UDM Campus Connection

February 12, 2013

Detroit Future City book

Detroit's future in the spotlight

What is the future of the city of Detroit? How can we help make it better? Associate Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera will speak about Detroit Future City, the highly anticipated strategic blueprint for Detroit's future, on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center.

Pitera, related to his role as director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center housed in the School of Architecture, was involved in developing the Detroit Future City plan through the Detroit Works Long Term Planning project.  For more information, see the UDM news release and the Feb. 10 Detroit Free Press article, "Detroit planners try a softer approach to urban renewal," which quotes Pitera.

Leadership, service and mission presentation, Feb. 20

UDM faculty, staff and administrators are invited to hear Associate Professor of Psychology Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster give the presentation, "Leadership, service and mission," on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at noon in McNichols Library, room 324.  The talk covers what our students report about their UDM experience that influences student development and outcomes.  Find out more about the presentation and learn how to register to attend on the event page.

Extended bookstore hours for upcoming events

The UDM Bookstore in the Student Center will extend its business hours for the following events.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 12 – open until 6:30 p.m., leading up to the 7 p.m. men's basketball game against Cleveland State in Calihan Hall.  The Bookstore will also have a presence in the Commerce & Finance Building for the Lois Leveen book event from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 16 – open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Visit Day on McNichols Campus.
Allida Black
Allida Black

Human rights presentation, Feb. 20

Allida Black, research professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University and the executive editor of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park digital resource, will visit UDM to give the presentation, "Tomorrow is now: A world grounded in human rights," on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge.  Black will discuss the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including how it applies to the work done at Detroit's Freedom House with asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking.  All are welcome to the event, and students are encouraged to attend.

Emergency response plan prepared

The UDM Emergency Response Planning Committee, in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), has made available the University's 2013 Emergency Response Plan.  You can access the plan on the DPS Emergency Readiness site.  A forum to discuss the plan and emergency readiness issues will be held Wednesday, March 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the McNichols Library, room 324.

Service trip to east coast, April 27 - May 5

University Ministry is organizing a service trip to Breezy Point, New York to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  Participants will leave Detroit on Saturday, April 27 and return on Sunday, May 5. This trip is open to all UDM employees, students and alumni. The cost is $299 per person and all participants are asked to help with fundraising to cover the actual cost of over $600 per person.  For more information, visit the Ministry office in the Student Center or call the office at 313-993-1560.

ILS announces Ford service learning partnerships

UDM's Institute for Leadership & Service (ILS) and the Ford Motor Company Fund have announced 11 funded Ford Community Corps partnerships formed by faculty and student leaders to implement service-learning projects in metropolitan Detroit.

The partnerships are intended to broaden students' classroom learning through community engagement, assist faculty in identifying and using the best practices in service learning, and to strengthen the University's commitment to serving our community.  The projects and grant winners are as follows.  For more information please visit udmercy.edu/institute.

  • Biology students: tutoring and guiding students about biology at Loyola High School and students at Mercy Education Project (Associate Professor of Biology Mary Bee; Rami Nazar, student leader)
  • Architecture students: empowering middle school students in the Brightmoor neighborhood to generate ideas about their community and the city of Detroit, as well as to enhance their ability to express and communicate those ideas. (Assistant Professor of Architecture Claudia Bernasconi; Mariarosaria DiPalo, student leader)
  • Health Professions students: assisting urban elders who live in long-term facilities in the City of Detroit. Students will interact with residents to help them feel valued and respected. (Assistant Professor of Nursing Jean Gash; David Gakstatter, student leader)
  • Computer & Information Systems students: developing a consistent and professional accounting system to improve Gesu School's financial effectiveness (Assistant Professor Jeffrey Ingalsbe; Sakinah Tanzil, student leader)
  • Law students: providing assessment and consulting to low-income immigrants from a vast array of countries in the Great Detroit Area. (Clinical Associate Professor of Law Dave Koelsch; Rebecca Saldana, student leader)
  • Health Professions students: working with Medicare and Medicaid patients of the McAuley Heath Center on establishing their awareness of benefits (Assistant Professor of Health Services & Health Services Administration Maia Platt; Tiffany Dobbins, and Chantal Letts, student leaders)
  • Law students: assisting homeowners who face foreclosure eviction (Clinical Assistant Professor of Law Joon Sung; Matthew Nicols, student leader)
  • Mathematics students: providing financial workshops to a cohort of Detroit residents (Associate Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science & Software Engineering Xiaohui Zhong; Heifai Cheng, student leader)
  • Psychology & Leadership students: Providing mentorship to students attending Loyal High School (Associate Professor of Psychology Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster; Nicole Meisner, student leader)
  • Residence Life students: providing an interactive health and athletic one-day camp for children in the community, while also showing first-year University students the importance of being involved in service. (Fatimah Muhammad, supervisor; Jason Beaver and Shannon Canavan, student leaders)
  • International students: providing a cultural club after-school program to teach children attending Gesu Elementary about a different culture. (Fatimah Muhammad, supervisor; Zijun Chen, student leader)

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Business Administration Gerald F. Cavanagh, S.J., Associate Professor of Accounting Jeanne M. David and Director of the Catholic Studies Program Simon J. Hendry, S.J., authored the article, "Using principles of Catholic social thought to evaluate business activities," published in the winter 2013 issue of Journal of Catholic Social Thought.  The article introduces the principles of Catholic social thought and compares the worker and environmental policies of Walmart and Costco.  It also presents those Catholic principles in a table that eases similar evaluation other business firms.

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

John Staudenmaier, S.J., UDM assistant to the president for Mission & Identity, was part of WDIV-TV's news coverage of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.  You can watch the clip on the UDM YouTube channel.

Kathy Zhong, associate professor of Mathematics, Computer Science & Software Engineering, and Utpal Dutta, professor of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, presented the paper, "A LRT operation and maintenance cost model to perform sensitivity analysis," at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, on Jan. 16 in Washington, D.C.

Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education Roy E. Finkenbine gave the talk, "Before they called it the Underground Railroad," at the annual Freedom Landing Festival, held at the North American Black History Museum in Amherstburg, Ontario, Feb. 2.

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