A film by Matthew Arnold ’99.
Much of Matthew Arnold’s film career originated at UD. He programmed monthly movies that aired via the campus cable network as inaugural chair of Flyer Movie Channel and produced and directed live campus television broadcasts, which featured Student Government Association debates. Arnold’s first documentary feature, The Long Green Line, was released in 2014 and follows the record-setting career of Chicago cross-country coach Joe Newton. He’s followed it up with two Web series and several independent feature films he’s helped produce. “I love telling stories and working with actors to convey real people and real human emotions,” he said. View Arnold’s work at longgreenlinemovie.com.No Comments
An album by Libby Gill ’15
For singer/songwriter Libby Gill, music is therapy. So, she decided to study both. “Music has always been a big part of my life, and I also had a desire to help people,” said the recent music therapy graduate. As a teenager, Gill found her mother’s 1970s guitar in the basement, looked up some chords on the Internet and never looked back. With a sound that ranges from pop to blues to folk, Gill enjoys pushing her own genre boundaries, gets inspiration from artists like Sara Bareilles and Imagine Dragons, and is, she says, “a Swifty for life.” Gill’s threesong EP, Soldier, was released in February 2015 and is available on iTunes, Bandcamp and Spotify. Her first full-length album is nearing completion; follow along at libbygill.bandcamp.com.No Comments
This is no fish story.
UD has a fishing club, established four years ago by senior Robert Petrick.
And this year, it competed at the Fishing League Worldwide College Conference Finals on the Chesapeake Bay.
It may be a sport with a leisurely reputation, but in August Petrick and fishing partner junior Sam Tunnacliffe found themselves racing back to the shore to qualify for the finals.
The team had been on Chautauqua Lake, New York, for eight hours, casting lines under the dock — where they knew the bass would be hiding in the summer heat. With two minutes to the 2:45 p.m. weigh-in deadline of the FLW College Northern Conference qualifier tournament, they pulled their livewell filled with bass onto shore. Wearing blue and red Flyer jerseys, they stepped onto the stage and learned that their five heaviest catches for the day totaled 7 pounds, 13 ounces: enough to land them in the top 20 out of 75 teams and qualify them for the finals.
Although the September finals did not go well — bad weather contributed to 15 teams, including UD, not catching any qualifying bass — Petrick and Tunnacliffe said they were proud to represent UD for the first time at the finals.
The team members also say they are used to being the underdogs. They compete against a sea of teams that have school-funded boats and equipment, or even full-ride fishing scholarships. UD’s team has two boats — which its members have purchased themselves.
“It’s hard to find guys who are willing to put the time, energy and money into this, because it’s just a student-run club,” Tunnacliffe said. “But mostly, it’s just really fun, and rewarding when we do find those people.”
Since most tournaments take place during the summer, the club’s 12 members spend most of the academic year fishing for smallmouth bass on the Great Miami River, and strategizing and researching for the tournaments with the help of their advisers, Jeff Kavanaugh, biology department chair, and health and sport science associate professor Jon Linderman.
“The professionals can look at the temperature and the water clarity and say, ‘OK, you should be fishing in that kind of spot using that kind of bait and that color.’ So, we’re trying to get better at that sort of thing,” Tunnacliffe said.
If they can, the team visits the lake prior to the tournament, so that they can ask local fishers about the most reliable places to buy fish and bait and to discover the best spots to fish in the lake.
“Local knowledge is huge,” Petrick said. Even so, he admits that a lot of it is up to chance. You can spend days preparing, but because of factors like weather and water conditions, you still may not do well on the day of the tournament.
“It’s a guessing game. But that’s what we like about fishing: It keeps you on your toes. It forces you to adapt,” Petrick said.
Tunnacliffe will take over leadership of the club once Petrick graduates, but both say they will never stop bass fishing. “When I started this club, I was looking for a lifetime hobby,” Petrick said.
“And that’s exactly what this is.”No Comments
University of Dayton mail is being delivered at the speed of light now that two electric vehicles have arrived on campus. The fleet, which also will be used by University parking services, is a gift from Cenntro Motors, a Nevada-based company that develops all-electric commercial vehicles. The donation supports the University’s Hanley Sustainability Institute initiatives. The vehicles are valued at $25,000 each.
Through the Hanley Sustainability Institute, the University’s current sustainability programs are being extended campuswide through an integrated approach to prepare students for the growing demand for sustainability skills in the workplace as well as for civic leadership on sustainability issues.No Comments
For about 300 Flyers, the yellow brick road — from UD to the rest of their lives — led to the Emerald City. From hot jobs to hot java, they’ll tell you there’s no place like a Seattle home.
