2013 Impact Report
Your gift to the University of Dayton opens doors.
Opening doors 2012-13 Impact Report University of Dayton “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill Dear friends, I want to thank each of you for the difference you have made at the University of Dayton. Your gifts during the 201213 academic year opened doors of opportunity â€” for our students, our University and our community. For some students, your gifts put an education at our top-tier Catholic institution within financial reach. For others, your gifts made possible experiences and service projects that brought not just knowledge, but also perspective. For others, you created fertile ground for academic and spiritual growth. May your generosity reward your own life in just the way it has rewarded the lives of our students. Thank you, Daniel J. Curran, Ph.D. President 1 information, not only inside of the classroom, but also outside of those four walls. Many times the broad value of an education is overlooked, but our University realizes the need for each student to have a great education. And, for me, it means I’m planning to attend medical school to become a pediatrician. Generous donations that fund scholarships not only gave me a chance to remain here at the University of Dayton, but they also gave me the opportunity to fully immerse myself in the college experience and move on campus. Because I received the Fr. Joseph Davis Scholarship, I no longer have to be labeled as a commuter and can fully experience college for everything that it has to offer. l A lot has changed between my freshman and junior years. I’ve learned an immense amount of Kiera Wheeler ’15 Biology Dayton, Ohio 2 access to excellence At the University of Dayton, we award scholarships to help open the doors to many of our community members. Alumni and friends’ support of scholarships makes a tremendous difference for our students. This year alone, more than 1,200 students received scholarships from alumni who believe in the UD tradition and gave nearly $5 million to support current students. The University of Dayton is taking even greater steps, leading higher education around the world in restructuring the way students plan for their college expenses. Now in its second year, the University’s four-year tuition plan provides a clear cost for tuition — and fees have been completely eliminated. If tuition rises, so does student aid. Students are also eligible for up to $4,000 in free textbooks over four years. Because of our forward-thinking programs and your consistent dedication to supporting future Flyers, we can continue to bring in students who want to be a part of our Catholic, Marianist community. l 3 Through donor support of campus ministry and other similar programs, the University of Dayton gives students opportunities to grow in faith. faith Jason Eidam ’14 Finance, Leadership Brecksville, Ohio 4 Those opportunities aren’t always apparent. In the UD Summer Appalachia Program (UDSAP), students spend nine weeks in Salyersville, Ky., located in one of the poorest counties in the nation. Staying in a no-frills 1930s farmhouse — complete with outhouse and outdoor shower — the students run a day camp and teen center, and visit the elderly and sick. It may not sound like summer fun to everyone, but senior early childhood education major Jessica Yeager gives thanks daily to those whose generosity make the opportunity possible. In 2013, Yeager was among 14 UD students who spent the summer with UDSAP , which will mark its 50th year in 2014. “There is a beauty and grace in the simplicity that allows you to forget everything else and dive headfirst into another culture,” Yeager said. “By waking up every day and opening my heart to whatever God might show me in that day, I was able to genuinely learn about and care for those around me. I sought out what is important, and I found that it was the simple beauty of love — love of God, love of others, love of creation. In doing so, I became increasingly thankful for my opportunities. I began to realize that with these opportunities comes a responsibility — a responsibility to give something back.” Now Yeager is giving back through her student teaching, her service to others and her spiritual leadership of campus ministry’s Lighthouse retreat. Among alumni donors giving back to support faith development in 201213 was Philip Erford, a 2011 magna cum laude mathematics graduate with minors in Marianist social transformation and religious studies. In 2013, he made his donation for the third year in a row — this time to the chapel renovation fund and UDSAP . “UDSAP was a heavy dose of reality with intentional community,” said Erford, who spent the summer in Salyersville after his sophomore year. “We were not there to solve their problems; we were there to be present and to share. We have common bonds with the people there, and we celebrate that.” His summer in Appalachia was just a part of the spiritual nourishment he received at UD. “I think my