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Gaitàn, Colombia fall to North Korea in opening match of Summer Olympics


UT women’s soccer player Natalia Gaitàn and her home country of Colombia suffered a 2-0 setback to North Korea Wednesday in its first-ever match at the Summer Olympics at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

The contest was delayed more than one hour at the outset after the North Korean players noticed that their faces were being displayed on the big screens next to the South Korean flag. They promptly left the pitch and only returned once the problem had been rectified.

North Korea and South Korea exist as neighbors but have a far from harmonious relationship. The countries formally were established as separate entities in 1948, and the Korean War began in 1950.

Once the match finally started, North Korea proved too strong for Gaitàn and Colombia behind two goals from Song Hui Kim.

Kim opened the scoring in the 39th minute when she lifted the ball over Colombia’s Sandra Sepulveda after the goalkeeper had spilled a routine cross. Kim then finished off the scoring in the 85th minute to give North Korea a solid three points in Group G.

The senior tri-captain played the entire match on defense and tallied one of Colombia’s four shots.

Gaitan and Colombia return to the field Saturday, July 28, when they square off against the United States at 5 p.m. (local time) in Hampden Park.

Dates to remember for returning students

Back-to-college planning is in full swing for students returning next month.

As the first day of fall semester approaches Monday, Aug. 20, changes have occurred in a few programs, including the invalidation process, meal plans and health insurance. Students are asked to keep a few important dates in mind as they finalize class registrations, residence arrangements and other essentials.

Important dates: Friday, Aug. 10
Account balances due

Monday, Aug. 13
Invalidation to begin

In April, students were informed that an invalidation process had been instituted to ensure those who are up-to-date with their financial responsibilities have better access to UT’s resources, including classes and housing assignments.

Per the invalidation policy, students who haven’t either paid outstanding balances or made payment arrangements by Friday, Aug. 10, may be dropped from classes, current housing assignments and all University-related amenities. Until financial arrangements are made, these students also may not be eligible to re-register for any classes or receive housing assignments.

Potentially affected students will be informed by email and U.S. mail after Wednesday, Aug. 1.

While payments are due Aug. 10, the invalidation process will begin Monday, Aug. 13, after students’ accounts have been processed that evening.

Additional information regarding invalidation can be viewed at utoledo.edu/offices/treasurer/invalidation.html, or call Rocket Solution Central at 419.530.8700 with questions.

Important date: Tuesday, Aug. 14
Meal plan revisions due

For the past few years, UT has refrained from increasing fees for students’ meal plans, despite the fact that the cost of food and beverages has risen nearly 10 percent.

To help offset these costs, UT has made necessary changes that allow the University to retain the same standards. Details regarding the new plans are available at utoledo.edu/mealplans.

When students’ e-statements went live in mid-July, all residential students were defaulted to a “blue” plan. Students may select alternate plans through their myUT accounts, in accordance with UT guidelines found on the meal plan website. To avoid the $50 administrative fee associated with changing meal plans, this revision should be completed by Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Important deadline: Sunday, Sept. 30
Health insurance waivers due

Students required to have health insurance coverage in accordance with UT policy were issued fees on their e-statements. Those who have their own insurances through other plans may submit requests to waive the UT-sponsored plans. Requests will be assessed; after approval, fees will be removed from students’ accounts, provided the waivers are submitted by Sunday, Sept. 30.

Earlier this week, the waiver approval process with several insurance companies was interrupted. As a result, some students received denials even though they are enrolled in active insurance plans. The problem was identified quickly, and UT is in the process of communicating with affected students. Many will notice their fees have been removed from their accounts; others are encouraged to re-enter their policy information in the waiver system.

In addition to waiving insurance, when appropriate, students should use the myUT portal to upgrade or change their current UT-sponsored plans.

All students are advised to carefully enter health insurance information, as one of the most common reasons for initial denial is typographical errors in names, policy numbers and other information.

For questions or more information, go to http://utole.do/healthinsurance or call the Student Health Insurance Office at 419.530.3474.

Expanded hours at Rocket Solution Central

Rocket Solution Central on Main Campus will offer expanded service to assist with issues related to finances, registration and payment. Additional phone service will be available from 9 a.m. to noon during the following Saturdays:

July 28
Aug. 4
Aug. 11
Aug. 18

The Rocket Solution Central lobby also will be open to walk-in students Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition, phones will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from July 30-Aug. 17.

Rocket Solution Central can be reached at 419.530.8700.

UT student recognized as first author of international journal article

The International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management has published an article titled “Solar and Wind Energy Portfolios and Real-Time Pricing.”

