UDM Campus Connection

August 14, 2012

President's Convocation: Monday, Aug. 20

UDM President Antoine Garibaldi has invited all faculty, administrators and staff to the 2012 President's Convocation, on Monday, Aug. 20. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Mass in the St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building.  A continental breakfast will be available beginning at 9 a.m. in the Hall of Fame Lobby of Calihan Hall.  The Convocation program will then begin in Calihan at 9:45 a.m., and will include a University update.  Following the program, all attendees are invited a picnic on the grass next to Buysse Ball Park, just west of the Briggs Building, followed by an afternoon of fun and games, including softball and volleyball as well as indoor games in the Library.  Casual summer attire is recommended, so you can enjoy the day's activities.

School of Law 100 Years

Law Centennial kick-off party, Aug. 24

The UDM School of Law will hold its Centennial Kick-off Party, Friday, Aug. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the School of Law parking lot (or the Atrium for inclement weather).  Alumni, faculty, staff and students will all kick off the Law School's Centennial festivities with live Motown music and a food truck rally serving the best of Detroit fare. Admission is $20 per person and attire is casual.  To register, go to the UDM Online Community site.

New E&S Dean Gary Kuleck

New dean named for College of Engineering & Science

University of Detroit Mercy has appointed Gary Kuleck, Ph.D., as the dean of the College of Engineering & Science, effective Aug. 16.  Kuleck joins the University community after three years as associate dean of Research, Graduate Studies and External Initiatives in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Prior to that position, he served for 14 years as a teacher-scholar and professor in the Department of Biology at Loyola Marymount.  For more, see the news release.

UDM School of Dentistry expands class size

The UDM School of Dentistry is pleased to announce that the Commission on Dental Accreditation has formally approved School plans to expand the Dentistry class to 160 dental students, up from a previous class size of 96.  The School has now accepted a total of 144 highly qualified students into the Class of 2016.  With this new larger class, the School will implement a revised curricular structure of two cohorts of students.

Mayor Bing and President Garibaldi tour Livernois

On Aug. 3, UDM President Antoine Garibaldi and University vice presidents participated in the Livernois Revitalization Tour with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and city and community partners.  For photos, video and news coverage, see UDM's Livernois Revitalization Tour page.

Mayor Bing with UDM President Garibaldi
Mayor of Detroit Dave Bing (left) with UDM President Antoine Garibaldi on the day of the Livernois Revitalization Tour, Aug. 3.

Detroit Titan Fan Fest returns to the Woodward Dream Cruise

UDM Titans will again be on hand during the Woodward Dream Cruise, Saturday, Aug. 18.  Situated on the east side of Woodward Avenue, just north of Normandy Road (between 13 Mile and 14 Mile Roads), the Detroit Titan Fan Fest will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., allowing fans to interact with University student-athletes from basketball, lacrosse, soccer and other teams.  Be sure to visit some Titans during the Dream Cruise and enjoy give-aways, popcorn, beverages and fun!

Colleague Development Days, Aug. 22-23

Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to participate in UDM's Colleague Development Days for 2012, taking place Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 23 on the McNichols Campus.  Please RSVP online.

  • Day One:
    Wednesday, Aug. 22 includes a series of information/best practice sessions (three per time-slot) to assist in updating and educating faculty, administrators and staff.  The topic of the closing session is an update from the core curriculum implementation committee. Day One sessions will be held in the Commerce & Finance and Chemistry Buildings and include a colleague networking luncheon.
  • Day Two:
    Thursday, August 23 is a half-day session focusing on outcomes assessment with guest facilitator, Marilee Bresciani, professor of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education at San Diego State University. The session will be held in the Student Center Fountain Lounge and will include a colleague-networking continental breakfast.

Please register to attend by Aug. 16.  Online registration is available on the EventBrite site.  Questions should be directed to the Career Education Center at 313-993-1017 or careerlink@udmercy.edu.

Mercy-sponsored Emerging Leaders Program profiled

A feature article about the Mercy Education Project's Emerging Leaders program was published by the Model D Media website in July, and was picked up nationally by the Huffington Post website.  Emerging Leaders is a four-week enrichment program held at University of Detroit Mercy, which increases Detroit middle school girls' awareness of college and career choices.  Read the article on the Model D Media site.

Students travel to Asia for China Summer Seminar

In July, UDM students spent 12 days on the other side of the globe, learning about urban issues and exploring contemporary culture in Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai, China as well as in Hong Kong.  Program highlights included climbing the Great Wall at Badaling, visiting the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and meeting students at several schools and universities.  The program is part of the Language & Cultural Training program's vision to expand international programming at UDM.  Lara Wasner, director of Language & Cultural Training, coordinated the program with Aloha Van Camp, associate professor of Sociology & Social Work, and Alan Grigg, instructor of Education.  For information about UDM's China Summer Seminar in 2013, contact Wasner at 313-993-1191 or wasnerle@udmercy.edu.

Group in China
UDM group at the Great Wall of China, in July.

Find the UDM Libraries archives & special collections on Pinterest

Pinterest is a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections.  The UDM Libraries and Instructional Design Studio (IDS) is taking part in Pinterest, at pinterest.com/udmarchives.  For questions, contact Libraries/IDS Associate Dean Sara Martin at martinsjk@udmercy.edu.

Thumbs Up!

On July 1, Professor of Philosophy David Koukal facilitated a workshop at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, during the annual meeting of the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture.  The workshop was a demonstration of a phenomenological method developed in collaboration with architecture students at UDM over the past six years.

Associate Professor of Psychology Judy McCown and doctoral candidate Holly Hale presented the poster, "Multidimensional social support experienced within World of Warcraft: Gender differences," at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, May 3 in Chicago.

Dean of the Career Education Center Sheryl McGriff facilitated a job search and resume writing workshop for the Mercy Volunteer Corp Transition Retreat, June 10 at the Sisters of Mercy Retreat Center in Farmington Hills, Mich.  McGriff was also an invited panelist for a Skills Gap Think Tank discussion of potential skills gaps and process gaps between employers and career services offices, at the annual Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance conference, June 12 in Lansing, Mich.

Associate Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera was featured in an Aug. 5 Detroit Free Press article about the Detroit Works project, for which Pitera serves as co-chairman of the long-term planning effort.

Shulamith Schlick, professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, was the speaker at the Women Chemists Committee Luncheon, June 6 in Dearborn, Mich., which was part of the 43rd Central Regional Meeting of the Americal Chemical Society.  Schlick's lecture was entitled "Clean energy for portable, stationary, and automotive applications: From oxygen radicals to fuel cells."

Professor of History Greg Sumner was elected vice-president of the Kurt Vonnegut Society at the American Literature Association annual meeting in May.  In July, Sumner gave bookstore talks in Cape Cod, Mass., and Ithaca and Sag Harbor, N.Y. about his Vonnegut study, Unstuck in Time.

With five international colleagues, Professor of Psychology Carol Weisfeld presented a paper at the biennial Congress of the International Society for Human Ethology, Aug. 13 in Vienna, Austria. The talk was entitled "Using actor-partner interdependence models to examine the influence of attractiveness, financial status and children variables on marital satisfaction."

In her role as a director of UDM's Institute of Leadership and Service (ILS), Associate Professor of Psychology Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster was a featured speaker at the 2012 Greenleaf Servant Leadership Conference, held in Ann Arbor, Mich. in April (download presentation - PDF).  Also in early 2012, Zimmerman-Oster was an invited panelist at two town hall meetings in Macomb County to discuss the issues of alcohol and marijuana use by youth.  ILS staff member Shan Ran also participated in each of these activities.

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