UDM Campus Connection

October 15, 2013

Nicaraguan Jesuit Fernando Cardenal at UDM, Oct. 30

UDM will host a visit from Fernando Cardenal, S.J., known for his decades of advocacy for social justice and education for the poor in Nicaragua. Fr. Cardenal will be on campus Wednesday, Oct. 3 for a 7 p.m. talk and reception, during which he will discuss and raise funds for Fe y Alegría, the system of Jesuit schools across Central and Latin America. For more, see the event page.

E&S holds first annual Student Research Symposium, Nov. 1

The College of Engineering & Science (E&S) will present its first annual Student Research Symposium, Friday, Nov. 1 in the Engineering Building High Bay. The event offers an opportunity for people from UDM and surrounding communities to engage with students, faculty and alumni in discussions about research and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The symposium's plenary speaker will be Rick Foster, W.K. Kellogg Professor in Food, Society & Sustainability at Michigan State University. Foster will speak about the transformative events happening in Detroit in his presentation, "Vision the future: Metro food, water and energy systems and the 'Greening of Detroit.'" The talk will take place during the symposium at 1 p.m. in the Chemistry Building lecture hall, room 114.

For more information, see the E&S Student Research Symposium site.

Bruno Leon
Former Architecture Dean Bruno Leon

Full Architecture anniversary video online

The full 20-minute version of the School of Architecture's 50th anniversary video is now online. The documentary features School alumni, faculty and former deans including Bruno Leon and Stephen Vogel, and looks at the past 50 years of Architecture education and to the School's next 50 years. Watch the video.

School of Law to provide column

The UDM School of Law will now provide a regular column for the Detroit Legal News. Professor of Law Gary Maveal wrote the Oct. 8 column, "A better view: No anonymous friends of the court," regarding disclosure of donors for judicial campaign issue ads. The School and the publication are currently developing the schedule for ongoing contributions by UDM personnel.

UDM students win annual PA quiz bowl

Three Physician Assistant students are the 2013 champions of the annual Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants Quiz Bowl! The event took place at the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA) annual fall conference, Oct. 11 in Traverse City, Mich. The winning team– Autumn Greene, Kristy Kazmierczak and Chelsea Teague – competed against 10 other teams from all of the Physician Assistant programs in the state.

PA students at conference
Left: PA Quiz Bowl winners, from left, Chelsea Teague, Autumn Greene and Kristy Kazmierczak. Right: UDM's Physician Assistant Class of 2015 at the MAPA conference, Oct. 11.

Children's book donation drive

Have some old children's books you don't need anymore? Bring them to the children's book drive sponsored by Grounds CoffeeHaus, the Hispanic American Student Association and the Student Social Work Association. The books will be donated to Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, a non-profit community center in southwest Detroit. Please bring your donations to Grounds Coffeehaus (on the Student Center's lower level) by Friday, Oct. 25. As a thank you, you can have a free 12-ounce cup of coffee! If you have any questions, contact Tracy Gallardo by email.

Campus service surveys want your input

Let UDM's dining and housekeeping services know how they're doing by completing their online surveys.

  • For Sodexo campus dining services, rate their performance at the dining locations you visit most frequently. By completing the survey, you will be entered for a chance to win an iPad mini. Complete the survey by Wednesday, Oct. 23.
  • For Aramark housekeeping services, share your thoughts to help them improve the overall campus experience. It should only take five to 10 minutes to complete their confidential survey.

Learn more about UDM's Cuba program, Oct. 17

UDM is planning a one-week excursion to Cuba during Spring Break (March 1-9) to introduce UDM students to the people, culture and history of the Caribbean nation. To find out more about the trip, attend the information session on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in Reno Hall room 26.

Topics will include information about this "study abroad" program, the itinerary, due dates, financial aid and any other questions you may have. For more information, see the Cuba 2014 page.

UDM employees, save the date: Dec. 13

UDM faculty, staff and administrators should mark their calendars for the 2013 Christmas Party and Employee Recognition Celebration on Friday, Dec. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center. Employees will gather to celebrate the Christmas and Holiday season, honor colleagues for their years of service and present the 2013 Commitment to Excellence Awards.

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The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has named Professor of Psychology Libby Balter Blume as the new editor of the Journal of Family Theory & Review (JFTR), one of NCFR's three family-research journals. She will begin her four-year term as editor of the peer-reviewed, quarterly journal — which publishes original contributions in all areas of family theory — with the publication of its March 2015 issue.

UDM President Antoine Garibaldi was quoted in the article, "Arnold Mitchem's vision: A pragmatic strategy to protect TRIO programs," which was published in the magazine Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, Oct. 13.

Maia Platt, associate professor of Health Services Administration, presented the paper, "Filling the gap: Developing health economic competencies for baccalaureate nursing programs," at the annual West Michigan Interprofessional Education Initiative & Collaborative Practice Conference, held Sept. 20 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The research was a joint project with Andrea Kwasky, associate professor of Nursing.

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