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Men’s and Women’s Basketball Season Tickets on Sale Aug. 3

The University of Toledo Athletic Department announced that 2020-21 men’s and women’s basketball season tickets will go on sale Monday, Aug. 3.

With the schedules of games to become available soon, fans can expect to see a full slate of Mid-American Conference rivals and non-conference foes in 2020-21. Last year, the men’s team ranked second in MAC attendance, while the women’s squad led the league in attendance for the 30th straight year and finished 26th nationally.

Season ticket plans are available with pricing options to fit all budgets. Reserved seating in the upper level for men’s basketball starts at $80 ($5.30 per game). Lower Level general admission seats for women’s basketball are only $95 ($6.33 per game). Exclusive discounts also are available for youth (12 and younger) and full-time University employees and retirees.

Senior guards Marreon Jackson and Spencer Littleson will lead a deep, athletic men’s squad in 2020-21. Jackson earned second-team All-MAC honors last year after averaging 19.8 points per game and setting a school record with 99 three-point field goals. Littleson also averaged in double digits at 10.5 points per game and will be joined in the backcourt by 2019-20 All-MAC Freshman Team member Keshaun Saunders (7.7 points per game).

The Rocket women return eight letter winners from last year’s squad that finished the season strong by upsetting No. 1 seed Central Michigan in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals. The backcourt trio of senior Tatyana Davis, sophomore Quinesha Lockett and sophomore Sophia Wiard are expected to lead Toledo’s attack in 2020-21.

Season ticket benefits:
• Order before Sept. 4 to receive a complimentary Savage Arena replica.

• Complimentary general admission parking (Rocket Fund donors receive premium parking).

• Ticket exchange program — swap out tickets for games you cannot attend.

• Discount to Rocky’s Locker Team Store.

• Special discounts from corporate partners of the UToledo Athletic Department.

• Invitations to various Athletic Department special events throughout the year.

• Pre-sales for special events.

For more information or to purchase season tickets, visit the Rocket Ticket Office at the Sullivan Athletic Complex in Savage Arena, call or text 419.530.GOLD (4653), or go to the Toledo Basketball Ticket Central website.

University Sign Shop Closes; Ordering Process Remains Unchanged

While the UToledo Sign Shop closed July 1, the procedure to order signage on campus remains the same.

“We have a list of preferred vendors that will make signs for campus members when needed,” Bob Waddle, senior director of planning, design and capital projects, said.

While signs no longer will be created at the University, requests will still be submitted on the work order website.

“All requests will be reviewed and approved by the University architect to ensure that UToledo standards are being followed,” Waddle said.

Once approved, the order will be sent to a preferred vendor.

“The vendor will coordinate payment and installation directly with the requesting department or office,” Waddle said. “The requesting department or office will be responsible for all costs for the order.”

Current orders are being processed; there is no need to resubmit requests, he added.

For assistance or more information, contact Waddle at robert.waddle@utoledo.edu or Nicole Baden, University architect, at nicole.baden@utoledo.edu.

Swimmer, Diver Named Scholar All-Americans

University of Toledo diver Joelle Gallais and swimmer Izzy Jones have been named to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American Team.

The award recognizes student-athletes who achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and were invited to compete at their respective national championship.

Gallais earns Scholar All-America honors for the second time, while this is the first such award for Jones. Both Gallais and Jones garnered Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors this season as well.

Gallais, a sophomore, posted a 3.75 GPA this past semester as a bioengineering major, and Jones, a junior, recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA and graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

The Toledo swimming and diving team turned in a combined GPA of 3.742 this past spring semester, with nine members achieving a flawless 4.0 mark.

As a whole, Rocket student-athletes posted a combined GPA of 3.527, the highest combined semester GPA ever for UToledo athletics.

Men’s Golf Team One of Three MAC Programs to Receive National Recognition

The University of Toledo men’s golf team earned President’s Special Recognition by the Golf Coaches Association of America after posting a 3.751 grade-point average in the 2019-20 academic year.

