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UToledo alumna to share inspirational story March 26

Diana Patton will return to The University of Toledo Tuesday, March 26, to talk about overcoming abuse and persevering to become an attorney.

She will speak at 7 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 3020.

“We are honored to have Diana Patton visit campus to share her moving and motivational story,” David Young, UToledo director of Toledo Excel and Special projects, said.

Patton is the author of “Inspiration in My Shoes,” a 2016 memoir that chronicles overcoming abuse, racism and heartache. In the 236-page book she wrote with Amanda Filippelli, Patton explains inspiration is everywhere; turmoil doesn’t define you; and faith and determination can help through anything.

The CEO of Diana R. Patton Consulting LLC is an attorney who speaks on leadership, emotional intelligence, diversity, inclusion and equity, as well as trauma-informed care. She is a mentor on self-care, and social and emotional intelligence.

Patton served as the vice president, chief operating officer and general counsel for the Toledo Fair Housing Center, and she worked at CedarCreek Church. In addition, the graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York also co-owned a health-based company, FITatudes LLC.

She serves on the UToledo College of Health and Human Services Board and the UToledo Paralegal Advisory Board.

Patton received bachelor’s and law degrees from UToledo and was a member of the track team.

Her visit is part of the Office of Multicultural Student Success’ African-American Intitiatives Through Your Eyes Series.

The first 20 women at the event will receive a free signed copy of “Inspiration in My Shoes.”

For more information on the free event, contact Young at david.young@utoledo.edu.

University’s Big Event set to make big impact in community

Spending time with seniors, visiting patients in the hospital, helping with spring cleanup — these are a few of the assignments on the list for The University of Toledo’s Big Event.

The largest student-run service project will take place Saturday, March 23.

More than 1,000 University students, faculty, staff and alumni are expected to pitch in this year across the Toledo area.

“It is inspiring to see participants come together from all backgrounds to make a difference in the city we all have the privilege to call home during our time at the University,” Tara Roeder, a senior majoring in accounting and director of the Big Event, said.

Volunteers can check in starting at 9 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center. An opening ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. and feature two speakers: Ken Leslie, founder of Veterans Matter and 1 Matters, and University alumnus Matt Rubin, president and CEO of Crane Development Ltd. in Toledo, who was involved with the Big Event when he was a student.

The vision for the Big Event was to give University students a chance to show their appreciation and give back to surrounding communities by completing service projects.

University volunteers will be assigned to more than 50 locations in the area, according to Dylan Vonderhuevel, a senior majoring in premed biology and director of job sites for the Big Event.

Locations include the University’s Stranahan Arboretum to clean up damage sustained during the ice storm; Toledo Bikes! to help repair recycled bicycles at the nonprofit organization; Sunset House Retirement Home to talk to seniors and play games; and Mercy Children’s Hospital to visit patients.

“I realize I’ve been very lucky to grow up with the family I have and be able to attend college, so I have always wanted to help others who have been less fortunate,” Vonderhuevel said.

“I hope participants leave this event inspired and with a newfound or renewed passion for service,” Roeder said.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer can sign up on the Big Event registration website through Friday, March 22, and at the event Saturday morning.

Satellites Auxiliary to host audiologist at upcoming luncheon

The Satellites Auxiliary at The University of Toledo Medical Center will host a local audiologist and philanthropist for an educational luncheon Tuesday, March 26.


Dr. Randa Mansour-Shousher, who earned her bachelor’s degree from UToledo before going on to the University of Michigan to earn her master’s degree, has been practicing audiology since 1981. She also holds a doctorate of audiology from A.T. Still University.

Mansour-Shousher currently is the director of the Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic, which has locations in Perrysburg and on UToledo’s Health Science Campus.

In addition to her practice, Mansour-Shousher has been involved in a number of humanitarian efforts, including trips to the Middle East and Africa to provide hearing screening and treatments and distribute hearing aids collected in the United States.

Mansour-Shousher will speak Tuesday, March 26, at 12:30 p.m. in Health Education Building Room 105.

