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UToledo Police to hold active shooter training March 30

The University of Toledo Police Department and the Office of Recreational Services will conduct a training exercise Saturday, March 30, to test the response of campus law enforcement in the event of a violent intruder within a University building.

The active shooter simulation will take place from 8 to 9:45 a.m. inside the Student Recreation Center on Main Campus. The training is scheduled to be complete before the Student Recreation Center opens at 10 a.m.

Similar to other active shooter training exercises University police have conducted, campus safety officials will test first responders’ communication, response and scene management. This exercise, however, also will test the response of more than 70 staff and students who work in the Student Recreation Center.

“We’ve been doing active shooter exercises for many years, and we continue to build upon previous experience,” University Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Jeff Newton said. “It’s an opportunity for officers to train in their response to an active aggressor and also for the students and staff to train in their ALICE principles.”

ALICE, which is an acronym that stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate, is a national program that instructs participants on how to survive an active shooter situation. The University regularly offers ALICE training to students, faculty and staff; go to the University Police ALICE Program website.

Many of the staff and students participating in the March 30 exercise have undergone ALICE training. Demond Pryor, director of the Office of Recreational Services, said it is important to provide training that readies students for a variety of situations.

“We feel it is our responsibility to prepare our students for potential incidents in our facility and to increase their awareness of how to respond to an incident in the community,” Pryor said.

Signs will be posted that say “UToledo Police Training Event” around the Student Recreation Center. In the event of a real emergency, the public address and UT Alert systems would be activated to inform the campus community that a dangerous situation is occurring and to stay clear.

Regular police training exercises are a key part of the University’s mission to ensure a safe campus environment.

“It’s important for every location to prepare,” Newton said “We’ve seen that no location is immune to this type of violence. Churches, movie theaters, shopping malls, workplaces and schools are all potential targets for an aggressor. It’s really prudent for everyone to train. We want to ensure we’re providing the safest environment possible for our students and staff.”

To learn what to do in the event of an emergency and for more information on the University’s emergency preparedness plans and procedures, visit the emergency preparedness website.

Rocket club to compete in National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships this week

The Rocket Disc Golf club will travel to Appling, Ga., to compete in the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships Wednesday, March 27.

Club members will leave Tuesday, March 26, to arrive in time for the event, which will take place at the International Disc Golf Center. UToledo is one of 34 universities from across the country that will hit the course.

Rocket Disc Golf qualified for nationals with a second-place finish at the Great Lakes Collegiate Open earlier this month at Deerfield Nature Park in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

“Thankfully, Chris Wojciechowski, Rocket Disc Golf No. 1 player, shot the hot round of the day to secure a berth for us,” said Aaron Chelchowski, president and founder of the club. “Our team is getting ready, and we are excited to show the rest of the schools that are going to nationals that we are to be taken seriously.”

The team consists of Chelchowski, a senior majoring in sales and marketing; Wojciechowski, a Ph.D. student in measurement; Ryan Rau, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in education and leadership; and Alex Phillips, a senior majoring in professional sales.

“It has been a whirlwind starting this club in time to compete this year,” Rau said. “An absolute round of applause to Aaron Chelchowski for all the hard work and hours of time he has put into this. He has truly been the thrusters that have propelled this rocket of a club.”

After qualifying for nationals, the club had to figure out how to make the trip happen. Rau and Chelchowski went into fundraising overdrive and received more than $1,000 in less than one week via GoFundMe. Donations came in from UToledo alumi, family, and disc golfers from collegiate programs around the country.

“This club raised more than $2,000 in funding through shirt sales and disc sales through a partnership with Discraft Discs, the world leader in disc sports, before ever getting to the first budget allocation meeting,” Wojciechowski said. “The club has staying power and will be a part of the fabric of the University for years to come.”

Students who want to get involved with the Rocket Disc Golf club can email Chelchowski at aaron.chelchowski@rockets.utoledo.edu or rocketdiscgolf@utoledo.edu.

