Unfinished Business: Senior Kareem Hunt wants a college degree…and a MAC Championship

September 6th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in The Rockets

By Sasha Mandros, Athletic Communications graduate assistant

Football HeadshotsIn many ways, Kareem Hunt’s senior year in college is a matter of unfinished business.

Following a junior season in which he rushed for almost 1,000 yards for the second time in his career, Toledo’s star running back had the option of entering the NFL Draft last spring. It was tempting. Like almost every other kid from his neighborhood in Willoughby, Ohio, Hunt has always dreamed of playing in the pros.

But after some consideration, Hunt opted to return for his fourth and final year as a Rocket. As he weighed the pros and cons of leaving school early, Hunt came to the conclusion that there were too many things left for him to accomplish at UT.

First and foremost, Hunt wants to get his diploma. A criminal justice major, Hunt is on track to become the first person in his family to earn a college degree. Hunt said his family supported whatever decision he made, but he also knew what it would mean for them to see him walk across the stage of Savage Arena on graduation day.

Football vs BGSU“My mom and my grandma have been on my side no matter what path I was leaning toward,” said Hunt. “I know that whatever I accomplish with football will make them proud. But I can tell how important a degree is to them. No one in my family has earned a college degree and all they’ve ever wanted was to provide a better life for me than they had themselves. I want to take full advantage of their sacrifices that have brought me to UT and of the opportunity that this team has given me.

“And personally, I really want that degree to fall back on because I have no idea if things will work out for me in football for one reason or another.”

As for football, Hunt’s decision to remain at UT is motivated by the same goal shared by his teammates, not to mention all of Rocket Nation—a Mid-American Conference Championship.

“The goal of our team has not changed once since the first day I arrived at Toledo…to win a MAC Championship,” said Hunt. “Some reporters roll their eyes because we’ve been saying the same thing for four years, but it truly is that important to us.

Kareem Hunt vs. EMU 2015a2“I can’t leave now if I have one more opportunity to help my brothers achieve this. When I weighed my options, all I had to do was just picture me and my team finally winning that trophy. If we win that title this season, it will be for all the alumni who shared our same goal in the past 12 years. I know those alums have our backs and Rocket Nation is with us every step of the way.”

Of course, by playing another year in a Rocket uniform, Hunt has the opportunity to clear up some other unfinished business by etching his name into the Toledo record book. Going into this season, Hunt has rushed for 3,470 yards—just 1,380 yards away from surpassing leader and 10-year NFL veteran Chester Taylor, who gained 4,849 yards from 1998-2001. Hunt has set some individual goals for himself this season, but only because he knows reaching them will give his team a better chance at winning.

Kareem Hunt vs Iowa State 9-19-15a“I want at least 1,500 rushing yards this season, and I want to improve on my career-best season touchdowns of 16 from two years ago,” said Hunt, who rushed for a career-high 1,631 yards as a sophomore. “And I’m definitely trying to reach at least 100 yards per game. I broke my streak last year (12 straight 100-yard games) and I was really disappointed when I let that happen. But those records aren’t important to me unless reaching them leads our team to a MAC Championship.”

Hunt would actually be a lot closer to Taylor’s school rushing record if it wasn’t for injuries. He missed three games and major parts of two others in 2014. Last year he missed three games and often played with nagging ailments when he was in the lineup. Injuries notwithstanding, Hunt sees a common denominator in how well he has performed over the past three seasons.

“I played my best ball when the entire team was involved in producing the best plays, rather than me trying to create a touchdown play every time I got the ball,” said Hunt. “My stats looked the way they did because my team provided me with all of those opportunities to make big plays.”

Despite the records and accolades, Hunt feels like he has only scratched the surface of his potential. And he knows a big reason he returned for one more season as Rocket is to be able to say he gave it everything he could to help the Rockets bring a title back to Toledo.

“I’ve only got one more shot at it,” said Hunt. “I haven’t played my best ball yet in this Toledo uniform.”

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Rockets ready to battle for MAC championship

September 6th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in The Rockets

First-year coach Jason Candle has veteran team focused, united in its quest for a championship

Boca Raton BowlThe more things change, the more they stay the same. At least that’s what fans of the Toledo Rockets are hoping this year.

The Rockets have a new head coach, an almost completely new coaching staff and many new faces in key positions on the field, especially on defense. But first-year head coach Jason Candle is confident that the 2016 brand of Rockets will live up to the proud legacy of the program—with an eye on achieving something that has narrowly eluded UT in the past decade.

“We have a solid foundation, so our challenge is to build from that foundation,” said Candle. “We are going to be diligent to continue the success we’ve had here. At the same time, I know what the expectation is here. We haven’t won a MAC Championship since 2004. I know that’s what the people of Toledo are starving for, and so are our players and coaches. That’s always going to be our primary goal.”

