University of Dayton

Mark Ensalaco
Jerry Kenney

On October 2nd and 3rd, the University of Dayton will host an international human rights conference. Representatives of leading human rights and philanthropic foundations, and other educational and advocacy institutions will convene for two days of lectures and discussions on sustainable development, climate justice, corporate social responsibility, and the funding of human rights and development projects. 

Dr. Eric Spina will take the top position at UD in 2016 when current President Daniel Curran steps down.
University of Dayton

The University of Dayton has announced that Eric Spina will serve as its next president. Spina leaves behind a 27-year career at Syracuse University—serving as vice chancellor and provost for 9 years. He will be the 19th president in UD’s history and at the announcement ceremony on campus this morning expressed his gratitude at being selected.

"The more I learn during this process, about the University of Dayton and all of you, the more I can say with deep conviction today that this is simply a dream come true, he said.”

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The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has received a $99 million U.S. Air Force research contract. It’s the biggest contract in UD’s history. 

UDRI will study technologies like 3-D printing and sensors that could save the U.S. Air Force money on maintenance for an aging air fleet.

“If the planes are spending more time in maintenance, they are not available for the job,” said Sukh Sidhu, head of UDRI’s Energy Technologies and Materials division.

Divestment As A Strategy To Fight Climate Change

Aug 10, 2015
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Several universities and other institutions around the country have made headlines in the past year or two by deciding to eliminate all investments in fossil fuels.  Is this action a serious step toward mitigating the effects of climate change, or just a public relations ploy?  University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha has more during this week’s climate commentary.

UD Student Seriously Injured After Lightning Strike

Apr 9, 2015

Officials say a southwest Ohio college student is in critical condition after he was struck by lightning.

The University of Dayton will give actor Martin Sheen an honorary degree in recognition of his activism for peace, social justice and human rights.

Born Ramon Estevez, Sheen grew up near the Catholic university and had attended the Catholic Chaminade high school but wanted to pursue his acting career. He has said the Marianist teachings he was exposed to helped shape his social beliefs.

Sheen's many acclaimed roles have included the TV series "The West Wing," a "Badlands" and "Apocalypse Now." 

The UD Flyers hit the court at University of Dayton Arena Tuesday afternoon for practice.
Jerry Kenney

UPDATE: Dayton secured a 56-55 victory over Boise State Wednesday evening. The Flyers will head to Columbus Friday to play 6-seed Providence.


Dayton upsets Syracuse 55-53, March 2014

The University of Dayton says an increased police presence and visitor and parking restrictions are planned to head off possible rowdy celebrations of St. Patrick's Day and of the men's basketball team.

UD Director of Public Safety, Bruce Burt, says the school has worked with Dayton and Oakwood police to set up a crowd management team to keep students, the community, and property safe if crowds get out of hand. Authorities also have a social media strategy.

Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras to receive the Archbishop Oscar Romero Human Rights Award.
Jerry Kenney

A top Vatican official and humanitarian leader has received a prestigious award from the University of Dayton. 

Tuesday night, U.D. awarded Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras with the Archbishop Oscar Romero Human Rights Award.

Romero was a prominent Roman Catholic priest in El Salvador during the 1960s and 1970s. He spoke out on behalf of the poor and repressed after witnessing human rights violations.

One chapter in my most recent book, African Immersion: American College Students in Cameroon (Lexington Books, 2015) looks at racial interactions in Cameroon: African American-Caucasian, African-Caucasian, and African American-African. The research finds gross ignorance in public discourse on race relations. But academic institutions neither mandate students to take courses about America’s racial past nor create other avenues for a critical examination of racism in the U.S.