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Latino Youth Summit to educate, motivate prospective students

The University of Toledo will host the Latino Youth Summit Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15 and 16, from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. for area high school and middle school students.

Junior high students will attend May 15, while high school students will visit May 16.

Each year, more than 500 Latino junior high and high school students visit campus to learn more about the different educational opportunities UT provides along with other postsecondary options.

A goal of the summit is to equip students and families with information and resources for college planning and different career paths that are available through sessions of pre-high school and pre-college course work.

“This is our 16th annual Latino Youth Summit,” said Aleiah Jones, program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Success at UT and committee chair of the event. “It has a legacy in our community as being the largest gathering of Latino youth in northwest Ohio.”

The summit aims to encourage students to strive for success and a promising future while instilling a sense of pride for their heritage. It also seeks to address the Latino achievement gap in northwest Ohio, according to Jones.

During this event, students will participate in hands-on activities in different fields such as pharmacy, nursing and engineering, and learn about educational opportunities both at UT and abroad.

High school students who register and attend the event are encouraged to apply for the President’s Summit Award worth $2,000 annually. Ten of these scholarships are available and will include room and board for each recipient’s first year.


This year’s keynote speaker will be Josué “JQ” Quiñones, an educator and life coach. He will speak both days at 10 a.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

Quiñones was born and raised in the Hunts Point area of the South Bronx in New York. He will share his story about attending college to create a better life for himself. He is dedicated to inspiring and providing motivation to audiences along with encouraging them to live a “quality lifestyle built for success” and has spoken to more than 20,000 students and professionals.

“As he frequently shares, his life experience has led him to truly believe, what you actively and consistently engage in, or surround yourself with, is a determining factor of success,” Jones said.

This ideology and lifestyle led Quiñones to coin the phrase: “Success is a lifestyle!”

For more information about registration or any questions pertaining to the event, contact Jones at 419.530.2261 or aleiah.jones@utoledo.edu.

Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation celebrates 10-year anniversary

The Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a gala Saturday, May 12, at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Toledo.

The Toledo-based nonprofit organization, founded by UT Medical Center transplant surgeon Dr. Michael Rees, has led innovation in kidney transplantation around the world, delivering pay-it-forward chains of kidney transplants and founding the Global Kidney Exchange.

More than 25 percent of the living donor kidney transplants performed at UTMC during the last decade were performed as a result of the partnership with the Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation.

For more information about the gala fundraising event, which is sponsored by UTMC, visit paireddonation.org/fundraiser.

Girls in science day at UT May 10

More than 160 sophomore high school girls will visit The University of Toledo Thursday, May 10, when prominent female scientists and engineers across the region will introduce them to the exciting world of science and technology careers through hands-on experiments and demonstrations.

The ninth annual Women in STEMM Day of Meetings, which goes by the acronym WISDOM, will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on UT’s Main Campus and Health Science Campus.

Area students tested their handmade solar cells constructed with glass, blackberries and graphite during last year’s Women in STEMM Day of Meetings, which goes by the acronym WISDOM.

UT faculty and industrial professionals will help inspire a passion for science careers by exploring the tools of the trade.

The girls will carry out investigations in a number of areas, including physics and astronomy, chemistry, biology, psychology, engineering, pharmacy, and medicine.

Activities for students will include building solar cells, swabbing their cheeks for a DNA sample, aseembling a motor, generating electricity on a bike, making biodiesel fuel, creating lip balm, and touring the anatomy museum.

Satellites to hold book fair May 9-11

Stop by the Satellites Auxiliary’s Collective Goods Spring Book Fair, which will take place Wednesday, May 9, through Friday, May 11, in the Four Seasons Bistro Atrium at UT Medical Center.

The sale will be held Wednesday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The book fair is just in time for Mother’s Day. There will be more than 400 books for all age groups and all categories,” said Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary.

Profits will benefit patient programs, such as plush toys for pediatric patients, the UTMC Heart Walk team, and the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center Survivor Celebration.

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

For more information on the sale, contact Brand at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

UT golfer to compete in NCAA Madison Regional

Junior Pinyada Kuvanun will represent The University of Toledo women’s golf program this postseason when she competes in the 2018 NCAA Madison Regional hosted by the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

The tournament will be held Monday through Wednesday, May 7-9, at the par-72, 6,313-yard University Ridge Golf Course.

