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University to host panel on cybersecurity March 21

With the dawn of the digital age, cybersecurity has become ultra- important. Cases like Equifax and Target losing access to their customers’ private, personal data has business owners and IT managers scrambling to protect their companyʼs data.

The University of Toledo Launchpad Incubation program will host an event to tackle this topic Thursday, March 21, at 11:30 a.m. in Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex Room 2075.

A panel series lunch-and-learn-style event to discuss business cybersecurity best practices will feature three guests:

• David Cutri, executive director of internal audit and chief compliance officer for The University of Toledo, and vice president of the northwest Ohio chapter of ISACA (formerly known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association), a worldwide group of IT governance professionals;

• Dr. Jared Oluoch, assistant professor and program director of computer science and engineering technology in the University’s College of Engineering; and

• Brian Schrock, information security officer at First Federal Bank, will serve on
This program is part of Launchpad Incubationʼs Launch Hour series, a panel series where local experts share their business and specific experience to help business owners around the region. The panel will be moderated by Adam Salon, partner at JumpStart Inc.

The LaunchPad Incubation Program at The University of Toledo is northwest Ohio’s premier business startup and entrepreneurial assistance program for innovative and high-tech companies. Housed at a renowned public research university, LaunchPad Incubation is a pioneer for business development in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Register for the free event on the Launchpad Incubation website.

For more information, call the Launchpad Incubation program at 419.530.3520.

Toledo men’s basketball team to play Xavier in NIT March 20

The University of Toledo men’s basketball team has qualified for post-season play with its selection to the National Invitation Tournament. The Rockets (25-7, 13-5 Mid-American Conference) will travel to Cincinnati to face Xavier University (18-15, 9-9 Big East) in the Cintas Center Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

The game will be available for viewing on ESPN3 and will be broadcast on the Rocket Radio Network which includes WSPD-AM 1370 in Toledo.

Ticket information for the game will be available Monday morning on the Toledo Rockets’ website.

The Rockets are the No. 6 seed in their region, while the Musketeers are the No. 3 seed. The winner of the Toledo-Xavier contest will face the winner of Tuesday’s game pitting No. 2 seed Texas (16-16) and No. 7 seed South Dakota State (24-8) on a date to be determined.

Toledo is making its ninth NIT appearance in school history with its last appearance coming in 2014.

The Rockets’ 25 victories this season are second most in school history, and their 48 victories over last two seasons are UT’s most ever in a two-year period. Toledo has registered 13-5 MAC records in each of the last two years, and its 68 MAC victories over last six seasons rank second in league.

Fly fisherman hooked on conservation to speak at Lake Erie Center March 21

The community is invited to a free, public talk on fishing, conservation and healthy habitat at The University of Toledo Lake Erie Center.

Brad White, president of the Fallen Timbers chapter of Trout Unlimited and an avid fly fisherman, will speak Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at the Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.

Brad White, president of the Fallen Timbers chapter of Trout Unlimited, shown here with a rainbow trout, will speak at the Lake Erie Center Thursday, March 21.

Trout Unlimited, which has about 300,000 members nationwide, is a nonprofit organization that works to conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. The local chapter has 300 members.

“I want to introduce people to Trout Unlimited and talk about the varied activities and programs we get involved in, such as our Trout in the Classroom program,” said White, a retired software entrepreneur in Perrysburg. “We also host events for veterans, stream cleanups and more. Our efforts in the Great Lakes region continue to expand.”

White also serves as vice president of the Merickel-Farley Trout Club and is a member of the Anglers of the Au Sable, Fly Fishers International and the North Branch Boys.

The local chapter of Trout Unlimited meets monthly in Maumee and takes trips to locations where trout and salmon can be found.

“Even though the western basin of Lake Erie is not a hot spot for cold-water fish, Trout Unlimited is interested in local problems on the lake,” Dr. Christine Mayer, professor in the UToledo Department of Environmental Sciences and Lake Erie Center, said. “Most members are avid anglers who also care deeply about conservation.”

White’s talk is part of the Lake Erie Center’s Public Lecture Series.

A shuttle will be available to transport visitors from UToledo’s Main Campus to the Lake Erie Center and back. The shuttle will depart at 6:15 p.m. from the south side of Bowman-Oddy Laboratories. Passengers must reserve a spot. Email lakeeriecenter@utoledo.edu or call 419.530.8360 to make a reservation for the shuttle.

The Lake Erie Center is UToledo’s freshwater research and science education campus focused on finding solutions to water quality issues that face the Great Lakes, including harmful algal blooms, invasive species and pollutants.

UT golfer selected for Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific

University of Toledo senior Pinyada Kuvanun has been invited to participate in the second Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific Thursday through Sunday, April 25-28, at the Royal Golf Club in Hokota, Japan.

