UDM Campus Connection

May 15, 2012

ILS and students honored for community service

On April 16, UDM's Institute for Leadership and Service (ILS) received the “Outstanding Community Service Award" from the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan – Howard B. Bloomer Club.  The award recognizes the contributions that UDM students have made in support of Boys and Girls Club programs, including help with computer programming, tutoring, assistance at holiday events and coaching sports.

People with award
From left: Carrie Young, Boys and Girls Club's Bloomer Club director; Tim Hipskind, S.J., ILS director of Service Learning; UDM student representatives Chase Zebari and Jill Johnson; service-learning faculty representative Catherine Corrigan, clinical instructor of Nursing; and service agency liaison Ann Niebrzydowski.

Women at reception

PA Program 40th anniversary reception

The UDM Physician Assistant (PA) Program celebrated its 40th anniversary with a reception, April 21.  The event's guest of honor was the Program's founding director Harriet Gales.  Nearly 200 alumni from across the nation attended the celebration, held at UDM’s School of Law Atrium. See photos from the event on the PA Program's Facebook album.

Pictured at the reception: Harriett Gales, left, the first director of the Physician Assistant Program, with Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Suzanne York.

Charge your electric vehicle at UDM

UDM offers an electric vehicle engineering program, and now the McNichols Campus offers two new electric vehicle charging stations, in the parking lot next to Calihan Hall. Installed by DTE Energy with a federal grant subcontracted through the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, the charging stations are available at no cost to drivers. For now, UDM will cover the utility cost.

The campus stations supply a higher voltage and shorter recharging time than the standard 110-volt household outlet.  Look for more information in the coming Spring 2012 issue of Impact, the College of Engineering & Science alumni newsletter.

Group at electric vehicle charging station
At the May 4 launch of the the McNichols Campus electric vehicle charging station, from left: Dean of the College of Engineering & Science Leo Hanifin, UDM President Antoine Garibaldi, V.P. for Academic Affairs Pam Zarkowski and Steven Kurmas, president and chief operating officer of Detroit Edison at DTE Energy.

STAR Program celebrates achievement

UDM Academic Services held its fourth annual Celebration of Excellence dinner and awards ceremony, May 9, celebrating the achievements of students in the STAR (Successful Transition And Retention) Program.

During the event, three student speakers – freshman Joseph Sutton, junior Anitra Moore and graduating senior Scheherazode Burton – shared their reflections, and five individuals were honored with the Unsung Hero Award to recognize their contributions to the University community: Birdie Gardner-Owens, Claudia Archer and Mary Ridley from Sodexo, and Darlene Perry and Gail Turner from Aramark.

STAR group
At the May 9 STAR dinner and awards ceremony, from left: Professional Mentor for the STAR Program Kathleen Walker, students Anitra Moore and Angela Rembert and Director of University Academic Services Emilie Gallegos Wetherington.

University Commons events

University of Detroit Mercy is a proud member of University Commons, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the area around Livernois Avenue and McNichols Road.  The group, made up of UDM, Marygrove College, neighborhood associations and area businesses, will sponsor a number of events this year, including:

  • Community parade and opening day of Windmill Market
    Saturday, June 2
    The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Mike's Market near Livernois Avenue and Seven Mile Road, and progress south on Livernois to the Windmill Market, just south of the Lodge Freeway.  The Market will then be open for the season, offering fresh produce and flowers on Wednesday evenings (4-7 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
  • Home and neighborhood tour
    Saturday, June 23
    Visit historic homes and beautiful communities in the University Commons area, spanning 13 neighborhoods.
  • "Jazz on the Avenue"
    Saturday, Aug. 4
    Enjoy a walk on Livernois Avenue to the sounds of three stages of jazz music, all day long.

For more information, see the University Commons website.

UDM a recipient of KEEN award

Along with the 19 other colleges and universities that comprise the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), UDM was awarded a Gold Edison Award in the category of Collaborative Networks and Support, April 26 in New York City.  The engineering colleges of the KEEN network were recognized for their collaborative work in instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in the nearly 19,000 engineering students they collectively teach.

The KEEN schools are supported, in part, by the Kern Family Foundation to create programs of study that integrate entrepreneurship into engineering education.

Thumbs Up!

On May 11, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder reappointed Roy Finkenbine, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education, to the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission.  Established in 1998, the Commission preserves and promotes the legacy of the Underground Railroad's Freedom Trail in Michigan.  See the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission website.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Thelma Phillips presented the poster, "The experience of weight retention among postpartum African American adolescents," at the annual conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, April 13 in Dearborn, Mich.

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