faith development started from the day I arrived on campus as a prospective student,” said Erford, who attended and facilitated the Metanoia retreat, joined the Chaminade Scholars program and took a pilgrimage to Italy. “My mother was with me that day. After the tour, we attended noon Mass in the chapel, and we just looked at each other and knew there was something special here.” l Yeager It’s hard to believe that my time here is nearly over. I can’t express well enough my gratitude for the University of Dayton 1965 Alumni Scholarship and Goudreau Family Scholarship that made it possible for me to attend. Now that I’m in my fourth year, there is a lot of excitement in the air — but much hard work yet to do. It’s interesting, though: What we learn when we go away to school isn’t what we expect at first. Yes, school teaches us the fundamentals of our area of study; it gives us the basic knowledge required to begin a career after we graduate. But what we really learn at UD is much more amazing. We gain a new perspective on life. We learn to figure out where we fit in, our greater purpose in life … the lasting impact that we are able to make if we hold ourselves accountable. We find out what success feels like and how to deal with failure. We find out what works and what doesn’t. We find our path in life. Thank you for helping me to find mine. l 5 i love ud 6 How do our alumni and friends love UD? During a new campaign in February called “I Love UD,” we asked them to count the ways. It turns out there were more than 3,000. On campus, across the country and around the world, alumni and friends showed their love for UD on sheet signs, social media, through service projects, in prayers and by giving to the University — shattering what some called an audacious goal of 2,800 gifts in 28 days by more than 200 gifts. All 34 alumni chapters participated in the campaign, building pride among UD’s more than 110,000 alumni and increasing the University’s visibility in cities across the country. The day10 organization — alumni who graduated within the past 10 years — took to social media and their phones to reconnect with friends who shared their affection for the university that brought them all together. Greg Hyland ’04, a Cincinnati alumni chapter volunteer and chair of the day10 executive committee, picked up the phone because UD consistently believed in him when he was a student. He also remembered the support he received from faculty and staff across campus at UD. Those he called during the campaign echoed his sentiments. Although many were still paying back school loans, in graduate school or starting new families and stretching every dollar, they chose to get involved because of their love for UD and the relationships they formed there. Those gifts added up. The campaign raised $1.7 million and showed the power of what can happen when a lot of people get together to pitch in and help. Funding went to scholarships and study abroad opportunities; it went to the chapel and campus ministry. And a number of people supported specific student organizations. On Feb. 28, Mike Rutigliano ’04 was among more than 1,000 alumni who put the campaign over the top in the final few days, designating his gift to the student organization Active Minds in honor of the 10th anniversary of MFest, an annual campus music festival that builds understanding and awareness about mental health. “Active Minds has grown from such a small organization, and it’s come a long way, but there’s still a great need,” said Rutigliano, a project manager working in construction management in Indianapolis. “During ‘I Love UD,’ I saw how easy it was to donate to specific groups and organizations. It literally only takes a few clicks.” Rutigliano liked how easy it was to make a difference, but he also summed up the reason we all made the decision to give: “I also gave because, well, I love UD.” Thank you for your support. Keep your eyes on UD media for “I Love UD” in 2014. l James Harless ’15 Religious Studies Greenville, Ohio being medically retired from the U.S. Coast Guard, I made the choice to attend college, and there was only one place I wanted to go. I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to afford my last three semesters of school, but the Lord answered my prayers. I’m not sure how to begin to explain the immense feeling of gratitude I have for being selected to receive the Helena C. Poos Scholarship. Lord willing, I plan to graduate and pursue a master’s degree. I thank you with a very humble and gracious heart. l I am a proud father of two beautiful girls; after 7 global stewardship 8 Since the University’s earliest days as a mission school in the United States, the world has been our classroom. Today, UD students learn, lead and serve around the world through fellowships, scholarships, service programs, study abroad programs or cultural immersions. Donor support makes international experience possible for dozens of students each year — and each experience is simply