2018 News

2018 News

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.

UD Announces Partnership With The Study USA

UD's Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business announced a partnership with The Study USA. The new partnership aims to further the Gupta College of Business’ mission to prepare students in a wide variety of management specialties, serving a range of industries.

University Mourns Passing of Longtime Benefactor Steve Landregan

Steve T. Landregan, MA '73, a longtime generous benefactor of the University of Dallas, passed away on Nov. 25. Embodying the university's dedication to the pursuit of wisdom, truth and virtue, Landregan lived out UD's commitment to the "renewal of Catholic theology in fidelity to the church and in constructive dialogue with the modern world."

UD Announces Partnership with IWP

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.

Teller Family Finds Friendship, Fraternity in Love of Music

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.

UD Engages Conservation, Behavioral Research Efforts with Dallas Zoo

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.

Dallas Ministry Conference Unites Faithful and Faculty

Dallas/Fort Worth area faithful gathered at the Irving Convention Center for the 12th Annual Dallas Ministry Conference (DMC) Oct. 11-13, 2018. Sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas and the University of Dallas, the event seeks to provide opportunities for faith formation.

UD Spirit Remains Undampened on Alumni and Family Weekend

Torrential downpours greeted out-of-town guests visiting for Alumni and Family Weekend Oct. 11-14, but these steadfast travelers (as well as those of us who live here) persevered nonetheless. Braving drenched bounce houses, simultaneously struggling with both strollers and umbrellas, more than 600 alumni (families frequently in tow) as well as parents and siblings of current students made it out for various receptions, reunions and other events.

UD Announces Record-Breaking Undergraduate Enrollment

The University of Dallas is proud to announce another year of record-breaking undergraduate enrollment of 1,471 students. Record freshmen classes within five of the last seven years have contributed to this milestone. The Class of 2022, comprised of nearly 380 students, is one of the university's largest entering classes in its more than 60-year history.

University of Dallas Expands Classical Education Program

As many as 100 classical school teachers will receive scholarships this year as the University of Dallas intensifies its efforts within the classical education arena. The university also plans to bring on two new tenure-track faculty members, each devoted primarily to one of two programs in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

Charity Week: Junior Class Tradition Encourages Unity

Next week kicks off the long-held junior class tradition, Charity Week -- and as the UD community gathers on Monday, Oct. 15, Catholics around the world also celebrate the feast of St. Teresa of Ávila, Virgin, Doctor of the Church. Lasting through Saturday, Oct. 20, the entire University of Dallas campus will raise funds for two nonprofits that align with the university's Catholic identity.

Top DFW Female Executives to Discuss Imposter Syndrome

Do you sometimes feel unworthy of your achievements, suspicious that they're the result of mere luck or other people's misevaluation of your competence, rather than something you've rightfully earned? You're not alone. On Oct. 17, some of Dallas/Fort Worth's top female business leaders and executives will share their experience with and tips for fighting these nagging insecurities.

Haggerty Gallery Presents: ‘Shape-Shifter: Drawing from Observation’

UD's Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition titled "Shape-Shifter: Drawing from Observation," featuring four artists who turn the common notion of observational drawing as "drawing what you see" on its head. An opening reception for "Shape-Shifter" is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m., on the University of Dallas' Irving campus in the Haggerty Gallery. The exhibition will remain open for viewing through Sunday, Nov. 4.

Longtime Catechist, Mother of Two Receives Ministry Scholarship

This past year, as Edna Ramos prepared to send one son off to college and the other into his freshman year of high school, she knew that one chapter of her life was coming to a close. She needed to determine what the next phase would hold, what meaningful work she could undertake.

Meet the Class of 2022: AcaDec Champ Aspires to Medicine

Kimberly Diwa, BA '22, first heard of the University of Dallas during a Bible study at her church. She decided to visit campus and immediately was struck by UD's friendly character, not to mention its impressive record of preparing pre-med students for medical school.

UD Launches Reading Initiative, Partners with Local Schools

During the course of the 2018-19 academic year, the university will sponsor a series of lectures, art exhibits, panel discussions and other activities centered around All the Light We Cannot See, the first chosen book for this new community reading initiative, culminating in author Anthony Doerr's visit to campus as the 2019 Eugene McDermott lecturer.

University of Dallas Named Among 'America's Top Colleges'

As UD students flourish under the guidance of our faculty, so too does the national reputation of the university. "We are honored to receive such notable distinctions from each of these publications, recognizing us once again among the country's premier academic institutions," said Interim President John G. Plotts, Ed.D., of the university's recent naming in "America's Top Colleges" by Forbes magazine, the "Best Colleges for Your Money" by Money magazine and the 2019 edition of The Princeton Review's popular guidebook "The Best 384 Colleges."

