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2008-2009 Mission Micro Grant Projects

Summaries of the 2008-09 MMG
Proposals that Received Funding


Greg Bomzimowski (Nurse Anesthesiology): Material support for CHP Honor Council spring event. The CHP Honor Council seeks funding to support a panel discussion on academic integrity, a plaque to honor the recipient of first annual CHP Person of Integrity" and a poster of CHP Honor Code to be displayed in the CHP. These activities and supplies are intended toadvance the council’s mission of promoting academic and clinical integrity. Last year the council hosted a similar panel discussion with approximately 50 students and faculty in attendance it is hoped refreshments will encourage a better turnout. The council would like to recognize an outstanding person nominated yearly for their support of the ideals embodied in the Honor Council Code. It is hoped this would be a plaque similar to the distinguished alumni awards and displayed alongside them with nameplates added each year. Finally the Council wishes to have a poster displaying the honor code and the mission of the Honor Council to raise student awareness of these initiatives toward academic integrity.

"Students in the College of Health Professions at the University of Detroit Mercy are expected to exhibit behaviors that epitomize academic, professional and personal integrity. They are committed to the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus that emphasize values, respect for others, and academic excellence. Adherence to such high standards is necessary to ensure quality in education and clinical care in all College of Health Professions programs. A student’s acceptance into a program of the College of Health Professions is conditional upon signing an affirmation of the Honor Code."
Excerpt from the "College of Health Professions Honor Code", Approved by CHP faculty August 16, 200.

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John Daniels (Leadership Development Institute): Material support for a panel discussion of the relationship of downtown development and chronic poverty. Three faculty are teaching sections of Ethics (Presbey, Nantais, and Koukal) in the Philosophy department starting January 5, using Service-Learning. In each of the classes of Ethics, at least one group of four or five students chooses as their Service-Learning project to: a) Identify one person of influence with the mission of economic development downtown, b) design an interview to understand the good that person sees in development, c) identify one person whose life work is serving the poor as they are, d) design an interview to understand the good that person sees in serving the poor as they are, and e) arrange and conduct the interviews by mid-February and prepare to discuss them in class. LDI and these Ethics faculty will host a panel in late March looking respectfully at the relationship of downtown development and chronic poverty with Brother Al (Canticle Café / St. Aloysius Warming Center) and another servant of the poor on the panel, and two servants of development; with Stephen Henderson (Detroit Free Press, former UofD Jesuit student) keynoting for the response of the panelists; and with Ron Dzwonkowski (Detroit Free Press) returning as moderator.

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Amy Green Deines (Architecture): Material support for students in a senior design studio ("Urban Engine") to create large paintings along the Woodward Corridor while engaging passersby in conversation about the Corridor. Fall semester Deines is teaching a senior design studio entitled, ‘URBAN ENGINE’ that will engage the Woodward Corridor. An interesting fact about the studio is that a well-known British Architect, Will Alsop [Lectures last year at SOA] has agreed to participate in the studio by publicly supporting what they are doing at the University of Detroit School of Architecture as well attending formal reviews of the students work. He is very interested in the City of Detroit and sees the assets and potential for our city to thrive and offer a wonderful quality of life for all who live there. The project entails students collaborating with the community surrounding the Woodward corridor from New Center to the River. The students will create large paintings on the pulled canvas and will initiate conversation with passerby’s, neighborhood associations, other academic institutions, and vendors. The hope is that this collaborative painting can start conversations amongst architects, residents, city officials and the university community. The dialogue can begin to explain a reaction or a desire as to the development of the urban environment resulting in a positive voice as to how architects and designers move forward re-defining the urban condition. Lastly, The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit [MOCAD] has agreed to exhibit the paintings with a reception so the students, faculty, and community can have a positive, optimistic, yet critical conversation about Detroit, our post-industrial landscape, and its future. The quality of life and the voice of the community is the main thrust of this exercise. The alignment of this studio with Will Alsop will create a public awareness surrounding the exercise. Will’s design process is very similar to the one I have described, in that, he engages the community in which he has been commissioned to design for and engages painting as a communication device amongst stakeholders and interested parties.

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Kathryn Gross (Liberal Arts & Education): Refreshments and travel support for National Diversity Awareness Day. October 3, 2008 is National Diversity Awareness Day. On October 2, 2008, (a class meeting day) Gross’s World Regions Geography Class would like to celebrate this in recognition of the many immigrants who have come to settle in Southeast Michigan recently. The evening would be an opportunity for 5 different individuals from 5 different world regions to explain the situations in their country both through cultural and political geography, their motives in moving to the United States, the challenges and rewards, and the elements of cultural assimilation or accommodation through their transition. The individuals invited to share in this discussion will be invited through ACCESS in Dearborn and Freedom House in Detroit.

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Arthur Haman & Katie Heitchue (Engineering & Science): Material support for 2-D wall plaques for UDM buildings containing the University and unit mission statements.

