UDM Campus Connection

February 8, 2011

CLASA events for February

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

  • Thursday, Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m., Warren Loranger Building, Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center. John Barrie will give the presentation, "Technological design to improve the lives of indigenous peoples of Nicaragua and Guatemala: How Michigan students get involved." Barrie is the executive director of the Appropriate Technology Collaborative, which is an award-winning nonprofit organization that designs green technologies for low-income people throughout the world.
  • Thursday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m., Briggs Bldg., Room 310. The film The 800 Mile Wall highlights the construction of the border walls between the U.S. and Mexico. The movie will include commentary from Charlie and Jean Rooney, members of an Arizona migrant aid group called "No More Deaths." For more information see the movie web site.

Theology professor speaks about virtue ethics, Feb. 9

Lisa Fullam, associate professor of Moral Theology at Santa Clara University in California, will give the presentation, "Excellent sex: Toward a Catholic virtue ethics of sexuality," on Wednesday, Feb. 9 in the Student Center Ballroom. This lecture is co-sponsored by University Ministry, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Philosophy, the Catholic Studies Program, the UDM Jesuit Community and the Institute for Leadership and Service. For more information, see the event page.

Nursing students reach out to the community

Last semester, a group of nursing students hosted a fundraiser at the Eagles Club in St. Clair Shores to support some of the less fortunate people of Detroit. Students Mary Ball, Ron Bonaventura, Rob DeStefano, Anthony DiCicco, Angela Dooley, Alain Stefan, Svetlana Tankosevic and Lynn Warmbold created the event as a part of their Community Health Nursing course. The students were able to donate $1,200 to the Cabrini Clinic and Most Holy Trinity Elementary School in the Corktown neighborhood.

UDM instructors teach foreign languages to preschoolers

UDM's Language & Cultural Training Department is helping children learn new languages. Preschoolers at the Childtime Learning Center in Plymouth are enrolled in a six-week Chinese program, and children at Joyful Tots Learning Center in Oak Park will be introduced to Chinese and Swahili during the month of February. The courses are taught by UDM's Chinese instructor Teresa Yin and Swahili instructor Ilonga Iwondo. The preschool curriculum encourages second-language learning through stories, finger play, and other age-appropriate activities.

Super Bowl Ad Nauseum featured in the media

A variety of mass media outlets covered Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi's 25th annual "Super Bowl Ad Nauseum" event, held at UDM Feb. 7.  The program focuses high school students on the big business of advertisements that run during the NFL championship game.  For links to media coverage and more about Ad Nauseum, see the UDM news release.

Thumbs Up!

Dean of Engineering & Science Leo Hanifin was recently elected as the academic representative on the governing board of the Cooperative and Experiential Education Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon attended the 59th National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 3 in Washington D.C. President Barack Obama spoke at the event. Also in attendance were members of the U.S. Congress, Supreme Court, Joint Chiefs of Staff and representatives from every country in the world who pray for world peace. This was McKinnon's fourth Prayer Breakfast. 

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