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From the Desk of the President
Every university provides freshman-level courses designed to introduce students to collegiate life. At UD, I liken our Core curriculum – an intense, intentional and seasoned group of freshman- and sophomore-level classes – to a charcuterie board for incoming students.
Since one of my hobbies is cooking, and one of my favorite things to cook is stew, I like to think of these different courses as ingredients in a well-seasoned stew. Theology is the potatoes, history the meat, literature the carrots, calculus the onions, etc.
There is one additional ingredient that the University of Dallas uses and many other universities don’t. The salt in our stew, as it were, is our faith. We are able to talk about God. This additional component, like salt in a stew, enhances the flavor of each of the other ingredients.
It seems to me that, in our attempt to make sure there is adequate separation of church and state, we have institutionalized the process of denying the existence of a higher being in most establishments of higher education. What a true loss to students. What a bland and incomplete stew.
Thanks to our faith, we are able to teach all knowledge at the University of Dallas. Our faculty are able to engage seriously with questions of faith and philosophy that are off-limits at many universities.
In the 1990 apostolic exhortation Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Pope St. John Paul II said that a great Catholic university “courageously explores the riches of revelation,” knowing that, in combination with our faith, it will inevitably lead us to the truth which is Jesus Christ. At the University of Dallas, we are free to explore the richness of revelation and enhance our faith.
We are aware that not everyone at UD is Catholic. Traditionally, 80 percent of our incoming freshman class is Catholic, which means that 20 percent are not. In our MBA program, more than half of the students are not Catholic. We respect everyone’s path to the Lord, but we believe our faith is the gold thread that weaves the tapestry of our education.
As our motto says, we are a Catholic institution for independent thinkers. Or, as I like to think of it, we are a very special stew with just the right amount of salt.
Thomas W. Keefe, J.D.
Congratulations to our graduating seniors, and welcome to all our new Crusader families!
This year has just flown by! Good luck to all our students as they begin final exams tomorrow, May 10. Remind your students to take a study break and attend Monday night's Midnight Breakfast from 10 p.m. till midnight. Check out this link for ways you can support your students during final exam week.
On-campus residents will need to remove all their belongings, vacate the premises and complete the online check out form by 10 a.m. on Friday, May 16. More information regarding check out can be found HERE.
If you are a family of a graduate, you will want to familiarize yourself with the Commencement webpage. May 14 is the online registration deadline for the President's Reception. After that date, tickets can be purchased at the door for $40.
In an effort to continually improve our programs and services, please assist us by providing feedback about your experience with our office during the 2013-2014 academic year. Click HERE to participate in this important survey.
To all our families, whether graduating or returning - have a great summer!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
Until next time,
Assistant Director of Student & Parent Services
Students Campaign for a Papal Visit
An idea that began in the living room of an apartment has spread throughout the entire campus, community, friends and families of University of Dallas students and alumni all over the U.S., news sources - such as the Cardinal Newman Society, Catholic News Agency and Catholic Radio - and has begun to trickle into important ears in Rome.
The pope is visiting the U.S. during the year 2015, and we want him to come to UD! Read more...
Textbook Rentals Textbook rental returns are fast approaching. Students are encouraged to return rented texts and sell back purchased texts after completing the final for each class rather than selling all of their books back at once. The UD Bookstore experienced long waits and exasperated students in December when students waited until the last day of finals to return rented textbooks. Encourage your student to plan ahead and make time to return rented texts in person - don't leave the books with a friend/roommate to return. Monday, May 19, is the last day to return rented textbooks. Students will begin receiving email reminders about rental returns starting May 9. Three reminder emails will be sent. Failure to return rented texts could jeopardize a student's ability to rent texts in the future.
Rome and Summer Programs
If your UD undergrad has siblings in high school who would like to “test-drive” a UD academic experience and earn college credit this summer, we would like to invite them to participate in the University of Dallas’ high school summer program: Arete: An Introduction to the Classics.
Arete students will discuss the noble life as they read passages from Plato’s Republic, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and more. Arete provides an enriching educational experience to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors through the introduction of UD’s nationally recognized Core curriculum. Students will initiate their journey to intellectual freedom by exploring the essential texts of Western Civilization and reflecting on works of fine art, film and music. Students will study with UD faculty from varying departments and will enjoy living on our Irving campus. The program features trips to the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Holocaust Museum and a performance of Shakespeare in the Park in Dallas.
For more information about this summer opportunity, please contact our office at (972) 721-5181 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit our website at www.udallas.edu/travel.
University of Dallas Ministry Conference
October 23-25, 2014 | Irving Convention Center
Sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas and the Diocese of Fort Worth, the UDMC brings together Catholic faithful from the two dioceses and the surrounding area to learn, pray and walk together in faith. UDMC will feature keynote addresses in English and Spanish by the Most Rev. J. Michael Miller, Archbishop of Vancouver, on the apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium. Over 175 sessions on relevant topics of theology and ministry will be offered in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, and over 100 exhibitors, a liturgical art display, musical performances, prayer services and a Conference Eucharist will round out the event. Find out more: www.udallas.edu/udmc