Since 1998, sophomores, juniors, and seniors of the Health and Sport Science department have been partnering with Dayton Public Schools to help children with exceptionalities.
Elementary students from Edwin Joel Brown and Eastmont elementary schools travel to Frericks Gymnasium once a week to meet with their student trainer and work on their own specific needs, whether it be overcoming a physical impairment, or a learning disability.
In this program, Adapted Physical Activity, UD HSS students create lesson plans to asses the needs and progress for their specific child over a seven-week period.
“Each child is different,” said Gerry Gallo, program coordinator. “Our students have to research and adapt their lesson plans to that specific child’s exceptionality, whether it be psycho-motor skills, cognitive skills, or social skills. We also have our students incorporate subjects such as math or history into the activities when they can.”
In addition to the Adapted Physical Activity program, the HSS department also runs the Fitness, Friendship and Fun program, which began in 2004. This program allows first year HSS students to become personal trainers for third and fourth grade students from Holy Angels Elementary School.
“I love these programs,” Gallo said. “It’s a fantastic component to the work they do in the classroom. I can only teach them so much in class, but it’s so rewarding to see how they get creative with helping these kids. It truly embodies the Marianist spirit of service-learning.
Vicki Petreman, a teacher at Eastmont who has been working with the APA program for five years, says the children really benefit from being able to do things they can’t normally do in their classroom.
“They really love coming here and getting this individual attention, which is really important for them to improve their skills.”
From Nov. 16 to 21, for the first time in history, UD joined colleges and universities across the United States in celebrating International Education Week.
From peacebuilding presentations to Thanksgiving meals comprised of food from all different nations, there was no shortage of IEW events, sponsored by the Center for International Programs.
One event, the Local to Global Showcase on Tuesday, Nov. 17, featured presentations from representatives from the Global Living Learning Community and the Interfaith Alliance.
The GLLC houses domestic and international students in Caldwell Apartments. The students have the option to participate in events such as retreats and dinners and enroll in a mini-course, Journey to Global Citizenship.
Sophomore Kourtney Krohn said she joined the GLLC in search of more diversity, which she has gotten through living with three international roommates: two from China and one from Bosnia.
“I’ve learned that everyone has a lot more in common than you would think,” she said. “Even though everyone has different values and culture, you can still have conducive friendships.”
Sophomore Courtney Catchpole, also a member of the GLLC, agreed.
“I didn’t have a lot of diversity in my high school, and when I got to college, I wanted to be around those different from myself,” she said. “Now, I have met a lot of friends from different cultures who have helped open my eyes to new traditions and ways of life.”
The UD Interfaith Alliance is another way that students can participate in cross-cultural exchange. Headed by Julie Benedetto ’14, a graduate assistant for interfaith ministry working toward a master’s degree in pastoral ministry, the Interfaith Alliance aims to create an inclusive community of students, faculty and staff. They share and learn about different beliefs and religious traditions and go on field trips to a variety of houses of worship.
“We are working on extending our presence on campus and becoming more accessible,” Benedetto said. “Next semester, we are organizing trips to a Buddhist center in Yellow Springs, a mosque, a temple and a chapel.” She encourages those interested to sign up next semester and attend the interfaith conference Feb. 20, 2016.
“UD bubble” or not, we all come from different places. In gathering and sharing the root of our values, there is no telling how much we can help each other grow.
Music has played a very important role in history, including the fight against oppression.
One University of Dayton professor is in the final stages of producing a film detailing this fight.
Larry Schweikart, a professor in the history department, is completing his second film, Other Walls 2 Fall. The film takes a look at oppression around the world and how music is used to help combat it.
The film is the sequel to Schweikart’s first, Rockin’ The Wall, in which Schweikart and his team presented how music took down the Iron Curtain.
Other Walls 2 Fall explains how rock and roll, hip hop, heavy metal, and other genres of music have helped battle oppression around the world. The film features many artists, including Clint Black, Busta Rhymes and Yanni.
