On Monday afternoon, nearly 170 businesses and organizations set up shop in the UD Arena for the annual Spring Career Fair. This year’s employers included companies such as Dewey’s Pizza, ALDI Inc. and Honda, but many government and nonprofit employers — such as Homefull, the City of Dublin, Ohio, and CareSource — were also present.
Christie Crossland, a senior account director and recruiter at News America Marketing, reported a good turnout in spite of the cold weather.
“We’re looking for students with a passion for sales, and so far there has been a good flow of students today,” Crossland said.
Like many of the employers represented at the fair, Crossland said News America Marketing has had a strong relationship with the University and has hired over 50 UD graduates throughout the years. For employers, the Career Fair serves to showcase the talent that is available at UD in terms of potential employees.
While many employers target current students for co-ops or internships, many others seek recent or future graduates. However, events hosted by Career Services — including the fall and spring Career Fairs — welcome both current students and alumni who are seeking job opportunities and career counseling.
“In Career Services, we make ourselves available for both students and alumni. Our most powerful service is a one-on-one appointment with a staff member who specializes in a certain academic department,” said Jason Eckert, director of Career Services.
According to Eckert, alumni clients comprise about 15 percent of all appointments, which he says is a substantial proportion but also reflects a lack of awareness of the opportunities that the Career Services offers alumni, free-of-charge.
“Many alumni don’t realize this opportunity is available to them for life. It’s part of our ‘pay-it-forward’ mindset,” Eckert said.
Though breakups can be hard, this one is all about working together in the name of love — for UD, that is.
As part of I Love UD month, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) is hosting four T-shirt breakup days where students can trade in a gently used T-shirt for a new “I Love UD” one.
“I like that UD is only making it easier for us to show our love through new free shirts,” said Kayla Perillo, a junior public relations major.
Not only do students get the chance to show their love for UD with some new swag, but they can also show their love for the greater Dayton community. All of the shirts donated during the T-shirt breakups will be given to St. Vincent de Paul, a Dayton organization serving the homeless.
According to STAT, more than 900 shirts have been donated so far.
Students could continue the love by writing down how they are helping to build a strong, healthy community. STAT recently collaborated with housing and residence life, and by giving a response, students could earn PATH (Points Accumulated Toward Housing) points.
Some of the ways students are building community are by “participating in community service [by] helping with Girl Scouts and tutoring kids at DECA,” “supporting my friends in times of need,” and “helping and encouraging others around me to do their best.”
STAT president Patrick Doyle reflected on how the T-shirt break up events are a valuable and beneficial part of the I Love UD campaign. It’s about building connections – with fellow students, with UD and with the greater Dayton community.
“Working together to help better the community is the main message of I Love UD month,” he said.
The last T-shirt break up day will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26, in Marianist Hall from noon-2 p.m.
This is a year to celebrate lives of celebration — lives celebrating God.
The second-floor gallery of Roesch Library is hosting “Character, Charism, and Calling: The Year of Consecrated Life Exhibit” as part of the Year of Consecrated Life celebration.
Pope Francis declared 2015 a year to honor the vowed religious across the world, and many are found on the UD campus and in the wider Dayton community, including Marianist priests, brothers and sisters.
The exhibit, curated by Nichole Rustad and Colleen Hoelscher, displays many items from the Marian Library, University Archives and the Marian Archives. Visitors can see artwork by vowed religious community members, such as paintings, wood sculptures and quilts, observe vocation recruitment brochures from the 1950s and ’60s, and read interviews to learn more about the vowed religious at UD.
“We wanted to highlight the lives of people students see every day on campus, and what makes them the individuals they are — their hobbies, pastimes, things students wouldn’t know if they didn’t know the individuals personally,” Rustad said.
From the exhibit, one could learn that outside the church, Father Francois Rossier, S.M., loves to listen to Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, and Sister Mary Louise Foley, F.M.I., is an avid Flyers basketball fan.
The exhibit also features a few of the dolls from the library’s sixth-floor display case that show the variety of different habits sisters wear.
Whether you’re a student, faculty or staff member, an alumnus or anyone interested in the culture of consecrated life, Rustad said she believes there’s something to learn. The highlights of the special collections from UD alongside the community profiles exemplify the devotion to the vocation of consecrated life throughout the years.
Now that’s something to celebrate.
A single room, but it represented almost seven continents.
Feb. 10, UD faculty, staff and students — hailing from nearly all of the world’s land masses — gathered to celebrate and learn about one in particular: Africa.
“It’s so important to share our culture with U.S. students, because over there, they know so much about America,” said Harriet Brown, international student adviser, about the Friends of Africa event. In June, she will be accompanying 10 American students to Zambia for a month-long cross-cultural immersion trip.
Junior Michelle Saheb, who has seen Zambia firsthand, felt an obligation to show her support.
“I attend these events fairly often, and I love seeing everyone come together and meet people of different cultures,” Saheb said.
One of the primary goals for this event, Brown said, is to clear away any misconceptions people might have about Africa. She saw this event as a perfect way to bring people together to share food and culture in a relaxing environment.
