Keeping Up with Dr. Kaye

Summer, Sun, and New UT Students!

Hello Rockets! I hope that you’re making the most of your summer so far. Those of us still on campus are working hard to make the new school year the best one yet!

Hundreds of new Rockets are coming to campus to attend Rocket Launch orientation, hosted by our new student orientation leaders. These student leaders from all over campus serve as role models and mentors to new students as they arrive at UT. At Rocket Launches incoming freshmen get the opportunity to register for classes, learn more about UT traditions and resources, and get excited for the upcoming year!

Around campus, many parking lots, residence halls, and academic buildings are undergoing renovations and improvements to get ready for the fall. If you’re on campus, keep an eye out for any exciting new changes you might see!

Whether you are taking classes, working, or relaxing by the pool, I hope that you are getting rested and rejuvenated for a great new year. See you in August!

Enjoy your summer, Rockets!

Congratulations Rockets! We’ve finished another terrific year at the University of Toledo. Throughout this past semester we’ve seen great things happening such as the addition of a new provost, outstanding student-led service initiatives, fantastic diversity events and more! These past few months have certainly been very busy, and we all have some much needed rest and relaxation ahead of us in the summer months.

If you’re staying in Toledo for the summer, make sure to check out some of the great opportunities and activities in the Toledo community. Go for a swim at Maumee Bay, cheer on the Mud Hens, explore our many parks and trails, or catch a concert at the Huntington Center!

For those of you taking classes over the summer, make sure you’re still getting in some fun as well! Study outside, or take a break to go for a swim or a walk. It’s easy to enjoy the beautiful weather while still focusing on your academics.

No matter what your summer plans are, be safe and have fun! Always wear sun protection when outside, and keep a water bottle with you to stay hydrated. Also, make sure you’re taking some pictures to share with the Rocket family!

Finally, congratulations to all our new graduates – job well done!

Rockets, if I don’t see you on campus this summer, I’ll look forward to seeing you right back here in August!

UT Pays It Forward

Pay It Forward is an international organization started ten years ago to promote unity and random acts of kindness within communities. Last year, a group of students decided to bring that passion for helping others to the University of Toledo, and Pay It Forward UT was born!

International Pay It Forward Day is an annual event where random acts of kindness are celebrated around the globe. Thursday, April 28th, will mark the first day that the event is taking place at the University of Toledo. Throughout the day, keep an eye out for free coffee, golf cart rides to class, and more!

In return, make sure that you’re paying it forward throughout the day, and all year round. Buy someone’s Starbucks, hold the door open, or go out of your way to tell someone they did a great job on a project. Spreading kindness and positivity is easy to do, and more than worth it to see the smile on someone’s  face!

Join Us for a Student Celebration

Ready for some springtime fun?  You’ll want to be sure to join our fifth annual UT Student Appreciation Day!  The University of Toledo wants to celebrate you and all of the amazing achievements you’ve made throughout the year!  Besides that, Student Appreciation Day is a wonderful way to have some fun before finals week. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 20 from 1-3 pm on Centennial Mall.

All students will have the opportunity to enter in raffles to win awesome prizes such as book bags, spirit packs, gift cards, and a tablet!  Enjoy free cookies, walking tacos, kettle corn, and more. While you’re there, listen to music by WXUT and play on the giant inflatables and bumper cars.

Our students are a great source of pride for everyone who works at UT, and so we want to take this opportunity to let you know how much we appreciate you and everything you do! Join us as we celebrate all of the hard work you do to make UT great!

Put On Your Dancing Shoes for a Great Cause

Put on your dancing shoes, and get ready to dance this weekend! UT’s largest student-run philanthropy event, RockeTHON is from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. at Savage Arena this Saturday.

Dance Marathons are taking place on college campuses all over the country. Participants dance for hours at a time without sitting down to raise awareness and collect donations for the Children’s Miracle Network. The University of Toledo’s RockeTHON began in 2001, and has become one of the staple events of the spring semester.

RockeTHON fundraises and promotes their event all year long in order to make sure each year is bigger and better than ever. All proceeds from the event benefit Mercy Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network. Throughout the event, children who benefit from the donations received through RockeTHON, called Miracle Children, will participate in activities and share their stories.

Attendees have the option to have fun with the dance portion of the dance marathon during the event. A choreography committee has spent the semester creating fun dances that they will be teaching throughout the event in themes ranging from country to tropical to holiday-themed music. Short dance sequences will be taught every hour. In addition to the dancing, those in attendance can play games, enjoy food, and get to know the Miracle Children they are dancing for.

Want to spend your weekend having great fun for a great cause? Sign up for RockeTHON below:

Celebrate Diverse-UT

With an incredibly diverse campus such as the University of Toledo’s, it is important that we are educating students, faculty, and community members on the many cultural heritage and traditions on our campus. Every April, the University of Toledo Student Government and Diversity Committee work together to provide the UT community with opportunities to learn about, appreciate, and celebrate the diversity of UT through Diversity Month. This month we are celebrating diversity all month long.