New Faces on Campus: UD Welcomes 8 New Faculty Members

The University of Dallas welcomes eight new faculty members this 2018-19 academic year. Their knowledge and insights will further enrich the university in several areas, including biology, business, economics, ministry, theology and the library.

Alumna, Trustee Makes Gift in Perpetuity to Rome Program

It's not simple nostalgia that led University Trustee Megan Smith, D.O., BA '02 MBA '18, to include UD in her estate plan, with the only restriction being that the funds must be used for the Rome Program. Smith strongly believes that her time at UD, including her Rome semester, was fundamental to her career in medicine.

Art Exhibition Rethinks Nature of Books, World Around Us

UD's Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of handmade artist books and printed works, titled "The Space Between," which converges around the idea of the space between things both in a literal and a metaphorical sense.

Presidential Search Committee Announces Webpage Launch

We have created a webpage, udallas.edu/presidential-search, where you can provide your input to the presidential search committee. Please visit this site and share the priorities you believe our next president should pursue, the traits you believe our next president should possess, and/or any candidate nominations you would like to recommend.

Fall Move-In Day: UD Welcomes Crusading Class of 2022

More than 100 volunteers arrived on campus this morning to welcome the Class of 2022, helping unload vehicles and move boxes. "As of now I have moved 16 fridges, and the record I hear is 19," said orientation leader Joe Griesbauer, BA '19.

Faculty, Staff Nurture Partnership, Build Relationships in Avila

This past 2017-18 school year, the University of Dallas began an exchange program with the Catholic University of Avila (Universidad Católica de Ávila, or UCAV) in Spain, sponsored by the European Union's Erasmus program. In August 2017, UD hosted a faculty and a staff member from UCAV here in Irving; in May and July 2018, faculty and staff from UD visited Avila, a medieval fortress city with numerous churches and historical associations with St. Theresa.

Trustees Announce Presidential Search Committee

The University of Dallas Board of Trustees is pleased to share several updates regarding the search for a new university president. Richard Husseini, BS '88, current vice chair of the board and executive committee member, will chair the search committee for a new university president. This committee represents a cross section of the UD community, including trustees, faculty, an academic dean, a National Alumni Board representative, a member with senior staff experience, and the current student government president.

UD in Service: Students Help Rebuild South Texas

Nearly a year ago, when Hurricane Harvey hit, Houston, Beaumont and surrounding areas endured a natural disaster of unforeseen proportions. The process of rebuilding has been long and arduous, and this past spring, UD's Alternative Spring Break program took students down to Beaumont to join in the efforts through Operation Blessing, the division of Catholic Mission Trips in charge of Hurricane Harvey relief.

Future Teacher Carries On UD's Fulbright Legacy in Czech Republic

Catherine Blume, BA '18, first became fascinated by Czech fairy tales as a child listening to the stories of her art teacher, who had immigrated from the Czech Republic. This coming year, living in Prostejov, Czech Republic, and teaching at a K-12 Catholic school there, she hopes to incorporate these fairy tales as well as their American counterparts in order to instill in her students an appreciation of culture -- both their own and that of the United States, exploring how these cultures compare and contrast with each other.

UD in Service: Students Volunteer in English Literacy Program

When Associate Professor of English Bernadette Waterman Ward was a graduate student in California, she tutored non-English-speakers through the Reagan Amnesty Program. Her children remembered this, and in 2013, one of them pointed out that there was a similar program at St. Luke's right here in Irving: Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT).

School of Ministry Receives Grant for Bilingual Faith Formation

This spring, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine awarded the Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry a $24,050 grant to support the CCD's goals of promoting Catholic biblical literacy. This grant will fund a full scholarship for one bilingual student to complete a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in biblical studies.

UD Earns Recognition Among America's Best Colleges

The University of Dallas was recently named, once again, a national College of Distinction among nearly 400 of America's best liberal arts institutions. Adding to the university's list of recent notable accolades, UD earned its placement in the 2019 edition of the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" -- a comprehensive guidebook of the best colleges offering a superior education at an affordable cost -- and ranked among the country's "Best Catholic Colleges of 2018" by the ranking publisher College Consensus.

When Foresight Is 20/20: Endowment Gains 27 Percent in One Stroke Thanks to $10 Investment 24 Years Ago

At a time when many small liberal arts universities are struggling, the University of Dallas has some good news to offer: The strategic sale of the apartment complex owned by the university for 24 years increased the endowment in the spring by nearly 27 percent, or $16 million, bringing the current value to over $82 million. Further, this increase is predicted to eventually generate an additional $800,000 annually for UD's operations, capital and maintenance budgets.

