UDM Campus Connection

November 15, 2011

Faculty and staff: save the date, Dec. 16

Mark your calendar on Friday, Dec. 16 from 3–5 p.m. for UDM's annual Christmas Party and Employee Recognition Celebration, an event to celebrate both the holiday season and our employees for their years of service.  It will also be the occasion to present the 2011 Commitment to Excellence awards. The event will again be held in the Ballroom on the second floor of the Student Center.

Research newsletter online

The Fall 2011 issue of the Research@UDM Newsletter is now available online. The newsletter, published once per term, highlights both student and faculty research and grant activity.  Take a look and see the great things your colleagues are doing!  You can download the newsletter on the Research@UDM web page.

Faculty Excellence Awards

Two Engineering faculty members were recognized with UDM’s 2011 Faculty Excellence Awards. Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jonathan Weaver received the Distinguished Faculty Award and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nihad Dukhan received the Faculty Achievement Award, at a special ceremony held Nov. 11.  Congratulations to both!

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nihad Dukhan, left, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jonathan Weaver, at the Faculty Excellence Award ceremony, Nov. 11.

Ford Community Corps Partnerships grant winners announced

UDM's Institute for Leadership and Service and the Ford Motor Company Fund has announced ten funded partnerships formed by faculty and student leaders to implement Service-Learning projects in metropolitan Detroit. See the grant winners on the Institute's web page.

The ten partnerships will broaden students' classroom learning through community engagement, assist faculty in identifying and using the best practices in Service-Learning, and use the great resource of our University to better serve our community.

Congressman Hansen Clark visits Cyber Security center

U.S. Representative Hansen Clarke, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, visited UDM's Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies, Oct. 18. Clarke learned how the Center brings together UDM's education and research in criminal justice, security and computer expertise to teach the skills to protect individuals and institutions against cyber attacks.  Since 2004, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security has designated UDM as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (now called Cyber Security).

Group in Cyber center
At the Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies, Oct. 18 (from left): Congressman Hansen Clarke; Erick Barnes, the Center's director of Training; Daniel Shoemaker, professor, Computer & Information Systems; Jeff Ingalsbe, assistant professor, Computer & Information Systems.

Thumbs Up!

Assistant Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison presented her research on interpersonal and narrative empathy bias at a conference at Indiana University, Nov. 12.  The Empathy: Self, Society and Culture Symposium brought together scholars of empathy from the fields of psychology, philosophy, history, literature, education, religious studies, education, political science and law.

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon appeared on the Bill Bonds and Rich Fisher Radio Show on WCAR-Radio, Nov. 12 to discuss the growth and decline of the city of Detroit as well as the Detroit Police Department from the 1950s through the 1980s.  McKinnon was a Detroit Police officer from 1965 to 1984 and Chief of Police from 1993 to 1998.

Career Education Center Dean Sheryl McGriff successfully defended her dissertation, The Socialization of African American Women as Faculty Members in Religious Universities, on Oct. 27 at Eastern Michigan University. Also, McGriff was recently named program co-chair for the Women of Color Collaborative of the Michigan American Council on Education (MI-ACE) Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education.

Lara Wasner, director of Language & Cultural Training, presented UDM's model for training writing consultants and peer tutors in UDM's writing and learning centers at the Region V NAFSA Association of International Educators Conference, Nov. 4 in Urbana-Champaign, Ill. UDM's "Train the Tutor" ESL Workshops provide information to writing faculty, peer tutors and writing consultants on language difficulties and acculturation needs of international students.

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