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Rockets to team with Huntington Bank in support of 1Matters

A new partnership between Huntington Bank and The University of Toledo will help house homeless veterans. For every extra point scored by the Rockets during the 2017 football season, Huntington will donate $100 to 1Matters to support its Veterans Matter program.

1Matters is a Toledo-based nonprofit sparked and supported by singer John Mellencamp that creates and funds initiatives to move people to financial and domestic autonomy. Veterans Matter is the organization’s national program designed to help homeless veterans and their families recapture their lives and return to domestic autonomy. To date, Veterans Matter has housed more than 1,600 veterans in 17 states.

“This is an exciting partnership that will benefit homeless veterans in our community and region,” said Huntington Regional President Sharon Speyer, who is a member of the UT Board of Trustees. “The importance of an extra point, where one point can matter in the outcome of a tightly fought game, will now have a significant impact on the life of someone who served our country.”

“Our mission is simple: house as many homeless veterans as we can, as fast as we can, to provide the fresh start,” said Veterans Matter founder Ken Leslie. “With this high-powered Rocket offense, and the support of Huntington, we can impact as many as 10 more homeless veterans this season. One point really does matter.”

The Rockets were selected as the pre-season favorite to win the Mid-American Conference by media covering the league. The team returns one of the nation’s most explosive offenses, led by senior quarterback Logan Woodside. Toledo averaged 38.0 points per game and led the MAC in total offense with a school-record 517.8 yards per game in 2016. Last season, Toledo converted 61 extra points.

“We are very pleased to be teaming with Huntington Bank in support of such a great cause,” Toledo Head Coach Jason Candle said. “It’s a privilege to participate in something that helps many of the veterans who have served our country.”

The Rockets open their season at home vs. Elon Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.

For ticket information, go to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Director to receive military promotion

Navy Reserve Lt. Haraz N. Ghanbari, UT director of military and veteran affairs, has been selected for promotion to the rank of lieutenant commander.

“Serving alongside our men and women in uniform continues to be one of the greatest honors of my life,” Ghanbari said. “Being selected for promotion is a testament to the many mentors I have had during my military career.”

Navy Reserve Lt. Haraz Ghanbari, who will be promoted to lieutenant commander, posed for a photo by the Veterans Memorial Plaza.

For 16 years, Ghanbari has served in the military, including an enlistment in the Army National Guard, where he was honorably discharged as a sergeant. A veteran of Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, he received a direct commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in 2009. He subsequently deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in 2015.

At the University, he works with veterans to help them achieve their academic goals.

“I continue to be humbled by the service and sacrifice of our student veterans,” Ghanbari said. “As I continue to listen and learn about their journeys, it’s important that as a community we continue to find ways to support them during their transition. Simply put, their potential is unlimited.”

Ghanbari’s date of promotion has not been released yet.

UT recognized for low student debt

The University of Toledo graduates have the lowest student loan debt among the state’s public colleges, according to a recent analysis of student debt by LendEDU.

The average student debt per borrower for UT’s class of 2016 was $24,437, which ranks the University the best among Ohio’s public colleges and universities. In the nation, UT was named 121 in the list of best public colleges for lowest student loan debt.

UT also has the lowest per credit hour undergraduate tuition and fees of any Ohio research university and the third lowest of any major public university in the state.

“Keeping a University of Toledo education affordable is a commitment we have made to our students and their families, and this study confirms we are keeping that promise,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “When you consider the positive impact a UT degree has on a graduate’s social and income mobility, we are delivering an exceptional value to our students.”

LendEDU, which helps students with loans, loan refinancing and personal finance, used data collected from the annual Peterson’s financial aid survey in which there were responses from 1,161 institutions to evaluate student loan debt.

Ohio ranked 16th overall for its college students’ debt load, which averages $29,579.

Intersection reopens, construction continues on Bancroft Street

The intersection of University Hills Boulevard and Bancroft Street reopened Thursday, Aug. 24.

Crews will continue moving westward to install a new sewer line.

That means lane restrictions on Bancroft Street will continue and move toward Meadowwood Drive until the sewer line project is finished.

Traffic will be maintained in both directions during this time.

“We will keep the campus community informed as we receive updates from the city of Toledo on this project,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said.

To avoid congestion, students, employees and visitors to Main Campus are encouraged to use the west entrance off Secor Road or the south entrance off Dorr Street.

Reminder: Complete compliance training

All 12-month faculty and staff should complete the following compliance training courses online by Thursday, Aug. 31: 

• Intersections: Supervisor Anti-Harassment and Title IX (all faculty/staff);

• Ohio Ethics Commission: Ethics — It’s Everybody’s Business (all faculty/staff); and

• HIPAA Basics (all Health Science Campus faculty/staff, plus those with direct or indirect ties to patient care, as assigned).

