UDM Campus Connection

July 15, 2014

UDM hosts Archdiocese of Detroit Schools conference and GM Student Corps ceremony

UDM will host the Archdiocese of Detroit Schools "Professional Day" conference Tuesday, Aug. 5 on the McNichols Campus. Approximately 300-500 teachers and professional staff and administrators are expected in Calihan Hall and the Student Fitness Center for the all-day conference. Dr. Brian Dougherty, superintendent of the Archdiocese Schools, has been working with UDM on an important partnership focused on students at Catholic schools, which will be announced at the conference.

UDM will once again host the closing activities and ceremony of the GM Students Corps program Tuesday, Aug. 19 on the McNichols Campus. More than 100 high school students will attend a day of activities on campus that will serve as the capstone of their 10-week service project program. Joining the students will be many UDM colleagues, UDM students who worked as mentors to the students and senior executives from GM, including Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, who is one of the founders of the two-year old GM Student Corps program.

UDM Law to host prospective students open house

Prospective law students will have an opportunity to apply to the UDM School of Law Thursday, July 24 on the Riverfront Campus. During this event, students will get an in-depth look at UDM Law’s application process and what the admissions committee is looking for in prospective students. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with admissions representatives, faculty and current students. See the event page.

Upcoming summer activities with Livernois Community Storefront

Livernois Community Storefront will host community art, music and food events throughout the month of July, including "Pop-up Gallery: Evolve" on Friday, July 18 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. "Third Thursday on Livernois" will include participating businesses open late with special events Thursday, July 17 from 6-9 p.m. For more information, see the event's Facebook page.

UDM employees receive Gesu School discount

Because of the special relationship between Gesu Catholic School and UDM, UDM employees are eligible to receive a 10 percent reduction in Gesu School tuition for their children. Other financial assistance may be possible as well. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 313-863-4677. Gesu Catholic School, which is located directly across UDM’s McNichol’s Campus, has scheduled an open house on Sunday, Aug. 10 from noon until 2 p.m. For more information, please visit the Gesu School website.

Gesu Catholic School offers an outstanding academic program, from pre-school to 8th grade, rooted in the Jesuit and IHM traditions. The school offers small classes and strong support systems in a safe environment enriched by Catholic values. Gesu School has a wide variety of academic opportunities as well as enrichment and extra-curricular activities. 

Campus Kitchen at UDM recognized on national site

Campus Kitchen at UDM (CKUDM) was featured on the website of its national umbrella organization, the Campus Kitchens Project, July 3. CKUDM serves needed food to 36 clients every weekend and relies on steady flow of student volunteers during the school year. During the summer, when most students are home or away from campus, student leaders of CKUDM have sought out volunteers from local organizations to support their services. UDM faculty and staff also volunteer during the summer months. CKUDM also started a new food donation partnership with the College for Creative Studies, who donate fresh food at least once a week to alleviate the cost of food CKUDM purchases during summer months. For more information on CKUDM or if you are able to volunteer, please visit the CKUDM page.

Using the University's name

As University of Detroit Mercy faculty and staff prepare for the new school year, Marketing & Public Affairs offers the following reminder on the preferred use of the University’s name. The full name of University of Detroit Mercy should be used on first reference in writing. On second reference, the preferred abbreviation is UDM—not U of D Mercy or Detroit Mercy. Please note, “the” is not part of the name and should not be used in front of the full name when it is a subject or object.  For your usage reference, please visit UDM’s online Style Guide.

McAuley Health Center featured on Detroit Public Television

University of Detroit Mercy's McAuley Health Center was featured in the June 2014 episode of Detroit Public Television’s Vital Signs! Nurse practitioners at McAuley Health Center were highlighted for their service, delivering primary care to underserved Detroiters. Find out more and see the video.

College of Business Administration recognized

The UDM College of Business Administration was recognized in the March-April 2014 issue of DBusiness as a top undergraduate business school in metro Detroit.

Thumbs Up!

Rita Barrios, assistant professor of Computer & Information Systems, co-wrote “Hierarchical-based measurement of situation awareness in the Internet of Things,” published in the Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Wireless Networks.

Jeanne David, associate professor of Accounting, was recognized as a 2014 Tax Assistance Program Champion by the Accounting Aid Society. Earlier this year, an unannounced audit of the VITA program by the IRS found 100 percent compliance with the government’s quality standards.

Professor of Law Lawrence Dubin was quoted in The Detroit News article, "Volunteers take aim at Detroit crime with cellphones," on using cellphone images and videos to help reduce criminal activity in the city, May 27. Dubin was also quoted in The Detroit News article, "Detroit police order audit of Narcotics Section," on the authentication and careful maintenance of evidence in court cases.

Associate Librarian Julia Eisenstein has been selected to chair the 2015 Michigan Library Association Annual Conference. Eisenstein has also accepted a two-year term on the American Library Associated-Allied Professional Association Committee on Salaries and Status of Library Workers.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine discussed the National Park Service's Underground Railroad Conference topics on the July 13 episode of the WTVS Channel 56 program, American Black Journal. View the video on WTVS.org. His research on reparations in early American history was mentioned in the June Atlantic article, “The case for reparations.” Finkenbine also gave the presentations on the Underground Railroad along the Detroit River borderland to the Abraham Lincoln Civil War Round Table of Michigan in Plymouth, Mich., May 15 and the Detroit Juneteenth celebration on Belle Isle, June 14. And Finkenbine gave the talk, “Solomon Northrup’s America,” at the Belleville Area District Library, June 5.

Detroit Titans Associate Director of Athletic Communications P.J. Gradowski wrote the article, “From Titan News to network broadcasting,” in the May 2014 issue of Connections, published by the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities. Gradowski highlighted the education and experiences of UDM alumna Nina Carter, current full-time reporter and weekend news anchor for KFYR-TV NBC 5 in Bismarck, N.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Leo Hanifin presented a summary report, “Funding and building support for public transit in metro Detroit: A survey of likely voters in the four-county RTA region,” to the Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors, June 18. The full report will be published in August.

Professor of Law David Koelsch was quoted in the Crain’s Detroit Business article, "Visa rule change allows spouses to work," on change in federal work visa rules that will benefit metro Detroit economically, June 1.

Professor of Philosophy David Koukal organized and chaired the seventh annual "Back To The Things Themselves!" panel and workshop as part of the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, May 27-30. The workshop was held at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. The panel’s theme was weather.

Isaiah McKinnon, associate professor of Education, currently on leave to serve as deputy mayor of Detroit, gave the keynote presentation, "VA research inspires," at the John D. Dingell Medical Center in honor of National VA Research Week, May 23.

Professor of Psychology Christine Panyard's book, The Sistine Chapel: A Biblical Tour, won the second place award for Design and Production in the 2014 Catholic Book Awards, presented by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes presented his paper, “Smoothing the glitches: Punk aesthetics and the new authenticity,” at the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy, June 22.

Professor of Psychology Carol Weisfeld co-authored two research articles about fidelity and infidelity in married couples. Her articles, “Attractiveness and spousal infidelity as predictors of sexual fulfillment with the marriage partner in couples from five cultures” and “When the cat’s away, the spouse will play: A cross-cultural examination of mate guarding in married couples,” will appear in the Human Ethology Bulletin and the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, respectively.

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