Capotosto, Boothe Show the Way

January 28th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni, The Rockets

Capotosto Leads the Rockets in the Right Direction in 2015-16 

By Brian DeBenedictis, associate director of athletic communication

Women's Basketball vs ArizonaLuminary, manager, pacesetter. These three adjectives thoroughly describe senior Ana Capotosto. But perhaps most important of all, the fifth-year Rocket is the physical and emotional leader for the Toledo women’s basketball team.

She understands the importance of leadership and it is a role she does not take lightly.

“Leadership is something I take great pride in,” said Capotosto, who graduated with a degree in childhood education last month. “It’s very important for me to not only lead by example, but also vocally. I need to make sure everyone is on the same page at all times, and that we’re trying to accomplish the same goals.”

Before the start of this season, Capotosto was named a team captain for a second straight year in a vote of her teammates. The Saugatuck, Mich., native was humbled to once again be selected the squad’s ringleader.

Women's Basketball vs Arizona“I was extremely honored to be named a captain for a second-consecutive season by my teammates,” Capotosto said. “It meant a lot to know that my teammates respect me, and appreciated the job I did as a captain last year.”

Capotosto learned quite a bit about herself as a captain last year, and subsequently focused on some of the things she needed to refine for this season.

“I thought I did just okay as the captain last year, but there were a lot of things I needed to improve on,” said Capotosto, who became engaged to Brad Gehres on April 18, 2014. “I was very happy and humbled to get another chance to build off of last year and continue to grow in that role.”

Capotosto is continually evolving in her role as a leader each day and understands the demands that come with it.

“Being a leader is not always easy,” said Capotosto, who spent the past semester teaching second grade at nearby Old Orchard Elementary school. “It’s hard to step out of your comfort zone and help keep people in line during the grind of a long season. It’s also difficult to teach them to always make good decisions.”

Head Coach Tricia Cullop is appreciative of Capotosto’s effort as the Rockets’ leader.

“Ana has done a great job at being our team’s selfless leader,” Cullop said. “She not only leads by example, but also vocally. Our players look up to Ana because she does things the right way. I’m so impressed with her growing maturity over her times at UT.”

Classmate and fellow captain Brenae Harris echoed Coach Cullop’s comments.

“Ana is a person with strong character and values and a big heart,” Harris said. “She also makes great decisions and is somebody that I enjoy playing with.”

A_Capotosto_vs_Findlay_3_So far in 2015-16, Capotosto is backing up her strong leadership qualities with excellent play on the court. The three-point specialist is having an All-MAC caliber campaign and currently ranks in the Top 20 in the league in three-point field goal percentage, three-point field goals made, overall rebounding and scoring.

With conference play now in full swing, Capotosto knows her role as a leader is ultra-important. She also understands that challenges that await her and her teammates over the next two months.

“Our team understands the importance of conference play,” Capotosto said. “We need to be at our best at all times, especially myself being a leader and captain. All the schools know each other so well. There is very little margin for error.”

With Capotosto leading the way and with the support of a group of talented teammates, that just might be the right recipe to help Toledo secure a second MAC regular-season championship in the last four years.

“I know we have a lot of talent on this team,” said Capotosto, “and my goal is to help steer it in the direction of a MAC title.”

Nathan Boothe’s Emergence as Top-Flight Center Keying Rockets’ Success

Nathan Boothe-AkronNathan Boothe’s transformation as a basketball player began the minute he committed to the University of Toledo late in the summer of 2011.

The Rockets’ senior center tipped the scales at nearly 280 pounds prior to his senior year at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Ill. But Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk still saw the potential Boothe possessed.

“I really liked his hands and the way he passed the ball,” said Kowalczyk about watching Boothe play on the AAU circuit. “He was on a very good team and was surrounded by good players. You could see that he knew how to play the game and that he had the tools to be a solid post player.”

Once Boothe made his college commitment, his AAU coach, former Chicago Bull Dickey Simpkins, told him that if he worked to get in better shape he would have an opportunity to play right away. That’s when the big man committed himself to a new lifestyle.

“I had gradually put on weight all through high school with some bad eating habits,” Boothe said. “When I saw the chance I had at Toledo, I started to run a lot, I reduced the size of the portions I ate and I pretty much eliminated fast food from my diet.”

