UDM Campus Connection

May 8, 2012

Commencement to broadcast online

The McNichols Campus commencement ceremony will be broadcast live online.  During the event on Saturday, May 12 starting at 1:30 p.m., you can watch live through the Horizon League Network (HLN) website. To do so, just visit HLN's UDM commencement page during the ceremony. For more information about all three 2012 commencement ceremonies (for McNichols Campus, Law, and Dentistry), see the commencement news release.

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UDM hosts White House forum for young leaders

Do you know of any young leaders who have something to say to the White House? They have an opportunity to do just that on Tuesday, May 22 when UDM hosts a forum as part of the White House Young America Series, a set of regional forums connecting young people directly to Obama Administration officials.  The event is free of charge, but pre-event registration is required because space is limited.  See the White House Young America Series page for more information about the series and how to participate.

International Service Experience blog

The UDM International Service Experience recently completed a seven-day trip to El Salvador to help to rebuild homes, spend time with children and learn more about the country.  You can read about their journey and view photos and video on the International Service Experience blog.

Flower Day moved to May 10

Due to inclement weather, Volunteer Flower Day is postponed to 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.

Calling commencement volunteers

Commencement organizers are still looking for a few more volunteers to help out during the Saturday, May 12 events. People are needed to help place and distribute programs, offer general assistance and clean up in Calihan Hall between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Any time you can spare between those hours would be appreciated. Please contact Special Assistant to the Academic Vice President Lisa Zessin by email or call 313-993-1469.

Also, volunteers are needed to help as ushers, communion ministers and in the choir at the Baccalaureate Mass at Gesu Church from 9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. (Mass at 10:00 a.m.). For more information, see the Baccalaurate Mass web page, stop by the University Ministry office or contact University Minister Drew Peters by email or at 313-993-1560.

New fund to support student mission-related programs

The University of Detroit Mercy Professor's Union (UDMPU) and University Ministry have announced the establishment of a newly endowed fund to support student programs related to the mission of the University. The Canjar-Weisfeld Union Memorial Fund – named after two distinguished former UDMPU Presidents, Carol Weisfeld and the late R. Michael Canjar – will provide financial support for students participating in Alternative Spring Break or similar community outreach experiences organized by University Ministry.

Nursing faculty and students create poster program at SJMO Hospital

Nursing Clinical Instructor Katherine Marshall and Associate Professor Mary White initiated and coordinated an evidence-based poster presentation for UDM students and nursing staff at St. Joseph's Mercy Oakland Hospital, April 5.

The event brought together instructors, staff nurses and UDM nursing students from UDM's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), BSN Completion and BSN Second-Degree Option programs, who displayed their evidenced-based research.

In addition, College of Health Professions Dean Christine Pacini was on hand to speak about magnet status, quality of care and patient outcomes, and Professor of Nursing Carla Groh spoke on the importance of research and the involvement of the bedside nurse in research.

Group at SJMO Hospital
At the April 5 poster presentation at St. Joseph's Mercy Oakland Hospital (SJMO), from left: Nursing student Aleks Jensen, adjunct faculty member and SJMO staff nurse Denise Daugherty, students Meg Nichols and Patrick Troy, and BSN Completion student and SJMO staff nurse Stacy Wudyka.

Tower yearbooks online: 1974 and 1975

The UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio is pleased to announce the release of the 1974 and 1975 Tower Yearbooks into the digital archives.  Additional yearbooks will be added every two months until the online collection is complete and up to date. Go to the University yearbook collection. To view other online collections, please visit the Libraries/IDS "Special Collections" page.

2012-13 research leaves

The following faculty will be on research leave for the Fall 2012 (F) and/or Winter 2013 (W) terms.

  • Associate Professor of History Diane Robinson-Dunn (F)
  • Professor of Philosophy Gail Presbey (W)
  • Professor of Architecture Stephen LaGrassa (FW)
  • Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Mohan Krishnan (FW)
  • Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Suzanne York (F)
  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Kirstie Plantenberg (FW)
  • Professor of Psychology Libby Blume (F)

Thumbs Up!

Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education Roy E. Finkenbine gave a lecture about the Underground Railroad to local elementary and secondary teachers, April 26 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.  The event was cosponsored by Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency and the Michigan Council for History Education.

Assistant Professor of Health Services & Health Services Administration Maia Platt and Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Andrea Kwasky presented their poster, "The current state of health economics education in nursing programs in the United States," at the Beaumont Health System Corporate Nursing Research Day, May 4.  Their poster was awarded as a winner in the category of Vision (one of the values of the Beaumont nursing mission).

Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Andrea Kwasky and Clinical Instructor Katherine Marshall gave the oral presentation, "Dealing with stress in a stressful world," at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Annual Michigan Conference, April 23.

Associate Professors of English Rosemary Weatherston and Heather Hill-Vásquez were invited to participate as discussion leaders in a conference focused on a screening of the documentary, Miss Representation, April 13 in Birmingham, Mich.

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