Up and away
SGA officers recycle balloons from the Marianist Family Feud held in Kennedy Union ballroom to draw attention to Dayton to Daytona sign-up forms, now available in the SGA office on KU’s second floor. Pictured, from left, are Maggie Schnering, Meg Lynskey, Larry Scott and Ricky Schmidt.
1-24-07 by Larry Burgess
When I heard that gospel musician Kirk Franklin was coming to Dayton for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, I immediately set out to claim my seat Monday night at the Dayton Convention Center.
One problem: Tickets were $60, and I was broke.
To my pleasant surprise, I received an e-mail from a professor inviting interested students to a free lunch Tuesday with the three-time Grammy award-winning singer.
I realized the luncheon wouldn’t simply be lecture when I found the tables arranged in a large square with about 30 chairs occupied by high school students from the Dayton Early College Academy.
Franklin told them his personal story of a childhood lacking a stable mother and father and the loss of a sister to prison.
“In order to get out,” said Franklin, “you’ve got to have hunger. God don’t bless no mess … but you’ve got to want it.”
Amens echoed throughout the room.
I was pleased to witness the bond of trust and recognition grow between students and star though dialogue and sharing God’s helping hand. I’m certain it topped the $60 lecture.
Above: Kirk Franklin accompanied by UD Jazz Ensemble and Ebony Heritage Singers in Frericks Center Jan. 22. In addition to performing, Franklin was the keynote speaker at the 21st University of Dayton Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Prayer Breakfast.No Comments
Peace: a feeling that grows from its source.
On a cold day in January, two smiling Buddhist women openly talked and laughed. Sister Molini and Sister Dhamma Vijaya, both bald because of the lice that live with them in Nepal, appear so beautiful for their loving spirits come alive in their eyes.
Their lifetime of service is not a burden, but a delight. A trip troubled by postponed visas and a long flight is their calling. The frustration is part of their journey.
Now, they are here at UD ready to spread their inner joy, hoping not to convert but to help students find lives of peace and happiness.
For the third time, they are teaching students a greater understanding of Buddhism as well as the art of meditation. In every class and every interaction, they live the views they teach. Peace.No Comments
Where in the world?
Pins on a map in the language lab mark the spots where UD students have traveled.
1-23-08 by Larry Burgess
It may be hard to guess the majors of artists in the eighth annual Honors Art Exhibition, which opened last Friday.
Or maybe not. Junior mechanical engineering major Andrew Fist fell in line by framing his three photography entries in no-glare glass.
“It’s usually pretty interesting to see what major each participant is and then compare his or her art to the personality typical of people with that major,” junior Alex Karas said.
Karas, an art education major, painted his “Still Life” (shown left) by focusing on composition, light and color. “I feel as though my exploration will enable me to better communicate at this general, formal level with my students,” he said.
Senior chemical engineering major Anna Van Auker displayed “Lake Louise,” a photograph taken during an internship with the oil company BP.
The juried exhibit includes 31 of the more than 100 entries. Selected artists received a bookstore credit, while best-of-show winner Jodie Rupinsky, a senior photography major, received a scholarship award. The Honors Art Exhibition is on display through November in Alumni Hall room 125.No Comments
Organizations day in Kennedy Union
Jonathan Fisk, a first-year student from Cincinnati and president of the chess club, makes his move.
1-17-08 by Larry Burgess
In December, more than 200 guests joined UD President Daniel J. Curran to celebrate the Christmas season at the Dayton Art Institute and look to the year ahead, now upon us.
“Tonight isn’t about speeches, it’s about celebrating,” Curran told them. “Tonight we are celebrating the Christmas season and we are celebrating you — our partners, donors, alumni, faculty and staff. In this season of giving, I want to thank you for the gifts you have given the University. Thank you for your time, your talent and your financial support. It is truly appreciated.
“Next year will be an exciting year for the University of Dayton and it is my sincere hope that you will accept my invitation to continue our partnership and journey together.”No Comments
Waiting for students to return
Winter winds whipped snow into a drift around an empty bench near the LTC.
1-2-08 by Larry Burgess
Finding a niche
Snow fills a north-facing window of the Immaculate Conception Chapel.
1-2-08 by Larry Burgess
Fire and ice
Icicles continue to grow through Friday, but a spring-like thaw is predicted for the weekend.
1-2-08 by Larry Burgess