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Catholic Studies Lecture to Discuss Women Priests

“I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent,” according to St. Paul in the Bible (1 Timothy 2:12).

In the modern age, this thousand-year-old scripture is being challenged in many Christian denominations.

The University of Toledo Annual Murray/Bacik Lecture in Catholic Studies will tackle this question. The presentation titled “Should Catholics Have Women Priests?” will take place Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Auditorium.

Dr. Peter Feldmeier, the Murray/Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University, will be the speaker.

“My hope is that people coming to the lecture become informed on the complexity of the issue, its arguments for and against, and perhaps even come to their own conclusions,” Feldmeier said. “While it is something of an in-house debate in Catholicism, it ought not to be imagined as merely a Catholic issue.”

It also is a cultural issue: Should feminism as it is being advanced in the larger culture be advanced in religion?

Feldmeier said he and Dr. Yonatan Miller, director of the UToledo Center for Religious Understanding and assistant professor of religious studies, pondered the Catholic Church’s investigation on the possibility of ordaining women as deacons. The conversation moved to the priesthood itself and how Catholicism has responded to the challenge — or failed to respond.

Presented by the UToledo Center for Religious Understanding, the free, public lecture will be followed by a dessert reception.

For more information, email cfru@utoledo.edu.

Blown Away: Glass Artist Reflects on Human Condition

Eamon King remembers watching an artist working with a fiery-orange blob of molten glass.

“I was a kid on a field trip to Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio,” he said. “That’s when my passion for glass began.”

This glass skeleton is part of Eamon King’s exhibit, “Recycled Reflections Through Human Chemistry,” which is on display on the fifth floor of Carlson Library this semester.

When he was 16, he took a glassblowing class at the Toledo Museum of Art.

“My first piece was a very ugly paperweight that only my mother would love, so it was a gift to her while I was in high school,” King said and laughed. “She still has it.”

These days his hot work is turning heads.

Check out “Recycled Reflections Through Human Chemistry,” which is on display this semester on the fifth floor of Carlson Library. King created the fantastical mirrors and glass skeleton for his master of liberal studies degree, which he received in May.

“When I created the figure and the mirrors, I thought about how similar we all are as human beings on the inside. We all have the same needs and are built from similar DNA with the most minute differences in traits,” King said.

This mirror is part of Eamon King’s “Recycled Reflections Through Human Chemistry.”

From sketching to glassblowing to flameworking, the project took about one year. He needed to bone up on anatomy.

“A typical adult skeleton has 206 bones. In my project, I made some changes to the overall skeleton to incorporate scientific glass pieces into the bone structure,” he explained. “All of the glass bones are welded or sealed together and actually consist of only 12 individual pieces that are supported on the metal armature I built.

“For example, in my figure, the spine doesn’t have each individual vertebrae; I used double manifold systems, or Schlenk lines, that are common in chemistry labs and that I built for the spine instead of duplicating vertebrae. I then blew holes and sealed all the ribs and sternum into the manifolds instead of vertebrae. The only bones that are left out from the skeleton other than the spine are the patellas and the hyoid bone.”

Eamon King created a punch bowl at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion.

King is familiar with scientific glass: He is a part-time glass shop assistant in the UToledo Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

“Eamon King is a very gifted artistic glassblower who has made huge strides in scientific glass,” said Steven D. Moder, master scientific glassblower in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, who mentored King for his master’s degree project. “The glass skeleton had a variety of scientific pieces that Eamon was able to pull together for a beautiful, artistic, scientific sculpture.”

In addition to being artful, King is all about recycling.

“I built the frames to hold the large glass pieces for this project. I constructed the frames from wood floor joists that were reclaimed lumber from a renovation of a more than 100-year-old building project in downtown Toledo,” King said.

The cool mirrors feature 100-plus glass pieces that received a reflective coating. King then placed the individual pieces around the larger mirrors.

“The University of Toledo allowed me to create my own program through the Master of Liberal Studies Program, and I worked with Steve Moder in the Scientific Glassblowing Lab, where I learned a whole different skill set,” King said.

As an undergraduate at UToledo, King traveled overseas to learn about Murano glass and worked with traditional Venetian artists. After receiving a bachelor of arts degree from the University in 2008, he taught glassblowing and flameworking at the Toledo Museum of Art for 12 years.

“Compared to working as an artist in area studios the past 15 years, this adventure in precision glassware for chemistry apparatus has been a big change for me,” King said.

“Eamon will keep the argument thriving on whether scientific glass is artistic or highly technical,” Moder said.

