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Rockets fight back for big win to advance to WNIT Final Four

Naama Shafir scored 22 points in the WNIT quarterfinal fame in Savage Arena.

Naama Shafir scored 22 points in the WNIT quarterfinal fame in Savage Arena.

Toledo overcame a 12-point halftime deficit and pulled off a thrilling 71-68 overtime victory against Syracuse Sunday in the Elite Eight of the WNIT.

Today’s fourth-round postseason contest was played before a season-high 5,001 fans in Savage Arena, the 10th-largest crowd in school history. With the extra-period triumph, the Rockets improve to 27-8 overall, equaling the single-season UT record for wins.

The 2010-11 Mid-American Conference regular-season champions will host Atlantic 10 member Charlotte in the WNIT Final Four Wednesday, March 30, at 8 p.m.

Tickets will be $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and younger and $7.50 for full-time University of Toledo faculty and staff. UT also will give away 100 free tickets, courtesy of Head Coach Tricia Cullop. All UT students will be admitted free to the game with their student ID, courtesy of the Office of the President. All tickets for the Final Four are general admission, and the UT Ticket Office will be open Monday at 10 a.m.

Junior Naama Shafir paced the Rockets in today’s come-from-behind win with 22 points, a career-high nine rebounds and four assists in a collegiate-best 42 minutes. The 2010-11 first-team All-MAC performer shot 6 of 14 from the field and 7-9 from the charity stripe to tally at least 20 points for a squad-best eighth time this season.

Joining Shafir in double figures was sophomore Yolanda Richardson with 13 points and four caroms. Richardson has tallied at least 10 points in three of the four tourney games and is contributing 13.0 points, a team-high 6.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per contest in the postseason.

Toledo also benefitted from quality performances from junior Haylie Linn (9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), redshirt freshman Andola Dortch (9 points), senior Jessica Williams (8 points.) and senior Melissa Goodall (7 points) to extend its home win streak to 16-consecutive games.

The Rockets shot 37.7 percent (23 of 61) from the floor, including 36.0 percent (9 of 25) from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent (16 of 21) from the free-throw line to become the first MAC school to earn a WNIT semifinal game. Toledo also finished with 19 assists, compared to only 11 turnovers, marking the third time in the tourney that it had more helpers than miscues.

Erica Morrow led the Orange (25-10) with a game-high 23 points, and first-team All-Big East performer Kayla Alexander had 17 points with eight boards.

UT’s Shafir split a pair of free throws for the first points in the overtime session, before Syracuse responded with two charity tosses from Iasia Hemingway to make the score 64-63 at 3:59.

Toledo’s Dortch buried a triple on its next possession, but the Orange’s Alexander countered with back-to-back layups to give the visitors a 68-66 cushion with 2:13 left.

With each possession at a premium, Dortch made one of two free throws, and Richardson followed with a layup to lift the home team to an advantage they would not relinquish, 69-68, with 1:06 showing on the clock.

Each squad was guilty of a turnover on their next possession to give the ball back to Syracuse with only with 32 seconds remaining.

The visitors misfired on their ensuing field-goal attempt but came down with the offensive rebound to keep the possession alive. SU’s Hemingway then tried to take the ball hard to the basket but was called for a charge to turn the ball over to the Rockets with only eight seconds left.

SU immediately fouled Shafir, and she sank both free throws to make it a three-point difference, 71-68, with seven seconds remaining.

The Orange had one final attempt to force another extra period, but Rachel Coffey’s three-point try with a little over one second left was off target, prompting the UT fans to storm the court.

UT looked sharp at the outset and received back-to-back layups from Goodall and Shafir, forcing Syracuse into an early timeout at 17:53.

The Orange settled down following the stoppage of play and reeled off 14 consecutive points to take a 14-4 edge with 12:41 remaining in the opening period. Alexander scored the opening eight points in the run, while the visitors also benefitted from treys by Elashier Hall and Morrow to build a double-digit cushion.

Shafir stopped the run with two charity tosses at the 11:46 mark. The Rockets went six-plus minutes without a point to put themselves in a sizable hole.

Syracuse continued to play with a two-possession lead as the first half wore on and took advantage of points from Shakeya Leary, Morrow and Hemingway to make the score 23-12 at 8:08.

Toledo needed a spark to close the gap and utilized an 8-2 burst to pull within 25-20 with 4:01 left, prompting the Orange into another timeout. Linn knocked down a pair of free throws to start the run, followed by field goals from Richardson, Dortch and Shafir to bring the fans to their feet.

