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Rockets to play Toledo Crash in wheelchair football game

The Toledo Rockets football team will play a wheelchair football game vs. the Toledo Crash in their annual matchup Sunday, March 26, at 1 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Fans are invited to attend this free event.

Established in 2003 by the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, the Toledo Crash is an integrated wheelchair football team dedicated to increasing awareness and building community. The team accomplishes this by creating opportunities for sports enthusiasts with and without disabilities to come together around the sport of football.

The Rockets and the Toledo Crash have been playing an annual wheelchair football game every year since 2005.

Diversity, cultural learning to be focus of annual international dinner

The International Students Association will hold its 41st annual international dinner this weekend.

The event will take place Saturday, March 25, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

This year’s theme is “The Oscars Edition,” and formal attire is recommended for the dress code.

Dr. Sammy Spann, UT assistant provost for international studies and programs, and adviser to the International Students Association, will give an introduction speech, followed by Dr. Willie McKether, UT vice president for diversity and inclusion, and a representative from the Welcome Toledo Lucas County Initiative.

The dinner will include 13 different types of cuisine, performances from students, and will end with a fashion show where students from 29 countries will represent their countries by walking with their flag.

There also will be an award presentation for the International Students Association’s 11 umbrella organizations.

“The dinner showcases and promotes the international culture at UT and for the past 40 years, the International Students Association has been conducting many cultural, educational and social programs and functions of interests to involve The University of Toledo and the community,” said Aanchal Senapati, treasurer of the International Students Association.

Tickets can be purchased at Ask Rocky for $15 or at the door for $20.

Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Welcome Toledo Lucas County Initiative. This organization works to create a vibrant and welcoming community that celebrates migration and immigrant heritage as well as supports and enhances social and economic opportunities for all.

The international dinner is the International Students Association’s biggest event and promotes diversity and cultural learning.

For more information, contact  utoledo@gmail.com.

Students to participate in day of service around Toledo March 25

More than 1,000 students along with faculty and staff from The University of Toledo will be giving back to the community by participating in the Big Event Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers will work around the University’s campus as well as at downtown sites, where they will pick up garbage, rake leaves, paint, and pull weeds.

The annual Big Event is the largest, one-day, student-run service project at the University when students come together to say “thank you” to the residents of Toledo, Bancroft Hills and Secor Gardens for their continual support throughout the years.

At last year’s event, more than 1,400 students provided approximately 6,300 hours of service to the community in just one day.

“For some of our community participants, the Big Event represents a chance to get work done that might be beyond the resident’s abilities,” said Dr. Page Armstrong, associate lecturer in the Jesup Scott Honors College and faculty adviser for the event. “It has become an annual part of their lives and they can count on UT students to be there once a year to help.

“The Big Event is a great way to let the Toledo community interact with our students and to see what a wonderful resource our students and UT are to the community.”

Participants will meet at the Student Recreation Center before going out into the community for their volunteer projects.

The Big Event is a national organization that was started at Texas A&M in 1982. The University of Toledo’s chapter is entirely student-run and funded by donations from the community.

To register, go to orgsync.com/104109/forms/242712.

Re-Energize at Earth Hour celebration March 25

As energy usage and climate change become more urgent and prevalent topics, conservationists are looking for ways to draw attention to these issues.

The Society of Environmental Advocates invites the UT community to its Earth Hour celebration, which is a global event where at least one hour is set aside to bring awareness to energy conservation.

The event will be held Saturday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at the Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road, Oregon.

Speakers at the event will include Melissa Greene, director of the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission and sustainability coordinator for the Board of Lucas County Commissioners, and Michael Green, director of energy management for The University of Toledo.

After presentations by the guest speakers, attendees will tour the Lake Erie Center and, weather permitting, take a short nature walk.

Alex Lytten, president of the Society for Environmental Advocates, said that the event promotes the organization’s message of sustainability and conservation, and that membership is open to anyone who shares an interest in environmental science, geology, ecology and biomes.

To daily reduce your energy usage, Lytten recommends: “Turning down your thermostat, turn off unused lights and appliances, invest in energy-efficient lighting and appliances, and carpool whenever possible.”

For more information, contact ensc.society.ut@gmail.com.

Science museum president to discuss career, empowering roles for women

Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, will speak Monday, March 27, at 6 p.m. in Nitschke Hall Room 1027.

Matthews was selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the 100 most influential women in Michigan in 2016. Selections were determined by impact, diversity and proven leadership.

Matthews

Since she was named president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center in 2013, Matthews has led an effort to take STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) programs into the community. The center also started offering adult programming and professional development for teachers; launched STEM Vision Awards to recognize students and adult leaders; and started the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress to spark STEMM spark interest among fourth- through eighth-grade girls.

“The talk will focus on Dr. Matthews’ experiences in the STEMM community as a woman and how she was able to incorporate her passion,” said Kelley Webb, a graduate assistant of the African American Initiatives in the Office of Multicultural Student Success. “Dr. Matthews is able to relate to many people on many levels. They will learn about grace and grit, how she got to where she is and why.”

According to the National Science Foundation, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important with benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. Students need to develop their capabilities in STEMM to higher levels than were needed in the past.

