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November 2, 2004

Koukal and Weisfeld recognized for outstanding achievement
On Friday, October 22, David Koukal (top right), associate professor of Philosophy, and Carol Weisfeld (bottom right), professor of Psychology, were recognized for their outstanding teaching and scholarly endeavors at the Faculty Recognition Dinner, held in the Ward Conference Center on the Outer Drive Campus.

The University Faculty Excellence Awards honor two faculty members, who represent the University with distinctive merit and achievement in their teaching and scholarship. Koukal received the Faculty Achievement Award for his innovative and demanding teaching style, which engages and challenges his students. He has developed specialized courses on media, friendship and the nature of a good life that challenges students to apply the lessons of philosophy to their own lives. Koukal has also published over a dozen scholarly articles and book reviews, and has presented more than two dozen papers at various conferences.

Recognized with the Distinguished Faculty Award, Weisfeld has been described by students as caring, witty, creative and open to new ideas, and has earned a reputation as one of the University’s most beloved instructors. In addition to excellence in the classroom, she has maintained a long and consistent record of outstanding scholarship, which has significantly contributed to psychology’s understanding of marital satisfaction and to the integration of psychological and biological approaches to human behavior. Despite the national and international attention received from her scholarly work, Weisfeld has remained committed to the University and Detroit for more than two decades, when she first began teaching at Mercy College of Detroit.

UDM Community Outreach and Points of Pride
The UDM Mission seeks to provide an excellent, student-centered education in an urban context. One important facet of this mission is service to others, making community service a vital aspect in the education and development of our students. Please visit the Community Outreach web site to see all the great ways UDM’s schools, colleges and programs enriched the lives our students and our community during FY 2004. The Points of Pride web site, which was recently updated, also highlights key messages about UDM and our commitment to our students, mission and academic excellence.

PA Program completes successful continuing accreditation process
The Physician Assistant Program was awarded full accreditation status with no recommendations at the most recent meeting of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The next scheduled review for the program will be in 2011.

Keep up-to-date on Jesuit news
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Thumbs Up!
Bonnie Korn and Sarah Halter, assistant professors of Nursing, and Sarah Swart, director of the Instructional Design Studio, are co-presenting, "Innovative Educational and Practice Partnerships," at the University of Nebraska Medical School's Second Biennial Distance Education Conferences for Nursing Educators in 2005.

Virginia Merchant, professor of Biomedical Sciences and editor of the School of Dentistry’s alumni publication, The Leading Edge, was recently selected by the International College of Dentists, USA Section, to receive a Silver Scroll-Honorable Mention Journalism Award for 2004. This award is in recognition of the great improvement that has been made to The Leading Edge since her appointment as editor.

Julia Stocker co-presented the paper, “How well does OASIS measure outcomes of interventions for cardiac patients?” at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

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