UDM Campus Connection

June 15, 2010

UDM Board of Trustees names interim president

Michael Joseph
Interim UDM President Michael Joseph

University Board Chair John D. Lewis has announced that UDM Executive Vice President Michael Joseph will act as interim president, effective July 1, 2010, when Father Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J. steps down to assume the position of Executive Assistant to the President of the Jesuit Conference and Director of Planning for the Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C. this summer.

As interim president, Joseph will provide an effective working transition through the conclusion of the presidential search process, when new permanent leadership takes office.  For more information, see the news release.

Spiritus magazine online

The latest issue of UDM's alumni magazine Spiritus is now online.  The cover story, "He did great things for UDM," bids farewell to President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., as he leaves the University for a new leadership role with the Jesuit Conference.  The issue also features UDM's new Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies, Alumni Class Notes, "Inside View" and more.  See Spiritus online.

UDM Engineering teams excel in competitions

For the third consecutive year, a team of UDM students took home the top prize at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, an international robotics contest held earlier this month.  For the story, including video of the contest, see the news release.

Also, a team of UDM students placed third in the 2010 American Society of Mechanical Engineers' IShow competition, June 5 in Pittsburgh.  From a field of 30 university teams, UDM bested all but MIT and Stanford with their "SEALE" product for helping physically challenged people.  For more on SEALE, see the Fall 2009 issue of Impact.

Global Jesuit higher ed institutions come together

UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., and Philosophy Professor Gail Presbey traveled to Mexico in April to attend an international conference of Jesuit-sponsored institutions of higher education.  The conference, "Shaping the Future: Networking Jesuit Higher Education for a Globalizing World," took place at the Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City.

The idea of the conference was to connect the many Jesuit colleges and universities around the globe in their common work for social justice.  For details, see Presbey's report on the conference.

Mercy higher education symposium

Representatives of UDM and of Mercy colleges and universities from across the country met at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. June 2-4 for the Symposium of the Mercy Conference for Higher Education, the theme of which was "Becoming a Global Citizen in Mercy."  A photo slide-show of the symposium has been posted online.

ACS recognizes UDM professor and student

The Detroit Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) honored Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Matt Mio and graduate student Meghann Mouyianis with Salutes to Excellence awards, at a reception at University of Windsor, June 9.  ACS Salutes to Excellence recognize the positive impact on everyday life made by a product of chemistry, a practitioner of chemistry, or a place of importance in chemistry.  Each year, only two nominees are chosen from the Detroit Section, which has 1,600 members.  It is remarkable that this year, both honorees are from University of Detroit Mercy.

UDM Engineering & Science featured in GLITR

The Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report (GLITR) is a WWJ Newsradio 950 AM series which recently gave extended coverage to UDM in the article, "Lots of great stuff in the city on a tech tour of UD Mercy."  Series author Matt Roush detailed the many great things he found when he recently spent the day in the UDM College of Engineering & Science.  See the GLITR article.

Underground railroad speaker, July 1

Carol Mull, author of the forthcoming book, The Underground Railroad in Michigan, will speak on the topic Thursday, July 1 at noon in Commerce & Finance Building, Room 238.  Everyone is invited to attend her talk.  Mull is a noted historic preservationist and a member of the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission.  For more information, contact Professor of History Roy Finkenbine at 313-993-1016 or finkenre@udmercy.edu.

Theatre Company nomination, next season's schedule

The UDM Theatre Company has been honored with a nomination for a 2010 Wilde Award by Encore Michigan, a publication focused on Michigan's professional theater industry. The nomination is for Professor of Performing Arts Arthur Beer's performance in the UDM production of TryingSee the EncoreMichigan web site for more.

Also, the Theatre Company has announced the slate of productions for its 40th year.  To see the upcoming plays, visit the Theatre Company 2010-2011 season page.

Oral Cancer Walk raises funds and awareness

On June 12, the fourth annual Oral Cancer Walk was held in Detroit by UDM members of the Student National Dental Association/Student National Dental Hygienists' Association and by the UDM School of Dentistry.  Proceeds from the event will help cover the biopsy costs of patients in the UDM clinic and help pay for events to raise awareness about oral cancer.

Oral cancer kills over 7,000 Americans each year. Although risk factors include tobacco and heavy alcohol use, the disease can strike anyone.  If detected in its earliest stages, oral cancer is easily treated.

International student blog launched

The International Voices blog features writing by some of UDM's international students.  Such students bring perspectives and ideas from around the world to enrich the UDM community.  Check out the International Voices blog at internationalvoices.wordpress.com.

Thumbs Up!

Assistant Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison won the Robert Hacke Scholar-Teacher Award.  The Hacke Award is a grant given once a year by the College English Association to support a junior faculty member in English.  Harrison will use the award to run a reader-response survey at UDM.

Assistant Professor of Digital Media Studies Allegra Pitera created the short experimental video, "Sprawl," which has been selected for screening at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in New York City in July.  The work was also exhibited at the Media City Film Festival in Windsor, in May.

Director of Language and Cultural Training Lara Wasner will participate in the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program, focusing on China's history, culture and economic growth. During the month-long seminar this summer, Wasner will visit Beijing, Xi'an, Chongqing and Shanghai.  For more, see the news release.

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