DayMag asked: How did you wind up in Seattle, and how soon after graduation did that happen?
“I relocated to Seattle from Chicago three years ago for my position with Amazon.com, where I led a worldwide team of data scientists and business intelligence engineers that implemented data science solutions. I have since left Amazon to form a startup, Lumidatum, that provides a cloud data science platform to make data prediction easy.”
—Patrick Rice ’04
“Inspired by the intense beauty of the Olympics, Mount Rainier, the Cascades and Mount Baker circling a very green city, I moved to Seattle in July 2010. I walk to work and ride my bike to the
beach. In Ohio, I drove 20,000 miles annually; in Seattle, I average 500. The Pacific Northwest was also much more inclusive of LGBT residents than the Midwest at the time. Seattle has provided an excellent quality of life that matches my interests and values.”
—Bill O’Connell ’86
“Toward the end of my senior year, I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and was placed in Seattle. I left for JVC orientation thinking my great Pacific Northwest adventure would last one year, and then I’d return to Ohio. I’m still in Seattle more than 33 years later!”
—Celia Thomas ’82
Alumni By the Numbers
Total Alumni 342
Arts & Sciences 147
*15 alumni hold both types of degreesNo Comments
We are being called to be good stewards of the Earth.
As Pope Francis wrote in his groundbreaking encyclical on the environment, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”
The pope asked us to “care for our common home” — and, ultimately, to care for the world’s most vulnerable citizens who are being affected the most by environmental degradation. (See story, Page 38).
Before the pope called for global stewardship, we made sustainability a major initiative.
In 2013, I signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, pledging that we will take steps to achieve carbon neutrality. We reduced our energy usage and mandated LEED guidelines for new construction and renovations.
We’re making strides. Even as we built substantially more new facilities and increased enrollment to a record high, we reduced greenhouse gas emissions 5 percent per student over our 2006 high.
In the School of Engineering, enrollment in the renewable and clean energy master’s degree program has tripled as we prepare students to design energy-efficient buildings and develop clean energy for the developing world.
In the University of Dayton Research Institute, we’re conducting high-impact research in renewable energy technologies.
In the School of Business Administration, students are learning socially responsible investing, and we don’t have to look too far to find teachable moments. Our board of trustees spent more than a year developing a philosophy called “Catholic, sustainable and responsible investing.” Over the last year, in a phased approach, we eliminated fossil fuel holdings from domestic equity accounts, invested in green and sustainable technologies, and divested from all mutual funds.
In November, the Hanley Sustainability Institute brought together faith-based organizations to advance the global conversation about divestment and the pope’s call for climate solutions.
This is a complex issue with no easy solutions. In times of social change, we draw upon the Marianist philosophy. We must stay at the table, listen to each other, harness the gifts of all and work
together toward a shared vision of the Earth.
As the pope wrote, “The notion of the common good also extends to future generations.”No Comments
What has been the Marianists’ reaction to Pope Francis’ encyclical?
We asked this question of Brother Ron Overman, S.M. ’68, assistant provincial for temporalities (finance) of the Marianist Province of the United States. His answer:
There was great anticipation about the encyclical. Many of my Marianist brothers speculated on the content. We have not been disappointed — especially with how Pope Francis connects respect for the environment with how the environmental issues relate to keeping the poor of the world poor.
Many of our communities have read and used the encyclical for community meetings to further understand how the environment not only impacts the poor of the world but also how it will affect future generations. (One helpful study guide was published by National Catholic Reporter, “A Readers’ Guide to Laudato Si,’ ” by Jesuit Father Thomas Reese.)
Soon after the Laudato Si’ was published, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) encouraged all religious orders of men to adopt a resolution called “Cherish All of Creation.”
The tenets of the resolution include these beginnings:
“We resolve to significantly change our lifestyle, including our consumption habits …
“We resolve to significantly increase our reliance on green energy in our ministries, buildings, and our investments …
“We resolve that we significantly decrease our use of fossil fuels … by purchasing carbon off-sets to increase environmental improvement.
“We resolve to consistently advocate for significant policy changes at the local, national and international spheres …”
Each tenet comes from the encyclical Laudato Si’ and brings us practical ways to make the encyclical part of our life.
Ninety-eight percent of the members of the Marianist Province of the United States endorsed the CMSM resolution.
