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President August 01, 2018
Fresh Look, Same Soul
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.
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President July 30, 2018
A Difference Maker
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.
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President July 24, 2018
Hello, Mary, My Very Best Friend
"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.
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President July 17, 2018
Welcome to the Family!
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.
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President June 14, 2018
Hats Off
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Danielle (‘Dani”) Ruffolo ’19 on “Shark Tank” one of these days.
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President June 07, 2018
In the Footsteps of a Spiritual Giant
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.
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President May 31, 2018
Courageously Fearless
Can applied creativity be taught? At the University of Dayton, we're preparing students to be courageously fearless — and perhaps even change the world.
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President May 23, 2018
Art and Dayton's Collective Humanity
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.
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President May 09, 2018
And the Emmy Goes to...
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?
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President May 05, 2018
Make a Difference
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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