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Profeminist men’s movement advocate to speak Nov. 3

Rob Okun, feminist advocate, editor and author, will visit The University of Toledo Monday, Nov. 3, to spread the message of profeminism and social justice.

The free, public event will take place in the Student Union Auditorium from 7 to 8 p.m.

Okun

Okun

There also will be a resource fair before the event at 6 p.m. The resource fair will include 15 organizations from UT, community and Bowling Green Sate University.

Since 1997, Okun has been the editor of Voice Male, a magazine that gives a range of male perspectives from childhood, adult, fatherhood and social classes through essays, commentaries and stories. The mission of the magazine is to explore issues relevant to men’s development and health in an effort to decrease the isolation and violence that plagues part of the male population.

Okun also has published a book, Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement, a collection of more than 100 stories, commentaries and essays previously published in the magazine.

Additionally, he has spoken at a number of colleges and universities, including Boston College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Towson University, Tulane University and the University of Massachusetts.

“We are really excited to have Rob Okun come to our campus because we feel that there is a lot of energy on college campuses about this issue,” Dr. Stanley Edwards, director of the UT Counseling Center, said.

“Rob has done a lot of research, written a book, and is a part of numerous organizations that focus on the profeminist men’s movement and how men can get involved in the mission to eliminate sexual violence,” Edwards said. “We felt he would complement the efforts of our Sexual Assault and Prevention Program, and connect well with the University community.”

After his talk, Okun will sign books in the Student Union Auditorium, an event sponsored by the People Called Women bookstore, a local feminist bookstore.

For more information about Okun and his book, contact him at 413.687.8171 or rob@voicemalemagazine.org.

For more information about the event, contact Michael Desposito, graduate assistant in the UT Counseling Center, at 419.530.2426 or michael.desposito@rockets.utoledo.edu.

UT senior captures medalist honors at Rocket Individual Classic

Senior Mike Lancaster captured medalist honors at the Rocket Individual Classic Tuesday at the Belmont Country Club (Par-72, 6,918 yards) in Perrysburg.

UT Men's Golf Coach Jamie Broce posed for a photo with Mike Lancaster, who won medalist honors at the Rocket Individual Classic.

UT Men’s Golf Coach Jamie Broce posed for a photo with Mike Lancaster, who won medalist honors at the Rocket Individual Classic.

Lancaster shot a three-round score of one-over par 217 (74-70-73) to post a whopping 10-shot victory over Indiana’s Keegan Vea at 11-over par 227 (73-75-79). He fired a one-over par 73 during Tuesday’s final round of the fall season to post his lowest 54-hole total as a Rocket and secure his first medalist honors.

The Ancaster, Ontario, native’s previous best effort for 54 holes was a score of 220 at the 2012 Georgetown Intercollegiate, while his best finish was a seventh-place showing at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships.

Freshman Colin Joseph was the Rockets’ next best finisher in third place at 13-over par 229 (77-74-78) with senior Pat Cermak (81-76-75) and junior Thomas Shindler (73-83-76) three strokes behind tied for sixth place at 16-over par 232.

Rounding out UT’s lineup was senior Jamie Richardson (16/85-82-75=242, +26) and senior Nate Gonring (24/90-84-86=260, +44).

The Rockets will open their spring season at the MAC Match Play Championships Feb. 9-10 in Lake Jovita, Fla.

Memorial service set for business professor

A service to remember Dr. Udayan Nandkeolyar will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Hindu Temple, 4336 King Road, Sylvania.

Nandkeolyar, professor and chair of the Information Operations Technology Management Department in the College of Business and Innovation, died Oct. 15 at age 61.

He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1988. His research focused on supply chain management, enterprise resource planning and logistics.

Prayers will start at 5:30 p.m., guests are invited to share memories at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Keynote address Oct. 30 to close LGBTQA History Month

The monthlong annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history will draw to a close with a poetic finale.

keynote webBest-selling poets Carl Phillips and Mark Doty will round out UT’s observance of LGBTQA History Month with a poetry reading and book signing Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Student Union Room 2592.

Spectrum President LaVelle Ridley said he anticipates the poets to discuss gay identity and how it plays a role in different life experiences.