This week specifically is Diversity Week 2016, led by our terrific students. Each day, students can find many different activities centered around diversity sponsored by various student organizations such as Hillel, the Black Student Union, Spectrum UT, and more. A full schedule of this week’s activities can be found on Twitter by following @DiversityWeekUT.  Activities range from a discussion led by rapper, producer, actor, and activist David Banner to making bagged lunches for the homeless population of Toledo.

I am very proud of the outstanding student organizations on our campus that are making these events happen. I hope that you can attend some events this week, and learn more about the amazing cultures represented by our student body!

Songfest 2016: Throwback to Millennial Pop Culture!

Out of the many traditions at the University of Toledo, there are few that are as unique as Songfest. Where else on campus will you see hundreds of students singing, dancing, and supporting one another for an outstanding cause year after year?

Songfest began on campus in 1937 when six fraternities gathered outside of University Hall to sing traditional university songs. Women began their own singing contest in 1940, and Songfest has continued to grow ever since!

Each year, Songfest selects a philanthropic organization as the recipient of the event proceeds. The 2016 Songfest philanthropy is The Daughter Project, which is a local resource for victims of human trafficking. The Daughter Project provides support to these survivors by providing them with shelter, therapy, recreation, friendship, and a helping hand.

Blue Key and Mortar Board National Honor Societies host the event each year, co-chaired by a representative from both organizations. 21 student organizations will be performing at this year’s event, which will also feature the announcements of the 2016-17 Blue Key and Mortar Board classes, and the 2016 Mortar Board Underclassmen of the Year awardees.

This year’s Songfest will be taking place on Saturday, April 2, at 5 p.m. in Savage Arena, and is free to the public. The 2016 theme is “Throwback to Millennial Pop Culture”, and will feature some of your favorite songs that students grew up with throughout their elementary through high school years.

I am overjoyed to be a judge at this year’s Songfest, and cannot wait to see the amazing performances by University of Toledo student leaders!

Fairytale Fun at Lil Sibs Weekend

Have a younger sibling? Share your love for UT with them at the 2016 Lil Sibs Weekend! The Resident Student Association has been hard at work planning this event, which is open to all UT students and siblings with registration.

This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time in Toledo”. Students and their sibs can participate in fairytale activities and movies with hall councils, a dive-in movie at the recreation center, a fairytale ball, and more!

On Saturday, students will have the option to choose their own adventure with two new activities to the weekend. Head to the Glass Bowl to cheer on the Rockets football team at their spring game, or experience scientific wonders at the Imagination Station!

This year’s Lil Sibs Weekend is from April 8-10. Registration information can be found at the link below. I hope to see current and future Rockets at Lil Sibs Weekend 2016!

Lil Sibs Webpage:

BIG Event Just Got BIGGER!

At the University of Toledo, student-run organizations plan service programs for our campus community. RockeTHON, The Bridge, and Relay for Life are just a couple of the large-scale outreach programs we see throughout the semesters. One of our biggest service events is coming up this weekend! That’s right, the 2016 BIG Event is on Saturday, March 19th!

The BIG Event is the largest, one-day, student-run service project at The University of Toledo where students come together to say “Thank You” to the residents of Toledo, Bancroft Hills, Secor Gardens and several other neighborhoods for their continued support throughout the year.

BIG Event is one of UT’s most highly-attended service traditions, and this year there are some great changes coming. Not only will students from the University of Toledo be participating, we are happy to welcome students from Bowling Green State University and Detroit Mercy. A new partnership with United North gives options of over 600 service opportunities!

This year, over 1,500 students are expected to participate in over 6,400 total hours of community service in one day. Want to be one of many students to make a difference in the Toledo community? Sign up using the link below!

Spring Break Reminders

We’ve made it halfway through the spring 2016 semester! The semester has been off to a great beginning, and all of our students, faculty, and staff have earned a well-deserved spring break. No matter what you’re doing for spring break, remember these tips:

  • Don’t go anywhere by yourself: Make sure that you have a friend with you at all times when visiting somewhere; never wander off on your own.
  • Wear sunscreen: If you’re travelling some place warm, enjoy the sunshine but don’t do it at a cost. Taking a minute or two to put on sunscreen can save you from sunburn, sun poisoning, or skin damage!
  • Stay hydrated: If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outside or walking, make sure you’re keeping a water bottle with you at all times.
  • Relax! Whether you’re heading to the beach, a service trip, or your house, you have earned a relaxing week. Make sure that you have fun and prepare for a great end of the semester!

Remember to be safe, and make good decisions. See you in a week, Rockets!

About Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace

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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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