UDM Campus Connection

June 12, 2012

College and school newsletters online

The Spring 2012 newsletters for five of UDM's colleges and schools are now online.  Each newsletter features stories about alumni, faculty, students and activities from around UDM.  Check them out!

McAuley Health Center receives grant to help people with asthma

Metro Health Foundation of Detroit presented a grant of $10,000 to UDM's McAuley Health Center (MHC), May 11. The grant will allow MHC to help manage asthma in Detroit by purchasing equipment and materials for screening, diagnosing and treating more Detroit children as well as helping them better manage their asthma.  MHC will partner with the Joy Southfield Health and Education Center for the screening and treatment of youngsters, ages five to 21.

McAuley Health group
From left: Tracy Chan, clinic coordinator at McAuley Health Center (MHC); Patricia McCann, board representative of Metro Health Foundation of Detroit; Tracy Threat, MHC nurse practitioner; Carla Groh, professor of Nursing and MHC project director; and Barbara Bommarito, UDM director of Corporate Foundation Relations and interim director of Development for the UDM College of Health Professions.

Detroit City Council to meet at UDM, June 19

The Detroit City Council will hold a public meeting on UDM's McNichols Campus, Tuesday, June 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center.  The meeting is open to residents of Detroit, as the Council addresses issues facing the city.

Show your support during The Great Donate, June 21-22

"The Great Donate" is a great opportunity to show your support for your favorite UDM colleges, schools and programs – or for the University as a whole – by making a financial gift. You can be a difference-maker during the 36-hour UDM giving initiative, which begins Thursday, June 21 at 5:30 a.m. and ends Friday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m.

The goal is to raise $36,000 in that time to support UDM scholarships, academics, facilities, athletics and everything in between.  Plan to make your donation June 21-22, and please spread the word to other employees, alumni and friends of UDM.  For more information, see the Great Donate page, which you can share on your favorite social media sites.  Thank you!

The Great Donate

Detroit ACS honors Chemistry & Biochemistry department members

Four members and two students from UDM's Chemistry & Biochemistry department were recognized by the Detroit American Chemical Society (ACS) at its 2012 awards dinner, June 7. Professor Mark Benvenuto, Associate Professor Matt Mio, Storeroom Manager Meghann Murray and Associate Professor Liz Roberts-Kirchhoff as well as students Kimberly Coughlin and Thomas Sanday.  For more on the honors, see the UDM news release.

Group at Detroit ACS dinner
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry members and students, at the Detroit ACS awards dinner, June 7, from left: Associate Professor Matt Mio, Associate Professor Liz Roberts-Kirchhoff, Professor Mark Benvenuto, students Kimberly Coughlin and Thomas Sanday, and Storeroom Manager Meghann.

Titan Dining Room to be renovated

The Titan Dining Room will undergo renovations this summer.  According to a Model D Media article, UDM is investing $750,000 to upgrade the facility in the McNichols Campus Student Center.  One of the enhancements will be a variety of food stations where patrons can have meals prepared to order, allowing them the experience of eating "at a different restaurant each day."  Renovations are planned for completion before the beginning of fall term.  For more, see the Model D article.

UDM Libraries presents special collections in virtual world

Sara Martin, associate dean of Libraries, has been building virtual exhibits in cyberspace to show the UDM Libraries' special collections to the online world.  The exhibits are created as part of the Second Life virtual environment. To introduce the Second Life exhibits, Martin also created a video about them, which you can watch on YouTube.

Urban agriculture experts convene at School of Law

On May 18, UDM's School of Law hosted its second annual Urban Farming Symposium, to discuss issues and trends of people growing food in the city of Detroit.  Experts from around Michigan and the nation visited to present their research and views.  UDM video of the symposium is forthcoming.  For now, you can read the Legal News article about the symposium topic, "Farmer in the D: Urban farming taking root Detroit."

UDM students visit Washington, D.C. in Sisters of Mercy justice program

Students and staff from nine Sisters of Mercy-sponsored colleges and universities across the U.S. converged in Washington, D.C., May 20-24 to learn first-hand about advocacy.  UDM Political Science students Kyle Ortiz and Vinnie Gianino were among more than 40 students and staff at the justice immersion experience hosted by the Sisters of Mercy.  Through the lens of immigration issues, students learned about legislative and policy advocacy work by the Sisters of Mercy and other faith-based advocates.

Thumbs Up!

Crain's Detroit magazine recently interviewed UDM President Antoine Garibaldi about campus improvements, strategic planning and fundraising.  Read the interview online.

Professor of Architecture Tony Martinico, on exchange at the Warsaw (Poland) University of Technology during winter term, was invited to co-teach an architectural theory course to students enrolled through the ASK (Architecture for the Society of Knowledge) Program. Students from throughout the European Union are competitively selected for full scholarship in the ASK Program.

Associate Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera was interviewed on Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 FM in Detroit), May 23 to discuss his role as co-leader of civic engagement for the Detroit Works Long-Term Planning project.  Listen to the interview online.

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