UDM Campus Connection

August 30, 2011

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Celebrate Spirit! and Fitness Center ground breaking, Sept. 22

To start the new academic year, join UDM colleagues, trustees, students and alumni both at the annual Celebrate Spirit! service and at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Student Fitness Center.  Both events will take place on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Celebrate Spirit! will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Gesu Church, a block north of McNichols Campus on Oak Drive, followed by the ground breaking ceremony at 1 p.m. on the Student Fitness Center site east of the Engineering Building.

Class schedules will be shifted for the day to accommodate these events as well as a picnic and student organization fair.  See the 2011 Celebrate Spirit! page for all the details.

Volunteers needed: University Ministry needs volunteers to help make Celebrate Spirit! great.  If you like to sing, you can help in the choir, or you can help with the liturgy or set-up and decorating.  Please email David Nantais, director of University Ministry to help out.

Fr. Cavanagh
Fr. Cavanagh

Fr. Cavanagh's 80th birthday party, Sept. 17

Fr. Jerry Cavanagh is turning 80!  Join with alumni, faculty and friends to celebrate this milestone for Gerald F. Cavanagh, S.J., the Charles T. Fisher III chair of Business Ethics, on Saturday, Sept. 17.  The celebration will begin with a 4 p.m. Mass in St. Ignatius Chapel (in the Commerce & Finance Building), followed by a barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lansing-Reilly Hall.  Reservations are required.  Make yours online or call Alumni Relations & Special events at 313-993-1540.  Find out more about Fr. Cavanagh on his faculty page and in his Meet Our Faculty video.

Meet Our Students

Meet some of the Class of 2015

Get to know some of UDM's newest students on the "Meet Our Students" website for the class of 2015!  Find out about their backgrounds, interests and goals for UDM and beyond.

McKinnon brings Detroit kids to D.C. for important lessons

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon led a group of Detroit-area teenagers in a summer seminar focused on visiting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., July 17-23.  The trip was an education program to show young people the importance of becoming civically engaged, especially during times of crisis. Program leaders hope students will bring the lessons home to their own communities. In addition, the group visited the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress and FBI headquarters.

Group in Washington, D.C.
Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon, right, with the group of Detroit-area teens in Washington, D.C. last July.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Education Karen Selby was elected co-president of Friends of Different Learners (FODL). FODL is an independent organization of parents, staff and community members dedicated to maximizing the potential of Birmingham Public School students with different abilities.

As an expert on the history of technology, Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity John Staudenmaier, S.J., is one of six script development consultants for the PBS documentary, Across the Pacific.  The film tells the story of Pan Am's — and the world's — first trans-Pacific flight in 1935.  As a Jesuit priest, Fr. Staudenmaier also gave the retreat talk, "The Inner Geography of Prayer," to the Trustees of Regis University in Denver in June, focusing on the importance of place in the method of prayer taught in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

Assistant Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison wrote the paper, "How narratives overcome empathic bias: Elizabeth Gaskell's empathy across social difference," published in June in Poetics Today: International Journal for Theory and Analysis of Literature and Communication.

Assistant Professor of English Laurie Britt-Smith gave the presentation, "Accessing literacies of faith and justice in a multi-cultural classroom," on June 29 as part of a symposium with scholars from other Jesuit institutions. The symposium, "The Spiritual Life of the Classroom," was part of the conference of the European Association of Teachers of Academic Writing, held in Limerick, Ireland.

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