UDM Campus Connection

January 10, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events begin Jan. 16

UDM will will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a set of events beginning Monday, Jan. 16.  Events including a day of service, a presentation by Greg Boyle, S.J. (see below) and a forum on diversity are detailed on the 2012 MLK Week & Day of Service page. Please review the events and encourage your students and colleagues to attend.

Greg Boyle
Fr. Boyle

Gangs and hope: Greg Boyle, S.J. returns to UDM, Jan. 18

"Nothing stops a bullet like a job."  That's the principle driving Greg Boyle, S.J., a Jesuit priest working to provide Los Angeles gang members with training, work experience and opportunities to work side by side with members of rival gangs.  Fr. Boyle will visit UDM to give the presentation, "Barking to the choir: Hope, healing and gang violence," Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 113.

Fr. Boyle's 2006 presentation at UDM's Celebrate Spirit! was well received.  His Jan. 18 lecture, sponsored by the Arthur McGovern, S.J., Catholic Studies Program, is free and open to the public, with refreshments afterward.  Fr. Boyle is an acknowledged expert on gangs, intervention and re-entry of former gang members into the community, and is author of the award-winning book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.  Come hear stories from Fr. Boyle's Homeboys Industries program, recognized nationally and internationally as a model for helping youth seeking to move beyond gangs to a life of hope.

Brian Coppola: engaging students in scholarship, Jan. 18

Faculty are encouraged to hear Brian P. Coppola, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of Chemistry at University of Michigan, give the presentation, "The most beautiful theories," on integrating scholarship and teaching, Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 2-4 p.m. in the McNichols Library, Room 324.  Coppola is also director of the IDEA Institute (Instructional Development and Educational Assessment).  His presentation is the first of this winter's "Second Wednesday" events sponsored by the UDM Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Special Assistant to the Academic Vice President Lisa Zessin, by email or call 313-993-1469.

Unprepared students webinar, Jan. 25 or March 7

UDM faculty, staff and administrators are invited to the webinar, "Identifying and reaching unprepared students: Strategies for creating success in the college classroom," presented by Debra Runshe, Instructional Development specialist at Indiana University.  The webinar, sponsored by the Undergraduate Retention Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, will be held on two dates.  Choose to attend either Wednesday, Jan. 25 or Wednesday, March 7, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Commerce & Finance Building, Room 238. (Feel free to bring your lunch.) RSVP online through Eventbrite.com. For more information email or call Jean Krystyniak at 313-993-1102.

UHC Dental Clinic celebrates 30 years serving Detroit

On Dec. 15, UDM's School of Dentistry hosted a reception celebrating 30 years of serving Detroit and its residents at the Detroit Medical Center.  In 1981, the School opened the 42-chair clinic in the University Health Center (UHC) at Detroit Receiving Hospital in the Detroit Medical Center complex.  This hospital-based dental clinic, the largest of any school's in the country, gives UDM students the opportunity to care for patients with a broad spectrum of both dental and medical conditions, offering a learning experience unique in American dental education.

Group at Dental clinic
Members of the faculty and staff of the UHC Dental Clinic, Dec. 15.

Closing, class cancellation and late start information

Despite a beautifully mild winter so far, we know we'll be wondering about "snow days" before long.  Get acquainted with the newly revised UDM policies and procedures for cancelling classes and closing campuses, including the new "late start" designation for days when UDM will open two hours later than usual.  See the Closing Information pages.

Strategic Plan feedback sessions, Jan. 17, 18 and 19

The Strategic Planning Team is providing three more in-person opportunities to provide feedback on the draft of UDM's strategic plan for years 2012 – 2017.  The forums are scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 17, 18 and 19, one on each Detroit campus, as listed below. These forums are open to all faculty, staff and administrators. You may review the draft of the Strategic Plan (Dec. 8, 2011 version) by downloading it from the Strategic Planning Team documents page.

  • McNichols Campus
    Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 3 – 4 p.m.
    Commerce & Finance 138
  • School of Dentistry
    Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    Room 1460 (Classroom Building)
  • School of Law
    Thursday, Jan. 19 from noon – 1 p.m.
    Room 326

Shared Governance documents added

Minutes and approved proposals have been added to the UDM Shared Governance website.   To access the minutes, use the Minutes/Summaries link in the upper right corner of the pages noted below.  (You will be asked for your TitanConnect username and password.)

In addition, in the Approved Proposals section, the Leadership Minor and Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate documents have been added.

Thumbs Up!

Assistant Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison presented her paper, "Expanding sympathy in Victorian social-problem literature," Jan. 8 at the annual convention of the Modern Languages Association, held in Seattle.

Diane Robinson-Dunn, associate professor of History, was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS). It is rare for a department to have one fellow. UDM has three. In addition to Robinson-Dunn, Edwin DeWindt, professor of History, is a long-time RHS Fellow, as is his wife, Anne DeWindt, recently retired from the faculty of Wayne County Community College, who is teaching the UDM department's online courses on an adjunct basis.

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