Elizabeth Griffin Smith

Lizzie Griffin

Director of Admission

Hometown: Anahuac, TX

Alma Mater: University of Dallas, 2009, 2013

Degree: B.A. Politics, concentrations in Spanish and International Studies, M.B.A. Marketing Management

Why I love UD/Why I Recruit for UD: I love UD for many reasons, not the least of which is the unique educational experience that it offers. The Core curriculum provides students with a challenging, interesting, comprehensive and thought-provoking education. The Rome Program is truly life-changing and is an invaluable opportunity for our students. UD students value learning for the sake of learning, but they also love to have a good time and really make the most of their four years here. It is easy to make friends at UD, and UD students possess the character that makes them the kind of person that you want to be friends with for the rest of your life.

Favorite Spot on Campus: The softball field

Where Do You Hang Out in Dallas? You can usually find me on the Katy Trail walking with my dog, Chester, or perusing the shops in the Bishop Arts District with my husband, Tim.

Favorite Book: This is an unfair question to ask of a liberally-educated individual!  However, I did particularly enjoy Pride and Prejudice, Life of Pi and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Favorite Place to Eat in DFW: There are too many to choose from! I love Cosmic Café for vegetarian food, Breadwinners for brunch and Torchy’s Tacos for unique taco creations.

Favorite UD Event: Charity Week

Favorite/Coolest Place I have Visited: Prague was definitely a highlight of my time in Europe during my Rome semester. I have also been to Mexico City and seen the tilma of San Juan Diego with the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which was very important for me since I have heard the story of this apparition since I was a little girl.

Advice to Prospective Students: I cannot overemphasize the importance of a campus visit! This is the best way to get a firsthand perspective of the places where you could potentially be spending the next four years of your life. Ask lots of questions, not just of admission office staff, but also of professors and students that you meet on campus.

News

Program Aims to Open UD Ethos to Wider Community

On Thursday, Sept. 26, several members of the university community gathered to celebrate the completion of Course II of the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture program, the first component of UD's Liberal Learning for Life initiative. The course is titled "The Person: Tradition and History."

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The Idea of Our University

To found the famous Core curriculum of the University of Dallas, as an education "best for the individual," Donald and Louise Cowan looked to John Henry Newman's The Idea of a University. He unapologetically promotes the Western classics -- precisely because so few know our own culture well enough to appreciate the depth of any other.

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To Russia with UD: Faculty to Lead UD's First Tour of Russia

This summer, the University of Dallas invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to join its first-ever tour abroad of Russia, led by Professor of Physics Richard Olenick and Affiliate Instructor of Spanish, French and Italian Irina Rodriguez. From June 8 to June 16, 2020, Olenick and Rodriguez will guide participants through the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, taking them on a cultural and literary tour of the "Russian soul."

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