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Lake Erie Center photo contest seeking submissions

The Lake Erie Center’s ninth annual photo contest is accepting entries through Friday, Nov. 2.

Amateur photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to share their nature photographs featuring the beauty of the region extending from Oak Openings to Maumee Bay.

“We host this contest every year because we feel it is important to mesh art and science, and we enjoy showcasing the amazing photographs we receive each year,” said Rachel Lohner, education program manager at the Lake Erie Center.

The theme of the contest is “The Nature of Our Region: From Oak Openings to Maumee Bay.”

Color and black-and-white photographs will be accepted. Entries are limited to three per person.

Prizes will be awarded in multiple age categories. First-place winners in each category will take home $25, and the grand-prize winner will receive $100.

Winners of the contest will be invited to attend an awards reception and receive their prizes in January.

Read more about the contest and enter photos at utoledo.edu/nsm/lec/webforms/lec-photo-contest.html.

Bancroft Street construction nears completion

The Bancroft Street road replacement project is in the home stretch.

Miller Bros. Construction Inc. of Archbold, Ohio, and the city of Toledo will begin final paving Friday, Oct. 19.

That means there will be intermittent lane shifting during this portion of the project.

In addition, the parking bay area in front of University Hall will be closed Friday, Oct. 19, and again late next week, Thursday or Friday, Oct. 25 or 26, according to Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation.

“We ask that motorists and pedestrians continue to use extreme caution as construction winds down,” Collins said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during this project.”

Department of Theatre and Film to hold auditions for two productions

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will hold two sets of auditions this fall.

The first auditions, for the play “The Pillowman,” will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22-23.

The second set will be for the musical “Into the Woods” and will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 13-14.

All auditions will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Studio Theatre.

Auditions are open to everyone, including members of the community. Cast members do not need to be UT students. Parking is free during the auditions.

For the play auditions, participants should prepare a one-minute monologue that must be memorized. For the musical, they must prepare a theatre song.

Scripts are available for a 24-hour loan period and are in the department office. Sign-up sheets and audition forms are posted on the production call board near the dressing rooms in the Center for Performing Arts. Audition forms can be filled out in advance, but they must be brought to the audition. Additional audition forms will be available the evening of tryouts.

Performances for “The Pillowman” will be held Feb. 1-10. Performances for the “Into the Woods” are April 5-20. Rehearsal schedules will be determined after the shows are cast.

Written by Martin McDonagh, “The Pillowman” will be directed by Quincy Joyner, UT assistant lecturer of theatre. The play is about a fiction writer who is interrogated by police because the content of his stories is horrifyingly similar to a string of recent child murders.

“Into the Woods” will be directed by Dr. Edmund Lingan, UT professor and chair of theatre. Based on the book by James Lapine, the production features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Four fictional characters are taken out of their fairy tale stories and given the chance to make their deepest wishes come true. The characters find themselves on a quest that somehow becomes intertwined with the other characters’ journeys.

Men’s, women’s basketball season preview Oct. 24

The University of Toledo will host “Tricks, Treats and Dunks,” presented by Paramount Advantage, a special basketball season preview Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. in Savage Arena. Admission is free.

The evening will begin with trick-or-treating for kids from 6 to 7 p.m. at stations located in the arena concourses, pumpkin decorating, and a haunted house inside Fetterman Gym.

Fans can dress in their Halloween costumes and get treats and prizes. Free basketball schedule posters will be provided for fans to get autographs from UT women’s and men’s basketball players.

At 7 p.m., the fun moves to Nichols Court, where a contest for best Halloween costumes will be judged. Prizes will be given out to best costumes for children. There also will be raffle prizes for both fans and UT students throughout the night.

Following the Halloween costume contest, the 2018-19 UT women’s and men’s basketball teams will be introduced. The Rockets will participate in a game of Knockout that will feature players from both teams, a Rocket Kids Club member, a UT student and a fan. The event will conclude with a slam-dunk contest for the men’s team.

Fans can purchase snacks from the concession stands as they watch the action and listen to music from a DJ.

In conjunction with “Tricks, Treats and Dunks,” the Residence Hall Association will host its annual Halloween Walk. Children and families will have the opportunity for more trick-or-treating in the residence halls following the conclusion of the event in Savage Arena.

