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September 14, 2004

Special opportunities for great things!

Don’t miss your chance to win VIP seating at the Ruben Studdard Concert!
University of Detroit Mercy employees purchasing tickets to the Ruben Studdard Concert and Titan Idol Contest before 5 p.m. today will be entered into a drawing for VIP seating. The concert and contest, planned and sponsored by our students as part of the Inauguration Week celebration, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 27, in Calihan Hall.

Photo: Ruben Studdard

You can help make great things happen!
Volunteers are needed throughout Inauguration Week - especially for the Monday night concert and contest. At this time, there is high demand for ushers and ticket takers. For more information on Inauguration Week volunteer opportunities, please contact Jean Krystyniak at 993-1102.

Also, join your colleagues on Wednesday, September 29, in an afternoon of service at an area agency to help live out the inaugural theme, "Leadership and Service in Our Community." Visit the Presidential Inauguration web site for a listing of current service projects or contact John Danlies at 993-1776 for more information.

"Academic Symposium: “The Catholic University of the 21st Century: The Influence of Location on Mission”
On Thursday, September 30, Rev. Paul Locatelli, S.J., President of Santa Clara University, will explore the implications of UDM’s commitment to “an urban and regional moral ecology.” Because of its Mercy and Jesuit roots, argues Fr. Locatelli, UDM must reach for “a pedagogy that engages urban Detroit at its best and its most bedeviling.” UDM, like any truly Catholic university, must not only study about its urban context, it must allow that urban reality to become part of the fabric of the university. More…

Photo: Rev. Paul Locatelli, S.J., President of Santa Clara University

Upcoming Shared Governance Forums
The following forums will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and administrators to share their views and opinions on the types of governance models they would like to see at the University with the Shared Governance Task Force. Meetings on the McNichols Campus will occur as follows:

Celebrating the Mercy Heritage
In celebration of Mercy Day 2004, the Sisters of Mercy will also hold a prayer service on Friday, September 24, from 12-2 p.m. in the Fountain Lounge in the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. The service will be followed by tea and sweets.

The September 24 date marks major importance for the Sisters of Mercy, including the annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy. The year 1827 unveiled the first House of Mercy, which opened in Dublin, Ireland and 114 years later, the Mercy College of Detroit was formally opened.

Learn more about Mercy Day and Sisters of Mercy foundress, Catherine McAuley

In UDM News
One of First African American Nurses in WWII to speak at UDM
Everyone has a story to tell… just ask 88-year-old Prudence Burns Burrell, R.N, M.P.H. “Oh I have a way of getting things done,” she said. “And I will continue to get things done as long as God gives me the strength.” Burrell will speak to UDM Bachelor's of Science in Nursing completion students in the McAuley School of Nursing " on Thursday, September 23, at 4:30 p.m. at Providence Hospital in Southfield. More…

Photo: Prudence Burns Burrell, R.N, M.P.H

16th Annual Bicycle Tour of Detroit
Over 85 University of Detroit Mercy students on bicycles are expected to participate in the 16th Annual Bicycle Tour of Detroit on Friday, September 24. More…

Thumbs Up!
Sarah Halter, assistant professor of Nursing, and Joette Lambert, assistant professor of Nursing, presented a poster at the 2004 conference, “Summer Institute on Evidence-based Practice: Fostering Quality.”

Stephanie Mitchem, associate professor of Religious Studies, was invited to teach the graduate course, “Black Approaches to Theology,” this summer at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans. She was also an invited respondent to papers presented at the Archdioceses of Detroit’s Pastoral Ministry Conference, “Dreaming with Giants,” in August.

In March, Julia Stocker, assistant professor of Nursing, presented the paper, “Evaluating home care nursing outcomes with OASIS and NOC,” at the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, Nursing Interventions Classification, Nursing Outcomes Classification 2004 conference, “Working together for quality nursing care: Striving toward harmonization,” in Chicago. She also presented this paper at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting in San Diego.

Denise Williams, dean of Admissions, is the newly elected President of the Detroit Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW). Since 1881, the mission of AAUW has been to promote education and equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change. If you or any students are interested in joining or learning more about AAUW, please visit www.aauw.org and/or contact Denise at 993-1496 or williamd@udmercy.edu.

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