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‘100 Years of Toledo Football’ on sale at UT Athletic Ticket Office, online

A commemorative history of Toledo Rocket football is on sale.

Published by The Blade, “100 Years of Toledo Football” can be purchased for $24.95 at the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena or at the Glass Bowl on game day.

The book also will be available for purchase at The Blade, 541 North Superior St., or online at the official Toledo Athletics website, UTRockets.com, and at thebladevault.com/books.

The book features stories and photos from the past 100 years of Rocket football, from the founding of the program in 1917, right up to last season.

Included in the book is the Toledo Football All-Century Team, a collection of the greatest 50 players in UT history, as well as a list of the school’s 10 greatest victories of all time.

“I know our fans will really enjoy this book,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “This will be a collector’s item that every Rocket football fan will want to have. We would like to thank The Toledo Blade for helping us celebrate 100 years of football at our University by publishing this outstanding commemorative book.”

“Many exciting moments are highlighted in this look at 100 years of great college football,” said Kurt Franck, executive vice president, interim general manager and executive editor at The Blade. “The Blade sports department was there from the very first season, so it seemed a perfect fit for us to work with the University to share some of the great stories from over the years.”

UT celebrated its 100-year anniversary of Rocket football at the Tulsa game Sept. 16. It was a fitting tribute as Toledo won a thriller, 54-51, on a walk-off field goal.

UPDATED: Detour for west-bound Bancroft Street to begin Sept. 26

As installation of a new storm sewer line continues, it will be necessary to close west-bound lanes on Bancroft Street.

This closure is scheduled to start Tuesday, Sept. 26, and is expected to last three weeks, weather permitting.

During that time, a detour for west-bound Bancroft will be posted for drivers to take University Hills Boulevard to Douglas Road to Dorr Street to Secor Road.

Lane restrictions for east-bound traffic on Bancroft Street will continue.

“We want to remind drivers the speed limit in the work zone is 25 miles per hour,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said. “We ask everyone to be patient, drive slowly, and be aware of pedestrians.”

To avoid congestion, students, employees and visitors to Main Campus are encouraged to use the west entrance off Secor Road or the south entrance off Dorr Street.

“We will keep the campus community informed as we receive updates from the city of Toledo on this project,” Collins said.

UT alumnus takes third place at international conducting competition

Juan Montoya of Columbia won third place in the prestigious Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition in Bulgaria in July.

Montoya graduated from UT in 2009 with dual master of music degrees in piano performance and orchestral conducting under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Boyd, Dr. Lee Heritage, Dr. Jason Stumbo and Rico McNeela.

Juan Montoya took a break during a rehearsal.

The conducting contest is held every two years, and the competition is fierce, as the prizes are coveted conducting jobs in Europe. Conductors from all over the world apply to compete, but only about 30 are awarded competition slots. Out of that number, 12 are chosen for the semifinals and only four for the finals.

At the close of the competition, the top three winners of the competition shared the conducting of a fully staged, full length performance of “Madama Butterfly.”

The other winners were, in first place, Chris McCracken of the United Kingdom, and second place, Nobuaki Nakata of Japan.

Juan Montoya, right, posed for a photo with the other winners of the Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition, Nobuaki Nakata, left, who came in second, and Chris McCracken, who came in first place. Montoya took third place.

As one of the winners, Montoya will have several professional engagements with different opera houses around the world. Confirmed engagements so far include concerts in Romania, Serbia, Egypt and Hungary, with more engagements to be scheduled in the coming months.

Montoya is also the recipient of two other international recognitions. He was awarded the golden baton for first place in the Concurso Internacional de Direccion 3.0 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay in 2016. He also received the jury special mention at the second edition Black Sea International Conducting Competition in Constanta, Romania, in 2016.

While working on his master of music degree at UT, Montoya studied with Stumbo, chair of the Music Department and director of bands.

“As his conducting professor, I kept him busy with score study and provided him opportunities to conduct and lead several chamber and large ensemble performances. He was always eager and prepared,” Stumbo said. “I’m not surprised to see him achieving at an international level, and I look forward to following what will surely be an incredibly successful career.”

Montoya also studied music composition with Heritage, associate professor of music.

“Although conducting has been the focus of Juan’s career, he is also a gifted composer. He wrote pieces during his student days at UT that were beautiful … they were so good that they were published professionally,” Heritage said. “During his last year at UT, his piano and composing skills came together when he wrote a concerto for piano and orchestra that won our concerto competition, and then he played it with the orchestra. Juan is truly a gifted musician.”

Listen to “Baba,” which won the UT concerto competition.

