UDM Campus Connection

April 9, 2013

"Great colleges to work for" survey due April 15

UDM is participating in a survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the "Great colleges to work for" survey. If you are one of the random sample of full-time faculty, administration or staff members who received the initial survey invitation in March, please complete the survey. The deadline is Monday, April 15. If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Arab American exhibit on Christianity, Judaism and Islam

An exhibit presenting information on the three major monotheistic religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) and their major holidays is on display in the McNichols Campus Library. The traveling exhibit is provided by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Mich. Stop in to see colorful and informative displays about Arab Americans and religion. The exhibit can be viewed during all Library hours through Monday, April 15.

Award nominations due April 19

Now is the time to submit nominations for UDM's two annual Mission Awards: the Vivere ex Missione ("To Live the Mission") Award for students and the Agere ex Missione ("To Do the Mission") Award for faculty, staff or administrators. To nominate someone, please complete the appropriate nomination form and return it to Executive Assistant to the President Lisa MacDonnell via email by April 19. Forms and more information can be found on the Mission & Identity awards page.

Titans basketball champions

The Detroit Titans women's basketball team made 2013 a championship season by winning the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) tournament, March 30. It was the first post-season tournament win for Titans women's basketball since 1981. Video highlights, photos and details on the championship game are posted on DetroitTitans.com. See more photos on the UDM photo gallery.

Also, Doug Anderson of the men's basketball team won the Denny's Slam Dunk Championship on April 4, as part of the State Farm College Slam Dunk & Three-Point Championships on ESPN. Read the story.

Titans women's basketball team
The Detroit Titans women's basketball team in their WBI Champions t-shirts, March 30.

National Library Week events

The week of April 14, the UDM Libraries and Instructional Design Studio will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. All are invited to a celebration at the McNichols Campus Library on Wednesday, April 17 from noon to 2 p.m. for an open house. Cake will be served. Also, the School of Dentistry Library will hold an all-day open house on Thursday, April 18. The Library website is research.udmercy.edu.

Jane Schaberg memorial, April 26

All members of the UDM community and the general public are invited to attend a memorial ceremony honoring the late Professor Emerita Jane Schaberg, Friday, April 26 at 1 p.m. outside the west doors of the Briggs Building. It will be an opportunity to share fond memories and dedicate a memorial tree and plaque, made possible by the generosity of Schaberg's students, colleagues and friends. For more, see the event page.

Slide Rule Dinner photo gallery

The UDM College of Engineering & Science held its 81st annual Slide Rule event, its annual ceremony for all Engineering & Science alumni, students, faculty and staff, March 23. You can see pictures from the event in the UDM photo gallery.

Record number to travel for service trip

According to Director of University Ministry David Nantais, a record number of 31 people have signed up for a service trip to New York to help with Hurricane Sandy relief (26 students and five faculty/staff). "This is unprecedented," Nantais said. "We've never had a group this large in 24 years of doing alternative service trips." The group's trip will take place Sunday, April 28 through Saturday, May 4.

Chemistry research project gains media attention

A research project analyzing antique medicines has gained an impressive amount of international media attention. The researchers, led by Professor Mark Benvenuto and Associate Professor Elizabeth Roberts-Kirchhoff of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, examined antique patent medicines (often called "snake oil") as well as modern dietary clay supplements, using x-ray and proton NMR technologies. The old patent medicines came from the archives of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. The research team included students Andrew Diefenbach, Jessica LaBond and Nic Stroeters.

Here's a list of some of the media outlets that covered the project:

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi was quoted in a March 31 Detroit News article about the recent introduction of a "Detroit-style" pizza product by Detroit-based Little Caesars Pizza.

Economics Instructor Michael DiGiovanni was quoted by Xinhua, the Chinese news service, for a March 31 article about the recent economic history and population shifts in Detroit.

Members of the UDM community were featured in a WDIV-TV story about their affection for dining services employee Birdie Gardner-Owens, and their efforts to help her while she undergoes treatment for bone cancer. Watch the April 3 video segment on ClickOnDetroit.com.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Justin Kelly, S.J., will join Rabbi Aaron Bergman of Adar Shalom at the annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival to discuss Torn, an Israeli film about a Catholic priest who learns from his dying mother that he was born Jewish. The film and talk will take place Wednesday, April 10 starting at 5 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield, Mich. See film festival site.

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon appeared on WDIV-TV and NBC News, following the shooting of two Detroit Police officers on April 2. McKinnon (a former Detroit Police chief) explained the dynamics of the "police family," especially in such tragic situations.

Professor of Nursing Carla Groh appeared with Health Services Administration (HSA) students Courtney Gignac and Aaron Tomaszewski on the Let's Talk Family community TV program, produced by Detroit-based Sisters United Outreach. The appearance was an opportunity to help increase health insurance benefits awareness among Medicare enrollees in the Detroit area. HSA Assistant Professor Maia Platt and graduate student Tiffany Dobbins designed the project as a part of undergraduate HSA students' service-learning experience, with financial support from the Ford Community Corps Partnerships. The show first played March 16. You can watch the program on YouTube.com.

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