UDM Campus Connection

January 8, 2008

New program provides $10,000 for buying a campus-area home

As announced last month, UDM offers a new benefit for regular full-time faculty, staff and administrators at all three campuses.  In partnership with Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), a local social services agency, UDM's Employee Home Ownership Program will provide $5,000 in down payment assistance to individuals who purchase homes in target areas surrounding UDM's campuses.  JVS will help homebuyers secure an additional $5,000 in HUD funds for the down payment.

The program also offers homebuyer education and financial literacy classes to all employees.  Both The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press recently featured the new program.  For more information about the Employee Home Ownership Program, contact Steve Nelson, associate vice president for Human Resources, at 313-993-1524.

Group in home
Back row from left: Student Mark Fazi, Kirstie Plantenberg, Nassif Rayess, student Patrick Minjeur and Christi Farnstrom, medical social worker with Bronson Methodist Hospital. In front: Katie Vandermeer and baby Kayden.

UDM provides disabled mom a special gift

This past Christmas, a new mother in Kalamazoo received a special gift made by four UDM students advised by Associate Professors of Mechanical Engineering Nassif Rayess and Kirstie Plantenberg.  The group transformed a crib to make it wheelchair-accessible for the woman, who has cerebral palsy.

The advisors and two of the students delivered the crib and installed it in the woman's home Dec. 21.  For more on the story, see the news coverage by WWMT-TV, Newschannel 3 in Kalamazoo: a text version of the story, and a video version.

Voice-mail down time tomorrow

Please note the University voice-mail system will be unavailable Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 4 to 5 p.m. while maintenance is performed on the system.

Roundball Luncheon, Jan. 10

Join Interim Head Men's Basketball Coach Kevin Mondro and other Titan fans for the second Roundball Luncheon of the basketball season, Thursday, Jan. 10 at noon in the main lobby of Calihan Hall.  (Perry Watson is on medical leave.)  Attendees will enjoy a preview of that night's game against Cleveland State University and lunch provided by National Coney Island.  The cost for UDM faculty and staff is only $5 per person. Please call 313-993-1700 to reserve your place.

Group at Employee Celebration
From left: Laura Wright, UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Diana Squires and Alysa Ouellette.

Employee Celebration photos online

Photos are online from the UDM Employee Christmas & Colleague Recognition Celebration, held Dec. 14.  The recipients of the 2007 Commitment to Excellence Awards were:

  • Alysa J. Ouellette, administrative assistant, Facilities Operations
    Rising Star Award (Staff or administrative employee with less than two years of service)
  • Laura E. Wright, financial services representative, University Health Center
    (Staff with two or more years of service)
  • Diana R. Squires, School of Dentistry registrar
    (Administrator with two or more years of service)

For the 2007 Colleague Recognition list, showing employees with special anniversaries of service, see the list document (PDF).

"State of the Economy" Symposium, Jan. 19

The UDM Department of Economics will sponsor a set of presentations on current economic issues, Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. - noon on the Macomb University Center campus in Clinton Township, Room UC-1.  Space is limited, so please RSVP to Lonni Cranon at 586-263-6232.  See the event page for details.

Group working on roof
ASB group working on roof in South Carolina in 2006

Help with Alternative Spring Break

The University Ministry office is preparing for Alternative Spring Break (ASB) 2008. The service project has been a UDM tradition for 17 years, and will occur this year March 1-7.  Everyone is invited to participate, either as a "Colleague Service Partner" traveling to service locations around the country, or as a sponsor helping to fund this year's ASB project.  For more information, please contact Sr. Beth Finster at finsteba@udmercy.edu or Jill Kress at kressjl@udmercy.edu, or call 313-993-1560.

UDM serves 132 through Adopt-a-Family

Through the 2007 Adopt-a-Family project, coordinated by UDM's Leadership Development Institute, the UDM community "adopted" 41 families for Christmas.  That's 132 children and parents served through C.O.T.S. and the Mercy Education Project.

Also, UDM colleagues' donations of over $1,000 will go to the agencies to provide food coupons to those who need them.  Eighteen UDM colleague groups, seven student groups and two alumni groups participated in the 2007 project.  Thanks to everyone!

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