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Once friends at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas, Stephanie Lobo, BA '18, and Rebecca Luna, BA '19, can both remember the moments they set their horizons on transferring to the University of Dallas. Although their paths diverged for a few years following high school, their friendship is now reunited, and both are grateful to call UD home.
In the spirit of the season, Father Thomas More Barba, O.P., BA '09 '10, who began serving as UD's newest campus chaplain in August, shared with us the following Christmas reflection.
"Being a twin is one of the best things about life," said Vi Dang, BA '21. She and her twin, Lam Dang, BA '21, both started their college journeys as UD freshmen this fall. Both twins are planning to be pre-med and major in biology.
The University of Dallas has been recognized in the 2017-18 Colleges of Distinction Guidebook for the eighth consecutive year among nearly 400 of America's best liberal arts institutions. The annual college guidebook featured the university for having one of the nation's most vibrant college communities and named UD as one of three Catholic Colleges of Distinction in Texas.
Charles T. Uhl, who worked in UD's IT Department, sent four of his five children to UD and to Rome. When their father passed away, the Uhl children, along with their mother, Nancy, set up a scholarship fund in his name to enable more students to be able to afford Rome each semester.
They came here so that someday, they can go back with even more to offer. Sana Kandalan, MA '19, and Anmar Oghanna, MBA '19, a wife and husband, both received scholarships to pursue graduate education at UD; they hope to use their degrees and experiences here to better serve their community back home in Erbil.
During their freshman year, a mere nine miles from the UD campus, President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963. Kennedy's famous words, "Ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man," were imprinted on the memories of these freshmen, influencing the development of their characters and philanthropic spirits and empowering them to serve with distinction in all types of vocations.
After happening across the early biophilosopher Jakob von Uexküll as a freshman biology major, Professor of Psychology Scott Churchill began peering into the worlds of animals through what Uexküll called the "spiritual eye" rather than our physical one; there, he discovered the animal spirit.
In 2015, Sister Yolanda Cruz, one of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, who had received her Master of Theological Studies from the Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry, began teaching at UD, finally bringing the presence of these sisters back to campus.
Dave Atkinson, BS '99, spring Rome '97, was first drawn to the quaint mountain town of Prizzi, Sicily, in 2015 for the famous Ballo dei Diavoli Easter celebration. He was pulled so deeply into both his new friendships with locals and the culture of the town that he felt inspired to give back in some way.
The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery proudly announces a new collaborative exhibition, "site_midnight_sun>>orangegreengrey," featuring the dynamic "Drone Beuys" Nick Bontrager and Adam Fung. Both artists will share details of their latest Icelandic expedition during an artist talk on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at 5 p.m. in the Haggar Auditorium in the Art Village on the University of Dallas campus, followed by a reception in the gallery.
Sophomore Mary Kate Tomassi, BA '20, "embodies the diligent student who loves learning mathematics," explained Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Osoinach, as faculty and students gathered in Constantin Garden on Wednesday, Nov. 15, to honor Tomassi's achievement as UD's first recipient of the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Award.
Father Thomas More Barba, O.P., BA '09 '10, who began serving as UD's newest campus chaplain in August, shared with us the following personal reflection of family and friends on the occasion of Thanksgiving.
Standing on the edge of border America, Diocese of El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz, BA '76, serves a role of vital importance as the pastor of a community divided by the United States-Mexico border. "Recently we have witnessed indefensible, hateful words toward our neighbors in Mexico, the demonization of migrants, and destructive language about our border," Seitz wrote in his July pastoral letter titled "Sorrow and Mourning Flee Away," earning him national attention amid significant upheaval of immigration rights.
During this semester's trip to Greece, UD's Romers toured the ruins of one of history's most famous military engagements -- the Battle of Marathon -- dating back to 490 B.C. The trip marked the first visit to Marathon in decades for the Rome Program. "Our visit there was long overdue," said Peter Hatlie, vice president, dean, director, and professor of classics on the Rome campus.