UDM Campus Connection

September 21, 2010

Celebrate Spirit!

Celebrate Spirit! on Sept. 23 in Gesu Church

UDM faculty, staff and students will gather for the annual "Celebrate Spirit!" event, this Thursday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m. in 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 the service in Gesu, the Student Organization fair and a picnic will be held around Fisher Fountain on McNichols Campus.

Celebrate Spirit! — one of UDM's Founders Celebration event — symbolizes the beginning of a new academic year and invites the entire University community together to honor UDM's mission and welcome new people to the University. More information can be found on the Celebrate Spirit! page.

Sisters of Mercy celebrate Mercy Day

The Sisters of Mercy at UDM will pass out treats to commemorate the feast day of Our Lady of Mercy. Free packets of cookies will be given out on Monday, Sept. 27 beginning at 11:45 a.m. on the first floors of both the Jane & Walter O. Briggs Building and the McNichols Campus Library.

Also on Sept. 27, Marilyn Lacey, RSM, founder and Director of Mercy Beyond Borders, will give two presentations, listed below. Sr. Lacey works with Sudanese refugees and has other projects in Africa. The Lacey events are co-sponsored by UDM's Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive and the Women's & Gender Studies Program.

  • 1 p.m., Student Center, President's Dining Room: "Partnering with Displaced Women in Post-War S. Sudan"
  • 7 p.m., Ford Life Sciences Bldg, Room 113: "A Spirituality of Welcome"

Sustainable Detroit Symposium, Sept. 30

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano '77, will be among those at UDM for a forward-looking symposium. UDM'S College of Engineering & Science and the School of Architecture are hosting the 2010 Designing Sustainable Detroit Symposium, "Riding Trucks, Trains, Boats and Planes to Urban Vitality," Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. If you plan to attend, please RSVP either online or by calling 313-993-1540. For more information, see the Founders Celebration site.

Girl in Library
Image from TV commercial

Fall marketing campaign under way with new TV ads

UDM's integrated marketing campaign for fall is currently in process, highlighted by two new 30-second TV commercials. (Check them out on UDM's YouTube page.)

The promotion also includes radio, print and online advertising. Five billboards promoting UDM are currently located along major highways and thoroughfares. For a complete schedule of the fall campaign, visit udmercy.edu/mpa.

CLASA events to be held in September

UDM's Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) is sponsoring two upcoming events this month.  For more details on each event, see the CLASA events web page.

  • Thursday, Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m., Commerce & Finance Bldg., Room 209.
    Ana Narvaez, leader of a dance troupe and of Women in Action, will give the presentation, "Challenges of women's empowerment in Nicaragua." A dance performance will be held at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The dance is co-sponsored by www.NicaraguaProject.org.
  • Monday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., President's Dining Room in the Student Center.
    Marilyn Lacey, RSM, founder and Director of Mercy Beyond Borders, speaks on partnering with displaced women in post-war Sudan. This event is co-sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies program.

Constitution Day observed, Sept. 17

UDM recognized Constitution Day, Sept. 17, on the anniversary of the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. More information can be found at the UDM Library web site, as well as at www.ConstitutionDay.com.

Architecture panel in Detroit on Oct. 5

UDM Architecture faculty members will participate in the program, "Challenging Detroit: (Re)generating urbanism." The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at
 Willy's Overland Loft
, located at 444 Willis Street, fifth floor, in Detroit. A reception will follow
 from 8-9 p.m. For more information, see the event calendar.

Chemistry Club recognized for outstanding achievements

The UDM Chemistry Club has received its sixth straight "Outstanding" rating from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for its 2009-2010 activities. The award-winning chapter will be recognized in the November/December issue of In Chemistry magazine and at the
 student chapter award ceremony at the 241st 
ACS National Meeting on March 27-31, 2011, in Anaheim, Calif.

Titans come together to clean up Calihan Hall

UDM student athletes and coaches from a variety of Titan teams met at Calihan Hall on Sept. 12 to work together on a common goal: cleaning up Calihan Hall.  The project, spearheaded by Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Mary Ann Meltzer, enabled Titans from sports as diverse as fencing, basketball, lacrosse, softball and track to get to know each other across team boundaries.  Together, they took some ownership of the athletic facilities and made UDM look better, by cleaning hallways and painting stairwells in Calihan Hall.

Titans wipe down the walls in Calihan Hall.
Titan student athletes wipe down the walls in Calihan Hall, Sept. 19.

Thumbs Up!

Assistant Professor of Counseling/Addiction Studies Sheri Pickover authored the article, "A developmental approach to anger management: The emotional skills building curriculum," published in the Journal of Offender and Addiction Counseling in October 2010.

Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education Heather Hill-Vasquez presented the paper, "Defining intersections of opposition: Shared governance and the Women's and Gender Studies Program," at the American Association of University Professors Conference on the State of Higher Education in June in Washington, D.C.

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