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2011-12 Mission Micro Grant Award Projects

Summaries of the 2011-12 MMG
Proposals that Received Funding

Rachelle Belanger (CES):

Material support for forming the Titan Environmental Committee and starting a recycling program;

This past year I had the opportunity to work with a highly motivated student, Raina Halabi, on starting a recycling project on campus. In her own words, Raina says that “the lack of recycling system at UDM stuck out like a sore thumb.” Raina and I both started at UDM in 2010 and quickly noticed that next to every garbage can a critical part was missing, a recycling bin. We were both bothered by the fact that recyclable material was being disposed of improperly at UDM; from paper to cardboard, plastic bottles to aluminum cans. The thought of how long this material would take to naturally break down in a landfill consistently clouded our minds as we would throw material in the garbage with great guilt. More often than not, I found myself transporting materials to my home to recycle them properly. We wondered why this not a priority to the University? Obviously the University’s financial limitation was the main contributor, but we were determined to overcome this obstacle. We formed the Titan Environmental Committee and met with several other Science faculty members and students to discuss the lack of recycling on campus and proposed ways to start tackling this problem. It seemed everyone wanted the same thing, an effective recycling program, but no one had been successful in implementing an effective recycling system that would last. Not only was it going to be a mission to initiate this process, but we knew that it would be an even bigger struggle to integrate recycling into the waste management program at UDM.

In November 2011, we were lucky enough to be awarded a Mission Micro Grant and purchased 3 recycling receptacles with the money. In the midst of all this, Raina learned about a co-ed service fraternity by the name of Alpha Phi Omega (APO). She joined APO in hopes of educating the brothers on the importance of recycling, and how the benefit heavily outweighs the cost. She worked with others within APO this past semester collecting recyclables in the dorms and taking them to recycling facilities outside of campus. I setup a recycling station in the Biology building, outside of my office and have been taking recyclables home. Raina met with the Jim Orlando and the President Garibaldi several times regarding the lack of an effective recycling program on campus. They took her concerns very seriously and the University is in the process of beginning a pilot recycling program in the Residence Halls (see email from Jim Orlando dated August 10, 2012). Coming this fall, Raina is going to spear-head a Green Committee (Titan Environmental Committee) within APO, and we will be in charge of maintaining the recycling receptacles purchased with the grant money. We had intended on placing these receptacles in the quad area of the residence halls, but may relocate them based on the exciting email we received from Jim Orlando. We will likely place receptacles in a high-traffic area and will transport the recyclables to a local recycling station.

We are excited that the University has taken a positive step towards environmental responsibility; however, we realize that our efforts are still needed on campus. We look forward to a greener UDM and an efficient and easily-accessible recycling system into the waste management program at UDM. We plan to continue to work with the UDM on this matter.

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Jocelyn Bennett-Garraway (School Counseling Program, Department of Counseling and Addiction Studies): 2 projects

1. Material support for purchase of resource and gift materials for the Graduate Student Counseling Association Community Service Day at the Detroit Veterans Affairs Hospital.

The University of Detroit Mercy Mission Micro Grant provided funds for resource and gift materials for the Graduate Student Counseling Association Community Service Day at the Detroit Veterans Affairs Shelter. Counseling and Addiction Studies faculty, students, alumni and families provided counseling resources that addressed mental health and addiction issues, provided hygiene products and clothes items, and served meals to homeless veterans. The Mission Micro Grant funds were specifically used to purchase deodorant, hair combs, hats and gloves. The students actively engaged in collecting financial and food donations from the following additional donors:

University Contributions:


  • Costco – 3 sheet cakes
  • Sabrina Hill: Your Personal Hair Care Stylist – financial donation