Several of our communities have already sought ways to use green energy in their local houses. Several have used an alternative energy company (Arcadia) to supply green energy to the power grid, thus reducing fossil fuel use. Such use of green energy may be a small step, but it is the right step and respects the direction of Care for our Common Home.1 Comment
Jim Place ’69 has spent the latter part of his coaching career building successful football programs at inner-city high schools. But he knew trying to turn Ponitz Career Tech Center in Dayton into a winner this year would be his biggest reclamation project yet.
Place, a former Flyer football star, has had to overcome apathy, equipment issues and home environments that made getting players to and from practice a challenge.
Practically the only easy aspect of the job, it turned out, was assembling a staff.
When some ex-UD teammates, who were transitioning into retirement, heard he was donating his time to not only coach football but also to help change lives, they became inspired enough to want to be involved.
“They all called me,” Place said. “They were sitting at home. They called and said, ‘I want to do it.’”
Former Flyer teammates Bob Palcic ’71, Mike Wilson ’70, Jim Siewe ’69 and Mike McCall ’68 all were willing to come aboard for no pay, along with another UD grad, Joe Russo ’71, who still teaches in the city.
“We’re having a ball,” Place said. “The kids make it fun. They’ve been great.”
Place, who has won a state title and more than 200 games in his career, boosted the roster from 17 to 64 by finding a donor to purchase city bus passes so the players could attend practices faithfully.
He found a friend to contribute money for the school’s first weight room.
The practice field, which is bordered by I-75 and some oft-used railroad tracks, needed goal posts. Place took care of that, too.
And to make sure his players are fueled properly, he arranged for a weekly pre-game meal.
But while Ponitz players now have the staples of a program that most of their competition enjoy, they blow away their foes when it comes to the collective experience of their coaches.
Palcic spent 12 years as an NFL assistant and 28 at the college level, including at Ohio State. He coaches the Ponitz offensive line the same way he did Cleveland Browns star Joe Thomas and two other Outland Trophy winners he groomed in college.
Siewe was a head coach for four years each at Kettering Alter and Huber Heights Wayne. He handles the quarterbacks.
McCall was a longtime assistant at Alter, helping the Knights win three state titles. He’s in charge of special teams.
And Wilson serves as the unofficial team mentor. The former standout lineman spent 12 years in the pros and is the only person to have played for the NFL, AFL, CFL, WFL and USFL.
“Any teenager needs a helping hand,” Wilson said. “When
I was coming up, I had more than one ‘Dad,’ too.”
Ponitz, which lost four games by 60 or more points last year, is suddenly competitive, winning its last three games to finish 4-6. And enthusiasm is high.
“The coaches make it fun,” quarterback Greg Brooks said. “In a lot of the hitting drills, they get hyped more than we do.”
As for their impact off the field, Brooks said: “There’s a big difference. Everyone is more mature now.”
Place has several younger staffers, and he hopes to hand the job off when one of them is ready to take the reins.
Until then, he’ll show players what it takes to win and help steer them in the right direction.
“I believe in winning little battles,” he said. “If X number of these kids, because of being on this team, become successful human beings, we’ve done a great job.
“We’re not going to change society, but we can win some little battles and make a difference.”No Comments
“Mom, I’m late for college.”
Three-and-a-half-year-old Cooper Thompson had his camouflage backpack across his shoulders and Cars bedroll under his arm. (He knows that when you go to college, you have to sleep there.) As part of his daily play, Cooper often tells his mom, Samantha Thompson, that he’s going to “college” — which is in the backyard or the basement of his family’s Kettering, Ohio, home.
This day, though, he had a different destination in mind.
Cooper headed to the garage. “I need a haircut, and I’m really late,” he insisted.
So Mom turned to her 6-year-old daughter. “Ruby, let’s go — we’re taking Cooper to college,” she said and piled the family into the van.
When they arrived at UD, a tour guide greeted Cooper like she does so many other prospective students: “What are your professional goals?”
“I would like to develop a helmet for space that stays on real good,” Cooper replied.
The Thompson family joined a campus tour, the two young ones filling bags as they visited from department (candy dish) to department (candy dish). The 90-minute tour included a stop at the School of Engineering and the Emerson Innovation Laboratories; dad Tanner is a variable speed/field technician at Emerson Climate Technologies.
As the tour returned to Albert Emanuel Hall, a tired Cooper turned to Mom and asked if he could go back to the van. Wasn’t he going to stay at college, she asked?
