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UToledo Department of Art Faculty Exhibiting Work

The faculty of the UToledo Department of Art are exhibiting their work through Friday, Feb. 21, in the Center for the Visual Arts Main Gallery on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

There will be a free, public opening reception in the gallery Friday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. A guided conversation with faculty and their works of art will take place in at 6:30 p.m. This tour will be moderated by Dr. Thor Mednick, associate professor of art, who will facilitate questions to faculty about their work.

“We take this show as a gauntlet tossed, a time to model for our students, and for one another, what it is to be deeply engaged in the practice of researching and making,” said Barbara Miner, professor and chair of the Department of Art. “This show represents a challenge to push for the ‘next,’ the next piece that needs to be made after the grading and the syllabus reconfiguration, the budget alignment and the recruiting report. These are works produced by artist-scholars who live in our fields of study, who carve out precious time to keep our hands in the process.”

She added, “We offer our inner dialogues as part of this exhibition and invite our students and our audience to converse with us about our work.”

A total of 15 UToledo art faculty have work in the exhibition. The artwork ranges from 2D and 3D work to photography to digital/interactive and performance art.

Faculty artists in the show are:

• Brian Carpenter, assistant professor of art and gallery director;

• Dr. Jason Cox, assistant professor of art education and head of the Art Education Program;

• Deb A. Davis, professor of new media;

• Dan Hernandez, co-chair of the BFA Program and associate professor of art, interdisciplinary art and foundations;

• Julia LaBay Darrah, instructor and technical assistant;

• Yusuf Lateef, adjunct professor of art;

• Thomas Lingeman, professor of art, 3D studies and sculpture;

• Linda Meyer, art instructor;

• Barbara Miner professor and chair of art;

• Deborah Orloff, associate chair of the department, photography coordinator, and professor of art, new media studies and photography;

• Dr. Mysoon Rizk, head of art history and professor of art history, modern and contemporary art;

• Karen Roderick-Lingeman, senior lecturer of 2D studies and ceramics, and coordinator of the Ceramics Program;

• Arturo Rodriguez, associate professor of art, head of studio art and co-chair of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program;

• Barry Whittaker, associate professor of art and new media design practices; and

• Eric Zeigler, assistant professor of art and head of the Art Print Center.

Artist profiles and statements are available online on the Department of Art gallery web page.

The free, public exhibit can be seen Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Carpenter at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.

Works by, from left, Debra Davis, Deborah Orloff, Yusef Lateef, Barry Whittaker, Tom Lingeman, and Dan Hernandez are included in the UToledo Faculty Art Exhibition.

Toledo Men’s Basketball to Host Craft Beer Night Feb. 11

The Toledo men’s basketball program will host Craft Beer Night at Savage Arena prior to its game vs. Miami Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Cost for the annual event is $35 and includes game ticket, 12 three-ounce beer samples, and appetizers. Tickets are $25 for fans who have already purchased their game tickets. The cost for designated drivers is $25 and includes game ticket and appetizers with soft drinks.

Attendees will be required to show a valid photo ID upon entry. No refunds or exchanges will be provided for failure to provide ID or failure to attend.

The event will take place in the Fetterman Gym from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and is for fans 21 and older.

For more information, visit the Rocket Ticket Office in Savage Arena, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), or go to the Toledo Rockets’ website.

W-2s Available for 2019

The UToledo Payroll Department has processed W-2 forms for the 2019 tax year.

Employees who chose to receive their W-2 electronically can log in to the myUT portal and, using the Employee Self-Service dashboard, select Taxes, choose W-2 Wage and Tax Statement from the drop-down menu, and then select 2019 to view and print a copy.

Employees who opted for a paper copy of their W-2 should check their home mail. The University mailed W-2s via the U.S. Postal Service Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Graduate Students Encouraged to Apply for Fellowships, Scholarships

Friday, Feb. 14, is the deadline for UToledo graduate students to apply for fellowships and scholarships.

Prospective students are eligible for University Fellowships. This competitive award is for new Ph.D. students who have exceptional academic records and are registering for the first time fall semester 2020. This fellowship is the highest award given by the College of Graduate Studies and may be renewed for support for a total of four years.

