethune-Cookman, 41-13, in their season opener Sept. 2. Junior Mark Walton rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense held Bethune-Cookman to 350 yards of total offense.

Miami leads the series with Toledo, 1-0. The Hurricanes won in Miami in 1987, 24-14, when they were ranked No. 3 in the nation. Miami will make the return trip to Toledo in 2018.

The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Ohio Plus, Sports Channel Ohio and the Atlantic Coast Conference-RSN, and streamed on ESPN3. Tune in to the Rocket Radio Network to hear the game; free live audio-streaming of that broadcast is available at utrockets.com.

Detour for west-bound Bancroft Street to begin Sept. 25

As installation of a new storm sewer line continues, it will be necessary to close west-bound lanes on Bancroft Street.

This closure is scheduled to start Monday, Sept. 25, and is expected to last three weeks, weather permitting.

During that time, a detour for west-bound Bancroft will be posted for drivers to take University Hills Boulevard to Douglas Road to Dorr Street to Secor Road.

Lane restrictions for east-bound traffic on Bancroft Street will continue.

“We want to remind drivers the speed limit in the work zone is 25 miles per hour,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said. “We ask everyone to be patient, drive slowly, and be aware of pedestrians.”

To avoid congestion, students, employees and visitors to Main Campus are encouraged to use the west entrance off Secor Road or the south entrance off Dorr Street.

“We will keep the campus community informed as we receive updates from the city of Toledo on this project,” Collins said.

UT alumnus’ play about dealing with dementia to debut

“Remember Me,” an original play written by Maxwell K. Cleary, will premiere this week in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 20-22, and 2 p.m. for Saturday, Sept. 23.

“Remember Me” is a play that focuses on dementia while taking a look at what reality is — or isn’t — for the family, the caregivers and the person with the condition. It shows the barriers, demands and isolation families face when trying to care for a loved one.

Cleary graduated from UT with a master’s degree in social work in 2016 and is a hospice social worker in Toledo. His practice experience with grief is evident throughout the play.

Issue Box Theatre is producing the play and is headed by Rosie Best, a social worker in the Toledo community who has a history in theater education. While taking classes at UT, she started Issue Box as a community project to bring together art and social justice action. Best graduated from the University with a master’s degree in social work in 2016.

Maxwell K. Cleary and Rosie Best

The play will be performed in conjunction with the UT International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at issueboxtheatre.com.

Proceeds from ticket sales from non-registered conference goers will go to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services of Northwestern Ohio and the UT Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.

UT Department of Art guest reception on Art Loop Sept. 21

Artists Nancy Mitchnick and Ryan Debolski will be feted with a reception Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center for the Visual Arts on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

Mitchnick’s paintings are on display in the Center for the Visual Arts Main Gallery, and Debolski’s photography is hanging in the Center for the Visual Arts Clement Gallery,

The reception for the artists will coincide with the Arts Commission 3rd Thursday Art Loop. The Center for the Visual Arts is a regular stop on the loop.

Prior to the reception, Mitchnick will present a talk on her work in the Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater from 5 to 6 p.m.

“Sparling Street” by Nancy Mitchnick

Mitchnick started out in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. She moved to New York City in 1973, drove a taxi, worked in an after-hours joint, raised her daughter, taught at Bard College, and, after 10 years, had a well-received exhibition at Hirschl & Adler Modern, and two years later another one.

She was a full-time member of the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts for 10 years and was the Rudolph Arnheim Lecturer on Studio Arts at Harvard University for 15 years. Mitchnick has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant and a National Endowment for the Arts award.

Her work is emotional and strong, often various, and sometimes humorous. The exhibit on display is titled “Painting. Teaching.” It will be on display through Friday, Oct. 6. The Center for the Visual Arts Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“My current work is subject-driven. The new paintings depict disintegrating houses and small industrial buildings that stand as monuments to their former communities,” Mitchnick said. “Though politically relevant, this body of work [“Detroit: Dismantling Cities in Middle America”) is a love-poem to abandoned neighborhoods.

