Monday, November 13, 2017

Upcoming events highlight preparing for law school, entrepreneurship, stories about Dayton neighborhoods, and business leadership

The University of Dayton is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit Feb. 12-13, 2018, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. The University of Dayton has been accredited by HLC since 1928. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address: Public Comment on the University of Dayton, Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411. The public may also submit comments on the HLC website. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by Jan. 12, 2018.  

Emily Fehrman Cory, new University of Dayton Faculty of Practice in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will host free, monthly "Ask the Engineers" sessions at the 444 Entrepreneurship Center, 444 E. Second St. in Dayton, to provide advice on all aspects of starting a business. Faculty from the University of Dayton School of Engineering will join her each month. The next event is 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. A networking event at Proto Buildbar at 534 E. First St. in Dayton will follow. Contact Fehrman Cory at for more information. For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391 or


Facing Dayton: Visualizing Neighborhood Narratives, an exhibit by University of Dayton graphic design students, continues through Nov. 17 at the Dayton Metro Library location at 215 E. 3rd St. The exhibit, free and open to the public during library hours, is a collection of 25 posters that visualize stories about human experiences and issues of injustice in Dayton neighborhoods. The students collected stories last spring from 30 neighbors in 10 Dayton neighborhoods. The topics include food deserts, racism, personal loss, segregation, urban sprawl and addiction. "The Facing Project is a community storytelling project to bring awareness about human rights issues and assets of a community to inspire social action," said Kelly Bohrer, director of community engaged learning and scholarship in the University of Dayton Fitz Center for Leadership in Community. Misty Thomas-Trout, professor of graphic design in the department of art and design, added: “The students experienced social- and community-engaged design where the value of the product was human-centered. It created a special relationship between these community members and students.” Visitors to the exhibit can offer reflections, stories and questions to the project in the sketchbooks provided. For hours of operation, click here. For more information, contact Kelly Bohrer at 937-229-4642 or For interviews, contact Meagan Pant at 937-229-3256


The University of Dayton School of Law will hold an open house 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in Keller Hall. School of Law representatives will guide prospective students through the entire law school journey, from applying and financial aid to meeting professors and students and touring the facility to graduation, bar passage and career development. Attendees qualify for a School of Law scholarship. Register online or by contacting the School of Law's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 937-229-3555 or by email at For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at or 937-229-3391.


Professional Development Programs

Nov. 14: "Time Management and Personal Productivity." This session will help with planning your work using goal-setting and scheduling techniques, proper delegation techniques and building successful relationships without putting too many demands on your schedule.

Nov. 15: "Leading Change at the First Level." Leading major change is not the same as leading day-to-day operations. In this program, participants will explore the patterns that differentiate great change leaders, focusing on the complicated role of the front-line leader who must follow and lead simultaneously.

Nov. 29-30: "Problem Solving for Team Leaders: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt." Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to lead Lean Six Sigma problem solving teams through the five-step Lean Six Sigma Problem Solving process. The one-day yellow belt workshop is a prerequisite for this program.

Dec. 6-7: "Project Management Essentials I & II." This program focuses on the practical skills, tools and techniques used to effectively manage all phases of a project — initiation, planning, execution and closing. Participants will work on a practical case study project in small groups to clarify the project's goal and objectives, identify deliverables, create a work breakdown structure and build a schedule.

Dec. 12: "Professional Communications & Presence." First impressions, nonverbal communication and proper dining skills are key elements of being a business professional. Many professionals lack an awareness of or appreciation for the importance of the image they convey because they have not learned or appreciate these skills. Participants will learn how image influences perception, the skills to make a positive first impression, techniques on how to manage non-verbal communication effectively and business technology etiquette.

Dec. 13: "Navigating Difficult Conversations." This program will help attendees understand the casualties of unresolved conflict — productivity loss and employee turnover, among others. Participants also will identify their preferred conflict resolution styles and techniques to increase their personal effectiveness.

Dec. 14: "Leadership is Everyone's Business." Participants will discover how they have shown leadership to meet business and personal challenges, allowing them to gain the confidence and skill to increase their use of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders.

The cost for a professional development program is $395 for the general public, $345 for University of Dayton alumni and $299 for center partners.

Executive Development Programs

Nov. 15: "The Purpose Revolution: Winning the Emerging Consumer, Employee & Investor" with John Izzo, the best-selling author of Awakening Corporate Soul who has advised more than 500 companies. This program will help leaders understand buyers, investors and employees and learn practical ways to grow market share, brand loyalty and engagement.

The cost for executive development programs is $995 for the general public, $945 for University of Dayton alumni and $897 for center partners.

All sessions for every program run all day, unless otherwise noted, and will be on the University of Dayton River Campus at the 1700 South Patterson Building.

For more information about Center for Leadership programs and to register, call 937-229-3115 or visit the Center for Leadership website.

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