The event is open to the public. Cost to attend is $7 per person, or $5 with a guest. Students may attend for free.

Reservations are requested by Friday, March 22: Call Ray and Donna Darr at 419.382.0054, Carol Okenka at 419.654.5326, or Pat Windham at 419.385.4808.

Free valet parking will be available at the Medical Pavilion orthopaedic entrance.

Satellites volunteers also will be collecting new stuffed animals for children in UTMC’s Emergency Department.

The Satellites Auxiliary promotes education, research and service programs; provides support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conducts fundraising events; and offers volunteer services.

Toledo to host Seton Hall in first-round WNIT game March 21

The University of Toledo women’s basketball team will entertain Big East member Seton Hall (15-15, 7-11 Big East) in a first-round matchup in the 2019 Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) Thursday, March 21, in Savage Arena.

Tip time between the Rockets and Pirates will be 7 p.m.

Toledo is one of 32 at-large qualifiers in this year’s event and one of four Mid-American Conference representatives (Kent State, Miami and Ohio) in the 64-team field.

Toledo will be appearing in the Postseason WNIT for a seventh time under 11th-year Head Coach Tricia Cullop.

A season ago, the Rockets advanced to the second round of the Postseason WNIT with a 64-50 home victory against Horizon League member Wright State (March 16). Toledo’s season came to an end with a 68-66 road setback at Big Ten member Michigan State (March 19).

Toledo enters the post-season with a 20-11 overall record and an 11-7 league mark to finish second in the MAC West Division.

Senior Kaayla McIntyre, sophomore Nakiah Black, senior Mikaela Boyd and junior Mariella Santucci lead Toledo offensively, scoring 16.3, 10.7, 9.6 and 9.4 points per game, respectively. McIntyre earned second-team All-MAC honors, while Boyd captured honorable mention accolades.

Tickets for Thursday’s first-round game are available on the Toledo Rockets’ website.

A limited number of reserved seats are available for $15. Women’s basketball elite season ticket holders will have first priority to purchase their current seat locations. Those seats can be purchased through their online season ticket account portal or through the ticket office until 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. After that time, those reserved seats will be open for sale to the general public.

General admission tickets are available for $12 and $6 for youth 12 and younger. University faculty and staff may purchase reserved seats for $7.50 or general admission tickets for $6; these tickets must be purchased by phone or at the ticket office.

In addition, University students will receive free admission with a valid student ID.

Tickets will go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, on the Toledo Rockets’ website, in person at the UT Ticket Office, or by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Tickets also may be purchased at the ticket office on game day beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Parking for the first-round contest will follow the regular-season parking guidelines. Donors and season ticket holders who have basketball premium parking passes should use the first Post-Season Tournament pass in their parking pass booklets. Fans who have season-parking cards also can use these to park.

In addition, the Joe Grogan Room in Savage Arena will be open to Rocket Fund donors.

Visit the Toledo Women’s Basketball Postseason WNIT Central website for the most current information about the tournament.

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.

Match Day brings joy, excitement as medical students learn their residency placements

Some of Christian Siebenaler’s earliest memories were of his father, a Toledo-area physician, going off to help people.

“It sounds cliché, but since I was 5 years old seeing him go to work every day in his white coat, I knew I wanted to be a doctor,” Siebenaler said.

Kevin Litzenberg showed his match to Ohio State University Medical Center to his fiancee, Shireen Desai, as his brother, Joshua, watched Friday during the Match Day ceremony. Litzenberg will specialize in internal medicine.

He got his own white coat four years ago when he entered The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Now, as he prepares to graduate with his medical degree, he knows he’ll begin practicing right where he wanted.

Siebenaler, who is specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, was one of 20 UToledo students who paired with the University’s residency program at this year’s Match Day event.

The annual celebration is a seminal event for next-generation physicians. At exactly noon, an eager swarm of fourth-year medical students received envelopes that revealed where they will spend the next three to seven years in residency as they train in their chosen specialties.

