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Toledo fans: Get $10 off $50 purchase at Rocky’s Locker through Dec. 31

Rocky’s Locker, the official athletics apparel store for The University of Toledo, is offering $10 off any purchase of $50 or more through Saturday, Dec. 31.

This offer is good at Rocky’s Locker located in Savage Arena or at Franklin Park Mall.   

Rocky holiday salesThe offer is not valid online at rockyslocker.com and may not be combined with other discounts.

Store hours at Savage Arena are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on game day.

Rocky’s Locker at Franklin Park Mall is open during mall hours.

Most items at Rocky’s Locker also are available for purchase online at rockyslocker.com

All proceeds raised from merchandise sales from Rocky’s Locker directly support the University and UT Athletics.

Draft of campus master plan shares 10-year vision for UT facilities

Tonight The University of Toledo will share a draft of its campus master plan, which establishes a 10-year vision for University facilities.

The presentation at 6 p.m. in the Nitschke Hall SSOE Seminar Room will be led by Jason Toth, UT associate vice president for facilities and construction, and Doug Kozma, co-leader of planning practice for Smith Group JJR, the consulting firm assisting with the plan.

Business Hlogo 1c BlackThe presentation, which is open to UT faculty, staff and students, as well as alumni and the public, will be streamed live on the University’s YouTube page for those unable to attend in person. The recording of the full presentation also will be available afterward at the same link.

“This plan reflects the many ideas we’ve gathered from stakeholders during the last 18 months to maximize the function and efficiency of our assets,” Toth said. “I hope our community agrees this plan will benefit our students, faculty and staff and will guide future decision making related to the physical assets on our campuses.”

The master plan, which will next go to the UT Board of Trustees for consideration, is focused on four themes: repositioning the academic core, investing in research, consolidating athletics, and enhancing student life.

Repositioning the academic core

The draft of the plan to be presented tonight includes renovations of classroom buildings among the first projects to reposition the academic core. Snyder Memorial Building, Stranahan Hall and McMaster Hall are candidates for such activity. The Thompson Student Union also looks to be renovated, while renovations to Carlson Library continue.

The grassy area south of Memorial Field House will be redesigned to have wide sidewalks and landscaping to better connect Centennial Mall with the western side of Main Campus.

Investing in research

A new multidisciplinary research center near Nitschke Hall is planned in a location with convenient access to parking for researchers from different disciplines to conduct work, collaborate and share technology resources. Palmer Hall is slated to be replaced with a green open space for the engineering campus area, with the classrooms in Palmer moved into a renovated North Engineering Building.

Consolidating athletics

The varsity athletic facilities on Scott Park Campus will move to Main Campus as part of the effort to consolidate athletics and better incorporate baseball, softball and soccer into the student experience. A new synthetic soccer field is planned for the inside of the running track. The baseball and softball fields would be relocated to where Carter East and West residence halls currently stand. The Carter residence halls will be taken down, and a portion of Carter Field will be maintained for intramural and recreational use.

The campus master plan also calls for offices currently located at Scott Park to move to Main Campus.

Enhancing student life

The master plan built into its projections a 1 percent enrollment increase each year, which combined with the two-year residency requirement, would require additional beds on campus by the end of the 10-year time period. Renovations are already underway for Parks Tower; the plan incorporates opportunities for McComas Village to expand for additional Greek housing; and a second phase of the Gateway on the corner of Secor Road and Dorr Street would add apartment living options on upper floors above retail stores.

A new outdoor recreational area on the south side of Dorr Street east of Byrne Road would create a dedicated recreation complex on campus, which currently does not exist. A new public safety building to replace the Transportation Center, which currently houses the UT Police Department, would be located next to the fenced-in recreational facility. The parking area currently on Scott Park Campus for first-year students would be relocated to the north side of Dorr Street just west of Byrne Road.

The campus master plan is scheduled to be implemented in phases throughout the next decade, with some projects expected within the next five years and the remaining completed in a second phase in years six through 10. A University financial investment of $100 million is expected, through future state capital dollars and a potential bond issue, as well as additional external philanthropic support to implement the plan.

As decisions are made and plans solidified, the University will communicate more. To keep up to date on the process, visit utoledo.edu/facilities/master-plan.

