Law professor John Terzano earned an award for peace that started with war.
Today, the U.S. Navy veteran who served two tours in the Vietnam War is spending the 40th anniversary of the end of the war in the country where he fought — and that he continues to fight for.
Terzano, associate professor of academic success and director of academic success and bar passage, first returned to Vietnam in 1981. He saw the physical and environmental destruction left by the war, including the lingering impact of landmines and Agent Orange.
“It changed our lives,” he said of four service members who made the trip. “We think of Vietnam as a war; Vietnam is a country. Its people have hopes and dreams.
Since that first trip, Terzano and his colleagues successfully petitioned for the lifting of the U.S. trade embargo on Vietnam. That allowed them to offer a clinic to help landmine victims receive care and prosthetics.
They worked with the U.S. government on a moratorium on the use of landmines, and the push grew into an international campaign. In 1997, 122 nations signed an international treaty banning landmines. The organization he helped co-found, Veterans for America (formerly known as Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation), shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
He has spent his professional life giving a voice to the voiceless and working on issues important to him. When he closed his most recent organization in D.C., he looked toward a teaching position at a place where social justice holds similar importance. “I have stood on numerous shoulders to achieve some of the things in my life … but I’m also at a point where my shoulders are strong enough to support some of them [the new generation of justice workers],” he said.
Before he left for Vietnam last Friday, he said he was happy to go back and see old friends and colleagues and see how the program he helped start continues to do extraordinary work.
“Seeing a smile on a little child’s face when she gets a new limb,” he said, “… is more gratifying than all the accolades from government.”
In the last 50 years, Edward Evans’ UD class ring managed to travel 2,900 miles without him. How? He has no idea, but he has it back, thanks to the kindness of a stranger.
Before this winter, the last time he had seen his ring was in the mid-’60s. He sold siding and roofing for Montgomery Ward in Valley Stream on Long Island, New York, where he took off the ring to wash his hands. He went back for it later, but the ring was gone.
Fast forward to this January, when Gina Zappariello-Illescas wrote to UD. She wanted to return a class ring with a green stone and engraved “Edward R. Evans.” She found it in a box while cleaning out her deceased mother-in-law’s garage. “She has no connection to the school, and no one remembers a Mr. Evans,” she wrote.
It took some hunting to find Evans, who came to UD in 1958 but left after two years to join the Army. While at the Army Pictoral Center in New York, Evans learned the film trade. His career in television took him around the world, from the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan, to the D.C. inauguration of George H.W. Bush. He received awards for his coverage of California wildfires and the riots after the Rodney King beating.
Evans now lives in Oxnard, California. The ring — in the box, in the garage — was found five hours north in San Francisco.
“My guess is that someone took it and wore it as their own,” said Zappariello-Illescas, who called Evans to give him the good news. She was happy to mail it to its rightful owner; he was overjoyed to receive it.
“It looks like it’s been worn, not by me; it was almost new when I lost it,” Evans said. “I’ll wear it for a while, look at it, get used to it and tell people about it.”
Even though he and she were unable to decipher the ring’s mysterious road from one coast to the other, it’s still a great story to tell.
College is reserved for exploring your passions and finding a career, and the UD experience offers plenty of opportunities for students to combine their passions with their schoolwork. Take, for example, senior psychology major Nolan McNulty, who had the chance to combine one of his passions — music — with his career aspirations in organizational psychology.
Required to complete a thesis for the honors program, the Brighton, Michigan, native saw the culmination of his honor’s thesis last week as he presented a poster April 15 at the Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium.
“My project looked at the effect of music on mood in the workplace. I’ve played guitar for over a decade and have a real passion for music, and I have a strong interest in workplace atmosphere and organizational psychology, so I saw this as a great opportunity to combine them all for my thesis,” McNulty said.
For his experiment, McNulty chose to collect his data by analyzing employees at ArtStreet Café.
“I exposed student workers to music and non-music conditions and assessed their affect (mood) using the Positive Affect Negative Affect Scale (PANAS),” he said. “I decided to use classical music because it brings about the most consistent esthetic responses, which allowed for employees to respond better to the music they were exposed to.”
While he was unable to conclude that music is able to alter the mood of workers, McNulty can still take away the notion that music makes the workplace more pleasant. Even more importantly, this research project provided a great experience to help guide him in his future career.
