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President February 19, 2019

As I take in the breathtaking beauty of the sun peeking over the chapel as I walk to my office, I sometimes pause and imagine what could be. I envision a future where every talented student who desires a University of Dayton degree can pursue it — without worrying about debt. I have faith that will happen.


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President February 11, 2019
Dancing for the Kids

I didn’t have to dance my way out of a makeshift “jail” in Kennedy Union ballroom during last year’s Flyerthon. I just had to post bail (!), but being “locked up” gave me a chance to glimpse the love and compassion of University of Dayton students as they literally danced the night away.

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President February 08, 2019
Models of Servant-Leadership

In one of the most joyful evenings on campus every year, we honor two outstanding servant-leaders who reflect our Catholic, Marianist mission in their daily lives. The 2019 Lackner Award recipients, Corinne Daprano and Bill Fischer, lead with integrity, humility, and caring hearts.

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President February 04, 2019
The Bader Burger

Not every University of Dayton student has a sandwich named after him. But not every student is Bader Almuntafkey, a personable cook at Passports restaurant in Virginia W. Kettering Residence Hall. He juggles studying mechanical and aerospace engineering with creating chicken shawarma, kebabs and his signature Arabic burger so tasty that students line up for it after he spreads the word on social media.

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President January 28, 2019
Every Life a Masterpiece

Dom Sanfilippo ’16 likes to share a story about Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, M.H.S.H., who ostensibly knows everyone at the Vatican. “Peering up at Pope Francis sharing the papal balcony with a woman, a bystander in the crowd at St. Peter’s Square asked, ‘Who’s that guy up there with Sister Angela Ann?’” joked Dom, one of her former students.

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President January 23, 2019
Chaos or Community?

If we don’t want chaos, we must choose community and build a bigger tent — a larger circle of care and a place for all to thrive. That’s the challenge Beverly Daniel Tatum, one of the country’s premier scholars on race relations and former president of Spelman College, delivered at UD’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast.

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President January 11, 2019
Amazing and Brave

The aroma of chicken shawarma and spicy aloo gobi wafted through the Kennedy Union Ballroom as I entered to offer a personal welcome to new international students.

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President December 21, 2018
A Christmas Reflection

In my annual Christmas message to students, faculty, and staff, I reflect on how the University of Dayton is more than our home away from home. It's a place in our hearts.

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President December 13, 2018
In Real Life

When our online MBA@Dayton students from around the country traveled to the University of Dayton for a servant-leadership immersion weekend this fall, they hugged each other and chatted as though they were long-lost friends, even though many had never met before.

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President December 10, 2018
Radical Love

Every person deserves dignity. Every person deserves a voice. When our students advocate for the vulnerable, they become a voice for the voiceless in a world that is not always just. Their stories give me faith in the future. And their mindset is one we want to cultivate in all graduates, no matter their degree.

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