Date Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2020
Much has happened at the University of Dallas since I last wrote you in October. Below are just a few of the highlights.
In late October, we hosted Charity Week. Despite the occasional cold and rainy weather, Charity Week successfully raised over $21,000, which resulted in the largest-ever donation to charity from this event. The students and entire campus community did an outstanding job of raising money for The Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and In My Shoes. I was happy to see the jail facility was a bit more upscale for the many faculty, including myself, who were incarcerated during the week. Jailing faculty continues to be a popular activity among our students. Indeed, our most popular social media post since I took office has been a short clip of Provost Jonathan Sanford being abducted and discussing Hobbes while in jail!
I am thankful to serve as UD’s ninth and first alumnus president. Inauguration Day on Nov. 1 gave me much time to reflect on just how exceptional the University of Dallas is and how very honored I am to lead it. If you have a few minutes, please watch this highlight video of Inauguration Day.
On Nov. 13, I was proud to participate in a discussion titled “Speaking Fearlessly: The Demise of Discourse on Campus and in the Public Square” with Professor Allison Stanger of Middlebury College. The event was held at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and co-sponsored by the Dallas Morning News. Hundreds of people from the Dallas community attended the event. I continue to write occasional columns for the Dallas Morning News as a way to engage with the broader Dallas community. You can read some of those articles here.
On Nov. 16, my wife, Stacey, and I spent some time with the student-run UD chapter of Best Buddies at the invitation of our chapter president, Therese Phan, BA ’20. An international organization for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), Best Buddies helps them to be a part of their community and create friendships. It was wonderful and inspiring to see our students interacting with their Buddies at one of their monthly meetings here on campus. You can see pictures of the event on Facebook or Instagram.
Looking ahead to December, I hope many of you will be inspired to make an end-of-year gift to the Cor Fund. Every dollar given to the Cor Fund directly benefits a student or faculty member. I do not think I can make a better case for the Cor Fund than Ana Henriquez, BS ’20, does in this video. If you’d like to support our great students like Ana, please give now to the Cor Fund!
Until next time, I hope each of you has a very Happy Thanksgiving with your families!
Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA ’82 MA ’83