UDM Campus Connection

February 7, 2012

Symposium: electricity and sustainability in Detroit, Feb. 8

UDM will host the 2012 Designing Sustainable Detroit Symposium, Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Chemistry Building Lecture Hall.  The topic, "Electric Detroit," focuses on the challenges and opportunities for continuing to provide electricity over an aging infrastructure to a shrinking and redistributing population.  The keynote speaker will be Steven Kurmas, chief operating officer of DTE Energy.  The symposium will be preceded with a reception beginning at 5 p.m. The event is free, but please register to attend via UDM's Online Community. For more details, see the news release.

Interfaith Dinner, Feb. 9

All UDM faculty, staff and students are invited to the fourth annual Interfaith Dinner, Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. This is a free event. A panel of students from various religious perspectives will discuss the challenges of pursuing a career while also being true to one's religious and moral standards. A dinner of Mexican and Arabic food will follow the presentations.

School of Law buys historic firehouse as home for clinics

UDM School of Law has purchased an historic Detroit firehouse to renovate and serve as the new home for the School's renowned program of law clinics that provide pro bono legal services. For more information on the purchase, see the news release. You can also see the TV coverage by CW50 on UDM's YouTube channel.

Cooperative Education Centennial & recruitment fair, Feb. 14

The UDM Career Education Center will celebrate 100 years of cooperative education at UDM and in Michigan, Tuesday, Feb. 14, with a luncheon and the winter career fair featuring career, co-op, internship and graduate school opportunities. Approximately 50 employers will participate in the career fair; students are encouraged to attend and bring resumes. For more information, see the Career Education Center website.

Fr. Boyle talk now online

You can now watch or download MP3 audio of the presentation by Gregory Boyle, S.J., founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries, who visited UDM on Jan. 18 to discuss his work with gang members in Los Angeles.  Homeboy Industries has provided opportunities to thousands of at-risk and formerly gang-involved youth.  Fr. Boyle's stories will make you laugh and touch your heart.  See the UDMcast page.

Sign up in the Gift of Life competition

Sign up to the Michigan organ donor registry, and help UDM in the 2012  "Gift of Life" registration competition.  UDM is competing against 14 other state colleges to sign up the most donors, but the most important reason to sign up is that your registration gives hope to the 3,000 Michigan patients currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

To sign up, visit www.giftoflifemichigan.org/go/udm and join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. When asked where you heard about donation, type in "University of Detroit Mercy."  The competition ends on Feb. 23.  Ask your friends and family to sign up, too!  See the Michigan Gift of Life website for more information about the registry, and see the competition results.

Alumni Association Study Break, Feb. 15

The UDM Alumni Association is sponsoring a Study Break on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. outside of the Titan Dining Room. Help spread the word and tell your students to stop by for a free mug of hot chocolate in a take-home mug. Also, watch for red bows and signs posted throughout campus to indicate buildings, technology and other renovations made possible by alumni donations.

"ARTchitect" art show accepting submissions

UDM's chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is accepting art submissions of all kinds to be put on display at the ARTchitect Art Show, to be held Feb. 20-25 in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.  Plan to visit the exhibition!

You may submit artwork until Thursday, Feb. 16, to the Loranger Architecture Building (either in the School of Architecture's administrative office or the AIAS office) or to the University Ministry Office in the Student Center.  There is a one dollar fee per piece submitted.  A submission form must be submitted with each piece of work.  Forms can be found around campus, or email aiasudm@gmail.com for assistance.

CLASA events, Feb. 17 & 20

The Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) and the  Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) will present the following two programs, which are free and open to the public:

  • Presentation and performance
    Friday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.
    Student Center Fountain Lounge
    Estrella Torrez, assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University, will speak on "testimonios" of migrants, Chicana studies and indigenous youth empowerment.  Also, a group will perform "Danza Mexicayotl," a traditional indigenous dance from Mesoamerica. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Performance by "BombaRica"
    Monday, Feb. 20, noon
    Student Center Fountain Lounge
    BombaRica was established to perform, promote and preserve folkloric music and dance of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, including bomba, rumba and cumbia.

For details on these events, see the CLASA event page, or contact CLASA Director Gail Presbey at 313-993-1124 or presbegm@udmercy.edu

"Ad Nauseum" event in the news

UDM was featured in TV news coverage recently for the Feb. 6 "Super Bowl Ad Nauseum" event, Business Administration Professor Michael Bernacchi's annual event for high school students to rate and analyze the advertising during the world's most-watched TV event.  See the FOX 2 coverage.

Thumbs Up!

Mark Benvenuto wrote the commentary, "Innovation, manufacturing tied together," published in The Detroit News, Jan. 31.

The American Dental Education Association selected UDM School of Dentistry student Jenna Lau as one of only two dental students in the nation to serve on the 2012 GoDental Task Force.  The Task Force provides the education community with a student's perspective on dental education.

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