Nathan Boothe vs WVTech 11.14.15 (6)That change, as well as a lot of time spent in the weight room, has helped Boothe become one of top players at the mid-major level as he earned a spot recently on’s mid-season Mid-Major All-American Team. He ranks as one of the MAC’s top two scorers along with junior Jonathan Williams and also became the first Rocket ever to register a triple-double earlier this season.

“Nathan has always been a good player for us, but he took another step last summer in developing his game,” Kowalczyk said. “He worked hard on his post moves and foot work, and that’s led to his success this season.”

In the offseason, Boothe and assistant coach Jason Kalsow watched a lot of video of successful big men, like former Wisconsin All-American Frank Kaminsky.

“We were able to add a few different things to Nathan’s offensive game,” Kalsow. “We watched other big guys who were the focal points of their team’s offense because we knew he would play a big role for us this season.”

Boothe’s success on the court is nothing new to a family filled with athletes. His father was a standout baseball player at Northern Illinois and he has three uncles who played college football. His brother David was an offensive guard on Hope College’s football team and his sister Sarah played basketball at Stanford.

After giving both baseball and football a try as a youngster, Boothe decided to follow in Sarah’s footsteps.

“I played football when I was younger because of my size, but I got rocked quite a few times so I stopped,” Boothe reminisced. “I didn’t have the patience to play baseball so that put an end to that. Since I was so tall, I decided basketball was my best option.”

Once Boothe decided to focus on the hardwood, he was able to observe the way his older sister played. He certainly was fortunate to have that chance because Sarah was named Illinois Ms. Basketball in 2008.

Boothe-Oakland“Sarah’s game is similar to mine, and I was able to pick up a few tips along the way from watching her play,” Boothe said. “She was a good passer and could stretch the floor with her outside shot like I do. That was one of the key attributes that helped her get to the next level.”

Which is what the Rockets’ lone senior hopes to do once his collegiate career winds down. Boothe would like to play professionally, but for now he is just concentrating on providing the necessary leadership for UT to make a run at a Mid-American Conference Championship.

“I’ve tried to show our young guys the work ethic it takes to be successful at the collegiate level,” said Boothe, who is serving as a mentor to the team’s seven freshmen. “When I was a freshman, I learned a lot from (former three-time All-MAC honoree) Rian Pearson. He would always bring me in the gym to get extra reps and make sure I stayed in shape. I’ve tried to do that with our freshmen as well, because all that hard work makes a big difference in becoming a better player.”

That’s a lesson Boothe became familiar with even before becoming a Rocket, and one that each of his teammates would be wise to follow.

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New Format Has Rockets Looking Forward to 2016 MAC Tournament

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What’s old is what’s new for Mid-American Conference basketball. And UT’s two head coaches are just fine with that.

The 2016 MAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, held annually at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, will return to a playoff format that was in place from 2000-11. Following first-round games at campus sites for both the men and women on Monday, March 7, the women’s quarterfinals will be held on Wednesday, March 9 followed by the men’s quarterfinals on Thursday, March 10. The women’s semifinals are set for the afternoon of Friday, March 11 with the men’s semifinals to follow that evening.  The championship games for both men and women are set for Saturday, March 12.

In the past four years, the league’s top two seeds were placed directly into the semifinals.  In addition, the No. 3 and 4 seeds automatically qualified for the quarterfinals. As a result, the bottom eight of the league’s 12 teams had to win five games to win the MAC Tournament and earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Toledo’s coaches think the return to the traditional format is fairer and will make for more exciting matchups in the early rounds.

“I believe this is a positive change for our conference tournament,” said Tod Kowalczyk, now in his sixth season as the men’s head coach. “This makes the event great for our fans because they can see a lot of exciting basketball in a true tournament format.”

Added women’s head coach Tricia Cullop, now in her eighth year at the Toledo helm, “I like the fact that the MAC is going back to the old format. I think the last couple of years there was too long of a break before teams advanced to the final games. Going back to this format will help keep teams sharp. It’s important to maintain the fundamentals. It’s also hard to replicate what you face in a game in practice. Having the opportunity to play some earlier round games will help everybody.”

Both UT’s teams played well in early MAC action are expected to be a factor in the tournament. The women won four of their first five MAC games thanks to the hot shooting of senior guards Brenae Harris (14.9 ppg) and Ana Capotosto (11.5 ppg). The UT men are led by the league’s top two scorers, senior center Nathan Boothe (19.8 ppg) and junior guard Jonathan Williams (18.6 ppg).