New and prospective students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees may apply to be Graduate Dean’s Scholars and Fellows. These individuals act as ambassadors for the College of Graduate Studies and support its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in its programs.

The Helen M. Fields Memorial Achievement Award will be presented to a current graduate student with an excellent academic record in English or education.

The Robert N. Whiteford Memorial Scholarship is given to a current graduate student to assist in research for a thesis, project or dissertation, and further professional development.

Learn more about these awards and others on the College of Graduate Studies’ website.

For more information, email the College of Graduate Studies at cogs@utoledo.edu.

UToledo Student Interns on Capitol Hill Through Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Emir Moore started his senior year at The University of Toledo in Washington, D.C., interning on Capitol Hill in the office of the youngest black woman ever elected to Congress.

“My capacity to make a change in the world is way higher than I thought,” said Moore, who studies business management and marketing at UToledo and serves as president of the Black Student Union. “The experience of being involved in such important work raised my glass ceiling, in a way. I hope this can be an inspiration for other students of color.”

UToledo senior Emir Moore was one of 25 African-American students in the nation selected by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for an internship.

Moore is one of 25 African-American college students across the country selected by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for its internship program sponsored by State Farm. He is the first UToledo student chosen to participate.

During fall semester, he worked in the office of Lauren Underwood, a freshman representative from Illinois and member of the Congressional Black Caucus, which is made up of 55 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Based with the communications staff, Moore learned the intricacies of the federal legislative process and media relations.

“This is such an incredible learning experience, and we are so glad that Mr. Moore applied and was selected for this prestigious opportunity,” Diane Miller, chief of staff and associate vice president for government relations, said. “This internship gave him an up-close view of our federal government in action that very few get a chance to experience. I hope that his unique experience motivates other students to pursue meaningful experiential learning opportunities as well.”

In addition to meeting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren and civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, Moore said the highlight of the internship was witnessing Underwood lead two of her bills toward passage in September — H.R. 3525, the U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act, and H.R. 3526, the Counter Terrorist Network Act.

Emir Moore posed for a photo with Lauren Underwood, a freshman representative from Illinois and member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Moore was an intern in Underwood’s office during fall semester.

“I’ve been exposed to aspects of how Washington works and found that you have to think fast and be flexible,” Moore said. “No two days this semester were alike. A work day might include a press conference in the morning and then guiding constituents on tours so they can witness proceedings on the House floor. On the day H.R. 3525 passed, I had the honor of accompanying two young constituents and their mothers. They were survivors of gun violence.”

“Emir is an emerging leader and remarkable intern. His tenacity and positive attitude have helped create an office culture of always striving for the best for our constituents,” said Andrea Harris, chief of staff in the Office of Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14). “During his time in our office, he was resourceful and dedicated to serving the Illinois 14th District.”

After Moore graduates from the College of Business and Innovation in the spring, he plans to continue his education through UToledo’s MBA Program and enhance his civic engagement.

“The friendships I’ve developed with fellow Congressional Black Caucus interns and the experiences we’ve shared are invaluable,” Moore said. “Congresswoman Underwood inspired me and challenged me to grow outside my comfort zone. If I continue to work hard, stay focused and remain determined in my passion for economic development and entrepreneurship, I can be a successful servant leader in my community.”

Dining Introduces New Line of Grab-and-Go Items Made With In-House Ingredients

UToledo Dining Services is offering a new line of fresh grab-and-go items in Bottle Rocket, Rocket Market and Java City.

The Quick Eats line is made in-house from scratch and focuses on food quality, health, convenience and option personalization.

The Quick Eats menu strategy is driven by consumer insights. To meet current trends, the new line will offer fresh sandwiches, wraps, salads, bowls, snacks and desserts. Options will rotate seasonally. Highlighted menu options may include strawberry overnight chia oats, assorted fruit and cheese plate, Mediterranean quinoa salad, roasted veggie wrap and more.

