2019 October | UToledo News - Part 3







Archive for October, 2019

Toledo Football Returns Home to Face Eastern Michigan in MAC West Clash

Toledo (4-3, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) will begin a string of three straight home games with a contest vs. Eastern Michigan (4-3, 1-2 MAC) in the Glass Bowl Saturday, Oct. 26.

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. for the game that will be carried on ESPN+.

The Rockets will play their next three games in the Glass Bowl.

The Rockets will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak following road losses at Bowling Green and Ball State. Toledo fell behind early and could never catch up in a 52-14 loss to the Cardinals Oct. 19 in Muncie, Ind. The loss puts Toledo two games behind the Cardinals (4-3, 3-0 MAC) in the MAC West Division race.

Ball State led at halftime, 38-0, scoring 17 points in the first quarter and 21 in the second. The Rockets did not score until the third quarter when senior Ronnie Jones scored on a 44-yard touchdown run. Jones added another TD in the fourth quarter on a one-yard plunge into the end zone.

The Rockets were playing without senior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni, who was injured in the Oct. 12 game at Bowling Green. Redshirt freshman Carter Bradley started his first game as a collegian, throwing for 137 yards. Freshman DeQuan Finn also saw time, passing for 34 yards and rushing for 28 more.

Eastern Michigan is coming off a 34-27 home victory over Western Michigan last week. The Eagles scored the winning touchdown with 36 seconds left on a 34-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Preston Hutchinson to Mathew Sexton. Jeff Hubbard then intercepted WMU QB Jon Wassink to seal the Eagle victory. Hutchinson completed 31 of 36 passes for 357 yards off the bench for the injured Mike Glass. Glass leads the MAC in passing yards per game (268.3), while Hutchinson now leads the league in passing efficiency (183.3).

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 to Serve Lunch Oct. 25 on Health Science Campus

The Glass City Smokehouse will serve lunch out of the Rolling Rocket Friday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in lot 45 by Dowling Hall on Health Science Campus.

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

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.

Interested in renting the UToledo-themed trailer, the Rolling Rocket, for your next event? Learn more at the Rolling Rocket website.

American Language Institute Receives Accreditation

It’s official: The American Language Institute has received a five-year accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.

That means UToledo’s intensive English program is one of nine in Ohio with accreditation. There are more than 40 programs in the state.

Ryan Wright, instructor in the UToledo American Language Institute, talked to students in the institute during an ice cream social.

“We are so proud to receive this prestigious accreditation,” Sara F. Clark, director of the Center for International Studies and Programs, said. “The two-year application process was extensive and validates the comprehensive value of the American Language Institute.”

Last fall, the institute submitted a 165-page self-study with more than 150 supporting documents. In April, three Commission on English Language Program Accreditation representatives conducted an on-site visit.

The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation is the only specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

“According to an internal report by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, only about 20% of all applied intensive language programs earn the initial five-year accreditation, the best outcome we possibly could achieve,” said Dr. Ting Li, English as a second language coordinator and instructor in the American Language Institute. “That undoubtedly confirms the strong external validity of the American Language Institute.”

Students worked in the American Language Institute Computer Lab.

In addition, the American Language Institute is accredited by the University and College Intensive English Programs; only three programs in Ohio are recognized by this agency.

And the American Language Institute is a member of English USA, the only organization in the United States that includes all types of intensive English programs.

“The American Language Institute is the only intensive language program in the Ohio and Michigan region that has received accreditation and membership by all three organizations — the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, the University and College Intensive English Programs, and English USA,” Clark said. “We see the value of our program every day as we help students, but it’s nice to have that external validation, too.”

Founded in 1977, the American Language Institute’s intensive English program has provided more than 8,000 students, scholars and area residents of international origin with the academic language skills and the American cultural background to foster meaningful engagement with the University and the community. A majority of those English and second-language learners matriculated to UToledo undergraduate and graduate programs.

“With our skill-based course work and extracurricular offerings, the American Language Institute assists students gain cross-cultural skills,” Ting said.

Learn more on the American Language Institute’s website.

Serving Healthcare Needs of Transgender Population Topic of Upcoming Lecture

Providing culturally sensitive care to transgender individuals will be the topic of the 12th annual Dorothy Hussain Distinguished Lectureship hosted by The University of Toledo College of Nursing.

Dr. Jordon Bosse, a registered nurse and project manager of research and education for Boulder Care Inc., will be the keynote speaker.


The free, public lecture, “What’s the ‘T’? How to Provide Patient-Centered, Culturally Sensitive Care to Transgender People,” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1000. Register in advance through the College of Nursing website. Students do not need to register.

