Keeping Up with Dr. Kaye

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

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

Homecoming 2015: All Roads Lead Back to UT

Leaves are changing, football season is in full swing, and campus is starting to get a bit chillier. With all of these signs pointing to fall, it means that one of UT’s biggest traditions can’t be too far away.  That’s right, Homecoming 2015 is right around the corner!

This year’s homecoming will take place from October 6-10, culminating with the UT vs. Kent State football game and the crowning of Homecoming King and Queen 2015. Here’s what you can do:

Tuesday, October 6th:

Join students in the Student Union Auditorium from 7-10 p.m. for Casino Night. It’s your chance to play games and win some awesome prizes donated by local vendors and student organizations!

Wednesday, October 7th:

It’s a busy day for Homecoming! Join us for our annual Field Day from 11-2 in Centennial Mall to play games, win prizes, and experience a Rockets pep rally. Later in the evening, come to the first-ever Homecoming Pageant at 7 p.m. in the Ingman Room to learn more about our Top 10 King and Queen candidates.

Thursday, October 8th:

See some of UT’s talented students at the NPHC Talent Show on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater. Afterwards, get your food fix at the Zeta Phi Beta Pancake Breakfast from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. at International House with unlimited pancakes and other breakfast foods for $5.

Friday, October 9th:

The week of fun isn’t over yet! From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., experience Food Truck Friday in Centennial Mall. Friday evening, get your game on at the Omega Phi Psi Basketball Tournament from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the Health Education Building for $3 per person.

Saturday, October 10th:

The festivities will end with our biggest traditional Homecoming Events! The annual Edward C. and Helen G. Schmakel Homecoming Parade sponsored by Blue Key National Honor Society steps off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. After the parade, make sure you go to the Homecoming football game, where the Rockets will take on the Kent State Golden Flashes at 3 p.m. Make sure that you are voting for King and Queen candidates on your myUT portal! The first round of voting ends this Sunday, October 4, at 11 p.m.!

Rocket Inaugural!

Throughout the semester, there has been an air of innovation and change at UT. Many of these changes are brought about with the introduction of Dr. Sharon Gaber, the university’s 17th President.

In recognition and honor of Dr. Gaber and in celebration of the new era coming to the University of Toledo, please join UT and the Toledo community by attending her inauguration and its preceding events beginning today, September 21, leading up to the inauguration ceremony on Friday, September 25.

Many events will take place throughout the week, including musical performances, banquets, academic panels and discussions, guest speakers, free food, and much more! One of the traditional events taking place this week is the President’s Backyard Barbecue on Thursday the 24th from 11:30-2 on Centennial Mall. Attending these events will give students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members opportunities to expand not only their knowledge of UT and our traditions, but our cultural perspectives as well.

In anticipation of high student attendance at the Inauguration Ceremony on Friday in Savage Arena, classes beginning after 1 p.m. that day have been cancelled. Please join President Gaber at 3 p.m. to officially welcome her to the Rocket Family!

Find a full list of inaugural and campus activities happening this week below:


Support the 2015 Race for the Cure!

One of the hallmarks of our UT community is that we Rockets know that we have a responsibility to be a helping hand not only on campus but in the community as well.

Regardless if you are a first year student or a faculty member, you are more than capable of making a difference.

The University of Toledo has a long history of holding on-campus events like Relay for Life to help find a cure for cancer, and now we are taking our passion for this cause to the streets of Toledo. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has been a highly successful event in the Toledo community for many years. This year, we’re going to join the thousands of people who race every year. Team Captains Dr. Sharon Gaber, UT President, and Sharon Speyer, Chair of the UT Board of Trustees, invite you to join them on The University of Toledo’s Race for the Cure Team, Rocket to a Cure.

This year’s race will be held on Sunday, September 27. Rocket to a Cure will be providing race participants with free transportation on busses departing campus at 8:15 a.m. for the race beginning at 9:30. With their registration, participants will receive a free t-shirt and hat.

One out of every eight women will be affected by breast cancer during their lifetime. Many of us know someone who has been affected – ore we may even have been affected ourselves. As breast cancer survivors, Dr. Gaber and Ms. Speyer would love to have as many students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members join them as they race for a cure. Whether you’re a cancer survivor yourself, or would like to join our team in honor or memory of a loved one, your support is sincerely appreciated!

Join Rocket to a Cure here!

And see a special message from Dr. Sharon Gaber here:

Rocket Rally!

It seems that the more often the Rockets football team travels to the state of Arkansas, the more victories we achieve. First with our victory against the Arkansas State Red Wolves this past January, but most recently against the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, in an exciting game with a final score of 16-12!