“All grab-and-go items will have a unique label that identifies the fresh menu item, ingredients and nutritional values,” said Cameron McAdams, dining resident district manager. “The new line includes exciting new vegan and vegetarian options that are labeled using the standardized nutritional icons seen across campus.”

Nutritional icons can be viewed on the UToledo Dining Services’ website.

Meal exchanges may be used in place of a meal swipe at Bottle Rocket, Rocket Market and Java City. Look for the Meal Exchange banner near the register for a full list of entrées, sides and beverages included with your Meal Exchange.

To learn more about Meal Exchange options, visit UToledo Dining Services’ website.

NAACP Division Director to Speak at UToledo for Black History Month

Activist Tiffany Loftin, director of the NAACP Youth and College Division, will talk about advocacy and empowerment for communities of color when she visits The University of Toledo for Black History Month.

She will speak Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theatre.


For the NAACP, Loftin serves more than 700 youth councils and high school and college chapters fighting for civil rights. She is known for her passion for membership-based organizing at the local, state and national levels.

She believes her mission is to develop students into leaders who can stand up for what they believe in.

“My first value in this work is to make sure that our young people are treated as respectable young adults,” Loftin said during an interview with The Crisis Magazine. “Our young folks are more woke, taking more risks, and having more important conversations at a younger age that a lot of us didn’t have to have when we were young.”

“We are excited Tiffany Loftin is coming to campus to give our keynote address during Black History Month,” David Young, UToledo director of Toledo Excel and Special Projects, said. “She is a dynamic leader, and we expect her to fire up our students to get involved and make a difference in the fight for equality.”

In 2011, Loftin became the first person in her family to graduate from college when she received dual degrees in American studies and political science from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She became president of the U.S. Student Association, the largest student-led organization in the nation that represents student governments and students, and coordinated campaigns addressing student loan debt and expanding financial aid for low-income and students of color.

She also worked for the AFL-CIO Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice and served as racial justice program coordinator for the Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department, where she focused on creating dialogue and action addressing the racial and economic disparities impacting workers.

Prior to joining the NAACP last February, Loftin was senior program specialist in community advocacy and partnership engagement at the Center for Social Justice with the National Education Association. Her responsibilities included aligning the association’s priorities within the African-American and progressive communities and creating opportunities to address racial and economic gaps that affect educators, students and communities.

When Loftin was 24 in 2013, President Barack Obama appointed her to serve on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans in Higher Education.

In addition to Loftin’s free, public talk, the University will pay tribute to this year’s theme, “A Mile in the Marathon,” with several events during Black History Month. Listed by date, events will include:

Monday, Feb. 3 — Back 2 Black Involvement Fair and Black History Month Kickoff, 7 to 9 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Stop by to learn about African-American organizations and how to become more involved on campus.

Tuesday, Feb. 4 — Black History Month Basketball Game, 7 p.m., Savage Arena. Catch the Toledo men’s basketball team playing Northern Illinois; during the game, student organizations, alumni and students who exemplify excellence will be recognized.

Saturday, Feb. 8 — “Reclaiming Our Narrative: Ending the Epidemic,” 4 p.m., Collier Building Room 1000 on Health Science Campus. International HIV activist Hydeia Broadbent will speak in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The free, public program is presented by the Ann Wayson Locher Memorial Fund for HIV Care and the UToledo Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 — African-American Initiatives Spring Film Screening, 5 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500. Watch a movie about black history and culture, and discuss it.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 — Black Career Night, 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. This event sponsored by the Black Student Union will bring together local community members who will talk about their businesses and organizations and allow students to network and learn about career opportunities.

• Wednesday, Feb. 19
— Black Wellness Bash, noon to 2 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. This event is designed to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and wellness.

Thursday, Feb. 20 — Black Love Is Raw, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thompson Student Union. The Association for the Advancement of African-American Women and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will offer a safe space to discuss love and healthy relationships.

Friday, Feb. 21 — Black Student Union Fashion Show, 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Ticket prices to be announced. Proceeds from the 51st annual event go to a student scholarship that aids in the retention of black students.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 — “Honing in on Triple Negative Breast Cancer: Improving Health Outcomes for Women of African Ancestry Using Precision Medicine,” 5:30 p.m., Health Education Building Room 105 on Health Science Campus. The free, public forum is hosted by the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women.

