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Xavier Magazine | September 30, 2014

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Fall 2005

Letters form Prison

October 1, 2006 |

Philosophy classes are designed to make students think, and those in Patrick Welage’s Philosophy 100 course certainly got plenty to think about. Yes, they got the requisite Plato’s Republic assignment, but things got really interesting when they engaged in pen … Read More

Inside the Astrodome

October 1, 2006 |

The following letter comes from Skip Redd, president of the Xavier University national alumni association Houston chapter, written on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

I wanted to let people know what I saw and experienced today and to update you on the … Read More

Faculty Spotlight

October 1, 2006 |

Accounting professor Bill Smith is a numbers man. He’s lived in the same house for 55 years. He’s taught in Alter Hall, Room 324, for 45 years. He’s imparted accounting knowledge to more than 10,000 students. And this spring, Smith … Read More

Cootie Invasion

October 1, 2006 |

Kathleen Gerth uses anything and everything to teach her seventh- and eighth-grade students at Dater High School in Cincinnati about chemistry, astronomy and physical science.

Hula hoops demonstrate atoms. Board games help with proficiency tests. And Gerth performs a mean … Read More

Consciousnesses Effort

October 1, 2006 |

Gillian Ahlgren believes there’s never been greater need for spiritual renewal. So in August, the professor of theology launched the Kairos Renewal Project, an organization dedicated to individual and community renewal through applied principles of Christian spirituality and justice, with … Read More

Charitable Links

October 1, 2006 |

Doug McGrath has his priorities straight. That was evident when he entered the hospital in Atlanta in September 1996 for four months of bone marrow and chemotherapy treatments to beat back the leukemia ravaging his body. On the luggage cart … Read More

Baking the World a Better Place

October 1, 2006 |

What do a psychology major and a lemon cookie have in common? More than you’d think.

After graduating in 1997, Christie Hosea’s grandfather approached her about helping start a family business. Hosea agreed, and along with her mother and brother, … Read More

Growing Movement

October 1, 2006 |

Dee Nelson walked the streets of downtown Springfield, Ill., offering to tutor prostitutes and wound up renovating a building into a safe house for them to live in. Mary O’Connor lived a week at a shelter for homeless women and … Read More

Into Africa

October 2, 2005 |

It’s nighttime in the West African city of Kumasi, Ghana, and Prince Johnson sits watching a Spanish soap opera on TV when the family puppy starts yapping wildly outside. Jumping up and running out the door, Johnson is horrified to … Read More

We the People

October 2, 2005 |

In 1802, Thomas Jefferson penned a letter to the Danbury Baptists in which he used the phrase “separation of church and state” to describe the intent of the religion clauses of the First Amendment. Nowhere does the phrase appear in … Read More

When in Rome… Draw

October 2, 2005 |

Mercedes Tryba is organizing her thoughts. A senior art major with concentrations in fibers and graphic design, Tryba is used to talking about art. But this afternoon, as she takes a break from a summer fibers seminar in the A.B. … Read More

View From the Top

October 2, 2005 |

Before former University President James E. Hoff, S.J., took over the presidency in 1991, he turned down a chance to interview for the job three times. Historically, his hesitancy wasn’t unusual. More than 150 years earlier, John Elet, S.J., petitioned … Read More

The Roof of Africa

October 2, 2005 |

Amanda Trice, a 2001 graduate, left for a six-month volunteer commitment in Tanzania on July 4, 2004. She glimpsed Kilimanjaro, or “Kili” as it is affectionately called by locals, on a trip to Moshi, the small town at the base … Read More

Concerted Effort

October 2, 2005 |

There’s an old joke in the music business:

Q: How do you make a million dollars in jazz?

A: Start with two million.

The same joke applies to that other great art music, classical music. As standards fall and popular … Read More

Profile: Paul J. Dunn, M.D.

October 1, 2005 |

Paul J. Dunn, M.D. Bachelor of Science in chemistry, 1955 | Retired pediatric physician, Ferryville, Wis.

Primal Knowledge | Though Dunn’s family was of meager means, they believed in education. He graduated from Covington Latin School in Northern Kentucky at … Read More

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