UDM Campus Connection

October 28, 2014

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be on UDM’s McNichols Campus in the Student Center’s Fountain Lounge on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a blood drive. Come donate blood and help save lives.

NIH awards $21.2 million grant to UDM and three Detroit schools

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Leaders of the four REBUILD Detroit partner institutions, from left: UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi, WSU President M. Roy Wilson, Marygrove President David J. Fike and WCCCD Vice Chancellor George Swan III, at the project announcement on UDM's McNichols Campus, Oct. 22.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $21.2 million grant to a consortium, comprised of University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College District, to develop a common curriculum that will support and mentor students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research fields. Over a five-year period, the grant will enable the institutions to accelerate the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who go on to receive master’s and doctoral degrees and ultimately attain successful biomedical research careers. The goal of this initiative is to establish Detroit as the center for biomedical research training and help fuel the academic renaissance of Detroit. See the press release and photo gallery for more information.

E&S presents CASEE plan

The College of Engineering & Science held a planning presentation, Oct. 16, about a UDM Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education (CASEE) that would enable students to gain a fundamental understanding of the complex systems engineering challenges that the automotive industries face as well as prepare them for careers in any engineering setting where systems integration is critical. The program to introduce and raise funds for the project also included a presentation by Dave McLellan, Corvette chief engineer from 1975 to 1992, and recognition of Arthur Haman ’55, ’61, ‘64, UDM mechanical engineering professor and former associate dean, for his 58 years of service. See the event page for documents and videos of the presentation.

WWJ Newsradio 950 special on viruses in the news

On Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 7-8 p.m., tune in to WWJ Newsradio 950 AM to listen to the one-hour special on “Your Eye On Health: Virus 911,” a show focusing on how to stay healthy, featuring guest panelists UDM Infection Control and Safety Director and Clinical Assistant Professor from the School of Dentistry and College of Health Professions Sanjay Chand as well as Michigan Department of Community Health Chief Medical Executive Matthew Davis.

Health Fair

The UDM Wellness Center is hosting a Health Fair on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. in the Fountain Lounge. Fifteen health practitioners from UDM, local hospitals, community clinics and private practices will be both presenting information and providing interactive displays. Come and learn about skeletal alignment, health initiatives, mental health status as well as dental and oral hygiene. Light refreshments will be provided.

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15th Annual UDM Ethics Bowl

The 15th annual UDM Ethics Bowl will be held on Friday, Oct. 31 from noon to 6 p.m. in the Student Center’s Fountain Lounge on UDM’s McNichols Campus. The Ethics Bowl is a campus-wide competition inspired by TV's College Bowl, but modified rules adapt the game to the subject of ethics. Rules, registration forms, and cases for this year's competition can be found at the UDM Ethics Bowl page.

Commitment to Excellence Award submission

All UDM faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to nominate staff and administrators who are deeply committed to the success of UDM's future for the Commitment to Excellence Award. Award recipients will be announced and honored at the UDM Christmas Party and Colleague Recognition Day, Dec. 12. Each of the three recipients will receive a certificate, a commemorative piece and a monetary award. For more information and for the nomination form, please visit the Human Resources website. Nominations are due Monday, Nov. 10.

Detroit Titans host Media Day

The Detroit Titans hosted their annual Titan Media Day, Oct. 22, in Calihan Hall to promote the beginning of this year’s basketball season. The press conference was broadcasted live on ESPN3. This season, there will be more men’s basketball games broadcasted on FM 97.1 The Ticket and AM 1270 radio. See the press release and media coverage for more information.

Last Lecture event, Nov. 5

UDM will host its Inaugural “Last Lecture” event on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 5:15-7 p.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Exhibition Center of the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on UDM’s McNichols Campus. The Last Lecture, which honors a tradition that previously occurred at Mercy College, features a lecture and Q&A session by Associate Professor of English and Writing Program and Center Director Laurie Ann Britt-Smith on “Mercy Sisters and Jesuits in Contemporary Media: Expectations, Reflections, and Implications.” The lecture is at 6 p.m., preceded by light refreshments at 5:15 p.m. Please RSVP by emailing Christina Socha at christina.socha@udmercy.edu. If you have any questions, please call 313-993-1585.

Second Wednesday Series event

UDM’s next Second Wednesday Series event, “Let's Talk about Challenges that are Unique to Veteran Students on our Campus,” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 324 of the UDM McNichols Campus Library.  The presentation will focus on serving and supporting UDM veteran students through the “8 Keys to Veteran Success” initiative. Assistant Professor of Psychology Kristin Abraham, University Minister Megan Marshall and School of Law Director of Project SALUTE Tammy Kudialis will lead the discussion.

Football digital archive updated

The UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio is pleased to announce the publication of a series of football programs in the Football Collection digital archives. The digitized programs span several years from 1929 to 1971. Additional images will be added to the collection as they become available. To view this and our other digital collections, please visit the "Special Collections" link on the Library home page.

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Professor of Marketing Mike Bernacchi discussed the new Varvatos store opening in Detroit and its importance to the city in the Detroit Free Press article, “Why John Varvatos and Detroit store matter,” Oct. 23.

Professor of Counseling and Addiction Studies Nancy Calleja has been awarded a $700,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The three-year grant will provide enhanced preparation and clinical practice training to Master's level Counseling students to specialize in the treatment of high-risk adolescents. The graduate students will receive a $10,000 stipend to complete the clinical internship.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine gave the talk, “Solomon Northup's America,” at the Ypsilanti District Library on Oct. 7, the Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library on Oct. 11 and the Southfield Public Library on Oct. 22.

Detroit Titans Head Coach Ray McCallum was interviewed on WXYZ-TV Channel 7's Sports Cave program, discussing the upcoming basketball season, Oct. 26.

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