UDM Campus Connection

September 3, 2013

TRUCK [stop] 50 flyer

"TRUCK [stop] 50" Architecture anniversary event, Sept. 6

The UDM School of Architecture (SOA) will begin its 50th anniversary activities with "TRUCK [stop] 50," a food truck and music event, taking place Friday, Sept. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. around the Fisher Fountain. Come hear live music and buy your lunch from The Mac Shack, Peoples Pierogi Collective, Jacques' Tacos, Ned's Travelburger, Green Zebra or Treat Dreams.

The TRUCK [stop] 50 event is generously supported by Chrysler Group LLC. For a list of other upcoming Architecture events, see the "UDM SOA 50" site.

Celebrate Spirit!

Celebrate Spirit!, Sept. 12

Celebrate Spirit!, to be held Thursday, Sept. 12, is the official welcome to the new school year for UDM students, faculty and staff. The events will start at 11:30 a.m. in Calihan Hall with the centuries-old tradition of a Mass of the Holy Spirit. This Celebrate Spirit! ceremony welcomes people of all faith traditions to ask God's blessing on the new school year.

During the service, Rev. Howard Gray, S.J., from Georgetown University will share his thoughts about the 2013 Celebrate Spirit! theme, "Serve Community, Respect Diversity, Enhance Knowledge."

Following the Mass, a picnic and the Student Organization Fair will be held around the Fisher Fountain. Note that the McNichols Campus class schedule will be changed on Sept. 12 to accommodate Celebrate Spirit! attendance. Also, food service in The Loft and Titan Dining Room will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, see the Celebrate Spirit! website.

Celebrate Spirit! 2013 is co-sponsored by University Ministry and University Libraries & Instructional Design Studio.  The picnic this year is sponsored by Chrysler Group LLC.

UDM named in Michigan's top ten for ROI

UDM has the seventh highest return on investment (ROI) in the state, according to a list provided by Affordable Colleges Online. Other schools on the list include the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Michigan State University and Wayne State University. For more, see the UDM news release.

Register for UDM's emergency alert system

All UDM faculty, staff and students should confirm their contact information in UDM's free emergency alert system.  Please visit UDM's Rave Mobile Safety site to make sure you will receive timely alerts on class cancellations or other emergency notices via cell phone, landline phone or email.  To register, go to the Rave Mobile Safety site, and sign in with your TitanConnect user name and password.  Follow the site's instructions to confirm or modify your contact information.  You can also perform a test to make sure you receive system notices.

Talk: Youth activism in Argentina and Venezuela, Sept. 19

UDM's Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) begins its series of presentations this year with Maria-Carolina Cambre from King's University College in Ontario, Canada. Cambre will discuss the role of art, philosophy and the "technologies of friendship" in the social and political struggles of students and other youth in Argentina and Venezuela. Her talk will take place Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center. The event is free and open to the public. Find out more on the event page.

Bikers in Detroit

Midnight Bicycle Tour of Detroit, Sept. 20

Be a part of the long-running UDM tradition! Over 200 students and others are expected to participate in the 24th annual Midnight Bicycle Tour of Detroit, starting Friday, Sept. 20 from the Lillie B. Kassab Mall on McNichols Campus. On-site registration will begin at 8 p.m. and the ride commences at 9 p.m. Bring a bike or borrow one for free for a 25-mile guided tour through some of the best of Detroit. Registered UDM students can participate for free, and others can participate for $20. Read the details on the event page.

Thumbs Up!

Stokes S. Baker, associate professor of Biology, has been named an editor for the Botanical Society of America's Life Discovery Digital Library, a peer-reviewed online resource for educators.

UDM's Language & Cultural Training Department is facilitating ongoing Japanese language and culture courses for 55 employees at Calsonic Kansei North America, an automotive supplier in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Tom Stanton, associate professor of Communication Studies and advisor to The Varsity News, has been appointed to the board of the Michigan Coalition for Open Government (MiCOG), representing the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. MiCOG aims to protect and expand citizen access to government records and meetings.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jonathan Weaver has been named as one of the "Top 25 STEM Professors in Michigan" by StateStats.org in conjunction with its partner website OnlineSchoolsMichigan.com. Weaver was selected among other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educators for "excellence in the classroom, on campus and in the community." For more, see the Online Schools Michigan site.

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