“I’ll be working after graduation as an associate consultant for a management consulting firm called Root Inc. that specializes in executing a company’s strategy through their people, so this was a great experience” he said.
While several students prepared their projects and presentations for the 2015 Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium, a group of graphic design students handled their marketing and promotion.
Kathy Kargl, visual communication design lecturer, assigned her Graphic Design I classes a final project: Promote an assigned Stander event, get people’s attention and encourage them to attend. The students deployed eye-catching tactics of guerilla graphic design, using unconventional and unexpected ways to advertise.
Senior Amalia Emma promoted the event, “The Changing World of Work,” and placed vinyl stickers on the floor of the library elevators. Her tagline was, “Are you drowning in debt?” and the photography on her posters, stickers and table tents featured senior Megan Gannon floating in a pool.
Another senior, Bonnie Steensen, marketed for the “Human Rights Campaign Video Project” with a crossword puzzle theme and the tagline, “Human rights abuse is right in front of you, can you see it?” On her poster, she created a crossword puzzle with highlighted words like food deserts and human trafficking. She then placed incomplete crossword puzzles on tables in the library that offered students an easy, yet informational study break.
Senior Jacob Hansen’s project advertised the “UD Business Plan Competition” with bright yellow and black vinyl stickers placed on windows in Miriam Hall where many business students pass throughout the day. His posters and table tents reflected the same design and color scheme, which attracted attention across campus.
The students collaborated with Andrea Wade, academic events coordinator, as well as students and project mentors – their clients, essentially – to create successful results.
“The project was a fantastic way to get ready for designing in the real world,” Hansen said. “Talking to clients, designing a consistent brand and managing a budget was a great experience.”
Court: a place, in most circumstances, you do not want to be.
This wasn’t the case, though, for UD’s Mock Trial team during this year’s Stander Symposium. The group transformed Kennedy Union’s Torch Lounge into a makeshift courtroom, presenting to the audience the civil court case of Park v. Duran.
Mock Trial is a model trial where students, like Natalie Hunton, Gurjot Kaur, Kyle Krause, Kimberly Land, Eric Reardon, Margaret Roehrig, Kailey Ruggiero and Sydney Skidmore, take part in rehearsed trials. The group says it attracts students interested in the legal system, students looking for an extracurricular activity that also earns credit hours, or students in need of a way to better their communication and speech skills.
The students presented the civil case of Park v. Duran, where the Park family was seeking compensation from Hayden Duran after the loss of their daughter, Sydney. Sydney Duran was shot and killed by Jessie Duran in 2010; the 11-year-old girls were friends at the time. Since the accident, Sydney’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the shooter’s mother, claiming she was negligent and well aware of Jessie’s infatuation with guns.
As the opening statements began, the members of the audience — and possibly the jury — could get a sense of what it is like in real-life court situations. The trial was complete with outgoing team captain Land as the judge, a witness testimony, heavy and shocking evidence and objections like, “lack of foundation” or “leading question.”
The trial ended with closing arguments; was the defendant blinded by love, or was the incident just a terrible accident involving two girls and one tragic death? The mock trial concluded there, asking for the audience’s opinions on the matter and explaining the concept of the mock trial.
Did the Mock Trial members bring an essence of Law and Order to Torch Lounge April 15? Guilty as charged.
Disappointed March Madness is over? Fear not — there’s plenty of basketball discussion to go around.
During the 2015 Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium, sport management students Peter Vallino and Shane Toub presented their poster, “History of UD Men’s Basketball.” The pair examined different coaches through the program’s history.
“We did a report about Coach Tom Blackburn in class and then expanded it to the entire basketball program,” Vallino said.
Vallino and Toub explained that the basketball program started in 1903 when the University was known as St. Mary’s Institute. The first team had just five players and played – without a coach — various teams in the Dayton area.
In 1920, the team played their first game against Xavier. This decade also saw Harry Baujan coach the basketball team in addition to coaching the football team.
Blackburn took over in 1947. Vallino and Toub noted that Blackburn was the first long-tenured coach in UD’s history. He led the Flyers to 10 NIT appearances, including a championship in 1962. Today, the court at UD Arena is named after him.