transformational. History professor Julius Amin has led students on cultural immersion trips to Cameroon every summer for the past 17 years. He sees the difference a global education makes in students. The experience brings wisdom; it brings growth. "Students are changed forever because they look at life through the lens of someone else’s eyes,” said Amin. Such was the case for senior early childhood education major Beth Golonka of Columbus, Ohio, who spent the summer of 2013 in the southern African nation of Zambia with 10 other students. “It was educational, cultural and relational,” said Golonka. She taught 140 second-graders lined up on crowded benches in a single classroom, volunteered in the hospital’s malnutrition ward and held a religion class for sixth-graders — she taught them about Mary. Funding from donors covered a portion of the cost. This left students to do individual fundraising to cover the rest of their expenses — about $4,500 each. And, in true Flyer fashion, they didn’t stop there. They also collected money to provide tuition for students in African schools and brought suitcases full of clothes, books and medical supplies. Paul and Susan Gabonay of Avon, Ind., understand that these kinds of outcomes are worth supporting. They’ve contributed to UD’s immersion program since 2006 because of the impact it had on their daughter, Anne Gabonay Frank ’04, who is now practicing internal medicine and pediatrics for an underserved population in Denver. “It was a life-changing experience for her,” said Paul Gabonay, who was so inspired by his daughter’s experience that he went on a mission trip of his own in 2007. When Frank was in Kumba, Cameroon, she opened a library with little more than hope and determination. She collected more than 13,000 donated books and was allowed to place them in a single room of a government building. Today there is a freestanding library in Kumba complete with librarians, furniture, multimedia resources, reference books, computers and Internet access. Its name? The Anne Gabonay Municipal Library. l Choosing UD was the best choice I have ever made. It’s a tremendous school where the professors truly care about students’ success and preparing us for life after college. I had a great internship in the summer with the Montgomery County Juvenile Court; it definitely heightened my interest in working in the juvenile justice field and prepared me for what is to come after graduation. The Premier Rubber Co. Scholarship means a lot to me and also to my family. I will always remember your generosity. Thank you. l Olivia Cleary ’14 Criminal Justice Studies, Sociology Prospect, Ky. 9 By the numbers The generosity of our alumni and friends has allowed the University of Dayton to create many different programs on campus that affect the lives of all of our students. Approximately 600 named scholarships have provided assistance to UD students throughout the years, and continue to do so today. Many of our scholarship donors have established funds as a way of showing their gratitude for the scholarship support they received while on campus. Endowed funds, whether they are scholarships, faculty positions, academic programs or other initiatives, are sustained and strengthened by the income stream that is generated through the Universityâ€™s endowment. Gifts to the endowment are invested in the University of Daytonâ€™s long-term investment pool along with other investment assets. As of June 30, 2013, endowment funds at the University totaled approximately $442 million. The Universityâ€™s endowment spending policy provides for an annual distribution of income to support both designated purposes as well as other University operating needs, while taking care to ensure the existence of the endowment funds for the future. Included in the policy is an annual increase in endowment distributions to allow for inflation. The approved endowment spending rate for fiscal year 2014 is 4 percent. 2013-14 Scholarships u $100,000,000 institutional aid All University of Dayton aid including athletics grants, scholarships and departmental awards u $5,924,221 endowed scholarship earnings u $4,200 average endowed scholarship award (from donor funds) u 7,974 undergraduate enrollment percentage of institutional aid coming from scholarship earnings u 6% 10 2013-14 Recognition Recognition Information Society Members - John Stuart members â€“ 702 - Leo Meyer Society members - 1,081 - 1850 Society = 2,671 2013-14 Giving u- 702 Champions & Scholars = 3,103 by Constituent members - John Stuart Front Porch Society = 9,601 Number of donors Alumni $7,719,140.13 38.58% 10,467 or Former Parents $1,131,856.59Alumni 5.66% 2,252 uCurrent 1,081 Faculty and Staff $315,052.26 1.57% 290 Foundations and Leo Meyer Society members Current Students $31,353.65 0.16% 244 Corporations Honors donors who have Friends $2,978,016.35 14.89% 1,736 commitments to the University Friends Foundations and Corporations $7,143,831.06 877 through their wills or other planned Current 