Junior Pinyada Kuvanun’s 72.9 stroke average is the best in the Rockets’ 23-year program history.

Kuvanun is the second Rocket to compete in a NCAA event in the program’s 23-year history. Sathika Ruenreong was the first UT women’s golfer to earn a regional berth when she participated in the Shoal Creek Regional in 2016.

A two-time All-Mid-American Conference selection, Kuvanun enters the regional after posting a school-record 72.9 stroke average (surpassing Ruenreong’s 73.8 mark) and tying school records for best 18-hole (67) and 54-hole (210) stroke totals.

The Khonkean, Thailand, native notched third-place showings or better in her final three tournaments. Kuvanun placed second at the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational (April 7-8) at one-over par, third at the Lady Buckeye Invitational (April 14) at one-under par, and third at the Mid-American Conference Championships (April 20-22) at even-par. Her play at the MAC Championships helped the Rockets register a second-place finish for the fourth time in the last six years.

The NCAA Madison Regional features 18 teams and six individuals. The top six teams and the top three individuals not associated with one of those squads will advance to the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Okla. Six teams and three individuals also will advance from the San Francisco, Austin (Texas) and Tallahassee (Fla.) Regionals.

The Madison field includes seven top 30 teams (according to Golfstat rankings): No. 4 Duke, No. 6 USC, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 13 Northwestern, No. 20 Illinois, No. 23 Purdue and No. 27 Iowa State. The field also includes 24 top 100 players, with Kuvanun ranking 84th in Golfstat’s rankings. Duke’s Leona Maguire is the top player in the field at No. 9 nationally.

Kuvanun has collected a team-best seven top five and eight top 10 showings, as well as 17 rounds of shooting par or better this season. In her two-year career at The University of Toledo, Kuvanun has registered 11 top five and 16 top 10 finishes, as well as 26 rounds where she shot even-par or better.

She represented Thailand at the 2017 Summer World University Games in Taipei City, Taiwan. Kuvanun was part of a three-golfer squad and tied for 13th place individually to help Thailand to a fifth-place showing. She carded rounds of 75-71-75 to finish at five-over par 221 in the competition.

Tickets still available for Spring Reverse Raffle and Auction May 19

Tickets are still available for The University of Toledo Athletic Department’s annual Spring Reverse Raffle and Auction Fundraiser.

The raffle will be held Saturday, May 19, on the main court at Savage Arena beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Reverse Raffle is a night of fun, food and games. A limit of 350 tickets at $150 each are sold for the event.

Only a small number of tickets for the Reverse Raffle are left, so get your tickets before they sell out.

Your $150 Reverse Raffle ticket includes:

* Entrance for two to the event and one entry into the drawing;

* All you can eat food and beverage, including beer and wine;

* Silent and live auctions;

* Seven Rocket football vouchers for 2018 season (more than $210 value); and

* Optional behind-the-scenes tour of Rocket athletic facilities.

Fans can win cash and great prizes. The grand prize is $7,500, and the second-place winner will take home $1,000. Third through fifth place will win $500, $400 and $300, respectively, and sixth- through 10th-place tickets will each receive $200.

For more information, call the Athletic Development Office at 419.530.5316 or visit supportutrockets.com in the “Get Involved” section.

Bridge behind library to be replaced

The bridge located behind Carlson Library will be closed starting Monday, May 7, so the structure can be replaced.

Constructed in the early 1960s, the bridge has exceeded a normal design life of 50 years, according to Jason Toth, associate vice president for facilities and construction.

“The new bridge will be wider to accommodate more foot traffic. It will be very similar to the bridge behind the Center for Performing Arts,” Toth said. “The new bridge also will incorporate aesthetics that blend with the Gothic architecture on campus.”

All other bridges crossing the Ottawa River will be open during the project, which is scheduled to be complete July 31. Detour signs will be posted.

The bridge located behind Carlson Library will be closed starting Monday, May 7, so the span can be replaced.

Broadway star to perform at Ryan White Program fundraiser for HIV care

Tony Award-wining star Jennifer Holliday, an original Broadway cast member of “DreamGirls,” will be the special guest during an evening of dining and music to support local HIV/AIDS patients.