UDM Student Families and Friends

  • Awalt Family, Colorado & Oregon – knitted and purchased hats, scarfs & gloves
  • Conley Family, Michigan – donated food, helped serve
  • Wendy S. Cook, UDM Alumni – monetary donation
  • Dr. Montie Garraway, Ph.D., LPC – Clearvu Wellness & Empowerment Center, UDM Adjunct – monetary donation, helped serve
  • Nancy Michaud –knitted hats & scarfs, purchased & gift wrapped sweaters, helped serve
  • Smith Family, Ohio – donated money and food, travelled from Ohio to help serve
  • Williams Family, Michigan – food donation

Project Outcomes
This was a wonderful opportunity to truly connect with veterans, especially during this tumultuous time in the veterans’ lives. Approximately 50 undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, family members and friends, including children ranging in ages 2 – 17 volunteered to help stuff and distribute gift bags, greet the veterans, prepare the food, and serve the veterans. Each veteran received a gift bag which included deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hair comb, socks, hat, gloves or scarf, and a sweater. The veterans are usually served a basic menu, like hot dogs, at the shelter. The participants and donors prepared a menu of roast turkey, baked ham, stuffing, corn, green beans, macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, salad, cake, pie, and beverages. The veterans were greatly appreciative of the gift bags and food.

The intent of the project was to feed and provide gift bags for approximately 350 veterans. Unfortunately, due to an error in scheduling the volunteer day, there was a double booking of volunteer groups. Our meal was to be served to the veterans at noon for lunch. However, another volunteer group was feeding the veterans during that time. As a result, our time was pushed back to 3PM, serving approximately 150 veterans. Although, our volunteer group served a smaller number of veterans, the shelter was able to use the remaining food for the dinner service at 6PM.

I chose not to take pictures of the attendees at the event out of respect for the sensitive condition of the homeless veterans. However, pictures of the program preparation and event are available for viewing. The Graduate Student Counseling Association plans to continue their relationship with and represent the University of Detroit Mercy at the Veteran Affairs Shelter. This relationship will continue to represent and promote the UDM’s identity of urban and service.

2. Materials and refreshments for parent training workshops for the Detroit Public Schools Parent Resource Center

The University of Detroit Mercy Mission Micro Grant provided funds for refreshments and learning materials for parent training workshops for the Detroit Public Schools Parent Resource Center. The workshops were to be training clinics teaching and empowering actively engaged parents with the skills to be mentors to other parents. These parents were to be trained to be mentors to other parents in their communities and trained to specifically address post-secondary preparation, including reviewing post-secondary options, financial aid information and filing assistance, and NCAA policies, practices and procedures. However, due to changes occurring in DPS, the parents requested a change to the initial program plans.

The staff and parents involved at the Parent Resource Centers requested particular workshops to address current issues and challenges that are occurring in the schools. This last minute request changed the intent of the training clinics. The parents felt the need to address the increased bullying occurring in the schools, therefore, workshops educating parents about the emotional, psychological, and legal ramifications of bullying were developed. The workshops trained the parents in identifying the emotional and psychological symptoms of bullying and the legal rights of the bully’s victim.

Project Outcomes
Although this was a wonderful opportunity to truly connect with some of the parents of the Detroit Public Schools, the challenges DPS has been experiencing impacted the types of workshops offered and attendance. The intent of the project was to offer 3 training clinics. Unfortunately, one was cancelled due to the tumultuous challenges DPS has been experiencing.

The first workshop was held on Wednesday, December 21st at 5PM at the Parent Resource Center at Central High School. At the conclusion of the workshop, each parent was given 3 packets to distribute to and train 3 parents. The 2nd meeting was scheduled for Thursday, February 2nd at 5PM. This was to be a follow-up to the first meeting. The plan was to meet with the same attendees from the first meeting to discuss their experience with sharing the information with other parents. None of the parents from the first meeting attended the second meeting due to an unexpected emergency meeting, which was schedule at the same time as my workshop and announced that afternoon. This emergency meeting had to be held to address the emotional turmoil the parents were experiencing during the week of my workshop, which resulted from the notification of school closures occurring in DPS. However, different parents and teachers attended what was to be the second workshop. As a result, I repeated the information I presented during the first workshop. Fortunately, I brought packets from the first workshop in preparation for requests of information from the first workshop. This enabled me to give each attendee 2 packets from the first workshop to distribute and train 2 parents.

