UD News 2016

UD News 2016

Romers Walk in Support of Syrian Refugees

Last semester, nearly 100 UD students, faculty and staff embarked on a 12-mile trek, starting from the Eugene Constantin Campus, along the Appian Way, to Rome. The "Refugee Walk to Rome" lasted more than five hours and raised more than $3,000 for the Catholic Relief Service to support refugees fleeing war-ravaged Syria.

Professors Explore Christmas Roots, Mystery of God

In its dedication to both the Western heritage of liberal arts and the Christian intellectual tradition, the University of Dallas has much to celebrate with the advent of the Christmas season. Both the Western and Christian intellectual traditions have greatly shaped this period in which we rejoice each December.

Post-World War II Art Exhibit Features Nearly 70 Artists

If you haven't yet had a chance to stop by the newest exhibit to see Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe or Roy Lichtenstein's awe-inspiring pop art in the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery, "Poets, Painters, and Paper: Post-World War II Art Exhibit" is ending this Saturday, Dec. 17.

How to Survive UD Finals

As the fall semester draws to a close, students brace themselves for the flurry of much-anticipated final exams with the hopes and intentions of ending the semester on a high note.

3 Things to Give Thanks for This Thanksgiving

As we prepare to gather around the table this Thanksgiving with friends and family, feasting on mom's homemade pumpkin roll and some delicious honey-glazed ham, we are reminded of all we have to give thanks for.

5 Unique Stops Showcase UD Life

Whether you're a visiting high school senior here for Odyssey Days, our two-day campus experience during which students get a taste of life at UD, or just thinking of visiting our Irving campus, there are a number of stops you won't want to miss out on.

A Man to Whom Much Credit is Due

After two decades of service to our esteemed Catholic university, Bob Galecke, the man largely responsible for so much of UD's success and upgraded improvements; for whom the university's annual golf tournament, the Galecke Open, is named; and who has kept the No. 2 parking spot next to the president since his arrival, is retiring this fall for some much-needed rest and relaxation, so he can spend more time with his family and time traveling with his wife.

Gen. Colin Powell Stresses Early Childhood Education at UD McDermott Lecture

Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Dallas, as well as some of Dallas' biggest civic leaders and educational advocates, gathered for an evening to hear retired U.S. Gen. Colin Powell, 65th secretary of state, usher Dallas into a cultural shift, urging dedication and continued investment in the future of our children during this year's Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts' Eugene McDermott Lecture.

UD Stands by Iraqi Archbishop To End Christian Persecution Through Education

Dedicated to helping bring his country out of civil unrest, Bashar Warda, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil in northern Iraq, made a recent trip to the United States to receive his 2016 Pope Francis Charity and Leadership Award in New York while raising funds for and awareness of the humanitarian crisis currently plaguing Iraqi Christians in his homeland.

UD Announces Record-Breaking Undergraduate Enrollment

While most of the nation's colleges and universities deal with ongoing enrollment challenges, the University of Dallas has announced that for the first time in its 60-year history it has surpassed a total undergraduate enrollment of more than 1,400 students.

3 Things: Events to Anticipate

As we're nearing the end of October the leaves on campus are finally starting to change red and yellow, but of course the green won't start to fade until maybe after Thanksgiving. If you're feeling opportunistic, we urge you to take advantage of the absolutely perfect weather this weekend.

Best Bets: Events to Anticipate, Week of 10/17/16

With midterms this week there are only a handful of events taking place on our Irving campus. Before looking ahead to what events are happening this week, though, we would like to thank our alumni and families for celebrating another wonderful Alumni & Family Weekend. We look forward to having you again next year!

Watching the Gospel Expand: Dan Luby's 36 Years of Teaching

Dan Luby, S.T.L., S.T.D., has taught at the University of Dallas since 1980. After 36 years of dedicated instruction and service, Luby reflects on how education has changed in his time at UD -- and how education in ministry thrives with these changes.

The Rome Experience: 5 Grecian Wonders

As our Romers return from their traditional 10-day Greece trip as part of our acclaimed sophomore Rome Program, we're reminded again of the beauty inherent in the "rosy-fingered dawn" of a Greek sunrise -- like the ones Homer described in The Odyssey -- or the pleasure of eating your first authentic gyro from Athens' marketplace.

22 Ways to Celebrate During Alumni & Family Weekend 2016

Some schools have homecoming. We have Alumni & Family Weekend, during which alumni and their families as well as the families of current students flock to campus to revel in a weekend of companionship and our unique UD community.

Best Bets: Events to Anticipate, Week of 10/10/16

Charity Week officially ends Saturday with three final Oz-themed events to close off the week-long fundraising campaign: the Race for the Rubies 5k at 9 a.m. on the Mall; the Powderpuff Emerald Bowl at noon on the rugby pitch; and a Charity Week Social at 8 p.m. in Braniff foyer. How much will Charity Week raise this year? Check back with us on Monday.

