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Students Invited to Learn More About Psychology Department

The UToledo Department of Psychology Diversity Committee is hosting an event, “Get Psyched About Psychology,” Friday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 2584.

Undergraduate students from all majors are invited to attend, especially those who are from minority and underrepresented groups from — ethnic minority students, first-generation students, LGBTQIA students, students with disabilities.

Dr. Mojisola F. Tiamiyu, associate professor of psychology, promises finger foods and door prizes at the event, which will focus on academic and career opportunities in psychology.

“Minority and underrepresented groups will have an opportunity to chat with faculty members and graduate students of the Psychology Department in order to learn more about psychology; our lab and research activities; our graduate program; graduate school; and careers in psychology,” said Tiamiyu, chair of the Psychology Department Diversity Committee and director of the Community Psychology Research Lab.

Students with questions should contact Tiamiyu at mojisola.tiamiyu@utoledo.edu.

UToledo Launches Financial Intervention Program to Assist Students

A new Financial Emergency Intervention Program has been established to assist students experiencing financial hardship by exploring all available options so they can meet their financial obligations and keep focused on their studies.

“We’ve always been available to work with students through unexpected financial emergencies that threaten to derail them from achieving their educational goals. What this new program does is formalize that process,” said Gina Roberts, assistant vice president of enrollment management. “There is now one resource where students can reach out directly for help, but just as important faculty and staff across campus have a clear pathway to refer a student for assistance when they learn of their challenges.”

To take advantage of the Financial Emergency Intervention Program, students or those referring a student for resources need to complete the application for Rocket Aid available on the Student Financial Aid website. The application asks for information such as what term the emergency aid is needed, what types of expenses the student is having difficulty paying, and a range for the amount of aid needed.

A team of student support leaders will evaluate each request to find the best options available to help the student. The team includes Angela Roach, director of scholarships and financial aid systems; Dr. Julie Fischer-Kinney, assistant provost for student success and retention; Shelia Stewart, bursar; and Bradley Menard, director for housing.

“It was important for us to get together on one team the individuals who oversee student accounts, scholarships, housing and support services so we could be innovative and collaborative in the options we can provide students when they encounter difficulty,” Roberts said.

In addition to emergency funds that may be available, there could be special circumstances in which the student should update their financial aid status, select a more affordable housing option, participate in a work-study program, or take advantage of another solution. Assistance options will be tailored to each individual student’s unique circumstance, Roberts said.

The Financial Emergency Intervention Program also will provide opportunities for the University to review financial aid and billing processes to ensure they are student-centered and to provide additional financial education programming to students.

UToledo Begins Preparing for Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Visit

More than 60 UToledo members have started to prepare for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation.

A kickoff breakfast took place Oct. 15 and featured guest speaker Dr. A. Gigi Fansler, vice president for accreditation relations at the Higher Learning Commission.

A team representing the Higher Learning Commission will conduct an on-site visit sometime in 2021-22.

To get ready for that visit, UToledo is putting together an assurance filing, made up of an assurance argument (commonly referred to as a self-study) that has links to materials in an evidence file. This narrative and supportive evidence will demonstrate that UToledo meets the Higher Learning Commission’s criteria for accreditation.

Those five criteria are:

• Mission — “The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.”

• Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct — “The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.”

• Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support — “The institution provides quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.”

• Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement — “The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.”

• Institutional Effectiveness, Resources and Planning — “The institution’s resources, structures, processes and planning are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.”

Campus community members can learn more about how the University is preparing for the 10-year site visit on the UToledo Higher Learning Commission website.

Rockets Run Past Eastern Michigan in OT, 37-34

Junior quarterback Eli Peters hit junior tight end Drew Rosi for a 15-yard touchdown in overtime to lead Toledo to a 37-34 victory over Eastern Michigan Saturday in a rain-soaked Glass Bowl.

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.

Bryant Koback rushed for a career-high 259 yards in Toledo’s 37-34 overtime win over Eastern Michigan Saturday in the Glass Bowl.

Sophomore running back Bryant Koback led the Rocket offense with a career-high 259 yards and two touchdowns. Peters, starting his first game of the season in place of injured quarterbacks Mitchell Guadagni and Carter Bradley, completed 9 of 18 passes for 138 and two touchdowns. Junior Shakif Seymour added 94 yards rushing as Toledo racked up 504 yards of total offense, 366 on the ground.

The win moves Toledo to 5-3, 2-2 in Mid-American Conference play, a game behind Ball State (3-1) and a half-game behind Western Michigan and Central Michigan (both 3-2). Eastern Michigan falls to 4-4, 1-3 MAC.

Quarterback Eli Peters smiled after completing the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime.

Toledo jumped on the board first on their opening drive, scoring on a five-yard run by Koback that capped a 15-play, 67-yard drive.

