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Art on the Mall to return to campus July 29

Art on the Mall will take over UT’s Centennial Mall Sunday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This summer marks the free, public event’s 26th year of showcasing a variety of art on Main Campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to view all kinds of art, including acrylic, glass, jewelry, mixed media, photography, pottery and more.

“We welcome and encourage everyone to attend one of northwest Ohio’s signature art shows,” said Ansley Abrams-Frederick, director of alumni programming in the UT Office of Alumni and Annual Engagement. “It’s a great way to spend a summer day — looking at amazing artwork on our beautiful campus.”

A total of 115 artists will have artwork for sale by cash, or guests can pay using a credit card at the artist’s booth or credit card station located in the Thompson Student Union.

Representatives from the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art will jury the works with prizes being awarded to the top artists. UT’s Best of Show award will be given to an artist with an affiliation to the University; students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and parents are eligible for this honor.

Throughout the event, guests can listen to live jazz with performances from UT student and alumni groups Minor Frett and the Twenty TwentyFour.

Food and beverages will be for sale throughout the day from vendors that will include Big C’s Smoked Barbeque, Karen Anne’s Kettle Corn, Opa! Gyros, Java Sensations/Let’s Go Nuts, Quinn’s Concessions, Jeanie’s Comfort Cuisine, Snowie Daze, the Petite Fleet, and K & K Concessions.

A beer and wine garden will be at Art on the Mall and offer a selection of adult beverages for guests 21 and older with a valid ID. This year the show will feature three flavors of craft beer from one of the area’s newest establishments, Patron Saints Brewery on Bancroft Street.

In addition, faculty and students from UT’s Ceramics Program in the Department of Art will demonstrate their skills in front of the Thompson Student Union and give guests the chance to “throw a pot.” The UT art students also will have a booth with their work available for sale.

And an area for young artists will allow children to create their own masterpieces.

Free parking for the event will be available in lot 1 south, lot 1 north and lot 13 with a golf cart shuttle service to transport guests and their purchases to and from Centennial Mall if needed.

Art on the Mall is supported by community sponsors 13abc, The Andersons Inc., The Blade, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Mail It, The University of Toledo Federal Credit Union and 101.5 The River.

For more information on Art on the Mall, contact Abrams-Frederick at 419.530.4316 or ansley.abrams@utoledo.edu.

UT program awarded grant to support students with developmental disabilities

An $8,000 grant from the Toledo Community Foundation Inc. will support The University of Toledo in expanding rewarding college experiences for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

As the only program of its kind in northwest Ohio, Toledo Transition helps students develop skills to enhance their quality of life and prepare them for gainful employment. With the grant funding from the Helping Hens Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation, the program will be able to complete the final component of its curriculum: College Orientation and Assessment of Transition Skills.

Shaun Ochs led a session with students in the Toledo Transition program.

The four-day, four-night residence hall experience is designed to provide opportunity and assessment for new and current Toledo Transition students across four key transition areas: independent living, self-determination, vocational and social. The program ran last month and concluded with orientation for the new cohort of Toledo Transition students beginning fall 2018.

“Because of the Toledo Community Foundation’s support, we will be able to assess students’ readiness for dorm life, which will start for students in the program beginning spring 2019,” said Dr. Patricia Devlin, program director and UT associate professor of early childhood, physical and special education. “College Orientation and Assessment of Transition Skills exposes students to various aspects of college life and assessment of student strengths and needs.”

Additionally, the program provides a learning lab-style experience for traditional college students in disciplines across campus. This year, graduate students studying speech and language assessed the Toledo Transition students in the areas of communication and socialization.

Devlin began the pilot program for Toledo Transition in 2012 with collaboration from Ohio State University. As parents and advocates recognized how it met community needs, the program continued to develop a federally recognized curriculum with support from the University. The first cohort of 20 students completed the program in the 2017-18 academic year. Toledo Transition aims to grow its capacity to be able to accommodate up to 30 students by 2019-20.

The program offers both two-year and four-year non-degree certificate tracks for students to audit college courses and cultivate career development and independent living skills.

Dean appointed to WGTE governing board

Charlene Gilbert, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters, has been named a director of the governing board of WGTE Public Media.

She is one of four new directors whose terms began July 1 and will run through June 30, 2021.

Gilbert

Gilbert has 20 years experience as an independent documentary filmmaker, teacher and scholar.

Her documentary films have been screened nationally on PBS and in film festivals across the country. Some of her best-known works include “Homecoming: Sometimes I Am Haunted by Memories of Red Dirt and Clay,” which is about African-American farmers and their struggle after the Civil War to own and farm land in the rural South, and “Children Will Listen,” which is about elementary school children planning and performing a junior production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Gilbert is a past recipient of Harvard University’s Radcliffe Fellowship, the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and the American Council on Education Fellowship.

