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UT club to compete in American College Cricket Nationals

The UT Cricket Club is one of 24 teams that will play in the American College Cricket Nationals starting March 15 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The UT Cricket Club showed off its second-place trophy from the 2016 American College Cricket Midwest Championship. Posing for the photo were, from left, Koushik Rajapandian, Mahesh Pillai, Raj Patel, Akshay Chawan, Govind Sharma, Balram Yadav, President Sharon L. Gaber, Mohammad Wadood Majid, Rajeev Reddy, Naveen Tripathi, Swapnil Jadhav, Raviraj Wala, Abhijeet Thakur, and Dr. Sammy Spann, assistant provost for international studies and programs.

The UT Cricket Club showed off its second-place trophy from the 2016 American College Cricket Midwest Championship. Posing for the photo were, from left, Koushik Rajapandian, Mahesh Pillai, Raj Patel, Akshay Chawan, Govind Sharma, Balram Yadav, President Sharon L. Gaber, Mohammad Wadood Majid, Rajeev Reddy, Naveen Tripathi, Swapnil Jadhav, Raviraj Wala, Abhijeet Thakur, and Dr. Sammy Spann, assistant provost for international studies and programs.

The club advanced to the nationals by finishing second in the 2016 American College Cricket Midwest Championship, where the top 12 universities competed for the Midwest Region Gordon Gee Championship.

Under the captainship of Raj Patel, the UT Cricket Club defeated 2016 season champion Wayne State University in the semifinals and secured its place in the nationals. UT beat Wayne State in October at Lyon Oaks Cricket Field in Wixom, Mich.

With that win, the UT club became the new No. 2 team in the Midwest. League play for UT included facing Penn State University and Ryerson University.

The UT Cricket Club is one of 24 teams that will play in the American College Cricket Nationals starting March 15 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The UT Cricket Club is one of 24 teams that will play in the American College Cricket Nationals starting March 15 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“It was a dream come true for all the team to take UT to the national level in cricket. Beating Wayne State University was a very tough task as they are a pretty strong team and winners in the past,” said Yogendra Patil, right arm fast bowler and batsmen. “I am looking forward for the nationals in March. Me and the team will give 100 percent to bring home the trophy — #gorockets!”

Not only did UT finish as runners-up in the Midwest, the Player of the Series Award went to University alumnus Rohan Kapkar for his all-round performance, and Most Valuable Player was given to UT student Akshay Chawan, right arm fast bowler, batsman and secretary of the club.

“The UT Cricket Club is looking forward to competing and winning nationals in March,” Mohammad Wadood Majid, opening batsman and president of the club, said.

“We hope to bring the trophy to our very own Toledo,” Nitesh Ralhan, club coach, added.

“While others were dreaming of success, we woke up, practiced hard, and gave everything to achieve it,” Chawan said. “For me, it’s a dream to play in such a big tournament in the USA, but to win I never imagined. It’s impossible to explain what I felt at that moment — just very happy to win. Winning a national championship in Florida is the No. 1 target now.”

The team has been playing together for two years and set out to compete in big tournaments this year. UT students and recent alumni comprise the team. According to the American College Cricket Midwest Championship rules, two recent alumni are allowed to play.

People interested in watching a cricket match can find games at Beatty Park in Toledo; Lyon Oaks Cricket Field in Wixom, Mich.; and Murphy Park in Pontiac, Mich. Fan also can watch on Sony Six Live and ESPN.

Cheap Trick to headline rock fest March 25

Savage Arena is about to rock again. The official lineup has been released for Rock the Arena II, which will take place Saturday, March 25, and feature more than 10 hours of entertainment.

The all-day event will be headlined by Cheap Trick.

rock-the-arena-ii-posterThe lineup also will feature Lou Gramm, the original lead singer of Foreigner, as well as Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Warrant, Quiet Riot, founding Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy, Jack Russell’s Great White, Vixen, Autograph and Trixter.   

Cheap Trick hit the big time when a recording of a concert at Budokan in Tokyo was released in the United States in 1979. “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender” and “Ain’t That a Shame” became staples on rock radio. The band’s other hits include “Dream Police,” “Stop This Game,” “Tonight It’s You” and “The Flame.”

In April, Cheap Trick will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The current lineup is singer and guitarist Robin Zander, lead guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson and drummer Daxx Nielsen.

