UDM Campus Connection

June 9, 2015

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UDM ranked in "Best Catholic Colleges & Universities"

The 2015 College Choice Ranking of Best Catholic Colleges & Universities lists University of Detroit Mercy as number 17 in a listing of national schools. The rankings are based exclusively on factors college freshmen said were the most important to their education: academic reputation, financial aid, overall cost, and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Take a look at the 2015 rankings online.

Sculpture dedication near Riverfront Campus

Faculty and staff are invited to attend an unveiling and dedication ceremony of the sculpture, “Homeless Jesus,” on Sunday, June 28 following the 11 a.m. Mass at noon at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church next to UDM’s Riverfront Campus. Read the latest edition of the Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit Newsletter (PDF) and see media coverage about the sculpture.

Calihan Hall to install new scoreboard

The University of Detroit Mercy Department of Athletics announced plans to install a four-sided, center-hung video scoreboard in Calihan Hall in time for the 2015-16 basketball season. See press release and media coverage for more information.

School of Nursing hosts CNL conference

The McAuley School of Nursing held a clinical nurse leader (CNL) conference on UDM’s McNichols Campus, May 28. The event’s theme was “Implementing the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Role: A conference to address the why and the how.” Speakers included nurse executives and leaders from the Veterans Health Administration Office of Nursing Services, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Trinity Home Health Services. Approximately 80 people attended the conference.

CNL Conference
From left to right: Associate Director of Patient Care Services & Chief Nurse Executive of the Detroit VA Medical Center Belinda Brown-Tezera, CNL student Renee' Bazelle and CNL Implementation & Evaluation Service Manager of the Veterans Health Administration Office of Nursing Services Alice Avolio review Bazelle’s poster display after the keynote presentations.

New University Recreation event and service

University Recreation invites students, faculty, staff and alumni to bike around Detroit with Titan Riders on Tuesday, June 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning at the Student Fitness Center on UDM’s McNichols Campus. There is a $15 reservation required to rent a bike. University Recreation is also offering Summer Camp assistance in organizing group activities and team building exercises for any college or school summer programming.

School of Dentistry Summer Enrichment Program

Dental Summer Enrichment
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi met with students participating in the School of Dentistry’s Summer Enrichment Program, May 22. This six-week program introduces and prepares students for the dental field, offering educational experiences through hands-on simulations and professional development workshops. See the Enrichment web page for more information.

SOA faculty participate in Detroit-Berlin Connection conference

Associate Professor of Architecture Noah Resnick and Instructor of Architecture Tadd Heidgerken were featured presenters at the second Detroit-Berlin Connection conference held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MoCAD) in mid-town Detroit, May 20. The all-day conference focused on the possibilities of Detroit Techno to be a cultural catalyst through the transformation of the massive vacant Fisher Body Plant #21, just east of the New Center area. The subject of the presentation was Resnick's summer architecture studio, in which 13 students are proposing design visions for this iconic building. See media coverage for more information on the conference.

Design Futures Public Interest Design Leadership Forum

Design Forum
Pictured center: Architecture student Matthew Medley contributes to a breakout discussion at the Design Futures Public Interest Design Leadership Forum. For the second year in a row, UDM School of Architecture participated in this national forum, hosted this year by the University of Kansas. Students Hayden Juergens, Claire Antrassian, Julia Schlau and Matthew Medley, as well as Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera and DCDC Fellow Charles Cross attended the event. This initiative is funded by a grant received from the American Institute of Architects to develop leadership and community engagement skills for UDM SOA students.

2015 Mackinac Policy Conference

UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi attended the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference, May 26. The 2015 conference agenda builds on three pillars — Talent, Urban Development and Cohesion — that mirror how higher education is leading Detroit’s recovery from bankruptcy and that may complement business and government’s efforts to increase the population of Detroit, the region and Michigan overall.

Dr. Garibaldi was interviewed by WWJ NewsRadio 950 hosts Roberta Jasina and Tom Jordan as well as WDET news director and host Jerome Vaughn at the conference. Listen to the WWJ NewsRadio 950 interview and WDET interview online.

