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Satellites to hold sale this week

Check out the Collective Goods Flash Sale that will be hosted by the Satellites Auxiliary this week.

Stop by UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium Wednesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, May 11, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, May 12, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Books, toys, electronics, gadgets and more will be for sale.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit campus scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide volunteer services.

For more information on the book sale, contact Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Striking up fun, trust at bowling event May 13

What do you get when kids, police officers, firefighters and military personnel bowl together?

“A lot of fun — and a new perspective,” George W. Hayes Jr., UT electrician journeyman 2, said. “The future of our kids starts with how we positively impact them today.”

The fourth Build-A-Trust-Bowl-A-Thon will be held Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at Interstate Lanes, 819 Lime City Road in Rossford.

“We need to build that trust level up and get to know and understand each other better,” Hayes said. “This event is one way to do that because this is not just a Toledo issue, it’s a nationwide issue.

“We are all in this together,” he said. “The intent of this event is to get back what we once had — trust. Like the men and women in uniform have a responsibility to protect and serve us, we have a responsibility to help them help us — telling when we see something, staying out of trouble, thanking them for all that they do day in and day out.”

The Toledo Bowling Senate junior coordinator started this event in 2015.

“It’s a nice, interactive way for us all to come together and have a good time,” Hayes said. “We hope to fill all 40 lanes.”

Police, firefighters, military, kids, students, and community members are encouraged to hit the lanes.

Youth 17 and younger bowl for free, courtesy of local businessman Jon Harris and JCILH Inc./McDonald’s. For $5 per person, other participants can bowl three games and rent shoes.

“There’ll be music and door prizes — and a lot of pins going down as morale and trust go up,” Hayes said.

For more information, contact Hayes at george.hayes@utoledo.edu.

Ritter Planetarium to show ‘Cosmic Colors’ Fridays through June 30

Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue, Mars is red, and plants are green?

The community is invited to The University of Toledo Ritter Planetarium to take an adventure along the electromagnetic spectrum and discover the world of color at 8:30 p.m. every Friday from May 5 through June 30.

“Cosmic Colors, an Adventure Along the Spectrum,” an original production of the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium in cooperation with the Great Lakes Planetarium Association, will be projected inside UT’s full dome.

The show takes viewers on a tour of a plant leaf and through a human eye. Plus, it explores the world of infrared in a roaring fire, and it investigates x-rays by taking on a monstrous black hole.

Admission to the program is $7 for adults and $5 for children, senior citizens and UT community members. All children younger than 4 are free.

Doors open 30 minutes before the show.

Students from Ohio, Michigan to present environmental research projects May 3

About 100 students from public schools in Ohio and Michigan will present their science research projects at the SATELLITES Student Conference Wednesday, May 3, in Thompson Student Union Ingman Room and Room 2582.

The students, who represent grades kindergarten through college, will share their research related to the Earth’s environment through poster presentations that will be judged by local scientists and teachers.

The conference will begin at 4:30 p.m. with students presenting their research to the judges from 5 to 6:45 p.m.

Dr. Michael Cushing, associate professor of astronomy and director of UT’s Ritter Planetarium, will give the keynote address at 7 p.m. about the upcoming solar eclipse in August. His address will be followed by the presentation of awards.

The students from districts such as Toledo, Akron and Detroit designed research projects around their own science questions first creating a hypothesis, then collecting data, and analyzing their findings to draw conclusions that will be shared through poster displays at the conference.

Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, UT professor of geography and planning, created the SATELLITES program, which stands for Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space.

Through the SATELLITES program, students have access to GLOBE resources to help answer their research questions. GLOBE is the acronym for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, which is an international science and education program that connects students, teachers, scientists and citizens from different parts of the world to conduct real, hands-on science about their local environment and put it in a global perspective.

UT College of Engineering to announce diversity scholarship program in partnership with Dana Inc., Toledo Excel

The University of Toledo College of Engineering will host a special event Thursday, May 4, to announce a new program in partnership with Dana Inc. and Toledo Excel. 

At the event, Dana will present the College of Engineering with a check for $250,000 to create the Dana Excelling into Engineering Scholarship Program.

The check presentation will take place at 11 a.m. in Nitschke Hall Room 1027. 

The initiative aims to increase the recruitment, enrollment, retention and success of underrepresented minority students in degree programs offered by the College of Engineering. 

