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Attention: Students can be Cadet for a Day April 4

The University of Toledo ROTC Program will hold its first Cadet for a Day Thursday, April 4.

The Cadet for a Day event is tailored toward answering questions of current UToledo undergraduates and prospective graduate students who are considering majoring in military science or are interested in Army career options.

“Attendees will be informed about the Army ROTC Program at UToledo by receiving an overview of ROTC and how our program works,” said Capt. Anny Novareyes, UToledo assistant professor of military science.

Cadet for a Day will be held in the Health Education Center on Main Campus. The event will start with a reception at 12:45 p.m. so students can meet cadets, as well as faculty and staff members of the Military Science Department.

Students will learn about two- or three-year Army ROTC scholarship options at 1 p.m. and tour the ROTC facilities at 1:45 p.m.

At 2 p.m., students will attend a Military Science and Leadership class.

“The event is important because it will provide valuable information on what the Army ROTC Program is and how it can support the undergraduate and graduate education goals of UToledo students who are considering a future as an Army officer,” said Phil Stevenson, recruiting operations officer in the UToledo Department of Military Science.

Register for the free event on the Army ROTC Rocket Battalion website.

For further information, visit the UToledo ROTC Facebook page.

UToledo Police to hold active shooter training March 30

The University of Toledo Police Department and the Office of Recreational Services will conduct a training exercise Saturday, March 30, to test the response of campus law enforcement in the event of a violent intruder within a University building.

The active shooter simulation will take place from 8 to 9:45 a.m. inside the Student Recreation Center on Main Campus. The training is scheduled to be complete before the Student Recreation Center opens at 10 a.m.

Similar to other active shooter training exercises University police have conducted, campus safety officials will test first responders’ communication, response and scene management. This exercise, however, also will test the response of more than 70 staff and students who work in the Student Recreation Center.

“We’ve been doing active shooter exercises for many years, and we continue to build upon previous experience,” University Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Jeff Newton said. “It’s an opportunity for officers to train in their response to an active aggressor and also for the students and staff to train in their ALICE principles.”

ALICE, which is an acronym that stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate, is a national program that instructs participants on how to survive an active shooter situation. The University regularly offers ALICE training to students, faculty and staff; go to the University Police ALICE Program website.

Many of the staff and students participating in the March 30 exercise have undergone ALICE training. Demond Pryor, director of the Office of Recreational Services, said it is important to provide training that readies students for a variety of situations.

“We feel it is our responsibility to prepare our students for potential incidents in our facility and to increase their awareness of how to respond to an incident in the community,” Pryor said.

Signs will be posted that say “UToledo Police Training Event” around the Student Recreation Center. In the event of a real emergency, the public address and UT Alert systems would be activated to inform the campus community that a dangerous situation is occurring and to stay clear.

Regular police training exercises are a key part of the University’s mission to ensure a safe campus environment.

“It’s important for every location to prepare,” Newton said “We’ve seen that no location is immune to this type of violence. Churches, movie theaters, shopping malls, workplaces and schools are all potential targets for an aggressor. It’s really prudent for everyone to train. We want to ensure we’re providing the safest environment possible for our students and staff.”

To learn what to do in the event of an emergency and for more information on the University’s emergency preparedness plans and procedures, visit the emergency preparedness website.

Rocket club to compete in National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships this week

The Rocket Disc Golf club will travel to Appling, Ga., to compete in the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships Wednesday, March 27.

Club members will leave Tuesday, March 26, to arrive in time for the event, which will take place at the International Disc Golf Center. UToledo is one of 34 universities from across the country that will hit the course.

Rocket Disc Golf qualified for nationals with a second-place finish at the Great Lakes Collegiate Open earlier this month at Deerfield Nature Park in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

“Thankfully, Chris Wojciechowski, Rocket Disc Golf No. 1 player, shot the hot round of the day to secure a berth for us,” said Aaron Chelchowski, president and founder of the club. “Our team is getting ready, and we are excited to show the rest of the schools that are going to nationals that we are to be taken seriously.”

The team consists of Chelchowski, a senior majoring in sales and marketing; Wojciechowski, a Ph.D. student in measurement; Ryan Rau, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in education and leadership; and Alex Phillips, a senior majoring in professional sales.

“It has been a whirlwind starting this club in time to compete this year,” Rau said. “An absolute round of applause to Aaron Chelchowski for all the hard work and hours of time he has put into this. He has truly been the thrusters that have propelled this rocket of a club.”

After qualifying for nationals, the club had to figure out how to make the trip happen. Rau and Chelchowski went into fundraising overdrive and received more than $1,000 in less than one week via GoFundMe. Donations came in from UToledo alumi, family, and disc golfers from collegiate programs around the country.

