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Senior Jacob Hansen is a graphic design intern for Reynolds and Reynolds.

Interning: from drawing to designing

12:17 PM  Jul 30th, 2015
by Emily Bensman 16'


Senior Jacob Hansen has always loved to draw.

When he was a kid, he carried a sketchbook and handful of pencils everywhere he went. As he got older, Hansen started using free time to make digital illustrations with Adobe Photoshop and Wacom Drawing Tablets.

“The more I worked on the computer, the more I started to fall in love with digital creation tools,” he said.

When applying to colleges, Hansen looked for a major that would allow him to be creative and to work on the computer. He chose graphic design at the University of Dayton, and this summer he is interning for Reynolds and Reynolds. The company provides automotive dealerships with high-quality goods and services. Within the brand-marketing department, Hansen creates flyers, postcards, logos, and other marketing materials.

“The work I’m doing here varies greatly. I always feel like I have my hands in something new,” said Hansen.  “I think there’s several ways I could take my career, but I’m going to continue doing what I love — design. The passion I have for my work will take me where I need to be.”


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Tyler Masthay

Sophomores present summer research

4:51 PM  Jul 28th, 2015
by Sarah Spech ’16

Rising junior Tyler Masthay joined eight of his classmates on campus this summer to participate in the Berry Summer Thesis Institute.

Known affectionately as BSTI (Beest-ee), the program offers honors students the chance to begin Honors Thesis research the summer between sophomore and junior years. The cohort moved into a summer residence on Stonemill in May and has been busy since. The students spend 20-25 hours a week researching and working with their faculty mentor.

The students’ topics are diverse, ranging from cancer research to trends in contemporary art. Masthay, a math and physics major, is attempting to generalize a proven theorem using fractional differential equations. His working title is “Towards a Fractional Analogue to the Lasota-Opial Theorem for a Nonlinear, Second-order ODE for a Two-Point BVP.”

Fractional calculus is a burgeoning field that Masthay only recently learned about, and he finds it exciting to be working in such a newly popular field. This summer, he is working only on the math portion of the research, but he hopes to apply the math to quantum mechanics by the end of the project senior year.

“I joined the Honors Program because of the research opportunities,” he said. An active member of Math Club and a teaching assistant for Calculus 2, the passion he has for his work is abundantly clear. After graduating, Masthay hopes to get a doctorate in math and become a professor to teach and inspire others, as well as continuing his own research.

In addition to research, each member spends 5-6 hours volunteering with a community partner each week. The volunteer work is usually somehow related to their project, though this is not always the case. They also take a minicourse on the ethics of scholarly research and have the chance to receive financial support, networking opportunities, and the chance to attend development workshops.

Masthay and the rest of the cohort will present their summer research 1-5 p.m. on July 30 in the Science Center Auditorium. The students and their research topics are listed below.

Caroline Goodill: An Analysis of the Educational Systems in Finland and the United States: A Case Study

Elizabeth Kelsch: The Impact of Acute Hypoxic Exposure on Vascular Function in Young, Healthy Humans

Virginia Saurine: Educating the Whole Child

Alexandra Hallagan: CRISPR CREam for Fruit Flies: Developing a Genome-editing Approach to Study the cis-Regulatory Elements That Control the Activities of Genes

Jessica Grilliot: Disentangling the Cis and Trans Causes for Diversity: A Transgenesis Approach to Infer the Genomic Sites Responsible for Differences in Gene Expression

Alicia Linzmeier: The Promise of Justice: Are Public and Private Defense Equal?

Tyler Masthay: Towards a Fractional Analogue to the Lasota-Opial Theorem for a Nonlinear, Second-order ODE for a Two-Point BVP

George Padavick: An Investigation into Supercapacitor Design with Specific Focus on Energy Density

Kiersten Remster: The Provocative Gesture in the History of Modern Art


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Interning: Hauff paints, wraps and molds

11:15 AM  
by Ryan Wilker

Experience is key for any graduate trying to enter the workforce, and especially for engineers. That is why Tommy Hauff, a senior chemical engineering student, is working as a student co-op in the paints and adhesives division at Inteva Products in Vandalia this summer.

Hauff focuses on car dashboards. “We handle everything about painting, gluing, or pre-treating a part that it is on the instrument panel,” he said.