Dr. Lesley Berhan, director of engineering diversity initiatives and associate professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, will lead the new program. 

“Through this partnership with Dana Inc. and Toledo Excel, we hope to develop a sustainable pipeline to the College of Engineering for underrepresented students in the Toledo area that will introduce them to the exciting world of engineering and enhance their academic and professional preparation,” Berhan said. 

“Diversity is a priority both for the University and for the employers who hire our graduates,” said Dr. Steve LeBlanc, interim dean of the College of Engineering. “At the College of Engineering, we are thrilled to partner with Dana to provide more support for minority students in engineering programs. We hope to increase the success of students in this program by providing mentorship and professional development before the students even enroll at UT.”

The Dana Excelling into Engineering Scholarship Program is a four-stage program that will start after the completion of 11th grade with a summer institute, beginning in July. Mentorship and professional development opportunities will continue through the completion of a degree from the College of Engineering.

“Dana is proud to partner of The University of Toledo in this endeavor to better connect students from underrepresented communities to career paths in engineering,” George Constand, chief technology officer at Dana Inc., said. “We believe this will help to promote greater diversity and inclusion among the engineering workforce of the future.” 

For 28 years Toledo Excel has provided college preparation and scholarships to underrepresented students, including African, Asian, Hispanic and Native Americans. Through services such as summer institutes, academic retreat weekends, campus visits and guidance through the admission process, students increase their self-esteem, cultural awareness and civic involvement.

“The Excelling into Engineering Scholarship Program is a wonderful opportunity for us to expand what we do for some of our Excel students who are interested in careers in engineering,” David Young, director of the Toledo Excel Program, said. “It provides them with a great introduction to the field through amazing faculty in the University’s College of Engineering; mentorship and guidance from a fantastic company like Dana; and continued support from the Toledo Excel staff that has invested in them since the time they left middle school. I am thrilled that the idea Dr. Berhan discussed with me many months ago has now become reality.”

More information on the Dana Excelling into Engineering Scholarship Program can be found here.

Lucas County judge to deliver UT law commencement address May 6

Judge Myron C. Duhart of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas will deliver the address at The University of Toledo College of Law’s commencement Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. in Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

The ceremony will honor 79 juris doctor and three master of studies in law candidates.


Duhart plans to speak to the graduates about giving back and service to the community — two topics about which he is passionate. “It is a privilege for the 2017 graduates to receive their law degree; with that privilege comes a duty to give back to the community,” he said. “I hope to inspire these graduates to give back to the communities that produced them.”

Duhart serves on the bench of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, where he hears both criminal and civil cases.

Prior to taking his place on the bench in 2011, Duhart practiced both criminal defense and personal injury law. As a criminal defense attorney, he litigated several high-profile cases and was part of a select group of attorneys certified by the Ohio Supreme Court to take death penalty cases. He also served in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps, with duty assignment throughout the U.S. and in Panama.

In addition, Duhart shares his extensive litigation experience with UT law students, teaching a course in trial practice.

A lifelong learner, Duhart earned his bachelor’s degree from Wright State University, juris doctor from the UT College of Law in 1996, and is pursuing a master of laws degree in judicial studies from the Duke University School of Law. He also attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Duhart is noted for his service to the community and serves on the UT College of Law Board of Governors, the UT Paralegal Studies Advisory Board, and the board of Mercy Health System North. He also is past president of Toledo’s Thurgood Marshall Law Association.

“I am delighted that Judge Duhart will be giving our annual commencement address. He is an accomplished alumnus with a record of public service, both a judge and a U.S. Army Judge Advocate General,” said UT Law Dean D. Benjamin Barros. “I look forward to hearing the advice and encouragement he gives to our graduates as they embark on their legal careers.”

Women’s basketball coach to sign Tony Packo’s hot dog bun May 3

UT Women’s Basketball Coach Tricia Cullop will join the list of celebrities to sign a world-famous Tony Packo’s Hot Dog Bun Wednesday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. at Tony Packo’s at the Park, 7 S. Superior St.

Actor Burt Reynolds kicked off a decades-long tradition at Tony Packo’s when in 1972 he signed a hot dog bun for the restaurant to display on its walls. Since that time, celebrities from all walks of life have been asked to sign a Packo “bun”, which is now a foam replica of the real thing. Buns signed by presidents, actors, musicians, astronauts and more can be seen in all Packo restaurant locations.

