UD News 2015
Kiplinger's Personal Finance: UD A Best Value
December 17, 2015
Finance magazine has included UD on its list of the country's best value liberal arts
colleges for 2016. The publication's annual list, which was released Wednesday, Dec.
16, ranks 300 public, private and liberal arts colleges and universities that provide
high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. This is the university's fourth consecutive
year to be ranked by Kiplinger's.
DBA Program Ranked Top 10 Nationally
December 04, 2015
The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program offered by the Satish & Yasmin
Gupta College of Business is ranked sixth in Top Management Degrees' list of the nation's
"Top 50 Doctorate in Business Management Programs."
Rabbi, Bishop to Deliver Interfaith Address
October 21, 2015
In celebration of the last five decades of friendship, Dallas' Jewish and Catholic
communities will join with the University of Dallas to present "Nostra Aetate - 50
Years Later: Commemorating Jewish-Catholic Relations," a joint address by Rabbi David
Rosen, former chief rabbi of Ireland and international director of interreligious
affairs for the American Jewish Committee, and Bishop Brian Farrell, Vatican secretary
of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Economic Inequality Panel to Host Wall Street Journal, New York Times Columnists
October 19, 2015
Wall Street Journal columnist William Galston, George Mason University law professor
Michael Greve and New York Times columnist and author Ross Douthat will participate
in the University of Dallas' event "A Conversation on Economic Inequality" on Friday,
Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. The general public is invited to the conversation, which is sponsored
by the American Public Philosophy Institute (APPI), and will be held in Lynch Auditorium.
Poet, Politics Buff Serves as Braniff Grad Association President
October 16, 2015
After completing his undergraduate studies at St. John's College in Santa Fe, Rhett
Forman, PhD '17, worked in a political think tank in Raleigh, North Carolina, for
a year before deciding politics probably wasn't the route he wanted to pursue.
University of Dallas Named to 'A' List for Preparing Graduates for Success
October 14, 2015
The University of Dallas is the only school in North Texas - and one of only three
in the state - to receive an "A" rating from the American Council of Trustees and
Alumni (ACTA) in its seventh edition of the "What Will They Learn?" report.
Braniff Salon Discussion of dell Francesca's 'Flagellation of Christ:' A Follow-Up
October 8, 2015
The Western intellectual tradition was birthed in dialogue, the consideration of a
topic or problem from all angles and the exhaustive discussion among interested parties
of every facet of every angle. In the spirit of this tradition, the Braniff Salons
were created, envisioned as a way to bring together not only current faculty and students
but the entire Braniff community, including alumni, to engage in the type of dialogue
that invigorates this tradition and sets UD apart.
October 7, 2015
Had Pavlos Papadopoulos, PhD '16, not decided to pursue his doctorate in politics
through the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts' Institute of Philosophic Studies,
he likely would have delved into the world of foreign policy, foreign affairs and
think tanks. As it is, he is planting firm roots in the academic world, from presenting
at the Texas Graduate Symposium in the Liberal Arts to attending a seminar on Abraham
Lincoln in New York City.
US News Ranks UD a Best Value Among Texas Catholic Universities
September 10, 2015
U.S. News & World Report's 2015 rankings of the nation's best colleges are out and
the University of Dallas is the highest ranked Catholic Best Value School in Texas.
The Best Value ranking takes into account both the academic quality of the institution
and the average amount of need-based aid provided to students.
Professor's New Book Offers Biblical Perspective on Organizational Practices
September 04, 2015
A new book from J. Lee Whittington, professor of management at the Satish & Yasmin
Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas, offers a look at organizational
practices from a biblical perspective.
New Adult Formation Course to Focus on 2nd Thousand Years of Christianity
September 04, 2015
The University of Dallas School of Ministry will offer a new continuing education
course titled "Christianity in the Second Thousand Years: The Development of the Thought
and Practice of Our Faith" beginning this fall. This noncredit course will be offered
at three sites: the University of Dallas campus in Irving, All Saints Catholic Community
in Dallas and St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Lewisville, with the class
at each site meeting once a week for two hours.
Meet the Class of 2019: Boy Scout, Future Seminarian Will Study Philosophy September 04, 2015
New member of the UD Class of 2019 and aspiring philosophy major Thomas Hogan is,
in true UD fashion, considering a concentration in either classics or mathematics.
He visited UD during Odyssey Days last year and approved of his discovery that the
Classics Department focuses on classical languages rather than classical literature
-- because the entire undergraduate curriculum revolves around studying the literature.
