UDM Campus Connection

September 2, 2014

Celebrate Spirit! Logo and Speaker Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz
Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz

Attend 2014 Celebrate Spirit!

Celebrate Spirit!, to be held Thursday, Sept. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Calihan Hall on UDM’s McNichols Campus, is the official welcome to the new school year for UDM students, faculty and staff. The event begins with guest speaker Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz, the Roshan Institute Chair in Persian Language and Literature and Director of the Roshan Institute Center for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland. The Mass of the Holy Spirit will follow Dr. Keshavarz’s presentation.

Following the Mass, a picnic and the Student Organization Fair will be held around the Fisher Fountain. The McNichols Campus class schedule will be changed on Sept. 11 to accommodate Celebrate Spirit! attendance. Also, food service in The Loft and Titan Dining Room will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, see the Celebrate Spirit! event page.

Celebrate Spirit! 2014 is co-sponsored by University Ministry and University Libraries & Instructional Design Studio. Chrysler Group LLC is the corporate sponsor for the picnic.

Titan Classic Sports Networks launches

The Titan Classic Sports Network (TCSN), University of Detroit Mercy's 24-hour sports network, has officially hit the airwaves by WADL on Channel 38.4 to local Detroit viewers as well as on the McNichols Campus on Channel 10.4, Sept. 2. TCSN will show classic Detroit Titan sports moments from the past in basketball and football, along with highlights from this upcoming season. For more information, see the press release and sizzle reel.


Sign up for UDM’s emergency alert system

Register through the University’s RAVE Emergency Alert System (AES) to make sure you receive timely alerts on class cancellations or other emergency notices via text message and email. To log in, go to the emergency alert system page and sign in with your TitanConnect user name and password. Follow the site's instructions to confirm or modify your contact information and select notification devices.

If you experience problems logging in, please contact the ITS Helpdesk or call 313-993-1500.

UCLA Department of Public Health Chair to speak at UDM

The School of Architecture (SOA), in collaboration with the College of Health Professions, welcomes the UCLA Department of Public Health Chair, Dr. Richard Jackson, to speak on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. in the Warren Loranger Building on the McNichols Campus. Jackson is a national figure who has a unique expertise on the relationship between public health and our physical environment. A panel of Architecture and Health Professions faculty will also comment on the topic. The presentation kicks off SOA’s annual Lecture Series.

UDM receives health care providers grant

University of Detroit Mercy is one of three Michigan schools to receive nearly $700,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This grant money will be used to provide tuition support to nurses enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. Full-time students are eligible for the grant, allowing them to receive up to $22,000 per year in scholarship money for two years. It will also be available for part-time students in their final year, providing them up to $11,000 in scholarship money. For more information, see the press release.

Ask the Professor members take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Matt Mio and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Beth Oljar participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued to them by College of Liberal Arts & Education Administrative Assistant Maryrose Patrick on UDM’s radio quiz show, “Ask the Professor.” Both Mio and Oljar also donated to an ALS chapter. Watch the video here.

Celebrate Mercy Day

As Mercy Day approaches Wednesday, Sept. 24, the UDM community celebrates its heritage by recognizing what “mercy” means to its students, faculty, and alumni. Share your thoughts by completing this form. The McNichols Campus Library will post the comments on a display the week of Sept. 22.

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Professor of Criminal Justice Studies Erick Barnes discussed the national conversation about public safety, law enforcement and violence after the death of Ferguson, MO, teen Mike Brown, with Senior Analyst Bankole Thompson on WDET’s Detroit Today, Aug. 28.

Assistant Professor of Counseling Jocelyn Bennett-Garraway's article, “Are parenting styles a significant factor in the academic and career development of African American high school students?,” was published in The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology, Volume 3.

In June, Associate Professor of English Laurie Britt-Smith, Associate Professor of English Heather Hill-Vasquez, Instructor of Religious Studies and Interim Director of African American Studies Terri Laws and Associate Professor of Architecture Allegra Pitera presented the panel, “Should we all lean in (more)? Four female administrators at a Catholic university take on Sheryl Sandberg’s approach to women and leadership.” The panel presentation was part of the National Association of Women in Catholic Higher Education (NAWCHE) Conference held at Seattle University.

School of Law Dean Phyllis Crocker was highlighted in the DBusiness article, “University of Detroit Mercy Names New Dean of Law School,” Aug. 29.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Henze and students from the UDM Psychology Graduate Student Association, with support from UDM’s Mission Micro Grant program and the UDM community, donated more than 175 books and developed educational materials in three languages for children and families served by Southwest Counseling Solutions Early Head Start programs. The books and materials were distributed at the program’s annual Summer Fiesta.

Associate Professor of Law David Koelsch discussed the issue of Central American children and President Obama’s administrative actions to address immigration on WDET’s Detroit Today, Aug. 26. Koelsch was also quoted in the MLive article, “Bay City's immigrant children: Everything you need to know before forming an opinion,” Sept. 1.

Associate Dean of Public Services George Libbey, hosted 26 senior citizens from Dearborn for a tour of the McNichols Campus Library as part of their bus tour of “Art in Unexpected Places.” Libbey highlighted artwork created for the library and the library’s status as a literary landmark commemorating Dudley Randall.

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