A rapper from Cambodia, praCh Ly, who is on a death list in his country, and a heavy metal band from Iran, Sacrificed Squad, who smuggled footage out of their country, also appear in the film.
The film was shown in a sneak peek Oct. 20 in UD’s Sears Recital Hall. Schweikart and his team are negotiating with television companies to strike a deal to make the film available to the general public.
“One of the top documentary filmmakers in America once told his investors, ‘If you’re in this to make money, don’t, because you’re not going to make any money in documentary films,” Schweikart said.
“Well we want to prove that wrong. I don’t expect to get rich, but I do think that we have a path to get our investors their money back,” he said, adding that many of the investors are local businessmen in the Dayton area.
Schweikart says that there will be a few minor changes to the film before it is made public, including a change in narration as well as a few images that appear in the film.
For more information, visit www.rockinthewall.com.
“Ninety-seven years ago today, the guns went silent for the first time in more than four years,” history professor William Trollinger told a packed Sears Recital Hall during a Veterans Day presentation.
“But the silencing of the guns in Europe was immediately followed by a full-scale culture war in the U.S.”
World War I didn’t officially end until the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, but a cessation of hostilities on Nov. 11, 1918, is regarded as the end of ‘The war to end all wars.’
The war ended just as the pro-war campaign and propaganda against Germany gained momentum, and the obsession of enemies amidst continued, he said.
Trollinger noted that the United States was determined to rid the country of what they considered ‘dangerous radicals,’ including Jewish and Catholic European immigrants and African Americans, despite their valiant role in WWI combat. During the summer of 1919, there was a string of violent riots over the idea of racial equality.
Protestant fundamentalism was taking shape, and its millions of followers treated the Bible as law; factually accurate in every way. This gave way to the rebirth of the KKK, both connected to, yet distinct, from the first wave in the 1860s in response to the reconstruction of the South after the Civil War.
“This second Klan tapped into the cultural anxieties of post-war America,” Trollinger explained.
At its high point, there were an estimated 5 million members. It was a national organization that wanted to define true Americans as being white and protestant Christian.
The KKK eventually began to decline in the 1920s because of a series of internal scandals. But Trollinger emphasized that before it faded out, it had achieved real success in assuring white supremacy as the order of the South and contributing to the passage of an immigration quota in 1924, which remained intact until the 1960s.
“In regard to the implications for today, we are still seeing a culture war: Attacks on immigrants, calls for mass deportation, claims that some Americans cannot be true Americans because of their religion, and violence against blacks. It is eerily similar to the cultural conflicts we saw in 1919,” he continued.
“In some ways, we are still in 1919.”
Read Trollinger’s full-length article about UD’s encounter with the KKK, Forgotten Flames, from the Winter 2013-14 UD Magazine.
Father Bert Buby, S.M., doesn’t know how his name and University of Dayton office phone number caught the attention of a National Geographic reporter among the sea of international experts well-versed in Marian scholarship.
When she called sometime in the winter, either late 2014 or early 2015, she told Buby she was working on a story about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and needed some background on Mary’s appearance in Scripture. Buby thinks she might have found his name after discovering his Mary of Galillee trilogy, as Volume I focuses on Mary in the New Testament.
Buby invited her to Dayton, and she spent a day on campus in March 2015 attending Mass and talking with other faculty and students in the Marian Library. She flew out that night, and told Buby that UD “had helped her tremendously, and saved her a lot of time with the information we gave her.”
It wouldn’t be accurate to say the rest was history. “How the Virgin Mary Became the World’s Most Powerful Woman,” the cover story of National Geographic’s December issue currently on newsstands, required many more months of travel, research, fact-checking and help from Buby and others at UD.