Gramm sang lead on Foreigner’s smashes: “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” “Blue Morning, Blue Day,” “Double Vision,” “Hot Blooded,” “Head Games,” “Urgent,” “Jukebox Hero” and “Say You Will.” His solo hits include “Midnight Blue” and “Just Between You and Me.”

Singer-guitarist Keifer was with Cinderella for “Nobody’s Fool,” “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” and “Coming Home.” Warrant scored with “Cherry Pie” and “Heaven,” and Quiet Riot is remembered for “Bang Your Head (Mental Health)” and “Cum on Feel the Noize.”

Pearcy, singer-songwriter and guitarist, fronted Ratt and sang “Round and Round” and “Lay It Down.” Russell, founding member of Great White, was the vocalist on “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “Rock Me.”

Vixen found success with “Edge of a Broken Heart,” Autograph was on the airwaves with “Turn Up the Radio,” and Trixter demanded attention with “Give it to Me Good.”

Last year’s inaugural Rock the Arena sold out in less than three weeks.

“Rock the Arena brings a festival atmosphere indoors,” said Chris Thompson, UT treasurer. “In fact, it could be an even more enjoyable experience in some instances since everything is on one stage in one day. Fans have the opportunity to see multiple bands from the pit or a reserved seat without having to worry about the weather, missing a performance on another stage, or losing their spot. 

“Last year, there was something like 1,800 fans through the doors in the first 15 minutes, and more than two-thirds of ticket holders had scanned in by the end of the first act,” he added. “We heard from community members who had never been to Savage Arena before and alumni who hadn’t been back in years and everyone talked about what a great time it was.”

“That was one of the goals of SAVAGE LIVE, to bring more people to campus, as well as to provide additional entertainment options for our students, donors, season ticket holders, employees, alumni and community members,” said Dave Nottke, deputy director of athletics.   

Doors will open at 11 a.m. March 25.

Tickets range from $39 to $125 and are available online at utsavagelive.com, by phone at 419.530.GOLD, or in person with no fees at the UT Ticket Office at Savage Arena.  Limited student tickets are available with current UT ID for $29 at the box office.

For more information on Rock the Arena II and other upcoming SAVAGE LIVE events, visit utsavagelive.com.

Students recruiting 800 volunteers to help feed families in hurricane-ravaged Haiti

Three months after Hurricane Matthew unleashed a path of destruction through the southern peninsula of Haiti, devastation lingers for families who lost their homes, crops and livestock.

KLAR“It’s horrible,” said Ashley Jemerson, who studied criminal justice, forensic science and Spanish at UT before graduating last month. “Seeing the ongoing effects of the natural disaster makes me grateful for everything we have here in the United States.”

Jemerson and dozens of UT students selected by their colleges to participate in the Klar Leadership Academy in the College of Business and Innovation need 800 volunteers Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28, in the Health Education Building on Main Campus to help produce 140,000 meals that will be sent to Haiti for hurricane relief.

Participants from the Klar Leadership Academy’s November community service project posed for a photo after conducting a Box Out Hunger event at the Cherry Street Mission.

Participants from the Klar Leadership Academy’s November community service project posed for a photo after conducting a Box Out Hunger event at the Cherry Street Mission.

The public is invited to participate in the two-day community service event called Feed My Starving Children, which is the culmination of a global service project organized by the Klar Leadership Academy’s 75 students to feed families in the country where food is scarce.

Volunteers may sign up for shifts here. Shifts are from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and from 9 to 11 a.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

The 2016-17 Klar Leadership Academy students are 75 percent of the way to raising their goal of $31,000 to make the event called “Mobile Pack” a success.

“One of the biggest things we’ve learned in the academy is the importance of giving back,” said Anthony Dimodica, a senior studying human resource management. “Leadership also is about helping others. We’re hoping our University students, faculty and staff give up a little bit of their time to make a huge difference for people who don’t have a lot.”

The Klar Leadership Academy was founded in 2015 with the support of Stephen Klar, a 1971 alumnus of the College of Business and Innovation and a New York City builder and real estate developer.

“The Klar Leadership Academy is all about creating the next generation of exceptional leaders who will carry on the College of Business and UT legacy of leaders who are changing the world,” said Dr. Clint Longenecker, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Organization Excellence in the College of Business and Innovation. “This learning experience takes our best students across all undergraduate colleges on campus and leads them through a seven-month, transformational leadership development experience to increase their career trajectory and their ability to improve the human condition through high-performance servant leadership.”