North Texas Giving Day Champs Once Again
August 28, 2015
At the end of North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 17, UD was in the lead for largest
number of donors of any local college or university. Nearly 400 alumni, parents, faculty,
staff and friends of the university came out in support of UD, donating an initial
total of $106,956 before bonus funds.
Meet UD's 22 New Faculty Members
August 26, 2015
The university welcomed 22 new faculty members this fall, although many are new only
to the role, having previously studied or taught in different roles at UD.
Washington Monthly Ranks UD 15th for Contributions to Public Good
August 25, 2015
The University of Dallas has been recognized by Washington Monthly as 15th among
the 673 master's institutions ranked by the publication. The Washington, D.C.,-based
political magazine ranks universities based on their contributions to the public good.
Mathematics Department to Offer Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
August 24, 2015
Beginning this fall, the 2015-16 school year, students will be able to earn a Bachelor
of Science (B.S.) in computer science, in addition to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
degree that has been available since the 2012-13 school year.
Meet the Class of 2019: Catholic Youth Ministry Volunteer Will Study Biology
August 21, 2015
When Nicolas Kwan, incoming member of the UD Class of 2019, was in high school, his
youth minister told him about National Evangelization Teams (NET) Ministries. He ended
up deferring his enrollment at UD for a year so he could serve with NET.
Record-Breaking Freshman Class Arrives on Campus, Begins 2015-16 Academic Year
August 21, 2015
The university’s record-breaking freshman class of approximately 400 students moved
in Friday, Aug. 21. Orientation leaders greeted the students with handmade signs and
passed out Popsicles as the relatively mild (for Dallas in August) summer day heated
up. Undergraduate classes for the 2015-16 school year start Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Meet the Class of 2019: Olympic Hopeful Will Study Science and Physical Therapy
August 11, 2015
An aspiring 2020 Olympian and incoming member of the UD Class of 2019, New Hampshire
native Abigail Wade has been an archer for seven years now. In fact, her coach, Khatuna
Lorig, is herself a five-time Olympic champion, the No. 1 female archer in the U.S.
and the trainer of Jennifer Lawrence for the “Hunger Games” movies.
Irving Newsmaker Reception Recognizes Business College’s Local Contributions
August 7, 2015
The Irving Economic Development Partnership recognized the Center for the Cybersecurity
Education and the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business for their contributions
to local business on July 30 at the Irving Newsmaker Reception.
In Memoriam: Braniff Alumnus, Ambassador for Democracy Guy Story Brown
August 6, 2015
Guy Story Brown, PhD ’79, a three-time presidential appointee, professor, author and
director of prison ministry The Straight Gate, passed away Thursday, July 30, in Lubbock.
Princeton Review Names UD a ‘Best College,’ Rome Program 3rd Most Popular
August 5, 2015
The University of Dallas was again named one of the nation’s best colleges in the
2015 edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges.” The university’s Rome
Program was also recognized as being the third most popular study abroad program,
an increase from last year’s ranking as the eighth most popular study abroad program.
Sustainable Business Network Hosts Texas Instruments Ethics Talk
July 28, 2015
On July 24, more than 80 risk and compliance officers, human resources professionals
and UD alumni, faculty and staff members gathered on the Texas Instruments (TI) campus
in Dallas for the Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business Sustainable Business
Network (SBN) summer networking event. In his talk titled “Ethics: Beyond Words and
Slogans,” TI Vice President and Director of Ethics David Solomon spoke about the challenges
and successes TI has faced in striving to promote an ethical culture across its organization
New Classics Graduate Program Tailored for Future Doctoral Students, Teachers
July 24, 2015
The University of Dallas Classics Department is now offering two new graduate degrees
in Latin and ancient Greek studies—a Master of Arts in Classics and a Master of Classics.
Both degrees are tailored toward students who seek to enter a doctoral program in
classics or those who teach the classical languages at either the primary or secondary
High School Summer Romers Visit Irving Campus en Route to Rome
July 21, 2015
High school summer Rome students made a stop at the Irving campus before becoming
“Romers” this summer. Program participants kicked off Shakespeare in Italy and Latin
in Rome with a day in Texas touring the campus, meeting faculty, chatting with admission
counselors in the Cap Bar and viewing and discussing the movie “Julius Caesar.” They
flew to Rome Thursday, July 9.
Class of 2015 Enjoys High Employment, Graduate School Acceptance Rates
July 20, 2015
A mere two months after their graduation, 83.3 percent of the Class of 2015 is either
employed or continuing their educations in graduate or professional programs. Four
programs can boast a 100 percent rate for their graduates having already “landed”
in their first destinations: Classics and Classical Philology, Human Sciences in the
Contemporary World, Pastoral Ministry and Physics.
