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Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium

On April 9, 2014, the University of Dayton will sponsor the annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium to recognize and celebrate academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. This annual event provides an opportunity for students from all disciplines to showcase their intellectual and artistic accomplishments. The Stander Symposium represents the Marianist tradition of education through community and is the principal campus-wide event in which faculty and students actualize our mission to be a "community of learners."

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The purpose of the Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium is to provide an annual campus-wide forum to showcase academic excellence at the University of Dayton.  It is designed to recognize student learning through faculty mentored undergraduate and graduate research, scholarship and artistic accomplishments representing all academic units at the University of Dayton.  

GOAL 1: Recognize and encourage student academic engagement by providing a community-wide forum for their research, scholarship and artistic achievements.

GOAL 2: Recognize and encourage faculty mentorship of students and their work. 

GOAL 3: Represent the Marianist tradition of education through community in which faculty, staff and students actualize our mission to be a “community of learners.”

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2014 Symposium Registration

Schedule & Abstract Book

Project Formats

Oral Presentations: Each student will be given a 20-minute time slot for their presentation. This allows 15-minutes to present and 5-minutes for questions. For group projects, please indicate how many 20-minute time slots you require. Save your presentation to a flash drive for easy transfer.

Poster Presentations: On the day of the Symposium you will be given a 4'(length) X 3'(height) presentation board and push pins. Wireless access is available but those wishing to use their laptop should have the battery fully charged as electrical outlets will not be provided. The Symposium offers a poster PowerPoint template and free poster printing. For details go to,

Visual Arts Displays, Performances and Panel Discussions: After you have registered, you will be contacted to discuss your space and equipment requirements.

Other presentation formats should be proposed to the Stander Coordinator as soon as possible.

Information you will need to register

  • Advisor(s) name(s)
  • Co-Presenters names if you are part of a group
  • Poster / Presentation Title
  • Abstract (Your abstract should be no longer than 300 words)

*If you plan on attending (but not presenting at) the Stander Symposium, you do not need to register.

2014 Celebration of the Arts

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Schuster Center, One West Second Street
8 p.m.
Pre-show activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

University of Dayton’s performing arts groups take the Schuster Center stage for an evening to inspire. Individual student artwork and large-scale collaborative installations will be on display before and after the show in the Wintergarden. 

Tickets are free but required. Tickets for UD students, faculty and staff are available at the Kennedy Union box office with a valid university ID. Tickets for the general public are available by calling Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or online at

Free transportation to the Schuster from campus provided by Greater Dayton RTA.  Roundtrip chartered buses will depart from the corner of Stewart and Alberta (near A lot) at 6:45 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1.

2014 Keynote Speaker

President Mary Robinson
Monday, March 31, 2014
RecPlex - Main Gym
7:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the University of Dayton Speaker Series

Free and open to the public. No tickets required. 

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland, founder and former president of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Global Initiative (which came to its planned close in December 2010), and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. A world leader who puts her humanity very much at the forefront of her politics, in 2009 she was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor— by President Barack Obama, in recognition of her significant contributions to the nation and the world. She now serves as chair of the Council of Women World Leaders; president of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education, and advocacy on the struggle for global justice; and special envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa, a position she was appointed to by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in March 2013.

President Robinson has been named a “Hero and Icon” as one of Time magazine’s 2005 top 100 men and women whose “power, talent, or moral example is transforming the world.” In 2006, she received Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Award in Social Sciences for her work as a global human rights campaigner. The award singled her out for her “moral strength,” her defense of “ethics in the field of politics and academic research,” and her “tireless efforts to bring about a world without borders.”

Broadening her international scope, President Robinson expands her leadership into other areas including business enterprise, corporate citizenship, and the broad reform of some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. She is a member of the Club of Madrid, which works to promote democracy worldwide. In business, she is one of five prestigious board members of the MasterCard Foundation, a newly established independent foundation focusing on microfinance, youth entrepreneurship, and education. President Robinson was appointed to the UN Global Compact Board, a group of 20 global business, labor, and social leaders working to advance ten universal business principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption for this large voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. With her emphasis on making human rights the compass that charts a course for globalization that is fair, just, and benefits all, she retains a high visibility on pressing issues such as global health, the battle against poverty, and supporting microfinance in many nations.

She recently released a memoir titled Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice, which chronicles her career starting as a young lawyer in Ireland crusading for the rights of women and encompass her remarkable experiences ever since. Robinson is also a member of The Elders, a group of world leaders who contribute their wisdom, independent leadership, and integrity to tackling some of the world’s toughest problems with the goal of making the world a better place. This group of luminaries was founded by Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Based in New York, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative was supported by a partnership with the Aspen Institute, Columbia University (where she is a professor of practice), and the Swiss-based International Council on Human Rights Policy. Its goal was to bring the norms and standards of human rights into the globalization process and to support capacity building in good governance in developing countries.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout the world, President Robinson is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society and is Honorary President of Oxfam International. She also serves on many boards including the Vaccine Fund, the Global Commission on Migration, the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights, the International Commission of Jurists, the Institute of Human Rights and Business, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and the European Climate Foundation.

Educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), King’s Inns Dublin, and Harvard Law School (to which she won a fellowship in 1967), she holds honorary doctorates from over 40 universities around the world, including Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, London, and Edinburgh. Continuing her educational experience, she now serves as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, as well as a Council of Goodwill Ambassador.

As an academic, legislator, and barrister, she has always sought to use law as an instrument for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights as well as in the Irish courts and the European Court in Luxembourg. In 1988, President Robinson and her husband, Nicholas Robinson, founded the Irish Centre for European Law at the University of Dublin; since then, she has been chancellor of the University.

Visitors to campus may park in C lot the evening of the event.

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2014 Schedule of Events

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Online registration begins.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Deadline to submit project proposals.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Celebration of the Arts
8 p.m., Schuster Center downtown Dayton
Pre-show activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mass of the Holy Spirit
12:05 p.m., Immaculate Conception Chapel

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 

Day at the Stander
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., UD Campus Locations
For 25 years, the Stander Symposium has acted as an annual showcase where both undergraduate and  graduate students are invited to showcase their research, creative endeavors and academic achievements. We celebrate the symposium as a day of alternate learning by canceling all  regularly scheduled courses and meetings-instead inviting the whole University to engage in conversation, learning and panel discussions-outside of the classroom.

Free Breakfast
8 to 9:30 a.m., RecPlex, Main Gym

Poster Sessions
RecPlex, Main Gym
9 to 10:30 a.m. Session I
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Session II

Oral presentations, panel discussions, performances and visual arts displays
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Various Campus Locations

Stander Symposium closing reception & Annual Horvath Awards presentation
5 to 7 p.m., Gallery 249, College Park Center

On March 31, you may park in C lot after 4:30 for the keynote address by Mary Robinson.

On April 9, parking available in S1 all day and D lot after 4:00 p.m. Limited guest parking passes available at the visitor center in P, C, and B lots.


Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1302

2014 Co-Chairs:
David Darrow, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences
Margaret Pinnell, Ph.D., School of Engineering 

Symposium Coordinator:
Andrea Meyer Wade, Office of the Provost