Tight end to play in Senior Bowl Jan. 28

Toledo senior tight end Michael Roberts has accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The game will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

Roberts

Roberts

Kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m., and the game will be televised live on NFL Network.

Roberts will join teammate Kareem Hunt, a running back, in the Senior Bowl; read more here. Roberts also is scheduled to play in the East-West Shrine Game Saturday, Jan. 21; read more here.

Roberts caught 45 passes for 533 yards and led the nation’s tight ends with 16 touchdown receptions, eight more than the next tight end. A first-team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of America, Roberts broke the Toledo record for touchdown catches in a season previously held by Lance Moore (14 in 2004). He shattered school record for TD receptions by a tight end, formerly held by Don Seymour (9 in 1973). A first-team All-Mid-American Conference honoree, Roberts had three TD catches in one game against both Western Michigan and Bowling Green.

UT calendar of events relaunching

To improve communications, the University’s calendar of events is being relaunched as a single site and more convenient online tool that will house all on- and off-campus, UT-sponsored events to better serve students, faculty, staff, trustees and the public.

calendar-utnewsIn addition to featuring student and University events, this master calendar will include research, athletic and recreation events, as well as University lectures and conferences.

“This one-site master calendar will aid in planning and promoting events, plus ensure that major events don’t overlap,” Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, said. “We also want the calendar to reflect that the University is welcoming, student-centered and richly diverse in its offerings.”

Everyone has access to submit events to the calendar. Activities that should be posted on this master calendar include:

• University-sponsored events that the campus community and public may attend.

• UT-sponsored meetings that support transparency (for example, Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate meetings).

• Official academic calendar dates.

• Campus-wide student organization events and activities.

• Campus-wide alumni and UT Foundation events, such as Homecoming and pregame events, that are open to the public.

• Campus-wide athletic events and activities, including varsity athletic schedules.

• Events featured in UT News, UT NewsBreak and on the myUT portal.

Room scheduling, department meetings and events, personnel meetings, retirement announcements, and events not sponsored nor supported by the University should not be included on this calendar.

Individual areas within the University may continue posting these types of activities and meetings on their own calendars; however, the bulleted list of University-sponsored and campus-wide events above should always be mirrored on the master UT calendar of events.

Within the next couple of weeks, members of the UT calendar steering group will discuss use of the updated calendar with University deans.

To view the calendar, visit calendar.utoledo.edu, and a listing of the day’s events can be found on the myut.utoledo.edu page.

Three Rockets selected to play in East-West Shrine Game Jan. 21

Toledo senior tight end Michael Roberts, senior offensive lineman Storm Norton and senior defensive tackle Treyvon Hester have accepted invitations to play in the 92nd East-West Shrine Game.

The contest will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off at 3 p.m. and televised live on NFL Network.

Roberts

Roberts

Roberts was named first-team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America and Phil Steel Publications. He caught 45 passes for 533 yards and led the nation’s tight ends with 16 touchdown receptions, eight more than the next tight end. A first-team All-Mid-American Conference honoree this season, Roberts broke the Toledo record for touchdown catches in a season previously held by Lance Moore (14 in 2004). He shattered the school record for TD receptions by a tight end, formerly held by Don Seymour (9 in 1973). He had three TD catches in one game against both Western Michigan and Bowling Green.

Norton

Norton

Norton, 6-8, 306 pounds, is a two-time, first-team All-MAC selection at left tackle. He was the leader of a unit that allowed just 14 sacks in 2016 and powered a Rocket offense that led the MAC in total offense (517.8) and passing offense (322.8). This past season, he was on the official watch list for the Outland Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top interior lineman. He recently was named to SB Nation’s All-America Team.

Hester

Hester

Hester, however, will not be able to participate due to an injury. The 6-3, 300-pound defensive tackle is a three-time All-MAC player who earned second-team honors in 2016. In his four-year college career, Hester has totaled 153 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks. Hester led the Rockets with 5.0 sacks this season.

These Rockets join an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and 74 NFL Hall of Famers who have played in the East-West Shrine Game, in addition to more than 265 East-West Shrine Game alumni on NFL rosters each year. More than 100 players from the 2016 game signed with professional teams last spring, and more than 70 made final NFL rosters.

