Keeping Up with Dr. Kaye

Celebrate Diversity During Black History Month

Join the University of Toledo as we celebrate culture and diversity during Black History Month! The Office of Multicultural Student Success, faculty, and student organizations have worked to put together a month full of educational activities, open to the UT community. This year’s theme is “Live for the Movement, Not for the Moment: Black Activism in the 21st Century.”

The month kicks off with our signature event, The Black History Month Celebration Luncheon. An event that is free to all attendees, this year’s luncheon will be taking place from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, in the Student Union Auditorium. To RSVP, email Tia Lee at tia.lee@rockets.utoledo.edu, or call (419)530-2665.

The keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Dr. Brian Johnson, president of Tuskegee University. Johnson is the first of many notable speakers throughout the month, which range from other leaders in academia to leaders in student organizations.

All students, faculty, alumni, and community members are invited to celebrate history, diversity, and culture at the many events and activities taking place this month. A detailed agenda of all events can be found at https://www.utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/omss/blackhistorymonth.html

Home is Where the Rockets Are

Want to be more involved on campus? Make new friends? Get easy access to on-campus events and activities? Sign up to live on campus for the 2016-2017 school year!

University of Toledo Residence Life offers a variety of living options perfect for your individual needs. We offer suite-style and traditional-style rooms, halls ranging in size from 60 students to 600, and our halls are located all around campus!

When signing up for your residence hall, take the following things into consideration:

  • What buildings are most of my classes located in?
  • How many roommates do I want?
  • Is there a living learning community that suits my academics and interests?
  • Which halls fit my price range?

Have you figured out which residence hall is right for you? Sign up for housing on your myUT portal and get ready to have a great year!

For more information on halls, visit http://www.utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/reslife/ResidenceHalls/index.html

Putting Dr. King’s Legacy Into Practice At UT

While it’s very exciting to have an upcoming long weekend, it is important to remember the reasoning behind it. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., a leading civil rights activist who fought for equality on the foundations of peace and nonviolence. We should take this time to reflect on this great historical figure, and continue to unite for the purpose of helping others.

The Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services is offering an opportunity for students to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 18 at noon. Students can register by emailing celcs@utoledo.edu  before noon on Friday, January 15.

For students and community members who cannot attend the service activity, there is another opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join Cori Bush, a leader of the Ferguson movement, at the 2016 Unity Day event taking place in Savage Arena at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Additional speeches will be delivered by President Sharon Gaber, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, Toledo Public Schools Superintendent Romules Durant, as well as featured performances by local musical ensembles. Attendees are invited to attend a free community luncheon following the ceremony.

As a school with many local students from the Toledo area, it is important to give back to the community. Join a diverse array of students as we unite to carry on a tradition of service and selflessness this long weekend!

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year Rockets, and Welcome Back!

I hope that you’re bundled up in this cold weather and excited to start a brand new semester. As the semester kicks off, make sure that you’re looking into all of the different opportunities and resources UT has to offer.

Check in with your Success Coach. Not only is your coach a great person to talk to about your questions and college goals, they can also introduce you to different student organizations and events on campus.

Meet with your academic advisers and professors. If your professors and advisers know who you are, that can go a long way when it comes to discussing issues in class, learning about internship opportunities, and asking for letters of recommendation for graduate school and job applications.

There are many exciting things for students to do on campus this semester, such as Songfest, Big Event, RockeTHON, basketball games, and more! Something exciting going on this week is the chance to get FREE PIZZA in our office located in UH3630 from 11:30 to 1!

GO ROCKETS!

Happy Holidays, UT!

Well Rockets, the Fall 2015 semester has drawn to a close! I would like to congratulate all of our incredible students, faculty, and staff for yet another amazing year.

So many great things came to the University of Toledo this semester. We welcomed a new president, watched an outstanding athletic season, had a great Homecoming, and served the community through events such as Race for the Cure, Relay for Life, Welloween, and more!

With all of the accomplishments we achieved in 2015, I cannot wait to see what 2016 brings for Rocket country. I wish all of you a wonderful winter break, and am excited to see you in January!

Wishing you safe travels and a very Happy New Year!

12 Ways to De-Stress Before and During Finals

  1. Organize a schedule: Set a plan in place for what you hope to accomplish which days, and in what priority. This will avoid procrastination and give you an equal workload throughout your finals preparation process.
  1. Take breaks when needed: Cramming all day, every day, isn’t healthy for your mind or your body. Take a 20-30 minute break to clear your mind.
  1. Don’t forget to eat healthy: While it’s easy to only order pizza or run to the nearest fast food restaurant while studying, it isn’t the best choice. Too much unhealthy food can make you feel lethargic, which will decrease your motivation.
  1. Drink water: Most students enter into finals week with the mindset of drinking nothing but coffee for the next seven days. Caffeine is helpful for keeping you awake, but staying hydrated with water will prevent headaches and keep your blood sugar levels regulated.
  1. Call your family and friends when you need support: Don’t go into finals thinking that you are on your own. Taking five minutes to have a conversation with family and friends can help you feel the love and support you need to stay mentally strong during finals.
  1. Go for a walk: Sitting at the same desk for hours on end gets boring, and eventually you’ll lose focus. Go for a short walk, even if it’s just around the library. A change in scenery can refresh your mind so you can focus on studying again.
  1. Utilize your resources: Check to see if your professors have adjusted hours for finals week. Ask questions, visit the Learning Enhancement Center, or form a study group with your classmates.
  1. Stay positive: Write a list of great things you’ve accomplished this semester. Look at it when you need motivation to know that you can succeed and keep moving forward.
  1. Don’t put off the hard stuff: It’s easy to put the most difficult thing you have to complete at the bottom of your to-do list, but put it right at the top. Tackling the hardest thing first will clear your mind because you won’t be worrying about it while completing other tasks, and it will make the other things seem easier afterwards.
  1. Have a dance party: Dancing is a known stress reliever, and it’s important to keep your blood flowing while studying for hours at a time. So get up, put on some music, and take a mini dance-break!
  1. Go to stress-relieving events around campus: Many offices and student organizations offer free events on campus surrounding finals week. Play with some puppies, get a free massage, make a holiday craft, and more! Stay on the lookout for event times and locations to be posted on social media.
  1. Keep calm and carry on: It is easy to get stressed out around finals week. However, utilize some of the tips given above to make sure that you are staying calm and strong as you complete your exams. Get excited for winter break and coming back to a brand new semester!

