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President to host holiday open house Dec. 13

President Sharon L. Gaber is inviting faculty and staff members to stop by the annual holiday open house Thursday, Dec. 13.

The festive event will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Savage Arena Grogan Room. Cupcakes, coffee and cider will be served.

“I love this time of year and this tradition,” Gaber said. “It’s a great time for faculty and staff to come together and celebrate the season and another successful semester.”

RSVPs are requested by Friday, Dec. 7; reply to the invitation email.

Nov. 30 deadline to register for Toledo Cancer Research Symposium

The University of Toledo is hosting its second annual Toledo Cancer Research Symposium Friday, Dec. 7, in partnership with ProMedica.

The event will provide a forward-looking perspective of local cancer initiatives and feature discussions about novel research being performed by UT faculty, including presentations on immunotherapy, precision therapeutics and biomarker discovery.

Dr. Jian-Ting Zhang, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Indiana University, will give a plenary lecture about targeted drug discovery programs.

Registration is open through Friday, Nov. 30.

For a full schedule and to register, visit the Toledo Cancer Research Symposium website.

Concerts to feature choirs, orchestra

The University of Toledo Department of Music will present two choral concerts in December.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Chamber Singers will perform with the UT Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish on Dorr Street, across from Main Campus.

Selections to be performed will be “Funeral Music for Queen Mary” by Purcell and Stucky; “The Rumor of a Secret King” by John Mackey; “Da Pacem, Domine” by Peteris Vasks; “Dance of the Tumblers” from “The Snow Maiden” by Rimsky-Korsakov; “Fun and Games” by Dr. Lee Heritage, UT associate professor of music; “Alleluia Laus et Gloria” by Tarik O’Regan; and “Cantata in Nativitate Domini” by Rihards Dubra.

On Friday, Dec. 7, the UT Rocket Choristers and the Glee Club will perform along with the Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio. The concert will be at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theatre.

The concert will feature a blend of secular and seasonal music.

Tickets —$5 to $10 — will be available at the door or in advance from the UT Center for Performing Arts Box Office by calling 419.530.2787 or visiting the School of Visual and Performing Arts website.

Parking will be free for both concerts.

Parking update for weekday basketball games

It’s that time of the year when the men’s and women’s basketball teams will hit the hardwood in Savage Arena — and sometimes impact parking on Main Campus.

There are nine games scheduled during the regular seasons that will affect parking.

Lots 3, 4, 5 and 6 will close at 11 a.m. on the following dates:

• Wednesday, Nov. 28;

• Wednesday, Dec. 5;

• Tuesday, Jan. 15;

• Friday, Jan. 18;

• Wednesday, Jan. 23;

• Tuesday, Feb. 5;

• Wednesday, Feb. 13;

• Wednesday, Feb. 20; and

• Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Students and employees are encouraged to park in the following lots based on their parking permits: 1N, 1S, 2, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 25, 26 and 27, as well as the west and east parking garages.

The basketball schedules are subject to change; updates will be released if needed.

To see the men’s and women’s basketball schedules, go to the UT Rockets website.

Bowl ticket orders may be placed through Dec. 14

See you at the 2018 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl! The University of Toledo announced ticket information for the game, which will be played Friday, Dec. 21, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau.

The Rockets (7-5, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) will play Florida International University (8-4, 6-2 Conference USA). The game will be televised on ESPN.

All tickets are $50. Ticket orders are being taken online at the UT Rockets bowl website, by phone or in person at the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena.

Tickets may be picked up at the UT Athletic Ticket Office beginning Thursday, Dec. 6. Tickets also will be for sale at the ticket window beginning Tuesday, Dec. 4. Tickets can be purchased through UT through Friday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m.

In addition, the UT Alumni Engagement Office will sponsor a pregame reception Friday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at the stadium. The menu will feature an island-theme and be served in the shade of a tent. The cost is $35 per person and includes two drink tickets.

The Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl has a number of hotel partners, with some limited-time special rates available. Rocket fans are encouraged to work directly with these hotels to make reservations or to check with their travel agent or online booking agent to secure packages.

For more information, including the list of hotels, go to the UT Alumni Association website or call 1.800.235.6766 or 419.530.2586 (ALUM).

Information on how to order bowl tickets is listed below. For questions, call the UT Athletic Ticket Office at 419.530.GOLD (4653).

How to order:

• Online: Fans may order tickets online on the UT Rockets bowl website (online fees apply).

