UDM Campus Connection

April 2, 2013

Chris Lowney and "Faith in the D" events, April 9

Author Chris Lowney will return to UDM on Tuesday, April 9 for two events. Formerly a Jesuit seminarian who later served as a managing director at JP Morgan & Co. on three continents, Lowney wrote Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World, about the Society of Jesus. At 12:45 p.m., he will give a presentation on "heroic living" especially for students, in the Ford Life Sciences Building, room 113.

Also on April 9, Lowney will join with local Jesuits beginning at 5:15 p.m. for the "Faith in the D" event at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Detroit (next to the School of Law). Two new initiatives in the Detroit area will be unveiled, one for young adults and another for all Jesuit school alumni in the region. The UDM community is invited to attend.

Also during the "Faith in the D" event, Lowney will give the presentation, "What 21st century leaders can learn from 16th century Jesuits," at 6 p.m. A networking reception will follow, catered by Opus One. RSVPs are requested and there is a fee for the "Faith in the D" program. See the event pages for more information:

Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic on TV

UDM's Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic in the School of Law was featured on the March 10 episode of Street Beat, the WKBD-TV (CW50) community news program. As part of the show's topic of home foreclosures, Clinic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Law Joon Sung and student Matt Nichols were interviewed. Watch the video on the CW50 website. Read other recent news from the Clinic on the School of Law site.

Theatre Company's "Cabaret Showcase" begins April 12

The UDM Theatre Company will transform the Grounds Coffeehaus on the lower level of the Student Center Building into an intimate 140-seat performance space featuring A Cabaret Showcase. Running weekends April 12 through April 21, A Cabaret Showcase will feature Theatre Company alumni who will perform in musical numbers, short plays, monologues and improvisational comedy.  See the UDM news release for dates, times and more information.

Justice Fellowship Auction, April 13

In conjunction with its Centennial, the UDM School of Law will hold its 11th annual Justice Fellowship Auction, Saturday, April 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Detroit Golf Club.  The event raises money for the UDM Law Public Interest Fellowship Program, which enables students to spend approximately eight weeks as summer interns in non-profit organizations, serving or advocating for poor, disadvantaged or underrepresented people. This program not only expands the School's longstanding tradition of service, but also works toward the goal of teaching students to be both skilled practitioners and compassionate professionals.

International business lecture, April 15

The College of Business Administration will hold a special international lecture, Monday, April 15 at 5 p.m. in the Commerce & Finance Building, room 209. The presenter is Krzysztof Wach, associate professor of International Entrepreneurship at Cracow University of Economics in Poland, who will give the presentation, "From communism to capitalism: Entrepreneurship in Poland." Also, business student Christopher Wroblewski will discuss his recent experiences as an intern at a Warsaw bank. The presentation will be preceded by a reception at 4 p.m. in room 118. For more information, see the event page.

Open houses at Macomb and WCCCD University Centers this month

UDM offers several academic programs at partner locations in metro Detroit. Both the Macomb University Center in Clinton Township and the WCCCD University Center in Harper Woods will hold open house events this month so students can find out about UDM programs on the respective campuses.

  • Macomb University Center
    Thursday, April 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
    See event page
  • WCCCD Open House
    Wednesday, April 24 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
    See event page

Thumbs Up!

Doug Anderson, senior forward on the Detroit Titans men's basketball team, has been invited to participate in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & Three-Point Championships, Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The annual event, to be broadcast nationally on ESPN, showcases dunking and sharp-shooting skills of 24 top college basketball players from around the country. See the Detroit Titans news release for more.

Assistant Professor of English Laurie Britt-Smith wrote the chapter, "Faith, rhetoric, rock 'n' roll: The boundary crossing influence of Bono's prophetic vision," included in the new text, Prophetic Critique and Popular Media: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Applications.

The March-April issue of DBusiness features UDM's College of Engineering & Science and School of Law as two members of the magazine's "Century Club," Michigan organizations that have lasted over 100 years.

Lorri MacDonald, associate professor of Education, gave the presentation, "The process of implementing electronic portfolios into a teacher education program: Pitfalls and successes," at the National Technology and Social Science Conference in Las Vegas, March 24.

Religious Studies Program Developer Achmat Salie attended the launch of the Muslim Philanthropy Journal, March 5 in Doha, Qatar. The event was hosted by Shaikha Aisha Thani, a member of Qatar's Supreme Education Council, and the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists. Salie's article, "The democratization of philanthropy in Islam," was selected for publication in the journal. While in Qatar, Salie also attended a conference on Islamic ethics, organized by the Qatar Foundation University. Back in the U.S., Salie facilitated a discussion of Islamic art at the Rochester Hills Public Library, March 26.

Karen Springsteen, UDM Writing Center coordinator, presented a paper at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas, March 15. The paper, titled "Veterans' writing and civilian witnessing," detailed her work with the national Warrior Writers project.

H. Robert Steiman, dean emeritus of the UDM School of Dentistry, will be awarded the I.B. Bender Award during the American Association of Endodontists annual session, April 18 in Honolulu. The award is given for contributions to endodontics in the field of education, selfless commitment to full-time educational pursuits, and instilling in one's students the desire to pursue excellence in their careers.

Vice President for Enrollment & Student Affairs Denise Williams Mallett was honored by the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan with a "One Tough Cookie" Award for Leadership at the group's 2013 Cookie Gala event, held March 27 in Detroit. The award recognizes leaders of character in their personal and professional lives.

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