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See You at Art on the Mall July 28

Art on the Mall will return to The University of Toledo’s Centennial Mall Sunday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This summer marks the free, public event’s 27th year of showcasing a variety of art on Main Campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to view and purchase all kinds of art, including acrylic, glass, pen and ink, oil, mixed media, metals, photography, ceramics, textiles, watercolor, woodwork, jewelry and more.

“This year we have invited more artists to participate in the show than we have in the past,” said Ansley Abrams-Frederick, director of alumni programming in the UToledo Office of Alumni and Annual Engagement.

A total of 115 artists are expected to bring their creations to Art on the Mall.

“People can expect a lovely setting, a very comfortable, walkable show that has amazingly talented artists displaying beautiful works of art,” Abrams-Frederick said.

All pieces of art are for sale. Guests can pay cash or with a credit card at the artist’s booth or in the Thompson Student Union.

During the event, there will be food, music, kids’ activities, free parking and golf cart shuttle service from the lots.

In addition, Art on the Mall offers a young artist area for children to try their hands at creating their own masterpieces, a music tent featuring jazz throughout the day, a beer garden, and a food court.

More than 13,000 people attended last year’s show.

“I think the community really supports this event,” Abrams-Frederick said. “The event attendees know that this is a one-day show, so they buy, knowing that it might not be there after they walk away.”

Art on the Mall is supported by community sponsors 13abc, The Blade, Mail It and 101.5 The River.

“The artists love the show because of our supportive and receptive community,” Abrams-Frederick added. “They love our volunteers and know that the people attending the show really appreciate their work. It’s a great show with wonderfully talented artists in a beautiful setting. What more could you ask for?”

For more information, contact Abrams-Fredericks at 419.530.4316 or ansley.abrams@utoledo.edu.

Update on Maintenance Project on West Rocket Drive

Traffic on a portion of West Rocket Drive on Main Campus is scheduled to be shifted beginning Monday, July 22.

As maintenance work continues on an underground steam pipeline, traffic in both directions will be routed through Lot 26 by the Main Campus Medical Center and the Main Campus Pharmacy while a portion of West Rocket Drive in front of Horton International House is closed.

Work should be complete in Lot 12 by the Law Center Friday, July 19.

The project is expected to be complete Friday, July 26, according to Michael Green, director of energy management.

Toledo Football Single-Game Tickets on Sale

See you at the game: Football single-game tickets for the 2019 season go on sale Tuesday, July 16.

The Rockets have six home games in 2019, highlighted by a much-anticipated nonconference matchup with Brigham Young University Saturday, Sept. 28, and four Mid-American Conference contests, including the Homecoming game vs. Western Michigan Saturday, Oct. 5.

The home opener is Saturday, Sept. 14, vs. Murray State.

Tickets also are available for selected away games, including the season opener at Kentucky Saturday, Aug. 31, and a matchup with Colorado State Saturday, Sept. 21.

Season tickets start at just $70.

Full-time UToledo employees and retirees may purchase up to two season tickets at half-price. Additional season tickets may be purchased at the full price. UToledo students are admitted to home games free with ID.

To purchase season tickets, single-game tickets or away-game tickets, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go to the Toledo Football Ticket Central website, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Runner Represents Toledo at World University Games

Petronela Simiuc represented The University of Toledo and her home country of Romania this week in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters at the World University Games in Napoli, Italy.

On July 8, Simiuc competed in the first round for the 800 meters, clocking a time of 2:08.16 to place 19th, a qualifying mark for the semifinal. On July 11, Simiuc clocked a time of 4:27.36 to finish eighth in her heat and 15th overall in the first round of the 1,500 meters.

“It’s exciting to see Petro representing not only Romania, but our track and field program internationally,” said Adrian, associate head track and field coach. “We are looking forward to have Petronela back on campus this fall and see her finish an already great student-athlete career on a high note.”