Bosse, who holds a Ph.D. in nursing science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has worked with vulnerable and marginalized populations in both the social service and healthcare fields for more than two decades. Much of his work has been focused on the needs of the LGBTQA+ community.

According to Bosse, many transgender or nonbinary people have had negative experiences in healthcare because of difficulty finding providers who have the knowledge, skills and experience to work with transgender and nonbinary people, a lack of understanding from physicians, or even the binary choices presented on forms and electronic medical records.

One of the best things healthcare providers can do, he said, is educate themselves.

“Caring for transgender and nonbinary patients isn’t a clinical specialty. You will likely come in contact with people from diverse gender groups in the course of your practice. The only way to know is to ask,” he said. “Get in the habit of asking all patients what they would like to be called, what pronouns they use and then use them. If people give responses you’ve not heard before, it’s OK to ask for more information.”

Bosse will be joined by Dr. Michelle Boose and Dr. Robert Gottfried, both assistant professors in the Department of Family Medicine in the UToledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, for the conversation on serving healthcare needs of the transgender population.

The lecture is named after the late Dorothy Gladys Hussain, whose professional career spanned 32 years as a staff nurse and critical care nurse at the former Medical College of Ohio Hospital. She was known for patient advocacy and championing patients’ rights.

Coming Soon: International Education Week

The Center for International Studies and Programs is planning to celebrate International Education Week Monday through Friday, Nov. 11-15.

The week is an opportunity to spotlight the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

“We want everyone on campus to participate in International Education Week,” Xinren Yu, assistant director of the Center for International Studies and Programs, said. “If you have an event related to international education and it’s happening that week, we want to know.”

Event information should be shared on the International Education Week website.

“We will select events to be included in our International Education Week calendar,” Yu said.

Events should be submitted for consideration by Friday, Nov. 1.

For more information, contact Yu at xinren.yu@utoledo.edu.

UToledo to Host 2019 Great Lakes Planetarium Association Conference

The University of Toledo will welcome nearly 200 people from around the world this week for the 2019 Great Lakes Planetarium Association Conference.

The Great Lakes Planetarium Association is the largest professional planetarium organization in the United States.

The conference, which is from Wednesday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 26, will feature Dr. Robert Dempsey, UToledo alumnus and NASA flight director at Johnson Space Center’s Mission Control, who will speak Thursday, Oct. 24, at 2:15 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

Dempsey, who received a master’s degree and Ph.D. in physics from UToledo in 1987 and 1991, will give a presentation titled “The Making of a Mission.” He will discuss the process that the NASA Mission Operations team goes through in developing a mission, starting from a high-level request to perform a few tasks and how it evolves into the detailed mission that people then see.

“I often joke that NASA really stands for Never Absolutely Sure of Anything, but this talk will illustrate how flexible the operations team needs to be as they develop a detailed mission, including adapting to problems and changes in priority as we go along,” Dempsey said. “After years of detailed planning, we then conduct a significant amount of training in the hopes that the mission goes smoothly. I will use the 20th International Space Station assembly mission in 2010 to illustrate these facets.”

The Great Lakes Planetarium Association, which was established in 1965 and offers membership to all individuals connected with the operation of planetariums regardless of geographic location, is a professional organization dedicated to supporting astronomy and space science education through planetariums. Members come from more than 30 states and four countries, and many work in public and private schools, universities and museums.

The last time UToledo was selected to host the conference was in 1977.

“It’s a tremendous honor to host the 2019 Great Lakes Planetarium Association Conference,” said Alex Mak, associate director of UToledo Ritter Planetarium. “It is rewarding to be recognized by our peer group as an institution that is living up to the high standards of the association. For me personally, it is very rewarding to have an opportunity to give back to the planetarium community, which has had such a huge influence on my life and career.”

Participants include 20 vendors representing the United States, Germany and Japan who demonstrate their equipment.

Three additional UToledo alumni are returning to campus for the conference. They are:

• Waylena McCully, who graduated from UToledo with a bachelor’s degree in geography in 1994 and works at Staerkel Planetarium in Champaign, Ill. She also is the president-elect of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association;

• Bradley Rush, who graduated from UToledo with a master’s degree in physics in 2011 and works for Spitz, one of the largest manufacturers of planetarium projectors in the world; and

• Johnathan Winckowski, who graduated from UToledo with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 2018 and is the planetarium manager at the Besser Planetarium in Alpine, Mich.

The association is an affiliate of the International Planetarium Society, National Science Teachers Association, and Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Sciences and Arts.

