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From the Desk of the President
Each year, we welcome our newest freshman class to embark with us on an odyssey of discovery, awareness, revelation and faith. Wrought with joys and challenges, how appropriate that in one of the very first epic poems our students read, Homer opens The Odyssey with an introduction to “a man of twists and turns,” setting the stage for the heroic journeys of both Odysseus and your young scholars.
The parallel between these Odysseys of both past and present is not by chance. The Core curriculum at the University of Dallas does not exist to simply facilitate the transfer of information, but rather to intentionally inspire a transformation of mind, body and soul. Welcome to the University of Dallas. We are not satisfied with a mere fulfillment of general requirements. We believe wholeheartedly in academic rigor and integrity, and we believe unequivocally that your students will rise to the occasion victoriously.
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni recently published their 2014 report which features UD as an ‘A’ list school with an outstanding curricula – a title shared with only a handful of schools across the country including the U.S. Military academies. Our Core is more than just 19 independent courses required for general education; instead, a specific sequence of English, history, philosophy, theology, economics, politics, foreign language, science, math and fine arts are combined to build the foundation which will allow your students to think critically, intentionally and compassionately about their personal and professional lives.
Yes, Dante relates to the medical field. If your mind can navigate and make sense of The Inferno, it can also interpret the complexity of biochemistry; 80% of our pre-med students are annually accepted to medical school. Yes, Cicero’s De Officiis and the relevance of moral obligation in both ancient and modern society is integral to the professions of law and business; 90% of our pre-law students are annually accepted to law school and 95% of our business majors have found jobs within 3 months of graduation. From philosophy to physics and English to economics, the Core curriculum is the capstone and trademark of a UD education that provides our students with an opportunity to transform the world, and themselves, for the better.
An old Irish proverb explains that one is not fully a sailor until his or her sails are sweeping and full of ocean breeze. As your student’s collegiate odyssey begins, it is my hope and prayer that through difficult and calm waters, they learn to weather the storm, embrace their blessings, and sail fully and triumphantly throughout the journey.
It is my sincere honor to welcome you to the University of Dallas family.
Thomas W. Keefe, J.D.
Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year!
The Office of Student and Parent Services and the entire UD community are excited to welcome our new and returning students and parents for the 2014-2015 school year. Throughout the academic year, we deliver this e-newsletter with important information, dates and happenings in our office and the university as a whole. This information will keep you informed and help you support your Crusader through the transition to the University of Dallas.
As we work to fulfill the open position of ADA coordinator, our Associate Dean of Constantin College, Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden, will serve our ADA students. Assistant Registrar Mrs. Sandy Morgan will continue to serve our undergraduate VA students, as well as our graduate VA students. In this period of transition we remain dedicated to offering our ADA students and VA students prompt and personalized service.
e-mail: Veterans@udallas.edu; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of Personal Career Development (formerly Career Services) is hosting its annual Professional Viewpoints series September 15-September 25. The series includes several Q&A expert panels featuring UD alumni working in a variety of professional industries. The OPCD will also host a job/internship fair, mock interviews with area employers and a resume help desk for students. All UD students are invited to attend and may join the Professional Viewpoints discussion via Twitter using the hashtag #proviewpoints.
Undergraduate Admissions is kicking off with a full travel schedule. Counselors' travel schedules will be available soon on the website. They would love to meet with your high school student if they are in your area.
This year, Alumni and Family Weekend will join with Charity Week to host a 5K fun run. Charity Week, a time-honored tradition at UD, consists of various events organized by the junior class to raise funds for charities. The non-profit charities selected by the junior class for this fall are the following: Mary’s Meals, The Arc of Texas and The Guiding Star Project. We hope you will support the University of Dallas in our commitment to social justice. Please contact Catherine Duplant, Residence Coordinator - Programming in the Office of Student Life at 972.265.5747; or Miquela Camara, Assistant Director of Student Activities at 972.721.5294 with any questions.
The Freshman Retreat, sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry, will be held the weekend of September 19–21 at the Catholic Conference and Formation Center in Dallas. This year’s theme is "Tools for the Journey," based on the story of the Road to Emmaus (Luke 23:13-34). Talks by UD upperclassmen will focus on how to grow in faith and relationship with Jesus and the Church while in college. Our chaplain Fr. Don, will hear confessions and celebrate Mass with the students. The retreat ends on Sunday at noon, giving students plenty of time to return to campus, eat lunch and finish homework before Monday classes! Sign-ups will take place during UD Crusader Days orientation. Please encourage your student to prayerfully consider coming to the retreat with us. All are invited, Catholics and non-Catholics alike. For more information, please feel free to call Denise Phillips at 972.721.5375.
Our office is here to serve as a resource for YOU, our UD parents and family members. Do not hesitate to contact us throughout the school year with any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to partnering with you to help your student succeed!
Until next time,
Assistant Director of Student & Parent Services
The Academic Success Office is looking forward to having students back on campus for a busy and exciting 2014-2015 academic year! We are planning a new weekly "Lunch and Learn" program series this fall where students can pick up their lunch in the cafeteria and then come to learn more about a wide variety of Academic Success topics. We will be providing dessert for some of the programs, as well as fun surprises at others. Some of the programs will be geared towards certain groups of students, such as new freshmen to help ease the transition to the rigors of UD, sophomores needing to improve their GPA etc., but anyone may attend any event. We are co-sponsoring many of these events with other offices on campus and will have a wide variety of speakers including faculty, staff and student leaders. The series will kick off on September 15 with a two-week programming blitz coinciding with Personal Career Development’s annual Professional Viewpoints fall events. Click HERE for more information.
Alumni & Family Weekend Save the date - October 3-5, 2014
The faculty, staff and students look forward to showing off the campus to parents, families and friends. Once again we are joining with Alumni Relations to bring you a memorable weekend. We have planned exciting activities all weekend long so you can take part in the tradition at UD. You will also have plenty of time to hang out with your students and old friends, meet new ones and explore campus. To see the schedule and to register, click HERE.
Rome and Summer Programs
Greetings from the Rome Office! As you and your student prepare for the first semester at UD, the Rome semester still seems a long way off, but it's important you begin preparing now.
Applications for both fall 2015 and spring 2016 will be available in early February 2015 and are due in early March 2015. A passport valid until September 2016 is part of a complete Rome application. Proof of such a passport is due early March 2015 for both fall and spring applicants. Students are very strongly encouraged to apply for a passport or renew this summer. Passports issued prior to the age of 18 expire after five years, so be sure to check the expiration date.
For more information, including academic requirements and costs, please click HERE.
For additional information about all aspects of the Rome program, please explore our website, or phone or email us at the Irving Rome Office: 972-721-5206;
Rebecca Davies, Director
Jennifer Massicci, Coordinator
University of Dallas Ministry Conference
October 23-25, 2014 | Irving Convention Center
Join us at the eighth annual UD Ministry Conference, featuring Most Rev. J. Michael Miller, Archbishop of Vancouver and former secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education. Sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas and the Diocese of Fort Worth, this Catholic conference offers more than 200 sessions, exhibits, prayer services, art displays, musical performances, Mass and much more. This three-day event only costs $57 (if registered before 9/25/14)! Find out more at our website: www.udallas.edu/udmc