What is especially interesting about the article is that the first author, Kathryn E. Hoepfl, is not a faculty member, but was a student in the UT Physics and Astronomy Department when she worked on the research.

“It is rare that an undergraduate student can get published in an academic journal,” said co-author Dr. Andrew Solocha, UT associate professor of finance. “This will help immensely with her admission into a good graduate program.”

“Kathryn, whose major is physics, is very mature, hard-working and responsible. She took ownership of this project, and the results of the research were excellent, so we put her as first author for this paper,” Solocha said. “This is a very prestigious journal; I don’t know of any other student who has been recognized as first author, and I am pleased as punch for her.”

Other co-authors of this paper are Dr. Alvin D. Compaan of the UT Department of Physics and Astronomy and Dr. Eldon Johnson of the Central Washington University Department of Finance.

“I was not certain that I was going to be listed as first author until one of the final editing drafts,” Hoepfl said. “The order did not matter to me, though. I was simply excited that
the International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management was accepting my work and flattered that Dr. Solocha, Dr. Compaan and Dr. Johnson were willing to go through the process with me. Their help and guidance were superior, and I am lucky to have them as mentors.”

Her research has been focused in the area of distributed electricity generation and renewable energy policy. Her work has been presented at the American Physical Society National Conference and has been funded by the Third Frontier Program of the Ohio Department of Development through Garland Energy Systems and the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant to the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

This article develops a method to determine the least volatile combination of power output from wind and solar hybrid systems. Hourly data for wind and photovoltaic systems in northwest Ohio to show that a combination of both is more stable and would have higher value to the grid than each individually.

Hoepfl, who received a bachelor’s degree in physics from UT in May, is working at First Solar as a reliability engineer.

“I plan to stay in the solar industry,” she said. “I believe that renewables are key in securing our energy future.”

Soccer coach heads to London to watch UT player compete in Summer Olympics

Toledo Head Women’s Soccer Coach Brad Evans is writing about his trip to the XXX Olympiad to watch UT senior and soccer co-captain Natalia Gaitàn play for her home country Colombia.

Let the adventure begin! And so it has, sitting at 39,000 feet and heading toward Glasgow, Scotland, via Amsterdam. Traveling with me are UT Photographer Dan Miller and UT Videographer Chris Mercadante.


Over the course of the next eight days, I’ll do my best to chronicle the story of Natalia Gaitàn and the Colombia women’s national soccer team, which will make its first appearance in the Olympics. For those who don’t know, Gaitàn will be a senior on UT women’s team this fall.

Dan, Chris and I grabbed dinner at the Detroit Metro Airport around 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, before boarding our Delta flight to Glasgow. As with most Transatlantic flights, we’ll be flying through the night with a scheduled arrival time in Glasgow at around 12:30 p.m. today. So, let’s do the math: Awake at 6:30 a.m. yesterday and in the air around 14 hours after that, approximately a seven-hour flight, add a three-hour layover in Amsterdam (no, no one will be leaving the airport), tack on another hour-and-a-half flight, and you get just over one full day.

Upon arrival, we have to make our way to our hotel in the heart of Glasgow via public transport. After checking in, we’ll make a short trek to visit Natalia at her hotel and pick up game tickets. Then off to watch the United States take on France (5 p.m. local time) and Colombia against North Korea (7:45 p.m. local time) at the Scottish National Stadium, Hampden Park. Best I can figure, that makes for about a 36-hour day.

In Natalia’s last email that I received just before boarding the plane to Glasgow, she wrote she was more nervous and excited than she ever remembers being. Even though playing in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup last summer in Germany was an amazing accomplishment for Natalia and her Colombian team, there seems to be something even more uniquely special about being called an Olympian.

Natalia also informed me that there is more security and protocol than she’s ever encountered. I’m just honored and thankful that we get the opportunity to share that experience with her and watch her lead her team on the field tomorrow.

Right now, we’re off to catch our flight to Glasgow. More to follow later!

Artist to display his wooden creations at Art on the Mall

In Dave Grabarczyk’s basement, blocks of wood are stacked on one another, waiting to be transformed into beautiful, functional works of art.

Dave Grabarczyk showed off some of his finished creations.

For 30 years, he has been displaying his creations at craft and art shows, and this year his woodwork will be showcased at the 20th annual Art on the Mall Sunday, July 29, on Centennial Mall on UT’s Main Campus.

Grabarczyk creates valet and jewelry boxes out of oak, walnut and cedar, with accents of dyed veneer and exotic woods. Bloodwood is one he enjoys, with its vibrant naturally red color, as well as peltogyne, also known as purpleheart, which has a violet hue.

