UDM Campus Connection

August 19, 2014

Greg Boyle, S.J.
Fr. Boyle

Fr. Greg Boyle to speak at First Year Convocation

On Friday, Aug. 22, UDM will welcome Gregory Boyle, S.J., Jesuit priest, author and founder of Homeboy Industries, as the keynote speaker of this year's First Year Convocation. The event will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Calihan Hall. Learn more about Fr. Greg on the Homeboy Industries site.

President's Convocation kicks off academic year

The 2014-2015 academic year officially began with the annual President's Convocation, Aug. 18. New employees and retirees were recognized, including Professor of Mechanical Engineering Arthur Haman, who is retiring after 58 years of faculty service. Professor of Business Administration Mary Ann Hazen and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences Virginia Merchant were conferred the status of Professor Emeriti. The University also presented the Agere ex Missione Award to Graduate Recruiter and Coordinator, College of Engineering & Science, Mirela Mesic.

Haman Service

Pictured above: Dean of the College of Engineering & Science Gary Kuleck (left) and UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi (right) congratulate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Arthur Haman on his 58 years of service.

Faculty award recipients were also announced: Gregory Ulferts, professor of Business Administration for Faculty Excellence Award and Jacob Kagey, assistant professor of Biology for Faculty Achievement Award. They will be recognized at the Faculty Recognition Awards Celebration on Nov. 14.

Photos from this year's President's Convocation are now posted on UDM’s online gallery!

Picnic Lunch

Faculty, administrators and staff enjoy a beautiful picnic lunch on McNichols Campus following the President's Convocation.

Promotions and tenure granted

The following faculty members were promoted and/or granted tenure, effective beginning the 2014-2015 academic year.

School of Architecture

  • Claudia Bernasconi, promoted to associate professor of Architecture and granted tenure
  • Gilbert Sunghera, promoted to associate professor of Architecture and granted tenure
  • Dan Pitera, promoted to professor of Architecture
  • Noah Resnick, promoted to associate professor of Architecture and granted tenure

College of Engineering & Science

  • Stephanie Conant, promoted to associate professor of Biology and granted tenure
  • Kendra Evans, granted tenure
  • Chaomin Luo, promoted to associate professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and granted tenure
  • Utayba Mohammad, granted tenure
  • Nart Shawash, promoted to associate professor of Mathematics and granted tenure
  • Zhong Xiaohui, promoted to professor of Mathematics

College of Health Professions

  • Janet Baiardi, promoted to professor of Nursing
  • Amy Dereczyk, granted tenure
  • Suzanne Keep, granted tenure
  • Jennifer Ruel, promoted to clinical associate professor, FNP program, and granted continuing employment
  • Carmon Weekes, granted tenure

College of Liberal Arts & Education

  • Rita Barrios, promoted to associate professor of Computer & Information Systems and granted tenure
  • Jocelyn Bennett-Garraway, granted tenure
  • Barry Dauphin, promoted to professor of Psychology
  • Sharla Fasko, promoted to associate professor of Psychology and granted tenure
  • James Todd Hibbard, promoted to associate professor of Religious Studies and granted tenure
  • Jason Roche, promoted to associate professor of Communication Studies and granted tenure
  • Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster, promoted to professor of Psychology

Libraries/Instructional Design Studio

  • Julia Eisenstein, granted tenure
  • Jill Turner, promoted to associate librarian, School of Dentistry

School of Law

  • Julia Belian, granted tenure
  • James Broughton, granted tenure
  • Cristina Lockwood, granted tenure

School of Dentistry

  • Ashok Balasundaram, granted tenure
  • Jill Loewen, promoted to clinical associate professor of Patient Management

August activities on Livernois

Plan to attend summertime activities on Livernois Avenue throughout the month of August.

  • On Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., MKG Detroit hosts a Martial Art & Functional Fitness Class.
  • As part of the 3rd Thursday event, Aug. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Livernois Community Storefront will host a James Brown Dance Party featuring hustle lessons and a costume contest.
  • From Aug. 21-24, D:Hive will display their graduates’ goods at the Build Bazaar, a pop-up marketplace that showcases entrepreneurs from the BUILD program.
  • Every day until Aug. 28, the Detroit Institute of Arts InsideOut program will feature four art pieces on Livernois Avenue near Outer Drive and Mike’s Fresh Market.

For more information on future events, please visit the Facebook page.

UDM Rock City concert kicks off Welcome Week

UDM Student Life Office welcomes all students, faculty and staff to attend Welcome Week’s first annual concert, UDM Rock City, on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 7-9 p.m. at the Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus. Enjoy tasty treats made in Detroit and music from three bands: Hot Sauce, Passalacqua, and The Accident. Alumna Laura Witkowski ’02 will be the MC and Channel 955 with DJ David Boji will sponsor the event. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. For more information and video clips of the bands, please visit the Student Life Office homepage.

UDM Night at Comerica Park

UDM alumni, faculty and staff are invited to attend UDM Night at Comerica Park on Friday, Sept. 5. UDM will host a tailgate in the Detroit Athletic Club’s (DAC) Stadium Pavilion starting at 5:30 p.m. The Tailgate includes dinner and one beer ticket for $45. The game’s first pitch is at 7:08 p.m. For more information and to register, please visit the event page.

Detroit Titans men’s basketball season tickets on sale

The Detroit Titans Men’s Basketball 2014-2015 season tickets are now on sale! Discounted rates are available for groups of ten or more ($10 for Lower General & Upper Reserved, $5 for Upper General). To order tickets by phone or fax, contact the Titans Ticket office at 313-993-1700 or fax to 313-993-2449. The Titans Ticket Office is located in Calihan Hall and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on season and general ticket information, click here.

Thumbs Up!

Mert Aksu, dean of the School of Dentistry, wrote the cover article, “Maintaining a tradition of clinical education,” in the September issue of the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association.

Associate Professor of Nursing Maureen Anthony presented the seminar, “Making a successful editor transition: Lessons learned,” at the International Academy of Nurse Editors annual meeting in Portland Maine, Aug. 6.

Professor of Chemistry Mark Benvenuto presented the seminar, “Raising awareness of water issues: The education connection, the education potential,” at the 248th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, within the Division of Environmental Chemistry, Aug. 11.

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Physician Assistant Program Amy Dereczyk was interviewed for the article, “Physician assistant's paradox: Despite interest, demand there's dearth of training slots,” in the Aug. 4 issue of Crain’s Detroit Business.

Assistant Professor of Education Nancy Gibney gave the talk, “Applying comprehension and close reading strategies across the content areas,” at the Archdiocese of Detroit's first Annual Teachers and Administrators In-Service Conference, held at University of Detroit Mercy, Aug. 5.

Assistant Professor of Biology Jacob Kagey had his paper, “The role of the Hippo pathway in human disease and tumorigenesis,” published in the journal, Clinical and Translational Medicine.

Associate Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera, in collaboration with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), published the eBook, “Syncopating the urban landscape,” available for download here. For more information, please visit the DCDC’s page.

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