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Princeton Review Names UToledo College of Law in Top 10 List of Best Law Schools for Women

The University of Toledo College of Law is one of the best law schools in the country for women in a prestigious ranking that focuses on student experience and success.

The Princeton Review, which again selected the UToledo College of Law in its list of the top 167 law schools in the country titled “Best Law Schools 2020,” ranked the UToledo College of Law No. 5 on the national list of the top 10 law schools with the “Greatest Resources for Women.”

In addition, the Princeton Review once again named UToledo College of Law No. 1 in Ohio and Michigan for most accessible professors; UToledo tied for No. 1 in Indiana for faculty accessibility.

“What makes the UToledo College of Law special is that faculty members are deeply involved in their students learning and professional development from day one,” said Geoffrey Rapp, associate dean for academic affairs and Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values. “Our faculty get to know our students – where they are from, where they want to be, and what kind of law they aspire to practice. This puts them in a position to provide support to help students reach their goals.”

The Princeton Review identified which law schools offer the greatest resources for women based on the percentage of the student body who identify as women, as well as on student answers to a survey question on whether all students are afforded equal treatment by students and faculty regardless of their gender.

The college scored 97 in the “Professors Accessible” category, which is based on how students rate the accessibility of law school faculty. The ratings are scored on a scale of 60 to 99.

“Every aspect of the school strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and personal attention,” said a surveyed student. Students also spoke overwhelmingly of the school’s obvious care and concern for their future, and the faculty’s “willingness to sit and chat with students about class at any time, while connecting what we learn to real-life use.”

“We recommend The University of Toledo College of Law and every one of the 167 law schools we selected for our 2020 list as an excellent choice for a student aspiring to earn a J.D.,” said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of the Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review’s 80-question student survey asked law school students about their schools’ academics, student body and campus life. It also included questions for the respondents about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys for this edition were conducted during the 2018-19, 2017-18 and 2016-17 academic years.

The company also selected schools based on an analysis of institutional data collected from surveys of law school administrators during the 2018-19 academic year. The institutional survey, which numbered more than 200 questions, covered topics from academic offerings and admission requirements to data about currently enrolled students as well as graduates’ employment.

“What makes our ‘Best Law Schools’ designations unique is that we also take into account the opinions of students attending the schools about their campus and classroom experiences,” Franek said. “For our 2020 list, we surveyed a total of 19,000 students at the 167 schools.”

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, the company helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House.

Toledo Looks to Finish 2019 Regular Season With Win at CMU

The Toledo Rockets will close out the regular season against Central Michigan Friday, Nov. 29, in Mount Pleasant.

The game will start at noon and be carried on ESPNU.

Sophomore Bryant Koback leads the Rockets with 1,165 rushing yards.

With a win, the Rockets (6-5, 3-4 Mid-American Conference) would be assured of a winning record in 2019, the 10th-consecutive winning campaign for the program.

The Rockets are coming off a 49-30 loss at Buffalo Nov. 20. The loss knocked Toledo out of contention for the MAC West Division title.

The Chippewas are still alive in the MAC West race. They need a win over the Rockets and a Western Michigan loss at Northern Illinois Tuesday, Nov. 26. With a win at NIU or a CMU loss, WMU will win the MAC West Division and face Miami in the MAC Championship game Saturday, Dec. 7.

Toledo was unable to stop Buffalo’s run game in the loss last week. The Rockets trailed by just eight points at halftime, 28-20, but UB outscored them 21-10 in the final 30 minutes. The Bulls racked up 503 yards of total offense, 331 on the ground. Jaret Patterson, the MAC’s second-leading rusher, ran for 192 yards and scored five total touchdowns, four on the ground and one in the air.

Central Michigan (7-4, 5-2 MAC) will be entering Friday’s game with plenty of rest, having played just twice in the month of November. CMU’s last game was a 45-44 win at Ball State Nov. 16, its fifth win in six games. After winning just one game in 2018, first-year Head Coach Jim McElwain has Central Michigan in MAC West title contention. Running back Jonathan Ward is third in the conference in rushing yards per game (107.6) and has run for at least 100 yards seven times. Wide receiver Kalil Pimpleton leads the MAC with 69 receptions and 738 receiving yards and has caught six TDs.

Toledo leads the series with CMU, 26-18-3. The Rockets won at home last year, 51-13, and have won nine consecutive games in the series.

Ritter Planetarium Showing Holiday Programs on Full Dome for Kids

The University of Toledo Ritter Planetarium is showing “The Alien Who Stole Christmas” and “Santa’s Secret Star” in full dome for children throughout the holiday season.

“The Alien Who Stole Christmas” is featured at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays through Dec. 20.

