UDM Campus Connection

January 31, 2012

UDM officials visit partner academy

UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi and Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education Roy Finkenbine recently visited students at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit. Since 2010, UDM has served as university partner for the Academy, co-founded by retired NBA player Jalen Rose and University alumnus Michael Carter '72, '78.  See a 2010 article on the partnership.

UDM officials with Jalen Rose Leadership Academy students
President Garibaldi (right) and Interim Dean Finkenbine (left) spent the afternoon talking to students about their studies and their future at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit.

Double feature highlights African heroines

Begin the celebration of Black History Month by learning about two women who shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee, recent heroines of Liberia, the African country settled by freed American slaves.  Their stories will be presented with two documentaries, to be shown Wednesday, Feb. 1 in Briggs Building, room 350:

  • Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008, 72 minutes)
    6:40 p.m.
    The story of Liberian women led by Leymah Gbowee who came together in the midst of the country's bloody civil war, to take on violent warlords and the corrupt Charles Taylor regime to help win a long-awaited peace for their shattered country.  See the movie's website.
  • Iron Ladies of Liberia (2008, 52 minutes)
    8 p.m.
    Follow Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as she confronts the challenges of post-civil war Liberia as the first elected female president of any African country.  The Harvard-educated grandmother must deal not only with reconciliation, but the economic problems left by nearly two decades of war.  See the movie's website.

Discussion about the films will be facilitated by Director of the Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive Gail Presbey and Director of UDM's African American Studies Program Dionne Bennett.  The program is free and open to the public.  For more information, email or call Gail Presbey at 313-993-1124.

Theatre Company presents "Dogman's Last Stand," starting Feb. 3

The UDM Theatre Company will present its production of Dogman's Last Stand, by Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning writer Rick Cleveland (The West Wing, Six Feet Under, Nurse Jackie).  The play will run for six weekend performances, Feb. 3-5 and 10-12 at the Marygrove Theatre (8425 W. McNichols Road).  For details and ticket information, see the news release.

Learn about writing and UDM's Writing Center, Feb. 8

The Office of Academic Affairs will host its February "Second Wednesday" seminar, "Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Writing and the Writing Center, but Were Afraid to Ask," on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at noon in the McNichols Library, room 324. A panel of UDM Writing Center consultants, moderated by Writing Program Director Laurie Britt-Smith, will answer all your questions.

2012 Senior Class Gift campaign kick-off, Feb. 8

Encourage your students to help improve UDM by particpating in the fourth annual Senior Class Gift campaign. The 2012 campaign is raising funds to furnish the lounge area in the new Student Fitness Center. A campaign kick-off event will be hosted on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Rosie O'Grady's in Ferndale (in the Emerald Room). Urge your students to attend and get involved!  Students should RSVP for the kick-off event by emailing seniorgift@udmercy.edu.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Counseling & Addiction Studies (CAS) Nancy Calley, Assistant Professors of CAS Sheri Pickover and Jocelyn Bennett-Garraway, former Assistant Professor of CAS Garbette M. Garraway and Director of the Catholic Studies Program Simon J. Hendry, S.J., co-authored the article, "Integrating social justice across the curriculum:  The Catholic mission and counselor education," published in the fall 2011 issue of the Journal of Catholic Higher Education.

UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi was invited to participate in a symposium convened by the U.S. Department of Education, Jan. 30, in Washington, D.C.  The symposium, focused on making the U.S. once again the nation with the world's highest college attainment rate, involved more than 40 higher education practitioners, policy experts and researchers.  For more on the symposium, see the news release.

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