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Special Programs & Continuing Education
The University of Dayton has a tradition of including adult learners in its community. Adult learners can strengthen skills and expand horizons beyond the classroom.In the 1920s, UD turned on the lights at night and began an evening college which made university-level education available to area residents who worked during the day. Returning veterans of World War II -- and later, Korea and Vietnam -- matured the student body and added unique learning experiences to the classroom environment. In 1952, free audit tuition for persons 60 and over made UD a pioneer in intergenerational learning. Today, that program is called Senior Fellows and it's been joined by a summer Elderhostel program, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UD (UDLLI) and the New Horizons Band. In 1960, graduate studies, which had been abandoned during World War II, were reinstituted.
Today, UD continues this tradition with graduate and undergraduate courses available, along with short-term learning opportunities such as workshops, seminars, teleconferences, and forums. In addition, there is a wealth of resources for independent learning: the university's libraries, plays, concerts, recitals, gallery exhibits, lectures, etc. Pick what interests you.
Make the most of your UD experience. We're here to put you in touch -- in touch with all your university offers you.
YOU DON'T NEED TO BE LABELED. Not everyone can be or wants to be the traditional undergraduate or graduate student. Sometimes you may want to only take a class or two to test the waters. Or maybe you're looking to complete a degree part-time. Perhaps you'd just like to take an art history course because, well, you love art. Within these programs, you can find flexible, affordable ways to take classes without enrolling in traditional degree programs.
Mini-CoursesMini-courses are special, short-term, interdisciplinary credit courses developed by University faculty, (or sometimes by students with the advice and consent of a faculty member), to meet specific, highly current needs or interests not covered in the regular curricula. They are free of charge to all full-time students, even if the course puts them over the full-time limit, and are open to part-time and non-UD students for credit or audit. The typical mini-course carries one semester hour of credit, or fifteen class hours. Classes can be in various sequences, extending over several weeks or concentrated within a few days. Some mini-courses take the form of workshops. Occurring at various times in the year, mini-courses are publicized throughout campus. They can be added to students' schedules during the term.
Non-Credit OfferingsSpecial Programs and Continuing Education offers non-credit activities that include workshops, conferences, teleconferences and courses. Many courses are designed for the enhancement of profession-specific knowledge and skills. Others are designed for those seeking an educational goal for more personal motivation. In-depth, skill-building courses teach practical skills in a relaxed learning environment.
Senior ProgramsSenior programs at UD are a terrific opportunity to continue traveling the path of the lifelong learner. For senior students, Continuing Education at the University of Dayton coordinates several programs that are designed especially to enrich course study for adult learners.
What could be more enjoyable than combining an educational experience with travel to some of the world's most beautiful, romantic, and historic sites? Add the personal touch that experienced, knowledgeable, and bilingual UD faculty lend and it becomes a cultural feast for the eyes, ears, and palate. It's no wonder past participants eagerly go back for seconds, thirds, and more!Programs abroad designed for adults have been sponsored by the University of Dayton since 1983 when two faculty from the Departments of Foreign Languages and Music collaborated to design and host a trip to Vienna. That program continues with one of the original hosts, German Professor Edward Hatch, and is now known as Encore Vienna. In 2001 Professor Andria Chiodo (Languages) and Dr. Eric Street (Music) used Encore Vienna as a model to create Encore Italy, which they have since offered three additional times. Dr. Francisco Peñas-Bermejo (Languages) has also offered a similar program called Experience Spain.
Our programs abroad are an extension of the vast learning opportunities the University offers adult learners through its Continuing Education programs. Learning about foreign cultures is just one of these opportunities, and there is no substitute for traveling with UD faculty, many of whom have lived and worked abroad and have academic expertise pertinent to the sites. Small groups provide participants and program hosts the opportunity for a shared learning experience. In addition, the programs provide participants ample time to explore their individual interests and to immerse themselves in the local atmosphere.
Duane W. Chapman Senior SymposiumIn 1997, the University of Dayton received an endowment gift from the Retirement Research Foundation in Chicago, the nation's largest private foundation solely devoted to aging and retirement issues. The endowment was made in the name of Duane W. Chapman, parent and grandparent of UD Alumni.
The University established the Duane W. Chapman Symposium, following the endowment's directives that biennial symposiums focus on trends and research in gerontology and feature nationally known experts in the field. We are grateful to the Chapman family and the Retirement Foundation for choosing the University of Dayton for this endowment.
The Good Society...
The Art of Influence
Friday, October 28, 2011 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. University of Dayton River Campus Building 1700
The seventh biennial symposium, "The Good Society...The Art of Influence," focuses on issues facing the Miami Valley community. In addition to our keynote speaker, Tony Hall, there will be a presentation by the Pachamama Alliance, a panel discussion concentrating on three areas: Housing, Food and Hunger, and Energy Conditions in the Miami Valley. Through the messages of the speakers, participants will become more aware of the world and their responsibility to it. The goal of thesymposium is to have each participant move the world to a fair, peaceful and sustainable future.
