Celebrate Spirit! 2011

Celebrate SpirityThursday, Sept. 22, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.

Celebrate Spirit! is the official welcome to the new school year for UDM faculty, staff and students. The service will take place in Gesu Church, on Oak Drive, one block north of McNichols Campus. See Gesu information. Celebrate Spirit! welcomes people of all faith traditions to ask God's blessing on the new school year.  Find out more about this tradition that goes back to the Middle Ages.

2011 Theme: “Envision a Better World...Then Create It"

Engineers without Borders

UDM Centennial Celebration of Engineering Education

This year's Celebrate Spirit! service is sponsored by the College of Engineering & Science in recognition of its Engineering Centennial - 1911-2011

Guest Speaker: Jim Paul, Engineers Without Borders

Jim Paul

Jim Paul is a professional engineer and father of four, with 30 years of experience engineering mechanical systems for buildings. He is currently a Vice President at Peter Basso Associates, Inc.  In 2007 he joined Engineers Without Borders-USA, and in 2008 became a member of the Detroit Professional Chapter of EWB. Read More >>

Schedule of Events

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Mass of the Holy Spirit at Gesu Church led by Rev. John Staudenmaier, S.J., welcoming people of all faith traditions to ask God’s blessings on the new school year. During the service, Jim Paul will offer a reflection about his experiences working for Engineers Without Borders.

1:00 p.m.
Student Fitness Center ground breaking follows east of the Engineering Building under the canopy.

1:30 p.m.
Picnic/Student Organization Fair with games around the Fisher Fountain. The picnic lunch by the Fountain provides food, music and fun to share with new and old friends around the Fisher Fountain on the north side of the Student Center. A fair is held during the picnic lunch to acquaint students with the numerous ways they can become involved in student activities.

2:30 p.m. - Classes resume

Open Choir Rehearsal

Choir rehearsals will be held Thursday, Sept. 8 and Thursday, Sept. 15 from 12:45 to 2 p.m.,  in the St. Ignatius Chapel, in the Commerce & Finance Building.

Class schedules will be changed on Sept. 22 to accomodate Celebrate Spirit! attendance. Also, food service in The Loft and Titan Dining Room will be closed from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.