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President June 28, 2021
At Home

It never gets old. And never will. The view of the chapel as I arrive to campus in the quiet early morning is beautiful: whether shrouded in fog, covered in snow, or reflecting early daybreak.

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President May 18, 2021
A Nobel Soul

During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the University of Dayton pays tribute to our students, graduates, faculty, staff — and our Nobel Laureate. Charles J. Pedersen, described as “a brilliant chemist with the soul of an artist,” shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987 for his discovery of crown ethers.

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President May 13, 2021
The Home Team
Before the most successful Giving Day in UD’s history unfolded, I listened to Beth Flach speak from her living room and her heart to hundreds of volunteers about why she supports and roots for UD.
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President May 10, 2021
A Desire to Serve
The 2021 Lackner Award recipients have helped shepherd the University of Dayton through complex, unpredictable times with grace, an unflappable spirit, and seemingly boundless energy.
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President May 09, 2021
Selfless Sacrifice
"Life has already tested you in ways that no other class has been tested across the 171 years that UD has existed — and it didn't come in the way of an essay scrawled in a blue book or a complex problem set. It came in the way of selfless sacrifice, and you aced that final exam," President Eric F. Spina told graduates at four undergraduate ceremonies.
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President May 08, 2021
Ingenuity Meets the Human Spirit
"A global pandemic may have changed the way you learned, conducted laboratory research, and completed clinical rotations, but it has not kept you from chasing your dream," I told the Class of 2021 at the graduate and doctoral degree commencement ceremony. "In your class, ingenuity met the human spirit."
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President May 07, 2021
Confetti and Cheers
A near-perfect graduation rate is worth rejoicing. A promise fulfilled is worth celebrating — with confetti. Here are my remarks to the first Flyer Promise Scholars on the cusp of their graduation.
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President May 05, 2021
Sacred Stories
I deeply admire Pope Francis and his focus on loving and supporting the most marginalized members of society. When I was asked to record a Sacred Stories podcast, I selected three short passages from the pope’s book, The Name of God is Mercy, for sharing and offering my reflections.
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President April 28, 2021
The Mother of Invention
I stopped by Maggie Cahill’s front lawn on Stonemill Road last week to hear her describe how she edited a full-length memoir and worked with the author to prepare it for submission to a publisher.
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President April 12, 2021
One Family
As a child, Emily Parker said she "looked at the world in an innocent way," not seeing any difference between herself and her adoptive family until second grade classmates told her she was different.
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