“This club raised more than $2,000 in funding through shirt sales and disc sales through a partnership with Discraft Discs, the world leader in disc sports, before ever getting to the first budget allocation meeting,” Wojciechowski said. “The club has staying power and will be a part of the fabric of the University for years to come.”

Students who want to get involved with the Rocket Disc Golf club can email Chelchowski at aaron.chelchowski@rockets.utoledo.edu or rocketdiscgolf@utoledo.edu.

Bridge by Savage Arena to be replaced

The pedestrian bridge by Savage Arena will close Monday, April 22, so it can be replaced this spring and summer.

The bridge by Savage Arena will close Monday, April 22, so it can be replaced. All other spans over the Ottawa River will be open during the project.

“In continued efforts to maintain and improve the University’s infrastructure, the current Savage Arena pedestrian bridge will be removed and replaced,” Doug Collins, director of grounds and transportation, said. “The new bridge will be a prefabricated steel truss bridge spanning over the Ottawa River, very similar to the new Carlson Library pedestrian bridge.”

A redesigned plaza area at the north end of the bridge will feature a seating area overlooking the river along with benches near lot 2, he added.

The new bridge will feature accessible routes in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

All other bridges crossing the Ottawa River will be open during the project, which is scheduled to be complete in August. Detour signs will be posted.

Opera Ensemble to present ‘La Bonne Cuisine,’ culinary favorites at Blarney March 29

The University of Toledo Opera Ensemble is serving up a musical feast with its concert, “La Bonne Cuisine,” Friday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Blarney Event Center, 601 Monroe St. in downtown Toledo.

UT Opera Ensemble members Alana Scaglioni, seated, and Paige Chapman and Samuel Spencer rehearsed a scene for “La Bonne Cuisine.”

The singers will present a smorgasbord of songs dedicated to food. Selections will include “The Worst Pies in London” from “Sweeny Todd,” “A Real Nice Clambake” from “Carousel,” “Food, Glorious Food” from “Oliver,” and many others.

“La Bonne Cuisine” is a four-minute song cycle composed by Leonard Bernstein. Scored for voice and piano, the cycle includes recipes for plum pudding, oxtails, chicken breast with Turkish pudding, and rabbit stew.

In addition, Lee Hoiby’s one-act opera “Bon Appétit!” will be performed. The piece was written for Jean Stapleton in her late career with music draped over the words and gestures of Julia Child, the mother of all foodies.

Tickets are $10 for all seats and must be purchased in advance at the Center for Performing Arts Box Office by calling 419.530.ARTS (2787) or on the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ website.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and beverage service will be available. Food service will be available at 7:30 p.m., and the performance will begin shortly after.

For more information, visit the Department of Music opera page.

State of the University address slated for April 3

President Sharon L. Gaber will celebrate The University of Toledo’s recent accomplishments and share her vision for the future during her State of the University address.


The speech will be Wednesday, April 3, at 4 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium, followed by a reception.

University students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public are invited to attend.

“Our University community has achieved so much together in the last year, and we are making an impact thanks to the dedication of our faculty, staff and students,” Gaber said. “We look forward to this annual moment to celebrate our successes, our exciting new directions, and the many people who make our campus such a great place to learn.”

This will be Gaber’s third State of the University address since being named president in July 2015.

Distinguished University Professor Lecture March 27

Dr. Paul Hong in The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation will give a Distinguished University Professor Lecture Wednesday, March 27.

The Distinguished University Professor of Information, Operations and Technology Management will discuss “Rising Asia and American Hegemony: Practices of Innovator Firms From Four Leading Nations” at 4 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.


Hong will focus on the rise of Asia in terms of leveraging its economic, political and demographic strengths, while also talking about how he expects American leadership to continue based on its innovative resilience and diversity.

“The global market environment has always experienced turbulence through shifting of economic power among nations and geographic regions,” Hong said. “Today, the level of global economic turbulence is increasing exponentially as companies and their home countries seek to advantageously position themselves to become dominant actors on the world economic stage.”

Hong was named a Distinguished University Professor in 2018. He is an internationally recognized researcher in network capabilities, global supply chain management, international comparative studies, and building growth engine industries for national competitiveness. His expertise is in the implementation of supply chain management practices to build firms for domestic advantage and global competitiveness.

Selected as a Fulbright Scholar in 2017, Hong has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and three books. He received one of the University’s Outstanding Researcher Awards in 2015.

He earned a Ph.D. in manufacturing management and engineering from The University of Toledo. He also holds master of business administration and master of arts degrees in economics from Bowling Green University.

A reception will follow the free lecture.

University plans events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

“Start by Believing” will kick off The University of Toledo’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The public awareness campaign was created by End Violence Against Women International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving criminal justice responses to sexual assault.

The UToledo Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness will have “Start by Believing” information tables set up Tuesday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Four Seasons Bistro on Health Science Campus and in the Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge on Main Campus.

