UDM Campus Connection

April 30, 2013

Commencement 2013

Approximately 1,200 new UDM graduates will celebrate their commencement in May. The ceremonies for Dentistry and Law graduates will take place on Friday, May 10. McNichols Campus graduates will don their gowns and caps on Saturday, May 11. See the Commencement site for details. Congratulations to all our graduates!


Colleague Development Day 2013, May 8

UDM faculty, staff and administrators are invited to participate in the 2013 Colleague Development Day, Wednesday, May 8. Throughout the day, many informational and best-practice sessions are scheduled for UDM staff. For more information and to register, see the event page.

Volunteers serve during tax season

Students and neighborhood residents received free tax return preparation services at UDM this spring, thanks to volunteers from the College of Business Administration and the Alpha Xi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. Volunteers included College undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and administration members, community volunteers and even UDM IT staff.

Working several Saturdays in February, March and April, the group was able to complete returns for approximately 40 clients, providing for free tax preparation services worth a total of around $5,700. For more information on the program, see the UDM news release from March.

Walk addresses childhood hunger

Over 200 youth and adults from UDM, U of D Jesuit High School and Loyola High School convened at the track on McNichols Campus, April 23 to walk against childhood hunger. According to organizers, the event raised enough money to provide 10,000 meals for children through the Kids Against Hunger Agency. The service event, connected to Global Youth Service Day, addressed the problem that as many as one of every five children in the United States are "food insecure," i.e. millions of American children go to sleep hungry each day. See an ABC News story about childhood hunger in the U.S.

Fraternity shows appreciation for DPS

On April 23, the brothers of the Sigma Pi fraternity at UDM showed their appreciation for UDM's Department of Public Safety (DPS) by offering to wash all the DPS patrol vehicles.

Sigma Pi brothers with DPS vehicles
Brothers of Sigma Pi with DPS patrol vehicles outside the DPS office, April 23.

Thumbs Up!

Six deans of libraries from Jesuit colleges and universities, including UDM Dean of University Libraries & Instructional Technology Margaret Auer, participated in a service project before their annual meeting in Philadelphia, April 22. The group visited Sacred Heart Home, a care home for incurable cancer patients, established by the Sisters of St. Dominic. The deans had an opportunity to chat with each of the patients, learning about them, and, of course, their favorite books.

Stokes Baker, associate professor of Biology, gave the refereed presentation, "Using digital image analysis to integrate mathematics and computers into inquiry laboratories," at the first annual "Life Discovery - Doing Science" conference, held on March 15-16 in St. Paul, Minn. The conference is an intersocietal event sponsored by the Botanical Society of America, Ecological Society of America and other organizations. The presentation can be downloaded from the conference site.

Rachelle Belanger, assistant professor of Biology, co-authored the paper, “A comparative analysis of setae on the pereiopods of reproductive male and female crayfish Orconectes rusticus,” in the Journal of Crusteacean Biology earlier this year. Belanger involved a number of undergraduates in this research.

On April 27, Assistant Professor of English Laurie Britt-Smith presented the paper, "More than shopping our way to a cure(?): The (perceived) transgressive nature of the RED campaign and its affect on U2's ethos as social justice advocates," at The U2 Conference 2013. This unique academic conference, which explores the music, work and influence of the band U2, was held in collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

Professor of Counseling & Addiction Studies (CAS) Nancy Calleja will lead the project, "Creating zero tolerance cultures in juvenile detention facilities," on behalf of Wayne County. The $100,000 grant awarded by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency will provide for the development and implementation of new policies, procedures and systemic changes in the county's detention facilities, in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. CAS graduate student Ann Dadah will serve as research assistant on the one-year project.

On April 17, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education Roy E. Finkenbine gave the lecture, "The Underground Railroad in the Detroit River borderland," at the Adult Learning Institute at Oakland Community College - Orchard Ridge in Farmington Hills, Mich. The Institute is affiliated with Elderhostel.

Associate Professor of Biology James Graves served as a judge in the areas of microbiology and biochemistry at the 19th annual Michigan Science and Engineering Fair, held at Kettering University in Flint, Mich., April 13. The conference was also attended by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was.

Assistant Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison was elected to the executive board of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association at the group's 2013 convention in Cleveland.

Stephen Manning, associate professor of Political Science, served as chair and discussant on the panel, "The influence of social factors on democratization," during the 71st annual conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, held April 11-14 in Chicago.

On April 8, UDM faculty and students presented the research poster, "Efficacy of transition metals as Sonogashira co-catalysts: Computation and experiment," at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans. The poster, which was selected by the Division of Computational Chemistry for one of five Undergraduate Research Poster Awards (out of 50 presentations), was presented by UDM students Mercedes Black, Talia Fanelli, Alexis Konja, Mariam Saco, Michelle Smith, Ciara Viola and Jenna Wonsowicz, with Associate Professors of Chemistry & Biochemistry Matt Mio and Jon Stevens.

Shulamith Schlick, professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, gave the invited talk, "Spin trapping in materials: Focus on the hydrogen economy," at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 10 in New Orleans. The talk was part of the Polymer Division Symposium, "Understanding complex macromolecular and supramolecular systems using innovative magnetic resonance strategies."

On April 20, H. Robert Steiman, dean emeritus of the School of Dentistry, was honored with the I.B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award by the American Association of Endodontics (AAE), during its 2013 annual session in Honolulu. The award is given annually to recognize contributions to endodontics in the field of education and instilling in students the desire to pursue excellence in their careers. See the AAE news release.

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