UDM Campus Connection

October 25, 2011

Commitment to Excellence Award nominations due Nov. 1

Nominations for this year's 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 you – 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.

Lecture on changes in Catholic Mass, Oct. 26

Boston College Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology John Baldovin, S.J., will be at UDM to discuss coming changes in the Catholic Eucharistic celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.  Fr. Baldovin's presentation, "The new Roman missal: Challenge and opportunity," will cover the new changes in the Catholic mass that are set to go into effect on the first Sunday of Advent.  For more information on the event, contact Director of the Catholic Studies Program Simon J. Hendry, S.J. at 313-578-0352.

Check your email for message from UDM President

Check your UDM email for an Oct. 24 message to faculty and staff from UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi, in which he discusses enrollment numbers, the search for a Provost, development of UDM's strategic plan, and other University issues.

John McLaughlin Williams
John McLaughlin Williams

Conductor to speak and perform at UDM

GRAMMY Award-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams will visit UDM to speak to students about music and to perform along with an accompanist in the St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building, on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 12:45-1:45 p.m.  For more information, contact Associate Professor of Performing Arts Gail Mitchell at 313-993-1132.

Hear Honduran human rights worker, Nov. 9

Miriam Miranda, general coordinator of the National Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), will be visiting UDM to give the presentation, "Human rights and the Garifuna of Honduras," Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 7-9 p.m. in the Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 113.  OFRANEH has been fighting for the rights of African-descended Garifuna people in Honduras, whose claims to their land are under threat from developers.  Miranda's talk is hosted by UDM's Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA).  For more information, see the CLASA events page.

Author to speak on black women, rape and civil rights, Nov. 10

Danielle McGuire is author of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance - a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power, and she will speak at UDM on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6-8 p.m. in the Loranger Architecture Building.  McGuire's talk is co-sponsored by the Women's & Gender Studies Program and the African American Studies Program.  For more information, contact Associate Professor of English Rosemary Weatherston at weatherr@udmercy.edu.

Shared governance documents updated

The following UDM Shared Government team and committee minutes have been added to the Shared Governance website. To access them, click "Minutes/Summaries" on the pages noted below. (You will be asked for your UDM Titan Connect username and password to access the Shared Governance documents.)

Also, a revised McNichols Faculty Assembly policy, "Guideline for Proposing a New Program," may be accessed at the bottom of the Adopted Policies page.

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Assistant Professor of Computer & Information Systems Rita Barrios will present  her paper, "It's my iPad! Protecting critical data on personal mobile devices in the medical setting," at the International Conference on Health Information Technology, Oct. 28 in Kalamazoo.

Assistant Professor of English Laurie Britt-Smith gave the presentation, "The Writing Center at the core of the core curriculum," at the 19th annual Bright Ideas Conference for the Michigan Writing Center Association, Oct. 22 in Saginaw.

Associate Professor of History Diane Robinson-Dunn wrote a new introduction to Lucie Duff Gordon's 1865 Letters from Egypt, which has been published as part of Gorgias Press' "Cultures in Dialogue" series.

UDM's Co-Director of Transfer Credit & Degree Audit Carolyn Rimle was elected president of the Michigan Engineering College/Community College Association (MEC/CCA) for a three-year term, during the MEC/CCA annual meeting, Oct. 14.

Professor of History Gregory Sumner authored the new book, Unstuck in Time: A Journey through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels, which will be published by Seven Stories Press next month.  Sumer will do book-signings locally at Barnes & Noble in Royal Oak (Thursday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.), Nicola's Bookstore in Ann Arbor (Tuesday, Nov. 29), and the Rochester Hills Public Library (Wednesday, Dec. 7).

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