UDM Campus Connection

April 16, 2013

Fr. Staudenmaier
Fr. Staudenmaier

What is UDM?

Have you ever deeply pondered the work we all engage in at University of Detroit Mercy?  Just what is a university, really?  And what does it mean for us to say that UDM is Catholic, Jesuit/Mercy and urban?

For guidance on these questions, you can now access recordings from the UDM Mission & Identity Retreat, led by John Staudenmaier, S.J., assistant to the president for Mission & Identity.  Go to the Retreat UDMcast page.  The recordings from the March 21 retreat are online in video and audio formats.  They are:

  • "Where are we?: Introduction to the retreat" (11 minutes)
  • "The noun: UDM is a university" (25 minutes)
  • "UDM's core adjectives: Catholic, Jesuit/Mercy and urban" (37 minutes)

Attendees of the retreat have reported that they come away with a better understanding of the mission of UDM, and a stronger connection to that mission.  See for yourself.  Make some time to watch the videos, or download the audio to your favorite listening device.  See the Retreat UDMcasts.


The technology and finance of energy, April 18

Michael D. Ware '67, managing director of Advance Capital Markets, will present the talk, "The U.S. energy industry: Technology and finance," on Thursday, April 18 at 5 p.m. in the Engineering Building, room 239.

Ware's firm specializes in finance for the energy and power industries, and his talk will provide an overview of key sectors of the U.S. energy industry, including "clean" energy technologies, how they work and how the technologies and projects are financed.  Find out more about the talk.

2013 Ultimate Talent Show names winners

UDM students came to show off their talents at the Ultimate Talent Show, held by the Student Life Office and Student Programming Board, April 12.  The winners received cash prizes, as follows.

  • Grand prize, $500: Deonte Osayande, poetry
  • First place, $150 (tie):
    Trina Hossain and Jaskiran Mahngar, Indian dancing;
    Gary Rimar, keyboards
  • Second place, $50: Kezia Mathews, singing
  • Third place, $25: Veronica Whitehead, singing/guitar

Talent show group
The 2013 Ultimate Talent Show winners, from left: Gary Rimar, guest duet performer with Veronica Whitehead, Tina Hossain, Jasikiran Mahngar and Deonte Osayande. (Not pictured: Kezia Mathews.)

Submit your events to the calendar

If you have an event to promote, and it would be of interest to the UDM community, please submit it to the UDM online calendar.  Events approved for the calendar will appear on UDM websites.  Use the online event submission form.

You can also improve the success of your event at UDM with some tips found on this best practices page.

Thumbs Up!

Utpal Dutta, professor of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, and Kathy Zhong, associate professor of Mathematics, Computer Science & Software Engineering, gave the presentation, "An LRT operation and maintenance cost model to perform sensitivity analysis," at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Jan. 16 in Washington, D.C., as part of their ongoing transit research work.

Richard Hill, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, presented a webinar on using tutorials that he created to teach controls fundamentals, as part of the MATLAB Virtual Conference in March.

Jill Loewen, clinical assistant professor of Patient Management in the School of Dentistry, presented the April 9 webinar, "Tobacco education for oral health providers," to help providers address smoking cessation with their patients.

Economics Lecturer Joseph A. Weglarz presented the paper, "The scholastic legacy of Murray N. Rothbard in the history of economic thought," at the 2013 Austrian Economics Research Conference, March 21 in Auburn, Ala.

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