UDM Campus Connection

September 4, 2012

Celebrate Spirit!

Celebrate Spirit!, Sept. 20

Celebrate Spirit! is when UDM faculty, staff and students of all faith traditions gather for the official welcome to the new school year.  The McNichols Campus class schedule on Thursday, Sept. 20 will be adjusted to create a free period for the following festivities:

  • Mass of the Holy Spirit
    11:30 a.m. in Calihan Hall
    Rev. John Staudenmaier, S.J., will lead the service, during which Karen Schneider, RSM, will offer a reflection (See more about Sr. Schneider).
  • Grand opening of the Student Fitness Center
    1 p.m.
  • Picnic and Student Organization Fair
    1:30 p.m. on Lillie B. Kassab Mall
    (south side of Student Fitness Center)
    Picnic lunch is sponsored by Chrysler Group LLC. During this time there will also be tours and activities inside the Student Fitness Center.

The regular class schedule resumes at 2:30 p.m.  For information on the history of this tradition and details on the events of the day, see the Celebrate Spirit! website.

Mercy International Centre
Mercy International Centre, in Dublin, Ireland, the site of the first House of Mercy.

Mercy Day, Sept. 24

UDM's religious sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy, celebrate Mercy Day on Sept. 24, in recognition of the date on which Catherine McAuley began the first House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland. She used the resources she had available to build a home for women who had none, and to educate those whom she could.  For more, see this Sisters of Mercy of the Americas History of Mercy site.

Renovated Titan Dining Room now open

The newly improved Titan Dining Room (TDR) is now open for the academic year!  Come see all the renovations and additions, like the McNichols Deli, the M-10 Grill and "The D."  The TDR offers all-you-care-to-eat dining with a variety of meal options, including pizza, entrées prepared before your eyes, a soup and salad bar and a full line of desserts.

Photos from the new Titan Dining Room

Thumbs Up!

Libby Balter Blume, professor of Psychology and co-director of the Community Development program housed in the School of Architecture, facilitated a workshop for The Alley Project (TAP Gallery), entitled "Southwest Detroit: Art impacting a neighborhood," Aug. 18, during MicroFest Detroit, a national conference sponsored by the Network of Ensemble Theatres.

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon escorted 19 Detroit-area high school students to Washington, D.C., for the annual National Summer Youth Leadership Seminar, July 15-21. The seminar, titled "Bringing the lessons home," is sponsored by the National Holocaust Museum, with the purpose of educating students about violence and what they can do to prevent it.

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