Summer Programming

My Life: Amy

07.16.2012

Hello! As you know, I work for the Rivers Institute this summer as an intern. My primary job is to prepare and run our many summer programs. Lately we... More

Myrtle Beach

My Life: Amy

07.16.2012

Hi, Friends! It appears as though I am way behind in blogging! I have absolutely no sense of time this summer, but I am enjoying every minute of it. T... More

Never a Dull Moment

My Life: Amy

07.16.2012

As I mentioned in my last blog, I am fortunate to have a great job this summer and have a lot of variety in my life. After the business conference, I ... More

Thankful to be Alive

My Life: Amy

06.26.2012

I have been going a little bit crazy with the blogs lately, but there are just so many things that I want to share with you! I had to write a quick bl... More

Catholic International Business Conference

My Life: Amy

06.25.2012

Happy Monday! I can only say happy Monday because I am blessed enough to have an awesome job this summer. This weekend I was reflecting on the events ... More

Big News!

My Life: Amy

06.22.2012

Hello, all! I hope everybody is enjoying these toasty summer days! Dayton has been a great place to be this summer because there are so many fun outdo... More

Breaking Bread

My Life: Chinyi

06.21.2012 | Students, Campus and Community, International, Culture and Society, Education, Current Events

So the past two weeks I've been participating in Breaking Bread, an event initiated by the Center for International Programs to bring American and int... More

New Blog Site (sort of!)

MyLife: Kaitlin

06.21.2012 | Current Events

New and improved! More

Finals Week

MyLife: Kaitlin

06.21.2012 | Students

Time to pick an obscure hobby! More

Fall Semester in Picture Form

MyLife: Kaitlin

06.21.2012 | Campus and Community

Some of my favorite photos/memories from fall semester! More

Back in it

MyLife: Kaitlin

06.21.2012 | Students

We generally call the first week back "syllabus week." More

A busy but good week

MyLife: Kaitlin

06.21.2012 | Current Events

This week, though it was insanely busy as usual, was an exciting one. More

Dinner with Marianists

MyLife: Kaitlin

06.21.2012 | Catholic

Over Christmas break, I volunteered to design some invitations for various Marianist events happening on campus in January and February. More

My Life: Colleen

My Life: Colleen

06.21.2012

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Appalachia Night with Jake Ousely

My Life: Paige

06.21.2012 | Fun Friday

So, last night I spent the evening at Appalachia Night. Some of you are probably asking, "what is Appalachia Night"? Well, Appalachia Night is an event held on campus to promote the annual summer immersion trip called UDSAP (University of Dayton's Summer Appalachia Program). Every year, students can apply for this summer-long program where they will live in community in Salyersville, KY. Here, the students will get an inside look at a completely different culture, right here in the United States. And every year, those selected students come back with memories that last a lifetime and bonds that make them a family. From what I have heard, UDSAP is one of those experiences that can never be compared. And it is always amazing to see how much those students stay a family even once they return to UD for the rest of their time here as students. 

Now, back to why I even went to Appalachia Night. I went because first: one of my best friends on campus, Emily has applied for UDSAP and is awaiting anxiously to here whether or not she will be spending her summer in KY. And second: it was a free concert featuring UD's own "The Leap Year's" and Jake Ousley from Nashville, TN. I mean, who doesn't love a free concert with friends? 

But, to be honest, I was a little bit nervous to attend this night because I had never heard of Jake Ousley and I did not know too many people attending either. But, upon arrival, I was welcomed just like usual. All UD events seem to welcome us all as if we have known each other for years, it is one of those things that makes UD so special. Plus, once the music started, everyone became even more relaxed. I think it is because as a community, we always support each other and when music is involved,none of us seem to remember who we came with. Rather, we find ourselves surrounded with people who are mutually dancing and singing along to the music. That is what is so special about music, it always brings people together.

Lastly, this night just made UDSAP seem so much more real and interesting. We could all see the true family-like bonds that all the fellow participants still had. It was heart-warming and made me start to think about next summer. Maybe I will apply for UDSAP one day, but only time will tell. So, I hope that anyone who is blessed to be selected for UDSAP has an amazing experience and I wish you all the best! 

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