UD in the Community: Gospel of Life Dwellings Affirm Lives

Although she can no longer see, Tia does her best, like the mother she still is, to ensure the comfort of those around her from her perch on the edge of her bed. She is one of three elderly residents of St. Adelaide in Grand Prairie, one of Gospel of Life Dwellings' two locations. First conceived by Joe Flaherty, M.D., BA '86, a geriatrician, the idea for these homes was embraced and implemented -- and is continuously sustained -- by numerous UD alumni.

New Crusader Baseball Clubhouse Completed

Positioned off Crusader Drive, behind the batting cages and the centerfield wall of the baseball field, the university's newly constructed baseball clubhouse opened the first week in May, the last week of the season for the UD baseball team. This milestone marked the end of a years-long endeavor supported by the university's Baseball Booster Club to upgrade the team's existing locker room and practice facilities.

Higher Calling

Upon his installation as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City in Missouri, the Most Rev. William Shawn McKnight, BS '90, became, at 49, the youngest Latin diocesan bishop currently serving in the United States. He now joins almost a dozen fellow bishops claiming UD as their alma mater.

Courageous Conversations: 'The Challenge of the Future'

"Graduates of this university are academically well-prepared to dialogue with our pluralistic world," said Cardinal Kevin Farrell at the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for UD's new building, Cardinal Farrell Hall, named in his honor. "Pope Francis every day calls upon us to open our hearts and minds -- even to those who do not like us, and to those who oppose us, and to those who do not think as we do. The University of Dallas has the potential to do this. "

UD Welcomes New Generation of Crusader Alumni

Outdoor chairs filled up quickly as droves of graduates, professors, families and friends arrived on the Braniff Mall the morning of Sunday, May 12, to participate in the 59th annual Spring Commencement Ceremony in honor of UD’s new generation of Crusader alumni.

Board of Trustees Names John G. Plotts as Interim President

The University of Dallas Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Executive Vice President John G. Plotts, Ed.D., as interim president of the university. Plotts joined the university in December of 2008, initially serving in the roles of associate provost and dean of undergraduate admissions.

Professor of English Eileen Gregory Named 2018 Piper Professor

"That's what our teaching, and all our talk about the reflective life, boils down to -- efforts to keep brilliance in our hearts, to remember the lightness that is native to our spirit," said 2018 Piper Professor Eileen Gregory, Ph.D., professor of English. The Piper Award honors 10 professors annually in Texas colleges and universities for outstanding achievements in their profession and is widely regarded as the most prestigious award of its kind in the state.

10 Things To Know About Your Upcoming Graduation

On Sunday, May 13, the university community will gather on the Braniff Mall to celebrate and honor its newly minted graduates. From Baccalaureate Mass to Commencement, here are 10 things to know about UD's upcoming graduation weekend.

In Memoriam: Margaret McDermott's Generosity Will Live On

Margaret Milam McDermott passed away on Thursday, May 3, at the age of 106. McDermott will long be remembered warmly and gratefully by the city of Dallas as a marvelously generous benefactor of the arts, education and science, including her establishment of the McDermott Lectureship at UD in 1974.

Notable Alumni to Deliver Annual Commencement Address

The University of Dallas is pleased to welcome two notable alumni, Tom Nealon, MBA '88, and Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun, MBA '86, who will address the Class of 2018 during the university's 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 the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 13, on the Braniff Mall.

UD Presents: 'Results: Works from the UD Iron Pour'

The University of Dallas is pleased to announce an exhibition of cast-iron works made by faculty and students, "Results: Works from the UD Iron Pour," which is available for viewing now through Sunday, April 22.

University of Dallas Trustees Announce Presidential Transition

University of Dallas Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas M. Zellers, M.D., announced today that President Thomas W. Keefe, J.D., will be completing his tenure at the university at the end of this academic term. The university will begin a search for a new president this summer.

Former Arlington Lieutenant Becomes UD's First Police Chief

A self-proclaimed Irish-Catholic Yankee and an altar boy starting in second grade, Russell Greene first learned of the University of Dallas upon moving to North Texas in 1994. "I grew up always dreaming of becoming a police officer," said Greene, who began serving in his post earlier this semester as chief of the university's new police department.

2018 Galbraith Lecture Explores 'Dante and Liturgical Time'

As we age, most of us ask ourselves, where has the time gone? Borrowing text from UD's Core curriculum, this spring semester's Galbraith Lecture will explore the difference between our own perception of time, and how the philosopher-poet Dante Alighieri viewed mankind's immortal clock, steeped in Scripture and in life.

UD Presents: 'Dwelling: Paintings by Peter Ligon and Layla Luna'

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition featuring two Dallas/Fort Worth area artists, Peter Ligon and Layla Luna, who articulate the architectural styling of dwelling spaces in their paintings. Both artists will give presentations at an opening reception on Friday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Haggar Art History Auditorium located in the Haggerty Art Village on the University of Dallas’ Irving campus.

Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

Transfer Students (Re)discover Home at UD

Once friends at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas, Stephanie Lobo, BA ’18, and Rebecca Luna, BA ’19, can both remember the moments they set their horizons on transferring to the University of Dallas. Though their paths diverged briefly following high school, their friendship is now reunited on our university’s Irving campus.

UD Announces 2018 Distinguished Alumni

The University of Dallas has announced the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award -- the highest honor the university can bestow on its alumni. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated sustained and distinguished accomplishments and contributions to any field of human endeavor.

UD in the Community: Lamberti's Carries On Tradition

Its connection to UD helps the alumnus-owned Lamberti's fulfill its three pillars: local, tradition and famiglia. Lamberti's was the vendor for this year's Groundhog "Party in the Park" celebration; additionally, Lamberti's is looking into carrying Due Santi Rosso wine from UD's own vineyard on the Eugene Constantin Campus.

University of Dallas Dedicates Cardinal Farrell Hall -- Its New 'Front Door'

The University of Dallas community gathered on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, for the formal blessing and opening of Cardinal Farrell Hall, named after our former bishop of Dallas, previous chancellor and longtime friend of the university, Kevin Cardinal Farrell. The opening of the new student-focused building marks the completion of one of several capital projects, a part of a broader institutional effort to transform the university's Irving campus.

Textile and Ceramic Exhibition Arrives from North Carolina Mountain Range

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery proudly announces the opening of a two-person exhibition, "What Remains," featuring artists Rachel Meginnes and Assistant Professor of Ceramics Kelly O'Briant. The exhibition is curated by Penland Gallery Director Kathryn Gremley of the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. In 2001, O'Briant received a two-year Core Fellowship from the Penland School of Craft, where Meginnes recently completed a three-year residency.

UD Welcomes 2017 Aquinas Medalist Linda Zagzebski

On Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in the SB Hall Multipurpose Room, the University of Dallas will welcome Aquinas Medalist Linda Zagzebski, Ph.D., as she delivers the 2018 Aquinas Lecture, sponsored by UD's Philosophy Department, titled "The Subjectivity of God."

UD Honors Faculty for Commitment to Excellence

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, Professor of Philosophy (and 2017 King Fellow) William "Bill" Frank delivered the opening address at the university's 33rd King/Haggar Haggerty Faculty Award Ceremony. In 1981, the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation and the Haggar Foundation helped to create the King/Haggar Faculty Development Endowment, which made both the King Fellow and Haggar Fellow awards possible.

New Mary Statue from Stanley Family Graces School of Ministry

The image of Mary has been a significant one for the Neuhoff School of Ministry. Now, they also have a statue of Mary to welcome visitors to their space in Catherine Hall; she stands four feet tall at the top of the stairs in the reception area as you enter the building.

9 Things You Should Know About Groundhog 2018

For the UD community, the beginning of the spring semester also means that another significant event is on the near horizon: Groundhog 2018. It's the 55th Groundhog celebration at UD, and this year, we think, might just be the best one yet. From refreshers on the standard information to some exciting new additions we're trying out this year, here's what you need to know about the night the Groundhog will dance with the promise of spring.

Annual MLK Day Symposium Fosters Discussion on Spirituality of Nonviolence and Inclusion

After spending nearly a decade in the banking industry, Sister Josephine (Toni) Garrett, C.S.F.N., BA '03, began searching for ways to build upon her Catholic faith, and on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, she fostered a discussion on discipleship and discernment as she delivered the university's annual Martin Luther King Day Symposium lecture titled "I've Been to the Mountaintop: Reflections on a Spirituality of Nonviolence and Inclusion."

UD Gathers Renowned Catholic Journalists to Examine the Modern Papacy

The University of Dallas is honored to bring together three of the most prominent voices in Catholic journalism in the United States for the 2018 Eugene McDermott Lectureship titled "The Papacy in the 21st Century: Where Are We, and Where Are We Going?" Ross Douthat (New York Times) and Austen Ivereigh (Crux), with John Allen Jr. (Crux) serving as moderator, will examine the modern papacy, situating Pope Francis' pontificate in the context of recent papal history, the broader Catholic tradition and the future of Catholicism.

Politics Professor Invested as Knight of Malta

"The Order of Malta has an emphasis that is very ancient," said Assistant Professor of Politics Gladden Pappin, who was invested in the order in November as a Knight of Magistral Grace. "There is a deep connection to the Catholic European heritage."

University of Dallas Names New Provost

University of Dallas President Thomas W. Keefe announced today that he has appointed Jonathan J. Sanford as university provost. Sanford has served as dean of the university's undergraduate liberal arts college, Constantin College, since 2015.