Graduate Psychology Program Expands to Offer Licensed Professional Counselor Exam
Preparation Through MPsy
July 20, 2015
The Psychology Department is now offering a Master of Psychology degree with clinical
concentration that can be used to fulfill requirements to sit for the Texas Licensed
Professional Counselor (LPC) exam. Graduate psychology students can pursue a master’s
degree with clinical concentration in a psychology department whose humanistic focus
on the human person’s freedom and responsibility is ideal for shaping counselors.
UD Hosts TexPREP for High School Students Interested in STEM Careers
July 17, 2015
For the second year in a row, UD is hosting the Texas Pre-Freshman Engineering Program
(TexPREP), which was founded in 1976 by a mathematics professor at the University
of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Students may participate in the program for up to
four years (from the summer prior to seventh grade through the summer prior to their
sophomore year of high school). North Lake College offers Years I and II of the program;
last year, UD offered Year III, and this year, additionally, UD is one of only two
locations in the Dallas area to offer Year IV (the other is the University of North
Texas’ Dallas campus).
Classics Department Experiences Sudden Surge in Interest, Scholarship Application
July 15, 2015
Kat Cammack, BA ’19, claims that the study of classics encompasses all of her skills
I read the most gorgeous works of literature ever written, solve puzzles, analyze
history through psychological and philosophical lenses, study monumental art and grow
familiar with the thinkers who formed the basis of Western thought, all while exponentially
improving my grasp of the English language,” she said.
In Memoriam: Rising Senior, Generous Friend Zachary Clark, BA '16
July 13, 2015
Rising-senior Zachary Clark, 21 years old, died on Friday as a result of a car accident.
Clark, who lived in the Dallas area, was on his way back to Minnesota, where he was
working as a Totus Tuus Ministry missionary.
Evening MBA Courses to be Offered in The Colony Beginning Fall 2015
July 8, 2015
The University of Dallas’ Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business will begin offering
Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses at the Cascades Event Center in The
Colony, Texas, beginning with the fall 2015 term. The program expansion comes as several
multi-billion-dollar companies relocate thousands of jobs to the Plano area with additional
corporate relocations expected due to Texas’ favorable business climate
Fiske Guide Recognizes UD for 8th Consecutive Year, Praises Rome Program
July 7, 2015
The University of Dallas has been included, once again, in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges
2016,” making it the only Catholic college or university to receive such an honor
in Texas or the southwest. This is the eighth consecutive year the university has
been recognized by the Fiske Guide for being one of the nation’s best and most interesting
Psychology Students Take Spring Break Trip to Amsterdam, Present Research
July 2, 2015
At UD, spring break often involves much more than a trip to the beach. This past spring
break, three senior psychology majors and one psychology graduate student made the
trek to Amsterdam to present research at the International Convention of Psychological
Rome Campus Conference Revives Scholarship on Lost Roman City Bovillae
June 25, 2015
In 100 AD, the city of Bovillae was one of ancient Rome’s most important suburbs.
Now, although its remains are almost invisible to the human eye, the city is once
more coming into the limelight.
Ethics Scholar Jonathan J. Sanford to Serve as New Constantin College Dean
June 25, 2015
The university has named Jonathan J. Sanford dean of the Constantin College of Liberal
Arts, the university’s undergraduate college of liberal arts and sciences. A nationally
recognized ethics scholar, Sanford previously served as associate vice president for
academic affairs and professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville
(FUS). He will begin his new role on Aug. 17.
New MS Programs in Business Analytics, Global Business to Begin Fall 2015
June 25, 2015
The University of Dallas’ Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business will offer two
new Master of Science programs — business analytics and global business — beginning
this fall. Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2015 term.
Alumni Who Are…: Soon-To-Be MBA Alumna on Changing Lives Through Financial Education
June 25, 2015
Greer Christian, who will graduate with her MBA in just a few weeks, is vice president
and community development officer at Wells Fargo Bank. In that role, Christian is
charged with serving as the link between the San Francisco-based bank and its stakeholders
and the communities it serves. Her main areas of focus are stakeholder engagement,
public policy advocacy, reputation management and corporate social responsibility
strategies and programs.
2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners Announced
June 23, 2015
The University of Dallas National Alumni Board has announced its annual list of distinguished
alumni. The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, who will be honored during
a reception and dinner Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Omni Dallas Hotel, are John Alvis,
Raymund King, Nancy Cain Marcus and Michael Marz.