“It is an honor to be invited to play in the Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific,” Kuvanun said. “I am so excited to play with all the good players in this event. It is one of the big events in women’s amateur golf, and I’m sure that I will learn a lot from this great opportunity.”

A native of Khonkean, Thailand, Kuvanun is leading the Rockets with a 72.3 stroke average and has shot even-par or lower in 11 of her 21 rounds. She carded a career-best five-under par 67 en route to winning the Idle Hour Collegiate (Nov. 5-6) with a six-under par 210 (72-71-67). Earlier this month, she won her third collegiate tournament by shooting an even-par 216 (70-74-72) in the Battle at Boulder Creek in Boulder City, Nev.

The winner of the Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific will receive an invitation to the 2019 American International Group Women’s British Open at the Woburn Golf Club’s Marquess course.

Rockets taken down by red-hot Huskies, 80-76

A hot-shooting Northern Illinois team ended No. 2 seed Toledo’s hopes of winning the Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournament, as the Rockets fell to the No. 7 seeded Huskies, 80-76, in quarterfinal action Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Sophomore guard Marreon Jackson led Toledo with 17 points and eight rebounds in the 80-76 loss to Northern Illinois in the MAC Tournament Quarterfinals Thursday night.

Sophomore guard Marreon Jackson scored 11 of his team-high 17 points, including several clutch plays down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the performance of NIU junior guard Eugene German. German scored 27 points on 11 of 15 shooting, one of several Huskies who shot the ball well. For the game, Northern Illinois (17-16) connected on 31 of 55 shots from the field (56.4 percent), including a sizzling 10 of 17 from three-point range.

Toledo (25-7) also shot the ball well, hitting 45.6 percent of its shots and knocking down 14 triples. But the Rockets were hurt by the absence of junior forward and leading rebounder Willie Jackson, who played just eight minutes, none in the second half, due to a migraine. UT was out-rebounded, 31-28, and missed Jackson’s low-post defense.

Joining Marreon Jackson in double figures were junior center Luke Knapke (16), senior forward Nate Navigato (15), senior guard Jaelan Sanford (13) and senior guard Chris Darrington (12).

Toledo trailed by two at the half, 41-39, and briefly led by two points early in the second half before Northern slowly pulled away. Marreon Jackson hit a three-pointer and a driving layup in the final minute to cut the lead to one, 76-75. NIU then made four free throws in the final 20 seconds to clinch the victory.

The Rockets will now have to wait until Sunday night to find out if they will get a berth into the a post-season tournament.

Free speech topic of Stranahan Lecture March 20

Keith E. Whittington, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University, will discuss the importance of free speech at universities as part of The University of Toledo College of Law’s Stranahan Lecture series.

His lecture, “Why We Should Value Campus Free Speech,” will be delivered Wednesday, March 20, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Auditorium.


Whittington will explain the need to protect free speech at universities to enhance the mission of assembling and nurturing an open and diverse community of scholars, teachers and students. As argued in his award-winning recent book, “Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech,” he will examine how relationships between the critical functions of the university and the principles of free speech can help resolve difficult challenges that confront modern universities.

“Free speech, which for so long has been a cornerstone of American universities, has recently come under significant pressure at universities across the country,” said Lee J. Strang, John W. Stoepler Professor of Law and Values at the College of Law. “Professor Whittington will argue that free speech is fundamental to the mission of modern universities as centers of research and teaching.”

A prolific scholar, Whittington’s publications include nine books and dozens of articles and essays on constitutional law, politics and history, and American political thought. He is a Fellow with the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, and is a member of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences.

The winner of numerous book, scholarly and teaching awards, Whittington completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin and earned his doctorate in political science at Yale University.

This free, public lecture is a part of the Stranahan National Issues Forum and is sponsored by the College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

There will be book sales and signings before and after the event, which will be streamed live by The University of Toledo Alumni Association.

For more information, visit the College of Law website.

Multicultural Week to celebrate cultures spanning the globe

“A Week Around the World: Experience the Culture” is the theme of The University of Toledo’s Multicultural Week, which will take place Monday through Saturday, March 18-23.

“For Multicultural Week, our main focus is to give students a space to celebrate their history, culture and traditions in a collaborative way,” said Alondra Martin, graduate assistant in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “Most of us either directly come from different countries or have heritage and ancestors from multiple countries. This week is dedicated to learning about the cultures we have on campus while celebrating our diversity.”