Soon after leaving UT, Montoya lived in Malaysia, where he conducted orchestras, including the Bentley Repertoire Symphony Orchestra. He also served as a music lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia’s largest public university, and was the music director for its symphony orchestra. He was also assistant conductor for the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, among others, and was the music director of the Encounters Training Ensemble, both of which are housed in the Dewan Philharmonic Petronas in the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

He also worked with the Malaysian Ministry of Education, training several high school symphonic bands throughout the country, work that has taken him to several cities of this South East Asian country. His most recent performance in his native country of Colombia was as a guest conductor with the Universidad EAFIT Symphony Orchestra in 2013.

Montoya is pursuing a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting and opera under the guidance of Thomas Cockrell at the University of Arizona, where he is the music director of the UA Philharmonic Orchestra and the assistant conductor for the Arizona Symphony Orchestra.

Additionally, he is the principal guest conductor of the newly founded Kuala Lumpur City Opera in Malaysia.

Welltower announces transformational gift to UT; company headquarters will remain in Toledo

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) announces the donation of its state-of-the-art, LEED-certified office buildings and approximately 100 acres of land for the benefit of The University of Toledo.

This transformational gift, at an estimated value of more than $30 million, is made possible through an innovative real estate agreement that transfers the company’s extensive Toledo property at 4500 Dorr St. to The University of Toledo Foundation.

Welltower’s corporate headquarters will remain in Toledo, where it has been located since 1986. As part of the agreement, Welltower will continue to occupy the 4500 Dorr St. North Building. The University of Toledo and the UT Foundation will evaluate the optimal uses for the gifted real estate to advance the University’s mission.

“We are thrilled to make this transformational gift to The University of Toledo,” said Tom DeRosa, Welltower’s chief executive officer. “As the global leader in health-care real estate, we are positioning Welltower for growth and optimizing our own real estate footprint. We have more space than we need and are focused on running the business more efficiently. This led us to consider more productive, community-minded uses of the campus. The University of Toledo is the ideal choice, and we are delighted to partner with them in such a meaningful and progressive way.

“It is a fitting tribute to our company’s founders, Fritz Wolfe and Bruce Thompson, to donate the building and grounds to an institution that so profoundly impacts the region and the community that the Wolfe and Thompson families loved dearly. We are honored to open the gates of this incredible campus to broader uses that will benefit the University and the Toledo community for generations to come.”

“We are grateful for this generous gift from Welltower, which affirms the important role of The University of Toledo to positively impact our community. This Toledo-based global company chose to invest in UT because of our capacity to contribute to the growth and development of our region, and we are thankful for their support,” said Dr. Sharon L. Gaber, president of The University of Toledo. “This is the largest gift in the University’s history and provides a unique opportunity to explore potential uses for this space that would best serve the University and the community, and contribute to our goal to be one of the top public, national, research universities.”

The donation by Welltower includes the 4500 Dorr St. Main Building’s 140,000 square feet of office space, which will be repurposed by the UT Foundation, and the approximately 31,000-square-foot North Building to be leased by Welltower as its corporate headquarters and office space for its Toledo-based employees. As a result, Welltower will significantly reduce the cost associated with its corporate headquarters.

Final transfer of the real estate and implementation of the lease-back structure are expected to occur by the middle of 2018. The company also plans to open an office in New York City in 2018. This adds an important local presence to support the company’s significant East Coast portfolio, and will function similarly to other regional offices in London, Toronto, Jupiter and Beverly Hills. Additionally, the company has real estate management offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Phoenix.

NSF awards UT $1.8 million grant to engage high school students with cybersecurity

The University of Toledo will teach more than 2,000 local high school students and teachers how to use mathematics and computational thinking to solve cybersecurity problems in smart vehicles as part of a new $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The three-year federal grant for the INITIATE program, which is officially titled Understanding How Integrated Computational Thinking, Engineering Design, and Mathematics Can Help Students Solve Scientific and Technical Problems in Career Technical Education, funds the partnership between UT, NSF and Toledo Public Schools.


At the end of each year, students compete in a “modern pinewood derby” where each team races a smart vehicle through an obstacle course without another team hacking the vehicle to crash or disable it.

“This grant is a great step toward preparing a workforce in the United States that focuses on cybersecurity and smart vehicle technology,” said Dr. Jared Oluoch, UT assistant professor of computer science and engineering technology, and principal investigator of the project. “The concept of smart vehicles is appealing to high school students because it is a new, intriguing idea. Our goal is to improve algebra and geometry standards among the students and prepare them to pursue STEM disciplines in college.”

The program engages local high school students in how to design secure technologies and helps science teachers in grades nine through 12 integrate computational thinking into their curriculum. The project also investigates whether focusing on a specific problem is an effective way to make mathematics more engaging and relevant to students.

The program includes a two-week summer institute for 12 teachers and ongoing academic year meetings designed to assist those teachers in implementing the project into their classrooms with 2,217 students.

Oluoch oversaw the development of the INITIATE program along with Dr. Charlene Czerniak, professor emeritus of science education and research professor in the UT College of Engineering, and Dr. Ahmad Javaid, assistant professor of computer science in the UT College of Engineering.