Free parking will be available in lots 3, 4 and 5, which are adjacent to Savage Arena.

Rockets to host MAC East Division leader Buffalo Oct. 20

Toledo returns home this week to host Buffalo (6-1, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) Saturday, Oct. 20, at noon.

The Bulls are the leaders in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. They are one of three MAC teams, along with MAC West teams Northern Illinois (4-0) and Western Michigan (3-0), that are still undefeated in conference play. Toledo must still play all three teams this season.

The Rockets (3-3, 1-1) are coming off a 28-26 loss at Eastern Michigan Oct. 13. Toledo nearly came back from a 25-point deficit, but the Rockets’ furious rally came up just short.

Toledo trailed 28-3 going into the fourth quarter when junior Mitchell Guadagni engineered three scoring drives, the final touchdown coming with 20 seconds left when Guadagni scrambled 10 yards to cut the lead to 28-26. Toledo went for the two-point conversion to tie the game, but Guadagni’s pass to sophomore Bryce Mitchell was broken up. Toledo’s attempt at an on-side kick went out of bounds, giving EMU its first win over the Rockets in the past 12 meetings.

Buffalo is coming off a 24-6 victory over Akron at home last week. The Bulls have won six of their seven contests this season, their only defeat a 42-13 loss to Army. Buffalo has defeated non-conference opponents Rutgers and Temple, along with MAC foes Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. The Bulls lead the MAC in scoring defense (21.7) and total defense (335.9). Their offense is paced by junior quarterback Tyree Jackson (1,543 yards, 18 TDs) and freshman running back Kevin Marks (530 yards, seven TDs).

Toledo and Buffalo have not met since a 51-41 Rocket victory in the Glass Bowl in 2013. UT leads the all-time series, 7-3.

Tickets for the game are on sale at the UT Athletic Ticket Office, online at utrockets.com or at 419.530.GOLD (4653). Faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID, and UT students are admitted free with ID.

UT to host statewide women’s conference; RSVP by Oct. 26

The American Council on Education Women’s Network Ohio will hold its 20th annual conference at The University of Toledo Friday, Nov. 2, in the Thompson Student Union.

UT President Sharon L. Gaber will moderate a presidential panel at 8:45 a.m. with Lorain County Community College President Marcia Ballinger, Capital University President Elizabeth Paul, Union Institute and University President Karen Schuster Webb, and Kent State University President Beverly Warren.

“It is an honor for The University of Toledo to host this conference, and I look forward to talking about women in higher education leadership roles with presidents from institutions in Ohio,” Gaber said.

“We are excited to have the American Council on Education Women’s Network Ohio annual conference come here for the first time to The University of Toledo and to northwest Ohio,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, executive director of the UT Minority Business Development Center, who is co-chair of the American Council on Education Women’s Network Ohio and chair of the annual conference. “This year marks the 20th anniversary of the conference, and we appreciate the support of President Gaber.”

Sessions during the daylong event will cover several topics, including developing a career and personal plan to reach the executive level; building feminist futures on and beyond campus; creating transformative space for Latinas in higher education; and cultivating networks of leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“This year’s theme is ‘Lifting as We Climb,’ and it is a testament to what we need to do as women to help one another be successful professionally,” said Gore, who is the principal investigator for the Ohio Minority Business Assistance Center Toledo and the Global Minority Business Virtual Development Center.

Prior to the conference, a Northwest Ohio Presidential Panel titled “Engaged Women Leaders: How Colleges and Universities Are Impacting Communities in Northwest Ohio” will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium.

The panel will feature Gaber, Defiance College President Richanne C. Mankey, University of Findlay President Katherine Fell, Tiffin University President Lillian Schumacher, Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek and Bluffton University President Jane Wood. The presidents will discuss how higher education institutions play a vital role in their communities.

RSVPs are requested by Friday, Oct. 26; go to utoledo.edu/offices/president/email/ace/ace.html.

Tickets — $125 and $50 for graduate students — are available at
aceohiowomen.org/conference_signup.php. About 30 tickets remain.

For more information and a detailed schedule, click here.

Rocket fans have chance to win Jeep at football game Oct. 20

The University has teamed up again with Yark Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, Bud Light, and iHeart Media for the Toledo Rocket Fan Jeep Giveaway contest. Rocket fans will have the opportunity to win a brand new Jeep Wrangler at the Saturday, Oct. 20, football game against Buffalo.

