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Rockets travel to Kent State Nov. 15 looking to gain bowl eligibility

With just two games left in the regular season, Toledo is looking for a victory at Kent State Thursday, Nov. 15, in order to gain bowl eligibility for the ninth consecutive season.

The game will start at 6 p.m. and be carried by the CBS Sports Network.

The Rockets (5-5, 3-3 Mid-American Conference) need to defeat the Golden Flashes or Central Michigan in the regular-season finale Nov. 23 in order to reach the minimum bowl requirement of six wins.

Toledo is coming off a 38-15 loss at Northern Illinois Nov. 7 that knocked them out of the MAC West Division title hunt. Sophomore quarterback Eli Peters completed 26 of 47 passes for 264 yards, but Toledo could not keep pace with the Huskies. The Rockets outgained NIU in total offense, 431-427, but missed opportunities and big plays by Northern made the difference.

Toledo trailed by just one, 10-9, late in the first half when NIU’s Sutton Smith blocked a punt and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown. The Huskies scored twice in the third quarter, while the Rockets did not find the end zone again until late in the game. Senior wide receiver Cody Thompson led the offense with eight receptions for 110 yards. Junior Diontae Johnson added seven catches for 52 yards, while senior Jon’Vea Johnson chipped in with four receptions and one TD. Junior Art Thompkins led the rushing attack with 62 yards on 12 carries.

Kent State (2-8, 1-5 MAC) is coming off a 48-14 loss at Buffalo Nov. 6. The Golden Flashes are led by sophomore dual-threat quarterback Woody Barrett, who has thrown for 1,932 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also run for 442 yards and six TDs. KSU’s lone MAC victory was a 35-28 triumph at Bowling Green Oct. 30. The Flashes also have had a pair of one-point losses, 27-26 to Ohio and 24-23 to Akron.

Toledo leads the series with Kent State, 25-21. The Rockets have won the last three meetings, most recently a 38-7 victory in the Glass Bowl in 2015. Toledo is 4-1 vs. the Golden Flashes since the MAC split into divisions in 1997. Thursday’s game will be only the fourth meeting between the two schools in the past 19 years.

Public invited to ‘Fake News’ symposium at UT Nov. 15

The Independent Collegian and Zeta Phi Eta at The University of Toledo are hosting an event titled “Fake News: An Interdisciplinary Approach” Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

The free, public symposium will feature professionals in the fields of law, journalism and political science on the nature of “fake news,” how to distinguish between fact and fiction, and the effect it has on society.

“Our purpose is to inform students and community members about the importance of news coverage, how to identify reliable sources, and debunk myths regarding journalism,” Areeba Shah, editor-in-chief of The Independent Collegian, said. “We hope this event educates individuals and allows them to understand journalism in a more in-depth capacity.”

Speakers will include Nolan Rosenkrans, reporter for The Blade; Dr. Sam Nelson, associate professor and chair of the UT Department of Political Science and Public Administration; Dee Drummond, associate lecturer in the UT Department of Communication; Brigette Burnett, host and producer of the “Daily Downtown” on Buckeye Broadband; and Kristen Schnerer, social studies teacher at Start High School, who pioneered a class on Media and Politics.

Nov. 15 reading to spotlight work by Ohio Arts Council award recipients

Two UT faculty members will celebrate winning the Ohio Art Council’s 2018 Individual Excellence Award with a reading Thursday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

To mark the honor, Dr. Benjamin Stroud, UT associate professor of English, and Dr. Jim Ferris, UT professor and the Ability Center Endowed Chair in Disability Studies, will read some of their work.


Stroud, who specializes in creative writing and 20th-century American fiction, plans to read a piece titled “My Dear Master Liszt” he submitted for the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Award.

“It’s focused, in part, on an event that happened just before the Civil War in a town in East Texas, a town a few miles from where I grew up,” Stroud said. “It’s a sort of fictional exploration of history, and an attempt at recovering something that’s been largely forgotten.”

Stroud is the author of the story collection titled “Byzantium,” which won the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Fiction Prize and was selected as a Best Book of the Summer in 2013 by Publisher’s Weekly and the Chicago Tribune.

His stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, One Story, Electric Literature, Boston Review and more.


Ferris, who is the Lucas County poet laureate, will read “Comprehensive List of All Benefits to Being Disabled in Contemporary America” and other recent poems. “Comprehensive List” is among his poems that will be published in March in the anthology “Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice.”

Ferris holds a doctorate in performance studies and believes poems are invitations to performance not only for poets and speakers, but for readers and listeners as well. “Poems come alive when they are taken into the body,” he said. “A reading is a great opportunity to complete the circuit.”

Other poems will come from a new project exploring family history, race, disability, and the construction of cultural identity. Titled “Is Your Mama White? Excavating Hidden History,” Ferris is planning a performance of the work at the University during spring semester.

