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A Great Story in Higher Ed

The University of Dayton's new coffee table book, 'Reading the Signs of the Times: The University of Dayton in the Twenty-First Century,' is now available as a free e-book.

In farewell messages to faculty, staff, students, alumni and trustees, University of Dayton President Daniel J. Curran thanked the campus community for building the University of Dayton’s academic excellence and global reputation.

"As I close my 14-year presidency this week, it's a bittersweet moment. I've been touched by the kind words and prayers of support as we transition to new leadership. I'm so proud of what we’ve accomplished together — it's one of the great stories in higher education," he wrote to alumni. "I hope you enjoy Reading the Signs of the Times: The University of Dayton in the Twenty-First Century (a free e-book). The book is filled with vibrant photography and stories illustrating our upward momentum and call to make a difference in the world."

Limited copies of the 114-page book, published this spring, also are available for $29.99 in the University of Dayton Bookstore.

The book touches upon the University's rich history and builds on the momentum started during the tenure of Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., and accelerated during Daniel J. Curran's presidency. New University of Dayton president Eric F. Spina, former vice chancellor and provost at Syracuse University, is introduced in the final pages.

Sprinkled throughout the book are short first-person essays called "A Flyer’s View," which relay touchstone moments in campus life — from a student's reflection about the joy of Christmas on Campus to a graduate's memories of living in the student neighborhood, described as "a constantly magical place."

Michele Cohen Marill, an award-winning freelance journalist whose work appears in national magazines and custom books, wrote the manuscript after a focus group and dozens of on-campus and telephone interviews with faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees and community leaders.

"It was an honor to help with this book," said Rob Levin, president and editor at Bookhouse Group, an Atlanta publisher of custom books. Levin described the University of Dayton as "a university deeply rooted in its history and yet never afraid to keep reinventing itself."

The University last produced a commemorative book to celebrate its sesquicentennial. University of Dayton: 1850-2000 from Nazareth to the new Millennium is now out of print.


News and Communications Staff