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Men’s Golf to Host Inverness Intercollegiate Next Week

The Toledo men’s golf team will host the 15th annual Inverness Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 23 and 24, at the Inverness Club.

The 54-hole tournament will be played on a par-71, 7,172-yard layout that served as host for the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur this past summer. The event will begin with 36 holes Monday (8:45 a.m. shotgun start) followed by the final 18 holes Tuesday (8:30 a.m. tee times on holes No. 1 and 10).

Senior Rasmus Broholt Lind and Toledo will compete in the Inverness Intercollegiate.

The Inverness Club was founded in 1903, and along with The University of Toledo, served as host for the 2009 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships. Inverness will host the 2021 Solheim Cup and also has hosted four U.S. Opens, two U.S. Senior Opens, two PGA Championships and one U.S. Amateur.

“We are so grateful to the membership at the Inverness Club for their continued generous support of the Inverness Intercollegiate,” Head Coach Jeff Roope said. “This event means so much more than simply hosting a two-day event. It is really the cornerstone for our past, present and future successes. We get invited to other top college events because of the reciprocal nature of hosting the Intercollegiate, top recruits are looking for teams that play such a great schedule, better players allow you to compete at a higher level, competing at a higher level gets a team invited to more top events, and on and on. The benefits are enormous and irreplaceable. We cannot thank the Inverness members enough.”

The field for the tournament includes 12 schools that were ranked in the top 100 of last year’s Golfstat final rankings. Highlighting the field are three 2019 NCAA Championship participants -—Auburn, LSU and Ohio State — and six 2019 NCAA Regional qualifiers — Texas Tech, Tennessee, Michigan State, St. Mary’s, Kent State and UNC Wilmington. Also competing in the tournament along with the Rockets will be Kennesaw State, Michigan, Missouri, Northern Illinois and Notre Dame.

“This year’s event signals the return of the elite status of the Inverness Intercollegiate,” Roope said. “We worked diligently to attract top teams to Toledo, and we could not be happier with the field. To have defending champion Tennessee back along with teams like LSU, Auburn, Texas Tech, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State is amazing.”

Tennessee won last year’s event with a 12-over par 864, finishing seven strokes ahead of Virginia and San Francisco. The Cavaliers’ Thomas Walsh captured medalist honors with a tournament-record eight-under par 205. Toledo finished seventh and was just three strokes out of fifth place. Sophomore David Amm set the pace for the Rockets by tying for 11th place.

A portion of Tuesday’s final round can be viewed on ESPN3 with a scheduled air time from noon to 3 p.m. It will mark the second consecutive year that The University of Toledo’s Department of Communication and Athletic Department have teamed up to televise the sport of golf. Since its inception in the 2015-16 academic year, the Rockets have produced events for ESPN3 in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball.

Live scoring for the Inverness Intercollegiate can be found at golfstatresults.com.

Clothesline Project to Return to UToledo

Fear. Anger. Forgiveness. Resiliency. So many emotions are seen in the T-shirts created for the Clothesline Project.

The annual event will return to The University of Toledo Thursday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Centennial Mall. If it rains, the display will be moved inside the Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge.

T-shirts created by victims of sexual violence or made in honor of someone who has experienced violence are hung on Main Campus every year by the UToledo Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness.

“The Clothesline Project is a powerful display of the impact that violence has on the lives of so many people. For survivors, making a T-shirt and sharing their message with the community can be very healing,” Shahrazad Hamdah, sexual assault and domestic violence advocate in the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness, said.

The T-shirt display coordinates a color to many types of abuse: white for those who died because of violence; yellow and beige for battered and assaulted women; red, pink and orange for survivors of rape and sexual assault; blue and green for survivors of incest and sexual abuse; purple for those who were attacked because of their sexual orientation; and black for women attacked for political reasons.

Students and employees who would like to make a shirt can stop by the center in Health and Human Services Building Room 3005 Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All supplies will be provided.

For more information about the event, contact Hamdah at shahrazad.hamdah@utoledo.edu.

Women’s and Gender Studies Research Showcase Sept. 23

Zainab Almusalem and Amelia Stower will speak at a Women’s and Gender Studies Student Showcase Monday, Sept. 23.

The free, public event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in University Hall Room 4280.

Almusalem will discuss “Saudi Guardianship Laws: Feminist Activism and Societal Responses,” and Stower will talk about “The State of Reproductive Justice: Toledo, Ohio, and Beyond.”

