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Construction to close Campus Road entrance off Bancroft Street

The Campus Road-Bancroft Street intersection is scheduled to be closed Monday and Tuesday, July 23 and 24.

Work on water and sewer lines will be taking place, according to the city of Toledo.

Middlesex Drive will have access off Bancroft Street; a flagger may stop traffic during some stages of construction.

“UT employees, students and visitors are encouraged to use other entrances to Main Campus,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said.

Art on the Mall to return to campus July 29

Art on the Mall will take over UT’s Centennial Mall Sunday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This summer marks the free, public event’s 26th year of showcasing a variety of art on Main Campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to view all kinds of art, including acrylic, glass, jewelry, mixed media, photography, pottery and more.

“We welcome and encourage everyone to attend one of northwest Ohio’s signature art shows,” said Ansley Abrams-Frederick, director of alumni programming in the UT Office of Alumni and Annual Engagement. “It’s a great way to spend a summer day — looking at amazing artwork on our beautiful campus.”

A total of 115 artists will have artwork for sale by cash, or guests can pay using a credit card at the artist’s booth or credit card station located in the Thompson Student Union.

Representatives from the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art will jury the works with prizes being awarded to the top artists. UT’s Best of Show award will be given to an artist with an affiliation to the University; students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and parents are eligible for this honor.

Throughout the event, guests can listen to live jazz with performances from UT student and alumni groups Minor Frett and the Twenty TwentyFour.

Food and beverages will be for sale throughout the day from vendors that will include Big C’s Smoked Barbeque, Karen Anne’s Kettle Corn, Opa! Gyros, Java Sensations/Let’s Go Nuts, Quinn’s Concessions, Jeanie’s Comfort Cuisine, Snowie Daze, the Petite Fleet, and K & K Concessions.

A beer and wine garden will be at Art on the Mall and offer a selection of adult beverages for guests 21 and older with a valid ID. This year the show will feature three varieties of craft beer from one of the area’s newest establishments, Patron Saints Brewery on Bancroft Street.

In addition, faculty and students from UT’s Ceramics Program in the Department of Art will demonstrate their skills in front of the Thompson Student Union and give guests the chance to “throw a pot.” The UT art students also will have a booth with their work available for sale.

And an area for young artists will allow children to create their own masterpieces.

Free parking for the event will be available in lot 1 south, lot 1 north and lot 13 with a golf cart shuttle service to transport guests and their purchases to and from Centennial Mall if needed.

Art on the Mall is supported by community sponsors 13abc, The Andersons Inc., The Blade, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Mail It, The University of Toledo Federal Credit Union and 101.5 The River.

For more information on Art on the Mall, contact Abrams-Frederick at 419.530.4316 or ansley.abrams@utoledo.edu.

UT program awarded grant to support students with developmental disabilities

An $8,000 grant from the Toledo Community Foundation Inc. will support The University of Toledo in expanding rewarding college experiences for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

As the only program of its kind in northwest Ohio, Toledo Transition helps students develop skills to enhance their quality of life and prepare them for gainful employment. With the grant funding from the Helping Hens Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation, the program will be able to complete the final component of its curriculum: College Orientation and Assessment of Transition Skills.

Shaun Ochs led a session with students in the Toledo Transition program.

The four-day, four-night residence hall experience is designed to provide opportunity and assessment for new and current Toledo Transition students across four key transition areas: independent living, self-determination, vocational and social. The program ran last month and concluded with orientation for the new cohort of Toledo Transition students beginning fall 2018.

“Because of the Toledo Community Foundation’s support, we will be able to assess students’ readiness for dorm life, which will start for students in the program beginning spring 2019,” said Dr. Patricia Devlin, program director and UT associate professor of early childhood, physical and special education. “College Orientation and Assessment of Transition Skills exposes students to various aspects of college life and assessment of student strengths and needs.”