The Rockets were one of 57 Division I programs that received the President’s Special Recognition and one of three Mid-American Conference programs that were honored by the association.

The squad posted a 3.776 GPA and had six individuals register perfect 4.0 GPAs in the 2020 spring semester. In the 2019 fall semester, the Rockets notched a 3.709 GPA with three earning perfect 4.0 GPAs.

Earlier this month, four members of the team were named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars. Earning the honor for the Rockets were seniors Rasmus Broholt Lind and Nate Thomson as well as sophomores David Amm and Muhammed Afif Mohd Fathi. Read the UToledo News story.

President’s Special Recognition (3.5 GPA or above)
Division I

Abilene Christian
Boston College
Bowling Green
William & Mary
East Tennessee State
Eastern Michigan
George Washington
Georgia Southern
Houston Baptist
Illinois State
Incarnate Word
Iowa State
Michigan State
Missouri State
New Mexico
Northern Colorado
Northern Kentucky
Notre Dame
Oklahoma State
Rhode Island
Sacred Heart
Seton Hall
St. Francis (NY)
Texas Rio Grande Valley
UT Martin
Wisconsin-Green Bay
Youngstown State

Toledo Women’s Golf Coach Serving as Caddy for LPGA Drive On Championship

University of Toledo Women’s Golf Head Coach Jenny Coluccio will serve as a caddy during this weekend’s LPGA Drive On Championship at the Inverness Club.

The 54-hole tournament will be televised on the Golf Channel Friday through Sunday, July 31 to Aug. 2.

UToledo Women’s Golf Coach Jenny Coluccio will serve as a caddy at the LPGA Drive On Championship at Inverness Club.

Coluccio will hold the bag for Linnea Johansson, a rookie from Sweden who earned Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America honors at Oklahoma State in 2016.

“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to caddy for Linnea,” Coluccio said. “I love to test myself, and this will be a fun test. The experience will be valuable for my skills to continue to help our players in the future.”

The tournament will take place without sponsors, pro-ams or spectators, and the field is competing for a $1 million purse. Practice rounds will take place Wednesday and Thursday, July 29-30.

Parking Garages Slated to Reopen

Annual restoration work on the east and west parking garages on Main Campus is almost finished.

The west garage is scheduled to reopen Monday, Aug. 3, and the east garage is set to follow Friday, Aug. 14.

“These closures are necessary so we can properly maintain the structures,” said Doug Collins, manager of motor vehicle operations in Facilities and Construction. “We thank everyone for their patience so we can take care of the garages.”

Supplemental horizontal reinforcements were installed, and floors were patched and caulking replaced, according to Collins.

Four Men’s Golfers Named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars

Rocket golfers David Amm, Rasmus Broholt Lind, Muhammed Afif Mohd Fathi and Nate Thomson were named 2019-20 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced recently.

Lind graduated in May with a 3.667 grade-point average in communication studies after posting a 74.8 stroke average in his final season as a Rocket. Thomson paced the Rockets last season with a 74.3 scoring mark while registering a 3.680 GPA in the classroom. Amm possesses a 3.804 grade-point average and registered a 75.0 stroke average in 2019-20, while Fathi holds a 3.591 GPA and notched a 75.9 scoring mark last season.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically; compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level; participate in 50% of his team’s competitive rounds; have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and 79.0 in Division III; and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient also must be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

Five Toledo Women’s Golfers Named to All-American Scholar Team

The Toledo women’s golf team placed five individuals on the 2019-20 Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team.

Seniors Donchanok Toburint and Saranlak Tumfong were joined by freshmen Amelia Lee, Kathryn Roth and Claudia Sampson on the squad.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50, and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50% (Division I) or 66% (Division II and III) of their college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.

