Junior Mark Dues handed the visitor a bust of a red devil.
“You can see the detail,” he said, fingering the unholy flesh 3-D printed out of cornstarch plastic.
Last night, Dues welcomed visitors to a preview of the Proto BuildBar on East First Street in downtown Dayton. The computer engineering major will soon be helping customers design and print their own 3-D creations, or solder together everything from a circuit board speaker to their own Arduino invention.
At an earlier preview, he helped a young boy design his first 3-D model. The best part, Dues said, was “the shock and awe moment on his face. He was really fascinated with it. It helped me want to teach something since he was so excited.”
Proto is the brainchild of Chris Wire, founder of Real Art, a design firm known for invention marketing and fun, like the world’s largest claw game.
Dues, clad in a mechanics-style shirt and jeans, is already having fun. As one of two college students on the Proto team, he was answering questions, grabbing pre-printed samples for visitors to touch and demonstrating the 3-D hand scanner for those interested in memorializing their faces in orange plastic.
He said he got the part-time job thanks to the 3-D modeling experience he received as a co-op student with Crown Equipment Corp. There, he once waited two months for a prototype to be fashioned before he could hold it in his hands. “Here,” he said, motioning to the nearly dozen printers buzzing and whirring out colored spindles of plastic, “it’s 12 hours, max.”
Dues won’t be fabricating manufacturing parts, but he will be introducing the curious of all ages to the technology’s accessibility — and to its unlimited possibilities — in a setting with food and drink to pass the time while you print.
When was the last time you felt close to the natural world? Do you remember the last time you smelled a flower, or took care of a wounded animal, or prepared your dinner from homegrown vegetables?
According to Joel Salatin, a Virginia farmer and author of numerous books on sustainable agriculture, the way we eat has distanced us from nature — and our entire world has suffered because of it.
“Today, we are spectators in life. We play fantasy games instead of experiencing real, physical sensations. But this isn’t normal — we aren’t going to be able to disconnect ourselves from the Earth,” Salatin said.
As the keynote speaker of UD’s Sustainability Week 2014, Salatin spoke to a packed Sears Recital Hall Wednesday evening. Salatin challenged students to consider what we lose when we sacrifice ecosystems for the mass production of food.
“There’s an amazing self-empowerment that comes from participating in nature’s bounty. But when you don’t use something, you get scared of it because you don’t understand it. We’re so far removed from our food sources that we no longer understand them,” Salatin said.
Animals crammed into dark, stuffy corrals; vast fields of genetically modified corn and soybeans ridden with pesticides; and packaged foods with ingredient names we can’t pronounce are just a few of Salatin’s criticisms of industrial agriculture.
Is there any hope for us to reconnect with the Earth?
For Salatin, the answer lies in redefining what we consider “normal” — and it’s a lot simpler than you might think.
“Restoring ecology will restore sanity. We can wake up in the morning and become aware of the seasons. We can restore the naturally integrated food system instead of the segregated food system of industrial agriculture. Yes, we can damage, but we can also use that knowledge to heal,” Salatin said.
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. They’re classics; and through Nov. 9, they’re on display at the University of Dayton, along with dozens more of the same caliber.
Halfway through the University’s Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress Rose Rare Books Exhibit, Daniel DeSimone ’74 of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., spoke Oct. 16 on “Why Stuart Rose’s Collection of Rare Books Matters in the Age of Digital Surrogates.”
DeSimone prompted the audience to think not just about the text of a book, but about single letters within that text. “What may seem trivial to some readers is actually a huge part of understanding the history and thought behind artistic and literary treasures of the world,” he said.
DeSimone described Rose’s collection as “a rare and amazing opportunity” for students to reach beyond the text and focus on how older documents are a supplemental part of our history and the human consciousness.
As Rose lent his collection to UD for lessons and students to walk through, DeSimone paralleled Henry Clay Folger doing the same thing with the Folger Library in 1932. Stuart and Folger both built a collection of rare valuables, one-of-a-kind items, and regifted them to the nation.
While the population seems to be moving into the digital era, DeSimone asked the audience to think more about books.
“To me, the book is the perfect object,” DeSimone said. “There is a history about the book itself through the binding, the type, the paper used. It’s a sensitivity the humanities is about.”
As DeSimone ended his lecture, he urged the audience to look deeper than what the eye can see: “Don’t judge a book by its content; there is information that is inherent in the object.”
You don’t have to think like a historian to understand that an explanation of what our world is like today often lies in our past.
UD Sustainability Week began Monday with a splash. Students and community members filled ArtStreet Studio B for a film screening of DamNation, a documentary about the environmental activist movement against damming rivers, with pizza, prizes and a panel discussion afterwards.
As a collaboration between the Rivers Institute and the Sustainability Club, the film and discussion addressed an issue that hits particularly close to home. In the midst of plans to remove several dams on the Great Miami River in the heart of downtown Dayton, DamNation challenged students to think differently about the environmental impacts of obstructing the natural flow of our rivers.
According to the film, the era of dam building began with the implementation of the Reclamation Act of 1902, through which the government built many dams in the American West in order to irrigate the naturally arid land. Today, over 75,000 dams exist in the United States—equivalent to one every year since Thomas Jefferson was president.
