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Participate in UT Day of Giving activities Oct. 12

Rockets around the world are coming together for The University of Toledo’s first Day of Giving, Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives, on Thursday, Oct. 12.

UT students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and volunteers can get involved by participating in a number of on-campus activities to celebrate UT’s history and support its future.

Activities kick off Wednesday, Oct. 11, with special group exercise classes at the Student Recreation Center. Popular local Beachbody instructors and master trainers Angie Green and Laurie Vass will lead classes at 4 and 5:30 p.m. for $5 donations to the Day of Giving fundraiser.

Donation tables also will be available starting at 3 p.m. at both the Rec Center and the Morse Fitness Center on Health Science Campus. All in-person donations will receive a donor recognition sign for a $1 gift, a blender bottle for $5 and a T-shirt for $10, while supplies last.

On Founder’s Day Oct. 12, Centennial Mall will host a number of activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the day and raise awareness of the opportunity to give. There will be a dog-petting station and photo booth available for donations of $1, and blender bottles for donations of $5. Students also can participate in raffles for the chance to win a Rocket football jersey signed by Coach Jason Candle for a donation of $10, a view of campus from the rooftop of Parks Tower for a $25 gift, and a tour of the clock tower in University Hall for a donation of $50.

The on-campus giving stations will accept credit and debit cards, checks and Rocket dollars. Locations to accept in-person donations include, on Main Campus, Centennial Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thompson Student Union and Rocket Hall all day, and on Health Science Campus, in the Collier Building and Wolfe Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Four Seasons Bistro in UT Medical Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Orthopaedic Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Giving stations on Health Science Campus will accept debit and credit cards and checks.

Online donations are accepted at rocketforward.utoledo.edu. All Rockets also are asked to share their stories and encourage others to give on social media using #rocketforward.

Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives begins at midnight Thursday, Oct. 12, and continues through noon Friday, Oct. 13. The goal for this inaugural Day of Giving is to encourage as many people as possible to support the University.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 12 to celebrate library renovations

When the William S. Carlson Library opened at The University of Toledo more than four decades ago, it was a repository for more than one million volumes of printed reference materials with card catalogs to direct students to the resources they needed.

Today the space looks much different thanks to a recently completed $6 million upgrade that features more open spaces, additional group study rooms and a new veterans lounge. The east wall also has been replaced with a curtain of windows to let in more sunlight.

Carlson Library’s new glass wall is a welcome addition that lets in natural light.

“Modern libraries are no longer just a vault of books and reference materials. They are environments where students want to come and are inspired to learn,” said Beau Case, dean of University Libraries. “Librarians continue to provide students with the resources they need to succeed, and we are excited to engage our students in discovery in our new facility.”

A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the renovation will take place Thursday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. on the library’s second floor with UT President Sharon L. Gaber, Student Government President Jimmy Russell, Case, and Jason Toth, associate vice president for facilities and construction.

The ceremony is part of the University’s celebration of Founder’s Day, which marks the 145th anniversary of when UT was established with Jesup W. Scott’s donation of 160 acres of land to found what was then the Toledo University of Arts and Trades.

UT is holding its first Day of Giving, Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives, on Oct. 12 to encourage alumni, students, faculty, staff, volunteers and members of the community who support the institution to follow in Scott’s footsteps and invest in the University’s future.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours will be provided to see the library’s new features.

In addition to the new glass wall spanning the entire height of the building, the renovations include an expanded and landscaped concourse that greets guests when they enter the library and an added mezzanine area on the second floor.

The renovated library also features a variety of seating and study space options to accommodate all learners, collaborative workspaces, conference rooms, an endowed technology classroom, and 47 group study rooms and 16 active learning areas.

The new LTC Thomas J. Orlowski ’65 Veterans Lounge on the second floor named for the UT alumnus and Army veteran provides a space for military veterans and current service members to relax, study and enjoy the camaraderie they experienced while serving their country.

