UDM Campus Connection

March 13, 2012

School of Architecture recognized for community work

The UDM School of Architecture's Detroit Collaborative Design Center was highlighted this month in the industry publication Architectural Record as one of nine standout programs in the country "recognized nationally and distinguished for their commitment to design and unique models of community engagement." Check out the online article, "Humanitarian Design: University Programs."

Dental story gains nationwide attention

Dental news site Dentistry IQ recently featured a "Transforming Lives Chronicles" article about how a volunteer dentist at UDM's Dental Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul in Detroit helped an unemployed man get a job by making dentures for his missing front teeth, using materials donated by dental supplier Heraeus Dental.  A quote: "There are really no words that can explain the rewards you receive when doing volunteer work for the underserved dental population."  Go to the article.

Titan basketball post-season news

Congratulations once again to the Detroit Titans baskteball teams! For information about their post-season play, see the men's and women's team sites.  For selected media coverage (including the front page of the Detroit Free Press), see the feature page and the Titans clippings page.

Grad Salute, March 15

Encourage your students to attend the 2012 Grad Salute, an important stop on their senior journey, on Thursday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. Graduation candidates can take care of a number of commencement needs, such as ordering caps and gowns, and representatives will be on hand from UDM departments such as the Career Education Center, Student Accounting Office and the Office of the Registrar. There will also be games and prizes. Information is available on the Grad Salute web page.

St. Patrick's Day party and SAA fundraiser, March 15

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) will host a St. Patrick's Day party and fundraiser on Thursday, March 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. in Quad Commons.  Wear your green and come hungry for St. Patrick's Day theme food. There is a $5 suggested donation, with half of the proceeds benefiting Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  You can also purchase tickets for a drawing for a $50 VISA gift card (must be present to win).

UDM Bookstore sale through March 23

The UDM Bookstore is now running a clearance sale through March 23. Customers can save an additional 25 percent off marked-down clothing and emblematic merchandise.  For the week of March 19 - 23, the store will offer a 25 percent discount off shorts, polo shirts and short sleeve and long sleeve tee shirts.  The store will remain open until 6 p.m. on March 15 (during the Grad Salute event), and the store will open on Saturday, March 17 to offer its selection of Detroit Titan gear following a men's Titans basketball win on Friday, March 16.  UDM faculty and staff get 10 percent off clothing and emblematic items (no other discounts apply).  For more information, call the UDM Bookstore at 313-993-1030.

Special dinner event to benefit Salvadoran UCA students, March 20

UDM's Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) will host a special evening Tuesday, March 20 to raise funds to enable students in El Salvador to attend the Jesuit university there, Universidad Centroamericana (UCA). The evening will begin at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom with live music by Julie Beutel and a dinner of Salvadoran cuisine.  At 8 p.m., a talk will be given by Adrianne Aron, who knew and edited the writings of Ignacio Martín-Baró, S.J., who was murdered by the Salvadoran Army at UCA in 1989.

Tickets for the evening are available on a sliding scale, from $10 to $50 per person.  All proceeds will go to Salvadoran students at UCA through the Dean Brackley, S.J. UCA Jesuit Martyrs Scholarship Fund.  UDM students may attend free if they RSVP by email by March 17. For details and information on related events, please visit the CLASA event page.

Transfer/Graduate Open House, March 21

The University will host an open house event for transfer and graduate students, Wednesday, March 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. Students will be able to meet with advisers from over 60 academic programs and can have their questions answered about UDM, academic life and financial aid.  See the event page for more.

Come to International Night, March 23

UDM faculty, staff and students are invited to the annual International Night event on Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The evening will feature food and entertainment representing the different countries of our international students, who are excited to share their culture with the entire University community. This is a free event!  For more information, contact the International Services Office.

Theatre Company ends season with Michigan premiere of Autobahn

The Theatre Company invites everyone to the opening night of Autobahn, by Detroit native Neil LaBute, on Friday, March 23.  The Michigan premiere of this play cycle will be performed on UDM's McNichols Campus. Due to limited seating, please order your tickets by Thursday, March 22 at 5 p.m.

Spring marketing campaign under way

UDM's integrated marketing spring campaign is currently under way through March 20 with radio, print, online and TV advertisements. Five billboards promoting UDM are currently located along major highways and thoroughfares; two additional billboards promote UDM's engineering program as part of its centennial celebration. For a complete schedule of the spring campaign, visit the integrated marketing initiative page.

PA Program to celebrate 40 years

The Physician Assistant Program at UDM will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a reception Saturday, April 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the UDM School of Law Atrium.  Harriet Gales, the program's first director, will be a guest of honor.  The cost is $40 per person.  RSVPs are requested by April 6.  See the Online Community event page for more information.

Online education vendors to make presentations

Vendors of online education systems are scheduled to visit UDM's McNichols Campus to present their offerings and answer questions.  The visits, arranged by the Office of Academic Affairs, are part of the continuing dialogue about online courses and programs at UDM.  The following vendors will be on campus from 12:45 to 2 p.m. on the dates indicated:

  • New Ventures of Regis University
    Thursday, March 22
    Chemistry Building 114
  • Academic Partners University
    Thursday, April 26
    President's Dining Room

For more information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

Thumbs Up!

The Jesuit Community has awarded Professor of English John Freeman a 2012 Faculty Summer Stipend for Course Development for his proposal, "Employing Jesuit pedagogy to enrich student involvement in social media."

Antoine M. Garibaldi, president of University of Detroit Mercy, is scheduled to address both the undergraduate and graduate classes at the May 19 commencement ceremonies at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn. Garibaldi is a St. Thomas trustee.

Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Matthew Mio was recently thanked by the American Chemical Society's Examinations Institute for completing his term as a member of the committee that produced the 2012 organic chemistry exam.  ACS exams are developed by select committee members for use in institutions across the country.

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