UDM Campus Connection

September 17, 2013

Come help "Light Up Livernois," Sept. 20

Hop on a shuttle and enjoy the "Light Up Livernois" community event, Friday, Sept. 20 from 3 to 11 p.m. Enjoy art fairs, food and drink, theatre performances, business open houses, film and more, stretching up Livernois Avenue from McNichols Campus to Eight Mile Road, including events in UDM's School of Architecture.

Entrepreneurs, artists and designers from Detroit and around the world have been collaborating to revitalize Livernois Avenue from McNichols Road to Eight Mile Road, and "Light Up Livernois" is everyone's chance to celebrate the next chapter of Detroit's historic "Avenue of Fashion." Shuttles will run between UDM and Eight Mile Road from 6 p.m. to midnight on the day of the event. For more information about "Light Up Livernois," including a map of all the points of interest, see the REVOLVE Detroit website.

Mercy Day to be celebrated in sculpture and social media, Sept. 24

Mercy Day is Tuesday, Sept. 24, the anniversary of Catherine McAuley's opening of the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland in 1827. The UDM community is celebrating in two ways: by blessing a new sculpture and by participating in a social media project.

First, a gathering will be held to bless the sculpture, "Spirit of Mercy," created by Sr. Marie Henderson, RSM '71, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture. Be among the first to see the artwork on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. in the Health Professions Administration Lobby. Refreshments will follow the program. See the event page.

Also, as part of a national Mercy Day celebration, everyone at UDM is invited to share what Mercy means to them -- in six words. Examples already submitted include "Felt hopeless. Found Mercy. Live joyfully." and "Boundless compassion for poor, including me." From a simple six-word email to a YouTube video, share your six words in any format. Be creative!

Email your six words on what Mercy means to you to marketing.pub.aff@udmercy.edu, and we'll forward them to the national Mercy Day project. On Twitter, you can also use the hashtag #MercyInSixWords. Please share your six words by Monday, Sept. 23 so your Mercy spirit can be shared with the world on Mercy Day.

Red Mass, Sept. 24

The UDM School of Law will host its 101st annual Red Mass on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at noon in the Saints Peter & Paul Jesuit Church (adjacent to the School), followed by a luncheon in the School of Law Atrium. The celebrant will be Rev. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., the provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus. Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. of the Michigan Supreme Court will lead the Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment. For more information about this year's Red Mass, see the School of Law event page.

Constitution Day, Sept. 17

The Libraries/Instructional Design Studio (IDS) is the focal point of UDM's celebration of Constitution Day, Tuesday, Sept. 17, when we commemorate the creation and signing of the Constitution of the United States and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. Libraries/IDS provides a number of ways to reflect on this world-changing document:

  • Visit the McNichols Campus Library to view a display dedicated to Constitution-related books, posters and documents.
  • Visit the Libraries/IDS ReSearch site, which features Constitution Day information, along with links to relevant websites.
  • Libraries/IDS also has a virtual exhibit in the Second Life online world that features a three-dimensional replica of the National Archive, where the U.S. Constitution is kept. For more, see the Libraries/IDS Constitution Day post.

Talk: Mercy in South Sudan, Sept. 19

Hear stories about helping extremely impoverished people in the newly-formed country of South Sudan, Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Chemistry Building Lecture Hall, room 114. Years of civil war, fraught with atrocities against citizens, caused many to flee to surrounding countries where they lived in refugee camps.

Sr. Angela Limiyo, RSM, is head of the Mercy Beyond Borders Pre-Nursing Internship Program in South Sudan. As a nurse and midwife, Sr. Limiyo has lived through the challenges of ministering in South Sudan, and she will share stories of providing health care to the critically poor of that country. This event is free and open to all and is co-sponsored by UDM's Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) and the Sigma Theta Tau Lambda Zeta chapter.

