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Students From Across U.S. to Travel to UToledo for Sales Competition

Professional sales students from 36 universities across the United States will visit the University’s College of Business and Innovation this weekend to compete in the fifth annual UToledo Invitational Sales Competition.

The sales competition, which features nearly 200 role plays selling a product and more than 300 interviews, will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22, in classrooms and meeting rooms throughout the Savage & Associates Business Complex. The awards ceremony will occur Saturday afternoon in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

The Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales in the UToledo College of Business and Innovation organizes this first and only national sales competition dedicated exclusively to juniors, sophomores and freshmen because graduating seniors are typically already placed in jobs due to high corporate demand.

Formed in 2000 and endowed in 2002, the Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales believes in transforming the profession of sales by creating knowledge, shaping people and making connections, and the UToledo Invitational Sales Competition is an ideal platform to accomplish just that.

“The UToledo Invitational Sales Competition plays a central role in increasing sales program enrollments nationwide and fueling the tomorrows of future sales leaders and organizations,” said Deirdre Jones, director of the Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales and the UToledo Invitational Sales Competition.“The competition is the conversation starter for universities nationwide to engage early with freshman and sophomore students, and it is also a vehicle for students to pay it forward and shape their leadership skills as a peer coach.”

The first rounds of the competition will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, followed by the wild-card round from 1:45 to 3 p.m. and quarterfinals from 4 to 5:40 p.m. The competition will conclude Saturday with the semifinals from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. and the finals from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Approximately 100 sales leaders and recruiters who participate serve as buyers and judges for the role plays and also interact with the students during coaching and interviewing sessions.

Sponsors include 3M Co., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Mediasite, Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans and Polymershapes, among others.

Participating universities that will be in attendance at this year’s event include Kansas State University, the University of Cincinnati, Kent State University, Clemson University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Akron. The University of Toledo Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales also will have a team competing.

Yoga With Lola This Semester

She proved to be such a popular four-legged yogini last year that the Department of World Languages and Cultures will present Yoga with Lola again this semester.

Sessions with the department’s emotional support dog will take place in Memorial Field House Room 2420:

Lola, the emotional support dog of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, presided over a yoga session in December. Two sessions were held to help students and employees relax and take a mental health break before finals last semester.

• Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 25 and 26, from 2 to 3 p.m.;

• Wednesday, March 25, from 3 to 4 p.m.; and

• Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28 and 29, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Charlene Gary, secretary in the World Languages and Cultures Department, and certified yoga instructor, will lead the sessions.

“We invite students and employees to bring their mats to an easy flow yoga class. No experience or flexibility is needed,” Gary said. “Or feel free to bring a blanket to meditate.”

Lola also will be accepting visitors during the sessions.

“Stop by to meet Lola and take a break,” Gary said. “Research shows pets have amazing healing powers, including lowering blood pressure and calming anxiety. Take a few minutes out of your busy schedules to make a new friend or two.”

Those who wish to reserve a space for their mats are asked to visit the Yoga With Lola website.

For more information on the free sessions, contact Gary at charlene.gary@utoledo.edu.

Employees: Winter Break Dates Posted to Allow Planning for Holidays

The University again will be closed for winter break this year to enable eligible employees extra time off to enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

“We’re very pleased to be able to continue offering winter break because it contributes to our employee’s health and well-being,” said Wendy Davis, associate vice president and chief human resources officer. “Winter break also has become yet another important differential in attracting exceptional new talent because most area employers are unable to offer such a generous time-off benefit.”

To help faculty and staff plan in advance to make the most of their holidays, the following winter break schedule is being announced:

• Thursday, Dec. 24 — Holiday (Columbus Day);

• Friday, Dec. 25 — Holiday (Christmas);

• Monday, Dec. 28 — Paid day off provided for winter break;

• Tuesday, Dec. 29 — Paid day off provided for winter break;

• Wednesday, Dec. 30 — Paid day off provided for winter break;

• Thursday, Dec. 31 — Paid day off provided for winter break; and

• Friday, Jan. 1 — Holiday (New Year’s Day).

In addition to existing holiday pay, UToledo provides additional paid days off, as designated above.

During winter break, certain essential services must still be provided on our campuses, such as hospital operations at UTMC, approved research activities and public safety. Therefore, winter break does not include UTMC employees nor certain required positions, which might vary annually depending on need.

If you work in an area that must continue providing essential operations during winter break and are in a collective bargaining unit requiring vacation planning, your supervisor soon will advise you if you may need to work.

Much more information, including frequently asked questions, is available on Human Resources’ website. If you have any questions after reviewing these details, contact your Human Resources consultant.

Student Designers Needed: Enter for Chance to Win $1,500 Scholarship

Attention students: Do you have a talent for digital design? Enter the Coca-Cola Contest for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship.

UToledo students are invited to design a Coca-Cola/UToledo co-branded mural. The mural must contain Coca-Cola and UToledo elements, but also could include details from the city and surrounding areas — be creative!

The mural size is 22 feet and 6 inches by 7 feet and 10 inches.

