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Sept. 30 Deadline for Enrolling, Waiving Student Health Plan Coverage

UToledo strives to provide undergraduate and graduate students with easy access to a full line of high-quality healthcare services that are conveniently located on campus, in addition to a healthcare plan that covers those services.

The University recommends all students maintain healthcare coverage by:

• Remaining on their employer’s or parent’s health insurance plan;

• Choosing coverage offered by UToledo that is administered through Payer Fusion; or

• Selecting a plan through the open marketplace at healthcare.gov.

Open enrollment for fall semester runs through Monday, Sept. 30. The deadline to waive for mandated students is also Sept 30.

“There are many benefits to the Student Health Plan, including a zero-deductible for using UToledo doctors, including specialists and mental health professionals,” said LeAnna Glick, student insurance program administrator. “Students covered by this plan also can get their generic prescriptions filled at our on-campus outpatient pharmacies for a co-pay of only $5.”

Additionally, UToledo students can enroll for dental and vision coverage, as well as coverage for their spouse and/or dependents.

“There are certain students who are mandated to have healthcare coverage, including student-athletes; international students holding J-1 visas; and students in health-related programs, such as medicine, nursing and pharmacy students, and those in allied healthcare programs,” Glick noted.

They’re automatically enrolled in the Student Health Plan, but may waive it by providing proof of coverage by another plan no later than Monday, Sept. 30, so their student account isn’t charged for this coverage, she added.

Students choosing to enroll in the Student Health Plan (or waive coverage if they are a mandated student) should log in to the myUT portal and select the Health Plan – Enroll or Waive link in the Toolkit, under My Registration Steps, and complete the necessary steps by the Sept. 30 deadline.

For more details about the Student Health Plan, as well as on-campus health and wellness services, visit the Student Health Plan website.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact studenthealthinsurance@utoledo.edu or 419.530.3474.

Forum to Focus on Helping Students in Crisis

“Rapid Response Training: Being Prepared to Assist Students in Crisis” will be discussed at the first Future of Higher Education Forum this academic year.

The program will be held Friday, Sept. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Carlson Library Room 1005.

“This session will help faculty members learn how to recognize the signs of a student who is struggling — in and outside the classroom,” Dr. Amy Thompson, vice provost of faculty affairs and professor of public health, said. “We want to make sure our faculty members are ready to help and know about available resources.”

Thompson will speak at the forum along with:

• Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, associate professor of educational psychology and director of the Center for Education in Targeted Violence and Suicide;

• Katrina Nottke, assistant director of Title IX and compliance;

• Danielle Rominski, assistant director of the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness;

• Dr. Sammy Spann, associate vice provost for student affairs and dean of students; and

• Dr. LaTasha Sullivan, interim associate director of the University Counseling Center.

“We want our students to succeed, and that means we have to look out for them,” Thompson said. “This forum is designed to help faculty members know what to look for if they think a student is having difficulty coping.”

The Future of Higher Education Forums are coordinated by the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the University Teaching Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Forums will be held on the third Friday of the month throughout the academic year. Visit the Office of the Provost website to see upcoming topics, as well as to view past forums.

Naturalization Ceremony to Take Place Sept. 17 at UToledo

More than 70 people will become U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Law Center McQuade Auditorium on The University of Toledo’s Main Campus.

Judge Mary Ann Whipple of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio will preside over the ceremony, which will celebrate Constitution Day at the University.

UToledo President Sharon L. Gaber will give welcome remarks at the event, which will feature alumna Grisoranyel Barrios as this year’s guest speaker.

Barrios moved from Venezuela to Toledo when she was 7 years old. She attended Springfield Local Schools before coming to The University of Toledo, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a bachelor of social work degree in 2018.

She is pursuing a master’s degree in social work specializing in policy at Washington University in St. Louis and plans to graduate in December.

Barrios attended the 2017 naturalization ceremony, where she opened the court, and became a U.S. citizen in March 2019.

“I look forward to participating in the ceremony yet again, but this time as a UToledo alumna and a U.S. citizen,” Barrios said.

“Hosting this naturalization ceremony on campus is a wonderful way to celebrate Constitution Day and to honor our country’s history,” Diane Miller, chief of staff and associate vice president for government relations, said. “It is so moving to watch individuals achieve their dreams of becoming U.S. citizens.”