Over the summer, King traveled to Corning, N.Y., for a weeklong symposium with the American Scientific Glassblowing Society.

“I had the opportunity to work with and meet many skilled scientific flameworkers from around the world,” King said.

The UToledo alumnus is pursuing a career as an artist while working with Moder in the glass shop.

And doors continue to open: King recently was one of seven artists selected to make a glass key for the city of Toledo.

“I enjoy working with glass due to its limited lifespan and fragile nature,” King said. “It is a constant reminder that if it is not treated with care and respect, it could be destroyed, and eventually, it will be, very similarly to ourselves.”

Toledo Football Looks to Keep Rolling Against Kent State Nov. 5

Toledo (5-3, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) will host Kent State (3-5, 2-2 MAC) in the Glass Bowl Tuesday, Nov. 5, in a game that is critical to both teams’ conference title hopes.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.; the game will be carried by the CBS Sports Network.

Junior wide receiver Danzel McKinley-Lewis is ninth in the nation in yards per reception (21.8).

The Rockets are tied with Northern Illinois for fourth place in the MAC West Division, a half-game behind Western Michigan and Central Michigan (3-2) and a full game behind Ball State (3-1). The Golden Flashes are tied for third with Buffalo in the East, a game behind division leaders Ohio and Miami (3-1). A loss to either Toledo or Kent State would put their division title hopes in serious jeopardy.

The Rockets are coming off a 37-34 overtime victory over Eastern Michigan Oct. 26. Junior quarterback Eli Peters hit junior tight end Drew Rosi for a 15-yard touchdown in overtime to seal the win for Toledo. The Eagles took the lead in overtime, 34-31, on a 24-yard field goal by Chad Ryland. Toledo was faced with third-and-10 from the 15-yard line when Peters hit Rosi on a corner route to send the Rockets into a wild celebration.

The Rockets were playing without senior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni, who was injured at Bowling Green Oct. 12, and redshirt freshman Carter Bradley, who was the starter and was injured at Ball State Oct. 19. The status of Guadagni and Bradley for the Kent State game has not been announced.

Kent State is coming off a 23-16 home loss to Miami last week. The Golden Flashes opened the MAC season with wins over Bowling Green and Akron before falling to Ohio, 45-38, Oct. 19. They are led by junior dual-threat quarterback Dustin Crum, who has compiled 1,345 yards passing and 374 yards rushing.

Toledo leads the series with Kent State, 26-21. The Rockets have won the last four meetings, most recently a 56-34 victory at Kent State in 2018. Toledo is 5-1 vs. the Golden Flashes since the MAC split into divisions in 1997. This year’s game will be only the seventh meeting between the two schools in the past 25 years.

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 UT 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).

Glass City Smokehouse Firing up Fan Favorites Nov. 1 on Centennial Mall

The Glass City Smokehouse will visit the Centennial Mall to serve lunch out of the Rolling Rocket Friday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Glass City Smokehouse menu will feature:

• Brisket sandwich served with house-made kettle chips — $6.50;

• Chicken sandwich served with house-made kettle chips — $6.50;

• Bratwurst served with house-made kettle chips — $6.50;

• Pulled chicken sandwich served with house-made kettle chips — $6.50;

• Pulled pork sandwich served with house-made kettle chips — $6.50; and

• Bottled beverages — $2.

Accepted payment methods are cash, credit, debit, Dining Dollars and Rocket Dollars.

The UToledo-themed trailer, the Rolling Rocket, is available to rent for your next event. Learn more on the Rolling Rocket website.

UToledo to Celebrate First-Generation Day Nov. 6

Three events are planned to honor and bring together first-generation students at The University of Toledo this month.

UToledo will celebrate First-Generation Day Wednesday, Nov. 6, with:

• First-Generation Day Breakfast, 9 to 10 a.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Dr. Denise Bartell, associate vice provost for student success, and Dr. Willie McKether, vice president for diversity and inclusion, will speak at the event; both are first-generation graduates. RSVP on the UToledo Involvement Network.

• First-Generation Day Resource Fair, noon to 2 p.m., Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge. Representatives from some 20 UToledo offices and departments will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on how they are on campus to help students reach their goals. RSVP on the UToledo Involvement Network.

• Film screening of “Unlikely,” 6 p.m., Carlson Library Room 1005. See the 2019 documentary about the college dropout crisis and the barriers students face while pursuing an education. RSVP on the UToledo Involvement Network.

Robin Stone, director of TRIO Support Services, said it is important to recognize first-generation students and for them to share their experiences.

