UDM Campus Connection

March 19, 2013

UDM celebrates the election of Pope Francis

It is an exciting time for Catholics, especially the Society of Jesus! On March 13, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., of Argentina was elected as Supreme Pontiff, the 265th successor of Peter, and he chose the name Francis. He is the first Latin American Pope, the first Jesuit Pope and the first “Francis” in the pontificate.

Pope Francis at window

How will a Jesuit Pope lead? Author Chris Lowney, formerly a Jesuit seminarian who later served as an international corporate leader, wrote the book, Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World, about the leadership principles of the Society of Jesus. Lowney will be at UDM on Tuesday, April 9 to offer his perspective on Jesuit leadership, and the idea that each of us has a leadership opportunity and responsibility. Find out more about Lowney's visit on the event page.

For more about Pope Francis, see the following pages:

Medical mission trip to Guyana

A team of UDM Health Professions faculty traveled with physicians and other health care professionals to South America earlier this month for a medical mission to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Georgetown, Guyana.

During the week of March 4, the group provided a wide variety of services at the hospital, including direct care like surgeries and medical assessments, as well as educational lectures, training and administrative assistance for the hospital. The trip will also prepare the College of Health Professions to take students on future missions.

UDM faculty on the mission included Associate Professor Maureen Anthony, Assistant Professor Jean Gash and Professor Carla Groh from the McAuley School of Nursing, and Associate Professor of Health Services & Health Services Administration Mary Kelly, RSM.

Groh and student in classroom
Nursing Professor Carla Groh, left, is thanked by a student after giving a lecture to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Nursing School in Georgetown, Guyana.

Titans sports update

The men's basketball team will travel to Tempe, Ariz. to face Arizona State in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, beginning at 10 p.m. ET and will be televised live nationally on the ESPNU network. See more.

Meanwhile, for the first time since the early years of Titans basketball, the Detroit women's team will also play in the post-season for the second year in a row. The UDM women were selected as the top seed in the east region bracket of the Women's Basketball Invitational, and they will host the Belmont Bruins on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in Calihan Hall. See more.

The men's lacrosse team will return to Titan Field this Saturday, March 23 at noon to host Virginia Military Institute. An Easter egg hunt for kids age 12 and under will take place before the game. For news on all the Detroit Titans teams, see DetroitTitans.com.

Students at convention
Members of the UDM ADEA student chapter at the ADEA annual meeting, March 18 in Seattle.

Dental student groups win recognition

The UDM chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) was recognized March 8 with a national award as the most improved chapter, during the ASDA's annual meeting in Atlanta. Across the country, at the annual meeting of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Seattle, the UDM ADEA student chapter was honored with both the Distinguished Chapter Award and Best Membership Communication Award by the ADEA Council of Students, Residents and Fellows, March 18.

Thumbs Up!

Professor Nizar Al-Holou and Assistant Professor Chaomin Luo of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department have been named vice chairs, respectively, of the Computer chapter and the Computational Intelligence chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers of Southeastern Michigan.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Justin Kelly, S.J., gave the talk, "'Mr. Darcy is all politeness': Civility and incivility in Pride and Prejudice," as part of a panel presentation at the March meeting of the Michigan Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), which took place in Lansing-Reilly Hall, March 3. This year JASNA is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen's beloved novel.

Matt Mio, associate professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has been selected as chair of all undergraduate programming at the American Chemical Society national meeting, taking place in April in New Orleans.

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