• UT Ticket Office: Tickets will be available for purchase in person Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the UT Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Telephone: Fans may order by telephone through the UT Ticket Office with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card or American Express by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653). All tickets will be held in Will Call. Ticket orders will be assessed a $6 per order processing fee.

Will Call information:

• UT Ticket Office: Ticket pickup will take place from Thursday, Dec. 6, through Friday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m.

• Tickets not picked up at the UT Athletic Ticket Office can be picked up at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium on game day beginning at 10 a.m. outside the Western Grandstand (press box) side of the stadium.

• When picking up tickets, you must present your ID and the major credit card used to purchase the tickets.

UT nursing student credited with saving life of motorist after crash

Hanan Ramadan was on her way home from her mosque when she came upon a minor car crash. It looked like a simple fender-bender, but something about the way bystanders were crowded around the open car door made her stop.

“Something didn’t seem right,” said Ramadan, who is working toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing at The University of Toledo. “I just wanted to make sure everything was OK. Honestly, I thought maybe she had a broken arm, or she hit her head and there was a small cut.”


As Ramadan got closer, she realized the situation was far more dire — and she quickly sprang into action that likely helped save the woman’s life.

The driver’s face was blue. Ramadan, who also works as a nursing assistant in The University of Toledo Medical Center Emergency Room, looked for a pulse — there wasn’t one.

Ramadan’s training took over. She asked the person who had called 911 to put the phone on speaker and briefed the dispatcher on the situation. Ramadan told them she was basic life support-certified and asked for permission to begin CPR.

Unable to remove the driver from the car, Ramadan lowered the seat back as far as she could and started chest compressions. A police officer soon arrived and helped her safely get the woman onto the ground, where she could continue administering chest compressions.

“It was just us for a good five to 10 minutes before the ambulance showed up and the medics took over,” Ramadan said. “We were all very exhausted but doing our best.”

Sylvania Township Police Sgt. Lee McKinney, who was the first officer on the scene and helped get the victim out of the car, praised Ramadan for her quick thinking and readiness to help.

“The fact that you’ve got somebody who’s willing to be a good Samaritan, recognize a problem, and has some ability to jump in and help, that’s tremendous,” McKinney said. “Those few seconds were irreplaceable. She did an outstanding job in getting involved.”

Ramadan later learned the woman, Deborah Teachout, had been having chest pains and was on her way to urgent care when she lost consciousness.

Teachout’s sister, Bambi McNamara, credits Ramadan and another bystander, Jill Lynam, with helping to save her life.

“We will be forever indebted to Hanan and Jill for saving my sister’s life,” she said.

McNamara said Teachout has regained most of her strength after a week in rehab and should be back home soon.

Ramadan credits her training from the UT College of Nursing and hands-on experience at UTMC for giving her a clear mind in what could have been a moment of chaos.

“It was like muscle memory to me. I just instinctively knew what to do. All of the courses I’ve taken and all the training I’ve gone through, everything my instructors have told me for years, it all came together and just made sense to me in that moment,” she said.

“It made me confident. I knew this is what I’ve been taught and trained to do for years now — this is what I’m supposed to do, and this is what is going to help this person.”

AIDS awareness gala to take place Dec. 1

The University of Toledo African People’s Association and Student National Pharmaceutical Association will hold the ninth annual AIDS Gala Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

The awareness gala, which is taking place on World AIDS Day, will include stories of survivors and information about how to protect yourself from HIV/AIDS. This year’s event also will feature live music and performances by the UT FIRE Squad Dance Team and UT Gospel Choir. In addition, free HIV testing will be available.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with the event beginning at 6 p.m. Attendees are asked to wear red, black or white formal attire.

“We hope that this year’s AIDS Awareness Gala will show people who have HIV/AIDS that there are people who support them, and for those who think that they are safe from any sexually transmitted infection to be more informed on not only HIV/AIDS, but other STIs,” said Nikela Johnson, event coordinator for the African People’s Association.

Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the UT Marketplace website. Tickets at the door will be $12.

Proceeds from the gala will be donated to the UT Medical Center’s Ryan White Program, which provides care and counseling for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

For more information, email the African People’s Association at apa.utoledo@gmail.com or call Ask Rocky at 419.530.4606.

UT joins national initiative focused on student success

The University of Toledo is one of 130 public universities and systems selected to participate in an ambitious national effort to increase college access, close the achievement gap, and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025.

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, or APLU, recently announced the collaborators in the initiative, known as Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success, who will work together within 16 clusters to implement innovative and effective practices to advance student success on their campuses.

