UDM Campus Connection

January 21, 2014

College/school newsletters published

Five of UDM's colleges and schools recently published the latest issues of their alumni newsletters. Browsing the newsletters is a great way to catch up on some of the great things happening around the University. Use the links below.

Events celebrate 20th anniversary of DCDC

Not only is this academic year the 50th anniversary of UDM's School of Architecture, it's also the 20th anniversary of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), the nonprofit architecture and urban design firm housed within the School.

Two events celebrating the accomplishments of the Design Center will be held at the main Woodward Avenue branch of the Detroit Public Library (DPL), which will also host an exhibit of DCDC work through the month of February.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m.
    20th anniversary exhibition/reception
    DPL Strohm Hall
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.
    20th anniversary lecture
    Dan Pitera, DCDC executive director, and Virginia Stanard, DCDC design fellow
    DPL Strohm Hall
  • The DCDC exhibition will be on display in the DPL from Feb. 5 through March 2.

For more details and to register for the events, see the Architecture site.

Architecture students at Auto Show

On Jan. 13, the School of Architecture was invited to attend Ford Motor Company's private "Behind the Blue Oval" press conference a week before the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The "Sketch to Reality" presentation allowed the students to see the automotive design process from inspiration to sketch to clay modeling to final design renderings of the new Ford F-150. It was a valuable experience for the University's design students to see the car design process from start to finish.

Group at Auto Show
A group from UDM's School of Architecture at the "Behind the Blue Oval" event, Jan. 13.

Proposals sought for UDM Colleague Development Days

The fourth annual UDM Colleague Development Days will occur Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1. All members of the University community are invited to submit a proposal to share your expertise, ideas or strategies that could inform and/or motivate your colleagues. The intent is to provide a wide range of programming that is of interest to faculty, staff and/or administrators at all three UDM campuses.

All proposals must be submitted online through the SurveyMonkey site by Monday, March 3. Selected presenters will be notified via email by Friday, March 28.

Law clinic building honored

The School of Law's George J. Asher Law Clinic Center, which was created from the site of a historic Detroit firehouse, was named one of the 12 most outstanding projects of 2013 by CAM Magazine, a publication of the Construction Association of Michigan. See the magazine.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi was one of the five judges who selected the winners of the 2014 Detroit Free Press Automotive Leadership Awards, which were announced to coincide with the North American International Auto Show.

The Physician Assistant Foundation has awarded a Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grant to Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Amy Dereczyk and David Dereczyk. The grant will fund a clean water project and public health initiative in El Salvador. The Dereczyks will travel with the Clean Water for the World organization to set up a system in Los Planes, El Salvador, that will enable people to collect rainwater and filter out viruses, bacteria and parasites. The project also aims to educate the community about the importance of clean water to health.

On Jan. 16, Professor of Law Lawrence Dubin was quoted in several publications via the Bloomberg News service regarding Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's proposed financial aid plan for Detroit. Publications included Bloomberg Businessweek and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Donzetta Jones, retired assistant dean of the School of Architecture, has returned to join the School's Master of Community Development Program as co-director with Virginia Stanard.

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