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Employee Good Idea Initiative Announced

UToledo employees: Have an idea on how to improve something at the University? How UToledo can retain students or maybe save some money?

Submit your suggestions to the Good Idea Initiative.

This new program will reward and recognize employees’ ideas that make an impact in either promoting student success through increasing graduation, retention or enrollment; or increased efficiency, process improvements or cost savings/avoidance.

“At The University of Toledo, we strive to be a student-centered university,” UToledo President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Building on that effort, I am proud to announce UToledo’s Good Idea Initiative, an opportunity for employees to suggest their creative ideas and innovations that will make UToledo more student-centered and more resourceful.

“I know every employee possesses a unique perspective on areas where we could be doing better. This gives them the opportunity to share those ideas and get rewarded,” she said.

Ideas can be submitted on the Good Idea Initiative website through Friday, Oct. 18.

A selection committee will review the suggestions and pick the best and most implementable ideas from both categories. Winners will be announced before Thanksgiving.

Awards will include an employee’s choice of a small stipend or a catered lunch for the winner and up to nine additional co-workers.

Spooky, Spirited Homecoming to Touch Down at UToledo

Come to campus — if you dare… Rocky’s Haunted Homecoming will unleash unbridled UToledo enthusiasm as students, employees and alumni psych up for Halloween and the big game.

“We have a lot of fun events planned throughout the week,” said Ashlen Torio, director of the Homecoming Committee and senior majoring in operation and supply chain management. “We brought back Eat the Streets and our movie night. Both events are even bigger this year. Eat the Streets is being moved to Centennial Mall during the day to give more students an opportunity to come. And our movie night is now a double feature.”

Scaring up fun is the plan before the Toledo Rockets face the Western Michigan Broncos Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.

“Students can expect a good time and a lot of school spirit,” Torio said. “This is a time when everyone on campus is showing their UToledo pride.”

Trick or treat! Go Rockets! Check out this year’s Homecoming activities, which include:

Monday, Sept. 30

• Witching Hour Bonfire, 7 to 11 p.m., the Flatlands. Light it up: Test your Homecoming and UToledo trivia and play lawn games.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

• Eat the Streets, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall. There’ll be food trucks and music!

Wednesday, Oct. 2

• Lip Sync Battle, 7 to 9 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Watch the top 10 Homecoming king and queen candidates take the stage.

Thursday, Oct. 3

• Fright Night, 5 to 11 p.m., Thompson Student Union Rooms 2582 and 2584. It’s a spooktacular movie double feature: Watch “The Haunted Mansion” and “The Nun.” Paint some pumpkins and have fun with other Halloween activities.

Friday, Oct. 4

• Center for Alumni and Donor Engagement Open House, 3 to 5 p.m. Tour the center and share a toast with UToledo President Sharon L. Gaber at 4:30 p.m. The center is located at 4510 Dorr St.

• Homecoming Gala, 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. The Alumni Association will present this year’s Gold T, Blue T and Edward H. Schmidt Young Alum Award, and college and affiliate award winners will be honored. Tickets are $30 per person, $10 for children. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the UToledo Office of Alumni Engagement at 419.530.ALUM (2586) or go to the association’s website.

Saturday, Oct. 5

• Center for Alumni and Donor Engagement Open House, 8 to 10 a.m. Tour the center and have a mimosa with Brenda Lee, president of the UT Foundation, at 9:30 a.m. The center is located at 4510 Dorr St.

• The Edward C. and Helen G. Schmakel Homecoming Parade, 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by Blue Key National Honor Society and supported by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership and the Office of Alumni Engagement, the parade will begin at West Bancroft Street and Campus Road and go east to Cheltenham Road to Christie Street to Middlesex Drive and back to West Bancroft.

• Alumni Pregame, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion. Stop by for free hot dogs, chips and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be a cash bar for those 21 and older with proper ID, and live music from Mile Marker 1.

• Toledo Rockets vs. Western Michigan Broncos, 3:30 p.m. Glass Bowl. Root for the Rockets and see the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen. Tickets are half-off for UToledo employees; UToledo students are admitted free with ID. Go to the Toledo Football Central website, stop by the UToledo Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

For more information, go to the UToledo Homecoming website.

Events for LGBTQ History Month slated at University

Several events in honor of LGBTQ History Month will take place at The University of Toledo.

