UDM Campus Connection

April 6, 2010

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John D. Lewis

John D. Lewis named chairman of UDM's Board of Trustees

The University of Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees has named John D. Lewis '74, as Board chairman at its March meeting. Lewis has been a member of the UDM Board of Trustees since 2005 and has chaired the Board's Finance Committee. He is managing director of Donnelly Penman & Partners, an investment banking firm located in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Previously, Lewis spent 36 years in the banking industry at Comerica Inc., and retired as vice chairman of Comerica in 2006.

MHC hosts free sports and wellness exams for children

UDM's McAuley Health Center will offer free sports and wellness exams for children from Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 9. The exams will be available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. all week, and until 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8.  Children 18 and under are eligible, whether they have insurance or not.

Medicaid applications will also be taken on-site.  Dental screenings will be available at select times, as well as health information, gifts and prizes for participants.  McAuley Health Center is one of several locations for the free exams, as part of a program sponsored by the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority.  Attendees may call 313-579-1182 to make an appointment.

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Damaged building in Haiti

UDM teams assess Haiti's damaged school buildings; presentation April 14

Two volunteer teams, organized by Architecture Professor Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., and Architectural Engineering Professor Alan Hoback, evaluated 55 school buildings in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to determine the buildings' safety.  The project was undertaken in conjunction with Jesuit Refugee Service and Haiti's Ministry of Education.

A presentation on the Haiti trip will be given Wednesday, April 14 at 5 p.m. in the Main Exhibition Space of the School of Architecture. For more, including a link to a photo gallery, see the CAE Engineering web site.

Women's Law Caucus panel, April 10

The UDM Women's Law Caucus (WLC) will present the panel conference, "2010: Are There Cracks in the Glass Ceiling?," Saturday, April 10 at Sinbad's Restaurant in Detroit.  Panelists will discuss women's issues in the legal profession.  For additional information, please contact Michelle Kenien '11, of the WLC via e-mail.

Alumnae to discuss role of women professionals

Several UDM alumnae and Board trustees will participate in Mercy High School's "Women Mean Business" forum on Thursday, April 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills. The event highlights some of Michigan's most dynamic women leaders who will share their stories and vision for the next generation of women professionals.

UDM alumna who will serve as table presenters are Regina Doelker, RSM '71, Mercy High School president and UDM trustee; Faye Nelson '75, Riverfront Conservancy president/CEO and UDM trustee; and Jeni Wenson '91, Oakland University professor.  Charter One Bank President and UDM Trustee Sandra Pierce will be an event panelist.  For more information about the event or to make a reservation, visit the Mercy High School site.

Engineering & Science faculty honored

The Engineering and Science Faculty of the Year were announced at the College of Engineering & Science's 78th annual Slide Rule Dinner Dance, March 27 at the Detroit Cobo Conference Center.  The award for Science faculty went to Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Matthew Mio, and the Engineering honoree was Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering James Lynch.

Matt Mio and Jim Lynch
Matthew Mio, left, and James Lynch at the 2010 Slide Rule Dinner.

Thumbs Up!

Assistant Professor of English Laurie Britt-Smith presented the invited online lecture, "Faith, rhetoric, and rock n roll," March 31 as part of a "virtual scholar" series created by Spring Arbor University (SAU).  This invited address was viewed live and a recording of it is available on the SAU Communications Department web site.

Tammy Kudialis, director of Project SALUTE for the UDM School of Law, was interviewed on Nevada Public Radio, March 25.  She spoke about counseling veterans with PTSD and other injuries, cutting through veteran benefits red tape and what it's like to have a grown man cry on her shoulder.  You can listen to the interview from Nevada Public Radio's State of Nevada show web site.

Denise Williams Mallett, UDM vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, will speak at the 12th annual Women's Summit & Awards event, entitled "The Power of a Woman's Voice in the Community."  The event, sponsored by the American Association of University Women Detroit, will take place Saturday, April 10 on the Wayne County Community College District Downtown Campus.

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