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March 2019
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“March Against Student Hunger” is the theme for the Professional Staff Council-sponsored food drive campaign during the month of March. Details are outlined in the newsletter of the specific items in need along with drop off locations including the Food Pantry within the Student Union. Please consider making a donation and assisting the Food Pantry and its mission.

Award season is upon us once again so please show support of your colleagues and nominate them for the following awards:
The awards will be presented at events through May. Finally, don't forget to register for upcoming professional development workshops!

Think spring and GO ROCKETS!
Jamie L. Fager
‘March Against Student Hunger’ Food Drive
Food Drive artwork with picture of grocery bag. Help Professional Staff Council stock the Student Food Pantry this March!


Health Science Campus: 
Four Seasons Bistro

Main Campus: 
Rocket Hall 1300 Stranahan Hall 1022 Wolfe Hall 2246 

Or donate directly to the Food Pantry, which can also accept perishables: 
Student Union 2504 419.530.2171

Food Pantry Website


  • Ramen Noodles
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Snacks(e.g. chips, fruit snacks)
  • Cereals
  • Granola Bars
  • Toaster Pastries(Pop-Tarts)
  • Microwaveable
    or Quick-fix Meals

    (for students who do not have stoves)
  • Bottled Water
  • Drinks/Juice Boxes
  • Toiletries and Feminine Products
Look for boxes on both campuses, including this specially designed box on Health Science Campus.
The deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm for students to submit the application for the 2019 PSA Scholarship. The application requires a recommendation from a current PSA member, and all required materials must be submitted at the time of application as the form cannot be saved and resumed later. Award recipients will be announced at the PSA Annual Meeting. For more information, please visit the PSA Scholarship webpage
decorative image; clock face with text: the clock is ticking on your application
Photograph of Maria Gonzalez

Maria A. Gonzalez

Consultant at the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC)

The mission of the MBAC is to provide direct professional services that contribute to the growth and stability of Ohio's underutilized businesses.

How long have you been a Rocket and in what capacity?

I have been a Rocket since 2010 when I enrolled as a nontraditional student with what was then called the UT at TPS initiative. It provided opportunities to attend college courses out of main campus in Toledo Public Schools classrooms. 

How would you describe your job?

My job is wonderful. Having the opportunity to listen to so many amazing business ideas and seeing them come to fruition is a privilege. I'm always impressed and inspired by the creativity of our local entrepreneurs. My job has also given me the opportunity to use my bilingual skills and experiences as a business woman. 

What distinguishes UT from other workplaces?

I have to say - I love UT. Our university has made such an impact in Toledo and around the world. Since the day I attended the orientation for new employees, I knew I had made the right choice in joining UT's team. 

What resources from UT are your “must-haves” to perform your job?

UT has great resources for employees. But, the quality, support, and warmth of my team members is what makes my day, every day.

What is your favorite thing about UT?

From generous benefits, incentives, and rewards, to opportunities to further my education, it's hard to pick just one thing as my favorite. Also, it's such a beautiful campus. 

Can you tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know or would be surprised to learn?

I was going to be a nun! I was kicked out because I was too happy, chatty, and personal. Imagine that! 
Want to be in the Spotlight, or know someone who should?
Nominate yourself or a colleague for a Spotlight feature
in an upcoming newsletter with our web nomination form.
March is Women's History Month!
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
UT OMSS Women's History Month Calendar of Events
Flyer for womxn of color symposium: finding and using our voice; Denise Frohman, speaker
womXn of color SYMPOSIUM: Finding and USing Our Voice!  Join us  on Monday, March 18th from 1-7 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Conference Center on UT's Main Campus for a day of dialogue, empowerment and professional development, featuring Denise Frohman, poet, educator and performer whose work focuses on identity, lineage, subverting traditional notions of power and celebrating the parts of ourselves deemed unsworthy.

The event is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and registration is required. Register online by March 14th. For more information, email Supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Division of Student Affairs, the Catherine S. Eberly Center and the Center for International Studies and Programs.
Flyer for PSA professional development workshop: Latinx Initiatives (Un)documented Student Ally Training
PSA Professional Development opportunity. Register online to attend the Latinx Initiatives (Un)documented Student Ally Training on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 8:30 - 9:30 AM in the Student Union room 2591. Improve awareness, advocacy, and alliance for yourself and others. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Success. 
Homecoming week is September 30 - October 5 this year, and the UToledo Homecoming Committee is inviting faculty and staff to vote on the theme for this year's festivities. Go to The University of Toledo Involvement Network (InvoNet) and sign in with your UTAD information to vote! Voting ends on Tuesday, March 12.  
It's awards season once again! Please nominate your fellow PSA members so they can receive the recognition they are due. The awards are the Alice H. Skeens Outstanding Woman Award, Lancelot C.A. Thompson Award, Outstanding Staff Award, Diane Hymore Exemplar of Excellence Award, and the Frank E. Horton Outstanding PSA Award. The awards recognize qualities of leadership, loyalty, support, and service to the UT community, including employees, students, and UT affiliated groups. Nominations are due as soon as March 13th, so act quickly!  
Comments? Concerns? Compliments? 
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Picture of a runner tying his shoe.
Don’t put your active lifestyle on hold due to pain or injury.
Turn to the orthopaedic specialists at The University of Toledo Medical Center for same-day appointments to get the relief you need.

If you are experiencing bone, muscle or joint pain, you want to be seen as quickly as possible. At The University of Toledo’s Orthopaedic Center, our experts offer a variety of perspectives and treatment options for patients of all ages. We combine advanced care, personalized attention and convenience to get you back to the life and activities you love.

  • New patients seen within 24 hours – guaranteed
  • Full spectrum of orthopaedic services in a single location
  • Saturday clinic
  • Nutritional and education services
  • Free valet parking
  • Complimentary refreshments while you wait

For more information or to schedule an appointment,
call 419.383.BONE (3761).
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The Professional Staff Association (PSA) of The University of Toledo consists of all classified exempt, classified salaried, and unclassified administrative and professional employees who do not belong to a bargaining unit and do not have faculty rank. The group of approximately 1,200 employees
was officially recognized by the University in 1992.

The Professional Staff Council (PSC) is the elected body that represents PSA to the administration on topics such as the past PSA compensation study, changes in health benefits, assisting with the Outstanding Staff Awards and other various issues.

Please contact PSC with any questions, concerns and ideas.
There is also an anonymous feedback form.
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