UDM Campus Connection

August 12, 2011

President's Convocation, Aug. 16

UDM faculty and staff are invited to the 2011 President's Convocation, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16. The day will begin at 8 a.m. with Mass in the St. Ignatius Chapel, followed by a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.

This year's Convocation program will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.  Following the program, UDM colleagues are invited to the grassy berm by Buysse Ballpark for a picnic and an afternoon of fun and games.  Casual summer attire is recommended, so you can enjoy Dr. Antoine Garibaldi's first Convocation as UDM president.

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Celebrate Spirit! in Gesu Church, Sept. 22

Faculty, staff and students of all faith traditions are invited to attend Celebrate Spirit!, UDM's official event for asking God's blessing on the new school year. The 2011 Celebrate Spirit! service will take place Thursday, Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m. in Gesu Church (a block north of McNichols Campus, on Oak Drive).

Following the service, the UDM community is invited to a special ground-breaking ceremony for the Student Fitness Center, as well as a picnic and the Student Organization Fair!  Class schedules will be changed for the day, to allow attendance.  The day's schedule is planned as follows (for details, see the Celebrate Spirit! page):

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Mass of the Holy Spirit at Gesu Church, led by John Staudenmaier, S.J., with remarks by Jim Paul, member of the Detroit chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

1:00 p.m.
Student Fitness Center ground-breaking ceremony, on the site, east of the Engineering Building.

1:30 p.m.
Picnic and Student Organization Fair, around the Fisher Fountain.

2:30 p.m.
Classes resume.

UDM President Garibaldi's media blitz

UDM President Antoine Garibaldi has been busy meeting with the media and making appearances on televsion, including on the live national program, A Stronger America: Making the Grade, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. on MSNBC, to discuss strengthening the country through education.  If you'd like to be in the Stronger America audience at Detroit School of Arts, use the show's registration page.

In addition to receiving an editorial "shout-out" in the Detroit News, July 28, Garibaldi participated on WDIV-TV's Flashpoint program, July 24, and he was featured in an interview on WTVS-TV's American Black Journal, July 30.  Watch the ABJ interview.

Faculty promotions and tenure

The following UDM faculty members were promoted and/or granted tenure, effective Aug. 16:

  • Ashok Balasundaram was promoted to associate professor of Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences.
  • Melissa Bouws was promoted to assistant professor of Nursing.
  • Gregory Bozimowski was promoted to clinical associate professor of Nurse Anesthesiology.
  • Amy Dereczyk was promoted to assistant professor of Physician Assistant.
  • Rose Higgins was promoted to clinical associate professor of Physician Assistant.
  • Saran Hollier was promoted to assistant professor of Nursing.
  • David Koelsch was promoted to clinical associate professor of Law.
  • David Koukal was promoted to professor of Philosophy.
  • James Lynch, assistant professor of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, was granted tenure.
  • Victoria Mantzopoulos was promoted to professor of Political Science.
  • Junu Ojha was promoted to associate professor of Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences.
  • Allegra Pitera was promoted to associate professor of Digital Media Studies and granted tenure.
  • Constance Schmidt was promoted to assistant professor of Physician Assistant.
  • Carmon Weekes was promoted to assistant professor of Nursing.
  • Mary White was promoted to associate professor of Nursing and granted tenure.

Thumbs Up!

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) honored Dean of the School of Dentistry Mert Aksu with the association's 2011 Fellowship Award, during its 2011 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, held July 28-31 in San Diego.  The award recognizes a dentist's commitment to his profession through continuing education.

Joseph G. Eisenhauer, dean of the College of Business Administration, was featured on the Detroit Public TV program, Am I Right?, July 15 to discuss the recent federal debt ceiling standoff.  Watch the program on DPTV.org (select the July 15 episode).

Visiting Professor of Law Logan Robinson wrote the article, "A fall classic: The auto workers vs. Ford," published in the Wall Street Journal, July 15.

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