UDM Campus Connection

August 14, 2013

Spirit of Detroit statue

UDM president addresses Detroit bankruptcy

UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi has released a statement on the City of Detroit's recent filing for bankruptcy protection. In addition to the president's statement, an index of news sources about the city is available on a new page, "Take another look at Detroit."

Garibaldi's statement was discussed in an Aug. 12 Detroit News column by Neal Rubin.

New deans
Denham, left, and Harris

New deans named

The Board of Trustees has appointed Mark E. Denham as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education. Denham joins UDM after serving on the faculty of University of Toledo's Political Science and Public Administration department for 18 years. Find out more about the new dean in the UDM news release.

At the School of Law, Troy L. Harris has agreed to serve as interim dean. A UDM Law faculty member since 2010, Harris previously practiced international arbitration and construction law in Atlanta and taught at Cornell Law School, Emory Law School and the College of Management of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Employees invited to President's Convocation, Aug. 19

UDM faculty, administrators and staff are encouraged to plan the day of Monday, Aug. 19 for the annual President's Convocation activities. The Convocation is a chance for employees to come together in preparation for the new academic year.

The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Mass in the St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building. Then, a continental breakfast will be provided, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Hall of Fame Lobby of Calihan Hall. At 9:45 a.m., a program for employees will be presented inside Calihan.

Following the Convocation program, attendees are invited to enjoy a picnic and games (including softball and volleyball) around Buysse Ballpark, west of Briggs Building. There will also be indoor games in the Library. See you there!

Architecture video

Architecture anniversary video preview

As the School of Architecture gears up for its 50th anniversary year, it has released a preview of its anniversary video. Watch the preview on the Architecture anniversary site.

CES receives grant from Ford Fund

The College of Engineering & Science has been awarded $50,000 from the Ford Motor Company Fund Capital Grant Program for the modernization of UDM's Engineering Automotive Laboratory. The grant will fund the first phase of a project to create a first-class laboratory space for training Engineering students in all degree programs on the latest automotive systems and controls.

Automotive memorabilia on display in Library

Sharing in the spirit of the Aug. 17 Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise, the McNichols Campus Library is featuring a display of automotive memorabilia during the month of August. A collection of special die-cast model cars that were donated to the University by Ford Motor Company are featured in the Library's newly renovated lobby display cases. If you have some auto memorabilia or photos you'd like to offer for the display, please email Sally Young.

Retail space in Detroit

Architecture alumni resurrect Detroit retail spaces

Three recent UDM Architecture graduates are mentioned in the Crain's Detroit Business article, "Pop-up spruce-up: Architects and entrepreneurs team up to show off revamped eastside buildings." The alumni were among those working to transform abandoned retail spaces into inviting "pop-ups," temporary businesses that give life to areas of Detroit. Earlier this summer the Model D website published a related article, "Why good design matters, and who is Jeff Chalmers?"

State legislature committees meet at UDM

A joint hearing of the Michigan Senate Committee on Economic Development and the Michigan House Committee on Commerce took place on UDM's McNichols Campus, Aug. 5 to discuss the future of Detroit's economic development. Groups scheduled to testify at the meeting included the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Eastern Market, Quicken Loans and others.

Photo from the meeting
Meeting of State Legislature committees at UDM, Aug. 5. Second from right is Senator Mike Kowall, chair of the Michigan Senate's Committee on Economic Development.

Yearbook archive updated to 1992

The UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio has released the 1988 and 1992 Tower yearbooks into the digital archives, as well as the 1990 through 1992 School of Dentistry School yearbooks. The addition of the latest Tower yearbooks marks the end of that collection, which is now entirely available in the digital archive. Additional School of Dentistry yearbooks will be added every two months until that collection is also complete and up to date. To view these and other digital collections, please visit the Library's Special Collections site, or go straight to the Yearbook collection page.

"Detroit's jewels" videos feature Architecture professor

Professor of Architecture Stephen Vogel is featured in two video segments discussing Detroit's architecture and neighborhoods. The videos were produced last month by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 as part of its Detroit 2020 series, and they can be viewed online on the Detroit 2020 site:

Girls' STEM program "Camp Infinity" featured

Camp Infinity, held at UDM, is a summer program for Detroit area girls to promote their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). See the Aug. 3 Detroit News article, "Detroit camp aims to keep spark of girls' interest in science, math alive."

UDM cyber security experts featured on TV

On June 6, WDIV-TV's Local 4 News program featured experts from UDM's Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies in connection with recent revelations of National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance technology. Jeffrey Ingalsbe, the Center's director, and Director of Training Erick Barnes were interviewed by reporter Paula Tutman about the NARUS box and its uses revealed by an NSA whistleblower. Watch the segment on ClickOnDetroit.com.

Also, Ingalsbe appeared on the WKBD-TV Channel 50 television program Street Beat on June 9. He and host Rob Stone discussed safety issues related to using the Internet. Watch the interview on the CW50 website.

New Sisters of Mercy leadership team elected for West Midwest Region

Six newly elected members of the West Midwest Community Leadership Team of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas began their term on July 1. The group includes Sister Maria Klosowski, RSM, of Farmington Hills, Mich. and Sister Susan Sanders, RSM, who serves on the UDM Board of Trustees. The team members will serve a five-year term and live at the Community's central office in Omaha, Neb. The West Midwest Community stretches from San Francisco to Detroit. For more on the new leadership team, see the MercyWestMidwest.org news article.

Thumbs Up!

Elissa Clemons, assistant dean of the Career Education Center, was quoted in the Crain's Detroit Business article, "Colleges see rise in number of paid student internships," Aug. 4.

On July 16, Assistant Librarian Julia Eisenstein was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the Southeast Michigan League of Libraries.

Ann Eskridge, adjunct English faculty member, was chosen as a 2013 Summer Fellow with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium in Chicago. The Consortium maintains archival holdings and material from 14 universities and institutions about African American and African diasporic culture in Chicago. Eskridge will research the role of the black-owned Pekin Theater in the creation of a African American Tin Pan Alley in Chicago during the early 20th century.

Roy E. Finkenbine presented the paper, "Emancipation in the occupied South: Wilson County, Tennessee, as a case study, 1862-1865," at the 2013 National Underground Railroad Conference, held June 19-22 in Little Rock, Ark.

UDM Mechanical Engineering student Jill Goryca presented the paper, "Formal synthesis of supervisory control software for multiple robot systems," at the American Control Conference, June 17 in Washington D.C. Goryca co-wrote the paper with Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Richard Hill.

In July, Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon was elected to the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, Va. Catholic Charities USA serves as a voice of those living in poverty, calling for more effective and efficient poverty relief solutions and convening thought leaders from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address poverty. Also, McKinnon was interviewed in the July 22 New York Times article, "Cries of betrayal as Detroit plans to cut pensions." McKinnon earned a pension from the City of Detroit by serving for many years as a police officer and as Chief of Police.

E. Rob Stirton has been appointed UDM's director for Institutional Research. In this position, Stirton will oversee practices for institutional research, data collection, submission and analysis and federal reporting for the University.

Will Wittig, School of Architecture dean, appeared on the "Damian On Design" segment of the Lucy Ann Lance Show on WLBY 1290 AM, June 29. Wittig was interviewed on the topic of "Michigan as state of design: A blueprint for Detroit's new reality." You can listen to the program on the Lucy Ann Lance program website.

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