Father Johann Roten, S.M., wasn’t on campus when the reporter visited, but she called him in Switzerland to learn more about Marian apparitions. He’s quoted extensively near the end of the article. A visiting Marianist of Haitian descent she met at UD shared information about Mary’s influence in Haiti, providing a nugget that also appears in the piece. A UD doctoral student, Maria Garcia, connected the reporter with her brother, a taxi driver in Mexico, when the reporter traveled there to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
When the article was done in September, fact-checkers contacted sources, including Buby and Roten, for a final review. “Are we identifying you correctly here?” asks one question following the paragraph quoting Buby. “Please let me know if anything in this paragraph is incorrect,” states another request.
One more call came to his Marianist Community home on Stonemill Ave., when Buby wasn’t in his Alumni Hall office. It was an editor seeking final approval of all that had been written to ensure accuracy.
“The whole process was quite fascinating,” Buby said. “It was quite the adventure.”
When Buby first spoke to the reporter, he didn’t know much about her background, besides what she shared about past work for magazines such as Vanity Fair, her marriage to “the big Irishman” and her son, who was also a journalist. He later learned that reporter Maureen Orth, an accomplished journalist in her own right, was the widow of Tim Russert of Meet the Press fame, and her son was journalist Luke Russert. When Pope Francis visited the United States in September, Buby was pleased to view Luke Russert’s televised interview with his mother about the significance of the visit, and seeing the playful, yet respectful repartee between mother and son.
Two students with a shared passion have taken the initiative to find a solution to a frightening reality: the Dayton Metropolitan area is the worst food desert in Ohio.
Last spring, sophomore Michael Keller, an entrepreneurship major, for a class researched food deserts — where affordable and nutritious food is difficult to obtain — and found that Dayton was the worst in Ohio.
Around the same time, junior dietician major Danielle DiCristofano learned about the Food Recovery Network, a national organization that donates excess food from college campuses to those in need in the local communities.
They both decided to take action.
Keller and DiCristofano separately brought ideas to Brother Brandon Paluch, S.M., in the Center for Social Concern, and he brought them together. “I am impressed with their leadership,” Paluch said. “They have worked for months to collaborate, compromise and forge a new initiative on campus that so far is going quite well.”
The Food Recovery Network was founded by students at the University of Maryland in 2011. It has since expanded to 155 chapters in 39 states, and it is on track to recover 1.2 million pounds of food by 2016. The UD chapter alone has recovered 400 pounds in its first month.
The process is simple: Volunteers meet at Kennedy Union on Friday, gather and package the leftover food, and take it to St. Vincent de Paul Dayton, where the food is shared with St. Vincent’s clients. The whole process takes about an hour.
Often students only think about food when they walk downstairs, pull out their Flyer Card and choose whatever they want. Now students are joining Keller and DiCristofano in their efforts to eliminate waste and feed the hungry.
Keller and DiCristofano said they have received vital support from dining services. The UD chapter now looking to expand to other food services locations on campus, such as catering and basketball games, now they have figured out the logistics. They are also working with dining services to allow students to donate leftover dining dollars to charities at the end of the semester.
A Food Recovery Network saying, “Food is for people, not landfills,” motivates them to continue with their work.
Keller and DisCristofano said they welcome all students who wish to work with them to join the club and check out their Facebook page, UD Food Recovery Network.
Photos by Danielle DiCristofano
It’s a gift that’s still giving.
For the 11th year in a row, the Center for Social Concern has conducted its Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive, collecting enough food and money to provide more than 500 baskets for families in the local Dayton community.
Contributions are nonperishable food items that families would normally cook for Thanksgiving, or funds, with which the Center for Social Concern purchases the food.
Nick Cardilino, associate director of Campus Ministry and director of the Center for Social Concern, said that a complete basket consists of two boxes of stuffing, two cans of cranberry sauce, two cans of a vegetable, two boxes of mashed potatoes and one boxed dessert, plus $15 that provides a gift certificate for a turkey.
