UDM Campus Connection

October 26, 2010

UDM Nursing students give aid to homeless veterans

A group of UDM Nursing students from every grade level and from a number of courses participated in the 2010 Southeastern Michigan Veterans Stand Down event on Oct. 13-14 at the Detroit Belle Isle Casino. “Stand downs” are held throughout the country to ensure that homeless veterans are aware of the services available to them. UDM students provided the veterans health information and blood pressure screenings. Nearly 2,000 veterans received a hot meal, entertainment and clothes, in addition to health services.

Group at Stand Down
A group of UDM Nursing students on Belle Isle for the 2010 Veterans Stand Down event.  With the students, second from right, is Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone, assistant adjutant general of Veterans Affairs for the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Talk on U.S. oil policy held on Oct. 26

The UDM Honors Program will be holding a symposium about U.S. oil policy on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 113. Faculty members from Chemistry, Architecture and Engineering will share their perspectives. For more information, see the event page.

Mission Micro Grant applications due Nov. 1

Full-time as well as part-time UDM faculty and staff can still apply for Mission Micro Grants, through Monday, Nov. 1. A Mission Micro Grant, ranging between $50-$250, can be used in support of any activity that promotes UDM’s mission. See Mission Micro Grant page for details.

Tommy Titan walks in Garden City parade!

UDM mascot "Tommy Titan" will be making an appearance at the downtown Garden City Santaland parade, held Nov. 27, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Tommy will be marching with Santa Claus and many other mascots from the metro Detroit area. For more information, see the Hometown Life article.

Participate in the UDM Ethics Bowl, Nov. 5

Encourage your students to participate in the 11th annual UDM Ethics Bowl! The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 5 from noon to 6 p.m. on the McNichols Campus. 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.

American Red Cross on campus, Nov. 1-2

The American Red Cross will hold blood drives in the Student Center Fountain Lounge on Monday, Nov. 1 from noon – 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Appointments to donate can be made at the American Red Cross web site by using the sponsor code “UDM”. Walk-ins are welcomed, but appointments are encouraged. For more information, see the event page.

Last chance to donate Safety Street candy

The UDM Student Programming Board will host the 21st annual “Safety Street” event on Friday, Oct. 29 from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. Make sure to send your candy donations to the Student Life Office by Wednesday, Oct. 27, so that Safety Street can provide a safe and fun environment for neighborhood kids to go trick-or-treating. For more information, see the news release or contact the Student Life office at 313-578-0341.

Nominations for Commitment to Excellence Award due Nov. 2

Remember to submit your nominations for Commitment to Excellence Awards by Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. The awards will be given to three outstanding staff and administrative employees. Award criteria and nomination forms can be found on the Commitment to Excellence Award site.

Speaker shares his views on human rights, Nov. 8

Father Alberto Franco will lecture on human rights on Monday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Ford Life Sciences Room 113. This event is hosted by UDM’S Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive and co-sponsored by the Gesu Peace and Justice Committee and the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. For more information, see the event page.

Ford Motor Company executive to speak at UDM, Nov. 18

Ford Motor Company’s Group Vice President of Design and Chief Creative Officer J Mays will lecture on, “Innovation and Design,” as part of the 2010 Ford Innovation Symposium. The symposium will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in Life Sciences Room 113. For more information, see the news release.

Titans basketball gets under way this weekend!

The Detroit Titans basketball schedule begins this Saturday, Oct. 30 as the UDM men host the Hillsdale Chargers in an exhibition game, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Calihan Hall.  Find out more about the basketball schedule, televised games, the Titans online gift shop and more on DetroitTitans.com.

Class cancellation and closing information

In the event of inclement weather or other problems, UDM will publish closing and class cancellation notifications in a number of places, with the UDM home page being the most up-to-the-minute.  You can also get UDM notifications on radio stations WJR (760 AM) and WWJ (950 AM) and Detroit TV channels 2, 4 and 7.  You can also look up notifications on the respective broadcast outlets' web sites.

Thumbs Up!

Physician Assistant Instructor Constance Burke-Schmidt gave the presentation, “Osteoporosis: What, who, and when 2010,” at the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants fall conference on Oct. 17 in Traverse City. 

On Oct. 18, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Tom Stanton spoke about his book, Hank Aaron and the Home Run That Changed America, at the Harper Woods Library, to complement the National Baseball Hall of Fame's traveling exhibit, "Pride and passion: The African American baseball experience."

Leo Hanifin, dean of the College of Engineering & Science, and Shuvra Das, professor of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, worked with Sean Newell, dean of Engineering Core Competency for Ford Motor Company, to write a paper on innovative collaboration for curriculum development. The paper was presented at the 2010 Society of Automotive Engineers Convergence conference on Oct. 19-20. For media coverage, see the WardsAuto.com article.

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