UDM Campus Connection

November 26, 2013

Faculty Recognition award recipients

Two members of the UDM faculty were presented with special University awards during the Faculty Recognition Dinner, Nov. 22. Professor of Computer Science & Software Engineering Kevin Daimi was presented with the Faculty Excellence Award and Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison received the Faculty Achievement Award. Congratulations to both!

Daimi and Harrison at awards banquet
From left: Professor of Computer Science & Software Engineering Kevin Daimi and Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison, at the Faculty Recognition Dinner, Nov. 22.

"Giving tree" to benefit Mercy Education Project

This year you can help the Mercy Education Project provide free educational programs to low-income girls and women by participating in the "giving tree" program sponsored at UDM by the Student Life Office and the Student Government Association. Visit the giving tree to select an ornament labeled with a needed gift, then drop off the item to the Student Life Office by Thursday, Dec  5. No gift wrapping is necessary! Both the giving tree and the Student Life Office are located in the Student Center near the Bookstore. If you have any questions, contact Adam Hollmann in Student Life at hollmaap@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1154.

Dentistry students provide community care

The UDM School of Dentistry has partnered with Covenant Community Care to provide dental care at Covenant's locations around Detroit. In this new community-based dental program, UDM Dentistry students benefit from more patient experience, and the patients receive care they might not otherwise have access to. See the story on the Covenant Community Care site.

Employee Christmas party, Dec. 13

On Friday, Dec. 13, UDM faculty, staff and administrators are invited to the annual Christmas Party and Employee Recognition Celebration, which will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center. The event is a chance for UDM employees to gather and celebrate the Christmas and holiday season. We will also honor fellow employees for their years of service and present the Commitment to Excellence Awards.

Brigid Johnson RSM
Sr. Brigid Johnson

Sr. Brigid Johnson retires

After 36 years with the University, Sr. Mary Brigid Johnson, RSM '56, '66, has retired. Sr. Brigid joined the staff of Mercy College of Detroit in 1977 as a campus minister. At the same time, she taught as an adjunct in Religious Studies and Mathematics. By the time of consolidation in 1990, Sr. Brigid had become a full-time Mathematics faculty member and had joined the Learning Center staff on a part-time basis. Soon after, she began working full-time in University Academic Services (UAS) at the Outer Drive Campus and part-time as an adjunct in the UDM Mathematics Department. This past August, Sr. Brigid celebrated her 60th anniversary as a Sister of Mercy. In retirement, she plans to volunteer as a UAS tutor.

Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards seeks applications

Since 1979, the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards have honored scholarly writing at Jesuit colleges and universities. Applications for the 2014 awards are now being accepted from UDM faculty members or administrators in this year's categories: literature, fine art, philosophy, ethics, history and theology. Four $1,000 prizes will be awarded. All faculty (including faculty emeriti) and administrators are eligible if their book was published between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2013. Visit the Book Awards site for more details, and see if you can join the ranks of previous UDM awardees.

Thumbs Up!

Research on antique patent medicines that was directed by Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto was featured in the November 2013 issue of the German popular science magazine Bild der Wissenshaft, in the article "Wildwest-wunderpillen."

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nihad Dukhan has accepted an invitation to become a member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed international journal Advances in Mechanical Engineering.

Nancy Gibney, assistant professor of Education, gave the presentation, "Using informational graphic novels as instructional tools in the classroom to support struggling readers," on Nov. 15 at Gesu Catholic School in Detroit.

On Nov. 10, UDM Public Safety Officer Patricia Johnson completed an internship in Ignatian Spirituality at the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The two-year program develops interns' skills that are used in spiritual direction and in spiritual conversations that might take place in settings such as hospices, nursing homes and jails.

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