UDM Campus Connection

March 27, 2012

Historic community engagement opportunity

As part of UDM's celebration of the inauguration of President Antoine M. Garibaldi, all UDM employees and students are invited to participate in community engagement activities, April 7-15. Take a look at the various service opportunities on the Inauguration community engagement page and register to help today! All UDM employees will receive 24 hours of work-release time per year for community engagement activities. Employees should consult their supervisors for further details and approval.

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UDM on national Community Service Honor Roll

UDM is again honored this year by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency which annually publishes the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  The Honor Roll recognizes universities and colleges for helping solve community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Volunteers needed for Inauguration Day

The Inauguration Planning Committee needs volunteers for the April 13 President's Inauguration events. It will take many people to help greet guests on McNichols Campus and direct them to the Inauguration activities at Gesu Church, Calihan Hall and other buildings. Any UDM faculty, staff or students who can help out should visit the Inauguration volunteer page for details.

UDM's Mission Micro Grant program spotlighted

An article about UDM's Mission Micro Grant program is the cover story for the March issue of AJCU Connections. The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) chose to feature the Mission Micro Grant program as an example of Jesuit university efforts to develop faculty who carry out the institution's Catholic mission.  Download the March issue of AJCU Connections (PDF).  The cover article, "Growing the mission through micro grants," was written by Assistant Professor Mary-Catherine Harrison and Associate Professor Rosemary Weatherston of the English Department.

UDM faculty to participate in NSF project

Several women of UDM's science and engineering faculty have been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE project on advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at predominantly undergraduate institutions through professional networks. The ultimate goal of this five-year, $600,000 study is to encourage the entry of more women into STEM disciplines. The UDM participants are: Dawn Archey, assistant professor, Mathematics, Computer Science & Software Engineering; Stephanie Conant, assistant professor, Biology; Kendra Evans, assistant professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry; Alexa Rihana, associate professor, Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering; Elizabeth Roberts-Kirchoff, associate professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry and Sandra Yost, professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering. Xiaohui (Kathy) Zhong, associate professor of Mathematics, Computer Science & Software Engineering, serves as a co-principle investigator to the project.

Thumbs Up!

Laurie Britt-Smith, assistant professor of English, was a discussion leader for two panels at the Research Network Forum during the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louis, March 22. The panels were "Creative (re)conceptions of composition pedagogies" and "Beyond stereotypes: Exploring non-mainstream identities."

Roy E. Finkenbine, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education, is serving as the scholar and discussion leader for "Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War," a five-part reading and discussion series hosted by the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, Mich. on March 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1 and 15.  The series is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association as part of the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Assistant Professor of Counseling & Addiction Studies Sheri Pickover gave the one-hour presentation, "An efficacy study of the emotional skills building curriculum," at the 2012 American Counseling Association Conference in San Francisco, March 12.

The National Jesuit News recently featured Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity John Staudenmaier, S.J., in the article, "Jesuit honored with award for his contributions to technology history."  The article highlights that Fr. Staudenmaier was named the 2011 recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Medal from the Society for the History of Technology. For more on the award and to hear the audio of Fr. Staudenmaier's da Vinci Medal lecture, see the UDMcast page.

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