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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.


Art and Dayton's Collective Humanity

May 23, 2018

When I walked into the gallery in the President’s Residence, I felt overcome by the truth, beauty — and sheer power — of a display of paintings and photographs by more than a dozen local African-American artists that will grace the walls until Nov. 20.


And the Emmy Goes to...

May 09, 2018

A hush filled the nearly full Science Center as the credits rolled for the student-produced short documentary "Epicenter: Dayton’s Opioid Crisis." Several exclaimed, "Wow!" and "Whew!" Then, in unison, the audience rose and applauded what can only be described as a cinematic tour de force. Can we give this film an Emmy now?


Make a Difference

May 05, 2018

Presiding over the largest undergraduate commencement ceremony in University of Dayton history, President Eric Spina gave graduates a charge: “Do not use your degree just to make a living. Use your degree to make a difference.”


The Iron Man

April 30, 2018

Soaking in a Cincinnati Reds game at Great American Ballpark with Professor Joe Valenzano back in the summer of 2016, I asked myself an existential question: Can a Pittsburgh Pirates fan and a Philadelphia Phillies fan get along? Ha! In some corners of higher education, that’s a little like asking whether a university president and the president of its academic senate can work together respectfully and productively…


Walking the Walk

April 23, 2018

As I listened to our colleague Daria Graham defend her 193-page doctoral dissertation this spring, I couldn’t help but sneak a peek every few minutes at her mother, who beamed with pride and love. I felt a wave of emotion, too, a sense of institutional pride as one of our own demonstrated her scholarly excellence and showed what is possible with single-minded focus and determination.


A Day of Discovery

April 20, 2018

Is there any other university in the country that has as high a level of participation and engagement on a day reserved for celebration of student research and creative work? As I walked into the RecPlex, I felt such a surge of creative energy as row after row of students mingled around their posters, learning and teaching, engaging and building community.

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