Constitution Day is annually observed in America to commemorate the formation and signing of the Constitution of the United States on Sept. 17, 1787.

The free, public event is sponsored by the Office of Government Relations and the Center for International Studies and Programs.

For more information on the naturalization ceremony, contact Lisa Byers, executive assistant in the Office of Government Relations, at lisa.byers@utoledo.edu.

Sept. 25 Deadline to Sign Up for Homecoming Decorating Contest

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Toledo Rockets will take on the Western Michigan Broncos in the Homecoming game in the Glass Bowl.

But before that, you can show your school spirit by decorating your office.

Ready to get spooky? Celebrate this year’s Homecoming theme: Rocky’s Haunted Halloween.

The deadline to sign up for the contest is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.

UToledo students will judge the contest Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. They will be looking for craftsmanship, completeness, creativity, theme and school spirit.

Winners will be announced at the Homecoming game.

Three trophies will be given to the top offices and departments, while first-place winners will receive doughnuts.

Decorating rules include:

• Do not include any items that may cause a fire hazard;

• Decorations cannot block doorways or fire escapes; and

• The time you will be assigned for judging cannot be changed; if you miss it, you will not be able to reschedule.

The schedule for judging will be sent Friday, Sept. 27.

Student judges include Matthew Stojsavljevic, president of Phi Kappa Psi; James Easler, president of Blue Key Honor Society; and Rebecca Sturges, president of Student Government.

“Homecoming week is for everyone on campus to foster their Toledo spirit and get excited to cheer on the football team at Saturday’s game,” said Ashlen Torio, director of the Homecoming Committee.

Torio, a senior studying operation and supply chain management, added, “We hope that decorating offices gets staff and faculty excited to be a part of the week, and that students who see the offices decorated will get excited, as well.”

Offices and department that wish to participate and get into the Homecoming spirit are asked to sign up on InvoNet.

For more information, can contact Torio or Stewart Marmion at homecoming@utoledo.edu.

Making Connections: Engineering Student Interns in Silicon Valley

Naba Rizvi is one of nine students selected from more than 1,000 applicants to receive the Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship.

In addition to that $10,000 award that honors women students who show great promise in the field of computer science, The University of Toledo junior landed an internship on Adobe Research’s team in San Jose, Calif.

Naba Rizvi was an intern at Adobe Research in San Jose, Calif., this summer.

“I worked on two projects,” said Rizvi, who is majoring in information technology in the College of Engineering. “They both focused on natural language processing and human-computer interaction.”

Her Adobe Research mentor was Dr. Franck Dernoncourt, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who specializes in natural language processing.

“My first project involved research engineering. I used my experience as a web developer to develop a visualization for a sentence compressor and text summarizer,” Rizvi said. “For the second project, I worked on making the output of latent Dirichlet allocation models for automatic document topic classification more human readable.”

In other words, Rizvi’s research is focusing on topic modeling — training the computer to recognize topics in written text with an algorithm.

Naba Rizvi, left, posed for a photo with Lisa Wang, a student at Westmont High School in California. Rizvi mentored Wang during the Girls Who Code Camp run by Adobe Research.

“I learned so much about natural language processing, particularly text summarization. I even submitted my first paper to a conference.”

That paper, “Margin Call,” which she wrote with Dernoncourt and Sebastian Gehrmann, a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, was accepted by the International Conference on Natural Language Generation. That conference will be held in Tokyo this fall.

“My colleagues and myself were delighted to host Naba this summer at Adobe Research,” Dernoncourt said. “Naba is a fast learner and highly motivated. She made a great impact on our research projects.”

What was a typical day like?

“I read a lot of research papers, wrote code, tested the output, and turned to Stack Overflow, my co-workers or my mentor for help if I got stuck,” Rizvi said. “I met with my mentor every week to discuss my projects, progress toward my goals, and any roadblocks.”

“We are proud of Naba Rizvi and all that she continues to accomplish,” Dr. Michael Toole, dean of the UToledo College of Engineering, said. “Her success is well-earned and spotlights the strength of our Engineering Technology Department in the College of Engineering.”

The student in the Jesup Scott Honors College made the most of her time in Silicon Valley, home to many global technology and startup companies.