Almusalem, the second-year student majoring in speech-language pathology and women’s and gender studies, will focus on Saudi guardianship laws as significant obstacles that prevent Saudi women from living their lives as independents.

Stower, a junior who is majoring in nursing and women’s and gender studies, believes reproductive justice is very important in the current political climate, and that it affects all women and encompasses all issues of life, from birth control to abortions, from giving birth to access of prenatal care.

Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor and chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, hopes attendees leave the presentation with information and analysis they didn’t have before the event. She added the showcase is an opportunity to sit in community with others and think about these topics.

Snacks will be provided; attendees are encouraged to bring an opinion to share.

For more information, call the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at 419.530.2233.

Toledo Football Heads West to Face Colorado State

Fresh off a 45-0 victory over Murray State, Toledo will go west for a late-night matchup at Colorado State Saturday, Sept. 21.

Kickoff is scheduled for 10:15 Eastern Time. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

Toledo’s defense pitched a shutout vs. Murray State Sept. 14, the Rockets’ first in 19 years.

The Rockets and the Rams are 1-1 in their all-time series and haven’t met on the gridiron since Toledo lost in Fort Collins in 1973. The two schools will meet again in Toledo in 2021.

Toledo (1-1, 0-0 MAC) heads to the Rockies with a boost of confidence following its shutout of the Racers before 25,361 at the Glass Bowl. It was the Rockets’ first shutout since a 42-0 whitewashing of Marshall Oct. 14, 2000, a string of 228 games.

Senior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni threw for a career-high 266 yards and three touchdowns in the Murray State win. Guadagni, who suffered a concussion in the third quarter of Toledo’s 38-24 loss at Kentucky two weeks ago, completed passes to nine different players and threw for touchdowns of 8, 11 and 43 yards.

Guadagni’s favorite target was junior tight end Drew Rosi, who caught a career-best five passes for 84 yards and one touchdown.

Toledo’s offense racked up 538 yards, while the defense held Murray State to just 94 yards of total offense in the second half.

Colorado State (1-2, 0-0 Mountain West) is coming off a 55-31 loss at Arkansas last week. The game was tied, 34-34, until the Razorbacks scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Senior Marvin Kinsey Jr. rushed for 180 yards and one TD in the loss.

New Chemistry Lab to be Dedicated in Honor of Water Quality Leader, UToledo alum Sept. 19

The University of Toledo is honoring a successful alumna who inspired generations of students to pursue careers in chemistry and focused her life’s work on improving water quality and the preservation of safe drinking water around the globe.

A dedication ceremony for the new Dr. Nina McClelland Laboratory for Water Chemistry and Environmental Analysis in The University of Toledo College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will take place Thursday, Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Bowman-Oddy Laboratories Room 2059.


The namesake of the new chemistry lab will attend the event.

“We are proud to recognize Dr. McClelland’s important contributions to science and to The University of Toledo,” UToledo President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Water quality is a critical area of research at our University, and this new lab will benefit our scientists and students in their search for solutions to protect public health and the environment.”

The lab features state-of-the-art equipment, including novel extraction and microextraction technology and high-resolution mass spectrometry, tandem mass spectrometry, and an advanced imaging system.

McClelland, UToledo dean emerita, retired from the University in 2011 after serving as dean of the UToledo College of Arts and Sciences, as well as working in the Provost’s Office. She began at UToledo in 2003 as an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry.

McClelland served as chair of the Board of Directors for the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific organization. She also served as chair, president and chief executive officer during her more than 30 years with NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods.

She has served on several major committees, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Drinking Water Advisory Council in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Committee on Water Treatment Chemicals in the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council.

McClelland earned bachelor and master of science degrees from UToledo in 1951 and 1963, respectively. She received her doctoral degree in environmental chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1968. UToledo awarded her an honorary doctorate in science in 2003.

International Conference at UToledo Targeting Human Trafficking Grows to Record Level

In the wake of high-profile sex trafficking charges against financier Jeffrey Epstein and singer R. Kelly, this dark world of modern-day slavery is under an intense spotlight and garnering global attention.

Survivors, researchers and advocates around the world are coming together this week for the 16th Annual International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference at The University of Toledo.

This year marks the largest event since the conference began at UToledo in 2004 and for the first time features an art exhibit in collaboration with the UToledo Department of Art to raise critical consciousness for social justice.

“We are proud so many people want to learn about human trafficking,” said Dr. Celia Williamson, Distinguished University Professor and director of the UToledo Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute. “Our conference brings sex and labor trafficking out of the shadows and helps end abuse. More than ever before, we have the opportunity to educate, collaborate and save lives.”