View the UToledo brand guide for inspiration.

Submissions are being accepted through Sunday, March 1. Go to the Auxiliary Services website to upload the design.

UToledo staff will narrow down the designs to the top three, then bring the vote to the students.

Chocolate, Jams, Solar Cells Among Saturday Morning Science Topics

Saturday Morning Science is returning this month to The University of Toledo.

The free, public talks will begin at 10 a.m. in Wolfe Hall Room 1205 on Main Campus.

Another eclectic and cool slate of topics will be explored, according to Dr. Joseph Schmidt and Dr. John Bellizzi, co-directors of Saturday Morning Science.

“There’s really an aspect of randomness to selecting the topics,” Schmidt, professor of chemistry, said. “If it’s something that sounds fun and is even tangentially related to science we’ll do it.”

“We try to do stuff that is on the mind of people in the community as well,” Bellizzi, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, added. “For instance, we had someone from Flint come down and talk about clean water.”

Schmidt and Bellizzi would like people to leave these talks with an appreciation and a greater understanding for any given field of science.

Sessions are appropriate for middle school students and older.

Listed by date, Saturday programs and speakers will be:

• Feb. 22: “Glass Is a Verb, and So Are You” by Dr. Jane Cook, director of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery at Pennsylvania State University in University Park.

• Feb. 29: “Bon Bon Bon and the Chemistry of Chocolate” by Alexandra Clark, chocolatier and owner of Bon Bon Bon in Hamtramck, Mich.

• April 4: “What’s Happening With Solar Cell Science and Technology These Days?” by Dr. Michael Heben, professor in the UToledo Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Endowed Chair at the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization.

• April 25: “The Science of Jams, Preserves and Marmalade” by Tara Grey, jam maker and owner of Gus & Grey in Detroit.

• May 2: “Life, But Not Alive” by Dr. Kate Adamala, assistant professor of genetics, cell biology and development at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

All talks include complimentary light refreshments donated by Barry’s Bagels. The program is funded by the Office of the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

For more information about the upcoming events, visit the Saturday Morning Science Program’s Facebook page.

Watch archived programs on WGTE’s Knowledgestream website.

UToledo Benefits and Wellness Increasing Programming, Mental Health Resources

The University of Toledo is committed to offering innovative programs that make an impact on employees’ health and well-being.

Throughout 2020, UToledo benefits and wellness will host the Be Well series, designed to provide eligible employees practical information on their benefits and how to use them wisely.

“We’re pleased to offer comprehensive benefits and wellness opportunities for our employees,” said Brian Pack, director for benefits and wellness. “The benefits and wellness staff are dedicated to educating employees on the coverage levels, products and services included in their benefits package by offering new monthly lunch and learns on both our Main and Health Science campuses.”

For topics, times and locations of the Be Well series and to register, visit the Healthy U website.

Beginning in March, another new offering for employees will be available through UToledo’s Employee Assistance Program, IMPACT Solutions. Tess is a free mental health chatbot that uses artificial intelligence to deliver on-demand and quality emotional support to boost mental health and resilience based on the emotions you express via text.

Similar to an automated self-help book, Tess simulates how a human would behave as a conversational partner and works to understand your needs by asking follow-up questions. Although Tess is not meant to replace conventional mental health counseling, it delivers mental health support to those who otherwise might not reach out for help.

“When complications arise from stress, parenting challenges or other concerns, it’s comforting to have a resource available at your fingertips,” said Vicki Riddick, senior wellness officer. “We’re proud to offer this new complimentary, confidential tool for our employees to bridge the mental health gap.”

IMPACT Solutions offers confidential support for employees and their household members, dependents living away from home, parents and parents-in-law. Their support includes phone and face-to-face counseling, as well as this new chatbot text method, Tess.

To learn more about Tess and other resources available through IMPACT Solutions, visit the IMPACT Solutions website and enter UT for the username

Many more details about UToledo benefits and wellness programs are available on the Healthy U website and the Benefits website.

Feb. 24 Deadline to Apply for Advisors/Support Positions and Conduct, Title IX Boards

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is seeking student, staff and faculty applicants for the University Conduct Board, as well as for the role of procedural advisor and/or support person for respondents and complainants engaged in the student conduct process.

In addition, employees are encouraged to apply for the Title IX Board.

Students, student groups and student organizations may select the University Conduct Board — or in sexual misconduct cases, the Title IX Board — to adjudicate alleged violations.

The University Conduct Board is composed of UToledo students, staff and faculty, and is responsible for resolving allegations of non-academic student misconduct.

The Title IX Board is made up of UToledo staff and faculty, and is responsible for resolving allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Members of these two boards play an integral role in educating students about their rights and responsibilities as members of the UToledo community and upholding community behavioral standards as outlined in the University Student Code of Conduct,” said Ashleigh J. Wade, associate dean of students and director of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

“The composition of these hearing boards, procedural advisors and support persons must be representative of our diverse campus community,” she added.

