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Campus of the future

2:09 PM  Jan 3rd, 2012
by President Daniel J. Curran

When I meet alumni through my travels, they always ask how the University of Dayton has changed. “Is my house on Kiefaber still there?” “What are the plans for the chapel?”

They cherish memories of hanging out together on front porches and seeking a quiet moment in the chapel. From surviving 8 a.m. classes in St. Joseph Hall to hiking up Stuart Hill on a perfect spring day, they tell me this campus remains a touchstone of their lives.

That enduring sense of what makes the University of Dayton so special is not changing as we adapt with the times and build for the future. We are living through the largest land expansion in our history, and the decisions we make today will shape our destiny. In this issue, we share highlights of our newest master plan and invite your observations as we create the University’s future together.  Please share your thoughts with me at president@udayton.edu.

Some projects — like the chapel expansion and renovation, future phases of an interactive Alumni Center and a proposed University Center for the Arts — will rely on private support from alumni and friends.  Other strategic priorities endorsed by the board of trustees, such as the construction of townhouse-style apartments on Brown Street and renovations to the Science Center, are expected to be internally funded. We also remain open to exploring partnerships that tie into the University’s mission, such as our collaboration with GE Aviation. The global company’s $51 million research center, currently under construction on eight acres of campus land near the Marriott Hotel, opens in 2013 and will provide numerous research opportunities for students and faculty.

The University of Dayton remains in an enviable position in higher education. While many universities stepped back in recent years, we have been in a position to step forward and take some calculated risks. Universities don’t typically acquire a building that once served as headquarters for a Fortune 500 company, attract funding to reclaim a largely vacant urban brownfield or add a sprawling park to their campuses.

Our master plan will guide our future development as one of the nation’s pre-eminent Catholic universities. It’s a living plan, purposely flexible to allow us to react swiftly to new opportunities in new times.

I invite you to view a multimedia presentation of the master plan at www.udayton.edu/masterplan. If you have a tablet or a smart phone, you can download a free University of Dayton Magazine app that allows you to read the feature and enjoy the multimedia extras.

I see a canvas of possibilities limited only by our imagination. We can never predict the future, but we can — with faith and ingenuity — create it.

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The Origins of War: A Catholic Perspective

11:00 AM  Dec 16th, 2011
by Michelle Tedford

A book by Matthew Shadle ’03
To Shadle, hallway conversations about the Iraq War were unproductive. Faculty and fellow students of UD’s theology graduate program had different approaches to moral reasoning about war, as well as assumptions about the causes of conflict between states. “International relationships can learn from Catholic theology,” Shadle says. His book, born from his dissertation, shows us how culture and religion shape identity, which impacts how states define themselves and how they choose to act in a global setting. “Catholics who wish to develop a perspective on war’s origins consistent with their faith do not have to create something out of nothing.”

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The Tale of Moresy Bug and Benjamin Getts

10:59 AM  Dec 16th, 2011
by Michelle Tedford

A book by Father Brian Morrow ’72
Beware the creepy, winged Moresy Bug, who bites people who are never satisfied with what they have. Morrow has used Bug in his homilies for 20 years to discuss greed and giving with children during Advent. “We talk with kids about who was bitten by the bug,” says Morrow from Rome, where he is on sabbatical from his Longmont, Co., parish. He collaborated with a parishioner and an illustrator to tell that the greatest gift is not under the tree but in the heart. “People have asked us to do a children’s book on Lent, so we may write another one.”

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Developing Multicultural Leaders

10:58 AM  Dec 16th, 2011
by Michelle Tedford

A book by Ziad Zennie ’74
Zennie’s clients were right to wonder why he referred to Western theories during his training sessions for Middle Eastern business professionals through Meirc Training and Consulting in Dubai. So he and Farid Muna conducted an empirical study. Interviews with 310 leaders at 129 organizations in 12 Gulf and northern Arab countries uncovered increased interest in participative decision making. Accurate self-assessment, self-confidence and adaptability were among the top-ranking competencies of emotional intelligence. Results are important for future leaders and companies doing global business, as well as those looking for explanations of political trends, says Zennie: “An organization is a microcosm of a bigger structure.”

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The Liar Society

9:41 AM  Dec 16th, 2011
by Michelle Tedford

A book by Laura Roecker ’03
If Roecker could go back to sixth grade, she would be stronger, more courageous. So she and sister Lisa Roecker created a character to inspire: 15-year-old Kate Lowry, who has to navigate prep school and solve her friend’s murder. The sisters team-write their books, agreeing on characters and plot then alternating writing chapters. They also agreed that they hated the publisher’s choice of covers: Kate, in a prep school uniform, with pink hair. Pink? “It was a debacle,” Roecker says. But they’ve since embraced it, editing their words to dye Kate’s hair. Watch for it to turn purple in their sequel, The Lies that Bind.

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Stories of sustenance

2:40 PM  Dec 7th, 2011
by Michelle Tedford

In the Winter 2011-12 University of Dayton Magazine, we told you a story of community that culminated in the cookbook 5:10:30. We also printed your stories of sustenance. Read a few more, and add yours to the comments section below.

