Friday November 17, 2017

Briefly Speaking

Public comment is being sought for University reaccreditation and a local attorney's support for law review honors longtime law school faculty member. Plus, students and faculty will host event to benefit local food bank.


The University of Dayton is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit Feb. 12-13 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. The University of Dayton has been accredited by HLC since 1928. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address: Public Comment on the University of Dayton, Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411. The public may also submit comments on HLC's website. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by Jan. 12.  


Local attorney Merle Wilberding has established an endowment to create the Susan Newhart Elliott Award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship fund to recruit legal scholars to write for the University of Dayton Law Review. Wilberding also established a trust last year to support the law review in perpetuity. "These gifts honor Susan's longstanding service and contributions to legal scholarship, and the law review, for which I have a great deal of respect and admiration and is close to my heart," said Wilberding who wrote the law review's first article in 1976. Newhart Elliott, a professor at the School of Law and director of the Zimmerman Law Library, has served at the School of Law since 1994, including 10 years in the law library and 10 years as the University of Dayton Law Review faculty adviser. The 1987 Dayton Law graduate also was the law review's managing editor as a student. "Merle and I had very rewarding experiences with law review during our law school years. As a faculty member, I have tremendously enjoyed sharing the experience with students," Newhart Elliott said. "Merle and I see the law review as a public face of the law school. I am extremely grateful to be part of this opportunity to offer continuing support to it." To learn how you can support the Susan Newhart Elliott Award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship, contact Kim Longo, executive director of major gifts, at 937-229-4836 or For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communication, at 937-229-3391 or


University of Dayton students and faculty will host the second annual “Dinner in the Desert Kitchen” exhibition, art auction and food drive to benefit the Dayton Foodbank from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 at the @Index Project Space in the Front Street Warehouse, at 1001 E. Second St. in Dayton. New student photographic works will be available in a silent auction and small edition prints will be gifted to those who donate a non-perishable food item while supplies last.The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Glenna Jennings at For interviews, contact Meagan Pant at or 937-229-3256


Professional Development Programs

Nov. 29-30: "Problem Solving for Team Leaders: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt." Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to lead Lean Six Sigma problem solving teams through the five-step Lean Six Sigma Problem Solving process. The one-day yellow belt workshop is a prerequisite for this program. 

Dec. 6-7: "Project Management Essentials I & II." This program focuses on the practical skills, tools and techniques used to effectively manage all phases of a project — initiation, planning, execution and closing. Participants will work on a practical case study project in small groups to clarify the project's goal and objectives, identify deliverables, create a work breakdown structure and build a schedule. 

Dec. 12: "Professional Communications & Presence." First impressions, nonverbal communication and proper dining skills are key elements of being a business professional. Many professionals lack an awareness of or appreciation for the importance of the image they convey because they have not learned or appreciate these skills. Participants will learn how image influences perception, the skills to make a positive first impression, techniques on how to manage non-verbal communication effectively and business technology etiquette. 

Dec. 13: "Navigating Difficult Conversations." This program will help attendees understand the casualties of unresolved conflict — productivity loss and employee turnover, among others. Participants also will identify their preferred conflict resolution styles and techniques to increase their personal effectiveness. 

Dec. 14: "Leadership is Everyone's Business." Participants will discover how they have shown leadership to meet business and personal challenges, allowing them to gain the confidence and skill to increase their use of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders. 

The cost for a professional development program is $395 for the general public, $345 for University of Dayton alumni and $299 for center partners. 

All sessions for every program run all day, unless otherwise noted, and will be on the University of Dayton River Campus at the 1700 South Patterson Building. 

For more information about Center for Leadership programs and to register, call 937-229-3115 or visit the Center for Leadership website.

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