Message from Dean John M. Staudenmaier, S.J.

Highlighter & Laureate,
Fall 2003

John M. Staudenmaier, S.J., Ph.D. teaches engineering ethics, survey of U.S. technological style, upper division seminars - "Detroit the City"; "Individualism and Community in the United States"; "Interpretations of Capitalism"; "Advertising in America." He is also editor of Technology & Culture, The International Quarterly of the Society for the History of Technology, sponsored during his tenure by the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village and UDM jointly. He has held numerous scholarly appointments, most recently the Gasson Chair at Boston College. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from St. Louis University and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. His home page is here

As the autumn season softens Michigan's colors, the College of Liberal Arts & Education is moving into its new geography. After months of planning, the faculty Space Allocation Committee proposed a map for all 13 college departments. Renovations in Briggs last fall created contiguous departmental places: Religious Studies, History, Philosophy and Economics on the third floor; English, Political Science and Social Work on the second floor; Sociology and Criminal Justice on the first floor; Communication Studies on the first floor with its technical labs directly below on the ground floor.

In January, a new cafe was opened on the first floor of Briggs, offering Starbucks coffee, sandwiches, cold drinks, and snacks. Over the summer, the University completed phase one of the renovation of Reno Hall. Reno sits in the cluster of residence halls near the Livernois gate of the McNichols Campus. Faculty and staff for the departments of Education,Counseling and Addiction Studies and Psychology occupy all of the second floor. The first floor houses the Psychology clinic and the Counseling clinic, both receiving clients from around the metropolitan area. The Theatre Department will soon move into redesigned space for offices, rehearsals, and technical support. The large front lounge, “Reno Commons,” is available University-wide for receptions, meetings, and lectures. Next summer, the College’s Language & Cultural Training program will move into Reno.

I am thrilled to have the College’s second home located in the heart of the residence halls. Students can form schizoid habits: classroom life vs. residence hall life. Reno promises to bring those two worlds together. Nearly all the College departments are now on the main campus and you can already feel the increased interactive energies among them. Stop by and have a look.

John M. Staudenmaier, S.J.
Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Education