UDM Campus Connection

October 30, 2012

Spiritus cover

Latest Spiritus magazine now online

The Fall 2012 issue of Spiritus, the University of Detroit Mercy alumni magazine, is now available online at udmercy.edu/spiritus.  In addition to the cover story about the centennial of the School of Law, stories include the opening of the new Student Fitness Center, news about University faculty, staff and alumni, a message from the President and more.

Law School centennial photo galleries

Visit the online photo galleries for pictures from the events of last weekend, which were part of the School of Law's centennial celebrations.  See the galleries for the Centennial Gala and the Centennial Mass.  For more about the School of Law events this centennial year, see the School's website.

100 Years sculpture
Ice sculpture at the School of Law Centennial Gala, held Oct. 27.

UDM Board of Trustees names four new members

University of Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees recently welcomed four new members: Brian Cloyd, vice president of Global Community Relations, Steelcase, Inc.; Frank Davis, executive director, North American Engineering, Ford Motor Company; Michael E. Debs, senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer, Kelly Services Inc. and Sr. Elizabeth (Betsy) A. Linehan, RSM, Ph.D., associate professor of Philosophy, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pa.  Find out more about these new UDM leaders in the UDM news release.

UDM student-athletes show highest Division I graduation rate in state

UDM student-athletes have once again received high marks in the annual Graduation Success Rate figures released by the NCAA. For the second straight year, the University boasts the highest rate in the State of Michigan among schools that offer athletic programs at the Division I level.  Find out more in the UDM news release.

Second Wednesday presentation: graphic novel as tutorial

For the next Second Wednesday event sponsored by Academic Affairs, the presentation will be "An academic collaboration in the re-creation of a library tutorial into a graphic novel," to be held Wednesday, Nov. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in the McNichols Campus Library, room 324.  The session will showcase the collaboration between a university librarian, an instructional designer, a professor and pre-service education students to use a graphic novel (a.k.a. comic book) to convey an information literacy topic.  Attendees will view the online graphic novel and refreshments will be provided.

Learn about atrocities by LRA, Joseph Kony in Africa

The group Invisible Children will bring the new film Move to campus Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.  The event is to raise awareness of the crimes of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) in Africa.  Among their acts, the LRA and its leader Joseph Kony use child soldiers.  In addition to a showing of the film, a guest from Uganda will speak about living through the abuses of the LRA.  Come to learn about the situation and discuss what it will take to end LRA violence.  For a short video about the LRA issue, watch "Who is the LRA?" (note: some disturbing imagery).  For more about the event, contact Andrea Katsiyiannis, secretary of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, by email or call 313-218-3389.

Painting by Sr. Gretchen Elliot, RSM

Library displays painting by Sister of Mercy

An original painting by the late Sr. Gretchen Elliot, RSM, former member of the UDM Board of Trustees and president of the former Sisters of Mercy Detroit Province, now hangs on the third floor of the McNichols Campus Library.  She said of the painting, "I wanted to study color, to explore the ways it can organize a painting, at the same time I wanted my work to have meaning beyond formalism."  Find out more about Sr. Elliot, and come by the Library to see her painting up close.

Any employee can be an Ethics Bowl judge

A large number of student teams have registered for the 2012 UDM Ethics Bowl, which will take place Friday, Nov. 16.  Faculty, staff and administrators are urged to consider serving as judges, if only for a round or two of this interesting event.  No special ethics knowledge is needed!  For details and contact information, see the Ethics Bowl site.

SDO Nursing students provide health screening event

A group of Second Degree Option (SDO) Nursing students planned, coordinated and implemented a health care event at the Parkside Homes public housing complex in Detroit, Oct. 24.  Working through UDM's McAuley Health Center, the students developed the community clinical project to provide type-2 diabetes screening for children and their parents in the Parkside area.

Group at community clinical event
The SDO Nursing students at the Oct. 24 screening event, from left: Christin Porro, Mary Embree, Betsy Cox, Detroit Lions mascot (not a student), Hani Mohamud, Kristie Degesie and Tammy Brown.

LCT continues English language program at Detroit Public Library

UDM's Language and Cultural Training (LCT) Program will continue its ongoing partnership with the Detroit Public Libraries (DPL) to offer English lessons for Spanish speaking adults, despite the Libraries' current budgetary restrictions.  Both UDM and DPL have worked to sustain the program, which runs at the Campbell Branch in southwest Detroit, and which is offered free of charge to all adults who want to learn basic English.  The Campbell Branch is a walkable distance for many in Detroit's largest Spanish-speaking community, who otherwise would not be able to take classes due to a lack of transportation.  To learn more, contact the Language & Cultural Training Program at 313-993-1102.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Nurshing Carla Groh and former Professor of Nursing Joan Urbancic were awarded the Alpha Sigma Nu 2012 Book Award for their publication, Women's Mental Health: A Clinical Guide for the Primary Care Provider.  Fifty books were submitted from 16 Jesuit universities for consideration in the Science category.

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