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Rockets come up short in seesaw shootout at BYU, 55-53

Junior Logan Woodside threw for a school record 505 yards and five touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as Toledo fell to BYU, 55-53, in Provo, Utah, Friday night.

The Cougars won the game on the final player of the game, a 19-yard field goal by Rhett Almond. Toledo had taken the lead with 1:11 to play on a seven-yard TD by Kareem Hunt and a two-point conversion from Woodside to tight end Michael Roberts.

Junior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for a school record 505 yards at BYU.

Junior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for a school record 505 yards at BYU.

Woodside connected on 30 of 38 passes. Sophomore Jon’Vea Johnson had a career night, setting personal bests in receptions (9) and TD receptions (3). Hunt rushed for a season-high 146 yards.

BYU scored on the very first play from scrimmage, a 75-yard bomb from Taysom Hill to Jonah Trinnaman. Toledo answered with a 75-yard drive that took seven plays. Hunt had 27 rushing yards on three carries on the drive, while Terry Swanson hit pay dirt from eight yards out to make the score 7-7.

The two teams exchanged punts before the Cougars struck again, this time on a seven-play, 72-yard drive capped by a one-yard run by Jamaal Williams to give BYU a 14-7 edge. On Toledo’s next possession, a deflection off a Woodside pass resulted in a BYU interception that was returned to the UT 13-yard line. Two plays later, Williams scored again to make it 21-7 with 47 seconds left in the first quarter.

Running back Terry Swanson scored Toledo’s first touchdown in the first quarter with an 8-yard run.

Running back Terry Swanson scored Toledo’s first touchdown in the first quarter with an 8-yard run.

But the Rockets responded on the next play from scrimmage when Woodside hit Johnson with a 79-yard TD strike to shave the lead to seven points, 21-14, at the end of the first quarter.

Toledo’s defense stepped up in the second quarter, forcing back-to-back three-and-outs. The Rockets’ offense took advantage as Woodside hit Corey Jones in stride for a 26-yard TD to tie the score 21-21. Toledo had a chance to extend the lead late in the half, but Jameson Vest’s 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

The back-and-forth nature of the contest continued in the second half. The Rockets took the opening kickoff in the second half and methodically marched down the field, going 83 yards in nine plays to take a 28-21 lead. Woodside scrambled to his left and hit Johnson for a 12-yard score, his second TD catch of the night.

Toledo’s lead was short-lived, however, as Williams scored two plays later on a 45-yard touchdown run. But the Rockets answered with a 28-yard field goal by Vest to regain the lead, 31-28. BYU then countered with a 62-yard TD run by Williams down the left sideline to make the score 35-31 in favor of the Cougars. Moments later, Woodside hit Johnson for his third TD catch of the night to give Toledo a 38-35 with less than a minute left in the third quarter.

BYU opened up the fourth quarter with a 17-yard touchdown run by Squally Canada to put the Cougars up 42-38. But once again, Woodside came up big, hitting Thompson for a 78-yard heave to give UT a 45-42 margin with 10:57 left.

Williams scored his fifth TD of the game with 3:00 left, a 14-yarder to make the score 52-45. Hunt countered with a seven-yard score with 1:11 left. Toledo Head Coach Jason Candle opted to go for two. Woodside fumbled the snap, but he was able to find Roberts in the end zone to give UT a 53-52 lead.

BYU used up all the clock on its final possession, moving 71 yards in eight plays before Almond finished it off with the game-winning field goal.

The Rockets return to action in Mid-American Conference play next Saturday at Eastern Michigan.

Chinese alumni donate $25,000 for UT scholarship endowment

A group of Chinese alumni from China and the U.S. will be recognized Monday, Oct. 3, for donating $25,000 to create a scholarship at The University of Toledo.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Student Union Room 2592. Scheduled to speak are President Sharon L. Gaber; Dr. Sammy Spann, UT assistant vice provost for international studies and programs; and Dan Saevig, UT associate vice president of alumni relations.

Business Hlogo 1c BlackThe donations will be used to start a UT Foundation endowment that will yield around $1,000 annually for a scholarship, according to Xinren Yu, international program coordinator for the UT Center for International Studies and Programs.