Head Coach Tricia Cullop was all smiles as she finished cutting down the net after the Rockets won the MAC Championship in March.

Within the last year, UT Football Coach Jason Candle and Men’s Basketball Coach Tod Kowalczyk have put ink on bread as official Tony Packo’s bun-signers.

Cullop guided the Rockets to their eighth Mid-American Conference title in program history in 2016-17, as well as advancing to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2001. UT finished with a 25-9 overall ledger and a 12-6 mark in the league, equaling the fifth most wins in single-season history.

The three-time MAC Coach of the Year is fourth in league history in overall winning percentage (202-96, .678) and seventh in conference (108-44, .711) winning percentage.

Deadline extended for new graduate programs proposals

Tuesday, May 30, is the deadline for campus community members to submit proposals for new graduate programs.

Earlier this year, the College of Graduate Studies issued a request for proposals for new graduate programs. 

“To date, we have received 10 proposals,” said Dr. Amanda C. Bryant-Friedrich, dean of the College of Graduate Studies. “We’re extending the deadline for proposals to allow those who are busy with end-of-the-year duties to participate in this process.”

Proposals will be accepted from all UT community members, including students, staff, alumni, administrators and faculty.

“As you know, the quality and prestige of graduate programs is dependent upon the availability of competitive, challenging and cutting-edge curricula that are of interest to today’s student,” Bryant-Friedrich said. “The University of Toledo has excellent offerings that attract highly qualified students from around the world, but there are some deficits in our portfolio. Please assist me in bringing new and modified programs online that utilize the existing expertise on our campus to support those in need of our instruction.”

The proposal is short and easy to complete: click here.

Rockets annual Reverse Raffle and Auction slated for May 13

The 2017 Spring Reverse Raffle and Auction will take place Saturday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Savage Arena.

The Reverse Raffle is a night of fun, food and games. A limit of 350 tickets at $150 each are sold for the event. Each ticket admits the purchaser and one guest to the event and provides the opportunity to win the $7,500 grand prize or one of many cash prizes or gift items.

Buffet grazing stations, as well as snacks and beverages, will be available throughout the night.

Tickets include:

• Admission for two;

• One entry in the reverse raffle; 

• Chance to win cash prizes, including a grand prize of $7,500 — winners need not be present to win;

• A set of six Rocket football ticket exchange vouchers for the 2017 Rocket football season (a $185 value);

• Silent and live auctions;

• Optional tour of UT athletic facilities; and

• Meet and greet with Rocket coaches and fans.

Proceeds benefit the UT Athletic Department and Rocket student-athletes.

Reverse raffle tickets are going fast; call 419.530.5087 or go to utrockets.com to purchase them.

Celebrating 100 years of Toledo football: Voting begins for All-Century Team, All-Time Greatest Victories

The University of Toledo recently revealed the ballots for fans to vote for its All-Century Team and its All-Time Greatest Victories as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of Rocket Football.

Fans can vote for the All-Century Team and All-Time Greatest Victories beginning Monday, May 1, through Monday, May 15. Fans may vote online at the official UT Athletics website, UTRockets.com. Fans may only vote once. Write-in votes for any player or game not on the ballot are welcome.

Rules for voting are available at UTRockets.com as are the list of biographies for All-Century Team candidates and All-Time Greatest Victory list.

The All-Century Team will include the top 50 Rockets of all-time, going back to the first season of organized football at UT in 1917. The All-Time Greatest Victories list will include the 10 greatest victories in Rocket history.

The All-Century Team and All-Time Victory list will be unveiled via social media throughout the summer during a 100-day Countdown to Kickoff, culminating Thursday, Aug. 31, the date of Toledo’s home opener vs. Elon. The All-Century Team will be honored Saturday, Sept. 16, during the Rockets’ game vs. Tulsa.

The University of Toledo (then known as Toledo University) first fielded a football team in 1917 when a group of 13 students asked Professor John Brandeberry to serve as their head coach. The team adopted the nickname Rockets in 1923 and moved to its current home in the Glass Bowl in 1937.

In their 100-year history, the Rockets have won 526 games and 10 Mid-American Conference Championships, and have appeared in 16 bowl games.

The Rockets will open the 2017 season with a Thursday night home game vs. Elon at the Glass Bowl Aug. 31.