Terry Swanson

Terry Swanson

Toledo was 10-2 in 2015, its sixth consecutive winning season, including a 16-12 triumph over No. 18 Arkansas and a 32-17 victory over No. 24 Temple in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. The Rockets did lose some key players from last year’s squad but plenty of talent remains. On offense, the Rockets return a pair of All-MAC running backs (senior Kareem Hunt and junior Terry Swanson), All-MAC wide receiver and return man Corey Jones, four starters from the offensive line and junior Logan Woodside, the starting quarterback from 2014. The losses were greater on defense, but 19 letterwinners return, including senior All-MAC safety DeJuan Rogers, two-time All-MAC senior defensive tackle Treyvon Hester and junior linebacker Ja’Wuan Woodley, the 2015 Marmot Boca Raton Defensive MVP.

Toledo was picked to finish in second place in the MAC’s West Division by the league’s media. But Candle said that pre-season predictions and previous success will have no bearing on the outcome of the 2016 season.

Corey Jones

Corey Jones

“We’re a new team,” said Candle, who enters his first full season as UT’s head coach after seven seasons as an assistant. “Last year was a great season but those 10 wins aren’t going to win any football games for us this year. This is a different team with new senior leadership, new players, new coaches—a new brand of football. Every team takes on its own identity and takes on its own attitude and approach to the game.”

Senior running back Kareem Hunt agreed that the team is focused on the season ahead.

“We don’t pay attention to the polls,” Hunt said. “It doesn’t matter to us what people think of our team. We know what we need to do. Once the season starts, the polls don’t matter anyway.”

Hunt and the Rockets have a challenging schedule ahead of them. UT plays eight schools that made bowl appearances in 2015, including defending MAC champion Bowling Green and MAC West Division foes Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. Those last two games are on the road in November, making them crucial to Toledo’s title chances.

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UT in the News

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Class Notes

September 6th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

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


*Robert Lang (Law ’78) joined the law firm Fox Rothschild as partner, in their Atlantic City, N.J. office. Lang advises individuals, families and small business owners on a wide range of matters, including estate planning, estate administration, real estate transactions and business succession strategies.

Brown *Dr. Kelli Brown (Univ Coll ’82, Med ’84) was named as interim president of Valdosta State University, located in Valdosta, Georgia. Brown previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.
Jonathan Mack (Law ’83) was selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Pennsylvania by The National Trial Lawyers Association, an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who met qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. In addition, Mack has been chosen, for the second consecutive year, by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel for its Nation’s Top Attorneys recognition, and selected for the sixth consecutive year by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine for inclusion in its Super Lawyers list. Mack is an owner and partner in the Indiana-based law firm of Marcus & Mack. Mack
Rossi Pam Rossi (A/S ‘82) published “Over Easy: Conversations with Pam Rossi,” a 500-page book based on her Sunday morning radio show “Over Easy,” featuring interviews with both national and local music artists. Rossi’s radio show airs on 94.7 WCSX, a Detroit classic rock station.
*Dr. Elizabeth D. Ramos (A/S ’92) won three faculty awards in 2016 at her position as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Allied Dental programs at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, located on the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. Ramos received the IUPUI Women’s History Month Leadership Newcomer Faculty Award, the IUPUI Trustees’ Teaching Award for the IU School of Dentistry, and the American Academy of Periodontology Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics Award for the IU School of Dentistry. RAMOS

*Dr. Thomas Sodeman (MED ’95) was selected to be the next commander of the 180th Medical Group, part of the 180th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, located in Swanton, Ohio.

stevens truss Dr. Regina Stevens-Truss (PharmD ’93) was awarded Kalamazoo College’s highest teaching honor, the Florence J. Lucasse Lectureship for Outstanding Classroom Teaching. Stevens-Truss is a medicinal biochemist who has taught at Kalamazoo College since 2000.
*Joel Siefert (Bus ’96, MBA ’97) became a shareholder of Johnson Investment Counsel, an employee-owned, independent wealth management firm with over $8 billion in assets, located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Siefert is a portfolio manager and holds the chartered financial analyst designation. siefert

Dr. Kenneth A. Kearns (MED ’06) joined the Philadelphia Hand Center, internationally-renowned experts in orthopaedics of the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, and shoulder. Kearns is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, shoulder and elbow specialist, and award-winning research physician.

Behniaye Dr. Hossein Behniaye (A/S ’01, MED ’06) is a new physician with Hannibal Regional Healthcare Group (HRMG), located in Hannibal, Mo. HRMG is a growing multi-specialty physician group continuing to expand primary and specialty care services to meet the health needs of northeast Missouri and west central Illinois residents.

Steve Elliott (Ed ’00) was named head coach of the Sylvania Northview High School Wildcats hockey team. Elliott teaches at Crissey Elementary in Springfield Schools, located in Holland, Ohio.

