UDM Campus Connection

December 10, 2013

Mercy cross

Mercy Day, Dec. 12

On Thursday, Dec. 12, Sisters of Mercy worldwide will honor the date in 1831 when founder Catherine McAuley and two associates took their vows and became the first Sisters of Mercy. Join the Sisters of Mercy at UDM and thousands more across the globe in reflecting on the congregation's founding and its ongoing work addressing the needs of our time. Learn about the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy on the Mercy World website.

Library display gets upgrade for Christmas

The display cases in the lobby of the McNichols Campus Library were recently renovated, thanks to a donation from Anthony and Patricia Martinico. The lighting was improved and UDM carpenter Shawn Dale installed versatile slatwall so that exhibits can now be featured on multiple levels. The inaugural exhibit in the upgraded display cases features holiday decorations to give visitors some Christmas spirit. Stop by the main floor of McNichols Library to see the Libraries & Instructional Design Studio dressed up in holiday style.

Library display case

Christmastime attractions around Detroit

The website Awesome Mitten published the article, "Top 5 'must-see' Christmas attractions in metro Detroit," listing notable holiday sights and events in southeast Michigan. Try something new this Christmas, bring back an old tradition or see if your favorite holiday activity is listed in the article on AwesomeMitten.com.

Roundball Luncheon for basketball fans, Dec. 16

Detroit Titans men's basketball continues its series of Roundball Luncheons for fans on Monday, Dec. 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Dino's Lounge in Ferndale, Mich. At the luncheon, $10 will buy you lunch and a chance to hear head coach Ray McCallum answer questions about the team and the season. Please RSVP to Director of Athletics Marketing Clay Shaw at clay.shaw@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1700. For more on the Roundball Luncheon, see the Detroit Titans news release.

Tamarack cover
Tamarack, 1898

Historic documents available on Libraries/IDS site

The UDM Libraries/Instructional Design Studio has created a new online collection of issues of Tamarack, a predecessor of today's Varsity News, dating from 1890 to 1923. Peer into the early days of the institution that would become University of Detroit Mercy by visiting the Tamarack collection online.

You can also see a digitized collection of The Shrine Herald, the weekly parish newsletter for the National Shrine of the Little Flower, which began publication in 1935. See all the special digital collections on the Libraries/IDS website.

Thumbs Up!

Professor Mark Benvenuto and Associate Professor Liz Roberts-Kirchhoff of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department gave presentations at the Nov. 7 Analytical Chemists / Society of Applied Spectroscopists meeting in Livonia, Mich.: "Analysis of edible clay supplements by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry," with student Jessica LaBond, and "Elemental analysis of kelp powder supplements through X-ray fluorescence," with students Alexandra Schroeder and Zachary Smith. Benvenuto also presented "Energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence and NMR studies of the composition of patent medicines and nostrums archived at the Henry Ford Museum," with students Shelby Maurice, Andrew Diefenbach, Danielle Garshott and Elizabeth MacDonald, and "Analysis of a series of copper-based coins of Gondophares I via X-ray fluorescence spectrometry," with students Jenna Payne, Mitch Sable and Drew Schupbach.

On Nov. 13, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Tammy Batcheller represented UDM at a Society for Marketing Professional Services panel discussion on current and planned campus projects. Alongside representatives from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, Batcheller spoke on Michigan trends related to design and construction within higher education.

Professor of Law Larry Dubin was consulted by media outlets regarding pensioners' rights in the Detroit municipal bankruptcy. Dubin was quoted in the Fortune article, "Detroit bankruptcy ruling: Winners and losers," and the WWJ Newsradio 950 story, "Unions react to Detroit bankruptcy ruling: 'This is a very scary day,'" both published Dec. 3.

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