Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

January 23, 2018

This week on campus

Wednesday, Jan. 24

  • If you are healthy and able, consider donating blood to the Red Cross. The Red Cross will be available between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Student Union's Fountain Lounge. Donated blood can help in treating patients suffering from cancer, bleeding disorders, chronic anemia associated with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other hereditary blood abnormalities.
  • Interested in our graduate or doctoral nursing programs? Come to an information session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 110 of the Health Professions Facility. Please RSVP to Suzanne Erwin at
  • As part of its 2018 Winter Lecture Series, Detroit Mercy School of Architecture (SOA) welcomes Marc Ryan & Adam Nicklin of Public Work at 5:30 p.m. in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building's Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center. This event is free and open to the public. See the SOA Lecture Series website for more events!
  • Gather your team and sign up: The sixth annual Detroit Mercy Biggest Loser competition kicks off on Wednesday. All students, faculty and staff can compete. Cost is $25. Teams of three to six participants will compete to lose the highest percentage of body weight in hopes of winning money and achieving a healthier physique. Follow University Recreation on Facebook and look for a Biggest Loser Facebook group for more updates. This group is designed to create a better community environment where you can ask questions, share little victories and take part in the Biggest Loser discussion. For more information, stop by the front desk or contact Fitness Center Coordinator Matt Chesley at

Thursday, Jan. 25

  • The Student Life Office is hosting an open forum for commuter students during dead hour in Room 324 of the McNichols Campus Library. This event invites all commuters to come out and meet fellow commuters from other programs at Detroit Mercy. FREE refreshments will be served.
  • The Autism Alliance of Michigan will host one of its four professional development sessions, educating attendees on autism and its effect on learning for students diagnosed with the condition. This session will focus on "Seclusion and Restraint," and run from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 208 of the Student Union. See the event page for the other dates and topics.

Friday, Jan. 26

  • Students: Need help creating or updating your resume? A career development facilitator will be available during dead hour in Room 103 of Reno Hall to provide tips on choosing proper resume formats, fonts and keywords to create a winning resume tailored to you. This is a great opportunity to workshop your resume with professionals before the Detroit Mercy Spring Career/Networking Fair. See the event page to register.
  • University Recreation has organized a glow skating night; for $5 you can ice skate after dark at the John Lindell Ice Arena in Royal Oak. No skates? No problem — skate rental is included. Sign up at the Fitness Center! Watch the promo video online.

Every Wednesday

  • Join the University Ministry staff in prayer at 12:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Union to pray for our city, our country, the many needs of our world and for your own personal intentions.

Next week on campus

Tuesday, Jan. 30

  • All are welcome to join the discussion at University Ministry Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Young Martyr's Chapel in Shiple Hall. FREE homemade food and refreshments will be provided as we discuss the topic, "Why does faith call us to justice?"

Wednesday, Jan. 31

  • The Women's Leadership Round Table Committee created a discussion series to provide an opportunity for early-career women to have informal conversations with someone who is in a leadership role in higher education. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pam Zarkowski will begin this series and speak from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 324 of the McNichols Campus Library. FREE coffee, tea and light refreshments will be offered. Please RSVP to Felicia Mitrovich at
  • Joseph DeWindt, father of the late Professor of History Edwin DeWindt, devoted his free time to painting. Twenty-seven of his works, mostly landscapes, have been on display in the McNichols Campus Library through January. Join us for a silent auction and reception, to benefit the History Department, from 5 to 7 p.m. in McNichols Campus Library. FREE refreshments will be served. Starting price for all paintings in the auction will be $25.
  • Campus Kitchen at Detroit Mercy is partnering with the Detroit Food Policy Council to host a FREE movie night and panel discussion about food waste from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The film, "Just Eat It," explores the issue of food waste and food rescue from farm to retail to fridge. Following the film screening, local leaders from the restaurant, distribution, educational and policy sectors will discuss current efforts to reduce food waste in Detroit. See the event page for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 1

  • All faiths are welcome to come and celebrate the topic, "Gratitude: Remembering the Goodness of God," at the annual Interfaith Dinner, hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. FREE food will be provided.

Friday, Feb. 2

  • Students: Do you already have a resume, but would like a second review? A career development facilitator will be available during dead hour in Room 103 of Reno Hall to provide tips on choosing proper resume formats, fonts and keywords to create a winning resume tailored to you. See the event page to register.

Friday, Feb. 2 to Sunday, Feb. 4

  • Join University Ministry in the winter Explore retreat at Mercy Center in Farmington Hills. This weekend retreat serves as an opportunity to slow down, re-connect at a deeper level with our life and our work, renew ourselves and reflect. Register online.

Saturday, Feb. 3

  • Visit Day is an opportunity to show high schoolers interested in attending the University what it will be like to be a Titan. It's also a good time to learn about important aspects of a higher education, such as major tracks, scholarship opportunities, campus life and career services available. Encourage anyone you know interested in attending the University to come to the Ballroom and Fountain Lounge of the Student Union from 9 a.m. to noon.

