UDM Campus Connection

September 10, 2013

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.

Howard Gray, S.J.
Howard Gray, S.J.

Fr. Gray on inter-religious dialogue since 9/11, Sept. 11

On the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, UDM will host a talk on inter-religious dialogue since then.  The speaker will be Fr. Howard Gray, S.J., assistant to the president for special projects at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Prior to his current role, Fr. Gray served in many leadership roles in the Society of Jesus, including provincial superior for the Detroit Province.

Fr. Gray's talk will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. In addition to his evening talk on Wednesday, Fr. Gray will be the guest speaker during the Celebrate Spirit! Mass on Thursday, Sept. 12.

UDM ranked in top tier again by "America's Best Colleges"

For the 13th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest Regional Universities in U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges." The University has consistently ranked in the top 25 schools in its category and as one of Michigan's highest rated schools. Also in the 2014 edition, the undergraduate program in UDM's College of Engineering & Science was ranked among the top 100 programs, and the University was named one of the magazine's "A-Plus Schools for B Students." See the UDM news release for more.


Training available for MAP-Works retention system

The University is implementing a new student retention and success instrument. MAP-Works (Making Achievement Possible) is a well-known, web-enabled and integrated tool that is designed to help universities increase student retention and graduation rates. MAP-Works will also be used to assist our first-year students' transition to college by making them aware of UDM's numerous academic and personal resources.

Faculty and academic advisors can utilize MAP-Works to identify and intervene with students in order to assist them in being successful at UDM. Open training sessions for faculty and academic advisors are available in the Engineering Building in Computer Lab 9 at the following times. Please register for your date of attendance on EventBrite:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 17, 19 and 24
12:45 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Register for a Tuesday or Thursday

Wednesdays, Sept. 18 and 25
10:45 a.m. - noon
Register for a Wednesday

MF14 Military Friendly School 2014

UDM ranked as "Military Friendly School"

UDM has been designated as a "Military Friendly School®" for 2014, indicating that the University is ranked in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus.

Now in its fifth year, the list of Military Friendly Schools® is compiled through data-driven research and a survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding.  See the UDM news release for more.

Food truck

Architecture 50th anniversary events continue with alumni exhibition and lecture

Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the UDM School of Architecture continues with the UDM Alumni Architecture Exhibition, which will showcase architecture and design work from many of the School's distinguished alumni since 1964. The exhibition event, which will take place Friday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building, is also being held in conjunction with the Detroit Design Festival.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the School of Architecture welcomes James Timberlake '74, founding partner of KieranTimberlake in Philadelphia, as the first speaker in its 2013-14 lecture series. Timberlake's talk at 6 p.m. will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Architecture Building.

Many in the UDM community enjoyed the Sept. 6 TRUCK [stop] 50 event, a food truck rally presented as a kick-off to the School's anniversary year. You can view photos from that event on the UDM photo gallery.

President Garibaldi visits with alumni at Chrysler

On Sept. 6, UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi met with University alumnus Saad Chehab '92 at Chrysler's headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. Chehab is president and CEO - Chrysler Brand for Chrysler Group LLC and head of Lancia and Chrysler Brands for Fiat S.p.A.

Chrysler Group LLC and their "Imported from Detroit" brand recently sponsored the Architecture TRUCK [stop] 50 event and the Celebrate Spirit! lunch for 2014. Arrangements for this sponsorship were made possible by Chehab and alumna Teresa Soave '96, '98, Chrysler's head of Product Development Purchasing - SUV and Minivan.

Garibaldi and Chehab
UDM President Antoine Garibaldi, left, receives a gift from Chrysler executive and alumnus Saad Chehab, Sept. 6. The photo was taken at Chrysler's Auburn Hills, Mich. headquarters by Chrysler administrator and UDM alumna Teresa Soave.

Dental White Coat Ceremony held for Classes of 2015 and 2017

Some School of Dentistry students enjoyed a time-honored tradition as both the Dental Hygiene Class of 2015 and the Dentistry Class of 2017 were welcomed into their professional educational programs at the annual White Coat Ceremony, held Aug. 17. The event took place at the Fillmore Detroit Theater in downtown Detroit. Students accepted their white coats during the ceremony before taking their professional oath.

Dentistry students in Fillmore Theater
Students at the White Coat Ceremony in Detroit, Aug. 17.

Thumbs Up!

Barry Dauphin, associate professor of Psychology, presented the poster, "Relationship between identification with theorists and clinical listening," with lead author Adnan Jaber, doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, at the American Psychological Association Convention, Aug. 2 in Honolulu.

Economics Lecturer Joseph A. Weglarz contributed three biographical essays on Friedrich A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Jacob Viner to Economic Thinkers: A Biographical Encyclopedia. The encyclopedia, published in August by Greenwood Press, chronicles the life and important ideas of more than 200 economists throughout history.

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