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UD News 2017

UD News 2017

Scherer Lecturer Poses American Economy's 'Big Questions'

Father Joseph W. Koterski, associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, will deliver the keynote for this week's University of Dallas Scherer Lecture, "A Practical Moral Vision for the American Economy," in which he addresses the state of current natural law reflected on economics.

Rome Essay Winner Focuses on Greater Appreciation for Beauty

A new insight and awareness of beauty became the subject of the essay, titled "Learning to See," that won Aspen Daniels, BA '19, first place in the fall 2016 University of Dallas Rome Program Essay Contest, which engages students studying abroad through the university's Rome Program in describing a place they visited or an encounter they had during their study abroad semester, exploring how some part of the Rome Program curriculum better enabled them to comprehend that experience.

Learning to See

I was shocked by the beauty I saw when I stepped inside the door, and I wondered how I could have missed this before. The church wasn't large, but it didn't need to be because a dome soared upwards above our heads, giving an impression of grandeur. Bea pointed out that the dome was topped by a "lantern," one of our key terms; as we looked around at the marble and gold, naming the different architectural decorations, we realized how much skill it had taken to craft every detail.

Geophysicist Maps North America's Oldest Mountain Range

The eastern United States continental margin has undergone two full supercontinental cycles over the last billion years. Mapping out this hugely under-studied terrain, Maggie Benoit, associate professor of physics at the College of New Jersey, joins the University of Dallas this Thursday, March 23, for the Clare Boothe Luce Lecture Series.

President Keefe Named to List of Most Influential Educators of Irish Heritage

Steady enrollment growth, record-breaking freshman classes in three of the last five years and the largest university gift in the past half century -- $12 million for the construction of its state-of-the-art SB International Hall -- are just a few reasons University of Dallas President Thomas W. Keefe was named to the 2016 Irish Education 100, an annual list of the nation's 100 most influential educators of Irish heritage.

Krzysztof Zanussi to Deliver UD McDermott Lecture

Krzysztof Zanussi, internationally-renowned Polish film director, scriptwriter and producer, will present the annual Eugene McDermott Lecture hosted by the University of Dallas Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

Cowan-Blakley Librarian, 'Adopted' Alumna Gives Back to UD

The Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library's cataloguing librarian, Lely White, began working at UD in 1982. Although White is not an alumna of UD, her deep feeling of connection to the university led to the establishment, in 2015, of the Lely K. & Kenneth L. White Fund, of which the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library is a beneficiary.

UD Haggerty Gallery Presents 'View from the Art Village'

In celebration of 50 years of graduate studies at the University of Dallas, the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery presents "View from the Art Village: 50-Year Retrospective," an exhibition that features more than 40 alumni artists of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

University Mourns Passing of Much-Loved Alumnus, Administrator

A beloved member of the UD community, Mark Patrick "Pat" Daly, BA '76 MBA '82, associate vice president of administration, passed away on March 6, 2017, after a brief illness. His dedication to and impact on the University of Dallas were profound, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

University’s Study Abroad Engagement Among Nation’s Highest

For the 12th consecutive year, the University of Dallas is listed as one of the country's top study abroad schools, according to the 2016 Open Doors Report, an annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

How to Feed the Hungry: Overcoming Psychosocial Barriers

Assistant Professor of Psychology Stephanie Swales, her psychologist colleague Christy Tucker, Ph.D., and UD psychology graduate student Mary Nuxoll, MPsy '17, worked with Crossroads Community Services (CCS), the largest distributor for North Texas Food Bank, to try to discover some of the main reasons hungry people refuse the nourishment that would sustain them.

Dallas Medieval Series Adds Two Volumes

Producing medieval works never before translated into English, the series Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations, sponsored by the University of Dallas, recently published its two latest volumes.

Ceramicists Find Out Who's Best

This Monday, Feb. 13, winners of the University of Dallas 2017 Regional Juried Ceramics Competition will be announced from among 45 featured artists that were selected by guest juror Virginia Marsh. The awards ceremony and a reception will take place in the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m.

3 Ways to Find Spiritual Satisfaction in Your Work

Even if you clean toilets for a living, you can find spiritual satisfaction in your job, according to Associate Professor of Business Richard Peregoy. Everyone has talents and things they're better at doing than others, but spiritual satisfaction isn't really about that.

