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Rocket Suit Up Event Scheduled for Sept. 25-27

The University of Toledo Career Services, in collaboration with JCPenney, will host The University of Toledo Suit-Up Event Friday, Sept. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 27.

Participants will be able to shop online or in-store throughout the weekend, using their JCPenney Rocket Suit Up discount coupon that can be used on select career apparel. Starting Wednesday, Sept. 23, Rockets can request their discount coupon code by texting the code “TOLEDO” to 67282.

During this event, UToledo students, alumni, faculty and staff will be able to purchase everything they need to finish their look for that next interview or job, including suits, dresses, sports coats, dress pants, shoes and accessories at an additional 30% off.

Visit utoledo.edu/career/events/jcpsuitup to learn more.

UToledo to Observe Hispanic Heritage Month

The Office of Multicultural Student Success and the Latino Student Union will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month this week, focusing on virtual events that celebrate Hispanic culture and heritage. It’s part of a University-wide effort to highlight global culture.

“Although most of our events will be virtual, we look forward to connecting with people to learn and celebrate the different cultures highlighted through history and heritage months,” said Aleiah Jones, manager of the Office of Multicultural Student Success. “We kick things off with Hispanic Heritage Month and will be highlighting virtual events across the country to provide more opportunity for those who want to engage.”

Hispanic Heritage Month PosterThe signature event will be the Latino, Latina, Hispanic or Latinx? The Continuing Search for Self-Identity forum. Dr. Jorge Chinea, director of the Center for Latino/a & Latino American Studies at Wayne State University, will speak on the history of the term Latinx at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 during the forum available via WebEx.

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month festivities also include the annual “Viva Mexico” celebration. The event features music and dance performances, led this year by actor and director Roen Salinas. Salinas founded the AZTLAN Dance Company in Austin, Texas and works to promote greater cultural understanding through dance and other art. The livestream runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 and will be available on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter free of charge.

“And of course, there will be many more events happening throughout the month,” said Jones. “We invite anyone interested in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month to follow us on Instagram as we recognize Hispanic/Latino individuals who have made significant contributions to our society and share news about other things happening this month.”

Hispanic Heritage Month events also include:

• Thursday, Sept. 17 — 31st Annual Diamante Awards, 6-7:30 p.m., Zoom. Celebrate individuals and organizations for their achievements and service to Latinos in northwest Ohio. Registration is free via Eventbrite, but a $10 donation is recommended.

• Thursday, Sept. 24 — Netflix Watch Party: Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado, 5:30 p.m. Join OMSS program coordinator Aleiah Jones in watching this documentary about the life and career of Walter Mercado, one of the most important astrologists in Latin America and the world.

For additional information, and to RSVP for the online events, visit the Office of Multicultural Student Success website.

Students Asked to Sign Student Safety Commitment

It will take all members of The University of Toledo community working together to promote a safe campus as students, faculty and staff return to campus for fall semester.

Students are asked to sign the Student Safety Commitment in the myUT portal before they return to campus to agree to protective behaviors to help limit the transmission of COVID-19.

Faculty and staff are required to adhere to a similar set of Rocket Prevention Principles.

“We are asking everyone to do their part to keep campus safe by taking the necessary precautions amidst this pandemic,” said Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs and vice provost.

All members of the UToledo community are asked to take their temperature and do a self-check for symptoms, and then only come to campus if their temperature is less than 100.0 degrees and they are not experiencing symptoms of illness.

While on campus, everyone needs to practice social distancing staying at least six feet apart from others, regularly wash their hands and clean their workspaces, and wear a face covering unless alone in an enclosed space, eating or outside practicing social distancing.

Additional details about UToledo’s Rocket Restart plan to safely return to on-campus operations will be released in the coming weeks.

UToledo Unites in Solidarity to Identify Solutions to Address Systemic Racial Injustice

The University of Toledo’s campus community united in solidarity and support Thursday evening for those affected by the killing of George Floyd.

