UDM Campus Connection

March 6, 2012

Alternative Spring Breakers blog

UDM students have begun to post entries on the 2012 Alternative Spring Break blog about their current service immersion trips around the country, from Detroit to Nogalez, Ariz.  Read about the community engagement these students have decided to do on their spring break on the blog, and find out more about Alternative Spring Break on the UDM Ministry site.

Students in Nogales, Ariz.
Alternative Spring Break participants from UDM in Nogales, Ariz.

Dinner event supports UCA Martyrs Scholarship Program

UDM's Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) will hold a fundraising dinner, Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom to support the UCA Martyrs Scholarship Program, which enables Salvadoran students to attend the Jesuit-run university in El Salvador.

In addition to Salvadoran cuisine, the event includes live music and keynote speaker Adrianne Aron, a psychologist and close friend of one of the Jesuit martyrs.  Tickets are available on a sliding scale of $10 to $50. Please come and bring your friends, family, fellow parishioners and students. (Students can attend for free if they make their reservation by March 17.) For details on reservations and payment, download the flyer.

Detroit Titans

Titans basketball teams in HL championship tournament

The Detroit Titans men's basketball team will play the 2012 Horizon League Championship game, tonight in Valpariso, Ind. against the Valpo Crusaders, with the winning team advancing to the NCAA championship tournament!  Find out where to watch the game.  For background on the game, see the FOX Sports Detroit article, "Titans close in on tourney berth" and the DetroitTitans.com fact sheet.

Also in Titans basketball, the women’s Horizon League championship quarterfinals game between Detroit and Cleveland State begins on Dick Vitale Court at Calihan Hall on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m.  See the women's basketball site for details.

Bookstore hours

The UDM Bookstore will be open March 5 - 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., before closing for inventory on Friday, March 9.  The UDM Bookstore website is online at udmercy.bncollege.com for textbooks, merchandise, e-textbooks, book rentals and store information.

President Garibaldi visits Regina High School

Regina group
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi (standing) visited with students and administrators at Regina High School in Warren, Mich., March 1. Currently, 33 graduates of Regina are students at UDM. Most of the students Garibaldi met at Regina have visited UDM or have UDM students or alumni in their families.

Student Fitness Center survey for UDM employees

Faculty, staff and administrators: Take a few moments to give your input and help UDM develop program offerings and schedules for the new Student Fitness Center!  Complete the Student Fitness Center employee membership survey.  This short survey collects your preferences on operational hours, services and program offerings, and is totally anonymous. The survey will remain active until Wednesday, March 13.

Junior/senior faculty mentoring program holds session

Forty UDM faculty members came together for the year's fourth session of the Junior/Senior Faculty Mentoring Program, Feb. 27.  Attendees enjoyed dinner in Lansing-Reilly Hall and spent the evening discussing peer-reviewed journals. An opening talk by John Staudenmaier, S.J., assistant to the president for Mission & Identity and editor emeritus of the journal, Technology and Culture, was followed by workshop discussions on the various peer review styles, with senior UDM faculty who publish in each of the style areas.

UDM receives advertising awards

University of Detroit Mercy, in conjunction with consultants Lipman Hearne Inc., received three awards from Higher Education Marketing Report's annual Educational Advertising Awards competition, the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. Among thousands of entries submitted by over a thousand institutions from all 50 states and several foreign countries, UDM was recognized with the following awards:

  • Silver Award in the new media category for Engineering banner ads
  • Silver Award in the newspaper advertisement/single category for Engineering recruitment ad
  • Merit Award in the outdoor category for Engineering billboards

The ads were developed as part of an enrollment marketing campaign for the Engineering programs in conjunction with Engineering's centennial celebration.

UDM represented at Heartland-Delta meeting

Five members of the UDM faculty attended the 2012 Heartland-Delta Faculty Conversations, held this year at Loyola University of Chicago, Feb. 24-26.  This year's theme was "Jesuit, Catholic and green: Environmental sustainability, social justice and respect for life," prompted by the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, which called attention to the ecological and environmental challenges of our day.

The UDM faculty who participated were Laurie Britt-Smith, assistant professor of English; Christina Heximer, research and design fellow in UDM's Detroit Collaborative Design Center; Kendra Reid Evans, assistant professor, Chemistry; Omid Sabbaghi, assistant professor, Business Administration; Mark Schumack, professor of Mechanical Engineering; John Staudenmaier, S.J., assistant to the president for Mission & Identity.

1972 and 1973 Tower yearbooks now online

The UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio (IDS) is pleased to announce the addition of the 1972 and 1973 Tower yearbooks into the digital archives.  More 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.

Shared governance documents added online

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.)

Thumbs Up!

Michael Dosch, associate professor of Nurse Anesthesiology, was invited to speak at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Assembly of School Faculty on the topic of computer-based testing, Feb. 25 in San Diego.  He has also been invited to give two presentations this summer at the AANA National Meeting in San Francisco on his specialty, the anesthesia gas machine.  Dosch will also discuss patient safety, new ventilators and new electronic checklists.

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon was invited by the Metro Detroit Visitors Convention Bureau to address the National Safety Council (NSC) at a meeting Feb. 27 to discuss why Detroit should be the location for the NSC's 2017 Convention.  The convention would bring 17,000 visitors to the City of Detroit. A final decision by the NSC will be made in 2013.

Mary Tracy-Bee, associate professor of Biology, and three undergraduate research students Kevin Kalnasy, Allison Diven and Emily Koetters presented their research, "Gender-related external laryngeal morphological variation," at the American Association of Anatomists Regional Conference, Feb. 25 in Chicago.  The students were recognized and applauded for conducting a research project at the level of a doctoral student.

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