Liquid Nitrogen Ping Pong was a blast

Screeshot from the Liquid Nitrogen Ping Pong event. Red cups are lined up and ping pong balls fly everywhere.

The Detroit Mercy Chemistry Club sponsored its annual Liquid Nitrogen Ping Pong event in the Engineering Building's High Bay last week. Watch the exciting video online.

Personalized Ignatian and Mercy spirituality retreats

Sacred Space on Campus for Retreat and reflection

Need time out from your busy schedule? Desire an opportunity to reflect on your life and where you are going? Want to grow in your prayer life? The Busy Persons Retreat is a personalized, four-week retreat, tailored to meet your schedule, in the tradition of Mercy and Ignatian spirituality. Take 30 minutes a day for four weeks and focus on prayer and reflection, also meeting once a week with a spiritual guide at a time and place convenient for you. Register online today. If you'd like further information, contact Sr. Beth Finster, in University Ministry. You may reach her at 313-993-1560 or at

Calling all event planners: Metz Catering Expo

Metz will host its first catering expo on Friday, Jan. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Meet the Metz Catering Team, learn about the budgeted options for hosting an event on campus with food, and enjoy delicious samples from the menu. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Tyran at or call 313-993-1213.

Detroit Mercy contributes research to Automation Alley’s Industry 4.0 report

Automation Alley Logo

Automation Alley, Michigan's leading technology and manufacturing business association, has assembled a collaborative team of academic and corporate partners, including University of Detroit Mercy, to create an in-depth research report on Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to be released April 30 in Detroit. This is the first collaborative Industry 4.0 report of its kind in Michigan. Automation Alley's 2018 Technology in Industry Report will be a data-rich guide to Industry 4.0 adoption comprised of observations, emerging trends, challenges, opportunities and implications for industry, created to help manufacturers keep pace with rapid technological changes.

Learn about sponsorship opportunities related to the Technology in Industry Report and Technology in Industry Reveal online. Register for the Technology in Industry Reveal.

Monthly math competition challenges high school students

Math Competition hosted by Detroit Mercy

The Detroit Mercy Mathematics Department is excited to announce two competitions for high school students to expand their knowledge about mathematics. Every month, the department will challenge high school students with a Monthly Math Puzzle. Puzzles will be posted on the first of the month with solutions due by the end of the month. Winners will be announced on the Detroit Mercy Mathematics Competition website. Be sure to encourage any high school student you know to solve the puzzles online and try and win a prize!

In April, the Mathematics Department will host a Detroit Mercy Mathematics Competition for high school students in a friendly competition that tests problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge. Do you know any high school students interested in mathematics? For more information, visit the competition website.

Nominate a colleague to attend summer colloquy on faith and intellectual life

University of Detroit Mercy has an opportunity to send one faculty, staff or administrator to the 2018 Collegium Summer Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., from June 15-22. Consider self-nomination or nominating a colleague to Lisa Zessin at by Friday, Feb. 23, using the Collegium's website to review qualifications and credentials. As part of the application process, the candidate will be asked to write a 750-word essay describing reasons for applying to the Collegium, including hopes and questions about the relationship between their academic career and spiritual life.

Save the Date: Fall Colleague Development Day

Faculty and staff: Mark your calendars now for the 8th Annual Fall Colleague Development Days, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 20 and Tuesday, Aug. 21. Video presentations from the Mid-Year Colleague Development Day are available online here:

The 2018 Colleague Development Days Call for Proposals is also now open. The Planning Committee is inviting program proposals that provide new thinking and best practices, engage faculty, staff and administrators in discussion, and encourage dialogue before, during and after sessions. All faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals as a solo presenter or with a colleague. Proposals should be submitted online by Monday, March 19. Final notification of proposals accepted for Colleague Development Days will be sent via email by April 20. Questions about Colleague Days should be directed to Sheryl Johnson-Roulhac at

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Counseling & Addiction Studies Nancy Calleja's article, "Addressing Faulty Prescribing Practices of Psychotropic Medication among Court-Involved Children and Adolescents," was published this month in The Family Journal. The article was co-written with Counseling program alumna Ann Dadah.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nihad Dukhan delivered the keynote speech, "On the Use of Metal Foam as Flow Field in Fuel Cells," at the International Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering in Istanbul, Turkey. Dukhan also spoke at the Yildiz Technical University conference about his hydrogen fuel cell research in collaboration with mechanical engineering doctoral students at Detroit Mercy.

Associate Professor of Biology James Graves served as a reviewer for the Council on 2018 Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C.

Professor of Business Administration Suk Kim and Associate Professor of Business Administration Min Xu were featured in several WalletHub articles regarding no balance transfer fee credit cards and free credit monitoring. Kim's article can be found here, and Xu's articles can be found here and here.

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