September 20th, 2016
Throughout the year, I love looking at all of the service projects our Rockets do in the community. 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, BIG Event, and The Bridge are just a few! If you are interested in joining one of these organizations, find more information on OrgSync here https://orgsync.com/browse_orgs/774 or through the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership.
Make sure that you take the initiative to give back 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!
September 13th, 2016
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 all 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.
- 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.
- Visit the Learning Enhancement Center: The LEC, located in the library, offers FREE tutoring sessions in courses 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!
- 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.
September 6th, 2016
It’s that time of year again Rockets! This Saturday is the first home football game of the 2016 season, as the Rockets take on The University of Maine. Support our outstanding Rocket athletes who were recently honored with the Mid-American Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award for the fourth time in five years. 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? This weekend 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 free t-shirt and seats in the front rows of the student section. Students running should register outside of Larimer Athletic Complex at 5:45 p.m., and the run will begin at 6:30.
For those students who aren’t interested in running, there are more fun activities to explore before the game. 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.
Earlier in the week, keep an eye out for even more chances to showcase your Rocket Pride! Wear your UT gear for Rocket Thursdays, and join us for a pep rally this Thursday starting at noon on Centennial Mall. There will be appearances by the Rockets Football Team, the UT Marching Band, and the opportunity to get free pizza, t-shirts, and more. Let’s celebrate our Rockets and cheer them on to another amazing season!
August 23rd, 2016
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 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 26 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in the Student Union 2582! For more information, contact CELCS in SU Room 1533 or call 419.530.4341
August 19th, 2016
I hope that you are all excited to begin a great new school year! As of Monday, classes will be in session and the Fall 2016 semester will have begun. Keep an eye out for new opportunities to get involved and meet new people during the upcoming weeks.
One of these opportunities can be found at the Student Involvement Fair on Wednesday, August 24 from 12-2 on Centennial Mall. At the fair, students have the chance to interact with members of many of our diverse student organizations on campus, from Student Government to Ballroom Dance Society and Latino Student Union to Greek Life! If you’re interested in getting involved at UT, make sure you check it out.
If you can’t make the fair, visit OrgSync for more information on different organizations. Organization profiles will list the standard meeting times, upcoming events and contact information for every student organization on campus. Getting involved is a great away to start your time at the University of Toledo. Even if you’re an upperclassman, it’s never too late to join a new student organization to make the most of your time here!
I hope that your first week of classes will be great! During the first two weeks of classes, we will have FREE pizza, so stop by my office in University Hall 3630 from 11:30 – 1:00 to say hello and grab a slice. Get excited for a terrific semester!
June 13th, 2016
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!
May 6th, 2016
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!
April 26th, 2016
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!
April 19th, 2016
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!
April 14th, 2016
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: https://foundation.mercy.com/toledo/fundraisers/2016-ut-dance-marathon