Don Donoher, who played for Blackburn, became coach at the end of the 1963-64 season, after Blackburn passed away from cancer. He led Dayton to the program’s only NCAA National Championship game, losing to UCLA in 1967.
Jim O’Brien became coach of the program in the 1989-90 season. It was during his tenure that UD transitioned to the Great Midwest Conference.
Oliver Purnell replaced O’Brien in the 1994-95 season, leading Dayton back to the NCAA Tournament in 2000. In 2003, Dayton earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which is still the highest seed in program history.
After Purnell left to take a position at Clemson, Brian Gregory was hired. Gregory went 172-94 in his time at UD, and he led the Flyers to an NIT Championship in 2010.
Gregory departed for an opening at Georgia Tech following the 2010-11 season, and Archie Miller was then hired to lead the program.
In Archie’s four-year tenure, the Flyers have made it to the NCAA Tournament two times. The 2013-14 season was especially memorable, as Dayton advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in 30 years.
A woman, a Christian preacher, a Buddhist monk and a rabbi walk into Kennedy Union. Rather than being the beginning of a bad joke, this happened to be the set up for UD’s 2015 Speaker Series, “Perspectives on Peace,” as Anna Deavere Smith took the stage in KU Ballroom April 11 as a one-woman show, personifying different characters to look at the subject of grace.
Smith, a playwright, actor and professor, introduced her subject by having the members of the audience since “Amazing Grace.” The audience joined in, and by the end, Smith wanted to hear the audience give it another go. She wanted people to let their voices be heard, and ring, at, “How sweet the sound.”
Smith prefaced her talk by explaining that she would be speaking characters, thereby becoming the characters. “My grandfather used to tell me, ‘If you say a word often enough, it becomes you,’” Smith said.
As Smith got in character of the Rev. Peter Gomes, preacher at Harvard University’s Memorial Church, she asked, “What is grace? Well, that’s no small question.” Smith explained the matter of grace in the voice and dialect of Gomes, saying, “It’s quite an extraordinary thing.”
The words started to flow out of Smith’s mouth as if the audience were listening to Gomes himself as Smith let the words become her. Smith flowed through characters, from an imam discussing grace to how grace relates to congressman John Lewis’ talk, “Brother.”
Smith concluded her one-woman show, stating what she learned from the rabbi’s view of grace and faith, and how grace ties in to what the world is going through in both local and global conflict. “The only whole heart is a broken one,” Smith explained to the audience. “It lets the light in.”
That’s some amazing grace.
Roger Reeb drives down Erma Bombeck Way and past the Bombeck Family Learning Center to his psychology department office on the University of Dayton’s campus. He often strolls by the Erma Bombeck historical marker outside St. Mary Hall.
So, when a local historian asked if his Centerville, Ohio, ranch home — the one where Bombeck first found fame as a nationally syndicated humor columnist and author — could be nominated for the National Register of Historic Places, he didn’t hesitate.
“This was Erma’s roots. Why not honor her in this way?” he says. “My wife, Tracy, and I agreed to do this out of respect for Erma and what she means to the University and nationally.”
Bombeck ’49 is arguably one of the University’s most famous graduates. For the past 15 years, a popular biennial workshop in her name has attracted writers from all over the country, who flock to campus to mingle with the Bombeck family, be entertained by the likes of such household names as Dave Barry and Garrison Keillor and learn about the craft of writing and publishing.
“A lot of family living has taken place on this property. I have a sentimental feeling for this house,” says Reeb, a psychology professor who serves as the Roesch Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences. He often sits in the Florida room and writes papers about service-learning and his work with homeless shelters.
“Knowing that she did her writing in this house has been inspirational to me in my career,” he says.
The Reebs moved into the house 20 years ago with their young sons. They built a family room over the back porch’s concrete slab and converted the garage into an extra room, but much of the house retains its original character. Constructed in 1959, the L-shaped house still features seven early American wooden ceiling beams that Bill Bombeck ’50 constructed in the family room.
During the Reebs’ househunting days, the real estate agent casually mentioned that the house was built by the Bombecks, but that wasn’t the draw.
“We were looking for a good house to buy with good schools and a big back yard for the kids to play in,” Reeb recalls. “For a little kid, that backyard was like a football or a soccer field. We’d have cookouts, put up tents and all their friends would come over. It was a nightly event. We have very fond memories of the house because this is where our kids grew up.”