“Dr. Matthews is well-known in the STEMM community, and she is very down-to-earth,” Webb said. “I believe that she exhibits the qualities that many women, especially black women, desire to develop, and she is doing something positive in a growing field.”

Matthews received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical and electrical engineering from Duke University and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She was a biomedical engineer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and worked at museums in Maryland and Ohio.

The free talk is sponsored by We Are STEMM, the Office of Multicultural Student Success, African American Initiatives and NaturalHAIRitage.

Matthews’ visit is one of the University’s events scheduled for Women’s History Month.

International Joint Commission invites public to meeting at UT Lake Erie Center March 23

The International Joint Commission, an independent binational organization that prevents and resolves issues facing boundary waters between the U.S. and Canada, is holding a public meeting at The University of Toledo Lake Erie Center this week to gather input about progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes.

The free, public event will take place Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. at the UT Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.

It is one of six public meetings being held in communities around the Great Lakes throughout March as the commission finalizes its assessment of progress made by the U.S. and Canada to reach goals of the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Dr. Christine Mayer, UT professor and aquatic ecologist, serves as a member of the International Joint Commission Great Lakes Science Advisory Board, which studies Great Lakes issues and provides its findings to help the International Joint Commission make recommendations to the governments of the two countries.

“Residents of the Great Lakes region deserve clean water, healthy beaches and fish that are safe to eat,” Mayer said. “I encourage residents of northwest Ohio to attend the International Joint Commission meeting and provide their feedback on progress toward restoration of the Great Lakes. Now is a crucial time for the public to voice their support for sustained restoration of the Great Lakes.”

With more than $12.5 million of active grants underway to address water quality concerns, UT faculty and researchers are taking a multidisciplinary approach to protecting the nation’s Great Lakes from invasive species and providing clean drinking water for generations to come.

“I am delighted that the public meeting for the International Joint Commission will be held at The University of Toledo Lake Erie Center,” said Dr. Tim Fisher, geology professor, chair of the UT Department of Environmental Sciences and interim director of the Lake Erie Center. “The citizens of Oregon and Toledo will not have to travel far to learn about ongoing research on harmful algae blooms, restoration and protection plans for Lake Erie, and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. But most importantly, the public will have an opportunity to express their suggestions, views and concerns to this binational agency to influence future activity.”

According to the Ohio Environmental Council, Lake Erie supplies drinking water to roughly three million Ohioans, and visitors spend more than $10 billion a year in communities along Lake Erie for tourism, travel and fishing.

“This meeting in Toledo — and all six of the International Joint Commission’s public meetings — is integral to the the commission’s assessment process,” said Lana Pollack, chair of the U.S. section of the International Joint Commission. “We want to hear what people think about the government’s progress report and the International Joint Commission’s draft assessment of progress, and hear their views on how governments should address the Great Lakes water quality issues that residents care about the most.”

The International Joint Commission’s draft report, the Canadian and U.S. government report, as well as details on the upcoming public meetings around the Great Lakes, can be found at http://participateijc.org.

Event registration is online here and will be available at the door as well.

Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals to hold oral arguments at UT College of Law March 22

On Wednesday, March 22, UT law students and members of the public will get to experience a morning of appellate court arguments when the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals holds oral arguments in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

Oral arguments at the free, public session will begin at 9 a.m., and the final case will be argued starting at 10:15 a.m.

Presiding over oral arguments will be a panel of three judges from the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals: The Hon. Arlene Singer, a 1976, UT law alumna; Thomas J. Osowick, a 1981 UT law alumnus; and Christine E. Mayle. The judges will hear four cases:

• Romstadt v. Garcia, et al. is a personal injury lawsuit in which the plaintiff was injured when hit by a vehicle owned and insured by defendant-appellee but driven by her son. The issue on summary judgment was limited to the question of whether the son had his mother’s permission to drive the vehicle at the time of the accident. Plaintiff now argues that summary judgment was inappropriate because of material inconsistencies in the mother’s deposition testimony and because the question turned on the credibility of the mother’s testimony.

• In State of Ohio v. Whites Landing Fisheries Inc., the defendant-appellee was charged by the state under the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code with three counts of illegally harvesting yellow perch from a part of Lake Erie for which the annual quota was zero. The defendant-appellee alleged in its motion to dismiss that the definition of “Lake Erie yellow perch management units” in the code provision was unconstitutionally void for vagueness. The appeal is from a grant of a motion to dismiss based on the unconstitutionality of a penal provision.

• State of Ohio v. Brandeberry involves a guilty plea and sentencing order for a juvenile prosecuted as an adult for charges of arson and murder. On appeal, the defendant challenges the constitutionality of the mandatory transfer and sentencing provisions that resulted in defendant being prosecuted and sentenced as an adult. The constitutional challenges allege violations of due process and equal protection, as well as ineffective assistance of counsel.

• In State of Ohio v. Greely, the appeal is from a sentencing order after a guilty plea to charges of aggravated burglary and rape. For purposes of sentencing, the court treated the aggravated burglary and rape counts as dissimilar offenses and ordered separate and consecutive sentences. The defendant argues that the court erred in treating the offenses as dissimilar and imposing consecutive sentences.