The first Dialogues on Diversity Virtual Town Hall brought together University leadership, faculty, staff, students and the public to reflect on their experiences, identify solutions to address systemic racial injustice, and highlight campus and community resources to aid in coping with trauma.

“I am so pleased with the dynamic, meaningful ideas that resulted from our successful discussion,” Dr. Willie McKether, vice president for diversity and inclusion, said. “I appreciate the passion and motivation of our Rocket family and the support we have for each other. This is the beginning of a series of respectful, painful conversations in the coming weeks, including when the semester starts.”

More than 350 people attended the event that featured panelists:

• UToledo Police Chief Jeff Newton;

• Benjamin Davis, UToledo law professor;

• Dr. Monita Mungo, UToledo assistant professor of sociology;

• Dr. La Tasha Sullivan, director of the University Counseling Center;

• Nyah Kidd, president of the Black Student Union;

• Darren Gordon, former president of the UToledo chapter of the Student National Medical Association;

• Giselle Zelaya, president of the Latino Student Union;

• Nick Thompson, president of Student Government;

• Anjali Phadke, vice president of Student Government; and

• Asher Sovereign with the Sexuality and Gender Alliance.

Members of the campus community shared personal experiences and the great sadness and fear sparked by watching the video of George Floyd’s death.

“As a teen growing up in Mississippi, my parents would consistently remind my siblings and me when we would leave the house for fun or to hang out with our family and friends, ‘Remember we love you, but you must come home at night,’” Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs and vice provost, said. “As I got older and started to experience racism, discrimination and prejudice firsthand, I began to understand the meaning of those powerful 11 words. In essence, my parents were saying, ‘Always obey the law and follow their instructions and rules. Do as you are told. Don’t argue.’ These past two weeks have been the most difficult weeks in my life. When will this behavior stop? Am I next? I’m at a loss for words.”

“As I reflect on the events of the last few weeks and our community discussion last evening, I am inspired by our students, faculty, staff and alumni for their commitment, perseverance and passion to change the world,” UToledo President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Yet I grieve the recent senseless deaths of George Floyd and Breona Taylor. As a human and a mother, I cannot fathom the pain and anguish that their families are experiencing. Racial injustice, police brutality and disparate treatment have painfully existed for longer than all of us have been alive. As a campus community, we have made great strides to create a more open and inclusive community, working together to develop and implement UToledo’s first diversity plan. And yet it isn’t nearly enough. Now is the time to end this in our community, our country and in the world. I challenge each and every one of you to ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’”

Panelists brought forward ideas and solutions to elevate our community, such as training students in nonviolence and conflict transformation to teach them how to respond to what they will face while protesting by utilizing faculty expertise in the Peace Education Program, which is part of the Judith Herb College of Education.

“I am proud of the strength and courage of our students as they engage in deep, thoughtful, critical discussions and examine the ways we can change our society for the better,” Dr. Karen Bjorkman, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, said. “It is our solemn responsibility and our honor to equip them with the knowledge and tools they need to lead that change into the future.”

Leaders from across the University have expressed their commitment to embracing the critical role higher education can and must play in facilitating open and honest discussions that empower us as a community and a nation to translate our ideals into actionable change.

• Dr. Heidi Appel, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College: “We believe in the power of higher education to address major societal problems like this injustice. We hope that by challenging our students to think deeply about the world they live in and to take actions that support greater diversity, equity and inclusion, we are helping to build a better world.”

• Dr. Anne Balazs, dean of the College of Business and Innovation: “It is with great sadness that we bear witness to the events of the past week, with the untimely and violent death of George Floyd and the continuing expressions of hatred and prejudice. As members of a scholarly community, one which is dedicated to education and improving our shared quality of life, it is unacceptable to idly stand by and allow racism in all its many forms to persist.”

