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100th anniversary of Fatima

3:19 PM  Jun 26th, 2017
by Gita Balakrishnan

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Fatima, the event commemorating the Blessed Virgin Mary appearing monthly to three shepherd children in the village of Fatima in Portugal from May 13, 1917 to Oct. 13, 1917.

In the famous three secrets that were revealed to the children at Fatima, the Blessed Virgin Mary predicted many of the wars, conflicts, and martyrdoms of the twentieth century.

The University’s Roesch Library has an exhibit on display now until Aug. 20 on Fatima which shows the many collection materials held by the Marian Library.  On display include items such as books, periodicals, pamphlets, photographs, films, rosaries, medals and statues.

Brother Andrew Kosmowski S.M., a librarian at the Marian Library, hopes visitors to the exhibit will get a better understanding of the influence of the Marian apparition and the importance of prayer — a central theme in Mother Mary’s message to the children.  He also hopes visitors can appreciate the library’s collections.

“We are showing the breadth of what we have here. I hope visitors will get a better sense of what our collections are about and see actually how many items we do have here in our library,” he said.

For more information on the exhibit, please click here.

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A toast

10:46 AM  Jun 21st, 2017
by Tom Columbus

Editors Note: Tom Columbus is editor emeritus of University of Dayton Magazine. Prior to working at the magazine, Tom worked in the English department at the University. 

Suzanne and I walked through the door at Arrow Wine for its Saturday morning wine tasting. We were the old married couple among much younger folk in Tom Davis’ Wines of the World course at UD. That Saturday was a busy day — grandkids at our house during the day, Flyer basketball at night. So, when we saw the group at Arrow was a bunch of men who all seemed to know each other, we hesitated to join them, having what looked like more enjoyable, more comfortable, things to do.

As we were about to leave, two young women came in. We discerned they were students by their age and by their carrying our course textbook, Wine for Dummies. So we stayed and drank some wine and met people and talked.

Tom sent the tenor of the class early in the semester with a story about his military days, of being far away from home one night with comrades and strangers and of their talking about their lives, about the world, about everything.

We expected him to then tell us what wine they had that night. But they had no wine, just cheap beer. The important part was the talk, the togetherness, people sharing themselves with others.

Tom knew an infinite amount about wine. He generously shared the contents of his cellar and his mind. But his life — he died June 11 — was about far more. It may be trite to say it was about community, but it was. We learned about wine and about the countries that it came from and the earth and air and water that nurtured it. We learned about people. We learned about each other.

Thanks, Tom.

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UD takes first in Collegiate Leadership Competition

2:56 PM  Jun 14th, 2017
by Cari Zahn ’18

An inaugural team comprised of six University of Dayton students took first place in the Collegiate Leadership Competition on April 29. UD’s team won the award for overall Southern Ohio Champion and tied with a team from The Ohio State University for the highest “results” score for the day.

Ashley Brown, Liz Diller, Thomas Kornish, Jordyn Mitchell, Paola Ortiz and Brett Slaughenhaupt competed against teams from OSU and Miami University in what Slaughenhaupt ’18 described as a “leadership Olympics.” The goal of the competition is to allow student leaders to sharpen their skills with activities that assist in building their resumes and expanding their professional networks.

Keri Good, graduate assistant for student leadership programs, served as a coach for the team and helped them prepare for the competition.

“Coaching the students was like teaching a fun class without the end result being a grade they receive, but a direct application of what they learned through competing,” Good, who is getting her master’s in science education, said.

The UD team prepared with two-hour training sessions that occurred every two weeks.

“No one really knew what to expect,” Slaughenhaupt said. “We all went into it not expecting to lose, but not knowing we were going to win either. It was really cool to just go in and start off with a bang.”

The competition consisted of six activities, including a Pringles stack ring challenge, a riddle challenge, an activity where participants spelled out a list of leadership terms with pre-cut letters, a reading and critical analysis challenge, an activity where participants drew shapes using only one line and another where participants made shapes out of wooden boards.

“The competition was a great opportunity to showcase our capabilities as individual leaders, but also how leadership can be coalesced into group settings,” Slaughenhaupt said. “Our win as UD’s inaugural group was incredible and we all felt very proud to represent our university for something so important as building leadership.”


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From drill team to pranks, a brotherhood was formed

1:28 PM  Jun 12th, 2017
by Cari Zahn ’18

Members of the 1968-72 Pershing Rifles group — a fraternity within ROTC — were sitting among the tables at the Special Interest Group Zone in the Central Mall Saturday, June 10, during Reunion Weekend.

