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Aloha, archives

3:50 PM  Jun 21st, 2016
by Shannon Shelton Miller

Roesch Library staff and archivists from the Marianist Province said “Aloha” last Thursday to the Marianist archival center housed at UD for almost four decades, as the last two shipments of artifacts prepared to travel within days to their new home in San Antonio.

Seven truckloads in all filled with materials documenting the history of the Society of Mary in the United States will have moved from Dayton to San Antonio as part of an effort to place all provincial collections of Marianist Archives — once spread across the Cincinnati, St. Louis, Pacific and New York provinces — under one roof on the campus of St. Mary’s University.

Although Roesch Library has housed the center since 1977, the Society of Mary in the United States, not UD, operates the Marianist Archives.

The new National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States has two facilities with 10,265 square feet of storage, exhibit and office space. After purchasing an existing building on the St. Mary’s campus in 2014 from the city of San Antonio, the National Archives began moving collections from the former St. Louis Province Archives, already housed in another building at St. Mary’s, to the new space. Materials began leaving UD in fall 2015.

To thank UD faculty, students and staff for their help with the move, the Province threw a Hawaii-themed Aloha party June 16. Mary Kenney, a Marianist Province archivist based in San Antonio, gave a short presentation about the new space at St. Mary’s that will serve as a center for Marianist scholarship.

“We’re really relieved to have gotten this all done,” Kenney said about the two-year process. “We’re moving on to a new era.”

Renovations to the new building and grounds are ongoing, and the collections of the Pacific Province, Cincinnati Province and New York Province will be relocated to Texas by the end of June.

The University’s Marian Library, located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library, will move some of its collections to the space the Marianist Archives once occupied on the third floor.

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photo by @ann_e_scott (Annie Scott ’17)

We pray for Orlando

10:57 AM  Jun 16th, 2016
by Michelle Tedford

Amid such tragedy, we may discover the only answer is in God.

Father Kip Stander, S.M. ’73, shared that sentiment with those attending a memorial prayer service for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Gathering Wednesday at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Chapel, the campus community joined in prayer and reflection as the names of the victims who died were read.

Stander offered this prayer by Jane Deren, a senior fellow with Education for Justice in Washington, D.C.:

Christ, who wept over a city,
We are in deepest despair,
As we weep over the dead and injured in Orlando.
In anguish, we recognize the blood stains of hatred,
We hear the sounds of fear, the echoes of gun shots–
Once again, once again.

Christ, who came to bring us peace,
We turn to you in overwhelming sorrow.
How can we end this nightmare of violence,
How can we build a world of inclusion, of solidarity?
Give us the grace to reflect deeply
And to work ceaselessly to heal the hearts,
To stop the guns, to cherish all God’s children.

Christ, who endured violent suffering to bring us Light,
We pray for the dead, may they rest in peace.
We pray for the wounded, may they find healing.
We pray for our nation, may we end the hate.
We pray for our global family, may we learn we are one.



Your flight plan

4:57 PM  Jun 15th, 2016
by Michelle Tedford

On June 21, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and other friends of the University will receive an email invitation to UD’s new e-newsletter. Powered by Cerkl (pronounced “circle”), the new format allows a user to customize content — choose the topics in which you are most interested, and set the frequency, day and time you receive the e-newsletter. As you click on stories of interest, the e-newsletter learns your preferences and refines your news offerings.

The e-newsletter replaces New from UDQuickly, previously sent monthly. The new e-newsletter will include stories from blogs from written by academic units, centers and programs; news releases; athletics news; stories from UD Magazine and UDQuickly; and videos from the University’s YouTube channel.

Current e-newsletter subscribers are asked to open and follow the directions in the June 21 e-mail invitation. This will also allow you to update your mailing and contact information with UD through your e-newsletter profile. What happens if you don’t open the invitation? Cerkl will choose the most popular news to share and send it to you twice a month; you can go back anytime and update your interests and frequency settings.

What if a proud grandparent wants to get UD news? Or a Flyer basketball fan? Or a parent of a Bombeck Family Learning Center student? Everyone else is welcome to sign up. After June 21, please follow the directions found here: your.udayton.edu/newsletter.

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Home sweet RecPlex

2:56 PM  Jun 13th, 2016
by Joey Gardner '18

Kyle Pignatiello ’15 was back on campus for his one-year reunion, but the former intramural supervisor just had to revisit his second home at RecPlex during Reunion Weekend 2016.

RecPlex is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, and hosted an exhibit of past intramural championship T-shirts from the past decade.

Pignatiello, or “Pigs” as many call him, started working at the Rec as an official. He quickly rose through the ranks and held the titles of supervisor and program assistant during his tenure. Pigs was a common face at the Rec, and if he was not working, one would see him playing every single sport offered.

“It’s great to be back. I miss this place a lot,” he said.

When asked about his favorite memory, he said that there were too many to count — but hosting the 2015 NIRSA Regional Basketball Tournament at the Rec stood out.

“It was a cold weekend in February and it was late nights and early mornings, but well worth it,” Pignatiello said. “I was able to meet professionals there from other schools and listen to their stories and learn from their experiences.”

