Restoring a River

April 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Dr. Patrick Lawrence

ut 4With the establishment of the main campus of the University of Toledo along Bancroft Street was the added feature of a major river.  Over the last seventy years, the Ottawa River has received little attention in regards to campus planning, which is evidenced by the location of buildings and parking lots up against its banks.  For many, the river has been seen and described as a “dirty ugly ditch”.   In addition, following major flooding in the 1940s and 1950s, much of the river was dredged, straightened and leveed in order to protect from future hazards.  As a campus and community we have turned our backs to the river, ignoring its unique and important ecological functions and untapped potential to enhance the University landscape.

2013-08-27 18.00.44Since 2005, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members have been working to address a wide range of issues and challenges associated with the 3,700 feet of the Ottawa River that passes through the main campus of the University of Toledo. Established by then President Dan Johnson, the President’s Commission on the River has spent that last nine years focusing on efforts in the areas of beautification, storm water improvements, natural areas and environmental improvements, overlooks and pathways, student involvement, education and public awareness, community outreach and engagement.  Funded by grants and donors, the Commission has raised over $600,000 to support projects and activities aimed at improving the river.  Several notable accomplishments have been achieved by the Commission in association with UT Facilities and Grounds and other university and community partners.

One of the early initiatives undertaken by the Commission was the establishment of the first rain gardens to be installed on the UT main campus.  Rain gardens use native soils and plants to capture runoff from buildings, parking lots, walkways, and roof drains, slowing down and holding the water to allow for infiltration.   Next to Lot 10 and the varsity tennis courts, several groups assisted the Commission with the design and build of the Carolyn Edwards Memorial Rain Garden with funding support from a local community foundation.

2013-09-07 14.34.25With assistance from the Toledo-Lucas County Rain Garden Initiative, the Mary Sue Cave Rain Garden was established near International House where roof storm drains were diverted into the garden as a means for natural soil absorption and potential filtration.  Ongoing efforts from volunteers, including students, faculty, classes from environmental sciences and classes from the Honors College care for the gardens throughout the year. Additional support is provided by UT Grounds who continues to maintain and improve the rain gardens so their beauty can been enjoyed by all.

In 2011-2012, the local and state health departments, under the advisement of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, partially removed the advisories for fish consumption and human contact along the river within the City of Toledo. This included the signs on main campus which had been in place since the early 1990s.  The Commission, along with many local groups and individuals had long advocated for this action based on an improved understanding of the river’s health and an assessment of new aquatic ecosystem data.  A key event leading up to this decision was a community workshop the Commission held to discuss the signage.  One outcome of this meeting was the removal of the yellow signs, which was applauded and has served as an important step in the positive progress made to the river.  The removal of signage has also helped to improve public awareness of the Ottawa River and increase understanding of the river water and habitat conditions.

1377328_718241608190824_44822350_nThe Commission has established an annual “Celebrate the River Week” which is held each September and has consisted of a variety of events and activities, including a rubber duck race, scavenger hunt, video and poster displays in the Carlson Library, a student photography contest, walking tours, presentations, and news articles.  This week ends each year with volunteers from the University participating in the community river and stream bank clean-up event Clean Your Streams, organized by Partners for Clean Streams Inc.  As one of the main kickoff locations for the CYS event, UT involvement has grown from a small group effort to over 300 participants in recent years.

The efforts of these students, staff, faculty and citizens each year results in the removal of hundreds of bags full of garbage and debris, along with numerous large items from main campus, and nearby river sites in the City of Toledo, Village of Ottawa Hills, and along Swan Creek at the UT Health Science Campus.  Student organizations including Habitat For Humanity, the Society for Environmental Education, and numerous sororities, fraternities and student groups come in large numbers participating each year and often winning various awards for their efforts.

The revocations to Savage Arena allowed for the placement of a river walkway and overlook outside that building.  Fund raising efforts with the UT Foundation and annual 50th year alumni classes have resulted in the placement of several benches at a river overlook by the David Root traffic bridge.  With the support of the President’s Office and Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, UT Facilities was able to establish the student river plaza between the Student Union and Carlson Library, where the tables, benches and interpretative signs have become a popular gathering place on warm days for members of the UT community.