“From listening to their poems and discussion, I hope students witness how one’s personal identity, whether it be sexual, racial, etcetera, can shape how they decide to express themselves in all spheres of life,” he said. “I also want students to realize how successful LGBT figures can be in the professional world, even the literary one.”

Phillips is a professor of English and African and Afro-American studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He’s authored several collections of poems, including The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination; Silverchest; and Quiver and Arrows: Selected Poems, 1986-2006. His collection The Rest of Love won the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry.

Doty has written a number of collections of poetry, including Sweet Machine and Paragon Park, and has also won the 2008 National Book Award for Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems. His personal memoir, Dog Years, was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. Doty won the T.S. Elliot Prize for his collection My Alexandria, which focuses on the AIDS epidemic and offers comfort to those diagnosed with HIV. The award is Britain’s most significant annual award for poetry, and Doty was the first American to receive it.

“Poetry is a great way to express life experiences and obstacles, but it isn’t the only way,” Ridley said. “As an English major, I personally believe that there is so much power behind the written word that anyone can tap into. Historically, many LGBTQ figures have utilized poetry or fiction to not only express themselves, but carve out a space for writers like themselves.”

In addition to these speakers, Spectrum has been promoting LGBTQA awareness all month with events like the Drag/Talent Show and a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

“LGBTQA History Month is important because it gives members of the community a chance to celebrate ourselves, appreciate our diversity, and work toward achieving goals in society as a whole,” Ridley said. “The fact that we are able to celebrate our heritage month here at UT signals the campus’ drive toward diversity and inclusion.”

For more information, contact Ridley at lavelle.ridley@rockets.utoledo.edu.

UT Center for Religious Understanding to offer Interfaith Forums

Students looking for an opportunity to explore other religions and give insight to their own are invited to join in food and discussion this fall.

The University of Toledo Center for Religious Understanding is hosting two Interfaith Forums Thursday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Nov. 20, in University Hall Room 4700. The free, public events will serve finger-food snacks.

The first forum will focus on the afterlife: what happens after death and how that affects the way you live your life. The second is on rituals: what you do with your beliefs and what practices you partake in.

“People will gain an understanding from the inside about perspectives on religion different from their own,” said Dr. Jeanine Diller, director of UT’s Center for Religious Understanding. “In our courses on religion and many of our lectures, we learn a lot of stimulating facts and thoughts about the world’s religions and the whole phenomena of religion. Often this is knowledge from the outside as it were — objective knowledge. The hope is that in our forums people gain understanding from the inside — a subjective understanding — by hearing from someone who inhabits a view of religion what the world looks like, feels like, and is like from there.”

Diller said the program started four years ago when Dr. Ovamir Anjum, UT Imam Khattab Chair of Islamic Studies and associate professor of philosophy, told her about a similar program offered at the Lubar Institute, a program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison focused on alleviating tension between people of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths.

When asked her favorite part about the forums, Diller said it was the “aha moments” in which people find a new way of seeing things through someone else’s eyes.

“Sometimes friendships have formed between people who think differently about religion, and that is truly a lasting gift of the forums,” she said.

For more information, contact Ajay Lingireddy, an intern at the Center for Religious Understanding, at ajay.lingireddy@utoledo.edu.

Death, dying to be explored in workshop Oct. 29

A Cultural and Ethical Death & Dying Workshop will take place Wednesday, Oct. 29, at noon in Health Education Building Room 100 on The University of Toledo’s Health Science Campus.

imelda huntThe workshop will feature Dr. Imelda Hunt, artistic director and founder of New Works Writers Series, and the New Works Writers Series actors.

The performance will focus on understanding cultural and ethical considerations when managing patients and family through various stages of death and dying.

The New Works Writers Series is a nonprofit community theatre organization specializing in stage performances, poetry readings and collaborations. The organization has performed at Bowling Green State University, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and a number of other community institutions.

Hunt has worked as a teacher and principal in the Toledo area for more than 25 years and has received a number of community awards and honors, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 2009 and UT Upward Bound Summer Program Best Teacher of 2010.

This event is part of a Language of Diversity Series hosted by UT’s College of Medicine and Live Sciences and the Office of Faculty and Student Diversity.

International model, activist to give presentation Oct. 30

Yomi Abiola, a Nigerian model, will give a presentation titled “Beauty and Body Image — Cultivating the Whole Person” as part of The University of Toledo Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women’s Lecture and Film Series.