MBA Alumna Receives Prestigious Award from Premier Business Honor Society
May 11, 2015
Heather Kreager, MBA ’03, is something of an expert in “significant generosity through
the enhancement of a community or an educational institution,” one of the criterion
for the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award, of which she is a 2015 recipient.
UD Designated 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College for Post-College Preparedness
May 11, 2015
The University of Dallas has been designated a 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College by
Victory Media, the creator of STEM Jobs career, education and media resources for
students interested in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.
The 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate
universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools in their responsiveness
and relevance to high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations.
Class of 2015 Honored at Convocation
May 8, 2015
The soon-to-be Class of 2015 celebrated four years of hard work and idiosyncrasies
during the 2015 Convocation ceremony on Thursday, May 7, in addition to receiving
departmental awards and sharing their post-graduation plans.
In Memoriam: Classics Professor, Man of Letters Karl Maurer
May 6, 2015
Associate Professor of Classics Karl Maurer passed away on Monday, May 4, at his home
UD Class of 2015 Receives Vatican Letter, Response to ‘Pope Francis at UD’ Campaign
April 17, 2015
One day in the spring of 2014, a few of the students who had been in Rome for Pope
Francis’ election a year before were hanging out, and someone said, “What if the pope
came to our graduation?”
Art Historian to Deliver Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture
April 14, 2015
Renowned art historian and Duke University A. M. Cogan Professor of Art and Art History
Caroline Bruzelius will visit the University of Dallas as part of the Phi Beta Kappa
Society Visiting Scholar Series April 16-17. As part of the visit, Bruzelius will
deliver a public lecture on “Building on the Inquisition: How Poor Friars Paid for
Expensive Churches in the Middle Ages,” Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Art History
Auditorium on the University of Dallas campus. On Friday, April 17, she will speak
on “The Cathedral and the City” at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas. Both lectures
are free and open to the public.
Students Found Journal of Science to Promote Undergraduate Research
April 1, 2015
The Journal of Science, founded in 2014, publishes research papers by University of
Dallas undergraduates in the areas of psychology, economics, physics, mathematics,
chemistry and biology. The journal publishes two issues a year and is organized and
maintained by students, with the assistance of faculty advisors. This semester’s issue
was the first to be distributed in hard copy form, but two previous issues were published
Author, Conservative Leader to Address UD Graduating Class of 2015
March 20, 2015
Columnist, author and conservative leader L. Brent Bozell III will address graduates
during the University of Dallas' annual commencement ceremony for the undergraduate
Constantin College of Liberal arts, undergraduate Satish and Yasmin Gupta College
of Business, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts and School of Ministry Sunday,
Church of the Incarnation Recognized for Enduring Architectural Design
March 19, 2015
The American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter (AIA Dallas) has awarded the University
of Dallas Church of the Incarnation the 2014 AIA Dallas Twenty-Five Year Award. Given
annually to a work of enduring post-war architecture that is at least 25 years old,
the award is the highest recognition for design bestowed by AIA Dallas.
First Annual Scherer Lecture to Focus on Marriage as 'Best Path to Happiness'
March 10, 2015
W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project (NMP), will present
the first Scherer Lecture, “Love and Marriage: How Research Shows that Marriage Remains
the Best Path to Happiness for Men, Women, and Children,” on Friday, March 27, at
7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the American Public Philosophy Institute (APPI).
3 New Trustees Join UD's Board
March 9, 2015
UD has announced the appointment of three new members to its board of trustees. Laura
Felis Quinn, Bill Keffler and Tom Nealon (from left) began their three-year terms
in late February.
UD, Southwest Airlines Team Up for Sustainable Business Network
March 6, 2015
Successful employee engagement will be the focus of “It’s All About People,” a presentation
in collaboration between the University of Dallas Sustainable Business Network (SBN)
and one of the world’s most admired companies, Southwest Airlines. The breakfast,
which is sponsored by Enterprise Holdings, and presentation will take place at 7:30
a.m. on Friday, March 20, at Southwest Airlines headquarters, located at 2702 Love
Field Drive in Dallas.
Former Cowboys Fullback Named First Business Hall of Fame Inductee
March 2, 2015
Former Dallas Cowboys fullback and University of Dallas MBA alumnus Robert Newhouse
became the first inductee into the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business Hall
of Fame earlier this month. Newhouse was selected based on his exceptional career,
commitment to academics and work-life balance. His wife Nancy and children, Rodd,
Reggie, Dawnyel and Shawntel, accepted the award on behalf of Newhouse, who passed
away in July 2014.
