UDM Campus Connection

September 27, 2011

Grounbreaking shovel

Celebrate Spirit! and Groundbreaking photos and video online

Celebrate Spirit! and the Student Fitness Center Groundbreaking ceremony were captured in photo galleries and a UDMcast video.  See if you can find yourself or your friends!  Go to the Celebrate Spirit! photo gallery, the Groundbreaking gallery and the Groundbreaking UDMcast video.

Engineering 100 logo

Students, faculty and staff invited to celebrate Engineering Centennial

All UDM students, faculty and staff are invited Tuesday, Oct. 4 to celebrate 100 years of engineering education at the University!  Come to the Engineering Building High Bay between noon and 2 p.m. for a picnic and birthday cake, and help the College of Engineering and Science launch the University's second century of Engineering. For more on the Engineering 100 Centennial Celebration events, visit the Engineering 100 page at udmercy.edu/eng100.

For your safety, sign up for emergency alerts

Architecture student Spencer Jaskiewicz won the drawing for an iPad 2, out of those students who registered for UDM's new emergency alert system.  But your own safety is a better reason to sign yourself up today!  In order to notify you in case of campus security issues, cancellation of classes or similar occurrences, UDM can only provide you timely messages (text, phone, pager and/or email) if you sign up with the alert system.  To sign up, see the Emergency Alert System page.

Make your CTE award nominations

Nominations for Commitment to Excellence Awards are due by Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. The awards will be given to three outstanding staff and administrative employees, nominated by members of the UDM community. One of the awards will be the "Rising Star Award," given to an employee who has been with the University less than two years. All full-time staff (non-exempt) and administrative (exempt) employees of UDM are eligible. For details and the nomination form, see the Commitment to Excellence Award page.

Shared governance minutes posted

Commitee meeting minutes have been added to the UDM Shared Governance website.   To access the minutes documents, click on the "Minutes/Summaries" box on the pages noted below.  You will be asked for your UDM NetID user name (same as your email user name, but do not include @udmercy.edu) and your password.

UDM open house and visit day attract potential students

UDM offers bachelor's and master's degree programs at Macomb University Center, located on the campus of Macomb Community College in Clinton Township.  An open house event will be held at the Center, Thursday, Oct. 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.  Attendees will see what programs UDM offers in the Macomb area, and they can enter a raffle for a Kindle electronic reader.  For more information on UDM programs at Macomb University Center, see the web page.

The McNichols Campus will host a Visit Day, Saturday, Oct. 8, for high school students interested in attending UDM.  If you know of any prospective students – e.g. teenage relatives or neighbors – who would be a good fit for UDM, let UDM's Office of Admissions know!  Contact the Office at 313-993-1245 or admissions@udmercy.edu.

CLASA presentations, Oct. 11 and 13

UDM's Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) presents Nina Rodriguez, SSJ, who will give a presentation on her work with Michigan Peace Team in Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7-9 p.m. in the Engineering Building, Room 220.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, John Donaghy, a lay missionary with the Catholic diocese of Santa Rosa de Copán in western Honduras, will give the presentation, "Catholic social teaching: A Honduran experience," from 11:20 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. in the Engineering Building, Room 220. For more information on these and other events, see the CLASA website.

Underground Railroad conference at UDM, Oct. 19-21

UDM will host the conference, "Celebrating the River at Midnight -- The Fluid Frontier: Slavery, War, Freedom, and the Underground Railroad," Oct. 19-21 in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.  The conference, co-sponsored by the Detroit River Project, the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission and other organizations in Michigan and Ontario, is timed to correspond with the rededication of the International Underground Railroad Monument at Hart Plaza, Oct. 22.

Keynote speaker David. W. Blight, one of the leading authorities on American Civil War history, will give the presentation, "The Underground Railroad: Real and Mythic," Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 9 a.m.  Other speakers include the authors of the forthcoming book, "A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Freedom, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland."  The conference is free and open to members of the UDM community.  For more information, contact Roy E. Finkenbine, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education at finkenre@udmercy.edu.

McAuley College of Nursing honored

UDM's McAuley College of Nursing has been selected as a recipient of the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change.  The award will be presented during the AACN's fall meeting, Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C.

MBA program honored

The Aspen Institute has ranked UDM's MBA program among the "Global 100," the hundred best programs in the world in terms of ethics, social responsibility and environmental sustainability.  The Institute examined programs from 22 different countries, and the results will be made available soon on the Aspen Institute website.

Thumbs Up!

Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education Roy E. Finkenbine presented the paper, "'I am doing tolerably well here': Jordan Anderson's personal 'Emancipation Diaspora' to Dayton," at the conference, "Ohio Goes to War!: The Sectional Crisis & the Fight for Freedom," Sept. 10 in Cleveland.

UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi was featured recently in the Detroit News article, "University of Detroit Mercy president settles into new job," and in an interview on The Craig Fahle Show on WDET 101.9 FM. Listen to the show.  Also, Garibaldi was asked by the American Council on Education to record a video testimonial regarding the benefits of membership.

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon appeared on the WWJ-TV program Street Beat, Sept. 11 to discuss "Bringing the Lessons Home," a program sponsored by the National Holocaust Museum, which teaches the importance of civic engagement in crisis situations.  Two young people also appeared on the show from the group whom McKinnon accompanied to the Museum as well as to other Washington, D.C. landmarks.  Watch the video.  Also, McKinnon was recently appointed the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Michigan Children, an organization committed to speaking out for the well-being of children and their families.

Associate Professor of Nursing Judith Mouch, RSM, gave the presentation, "Parish nursing education: Recognizing the past, acknowledging the present, moving into the future," at the annual Westberg Symposium sponsored by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center, Sept. 17 in St. Louis.

Professor of History Gregory Sumner wrote the article, "Vonnegut's firefighters," published Sept. 11, 2011 on the website The New Inquiry. Read the article.

Professor of Psychology Carol Weisfeld was one of eight international co-authors on the paper, "Conflict in marriage: Universal findings and variations in five cultures," presented at the annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, last June in Montpelier, France.

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