Opera Ensemble to present ‘La Bonne Cuisine,’ culinary favorites at Blarney March 29

The University of Toledo Opera Ensemble is serving up a musical feast with its concert, “La Bonne Cuisine,” Friday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Blarney Event Center, 601 Monroe St. in downtown Toledo.

UT Opera Ensemble members Alana Scaglioni, seated, and Paige Chapman and Samuel Spencer rehearsed a scene for “La Bonne Cuisine.”

The singers will present a smorgasbord of songs dedicated to food. Selections will include “The Worst Pies in London” from “Sweeny Todd,” “A Real Nice Clambake” from “Carousel,” “Food, Glorious Food” from “Oliver,” and many others.

“La Bonne Cuisine” is a four-minute song cycle composed by Leonard Bernstein. Scored for voice and piano, the cycle includes recipes for plum pudding, oxtails, chicken breast with Turkish pudding, and rabbit stew.

In addition, Lee Hoiby’s one-act opera “Bon Appétit!” will be performed. The piece was written for Jean Stapleton in her late career with music draped over the words and gestures of Julia Child, the mother of all foodies.

Tickets are $10 for all seats and must be purchased in advance at the Center for Performing Arts Box Office by calling 419.530.ARTS (2787) or on the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ website.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and beverage service will be available. Food service will be available at 7:30 p.m., and the performance will begin shortly after.

For more information, visit the Department of Music opera page.

State of the University address slated for April 3

President Sharon L. Gaber will celebrate The University of Toledo’s recent accomplishments and share her vision for the future during her State of the University address.


The speech will be Wednesday, April 3, at 4 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium, followed by a reception.

University students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public are invited to attend.

“Our University community has achieved so much together in the last year, and we are making an impact thanks to the dedication of our faculty, staff and students,” Gaber said. “We look forward to this annual moment to celebrate our successes, our exciting new directions, and the many people who make our campus such a great place to learn.”

This will be Gaber’s third State of the University address since being named president in July 2015.

Distinguished University Professor Lecture March 27

Dr. Paul Hong in The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation will give a Distinguished University Professor Lecture Wednesday, March 27.

The Distinguished University Professor of Information, Operations and Technology Management will discuss “Rising Asia and American Hegemony: Practices of Innovator Firms From Four Leading Nations” at 4 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.


Hong will focus on the rise of Asia in terms of leveraging its economic, political and demographic strengths, while also talking about how he expects American leadership to continue based on its innovative resilience and diversity.

“The global market environment has always experienced turbulence through shifting of economic power among nations and geographic regions,” Hong said. “Today, the level of global economic turbulence is increasing exponentially as companies and their home countries seek to advantageously position themselves to become dominant actors on the world economic stage.”

Hong was named a Distinguished University Professor in 2018. He is an internationally recognized researcher in network capabilities, global supply chain management, international comparative studies, and building growth engine industries for national competitiveness. His expertise is in the implementation of supply chain management practices to build firms for domestic advantage and global competitiveness.

Selected as a Fulbright Scholar in 2017, Hong has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and three books. He received one of the University’s Outstanding Researcher Awards in 2015.

He earned a Ph.D. in manufacturing management and engineering from The University of Toledo. He also holds master of business administration and master of arts degrees in economics from Bowling Green University.

A reception will follow the free lecture.

University plans events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

“Start by Believing” will kick off The University of Toledo’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The public awareness campaign was created by End Violence Against Women International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving criminal justice responses to sexual assault.

The UToledo Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness will have “Start by Believing” information tables set up Tuesday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Four Seasons Bistro on Health Science Campus and in the Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge on Main Campus.

“It’s important to change the way we respond to sexual assaults,” said Dr. Kasey Tucker-Gail, director of the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness, and associate professor in the School of Justice. “Knowing how to respond is critical; when victims are believed and not questioned with ‘why,’ they can feel safe, supported, and start on a path to healing.”

Events planned throughout April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month include:

The Clothesline Project will return to the University during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Shirts will be on display on Health Science Campus Wednesday, April 3, and on Main Campus Thursday, April 11.