UT quarterback named a Manning Award Star of the Week; fans can vote for him on Facebook

Toledo senior quarterback Logan Woodside was one of eight quarterbacks named a Manning Award Star of the Week for his performance in the Rockets’ 54-51 victory over Tulsa Saturday.

College football fans can go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes Thursday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. central time, the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.

Vote here.

Quarterback Logan Woodside celebrated Toledo’s big 54-51 win over Tulsa. He threw for 458 yards and six touchdowns in the Sept. 16 game.

Woodside threw for 458 yards and six TDs to rally Toledo from 21 points down in a 54-51 win over Tulsa. He completed 22 of 33 passes, averaging almost 21 yards per completion. He threw for TD passes of 60, 26, 81, 15, 49 and 74 yards.

Woodside has 7,636 career passing yards and moved into third place on Toledo’s all-time passing yardage list, passing Gene Swick (1972-75, 7,266 yards). His 458 passing yards are third most in a single game in Toledo history; he also holds spots No. 1 and 5 (vs. BYU in 2016 and vs. Ohio in 2016, respectively). Woodside’s six touchdown passes are tied for the most in a single game in Toledo history. Bruce Gradkowski achieved that feat twice (2003 vs. Buffalo, 2004 vs. Ball State). That total is tied for the fourth most in a single game in Mid-American Conference history. In the second half, Woodside threw for 294 yards, third most in a half in UT history and the most ever in the second half.

Toledo (3-0) plays at No. 14 Miami (Fla.) Saturday, Sept. 23.

UT to recognize National Service Dog Month with talks, training demonstration Sept. 21

To celebrate National Service Dog Month, Carlson Library will host an event Thursday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the third floor.

This free, public session will feature a talk by Dr. Janet Hoy-Gerlach, associate professor in the UT Social Work Program. Hoy-Gerlach will discuss her new book, “Human-Animal Interactions: A Social Work Guide.” The book was co-authored with Scott Wehman, a UT alumnus who received a master’s degree in social work in 2012.

“The focus of the new book is two-fold,” Hoy-Gerlach explained. “To raise awareness of the importance and benefits of the human-animal bond for human well-being and to increase the abilities of social workers and other helping professionals to respond to people in need who have animals.”

In 2017, the National Pet Owners Survey, conducted by the American Pet Products Association, found that pet ownership in U.S. households stands at 68 percent, and that most of these households consider the pet as a part of the family. Given these numbers, Hoy-Gerlach said, the focus of her book is highly relevant to many individuals, as well as for those in the helping professions that serve them.

“The book includes detailed content describing and differentiating the various therapeutic roles animals hold that assist in human health and well-being,” Hoy-Gerlach said. “Of all such roles, the role of service dog requires the most extensive preparation and training; service dogs are trained for public access as well as multiple specific tasks to assist a person with a disability.”

Rocket Service Dogs, a new student organization at UT, is eager to educate students on the service dog training process. The organization also will be at the event, along with several puppies that are in training.

“Knowledge about service dogs is important for the community because there is value in bringing awareness to the capabilities of the dogs, as well as the protections that they legally receive,” said Summer Martin, vice president of Rocket Service Dogs. “It is important for people to understand the huge impact that an assistance dog can have on a person’s life, along with the infinite number of services the dogs can provide.”

Rocket Service Dogs partners with Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, a program of the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, to provide participants with information and resources for fostering and training the dogs in the program.

Jenny Barlos, client service manager for Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, also will be in attendance at the National Service Dog Month event to present and provide a training demonstration with a dog.

For more information on Rocket Service Dogs and how to foster a dog in training, contact rocketservicedogs@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/rocketservicedogs.

For more information on the National Service Dog Month event, contact Sara Mouch at 419.530.5578 or sara.mouch@utoledo.edu.

UT to host International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference Sept. 21-22

A University of Toledo professor and advocate fighting against human trafficking will unveil the first comprehensive, evidence-based guide to preventing the sex trafficking of children at the 14th annual International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference.

Survivors, social workers, law enforcement officers, educators, nurses and researchers from across the globe will come together for the two-day conference at The University of Toledo to bring the sex and labor trafficking trades out of the shadows and help end the abuse through education and advocacy.

The conference, which is hosted by UT’s Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute and the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, will be Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21 and 22, in the Thompson Student Union on Main Campus.

Dr. Celia Williamson’s pioneering research, which was supported by a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education for the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, provides a multi-tiered system targeting at-risk youth and the adults who interact with them. Her presentation will be at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.


“This research project and dozens of others that will be presented at the conference will help communities all around the world end this form of modern slavery and save victims from suffering,” said Williamson, UT professor of social work and director of the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.

Since 2004, this annual conference has welcomed presenters from more than three dozen states and 15 countries to lay the groundwork for future collaborative research, advocacy and program development.