Saturday, Feb. 29 — Ujima Day of Service, 10:30 a.m. Volunteers will meet in Thompson Student Union Room 2500 for breakfast and then volunteer at the MLK Kitchen for the Poor, the Ronald McDonald House and the Beach House Family Shelter. Ujima is one of the seven principles of Kwanza and stands for collective work and responsibility. “Ujima means to build and maintain our community together and to make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together,” Young said.

For more information and to RSVP for these events, email the Office of Multicultural Student Success at omss@utoledo.edu.

Toledo to Host National Girls & Women in Sports Day Feb. 1

The University of Toledo will host the fifth annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day Saturday, Feb. 1, as the women’s basketball team entertains Kent State at 2 p.m. in Savage Arena.

National Girls & Women in Sports Day inspires girls and women to play and be active to realize their full power. The confidence, strength and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls and women need to become strong leaders in sports and life, according to the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition.

The day will showcase Toledo’s current female student-athletes, staff and coaches and thank them for their work.

The sports of soccer, volleyball, swimming and diving, golf, cross country, and track and field will be represented at the event, along with cheer and dance, on the Savage Arena concourse from 12:30 to 2 p.m., prior to the start of the women’s basketball game. Those teams will have their own station where they will host an activity and interact with fans.

There also will be videos and photos highlighting all nine Toledo women sports teams, as well as cheer and dance, throughout the game to recognize their accomplishments in the community, in the classroom, and in their respectively sports.

In addition, children have the chance to assist with anthem buddies, starting lineup, game ball presentation and guest in-game host. A link to sign up for one of these activities can be found on the Toledo Rockets’ website. Children also can play in a bounce house behind section 102 from pre-game until the end of halftime.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at the Toledo women’s basketball ticket central website, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653), or stopping by the UToledo Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena. Groups of 15 or more may purchase general admission tickets for half off, only $7.50, prior to game day by contacting the ticket office.

For more information about the National Girls & Women in Sports Day, contact Adam Simpson, coordinator of marketing, sales and fan experience, at 419.530.2482 or adam.simpson@utoledo.edu.

UToledo to Present Saturday Morning Math Sessions

The University of Toledo will offer six lessons on real-world math Saturday mornings starting Feb. 1 in Memorial Field House Room 1240.

These free, public sessions will begin at 11 a.m.; no registration is required to attend.

Following the success of UToledo’s Saturday Morning Science, faculty from University College and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics decided to create a program for the public that would present basic mathematical ideas in simple ways.

The sessions were designed to prove that mathematics can be simple and fun. The programs are for people considering attending college; parents of potential students who are concerned about college-level mathematics; people who realize it’s important to understand mathematics but never “got it” or have forgotten how mathematics work; and people who want to learn some new ideas.

Organizers stress math is not mysterious or impossible to understand; anyone who knows how to add, subtract, multiply and divide has the skills to be good at math.

Listed by date, the hourlong Saturday Morning Math sessions will be:

Feb. 1 — “Numbers You Can Touch and Some You Can Eat.” This session will cover the basics — fractions, exponents, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.

Feb. 15 — “Let’s Go Shopping” will discuss percents, increases, decreases, markups, discounts and taxes.

Feb. 29 — “Growth and Decay of Candy.” Exponentials, logarithms, growth, decay, effects of inflation, population trends and more will be explored.

March 21 — “Life Isn’t Fair” will spotlight ratios, proportions, probability, odds, and why the lottery isn’t a path to riches.

April 4 — “Lies and Statistics.” Mean, median, mode, distributions, normal curves, and how numbers can be misleading will be the topics of this session.

• April 18
— “What’s Slope Got to Do With It?” Graphs, slope, rates of change, maximums, minimums, and predicting the future will be covered in this hour.

Those who attend will receive free access to ALEKS, a web-based educational program for K-12 and college mathematics, to practice their skills at home.