His books include “Slouching Towards Guantanamo,” “Facts of Life: Poems” and “The Hospital Poems.” Ferris also is the author of “Laborare,” a poem he wrote for the inauguration of the new mayor of Toledo in January 2018.

The free, public reading is sponsored by the UT School of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities.

Modern medicine woman to speak at UT as part of Native American Heritage Month

Deborah “Eagle Cloud” Ayres will give the keynote address for The University of Toledo’s Native American Heritage Month celebration.

Her talk is titled “Indigenous Healing for Modern Times” and will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 3018.


Ayres is an expert in Native American spirituality and runs a healing practice in Sylvania, Ohio. She also is the president of the Avalon Foundation, which offers emotional support for children with rare diseases and their families.

“We are thrilled to host Deborah ‘Eagle Cloud’ Ayres, who will share her experience as a medicine woman,” said Dr. Michele Soliz, associate vice president for student success and inclusion in the UT Division of Student Affairs.

Ayres said it is important to have a designated time to remember and celebrate Native Americans and it is an honor to give the keynote address.

“During the November moon, many of us tend to deepen our gratitude and take note of our blessings — it’s incredibly powerful medicine. It’s a beautiful time of year to renew ourselves in these Native American traditions, which hold such reverence for the simplicity and sacredness of life,” she said.

During her address, she will talk about the value of indigenous healing practices and their benefits for individuals as well as society as a whole.

“My hope is that individuals will deepen their appreciation and reverence for our Native American healing traditions while raising their own spiritual awareness,” Ayres said. “My mission is to build bridges of understanding toward mindfulness and peace in today’s world by practicing and teaching the ways of living sacred.”

For more information on her free, public talk, contact the UT Office of Multicultural Student Success at 419.530.2261 or omss@utoledo.edu.

UT to hold events for Great American Smokeout Nov. 15

In an effort to end smoking and raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use, The University of Toledo is joining the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Members of Rocket Wellness, UT Pharmacy Services, and the UT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Program staff will be in the Thompson Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. handing out candy cigarettes along with information about smoking cessation and the benefits of being tobacco-free.

The goal of the Great American Smokeout is to raise awareness about the harmful effects of smoking, as well as provide students, staff and faculty with information on how to quit.

This year, the participating groups also will shed light on the dangers of e-cigarette use, which has gained popularity in the last few years.

“We want students, faculty and staff to know that the University cares about their well-being. There are many resources on campus that can support those looking to quit smoking, and this event helps bring that information to those interested,” said Jocelyn Szymanski, wellness administrator.

Another goal of the event for the Great American Smokeout is to remind students, employees and community members that The University of Toledo is tobacco-free on all campuses; this includes e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

For more information about the Great American Smokeout, contact Szymanski at jocelyn.szymanski@utoledo.edu, or visit the American Cancer Society’s website.

Events planned for International Education Week

The Center for International Studies and Programs will spotlight International Education Week, Nov. 11-18, with more than 15 events.

“International Education Week is not only an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, but also a great opportunity for students to study and work with people from other countries and cultures,” said Sara Clark, director of the Center for International Studies and Special Programs.

“Everyone is encouraged to come and participate in these fun, academic opportunities for students, faculty and staff throughout the week,” she added.

Events will include screenings at the Toledo International Film Festival, an online photo contest, a cultural experience at the International Village, a rice cook-off and trivia night.

“This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange,” Clark said. “We are honored to share our different cultures and experiences to bring that unique diversity to UT.”

For a complete list of International Education Week events, visit the Center for International Studies and Programs website.

International Education Week celebrates diversity of voices and the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

UT to host statewide National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Conference

The University of Toledo will host the 13th annual Ohio National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Conference Saturday, Nov. 10.

It is UT’s first time hosting the event independently. In addition to UT’s own students, more than 130 undergraduate audiology and speech-language pathology students from across the state are registered to attend.

Dr. Jenn Glassman, UT assistant professor of speech-language pathology, said the event will provide educational and networking opportunities for students, as well as allow the University to showcase its Speech-Language Pathology Program and Clinic.

“For us, it’s a great way to make a good impression on students thinking about graduate school,” Glassman said. “It’s also a great opportunity for attendees to meet students from other universities as well as engage with community organizations and representatives from our state and national organization.”

The theme of this year’s conference is based on the core values of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Chapter — integrity, education, service, diversity, leadership and collaboration. A number of vendors will be on hand to provide information about their services and products.

“The students get a lot of hands-on experience with things they wouldn’t necessarily have in the typical undergraduate curriculum,” Glassman said.

The University of Toledo is one of 14 universities in the state with National Student Speech Language Hearing Association chapters. In total, the organization has more than 13,000 members.

The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union.

Trivia challenge to pit students against alumni Nov. 14

The UT Alumni Association is bringing together University graduates and students for a trivia night Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at Phoenicia Cuisine, located on the fourth floor of the Thompson Student Union.

