UDM Campus Connection

October 8, 2013

Student-led service projects win Ford Community Corps grants

This academic year, UDM student leaders and their faculty partners are developing 10 service-learning projects that are supported by Ford Motor Company. Grants from the Ford Community Corps program will fund UDM service projects for both service-learning courses and campus organizations like Residence Life and Athletics. The service-learning projects will enable students to use their classroom skills and knowledge to serve the community. For a list of the projects supported by the Ford grants, see UDM's Ford Community Corps Partnerships page.

Video: Fr. Howard Gray on dialogue

In addition to serving as the guest speaker at last month's Celebrate Spirit! event, Howard Gray, S.J., assistant to the President for Special Projects at Georgetown University, gave another talk during his visit. On the evening of Sept. 11, he discussed the components of meaningful dialogue, including inter-religious dialogue. Fr. Gray described how developing and revealing our personal narratives help us meet others humbly in a shared humanity, so that dialogue results not only in understanding, but in trust, love, justice and peace. Watch the talk on the UDMcast site.

Macomb University Center open house, Oct. 17

UDM will be represented at the Macomb University Center (MUC) open house, Thursday, Oct. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Clinton Township, Mich. UDM offers bachelor's and master's degree programs at the Center in addiction studies, economics, education and health professions. For more information, see UDM's Macomb University Center page.

Mercy Heritage celebration photos

On Sept. 28, ADN and BSN classmates and faculty from Mercy College of Detroit (one of UDM's founding institutions) gathered to celebrate Mercy heritage. Attendees shared a Mass, a reception, tours of UDM's Health Professions Facility and Mercy College memorabilia. See photos from the celebration on the UDM photo gallery.

Mercy group
Members of the Mercy College of Detroit Class of 1960 at the Mercy Heritage celebration, Sept. 28.

Commitment to Excellence Award nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Commitment to Excellence Awards, which recognize outstanding UDM staff and administrators. UDM faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to nominate any full-time colleague who excels at his or her job and promotes the mission of the University. Nominations must be received by Monday, Nov. 11. The awards will be presented at the UDM Christmas Party & Employee Recognition Celebration on Friday, Dec. 13. For nomination details and the list of previous awardees, see the Commitment to Excellence Award site.

UDM hosts Technology Discovery Day, Oct. 18

UDM's College of Engineering & Science will hold its 23rd annual Technology Discovery Day event, Friday, Oct. 18. Each year, UDM faculty and students engage with high school students visiting from all over southeast Michigan to explore technology, engineering and science through a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and competitions. See the event page for more.

Candy donations requested

Student Life is asking UDM colleges and departments to donate bags of candy for the 2013 Safety Street event, which will take place Friday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. Many costumed children from the communities around UDM will be on campus for the event, so please bring your area's candy donations to the Student Life Office by Friday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. This year, the college or department that donates the most candy will win a pizza party! If you have any questions, please contact Student Life at 313-993-1150.

Dentistry volunteers serve at health event

Volunteers from UDM's School of Dentistry were at the Men's Health Event at Ford Field, Sept. 21, which was hosted by the Michigan Institute of Urology Men's Health Foundation. The School brought 61 students, residents, alumni, faculty and staff to provide 687 oral, head and neck cancer screenings among other evaluations. Of the patients seen, 41 were notified of possible abnormal findings and 60 patients were found to be in need of immediate dental attention. UDM Dentistry personnel can be seen among the Men's Health Event photos on the Men's Health Foundation site.

Group at health event.
School of Dentistry volunteers serve a patient at Ford Field, Sept. 21.

Thumbs Up!

Barbara J. Bommarito, director of Corporate-Foundation Relations, achieved recertification with CFRE International as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). The certification signifies a belief in continued professional development and volunteer service and a commitment to being a professional in the philanthropic sector.

Student Alexia Konja and Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Jon Stevens just were awarded for the best poster at the Midwestern Symposium on Undergraduate Research in Chemistry, held Oct. 5 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. The poster was titled "Studies of iron (III) complexes with ab initio and density functional methods." See the conference site.

Lara Wasner, director of the Language & Cultural Training Program, and Victoria Marques, Portuguese and ESL language trainer, presented the paper, "What did you say? Linking working memory, the phonological loop and second language learning," at the Michigan Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (MITESOL) Conference at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Mich.), Oct. 4. The paper will be published later this year in MITESOL's annual publication.

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