CarsonThe Commission has also hosted a number of public meetings and workshops on a variety of river topics of interest to students and others at the University but also the general public, covering issues such as water quality, storm water, and aquatic habitat.  Presentations have been made to many UT classes and organizations, including student groups, faculty and the Board of Trustees. Members of the Commission have also been active participants in many local events and involved with efforts within the Toledo area and along the Ottawa River. This focus on shared challenges and concerns associated with the Ottawa River includes the major habitat restoration project recently completed by Partners for Clean Streams at the Boy Scout of America property at Camp Miakonda in Sylvania.  Members of the commission were also involved with the removal of the Secor Dam near main campus in the Village of Ottawa Hills which was conducted by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Local Governments (TMACOG) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).  The Commission has worked with many local and regional agencies and groups – and attended meetings – concerning the Ottawa River including the Maumee Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Advisory Committee, Stormwater Coalition, and the TMACOG Environmental Council.   The efforts undertaken on the main campus for the Ottawa River have also involved and engaged a number of key partners and collaborators including Ohio EPA, US EPA, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, City of Toledo, Lucas County, TMACOG, Partners for Clean Streams, Toledo Public Schools, several University academic department and programs, and many other concerned citizens and professionals.

Numerous additional projects associated with the Ottawa River at UT are also supported by the Commission, including those undertaken by undergraduate and graduate students.  Several student teams from the Civil Engineering senior design class have completed projects on topics ranging from proposals for new and renovated river bridges on main campus to projects involving storm water improvements. Students and faculty from environmental sciences have completed research on fish populations and aquatic habitat conditions and continue with regular monitoring and assessment efforts.  Over thirty fish species have been collected and documented from the river on campus, including Steelhead (Rainbow Trout). Students have also been actively involved with many of the activities and events of the Commission including clean-up events and maintaining the rain gardens.

2013-08-04 12.25.51Starting in 2009, the Commission undertook the largest project to date with a proposal to undertake natural restoration improvements for both bank and aquatic habitat along the river.  An education grant from the Stranahan Foundation provided an opportunity to engage science teachers and students from the Toledo Public School (TPS) Early College High School, located on the UT Scott Park campus, with the design and planning for aquatic habitat restoration within 900 feet of the river adjacent to Savage Arena.  The project aim was to engage the high school students with involvement in the development of the project and provide them a forum to meet and learn about college degree options in environmental science. There was also opportunity for the students to interact with professionals working in the field from federal and state agencies, non-government organizations, and consultants.  With additional planning support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) – Buffalo District, an initial site plan for the placement of several in-stream aquatic habitat structures was completed for the proposed project area in 2011 with plans to proceed to construction.

However, following a public meeting on the proposed restoration project, interest was expressed by several groups to encourage expanding the restoration concepts to include the entire 3,700 feet of the Ottawa River on main campus.  With securing of additional project grants from Ohio EPA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Commission and project team proceeded to have the ACOE extend their design work for the other river sections on main campus.  Final design work was completed by fall of 2011, and the first stage of construction was completed in July 2012 with the completion of a cutbank structure along 900 feet of the river bank adjacent to the UT Law School.  The cutbank was deemed a necessary step due to the requirement to increase river water storage on campus following a potential one hundred year flood event.  The building of the cutbank also provided an opportunity to remove over 4,000 square feet of construction debris placed there in the 1950s. Once completed the site was replanted with over 300 native plants. There are also future plans that will improve public access to the river with a walking path and benches at the site.

QQ8H4554During the summer of 2013, further efforts of habitat restoration were underway.  With the assistance of Partners for Cleans Streams – funded by a environmental jobs grant from the federal government – eight student workers spent ten weeks at UT removing large numbers of non-native invasive plant species along the river banks, most notably Tree of Heaven, Honeysuckle, and Buckthorn, and preparing access points for subsequent in-stream river habitat restoration work. In August 2013, Ecological Restoration Inc., undertook the placement of twelve habitat structures in the river using native wood materials and stone, plus an additional sixty single stone rocks.  All of these structures provide shelter, resting, and potential nesting habitat for fish and other aquatic organisms found in the river.  Over 700 native plants were placed along the river bank and in the water. Permanent information signage will be placed along the river on campus to educate the University community and visitors about the river and restoration efforts. Ongoing assessment and monitoring will be conducted to determine the impact of the work that has occurred.