35.71% or Former gifts Other Organization $686,961.18 3.43% Parents 76 TOTAL $20,006,211.22 100.00% 15,942 Other Organizations u 2,671 Honors donors whose lifetime giving to the University totals Total Gifts Percent of total gifts $100,000 or more Total Gifts Number of Donors $7,719,140 $7,143,831 $2,978,016 $1,131,857 $686,961 $315,052 $31,354 $20,006,211.22 10,467 877 1,736 2,252 76 290 244 15,942 1850 Society Honors donors whose annual gifts to the University total $1,000 or more, including matching gifts Faculty and Staff Current Students TOTAL Percent of total gifts u 3,103 Champions & Scholars Recognizes annual donors who make a gift or commitment to the Dayton Flyers athletics program u 9,601 Front Porch Society Recognizes those who make annual gifts to the University for three or more consecutive years Current Students .2% Other Organizations 3% Current or Former Parents 6% Faculty and Staff 2% Friends 15% Alumni 39% Foundations and Corporations 36% 11 innovation At many research universities, students must wait until they are well into graduate school before they can conduct serious facultydirected research. Thanks to donor support of undergraduate research, that’s not the case at the University of Dayton. And it’s not the only difference. At UD, we connect research with humanity. Junior biology and philosophy major Hailey Kwon of Los Alamitos, Calif., is studying the genetic basis of cancer by conducting lab research to investigate whether a gene in Drosophila melanogaster — the fruit fly — can offer clues that may one day be used to restrict tumor growth. However, Kwon’s education isn’t limited to the lab. She stayed on campus for 12 weeks this summer as part of the Berry Summer Thesis Institute. As a part of the BSTI, Kwon served as an ambassador at Hospice of Dayton, welcoming new families, leading tours, visiting patients and listening to their stories. “At Hospice, I was meeting the people who are suffering from the disease. … BSTI was, for me, a bridge between the two worlds, between the research and the clinical applications,” Kwon said. “It was a wonderful experience, a wonderful opportunity.” Jordan Jennings ’14 Predentistry Flower Mound, Texas 12 That’s what donors provide. Opportunities. Our students? They are making the most of them. With the support of faculty mentor Madhuri Kango-Singh of the biology department, Kwon has already received a research byline as a third author, and she’s now preparing a manuscript for submission to a scientific journal as a first author. She’ll be taking the MCAT medical school entrance exam before the summer of 2014. “Cancer involves many research labs, many researchers, many projects,” she said. “I tell people it’s like a puzzle with many, many tiny pieces. My work is a tiny part of the puzzle.” Her research may be a small part of a massive puzzle, but it is also indicative of the Flyer spirit. We ask questions and search for answers. When people give to the University, they are giving people like Kwon the chance to explore their future. “The most important part of the Berry Summer Thesis Institute for me was confirming my interest in an M.D. or Ph.D. program,” she said. “It helped me to know that this is what I want to do — that I want to make a lifelong commitment to academia.” Kwon’s commitment to academia will lead to thousands of questions during her career. The answers? They just may lead to breakthroughs that fundamentally change the world we live in. Hundreds of donors give each year to a wide range of funds that support student research. Thank you. l Kwon me. My experience at the University of Dayton has been unlike anything I could have dreamed. My professors know my name, and with all of the outside help that’s offered, it’s almost impossible not to do well. On top of that, everyone around is so friendly; UD feels like one big family! I’m from Texas, so being far away from home and knowing no one was very intimidating, but UD quickly opened its arms and accepted I am involved in many service activities. I serve lunch at the St. Vincent Hotel, and I go out to local schools with other predentistry students to educate children about dental hygiene. I also went on a Dental Brigade to Honduras in the summer of 2011, assisting dentists with cleanings, fillings and extractions and giving fluoride treatments to children free of charge. As a varsity softball player, I also perform many service activities in the community with my team. Softball has built my character and allowed me to be a part of a family of such dedicated and talented women. I’m grateful to be able to study, serve and play softball here; the Stacey Martin Memorial Scholarship has helped to make that possible. l 13 Eucharistic minister during my first year, and I led the Callings retreat. I also have volunteered for many local organizations including the House of Bread, St. Vincent de Paul, the Marianist Environmental Education Center and Project READ. I’ve been a review leader for an introductory physics class