UDM Campus Connection

April 3, 2012

Service activity

Help show what UDM is about: community engagement opportunities for Inauguration Week

All UDM students, faculty, administrators and staff: Help show the world that UDM lives up to the spirit of its Catholic traditions!  In the days surrounding the Inauguration of President Antoine M. Garibaldi on April 13, UDM has made it easy for you to take a little time for compassionate service to persons in need. Simply choose from a slate of community engagement activities that have been set up for you April 7-15. Help prove that UDM is a community of competence, influence and compassion that extends beyond campus borders. See the Inauguration Community Engagement page and sign up today!

Faculty, staff, and administrators: President Garibaldi has authorized up to 24 hours of work time for all University employees to participate in service opportunities. Talk to your supervisor for details and approval.

Voice for Justice Auction, April 14

The UDM School of Law will hold its 10th annual Voice for Justice Auction, on Saturday, April 14 from 6:30-11:00 p.m. at the Detroit Golf Club.  Proceeds from the Auction will fund the UDM Law “Voice for Justice” Public Interest Fellowship Program, which provides summer fellowship opportunities for students in the public interest sector. Find out more on the Auction website.

Nurse Anesthesia students travel to Guatemala on medical mission

Nurse Anesthesia students Nicole Cardenas and Tanya Realy recently travelled to Tecpan, Guatemalaa as part of the Michigan Helps Medical Team to help care for 259 surgical patients.  A three-minute video about the project can be seen on YouTube.

Taste of Home comes again to UDM

For the third year, UDM and dining services partner Sodexo undertook a "Taste of Home" project to provide UDM students campus lunches and dinners based on recipes submitted by students' parents and grandparents.  Thirteen such recipes were served, and family members were invited to campus to see if the dishes were as good as mother makes.  See the Taste of Home 2012 photo gallery.

Taste of Home group
Pictured, from left: Grandfather Berard McCall, UDM student Nick Yim, grandmother Olga McCall, Chef Tommy Titan, and mother Mary Yim, Simulation & Materials Manager at the UDM School of Dentistry.  The McCalls came to taste Sodexo's version of "Grandma's Cheesecake," based on Mrs. McCall's recipe.

New governance documents 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.)

In addition, in the Approved Proposals section, the New Certificate Guidelines has been added.

Thumbs Up!

Assistant Professor of English Laurie Britt-Smith wrote the article, "Faith, politics, and paradox: Jim Wallis as social justice prophet," in the latest edition of The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society.

Associate Professors of Psychology Barry Dauphin and Harold Greene, along with doctoral student Mindee Juve, presented two papers to the Society for Personality Assessment Conference, held in Chicago, March 17. In addition to the paper, "Eye movement responses across the Rorschach cards," they presented the paper, "Emotional responsiveness to the Rorschach is reflected in eye movement responses," for which former UDM student, the late Victoria Burnett was also a contributor.

Associate Professor of Biology James Graves gave the presentation,"Anaerobe clostridium acetobutylicum and biodiesel glycerol byproduct in undergraduate research," co-authored by student Vincent Vuljaj, at the spring meeting of the American Society for Microbiology Michigan Branch, March 24 in Mount Pleasant. This anaerobic bacterium has the ability to make motor fuel.

Christine Panyard, professor of Psychology, gave a presentation to the human resources, police and fire departments of the Charter Township of Canton, Mich., on pre-employment psychological evaluations of public safety job applicants, March 30.

Professor of History Gregory Sumner will discuss Unstuck in Time, his book on the life and works of author Kurt Vonnegut, at the Baldwin Library in Birmingham, Mich., Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.  The event, part of National Library Week, is free and open to the public.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Michael Witkowski gave ten hours of presentations on two topics, "The Canadian border: Gangs, guns and dope on the northern front" and "Mexican cartel violence: No end in sight," at the 22nd annual Utah Gang Conference, March 28-29 in Sandi, Utah.  The event was attended by over 900 law enforcement agents from local, state and federal governments.

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