“The scholarship will encourage Chinese students to do better at school,” Yu said. “We believe it also will help with international recruitment as scholarships are listed to be an important criterion when students apply.”

“We enjoyed our experience here at UT, and those memories will last forever. Now we are delighted to give back to our university as an appreciation,” said Dr. JJ Dai, a director at Eaton Corp. and UT graduate who led the donation effort. “I hope what we are doing will help more students and inspire others to do the same thing in the future.”

Following the ceremony, the alumni will have lunch with Provost Andrew Hsu, and tour Main Campus as well as the College of Business, College of Engineering, and the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center on Health Science Campus.

“We want to show the alumni the changes that happened at the University during this 20-year period,” Yu said.

Yu added that this is a great opportunity for the University to develop further collaboration opportunities with successful international alumni: “It could potentially lead to more donations, internship opportunities or even jobs.”

Center for Health and Successful Aging offers adult fitness walking program

The University of Toledo invites adults to participate in free fitness walking classes to improve cardiovascular health, increase fitness and endurance levels, and combat the effects of aging.

RocketWalk FitTracks will be held in Metroparks of the Toledo Area weekdays now through November. The morning fitness walking classes meet at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Wildwood Preserve Metropark in Toledo and depart from the Metz Visitor Center. Fitness walks are held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. at Pearson Metropark in Oregon and meets in Parking Lot 9.

FitTracks“FitTracks is a great partnership with the Metroparks of Toledo to improve the health and well-being of adults in northwest Ohio,” said Darci Ault, education and outreach coordinator for UT’s Center for Successful Aging. “We want people to take charge of their health before they experience a health crisis or diagnosis of disease. This is about setting healthy habits now that allow us to maintain our health as we age.”

Classes are geared to accommodate beginner, intermediate and advanced fitness levels and are available on a drop-in basis. Participants will receive a free T-shirt.

“Fall is a great time to get out to walk and explore the trails at our metroparks,” Ault said. “We have over 40 people enrolled in the RocketWalk FitTracks program. People enjoy the camaraderie of exercising in a group and the positivity it brings. We welcome people to start in the program anytime throughout this fall season.”

For more information about RocketWalk FitTracks or the Center for Health and Successful Aging, call 419.530.5208.

International human rights activist to speak at UT Oct. 3

A Norwegian anesthesiologist, trauma expert, humanitarian and human rights activist will share his experiences working to save lives during the Israeli attacks on Gaza at a lecture at The University of Toledo.

Dr. Mads Gilbert will speak Monday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Lois and Norman Nitschke Auditorium on Main Campus.

Gilbert flyerA reception will be held after the lecture, and Gilbert will sign copies of his latest book, Night in Gaza, which will be available for purchase.

Gilbert heads the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of North Norway and is a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Tromsø.

For more than 40 years, Gilbert has supported solidarity work with the Palestinian people, serving during several intense, violent periods in the Palestinian territories and in Lebanon. He is renowned for his work, including his books Eyes in Gaza and Night in Gaza, which document the horrors of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, an attack that killed about 1,400 Gazans, and Operation Protective Edge, which killed more than 2,000 civilians.

Gilbert’s visit is organized by UT Students for Justice in Palestine, an advocacy group whose mission is to raise awareness of issues facing the people of Palestine and pursue social justice as global citizens.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to have Dr. Gilbert visit the UT campus,” said Shahrazad Hamdah, a UT higher education graduate student and steering committee member of the student organization. “We invite anyone interested in health care or humanitarian efforts to hear this respected physician and human rights activist speak about his experiences.”

The lecture is sponsored by Tiffin Area Pax Christi, Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition, Project Peace, Northwest Ohio Free Speech Alliance, United Muslim Americans of Toledo and Al-Madinah Community Center.

Apply by Oct. 10 to compete ‘Shark Tank’-style at Pitch & Pour

Organizers of northwest Ohio’s largest entrepreneurial business pitch competition and networking event called Pitch & Pour are looking for people with ideas to compete for up to $10,000 in cash and prizes.

