UD News 2017
In the modern economy, too often our financial system fails drastically, moving from one devastation to another. As part of recent efforts to promote Catholic Social Teaching, UD welcomes Oxford Research Scholar Edward Hadas as he explores the relationships among finance, money, the economy and the human condition.
Join us on Monday, Nov. 27, as Hadas presents "Money, Finance and Greed: Solving an Economic Mystery."
The 11th annual Dallas Ministry Conference was held Oct. 19 - Oct. 21, 2017, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The event featured two keynote addresses, one in English and one in Spanish, as well as 91 other speakers, who included teachers, members of the clergy, lay ministers, authors and motivational speakers, just to name a few.
The University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business announced the four recipients of the annual Gupta College of Business Tower Awards. This year's honorees include Chris Blue, Felicia Johnson, Kai Axford and Simon Powell.
As most colleges and universities across the nation deal with ongoing enrollment challenges, the University of Dallas is proud to announce a record-breaking undergraduate enrollment of 1,450 students. In addition to another back-to-back year of growing enrollment, the university’s freshman class, the Class of 2021, boasts an average SAT score of 1260, ranking them in the 83rd percentile nationally.
On Friday, Oct. 13, Catholics around the world gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, and as the UD community rallies for another Charity Week, we are reminded of our call to serve others. Starting Monday, Oct. 16, and lasting through Saturday, Oct. 21, the entire campus will raise funds for three nonprofits that align with the university's Catholic identity.
Alumni and Family Weekend (AFW) is the perfect time to reminisce over old memories and create new ones -- and if your graduation year ends in a 2 or a 7, to reunite with your classmates. This year, AFW is fast approaching: we'll officially kick off the festivities with TGIT on the night of Oct. 12.
The sun has been producing light for nearly five billion years, but where does its energy come from? As the mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus first suggested, the sun rules the center of our solar system with a gravitational iron fist. Scientists since Copernicus have discovered that nuclear reactions in the sun's core generate energy to produce the light we see; those same reactions enable the production of elements in our universe that are heavier than hydrogen.
The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery proudly announces the opening of "Moments," featuring the Vietnamese Catholic priest Rev. Martin Lam Nguyen, C.S.C., who will transform the gallery into a large retrospective exhibition ideal for quiet meditation and mindful reflection on the present moment.
The Office of Personal Career Development (OPCD) has launched the university's first Virtual Alumni Panel, amassing a network of 34 notable UD alumni from all four colleges -- including two with Bachelor of Science in physics degrees and 27 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in 15 different disciplines with majors such as art, history, English and classical philology -- and connecting them with current students seeking professional career advice.
"I'm honored that my book has received such recognition," said Father Daniel Utrecht, BA '76, author of "The Lion of Münster: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis," which recently received first place in the biography category of the Association of Catholic Publishers 2017 Excellence in Publishing Awards and second place in the history category of the Catholic Press Association Book Awards.
As Houston and other Texas coastal areas endured catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the University of Dallas community rallied in support of the victims. Not only did those in Irving do their part, but this semester's Romers, who are just beginning their overseas journey, contributed their time and efforts as well.
Leadership may very soon become mankind's most valuable asset. Whether designing a new military campaign strategy or navigating the battlefield of a Fortune 500 company, there's still a lot we can learn from the leaders of our past as we begin to plan the future.
After calculating the donations from last week's North Texas Giving Day (NTGD), the University of Dallas will retain its unofficial title as the most generous university community in North Texas.
None of his four older siblings went to college, and Daniel Bishop, BA '21, has been working in the ticket office at the Perot Museum for the past couple of years since graduating from high school. Finally reaching the conclusion that anything he really wanted to do with his life would require more formal schooling, he began looking at his options; immediately, UD's website caught his eye.
The University of Dallas reinforced its placement as one of the nation's top universities in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges guidebook. Published online Tuesday, Sept.12, the guidebook credited the university as the highest-ranking "Best Value" Catholic institution in Texas.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, people from across the U.S. (and, for that matter, the world) will come together to support North Texas nonprofits on the ninth annual North Texas Giving Day. Last year's day-long fundraiser garnered $37 million in donations to benefit 2,518 nonprofits, including the University of Dallas.
Huddled backstage in the Hilton Houston Post Oak Ballroom in early August, roughly 50 contestants dressed in formal evening gowns anxiously awaited the judges’ decision in the 2017 Miss Texas pageant.
Yesterday, President Thomas W. Keefe issued the following announcement to UD students in response to President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Colin Lancaster, BA '21, didn't initially consider UD because so many family members had gone to school here, and he didn't want to be just another "legacy" student. However, when he realized that he wanted to major in politics, UD was suddenly a contender.