Graduate student Reda Almahdi helped set up a table and quizzed guests on the location of his home country.
“Most American students are not sure where Libya is,” Almahdi said. “Often, they think we are from the Middle East because we speak Arabic.”
Patrick Chadowski, a graduate assistant and president of the Spanish Club, marked this event on his calendar weeks in advance.
“I’m here to support my friends, and I always enjoy learning about other cultures,” Chadowski said.
Humbled, surprised and honored might be the most common responses winners of the University’s Lackner Award express when they learn they’ve been selected as that year’s recipients of UD’s highest honor.
Named in honor of a man so entrenched in University life he earned the nickname “Mr. UD,” Brother Elmer Lackner, S.M., served at UD for 45 years in a variety of roles. Marianist priests and brothers established the award when he died in 1984, and since then, have honored full-time lay faculty or staff who, over a significant period, have made a noteworthy contribution to the University’s Catholic and Marianist character.
Teri Rizvi, the University’s longtime communications director, and Thomas Lasley, professor and former dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences, are the 2015 recipients of the Lackner Award, and, like their predecessors, said they were both surprised and appreciative about their selection. In true Marianist fashion, they credited the support of the UD community for their success.
Lasley mentioned two accomplishments in his tenure of which he was most proud — helping start the Dayton Early College Academy, which opened in 2003 on the University campus to provide a world-class education to high school students from underprivileged backgrounds, and the Bombeck Family Learning Center to offer a high-quality early childhood educational experience for the children of employees, students and the community.
To make both initiatives happen, Lasley noted, he needed support and an understanding from University leaders that such programs could not only benefit UD, but the Miami Valley as a whole.
“I caught a lot of breaks,” Lasley says. “I can have ideas, but unless you have a president or provost or a sufficient number of faculty colleagues who say yes, it doesn’t happen. You need advocates and first followers.”
Rizvi had only been at UD for a year, starting work as director of media relations in 1987, when colleagues encouraged her to apply for a leadership role handling all of the University’s public relations and communications.
In her late 20s at the time, she didn’t feel ready for that level of leadership, but decided to mention the possibility to then-president Raymond L. Fitz, S.M.
“He said, and I’ll never forget this, ‘If you’re going to do that, be sure you can make a commitment,’” she says. “A few years ago, I reminded him of that story and asked him, ‘Do you think I made a commitment?’”
She took over in May 1989, and held the position, later retitled associate vice president for University communications, for more than 24 years. It’s a tenure that included crisis communication, the development of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop — which attracts authors from around the country — and the everyday task of building relationships on campus and beyond to tell the UD story.
Lasley and Rizvi will be honored during an invitation-only dinner, Friday, Feb. 13, in Kennedy Union ballroom.
Once a month, Rose Burkhart Hayward ’76 treks out to a remote area northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona. There she examines a windswept hazel-colored sand dune field that’s been creeping across the desert some 30 meters a year. The vast, desolate area looks a lot like the surface of Mars. In fact, that’s exactly why Hayward, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, is out there.
“By studying the dunes here on earth, we can better understand the atmosphere, the weather and the climate on Mars,” Hayward said. She and her team also test instruments that someday might be used on Mars, a dream for the farm girl raised in Defiance, Ohio.
“As a geologist, there’s nothing better than being in the field,” Hayward said. “You can theorize all you want, but seeing our planet in action is an invaluable learning experience.”
Her journey to the Grand Canyon state began when the first-year science major bumped into George Springer, then the chair of UD’s geology department, while wandering around the science building. “He convinced me geology was the field to study,” Hayward said. After graduation, Hayward completed a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and headed west, where she’s been ever since.
Besides researching dunes on earth and mapping dunes on Mars, Hayward also manages the massive Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature database. Since 1919, the scientific community has been cataloguing the names of craters, mountain ranges, bodies of water and other features on planets, planetary rings and moons. What’s in a name? A lot.
“It’s an amazingly complex job,” Hayward said. Once a discovery is made, a name is suggested, debated by a committee and eventually formalized. The 15,000-plus names have deep roots in various cultures and countries, like a crater on Mars that was recently named Esira after a town in Madagascar.
And although Hayward, an avid hiker and outdoorswoman, isn’t soaring into space anytime soon, she’s not complaining about the views.
“It’s so beautiful here.”
What’s a no-fail way to bridge unfamiliar cultures together? Food — even when you’ve never heard of it.
“Fried Okra? I’ve never heard of it, but it’s really good,” said junior Megan Brown, who attended a dining hall celebration Feb. 5 in honor of Black History Month. Brown had also never heard of sweet potato pie — but declared it “delicious.”
The dinner was one of several campus events slated for February to celebrate African-American history and contributions. A Soul Food Dinner, hosted by the student group Black Action Through Unity (BATU), Feb. 4 garnered a crowd.