“Santa’s Secret Star” is featured at 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 21.

“These are amusing, entertaining and educational programs for children and Santa fans of all ages,” Alex Mak, associate director of UToledo Ritter Planetarium, said.

“Santa’s Secret Star” is a story about Santa and Rudolph learning how to find their way back to the North Pole using constellations. After Santa finishes his Christmas deliveries, he and his reindeer become lost. Without a compass, he and Rudolph turn to the constellations for help, and the stars lead them to the North Star, which guides them home.

“The Alien Who Stole Christmas” tells the story of Santa meeting Mr. Freep, an alien from another world. Together, they head off on a cosmic adventure taking them to the farthest regions of the solar system and try to make it back in time for Santa to deliver toys to the children of Earth.

Admission to the programs is $7 for adults and $5 for children, senior citizens and UToledo community members. All children younger than 4 are free. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the show.

Rocket Wireless Reinstates AT&T, Lowers Rates for Select Plans, Revamps Product Line

In efforts to continually improve services, Rocket Wireless has launched new cellular plans and reinstated AT&T as one of the carriers available.

To explore the new offers, visit the Rocket Wireless website.

Highlighted changes include:

• AT&T and Verizon’s 3GB data-share plans are now double the data for the same cost;

• Sprint and AT&T now have MiFi plans with true unlimited data;

• All three carriers now support Apple and Samsung smart watches; and

• The Verizon Unlimited Everything plan has had a price decrease.

“In addition to great plans, Rocket Wireless has competitive deals on new equipment, too,” said Joy Seifert, director of business services. “Currently, the iPhone 8 64GB is $39.99, while the new iPhone 11 64GB is only $289.99, when signing a new contract with Rocket Wireless.”

The holidays are coming soon: Watch for email alerts and get ready to take advantage of great deals and limited-time offers available to customers this season, Seifert added.

Rocket Wireless is proud to provide cellular voice and data services exclusively to students, faculty, staff, affiliates and alumni. Email rocketwireless@utoledo.edu to learn more or sign up to take advantage of competitive pricing, short contracts, and exclusive plans and services through Verizon, Sprint and AT&T carriers.

UToledo Pharmacy Students Perform Well in State, National Competitions

Two teams of students from The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are receiving accolades for their performances at state and national clinical skills challenges.

Late last month, a team of third- and fourth-year students in the UToledo Doctor of Pharmacy Program made it to the quarterfinals of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Clinical Pharmacy Challenge competition.

UToledo students, from left, Ethan Rausch, Katelyn Dulgar, Rachel DiNino and Maureen Hickey posed for a photo at the 2019 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting in New York City.

The competition, held at the 2019 ACCP Annual Meeting in New York City, was a mix of quiz bowl-style question-and-answer rounds and a clinical case round in which students were asked questions related to the provided case text, supporting physical exam and laboratory results, and medical history.

The UToledo team, made up of fourth-year students Rachel DiNino, Kyle Bergen, Ethan Rausch and Katelyn Dulgar, and third-year student Maureen Hickey, finished among the top eight of 120 teams that competed nationally.

It was the first time a UToledo team has made it to the quarterfinal round since the University began competing in 2013. The team is advised by Dr. Julie A. Murphy, assistant professor of pharmacy practice.

Amy Gentry, left, and Charles Baddour, right, placed first at the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists state Clinical Skills Competition.

A separate team of fourth-year doctor of pharmacy students, Amy Gentry and Charles Baddour, recently placed first at the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists state Clinical Skills Competition.

Gentry and Baddour, who beat out teams from all seven of Ohio’s pharmacy schools, are scheduled to compete in the national Clinical Skills Competition held by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists at its Midyear Clinical Meeting next month in Las Vegas.

There, they’ll be tasked with completing a two-hour written assessment on a patient case. The top 10 teams in the nation will then give a two-minute oral presentation and an eight-minute question-and-answer session to a panel of judges.

Gentry and Baddour are advised by Dr. Sarah E. Petite, assistant professor of pharmacy practice.

Paddling and Pondering: Kayaking on the Ottawa River

It was a perfect Sunday in October for a paddle down the Ottawa River. Dr. Charles Beatty-Medina, professor of history, and I planned to follow the river through Ottawa and then Jermain parks with an expected distance of 2.5 miles. It had rained recently, so the water level was elevated, and the forecast called for partial clouds with temperatures in the mid to low 60s.

We met at the new pedestrian bridge, with its new kayak launch, connecting the East Parking Garage and Savage Arena. Because we had two cars, we were able to drive one to the location where we planned to exit the river and drive the other back to the launch. With a car parked at our expected exit downriver, we could paddle with the current and not worry about paddling back against the current through areas we’d already seen.

