UDM Campus Connection

September 11, 2012

Celebrate Spirit!

Help the Celebrate Spirit! donation drive

As part of this year's Celebrate Spirit!, the College of Health Professions and University Ministry will collect your donations of small toys, children's books and toiletries to help two of UDM's community partners, the Mercy Primary Care Center and Sts. Peter and Paul Warming Center.  Starting on Monday, Sept. 17, yellow donation barrels will be placed around McNichols Campus.  Find out how you can help by reading the details on the Celebrate Spirit! donations page.

Register for UDM's emergency alert system

All UDM faculty, staff and students should confirm their information in UDM's free emergency alert system.  Please visit UDM's Rave Mobile Safety site to make sure you will receive timely alerts on class cancellations or other emergency notices via cell phone, landline phone or email.  To register, go to the Rave Mobile Safety site, and sign in with your TitanConnect user name and password.  Follow the site's instructions to confirm or modify your contact information.  You can also perform a test to make sure you receive system notices.

Old English D

UDM Night at Comerica Park, Sept. 22

UDM President Antoine Garibaldi throws out the first pitch during UDM Night at Comerica Park!  Join us for the fun on Saturday, Sept. 22 starting at 3:30 p.m. and watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins.  Tickets cost $58 and include exclusive access to the Pepsi Porch, dinner and a drink ticket.  Find out more and register on the UDM Online Community site.

Fund will help Michigan students attend college

UDM has established a Michigan Scholars Endowment Fund to increase the enrollment of academically talented Michigan high school graduates. Through the generosity of the Mary G. Stange Charitable Trust, which has pledged $1 million, UDM has begun to raise a match of $2 million for the new endowment scholarship fund.  When the challenge has concluded, at least $3 million will be available to provide full scholarship support for a distinguished group of high school graduates to attend UDM.  For more, see the UDM news release.

Titans basketball collage

Legends & Traditions Basketball Weekend, Sept. 21-22

The Detroit Titans men's basketball team will host a weekend of alumni events, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22 in Calihan Hall. The Detroit Titans Legends & Traditions Weekend will be attended by many former University student-athletes, from the 1950s to today.  The weekend begins Friday with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Dinner at 6:30 p.m. featuring the history of Titan baskeball, a silent auction and the Championship Ring Presentation for the 2012 Horizon League champions!

On Saturday, UDM will host a free youth clinic at noon and the Legends Basketball Game at 1 p.m., during which some of your favorite alumni players will hit the court in Calihan Hall once again.  Make sure to register for the Legends & Traditions Weekend by Wednesday, Sept. 19.  See DetroitTitans.com for more details.

Law School Centennial news

As part of its Centennial activities, UDM's School of Law will host its 100th annual Red Mass on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church (adjacent to the School of Law).  The Red Mass is an occasion for judges, lawyers and officials of all faiths to pray together for guidance at the beginning of the new judicial term.  This year, the Honorable Michael F. Cavanagh '62, '66, justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, will lead Red Mass attendees in a renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment.  A reception will follow.  Find out more about the 100th Red Mass in the UDM news release. Register to attend on the UDM Online Community site.

Also, The Legal News' Detroit edition published an article on the kick-off of the School's Centennial celebration.  Read the article on legalnews.com.

Student Fitness Center
UDM's new Student Fitness Center

Activate your Student Fitness Center membership

Current UDM students and employees enjoy free membership to UDM's new Student Fitness Center!  After your activate your membership, your UDM ID card allows you access to the Center.  To activate your membership, you must sign a liability waiver (found in the TitanConnect Self-Service system), and visit one of the activation stations.  For more details, see the Student Fitness Center site.

Nominate someone for a Commitment to Excellence Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Commitment to Excellence Awards.  UDM established the awards to recognize outstanding staff and administration members.  Instructions, criteria and a list of past recipients are on the Commitment to Excellence Award page.  Submit your nomination of an outstanding employee by Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Fragment of Constitution

UDM celebrates Constitution Day, Sept. 17

In honor of Constitution Day, Monday, Sept. 17, UDM will commemorate the adoption of the supreme law of the United States, as well as highlight the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.  The McNichols Campus Library will dedicate a display to Constitution-related books, posters and documents, and the UDM Libraries website will feature Constitution Day information and links to related websites, including to a three-dimensional virtual version of the National Archive, where the Constitution is housed.  The U.S. Constitution is the oldest written national constitution still in operation.

Core Curriculum update, Sept. 12

An update from UDM's Core Curriculum Implementation Committee will be given Wednesday, Sept. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in the McNichols Library, room 324.  If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Special Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lisa Zessin by email.

Broadside Press Poets' Theater, Sept. 16

On Sunday, Sept. 16, come hear live poetry, and share some of your own at the Broadside Press Poets' Theater, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Grounds Coffeehaus, downstairs in the Student Center.  The featured poet will be Clinton Anderson, followed by an open mic.  The Broadside Press Poets' Theater takes place in Grounds Coffeehaus on the third Sunday of each month.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, see the event page.

Biking event in Detroit

Midnight Bike Ride in Detroit, Sept. 21

Be a part of one of UDM's long-running traditions!  Bring or borrow a bike Friday, Sept. 21 to explore Detroit at night with a group from UDM.  Current UDM students can participate for free, and others may join the ride for $20, which includes a limited edition shirt.  Registration begins at 8 p.m. on the Lillie B. Kassab Mall on McNichols Campus and the ride begins at 9 p.m.  For more information, including the event waiver and registration form, see the UDM Midnight Bike Ride page.

Take the Titan fan survey by Sept. 21

Help UDM Athletics make game days the best they can be.  By taking the Titan fan survey by Friday, Sept. 21, you can offer your input about your experiences at Detroit Titans games.  For responding to the survey, you will receive a Qdoba Mexican Grill "buy one, get one free" coupon, and you will be entered to win a bus trip for two to one of the upcoming men's basketball away games.  Complete the survey today.

Nursing research project seeks participants

Professor Carla Groh and Clinical Assistant Professor Andrea Kwasky of the McAuley School of Nursing are recruiting young women ages 18-24, to participate in a study related to vitamin D and mood.  Please encourage your female students or other women in the target age group to join the study by calling Groh at 313-993-2487 (for college students/graduates) or Kwasky at 313-993-2448 (non-students/graduates).  Data collection will begin this month. Participants will learn about their vitamin D level and receive payment for participation.

Student arts journal and vintage yearbooks added to online archives

The UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio (IDS) continues to digitize UDM documents and add them to online collections.  UDM yearbooks have been added to the online collection for all years now up through 1979.  Additional yearbooks will be added every two months until the online collection is complete and up to date.

Also, the UDM undergraduate arts journal [sic] has been added to the digital archive, including every issue from the first (1992) to the most recent (2011).  To view these and other online collections, please visit the Libraries/IDS "Special Collections" page.

Thumbs Up!

UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi authored the chapter, "Prepare yourself well, set realistic goals, and all will fall in place," in Voices of Historical and Contemporary Black American Pioneers, vol. 4, edited by Vernon L. Farmer and Evelyn Shepherd-Wynn, published this year.

In the McAuley School of Nursing, Professor Carla Groh and Clinical Assistant Professor Andrea Kwasky wrote the article, "Vitamin D and depression: Is there a relationship in young women?" published in the July 2012 edition of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

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