UDM Campus Connection

October 19, 2010

Food donations accepted on campus through Nov. 12

Encourage your fellow faculty members and students to help UDM Dining Services give back to the community. From now until Friday, Nov. 12, UDM's Dining Services contractor Sodexo will be collecting non-perishable food items as part of its company-wide "Helping Hands Across America" initiative.  Bring your donations to The Loft in the Student Center or to Café a la Cart in the McNichols Library. All items will be donated to Forgotten Harvest, an organization whose goal is to stop hunger in metro Detroit. For more information on the Helping Hands effort, see the event page.

Complete your UDM customer service survey by Oct. 22

As a part of UDM customer service initiative, the Human Resources Department and the Staff & Administrator Development Team created a survey about the quality of interaction among stakeholders of the University, including faculty and staff. Remember to take the online survey before Friday, Oct. 22!

"Mole Day" connects faculty and students

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mary Lou Caspers recently got to see her face carved onto a pumpkin! Pre-dentistry freshman Nic Stroeters carved the pumpkin pictured below for "Mole Day." On Oct. 15, UDM's Chemistry Club sponsored its annual Mole Day party where students could submit posters, stuffed moles or carved pumpkins for prizes. Stroeters carved the pumpkin by looking at Casper's photograph on the UDM web site.

Student Nic Stroeters, Professor Caspers, and Pumpkin Caspers.
From left: Pre-dental student Stroeters, his carved pumpkin and Professor Caspers.

Help beautify the UDM neighborhood, Oct. 23

Everyone at UDM is invited to make a difference in the University's community, Saturday, Oct. 23.  At 8:30 a.m., volunteers will leave McNichols Campus to clean the area of St. Gregory the Great Church at 15031 Dexter Ave., about one mile south of campus.

Meet your fellow volunteers on the Lillie B. Kassab Mall (between the Student Center and the residence halls) at 8:30 a.m. or join in at the church, starting at 9 a.m.  Dress for outside work, like removing shrubbery and cleaning the church grounds.

This service project is led by the Mission and Social Justice Committee of the UDM Student Senate.  For more information, e-mail Maria Ibarra at studentsenate@udmercy.edu.

"Reimagining Detroit" author to speak at UDM, Oct. 25

John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press journalist and author the new book, Reimagining Detroit, will speak at UDM on Monday, Oct. 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.  Gallagher and community development expert Harriet Saperstein will discuss the future of the city of Detroit and how change can lead to opportunity and community revitalization.  For excerpts of Reimagining Detroit and related articles, see Freep.com. The event is sponsored by the UDM College of Liberal Arts and Education and the Student Social Work Association.

Speaker shares his Peace Corps experiences in Africa

UDM's Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) will host Peace Corps volunteer Vinay D'Souza, who will give the presentation, "Just out of Africa: Serving in the Peace Corps in Uganda," on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Briggs Building, Room 310. This event is co-sponsored by UDM's African American Studies Program and the African American Student Association. For more details on this and other CLASA events, see the CLASA events web page.

Group in front of Ugandan school
Vinay D'Souza, standing fourth from left, with a group of students in Hoima, Uganda.

UDM softball team collects food donations with rivals

While the Detroit Titans softball team played hard against its Oct. 9 rivals the Hillsdale Chargers, the teams worked together off the field to help those less fortunate.  The two teams put aside their competitive differences to donate canned goods and personal hygiene items to the Metro Area Food Bank and the Red Cross.  Find out more on DetroitTitans.com.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Biology Mary Tracey-Bee gave the presentation, “Important anatomical facts about airway management and intraosseous access” at the 2010 Southeastern Michigan EMS Expo, Oct. 13 in Novi.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Martin Leever presented the paper, “Rethinking conflicts of interest in nursing," at the International Philosophy of Nursing Society Annual Meeting, Sept. 20 in Vancouver.

Professor of Education Barbara Schirmer authored the chapter, "Approaches to reading instruction," published in the second edition of the Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language and Education.

Professor of English John Freeman wrote the article, "Van Eyck's 'miracle of composition': Post Deleuzian crystals of space/time in the Arnolfini portrait," published in the electronic journal CTheory.

The Cyber Innovation Center, a non-profit research organization, awarded UDM's Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies (CCIS) a $100,000 contract to continue updating and maintaining a cyber security information database. The customized and updated information in the CCIS database will be used for educational and training purposes.

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