for three semesters, and I’ve served on the president’s committee on the environment for the past two years. This year, I became the social media director for Red Scare, the student spirit group for athletics. I’m a senior physics and mathematics major and a grateful recipient of the Katherine Koffel Bruning Scholarship. I’m also pursuing a sustainability minor in UD’s sustainability, energy and the environment program. My honors thesis explores the effects of data-driven feedback on students’ energy consumption behaviors in the student neighborhood. I am also applying to graduate programs in environmental science and public policy. I am thankful beyond words for the gift of scholarships and all the opportunities that have been presented to me. l Dan Esposito ’14 Physics, Mathematics Pittsburgh, Pa. From my first days on campus, UD has strengthened me as a Catholic and has guided me toward leadership and service. I was trained as a 14 community From our beginning, community engagement has been a part of the University’s mission. Today, the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community is an excellent example of how the tradition continues; its collaborative projects in the community benefit our students as much as the organizations they serve. In the Fitz Center’s Semester of Service program, students work with area nonprofits and learn how to care for others, combat social injustice and build community. They also learn a critical leadership skill that takes others years to master: building and sustaining relationships. Jen Hodulik experienced the power of the program when she participated with nine other students this past summer. “We discovered that issues of social injustice are prominent and deeply rooted,” Hodulik said. “Many of us dealt with issues we had never encountered personally, such as domestic violence, child abuse, elder neglect, racism and poverty. It was difficult for us to appreciate our privilege when we began to witness how greatly others suffered. Through this experience, we were able to grow as leaders and students of a Marianist university.” u Hodulik 15 Each year, alumni and friends give to the Fitz Center and other programs that place students in the Dayton community to learn leadership and service — and it makes a difference. “None of our programs would be possible without donor support,” said Kelly Bohrer, the Fitz Center’s director of community-engaged learning. “Only with their support can we really be a catalyst for tying community engagement to learning outcomes across the University, and only with their support can we ensure that programs like Semester of Service are accessible to students at all socio-economic levels.” The impact of their service goes well beyond the partner organizations and the people they serve. Our students are changed by their experiences. They grow professionally, make connections and become more than volunteers — they become advocates. That’s the difference donations make. l Summer 2013 Semester of Service u K ate Gallup, a senior psychology major from Morenci, Mich., worked with infants, toddlers and preschoolers at the Dayton Christian Center. u Jen Hodulik, a senior English major from Dunellen, N.J., and Jim Sylvester, a junior human rights major from Dumont, N.J., worked at Adventure Central, a 4-H program dedicated to helping youth develop a love for science and nature. u Amy Keckler, a senior sociology major from Naperville, Ill., spent the summer at Homefull, which works to end homelessness by providing housing, services, advocacy and education. u Nina Lokar, a senior psychology major from Mason, Ohio, worked at We Care Arts to increase independence, self-esteem and inclusion for adults with disabilities. u K athleen Murphy, a junior middle childhood education major from Broadview Heights, Ohio, worked on youth programs at the Dakota Center in West Dayton. u R achel Phillips, a junior political science major from Cincinnati, worked at Life Essentials, which provides companionship and guardianship for elderly people with learning disabilities. u S haughn Phillips, a junior history major from Carlisle, Pa., worked at Daybreak, which provides employment, housing and mental health services to adolescents. u D anielle Pohlman, a junior international studies and Spanish major from Lombard, Ill., worked with DECA Prep, a new school affiliated with The Dayton Early College Academy that prepares elementary-age students to be the first generation in their families to attend college. u M aggie Reuter, a senior international studies and Spanish major from Noblesville, Ind., worked at East End Community Services, helping the residents of the inner-city Twin Towers neighborhood develop a vision to build prosperity, unity and pride in their neighborhood. 