• Benjamin Barros, dean of the College of Law: “The past week’s events have shown the realities of the work we must do as a nation to ensure that our justice system protects and serves all people. Our mission at the law school is intrinsically tied to the mission of equal access to justice. We are uniquely positioned to empower future generations of lawyers to evaluate our country’s legal systems, engage in thoughtful discourse, and address inequality. The change we need to see as a nation begins with each of us doing our part to create a diverse, supportive and inclusive community.”

• Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, dean of the College of Graduate Studies: “Life is heavy for all of us today. It has been that way for some of us for many, many days. First, a global pandemic and now violence and division dominate our news cycle. I am sad, I am afraid, and I am hopeful. I am sorry for your loss, I am sorry for your fear, I am sorry for your anger, I am sorry for the lack of justice, I am sorry there is no cure, and I am sorry that I am sorry. You are valued, and we hear you. We are here for you today and every day.”

• Beau Case, dean of University Libraries: “The University Libraries believe that diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility are not merely ideals — they are core values which we display daily in our work. Our campus doors are open to all. Our services are free of bias. We offer safe spaces for exploration, discovery, lifelong learning and wonder.”

• Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences: “From all appearances, he was neither protected with courage nor served with compassion. Now ‘I can’t breathe’ has become the rallying cry of protests locally and nationally, peaceful and violent. Lurking beneath this are the concerns and outrage of ongoing racism, systemic racism, institutional violence and failed inclusion. If we want to improve the world, we better start close to home with our region, our community and, most importantly, with ourselves.”

• Charlene Gilbert, dean of the College of Arts and Letters: “The peaceful protests occurring in many of our major cities and towns not only reflect the anger over the death of Mr. Floyd, but also represent years of frustration with the injustice and unequal treatment experienced by African Americans and people of color in communities all across this nation. The College of Arts and Letters is a community where we value and celebrate not only critical inquiry, but also thoughtful action. We want to thank every student, faculty member, staff person and alumnus who has participated in some form of action to add your voice to the many calling for justice.”

• Dr. John Laux, associate dean of student affairs in the College of Health and Human Services: “George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police officers is the latest example of violence perpetrated against African Americans. We honor George Floyd’s life, and those who were murdered or assaulted previously by focusing our attention on our society’s history of and ongoing racism and systemic social injustice by working collectively to be agents of change. The College of Health and Human Services trains students for careers in social service, health sciences and criminal justice, including police civil service. We recognize that we are a product of our society. The status quo is not acceptable. And, as such, we have work to do to root out and put an end to individual and institutional racism. We are committed to do the work necessary to be a part of the solution.”

• Dr. Linda Lewandowski, dean of the College of Nursing: “We know that long-term discrimination has negative effects on physical and mental health and that violence, discrimination and racism directly impact social determinants of health and result in health disparities and inequities. Given the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our African-American communities, the health impact of continued disparities is even more profound. As healthcare professionals, we are in a unique position to address the health and the social justice issues that are so pressing in our nation at this time. Change begins with each one of us and is reflected in how we treat each other on a daily basis.”

• Mike O’Brien, vice president and athletic director: “Last night’s dialogue was excellent as it was very informative and insightful. We must stand together and be committed for equity, diversity and the fight against racial injustice.”

• Dr. John Plenefisch, interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: “The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics must translate the powerful words and feelings expressed by those protesting systemic racism into sustained action that makes a concrete difference in our community, including through our work and actions here in our college. As scientists and mathematicians, we can take action against racism, bigotry and prejudice in many ways, including choosing to focus our research on issues that disproportionally impact marginalized communities or groups, and deliberately supporting the careers and training of people of color as future generations of scientists and mathematicians.”

• Dr. Gary Pollack, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: “Our obligation to our fellow human beings is not diminished by the color of their skin, or by how they express their spirituality, or by their country of origin, or by whom they happen to love. Those characteristics, which some voices emphasize in an attempt to divide us, are infinitesimal compared to the many things that make us what we are: the human family.”

• Dr. Mike Toole, dean of the College of Engineering: “I found each of the speakers and the entire event to be compelling and inspiring. It is critical that we have administrators, faculty and student leaders on campus who are speaking out to support the protests against racial injustice in our nation. Eliminating institutionalized racism, white privilege and racist violence will take many voices and much work.”