David Galluch (MED ’00) won the Ohio Athletic Trainer’s Association 2016 Team Physician Award. Galluch is the team doctor at Shawnee High School, located in Springfield, Ohio, and also works at the Springfield Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. Sarah E. Decker (Bus ’04) received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2016. Following graduation, Decker began a residency in family medicine at Summa Health Akron City Hospital.

*Wayne Gniewkowski (Bus ’03) was promoted to risk consulting principal at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the nation. Gniewkowski serves financial institution clients in the areas of operational, compliance and information technology risk out of the Columbus, Ohio office. Gniewkowski_Wayne

*Neal Applin (CALL ’14) was hired as the director of transportation for Sylvania, Ohio, Schools. Applin began his new position on August 1.

jaing Yitong Jiang (MA ’10) was selected as one of the two doctoral-level recipients of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies’ Ethos Award at Indiana State University. The Ethos Award recognizes outstanding contributions across all areas including academic performance, research, teaching and service. She was also selected as an Outstanding Graduate Assistant by the department of earth and environmental systems.

Dr. Megan M. Montague (A/S ’12, A/S ’12) received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2016. Following graduation, Montague began a residency in pediatrics at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Sondra Parys (A/S ’13) is the new assistant coach of the Queens University of Charlotte women’s volleyball program. Parys was a four-year letter winner for the UT volleyball team. Additionally, she claimed an academic award three of her four years. She was also named to the MAC all-freshman team, all-tournament MVP and made the freshman all-conference team and all-tournament team. Her freshman year she ranked eighth in the conference with 3.32 kills per set.

Births and Marriages

*Eric David Huelskamp (Eng ’15) and Bridget Elizabeth Mescher were married on June 25. Eric is employed by Sapa Extrusion in Sidney, Ohio as a process engineer and Bridget is employed by Lunne Marketing Group in Dayton as a graphic designer.

Rebecca L. Pulfer (HSHS ’12) and Matthew J. Liebrecht (Bus ’13) were wed on June 4 in the St. Jacob Lutheran Church in Anna, Ohio. PulferLiebrecht

Elizabeth Todd (A/S ’09, MHSHS ’11, Ed Spec ’13) and Mark Gallagher (MHSHS ’11, Ed Spec ’13) were united in marriage on June 11 in New Albany, Ohio. Elizabeth is a school psychologist at the River Valley Local Schools district in Caledonia, Ohio and Mark is a school psychologist at Marysville Exempted Schools.

Maddocks Dr. Jordan Maddocks (Pharm ’11, PharmD ’13) and Carly Kalish married on June 4 at Frontline Worship Center in Massillon, Ohio. Jordan is a clinical pharmacist with Orchard Specialty Pharmacy in North Canton and Carly is an administrative assistant at Frontline Worship Center.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Kelli G. Andres (Bus ’88), Sylvania, Ohio at 51. In the 1990s, she joined UT’s Public Relations Office, where she was responsible for the production of the faculty and staff newsletter. In 1999, she moved to Admissions, where she oversaw marketing, including UT’s view book, Career Series, and other promotional pieces. She left the University in 2001.

Douglas L. Erb, Maumee, Ohio at 69. Erb was a former assistant baseball coach.

James C. Casper (MEd ’58), Sylvania, Ohio at 85. He was coordinator of teacher placement in the College of Education from 1994 to 2001.

Dr. Diane J. Dixon (Ed ’64, Phd ’84), Toledo at 73. Dixon was a former instructor at UT.

Judith A. “Judy” Haas, Toledo at 81. She is a former bookkeeper at the UT Bookstore.

**Patricia A. Hite (MBA ’75), Canal Fulton, Ohio at 65. She is a former UT employee.

Edna M. Holt, Toledo at 75. She was a former MCO/MUO/UTMC employee.

Robert L. “Bob” Homier, Toledo at 70. He was a former instructor who taught accounting.

Philip C. Mueser, Toledo at 75. He was a former instructor at UT.

Dr. Demetrios D. “Spero” Raftopoulos, Lake Mary, Fla. at 90. He joined the College of Engineering faculty in 1967. An accomplished professor of civil and mechanical engineering, Raftopoulos began studying bioengineering after his son died from a rare form of cancer in 1978. That shift to bioengineering and biomechanics resulted in five of his seven U.S. patents. His research focused on the mechanics of the knee, leg, and many other bones in the human body. He earlier concentrated on stress, shock loads, and the effects of the earth’s tremors on nuclear power plants and other large structures. In 1983, he received an award for outstanding research from UT’s chapter of Sigma Xi scientific research honorary. That award later was renamed the Dion. D. Raftopoulos/Signma Xi Award for Outstanding Research in his honor. Raftopoulos served as president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary of the UT chapter of Sigma Xi. In 1989, he was promoted to Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Dr. Edwyn D. Smith, Toledo at 82. He was a faculty member in the College of Engineering for 30 years.

