"Cor" Story: English & Economics Major Pursues Career in Education
The University of Dallas Cor Fund provides scholarships to hundreds of UD students. Over the next several weeks, we
will share some of their stories. Donations to the Cor Fund come from alumni, parents
and friends of UD.
Donovan Kelly, BA 15, originally intended to study politics, and not at UD. At the
urging of a family friend, however, he applied to UD and eventually visited. After
sitting in on several classes and engaging in a lively conversation with Professor
of Politics Richard Dougherty, UD moved to the top of his list. Four years later,
on May 17, he graduated from UD with a double major in English and economics and a
Like so many UD students and alumni, Kelly had received a scholarship from UD that
was instrumental in his decision to investigate the school further. And like it often
seems to happen, when he came for a visit, UD sold itself. For Kelly, the deal was
definitively sealed when, on a trip to Rome shortly after his visit to the Irving
campus, he encountered some spring Romers at Easter Mass at the Vatican and talked
to them for hours.
As a student, Kelly was very involved in the UD community and life on campus, including
playing basketball his freshman year, serving as president and then vice-president
of Crusaders for Kids, joining Sigma Tau Delta (the English honor society), participating
in the Spanish Club and co-founding the Society of St. Joseph. One of his post-graduation
goals for his personal life is to keep in touch with the friends he made here and
visit with them as often as possible. He also aspires to raise some future Crusaders.
My goals are to get to Heaven, marry and have a wonderful family and send my children
to UD -- only half-joking; there would probably be
choice, Kelly said.
With his UD education under his belt, Kelly will return to the Dallas area in the
fall with the University of Notre Dames Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program,
teaching English and Spanish to junior high and high school students at Oak Cliffs
Bishop Dunne Catholic School. Ultimately, once he completes the ACE program, he hopes
to teach and develop his own curricula for advanced high school English and Spanish
classes, eventually entering the administrative side of things as a principal or dean
of a Catholic or public school and possibly starting his own school.
Additionally, he hopes to learn to read and understand Latin as well as speak Catalan,
French and Italian. He enjoys learning new languages and visiting new places, and
he harbors a special fondness for the Spanish culture. He also became fascinated with
opera after taking a class on Wagner with Associate Professor of Modern Languages
I dont have any crazy hobbies or anything, Kelly said. I love to read, and sometimes
I write really terrible poetry. Ive visited around 15 countries and have a collection
of flags from most of those countries. I also play some Spanish guitar. But mostly
I enjoy passing time in great conversation with my friends.
The Cor Fund has clearly made a difference in Kellys life: providing funds for the
scholarship he received to attend UD, development for the faculty who have had such
an influence on him and support for much of the programming in which he was involved.
He will now venture out into the world to similarly enrich the lives of his future
students, his own future children and undoubtedly so many others with whom he will