• Dr. Raymond Witte, dean of the Judith Herb College of Education: “We all want to feel safe when in the presence of the police. This will require time and honest dialogue because many, including myself now, don’t feel safe. I am now faced with the reality that police may not act impartially and without bias. To be honest, most of us are biased in some way. However, the decisions police make can have life and death outcomes.”

The next Dialogues on Diversity Virtual Roundtable is scheduled Thursday, June 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Access and panelist participation information will be released prior to the event, which is titled “The Death of George Floyd: Race and Anti-Blackness in America.”

UToledo Remotely Promoting Safety During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The University of Toledo Title IX Office is continuing to shine a spotlight on Sexual Assault Awareness Month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Red Flags Spell Number 3,537

Lindsay Tuttle, sexual misconduct prevention education coordinator, set up red flags in Goddard Field spelling out 3,537 to represent the number of Toledo police reports last year of domestic violence, domestic assault, stalking and violations to protection orders.

Lindsay Tuttle, sexual misconduct prevention education coordinator, set up red flags in Goddard Field on Thursday, March 26 spelling out the number 3,537. It stands for the number of Toledo police reports last year of domestic violence, domestic assault, stalking and violations to protection orders.

The Red Flag Campaign had been planned to be set up in Centennial Mall and run throughout April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. However, Tuttle chose Goddard Field along Bancroft Street to be more visible since campus is empty.

“Normally we put these flags in the high-traffic area of Centennial Mall to encourage people to stop and think about the issue or talk about it,” Tuttle said. “Though we can’t be together in person because of COVID-19, we can bring the conversation online and to residents taking a walk through the neighborhood or driving past campus. Ultimately, we want to encourage people to reinforce their commitment to safety and understand the power of bystander intervention against sexual assault.”

The Red Flag Campaign is rooted in raising awareness of red flags in relationship violence and promoting use of bystander intervention strategy: say something when you see warning signs for sexual assault, dating violence or stalking in a friend’s relationship.

“The goal is to educate and start a conversation with faculty, staff and students about healthy and unhealthy relationships,” Tuttle said.

Red Flags in Goddard Field

The Red Flag Campaign raises awareness of red flags in relationship violence and promotes use of bystander intervention strategy.

The Title IX Office also is planning to host events virtually during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, including the art installation titled “What Were You Wearing?” that features a collection of survivors’ stories and recreations of the outfits they were wearing at the time of their assaults.

Organizers are planning several “Bringing In The Bystander” training sessions for people to remotely learn how to safely intervene in instances of sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking.

The Title IX Office is still open during COVID-19, but the staff is working remotely to provide services. The Title IX Office can be reached at titleix@utoledo.edu. Additional information can be found at utoledo.edu/title-ix.

Students can access additional resources by contacting The Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness or The University Counseling Center. Resources can be found at utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/saepp/resources.html.

UToledo to Credit Student Accounts for Spring Housing, Meal Plans

The University of Toledo has finalized plans to credit student accounts for on-campus housing and meal plans that cannot be used for the remainder of spring semester due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We know that the past few weeks have been a tumultuous time for you and for the University,” said Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs and vice provost. “The patience that students have demonstrated as we worked through the process of housing and dining credits for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester is truly appreciated.”

UToledo students with housing and meal plans who moved off campus on or before March 25 will receive a credit of up to $1,230. Students who lived in McComas Village and did not have a meal plan will receive a credit of up to $750. Students living in Honors Academic Village with a meal plan will receive a meal plan credit of up to $350. And students with a commuter meal plan will receive a credit of up to $200.

Students have three options to receive these funds: a credit toward next fall’s on-campus housing; a credit toward next fall’s meal plan; or a credit applied to their student account with a refund determined after UToledo aid, non-refundable aid, any balances owed, and federal student financial aid are taken into consideration.

