UDM Campus Connection

March 1, 2011

UDM's Alternative Spring Break, March 5-12

During the week of March 5-12, 55 members of the UDM community will help the less fortunate during this year's Alternative Spring Break (ASB). ASB offers participants an opportunity to see the world in a different light by traveling to various sites around the country, while providing service to those in need. This year, the service will take place in the following cities: Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Sacramento, Calif.; Los Angeles; El Paso, Texas; Chicago; Salem, W. Va. and Detroit. For more information, visit the ASB web site.

UDM participates in "Michigan's Gift of Life Campus Challenge"

A total of 159 members of the UDM community signed the Michigan State Organ Donor Registry during the 2011 Gift of Life Campus Challenge, which ended on Thursday, Feb. 24. During this challenge, 20 Michigan schools competed to sign up the most people—over 4,200 new donors signed up. Final scores for the schools can be found on the Gift of Life web site.

Spring marketing campaign under way

UDM’s integrated marketing campaign for spring is currently in process highlighted by UDM’s 30-second TV commercials on network and cable stations. The promotion also includes radio, print and online advertising. Five billboards promoting UDM are currently located along major highways and thoroughfares. For a complete schedule of the spring campaign, visit the campaign web site.

Instructor discusses the advancement of computers

Scott Anderson, instructor of Mathematics and Computer Science, will give a presentation about the progression of the Internet on Tuesday, March 15 at 1 p.m. in the Engineering Building, Room 220. He will discuss how computers have transformed our social world and impact our lives on a daily basis. Refreshments will be served prior to the discussion at 12:45 p.m. at the same location.

Speaker discusses feminine leadership

Alma Santiago-Espartinez from St. Scholastica's College in Manila will give the lecture, "Questioned, challenged, and judged: Corazon Aquino on women's leadership related to Levinas' concept of ethical maternity," on Tuesday, March 15 from 2-3 p.m. in the Student Center, President's Dining Room. The talk will focus on Corazon Aquino, former president of the Philippines. For further information, see the event page.

Graduate Salute event, March 16-17

Please encourage your students to attend the 2011 Graduate Salute, an important stop on their senior journey, on Wednesday and Thursday, March 16 and 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. Representatives from various UDM departments including the Career Education Center, Student Accounting Office and the Office of the Registrar will be on hand, and the Office of Alumni Relations and the Senior Class Gift Campaign will sponsor games, giving students chances to win prizes.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi was asked to participate in the Detroit Business Festival, held Feb. 26-27 at the Russell Bazaar in Detroit. Bernacchi, along with area business leaders like Phillip Cooley of Slows Bar B Q, discussed entrepreneurship and business marketing.

Assistant Professor of English Laurie Britt-Smith recently had her article, "Txt msgs 4 Afrca: Social justice communities in a digital world," published in Reflections, a journal that focuses on writing, service-learning and community literacy.

Professor of Nursing Carla Groh will be traveling to Ireland the week of March 5-12 on behalf of the U.S. State Department to meet with public officials, business leaders and educators. She will discuss women's health issues.

Pamela Zarkowski, vice president of Academic Affairs, was recently appointed to a four-year term on the American Dental Association Foundation Board of Directors. She is also currently serving as a member of the American Association of Dental Boards Committee on Ethical Behavior.

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