“Popcorn, which set many a fire alarm off in Stuart.” — Lauren Caggiano ’07

“Spring break senior year Michelle Stawicki, fellow design major, and I decided to stay on campus to work on our portfolios. Every day we would arrive at the studio around 9 a.m. and stay until at least 9 p.m. One day we had the brilliant idea to cook chicken for dinner in the crockpot. Our crockpot had a clear lid, so we got some pretty interesting looks and questions on our way up the elevator to the studio. All day long people came to our workspace asking what the good smell was and what was going on. In the end, we both were very happy with the work we put in on our portfolios and were very full from eating our crockpot chicken.” —Elaine English ’10

“We used to always try and make it to KU for their breakfast on Sunday mornings. Those Belgian waffles were the best thing after a fun weekend. ” — Jessica Arnold ’01

“To raise money for Relay For Life, my roommates and I got supplies for grilled cheese donated from KU. We spent a couple hours one night buttering bread and toasting grilled cheese sandwiches using every pan we had in our kitchen. We packed them up in a cooler and then spent the rest of the night sitting outside of Tim’s selling grilled cheeses for a dollar to people as they left. I don’t remember how much we made but it was definitely one of my more memorable Tim’s experiences.” —Megan Mulroy ’06

My housemates of 111 Woodland taught me to bake in our undersized, ancient, maroon oven that required a wedged broom handle to keep the door shut. When I moved into my first post-graduation landlord house, I burned everything I baked. But I took with me the knowledge that food is more than sustenance. We put our joys and our tears into what we create in our lives. Those women and their recipes for life continue to sustain me today.” —Michelle Tedford ’94


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Thalia’s Feast

3:11 PM  Dec 6th, 2011
by Michelle Tedford ’94

The calendar read Dec. 6 and the bedroom windows stood wide open. They had been for more than a week, turning my room into a refrigerator, our beds covered in crinkly wax paper and stacked high with platters of savory potato-leek börek and loaves of Irish brown bread. We slept on the couch, when there was time to sleep, hands still dusty with flour. One day left until the cookbook coming-out party, and we had enough food to feed an army.

The navy and air force would soon arrive, too.

It was 1993, and we had schemed to turn our senioritis into a class project for our Women in Religion class. At 111 Woodland Ave., we watched movies about food and community, food and religion, food and culture. We read books and shared Bible passages. And, every Friday, someone cooked a meal, a prerequisite for recipes to be added to the cookbook. (Against the rules, Ellen’s mint julep recipe made it in, and I’ve always felt cheated.)

Food was important in our house. Most of us were vegetarian and needed to diversify our nutrient intake. But mostly it was just good — to eat, to eat well and to eat with friends. We found that, when we cooked, people came — the cute guys from the Crack Shack and Woodland Manor, girlfriends who would otherwise rarely wander off of Lowes, Kevin with the cramped kitchen in Firwood. They regularly showed up at dinnertime and ate everything we served. Our parties were popular, fueled by sugars and starches and savory vegetables.

On Dec. 7, we opened the doors and the hungry crowd pushed in. We fed hundreds — professors and employers, neighbors and strangers, everyone dressed for a holiday celebration and ready to loosen a few belt notches before finals.

The cookbook we created was Thalia’s Feast, a nod to a Greek muse who presided over banquets and the elegant arts. Ellen’s ink drawings brought the toga-clad lady to life in the index, and we each contributed our penmanship to the 63 recipes inside. Our print-on-demand was a photocopier in the religious studies department. We assembled enough for the class project; for our families; for the friends who showed up at our door nearly every dinnertime; and for posterity. I still hand out the occasional copy, a way of initiating a new friend into the circle we nourished over Kerri’s Irish soda bread, Annie’s gnocchi, Nan’s Christmas season surprise, Sarah’s lemon dream bars and my zucchini chocolate cake.

Those women taught me to bake in our undersized, ancient, maroon oven that required a wedged broom handle to keep the door shut. When I moved into my first post-graduation landlord house, I burned everything I baked. But I took with me the knowledge that food is more than sustenance. We put our joys and our tears into what we create in our lives. The Woodland Avenue women and their recipes for life continue to sustain me today.

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Magazine inbox: A very UD welcome

3:02 PM  Oct 27th, 2011
by Matthew Dewald

I love the notes I often get as editor of UD Magazine. Case in point, this message that recently arrived in my inbox from Elaine and Brian ’75 Fitzgerald:

How true and close to home the article on breaking the ice with a fellow Flyer was for us. On April 14th our youngest daughter, Elizabeth, committed to UD as a incoming freshman. We waited patiently while she looked at many schools the past year, hoping she would pick UD.

The day she made her decision we asked her what took so long, and her answer was simple: UD was so perfect she had to look at everything else just to make sure.

Elizabeth’s choice was great news for us because it meant four more years of visiting UD. Our oldest daughter, Megan Fitzgerald ’10, was graduating with her MBA in three weeks, and the thought of our days of Dayton parents being over was hard to imagine.