Wednesday, April 3 — The Clothesline Project, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Four Seasons Bistro and the Health Education Building Lobby on Health Science Campus. This event is a way for those affected by sexual violence to express their emotions through writings and drawings on symbolic T-shirts. The shirts are hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the issue of sexual violence.

— One Love Workshop with Rockets Against Sexual Assault, 5 to 7 p.m., International House. One Love is a national leader in educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships. This program for UToledo students will focus on signs of escalation in a relationship, how to help a friend, and how to spot red flags of an unhealthy relationship.

• Tuesday, April 9 — T-shirt making for the Clothesline Project, noon to 4 p.m., Health and Human Services Building Room 3005. Anyone who has been affected by violence is welcome to make a T-shirt to honor a loved one or herself/himself; all supplies will be provided.

Thursday, April 11 — The Clothesline Project, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall (rain location Thompson Student Union).

Thursday, April 18 — One Love Workshop with Rockets Against Sexual Assault, 5 to 7 p.m., Health and Human Services Building Room 1711.

Wednesday, April 24 — Denim Day. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear jeans to raise awareness of sexual violence.

— Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall (rain location: Thompson Student Union). RAINN Day is held to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses. Umbrellas are decorated with positive messages in support of sexual assault survivors. RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

For more information on these events, call the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness at 419.530.2497.

Toledo falls to Northwestern in second round of WNIT, 54-47

Big Ten member Northwestern utilized a 25-2 second-half run en route to claiming a 54-47 victory over Toledo Sunday in the second round of the Postseason WNIT in Savage Arena.

With the loss, the Rockets end their season with a 21-12 record.

Senior Kaayla McIntyre had 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. Northwestern March 24 in the second round of the Postseason WNIT.

The Wildcats (18-14) shot 40.0 percent (10 of 25) from the field and 77.8 percent (14 of 18) from the free-throw line after the intermission to erase a nine-point halftime deficit, while UT went 14-plus minutes without a field goal. The Rockets made only six baskets in the second half and scored 18 points after the break, compared to 10 field goals and 34 points for Northwestern.

Senior Kaayla McIntyre paced Toledo with 12 points, nine boards and three thefts, while classmate Mikaela Boyd had 10 points. The Rockets also received seven points from sophomore Nakiah Black, six from junior Sara Rokkanen, and a game-high seven assists by junior Mariella Santucci. 

As a team, UT shot 36.0 percent (18 of 50) from the field, including 23.1 percent (4 of 17) from three-point range and 58.3 percent (7 of 12 from the charity stripe.

Lindsey Pulliam led Northwestern with a game-high 17 points, followed by Veronica Burton and Abbie Wolf with 13 and 11, respectively. Burton and Wolf spearheaded the visitors second-half effort, tallying 10 and nine points after the intermission to help NU advance to the Sweet 16 in the 22nd annual postseason tourney. 

With the completion of today’s game, the collegiate careers of seniors Boyd, McIntyre, Sarah St-Fort and Mae Tshitenge came to an end. The Rockets’ quartet were a part of 81 overall victories over the last four seasons, including 43 league wins. They also played a significant role in helping the Midnight Blue and Gold secure three post-season berths during this time, including a 2017 Mid-American Conference Championship.

UT prevails over Seton Hall, 71-65, in first round of Postseason WNIT

Toledo pounded out a hard-fought 71-65 victory over Big East member Seton Hall Thursday night in the first round of the 2019 Postseason WNIT in Savage Arena.

With the win, Head Coach Tricia Cullop became the school’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach passing Mark Ehlen (240-149, 1995-2008) with 241 victories patroling the Toledo sidelines.

Senior Mikaela Boyd had 15 points and five boards vs. Seton Hall in Toledo’s first-round victory in the Postseason WNIT Thursday night.

The Rockets (21-11) advance to the second round for a matchup vs. Big Ten member Northwestern (17-14) Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in Savage Arena. For ticket information, go to the Toledo Rockets’ website.

