UDM Campus Connection

January 14, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 21-22

UDM will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, area community leaders will visit with members of UDM student organizations to discuss working in the community and to kick off a series of service projects that will take place over the following weeks. The kick-off event will take place from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in Ford Life Sciences (LS), room 115.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, King's legacy will be discussed at 7 p.m. in LS 113. Guest speakers from two Detroit organizations will speak: James Perkinson, professor of Ethics and Systematic Theology at Ecumenical Theological Seminary, and Mark Greer II, an organizer at Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES).  For more information, see the UDM news release.

Homecoming photos and tickets for OU rematch, Feb. 14

You can check out pictures from the Jan. 11 Homecoming activities on the UDM photo gallery, including the alumni tailgate party and the Titans basketball games.

Tickets are expected to sell out for the Titans/Oakland University rematch, which will take place Friday, Feb. 14 at OU in Rochester, Mich. Visit the Detroit Titans Ticket Center to get your tickets.

Tailgate event
The tailgate party on Homecoming day, Jan. 11.

Alternative Winter Break

Each year, University Ministry sends a group of students on a service trip during the winter break, calling it Alternative Winter Break (AWB). This year, 13 students and two UDM staff members went to New Orleans from Dec. 27 to Jan. 3 to share in the continuing work of Hurricane Katrina relief. The group engaged in house rebuilding with the Saint Bernard Project and urban garden restoration with Slow Food NOLA, and food security with the Second Harvest food bank and the Fresh Food Factor organization.

They also made a visit to the Harry Tompson Center, a homeless drop-in center that UDM Architecture students and staff helped design. One pleasant surprise was the night when UDM President Antoine Garibaldi (a New Orleans native) and his wife Carol treated the AWB group to dinner. For more information about UDM Alternative Break service trips, see the Ministry site.

AWB group photo
The Alternative Winter Break group in New Orleans. Back row, from left: Hayden Juergens, Kyle Moore, Vincent Paoletta and Simon Shamoon. Middle row, from left: Chuck Hocket, Chantal Watkins, Jill Johnson, Jameela Muhammad, Negar Mehrabi, Suhail Bilbeisi and Lauren Richards (from the New Orleans Mayors Office). Bottom row, from left: Julie Roberts, Paige Oleksky, Theresa Dierker, Meg Marshall and Alex Griffith.

Dudley Randall event attended by more than 100

More than 100 people came to the second floor of the McNichols Campus Library on Jan. 12 to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dudley Randall, founder of Broadside Press. The event, co-sponsored by Broadside Press, UDM Libraries and the Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture took place in the Bargman Room, which is a national Literary Landmark featuring a plaque honoring Randall's contributions as a poet, publisher and librarian to 20th century world literatures. The event featured a birthday cake and readings by Broadside poets and other metro area writers, including Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett. Some photos are posted on the Broadside Press Facebook page.

Randall event photos
Images from the Dudley Randall 100th birthday event, from left: Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett, the birthday cake and some of the attendees.

Thumbs Up!

Abhijit Dasgupta, associate professor of Mathematics, wrote the textbook, Set Theory: With an Introduction to Real Set Points, recently published by Birkhauser Publishing.

The School of Dentistry's "Dental Imprint" summer dental career program is included in the recent Model D article, "City kids: Growing next generation of medical professionals."

Isaiah McKinnon, currently on leave as associate professor of Education to serve as deputy mayor of Detroit, will give the talk, "My Detroit," to the Skyline Club, Jan. 30 in Southfield, Mich.

Dean of the College of Health Professions Christine Pacini wrote the chapter, "Engaging staff in learning," to be published this year in Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice (second edition) by Springer.

This month the University of Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant Program is the current featured program on the PA History Society website.

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