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Marmot Boca Raton Bowl 2015 in Pictures

January 28th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni, The Rockets, Uncategorized

Nearly 900 alumni and friends  – from 16 states and the District of Columbia – attended the University of Toledo Alumni Association’s Kickoff Bash prior to the Rockets’ convincing win over Temple University in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 22.  UT President Dr. Sharon Gaber welcomed the huge throng to the pre-game event which also featured performances from UT’s marching band and our cheerleaders.

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UT in the News

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Annual Unity Day Celebration at UT Urges ‘Justice for All’

Speakers and performers called for social engagement and activism in the face of intolerance at today’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Celebration at Savage Arena.

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UT, ProMedica Reps Appointed to Lead Academic Affiliation Operating Group

The academic affiliation between The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences and ProMedica is moving forward with the appointments of two representatives to lead the process.

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UT-BGSU Look at Joint Courses After Review

The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University could work together and with other institutions to offer certain classes, including some foreign languages, following a state-mandated review of courses with low enrollment.

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Toledo Names Jason Candle Head Football Coach

EPA Adminstrator Visits UT

UT’s Inside Out Program Changes Perceptions About Prison System

UT Awarded Grant to Train High School Teachers

UT Awarded $214,000 to Assist Sexual Assault Victims

The Ohio Attorney General’s office has awarded The University of Toledo $214,000 to help victims of sexual violence on campus.

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UT Geologist Receives National Fellowship

UT Aims to Give Students Edge in Winning Prestigious Awards

Aiden Yoon wanted to study abroad but needed financial help to achieve that goal.

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BA and JD Offered at UT

Generous Gift Creates New Engineering Program

UT Expands Fund-raising Into Florida

The University of Toledo Foundation is expanding its fund-raising efforts to the Sunshine State.

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Resurgence of Small Business in Toledo

Rocket Pediatrics at Robinson Elementary

UT Unveils New Basketball Bus

UT Grad Student on Wheel of Fortune

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Class Notes

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Nancy Beach Forderer (Ed ’62, MEd ’89) recently had her book published by The Critical Thinking Company. Her book, “Vocabulary Virtuoso: Mastering Middle School Vocabulary,” was illustrated by one of her students.

John Richard (Dick) Wilson (Ed ’61, MEd ’66, Ed Spec ’74) was inducted posthumously to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum, located in Stillwater, Okla. Wilson was a three-time NCAA Championship runner-up and a three-time All-American for UT from 1959-61. He was the head wrestling coach at UT in 1967, and coached the Rockets from 1967-1974. His 1969 team won the MAC championship; three other teams were runners-up, and another finished third. Dick Wilson Full Body

**Bob Grant (A/S ’68) is currently serving his third term as President of the Board of Directors for Community Head Start Program of Morris County, N.J., a volunteer position. Head Start is celebrating its 50th anniversary as the premiere pre-school program for children from families with incomes below the federal poverty line.


**Nancy Lapp (Ed ’74, MEd ’77) was recently elected as a Trustee on the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Library Legacy Foundation Board of Directors.

Gulas John Gulas (Law ’83) was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) and President/CEO of Trinity Capital Corporation (TCC). He was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of LANB and TCC. Gulas is also listed on the annual list of top CEOs by Albuquerque Business First.

Christopher Kelly (A/S ’81) was named planned giving product specialist at PNC Institutional Asset Management Group in Ann Arbor, Mich. Kelly is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the Michigan Council of Foundations, and sits on the Boards of the Northville Community Foundation and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan.

Dr. Jan Kneeland (MED ’96) has joined the new family medicine practice in the Medical Office Building at Pelham Medical Center, located in Greer, S.C. kneeland

Dr. Quehuong Pham (A/S ’90, A/S ’91, MED ’95) has joined KentuckyOne Health Surgical Associates at Saint Joseph in London, Kentucky as a general surgeon.

Miller J. Douglas Miller (Eng ’90, Law ’99) a founding member of the intellectual property law firm of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller, LLC, was appointed by the Wood County Commissioners to the Board of Trustees for the Northwestern Water & Sewer District. Miller is currently vice president of the Wood County Economic Development Commission, president of the Bulldog Foundation, Chair of the International Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Toledo, a member of the Board of Directors for Imagination Station, and a member of the Advisory Committee for LaunchPad Incubation at The University of Toledo.