Nine-month, 10-month and part-time faculty and staff, as well as student employees, will have access to and should complete the training between Friday, Sept. 1, and Tuesday, Oct. 31. Watch for your email reminder.

To access your assigned courses, you may either use your email invitation and click on the Begin Training button, or you may log in to myUT and access the courses under the Training and Career Development section; review the instructions posted there before beginning course work. 

Please reserve at least 60 to 90 minutes to complete each class. 

Questions? Contact trainingdevelopment@utoledo.edu.

New student convocation to take place Aug. 27

Welcome Rockets! UT traditions will be explained during the New Student Convocation Sunday, Aug. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.

University President Sharon L. Gaber will be at the event to greet and address new students. 

“New Student Convocation teaches new students about the special traditions that come along with being a Rocket. They will learn about the importance of school spirit and pride,” Ashleigh Wade, associate dean of students and director of conduct and community standards, said. “New students also will be welcomed and inducted into the Rocket family by University leadership, faculty, staff and students.”

Other speakers will include Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, interim vice president for student affairs; Jason Candle, head football coach; Tod Kowalczyk, head men’s basketball coach; Tricia Cullop, head women’s basketball coach; and Student Government President and Vice President James Russell and Andrew Williams. 

“Dr. Cockrell will discuss the importance of co-curricular learning and taking advantage of University resources,” Wade said.

“Provost Hsu will introduce the college deans and the president of the Faculty Senate,” she added.

Blue Key will perform the national anthem, and Blue Crew, Rocky and Rocksy, the cheerleading squad, and the pep band will teach new students the University’s fight song, “U of Toledo,” as well as spirited cheers and chants.

“This event is a chance for new Rockets to become acclimated with campus life before classes start,” Wade said.

Following the event, participants are encouraged to attend a barbecue in the Flatlands.

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the New Student Convocation will be moved to Savage Arena, and the barbecue will be moved to outside the arena.

Weeks of Welcome events scheduled for students

Students: It’s time to get involved! Make new friends, have some fun, and learn about The University of Toledo during Weeks of Welcome events.

“The first few weeks of school are so important for all students,” Dr. Sammy Spann, interim associate vice president and dean of students, said. “Weeks of Welcome events are designed to help students succeed by bringing them together with their peers and giving them the chance to meet faculty and staff while learning more about the University and having a good time.”

Check out some of the events the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership in the Division of Student Affairs has planned to welcome students to campus:

Friday, Aug. 25

• Graduate Student Field Day, 1 to 4 p.m., Centennial Mall. The Graduate Student Association will serve up a barbecue picnic complete with field games and dunk tank. WXUT will provide the music.

• Foam Party, 8 to 11 p.m., the Flatlands. Dance and be lathered in foam! This event is sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming.

Saturday, Aug. 26

• Slip-n-Slide, Kickball and Field Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Carter Field. Meet classmates and have some fun and free food.

• Paint UT, 8 to 11 p.m., the Flatlands. Sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming, this paint party will feature black lights and electronic music.

• Bonfire, 9 p.m., the Flatlands. The Resident Student Association and the National Residence Hall Honorary will welcome students to experience one of the biggest campus traditions: painting the spirit rock. Come hungry for pizza. WXUT and the Blue Crew will bring the entertainment.

Sunday, Aug. 27

• New Student Convocation, 4 p.m., Glass Bowl. Rain location: Savage Arena. UT President Sharon L. Gaber and faculty and staff members will welcome new students and talk about what it means to be a Rocket.

• Convocation Barbecue, 5 p.m., the Flatlands.

• Jam Session and Multicultural Student Organization Fair, 7 to 9 p.m., Thompson Student Union Steps. Learn about some of the University’s multicultural student organizations and support offices, and watch a step show by members of the UT Greek community.

Monday, Aug. 28

• Back-to-School Pool Party, 5 to 7 p.m., Student Recreation Center. Make a splash at this event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Success.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

• Student Involvement Fair and Part-Time Job Fair, noon to 3 p.m., Centennial Mall. Rain locations: Thompson Student Union Auditorium and Rooms 2582/2584. Looking for a job? How about an organization dedicated to something you’re passionate about? There’s something for everyone; stop by and see!

• Pep Rally, 12:30 p.m., Thompson Student Union Steps. Rain location: Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Join the UT football team and psych up for the game against Elon. There’ll be food and prizes!

Thursday, Aug. 31

• President’s Tailgate, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., lot 25 near Rocket Hall. Students are invited to meet President Gaber. Stop by for food, games and prizes.

• Toledo vs. Elon, 7 p.m., Glass Bowl. Students are admitted free with their Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID; $28 to $63.

Friday, Sept. 1

• Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women Ice Cream Social, 1 to 3 p.m., Tucker Hall Room 0168. Find out about the center and its services.

