Liberal Arts and Education News
New Education Advisory Council begins in May
The inaugural meeting of the Education Advisory Council and the first issue of the Education Department E-newsletter for students and alumni will occur in May. The Department has implemented a series of important changes designed to improve departmental operations. These include a new student advising system, revised departmental policies and procedures, and a new course scheduling template to reduce scheduling conflicts for students. All academic majors and specialty programs in the department have been realigned to meet all current state guidelines. These changes are designed to produce higher rates of success on state certification tests. The UDM cumulative test score for all Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification was 80.4 percent.
Theatre Company's Working attracts alumni to Afterglow
Alumni packed the theatre for the April 1 production of Working, the Theatre Company's musical co-production with Marygrove College.
With the generous sponsorship of Rene Saenz of Two Men and a Truck, the CLAE Alumni Council hosted an Afterglow reception in the Marygrove College Art Gallery following the play. Pictures from the reception are online. Thanks to alumni attendance at events such as this, the Theatre Company this year had a 41 percent increase in individual ticket sales.
Next year's season begins on Sept. 29 with such plays as Of Mice and Men, Polish Joke, and a return of the popular production of Arthur Beer's Malice Aforethought. Malice, which tells the story of the famous Ossian Sweet Trials, was first done by the Theatre Company in 1987. With the support of the Michigan Association of Libraries and area law associations, next year's production will include special productions in local high schools and grade schools, and will coincide with Black History Month.
CLAE alumnus Aaron Parchem enjoys first trip to Winter Olympics
University of Detroit Mercy Economics alumnus Aaron Parchem '03, and skating partner Marcy Hinzmann made a very respectable showing after their first invitation to the Winter Olympic Games in February. After placing 13th out of 20 in the pairs on Saturday and Monday, the pair feel great about the experience. More...
Lenten talks online
John Staudenmaier, S.J., from UDM's Office of Mission & Identity and professor of History, presented five talks on the Jesuit Spiritual Exercises during Lent in March and April. Two of the talks are available online for listening as podcasts: "Making Decisions for a Better Life" and "Grief and Joy in the Spiritual Life."
CLAE student Mead Goedert is this year's University valedictorian
Graduating Social Work student Mead Goedert was named the 2006 valedictorian.
Goedert, who interned recently at Webster Elementary School in southwest Detroit, will pursue a child-based social work career.
He is also the winner of the 2006 Region 5 - NASW-BSW - Student Social Worker of the Year Award.
UDM students come close to national ethics championship
After five hours of competition last February, the three-person team "Canadian Connection" became the 2006 UDM Ethics Bowl champions. The winners - Mikhial Pasic, Peter Verschoote, and Stephanie Hill - then competed in Jacksonville, Fla., March 2 to represent UDM at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Although they lost to an excellent University of Florida team and dropped two very close matches to Eastfield College and Valparaiso University, the team gave a strong showing. "The students were all very well-prepared and gave a strong showing," says head coach and Professor of Philosophy Martin Leever. "Two of these matches could have easily gone the other way, giving us a shot at the playoffs. I'm very proud of our team."
Social Work Program highlights
Students partner with Gesu Parish in service learning project on homelessness
Undergraduate students in Associate Professor of Social Work Aloha VanCamp's Introduction to Social Work course had a first-hand service learning experience during the winter semester. In cooperation with UDM's Leadership Development Institute and the University's local neighbor, Gesu Parish, students volunteered their services to approximately 60 homeless adults from the Detroit metro area during the parish's annual homeless project. Students joined parish volunteers assisting homeless visitors with food preparation, clean-up, used clothing preparation, sports activities and evening security. In the social work class, students were required to prepare a Powerpoint presentation of their service learning experience as one of the course assignments.
UDM hosts regional social work student of the year awards
On March 30, the Department of Social Work hosted the Region 5-NASW-Student Social Worker of the Year Awards Ceremony on the McNichols Campus. Students from six Michigan-based MSW and BSW programs were selected to receive an award based on a combination of their academic performance, leadership ability and contributions to social work practice. Participating universities included: Eastern Michigan University, Madonna University, Marygrove College, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Nearly 100 guests attended the event. Student, Mead Goedert, was the UDM recipient of the NASW-BSW award.