Archive for October, 2010

University of Dallas presents director/actor, Leonardo Defilippis of St. Luke’s Productions in Vianney, a play about the life of St. John Vianney at the Church of the Incarnation, Wednesday evening at 7.

Defilippis is the father of University of Dallas senior, Mary, and freshman, Johnny. Here is an invite from Mary, herself:

My dad will be performing VIANNEY at UD on November 3rd at 7pm in the Church of the Incarnation. It is a one-man performance on the life of St. John Vianney. It is the beautiful story about the very simple and humble priest who transformed an entire village and whose life inspired the world!

St. Luke's Productions presents Vianney

St. Luke's Productions presents Vianney

Please come!!! Admission is free!

Can’t make Wednesday’s showing? Here is a list of all the shows in the Dallas area:

Diocese of Dallas

Wednesday, November 3 @ 7:00 p.m.
Church of the Incarnation at University of Dallas
1845 East Northgate Dr.
Irving, TX 75062
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Denise Phillips, 972-721-5168 or
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Thursday, November 4
Private Morning Performance for John Paul II High School, Plano
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Monday, November 8 @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Ann Church
180 Samuel Blvd.
Coppell, TX 75019
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Julie Wehlage – (972) 393-5544 ext 1111 or
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Tuesday, November 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Rita Church
12521 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Deacon Denis Corbin (972) 934-8388 or
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Wednesday, November 10
Private Morning Performance for Bishop Lynch High School
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Wednesday, November 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Pius X Church
3030 Gus Thomasson Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Alicia Mendoza (972) 279-6155 x119 or
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Come see University of Dallas senior Art and Art History students show their work tonight in Art History Loggia from 6pm to 8pm.  The reception is this Friday, October 29th, but the show runs until tomorrow, October 30th. 

The Senior Synopsis is a great opportunity to support art on campus and fellow students in one of their senior capstone projects.  The featured seniors are Rafael Barrientos, Mary Eich, Ashley Parkes, Maddie Rekerdres, Jessica Swanner, Reiner Zurcher, Anton Martynenko, and Athena Torretti.

Also, take a moment to look at the Masters’ theses exhibitions when you stop by the reception tonight.  Stay tuned for more details on Senior Art majors seniors’ invidual exhibitions!

Think you’re better than the network commentators?

Show your skills, tune in for the LIVE CHAT: University of Dallas watches Game 1 of the World Series.

The Social Media & Journalism class will host a live chat during the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants game Tuesday night. Join students Gabbi Chee, Laura Victor, Quanisha Lewis, Molly O’Connor, Michelle Bauman and Rachel Healey to get reaction from around campus.

Send us your comments during the game.

6:30 p.m Wednesday

I don’t know about you, but I’m right in the thick of midterms, quizzes, papers, presentations…you name it. And from an informal poll of my friends in all grades, that seems to be the general sentiment on campus.

In addition to this normal academic stress, those students involved in the University of Dallas fall Main Stage production, Machinal is in the midst of tech week. This controversial play opens Wednesday, November 3rd and cast members, as well as Drama Department employees, are in Haggar University Center outside the cafeteria every day this week selling tickets.

For those students who have never been involved with such a production, this week means hours of rehearsal every night. The director sees to it that his artistic vision comes together, as the sounds blend with the lighting, sets, props, costumes, and over all desired mood.

What that translates to is the actors standing in freeze frame of a given scene while they try to get the lights just right or the sound effect at just the right moment. The one thing I know about any production, especially ones of UD quality, it requires a village to put on.

Support the arts at UD…and mainly your friends, reserve a FREE ticket today by visiting the table in Haggar, calling the Drama Department at 972-721-5314, or fill out the online reservation form.

As a part of the Stark Creative Writing Series, University of Dallas hosts guest poet for a poetry reading this Monday night at 7pm in Lynch Auditorium, lectures in open junior poet (Lyric Study I) classes, and public lecture on Poetry and Pilgrimage Tuesday, October 26-also in Lynch Auditorium at 7pm.

An excerpt from the University of Dallas Website:

Poetry and Pilgrimage

Peter Campion is the author of two poetry collections, Other People (2005) and The Lions (2009), both from the University of Chicago Press. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship at Stanford University, a Pushcart Prize, a Theodore Morrison Fellowship at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is an Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University and editor of the journal Literary Imagination, published by Oxford University Press.

Both events, made possible by the Stark Fund for Creative Writing at the University of Dallas, are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit or contact Andrew Osborn at or (972) 721-4087.

Thank goodness it’s almost Thursday!  With midterm week in full-swing, we all need a chance to let loose and have some fun.  I know what that means…Thursday night, I’ll be rocking out to UD band Speak Easy made up of UD seniors, Brennan Pecha, Steve Schmidt, and Robert Landreaux.  They are accompanied by their  talented drummer, junior Ethan Munsill.

For those of age, the bar will be serving $2 beers.  For the rest of you, pop (soda, for you northerners, coke for you crazy southerners) will be available for purchase, as well.  And of course, FREE popcorn is available.

So get your weekend started right,  join Speak Easy in Haggar University Center’s Rathskellar this Thursday, October 21 at 9pm.

Come here the talents of UD’s own Jordan Campirino and Luke Dougherty from 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday, October 19.  The Cap Bar in Haggar University Center will be open and coffee will be flowing for those in need of a midweek midterm caffine fix or a study break from all of your exams.

For more October events, check out the University Calendar and keep up with A&E @ UD.

LOOKING AHEAD: Mark your calendars and check back for blog posts on…

It’s Monday, but it’s never to early in the week to look forward to the University of Dallas’s annual Oktoberfest Celebration this weekend.  Look for t-shirts and steins this week in the Haggar University Center throughout the week, especially during lunch and dinner.  Pull out your polka skills with the traditional live performance by nationally-known band Brave Combo and German baked goods on Saturday

Next week guest poet, Peter Campion comes to campus for poetry reading and workshop and to visit Lyrics Studies (aka Junior Poet or J-Po) classes.

See selected works by Elizabeth Akamatsu and Lauren McAdams, on display in the University of Dallas Beatrice M. Haggery Art Gallery from October 9th through November 7th.  Both artists work in metal sculpture and other mixed media.

A reception open to the public is being hosted for these artists this Friday, October 15 from 7pm to 9pm.  If you’ve never been to an UD art reception, you are missing out.  There’s often wine and free food, plus it’s a good excuse to dress up.  Stop by and bring a friend.  If you go to the reception or to see the exhibit, leave your reflections here.

Bored with Irving?  Come join the University of Dallas Modern Language Department for foreign films throughout the semester.  For all of you “Romesick” UD-ers out there, this Thursday’s film is the Italian Stanno tutti bene (with English subtitles) at 7pm in Lynch Auditorium.

From classic to recent films, the Foreign Film Series appeals to a broad range of movie enthusiasts.  Can’t make the dates below?  Check out past semesters’ Foreign Film Series for more ideas of films to watch on your own.

Come see the results of University of Dallas students’ version of the popular Bravo TV show Project Runway.  On Friday, October 22nd, students will reveal outfits they’ve begun the hardwork designing and creating today.  Armed with only the provided supplies, teams of 3-5 will compete in a run off of their designs in an event hosted by UD’s Residence Hall Association.


Any Project Runway fans out there?  Well, in place of Heidi and Tim, design teams and models will be judged in the school-wide fashion show.


Feel free to submit pictures of the event to me and I’ll post them here.