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Toledo to hold annual ‘Rockets for the Cure’ Feb. 2

Toledo will hold its 13th annual “Rockets for the Cure,” presented by Kroger, Saturday, Feb. 2, as UT entertains archrival Bowling Green at 2 p.m. in Savage Arena.

The Mid-American Conference cross-division showdown will help benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Northwest Ohio, The University of Toledo Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center, and the UT Center for Health and Successful Living.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of cancer research.

The goal of “Rockets for the Cure” is to provide cancer education to the community, give encouragement to the survivors fighting now and their families, celebrate the survivors who have won the fight, remember the ones who were less fortunate, and pack Savage Arena with 5,000 or more Rocket fans in pink.

UT is offering free admission to the rivalry game to all breast cancer survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer. To claim a free ticket, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), stop by the UT Ticket Office in Savage Arena, or visit the “Rockets for the Cure” ticket website.

In addition, commemorative “Rockets for the Cure” T-shirts can be purchased for $8 at the Toledo Rockets’special event website.

From when the doors open up at 12:30 p.m. until the end of halftime, fans may take part in the silent auction on the West Concourse. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio, the UT Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center, and the UT Center for Health and Successful Living.

Toledo will once again wear special pink uniforms for the game. Guest emcee Chrys Peterson and the Rockets will hold a live jersey auction immediately following the contest. All proceeds from the live auction will benefit Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio and the UT Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center.

Last season, the Rockets raised $12,315 for cancer research, marking the ninth straight season they collected at least $10,000. In addition, four of the uniforms that were auctioned off went for at least $900, including a high of $1,200 for senior Mikaela Boyd’s jersey.

For tickets, go to the Toledo Rockets website, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), or stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena. UT employees and retirees may purchase tickets at half-price; UT students are admitted free with ID.

Saturday Morning Science returns with blue light, shipwrecks, gene-editing and glass

Saturday Morning Science is back for 2019 at The University of Toledo with five programs to give the community the opportunity to learn about hot topics in modern science.

The free, public talks, which are presented by the UT College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, kick off Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100 with “Regional Water Resources Management: A Great Lakes Perspective,” presented by Dr. Andrew Gronewold, associate professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan.

“We’re excited to bring in speakers who will discuss issues of great importance to the city of Toledo, such as the intersection of science and art in glassmaking and the past and future of Lake Erie,” Dr. John Bellizzi, UT associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and co-director of Saturday Morning Science, said. “We are also fortunate to have experts discuss topics that have generated a lot of media coverage, including gene-editing technology in the wake of reports that a Chinese scientist edited the genomes of two babies, and blue light research carried out here at UT showing how digital devices may be damaging to your eyes.”

Listed by date, additional programs and speakers will be:

• Feb. 16: “And There Was Light” by Dr. Ajith Karunarathne, assistant professor in the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

• Feb. 23: “Archaeology and Shipwrecks” by Carrie Sowden, archaeological director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

• March 16: “Gene Editing with CRISPR/Cas9” by Dr. Ron Conlon, associate professor in the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

• April 27: “Glass Is a Verb, Just Like You” by Dr. Jane Cook, chief scientist at the Corning Museum of Glass.

All talks begin at 10 a.m. and include complimentary light refreshments donated by Barry’s Bagels and Costco Wholesale Corp. The program is funded by the Office of the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

For more information about the upcoming events, visit the Saturday Morning Science’s Facebook page.

Volunteers to pack 200,000 meals at UT to feed families

For the third year in a row, volunteers will gather in shifts and don hairnets at The University of Toledo to assemble nearly a quarter of a million meals to feed families Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, in the Health Education Building on Main Campus.

The two-day mobile pack, part of the Feed My Starving Children program, is organized by 90 UT students who are members of the Klar Leadership Academy in the College of Business and Innovation. The academy was founded in 2015 with the support of Steven Klar, a 1971 UT business alumnus and a New York City builder and real estate developer.

More than 1,000 UT students, employees and alumni, as well as teams from companies around Toledo, will split into groups to assemble nutritious rice meals with vegetable blend, vitamins and minerals. The meals are scientifically formulated for undernourished children.

The organizers raised $45,000 and set a goal to build 200,000 meals. Last year volunteers made 173,000 meals.

“The University of Toledo has a global impact, and the students are the driving force behind this incredible initiative to fight hunger worldwide,” said Dr. Clint Longenecker, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in the UT College of Business and Innovation. “The way this event has grown in only three years is a testament to our community’s mission to solve problems and help others.”

The shifts will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

“Due to overwhelming generosity, the shifts filled up quickly and we are no longer in need of volunteers,” Longenecker said. “In fact, we have a backlog of people who want to join. It’s a great problem to have.”

UT Charitable Campaign Breakfast postponed

Due to the severe temperatures this week, the complimentary UT Charitable Campaign breakfast for donors has been postponed.

A new date will be selected soon, and all donors will be sent an email announcement requesting them to RSVP.

