UD News 2017

UD News 2017

UD Welcomes Edward Hadas: Leader in Catholic Social Teaching

In the modern economy, too often our financial system fails drastically, moving from one devastation to another. As part of recent efforts to promote Catholic Social Teaching, UD welcomes Oxford Research Scholar Edward Hadas as he explores the relationships among finance, money, the economy and the human condition. Join us on Monday, Nov. 27, as Hadas presents "Money, Finance and Greed: Solving an Economic Mystery."

North Texas Faithful Come Together at Dallas Ministry Conference

The 11th annual Dallas Ministry Conference was held Oct. 19 - Oct. 21, 2017, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The event featured two keynote addresses, one in English and one in Spanish, as well as 91 other speakers, who included teachers, members of the clergy, lay ministers, authors and motivational speakers, just to name a few.

UD Announces Annual Gupta College of Business Tower Awards

The University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business announced the four recipients of the annual Gupta College of Business Tower Awards. This year's honorees include Chris Blue, Felicia Johnson, Kai Axford and Simon Powell.

UD Announces Second Year of Record-Breaking Undergraduate Enrollment

As most colleges and universities across the nation deal with ongoing enrollment challenges, the University of Dallas is proud to announce a record-breaking undergraduate enrollment of 1,450 students. In addition to another back-to-back year of growing enrollment, the university’s freshman class, the Class of 2021, boasts an average SAT score of 1260, ranking them in the 83rd percentile nationally.

UD Community Rallies for Charity Week

On Friday, Oct. 13, Catholics around the world gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, and as the UD community rallies for another Charity Week, we are reminded of our call to serve others. Starting Monday, Oct. 16, and lasting through Saturday, Oct. 21, the entire campus will raise funds for three nonprofits that align with the university's Catholic identity.

Coming Home: Alumni & Family Weekend Is Fast Approaching

Alumni and Family Weekend (AFW) is the perfect time to reminisce over old memories and create new ones -- and if your graduation year ends in a 2 or a 7, to reunite with your classmates. This year, AFW is fast approaching: we'll officially kick off the festivities with TGIT on the night of Oct. 12.

Clare Boothe Luce Lecturer Studies Nuclear Fusion: 'One of the Fundamental Forces in Nature'

The sun has been producing light for nearly five billion years, but where does its energy come from? As the mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus first suggested, the sun rules the center of our solar system with a gravitational iron fist. Scientists since Copernicus have discovered that nuclear reactions in the sun's core generate energy to produce the light we see; those same reactions enable the production of elements in our universe that are heavier than hydrogen.

University of Dallas Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery Presents 'Moments'

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery proudly announces the opening of "Moments," featuring the Vietnamese Catholic priest Rev. Martin Lam Nguyen, C.S.C., who will transform the gallery into a large retrospective exhibition ideal for quiet meditation and mindful reflection on the present moment.

University Launches Virtual Alumni Advisory Panel

The Office of Personal Career Development (OPCD) has launched the university's first Virtual Alumni Panel, amassing a network of 34 notable UD alumni from all four colleges -- including two with Bachelor of Science in physics degrees and 27 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in 15 different disciplines with majors such as art, history, English and classical philology -- and connecting them with current students seeking professional career advice.

Alumnus Receives National Praise for Biography

"I'm honored that my book has received such recognition," said Father Daniel Utrecht, BA '76, author of "The Lion of Münster: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis," which recently received first place in the biography category of the Association of Catholic Publishers 2017 Excellence in Publishing Awards and second place in the history category of the Catholic Press Association Book Awards.

UD Community Contributes to Hurricane Harvey Recovery

As Houston and other Texas coastal areas endured catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the University of Dallas community rallied in support of the victims. Not only did those in Irving do their part, but this semester's Romers, who are just beginning their overseas journey, contributed their time and efforts as well.

Upcoming Italian-Themed Lecture Series Instills Leadership Values

Leadership may very soon become mankind's most valuable asset. Whether designing a new military campaign strategy or navigating the battlefield of a Fortune 500 company, there's still a lot we can learn from the leaders of our past as we begin to plan the future.

Meet the Class of 2021: Seasoned Traveler, Volunteer Will Teach

None of his four older siblings went to college, and Daniel Bishop, BA '21, has been working in the ticket office at the Perot Museum for the past couple of years since graduating from high school. Finally reaching the conclusion that anything he really wanted to do with his life would require more formal schooling, he began looking at his options; immediately, UD's website caught his eye.

