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The university's second-largest freshman class in history, with more than 380 students, moved in Friday, Aug. 19, greeted by orientation leaders and resident assistants with handmade signs and popsicles, although generous cloud cover (and even some rain) provided relatively mild (if humid) conditions for move-in.
Yesterday, during a dedication ceremony just outside the library's entrance, the University of Dallas officially renamed its library, now known as the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library.
The University of Dallas has announced the appointment of two new members to its board of trustees. Terry O'Halloran, MBA '83, and Julie Weber, BA '91, who recently attended their first full meeting in May, are both University of Dallas alumni.
After serving Dallas Catholics for the past decade, Bishop Kevin J. Farrell (also chancellor of the University of Dallas) has been appointed by Pope Francis as the highest-ranking American clergyman in the Vatican. Farrell will oversee the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, a new department in which he will focus on the lives of ordinary Catholics around the world.
At UD, students are no strangers to studying the classics of Western literature and the history and culture that formed them. This summer, five UD students took this firsthand experience to an even greater level by assisting in the excavation of the ancient Latin city of Gabii.
Long before he came to teach here, UD had been on Chad Engelland's horizon. According to Engelland, assistant professor and director of the master's program in philosophy, the level of education and the special approach the university takes to his area of expertise had a significant impact on his decision to join UD's faculty.
Today, Texas' contentious campus carry law goes into effect. The University of Dallas has opted out of this statewide law allowing concealed handguns on public college campuses.
Sherry L. Dellinger, who brings with her nearly three decades of higher education experience, has joined the University Dallas as the assistant vice president for student affairs. Having served as both an educator and leader on several campuses, Dellinger has dedicated her career to helping students succeed, a cause she calls her "lifelong God-given blessing."
"Teachers are the most powerful people on earth," said Professor Emeritus of Education Cherie Clodfelter, who learned from an early age to value teachers. "Even more than mothers, they affect eternity through the children and young people they influence."
Best College Reviews has included the University of Dallas on its list of the "The 20 Best College Summer Programs for Gifted Students," placing the university's summer high school programs among Ivy League schools such as Harvard University, and other elite institutions like Stanford University.
"How someone watching the video of what happened in Minnesota, how it affected a little girl in the backseat of a car, could turn around and think this was an appropriate response -- it's horrifying," said Associate Professor of History Susan Hanssen in an interview with Britain's Sky News 18 hours after the shooting of Dallas police officers on Thursday, July 7.
Shrines to Mithraism, one of the main pagan religions of the high and late Roman Empire, can be found throughout the Roman world: under the Church of St. Clemente in Rome, in the ancient port city of Ostia, in the Syrian town of Dura-Europos and, as it happens, in the town of Marino near UD's Eugene Constantin Campus.
The University of Dallas has announced that it will officially rename the 54-year-old William A. Blakley Library to honor long-time University Professor Louise S. Cowan and Professor and University President Donald Cowan.
MONEY magazine has released its list of the "50 Best Private Colleges for Merit Aid," and the University of Dallas is number one. Merit aid is awarded to students based on academic achievements, test scores, overall grades and other factors.
Ever since her cousin Bridget left for UD three years ago, Rose Safranek of the incoming Class of 2020 has wanted to do the same. The aspiring biochemistry major and someday physician was attracted by UD's exceptional science program, as well as the fact that her older sister and two cousins are students here.