Every semester, I am blown away by the outstanding students we have at the University of Toledo. Good luck on your finals, and I look forward to seeing you again in January!

Rockets Relay to Make a Difference

Some of the University of Toledo’s greatest traditions are ones created by students to serve others. These events are hosted by student organizations, and provide opportunities for every student to get involved. One of the biggest service events on campus is Relay for Life, happening this Saturday at the Student Recreation Center from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The annual overnight event is put on by Relay for Life Committee and Colleges Against Cancer. It continuously has one of the highest participation numbers of any on-campus event. Students, alumni, community members, cancer survivors, and caregivers gather to celebrate, remember, and fight back against cancer.

Participants walk around the track to receive donations, as well as create luminaria in honor of those fighting cancer and in memory of those who have lost their battle. As of today, UT Relay for Life 2015 has raised over $29,000 for the American Cancer Society and has registered over 1400 participants.

Interested in contributing to this outstanding event? A schedule of events, donation information, and a list of teams is available at the link below. I am incredibly proud of our students and their ability to put on extraordinary events such as Relay for Life throughout the year!

Relay for Life 2015

Be Giving, Be a Rocket

In the season of giving, I love looking back at all of the service projects our Rockets do in the community all year round. It is amazing to see students taking advantage of the opportunities they are given and using them to help others.

There are many activities and events that you can pursue to give back to the community. Honors societies, religious groups, Greek life organizations, and more often hold philanthropy and charity events with the purpose of helping others. Opportunities to serve are around every corner!

Some of the larger service initiatives at the University of Toledo are led by student organizations. Relay for Life, RockeTHON and The Bridge are just a few! If you are interested in joining one of these organizations, find more information on OrgSync or through the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership.

Make sure that you take the initiative to give back this holiday season, and throughout your time at the University of Toledo. Whether it be actively volunteering, participating in a philanthropy event, or donating, serving others is a great experience for everyone involved.

Stay giving, and go Rockets!

Scare Away Sickness!

As Halloween is upon us, it is important to remember that the scariest thing of all this season is getting sick! Students, faculty, and staff should make sure that they are washing their hands frequently, bundling up, and getting their flu shot. Those are just a couple of numerous tasks to do to stay healthy during flu season. A fun way to learn about even more ways you can stay healthy this winter can be found at Welloween!

This year’s Welloween will be taking place Friday, October 30 at the UT Rec Center from 11:30-1:30, and is FREE to anyone who would like to attend. Attendees can visit a number of booths with games, health care information, massages, free health screenings/flu shots, and more!

On top of these beneficial health initiatives, guests can also look forward to door prizes, raffles, a costume contest, and performances by the UT Dance Team and Cheerleaders.  For more information about Welloween, contact Demond Pryor, Director of the Student Recreation Center at demond.pryor@utoledo.edu.

I RA: Can you?

If you’ve lived on campus, you will know what I’m talking about when I say that resident advisers are some of the most helpful students on campus. Who else is there for you when you need to know what dining halls are open, or what to do when you lose your keys?

Even more than that, RAs are constantly looking out for all of their residents, and hoping that they will achieve their highest goals during their time here at UT. Bailey Slone, a junior biology major and a second-year RA in President’s Hall, listed just that as one of her favorite parts of being an RA.

“I love being able to help students fall in love with UT and making sure that they stay on campus. Retention is a huge part of what makes UT successful, and I’m happy to be a part of that through residence life.”

Do you want to help other students, develop your leadership skills, and get to know a diverse group of students? Apply to be an RA! The application for the 2016-2017 school year opens this Monday, October 19th, and closes Monday, November 30th. Informational sessions will be held all of next week for you to get further information about this amazing opportunity!

Bailey’s advice to anyone interested in applying? “Be prepared to learn. Once you start working in residence life, you will learn so many lessons in responsibility, leadership, and more.”

Find out when information sessions are happening by downloading the flyer below!

iRA Flyer

About Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace

Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace Picture

In her role as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Toledo, Dr. Patten Wallace provides leadership for creating an environment and system of support that is conducive to students achieving their educational goals. The offices and departments that make up the Division of Student Affairs include: Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Residence Life, Department of Student Success, the University Counseling Center, Office for the Student Experience, Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Services, the Center for International Studies & Programs, Office of Recreation, Student Legal Services, and the Office of Student Involvement. Dr. Patten Wallace works with students, faculty, staff and administrators to help ensure student success and to fulfill the University's mission for a student-centered environment.

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