The environmental devastation caused by dams might not seem obvious at first. But because they disconnect rivers and prevent flow of sediment, oxygen and the migration of species, they can cause great harm to entire watersheds — a fact that has shifted focus away from dam building, and instead, towards dam removal.
Panelists Jeffrey Kavanaugh of the UD Biology Department, Eric Dahlstrom of Five Rivers MetroParks, and Sarah Hippensteel Hall of the Miami Conservancy District discussed the film’s relevance to our own Great Miami River and its tributaries.
“There’s a different conversation going on in the Miami Valley, even within just a few miles from Dayton. There are dams coming out. They were built for specific functions, but they aren’t serving those functions anymore,” Kavanaugh said.
“The way we respect our rivers has changed,” Dahlstrom added.
For more on Sustainability Week 2014, follow UDQuickly’s coverage and visit www.udayton.edu/students/sustainabilityweek.
It took a trip in the pouring rain, led by an energetic eight-year-old, to get a group of UD students out of their bubble.
Every year, UD offers Fall BreakOut trips as a way to “break out” of the campus bubble and do something that can enhance students’ college experiences and their lives.
This year was no different. Students could choose to visit Camden, New Jersey, Lewis County, Kentucky, Detroit or Salyersville, Kentucky. Attendants of the Salyersville trip took part in the Appalachia Immersion, and had “the experience of a lifetime.”
“I didn’t really know what to expect before going,” said Alex Gaskins, a fifth-year engineering major. “I was just looking to understand God’s creations in a new way.”
During their stay, Gaskins and others were introduced to families in the Appalachian community, visited a nursing home where they played Bingo and cards with residents, and attended Mass at a local church. Students also received a warm welcome from local artist Tom Whitaker.
“Tom explained that poverty wasn’t really the issue among the people who lived there,” said Mary-Kate Beck, a senior marketing major. “He said people with all the money in the world still struggle with certain personal matters. It was their sense of community they prided themselves on.”
It was evident to Gaskins and Beck they could make a difference — no matter how small — and that the families could impact them as well.
“It makes you realize how much we have, and how they still get by on how little they have,” Beck observed. “They use each other for support, and that’s all they seem to really need.”
Gaskins was impacted most by someone rather unexpected: an eight-year-old boy named Cruz.
“He took me to the woods in the pouring rain to show me his fort,” he said. “Even though I was cold and drenched from head to toe, he was so excited. I got to share in something unique to him, and that was really special.”
If you build it, they will need to eat.
With more campus departments taking up residence in Fitz Hall (formerly College Park Center), a need to fuel the masses came along with the increased foot traffic. The Brown Street Bistro was born.
At its initial opening Oct. 13, supervisors and student employees greeted visitors with warm smiles, free samples and detailed descriptions of their offerings.
Under the operation of Virginia W. Kettering Hall, the Bistro will offer fresh, made-to-order deli sandwiches and salads, homemade soup, various grab-and-go items and coffee, along with other beverages and desserts. Customers can also choose to mix and match a half sandwich, half salad, or a cup of soup for a pick-two combo.
The Bistro can be found on the 5th floor, directly accessible from the elevator, and will be open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It also features a seating area with booths and conventional tables and chairs.
Fitz Hall today is home to such departments as art and design and music and the School of Education and Health Sciences. Many students responded positively to the news of a new dining spot opening in the primary location of their classes.
“When I heard that we were getting a place to eat here, I just thought, ‘Finally!’” junior graphic design major Alexa Indriolo said. “I appreciated the vegetarian and build-your-own sandwich and salad options. Since it’s open so early, I plan to go in the mornings before class as often as I can.”
Staff members are also enjoying the new dining space. Shannon Miller, assistant director of communications and a professor in the Department of Health and Sports Science, grabbed lunch conveniently after her class.
“I recommend the spinach salad,” she said.
For more information, visit udayton.edu/diningservices.
University of Dayton President Dan Curran knew it would be difficult talking Brother Raymond Fitz, S.M., into naming the College Park Center after him.
So, he sought help from Fitz’s brother.
“One day my brother, Jim, our vice president for mission and rector, told me that Dr. Dan wanted to see me. I felt like I was being called to the principal’s office,” he recounted as more than 400 people erupted into laughter at the Oct. 15 dedication and blessing ceremony. “Since I left the presidency, I was trying very hard to fly under the radar. …I could not imagine what trouble I was in.”
When Curran told him the plan for Raymond L. Fitz Hall, Fitz conceded he was “very ambivalent.” But, “today I am very thankful and humbled,” he told a standing-room-only crowd that included faculty, staff and students from all corners of the University as well as the Superior General of the Marianists, Ohio’s former governor, trustees, honorary trustees, alumni, community leaders and the Fitz family.
How did Curran convince him? “As you know, Dr. Dan has a reputation of being a good negotiator. Over the last 12 years, I had been lobbying him and others for a piece of art on Jesus the Teacher. Dan subtly mentioned that such a piece of art would be part of the deal,” Fitz said.
