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Past Events 2012

Community Engagement Opportunity Fair

Tuesday, January 24, 2012  Student Center, Fountain Lounge, 10:00am - 3:00pm

If you are interested in Community Service and don’t know where to begin, stop by and speak to members of local area Community Organizations to see how you can get involved!

A Call to Conversation: Service Learning, Community Engagement and Community Development

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Engineering Building, Room 220, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Professor John C. Burkhardt, Director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan, will give a keynote speech on the topic of Community Engagement and Higher Education, which will be followed by a panel discussion by UDM faculty members and an open discussion. Less


  • Michael Bryce, Director of Clinical Programs at the UDM School of Law, will speak about similarities between service learning and Jesuit Education and how both benefit the community and encourage student lifelong learning.
  • Dan Pitera, Associate Professor & Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center, will speak about the Detroit Works project, the goal of which is to develop and implement a civic engagement process across the city of Detroit.
  • Mark Schumack, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will speak about the challenges of designing a relevant service learning experience for a technical course, and the impact of the experience on student attitude and identity.
  • Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster, Associate Professor and Director, Research, Evaluation & Leadership Development, will speak about the impact of service learning on servant leadership skills, and data driven decision-making for community coalitions.

An open discussion about next steps for community engagement at UDM will follow.

Major General Jerry Cannon Speaks On Multi-Cultural Leadership

Thursday, March 1, 2012 Engineering Building, Room 220, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Major General Cannon is an alumnus of the University of Detroit Mercy.  Over the past six years, he has served in Iraq three times and had lead the training of new military police.  He has also held leadership positions in the Michigan National Guard. UDM students have the great opportunity to hear Major General Jerry Cannon discuss aspects and experiences of multi-cultural leadership. Emerging Leaders can count this event as a workshop under "Leadership Development" category. This event will be on Thursday, March 1st from 5:30PM to 7:00PM in the Engineering Building 220. Please click here for more information about Major General Jerry Cannon http://www.ng.mil/  ngbgomo/library/bio/983.htm

Teresa Tomeo Speaks on Women and Leadership

Tuesday, March 27, 2012  Chemistry Room 114, 7:00pm-9:30pm

An engaging, fast-paced presentation on the importance of conforming one's self to Truth rather than to the popular culture. Freedom, leadership, passion, faith, feminism -- it's all here!

In her latest book, "Extreme Makeover," Teresa Tomeo pulls together the latest research on social behavior and trends to demonstrate that women are harming themselves and their chances for true happiness by adopting the thoroughly modern, sexually liberated lifestyle portrayed in magazines and movies. Packed with not only persuasive statistics but also powerful personal testimonies, Extreme Makeover shows that it is not the slogans of the sexual revolution and the women's liberation movement that free and dignify women, but the beautiful teachings of the Catholic Church. Teresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper. In the year 2000, she left the secular media to start her own speaking and communications company.

Her daily morning radio program, Catholic Connection, is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now heard on over 200 Catholic stations nationwide through the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network. After the presentation there will be time for Q&A, book signing, refreshment and conversation. This event is sponsored by The Institute for Service and Leadership and by Titans for Life, and it is partially funded through a UDM Mission Micro Grant.

Leadership Slam II

Thursday, March 29, 2012  Ground Coffeehaus, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Guest slammers and UDM alumni Michele Hunt and Michael Ware will share their leadership experiences with students.

Michele Hunt: change catalyst and 'thinking partner' to leaders of organizations and communities on leadership development, organizational transformation, and organizational effectiveness. More info.

Michael Ware: founder and managing director of Advance Capital Markets. More info.

3:30PM Free pizza and refreshment

4:00PM Slamming time

In addition, students are encouraged to interact with guest slammers after 5:30PM. Students who missed the afternoon session may hear from the guest slammers in the graduate leadership class starting at 6:40PM in Commerce & Finance 233.

Interactive Presentation - Social Change Model

Thursday, April 12, 2012    3:30-5:30PM Commerce & Finance 233

UDM students in the leadership capstone class will give an interactive presentation on the Social Change Model. This model is adopted and adapted by the Institute for Leadership and Service to guide students' leadersip development and community engagement. Free pizza is available from 3:30PM. This project is supported by the UDM Mission Micro Grant. The presentation is available here.

Student Leadership Recognition Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, April 18, 2012    4:30-6:30PM   Fountain Lounge, Student Center

Students leaders of the Ford Community Corps Partnerships and Pin awardees of the Emerging Leaders Program will be recognized with their leadership accomplishments at UDM.

The White House Young America Series: live from UDM

May 22, 2012
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
UDM McNichols Campus
Student Center, Fountain Lounge
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In conjunction with the Millennium Momentum Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education,The White House Young America Series is a set of regional forums held across the country this spring.

They are designed to connect Obama Administration officials with young community, civic, non-profit and business leaders to discuss issues critical to young Americans and identify solutions to meet the challenges of the 21st century.