UDM Campus Connection

April 13, 2010

Men with award
Fr. Albright, left, with CES Dean Leo Hanifin, March 27.

Fr. Albright named "Cornerstone" of E&S

Professor of Biology R. Gerard Albright, S.J., was presented with the College of Engineering & Science's Cornerstone Award, March 27 at the annual Slide Rule dinner dance.  Recalling St. Peter who was the "cornerstone" of the Catholic Church, the Cornerstone Award honors a person who has given many years of service for the betterment of the College, who has been an inspiration to students and faculty alike, and who has left a distinctive influence on the College that will last for many years to come.

Presentations on online teaching, April 14

This month's "Second Wednesday" event for faculty is the session, "Online Teaching Environment and Experiences," Wednesday, April 14 at noon in the McNichols Library Conference Room 324.  The session is part of the "Second Wednesday" series sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs to focus on teaching, service and learning topics for faculty and other members of the University community.  Light refreshments will be served.  Scheduled topics are: improving student performance with Wimba; teaching with the Sapling Learning online homework system; and providing individual audio commentary on student submitted work.

Haiti school inspection presentation, April 14

Two volunteer teams of architects and engineers, organized by Architecture Professor Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., and Architectural Engineering Professor Alan Hoback, traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in March to evaluate the safety of 55 of the school buildings damaged in the Jan. 12 earthquake.  Members of the Haiti project will present a report Wednesday, April 14 at 5 p.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center.

Play poster, Trying

Theatre: audience talkback with playwright, April 18

The UDM Theatre Company's last production this season will be the serio-comic drama, Trying.  Remaining performances will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 25 at the Marygrove College Theatre.  There will also be an opportunity for the audience to talk with the play's author, Joanna McClelland Glass, at the Sunday, April 18 performance.

Glass' play is based on her real-life experience of working as secretary to Francis Biddle in the last years of his life.  Biddle was U.S. Attorney General during World War II, was involved in the internment of Japanese "enemy aliens," and served as a chief judge during the Nuremberg trials.  Find out more in the UDM news release.

Survey deadline, April 16

If you received a message asking for your participation in the Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work For" study, please be sure to complete the survey by Friday, April 16.  The study is designed to gather benchmarking data within higher education and to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces.  The main purpose is to help UDM leadership better understand employees and colleagues, in order to make UDM a better workplace.  If you have any questions about the study, contact Steve Nelson in Human Resources at 313-993-1524 or via e-mail.

The Celebration of Scholarly Achievement, April 20

Come celebrate the achievements of UDM faculty and students at the event, "Celebration of Scholarly Achievement: University of Detroit Mercy Faculty and Student Publications, Posters, and Projects," which will take place Tuesday, April 20 from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.  Posters, non-print media, books, book chapters and journal articles by the UDM community will be included in this year's celebration.

Volunteer Flower Day, May 4

All UDM students and employees are invited to join Facility Operations in the fifth annual Volunteer Flower Day.  This year, it will be held on Tuesday, May 4 beginning at 9 a.m. near the Fisher Fountain on McNichols Campus.  All green thumbs, including our Adopt-A-Garden participants, are welcome to help plant flowers and beautify the campus for the graduation season.  Gardening tools, gloves and lunch will be provided to all hard workers.  For more information, visit the Facility Operations web site.   (Rain date is Wednesday, May 5.)

Fr. McGovern
Fr. McGovern

Art McGovern, S.J. to be remembered, May 23

Rev. Arthur F. McGovern, S.J., was an inspirational presence and a visionary leader for more than 30 years at the University. He was a professor of philosophy, a friend and a colleague. To honor Fr. McGovern on the 10-year anniversary of his passing, he will be remembered at a special noon mass in the St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building on Sunday, May 23, followed by a cook-out in the Lansing-Reilly Hall courtyard.  For more information, contact UDM Alumni Relations & Special Events at 313-993-1540 or by e-mail.

Research newsletter online

The Winter 2010 issue of the Research@UDM Newsletter is available online.  This newsletter, published once per term, highlights both student and faculty research at UDM.  Take a look and see the great things your colleagues are doing!  To download the newsletter, visit the Research@UDM web page.

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.

Mary-Catherine Harrison, assistant professor of English, presented her paper, "The ethics of direct address: Vocative discourse and narrative transportation," at the 25th anniversary conference of the International Society for the Study of Narrative at Case Western University, April 9.

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.

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon will be the speaker for the 2010 African American Commencement at Wayne State University, May 1.  The title of his presentation is "Changing the world, one person at a time."

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

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