UDM Campus Connection

May 13, 2014

Graduates on McNichols Campus

Commencement 2014 photos and video online

Photos and video of the Commencement ceremony for McNichols Campus graduates are now online. A total of 670 students participated in the May 10 ceremony and many friends, family members and UDM faculty, staff and administrators also took part. Watch the video on YouTube.

You can see pictures of all three Commencement ceremonies (McNichols, Dentistry and Law) on the UDM photo gallery. Also read some stories about this year's graduates from the School of Dentistry and the School of Law.

If you'd like to share any comments about this year's events with the McNichols Commencement Committee, please email Committee Chair Diane Praet by Friday, May 16 so that your comments can be included in planning for next year.

Nursing students experience Mercy in Ireland

In early May, students from UDM's McAuley School of Nursing traveled to Dublin and Cork, Ireland for the International Nursing Experience (part of the NUR 2040 course, "Self-Awareness For Nurses Practicing in Interdisciplinary Environment"). The experience was designed to help students better understand the work of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, and to compare the cultural beliefs, values and health care practices in Ireland with those found in the United States.

Nursing students in Dublin.
 UDM Nursing students in Ireland during the May 2014 International Nursing Experience trip.

The UDM Nursing students visited the Mercy International Centre, the location of the first House of Mercy built in 1827 by Catherine McAuley in response to the needs of the poor of Dublin. The students also attended classes at the University College of Dublin, visited with nurses and administrators at an Irish hospital, attended Mass at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin and traveled to the McAuley School of Nursing in Cork, among other enriching activities. Two videos in which the students and faculty discuss their experiences are now online.  In a short video, four students summarize how they were affected by the trip.  A longer video features an extensive and more detailed discussion with students and faculty about their Ireland experience. An article was also written on the Mercy World website and some photos were posted on Twitter during the trip with the hashtag #UDMDublin. For information about the program, email Clinical Assistant Professor Catherine Corrigan or Associate Professor Andrea Kwasky of UDM's McAuley School of Nursing.

Alternative Spring Break celebrates 25 years of service

For 25 years, UDM students have learned valuable life lessons and helped others around the country and beyond, as part of the University's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. On Saturday, May 17, the University will recognize the program's 25th anniversary for ASB alumni. See the news release for more.

Summer camps in athletics, engineering and architecture

UDM Athletics will offer several sports camps in the coming months, including basketball and lacrosse. See the Detroit Titans Sports Camps page for a listing of available and planned camps offered by Titans varsity teams and coaches as well as some alumni greats.

You can also find out about upcoming pre-college camps hosted by the College of Engineering & Science and the School of Architecture on the Engineering & Architecture Summer Camps page.

Third Thursday on Livernois, May 15

This Thursday, May 15 is another "Third Thursday" on Livernois Avenue! More than 25 participating businesses and venues along the "Avenue of Fashion" will stay open with specials, art, food, entertainment and more from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, see Third Thursdays event page on Facebook.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Business Administration Mike Bernacchi was quoted in the WWJ / CBS Local story, "U.S. consumers spend a whopping $20 billion for Mother's Day," May 11.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine wrote the article, "Why racists always make this claim," published by the History News Network, May 11.

At her recent retirement party, Diane Manica, director of Student Teaching and Program Recruitment received a special acknowledgement from the White House via Don Graves, executive director of the administration's Council on Jobs and Compensation and a direct assistant to President Obama. View an excerpt of Graves' comments on YouTube and a Facebook photo gallery of the retirement gathering.

On May 6, Steven J. Nelson, associate vice president for Human Resources & Payroll, met with a group of about 100 area realtors to give a presentation on the University's Employee Home Ownership Program.

Director of Islamic Studies Achmat Salie was quoted in the Religious News Service article, "Supernatural thriller Jinn features creatures from Muslim folklore," published April 16.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski was the invited presenter at the Morris Minton Lectureship at the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, April 17 in Dallas. Her topic was "The good, the bad and the ugly of social media in dental education." She was also the invited speaker for the annual Charles A. Sweet Sr. Memorial Lecture at the University of Pacific Art Dugoni School of Dentistry, April 26 in San Francisco, where her topic was "Borders and boundaries in social media and pediatric dentistry practice." On May 1, Zarkowski spoke at the Michigan Dental Association meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich. on the topic, "Rules, roles & responsibilities for the dental team."

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