Senior Kaayla McIntyre paced four Rockets in double figures with 16 points, followed by senior Mikaela Boyd and sophomore Nakiah Black with 15 and 14, respectively. Junior Sara Rokkanen rounded out Toledo’s double-digit scorers with 10 points off the bench.

Toledo also benefited from seven points and a game-high seven assists from junior Mariella Santucci to win its first-round game in the Postseason WNIT for the seventh-straight time. 

As a team, the Rockets shot a respectable 47.5 percent (28 of 59) from the field, including 30.0 percent (6 of 20) from three-point range, and 75.0 percent (9 of 12) from the charity stripe.

UT also held a 32-28 edge on the glass and finished with 21 assists on 28 field goals, marking the eighth time it has posted at least 20 helpers. 

Selena Philoxy led the Pirates (15-16) with a game-high 19 points, while Nicole Jimenez and Victoria Cardaci had 15 and 14, respectively.

Seton Hall was without the services of its leading scorer Shadeen Samuel, who did not dress for the game due to illness. The 2018-19 first-team All-Big East honoree came into the post-season game averaging 18.3 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, 2.6 assists per game, 0.8 blocks per game, and 1.5 steals per game and 32.3 minutes per game.

UToledo alumna to share inspirational story March 26

Diana Patton will return to The University of Toledo Tuesday, March 26, to talk about overcoming abuse and persevering to become an attorney.

She will speak at 7 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 3020.

“We are honored to have Diana Patton visit campus to share her moving and motivational story,” David Young, UToledo director of Toledo Excel and Special projects, said.

Patton is the author of “Inspiration in My Shoes,” a 2016 memoir that chronicles overcoming abuse, racism and heartache. In the 236-page book she wrote with Amanda Filippelli, Patton explains inspiration is everywhere; turmoil doesn’t define you; and faith and determination can help through anything.

The CEO of Diana R. Patton Consulting LLC is an attorney who speaks on leadership, emotional intelligence, diversity, inclusion and equity, as well as trauma-informed care. She is a mentor on self-care, and social and emotional intelligence.

Patton served as the vice president, chief operating officer and general counsel for the Toledo Fair Housing Center, and she worked at CedarCreek Church. In addition, the graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York also co-owned a health-based company, FITatudes LLC.

She serves on the UToledo College of Health and Human Services’ board and the UToledo Paralegal advisory board.

Patton received bachelor’s and law degrees from UToledo and was a member of the track team.

Her visit is part of the Office of Multicultural Student Success’ African-American Intitiatives Through Your Eyes Series.

The first 20 women at the event will receive a free signed copy of “Inspiration in My Shoes.”

For more information on the free event, contact Young at david.young@utoledo.edu.

Humanities Institute to present piano performance, celebrity lecture

The University of Toledo Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities has scheduled two events this spring.


Dr. Andrew Mattison, professor and associate chair of the UToledo Department of English Language and Literature, will present “The In-Between: Europe Music 1890-1920” Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery.

Mattison, a pianist, will perform works by Fauré, Reger, Rachmaninoff and Schoenberg, and he will discuss their relation to the literature and art of the period.

On Thursday, April 12, Dr. Susan J. Douglas, the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, will discuss “How Celebrity Culture Shapes America.”

Her lecture will take place at 7:15 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100.


Douglas will talk about how celebrity culture was not always part of our media and everyday lives. She will focus on the revolution of fame and its often underestimated impact on American culture.

‘“We invite campus and community members to join us as we explore and appreciate the richness of human culture,” said Dr. Mysoon Rizk, director of the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities and associate professor of art history in the UT Department of Art.

Mattison’s performance lecture is a co-presentation of the Toledo Museum of Art, the UToledo College of Arts and Letters, and the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities. As part of the Great Performances series, it is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates.

Douglas’ lecture is sponsored by the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities, the Department of Communication, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

For more information on the free events, contact Rizk at mysoon@utoledo.edu.