Dr. Charles Beatty-Medina looked at the Ottawa River in October before climbing into his kayak on campus.

We were struck at how quickly the environment transformed. We got on the river with a parking garage to the left and Savage Arena to the right, but within minutes we were fully enclosed within the forested banks of a meandering river and nothing but the sights and sounds of nature surrounding us. We played a game with the various bridges — trying to guess which street we were passing under. Because the view from the river is so different, we were essentially guessing based only on distance we’d paddled and our knowledge of the streets above. Nothing about the habitat along the river was the same.

We spotted a heron as we crossed into Ottawa Park. The heron would take flight as we approached, camp out in a tree downriver — seemingly waiting for us to catch up — then take flight again as we neared. The heron was our guide for a good quarter mile of the trip. Shortly thereafter, we came to our first obstruction — a large tree laying across much of the river. Luckily, there was a gap to the right and to the left where the current was faster, which meant we could ‘shoot the chute’ over and between the trees limbs.

A deer watched as Dr. Christopher Martin and Dr. Charles Beatty-Medina traveled by kayak on the Ottawa River.

Less than a mile down river, we heard a rustling in the foliage ahead and spotted several deer out for a stroll. They were as curious about us on the river as we were of them on the land. The deer may have been trying to warn us, because shortly after their sighting, we heard the eerie sound of water moving quickly downhill and over rocks: We’d come upon a rapid.

Charles’ Rapid (we named it) was not difficult, but Charles did have an inflatable kayak, which meant a sharp rock could puncture it. We opted to risk it and ran the rapid straight down the middle. Most of the time, the deepest water is in the middle of the rapid, and, thankfully, there was more aerated water nearer the sides, suggesting that rocks are closer to the surface than in the middle — the safer route for a kayak, especially one full of air.

Paddlig further east into Ottawa and Jermain parks, we came across logs blocking most or all of the river three or four different times. We later learned trees had fallen naturally and usually are left to stimulate the ecosystem. But unless you can paddle under or over them, you’re schlepping your kayak onto the bank, up the mud, and back down to the river on the other side. Our muddy carries over the logs are the ecosystem’s gains.

Dr. Christopher Martin paddled his kayak last month on the Ottawa River.

The log dams also function as collection points for the sadly large amount of garbage that finds its way into the river. We hope to find a student group on campus who would be interested in an Ottawa River cleanup. We could bring trash bags with us for a paddle, scoop as much of the garbage behind the log dams as the bags hold, and place the full bags along the bank to retrieve and properly dispose of once off the water.

When we left our car along the road where we intended to exit the river, we thought we should walk down to the river to study the location so that we would be able to know, on the river, when we were there. A blue empty chip bag we found nearby served as a nice marker, which we tied to a branch on a tree reaching over the water. Once I spotted the bag, I knew our journey had come to an end.

Ottawa and Jermain parks are beautiful from the land, but we encourage you to see them from the perspective of the river, which, in our experience, changes everything. In season, students can borrow a kayak, paddle and a life vest (which you must wear) for free from Recreational Services. We recommend getting out when the spring buds are appearing, summer blooms abound, or fall leaves are ablaze; these sights, especially from the seat of a kayak meandering down the river, take the breath away.

Martin is a visiting associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, and director of the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities.

Winners of Good Idea Initiative Announced

Nearly 150 submissions were received for the University’s Good Idea Initiative.

The new program awards and recognizes employees’ ideas that will make an impact in two categories: promoting student success through increasing graduation, retention or enrollment; and increased efficiency, process improvements or cost savings/avoidance.

The winning ideas were submitted by Dr. Timothy Fisher, professor and chair of environmental sciences, and Kathy Wilson, senior business manager in the Division of Student Affairs.

Fisher suggested having the Division of Enrollment Management and colleges coordinate to invite science, technology, engineering and math teachers from area high schools to visit campus during High School Professional Days.

“There would be a campus tour focused on the academic and experiential learning opportunities,” Fisher wrote. “The deans and college advising team would meet with the teachers, followed by department tours, which would include meeting with department advisors, seeing the labs, and talking with undergraduate students who are doing undergraduate research. Teachers also would receive some UToledo swag and brochures to take back to their classrooms to distribute to their students.”

Wilson proposed an intensive training session, or boot camp, for business managers and administrative professionals who work on budgets and finance and human resource issues.

“This boot camp training would replace the current paradigm where employees either learn on the job or through trial and error,” Wilson wrote. “The training would be intensive and detailed, and would be provided by on-campus experts, like those within the Controller’s Office, Finance and Strategy, Human Resources, and Purchasing. Training would lead to more efficiency going forward and additional opportunity to focus on the overall financial health of the division, college or department. It also would allow business managers to become better administrative partners in assisting deans and vice presidents to align existing resources with the University’s strategic plan.”

