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Law professor earns national honor, and joyful images of Mary and business leadership topics of upcoming events.


The American College of Real Estate Lawyers has named University of Dayton School of Law Professor James Geoffrey Durham a fellow for his outstanding legal ability, experience, and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the field of real estate law. There are only 960 fellows nationwide and just 29 in Ohio. "I am thrilled by this honor, which is the highest level of peer recognition a real estate lawyer can receive," Durham said. As a fellow, Durham will participate in national programs advancing the field of real estate law. Durham, who also is the director of faculty research at the School of Law, has practiced or taught law for 40 years. He serves on the governing council of the 22,000-member Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association and chaired the Ohio Supreme Court's Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists. Durham also is a co-author of a treatise on Ohio real property law and a law school textbook for use in advanced real estate transactions classes.


The next exhibit of the University of Dayton's Marian Library will bring back artwork by Jan Oliver-Schultz, whose bright, colorful depictions of Mary, the mother of Jesus, are among the most popular in the library's collections. "The Fairest of All: Rediscovering Mary: Paintings by Jan Oliver-Schultz" will run April 11 through May 31 in the gallery on the seventh floor of the Roesch Library. It's free and open to the public. For hours, directions and parking, call 937-229-4094 or visit the related link. The exhibit will include 25 acrylic paintings that showcase Oliver-Schultz's bold, joyful style and southwestern and Mexican influences in depicting Mary. Oliver-Schultz's work was first exhibited by the Marian Library in 2009 and her artwork is the most requested  in the library's on-campus loan program. For interviews on the artist and the exhibit, contact the Rev. Johann Roten S.M., director of art and special projects for the Marian Library, at 937-229-4214. Contact for images of the artwork. 


Executive Development Program 

April 27 (8:30 a.m. to noon): "Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay" presented by Beverly Kaye. Leaders concerned with profitability — and even survival — are viewing their talented employees through a very different lens. As replacement costs continue to rise as high as 200 percent of an employee's salary, it is vital to retain our employees. Kaye will reveal the keys to employee satisfaction and engagement that build a work environment where employees thrive, constantly learn and give discretionary effort to your organization.   

April 27 (1-4:30 p.m.): "Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Your Employees Want" presented by Beverly Kaye. Studies confirm career development is the single most powerful tool managers have for retention, engagement, productivity and results. This program will help participants develop career development frameworks to make a difference in their organizations. 

The cost for executive development programs is $995 for the general public, $945 for University of Dayton alumni and $897 for center partners. The half-day cost is $598 for everyone. For a complete schedule, list of speakers and session topics, or to register, call 937-229-3115 or visit the related link. 

Professional Development Programs

April 14: "Customer Service: Developing Customer Loyalty for Life." Participants will learn to handle difficult customer situations, complaints and criticisms; the effective interpersonal skills necessary to let customers know their thoughts and feelings are important to you; and how to build a climate of trust and cooperation in which people will want to do business with you and refer others to your business. 

April 19: "Emotional Intelligence." This session provides an in-depth look at your ability to affect change in yourself and others; how to recognize, identify and manage emotions that drive behaviors; how to positively influence a challenging situation or personality; and learn about negotiation, power, influence, teamwork, development, and service orientation. 

April 20: "Coaching and Evaluating for Performance." This program is designed to enhance a leader's management skills and prepare them for the demands of today's workforce. A manager's ability to provide regular coaching is critical to ensuring individuals, and the team, reach their peak performance. 

April 26: "Time Management & Personal Productivity." As leaders advance in the organization, one of the things they quickly realize is how they manage their time determines their success and the team's success. This program will give participants time management tactics to improve your company's performance. 

April 28: "Advanced Project Management." This one-day class is a follow-up for participants in Project Management Essentials I & II. This class includes a two-hour exercise in which participants work in teams to make decisions and develop a project schedule for a very demanding client. 

The cost for professional development programs is $395 for the general public, $345 for University of Dayton alumni, and $299 for center partners. For a complete schedule, list of speakers and session topics or to register, call 937-229-3115 or visit the related link.

All sessions for every program will be on the University of Dayton River Campus at the 1700 South Patterson Building.


News and Communications Staff