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A historic day for UD

We Don't Just Fly …

View a recording of the launch event festivities.

Campaign Launch Event

For the first time in twenty years, the University of Dayton is in a comprehensive campaign. Enjoy this neighborhood-inspired launch event and celebrate with the global Flyer community where we don't just fly...

We Soar

Presented by the University of Dayton at the Dayton Arcade

Directed by Michelle Hayford.
Live camera direction by Brian L. LaDuca.

Written by Brian LaDuca, executive director, IACT.
Inspired and influenced by playwright Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.”
Script development by Michelle Hayford, associate professor,
director of Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology, and cast.


Stage Manager // Willie L. Morris IV ’13
Emily // Jada S. Gee, senior
Mary // Caroline L. Herling, senior
// Achille Kpeya, first-year
Ashley // Anna R. Kopsick, junior


Khalid Abdulaziz N Alqahtani, junior
Karthi Balasundaram, graduate studies
Arabella Loera, senior
Kathryn Montgomery, sophomore

University Chorale

“Regina Coeli,” by José Maurício Nunes Garcia
“Alleluia,” by Elaine Hagenberg*
Emily McConkie, pianist

Supporting Remarks

Rev. James F. Fitz, S.M. ’68, vice president for mission and rector
Rev. Martin A. Solma, S.M. ’71, emeritus trustee and vice chair, campaign cabinet
Arabella Loera ’23, criminal justice studies
Laura H. Hume, associate professor, director of the Prelaw Program
Sharon (Howard) White ’78, Alumni Association president-elect
Willie L. Morris III, associate professor, Department of Music
Deborah A. Tobias ’73, board of trustee member and chair, campaign cabinet
Eric F. Spina, president

Campaign Video

Written by Michelle Hayford.
Script development by the Common Good Players.
Performed by Jada Gee and Caroline Herling.
Produced by Marketing and Communications.

Special Thanks

University Chorale
Pride of Dayton Marching Band
Flyer Pep Band
Department of Art and Design
First Flight Saxophone Quartet
Culture Works

Event and Livestream Production


* - "Alleluia" by Elaine Hagenberg
Copyright © 2020 Elaine Hagenberg Music, distr. by GIA Publications, Inc.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.