Parking Portal Offline Through Oct. 27

The parking portal will remain offline through Sunday, Oct. 27, while the University is implementing a new parking management system, NuPark.

The UToledo parking portal can be accessed Monday, Oct. 28, using your UTAD credentials.

To assist you during this transition period, please note:

• Daily guest permits are not required to park on campus during this transition;

• Handicap, reserved, patient and metered spaces will be enforced as usual; and

• Metered parking is available through the pay stations and ParkMobile.

If you have any questions about guest parking, contact parking@utoledo.edu.

Toledo Student-Athletes Earn 92% Graduation Success Rate

The University of Toledo received a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 92% for its athletic department in the latest figures released by the NCAA. That figure ranks second among the 12 schools in the Mid-American Conference, just 1% behind Miami University’s score of 93 percent.

Seven Rocket teams scored a perfect 100 GSR: men’s golf, men’s tennis, men’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. Twelve teams earned a 90 GSR or higher, and every Toledo team ranked in the top half of the MAC.

“These latest GSR figures confirm something that we already knew: Our student-athletes are graduating in very high numbers,” said UToledo Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “A record 77 Rocket student-athletes received their diplomas at commencement last spring, which was a very gratifying accomplishment. There is no prouder moment for student-athletes, as well as their families and all who have supported them on their journey, than when they walk across that stage and receive their diploma.”

GSR is a gauge of every team’s graduation rate within a six-year period of a student-athlete’s enrollment. The latest GSR figures examined the student-athlete cohort that originally enrolled in 2012 and would need to have graduated by August 2018 to count as a graduate.

The GSR formula, intended to be a more complete and accurate look at student-athlete success, removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible and includes student-athletes who transfer to a school after initially enrolling elsewhere. The GSR also allows for a deeper understanding of graduation success in individual sports than the federal metric, which has broader groupings.

University of Toledo Graduation Success Rate
Sport — GSR
Baseball — 94
Men’s Basketball — 90
Men’s Cross Country — 100
Football — 83
Men’s Golf — 100
Men’s Tennis — 100
Women’s Basketball — 100
Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field — 97
Women’s Golf — 90
Women’s Soccer — 100
Softball — 88
Women’s Swimming & Diving — 92
Women’s Tennis — 100
Women’s Volleyball — 100

Overall Department GSR – 92
Six-year data for academic cohort that enrolled in 2012 through August 2018

Students: Apply for University Housing

The 2020-21 University Housing Application is open.

“Apply first so you can pick first,” Ali Moore, associate director for residential marketing and summer conferences, said.

Students should apply through the myUT portal to complete their application.

On April 9, all students who have a signed application will receive an email to their Rocket account with an assigned timeslot to pick their room in late April or early May.

“The earlier you fill out your University Housing Application, the earlier timeslot you will receive to pick your room,” Moore said.

For more information, go to the Office of Residence Life website or call 419.530.2941.

Day of Giving Support Grows to $859,990

Alumni and friends, faculty and staff, students and UToledo retirees came together to support “Rocket Forward: You Launch Lives,” the third annual Day of Giving fundraising campaign. A total of 2,778 donors contributed $859,990 to the campaign, which took place Oct. 15 and 16.

The goal of the campaign was to create awareness about the impact philanthropy can have at UToledo when the University’s community members support this annual fundraiser.

Alexa Gaydos, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Letters, wrote a thank-you postcard to donors during the Day of Giving Fall Festival on Centennial Mall.

This year, activities took place on both Health Science Campus and Main Campus. These included a fall festival on Centennial Mall with student organizations providing games and activities to raise money for the Student Activities Fund. President Sharon L. Gaber visited both campuses Oct. 15 to help spread the word about the fundraising campaign, which supports many individuals, programs and opportunities across campus.

Gifts, designated for a wide variety of uses, were made to this third annual Day of Giving, during which campaign advocates took to social media to encourage giving.

Brady basked in the glow of the sun and adoration surrounded by, from left, Andrew Oster, Lea Westerhold and Britany Ortiz. The dog-petting station was among many events to raise funds during the Day of Giving Fall Festival on Centennial Mall.

“We want to thank all of our University of Toledo students, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends who contributed to the 2019 Day of Giving campaign,” said Cheryl Zwyer, senior associate vice president for development at The University of Toledo Foundation. “Each year, we see Rockets join together in support of so many important programs across campus. Collectively, you have created opportunities for students and faculty to complete degrees, pursue innovative research projects, and impact many of the biggest issues facing our communities. We are grateful for your generosity.”

Contributions will support scholarships and faculty research across the disciplines that impacts the northwest Ohio region and beyond.