As the Commission begins to close in on a decade of work, the potential opportunities remain exciting with great potential for continued improvements to the river on our campus.  Future efforts will focus on addressing the serious challenges associated with the collection of surface storm water runoff from our buildings and parking lots. Currently, the stormwater is discharged directly into the Ottawa River. Ongoing and committed work to stop the continued appearance and expansion of the non-native invasive plants will also continue. Additionally, improvements to aging bridge structures will need be carried out and more overlooks will be developed, along with a planned river trail system. Due to the many improvements, there has been an increased use of the river as an outdoor classroom for our students, which furthers collaboration and public education surrounding the Ottawa River, such educational experiences will increase.  Along with our community, collaborators, and University partners we all look forward to having our river gain its place as a signature piece of the University of Toledo for our current and future students and the community we all share.

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Dr. Patrick Lawrence
Chair & Professor
Department of Geography and Planning
College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences
and Chair, UT President’s Commission on the River
patrick.lawrence@utoledo.edu
 

 

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UT Honors Veterans

April 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

by Patty Gelb

Veterans Plaza.CD-1037Many locations on the campus of The University of Toledo are well-known by Toledoans.

The clock tower, rising above University Hall on Bancroft Street, is a Toledo fixture. As an alum, you may remember walking across campus and telling time by its chimes at the top of the hour. Centennial Mall, the crossroads of the main campus and location of one of Toledo’s most celebrated art festivals, Art on the Mall, is traversed by thousands annually. The Glass Bowl holds more than twenty thousand screaming fans every UT Rockets football game.

But there is probably not a more reverent and tranquil place on campus as The University of Toledo Veteran’s Plaza.

Dedicated on November 11, 2009, The University of Toledo Veteran’s Plaza is an outdoor memorial created to honor all those who served our country. Located between Centennial Mall and the east entrance of the building that many UT alumni would know as the Memorial Field House, the Veteran’s Plaza is a reflective and beautiful spot on campus.

The plaza is a large circular monument cut into the grassy hill beside University Hall. The memorial itself is built of stone with stately brass plaques displayed in an arc. Standing a few feet away from the center of the arc are three flagpoles displaying the United States flag, the flag of the State of Ohio and the POW/MIA flag, appropriately lit twenty-four hours a day. Across from the stone memorial and flags is a seating area of engraved stone benches set in a curve. The area is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden planted with evergreens, flowering bushes and a weeping tree standing proudly at the center.

Although the area itself is beautiful, the names, messages and tributes displayed on the wall are what make the Veteran’s Plaza such a special place to stop and spend some time. The memorial honors almost 400 individuals and groups who served our country. Messages on the plaques are tributes from family members, friends, high school and college chums, corporations and service groups to the honored loved ones who served in one of the divisions of the armed services. Reading the messages, running your fingers over the lettering, seeing the flowers left next to a name will take your breath away and remind you of your loved ones who served.

The project to build the memorial was four years in the making. Groups of dedicated volunteers and representatives from the community banded together to expedite this project to give the community a place where the greater Toledo community can meditate and reflect. The entire $250,000 plaza was paid through donations and in-kind gifts to the UT Foundation.

Veterans memorial dedication ceremony CD-756“As a ROTC commissioned officer from UT, being a part of the team that helped get the Veteran’s Plaza built was a labor of love and patriotism,” said Chip Carstensen, president of Block Communications and member of the UT Veteran’s Plaza committee.  “Block Communications has long supported veterans in Toledo and it was an easy decision to make a significant contribution that motivated other companies to step up and build the memorial on UT’s campus. It’s one of very few universities that celebrate our military and veterans.”

People may think that it was intended for UT students who were veterans but it was a community-wide initiative intended to honor all of those in our area who served.

“In the workaday world that surrounds each of us, there is little time and few places to remember those who have served our country,” said Vern Snyder, vice president for institutional advancement. “The University of Toledo Veteran’s Plaza stands as just such a place for our veterans, our community and, most importantly, our students.”