“SweetDreams” will be presented by The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Ryan White Program. The event will take place Saturday, May 12, at the Radisson Hotel on Health Science Campus.

Funds raised at the event will go to the Ann Wayson Locher Memorial Fund for HIV Care, which supports HIV care for adults and children in the Toledo area.

Wayson Locher opened the first grant-funded free and anonymous HIV testing site in northwest Ohio in 1985 and was one of the key organizers for The University of Toledo’s Ryan White Program. The memorial fund was developed in her honor upon her death in 2010.

“Ann was passionate about providing support to those affected by HIV and AIDS,” said Richard Meeker, manager of community engagement for the Ryan White Program. “The memorial fund provides services for HIV and AIDS patients who have needs that cannot be covered by other agencies or programs in our community. Many individuals are living on a fixed income and need a little help when emergencies arise. That’s where we come in.”

The evening will include cocktails, Southern-style buffet dinner, jazz vocals by Toledo’s own Ramona Collins, and a program presentation on mental health challenges.

Holliday will give the keynote address and perform at the event. She is an advocate for mental health, HIV and LGBTQ rights.

Having struggled with depression herself, Holliday now shares her story of overcoming depression and stresses the importance of seeking medical treatment as the key to a successful recovery.

Holliday is an ardent philanthropist who uses her performances to bring hope to people in search of healing, as well as to raise funds and bring awareness to various causes that impact millions of people every day.

Tickets for the “SweetDreams” fundraiser are $150 each.

The Ryan White Program also is seeking sponsorships with opportunities that range from $1,000 to $5,000 and include VIP tickets for the meet-and-greet reception with Holliday and recognition at the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tinyurl.com/sweetdreams2018.

World War II veteran to graduate from UT

At the age of 96, Robert Edgar Barger will graduate Saturday, May 5, from The University of Toledo with an associate of technical studies degree from University College.

Barger entered the military service in 1940 with the United States Navy, where he served as a commissioned naval officer, earned his naval aviator wings, and was detailed as a naval flight officer.


After returning from WWII, Barger attended the University, but left before finishing his degree so he could get a job to provide for his wife and two children.

In 2013, Barger met Navy Reserve Lt. Haraz N. Ghanbari, UT director of military and veteran affairs, when he promoted Ghanbari to the rank of lieutenant.

Ghanbari later found out that Barger had not been able to finish his degree.

After reviewing Barger’s transcripts, it was determined the veteran met the requirements to graduate with an associate degree.

“We are proud to honor a member of the ‘Greatest Generation’ at commencement,” said Dr. Barbara Kopp Miller, dean of University College. “It will be a memorable moment to see Bob receive the degree he earned and pay tribute to a veteran who served our country.”

Barger has invited 100 people from his retirement community to the commencement ceremony and plans on having a large graduation party to celebrate his achievement.

World War II Navy veteran Robert Edgar Barger held a photo taken of himself Oct. 9, 1943, during his service as a naval aviator.

He is believed to be the oldest UT graduate.

Barger said that earning his degree is something he will be proud of for the rest of his life and is excited to accomplish something he had set out to complete many years ago.

“I thought I would never be able to accomplish this degree,” Barger said. “My grandson graduated from UT, and he no longer can say he is one up on me; I have a degree, too, just took me a while!”

Barger has four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Join UTMC team for Heart Walk

UTMC is the signature sponsor for the 2018 Toledo Heart Walk to support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The Heart Walk will take place Saturday, May 12, at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. To join a UT team, click here.

As a health leader in the community, UTMC is sponsoring two additional fundraising walks in May.

The 2018 NAMIWalks Greater Toledo in support of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will be Saturday, May 12, on Health Science Campus. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The walk supports a stigma-free workplace for individuals and family members whose lives are affected by mental illness.

To join the UTMC Psychiatry team called Mental Strides, which includes Adult Psychiatry, Kobacker Center, Senior Behavioral Health and Inpatient Detox, register here.

UTMC also will help “Rocket to a Cure” with its team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in support of the American Cancer Society.

Making Strides of Northwest Ohio will be Saturday, May 19, at Hensville Park downtown with registration beginning at 8 a.m.

To join the UTMC team, click here.