"After consulting with our local health officials, it has become clear that avoiding
large public gatherings on campus this fall would be prudent and may indeed be mandated.
Because of that guidance, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone Alumni
and Family Weekend and Commencement, which were both scheduled for October."
- Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA ’82 MA ’83
I hope this note finds you and your family safe, healthy and well. As you can imagine, we are continuing to adjust to a “new normal” on campus during these unprecedented times. Our outstanding faculty and resilient students are working to adapt our unique curriculum to a virtual setting while faculty, staff, alumni and friends have come together to support each other and ensure we serve our students in need through our COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Now more than ever, my wife, Stacey, and I feel very blessed to be part of a community that is deeply committed to our students' success and to this university that we love.
In this spirit, I wanted to take this moment to thank you for your commitment to the university by including UD in your estate plans. Your foresight will help further the university’s mission and enable future generations of UD students to pursue wisdom, truth and virtue as the proper and primary ends of their education. A legacy gift, made across generations, is a profoundly meaningful act of trust in UD, one that expresses charity, love and care in a selfless way. On behalf of the lives your special act of generosity will touch, I thank you.
It is also important to me that the university’s permanent records properly reflect your intended impact. To that end, I have asked Kris Muñoz Vetter, Assistant Vice President for Development, and her team to follow up with you to ensure that we properly record and acknowledge your gift in accordance with your wishes.
Your planned support further qualifies you for membership in the University of Dallas’ Legacy Society. It would be my great pleasure to have the opportunity to thank you for your commitment personally and invite you to save the date to join us on campus for a special Legacy Society reception during our Alumni & Family Weekend on October 16-18, 2020. Further special event details will follow in a separate invitation that you will receive later this summer.
In the meantime, please accept my thanks on behalf of our students and faculty, who are the true beneficiaries of your planned support, and know that you and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers during this uncertain time.
Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA ’82 MA ’83
Let’s do a quick recap of the eventful weekend…
On Friday afternoon, through the generous support of our professors, we were able to rekindle our love for the Core through open classes; open up our minds to varying opinions on the upcoming election through the American Public Philosophy Institute (APPI) Seminar; and spend time with professors during the Alumni/Professor Cap Bar Reunion. We then celebrated our Golden Crusaders during the evening, starting with a 5 p.m. Mass followed by a special dinner for the golden Class of 1969 (and all of their predecessors), as well as the Welcome Dinner on the Mall for all attendees. Our busy day closed with studios, demos, a Due Santi wine tasting, and Music on the Mall.
Day two was equally packed with a schedule that included EnCore lectures, the cross-country 5K, exhibits with old yearbooks from the Archives, an informational session on UD’s upcoming Russia trip, and a session on stories of and by UD legends led by Professors Emeriti of Drama Pat and Judy Kelly. The afternoon continued with the alumni vs. student rugby game, the Student Career Networking Ice Cream Social with Alumni, a Mass celebrating married couples, and, finally, our class reunions!
We hope you enjoyed your time on campus reliving old memories and making new ones! We look forward to seeing you again during our next Alumni and Family Weekend (October 16-18, 2020).
Love Ye UD!