Additionally, the program provides a learning lab-style experience for traditional college students in disciplines across campus. This year, graduate students studying speech and language assessed the Toledo Transition students in the areas of communication and socialization.

Devlin began the pilot program for Toledo Transition in 2012 with collaboration from Ohio State University. As parents and advocates recognized how it met community needs, the program continued to develop a federally recognized curriculum with support from the University. The first cohort of 20 students completed the program in the 2017-18 academic year. Toledo Transition aims to grow its capacity to be able to accommodate up to 30 students by 2019-20.

The program offers both two-year and four-year non-degree certificate tracks for students to audit college courses and cultivate career development and independent living skills.

Six Rockets named to All-American Scholar Team

Toledo placed six Rockets on the 2017-18 National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team.

UT had a school record seven members on the scholar squad last year.

Junior Natcha Daengpiem, junior Pimchanok Kawil, junior Hannah Kochendoerfer, junior Pinyada Kuvanun, sophomore Donchanok Toburint and sophomore Saranlak Tumfong each earned a spot on the squad.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50, and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent (Division I) or 66 percent (Division II and III) of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.

The six Rockets selected to the squad each possess a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher.

During the 2017-18 academic year, Toledo posted an athletic department best 3.776 GPA in the fall semester and ranked second with a 3.673 GPA in spring semester.

Tumfong paced the Rockets with a 3.904 GPA followed by Daengpiem (3.884), Kochendoerfer (3.879), Toburint (3.734), Kawil (3.675) and Kuvanun (3.610).

Dean appointed to WGTE governing board

Charlene Gilbert, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters, has been named a director of the governing board of WGTE Public Media.

She is one of four new directors whose terms began July 1 and will run through June 30, 2021.


Gilbert has 20 years experience as an independent documentary filmmaker, teacher and scholar.

Her documentary films have been screened nationally on PBS and in film festivals across the country. Some of her best-known works include “Homecoming: Sometimes I Am Haunted by Memories of Red Dirt and Clay,” which is about African-American farmers and their struggle after the Civil War to own and farm land in the rural South, and “Children Will Listen,” which is about elementary school children planning and performing a junior production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Gilbert is a past recipient of Harvard University’s Radcliffe Fellowship, the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and the American Council on Education Fellowship.

She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Yale University and a master of fine arts in film and media arts from Temple University.

Former Rocket baseball player named all-star in South Korea

Former University of Toledo baseball player Jared Hoying has enjoyed a tremendous first half playing for the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization.

Last week, Hoying was rewarded with entries into the league’s home run derby and all-star game, performing well in both.


He placed second in the home run derby and was named the best hitter of the game, going 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run, two RBIs, and two runs scored. His homer was the first score of the game and gave the Nanum Team an early lead in what turned out to be a 10-6 win over the Dream Team.

Hoying has been terrific at the plate for the Eagles this season. He is hitting .321 in 87 games with 21 home runs, 75 RBIs, and 29 doubles. The former Rocket is second in the league in doubles, tied for third in RBIs, and seventh in home runs. Led by his play this year, Hanwha holds a record of 52-37, second best in the Korean Baseball Organization.

UT recruiting police officers to join force

The University of Toledo Police Department is looking to add two new law enforcement officers to its force.

“We are looking to add to our team individuals who are excited about joining the UT community and who are committed to our No. 1 priority of ensuring our campus remains a safe and welcoming place for everyone to study and work,” UT Police Chief Jeff Newton said. “I look forward to welcoming new officers to the team to replace those who have retired recently.”

Officer candidates must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment with a valid driver’s license. They also must possess a valid Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) certificate or be currently enrolled in or registered to attend an OPOTA-certified academy.

To be considered for the position, candidates also must pass physical fitness, psychological, drug and polygraph exams, as well as written and oral testing, and a thorough background investigation.

Applicants need to have completed 96 quarter hours or 64 semester hours of college credits, or have at least two years of continuous active full-time law enforcement experience.