UT Alumni Association offers trip, party for Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

See you at the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl! The UT Alumni Association has organized a charter plane trip so fans can watch the Rockets play the Appalachian State Mountaineers Saturday, Dec. 17, at 4:30 p.m. Central time in Montgomery, Ala.

The charter flight will leave Friday, Dec. 16, at approximately 8 a.m. from the Toledo Express Airport and return immediately after the game Sunday, Dec. 18, around 3 a.m.

web Raycom Camellia BowlThe package includes:

• Round-trip charter air travel with a hot meal on each flight.

• Ticket to the Rosa Parks Museum.

• The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl pep rally.

• The Montgomery Christmas Parade.

• Fan fest prior to the UT Alumni Association pre-game party.

• UT Alumni Association pre-game party with a menu that will include smoked chicken, hand-pulled pork, barbecue beans, chef’s chose vegetable, potato salad, cheese biscuits, baked buns, cookies, soft drinks, iced tea and lemonade. Complimentary beer and wine is included. The UT Rocket Marching Band and UT cheerleaders will be at this event.

• Ticket to watch the bowl game.

• One-night stay at the five-star Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa.

• Raycom Media Camellia Bowl hoodie.

• All shuttles and gratuities.

The package cost, based on double occupancy, is $1,200 per person. The cost for a single is $1,400. Those who already have tickets to the game may deduct $30 per ticket.

There are 60 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information and to register.

The deadline to register for the charter trip is 11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.

Alumni and fans who are traveling on their own to the game can attend the pre-game party for $20; registration is required. Click here.

Those who want tickets to the bowl game can call 419.530.GOLD (4653) or click here.

Reach Out and Read partners with Barnes & Noble to collect books, promote education

Reach Out and Reach, a grant-funded program of The University of Toledo Department of Pediatrics, is working with Barnes & Noble at the Shops at Fallen Timbers to help children in the classroom.

The community can help promote school readiness and family reading time by donating a book at the Barnes & Noble Fallen Timbers Holiday Book Drive at the store in Maumee Sunday, Dec. 11, with the voucher at right, or by shopping online at barnesnandnoble.com Dec. 11-16 with the book fair ID 11985702 at checkout. 

Barnes & Noble voucherAll book drive and book fair proceeds will benefit children and families in northwest Ohio.

“Our goal is to secure 10 percent of our books needed for the year; that is a total of 2,600 books,” Lori LeGendre, program director for Reach Out and Reach, said.

Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

Doctors, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read’s evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally appropriate books to children.

Locally, the program will reach 13,000 families with young children at 25 pediatric and family practice offices in northwest Ohio. The program distributes 26,000 new books yearly.

Nationally, Reach Out and Read programs are located in 5,800 hospitals, health centers and pediatric clinics in all 50 states. The program also serves 4.5 million children and families each year. More than 6.5 million new, developmentally appropriate books are given to children annually, and more than 12,000 doctors and nurses participate in Reach Out and Read.

Donations may be made to Reach Out and Read of Northwest Ohio at https://www.utfoundation.org/foundation/home/Give_Online.aspx.

For more information about the local initiative, visit facebook.com/RORNWO or reachoutandread.org, or contact LeGendre at lori.legendre@utoledo.edu or 419.383.4007.

Rockets announce ticket information for Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

The University of Toledo has announced ticket information for the 2016 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

The game will be played at 4:30 p.m. Central time (5:30 p.m. Eastern time) Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. The Rockets (9-3, 6-2 Mid-American Conference) will play Sun Belt Conference co-champion Appalachian State (9-3, 7-1 Sun Belt).

bowl ticketsTicket orders are being taken now online, by phone or in person at the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena.

Tickets may be picked up at the UT Athletic Ticket Office beginning Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. Tickets also will be available for sale at the ticket window beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Tickets can be purchased through UT through Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for the general public and $10 for UT students limit one with ID for in-person sales only. Students also may purchase up to four $30 tickets for guests. Students may purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. at ticket office.

Fans who order tickets online will be assessed a $6 processing fee; they can pick up tickets at the UT box office from Wednesday, Dec. 7, through Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. Tickets not picked up at the UT Athletic Ticket Office will be available at Cramton Bowl Stadium at Gate 4 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Central time through halftime. When picking up tickets, fans must present ID and the major credit card used to purchase the tickets.

