UDM Campus Connection

November 22, 2011

Special basketball event with Dick Vitale, Dec. 5

Be there when Titan Athletics honors one of college basketball's premiere ambassadors, former University men's basketball coach Dick Vitale, Monday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., just before UDM's nationally-televised game against St. John's. UDM's basketball court will be dedicated as Dick Vitale Court at Calihan Hall. With a limited number of game tickets still available, the UDM community is invited to be part of this memorable evening. For more event and ticket information, see the Detroit Titans news release.

"Mr. Titan" pageant to raise funds for Campus Kitchen

UDM Business Class 1600 is sponsoring the Mr. Titan Male Pageant on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Grounds Coffehaus.  The competition will include talent, question-and-answer and fashion segments with 15 contestants. A $5 entrance fee will be charged to raise funds for the Campus Kitchen at UDM. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Male students who wish to be a contestant should email mr.titanpageant@gmail.com with their name and reasons why they should be considered for the competition.  The Campus Kitchen at UDM is a service project to combat hunger in our community.  Find out more about it on the Campus Kitchen at UDM page.

UDM student service project becomes front-page news

A group of UDM dental students raised thousands of dollars for prostate cancer research by growing their moustaches.  You read that right.  And the story found its way to the front page of the Detroit Free Press, Nov. 22.  "Movember" is a month-long event in which men grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.  Find out more in the article, "Moustache month: Detroit dental students raise money for prostate cancer research."

Chinese education officials visit UDM

A delegation of Chinese educators visited UDM, Nov. 14.  Under an agreement between U.S. and Chinese governmental agencies, China sends two education delegations to the United States every year, and the U.S. Department sends a group of American educators to China each summer. The recent Chinese delegation consisted of education officials from eastern China, including five from Heilongjiang, in China’s far northeast. Two officials represented the Heilongjiang Education Department and the other ten are university administrators interested in learning about study abroad and education partnerships between the U.S. and China. (Submitted by Lara Wasner, director of Language & Cultural Training.)

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Mu Tong, deputy director, Department of Education, Heilongjiang Province, left, presents a gift to UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Nov. 14.

Musical presentation based on Gesta Romanorum, Nov. 29

Baritone Brian Witkowski will visit UDM Tuesday, Nov. 29 to give a lecture and recital with piano accompanist of "Gregor auf dem Stein," a group of songs by Carl Loewe about the medieval Catholic legend of Pope Gregory taken from The Gesta Romanorum.  The talk and performance will take place from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in the St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building.  For more information, contact Gail Mitchell, associate professor of Music in the Performing Arts Department, by email.

Hear and perhaps perform Dickens' "Christmas Carol," Dec. 8

In celebration of the Christmas season and the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth this February, students and faculty at UDM will perform A Christmas Carol in a collaborative reading, Thursday, Dec. 8, at 12:45 p.m. in the Grounds Coffeehaus in the Student Center. Volunteers who would like to perform should contact Assistant Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison by email. This event is sponsored by the English Experience.

25-percent off sale at UDM Bookstores

The Barnes & Noble bookstores on all three of UDM's campuses will offer a 25-percent discount on men's, women's and children's sweats, crew necks, hoodies, pants and blankets from Nov. 28 through Dec. 18, so it's a great time to stock up for yourself and for gifts.  Also, the McNichols Campus bookstore will be open on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Visit Day.  And you can always shop on the UDM Bookstore website.

Thumbs Up!

Greg Cascione, vice president for University Advancement, was commissioned from the Internship program in Ignatian Spirituality, Nov. 13 at the Colombiere Retreat Center in Clarkston, Mich.   The Internship program, conducted at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, is a two-year program designed for women and men who "wish to develop an apostolic orientation through formation in Ignatian spirituality."  For more information on the program, please visit the Manresa website.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes wrote the short story, "Alexandra Bohm," which was published this month in the online journal Fiddleblack.  Also, Rombes' film project, "DO NOT SCREEN,"  was featured on the cultural arts website HiLobrow, and in October he gave an invited presentation at the University of Michigan's Visual Culture Workshop about his experimental film writing projects.

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