Unfortunately for the Rockets, the visitors quickly countered with a 13-6 run to end the stanza and take a 38-26 lead into the intermission. SU’s Morrow did a bulk of the damage in the waning moments, scoring 11 points to help the Big East member build a 12-point cushion at the break.

UT opened the second stanza with a flurry, receiving triples from Williams and Linn to trim the deficit to 43-38 with 16:51 left in regulation. The home team also benefitted from points by Richardson and Dortch to shrink the margin to five points before the first media timeout.

Syracuse did not get flustered by the early Toledo run and responded with baskets from Carmen Tyson-Thomas, Alexander and Morrow to once again assume a double-digit lead, 50-39, at 14:25.

Toledo tried to push the tempo as the second half reached the midway point to further cut into the margin and took advantage of a three-point play from Goodall to make the difference 52-47 with 9:45 left.

The Rockets kept attacking and went on an 8-0 burst over the ensuing two minutes to complete the comeback, drawing the teams even at 55-55 at 6:20. UT received back-to-back three-point field goals from Shafir and Williams, as well as a layup from Goodall, prompting Syracuse into a timeout.

Syracuse responded once again following the stoppage of play, regaining the lead on an offensive putback by Tyson-Thomas and one of two charity tosses from Hall, 58-55, with 5:24 remaining.

UT was resilient, though, and knotted the score on a three-pointer by Shafir before taking its first lead since the opening minutes on one of two free throws by Dortch, 59-58, at 3:34.

Syracuse’s Alexander also split a pair of free throws to bring the teams even once again, before the visitors retook the lead on one of two charity tosses by Hall, 60-59, at 2:09.

Like a championship heavyweight fight, Toledo countered with a three-point play by Richardson, only to be shown up on a jumper by Hall to balance the score for a fifth time at 62-62 with 45 seconds left.

Each team had one final chance to win in regulation, but UT’s Dortch and SU’s Tyson-Thomas both came up short on their attempts to force the extra period.

Toledo to host Big East member Syracuse in WNIT

thumb-rocket-color-logo3Toledo will host Big East member Syracuse in the fourth round of the WNIT Sunday, March 27. The opening tip is slated for 2 p.m. in Savage Arena.

The Rockets advanced to the Elite Eight of the postseason tourney for the first time in school history with home victories against Delaware, 58-55, March 16, Auburn, 67-52, March 19, and Alabama, 74-59, March 22.

Syracuse (25-9) qualified for Sunday’s contest by virtue of wins against Monmouth, 77-53, March 17, St. Bonaventure, 63-50, March 21 and Mid-American Conference member Eastern Michigan, 72-63, March 24.

The Orange tied for seventh in the Big East standings with a 9-7 mark and feature an attack with four players averaging at least 9.5 points per game.

Syracuse is 5-7 away from home this season and is making its third-consecutive appearance in the WNIT under fifth-year Head Coach Quentin Hillsman.

UT and SU will be meeting for the first time. The Rockets are 15-19 (.441) all-time against teams from the Big East (2-8 vs. Cincinnati, 0-1 vs. Connecticut, 2-3 vs. DePaul, 0-3 vs. Marquette, 3-3 vs. Notre Dame, 3-0 vs. Pittsburgh, 1-0 vs. Providence, 1-1 vs. Rutgers, 1-0 vs. St. John’s, 2-0 vs. West Virginia).

Toledo fans are asked to wear gold at the game to support the 2010-11 regular-season MAC Champions.

The Rocket Shop has gold “Cullop’s Crew” T-shirts available for $10, as well as new gold Toledo Basketball T-shirts for $14.

Tickets for the game are $13 for adults, $6 for children 12 and younger, and $6.50 for full-time UT faculty and staff (limit two per employee).

UT students will be admitted free to the game with their student ID, courtesy of the Office of the President. UT students do not need to pick up tickets for the game; they can gain admittance by entering the student gate and showing their ID.

The winner of the Toledo-Syracuse contest will face Saturday’s matchup pitting Charlotte and Virginia with the site and date to be determined. The other Elite Eight games are Southern Cal-Colorado and Arkansas-Illinois State.

Department of Psychology achieves 100 percent match rate

Each year, clinical and medical students around the country wait anxiously to find out where they will complete their internships.

For all three University of Toledo clinical psychology doctoral students who applied to be matched this year, the wait is over: Everyone in the PhD program was accepted into the internship of her choice.

