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January 2013 Issue

David W. Dendy, VP for Philanthropy

By the time I turned 9 years old I had lived in 5 states from Florida, to Virginia, to Georgia, to New Jersey and then to Southern California.

Perhaps the greatest life lesson I learned while living in New Jersey, which has carried me through to this day is to be colorblind.

That first summer in New Jersey I learned how to fish from "Mr. Tom.”

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Gail Hodge
, Associate Dean of the College

Approximately 900 students will be showing up on campus on January 8th to attend one of 60 JTerm (January Term) classes. This is the third year the University of Dubuque (UD) has hosted this special term. Conceived as a necessary requirement for preparing graduates for real world experiences, JTerm has become a popular semester among students and faculty alike.

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Greek Life
Lindsey Konken
Director of Student Activities and Advisor of the Greek Council

Was that young lady wearing an owl on her back? What's in that suitcase that that young man has to carry around all week? What's with all the singing around the Belltower? Are they "ice skating"?

Early in the spring semester, there is no shortage of strange activity happening around campus. But if you are Greek, you certainly know some of these traditions and many others. For 100 years, fraternities and sororities have impacted the lives of countless students through age-old traditions handed down from generations of active members before them. To non-Greeks, it all may seem a little silly, but to Greeks past and present, traditions are sacred.

International Students at UD
Phyllis Garfield,
Director of International Studies

He is excited to see his first snow. She misses her pet dog. They came because older brothers and sisters attended UD. He's back in school after working in business for several years. English isn't her second's her fourth. They came to play soccer....or tennis....or football.

These students could be any students at UD. But these are just a few of our current group of international students. For the Fall 2012 academic term, we welcomed 58 students from 19 countries who are attending UD with international student visas.

What BLUE Can Do For You
Ben Snyder, C'05 & MAC'11
Assistant Director for Annual Giving

The University of Dubuque Alumni Website has had a facelift and is showing its true colors, Blue and White. The website, located at has been Classed up with our revamped Class Agent Program. We are working hard to make sure you are staying in the loop with UD and your classmates.

Never be "Blue" again by discovering:

  • Campus updates
  • News regarding the activities of people from your class
  • Information about Class specific events (like Reunions!)
  • How your class is making an impact on current students through the UD Annual Fund.

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Share Your UD Love Story

David Moore, C'05
Director for Annual Giving and Alumni Relations

Many of us who graduated from the University of Dubuque, whether enrolled in the College, Seminary, or Graduate program, left UD with more than "just an education". Our studies were the main reason we decided to pursue an education, which goes with out saying, but we ended up coming away with so much more - lifelong relationships.

For many of us, our fellow Spartans (roommates, sorority sisters, fraternity brothers, etc...) were best man/maid of honor in our wedding, Godparents to our children, unpaid volunteer movers into our first home. How many of you used Campus as the backdrop for your wedding photos? I see it all the time on Facebook!

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Alumni Spotlight - Tom Rauen, C'05


Campus Ministry

Reverend Jim Gunn
, Edwin B. Lindsay Undergraduate Campus Chaplain

It shouldn't surprise us that the big questions we asked when we were in college are being asked by today's students at UD. But for incoming freshmen at the start of each year, some questions seem just a little more urgent. "Will I find friends?" "Am I going to fit in here?" For that reason, Campus Ministry hit the ground running on move-in day, trying to meet as many new students as possible as soon as we can. We believe that God wants every student to experience what God offers us as our Savior. And to help convey that very message, we eagerly brought Ben Glenn to campus for New Student Orientation.

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Upcoming Opportunities

Webinar - "Preaching to Rupture the Routine"
February 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Click here for more information.

Seminary Conference - Is God Calling You?
March 13-15, 2013
Click here for more information.

Christian Leadership Plus
Online Continuing Education for Clergy
Classes Begin January 28, 2013
Click here for more information.

Doctor of Ministry
2013 Cohort
Deadline to Register - February 13, 2013
Click here for more information.

Flyin' West
UD Play presented in Alumni Hall

Thursday, February 21st through Saturday, February 23rd
7:30 p.m. -- 9:00 p.m.

Following the end of the Civil War, many former slaves, anxious to leave the South and the increasing disappointments and dangers of Reconstruction, took advantage of The Homestead Act and went West to build new lives for themselves and their families. Many of these homesteaders were black women who overcame tremendous odds to work their own land and make a place for themselves in an often harsh and forbidding environment.

Set in 1898, FLYIN' WEST is the story of some of these African-American female pioneers who settled, together, in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.


Alumni Awards

The Office for Alumni Relations is looking for new candidates for our alumni awards.

Are you aware of an alum who is doing remarkable things in their profession?

Do you remember an athlete on campus who was an All-American? Do you know of a pastor doing amazing things in ministry? Is there a past faculty member who really made an impact on your life?

We need nominations for the Manning Award, Alumnus of Distinction, Professional Achievement, Award of Merit, UD Volunteer Award, Service to Community Award, Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award and our Athletic Hall of Fame.

Click here to learn more and nominate someone!

Babka Bookstore

Get ALL your Spartan Gear online!

The Babka Bookstore has all your UD and UDTS needs!

Click here to shop online!

Please be sure to visit often as they constantly update their merchandise.

UD License Plates

WHAT: University of Dubuque License Plates

WHEN: Currently available as of December, 2012

WHERE: Iowa Department of Transportation website

DETAILS: The University of Dubuque is pleased to announce the availability UD college license plates, available to all Iowa residents.

These special plates can be issued to automobiles/vans, passenger trucks and travel/trailers registered in the state of Iowa.

The cost of these special plates varies depending on the type of vehicle and whether it's numbered or personalized.

Personalized plates may consist of up to seven characters and numbers - containing at least two characters.

Additional information may be obtained online by clicking here.

Click here for an application!


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