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Celebrate International Education Week at UToledo

A photo contest, a rice cook-off and the always popular International Village are some of the highlights of the Center for International Studies and Programs’ celebration of International Education Week, Nov. 12-15, at The University of Toledo.

“We want everyone to check out the many fun and academic events we have planned this year for International Education Week,” Xinren Yu, assistant director of the Center for International Studies and Programs, said.

Chunyang Chen, left, and Zhe Wang smiled for Min Dong, who took their photo in front of the Chinese Student Scholar Association table at a previous International Village, which was part of International Education Week.

“There’s something for everyone — students, faculty and staff. Learn about the benefits of international education,” he added.

Events will include study abroad information sessions, Confucius Institute open house, French film screening, passport day and more.

For a complete list of International Education Week events, go to the Center for International Studies and Programs’ website.

International Education Week celebrates diversity of voices and the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

UToledo Opera Workshop to Present Two One-Act Operas by Menotti

The UToledo Opera Workshop Ensemble will present two of Gian Carlo Menotti’s best-loved one-act operas in a performance titled “The Magic of Menotti” Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17.

The ensemble will perform “The Telephone” and “Amelia Goes to the Ball” in two different performance settings — a dinner show and a traditional theatre performance.

Ben (Samuel Spencer) discovers that a smartphone is his biggest rival for his love, Lucy (Ashley Roarke), in the UToledo Opera Workshop Ensemble production of Menotti’s “The Telephone.”

In “The Telephone,” a young man, ready to propose, finds it impossible to break through his love’s addiction to her phone. The UToledo Opera ensemble gives this classic comedy an update for the smartphone era.

UToledo music students Ashley Roarke, soprano, and Sam Spencer, baritone, will play Lucy and Ben.

The title says it all: “Amelia Goes to the Ball” and — spoiler alert — she goes! Nothing will stop this young socialite from attending the most anticipated ball of the season — not her husband, not her lover, nor their battle for her affections.

UToledo music students featured in the opera are Paige Chapman, soprano; Catharine Jordan, soprano; Seth Johnson, tenor; Justin Harris, bass baritone; Taylor Waldfogel, soprano; Kailyn Wilson, soprano; Katherine Kuhlman, mezzo-soprano; Danielle Demeo, soprano; Ashley Roark, soprano; Sam Spencer, baritone; Brandon Warren, tenor; and Tingzhi Wu, tenor.

Production crew members are Dr. Emily K. Oehrtman, visiting assistant professor of voice, producer and co-director; Wayne Anthony, adjunct professor of voice, pianist and co-director; Seth Johnson, graduate student, costume crew coordinator; and Justin Harris, graduate student, set and prop crew coordinator.

Dinner show performances will be held at the Carranor Hunt and Polo Club, 502 E. 2nd St. in Perrysburg, Friday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. A dinner show ticket includes both operas and a meal of prime rib or chicken Marsala, as well as salad, dessert buffet, coffee, tea and water. A cash bar also will be available; however, no credit cards will be accepted at the bar. There is a 10% discount on two or more dinner show tickets. Use the promo code UT Opera when purchasing.

Tickets to the dinner shows are $50 general admission; $45 for all UToledo employees and alumni, seniors 60 and older, and members of the military; and $40 for students and children. Dinner show tickets are only available in advance. Purchase tickets by Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The traditional theatre performance will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. Tickets to the traditional performance are $15 general admission; $12 for all UToledo employees and alumni, seniors 60 and older, and members of the military; $10 for students and children; and free for UToledo students with ID. Tickets to this performance are available in advance or at the door.

Advance tickets to any of the performances are available through the UToledo Center for Performing Arts Box Office. Call 419.530.ARTS (2787) or go to the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ website.

Assessing Effectiveness of Research Topic of Forum

“Telling Your Story With Publication Metrics” will be discussed at the next Future of Higher Education Forum Friday, Nov. 15.

Wade M. Lee-Smith, associate professor of library administration, will be the speaker at the event, which will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Carlson Library Room 1005.


“My research and teaching interests include the changing ways in which scholars can document and interpret the effect their research has on the scholarly publication ecosystem,” Lee-Smith said.

