UD News 2020

UD News 2020

Notice of Blackbaud Data Breach

We want to notify the community of a data security incident involving a third-party service provider, Blackbaud Inc., with whom we contract. The University of Dallas takes the protection and proper use of your personal information very seriously, and we are contacting you to explain the incident.

UD Announces Partnership with Leading Canadian University

A new partnership will provide MBA and Master of Management graduates of UWindsor's Odette School of Business (OSB) an opportunity to gain cybersecurity skills and certification through the University of Dallas' Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. The OSB is the first Canadian university to partner with UD's Gupta College of Business.

A Record-Setting North Texas Giving Day

After calculating totals from yesterday's North Texas Giving Day (NTGD), the University of Dallas will retain its unofficial title as the most generous university in North Texas. UD ranked first among all colleges and universities, and sixth among nearly 400 schools, for both total funds raised and number of gifts received, thanks to the generosity of our community.

New Scholarships Forge Connections, Open Opportunities

At UD, it is now possible to create a nonendowed, named scholarship with a minimum commitment of $20,000, which may be payable over up to four years. Recently, three families have done just this in order to forge a connection and provide needed aid to current students.

5 Things to Know About North Texas Giving Day

As our students begin another academic year both in Irving and in Rome, we are reminded of the generosity of our UD community. During these days of uncertainty, economic hardship and social distancing, when we feel the need for connection more than ever before, the opportunity to rally, support and bolster your beloved UD is just around the corner.

'Out Here on the Edge of Nowhere': Gregory Remembers Early UD

On a cloudless day during spring break, 18-year-old Eileen Gregory, BA '68, was out exploring the newly paved Northgate Drive with a friend. The girls biked past fields dotted here and there with scrub oaks. Then they caught sight of a few speckled brick buildings. The place seemed deserted.

New Faces on Campus: UD Welcomes 15 New Faculty Members

The University of Dallas welcomes 15 new faculty members this 2020-21 academic year. Their knowledge and insights will further enrich student learning in many disciplines, including art, biology, economics, education, English, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics, theology and the library.

'Is American Unity Still Possible?'

University of Dallas President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, has released the fourth interview discussion -- titled "E Pluribus Unum: Is American Unity Still Possible? If So, How?" -- as part of his recently launched virtual series, Presidential Conversations: Examining the Most Perplexing Questions of Our Time in a Spirit of Wonder, Joy and Friendship.

First Generation Cohort: Paving a Liberal Pursuit

"What kind of story have you fallen into?" asked President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, as he welcomed the university's first 12-member freshman cohort at the inaugural First Generation Scholars Program luncheon reception last Thursday.

Eye on the Helpers: Students Serve at Food Pantry Over Summer

Just as final exams were coming to a close for the spring 2020 semester, Eileen Rauh, BA '21, Alex Ralles Martinez, BA '21, Maureen Shumay, BA '21, and Catherine Thelen, BA '21, began their summer Americorps jobs at Crossroads Community Services (CCS).

Before the Internet: Early 'Distance Learning' at UD

"When we sat down to eat, President Cowan suggested a possibility: Perhaps a course could be conducted via amplified telephone. I was intrigued by this idea and thought to myself that this was certainly cutting-edge planning ... " - Robert Scott Dupree, Ph.D., BA '62

Eye on the Helpers: Politics Major Applies Truth Practically

Politics major BeLynn Hollers, BA '21, participated in site briefings at the White House, the Department of State, the British Embassy and the Hong Kong Economic Office this summer -- albeit virtually. In her internship with the nonprofit Mil Mujeres Legal Services through The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), she learned to manage time zones, juggle meetings in L.A. and Chicago, and help people attain legal residency status while also taking classes at George Mason University -- all from her Old Mill apartment.

A Faculty Summer: Dr. Toby's Fight Against COVID-19

Assistant Professor of Biology Inimary Toby, Ph.D., has spent her summer fighting for the end of COVID-19 by volunteering with the National Scientist Volunteer Database (NSVD) as the Texas State Coordinator and by conducting lab research of the virus with her UD students.

Prestigious Physics Fellowship Supports Alumna's Research

In a mountain range in Italy, Sophia Andaloro, BS '19, investigates dark matter. One of the 2019 Cardinal Spellman recipients at UD, Andaloro received both the 2020 NSF Graduate Fellowship and the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) this past year, her first year in graduate school at Rice University. She is one of five graduate students who will join the NNSA program this fall.

How Do You Build the Perfect Sandcastle?

According to a team of University of Dallas juniors, there's an optimal water-to-sand ratio, roughly 6%, along with a borrowed methodology that's endured the test of time dating back to the relics of the Old Kingdom. The students' research, titled "The Best Sandcastles Are Egyptian: Pyramids Reign Supreme," was awarded a Meritorious designation in the International Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) -- a first in university history.

Alumnus Named Among 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America

Savoy, the leading African American business and lifestyle magazine, recently dubbed University of Dallas alumnus and Gupta College of Business Hall of Fame recipient Irvin Ashford Jr., MBA '00, among its 2020 list of elite Black executives. The listing garnered Ashford industry recognition along with the likes of Robert Smith, billionaire founder of Vista Equity Partners, out of more than 500 prospective candidates.