“It’s important to change the way we respond to sexual assaults,” said Dr. Kasey Tucker-Gail, director of the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness, and associate professor in the School of Justice. “Knowing how to respond is critical; when victims are believed and not questioned with ‘why,’ they can feel safe, supported, and start on a path to healing.”

Events planned throughout April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month include:

The Clothesline Project will return to the University during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Shirts will be on display on Health Science Campus Wednesday, April 3, and on Main Campus Thursday, April 11.

Wednesday, April 3 — The Clothesline Project, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Four Seasons Bistro and the Health Education Building Lobby on Health Science Campus. This event is a way for those affected by sexual violence to express their emotions through writings and drawings on symbolic T-shirts. The shirts are hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the issue of sexual violence.

— One Love Workshop with Rockets Against Sexual Assault, 5 to 7 p.m., International House. One Love is a national leader in educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships. This program for UToledo students will focus on signs of escalation in a relationship, how to help a friend, and how to spot red flags of an unhealthy relationship.

• Tuesday, April 9 — T-shirt making for the Clothesline Project, noon to 4 p.m., Health and Human Services Building Room 3005. Anyone who has been affected by violence is welcome to make a T-shirt to honor a loved one or herself/himself; all supplies will be provided.

Thursday, April 11 — The Clothesline Project, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall (rain location Thompson Student Union).

Thursday, April 18 — One Love Workshop with Rockets Against Sexual Assault, 5 to 7 p.m., Health and Human Services Building Room 1711.

Wednesday, April 24 — Denim Day. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear jeans to raise awareness of sexual violence.

— Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall (rain location: Thompson Student Union). RAINN Day is held to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses. Umbrellas are decorated with positive messages in support of sexual assault survivors. RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

For more information on these events, call the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness at 419.530.2497.

RSVPs due March 27 for annual Charitable Campaign breakfast

As a reminder, University faculty, staff and retirees who pledged a contribution to the 2018 UToledo Charitable Campaign breakfast buffet are invited to attend a free breakfast buffet Friday, April 5, from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Savage Arena Grogan Room.

The breakfast, originally slated for January 31, was postponed due to inclement weather.

Donors who plan to attend the April 5 breakfast are asked to reply by end of Wednesday, March 27, using the RSVP form on the UToledo Charitable Campaign website.

Hosted by President Sharon L. Gaber, the breakfast enables donors to celebrate, as well as to pick up their thank-you gift — a UT tote bag.

More than $131,200 was raised during the 2018 community campaign, exceeding UToledo’s annual goal. The funds support more than 220 charities represented by Community Health Charities of Ohio, Northwest Ohio Community Shares, EarthShare Ohio and United Way of Greater Toledo.

Donors who are unable to attend the breakfast may pick up their thank-you gift on Main Campus or Health Science Campus. A notification of gift pickup dates, times and locations will be sent shortly after the breakfast.

Toledo falls to Northwestern in second round of WNIT, 54-47

Big Ten member Northwestern utilized a 25-2 second-half run en route to claiming a 54-47 victory over Toledo Sunday in the second round of the Postseason WNIT in Savage Arena.

With the loss, the Rockets end their season with a 21-12 record.

Senior Kaayla McIntyre had 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. Northwestern March 24 in the second round of the Postseason WNIT.

The Wildcats (18-14) shot 40.0 percent (10 of 25) from the field and 77.8 percent (14 of 18) from the free-throw line after the intermission to erase a nine-point halftime deficit, while UT went 14-plus minutes without a field goal. The Rockets made only six baskets in the second half and scored 18 points after the break, compared to 10 field goals and 34 points for Northwestern.

Senior Kaayla McIntyre paced Toledo with 12 points, nine boards and three thefts, while classmate Mikaela Boyd had 10 points. The Rockets also received seven points from sophomore Nakiah Black, six from junior Sara Rokkanen, and a game-high seven assists by junior Mariella Santucci. 

As a team, UT shot 36.0 percent (18 of 50) from the field, including 23.1 percent (4 of 17) from three-point range and 58.3 percent (7 of 12 from the charity stripe.

Lindsey Pulliam led Northwestern with a game-high 17 points, followed by Veronica Burton and Abbie Wolf with 13 and 11, respectively. Burton and Wolf spearheaded the visitors second-half effort, tallying 10 and nine points after the intermission to help NU advance to the Sweet 16 in the 22nd annual postseason tourney. 

With the completion of today’s game, the collegiate careers of seniors Boyd, McIntyre, Sarah St-Fort and Mae Tshitenge came to an end. The Rockets’ quartet were a part of 81 overall victories over the last four seasons, including 43 league wins. They also played a significant role in helping the Midnight Blue and Gold secure three post-season berths during this time, including a 2017 Mid-American Conference Championship.