University Names New Building Cardinal Farrell Hall

The University of Dallas has announced a name for its $15 million student services and administration building. Cardinal Farrell Hall will honor Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, who was recently appointed prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life by Pope Francis and will be elevated to cardinal on Nov. 19.

Charity Week Tradition Reunites Junior Class

Next week kicks off the longheld junior class tradition, Charity Week, which lasts Monday through Saturday, where the UD community will rally together to raise funds for three nonprofits that fall in line with the university's Catholic identity -- Project Ultrasound, The Chromosome 18: Registry and Research Society and Heifer International.

UD Announces Online Graduate Youth Ministry Program

Today, the University of Dallas' Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry announced a new online Master of Pastoral Ministry - Youth Ministry (MPM-YM) program for youth ministry leaders across the nation.

UD in the Community: St. Francis Montessori Fosters Family

It took root in a community of friends and neighbors, people who learned from and studied with each other, with the University of Dallas as their common bond. Before its official beginning, what would become St. Francis Montessori consisted of a room in the home of Associate Professor of Theology Christopher Malloy and his wife, Flory.

10th UD Alumnus Appointed Bishop

Pope Francis has named Dallas native Msgr. Robert Coerver, BA '76, as the new bishop of Lubbock -- the 10th University of Dallas alumnus to be appointed a bishop. The appointment was announced yesterday in Washington, D.C., by the papal nuncio of the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre.

11 Changemakers You Might Meet at the Dallas Ministry Conference

From Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Catholic faithful from the diocese and the surrounding area will come together at the 10th annual Dallas Ministry Conference, sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas and the University of Dallas, to learn, pray and "Walk Together in Faith."

UD Trounces North Texas Giving Day Records

The donations have all been counted, and at the end of this year's annual North Texas Giving Day (NTGD) -- a one-day online giving event that encourages giving to nonprofits across North Texas -- UD benefactors contributed more individual gifts than any other college or university for the fourth consecutive year.

Psychology Major Hopes to Pursue Pediatric Oncology

Sarah Webster, BA '18, wanted to go to a state school with a football team. However, a family friend who happened also to be a UD alumna suggested that she visit UD. In spite of Webster's resistance, her parents insisted that she give it a try.

5 Things You Need to Know About North Texas Giving Day

On Thursday, Sept. 22, people from across the U.S. (and, for that matter, the world) can come together to support North Texas nonprofits on the eighth annual North Texas Giving Day. Here are five things you need to know about this momentous day.

Best Bets: Week to Anticipate, Week of 9/19/16

Friday is finally upon us. If you think this week was tough wait until the week before Thanksgiving, when midterms have eaten away at your soul, and you're forced to consume copious amounts of Turkey, sweet potatoes and your mom's oven-baked pecan pie during the break to replenish your body enough to make it through the rest of the semester.

Nashville Dominicans Establish Irving Convent, Teach at UD

When classes began on Aug. 24, UD students were greeted by a different combination of white and black on the mall: the white and black of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, a religious congregation more commonly known as the Nashville Dominicans.

New Faces on Campus: UD Welcomes 8 New Faculty Members

Eight new faculty members have joined the University of Dallas for the 2016-17 academic year. They will further strengthen the university in a number of important areas, including theology, economics, Italian, biology and accounting.

The Middle Class, Its Classical Roots and Contemporary Concerns

More than half of the people in the United States belong to the middle class. Though it appears to be a relatively recent phenomenon, which some simply call a "modern bourgeoisie," there is evidence of a "middle class" much earlier in the Western tradition, found even in Aristotle's Politics. This leads us to the question, "Why is a healthy middle class necessary for a stable society?"

University of Dallas Jumps to No. 12

(IRVING, Texas) - U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings of the nation's best colleges are out, and the University of Dallas moved up three spots from its 2016 rank to claim No. 12 on the list of best regional universities in the West.

Psychology Professor Helps Ban Psychologists from Interrogations

In August 2015, Professor of Psychology Scott Churchill was a key sponsor of a bill adopted by the APA to ban any involvement of psychologists in national security interrogations, an historic motion approved with an unprecedented vote of 157-1 and affecting the APA's 122,000 members.

Fall Romers Do Their Part for Earthquake Victims

Last week, six days after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook a mountainous stretch of central Italy, killing nearly 250 people and leaving hundreds injured, fall 2016 Romers and faculty rallied together to host a chili fundraiser for those most affected by the natural disaster.