The multiyear library renovation project was funded by state capital dollars. A gift from the estate of Dorothy MacKenzie Price, a UT alumna and patron of many University programs, also supported the new state-of-the-art model classroom in the building.

Career Fair Tailgate scheduled for Oct 12; open to all majors

The Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services will host its fall 2017 Career Fair Thursday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. in parking area 6 on the east side of the Health Education Center on Main Campus.

“The Career Fair is open to all majors,” said Shelly Drouillard, director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services. “This year we are putting a tailgate spin on our traditional Career Fair. It’s going to be fun with traditional tailgate activities, music and snacks, but it’s serious business, too. The tailgate venue allows for a more relaxed, casual atmosphere, which we hope will encourage even the non-job-seeking younger students to participate in the event. It is never too soon to start building relationships with employers and expanding your professional network.”

Career Services asks faculty, advisers and success coaches to encourage students to attend the event, and they, too, are welcome to stop by to take in the tailgate experience.

Students will be able to explore career and internship opportunities while networking with corporate recruiters. Representatives from more than 60 for-profit, government and nonprofit organizations will be available to meet with students regarding full-time and part-time employment, along with internship opportunities. Students of all majors and alumni are welcome to attend.

Registered organizations represent a wide range of fields; employers include Promedica; Cleveland Clinic; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Federal Bureau of Investigation; North American Science Associates Inc.; Sauder Woodworking Co.; Thomson Reuters; and Charles River Laboratories.

The city of Toledo will have two tables at the event, one for overall city positions and internships (including the Toledo Talent Keeps Toledo Great initiative) and an individual recruitment table for police.

Participants can see a full list of employers online at utoledo.edu/success/career.

Many students might not be aware of the tuition reimbursement and/or scholarship programs offered by some area employers. The Ohio National Guard, UPS and Fed Ex are three of these employers that will participate in the fair.

Wright Patterson Air Force Base is looking to hire more than 2,000 people over the next few years and will be recruiting for business and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors at the fair.

“Students need to bring their Rocket Card and plenty of resumés to share with potential employers,” Drouillard said. “Students may prepare for the Career Fair Tailgate by stopping in Career Services for a resumé review or to create a Career Fair Tailgate strategy. We are happy to meet with students; they just need to contact Career Services at 419.530.4341 or celcs@utoledo.edu to arrange an appointment.”

In case of extreme weather, the event will move indoors to the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

Residence Life will provide tailgate games, and DJ Tyler and WXUT FM 88.3 will provide a festive vibe.

The Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services works to connect students to meaningful learning experiences and assist them with determining a major and career exploration. Additional services include resumé reviews, mock interviews and job search strategies.

UT schedules events to raise awareness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every day, thousands of people are affected by domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the University will host a number of events on campus to help educate UT and community members about the reality of domestic violence and prevention.

“We are hoping that students, faculty and staff will be involved with programs this month in hopes to continue creating a culture that cares on UT’s campus,” said Jamie Wlosowicz, graduate assistant for the Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program. “These programs will let survivors know that they are supported and they are not alone. We educate campus community members to start and continue conversations about these issues so we can continue to combat domestic violence and intimate partner violence.”

The events are meant to help facilitate conversation on issues faced on college campuses nationwide and to promote positive change.

“We are very fortunate to have a strong, supportive UT community committed to the fight against domestic violence,” said Lindsay Tuttle, UT sexual assault and prevention education coordinator.

Listed by date, events will include:

• Wednesday, Oct. 11 — Bring in the Bystander Training, 6 p.m., Snyder Memorial Building Room 1100. Learn how to safely intervene in instances of sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking.

Thursday, Oct. 12 — Purple Ribbon Campaign, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union. Take the pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence by wearing a purple ribbon.

• Thursdays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26; and Wednesday, Oct. 25 — Self-Defense Class for Women, 5:30 p.m., Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women. Learn techniques to defend against an attacker. Must sign up in advance. Free for students; $25 for community members. For more information, call the center at 419.530.8570.

