UDM Campus Connection

August 27, 2013

Sweeting and Garibaldi
UDM President Antoine Garibaldi, right, interviewed by Pat Sweeting from WWJ-AM during the blight-busting event, Aug. 26.

UDM neighborhood a focus of urban renewal

UDM's McNichols Campus anchors a part of Detroit acknowledged as a center of hope and positive change for the city of Detroit. On Aug. 26, Gov. Rick Snyder, U.S. Senator Carl Levin, UDM President Antoine Garibaldi and other prominent officials came together just blocks from McNichols Campus to launch the largest blight removal project in the Michigan history. The event was the start of a clean-up that will take down 4,000 vacant and abandoned Detroit properties to stabilize neighborhoods. Find links to some of the media coverage on UDM's "Take Another Look at Detroit" page.

While blight disappears, new life is coming to UDM's neighborhood in the form of businesses and art installations along Livernois Avenue. REVOLVE Detroit recently announced the winners of its "Art + Retail on the Ave" program, who will create permanent and "pop-up" destinations on Livernois. The revitalized places will debut during the Friday, Sept. 20 Detroit Design Festival. Find out more, including the full list of art, retail and events on the REVOLVE Detroit website.

Jordan Anderson
Jordan Anderson

Slave's famous letter inspires Theatre Company work

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, UDM's Theatre Company will present the world premiere of the multimedia docudrama production, Jordan Anderson Writes a Letter, by Professor of Performing Arts Arthur J. Beer.

The work, based on Anderson's classic, satirical missive to his former master, will be presented at the Charles H. Wright African American Museum on Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are free of charge, but must be reserved through the UDM Theatre Company ticket office at 313-993-3270.

For more about the production of Jordan Anderson Writes a Letter, see the UDM Theatre Company site. For more about the history of the letter, see the Associated Press article featuring Professor of History Roy Finkenbine.

Celebrate Spirit!

Celebrate Spirit! volunteers sought

UDM's official welcome to the new school year is the annual Celebrate Spirit! ceremony, to be held this year on Thursday, Sept. 12 starting at 11:30 a.m. in Calihan Hall. See the Celebrate Spirit! site for details.

Volunteers are needed for this year's event. If you would like to help out in the areas below, email ministry@udmercy.edu or call 313-993-1560.

  • Choir – If you like to sing, please join the chorus. Professional experience not required! There are only two brief rehearsals (during the lunch-time "free period") on Thursdays, Aug. 29 and Sept. 5 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building.
  • Set-up and decorating – Help with the set-up of the environment at Calihan, as well as with the arrangement of flowers and decorations, to be done on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
  • Liturgy – We need experienced Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion for the event on Sept. 12.

Enjoy UDM Night at Comerica Park, Sept. 13

Join fellow UDM alumni, faculty and staff for UDM Night at Comerica Park, Friday, Sept. 13 to watch the Detroit Tigers challenge the Kansas City Royals. The evening includes a picnic dinner with one drink ticket at the exclusive DAC Stadium Pavilion and a ticket to the Tigers game. The $50 registration fee includes a $20 donation to the UDM General Scholarship Fund. See details and register today on UDM's Online Community!

Mass schedule

Mass is offered during the week on the McNichols Campus at the following times:

  • Monday through Friday
    At noon and 4:30 p.m. in the St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    10 p.m. in the Young Martyrs Chapel in Shiple Hall
  • Sunday
    12:10 and 9 p.m. in the St. Ignatius Chapel

Gesu Church, across from the McNichols campus, offers daily Mass at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Mass is also offered at the Dental School in the Meditation Room on the first Friday of each month at 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Daily Masses at St. Peter and Paul (next to the Law School) are at 11:40 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

For any questions, contact Director of University Ministry David Nantais at 313-993-1560.

Alumni's passing is national news

One of the University's most famous alumni passed away recently. Elmore Leonard '50, renowned for his dozens of crime and western novels, died Aug. 20 at age 87. Leonard and his son Peter were on campus last February to talk about their shared vocation of writing. Watch the video of their visit.

Thumbs Up!

Libby Balter Blume, professor of Psychology, and Menatalla Ads, Clinical Psychology doctoral student, presented the research poster, "Dialectics of ethnicity: Ethnic identities of adolescents and mothers in Arab American transnational families," at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Honolulu, Aug 2.

The letter by UDM President Antoine Garibaldi about Detroit's bankruptcy filing was referenced in a Catholic News Service blog post, "Detroit university sees hope in city despite bankruptcy, offers resources and commitment to community," posted Aug. 20.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Leo Hanifin was appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee of the newly-created Regional Transit Authority. The appointment relates to Hanifin's involvement with the UDM Transportation Center, which focuses on transit research, public opinion surveys and public education, K-12 summer camps, transit workshops and curriculum development.

Professor Carol Weisfeld and Clinical Psychology graduate student Sarah Frost presented the poster, "Poster-within-a-poster: Improving male-female communication regarding sexual overtures," at the Summer Institute of the International Society for Human Ethology, in Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug. 8. The research was based on an intervention implemented on the UDM campus with the help of a UDM Mission micro-grant.

Deirdre Young, assistant professor of Patient Management and a graduate of Detroit Public Schools (DPS), is featured in a DPS advertorial in the August issue of BLAC Detroit Magazine. In the piece, Young describes why she selected a Detroit Public School for her son. Also mentioned is Young's efforts to bring students from DPS schools to UDM's School of Dentistry to interest them in the dental field.

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