UD Named Highest-Ranking Best Value Catholic School in Texas

The University of Dallas reinforced its placement as one of the nation's top universities in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges guidebook. Published online Tuesday, Sept.12, the guidebook credited the university as the highest-ranking "Best Value" Catholic institution in Texas.

5 Things You Need to Know About North Texas Giving Day

On Thursday, Sept. 14, people from across the U.S. (and, for that matter, the world) will come together to support North Texas nonprofits on the ninth annual North Texas Giving Day. Last year's day-long fundraiser garnered $37 million in donations to benefit 2,518 nonprofits, including the University of Dallas.

Meet the Class of 2021: Eagle Scout Looks to Politics, Advocacy

Colin Lancaster, BA '21, didn't initially consider UD because so many family members had gone to school here, and he didn't want to be just another "legacy" student. However, when he realized that he wanted to major in politics, UD was suddenly a contender.

President Thomas W. Keefe Urges Support of Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Over the past several days, Texas' coastal cities and residents have endured one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the United States and make landfall in more than a decade. Houston and much of the Texas coast has been left temporarily paralyzed as record-setting floodwaters have exceeded the rooflines of single-story homes, submerging vehicles and hundreds of roadways and highways.

UD Announces Father Thomas More Barba as New Campus Chaplain

Shortly after his consecration to the ordained priesthood in June, Father Thomas More Barba, O.P., BA '09 '10, began serving as UD's newest campus chaplain, where more than 75 percent of the student body identify as Catholic, as well as rector of the Church of the Incarnation.

Meet the Class of 2021: Future Orthodontist Will Nurture Smiles

After high school, Maria Zambrana wanted to explore her roots -- an exploration that took her to Spain, where her great-grandparents hailed from, and to the Universidad de Navarra, where, like her sister before her, she studied in the international foundation program with students from all over the world, including others from the U.S. and many from Asian countries.

Welcome Back, Crusaders

Summer slumber has come to an end as UD students begin their first day of fall classes today. With classes now in session, we decided to investigate which courses are some of the most popular picks for students this semester.

Aspiring Physicist Explores Nanoparticles, Masters Presentation

This past summer, senior Nicholas Terranova, BS '18, spent 11 weeks running and processing magnetic simulations at the National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, as part of his Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) internship.

UD Community Welcomes Class of 2021 to Campus

The university's largest freshman class in history, with more than 420 students, moved in Friday, Aug. 18, greeted by orientation leaders, resident assistants, faculty and staff.

UD Announces Faculty Tenure and Promotions

The University of Dallas is pleased to announce that the following faculty members have received tenure or promotion in rank for the 2017-18 academic year. The Rank and Tenure Committee recommended these faculty during the end of the spring 2017 semester for their continued support and enhancement of academic excellence and student success.

University of Dallas Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery Presents 'Modern Sacred'

The University of Dallas Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery proudly announces the opening of “Modern Sacred: The Saint John’s Bible and Selections from the Permanent Collection,” which features the Heritage Edition, a limited reproduction of the “Gospels and Acts” volume of The Saint John’s Bible — the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century.

University of Dallas Named 'One of America's Best'

Receiving high marks of excellence in both the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review's popular guidebook "The Best 382 Colleges" and the annual listing of "America's Top Colleges" by Forbes magazine, the University of Dallas has earned its placement, once again, among the country's best academic institutions.

Two UD Alumni Receive Prestigious Fulbright Posts Abroad

Respectively earning one of the nation’s most competitive scholarships awarded in academia and research, Phillip Wozniak, BA ’15, and Emily Files Collins, BA ’17, now join nearly four dozen University of Dallas alumni to receive the highly sought-after Fulbright, including UD’s first student-winner in 1962, Professor of English Robert Scott Dupree.

Memories from UD's Campus Oracles

As the university celebrates another milestone of 50 years of graduate education, we are reminded of those who helped found our institution and their stories that helped cast the molding.

Professor Continues UD Printmaking Legacy

At the end of the spring semester, the Dallas Museum of Art asked Assistant Professor of Printmaking Steven Foutch to craft a printmaking display to include in the museum's international exhibition, "Visions of America: Three Centuries of Prints from the National Gallery of Art," featuring more than 150 prints by more than 100 different artists such as Paul Revere, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.