The application deadline for the competition modeled after “Shark Tank” is Monday, Oct. 10. Any technology-based business startup can apply.

Pitch & Pour logoPitch & Pour 5.0 will take place from Thursday, Nov. 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex at The University of Toledo.

“We are proud to be providing the opportunity for candidate companies and entrepreneurs to enlist in the event,” Jessica Sattler, director of economic engagement and business development programs at UT, said. “We’re looking for high-tech, high growth, technology-enabled, web-based enterprises that demonstrate innovation and business concepts with the potential to develop into successful companies.”

Selected teams have five minutes and five slides to pitch their business concepts to the region’s investors, venture capitalists, professors and business leaders. Judges determine the winner. UT LaunchPad Incubation plans to finalize teams by mid-October.

“Although the prizes we award our competitors are great, gaining exposure to influencers who can spot successful ventures can often prove more valuable,” Sattler said. “Connecting with northwest Ohio’s tech business leaders and investors creates valuable opportunity to help your business grow.”

Pitch & Pour competitors have the opportunity to be invited to join UT’s LaunchPad Incubation Program, which works to bolster innovation in northwest Ohio by providing access to capital, resources and expertise focused on enhancing community collaboration and communication for entrepreneurial development.

To apply for the Pitch & Pour event, visit pitchandpour.com.

120 companies to recruit UT business students at fall job fair

While U.S. presidential candidates regularly speak future job growth, the current job outlook for students in The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation is bright, as evidenced by 120 companies coming on campus to participate in the college’s fall job fair Friday, Sept. 30.

Approximately 500 UT business students will participate in the college’s annual autumn job fair from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Student Union.

Some 500 UT College of Business and Innovation students are expected to attend the fall job fair.

Some 500 UT College of Business and Innovation students are expected to attend the fall job fair.

Companies including the Cleveland Browns, Coca-Cola, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Dana Holding Corp., Owens-Illinois Inc., and Ernst & Young will participate.

“The issue of jobs is at the top of the minds of many Americans during this election year,” Dr. Terribeth Gordon-Moore, senior associate dean of the College of Business and Innovation, said. “That only reminds us of how excited and happy we are for our students that so many well-known companies are coming to the UT College of Business and Innovation to find the talent they need. This reflects very positively on the quality of both our programs and our students. It also demonstrates the extremely dynamic and mutually beneficial relationship enjoyed by our college and recruiters for major national companies such as La-Z-Boy, the Detroit Pistons, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Quicken Loans and Thyssenkrupp Materials.”

Employers are looking for undergraduate students to participate in business internships and their leadership development programs, as well as for seniors and graduates seeking full-time employment, she noted.

“We strongly encourage our freshman students to attend the job fair, engage these company representatives, and begin a relationship with these employers now,” Gordon-Moore said.

“This semiannual job fair is part of what we do to prepare our students for their futures,” she explained, adding that the college’s Business Career Programs office works year-round to assist students in acquiring internships and jobs upon graduation. “We strive to provide the necessary resources so our students can conduct their own tailored job searches.”

More than 85 percent of UT College of Business and Innovation students participate in internships, and the job placement rate for spring 2015 business graduates was a record 93 percent.

Documentary to be screened as part of Hispanic Heritage month

“14 The Movie: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Vanessa Lopez” will be shown Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in Student Union Room 2592.

“We believe this documentary is perfect to show during Hispanic Heritage Month because this is a topic that affects Latinos on campus directly and indirectly through ourselves, family and friends,” Arturo Ordoñez Vazquez, graduate assistant for Latino initiatives in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, said.

Hispanic Heritage Month movie screening“14” explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen. The documentary examines the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment through personal stories and history. The story is told through the lives of three American families who changed history by their challenges to the status quo.

“This film was chosen because it explores the question about who has the right to be an American citizen,” Ordoñez Vazquez said. “Even today, some want to restrict birthright citizenship to children whose parents are U.S. citizens or permanent residents only if they are born here themselves. Many of our students have family members who are undocumented or have ancestors from other countries. It’s a perfect film to show during a month of diversity celebration in order to spread knowledge on the issue. In addition, immigration is a huge topic right now with the next presidential election.”

