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UToledo Runner Wins 800m and Mile at MAC Indoor Championships

Senior Petronela Simiuc won two events at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Akron as the Toledo women’s track and field team closed out competition in sixth place Saturday.

The Rockets recorded three event victories, nine podium appearances, and 12 top-10 finishes to tally 60.5 points, one-half of a point ahead of seventh-place Miami.

Petronela Simiuc captured event wins in the 800 meters and mile Feb. 29 at the MAC
Indoor Championships in Akron, Ohio.

Saturday’s action was highlighted by Simiuc breaking her own 800-meter record to clinch gold with a time of 2:07.46. Toledo’s previous record was 2:08.23 set by Simiuc Feb. 21 at the Silverston Invitational at Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Simiuc also won the mile, clocking a time of 4:46.93.

In addition to Saturday’s event win, the Rockets took first in the distance medley relay to cap competition Friday.

Senior Stephanie Sherman earned another podium appearance and personal-best, placing fourth in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:53.00.

In the field events, junior Janell Rowe placed fifth in the triple jump, with a mark of 12.17m, and senior Atalia Lima tied for third in the high jump with a mark of 1.65m.

“I’m so proud of my athletes and my staff for all the hard work they put into this championship weekend. We came into the MAC Championships with a plan, and I feel we executed it,” said Head Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough. “Petronela played a major role in the team’s success, especially with her performances in the 800 meters, mile and distance medley relay. We walked away with a handful of personal bests and incredible performances from the team that we look to build on rolling into the outdoor season.”

Simiuc earned First-Team All-MAC honors in the distance medley relay, 800m and mile.

Sophomore Rayna Horner and juniors Meltem Yasar and Semra Karaslan earned First-Team All-MAC recognition for their performance in the distance medley relay, as well.

Senior Raynesha Lewis also received recognition for her efforts in the long jump, earning Second-Team All-MAC for her performance Friday.

Qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, in Albuquerque will be finalized Tuesday, March 3.

The Rockets will open the outdoor season Friday, March 20, with the Blizzard Buster hosted by Miami in Oxford, Ohio.

Runner Places 14th at Pan Am Cross Country Cup

University of Toledo freshman Jacob Harris competed at the Pan Am Cross Country Cup Feb. 29 in Victoria, Canada, and placed 14th with a time of 28:20 for Team USA in the U20 men’s 8K.

“Jacob ran great today,” said Assistant Coach Nick Stenuf. “It was an extremely challenging course, and he put himself in position to go out and race with the lead pack.

“I am very proud of him for placing in the top 15 in his first national team appearance,” Stenuf said.

Freshman Jacob Harris, center, clocked a time of 28:20 Feb. 29 to place 14th at the Pan Am Cross Country Cup.

Donate Through Grubhub App to Help Feed UToledo Students in Need

The Office of Student Advocacy and Support has partnered with UToledo Dining Services to take initiative in feeding UToledo students who are food-insecure. The office already has an established food pantry and is looking to extend this initiative through the Feeding Tomorrows campaign.

“Services like the UToledo Food Pantry are a blueprint to a golden success,” said Dr. Sammy Spann, associate vice president and dean of students. “We are honored to help those who suffer from food insecurities and provide them with the nutrition needed to help them obtain their education.”

The Feeding Tomorrows campaign allows students, faculty, staff and the UToledo community the chance to contribute to the cause in a mobile format, allowing the initiative to reach a larger audience.

Donations may be made through the Grubhub app in the amount of $1, $3 or $5. Accepted payment methods include Dining Dollars, Rocket Dollars, credit and debit.

To view a tutorial on how to donate through Grubhub, visit this Student Affairs web page.

If you would like to donate in the amount of $1, $3, $5 or a meal swipe in person, you may visit any UToledo dining center register. Donations will be used to fund the UToledo Food Pantry and provide food-insecure students with assistance.

“With approximately 60 UToledo students seeking help from the food pantry every week, it is time to respond to this need in a big way,” said Cameron McAdams, dining resident district manager. “Our goal is to have students focus on their academic success without having to worry about where their next meal is coming from.”

For more information on the Feeding Tomorrows initiative, visit the Feeding Tomorrows website.

Award Nominations, Scholarship Applications Sought

The University Women’s Commission is accepting nominations and applications for its annual awards and scholarships.

