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Music, rare books, Marian research, ArtsLIVE, business development among upcoming activities.


A new exhibit at Roesch Library showcases rare books, treatises and artifacts from the private collection of Stuart and Mimi Rose, of Springboro. "It Is Time to Effect a Revolution: Selections from the Rose Rare Book Collection and University of Dayton Collections" runs Sept. 13 to Oct. 9 in the library’s first-floor gallery. It is free and open to the public. Some notable books featured include a 1792 second American edition of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and works from Marie Curie, Helen Keller, Abraham Lincoln, Phillis Wheatley and Virginia Woolf. The exhibit coincides with an international conference on feminism and rhetorics, “Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions,” which will be held on campus in October. Free parking passes can be picked up at the visitor parking information center. The exhibit will have limited hours Oct. 5-8. For more information, contact Meagan Pant at 937-229-3256 or


The University of Dayton will celebrate the renovation of spaces inside Kennedy Union with a blessing and open house from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. The renovation updated the union’s dining areas, which serve more than 3,500 customers daily during the school year, with three new microrestaurants on the ground floor – ‘Que, Spice and Toss — and Au Bon Pain bakery café on the first floor. The dining options opened to the public in August. Also being celebrated is the new green roof, which provides a campus hub for sustainability education, improved aesthetics and a cooler roof that can lower the building's energy costs, and send cleaner water into storm sewers. The formal ceremony will kick off the celebration at 3:30 p.m. on the front steps of the union. For interviews, contact Meagan Pant at 937-229-3256 or


The University of Dayton's 56th season of professional arts programming opens Oct. 1 and features a wide variety of international musicians. The University's ArtsLIVE program presents an eight-concert series through April 2018 that includes jazz, tango, classical chamber music, contemporary percussion and "bachata" music from the Dominican Republic. Performances are held on campus and are open to the public. Tickets are available starting Sept. 1 for individual performances, as well as subscription and multi-show packages. This season's highlights include the acclaimed New York City classical chamber group the Claremont Trio, Grammy Award-winning Chicago group Third Coast Percussion, a Dominican bachata ensemble led by Joan Soriano and Israeli jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen. More information is available via the related link. For interviews, contact Meagan Pant at 937-229-3256 or 


On Oct. 22, nearly 2,000 University of Dayton students will attend the Dayton Opera’s performance of The Consul at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton as part of the University’s First-Year Arts Immersion. Now in its fifth year, the arts immersion is a partnership with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance that invites faculty teaching introductory English, history, philosophy and religious studies courses to incorporate specific themes and ideas related to the arts event into their classrooms. Read more about The Consul and additional related activities on campus at the related link. For interviews, contact Meagan Pant at 937-229-3256 or


The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) has announced "Mary in Asia and Africa" as the theme for its next Marian Forum on Oct. 20 at the University of Dayton. The two-hour event will be the fifth in a continuing series of free academic gatherings that IMRI has sponsored on the Internet to promote the study of the Blessed Virgin Mary. "We are producing our Marian forums to present fresh research and to stimulate creative energies in the study of the mother of Jesus Christ," said the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of research, art and special projects. "We decided on Africa and Asia for the theme of our next forum because we want to move beyond Eurocentrism and open new avenues of study. The great diversity of peoples in Africa and Asia makes these continents ideal for looking at how local culture influences the reception of Mary." Admission is free, but IMRI requires participants to register online via the related link. For interviews, contact Meagan Pant at 937-229-3256 or  



Professional Development Programs  


Sept. 28: "Strengths-Based Leadership." According to research conducted by Gallup, the most effective leaders invest in their own strengths, as well as those of their team, resulting in a 64 percent increase in employee engagement. In this course, participants will complete the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment and begin to explore how they can leverage their personal strengths to become an effective leader.

Sept. 29: "Problem Solving for Team Leaders: Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt." Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to lead Lean Six Sigma problem solving teams through the five-step Lean Six Sigma Problem Solving process. The one-day yellow belt workshop is a prerequisite for this program.

Oct. 3-4: "Project Management Essentials I & II." This program focuses on the practical skills, tools and techniques used to effectively manage all phases of a project — initiation, planning, execution and closing. Participants will work on a practical case study project in small groups to clarify the project's goals and objectives, identify deliverables, create a work breakdown structure and build a schedule. 

The cost for a professional development program is $395 for the general public, $345 for University of Dayton alumni and $299 for center partners.  

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. 

For more information about Center for Leadership programs and to register, call 937-229-3115 or visit the related link. 


News and Communications Staff