UDM Campus Connection

June 14, 2016

Titan Athletics hosts Round Ball Luncheon, June 15

Detroit Mercy Athletics will host a Round Ball Luncheon on Wednesday, June 15 at noon under the James K. Campbell Complex pavilion behind Calihan Hall. The event is free, open to the public and will feature a barbeque from Buddy's Pizza. Men's and Women's Head Basketball Coaches Bacari Alexander '99 and Bernard Scott will talk about their teams. Register online or contact Assistant Director of Marketing & Promotions Mitchell Sweet at 313-993-1705 or sweetmb@udmercy.edu.

Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park, Sept. 13

Make sure to get your tickets for Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park on Tuesday, Sept. 13 to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins. The University will be recognized during pre-game festivities, showcasing the Detroit Mercy Pep Band, Cheer Team, Dance Team and Tommy Titan. 

Detroit Mercy Law student Ryan VanOver, also known as Ty Stone, will sing the National Anthem and Detroit Mercy Men's Basketball Coach Bacari Alexander '99 will throw the first pitch.

We are hosting a tailgate from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club preceding the game. Tickets for this include a picnic dinner and one complimentary drink ticket. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and the game begins at 7:08 p.m. The first 500 people to purchase tickets will receive a Detroit Mercy/Detroit Tigers baseball cap, so don't wait!

Ticket prices are as follows (Five dollars from each ticket will go to Detroit Mercy's General Scholarship Fund):

  • $21 - Game ticket in section 211-214
  • $36 - Game ticket in section 112-113
  • $50 - Game ticket in section 211-214 and tailgate
  • $65 - Game ticket in section 112-113 and tailgate

Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park

Business students visit McAuley House of Mercy in Dublin

Twenty business students, two alumni, two faculty members and two guests participated in an International Studies in Business trip to Dublin, Ireland in May.

The course explores the various challenges of operating in a global environment, including operational, cultural, economic and legal aspects. The global perspective focuses  on leadership, strategy, innovation, systems and technology. Participants attended presentations on economic, political and global environment issues. A couple days after the meeting, Ireland formed a new government.

Dublin International Studies in Business Trip 1
Surrounded by students, pictured in the front row is Professor of Business Administration Gregory Ulferts, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland Ian Talbot, Member of Irish Fianna Fáil as well as Deputy of Dáil Éireann since February 2016 Marc MacSharry and Leader of the Irish Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin.

Dublin International Studies in Business Trip 2
Students visited the Mercy International Centre and learned about Catherine McAuley, RSM.

Volunteers help at Bethune service day

Bethune Service Day
Campus Kitchen at UDM hosted an after-school Service Day event at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School in Detroit, June 2. Eighteen volunteers, including eight Detroit Mercy students, two faculty/staff members and eight alumni volunteered to exercise and play games with the seventh and eighth grade students as well as provide them with a healthy snack and bag of groceries for their families.

Former football star becomes Detroit Mercy dentist

Football Dentist
Watch the video of Blair White, former MSU football standout and NFL player, now Dr. White, after graduating from the School of Dentistry.

University's first OBGYN/Oral Health Program to continue

Since 2015, Clinical Associate Professor of Patient Management Melanie Mayberry has led a grant-funded program provided by the DMC Foundation, which concluded on May 31. The approximately $65,300 award supported a pilot program for integrated medical and oral health collaborations with a goal to improve patient knowledge of oral health as it relates to pregnancy.

The program facilitated an opportunity for OB-GYN residents at Wayne State University as well as Detroit Mercy dental students to practice coordinating care and make referrals. Plans are set for this program to continue in the future.

Oral Health Grant
Clinical Associate Professor of Patient Management Melanie Mayberry and Wayne State School of Medicine Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Bernard Gonik at a collaborative event funded by the DMC foundation grant.

President attends Mackinac Policy Conference, June 1-3

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi attended the annual Mackinac Policy Conference, June 1-3 on Mackinac Island. President Garibaldi was interviewed by WWJ Newsradio 950 host Mark Lee and WWJ Newsradio 950 host Tom Jordan. While attending the conference, Garibaldi also spoke on the Live6 Alliance and other economic developments with WJR host Paul W. Smith's "Opportunity Detroit."

City of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan shared some of his remarks from the conference and plans for neighborhood redevelopment in the Detroit Public Television article, "Future Detroit, now."

910 AM Superstation Interview
President Antoine M. Garibaldi was interviewed by 910 AM radio host Karen Dumas.

School of Architecture nationally ranked

The School of Architecture has received a Graduate Smart Rank (GSR) of #25 out of the best 100 graduate architecture schools in the nation, according to StartClass. The GSR is designed to provide an indication of the institution's academic strength in comparison to others. This rank is largely based upon rankings awarded by Design Intelligence, a market leader in architecture education. The GSR also considers the acceptance rate, student-teacher ratio and average GRE scores of previously admitted students.

Students prepare for higher education at Camp College and Pathways to Excellence

Camp College
Approximately 217 students from six high schools in metro Detroit participated in the Camp College program, May 19 on the McNichols Campus. Sponsored by University of Detroit Mercy, the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling and National Association for College Admission Counseling, the one-day conference featured college readiness workshops as well as presentations from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, encouraging underserved students to consider and prepare for higher education.

