UDM Campus Connection

September 24, 2013

Pvt. Wars poster

Theatre Company presents "Pvt. Wars," starting Sept. 27

This weekend the UDM Theatre Company will present Pvt. Wars by James McLure, its opening production of the season. Described as an "intimate and darkly funny drama," the play focuses on three Vietnam veterans recovering from the physical and psychological traumas of combat. The first performances will take place Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Marygrove Theatre, with further showtimes Oct. 4-6. For ticket prices and information, see the Theatre Company tickets page. Veterans will receive a 75 percent discount on admission. For more about Pvt. Wars, showtimes and the afterglow and talkback events, see the play page.

Architecture news: top pass rate in state; anniversary events

For the fourth year in a row, graduates of UDM's School of Architecture have passed their licensing exams at the highest rate of any school in Michigan. According to results recently released by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, UDM's architecture exam passing rates were also above the national average overall. For more, see the UDM news release.

Also, the School continues the celebration of its 50th anniversary with events this week, including:

  • Keynote lecture by James Timberlake '74
    Thursday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Anniversary Mass, open house and alumni/student exhibit
    Saturday, Sept. 28
    10:00 a.m. Mass
    11:00 a.m. Open House, Tours, Exhibit

Both events will take place in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building.  See the School of Architecture Anniversary events page for more information and to register for these and other events.

Global Green MBA Top 30 logo

MBA program named one of world's most "green"

After reviewing MBA programs in 17 countries around the globe, Corporate Knights magazine has ranked UDM's MBA program among the top 30 in the world for its emphasis on social and environmental sustainability. The "Global Green MBA" rankings are based on institutional support, including faculty research, student initiatives and academic coursework. For more details, see the news release.

Fr. Staudenmaier discusses Pope Francis' interview

John Staudenmaier, S.J., UDM assistant to the president for Mission & Identity, was interviewed on WDET-FM to discuss the recently published interview with Pope Francis. Find a link to the interview on UDM's Pope Francis page. You can listen to excerpts of Fr. Staudenmaier's radio remarks on the WDET website.

Mission Micro Grant Program calls for applications

A UDM Mission Micro Grant is a grant of between $50 and $250 that is awarded to any full- or part-time UDM staff, administration or faculty member to be used in support of activities that promote UDM's mission. Applications are now being accepted. Grants may be awarded to support projects that take place between July 1, 2013 and June 13, 2014. Applications are due Thursday, Oct. 17. For more information, see the Mission Micro Grant website.

All 28 Jesuit institutions rank in the top tier

According to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), all 28 Jesuit institutions – 27 Jesuit research and master's institutions and one Jesuit liberal arts college – are listed near the top of their classification category among America's "Best Colleges," according to the latest U.S.News & World Report rankings for 2014. See the AJCU site for more.

UDM donates to Guyana hospital and nursing school

On Sept. 9, faculty, staff and students from UDM's College of Health Professions (CHP) met David Jimenez, CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in the South American capitol city of Georgetown, Guyana. They filled his van with donations for the hospital and for the Mercy School of Nursing in Guyana. Donations included hospital supplies and equipment as well as textbooks and instructional materials. McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) faculty involved in the project included Associate Professor Maureen Anthony, Assistant Professor Jean Gash and Associate Professor Mary Kelly, RSM, who serves on the board of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Guyana.

Group at Mercy van.
MSON faculty members Maureen Anthony, left, and Sr. Mary Kelly, right, with David Jimenez (second from right), CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Guyana, and a colleague, after students and CHP staff helped load a van with hospital and nursing school donations.

UDM hosts California pre-dental students

Each year the UDM School of Dentistry hosts 12 students from the University of California-San Diego for a week-long externship experience. The externship enables interested prospective students to explore various facets of the dental program and encourages these highly qualified applicants to attend UDM. During the week, the visiting pre-dental students attend courses in the dental curriculum and have an opportunity to assist in the UDM dental clinics on the Corktown Campus and at the University Health Center in Detroit Receiving Hospital. The externship is a collaborative effort between the UDM Offices of Admissions and Student Affairs with generous support from the Office of the Dean and the Pre-Dental Society at the University of California-San Diego.

UCSD pre-dental students by the Detroit River.
University of California-San Diego externship group in Detroit, Sept. 11.

MAP-Works retention system now online

If you are a UDM faculty or staff member who instructs, advises or assists freshmen, you are now part of the MAP-Works community. MAP-Works is UDM's new student retention and success system. From a pre-populated list of advisees and/or students in your area, you can create or respond to academic updates such as classroom attendance and current grades. To access your account:

  • Go to udmercy.map-works.com
  • Click "Sign-Up"
  • Enter your TitanConnect email address
  • An email will be sent to you from MAP-Works and will contain a link for you to complete your registration

The Fall 2013 Student Transition Survey of incoming freshmen will be available Monday, Sept. 30. Please encourage students to complete the survey using the link they will receive at their UDM email address. Students who complete the survey may use the same link to access their interactive survey report.

Dentistry yearbooks added to digital archive

The UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio has added the 1998, 1999 and 2003 School of Dentistry yearbooks into the digital archives. Additional yearbooks will be added every two months until the online collection is complete and up to date. To view this and other digital collections, please visit the "Special Collections" link on the Library home page for more information, or go straight to the Special Collections page.

Recycling rules reminder

As UDM strives to be more environmentally responsible, please do your part by following the rules of the recycling efforts taking place on campus.  To reacquaint yourself with the restrictions on using the recycling dumpsters near the residence halls, please see the Recycling page.  Thank you!

Thumbs Up!

UDM President Antoine Garibaldi was interviewed on the CW50 television show Street Beat to discuss some of UDM's involvement in the revitalization of Detroit. Watch the segment on the CW50 website.

Troy Harris, interim dean of the UDM School of Law, is featured in a Sept. 2 article in Detroit Legal News, "UDM Law interim dean sees opportunity on school's doorstep."

Associate Professor of Education Lorri MacDonald wrote the article, "Implementing electronic portfolios into a teacher education program," which was accepted for publication in the National Social Science Journal.

This month, Professor of English Nicholas Rombes gave the presentation, "The fourth meaning: Time inside the film frame," at the workshop, Time Forms: Temporalities of Aesthetic Experience, held at McGill University in Montreal, Sept. 21. Rombes is also writing the five-part series, "Time frames: Cracking the archives of early cinema," for the Filmmaker Magazine website.

SOUP Spoon, an entrepreneurial project developed by UDM engineering and nursing students, won the "On Your Mark" award at the Launch Detroit "summer boot camp" event for aspiring technology-based business start-ups. For more information on the Launch Detroit event, see the Techtown Detroit site. For more on the UDM engineering and nursing collaboration that is producing devices for people with disabilities, see UDM's YouTube channel.

Videos of the May 2013 Mission Retreat at UDM led by Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity John Staudenmaier, S.J., have been included among the mission and identity videos on the website of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). See the AJCU mission and identity video page.

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