UDM Campus Connection

September 6, 2011

Engineering 100

Engineering centennial, 1911-2011

The University's first engineering class was offered a century ago, on Oct. 2, 1911.  Beginning this month, the College of Engineering & Science will celebrate the Engineering Centennial with a series of social events, educational meetings and special presentations to reflect on the achievements and focus on the future.  Find out more on the Engineering Centennial page.

Don't be the last to know in an emergency: sign up today

Sign up today for UDM's new emergency alert system.  UDM is partnering with Rave Mobile Safety to provide timely messages to you by text and voice on your cell phone, landline phone, text pager or email account. The system enables the University to notify you in case of campus security issues, cancellation of classes or similar occurrences.  Students who sign up by Sept. 23 will be entered for a chance to win an iPad 2.  To sign up, see the Emergency Alert System page.

Enjoy the Theatre Company's 41st season

The UDM Theatre Company presents four stage productions this year, the first of which opens Friday, Sept. 30 at the Marygrove Theatre. The Company's 41st season comprises the plays Eleemosynary, Anatomy of Gray, Dogman's Last Stand and Autobahn.  You can see all four shows for only $45.  Look at the Theatre Company website for play and ticket information.

Free Press article

UDM president featured in the news

In the Sept. 5 edition of the Detroit Free Press, UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi was the subject of the feature article, "Ready to serve: Leader aims to strengthen UDM mission."  The article, printed on the paper's front page in the Detroit area, explores Garibaldi's experience and his focus on continuing UDM's tradition of serving the community.  Download the front-page version (PDF).

Promote your events on the UDM website

If you have a UDM-related event you wish to promote, submit it to the online calendar and let everybody know!  Please submit information two to three weeks before the date of the event.  Use the online event submission form.  (UDM reserves the right to edit or reject event submissions.)

Falcon watchers name latest generation

Do you know the names of the four Peregrine falcons that were raised this summer in the McNichols Campus Clock Tower?  Falcon watcher and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemstry Mary Lou Caspers reports that when falcon coordinators from the State of Michigan's Department of Natural Resources banded the four chicks last June, the names chosen were Iggy (for St. Ignatius), Catie (for Catherine McAuley), Mac (for Fr. McNichols and Catherine McAuley) and Reno (for Fr. George Reno).

Thumbs Up!

In July, Associate Professor of Biology James Graves, with the Engineering Society of Detroit, visited the Anaerobic Digestion Research Center at Michigan State University, where methane bio-gas alternative fuel is being investigated.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes wrote a short profile of filmmakers Tao Lin and Megan Boyle, which was published in the summer print edition of Filmmaker Magazine, as well as online.  In addition, in August Rombes launched a year-long film criticism experiment, "The Blue Velvet Project," at Filmmaker Magazine online.  For a description of the project, see this Filmmaker article.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Michael J. Witkowski presented eight sessions during the 2011 National Gang Crime Research Center's International Gang Specialist Training Program, held in Chicago, Aug. 8-10.  Topics included radicalization of U.S. citizens, gang activities in the U.S. military, Canadian and U.S. border security issues and "sovereign citizens" movements.

Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Sandra Yost, CSJ, took office on the American Society for Engineering Education Board of Directors as vice president of External Relations, at the society's annual conference in Vancouver, BC in June. Yost also presented the paper,  titled, "We're all in the same boat: Promoting an institutional culture of assessment," co-authored by Elizabeth Roberts-Kirchhoff, associate professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Pamela Zarkowski, UDM vice president for Academic Affairs.

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