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What's New at UT

Has it been awhile since you've been on campus at The University of Toledo?

You'll be happy to know that many things haven't changed. The bells still toll in University Hall. The spirit rock is still in the Flatlands. The Blue Crew remains anonymous.

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Driscoll Alumni Center

2801 W. Bancroft St., MS #301
Toledo, OH 43606-3395
419.530.2586
800.235.6766

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As you explore — and we hope you come back to visit us often — you'll find new reasons to fall back in love with our beautiful campus. Some buildings are brand new; some have received face lifts. New sculptures and artwork dot the grounds.

Some changes aren't so obvious — new academic programs, investments in environmentally friendly facilities and others.

Here are some of the top "new things" you'll find on your tour.

William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion

Enthusiastic UT supporters William ('59, '60) and Carol Koester donated funds for the facility, which was dedicated in 2012. The Koester Alumni Pavilion hosts football Pregame Parties, our Annual Meeting and other Alumni Association and University events. It sits at the northwest corner of the Glass Bowl, on a large plaza named for Chuck ('59) and Jackie Sullivan. Brick pavers are inscribed with the names of hundreds of alumni and friends who supported the project.

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Glass Bowl Stadium

In the spring of 2016, the east side of the Glass Bowl got a whole new look. The renovation project included new concession facilities, rest rooms, entry ways and a ticket booth, as well as an overall facelift to the facade near Stadium Drive. The visitors' locker room was updated, and a new FieldTurf playing surface was installed, as well.

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John F. Savage Arena

The arena, which opened as Centennial Hall in 1976, was renovated in 2008 as part of the University's Building Champions Campaign. The project included a total renovation of the playing arena, as well as new locker rooms, a 3,000-square-foot training room and a 6,000-square-foot weight room. In 2016, an expansion created new offices and work spaces for the men's and women's basketball staffs and a larger Grogan Room.

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Larimer Athletic Complex and Rocket Academic Center

The Larimer Athletic Complex, home to the UT football program, opened in 1990 as part of the Glass Bowl renovation project. Improvements to the complex in 2013 included an upgraded student-athlete academic center; an enhanced locker room area; a larger, more modern weight room; updated offices; and new coaches' meeting rooms. Alumni Chuck ('59) and Jackie Sullivan and Roy ('75) and Marcia Armes made major gifts to support the renovations.

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Memorial Field House

No more basketball games and rock concerts. The field house, constructed in 1931, was transformed into 54 state-of-the-art classrooms, 70 faculty offices, a three-story central atrium and a 250-seat auditorium. It re-opened in January 2009 and now houses UT's language programs and more. It became UT's first building granted a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold rating for being environmentally friendly.

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Lloyd A. Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center

This state-of-the-art, 65,000-square-foot educational facility opened in April 2014 on UT's Health Science Campus. It was the first in the nation to incorporate three integrated simulation centers: a progressive anatomy and surgical skills center, an advanced clinical simulation center and the virtual immersive reality center. This impressive, hands-on facility trains 2,000 learners each month. It educates UT students and community members. Toledo paramedics have used the center for training. Outside surgical companies also pay for access to the center.

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Savage & Associates Complex

Drive down Bancroft Street and you may not even notice this new building tucked between Gillham Hall and Ritter Planetarium. Dedicated in 2009, the $15.4 million, 54,000-square-foot structure looks like it's always been here. It was built as an extension to Stranahan Hall, the original home of the College of Business and Innovation. It includes 10 classrooms; five action-learning labs, including the John B. and Lillian E. Neff Trading Room with 15 Bloomberg terminals and the Huntington Professional Sales Lab; outreach and engagement suites; and the LaValley Family Rooftop Garden.

The complex is home to the one-of-a-kind Alan Barry Accounting Lab, dedicated in 2014. Barry, a 1966 COBI graduate, helped fund the lab. It is the first in the country to have a certified management accountant lab license and to offer students free access to the CMA review material to prepare for the CPA exam.

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Military markers, military friendly

Wander between University Hall and Memorial Field House and you'll see the Veterans' Plaza, built in 2009, and the Blue Star and Gold Star memorial markers. The University of Toledo is nationally recognized as the first university campus to honor all service members of the armed forces and the families who lost loved ones. We are proud that since 2010, we have consistently been recognized by Victory Media as a top school for supporting student-veterans and their families. In 2017, a veterans lounge was dedicated in the renovated William S. Carlson Library.

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Research Vessel for Lake Erie Center

The health of Lake Erie is a crucial issue for our region. UT has been at the forefront of research into algal blooms, drinking water safety and more. In 2015, UT dedicated a new, 28-foot research vessel with state-of-the-art technology to advance the Lake Erie Center's studies.

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The Gateway

The UT community and Toledoans now have somewhere close to campus to eat, shop and play. The University of Toledo Foundation and Fairmount Properties opened Gateway in the summer of 2012. The 88,500-square-foot retail center on the corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road is home to restaurants, The University of Toledo Barnes & Noble Bookstore, the Lofts at Gateway and more. UT alums, including former quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (Social Gastropub), have opened restaurants here.

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New eats

Through the years, restaurants and coffee shops have come and gone on campus. The Lancelot Thompson Student Union now boasts a Steak 'n Shake, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A and more. And who can forget Phoenicia Cuisine? The Mediterranean restaurant has been a staple in the Student Union for decades. It moved in 2017 to the fourth floor, where the old Rocky's Attic used to be.

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Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence

In 2016, the next generation of pharmacists, researchers and scientists began work in this new state-of-the-art research laboratory in UT's College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The lab was created with the help of Shimadzu, a leading scientific-instrument company. It contains several cutting-edge instruments, including a mass spectrometer.

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Rocket Wheels

This bike-sharing program was launched in 2015. It allows UT students and employees to borrow bikes to get around campus and the city, furthering our commitment to green practices.

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William S. Carlson Library

In October 2017, UT celebrated the completion of a $6 million renovation to the library — reconfigured study spaces, a veterans lounge and a glass wall spanning five stories on the east facade.

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University College

In 2016, UT merged the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning and YouCollege with UT Online to create University College. The college serves adult and undecided students. The University offers more than 500 online courses through UT Online. The College of Adult and Lifelong Learning had been created in 2010 as an evolution of a previous University College. YouCollege had served undecided students since 2013.

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Campus artwork

Wherever you walk on campus, you'll see innovative artwork on the grounds. Since 2005, the UT Campus Beautification Committee has selected art each year to include in the annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. More than 100 sculptures have rotated through the exhibit.

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ESPN 3

This collaboration with ESPN is the definition of hands-on, experiential education.
Since 2015, UT communication students have been manning production crews and live streaming more than 35 UT athletic events annually on ESPN.com.

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UT, Promedica Affiliation

In August 2015, UT President Sharon L. Gaber and Randy Oostra, ProMedica president and chief executive officer, signed an historic, 50-year academic affiliation agreement. The partnership enables the two to develop one of the nation's leading academic medical centers and enhances opportunities for UT medical students.

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New academic programs

UT prides itself with being on the forefront of the latest trends in education. We offer degrees that are in demand. A sampling of our new programs include:

  • An online PhD in special education, the first online PhD program of its kind in Ohio (2017).
  • A bachelor's degree in disability studies, the first degree of its kind in the country (2015).
  • A bachelor's degree in cosmetic science and formulation design (2012). This is the only undergraduate program of its kind in the country.
  • A bachelor's degree in medical technology (2013).

10-Year Vision

UT has created a campus master plan, which details a vision for University facilities for the next decade.

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Last Updated: 10/1/18