Fall Semester is off to an extraordinary start in the College of Liberal Arts and Education. Included in the event-filled week marking the inauguration of Father Gerard Stockhausen as President of the University of Detroit Mercy was the dedication and blessing of Reno Hall, home to our departments of Counseling and Addiction Studies, Education, Psychology, Theatre and Language and Cultural Training Program. During his remarks, Father Stockhausen commented on the importance of service to those in need as a cornerstone of both the Jesuit and Mercy traditions. In keeping with this tradition, both the Psychology Clinic and the Counseling and Addiction Studies Clinic are expanding their hours to better meet the needs of the wide range of clientele they serve.
Teaching and learning, in a myriad of ways and a variety of settings, has been and will remain the very essence of the College of Liberal Arts and Education. Beyond the classroom, teaching and learning occurs each and every day in conversations between faculty and students in hallways across campus, during advising sessions, in faculty offices, online, and through student involvement in faculty research and scholarly activities. Students and faculty are the very heart of the College.
The list of recent accomplishments of our students and faculty is extensive and notable. It speaks highly of what goes on each and every day in the College of Liberal Arts and Education. Among these are:
- The Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture, directed by Assistant Professor
of English Rosemary Weatherston, recently published A Different Image
in conjunction with the University of Detroit Mercy Press and Broadview
Press. This work is a significant anthology of six leading African-American
poets. [Full story]
- Gail Presbey, associate professor of Philosophy, was awarded a prestigious
Hayes-Fulbright Fellowship in support of her research in India. [Full
- Michael Bambery, a second year Ph.D. student in Psychology, was awarded
the Marlene O’Neil Scholarship by the Michigan Psychological Association.
This is the second consecutive year that the recipient of the scholarship
has been from the Psychology doctoral program.
- The Counseling and Addiction Studies Student Association received two
scholarship awards from the Michigan Counseling Association - the Graduate
Student Association Partnership Award and the Graduate Counseling Student
Association Start-Up Award. Both awards were given on the basis of the organization’s
mission, activities, and dedication to the field of counseling. [Full
- David Koukal, associate professor of Philosophy, received the Faculty
Excellence Award given annually to a junior faculty member. Carol Weisfeld,
professor of Psychology, received the Distinguished Faculty Award given
annually to a senior faculty. These awards are based on outstanding achievement
in teaching, research, and service. [Full
- The College of Liberal Arts & Education has benefited from a number of outstanding guest lectures, film presentations, and cultural events this semester. Special mention goes to the Simba Maasai Cultural Performers from Kenya, East Africa for their songs, dances, and excellent comments on Maasai society and culture. Their performances were co-sponsored by the African-American Studies Program and the University Students Speakers Committee.
We thank all our alumni for their support of the University of Detroit Mercy and the College of Liberal Arts and Education. If you are considering a donation prior to the end of the year, please consider designating your gift for the College of Liberal Arts and Education. Our Alumni Council is in the process of conducting an e-mail survey of our alumni. If you receive the brief survey I would ask you to please complete and submit the survey. If we do not have your e-mail address, please visit the alumni community so we can forward the survey and maintain better contact with you in the future.
Charles E. Marske