Dallas 500 Recognizes President Thomas W. Keefe Second Year Running

"Thomas Keefe has a unique charge for a leader: Achieve growth, but without sacrificing the benefits of being a small college. In the past five years, the private Catholic school he runs has seen record-breaking freshman classes and received a $12 million gift for a new business school, yet its student-faculty ratio is 10:1."

A 'Deeply Holy, Profoundly Human Friend'

Founding University of Dallas English faculty member Sister Cecile Faget of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur -- the order of nuns who was the impetus for the University of Dallas -- was celebrated and remembered at her funeral service yesterday, passing away last week at the age of 93, after a lifetime of teaching, ministry and service to the church.

Official Statement from UD President Keefe on Immigration Executive Order

Just over one year ago the University of Dallas joined in a celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a declaration on the relations of the church with non-Christian religions by the Second Vatican Council. Nostra Aetate calls for all Christians to strive for a mutual understanding to "promote together for the benefit of mankind, social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom."

5 Unforgettable Groundhog Memories

Whether or not the wood-chucking mighty marmot finds his shadow this Groundhog Day, first-time UD Groundhog-ers will be forever changed -- for better or worse -- having tread through the mud, chapped by the wintry weather and smelling like a bonfire.

UD's Sister Jane Dominic Directs EWTN Series on Family Prayer

All families struggle, and the approximately 35 families featured in the upcoming Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) series "Praying as a Family," directed by Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, are no different.

UD Launches New Master of Leadership Program

With education's ever-increasing focus on science and technology, organizations, schools and businesses are beginning to experience a "soft-skills" deficit at a time when interpersonal communication, creative problem-solving and adaptability have never been more important.

University of Dallas Honors Faculty for Commitment to Excellence

"The light that shines from the University of Dallas is also found in the commitment of the University of Dallas faculty to the intellectual and moral virtues -- a commitment often not found in other institutions of higher education," said Provost Charles "C.W." Eaker of the year's faculty achievements during the 32nd King/Haggar Haggerty Faculty Award Ceremony. Awards presented during the prestigious event recognized and honored faculty who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to the university and to their students.

Woodworking Alumna Founds Start-up to Support Maker Movement

Celina Muire Farrell, BA '11, initially planned to take her politics degree and pursue a career in the same, moving to Austin with that purpose in mind. Now, however, not only is she a professional woodworker immersed in the maker movement, she has founded an Austin-based start-up, Hound, to help other makers hone their crafts and make their livings as well.

President Appoints Provost Search Committee

After consulting with members of the University of Dallas Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate, as well as academic deans and administrators, President Thomas W. Keefe began the search process to find the university's next provost by announcing the appointment of a provost search committee. The chief academic officer position will be left open at the end of the spring semester when Provost Charles "C.W." Eaker retires.

Boomtown: UD Stands to Gain as Development Surges All Around

After the Dallas Cowboys played their last game of the Texas Stadium era in 2008, many contemplated Irving's future and its ability to attract more residents, visitors and development. Now, nearly a decade since America's Team left town, the area, like the University of Dallas, is undergoing a transformation of its own on a scale not seen in Las Colinas since its formative years decades ago.

Transfer Student Combats Human Trafficking Through Fashion

Kelsey Reese has loved fashion her whole life and always wanted to make clothes; she's also always had a heart for others. During her time as a missionary in the Philippines, she realized that she could create a clothing line to empower women and combat human trafficking.

Federal Loan Default Rate

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Dallas has the state's second-lowest federal loan default rate - 1.5 percent - of any private institution offering both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Alumna Teaches Chemistry, Also Champions Humanities

"The Core helped me tremendously in graduate school," said Kathryn Kloepper, BS '03. "I could speak and write well, and I knew I could tackle any new concept in the chemical literature -- after all, I (sort of) made it through the writings of Heidegger, Plotinus and Thucydides."

National Alumni Board Announces 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

The University of Dallas National Alumni Board has announced its annual list of distinguished alumni -- the highest honor the university can bestow upon its alumni. The 2017 honorees include university trustee Chris Bright, BA '78; former university trustee Joanne H. Stroud, MA '72 PhD '75 MA '80; Ray Khirallah, BA '72 MBA '76; and Barbara, MPM '03, and Steve T. Landregan, MA '73.

MLK Symposium to Explore Civil Rights Across Generations

Survivor and witness to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, Dale Long, and Royalyn Reid, entrepreneur and 2016 Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award recipient, will speak at this year's MLK Day Symposium on "The Role and Influence of Civil Rights Across Generations" on Monday, Jan. 16.