UDM Campus Connection

March 22, 2011

Alumna speaks on driving change, March 22

Laura Soave, UDM alumna and head of Fiat Brand of North America, will give the keynote presentation on "Driving Change," for the College of Business Administration's Alumni Week on Tuesday, March 22 at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. For more information, see the event page.

Phenomenal women recognized, March 24

UDM faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend the eighth annual Phenomenal Women Dinner, Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. The dinner recognizes and celebrates women for their positive influence on the UDM community. Admission for faculty, staff and guests is $10, and UDM students may attend for free. For more information and to RSVP, call the Student Life Office at 313-993-1150.

Convocation honors outstanding students, March 27

UDM's 2011 Honors Convocation will be held on Sunday, March 27 on both the McNichols Campus and Gesu Catholic Church. This is an annual event that celebrates the academic excellence and leadership of UDM students. Each college will have its own ceremony at a specific location on campus or at the church. For a schedule of the ceremonies, see the event page.

Workshop on funding opportunities open to faculty, March 28

UDM will host Elizabeth Arndt, senior program officer in the Division of Research Programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), on Monday, March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge, for a workshop on NEH funding opportunities. Wide ranges of humanities funding opportunities are available through the NEH, which can be found at the NEH grant web site. This event is free and open to UDM faculty.

Noted ethics author and professor to speak, April 7

Everyone is invited to attend the 2011 George Pickering Memorial Lecture, to be given by Daniel C. Maguire, professor of Ethics at Marquette University.  Maguire's presentation, "The gender justice revolution: How feminism builds bridges between genders, races, sexual orientations, classes and nations," will take place Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge, and will be followed by a reception.  The free lecture, part of the Ralph and Barbara Cushing Distinguished Lecture Series, is presented by the UDM Department of Religious Studies.  For further information, contact Professor of Religious Studies James Tubbs at 313-578-0355.

GM's "Ride and Drive" photo gallery available

Many UDM students attended GM's "Ride and Drive" on the McNichols Campus last week to test-drive new GM vehicles, including the Chevy Volt and the Camaro. Be sure to check out the photo gallery!

Dental students participate in community outreach

In January, UDM dental students and residents continued to reach out to the community with two projects. Associate Professor of Patient Management Mary Parise supervised a student group that made and delivered mouth guards to the Detroit Wrestling Academy.

Assistant Professor of Patient Management Deirdre Young led students in performing 20 dental screenings and distributing dental health kits at the Chinese Community Health Center in Madison Heights.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Counseling and Addiction Studies Nancy Calley's study, "Increasing self-empowerment related to depression among court-involved youth: The Moods Matter project," was published in the Michigan Journal of Counseling.

Professor of Civil Engineering Utpal Dutta and graduate student Eric Tenazas presented the paper, "Cost estimation of the proposed Detroit light rail transit system using a fully allocated cost approach," at the 2011 Transportation Research Forum in Long Beach, California. Dutta also chaired the "Bus/rail Transit" session at this forum.

Assistant Librarian Julia Eisenstein, Associate Librarians Cindy Gillham and Jill Spreitzer and Assistant Director of UDM's Instructional Design Studio L. Michael Verdusco presented the paper, "Combining the first year experience course with the common reading program," on March 11 at the Annual Conference of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters in Saginaw.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Justin Kelly, S.J., gave the presentation, "Compliments direct and indirect in Jane Austen's novels," to the Michigan Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America on Feb. 27 at UDM's Lansing-Reilly Hall.

Associate Professor of Philosophy David Koukal gave the presentation, "A forgotten front of the Core Wars: The battle for a truly common core," on March 11 to the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters in Saginaw. This presentation was expanded from an article published in the January issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.

The following faculty gave presentations at the American Dental Education Association's Annual Session in San Diego, March 12-16: Clinical Assistant Professor of Patient Management Jill Loewen, "Resources and strategies to implement tobacco dependence education: An interdisciplinary approach;" Associate Professor of Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences Rose Geist, "Oral health management of pregnant dental patients;" Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry Ahmad Maalhagh-Fard, "Best practices in advising on theses, dissertations, and projects for graduate Dental Hygiene and postdoctoral dental students;" Associate Professor of Periodontics/Hygiene Anthony Neely, "Finding the dangerous mucosa: The evidence-based role of adjunctive aids in detecting precancerous lesions;" and Vice President of Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski, "Developing an educational culture and processes that foster interprofessional learning and practice."

Professor of Psychology Christine Panyard will give a Lenten presentation based on her book, A Renaissance Easter, on April 4 at St. Mary of the Snows Church in Milford, following 7 p.m. mass.

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