She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Yale University and a master of fine arts in film and media arts from Temple University.

UT Lake Erie Center to host farmers market

Pick up fresh produce and meat, handcrafted beauty products and more at Farmers Market Fridays at the UT Lake Erie Center.

Local farmers will be at the center July 20 and Aug. 10 from 3 to 6 p.m.

“These events will benefit the farmers and community members,” said Rachel Lohner, education program manager at the Lake Erie Center.

In addition, food trucks will be at the center, which is located at 6200 Bayshore Road in Oregon.

For more information, contact the UT Lake Erie Center at 419.530.8360.

UT recruiting police officers to join force

The University of Toledo Police Department is looking to add two new law enforcement officers to its force.

“We are looking to add to our team individuals who are excited about joining the UT community and who are committed to our No. 1 priority of ensuring our campus remains a safe and welcoming place for everyone to study and work,” UT Police Chief Jeff Newton said. “I look forward to welcoming new officers to the team to replace those who have retired recently.”

Officer candidates must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment with a valid driver’s license. They also must possess a valid Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) certificate or be currently enrolled in or registered to attend an OPOTA-certified academy.

To be considered for the position, candidates also must pass physical fitness, psychological, drug and polygraph exams, as well as written and oral testing, and a thorough background investigation.

Applicants need to have completed 96 quarter hours or 64 semester hours of college credits, or have at least two years of continuous active full-time law enforcement experience.

To provide more convenience to potential candidates, UTPD is using the National Testing Network to offer initial police testing. Testing centers are located throughout Ohio, and candidates may choose the date, time and testing center. On the testing website, nationaltestingnetwork.com, find the UT position in the job listing by selecting law enforcement as the job class and the state of Ohio.

Candidates who test on or before Wednesday, Aug. 15, will be considered first; however, candidates may test with the National Testing Network after this date to be considered for future positions.

For more information, visit utoledo.edu/depts/police/officer.html.

Department of Finance announces staffing changes

The Department of Finance and Administration will undergo staffing changes as it begins the process to recruit a new associate vice president.

Bryan Dadey, associate vice president for finance, has accepted a new position at Wayne State University. His last day at UT will be July 27.

“Bryan has been a hardworking and effective contributor for his nearly 14 years at UT, and we wish him well as he moves on in his career,” said Larry Kelley, executive vice president for finance and administration, and chief financial officer.

A reception for Dadey will be held Wednesday, July 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. in University Hall Room 3300.

The search for a new associate vice president for finance, who also will serve as treasurer, has begun, and the University plans to have someone in place later this year, Kelley said.

During the transition, the following staff members can provide assistance:

• Financial transactions and reporting questions should be directed to Patty Peterson, controller.

• Procurement questions should be directed to Jen Pastorek, senior director of supply chain management.

• Student accounts questions should be directed to Sherri Morris, manager of student accounts.

• Collections questions should be directed to Stephanie Blausey, director of loans and special accounts.

• Treasury questions should be directed to Kim Beaubien, interim assistant treasurer.

Additionally, Matt Schroeder will join the Department of Finance and Administration as associate vice president for budget and planning effective Aug. 1, in addition to continuing his role as chief of staff for UT President Sharon L. Gaber.

Schroeder has been with the institution for nearly 20 years serving in various University and UT Foundation leadership positions. He brings a strong and broad understanding of the University and the fiscal issues that influence the institution’s environment, Kelley said.

Diane Miller, associate vice president for government relations, will take on additional responsibilities as interim deputy chief of staff. Miller has played an important role in the University’s advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels for the last 11 years, Schroeder said. Prior to that, she was on staff for Sen. Mike DeWine in Washington and Toledo.

“Both Matt and Diane bring substantial experience and credentials as they broaden their roles at UT,” Kelley said. “Please join me in wishing Bryan well and welcoming Matt and Diane to their new positions.”

Tradition continues: National Youth Sports Program brings kids to campus

Fun and learning — that’s what the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) is all about.

A total of 140 income-eligible children came to campus last month for the free three-week program that provides recreational and educational opportunities.

Braylin Elam, a student at St. Francis di Sales High School, jumped in the pool at the Student Recreation Center.

Along with sports programs, the students learned about nutrition, enhancing their self-image, the value of communication, healthy behaviors, and how to resist peer pressure.

Starting in 1968, UT was one of the first universities in the country to offer the federally funded program sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

After federal funding for the program was cut, the University has continued to operate the camp through fundraising, in-kind donations, and commitment from the University to provide some support and facilities.

“We are very fortunate that The University of Toledo continues to support the NYSP as it aligns with the University’s mission, and UT is able to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children to have fun while learning at the same time,” said Dr. Ruthie Kucharewski, professor and chair in the School of Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, and NYSP administrator.

