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.
Learn. Lead. Serve.
No activity at UD better characterizes that Marianist mantra than the SERVICE Saturdays program. SERVICE Saturdays is an opportunity for students to interact with their local city of Dayton neighbors and help make an impact in their community.
Coordinated by Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concern, these weekend excursions find groups of students performing various acts of service to help enrich the Dayton community. Past SERVICE Saturdays have involved preparing and serving lunches at an area shelter, cleaning up a local park, sorting through clothes at a clothing center or even helping to build a house.
So far this semester, SERVICE Saturdays has visited Garden Station, an art park and community garden in downtown Dayton, and the Five Rivers MetroPark.
Cooper Bohn ’14, a mechanical engineering major, served as the team leader for the Saturday at Garden Station in September, where the group did groundskeeping in anticipation of an upcoming wedding.
Bohn became involved with SERVICE Saturdays through an email looking for volunteers.
“I have been getting weekly emails about the service opportunities at UD for a while and I decided to finally sign up,” he said. “I wanted to do something new in my last semester at UD. I also wanted to use my abilities to lead to do service around Dayton.”
Bohn said that the experience was both worthwhile and rewarding. It gave him the chance to “meet new people who I have gone almost five years on this campus without knowing,” he said. “My conversations with participants are invaluable.”
SERVICE Saturdays has two more opportunities coming up this semester on Oct. 25 and Nov. 15. You can find more details HERE.
“It is a great way to learn, lead and serve in Dayton,” Bohn says. “It is always something new and exciting and we always need the help.”
As the world’s attention is increasingly turned to violent struggles between religions, the idea of interfaith efforts at UD caught the eye of Krista Bondi ’16. Bondi focused her honors thesis at UD’s Berry Summer Thesis Institute on how the University of Dayton compares to other Catholic universities in providing resources to students to practice their faith.
It is difficult to compare UD to other schools in interfaith efforts, Bondi explained, since each school is different, yet she points out that all are trying to find a way to incorporate more interfaith efforts.
How should they do it? With communication and active involvement in our community, Bondi said.
“By engaging in interfaith dialogue, we can better accommodate those of different faiths and even learn of commonalities among these various religions, creating a more open and understanding campus community,” Bondi said.
Enter Lauren Mooney and Yousif Alromaih ’15. Mooney and Alromaih wanted to strengthen UD’s interfaith efforts with a new organization, the UD Interfaith Alliance Group.
Interfaith Alliance meets every Thursday night to discuss differences in religious topics, but more often they ask questions, engage and step out of the meeting each night learning something new.
“We bring people from different religions together to meet and do something,” said Mooney, “not just talk.” They want to take their organization outside the meeting room and engage more UD students in interfaith activities across campus.
To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
These Flyers are coming back for another season.
With the fall sports season in full swing, Flyer student-athletes are working hard to compete for a championship, from Baujan Field to Frericks Center to Welcome Stadium. And Flyer alumni are joining in with the annual alumni recognition games for volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and football teams
Each year, these games feature a pregame reception for all former players and their friends and families, as well as a special halftime recognition for the former players. This year, the volleyball team, for example, recognized the program’s 11 All-Americans during halftime of their match against Xavier University. They were commemorated with individual banners for each player, which now hang from the rafters in the Frericks Center.
Women’s soccer hosts their Alumni Recognition Game on Saturday, Oct. 4 when the Flyers take on Saint Louis University at 5 p.m. The event will feature a pregame reception for former players and their families at Milano’s on Brown Street, as well as a halftime recognition ceremony.
The football team will host its Alumni Recognition Game Saturday, Oct. 18 with a pregame reception at 11:30 a.m. in UD Arena. The most heavily attended of the alumni games, the former players will be recognized at halftime of the Flyers’ game against Morehead State University at Welcome Stadium, which begins at 1 p.m.
It doesn’t matter which field they called home; they’re all forever Flyers to us. Welcome home.
The University of Dayton volleyball team reached a milestone last month when it secured its 1,000 win in program history, becoming just the 13th NCAA Division I program to reach that mark. In just the third game of the season, the Flyers swept Middle Tennessee State University 3-0 at the Bowling Green Hampton Inn Invitational at Bowling Green State University.
Head coach Tim Horsmon credits the players, both past and present, for achieving this milestone. “I think this a great milestone for the volleyball program, but I’m just a very small part of this,” he said. “So many great players who have played here deserve the most credit for why this program has had the success it’s had.”
Horsmon led the Flyers as head coach from 2003-07 and spent the past six seasons as head coach at the University of Maryland. When the head coaching position at UD became available this past offseason, Horsmon was excited about the chance to lead the Flyers again.
“I love what the University of Dayton is about and the people here,” he said. “I really believe it’s one of the special universities in the country, and I’m really excited to be back and part of this community. The commitment that’s been made to the program is exceptional, and the support internally and externally are as good as you’ll find anywhere.”
With Horsmon back at the helm, the Flyers are poised and ready for another successful season. With a current record of 10-4, Horsmon is optimistic about his team as they enter Atlantic 10 conference play.
“I really like our team and think we’ve only scratched the surface of where we will end up,” he said. “We need to play more consistently and eliminate some of the mental errors, but we have talent and players who have great attitudes and want to improve. I think that’s half the battle.”
Live video streams are available for home games. Click here for schedules and to watch live.
“’We continue to believe that books involve the ideas that turn us from isolated souls into a powerful community,’” said Kathy Webb, director of University Libraries, quoting Nicholas Basbanes’s book, Every Book It’s Reader, a mission statement from a closed antiquarian bookstore.
On Monday, Sept. 29, the University of Dayton gratefully welcomed books with a reception to celebrate student and faculty involvement, as well as to formally express appreciation to Stuart and Mimi Rose for sharing their (almost) priceless collection.
Stuart said that one of his greatest accomplishments would be to inspire students to become significant contributors – especially UD students.
“Never have I seen a university work together in the way this University has worked together,” he said. “[It’s] a very special place, the University of Dayton.”
Almost perfectly partnered with the grand opening of the exhibit is the first event in the UD Speaker Series this year: Nicholas Basbanes, speaking on the “Common Bond: Thoughts on a World Awash in Paper, and the Fellowship of Books.” This year’s speaker series theme is Perspectives on Peace.
“Books have come to us by clay tablets, by papyrus scrolls, on stone, on bamboo, on silk,” he said. “Every imaginable thing at hand that could be used to receive the magic of writing – a really unique feature of the human species.”
Basbanes said that he has always believed in the power of paper and “following the story,” convinced that the story would take on a life of its own.
“A common bond that really ties people together is paper, reaching across cultural borders to resonate with a number of people…There’s nothing inevitable about it.[The creation of] paper took perception, intelligence,” he said. “It’s a miracle.”
The next University of Dayton Speaker Series event is Nov. 11, and will feature Native American author, poet and performer Sherman Alexie. Imprints & Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress Highlights from the Rose Rare Book Collection will remain available to the public through Nov. 9.