“LGBTQ History Month provides folks with opportunities to learn about, honor and celebrate the LGBTQA+ community,” Danielle Stamper, program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, said. “I am really excited that a lot of our events this month are about educating folks on LGBTQA+ inclusionary practices. It has been really difficult to watch LGBTQA+ rights be continuously challenged on a national level, and I am looking forward to our campus progressing forward with inclusionary efforts for LGBTQA+ folks.”

The Office of Multicultural Student Success, LGBTQA+ Initiatives and Prism are dedicated to serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual and allied students.

Listed by date, events scheduled to increase awareness for LGBTQ History Month include:

Monday, Sept. 30 — LGBTQ History Month Kickoff, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall. Check out the display of the different flags in the LGBTQA+ community and learn the history behind the banners. Pick up mini-flags and rainbow treats.

Wednesday, Oct. 9 — UTrans* Meeting, 4 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 3522. Celebrate National Coming Out Day by sharing your story. UTrans* is a student organization for transgender and nonbinary individuals to connect and learn in solidarity.

— What is the LGBTQQIP2SAA Community and How to be an Ally, 6 p.m., MacKinnon Hall Room 1370. Dr. Glenn Sheldon, professor in the Jesup Scott Honors College, and Dr. Carla Pattin, instructor of Africana studies, will lead this introduction to the alphabet soup of identities or refresher for those somewhat familiar to the spectrum and what it all means.

Wednesday, Oct. 16 — International Pronoun Day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thompson Student Union Steps. LGBTQA+ Initiatives will provide information about pronouns — why they are important and how to use them. Stop by to learn and pick up a pronoun button.

Friday, Oct. 18 — Inclusive Safer Sex, 2 p.m., Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, located in Tucker Hall Room 0152.

Monday, Oct. 21 — Screening of “From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?” 5:30 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500. This film marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising to inspire new activists.

Thursday, Oct. 23 — LGBTQA+ Initiatives Ted Talk, 5 to 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500. The Office of Multicultural Student Success is hosting this guided panel discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, Oct. 25 — UTrans* and the Sexuality and Gender Alliance Halloween Party, 3 p.m., location to be announced. Costumes are encouraged!

 Sunday, Oct. 27 — Halloween Drag Brunch With Hershae Chocolatae, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Center for Alumni and Donor Engagement, 4510 Dorr St. Chocolatae appeared on “America’s Got Talent.” Ticket information will be available soon; UToledo students can email Stamper at danielle.stamper@utoledo.edu for free tickets.

For more information, go to the Office of Multicultural Student Success website.

Rockets Bring Down BYU in Dramatic Fashion, 28-21

Senior safety Kahlil Robinson set up the game-winning touchdown with an interception with less than one minute remaining to give Toledo a wild 28-21 victory over BYU Saturday afternoon in the Glass Bowl.

With the score tied, 21-21, Toledo was driving for the go-ahead touchdown when BYU recovered a fumble with 1:09 left in the game. However, on the very next play, Robinson picked off BYU quarterback Zach Wilson at the Cougar 42-yard line and returned it to the two. Junior running back Shakif Seymour scored on the next play, giving Toledo its first lead since a 3-0 edge in the first quarter.

The Rockets celebrated their victory over the BYU Cougars.

BYU had one last chance to tie, but on the game’s final play, backup quarterback Jaren Hall’s pass attempt deep in Toledo territory fell incomplete.

Trailing 7-3 at halftime, Toledo tied the game at 14-14 late in the third quarter on an 18-yard TD reception by Seymour and a two-point conversion.

BYU took a 21-14 lead moments later, but the Rockets tied it up on a Bryant Koback one-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, setting up the game’s dramatic finish.

Seymour finished with a season-high 96 yards rushing to go with his two scores. Koback chipped in with 88 yards as the Rockets ran for 242 yards as a team. Senior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni had another strong outing, completing 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards and one TD. He also rushed for 54 yards on 12 carries.

Junior running back Shakif Seymour ran for two touchdowns and a career-high 96 yards in Toledo’s win.

Toledo’s defense came through with numerous big plays. In addition to Robinson’s interception, the Rockets broke up nine passes and had two sacks.

Neither team was able to score in the opening 15 minutes. BYU had the best chance, but the Rockets stopped the Cougars on fourth-and-four from the Toledo 34-yard line on an incomplete pass.

