Marcia and Roy Armes Rocket Academic Center
The Marcia and Roy Armes Rocket Academic Center, located in the renovated Larimer Athletic Complex, is open to all Toledo student-athletes. Renovations include additional work space for student-athletes and staff overlooking the Glass Bowl field; the creation of private tutoring rooms; new computer equipment; and new furniture.
The Rocket Academic Center has laptop computers available for team travel. Workstations are equipped with Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office and are connected to the University’s email system.
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics recognizes the unique needs of student-athletes in regards to academic support at the University of Toledo. The Student Athletic Academic Services (SAAS) 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.
Hours of operation
Sunday: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday : 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
UT student-athletes meet with two advisors: one in their chosen major program and their team’s Academic Coordinator in the Rocket Academic Center. Both advisors work together to assist the student-athlete with creating balanced course schedules that meet degree requirements and will not interfere with athletic commitments. The SAAS staff maintain files on all student-athletes to monitor academic performance, NCAA athletic eligibility and progress toward graduation. All tracking information (targeting reports, tutorial feedback, academic progress reports from faculty, eligibility data, and college advising documentation) is kept on file and communicated to coaches regularly.
Tutorial assistance is available to all Toledo student-athletes through both the Rocket Academic Center and the University’s Learning Enhancement Center (LEC). SAAS employs a Learning Specialist who focuses on writing and study strategies. The Learning Specialist also coordinates the Academic Coach Program, a core group of volunteer professionals in business and education from the local community who offer their assistance in math, science, economics, business, social science and humanities. Students can also visit the LEC, which has offices in both the Carlson Library and at the Scott Park campus. Tutoring at both locations is available to all UT students free of charge.
Targeting is a time management and organizational program designed for freshmen, new transfer students and returning student-athletes who are not performing up to their potential academically.
The goal of this program is to model time management skills and develop a comprehensive plan to assist the student-athlete in the transition from high school to college.
The Student-Athlete Affairs Program offers programming to cultivate student-athletes’ lives in five main areas: academic excellence, athletic excellence, personal development, career development and commitment to service. Created in 1991, Life Skills Programs at NCAA member institutions are supported nationally through the promotional and financial efforts of the NCAA Foundation, the NCAA and the Division I-A Athletic Directors’ Association.
The Director of Student-Athlete Affairs coordinates events in the areas of community outreach through the “Rockets ‘Round Town” program. While continuing to utilize campus services for job search and career planning, the department has enhanced its career development programming through its partnership with AfterSport, a student-athlete career planning organization that was founded and is run entirely by two former collegiate and professional athletes who have also been successful in corporate America.
Ericka Lavender is her second year as assistant athletic director for Student-Athlete Academic Services. She is responsible for the daily operations of the Rocket Academic Center and coordinates academic support for men’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s soccer student-athletes.
Stacy Bowers is in her 21st year with Student-Athlete 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 17th year with Student-Athlete Academic Services this fall as an academic coordinator. Irmen coordinates academic services for baseball, women’s cross country, men’s golf softball, women’s swimming, women’s track & field and women’s volleyball student-athletes. Irmen also is designated as UT’s NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Administrator.