Not only do the boxes feature inlays of colorful woods, some are cut into shapes using a band saw. Some have more drawers than others, and some even have hidden compartments.

Many of the drawers have smaller segments so jewelry can be organized as the user sees fit. Each drawer is lined by flocking — a process that involves attaching tiny fibers to the wood using glue to create a soft interior.

Dave Grabarczyk drew a pattern on one of his boxes.

While the band saw boxes have a free-form style, Grabarczyk also creates jewelry and valet boxes that look more traditional but still feature the colorful woods and veneers. All boxes come in different shapes, sizes and designs, and the prices range from $25 to $150.

Grabarczyk hasn’t always crafted boxes; up until last year, he made furniture, including shelves, tables and coat racks. He even created a lot of the wooden furniture in his own home.

He now prefers making jewelry and valet boxes because it allows him to be more creative, and the pieces make for easier transport.

“It’s dangerous — I’ve lost part of my thumb — but it’s fun to do. I enjoy the woodworking,” Grabarczyk said.

Since his retirement in 2010, Grabarczyk has gone to more art and craft shows than usual and hopes to attend as many as possible. This will be his 10th year at Art on the Mall, and he also showcases his work at other craft shows, including the Worthington Arts Festival, Crosby Festival of the Arts, Black Swamp Arts Festival and the Saline Fall Craft Show.

“Doing the art shows is nice because you meet people from all over the country,” he said. “And it’s nice to see all the different art — I really like art.”

Grabarczyk is an alumnus of UT, receiving his bachelor and master of education degrees in 1972 and 1975, respectively, and an education specialist degree in 1978. He worked as an elementary special education teacher with Toledo Public Schools for 33 years.

For almost 30 years, he has been a member of the Toledo Craftsman’s Guild; he is a board member and serves as publicity chair.

To see his work, attend Art on the Mall Sunday, July 29, on UT’s Centennial Mall. The free, public event will take place rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and feature original art, as well as live music, food and a children’s art area.

For more information on Grabarczyk’s work, call 419.874.6367 or email him at grabbydave@roadrunner.com.

Rockets picked to win MAC West Division

The University of Toledo football team was picked to finish first in the Mid-American Conference’s West Division in voting performed by 17 members of the league’s media contingent. The annual preseason poll was released yesterday at the conference’s 2012 football media day held at Ford Field in Detroit.

The Rockets received seven first-place votes and a total of 87 points in the annual poll to edge Northern Illinois (83 points) and Western Michigan (79). Ball State (42), Eastern Michigan (34) and Central Michigan (32) rounded out the voting.

Toledo also received three votes to win the annual Marathon MAC Football Championship Game between the winners of the West and East divisions. Ohio, which was picked to repeat as East Division champs, received five votes to win it all.

Head Coach Matt Campbell said the vote of confidence for the Rockets is an indication of the progress of the Toledo program.

“It says a lot about our program,” said Campbell, who is entering his first full season as UT’s head coach. “But it’s just a preseason poll. Obviously, we hope to be there at the end of November.”

Toledo is coming off a 9-4 season in 2011 (7-1 MAC), including a 42-41 victory over Air Force in the Military Bowl. The Rockets return three All-MAC players, along with quarterbacks Austin Dantin and Terrance Owens, and junior wide receiver Bernard Reedy, the 2011 Military Bowl MVP.

The Rockets report to training camp on Thursday, Aug. 2, with the first practice coming a day later.

Bowling for Soup to headline Music Fest 2012

Bowling for Soup will headline this year’s Music Fest, which also will feature Gloriana, Tyler Hilton, Alexander Zonjic and Jeff Lorber, K’JON, HotSauce, and The Dumb Easies.

Bowling for Soup

Music Fest 2012 is set to take place Friday, Sept. 14, in the grassy area south of the Memorial Field House, adjacent to Centennial Mall.

The free, public event will begin at 3 p.m. with this year’s Local Band Challenge winner, The Dumb Easies, voted on by the Music Fest Facebook community. Thousands voted, and this band was chosen to kick off the event by playing its music — inspired by pop from the past – until 3:45 p.m.

“The Local Band Challenge allowed for the community to have a voice in the musical talent of Music Fest, and we are excited to have The Dumb Easies kick off Music Fest,” said Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president for external affairs. “The diversity of this year’s talent will attract a crowd of both student and community members that will come together to generate what we are anticipating to be the largest crowd at Music Fest to date.”

Next on stage will be HotSauce, an R&B band from Detroit that has been around since 2001. HotSauce will perform from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

K’JON will follow with more R&B from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.