He said he hopes that UT students and community members open their hearts to this issue.

“Many of the undocumented people in the U.S. have planted their roots here and have U.S. citizen families. You can’t label all people the same or tear families apart,” Ordoñez Vazquez said.

“The film also introduces the case of Dred and Harriet Scott, who claimed they were enslaved in the Missouri territory. Although a court agreed that they were free, upon appeal the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that, as descendants of Africans, they did not have freedom. In other words, all black people in the United States and its territories could be stripped of any right at any time because they were not truly citizens. This is a film we can all relate to as immigrants,” Ordoñez Vazquez said.

A question-and-answer session will follow the documentary.

The free, public screening is part of the University’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

For more information, call the Multicultural Student Success Office at 419.530.2261.

Civil rights icon, former UN ambassador to speak at UT Sept. 29

The first African American to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations will speak at The University of Toledo Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Savage Arena.



Andrew Young, a former member of Congress and mayor of Atlanta, worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement to organize desegregation efforts throughout the South, including the 1963 march through Birmingham, Ala. Young was with King in Memphis, Tenn., when King was assassinated in 1968.

“Ambassador Andrew Young’s life of humanitarian service and activism for racial and social justice can inspire all of us to reinvigorate our efforts as individuals and as a University and community to achieve justice, peace and inclusion,” Dr. Jamie Barlowe, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters, said. “His presence on our campus is both a gift and a call to service, particularly important in today’s world of social and political unrest.”

The free, public event presented by UT’s College of Arts and Letters marks the 10th anniversary of the Edward Shapiro Distinguished Lecture Series that has included such speakers as Toni Morrison, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Elie Wiesel, Oliver Sacks, E.J. Dionne, Michael Sandel, Jon Meacham and Wynton Marsalis. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Young served as U.N. ambassador from 1977 to 1979. He is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, France’s Legion of Honor and the NAACP’s Springarn Medal. He founded the Andrew Young Foundation to support and promote education, health, leadership and human rights in the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean.

Celebrate Right to Read at Banned Books Week Vigil Sept. 29

University students, faculty and staff, and area citizens will celebrate the right to read and think freely during the 19th annual UT Banned Books Week Vigil Thursday, Sept. 29, on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

The free, public event will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. Throughout the day, 20-minute presentations will focus on censorship and the importance of freedom of expression.

Banned books week 2016_Poster.jpgAll day, free snacks and light refreshments will be available, and door prizes — including donated banned books and UT items — will be given out to make the event fun as well as educational for the audience.

UT faculty and area teachers are invited to bring classes; attendance vouchers will be available at the freedom of expression festival.

“I hope the UT Banned Books Week Vigil raises awareness of the importance of reading to our democracy,” Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication, who coordinates the event, said. “Without reading freely, citizens could not think freely and, therein, would not ask the questions that lead to reform and a better nation. I hope the event gives students a fun break from their routines and enlarges their understanding of the First Amendment.”

Topics and speakers for the event will be:

• 9 a.m. — “Read On, Everybody! Welcome to Our Annual Celebration of Free Inquiry” by Barbara Floyd, interim director of University Libraries and director of the UT Press, and Dr. Jeffrey Wilkinson, professor and chair of communication.

• 9:30 a.m. — “Free Expression and the Inside-Out Prison Exchange” by Emily Numbers, community and public relations specialist in the College of Engineering, and community art coordinator.

• 10 a.m. — “Stereotyping Indigenous Peoples in Children’s Books” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor of women’s and gender studies.

• 10:30 a.m. — “Censorship and Media Ethics” by Sarah Ottney, former editor of the Toledo Free Press, which closed in 2015.

• 11 a.m. — “The Not-So-Free Press: Global Media Troubles,” Arjun Sabharwal, associate professor and digital initiatives librarian.

• 11:30 a.m. — “W.W. III: The War Against Women” by Warren Woodberry, Toledo author.

• Noon — The Dr. Linda Smith Lecture: “Owning the Words: Intellectual Property, First Amendment Law, and the Parlous State of Free Speech” by Dr. Sam Nelson, associate professor and chair of political science and public administration.

