UDM Campus Connection

July 16, 2013

$750,000 grant to support Community Development program

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded UDM a $750,000 grant to support the Master of Community Development (MCD) Program. The grant will provide students from diverse backgrounds with scholarships, co-op placements and fellowships as they learn to become leaders in sustainable community development. The MCD program is a graduate degree in UDM's School of Architecture, which prepares students for careers in real estate development, business management and municipal planning and development. Read the UDM news release for more.

Immigration Law Clinic success spotlighted in the news

The Immigration Law Clinic, based at UDM's School of Law, was featured in the July 8 Detroit News article, "Sex trade victim in Michigan gets chance at citizenship." The article tells the story of a Chinese girl whose father sold her to human traffickers when she was 13 years old. She was rescued from the trafficking ring after being smuggled into California, but she spent a decade in immigration limbo, hoping for asylum or a visa to stay in the U.S. After 11 years, Professor David Koelsch and the UDM Clinic were finally able to get the girl legal status to stay. Read the story on DetNews.com.

Feast day of St. Ignatius, July 31

Wednesday, July 31 is the feast day of St. Ignatius, the co-founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Find out more about St. Ignatius in the ThinkJesuit.org biography.

Office celebrates full participation in Colleague Giving

The University Advancement department recently celebrated 100 percent participation by department members in the 2012-2013 Colleague Giving Campaign.

University Advancement group
University Advancement personnel on the fourth floor of the Fisher Building, June 27.

UDM faculty, administrators and staff can make an additional contribution to the mission of UDM through the Colleague Campaign. It's an important way to make a financial gift to support our University's continued success. 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. See the Faculty & Staff Giving page for details.

Naomi Beasley
Naomi Beasley '12 (Photo by Marvin Shaouni)

SOA students and alumni help promote Jefferson Ave. district

In June, UDM School of Architecture students and alumni designed and constructed five pop-up retail storefronts as part of the effort to revitalize the commercial area near East Jefferson Avenue at Chalmers Street in Detroit.

Design teams donated their efforts to show the potential for permanent development and attract entrepreneurs to the area. A recent Model D article features the participation of UDM alumna Naomi Beasley '12 in the project.

Video follows McCallum family through NBA draft

Former UDM All-American point guard Ray McCallum, Jr. became the 22nd Titan to be drafted by an NBA team on June 27. Zara Creative, a video production company in Troy, Mich., produced an intimate portrait of the player with his family leading up to the draft. McCallum's father is UDM men's basketball Head Coach Ray McCallum, Sr. Watch the video on Vimeo.

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Two UDM Law professors were interviewed in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial in Florida. Assistant Professor Richard Broughton appeared on a WXYZ-TV broadcast on July 13 and Professor Larry Dubin was interviewed in a WJBK-TV Fox 2 News segment on July 15.

On June 12 UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi visited with a group of alumni in Chicago at the Union League Club. He shared information about the University, its role in the revitalization of Detroit and engagement opportunities for Chicago area alumni.

Associate Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera was invited to speak Oct. 2 to a group at the Detroit Institute of Arts about Detroit's re-envisioning and the activities of Detroit Works. Pitera, related to his role as director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center housed in the School of Architecture, was involved in developing the Detroit Future City plan through the Detroit Works Long Term Planning project. See more on UDM's role in the project.

Professor of Architecture Stephen Vogel was interviewed for the July 11 TV segment, "Tarnished jewels: A look at Detroit architecture," produced by WXYZ-TV Channel 7, as part of its Detroit 2020 series. Watch the segment on Detroit2020.com.

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