The Good Stuff

Student Organizations at the University of Dayton

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Puppies on the Central Mall

Every student is stressed during finals week until…puppies? Phi Beta Chi and Phi Sigma Kappa co-sponsored an event: Furry Friends for Finals on Thursday, April 26. It was a four hour event where students could play with a puppy of their own to de-stress from studying for finals, for only a dollar! All of the proceeds were donated to 4 Paws for Ability, who brought 14 of their puppies to the University of Dayton campus for the event. 4 Paws, located in Xenia, raises puppies to be given to families with autistic children. Furry Friends for Finals was indeed a success- for the students and the puppies! 

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Habitat for Humanity Recognized


DAYTON, Ohio — Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity will recognize the
University at a ceremony this week for its volunteer work supporting
the Habitat mission of “providing a hand up, not a hand out” for lower
income families seeking home-ownership.

The University will receive one of three President’s Volunteer Service
Awards during Dayton Habitat’s annual volunteer recognition
celebration Jan. 19 at the Packard Museum, 420 S. Ludlow St.,
downtown. The University earned the Silver Award, given to groups
completing between 500 and 999 service hours in a calendar year.

"The University of Dayton strives to link learning and scholarship
with leadership and service,” said Kelly Bohrer, coordinator of
community outreach. “This award gives light to the commitment we have
on campus to use our compassionate hearts and critical minds to help
create a better world for all. I hope it will encourage many more to
become involved in our local community and to work with the people of

Last year, 165 individuals from the University of Dayton volunteered a
total of 781 hours with Dayton Habitat.

That number includes hours completed by faculty, staff and students
through the student-run Habitat for Humanity club, other University
volunteer groups that completed Habitat volunteer projects and
individual volunteer work by University of Dayton community members.

"Dayton Habitat for Humanity really brings out the best in University
of Dayton students every week with opportunities to volunteer on local
houses that directly change the lives of families forever,” said Kevin
Longacre, president of the student Habitat for Humanity club, who will
accept the award for the University. “This award is great for the
University because the students can see the impact we can make
collectively when working towards the common mission to eliminate
poverty housing and homelessness in the world.”


For more information, contact Cameron Fullam, assistant director of
media relations, at 937-229-3256 or


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Up the Orgs 2011

On August 26th from 3-6pm, nearly 200 student organizations and 25 vendors from the Dayton area descended upon the Central Mall outside KU.  We are excited to share some of our favorite pictures from the event.

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Pi Beta Phi honored for Most Improved Scholarship

Congratulations to the sisters of Pi Beta Phi on earning two National Awards at the Biennial Leadership Academy, which was held at Disneyland (Florida) in June!  The theme of this years convention was “The Magic of Sisterhood” and from the sounds of it, Caroline Cheeseman (Chapter President) and Tori Pinciotti (VP of Membership Development) were thrilled with the enchanting experience. 

The Ohio Iota Chapter left the conference in extremely high spirits after capturing both the Spirit Award and Most Improved Scholarship Award.  The Spirit Award is given to the Top Ten Chapters (out of 134) who exemplify spirit in all the chapter does, including recruitment and member development.  Even more exciting is the Most Improved Scholarship Award which is given to only one chapter and that was the Ohio Iota Chapter!

Caroline and Tori are excited to return this fall and share the chapter’s successes with their sisters and the Greek Community.  But their passion does not stop with celebration—they are also excited to return to campus to educate others on the importance of scholarship and how they can improve in their chapters, too!

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Zeta Tau Alpha awarded at National Leadership Conference

This past July, some of the women of Zeta Tau Alpha attended their National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, IN.  Sisterhood was in the air as the Iota Pi sisters met women from across the country and learned how to successfully lead their chapter and to become “change agents,” which was the conferences theme this year.  

The Zeta Tau Alpha sisters will be returning to campus this fall with three awards that were earned from a year of hard work a dedication to improving their chapter. Congratulations to the sisters of ZTA on the following awards:

  • Helping Hands Award
  • Quota/Total Award
  • Crown Chapter Award

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2010-2011 Leadership Awards

On April 10, 2011, the Office of Leadership Development and Student Life & Kennedy Union sponsored the First Annual Leadership Awards Recognition Ceremony.  All UD students, organizations, and organization advisors are eligible to receive a nomination for one or multiple awards.  Nominations poured in from all across campus to highlight the amazing leadership qualities of students, faculty and staff.  Ish Ruiz (senior) and Angelina Rosati (junior) collaborated with both offices to put on a successful event.  Ish and Angelina also served as the Masters of Ceremony, presenting awards to the winners.  SLKU is very proud of all of the award recipients and looks forward to even more nominations next year!

Congratulations to the following Students:

Back Row: Kristen Duffy (Visionary Leadership), Anne Prier (Faith and Conviction), Courtney Elbin (Fatih and Conviction), Kelly Nestor (Spirit of Community), Elizabeth Reeves (Spirit of Community & Community Building), Susan Gogniat (Emerging Leader), Megan Christy (Spirit of Community & Honor and Integrity), & Liz Melena (Significant Service)

Front Row: Victoria Barrera-Garces (Distinguished Contributions), Kristen Hammaker (Distinguished Contributions & Commuter Student), Maggie Barranger (Emerging Leader), Kelly Tracy (Emerging Leader) & Erin Kaltenrieder (Faith and Conviction & Say “Yes”)

*not pictured: Ashley Sherman (Inclusivity & Say “Yes”) and Ann Buscemi (Spirit of Community)

Congratulations to the following Organizations:

Left to Right: Phi Kappa Psi (Keith Conti), Panhellenic Council (Crystal DeVita, Kara Riely, Megan Christy, Angelina Rosati), and Zeta Tau Alpha (Hilary Pelligra, Heather Armstrong, Dana Zook, Victoria Barrera-Garces, Sarah Ahler, Erin Kaltenrieder, & Kelly Tracy)

Congratulations to the following Organization Advisors:

Left to Right: Brad Balser (Distance 4 Dreams), Bryan Bardine (Alpha Nu Omega), Kevin Cane (IFC), Gwyn Fox Stump (Christmas on Campus), & Brandy Clifford (Commuters on Campus)

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FASFAC hosts 18th annual convention!

The Fantasy And Science Fiction Appreciation Club hosts their eighteenth annual convention at the University of Dayton McGinnis Center.

This year’s convention was space-themed and titled the Wrath of Con. With over 80 total participants, the Wrath of Con was a success with a variety of activities at the public’s disposal: video games, tabletop games, panels, seminars, tournaments, and more. Gaming For A Cause, an activity hosted by FASFAC during the fall, was brought back for the convention to raise additional money for Child’s Play at the Dayton Children’s Medical Center.

For more information about FASFAC, visit our blog at

Participants of the Con peruse the Bell, Book & Comic booth. Bell, Book & Comic is a local bookstore that has worked in tandem with FASFAC in the past.

Participants of the Con play games such as Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons.

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UD Swing Dance Club take 1st place at Dayton Swing Smackdown

On February 26, 2011, the UD Swing Dance Club competed in the annual Dayton Swing Smackdown at the Baum Opera House in Miamisburg, OH.  The team placed 1st in the collegiate category and 2nd for the overall competition.  The winning routine was choreographed by Allison Lodico and Tristan Butcher.  Both Lodico and Butcher are actively involved in the club and currently serve as officers.  Check out the great video of the Swing Dance Club in action!!!

MORE TO COME—The UD Swing Club received a free pass to compete at the Hawkeye Swing Festival at the University of Iowa in April.  Way to go Swing Club!!!