“These events are designed to bring together first-generation students and to showcase the support services we have at UToledo to help them succeed,” Stone said.

One in three students at The University of Toledo is a first-generation college student or a student whose parent(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. This means these students and their siblings are the first in their families to attend a four-year university to attain a bachelor’s degree.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 paved the way for underrepresented and under-resourced students to break the cycle of poverty and become the first in their families to earn a college degree.

In 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education, in partnership with the Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Suder Foundation, celebrated the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration on Nov. 8 with an event on Capitol Hill.

For more information about UToledo’s First-Generation Day celebration, contact Stone at 419.530.3848 or robin.stone@utoledo.edu.

Parking Offers New Programs, Reminders

With fall semester well underway, faculty, staff and students are reminded of several new parking programs that are available on UToledo campuses.

“We’ve worked hard over the last several months to offer new technology and programs for campus community members and guests,” said Sherri Kaspar, director for parking and transportation.

Parking continually strives to improve its services and provide parking guidelines that ensure everyone’s safety, while also offering appropriate access to UToledo facilities and campus events, she stated.

As previously announced, several new parking programs are being offered for the 2019-20 academic year, including:

• Parking after 4 p.m. — Registered UToledo permit holders may now park in most lots from 4 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, except in reserved, disabled and metered spaces; lots 14, 44A, 25N, 27A; and all patient lots.

• Streamlined appeals process — A shorter appeals response time has been implemented, with second appeals eliminated. Drivers should pay or appeal parking tickets within 10 days. (Most tickets are sent via email instead of placed on windshields.)

• ParkMobile, a free mobile app currently used in downtown Toledo and in many other cities, now enables you to pay for metered/guest parking on your smart device. App users now pay for UToledo metered parking and guest permits using a smart device or toll-free number vs. a pay station and receive text message reminders before time expires. More details are available on the Parking and Transportation Services website.

• Guest parking — A new parking management system that went live Oct. 28 enables departments to purchase guest parking (“A”) permits, as they did previously. Department approvers should log in to the parking system and email parking@utoledo.edu if their “My Department” tab is not visible. Parking will then finish the setup to finalize their permission for departmental permits.

Departmental guest permits also may be purchased for $285 per year; vehicles may be changed daily. The department should compare this rate with the daily guest parking rate of $5 to identify which option is best based on their number of guests.

Departments are responsible for sharing lot information and all applicable parking guidelines with guests; this information is available on the Parking and Transportation Services website.

Additionally, employees and students are reminded of important parking guidelines:

• To avoid a ticket, park in lots designated for your permit type and with your license plate facing the drive aisle. Also, always pay for metered parking 24/7, even if you have a parking permit. You may use the ParkMobile app to pay for metered parking; see above.

• Special event parking needs should be submitted and approved before guests park on campus. Complete the associated form available on the Parking and Transportation website, where many other details are available.

• Guests must obtain a guest parking permit (“C” permit) on the Parking Portal website; a designated department employee may purchase a departmental “A” permit via myparking.utoledo.edu, as noted above; or guests may pay for parking on the ParkMobile app.

If a guest receives a parking ticket, the person cited is responsible or the department may pay it by providing its account and index number to Parking and Transportation Services.

“We appreciate everyone’s assistance to help us ensure parking is available in appropriate lots for our students, as well as for employees and guests visiting our campuses,” Kaspar said. “It also assists the University with providing a great UToledo experience for all of us.”

Complete information about parking is available on the Parking and Transportation Services website. If you have any questions, contact parking@utoledo.edu.

University Students Organize Exhibition at Toledo Museum of Art

“An Inspired Age: Selections of 18th-Century European Art From the Collection” will open Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Toledo Museum of Art in Gallery 18.

“An Inspired Age” is organized by The University of Toledo Department of Art students in Art Museum Practices Exhibition and New Media Design Practices courses under the direction of Dr. Thor J. Mednick, UToledo associate professor of art history, and Dr. Lawrence W. Nichols, the William Hutton Senior Curator, European and American Painting and Sculpture before 1900 at the Toledo Museum of Art.

“Henrietta Catherine Cholmley and Son,” 1761, oil on canvas, by Sir Joshua Reynolds is included in “An Inspired Age” exhibit curated by UToledo students.

The temporary exhibition, running through Jan. 5, features 13 paintings and three sculptures.

The exhibition course, which is the last of three classes in the art museum practices curriculum, offers students the opportunity to work with a Toledo Museum of Art curator to develop an exhibition using works of art from the museum’s permanent collection. The purpose is to give students a hands-on understanding of the workings of a fine arts museum and to prepare them for a career in this field.