“I honor this decay, through seeing these structures clear — they are oddly bright and strong — a shell of a house, an old bakery building, luminous illogical color lingering on a surprising wall. A house that looks better without its roof. The corner garage painted blue to show someone cares. The sky has changed from the absence of industry. There is a kind of fullness in the emptiness and a cloying kind of joy in the decay: It’s the contradictions that make energy and grace.”

untitled photos by Ryan Debolski

Debolski studied photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2014 to the Sultanate of Oman. His work has been exhibited in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to his photographic projects, he is an editor of STAND, a visual-based journal surveying topics in contemporary photography.

His exhibition is titled “Break” and can be seen through Tuesday, Oct. 31. The Center for the Visual Arts Clement Gallery hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“The Sultanate of Oman sits isolated at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula nestled between deserts, mountains and the sea. This starkly beautiful landscape with inhospitable temperatures is home to a steady flow of foreign laborers from the Indian subcontinent. Migrant workers in the Gulf region comprise an increasingly large percentage of the local population. Labor contracts last for several years at a time, and Oman is often just a temporary stop as many continue on to other neighboring countries seeking more work,” Debolski said.

“Along the beaches near the capital of Muscat, migrant workers from adjacent worksites usually gather together to combat the boredom of routine work and social isolation. Subsequently, they tend to form intimate relationships with one another to deal with the harsh realities of migrant life.

“I spent a year in Oman walking along these same beaches unexpectedly forming a close bond with many of them,” he said. “Our relationship continued beyond the beach through the use of instant messaging applications. Among migrant workers, mobile phones are the only form of communication they have with their friends and families.

“I exchanged my photographs for a continuous stream of texts and selfies. The ensuing dialogues offered me a glimpse into the lives of these men and the extent of their situation. This shared experience of being outsiders in an unfamiliar culture informed the manner in which I documented our interactions together. The effects of migration are seen in the subtle moments of solitude, monotony and kinship that characterize the daily life of migrants in the Gulf.”

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UT quarterback named a Manning Award Star of the Week; fans can vote for him on Facebook

Toledo senior quarterback Logan Woodside was one of eight quarterbacks named a Manning Award Star of the Week for his performance in the Rockets’ 54-51 victory over Tulsa Saturday.

College football fans can go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes Thursday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. central time, the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.

Vote here.

Quarterback Logan Woodside celebrated Toledo’s big 54-51 win over Tulsa. He threw for 458 yards and six touchdowns in the Sept. 16 game.

Woodside threw for 458 yards and six TDs to rally Toledo from 21 points down in a 54-51 win over Tulsa. He completed 22 of 33 passes, averaging almost 21 yards per completion. He threw for TD passes of 60, 26, 81, 15, 49 and 74 yards.

Woodside has 7,636 career passing yards and moved into third place on Toledo’s all-time passing yardage list, passing Gene Swick (1972-75, 7,266 yards). His 458 passing yards are third most in a single game in Toledo history; he also holds spots No. 1 and 5 (vs. BYU in 2016 and vs. Ohio in 2016, respectively). Woodside’s six touchdown passes are tied for the most in a single game in Toledo history. Bruce Gradkowski achieved that feat twice (2003 vs. Buffalo, 2004 vs. Ball State). That total is tied for the fourth most in a single game in Mid-American Conference history. In the second half, Woodside threw for 294 yards, third most in a half in UT history and the most ever in the second half.

Toledo (3-0) plays at No. 14 Miami (Fla.) Saturday, Sept. 23.

UT to recognize National Service Dog Month with talks, training demonstration Sept. 21

To celebrate National Service Dog Month, Carlson Library will host an event Thursday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the third floor.

This free, public session will feature a talk by Dr. Janet Hoy-Gerlach, associate professor in the UT Social Work Program. Hoy-Gerlach will discuss her new book, “Human-Animal Interactions: A Social Work Guide.” The book was co-authored with Scott Wehman, a UT alumnus who received a master’s degree in social work in 2012.

“The focus of the new book is two-fold,” Hoy-Gerlach explained. “To raise awareness of the importance and benefits of the human-animal bond for human well-being and to increase the abilities of social workers and other helping professionals to respond to people in need who have animals.”

In 2017, the National Pet Owners Survey, conducted by the American Pet Products Association, found that pet ownership in U.S. households stands at 68 percent, and that most of these households consider the pet as a part of the family. Given these numbers, Hoy-Gerlach said, the focus of her book is highly relevant to many individuals, as well as for those in the helping professions that serve them.