Flute player Alexander Zonjic and keyboardist Jeff Lorber will play some smooth jazz for an hour beginning at 7:15 p.m.

At 8:30 p.m., Tyler Hilton will perform a few of his indie/pop songs. This jack-of-all-trades is both a singer-songwriter and actor, appearing on popular shows like “One Tree Hill” and in movies like the Johnny Cash biopic, “Walk the Line.”

Gloriana will bring some country music at 9:15 p.m. This Nashville-based band will play music that has been on the Billboard Country charts; their hits include “Wild at Heart” and “(Kissed You) Good Night.”

Bowling for Soup, the American pop punk band known for “1985,” “Girl All the Bad Guys Want,” “Almost,” “Punk Rock 101” and “High School Never Ends,” will headline the show. The group will take the stage at 10:45 p.m. for the grand finale of Music Fest 2012.

Associate professor to direct Music Under the Stars July 29


Dr. Jason Stumbo, UT associate professor of music and director of the bands, will conduct Music Under the Stars Sunday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheater.

His program, presented by the Toledo Concert Band, is titled “Passport to Europe.”

Seating is first come, first serve for this free, public performance.

Parking is $6, $15 for buses and campers, and free for Toledo Zoo members

The series is produced by the Toledo Symphony.

Read more here.

UT’s 20th Annual Art on the Mall to take place July 29

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of The University of Toledo’s Art on the Mall. This juried event will be held on UT’s Centennial Mall Sunday, July 29.

“Art on the Mall has been successful for 20 years because of the support that is received from the wonderfully generous sponsors, the dedicated community and our talented artists,” said Ansley Abrams-Frederick, director of alumni programming in the UT Office of Alumni Relations. “The fact that this show continues to be free and open to the community is a testament to this resounding and continuous support.”

A total of 105 artists specializing in acrylic, glass, jewelry, mixed media, oil, pen and ink, photography, pottery, textiles/fibers/basketry, watercolors and wood will display and sell their works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Many of the presenting artists are alumni, former or current students, faculty or staff, or parents of UT students.

This year’s extravaganza also will feature food vendors, children’s activities, live pottery demonstrations and musical entertainment.

The Blade will sponsor a young artist area in the center of Centennial Mall for children to create their own artwork, receive face paintings, and engage in other activities and games.

The musical groups that will showcase their talents are the Toledo School for the Arts student group, the Urban Jazz Collective, which will perform from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; the 14th Street Revival, which will take the stage from 1 to 1:45 p.m.; and Glass City Steel, which will play from 2 to 4:45 p.m.

Festival food will include kettle corn from Karen Anne’s Kettle Korn, Greek cuisine from Opa! Gyros, shave ice from Everhart SnoBiz, smoothies from Maui Wowi, elephant ears from K&K Concessions, and German roasted nuts from Let’s Go Nuts.

The presenting sponsors are The Blade and Huntington. The supporting sponsors include Buckeye CableSystem, Toledo 5, Clear Channel Communications, WGTE Public Media, Mail It! and Lesher Printers Inc.

Parking is free; there will be a courtesy cart shuttle running from three lots to Centennial Mall for the convenience of visitors.

For more information on the free, public event that will take place rain or shine, contact Abrams-Frederick at 419.530.4316 or ansley.abrams@utoledo.edu.

University to host clean energy workshop, interactive trade show

On Saturday, Aug. 18, the Sierra Club and The University of Toledo will present an interactive workshop and trade show in the Student Union on Main Campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to highlight the benefits of clean energy in northwest Ohio.

“The clean energy industry is booming in northwest Ohio, creating jobs, advancing technology, and lifting Ohio’s economy,” said Natalie Fox, conservation program coordinator for the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club. “The University of Toledo has paired up with the Sierra Club to engage the community, educate neighbors, and help build a sustainable future for northwest Ohio.”

Those who attend this free, public event will be able to ask energy-related questions at roundtable discussions with experts from both the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. Discussions will include topics such as home energy efficiency, environmental economics, solar and wind energy in northwest Ohio, and educational opportunities in renewable energy.

Guests also will have the opportunity to take an optional lunch tour of the renewable energy facilities at UT’s Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation. Facilities shown will be UT’s solar arrays, wind turbine and solar car charging station.

Refreshments will be served at the event, which will have optional activities for kids.

RSVPs are requested for the event by Saturday, Aug. 4. Separate RSVPs are required for both the kids’ activities and lunch tour by Saturday, Aug. 4.

For questions or to RSVP, contact Fox at 740.856.8084.