UDM Campus Connection

May 19, 2015

Baccalaureate Mass Homily online

A truly moving and heartfelt proclamation, this year’s Baccalaureate Mass Homily, delivered by Associate Professor of Architecture Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., is now available on the Commencement web page.

SOA faculty participate in Detroit-Berlin Connection Conference

The Detroit-Berlin Connection (DBC) is holding its second Detroit Conference on Wednesday, May 20 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). This free event will feature presenters and panelists, including UDM School of Architecture faculty, whom have assembled a summer studio to work on visioning plans for the Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit.

The DBC’s mission is to intensity cultural exchange between Detroit and Berlin and to stimulate creative economic growth in Detroit while using nontraditional tactics that helped Berlin’s ongoing revitalization since the early 1990s. See the Model D article for more information.

SOAR programs commence

Phase I of the UDM freshman orientation program Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) will be offered five times throughout this spring and summer: June 4-5, June 11-12, June 18-19, July 9-10 and July 16-17. SOAR is a two-day, overnight session where incoming freshmen become familiar with life at UDM by actually living on campus, touring the buildings and registering for first semester classes. Please welcome these new students to UDM during their SOAR visit.

UDM students experience Cuban culture

A group of 21 UDM faculty, students and alumni traveled to Havana, Cuba in May to learn more about the nation's history, culture, and the meaning of "normalizing relations" for people in both the United States and Cuba. The experience abroad was the culminating event of a Cuban History and Culture course offered through UDM's Language & Cultural Training Program during winter term, in which students explored Cuba's history of slavery, its many movements for independence, its revolution and the resulting United States embargo. To learn more about how to participate in future experiences, contact Director of Language & Cultural Training Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or wasnerle@udmercy.edu.

Cuba experience
As part of the cultural experience, participants visited building restoration projects in Old Havana, toured several social and educational organizations and visited an organic farm. They also traveled to the cities of Cienfuegos, where they visited the Bay of Pigs museum, and to Trinidad City, where they learned more about African-Cuban heritage and its influences on contemporary issues.

New appointments at UDM

Anita Gicana Klueg has been named director of University Ministry, effective July 20, 2015. Klueg has approximately 18 years of diverse missionary and ministry experience in various cities and countries. Klueg received her bachelor's degree at Marian University in Indianapolis, Ind. and her master's degree at University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Beth Finster, S.S.J., will now resume her responsibilities as assistant director of University Ministry and continue coordination of the expanding Immersion Trips Program.

The International Services Office (ISO) welcomes Weihong Sun as the new director. Prior to her position at UDM, Sun worked at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. During her two-year service at Susquehanna, she doubled the international student enrollment and introduced senior administrators to Chinese universities in Nanjing and Tianjin for the establishment of partnerships. Sun received her bachelor’s degree in English from Nanjing Normal University in China and earned her master’s degree in English from Morehead State University in America.

Previously serving as assistant director of Financial Aid, Shelley Wagnon has now been named interim director of the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) as part of the Office of Academic Affairs.

UDM to host clinical nurse conference

The McAuley School of Nursing will hold a clinical nurse leader (CNL) conference on Thursday, May 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on UDM’s McNichols Campus. The event’s theme is “Implementing the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Role: A conference to address the Why and the How.” Speakers include nurse executives and leaders from the Veterans Health Administration Office of Nursing Services, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Trinity Home Health Services. The program has support of the Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives (MONE). Approximately 100 people will be attending the event. See PDF for more information or contact Suzanne Erwin at 313-993-1923 or erwinsm@udmercy.edu.

Student wins dental video contest

The School of Dentistry has named fourth year dental student Humam Salahieh as the winner of the "Be Part of UDM Dental" Student Video Contest. Salahieh will receive $1,500 and the video will be used in future publications for School of Dentistry recruiting and marketing. See the video online.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Performing Arts Arthur Beer was featured in the Detroit Free Press article, “Hallelujah! Actors help future priests amp up sermons,” May 18. Beer teaches a three-week workshop at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary, showing seminarians how to deliver sermons.

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto was quoted in The New Orleans Advocate article, “Corporations turn to drones to help reduce accidents; Dow Chemical lists Baton Rouge with Its chief pilot,” May 11.

Associate Librarian Julia Eisenstein was an invited participant on a panel discussion of library leadership at the Michigan Library Association's Executive Summit in Lansing, May 15. Eisenstein has also been appointed to serve a two-year term on the American Library Association Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship.

Retiring Assistant Professor of Performing Arts David Regal was recognized in the Encore Michigan article, “UDM's David Regal retiring,” May 13.

UDM’s Campus Kitchen Manager Jillian Stewart was featured in a video produced by the Campus Kitchens Project National Office promoting their Spring Conference: the Hunger Summit. See the newsletter for more information and video.

School of Dentistry Associate Professor and Director of Research and Student Academic Leadership Development Michelle Wheater as well as Associate Professor and Director of Educational Development and Outcomes Assessment Kathi Shepherd were featured in the May issue of Charting Progress, a monthly newsletter from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). This article highlights the expansion of the ADEA’s Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program. See the article for more information.

Campus Connection is available online at www.udmercy.edu/campus_connection/. To submit news and information for publication in a future issue of Campus Connection, please visit www.udmercy.edu/campus_connection/forms/submit.jsp.

More University news and event information is available online at www.udmercy.edu/news_events/.