For those interested in still honoring a loved one at The University of Toledo Veteran’s Plaza, you can contribute $1,000 toward a custom plaque on the wall to honor a veteran. Nameplate listings are sold for $100. If you are interested in more information on how to honor someone on the wall, please contact Gail Simpson at gail.simpson@utoledo.edu or 419.530.8425.

The next time you are on the campus of The University of Toledo, please stop by the Veteran’s Plaza and take a few moments to enjoy this very special memorial on campus.

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Class Notes/Obits

April 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

Please submit your class note to: Amanda.schwartz@utoledo.edu

’60’s

Gordon C. Cox (UTCTC ’67) retired as bridge & road designer and professional surveyor for the Wood County engineer’s office following 42 years of service. During his career he was also a Navy Seabee, realtor, appraiser and instructor at Bowling Green State University. He now works full-time with his wife, son and six grandchildren on their farm in Haskins, Ohio.

*Paul Sullivan (A/S ’60) has been a professional artist for 57 years. In September 2013, one of Paul’s paintings was chosen to be in the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition which is being held now in Shenzhen, China. Of the 2,825 entries, 260 were accepted and only 53 were from the United States.

Joe Cotruvo (A/S ’63) has been an expert advisor to the World Health Organization for about 30 years and continues to serve on several committees that develop the international drinking water guidelines that almost every country adopts.

**Birdel Jackson (Eng ’68) was reappointed to the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District Governing Board.

Medford “Med” Barr II (Ed ’66) and his wife Linda (Doane) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 8, 2014. They reside in Fla.

’70’s

**Patti Pennypacker (UTCTC ’75) published a children’s book called “Jingles for Jesus, Volume 1.” It is a book of short rhymes about familiar topics, designed to enable young minds to listen and learn about Jesus. She plans to publish four volumes.

Ted Ligibel (Univ Coll ’72) has been reappointed to the State Of Michigan Historic Preservation Review Board. Ted is currently a professor at Eastern Michigan University.

Hon. Thomas Breslin (Law ’73) was appointed as Administrative Judge of the Third Judicial District for the New York State Unified Court System.

Donalek Peter Donalek (MS ’73) has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is being recognized for contributions to grid-connected pumped storage hydro systems.
’80’s

*Paul D. Longenecker (A/S ’82, MBA ’89) has accepted a graduate faculty position at Otterbein University in a brand new program, masters of science in allied health. He is coordinating the allied health administration track. Paul was previously a faculty member at Lourdes University.

David Noggle (Univ Coll ’88) participated in the 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Half Marathon on Sunday, October 20, 2013 with Dan Maloney (Bus ’88, MBA ’93, Law ’97) They finished at the two-hour mark and are planning to run a full marathon together in 2014.

*Sharon Speyer (Law ’85), the president of Huntington Bank’s Northwest Ohio region, has been named recipient of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award. The award is given each year to an area woman who shows excellence, creativity, and initiative in her business or profession, provides service to improve the quality of life for others in her community, and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential. speyer_photo_2013
Matthew Mitten Matthew Mitten (Law ’84) was on a team of nine arbitrators – all lawyers, judges or law professors from around the world who specialize in sports law and arbitration – that settled any dispute related to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Joe Guerrero (Ed ’81) gained his 300th career high school basketball coaching victory in February 2014 when E.L. Bowsher High School defeated Morrison R. Waite High School. Joe has been a coach for 27 seasons at Waite, Clay and Bowsher high schools.

Deborah Forkas (A/S ’81) has been hired as the new executive director for the Department of Job and Family Services by the Stark County, Va. commissioners. She took over the position on March 10, 2014.

’90’s

Jennifer Greico (A/S ’93, Law ’97) has been named a top rated lawyer by DBusiness Magazine for the third consecutive year.

Rudy Ruiz (Ed ’93) was hired by Bedford Township as its new fire chief. He was previously a member of the Sandusky Fire Department for 23 years. RUIZ
’00’s

Anthony Pattin (Pharm ’07, PharmD ’09) was accepted into the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Faculty Scholars Program. The organization is based in Washington, D.C. and works to educate assistant professors from U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy about designing, implementing, and publishing community pharmacy-based patient care research. Anthony is a clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy.

Bradley S. Slomsky (Univ Coll ’09) is now senior property manager at Lifestyle Communities in Columbus, Ohio.

