UD News 2017
The urgent task of philosophy in our day, according to the renowned German philosopher Martin Heidegger, is to relearn the art of seeing what is before us, argues Chad Engelland, director of the philosophy master's program, in his recently published book, "Heidegger's Shadow: Kant, Husserl, and the Transcendental Turn."
Former university trustee Robert "Bob" J. Finegan, passed away last week on July 7, 2017, at the age of 79, surrounded by his loved ones. He will be dearly missed and remembered as a courageous and kind spirit.
The University of Dallas has been included, once again, in the 2018 edition of the "Fiske Guide to Colleges," remaining the only Catholic college or university in the southwestern United States to receive such an honor.
Nearly four decades since her passing, the University of Dallas Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library proudly presents the Helen Corbitt Exhibit, featuring Corbitt's personal collection of papers, awards, newspaper clippings and hundreds of recipes and letters to and from President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, as well as University President Donald Cowan and University Professor Louise Cowan.
Dozens of players traveled from across North Texas to the Las Colinas Country Club to support the University of Dallas and its students by participating in the university's 17-year-old annual charity golf tournament, the Galecke Open. Proceeds from the tournament, which raised more than $221,000, will go to the University of Dallas' Cor Fund.
Two University of Dallas doctoral candidates in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts Institute of Philosophic Studies (IPS), Leta Sundet, MA '16, and Pavlos Papadopoulos, MA '14, were recently awarded the prestigious Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).
According to Assistant Professor of History Kelly Gibson, early medieval writers gave lessons on how one should feel by describing the good emotions of good people and the bad emotions of bad people. These authors were usually close to their rulers, so their writings reflected current political ideals and could have influenced political practices.
Originally conceived by the Class of 2012 as their senior class gift to the university, a painting of a saint for each of UD's seven residence halls was a project finally realized by Alex Taylor, BA '15.
Today, the University of Dallas officially announced that David Andrews, assistant professor of statistics and former chairman of the Mathematics Department, has been appointed associate dean of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts.
The University of Dallas National Alumni Board honored its 2017 Distinguished Alumni -- the highest honor the university can bestow upon its alumni -- during a reception and dinner on Saturday, April 22, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The 2017 honorees included 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.
This summer, Associate Professor of Biology Frank Doe will retire, just before his 80th birthday, after 47 years of teaching at UD. Sometimes people ask him why he's stayed here for so long.
"You guys," he'll tell them, meaning the students and alumni. "I stayed because of you guys."
The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery at the University of Dallas will host the inaugural ONWARD FORWARD: Graduate Art Exhibition, May 12 through July 8. The juried student art show features the works of 13 graduate art students from Master of Art and Master of Fine Art programs at six North Texas universities.
David Gordon, Ph.D., 78, a University of Dallas professor for 40 years from 1968 to 2008, passed away on April 30, 2017. Gordon taught operations management and directed the industrial management and engineering management programs.
"I've seen it 30 times or more, but each time feels like the first," said Professor of Psychology Scott Churchill of Federico Fellini's "Amarcord"; Churchill moonlights as a movie critic for the Irving Community Television Network (ICTN) and is currently teaching a course called "Speaking of Movies," which culminates in "Dinner and a Classic Movie" on May 15, at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
"The brothers of the Society of St. Joseph and I have worked tirelessly over the last few months to complete the Holy Family on campus," said John-Paul Bremar, BA '17, one of the founding members and the current elected president of the Society of St. Joseph (SSJ), of the society's gift to UD of a statue of St. Joseph holding the child Jesus.
This Saturday, April 29, friends and family will gather outside the Haggar University Center, next to the Cap Bar, to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the passing of Andrew Esherick, BA '12, and dedicate his new memorial on campus. Esherick passed away on April 26, 2015.
A beloved member of the University of Dallas community, Robert (Rob) Yale, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing and director of the business practicum program, passed away on April 25, 2017, after a 13-month battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Melissa, and their two children, Matthew (4) and Raegann (2).
The Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory, archbishop of Atlanta and the first African-American to preside over the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), will address the University of Dallas Class of 2017 during its annual commencement exercises for the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry and undergraduates of the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business.
Born through a brotherhood that has garnered affection and popularity among the entire student body since its inception more than three decades ago, the University of Dallas Football Rugby Club (affectionately referred to as the "Hoggies" by the university community) has returned home after competing in the PacWest Regional Championships hosted by the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO).
"The study of liberal arts here at the University of Dallas, in particular the Core curriculum, helps reveal to us the dark corners of our own ignorance," explained Associate Professor of Theology and Associate Provost John Norris, BA '84, in his introduction to the Interdisciplinary Celebration of Human Dignity panel on March 23. "It leads us to deeper complexities of human knowledge and experience."
Fredy Gonzalez, BA '18, started out as a chemistry major, a transfer student who had taken some classes at North Lake College prior to arriving at UD in 2015. He then moved on to philosophy and has finally settled on classics; he now feels confident that he has found his desired discipline.
Even the late University Professor Louise Cowan once remarked upon the exceptional closeness of the Class of 1970 (of which her own son, Bainard Cowan, was a member). Ann (Lang) Ellis can corroborate this claim.
Jan (Weber) and Brian Farrington, both BA '73, like to say that theirs was the last class that came to the University of Dallas as freshmen not knowing they were going to Rome. They were part of the second Rome class in the spring of 1971 and lived in the School Sisters of Notre Dame's Generalate House.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Emerita of Education Cherie Clodfelter passed away on March 4, 2017, and will be deeply missed by the UD community.
Throughout life we all experience our own mortality, oftentimes through the suffering of others. How exactly ought we to respond to suffering, pain and death? How should we handle end-of-life matters?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
University of Dallas Board of Trustees Chairman Joseph C. Murphy was recently selected by a panel of independent judges from the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of 10 North Texas leaders for the Dallas Business Journal's 2016 Outstanding Directors Awards.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
Alice Nicholson, MA '95, began checking books out of UD's library right around the time the university opened in 1956 -- which coincided with her family's relocation to the Dallas area. In the late '60s, she began taking classes.
He once worked as a carpenter and enjoys cooking (particularly French cuisine), but Associate Professor of English Brett Bourbon's greatest passions seem to be found in fatherhood and in storytelling in all of its forms.