UDM Campus Connection

July 28, 2015

UDM offers federal grant to first-generation students

First-generation, economically disadvantaged and/or students with disabilities will soon receive even greater support at University of Detroit Mercy through a new five-year, $1.1 million Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This is the University’s first TRIO Programs grant.

The new grant will provide more services to first-generation and low-income students and students with disabilities. Activities will focus on increasing student retention and success by strengthening their engagement at UDM, particularly in mission-oriented activities. See the press release, media coverage and 1stGen@UDM video playlist for more information.

Summer programs conclude

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Camp Infinity, June 22-26, is a weeklong summer technology camp for girls aged 9 to 13 years old that introduces technology as fun and fulfilling and inspires the pursuit of technology education. The fourth and fifth grade girls focus on website, app and video game design while the sixth and seventh graders focus on robotics and web and app design. See the online photo gallery.

UDM's summer camps for pre-college and college age applicants concluded this week with a strong turnout! See the following photo galleries for pictures from the College of Engineering & Science summer programs:

School of Architecture holds regional transit development meeting

UDM will host the transit development meeting, Transit for the 21st Century Campus, on Wednesday, July 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center of the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on UDM's McNichols Campus. The Regional Transit Authority is developing a Regional Transit Master Plan to improve current transit and introduce new transit for the four-county Southeast Michigan region. RSVP online or call the Harriet Tubman Center at 313-285-3170.

UDM Night at Comerica Park

UDM will host an alumni reception at the Detroit Athletic Club Pavilion (DAC) before the Aug. 20 Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers baseball game at Comerica Park. The reception will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and will include a buffet dinner and one drink ticket. The ballgame starts at 7:08 p.m. inside Comerica Park. Registration is $45 and includes the DAC tailgate and your group ticket to Comerica Park. To register, please visit the event registration page. Go Tigers!

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Register for the 2015 Colleague Development Days

UDM will host the fifth annual Colleague Development Days on Tuesday, Aug. 18 and Wednesday, Aug. 19 on the McNichols Campus. This is a two-day series of information sessions to assist in updating and educating faculty, administrators and staff. See the Colleague Development Days web page for session times and topics. Register online preferably by Wednesday, Aug. 12. For more information, please contact Career Education Center Dean Sheryl Johnson-Roulhac at 313-993-1017 or sheryl.johnson-roulhac@udmercy.edu.

UDM makes "top 10 schools" list

University of Detroit Mercy was recognized as one of the top schools to attend in Michigan in the USA Today article, "The top 10 colleges in Michigan," July 14.

UDM Theatre Company announces 2015-2016 schedule

The UDM Theatre Company proudly announces its 45th season, doubling the number of performances from last season! Performances include The Whale, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Low Hanging Fruit and An Evening with David L. Regal. See the Theatre Company web page and press release for dates, show times, ticket pricing and more information.

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School of Dentistry receives $25,000 donation

Great Expressions Dental Center provided a donation of $25,000 to University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. The donation will be used for scholarships, building facilities, and the purchase of dental materials for classes. See the Hometown Life press release for more information.

McNichols Library hosts poetry exhibit

The McNichols Campus Library will host the poetry exhibit, The Poetic Express in Context: 1985 to 2015, from June 1-Aug. 21 in the McNichols Campus Library. See media coverage of the exhibit. Visit the exhibit Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Titan Golf Outing

The Detroit Titans will hold the annual Titans Golf Outing, sponsored by Michigan First Credit Union, on Monday, Aug. 10 at The Inn at St. John's Golf and Conference Center in Plymouth, Mich. The cost is $125 per golfer for this year's event. Register online or contact the Athletic Department at 313-993-1700. For questions, contact Director of Merchandising and Concessions Rachele Conley at rachele.conley@udmercy.edu.

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UDM and the Detroit bike scene

The Detroit Free Press recognized UDM as part of the recent boom of Detroit's bicycle culture. The Free Press article, "Motor City is fast becoming Detroit Bike City," highlighted UDM's Tuesday night summer bike riders and the annual Midnight Bike Ride, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18.

Gesu Open House

Gesu Open House

Gesu Catholic School will host an open house on Sunday, Aug. 16 from noon to 2 p.m. UDM faculty and staff who enroll their children are eligible for a tuition discount. See flyer for more information.

Thumbs Up!

Assistant Professor of Psychology Kristen Abraham (principal investigator), Associate Professor of Psychology Cheryl Munday (co-investigator), Professor of Nursing Carla Groh (co-investigator) and Wayne State Associate Professor of Sociology Heather Dillaway (co-investigator) were awarded a $417,827 R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities in the National Institutes of Health for their research project, "Social Determinants of Primary Care Utilization Among Urban Community Mental Health Center Patients." Undergraduate and graduate students will be involved in carrying out the three-year research project.

Professor of English Michael Barry was interviewed in the WDIV Local 4 video, "Buzz over 'Go Set a Watchman'," July 14.

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto was named an American Chemical Society Fellow in the Chemical & Engineering News article, "2015 ACS Fellows," July 13. ACS Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science/profession and for excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.

Professor of Law Lawrence Dubin was mentioned in the Judge Christopher Easthope court case in the MLive article, "Judge Christopher Easthope says he's staying on bench amid text scandal to ensure 'smooth transition'," July 12. Dubin also commented on the Oakland trial case in The Times Herald article, "Experts question judge's decision to detain kids," July 10.

College of Business Administration Dean Joe Eisenhauer was interviewed on the 103.5 WMUZ radio program, "The College Connection," with hosts Stan Targosz and Will Alford. Download the full interview online.

Professor of History Roy Finkenbine contributed the article, "The Supreme Court case that proves the antebellum south wasn't really concerned with states' rights," in Time Magazine, July 13.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison's literacy program, RX for Reading Detroit, planted its second Little Free Library outside of Cabrini Clinic in Detroit's Corktown area, July 24. RX for Reading Detroit student and alumni volunteers also distributed new children's books at the Southwest Solutions Thrive by Five Family Fun and Wellness Fair, July 15.

Associate Professor of Health Services Administration Mary Kelly, RSM, and Associate Professor of Nursing Maureen Anthony won first place for best feature article in a scholarly magazine at the Catholic Press Association Convention in June. The article is titled, "The Last Generation of Sister Administrators: Insights About the Transition of Catholic Hospital Leadership," and was cited as providing "relevant coverage coupled with strong writing and poignant arguments."

Associate Professor of Education and Deputy Mayor of Detroit Isaiah McKinnon will provide opening remarks at the Diversity Information Resources Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at The Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.

Professor of History Gregory Sumner will speak on Detroit and World War II at the event, "Yankee Air Museum Historic Presentation Night Presents Gregory Sumner," on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the General Purpose Room in the Yankee Air Museum. Admission is free to the public. See the Yankee Air Museum website for more information on the event. Sumner was also interviewed by WDET-FM NPR host Stephen Henderson on "The History of Gun Rights," July 22.

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