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 March 2013 Issue



The Heritage Center's Opening Performances
Heritage Center's Main Performance Hall: Save the Dates!

The Main Hall of Heritage Center is gearing up for its campus debut by playing host to three major performances in early May. These presentations mark the historic occasion of the Grand Opening of Heritage Center.  Tickets for the following performances will be available after Monday, April 1st when the Heritage Center officially opens.

Click on the link below to see the list of performances!

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Referring a Student to UD

Do you know an academically talented high school student who may benefit
from and appreciate a University of Dubuque education?

If so, we invite you to complete our online referral form
that we will share with our Admissions department.



Annual Fund Update

David Dendy, VP for Philanthropy

The Annual Fund is that fund which offers scholarship support for students, enriches current and future programs for students and scholarly disciplines.

Without your financial support the services that the Annual Fund bolsters suffers.

Click to make a gift online and make a difference today!

Our fiscal year ends on May 31, 2013. That is only 92 days away!

As of 2/28/13 our Annual Fund has contributions totaling $580,146.63.

This represents 7.9% of our Alumni participating in the Annual Fund.

Our twofold financial goal for the Annual fund is $1,000,000 with 15% of the UD Alumni participating.

As you can tell we have a daunting task before us.

I do believe that Spartan Nation is up to the task to reach this Summit of Support.

Can you help us get there this year?



Philanthropy Week at UD
Ben Snyder, C'05 & MAC'11

Assistant Director for Annual Giving

During the week of Valentines Day the Advancement Office hosted a spring Philanthropy Week. With a theme of Showing Love for UD roughly 20 students volunteered by helping to educate other students about the idea of philanthropy at UD, why it matters and how the UD community gives back. Students had the opportunity to sign a large thank you note to the local business community, UD staff and alumni for everything they do. Students also had the opportunity to go on video and say how they are paying it forward by volunteering on campus and off.

Finally, the volunteers helped organize a fundraiser that benefited general scholarship assistance through the Annual Fund. Tuition only covers a portion of the educational cost and students took their chance to pay it forward. The local business community, friends of UD, staff and faculty and Alumni all give time, talent and financial contributions to help students.


Wendt Lectures
Annalee Ward, Director of Wendt Center

It's a new semester and time for a new focus for the Wendt Center and the Wendt Scholars' Program--"Stewardship for Lives of Purpose." We began our academic year exploring fundamental concepts of our reformed identity, character, and ethics as we reflected on "Shaping Character for Lives of Purpose."

Now we turn to applications of those concepts. Focusing on being better stewards with our money, vocations, and the environment, we will hear from faculty and community members as well as two featured Wendt lectures.

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Seminary Spring Renewal
Tuesday, April 2 - Thursday, April 4

Tuesday, April 2

6:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Woods Lecture #1, Dr. Henderson

Wednesday, April 3

9:30 a.m. Blades Chapel, Dr. Henderson
11:00 a.m. Woods Lecture #2, Dr. Henderson
12:15 p.m. Joint Denominational Lunch Tables

3:30 p.m. Book Signing & Reception, Couchman Reading Room
7:00 p.m. Berger Lecture #1, Dr. Carter Florence

Thursday, April 4

8:00 a.m. Alumni/ae Breakfast, Welch Dining Room
9:30 a.m. Blades Chapel, Dr. Carter Florence
10:30 a.m. Berger Lecture #2, Dr. Carter Florence

All events open to the public with pre-registration requested to call 563.589.3691 or email

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Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
President Jeffrey Bullock
Friday, April 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

As all of us are well aware, our University community has been beset by a significant number of deaths over the course of this past year. As a community, we have lost students, colleagues, members of our Board of Trustees, and alums who have all been an important part in our life together.

On the occasion of our colleague Susan Smith's death, and in response to requests from many of you, Peter Smith and I, as well as other members of our staff, have been led to wonder if now might be a very appropriate time to begin a new tradition on our campus; that is, an annual "Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving."

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Planned Giving - Charitable Gift Annuity
Kara Leglar-Murphy, MBA'09
Director of Donor Relations

Charitable Gift Annuities - A Great Way to Give

We all love to give, but to give and receive at the same time can be even better. If you're thinking of making a significant gift to the University now or through your estate, why not choose a gift that gives you income during your retirement years?

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Presbyterian Outlook
Gary Neal Hansen, Assistant Professor of Church History


Getting to know the new translation of the Heidelberg Catechism

The publicity about summer's General Assembly was primarily about what it decided not to do - there was no redefinition of marriage, and no divestment.

Many may not have noticed that GA actually did do one very important thing: It gave initial approval to placing a new translation of the Heidelberg Catechism in our Book of Confessions. It went through committee and the floor with a minimum of controversy. Now that lack of controversy may mean it will move through the next stage of the process without a hiccup. My own presbytery voted to approve it last Saturday.

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Farewell to David Moore

David Moore, UD Alumni Director and Director of the Annual Fund, has accepted a position in the Development Office at the Mercy Hospital Foundation.

Eight years ago as a senior at UD, David began working in the Advancement Office as an intern. After graduating in 2005, David was appointed to the full-time position of Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. Two years ago his responsibilities expanded to include service as full-time Alumni Director and Director of the Annual Fund.




We wish David and his family well in this new endeavor. We know with great pride that David bleeds Spartan Blue, and you can still find him waving the banner of Spartan Pride at UD events.

In typical David Moore fashion, David is counting on your attendance at this year's Homecoming! (October 10-13).



UD Men's Basketball Conference Champions


The University of Dubuque men's basketball captured it's first Iowa Conference Tournament Championship on Sunday, Feb. 24 in front of the largest crowd the Spartans have played in front of in the Stoltz Sports Center since its renovation. UD trailed by six points to the Wartburg College Knights in the opening half 27-33. The Spartans turned the scoring on, and out scored the Knights in the second half 46-27 to capture the contest 73-60.


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UD Women's Basketball

The University of Dubuque Women's Basketball team's run towards an Iowa Conference Tournament Championship came to an end on Sunday night with a 79-68 loss at #12 Simpson College (25-2). Senior Mollie Whiting (Woodstock, Ill./Woodstock) set school records for points in a season (667) and points in a career (1737). As a team, UD also set a new school record with 340 steals. UD finishes the 2012-13 season with a 20-8 record.


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Show Your UD Colors!

Show off your UD colors by emailing your photos to and they will be posed on our Facebook page.

We want to see where you take your UD colors!



Gangnam Style Flash Mob during Half-Time of UD vs. Loras


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