Author Takes Students Behind-the-Scenes of Writing & Publishing a Kid’s Book
February 19, 2015
Children's author Michelle Staubach Grimes took UD students "behind-the-scenes" of
the 18 month long process of writing, illustrating and editing her book "Where is
Pidge?" Tuesday, Feb. 10.
Still-Growing UD Ministry Conference Moves to Larger Venue
February 19, 2015
The ninth annual University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC), set for Oct. 22-24,
will move to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas this year to accommodate
its growing attendance. The conference, which is the second largest of its kind in
the United States, is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and the University
of Dallas. Last year, more than 5,200 participants from 31 states and seven countries
8 Family Movies from UD’s History-Professor-Turned-Film-Critic FS
February 12, 2015
It’s no secret that FS, longtime movie reviewer for student-run paper The University
News, is actually respected movie critic and Associate Professor of History Frank
Swietek. Here, FS turns his eye from new releases to classic films for the whole family.
While some movies, Swietek warns, “will test the patience of the very youngest viewers,”
these films should hold the attention of children 10 years and older.
SOM Honors Distinguished Alumni for Service to Church
February 5, 2015
The UD School of Ministry will recognize two alumni for their exemplary service to
the local church through faith formation and ministry to the needy this month. Cecilia
Rangel, a graduate of the four-year continuing education Catholic Biblical School
program, will be honored with the Dei Verbum Award, and Kevin Harrington, who earned
a master of theological studies in 1995, will receive the Lumen Gentium Award. Rangel
(at right, in blue) was honored on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Parish in
Coppell, Texas. Harrington was honored Jan. 18 at 11 a.m at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic
Church in Pilot Point, Texas.
UD Names Longtime Chemistry Professor & Constantin Dean C.W. Eaker Provost
February 5, 2015
UD has named Charles “C.W.” Eaker provost and chief academic officer of the university.
A nationally respected scholar and chemist, Eaker brings 10 years experience as dean
of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts at the university and nearly 40 years experience
at the University of Dallas to his new role. Eaker served as acting provost during
UD Designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity
February 3, 2015
The Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas continues
to help combat these ever-increasing cybersecurity threats and has once again been
designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity by the National
Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The accreditation,
which the program first received in 2003, will cover academic years through 2021.
UD Partners with PAADS to Offer Leadership Training to Athlete Development Specialists
January 29, 2015
The Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PAADS) and the Satish
& Yasmin Gupta College of Business will launch the first PAADS Leadership Academy
April 28, 2015. The new program will provide athlete development specialists with
the opportunity to enhance their skills in areas critical to their success and to
the success of their athletes and organizations.
Wegemer Named 2015 King Fellow; Slaughter Named 2015 Haggar Fellow
January 23, 2015
Gerard Wegemer, professor of English, was named the 2015 King Fellow, and Stephen
Slaughter, associate professor of biology and department chair, was named the 2015
Haggar Fellow during the University of Dallas King/Haggar and Haggerty Teaching Excellence
Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
UD Hosts 2020 Women on Boards National Conversation on Board Diversity
January 16, 2015
Last November, more than 50 business leaders gathered on campus to discuss the presence
of women in boardrooms across the country. Hosted by the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College
of Business and sponsored by IMAGINE Well Inc., the 2020 Women on Boards organization
brought their annual event National Conversation on Board Diversity to UD. The conversation
around which the event is centered aims to increase the percentage of women on corporate
boards to 20 percent by 2020. Currently, the percentage of women on the boards of
Fortune 1000 companies is 17.7 percent.
UD to Celebrate St. Thomas Aquinas’ Feast with Lecture on Trinitarian Metaphysics
January 8, 2015
Professor Wayne J. Hankey, a well-known expert in medieval philosophy, Neoplatonism
and contemporary Christian thought, will deliver the 33rd Annual Aquinas Lecture at
UD on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in Lynch Auditorium. Hankey, who serves
as Carnegie Professor of Classics and Chair at Dalhousie University and King’s College
in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will deliver a lecture titled “From Impassibility to Self-Affectivity:
the Trinitarian Metaphysics of ‘Esse’ in Thomas’s ‘Summa theologiae.’” The lecture
is free and open to the public.
Kiplinger's Magazine Names UD a 2015 Best Value for Academics, Reasonable Cost
January 7, 2015
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has included the University of Dallas on its
list of the country's best value liberal arts colleges for 2015. The publication's
annual list, which was released Wednesday, Dec. 17, ranks 300 public, private and
liberal arts colleges and universities that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable