Tuesday October 17, 2006

People of Vision

The University of Dayton receives the 2006 People of Vision award for community leadership.

The University of Dayton will be honored with the 2006 People of Vision Award from Prevent Blindness Ohio for its "outstanding philanthropic works" in the community.

The event will take place at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Presidential Banquet Center, 4548 Presidential Way in Kettering. UD President Daniel J. Curran will accept the award on behalf of the University. A 5:30 p.m. reception will precede the program.

"The University of Dayton has played a vital role in the Dayton community and has demonstrated great 'vision' and leadership excellence," said Taryn Frederick, Dayton development coordinator for Prevent Blindness Ohio. The People of Vision Awards dinner generates more than $50,000 for sight-saving programs provided by the organization and is attended by approximately 200 community leaders.

"UD enjoys a longstanding reputation as a community partner that springs from its Catholic, Marianist mission," said Curran. "It's part of that mission throughout our history that propels us to be builders of community."

In fact, a new national ranking puts the University of Dayton first among all Catholic universities and third nationally in the "extraordinary efforts" it makes to contribute to the renewal and revitalization of its surrounding community. The newly released "Saviors of Our Cities" list recognizes the top 25 universities and colleges that are "exemplary examples of community revitalization and cultural renewal," among other attributes.

Some examples include:

  • As part of the Genesis Project, the city of Dayton, University of Dayton, Miami Valley Hospital, CityWide Development Corp., County Corp. and National City Bank invested $15 million to rebuild the Fairgrounds Neighborhood. Dozens of substandard houses were torn down, 23 new ones were built and another 11 were rehabilitated.
  • In June 2005, UD purchased 49 acres of land with buildings from NCR for $25 million to expand campus and spur development by the river. It is believed to be the largest piece of developable land in the city of Dayton.
  • UD is collaborating with the Dayton Foundation to help transition four Dayton Public Schools' K-8 schools into neighborhood school centers with the focus on helping students achieve in the classroom and encouraging residents to use the facilities.
  • UD has teamed with commercial developers to construct University Place at the corner of Brown and Stewart streets that will include graduate apartments and retail outlets, and Courtyard by Marriott, a hotel near UD Arena believed to be the first hotel construction in the city of Dayton in two decades.
  • UD's Rubicon House on Brown Street serves as a neighborhood center. Faculty and students work with neighborhood leaders on numerous projects ranging from developing the area's assets for tourism to educational outreach efforts.
  • Every fall, UD sends students "Into the Streets" to paint houses, work in homeless shelters and volunteer their talents at dozens of other community service sites. Other students connect their academic work to the challenges of community leadership and some take a semester off to work full time at area social service agencies. The newly launched Rivers Institute links faculty and honors students with the Miami Conservancy District and Five Rivers MetroParks to find ways to turn the Great Miami River Watershed into a stronger asset for the region.

Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio's leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight. The organization serves all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country's second-oldest national voluntary health organization.

For more information, contact Taryn Frederick at 937-223-8766 or Linda Robertson at 937-229-3257.