Spending time with coworkers was another worthwhile experience.

“I have met a lot of great people that I still talk to today,” he said. “Working at the Rec you have to be able to talk to everyone and not just the people you work with, but the participants as well. I miss having that interaction with a lot of those people, some of which I haven’t seen since graduation.”

The Tipp City, Ohio, native was also a kicker/punter on the varsity football team from 2011-14.


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Erin Murray '15 and Christina Wadelton '15 (pictured center) reconnect with friends at the Class of 2015 party during Reunion Weekend 2016

What a difference a year makes

9:34 PM  Jun 11th, 2016
by Bridget Lally '17

The class that grew up playing with Tamagotchis, Hit Clips and Furbies, as Christina Wadelton ’15 fondly remembers, was back on campus for its first alumni reunion.

Erin Murray ’15 accompanied Wadelton to the Class of 2015 party Friday, June 10, under a tent on Central Mall. The close friends said they couldn’t wait to see everyone during Reunion Weekend and catch up with buddies.

Murray currently resides in Cincinnati while Wadelton is in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Distance didn’t seem to matter to this spirited class of Flyers, as one alum flew in from Atlanta to attend Reunion Weekend.

Murray noticed changes to the University campus from her time as a student.

“There are so many new buildings!” she said. “Even though we’ve been away for one year.”

Like most alumni, Wadelton also had a plethora of fun memories from her four years on UD’s campus.

“I think one of my favorites was one week in particular during senior year,” Wadelton said. “It was the time when the UD men’s basketball team advanced through the NCAA Tournament to the Elite Eight. The team got to the Sweet 16, which helped them become recognized again nationally as a top basketball program. On top of that in the same week, it was also St. Patrick’s Day. All in one week!”

Even though they’re just one year removed from their time as students, members of the Class of 2015 were happy to return to UD for Reunion Weekend and relive the memories they made here on campus.


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Terry and Theresa

(Re) tying the knot

6:43 PM  
by Karina Cabrera '18

The blessing and renewal of marriage vows is a ritual unique to the University of Dayton during Reunion Weekend. The sky blue chapel is a true symbol of UD, and resealing your marriage in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception makes it all the more special.

Many UD alumni partake in this special ceremony every year, while others participate every few years. Terry Vukcevic ’71 and his wife Theresa Vukcevic make a point to attend Reunion Weekend every five years.

“I’m originally from Bellfontaine, Ohio. I didn’t go to UD, but we met at a UD party and started dating after that night,” Theresa says. “We got married right after we graduated college.”

The couple made sure their children kept the UD tradition alive. “I was the president of the alumni associations at UD for a time,” says Terry. “We now live in Beavercreek after having both our kids graduate from UD. I think it’s interesting that even though my wife didn’t attend UD, she can still get a taste of the Flyer community during Reunion Weekend — especially by renewing our marriage vows in the chapel.”

Reunion Weekend at UD would not be the same without the blessing and renewal of marriage vows. Such a special tradition brings back sweet memories for any graduates who met their lifelong partner during their years at UD.


Terry and Theresa

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Class of 2001 graduates Karen Templin Eutsler of Cincinnati, Lisa Erdahl of Troy, Ohio, and Sarah Ford of Maryland meet up with a student volunteer on the Flyer Fun Run/Walk.

A fun run down memory lane

2:45 PM  
by Bridget Lally '17

A cloudless blue sky and warm sun welcomed alumni and family members to the Flyer Fun Run/Walk 9:30 a.m. Saturday in front of RecPlex.

The UD Alumni Association sponsored the annual Reunion Weekend fun run/walk, providing water bottles, bananas, apples and a live DJ/announcer. This year, 180 people preregistered online for this free event.

When I overheard Lisa Erdahl ’01 say that she didn’t plan on running and was excited for time to talk with her girlfriends, I knew these were my kind of people. The Flyer Fun Run/Walk is a laidback affair, with many participants using it as an opportunity to take a stroll around campus.

Four former roommates from the Class of 2001 had just arrived for Reunion Weekend that morning, and this 1-mile trek around campus was their first stop of the day. Participants have the option to run or walk the 1-mile course or the 3-mile course, guided by student volunteers positioned along the way with directional signs.

Erdahl lived with Viki Rill, Karen Templin Eutsler and Sarah Ford as students. They met each other in their first year while living on the same floor of Marycrest Complex.

“Aww look there’s home sweet home!” Eutsler exclaimed as she smiled and pointed at Marycrest while we walked up the hill.

Marianist Hall, Serenity Pines and the back view of the RecPlex were unfamiliar sights to these ladies. They said they were eager to complete a guided campus tour later that day.

The women have kept in touch well since their undergrad days. Talk of past unofficial reunions between the friends and celebration of each other’s weddings showed me what real, long-lasting friendship looks like.

The event left participants energized and looking forward to the rest of the weekend with friends.



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Thanks for the memories, from the Class of ’71

10:22 PM  Jun 10th, 2016
by Joey Gardner '18

Tom Hackett ’71 might have been on campus during the prime of Dayton athletics as he saw Don May and Don Donoher win the NIT Championship his freshman year, but what he remembers most of his time at the University of Dayton are the number of memories.

