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Ohio Campus Compact​ 2018 Charles J. Ping Student Service award recipient

Senior Katherine Liming (CMM / POL) is a 2018 awardee of the Charles J. Ping Student Service Award. Sponsored by Ohio Campus Compact (OCC), this award was designed to recognize and honor undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community.  Learn more (www).

Vote Everywhere Ambassadors Discuss Youth Activism Around Gun Reform

The Andrew Goodman Foundation recently sat down with three Vote Everywhere Ambassadors: Adam Reynolds from the University of Chicago, Katherine Liming from the University of Dayton, and Leivis Rodriguez from Miami Dade College, to discuss youth civic engagement following the recent shooting in Parkland Florida. The discussion highlighted how youth engagement is constantly evolving, why students should continue to stay involved, and how the legacy of past youth movements has made way for this moment in American history. Read the story here. 

UD Gets Two National Awards at Impact Conference

The University of Dayton received two awards this month at a national conference that attracted more than 500 student leaders to the University campus to learn and share best practices about community service and civic engagement. The University of Dayton Summer Appalachia Program received Impact’s Service Program of the Year Award, which recognizes campus-based programs that model student-led direct community service that have in some way contributed to making their campus and communities a better place for everyone. Fitz Center Executive Director Hunter Phillips Goodman received the John Sarvey Administrator of the Year Award, which honors the life of one of Impact’s founders, who died in 2012. It recognizes a college administrator who exemplifies a commitment to its mission and values through significant, continued service and leadership. Read a recent news story for more information.

For interviews, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of news and communications, at mpant1@udayton.edu or 937-229-3256.

University of Dayton Recruiting for Dayton Corp Summer Service

Dayton Corps, an AmeriCorps program through ServeOhio, is recruiting for summer service positions. The program is run through the University of Dayton Fitz Center for Leadership in Community. Positions are available in three areas May 16 to Aug. 31 — neighborhood leadership development, housing insecurity and employment, and education. The Education Corps members engage youth in education activities at either the Madden Hills or Northwest library. The Neighborhood Corps serves out of city hall and engages residents and stakeholders in community organizing in Edgemont/Carillon, Westwood and Residence Park neighborhoods. The Opportunity Corps members assist clients at local homeless shelters. These members serve at either St. Vincent, Daybreak, Homefull or Montgomery County Homeless Solutions. Members will also participate in weekly member trainings and statewide AmeriCorps trainings and events. Stipends for living expenses are available, and members may be eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon completion of their term of service.

Apply online here and learn more about the program here.

University of Dayton Continues Efforts to Empower Out-of-State Student Voters

Getting residential  students out to vote is a goal of the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Vote Everywhere program. Learn about University of Dayton student involvement in this program. >

The Facing Project

Seventy University of Dayton students captured the experiences and challenges of living in Dayton by interviewing local residents as part of a national community storytelling project intended to bring awareness about local human rights issues to inspire social action. Read story >

Learn about the involvement of Art and Design students in the Facing Project and their exhibition at SPHR#17. Description and images >

The University for the Common Good

The Inaugural Address of Eric F. Spina, 19th president of the University of Dayton, April 4, 2017. Read Dr. Spina's Address >

Dayton Corps

The University of Dayton partnered with the City of Dayton and Dayton Metro Libraries on a $385,000 initiative to improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods. Read story >

Cruising Chinese Waterways

Students in the River Stewards program study waterways through an international lens with the course Socio-Economic Change in China: A Case Study of Suzhou and its Waters, taught by President Emeritus Dan Curran. Read story >

What the River Knows

National Geographic highlighted the City of Dayton, the Great Miami River, Five Rivers Fountain of Lights and the River Stewards in their blog Water Current on Nov. 1, 2016. Read story >

Fitz Center Propels Ohio

The executive director of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program was the keynote speaker Friday, Oct. 14, at a statewide conference at the University of Dayton aimed at connecting college students to public service careers in Ohio. Read story >

Levitt Pavilion

Members of the Fitz Center's Dayton Civic Scholars show their support for the City of Dayton's recent approval of the proposal to create a free music venue in Downtown Dayton. Read story >

First Place Business Plan

Jessica Kerr, an intern for the Fitz Center's Community Engaged Learning program, won first place and $25,000 for her idea for Aer, an at-home lung function monitor in the University of Dayton's 10th annual Business Plan Competition. Jessica was a May 2016 graduate in marketing and entrepreneurship from the School of Business Administration. Read story >

The Rivers Institute in the News


August 17, 2015: UD News Story: "Art and Sustainability." >>

August 18, 2015: "Michael Bashaw, Sustainability Artist-in-Residence." >>


May 8, 2013 WDTN Channel 2: "River Mobile Education" >>

March 16, 2013 Dayton Dayton News: "Cities view Pittsburgh as model for riverfront growth." >>

March 15, 2013 WYSO: "University of Dayton Unveils Mobile Learning Studio." >>

WHIO Channel 7: "RiverMobile." >>

WDTN Channel 2: "RiverMobile." >>

WDTN Channel 2: "UD River Mobile stewards discuss what the museum teaches kids." >>

January 15 2013 AASHE Bulletin: "U Dayton Creates Exhibit to Teach Students About Water Resources." >>


December 12, 2012 UD Quickly: "Five Rivers 18 Wheels." >>

December 9, 2012 University of Dayton Video: "Five Rivers 18 Wheels." >>

September 2012 91.3 WYSO Radio Show: "Eco-Artist Basia Irland Visits Dayton." >>

Wednesday March 28, 2012 Dayton Daily News article: "Fifth Annual River Summit at UD Thursday." >>

Thursday March 29, 2012 Dayton Daily News article: "New river developments, projects planned for 2012." >>

Thursday March 29, 2012 Channel 2 News: "Rivers could be big for business, Annual River Summit held at U.D." >>


September issue of University of Dayton Magazine: "A river runs through it." >>

September 15, 2011 Dayton Most Metro Website: "UD students focus on the river as art." >>

August 18, 2011 Dayton Daily News article: "River trip inspires UD students." >>

March 20, 2011 Hamilton Journal News article: "River Summit to look at development, recreation." >>

March 19, 2011 Dayton Daily News article: "River Summit slated at UD." >>


April 20, 2010 Dayton Daily News Op-Ed: "Develop the river and everybody wins." >>

April 18, 2010 Dayton Daily News Op-Ed: "River's Power Hasn't Been Tapped." >>

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