“The Toledo Museum of Art has a vast collection, and this allows visitors to see some of the art that has been off view while providing students real-life experience in many aspects of curating an exhibition,” Nichols said. “It has been rewarding to see the next generation of museum professionals use their education to develop this exhibition.”

The opportunity has been invaluable for the students, Mednick explained.

“Working with a world-class, private museum is a rare opportunity in museum studies courses,” Mednick said. “And to have the thoughtful and generous help of a senior curator is extraordinary.”

“An Inspired Age: Selections of 18th-Century European Art From the Collection” is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.

Admission to the Toledo Museum of Art is free. The museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and is closed Monday and major holidays. Thursday evening hours are sponsored by Huntington Private Client Group.

The museum is located at 2445 Monroe St. at Scottwood Avenue. It is by the Center for the Visual Arts on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

For general information, call 419.255.8000 or 800.644.6862, or visit the Toledo Museum of Art website.

UToledo Law Graduates Have Strongest Showing in Ohio Bar Exams in 10 Years

The number of graduates from The University of Toledo College of Law who passed the July bar exam in Ohio on the first try is well above the state average.

It’s also UToledo’s highest result for first-time takers on the summer exam in a decade.

The newly released data shows the first-time passage rate for UToledo law graduates taking the bar exam is 89%, up from 84% in July 2018. The state average in Ohio this year is 82%.

“I am very proud of our graduates for their success on the bar exam,” said College of Law Dean D. Benjamin Barros. “We have done a lot of work at the College of Law over the past several years to help our graduates succeed on the bar exam. At the end of the day, though, it is the graduates who do the hard work needed to pass the exam, and this result is the payoff for their efforts.”

The UToledo College of Law is committed to preparing students for a successful career with programming and partnerships dedicated to bar passage.

In the last few years, the college aligned its curriculum to bar-tested subjects, developed a first-year support program, expanded its third-year bar prep course, and implemented a legal analysis course and academic success contracts.

The UToledo College of Law also created the position of director of academic success and bar preparation, designed to prepare both third-year students and graduates for the bar exam. Through post-graduation mentoring, every law graduate is paired with a faculty mentor to provide support during bar exam study.

Plus, the UToledo College of Law partnered with Barbri, a company headquartered in Texas, to offer students access to its comprehensive bar review course with flexible classroom, online and mobile learning environments.

Students Win Problem-Solving Competition With New Tire-Pressure Technology

A team of students from The University of Toledo College of Engineering’s Maker Society won first place in the Lawrence Technological University’s Innovation Encounter, a competition infusing creativity and challenge into an entrepreneurial boot camp.

Teams from UToledo, the University of Michigan, Rowan University, Ohio Northern University and Lawrence Technological University were tasked with solving a real-world problem: Improve driver safety by combating loss of tire pressure.

UToledo students received the top prize at the Lawrence Technological University’s Innovation Encounter. They are, from left, Teran Ericksen, Stephen Netter, Charles Wade, Breanne Crockett and Julian Taylor.

Eaton Corp. and its automotive group, which sponsored the event, chose the challenge because the vast majority of drivers have unsafe tire pressure, resulting in more than 11,000 accidents and 200 deaths each year.

The challenge had one major stipulation: The solution must cost less than $200 per vehicle.
UToledo’s team chose to focus on educating and incentivizing people to maintain their own tire pressure.

The students developed a $30 electronic device a user can install on the vehicle that reports when tire pressure is low. The technology communicates with a smartphone app to explain how to fill the tire up with air on the specific make and model of the vehicle, show the location of nearby tire-filling stations, and give recommendations on air compressors for purchase. The app also works with the device to detect when a car skids or loses traction due to low tire pressure and sends a notification to the driver instructing him or her on how to fix it.

At the Oct. 18-19 competition, the team used a 3-D printer to create the device and designed the app.

“We were able to deliver a solution that the judges had no idea existed,” said Charles Wade, president of the UToledo Maker Society and a junior majoring in computer science and engineering. “This is a problem that Eaton and the industry as a whole have been working on for more than 100 years, and they are pleased that our team was able to deliver new ideas to the problem space.”

Free HIV Testing on Main Campus

The University of Toledo Medical Center will offer free HIV testing on the first Tuesday of the month on Main Campus.

Testing will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the University Health Center, located across from Horton International House.

A photo ID is needed for the LGBTQA-friendly service.

For more information, call 419.383.6057.