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Stander Symposium

Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium is Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

Since 1990, the University of Dayton has sponsored the annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium to recognize, showcase, and celebrate mentored academic and artistic accomplishments in undergraduate and graduate education.

The Stander provides multiple opportunities to support students, explore other disciplines and topics, and engage with our mission as a Catholic and Marianist University in a unique and powerful way. Please encourage others to support students by attending. The Symposium represents the Marianist tradition of education through community and is the principal campus-wide event in which faculty and students actualize our mission to be a "community of learners."

Undergraduate classes do not meet on the day of the symposium, allowing for participation from the entire campus community. Graduate/Doctoral classes 4:30 p.m. and after will meet as scheduled. Graduate classes (or seminars) that might meet before 4:30 are advised to use discretion in making decisions to ensure the needs of graduate students participating in the Stander Symposium are accommodated.

2024 Symposium Project Registration

Online registration for the 2024 Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium will be available on January 31, 2024 in Porches on the Stander Symposium page found in the top right menu under Campus. The deadline to register projects is Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

The 2024 Stander Symposium will be held in-person on Wednesday, April 17 from 9a-4:30p with session occurring concurrently in multiple buildings across campus. We will host four 75 minute poster sessions in Kennedy Union Ballroom. The Stander will schedule presentations following the registration deadline and notify presenters of their assigned location and time. A full schedule will be published on the website in April 2024.

During online registration, students have the option of selecting up to three of the University's Institutional Learning Goals (ILGs) that most closely align with the project they are presenting at Stander. In choosing an ILG we hope it will encourage engagement and expanded awareness around the hallmarks of a Catholic and Marianist education at UD. 

About Institutional Learning Goals

Poster: On the day of the Symposium you will be given a 48? (length) x 36? (height) presentation board and push pins. Presenters should remain by their poster for the duration of the 75 minute session to discuss their work.

Oral Presentation: Each student is given a 20 minute time slot for their presentation. This allows 15 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions. For group projects, please indicate how many 20 minute time slots you require. 

Porch Project: Present on your house porch between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; you pick the time on April 19 and provide us with your address. Don't have a porch? We'll help you adopt one. You present from your porch, the audience watches from the lawn. 

Panel Discussion: A panel is a group of 3-4 presenters (or more) with a moderator on a shared topic and represent a variety of perspectives. Panels work best when the presenters interact with one another and the audience, and organized around a series of questions. We recommend 20-30 minutes for live panel discussions.

Visual Arts Display and Performance: Displays can be either physical or digital, and performances can be live or on video. Consider including a brief discussion by the presenters to engage the audience. After you have registered, you will be contacted to discuss your specific space and equipment requirements.

Other Presentation Format (i.e. competitions, forums, interactive sessions, workshops, etc.) should be proposed to the Stander Coordinator as soon as possible.

About the Stander

The purpose of the Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium is to provide an annual campus-wide forum to showcase academic excellence at the University of Dayton.  It is designed to recognize student learning through faculty mentored undergraduate and graduate research, scholarship and artistic accomplishments representing all academic units at the University of Dayton.  

GOAL 1: Recognize and encourage student academic engagement by providing a community-wide forum for their research, scholarship and artistic achievements.

GOAL 2: Recognize and encourage faculty mentorship of students and their work. 

GOAL 3: Represent the Marianist tradition of education through community in which faculty, staff and students actualize our mission to be a “community of learners.”

2024 Stander Program Committee

The Stander Program Committee's responsibilities include disseminating information to the greater campus community to educate all faculty and staff about Stander; serve as a liaison between their unit and the committee in order to provide feedback and foster participation; answer questions and help shape the activities during the Symposium.

Yolanda Copeland
Graduate, Professional and Continuing Education

Jill Crane
University Libraries

Chris Fishpaw
Student Development

Umesh Haritashya (co-chair)
Arts and Sciences, Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Precious Henderson
SGA Academic Affairs

Katy Kelly
University Libraries

Marsha Keune
School of Business Administration, Accounting

Geno Luketic
Arts and Sciences, Art and Design

Chad Painter 
Arts and Sciences, Communication

Leslie Picca (co-chair)
Arts and Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


Denise Taylor
School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Andrea Wade
Office of the Provost

Vanessa Winn
School of Education and Health Sciences, Teacher Education

Former Co-Chairs

Chad Painter (2022, 2023), Communication

Diana Cuy Castellanos (2021, 2022), Health and Sport Sciences

Katy Kelly (2020, 2021), University Libraries

Ryan McEwan (2019, 2020), Biology

Rachel Collopy (2018, 2019), Teacher Education

Joel Whitaker (2017, 2018), Art and Design

Shannon Driskell (2016, 2017), Mathematics

Randy Sparks (2015, 2016), Management and Marketing

Margie Pinnell (2014, 2015), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

David Darrow (2013, 2014), History

Linda Hartley (2012, 2013), Music / School of Education and Health Sciences

Shawn Swavey (2011, 2012), Chemistry

Kathleen Watters *retired* (2010, 2011), Communication

Sukh Sidhu (2009, 2010), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering / UDRI

Fran Pestello *retired* (2008, 2009), Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Kathleen Webb (2007, 2008), University Libraries

Mike O’Hare *retired* (2006, 2007), Physics

Drew Murray (2006), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Jayne Robinson (2005, 2006), Biology


Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1634