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Great Joy, Great Blessing

August 20, 2018

One by one, members of the President’s Council placed an artifact representing either a favorite part of their job or their philosophy of leadership into the center of the room at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein.


Welcome to the Neighborhood, Adèle!

August 13, 2018

Although the Adèle Center still needed some finishing touches when I toured it a few weeks ago, it’s not going to take long for the new kid on the block to gain respect as it welcomes its first student residents this week.


Our Home is an R&D Powerhouse

August 06, 2018

“Alex, I’ll take research powerhouses for $200.” Not only could I ace this category on “Jeopardy!” but I could also draw well-deserved attention to the University of Dayton Research Institute, whose growth has helped propel UD to a record $150 million in annual sponsored research and impressive research rankings.


Fresh Look, Same Soul

August 01, 2018

Zig zagging around beams and steering well clear of the spraying sparks of a welder’s torch, I recently embarked on a behind-the-scenes tour of the remarkable transformation of the University of Dayton Arena.


A Difference Maker

July 30, 2018

A small statue of Our Lady of Wisdom sculpted by sisters in Southern France graces my desk, a quiet reminder to pray for wisdom as I serve the University of Dayton. It’s a recent gift from Father Martin Solma, S.M. ’71. I will treasure it always — as I treasure him.


Hello, Mary, My Very Best Friend

July 24, 2018

"Ave Maria, amica optima!" Father Norbert Burns, S.M., utters those simple Latin words — loosely translated as "Hello, Mary, my very best friend," when he stands behind the altar and presides over Mass in a makeshift, second-floor chapel in his home on Sawmill Road that he shares with four other Marianists.


Welcome to the Family!

July 17, 2018

The Class of 2022 is already showing up and making its mark in a big way. As I looked out over a sea of 200 hopeful faces at a New Student Welcome gathering for students from Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati in the RecPlex on Sunday, July 15, I caught a glimpse of the most diverse and academically qualified class in our history.


Hats Off

June 14, 2018

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Danielle (‘Dani”) Ruffolo ’19 on “Shark Tank” one of these days.


In the Footsteps of a Spiritual Giant

June 07, 2018

First, they studied the history of the Marianist founders. Now, faculty and staff have embarked on an extraordinary pilgrimage to be part of that history.


Courageously Fearless

May 31, 2018

Can applied creativity be taught? At the University of Dayton, we're preparing students to be courageously fearless — and perhaps even change the world.

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