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November 2012 Issue of UpDate



A Big UD Thank You to our Alumni!
46 Days to go...
David Dendy, VP for Philanthropy

The next forty-six days of the year are my absolute favorite time of the year!

November 15th through January 1st represents a time of gratitude, preparation, celebration and more celebration.

First, there is the gratitude of the Thanksgiving weekend that set all sorts of records for number of people trying to get to and from a specific destination within a four day period. It is a time for friends and family to come together for a big meal where there is an endless debate over what "stuffing" really is.

Men and Women's Basketball
Come practice with the team--Spartan Style
Advent-Preparing for Christmas
Gary Hansen, Assistant Professor of Church History

 Hey, what if the President of the United States was coming over to your house for dinner? Would you maybe spend a little time cleaning up? Or imagine something really big: what if your in-laws were coming for a week? Would you maybe spend some time getting ready? You might think about more than whether the house is tidy. You might think about your attitude, and how to be really hospitable to people so important to you and your family.


Christmas on the Quad
Come Celebrate with Us

Ho Ho Hold the Date for the 16th Annual Christmas on the Quad event, held Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th.

The University of Dubuque invites students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors and friends to begin the season of Advent and to prepare for the coming of Christmas. The event starts at 4:00 p.m. (both days) and will be held in Blades Hall. Join us "on the Quad" after the concert for the traditional lighting of "Bruce Spruce".

Alumni Access to Library Resources

Mary Anne Knefel, University Librarian


Most alums have access to the internet and are pretty good at finding web sites. From Trip Advisor to Facebook to, there seems to be an easy way to access most of the information you need. But great portions of the web are not accessible to the general public, one of which is access to research articles. Or, if you find an article you need in Google, you have to enter a password or pay a hefty fee to read it.


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UD Mediation Team 4th in the Nation
Benjamin Supple Bartels, JD
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Director, Scholar Leader Program

Pre-law, Mediation, and Justice League Advisor

Each November the International Academy of Dispute Resolution sponsors an undergraduate competitive contest, the National Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament (NIMT). The intent of the tournament is to give students a real-life experience as mediator, an attorney, and client. Three students make up a team, and each must participate as mediator in one of three preliminary rounds. Students participating have the opportunity to receive All-American recognition.

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New Faculty Members
Mark Ward, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Good faculty are the heart of any university and at UD we are blessed with committed and gifted faculty members. Ten new faculty members joined us this fall. They, along with 68 other colleagues in the college and graduate school faculty, lead the learning community for our students.

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Homecoming 2012
David Moore
, Director for Alumni/Annual Giving

The Spartans stormed the city of Dubuque as over 524 (registered) alumni and guests set foot on Spartan Soil for Homecoming 2012, October 11-14th. The crowd in the stands were in the thousands as students, alumni , parents, family and friends - also known as the SPARTAN NATION - joined together to celebrate our University. WE ARE UD!

Participation Rate

Jodi Stricker, C'03
President, Alumni Board

Do you know what "Participation Rate" means?

The "financial grants" that the University of Dubuque and our students receive are critically dependent on the financial "participation rate" of our Alumni toward the Annual Fund.

Without a high percentage of alumni participation who financially support UD, granting institutions are less likely to offer their grants to UD.

Wendt Lectures
Profiles in Courage Award Winner Spoke at UD
Annalee Ward, Director of Wendt Center



The University of Dubuque's Lester and Michael Lester Wendt Character Initiative hosted Profiles in Courage Award winner and former mayor of Palos Heights (IL), Dean Koldenhoven, on Monday, October 22, 2012.

Mayor Koldenhoven was awarded the Profiles in Courage Award in 2002 by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for the stance that he took to uphold religious freedom. Also honored at that ceremony in 2002 was UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.


Staff Spotlight--Dianne Jaeger

When you walk into the University of Dubuque Science Center, you cannot help but notice the care and upkeep that goes into such a facility. Even more impressive, is the person behind the scenes that keeps Goldthorp and Mary Chlapaty Hall in such great shape, Dianne Jaeger. Dianne's smile and warm heart will light up your day in a way that the sun shining through the Peterson Atrium could never compete with!




UD Gangnam Style Flash Mob

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