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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!


Taking Classes But Need Extra Cash? It’s All in a Day’s Work!

In between paying for textbooks and your daily coffee run, money can sometimes be hard to come by. As a student, it’s easy to doubt whether you can balance taking classes, getting involved on campus, and working, but don’t let your fear control your finances. On-campus employment is a great solution to make money while still succeeding in school.

The University of Toledo offers hundreds of on-campus jobs to students. Some students qualify for Federal Work Study (FWS) through financial aid, but even if you don’t have FWS, finding an on-campus job is still a great possibility!

The Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services (CELCS) provides countless employment resources on campus, including career and major exploration with trained career counselors, professional development training such as resume revision and mock interviews, and various career workshops and job fairs throughout the year.

One of the most frequently used resources offered by CELCS is RocketJobs. RocketJobs is a website accessible through your myUT portal (“Student” > “My Toolkit” > “My Other Resources” > “RocketJobs”) that allows you to see positions that UT offices and departments post for students.

On-campus employers understand that the most important part of being a student-worker is that you’re a student first. By working on campus, you’ll never work more than 20 hours per week, which makes it easy to balance classes and your work schedule. You make your own work schedule around your class schedule, and employers understand that you might need time off work to prepare for a big project or exam.

Interested in finding a job in college? Check out the Student Part-Time Job Fair on August 28 from noon-4 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room! For more information, contact CELCS in SU Room 1533 or call 419.530.4341

Introducing President Sharon Gaber

Students everywhere are seeing new faces all around campus.  However, one person in particular has been meeting and greeting all students, from incoming freshman to RAs. Who is the mystery Rocket? None other than Dr. Sharon Gaber! If you haven’t already, chances are you’ll be seeing UT’s President around campus very soon.

Dr. Sharon Gaber began her term as the 17th President of the University of Toledo on July 1st, and is the first woman to serve in the position in UT’s 143 years.  She has already become extensively involved with students, alumni, and the Toledo community.

Receiving degrees in city and regional planning, Dr. Gaber previously served most recently as the provost of the University of Arkansas. Prior to that position, she served in a variety of academic positions at Auburn University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as being extensively involved on many community project boards.

Working hand in hand with the leaders of UT and the City of Toledo, Dr. Gaber expects to take the University of Toledo to the next level in terms of enrollment, philanthropic endeavors, national recognition, and more. I personally cannot wait to see what Dr. Gaber accomplishes during her time here, and warmly welcome her to the Rocket Family! In the meantime, you can connect with Dr. Gaber on Twitter by following @UTPresident, and watch her introductory video here:

Welcome Back, Students!

Welcome Back!  Please join us for FREE PIZZA at lunchtime starting Monday, August 24 through Friday, September 4.

With the beginning of a new academic year, many great changes are taking place in the Rocket Nation.  New and returning students, now that you’re here on campus, you’ll see outstanding renovations that have been made over the summer, as well as the additions of new academic programs, student organizations, and a new President, Dr. Sharon Gaber!  (Watch this space for an update on Dr. Gaber soon.)

As you get settled into the routines of campus life and focus on your studies, remember that The University of Toledo has many resources to help you make your academic journey a success.

Check in with both your Success Coach and academic adviser, who work together to provide you with the most complete, up-to-date information you need.

The Learning Enhancement Center in Carlson Library has many academic support services to help you be successful in class.  Some examples are the Writing Center, academic tutoring and study strategies.  And while you’re in Carlson Library, check out TRiO Student Support Services and learn how the program can help you reach your academic and professional goals.

Remember, it’s never too early in the year to think about joining a campus organization, or starting one yourself.  It will enhance your student experience in so many ways! And speaking of enhancing your lunchtime experience, FREE PIZZA is another First Weeks event you’ll love, from Monday, August 24 until Friday, September 4! Stop by University Hall Room 3630 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a hot slice and a soda and say hello to Fall Semester 2015!

Go 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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