For more information, visit the Saturday Morning Math website.

Using Visual Literacy in the Classroom

“Visual literacy is not just about art …”

We’ve all heard the adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Learning to read those pictures gives us advantages in both work and life. The University of Toledo and Toledo Museum of Art’s Visual Literacy Initiative is paving the way for what it means to speak visual.

Visual literacy is defined as being able to read, comprehend and use visual images effectively. The initiative provides faculty with visual literacy tools to prepare students for the future. To date, the initiative has advanced student learning across all disciplines by launching visual literacy modules for UToledo faculty to use with their students.

UToledo students visited the Toledo Museum of Art for a visual literacy exercise called Back to Back Drawing.

“Visual literacy is not just about art. It’s about understanding the world around us through observation, critical thinking, perspective and collaboration in a vast world of images and visual stimulation,” Dr. Heidi M. Appel, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College, said. “To communicate successfully in our increasingly image-saturated culture, we must also learn to read, understand and critique images — to become literate in visual language.”

The ability to speak visual will be important in all fields of study and employment whether it’s to read and design schematics, visualize problems and solutions, see data, diagnose patients, interpret clinical images, or communicate information.

“Visual literacy is a way to engage students to begin the process of deep learning and creative thinking,” Dr. Arun Nadarajah, UToledo professor of bioengineering, said.

There are new University of Toledo courses that focus exclusively on visual literacy in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, the Honors College, and the College of Arts and Letters.

Shari Norte, assistant lecturer in the School of Exercise Rehabilitation Sciences, left, and Mirta Parodi, senior lecturer of Spanish, participated in a visual literacy activity that challenged teams to build something with Legos and write instructions so others could replicate the same object.

All faculty now can include visual literacy in their courses using modules and exercises to support instruction while achieving student learning outcomes. The modules are made to be easily adaptable and span across all disciplines.

“We’re all visual learners. These modules are a great way to infuse our already vital subject areas with more active learning strategies that increase visual literacy,” Dan McInnis, assistant lecturer in the Jesup Scott Honors College, said. “The visual literacy modules and exercises assist me as a faculty member to deliver specific skill sets to students, giving them conduits to stronger visual understanding.”

One module from the initiative titled Infographic Creation and Interpretation “is designed to meet student learning outcomes and provide students with an understanding of the use of infographics for communicating complex ideas efficiently and effectively.” Students also have shared their experience with this module. One student said, “This module taught me that we process pictures faster than words, so by having a picture represent information, people want to share.” Another student said, “Infographics should be an aid to help us tell a story.” Not only did this module teach students how to interpret and read infographics, it taught them how to create their own infographics. A student reflected on his experience: “The module put the ‘common sense’ of visual interpretation into words. It helped me understand why we need concise, accurate and appealing infographics beyond ‘they look nice and are easy to understand.’”

Another student said, “I feel more confident when analyzing an infographic. I look at its content, the structure of the image, how clear it is, if it’s simple, how did they emphasize on the problem. For the design, I pay attention to the colors, if it’s attractive, how easy it is for me to digest and retain the information provided.”

The visual literacy modules and exercises are made available through the Visual Literacy webpage or Blackboard. To access the visual literacy modules and exercises through Blackboard, use the Faculty Support tab on the top of your Blackboard page to find Other Resources and select the Visual Literacy link. Visual literacy will then show up as one of your organizations below your courses. You’ll find instructions on how to use the modules and exercises there.

Campus community members are invited to explore visual literacy modules and exercises during open houses:

Friday, Jan. 31, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Nitschke Hall Room 5013;

Friday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts Conference Room on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

Friday, April 24, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in MacKinnon Hall Room 1370.

An extended workshop also is planned for Friday, March 27, from noon to 3 p.m. in Toledo Museum of Art Room 128.

Register to attend an open house or workshop on the University Teaching Center website.

To inquire more information about the Visual Literacy Initiative and its campus-wide efforts, visit the Visual Literacy Initiative website or contact visualliteracy@utoledo.edu.

Mejias Santoro is an academic and adult programs coordinator at the Toledo Museum of Art.