UDM Campus Connection

February 4, 2014

Black History Month events

The University is observing Black History Month with several events related to the theme, "Becoming the beloved community: Celebrating Our Diverse Heritage." Activities include lectures, movie screenings and a blues music night. They are listed, along with special Black History Month Titan Dining Room menus, on the special events page.

Events celebrate 20th anniversary of DCDC

Two events will celebrate the accomplishments and the 20th anniversary of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), the nonprofit architecture and urban design firm housed in the UDM School of Architecture.  Both events 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.

School of Law in national top-20 list for clinics

In the Winter 2014 issue of preLaw magazine, UDM's School of Law is listed among the nation's "Top schools for clinics" ranking, which measures schools' ratio of full-time clinical course positions to full-time Law students. The ranking confirms the importance of UDM's continuing commitment to the Detroit community, in this case, to those with pressing legal problems. Find out more about students' UDM clinical experience in a School of Law video.

New academic programs approved

On Jan. 31, the Board of Trustees approved a new master's degree in Environmental Engineering. Also in January, the UDM Academic Leadership Team approved a new academic minor in Computer Science.

Self-injury discussion, Feb. 12

Learn about the issue of self-injury — deliberate self-harm, like cutting or burning — which may affect someone you know. A panel discussion on the topic is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ford Life Sciences Building, room 113. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more, see the event page.

MAP-Works February Faculty Challenge

To better help our students, faculty are encouraged to participate in the "MAP-Works: Making Achievement Possible" February Challenge by submitting academic updates for full-time freshmen on McNichols Campus who may be experiencing difficulty in your classes.

MAP-Works is UDM's system for identifying students who are at risk. A key factor is knowing how students are progressing in their classes. The more we know before mid-term, the better able we are to offer assistance. That's why we have the MAP-Works system and the February Challenge. As an added incentive, all faculty who participate in the February Challenge will receive a gift.

A how-to guide for MAP-Works academic updates is available. For assistance, please contact those listed below.

Cheating across cultures: plagiarism and international students

As part of the "Second Wednesday Series" for UDM faculty, on Wednesday, Feb. 12 the presentation, "Cheating across cultures," will be offered. The session will help faculty understand why plagiarism might happen in the classroom with international students, and how to avoid it.

Lara Wasner, Language & Culture Training director, and Yuping Yang, Health Services Administration coordinator, will discuss the top common "cultural" reasons students might plagiarize and provide strategies to help faculty improve students' understanding about the topic. The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the McNichols Campus Library, room 324.

Students offer free tax assistance

This tax season, UDM Accounting students will once again provide free income tax assistance to qualified households through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The following Saturdays are scheduled: Feb  8, Feb. 22, March 15 and March 29. Please contact Associate Professor of Accounting Jeanne David at 313-993-3325 to register.

Learn about the history of theater at the University

(Submitted by Linda Papa, Libraries/IDS)

Since the late 1800s, theater has been an important part of the what has defined the institution that is now University of Detroit Mercy. From its "club years" (1880 to 1950), through becoming a department of its own (1950 to 1971), to its present day place as both academic department and UDM's professional "Theatre Company," theater at UDM offers an ever-evolving complement to quality education.

In his thesis, A History of Theater at The University of Detroit 1880 - 1997: Striving for Excellence (volumes I and II), Delvin W. Johnston takes us through a journey of theatrical performances at the University. This is a must-read for any theater buff and especially for those in theatrical study courses. It is now available for your review in the UDM Libraries' theses collection.

For what's happening these days, see the Theatre Company website.

Thumbs Up!

Greg Grobis, assistant professor of Performing Arts, wrote the article, "Speaking of justice: Telling the story to reach the goal," published in the Fall 2013 issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.

Civil Engineering senior Brysen Keith was featured in the Jan. 26 Detroit Free Press for being the only male on the UDM dance team. You can read the article, "A few minutes with... a man with pom-poms."

Sheryl McGriff, dean of the UDM Career Education Center, was an invited panelist for the Michigan Business & Professional Association's "Women and Leadership in the Workplace" Conference, held Feb. 4 in Dearborn, Mich. The topic was "Calculating your ROI (Return On Investment) in the Workplace."

Gail Mitchell, associate professor of Performing Arts, will sing three songs by African American composer Rosephanye Powell, Thursday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Birmingham in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The songs, on the poetry of African American women, are in a grouping titled "Miss Wheatley's Garden."

Associate Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera wrote the article, "Amplifying the diminished voice: Designing space for all," published in the Fall 2013 issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.

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