If a student chooses a fall 2020 credit option, the amount received may be treated as estimated financial assistance for the 2020-21 academic year.

An online form has been created for students to start the housing credit process. The deadline to inform the University on how to apply the credit is Friday, April 10.

The Division of Student Affairs worked closely with the Office of Student Financial Aid and the state of Ohio to navigate this refund process, in addition to exploring best practices of other universities around the country. UToledo took into consideration expenses already incurred to ready the residence halls for students at the beginning of the semester along with other costs, and balanced that with reimbursing students for the remaining weeks of the semester when they will not live on campus.

“We thank our students and their families for their patience and understanding as we determined this housing refund process and also for the safe and orderly way we were able to move students out of the residence halls in this rapidly evolving and unprecedented situation,” Cockrell said.

Rocket Solution Central is available to answer questions about the housing and meal plan credits. Email rocketsolutioncentral@utoledo.edu or call 419.530.8700.

VP to share personal story at National TRIO Day Feb. 9

Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell will talk about being an alumnus of the Upward Bound Program during a National TRIO Day program this week.

The UT vice president for student affairs will be one of the keynote speakers at “TRIO: Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” Saturday, Feb. 9.

Cockrell

The event to express appreciation for TRIO programs will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Owens Community College in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Building.

“The Upward Bound Program truly saved my life,” Cockrell said. “My many identities include first-generation and low-income. My father is one of eight children, and my mother is one of 13.

“My father was the youngest; therefore, he had to drop out of school in third grade to take care of my aging grandparents. My mother did not finish high school because my grandparents were unable to provide financial support. As a result, both of my parents worked in factories for 30-plus years to support my siblings and I.”

Cockrell and his brothers and sisters all attended Upward Bound, one of several programs included in TRIO, a federally funded, college-based educational opportunity to motivate and support students from low-income backgrounds.

“The program introduced me to a world of possibilities and provided me with the tools and skills to be successful in my post-secondary endeavors,” he said. “I credit my success as a higher education practitioner to the Upward Bound Program. I hope my message will inspire students to take advantage of all the resources the program has to offer.”

The University of Toledo offers TRIO Student Support Services, a well-established retention program dedicated to increasing graduation rates with a special emphasis on first-generation and Pell Grant-eligible students.

“TRIO helps students who are normally underrepresented and not familiar with the college-going experience to navigate the system,” said Robin Stone, director of UT TRIO Student Support Services.

“For millions of students from low-income families who strive to be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, seven federally funded programs called TRIO are making a world of difference,” Dr. Pamela Rogers, director of the UT Upward Bound Program, said. “UT has a 52-year history with federal TRIO grants beginning with Upward Bound, which helps 100 low-income, first-generation college students with disabilities prepare for higher education each year.”

The University’s Upward Bound Program is one of 974 in the country that provides instruction and tutoring in literature, composition, mathematics and science after school, on Saturdays, and during the summer. Since 2017, UT also has offered a TRIO Upward Bound Math Science Program.

Continuing to serve these students is at the foundation of TRIO.

“TRIO Student Support Services serves the same population at the college level,” Stone said. “UT TRIO is one of 1,069 in the United States and serves 160 students each year.

“We want students to know that the pursuit of a college degree was never meant to be done alone,” Stone said. “Continue to make TRIO part of your journey.”

Patton

In addition to Cockrell, Diana Patton, CEO of Diana R. Patton Consulting LLC, will speak at the TRIO event. She is the author of “Inspiration in My Shoes,” a 2016 memoir that chronicles overcoming abuse, racism and heartache.

“Diana Patton will talk about unconscious behavior and acting out. She will discuss how to grow beyond what we have been programmed to do and how each of us, students and educators, can groom tomorrow’s leaders,” Stone said.

Patton speaks on leadership, emotional intelligence, diversity, inclusion and equity, as well as trauma-informed care. She serves on the UT College of Health and Human Services Board and the UT Paralegal Advisory Board.

The National TRIO Day event is sponsored by The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University and Owens Community College.

