UDM Campus Connection

December 16, 2014

Employee Recognition Celebration award recipients

Faculty Commitment to Excellence Winners
Pictured (from left to right): Megan Featherstone, Crystal Walikangas and Jeffrey Johnson receive the Commitment to Excellence Award from President Antoine M. Garibaldi.

Three UDM employees were presented with special University awards during the annual UDM Christmas Party and Employee Recognition Celebration, Dec. 12. Interim Director for International Student Office Megan Featherstone was presented with the Rising Star Commitment to Excellence Award as a staff employee with less than 2 years of service. Administrative Assistant in Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences Crystal Walikangas and School of Law Director of Student Services Jeffrey Johnson were presented with the Commitment to Excellence Awards, each with 2 or more years of service.

Eighty-eight faculty and staff were also recognized for having worked for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service, a combined total of 1,605 years. Congratulations to all! See the event page for the recipient names and photo gallery.

Archdiocese of Detroit and UDM partnership

AOD UDM Partnership
Representatives of the AOD and UDM gather to confirm a professional development partnership. Pictured above (from left to right): Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Zarkowski, AOD Schools Superintendent Brian Dougherty, President Antoine M. Garibaldi, College of Liberal Arts & Education Dean Mark Denham, UDM Education Program Chair Lorri J. MacDonald, AOD Schools Regional Associate Superintendent for the Central Region Karen White.

University of Detroit Mercy and Madonna University have partnered with the Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD) to provide professional development for educators and administrators who are part of AOD schools. UDM has worked with AOD schools for many years in placing its Education Program students as fieldwork students, student teachers and administrative interns as well as providing workshops for AOD teachers.

Through the new, more formalized partnership UDM’s Education Program will provide needs-based professional development programs. UDM offered initial sessions to the AOD this past August at the McNichols Campus. Beginning January 2015, UDM will implement a structured plan at two AOD schools and involve more schools throughout the year.

Micro grant supports women’s prayer/study group

A women’s prayer/study group, created by Office of the Provost Assistants Lisa Zessin and Chris Socha and funded by the Mission Micro Grant program, will begin Friday, Dec. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 324 of UDM’s McNichols Campus Library. The group will read selections from author Stormie Omartian, followed by prayerful reflections and refreshments. The women’s prayer/study group will continue to meet from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 324 of the McNichols Campus Library on the following Fridays:

  • Jan. 23
  • Feb. 20
  • Mar. 20
  • Apr. 17
  • May 8

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Zessin at lisa.zessin@udmercy.edu and 313-993-1469 or Socha at christina.socha@udmercy.edu and 313-991-1585.

Alternative Break provides service between semesters

Alternative Break allows faculty, staff and students the opportunity to help make a difference during UDM’s winter and spring breaks. During winter break, from Dec. 18-22, a group will travel to Cincinnati to serve the hungry and homeless. During spring break, from Feb. 28 through Mar. 7, groups will travel to one of five sites:

  • Salem, W. Va. – service for rural poverty and environmental issues
  • Pittsburgh, Pa. – service for women and family issues/li>
  • South Bend, Ind. – service for the incarcerated
  • Chicago, Ill. – service for the disabled
  • Milwaukee, Wis. – service for immigration

A group of colleagues will also work/stay in Detroit on a four-day urban experience. Applications for the Detroit experience are still available in the University Ministry Office in the Student Center. For details, contact Sr. Beth Ann Finster, S.S.J., at 313-993-1560 or finsteba@udmercy.edu.

UDM Night at The Palace and Titans Basketball

On Sunday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. the Detroit Titans will face the Milwaukee Panthers at Calihan Hall. That evening at 6 p.m., the Detroit Pistons will play former Titans basketball player Ray McCallum and the Sacramento Kings at The Palace of Auburn Hills. There will also be a special game ball presentation with Detroit Titans Men’s Basketball Coach Ray McCallum before the Pistons tip-off at the Palace.

UDM alumni, students, faculty and staff can only purchase discounted “UDM Night at the Palace” Piston tickets at the 1 p.m. Titans game. To see two great games of basketball in one day, call 313-993-1700 or click here.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Criminal Justice Robert Homant discussed terrorist methods with anchor Sherry Margolis on WJBK-Fox 2 News, addressing the Taliban killing spree in a Pakistan school, Dec. 16.

Men’s Basketball Coach Ray McCallum was interviewed by anchor Ryan Ermanni on Fox 2 News, promoting the basketball game against Wichita State.

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/.