UDM Campus Connection

March 20, 2012

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Updates on Inauguration Day, April 13

Employees: If you have not already done so, please RSVP if you plan to attend the Presidential Inauguration of Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., on Friday, April 13. (See the Employee RSVP page on the Inauguration site.)

Inauguration Day activities include:

  • Inauguration Mass, 10:30 a.m., Gesu Church
  • Luncheon, noon, McNichols Campus
    • Students & Alumni, Student Center Ballroom & President’s Dining Room
    • Faculty & Staff, Engineering Building High Bay
    • Delegates & Presidential Guests, Titan Dining Room
  • Installation Ceremony, 1:45 p.m., Calihan Hall

Please note that all classes will be in session on Friday, April 13.

However, food services will be modified that day. The Titan Dining Room and The Loft will be closed on Friday, April 13 until 1:45 p.m. Breakfast that is normally served in the Titan Dining Room will be available in the Grounds Coffeehaus from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

If you are interested in being a part of the Inauguration Mass Choir, please attend choir practices on March 22, 29 and April 12 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in the St. Ignatius Chapel, C&F Building. All are welcome.

For more information about the Presidential Inauguration, visit udmercy.edu/inauguration

Business professor meets with Jesuit Superior General

As executive director of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS), Professor of Business Administration Gregory Ulferts and a group of IAJBS members met with Superior General of the Society of Jesus Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., March 9 in Rome.  The visit took place as IAJBS members from around the world gathered to discuss projects including Jesuit business education in Africa and regional cooperation.  IAJBS works to promote business education that is "focused on justice, leadership, profession and vocation and deeply committed to Ignatian principles."

IAJBS group with Jesuit Superior General
Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J (seated, center) and Professor of Business Administration Gregory Ulferts (seated, right) with IAJBS members, March 9 in Rome.

UDM Nursing students help during tornado

A number of UDM Nursing students were working at University of Michigan Health System hospitals in Ann Arbor on March 16 when tornados hit the area. According to Associate Professor of Nursing Shirley Sherrick-Escamilla, the UDM students showed professionalism, organization and calm while helping to move patients and families to safety.

TAP project gains national attention

"The Alley Project" (TAP) is the subject of a recent column, "Participatory design in Detroit heals a neighborhood," on the Huffington Post.  The article discusses how UDM's School of Architecture and Detroit Collaborative Design Center help with this community engagement project in southwest Detroit. Go to the article.

College of Health Professions honors seniors

Group at Senior Recognition Luncheon
At the Nursing Senior Recognition Luncheon, March 19, from left: UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi; Tierney DeRidder, recipient of the Academic Excellence Award; Jose Lombay, who was given the Catherine McAuley Leadership Award; and Judith Mouch, RSM, clinical associate professor of Nursing.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Nursing Maureen Anthony co-authored the article, "Using simulation to teach veteran-centered care," published in the April issue of Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

Rita Barrios, assistant professor of Computer and Information Systems, was selected to receive an AWS in Education Research Grant from Amazon.com, March 16.  The award of $5,000 will be distributed as a credit for the usage of the Amazon Web Services computing center, and will be used to support research in digital forensics for mobile devices as well as mobile device management within the Cloud technology space.

David Nantais, director of University Ministry, was interviewed about his book, Rock-A My Soul, on the web series In Good Faith, March 19.  Listen to the interview online.

Pamela Rhoades Todd, director of Pre-College Programs for the College of Engineering & Science, wrote the paper, "Smart moves: Innovative transit solutions for the 21st century summer program," which was accepted for the National Transportation Workforce Summit, to be held next month in Washington, D.C.  The goal of the summit is to set a national framework for workforce development in the transportation sector.

Associate Professor Mary Tracy-Bee and Assistant Professor James Montante of the Biology Department were awarded "Best Poster" for their presentation, "Engaging team-based learning activities in the anatomical sciences," at the annual Team-Based Learning Collaborative Meeting, March 3 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Carmon Weekes successfully defended her dissertation, "The effect of a multimedia intervention on the perceived self-efficacy and outcome expectations of parents/caregivers of African American adolescent males," March 9 at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Joseph A. Weglarz, lecturer in the Economics Department, presented the paper, "Rothbard and the natural law tradition in Grotius, Pufendorf, Carmichael and Hutcheson," at the 2012 Austrian Scholars Conference, held March 9 in Auburn, Ala.  The annual conference is an international, interdisciplinary gathering of scholars in economics, history, philosophy and the humanities.

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