UDM Campus Connection

November 3, 2009

Actors in Putnam County play

UDM Theatre Company presents "Putnam County Spelling Bee"

The UDM Theatre Company has teamed up with the Marygrove College Music Department to present the musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The hit play, fresh off its national tour, tells the story of six over-achieving adolescents who have made it to their county's spelling contest finals.  Performances begin Friday, Nov. 13 and run through Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Marygrove College Theatre.  See the UDM news release for details.

Food donation drive to help those in need

Help UDM Dining Services collect food donations for The Forgotten Harvest to help those in our community who need it.  Bring non-perishable food items to The Loft or the Titan Dining Room on McNichols Campus, or to the Dental School Cafe, by Thursday, Nov. 12.

Or, bring a monetary donation to purchase and donate a bag filled already packed with such items.  For more information, contact Dining Services Retail & Marketing Manager Kari Haddrill at 313-995-0184.

"Mercy: A Gift to Share" title screen
A still from one of the videos in the Sisters of Mercy collection

Sisters of Mercy collection online

The UDM Libraries/IDS Research web portal boasts a new Sisters of Mercy Collection. The collection, originally created in the early 1960s, has been updated with an introduction by Gilmary Bauer, R.S.M.

Featured in the collection are two videos that relate the history of the Sisters of Mercy, founder Catherine McAuley's commitment to merciful service, her ministry to those in need and the continuiung relevance of her vision today.  Visit the collection.

Apply for your Mission Micro Grant now

UDM faculty, staff and administrators can still apply for a Mission Micro Grant through Sunday, Nov. 15. Apply now for a Mission Micro Grant of $50 to $250 to be used in support of activities that promote UDM's mission. (See the UDM Mission site.)

For details and the application form, see the Mission Micro Grant page.


Donate old cell phones to help others

Your old cell phone can help keep someone safe, if you donate it to UDM's Department of Public Service (DPS).  DPS is working with the non-profit 911 Cell Phone Bank program, which collects old cell phones, turns them into special 911-only phones and distributes them to those in need.

UDM student organizations can also collect old phones for cash for their group.  For more information, see the DPS Community Outreach page.

Discussion series begins, Nov. 11

Mark your calendars for the Second Wednesday Discussion Series.  Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, this series will be held on the second Wednesday of each month through April 2010 and will focus on topics related to teaching, service and learning for faculty and other members of the UDM community.

The series begins with the discussion, "The use of Clicker technology in the classroom," Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the President's Dining Room in the Student Center.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Future discussion topics will include Fulbright scholarships, grant preparation and review, retention, online teaching and service learning.

Health care career information sessions

Refer your students interested in health care careers to the Career Education Center's "Health Care Careers Information Week" events, including information sessions and an employer discussion panel, Nov. 10 - 12.  See the event calendar for more information.

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My20 TV coverage of Tech Day

Dentistry and Engineering & Science videos online

Check out a few of the recent video clips featuring UDM, which include TV news coverage and a full keynote speech:

Poetry event is special this month

For November, the Broadside Press Poet's Theater has been expanded to include the Broadside Press' 44th anniversary celebration.  This special event will take place Sunday, Nov. 15 from 3 - 6 p.m. in the McNichols Campus Library's Bargman Reading Room on the second floor.

Co-sponsored by the UDM Creative Writing Program and the Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture, the event will include a special presentation in honor of Judy Reid, a jazz vocal performance by Sumarah, an open mike for student and community poets and refreshments.  For more information, contact Associate Professor of English Rosemary Weatherston.

UDM meets with U.S. Transportation Secretary

UDM faculty and students met with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, at the Oct. 13 meeting of the Detroit Economic Club.  The students present are involved in transportation-related research.

Group at DEC

At the Detroit Economic Club meeting, Oct. 13, from left: Professor of Business Administration Greg Ulferts, Assistant Professor of Architecture Claudia Bernasconi, UDM Business Administration student, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Nizar Al-holou, MI-OH University Transportation Center Assistant Director Pat Martinico, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Utpal Dutta, and four students.

Hip-hop movie and panel

UDM Women's & Gender Studies Program (WGS) will present the event, "Gender / Sex / Hip-Hop," Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 113.  The evening will include a screening of the award-winning documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, which looks at manhood, sexism, and homophobia in today's rap music and hip-hop culture.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with local scholars and hip-hop artists and an audience discussion.  For more information, contact WGS co-directors Heather Hill-Vasquez or Rosemary Weatherston.

UDM participates in "No Worker Left Behind" retraining

UDM's participation in Michigan's No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) program has enabled unemployed workers to seek or complete programs at UDM while pursuing jobs in high-demand occupations, offering tuition assistance of up to $10,000 over two years as part of retraining. State statistics show that three-quarters of workers who completed retraining are now employed.

As a state-approved NWLB retraining site, UDM provides a crucial opportunity to both retain and retrain students who are unemployed.  To submit your program for approval, please contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Psychology Libby Balter Blume has been awarded an Academic Honor Recognition in Family Science from the National Council on Family Relations. The award acknowledges exceptional scholarship, leadership and service by academic professionals in the field of family science.

Leo Hanifin, dean of the College of Engineering & Science, was quoted in the Nov. 1 Crain's Detroit Business article, "Light-rail funding hits possible snag: Matching-funds provision opposed."  Find out more about UDM's connections to a Detroit light-rail project in the Spring 2009 Impact article, "UDM helps plan light-rail transit project."

Associate Professor of Political Science Stephen Manning delivered the invited paper, "What does he mean, backward toward revolution?," at the Backward Toward Revolution Conference, a festschrift to celebrate the scholarship of Professor Edward Friedman, held at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies, Oct. 24.

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