UD News 2020
In our current condition, with most of the U.S. sheltering in place and/or learning and working from our homes, it's hard to imagine that just 20 days ago, teachers and those aspiring to be teachers gathered together for the fourth annual Excellence in Education conference at the University of Dallas, organized, run and sponsored by UD's Education Department, but so they did, and so we will all do -- gather together, that is -- some day again.
Many of you have reached out to ask what you can do to help, and I am grateful for your generosity. In response, I have created the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to immediately help UD students in this rapidly evolving situation.
As we find ourselves deprived of many things that we had taken for granted, we turn to Christ, who was stripped of everything: physical safety, companionship, worldly honor, even his clothing, and ultimately of life itself.
Assistant Professor of Human and Social Sciences Carla Pezzia, Ph.D., and Associate Professor and Chair of Economics Tammy Leonard, Ph.D., have received a federal grant for $250,000 to support their research on food insecurity among the senior citizens in our community and what can be done to help. Their work will be supported with a research contract from the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research through funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.
This spring, 22 University of Dallas psychology students were accepted to present at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) Conference. Hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington, the conference was originally scheduled for April 3-5 but will now be held in August; it will involve several lectures from distinguished speakers, as well as student presentations.
Assistant Professor of Physics Will Flanagan, Ph.D., was recently awarded a $450,000 contract from the Air Force for his work in developing the world's smallest neutron detector. Of this grant, $135,000 will go to UD to support Flanagan's work with undergraduate physics students in the Physics Department at UD; the remainder will go to the small business colleagues in Austin with whom the UD team is collaborating.
On Wednesday, Feb. 19, members of the university community gathered to celebrate the endowment of the Father Thomas Matthias Cain, O.P., Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy by Trustee Annmarie (Flynn) Kelly, BA '91, and her husband, Robert (Bob) Kelly, MA '92 PhD '95. This scholarship will support philosophy majors at the University of Dallas.
The University of Dallas' 2020 Eugene McDermott Lecture, "Culture Care in an Age of Divisiveness: Toward a Kintsugi Generation -- Mend to Make New," will feature leading contemporary artist Makoto Fujimura. Fujimura is also recognized as an arts advocate, a writer, a speaker and a worldwide cultural influencer.
Aspiring lawyer Alexa Hassell, BA '23, had never heard of UD until the summer before her senior year of high school, when she participated in the university's summer program Arete, which serves as an introduction to the classics. When it came time to apply for college, UD was the only school to which she applied.
Back in October, five University of Dallas alumni physicians held a Skype Question & Answer panel for UD undergraduates aspiring to enter health care professions. Hosted by the Biology Department, the panel provided the opportunity for current students who plan to work in health care to see how other UD graduates have used their liberal arts education to pursue such a path.
The University of Dallas has been closely monitoring developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) due to the rapid increase of cases appearing in Northern Italy.
As a senior in high school, William Hebert, BA '23, didn't want to venture too far from his Cajun homeland of Lafayette, Louisiana. After touring six universities between Texas and Louisiana, Hebert was sold on UD, which was one of the farthest schools.
Ismail Guneydas, an adjunct instructor in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business Cybersecurity program, has recently been awarded a U.S. patent -- the second U.S. patent received by a Cybersecurity faculty member in UD's Cybersecurity program in a 6-month period.
Last fall, Crossroads Community Services received the BUILD Health Challenge award to advance affordable nutrition and health services in low-income communities. Along with several Dallas-area health care services, the University of Dallas has supported this project, with Associate Professor of Economics Tammy Leonard, Ph.D., at the movement's helm.
"Recitation takes on the lineaments of meditation and activates powers of the soul which otherwise would remain dormant," said University Professor Louise Cowan, Ph.D., in an address given to the newest members of UD's chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts honor society in spring 2013.
The 2020 Cor Challenge, which ran Feb. 11 - 15, was the most successful Cor Challenge ever in terms of both number of donors and dollars received. With 732 donors (a 3.8% increase over 2019), it raised a total of $200,185 (a 7.4% increase over 2019).
The annual National March for Life took place in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24 -- and for the first time, Crusaders for Life -- UD's largest student organization -- represented the university there in an official capacity. Forty students, including 25 freshmen, made the trip.
Elise Williams, BA '23, enjoys baking and once won an award for her soda bread at an Irish cultural festival and dance competition. "I like to joke that I won an award at a dance competition, but I didn't have to dance," she said. Now that she's at UD, however, one of Williams' favorite ways to spend her time on campus is participating in the Swing Club on Wednesday nights.
"I stand before you today with the hope that I share something that will reinforce all of the bishops and the work of MLK ... as they call us to be the change in the area of racism," said Tasha Coble Ginn, principal of Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School and keynote speaker at UD's 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, which took place on Friday, Jan. 24.
"The UD mission and Core Curriculum are sometimes described in terms of the twin pillars of Western civilization, Athens and Jerusalem," said 2019 King Fellow and Associate Professor of Theology Mark Goodwin, Ph.D., giving the traditional King Fellow address as the previous year's King Fellow at this year's ceremony on Jan. 21.
UD's MBA and Master of Science programs culminate in the Capstone Experience, which has provided business solutions and strategy to hundreds of corporate and community organizations. This past fall, MBA students worked with clients such as Bishop Lynch High School, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (DART), the Dallas Mavericks and the Federal Reserve Bank.
The University of Dallas' Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is excited to celebrate the life, work and lasting influence of the late Heri Bert Bartscht, emeritus professor of art and founder of the university's sculpture program in 1961, with the opening reception of Heri Bert Bartscht: 100 Years.
The University of Dallas is proud to announce the launch of a new long-term, wide-ranging partnership with Bishop Louis Reicher Catholic School in Waco, Texas, in which the university will provide a unified, dynamic and traditional Catholic K-12 curriculum. "This beautiful one-of-a-kind partnership will benefit Bishop Louis Reicher and the broader Waco community in countless ways," said Bishop Louis Reicher President Blake Evans.
UD is proud to offer Dallas grocery shoppers a free wine tasting of Due Sant Wines at Central Market on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, featuring the second market release of the 2016 Due Santi Rosso vintage.
Noted legal scholar and Princeton University professor Robert P. George will address the Class of 2020 during the 61st annual Spring Commencement Ceremony at the University of Dallas. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 17, at The Theatre at Grand Prairie.
UD’s Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business honored and celebrated its recipients of the 2020 Hall of Fame during the annual award ceremony on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Inductees included Gail Warrior Suchy, MBA ’99, CEO of CASPR Group; Michael Stedman Wyatt, MBA ’91, executive managing director at Cushman & Wakefield of Texas; and John L. Zogg, Jr., MBA ’92, managing director at Crescent Real Estate LLC.
On Dec. 23, 2019, the university bid farewell to a beloved faculty member and alumnus. Professor of English John Alvis, BA '66 MA '69 PhD '73, passed away at age 75, less than two weeks after the passing of his wife, Sara Kathleen, MA '71, to whom he was married for more than 50 years.
This is a a speech delivered at the King/Haggar Awards ceremony on
Feb. 17, 1989, by Dr. John Alvis the year after he had received
the King Award, as was and remains the custom.
The University of Dallas is pleased to announce the appointment of Kris Muñoz Vetter as assistant vice president for development. In this role, she will report to Jason Wu Trujillo, vice president for university advancement, and be responsible for UD’s major gifts, planned giving and foundation relations programs.