UDM Campus Connection

December 6, 2011

$1.5 million grant to help plan Detroit's future

UDM's Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) in the School of Architecture received a $1.5 million grant from the Ford Foundation to develop and implement a year-long civic engagement process to help form a long-term land-use vision for the revitalization and growth of the City of Detroit.

Dan Pitera, DCDC director and professor of Architecture, will direct the community engagement effort, in conjunction with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's relaunched "Detroit Works" project to develop a long-term vision for the redevelopment of the city. For more, see the UDM news release and a related Detroit Free Press article.

Chapel detail

See the St. Ignatius Chapel decorated for Advent

A decorative exhibit, created by UDM Architecture students and co-sponsored by University Ministry, offers an invitation to all during the Advent season.  Visit the St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building and take some time to reflect on the beauty of the world and of other people.  Pictures of the decorated chapel are found in an online gallery.

Fundraiser for proposed Islamic Studies Program, Dec. 10

To support the development of a new Islamic Studies Program at UDM, a fundraising event will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Islamic House of Wisdom, 22575 Ann Arbor Trail, in Dearborn Heights.  The event will feature entertainment and speakers, including keynote speaker Scott C. Lucas, associate professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Arizona.  Tickets are $50, $30 for students, and $100 for a family of four.

The fundraiser is part of the effort to raise an endowment to support an Islamic Studies Program at UDM that will complement current Religious Studies offerings in world religions.  For more information, contact Project Developer Achmat Salie at salieac@udmercy.edu.  Read more about the proposed program in the Muslim Observer article, "Imam Salie: Preparing Islamic chair at UD Mercy."

Fr. Staudenmaier addresses integration of faith and the academy

On the occasion of being honored with the Leonardo da Vinci Medal by the Society for the History of Technology, Nov. 4, John M. Staudenmaier, S.J., UDM's assistant to the president for Mission and Identity, gave an address in which he describes through autobiographical stories the integration of his prayer life with his commitment to the secular academy.  The speech can be heard or downloaded from the UDMcast page.

UDM names Persiani as Distinguished Volunteer

Richard Persiani '73, associate professor of Dentistry (retired), was recently honored as a Distinguished Volunteer by UDM. The honor was presented at "Philanthropy Day," an event hosted by the Detroit Chapter of the Association of Fundraisers, Nov. 17 in Detroit. The University, on behalf of the School of Dentistry, recognized Persiani for his work with Operation Smile to help provide free cleft palate procedures for children around the world, for his cofounding of the Children's ToothFairy Foundation, which helps underinsured children in southeastern Michigan access oral health care, and his continuing involvement with the students and education programs of the School of Dentistry after 31 years as faculty member and clinical instructor.

Dickens' Christmas Carol reading, Dec. 8

Join the fun Thursday, Dec. 8 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in Grounds Coffeehaus in the Student Center for a reading of Charles Dickens' well-known Christmas story, A Christmas Carol.  UDM students, faculty and staff will perform the original story, and there will be coffee and treats.  The event is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted to support Campus Kitchen at UDM to help feed local people who are hungry.  The event is sponsored by the English Experience.

Rembrandt painting of Jesus, detail

Ministry group visits DIA "Face of Jesus" exhibit

University Ministry sponsored a group of 22 students, faculty and staff to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, Dec. 2 to view the exhibit, "Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus." The trip offered an opportunity to slow down and reflect during the season of Advent.

Nursing students hold health fair for Detroit kids

A group of UDM Nursing students organized a "Health and Fun" fair, Nov. 22 at Schulze Academy, a Detroit Public School.  At the event, students performed diabetes type 2 screenings for 134 children in grades 5-8 (and detected the condition in several children).  The afternoon was the fun part of the fair, offering a variety of games, healthy snacks and prize give-aways. The next phase of the project is to provide educational sessions on topics like exercise, nutrition and healthy cooking to parents and at-risk children during the winter semester.

Group at health fair
At Schulze Academy, Nov. 22, from left: Nursing students Chantel D., Jonathan B., Crystal J, UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Adjunct Clinical Instructor Amanda Misplon and students Samantha K., Adina D., Natalie C. and Jennifer S.

Shared Governance minutes posted

Minutes have been added to the UDM Shared Governance website. To access the minutes, click on the "Minutes/Summaries" box in the upper right corner of the pages noted below.  To access the minutes, you will be prompted for your TitanConnect username and the password.

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The Michigan Ohio University Transportation Center (MIOH UTC) selected a UDM doctoral student as Outstanding Student of the Year for 2011.  Mohamad Abdul-Hak contributed extensively to two MIOH UTC funded research projects, “A new approach to enhance and evaluate the performance of vehicle-infrastructure integration and ITS communication systems” and “A multi-dimensional model for vehicle impact on traffic safety, congestion, and environment.”  Abdul-Hak worked under the leadership of Nizar Al-Holou, professor of UDM’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his story, "Supernova," published by Lowestoft Chronicle, an online literary magazine.  The Pushcart Prize is a project that honors work from small literary publications.

UDM received a certificate of recognition from the Michigan Film Office congratulating the institution for its "starring role" as a location for the film LOL, starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore.  The film, scheduled to hit theaters in 2012, was on location in UDM's Chemistry Building in August 2010.

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