UDM Campus Connection

November 1, 2011

Auto leaders to celebrate Ford Innovation Day at UDM

Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally and Group Vice President for Global Product Development Derrick Kuzak, '73, '74, '76, will speak at UDM during Ford Innovation Day, Thursday, Nov. 3.  The event, which coincides with UDM's Engineering Centennial, will include remarks by the two leaders as well as the announcement of the student winners of the 2011 Ford Innovation Contest, in which student teams from 26 universities across the country compete to develop innovative vehicle concepts.

Ford Innovation Day begins at 2:30 p.m. with a display of Ford vehicles around the Fisher Fountain, followed by the Ford Innovation Symposium in the Student Center Fountain Lounge, with presentations beginning at 5 p.m. and the contest winners announcement at 6 p.m.  Participants at other universities will be watching the event live online.

Justin Kelly, S.J., to share his journey, Nov. 4

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Justin Kelly, S.J., will give the talk, "Literature, the Bible, and me: A personal journey," Friday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. in Lansing-Reilly Hall's front parlor.  The presentation is part of the College of Liberal Arts & Education colloquium series. The University community is invited for the presentation, discussion and refreshments.

Ethics Bowl needs inexperienced judges

The UDM Ethics Bowl will be held Friday, Nov. 18 from noon to 6 p.m. on McNichols Campus.  The organizers are looking for more volunteers to act as judges to make this year's competition a success.  Consider helping out in this interesting event.  You need neither experience nor specialized knowledge to judge an Ethics Bowl.  To volunteer, or for more information, email ethicsbowl@udmercy.edu.

Concerned about a student?

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the November "Second Wednesday" session for faculty and staff is entitled "Concerned about a student? When to refer," which will be presented by Director of Public Safety Letitia Williams and Dean of Students Monica Williams, on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in the McNichols Campus Library, Room 324.  RSVP to lisa.zessin@udmercy.edu.

Emergency alert system sign-up reminder

Since August, more than 1,800 people have registered for UDM's emergency alert notifications.  Have you?  Stay informed about safety-related campus issues through your phone and email.  Registering more than one notification method is highly recommended.  Set your notification preferences by using your TitanConnect username and password on the UDM alert registration website (hosted by Rave Mobile Safety).

UDM Club Hockey team supports turkey drive

The UDM Men's Club Hockey team will help deliver some of the thousands of turkeys donated to metro Detroit families through the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers (AFPD) Turkey Drive, Nov. 18.  Coach Jason Bartek and the team have also donated $200 to the cause, which alone will feed 20 families.  If you'd like to support the Turkey Drive with a donation, see the AFPD website.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Business Administration Gerald Cavanagh, S.J., chaired and critiqued four papers at the session, "Empirical investigations of ethics at the individual and firm levels," during the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, in San Antonio in August. Fr. Cavanagh also led a seminar for faculty at the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis) on how best teach his book, American Business Values: A Global Perspective.

Nihad Dukhan, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, is also a master calligrapher.  Dukhan gave the presentation, "What is in the line: History, development, and styles of Arabic/Islamic calligraphy," Oct. 23 at the Detroit Institute of Art. Dukhan is scheduled to give a similar presentation at Oakland University this month.

Assistant Professor of Computer & Information Systems Jeff Ingalsbe and five graduate students (Rosie Pugh, Sherria Garnett, Jared Colburn, Montrel Felix and Ramesh Hullathy) worked with Ford Motor Company employees throughout the month of October to develop three 30-minute presentations for Ford employees.  The presentations – "Cloud computing security for families," "Vehicle to vehicle communications security" and "Hot research topics in cyber security" – were recorded and distributed to Ford's employees around the world.

Director of University Ministry Dave Nantais spoke to an English class at the University of Michigan-Dearborn about his book, Rock-A My Soul: An Invitation to Rock Your Religion. Nantais' comments focused on the importance of place and context when interpreting what popular music means to people.

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