“We value being local and working with local partners to provide the people of Toledo with products and services they love,” said John Miller, a representative of Treu House of Munch, which has been part of Toledo since 1875. “This has been one of the biggest and most successful marketing programs we participate in because the people of Toledo support all things Toledo.”

“We are very excited to be sponsoring our third year of the Toledo Rocket Fan Jeep Giveaway,” added Doug Kearns, vice president of Yark Automotive Group. “We love to support our hometown Toledo Rockets as they go after another Mid-American Conference Championship this season.”

“The University of Toledo and the Jeep Wrangler represent some of the best we have to offer in Toledo,” said iHeartRadio Toledo Market President Kellie Holeman. “We’re thrilled to once again give Rocket fans and iHeartRadio listeners the chance to drive away from a game in a brand new Jeep from Yark Automotive Group. It’s just one more exciting part of Rocket Nation.”

NewsRadio 1370 and 92.9 WSPD has been the flagship home of UT football for 52 years, and now games may be heard on the free iHeartRadio app.

The contest will run through Saturday, Oct. 20, with the winner receiving the keys to a brand new 2018 Toledo-made Jeep Wrangler.

Contest participants must be 21 years of age or older to enter. There are three ways to enter (limited to one entry per person) to win:

• Text JEEP to 81530 to enter for a chance to qualify (standard message and data rates apply).

• Go online and enter at WIOT.com.

• Enter to win at the UT vs. Buffalo football game Saturday, Oct. 20.

Two finalists will be selected via text or online entry with the third finalist being selected at the game. The winner will be announced at halftime during the UT-Buffalo game. All three finalists will be given a key to the Jeep, with one lucky fan’s key starting the vehicle. For the chance to win, all entrants must be at the Oct. 20 game.

The Toledo Rocket Fan Jeep Giveaway contest is sponsored by Yark Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, Bud Light and iHeart Media.

Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center to offer free breast cancer screenings Oct. 19

The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at The University of Toledo Medical Center is recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with free events aimed at early detection and education about the disease.

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to think about having your mammogram,” said Jan Tipton, a registered nurse and manager of the Infusion Center at the cancer center.

On National Mammography Day, which this year falls on Friday, Oct. 19, the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center is offering free mammograms and clinical breast exams for women who are uninsured or underinsured.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, but statistics show that one-third of women older than the age of 40 have not had a mammogram in the past two years.

“By doing regular screenings, we can detect these cancers early and hopefully prevent patients from needing more invasive treatments,” Tipton said.

Women who have not had a recent mammogram or those who have found a lump during a self-breast exam are encouraged to register. A limited number of spots are available. To register or inquire about eligibility, call 419.383.5170.

Later this month, the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center will host a free panel discussion with three of its breast cancer specialists to talk about the precision treatment options available at The University of Toledo Medical Center.

The program will begin at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, and feature breast surgeon Dr. Heather Klepacz, medical oncologist Dr. Danae Hamouda and radiation oncologist Dr. Tangel Chang, who will speak about the latest advances in breast cancer treatment, including the most individualized treatment available today. A question-and-answer session will follow.

“We are entering into a new age of state-of-the art care using precision targeted therapy. Drs. Klepacz, Hamouda and Chang are all outstanding physicians who are part of our family-centered multidisciplinary care team,” said Dr. F. Charles Brunicardi, a surgical oncologist at UTMC and director of the Cancer Program in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “We are proud of the work the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center is doing and glad we can educate the community on the latest options in cancer care.”

The panel discussion is open to the public, but reservations are requested by emailing danacancercenter@utoledo.edu or calling 419.383.5243.

UPDATED: Filmmaker to show documentary on racism

“Man on Fire,” a documentary about racism, will be screened Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

Director Joel Fendelman will introduce the work and lead a question-and-answer session after the screening.

However, the workshop scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, has been canceled.

“Man on Fire” focuses on Grand Saline, Texas, which has a history of racism, a history the community refuses to talk about. This shroud of secrecy ended when Charles Moore, an elderly white preacher, self-immolated to protest the town’s racism in 2014, shining a spotlight on the town’s dark past.