Gift distribution will still occur at the breakfast, with alternative dates for gift pickup also being announced soon.

“We apologize for this cancellation but believe it’s in everyone’s best interest to stay safe amid this bitterly cold weather,” said Dr. Willie McKether, vice president of diversity and inclusion, and chair of the 2018 UT Charitable Campaign.

More than $131,000 was pledged by UT faculty, staff and retirees during last year’s campaign.

New website to be hub of information when severe weather cancels classes

The University of Toledo has launched a new website to serve as an additional tool to communicate information when inclement weather impacts campus operations.

The website, utoledo.edu/weather, will provide time-stamped updates to keep the UT and local communities informed during severe weather events that can lead to classes or campus events being delayed or canceled.

UT is a community and a home for many students, so essential campus services continue while the University may delay or cancel classes. The UT Medical Center does not close during severe weather.

In the rare event of a major snow or ice storm that necessitates UT canceling classes, the University will announce this information through the new website as well as through several additional communication vehicles:

• UT Alert text message and email for members of the campus community;

• Web: utoledo.edu and myut.utoledo.edu;

• Social media: UT on Facebook and Twitter;

• Phone: 419.530.SNOW (7669); and

• Local media.

Deadline Jan. 31 to enroll, waive student health insurance

The deadline for students to enroll or waive coverage in the Student Health Insurance Plan is Thursday, Jan. 31.

The Student Health Insurance Plan, which is now administered by Payer Fusion LLC, offers three plan options — Gold, Silver and Bronze — to students interested in purchasing personal insurance coverage. Each plan also has the option to add coverage for spouses and dependents.

Students can enroll in the UT-provided insurance plan via the online enrollment tool in the myUT portal. Students need to click on the Health Insurance — Enroll, Change or Waive link under the My Registration Steps section and select the spring 2019 semester.

Students who are required to have insurance are enrolled automatically in the Student Health Insurance Plan. While those students do not need to enroll for personal coverage, they would need to follow the enrollment steps to add coverage for family members by the Jan. 31 deadline.

Students who are mandated to have health insurance coverage include international students holding J-1 visas, student-athletes, and students enrolled in health-care academic programs. For those mandated students who already have comparable health insurance coverage, they have the option to waive the UT-provided plan by following the steps in the same Health Insurance — Enroll, Change or Waive link in the myUT portal. The waiver deadline also is Jan. 31.

A new website also has been created to provide additional information about the Student Health Insurance Plan; it is available here.

New HR platform to deploy Feb. 14, training available now

On Thursday, Feb. 14, The University of Toledo will launch a new online applicant hiring system called Cornerstone. This new system is more intuitive, efficient, and will help make the recruitment and hiring process more user-friendly.

Cornerstone will be used for all new hire and internal position changes.

Extended time for applicants to apply: As Human Resources prepares for the conversion to Cornerstone, PeopleAdmin will remain active. Human Resources will continue to post new job vacancies while still allowing applicants to apply to currently posted and open positions through Thursday, Feb. 14.

“We’re very pleased to offer this new system to everyone who manages their department’s hiring process,” said Wendy Davis, associate vice president and chief human resources officer.

“Additionally, our new Cornerstone webpages will better engage job seekers, which is important in attracting the best talent to the University.”

Please note the following:

• Blackout dates are no longer necessary — HR will post new job vacancy requests in PeopleAdmin through Feb. 14. Any job vacancy requests sent to HR in the last few weeks will be posted and made available online through PeopleAdmin.

• Applicants can still apply — Applicants will still be able to apply for all currently open faculty and staff vacancies in PeopleAdmin through Thursday, Feb. 14.

• New position control number requests — New position control number requests can be processed via a web form located on the UT HR website.

• Cornerstone launch date and time — HR will launch Cornerstone Thursday, Feb. 14, around noon.

Human Resources is offering a series of Cornerstone computer-based training sessions for applicant recruitment and onboarding in order to enhance users’ learning experience. Business managers, department administrators, administrative support staff and hiring managers are encouraged to sign up to attend a session titled Introduction to Cornerstone. Sessions are being held on Health Science Campus and Main Campus. To register, visit the Human Resources’ website to view dates, times and session locations, then complete and submit the form to reserve a seat.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited due to the number of computers available in each training session. Additional training dates will be added as needed.

UPDATED: Stalking lecture rescheduled

One in six women and one in 19 men will experience stalking in their lifetimes. As part of National Stalking Awareness Month, the UT Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness will hold a lecture and question-and-answer session with Anna Nasset.


“Stand Up to Stalking and Sexual Violence” has been rescheduled from Wednesday, Jan. 30, to Monday, March 11, at 6 p.m. in Health and Human Services Building Room 1711.

Nasset will share her story to increase awareness about these crimes and to support service providers and survivors.

“The Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness would like to bring additional information about the effects of stalking and how advocacy can help victims of stalking to UT’s campus,” said Dr. Kasey Tucker-Gail, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the UT Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness. 