Because this is a bowl game, there are no UT employee, retiree or Varsity T discounts.

Toledo tickets purchased at the $30 ticket price will be placed on the West side of the stadium in sections E and F.

Fans that want to sit together in a group, must place one order.

There is a limit of 10 tickets per online orders. If you have a group larger than 10, contact the UT Ticket Office at 419.530.GOLD (4653).

The UT Athletic Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information about a possible UT Alumni charter plane trip and pregame reception will be forthcoming. For more information, contact the UT Alumni Office at 800-235-6766.

For more information, call the UT Athletic Ticket Office at 419.530.4653 (select option two).

Disability Studies Program to screen, discuss ‘A Christmas Carol’

The UT Disability Studies Program will screen Charles Dickens’ seasonal classic “A Christmas Carol” Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100.

A Christmas Carol FlyerEbenezer Scrooge, played by George C. Scott, is a bitter, old miser who believes nothing good can come of Christmas if it does not make him any money. Visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, on Christmas Eve, he is warned that if he does not change his unkind ways, Scrooge is doomed to a torturous afterlife in chains. Scrooge then is visited by three spirits that take him on an adventure to assure his repentance.

After the screening, film-goers are invited to stay for a discussion with faculty and students from the Disability Studies Program on representations of disability in film, literature and other media intended for young people.

For more information on the free, public event, contact the Disability Studies Program at 419.530.7244 or kathryn.shelley@rockets.utoledo.edu.

Rockets accept invitation to play Appalachian State in Raycom Camellia Bowl

The University of Toledo has accepted an invitation to play Appalachian State of the Sun Belt Conference in the 2016 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.

The game will be played at 4:30 p.m. Central time (5:30 p.m. Eastern time) Saturday, Dec. 17, and will be televised on ESPN.

web Raycom Camellia Bowl“We are very excited to be selected to play in the Raycom Camellia Bowl,” UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said Sunday when announcing the news. “The Rocket Nation sends a thank-you to Executive Director Johnny Williams and the entire Raycom Camellia Bowl selection committee. We have heard nothing but great things about the hospitality of the bowl committee and the city of Montgomery.

“I also want to congratulate Head Coach Jason Candle, his staff, and obviously our Rocket football team on a very successful season,” he said. “I’m confident that our players, coaches and fans will all enjoy a terrific bowl experience in Montgomery.”

Candle, who led the Rockets to a 9-3 season in his first full season as head coach, was enthusiastic about his team’s bowl destination.

“The Raycom Camellia Bowl will provide our players with an outstanding bowl experience, as well as the opportunity to play against a very tough Appalachian State team,” Candle said. “Playing in the Raycom Camellia Bowl is an excellent reward for our players, coaches and everyone involved in our team’s success.”

The Rockets (9-3, 6-2 MAC) finished in second place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. UT will be playing in its 16th bowl and sixth in the last seven years. UT is 11-4 all-time in bowl games, including a 32-17 victory last year over No. 24 Temple in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl in Candle’s first game as UT’s head coach.

Appalachian State is 9-3 and 7-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. The Mountaineers finished as co-champions of the Sun Belt along with Arkansas State. Appalachian State is coached by Scott Satterfield, a former Toledo assistant who has been the Mountaineers’ head coach for four seasons. Satterfield was the passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach at UT in 2009 under then-head coach Tim Beckman.

Toledo and Appalachian State will meet on the football field for the first time in the 2016 Raycom Camellia Bowl.

This is the third year for the Raycom Camellia Bowl. Bowling Green won the inaugural matchup over South Alabama, 33-28, in 2014. Appalachian State defeated Ohio last year, 31-29.

Information on ticket sales and travel packages will be announced Monday.

University to hold breast cancer screening event Dec. 9

Clinical breast exams and mammograms are important tools used to detect breast cancer in its early stages, when the chances of survival are highest. But one-third of women older than 40 have not had a mammogram in the past two years.

web center for health and successful livingThe University of Toledo’s Center for Health and Successful Living with support from Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio will sponsor free clinical breast exams and mammograms Friday, Dec. 9, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at UT’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center on Health Science Campus.

Women older than 40 who have not had a breast exam or mammogram in the past three years, or those who have found a lump during a self-breast exam, are encouraged to attend.