• Wednesday, Oct. 15 — be-WISE-er, 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Learn how to administer intranasal naloxone and experience a 3D multisensory interactive presentation on the devastating effects of drinking and driving.

• Thursday, Oct. 19 — The Silent Witness Project, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge. See life-size silhouettes and read the stories of local women and girls who lost their lives due to domestic violence.

• Oct. 23-27 — Awareness Campaign, Centennial Mall and Thompson Student Union. See red flags and awareness facts and myths about domestic violence.

• Tuesday, Oct. 24 — Once Love, Escalation Training, 6:30 p.m., location to be announced. Discuss how to identify the signs of emotional, mental, sexual and physical abuse.

• Thursday, Oct. 26 — Self-Defense with the UT Police Department, 6:30 p.m., Student Recreation Center. Learn personal safety tips and self-defense tactics in a safe and comfortable setting.

For more information, call the UT Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program at 419.530.3431 or stop by its new location in the Title IX Office in Snyder Memorial Building Room 1120.

Event to help give minority businesses a chance

The University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center will hold “An Evening of Chance” fundraiser Thursday, Oct.12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Parkway Plaza in Maumee.

This annual event celebrates, honors and promotes minority business enterprises in the community while raising money through an elegant evening of games, music, food and fun.

The money raised at this event will supplement the cost of professional services for members of the UT Minority Business Development Center and support experiential learning opportunities for interns and graduate students.

Several sponsoring companies and organizations supporting minority businesses will be present at the event, along with a number of local community members.

“We have been successful in obtaining grants that support economic development, but this night also supports our students who gain valuable experiences working with our companies,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, associate vice president for the Minority Business Development Center and Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women. “We even have past UT alumni coming out that evening to support the next generation.”

Tickets are $50. Sponsorship packages also are available.

For more information, contact the UT Minority Business Development Center at 419.530.3170 or mbdc@utoledo.edu.

Elevator work in Health Education Building to begin soon

Visitors to the Health Education Building on Health Science Campus will have to use an alternate elevator as work to replace one in the main entrance begins.

The replacement work that will close the affected elevator, located in the main entrance of the Health Education Building on Transverse Drive, will begin in mid-October and last through February.

Temporary signage has been installed directing to an alternate elevator.

Poetry reading to raise funds for UT’s first LGBT scholarship

The power and artistry of words will take center stage at the Rane Arroyo Poetry Read-In, which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

The event is named in honor of a virtuoso.

“Rane wrote openly as an out, proud gay Puerto Rican male,” Dr. Glenn Sheldon, UT honors professor of humanities, said. “I want the audience to listen to the music of Rane’s words, to let intuitions of the poet lead us to our own personal discoveries, to just listen to a poem be — to enjoy!”

Dr. Arroyo was a Distinguished University Professor of English who taught creative writing and literature at UT from 1997 until his death in 2010. The author of 10 poetry books, six chapbooks of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a collection of plays, Arroyo won an array of writing awards, including the John Ciardi Poetry Prize, the Carl Sandburg Poetry Prize and a Pushcart Prize.

“Rane loved both writing poetry, plays and fiction as much as he loved teaching creative writers. Teaching creative writing always enthused him. He saw potential in each and every student he came across,” said Sheldon, chair of the LGBTQA+ Advisory Board. “From what I sensed after his death, so very many students found his classes life-altering.”

Reading poetry at the event will be Dr. Sharon L. Barnes, associate professor and chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department; Leslie Ann B. Chambers, adjunct faculty member in the Jesup Scott Honors College; Sariah Flores-Shutts, resource specialist in the Center for Engagement; Wade Lee, electronic information services librarian, science research librarian and associate professor in University Libraries; Dr. Edmund Lingan, associate professor and chair of the Theatre and Film Department; and Dr. Skaidrite Stelzer, assistant professor of English. Also reading will be Toledo resident Bernie Filipski and Shannon Smith, associate professor of English at Owens Community College.