“We received so many thoughtful suggestions on ways to make UToledo more student-centered and more resourceful,” President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Thank you to all the employees who took the time to participate in the Good Idea Initiative. We are lucky to have such passionate, dedicated faculty and staff.”

The Good Idea Initiative will open again in March.

The winners of the inaugural round of the program had the option of taking a small stipend or a catered lunch for up to nine co-workers.

Students: RSVP for Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Lunch

The Office of The Dean of Students is hosting a relaxing Thanksgiving lunch with food and music that is free and open to all students. This event will take place Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in of the Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge.

“This event aims to show appreciation to students for being part of the UToledo Rockets team along with wishing them well as the semester is coming to an end,” Kelly Freeman, program manager of student involvement, said.

Food will be served by UToledo administration, faculty and staff. The menu include turkey, chef’s choice fish, green beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing, mixed green salad, assorted rolls, hot cider, and pies (apple, cherry, pecan and pumpkin) with assorted toppings.

The Counseling Center, the Center for Success Coaching, and the Office of Student Advocacy and Support will be present as University resources for students to utilize as finals are around the corner.

And students have the opportunity to donate meal swipes to other UToledo students through the Office of Student Advocacy and Support.

RSVP on the UToledo Involvement Network website.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@utoledo.edu or call 419.530.8852.

University to Close for Winter Break

As a reminder, the University will close for winter break at a time when most departments are slower than usual.

“The winter break policy was implemented in 2017 based on faculty and staff input,” said Wendy Davis, associate vice president and chief human resources officer. “This is a great way for employees to rejuvenate before spring semester and enjoy extra time off with family and friends.”

In addition to existing holiday pay, the University provides additional paid days off — either three days or four, depending on which day the holiday falls in the year — to cover this specified time period.

UToledo’s 2019 winter break includes the following days:

• Tuesday, Dec. 24 — Holiday (Columbus Day/floating holiday);

• Wednesday, Dec. 25 — Christmas Day;

• Thursday, Dec. 26 — Paid day off for winter break;

• Friday, Dec. 27 — Paid day off for winter break;

• Monday, Dec. 30 — Paid day off for winter break;

• Tuesday, Dec. 31 — Paid day off for winter break; and

• Wednesday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day.

Main Campus faculty and staff are reminded to refrain from being at the University during winter break, unless pre-approved by their department’s leadership in order to conduct essential business. Access to buildings will be restricted, and facility operations and ground maintenance also will be limited.

While The University of Toledo Medical Center and its operations must remain open for patients and their guests, there are a few academic offices on Health Science Campus that will be closed, as well as a limited number of non-hospital and non-patient care areas.

Supervisors should track employees’ work hours using the winter break hours tracking spreadsheet available on Human Resources’ winter break website to ensure coding is correct for payroll; instructions also are posted on the website. These employees will be able to use winter break hours at a later time. Winter break hours not used by June 20, 2020, will be forfeited.

As a reminder, employees who will be off during winter break should change their email and voicemail messages to inform customers of the specific closure dates. Additionally, all vendors, suppliers and other external parties who may be impacted by the closure should be notified in advance.

Many more details, including frequently asked questions, are available on the winter break website. If you have any questions after reviewing this information, contact your supervisor or human resources consultant.

“Winter break is yet another benefit the University can offer that the majority of other employers in the region cannot, helping us to further position UToledo as an employer of choice,” Davis said. “It’s also an additional way for us to support the health and well-being of our employees, so we’re very pleased to offer it again this year.”

Thanksgiving Break to Affect Parking, Bus Services

In observance of Thanksgiving, most classes will not be in session from Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Nov. 29 — with the exception of the colleges of Medicine and Life Sciences and Law, which are in session through Nov. 27. As a result, parking and the University bus schedule will be affected.

Students with an “F” permit who park in area 21 on the Scott Park Campus and want access to their vehicle over the holiday weekend should pick up their vehicle Tuesday, Nov. 26.

“F” permit holders may park on Main Campus starting Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 4 p.m., and return their vehicles back to Scott Park Campus by Monday, Dec. 2, at 8 a.m.

The bus schedule for the holiday weekend will be:

• Tuesday, Nov. 26 — Regular hours;

• Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Saturday, Nov. 30 — Gold, Blue and Scott Park routes will not be running; service between Main and Health Science campuses will not be affected. For more information, visit Parking and Transportation Services’ Route 3 bus schedule.

• Sunday, Dec. 1 — Scott Park Route will begin the normal Sunday schedule at 10:25 a.m.