UDM Campus Connection

January 18, 2011

CLASA events support Salvadoran peace center

An art sale and a presentation this month are both focused on supporting Centro Arte para la Paz ("Center for Peace through the Arts") in Suchitoto, El Salvador.  The center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of the arts to promote a culture of peace.

Collage of paintings by Donaldo
Paintings by Donald Voelker, a.k.a Donaldo.

To raise funds for CLASA and the center, artist Donald Voelker (a.k.a. Donaldo) has donated several paintings for sale.  His paintings are currently on display in the McNichols Campus Library.  Visit them soon and buy some fine art for a good cause!  An exhibit closing reception with refreshments will take place Sunday, Jan. 30 from 1-3 p.m.; all are welcome.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, Deacon Don Leach, associate pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, Mich., will give a presentation about Centro Arte para la Paz at 11 a.m. in the Library, Room 324.

For more information, see the news release or contact Gail Presbey, director of CLASA, at 313-993-1124 or presbegm@udmercy.edu. CLASA thanks event co-sponsor, the Gesu Peace and Justice Committee.

Group serves during first Alternative Winter Break

Ten students, four UDM colleagues, and one recent alumna traveled to New Orleans, Jan. 1-8 for UDM's first Alternative Winter Break (AWB).  Alternative Winter Break is a service opportunity similar to UDM's Alternative Spring Break program.  The AWB group worked on a house being built in New Orleans by Catholic Charities' "Operation Helping Hands."  When the building is complete, the homeowner will be able to return to her neighborhood.  In 2005, Hurricane Katrina left her previous house under 13 feet of water.

Group at New Orleans house
UDM group at New Orleans work site during Alternative Winter Break.

Submit works for the Celebration of Scholarly Achievement

The Celebration of Scholarly Achievement: UDM Faculty and Student Publications, Posters and Projects will take place, Tuesday, April 19 from noon to 2:30 pm in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.  All faculty and students who have research posters, non-print media, books, book chapters or journal articles to share are encouraged to participate in this event.  Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 8.

Projects must be related to the faculty's academic discipline or research.  Find more information and make your application for submission on the Celebration web site.

Donate blood at UDM, Jan. 18, 19, 20

A three-day blood drive will take place at UDM Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Thursday, Jan. 20.  Setting up an appointment is recommended to save you time.  See the event page for more information.

Stay safe: attend DPS safety class

UDM's Department of Public Safety will host a lecture on your personal safety, Thursday, Jan. 20 at noon in Ford Life Sciences, Room 113.  Bring your lunch and get tips from Public Safety and the Detroit Police Department on how to stay safe on and off campus.  For more information, contact Sgt. Alfred Hollie at 313-993-1234.

"When she hits him," domestic violence talk, Feb. 1

The UDM Domestic Violence Committee will host Lisa Young Larance, RENEW Project coordinator for Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, who will give the presentation, "When she hits him: The complexities of understanding and addressing women's use of force," Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Ford Life Sciences, Room 113.

Thumbs Up!

Nancy Calley, associate professor of Counseling & Addiction Studies, was selected to lead the design and implementation of a statewide treatment program for juvenile sex offenders in California.  The project, authorized by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, will run from January 2011 through December 2012.

Jeffrey Ingalsbe, assistant professor of Computer & Information Systems, will give the presentation, "Threat modeling for the cloud computing, mobile device toting, consumerized enterprise," at the quarterly Michigan Infragard event, Jan. 25.  The event will be broadcast to four locations across the state and is open to the public.  More information is on the Michigan InfraGard web site.

Director of University Ministry David Nantais wrote the book, Rock-A My Soul: An Invitation to Rock Your Religion, to be published by Liturgical Press next month.  The book examines the intersection of popular music and religion.  Find more on the publisher's web site.

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