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President's Blog: From the Heart

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President October 06, 2021
What it Takes to Bridge the Access and Success Gap for Lower-Income Students
Higher education, national organizations and legislators across the country are advocating to double the Pell grant, writes University of Dayton President Eric Spina in Diverse Issues in Higher Education. It's a transformative opportunity to improve enrollment of lower-income students at a time when they continue to experience the most adverse impacts of the pandemic.
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President September 28, 2021
Symbols of Solidarity

Destiny Watson '20 shared a photo on Instagram after Saturday's joyful, tearful dedication of the NPHC Legacy Terrace that features nine granite pillars symbolizing the contributions of Black fraternities and sororities on our campus.

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President September 20, 2021
Not of Voice Alone, But Heart
Some of the University of Dayton’s wonderful undergraduate music ministers led Sunday's congregation through a full-throated version of Lord, Whose Love In Humble Service, their voices reverberating throughout the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.
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President September 17, 2021
We have a proven, means-tested and equitable tool at our disposal to make higher education attainable: the Pell Grant. But the time has come to do more.
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President September 11, 2021
High Competence, High Character
"You are people of both high competence and high character. You’re the kind of leaders who imagine a better world, then go about the business of creating it — without fanfare and bluster but with great purpose," University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina told the 2021 Alumni Award recipients.
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President September 11, 2021
A Prayer for Peace
On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a campus prays for peace.
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President September 03, 2021
A Canvas for Creativity

"The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer," Katie Hill told students in her New Venture Creation class. Sitting in a classroom overlooking Main Street in the revitalized Dayton Arcade, I thought about the power of her words in this space.

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August 23, 2021
Welcome home, Flyers!
"'Community' is part of our DNA at the University of Dayton. It's a way of life. It's a shared vision. It's a commitment we make to one another," I wrote to students, faculty, and staff in my welcome message on the opening day of the academic year.
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President August 21, 2021
One Community. One Family.
"The future holds every possibility you hold in your hearts today," I told the class of 2025 at the New Student Convocation. "The journey begins now."
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President August 17, 2021
(Extraordinary) Moments in Time
When I asked the President's Council before our annual summer retreat to reflect on their unit's biggest accomplishments over the last five years for inclusion in a time capsule, I expected a standard report card.
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