Additional speakers will include:

• Dr. Lauren Martin, director of research at the University of Minnesota Urban Research Outreach Engagement Center, will share how she is mapping new information about who sex buyers are in Minnesota, where they live and purchase sex, and how they enter the marketplace of this criminal underworld, at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

• Dr. Jesse Bach, founder of the Cleveland-based nonprofit The Imagine Foundation, will explain how issues such as race, poverty and prison-industry profit turned child gang members into “forgotten” child soldiers in the United States, at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

• Dr. Vernon Murray, associate professor of marketing at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Dr. Sherry Dingman, associate professor of psychology at Marist College, will present about moral authority and their view that if the United States wishes to encourage anti-trafficking attitudes, it should pass Senate Bill H.R. 40 regarding reparations for the descendants of African slaves, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in Thompson Student Union Room 2591.

• Amy Smith and Sarah Brenes, program manager and director, respectively, of the anti-human trafficking services and unaccompanied minor services at the Institute of Minnesota, will present opportunities, challenges and issues associated with a large-group agricultural labor trafficking case, such as balancing law enforcement priorities with victim immigration and social service needs, at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Thompson Student Union Room 2584.

• Dr. Willie McKether, UT vice president for diversity and inclusion, and Jennifer Pizio, associate director of the UT Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will focus on what makes human trafficking possible in society and culture, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

For additional information and a full schedule of presentations, visit traffickingconference.com.

Transformation of K-12 education law and school choice to be discussed

Over the past two decades, the landscape of American elementary and secondary education has shifted dramatically due to the emergence and expansion of privately provided, but publicly funded, schooling options, including both charter schools and private school choice devices like vouchers, tax credits and educational savings accounts.

Nicole Stelle Garnett, the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, will discuss this changing landscape Thursday, Sept. 21, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.


Her talk, “The Continuing Transformation of K-12 Education Law: Beyond Vouchers and Charter Schools,” is part of the UT College of Law’s Stranahan Lecture series.

Garnett will explain how changes to K-12 education resulted from education reformers embracing a child-focused, rather than a sector-focused, reform agenda. This reform agenda’s central goal is maximizing the number of high-quality educational options for disadvantaged children across charter, private and traditional public schools. This transformation of K-12 education may have profound implications for education law, including opening the possibility of faith-based, state-supported charter schools.

“Professor Garnett is one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 education,” said Professor Lee J. Strang. “We’re delighted Professor Garnett is delivering this fall’s Stranahan Lecture because she will shed light on not just the important reforms that have already occurred in K-12 education, but also potential future changes, including here in Ohio. Professor Garnett’s lecture is sure to spark debate and conversation.”

A well-known scholar of education and property law, Garnett has published two books in these areas: “Lost Classrooms, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America” (University of Chicago Press, 2014), and “Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing, and the Restoration of Urban America” (Yale University Press, 2009).

She is also widely published in leading law reviews and teaches courses in property, education, local government, and land use planning law at Notre Dame.

Garnett earned her bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University and her juris doctor from Yale Law School, and she was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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

ABC News veteran to share inspiring story Sept. 21

University of Toledo will host John Quiñones — ABC News veteran, anchor for 20/20 and Primetime, and host of the popular series “What Would You Do?” — Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. in Doermann Theatre.

The event marks the first of this year’s Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture series, and is being supported by the Honors College, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Quiñones has emerged as an inspiring keynote speaker, combining his moving life story with a wide-ranging career in TV journalism that has spanned more than three decades. Titled “A 20/20 Vision for America: Building Bridges, Not Walls,” his presentation at UT will touch on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of a college education, champion the Latino American Dream, and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior.

“We’re extremely pleased to have John Quiñones speak here,” said Dr. Michele Soliz, assistant vice president for student success and inclusion. “Based on his incredible journey, I’m sure many of our students will draw on his personal stories and professional advice to aspire to their own successful career through obtaining their degree at UT.”

Born in San Antonio in 1952 to a Spanish-speaking family, Quiñones did not learn English until he began school at age 6. When he was 13, his father was laid off from a janitorial job, so his family joined a caravan of migrant farm workers. They traveled to Traverse City, Mich., to harvest cherries, and then later picked tomatoes near Toledo. It was here that his dad challenged Quiñones to choose education over a life of manual labor.

Thanks to the federal Upward Bound program, Quiñones prepared for college and eventually earned his master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Among numerous accolades, Quiñones has received a Gabriel Award for a poignant report that followed a young man to Colombia to reunite with his birth mother after two decades, a CINE Award for a report in Israel about suicide bombers, and an ALMA Award from the National Council of La Raza.

Tickets for this event are free and are available through the Office of Multicultural Student Services at 419.530.2261 or the Honors College at honors@utoledo.edu or 419.530.6030.