The conference, which — to date — has welcomed presenters from 42 states and 30 countries, is Thursday and Friday, Sept. 19 and 20, in the Thompson Student Union on Main Campus.

UToledo’s Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute and the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition host the conference.

Williamson recently published a new book titled “A Seat at the Table: The Courage to Care About Trafficking Victims,” which tells her life story and transition from at-risk for trafficking to a world-renown social worker and researcher, working directly with victims and revolutionizing global anti-trafficking efforts.

At this year’s conference, Williamson will unveil her new, free human trafficking risk assessment tool (HTRISK) that she developed with support from the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, as well as release the findings from her study of 400 Ohio youth. That presentation will be Friday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Watch the livestream on the UToledo Alumni Association website.

“With limited time, money and resources, advocates need to know which youth are at the highest risk for sex trafficking and then do their best to prevent it,” Williamson said.

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 9 to 10 a.m., 475 high school students from the area will gather in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium for Human Trafficking 101, where they also will learn about dating violence and participate in a poetry slam.

For a full schedule of presentations, visit the conference website.

New this year, the UToledo Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute and the College of Arts and Letters partnered together for an art exhibit titled “Faces of Trafficking,” which features people from the greater Toledo community who are leading the fight to end trafficking.

“It is an opportunity to bring to life the people impacted by human trafficking and to provide a path for the community to join the fight,” Barbara Miner, professor and chair of the UToledo Department of Art, said.

The tall black-and-white photography installation called “The Pillars” features people on the front lines in the war against trafficking.

“These are warriors holding up the ceiling of hope,” Miner said. “Using an arresting, striking style, we’re showcasing people like Celia Williamson as well as medical and law enforcement professionals among others who work under the radar and often go unnoticed, but who are working tirelessly to protect people suffering through contemporary slavery.”

Artwork created by current and former art students in response to trafficking stories and the global issue also will be on display.

The free, public exhibit can be see from Thursday, Sept. 19, through Friday, Dec. 6, at the UToledo Center for the Visual Arts on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The UToledo Center for the Visual Arts also is featuring a special project, “A Thousand Hands, A Million Stars,” a collaboration uniting visual art, poetry, music and dance produced by former UToledo faculty member Denise Ritter Bernardini.

Rockets Speed Past Racers, 45-0

Senior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni threw for a career-high 266 yards and three touchdowns as the Rockets cruised to a 45-0 victory over Murray State before a home-opening crowd of 25,361 at the Glass Bowl Saturday night.

The victory was the first shutout for the Rockets in 19 years, a span of 228 games going back to a 42-0 Toledo win over Marshall Oct. 14, 2000. It also was the first time Murray State had been shut out since 2005.

Quarterback Mitchell Guadagni threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns in Toledo’s win in the home opener.

Guadagni, who suffered a concussion in Toledo’s 38-24 loss at Kentucky two weeks ago, completed passes to nine different players and threw for touchdowns of 8, 11 and 43 yards. Guadagni’s favorite target was junior tight end Drew Rosi, who caught a career-best five passes for 84 yards and one touchdown. Toledo’s offense racked up 538 yards, 348 in the air and 190 on the ground.

Toledo’s defense kept the Racers in check all night, forcing two turnovers and holding them to 331 total yards, just 93 of which came in the second half. The Rockets’ defense came up big when it counted, too, holding Murray State to 4 of 15 on third down and 0 of 3 on fourth down.

The Rocket defense shut out its first opponent in 19 years.

In the first quarter, Murray State drove down to the Toledo 28-yard line on its first possession, but was stopped on downs when Jordan Fisher halted a short pass for no gain on a fourth and six. Moments later, MSU had a chance to get on the scoreboard, but Zaden Webber’s 45-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright.

The Rockets got on the board first when freshman Evan Davis nailed a 40-yard field goal with 3:21 left in the first quarter.

Devin Maddox celebrated after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter to put the Rockets up 10-0.

Toledo struck on the first play of the second quarter on an eight-yard pass from Guadagni to redshirt freshman Devin Maddox to give Toledo a 10-0 lead. Moments later, Guadagni hit Rosi for an 11-yard strike to increase the lead to 17-0. The drive was set up by a 66-yard bomb from Guadagni to Bryce Mitchell to the MSU 11-yard line.

In the third quarter, Toledo took advantage of a Samuel Womack interception, extending the lead to 24-0 on a 43-yard TD pass from Guadagni to Desmond Phillips.

