UDM Campus Connection

April 17, 2012


Garibaldi inaugurated as 25th University president

On April 13, UDM held the official inauguration ceremonies to install Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., as the University's 25th president.  Surrounding the festivities, the faculty, staff and students of UDM showed the University's commitment to service by performing 500 hours worth of community service during Inauguration week!

View videos, photos, and media coverage of the Inauguration:

Grant funds available for service-learning projects

UDM's Institute for Leadership and Service continues its partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund to engage with our community better. The Ford Community Corps Partnerships (FCCP) Grant is available for 10 teams of faculty members and students to develop and implement service-learning projects in metropolitan Detroit. Please visit udmercy.edu/institute for more information and how to apply.

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.

First Lady Michelle Obama cites UDM program

In an April 11 speech about the Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama cited a UDM program as an example of training nurses to help improve the lives of American military veterans.  The program, as described in UDM's Healthy Times newsletter, is a collaboration between Nursing and Engineering students to design and build devices that help people with disabilities. One client of the UDM program was an armed forces veteran for whom students built a device to enable him to continue his hobbies of hunting and photography.  The full text and video of Obama's remarks is on the White House website.

Documentary by Prof. Jason Roche in the works

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Jason Roche is currently working on a documentary video, Stealing Home, about a volunteer groundskeepers who have been maintaining the ball field of the old Tiger Stadium in Corktown, despite admonitions from local officials to stay off the property.  Roche expects to complete the project this summer, but a preview is now available; watch it on YouTube.

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, an update to the "Program Review Process, Criteria, and Self-Study Guidelines" has been added.

Thumbs Up!

Assistant Professor of Computer & Information Systems Rita Barrios wrote the paper, "Mobile device management: Policies for a secured mobile workforce," which she will present at the Academic Business World International Conference, May 23-25 in Nashville, Tenn.  The work is also being considered for a Best Paper Award.

Associate Professors of Psychology Barry Dauphin and Harold H. Greene wrote the article, "Here's looking at you: Eye movement exploration of Rorschach images," recently published in the journal Rorschachiana.

Professor of Business Administration Mary Ann Hazen attended the MBAA International Conference, March 29 in Chicago. Her presentation, "Jams, blocks and frustrations in academic writing: Getting your work written," suggested practices for overriding writing anxiety.  Hazen also participated in the panel discussion, "Getting your management education work published."

Assistant Professor of Computer & Information Systems Jeff Ingalsbe and his family were featured on a WXYZ-TV Action News segment, April 10.  The segment interviewed Ingalsbe and his wife and children on the topic of mobile apps that can allow strangers to stalk children through their phones and other mobile devices.  Watch the segment on the WXYZ website.

Associate Professor of Psychology Douglas A. MacDonald co-presented the full-day, pre-conference workshop, "Knowing when to get out of the way: Research musings on transpersonal therapies," on March 19, before the Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Spiritualities, held at the University of Haifa. During the conference, he presented the paper, "The study of spirituality using quantitative methods: An evaluation of their usefulness for transpersonal science," March 20.

On April 9, Isaiah McKinnon, associate professor of Education, was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the position of chair of the Educational Achievement Authority, the state's newly formed committee dedicated to fixing failing public schools.

The book, Rock-A My Soul, written by Director of University Ministry David Nantais, is one of six finalists for an "Excellence in Publishing Award" in the general interest category, sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers.  First, second and third place awards will be announced at the end of May at the Religion Book Trade Expo in St. Charles, Ill.  Read more about the awards on NewCatholicBooks.com.

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