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Carlson Library, Writing Center to host International Write-In event Nov. 30

From Tuesday, Nov. 29, through Tuesday, Dec. 6, colleges and universities around the world, including The University of Toledo, will unite students by providing a space to study, write and prepare final assignments during the end of semester crunch.

Carlson Library and the Writing Center will partner to host an International Write-In Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will take place near the information desk inside Carlson Library.

Writing tutors and librarians will be available to answer students’ writing and research questions.

There will be giveaways and snacks, as well as a photo booth. To be entered in a raffle, students can use the hashtag #IntlWriteIn.

For additional details, contact Jonathan DaSo of Carlson Library at 419.530.5019 or jonathan.daso@utoledo.edu and Savannah Garcia of the Writing Center at 419.530.7753 or savannah.frelin@utoledo.edu.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology to offer international field school in Dominican Republic

A new study abroad program will be offered next summer: Dr. Karie Peralta and Dr. Shahna Arps from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology will co-teach an international field school in the Dominican Republic.

“The purpose is to give students an experiential learning opportunity to develop their research skills and learn about Dominican culture and social life,” Peralta, assistant professor of sociology, said. “We will be collaborating with a community organization in the Dominican Republic to provide students a hands-on experience in participatory methods and fieldwork.”

Dr. Karie Peralta, left, and Dr. Shahna Arps conducted a workshop last summer in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Karie Peralta, left, and Dr. Shahna Arps conducted a workshop last summer in the Dominican Republic.

The organization the program will work with, Project Esperanza, has the only grassroots bilingual school in the Dominican Republic. Participants in the program will help support the school by volunteering in the organization’s summer camp.

Students in the program will use the time facilitating activities throughout the camp to get to know the local children and become familiar with the challenges of learning in a school in a marginalized community.

“This will give students the chance to volunteer and also learn about the children’s lives and their living and educational conditions while participating in the summer camp,” Peralta said.

The students also will work with the organization to carry out a survey to gather information about the schoolchildren’s families and household demographics.

This Summer Session II program is a six-week course. The first two weeks will be spent preparing for the immersion component of the field school; the second two weeks will be held in the Dominican Republic; and the final two weeks students will analyze data collected and discussing what was learned while there.

This is a 4000-5000 level class (SOC4980/5980 or ANTH 4980/5980) and is open to students of all majors who are interested in advancing their research skills.

Peralta has 11 years of experience traveling to and from the Dominican Republic and spent some time as a Peace Corps volunteer there. She also managed a study abroad program prior to coming to UT.

Arps also has several years of experience in the Dominican Republic working with college student groups that carried out medical missions in the country.

Peralta and Arps traveled to the Dominican Republic last summer to plan the program and lay the foundation for field school activities. They also provided a two-day research training workshop to local youth who were going to carry out a survey about their community members’ interests in creating a public space.

Peralta encourages students to sign up for the program so they can apply their skills in an international setting.

“The students can get out of their comfort zone and push their own boundaries,” she said. “This will help them grow professionally and personally.”

An information session about the class will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. in University Hall Room 4380.

To learn more about the class, click here.

Toledo announces Rocket basketball reading program

The University of Toledo men’s and women’s basketball programs are encouraging area youth to read by offering a program that rewards participants with a free ticket to a game.

thumb-rocket-color-logoChildren in kindergarten through eighth grade are required to read a minimum number of books based on their age.  

Participants are provided with a pledge form, a Rocket reading log, and a recommended reading list. Once the Rocket Reading Log is turned in, the student will receive one free Upper East B ticket for a men’s game (excluding Bowling Green) or a free general admission ticket for a women’s game (excluding Notre Dame and Bowling Green) with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Rockets reading logs can be turned in at anytime during the men’s and women’s basketball seasons.

For questions, contact Nicole Ebersole at 419.530.2482 or nicole.ebersole@rockets.utoledo.edu.

Rocky’s Locker to hold 25% off sale on Black Friday

Rocky’s Locker at Franklin Park Mall will hold a 25 percent off promotion in honor of Black Friday, Nov. 25.

The one-day Black Friday sale will be offered only at the Franklin Park Mall location of Rocky’s Locker.

Rocket fans will be able to redeem the discount from 8 to 10 a.m., and the promotion will cover all merchandise in the store.

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Rockets, Broncos to battle for MAC Championship Game berth

For the second year in a row, Toledo and Western Michigan will square off in the regular-season finale with the Mid-American Conference West crown and a trip to the MAC Championship Game on the line.

The Rockets, of course, are looking for a different ending than last year’s 35-30 loss to the Broncos. That defeat created a four-way tie for first in the West and sent Northern Illinois to the title game.

Logan Woodside, left, and Kareem Hunt will lead the Rockets' offense in the MAC West Division showdown Friday, Nov. 25, at Western Michigan.

Logan Woodside, left, and Kareem Hunt will lead the Rockets’ offense in the MAC West Division showdown Friday, Nov. 25, at Western Michigan.

