March 16, 2023
An outstanding college athlete from Akron, Harold Anderson was hired as UToledo’s basketball coach, then a part-time job, in 1934. He took a “Cinderella” team to the National Invitational Tournament in 1937, and in 1942, he led his team to a third-place finish. Anderson also recruited and supported Black players during a time when basketball was predominantly a white sport.
March 9, 2023
In this 1960s-era photo, Astronomy Professor Helen Brooks, right, and Physics and Astronomy Chair John Turin, center, meet with renowned science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, author of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” in Ritter Planetarium. During Women’s History Month, UToledo celebrates Brooks as a trailblazer.
March 2, 2023
The U.S.-Soviet Union space race more than 60 years ago helped give birth to the UToledo Phonathon fundraisers in the 1960s.
February 2, 2023
The area’s recent snow was a reminder of Toledo’s great blizzard, Jan. 25, 1978, which closed The University of Toledo campus for four days. The Collegian, UToledo’s student newspaper, published this photo of a student trudging through thigh-high snow in front of the East Parking ramp on Feb. 2 of that year, a full week after the blizzard.
January 19, 2023
The Dancing Rockettes were formed by a local dancer at the request of UToledo’s sports information director, who wanted entertainment during halftime at basketball games. The dance troupe debuted on March 16, 1961, at the Kent State-Toledo basketball game, becoming the first recognized collegiate dance team in the nation. The Dancing Rockettes merged with the Rocket Marching Band in 1978.
December 15, 2022
In celebration of Saturday’s Commencement, we wind back the UToledo clock more than a century to students graduating from the College of Education circa 1918. For details on the celebration for the Class of 2022, visit utoledo.edu/commencement.
December 1, 2022
The University of Toledo’s football team played its first game in 1917 against the University of Detroit losing 145 to 0. The 2022 Rockets football team will represent the MAC West Division in the 2022 MAC Championship Game at noon Saturday, Dec. 3, at Detroit's Ford Field.
November 17, 2022
In 1936, the Works Progress Administration approved a $272,000 loan to UToledo to build a football stadium. With the University adding $51,000 to help fund the construction, a crew went to work, using hand tools to shape the ravine into a bowl shape, which prolonged the project but kept the workforce employed during the Great Depression. Originally called University Stadium, the facility had a seating capacity of 8,000 when it opened in 1937.
October 27, 2022
After an uncontested election, Alice Roulet, center, was the first female president of UToledo’s student council. She is pictured in this 1944 yearbook photo with the caption, “We must so constitute our government that every student or housewife can step in and run it.” During World War II, women assumed leadership roles in most campus organizations.
October 6, 2022
Groundbreaking for The University of Toledo’s new campus along Bancroft Street began in 1929. Two years later, construction was completed for both University Hall and the Field House. Learn more about UToledo’s 150th anniversary at utoledo.edu/150celebration.