Later in the first quarter, the Rockets missed a chance to add to their lead when Koback lost the ball at the pylon on an attempted dive into the end zone, resulting in a touchback for EMU.

Evan Davis connected on 26-yard field goal early in the second quarter to boost Toledo’s lead to 10-0.

EMU cut the lead to 10-7 on a one-armed touchdown grab by Arthur Jackson from Mike Glass from 24 yards out. On their next possession the Eagles tied the score on a 29-yard field from Chad Ryland.

Toledo wasted no time to start the second half, moving 44 yards in three plays to a take a 16-10 lead. Ronnie Jones set up the drive with a 48-yard kickoff return. Seymour finished the drive with a seven-yard run. The extra point was no good due to a bobbled snap.

The Rockets added to their lead on a 19-yard TD pass from Peters to Bryce Mitchell. Peters hooked up with Rosi for the two-point conversion to make the score 24-10.

Eli Peters threw for 138 and two touchdowns in the dramatic overtime victory.

Moments later, Koback made it 31-10 with a 54-yard TD run.

EMU came back with an 11-play drive that was capped by a four-yard rushing TD by Glass. The Eagles went for two points on the conversion, but the pass attempt fell incomplete, making the score 31-16.

In the fourth quarter, EMU cut the lead to 31-24 on a three-yard TD and a two-point conversion run by Vann. With 8:18 to play. Vann scored again on a 26-yard TD run to tie the score with 2:35 left. The Eagles recovered a Toledo fumble and had a chance to win it in regulation, but Ryland’s 33-yard attempt sailed wide right with 1:03 to play.

In overtime, the Eagles took possession first and grabbed a 34-31 lead on a 24-yard field goal by 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.

Up next, the Rockets host Kent State Tuesday, Nov. 5. Kickoff time will be announced soon.

Drive to Collect Stuffed Animals, Books for UToledo Medical Center Patients

The Master of Science in Biomedical Science Volunteer Patient Advocate Assistants will hold a stuffed animal and book drive Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 29 to 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The University of Toledo Medical Center Four Seasons Bistro.

The volunteer student group works throughout The University of Toledo Medical Center, with much of their time spent in the Emergency Room. Students who see patients in the ER know that a stuffed animal can make a difference in a child’s experience while those that see patients throughout the medical center can attest to the joy and accompaniment a book can bring a patient throughout their care at the hospital.

Master of Science in Biomedical Science Volunteer Patient Advocate Assistants showed off some of the stuffed animals and books they collected during a previous drive.

“A stuffed animal or book can considerably calm a patient and help put their mind at ease. With these simple gestures, ER and hospital staff are able to provide the effective and compassionate care UTMC is known for,” said Jihad Aoun, a member of the Master of Science in Biomedical Science Volunteer Patient Advocate Assistants.

All stuffed animal donations must be new, and books of all reading levels should be new or gently used. Monetary donations also will be accepted. All proceeds will be used to purchase stuffed animals for pediatric patients in the UTMC Emergency Department. This is the third year for the program.

Many of the group’s members plan to attend medical school.

“As patient advocates, we aim to facilitate improved medical care by advocating for the patients we come in contact with,” said Mirlinda Elmazi, a Master of Science in Biomedical Science Volunteer Patient Advocate Assistant. “We do this by improving doctor-patient communication with explanations of complicated medical concepts in terms that patients can understand. We hope to leave the program with effective communications skills so that, as physicians, we are able to better communicate with our patients and provide them with the best possible care.”

Satellites Auxiliary’s Fall Book Fair to Take Place Oct. 28-30

Books galore and more — that’s what you can expect at the Satellites Auxiliary’s Collective Goods Fall Book Fair Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 28-30, in the UToledo Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

The sale hours will be Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Stop by and check out all the books. There will be hundreds of books in all categories for all ages,” Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary. “Remember, it’s never too early to start shopping for the holidays.”

Cash, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit scholarships and patient programs.

The Satellites Auxiliary promotes education, research and service programs; provides support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conducts fundraising events; and offers volunteer services.

Applications Sought for Staff Diversity Mini-Grant Program

The University of Toledo Office of Diversity and Inclusion is launching the Staff Diversity Mini-Grant Program.

These grants will provide financial assistance for new and innovative projects, workshops and activities that strengthen excellence in diversity and inclusion.

Three $500 grants will be awarded each academic year.

“This program is in support of staff increasing students’ sense of belonging in our diverse student population,” Malaika Bell, program manager for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, said. “This sense of belonging has a direct correlation to higher graduation and retention rates.”

The deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 25. Go to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website.

The awards will be announced in December so the programs can be held during spring semester, Bell said.

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 419.530.5531.

Sponsorship of Football Game to Raise Awareness of Opiate, Heroin Epidemic

The Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, funded by the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, has partnered with Rockets Sports Properties and the Toledo football team to sponsor the Rockets’ game against Eastern Michigan Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program’s sponsorship is designed to help raise awareness about the opiate and heroin epidemic that is occurring throughout Lucas County.

