Braniff Graduate Student Association

Representing the Braniff graduate student body

The Braniff Graduate Student Association (BGSA) of the University of Dallas was established to further the interests of the student body of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts within the University of Dallas community. All students enrolled in the Braniff Graduate School are members of the BGSA.

The BGSA is comprised of a Senate and an Executive Board. The Senate consists of six Senators, who represent the interests of the members of the BGSA on all matters concerning school policy and student life. The Senate as a whole serves as a forum for BGSA participation in the larger University community. Consisting of the President, the Treasurer, and the Secretary, the Executive Board administers the activities of the BGSA and serves as the official voice of the BGSA to the students, faculty, staff, and administration of the University.

Executive Board, 2018-2019:


Braniff Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts: The Good Life | Oct. 5-6, 2018

Keynote Address: "Pietas" by Dr. Susan Hanssen | University of Dallas, History Department

This conference aimed to recover and renew the Western heritage of liberal arts and the Christian intellectual tradition in pursuit of eudaimonia, the good life. There were panels made up of upper level undergraduate students from across the country as well as a number of UD undergraduate students. Braniff graduate students served as moderators. All events took place in the Catholic Foundation Board Room of Cardinal Farrell Hall.

5th Annual Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts: Scripture and the Disciplines | Feb. 15-16, 2019

Each year the Braniff Graduate Student Association organizes a conference that reflects the unique interdisciplinary nature of the Braniff Graduate School and its emphases on classical education and contemporary scholarship.

Discover more about this year's conference.

Guest Lecture by Dr. Peter Kreeft | Feb. 23, 2019

Dr. Peter Kreeft, well-known author and professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's College, delivered a lecture entitled, "A Trinitarian Psychology of the Creative Imagination: Mind, Will and Heart" at the University of Dallas. This event was sponsored by the Provost's Office and the BGSA.

You may watch Dr. Kreeft's lecture here.

Professional Development Workshop on Pedagogy | Mar. 2, 2019

Dr. William "Bill" Frank and Dr. Christopher Mirus from the Philosophy Department spoke on how beginning instructors ought to prepare a syllabus and design a course. Dr. John Peterson (IPS Politics) and Kimberly Heil (IPS Philosophy) spoke on how to lecture and how to use Socratic circles.

Click here for the workshop handout and here for an article by Dr. Frank on liberal education and UD's Core.

Professional Development Workshop on Resumes and Publishing | Apr. 6, 2019

Esther Moon (IPS Literature) will discuss how to strengthen a resume and how to prepare a submission for publication in an academic journal.



UD in Service: Ph.D. Students Share 'Confessions' in South Irving

UD students not only read St. Augustine's Confessions in Rome, traveling to Ostia to marvel at the place in which, according to Book IX, St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica, had a joint mystical vision of God -- they also travel 4.4 miles from the Irving campus to read the text with residents of South Irving.

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How to Build a Shortwave Radio

As you know if you’ve read even some of our first UD Reads book, "All the Light We Cannot See," it’s possible to build a radio from random, scavenged parts, as long as you can find the necessary random, scavenged parts, as Werner does in the book. This is also essentially what Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Physics Jacob Moldenhauer did as well: He scavenged parts from the Physics Department, and built a radio.

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Thomas S. Hibbs Appointed President of University of Dallas

The University of Dallas Board of Trustees announced today that it has unanimously selected Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, to serve as the university's ninth president. The first alumnus of UD to be president, Hibbs has served as dean of the Honors College and distinguished professor of ethics and culture at Baylor University since 2003.

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