UDM Campus Connection

November 29, 2011

Fall alumni newsletters online

Read some of the recent highlights from around UDM in the Fall 2011 alumni newsletters.  Each semiannual newsletter contains several articles of interest from the Colleges of:

Jesuit institutions fight cuts to federal student aid

Jesuit colleges and universities were among the country's most active institutions in an effort to save federal student aid from being cut during the recent Congressional "Supercommittee" budget negotiations, which ended Nov. 21.  The project, sponsored by Student Aid Alliance, sent Supercommittee members a statement of support for federal student aid that was signed by more than 110,000 people.  Twelve of the top 25 institutions with the highest number of signers were Jesuit colleges and universities.  As federal student aid remains at risk, the Student Aid Alliance website remains open to collect more signatures and to help you contact your members of Congress directly.  Take action today!

UDM and the Michigan government

During her tenure as president of the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA), Associate Professor of Physician Assistant (PA) Suzanne York helped launch a fourteen-month advocacy initiative leading to the passage of the Michigan Patient Access to Care and Safety Initiative, which was signed into state law by Governor Rick Snyder, Nov. 8.  The legislation revises some of the scope of PA practice, including allowing PAs to prescribe controlled substances under delegation of a supervising physician.

Group with Mich. governor
At the signing of the PA law, Nov. 8, from left: Certified PA Michelle Gormas, MAPA Executive Director Mike DeGrow, Michigan State Senator Jim Marleau, Governor Rick Snyder, current MAPA President Brian Gallagher, Associate Professor of Physician Assistant and MAPA Immediate Past President Sue York and MAPA Chair of Legislative and Government Affairs Gregor Bennett.

UDM and the federal government

University Minister Kelly Miguens led a group of students and Jesuit volunteer to a Washington D.C. meeting at the White House, Nov. 16.  The group discussed issues with Alexia Kelley, deputy director and senior advisor at the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and with Felicia Escobar, senior advisor for Immigration Policy at the Domestic Policy Council.  The key area of discussion was immigration reform, especially the DREAM Act, which would give children of undocumented parents a chance to pursue higher education or military careers in the U.S.  See the WhiteHouse.gov article for more about the visit.

UDM President Garibaldi to speak at event, Dec. 3

UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi will be one of the featured speakers at the event, "The New Normal & National Founders Day Celebration," to be held at Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church at 586 Owen Street in Detroit, on Saturday, Dec. 3 beginning at 8 a.m.  The event, presented by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, costs $40.  More event information and online ticket purchase are available on the Gamma Lambda chapter website.

Send your friends to Visit Day, Dec. 3

Do you know a high school student who might like to attend UDM?  Make sure they come to Visit Day, Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon on McNichols Campus. UDM encourages high school students, whether they have applied or not, to learn all about the academic programs, financial aid and scholarships available, meet current UDM students and parents and receive a tour of McNichols Campus.  Send them to the Visit Day news release for more information!

Vitale
Vitale

Former coach and ESPN legend Dick Vitale returns to Calihan, Dec. 5

Don't miss the special UDM basketball event, Monday, Dec. 5 starting at 6 p.m. in Calihan Hall!  Titan Athletics will honor former University men's basketball coach Dick Vitale 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.  For details and ticket information, see the Detroit Titans news release. You can also hear "Dickie V." talk about the event and his time at the University in an interview on WRIF-FM's Drew & Mike program.

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