In the 2017 film, Fendelman and Dr. James Chase Sanchez examined the protest and question the racism in Grand Saline as it stands today.

“It’s important for people to realize that things like racism and race relations do not exist in a vacuum,” Jennifer Pizio, associate director in the UT Office for Diversity and Inclusion, said. “By taking time to learn about the historical context within which a situation arises, we are better able to grasp the why and how so we can do things differently and, hopefully, better.”

The free, public event is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the College of Arts and Letters; the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities; the Department of English, Language and Literature; the Department of History; and the Department of Theatre and Film.

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 419.530.2260.

Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame to induct 2018 class

The University of Toledo Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame will induct nine former student-athletes Friday, Oct. 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg.

Social hour for the event will begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will follow at 7 p.m. The class also will be introduced at halftime of the UT football game vs. Buffalo Saturday, Oct. 20.

Tickets for the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame induction dinner are $45 or $360 for a table of eight and can be purchased by calling the Athletic Development Office at 419.530.5087.

The 2018 Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame inductees are:

Lurley Archambeau, football, 1963 to 1965. He was a three-year starter, playing in the first three years of legendary Rocket Coach Frank Lauterbur’s tenure. In his sophomore and junior seasons, Archambeau started on both the offensive and defensive lines, one of the last two-way players in UT history. He also played on all special teams, meaning he did not come off the field during games. As a senior, Archambeau was the starting center on a team that went 5-5. After graduation, Archambeau was drafted in the 17th round by the Atlanta Falcons, but an injury ended his football career. After graduation, he attended medical school and became the first president of the first class of the former Medical College of Ohio. He has been in private psychiatry practice in Toledo for the past 43 years and has served his alma mater as a counselor for Rocket student-athletes for four decades.

Andy Boyd, football, 1998 to 2001. He was a walk-on who became a four-year starter at safety. During his collegiate career, Boyd always seemed to make the big play in the biggest games. Boyd totaled 314 tackles and 10 interceptions. He made the Mid-American Conference Academic Honor Roll in 1999, 2000 and 2001. During his junior year in 2000, he also was named All-MAC by the Sporting News. Boyd also was named UT’s Most Outstanding Defensive back in 1999, 2000 and 2001. During Boyd’s time at UT, the Rockets had a 33-13 record (22-8 MAC) and won MAC West Division titles in 1998, 2000 and 2001. In Boyd’s senior year, the Rockets won the MAC Championship and 2001 Motor City Bowl. He had 76 tackles and three interceptions as a redshirt freshman in 1998, making the Football News’ First-Team Freshman All-American squad and Football News’ All-MAC First-Team. He also received the Norman Cohen award for UT’s Most Outstanding Freshman football player in 1998. His biggest play came in the fourth quarter with an interception against Central Michigan that set up the game-winning field goal to help Toledo take the MAC West Division title. Boyd had 61 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore, and 95 tackles and three picks as a junior in 2000. That 2000 team went 10-1 and was one of the strongest defensive teams ever at UT, racking up three shutouts and holding opponents to 14 points or fewer in seven games. Boyd made the game-saving tackle on the final play in a 31-26 defeat of Tony Romo and Eastern Illinois that season. In 2001, Boyd was named a team captain. He had 82 tackles and one interception. He broke up the potential game-winning pass in the end zone on fourth down to clinch Toledo’s 23-16 victory over Cincinnati in the 2001 Motor City Bowl. After graduation, Boyd served the Rockets as a volunteer coach (2002), a graduate assistant coach (2003 to 2004), and assistant coach (2005 to 2009) and director of high school relations (2010). While on the coaching staff, Boyd recruited First-Team All-MAC players Barry Church, Archie Donald, Jermaine Robinson and Eric Page. Church and Page would go on to become All-Americans. Boyd went into private business in 2010 and returned to the program as color commentator on Rocket football broadcasts from 2011 to 2015.

Sean Dobson
, baseball, 2001 to 2004. He made First-Team All-MAC, First-Team All-Region and was named an All-American by College Baseball Insider.com in 2004. He hit .394 that season and set UT records for total bases (152), RBIs (63) and doubles (23), while also scoring 60 runs. He led the team in hitting in 2002 with a .387 average, knocking in 34 runs and scoring 33. In 2003, he hit .367 and led the team with 60 runs scored. Dobson finished his career as UT’s leader in runs, hits and doubles. He ranks second in batting average (.371), third in runs (159) and hits (249), fourth in total bases (356), tied for fourth in doubles (46), and seventh in RBI (131). An outfielder, Dobson was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 40th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft.

