UDM Campus Connection

September 14, 2010

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Celebrate Spirit! in Gesu Church, Sept. 23

UDM faculty, staff and students will gather for the annual "Celebrate Spirit!" event, Thursday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m. in NEW LOCATION Gesu Church, one block north of McNichols Campus on Oak Drive (see church info).  (Class schedules will change on McNichols Campus for the day of the event.)  After an all-faiths service in Gesu, everyone is invited to a picnic lunch and the Student Organization Fair around Fisher Fountain on McNichols Campus.

Part of a tradition that goes back to the Middle Ages, Celebrate Spirit! is a symbol of the beginning of a new academic year.  The occasion gathers the entire University community together to rededicate us all to UDM's mission, to renew friendships and to welcome new people to UDM.  Find out more on the Celebrate Spirit! page.

UDM featured as green university

University of Detroit Mercy was featured as one of five universities in the region for its conservation and environmental efforts in the article, "How green is my campus?," published Aug. 25 in Metro Times.  UDM's green initiatives range from energy-conserving light bulbs and water-conserving toilets to hybrid Public Safety vehicles and an electronics recycling program.  See the Metro Times article.  Also, see UDM's Energy & Environmental Conservation site.

Nominations requested for awards

UDM's Commitment to Excellence Award recognizes outstanding staff and administrators, and nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 awards.  All full-time staff and administrative employees of UDM are eligible.  Submit your nomination of a worthy colleague by Tuesday, Nov. 2.  For details and the nomination form, see the Commitment to Excellence Award page.

Celebrating Fr. Albright, Sept. 19

Come celebrate Professor of Biology R. Gerard Albright, S.J., and his golden anniversary of teaching at the University!  A noon mass will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19 in the St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building, followed at 12:30 p.m. by an open house with light refreshments in Lansing-Reilly Hall.

Ethics Bowl volunteers sought

The 11th annual UDM Ethics Bowl is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5 from noon to 6 p.m. on McNichols Campus.  Please encourage your students to form teams for this fun, cross-campus event.  Also, consider volunteering as an Ethics Bowl judge (no experience necessary).  The first-place UDM team will move on to the Chicago regional competition in this national ethics tournament.  To find out more, see the UDM Ethics Bowl site.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Psychology Libby Balter Blume exhibited 15 original illustrations for the children's picture book, Carlitos' Cow, at the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, Sept. 7 in Seattle.  Her exhibition was on the theme, "Families: Connections and communication within and across species."

Gary Jeffers, associate professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, was quoted in the Aug. 16 Crain's Detroit Business article, "Medicaid cuts for adult dental care taking toll in Michigan, report says."  Jeffers is also president of the Michigan Dental Association (MDA), which issued the mentioned report, "A United Voice for Oral Health."  For more on the MDA report, see the MDA news release.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes authored two works published in September: the short story, "The age of happiness," in The Oxford American, and the essay,  "Cineplex hopping," in the journal, n+1.

The International Honors Program (IHP) "Cities in the 21st Century" program was hosted for the second year by the UDM School of Architecture, from Aug. 23 through Sept. 3. Program coordinators Virginia Stanard, Research & Design fellow in UDM's Detroit Collaborative Design Center, and Donzetta Jones, assistant dean of the School, arranged for 32 university students from across the country to come to Detroit to learn from city and organization leaders about the forces that shape the city.  Detroit was selected by IHP as the launch city for the program.

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