In the second quarter, Toledo opened the scoring on a 45-yard field goal by Evan Davis with 11:02 left in the half. BYU tried to answer on the ensuing possession, but Jake Oldroyd’s 39-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright. However, on the Cougars’ next possession, Emmanuel Esukpa scored from 32 yards out on a third-and-seven play to give BYU a 7-3 lead at the 4:09 mark. The Cougars later missed another field goal, this time from 42 yards, with less than one minute in the half.

In the third quarter, BYU struck quickly, connecting on a 75-yard bomb from Zach Wilson to Aleva Hifo on the third play of the quarter, putting the Cougars up, 14-3. Toledo then moved the ball down to the BYU nine-yard line, but had to settle for a 26-yard Davis field goal.

Toledo’s defense came up big during the game.

On their next possession, Guadagni drove the Rockets to the 18-yard line, where they faced a fourth-and-three situation. He then hit Seymour for a short pass that he took into the end zone. Candle opted to go for two points on the conversion, and Guadagni came through with a pass to Reggie Gilliam to tie the score, 14-14. Toledo’s defense then forced a BYU punt, but the Cougars recovered the muffed fair catch attempt on the UToledo 23-yard line. Three plays later, Wilson hit Hifo for a three-yard TD pass to give the Cougars a 21-14 edge.

Koback capped a nine-play, 70-yard drive with a one-yard score on the third play of fourth quarter to tie the score 21-21.

Toledo’s defense stopped BYU on fourth-and-six with less than five minutes to play, giving the Rockets a chance to seal the win. Toledo drove to the BYU 32-yard line when Koback fumbled following a 12-yard gain, turning the ball over to the Cougars. However, on the very next play, Robinson picked off a pass from Zach Wilson at the BYU 42-yard line and returned it to the two-yard line. Seymour scored on the next play, giving Toledo its first lead since the first quarter.

BYU had one last chance to tie the game, but on the game’s last play, backup the Cougars’ pass attempt deep in Toledo territory fell incomplete.

The Rockets are home again next week as they host Western Michigan in their annual Homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.

Tickets are half-off for UToledo employees; UToledo students are admitted free with ID. Go to the Toledo Football Central website, stop by the UToledo Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

UToledo Hypertension Expert Receives Prestigious American Heart Association Award

The American Heart Association has recognized University of Toledo hypertension researcher Dr. Bina Joe for her innovative work focusing on the links between high blood pressure, genetics and gut bacteria.

Joe, Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, has spent nearly two decades studying and isolating the role genetics play in individuals with high blood pressure.

Dr. Bina Joe spoke at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. More than 600 people from 22 countries attended the event.

Her research has helped begin to unravel some of the potential causes of hypertension that go beyond one’s diet and exercise routine.

Most recently, Joe’s lab has been investigating how the colonies of tiny microorganisms that call our bodies home may help regulate our blood pressure. In 2018, Joe received a $2.64 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to advance her groundbreaking research.

In recognition of her impactful work, the American Heart Association recently presented Joe with the Harriet Dustan Award, which recognizes female investigators who have made outstanding contributions in the field of hypertension.

“This is a really prestigious award, chosen from many of the top hypertension researchers in the world,” said Joe, who is also founding director of the UToledo Center for Hypertension and Precision Medicine, which is recognized by the University as a research area of unique distinction. “I feel very passionate about our research, and I’m honored to have been recognized by this award from the American Heart Association.”

The award is named in honor of Dr. Harriet Dustan, a trailblazer as both a female physician-scientist and as a hypertension researcher. Dustan was the first woman to sit on the Board of Governors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and she was among the first researchers who linked hypertension to excess sodium consumption.

Dustan, who started her career at the Cleveland Clinic and later went on to the University of Alabama School of Medicine, died in 1999.

“Dr. Dustan was born and lived her life in the previous century when they did not have a genomic avenue to look at microbial genomes and their contributions to hypertension,” Joe said. “She was asking the same questions we are now. She once wrote in one of her papers that not everything is known. I hope to fill that knowledge gap with the new idea we have that salt regulates blood pressure via microbiota and liver metabolites. I’m proud to bring the award bearing her name back to Ohio, where she started her research career.”

The award was presented in New Orleans Sept. 7 during the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions.

Joe also was the recipient of the association’s 2014 Lewis Dahl Memorial Lectureship. That award honors the groundbreaking work of Dahl, who developed a genetically based experimental model of hypertension. The lecture is given each year by a prominent hypertension researcher.