Ari Fisher, women’s track and field/cross country, 2008 to 2012. Fisher made All-MAC six times in her career as a distance runner, three times in cross country and three times in track and field. She is one of only five runners in MAC history to win back-to-back cross country titles, achieving that feat in 2009 and 2010. She qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championship Meet three times in her career, earning All-America honors in 2010. Fisher won the individual title as a sophomore in 2009, pacing UT to a second-place finish. She then took ninth place at the NCAA Regionals and qualified for her first NCAA Championship Meet. A year later, she won the MAC title again, leading the Rockets to a MAC title. She was third at the NCAA Regionals and 26th at the NCAA Championship Meet. In 2011, Fisher came in third place at the MAC Championships as UT again won the team title. She was 17th at the NCAA Regionals and 76th at the NCAA Championship Meet, helping UT to its highest national finish ever (21st place). Injuries hampered her track career, but she was named the league’s Outstanding Distance Runner at the 2010 Indoor Championship when she won the 5K by more than 26 seconds. In 2011, she set the MAC record in the 5K at the Iowa State meet. Her time of 16:04.56 was one of the top 10 fastest times in the world that year. She was one of the favorites to win the 5K at the NCAA Indoor Championships that year, but an injury forced her to withdraw from the race. In 2012, she won the 10K at the MAC Outdoor Championships.

Laura Lindsay, women’s swimming and diving, 2008 to 2011. She was a two-time All-American and three-time All-MAC swimmer who helped lead Toledo to MAC Championships in 2010 and 2012. She earned All-America honors in the breaststroke in 2011 and 2012, the only Rocket woman swimmer to make All-America twice in her career. In 2012, Lindsay swam the fifth fastest time at the NCAA Championships in the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming in the B final and winning the event. She also swam the 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Championships twice, making her a four-time NCAA qualifier. Lindsay set three MAC records in the breaststroke and still holds two all-time UT individual records, as well as the MAC record in the 200 breast (2:09.72). Over her career, Lindsay won six MAC titles, one each in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and four in medley relays. As a sophomore, Lindsay was part of the MAC Championship 200- and 400-medley relay teams, earning second-team all-conference. A year later, Lindsay finished in second place in both the 100- and 200-breaststroke, taking home First-Team All-MAC honors. As a senior, she won both of those races at the MAC Championships, as well as participating in the 200- and 400-medley relay teams that won league titles. Lindsay, who was named Toledo’s team MVP in 2011 and 2012, was a USA Olympic top 10 qualifier in the 100- and 200-breaststroke in 2012, and top 25 qualifier in 2016.

Jared Miller, men’s tennis, 2005 to 2009. He was a four-time All-MAC tennis player and three-time team captain during his collegiate career. His overall record was 128-108, including a 42-28 mark at No.1 singles and No. 1 doubles as a senior. He earned a spot on the All-MAC Tournament Team in 2008 and 2009. In his senior year, Miller helped lead the Rockets to the MAC Tournament title match, their best finish in 36 years, and was ranked No. 8 in doubles in the Midwest Region. Miller was a three-time Academic All-MAC choice and was twice named MAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week. In 2009, he earned the MAC Men’s Tennis Senior Sportsmanship Award and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I Men’s Midwest Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award. Miller nabbed numerous team awards, including Newcomer of the Year (2005-06); Most Improved Player (2005-06 and 2006-07); Team Leadership Award (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09) and Most Valuable Player (all four years). In 2009, Miller was voted UT’s Most Valuable Male Senior by the UT Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In 2009, he was honored for having the highest GPA among all UT male student-athletes. Miller graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with concentration in biochemistry. He went to medical school and works in general pediatrics and primary care sports medicine with St. Vincent Medical Group in Kokomo, Ind.

