Thursday March 22, 2018

Briefly Speaking

Upcoming events focus on art, experiential learning and professional development. A symposium brings healthcare professionals together on addiction, a workshop helps writers through the creative process, and more.


A new exhibit, “Luke’s Portrait of the Madonna: Interpreting Luke in Painting and Calligraphy,” opens at the Marian Library March 19 and runs through April 20. It is free and open to the public during library hours. It shows how Ann Bain captures Mary’s words as found in the New Testament. It also includes lithographs by André Bergeron that convey his empathy for Luke’s Mary. The result of this artistic dialogue is a Madonna for mind and heart. The library is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. More information is available online.


The Antioch Writers' Workshop at University of Dayton will host its spring one-day seminar, "Dive Into Your Story," from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, on the University of Dayton campus. The one-day workshop will help writers of all levels and styles explore storytelling elements needed to reach readers. It will cover generating ideas, drafting, revising, editing, and submitting work to editors, agents and publications. Workshop faculty include Rebecca Kuder, whose story Rabbit, Cat, Girl appeared in Year’s Best Weird Fiction (vol. 3); Martha Moody, author of four novels; Joanne Smith, an award-winning journalist for the Dayton Daily News and author of The New York Times-bestselling memoir The 13th Gift; Kate Geiselman, whose essays have appeared on the The Washington PostSalonthe Rumpus and McSweeney's Internet Tendency websites; and Rebecca Morean, a novelist, short story writer, essayist and screenwriter. Admission is $150 per person in advance or $160 at the door. Organizers will provide venue information and directions closer to the event. Click here for information and registration, or contact Sharon Short at 937-567-2399 or


The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) will help chart the future of Marian studies by evaluating the current state of this theological discipline and identifying the latest trends and areas of neglect. IMRI will present its findings at its next Marian Forum at the University of Dayton April 6. Being organized around the theme of "Mary — Yesterday and Today," the two-hour forum will be the sixth in a continuing series of free academic gatherings that IMRI has been sponsoring online to promote the study of the Blessed Virgin Mary. More information is available here. For interviews, contact assistant director of news and communications Meagan Pant at or 937-229-3256. 


Anat Cohen, who received two Grammy nominations this year for Best Latin Jazz Album and Best World Music Album, will appear Wednesday, April 11, at the University of Dayton. She’ll be part of the Anat Cohen Tentet — 10 musicians from New York City playing a host of instruments: trumpet, drums, guitar, sax, bass, piano, trombone, cello, accordion, percussion and clarinet. The Anat Cohen Tentet will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Kennedy Union ballroom.  The concert is the final event of the ArtsLIVE season, and made possible by the Cityfolk JazzNet Legacy Endowment. Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for seniors, military and University faculty, staff and alumni; and $8 for youth (ages 8-18). Tickets are available at the Kennedy Union Box Office. Contact the Box Office at 937-229-2545 or purchase online at the ArtsLIVE website: Parking on campus is free, but patrons must stop at a kiosk to request a parking pass from an attendant. Enter campus either through the main entrance at the corner of Stewart and Brown streets, or via Evanston Avenue, off of Irving Avenue.  


Students from around the world will put their aircraft design skills to the test starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14, in the flight simulation lab in Kettering Laboratories on the University of Dayton campus during the Merlin Flight Simulation Group's eighth annual IT FLIES U.S.A. competition. Teams from the University of Dayton, Mississippi State University and Manchester University and the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom are scheduled to participate in the competition. Members of the Society of Flight Test Engineers and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots will test the students' designs and review their presentations. UD is home to only one of two Merlin flight simulators in the U.S., and one of 30 in the world. For more information or to register, contact Aaron Altman at 937-229-5353.


The 2018 University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium will focus on rethinking addiction. The event, which is designed for healthcare professionals, runs 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the University of Dayton Kennedy Union. Dr. Joseph Scherger will address “Primary Care: On the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic”; Dr. Nicole Labor will discuss “The Neurobiology of Addiction”; and a panel will respond to the question, “How are our healthcare systems responding to the opioid crisis?” Other presentations offer local examples of innovative practices. An optional session in the afternoon will provide Naloxone training and distribution. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug. Registration is free for Miami Valley Hospital and Dayton Children's Hospital medical residents, as well as University of Dayton faculty and staff. The cost is $50 for other healthcare professionals and community members. Media can contact Meagan Pant at or 937-229-3256 for interviews and more information on the symposium.


Dayton Corps, an AmeriCorps program through ServeOhio, is recruiting for summer service positions. The program is run through the University of Dayton Fitz Center for Leadership in Community. Positions are available in three areas May 16 to Aug. 31 — neighborhood leadership development, housing insecurity and employment, and education. The Education Corps members engage youth in education activities at either the Madden Hills or Northwest library. The Neighborhood Corps serves out of city hall and engages residents and stakeholders in community organizing in Edgemont/Carillon, Westwood and Residence Park neighborhoods. The Opportunity Corps members assist clients at local homeless shelters. These members serve at either St. Vincent, Daybreak, Homefull or Montgomery County Homeless Solutions. Members will also participate in weekly member trainings and statewide AmeriCorps trainings and events. Stipends for living expenses are available, and members may be eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon completion of their term of service. Apply online here and learn more about the program here.


Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program

The Center for Leadership is accepting applications for the next session of this 10-session program that starts April 17. The Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program is a development program spanning six months for leaders in public, private and not-for-profit organizations. This program will assist front-line leaders or anyone preparing for a leadership role in developing skills to help them maximize individual and team performance. 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. Supervisory Leadership Certificate facilitators average a 4.5 on a five-point scale in participant reviews. Participants in the most recently completed cohort report a 43.5 percent increase in their competency level. One participant said: "I have found most valuable the ability to listen to and to be exposed to individuals from all over the region, as well as to be able to share in their insights and gain an appreciation for the similarities and differences among us."

Professional Development Programs

April 10: "Navigating Difficult Conversations." This interactive workshop helps participants build strong communication and conflict resolution skills plus understand the casualties of unresolved conflict — productivity loss and employee turnover, among others.

April 19: "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.

April 24: "Emotional Intelligence: Becoming More Effective in Reaching Others." Participants will learn how to recognize and identify emotions that drive behaviors, and how to manage those emotions to be effective in personal and professional interactions. Participants also will learn about negotiation, power, influence, teamwork, development and service orientation.

April 26: "Coaching and Evaluating Performance." This session is designed to enhance management skills and prepare participants for the changing demands of today's workforce. Participants will learn concepts and skills to develop the skills of staff members or correct performance issues.

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

Executive Development Programs

April 12: "The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy" (a.m.) and "Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone" (p.m.) with Jon Gordon, the best-selling author of The Energy Bus, Training Camp and The Power of Positive Leadership who is listed among Inc's "Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018." Gordon's principles also have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, hospitals, and non-profits.

The cost for executive development programs is $995 for the general public, $945 for University of Dayton alumni and $897 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 Center for Leadership website.

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