Although UD completed its renovation of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception last August, the innovations continue. R. Darden Bradshaw and Suki Kwon, professors in UD’s Department of Art and Design, are collaborating with UD art students to design new liturgical banners for the chapel. The first set, a pair of Lenten banners, will be hung in the chapel on Tuesday, prior to Ash Wednesday services.
“This is a great opportunity for Suki and me to share our knowledge with the students,” Bradshaw said. “We can help them to enlarge their experiences and their visual vocabulary of how they can make art.”
The students are given a chance to hone their talents and learn from their mentors, but the professors and Campus Ministry also recognize the constructive mutuality of this partnership.
“We always try to collaborate with students to give them experience and to support their visions,” said Colleen Brown, the campus minister for liturgy and sacraments. “However, we are also blessed with their presence and work. This is a great reciprocal relationship from which we are both benefitting.”
Students, away during Christmas break, could not help with the Lenten banners but will with future projects. Kwon, Bradshaw, the students and Campus Ministry are now deciding what other liturgical seasons to design banners for.
“This is a two-year project, so we picked exclusively sophomore students who would be able to stick with us for its duration,” Kwon said.
The students involved in the banner project are Lucy Bratton, Caitlin Schnieder, Claire Cullen and Hadley Rodebeck, all graphic design majors.
On January 29, the basement conference room in Alumni Hall was packed. Faculty, staff and students were all trying to take a look at art that had been set up around the room and grab a snack from the impressive spread.
It was the Honors Program’s 16th Annual Art Show Exhibition and Reception, in which honors students from all majors and disciplines for their outstanding art work.
This year, there were over 50 pieces of art submitted by students last semester. Guest judge, Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of the Dayton Visual Art Center, looked at each piece and eventually narrowed the show to 31 works to be exhibited. After the show, the artwork is moved to Alumni Hall Room 125, where they decorate the walls until the next year’s Art Show.
In the middle of the reception, Darrow and Buttacavoli addressed those in attendance, and presented the artists with certificates and a chance to speak about their work. Students were able to submit up to 3 pieces of art, and any number of them had the possibility of being accepted.
The Best in Show was awarded to first year, environmental biology major Sam Newkirk for his piece “Love Which is Felt.”
“This show was my first opportunity to showcase my passion for art in an exhibit,” Newkirk said. “It was a wonderful and new experience for me, and I was overjoyed when I found out that two of my pieces had been accepted–and I was altogether shocked and honored when I received best in show. I am extremely grateful for the honor.”
The Honors Art Show is a chance for students of all majors to demonstrate their artistic ability and be recognized for their talent. As David Darrow, director of Honors Program said, “Students of all majors have a little bit of artist in them.”
Sometimes, a simple desire for a change of scenery can change our lives. So it was for both Ronnie Colborn ’16 and Emily Bensman ’16. Each of them wanted to travel to a new country and set off on a new adventure — “Go into the unknown, as Bensman said — which lead them to sign up for UD’s Winter BreakOuts last semester.
The two of them joined a group of 12 students on a 10-day trip to Ecuador to learn about the local history, culture, people and environment.
Their trip started in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, where they met and stayed with Marianist priest Father Giovanni. There they spent a few days exploring the city, visiting preservations and research institutes.
After, they went into the rainforest. The group traveled to Otongachi where they encountered first-hand the native plants and animals of Ecuador, which proved interesting even to those not studying the sciences.
“I’m an English major, and I avoid the sciences like a plague,” Colborn said. “But going to Ecuador and seeing just how much you can do with the land is incredible.”
To both Colborn and Bensman, the trip to Ecuador was a reminder of the goodness that exists in the world.
“You look at nature and the world and all of these different elements of the biosphere and they’re so inherently good,” Colborn emphasized. “Their nature is to be good!”
Bensman agreed. “This trip reminded me that there are good people wherever you go,” she said, “and that there’s more good than bad in the world.”
If you want to learn more about the International Breakout trips, visit Campus Ministry’s webpage.
—Photos by Emily Bensman ’16
Imagine that you are given a $5,000 investment from UD to start a microbusiness, develop a product, implement a marketing strategy, and sell as many units of your products as possible.
To the layman this might sound intimidating, but for the 50 entrepreneurship students going through the Sophomore Experience, it’s a very real responsibility.
Ally Ayoob ‘18, Mike Lifka ‘18, Matt Rodriguez ‘18, Jordan Johnson ‘18 and Luke Bartuch ‘17 together have formed the UD Coffee Mug Company.
“We sell individual handmade-in-the-USA coffee mugs created by the Deneen Pottery Company, a small family operated pottery company in Minnesota,” said Ayoob, the team’s president. “Our mugs come in red or navy and feature the University of Dayton Chapel logo. They have been a huge hit. We take pride in the quality and craftsmanship of our mugs.”
