UDM Campus Connection

April 24, 2012

Community engagement: student perspectives

This spring, nine students from across UDM shared their thoughts about their community service experiences, for a set of videos that are now online.  Find out what motivated these students to get involved, the types of projects they've done, and the meaning and value of community engagement for them. Go to the videos.


Senior Class Gift Campaign

The 2012 Senior Class Gift Campaign has several events planned to help celebrate our graduating seniors!  Encourage your senior students to stop by the McNichols Campus Library on April 24 from 2-3 p.m. and April 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. to pick up their free ticket to the Detroit Tigers game on May 1 and a voucher for Majestic Bowling Night on May 3. The Senior Class Gift Campaign is raising funds to help furnish the student lounge in the new Student Fitness Center. Seniors can make a gift and learn more about the Campaign and events by visiting udmercy.edu/seniorgift.

Jane Schaberg

New WGS grant in honor of Jane Schaberg

The Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Program will offer a new grant in Fall 2012, named in honor of the late Jane Schaberg, professor emerita of Religious Studies, who helped found and direct the WGS program at UDM.

The Jane Schaberg Women's and Gender Studies Student Grant will award funds of up to $500 to students and student organizations to support activities, projects or academic work that provide UDM students with opportunities to engage with women's and gender issues.

UDM to host summer "Camp Infinity" STEM program for girls

UDM was selected to host a summer day camp for middle school girls focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) this July.  A grant from the GM Foundation will fund the camp, called Camp Infinity, which targets public school students from Hamtramck, Highland Park and Detroit.

The program is run by the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) Foundation. Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Systems Rita M. Barrios is a long-time member of MCWT.

Thumbs Up!

The following faculty members received Feminist Scholarship Grant awards from the Women's and Gender Studies Program: Maureen Anthony, associate professor of Nursing, and Mary Kelly, RSM, associate professor of Health Services Administration, in support of their project, "Catholic women religious: Contributions to healthcare in the United States," and Hsiao-Lan Hu, assistant professor of Religious Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, in support of her project, "Identity and Unhappiness."  Also, Mary-Catherine Harrison, assistant professor of English, was awarded a Feminist Teaching Grant in support of her development of the new English course, "The Marriage Plot."

Deborah Gibson, director of Advising and Certification for the Education Department, wrote the play, Life Edits, about the challenges of a single mother's everyday life.  Gibson and members of her family gave a reading of the play for the 2012 Marygrove College Dramafest event, held April 19.

Associate Professor of Psychology Douglas A. MacDonald is co-researcher on two poster presentations at the 40th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, held in Montreal, Quebec, Feb. 17.  The posters were entitled "Spirituality and resting brain activity in a sample of university students," and "The five factor model and the brain: Personality and resting brain states via qEEG."

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