Improving Human Rights in the World
Keynote Speaker: Tony P. Hall
Tony Hall, well known for his zeal in building the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad will open the symposium by helping the attendees focus on the world-wide challenge. He will share his experience as a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights in the world. Ambassador Hall, as the executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger, will discuss how the Alliance engages diverse institutions in building the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad. Tony has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Tony P. Hall, former member of Congress, is the executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger. Tony will share his passion for drawing attention to the needs of hungry people in the United States and around the world. Mr. Hall served as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, Italy. He founded and chaired the Congressional Hunger Center, a non-governmental organization, committed to ending hunger through training and educational programs for emerging leaders.
Awakening the Dreamer
Presenter: Kathy Cleveland Bull
"Awakening the Dreamer" aims to wake people up and help them recognize our planet resources are being depleted and inspire them to step consciously into a new dream - the pursuit of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the Earth. We intend that you leave here inspired and sustained by that vision - committed to take actions that contribute to making that vision a reality.
Kathy Cleveland Bull is a highly regarded professional speaker, trainer and consultant. Prior to forming her own company (N-Compass Consulting), she was the director of training and organizational development at Ohio State University. Kathy is a Phi Beta Kappa psychology graduate of Bowling Green State University (BGSU), and holds master's degrees in college student development and guidance and counseling from BGSU, as well.
Housing, Food and Hunger, and Energy Conditions in the Miami Valley
The panel speakers are well-known for their steadfast commitment to bring an awareness and resolution to today's society and its future. The strategy today is to present available links to create a sustainable society at a local level by introducing the networks available and the simple tasks that can be achieved by individuals.
Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition
Commissioner Judy Dodge will present a brief update on food security and access in Montgomery County and the formation of Montgomery County's Food Policy Coalition. Her focus will be in the areas of human services, food security and the environment.
Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commissioner, is a life-long resident of Dayton. She graduated from Wright State University with a degree in political science. She has served the public as Montgomery County Commissioner since 2006. Among Judy's community accolades are recognition by the "Dayton Daily News" in 2003 as one of Miami Valley's Ten Top Women, recipient of the Law Day's Liberty Bell Award and the Dayton Women's Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award.
Montgomery County Housing and Homeless Solutions
This presentation will include an overview of housing and homeless issues in Dayton and Montgomery County with a focus on the implementation of the Homeless Solutions Community 10-Year Plan. Information will be included on the number of people who experience homelessness in the Dayton area, the programs in the homeless system, new programs and initiatives, and ways that people can be involved in addressing the problem of homelessness.
Joyce Probst MacAlpine is the manager of housing and homeless solutions for Montgomery County. She is responsible for supporting the implementation of the Homeless Solutions Community 10-Year Plan. Previously, she was the housing policy advisor in the Illinois Governor's office, where she developed affordable housing options and advocated for funding and policies to address housing and homelessness. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the University of Chicago.
Sustainability, Climate Change and the Energy Crisis
Global oil depletion fuels resource wars abroad. Carbon dioxide emissions destabilize the climate. Mushrooming debt threatens economic stability. Toxic pollution infiltrates our food, air and water. At the heart of today's greatest challenges is an industrial way-of-life which impoverishes the majority of the planet and its people by exploiting natural resources and human labor while concentrating wealth in the hands of a few. Megan Quinn Bachman will explore relocalization strategies for the Dayton region and share how we can invest locally in the people, businesses and technologies that directly sustain us and will sustain generations to come.
Megan Quinn Bachman is a board member of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA, a columnist for the Ohio-based environmental newspaper, "Ecowatch Journal," an instructor of Global Ecology at Antioch University Midwest and a Yellow Springs news reporter. She also co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning documentary film, "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil."
How University of Dayton Partners with Miami Valley's Community Leaders to Promote Awareness of those Under-served
The mission of the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community is to build and sustain community partnerships that achieve results and help educate future leaders as community builders. Dick will describe the community building methods of the Fitz Center and the leadership challenges these raise. Examples of "leadership that builds community" will be taken from decades of work of Fitz Center staff. Dick will challenge participants to lead and serve in ways that produce trustful relationships and sustained results. His presentation will be both a call to action and challenge to love Dayton.
Dick Ferguson has held several major administrative positions in 39 years at the University of Dayton. He was named Executive Director of the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community in 2001. He has co-taught a graduate and undergraduate seminar on leadership for 17 years. In the Dayton community, Dick serves on the Phoenix Project board of directors and Daybreak Runaway Shelter board of trustees. He co-directs Dayton's Neighborhood School Centers initiative, a project of the Dayton Foundation, Dayton Public Schools, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County, and the Fitz Center. Dick has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Dayton and a master of arts degree from Ohio State University in public policy and management.
For more information about the Chapman Symposium, call 937-229-2347.
Special Programs and Continuing Education is a part of Graduate Academic Affairs at the University of Dayton. Graduate Academic Affairs offers numerous programs of study at the graduate, professional and continuing education level. Our offices are located in the 1700 South Patterson Building on UD's River Campus, near the banks of the Great Miami River. This beautiful facility is the former home of NCR Corporation's World Headquarters.
Julie L. Mitchell
Assistant Dean, Special Programs and Continuing Education
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-7011