“No, I’m too little.”
But one day, he’ll be bigger. Mom said she will keep the photo of a young Cooper walking up the brick path to Albert Emanuel Hall.
Beside it she plans to place a similar photo to be taken more than a decade from now, when a much bigger boy will announce it’s time to make that space helmet.No Comments
“Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.”
Singing the words of Psalm 122, the congregation prepared to enter through the doors of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, led by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Binzer, auxiliary bishop, Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
The Aug. 16 rededication of the chapel echoed its first rites of dedication and consecration June 24, 1869, celebrated by the archbishop of Cincinnati at the time, John Baptist Purcell.
“This historic renovation of the chapel,” Bishop Binzer told the congregation during his homily, “goes beyond bricks and mortar to renew the heart of the University.”
He said he had gone to the University’s homepage, clicked on the link titled “Guided by Faith,” and come to the vision statement for the chapel renovation. From that vision, he shared these words:
Since it was built in 1869, the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception has been the focal point of the University of Dayton. In terms of mission, spirituality and campus geography, the chapel marks the central axis around which the University has grown: It is truly the heart of the University of
In 1869 Maltese crosses were put on the side walls of the chapel. They are still there. They signify that this consecrated space must remain one whose primary purpose is to celebrate the liturgical rites of the church.
That purpose has not varied.
Over the years, some physical changes to the chapel have taken place. Many early photos are dominated by an ugly coal stove in the center of the congregation. The stove mercifully yielded to steam heat in 1898.
In 1876, the reredos (the wall behind the altar) was added with statues of Saints Peter, John and Mary. At some unknown point, Peter morphed into Joseph. In 1907, the sacristy was enlarged; in 1919, confessionals added. The statues of Our Lady of the Pillar and Blessed William Joseph Chaminade were put in the niches in the outside wall flanking the massive doors in 1951-52.
In 1971, the dome was painted blue.
The dome is still blue, the cross still above it. Our Lady and Father Chaminade still welcome worshippers. John and Joseph still attend Mary.
Behind the altar, Mary continues to stretch out her arms, today also welcoming people to a new reservation chapel. Above her, the historic rosette window of the crucified Christ is now in full view of the congregation.
Original windows have been restored, new stained glass windows added. A real immersion baptismal font. A reconciliation room. Wooden pews.
But the chapel is more than a place.
At the rededication, Bishop Binzer drew the congregation’s attention to that fact by again quoting from a document on the renovation:
The history of the chapel’s refreshment, renewal and renovation reverberates in every corner, but its true power extends beyond its four walls. It appears in the lives of all who come here to worship the triune God, receive the sacraments, pray in times of quiet hope and desperation, and share joys and sorrows. We leave this sacred space with a fervent desire, buoyed by God’s grace, to carry out the mission of Mary — the Marianist mission of bringing Christ’s life into a world always in need of refreshment, renewal and renovation.
The congregation left the chapel Aug. 16 having seen it blessed, having felt the holy water and smelled the incense, having watched the anointing of the altar and walls where hang the Maltese crosses, having rejoiced in the lighting of the candle, having celebrated the Eucharist and having seen lit the sanctuary lamp of the reservation Chapel — Christ present, his mother nearby, arms outstretched, welcoming all to the salvation earned by Jesus Christ, her son, our Lord.
To see a video of the rededication ceremony and to read more about the renovation of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, see go.udayton.edu/chapel.
BEAUTY IS IN THE DETAILS
After years of planning and 14 months of construction, the $12 million renovation of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception has been accomplished. The beauty is in the details.
1. Reservation chapel The Eucharistic reservation chapel, in accord with church liturgical guidelines, is a distinct space, here sitting to the east of the sanctuary. The canopy from the old, unused pulpit is now above the tabernacle.
2. Windows in the nave The 10 windows in the nave have been replaced, with elements echoing those of the chapel’s original windows. Each also has a medallion, 2 feet in diameter, depicting an image of Mary from Scripture or tradition. Franklin Art Glass was commissioned for the new windows as well as the restoration of the historic windows.
3. In the sanctuary The furnishings, designed by Brother Gary Marcinowski, S.M., include the altar, ambo, presider chair, processional crucifix, candles, cantor stand and Easter candle stand.
4. Wooden pews Curved wooden pews salvaged from a former church not only provide an aesthetic upgrade from metal-framed chairs but also contribute toward LEED certification through the reuse of materials.