A science librarian, Lee-Smith will share his wisdom from nearly 25 years of experience training researchers in efficient and effective use of tools to perform literature-based research.

The Future of Higher Education Forums are sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Forums are held monthly throughout the academic year. Visit the Office of the Provost website to see upcoming topics, as well as to view past forums.

For more information, contact Dr. Amy Thompson, vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of public health, at amy.thompson4@utoledo.edu.

Military Movie to be Screened Nov. 14

Campus community members are invited to join UToledo’s military-connected students for a movie night Thursday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Rocket Hall Room 1530.

The film, “Fort Bliss,” stars Michelle Monaghan as a decorated Army medic who returns from Afghanistan and tries to fit back into civilian life and rebuild her relationship with her young son.

“I think this movie sheds light on an aspect of military life most people don’t know about,” Eric Buetikofer, UToledo director of military and veteran affairs, said. “I thought it was a good way to bring student veterans together for a fun event and help them feel connected on campus.”

Attendees may bring dinner or snacks to the screening of the 116-minute movie.

The free, public event is sponsored by PAVE, the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education, a program brought to campus this year by Buetikofer.

“PAVE is a peer support program for student veterans,” he said. “Student veterans share their firsthand experiences with incoming student veterans to help them connect with the campus and resources they need to succeed.”

Currently, 97 students are PAVE members. These are mostly first-time students, but also students who left college to join the military and are back to finish their education, according to Buetikofer.

For more information about PAVE or the movie screening, contact the Military Service Center at msc@utoeldo.edu or 419.530.1392.

UToledo Approaching 100k Scooter Rides; Vehicles to be Unavailable During Colder Months

Since The University of Toledo introduced Lime scooters at the beginning of fall semester 2018, more than 10,000 unique UToledo users have signed up, logging 68,000 miles and 95,000 trips.

“We are continually looking at ways to expand transportation options and reduce its footprint, such as through Rocket Wheels — our bike-sharing program that began in 2015 — our recent TARTA bus agreement, and now the Lime scooter program,” said Sherri Kaspar, director of parking and transportation services.

UToledo students have hopped on Lime scooters and traveled more than 68,000 miles since the transportation came to campus in 2018.

UToledo is embracing this new mode of transportation, which has translated to 45,000 driving miles avoided, saving approximately 2,000 gallons of gasoline and 58,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, according to Kaspar.

As a result of their heavy use, UToledo expanded the Lime scooter program to Health Science Campus last spring to better meet demand.

Due to colder temperatures and inclement winter weather conditions, Lime scooters will be removed from campus mid-November. They will return to campus in mid-March or whenever the weather no longer poses safety risks due to snow and icy roadways, Kaspar said.

To learn more about University transportation, visit the Parking and Transportation website.

Women’s Mentoring Network Social Nov. 14

“Data, not Drama, and the Path to Fulfillment” will be discussed at the Women’s Network Social Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Libbey Hall.

Sara Best, an executive and performance coach, will be the guest speaker.


“We are pleased to present Sarah Best, a people-development professional who has 25 years of experience serving global, national and regional organizations,” Dr. Amy Thompson, vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of public health, said. “She is a business leader and strong advocate for women who will outline how we can use simple data to better navigate a path to fulfillment and success.”

Best will talk about understanding what drives you and what you need to be successful.

Light snacks will be provided, and there will be a cash bar.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the University Women’s Commission.

For more information, contact Thompson at amy.thompson4@utoledo.edu.

Parking Recommendations for Game Day Nov. 13

All students, faculty and staff are reminded that parking on Main Campus will be affected Wednesday, Nov. 13, when the Toledo Rockets play Northern Illinois University.

Kickoff will be at 8 p.m., with gates opening at 6:30 p.m.

Please note:

• All vehicles will need to be removed from lot 7N (Parks Tower loop) beginning Monday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m.

• All vehicles will need to be removed from lots 6 (north of the Health Education Center), 9 (south of the Glass Bowl) and 10 (north of the Glass Bowl) by Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6 a.m.

• Vehicles remaining in lot 9 at 7 a.m. will be towed at the owner’s expense.