UT, which will be part of what is called the urban cluster, pledged along with all participants to join forces, share progress, and refine, implement and scale innovative practices to help spur lasting change in higher education.

Powered by Publics represents the largest ever collaborative effort to improve college access; advance equity for low-income, minority and first-generation students; and increase college degrees awarded.

“The University of Toledo is proud to mobilize in this unprecedented effort to advance student success,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Improving student and academic success is our top strategic priority, and we are committed to working with our colleagues at public universities across the country to develop the best initiatives to support students to achieve their goals and also meet the economic and workforce needs of Ohio and the country.”

“Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed a real and growing enthusiasm among public university leaders to advance college completion nationally,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “We have to seize the moment and mobilize institutions to improve not just college access, but also equity in student outcomes and the number of students who earn degrees. That’s what Powered by Publics is all about and why we’re thrilled to work with our member institutions toward such an important national goal.”

Participating institutions reflect a wide variety of institutional characteristics, such as enrollment, student demographics, regional workforce needs and selectivity. The diversity is intended to help create reforms that can be adopted and scaled across the board.

Clusters will focus on different areas, such as financial aid and student financial literacy; data collection systems that monitor student progress; and career advising.

The effort will be overseen by APLU’s Center for Public University Transformation, which was created this year and will regularly disseminate lessons learned from the participating institutions to the broader public higher education community.

AIDS/HIV topic of Nov. 30 discussion

As HIV has gone from a near-certain death sentence to a manageable lifelong condition, public attention has largely shifted to other diseases.

But HIV isn’t going away. More than 1,000 people are currently living with the virus in Lucas County, and new cases continue being diagnosed every year, including 42 in 2017.

“Now that HIV is no longer necessarily a killer as long as it’s properly treated, it’s lost a bit of attention. But the prevalence hasn’t gone down,” said Brandon Lewis, a second-year medical student at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and president of the PEOPLE Club, a student group focused on the health-care needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

The PEOPLE Club, in partnership with The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Ryan White Program, will host a discussion about HIV and AIDS Friday, Nov. 30, ahead of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

The free event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1000B on UT’s Health Science Campus. The event is open to the general public, though students in the medical field are especially encouraged to attend.

Featured speakers will include Dan Barbee, chief executive officer of UTMC, and Dr. Joan Duggan, associate dean of faculty affairs in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and director of UTMC’s Ryan White Program. There also will be a panel discussion with three clients of UTMC’s Ryan White Program who are living with HIV, as well as free HIV testing.

“Our tagline is debunking the myths,” Lewis said. “We want to break the stigma and misconception of what it’s actually like to live with HIV. By explaining that, we hope to help educate both patients and future medical professionals who may be interacting with those patients once they begin practicing.”

The Ryan White Program offers comprehensive care for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Lucas County and the surrounding area. Its services include adult primary care, mental health counseling, case management and advocacy.

Reservations are encouraged to Lewis by email to brandon.lewis4@rockets.utoledo.edu.

Rockets accept invitation to play in Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

The University of Toledo has accepted an invitation to play Florida International University of Conference USA in the 2018 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau.

The game will be played Friday, Dec. 21, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will be televised on ESPN.

“We are very excited to accept an invitation to play in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “We are looking forward to working with the staff at the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl as we participate in their outstanding bowl.

“This will be our first trip to the Bahamas, and we are looking forward to a terrific bowl experience against a very fine FIU team,” he said. “I also want to congratulate Head Coach Jason Candle, his staff and our entire Rocket football team for earning their eighth bowl invitation in the last nine years.”

Candle said the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl will be a well-earned reward for his team.

“The Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl will provide our team with an outstanding bowl experience, as well as the opportunity to play against a very tough FIU team,” Candle said. “We are looking forward to a great matchup. Playing in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl is an excellent reward for our players, coaches, fans, and everyone who has played a part in the success of our program.”

The Rockets (7-5, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) finished tied for second place in the West Division of the MAC. Toledo has a streak of nine consecutive winning seasons and will be attending its eight bowl in the past nine years. UT is 11-6 all-time in bowl games.

FIU (8-4, 6-2 Conference USA) finished tied for second place in the East Division of the conference. The Golden Panthers lead the all-time series over Toledo, 2-1, including a 34-32 win in the 2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, the most recent meeting between the two programs.

Rockets fans may purchase tickets for the game form the UT Athletic Ticket Office. Information on placing orders for tickets will be announced later this week.

Fans wishing to purchase rooms at the host resort for the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, the Atlantis Bahamas, can do so at the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl website.