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Suzanne M. Keep (McAuley School of Nursing, Grand Rapids MI): Material support to purchase student kits to offer foot care to poor and homeless people at Heartside Ministries in center city Grand Rapids. Keep wants UDM nursing students to participate/volunteer for foot care clinics at Heartside Ministries in downtown Grand Rapids. Heartside Ministries is well known in the city for promoting social justice, especially to the homeless. Each month a coalition of parish nurses provide foot care to the poor and homeless and Keep would like UDM nursing students at various stages in their program, to offer their voluntary service. Keep would work with the nursing students, side by side each month. For the students to participate, she would like to create a set up kit for each volunteering nursing student to use, including toe nail clippers, files for foot calluses, nail files, soaking mineral salt, foot lotion. She would like to purchase aprons with the name, University of Detroit Mercy, McAuley School of Nursing applied on the apron so that we are identified in the community. The nursing students would set up a foot care station that would include; soaking the person’s feet, clipping toe nails, using files as needed to remove dry skin, applying lotion through a foot massage. Prayer is offered if the person is interested.

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Darrell Kleinke and Nassif Rayes (Engineering & Science): Material support for baby crib design project for wheelchair access. Standard cribs are not practical for parents that happen to be users of wheel chairs. This project will convert a crib into a wheel chair accessible product. Undergraduate engineering students will design the modifications required to convert the crib. A local craftsman will make the modifications, with the students participating in the fabrication and assembly. Finally, the crib will be delivered to a perspective mother. They have already identified the recipient.

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Joseph Nolan (Liberal Arts & Education /Education): Scholarship support for 5 middle school students for next summer's computerized writing workshop. The Write Stuff Technology Camp will be offered in conjunction and as part of EDU 600 (Computers in the classroom) this summer. The camp will allow 10 middle school aged students to participate in a technology workshop utilizing the Computerized Writing Process Model, and introducing Digital Game Based Learning as lesson reinforcement. Material Costs will be approximately $50 per student and they will be charging parents this amount for the workshop. This grant will provide scholarships for 5 workshop attendees from the UDM surrounding neighborhood.

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Constance Burke Schmidt and Amy Dereczyk (Health Professions, Physician Assistant Program): Material support for increasing awareness of the Physician Assistant profession during National PA awareness week. October 6-12 is National PA awareness week. Traditionally, the Physician Assistant is trained as an extender to meet the medical needs of the underserved community by providing education, counseling and healthcare services. UDM has been meeting these needs since the PA program’s first graduating class in 1975. Schmidt and Dereczyk would like to increase the awareness of the PA profession and our mission of providing healthcare to the underserved by utilizing PA week as a platform for education and information by promotion and advertisement of our profession. In particular, they will promote the activities that the PA students will participate in during this week including food drives and the Michigan sponsored Physician Assistant conference. By promoting these activities they are exemplifying how UDM’s Physician Assistant program and its students meet the university mission of ethical and social development.

Constance Burke Schmidt & Amy Dereczyk
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Annamaria Silver (Counseling): Material support for refreshments for monthly mini-lecture series on mental health and wellness issues. Silver is a new hire as of this year with the department of Personal Counseling and she is interested in starting a mini lecture series for University of Detroit Mercy students. The lectures will run forty minutes and will be presented once a month beginning in February and ending in June. The focus of the mini lecture series will include a variety of mental health and wellness issues. Past experience in providing wellness lectures to university students has proven time and again that the student turnout is much greater when refreshments are provided. Refreshments as would be expected, also adds a personal touch of hospitality that affects students in a positive manner.

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Mary Tracy, Michelle Andrezejak, Kate Lanigan (Engineering & Science): Material support for UDM Earth Day Expo in Fountain Lounge. Funds would be used to help pay for the food and a gift certificate prize at the Earth Day Expo on Campus. This event usually draws in over 200 members of our students, faculty, community and various environmental agencies.

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Lara Wasner (Language & Cultural Training): Stipend support for "Train the Tutor" workshops. UDM has recently had a dramatic increase in Chinese student enrollment (3 enrolled 2005-06; over 90 in fall 2008-09) mainly due to partnerships formed between UDM and several Chinese universities. Chinese students are now seeking help in CLAE’s Writing Center and UAS’ tutoring center in increasing numbers. These students have a wide range of ESL capabilities and challenges. Many have learned English since childhood and demonstrate English competency in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Many entered UDM with good TOEFL and Detroit Test scores. Yet, many are challenged in their listening comprehension, academic writing, as well as cultural, philosophical and educational differences. These students confront their academic challenges by utilizing UAS’ tutoring center for general academic help and CLAE’s Writing Center for writing support. Tutors have expressed to their centers’ directors their concerns: they feel overwhelmed and ill-prepared to help these students. The directors have contacted the LCT to request workshops to better prepare tutors to help these students. (After running such a workshop for Writing Center consultants fall semester, UAS contacted us to do one, and the Writing Center called us to come back winter term.) The sessions will be conducted by ESL teachers with years of experience teaching and tutoring Chinese students. The sessions will run two hours each. The objective is to introduce specific considerations and cultural differences of Chinese students, identify problem scenarios, and provide helpful tips for tutors so they can effectively tutor these students. The $100 pays the two-hour salary per teacher, per session.

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Sandra Yost (Engineering & Science): Material support for purchase of coffee for weekly student discussions of mission related matters at the Grounds Coffeehaus. Yost would host weekly rap sessions at Grounds Coffeehouse along the lines of Theology on Tap, for participants to reflect together on issues that matter deeply to them. To start with, Yost will suggest some topics related to the integration of spirituality with aspects of everyday life--studies, work, family, relationships, Church, etc. She expects as the sessions continue, participants will bring with them the issues they wish to discuss.

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