While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international pediatric specialty health-care system.

Running back to suit up for Senior Bowl

UT senior running back Kareem Hunt has accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Hunt

Hunt

The game will be played Saturday, Jan. 28, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., kicking off at 2:30 p.m. and televised live on NFL Network.

Hunt led the Mid-American Conference in rushing with 1,475 yards and is a three-time All-MAC honoree. He has run for 4,945 yards in his career as a Rocket and is UT’s all-time leading rusher. His career-high rushing game came in Mobile when he gained 271 yards in a 63-44 victory over Arkansas State at the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl Jan. 4, 2015. Hunt also rushed for five TDs that game, tying a bowl record held by Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State.

The Senior Bowl began in 1950 and has been played in Mobile every year since 1951. Some of the biggest names in college football history have competed in the Senior Bowl, including 17 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Climate change disruption to be discussed Jan. 19

The University of Toledo is hosting an event to discuss the polarizing topic of climate change.

Jorgensen

Jorgensen

Dr. Andy Jorgensen, associate professor of chemistry and environmental sciences at UT and senior fellow for the National Council for Science and the Environment, will lead a talk titled “Climate Change Disruption: How Do We Know? What Can We Do?” as part of the Lake Erie Center Public Lecture Series.

The free event will take place Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at the UT Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.

“Climate change and the cost of carbon dioxide pollution is a very intense topic in our country, which finds its way into political, business and social conversations, often with vocal disagreement,” Jorgensen said. “This presentation will give background information about the phenomenon and methods that have been used to characterize these changes. The human dimension of the problem will be emphasized in order to consider solutions.”

People who attend the event will be able to ask questions and share opinions. Participants also will be encouraged to share their views using a “clicker” or personal response device to compare their replies to those of more than 3,000 members of Jorgensen’s previous audiences.

NASA and the National Science Foundation have supported Jorgensen’s work on science education. He helped create an online program with more than 800 resources on climate change for students and teachers. The free, web-based curriculum can be found at camelclimatechange.org.

Belle, Cinderella to be at women’s basketball game Jan. 14

Fans can meet and have their photos taken with Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” and Cinderella Saturday, Jan. 14, during the Toledo women’s basketball game against Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. in Savage Arena.

princess-vb-01-webThe two princesses will be on the main concourse during pregame and halftime of the contest. The appearance will be presented by Laurel’s Princess Parties in Toledo.

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets — $12 for adults, $6 for youth, and $7 for groups of 15 or more prior to game day — can be ordered online at utrockets.com, by calling 419.530.GOLD, or at the UT Ticket Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UT Music Department Community Music Program offers beginner lessons in piano, guitar

The University of Toledo Department of Music again will offer classes in piano and guitar this January as part of its Community Music Program.

The Community Music Program offers group music lessons in beginning piano for students in first through sixth grade, as well as group guitar lessons for high school students, and piano and guitar classes for adults.

piano-and-guitarEach $60 lesson package includes six weeks of lessons. The price is the same regardless of age or instrument. Each lesson is once a week for one hour. Piano lessons are taught in the piano lab, with an instrument for each student. Guitars are not provided.

Level one is for those who have never tried the instrument or who have not taken lessons for a long time. Level two is for students who completed level one with the program or who have had at least a few lessons on the instrument.

Classes for session one will begin the week of Jan. 23 and run through the week of Feb. 27. Session two will offer a similar round of classes beginning the week of March 20.

Session one classes:

• Beginning Group Piano (level one) for Grades 1-6 — Tuesdays 5 p.m., Wednesdays 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.

• Beginning Group Piano (level two) for Grades 1-6 — Tuesdays 6 p.m.

• Beginning Group Piano for Adults — Thursday 6 p.m. (level one); Thursday 7 p.m. (level two)

• Beginning Group Guitar (level one) for High School Students — Wednesday at 6 p.m.

• Beginning Group Guitar (level one) for Adults — Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Private applied lessons also are available in voice and a variety of instruments. For class and ensemble options, and to view details and/or register for upcoming group sessions, click here.

Through UT’s partnership with BeInstrumental, scholarships for students in elementary through high school are available for those who qualify. These scholarships are for the group lessons only. To see if a student qualifies, click here or contact BeInstrumental at 419.297.6971.