JohnDMachewichPartner John D. Mackewich (Law ’05) was announced as a new partner at the Royal Oak, Mich. based Tomkiw Machewich, PLC. John specializes in general corporate and business law, private and public securities offerings, venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, and international law.

Andrea Mason (A/S ’06) is now a bartender at King Street Grille in Kiawah Island, S.C.

’10’s

Matt Schultz (HSHS ’10) is the new therapy program manager at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home. His goal is to shape the image of Auglaize Acres more toward a temporary rehabilitation center.

Janssen W. Lemley (CALL ’11) is the new senior district executive for the Chinquapin District of the Black Swamp Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. This district serves Henry, Defiance, Fulton and Williams Counties in Ohio.

Births, Marriages and Engagements

Ashleigh Spies (MEd ’11) and Elliot Tippmann were united in marriage on August 2, 2013 at Maumee Bay State Park. The couple resides in Ind.

Anthony Tartaglia (A/S ’05, MBA ’09) and Amanda Whittaker (NRS ’09) married on July 6, 2013 at the Toledo County Club. Anthony is director of business development for an international publication and Amanda is a nurse. The couple lives in Fort Myers, Fla.

Nick Oblizajek (Eng ’12, Honors ’12) and Carolynn Smith were married on July 27, 2013 at St. Joseph Church in Sylvania, Ohio.

Amy Bondy (Ed ’07) and Jeremy Baker were joined in marriage on January 3, 2014 at Norman Towers Chapel. The couple lives in Monroe, Mich.

*Kandice Jo Mickunas (Eng ’13, Honors ’13) and John Kelsey Gray (current UT student) announced their engagement. Their wedding is planned for May 16, 2015 at St. Mary’s, Massillon, Ohio. MICKUNAS
ColeZiesmer Ryan Ziesmer (Univ Coll ’00) and Alicia Cole were joined in marriage on September 14, 2013 at St. John Lutheran Church in Dundee, Mich.

Tiffany Lenee Parron (Ed ’06) and Jared Ray Holland announced their engagement and are planning a July 12, 2014 wedding.

Adrienne Dennis (Ed ’10) and Bradley Nyholm announced their engagement and will be married on June 20, 2014 at The Quarry Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Pixi Lee Carone, Maumee, Ohio at 84. Carone served as an EKG technician in the cardiac station at MCO from 1981 to 1992. She retired from MCO in 1995.

Patricia A. (McNamara) Beazley, Toledo at 83, was as a local artist whose portraits of faculty and administrators hung at the University.

Carolyn L. Garrison Miller, Hamtramck, Mich. at 81. The professor emeritus of health and human services joined the University in 1977 as an instructor of public service technologies. She retired in 1993.

**William H. Patterson, Jr. (Bus ’43), Canton, Mich. at 92. The retired executive worked at the former Sheller-Globe Corp. for four decades. He was an avid Rocket fan and was involved with his alma mater by serving as president and vice president of the UT Alumni Foundation’s Board of Trustees during the 1970’s. He also chaired the Foundation’s investment committee. In 1983, Patterson received the Pacemaker Award from the College of Business for outstanding achievement in business as well as contributions to the community and the University. In 1990, he received the Blue T Award, which recognizes contributions to the UT Alumni Association and the University through committee and community involvement.

Edward J. Shultz, Toledo at 69. The retired chair and CEO of the former Dana Commercial Credit Corp. served on the College of Business Advisory Board and college committees.

Bernice “Bea” Waite, Toledo at 94, volunteered as a member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

40’s

Emma Murphy (A/S ’41), Ann Arbor, Mich. at 94.

**Frederick Miller (Eng ’49), Toledo at 89.

Thelma Turvey (A/S ’40), Temperance, Mich. at 96.

50’s

Howard Shoup (Law ’54), Rittman, Ohio at 87.

Charles Bauer (Pharm ’50), Chagrin Falls, Ohio at 86.

**Raymond Krall (Pharm ’53), Toledo at 94.

Franklin Montry (Ed ’51), Dearborn, Mich. at 99.

60’s

Francis Bauer (Bus ’60), Kettering, Ohio at 90.

Ruth Ewing (Master’s ’60), Paw Paw, Mich. at 79.

