IN MEMORIAM: CHERIE CLODFELTER
“Teachers are the most powerful people on earth,” said Clodfelter. “Even more than mothers, they affect eternity through the children and young people they influence.”
ACROSS THE CORE: AN INTELLECTUAL RETREAT
Last month, as students were arriving back on campus, the faculty hunkered down for an intellectual retreat: one to renew their purpose to cultivate wisdom, truth, and virtue in the students whom they teach.
ENTRUSTING A FLAME: A PROFESSOR'S GIFT
Hans Urs von Balthasar once wrote in homage of Origen, the great 3rd century Christian scholar, that every theologian after him simply “burned with a borrowed flame.” That phrase comes to mind as I reflect on the inheritance one professor from my pre-monk days bestowed upon me.
DANIEL A. EZEKIEL BALAN, BA '99
Daniel A. Ezekiel Balan graduated from the University of Dallas in 1999 with a B.A. in art with a sculpture focus. He married his UD sweetheart (Margaret Haine, B.A. ’01) in 2003 after returning safely from Afghanistan where he served as a US Army Interrogator. He currently works as an architect in New York City while trying to maintain a professional art practice and an active family life.
ALEJANDRA, BA '13 & MELISSA HERNANDEZ, BA '16
Alejandra Hernandez is a young Latina with roots in the central valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. Currently, she serves as the lead project coordinator in the Environmental Health Department at 16th Street Community Health Centers in Milwaukee. Her sister Melissa Hernandez graduated from the University of Dallas in 2016 with a degree in Politics and a concentration in Spanish.
A SPIRIT SO SWEET
When I was asked to write a bit about a friendship I’d formed and maintained with a UD professor, there were several names that sprang to mind, but none so right and fitting as David Sweet’s. As anyone likely to read this column already knows, UD is an unassuming place, its buildings designed not to detract from the landscape—small, sloping hills, gnarled post oaks, and black Texas earth—but to blend with them.
Memories That Bind
In this edition of Philía, emeritus professor of Art Lyle Novinski chronicles his continued friendship with Bob Josch, BA '92,and Eduardo Ugarte, BA '93, and their journey into Russia.
FEATURED ALUMNUS: PETE COOK, BA '92
Pete Cook founded and runs two companies: The Petroleum Connection and
The Brewing & Distilling Network. Prior to starting these companies, Pete
spent over 20 years at US Inspect, a national residential & commercial inspection
company. He helped start and rapidly grow their commercial division.