Past Pershing Rifles member Felix Ferrise ’72 organized the get-together by searching through yearbook photos, alumni resources and a giant paddle with the names of the members to create a list of contacts to invite. He hoped that Reunion Weekend would be the best time for his class to celebrate its 45th anniversary this year.

A Fourth of July celebration in 1976 was the last time many of the brothers remembered seeing each other.

The men brought pictures to share and plenty of memories to discuss from talking about the drill team they had in the early 1970s to the success that came with competing. Laughs were exchanged over pranks once pulled and the haircuts they gave themselves.

Ferrise noted that the discipline learned through practicing drill seven days a week was a skill that the brothers couldn’t have picked up through any other activity. A younger member of the Pershing Rifles, also at Reunion Weekend, agreed.

“That mental toughness you get out of it, it doesn’t matter what comes next,” said Jay Ross ’02. “You can do anything.”

Through it all, the men said what they remembered most was the brotherhood that was formed in the Pershing Rifles during their time at UD.

“I was in the hospital for a knee operation at Fort Ord, California, and this guy here shows up out of the blue,” Tobin said of Jay Bice ’72. “He somehow broke me out and we went sightseeing around the Monterey Peninsula.”

Paul Dvorksy ’72 said he got out of the hospital just yesterday, and his brothers were nothing but supportive.

“We still take care of each other,” Dvorksy said.


Compassion, kindness and only then love

10:22 AM  Jun 11th, 2017
by Cari Zahn '18

Couples filled the Immaculate Conception Chapel on Saturday, June 10, for a ceremonial blessing and renewal of marriage vows as a part of Reunion Weekend 2017.

The ceremony opened with song, followed by a blessing given by Father Jim Fitz, S.M. A reading on marriage as a covenant followed and Fitz gave a homily, in which he reminded the couples of the important qualities of a relationship: heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, patience, forgiveness and, only then, love.

The couples were then asked to stand if they had been married for 25 years or longer. As the number of years increased, everyone in the chapel was sitting except for three couples who have been married for 50 years or longer. They were celebrated with a round of applause.

When it was time for the renewal of vows, Fitz asked the men to hold the ring they once gave to their brides and state, “Remember that this ring is a sign of my love and fidelity.”

After saying the sign of the cross, the wives did the same for their husbands. The couples exchanged signs of affection with hugs, kisses and a round of “I love you.” After the renewal, everyone shared in a sign of peace, and the ceremony came to a close.

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Brews, Bites and Bands

4:30 PM  Jun 10th, 2017
by Danielle Damon '18

With cold drinks, bites from local food trucks and a live band, P Lot turned into a mini festival during Brews, Bites and Bands during Reunion Weekend 2017. The event welcomed alumni of all years, and some future Flyers, to mingle on the sunny, 80-degree afternoon.

“It’s great to be back home,” Rachel Prindle ’12 said. “Even though I got lost on my way to Caldwell yesterday.”

The band This Side Up, a Reunion Weekend and Flyer wedding frequent, got alumni on their feet and dancing. Local breweries like Dayton Beer Co. and Warped Wing were present, while foodtrucks like Lilia’s Outside Café and PA’s Pork were onsite for hungry alumni.

“I don’t know any other school that does stuff like this,” Bernadette Gibson ’07 said. “We are so excited to come back for a random weekend in June, and I’ll continue to come back every year.”

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Taking care of each other

1:35 PM  
by Cari Zahn '18

Nine brothers of Chi Sigma Alpha have attended their five-year class reunions since the beginning, and five of those brothers reunited during Reunion Weekend 2017 check-in at 461 Kiefaber St. They exchanged hugs and a warm welcome. But this wasn’t a long-awaited reunion.

In addition to attending class reunions, Marty Flahive, Phil Lanphier, Dick Burk, George Molaski and Edward Meagher, all from the Class of 1967, get together every fifth birthday and travel to places such as New Orleans; Outer Banks, North Carolina; Lake Tahoe, Nevada; and New Mexico.

The five reminisced about how, on their 50th birthdays, they rafted down the Rio Grande River, and remembered how Burk flipped out on the rapids and had to float on his back to save himself.

“That was an interesting challenge with none of us having done that kind of rafting before,” Flahive said.

Aside from big adventures, the fraternity brothers and longtime friends see each other at weddings, baby blessings and other scheduled visits from time to time. In between, they make an effort to stay in touch.

“It’s a lot easier now with the internet,” Flahive said. “We were doing it by mail and phone for a long time.”

The friends expressed excitement for many Reunion Weekend activities, including SIG Zone, where they hoped to connect with current members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, an extension and revival of their fraternity, Chi Sigma Alpha.

For Molaski, the friendships have been a system of support, whether that means mentoring each others’ kids or looking out for each other after tough times with their jobs.

