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Women & Philanthropy Rocket Station
A $50,000 pledge was granted to The University of Toledo Office of Alumni Relations to fund the hospitality area in the William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion. The Pavilion was opened in the fall of 2012 and is located on the northwest side of the Glass Bowl. Two concession/serving areas, named Launch Pad #1 and Launch Pad #2 make up Rocket Station (the hospitality building) that was funded by this grant. Thousands of alumni and friends gather in the pavilion complex every year for tailgate activities before Rocket home football games. The pavilion is also a place for campus groups and community organizations to meet for other events throughout the year. The UT Women & Philanthropy installation was featured in the UT Alumni magazine, February 2013 issue of "UT Pride - Cemented in Stone."
Honors College Student Art Gallery
$7,097 was awarded to the Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Research to fund the creation of a permanent art gallery in the main reception area of Sullivan Hall, home of the Honors College. For years, the best works of junior and senior level art majors had been placed on these walls for viewing. Although successful, the Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Research desired to install proper lighting, track lighting and bring the wall space up to professional gallery standards. The grant accomplished this, along with establishing a fund to help defray student expenses in mounting and framing their work. Read the UT News article . . .
The UT Center for Excellence in Autism Adolescent Girl’s and Women’s Initiative
The Center for Excellence in Autism was awarded $20,000 to cover signage, lighting, sinks, cabinetry, instruments, a medical examination table, paint, wall covering, lighting and flooring for a “sensory friendly” gynecological wellness examination room in the Center’s Adolescent Girl’s and Women’s Initiative. It is located in the Kobacker Building on the Health Science Campus. Read the UT News article . . .
Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory Project
A $16,000 grant was awarded to the Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory to create computer-based, interactive displays in four museum-style display cases in the lobby of Ritter Planetarium. These displays have a great educational impact through their visual interest and by providing the opportunity for the user to control the displays. Large LCD monitors, stereo speakers and controls operated by guests have been installed in each case. The themes of the displays have included: Toledo and the infrared University; Ritter After Dark: The Secret Story of Starlight and Ritter Observatory; A Tour of our Solar System; and Backyard Astronomy and the Night Sky.
Women’s Basketball Locker Room Enhancements
The University of Toledo Women’s Basketball program used its $8,190 grant to put the finishing touches on their locker room area. The goal was to create a locker room that serves several purposes—an academic resource for current student athletes to study between classes, a place for visitors to learn and understand the rich tradition and history of UT women’s basketball, a motivational space to prepare for games and practices, and a site to bring prospective student athletes. The grant was used to purchase computer equipment and to design and install graphics on the walls of the locker room area.
Savage & Associates Complex for Business Learning and Engagement
$50,000 was pledged over five years to the College of Business Administration to name a classroom in the Savage & Associates Complex for Business Learning and Engagement. The Complex was dedicated in November 2009 and extends north from Stranahan Hall between Gillham Hall and Ritter Planetarium. The Women & Philanthropy state-of-the-art classroom facilitates student learning by incorporating the latest educational technology. It also features a glass wall and graphics with quotes from women global leaders. Read a letter to W&P Members from Dr. Thomas Gutteridge, Former Dean of the UT College of Business.
UT Outdoor Garden Classroom
$10,644 to fund the UT Outdoor Garden Classroom was made to the innovative collaboration between the College of Arts & Sciences, the Eberly Center for Women and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. The garden provides UT students with an interdisciplinary approach to hands-on learning. The focus of the garden, aside from being a place to gather and study, is to educate the community about sustainable food production and agriculture.
“A University Woman"
The first grant made by UT’s Women & Philanthropy was $15,000 awarded to the Carlson Library. The grant was used to commission local glass artist Thomas McGlauchlin (1934-2011) to create a sculpture for the Library. His creation, a fused glass sculpture entitled “A University Woman” was installed in the Carlson Library Concourse and dedicated in November 2008. "A University Woman” stands as a testament to the spirit of Women and Philanthropy within The University of Toledo academic community and also provides students, faculty, staff, and visitors an opportunity for artistic appreciation.