“The book includes detailed content describing and differentiating the various therapeutic roles animals hold that assist in human health and well-being,” Hoy-Gerlach said. “Of all such roles, the role of service dog requires the most extensive preparation and training; service dogs are trained for public access as well as multiple specific tasks to assist a person with a disability.”

Rocket Service Dogs, a new student organization at UT, is eager to educate students on the service dog training process. The organization also will be at the event, along with several puppies that are in training.

“Knowledge about service dogs is important for the community because there is value in bringing awareness to the capabilities of the dogs, as well as the protections that they legally receive,” said Summer Martin, vice president of Rocket Service Dogs. “It is important for people to understand the huge impact that an assistance dog can have on a person’s life, along with the infinite number of services the dogs can provide.”

Rocket Service Dogs partners with Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, a program of the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, to provide participants with information and resources for fostering and training the dogs in the program.

Jenny Barlos, client service manager for Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, also will be in attendance at the National Service Dog Month event to present and provide a training demonstration with a dog.

For more information on Rocket Service Dogs and how to foster a dog in training, contact rocketservicedogs@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/rocketservicedogs.

For more information on the National Service Dog Month event, contact Sara Mouch at 419.530.5578 or sara.mouch@utoledo.edu.

UT to host International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference Sept. 21-22

A University of Toledo professor and advocate fighting against human trafficking will unveil the first comprehensive, evidence-based guide to preventing the sex trafficking of children at the 14th annual International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference.

Survivors, social workers, law enforcement officers, educators, nurses and researchers from across the globe will come together for the two-day conference at The University of Toledo to bring the sex and labor trafficking trades out of the shadows and help end the abuse through education and advocacy.

The conference, which is hosted by UT’s Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute and the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, will be Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21 and 22, in the Thompson Student Union on Main Campus.

Dr. Celia Williamson’s pioneering research, which was supported by a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education for the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, provides a multi-tiered system targeting at-risk youth and the adults who interact with them. Her presentation will be at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.


“This research project and dozens of others that will be presented at the conference will help communities all around the world end this form of modern slavery and save victims from suffering,” said Williamson, UT professor of social work and director of the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.

Since 2004, this annual conference has welcomed presenters from more than three dozen states and 15 countries to lay the groundwork for future collaborative research, advocacy and program development.

Additional speakers will include:

• Dr. Lauren Martin, director of research at the University of Minnesota Urban Research Outreach Engagement Center, will share how she is mapping new information about who sex buyers are in Minnesota, where they live and purchase sex, and how they enter the marketplace of this criminal underworld, at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

• Dr. Jesse Bach, founder of the Cleveland-based nonprofit The Imagine Foundation, will explain how issues such as race, poverty and prison-industry profit turned child gang members into “forgotten” child soldiers in the United States, at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

• Dr. Vernon Murray, associate professor of marketing at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Dr. Sherry Dingman, associate professor of psychology at Marist College, will present about moral authority and their view that if the United States wishes to encourage anti-trafficking attitudes, it should pass Senate Bill H.R. 40 regarding reparations for the descendants of African slaves, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in Thompson Student Union Room 2591.

• Amy Smith and Sarah Brenes, program manager and director, respectively, of the anti-human trafficking services and unaccompanied minor services at the Institute of Minnesota, will present opportunities, challenges and issues associated with a large-group agricultural labor trafficking case, such as balancing law enforcement priorities with victim immigration and social service needs, at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Thompson Student Union Room 2584.

• Dr. Willie McKether, UT vice president for diversity and inclusion, and Jennifer Pizio, associate director of the UT Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will focus on what makes human trafficking possible in society and culture, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

For additional information and a full schedule of presentations, visit traffickingconference.com.

Transformation of K-12 education law and school choice to be discussed

Over the past two decades, the landscape of American elementary and secondary education has shifted dramatically due to the emergence and expansion of privately provided, but publicly funded, schooling options, including both charter schools and private school choice devices like vouchers, tax credits and educational savings accounts.

Nicole Stelle Garnett, the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, will discuss this changing landscape Thursday, Sept. 21, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.


Her talk, “The Continuing Transformation of K-12 Education Law: Beyond Vouchers and Charter Schools,” is part of the UT College of Law’s Stranahan Lecture series.