Pathways to Excellence Group
President Antoine M. Garibaldi spoke to about 40 Detroit-area high school students at the "Pathways to Excellence" (PTE) program, May 22. PTE is co-sponsored by Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity's Detroit Boulé and the Detroit Parent Network to promote the academic and social development of African-American men in high school. This Saturday session at Detroit Mercy was focused on how to choose a college.

Blood Drive, June 29

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive in Room 324 of the McNichols Campus Library on Wednesday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule your appointment today by contacting Associate Dean of Public Services for the McNichols Campus Library George Libbey at 313-993-1078. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Come donate blood and help save lives!

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto and two students, Grace Nguyen and Justin Pothoof, have been awarded an exclusive $7,500 American Chemical Society (ACS) Innovative Activities Grant. The students will create video content from interviews with senior staff of the ACS Environmental Division.

Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi was quoted in The Detroit News article, "Nike Store to open Thursday on Woodward," May 25. Bernacchi also commented on Millennials in the Black Daily News and CBS Detroit article, "Millennials spend more on moms for Mother's Day, professor says," May 6.

Associate Professor of Law J. Richard Broughton discussed the need for a new gun law in the Wallet Hub article, "2016's states most dependent on the gun industry," May 2.

Professor of Law Lawrence Dubin was quoted in the Detroit Free Press article, "Detroit may have had stronger claim on Red Wings' TV revenue," May 31. Dubin also commented in The Detroit News article, "Pensions still available for those in DPS scheme," May 12.

Associate Librarian Julia Eisenstein was elected to serve a two-year term as the private university representative on the Board of the Michigan Academic Library Association.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi was quoted in the MLive article, "Private college police could get more authority as Detroit Mercy seeks to improve neighborhood," June 5. Garibaldi also participated in the program, "Essential Principles for an Effective CBO/CEO Relationship," sponsored by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Adjunct Professor of Performing Arts Daniel Greig had a new musical work published in May by Colla Voce Music, titled, "Hold Fast Your Dreams."

Adjunct Professor of Law Andrew (Jake) Grove has joined the firm of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC and was featured in the International Lawyers Network article, "Howard & Howard welcomes Andrew (Jake) Grove," May 26.

Professor of Philosophy David Koukal presented his paper, "Merleau-Ponty, expressivity, and the practice of phenomenology," at the annual meeting of the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture at the University of Calgary, Canada. At the same conference, Koukal also presented a commentary to Grant Yocom's paper, "Detroit: Sense of place and self-overcoming."

From the McAuley School of Nursing, Associate Professor of Nursing Molly McClelland, Associate Professor of Nursing Maureen Anthony and Grants Coordinator Therese Mianecki presented at the 11th Annual Nursing Research Conference at Henry Ford Hospital, June 8.

College of Engineering & Science Chemistry Storeroom Manager Meghann Murray received the American Chemical Society "Salutes to Excellence" Award for her work with the Brewing Chemistry program, at the annual joint American Chemical Society & Chemical Institute of Canada meeting, May 25.

Associate Professor of Communication Studies Jason Roche's documentary, Stealing Home, was nominated for an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Michigan in the topic of "Documentary – Topical." See other nominees online.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes was interviewed about his film The Removals by Vol. 1 Brooklyn and featured in the article, "'If anything, the film directs you': Nicholas Rombes on making The Removals," May 10. Rombes was also interviewed by 3:AM Magazine and spoke on his film in the article, "Into the void: Nicholas Rombes and Mark de Silva, in dialogue." Rombes commented on some books that influenced his film in the Largehearted Boy article, "Movie notes – Nichols Rombes, The Removals," May 20.

Director of Islamic Studies Achmat Salie was quoted in The Detroit News article, "Unitarian universalists show solidarity with Muslims," May 19.

Associate Professor of Communication Studies Tom Stanton analyzed the work of the Black Legion in his new book, Terror in the City of Champions, and shares an except in The Detroit News opinion piece, "Violent secret society plagued 1930's Detroit," June 9. Stanton's book was featured in The Voice and Macomb Daily article, "Stanton tells of Black Legion, Detroit vigilante group lost in mist of history," May 26. Stanton currently is on a book tour and will appear at Pages Bookstore in Detroit on Tuesday, June 28. See his website for more details.

Professor of History Greg Sumner was interviewed by 101.9 FM WDET on the Detroit origins of atomic bomb "Little Boy," May 28. Read the article and listen to the audio clip online.

Associate Professor of Architecture Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., recently served as a consultant in the construction of a Jesuit high school chapel in California by firm Hodgetts + Fung. Acclaimed Architectural critic Aaron Betsky reflected on the project in the Architect magazine article, "The quiet architecture of Hodgetts and Fung's Jesuit high school chapel," May 9.

Adjunct Professor of Performing Arts Gregory Trzaskoma was in the new musical comedy "Hockey - The Musical!," and was quoted in the C&G News article, "New musical comedy runs gamut from slap shot to slapstick," May 17.

Associate Professor of Social Work Aloha VanCamp was invited to speak at Development Centers, Inc., a large non-profit behavioral health agency serving children and adults in northwest Detroit. VanCamp spoke on the topic "Self-care strategies for mental health professionals."

Director of Language & Cultural Training Lara Wasner spoke on the panel, "Our Future, An International Detroit," during the Detroit International Leadership Breakfast at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center, May 20. The networking event was held to recognize and honor metropolitan Detroit's area cultural leaders.

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