Masons install pavers framed between two huge columns at the colonnade at Roesch Library, calling to mind a scene from ancient Rome.
9-10-13 by Larry Burgess
Brad Lauterbach of facilities management removes the bar clamps from one of two western entrance doors he’s repairing at Alumni Hall. The purpose of the work is to ease the door’s sticking problem and keep it square. It’s believed the doors at this entrance are the originals from when the building first opened.
9-10-13 by Larry Burgess
309 Kiefaber has many unique features, perhaps the most distinctive being its cleanliness.No Comments
“You don’t have to go great distances to see amazing places,” says Emily Wilk, assistant director for adventure recreation and camps. “There is a pride in where you live that comes with exploring the world around you, even if it’s only a few miles away.”
With the new Outdoor Engagement Center, taking up residence at 438 Stonemill among the student houses, students can get beyond campus and discover Dayton in a new way.
“The center has been years in the making,” said Melissa Longino, director of campus recreation. “ We’ve had a lot of support from the administration and have created partnerships with downtown businesses, like White Water Warehouse, and the Five Rivers MetroParks system.”
The possibilities seem endless as Longino and Wilk list off the options for outdoor adventures they offer: kayaking, bike riding, camping trips and more, all complete with clinics and training.
“We have different levels of classes students can participate in,” Wilk said. “The classes range from beginners to advanced with training in bike repair, hiking, camping and more.”
The center started with student interest in the bike rental and climbing wall programs and a community engagement partnership with the River Institute.
“It has very much been a collaborative effort,” Longino said.
Students even have a flat rate on all equipment rented. Kayaks are $15 a day to encourage students to keep them overnight or go camping with them.
“We wanted to provide recreational outlets that meet the needs of our students,” Wilk said. “We want to create a culture of outdoor engagement, while drawing students into the city and bringing a sense of care and pride to our community. They might even want to join the ranks of UD alumni who stayed right here in Dayton after graduation.”
See more pictures of the Outdoor Engagement Center’s grand opening here.No Comments
Winning and building a legacy — that’s what it was all about for Dan Pugh when he started his softball and basketball intramural team, the Walton Gang, more than 30 years ago.
Pugh, now better known as sportscaster Dan Patrick, built the Walton Gang with several guys from his floor in Founders Hall in 1978. It was named after Patrick’s favorite NBA player, Bill Walton.
“Bill played team first, he wasn’t worried about individual stats,” Patrick said. “That was the beauty of playing with guys like the Szinks, the Lindesmiths and (Mike) Bankovich. They rubbed off on me to make me a better team player.”
It didn’t take much time for Patrick’s team to hit their groove as several of the team members grew up playing sports together. Patrick is the first to admit they weren’t the biggest or fastest athletes — an observation also noted in an April 11, 1978, issue of The Flyer News (click picture at left to read the article) — but they managed to out-compete most other teams. One of the Walton Gang’s first big wins was the NBA 1977-78 IM basketball championships. From there, Patrick hoped their legacy would grow.
“Whether it was softball or basketball, if you were playing the Walton Gang, you’d know what to expect,” Patrick said. “We probably annoyed a lot of people on campus, but when we showed up at the Pac or the Field House, they knew we were in the building.”
The Walton Gang went on to win several championships continuing past Patrick’s graduation in 1979. Years later, the team and players’ legacy continue to live on, from team reunions to mentions in Dan Patrick’s book The Big Show.
“One of my favorite memories at UD was the Walton gang, and it’s hard to put into words what it was,” Patrick said. “Without those guys, my college experience would not have been the same. They were true, no-ego friends.”No Comments
School must surely be back in session because the poster sale has returned to the UD Bookstore. Dozens of students teemed around poster books on tables outside Marianist Hall during an afternoon class change.
9-4-13 by Larry Burgess
Gotta love it when you do a good job and get noticed for it.
Last week, it happened to UD and professor Kelly Kissock. In 2009, a team from UD’s Industrial Assessment Center performed an energy audit for Lake Shore Cryotronics in Westerville, Ohio. UD IAC — led for years by Kissock — is one of 24 IACs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct free assessments for mid-sized industries. As it’s done thousands of times, the UD team handed over recommendations, and the company implemented changes to become more energy efficient.
Fast forward to Aug. 27, 2013, when Ohio Sen. Rob Portman toured Lake Shore Cryotronics to promote his new energy bill. Kissock, chair of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, joined him.
“The company said kind things about how our assessment helped them become more energy efficient, and Sen. Portman said kind things about the UD-IAC and the IAC program,” reported Kissock.
A couple of years ago, when Portman’s office was designing the bill, they called Kissock to solicit his opinions on energy policy. Said Kissock, “As you may expect, I plugged the IAC program and recommended creating a similar university program for buildings modeled after the IAC, in addition to other things. I’m not claiming credit for this, but I smiled when both these ideas showed up in the bill.”