The Lucas County Sheriff Department’s Drug Abuse Response Team will be recognized before kickoff and presented with the game ball.

Literature about opiate and heroin abuse prevention and available services will be distributed from vendor tables at Fan Fest before the game.

The Rockets and the Eagles will play at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are still available. 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).

For more information about the fight to prevent opiate and heroin abuse, contact the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program Lucas County at 419.255.4444.

UToledo Alumna Powering Opportunity for Minorities in Tech

Irma Olguin Jr. is an unlikely tech leader, building a technology ecosystem in an equally unlikely place.

As the co-founder and chief executive officer of Bitwise Industries in Fresno, Calif., Olguin is one of the leading forces in an effort to revive underdog cities by building a robust — and inclusive — technology sector.

Irma Olguin Jr., a 2004 UToledo graduate, is the co-founder and CEO of Bitwise Industries in Fresno, Calif.

Collectively, the company has redeveloped 250,000 square feet of space in downtown Fresno, created 2,000 jobs, and trained more than 4,000 computer coders.

Bitwise recently secured $27 million in investor funding, allowing it to continue its growth in Fresno and expand to a new market in Bakersfield, Calif.

That kind of success was far from the future Olguin imagined herself having as a teenager growing up in a small town near Fresno in California’s Central Valley.

“I grew up the daughter of farm laborers. In my head, I was going to be the daughter of farm laborers for the rest of my life,” she said. “I didn’t expect college to be part of my story.”

After scoring exceptionally well on the PSAT, however, scholarship offers began rolling in. One offer in particular stood out for how comprehensive and supportive it was. At 17, Olguin scraped together money for a Greyhound ticket, packed her bags, and left California for the first time to begin classes at The University of Toledo College of Engineering.

“For many, going off to college might be obvious or second nature, but it was certainly not the case for me or my family. How am I going to eat, where am I going to live? The University of Toledo provided a great deal of that in the scholarship package, and it allowed me to whittle down the number of issues I had to worry about.”

Her experience at UToledo changed her life.

Irma Olguin Jr. stands outside Bitwise Industries in Fresno, Calif.

Olguin received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering in 2004 and returned to Fresno, where she soon entrenched herself not only as one of the area’s technology pioneers, but one with a mission.

“The technology industry has a giant need to fill jobs,” she said. “We have to do a better job of making more people capable of filling those roles, and I think the solution is looking in unlikely places.”

Following a short stint in education, Olguin co-founded 59DaysOfCode, a software development competition that, in part, was meant to show off the area’s capability and talent. The competition has since grown into a nonprofit organization promoting and fostering technology development in and around the Fresno area.

Olguin also co-founded Hashtag, the area’s first membership-based collaborative workspace, and started a successful software development company.

In 2013, she co-founded Bitwise Industries.

Bitwise is attempting to build the tech industry from multiple angles. The firm has a coding academy, a business incubator, custom software design services, a real estate development arm, and a service that matches programmers and engineers with local businesses who need tech support.

One of the key parts of Bitwise is the diversity of its coding academy. The company says more than half of its Geekwise Academy students are women or people of color.

“The technology industry as a whole has been grappling for an answer on how to build a diverse and inclusive work force and has completely fallen short,” Olguin said. “All the big names have statements saying this is a problem and we don’t know how to fix it. We think we’re sitting on the solution to that.”

And Olguin believes the true obstacles to getting more women and minorities in tech aren’t desire and aptitude — “you find those aplenty,” she said — it’s small things like a bus ticket, appropriately using email, or finding childcare.

The supportive network Olguin found at UToledo helped her unlock her own potential. Now it’s important for Olguin to help others unlock their potential.

“The University of Toledo is near and dear to my heart and played a huge role in my formative years,” Olguin said. “The College of Engineering was a really welcoming place even though I was very much in the minority in terms of gender and race. I felt very much a part of the school system and believed from day one that people were there to see us succeed.”

Graduate and Professional Program Fair Slated for Oct. 30

Looking to advance your career? Want to learn more about continuing your education? Stop by the Graduate and Professional Program Fair Wednesday, Oct. 30.

The event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

Attendees can meet with representatives from colleges and programs; learn ways to fund graduate education; and start the graduate program application process.

On hand will be representatives from all UToledo colleges: Arts and Letters; Business and Innovation; Engineering; Health and Human Services; Judith Herb College of Education; Law; Medicine and Life Sciences; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Nursing; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Graduate Studies; Jesup Scott Honors College; and University College.

Go to the Graduate and Professional Program Fair website and register.

The first 100 to attend the event will receive an application fee waiver; J.D., M.D. and Pharm.D. applications not included.

For more information, email graduateinquiry@utoledo.edu.