Ben Tombaugh (Bus ’92) was inducted to the Sylvania Schools athletic hall of fame. Tombaugh graduated from Sylvania Northview High School, located in Sylvania, Ohio. He earned a total of seven varsity letters and was named the Great Lakes League co-offensive player of the year twice. He still holds the record for the longest run from scrimmage in University of Toledo history at 95 yards.

*Philip S. Heebsh (Ed ’98, Law ’02) is now a partner in the law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA, located in Toledo, Ohio. Heebsh joins the firm’s employment services group. Heebsh 2015
Jennifer Grieco Jennifer Grieco (A/S ’93, Law ’97), a partner at Neuman Anderson, P.C., a Michigan based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation, was sworn in as secretary for the State Bar of Michigan for the 2015-2016 year. She concentrates her practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, professional malpractice and coverage disputes.
Jaclyn Dight (A/S ’03, HSHS ’05) was inducted to the Ohio Northern University (ONU) Athletic Hall of Fame. To be inducted, one must have made contributions to the field of athletics through their athletic performance at the university or meritorious efforts made on behalf of athletics. Dight was a member of the track and field team at ONU. Dight

Dr. Robb Wiegand (MED ’03) is the new emergency department chief at the Dayton VA, located in Dayton, Ohio.

munsch Jason Munsch (Ed ’03, MS ’06) was named the head coach of the Florida Tech track and field team, located in Tampa, Fla.

Candi Wolbert (Bus ’02) has been appointed to serve as the Eastern Region Chair of the Safety and Security Council of the National Tank Truck Carriers Association. The eastern region encompasses 12 eastern U.S. states from the east coast to Ohio.

Matthew C. Spaulding (Law ’12) joined the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as a staff attorney and is practicing in the firm’s litigation practice group. Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full service law firm with more than 240 attorneys practicing in Toledo, Columbus, Ohio, Tampa and Sarasota, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. Spaulding_Matthew_300dpi

Dr. Aqeel Ahmad (RES ’10) has joined the Essentia Health 32nd Avenue Clinic in Fargo, N.D. as a nephrologist.

burcher Dr. Theresa Burcher (MED ’11, MPH ’11) joined the obstetrician/gynecologist practice of Crozer-Keystone Women’s Health at Silverside, in Wilmington, Del.
Births and Marriages

Sarah (Heydinger) Blakeley (A/S ’04) and Matt Blakeley (Eng ’05) welcomed a baby girl, Ellena, to their family in September 2014. She joins big sisters Charlotte and Stella.

Rebecca Catherine Swierz (Pharm ’11, PharmD ’13) and Steven Joseph Margevicius (Pharm ’11, PharmD ’13) exchanged vows on August 22, 2014 at St. James Catholic Church in Lakewood, Ohio. Rebecca is a pharmacy clinical specialist at Southwest General in Middleburg Heights, Ohio and Matt is a pharmacist and anticoagulation supervisor at Veterans Affairs in Cleveland, Ohio. SwierzMargevicius

Erin Shaffer (Pharm ’14) and Aaron Copi (Eng ’14) were joined in marriage on September 5, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, their reception was held at LaRoy’s Hall in LaSalle, Mich. Shaffer is employed by Rite Aid Pharmacy and Aaron is employed by Matrix Technologies in Maumee, Ohio.

Lopez Aaron Lopez (MEd ’08) and Shaun Murphy were married in Hillsboro, Wis. on September 26, 2015. Aaron currently works at the Chamber Main Street and the Driftless Café in Viroqua, Wis., and Shaun currently works on the couple’s organic farm and as a transportation planner for Toole Design Group, based out of Minneapolis.
Craig Matthew Dapore (Eng ’11) and Amanda Lynn Subler exchanged vows on November 21, 2015 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Craig is employed by Nidec-Minster Corp. in Minster, Ohio and Amanda is employed by Brilliant Beginnings Learning Center in Versailles, Ohio as a preschool teacher. DaPore
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Edward C. Dixon, age 77, a stationary engineer at MCO from 1980 to 1999.

Ruby I. Murray, age 78, a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary.

Rolland D. “Rollie” Jakubowski, age 82, an internal auditor at MCO who retired in 1995.

Santiago “Jim” Flores, age 89, a custodian at MCO from 1978 until his retirement in 1991.

Dr. George P. Guthrie, age 86, joined the UT faculty in 1961 and served as chair of the Philosophy Department from 1975 to 1982. Guthrie was granted emeritus status when he retired in 1988.

