University of Dayton students brought local lessons and research on rights issues central to the Miami Valley to a conference featuring international speakers combating global human rights abuses.
“Can the public sector accommodate human rights?” This is the question posed by three public administration graduate students as part of the University-hosted conference, The Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy, held Oct 3-5.
Susan Weaver, Leslie King and Chloe Feng, public administration graduate students from Richard Ghere’s Spring 2013 NGO leadership class, addressed of-the-moment topics like public administration’s incorporation of human rights into state-supported foster care, hydraulic fracturing in the Great Miami River Watershed and Dayton’s Immigrant-Friendly City Program.
The panelists’ examples of public policy questions in which human rights are implicated in some way fostered much discussion.
“How do public officials sell the virtues of respect and concern for human dignity as a qualitative social asset that has the potential to reap material benefits for the community?” Feng asked. ”…Human rights shouldn’t have to be earned.”
Discussant James Pierce commended Ghere and the panelists for their work. “They took up the issue of how human rights norms percolate down to the local level and beyond, as well as how human rights rhetoric and norms can inform decisions that public administrators make,” he said.
Kevin Rioux, library and information science professor at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. was also complimentary.
“One of the primary motivators of our profession, as librarians, is that people have a human right to education and access to information; therefore, I’m so glad the panel has said affirmatively, that yes, there is a place in the public sector for human rights and that social workers, as well as those who are working with immigrant populations and the environment, are being driven by these ideas,” Rioux said.
Some of the challenges the panelists’ discussed in incorporating human rights norms in a local setting included countervailing pressures against human rights and a lack of awareness among public officials.
“I think this is such an interesting list because if we were at another panel that had a more international focus, the exact same dynamic would be going on,” said Pierce. ”…The same challenges that the panelists pointed to at the local Dayton level are at play wherever international norms are being introduced, whether it’s in Asia, Africa, Latin America or Dayton.”No Comments
October’s not usually when we think about graduation, but perhaps sooner is better than later, as shown by this senior who’s wearing the garb. With the help of UD Bookstore staff, Matt Odierna, a senior mechanical engineering major from Columbus, Ohio, tries on the graduation cap, gown, and hood during a grad fair in Kennedy Union ballroom.
10-7-13 by Larry Burgess
This October, the University of Dayton Orchestra is going places it’s never been before – literally.
The orchestra is taking a trip over fall break to Puerto Rico showcasing their talent and encouraging love and practice of music, specifically at UD.
Junior violinist Kayla Mueller says it’s the first time they’ve traveled together as an orchestra. “I thought this would be a perfect opportunity because the time we usually spend together is in the orchestra room, and everyone is usually exhausted,” she says. “I’m excited to get to know each other on a deeper level other than just each other’s first names.”
For generations, UD has become a home away from home for Puerto Rican students – an effort advocated by Myron Achbach ’58, former director of admission.
According to associate professor Patrick Reynolds, conductor of four years, there were two key people who helped make this pioneer trip possible: Achbach and the current dean of engineering, Tony Saliba ’81.
Reynolds says that the trip is a great opportunity to reward them for their hard work and commitment — and the students appreciate his efforts. “Dr. Reynolds put a lot of work into getting the trip together and approved,” Mueller says. “He’s really excited to share it with us.”
The orchestra will perform at schools in San Juan and a historic cathedral, as well as in a UD alumni concert in addition to a two-hour combined rehearsal with the orchestra from the preparatory program at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico.
“We want to make sure we’re connecting with students who are interested in music,” Reynolds says.
The program is primarily classical, including Bach and Mozart, as well as Spanish and Caribbean influenced pieces to reach wide audiences, he says. The songs were chosen to show off the orchestra, in order to be satisfying for the audience as well as the players.
“A lot of the songs have solos, highlighting the principal players,” says first-year viola player Kira Ogburn. She hopes the performances will give the audience a taste of the students’ talents.2 Comments
In its 15th year, the University of Dayton’s Dance Marathon is an annual fundraiser for Dayton Children’s Hospital. In honor of its anniversary, UD students will dance for 15 hours on Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., to benefit kids battling life-threatening illnesses at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
“Once you go, it’s a pretty powerful day,” said alumna Rachel Gearhardt Prindle ’12, two-time UDDM president. “You want to be a part of the movement.”