This year, it’s winner take all: Either the Rockets or the Broncos will be headed to Detroit after the showdown in Kalamazoo Friday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m. The game will be carried by ESPN2.

Toledo (9-2, 6-1 MAC) is one game behind WMU and can earn a share of the division title with a win. UT would advance to the MAC Championship Game for the first time since 2004 by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

With a victory over the Rockets, Western would win the division outright and earn the right to face the East Division champ at Detroit’s Ford Field Friday, Dec. 2.

The Rockets are coming off of three consecutive league victories since its lone MAC defeat to Ohio Oct. 27. Most recently, Toledo defeated Ball State, 37-19, in its 2016 home finale. Junior Logan Woodside threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns in the win, his 10th consecutive game with at least three scoring passes this season. Woodside, who has been named a “contender” for the Heisman Trophy by the Heisman Trophy Trust, leads the nation with 40 touchdown passes. He also holds the UT single-season record with 3,653 yards passing.

And senior running back Kareem Hunt rushed for 107 yards vs. Ball State, the 26th 100-yard game in his career. He has 4,625 career rushing yards, second all-time at UT and just 224 yards off the record held by Chester Taylor (4,849 from 1998-2001).

Western Michigan (11-0, 7-0 MAC) is ranked No. 14 in the nation by the Associated Press and is coming off a 38-0 home victory over Buffalo Nov. 19. The Broncos are led by the tandem of senior quarterback Zach Terrell (2,890 yards, 27 TDs, one interception) and senior wide receiver Corey Davis (75 receptions, national leader with 16 TD catches).

Toledo leads the series with Western Michigan, 41-29, and had won five straight games in the series until last year’s defeat in the Glass Bowl.

Nov. 22 UTC3 Federation Fair location changed

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the remaining UT Community Charitable Campaign Federation Fair slated for Tuesday, Nov. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. on Health Science Campus.

The fair’s location has been changed to the Four Season’s Bistro Atrium.

UTC3 campaign webTake a break this afternoon to meet representatives from some of the 220 community charities that the campaign supports, while partaking of refreshments.

This year the UT Community Charitable Campaign’s goal is $125,000, and to date the University has raised $41,600. The campaign runs until Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Understanding that everyone’s household budget faces different challenges over time, UTC3’s 2016 chairperson, Dr. Kaye M. Patten, senior vice president for student affairs, said, “We want to keep things simple this year and so are asking everyone to ‘Simply Give’ whatever amount they can afford.”

Every person who contributes to the campaign — regardless of the amount — will receive a long-sleeved, UT T-shirt for their generosity, as well as an invitation to a breakfast in early 2017.

To make a donation, use the link contained in Patten’s weekly UTC3 emails, the next of which will be sent Wednesday, Nov. 30, due to this week’s Thanksgiving holiday. Donors may designate on the ePledge form the specific charities they would like their gift to support, and all donations are tax-deductible. Those who choose to have their gift payroll-deducted will have their contribution begin by mid to late January and spread over 20 paychecks. 

For more information about UTC3, visit utoledo.edu/UTC3

Student organization hosts holiday fundraiser Nov. 22-23

The University of Toledo’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold its first #TurkeyForTots fundraiser and Instagram campaign.

The Turkey for Tots fundraiser will take place Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on UT’s Main Campus and Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in downtown Toledo.

turkeysfortots (2)Lauren Eriksen, vice president of member development for UT PRSSA, will walk around in a turkey costume and, for a monetary donation of any amount, will take a selfie with those who contribute.

On Nov. 22, the turkey will stroll around the Student Union and Centennial Mall, and on Nov. 23, the turkey will be near the Monroe Street and Madison Avenue area downtown near Hensville and the Huntington Center.

To find out where the turkey is, follow the organization’s Instagram handle, utoledoprssa, or its Facebook page.

The proceeds from this fundraiser will be split with half going toward the organization’s general fund and the other half going to Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots is a program that was started by the United States Marine Corps in 1947. Last year, the program collected 18 million toys nationwide. Since its origin, the Toys for Tots program has collected more than 512 million toys for disadvantaged youth.

For those unable to donate cash toward Turkey for Tots, Eriksen encourages them
to visit the Toys for Tots website to find a local Toys for Tots program.
“What better way to celebrate the season of giving than helping local children get the Christmas they deserve,” Eriksen said.

For more information, contact Eriksen at lauren.eriksen@rockets.utoledo.edu.

University completes Fair Labor Standards Act new overtime rules analysis

In accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act new overtime rules, UT Human Resources and Talent Development in partnership with department leadership has completed the analysis for the University and determined that approximately 266 employees are impacted by the new regulations out of a total population of 2,707 exempt employees. 

In May, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new rules regarding overtime eligibility for current exempt employees. The new Fair Labor Standards Act rules determine how employees are classified — exempt or nonexempt — and increase the overtime eligibility threshold from $455 per week (annualized $23,660 per year) to $913 per week (annualized $47,476 per year). They also detail approved exemptions for government, public sector and higher education employers, and clarify implementation requirements. The new Fair Labor Standards Act rules do not affect the current hourly, non-exempt employee population.

