UDM Campus Connection

February 11, 2014


New Law dean

Phyllis L. Crocker has been appointed the dean of the UDM School of Law, effective July 1. Crocker joins UDM from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, where she is a professor of Law and recently served as interim dean and associate dean for Academic Affairs. For more, see the UDM news release.

Emergency Response Plan has been updated

Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to review the newly updated UDM Emergency Response Plan. The new version, which was released this month, contains instructions for handling a variety of crisis situations on campus. For the safety of everyone on campus, please take some time to review the document. Visit the Emergency Readiness page and click on the icon for the Emergency Response Plan. (Your TitanConnect username and password will be necessary to access the file.)

Dentistry student smiling with child

School of Dentistry serves children

With the help of dentists, dental hygienists, faculty, staff and students, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry once again provided free oral health care services to more than 150 children from low-income families during the annual "Give Kids a Smile" event, Feb. 8. The program, for children between ages four and 16, is presented in partnership with the American Dental Association. See the photo gallery on the School's Facebook page.

Media covers Ad Nauseum event

Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi and his Super Bowl Ad Nauseum program once again were featured in multiple media outlets around the time of Super Bowl XLVIII. For video clips and a list of links to news coverage, see the UDM news release.

UDM President Antoine Garibaldi, left, with U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, Feb. 3.

Jesuit educators honor Senator Tom Harkin

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) awarded the AJCU Lifetime Achievement Award to U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) for his exceptional advocacy for Pell grants and campus-based aid, and support of Jesuit higher education. The award was presented at the annual AJCU board dinner, Feb. 3 in Washington, DC. For more, see the AJCU news release.

Thumbs Up!

The School of Dentistry's "Dental Imprint" program, which teaches Detroit Public School students about dental careers, was mentioned in the Jan. 14 Model D article, "City kids: Growing next generation of medical professionals."

Professor of Law Larry Dubin was featured in the Fox 2 TV news story, "More troubles for Cushingberry? Facing allegations he neglected a legal case he took on," Jan. 13.

Professor of History Roy Finkenbine is a featured expert in the documentary, Madman or Martyr, about abolitionist John Brown and the history of the abolition movement in Detroit during mid-nineteenth century. The movie will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Cinema Detroit. Read more on the Cinema Detroit site.

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Greg Grobis served as a judge for the regional one-act competition for the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association, Feb. 8 in Novi, Mich.

Jeffrey A. Ingalsbe, assistant professor of Computer & Information Systems, was interviewed recently by two media outlets regarding a new computer virus called Ransomware. You can watch the Jan. 30 WDIV-TV story and listen to the Feb. 1 Internet Advisor show.

Daniel Kennedy, professor emeritus of Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Detroit News article, "Crime-fighting policies, bad weather combine for low Jan. homicides," Feb. 8.

David Nantais, director of University Ministry, was quoted in the Detroit News article, "Challenges, successes invigorate Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron," Feb. 3.

Associate Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera was quoted in the New York Times article, "Developer from Peru has eye on Detroit," Feb. 4.

Rosemary Weatherston, associate professor of English and director of the Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture, was quoted in The Michigan Citizen article, "Celebrating Detroit's Dudley Randall, poet and publisher," Jan. 9.

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