“Women tend to be more worried about everyone else and put their own health on the back burner,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, co-director of the Center for Health and Successful Living and professor of health education. “We want women to take the time to have a breast cancer screening. An ounce of precaution truly is worth a pound of cure.”

Registration is required. Call Barbara Oxner at 419.344.5172.

Lecture series focuses on ‘Everyday Humanities’

“Everyday Humanities,” a lecture series co-sponsored by the UT Humanities Institute with the Way Public Library in Perrysburg, will bring 10 humanities scholars — including seven from UT — to give presentations on their research.

In co-creating the lecture series with Way Library, Dr. Christina Fitzgerald, professor of English and former director of the Humanities Institute, said she hopes it engages the community: “We want to help the public in northwest Ohio understand how the humanities have an impact on their everyday lives.”

everyday humanities lecture seriesAs Fitzgerald and Natalie Dielman, UT alumna who works at the Way Library, wrote in their grant to fund the program, the purpose of the series is to “bring humanities professionals from the region to Perrysburg to speak about engaging topics of general audience interest that demonstrate, explicitly and implicitly, how humanities research and interpretative methods enrich our understanding of the world around us in our everyday lives.”

The program is funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities. The motto of the state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities is “Sharing the Human Story,” and “Everyday Humanities” aims to do that through the research of UT and area scholars.

Philosophy is important to the humanities and to this series, Fitzgerald said. “Philosophy asks the big questions about that human story: about our being, about meaning, about knowing, about how to live the good life, and so on. The very fact that we ask these questions and ponder our existence is part of what makes us human, so philosophy is an essential part of the humanities. For that reason, we have two philosophy talks in our series.”

Dr. Madeline Muntersbjorn, UT associate professor of philosophy, gave the first talk of the series just before Halloween. Her talk explored “Why Monsters Matter” to humanity, why they are so prevalent across cultures and human history, from the perspective of philosophy. According to Fitzgerald, “This topic really exemplifies the way that the humanities can engage us in our everyday lives.”

Dr. R. Bruce Way, associate lecturer in the UT History and Foreign Languages departments, will give the next lecture titled “Samuel Woodworth’s Wishful History of the War of 1812” Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave. in Perrysburg.

The lecture series continues through Aug. 2. The free, public talks are held at 7 p.m. at the Way Public Library.

For more information, contact the Humanities Institute at humanitiesinstitute@utoledo.edu or click here.

Several holiday-themed concerts on tap

The UT Department of Music will present several holiday-themed concerts this month.

Listed by date, events are:

Saturday, Dec. 3 — The UT Choirs will sing the music of Hugo Distler at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater. The Men’s and Women’s Choruses will perform selections from the Mörike Chorliederbuch, a collection of folk-song inspired works based on the poetry of Eduard Mörike. The Concert Chorale will present Die Weihnachtsgeschichte (The Christmas Story), a beautiful 45-minute work built on the old chorale tune “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” (Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming). Tickets: $10; $5 for students and seniors.

jazz posterMonday, Dec. 5 — The UT Concert Chorale will present Die Weihnachtsgeschichte (The Christmas Story) at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St., Toledo. Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, op. 10, is one of Distler’s most beloved works. Based on a traditional German melody, Distler created a stunning a cappella telling of the Christmas story that epitomizes the subtle beauty of his music. Premiered in 1933, this work continues to be a favorite among choirs around the world. Admission: $10; $5 for students and seniors.

Thursday, Dec. 8 — The UT Jazz Holiday Concert will take place at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater. All the University jazz ensembles — Latin Jazz, GuitArkestra, Vocalstra, CrossCurrents (jazz faculty ensemble) and the UTJazz Ensemble — will perform at this annual holiday concert. This family-friendly program for all ages will include holiday classics from Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Johnny Warrington and many others. Tickets: $15; $10 students, children and seniors.

Sunday, Dec. 11 — The UT Concert Chorale will present the music of Hugo Distler at 3 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery. The UT Concert Chorale will perform selections from Hugo Distler’s Totentanz (Dance of the Dead) and Die Weihnachtsgeschichte (The Christmas Story), highlighting the best of its fall concert selections. Admission: Free.

Tickets for events can be found online at utoledo.tix.com or by calling the Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419.530.ARTS (2787). The box office is open Mondays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m.