Benefits of serving in one of these capacities include:

• Improved communication, critical thinking and conflict resolution skills;

• Opportunity to work with a diverse group of UToledo community members;

• Insight into University processes and resources;

• Experience in a professional environment;

• Specialized training regarding student conduct and Title IX; and

• Service opportunity for UToledo students and tenure-track faculty.

Those applying must uphold UToledo’s community standards as defined by the University Student Code of Conduct and attend required training sessions. They must honor the principles of student accountability, confidentiality and objectivity. And they must share in the task of making difficult decisions that support the ethical and behavioral standards of the UToledo campus and be willing to set aside personal and/or organizational perspectives in order to establish accountability and maintain community standards.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 24. Go to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards website.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards at studentconduct@utoledo.edu or 419.530.1258.

Students: Apply to Serve on Board of Trustees

Friday, March 6, is the deadline for students to apply to sit on The University of Toledo Board of Trustees and represent their peers.

The student trustee appointment is a two-year term in which the student attends board meetings, including some corresponding committee meetings, and reports information to Student Government.

“This is an incredible opportunity for student leaders to be involved with the decision-making processes that affect the campus community,” said Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs and vice provost.

The requirements to apply to serve as a student trustee are:

• A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above;

• Ability to fulfill the two-year term commitment with UToledo student status;

• Enrolled full time when nominated or appointed;

• Enrolled for three semesters on a full-time basis at the University prior to nomination and appointment;

• Not under conduct probation or other disciplinary action; and

• Be a registered Ohio voter.

To apply, a student needs to complete the application available online on the Board of Trustees website. The form includes a place for students to provide information on their time at UToledo, including any volunteer work, internships or activities.

Applications are being accepted for one of two student trustee positions and must be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in University Hall Room 3630 by noon Friday, March 6.

Following an application review and interviews with Student Government, up to five candidates will be submitted to the Ohio Governor’s Office for final selection.

The new trustee will replace Kyle D. Bergen, who completes his term in June, and join Rebecca K. Dangler, a senior majoring in accounting and finance, to represent the student body on the board.

Reception for Health Science Campus Artist Showcase Set for Feb. 21

The 15th annual Health Science Campus Artist Showcase will take place from Monday, Feb. 17, through Wednesday, April 8, on the fourth floor of Mulford Library.

This year’s exhibit features work from more than 30 artists who are students, faculty and staff in the health sciences from Health Science and Main campuses, as well as The University of Toledo Medical Center.


On display will be a variety of 2-D and 3-D artwork, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

An artist reception will be held Friday, Feb. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of Mulford Library. Dr. Donna Woodson, professor emerita of medicine, will give a talk, “Art is Good for Your Health,” at 4:30 p.m.

Woodson teaches the elective course Art and Medicine: Using Visual Literacy to Improve Diagnostic Skills in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. She is a longstanding participant in the Health Science Campus Artist Showcase; three of her pieces will be featured in this year’s exhibit.

Light refreshments will be served at the reception, where attendees will have the chance to win books on art and medicine.

Visitors can view the artwork during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.

For more information on the free, public exhibit and reception, visit the University Libraries’ website or contact Jodi Jameson, assistant professor and nursing librarian at Mulford Library, and member of the artist showcase committee, at 419.383.5152 or jodi.jameson@utoledo.edu.

UToledo to Celebrate Engineers Week

More than 800 local school students will visit The University of Toledo College of Engineering for Engineers Week.

Founded in 1951, Engineers Week will be celebrated Feb. 16-22 across the country and is dedicated to increasing understanding and interest in engineering and technology careers.

This year’s theme is “Be a Pioneer of Progress.”

“I am confident that Toledo’s celebration of Engineers Week is one of the best in the nation, and I am proud to have the College of Engineering play a big role,” Dr. Mike Toole, dean of the UToledo College of Engineering, said. “Almost 250 high school students will join us as an Engineer for a Day, working on hands-on activities to help them learn about the engineering disciplines. And I am proud of our annual award-winning Introduce a Girl to Engineering program, which has grown every year.”

Area high school students will come to campus around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, for Engineer for a Day.

Students will learn about different careers during a tour of UToledo’s engineering facilities and engage in hands-on activities with University students. After lunch, the high school students will shadow a professional engineer in the community.

The UToledo College of Engineering also will host its third annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. More than 600 seventh- and eighth-graders from 16 school districts will visit the University Thursday, Feb. 20, from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the day, the girls will tour UToledo’s engineering facilities and work with engineering students and members from more than a dozen local companies on a variety of activities, including robotics building and testing; traffic design experiments; Lego and balloon cars; rocket building and testing; pipeline design; chemical reactions; highway design; and virtual reality construction programs.

“This event has been built to inspire the next generation of women to pursue careers in STEM fields by working with our UToledo, community and corporate partners to showcase the many ways engineers impact our daily lives,” said Bryan Bosch, manager of diversity, inclusion and community engagement initiatives in the UToledo College of Engineering. “We’re excited to have such a large group on campus this year from so many of our area school districts.”

For more information on UToledo’s events for Engineer Week, contact Bosch at bryan.bosch@utoledo.edu.