Thursday March 30, 2006

200-foot Wright Brothers Memorial

Civil engineering, sociology and visual arts students will make their three-hour presentation at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Jesse Philips Humanities Center's Sears Recital Hall. The students' plans also include a conference and banquet center.

WHAT'S AT THE I-70/75 INTERSECTION? IS IT A BIRD? IT'S A PLANE — Maybe, with the help of University of Dayton students, drivers heading into Dayton on Interstate 70 or 75 will be greeted by a 200-feet tall Wright brothers monument. The UD civil engineering, sociology and visual arts students will make their three-hour presentation at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Jesse Philips Humanities Center's Sears Recital Hall. The students' plans also include a conference and banquet center. Refreshments will be served during the intermission. "This is a predesign for the Wright Image Group that gave us the idea and asked us to work with them," UD civil engineering student Sean Wade said. "They have acquired land for the project, received support from a Montgomery County official and are gaining funding and trying to raise support for the project. While these most likely will not be the final design plans for the Wright Image Group, we are designing them as if they would be final. We are making numerous recommendations and giving them as many ideas as possible for the its land." Each year, UD senior engineering students work on a capstone engineering project with a local company. Two years ago, the students designed possible uses for the NCR land that the University was interested in purchasing at the time. "While one of our goals is to create plans that could be used in construction, we are not yet professional engineers. This project is for educational purposes and it has sharpened our engineering skills," Wade added. "Hopefully, we will provide some ideas for the Wright Image Group that it will want to use." For more information, contact UD students Sean Wade at (330) 464-5242 or Randy Worley at (937) 671-1414, or Wright Image Group architect Steve Brown at (937) 277-1900 or stevebrown@brownandbills.com.

TORT REFORM AND CAPS ON DAMAGES

 — Robert S. Peck, president of a Washington, D.C.,-based law firm dedicated to challenging laws that impede access to justice will be among a group of local and national lawyers discussing tort reform at the University of Dayton. The free, public event, sponsored by the UD School of Law's Dayton Law Review, is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in Keller Hall's Mathias Heck Courtroom. Attorneys can receive one hour of continuing legal education credit. Speakers will discuss the constitutionality of Ohio's latest tort reform legislation, the viability of damage caps and procedural reforms that some states have used to compensate victims and ensure fairness under the law for defendants. For more information, contact Jon Hiltz, Dayton Law Review editor, at (937) 229-3642 or visit http://law.udayton.edu/lawreview.