An Unlikely Ally

Fast-forward to 2027. In a world where cars drive themselves and robots write code, liberal arts majors, far from being obsolete, will compete for the top jobs. While today skilled workers dominate industries such as technology and finance, advances in artificial intelligence will soon birth a more automated workforce. Employers will need workers who can think more critically and creatively in the face of the coming robot era.

University of Dallas Clinches Top-Shelf Awards

The University of Dallas recently received several marketing and journalism awards from the 32nd Educational Advertising Awards -- the largest, oldest and most respected competition for advertising in higher education -- and the Catholic Press Association.

University Community Remembers Former Long-Time President

The university community mourns the passing and remains forever grateful for the dedication and contributions of Robert Francis “Bob” Sasseen, university president from 1981 to 1995, who is credited with stabilizing the university during his tenure. He passed away on June 14 in Salem, Oregon, at age 85.

Due Santi Cookbook Celebrates Italy, Supports Rome Expansion

"My original idea was to create a cookbook for our hungry students, a 'food for thoughts' manual, if you will," said Silvia De Simone, Eugene Constantin Campus business office manager, of her Due Santi Cookbook: A Taste of UD Rome. "Time spent on the Rome campus does not only involve studying; it involves getting to know a new culture and widening your horizons."

UD Adds 'Best Value' and 'Best Colleges' Rankings for 2017

Forbes and MONEY magazine have included the University of Dallas, once again, in their annual rankings of America's most valuable and affordable colleges and universities. Dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence, both rankings reward UD for being one of the nation's top higher education institutions.

Rekindling 'The Truth of Human Experience'

The urgent task of philosophy in our day, according to the renowned German philosopher Martin Heidegger, is to relearn the art of seeing what is before us, argues Chad Engelland, director of the philosophy master's program, in his recently published book, "Heidegger's Shadow: Kant, Husserl, and the Transcendental Turn."

In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" J. Finegan

Former university trustee Robert "Bob" J. Finegan, passed away last week on July 7, 2017, at the age of 79, surrounded by his loved ones. He will be dearly missed and remembered as a courageous and kind spirit.

UD Included in ‘Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018’

The University of Dallas has been included, once again, in the 2018 edition of the "Fiske Guide to Colleges," remaining the only Catholic college or university in the southwestern United States to receive such an honor.

University of Dallas Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library Presents Helen Corbitt Exhibit

Nearly four decades since her passing, the University of Dallas Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library proudly presents the Helen Corbitt Exhibit, featuring Corbitt's personal collection of papers, awards, newspaper clippings and hundreds of recipes and letters to and from President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, as well as University President Donald Cowan and University Professor Louise Cowan.

Teeing Off for UD

Dozens of players traveled from across North Texas to the Las Colinas Country Club to support the University of Dallas and its students by participating in the university's 17-year-old annual charity golf tournament, the Galecke Open. Proceeds from the tournament, which raised more than $221,000, will go to the University of Dallas' Cor Fund.

Doctoral Candidates Awarded Prestigious Weaver Fellowship

Two University of Dallas doctoral candidates in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts Institute of Philosophic Studies (IPS), Leta Sundet, MA '16, and Pavlos Papadopoulos, MA '14, were recently awarded the prestigious Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

4 Major Emotions of War and Peace in the Middle Ages

According to Assistant Professor of History Kelly Gibson, early medieval writers gave lessons on how one should feel by describing the good emotions of good people and the bad emotions of bad people. These authors were usually close to their rulers, so their writings reflected current political ideals and could have influenced political practices.

University of Dallas Announces New Associate Dean

Today, the University of Dallas officially announced that David Andrews, assistant professor of statistics and former chairman of the Mathematics Department, has been appointed associate dean of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts.

National Alumni Board Honors 2017 Distinguished Alumni

The University of Dallas National Alumni Board honored its 2017 Distinguished Alumni -- the highest honor the university can bestow upon its alumni -- during a reception and dinner on Saturday, April 22, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The 2017 honorees included university trustee Chris Bright, BA '78; former university trustee Joanne H. Stroud, MA '72 PhD '75 MA '80; Ray Khirallah, BA '72 MBA '76; and Barbara, MPM '03, and Steve T. Landregan, MA '73.

