UDM Campus Connection

October 16, 2012

Costumed child gets candy at Safety Street

Safety Street needs candy for Oct. 26

To provide safe trick-or-treating for local neighborhood children, the UDM Student Programming Board will host the 23rd annual Safety Street Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 26 from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.  Please help support Safety Street by donating bags of candy to be passed out at "haunted house" facades that are built and decorated for the event.  Candy must be received in the Student Life Office by Monday, Oct. 22.  See the Safety Street page.

Nominate a colleague for a CTE award by Nov. 5

Nominate that great, deserving colleague of yours for a Commitment to Excellence (CTE) award!  UDM established the CTE awards to recognize outstanding staff and administration members.  Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5.  Instructions, criteria and a list of past recipients are on the Commitment to Excellence Award page.

Engineering faculty study innovation at Skunk Works

As part of the Kern Family Foundation grant program studying intra-corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, UDM Professors of Mechanical Engineering Leo Hanifin and Jonathan Weaver visited the Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs facility near Los Angeles.  The facility, widely known as the Skunk Works, is famous for its development of a number of landmark aircraft such as the P-80, the first jet fighter used by the U.S. Air Force, and the F-117 Stealth Fighter.  Find out more about the Kern Family Foundation grant program.

Men at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works facility
Members of the Kern grant group at the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, from left: Ross Lee, assistant professor of Engineering at Villanova University, and UDM Professors of Mechanical Engineering Jonathan Weaver and Leo Hanifin.

Join a UDM service trip

UDM faculty, administrators and staff are encouraged to consider joining students on one of the three upcoming Alternative Break trips.  University Ministry has planned Alternative Winter Break (AWB) in early January, Alternative Spring Break (ASB) in early March and the International Service Experience (ISE) in late April/early May. Applications for the AWB trip can now be downloaded from Ministry's service immersion trips page.

Faith and politics talk, Oct. 24

University Ministry will host award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker David Gibson at UDM on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.  Gibson will give the presentation, "The dilemma of the Catholic voter: Faith, politics and the Church in 2012."  The subject should be timely for anyone interested in the presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

CLASA human rights events Oct. 25 - Nov. 14

The Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) at UDM will hold a series of events over the next four weeks focused on human rights and social activism in Latin America and around the world.  Details about the visiting speakers are on the CLASA events page.  Here is a summary:

  • Arizona's banned Mexican-American studies program
    Chiara Cannella
    Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
    Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 115
  • The struggle for land and lives in Colombia
    Francia Marquez
    Monday, Oct. 29 (two times)
    11 a.m. - Briggs Building, Room 348
    7:30 p.m. - Commerce & Finance Building, Room 209
  • Concern International in Haiti
    Chaungo Barasa
    Friday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m.
    Briggs Building, Room 348
  • Human trafficking
    Cherie Sammis and Deborah Drennan
    Thursday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m.
    Briggs Building, Room 310
  • Liberation struggles in Africa
    Prexy Nesbitt
    Wednesday, Nov. 14, noon
    Briggs Building, Room 348
  • Fighting racism in South Africa and the U.S.
    Prexy Nesbitt
    Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
    Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 113
McCallums on Fox 2 TV

Coach McCallum and son on WJBK-TV

On Oct. 11, UDM Men's Basketball Coach Ray McCallum appeared with his player and son Ray McCallum, Jr. on a Fox 2 News "Sports Works" segment to talk about the upcoming season, following last year's Horizon League championship win.  Watch it on the Titan's YouTube channel.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Nursing Maureen Anthony received the 2011-2012 Medsurg Nursing Clinical Scholarship/Best Practice Writer's Award at the annual convention of the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 6.

The American Society for Engineering Education has invited Professor of Mechanical Engineering Leo E. Hanifin to serve as a member of the Clement J. Freund Award Committee for the 2012-2013 Society year.  (Clement Freund was dean of the University of Detroit College of Engineering and Architecture from 1932 through 1962.)

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon was the keynote speaker for the 2012 conference of the Michigan Council for Human Resource Management in Novi, Mich., Oct. 9. His topic was "Leaders in a turbulent world."

David Nantais, director of University Ministry and author of the book Rock-a My Soul: An Invitation to Rock Your Religion, was invited to speak on a panel at the March 2013 South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.  The panel, "Into the mystic: Secular music as a quest for more," will address the relationship between spirituality and popular music.

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