American Dream Comes True

In 1989, my father, Zhong Chen, who was a professor in academia, was under pressure due to political turmoil in China. With the help of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, he secured a student visa to The University of Toledo to escape the unstable fallout of his home country, where he left his wife and 4-year-old son with a hug.

My mother, Liping Gao, and I were not able to join him at the time and stayed behind in China. We did not know that it would be four years until we would see him again. That is how long it took for my mom and I to secure our visas to come to the United States.

Yixing Chen smiled during the naturalization ceremony Sept. 17 in the Law Center.

I still remember the multiple long journeys to visit the U.S. Embassy and staying in hotels night after night to wait to be granted an interview. From 1991 to 1993, my mom and I would take the train from Xian, our hometown, to Beijing, the capital. Each trip took 12 hours one way. The trip was tough on my mom, especially with an 8-year-old in tow. Each time we went, we had to wait outside in a line most of the day just hoping to get in the embassy; the weather was not always nice. We were denied visas three times before they were granted the fourth time.

I still remember the cold winter air when our plane finally landed in Detroit on New Year’s Eve in 1993 and seeing a man that resembled the memory of my father waiting for us with a hug. I still remember the drive to Toledo that night and seeing all the New Year’s fireworks as my life in America started.

My dad graduated with his Ph.D. from The University of Toledo soon after. Like most immigrants, my family had to change our visa status many times to remain in the U.S. legally. Every few years, we had to renew or reapply for different visas, hoping that it wouldn’t be denied. One denial is all it takes for us to go back to a country where we have nothing. That uncertainty of your family’s life is what most immigrants talk about when they describe the difficult, long journey to citizenship.

I grew up in the Toledo area most of my life and graduated from The University of Toledo with a dual master’s degree in public health in 2011. I work at UToledo’s Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center.

During my 25-year journey to citizenship, I never lost the dream of being able to hold my hand to my heart proudly when my classmates recited the Pledge of Allegiance; or when my friends sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Toledo football games; or when I hang the stars and stripes in front of my home in Toledo; or when I tell my beautiful daughter, Lilian, that her “baba” (Mandarin for daddy) is also an American like her.

To my fellow Americans: Don’t forget the journey and sacrifice of your immigrant family to get here, and never take for granted the privilege and responsibility that so many people around the world are currently fighting to obtain. It is the duty of we the people to make this country a more perfect Union.

Chen is a clinical simulation and educational research associate in the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center. He was among more than 70 people who became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony Sept. 17 in the Law Center.

Running Rockets Ready to Host BYU This Saturday

Toledo’s final non-conference battle of the 2019 season will be one of its most challenging games on the schedule as the Rockets host Brigham Young University Saturday, Sept. 28, at noon in the Glass Bowl.

The Rockets (2-1, 0-0 Mid-American Conference) are coming off a wild 41-35 victory at Colorado State Sept. 21 that actually did not finish until 12:34 a.m. Mountain Time (2:34 a.m. Eastern Time). At four hours and 14 minutes in length, it was the longest regulation-contest in Rocket history, and that very last minute had a dramatic ending fitting of the evening.

Bryant Koback and the Rockets rushed for 436 yards at Colorado State.

Sophomore running back Bryant Koback rushed for a career-high 228 yards and scored four touchdowns, but the outcome of the game was not decided until the final play. A last-gasp pass by Colorado State from the Toledo 25-yard line was completed to E.J. Scott near the goal line. Scott was tackled by Jordan Fisher and DeDarallo Blue at the two-yard line as time ran out, giving Toledo the victory.

Koback rushed for 168 yards and three TDs in the third quarter alone, helping Toledo extend a 14-13 halftime lead to 35-27. His touchdown rushes went for 37, 75 and 47 yards. Koback also caught an eight-yard TD pass in the first quarter. As a team, Toledo rushed for 436 yards, its most in a contest since 1981.

BYU (2-2) lost at home to No. 21 Washington, 45-19, in its most recent game, but is still a force to be respected. The Cougars, who have played three Top 25 teams thus far, knocked off then No. 24 USC, 30-27, in week three. Their other loss was a season-opening defeat to then No. 14 Utah.

In 2016, the Cougars beat the Rockets, 55-53, in Provo, Utah.

The game will be carried on ESPN+.

