"Poetry is civically important for a healthy and happy society," said three-time UD alumnus Matt Mehan, BA '00 MA '09 PhD '14. "In other words, a healthy politics requires a healthy poetics."+ Read More
Although Michael Schwartz BA '72 could easily be most remembered for a career highlighted by co-founding one of the nation's largest pro-life events and serving as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R.-Okla.), it is his humility, generosity and faith that those close to him mention more frequently. The pro-life, pro-family advocate, who passed away in February 2013, will be posthumously awarded one of UD's Distinguished Alumni Awards at a dinner in their honor on Saturday, Oct. 5.
National Alumni Board member Mary Powers BA '09 reminisced about meeting Schwartz as a young alumna working on Capitol Hill.
"He greeted me with open arms and enthusiasm," said Powers. "We talked as though we were back at the Cap Bar discussing professors, telling stories about our time at UD and arguing theological and philosophical questions."
According to Powers, that's how he lived his life with each person he came in contact.
Schwartz, who early in his career worked as a lobbyist for Concerned Women for America and the House Family Caucus, among others, received the National Pro-Life Religious Council's Pro-Life Recognition Award in January 2013.
"Mike has been an unapologetic defender of the family and of those who cannot defend themselves, whether that be the disability community, the unborn, the infirm or the elderly," said Coburn, who gave a tribute to his longtime chief of staff on the U.S. Senate floor when Schwartz stepped down in November.
Kimberly Diwa, BA '22, first heard of the University of Dallas during a Bible study at her church. She decided to visit campus and immediately was struck by UD's friendly character, not to mention its impressive record of preparing pre-med students for medical school.+ Read More
During the course of the 2018-19 academic year, the university will sponsor a series of lectures, art exhibits, panel discussions and other activities centered around All the Light We Cannot See, the first chosen book for this new community reading initiative, culminating in author Anthony Doerr's visit to campus as the 2019 Eugene McDermott lecturer.+ Read More