The Bacau, Romania, native earned silver in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:27.86 at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships last season. Simiuc recorded a season best 4:19.28 in the 1,500 meters at the Bryan Clay Invitational and a season best 2:08.27 in the 800 meters at the Raleigh Relays to take second. Simiuc also earned a spot at the NCAA East Prelims qualifier in the 1,500-meter event.

During the 2018 outdoor season, Simiuc posted a personal best of 4:17.50 in the 1,500m at the NCAA East Prelim. Simiuc clocked the second-fastest time in school history for the 1,500m at the 2018 MAC Championships; her time of 4:18.73 was a mere second from the MAC record (4:17.01) that teammate Janelle Noe set in the same race.

Simiuc holds the top two fastest times at Toledo for the 800 meters: 2:07.89 set in 2017 and 2:08.27 set in 2019.

Simiuc earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Toledo and is pursuing a master’s degree in public health. She will return this fall on the cross-country course and be back on the track next spring.

CommunityCare Clinics to Hold Golf Fundraiser July 27

The CommunityCare Clinics will hold its fifth annual golf tournament Saturday, July 27, at 1:30 p.m. at Heatherdowns Country Club, 3910 Heatherdowns Blvd.

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the CommunityCare Clinics and its patients.

The free medical clinic run by University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences’ students in collaboration with local medical professionals provides comprehensive care to Toledo’s uninsured and medically underserved community. During the past year, the clinics have provided care to more than 5,000 patients.

“We are so excited to be holding our golf outing again,” said Hannah Staats, a second-year medical student and director of public relations for the clinics. “We work year round to treat patients, and this event is a huge part of that.”

Staats added, “Our patients are mostly the underserved population of Toledo, and many do not have insurance. Because of this, we have to work hard to raise the money to provide medications and services for these patients.”

The cost of the golf tournament is $85 per player, $70 per student player, and $20 for dinner. If you are not a golfer, you can still attend the dinner.

The tournament will be run with teams of four.

Casual attire is recommended, as well as nonmetal spikes.

”We can’t help our patients without the assistance of the Toledo community, and we would love to have your support of the CommunityCare Clinics through this event,” Staats said.

The deadline to register is Friday, July 19. Go to the CommunityCare Clinics Golf Tournament website.

For more information, check out the CommunityCare Clinics’ website.

Women’s Basketball Player Competes for Finland at Summer Universiade 2019

Toledo women’s basketball player Sara Rokkanen is competing for her home country of Finland at the 30th Summer Universiade 2019 Championships.

The event started July 3 and runs through Wednesday, July 10, in Napoli, Italy.


Rokkanen and Finland are 3-2 in the competition, posting wins over Canada (82-59), Mexico (77-51) and Romania (73-50). Finland has lost to Australia (68-51) and China (75-50).

The Helsinki, Finland, native is averaging 4.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 12.6 minutes in the five contests. The Toledo senior is shooting 40.9 percent (9 of 22) from the field, including 30.8 percent (4 of 13) from beyond the arc. 

Rokkanen and Finland will face Hungary Wednesday, July 10, for ninth place in the 16-team event.

This past year, Rokkanen shot a team-high 38.8 percent (54 of 139) from three-point land and ranked fourth in the Mid-American Conference in three-point field-goal percentage.

Overall in 2018-19, Rokkanen contributed 6.3 points, 2.8 boards and 1.8 helpers in 24.1 minutes per game. She scored in double figures on eight occasions, the fifth highest total on the team, including a season-high 13 points on two occasions.

Drive to Stock Teacher’s Supply Pantry for Old Orchard Elementary School

A survey by the National Center for Education Statistics revealed 94 percent of public school teachers spend their own money on classroom materials — up to $500 a year for grade school teachers. To help address this issue, The University of Toledo is leading efforts to connect teachers at Old Orchard Elementary School with supplies for their students.

“We recognize the importance of supporting schools in our community,” said UToledo President Sharon L. Gaber. “By collectively sharing the responsibility of equipping students with essential school supplies, we hope our collaboration with campus partners will contribute to students’ success.”

