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Fresh Look, Same Soul

August 01, 2018

Zig zagging around beams and steering well clear of the spraying sparks of a welder’s torch, I recently embarked on a behind-the-scenes tour of the remarkable transformation of the University of Dayton Arena.


A Difference Maker

July 30, 2018

A small statue of Our Lady of Wisdom sculpted by sisters in Southern France graces my desk, a quiet reminder to pray for wisdom as I serve the University of Dayton. It’s a recent gift from Father Martin Solma, S.M. ’71. I will treasure it always — as I treasure him.


Hello, Mary, My Very Best Friend

July 24, 2018

"Ave Maria, amica optima!" Father Norbert Burns, S.M., utters those simple Latin words — loosely translated as "Hello, Mary, my very best friend," when he stands behind the altar and presides over Mass in a makeshift, second-floor chapel in his home on Sawmill Road that he shares with four other Marianists.


Welcome to the Family!

July 17, 2018

The Class of 2022 is already showing up and making its mark in a big way. As I looked out over a sea of 200 hopeful faces at a New Student Welcome gathering for students from Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati in the RecPlex on Sunday, July 15, I caught a glimpse of the most diverse and academically qualified class in our history.


Hats Off

June 14, 2018

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Danielle (‘Dani”) Ruffolo ’19 on “Shark Tank” one of these days.


In the Footsteps of a Spiritual Giant

June 07, 2018

First, they studied the history of the Marianist founders. Now, faculty and staff have embarked on an extraordinary pilgrimage to be part of that history.


Courageously Fearless

May 31, 2018

Can applied creativity be taught? At the University of Dayton, we're preparing students to be courageously fearless — and perhaps even change the world.


Art and Dayton's Collective Humanity

May 23, 2018

When I walked into the gallery in the President’s Residence, I felt overcome by the truth, beauty — and sheer power — of a display of paintings and photographs by more than a dozen local African-American artists that will grace the walls until Nov. 20.


And the Emmy Goes to...

May 09, 2018

A hush filled the nearly full Science Center as the credits rolled for the student-produced short documentary "Epicenter: Dayton’s Opioid Crisis." Several exclaimed, "Wow!" and "Whew!" Then, in unison, the audience rose and applauded what can only be described as a cinematic tour de force. Can we give this film an Emmy now?


Make a Difference

May 05, 2018

Presiding over the largest undergraduate commencement ceremony in University of Dayton history, President Eric Spina gave graduates a charge: “Do not use your degree just to make a living. Use your degree to make a difference.”

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