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President's Blog: From the Heart

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President May 17, 2024
Leaning Into Mary to Learn
When I swung by the "Mary in Catholic Education" exhibit in the Marian Library Gallery this week, I immediately spied a busy chalkboard, reminiscent of my childhood days at St. Joseph’s School in Buffalo.
President May 13, 2024
True North

Denny Gerdeman ’62 and his wife, Jane, have been season ticketholders for six decades and manage to make it to every men’s basketball home game even though they now live 100 miles from the University of Dayton Arena. You might say UD is their true north.

President May 07, 2024
For and With Others
I asked Ben Thomas and Molly Potter — president and vice president of the UD student body since last May — to pick up my blogging pen and provide you with thoughts about serving as visible student leaders on campus, including the joys and challenges and any lasting lessons.
Students May 05, 2024
Don't Throw Away Your Shot
"You have been blessed with the opportunity to do something extraordinary with your lives. In the words of 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, 'Don't throw away your shot,'" University of Dayton President Eric Spina told the Class of 2024 at spring commencement.
President April 29, 2024
Shrinking UD's Carbon Footprint — Overnight
University of Dayton students recognize that the future of the planet is in all of our hands. That’s why it was so fitting that four undergraduates had front-row seats at the news conference in Kettering Labs on Earth Day at which a plan was announced to bring carbon-free power to the entire campus and student neighborhoods.
President April 24, 2024
Inspiring Pint-Sized Scientists
Holding up a clear plastic umbrella in a Bombeck Family Learning Center classroom, Ian Adams ‘17 asked a class of aspiring teachers, “How cool is it to watch the water droplets run off this?”
President April 11, 2024
United: Sun, Moon and Us

The University of Dayton cancelled afternoon classes on Monday. Well, not exactly. The Central Mall, dotted with students, faculty, staff and families sprawled on blankets, turned into a massive outdoor laboratory for viewing the moon move across the sun and cast the University into twilight and then near-darkness.

President April 01, 2024
First We Soar Goal Met!

When President Spina asked me if I would write a guest blog before our sixth annual giving day, One Day, One Dayton, I told him I would be thrilled to borrow his pen and use his platform.

President March 30, 2024
Lamps Shining in the Night
"Let our celebration of Easter renew our faith in the healing power of light over darkness. Let us be a community that walks by faith, lighting the way for our world," University of Dayton President Eric Spina writes in an Easter message to the campus community.
March 14, 2024
Rock Star

When Dr. Sidaard (Sid) Gunasekaran ’12 ’16 won the prestigious KEEN Rising Star Award, the organization awarded him a sleek electric guitar, worthy of a rock star. He is a rock star among students and faculty in the School of Engineering and in the aerospace engineering world.