He Stayed for the Students

This summer, Associate Professor of Biology Frank Doe will retire, just before his 80th birthday, after 47 years of teaching at UD. Sometimes people ask him why he's stayed here for so long. "You guys," he'll tell them, meaning the students and alumni. "I stayed because of you guys."

University of Dallas Haggerty Gallery Presents ONWARD FORWARD

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery at the University of Dallas will host the inaugural ONWARD FORWARD: Graduate Art Exhibition, May 12 through July 8. The juried student art show features the works of 13 graduate art students from Master of Art and Master of Fine Art programs at six North Texas universities.

University Mourns Passing of Longtime Management Professor

David Gordon, Ph.D., 78, a University of Dallas professor for 40 years from 1968 to 2008, passed away on April 30, 2017. Gordon taught operations management and directed the industrial management and engineering management programs.

Talking Movies with Psychology Professor Scott Churchill

"I've seen it 30 times or more, but each time feels like the first," said Professor of Psychology Scott Churchill of Federico Fellini's "Amarcord"; Churchill moonlights as a movie critic for the Irving Community Television Network (ICTN) and is currently teaching a course called "Speaking of Movies," which culminates in "Dinner and a Classic Movie" on May 15, at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

Society of St. Joseph Brothers Bring St. Joseph Statue to UD

"The brothers of the Society of St. Joseph and I have worked tirelessly over the last few months to complete the Holy Family on campus," said John-Paul Bremar, BA '17, one of the founding members and the current elected president of the Society of St. Joseph (SSJ), of the society's gift to UD of a statue of St. Joseph holding the child Jesus.

Honoring a 'Beautiful Soul'

This Saturday, April 29, friends and family will gather outside the Haggar University Center, next to the Cap Bar, to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the passing of Andrew Esherick, BA '12, and dedicate his new memorial on campus. Esherick passed away on April 26, 2015.

UD Community Cherishes Memories of Beloved Professor, Colleague

A beloved member of the University of Dallas community, Robert (Rob) Yale, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing and director of the business practicum program, passed away on April 25, 2017, after a 13-month battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Melissa, and their two children, Matthew (4) and Raegann (2).

Archbishop of Atlanta Wilton D. Gregory to Deliver Commencement Address

The Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory, archbishop of Atlanta and the first African-American to preside over the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), will address the University of Dallas Class of 2017 during its annual commencement exercises for the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry and undergraduates of the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business.

Ruggers, Meet Cinderella

Born through a brotherhood that has garnered affection and popularity among the entire student body since its inception more than three decades ago, the University of Dallas Football Rugby Club (affectionately referred to as the "Hoggies" by the university community) has returned home after competing in the PacWest Regional Championships hosted by the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO).

UD Faculty Celebrate Human Dignity Across Disciplines

"The study of liberal arts here at the University of Dallas, in particular the Core curriculum, helps reveal to us the dark corners of our own ignorance," explained Associate Professor of Theology and Associate Provost John Norris, BA '84, in his introduction to the Interdisciplinary Celebration of Human Dignity panel on March 23. "It leads us to deeper complexities of human knowledge and experience."

UD, La Buena Vida Foundation Collaborate, Help Disadvantaged Youth

Fredy Gonzalez, BA '18, started out as a chemistry major, a transfer student who had taken some classes at North Lake College prior to arriving at UD in 2015. He then moved on to philosophy and has finally settled on classics; he now feels confident that he has found his desired discipline.

Alumna Cherishes UD Memories, Champions Growth

Even the late University Professor Louise Cowan once remarked upon the exceptional closeness of the Class of 1970 (of which her own son, Bainard Cowan, was a member). Ann (Lang) Ellis can corroborate this claim.

First Spring Romers Reminisce

Jan (Weber) and Brian Farrington, both BA '73, like to say that theirs was the last class that came to the University of Dallas as freshmen not knowing they were going to Rome. They were part of the second Rome class in the spring of 1971 and lived in the School Sisters of Notre Dame's Generalate House.

Scherer Lecturer Poses American Economy's 'Big Questions'

Father Joseph W. Koterski, associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, will deliver the keynote for this week's University of Dallas Scherer Lecture, "A Practical Moral Vision for the American Economy," in which he addresses the state of current natural law reflected on economics.