Albert G. “AG” Wright III (Ed ’65, MEd ’67, Ed Spec ’78), Maumee, Ohio at 92. He joined UT as a counselor and instructor in general studies in 1967 and was named assistant dean of students at the Community and Technical College in 1968. One year later, he was promoted to associate dean of students at ComTech and held that position until 1973. He continued to teach, redesigned the Career and Self-Evaluation class, and was an advisor and counselor for business management students. He also served on several University committees over the years. In 1989, he retired and was named professor emeritus and he continued to teach on a part-time basis for several years.

Sharon Cutlip, Toledo at 56. She was a former medical assistant at UTMC.

Bridget A. Hogan, Toledo at 54. She worked in the food service at MCO/MUO at UT from 1981 until her retirement in 2011.

Dr. Timothy R. Loeb, Toledo at 81. She taught biology at UT from 1997 to 2002.

Kathleen J. Voight (A/S ’54), Monclova, Ohio at 82. She was a faculty member in Carlson Library. She was professor of library administration when she retired.

Ruth L. (Ott) Klein, Toledo at 84. She worked in the Radiology Department at MCO from 1980 until her retirement in 1994.

Pamela J. Kyle, Toledo at 69. She worked in the College of Education for nearly 30 years, retiring in 2002. She was also briefly a staff member in the College of Law.

James P. “Jimmy” Limongi, Toledo at 74. A former UT Medical Center employee.

David C. Pohlman, Holland, Ohio at 67. He was a cook at UT for more than three decades.

Dr. Phillip A. Whitner (A/S ’78, PhD ’87), Perrysburg, Ohio at 80. In 1983, he was hired as a group leader to work with UT student-athletes. One year later, he was named coordinator of special programs in the Counseling Center and became a counselor in 1987. He was also an instructor of continuing education classes.

D’Arcy Woolson Orde (MEd ’91), Caldwell, Idaho at 79. She worked in the Theatre Department from 1997 to 2002.

*James Rahman, Clermont, Fla. at 81.


*Robert Siegel (Pharm ’49), Toledo, Ohio at 91.

**Alfred Mohr (Bus ’49), Wheelersburg, Ohio at 91.


Joyce Yeager (A/S ’54), Grand Rapids, Ohio at 83.

*James Theaker (Eng ’50), Sylvania, Ohio at 89.

**Carl Roth (MBA ’55), Toledo at 98.

Marilyn Grogg (Ed ’58), Toledo at 84.

*Marlene Weisman (UTCTC ’50), Sylvania, Ohio at 85.


Dennis Keller (A/S ’68, Law ’74), Ottawa Hills, Ohio at 70.

Michael Szolosi (A/S ’66), Columbus, Ohio at 71.

**Carl Conner (Eng ’62), Swartz Creek, Mich. at 77.

**Thomas Lane (Eng ’67), Perrysburg, Ohio at 82.

**Ruth Thompson (Ed ’67, MEd ’74), Waterville, Ohio at 96.

Dennis Hoffer (UTCTC ’68), Oregon, Ohio at 69.

Karl Kish (Univ Coll ’68), Toledo at 75.

Darius Riggs (Eng ’63), Adrian, Mich. at 81.

Jerry Viles (Eng ’65, Univ Coll ’03), Maumee, Ohio at 80.

Robert Wrobel (Bus ’69), Sylvania, Ohio at 72.


Robert Homier (Bus ’73, MBA ’78), Toledo at 70.

Kim Sutkus (Ed ’76), Elmore, Ohio at 62.

**Carol Elter (Ed ’73), Westerville, Ohio at 67.

Robert Aemmer (UTCTC ’73), Toledo at 69.

Thomas Santoro (Ed ’75), Maumee, Ohio at 65.

Larry Kirchhof (Eng ’79), Pickens, S.C. at 71.

Cheryl Kruczkowski (A/S ’75, MEd ’03), Toledo at 63.

Dr. Jeffrey Rice (A/S ’77), Toledo at 61.

William Brenner (A/S ’74, Law ’76), Stryker, Ohio at 63.

Peter Miller (MBA ’74), Camden, Mich. at 76.


Susan Slovak (MEd ’83, Ed Spec ’85), Oregon, Ohio at 74.

Michelle McCormick (UTCTC ’88), Toledo at 48.

Dr. Robert Kahle (PhD ’80), Monclova, Ohio at 67.


Richard Hunt (Univ Coll ’92), Toledo at 99.


Travis Robertson (Law ’08), Coldwater, Mich. at 33.

Marie Montrie (Univ Coll ’03), Toledo at 59.


*Tiffany Johnson (Bus ’15), at 31.


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Rocket Wireless is now offering Verizon Tablets with Short Term Plans

September 6th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in UT Technology

June 2016 Alumni Ad

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