UDM Campus Connection

August 24, 2010

Faculty and staff receive mission leadership awards

UDM's Agere ex Missione Mission Leadership Awards were presented Aug. 16 at the President's Convocation.  The faculty award was given to Beth Oljar, assistant professor of Philosophy, and the staff award was given to Yvonne King, adminstrative assistant to the Dean of the College of Health Professions.  The Agere ex Missione awards recognize faculty and administration/staff members who live out the UDM mission to an exceptional degree.

UDM Night at Comerica Park, Sept. 10

The first of September's Founders Celebration events is UDM Night at Comerica Park, a great opportunity to join with others from UDM to enjoy food and drinks on a private patio at Comerica Park as the Detroit Tigers take on the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, Sept. 10.  The picnic dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the game begins at 7 p.m.  Register online on the UDM Online Community.

UDM Theatre Company 2010-2011 season announced

The UDM Theatre Company has announced its 40th anniversary season!  The 2010-2011 season of theater productions will begin Friday, Oct. 1 with a staging of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, Keely and Du.  Plays to follow include Cabaret, Life in the Theatre, and Shakespeare's The Tempest.  Find out more in the UDM news release and at theatre.udmercy.edu.

Blackboard graduates to Enterprise version

A new, improved version of the Blackboard course management software has been launched by UDM's Instructional Design Studio and the Information Technology Services Department.  Blackboard Enterprise 9 offers additional capabilities and refinements to enhance the online experience for both students and faculty.  Sign in to Blackboard Enterprise 9 at knowledge.udmercy.edu.  Use your current TitanConnect username and password to access the system.  Find out more about the new Blackboard at UDM.

Save Sept. 23 for Celebrate Spirit!

All students, faculty and staff should set aside midday on Thursday, Sept. 23 to attend the 11th annual "Celebrate Spirit!" event, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Calihan Hall.  The annual tradition includes an all-faiths ceremony, a special guest speaker, a picnic lunch and the Student Organization Fair.  Watch Campus Connection in coming weeks or visit the Celebrate Spirit! page for more information.

UDM Libraries/IDS personnel featured on TV

Three people from UDM's Libraries/Instructional Design Studio (IDS) were recently interviewed on the Bloomfield Community Television show, Library HighlightsWatch the show online to see Margaret E. Auer, Libraries/IDS dean, discuss mentoring and the future of UDM libraries; Russell Davidson, director and senior designer, IDS, talk about digital projects, including the UDM folklore archives; and Sara Martin, associate dean for Technical Services and Library Systems, describe the UDM Black Abolitionist Archives presence in a virtual online Second Life environment.

UDM and all 27 other AJCU institutions listed among best in the country

Jesuit institutions are among "America's Best Colleges," according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2011.  UDM, for the 10th consecutive year, is listed in the top tier of Midwest Regional Universities, the highest ranking Michigan university in the list.  For details about UDM's ranking, see the UDM news release.  For information about all 28 institutions in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), see the AJCU news release.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of History and Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education Roy E. Finkenbine presented the paper, "'Who will ... pay for their sufferings?': New York abolitionists and the campaign to compensate Solomon Northup," at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, July 25 in Rochester, N.Y.

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon will participate in Detroit Mayor Bing's National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.  The goal of the forum is to develop ways to address issues of violence confronting youth.  The meeting, to be held at Michigan State University, will include representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office, FBI, DEA, ATF, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Homeland Security and the Governor's Office.

Professor of Education Barbara Schirmer presented two papers at the International Congress on Education of the Deaf in Vancouver, B.C. in July: "Repeated reading and question generation intervention," and "Teaching writing to deaf students." Schirmer also co-authored, "The guided reading approach," published in the journal, Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education.

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