Your Gift Makes A Difference Every Day
Your generosity creates an immediate impact on campus. It touches the lives of our students and faculty. And even if you're one of our newest alumni, your decision to make a small gift makes a big difference.
As alumni and friends of the University, we are more than 100,000 strong. By giving to the University, we jointly support our students, faculty and our ongoing mission to create leaders who serve — people committed to lives of learning.
Thank you for continuing the tradition.
The freedom to pursue a dream
STACEY BUCKMAN '13
School of Education and Health Sciences
Middle Childhood Education
Over the years, I have found that my heart lies with UD’s Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concern. I have led the More to Life retreat, participated in service Saturdays and attended various other retreats. I was honored to receive an award for my dedication and commitment to UD. I was also a finalist for the John E. Riley Award, which is presented to students who have exercised sustained leadership through involvement with student initiatives, exemplifying the educational and service values of the University.
Most importantly, I received the incredible opportunity of traveling to Zambia, Africa, for six weeks to participate in a cultural immersion program. The trip changed my life. I traveled with eight other UD students. We barely knew each other at the beginning of the experience, but by the end, we were all great friends, bonded through laughter, tears, heartbreak and prayer. In Africa, we spent a week with the Marianist brothers, learning about the culture and adjusting to living simply. Then we traveled by bus to a small village where we spent the remainder of our trip. In the village, we volunteered in the schools and the hospital, formed relationships with various individuals and spent the majority of our time interacting with children. I learned the true definition of unconditional love, that modest living allows God’s presence to shine brightly and that actions speak louder than words, especially when people do not speak the same language. I learned the power of a hug and the importance of being where your feet are. My heart broke at the sight of extreme poverty, sickness, abuse and alcoholism, but I also met people who were genuinely happy and appreciated everything God had given them. Above all, I saw the difference I could make by sharing of myself.
The experiences I have had through the University of Dayton mean a lot to me; they have changed my life in profound and meaningful ways. I am forever grateful that with financial support, I was able to return and continue to pursue my dream of being a teacher. Teachers hold one of the most important and rewarding jobs in the world. They inspire young people to be independent problem solvers and well-rounded individuals who will go out and make a difference in the world. I hope to bring my passion for justice, my organization and most importantly my love of learning into the classroom. Personally, I cannot imagine a more rewarding experience than working with students and watching them develop into beautiful, hopeful young adults.
After graduation, I hope to teach overseas, commit to a year of service or teach at an urban school. I sincerely believe that the University of Dayton, specifically the guidance of dedicated professors and personnel, will enable me to achieve these goals. Everything from the Marianist-based community to the excellent education program has been ideal for supporting my growth as an individual. Your support has certainly been helpful in enabling me to pursue my dreams.
A Gift Today Creates Success Tomorrow
"What do you say to a person who helped your life proceed to the next level? Thank you really isn't enough."
Blake Muehlstein '16
Fort Worth, Texas
Read more stories of how your gifts directly impact our students and faculty in the 2013 Impact Report.