Murray State missed another chance to score when a 45-yard field goal attempt was blocked by David Hood.

On the very next play, the Rockets made it 38-0 on a 55-yard bomb from Carter Bradley to Danzel McKinley-Lewis.

Toledo added to its lead with a 42-yard TD run by freshman Micah Kelly to make it a 45-0 game in the fourth quarter.

The Rockets travel to Colorado State Saturday, Sept. 21. The game is slated to start at 10:15 Eastern Time and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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.

Women’s Golf to Host Glass City Invitational at Inverness Club to Tee Off Season Sept. 16-17

The Toledo women’s golf program will host a tournament at the Inverness Club for the first time next week when it tees off its 2019-20 campaign with the Glass City Invitational.

The 54-hole tournament will be played Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16-17. An 8:45 a.m. shotgun start will open the tournament Monday with an 8 a.m. tee time scheduled for Tuesday.

Toledo will host the Glass City Invitational at the Inverness Club Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16-17.

The event is open to the public with free parking.

The tourney field includes three schools — Florida, Illinois and Northwestern — that advanced to the 2019 NCAA Championships and five more — Baylor, Furman, Michigan State, Ohio State and Texas A&M — that qualified for last year’s NCAA Regionals. In this year’s Women’s Golf Coaches Association preseason poll, Florida is ranked No. 8 and is joined by No. 15 Northwestern, No. 16 Illinois and No. 19 Michigan State. Also receiving votes in the poll were Baylor, Furman and Ohio State.

Joining the Rockets in the event are Coastal Carolina, Michigan, South Florida and Wisconsin.

“Inverness Club is a special place with a membership committed to the highest of quality in the game of golf,” Toledo Head Coach Jenny Coluccio said. “We are thrilled and fortunate to have the opportunity to host the first women’s event at Inverness and welcome a very competitive field. Our relationship with Inverness and hosting a top event will continue to have a lasting impact for our players and program.”

Toledo’s squad this season will feature a blend of youth and experience. The Rockets return three seniors — Thunpijja Sukkasem, Donchanok Toburint and Saranlak Tumfong — this year and welcome four freshmen — Caroline Kane, Amelia Lee, Kathryn Roth and Claudia Sampson.

Coluccio said she is looking forward to the start of the season with a group that is eager to learn.

“Productive is the word that best describes our first two weeks of practice and qualifying,” Coluccio said. “The team is truly learning during each practice session, and I am very happy with their efforts. This year will be a journey, and we are focusing on one step at a time and improving each day. I am excited to watch their overall progress this year. They are excited to be playing at home at Inverness and Toledo for the first event of the season.”

Live scoring for the Glass City Invitational can be found at golfstatresults.com.

Toledo Football to Host Murray State in Home Opener Sept. 14

Toledo will make its 2019 debut at the Glass Bowl with a matchup vs. Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponent Murray State Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.

The Rockets opened the season with a loss at Kentucky Aug. 31 and a bye week Sept. 7.

Bryant Koback rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown vs. Kentucky Aug. 31.

Toledo started strong against the Wildcats, moving out to a 14-7 lead thanks to rushing touchdowns from sophomore running back Bryant Koback and senior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni. But Kentucky outscored the Rockets 31-10 the rest of the way, denying Toledo the chance for its second-ever win against an SEC school.

Guadagni completed 7 of 12 passes for 122 yards before leaving the game due to injury late in the third quarter. He also tied Koback for the team lead with 73 rushing yards. Juniors Danzel McKinley-Lewis and Bryce Mitchell topped the Rockets with three receptions apiece.

Sophomore Saeed Holt led Toledo’s defensive efforts with a career-high 10 tackles to go with a tackle for loss and forced fumble, while junior Tycen Anderson registered a career-best eight stops.

The Racers are 1-1 and coming off a 63-17 loss at No. 3 Georgia Sept. 7. In its opener Aug. 31, Murray State dumped National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics opponent Pikeville, 59-20.

This will be the first meeting between Toledo and Murray State on the gridiron. The Rockets are 24-2 vs. FCS opponents since the NCAA split up Division I in 1978.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. The game will be carried by ESPN3.

To ensure a positive game-day experience, fans are advised to arrive early in order to give themselves plenty of time to find suitable parking.

Tickets are still available. Go to the Toledo Football Central website, call 419.530.GOLD (4653), or go to the Athletic Ticket Office at Savage Arena. The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Students are admitted free with their Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half price with ID.