UDM Campus Connection

February 2, 2016

Heather Hill-Vasquez
Heather Hill-Vasquez

UDM Last Lecture event, Feb. 3

As part of UDM's annual Last Lecture series, Associate Professor of English Heather Hill-Vasquez will present the lecture entitled, "A Polite Way...To Exclude a Pesky Coworker? Or, Selfishness by Any Other Name Is Still Not Sweet (or Kind)," on Wednesday, Feb. 3 in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center of the Warren Loranger Architecture Building. Light refreshments will be provided from 4:15 to 6 p.m., followed by the lecture and Q&A session from 5 to 6 p.m.

Spanning topics such as social media, serial killers, gender training, the KKK and The Breakfast Club, Hill-Vasquez will explore a growing tendency in our society to condone selfishness, as well as possible ways to resist it. For more information or to RSVP, contact Administrative Assistant to the Provost/VP Christina Socha at 313-993-1585 or sochacr@udmercy.edu.

Flint water response initiative on campus

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to donate cases of water, water bottles or water filters to one of the many collection stations across all three UDM campuses in an effort to assist residents of Flint, Mich. during the city's water crisis. Currently, stations have been set up at the Student Center Bookstore, Student Fitness Center, McNichols Campus Library, The Loft and Admissions Office on 1st floor of the Fisher Administration Center on UDM's McNichols Campus. Donations can also be sent to the main offices of the Corktown and Riverfront campuses. Collections will continue through Friday, Feb. 26. For more information, contact Assistant Director of Student Life Drew Peters at 313-993-1593 or petersas@udmercy.edu.

Detroit Titans retire Spencer Haywood jersey

Spencer Haywood
The Detroit Titans Athletic Department honored NBA Hall Of Famer Spencer Haywood, retiring his jersey number 45, at Calihan Hall, Jan. 29. See the Detroit Titans news release for video, media coverage and a photo gallery from the ceremony.

Fiscal Year 2016 briefing, Feb. 3

Vice President for Business and Finance Vince Abatemarco will share an updated forecast for Fiscal Year 2016 and answer questions on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 114 of the Chemistry Building. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend the event.

Valedictorian selection process

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate a student who will have the honor and responsibility of delivering the Valedictorian address to fellow 2015-16 graduates. While the tradition of valedictorians called for academic excellence (a minimum of a 3.70 GPA) and instructional involvement, the role also calls for a graduate who has a meaningful message prepared for delivery. Applications are due no later than Monday, Feb. 29. For more information or to begin a Valedictorian candidate nomination form, see the Student Life Office website.

Black History Month guest speaker: Martha Jones

In observance of Black History Month, UDM will host speaker Martha Jones, distinguished Arthur F. Thurnau professor and University of Michigan professor of history and Afro-American & African Studies, on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the President's Dining Room on UDM's McNichols Campus. Jones will present the lecture, "Birthright Citizenship: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America." For more information on upcoming Black History Month events, see the special events page.

Basketball field trip to Calihan

UDM faculty and staff are invite to participate in the Detroit Titans "Field Trip" to watch the women's basketball team take on the UIC Flames on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. in Calihan Hall. Bring your own lunch or pay $5 in advance for a prepared lunch. RSVP (with supervisor approval) by Friday, Feb. 5. For more information, call 313-993-1700 or contact Director of Ticket Operations & Sales Kendall Acho or Student Athlete Welfare Assistant Megan Callahan at achom@udmercy.edu or callahme@udmercy.edu, respectively.

Send a Valentine's Day message

The Student Alumni Association will sell orange "Crush" grams for Valentine's Day outside the Titan Dining Room on Thursday, Feb. 11 and Friday, Feb. 12 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Faculty, staff and students can send a message of care and love to someone with a special note and delivery on campus for $1 per gram, or 3 for $2. Valentine's Day grams can also be purchased on the 4th floor of the Fisher Administration Center.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi commented on upcoming Super Bowl 50 advertisements in the WRCB article, "No fumbles: Advertisers likely to play it safe for Super Bowl 50," Jan. 17. This article was also featured in WNCN and NBC News. Bernacchi also spoke on automakers in Super Bowl advertisements in the USA Today and WJMY News 2 article, "At least eight automakers lined up for Super Bowl ads," Jan. 20.

Professor of Law Lawrence Dubin commented on recent General Motors lawsuits in the Bloomberg BNA article, "For GM in deadly-defect cases, it's one down, hundreds to go," Jan. 22. This article was also featured in Bloomberg Business, Insurance Journal and Claims Journal.

Professor of History Roy Finkenbine's article, "Love and Danger on the Underground Railroad: George and Edy Duncan's Journey to Freedom, 1820," will be published in the Spring 2016 issue of Ohio History. Finkenbine's chapter titled, "A Community Militant and Organized: The Colored Vigilant Committee of Detroit," was published in the book, A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland (Wayne State University Press, 2016). There will be a kick-off event and book signing in the Student Center Ballroom, Feb. 18.

Professor of Philosophy David Koukal's essay titled, "Stolen Space: The Perverse Architecture of Torture," was published in the volume Merleau-Ponty: Space, Place, Architecture by the Ohio University Press.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes' film, The Removals, has been showcased with its first promotional poster online. Rombes wrote and directed the feature film, which will be released on May 17.

Professor of History Gregory Sumner was mentioned as a guest star of the Detroit Trivia Soiree II event in the Digging Detroit article, "Highlights from January 30th Detroit Trivia Soiree–Sold-Out at the Historic Two Way Inn," Jan. 31. Sumner provided signed copies of his book Detroit in World War II. The "UDM Ask the Professor" team, comprised of faculty and staff, came in first place at the competition.

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