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Society of Environmental Advocates holding plant sale

The Society of Environmental Advocates is hosting its annual plant sale this week in Wolfe Hall’s DNA hallway.

The sale will continue daily through Friday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until all plants are sold.

The Society of Environmental Advocates is selling plants this week in Wolfe Hall.

“The sale provides our organization with all of its funding, since we are too new to get funding from the University.” said Kathryn Dzyak, a senior majoring in biology. “We put on all sorts of events, for Earth Hour and things like that.”

The students are selling aloe, cacti, succulents, air plants, tomato plants, and several plants native to the Toledo area in order to fund efforts to raise awareness for environmental conservation.

The plants range in price from $3 to $10 depending on size and rarity.

According to Alyssa Kelley, a sophomore majoring in environmental science, anyone in any major is invited to join the Society of Environmental Advocates.

For more information, visit the society’s website.

Best works to screen in 2019 University of Toledo Student Filmmakers’ Showcase April 26

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will present a public screening of its film students’ best work. The 2019 University of Toledo Student Filmmakers’ Showcase will take place Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

The event is a sensory experience filled with artistry and variety, a film lover’s annual favorite. Chosen in juried competition, the 20 entries scheduled to be shown include film, video and animation shorts created by University film students.

“Summer” by Ali Moussa, a junior majoring in film, is among the works to be screened in the 2019 Student Filmmakers’ Showcase.

The adjudicators for this year’s competition were Charlene Gilbert, dean of the College of Arts and Letters; Dr. Jeanne Kusina, associate lecturer of women’s and gender studies; and Barry Whittaker, associate professor of art.

The University of Toledo Film Curators Club and the UToledo Department of Theatre and Film co-host the event. The Film Curators Club is providing free concessions during the screening and hosting a Stanley Kubrick-themed after-party following the showcase. All are welcome.

Tickets to the showcase are $12 general admission and $8 for University employees, students, alumni, seniors 60 and older, children and military members.

Advance tickets are available through the Center for Performing Arts Box, by calling 419.530.2787, or online through the School of Visual and Performing Arts website. Tickets also will be sold the night of the showcase.

University to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 27

The University of Toledo Police Department invites all campus and community members to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be two collection locations at The University: the UToledo Medical Center Emergency Room Lobby on Health Science Campus and the UT Police Station in the Transportation Center on Main Campus.

“With this event, we are hoping to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications,” said UToledo Police Lt. Tressa Johnson. “Join us and safely dispose, in an environmentally friendly way, unused or expired medications that are commonly abused.”

Expired or unused medications that will be accepted include:

• Narcotics;

• Over-the-counter medications;

• Pet medications;

• Prescription medications; and

• Vitamins.

The collection sites will not accept syringes, inhalers, liquid medications, ointments or lotions.

Those who cannot make it to campus April 27 may still dispose of medications at these locations, which are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week all year.

Marathon to affect traffic, close parking lots beginning April 25

The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay and 5K will affect traffic on and surrounding UToledo’s Main Campus Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28.

Additionally, several parking lots will be impacted beginning the evening of Thursday, April 25, through Sunday, April 28.

Organized by the Toledo Roadrunners Club, more than 8,000 runners are expected to participate in the events.

As a result, students, faculty, staff and others who may be traveling on or around campus are asked to plan accordingly so they may avoid getting delayed by marathon traffic or being unable to access their vehicles while parked on campus during the marathon.

Drivers should note the following lots will be affected:

• Lot 10 will close Thursday, April 25, at 9 p.m. and will reopen Sunday, April 28, after 4 p.m. Cars remaining in this lot will be towed Friday, April 26, at 4 a.m. to lot 3.

• Lot 6 will close Friday, April 26, at 8 p.m. and will reopen Sunday, April 28, after the race.

• Lot 5 will close Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. and will reopen Sunday, April 28, after the race.

• Lots 1N, 1S, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 and the east parking garage will be open for parking; however, cars will not be able to leave these lots until the race is over Sunday, April 28, at approximately 1:30 p.m.

• Lots 12 and 26 also will be impacted, and cars will not be able to leave these lots until after 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 28.

Further, several campus roads will close over the weekend until the runners have passed through campus. On Saturday, April 27, N. Towerview Boulevard will close between 9 and 10 a.m. for the 5K and kids’ run, and Stadium Drive will close from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Additionally, on Sunday, April 28, E. Rocket Drive between Douglas Road and University Parks Trail will be closed for the entire race.

Complete campus and city road closures for Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, are available on the Glass City Marathon website.

Additionally, UToledo Campus Course Maps for the 5K on Saturday, April 27, are available on the Glass City Marathon website.