Members of UT’s Human Resources team have worked with department leaders to complete the analysis and assess each employee’s status. Final assessments have shown that the vast majority (90 percent) of exempt employees reviewed will experience no change in their status. As a result, no further action or individualized employee communication is necessary.

For employees impacted by the new rules, HR has partnered with department leadership to determine what changes are necessary to abide by the new regulations ranging from salary adjustments to reclassification and overtime eligibility. Impacted employees will receive notification from their supervisors about the changes and the impact on overtime eligibility.

The new rules will go into effect at the University Thursday, Dec. 1.

More information about the Fair Labor Standards Act new overtime rules is available at utoledo.edu/depts/hr/flsa.

UT to partner with Lucas County to evaluate grant program

The Lucas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council recently received a nearly $650,000 federal grant to provide transition services to individuals living in halfway houses after serving prison sentences.

The three-year program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice seeks to assist 100 to 150 male offenders with co-occurring disorders, such as addiction or mental health illness, in an effort to reduce the county’s recidivism rate of 22.6 percent.

The University of Toledo will receive $77,081 of that funding to serve as an outside investigator to assess the results of the program.

“Every program funded by a federal grant is required to be evaluated for its success,” said Dr. John Laux, professor of counselor education and associate dean for student affairs in the College of Health and Human Services, who will be the program evaluator. “We will serve as a neutral observer of their program methods. Our job is to measure effectiveness of the program in an effort to determine its effectiveness.”

The funding UT receives will support two graduate students in the counselor education program with tuition and a stipend for research related to the evaluation of the program.

“The students selected to assist with the research affiliated with this program will have a unique opportunity to learn more about the populations they will someday serve,” Laux said. “It also can open the door of opportunity leading to future PhD studies in the field.”

Laux said it is a unique way the University can serve the community.

“Our department is proud to partner with the county to support them in their efforts as they work to help former inmates overcome obstacles that can lead to recidivism,” he said.

UT Health physician warns allergy season extends into fall and winter

As the warmth of early fall gives way to crisp evenings and the start of the holiday season, thoughts of raking leaves and a crackling fire come to mind. But not everyone can enjoy the crunch of drying leaves and the scent of wood burning in the fireplace.

The 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children who are affected by nasal allergies in the United States know the sneezing, stuffy nose, sinus pressure, itchy eyes and cough of seasonal allergies are not always resolved the change of seasons.

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University of Toledo Health Allergist and Immunologist Dr. Svetlana I. Kriegel recommends
those affected learn their triggers and symptoms and ways to avoid exposure to allergens to reduce the misery of nasal allergies.

“The most common are seasonal pollen allergies in the spring, summer and fall. About 70 percent of patients with spring allergies also have allergy symptoms in the fall,” Kriegel said. “We have seen a drop in temperature and with it a drop in ragweed pollen, the primary fall allergen.”

Kriegel said patients are starting to notice a change, but we aren’t out of the woods yet, and other allergens like mold are actually triggering allergic symptoms.

“The fungi take advantage of the fallen leaves and decaying vegetation this time of year and can be found in compost piles, cut grasses, wooded areas, soils, lawn debris and other moist surfaces,” Kriegel said. “In order to reduce the exposure to molds, I suggest avoiding raking leaves altogether or wearing a particle mask if you must work outside.”

A hard frost will eventually kill the foliage and bring the outdoor molds to the dormant state. However, Kriegel said indoor molds can still be troublesome, especially with humidity levels more than 50 percent. The damp air allows molds to flourish in poorly ventilated areas like attics, bathrooms, basements and under kitchen sinks.

“As we close windows and start running heaters, indoor allergens, including dust mites, pets, cockroaches and molds, become predominant allergy triggers,” Kriegel said. “Luckily, effective avoidance measures can diminish exposure, thus decrease nasal, eye and chest symptoms. I always teach my patients this first line of defense.”

Kriegel said it is important to consider other indoor allergens as we settle in for the winter.

“As we are coming to the holiday season, we all should be jolly and happy,” she said. “Be mindful of your guests who could have an allergic or asthmatic reaction to indoor triggers.”

Smoke from fireplaces or wood burners, scented candles and pets can cause problems for allergy sufferers.

“If you purchase a live Christmas tree, you are at risk for carrying millions of mold spores into your home in its bark,” she said. “This mold can cause worsening of allergies and asthma in sensitive adults and kids.”

When avoidance measures are not enough to minimize suffering from allergies or when patients also experience episodic cough, wheezing or chest tightness, Kriegel develops an individualized care strategy for each patient.

“Pharmacological therapy for patients with allergies and asthma made great advances in recent years,” she said. “Medicines can significantly improve the quality of life of allergic individuals. Nontheless, for the most bothersome, persistent and difficult to treat symptoms, allergen immunotherapy offers a great advantage. For the right patient, allergy shots can reduce suffering from asthma and potentially cure his or her allergies.”