Cloyd Bair (Bus ’61), Temperance, Mich. at 76.

James Staczek (UTCTC ’60), Rossford, Ohio at 77.

Robert Trost (Bachelor’s ’65), Toledo at 71.

Debra Waldron (UTCTC ’74, Univ Coll ’96), Northwood, Ohio at 62.

**Joseph Patay (Eng ’63), Hudson, Ohio at 83.

70’s

Arnold Meissner (Eng ’72), Plymouth, Mich. at 71.

Kent Becker (UTCTC ’75), Pioneer, Ohio at 60.

M. Spice (Ed ’73), Temperance, Mich. at 82.

Patricia Fravel (MEd ’75, MEd ’88), Toledo at 69.

**Gregory Norenberg (Eng ’73), Medina, Ohio at 63.

Renee Kolby-Sharp (UTCTC ’78), Temperance, Mich. at 58.

**Dr. Patrick Welch (MED ’75), West Palm Beach, Fla. at 67.

80’s

Karen Krause (UTCTC ’84), Toledo at 45.

Elsie Perch (MEd ’82), Rossford, Ohio at 94.

Annabelle Shilling (UTCTC ’84), Findlay, Ohio at 76.

Joseph Thompson (Ed Spec ’86), Cape Coral, Fla. at 81.

John Meyer (MEd ’82), Saint Augustine, Fla. at 91.

Margaret Cowles (MEd ’81), Ann Arbor, Mich. at 88.

*Richard Hostettler (Univ Coll ’86), Custar, Ohio at 65.

10’s

Jeffrey Shook (A/S ’10), Toledo at 44.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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UT in the News

April 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in In The News
UT and BG Start Joint Aviation Program

Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo are foes on the football field, but a new aviation partnership aimed at attracting international students shows the skies, at least, are friendly.

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Student Get Up Close Look at Ohio Supreme Court

More than 350 Lucas County area high school students had an opportunity today to witness the Supreme Court of Ohio listen and consider oral arguments in three cases during a court session held in the McQuade Law Auditorium at The University of Toledo College of Law.

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UT Expert on 2014 Local Crop Season


More Americans Plan to Put Tax Refund to Good Use

Once people are finished deliberating over which deductions they can claim, they can start dreaming about how they’re going to spend what is often a fat refund check from the federal government.

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Toledo Extends Basketball Coach’s Contract Through 2020-21 Season

The University of Toledo and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tod Kowalczyk have reached an agreement that extends Kowalczyk’s contract through the 2020-21 season, UT Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike O’Brien announced today.

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Jazz Still Thrives in Toledo

Many of Toledo’s jazz legends are gone now, and the number of jazz clubs has dwindled, but this uniquely American art form remains strong in the city, say its fans and practitioners.

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UT’s Cellular Program

April 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in UT Technology

Rocket Wireless your cellular headquarters

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The University of Toledo owns and operates a cellular program for its students, staff and alumni.

Did you know that we offer similar yet unique plans, different than those that you will find at your local AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Stores? For a full listing of our current plans please visit our website www.utoledo.edu/depts/rocketwireless. To help you stay current with the every changing technology, we offer both one and two year contracts as well as unlimited data plans. Are you already with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon and want to switch, give us a call (419-530-2900) we can assist.


What’s new this Month:

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 may be featured in the near future with a metal body
  • Apple is expected to announce the newest version of the iPhone with the next few weeks
  • Be cautious when texting a person you know is driving. There is a court case in NJ, where lawyers are claiming sender of text message was electronically in vehicle which caused the physical accident.


Apps, Tips & Tricks to simplify:

Batteries: Your battery can be significantly drained by the continual scanning processes looking for 4G. If you know that you will be out of a 4G area or if you are not acquiring a 4G signal as indicated on the task bar, remember to turn your 4G radio OFF – thus saving your battery.

Lost Car Fob: Lock your keys in car, no worries. In three simple steps you can unlock your keyless entry car remotely with your smart phone.

  1. Contact the person who has the extra remote
  2. Hold your cell phone about a foot away from the driver’s side door
  3. Ask the person on line to hold the remote near the speaker of their phone and press the unlock button 3 or 4 times and wait for the car to unlock.
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