“Any particular part on the instrument panel of a car needs to be painted or wrapped with leather or some sort of slush mold process,” he said. For a slush mold process, a liquid resin is poured into a mold and then heated. The liquid hardens to form a useable part.

He also has additional tasks as part of his co-op. These include doing research, crunching data in Microsoft Excel, and testing parts in the lab. He also makes weekly trips to some of the company’s other plants located throughout the Midwest.

When he isn’t working, Hauff can be found at a landlord house on Irving Avenue. He noted that his schedule is much more planned in the summer compared to the school year, when his free time changes depending on his breaks between classes and course work.

“With work, it’s stricter. It’s wake up, go to work, come back, work out, eat dinner, and do something after depending on the day,” Hauff said.

As for aspirations, Hauff wants to enjoy life and travel as part of his job.

“I’d like a job where it’s not routine and I’m not in an office every day,” he said.

Because students in the School of Engineering typically co-op throughout the school year, Hauff will come back to UD for a fifth year and graduate in May 2017.

Editor’s note: Dozens of UD students are living and working in the Dayton area this summer. Meet them through Interning, a series by student writers in the Office of Communications.

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Concrete in health care

9:43 AM  Jul 20th, 2015
by Ryan Wilker

Senior Bree Curren learned an important lesson in providing health care in Nicaragua: how to mix and pour concrete.

For the past four years, she and other premedical students have – in addition to working with patients – helped construct floors, latrines, sinks and showers as part of their medical brigade.

Beginning in 2011, the premedical program has sent students to Central America annually to help provide medical care with Global Brigades, a holistically focused international nonprofit organization.

“It was probably the best experience that I’ve ever had,” Curren said.

Curren was part of a group that mixed concrete by hand and laid it on dirt floors in homes to help people combat foot skin conditions.

More than 270 UD students have participated in these health brigades, said Kathleen Scheltens, director of premedical programs.

“The first year that I went was May 2011, and I had 13 students with me. The last brigade that we went on was January 2015, and we had more than 50 students and four physicians with us,” Scheltens said.

Scheltens said that the group brings $11,000 in supplies and medicine with them. Students help fundraise to get the necessary items, with Miami Valley Hospital donating $1,000 to the cause.

In addition to building facilities, students gain skills working in community health clinics, such as learning what medications are prescribed for various conditions and how to record vital signs. To participate in the brigade, students must take a fall-semester class that teaches clinical skills but also focuses on the people they will be serving and ethical issues regarding international medicine.

“When I think about what this does for our students, it’s a great health care experience. But probably more importantly, they really develop some cultural awareness. Oftentimes, after students have this experience, they’ll recognize that they really want to make this type of service part of their work once they actually become physicians,” Scheltens said.

To learn more or donate to the 2016 brigade, please visit this website.

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The popular Netflix series "Orange is the New Black" and Pinero's play "Short Eyes" are both on Doench's syllabus for this fall.

English lit course takes on prison studies

12:28 PM  Jul 16th, 2015
by Grace Poppe '16

Assignments for ENG 340:
— Visit the Montgomery County Jail
— Watch Orange is the New Black
— Contemplate Sister Helen Prejean’s “Would Jesus Pull the Switch?”
— Solve a problem of the criminal justice system

These are just a few components of Meredith Doench’s Prison in Literature and Culture class. The course takes a practical application approach: students learn about the problems of the modern criminal justice system, and then come up with their own solutions.

“I hope my students learn that our prison system is anything but simple, and that to fix it we would have to completely dismantle and redesign it,” says Doench, a lecturer in the English department.

Indeed, the final project of the course is to propose a change in the prison system regarding sex offenders. The students will propose a “fair” punishment for sex crime offenders and a new method of sentencing for these offenders. Doench hopes her students will develop effective plans for improving prison systems in the United States, based on research of other countries’ systems.

Through this course I’m trying to show students different theories regarding sex crimes.  One theory we look at is the possibility that sex crimes are a problem of addiction and jails are not designed to help with addiction,” Doench says.

Overall, she values being able to incorporate culture into her literature class. “I think we can do it because it’s still such a relevant topic. We have the ability to visit jails and prisons and watch television shows and movies on this topic, because it’s happening now.”

Doench hopes UD can become more involved in the prisons and jails in the area. She believes that it’s important simply because we’re all human, but especially because we’re a Catholic University that emphasizes outreach.