Full-time UToledo employees and retirees may purchase two tickets at half-price. Additional tickets may be purchased at the full price. UToledo students are admitted to home games free with ID.

To purchase tickets, stop by the UToledo Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go to the Toledo Football Ticket Central website, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

World Language Proficiency Topic of Oct. 3 Discussion

“Languages Mean Business” is the title of a roundtable discussion that will take place Thursday, Oct. 3.

Presented by The University of Toledo Department of World Languages, the free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

“World language proficiency and intercultural competence are increasingly important for business collaborations, healthcare services, cutting-edge collaborative scientific research, as well as national security,” said Dr. Linda M. Rouillard, professor of French and chair of the World Languages Department.

The roundtable discussion will include comments from:

• M. Cyril Gauchet of the Québec Delegation;

• Guillaume Lacroix, French consul general in the Chicago office;

• Dr. Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga, UToledo assistant professor of electrical engineering technology and founder of SMIN Power Group LLC and STEM DRC Initiative;

• Ryan Wertz, Ohio Department of Education consultant with Ohio Seal of Biliteracy; and

• Paul Zito, vice president of international development with RGP Northwest Ohio.

All participants are invited to share their experiences of the ways in which their knowledge of other languages and cultures has enhanced their job prospects and careers.

Studying and speaking foreign languages is more important than ever, according to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which noted in a 2017 report the economic and scientific need for international language fluency.

Register for the free event, which will include refreshments and lunch, on the “Languages Mean Business” website.

For more information, contact Rouillard at linda.rouillard@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2029.

Open Forums Set for Candidates for Director of Counseling Center

The campus community is invited to meet two finalists for the director of the University Counseling Center.

Open forums will be held at 11 a.m.:

• Monday, Sept. 30 — Dr. Miranda Thornton, clinic director of Marriage and Family Therapy Training Clinic at Pfeiffer Institute for Marriage and Family Therapy at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, N.C., Health and Human Services Building Room 1712.

• Friday, Oct. 4 — Dr. LaTasha Sullivan, interim associate director of the University Counseling Center, Health and Human Services Building Room 1711.

The Counseling Center is the University’s primary facility for personal counseling, psychotherapy, and psychological outreach and consultation services. The center offers screenings, crisis intervention, workshops and group counseling, among other services.

Regional Biological Sciences Conference Blends Art, Discovery

Cytoskeletons serve as the internal frame for individual cells, providing the structural support that allows a wide variety of essential cellular functions to happen.

Under the right light and magnification, cytoskeletons also can be incredibly beautiful.

UToledo student Savanna Hudson created this work; the faces of the people are made of images of cells from humans and other organisms, emphasizing the correlation of everything alive in nature being made of the same basic unit.

On Friday, Sept. 27, The University of Toledo will host the third annual CellulART, a regional scientific meeting that blends cutting-edge cytoskeleton research and art.

“In the cytoskeletal field, you’re constantly trying to think about what’s the best or most aesthetically pleasing way you can present your research,” said Maura Graves, a doctoral student in the UToledo Department of Biological Sciences. “In a way, you have to think like an artist. What’s the most beautiful way you can take this image from microscopy and engage with your audience?”

Graves is the lead organizer for this year’s event, working alongside fellow biological sciences doctoral students Sushil Khanal and Debatrayee Sinha.

The event will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

Like most scientific meetings, CellulART features a series of lectures and poster presentations. Unique to this event is the addition of artwork created by both cytoskeletal researchers and UToledo art students who have reinterpreted scientific data and images.

Fifteen regional universities are participating, including Notre Dame, Ohio State, Loyola and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This year’s keynote speaker at 1 p.m. is Dr. Bruce Goode, professor of biology at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., who is widely recognized as one of the country’s preeminent cytoskeletal researchers.

“Dr. Goode is at the forefront of his field. He’s pushing the limits in a lot of different ways, not only in the nature of his discoveries, but also in the technology he’s using. He’s one of the world leaders of the new generation of cytoskeleton researchers,” said Dr. Rafael Garcia-Mata, UToledo associate professor of biological sciences and one of the event creators.

The event also will feature a presentation and artwork by Dr. Ahna Skop, a professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Event sponsors include the American Society for Cell Biology, the Journal of Cell Science, Thermo Fisher Scientific, New England Biolabs, Ibidi and Cytokeleton Inc.

For more information, visit the CellulART website.