Rocket Academic Center
The Rocket Academic Center, located in the Larimer Athletic Complex, is open to all student-athletes. This facility includes academic staff offices, study carrels, and a computer lab with 16 desktop workstations. The academic center has laptop computers available for team travel. Workstations are equipped with Netscape, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, are connected to the University’s UTAD email system.
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics recognizes the unique needs of student-athletes in regards to academic support at the University of Toledo. Academic staff provide a variety of services to assist student-athletes with their academic progress. Services include guidance with orientation, course scheduling, targeting (a time management program), study table, individualized and group tutoring.
NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program
At the University of Toledo, the Director of CHAMPS/Life Skills coordinates events in the areas of community outreach through the "Rockets ‘Round Town" program, career planning through our collaboration with career services on campus, and personal development. Additionally, a bimonthly newsletter is published and distributed to coaches, administrators and student-athletes to promote programming and to recognize our student-athletes’ accomplishments in the classroom, in sport, and in life.
Student-Athlete Academic Services StaffDrew Scales, in his second year directing Student Athletic Academic Services, is responsible for the daily operations of the Rocket Academic Center. He coordinates academic support for men’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s soccer, and women’s track and cross country student-athletes.
Stacy Bowers is in her 13th year with Student Athletic Academic Services as an academic coordinator. Bowers coordinates academic services for football, women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s tennis student-athletes. In addition, Bowers helps to organize Rocket Launch, a new student orientation, and serves on the Intercollegiate Committee on Advising (ICA).
Sue Irmen begins her ninth year with Student Athletic Academic Services this fall as an academic coordinator. Irmen coordinates academic services for baseball, men’s cross country, softball, women’s swimming, men’s golf, and volleyball student-athletes. Irman also directs Life Skills programming for UT student-athletes.
Laura Johnson starts her eighth year with Student Athletic Academic Services as a learning specialist. Johnson specifically addresses the learning needs of UT student-athletes. Additionally, Johnson is responsible for tutorial services in the Rocket Academic Center.