Cash, checks and credit card donations will be accepted at the free, public poetry read-in. Funds raised will go toward establishing UT’s first LGBT scholarship.

It was Barnes who approached Sheldon about creating a scholarship to honor Arroyo and former UT student Troy Anaya Jr., who died in 2016 at age 31.

“After Troy’s funeral, I spent some time with a few students who were active in Spectrum [now called Prism] and dear friends with him,” Barnes said. “We were talking about how much we loved Troy and how we really wanted to do something special to remember his presence in our lives and to celebrate him. We were also reflecting on how impactful the lack of financial resources was in his life, and so it wasn’t a big leap to think about creating a scholarship in his name.”

The Anaya/Arroyo Scholarship will be for one or more LGBT-identified undergraduates. The goal is to award the first scholarship in 2018, according to Sheldon.

“When I put those two last names together in my head, the poet’s ear in me rejoiced! Two beautiful Latino names with all those remarkably similar vowel sounds and the enthusiasm of the letter ‘y,’ which rarely gets its due in English,” Sheldon said. “Although Troy and Rane never knew each other personally, Troy’s mother, Diane Ballesteros-Houston, believes they would have gotten along famously. From what I have learned about Troy, I am certain she is spot on.”

“Troy was an incredibly genuine person, open, welcoming, friendly and supportive. He had a way of making people feel accepted because he genuinely accepted them. He also had a great sense of humor and love of life. He was just really fun to be around,” Barnes said.

“As gay Latinos from working class backgrounds, both Rane and Troy faced multiple oppressions, including financial hardship, racism and homophobia,” she said. “We honor their talent, intelligence and shining personalities by creating a path to higher education for someone similarly situated in the matrix of cultural privilege and oppression. They were both proud activists. I am certain that being remembered in this way would make them both proud.”

After the read-in, donations can be made to the Anaya/Arroyo Scholarship through the UT Foundation at give2ut.utoledo.edu.

“We hope this event will help us to begin to amass a small fortune to help LGBT students here at the University for many years to come,” Sheldon said.

The read-in is one of several events taking place at UT in honor of National LGBTQ History Month. Read more here.

For more information about the read-in or the scholarship, contact Sheldon at glenn.sheldon@utoledo.edu or 419.530.3261.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival slated for Oct. 10

The Confucius Institute invites the UT campus and greater Toledo community to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, the second grandest gala in China, Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

“The festival will feature performances, activities, free food and prizes,” said Xinren Yu, international programs coordinator for the Center for International Studies and Programs. “Attendees will be able to learn about this traditional Chinese festival and experience different aspects of the Chinese culture.”

Activities will include Chinese knot-making; Chinese bracelet-making; mask painting; paper cutting and folding; Chinese calligraphy; and Chinese tea ceremony.

Performances will feature dance, tai chi, Chinese tea ceremony, and Chinese instruments.

“We prepared lots of prizes for participants to win and a Chinese lunch buffet for those who get involved. It’s going to be a perfect event to stop by between classes.”

The Mid-Autumn Festival also will feature the “China in My Eyes” photo contest. Photos will be displayed and attendees are asked to vote for their favorite shots. The winner will receive a $25 gift card and a mini panda.

The Confucius Institute at The University of Toledo serves northwest Ohio by providing education in Chinese language and culture, and supports the development of China-related scholarly research and academic programs. It also offers opportunities for cultural exchanges between China and the United States.

Learn more about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival at 419.530.7750.

Hebrew Bible to be discussed Oct. 9

The University of Toledo Center for Religious Understanding will host a lecture titled “Is the Hebrew Bible a Jewish Book?” Monday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

The lecture will be given by Dr. Yonatan S. Miller, who is in his second year as the Markowicz Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies, and director of the Center for Religious Understanding.

