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The Iron Man

April 30, 2018

Soaking in a Cincinnati Reds game at Great American Ballpark with Professor Joe Valenzano back in the summer of 2016, I asked myself an existential question: Can a Pittsburgh Pirates fan and a Philadelphia Phillies fan get along? Ha! In some corners of higher education, that’s a little like asking whether a university president and the president of its academic senate can work together respectfully and productively…


Walking the Walk

April 23, 2018

As I listened to our colleague Daria Graham defend her 193-page doctoral dissertation this spring, I couldn’t help but sneak a peek every few minutes at her mother, who beamed with pride and love. I felt a wave of emotion, too, a sense of institutional pride as one of our own demonstrated her scholarly excellence and showed what is possible with single-minded focus and determination.


A Day of Discovery

April 20, 2018

Is there any other university in the country that has as high a level of participation and engagement on a day reserved for celebration of student research and creative work? As I walked into the RecPlex, I felt such a surge of creative energy as row after row of students mingled around their posters, learning and teaching, engaging and building community.


Unfinished Business

April 02, 2018

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, I’m struck by two undeniable facts. We are a nation in which far too many of us are still facing injustice. This is a time of reflection and action, not celebration.


This is our UD

March 26, 2018

I long for the day when all talented students, no matter their socio-economic status, have a shot at receiving a life-changing education. A real shot.


Sparking Creative Thinking

March 19, 2018

When I walked into the GEMnasium — an unconventional laboratory for boundary-crossing ideas in Fitz Hall — I immediately spotted a sign listing a dozen "rules of play." With instructions like "seek surprise," "fail fast," and "create!" it’s clear that so-called “rules” are meant to be broken here.


A Smart Investment

March 15, 2018

A $30 million stock portfolio managed by college students? You bet.


Trailblazers

March 05, 2018

As part of Women's History Month, the Women's Center is honoring 15 trailblazers in an exhibit on the windows of the Heritage Center, Chaminade Hall and Roesch Library.


Closing the Gap

February 28, 2018

Talent does not know zip code or race, birthright or income level. Innate talent is a precious gift. If we are to advance our society and improve our standing in the world, American higher education must scour the country for talented young people NO MATTER their socioeconomic background, enroll them, and support their success.


Talking Leadership

February 19, 2018

What makes a great leader? I’d put my money on Stephanie Bennett and her team. As CEO of Flyer Enterprises, one of the largest student-run businesses in the country, Stephanie exudes confidence and a can-do spirit.

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