• Rockets in the City, 7 p.m., Fifth Third Field. Go to a Toledo Mud Hens game. For $10, students can ride a bus downtown and receive a game ticket. Tickets are available at Ask Rocky in Thompson Student Union Room 2525.

Tuesday, Sept. 5

• Center for Success Coaching Table Outreach, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thompson Student Union. Meet the Success Coaches and see how they can help you!

Wednesday, Sept. 6

• Healthy Eating Tips, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Student Food Pantry, located in Thompson Student Union Room 2504. Check out the pantry, grab an apple or a granola bar, and pick up some healthy eating tips.

• Introducing Student Disability Services, 11 a.m., Rocket Hall Room 1530. Learn about services provided and how accommodations can help students succeed.

• Career Services Open House, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 1533. Meet the staff and find out how the center can help launch your career.

Thursday, Sept. 7

• President’s Backyard Barbecue, noon to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall. Students and employees are invited to lunch. Activities will include inflatables, competitions and more.

Friday, Sept. 8

• Learning Enhancement Center Open House, noon to 3 p.m., Carlson Library Room 0200. Stop to see what the center has to offer — from tutoring to study strategies.

• Club Carlson, 7 to 9 p.m., Carlson Library various floors. Explore the renovated library and discover its resources and services. There’ll be corn hole, escape rooms, live music and free T-shirts.

Saturday, Sept. 9

• UT Bookstore VIP Event, 1 to 5 p.m., Barnes & Noble University Bookstore, 1430 Secor Road. Stop by for coupons, photos and autographs with Rocksy, karaoke, crafts, and a visit from some Toledo Zoo friends.

Monday, Sept. 11

• Sundae on a Monday with President Gaber, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thompson Student Union Steps. Rain location: Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge. Share a sweet treat with President Gaber. The first 100 in line will receive a gift. Hint: #selfiewithutprez.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

• Center for Success Coaching Open House, 3 to 5 p.m., Rocket Hall Room 1830. Meet the success coaches and see how they can help you.

Thursday, Sept. 14

• Pep Rally, 12:30, Thompson Student Union Steps. Rain location: Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Join the UT football team and psych up for the game against Tulsa.

• Personal Safety and Self-Defense Class, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Morse Center Fitness Room on Health Science Campus. Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn safety tips for school, office, home and public places, as well as self-defense tactics to try in a safe, comfortable setting. Participants should wear light clothing and tennis shoes, and they are advised to stretch and hydrate. Attendees must sign a liability release form to participate in the class.

Friday, Sept. 15

• Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women Open House, 2 to 6 p.m., Tucker Hall Room 0168. Find out what services the center offers and have some pizza.

Saturday, Sept. 16

• Toledo vs. Tulsa, 7 p.m., Glass Bowl. Students are admitted free with their Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID; $33 to $63.

Monday, Sept. 18

• Yoga on the Mall, noon to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall. Bring your mat for a yoga session.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

• “Budget Today, Plan for Tomorrow,” 5:30 to 7 p.m., Rocket Hall Room 1530. Pick up some free financial tips.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

• Personal Safety and Self-Defense Class, 2 to 4 p.m., Student Recreation Center Maple Room.

• ALICE (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate) Presentation, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Student Recreation Center Elm Room.

• Meet the Office of Public Safety Team, 6 to 8 p.m., Varsity T Pavilion. Get to know members of the UT Police Department, Health Science Campus Security, Support Services, and Radiation Safety and Health. Have some pizza and play tennis and basketball.

Thursday, Sept. 21

• An Evening With John Quiñones, 6 p.m., Doermann Theater. The ABC News veteran and host of “What Would You Do?” will speak as a part of UT’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series.

• UT Night at Comerica Park, 7 p.m., Detroit. Join students, alumni, employees and Rocket fans to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins. UT will have special recognition, including the first pitch and national anthem performance. Special ticket package includes game ticket, exclusive Detroit Tigers/UT hat, and a $5 donation to the UT General Scholarship Fund. Go to http://m.mlb.com/det/tickets/special-events/ut.

• Late Night at the Rec Center, 10 p.m. to midnight, Student Recreation Center. Stop by for a workout! For more information on programs, go to utreccenter.com.

For more information and a complete list of events, go to utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/welcomeweek.

Reminder to register for parking

All faculty and staff are reminded to register for parking for the 2017-18 academic year. The University’s new parking registration webpage went live, Aug. 5, and parking enforcement will begin Monday, Aug. 28.

To avoid ticketing, visit the myUT portal or myparking.utoledo.edu to register. Because the parking registration webpage has been redesigned, be sure to follow the prompts or refer to the step-by-step instructions that also are available on the webpage if needed.

Employees in collective bargaining agreements have the option this year to choose between a “U” permit or an “A” permit, paying more to park in lots that have a higher demand. This selection should be made when you register your vehicle at myparking.utoledo.edu. However, these drivers are reminded to first review all information in the Frequently Asked Questions document and “Where May I Park” on the parking website to consider their options before registering as they may not change their permit type until the end of the semester.