Any Rocket win is of course one to celebrate, but defeating the 18th ranked team in the country from undoubtedly one of the best conferences in the country is incredible! The University of Toledo is now ranked 30th in the country. Over the weekend, views to UT websites skyrocketed, and we were the second-highest trending topic on Twitter with over 50,000 tweets. The victory being covered by over 1,000 media sources has launched the UT name all over the country.

While playing strongly on the field matters, so does having a strong support system in the stands. Whether it be wearing Rocket colors on game day or losing your voice from singing the UT Fight Song, you play a large part in the success of our athletic programs! If the Rockets are to continue an amazing season, we need to work as a team to show as much support and enthusiasm as possible.

Show your Rocket Pride this Thursday, September 17 at noon on Centennial Mall, at the Rockets Win Pep Rally! Get a free t-shirt, pizza, party with Blue Crew and Rocky and Rocksy, sing the fight song with the Rocket Marching Band and cheerleaders, meet President Gaber,  and have the opportunity to win sideline tickets to this Saturday’s Iowa State game, as well as FREE TUITION (via the Rocket Gold app)!

The University of Toledo is extremely proud of our Rocket athletes and fans, and we want to show you how much we appreciate your spirit. So come out this Thursday and show your true colors, midnight blue and gold!



Share the UT Experience with Your Parents & Family!

No matter how much fun you’re having at college, your parents and family back home hold a special place in your heart. Why not share the fun you’re having with them? Let your parents and family experience the great activities UT offers at this year’s Parents and Family Weekend, September 18-20, 2015!

Show your loved ones what you love about UT by guiding them around campus and sharing some of UT’s great traditions with them. This year’s events include a UT women’s volleyball game, glass blowing, a show in the UT planetarium, Rocket Football, and a Greek Alumni cookout! Participants will receive a discount card for certain local businesses, as well as a list of off-campus events happening over the weekend.

Don’t miss out on one of UT’s greatest traditions that’s enjoyable for both students and their families. Registration ends tomorrow, September 11, at noon so sign up now!

Watch Your Grades Skyrocket with These Stellar Resources!

With the beginning of a new semester, Rockets are igniting and taking off. After the initial excitement the transition from high school to college can sometimes be a stressful one, especially academically. Even upperclassmen find some courses to be much more challenging than ones that they’ve taken in previous years.  The University of Toledo community wants to make sure that Rockets feel confident in their academics and well-prepared for their future field. If you’re finding yourself challenged by your courses, don’t be afraid to pursue the many academic support resources we have here on campus.

  1. Seek out your professor: If you look on your syllabus, your professor should have several options for office hours throughout the week. Not only can attending these office hours give you the opportunity to get one-on-one assistance from your professor, but building recognition with your professor also gives you the opportunity for networking and a possible reference for the future.


  1. Visit the Learning Enhancement Center: The LEC, located in the library, offers FREE tutoring sessions in subjects students often have problems with, including science, math, statistics, business, foreign languages, and general study strategies. Also located in the library is UT’s Writing Center, which helps you think of paper topics, edit your paper, and develop your own personal writing style!


  1. Talk to your advisor: Your advisor is someone who is trained to work with students in your major. Chances are they’ve had the same experiences you’ve had, and will often have a suggestion or a solution. They’re also a great support system in general during your time at UT!

The most important thing to remember during your academic career at UT is that we want you to be successful. No matter what you’re struggling with, if you seek out the resources offered by the University you’ll always receive a helping hand!

Visit the Learning Enhancement Center on the lower level of Carlson Library, or call them at 419-530-2176.

I’ve Got School Spirit, How ‘Bout You?



It’s that time of year again Rockets! Today is the first football game of the 2015 season, as the Rockets take on Stony Brook University. Support our outstanding Rockets athletics program, recently honored with the Mid-American Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award for the third time in four years, having posting an overall GPA of 3.213 last year!  Kick-off is at 7, but the fun and festivities start much earlier!

Always wanted to be able to run into the end zone of the Glass Bowl? Today you can! The first 1,000 students to register are invited to open the game by running onto the field. With registration, students will receive a blue or gold season schedule t-shirt and seats in the front rows of the student section. Students running should check in in front of Larimer Athletic Complex from 6:00-6:25, and you can sign up here:

For those students who aren’t interested in running, there are more fun activities to explore! The annual President’s Tailgate event will be taking place by Rocket Hall beginning at 4:30. Meet President Gaber, get free food, prizes, and participate in alcohol-free activities sponsored by the University Counseling Center.

Don’t let your Rocket Pride end after game day though! Join the UT community for Rocket Fridays by wearing your blue and gold gear around campus every Friday, and keep in touch with more UT happenings by following me on Twitter at @DrKPW. My 300th follower will receive a special prize!


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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