Abiola

Abiola

The free, public event will take place Thursday, Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Doermann Theater.

Abiola is the founder of Stand Up for Fashion (STUFF), a global platform that promotes corporate social responsibility within the fashion industry. STUFF offers educational programs and consultation services, with plans to work with major industry figures to adopt a course of action for improving the fashion world’s impact and image.

A model, journalist and activist, Abiola was the first African face for Maybelline cosmetics. She has appeared in Vogue Italia, British Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. She is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and the Paris Institute of Political Science.

Abiola believes that the fashion industry’s global scope positions it perfectly to find and promote solutions to problems like fair pay, workplace safety, women’s health, diversity and environmental sustainability.

For more information about the lecture, contact Emily Kizer at 419.530.7232 or emily.kizer@utoledo.edu.

Law alumnus to discuss bankruptcy and Catholic Archdiocese

Bankruptcy attorney Howard Levine will return to his alma mater Thursday, Oct. 30, to discuss his experience in guiding a Catholic Archdiocese through Chapter 11 proceedings.

Levine

Levine

The 1979 graduate of the UT College of Law will speak at noon in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

His free, public talk is titled “A Catholic Archdiocese in Chapter 11: Causes, Controversies and Legal Challenges.”

Levine is a partner at the law firm of Sussman Shank LLP in Portland, Ore. His practice focuses on representing debtors and creditors in Chapter 11 reorganization cases, out-of-court workouts and debt restructurings.

His firm represented the Archdiocese of Portland and the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, in the first Chapter 11 cases filed in the United States by a Catholic Archdiocese and a Catholic religious order. These cases involved a complex combination of issues arising under state law, constitutional law, insurance law and canon law, and their unusual interplay with the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Levine joined Sussman Shank in 1982 following a clerkship with Donald Sullivan, U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for the District of Oregon, and became a partner in 1987.

Rocket basketball to host ‘Tricks, Treats and Dunks’ season preview Oct. 29

The University of Toledo basketball teams will host “Tricks, Treats and Dunks,” a special free season preview, Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Savage Arena at 6 p.m.

b-ball treats adThe evening will begin with trick-or-treating from 6 to 6:40 p.m. at stations located in the arena concourses. Fans can dress in their Halloween costumes and get treats and prizes.

Free schedule posters will be provided for fans to get autographs from UT men’s and women’s basketball players. And there will be activities for kids.

At 6:45 p.m., the fun moves onto Nichols Court, where a contest for best Halloween costume will be judged. Prizes will be given for best costumes for both children and UT students. There also will be raffle prizes for both fans and UT students throughout the night.

Following the best costume contest, the 2014-15 UT men’s and women’s basketball teams will be introduced. The Rockets will participate in a three-point shooting contest that will feature players from both teams as well as UT students. The event will conclude with the men’s slam-dunk contest.

Fans can buy snacks from the concession stands as they watch the action and listen to music played by a DJ.

The UT men’s team is coming off a stellar season in 2013-14 in which the Rockets won a school-record 27 games. The Rockets return four starters from last year’s team, including three All-Mid-American Conference players, senior guards Julius Brown (first team) and Justin Drummond (third team), and senior forward J.D. Weatherspoon (honorable mention).

The Rocket women’s team returns seven letterwinners from last season’s squad, including two-time All-MAC selection senior guard Inma Zanoguera.

The UT Athletic Ticket Office will be open during the event for fans who wish to purchase season tickets or who want more information about tickets. Fans also may call 419.530.GOLD (4653) for more information.

Interim president to give University address Oct. 29

Dr. Nagi Naganathan, UT interim president, will deliver the state of the University address Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Naganathan

Naganathan

The address will begin at 11 a.m. in Doermann Theater. Guest parking will be available in the grass lot between Drummond and Goddard roads.

A shuttle from Scott Park Campus will depart at 10:35 a.m. for those wishing to attend the address. It will leave from University Hall at 12:20 p.m., returning passengers to Scott Park.

Shuttles from Mulford Library on Health Science Campus will depart at 10:10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and take passengers to University Hall. Passengers will be picked up for the return to Health Science Campus at 12:20 p.m.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the address.