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May 3, 2005

UDM forms partnership with Henry Ford Community College and Oakland Community College to promote Information Assurance Education
On Friday, April 29, UDM established a partnership with Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) and Oakland Community College (OCC) to form the Midwest Coalition for Information Assurance, a venture that will promote Information Assurance Education. UDM has been at the forefront of Information Assurance Education, having received the federal government's Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education designation in 2004. [more]

Photo: UDM Computer and Information Systems Professor Daniel Shoemaker; Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office Principle Deputy Director Richard H. L. Marshall; OCC Chancellor Mary S. Spangler; UDM Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Barbara Schirmer; Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano; and HFCC President Andrew Mazzara.

UDM students to study abroad in Brazil
On May 15, students from several disciplines will depart for a two-week study abroad program in Brazil. This year, in the program's inception, students will study Brazil's religions, learn the Portuguese language and immerse themselves in Brazilian culture in Salvador di Bahia, which has historical significance in the slave trade during the Middle Passage.

Stephanie Mitchem, associate professor of Religious Studies, will teach two courses: African American Studies 490, an integrative seminar that draws upon contemporary or historical African American experiences, and Religious Studies 339: Ecology & Justice, which draws comparisons between the ecology in Detroit and in Salvador. Students will learn Portuguese from a Portuguese instructor who teaches at a university in Salvador.

This year's program includes UDM staff and faculty, as well as students. Next year, the university plans to run the program during summer in hopes of attracting more alumni. For more information, please contact Lara Wasner in the Language & Cultural Training Department at 313-993-1191 or wasnerle@udmercy.edu.

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Janet Baiardi, associate professor of Nursing, presented the session, “How Does Graduate Education Serve Distressed Communities," at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools in Kansas City on March 31. She will also present the paper, "Delivering NP Education in Urban Settings: Helping Students Reconcile the Issues of Disparity,” co-authored by Pat Rouen, assistant professor of Nursing, at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty.

The following UDM faculty have been awarded promotion and/or tenure effective August 16, 2005:

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