Garnett will explain how changes to K-12 education resulted from education reformers embracing a child-focused, rather than a sector-focused, reform agenda. This reform agenda’s central goal is maximizing the number of high-quality educational options for disadvantaged children across charter, private and traditional public schools. This transformation of K-12 education may have profound implications for education law, including opening the possibility of faith-based, state-supported charter schools.

“Professor Garnett is one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 education,” said Professor Lee J. Strang. “We’re delighted Professor Garnett is delivering this fall’s Stranahan Lecture because she will shed light on not just the important reforms that have already occurred in K-12 education, but also potential future changes, including here in Ohio. Professor Garnett’s lecture is sure to spark debate and conversation.”

A well-known scholar of education and property law, Garnett has published two books in these areas: “Lost Classrooms, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America” (University of Chicago Press, 2014), and “Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing, and the Restoration of Urban America” (Yale University Press, 2009).

She is also widely published in leading law reviews and teaches courses in property, education, local government, and land use planning law at Notre Dame.

Garnett earned her bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University and her juris doctor from Yale Law School, and she was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

This free, public lecture is a part of the Stranahan National Issues Forum and is sponsored by the UT College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

German physicist to speak at Lake Erie Center on measuring freshwater toxicity using algae, water fleas

A physicist from Germany who invented a water quality instrument used by University of Toledo scientists for Lake Erie algal bloom research is giving a lecture at UT titled “Measuring Toxicity in Freshwater Using Algae and Water Fleas.”

The free, public event will be Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the UT Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.


Dr. Christian Moldaenke, researcher and founder of the German company bbe Moldaenke, has been in Toledo since mid-July using a new device in western Lake Erie to determine how well the instrument can measure the condition of harmful algal blooms and how blooms react to water treatment chemicals.

“Christian Moldaenke’s company produces some of the best water quality instruments in the world,” said Dr. Tom Bridgeman, UT algae researcher and professor of ecology. “Its fluoroprobe, which is capable of quantifying algae in the water and distinguishing between different types of algae, is the Cadillac of algal probes.”

Moldaenke is working with Bridgeman to advance research into how to protect the water supply.

“My presentation will be about measuring and understanding the water and its creatures,” Moldaenke said. “I will demonstrate how water fleas react to toxins and how we can use their movement to determine blue-green algae in order to achieve better treatment for cyanotoxins.”

Bridgeman said the new devices Moldaenke is testing this algal bloom season in Lake Erie may be capable of easily detecting when algal cells are starting to rupture, which would be a powerful tool for water utility managers to minimize toxin release.

ABC News veteran to share inspiring story Sept. 21

University of Toledo will host John Quiñones — ABC News veteran, anchor for 20/20 and Primetime, and host of the popular series “What Would You Do?” — Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. in Doermann Theatre.

The event marks the first of this year’s Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture series, and is being supported by the Honors College, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Quiñones has emerged as an inspiring keynote speaker, combining his moving life story with a wide-ranging career in TV journalism that has spanned more than three decades. Titled “A 20/20 Vision for America: Building Bridges, Not Walls,” his presentation at UT will touch on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of a college education, champion the Latino American Dream, and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior.

“We’re extremely pleased to have John Quiñones speak here,” said Dr. Michele Soliz, assistant vice president for student success and inclusion. “Based on his incredible journey, I’m sure many of our students will draw on his personal stories and professional advice to aspire to their own successful career through obtaining their degree at UT.”

Born in San Antonio in 1952 to a Spanish-speaking family, Quiñones did not learn English until he began school at age 6. When he was 13, his father was laid off from a janitorial job, so his family joined a caravan of migrant farm workers. They traveled to Traverse City, Mich., to harvest cherries, and then later picked tomatoes near Toledo. It was here that his dad challenged Quiñones to choose education over a life of manual labor.

Thanks to the federal Upward Bound program, Quiñones prepared for college and eventually earned his master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Among numerous accolades, Quiñones has received a Gabriel Award for a poignant report that followed a young man to Colombia to reunite with his birth mother after two decades, a CINE Award for a report in Israel about suicide bombers, and an ALMA Award from the National Council of La Raza.

Tickets for this event are free and are available through the Office of Multicultural Student Services at 419.530.2261 or the Honors College at honors@utoledo.edu or 419.530.6030.