UDM Campus Connection

October 18, 2011

Grants available for service-learning and mission-related projects

UDM's Institute for Leadership and Service is seeking bold and creative ways to use UDM resources to serve our community. A partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund will provide financial support to faculty and students to develop a service-learning project to meet the needs of an agency or target population in metropolitan Detroit.  For more information, please visit udmercy.edu/institute.

Also, UDM's Mission Micro Grant program is currently accepting applications for the 2011-12 funding cycle. Mission Micro Grants are grants of $50-$250 made to any full- or part-time UDM staff or faculty members in support of activities that promote UDM's mission.  Grants can apply to projects that occur from July 2011 through June 2012, but Mission Micro Grant applications are due Friday, Oct. 21.  Find out more on the Mission Micro Grant site.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. visits School of Law

UDM Law students enjoyed a visit with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., Sept. 28, who was in Detroit to oppose the Michigan cap on welfare benefits.  While here, Rev. Jackson made time to visit the UDM School of Law to speak to students at an event hosted by the UDM chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA).  Later in the week, BLSA students were also able to attend Rev. Jackson's 70th birthday celebration, along with Congressman John Conyers and other area officials.

Jesse Jackson Sr. with students
At the UDM School of Law, Sept. 28, from left: students and BLSA officers Fawn Jamerson, Tiffany Newbern and Mylika Johnson; Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.; students and BLSA officers Thameka Hall and Dawn Lee-Cotton; and Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, Michigan chapter president, Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Civil war expert David W. Blight at UDM, Oct. 19

David W. Blight, a noted authority on the Civil War era in American history, will give the presentation, "The Underground Railroad: Real and mythic," Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 9 - 11 a.m in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.  Blight is Yale University's Class of 1954 Professor and director of the Gilder Lerhman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition.  He has authored many books on the Underground Railroad and the Civil War, including the award-winning Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory.

Blight's talk is the opening event for "Celebrating the River at Midnight – The Fluid Frontier: Slavery, War, Freedom and the Underground Railroad," a conference co-sponsored by UDM, the Detroit River Project, the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission and other organizations, taking place at UDM Oct. 19 - 21.


Domestic violence lecture and candlelight vigil, Oct. 20

The Domestic Violence Committee at UDM is sponsoring the lecture, "Preventing intimate partner violence against women: Addressing power dynamics in citizen-immigrant domestic relationships," Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 113, to be immediately followed by a candlelight vigil on the Lillie B. Kassab Mall.

Please bring any stories, pictures, poetry, or readings you may wish to share at the vigil. Candles will be provided. Student organizations are especially encouraged to participate. For further information, contact Assistant Professor of Nursing Lori Glenn at 313-993-1693 or glennla@udmercy.edu.

National Make a Difference Day, Oct. 22

UDM students will participate in National Make a Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 22.  The Student Life Office and the Institute of Leadership and Service at UDM have arranged service activities at a number of sites near campus and around Detroit where volunteers will help in community clean-up projects and planting flowers and trees.  If you'd like to participate, contact UDM Director of Service Learning Tim Hipskind, S.J. at 313-993-2003.

African American Studies Program reception, Oct. 25

UDM faculty, staff and students are invited to a reception for the African American Studies Program, Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the President's Dining Room in the Student Center.  The reception celebrates a new beginning for the program, after 40 years of African American Studies at UDM.  It will also be the occasion to introduce Dionne Bennett, the program's new director.  Bring along your friends and colleagues!  Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP by Oct. 21 to College of Liberal Arts & Education Administrative Assistant Delanda Dixon at 313-993-3250 or dixondr@udmercy.edu.

Student with costumed child

Safety Street needs candy by Oct. 27

Departments and offices can donate candy to the annual Safety Street event until Thursday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.  The Student Life Office (SLO) asks each unit to donate 16 bags of candy that will be passed out at the "little haunted houses" that many UDM student organizations build and decorate for neighborhood children to visit, Oct. 28.

The department that donates the most bags of candy will receive a pizza party for their office provided by Student Programming Board. Please bring candy donations to the SLO office in the Student Center. If you have any questions, email Brittani Binns at programboard@udmercy.edu.

Submit your CTE Award nominations by Nov. 1

Nominations for Commitment to Excellence Awards are due by Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. The awards will be given to three outstanding UDM 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.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon will give the keynote presentation at the 16th annual Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, to be held Oct. 21 in Grand Rapids. The event's title is "Calling Dads! The Importance of Fathers in Children's Lives." The topic of McKinnon's presentation is men "standing tall" for their children.  Also, McKinnon appeared on the WJBK-TV news program Let it Rip to discuss freedom of speech, Oct. 5.

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