University Announces New AVP for Marketing, Communications

The University of Dallas has announced a new assistant vice president for marketing and communications. Clare Venegas, who has over 20 years of executive management and strategic communications experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, begins her new role on Aug. 3.

Leading Dialogue: UD Engages Global Leadership

Nearly all businesses are affected gravely in many circumstances by today's unsettled economic environment. The anxiety is compounded by uncertainty: How long will the crisis last, and what will business look like on the other side of recovery? Through this adversity, faculty experts in the University of Dallas' Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business are paving a global discussion.

Professors Co-Edit Book Celebrating Rome Program, Campus

Associate Professor of English Greg Roper, Ph.D., BA '84, and Associate Professor of English Andrew Moran, BA '91 PhD '04, have co-edited a book to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rome Program and the 25th anniversary of the Eugene Constantin Campus (aka, of course, Due Santi): "Due Santi and the University of Dallas: Un Piccolo Paradiso."

Seniors Receive COVID-19 Emergency Relief Internship Stipends

After UD's Irving campus shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Personal Career Development recognized that many current students had either lost summer internships or had not been able to secure internships. They proposed to the university administration that UD launch a program to help those students by funding internships at nonprofit organizations whose missions and values aligned with UD's.

Professors Awarded NEH Grant to Support Writing Programs

Chair and Associate Professor of English Debra Romanick Baldwin, Ph.D., and Professor of Physics and recent Interim Dean of Constantin College Sally Hicks, Ph.D., have secured a $299,078 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support writing instruction at UD for the fall 2020 semester.

You Can Do What with a (Spanish) Degree?

His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.

History Alumnus Heads National Catholic Bioethics Center

During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.

Romers Reunite After 30 Years

Cathleen (Gilmore) Guinn, BA ’91, Milagros “Millie” Lozano, Ph.D., BA ’91, and Anna (Gordon) Torres, BA ’91, met at the Cap Bar in November 2018, almost 30 years after their spring 1989 Rome semester. Excited to see each other (and Super Dave), inspired by the photos of Rome on the walls, and invigorated by their conversation and shared memories, these three onetime Rome “sisters” conceived the idea of gathering several of their former classmates for a weekend reunion.

University Announces New Interim Dean of Constantin College

University of Dallas President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, announced the appointment of David Andrews, Ph.D., BS '90, former associate dean, longtime assistant professor of mathematics and department chairman, as interim dean of the university's Constantin College of Liberal Arts.

University Concludes Successful Fundraising Year

The University of Dallas announced today a successful close to the 2019-20 fiscal year, which ended May 31. Total cash gifts received in the 2019-20 fiscal year totaled nearly $4.9 million. This figure represents a 24% increase in received revenue as compared to the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Professor Edits Comprehensive Edition of Thomas More's Works

For the first time, the complete edited works of Thomas More are available in contemporary English through one book and one website. Between the recently published book "The Essential Works of Thomas More," co-edited by Professor of English Gerard B. Wegemer and Stephen Smith, Ph.D. '01, and essentialmore.org, the project comprises the most complete collection of the works written by the English man of letters Thomas More.

Crisis Mode: Transitioning Online for COVID-19

Leaving e-learning support sessions during the extended spring break, I observed many of our most senior and revered full professors making their way to the next one. Faced with a task they surely never considered probable, they willingly did what they had to in order to ensure that our students received the best education we could give them — regardless of environment.

Senior Story 2020: For Bio Major, UD's Value Transcends Science

When it came time for Ana Henriquez, BA '20 and Class of 2020 valedictorian, to pick a college, she knew she wanted a small, Catholic, liberal arts university that offered both biology and Latin. That sounds like UD in a nutshell, and she thought so too. In the spring of her senior year of high school at The Atonement Academy in San Antonio, as she approached UD's campus for her last visit, she knew she would spend the next four years there and shouted to her mom, "Look, that's my tower! That's my home!"

Senior Story 2020: Legacy Physics Major Soars Toward Aerospace

Given his strong UD legacy, Bill Bennett, BS '20, was practically destined to attend the University of Dallas. Stories about UD's Rome Program and rugby were essential aspects of Bennett's childhood given that both of his parents, as well as many extended relatives, are UD alumni. But while UD was in his blood, he ultimately chose UD because he wanted both a liberal arts education and a degree in physics, and he knew UD was the best place to combine the two.

Senior Story 2020: Business Major Pursues Cybersecurity

It is not uncommon for the University of Dallas (UD) and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) to get confused, and Adella Klinte, BA '20, was unfortunately subject to that confusion. When she applied to UD, Klinte thought she was applying to UTD. Crazy though it may seem, Klinte thinks it was God's plan all along.

Senior Story 2020: Politics Major Breaks Into Journalism

Sitting in her bedroom at home, away from UD for her last weeks of college, Mary Rose Corkery, BA '20, cannot help but think about being on campus. She wishes for more of her favorite moments, like sitting on the Cap Bar patio after an early morning run, sipping coffee and waiting for campus to wake up. To see a place that is usually so vibrant and alive so quiet always filled Corkery with a peaceful silence that cannot be replicated -- but this is only one of many ways in which UD affected Corkery.