16 Recently, I was lucky enough to go to Hyderabad, India, to shadow Indian doctors. Watching them help patients made me want to become a physician even more. The Carl I. Michaelis Scholarship is helping me achieve this goal. The past two years at the University of Dayton have been such a huge blessing — the strong community spirit; the caring professors who take time out to individually help with classwork; and the service projects and organizations provided to help improve conditions of society. UD has really turned me into a more conscientious and compassionate person, and for that, I am deeply grateful. l We’Am Hussain ’15 Premedicine Dayton, Ohio 17 legacy Marian A. and Frederick J. Kroger 18 A planned gift is more than an act of generosity; it’s a demonstration of faith in the University — and the University of Dayton is grateful and honored to be entrusted with it. You can see the impact that these gifts have in the stories of our students, but sometimes the action hits closer to home — creating a gift even before the money reaches a student. Lifelong Daytonians and longtime University benefactors Frederick J. and Marian A. Kroger made that kind of difference. Married 63 years, they were friends to the end, only briefly parted by death in January 2013. When they died — just six days apart — their legacy was already large: faith, family, service and generosity. It grew even larger when the Krogers’ five children gathered to decide how to designate the trust their parents committed to the University in 1997. “My parents were always devoted to God, family and country,” said Tim Kroger, who now runs Main Line Supply, the company started in 1955 by his father, a 1947 mechanical engineering graduate who came to UD after serving in World War II. Having escaped from a German prisoner-of-war camp late in the war, Mr. Kroger committed in gratitude to serving others for the rest of his life — and he did. “He volunteered for everything,” Tim Kroger said. “Parish council; the Knights of Columbus; St. Vincent de Paul; and the Inca Ball, which raised funds for missions in Central and South America. He would visit people in jail, and as far back as I can remember, they sponsored children in poverty around the world. They were involved with the Glenmary mission and the Marianists, and somehow, he came to all of our sporting events, too, all while growing Main Line Supply.” Mrs. Kroger, an “extremely diligent wife and mother,” was a model of devotion to family and Catholic education, and their devotion to one another never faltered, Tim Kroger said. In their last days together at Hospice, they shared a room, and the staff turned their beds so they could see each other. “They sent all of us to Catholic schools, and they helped send all 16 of their grandkids to college,” Tim Kroger said. “The Catholic faith was very important to them, and they loved the University of Dayton.” In tribute to the Krogers’ commitment to the University, to their faith, and to Chaminade Julienne, the Marianist high school all of their children attended, Tim Kroger and his siblings — Anne Shock, Mary Helldoerfer, Mark Kroger and Pat Kroger — directed their parents’ gift to two initiatives: a new scholarship for UD-bound students from area Marianist high schools; and the upcoming renovation of University’s Immaculate Conception Chapel. “Our parents had the foresight to give to UD and CJ and various churches in the area, and one of their last requests of their children was to please continue this,” Tim Kroger said. “Their scholarship fund at UD will continue to grow.” Because of actions like the Krogers’, planned giving has been an important foundation of the University of Dayton’s advancement as a top-tier national Catholic research institution, providing students with outstanding academic programs, world-renowned faculty, scholarships and state-of-the-art facilities. l Anthony Diggs ’16 Pre-Physical Therapy Columbus, Ohio As a student going through college with minimal financial assistance from my parents, the Fr. Joseph Davis Scholarship will help alleviate some of the stress that comes with paying for school. It will also allow me to focus on the future and achieve my goals. I am a second year pre-physical therapy major at the University of Dayton. Going through physical therapy after both of my reconstructive knee surgeries in high school really made me want to become a physical therapist. After finishing my undergraduate education, I plan on attending graduate school to earn my doctor of physical therapy. Again, I just want to express that receiving this scholarship means not only a lot to me, but my family as well. l 19 When students graduate from the University of Dayton, they take with them much more than a degree. Whether itâ€™s a comforting memory from the chapel, lifelong friendships forged on front porches or a Marianistinspired desire to continue serving and learning in community, we want to make sure all University of Dayton students have outstanding opportunities. Your decision to give in 2012-13 helped to make that happen. Thank you. 20 Photography: Larry Burgess (Pages 6, 17) Kevin Lush (Pages 3-4, 13, 19-20) Skip Peterson (Pages 2, 7, 9, 12, 14-15, 17) Arthur Su (Pages 10-11)