Thursday September 27, 2007

No Shortage of Activities

Upcoming events focus on violence prevention, breast cancer research, Pope John Paul II's legacy, business ethics and Native American Awareness Week.

VIOLENCE PREVENTION EXPERT KICKS OFF UD DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS SERIES — Gail Dines, a professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston and frequent speaker at college conferences about violence prevention, will kick off the University of Dayton's Distinguished Speakers Series at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in UD's Kennedy Union ballroom. The talk is free and open to the public. Dines, who is a regular guest on Entertainment Tonight, ABC News and National Public Radio, has worked with Hollywood studios to help create progressive images of women on national television. She also lectures on pop culture and teenage sexuality to high schools and community groups, and has written numerous articles on pornography, media images of women and representations of race in pop culture. The UD Women's Center, UD's women's and gender studies program, and UD's department of sociology, anthropology and social work will co-sponsor Dines' appearance.

CREATING A CULTURE OF INTEGRITY IN THE WORKPLACE — Keith Taylor, former NCR Corp. senior vice president for financial solutions, will talk about creating a culture of integrity in the workplace at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Kennedy Union ballroom. Taylor's appearance is part of the School of Business Administration's Business as a Calling program. It is free and open to the public. The program emphasizes that by viewing a career as a calling distinct from a series of jobs, a deeper sense of purpose and a greater social awareness are fostered and can create a culture of business integrity.

JUST WAR AND BEYOND — The Rev. James L. Heft, S.M., will discuss "The International Legacy of John Paul II: Just War and Beyond" at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the Sears Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public. Heft's talk will address Pope John Paul II's impact on the just war theory, non-violent conflict resolution, and setting an example of how forgiveness can pave the way to peace, justice and human rights. Heft is president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies and Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. Prior to that, he was UD's professor of faith and culture and chancellor.

11TH ANNUAL CONCERT AT UD WILL BENEFIT BREAST CANCER RESEARCH — Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will hold its FREEFAHL — Forever Reminding and Educating Every Female About Healthy Living — concert 2-11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the University of Dayton's Art Street Amphitheater. Tickets are $7 and available through the Kennedy Union box office at 937-229-3333. Tickets also will be sold in Marycrest and Virginia Kettering residence halls on UD's campus. The event is open to the public. Free hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, chips and drinks will be available. Featured artists include Kristen Key, Wake Hollywood, Welwyn, Julie Roth, Pat Kelly, James Wade, 5 cents a shot and From Midnight On. Entertainment includes a dunk tank and cornhole games. All proceeds go to breast cancer education and awareness. Luminaries will be available for purchase the day of the event in memory of those who have been affected by the illness. Last year, this event raised more than $5,000. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Mandi Fetters at 330-697-8327 or

LAW SCHOOL SEMINAR TO HELP BUSINESSES COMBAT WRONGDOING — A compliance officer for a Fortune 500 company will join national business law experts for a UD School of Law seminar designed to help companies detect and deal with ethical breaches. The seminar, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Keller Hall courtroom, is open to the public and costs $25. The seminar will have three consecutive panel discussions covering structuring and implementing compliance and monitoring systems, internal corporate investigations, government investigations and shareholder litigation.

UD 5K RACE TO BENEFIT THE OTHER PLACE — The Frericks 5K starts at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in front of UD's Frericks Center. The race, which travels though UD's campus, costs $15 if registering by Oct. 20 and $20 if registering after Oct. 20. Early registrants will receive a race T-shirt. Runners can apply at Active's Web site by entering the keyword Frericks. It is open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to donate a pair of sneakers for The Other Place, a local homeless shelter. Awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers in the following divisions: 10 and younger, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 and older. Food and drinks will be provided after the race. For more information, contact Peter Titlebaum at 937-229-4222 or

NATIVE-AMERICAN AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT UD — Grammy-nominated author Marilou Awiakta will discuss her vision for social justice and environmental sustainability that she writes about in her book, Selu: Seeing Corn Mother's Wisdom, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Science Center Auditorium. Awiakta's reading of Selu received a Grammy nomination. The book is in the Quality Paperback Book Club. Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem and Ms. Magazine have featured Awiakta's work. Awiakta also wrote Abiding Applachia: Where Mountain and Atom Meet and Rising Fawn and the Fire Mystery. Her work has helped her earn a Distinguished Tennessee Writer Award and an award for Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature. Awiakta's appearance is part of Native American Awareness Week activities at UD.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or