“This year we are excited to report a 100 percent match rate. Not only is this great for our students because they need an internship to graduate, but it is a great indicator of the overall quality of our program,” Dr. Laura Seligman, director of clinical training, said. “This year nationally 25 percent of students were not matched. Our match rate shows that our faculty has done a great job to prepare our students, and students look for that when we recruit.”

The matching program for the psychology students is similar to the match process for medical and pharmacy students. The process takes place in phases; first, applicants apply directly to the internship programs where they are interested. Each applicant then interviews with the program.

After the completion of interviews, each applicant submits a rank order list of his or her desired programs to National Matching Services, which places applicants into positions based on the preferences of applicants and sites.

UT students matched at top programs around the country, and these internships should help them in launching successful careers, according to Seligman.

“I am excited I will complete my internship at the Albany Consortium,” said Sandra Horn, a psychology doctoral student. “I applied all over the country, and I am excited to go to Albany to explore what it is like to work in various settings. I can continue to develop my skills in the integration of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as provide personality and cognitive assessments — an area I hope to specialize in.”

Horn will begin her internship at the Albany Medical Center in New York in September.

“The University of Toledo has been a great place to study, and I feel I have had good support here,” she said. “I was part of the psychological assessment lab and have really enjoyed working with the team on campus so it is a little bittersweet to leave, but I’m excited to take on new challenges.”

The other UT psychology students finishing their doctorates are Tanya Ozbey, who will continue her studies at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Kim Burkhart, who will intern at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Medical students learn residencies at Match Day

As fourth-year medical students at The University of Toledo opened the envelopes that revealed where they will train for their residencies, shouts of “Congratulations!” began to fill the Great Hall of Stranahan Theater.

Aaron Shmookler hugged his sister, Annie, after opening his letter. He matched in neurology at the Mayo Clinic.

Aaron Shmookler hugged his sister, Annie, after opening his letter. He matched in neurology at the Mayo Clinic.

The 154 students in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences waited as patiently as possible for the clock to strike noon on Match Day last week when they could learn the important information about where they will complete their residences and thus spend the next three to seven years of their lives.

“I’m proud to say that the UT Medical Center remains the most popular institution, with 11 students matching to our hospital and that 38 percent of the students will remain in Ohio,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor, executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

“Across the country, nearly 1,000 medical students did not match as this process becomes more and more competitive, but our UT medical students continue to match into prestigious institutions and their top choices.”

Dr. Patricia Metting, vice chancellor and associate dean for student affairs, said that Harvard, Stanford, Brown, Dartmouth, New York University, the University of Michigan and Mayo Clinic are just a few of the prominent institutions where the students matched.

Jeremy Stoller, originally from Van Wert, Ohio, selected UT Medical Center as his first choice for a general surgery residency.

“I like the faculty and the residents here, and I think it’s a fine program that is going in a really good direction,” he said.

There are 11 students who will train at UTMC, which is 7 percent of the class. In total, 14, or 9 percent, will stay in northwest Ohio and 59, or 38 percent, in Ohio.

Sophia Afridi, of Toledo, is following in her father’s footsteps to be a vascular surgeon. She is the first UT student to match into the new vascular surgery residency specialty and will train at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.

“It’s exciting there is now the opportunity to streamline with a residency directly into vascular surgery, rather than completing a general surgery residency followed by a fellowship in vascular surgery,” Afridi said. “As I understand it, there are less than 30 of these spots in the country, and I’m pleased I received one of them.”

Michigan remains the most popular state outside Ohio with 19 students training there, followed by California and Pennsylvania, each with nine, and New York with seven. Overall, the students matched with programs in 33 states, which is an increase from 25 states last year.

The 2011 class set records for matching into the specialties of anesthesiology with 14, neurology with eight, and obstetrics and gynecology with 14.

The students matched into 19 different specialties with 58, or 38 percent, in primary care fields and 96, or 62 percent, entering other specialties.

Award-winning poet to give Summers Memorial Lecture



Have words, will travel. That’s Naomi Shihab Nye, who describes herself as a “wandering poet.”

For more than three decades, she has journeyed around the world to lead writing workshops and inspire students of all ages.

Her travels will bring her to The University of Toledo, where she will give the 22nd annual Richard M. Summers Memorial Lecture Friday, March 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100.

Nye will give a poetry reading and answer questions about her work.