Nasset will discuss her personal account of being stalked by a stranger for more than seven years, and how advocacy for stalking victims is important for recovery.

For more information about the free, public lecture, go to the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness website.

If you are experiencing a stalking or sexual misconduct concern, help is available: Contact the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness at 419.530.3431.

Baby race set for women’s basketball game vs. Miami on Feb. 20

UT fans can see if their baby is the fastest crawler in northwest Ohio during an upcoming Toledo women’s basketball home game in the Toledo Rockets’ Baby Race presented by Kroger.

The race will take place during halftime of the women’s contest vs. Miami Wednesday, Feb. 20. Tip-off time for the Mid-American Conference cross-division matchup is set for 7 p.m.

A maximum of five babies, age 12 months and younger, will compete in each race with one parent at the starting line and one parent at the finish line. The winning baby will receive a $100 Kroger gift card.

Individuals need to go to the Toledo Rockets’ Baby Race website to register. Registration will close Monday, Feb. 18.

Each family selected to compete in the race will receive two free tickets and have the option to purchase additional tickets at a discounted price.

For questions, contact Adam Simpson in Atheltics at adam.simpson@utoledo.edu.

UT’s ‘Beer Professor’ to give keynote address at 10th annual Wisconsin Hop Seminar

The hop crop is a hot topic as the craft brewing industry’s thirst for new, locally grown flavors and aromas powers how and where farmers grow the key ingredient in beer.

“The incredible rise of the craft beer industry over the past decade changed and propelled the hop industry, particularly leading to new, experimental markets in the Great Lakes region,” said Dr. Neil Reid, professor of geography and planning at The University of Toledo, who is affectionately known as the “Beer Professor.” “With 810 acres dedicated to farming hop plants, Michigan is now the largest hop producer in the country outside the Pacific Northwest.”

Dr. Neil Reid, professor of geography and planning, will talk about the craft beer revolution at the Wisconsin Hop Seminar in February.

Reid, who is teaching a new class this semester at UT titled The Geography of Beer and Brewing, will speak about the impact of the craft beer revolution on the American hops industry at the 10th annual Wisconsin Hop Seminar hosted by University of Wisconsin-Extension on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Hillsboro Brewing Co., located at 815 Water St. in Hillsboro, Wis. The deadline to register is Thursday, Feb. 7.

The event connects craft beer brewers, such as the brew masters for New Glarus Brewing Co. and South Shore Brewing, with hop growers and University of Wisconsin experts in a variety of fields, including plant pathology and breeding.

“We want to focus on the relationship between the brewers and the growers because it is necessary for the small industry to succeed,” Carl Duley, Buffalo County agricultural agent for the University of Wisconsin-Extension, said. “Michigan has grown a lot faster than we have when it comes to hops production. In 2017, about 300 acres of land in Wisconsin was devoted to hops farming. That’s up from nearly nothing 10 years ago. It’s exciting to see the supply side of the business evolve.”

Reid is an expert on the craft brewing industry and its economic geography. His research is focused on the industry’s growth in the United States and its potential role in helping to revitalize neighborhood economies.

“Craft brewers demand locally grown hops, experiment with different varieties of hops, and use more hops in beer production compared to mass-produced beers,” Reid said. “For example, an Imperial IPA [India pale ale] uses four pounds of hops per keg. A Pilsner, like Budweiser, uses 0.3 pounds of hops per keg.”


The volume of craft beer sales increased nationwide in 2017 to 12.7 percent of total U.S. beer sales, but more than 23 percent of the $111.4 billion U.S. beer market, according to the Brewers Association.

“A bigger share of money is being spent on craft beer,” Reid said. “The way these small, independently owned brewers are collectively challenging Anheuser-Busch and Miller Brewing is part of the local foods movement. And farmers in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin — as well as 23 other states — are starting to see this as an opportunity to diversify and meet the demand.”

Reid said the hops farms in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are small compared to ones in Washington, Idaho or Oregon that together grow 95 percent of all hops in the country.

While four ingredients go into making beer — hops, barley, water and yeast — hops have grabbed most of the attention of consumers since its flavor and aroma are dominant.

Until around 2011, farmers in the Pacific Northwest mostly focused on alpha hop varieties that are used to give mass-produced beers like Budweiser and Miller Lite their bitterness. Instead of alpha, independent brewers want aroma hops that give beer flavors such as orange or fragrances like pine, and dual-purpose hops that are a hybrid of aromatic and bittering hops.

“In the last 10 years, alpha hop production in Washington dropped from 73 percent down to 26 percent of hops produced,” Reid said. “Craft brewers are driving the change to aroma and dual-purpose hops.”

As mass-beer makers focus on consistency so each bottle tastes the same, Reid said craft brewers enjoy creativity using different combinations of more than 125 varieties of hops, including Citra, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial and Mosaic.

To learn more about the evolving appetite of craft beer drinkers and the experimentation of craft brewers, tap into Reid’s blog about the beer industry at thebeerprofessor.com.