UDM Campus Connection

October 1, 2013

Architecture 50th anniversary update

The UDM School of Architecture continues to celebrate its 50th year:

  • A 20-minute anniversary documentary of the School will be shown on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center. A four-minute preview is available on the SOA 50 site.
  • Will Wittig, dean of the School of Architecture, was quoted in the Sept. 30 Time article, "Beyond the blight: Detroit ponders a future for its abandoned blocks."
  • Beginning Monday, Oct. 7, an exhibit of Architecture student work related to the School's program in the Volterra International Residential College in Volterra, Italy will be on display in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center.
  • An exhibit of Architecture alumni work opened on Sept. 20 in the Loranger Architecture Building. See the anniversary site for a slideshow of alumni work, and a list of alumni in the exhibit.
  • See the photo galleries of recent School of Architecture anniversary events.

Obama administration officials come to UDM for roundtable

On Sept. 27, members of the Obama administration met on McNichols Campus with UDM President Antoine Garibaldi and an interfaith group of 25 area religious leaders for a roundtable discussion on Detroit's ongoing revitalization efforts. Federal officials included Shaun Donovan, secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council (NEC) and assistant to the president for Economic Policy; Don Graves, executive director of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and deputy assistant secretary for Small Business, Community Development and Housing Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; and Peter Rogoff, Federal Transit administrator.

Officials and religious leaders at UDM
From left: NEC Director Sperling, UDM President Garibaldi and HUD Secretary Donovan on McNichols Campus, Sept. 27. Right: federal officials with Garibaldi and Detroit religious leaders in the Student Center.

Secretary Donovan and NEC Director Sperling previewed the Administration's announcement of nearly $300 million in federal investments to address the issues of blight and demolition, transportation, crime and crime prevention, entrepreneurship and economic development. Donovan also announced the creation of the Blight and Revitalization Task Force, comprised of local business and civic leaders, which will gather input from community members on strategies and priorities for Detroit's revitalization. Download the Sept. 27 press release from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Fall career fair, Oct. 8

Students and alumni should check out the fall career fair on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Hosted by UDM's Career Education Center (CEC), the fair will feature 80 organizations that are interested in recruiting UDM students and alumni from all majors.

Also, students interested in attending graduate schools will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from UDM, Marygrove, Madonna and Western Theological Seminary. Here's just a sample of some of the companies registered for the fair:

  • Chrysler Group LLC
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Target
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Beaumont Health System
  • Quicken Loans
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • and many others

For more information, see the Career Education Center site.

Talk: The African-American religious experience, Oct. 9

UDM's African-American Studies Program hosts Rev. Carlyle Fielding Stewart III, senior pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Mich., for the presentation, "Soul survivors: An interpretation of the African-American religious experience," Wednesday, Oct 9 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. Rev. Stewart has written several books on African American spirituality and related topics. See the event page for more.

Cuba experience scheduled for winter semester

In 2011, the Obama administration opened travel to Cuba for educational purposes and people-to-people exchanges. In May 2012, several UDM faculty, staff, students and alumni participated in a 10-day education and culture program in Havana. UDM's Language & Cultural Training Program (LCT) is pleased to announce the opportunity to travel to Cuba this winter as one of UDM's internationally-based educational experiences. The 2014 trip is scheduled for Saturday, March 1 through Sunday, March 9, during the mid-semester break.

Group in Cuba
The 2012 UDM group in Cuba.

Participants must be enrolled in coursework for academic credit in any of the following courses:

  • Comparative Education (EDU 3200 or 5200),
  • Intercultural Communications (CST 3140), or
  • Advanced Spanish (Cuban) Culture (SPA 3990).

While in Cuba, students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to explore historical sites, meet with school and community leaders, visit Cuba's literacy center, the MLK Center for Peace & Social Justice, an organic farm and urban forest, and of course practice their Spanish and learn about Cuban culture. To learn more about the program, contact LCT Director Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or wasnerle@udmercy.edu. Deposits are due Friday, Oct. 25.

Attendees enthusiastic at Hispanic/Latino Ignatian conference

A group of 50 Hispanic/Latino church and community leaders from Ohio, Indiana, Western Michigan and metro Detroit gathered at UDM during the weekend of Sept. 21-22 for a conference on Ignatian spirituality.

Group at Fisher Fountain
Participants in the Hispanic/Latino Ignatian spirituality conference, on McNichols Campus, Sept. 22.

The filled-to-capacity event centered on "rules for discernment" in daily life based on the writings of Society of Jesus founder Ignatius Loyola. A two-day workshop was presented by Carmen Fernandez and Sergio Pages of the "El Rincon Ignaciano" Hispanic Outreach Program based at the Jesuit Manresa Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The conference was the first of two parts of a pilot program to help Hispanic/Latino leaders enter into the 500-year-old Ignatian instruction that continues to guide numerous Jesuit-educated leaders, including Pope Francis.

Red Mass recap

The UDM School of Law hosted its 101st annual Red Mass, Sept. 24 in the Saints Peter & Paul Jesuit Church (adjacent to the School). For details on the tradition, and a list of attendees, see the news release. For pictures, see the UDM photo gallery.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto co-hosted and ran the symposium, "What you need for the first job, besides the PhD in chemistry," at the 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting, held Sept. 8 in Indianapolis. The symposium was co-hosted by Paul Mendez, the executive director of the Council for Chemical Research. During the symposium, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Matthew Mio presented the seminar, "Don't know much about pedagogy: Your first job in chemical academe."

Juliette Daniels, director of Student Affairs for the UDM School of Dentistry, cowrote the chapter, "Undergraduate research: Blending the scholarship of discovery, teaching, application and integration," recently published in the book Going Public: Civic and Community Engagement. The chapter explores the importance of undergraduate research and faculty mentorship in creating meaningful, engaged learning opportunities for students.

Assistant Professor of Education Alan Grigg has been invited to become a member of the newly created Walten University Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society. The invitation recognizes accomplishments in academics, community service, social change and leadership. The new member recognition ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Greg Grobis, assistant professor of Performing Arts, was selected to perform at the Shower of Roses Gala Benefit for the National Shrine of the Little Flower, held Sept. 30. At the concert, Grobis performed a duet and the only solo performance at the end of the gala.

UDM's Language & Cultural Training Department has created strategic partnerships with area K-12 schools, including with two area high schools where students are taking foreign language courses for both high school and college credit. At Shrine High School in Royal Oak and Bloomfield Hills High School (formerly Andover High School), students are learning French and Arabic, respectively. UDM Spanish instructors are now also teaching students in grades K-5 at two area elementary schools, Starr Academy in Harper Woods and Madison-Carver Academy in Detroit.

In his role as a trustee of Catholic Charities USA, Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon attended the organization's annual meeting in San Francisco, Sept. 12-16. The theme of this year's conference was "Working to reduce poverty in America."

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