The University of Dallas recently received another high mark of distinction from Money Magazine, recognizing the university for its significant merit-based scholarships awarded to students.
Over the past several days, Texas' coastal cities and residents have endured one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the United States and make landfall in more than a decade. Houston and much of the Texas coast has been left temporarily paralyzed as record-setting floodwaters have exceeded the rooflines of single-story homes, submerging vehicles and hundreds of roadways and highways.
Muriel Bailey, BA '21, didn't have a typical high school job. Instead, she worked as an undercover youth agent for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Shortly after his consecration to the ordained priesthood in June, Father Thomas More Barba, O.P., BA '09 '10, began serving as UD's newest campus chaplain, where more than 75 percent of the student body identify as Catholic, as well as rector of the Church of the Incarnation.
After high school, Maria Zambrana wanted to explore her roots -- an exploration that took her to Spain, where her great-grandparents hailed from, and to the Universidad de Navarra, where, like her sister before her, she studied in the international foundation program with students from all over the world, including others from the U.S. and many from Asian countries.
Summer slumber has come to an end as UD students begin their first day of fall classes today. With classes now in session, we decided to investigate which courses are some of the most popular picks for students this semester.
This past summer, senior Nicholas Terranova, BS '18, spent 11 weeks running and processing magnetic simulations at the National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, as part of his Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) internship.
The university's largest freshman class in history, with more than 420 students, moved in Friday, Aug. 18, greeted by orientation leaders, resident assistants, faculty and staff.
This fall, UD's Eugene Constantin Campus just outside of Rome will welcome new faces to the faculty and staff, as well as new roles for returning faces.
The University of Dallas is pleased to announce that the following faculty members have received tenure or promotion in rank for the 2017-18 academic year. The Rank and Tenure Committee recommended these faculty during the end of the spring 2017 semester for their continued support and enhancement of academic excellence and student success.
The University of Dallas Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery proudly announces the opening of “Modern Sacred: The Saint John’s Bible and Selections from the Permanent Collection,” which features the Heritage Edition, a limited reproduction of the “Gospels and Acts” volume of The Saint John’s Bible — the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century.
Receiving high marks of excellence in both the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review's popular guidebook "The Best 382 Colleges" and the annual listing of "America's Top Colleges" by Forbes magazine, the University of Dallas has earned its placement, once again, among the country's best academic institutions.
Respectively earning one of the nation’s most competitive scholarships awarded in academia and research, Phillip Wozniak, BA ’15, and Emily Files Collins, BA ’17, now join nearly four dozen University of Dallas alumni to receive the highly sought-after Fulbright, including UD’s first student-winner in 1962, Professor of English Robert Scott Dupree.
As the university celebrates another milestone of 50 years of graduate education, we are reminded of those who helped found our institution and their stories that helped cast the molding.
At the end of the spring semester, the Dallas Museum of Art asked Assistant Professor of Printmaking Steven Foutch to craft a printmaking display to include in the museum's international exhibition, "Visions of America: Three Centuries of Prints from the National Gallery of Art," featuring more than 150 prints by more than 100 different artists such as Paul Revere, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.
Fast-forward to 2027. In a world where cars drive themselves and robots write code, liberal arts majors, far from being obsolete, will compete for the top jobs. While today skilled workers dominate industries such as technology and finance, advances in artificial intelligence will soon birth a more automated workforce. Employers will need workers who can think more critically and creatively in the face of the coming robot era.
The University of Dallas recently received several marketing and journalism awards from the 32nd Educational Advertising Awards -- the largest, oldest and most respected competition for advertising in higher education -- and the Catholic Press Association.
The university community mourns the passing and remains forever grateful for the dedication and contributions of Robert Francis “Bob” Sasseen, university president from 1981 to 1995, who is credited with stabilizing the university during his tenure. He passed away on June 14 in Salem, Oregon, at age 85.
"My original idea was to create a cookbook for our hungry students, a 'food for thoughts' manual, if you will," said Silvia De Simone, Eugene Constantin Campus business office manager, of her Due Santi Cookbook: A Taste of UD Rome. "Time spent on the Rome campus does not only involve studying; it involves getting to know a new culture and widening your horizons."
Forbes and MONEY magazine have included the University of Dallas, once again, in their annual rankings of America's most valuable and affordable colleges and universities. Dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence, both rankings reward UD for being one of the nation's top higher education institutions.