Curran called Fitz, who served as president from 1979-2002, “one of the greatest servant-leaders of our generation,” someone who has worked tirelessly to bring people together in a common mission.
“For our students, he exemplifies what it means to use your education and faith to work for justice, serve others — and change the world, in ways big and small,” Curran said. “For me, he has been a wise counsel, a good friend, an inspiration.”
Within Fitz Hall, one of the largest academic buildings on campus, “we are educating the next generation of educators, health professionals, researchers, artists, musicians and designers,” Curran said. “New discoveries in nanomaterials and optics are being made in the laboratories. And young people in the Dayton Early College Academy know they’re going to college — because their teachers believe in them and are preparing them for success.”
With characteristic humility, Fitz thanked God, his leadership team, president’s office staff, “intelligent, creative and persistent faculty” and the cashiers in the dining halls who know students by name. He’s proud of how students, in the Marianist spirit, use their education to serve others.
“My greatest joy,” he said, “has been to witness the growth of many of our students and see what a difference they have made in all facets of society.”
Roesch Library recently received a collection of young adult books to be added to their collection. Seventy-five young adult books were donated by the Curriculum Materials Center upon their move to College Park Center.
The Curriculum Materials Center is a resource center supported by the School of Education and Health Sciences. The library lends professional and practical teaching material, including textbooks, children’s and young adult literature, teaching aids, and more. But, like most moves, the Center found its relocation an ideal time to organize and purge.
Scott West, an information resources assistant in Roesch Library, was happy to take the books off their hands.
“They were great tools for the teacher education library, many of them Newbery Medal award winners,” he said. “So we collaborated with the Curriculum Materials Center and decided we would put them in Roesch Library to give them some life again.”
West estimated the dollar value of the donation totaled more than $1,300. So far, the books have showed their worth.
“We started putting the collection out a little at a time,” West said, “but people immediately started checking them out. We had a nice collection before, but we are building up the leisure section significantly now.”
West pointed out a study by the American Library Association that indicates students who read more score better on tests. Education majors could choose to use them for curriculum as well, specifically for programs in middle childhood and young adult, West said.
That opens the door for many students like Caroline Boeckman, a junior middle childhood education major.
“If the books were used in my cooperating classroom, I could check out the books to plan lessons for my students to increase their success in reading,” she said.
Be adaptable, and look ahead.
This was the advice the 27th Doris Drees Distinguished Speaker, Ellen J. Staurowsky, gave to several health and sports sciences students Oct. 2.
The Distinguished Speaker Series honors Doris Drees, who spent more than 30 years at UD as a professor, as well as a coach, adviser and director of women’s athletics.
Like Drees, Staurowsky has played an influential role in her 40-year career. Aside from coaching, teaching and directing, she served as an expert witness in O’Bannon v. NCAA and covered the trial of Jerry Sandusky. She has also authored several books and studies on the subject of college sports. She is currently a professor in the Department of Sport Management at Drexel University.
This year, Staurowsky was invited to share her research and discuss, “Is Sports at a Crossroads?” While this event was open to the public (and garnered more than 100 faculty, staff and students in attendance), students were also offered the opportunity to meet separately and speak with Staurowsky personally.
As Staurowsky discussed how the industry has changed since her career began in the 1970s, a student asked how she sees college and professional sports changing now and in the future.
She instead opened the floor to other students. One predicted higher technology equipment in stadiums, another suggested women will play larger roles in management and a third guessed there could be a shift in talent towards larger universities versus smaller ones.
Staurowsky encouraged students to keep this mindset.
“Adaptability — running with the times — will help you accumulate skill sets,” she said. “Observe five years out, have some flickering idea of what could change in the industry. That’s a good lesson to keep in the back of your mind.”
“My later discussion is about that flickering idea that has actually been given substance in about a 20-to-25 year process,” she told students. “Even if you guess wrong, you will at least be trying to have your finger on the pulse of what’s developing and how. That will be part of your value.”
Noelle Rogers ’16 is guided by her faith wherever she goes, and she trusts God’s path no matter where it leads. Last year, the direction he was pointing her was far from home: Lubwe, Zambia.
Rogers said she was “nothing but nerves” before the trip. She did not know what to expect, how to prepare, or more importantly, how to provide the resources to get her there.
“Trusting in God’s providence led me to apply for a scholarship from the Department of International Studies,” said Rogers. “At the end of April, I was wondering how I would find the last $2,000 to cover my cost of the trip, and at that moment I received an email confirming I received the scholarship.”
Rogers’ recounted that her time in Lubwe strengthened her relationship with God and taught her how the simple things in life that we sometimes overlook are the most important. “I had a relationship with God prior, but after Africa my relationship is so much stronger. The people’s smiles and their warm hugs, the beauty of nature, it makes it impossible not to believe.”
While Lubwe does not have a strong economy, Rogers explained how the people there are rich in culture. Rogers and her fellow students were welcomed with joyful expressions and open arms.
Rogers plans to one day return to Zambia, a place she describes as a “connection she can never break.” Although that time may not be now, it will come again.
“I promised the kids I will be back, and I never break my promises,” she said.