Students, alumni, guests, individuals and friends are welcome to attend. Teams will consist of four to eight players. Individuals or groups of less than four may be placed on a team.

Trivia night is free to students and alumni, and food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event.

Sporcle Trivia, a company that runs trivia nights at local restaurants in Toledo, is sponsoring the event.

“It will be their Sporcle Live format,” said Paul Smith, assistant director of alumni engagement. “This includes a random sampling of questions from various categories — everything from music, pop culture, gaming, entertainment, sports, just for fun, and language.”

For a full list of categories, visit the Sporcle website.

Students can register on the UT Alumni Association website, and alumni and others can register at the trivia night website. Or call 419.530.2586 to register or for more information.

Check-in will begin at 6:30 p.m. and it is required to participate.

Free parking will be available in lot 13 and the west parking garage until 10 p.m. the night of the event.

UT College of Law to hold panel discussion on sexual assault Nov. 13

The University of Toledo College of Law is hosting a panel of experts for a conversation about the legal, practical and emotional consequences of sexual assault Tuesday, Nov. 13, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Auditorium.

Using a question-and-answer format, the panel will address common questions and attempt to debunk many of the myths surrounding sexual assault.

The three panelists are local experts in sexual assault investigation, as well as victim support. Shahrazad Hamdah is the sexual assault and domestic violence advocate at the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness at The University of Toledo. Hamdah provides support and resources to campus victims of sexual and domestic assault. Jennifer Reed, a 2012 UT law alumna, is an assistant prosecutor in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office with numerous years of experience prosecuting sexual assault and other violent felonies. And Elizabeth Seney, a 2011 UT law graduate, is the assistant director and deputy Title IX coordinator at the University of Michigan, responsible for university investigation of sexual assault cases.

Nicole Buonocore Porter, professor of law and associate dean for faculty research and development at the UT College of Law, will moderate the panel. Porter is the faculty advisor for the Women’s Law Student Association at the UT College of Law and teaches relevant courses such as criminal law, feminist legal theory, and employment discrimination.

“Sexual assault has obviously been in the news quite a bit because of both the #MeToo movement and the Kavanaugh confirmation,” Porter said. “The purpose of this panel is to provide a safe place for students and other audience members to have a conversation with our panelists about sexual assault. Although these conversations are difficult, they are vitally important. In addition to discussing perspectives and experiences of those who have been sexual assault victims, we hope to dispel common myths about sexual assault.”

The free, public event is sponsored by the UT College of Law.

UT recognizes 100 years since end of World War I

Not only did World War I reshape how modern wars would be fought, the conflict had an enormous effect on society as a whole across the globe.

“World War I was seen at the time as the ‘war to end all wars.’ It was the first global war and the first that was fought with weapons of mass destruction. It was historically important in its own right,” said Dr. Mysoon Rizk, professor of art history and director of the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities at The University of Toledo. “But the lead up to the World War I, the absurdities on the battlefield and the war’s aftermath all brought major changes in arts, politics and culture as the world tried to make sense of the bloodshed.”

Rizk is co-organizing a UT symposium titled “Memories of World War I,” which will be held Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

The symposium, one of several upcoming events at UT commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Nov. 11 armistice that effectively ended the war, will bring together a diverse collection of University and community scholars to discuss the effects of the war and its cultural representations in the United States and elsewhere.

Topics to be examined include the war’s effects and consequences on northwest Ohio and U.S. politics; the cultural memory of the war in the U.S. and abroad; how the war shaped national identities; and the innovations in art, music, literature and theater that were triggered by World War I.

Of particular note is the focus on the experiences of women during World War I.

Dr. Friederike Emonds, associate professor of German and a symposium co-organizer, said much of our contemporary understanding of the war comes from the well-known male writers of the so-called Lost Generation, while women’s war literature of the time has been overlooked.

“As women were not allowed to join the military and fight at the front, women’s war experiences offer a different perspective on the war, allowing us new insights and perceptions that significantly contribute to our efforts to gain a more comprehensive understanding of World War I today,” Emonds said.

The University of Toledo has a number of other upcoming events tied to the centennial of the end of World War I:

• The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film is presenting an adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Written and directed by Dr. Matt Foss, UT assistant professor of theatre, the play will be performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-11, in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students; $12 for UT faculty, staff and alumni, and military members and seniors; and $18 for the general public. Call 419.530.ARTS (2787) or order online at UToledo Ticket Sales. Tickets also will be available at the door.

• A free screening of an English film adaptation of “All Quiet on the Western Front” will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

• Through Friday, Dec. 14, Carlson Library also is displaying World War I artifacts and photographs from the collections of Richard Oliver and the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections. The free exhibit is located in the library’s main lobby.

For more information on UT’s Word War I centennial events, to register for the symposium or to purchase tickets for the theater adaptation of “All Quiet on the Western Front,” visit the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities website.