Fall 2012

Taking the Pulse of the American Dream

October 1, 2012 |

Here’s a challenge. How do you document a subject of national importance that people see all over the news, but rarely ever think about?

It’s a question Kat Ryder and her student interns are answering with the Permanent American Dream … Read More

Where Are They Now?

October 1, 2012 |

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of Xavier football.

It was a turning point in the history of the University. Agree with it or not, one thing can’t be argued: Xavier produced some quality players—and people. We … Read More


October 1, 2012 |

In June, Xavier was named one of 15 schools nationally awarded a $100,000 grant from the American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for its innovative work in faculty retirement.

The selected institutions are working together to … Read More

Enhancing Jobs with a Black Belt

October 1, 2012 |

The Department of Management and Entrepreneurship in the Williams College of Business is taking a page out of the popular Six Sigma business development method by creating a similar black belt program, but this one is geared specifically for entrepreneurship. … Read More

Bracken Books

October 1, 2012 |

It was a busy summer for longtime Xavier Jesuit Joseph Bracken, S.J. The professor emeritus of theology, who began teaching at Xavier in 1982, published his 10th book, Does God Roll Dice? Divine Providence for a World in the Making, … Read More

Dream Course

October 1, 2012 |

The first time the American public heard the phrase “American Dream” was in 1914, when Walter Lippmann referred to it once in his book Drift and Mastery to describe the importance of the “enterprising individual” in America.

The public barely … Read More

Living Well

October 1, 2012 |

As he entered retirement, Jim Ollier worried about all the stories he heard over the years of people falling apart without the dependable demand of the daily workplace routine. What was he going to do? How was he going to … Read More

Life’s Playground

October 1, 2012 |

Monica Scalf was teaching a freshman composition class at Xavier when someone in the class had one of those ah-ha moments—those times of discovery when the light bulb of understanding suddenly pops on.

As it turns out, the ah-ha person … Read More

Golf Marathon

October 1, 2012 |

The economic misery of the Great Depression apparently had a positive side effect. No, not market regulations. Entertainment.

Short on money, the people went to bizarre if not amusing lengths to find ways to entertain themselves and take their minds … Read More

Fun at Work

October 1, 2012 |

Bright, bouncy balloons have always been the calling card of fun and games. But the world of color-shot latex is serious business for Kathy and John Bunker.

The couple—Kathy, a 1987 MED graduate, and John, a 1983 marketing graduate—are owners … Read More