“The faculty and staff really look forward to Match Day,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “It is an opportunity to see how much the students have grown intellectually and professionally over their four years of intensive training, and where that training will lead them next. Some will stay at UT for their residencies, which is an absolute delight. Others will train in Ohio or elsewhere across the country. For all of our students, we always hope the very best.”

A total of 165 UToledo medical students matched this year. Notably, there was a 33 percent increase in the number of students who matched with UToledo over last year.

Mariah Truscinski was one of them.

Truscinski, who grew up just a couple of miles from Health Science Campus and completed her undergraduate degree at UToledo, matched in emergency medicine. Already involved in community volunteer work, she was thrilled to open her envelope and see she matched with UToledo.

Archit Sahai, left, and Samuel Ivan showed off their letters during the March 15 Match Day ceremony. Sahai matched in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hopsital, and Ivan matched in urology at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

“It was a pretty amazing feeling. It was a little overwhelming, and there were a lot of thoughts about what the future holds, also just pure excitement. I couldn’t be happier,” she said. “I just feel like I’m really connected to this area and wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.”

In all, UToledo’s fourth-year medical students matched in 23 specialties at institutions in 28 states. Forty-four percent of UToledo’s students matched in primary care specialties.

Archit Sahai, who was born in central India, moved with his parents to Cincinnati when he was 3, and became a U.S. citizen in September, matched with the University of Cincinnati in pediatrics.

“There’s a lot of emotions,” he said of Match Day. “You’re anxious, you’re excited, scared a little bit. I probably can’t put words to describe it. As soon as I saw the letters, that’s just pure joy.”

Sahai, whose father is a neurologist at UC, had high praise for both Toledo and the College of Medicine, saying he’d like to return here eventually.

“I’ve never met a more collaborative group of people, whether it’s my classmates or the faculty,” he said. “Everyone genuinely wants everyone to do well here. It’s been an incredible four years. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Among the other institutions where UToledo students will do their residency work were the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General, the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Clinic. Ohio was the most popular state, followed by Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Indiana and New York.

Watch the Match Day video.

Alumni Association hosting pregame parties for MAC Tournament

The University of Toledo Alumni Association is ready to help Rocket fans psych up for all games involving the men’s and women’s teams in the 2019 Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournament.

The pregame parties will begin two hours prior to the start of each game and be held at Harry Buffalo, 2120 E. 4th St. in Cleveland across the street from Quicken Loans Arena.

A member of the Rockets’ coaching staff, the Rocket Varsity Band and UT cheerleaders will be at the events. 

Reservations are appreciated but are not required; walk-ins are welcome.

Admission to each pregame party is $15 per person.

Be there Wednesday, March 13, at 5 p.m. before the women’s quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. The all-you-can-eat menu will include chicken tenders, sheet pizza, beef sliders with cheese, boneless wings and a veggie tray. Soft drinks and iced tea are included with the meal. A cash bar will be available.

On Thursday, March 14, the party will start at 4:30 p.m. before the men’s quarterfinal game tips at 6:30 p.m. The all-you-can-eat menu will include buffalo chicken egg rolls, traditional wings, chicken salad croissants, beef sliders with cheese and a house salad. Soft drinks and iced tea are included with the meal. A cash bar will be available. 

To register for the pregame parties, go to the Alumni Association’s events website.

Or register by calling the Office of Alumni Engagement at 419.530.2586 or 1. 800.235.6766. 

Two Rockets honored by Mid-American Conference

Senior Kaayla McIntyre and classmate Mikaela Boyd were both recognized Tuesday with the release of the Mid-American Conference all-league squads. McIntyre earned a spot on the second team, while Boyd was an honorable mention all-conference selection.

In addition, McIntyre was named to the All-MAC Defensive Team.

The all-conference squads were determined from voting by the league’s 12 head coaches, while the Specialty Awards were selected by head coaches, athletic communications directors and media members of the conference.

McIntyre collected all-league recognition for a second straight season, while Boyd received post-season laurels for a third consecutive year.