This pride is well deserved, as the team has sold around 350 mugs at $20 a piece since the project began in October.
“Right now, we are currently trying to find the most effective ways of reaching consumers,” Ayoob said. “It’s an ongoing effort. I’ve learned that you just have to talk to people. Anybody who has any connection to UD is usually willing to help once we bring it to their attention.”
Originally, the group was hoping to take their project a different way, but had to switch directions when they couldn’t find a supplier to carry out their idea.
“I knew about the Deneen Pottery Company because my family has some of their mugs,” Ayoob said. “I called their marketing director and explained our project. He was eager to help and worked with me to accommodate our time frame since we needed the mugs as quickly as possible.”
When the project is all said and done in April, each team has to pay UD the $5,000 back and the remaining profits will go to a charity of the winning team’s choice, with a small incentive bonus included for the winners.
“This whole process has been incredibly enlightening and my teammates and I have learned a lot along the way,” she said.
Call them UD’s Oscars — the Lackner Awards are the highest honors faculty or staff members can receive for longtime service and contribution to the University’s Catholic and Marianist charism.
Rob Durkle and Joan McGuinness Wagner are the 2016 recipients of the Lackner Awards, named in honor of Brother Elmer Lackner, S.M., whose influence throughout 45 years of service permeated nearly all areas of University life. Each year, the Office for Mission and Rector presents the award to two faculty or staff who are not vowed Marianists and who have made a noteworthy contribution to the Catholic and Marianist character of the University.
Since his hiring in 1980, Durkle, currently associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Marketing, has worked in positions focused on student recruitment, admission and financial aid. His body of work can be seen in the makeup of the student body — since 2006, UD’s undergraduate applications have increased by 80 percent and the number of applications from domestic minority students has increased by 144 percent.
“My 35-plus years of work at UD has been a labor of love,” Durkle says. “Each day, I look forward to making a positive difference in someone’s life. I know this honor reflects on past achievements, but there is still much more to do.”
A University staffer since 1991, McGuinness Wagner has helped inform and educate the campus community about UD’s Marianist heritage since becoming director of Marianist strategies in 1997. It’s a role that’s given her the opportunity to connect with the entire campus community – faculty, staff, students and alumni – and develop creative and innovative ways to engage them regarding the University’s Catholic mission and identity.
“I know there are so many wonderful people who make UD what it is,” she says. “I’ve been on the committee; trying to choose just one or two is very difficult. To think that my name would be associated with all those who have made such an impact on this university, it’s very humbling.”
Both will be honored at an invitation-only dinner Friday, Feb. 5.
While many students found themselves relaxing during the last two weeks of winter break, more than 50 students in the Schools of Engineering and Business were busy traveling and learning in China.
The business group traveled to Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou, home of the University of Dayton China Institute. Students who were part of the group took a class during the fall semester to help prepare for their experience.
“A key part of this class was identification of a corporate client that we would actually work with. Early on in the fall, we identified GE Aviation as our client,” said Terence Lau, an associate dean and professor in the School of Business.
The students who went on the trip met with executives from GE Aviation. They were given a project to brainstorm ideas to help GE Aviation grow business in China.
“In Suzhou, we were able to get to the meat of our project by spending three hours with GE executives at their plant. Students were able to tour the plant to see the three lines of products that are made at the plant,” Lau said.
In addition to the meeting, students were also able to speak with representatives from Black & Decker, Air China, and Ford, among others.
Now that the students have arrived back in the States, they are busy preparing for their presentations for GE Aviation which will take place in late February.
Mitch Tomlin ‘18 was one of the students who went on the trip, and his team is sorting through information to prepare for the presentations.
“We have to find something that they can improve on to get ready for the expansion of the middle class in China,” Tomlin said, noting that the airline industry will play a major role in this expansion.
The Chinese intercession is also serving as a springboard for a GE Aviation consulting project competition that kicked off this week and is open to all University of Dayton students. For more information on this business plan competition, visit go.udayton.edu/studyinchina or contact Terence Lau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s been several months in the making, but the anticipation and excitement for this weekend’s Faith Fest is already proving to be worth it.
This Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the RecPlex, students, faculty, alumni, and the greater Dayton community are invited to the second annual Faith Fest, a non-denominational celebration of Christian faith and community. Tenth Avenue North, a popular Christian band who was nominated for the K-Love fan award for best live performance, will be headlining the show with a 90-minute performance and seven UD artists will be performing as the opening acts.
“Essentially, we want to do what we do so well here at UD: build community,” said Brother Brandon Paluch, S.M. “Specifically, we want to build community with a large number of people on and off campus. Faith Fest is a joyful celebration of Christian faith and community that is inclusive, ecumenical in nature and a positive alcohol-free event.”
