UDM Campus Connection

November 6, 2012


Dean receives award from Michigan Library Association

Margaret Auer, UDM dean of Libraries & Instructional Design Studio, has been honored by the Michigan Library Association (MLA) with a new award, the President's Award for Service to MLA.  The award was established this year to honor MLA members for significant service to the organization.  The award recognizes Auer for an exceptional body of volunteer work over a period of years.  For a list of Auer's contributions to the MLA, see the Association award page.

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Talk: Community Murals and the Beauty of Justice, Nov. 7

Maureen H. O'Connell, associate professor of Theology at Fordham University, will be at UDM Wednesday, Nov. 7 to discuss topics from her most recent book, If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice.  Her talk, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Ford Life Sciences, Room 113, will cover the theological and moral significance of urban murals.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  See the event page for more.

Maestro John McLaughlin to talk about movie music, Nov. 8

On Thursday, Nov. 8, Grammy Award-winning conductor and violinist John McLaughlin will return to UDM to discuss "The music of Hollywood," from 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. in the Chemistry Building, room 114.  McLaughlin will offer his comments about motion picture music, ranging from that of classic composers to those scoring films today.  For more information, contact Associate Professor of Performing Arts Gail Mitchell at mitcheg@udmercy.edu.

Finance students help Detroit schoolchildren

Finance students of Assistant Professor Omid Sabbaghi teach financial literacy to Detroit schoolchildren, through the "Banking On Our Future" program instituted by Operation HOPE.  The service-learning requirement puts undergraduate and MBA student in Detroit schools to teach topics including "finance and dignity," banking, credit and investments.  The program focuses on teaching children in impoverished areas how to get ahead through understanding money and entrepreneurship.  See an Operation HOPE article about the collaboration.

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A UDM Finance student teaches Detroit school children financial literacy as part of a service-learning project.

UDM and Marygrove basketball squads team up to clean up

Student-athletes from UDM's women's basketball team joined with their Marygrove College counterparts, as well as with coaches, staff and members of the College Core Block Club, to clean up their neighborhood, Nov. 4.  Find links to the TV coverage of their joint community service project and a photo gallery on DetroitTitans.com.

New UDM home page design is online

The UDM home page has a new look!  The latest design is based on industry research and reflects the intention of helping visitors find the information they want quickly, while also showing University highlights in a dynamic manner.  Changes include direct links to UDM school and college sites, more prominence for "About UDM" and less visual clutter.  Check it out at www.udmercy.edu.

Study Abroad Fair and International Luncheon, Nov. 15

UDM's Language & Cultural Training Program and the International Student Office invite everyone to attend this year's International Luncheon and Study Abroad Fair, Thursday, Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.  This annual event is held during International Education Week and showcases UDM faculty-led international study and service programs.  Come enjoy the food and find out about UDM programs in Brazil, China, France, England, Italy, Jamaica, Poland, Spain and Turkey.  The meal is free for those with the Titan Meal Plan and $6.95 for others.

UDM to require wearing "prox" cards, starting Nov. 12

In an effort to enhance campus security, all faculty, staff and students will be required to wear their University-issued identification “prox” cards, effective Monday, Nov. 12.  You can pick up a free UDM lanyard with plastic card holder at the Titan Information Center in the Student Center.  The Titan Information Center can also provide replacement ID cards if they are lost or outdated. Visit the Parking & ID Office web page for hours and additional information.

Michigan Collegiate Job Fair, Nov. 16

Encourage your graduating seniors to consider taking part in the Michigan Collegiate Job Fair, Nov. 16 in Livonia, Mich.  More than 100 employers are expected to be on hand, and UDM's Career Education Center is arranging free registration for some students and transportation to the event.  Registration is due Friday, Nov. 9.  For more information, or to register, contact Emily Reetz in the UDM Career Education Center, at 313-993-1444 or reetzes@udmercy.edu.

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Yearbook archive updated to 1981

The UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio is pleased to announce the release of the 1980 and 1981 Tower Yearbooks into the digital archives.  Additional yearbooks will be added every two months until the online collection is complete and up to date. To view this and other digital collections, please visit the Library's Special Collections site, or go straight to the Yearbook collection page.

Safety Street hosts more than 500 trick-or-treaters

UDM's 2012 Safety Street Halloween party, held Oct. 26, received 1,094 pounds of candy, which was passed out to more than 500 children who visited McNichols Campus for the event.  See the photo gallery of the event.  Student organizations not only donated candy, but created decorative Safety Street facades.  School of Dentistry student organizations complemented the candy with tooth brushes and other dental hygiene items.  The Career Education Center supplied more candy than any other department, with no less than 71 pounds of candy!

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The UDM student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has been selected by the ACS to receive an Outstanding Award for its activities during the 2011-2012 academic year, one of 46 chapters to receive the honor out of 362 submissions.  Chapter faculty advisors  Assistant Professor Kendra Evans and Associate Professor Matthew Mio of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department were cited by the ACS president for their efforts, which "certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country."

John Freeman, professor of English, wrote the article, "At play in the cyber/fields of cultural production, or: How to be a stay-at-home mom and earn extra symbolic capital in your spare time," published in the journal CTheory, last month.  You can read the article on the CTheory website.

Professor of Philosophy David Koukal presented his paper, "Being with the homeless," at the annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, Nov. 1 in Rochester, N.Y.

In the McAuley School of Nursing, Assistant Professor Kathy Marshall and Clinical Assistant Professor Andrea Kwasky delivered the presentation, "Managing anxiety and stress," to members of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Metro Detroit, Sept. 29 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.  The two also gave the presentation, "Managing stress around the holidays," to 50 members of the Detroit Metro Chapter of The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Oct. 23 at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich.

Victoria Sepulveda, assistant professor of Counseling & Addiction Studies, co-wrote the article, "Salience, valence, context, and integration: Conceptualizing the needs of sexually and gender diverse youth in P-12 schools," which was recently accepted for publication in Journal of Homosexuality.

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