UDM Campus Connection

May 6, 2014

Titan Classic Sports: the new 24-hour TV network!

This fall, UDM will partner with WADL-TV to launch the Titan Classic Sports Network, a new channel devoted to Detroit Titans sports 24 hours a day! It will be only the third network in the country dedicated to the athletics of a single university, broadcasting games from decades of University sports history.

Check out the two-minute preview video on Vimeo and read the May 2 Detroit Free Press article, "UDM starting its own 24-hour sports TV channel." Watch for more information about the Titan Classic Sports Network in the coming months!

Titan Classic Sports

Commencement ceremonies, May 9-10

The 2014 Commencement events will take place this weekend. The ceremonies for the Schools of Law and Dentistry will be held Friday, May 9, and Commencement for McNichols Campus graduates will take place on Saturday, May 10. For all the details, see the Commencement site.

Family and friends unable to attend the McNichols Campus Commencement Ceremony on May 10 may watch live video of the event on the Web, courtesy of UDM and the Horizon League Network. See the "Watch Commencement" page for details.

UDM Commencement

Learn the story behind the poetry emails

Last fall, Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity John Staudenmaier, S.J. started sending emails with thoughts and poetry to add a moment of reflection and beauty to each weekday. Fr. Staudenmaier discussed the motivation behind the email series, which he calls "A Work Day in Hard Times," as well as the response he's gotten in an article on AJCUnet.edu. You can access past poems and messages from the emails on the UDM blog.

Law School clean-up

UDM Law cleans up its neighborhood

The School of Law Community Service Committee held its kick-off service project, Neighborhood Cleanup Day, on April 24. See the photo gallery. More than 30 students, faculty, administrators and staff gathered to beautify the School's surrounding neighborhood, picking up more than 30 bags of trash and debris.

Associate Professor of Law Julia Belian commented, "Watching the whole neighborhood of UDM Law pitch in to clean up our little slice of the earth was great. Even better was the sense of ownership it developed. I kept hearing students say things like, 'Just wait until the next time I see someone throw a cigarette butt in this courtyard!'"

This was the first of many service projects planned by the School's Community Service Committee. Future projects include a service day with the Belle Isle Conservatory, hosting a cook-out for local veterans, packing art kits for Detroit youth, clearing vacant lots in Detroit and hosting a holiday party at a Detroit elementary school.

(Contributed by Amy K. Smith, associate dean for Operations, UDM School of Law.)

Showing UDM spirit for higher education

In support of the First Lady Michelle Obama's effort to encourage youth to pursue higher education, UDM faculty, staff, administrators and students showed their school spirit on May 2.

UDM joined with fellow institutions in the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities and encouraged the wearing of school apparel for the day. Comments and photos from across the country were shared via social media with under the hashtag #ReachHigher.

People in UDM garb.
UDM faculty, staff, administrators and students from the College of Liberal Arts & Education (left) and the College of Health Professions.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Hsiao-Lan Hu's research project, "Contemporary Chinese Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist-feminist social ethics, with focus on the works of Bhiksuni Chao-Hwei," won the Short-Term Research Grant on Current Issues in Chinese Buddhism provided by the Shengyan Educational Foundation and hosted by the Center of Studies on Chinese Religions at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Alumnus Keegan-Michael Key '93 was included on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people for 2014, for his work with comedy partner Jordan Peele.

Isaiah McKinnon, associate professor of Education currently on leave to serve as deputy mayor of Detroit, was part of a roundtable discussion on homeland security, held May 2 in Detroit. The event, presented by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, was led by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Jeh Johnson and focused on the New International Trade Crossing and northern U.S. border infrastructure. Also in attendance were officials including U.S. Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Gil Kerlikowske, Senator Debbie Stabnenow and Congressmen John Conyers Jr., John Dingell and Gary Peters. McKinnon was also recently appointed to a four-year term on the Wayne County Stadium Authority, which approves any significant changes to the Detroit stadia.

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