Sophomore Michael Dosedel feels the same way. He’s been coming back ever since his first dance marathon; however, his initial service to the hospital was through Dayton Children’s patient ambassador program, at age 13.
Seventeen years ago, Dosedel — who grew up just a few miles from the UD campus — was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of muscle cancer. After being given a 5 percent chance of life and spending half of his childhood at Dayton Children’s, Dosedel is the only child who has survived the experimental treatment protocol he was given, according to the hospital.
“As a patient, it’s great to know that there are people out there who want to help others and are so willing to dedicate the time, energy and money to this cause,” Dosedel said. “Now, as a student, it’s great to see my friends out there helping with this event.”
But you don’t have to be a student to make a difference in the lives of Dayton Children’s patients. Prindle still participates in UDDM by joining an alumni team through the UDDM website and making donations during the alumni hour of the event, one of 15 themed hours.
“This fundraising event is hands down one of the best UD puts on and alumni support is crucial,” Prindle said. This year, alumni hope to raise $60,000, their highest goal to date. Last year alumni raised $53,000.
“The 15th anniversary of this event truly speaks to its longevity in the Dayton community and its importance to the hospital,” Prindle said. “It’s going to be around for a long time.”
For more information or to contribute, visit UDDM’s website.No Comments
UD ROTC cadets raise the flag for the start of morning lead lab exercises early last Thursday morning. Lead labs allow cadets to hone and learn skills essential to military life.
10-3-13 by Ian Moran ’15No Comments
What do a Maestro, a human rights expert and a theologian have in common?
As part of the Rights. Rites. Writes. campaign, Maestro Neal Gittleman of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Miguel Díaz, university professor of faith and culture, and Mark Ensalaco, associate professor of political science and director of human rights research, took part in a public conversation in Boll Theatre on Monday, Sept. 23. University students, faculty and community members filled the theater to listen as the experts discussed the intersection of three prominent themes on campus this year: human rights, religion and art.
Inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which debuted 100 years ago, the discussion centered around a question posed by Dean Paul Benson: “How can we understand the fact that something that struck the Parisians as a tumultuous scandal could become now a deep part of our cultural legacy?”
The discussion ranged from Maestro Neal Gittleman’s first experience with the Rite of Spring to an examination of the words of Pope Francis to the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
With Rights. Rites. Writes. as this year’s central theme for all first-year students in the university’s Common Academic Program, students had the opportunity to attend the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of the Rite of Spring the following Friday.
“Attending this concert helped me realize how much of an impact music has on society,” said Holly Gyenes, a first-year music education major, who attended the performance with her ASI course.
“I have been to many orchestra performances in the past, but this experience was unique because the first half of the concert was a breakdown of the entire work to show the complexity of the piece, as well as exemplifying how Stravinsky revolutionized 20th century music,” she said.No Comments
The calendar presently shows October. The leaves on the trees across campus are doing their best to change colors. And a reliable standard autumn flower is the chrysanthemum, or mum, as shown here in Kennedy Union plaza during an afternoon class change.
10-1-13 by Larry Burgess
Gray skies and light rain cooled a murky 63-degree day on campus enough so that one could consider a warm drink. Here, at The Blend Express, Joanna Bologna, a sophomore finance and entrepreneurship major from Detroit, makes a milky way latte for a customer.
9-30-13 by Larry Burgess
Skip and Wanda Royer enjoy the first half of UD’s football game against Marist College Saturday afternoon at Welcome Stadium from the shade of a red, white and blue American flag-decorated umbrella. Wanda worked in the president’s office at UD before retirement, and Skip earned a bachelor’s degree in 1962 and master’s degree in 1988 from UD.
9-28-13 by Larry BurgessNo Comments
Residents of 107 ArtStreet invite passers-by to write down a favorite poem or thought on paper and hang it in their “Poet Tree” in front of their apartment. The text of this selection reads: “Splashes of color remind us to smile.”
9-26-13 by Larry Burgess