UDM Campus Connection

June 11, 2013


Director of Athletics named

On May 28, UDM named Robert C. Vowels as Director of Athletics. With more than 23 years of intercollegiate athletics experience, Vowels was most recently vice president of Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Find out more and see media coverage on the UDM news release.

Things are happening along Livernois Ave.

The Livernois Community Storefront, a project spearheaded by UDM's Detroit Collaborative Design Center, is at the center of some exciting activity and news in the area around McNichols Campus. The Storefront held the "Light Up Livernois!" event May 31 and June 1, and the "Livernois Soup" event June 6. See photos on the Storefront's Facebook page.

Livernois Community Storefront event
The Livernois Community Storefront during the Light Up Livernois event, May 31.

Also, a $200,000 grant has been awarded by ArtPlace America to bring life to more storefronts along Livernois Avenue. See the links on UDM's news release page to find out what's happening in UDM's neighborhood.

Palmer Log Cabin
Palmer Log Cabin

Palmer Park holds Michigan Log Cabin Day, June 30

On Sunday, June 30, People for Palmer Park and the City of Detroit will hold the Michigan Log Cabin Day from 1 to 4 p.m. in Palmer Park. Attendees can tour the historic Cabin and enjoy entertainment, contests, children's activities, free ice cream from Guernsey Farms Dairy and more. Bring a picnic lunch and stay all day!

The first Michigan Log Cabin day, held last year, opened the Cabin up to the public for the first time in 30 years. The Cabin, the only one of its kind left in Detroit, was built in 1885 for U.S. Senator Thomas W. Palmer. Find out more on the People for Palmer Park website

Engineering and Nursing students serve disabled clients

UDM Engineering students teamed up once again with Nursing students to develop capstone engineering design projects that directly benefit people with disabilities. Two of the design project clients -- both military veterans -- came to campus last month to take delivery of the assistive devices designed especially for them. Students from Baylor University in Texas also participated in the project. Find out more on the UDM news release.

Students with client and device
From left, UDM Mechanical Engineering senior Andrew Diefenbach, client Brad Nestor and engineering teammates from Baylor University, during the capstone design client presentations, May 15 in the Engineering Building high bay.


Dick Vitale inducted into NSSA Hall of Fame

Former men's head basketball coach Dick Vitale was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame on June 10. After his memorable run with the Titans in the 1970s, Vitale went on to career as an ESPN broadcaster for over three decades. Read more on DetroitTitans.com.

Tommy Titan battles other Detroit mascots

Tommy Titan was captain of the college mascot team in the Detroit Sports Commission Mascot Challenge, June 11 at Campus Martius Park in Detroit. The event was organized by the Detroit Sports Commission (DSC) as an afternoon of friendly competition between Detroit area sports mascots.  The opposing team was made up of mascots from professional Detroit teams including the Detroit Lions, Pistons and Tigers. Find out more on the DSC new release. Photos from the event are be posted on the DSC's Facebook page.

Tommy Titan, right, with the Detroit Sports Commission's own mascot Champ, at the DSC Mascot Challenge event, June 11.

Thumbs Up!

Several UDM faculty were involved in the 2013 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters annual conference, held March 22 at Hope College in Holland, Mich. Faculty who presented at the conference were: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science & Software Engineering (MCSSE) Dawn Archey, Interim Associate Dean of the McAuley School of Nursing Janet Baiardi, Assistant Professor of MCSSE Mustafa Demir, Associate Professor of Psychology Harold Greene, Associate Professor of Nursing Patricia Rouen, Religious Studies Program Developer Achmat Salie, Associate Professor of Education Karen Selby and Associate Professor of MCSSE Xiaohui Zhong. Salie also served as member at large of the Academy Executive Committee and as Religious Studies chair.

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Mark A. Benvenuto ran the Inorganic Chemistry symposium at the 44th Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, May 15 at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. He also presented the seminar, "Synthesis of a series of multi-dentate ligands, all incorporating 2,6-diaminotoluene or 1,3-diaminobenzene, and ligand-metal complexes incorporating them." And for the fourth year, Benvenuto led the "New chair orientation" session during the annual meeting of the Council for Chemical Research, held May 19 in Arlington, Va.

Associate Professor of Nurse Anesthesiology Mike Dosch was appointed associate editor of the AANA Journal, the most prominent national journal for nurse anesthetists. Mike has served as a peer reviewer of the Journal for twenty years. Also, Dosch gave a presentation on the topics of new anesthesia equipment and patient safety, May 5 during the Charleston Anesthesia Conference at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

UDM President Emerita Maureen Fay, O.P., was presented with the John Henry Newman Medal by Loyola University of Maryland, May 18. The honor recognizes outstanding contributions to Catholic education. See a video of the presentation on YouTube.

Roy E. Finkenbine, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education, was elected vice chair of the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission, May 15. Appointed to the Commission by Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2009, Finkenbine was reappointed by Governor Rick Snyder in 2012.

The American Association of Orthodontics has elected Valmy P. Kulbersh, adjunct professor of Orthodontics, to serve as a director of the American Board of Orthodontics. See the story on the OP website.

Professor of Political Science Victoria Mantzopoulos has agreed to serve as interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education through August 23.

In April, Nurse Anesthesiology Affiliate Clinical Coordinator Andrea Teitel attended the mid-year assembly of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists in Washington, D.C. She and a group of five UDM students heard presentations on current issues and, with hundreds of other attendees, lobbied on Capitol Hill for patient safety and access to care.

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