Faith Fest began to take shape in October 2013 when music missionary Danielle Rose performed at ArtStreet. After the concert’s success, plans for the creation of an annual faith-focused concert began as a part of Campus Ministry’s strategic plan. In the spring of 2014, Campus Ministry began partnering with several Christian student organizations to plan the first Faith Fest, which was held in January 2015. The community response was overwhelmingly positive, with nearly 1,000 people attending. This year, Bro. Brandon and his team are hoping to break the 1,000 mark.
Experiencing the first Faith Fest is what inspired Ellen Hall ‘18 to get involved with the planning.
“It was such an incredible experience,” Hall said. “I knew I needed to be apart of something that was creating something so amazing on campus. I cannot wait to witness the faithful responses of the people attending.”
Emma Froelich ‘16 said that the planning team has met weekly to keep things running smoothly and to stay focused on the purpose of the event.
“We always pray before and after our meetings and this helps keep us engaged to the purpose of Faith Fest, which is to bring all Christians together,” Froelich said. “I’m Catholic but I have a lot of friends who are not. Faith Fest will be a great way for all of us to come together be one voice in praise. I just can’t wait to be in the moment and see everyone together.”
Tickets to join in the moment can be purchased online. Students can RSVP on OrgSync for free VIP student tickets to the concert and access to the dance floor up front. VIP student tickets can also be purchased at the door for $5. Tickets for the general public can be purchased at tickets.udayton.edu for $15.
For more information about Faith Fest, contact Bro. Brandon at email@example.com, or visit https://www.udayton.edu/news/articles/2015/12/faith_fest.php.
Silence enveloped the Kennedy Union ballroom as the UD community took a moment to remember the work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Elijah Anderson presented the 10th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative address. Anderson is a professor of Sociology at Yale, has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern, specializes in Urban Sociology and has served as a consultant to the White House and Congress.
Anderson was born on a former plantation. Reflecting on his childhood he recalls, “It was not a good time to be black.” He lived in what he called a black space, a place he knew he couldn’t reside in for his entire life.
“White people typically avoid the black space, but black people are forced to navigate the white spaces as a condition of their existence.”
So if spaces are either black or white, where is the grey? According to Anderson, the grey is known as the “cosmopolitan canopy” — a place that envelops all people to live peacefully regardless of the space they are from.
“The canopy is a beautiful place. All different kinds of people come together in one setting,” he said.
Anderson acknowledged that although segregation ended over 50 years ago, we still have a ways to go. What we are doing now is not enough, we must do better.
He closed his presentation noting that without the work of King, we would not be where we are today. Through continuing to tell stories, dialogue with those different than us, and if we continue to trade our ethnocentrism for cosmos, we can all meet under the canopy that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had in mind.
On January 23, 36 students broke out of the UD bubble and took a plunge into the city of Dayton.
The Martin Luther King Social Justice Plunge was an opportunity for students to service in the Dayton community, participate in meaningful dialogue about race relations in Dayton, and to explore how to advance justice in the spirit of Dr. King.
“We worked with a team of 12 students to plan the morning discussions on race issues in Dayton,” said Nick Cardilino, Associate Director of Campus Ministry. “I think it went very well. Students had very good conversations about race and really seemed to enjoy the physical labor in the afternoon.”
The afternoon service project consisted of working with the United Way and United Theological Seminary’s Urban Ministry Program to help them get ready for their sessions.
“We in the Center for Social Concern have been doing ‘Urban Plunges’ for over 25 years to give students opportunities to learn about social justice issues in the city of Dayton,” Nick said. “They used to be for the entire weekend, but about 10 years ago, we decided to shorten them to one-day experiences that are focused on a particular topic.”
Students, or ‘plungers,’ who participate visit places where social injustices can be clearly seen in hopes of learning empathy and developing a willingness to serve in the Marianist spirit. Last semester, the CSC planned an urban farming plunge and a river plunge, and later this semester will be a criminal justice plunge.
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade is a revered figure on campus. Founder of the Marianist family, Chaminade’s acts of faith inspire UD’s Marianist family everyday.
The annual celebration of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade took place in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 22, the day of his death in 1850. Both students and local residents were in attendance, all of whom were welcome to attend a luncheon in Kennedy Union Torch Lounge following the service.
Karianna Zabaglo ‘16 offered her perspective of why she came to the event. “I’m part of the Luminaria Lay Marianist community on campus,” Zabaglo said. “We love the Marianist family and try to celebrate its founder as much as we can.”
“Chaminade is the founder of the Marianist family, which consists of Marianist brothers, priests, sisters and lay people,” Michael Sievers, coordinator of Marianist activities and scholarship said. “Marianists founded UD, which began as a much smaller school on this property.”
With the high attendance at the service, much can be said about the Marianist community on campus. Chaminade’s place at UD is a special one, celebrated by students and faculty alike.
“It speaks highly of our campus that we recognize our roots,” said Sievers. “It was a beautiful service and shows our values that so many people came to celebrate.”