The house, which will remain a private residence, turned out to be a perfect setting for Bombeck’s humorous musings about family foibles that appealed universally, especially to housewives.
What would Erma say about the family home being named to the National Register?
“She would hope the dust balls would have been cleaned out from under the couch,” quips daughter, Betsy Bombeck.
Mary Lou Quinlan describes her poignant one-woman show as a love letter.
Yet it’s much more than that. It’s a powerful lesson on faith, letting go and not taking yourself too seriously.
Nearly 700 theatergoers laughed and cried — and celebrated the enduring bond between mothers and daughters — during two performances of “The God Box, A Daughter’s Story” March 30-31 in Boll Theatre at the University of Dayton.
Many even brought their mothers.
“I could feel that powerful connection of people, particularly women, who are reaching inside their own souls to recall, to smile, to cry or to simply recognize their own circle of life,” Quinlan said after the audience rose to its feet in appreciation following the final performance.
From the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to Off Broadway, Quinlan’s show has touched thousands of lives over three years and raised more than $300,000 for charity, mostly for women’s health and education issues. After Quinlan served as a keynote speaker at the 2014 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, she offered to bring the performance to campus to benefit the workshop’s endowment fund.
Through sponsorships, gifts and ticket sales, the event raised more than $33,000 for the endowment, which is used to keep the workshop affordable for writers. It was the first fundraiser for the popular workshop, which attracts such household names as Dave Barry, Garrison Keillor, Nancy Cartwright and Phil Donahue.
On closing night, Quinlan shared the stage with Betsy Bombeck, the humorist’s daughter, in a “Talk Back” conversation with WHIO-TV anchor Cheryl McHenry. Talk about a poignant, powerful moment. View the YouTube clip here.
“It feels like forever, and it feels like yesterday,” said Quinlan, tears in her eyes, of her mother’s death nearly nine years ago.
“Mary Lou and I have made each other cry since we first saw each other. It’s just been a laughfest,” Bombeck quipped as the audience erupted in laughter.
What did the two want the audience to take away?
“There’s laughter everywhere,” Bombeck said. “Never take yourself so seriously. …Do what you want to do every day. (My mom) used to say to me, ‘Take it to the limit, so that when you end your day and put your head on the pillow, you can say you did everything you needed to do that day and you can sleep peacefully.’”
Quinlan added: “I never set out in any way to preach. Ever. My mom was not that way. Everyone in the box. (But) there is something in having a deep-seated faith and believing in whatever that is for you. And letting go. [My mom] might say, ‘Give it a shot. You might have a good night’s sleep.’”
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For the past 40 years, the Department of Art and Design has recognized outstanding student achievement in the visual arts through the Horvath Student Exhibition, on display in Gallery 249 on the second floor of Fitz Hall through April 23.
Josephine Horvath established an award fund in honor of her husband, Bela, who found refuge from World War II in Dayton with the Marianist brothers and taught painting at the University of Dayton in the 1950s. The fund supports the 11 awards presented, including the Horvath Award for Realism, first place, second place, third place and honorable mentions.
Students who have taken an art and design class within the last year are eligible to submit artwork. This year, submissions include drawings, photography, multimedia pieces, a website design and more.
Andrea Bottalla, a senior photography student, submitted a photograph she took while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, last year. Theresa Lauterbach, a junior photography student, submitted a photograph titled “Bent” and a multimedia piece titled “The Clash,” a teapot composed of clay and metal.
“Horvath is such a great opportunity for all students to show what they dedicate so much of their time to,” Lauterbach said. “To receive recognition for that keeps spirits up and rewards hard work.”
Guest judge and curator Joe Girandola, director of graduate studies in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, will select winners and present the awards at an April 15 reception.
“The art professional looks for artistic excellence,” said Judith Huacuja, chair of the Department of Art and Design. “The theme of the work has to be unique, or witty, or elevated in some form. They also look for pieces that are visually interesting or stunning, that make you pause, think and contemplate.
“Horvath puts students in the best position to inform their peers about why art is important,” she said about the significance of the event. “Almost all of the themes in the exhibition connect to issues young people face today.”
Horvath is one of many showcases of the annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium to recognize and celebrate academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Learn more about all the activities here.