A Toledo native, McIntyre is averaging a team-high 16.4 points, a squad-best 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, a team-best 1.6 blocks, and 0.7 steals in 28.8 minutes per game in 2018-19.

The team captain currently leads the league in overall field-goal percentage (.588, 203 of 345, 15th in NCAA), and ranks tied for second in defensive boards (6.1 rebounds per game), tied for fourth in overall rebounding, seventh in scoring, 12th in offensive caroms (2.1 rebounds per game) and 20th in free-throw percentage (.664, 85 of 128).

One of three Rockets to start all 30 games this year, McIntyre has scored in double figures in all but one contest, finishing with a season-high 25 points and a contest-best 15 caroms at Eastern Michigan March 6 to post her squad-best ninth double-double.

In MAC contests, McIntyre tallied 16.9 points per game, a squad-best 9.2 rebounds per game, 1.6 assists per game, a team-best 1.7 blocks per game, and 0.8 steals per game in 29.7 minutes per game.

Along with being named all-conference, McIntyre becomes the second Rocket to be selected to the All-MAC Defensive Team. The three-year starter is currently swatting an impressive 1.6 shots (65th in NCAA) this season, the second-highest mark in the MAC.McIntyre has blocked at least three shots on six occasions in 2018-19, including a season-high five twice, most recently against Ohio Feb. 13.

McIntyre, who graduated in December with a degree in criminal justice, currently sits second in MAC history in career field-goal percentage (.612, 646 of 1,055), as well as ranks second in school annals in rejections (150), fifth in field-goals made (646), eighth in scoring (1,530 points) and total rebounds (788), and 10th in rebounding average (6.4 rebounds per game).

Boyd is contributing 9.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals in a team-high 32.1 minutes per contest in 2018-19. The two-time team captain currently sits tied for fifth in the MAC in assist/turnover ratio (1.8, 116-64), eighth in offensive boards (2.4 rebounds per game), tied for eighth in helpers, tied for 15th in overall rebounding, 17th in minutes played, and 18th in defensive caroms (3.6 rebounds per game).

One of the league’s most athletic players, the three-time All-MAC selection has scored in double figures on 12 occasions this year, including a season-high 25 points at archrival Bowling Green Jan. 19.

In MAC contests, Boyd tallied 9.5 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, 3.7 assists per game, and 1.0 steals per game in a team-best 33.6 minutes player per game.

Boyd currently sits ninth in UT annals in career steals (188), tied for 10th in games played (127), and 18th in scoring (1,178).

McIntyre, Boyd and the No. 6 seed Rockets (20-10) will return to action Wednesday, March 13, when they square off against No. 3 seed Miami (22-7) in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament. The opening tip is slated for approximately 7 p.m. in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and will be shown shown on ESPN+.

MAC Tournament tickets can be purchased online at the Toledo Rockets’ website, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653), or by visiting the ticket office in Savage Arena. Only tickets purchased through the University will be in the Rocket section of Quicken Loans Arena.

Juried Student Exhibition on display; award ceremony set for March 15

The Department of Art’s 2019 Juried Student Exhibition is on display through Thursday, March 21, in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

The annual competitive art exhibition is open to all University students regardless of major, and the works displayed cover a range of media.

The Juried Student Exhibition is on display throughThursday, March 21, in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery.

A free, public reception and award ceremony will be held Friday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery.

This year’s juror is Marc Folk, executive director of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, who received a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture with a minor in printmaking from the University in 1988.

Folk’s career with the Arts Commission began in 1996 as an instructor in the Young Artists at Work Progra. He coordinated the program in subsequent years and has served as director of the Art in Public Places Program and artistic director, prior to becoming the executive director in 2006. Under his leadership, the Arts Commission has instituted initiatives bridging economic and community development with the arts.


Folk has represented the Arts Commission on numerous Toledo area, statewide and national committees to advocate for and promote the development of the arts, and served for three years as president of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts. He currently serves as co-chair of the Toledo Area Cultural Leaders and is a member of the United States Urban Arts Federation.