5. Devotional areas On the north side of the chapel, one devotional alcove is devoted to Mary; one tells the story of the Marianist founders; and one is dedicated to Jesus.
6. Baptismal font As worshippers enter through the west doors, they encounter a baptismal font, emblem of the first sacrament of Christian life. At the font’s base stand restored wooden statues (formerly part of the unused pulpit) of Mary and the four Evangelists.
7. Eastern windows The crucifixion rosette, above the reredos, is flanked by two new rosettes, representing the Alpha and the Omega. To the sides, the four windows portraying Saints Peter and Augustine on the north and Saints Paul and Ambrose on the south have been restored.
8. Reredos High on the wall behind the altar, the statue of Mary, standing between the statues of St. John and St. Joseph, not only overlooks the assembly but also welcomes worshippers to the Eucharistic reservation chapel.
9. Stations of the cross Along the north and south walls of the chapel will be the Stations of the Cross by Ohio artist Michael Bendele.
10. Pathway of Discipleship In the new reconciliation room and south hallway, five new windows grace a Pathway of Discipleship with images from Jesus’ life: baptism, the Word of God, prayer, Eucharist and service.
11.Western windows The three rosette windows in the western wall have been restored. Relocating the organ and lowering of the balcony have made all these windows, for the first time in history, visible to those assembled in the chapel.
For more details, download the Chapel commemorative booklet.
BY THEIR HANDS
The mostly unseen hands of more than 1,705 donors helped renovate Immaculate Conception Chapel for the glory of God and the exultation of community. Their gifts made possible the $12 million, 14-month project.
“We give special thanks to our generous, visionary donors who made our dream a reality,” said renovation committee co-chairs Sandra Yocum and Father James Fitz, S.M. ’68.
In attendance at the rededication Mass were Francis and Janet Berkemeier, whose names are among those donors. They took special pride in the rich walnut woodwork on the reredos, where the statue of Mary stands with Saints John and Joseph behind the altar. The wood came from the trees on the family farm in Jackson, Michigan, where generations of Berkemeiers — and Flyers — have begun their trek to Dayton. Francis, a 1969 graduate, said the wood donation signifies the family’s enduring connection to UD.
“We can become part of the brick and the mortar and the landscape,” he said.
Outside, in the St. Mary’s Courtyard, an extension of the sacred environment of the chapel, is a garden in recognition of all those who made the renovation possible. The sculpture by Dayton metal artist Hamilton Dixon is reminiscent of a timepiece set to the 3 o’clock hour. Etched in marble is the Three O’clock Prayer, a prayer of spiritual unity for Marianists around the world. The sculpture now also unites the hearts of all those who have contributed to the spiritual heart of campus.
Watch the Berkemeier trees transformed for the chapel on YouTube.
The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception means something special to each of us for different reasons. Senior Ryan Phillips — the face of Red Scare, one of the longest-tenured student workers at the RecPlex and a Eucharistic minister — sat down with us to talk about his chapel moments.
Squint at first sight
I didn’t plan to attend the University of Dayton, but in the fall of my senior year, my family and I
visited anyway. It was the stereotypical college day. As my tour passed through the center of
campus, I squinted in the sun to look up at the blue dome of the chapel.
Breaking up is hard to do
There would be certain times when I would just go and sit in the chapel. I was there with my brother and one of my best friends a few weeks after my breakup with my high school girlfriend. There weren’t many words, but there was that comforting feeling of “I’m here with you.”
You go to any church back home, and a lot of people are just sort of sitting there. They’re doing their “hour of the week.” When I go to the chapel 10 minutes before Mass here, everybody is sitting there laughing and hugging and talking about
their weekends. That was the first time I saw and understood true community.
Center of it all
After returning from the UD Summer Appalachia Program, I realized that everything at UD is focused on the Marianist charism. It’s at the core of every decision we make. Brothers live in the middle of the student neighborhoods, and the chapel is in the heart of campus. The blue dome is so prominent because it is so symbolic of what
the University is based on: our faith.
Friends in faith
As a first-year student, I sat in the chapel with 40 other students for the Callings Christian leadership program. It was centered around the
Marianist tradition. That day, I met a lot of people with whom I have led retreats, and we’ve stayed friends. This year, I’m even living with three of them.
Brothers that pray together…
I just sat there and talked to my brother for an hour. That conversation wasn’t just between me and my brother, but between me, my brother and God because we were sitting in front of the Eucharist. Even in the moments when we sat in silence, we bonded over that.