UDM Campus Connection

September 18, 2012

Celebrate Spirit!

Celebrate Spirit!, Thursday, Sept. 20

Celebrate Spirit! will take place Thursday, Sept. 20.  To enable everyone to attend the events, the McNichols Campus class schedule will be adjusted.  Join in as UDM faculty, staff and students of all faith traditions gather for the official welcome to the new school year, as well as for the Student Fitness Center grand opening, a picnic and the Student Organization Fair.

  • 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
    Ribbon cutting at 1 p.m.
    Activities continue until 10 p.m.

    Check out all the grand opening activities in the Center
  • Picnic and Student Organization Fair
    1:30 p.m. on Lillie B. Kassab Mall
    (south side of Student Fitness Center)
    Thanks to picnic lunch sponsor Chrysler Group LLC!

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. And don't forget you can help people in Detroit by contributing items to the Celebrate Spirit! donation drive.

U.S.News 2013 Best Colleges

"U.S.News" ranks UDM among best colleges

For the 12th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest Best Regional Universities in the 2013 edition of U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges." In addition to the University's ranking — rising from #23 to #20 in the magazine's annual list of regional universities — UDM was also one of the highest in the state.  For more, see the UDM news release.

Presentation: Karen Schneider, RSM, Sept. 19

All are invited to attend the presentation, "Mercy makes a difference," by Sr. Karen Schneider, RSM, M.D., on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.  Sr. Schneider teaches and practices pediatric emergency medicine at The Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, Md.  Throughout the year, she takes medical residents to developing countries to offer free health care to the underserved.  Find out more about her work.  Sr. Schneider will also take part in the Celebrate Spirit! service, Thursday, Sept. 20.

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

Mercy Day, Sept. 24

The Sisters of Mercy and Associates invite the UDM community to join in the celebration of Mercy Day, the anniversary of Catherine McAuley's opening of the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland in 1827.  Please stop by the first floor of the Student Center near University Ministry and the Bookstore on Monday, Sept. 24 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy a Mercy Day treat with us! For more, see the History of Mercy site.

Dentistry volunteers help hundreds

Volunteers from UDM's School of Dentistry, including students, faculty and alumni, donated their time and skills to provide free oral health screenings during the "Mack & Third Live" event, a concert and food drive to benefit homeless people, held Aug. 26 in Detroit.  Dental volunteers screened 438 people on site, identifying more than 140 people needing immediate consultation for serious problems, including possible oral cancer.  Also at the event, volunteers gave out 6,500 toothbrushes, 5,000 tubes of toothpaste and 9,500 packages of dental floss.

Play "Tommy's Tokens" to promote Titans and earn rewards

UDM Athletics has launched Tommy's Tokens, a new online game that lets Detroit Titans fans earn rewards for showing their support for UDM teams on social media like Facebook and Twitter. Fans can visit TommysTokens.com to start playing.  For more about the new program, see the Detroit Titans news release.

College of Engineering & Science hosts supporter

The College of Engineering & Science hosted Melissa Smith from DENSO International America, Sept. 14. The group toured the engineering lab and equipment at the College made possible by donations from DENSO North America Foundation.  DENSO also funds scholarships for engineering students at UDM.

Group at College of Engineering and Science
At the College of Engineering & Science (E&S), Sept. 14, from left: Shuvra Das, E&S associate dean; Mark Paulik, professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Gary Kuleck, E&S dean; Melissa Smith, program manager of Community Affairs for DENSO International America; and Nihad Dukan, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Thumbs Up!

Mary Beth Langan, co-director of Transfer Credit/Degree Audit in the Registrar's Office, was honored along with her husband Theodore Coutilish '94 with the Halstead-Bresnahan Family Award at the annual International Fragile X Conference in Miami, July 27. The award recognizes those who make a profound difference to families affected by Fragile X Syndrome.  Read more.

Associate Professor of Education and former Detroit Police Chief Isaiah McKinnon appeared on local ABC television affiliate WXYZ Channel 7 as well as on ABC national news Sept. 10 to speak about proper police procedures in barricaded gunman situations, like that following the murder of West Bloomfield Township Officer Patrick O'Rourke on Sept. 9.  Also, McKinnon appeared on WJR's The Warren Pierce Show Sept. 9 to discuss crime in the city of Detroit.

John Staudenmaier, S.J., is featured in a WDIV-TV Local 4 News report, "Detroit's historical moonlight towers now light up Texas town," Sept. 14. Fr. Staudenmaier discusses the 19th-century carbon arc lighting towers which used to light up Detroit's nights. See the story.

As UDM's Theatre Company awaits news on more than ten theater award nominations for the 2011-2012 season, the production of Autobahn was selected for the Best Scenic Design award from the Rogue Critic.

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