Among several modifications being made to parking in 2017-18, all UT drivers should print a permit confirmation and display it on their dashboard whenever parking on UT property.

“This permit should be used as a reference to ensure you’re parking in a lot appropriate for your permit type,” said Sherri Kaspar, manager of public safety services.

Also new this academic year, drivers may register — and park — only one primary car at any given time; however, they may save multiple vehicles in their online profile.

“This makes it easy for you to switch from the primary vehicle you registered to another vehicle, such as your partner’s,” Kaspar explained. “Remember that when you drive a different vehicle to campus, you will need to print off the permit confirmation for that particular car so it matches the vehicle you’re parking that day.”

Parking Services’ new registration webpage was designed to be mobile-friendly and so it will provide all users a smooth interface with their smart phone, plus any other digital devices they may use. Additionally, a new UT parking app will be available soon. Watch for more details in NewsBreaks and UT News.

As a reminder, students should log on to myparking.utoledo.edu beginning Wednesday, Aug. 23, to check their parking permit type and to print their permit confirmation.

More information about UT’s new parking system is available in the Frequently Asked Questions section on utoledo.edu/parkingservices. Any questions not answered there may be sent to parking@utoledo.edu.

North entrance to Carlson Library reopens; south doors close for construction

Visitors to Carlson Library will have to use the north entrance starting Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The south entrance will be closed for construction through September for the final phase of the $3 million renovation.

“This phase includes the exterior concrete step replacement, exterior door replacement, and the interior vestibule area finishes,” said Chris Levicki, project manager/manager of structural maintenance with Facilities and Construction.

The glass curtain on the east side of Carlson Library has been installed, and interior work on the renovation continues and is expected to be complete by the start of classes next week.

The project is made possible by state biennium capital funds.

New restaurant, renovated dining halls provide refreshed spaces to enjoy meals

The addition of another national restaurant chain and complete renovations of the on-campus dining halls will provide a more engaging dining experience this year at The University of Toledo.

Chick-fil-A is open in the lower level of the Thompson Student Union across from Steak ’n Shake, which served its first burgers and milkshakes on campus in April.

Gary Casteel, district manager for UT’s dining operation, talked about the new allergy-friendly station in Ottawa House East.

The upgraded dining hall in Ottawa House East opens Monday, Aug. 21, and the refreshed South Dining Hall in the Thompson Student Union will open Monday, Aug. 28.

“Our students have requested national restaurant chains, and we are happy to be able to provide new options to campus,” said Bonnie Murphy, associate vice president for auxiliaries. “This summer we also renovated the dining halls to provide a more engaging user experience where our students, as well as faculty, staff and community members, can enjoy their meals in a relaxed atmosphere with their classmates and colleagues.”

Both all-you-care-to-eat dining halls will continue to have a variety of options in addition to the grill, pizza, salad, soup and bakery stations. The popular cereal bars also received an upgrade with waffles and made-to-order omelets also available for breakfast.

UT is planning a Delicious Destinations series throughout the year where pop-up type venues offer foods from different cultures around the world, in addition to regular theme nights connected to holidays and campus events.

The dining hall in Ottawa East also features a fire oven for pizza, calzones and toasted sandwiches, and a new allergy-friendly station where the food is prepared without milk, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybean.

“We wanted to upgrade from the traditional cafeteria line format and provide our guests with a more open space to easily move among the different stations to take advantage of the many different and delicious offerings during breakfast, lunch and dinner,” said Gary Casteel, district manager for UT’s dining operation.

Guests can enjoy meals at the dining halls using meal plans, as well as for a flat rate of $7 for breakfast, $8 for lunch or $9 for dinner paid with cash, credit or Rocket dollars.

Regular weekday hours for the dining halls throughout the academic year are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Ottawa East and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for South Dining, which closes after lunch Fridays for the weekends. Ottawa East is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the weekends.

The Chick-fil-A Express, which offers a select menu of the restaurant’s chicken nuggets, sandwiches, waffle fries and salads, is currently open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and hours will be extended until 7 p.m. after the academic year begins next week.

In addition to Chick-fil-A and Steak ’n Shake, Freshens restaurant opened last year on the engineering campus.

Phoenicia Cuisine also will provide a new experience to guests in a new location in the Thompson Student Union. Phoenicia is moving up one floor to the former location of Rocky’s Attic, where it will offer students a casual lounge space for snacking and visiting in addition to a restaurant area with booths and high-top tables to share meals. Renovations are ongoing with plans to open in the new location during fall semester.

Also new this year is Carter Market available in Carter Hall, which is open this year for students while renovations are made to Parks Tower. The market is a convenience store with grab-and-go food options.