UDM Campus Connection

January 17, 2012

Alternative Winter Breakers serve in Alabama

UDM's Alternative Winter Break (AWB) service experience was held from Jan. 1-8 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. where the city was hit by a 1.5-mile-wide tornado in April 2011. The week involved home reconstruction as well as engagement with residents, public officials and rebuild task force members. AWB partnered with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the nonprofit humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. Find out more about UDM's service immersion trips.

Alternative Winter Break workers at construction site
In Tuscaloosa, from left: Drew Peters, UDM University minister, Virginia Stanard, adjunct professor of Architecture and urban designer in UDM's Detroit Collaborative Design Center, and students Tracy Hrabovsky, Jill Johnson, Samantha Rekuta, Amy Meldrum, Prabuddha Mohanty and Elizabeth Kreska.

Instructional Design Studio workshops, Jan. 24 & 26

Faculty are encouraged to take advantage of the Instructional Design Studio's workshops this winter term, including topics on Blackboard, SafeAssign and the "new Wimba" system. Workshops will take place on Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 24 and 26. You can review the workshop descriptions and register to attend on the workshop web page.

UDM Athletics events

UDM Athletics would like to announce the upcoming events. Click each for more information.

Discount tickets for Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance

Gail Mitchell, associate professor of Performing Arts, is arranging discount group tickets for the annual Classical Roots Concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, on Saturday, March 17 at Orchestra Hall.  The balcony group ticket price per person is $13.  For more information or to sign up, email Gail Mitchell.

CLAE introduces study seminar in Cuba

UDM's College of Liberal Arts & Education (CLAE) will offer a study seminar in Cuba this spring.  "Travel to Cuba" will take place April 28-May 6 and is open to the UDM community.  The program is possible since federal restrictions regarding travel to Cuba were modified with the aim of developing "people-to-people" contacts through more academic, cultural and religious exchanges.  To participate, UDM faculty, staff and students can enroll in certain courses.

For more information regarding this program, see the CLAE Cuba 2012 page, the UDM Cuba Tour site or contact Lara Wasner, director of Language & Cultural Training, at 313-993-1191 or by email.

Tower cover 1970
1970 Tower yearbook

1970 & 1971 Tower yearbooks now online

The UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio (IDS) is pleased to announce the release of the 1970 and 1971 Tower yearbooks into the digital archives.  Additional yearbooks will be added every two months until the archive collection is complete and up to date.  Go to the University yearbook collection. To view other online collections, please visit the Libraries/IDS "Special Collections" page.

Bookstore sale news

The UDM Bookstores will offer the following this month:

  • 25% off Champion-brand merchandise through Saturday, Jan. 21 (in-store) and through Sunday, Jan. 22 (online orders).
  • Additional 25% off clearance items through Friday, Jan. 27
  • Open hours on the morning of Homecoming game day, Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon (McNichols Campus)
  • Selling books at the Robert Lutz presentation, Wednesday, Jan. 25

Thumbs Up!

Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education Roy E. Finkenbine presented the paper, "The Colored Vigilant Committee of Detroit: Community organization, African American militancy and the Underground Railroad," at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, Jan. 5 in Chicago.

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