$50 is the cost of one basket, but Cardilino said they “accept any amount of money or food; we then combine it all into as many food baskets as we can,” adding that every bit that individuals, groups or campus departments contribute can help.
The program assistant student worker, Dominic Sanfilippo ’16, is in charge of the drive. Cardilino said he has gotten “dozens of students to help out with the collection, the sorting and the deliveries to our community partner organizations.”
The CSC has been collecting for the drive since Nov. 4. On Saturday, Nov. 14, students will sort the food into baskets for families as a part of a Service Saturday event, a series of five events hosted throughout the semester to connect UD students with the local community through service. They will then deliver them to their five community partner agencies during the week of Nov. 16, who will distribute them to the families they work with who are in need.
For more information, visit www.udayton.edu/ministry/csc.
It was a conference with a mission.
When dignitaries, academics and business professionals gathered for the University’s inaugural Divest/Invest Conference, held Nov. 5-7, the group discussed not just divestment strategies, but the vision behind them.
A first of its kind on campus, the conference filled three days with lively presentations and panel discussions. Divestment, defined as the selling off of investments, in this case refers to the shedding of University investments in companies dealing in fossil fuels. The other side of the movement, investment, refers to the shifting of investments into sustainable businesses, primarily renewable energy groups.
Saturday morning welcomed alumnus George Hanley ’77, for whom the University’s Hanley Sustainability Institute is named, to the stage in a discussion of divestment from a financial and business perspective. He was joined by Bruce Boyd of Arabella Advisors.
“It takes a lot of work,” Hanley remarked of the financial shift. “You have to find the new, emerging investments that are out there, and that takes effort.”
Much was mentioned of the sense of duty felt by University trustees. UD’s board unanimously approved the move to divest, motivated by that same responsibility Hanley referenced.
“Your fiduciary duty is to really look at an issue in all manners, to drill down very deeply and look at all sides,” he said.
Boyd explained, “There is an array of investment options for those who wish to go down this path. There are a number of ways to be a responsible investor and still be a mission-aligned investor.”
The University of Dayton’s commitment has garnered praise from various organizations and individuals, including the president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and several Marianist leaders. Additionally, UD’s adherence to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, signed in 2013, establishes the goal of university carbon neutrality by 2050.
As one conference-goer noted, “Divestment is a symbol of UD’s sincerity in this endeavor as well as its commitment to the Catholic ideals of caring for God’s creation.”
There are not many events that highlight an acapella group, trombonist, salsa dancer and belly-dancing group alike, but the annual intercultural talent show, held in Kennedy Union, does it with style.
Sponsored for the past four years by the Center for International Programs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the event is the only campus-wide talent show for both American and international students.
This year’s show featured more than 15 numbers from students and faculty from countries all over the world — including a song by guitarist and vocalist Tim Kao, associate director of International Student and Scholar Services within the CIP.
And there was one pair that caught everyone’s attention: first-year students Alan Copley and Joseph Zhao.
Copley, a guitarist from Loveland, Ohio, and Zhao, a pianist from Nanjing, China, performed a song about gratitude that Copley’s guitar teacher taught him. Copley said they chose this sweet melody because the pair was grateful for music and to have befriended one another this year.
The two live in Cross-Cultural Connections, a new Living-Learning Community in Marycrest, and met when Zhao was playing the piano one night in the Marycrest chapel.
“He’s in there very often,” Copley said, explaining that Zhao uses his passion for the piano to express his strong faith.
Copley had joined with his banjo, and ever since, they have been playing music together.
“We are very good friends through music,” Zhao said.
Zhao has been playing for 10 years, and Copley for eight. When their resident assistant heard them play for the first time, he suggested they register for the show — and the two are glad that he did.
Carlos Stewart, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and emcee for the evening, applauded all participants for embodying the spirit of the show.
“These are members of our UD community and we marvel at their excellence,” he said. “We have been blessed by the experience of watching them perform.