Students Gain Valuable Experiences During Summer 2016

Students arrived back on campus in the days leading up to Aug. 24, when the 2016-17 school year officially began. They returned from summers that were often educational experiences in themselves, filled with internships, research and a vast variety of summer jobs.

New Drama Building Built On Rich History

The old wood floor has been replaced with a new one. The ceiling is now vaulted higher to allow for better acoustics and lighting. At a passing glance, to most, nothing appears to have changed; however, if you look a little closer, you'll realize it's not the same old Drama Building (and before that the Thomas Aquinas Chapel), but, rather, a whole new building.

UD Community Welcomes Class of 2020 to Campus

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.

University of Dallas President Comments on Bishop Farrell's Appointment

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.

UD Students Excavate Gabii

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.

A Life Devoted to the 'Big Questions'

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.

University of Dallas Opts Out

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.

New Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

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."

Education Professor's Legacy Influences Teachers in Perpetuity

"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."

Summer Programs Ranked Among Nation’s Best

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.

History Professor Discusses Dallas Police Shootings

"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.

Rome Campus Hosts International Archaeological Conference

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.

New Library Name to Honor Cowan, Blakley Legacies

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.

Meet the Class of 2020: Musician Aspires to Medical Profession

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.

Class Gifts Enrich Campus, Student Experiences

The mosaic seal in Haggar University Center. The stone sign on Northgate. The marble statue of Mary outside the Church of the Incarnation. These various pieces that enrich and beautify our campus, largely taken for granted by everyone who comes after as things that must always have been here, were actually gifts from graduating classes through the years.

O'Halloran, Weber Join Board of Trustees

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.

A Successful Student LinkedIn Profile

Statistics show that about 80 percent of today's jobs are landed through networking. But how, exactly, do you go about finding opportunities to network?

UD, Great Hearts Academies Announce Partnership

Today, the university's Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts announced a new partnership with Great Hearts Academies -- a public charter system of academically rigorous, classical, liberal arts K-12 schools with campuses in the Phoenix, San Antonio and Dallas metro areas.

Vatican Swiss Guard Film Makes American Debut on Rome Campus

Renowned Italian filmmaker and director Gianfranco Pannone made an appearance on UD's Eugene Constantin Campus in Rome this April with the first screening to an American audience (and one of the first public screenings) of his film "The World's Smallest Army" ("L'esercita più piccolo del mondo"), which debuted in September 2015 at the Venice Film Festival.

Ed Whelan Shares Life and Work of Antonin Scalia

Looking himself like a great judge resting behind his bench, Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) President Ed Whelan addressed the audience gathered to hear him speak about the late Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia, his mentor and one-time boss.

Rising Senior Presents at George W. Bush Presidential Library

Rising senior Rachel Parkey, BA '17, never imagined how laborious and tedious a task it would be sifting through presidential archives for her internship with the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. She estimates she spent half her semester inside the presidential library researching for her project.

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Big Interview

Newly minted college graduates are beginning their job hunts; undergrads have already gone home for the summer and are now searching for the perfect summer internship or part-time work. This can only mean one thing--it's interview season!

Meet the Class of 2020: Legacy Student Carries on the Tradition

Annie Irlbeck, incoming member of the Class of 2020, and her sister Mary were both born in Rome and lived on the Eugene Constantin Campus (affectionately known by many UDers as Due Santi) until she was a year old. Both of her parents worked on the Rome campus; both, as well as four of her aunts and uncles, are UD alumni.

New UD Alumni Become Next Generation of Leaders

Droves of students, parents and families arrived at UD over the weekend to celebrate and participate in this year's 57th annual commencement ceremony. Commencement was a cool surprise to most, too, compared to Texas' typically already blisteringly hot May mornings.

UD Announces Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program

The University of Dallas’ Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry announced that it will begin offering a certificate program in pastoral ministry in cooperation with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. The program will provide theological education for adult volunteers who serve in parishes, schools and other Catholic organizations.

2016 Convocation

To celebrate the last four years of hard work, commitment and tear-jerking all-night study sessions, the Class of 2016 gathered for the 2016 Convocation ceremony on Thursday, May 5. Students received departmental awards and shared post-graduation plans.

Best Bets: Events to Anticipate, 5/7-5/13/16

Some of you have Saturday finals, and we're sorry about that. But for those who don't, or who need a break once they're over, there's a plethora of events happening over the weekend. Everything from the Spring Student Art Show to the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business 2016 Commencement. Now, if your schedule's a little lonely, have no fear, because there's plenty to do at UD before the summer officially begins.

SB Hall Awarded Commercial Construction Project of the Year

Perched at one of the highest points on campus, UD's newest academic building, SB Hall, home of the the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business, was awarded the Commercial Construction Project of the Year by the Irving Chamber of Commerce.