“The strong relationships that we’ve found here at Dayton really followed through,” Molaski said. “We took care of each other.”

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Golden Flyers, welcome home

9:44 AM  
by Danielle Damon '18

Decked out in “I Love UD” buttons and lanyards, the Class of 1967 gathered in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Friday, June 9, during Reunion Weekend. Celebrating their 50th graduation anniversary, they joined more than 6,000 alumni in the Golden Flyer Society.

At the induction ceremony, a prayer of thanks was said for bringing our Flyers back home before President Eric F. Spina addressed the crowd.

“Golden Flyers represent all that is wonderful and heartwarming and difference-making about the University of Dayton,” Spina said. The Class of 1967 beamed with pride as their names were called to shake Spina’s hand.

Before moving to Kennedy Union ballroom, the class gathered for a photo that ended with an eruption of applause and chatter.  In the crowd, conversations included memories of old friends and times on campus.

“A lot has changed in 50 years,” John Kawa ’67 said. “There used to be only four buildings and we were housed 8 miles from campus!”

And although campus may have changed, Spina affirmed our Golden Flyers continue to be the “heart and soul of UD.”

Welcome home.

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Learning on the Iditarod Trail

9:42 AM  Jun 8th, 2017
by Cari Zahn ’18

In February 2017, Annie Kelley ’09 embarked on the trip of a lifetime for five weeks in Alaska after she was named the 19th “Teacher on the Trail” in April 2016.

The program was created to promote the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and encourages teachers to use the Iditarod in the classroom, just as Kelley had done for eight years before she was chosen. One teacher a year is named the “Teacher on the Trail” after an application and selection process. During her trip, Kelley was expected to create lesson plans for other teachers to use and post regularly to a blog about her experiences.

While in Alaska, Kelley travelled down the Iditarod trail. Though she wasn’t able to race with the sled dogs, the program flew her to each checkpoint in a bush plane. Kelley said the race was one of the key memories from her trip.

“Standing at the finish line when all the mushers came in was kind of like a dream come true,” Kelley said. “To see all of their hard work pay off and see happy dogs come to the finish line was awesome.”

As part of her responsibilities, Kelley visited classrooms in the town of Galena where she was able to meet with and teach second-, third- and fourth-grade students. Kelley said she enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the students and see their excitement for the upcoming race.

Since returning to her classroom at St. Andrew’s School on the northside of Chicago, Kelley has been more excited than ever to be teaching and she credits this trip for that.

“It revived my love of teaching,” Kelley said.

Kelley’s students rooted her on from the classroom during her absence and followed the curriculum she designed while on the trail. They each followed a different musher along the race and were eager to hear stories and see pictures upon Kelley’s return. They are currently working on writing letters to the mushers.

This summer, Kelley will return to Alaska to present the 2017 “Teacher on the Trail” award. After five trips to Alaska in just two years, Kelley isn’t sure how many more Alaskan excursions her future holds, but plans to continue to stay involved in the program however she can.

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Where her feet were

9:41 AM  Jun 6th, 2017
by Shannon Shelton Miller

For 14 years, the University’s neighborhood ministry grew to a safe place for students to encounter God.

When those students met with Sister Linda Lee, a Dominican Sister of Peace (formerly Sister of St. Catherine de’Ricci), they could talk about their lives and gain a listening ear for their concerns.

Those interactions will now live on in student and alumni memory since McGinnis Center closed its doors for the final time at the end of the school year and after Sister Linda Lee retired from UD at the end of May.

“They had to tear the building down to get me to leave,” Sister Linda Lee joked.

Sister Linda Lee began her ministry at UD in August 2003, working as a faith development coordinator in the student neighborhood. Among her regular duties included the 9 p.m. Sunday McGinnis Mass and working with the neighborhood fellows in the student neighborhood. When students needed quarters for the washer and dryer at McGinnis, they came to Sister Linda Lee and left with so much more.

Students knew her well for her use of the slogan “Be Where Your Feet Are,” telling them that wherever they were, they’d find God. As a former marketing and advertising executive before entering religious life, Sister Linda Lee enjoyed sharing such stories on social media using the #BWYFA hashtag. She hopes to write an anthology of BWYFA stories she collected at UD during her retirement.

Most recently, she led the “Pause that Refreshes” Bible study, an hour-long Wednesday ritual at 11:30 a.m. in McGinnis. Students could listen to a 15-minute world music broadcast that featured a scripture at the end, then journal about the scripture while enjoying a cup of tea or other light beverage before resuming their day.

Sister Linda Lee’s experience taught her that despite being surrounded by friends, classmates and other peers, students often felt alone. Through conversation and cups of tea — sometimes while doing laundry — she let them know someone was always there.




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