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'Ferguson Voices,' business leadership, holiday giving, graduation among upcoming University of Dayton events.


The University of Dayton Human Rights Center and PROOF: Media for Social Justice will present "Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame," a photo exhibit Jan. 17 to Feb. 3 in the Roesch Library First Floor Gallery on the University of Dayton campus. "Ferguson Voices" emerges from the work of the Moral Courage Project, a team of University of Dayton students and program coordinators who collected oral histories in Ferguson, Missouri, in May. "Featuring portraits and audio recordings, the exhibit illustrates the story of Ferguson by focusing on the contributions of average people who found the courage to stand up during moments of unrest," said Joel Pruce, University of Dayton assistant professor of human rights who oversaw the project. The exhibit and following events are open to the public — Opening Reception, 4-6 p.m. Jan. 20 in the First Floor Gallery; P.S. I Can't Breathe documentary and screening, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Roesch Library Collab; and an interactive program on responding to a crisis led by Leora Kahn, executive director of PROOF, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Roesch Library Collab. For more information, visit the Moral Courage Project Facebook page. For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communication, at 937-229-3391 or


Approximately 680 students will receive their degrees during the University of Dayton's fall commencement exercises at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in University of Dayton Arena. A live stream of the event can be found at the related link. The University will hold a baccalaureate Mass at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in the Immaculate Conception Chapel. Complete information about the University of Dayton's 167th commencement exercises can be found at the related link. For more information, contact Cilla Shindell at 937-229-3257 or


The Marianist Environmental Education Center will hold a winter solstice sunrise celebration and prayer for peace 6:30 to 8 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 21, in Sieben Hall at Mount St. John, 4435 East Patterson Rd., Dayton, OH 45430. "We will share Pope Francis' World Day of Peace and environmental messages, go on a candlelight procession through the woods and welcome the Son of Peace at a bonfire in the prairie," said Sister Leanne Jablonski, F.M.I., University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute scholar for faith and environment, and coordinator of the University's sustainability, energy and environment learning-living community. Warm beverages and breakfast foods provided. Open to the public. Donations accepted. Register by Dec 19th. For more information and registration, e-mail or call 937-429-3582. For interviews, contact Jablonski at 937-429-3582 or For interviews, contact Jablonski at 937-429-3582 or


Professional Development Programs

Jan. 12: "Navigating Difficult Conversations." This program will help attendees understand the casualties of unresolved conflict — productivity loss and employee turnover, among others. Participants also will identify their preferred conflict resolution styles and techniques to increase their personal effectiveness.

Jan. 26: "Coaching and Evaluating Performance," This session is designed to enhance management skills and prepare them for the changing demands of today's workforce. Participants will discuss the shift from a directive or "telling" style to a coaching approach and introduce concepts and skills for staff development and critiques.

The cost for a professional development program 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 or visit the related link.

All sessions for every program run all day, unless otherwise noted, and will be on the University of Dayton River Campus at the 1700 South Patterson Building.

Emerging Leader Program

Employers can help develop future executive leaders with training on the finer points of leadership and business skills during the 2017 Emerging Leader program at the University of Dayton Center for Leadership. Registration is now open for the next 12-month, 20-session program that begins Jan. 18, and is geared toward helping employees chart a path to executive leadership. Presenters include faculty from the University of Dayton's School of Business Administration along with consultants to Fortune 500 companies. The Emerging Leader Program is open to the public and costs $13,000; $12,000 for partner organizations. Participants receive a certificate in leadership and admission to two of the Center's future executive development programs.

Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program

The Center for Leadership is accepting applications for this program running Jan. 19 through June 20. The Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program is a 10-day leadership development program spanning six months for leaders in public, private and not-for-profit organizations. This program will assist front-line leaders in developing skills to help them maximize individual and team performance. This program is ideal for front-line leaders and supervisors or individuals preparing for a leadership role. Upon completion of the program, they also receive two additional days of Supervisor and Professional Development programs. The cost is $4,300; $4,000 for partner organizations.

For more information about the Supervisory Leadership Certificate and Emerging Leader programs, contact the University of Dayton Center for Leadership at 937-229-3115 or visit the related link.


News and Communications Staff