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Upcoming events include a benefit for Gem City Market, honoring diversity, and Center for Leadership professional development sessions.


University of Dayton Campus Ministry activities in October and November will recognize Hispanic and Black Catholics and veterans. All events are free and open to the public.

Oct. 22-Nov. 16, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception: Dia de los Muertos side altar. Dia de los Muertos is a day of celebration for people of Latin America, as well as Mexican-Americans. "Our beloved dead are joyfully remembered through pictures and items that remind us of their life. Skulls and skeletons are a popular symbol of the day. All are welcome to place a paper copy of a picture of their beloved dead on the Dia de los Muertos altar, located in the center devotional space in the north wall of the chapel," said Crystal Sullivan, executive director of campus ministry.

3 p.m. Nov. 17, Kennedy Union ballroom: The Rev. Joseph A. Brown, S.J., will give a keynote address "Leadership for the Black Community: Characteristics and Complexities." Brown is a professor of Africana studies at Southern Illinois University.

6 p.m. Nov. 17, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception: Black Catholic Mass in celebration of Black Catholic History Month. All are welcome to honor the contributions of African-Americans to the Catholic Church during the month of November. Deacon Royce Winters, director of the Office of African American Catholic Ministries with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, will deliver the homily at this liturgy. It is free and open to the public.

4:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Sears Recital Hall: Xavier University theology Professor C. Walker Gollar, who researches American Catholic history and African American religious history, will deliver the Annual Father Joseph M. Davis., S.M., Black Catholic History Month Lecture. The title is "Nothing but Slaves: The Enslaved Women and Men Owned by Edward Dominic Fenwick, the First Catholic Bishop of Cincinnati." Parking is available in Lot C.

For more information, contact University of Dayton Campus Ministry at 937-229-3339. For interviews and access to the chapel, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at or 937-229-3391. No tripods are allowed in the chapel. 


Faculty and students in the University of Dayton's art and design and sustainability programs, along with Welcome Dayton, will hold the annual Dinner in the Desert Kitchen and Art Exhibition and Photo Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at 1001 E. 2nd St. The event is free and open to the public; proceeds from a silent auction of student works will benefit Gem City Market. The menu will include fare from local immigrant-owned businesses. The theme of the event is "No Space Like Home" and will include discussions on food justice, sustainability and migration. Click here to register. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Glenna Jennings, University of Dayton assistant professor of art and design, at or Elli Capellupo, student coordinator for the event, at


Emerging Leader Program 

Employers can help develop future executive leaders with training on the finer points of leadership and business skills during the 2019 Emerging Leader program at the University of Dayton Center for Leadership. Registration is open for the next 12-month, 17-session program that begins Jan. 23, 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 the session of this 10-session program that starts Jan. 15. 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 4.62 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   

Nov. 20: "Communications Skills for Leaders." Participants will gain tips to establish goodwill and motivate audience action, organize content strategically for optimal audience engagement, and increase presentation confidence through audience analysis and preparation.

Nov. 20-21: "Advanced Problem Solving for Team Leaders: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt." This session will help participants gain basic knowledge and skills to lead effective problem-solving teams; understand the five-step Lean Six Sigma problem-solving process called DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control); and understand when and how to use problem-solving tools and techniques.

Nov. 21: "Leading Change at the First Level." Leading major change is not the same as leading day-to-day operations. In this program, participants will explore the patterns that differentiate great change leaders, focusing on the complicated role of the front-line leader who must follow and lead simultaneously.

Dec. 3: "Embracing Accountability." Participants will learn a more clear, constructive approach to accountability and how it contributes to individual responsibility, empowerment and better results. They'll also learn how to evaluate the frequency and consistency of their own accountability behaviors, and determine actions to better model and inspire more accountability throughout their teams. 

Dec. 4: "Leadership is Everyone's Business." Participants will discover how they have shown leadership to meet business and personal challenges, allowing them to gain the confidence and skill to increase their use of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders.

Dec. 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.

Dec. 11-12: "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 goal 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 Daniel J. Curran Place.

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


News and Communications Staff