Outside of teaching, Doench also has a crime thriller novel, Crossed, coming out on August 16th and published by Bold Strokes Books. The book will be the first in a series revolving around character Agent Luce Hansen and deal with issues of conversion therapy and criminal justice.

Prison in Literature and Culture is full for fall 2015, but if you’re interested, you can enroll in future semesters. Stay tuned to find out other ways that UD is involved in jail outreach.

–Photo by Grace Poppe ’16

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EJ Fox

Interning: Learning the ins and outs of law

9:51 AM  Jul 15th, 2015
by Sarah Spech ’16

Unlike most rising seniors, EJ Fox ’16 bypassed the expected unpaid internship and went straight for a paid position in her chosen field. When she heard of an opening at a law office in downtown Dayton through the Pre-Law office, she simply sent along her resume. Now she spends just under 40 hours a week clerking in the law offices of Rion, Rion & Rion.

Her daily tasks include filing court documents, mailing notices of court appearances and greeting clients that come into the office. However, she also has various other and more spontaneous responsibilities, such as driving from county to county to file paperwork or running errands around the city.

It has been an eye-opening experience for Fox, who plans to attend law school after graduation.

Rion, Rion & Rion is one of the top criminal defense offices in Ohio, and she feels privileged to work with the attorneys. However, she has also learned that criminal law won’t be in her future; she would rather go into corporate law and work  on mergers and acquisitions rather than in criminal court.

She accepted this internship not only because it was in her chosen field of study, but also because she wanted to stay in Dayton for the summer. “It’s almost a little weird because it’s so empty compared to the school year,” she said. “But it’s actually pretty nice with parking and going to the rec.” Fox is happy with her decisions for this summer and is enjoying both her stay on campus and her work in the law office.

“Working with Rion, Rion & Rion is a very good experience. It’s going to be something that I really appreciate having done, but it’s very intense right now,” she said. “At the end of the day, it will help me, and I want to remember it when I have a degree and a good job.”


Editor’s note: Dozens of UD students are living and working in the Dayton area this summer. Meet them through Interning, a series by student writers in the Office of Communications.

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Chef Herbert

Chef Herbert off to see the world — again

11:22 AM  Jul 14th, 2015
by Erin Frey '18

The desire that ignited UD executive chef Herbert Schotz’s passion for cooking has now inspired him to turn in his apron after 45 years in the food industry.

Schotz decided to become a chef after discovering that he could travel as part of his career. After a three-year apprenticeship, a seven-month journey as chef on a cruise ship and a 15-month stint as a chef in the German military, the German native decided to take a trip to America.

He landed in Tampa, Florida, but after attending a wedding in Ohio, Schotz met a woman named Patty. He knew then that his experience in America was going to last a lot longer than he had planned.

He moved to Dayton to work at the Golden Lamb restaurant in Lebanon, Ohio, and married Patty a year later in 1976. They raised two children and Schotz later worked at the Meadowbrook Country Club, Miami Valley Hospital, and finally, UD.

A recipient of the Marianist Service Award in 2008, Schotz has blessed UD with his enthusiasm for the past 29 years. From catering Reunion Weekend to teaching himself how to craft ice sculptures for Christmas on Campus, Schotz has done it all.

Reflecting about his time at UD, Schotz said it was rewarding to be part of place where everyone is appreciated.

Although his wife passed away a year and a half ago, Schotz plans on making the most of his retirement by seeing the world again, eating right, exercising, enjoying his children and four grandchildren, and refusing to ever have a boring day.

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Interning: senior spends summer in sales

9:21 AM  Jul 8th, 2015
by Erin Frey ’18

Will Bishop ’16 has traded in his gym shoes and baseball hat for a suit and tie this summer. He made the swap to work as a financial representative intern with Northwestern Mutual. The Fairmont High School graduate has moved into an Irving Avenue house and commutes to his office in Beavercreek.

Bishop begins his work day at 7 a.m. in the office’s intern suite. From 8 to 9 a.m., he and eight other interns attend development meetings where they discuss their clients and tasks for the day. The rest of the work day consists of phoning prospective clients to share information about financial planning and scheduling meetings. The interns earn their pay on commission and can work up to 50 hours a week.