Listed by date, events for Multicultural Week will be:

• Monday, March 18 — Womxn of Color Symposium: Finding and Using Our Voice, 1 to 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Denice Frohman, poet, educator and performer, will lead the symposium. Her work focuses on identity, lineage, subverting traditional notions of power, and celebrating aspects women deem unworthy. The professional development event will feature dialogue and cultivating resilience and empowerment.

• Tuesday, March 19 — Dance Workshop and Social, 7 to 11 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Learn traditional dances from different cultures: salsa and bachata from Latin America; Pandanggo from the Philippines; Guramayle from Ethiopia; and Soran Bushi from Japan. The African People’s Association dance team, UT Tribe, also will give a workshop. DJ Canny will play music, and there will be light refreshments.

• Wednesday, March 20 — Multicultural Student Organization Showcase, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2591. Stop by and meet members from more than 10 student groups on campus.

— Intercultural Team Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Test your knowledge about different cultures for a chance to win gift cards.

• Thursday, March 21 — International Professional Development Expo, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2592. This networking and information event will offer presentations on job search and interview skills, as well as assistance with resumés and cover letters. Students also can meet members from preprofessional organizations and learn about potential job and internship opportunities.

• Saturday, March 23 — International Students Association’s 43rd International Dinner, 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. This year’s theme is “The Royal Banquet.” Formal attire is recommended. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Go to the University Marketplace website to purchase tickets.

For more information on Multicultural Week, contact Martin at alondra.martin@rockets.utoledo.edu.

Rockets burned by hot-shooting RedHawks, 72-54, at MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Senior Kaayla McIntyre scored 14 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a hot-shooting Miami team, as Toledo lost to the RedHawks, 72-54, in quarterfinal action Wednesday night of the Mid-American Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Senior Mikaela Boyd had nine points and eight rebounds in Toledo’s 72-54 loss to Miami Wednesday night.

No. 3 seed Miami (23-7) shot 27 of 51 (52.9 percent) from the field, including 7 of 17 from three-point range. The guard tandem of junior Lauren Dickinson (21) and senior Leah Purvis (13) combined for 34 points.

Miami advanced to the semifinals to face No. 2 seed Ohio Friday, March 15.

No. 6 seed Toledo (20-11) shot 19 of 56 (33.9 percent) from the floor. Sophomore guard Nakiah Black chipped in with 12 points, while senior guard Mikaela Boyd added nine points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The Rockets played without the services of junior guard Mariella Santucci, who missed the game due to illness.

Miami led 18-11 after one quarter and held a 35-24 halftime edge. Toledo closed the gap to seven, 39-32, early in the third quarter but never got any closer after that.

The Rockets will wait to see if they are selected for post-season play. Pairings for the NCAA and WNIT tournaments will be announced Monday, March 18.

UToledo medical students to learn residency placements at Match Day event

More than 150 fourth-year medical students at The University of Toledo will learn on Friday, March 15, where they will carry out their residencies on the way to becoming attending physicians.

The annual Match Day event is a highly anticipated ceremony for graduating medical students across the country. At precisely noon, UToledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences students will join thousands of students from other medical schools across the country in tearing open envelopes that contain their match.

“Match Day is very exciting for our students and the faculty and staff who support them,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “It is the culmination of four years of intense training and now the graduating seniors find out where their next phase of residency training will occur.”

The 2019 Residency Match Reception will begin at 11 a.m. at the Stranahan Theater’s Great Hall. The event is by invitation-only.

Medical students spend months interviewing with hospitals and universities across the country to determine where they want to spend the next three to seven years of their medical training.

Students rank their top institutions, and academic and community-based health systems rank their top student choices. A computer algorithm administered by the National Resident Matching Program then matches students and residency programs together.

Residents are licensed physicians who care for patients under the supervision of attending physicians while they continue to train in their chosen specialties.

Last year, 157 UToledo fourth-year medical students matched into positions in 23 medical specialties.

Public invited to African-American genealogy workshop March 20

Marriage certificates. Military records. Census data. Obituaries. Documentation — when mined and mapped from generation to generation — adds up to ancestry.

The University of Toledo Department of History is hosting a free, public event to help members of the African-American community discover their family trees.

“African Americans can experience ‘brick walls’ when tracing their family roots due to slavery and lack of documents and records regarding people of color before 1870,” Dr. Shirley Green, instructor in the UToledo Department of History, said. “Our genealogy workshop is a continuation of Black History Month and reconnecting to the strength of the people who came before you.”

Green, a retired Toledo police officer and director of the Toledo Police Museum, will lead the Workshop in African-American Genealogy Wednesday, March 20, at 5 p.m. in University Hall Room 5260.

“We plan to provide a general overview of African-American genealogy and assist individuals to start their own genealogical research,” Green said. “Members of the local African-American group called Journey also will be in attendance to answer questions.”