He earned his PhD in Jewish studies from Harvard University in 2015, after which he held a postdoctoral appointment as a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard’s Center for Jewish Studies.

Miller’s research examines the interpretive reception of the Hebrew Bible among ancient Jewish writers, with particular focus on the continuities, adaptations and appropriations of biblical motifs in classical Jewish literature, from the Dead Sea Scrolls through the Babylonian Talmud.

“Despite its being well over two millennia old, the Hebrew Bible’s continued importance is undeniable,” Miller said. “It is regularly invoked in contemporary political and cultural contexts and, of course, it is part of the canon venerated by nearly one-third of the world’s population. To understand the people, processes and historical frameworks that led to its formation of this text is consequently essential to being an informed member of society today.”

The Philip Markowicz Lecture in Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies is an annual event for the University and the Toledo community. The lecture is sponsored by Philip’s children, Dr. Allen Markowicz and Sylvia Neil, in honor of his continuing passion for the academic study of the Hebrew Bible, which continues with vigor, even into his ninth decade of life. 

RSVPs for the free, public lecture are appreciated at cfru.eventbrite.com.

For more information, visit cfru.eventbrite.com or email cfru@utoledo.edu.

UT to launch its first Day of Giving

Support students by contributing to The University of Toledo’s first Day of Giving on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The inaugural fundraising event, Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives, will begin at midnight Thursday, Oct. 12, and last through noon Friday, Oct. 13. During those 36 hours, everyone is encouraged to give to UT, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, volunteers and members of the community who support the institution.

UT is launching this new tradition in recognition of its founder. The University began with a gift when Jesup W. Scott donated 160 acres of land to found what was then the Toledo University of Arts and Trades because he believed Toledo was destined to become the “future great city of the world.”

As UT marks the 145th anniversary of when the University was established in 1872, supporters are encouraged to follow in Scott’s footsteps and invest in their city’s public university on Founder’s Day.

“We are encouraging Rockets around the world to come together for one day to use their collective power to give back and make a huge difference in the present and future of The University of Toledo,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Philanthropy is key to continuing the positive momentum of our University, and I look forward to seeing what is possible when alumni and friends join forces on our Day of Giving to celebrate what we are passionate about at UT.”

“It is fitting that we kick off this Day of Giving on Founder’s Day to honor our past as we celebrate our future,” said Michael Harders, vice president for advancement. “Giving to the University is an investment in our students, our scholars, our facilities and our community as a whole. Every donor and every dollar will make a difference.”

Participation is the goal for this inaugural Day of Giving, which aims to encourage as many people as possible to support the University.

Multiple activities are planned to celebrate the day and raise awareness of the opportunity to give. The UT community is invited to Centennial Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, when WXUT FM 88.3 will provide popular music entertainment, Founder’s Day cupcakes will be shared, and giving tables will be set up to make it easy to donate with credit cards and Rocket dollars. On Health Science Campus, giving stations are planned in the Collier Building, Mulford Library, Wolfe Center and the Four Seasons Bistro inside UT Medical Center.

To get students engaged in Day of Giving, for donations of just $1 they can pet a dog or snap a photobooth picture on Centennial Mall, and for $5 they can receive a UT branded blender bottle. Students also can participate in several raffles during the on-campus fundraising event. For a $10 donation, they get the chance to win a Rocket football jersey signed by Coach Jason Candle. A $25 donation will give student donors one of seven chances to get a rooftop tour of Parks Tower, and a $50 donation will provide the chance to be one of seven people to tour the clock tower in University Hall.

UT mascots Rocky and Rocksy also will be “locked up” on the outdoor balcony off Doermann Theatre in University Hall to be freed when the goal of 200 gifts is reached.

Gifts to rocketforward.utoledo.edu during the Day of Giving can be designated to specific funds that support causes donors are passionate about. Various giving challenges also will be added to the website during the course of the fundraising event.

Support UT on its first Day of Giving, Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives.