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UT calendar of events relaunching

To improve communications, the University’s calendar of events is being relaunched as a single site and more convenient online tool that will house all on- and off-campus, UT-sponsored events to better serve students, faculty, staff, trustees and the public.

calendar-utnewsIn addition to featuring student and University events, this master calendar will include research, athletic and recreation events, as well as University lectures and conferences.

“This one-site master calendar will aid in planning and promoting events, plus ensure that major events don’t overlap,” Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, said. “We also want the calendar to reflect that the University is welcoming, student-centered and richly diverse in its offerings.”

Everyone has access to submit events to the calendar. Activities that should be posted on this master calendar include:

• University-sponsored events that the campus community and public may attend.

• UT-sponsored meetings that support transparency (for example, Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate meetings).

• Official academic calendar dates.

• Campus-wide student organization events and activities.

• Campus-wide alumni and UT Foundation events, such as Homecoming and pregame events, that are open to the public.

• Campus-wide athletic events and activities, including varsity athletic schedules.

• Events featured in UT News, UT NewsBreak and on the myUT portal.

Room scheduling, department meetings and events, personnel meetings, retirement announcements, and events not sponsored nor supported by the University should not be included on this calendar.

Individual areas within the University may continue posting these types of activities and meetings on their own calendars; however, the bulleted list of University-sponsored and campus-wide events above should always be mirrored on the master UT calendar of events.

Within the next couple of weeks, members of the UT calendar steering group will discuss use of the updated calendar with University deans.

To view the calendar, visit calendar.utoledo.edu, and a listing of the day’s events can be found on the myut.utoledo.edu page.

Three Rockets selected to play in East-West Shrine Game Jan. 21

Toledo senior tight end Michael Roberts, senior offensive lineman Storm Norton and senior defensive tackle Treyvon Hester have accepted invitations to play in the 92nd East-West Shrine Game.

The contest will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off at 3 p.m. and televised live on NFL Network.



Roberts was named first-team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America and Phil Steel Publications. He caught 45 passes for 533 yards and led the nation’s tight ends with 16 touchdown receptions, eight more than the next tight end. A first-team All-Mid-American Conference honoree this season, Roberts broke the Toledo record for touchdown catches in a season previously held by Lance Moore (14 in 2004). He shattered the school record for TD receptions by a tight end, formerly held by Don Seymour (9 in 1973). He had three TD catches in one game against both Western Michigan and Bowling Green.



Norton, 6-8, 306 pounds, is a two-time, first-team All-MAC selection at left tackle. He was the leader of a unit that allowed just 14 sacks in 2016 and powered a Rocket offense that led the MAC in total offense (517.8) and passing offense (322.8). This past season, he was on the official watch list for the Outland Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top interior lineman. He recently was named to SB Nation’s All-America Team.



Hester, however, will not be able to participate due to an injury. The 6-3, 300-pound defensive tackle is a three-time All-MAC player who earned second-team honors in 2016. In his four-year college career, Hester has totaled 153 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks. Hester led the Rockets with 5.0 sacks this season.

These Rockets join an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and 74 NFL Hall of Famers who have played in the East-West Shrine Game, in addition to more than 265 East-West Shrine Game alumni on NFL rosters each year. More than 100 players from the 2016 game signed with professional teams last spring, and more than 70 made final NFL rosters.

While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international pediatric specialty health-care system.

Running back to suit up for Senior Bowl

UT senior running back Kareem Hunt has accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.



The game will be played Saturday, Jan. 28, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., kicking off at 2:30 p.m. and televised live on NFL Network.

Hunt led the Mid-American Conference in rushing with 1,475 yards and is a three-time All-MAC honoree. He has run for 4,945 yards in his career as a Rocket and is UT’s all-time leading rusher. His career-high rushing game came in Mobile when he gained 271 yards in a 63-44 victory over Arkansas State at the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl Jan. 4, 2015. Hunt also rushed for five TDs that game, tying a bowl record held by Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State.

The Senior Bowl began in 1950 and has been played in Mobile every year since 1951. Some of the biggest names in college football history have competed in the Senior Bowl, including 17 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Climate change disruption to be discussed Jan. 19

The University of Toledo is hosting an event to discuss the polarizing topic of climate change.



