UDM Campus Connection

July 17, 2012

College and school newsletters online

Have you seen the latest newsletters for five of UDM's college and schools?  They're now online, featuring stories about alumni, faculty, students and activities from around UDM.  Check them out!

Detroit Titans season tickets

Now is the time to order your season tickets for Detroit Titans men's basketball!  See the Detroit Titans ticket page for information.  Also, you can come to the Titans' "Signing Day" season ticket renewal cook-out on Tuesday, July 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the McNichols Campus Tennis Pavilion.  The renewal cook-out is a fun way to renew your season tickets as if you were a star student-athlete signing to join the team.

Save the date: President's Convocation, Aug. 20

Mark Monday, Aug. 20 on your calendar as the date of UDM's 2012 President's Convocation.  The annual day-long event serves as the kick-off of the 2012-13 academic year for faculty and staff.  Watch for more details as the date approaches.

Convocation picnic

Colleague Development Days, Aug. 22-23

The Office of Academic Affairs will hold Colleague Development Days on Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 23.  Sessions will be offered on topics like the social change model, working with international students and online tutorials.  Also, Marilee Bresciani, professor of Postsecondary Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, will host a workshop entitled, “How well are you organized to deliver the learning that you value?”  Mark your calendar and watch for more information in coming weeks.

Dental school students help Pontiac kids

UDM School of Dentistry students were in Pontiac, July 16 to provide children with free dental screenings and hygiene education.  The effort, held at Pontiac non-profit center The Power Company, was funded by the Children's ToothFairy Foundation.  Read more in the Oakland Press article, which includes a video clip of the event.

Garibaldi honored by Detroit City Council

UDM President Antoine Garibaldi was honored by the Detroit City Council in the Council Chamber, June 25.  Council Member Saunteel Jenkins presented a testimonial resolution to Garibaldi for making a difference in the community during his first year at University of Detroit Mercy.  More photos are online.

Garibaldi with City Council
President Garibaldi (third from left) with Detroit City Council, June 25.

Jesuit app

Take the Jesuits with you via your iPhone or iPad!  A new app allows you to find nearby Jesuit institutions, latest news and Jesuit prayers on your device.  (A version for other devices is forthcoming.)  See Jesuit.org for more.

Two international visiting scholars join CBA

Two men from distant countries have come to UDM's College of Business Administration (CBA) as visiting scholars.  Xiaoling He, associate professor of Quantitative Finance at Zhejiang University of Science and Technology in China, is spending 2012 here to study Western markets.  His recent research interest involves a financial markets model using mathematical physics and stochastic noise theory.

Also, Markus Oberndorfer, a doctoral candidate at the Technical University of Chemnitz in Germany, spent several weeks this summer as a visiting scholar at the CBA.  Marcus, while researching ways to ease the problems of shrinking populations like those occurring in rural Germany, studied Detroit for ideas on urban renewal.

Cuba education tour

Faculty, staff and students from across UDM participated in a 10-day education and culture program in Havana, Cuba, April 28 through May 6.  Participants explored historical sites, visited an organic farm and urban forest, met with school and community leaders and visited Cuba's literacy center.  Students enrolled in Comparative Education, Intercultural Communications and Cuban Culture completed winter term with a culminating research project central to their experiences in Havana.  The program is scheduled to run again at the end of winter term 2013.  To learn more about the program, visit the website at mercytocuba.com or contact Lara Wasner, director of Language & Cultural Training at 313-993-1191 or by email.

Group in Cuba
UDM group in Havanna last spring.

Student Fitness Center t-shirts now on sale

Order your Student Fitness Center t-shirt in time for the grand opening this September!  For only $15, not only do you get a cool shirt, but you will help fund fitness equipment for the facility.  Join the excitement of the Student Fitness Center and order your t-shirt today, by visiting the Student Fitness Center site.  For more information on the Student Fitness Center and on the t-shirts, follow us on Twitter.

Urban agriculture symposium video online

Video is now online from the Urban Farming Symposium, hosted May 18 by the School of Law 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.  Watch the videos on UDM's YouTube channel.

Boston Market discount for UDM

Boston Market on Livernois Avenue offers UDM students, faculty and staff a 20 percent discount when you tell them you're from UDM, as by showing a UDM ID card.  Visit the Boston Market restaurant on the east side of Livernois Avenue between McNichols Road and Seven Mile Road.

Libraries/IDS publishes 1970s yearbooks

The UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio (IDS) has released the 1976 and 1977 Tower yearbooks into the digital archives.  This month they have also released the 1976 digitized Dental School yearbook titled Images '76.  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.

UDM Theatre Company receives nomination

An actor in the UDM production of Dogman's Last Stand, Joel Mitchell, has been nominated for a 2012 Wilde Award for best performance by an actor in a comedy.  The Wilde Awards, which recognize noteworthy achievements in Michigan professional theater, are presented by EncoreMichigan.com, an online publication focused on Michigan's professional theater industry.  See the 2012 Wilde Awards nominations.

2012 Common Read

The Last Lecture, the book by late Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Randy Pausch, is UDM's "common read" for the 2012-2013 academic year.  All first-year students are expected to read the book over the summer and participate in discussions during activities planned for fall term.  UDM employees may wish to join in the common read program to enable conversations across campus.  The book is available in the UDM Barnes & Noble bookstore.

Thumbs Up!

Margaret Auer, dean of University Libraries & Instructional Design Studio, was honored on May 22 by the Women's National Book Association, Detroit Chapter with the Distinguished Member Service Award.  It is only the third time in the chapter's forty-six year history that the award has been given.

Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Systems Rita Barrios was appointed to the executive board of Michigan Council of Women in Technology as co-vice president of Partner Development.  In this role, she will assist the organization in the development of partnerships with the information technology industry and academia.

Nancy Calley, associate professor of Counseling & Addiction Studies, wrote the article, "Juvenile offender recidivism:  An examination of risk factors," which was published last May in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.

Roy E. Finkenbine, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education, is featured in the AP article, "How did ex-slave’s letter to master come to be?," published July 14.  Read the full article on the Salt Lake Tribune site.

UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi participated in the panel discussion, "Higher Education Tomorrow," with other higher education leaders, at the 2012 conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, held June 27 in Chicago.

David Koelsch, clinical associate professor of Law, is featured in a WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) Target 8 story, "Sex-smuggled woman fears snakeheads, ICE," about young woman facing deportation back to China, from where she was sold into slavery as a sex worker.  Go to the story.

Professor of Philosophy David Koukal wrote the article, "A little corner of Shimer," recently published in the his alma mater's alumni magazine, The Shimer College Symposium.  In the article, Koukal describes how his master's-level course "Phenomenology and Architecture" has evolved, in collaboration with students in UDM's School of Architecture.

Sheryl McGriff, dean of the UDM Career Education Center, co-planned the Michigan American Council on Education (ACE) Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education's inaugural Women of Color Collaborative pre-conference symposium, held May 21 in East Lansing, Mich.  On May 31, McGriff gave the presentation, "Faculty of color in religious universities: Challenges and opportunities," at the annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education in New York City.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes presented the paper, "Do Not Screen," at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, held at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada on May 30.

Gilbert Sungera, S.J., through his role in the UDM Liturgical Consulting Service, assisted with the planning and design of a new Jesuit community residence in Fairfield, Conn.  The resulting Jesuit community center has won a design award from American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Find out more on the AIA site.

Takako Tanaka, associate professor of Biomedical & Diagnostic Sciences, has successfully passed Diplomate's examination for the American Board of Oral Medicine and has received Fellowship in Dental Surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

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