UDM Campus Connection

April 12, 2011

Architecture dean steps down from position

School of Architecture Dean Stephen Vogel has announced that he will be stepping down from his position this May to focus more on teaching after he takes a one-year sabbatical. Vogel has provided UDM's School of Architecture with leadership and service since 1993. A reception will be held in his honor on Thursday, April 28 from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Center of the Loranger Architecture Building. RSVP for the reception by calling Ketrice Howard in the Alumni Relations & Special Events office at 313-993-1540.

Former president of the American Chemical Society visits UDM

UDM's local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will have the 2011 Detroit local section student members meeting on Thursday, April 14 at 12:40 p.m. in the Chemistry Building, Room 114. Former president of ACS Thomas Lane will give the keynote presentation, "A few things to talk about," regarding science and the future at the event. For further information, see the event page.

Academic integrity presentation, April 13

The presentation, "Sustaining a model of academic integrity across all disciplines," will be given by Amy Dereczyk, clinical coordinator in the Physician Assistant Program and Petra D. Hurt, affiliate clinical coordinator in the Nurse Anesthesia Program, as part of the Academic Affairs "Second Wednesday" series, on Wednesday, April 13 from 2-3 p.m. in the McNichols Library Conference Room 324.  All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

TV network features Underground Railroad symposium

The cable TV network C-SPAN3: American History TV is featuring a telecast of the symposium, "The Underground Railroad: The descendants speak," as two parts of its series, "The Civil War."  UDM Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education and Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was moderator and a speaker for the February event.  Part I was broadcast April 9 and can now be viewed online.  Part II will be shown Saturday, Apr. 16, at 6:00 p.m.

Film festival promotes environmental awareness

Encourage your students and colleagues to attend the "Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival," on Saturday, April 16, with two showings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., in the Ford Life Sciences Building. This event is intended to help promote environmental awareness. For more information, see the event page.

UDM scholarly achievement to be showcased, April 19

Everyone is invited to attend, "The celebration of scholarly achievement: University of Detroit Mercy faculty and student publications, posters, and projects," on Tuesday, April 19 from noon until 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. Posters, non-print media, books, book chapters and journal articles from UDM students and faculty will be on display. For more information, call Lisa Zessin, special assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at 313-993-1469.

"Spring Blowout" provides relaxation and fun before finals week

UDM's Student Alumni Association will hold the annual "Spring Blowout" on Wednesday, April 20 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. outside by the Fisher Fountain. Members of the UDM community are invited to celebrate spring and the end of the semester with free food and games! For more details, see the event page.

Student promotes UDM in competition

UDM Digital Media Studies senior Timmy Nelson has been selected as a finalist for the "Young and Free Michigan" spokesperson job with Michigan First Credit Union. As part of the competition, Nelson has promoted UDM and Detroit in his video submission and blogs online. Voting will take place until April 18, so cast your vote for UDM student Timmy Nelson!

Talent show participants compete for grand prize

Encourage your students to attend UDM's "Ultimate Talent Show," on Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Students will compete to win a grand prize of $500. This event will be hosted by comedian Ray Lipowski. For more information, see the event page.

Thank you cards available for UDM employees

During this week, Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, is offering the UDM community a chance to thank employees who are doing great things for the University. The Alpha Sigma Nu banner can be found around campus where free note cards and thank you cards will be provided.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi, Associate Professor of Political Science Victoria Mantzopoulos and Economics Instructor Harry Veryser were all quoted in media reports about the recent threat of a federal government shutdown.

Professor of English John Freeman recently had his article, "The UnNatural, or who's your daddy? Tiger Woods, Nike, and corporate parenthood," published in CTheory Journal. His article can be viewed online.

Associate Professor of Performing Arts Gail Mitchell will be the soprano soloist in Antonin Dvorak's "Stabat Mater" on Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. at Old St. Mary's Church in Greektown. The concert is free and open to the public.

Professor of English Nick Rombes launched his new critical film project, DO NOT SCREEN, on April 7 at the University of Waterloo's Critical Media Lab, where he has been a visiting scholar and artist this year.

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