“Naomi Shihab Nye is a true poetic treasure. Her ability to merge divergent cultures and geographies into her writing make her a model of all that is best about American letters,” said Dr. Timothy Geiger, UT professor and associate chair of English. “We are genuinely lucky to have her visit the University, and her reading will be a fitting tribute to Toledo’s own unique synthesis of Middle-Eastern cultures.”

An author and editor of nearly 30 volumes, Nye began writing poems at age 6.

“I liked the portable, comfortable shape of poems,” she said in a 1999 interview with Pif Magazine. “I liked the space around them and the way you could hold your words at arm’s length and look at them. And especially the way they took you to a deeper, quieter place, almost immediately.”

She has shared her reflections in several poetry collections, including You & Yours (2005), 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (2002), Fuel (1998), Red Suitcase (1994) and Hugging the Jukebox (1982).

Nye also has written several works for young readers; these include A Maze Me: Poems for Girls (2005) and Honeybee (2008), which won the Arab-American Book Award in the children’s/young adult category that year.

In addition, she has put together prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers, including This Same Sky (1996), The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems & Paintings From the Middle East (1998) and What Have You Lost? (2001).

Two new works, There Is No Long Distance Now, a collection of short stories, and Transfer, a book of poetry and prose, are expected to be published in 2012.

Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow and a Witter Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress). She has received numerous awards, including a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets and four Pushcart Prizes. In 2010, she was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.

Her work has been presented on National Public Radio and featured in two PBS specials.

The Richard M. Summers Memorial Lecture was established by Marie Summers to honor her son, a member of the UT Department of English from 1966 until his death in 1988. The lecture is designed to bring a distinguished literary scholar, critic or writer to the University.

For more information on the free, public lecture, call the UT English Department at 419.530.2318.

Graduate students from Midwest universities to present research at UT

The University of Toledo Graduate Student Association will host the 2011 Midwest Graduate Research Symposium where graduate students from all over the Midwest will present their groundbreaking research and form intercollegiate networks.

The daylong event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 26, in the Memorial Field House. Participating universities include the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, Notre Dame University, Purdue University, Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati.

“The symposium is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to support their peers, learn about other research being done at our university and nearby universities, and potentially build relationships that will foster future collaboration,” said Erin Kryukova, a Graduate Student Association representative in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Lonnie G. Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences at Ohio State University. Thompson will discuss “Climate Change From the World’s Highest Mountains: The Evidence and Our Options.”

The 2011 event is the Second Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium. At the symposium, students will present their research in both poster and oral presentation formats.

“It is our hope that the symposium will become a regular destination for graduate students, faculty and potential job employers looking to find exceptional students,” Kryukova said.

The event is sponsored by The University of Toledo College of Graduate Studies, the Northwestern Ohio chapter for the Association for Women in Science and Sigma XI Scientific Research Society.

Gender, bullying focus of artist’s March 23 talk



Gender activist Kate Bornstein will share her message of acceptance and her rule “don’t be mean” with The University of Toledo Wednesday, March 23.

Bornstein will deliver a free, public address on “Sex, Bullies and You: How America’s Bully Culture Is Messing With Your Sex Life” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Doermann Theater.

Bornstein is an author, playwright and performance artist known for her lectures and workshops on sex, gender and alternatives to teen suicide.

She considers the “Sex, Bullies and You” talk her “call-to-arms piece” as it asks for unity for everyone whose sex life or gender presentation has been wrecked by a bully. The discussion is the base of the bully section of her book, Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws (2006).

“Kate is very well-known as an activist and someone who works to empower everyone,” said Fatima Pervaiz, program coordinator for the UT Office of Multicultural Student Services. “She really pushes the message of love, which fits right in with the motto of the office’s LGBTQA Initiatives, ‘love who you love.’”

The event, sponsored by the UT Office of Multicultural Student Services and LGBTQA Initiatives, is part of the University’s recognition of Women’s History Month.

Bornstein’s other books include Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us (1994) and My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman or Something Else Entirely (1997). She co-wrote the novel, Nearly Roadkill (1996), with Caitlin Sullivan.

Bornstein’s plays and performance pieces include “Strangers in Paradox,” “Hidden: A Gender,” “The Opposite Sex Is Neither,” “Virtually Yours” and “y2kate: gender virus 2000.”

