UDM Campus Connection

October 22, 2013

Jesuit Superior General meets with UDM officials

On Oct. 11, Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus, met for the first time with all presidents and board of trustee chairs of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. During this historic meeting at Loyola University Chicago, Fr. Nicolás shared his thoughts on how the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola can inspire the presidents' and chairs' leadership of their institutions. Read the article for more.

Men at Loyola Chicago
From left: John Lewis, UDM Board of Trustees chair, Antoine M. Garibaldi, UDM president, Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, and Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus, in Chicago, Oct. 11. Photo courtesy of AJCU.

Architecture Lecture Series: Christophe Hutin, Oct. 23

As part of the School of Architecture's 2013-14 lecture series, a presentation will be given by Christophe Hutin of Christophe Hutin Architecture in Bordeaux, France. He will address the topic of sustainable development. See the event page for more.

Immigration policy talk, Oct. 23

Photojournalist and writer David Bacon will give the presentation, "An immigration policy based on human rights," Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Ford Life Sciences Building, room 113. The event, sponsored by UDM's Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA), will focus on the national debate over reforming U.S. immigration policy, and the importance of the human rights of migrants. See the event page and the CLASA page for more.

Dating violence presentation and vigil, Oct. 24

Because October is domestic violence month, an organization at UDM is addressing the fact that one in three young adults report having been the victim of violence in a dating relationship. The TELL Team will present its third annual Healthy Dating presentation and candlelight vigil, Thursday, Oct. 24 for students, faculty and staff. TELL stands for "Truth Embraces Love without Lies."

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Chemistry Building lecture hall (room 114) with a presentation on recognizing signs of someone suffering from dating violence or sexual assault. At around 7 p.m., a candlelight vigil will be held on Lillie B. Kassab Mall to honor victims of all types of domestic violence. For more information, contact Associate Professor of Nursing Lori Glenn at glennla@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1693.

Titan Tip-Off fan day kicks off basketball season, Oct. 24

On Thursday, Oct. 24, all students, alumni and Titans fans are invited to the Titan Tip-Off, a free basketball season kick-off event featuring the introduction of the men's and women's basketball teams, free food, highlights from the coaches, games and more. The doors of Calihan Hall will open at 6 p.m., so come for fun and to buy your season tickets! See DetroitTitans.com for more.

Faculty member's documentary premieres, Oct. 25

A documentary written, produced and directed by Assistant Professor of Communications Studies Jason Roche will have its premiere Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Booth Auditorium at the Detroit Historical Museum.

The documentary, Stealing Home, highlights a group of determined Detroiters who have fought the blight and restored the grounds where Detroit's historic Tiger Stadium once stood. You can watch a preview of Stealing Home on YouTube.

Article explores how UDM leadership stays focused on mission

In a new article published by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), two UDM trustees describe the commitment by UDM leadership to maintain focus on the University's Jesuit and Mercy mission. John Staudenmaier, S.J., assistant to the president for Mission and Identity, and John D. Lewis, chair of the UDM Board of Trustees, were interviewed about the steps UDM is taking to make sure the institution continues to be guided with a strong understanding of the mission shared by our religious sponsors, the Society of Jesus and the Sisters of Mercy.  Read the article, "Leading for mission" on the AJCU site.

People at Tech Day
At Tech Day, College of Engineering & Science Dean Gary Kuleck (right) presents the first place award for the Egg Drop competition to a visiting high school student.

Tech Day photo gallery

Hundreds of high school students from around metro Detroit converged at UDM's College of Engineering & Science on Oct. 18 for the annual Technology Discovery Day, or "Tech Day," to enjoy activities related to science, technology, engineering and math. See the photo gallery from the event.

Master of Community Development Facebook page

The Master of Community Development program now has a Facebook page to share news, events and photos. Visit it at facebook.com/MCD.UDM.

Upcoming events on Livernois Avenue

Special community events are happening this month along Livernois Avenue, the "Avenue of Fashion."

Friday, Oct. 25

  • Safety Street
    4 to 7 p.m. for neighborhood children grades K-5
    McNichols Campus, in the Student Center Fountain Lounge
    Find out more

Saturday, Oct. 26:

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
    8 a.m. to noon
    Meet at New Prospect parking lot on Pembroke
  • Community Harvest Party: Costume contests, treats, cider and more
    4 to 7 p.m.
    At Good Cakes and Bakes, 19363 Livernois

Thursday, Oct. 31:

  • Halloween on the Avenue
    5 to 8 p.m.
    Businesses will stay open late and give out candy. Bring the kids!
  • Just Speak Trick-or-Treats on the Ave.
    5-9:30 p.m.
  • Magenta Giraffe Theater improv performance
    8 p.m.

Thumbs Up!

Jeffery J. Boats, associate professor of Mathematics, Computer Science & Software Engineering, presented the lecture, "Magic as protoscience," Oct. 17 at the Dow Chemical Tech Exchange Society in Midland, Mich. Boats also gave this lecture last February at the University of Toledo's Saturday Morning Science Symposium, where it was recorded for PBS. The talk gives an entertaining overview of the overlap between early science, religion and alchemy, relating it to modern math and science.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine presented the paper, "Fugitive migrants: Runaway slave advertisements in the Detroit Gazette, 1818-1827," at the Great Lakes History Conference, held Oct. 11 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Professor of Nursing Carla Groh was inducted as a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing (ANA), at the Academy's annual meeting, Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C. Selection for fellowship in the Academy, which is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research, is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing.

Mary S. O'Shaughnessey, associate professor of Health Services Administration, has been selected to serve on the AUPHA/HAP Editorial Board for Graduate Studies, sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives. The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and Health Administration Press (HAP) are longstanding partners in publishing textbooks for health administration courses.

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