We took Lizzy’s picture with the UD flag that night and then hung it on our front porch for all to see. We have had more people with UD connections stop by, honk and wave. We all know she made the right choice.

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Alumni profile: Joan Herbers ’73

9:42 AM  Oct 24th, 2011
by Meredith Hirt '13

When Joan Herbers accepted a job in Ohio nine years ago, it was like coming home.

After three years of driving I-70 between home in St. Louis and school at Dayton, Herbers went to Northwestern University for graduate school, got her first teaching job at the University of Vermont, and became department chair at Colorado State University. In 2002, she was appointed dean of the College of Biological Sciences at The Ohio State University. Along with traveling the U.S. to give presentations and conduct research, Herbers also did work overseas in Australia, Costa Rica and India. “I have been around a little bit,” she said.

Most of Herbers’ research career focused on the social structure of acorn ants: why some colonies have more than one queen and how they deal with parasitic pirate ants.

Continuing to teach evolution, ecology and organismal biology, Herbers shifted her focus to gender equity in sciences three years ago. A member of the Association for Women in Science since grad school, Herbers was elected to the board in 2007 and became president in 2010. AWIS advocates to help women achieve full potential in the sciences.

At the same time she was dean at OSU, Herbers received a grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a project called Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State. By helping deans and chairs understand the issues surrounding gender equity, Herbers hopes to see the percentage of women receiving doctorates proportionately represented in the faculty. For example, although 50 percent of doctorates in biology are earned by women, they comprise only 20 percent of faculty.

Herbers’ career in biology was cemented early at Dayton. She had Brother Don Geiger, S.M., as a professor in biology her freshman year, “a wonderful inspiration and a good man,” so she chose her major as the path of least resistance. “By the time I graduated I still liked it,” she said. “I never changed my mind.”

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New York/New Jersey

10:03 AM  Aug 31st, 2011
by Meredith Hirt ’13

From a luxury party suite in the Staten Island Yankees minor league baseball stadium, New York and New Jersey alumni look across the water toward the towering Manhattan skyline.

When the game is over, the sky between the boroughs erupts with fireworks. A windy ferry ride to and from the annual alumni event sends alumni floating past the Statue of Liberty.

Incoming chapter president Kevin Stacey ’06 says not many alumni get to see something that cool on the commute to a chapter event. He continues, “That’s the excitement of living in New York City. It’s one of a kind.”

The city offers plenty of activities for UD’s New York/New Jersey chapter, 3,526 strong. Alumni are attracted to the area, as exiting president Steve DeFilippis ’92 explains, because you can do anything there. “It has everything to offer, period.”

Chapter events range from wine tastings to game watches. With basketball such a big part of UD’s culture, DeFilippis says anytime a game is in the vicinity, events are huge. Alumni attend games at Fordham University in the Bronx when the Flyers travel there. Host for the NIT finals in 2009, the chapter welcomed alumni from all over the country to New York for the games at Madison Square Garden.

Alumni love to participate in Christmas off Campus. Held at the Covenant House for more than 20 years and counting, Santa Claus always makes a visit, bearing gifts for everyone.

Stacey knows New York City is a very different environment from the Midwest; one of the reasons he moved there after graduation was so he wouldn’t have to drive a car. Though the chapter includes the surrounding suburbs and northern New Jersey, DeFilippis says most events take place in the city and require alumni to cross a bridge, travel through a tunnel or take a subway — but that’s part of New York City’s charm.

There are three points Stacey wants to focus on during his presidency: consistency, variety and communication. He plans to build an ongoing relationship with a Catholic charity and, this summer, he put on a co-ed charity softball game. With the arrival of fall, the chapter held a back-to-school event for current Flyers and their families.

“I could hit a golf ball in any direction from my house and I’d hit an alum,” DeFilippis says. With all that the area has to offer, it’s no surprise there are so many around.

Stacey says, “It’s New York City. … If a UD alum can make it here, they can make it anywhere.”

How do you show off New York?

1. Coney Island Chris and Cindy Majewski Sippel ’81 took their daughter’s UD friends to Coney Island to experience Brooklyn history, “not to mention getting to ride the Cyclone and having a few Nathan’s hot dogs.”

2. Karaoke U2 After riding an elevator to the basement to find a poorly marked doorway, Emily Cipolla ’09 surprised her high school friends with this underground karaoke bar on St. Marks Place. “There’s nothing like belting out old songs with good friends!”

3. Stone Street Tavern Keith Powers ’05 took a fellow grad to this bar in the financial district for happy hour to be outside with all the people and energy. He also likes to take visitors to Yankees games, “since they’re the best team in baseball.”

4. Radiance Tea House & Books Within walking distance of Fifth Avenue, Central Park and the iconic “Love” statue, Lydia Hirt ’07 took her mother and younger sister to Radiance on West 55th for “a fabulous tea tasting and to enjoy their delicious dumplings.”

5. High Line Brian Torpey ’07 took his father to this park, which stretches through three Manhattan neighborhoods. “It’s fascinating to see how it has been revitalized by making an old section of railroad tracks into a park.”

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