SAE Supermileage competition

Supermileage Competition
Members of UDM’s Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE) student chapter participated in the SAE Supermileage competition at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall, Mich., June 5. Vehicles entered in the competition race to compare fuel efficiency while showcasing the use of lightweight material and engine technology. UDM’s team this year was comprised primarily of freshman mechanical engineering students, achieving a respectable 380 miles per gallon, the best fuel efficiency of all rookie teams.

School of Law announces scholarship

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law announces a $100,000 endowed scholarship funded by Howard James Ford in memory of his late wife, Judith V. Ford, a 1990 alumna of the School. The first Judith V. (Judy) Ford Endowed Memorial Scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded this fall to a second-year law student for the 2015-2016 academic year. Ford established the scholarship to provide financial support to students who, like his wife, are seeking a law degree to pursue a second career path in life and demonstrate a strong commitment by excelling academically their first year of school.

In commenting on the new endowed scholarship, UDM School of Law Dean Phyllis L. Crocker stated, “This gift comes from the heart with a noble purpose. We thank Mr. Ford for his generosity and for his support of our students.”

Log Cabin Day in Palmer Park

People for Palmer Park will host free tours of the city’s famous log cabin, celebrating Michigan Log Cabin Day, on Sunday, June 28. Built in 1885 by Senator Thomas Palmer and his wife Lizzie as their summer retreat, the cabin will feature historical presenters dressed in period clothing for a day of history and fun!

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Matthew Mio and UDM Chemistry Club President and student Theresa Dierker attended the Joint Great Lakes/Central Regional meeting of the American Chemical Society in Grand Rapids, May 28, and presented the following topics: Interactions with local high schools by the University of Detroit Mercy Chemistry Club; Alcohols, water, and hydrogen bonding: A simple set of experiments for the general chemistry lab; and Modified Sonogashira and Glaser-type couplings: Reaction methodology for undergraduate research.

Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi commented on the latest changes in Midtown in The Detroit News article, “Jack White, Shinola buy Midtown building for expansion,” June 3.

UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi wrote the Crain’s Detroit Business guest editorial, “An agenda for success, together,” May 26, commenting on his experience participating in the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference. Garibaldi was also featured in the Michigan Chronicle article, “New faces, high places,” June 3-9.

Associate Professor of Law Troy Harris edited and contributed to the collection of essays, Studies in Canon Law and Common Law in Honor of R.H. Helmholz, published by the University of California-Berkeley’s Robbins Collection.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison’s literacy program, RX for Reading Detroit, established three new library stations at the Covenant Community Care Dental Clinic, the Genesis House II shelter for women and children and the Moms and Babes Too WIC and Maternal Infant Mental Health Program in Detroit.

Clinical Associate Professor David Koelsch discussed immigrant children in the Bridge Magazine article, “One year later, undocumented immigrant children quietly settling in Michigan,” June 2.

Professor of Philosophy David Koukal presented the paper, “Phenomenology and Critical Disability Studies,” at the annual meeting of the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, held at the University of Ottawa, June 1-5.

Associate Professor of Law Cristina Douglas Lockwood received the 2015 Barnes Faculty Scholar Award at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, May 26. This prestigious award recognizes a faculty member’s outstanding scholarship, teaching excellence and public service.

Associate Professor of Education and Deputy Mayor of Detroit Isaiah McKinnon attended a National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention in Arlington, Va., May 11-13. McKinnon was also the opening speaker at the Roundtable Reentry Breakfast for returning citizens at Cobo Hall, sponsored by the Department of Justice, May 20.

Associate Professor of Architecture Noah Resnick was featured in the My Jewish Detroit June article, “On building community brick-by-brick, block-by-block.”

Associate Vice President of Information & Technology Edward Tracy was featured in the Crain’s Detroit Business article, “University cybersecurity experts bombarded with smarter, more persistent hackers,” May 27.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski was one of three panelists that spoke on the topic, Mentoring: Moments and Musings at the recent Michigan Library Association's Executive Summit in Lansing, Mich., May 15. Zarkowski also presented as the keynote speaker for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine Commencement, June 6.

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