In addition, Folk was a 2006 recipient of the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award and the 2009 winner of the Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Award for Arts Administration. In 2010, he was given the Toledo Federation of Arts Societies Special Award and recognized as The University of Toledo’s Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts. He has served as a grants panelist for the Arts Council of Indianapolis; Cuyahoga Arts and Culture; Arts and Science Council of Charlotte; Ohio Arts Council; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The free, public exhibition can be seen Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, contact Brian Carpenter, UT lecturer of art and gallery director, at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.

Women’s History Month to be celebrated at University

A noted historian will visit The University of Toledo to give the keynote address for Women’s History Month.

Dr. Lorri Glover will give a talk titled “Why Not a Woman? The Improbable Life of Eliza Lucas Pinckney in Revolutionary America” Wednesday, March 13, at 6 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 2592.

The John Francis Bannon Endowed Chair and Professor of History at Saint Louis University is writing a biography on Pinckney, who, at age 17, took over running three plantations in South Carolina in the late 1730s. Pinckney experimented with indigo production, which, cultivated by slave labor and marketed globally, became a cornerstone of the state’s economy.

“Eliza Lucas Pinckney’s remarkable writings — the largest collection from any women in the colonial South — afford fascinating insight into agriculture and commerce in the Atlantic World, Southern plantations and racial slavery, 18th-century family values, and especially gender history,” Glover said.

In addition to Glover’s talk, the University has several other events slated to mark Women’s History Month.

“I am really excited for this year’s lineup of Women’s History Month events. We have tried to highlight some of the spaces where women have fought and are still fighting for justice,” said Danielle Stamper, interim program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Success and interim program manager at the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women.

Monday, March 11 — Women’s History Month Kickoff Exhibit, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Carlson Library Room 1005. Authors featured will be NK Jemisin, Octavia Butler, Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, rupi kaur, Alison Bechdel, Suheir Hammad, Monique Truong, Zadie Smith, Melody Moezzi and Audre Lorde. Attendees will be able to read about these authors and eat bagels. Everyone who attends will be entered into a drawing for some of the pieces by the authors. In addition, Carlson Library will have books by the authors on display.

— Stand Up to Stalking and Sexual Violence, 6 p.m., Health and Human Services Building Room 1711. Anna Nassett will share her personal account of being stalked by a stranger for more than seven years, and how advocacy for stalking victims is important for recovery. The event is sponsored by The University of Toledo Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness.

Friday, March 15 — Film Screening, “#SayHerName: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland,” 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2592. The event is sponsored by the Eberly Center for Women, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Toledo alumnae chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

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. Register by Thursday, March 14, to utoledo.edu/diversity. Limit 100 participants. Read the UT News story about this event.

Tuesday, March 19 — Lunch With a Purpose, noon, Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0152. Dr. Barbara Mann, UToledo professor of humanities, will give a talk titled “Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath: The Twinned Cosmos of Indigenous America.”

Monday, March 25 — Preparing for Success, 4 p.m., Collier Building Room 1035. Amy O’Donnell, Distinguished University Lecturer of Career Development, will lead a program on salary and contract negotiations.

Tuesday, March 26 — Preparing for Success, 4 p.m., Carlson Library 1005. Amy O’Donnell, Distinguished University Lecturer of Career Development, will lead a program on salary and contract negotiations.

Thursday, March 28 — Discussion, noon, Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0152. Dr. Nyasha Junior, a faculty member in the Department of Religion at Temple University, will discuss “What Is Womanist Interpretation?”

— Women’s History Month Jeopardy, 6 p.m., Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0152. Stop by for trivia and a chance to win prizes.

Sunday, March 31 — Phenomenal Woman, 6:30 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Jasmine Dees, founder of Anointed Angels, will speak at the Association for the Advancement of African-American Women’s Sixth Annual Woman’s Gala.

— A Slash of Color and Culture, 6:30 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Be there for the Natural HAIRitage’s Third Annual Hair Show.

For more information about these free, public events, go to the Office of Multicultural Student Success website or call 419.530.2261.