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November 2013 Issue

Aiming at Advancement

Defining and Building Spartan Nation

Ever get confused by the words alumnus, alumni, alumna or alumnae and what they mean? Don't worry, many do. As the University of Dubuque Advancement Office plans for 2014, our interest is not in the dictionary meaning of the "alum" words, but rather the feelings associated with being an alum. But, we need your help.

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Thank You for Believing

A Historical Look at UD - Featuring Al Straatmeyer (C'54)


Highlights from the Quad

Big Data? No Problem: Creating a Data Repository for Accreditation - Jacob Louis (December C'13)

Accreditation is a process in which certification of competency, authority, or credibility is presented. Jacob Louis (December C’13) certainly proved his competency and credibility when he developed a data repository site for the University of Dubuque’s accreditation process.

Colleges and universities across the United States typically go through an accreditation process every 3-10 years. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the goal of accreditation is to ensure that programs provided by institutions of higher learning meet acceptable levels of quality. The accreditation process requires extensive data collection, program reviews, and the coordinated efforts of several individuals and departments on a college campus.

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A+B=Enthusiasm: How Professor Dick Smith Makes Math Fun

How do you feel when you think about math? Some may say exhausted, overwhelmed, bored. Some say excited, interested, and compelled. Dick Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Natural and Applied Sciences, says he feels enthusiastic about mathematics and he hopes his students have the same feelings after taking his classes.

"To me, mathematics is useful. It has a utility side but sometimes we forget that it's fun and artistic. Just focusing on utility and usefulness, it can be very boring - doing it just because it's necessary. I challenge students to enjoy it and see its connection as a beautiful body of knowledge, not just isolated tools," says Smith.

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Seminary Staffing Changes

Bradley Longfield, Dean and Professor of Church History

As I write, the maple tree outside my office in Severance Hall is a brilliant red-orange. The fall semester at the seminary is moving along quickly and everyone is looking forward to Thanksgiving.  

The past month has brought a number of staffing changes to the seminary. Ms. Kimberly Burnett-Hackbarth, who has been serving as Seminary Distance Education Coordinator, has accepted our call to assume the position of Director of Seminary Admissions. We are delighted that Kim will be assuming this position, and immensely thankful for the ministry of Dana Perreard for the past several months as Interim Director of Seminary Admissions.  Click here to read more. 

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Wendt Center Update

UD Alum Returns as the Fall Wendt Lecturer
Annalee Ward, Director of Wendt Center

Dr. L. Ripley Smith (C'86) addressed 450 people Monday night, October 14 about refugees and their needs, challenging the audience to be a part of the solution. Current figures suggest that there are more than 45 million displaced people around the world--an 18 year high. Through his experience working with the growing population of refugees in the Twin Cities area, and through his research, he suggested that we can have a dramatic impact on these "strangers in our land."

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Heritage Center Update


William Testa Lecture

On Wednesday, November 6, the University of Dubuque will host Dr. William Testa of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for a public lecture titled The Midwest Economy: Past and Future. Testa’s presentation will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Charles and Romona Myers Center Auditorium (Room 146), and is free and open to the public. 

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Homecoming 2013 in Review

Thank you to all the alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students that made Homecoming 2013 a success! For a few highlights of Homecoming, watch a video of the Dedication of the Heritage Center or the Alumni Awards Banquet presentation!

Whether this was your first homecoming, your 20th, or you didn't make it back to campus this year, please help us improve Homecoming 2014 by providing feedback in this short survey. Thank you in advance!

Save the date for Homecoming 2014: October 9-12

Mediation Team Scores Well in Competition 

On October 26 and 27, the UD Mediation Team competed in a 14 team invitational hosted by Maharishi University of Management. UD students participating on the Mediation Team included: Taylor Sobotta (C'15), Taylor Isham (C'15), Anna Stoeffler (C'14), Jordan Waddick (C'15), Andrew Kendell (C'15), Cody Udelhofen (C'15), and Kenzie Hadler (C'16). 

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