To provide more convenience to potential candidates, UTPD is using the National Testing Network to offer initial police testing. Testing centers are located throughout Ohio, and candidates may choose the date, time and testing center. On the testing website, nationaltestingnetwork.com, find the UT position in the job listing by selecting law enforcement as the job class and the state of Ohio.

Candidates who test on or before Wednesday, Aug. 15, will be considered first; however, candidates may test with the National Testing Network after this date to be considered for future positions.

For more information, visit utoledo.edu/depts/police/officer.html.

Single-game football tickets on sale July 17; tickets for Miami, BG on sale Aug. 1

Single-game tickets for the 2018 University of Toledo football season for all games except Miami (Sept. 15) and Bowling Green (Oct. 6) go on sale Tuesday, July 17.

Toledo will open the season with three consecutive home games, beginning with the Virginia Military Institute Saturday, Sept. 1. Following a bye week, the Rockets host Miami (Fla.) Sept. 15 and Nevada Sept. 22.

Single-game tickets for the Miami and Bowling Green games will go on sale to the general public Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Current UT Athletics donors, Rocket Fund donors and/or football season ticket members will have exclusive pre-sale access to the Miami and Bowling Green games during the week of July 23.

Season tickets for the 2018 season also are on sale.

To order individual tickets or season tickets, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go online at utrockets.com, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Department of Finance announces staffing changes

The Department of Finance and Administration will undergo staffing changes as it begins the process to recruit a new associate vice president.

Bryan Dadey, associate vice president for finance, has accepted a new position at Wayne State University. His last day at UT will be July 27.

“Bryan has been a hardworking and effective contributor for his nearly 14 years at UT, and we wish him well as he moves on in his career,” said Larry Kelley, executive vice president for finance and administration, and chief financial officer.

A reception for Dadey will be held Wednesday, July 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. in University Hall Room 3300.

The search for a new associate vice president for finance, who also will serve as treasurer, has begun, and the University plans to have someone in place later this year, Kelley said.

During the transition, the following staff members can provide assistance:

• Financial transactions and reporting questions should be directed to Patty Peterson, controller.

• Procurement questions should be directed to Jen Pastorek, senior director of supply chain management.

• Student accounts questions should be directed to Sherri Morris, manager of student accounts.

• Collections questions should be directed to Stephanie Blausey, director of loans and special accounts.

• Treasury questions should be directed to Kim Beaubien, interim assistant treasurer.

Additionally, Matt Schroeder will join the Department of Finance and Administration as associate vice president for budget and planning effective Aug. 1, in addition to continuing his role as chief of staff for UT President Sharon L. Gaber.

Schroeder has been with the institution for nearly 20 years serving in various University and UT Foundation leadership positions. He brings a strong and broad understanding of the University and the fiscal issues that influence the institution’s environment, Kelley said.

Diane Miller, associate vice president for government relations, will take on additional responsibilities as interim deputy chief of staff. Miller has played an important role in the University’s advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels for the last 11 years, Schroeder said. Prior to that, she was on staff for Sen. Mike DeWine in Washington and Toledo.

“Both Matt and Diane bring substantial experience and credentials as they broaden their roles at UT,” Kelley said. “Please join me in wishing Bryan well and welcoming Matt and Diane to their new positions.”

Toledo to play at Illinois in 2023

The University of Toledo football team will play Illinois in Memorial Stadium in Champaign Sept. 2, 2023.

The contest will mark the first meeting between the two schools in football.

“The Illinois game adds another quality opponent to our future non-conference football schedule,” UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said. “Over the next few years, we will play three teams from the Big Ten [Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State], as well as Kentucky and Notre Dame. These are exciting games for our players and are also close enough for our fans to attend in large numbers.”

Toledo will open the 2018 season with three consecutive home games, beginning with the Virginia Military Institute Saturday, Sept. 1. Following a bye week, the Rockets host Miami (Fla.) Sept. 15 and Nevada Sept. 22.

For season tickets, click here or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).