• Vehicles will not be admitted into lots 3 (north of Savage Arena), 4 (east of Fetterman Training Center), 5 (west of Savage Arena) and 18 (north of University Computer Center) beginning Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m.

• Vehicles will not be admitted into lot 28 (north of the Center for Administrative Support) beginning Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m.

To assist UToledo drivers on game day, Parking Services encourages faculty, staff and students who routinely park in the above lots to arrive on campus early Wednesday to ensure they have adequate time to find spaces.

In addition to multiple lots that will remain open on the north end of campus, recommended lots on the south side of campus include 19 (west of the North Engineering Building) and lot 20 (west of the Nitschke Technology Commerce Complex). Weather permitting, additional parking will be opened up in the grassy area north of lot 20 and the gravel area in lot 19.

Additionally, students, faculty and staff may want to use shuttle services that day. TARTA’s schedules for these routes are available on the Parking and Transportation Services’ website or on the Passio Go app.

Liability Insurance for Club Sports

Effective Sept. 30, all registered UToledo student organizations, including club sports teams, fall under the general liability coverage agreement. As a result, club sports are not required to purchase external general liability insurance for activities within the customary course and scope of their organization. Some club sports may be required to purchase insurance through their league.

The goal of the agreement is to improve the coverage and service provided to universities, while permitting club teams to assume additional risk.

However, student organizations and club sports will be required to participate in risk mitigation activities coordinated through the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership or the Student Recreation Center as part of this coverage, according to Tony North, assistant director of programs and leadership development in the UToledo Office of Recreational Services.

Any current, full-time undergraduate or graduate student may participate in a club sport. Club sports participants cannot be on a varsity roster. Any student who is not enrolled full time must be approved by North.

Tryouts vary from club to club. Some clubs will host tryouts, while others open up membership to anyone who wants to join.

Some activities are excluded from the new insurance policy; for a list, view the Inter-University Council PDF.

For a complete overview of insurance coverage, visit the Risk Management and Workers’ Compensation page.

Review frequently asked questions.

UToledo Awarded Federal Grant to Train Teenagers in Cybersecurity

From hackers to cyberbullies, cybercriminals are increasingly targeting technology-hungry teenagers.

To combat the growing problem, the National Science Foundation awarded The University of Toledo College of Engineering a three-year, $267,742 grant to teach local high school students about the risks and threats associated with smartphones, tablets and other technology, as well as provide cybersecurity training to encourage careers in computer science and cybersecurity.


“The cybersecurity landscape is changing fast, and due to the ubiquitous information on the internet, the enemies of the state are more dangerous and advanced than ever,” said Dr. Ahmad Javaid, assistant professor in the UToledo Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; director of the Paul A. Hotmer Cybersecurity and Teaming Research Lab; and project leader. “We need to train the future workforce to prepare them for what’s to come and protect the nation.”

The plan calls for a summer camp setting and using interactive, animated visualizations to help students understand cybersecurity threats, defense and prevention mechanisms.

If the project aimed at creating a safer cyber environment is successful locally, the new high school cybersecurity curriculum could be adopted nationwide.

UToledo is collaborating with Purdue University Northwest (PNW) on the research. The National Science Foundation awarded PNW about $230,000, bringing the total funding for the project to nearly half a million dollars.

Veterans Day to Affect Parking, Bus Services

The University will be closed and classes will not be in session Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. As a result, parking and the University bus schedule will be affected.

Students with an “F” permit who park in area 21 (Scott Park) and want access to their vehicle over the extended weekend should move it by Friday, Nov. 8.

Students with an “F” permit may park on Main Campus starting Friday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. Vehicles should be moved back to Scott Park Campus by Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 8 a.m.

The Scott Park bus will not run Sunday evening, Nov. 10. Service will resume at 10:25 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11.

The bus schedule for the weekend will be:

• Friday, Nov. 8 — Regular hours;

• Saturday, Nov. 9 — Regular hours;

• Sunday, Nov. 10 — Gold, Blue and Scott Park routes will run. Service between Main and Health Science campuses will not be affected. For more information on Route 3, visit the Parking and Transportation Services’ website.

• Monday, Nov. 11 — The Scott Park route will begin the normal Sunday schedule beginning at 10:25 a.m.