“The ladies continued to show their determination and dedication to their academics despite our circumstances in the spring semester,” Head Coach Jenny Coluccio said. “They have also elevated a culture of academic excellence within our program and displayed a testament to our academic staff for creating a culture of support for our program.”

Former Toledo Women’s Basketball Player Inks Pro Contract in Spain

Former Toledo women’s basketball player Sara Rokkanen has signed a professional contract to play for Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre in Spain.

Rokkanen becomes the ninth Rocket to play professionally overseas under three-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Tricia Cullop, joining Melissa Goodall (Italy and Spain), Naama Shafir (Israel), Andola Dortch (Belarus), Inma Zanoguera (Italy), Brenae Harris (Spain), Janice Monakana (Great Britain), Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (Spain and Great Britain), and most recently Mariella Santucci (Italy) on that list.

In addition, former Rockets Kaayla McIntyre, Janelle Reed-Lewis, Dortch and Harris currently play for the Toledo Threat, which is part of the women’s professional basketball organization.

“We are all thrilled for Sara as her dream of becoming a professional basketball player becomes a reality,” Cullop said. “We look forward to cheering her on as she begins the next chapter of her career.”

Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre plays in Liga Femenina de Baloncesto, the highest level of league competition for women’s basketball in Spain.

Rokkanen played her best basketball as a Rocket during the 2020 MAC Tournament, contributing 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 35.5 minutes. She scored in double figures in both post-season contests and shot an impressive 47.1% (8 of 17) from the field, helping Toledo advance to the tourney semifinals.

For the season, Rokkanen finished third on the squad in three-point field-goals made (30) and fourth in three-point field-goal percentage (.309, 30 of 97, minimum 25 attempts). The Helsinki, Finland, native knocked down at least two shots from beyond the arc on eight occasions in 2019-20, including a season-high three against archrival Bowling Green Jan. 18.

During her four seasons as a Rocket, Rokkanen scored in double figures on 16 occasions, including a career-best 15 points against the Falcons. A three-point specialist, she also drained at least three triples on 12 occasions at Toledo, including a collegiate-best four five times.

College of Engineering Faculty Member, Student Earn Statewide Recognition

The University of Toledo’s reputation as a hotbed for engineering leaders and problem solvers just got a boost from industry peers around the state.

A faculty member and student from the College of Engineering have been honored by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and were formally acknowledged during the organization’s virtual All-Ohio Engineering Conference June 11-13.


Dr. Nick Kissoff received the 2019 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. Kissoff retired following the spring 2020 semester after 20 years as an associate professor in UToledo’s Engineering Technology Department. He is also a three-time graduate of the University, earning a bachelor of science in civil engineering in 1980; a master of science in civil engineering in 1983; and a doctorate in engineering systems in 1988.

“Since this was my last year in teaching, the award is a great culmination to my career. I’ve received so many letters of thanks from graduates that it has now given me pause to see how valuable my interaction with students has been over the last two decades,” said Kissoff.

“I worked following the motto that, ‘You’re either all in, or you aren’t in at all.’ I committed to be the best I could at teaching.”


Jennifer Abney received the OSPE’s Outstanding Engineering Student Award for 2019. Abney, a fourth-year student expecting to graduate in fall 2020 with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering technology, sees a range of career opportunities in the field.

“Personally, this award is meaningful because it feels like another piece of proof for myself that I can do this. As I’ve gone through the program and a couple of co-ops, I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything I’ve learned,” said Abney. “Ultimately, wherever I work, I hope that I learn as much as possible and that I can be a valuable employee.”

The Toledo Society of Professional Engineers, where Abney is president of UToledo’s student chapter, also won the OSPE award for having the best Engineers Week celebration in 2019. Events including Introduce a Girl to Engineering, led by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement at the College of Engineering, played a key role in the award.

“We’re very proud of Nick, Jennifer and our programs at the college,” said Michael Toole, dean of UToledo’s College of Engineering. “This recognition from the OSPE is a celebration of how we continue to lay the foundation for the future of our profession.”