UDM Campus Connection

October 2, 2012

Men at capsule burial
From left, the School of Law's IT Director Chris Congdon, Dean Lloyd Semple and Student Services Assistant Jeffrey Johnson bury the time capsule, Oct. 1.

School of Law buries time capsule

On Oct. 1, the 100th anniversary of its founding, UDM's School of Law held a ceremony to bury a time capsule at the Riverfront Campus. In the spring, a concrete pad will mark the location with an embedded plaque that asks that the capsule be unearthed on Oct. 1, 2062.  Among the items in the capsule are newspapers, an incandescent light bulb, a bluebook, a Scantron sheet and a penny.  How many of these things will still be in use in 50 years? See a photo gallery of the event.

Climate change film, Oct. 5

Join the UDM Green Team for a screening of the 2011 Academy Award-nominated short film, Sun Come Up, Friday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. in the Chemistry Building lecture hall, room 114.  Refreshments will be provided.  Sponsored by Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, this national screening of the film coincides with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4), patron saint of those who promote ecology.  The film depicts the struggle of the inhabitants of the Cartaret Islands off Papua New Guinea, some of the world's first "climate refugees," who try to find a new home for their people as the rising ocean claims their homeland.  See the film trailerSee more about the UDM event.

People in boat
Image from the short film "Sun Come Up," which will be shown at UDM Friday, Oct. 5.

Apply for a Micro Mission Grant

Are you involved in an activity or event that supports UDM's mission?  If so, apply for a Mission Micro Grant by Friday, Oct. 24.  Mission Micro Grants range from $50 to $250 and are awarded to full- or part-time UDM staff or faculty members, to be used in support of mission-promoting activities, which could be anything from hosting a speaker, starting a project or taking a field trip.  Find out more on the Mission Micro Grant Program site.

Theatre discounts for UDM employees

The UDM Theatre Company is offering discounted season subscriptions for UDM faculty and staff.  The 2012-2013 series of productions begins with the play None of the Above, opening Friday, Oct. 5 at Marygrove College Theatre.  For more information on the Theatre Company season and tickets, see theatre.udmercy.edu.

School of Law uses grant to help veterans

The School of Law's Project SALUTE, directed by Tammy Kudialis, was awarded a $7,000 "Stand Down" grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.  The grant funded food and the distribution of hygiene kits during an event held at Macomb Community College on Sept. 20.  At the event, military veterans received a range of services including medical, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling and housing referrals.  It was also an opportunity for the community to thank the veterans for their service.

Volterra building
Site of the international college in Volterra, Italy.

UDM students to enjoy improvements in Italy

The Volterra/Detroit Foundation, led by Associate Professor of Architecture Wladek Fuchs, is celebrating the beginning of work to renovate an 18th-century building in Volterra, Italy for use as an international residential college.  The project will enhance the Volterra study-abroad program available to UDM students, and enable the School of Architecture to restore the full semester summer program in Volterra in 2013.  For more information about the Volterra Summer Program, see the Architecture Study Abroad page.

Get ready for Ethics Bowl, Nov. 16

The 13th annual UDM Ethics Bowl is a fun and engaging campus-wide event that lets students, employees and alumni participate in a game-show format to discuss ethical dilemmas.  Any UDM students can form teams and any employees can help as judges and moderators.  No special ethical knowledge is needed!  The 2012 Ethics Bowl will take place on McNichols Campus on Friday, Nov. 16 from noon to 6 p.m.  Encourage students to participate, and consider volunteering yourself!  The first-place team will represent UDM at a regional Ethics Bowl in Chicago.  For more details and contact information, see the Ethics Bowl website.

UDM anchors the Livernois Corridor

UDM is mentioned in a recent newspaper article for its efforts in helping revive the stretch of Livernois Avenue from McNichols Avenue to Eight Mile Road, once widely known as the Avenue of Fashion.  The Sept. 29 Detroit News article, "Entrepreneurs breathe new life into Livernois," was written by recent alumnus Michael Martinez.  For more, see the UDM page on the Livernois Revitalization Tour.

Visit Day, Oct. 6

UDM will host high school juniors and seniors for a campus visit day, Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.  Attendees will learn about UDM's academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, as well as tour McNichols Campus and meet current UDM students and parents.  The UDM Bookstore will be open during the visit, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thumbs Up!

On Sept. 19, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education Roy E. Finkenbine gave the lecture, "The causes of the Civil War," to the Adult Learning Institute (an affiliate of Elderhostel) at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon was the keynote speaker for the Senior Men's Club of Birmingham Luncheon, Sept. 28.  McKinnon's presentation was titled "The future of the City of Detroit."

Mitzi M. Saunders, associate professor of Nursing and coordinator of the Clinical Nurse Specialist online program, gave the educational presentation, "Role of the adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist," to hospital administrators and the Advanced Practice Nurse Council membership at Bronson Methodist Hospital, in Kalamazoo, Mich., Sept. 20.

Professor of History Greg Sumner will present his twelfth annual fall film and discussion series at the Rochester Hills Public Library, Tuesdays on Oct. 9 and 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  This year's subject is "The Cuban Missile Crisis, 50 years later."

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