Senior Story 2020: Comp Sci Major Goes from Ethiopia to Google

For many people, traveling over 8,000 miles to school might be too far, but not for Yeabkal Wubshit, BS '20. Hailing from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Wubshit came to UD at the recommendation of a friend who was a current student at the university. The first time he set foot on campus was when he arrived for UD's Orientation.

Senior Story 2020: English Major Takes Literary Love to Virginia

When COVID-19 hit, Maria Rossini, BA '20, was disappointed to have to leave her friends so suddenly, especially during her last semester at UD. And although she may have more time on her hands now, she says that "capturing the energy and support of the community has been difficult" -- a sentiment that will surely resonate with any student.

Senior Story 2020: Business Major Delves Into Investment Banking

"Music on the Mall" every Friday afternoon is a treasured tradition for many students at UD. Between the music, the occasional barbecue, and the friends, it comes as no surprise that the weekly celebration attracts prospective students such as Andrew Butler, BA '20, once was.

Senior Story 2020: Education Major to Teach, Mentor Middle School

Marge Novacek, BA '20, had no plans to come to UD until April of her senior year of high school. At her mother's urging she decided she would visit, sure she did not want to go so far from her home in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. During her visit she had some time to sit on the mall, contemplating and observing like a true (almost) UD student. It was in these moments, noting the people and the friendships in front of her, that she knew it was the place for her.

9,600 Miles From Home, Bio Major Deeply Appreciates Relief Fund

Amandhi Mathews, BS '20, has not been home in two years. Home is Sri Lanka, and it is too far and too expensive to make the trip frequently, so she spent last summer conducting research at Harvard University. Then, a day before she found out she wouldn't be able to return to UD's Irving campus after spring break (which she was spending with a friend's family in Arizona), her country closed its airports.

The Shock of Wonder: An Easter Reflection

"Wonder," Josef Pieper writes, acts upon us "like a shock." The "dislocation" that accompanies wonder unsettles whatever "had been taken for granted as being natural or self-evident." There is perhaps no better articulation of the vision of liberal education at UD.

Pre-Pandemic, Spring Romer Visits International Physics Lab

"On Thursday, February 6, I arrived in Geneva, worn out from four days of classes, three bus rides, and a rocky EasyJet flight, expecting to have cell service. I didn't have cell service. Luckily, I did have the name of my destination -- CERN, the international European particle physics laboratory -- and a brief note explaining my situation to the French guards," writes John Rabaey, BS '22.

Inspired by Dante, Alumnus Raises Funds for Italian Hospital

In the current COVID-19 crisis, the love of Danny Fitzpatrick, BA '13, for Italy, appreciation for his time there, and a creative collaboration with sculptor Tim Schmalz have led to a specific way of rendering aid to the country beloved by so many UD alumni and one-time Romers.

Emergency Relief Fund Renders Fast Aid to Students in Need

Edisson Ramos, BA '20, is one of many students receiving assistance from UD's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which has currently raised nearly $90,000; the first of the funds were distributed last week to help students make their April rent, and Director of Financial Aid Taryn Anderson, BA '07, is in the process of distributing a second wave to students with housing or food insecurity or in need of Wi-Fi or other resources for online learning.

Words of Wisdom, Advice Bolster Educators Now Teaching from Afar

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.

Help Us Help UD Students Affected by COVID-19

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.

Professors Receive Federal Grant, Research Senior Food Insecurity

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.

22 Psychology Majors to Present at Conference

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.

Physics Professor, Students Develop Smallest Neutron Detector

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.

Alumni Endow Philosophy Scholarship, Honor Beloved, Joyful Priest

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.

2020 McDermott Lecture to Explore Pouring Gold into Brokenness

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.

Meet the Class of 2023: Figure Skater Eyes Art Restitution Law

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.

Alumni Physicians Connect with Students Through Skype Panel

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.

Update on Eugene Constantin Campus in Rome

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.

Meet the Class of 2023: Cajun Musician Will Pursue Philosophy

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.

Second Gupta Cyber Professor in Six Months Awarded Patent

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.

Economics Professor Leads Academic-Community Partnership

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.

Louise Cowan Discusses Meditative Power of Memorization

"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.

Cor Challenge Breaks Records in Both Donors and Dollars

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).

Crusaders for Life Represents UD at National March for Life

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.

Meet the Class of 2023: Legacy Student Explores Possibilities

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.

MLK Symposium Explores Racism, Compassion, Building Community

"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.

UD Honors Faculty for Exceptional Teaching, Upholding Mission

"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.

MBA Capstones Serve Local Schools, Organizations, Build Community

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.

UD Partners with Bishop Louis Reicher Catholic School to Build Traditional Catholic K-12 Curriculum

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.

University of Dallas Announces 2020 Gupta Hall of Fame Inductees

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.

In Memoriam: University Mourns Passing of Beloved Professor

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.

University Announces New Assistant Vice President for Development

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.