“To receive such a competitive internship as a first-generation college student really motivates me to work harder and take advantage of all the opportunities available to me,” Rizvi said. “I embrace the growth mindset and believe it is the key to success.”

And she is familiar with success: Last year, Rizvi won the $10,000 Google Women Techmakers Scholarship, which included a scholar retreat with Google scholars from around the world on Google campuses, including the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif.

She is taking her momentum and launching a nonprofit organization called Nontraditional Techies.

“We already have 600-plus members and a job board,” Rizvi said. “I will be creating a mentoring program and an interview series featuring people who have overcome great obstacles on their path to a technical career to inspire others to pursue a career in technology.”

UToledo Hires Title IX Director

Vicky Kulicke brought more than 25 years of combined experience in higher education and the public sector when she started her job as director of Title IX and compliance at The University of Toledo.

She joined the UToledo staff Sept. 9.


Most recently, Kulicke was an equity officer and Title IX deputy coordinator for seven years at Bowling Green State University.

An advocate for social justice, Kulicke introduced Bowling Green to the national grass roots campaign, Not in Our Town, which addresses bullying and discrimination, and builds safe, inclusive communities.

“We welcome Vicky and her wealth of experience she brings to her new role at the University,” Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs and vice provost, said. “We are confident Vicky will help ensure a safe, inclusive and diverse learning environment at UToledo.”

Kulicke also has worked as an equal opportunity compliance specialist and human resources compliance administrator. At Insperity (formerly known as Administaff Inc.) in Phoenix, she made sure the company followed federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies and guidelines that prohibited discrimination in the workplace.

“I am honored and excited to join The University of Toledo to lead our prevention, education and response efforts regarding Title IX and compliance,” Kulicke said.

She received a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University and became a certified affirmative action professional from the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity in 2017.

In addition, Kulicke was an adjunct faculty member in criminal justice at Mohave Community College in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; was a human relations associate for the city of Bloomington, Ill.; and worked as a victim/witness coordinator in the McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office in Bloomington.

Ryan White Program to Raise Funds for HIV Care With Evening of Food, Music

The fourth annual Re-Tie the Red Ribbon fundraiser presented by The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Ryan White Program will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, at the SeaGate Convention Centre in downtown Toledo.

Re-Tie the Red Ribbon supports UTMC’s Ann Wayson Locher Memorial Fund for HIV Care, which provides HIV care for adults and children in the Toledo area who have needs not covered by other agencies or programs in the community.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $50 each and include a variety of food stations and entertainment. The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m.

“The University of Toledo Medical Center has been the regional referral center for HIV care for more than 30 years and has served the needs of the growing populations of persons with HIV,” said Richard Meeker, manager of community engagement and development at the Ryan White Program. “Support of this event makes a difference to the women and men in our community who depend on the services of the Ryan White Program.”

Wayson Locher opened the first grant-funded free and anonymous HIV testing site in northwest Ohio in 1985 and was one of the key organizers for The University of Toledo’s Ryan White Program. The memorial fund was developed in her honor after her death in 2010.

UTMC’s Ryan White Program offers high-quality comprehensive HIV/AIDS care services. The program uses a multidisciplinary model that incorporates healthcare, mental health services and case management for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Lucas County and the surrounding counties in northwest Ohio.

Entertainment at this year’s Re-Tie the Red Ribbon event will be provided by the Toledo School for the Arts Alumni Band, The Overton Project, and jazz vocalists Ramona Collins and Trez Gregory.

The Ryan White Program is seeking sponsorships with opportunities that range from $250 to $5,000 and include VIP tickets and recognition at the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit The University of Toledo Alumni Association website.

Feminist Scholar Selected to Lead Eberly Center for Women

Dr. Angela Fitzpatrick started her new job as director of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women Sept. 9.

The feminist activist, educator and scholar has been building community, inspiring action, and uplifting student leaders for more than a decade.


Since 2015, Fitzpatrick was director of the Women’s Center and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to that, she served as assistant director and lecturer in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., and was an instructor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Bowling Green State University.

“We are excited Dr. Fitzpatrick will join us at UToledo to lead the Eberly Center for Women,” Dr. Michele Soliz, associate vice president for student success and inclusion, said.

