UDM Campus Connection

April 19, 2011

Spiritus article about UDM's new President now available online

Be sure to check out the online edition of UDM's Spiritus magazine. The Spring 2011 issue features an article about UDM's new President Antoine Garibaldi. To view the article, visit the Spiritus website.

Celebration of Scholarly Achievement, April 19

UDM is proud to honor the academic accomplishments of students, faculty and staff at the annual Celebration of Scholarly Achievement, on Tuesday, April 19 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The celebration highlights faculty and student researchers and authors with an exhibition of their publications, posters and multimedia works.  Stop by and see what your colleagues and classmates have achieved!  For more information, see the Celebration web site.

Mission Microgrant project turns national

A project to strengthen the academic writing of international students at UDM, which was originally funded by UDM's Mission Microgrants, is now available on the U.S. Department of Education's website, and can be used by writing and tutoring centers throughout the country. Lara Wasner, UDM's director of Language & Cultural Training, created the project, "Train the Tutor-ESL Workshops: Strengthening resources for Chinese international students, writing center consultants and peer tutors."

Photo gallery for Slide Rule now available online

UDM's College of Engineering & Science held its 79th annual "Slide Rule Dinner Dance" on April 2. Honored at the event were the Engineering Alumna of the Year, Evelyn Hirt, principal engineer, Operational Systems Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory & Battelle, and Science Alumnus of the Year, Michael Dudzik, vice president, Science & Technology at Lockheed Martin Corporation. Make sure to check out the online photo gallery!

Commencement 2011 information online

Details regarding the UDM commencement ceremonies can now be found online. Commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 13 for the School of Law; Saturday, May 14 for the McNichols Campus; and Sunday, May 15 for the School of Dentistry. All ceremonies will be in Calihan Hall. For more information, refer to the 2011 Commencement website.

Event recognizes student leadership, April 19

UDM students will be honored for their leadership at the 2011 Student Leadership Recognition Reception, on Tuesday, April 19 from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. The event will recognize students who have carried out UDM's mission. For more information, see the event page.

Fox found on campus!

There was recently a gray fox spotted and photographed near the Fisher Fountain on UDM's McNichols Campus! The photograph was taken by Andrew Biggs, UDM's lead mechanic for Mechanical Services.

Travel to China in summer of 2012

UDM students, staff and alumni are invited to travel to China in summer 2012 to explore China's history, education, and culture. This program includes excursions to the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Great Wall in Beijing; the Museum of the Terra Cotta Army in Xi'an; and the World Financial Center in Shanghai. For information about courses and tour packages, contact Lara Wasner, UDM's director of Language & Cultural Training, at 313-993-1191.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of English John Freeman authored, "Interrogating the soliloquist, or does it really go without saying," which was recently published in Symploke Journal.

Assistant Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison presented two papers in April: "'The great sum of universal anguish': Individual and statistical compassion in Victorian social-problem literature," at the International Society for the Study of Narrative conference at Washington University and "Elizabeth Gaskell's industrial contact zones," at the Midwest Victorian Studies Association conference at Washburn University.

The 2010-11 "Grants for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship" were awarded by the Women's and Gender Studies Program to Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Hsiao-Lan Hu and Professor of Philosophy Gail Presbey. The grants will be used to enhance one course for each professor.

Associate Professor of Political Science Stephen Manning presented his paper, "PostcommunismS: Charting variations among postcommunist regimes on an authoritarian-democratic continuum," at the National Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association on March 31-April 3 in Chicago. He also chaired the panel, "'Oil, gas and political leadership in Russia and Central Asia," at the conference.

Professor of Education Barbara Schirmer recently presented two papers at the American Educational Research Association conference in New Orleans: "Effect of repeated reading as an intervention to improve fluency and comprehension of struggling deaf readers," and "Guided reading approach as an instructional intervention model with elementary deaf students."

Assistant Professor of English Laurie Britt-Smith was a discussion leader for two panels on April 6 at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Atlanta: "Ethics, participation, and service learning: When it's not clear whose side you are on," and "Textual bootstraps: Historical and discursive studies of foundational texts."

Assistant Professor of Architecture Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., was recently quoted in the New York Times article about the Fairfield Jesuit Residence, which is one of the UDM Liturgical Space Consulting Service Projects. Sunghera was also quoted in two articles for the U.S. Catholic Magazine, titled, "New homes for old church treasures," and "Upon this empty lot: Building a church."

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