Experiencing appellate arguments firsthand will be especially helpful for first year UT law students. As part of their Lawyering Skills II course, each law student must research and write an appellate brief and then present an oral argument on behalf of a fictional client.

“The opportunity for students to observe judges and lawyers in a real court session is a valuable learning experience in our oral advocacy curriculum,” said Terrell Allen, UT legal writing professor and director of the College of Law’s legal research, writing and appellate advocacy program. “We appreciate the court’s willingness to provide this useful experience and instruction for our students.”

Toledo Hackathon focusing on Lake Erie infrastructure

Through its tech-driven water innovation competition, Erie Hack challenges local coders, designers, engineers, water experts and everyday citizens to think of creative solutions to some of Lake Erie’s biggest obstacles.

“At a time when critical funding for the health of Lake Erie is in jeopardy, it’s more important than ever for citizens to come together to produce homegrown, innovative solutions for the most precious resource in our region,” said Morgan Fitzgibbons, program director for Erie Hack.

The competition, which includes more than $100,000 in prizes, focuses on six individual challenges:

• Mitigate nutrient loading and its environmental impacts;

• Reduce and remediate urban pollution;

• Cultivate resilience in water infrastructure systems;

• Manage aging water infrastructure systems;

• Connect communities to the value of water; and

• Drive the creation of meaningful data.

One of the goals of Erie Hack is to engage young people in the emerging “blue economy”: the economic sector dedicated to sustaining freshwater bodies around the globe. One of the ways this is accomplished is by hosting hackathons in cities surrounding Lake Erie.

The regional Toledo Hackathon will begin Friday, March 24, at 6 p.m. and end Sunday, March 26, at 6 p.m. The competition will be held at Launchpad Incubation at UT, 1510 N. Westwood Ave.

Both individuals and teams not exceeding five members may compete. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to compete, unless he or she is on a high school team.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required in advance; click here.

For more information on Erie Hack, including full rules, judging criteria, tips to ensure success and prizes, visit eriehack.io/challenge.

Immigration seminar set for March 23

Recent changes to U.S. immigration laws will be the topic at an informational immigration seminar sponsored by the Paralegal Studies Program.

The event will take place Thursday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Health and Human Services Building Room 1711.

The seminar will focus on general immigration rules and international student visa status; immigration updates under the Trump administration; ramifications to immigration status for those charged with a crime; and the rights and responsibilities of international students after graduation.

The guest speaker for the event will be Tracy Schauff, who has more than 20 years of experience in immigration law, from the Fakhoury Law Group.

“Today, the number of foreign-born residents living in the United States on a long-term basis is the highest it has ever been,” said John J. Schlageter, program director and senior lecturer of the Paralegal Studies Program. “Immigration law and policy has a dramatic impact on the foreign born, their family members, and the U.S. workforce.”

Schlageter said that since immigration law is never static and societal goals and public priorities are always changing, the information that will be presented in the seminar is even more valuable.

“This information is of value to everyone, regardless of their nationality. Faculty and staff need to be informed so that assistance can be given to any student who may inquire,” Schlageter said. “Students should be informed so that trips to country of origin can be better planned. Doing so will cause less confusion upon re-entry to the United States and will continue the University’s goal of creating a memorable educational experience.”

Lunch will be provided for the first 50 people at the free event, which is open to faculty, staff and students.

‘The Trials of Spring’ screening and discussion to focus on political and social justice

In a time of cultural and political upheaval in her home country, Hend Nafea will visit campus to share her story with the UT community.

“The Trials of Spring” tells the story of 21-year-old Nafea’s indomitable spirit, and her journey after being arrested for speaking out against her country’s military rule.

“The film shows, not only the actions taken, but the suffering that existed before and after,” said Dr. Asma Abdel Halim, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. “Autobiographical and biographical stories are detailed and inspiring. I think the film tells us about the fear that was instilled in the people through decades of oppression and the unbelievable courage that overcame that immense fear.”

Nafea traveled from her village to Cairo, where she advocated with thousands of Egyptians for the end of military rule. She was arrested, beaten and tortured by security forces. After her release, Nafea was shunned by her family for bringing shame to their name.

All are invited to attend a free screening and discussion of the film Wednesday, March 22. Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m., and the film will begin at 7 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium.

The discussion with Nafea will be moderated by Abdel Halim and Dr. Renée Heberle, professor and honors adviser in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

“It is important for every woman that participates in an action that leads to change to tell her story. Even within those seeking change, one cannot ignore the gender aspect of activism. It is also necessary for documenting such events for women’s history, as most of the time this history is ignored,” said Abdel Halim. “Real heroism is seen in actions taken by the powerless, as such actions are taken by the most unexpected actors, such as women. It is really empowering for people everywhere, to see that everything is possible and the biggest obstacles are surmountable.”

The event, one of many scheduled at UT for Women’s History Month, is sponsored by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; School of Interdisciplinary Studies; Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women; Program in Law and Social Thought; and Office of Student Services.

For more information, contact Abdel Halim by calling 419.530.2233.