UDM Campus Connection

May 7, 2013

Commencement ceremonies, May 10-11

UDM will hold Commencement ceremonies this week on the McNichols Campus. The ceremonies for Dentistry and Law graduates will take place on Friday, May 10. McNichols Campus graduates will cross the stage on Saturday, May 11 (with live video on the Horizon League site). See the Commencement site for event details. The Commencement speakers are as follows. Read more about them on the UDM news release.

  • School of Dentistry: Gillian Barclay, D.D.S. '90, M.P.H., Dr.P.H., vice president of the Aetna Foundation.
  • School of Law: Debbie Dingell, president of D2 Strategies and chairwoman of the Manufacturing Initiative of the American Automotive Policy Council.
  • McNichols Campus: Jane K. Nugent '48, former vice president of Administration at Detroit Edison (now DTE Energy).


Support UDM through the colleague giving program

Congratulations to all UDM faculty, administrators and staff for another successful academic year. There is still time to make one more important and positive contribution to our continued success. Last year, 300 employees contributed over $355,000 dollars to further the mission of the University. With your help, we can exceed that number this year.

Making a gift to the Colleague Campaign is easy and flexible. You may even designate your contribution to the college, school or program of your choice. Choose a one-time gift or enroll in the payroll deduction program. However you choose to help support UDM, thank you!

Titans Lacrosse in NCAA championship tournament

Just five years after the team's inception, UDM men's lacrosse has earned a place in the 2013 NCAA championship tournament. As the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions, the Titans will play Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA championship, Saturday, May 11 starting at 5 p.m. at the Arlotta Family Lacrosse Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. Titans fans can watch the game live on the ESPNU cable TV network and WatchESPN.com.  See DetroitTitans.com for more.

Faculty promotions and tenure granted

The following UDM faculty have earned promotions, continuing employment and/or tenure, effective with the 2013-2014 academic year. Congratulations to all! (School of Dentistry promotions and tenure will be announced after June 1.)

  • Michael Barry, promoted to professor of English
  • Laurie Britt-Smith, promoted to associate professor English and granted tenure
  • Richard Broughton, promoted to associate professor of Law
  • Margaret Costello, promoted to associate professor of Law
  • Nihad Dukhan, promoted to professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Julia Eisenstein, promoted to associate librarian, McNichols Library
  • Juan Carlos Flores, promoted to associate professor of Philosophy and granted tenure
  • Lori Glenn, promoted to clinical associate professor of Nursing and granted continuing employment
  • Harold Greene, promoted to professor of Psychology
  • Mary-Catherine Harrison, promoted to associate professor of English and granted tenure
  • Richard Hill, promoted to associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and granted tenure
  • Darrell Kleinke, promoted to associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and granted tenure
  • David Koelsch, granted tenure, School of Law
  • Andrea Kwasky, promoted to clinical associate professor of Nursing and granted continuing employment
  • Martin Leever, promoted to professor of Philosophy
  • Molly McClelland, promoted to associate professor of Nursing and granted tenure
  • Becky Ann Nauta, promoted to assistant professor of Nursing
  • Maia Platt, promoted to associate professor of Health Services & Health Services Administration and granted tenure
  • Omid Sabbaghi, promoted to associate professor of Business Administration and granted tenure
  • Carmen Stokes, promoted to clinical associate professor of Nursing and granted continuing employment
  • Mary Tracy-Bee, promoted to professor of Biology
  • Pamela Wilkins, granted tenure, School of Law

Pre-college camp receives $21,000 Ford grant

A UDM pre-college summer program has been granted $21,000 by the Ford Motor Company Fund to support a third year of the "CATIA V-6 Innovation Camp." The purpose of the program is to enhance science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) education for pre-college students and increase the number of students interested in engineering. Enrollees in the program are students from grades nine to 12.  In the last two years, half of the students are from minority backgrounds, a third are girls and most are from Detroit urban-core schools. Find out more about the camp on the UDM Pre-College Program site.

Hurricane Sandy relief trip featured

A record number of 31 UDM volunteers traveled to New Jersey last week on a service trip to help residents of the Jersey shore recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Their efforts were highlighted by the Toms River Patch news site in the article, "Michigan volunteers helping shore recover from Sandy."

New student government officers elected

UDM students have elected a new slate of Student Government Association (SGA) officers for the 2013-14 academic year. They are:

  • Michael Soviak, president
  • Rachel Ann Jones, vice president for Student Programming Board
  • Rita Paulus, vice president for Mission and Identity
  • Keyanda Smith, executive secretary

Student athlete's victory over cancer spotlighted

UDM graduate student Amanda Campbell was featured on WXYZ-TV's 7 Action News, describing her experience overcoming thyroid cancer while a undergraduate student athlete on the UDM women's track and field team. Watch the video on WXYZ.com.

Yearbook archive updated to 1987

The UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio has released the 1986 and 1987 Tower yearbooks into the digital archives.  Additional yearbooks will be added every two months until the online collection is complete and up to date. To view this and other digital collections, please visit the Library's Special Collections site, or go straight to the Yearbook collection page.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of English Claire Crabtree-Sinnett gave the presentation, "Past penetrates present: Alice McDermott's Irish-American novels," at the American Conference for Irish Studies, April 12 in Chicago.

Heather Hill-Vasquez, College of Liberal Arts & Education associate dean for Academic Affairs, and Rosemary Weatherston, associate professor of English, co-chaired the discussion, "Why, what, where, when, and how?: A roundtable on the future of U.S. women's and gender studies programs," at the Gender Matters Conference. The conference, held April 12-13 in Chicago, was co-hosted by Governors State University and DePaul University. Weatherston is director of UDM's Women's and Gender Studies program.

In February, Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon was elected to the board of directors of The Detroit Crime Commission, which serves as a citizen ally of law enforcement agencies in southeast Michigan. The Commission's goal is to help facilitate the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crime. McKinnon formerly served as Chief of Police of the City of Detroit.

Associate Professor of Nursing Patricia Rouen was the lead author of the paper, “Adipokine concentrations in nonobese women: A study of reproductive aging, body mass index and menstrual cycle events,” which was published in Biological Research For Nursing in 2010. Rouen's paper is number one on a list of the top 20 articles published on the same topic since then.

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