Friday, March 13, is the deadline to submit nominations for the Alice H. Skeens Outstanding Woman Award.

Female undergraduates need to apply for the University Women’s Commission Scholarship by Friday, March 6.

Award recipients and three $1,000 scholarship winners will be honored at the University Women’s Commission’s Outstanding Women’s Award Ceremony Thursday, April 23, at 11:30 a.m. in the Savage Arena Grogan Room.

The scholarship guidelines and application, and the award nomination form, can be found on the University Women’s Commission website.

Award nominations should be sent to Kelly Andrews, chair of the University Women’s Commission, mail stop 302.

Scholarship applications are submitted online.

For information about the awards, contact Andrews at kelly.andrews@utoledo.edu, and for information about the scholarships, contact Terri Hayes-Lepiarz at teresa.hayes@utoledo.edu.

Check out and like the University Women’s Commission Facebook page.

Toledo Football Home Contests vs. Bowling Green, San Diego State Highlight 2020 Slate

The University of Toledo today announced its 2020 football schedule, which features six homes games. The Rockets open the 2020 season at Tulsa Sept. 5, before hosting their home opener Sept. 12 vs. San Diego State.

Other highlights of the home schedule are a clash with Bowling Green in the annual Battle of I-75 Oct. 17 and the Homecoming Game vs. Ohio Oct. 3.

The other three home games are a non-conference battle with Central Connecticut State (Sept. 26), and mid-week contests vs. Central Michigan (Nov. 11) and Ball State (Nov. 24).

Road games include a Sept. 19 matchup at Michigan State, the Rockets’ first contest against the Spartans in almost 100 years.

The four league road games are at Western Michigan (Oct. 10), Eastern Michigan (Oct. 24), Akron (Oct. 31) and Northern Illinois (Nov. 17).

Full-time UToledo employees and retirees may purchase up to two season tickets at half-price. Additional season tickets may be purchased at the full price. UToledo students are admitted to home games free with ID.

Rocket football season tickets are on sale now. For more information, go to the Toledo Football Ticket Central website, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), or stop by the UToledo Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex in Savage Arena.

Spring Job Fest Set for March 3

Representatives from more than 70 employers will be at The University of Toledo for the Spring Job Fest Tuesday, March 3.

The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

“We put a new spin on this annual event. The Spring Job Fest will include the addition of the on-campus student employment job fair along with the all-majors job and internship fair,” said Shelly Drouillard, director of career services.

That means students can look for part-time jobs and seasonal employment, internships, and full-time positions.

Professional business attire is recommended.

“Students should plan to attend this event, which will offer a chance to meet potential employers, practice their interpersonal skills, and prepare for interviews,” Drouillard said.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 20 Japanese companies that are members of the Japan External Trade Organization.

“We are excited to add additional opportunities for our students to find experiential learning and employment opportunities, whether that is on or off campus,” said Shannon Niedzwicki, assistant director of internship and employment development. “This event will be the one-stop shop for all students and offer a diverse range of opportunities.”

Students can meet with representatives from numerous businesses, including Beaumont Health, Caliber Smart, Cedar Point, City of Detroit Law Enforcement, Clean Harbors, Fifth Third Bank, Honda Kaihatsu Americas Inc., Inverness Club, Mercy Health, and Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America.

To see the list of participating companies, go to the Spring Job Fest Involvement Network web page or download the Career Fair Plus app. The app provides students with the latest employer information, links to research employers prior to the event, the ability to tag favorite employers to check out at the event, a map of the fair, and a place to take notes throughout the day.

Students who need assistance with job-hunting strategies, resumés and interview skills can check out the Career Services website, or stop by the office, located in Thompson Student Union Room 1533 or call 419.530.4341.

UToledo Sorority to Promote Reading With Book Giveaway Feb. 29

The Toledo Area Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women will host one of six book giveaways in the country to promote reading and literacy this weekend.

UToledo Pi Beta Phi sorority members will distribute 20,000 books to local children and schools Saturday, Feb. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

The fraternity day of service is made possible thanks to First Book, a nonprofit with a mission to provide books to children from low-income families.

“Only six cities in the United States host fraternity day of service, and we are just so unbelievably honored to be one of the cities,” Natalie Baxter, UToledo junior majoring in nursing and Pi Beta Phi president, said.

More than 150 volunteers from campus and the community will help distribute the books, which are suitable for children and teens.