“The hardest part is staying mentally prepared because it is such a social internship, and it is very mentally demanding,” Bishop said. “Some people are receptive and others aren’t and that can take a toll on you, but the receptive people make up for it. They are the reason you do your job in the first place.”

For his internship, Bishop is partnered with Michael Allen, an experienced, full-time Northwestern Mutual financial representative who sells insurance and investment plans to clients.

Bishop has worked in the past as a sales associate for Roderer Shoe Center and as the digital marketing intern for James Free Jewelers.

On campus, the economics and finance major serves as the social chair of his fraternity Phi Kappa Psi, participates in intramurals, belongs to the Interfraternity Council, and demonstrates his leadership on the University’s Behavior Hearing Suspension Board.

Equipped with his solid resume, his outgoing personality, and three years of business classes, Bishop believes that UD has truly prepared him for this summer.


Editor’s note: Dozens of UD students are living and working in the Dayton area this summer. Meet them through Interning, a series by student writers in the Office of Communications.

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Interning: Senior plays the exercise card

12:59 AM  Jul 3rd, 2015
by Grace Poppe '16

For college students, summer planning and job searching typically means anxiety and confusion. But as soon as pre-physical therapy major Dani Ondreka ‘16 received an email about volunteering at Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, she knew it was the right decision.

“I may have been a bit nervous to start,”  Ondreka admits, “but I knew I wanted to do it.” Now, after working there for several weeks, she says she couldn’t be happier.

Maple Tree is a Christian-based organization that offers fitness classes, physical therapy, nutrition help and spiritual services to outpatients in Dayton.

Ondreka teaches two fitness classes a week, sometimes with co-teacher and UD classmate Morgan Sheets. The classes, called Wellsprings of Hope, involve a range of exercises, like chair exercises or exercises using therabands.

Ondreka decides which exercise and how many to do by going through a deck of cards; the suit dictates the type of exercise and the number on the card dictates how many they do. Her classes are open to all attendees of Maple Tree and have an energetic, encouraging atmosphere.

“One patient in my class currently has breast cancer, and has had a stroke and a heart attack in the past,” Ondreka explains. “But she smiles throughout the entire workout. It’s the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”

Of all of the patients who attend Maple Tree, Ondreka says, “They are some of the strongest people I’ve ever met. And I know they have way more spirit than I do at the gym.”

This summer, she is working toward a certification that will allow her to work on physical therapy one-on-one with patients. She will work with people currently going through cancer treatment, or those who have been in remission for up to two years.

When asked if it’s difficult to work with people who have cancer, Ondreka responds, “it’s not the cancer itself that matters here. It’s about the body and the soul.”

Editor’s note: Dozens of UD students are living and working in the Dayton area this summer. Meet them through Interning, a series by student writers in the Office of Communications.

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The town of Sibiu, courtesy of Romaniatourism

ROTC cadet learns from teaching overseas

9:07 AM  Jun 30th, 2015
by Erin Frey

Like to travel? Join the Army!

Cadet Michael Wagner ’17 has always loved to travel, and now the UD ROTC program has sent him overseas to teach conversational English in the Cultural Understanding Language Program (CULP).

“CULP is a program designed to allow Army ROTC cadets experience a foreign culture and interact with its people,” Wagner said. “It forces the cadets to overcome language barriers, living conditions, and other various obstacles in order to accomplish an actual military mission.”

Wagner was assigned to Sibiu, Romania, to teach English — along with nine to 10 cadets from various ROTC programs around the U.S. — to Romanian Land Force Academy cadets.

Their typical day consisted of teaching class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The American cadets developed themes for each day — like sports or holidays — in order to get the Romanian cadets to practice conversation.

Besides teaching, the cadets played soccer and handball at night and were able to explore on the weekends. Their favorite excursion was a trip to the Romanian city of Brașov, where after a tiresome trek up a hill called Mount Tampa, they were rewarded with a “birds-eye view” of the city and countryside.

Wagner was able to see how Romanians view America as a land of opportunity, and it reminded him of why he wants to dedicate his life protecting his country. After his incredible teaching experience and new friendships, Wagner came back to the States with more than just his luggage.

“This experience has helped me realize that words are extremely important to effectively communicate through all languages and cultures,” Wagner said. “I learned that the Romanians, as well as any [people from another] country, are people just like us with the same goals and interests.

“The only difference is that we speak a different language.”

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