Dr. Andy Jorgensen, associate professor of chemistry and environmental sciences at UT and senior fellow for the National Council for Science and the Environment, will lead a talk titled “Climate Change Disruption: How Do We Know? What Can We Do?” as part of the Lake Erie Center Public Lecture Series.

The free event will take place Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at the UT Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.

“Climate change and the cost of carbon dioxide pollution is a very intense topic in our country, which finds its way into political, business and social conversations, often with vocal disagreement,” Jorgensen said. “This presentation will give background information about the phenomenon and methods that have been used to characterize these changes. The human dimension of the problem will be emphasized in order to consider solutions.”

People who attend the event will be able to ask questions and share opinions. Participants also will be encouraged to share their views using a “clicker” or personal response device to compare their replies to those of more than 3,000 members of Jorgensen’s previous audiences.

NASA and the National Science Foundation have supported Jorgensen’s work on science education. He helped create an online program with more than 800 resources on climate change for students and teachers. The free, web-based curriculum can be found at camelclimatechange.org.

Belle, Cinderella to be at women’s basketball game Jan. 14

Fans can meet and have their photos taken with Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” and Cinderella Saturday, Jan. 14, during the Toledo women’s basketball game against Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. in Savage Arena.

princess-vb-01-webThe two princesses will be on the main concourse during pregame and halftime of the contest. The appearance will be presented by Laurel’s Princess Parties in Toledo.

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets — $12 for adults, $6 for youth, and $7 for groups of 15 or more prior to game day — can be ordered online at utrockets.com, by calling 419.530.GOLD, or at the UT Ticket Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MLK Unity Celebration to kick off Week of Service to honor civil rights leader

The 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Celebration will kick off a Week of Service for students at The University of Toledo.

Students, families and leaders in the Toledo community will gather at UT on the holiday for the annual Unity Celebration and then spread out throughout the city to honor King’s passion to help others.

The theme of the 16th annual event on Monday, Jan. 16, is “Reconciliation Through Service: Education, Social Justice and Religion,” named in honor of the three pillars that defined the philosophy of the civil rights leader who created a nonviolent social movement that changed the course of American history.



The free, public Unity Celebration will take place at 9 a.m. in Savage Arena on the UT Main Campus. A free community luncheon will follow the ceremony.

The keynote speaker will be Donzaleigh Abernathy, award-winning actress and daughter of civil rights icon Ralph David Abernathy. She published a book about the friendship between her parents and the Kings titled “Partners to History: Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, and the Civil Rights Movement.”

The Unity Celebration will feature performances by the Scott High School marching band, UT gospel choir, UT Fire Squad dance team, and students from the Toledo School for the Arts, as well as recognition of MLK Scholarship recipients and African-American Leadership Council of United Way Scholarship Award winners.

Throughout the week, UT students will volunteer at local agencies, including the Friendly Center, Padua Center and J. Frank Troy Senior Center.

In addition, UT is partnering with the United Way of Greater Toledo and other local colleges and universities for service activities throughout the month.

“We are proud to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King by working together and helping serve others,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Selfless acts of generosity combined with conversations about issues that in the past have kept us separate will allow us to celebrate our differences.”

mlk-poster-2016-copy“Through meaningful work and ‘Reconciliation Through Service: Education, Social Justice and Religion,’ we can make real our celebration of Dr. King’s life in 2017 and beyond as we strive as individuals and as a city to define ourselves by these peaceful and powerful activities,” Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson said.

Several events are scheduled at UT throughout the week, starting with Cost of Poverty Experience training sponsored by the United Way of Greater Toledo. The two-hour event will guide students through a role-playing simulation to give them a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families in this region. The free, public session will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Rooms 2582 and 2584.

UT will show a documentary about the emergence of King titled “Eyes on the Prize: No Easy Walk” Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. in Doermann Theater. The screening will be followed by a discussion. The free, public event is sponsored by the UT Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

The UT Epsilon Alpha chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is sponsoring a showing of “Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK” Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. in Student Union Room 2592. The documentary tells the story of King’s fraternity days as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Students also are invited to UT’s Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium, where Dr. Cornel West’s speech at Bowling Green State University will be streamed live Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. West is a social activist, Princeton University professor and author of the book “Race Matters.”

The Unity Celebration is organized by a committee with co-chairs Dr. Willie McKether, UT vice president for diversity and inclusion; Linda Alvarado, executive director of the Board of Community Relations for the city of Toledo; and Pastor Christopher Rowell.

For more information, contact the UT Office for Diversity and Inclusion at diversity@utoledo.edu.

Memorial service set for UT student; fund established in her memory

Visitation and a celebration of life for Molly L. LaBadie, a UT student who was pursuing a degree in anthropology and art history, will be held Saturday, Jan. 7.



LaBadie, 24, passed away from a sudden illness Dec. 22 in the Dominican Republic while on vacation with her mother, Dr. Kandace J. Williams, UT professor of biochemistry and cancer biology, and associate dean of the graduate program in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

The family will receive guests Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. The celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Family and friends then are invited to gather at 4 p.m. at the Toledo Sailing Club, 2701 Broadway St.

LaBadie worked as a lab aide from 2015 to 2016 in the College of Medicine.

The Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology is planning to establish a fund in memory of LaBadie with the UT Foundation.

“Our hope is that this fund will be sufficient to provide modest support for a selected graduate student to travel to a national scientific meeting each year,” Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and executive vice president for clinical affairs, wrote in an email sent to college members. “Given Molly’s past contributions to the department, her love of travel, and Kandace’s devotion to our graduate students, we believe that this would be a fitting way to honor Molly.”

Donations may be made to the UT Foundation with “Biochem in memory of Molly LaBadie” in the memo and left with Mary Ann Schuster, assistant to the chair of the Biochemistry and Cancer Biology Department, in Block Health Science Building Room 413. The UT Foundation also will provide envelopes at the memorial service Saturday at Newcomer Funeral Home.

To share memories of LaBadie, click here.

Meet ‘Star Wars’ characters Jan. 7 at UT basketball game

Fans can meet and have their photos taken with Rey and Kylo Ren from “Star Wars” Saturday, Jan. 7, during the Toledo men’s basketball team’s contest vs. Miami at 4 p.m. in Savage Arena.

star-wars-bball-image-webThe contest will be the second game of a doubleheader with the Rocket women’s team facing Miami at noon.

Rey and Kylo Ren will be on the main concourse during pregame and halftime of the men’s game. The appearance will be presented by Laurel’s Princess Parties in Toledo.

Tickets can be ordered online at utrockets.com, by calling 419.530.GOLD, or at the UT Ticket Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Electrical engineering student lights up holidays

It’s a cool Yule outside iHeart’s WRVF station in downtown Toledo as more than 3,000 lights in the shape of a Christmas tree pulsate in time to 101.5 the River’s holiday music.

Last February, Alec Connolly was given the task of brightening up and adding joy to the sonic world this Christmas season. The UT junior majoring in electrical engineering is completing his co-op with iHeartMedia.

Alec Connolly, a UT junior majoring in electrical engineering who is working a co-op at iHeartMedia, posed for a photo by the lights that he synced for 101.5's Christmas on the River.

Alec Connolly, a UT junior majoring in electrical engineering who is working a co-op at iHeartMedia, posed for a photo by the lights that he synced for 101.5’s Christmas on the River.

“My boss, Gary Fullhart [market director of engineering and information technology at iHeartMedia] came up with the idea, and we brainstormed and put the project together,” Connolly said. “He went up to Bronner’s in Frankenmuth, Mich., and he put this big bag of Christmas lights on my desk, and that’s when I knew it was actually going to happen.”

With a twinkle in his eye, Connolly began researching the project. By April, the UT engineering student had three units built for stations in Toledo, Lima and Napoleon.

“Most of the Christmas displays that you see are programmed to prerecorded songs; they pick 10 or 15 songs, and they program each individual light,” Connolly explained. “What we wanted to do is program it in real time. I can’t program every single light because on the radio, it’s random Christmas songs that play, so I wanted to do it in real time.”

Add a Raspberry Pi — a computer about the size of a credit card — running the free software LightShow Pi and it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

“The Raspberry Pi actually listens to the audio and converts it to the lights, which is what you see on the tree,” Connolly said. “Playing along to the music, the tree looks absolutely fantastic.”

“This is an interesting work that Alec has done,” Dr. Mansoor Alam, professor and chair of electrical engineering and computer science, said. “This shows that electrical engineering is not just hard work, but is also fun.”

“I visited Alec’s employer, iHeart Media, and talked to him about this project earlier this year,” Karen J. Gauthier, associate co-op director for electrical and computer science engineering, said. “His enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile to complete a project was evident.”

Synchronizing holiday songs and the lights proved inspirational for Connolly: “I’m planning to get the materials and make a unit again so that my house next year will have a display set up that’s synced to the River as well.”

The Sylvania resident wrote about the project for Radio World; read his article here.

And see the project in action in this video. Or dash down by the station at 125 S. Superior St.

“Folks can park by the Spaghetti Warehouse and sit in their cars and listen to Christmas on the River and watch,” Connolly said.

Rockets fall to Appalachian State, 31-28, in Camellia Bowl

Senior Kareem Hunt rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns to become Toledo’s all-time leading rusher, but it wasn’t enough as Toledo fell to Appalachian State, 31-28, Saturday night in the 2016 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.

App State scored on a 39-yard field goal with 5:14 left in the fourth quarter to give the Mountaineers a 31-28 lead. Toledo had a chance to tie the score, but Jameson Vest’s 30-yard field goal attempt with 1:48 left was wide right.

Senior Kareem Hunt led the rushing attack with 120 yards, giving him 4,945 career rushing yards, which breaks the all-time record at Toledo previously held by Chester Taylor.

Senior Kareem Hunt led the rushing attack with 120 yards, giving him 4,945 career rushing yards, which breaks the all-time record at Toledo previously held by Chester Taylor.

Hunt led the rushing attack with 120 yards, giving him 4,945 career rushing yards, which breaks the all-time record at Toledo previously held by Chester Taylor (4,849 from 1998 to 2001). It was also the 28th 100-yard game in his career, breaking the school mark of 27 held by Taylor.

Senior Logan Woodside connected on 18 of 26 passes and added to his nation-leading total by throwing two touchdown passes. He leads the nation with 45 touchdown passes, four more than the No. 2 QB (Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes with 41).

Senior Logan Woodside threw two touchdown passes. He leads the nation with 45 TD passes.

Senior Logan Woodside threw two touchdown passes. He leads the nation with 45 TD passes.

Junior Cody Thompson led the team with 99 yards on five receptions, giving him 1,269 on the season and surpassing the Toledo record of 1,194 set by Lance Moore in 2003.

The contest was a close battle throughout the night with neither team leading by more than seven points. The score was tied at 7, 14, 21 and 28.

The Mountaineers struck first, moving 72 yards on 10 plays in their first drive for the touchdown, a 16-yard pass from Taylor Lamb to Deltron Hopkins.

Tight end Michael Roberts celebrated after a 15-yard touchdown catch that made it 7-7 in the first quarter.

Tight end Michael Roberts celebrated after a 15-yard touchdown catch that made it 7-7 in the first quarter.

Toledo tied the score, 7-7, on a 15-yard scoring strike from Woodside to tight end Michael Roberts. The big play on that drive was a 58-yard bomb from Woodside to Corey Jones that set UT up at the App State 17-yard line.

The teams traded three punts each before App State scored on a 13-yard run by Marcus Cox to give the Mountaineers a 14-7 lead with 6:03 to play in the second quarter.

Toledo struck back when Hunt bolted 26 yards into the end zone to tie the score at 14-14.

App State regained the lead on a 13-yard touchdown run by quarterback Lamb on a fourth-and-one play with 8:04 to play in the third quarter.

Senior DeJuan Rogers took down a Mountaineer.

Senior DeJuan Rogers took down a Mountaineer.

Later in the quarter, Toledo tied the score once again, 21-21, on a four-yard touchdown pass from Woodside to Thompson.

However, the Mountaineers wasted no time when Darrynton Evans returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

Toledo evened the score at 28-28 with a one-yard run by Hunt. The drive was set up by Woodside’s 58-yard pass to Thompson across the middle of the field to the four-yard line.

App State had a chance to take the lead with a 38-yard field goal attempt, but the Mountaineers attempted a fake. The pass attempt fell incomplete giving the Rockets the ball on their own 21-yard line. The Mountaineers took advantage at a later opportunity and regained the lead with a 39-yard field goal by Michael Rubino.

Toledo had a chance to win or tie on its final possession. Jones got the Rockets in good field position with a 31-yard kickoff return to the UT 43-yard line. Toledo moved the ball to the ASU eight-yard line, but the drive stalled, setting up Vest’s missed field goal attempt.