Children watched others play volleyball and waited for their turn on the court in the Health Education Building Gym.

“Our program provides structure, offers age-appropriate activities, and it promotes a healthy lifestyle and a constructive use of leisure time. We also encourage the children to study hard in school, associate with positive people, find good adult role models, and to make good choices.”

To give a gift to the National Youth Sports Program Fund, contact the UT Foundation at 419.530.7730 or go to give2ut.utoledo.edu and search for NYSP.

Campus Road to reopen July 13

Campus Road was closed Thursday, July 12, so crews could perform drainage work at the intersection of Bancroft Street.

Motorists can still access Campus Road via Middlesex Drive.

The drainage work is scheduled to be complete and Campus Road reopened at the end of the end of Friday, July 13, according to the city of Toledo.

Basketball season tickets on sale

The University of Toledo Athletic Department announced this week that 2018-19 men’s and women’s basketball season tickets are now on sale.

Season ticket plans are available with a variety of pricing options, benefits and new opportunities.

Season ticket options for men’s basketball include the lower level premium blue and gold sections. These premium areas are some of the very best seats in Savage Arena and require a Rocket Fund premium seat payment.

New to the 2018-19 season is the expansion of the premium purple season ticket package to include Section 101 and part of Section 110. Season tickets for this section start at just $180 plus a premium seat payment of $75. Other reserved season ticket options for the men are available in the upper east level starting at $80.

The Rocket men registered a 23-11 record last year, including a trip to the Mid-American Conference Championship Game, and will return four starters for the 2018-19 campaign. Senior guard Jaelan Sanford earned second-team All-MAC honors last year and ranked ninth in the MAC with 16.3 points per game and a 40.3 three-point shooting mark. Senior forward Nate Navigato set a school record last year with 94 three-pointers and ranked second in the MAC with a 42.7 three-point percentage. Also returning will be the junior duo of center Luke Knapke (10.8 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game) and forward Willie Jackson (7.6 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game), as well as All-MAC Freshman Team member Marreon Jackson (8.0 points per game, 2.7 assists per game).

Women’s basketball elite reserved season tickets are $150 in sections 108, 109 and the first five rows of section 102 and 103. General admission season tickets for women’s basketball are priced at $95.

The Rocket women made their sixth Postseason WNIT appearance last year. UT defeated Horizon League member Wright State, 64-50, in the first round before falling at Big Ten foe Michigan State, 68-66. Two-time All-MAC honoree senior Mikaela Boyd (12.1 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game, 4.2 assists per game), 2017-18 third-team All-MAC selection senior Kaayla McIntyre (16.0 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game) and 2016-17 All-MAC Freshman Team recipient junior Mariella Santucci (6.4 points per game, 4.1 assists per game) will be the focal points of UT’s offense in 2018-19.

Another new option for the 2018-19 basketball season is a youth season ticket price (50 percent discount for 12 and younger) in all areas.

Also, the UT Athletic Department is pleased to announce a ticket exchange program where season ticket members can exchange tickets for games they cannot attend. Season ticket members may exchange a ticket they are not using for a ticket of equal or lesser value to a future home game. Some restrictions may apply, and all ticket exchanges are based upon availability. In addition, exchanges must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the game by the physical ticket in at the UT Ticket Office.

A limited number of club and loge seats also are on sale. Fans may contact the Athletic Development Office at 419.530.4183 for more information or to purchase.

Full-time UT employees and retirees may purchase up to two season tickets at half-price. Additional season tickets may be purchased at the full price.

Fans who order season tickets by the early bird deadline of Friday, Aug. 10, will receive a Glass City Basketball T-shirt (one shirt per account). Additional benefits include:

• Discount to Rocky’s Locker;

• Complimentary general admission parking (Rocket Fund donors receive premium parking);

• Special discounts from corporate partners of the UT Athletic Department;

• Invitations to various Athletic Department special events throughout the year;

• Pre-sales for special events; and

• Rocket Athletic Department emails.

For more information or to purchase season tickets, visit the UT Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex in Savage Arena, contact the UT Athletic Ticket Office at 419.530.GOLD (4653), or go online at utrockets.com/tix.

Reopening of West Rocket Drive delayed

Two-way traffic on West Rocket Drive is expected to resume Wednesday, July 18.

“We apologize for the delay,” Dan Perry, electrical manager with Facilities and Construction, said. “We had a set back with the sloping of the road and need to remove more asphalt to make it right.”

Traffic can still enter lot 12 by the Law Center, lot 26 by the Student Medical Center, and lot 26E by the Horton International House from the north.

And drivers can continue to detour around the construction via Secor Road and through lot 25 by Rocket Hall.

Crews have installed a tunnel system between two steam vaults and new steam lines, Perry said, and new sidewalks and roadway are still going in.