Rome Essay Winner Focuses on Greater Appreciation for Beauty

A new insight and awareness of beauty became the subject of the essay, titled "Learning to See," that won Aspen Daniels, BA '19, first place in the fall 2016 University of Dallas Rome Program Essay Contest, which engages students studying abroad through the university's Rome Program in describing a place they visited or an encounter they had during their study abroad semester, exploring how some part of the Rome Program curriculum better enabled them to comprehend that experience.

Learning to See

I was shocked by the beauty I saw when I stepped inside the door, and I wondered how I could have missed this before. The church wasn't large, but it didn't need to be because a dome soared upwards above our heads, giving an impression of grandeur. Bea pointed out that the dome was topped by a "lantern," one of our key terms; as we looked around at the marble and gold, naming the different architectural decorations, we realized how much skill it had taken to craft every detail.

Geophysicist Maps North America's Oldest Mountain Range

The eastern United States continental margin has undergone two full supercontinental cycles over the last billion years. Mapping out this hugely under-studied terrain, Maggie Benoit, associate professor of physics at the College of New Jersey, joins the University of Dallas this Thursday, March 23, for the Clare Boothe Luce Lecture Series.

President Keefe Named to List of Most Influential Educators of Irish Heritage

Steady enrollment growth, record-breaking freshman classes in three of the last five years and the largest university gift in the past half century -- $12 million for the construction of its state-of-the-art SB International Hall -- are just a few reasons University of Dallas President Thomas W. Keefe was named to the 2016 Irish Education 100, an annual list of the nation's 100 most influential educators of Irish heritage.

Krzysztof Zanussi to Deliver UD McDermott Lecture

Krzysztof Zanussi, internationally-renowned Polish film director, scriptwriter and producer, will present the annual Eugene McDermott Lecture hosted by the University of Dallas Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

Cowan-Blakley Librarian, 'Adopted' Alumna Gives Back to UD

The Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library's cataloguing librarian, Lely White, began working at UD in 1982. Although White is not an alumna of UD, her deep feeling of connection to the university led to the establishment, in 2015, of the Lely K. & Kenneth L. White Fund, of which the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library is a beneficiary.

UD Haggerty Gallery Presents 'View from the Art Village'

In celebration of 50 years of graduate studies at the University of Dallas, the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery presents "View from the Art Village: 50-Year Retrospective," an exhibition that features more than 40 alumni artists of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

University Mourns Passing of Much-Loved Alumnus, Administrator

A beloved member of the UD community, Mark Patrick "Pat" Daly, BA '76 MBA '82, associate vice president of administration, passed away on March 6, 2017, after a brief illness. His dedication to and impact on the University of Dallas were profound, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

University’s Study Abroad Engagement Among Nation’s Highest

For the 12th consecutive year, the University of Dallas is listed as one of the country's top study abroad schools, according to the 2016 Open Doors Report, an annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

How to Feed the Hungry: Overcoming Psychosocial Barriers

Assistant Professor of Psychology Stephanie Swales, her psychologist colleague Christy Tucker, Ph.D., and UD psychology graduate student Mary Nuxoll, MPsy '17, worked with Crossroads Community Services (CCS), the largest distributor for North Texas Food Bank, to try to discover some of the main reasons hungry people refuse the nourishment that would sustain them.

Dallas Medieval Series Adds Two Volumes

Producing medieval works never before translated into English, the series Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations, sponsored by the University of Dallas, recently published its two latest volumes.

Ceramicists Find Out Who's Best

This Monday, Feb. 13, winners of the University of Dallas 2017 Regional Juried Ceramics Competition will be announced from among 45 featured artists that were selected by guest juror Virginia Marsh. The awards ceremony and a reception will take place in the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m.

3 Ways to Find Spiritual Satisfaction in Your Work

Even if you clean toilets for a living, you can find spiritual satisfaction in your job, according to Associate Professor of Business Richard Peregoy. Everyone has talents and things they're better at doing than others, but spiritual satisfaction isn't really about that.

Dallas 500 Recognizes President Thomas W. Keefe Second Year Running

"Thomas Keefe has a unique charge for a leader: Achieve growth, but without sacrificing the benefits of being a small college. In the past five years, the private Catholic school he runs has seen record-breaking freshman classes and received a $12 million gift for a new business school, yet its student-faculty ratio is 10:1."