Officials at Toledo Public Schools identified the need to provide more supplies for area teachers throughout the year. Drawing inspiration from a model developed by Grace Church in Toledo, UToledo has organized a donation drive to stock a teacher’s supply pantry.

While Old Orchard Elementary is the pilot school for the pantry project, the University hopes the initiative will grow to serve more schools.

“Helping provide school supplies to local young students reflects our commitment to fostering an environment where learning can thrive,” said Dr. Raymond H. Witte, dean of the Judith Herb College of Education. “We are invested in the success of Toledo Public Schools by being both a resource for immediate, material needs and providing access to our community-based research and educational programs.”

From Monday, July 8, through Friday, Sept. 26, donations will be accepted at several locations on Main Campus and Health Science Campus.

The supply pantry will be housed at the Carver Resource Center in Gillham Hall on UToledo’s Main Campus and will open to teachers at Old Orchard Elementary School beginning in October.

The UToledo community is encouraged to contribute. Old Orchard Elementary has identified a list of the most needed items: pencils, colored pencils, dry-erase markers, Clorox wipes, Crayola markers, facial tissues, Crayola crayons, index cards, Ziploc bags and masking tape.

Visit the Teacher Supply Pantry website to find drop-off locations and learn more.

Questions? Contact teachersupplypantry@utoledo.edu.

Former Rocket Representing Great Britain at Fédération Internationale de Basketball Women’s Eurobasket

Former Toledo women’s basketball player Janice Monakana is representing her home country of Great Britain at the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Women’s Eurobasket 2019.

The event is taking place through Sunday, July 7, in Latvia, Serbia.


A native of London, Monakana and Great Britain are currently 3-1 in Group Phase play, posting wins over host Latvia, 74-60; Ukraine, 68-54; and Montenegro, 92-71 to secure second place in Group A. Great Britain also suffered a 67-59 setback against Spain.

A native of London, Monakana has totaled nine points and three rebounds in 35-plus minutes of action off the bench in the four contests.

Up next, Great Britain will face Hungary Thursday, July 4, in Belgrade. The game will be streamed online via livebasketball.tv.

As a senior in 2016-17, Monakana led Toledo to the fifth most wins in program history with a mark of 25-9 that included a Mid-American Conference Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The second-team All-MAC honoree averaged 12.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 25.5 minutes per game.

A two-time all-conference performer, Monakana wrapped up her collegiate career ninth in school history in free-throw percentage (.777, 313 of 403), 10th in free throws made (313), and 16th in scoring (1,172 points).

She received a bachelor of arts degree in communication in 2017.

Meet Candidates Vying for Director of Eberly Center for Women

Three candidates for the director of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women will visit campus this month.

Each candidate will give a presentation at 10:15 a.m. followed by a meet-and-greet session at 11 a.m.

Listed by date, candidates and locations are:

• Friday, July 5 — Dr. Shelly McCoy Grissom, development director at the Thomas M. Wernert Center in Toledo, in Thompson Student Union Room 2591.

• Monday, July 15 — Dr. Ramona Olvera, chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Owens Community College, in Memorial Field House Room 1140.

• Tuesday, July 16 — Dr. Angie Fitzpatrick, director of the Women’s Center and affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati, in Thompson Student Union Room 2591.

The Eberly Center for Women promotes the advancement of women at UToledo and in the community by creating an environment that supports learning, discovery and engagement that helps them achieve their highest potential.

For more information on the candidates, go to the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women website.

Maintenance to Affect Traffic Flow, Parking on West Rocket Drive Starting July 1

Underground steam pipeline maintenance on West Rocket Drive on Main Campus will reroute traffic flow from Monday, July 1, through Monday, July 22.

The work is scheduled to be completed, and the road reopened, Tuesday, July 23.

Traffic in both directions will be routed through Lot 26 by the Main Campus Medical Center and the Main Campus Pharmacy while the portion of West Rocket Drive directly in front of Horton International House is closed for the repairs.

Similar improvements will close a section of Lot 12 in front of the Law Center during the same period. Regular access to Lot 12 will be maintained while the work is performed.