Now a member of the Class of 1971 committee, he remembers pushing his friend down Stuart Hill in a wheelchair in the middle of January through the snow and homecoming. Homecoming is something that he cherishes a lot, he says, because the last year  Dayton held homecoming festivities was when his eldest daughter, Bridget, took a visit and would later become a Flyer. Hackett also remembers getting up early in the morning and joining the homecoming festivities on Lowes as the parade went through the student neighborhood.

Hackett wasn’t the only 1971 graduate at the party with a Flyer legacy. Bill Holt’s children also followed in their father’s footsteps and became Flyers. Then there was Bill Carl, who hadn’t visited in more than 20 years and was amazed by the number of buildings and the landscape of today’s campus.

Carl’s eyes filled with tears as he described the scenery, saying there wasn’t a spot on campus that wasn’t filled with the most impressive greenery. He said he’s visited many colleges across the country, but nothing compares to the splendor of the University of Dayton.

“This is the best place I’ve ever been, and I wish I could come back again as a student now, more than ever,” Carl said.

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Ladies of 8th Floor Campus South

Roommates forever

9:16 PM  
by Karina Cabrera '18

Reunion Weekend at the University of Dayton has kicked off. And what better way to reminisce on the good times spent at UD than by staying in the same apartment you did three decades ago?

Six lucky UD grads were able to reserve their spot for Reunion Weekend 2016 in the same apartment that they lived in their sophomore year. “I took my chances and called the housing office to ask if all six of us could reserve the room on the eighth floor of Campus South, where we all stayed 32 years ago,” said Mary Wick Simmons ’86. “It just brings back so many fun memories.”

One of the ladies staying on the eighth floor of Campus South, Pam Thiemann ’86, explained how great it is to be able to stay a weekend with her past roommates: “We are all from different places of the U.S. We’ve got Massachusetts, Colorado, Cincinnati and Columbus (Ohio). It’s definitely going to make Reunion Weekend all the more fun.”

Class of 1986 grad Cherie Vallo said, “It makes the weekend so much more memorable, all six of us being back together in the same place.”

The ladies of eighth floor Campus South will truly be reliving their UD days the Flyer way — surrounded by the UD community.

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Kappa Chi sisters from 1975 and 1976 return to UD for the Class of 1976's 40th reunion during Reunion Weekend 2016.

Rain or shine, Reunion Weekend rolls on

4:57 PM  
by Shannon Shelton Miller

The Friday morning downpour tested the limits of the pocket-sized umbrellas Reunion Weekend 2016 #UDRW attendees hoisted to shield themselves as they hurried to Kennedy Union to grab their registration packets.

“Can I give you a ride?” a voice called from behind to one soggy walker. As usual, a friendly Flyer had come to the rescue.

Staff and volunteers were driving golf carts around campus to give soaked alumni a lift to their location. It’s a regular practice at Reunion Weekend for alumni who might need some extra assistance, and on this rainy day, the lift was more than welcome.

But the conditions outside didn’t put a damper on the spirits of the alumni inside KU as they laughed, joked, hugged and reminisced about their time at UD one, five, 10, 15, 20, or even 60 years ago.

“We’re sisters,” said Donna DiPonio ’76, as she checked in with three other women from the classes of 1975 and 1976.

The four met in a campus sorority, Kappa Chi, in the mid-70s and returned Friday, June 10, to celebrate the 40th reunion of the Class of 1976. DiPonio, Kathy Foley Pertl ’76, Mary Tomassi Beasley ’76 and Marcia Dempsey Obrock ’75 credited Facebook for reigniting their old friendship, and they decided to travel from their homes in Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas and Cleveland to relive old times at UD.

While alumni gathered in the lobby, alumni relations and KU staff stayed busy in preparation for the hundreds yet to arrive.

John Beach, a dining services employee for close to three decades, tidied up Torch Lounge, the site of the 1966 class party. He usually has Saturdays and Sundays off, but Friday was the first of three 7 to 2:30 p.m. shifts he had scheduled for Reunion Weekend.

“Just seeing all the people is the best part,” Beach said. “We talk about past memories of UD.”

A familiar face to students and employees eating in Kennedy Union’s dining areas, Beach said he hadn’t seen anyone he knew as a student: “I haven’t had anyone say, ‘Hey John,’ yet.”

It was only 2:30 p.m. He had a whole weekend ahead.

By 3 p.m., the rain had stopped and a few rays of sunshine began peeking through the clouds. More alumni began streaming into the KU lobby, claiming their registration packets with wristbands for class parties, special events and Saturday night’s Porch Party. Weather forecasts called for temperatures in the 90s for the weekend, and the umbrellas began coming down.

Let the fun begin.


More stories from Reunion weekend:

Home Sweet RecPlex — Intramural history and RecPlex’s 10th anniversary

What a Difference a Year Makes — Class of 2015

(Re)tying the Knot — Wedding vow renewal ceremony

Fun Run Down Memory Lane — with the women from 2001

Thanks for the Memories — from the Class of 1971

Roommates Forever — and still in Campus South

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