UDM Campus Connection

December 11, 2012

Sisters of Mercy Foundation Day, Dec. 12

On December 12, 1831, Catherine McAuley, Mary Ann Doyle and Elizabeth Harley professed vows as the first Religious Sisters of Mercy. The new Community of Mercy undertook a mission to serve the poor, sick and uneducated.  We therefore commemorate December 12 each year as Foundation Day, when we join Sisters of Mercy and Mercy companions, associates, volunteers and partners in ministry around the world to celebrate the beginning of the Mercy Institute.  Let us rejoice in the continued invitation to seek justice, to be compassionate and to reflect mercy to the world.  For more on Foundation Day, see the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community site.

Christmas Party and Employee Recognition Celebration, Dec. 14

The 2012 Christmas Party and Employee Recognition Celebration will be held Friday, Dec. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the new Student Fitness Center.  UDM employees are invited to come celebrate the season and our fellow employees for their years of service and their commitment to excellence.

Faculty Excellence award recipients

Three members of the UDM faculty were presented with awards during the Faculty Recognition Dinner, held Nov. 30.  Professor of Nursing Carla J. Groh and Professor of Orthodontics Richard Kulbersh both received the Distinguished Faculty Award, and Assistant Professor of Nursing Molly McClelland received the Faculty Achievement Award.

Groh, Kulbersh and McClelland
At the Nov. 30 Faculty Recognition Dinner, from left: Professor of Nursing Carla J. Groh, Professor of Orthodontics Richard Kulbersh and Assistant Professor of Nursing Molly McClelland.

Asher Law Clinic Center in the news

The Dec. 11 dedication of the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center has prompted a lot of media coverage about the Center, which houses 10 pro bono legal clinics supported by the UDM School of Law.  Read more about the Center in the UDM news release. Below is some of the recent news coverage that has appeared in the media.

Men at Asher Law Clinic Center, cutting ribbon
At the Dec. 11 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center, from left: UDM Student Bar Association President Daniel Gordon, School of Law Dean Lloyd Semple, Center benefactor Anthony A. Asher, UDM President Antoine Garibaldi, Chair of the UDM Board of Trustees John D. Lewis ’74 and UDM Law student Michael Glynne.

New issue of "Research@UDM" is now online

The latest issue of Research@UDM is now online.  The newsletter, published once per term, highlights both student and faculty research and grant activity.  Take a look and see the great things your colleagues are doing!  Find all issues of Research@UDM on the Academic Affairs site.

Contribute to the UDM Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign

Lead by example by contributing to the UDM Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign to support education for students in need.  Gifts to the campaign further our mission of educating men and women for others and inspire our students in their pursuit of academic excellence.  Visit our Faculty & Staff Giving page to learn more about the impact of employee giving and to make your gift today. Thank you!

Support the Titans on TV, Dec. 15

The Fox Sports Detroit TV channel will broadcast the Saturday, Dec. 15 men's basketball game from Calihan Hall as the Detroit Titans host the Akron Zips, starting at noon.  Come show your Titan spirit during the televised game and cheer on the home team to victory!  Also, the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a "Faith Day" t-shirt.  See DetroitTitans.com for more UDM athletics news.

Thumbs Up!

Assistant Professor of Computer & Information Systems Rita Barrios authored the article, "A multi-leveled approach to intrusion detection and the insider threat," which will be published in the Journal of Information Security in January 2013.

On Dec. 11, Professor of Business Administration Mike Bernacchi's "Entertainment and Sports Marketing" class met with Eli Bayless, director of Promotions and In-Game Entertainment for the Detroit Tigers, to present their ideas for bringing more young people to Tigers games. The event is similar to a presentation Bernacchi's class gave to the Detroit Lions.

Associate Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera was named in his role as Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at UDM as one of the top 100 most influential people/organizations in the country in the area of "public interest design."  Find out more in the School of Architecture news article.

This month, Seven Stories Press is releasing a paperback edition of Unstuck in Time, Professor of History Greg Sumner's study of the life and work of author Kurt Vonnegut.

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