UDM Campus Connection

February 22, 2011

Kathy Bush patches available to show remembrance

The Titan Athletic Department and men's basketball program will sell limited Kathy Bush patches as a remembrance of the deceased associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education, who passed away last summer. The patches will be sold on Wednesday, Feb. 23 in the Loft dining area from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for five dollars. The Titan men's basketball team has worn the patch throughout the season to show respect. All sales of the patches will go directly to the Kathy Bush Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

Submit Valedictorian nominations!

The search is on for the 2011 Valedictorian, a student who will graduate with a minimum of a 3.70 GPA and who has a meaningful message to deliver to fellow graduates. If you know of such students, nominate them and encourage them to apply. For more information, find the application form on the Valedictorian page. The completed application must be received by Monday, March 7.

Film produced by UDM law professor to be shown in Detroit

UDM Law Professor Larry Dubin produced the film, A Lawyer Made in Heaven: The Virgil Hawkins Story, which will be shown Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. The film focuses on Virgil Hawkins, an African American who fought for his right to study and practice law. This event is free and open to the public.

Nurse practitioner shares her experiences in the field, Feb. 22

Family Nurse Practitioner Kimberle Deller will share her inspirational experiences as a nurse around the world, in her presentation, "Nursing as mission: Perspectives on mission in nursing and culturally-focused spiritual care," Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 113. Nursing contact hours will be awarded.  Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Nursing Lori Glenn at 313-993-1693.

Lecturer speaks about Asperger's Syndrome, March 2

Janet Graetz, associate professor of Human Development and Child Studies from Oakland University, will visit UDM on Wednesday, March 2 to speak about the needs of college students with Asperger's Syndrome. She has presented both nationally and locally on the topic of working with students with Asperger's Syndrome. The presentation will take place at noon in the McNichols Campus Library, Conference Room 324. This "Second Wednesday" event, hosted by UDM's Office of Academic Affairs, is being held the first week of the month due to Spring Break.

Hitchhiker shares stories about his travels

UDM's Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) presents Detroiter Martin Dale-Hench, who for a year hitchhiked through Central and South America. Although he and his traveling companion Leala Holcomb are both deaf, they found ways to communicate with people, and to live on $5 a day. Dale-Hench will give a presentation on life lessons he learned, as well as on the state of deaf education in the Americas on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Commerce & Finance Building, Room 209. The event is free and open to the public. Photos and an interview about his trip are available online. For more information on the event, see the CLASA web site.

Auto industry leaders to speak at UDM

Three prominent auto industry executives will give presentations at UDM in March. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Although these lectures are complimentary, please reserve your seats either on the UDM Online Community registration page, or by e-mailing UDMgrad@udmercy.edu.

  • Tony Posawatz - GM Vehicle Line Director, Chevy Volt, 2011 Car of the Year
    "Success of the New Chevy Volt"
    Tuesday, March 1, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    Engineering Building, Room 237/239
    Followed by vehicle inspection in Engineering High Bay
    Sponsored by College of Engineering & Science and College of Liberal Arts & Education
  • Mark Reuss - President, GM North America
    "The GM Turnaround"
    Wednesday, March 16, 9 - 10 a.m.
    Engineering High Bay
    Sponsored by College of Engineering & Science and College of Liberal Arts & Education 
  • Laura Soave MBA '00 - Head of Fiat Brand in North America
    "Driving Change"
    Tuesday, March 22, 1 - 2 p.m.
    Student Center Fountain Lounge
    Sponsored by College of Business Administration and CBA Alumni Board 

Submit Mission Leadership Award nominations by March 16

UDM's Mission/Urban/Social Justice Team invites your nominations for the annual Mission Leadership Awards: the Vivere ex Missione (to live the mission) and the Agere ex Missione (to do the mission). All nominations should be e-mailed to Executive Assistant to the President Emmy Yousey at youseye@udmercy.edu by Wednesday, March 16.

The Vivere ex Missione Award honors a graduating student who best exemplifies and lives the mission of the University of Detroit Mercy. The Agere ex Missione Awards honor one faculty member and one staff/administrator who exemplify the mission of UDM. For more details and to download the nomination form, see the Mission Leadership awards page.

UDM travels to promote Mexican Scholars program

Group in Toluca

UDM has recently added the Mexican Scholars Program as an option for graduate engineers, in cooperation with Magna Powertrain. Last month, students and faculty from UDM'S College of Engineering & Science traveled to Mexico to promote the program. Pictured above at the Toluca Campus of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education are (from left) Dean of Engineering & Science Leo Hanifin, Magna's Joe Shanbaum and Noel Mack, Monterrey Tech's Director of Engineering & Architecture Jose Carlos Miranda and Magna's Matthew Girlando. For more information about the program, see the news release.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Architecture Amy Green Deines was the guest editor of the January issue of The Plan, an Italian journal for European architects. The issue focused on urban design comparisons between the cities of Detroit and Milan, Italy. UDM Architecture faculty Dan Pitera, Noah Resnick and Will Wittig contributed articles to the issue.

Associate Professor of Architecture and Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center Dan Pitera was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, the only architect from Michigan selected this year. The Fellowship designation recognizes architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Pitera will be honored on May 13 in New Orleans.

Assistant Professor of English Laurie Britt-Smith presented the paper, "Faith, politics, and the community: Jim Wallis as social justice prophet," on Feb. 16 at the International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society in Chicago.

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