UDM Campus Connection

April 10, 2012

Inauguration: Friday, April 13

The official Inauguration of the University's 25th president Antoine M. Garibaldi will take place this Friday, April 13 with a day full of events. Please keep in mind:

  • Community service: There are still community engagement volunteer opportunities available surrounding Inauguration. Take part to help show the world what's important at UDM. See the Inauguration Community Engagement page.
  • Class schedule: Classes will be held as scheduled on April 13.
  • Breakfast: The Titan Dining Room and the Loft will be closed on April 13 until 1:45 p.m. Breakfast that is normally served in the Titan Dining Room will be available in the Grounds Coffeehaus (downstairs in the Student Center) from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: UDM faculty, staff and students are invited to lunch on Inauguration Day, between approximately 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., following Mass. Employees will be served in the Engineering Building High Bay and students are directed to the second floor of the Student Center.  Reservations are greatly appreciated! Please RSVP by email to PresInaug@udmercy.edu.
  • Parking: We will have hundreds of guests on campus on April 13. This may displace you from your usual parking location. Parking Lot A (between the Fisher Administration Building and the Loranger Architecture Building) will be reserved for delegates, trustees and family. If that is your usual parking assignment, please seek an alternate lot.

For more information, see the Inauguration website.

Time capsule to be sealed at E&S, April 10

As the College of Engineering & Science wraps up its Centennial year of engineering education at the University, a new time capsule will be sealed, Tuesday, April 10 at 12:45 p.m. in the Engineering Building High Bay.  The event will include a hotdog picnic.  Come see the capsule welded shut until some time in the future.

Praise and worship on April 10

On Tuesday, April 10, University Ministry invites the UDM community to come together in the Student Center Fountain Lounge from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. to praise God and celebrate new life!  The gathering will include prayer, fellowship and singing led by the praise and worship band.  This is an official Inauguration Week event, so come show your support and ask for God's blessing on our University and its new president this Easter season.

Presentations on Palestinian issues, April 10-11

On Tuesday, April 10, a set of speakers will address issues of the Palestinian/Israeli situation. Starting at 6 p.m. in Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center, Professor of History Diane Robinson-Dunn will speak on the history of Palestinian identity and colonization, Sandra Quintano of Michigan Peace Team will give a presentation on her experiences as a protestor and activist in Palestine and Associate Professor of Physics Prasad Venugopal will close with a discussion of Israel, apartheid and the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions.  Refreshments will be provided.

The next day, on Wednesday, April 11, the documentary film Budrus will be shown at 4 p.m. in Briggs Building, room 248.  The film covers a movement of Palestinians and their Israeli and international allies to protest the building of a separation wall.

Fr. Hendry to give "Second Wednesday" talk, April 11

Director of the Catholic Studies Program Simon Hendry, S.J., will give a presentation, Wednesday, April 11 at noon in the McNichols Library, room 324, as the academic year's last "Second Wednesday" event. Fr. Hendry will present a lecture based on what he'd like students to know if it was his last chance to speak to them (similar to a talk he gave at the Honors Program last October).  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Lisa Zessin at 313-993-1469 or by email, in the Office of Academic Affairs, which sponsors the Second Wednesday series.

Lecture: "The rare earth crisis," April 24

A distinguished alumnus will return to the University to talk about a crisis in the supply of "rare earth" minerals, which are used in everything from mobile phones and computer monitors to hybrid cars and nuclear power plants.  China, which currently produces 95% of rare earth minerals, recently restricted exports, triggering a complaint to the World Trade Organization by the U.S. and other countries.

Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr. '52, who is considered a preeminent expert on the topic, will give the talk, "The rare earth crisis: How does it impact you, the country and the world?," on Tuesday, April 24 at 5:10 p.m. in the Chemistry Building, Room 114. Gschneidner is the Anson Marston Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University and Senior Materials Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory.  The talk is free and open to the public.  For more, see the news release.

Thumbs Up!

Christine M. Pacini, dean of the College of Health Professions, is one of about 10 deans of Nursing programs from across the country who have been invited to a reception with First Lady Michelle Obama at the University of Pennsylvania College of Nursing on Wednesday, April 11. Pacini was invited because of the efforts of UDM's McAuley School of Nursing on behalf of veterans' health care, including the School's membership in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Nursing Academy.

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