UDM Campus Connection

March 4, 2014

Pope's Lenten message focuses on poverty

This year, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5 and Pope Francis has issued a message inspired by the words of St. Paul, "He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9). The Pope addresses the question, "What does this invitation to poverty, a life of evangelical poverty, mean for us today?" Read Pope Francis' Lenten message on the Vatican website. For more Lent resources, try the Jesuit Resource site.

Urban agriculture in focus at School of Law, March 7

Experts from around the country will meet at the UDM School of Law for the symposium, "Going to seed: Agriculture in distressed cities," on Friday, March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Topics will include local food systems and implementing urban farming in Detroit. The keynote address will be by Dan Pitera, director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center in UDM's School of Architecture. Find out more in the Legal News article.

Video celebrates DCDC on its 20th anniversary

A video celebrating UDM's Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) was produced as part of the Center's 20th anniversary by Associate Professor of Digital Media Studies Allegra Pitera. Learn more about the mission, process and accomplishments of the DCDC in the YouTube video.

Grad Salute helps graduation candidates, March 13

Encourage all graduating UDM students to stop by the 2014 Graduate Salute on Thursday, March 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge. Representatives from multiple UDM offices will be on hand to help graduation candidates handle issues related to graduation, including Commencement RSVP cards and cap and gown order forms.

To make the "Grad Salute" event fun, candidates for graduation can play games to win prizes sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Senior Class Gift Campaign. Students can also learn about the Senior Class Gift and benefits available to them as UDM alumni, like discounts on insurance and future class auditing. For more information, see the Grad Salute web page.

Open house for graduate and transfer students, March 19

The University will hold an informational open house especially for transfer students and graduate students coming to UDM. Attendees can meet with advisors representing more than 60 academic programs and find out how to finance a UDM education, including the availability of academic awards. RSVP is requested. For more, see the event page.

Memory House

Theatre season's last play opens March 28

The UDM Theatre Company's last production of the 2013-2014 season is Memory House by Kathleen Tolan. The comedic drama opens Friday, March 28 and runs for six performances through Sunday, April 6. In Memory House, teenager Katia tries to write her college entrance essay while her adoptive mother deals with her divorce from Katia's father. For more on the play, showtimes and ticket information, see the Theatre Company website.

Open house for Community Development program, March 29

The Master of Community Development (MCD) program will hold an open house on Saturday, March 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the second-floor Peter Peirce Room in UDM's Loranger Architecture Building. It's a great opportunity for prospective students to talk to faculty and learn about the program. Information on the program is also available on the MCD website.

Livernois Community Storefront coming back

This spring, the Livernois Community Storefront will be back in action! The Storefront will host community events, short-term pop-ups, exhibits, meetings and more at 19410 Livernois Avenue in Detroit, starting in March. For the latest updates, watch the Storefront's Facebook profile.

New course offering: University Chorus

The Performing Arts Department is proud to offer the new course, "University Chorus," starting in the fall of 2014 for one credit. Conducted by Daniel Greig, adjunct faculty in the College of Liberal Arts & Education, the course is open to all students who will sing classical and contemporary music, including musical theatre and popular music. Check the class schedule under "Music" for more information.

Thumbs Up!

School of Dentistry Dean Mert Aksu and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski co-presented the talk, "Dental licensure: Pathways, potholes and possibilities," at the American College of Legal Medicine meeting in Las Vegas, Feb. 28.

Abhijit Dasgupta, associate professor of Mathematics & Software Engineering, presented the seminar, "Topological compactness and Stäckel finiteness," at University of Michigan, Feb. 20.

Professor Carla Groh, Assistant Professor Jean Gash and Associate Professor Maureen Anthony of the McAuley School of Nursing co-presented the poster, "Exploring the perceptions and work experiences of Guyanese nurses," at the Nursing Leadership in Global Health conference, held Feb. 27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Assistant Professor of Computer & Information Systems Jeff Ingalsbe led a session on the global cyber security skills gap and potential solutions during the World Bank's Sustainable Development Forum, Feb. 27. The session is intended to provide recommendations to world governmental leaders on how to incentivize the development of a cyber security workforce.

Associate Professor of Law David C. Koelsch will co-present "Be in the know: A briefing on the rights of the worldwide LGBT community," Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Mich. The presentation is given in conjunction with a current special exhibit at the Center, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945.

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