UDM Campus Connection

February 28, 2012

Board members
Dillon, left, and Werthman

UDM names two new Board of Trustees members

The UDM Board of Trustees recently elected two new members: Mary Ann Dillon, RSM, Ph.D., of Mercy Health Systems and Linda Werthman, RSM, Ph.D, of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.  Find out more about the new Board members in the UDM news release.

UDM involved in $3.49 million transportation grant

University of Detroit Mercy and eight other leading university transportation centers, operating as the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, have begun operating under a $3.49 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funds will be used for research, education and other projects that help improve public transit.  Read the UDM news release for more.

Horizon League Championship

Titans to host Horizon League first round game, Feb. 28

The 2012 Horizon League men's basketball tournament begins Tuesday, Feb. 28 with four first-round games, one in UDM's Calihan Hall at 7 p.m., when our Detroit Titans host the Loyola Ramblers.

It is "UDM Appreciation Night" for the Feb. 28 game, so all UDM faculty and staff can receive two complimentary tickets by stopping by the Athletic Office with their employee ID prior to 3 p.m. on game day.  (UDM students will receive one free ticket with a valid student ID.)  Wear your red and support our Titans in the Horizon League Men's Basketball Championships!  For more information, see the DetroitTitans.com news release.

UDM volunteers serve across the country on break

As part of UDM's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program, 31 people from UDM will participate in several volunteer projects across the country, including in Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Nogales, Ariz.; Salem, W.V. and Washington, D.C., March 3-13.

You can help, too. The Detroit ASB project is accepting donations for residents of Freedom House, a shelter for refugees seeking asylum in North America. Please drop off toiletries (e.g. lotions and razors), paper towels, laundry detergent and pantry items like sugar, cooking oil, rice and tea to the collection boxes at the UDM Ministry Office in the Student Center, on the first floor of Briggs Building and in the McNichols library.  For details on this year's ASB projects and a link to the ASB blog, see the UDM news release.

Discussion about international students, March 14

The "Second Wednesday" discussion for March, sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, will be "Strategies for working with our international students," presented by Assistant Professor of Education Lorri MacDonald, Wednesday, March 14 at noon in McNichols Library room 324.

The Second Wednesday series, usually held on the second Wednesday of each month, focuses on topics of teaching, service and learning for UDM faculty and staff.  Please RSVP to Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs Lisa Zessin, by email.

UDM people featured in USA Today

Both Joseph Eisenhauer, dean of the College of Business Administration, and Victoria Mantzpoulos, professor of Political Science, were featured this week in
USA Today online videos and in newspapers worldwide through the Associated Press, talking about the Michigan Republican primary and the state's economy. See the videos featuring Eisenhauer and Mantzopoulos (videos preceded by ads).

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of English Michael Barry wrote the article, "To forget your place: Translation and irretrievability in Cahan's The Rise of David Levinsky," soon to be published in Arizona Quarterly.  Barry also recently published two essays in Malaysia in volumes on literature and the teaching of language: "Whose history is embedded in global languages (and what if nobody notices)?" and an afterward to the collection, Gender, Multiculturalism, and Revisioning, for which he served as a guest editor.

For an event honoring Black History Month, Associate Professor of Performing Arts Gail Mitchell performed three songs by African-American women composers, at a meeting of The Birmingham Musicale, a philanthropic music club, Feb. 9 in Birmingham, Mich.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes wrote the short story "Supernova," which is published in Far-Flung and Foreign: Lowestoft Chronicle 2012 Anthology.

Professor of Psychology Carol Weisfeld and colleagues from five countries wrote the article, "Do women seek humorousness in men because it signals intelligence? A cross-cultural test," which appears in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal Humor. The paper reports on research with married couples in the USA, England, Turkey, China and Russia.

Assistant Professor Joanne Yastik, Associate Professor Maureen Anthony and Professor Katherine Marshall of the McAuley School of Nursing authored the paper, "Development and validation of a tool to measure uncivil behavior in clinical nursing education," which has been accepted for an oral presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau International Region 10 Biennial Conference, in April.

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