YOUniversityTV site features UDM tour

The college video tour site YOUniversityTV.com recently added a tour of University of Detroit Mercy to help promote UDM to prospective students. Shot on McNichols Campus last spring, the video features Tommy Titan and several students, faculty members and administrators discussing some of the great things at UDM. Check out the video on YOUniversityTV.com.

Celebrate Spirit! photo gallery

See photos from the 2013 Celebrate Spirit! events on the UDM photo gallery.

Celebrate Spirit!

McAuley Health Center wins grant

The McAuley Health Center was awarded a grant by the American Heart Association (AHA) for "Stepping into Health," a community-based project to provide exercise and nutrition classes to underinsured and uninsured women with or at risk for cardiovascular disease. Professor Carla Groh and Associate Professor Patricia Rouen of the McAuley School of Nursing are the co-project directors with Nurse Practitioner Elizabeth Nagle. As part of her scholarship, Doctor of Nursing Practice student Grace Jacek will participate in the project, which is anticipated to start in October. Out of 172 AHA grant proposals submitted, Stepping into Health is one of only 29 that were funded.

Students enjoy international experience in China

Last July, nine UDM students visited Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and Hong Kong, China as part of UDM's Internationally Based Educational Experience (IBEE). The students were enrolled in Education Instructor Alan Grigg's Comparative Education course and a Cultural Anthropology course taught by Aloha Van Camp, associate professor of Sociology & Social Work. In addition to experiencing China's megacities, students visited the Beijing Center of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, which holds the world's largest collection of Chinese textbooks written in English, and where UDM students were given a special lecture about Chinese politics, society and education by Russell Leigh Moses, the Wall Street Journal's "China Realtime Report" commentator. Students also dined with and interviewed a Beijing family and visited UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Forbidden City and Great Wall in Beijing and the Museum of the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an. For information about UDM's China 2014 program, contact Lara Wasner at wasnerle@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1191. For more international UDM experiences, see the "Study Abroad" page.

Students in China

Dan Pitera to speak at DIA, Oct. 2

Associate Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera has been invited to give the 2013 Betsy Campbell Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Danto Lecture Hall of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Pitera will give the talk, "Designing a City with a City," touching on the positive changes underway in Detroit, showing that when it comes to urban design and architecture, Detroit will serve as a model for other cities to follow. Pitera's perspective comes in part from his roles as lead partner for Civic Engagement in the Detroit Future City project and as executive director of UDM's Detroit Collaborative Design Center. For more, see the DIA event page.

Register for emergency alert system before Oct. 1 test

Make sure to register for UDM's emergency alert system to make sure you receive timely alerts on class cancellations or other emergency notices via your mobile phone, landline phone or email. A test of the system will occur on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at noon, so either register or check to make sure your up-to-date contact information is in the system before then. 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.

James T. Callow Folklore Archive reception, Oct. 9

UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio (IDS) will hold a reception in honor of James T. Callow, in recognition of his generous donation of the Folklore Archive to the University. The archive is comprised of more than 42,000 bits of folklore such as urban legends, ethnic jokes, graffiti and superstitions taken from field notes gathered by University students between 1964 and 1993. All are welcome to come on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of the McNichols Campus Library. The acknowledgement will take place at 12:45 p.m. Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 4 to Libraries/IDS Dean Margaret E. Auer at auerme@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1090. You can view the James T. Callow Folklore Archive on the Libraries/IDS website.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon gave a presentation to the Senior Women's Club at the Community House in Birmingham, Mich, Sept. 10. McKinnon spoke of his experiences as the Chief of Police of Detroit, serving on the Governor's Financial Review Team and of long range plans for the City of Detroit.

Cheryl C. Munday, associate professor of Psychology, was appointed by the Wayne County Commission as one of 12 directors of the new Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, an entity replacing the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency. Like the preceding Agency, the Authority will provide services to over 72,000 people and offer a culturally diverse network of community mental health programs, clinics, private therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists to adults with mental illness, individuals with developmental disabilities, children with serious emotional disturbances and persons with substance use disorders and their families.

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