“Pi Beta Phi believes that reading is a gateway to all of the many opportunities that are offered in the world. Reading takes you places, transforms you, and makes you feel empowered,” Baxter said. “Pi Beta Phi believes that when there is one child that can’t read, that is one child too many. If we just show one child all the amazing things reading has to offer, we have done what we have set out to do.”

UToledo Law Student Becomes First Black Editor-in-Chief of 52-Year-Old Law Review

Second-year law student Damon Williams made history as he was selected to be the next leader of The University of Toledo Law Review.

Williams will be the first black student to hold the prestigious position of editor-in-chief in the publication’s 52-year history when his term begins later this year.


“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have been afforded,” Williams said. “Becoming the first editor-in-chief with African-American heritage is an amazing milestone, and I am beyond honored.”

The law review, which was first published at the UToledo College of Law in 1969, is a student-run journal written by law professors, judges and students.

“I am delighted that Damon was selected as editor-in-chief of The University of Toledo Law Review,” D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the College of Law, said. “He’s exceptionally bright and will be an excellent leader. Although we wish this milestone would have happened sooner, his selection is encouraging as it reflects progress.”

“This is but a step in what I hope to be a continuing process for The University of Toledo,” Williams said. “I am striving to help foster subsequent diversity milestones and continued Law Review success, and I look forward to my future collaboration with community members.”

Law Review members are selected as editor-in-chief after a highly competitive, in-depth interview process. The elections committee considers academic performance, writing ability as demonstrated by their academic writing and editing throughout the year, and leadership potential.

“From a technical perspective, Damon’s formal yet graceful writing style and his superior academic performance made him a competitive candidate among his peers,” said Lindsey Self, law student and the current editor-in-chief of The University of Toledo Law Review. “He demonstrates conviction in his vision for the journal but is unafraid to take calculated risks. Damon’s writing and leadership demonstrate a unique balance between sensibility and practicality with inventiveness and ingenuity — a balance that is difficult to find in practice, let alone law school.”

Williams, who also serves as president of the Black Law Students Association, was born and raised in Toledo. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in forensic science at Bowling Green State University.

He hopes his law degree will help him facilitate the social and political changes he wants to see in the world. Although he is still figuring out his next steps, Williams is considering a federal clerkship or doctor of juridical science.

“This is much bigger than me alone,” Williams said. “I have a fantastic executive board in Hayley Mise, Cameron Morrissey, Kate Murray and Morgan Isenberg. Their continued excellence and support are essential to the success of the Law Review. In addition, Lindsey Self has been a shining north star, guiding me toward the path to success.”

Health Insurance Tax Forms Now Available

Tax form 1095-C has been issued to applicable employees.

Employees who elected electronic delivery may now access these forms via the myUT portal in the Employee Self-Service Dashboard. Employees who did not elect electronic delivery should expect to receive their 1095-C form in their home mail before Wednesday, March 18.

Form 1095-C is distributed to all full- and part-time, benefits-eligible employees who either had health coverage with the University for at least one month during 2019 or were offered coverage but declined. Employees who were ineligible and did not receive health coverage will not receive a 1095-C.

The form confirms for the IRS that employees and their family members had qualifying health coverage during the 2019 calendar year. The form does not need to be attached to your tax return, but it should be kept for your records.

Employees with questions about their tax return or how to use 1095-C information on their tax return should consult with a tax advisor.

If you do not receive your 1095-C form by March 18 or have other concerns, contact benefits@utoledo.edu.

Battle of Badges Game to Follow Men’s Basketball Contest Feb. 29

Rocket fans can support the city of Toledo’s Fire and Police departments in the second annual Battle of the Badges basketball game that will be played in Savage Arena following The University of Toledo men’s basketball contest vs. Ball State Saturday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m.

Fans can purchase tickets for the Rockets’ game vs. the Cardinals for $11 by going to utrockets.com/police or utrockets.com/fire and watch the Battle of the Badges.

Tickets may be purchased online at Toledo Men’s Basketball Ticket Central website, by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653), or visiting the Rocket Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena.

Five dollars from every ticket sold will go toward each organization’s charity. The fire department is donating to Toledo Firefighters’ Local 92 Charity, while the police department is contributing to the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association.

This group shot was taken last year at the inaugural Battle of the Badges game.