Earlier this month, the University of Dallas announced a partnership with the Institute of World Politics (IWP). UD will be the ninth institution of higher learning to partner with IWP.+ Read More
Undeterred by UD's lack of a women's golf team, Julia Shinkle will be golfing for the Crusaders next year as a member of the University of Dallas Class of 2018.
When asked what she likes about playing golf, Shinkle said, "When I'm stressed out about schoolwork, or whatever, it's good to just get out there and play. And I really love competing, going to the tournaments. I also love meeting new people; at the tournaments you get to meet people from all over."
While UD still won't technically have a women's golf team, women's golf will be declared as a varsity sport to allow Shinkle to participate in various women's events such as the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Golf Championship. Shinkle will also compete on the men's team in individual events.
Shinkle plans to major in biology; she is interested in sports medicine as a career. She is excited about UD's Human Performance Lab, which contains state-of-the-art equipment for students and faculty to research and test techniques used in biomechanics, exercise science and performance training.
What else about starting college excites Shinkle?
"Meeting people from all over the country," Shinkle said. "And the classes. Learning new things, being exposed to ideas I wouldn't ever have thought of otherwise. Also Rome. I'm very excited about Rome! And playing golf, of course...the Las Colinas golf course is amazing!"
Shinkle lives in New Jersey and attends a private Catholic all-girls' high school in Pennsylvania, a 40-minute drive from her home that she makes every day with her younger sister. When she isn't busy with school or golf, Shinkle devotes her time to community service, helping with a golf program for underprivileged children and volunteering at a pregnancy resource center.
Shinkle's mother learned about UD from "The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College." Shinkle wasn't sure how she felt about this small school in another part of the country until she visited UD with her father in June 2013 and fell in love.
"It's only a three-hour plane ride," Shinkle said. "It could be worse."
Having spent most of her life in the northeastern U.S., Shinkle is also looking forward to winters in Texas.
Growing up in a half-Irish Catholic family in Cincinnati, the seven Teller children knew a household full of music. Lucy, Brother Jonah and Brother Simon Teller have used the love of music instilled during childhood by their family to become musicians and produce music of their own.+ Read More
A few years back, the University of Dallas began to form a relationship with the Dallas Zoo, when Assistant Professor of Biology Deanna Soper, Ph.D., and her colleague, Professor of Psychology Scott Churchill, P.h.D., began taking class trips to the zoo. And in the spirit of further collaboration, the world's leading cheetah expert and conservationist, Laurie Marker, Ph.D., founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) sponsored by the Dallas Zoo, will join the UD community on Thursday, Oct. 25, to give a lecture about her work rescuing the world's fastest land mammal from extinction.+ Read More