UD Announces New Name for School of Ministry

UD announced today a new name for the School of Ministry: the Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry. Joe O. Neuhoff was an early member of the university’s Board of Trustees, and he and his wife, Ann, helped strengthen and sustain the Catholic mission of the university beginning shortly after the time of its founding in 1956.

Student Finds a Voice Among 500 Teens

Does standing alone in front of 500 teens sound daunting? Grappling with such an audience as well as with "mind-blowing theological concepts," as University of Dallas senior Matt Zelinsky describes them, is just a day in the life for Zelinsky.

Physics Chair Sally Hicks Named Piper Professor

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation has named UD's own Sally Hicks, Ph.D, chair and professor of physics, as one of this year's Piper Professors. Hicks has worked at the university since 1989.

Braniff Salon Inspires Louise Cowan's Students Again

Huddled outside the front doors of SB Hall, an intimate group of UD alumni, students, professors and patrons gathered for an informal poetry reading of UD's own Louise Cowan's favorite poetry for this spring's Braniff Salon: "Celebrating the Legacy of Louise Cowan: Lyric Poetry and the Soul."

College of Business Announces Commencement Speaker

UD announced that John R. Lee, CEO of North American National Risk Services, will address graduates during its spring graduate commencement for the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Irving Bible Church, and 148 graduates will cross the stage, turning from students into University of Dallas alumni.

Best Bets: Events to Anticipate, Week of 5/2/16

Who's ready for the semester to be over already? I'm more than ready. Just like I'm more than ready for this weekend to officially begin. But before we get to next week's list of things to do, here's a few events offered up this weekend. You don't want to miss out.

UD's First Green Building Achieves LEED Silver Certification

From the time of its first imagining, UD's newest academic building, SB Hall, was intended to be sustainably and efficiently designed and maintained in keeping with the values promoted by both the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business and UD as a whole. As part of a vision for the future of the university, on April 21, 2016, SB Hall officially received LEED BD+C: New Construction Silver certification.

UD Ministry School Announces Partnership with Dallas Diocese

The University of Dallas announced a partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas that will provide local pastoral ministry leaders, serving in a variety of capacities across the diocese, with an opportunity to advance their ability to serve diverse communities.

University of Dallas Announces Partnership with Atlanta Archdiocese

The University of Dallas and the Archdiocese of Atlanta announced a partnership that will provide pastoral ministry leaders an opportunity to become effective and inspirational bridge-builders between diverse cultures. As a result, the university will now offer its new intercultural ministry course, "Weaving Together a Culturally Diverse Church," to the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

University of Dallas Golf Tournament Raises Thousands for Students

Lines of golf carts gathered at the Las Colinas Country Club as players readied for the University of Dallas' inaugural Galecke Open, an annual golf charity tournament that benefits the university and its students. This year's tournament, which took place Monday, April 11, raised more than $241,000, a record for the 16-year-old event formerly known as the University of Dallas Golf Tournament.

University of Dallas I&TM Program Named 'Best Value'

Value Colleges has announced its list of the nation's best value online project management graduate programs and the University of Dallas' Master of Science in Information and Technology Management program is on that list.

'Wizard of Sound' Awarded Student Employee of the Year

Nicknamed the "Wizard of Sound" in the scene shop of the Margaret Jonsson Theater, senior Evyan Melendez first started working in the Drama Department in 2012 as their sound engineer. Over the last four years, Melendez has been responsible for engineering the sound in almost a dozen mainstage plays for the university's theater productions; recently, he was named the student employee of the 2015-2016 academic year for the entire university.

Best Bets: Events to Anticipate, Week of 4/25/16

So, here's this list of things to do in case your schedule's feeling a little empty. Everything from calligraphy to poetry readings. Enjoy the little downtime you have now, because remember: just two more weeks until finals.

UD Takes Home the Win at Irving's Got Talent

At the 2016 Irving's Got Talent Show in February at the Irving Arts Center, UD parents and alumni celebrated a win: a band of this year's winners included five children whose parents are University of Dallas alumni. One of the program's coordinators, Patty Danko, BA '90, is a graduate of UD herself.

Meet the Class of 2020: Renaissance Man Aspires to Lead

Adam Jace, incoming member of the Class of 2020, was born in New Zealand; he has also lived in Malaysia, Australia and Minnesota. Currently, he and his family call Wisconsin home. While Jace has numerous interests and aspirations, career-wise he hopes to follow in his father's footsteps to become a gifted CEO.

2016 Clodecott Award Winners Showcase Student Creativity

Education Department Professor Emeritus Cherie Clodfelter, Ph.D., who retired from UD in 2007, returns to campus a couple of times a year. One of these times is for the annual Clodecott Awards for the best children's book written by a student in the Children and Young Adult Literature course.