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Vol. XXXV, No. XXII
University of Dallas, Irving, Texas
April 27, 2010
Keefe speaks on faculty raises, Internet, future plans
University of Dallas President
Thomas Keefe had a chance
to sit down with the University
News last week to talk about settling in
at UD and his plans for the future.
Keefe is living in the Helen Lucy
Corbitt Memorial Suite in the student
apartments until June. "I think I've made
all of my neighbors nervous/' he said,
noting that many of them had brought
him some sort of baked goods.
Keefe likes the University a lot. "My
energy, my optimism, my leadership
skills are a good fit for UD," he said.
"Let me go on record to say I don't
think the Core needs to be changed at
all. I like the Core. I think it's one of
the things that makes us distinctive. The
combination of the Core with its focus
on western civilization and primary
resource material, the Rome experience,
and the Catholic identity makes us truly
a unique and distinctive university. I'm
proud of it. I don't want to change it. I
want it to grow/' Keefe said.
Emphasizing the need for a slow,
natural growth, Keefe said, "If academic
growth is possible in terms of new
programs, it should be an organic
growth. It should grow out of our
strength. It should not be a manifestation
for our desire for more revenue, but out
of our desire to stay current and provide
better educational opportunities."
The University has the capacity to
grow Constantin College from 1,320
to 1,450-1,500 undergraduates, Keefe
said. There is space in classrooms and
dormitories - as long as each freshman
class is shaped to make sure not too
many of one major are accepted.
"We can end up with a very, very
healthy institution without changing
the personality," Keefe said. Increasing
enrollment is also a way to increase
revenue for the University without
raising tuition as steeply for each
individual student, he said.
Shaping each freshman class is
predicated on increasing the number of
applicants and then making decisions
based on each applicant's interests,
"Shaping is not a manipulative kind
of thing - we're not looking at excluding
people because of race, religion . . .
we're looking at being strategic about
our growth to make sure that our growth
doesn't become disruptive," Keefe said
Since Keefe took office on March 1,
he has made a few changes. As of April
15, he has doubled the size and capacity
of the internet server on campus. "And
if necessary we'll triple it," Keefe said.
Currently, staff are also looking for dead-
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UD chemistry students speak on ACS Conference
Meg Clukey presented on recent developments in
Photo courtesy of Princy George
Inside this issue
University of Dallas
chemistry students had
the opportunity to attend
the 239th American Chemical
Society Conference held in San
Francisco on March 20-24. The
attendees presented talks on a
variety of interesting lectures
they heard at the conference to
fellow students and professors
last Tuesday night.
Marie Prybyla spoke on the
chemical compounds that give
different wines their distinctive
taste: a Cabernet, for example
has a "chewy and grippy taste"
whereas a Pi not Noir has a "silky
sensation."Tannins are flavonoids
that are found on the grape
skin and seed. Sean Zohorsky,
another conference attendee,
said he enjoyed Prybyla's talk but
said, "sadly there were no wine
samples." Zohorsky presented on
the current research being done
to synthesize novel drugs for
schizophrenia and Alzheimer's
Junior Chelsea Vandergrift
said that attending the
conference solidified her desire
to pursue a Ph.D in organic
chemistry. Vandergrift spoke
on a new way to reduce the
need for solvents as a good way
to practice environmentally
friendly chemistry. The talk was
very appropriate as the theme of
the 2010 ACS Conference was
"Chemistry for a Sustainable
I he conference attendees
also had the opportunity to
listen to Massachusetts Institute
of Technology scientist Daniel
Nocera speak on how his team
devised a way to efficiently split
water into hydrogen and oxygen
to create pure water and energy
after burning the hydrogen and
oxygen. Ben Russo said that
Nocera's research focus on
"social justice," in his efforts to
provide clean water and energy
to underdeveloped nations,
was a "fascinating application
of chemistry." Jared Rueby also
[earned that researchers are
currently working on ways to
break down lignin, a chemical
compound from wood, to
make biofuels. He said it "was
exciting" to learn that they were
using one of the world's fastest
computers, the "JAGUAR," to
build and test a molecular model
of a "mesoporous silica catalyst"
needed to convert the lignin into
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Haegerty Teaching Award P^aces f°urth at genior studios open soon world economy of the
The Haggerty family has
founded a new award for
excellence in teaching.
Hie UD Golf team competed „
at the North Eastern Athletic I ( B
Conference Tournament this
Three senior-directed studios
open in the Margaret Jonsson
Theater on Thursday.
Four rapidly developing
nations may soon lead the
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