A 'Deeply Holy, Profoundly Human Friend'

Founding University of Dallas English faculty member Sister Cecile Faget of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur -- the order of nuns who was the impetus for the University of Dallas -- was celebrated and remembered at her funeral service yesterday, passing away last week at the age of 93, after a lifetime of teaching, ministry and service to the church.

Official Statement from UD President Keefe on Immigration Executive Order

Just over one year ago the University of Dallas joined in a celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a declaration on the relations of the church with non-Christian religions by the Second Vatican Council. Nostra Aetate calls for all Christians to strive for a mutual understanding to "promote together for the benefit of mankind, social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom."

5 Unforgettable Groundhog Memories

Whether or not the wood-chucking mighty marmot finds his shadow this Groundhog Day, first-time UD Groundhog-ers will be forever changed -- for better or worse -- having tread through the mud, chapped by the wintry weather and smelling like a bonfire.

UD's Sister Jane Dominic Directs EWTN Series on Family Prayer

All families struggle, and the approximately 35 families featured in the upcoming Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) series "Praying as a Family," directed by Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, are no different.

UD Launches New Master of Leadership Program

With education's ever-increasing focus on science and technology, organizations, schools and businesses are beginning to experience a "soft-skills" deficit at a time when interpersonal communication, creative problem-solving and adaptability have never been more important.

University of Dallas Honors Faculty for Commitment to Excellence

"The light that shines from the University of Dallas is also found in the commitment of the University of Dallas faculty to the intellectual and moral virtues -- a commitment often not found in other institutions of higher education," said Provost Charles "C.W." Eaker of the year's faculty achievements during the 32nd King/Haggar Haggerty Faculty Award Ceremony. Awards presented during the prestigious event recognized and honored faculty who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to the university and to their students.

Woodworking Alumna Founds Start-up to Support Maker Movement

Celina Muire Farrell, BA '11, initially planned to take her politics degree and pursue a career in the same, moving to Austin with that purpose in mind. Now, however, not only is she a professional woodworker immersed in the maker movement, she has founded an Austin-based start-up, Hound, to help other makers hone their crafts and make their livings as well.

President Appoints Provost Search Committee

After consulting with members of the University of Dallas Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate, as well as academic deans and administrators, President Thomas W. Keefe began the search process to find the university's next provost by announcing the appointment of a provost search committee. The chief academic officer position will be left open at the end of the spring semester when Provost Charles "C.W." Eaker retires.

Boomtown: UD Stands to Gain as Development Surges All Around

After the Dallas Cowboys played their last game of the Texas Stadium era in 2008, many contemplated Irving's future and its ability to attract more residents, visitors and development. Now, nearly a decade since America's Team left town, the area, like the University of Dallas, is undergoing a transformation of its own on a scale not seen in Las Colinas since its formative years decades ago.

Transfer Student Combats Human Trafficking Through Fashion

Kelsey Reese has loved fashion her whole life and always wanted to make clothes; she's also always had a heart for others. During her time as a missionary in the Philippines, she realized that she could create a clothing line to empower women and combat human trafficking.

Federal Loan Default Rate

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Dallas has the state's second-lowest federal loan default rate - 1.5 percent - of any private institution offering both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Alumna Teaches Chemistry, Also Champions Humanities

"The Core helped me tremendously in graduate school," said Kathryn Kloepper, BS '03. "I could speak and write well, and I knew I could tackle any new concept in the chemical literature -- after all, I (sort of) made it through the writings of Heidegger, Plotinus and Thucydides."

National Alumni Board Announces 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

The University of Dallas National Alumni Board has announced its annual list of distinguished alumni -- the highest honor the university can bestow upon its alumni. The 2017 honorees include university trustee Chris Bright, BA '78; former university trustee Joanne H. Stroud, MA '72 PhD '75 MA '80; Ray Khirallah, BA '72 MBA '76; and Barbara, MPM '03, and Steve T. Landregan, MA '73.

MLK Symposium to Explore Civil Rights Across Generations

Survivor and witness to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, Dale Long, and Royalyn Reid, entrepreneur and 2016 Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award recipient, will speak at this year's MLK Day Symposium on "The Role and Influence of Civil Rights Across Generations" on Monday, Jan. 16.