Stained Glass Artisans

From J-Po to Stained Glass: English Major Transitions To Professional Artist

ArtisanThere are countless paths for English majors to follow. Perhaps one of the most unique English majors, Will Frank, BA '06, who is now an artist in residence at Emil Frei & Associates, a leader in the field of stained glass and mosaics across the United States. Although his vocation may be atypical for an English major, Frank sees his time at UD as preparing him for his career as an artist.

"English uses the same approach to ideas as the visual arts," said Frank, noting his work in Junior Poet that taught him how to visualize art in terms of its wholeness and unity.

Frank believes his UD education set him apart from the students of other universities he has so far encountered in graduate school.

"The students more fluent in the contemporary arts suffered from a lack of depth. Everyone is scraping together something to say, and my UD education gave me an entry into a deeper conversation," he said.

Frank and Aaron Frei, BA '03 MT '06, (the great-great-grandson of the studios founder) recently installed a new chapel window at Cistercian Preparatory School. As they hammered the final supports in place, the morning sun passed through the stained glass casting blue, green and yellow shadows on the concrete floor.

"UD educates you to be open to ideas. Although it is a conservative, religious institution, it requires you to consider opposing ideas. You can't be myopic," said Frank. 

Frank's art certainly reflects a vision similar to his career path: unique. 

News

Our Kids at Heart: The Evangelizing Power of Catholic Education

"You bring me a letter of acceptance to a Catholic school for your child, and I promise your child will attend Catholic school." This is the promise Father Mark Hamlet, BA '68 MBA '70, makes to his congregation at every Mass. The pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Austin, Hamlet has spent much of his ministry advocating for Catholic school education through his nonprofit foundation, Our Kids at Heart.

+ Read More

Junior Computer Science Major Interns at Google

This past summer, Yeabkal Wubshit, BA '20, earned the internship that every computer science major dreams of: a position at Google -- and spent the summer working on infrastructures for Google Service Accounts at Google's office in Sunnyvale, California.

+ Read More

Distinguished Alumni Excel in Human Endeavor

The University of Dallas will celebrate the extraordinary achievements of four alumni with its 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Award recipients Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, MTS '00, Laura Felis Quinn, BS '86 MBA '18, Judy Kelly, BA '63, and John Parker, BA '83 MBA '89, will be honored for their contributions to their professions, communities and the University of Dallas.

+ Read More