Students partner with Red Cross to collect donations to sent to Japan

The Japanese Student Association and International Student Association at The University of Toledo are working with the American Red Cross Greater Toledo Area Chapter to collect donations to assist those impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The student organizations, along with the Department of Foreign Languages and Office of International Student Services, received donation boxes from the Red Cross and have placed them around campus. Donation boxes are in the department offices for Foreign Languages and English in Memorial Field House rooms 2400 and 1500, respectively, and in the Foreign Language Learning Center in room 2330.

The student organizations also are working with local businesses to put more donation boxes in the community, and students were to collect donations in Savage Arena Saturday during the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

“We need to raise awareness of how devastating the earthquake and tsunami are to the people in Japan,” said Mari Sawai, president of the Japanese Student Association. “I know people watch it on the news, but it’s different when you know people whose families were involved.”

Donations also will be collected at the second annual Japanese Spring Festival that will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Memorial Field House. The event celebrates Japanese culture with artifacts, food and games.

Dr. Joseph Hara, senior lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages and faculty adviser to the Japanese Student Association, said he is proud of the students for organizing a relief fund. He also has a donation box in his office.

“They are really taking the great effort to carry out this project,” he said.

Students are planning additional fundraising efforts throughout the spring, said Sawai, who is an international student from Tokyo studying education.

Gifts to the Japanese Pacific Tsunami Relief Effort will help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. On those rare occasions when donations exceed American Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.

With governor’s proposed budget unveiled, UT maps path forward

The University of Toledo’s budget formulation process became a little clearer, though not much easier, following the unveiling of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget last week.

Higher education funding for state share of instruction across all Ohio public colleges and universities — the primary state subsidy for undergraduate and graduate education — would fall nearly 13 percent, to $1.735 billion for fiscal year 2012. Funding would increase by 3.7 percent for fiscal year 2013 in the proposal.

Most of the funding decrease is due to the expiration of federal stimulus dollars. UT’s share of that money in FY 2011 is $18.6 million, and UT President Lloyd Jacobs said officials have been preparing for this budget cycle knowing that money would not be replaced.

“For the last 18 months, we’ve done everything we can do to reduce our work force through attrition and have held essential vacant positions open with the intent to move people from eliminated positions into open ones,” Jacobs said, stressing that the University will continue to work to minimize the effect of cuts on people.

Jacobs said the governor’s proposal provides a framework within which UT can begin finalizing its budget process, but that it is important to remember this is just the first step of the legislative process.

The budget proposal now heads to the Ohio House of Representatives and then to the Ohio Senate, where legislators are able to make revisions. A final bill must be signed by the governor before July 1.

“Over the coming weeks and months, we will operate on a parallel track with the legislative process and start to narrow down which cuts and revenue enhancements in the various colleges and administrative units we will enact based on the menu of items the units have prioritized during budget hearings these past several months,” Jacobs said.

Ideally, a budget will be presented to the UT Board of Trustees for consideration in May, depending on the pace of action in Columbus, Jacobs said.

In addition to addressing funding, the governor’s proposal also:

• Calls on colleges to submit plans by 2012 to transition 10 percent of their undergraduate degree programs to a three-year timeline; they have until 2014 to complete outlines to transition 60 percent of their programs;

• Requires professors to teach an additional class every two years;

• Asks the chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to prepare a plan to define the way in which universities can obtain charter status, in which they would face fewer state regulations but also receive less state subsidy; and

• Seeks to reduce the costs of remediation at colleges and universities.

Submissions sought by student, amateur composers

Do you write music? There’s still time to submit entries to the 23rd Annual Contest for Student or Amateur Composers.

Sponsored by the UT Department of Music and Craig’s Pianos and Keyboards, the contest is accepting submissions in two categories: student composers enrolled in secondary schools, colleges and universities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, and amateurs who are not employed full or part time as professional musicians.

Amateur musicians must pay a $20 entry fee; checks should be made payable to the UT Department of Music.

Up for grabs will be $500 in prizes for both categories, and selected pieces may receive a premiere performance.

Entries must be original instrumental chamber music with a minimum duration of five minutes and have an easy-to-medium-difficulty level for three to six players.

Monday, March 28, is the deadline to receive submissions. Three copies of the score — a CD is requested but not required — should be sent to:

Dr. David Jex
Mail Stop 605, Department of Music
The University of Toledo
Toledo OH 43606-3390

Entries should not have the composer’s name on the music; include a separate sheet of paper with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, title of composition, school enrolled in or declare amateur status.

Judges will be prominent musicians from the area. The jury reserves the right not to award prizes if not satisfied with the quality of the entries.

For more information, contact Jex at david.jex@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4560.