A job well done, all around.No Comments
UD hopes to soon add a new piece of history to its gallery in Roesch Library.
Commissioned in 1988 by the monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., as “a Bible for our time,” The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten Bible to be commissioned in more than 500 years. An exhibit of enlarged reproductions of hand-illuminated illustrations will be on display Oct. 18 to Nov. 15 on the first floor of Roesch Library.
The Saint John’s Bible exhibit and all related events will serve as fundraisers to help the University acquire a reproduced copy.
Completed in 2011, The Saint John’s Bible is a unique blend of ancient methods, materials and tools with modern themes, images, technology and text. Examples of modernization include the way DNA strands are woven into the illumination of the genealogy of Christ and the fact that the twin towers of the World Trade Center appear in the illumination of Luke’s parables.
The library staff believes that adding The Saint John’s Bible to the University’s collections would allow the community to use this amazing work of sacred art to ignite spiritual imaginations for generations to come.
“We are confident that the beauty and values of The Saint John’s Bible will convince many in the UD community that this work should become a permanent part of the library. We have already received significant donations from a member of the libraries’ staff and a bequest of the late Brother Frank Deibel, S.M. ’29,” said Kathleen Webb, dean, University Libraries.
Two additional programs will occur at UD in connection to the exhibit, including a lecture by Father Eric Hollas, OSB, of Saint John’s Abbey about the Bible’s creation, and a calligraphy workshop led by Dayton artist, designer and calligrapher John Emery ’66.
The exhibit and all related events are free. Donations can be made (with the designation, The Saint John’s Bible Fund) or by using an envelope available within the exhibit. For exhibit hours and information, click here.No Comments
Anyone walking around Kiefaber Street in the 400 block will likely see an American flag flying from the porch of 448 Kiefaber. If one then glances across the street to 453 Kiefaber they’ll also see (at left) the flags of Switzerland and France, giving the area a worldwide crossroads flavor.
8-29-13 by Larry Burgess
When University of Dayton biology professor Robert Schuellein ’44 got an offer to work at the National Institutes of Health in 1963, he had to make a difficult choice between two things at which he excelled: teaching and research. (Read more here.)
Research won; Schuellein left the University and the Marianist order, took the job at NIH and stayed there until his retirement in 1983.
But Schuellein, who died in 2011 at the age of 91, never forgot UD. In his estate, he gave $2.5 million to the University for a faculty research endowment in biology. A story appears in the Autumn 2013 issue of University of Dayton Magazine. Here are some additional comments provided about Dr. Schuellein and his work.
Geneticist Eliot B. Spiess of Winnetka, Ill., was Schuellein’s doctoral adviser at the University of Pittsburgh. Now retired from teaching, Spiess is a professor emeritus of biological sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “He was my first graduate student,” Spiess said. “He was a wonderful person, very conscientious and just did a lot of hard work. He was quiet and humble, not attention-seeking at all. He did a lot of teaching before he came to me; we were investigating chromosomal anomalies in drosophila.”
Bernard Zalewski, S.M., a 1958 biology graduate, recalled his fellow Marianist as a man who excelled at both teaching and research: “I knew him as a brother,” Zalewski said. “He tried to convince me to get a Ph.D. and come teach at UD. I did come back to teach, but in the School of Business. … He enjoyed teaching; this was a difficult decision for him. But he liked teaching enough to draw me into it.”
George McGowan, a 1963 biology graduate who lives in Waynesville, Ohio, remembers Schuellein’s teaching well: “In the genetics lab, that’s where we dealt with all the fruit flies. I remember one time a plague of fruit flies that got loose. There were just thousands of them. … Dr. Schuellein was very nice, very easy to talk with, and always had a good sense of humor. Among college students, he just really wanted people to understand. … Dr. Schuellein stood out in the science area. I was not the best student he had, but I really enjoyed his class.”
George Noland, a biology professor who became chair of the department in 1963, maintained contact with Schuellein after he left: “When I would go to Washington, I would visit him, so I saw him two or three times in the first couple years he was up there,” Noland said. “He lived simply, and he was a stickler for detail.”
Patricia S. Bryant, Ph.D., a retired program director at NIH, worked with Schuellein during the 1970s and ’80s. Besides being “a beautiful person and a treasured colleague,” she said, he was an advocate for science: “He was helping to build an environment where scientists stay in science. Clinicians are well-rewarded in private practice, so that is an option for people after they’ve had their scientific training; if continuity of funding is a problem, you may lose scientists to private practice. He wanted an infrastructure that continues to value science and a pipeline of people who maintain their commitment to science.”No Comments