Said junior Andrew Tarutani, “The University stresses community, so we should practice what we preach.” He attended the Soul Food dinner in part because he was friends with the student hosts, but he also had other reasons. “I enjoy mingling with new people and learning about other cultures.”
Cristina De Haro, an international student, learned of the event and immediately decided she would attend. “Since I am from Spain, as a minority student, I feel a connection to this group,” she said.
Even familiar foods offered a chance to see a different culture in a new light. Junior Robyn Sprock, for example, was excited to see fried chicken on the menu.
“I eat fried chicken at home all the time, but it isn’t from my cultural background,” Sprock said. “I appreciated learning more about what this food means to other cultures.”
It may have been a Monday, but at least students had the opportunity to sit down with a celebrity they grew up watching on screen.
Corbin Bleu, best known for his role as Chad in the popular Disney film trilogy High School Musical and also a finalist on Dancing with the Stars in 2013, visited campus Feb. 2 to share insight and advice on the world of performing — and a little something more for the rest of us outside of the world of performance.
Bleu has been in Dayton for the past five weeks performing with the Human Race Theatre in Family Shots. By chance, he crossed paths with Linda Hartley, UD professor and music education program coordinator, at a New Year’s Eve party
“I was so pleased he agreed to speak on campus,” Hartley said. “My hope was that once students got past their star-struck phase, they could gain more understanding and appreciation of his career path.”
A group of more than 70 students, consisting mostly of music and theater majors, attended the informational question-and-answer session with Bleu. Given his extensive career in modeling, singing, dancing and acting for stage and film, students learned about the challenges of each platform, how to deal with performance anxiety, how to set yourself apart in auditions and how to identify with characters you portray.
The session was laidback while Bleu cracked jokes and interacted with students. While many students asked industry-specific questions, one piece of advice stood out: When addressing performance anxiety — or any anxiety associated with a type of work — he urged students to remember that being nervous is a good thing, not a hindrance.
“Being nervous means you’re feeling something… it means you’re loving what you do,” he said. “Whatever it is that you are doing, trust in your work.”
Great advice to start a good week.
In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the 32nd anniversary of the holiday’s national observance, 42 UD students joined 35 area high school students in a day of dialogue and service.
The MLK Social Justice Plunge gave students the opportunity to discuss racial tensions and the legacy of King and the Civil Rights Movement, while tying both back to current events. Students discussed race relations in their hometowns, and one activity allowed students to craft personal poems about their childhood memories and family backgrounds.
Patty Alvarez, Nick Cardilino and Brandon Paluch, S.M., of the Center for Social Concern (CSC) coordinated the event in conjunction with Upward Bound, which supports high school students in their higher education pursuits and pre-college academics. Several student leaders from the CSC also facilitated the morning’s discussion.
Leading up to the Plunge, the Student Government Association hosted a panel discussion on Thursday of UD faculty to discuss race relations and activism in today’s turbulent political atmosphere. Professors Ruth Thompson-Miller of the sociology department, Anthony Talbott and Joel Pruce of the political science department, and Denise James of the philosophy department shared their knowledge of civil rights studies and what students can do in their own lives to affect positive change.
“Our hope was that through dialogue and community service, that a diverse group of students would come to recognize the two-edged truth of Dr. King’s words: ‘We’ve come a long way, and we have a long, long way to go.’ I think the students got this important social justice message,” said Cardilino, who is associate director of Campus Ministry and director for the CSC.
Both events celebrated King’s 1964 visit to UD’s campus to speak.
“Just hold on, change is coming, a move of God is on the way.”
These words, sung by the Ebony Heritage Singers to echo the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., opened the first UD Speaker Series lecture of 2015, a series focused on “Perspectives on Peace.” The Jan. 26 lecture
Students and faculty gathered Jan. 26 to celebrate the life of the late Father Paul Marshall, S.M., a Marianist with a passion for social and racial justice, and to welcome Sister Jamie T. Phelps, Katherine Drexel Professor of Systematic Theology at Xavier University of Louisiana, who shared how we can still live King’s words.
Brother Joseph Kamis explained what his friend and colleague, Marshall, wanted to see from people and for the world. Like the Ebony Heritage Singers, Marshall saw a change coming and he did everything to make it happen.
“Paul was not afraid to point out injustices in the American system and in institutions where he served,” Kamis said. “But he always did it with calmness as if coming from a warm and loving heart.”
Kamis wanted to know the true accomplishment of his friend, a similar sentiment of what King wanted for all of us. “Paul’s passion for justice and his efforts to help others were the hallmark of his life.”
Phelps took to the podium to offer her perspective on peace and compared King’s words to the principles of Catholic social teaching. She presented the audience with a question: “How can a nation of immigrants be anti-immigrant?”
“King wanted to show us that we are one, and not by means of a metaphor, but by reality,” Phelps said. As she continued, Phelps described how current King’s critique is, and that while a lot has changed, a lot has also remained the same.
As we celebrate Black History Month, Phelps reminded us to keep King’s feet to the fire. Celebrate, question and as the Ebony Heritage Singers chorused, a move of God will be on the way.