The urgent task of philosophy in our day, according to the renowned German philosopher Martin Heidegger, is to relearn the art of seeing what is before us, argues Chad Engelland, director of the philosophy master's program, in his recently published book, "Heidegger's Shadow: Kant, Husserl, and the Transcendental Turn."
Former university trustee Robert "Bob" J. Finegan, passed away last week on July 7, 2017, at the age of 79, surrounded by his loved ones. He will be dearly missed and remembered as a courageous and kind spirit.
The University of Dallas has been included, once again, in the 2018 edition of the "Fiske Guide to Colleges," remaining the only Catholic college or university in the southwestern United States to receive such an honor.
Nearly four decades since her passing, the University of Dallas Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library proudly presents the Helen Corbitt Exhibit, featuring Corbitt's personal collection of papers, awards, newspaper clippings and hundreds of recipes and letters to and from President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, as well as University President Donald Cowan and University Professor Louise Cowan.
Dozens of players traveled from across North Texas to the Las Colinas Country Club to support the University of Dallas and its students by participating in the university's 17-year-old annual charity golf tournament, the Galecke Open. Proceeds from the tournament, which raised more than $221,000, will go to the University of Dallas' Cor Fund.
Two University of Dallas doctoral candidates in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts Institute of Philosophic Studies (IPS), Leta Sundet, MA '16, and Pavlos Papadopoulos, MA '14, were recently awarded the prestigious Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).
According to Assistant Professor of History Kelly Gibson, early medieval writers gave lessons on how one should feel by describing the good emotions of good people and the bad emotions of bad people. These authors were usually close to their rulers, so their writings reflected current political ideals and could have influenced political practices.
Originally conceived by the Class of 2012 as their senior class gift to the university, a painting of a saint for each of UD's seven residence halls was a project finally realized by Alex Taylor, BA '15.
Today, the University of Dallas officially announced that David Andrews, assistant professor of statistics and former chairman of the Mathematics Department, has been appointed associate dean of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts.
The University of Dallas National Alumni Board honored its 2017 Distinguished Alumni -- the highest honor the university can bestow upon its alumni -- during a reception and dinner on Saturday, April 22, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The 2017 honorees included university trustee Chris Bright, BA '78; former university trustee Joanne H. Stroud, MA '72 PhD '75 MA '80; Ray Khirallah, BA '72 MBA '76; and Barbara, MPM '03, and Steve T. Landregan, MA '73.
This summer, Associate Professor of Biology Frank Doe will retire, just before his 80th birthday, after 47 years of teaching at UD. Sometimes people ask him why he's stayed here for so long.
"You guys," he'll tell them, meaning the students and alumni. "I stayed because of you guys."
The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery at the University of Dallas will host the inaugural ONWARD FORWARD: Graduate Art Exhibition, May 12 through July 8. The juried student art show features the works of 13 graduate art students from Master of Art and Master of Fine Art programs at six North Texas universities.
David Gordon, Ph.D., 78, a University of Dallas professor for 40 years from 1968 to 2008, passed away on April 30, 2017. Gordon taught operations management and directed the industrial management and engineering management programs.
"I've seen it 30 times or more, but each time feels like the first," said Professor of Psychology Scott Churchill of Federico Fellini's "Amarcord"; Churchill moonlights as a movie critic for the Irving Community Television Network (ICTN) and is currently teaching a course called "Speaking of Movies," which culminates in "Dinner and a Classic Movie" on May 15, at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
"The brothers of the Society of St. Joseph and I have worked tirelessly over the last few months to complete the Holy Family on campus," said John-Paul Bremar, BA '17, one of the founding members and the current elected president of the Society of St. Joseph (SSJ), of the society's gift to UD of a statue of St. Joseph holding the child Jesus.
This Saturday, April 29, friends and family will gather outside the Haggar University Center, next to the Cap Bar, to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the passing of Andrew Esherick, BA '12, and dedicate his new memorial on campus. Esherick passed away on April 26, 2015.
A beloved member of the University of Dallas community, Robert (Rob) Yale, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing and director of the business practicum program, passed away on April 25, 2017, after a 13-month battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Melissa, and their two children, Matthew (4) and Raegann (2).
The Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory, archbishop of Atlanta and the first African-American to preside over the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), will address the University of Dallas Class of 2017 during its annual commencement exercises for the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry and undergraduates of the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business.
Born through a brotherhood that has garnered affection and popularity among the entire student body since its inception more than three decades ago, the University of Dallas Football Rugby Club (affectionately referred to as the "Hoggies" by the university community) has returned home after competing in the PacWest Regional Championships hosted by the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO).