Proud to be a hallmark institution in the community, the University is pleased to partner with community organizers for this annual event.

“We appreciate our campus community planning ahead so they can avoid these lot and road closures,” said Sherri Kaspar, director for parking and transportation. “With thousands of runners and walkers on and around our campus during the weekend, we also want to help ensure everyone’s safety.”

For more information about the event, visit the Glass City Marathon website.

UToledo alumna to speak at United Nations on Earth Day

Markie Miller, who received a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from The University of Toledo in 2012, has been invited by the United Nations to speak before its General Assembly in New York City.

On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, Miller will be featured at the Ninth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature.


Miller and Crystal Jankowski of Toledoans for Safe Water will travel to the Big Apple for the event. Miller plans to talk about the rights of nature movement, which views nature as an entity that has legal rights.

The two women worked for the Lake Erie Charter Initiative passed by Toledo voters in February, recognizing a Lake Erie Bill of Rights. With it, Lake Erie’s right to thrive, exist and flourish is protected in contrast to its treatment as property to be debased for the financial gains of special interests, according to Miller.

Miller plans to talk about the rights of nature movement, which views nature as an entity that has legal rights.

“I am honored to represent my community and this initiative,” Miller said. “I’m passionate about community rights and rights of nature; to represent those movements on such an international platform is a humbling and rewarding occasion.

“I’ve found my place in the environmental movement and it’s exactly where I want to be.”

In an invitation, Maria Mercedes Sanchez, coordinator of the UN Harmony With Nature Program, wrote to Miller, “I take this opportunity to congratulate you for the key role you have played in the passing of legislation granting rights to Lake Erie.”

Lake Erie’s newfound legal status is part of the growing international rights of nature movement that has been adopted by various Indigenous groups, including the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin, the Ponca Nation in Oklahoma and, most recently, the White Earth Nation in Minnesota regarding protection of their wild rice fields.

However, the battle is not over as Lake Erie’s legal status will be challenged by the concentrated animal feeding operations in the Maumee River watershed, according to Miller.

“The life of the [Lake Erie Bill of Rights] is still uncertain, but one thing is for sure: We have made waves across the globe,” Miller said. “The story has received national and international attention — serving as a model for other communities looking to secure their rights and protect the very environments that sustain them.”

Miller, who received a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho, is on the board of directors for the Ohio Community Rights Network and the National Community Rights Network.

When she graduated from UToledo in 2012, Miller was recognized as the Outstanding Anthropology Student, Outstanding Foreign Language Student (German), and Outstanding Graduate of the College of Arts and Letters.

Traveling national exhibit shines spotlight on Colonial America

An exhibit from the National Library of Medicine can be seen on the first floor of Carlson Library through Friday, April 26.

“The ‘Fire & Freedom: Food & Enslavement in Early America’ exhibit is one of several from the National Library of Medicine that the UToledo Libraries has hosted over the years,” said Gerald Natal, assistant professor and health sciences librarian in University Libraries.

This detail from Joachim Ferdinand Richardt’s “East Front of Mount Vernon” is featured in the “Fire & Freedom: Food & Enslavement in Early America” exhibit on display in Carlson Library.

The six panels show how meals reflected how power was exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders and classes in the early colonial era.

These National Library of Medicine exhibits focus on the intersection of medicine with the arts, technology and society, but often go further to reveal issues of social justice, according to Natal.

For example, the current exhibit reveals that the popularity of a beverage enjoyed by a large percentage of Americans — coffee — was a major driver of slavery and colonialism. In addition, during his presidency, George Washington often rotated his slaves to get around the Gradual Abolition Act, which was an opportunity for freedom for slaves in Pennsylvania.

“These exhibits are so popular among libraries that we have to wait two to three years for an exhibit,” Natal said.

The free exhibit can be seen when Carlson Library is open: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 1 a.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 to 1 a.m.

The next exhibit to come to the University will be “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn!” It will be here in March 2021.

Second annual Lessons in LeadHERship set for April 30

The University of Toledo women’s basketball program will host its second annual Lessons in LeadHERship Conference Tuesday, April 30.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

The conference is designed to help grow female leadership in the Toledo community and is being sponsored by Rocket alumna Kelly Savage from Savage & Associates.

“I was thrilled to have 350-plus people at last year’s inaugural conference, and I’m hopeful we can top that number this year with another outstanding lineup of speakers,” Toledo Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tricia Cullop said. “My hope is that this event continues to grow, as well as inspires current and future female leaders.”

Guest speakers at the conference will be:

• Holly Dunn, survivor and advocate. The only known survivor of the Railroad Serial Killer co-founded Holly’s House, a child and adult advocacy center for victims of intimate crimes.

• Lin Dunn, who was inducted in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. She has 40 years of women’s collegiate basketball coaching experience and coached for 11 seasons in the WNBA.

• Dr. Adrienne King, UToledo associate vice president of marketing and communications. The 2018 Leadership American Program graduate joined UToledo in January from Murray State University. Under King’s leadership Murray State grew private support by an average of 47 percent and tripled the size of the school’s alumni association.

• Diana Patton, UToledo law alumna and author of “Inspiration in My Shoes,” a 2016 memoir that chronicles overcoming abuse, racism and heartache. The CEO of Diana R. Patton Consulting LLC is an attorney who speaks about leadership, emotional intelligence, diversity, inclusion and equity. She serves on the UToledo College of Health and Human Services’ board and the UToledo paralegal advisory board.

• Rhonda Sewell, manager of external and governmental affairs for the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. She was a journalist with The Blade for 18 years. Sewell is a member of the Toledo Press Club and is on the ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation board of directors.

• Sharon Speyer, president of the northwest Ohio region of Huntington National Bank, a subsidiary of Huntington Bancshares, a $100 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The UToledo law alumna is a member of the University Board of Trustees.

Chrys Peterson, former WTOL news anchor, will serve as the emcee.

The cost to attend is $50 per individual and $25 for high school and college students.

For more information, contact Lauren Flaum, director of women’s basketball operations, at 419.530.2363 or lauren.flaum2@utoledo.edu.

Photographer to focus on travels during April 23 Satellites’ luncheon

“Southern Exposure: Travels in South America” will be discussed by photographer Lowell Simon at the Satellites Auxiliary’s luncheon Tuesday, April 23.

Simon will speak at 12:30 p.m. in Dowling Hall Room 2315.

Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon.

Those who attend may bring their own lunches to the free event, or they may pay $7 — or $5 with a guest — for a box lunch that will include a beverage and specialty dessert.

Cash or check payable to the Satellites Auxiliary will be accepted. Complimentary valet service will be available for the luncheon 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 is a volunteer group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide services.

To RSVP or for more information, call Ray or Donna Darr at 419.382.0054; Carol Okenka at 419.654.5326; or Pat Windham at 419.385.4808.

Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Science this week

The 26th Annual Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Science will be held Thursday, April 18, in the Mulford Library Café.

From 11 a.m. to noon, the poster session will take place. There are 37 posters this year with research topics ranging from cognitive factors that influence sexual behaviors and social factors that affect weight loss, to the impact of hearing aid use and object recognition in children.


Dr. Luke Hyde, associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, will present a keynote address titled “The Long Reach of Early Parenting: A Neurogenetics Approach to the Development of Antisocial Behavior” at noon.

Along with The University of Toledo departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, the symposium is sponsored by the Bowling Green State University Department of Psychology and the University of Michigan- Dearborn Department of Behavioral Sciences.

The principal goal of the symposium is to showcase the basic and applied behavioral research being conducted by faculty members and students in the region, according to Dr. Michele Knox, professor of psychiatry at the University.

For more information on the free event, contact Carol Brikmanis at carol.brikmanis@utoledo.edu.

Exhibit focuses on activism and history of protest

“PROTEST: Activism and Social Change, 1845-2015,” an exhibition, will open Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library with a panel discussion on the effectiveness of activism in creating change.

Panelists will be Dr. Kim Nielsen, professor of disability studies, history, and women’s and gender studies; Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor and interim chair of women’s and gender studies; and Andrew Krantz, medical eligibility specialist for the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services. Dr. Ally Day, assistant professor of disability studies, will be the moderator.

“Social media has made us more aware of activism than ever before. #BlackLivesMatter, #WomensMarch, #MarchForOurLives, and many other hash tags have emerged as powerful tools for gaining support for a cause, but Americans have a long history of joining together to advocate for civil rights,” Sara Mouch, archivist in the Canaday Center and associate lecturer, said. “Demonstrations, sit-ins, boycotts, art, writing, service, scholarship and education have been — and continue to be — effective methods to demand social and political change.”

“PROTEST” illustrates those demands for change through the historical materials of local and national activist organizations, student groups, and individual artists and advocates.

The exhibit explores the theme of protest by focusing on six movements: women’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, labor rights, student protest, and LGBTQ rights.

A free exhibition catalog providing a general overview of each movement will be available to guests.

The free, public exhibition will be on display Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 16.

The collections represented in the exhibit are available for review by interested researchers. For more information on the exhibit or to view related collections, contact the Canaday Center at 419.530.4480.