UDM Campus Connection

May 1, 2012


Commencement ceremonies, May 11-13

UDM will hold three commencement ceremonies for undergraduate, graduate and professional students this month in Calihan Hall at the following times. For more information, see the news release. Congratulations to all our graduating students!

McNichols Campus graduates
Saturday, May 12, at 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Eduardo M. Ochoa, assistant secretary for Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

School of Law
Friday, May 11, at 5 p.m.
Speaker: James L. Ryan, former Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge (retired)

School of Dentistry
Sunday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Speaker: Thomas J. Veryser, CEO of Michigan Community Dental Clinics

Volunteer Flower Day, May 10

All students and employees are invited to join Facility Operations for the seventh annual Volunteer Flower Day on Thursday, May 10.  Beginning at 9 a.m. near the Fisher Fountain, volunteers can help plant flowers around McNichols Campus in time for the Commencement weekend.  Beautification work will go until approximately 3:30 p.m., with a barbeque lunch provided by Sodexo around noon for volunteers. All green thumbs can RSVP for this event by email. For more information, visit the Volunteer Flower Day website.

Mark Ellis
Mark Ellis '90

Yahoo! executive's keynote presentation now online

You can now view the presentation given by Yahoo! Vice President for North American Sales Mark Ellis '90, which was the keynote talk during the 2012 College of Business Administration Alumni Week.  Ellis discusses the opportunities and issues of the online marketing business.

UDM graduates again top architecture exam pass rates

For the third consecutive year, graduates of the UDM School of Architecture earned the highest pass rate in Michigan on the Architect Registration Examination.  Of the seven sections of the exam, UDM graduates earned top scores in three sections as well as the best overall scores of all seven categories averaged together. Those who pass all seven parts of the exam become licensed architects in Michigan.

Nursing and Engineering collaboration in the news

An interdisciplinary project between Nursing and Engineering continues to gain attention for its students' collaborative work designing and building assistive devices for disabled clients. After being cited in a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama on April 11, the project was featured in an April 30 Detroit News article.  You can also see how a UDM Mission Micro Grant (MMG) was used related to the program on the MMG website.

Celebration of Scholarly Achievement continues in Library

The books, journal articles and conference proceedings by UDM faculty authors from the 2012 Celebration of Scholarly Achievement are on display in the McNichols Campus Library lobby now through May.  Also, a complete listing of the 12 books, 16 book chapters, 94 journal articles and 29 conference proceedings may be found on the Special Collections site.

New governance documents online

Committee meeting minutes 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.)

Thumbs Up!

Assistant Professor of English Laurie Britt-Smith has been selected to serve a three-year term as a member of the National Seminar of Jesuit Higher Education, which publishes Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.

Members of the Society of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart (the Josephites) are very proud of their connection to UDM President Antoine Garibaldi.  The order featured him in the current cover story of The Josephite Harvest, the oldest Catholic mission magazine still publishing in the U.S.

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Michael Witkowski conducted the seminar, "A Force for Peace," on the history of the Detroit Police Department (DPD), April 21 at Macomb Community College. The DPD was first appointed as a non-militia peace force in 1801, and the officially became the Detroit Police Department in 1856. Of note: Detroit was the first city to implement street lights, police radio cars, motorcycles and portable "prep radios" as crime fighting tools.

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