“Dr. Fitzpatrick is dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion, which has driven her service to campus and community,” Dr. Willie McKether, vice president for diversity and inclusion, and vice provost, said. “She has a reputation for developing networks that mold and mobilize change-makers of all genders.”

The Eberly Center for Women promotes the advancement of women at UToledo and in the community by creating an environment that supports learning, discovery and engagement that helps them achieve their highest potential.

“I look forward to becoming part of the team in the Eberly Center for Women,” Fitzpatrick said. “I am eager to learn more about the needs of our various stakeholders and expand our programs and services so that we can make an even greater impact on campus and in the community.”

She received a bachelor of arts degree in honors and anthropology from the University of North Dakota and continued her education at Bowling Green State University, where she received master and doctoral degrees in American culture studies.

Fitzpatrick was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success while at Coastal Carolina University. At the University of Cincinnati, she received the Equity and Inclusion Award from the Division of Student Affairs.

Deans Appointed to Vice Provost Roles to Advance Health Affairs

The Office of the Provost has appointed two deans to take on additional responsibilities as vice provosts.

Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and executive vice president for clinical affairs, has been appointed to serve as vice provost for educational health affairs.

Dr. Linda Lewandowski, dean of the College of Nursing, has been appointed to serve as vice provost for health affairs for interprofessional and community partnerships.

In his vice provost role, Cooper will serve as a liaison between the Office of the Provost and the deans of the four health-related colleges with a focus on facilities and college resources related to health education.

In her vice provost role, Lewandowski will serve as a liaison between the Office of the Provost and the external community for targeted health-related partnerships and initiatives, and will be responsible for the development and implementation of interprofessional collaborations among the University’s health-related academic programs.

Parking and Transportation Issues Reminders for Students

Students may register for a parking permit by visiting myparking.utoledo.edu or by downloading the UToledo Parking app. All vehicles on campus are required to have a permit.

“We are excited to welcome our UToledo students to campus,” said Sherri Kaspar, director of parking and transportation services in Auxiliary Services. “We are pushing for every single student to register for a parking permit in aims of reducing citations given out this semester.”

Student permit types are assigned based on earned credit hours and residential status. To learn more about your permit type, visit the parking permits web page. Note the first letter of the permit is your permit type. For example, if your permit reads “K Underclassman Commuter” your permit type is “K.”

Alphabet letters indicating permit types are listed on signs at the entrance of each lot and on the light poles. Visit Parking and Transportation Services’ website to view a complete campus map. Yellow and white lines indicate employee and student parking, respectively. Students may park in white-lined spaces that pertain to their permit type. After 4 p.m., students may park in yellow-lined spaces unless otherwise posted. To avoid receiving a citation, always face your license plate to the drive aisle.

View a list of all University lots by campus and permit type.

New this fall, registered UToledo permit holders may park in most lots after 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday. UToledo permits are still required to park on campus.

Exceptions include:

• Reserved, disabled and metered spaces, which are enforced 24/7;

• Lot 14 between Memorial Field House and MacKinnon Hall on Main Campus and lot 44A next to Collier Building on Health Science Campus;

• Lot 25N between the Gateway and Rocket Hall and 27A next to Ottawa West: No parking from 1 to 6 a.m.; and

• Patient lots on Health Science Campus.

If you are looking to leave your car at home, check out the alternative transportation methods available on campus. UToledo offers bus services, electric scooters and a bike-share program with a fleet that includes bicycles and tricycles, as well as tandem and hand-pedal options. For more information, visit the Parking and Transportation Services’ website.

Parking and Transportation Services communicates primarily through your UToledo email, this includes ticket notifications. Ticket notifications will be sent to your UToledo email account if you are an active student or employee. Most violations are e-tickets and will not be placed on your vehicle. If the vehicle is not registered properly, your ticket will be sent in the mail to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Download the UT Parking app to manage your parking account with ease and stay up to date on what’s new. Do you drive more than one vehicle to campus? You can add as many vehicles as you would like to your profile and easily switch between them. The UT Parking app allows you to purchase your parking permit, update vehicle information, pay citations, and be the first to hear of parking changes and alerts.

See what’s new on the Parking and Transportation Services’ website.

Still have questions? Check out the FAQ page.