• 1 p.m. — “Lifting the Veil: Banning the Graphic Novel Persepolis” by Dr. Matt Yockey, associate professor of theatre and film.

• 1:30 p.m. — “Revealing the Hidden Rules of Broadcast News” by Lou Hebert, Toledo broadcaster and historian.

• 2 p.m. — “Words” By Dr. David Tucker, professor of communication.

• 2:30 p.m. — “Oops! When lol Posts Backfire” by Jessica Harker, editor-in-chief of The Independent Collegian.

• 3 p.m. — “Jeopardy!” led by The Independent Collegian staff.

• 3:30 p.m. — “The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs,” an episode of “South Park” in which J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is revisited.

• 4 p.m. — “What? Can You Teach THAT?” by Cindy Ramirez, Bedford High School English teacher.

• 4:30 p.m. — “Banned Songs” by Dr. Edmund Lingan, associate professor and chair of theatre and film.

Banned Books Coalition logoKilmer said this Banned Books Week Vigil would not be possible without help form generous sponsors: Ann Lumbrezer; Aramark; Barry’s Bagels; The Independent Collegian; Lambda Pi Eta, UT Communication Honor Society; UT Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America; Mitchell and Kelley Auctioneers; New Sins Press; Phoenicia Cuisine; Barnes & Noble University Bookstore; UT Campus Activities and Programming; UT Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development; UT Counseling Center; UT College of Arts and Letters; UT Jesup Scott Honors College; UT Department of Art; UT Department of Communication; UT Department of English Languages and Literature; UT Office of Multicultural Student Success; UT Federal Credit Union; UT Toledo Friends of the Library Foundation; UT Foreign Languages Department; UT General Libraries; UT Greek Life; UT Marketing and Communications Office; UT Office of the Dean of Students; UT Student Government; UT Theatre and Film Department; UT Starbuck’s; UT School of Visual and Performing Arts; and WXUT radio station. She added a special thanks to the UT Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

Three selected for UT’s Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor

The University of Toledo Medical Center will recognize three individuals for their contributions to the field of emergency medical services at the Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 27.

A reception will start at 11:30 a.m. in the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center on Health Science Campus. The program will begin at noon with remarks from UT President Sharon L. Gaber, Dr. Christopher Cooper, executive vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and Dr. Kristopher Brickman, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

“This is the sixth year we have honored those who have made a significant contribution to the field of emergency medicine,” Brickman said. “The individuals recognized are the trailblazers in their field, and they have set the gold standard for what it means to be an emergency medicine professional.”

The Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor, made possible through funding from The Blade, was established in 2011 to celebrate the achievements of those who have lived a life of self-sacrifice in committed service to the emergency medicine community.

Each year, nominations are submitted by a committee of community stakeholders and reviewed by a multidisciplinary selection committee.



This year’s honorees are:

• Carl W. Neeb, retired Toledo Fire Chief. After serving 30 years with the Toledo Department of Fire and Rescue, Neeb retired as chief of the department in 1980. He was known as the “Father of Paramedics” in Toledo due to his invaluable contributions in establishing emergency medical services within the Toledo Fire Department. His expertise and involvement helped develop and implement Lucas County’s Advanced Life Support System and was instrumental in its success as one of the first and finest systems in the country.



• Bruce D. Janiak, professor of emergency medicine, Medical College of Georgia. Janiak was the first resident in emergency medicine in the United States and is recognized as one of the fathers of the specialty. He is considered a true visionary in the field, having explored and implemented concepts such as telemedicine well before it became standard practice. He served as president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance, an organization that defines the best clinical and administrative practices. He is a lecturer, instructor and author, as well as a consultant specializing in medical malpractice.



• Judith A. Ruple, registered nurse. Ruple was chair of the National Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee Education Subcommittee for the American Heart Association and president of the National Association of EMS Educators. She was the director of the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Program in the UT Department of Health and Human Services. Ruple served as a content level leader of the National EMS Education Standards Project and was the principal investigator for the State of EMS Education Research Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has written more than 30 publications and received numerous grants for research and development in the area of emergency medicine services education.