"The study of liberal arts here at the University of Dallas, in particular the Core curriculum, helps reveal to us the dark corners of our own ignorance," explained Associate Professor of Theology and Associate Provost John Norris, BA '84, in his introduction to the Interdisciplinary Celebration of Human Dignity panel on March 23. "It leads us to deeper complexities of human knowledge and experience."
Fredy Gonzalez, BA '18, started out as a chemistry major, a transfer student who had taken some classes at North Lake College prior to arriving at UD in 2015. He then moved on to philosophy and has finally settled on classics; he now feels confident that he has found his desired discipline.
Even the late University Professor Louise Cowan once remarked upon the exceptional closeness of the Class of 1970 (of which her own son, Bainard Cowan, was a member). Ann (Lang) Ellis can corroborate this claim.
Jan (Weber) and Brian Farrington, both BA '73, like to say that theirs was the last class that came to the University of Dallas as freshmen not knowing they were going to Rome. They were part of the second Rome class in the spring of 1971 and lived in the School Sisters of Notre Dame's Generalate House.
Father Joseph W. Koterski, associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, will deliver the keynote for this week's University of Dallas Scherer Lecture, "A Practical Moral Vision for the American Economy," in which he addresses the state of current natural law reflected on economics.
A new insight and awareness of beauty became the subject of the essay, titled "Learning to See," that won Aspen Daniels, BA '19, first place in the fall 2016 University of Dallas Rome Program Essay Contest, which engages students studying abroad through the university's Rome Program in describing a place they visited or an encounter they had during their study abroad semester, exploring how some part of the Rome Program curriculum better enabled them to comprehend that experience.
I was shocked by the beauty I saw when I stepped inside the door, and I wondered how I could have missed this before. The church wasn't large, but it didn't need to be because a dome soared upwards above our heads, giving an impression of grandeur. Bea pointed out that the dome was topped by a "lantern," one of our key terms; as we looked around at the marble and gold, naming the different architectural decorations, we realized how much skill it had taken to craft every detail.
The eastern United States continental margin has undergone two full supercontinental cycles over the last billion years. Mapping out this hugely under-studied terrain, Maggie Benoit, associate professor of physics at the College of New Jersey, joins the University of Dallas this Thursday, March 23, for the Clare Boothe Luce Lecture Series.
Steady enrollment growth, record-breaking freshman classes in three of the last five years and the largest university gift in the past half century -- $12 million for the construction of its state-of-the-art SB International Hall -- are just a few reasons University of Dallas President Thomas W. Keefe was named to the 2016 Irish Education 100, an annual list of the nation's 100 most influential educators of Irish heritage.
Krzysztof Zanussi, internationally-renowned Polish film director, scriptwriter and producer, will present the annual Eugene McDermott Lecture hosted by the University of Dallas Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.
The Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library's cataloguing librarian, Lely White, began working at UD in 1982. Although White is not an alumna of UD, her deep feeling of connection to the university led to the establishment, in 2015, of the Lely K. & Kenneth L. White Fund, of which the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library is a beneficiary.
In celebration of 50 years of graduate studies at the University of Dallas, the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery presents "View from the Art Village: 50-Year Retrospective," an exhibition that features more than 40 alumni artists of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.
A beloved member of the UD community, Mark Patrick "Pat" Daly, BA '76 MBA '82, associate vice president of administration, passed away on March 6, 2017, after a brief illness. His dedication to and impact on the University of Dallas were profound, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Professor Emerita of Education Cherie Clodfelter passed away on March 4, 2017, and will be deeply missed by the UD community.
Throughout life we all experience our own mortality, oftentimes through the suffering of others. How exactly ought we to respond to suffering, pain and death? How should we handle end-of-life matters?
For the 12th consecutive year, the University of Dallas is listed as one of the country's top study abroad schools, according to the 2016 Open Doors Report, an annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Assistant Professor of Psychology Stephanie Swales, her psychologist colleague Christy Tucker, Ph.D., and UD psychology graduate student Mary Nuxoll, MPsy '17, worked with Crossroads Community Services (CCS), the largest distributor for North Texas Food Bank, to try to discover some of the main reasons hungry people refuse the nourishment that would sustain them.
Producing medieval works never before translated into English, the series Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations, sponsored by the University of Dallas, recently published its two latest volumes.
This Monday, Feb. 13, winners of the University of Dallas 2017 Regional Juried Ceramics Competition will be announced from among 45 featured artists that were selected by guest juror Virginia Marsh. The awards ceremony and a reception will take place in the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m.