For more information on National TRIO Day or UT TRIO Student Services, visit the UT TRIO Student Support Services’ website.

UT selects new provider for Student Health Insurance Plan

The University of Toledo has selected a new provider for the Student Health Insurance Plan.

Payer Fusion LLC will manage the spring 2019 Student Health Insurance Plan available to undergraduate and graduate students. UT and the company entered into an agreement Dec. 31.

“We are excited about this new partnership and believe it will be positive for our students,” said Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs.

Enrollment for spring 2019 through the UT Student Health Insurance Plan managed by the new provider, Payer Fusion LLC, is available for coverage that begins Jan. 1. Students can complete the enrollment forms available at utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/student-advocacy/student-health-insurance.

The voluntary enrollment period will be Jan. 1 through Jan. 31. Payer Fusion LLC will send a temporary insurance card to students via email. Once enrolled, students will be able to utilize those services at the start of the new year. Those who enroll after Jan. 1 will be backdated to have the coverage beginning Jan. 1.

The costs and coverage for spring 2019 are expected to match the costs and coverage for the fall 2018 semester. Aetna will be the network provider for UT.

In addition, the new contract with Payer Fusion LLC will include a patient advocacy program in which students with past claim concerns can call 1.866.752.8881 or email studentstoledo@payerfusion.com for help working through any past concerns. Students with specific questions about their personal health insurance claims should contact Tonya Tressler, student insurance management representative, at 419.530.3474 for assistance.

Students who are required to have health insurance and were enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan for fall 2018 will be automatically enrolled for spring 2019. Students who are required to have health insurance coverage can continue to waive that coverage through Jan. 31, 2019, via the myUT portal.

“We are pleased to be able to continue to offer students the opportunity to voluntarily enroll in a UT Student Health Insurance Plan and appreciate your patience through this transition,” Cockrell said.

University providing temporary housing to students displaced by apartment fire

The University of Toledo is connecting students with temporary housing following an off-campus apartment fire Wednesday evening.

Students displaced by the fire at University Circle Apartments are asked to call 419.343.9946 or visit the Office of Residence Life in Ottawa West Hall.

The University is providing temporary housing in on-campus residence halls, as well as linens, toiletries, vouchers for meals in the dining halls, and other necessities to assist students.

“The safety of our students is our No. 1 priority, and we want to assure these students and their families that we will take care of them during this difficult time,” said Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs.

Semester starts with events to welcome students

The University of Toledo has a slew of events slated to bring together students to start the academic year.

“Our Weeks of Welcome events encourage involvement and success,” Dr. Sammy Spann, associate vice president and dean of students, said. “We want students to make new friends, learn about the University, and meet faculty and staff through their journey to become a successful Rocket.”

Check out some of the events the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership in the Division of Student Affairs has planned to welcome students to campus:

Friday, Aug. 24

• Paint Party, 8 p.m., the Flatlands. Dance! Paint! Make new friends! This event is sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming.

Saturday, Aug. 25

• Slip-n-Slide, 11 a.m., hill by Parks Tower. Presented by the Interfraternity Council, the water event is a cool way to learn about Greek life at UT.

• Bonfire, 8 p.m., the Flatlands. The Resident Student Association hosts this annual tradition that includes pizza.

Sunday, Aug. 26

• New Student Convocation, 4 p.m., Glass Bowl. Rain location: Savage Arena. UT President Sharon L. Gaber, Vice President for Student Affairs Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Provost Andrew Hsu and others will welcome new students and talk about what it means to be a Rocket.

• After-Convocation Barbecue, 5 p.m., the Flatlands.

• Jam Session, 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Steps. Members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council will step it up to showcase the UT Greek community.

Monday, Aug. 27

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500. Stop by to learn about the programs and services that support UT’s multicultural students.

• Candy Cab, 11 a.m., Main Campus. Fans of “Cash Cab” take note: You can catch a free ride on campus and have a chance to win prizes. Members of the UT Police Department, UT Medical Center, Title IX Office and Rocket Wellness will offer golf cart rides and ask health and safety questions.

• Sundae on a Monday with President Gaber, 4 p.m., Centennial Mall. Rain location: Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge. Be there to meet President Gaber — and for ice cream.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

• Run. Hide. Fight. Training, 10 a.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. UT Police will provide products and resources to help prepare and respond to a violent intruder. Materials for training provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Reserve a seat: utoledo.edu/depts/police/webforms/run-hide-fight.html.

• Candy Cab, 11 a.m., Main Campus.

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

• Student Involvement and Part-Time Involvement Fair, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Centennial Mall. Rain location: Thompson Student Union Auditorium and Rooms 2582 and 2584. Looking for a job? How about an organization dedicated to something you’re passionate about? There’s something for everyone; stop by and see!

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

• Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women Ice Cream Social, 2 p.m., Tucker Hall Room 0168. Find out about the center, its services and events.

• Candy Cab, 3 p.m., Main Campus.

• Late Night Breakfast, 9 p.m. to midnight, Thompson Student Union South Dining Hall.

Thursday, Aug. 30

• Run. Hide. Fight. Training, 8 a.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. Reserve a seat: utoledo.edu/depts/police/webforms/run-hide-fight.html.

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

• Greek 101, 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Interested in joining a sorority or fraternity? Stop by and learn about the expectations, requirements and benefits of Greek life.

Friday, Aug. 31

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

• Pop in and Plan Your Semester, 1 to 3 p.m., Carlson Library Room 0200. Come in for some popcorn — and help to organize a study schedule for this semester.

Saturday, Sept. 1

• President’s Tailgate, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., lot 25 near Rocket Hall. Students are invited to meet President Gaber. Stop by for free food, music, games and prizes.

• Toledo vs. Virginia Military Institute, 7 p.m., Glass Bowl. Students are admitted free with Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID; go to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Tuesday, Sept. 4

• Writer’s Block Buster, noon, Writing Center, Carlson Library Room 0130. Learn tips and tricks for busting through writer’s block.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

• Big Event Committee and Service Showcase, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Find out about the Big Event, UT’s largest student-run service project.

• Who’s Got the Time? 3 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2591. Members of the Center for Success Coaching will offer learning strategies and time management techniques.

Thursday, Sept. 6

• Run. Hide. Fight. Training, 11:30 a.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. Reserve a seat: utoledo.edu/depts/police/webforms/run-hide-fight.html.

• Who’s Got the Time? 3 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2591. Members of the Center for Success Coaching will offer learning strategies and time management techniques.

Friday, Sept. 7

• Club Carlson, 7 p.m., Carlson Library. Check out the open house, complete with mini-golf, escape room and more.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

• Education Abroad Expo, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Centennial Mall. Learn about international study, internships and service learning, as well as volunteer, teaching and travel opportunities.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

• Money $ense, 4 p.m., Carlson Library Room 2024. The Center for Success Coaching will offer strategies to keep tabs on finances.

Thursday, Sept. 13

• President’s Backyard Barbecue, noon to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall.

• Money $ense, 4 p.m., Carlson Library Room 2024.

Friday, Sept. 14

Night at the Rec, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Student Recreation Center. Stop by for a workout! For more information, go to utreccenter.com.

Saturday, Sept. 15

• UT vs. Miami, noon, Glass Bowl. Students are admitted free with Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID; go to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Monday, Sept. 17

• Personal Safety and Self-Defense, 8 p.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn safety tips for school, office, home and public places, as well as self-defense tactics to try in a safe, comfortable setting. Participants should wear light clothing and tennis shoes, and they are advised to stretch and hydrate. Attendees must sign a liability release form to participate in the class.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

• Pizza With the UT Police, 11:30 a.m., Centennial Mall. Stop by to meet members of the Office of Public Safety, have a slice of pizza, and play some games.

For a complete list of Weeks of Welcome events, go to utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/welcomeweek.