UDM Campus Connection

June 14, 2011

Peregrines on UDM tower
Peregrines on UDM tower

UDM falcons hatch chicks during Tower restoration

On McNichols Campus, you may have seen two exceptionally fast birds soaring overhead, or heard their screeching call.  For approximately seven years now, the University's clock tower has not only been a prominent area landmark, but also home to a pair of Peregrine falcons.

As restoration began on the clock tower last April, a new family of Peregrines was already in progress.  Four eggs hatched into four gangly, uncoordinated falcon chicks.  Their parents appeared to be a little nervous about having their home remodeled with four newborns present, but they quickly grew accustomed to the workers and the noise.  Taking great care to minimize the disruption to our Peregrine family, the work crew from National Restoration watched the transformation from eggs to clumsy chicks to nimble birds.

On Tuesday, June 7 the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with the help and resources of the University and National Restoration, tagged the University's newest Peregrine residents — one male and three females.  According to the DNR representatives, the new falcons will be taking their first soar around campus by the end of June.   Meanwhile, restoration to their home is scheduled to be completed this week, with the area around the nest site to be restored at a later date, once the parents become empty nesters.

Dudley Randall and Broadside Press collection online

The University Libraries and Instructional Design Studio (IDS) are pleased to announce that information about the Dudley Randall and Broadside Press special collection is now available on the Libraries/IDS website.  Dudley Randall was a poet, librarian, University of Detroit poet-in-residence and poet laureate of Detroit who founded Broadside Press in Detroit.  Broadside Press gave African-American poets and writers the opportunity to have their works published during a time when major publishing houses did not take these works seriously.  Find out more about the collection online.

School of Law construction blog

Beginning in May 2010, extensive renovations have been underway at the UDM School of Law, throughout Dowling Hall and the Law Library.  The school is documenting the renovation work in a blog, which includes updates, photos and stories.  Check out what's happening on the Riverfront Campus in the School of Law construction blog.

1962-3 Tower yearbooks now online

The UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio have released the 1962 and 1963 Tower Yearbooks into the digital archives.  Additional yearbooks will be added every two months until the online collection is complete and up to date.

To view this and other digital collections, please visit the "Special Collections" link on the Library home page for more information, or go straight to research.udmercy.edu/find/special_collections.

Garibaldi visits DC to discuss Perkins Loan program

As an officer of the American Council on Education Board of Directors, UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi is among a group of college and university presidents from around the country who gathered June 14 in Washington, DC to meet with federal education officials to discuss the impending expiration of the Perkins Loan Program.  The program has provided low-interest educational loans to more than 13,000 disadvantaged UDM students since 2004.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Psychology Barry Dauphin presented the paper, "Using the time we have (left): A psychoanalytic inquiry into child work and technology", to the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council, May 15 in East Lansing. The paper was presented as part of a panel titled "Wired up: Tweens, teens, technology and treatment".

William Forbes, associate professor of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences was selected by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure to receive the 2011 American Dental Association's Golden Apple Award for Inspiring Careers in Dental Education.  The "Inspiring Careers" award was established to recognize those who have given back to the profession of dentistry by mentoring potential or matriculated students.

Professor Carla Groh, Associate Professor Maureen Anthony and Assistant Professor Jean Gash of the McAuley School of Nursing attended the International Council of Nursing meeting last May in the Republic of Malta.

On June 2, Associate Professor of Philosophy David Koukal presented his paper, "Body (Subject) Interruptus: A phenomenology of unwanted pregnancy," to the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture at Saint Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick in Fredricton, Canada.

Sheryl McGriff, dean of the Career Education Center, is chairperson for the inaugural Michigan Career Educator and Employer conference, to be held June 16-17 in Mount Pleasant, Mich. The conference theme is "Pure potential: Collaborating to retain college talent in Michigan."

Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski was the keynote speaker at the "Dean's Academy Kickoff" event at the University of Texas - Houston School of Dentistry, June 1. The title of her presentation was, "The mirror, explorer and probe: Open wide."  The mission of the Dean's Academy at UT Houston is to promote, support, recognize and reward the scholarship of teaching and learning at the School of Dentistry.

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