Eric Page, football, 2009 to 2011. Page’s 306 receptions are the most in Toledo history and the 12th most in NCAA history. He also leads Toledo with 3,446 receiving yards. He holds the single-season mark for catches, snagging 125 passes as a junior in 2011, and ranks first all-time in career kickoff return average (27.3). Page was a three-time All-MAC selection who earned first-team All-America honors as a kickoff returner in 2010, a year in which he averaged 31.1 yards per return and scored three TDs. In 2009, Page led the nation’s freshmen with 82 receptions and 1,159 receiving yards. He earned second-team All-MAC honors and was named a Freshman All-American by Phil Steele and College Football News. As a sophomore, Page caught 99 passes and was named First-Team All-MAC as both a receiver and kickoff returner. He was selected by Walter Camp and the Sporting News as a First-Team All-American at kickoff returner, the first Rocket to make first-team on a major All-America team since Gene Swick in 1975. He also was named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year and the National Kickoff Returner of the Year by College Football Performance Awards. In his junior season, Page became only the third person in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history to make First-Team All-League at three positions: wide receiver, kickoff returner and punt returner. He shattered the UT reception mark by catching 125 passes and was one of four national finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the nation’s most versatile player. He set the UT record and tied Randy Moss’ MAC record when he caught five TD passes in one game vs. Northern Illinois in 2011. At the end of his college career, he was tied for the most career receptions by any player in MAC history.

Lena Richards-Crider, softball, 1995 to 1996. She is a two-time First-Team All-MAC selection. As a junior in 1995, she led the Rockets in nine categories: slugging percentage (.439), runs (40), hits, (69), at-bats (212 — which ties for fifth place in MAC history), doubles (13), sacrifices (18), total bases (93), stolen bases (12) and home runs (3). These impressive season stats helped her earn a spot on the First-Team All-MAC and First-Team All-Mideast Region lists. She was the MAC’s Hitter of the Week and was nominated for National Hitter of the Week after batting .600 (12 for 20) with seven RBI, four runs scored, three sacrifices, two doubles, and a grand slam over six games against No. 6 Michigan and Eastern Michigan (1995). She also pitched an 8-0 shutout over Eastern Michigan during that same stretch. In 1996, Richards-Crider made First-Team All-MAC again. She was named MAC Co-Hitter of the Week April 15 after hitting .692 (9 for 13) with two runs, one double, and a pair of stolen bases. Richards-Crider is vice president of development and marketing for A Kid Again, a nonprofit organization in Columbus, Ohio, that works to foster hope, happiness and healing for families raising children with life-threatening illnesses.

Naama Shafir, women’s basketball, 2008 to 2013. She was a four-time All-MAC selection and is one of only two players (Kim Knuth) in program history to earn all-conference accolades on four occasions. Shafir wrapped up her collegiate career ranked first in UT annals in assists (722, third most in MAC history), minutes played (4,218), games played (139) and games started (139). She also ranked second in free-throw attempts (696), third in steals (227) and made free throws (538), fourth in field-goal attempts (1,476), and fifth in points (1,874). Additionally, Shafir was sixth in field goals made (601), seventh in free-throw percentage (.773), and tied for ninth in scoring average (13.5 points per game). As a freshman, Shafir averaged 11.7 points and 4.5 assists, earning honorable mention All-MAC honors. A year later, she earned second-team all-league honors, averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 assists, leading UT to the MAC Championship title game for the first time since 2001. As a junior in the 2010-11 season, Shafir averaged 15.3 points and 5.1 assists, earning First-Team All-MAC honors. The Rockets finished in first place in the MAC that year and went on to win the WNIT Championship. She was named MVP of the tournament, scoring 40 points against USC in the championship game, a 76-68 Rocket victory before a record crowd in Savage Arena. Shafir played in only four games in 2011-12 due to a knee injury, but came back in 2012-13 to lead UT to a 29-4 record (15-1 MAC). She once again earned First-Team All-MAC honors, averaging 12.8 points and 4.6 assists. She was runner-up for MAC Player of the Year and a regional finalist for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s All-America Team. An excellent student, Shafir earned Academic All-MAC honors three times. She was part of the winningest class in school history, helping UT post a 107-31 overall ledger and a 54-10 MAC mark, with two MAC regular-season titles (2010-11, 2012-13), and four-consecutive MAC West-Division crowns, as well as advancing to the postseason each year. After graduation, Shafir returned to her native Israel, where she has played professional basketball for Elitzur Ramla, Maccabi Ramat Hen and Maccabi Bnot Ashdod.