Jennifer Rockwood (A/S ’78), age 64, worked at UT for nearly three decades. In 1985, she joined the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Film. She was named director of UT’s First-Year Experience Program in 2003. After 10 years in that role, she returned to teaching as a senior lecturer and retired in 2014. She directed numerous productions for the University stage. Rockwood also directed shows for the Toledo Repertoire Theatre and the Village Players Theatre. In 2013, she received the University’s Edith Rathbun Award for Outreach and Engagement for her contribution to theatre and the arts in northwest Ohio.

Nina O. Close, age 93, a former secretary at UT.

Debra D. Hecklinger, at 65, was a former senior accountant at MCO for 18 years until her retirement in 1999.

Martha Burks McCoy, at 95, a janitor at UT for 16 years until her retirement in 1997.

*Betty Wittenberg, Toledo at 91.


**Arthur Cross (Bus ’39), Sylvania, Ohio at 98. A letterman in track, Cross was a past member of the Alumni Association and what is now the UT Foundation board of trustees.


**Sylvia Thal (A/S ’44), Madison, Wis. at 94.


Russell Kinter (Bus ’51), Adrian, Mich. at 86.

Theodore Rohweder (Eng ’56), Littleton, Colo. at 85.

Dominic Bruno (A/S ’55, Law ’64), Sylvania, Ohio at 82.

Russell Rice (Eng ’52), Toledo at 91.

Edward Daunhauer (Bus ’51), Toledo at 88.

John Scarlett (Eng ’50), Toledo at 90.

Marjorie Shedd (A/S ’50), Bloomington, Ind. at 87.

**E. Jermann (Law ’56), Sylvania, Ohio at 91.


Jane Kinney (Ed ’66), at 86.

Doris Gannon (MEd ’67), Pinehurst, N.C. at 88.

**Geneva Ramsuer (A/S ’66), Toledo at 101.

Paul McCrory (Law ’64), Toledo at 81.

John Robinson (Ed ’64, MEd ’68), Corvallis, Ohio at 79.

Kenneth Kujawa (A/S ’68, Law 71), Sylvania, Ohio at 68.

Delores Heath (Ed ’63, MEd ’75, Ed Spec ’81), Sylvania, Ohio at 84.

James Siewert (MEd ’69), Findlay, Ohio at 81.

Albert Baumgartner (att. 1964), Toledo at 76.

Paula Pushka (MBA ’66, Eng ’73), Lakewood, Colo. at 65.

**Jay Gilchrist (Ed ’61, MEd ’65), Toledo at 78.


Carol Downs (Bus ’74), at 63.

James Wilson (Ed ’75), Freedom, Pa. at 64.

Gussie Hawthorne (UTCTC ’71, Ed ’81), Toledo at 78.

Waldron Fowler (att. 1973), Toledo at 84.

Ronald Goodman (Law ’79), Toledo at 71.

Nandor Darvas (Eng ’76, MBA ’81), Sylvania, Ohio at 67.

**Eloise Chantoff (Ed ’71, MEd ’76), Toledo at 88.

Richard Hyer (Law ’72), Forked River, N.J. at 69.

Louis Schira (MEd ’71), Montpelier, Ohio at 88.

Jerome Operacz (Eng ’70, MBA ’84), Temperance, Mich. at 69.

Marcia Gurecky (UTCTC ’78, Univ Coll ’80, Law ’86), Lima, Ohio at 59.

George Bowers (Bus ’70), Johns Island, S.C. at 74.


Dr. John Webster (Law ’81), Maumee, Ohio at 82.

Leroy Crummer (Eng ’86), Toledo at 74.

Joyce Gueldenzoph (Ed ’83, MEd ’97), Toledo at 73.

Jeffrey Warnicke (MEd ’73), Port Clinton, Ohio at 73.

**Amy Litten (AS ’87), Avon, Ohio at 51.

**William Fahrenbruck (MA ’88, MA ’91), Tiffin, Ohio at 99.

Sue Kerekgyarto (UTCTC ’84), Chicago, Ill. at 53.

*Cindy Wright (Nurs ’82), Cornelius, N.C. at 56.

Julie Forrester (A/S ’80, MEd ’88), Monroe, Mich. at 59.


Anne Zahradnik (A/S ’91), Toledo at 67.

Anna Colnar (Ed ’92), Maumee, Ohio at 59.

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**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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