A recap of alumni and family weekend

Both alumni and families of students celebrated a weekend of festivities. Photo by Anthony Garnier.

The annual University of Dallas Alumni and Family Weekend took place on the weekend of Oct. 13-16.

UD welcomed  alumni and the families of current undergraduates to campus.

The weekend began with Welcome Back TGIT, presented by SPUD.

The events on Friday included “Quick Core Classes,” where UD faculty presented summaries of the UD core in their respective fields.

Some examples of classes included a Printmaking class, presented by Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Drawing Steven Foutch, as well as a Principles of American Politics class presented by Dr. Christopher Wolfe.

John Medaille taught a class on Catholic social teaching,  and Associate Professor of Spanish Dr. Maria Perez Bernardo led a class on painters Velazquez and El Greco.

Following the Quick Core Classes, alumni were invited to attend a planned giving seminar.

The purpose of the seminar was to make alumni aware of the developments in the estate and gift taxes, with an emphasis on elements of estate planning.

The seminar was led by Jennifer Chandler, M.B.A. ’04, who has worked in the field of financial planning for over 12 years as a regional executive for the U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management Division.

A large portion of college donations are from alumni who write their alma mater into their estate.

Later that evening there was a cookout on the Mall with music from UD alumnus Paul Spring, B.A. ’11, who performed alongside his band.

Spring has performed all over the country as a part of his 2016 tour. This was his 35th performance of the year.

Reunions were held for every class ending in ‘1 or ‘6, with each class celebrating an anniversary on either Friday or Saturday night.

Most notably, the Class of 1986 was given a reunion hosted by President Thomas Keefe at his own residence as a reward for being the class with the most donations in the 2016 fiscal year, largely through their donations in the Cor challenge, totaling nearly $30,000.

Since the Class of 1966 was celebrating their 50th Golden reunion, there was a special reception held in the Gorman Faculty Lounge.

While this was occurring, Dr. Richard Olenick was giving tours of the Haggerty Observatory, and the Braniff Tower was open for anyone to climb.

For the children of alumni, bounce houses were available for use throughout the weekend.

To celebrate 50 years of the Braniff Graduate School, notable alumni, including UD Professors Kathryn Davis, (Ph.D. ’13), Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel, (M.A. ’95), Cynthia Nielsen, (Ph.D. ’11) and David Upham, (Ph.D. ’02), presented on “The Legacy and Future of a Liberal Arts Education.”

Additionally, the Satish and Gupta College of Business (COB) presented six “Gupta College of Business Tower Awards” at the COB Dean’s Reception.

The awards went to Edward Hardy (B.A. ‘07), Bryan Loewen, (M.B.A. ‘97), Neal J. Robinson (M.B.A. ‘69), Benaye Rogers, (M.B.A. ‘08), Jose Roberto Ruiz Jr., (M.B.A. ‘11) and Russ Stansell, (M.B.A. ‘02).

At 9 a.m. on Sunday, a requiem mass was celebrated by UD Chaplain Fr. Don Dvorak, for all the UD Alumni who have passed away.


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