Even if you clean toilets for a living, you can find spiritual satisfaction in your job, according to Associate Professor of Business Richard Peregoy. Everyone has talents and things they're better at doing than others, but spiritual satisfaction isn't really about that.
"Thomas Keefe has a unique charge for a leader: Achieve growth, but without sacrificing the benefits of being a small college. In the past five years, the private Catholic school he runs has seen record-breaking freshman classes and received a $12 million gift for a new business school, yet its student-faculty ratio is 10:1."
Founding University of Dallas English faculty member Sister Cecile Faget of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur -- the order of nuns who was the impetus for the University of Dallas -- was celebrated and remembered at her funeral service yesterday, passing away last week at the age of 93, after a lifetime of teaching, ministry and service to the church.
Just over one year ago the University of Dallas joined in a celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a declaration on the relations of the church with non-Christian religions by the Second Vatican Council. Nostra Aetate calls for all Christians to strive for a mutual understanding to "promote together for the benefit of mankind, social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom."
Whether or not the wood-chucking mighty marmot finds his shadow this Groundhog Day, first-time UD Groundhog-ers will be forever changed -- for better or worse -- having tread through the mud, chapped by the wintry weather and smelling like a bonfire.
All families struggle, and the approximately 35 families featured in the upcoming Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) series "Praying as a Family," directed by Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, are no different.
With education's ever-increasing focus on science and technology, organizations, schools and businesses are beginning to experience a "soft-skills" deficit at a time when interpersonal communication, creative problem-solving and adaptability have never been more important.
"The light that shines from the University of Dallas is also found in the commitment of the University of Dallas faculty to the intellectual and moral virtues -- a commitment often not found in other institutions of higher education," said Provost Charles "C.W." Eaker of the year's faculty achievements during the 32nd King/Haggar Haggerty Faculty Award Ceremony. Awards presented during the prestigious event recognized and honored faculty who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to the university and to their students.
Celina Muire Farrell, BA '11, initially planned to take her politics degree and pursue a career in the same, moving to Austin with that purpose in mind. Now, however, not only is she a professional woodworker immersed in the maker movement, she has founded an Austin-based start-up, Hound, to help other makers hone their crafts and make their livings as well.
After consulting with members of the University of Dallas Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate, as well as academic deans and administrators, President Thomas W. Keefe began the search process to find the university's next provost by announcing the appointment of a provost search committee. The chief academic officer position will be left open at the end of the spring semester when Provost Charles "C.W." Eaker retires.
After the Dallas Cowboys played their last game of the Texas Stadium era in 2008, many contemplated Irving's future and its ability to attract more residents, visitors and development. Now, nearly a decade since America's Team left town, the area, like the University of Dallas, is undergoing a transformation of its own on a scale not seen in Las Colinas since its formative years decades ago.
Kelsey Reese has loved fashion her whole life and always wanted to make clothes; she's also always had a heart for others. During her time as a missionary in the Philippines, she realized that she could create a clothing line to empower women and combat human trafficking.
University of Dallas Board of Trustees Chairman Joseph C. Murphy was recently selected by a panel of independent judges from the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of 10 North Texas leaders for the Dallas Business Journal's 2016 Outstanding Directors Awards.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Dallas has the state's second-lowest federal loan default rate - 1.5 percent - of any private institution offering both undergraduate and graduate programs.
"The Core helped me tremendously in graduate school," said Kathryn Kloepper, BS '03. "I could speak and write well, and I knew I could tackle any new concept in the chemical literature -- after all, I (sort of) made it through the writings of Heidegger, Plotinus and Thucydides."
The University of Dallas National Alumni Board has announced its annual list of distinguished alumni -- the highest honor the university can bestow upon its alumni. The 2017 honorees include university trustee Chris Bright, BA '78; former university trustee Joanne H. Stroud, MA '72 PhD '75 MA '80; Ray Khirallah, BA '72 MBA '76; and Barbara, MPM '03, and Steve T. Landregan, MA '73.
Survivor and witness to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, Dale Long, and Royalyn Reid, entrepreneur and 2016 Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award recipient, will speak at this year's MLK Day Symposium on "The Role and Influence of Civil Rights Across Generations" on Monday, Jan. 16.
Alice Nicholson, MA '95, began checking books out of UD's library right around the time the university opened in 1956 -- which coincided with her family's relocation to the Dallas area. In the late '60s, she began taking classes.
He once worked as a carpenter and enjoys cooking (particularly French cuisine), but Associate Professor of English Brett Bourbon's greatest passions seem to be found in fatherhood and in storytelling in all of its forms.