Attendance at the workshops was lower than previous years due to last minute emergency meetings addressing the DPS challenges, which were arranged by the DPS Parent Resource Center. The ethnic demographic of the attendees at both workshops were African American. The parents, grandparents and teachers who attended were fully engaged in the topic. They were very open to discussing the experiences of their children/grandchildren, as well as their personal experiences with bullying. Surprisingly, more fathers, grandfathers, and male teachers were in attendance. The attendees and their children enjoyed a hot meal during the workshop. The overall evaluations of the workshops were very good. The staff and parents of the Parent Resource Center were extremely appreciative of the support received from The University of Detroit Mercy.

I chose not to take pictures of the attendees at the event because parents were encouraged to attend the workshops in the attire they wore to pick up or drop off their children for school. I did not want the parents to feel uncomfortable, and ultimately not attend the workshops. I plan to continue my relationship with and represent the University of Detroit Mercy at the Detroit Public School Parent Resource Centers. This relationship will continue to represent and promote UDM’s identity of urban and service.

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Libby Balter Blume and Marie Henderson, RSM (CLAE / SOA):

Material support for a student tour of a special exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts: “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus”.

Our Micro Mission grant partially funded 30 students in two sections of ARCH 1210: Visual Communication II, taught by Dr. Libby Balter Blume and Sr. Marie Henderson, RSM, to tour the special exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts: “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus” on February 9, 2012.

“Rembrandt van Rijn is universally known as one of the greatest painters of the 17th century’s Dutch Golden Age. The exhibition featured eight paintings created by Rembrandt and his students that feature the presumed visage of Jesus. Also included were more than 50 related paintings, prints and drawings that examine the religious, historic, and artistic significance of the core eight works.”


The primary objective of ARCH 1210 is to conceptualize and communicate ideas through freehand drawing. Before and after visiting the exhibition the students completed studio assignments, such as color portraiture with Sr. Marie and figure drawing with Libby, including a self-reflective sketchbook assignment “What Would Jesus Do?” in which students drew their own images of a living Jesus in an imaginary contemporary context. Students invented scenes such as the child Jesus baking bread with his mother, Jesus as an astronaut, and Jesus as architect and designer of the modern world.

To hear an interview with the exhibition curator, go to http://wdetfm.org/news/story/faceojesuskeyes

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Libby Balter Blume and Gloria Albrecht (CLAE / SOA / Community Development Program):

Material support for the design and production of a display for the Master of Community Development degree program in the School of Architecture to exhibit at conferences.

The Mission Micro Grant given to the Master of Community Development Program was used to prepare two display panels describing the graduate degree program for use at career fairs, conferences, or other recruitment events. Professor Stephen Vogel designed the full color panels, which are approximately 24” x 36” each and fit into a custom travel case. The written information on the panels is modified from the MCD web site and includes student testimonials. Photographs and renderings utilized for the panels were provided by the Detroit Collaborative Design Center from their archive of images from community clients.

Administered by the School of Architecture, UDM's unique Master of Community Development program provides a holistic approach to the theory and practice of community development. This interdisciplinary graduate program has a foundation rooted in service, social justice, and sustainability. The program integrates human, economic, physical and organizational aspects of community development for a comprehensive approach to the renewal of communities. Inherent in the MCD program is a central focus on meeting the needs of marginalized communities in support of the values and foundation of the Jesuit and Mercy sponsors of the University.


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Tracey Chan (McAuley Health Center):

Material support to purchase and distribute the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to young children that receive healthcare at the McAuley Health Center.

Shirley Escamilla (CHP / McAuley School of Nursing):

Material support for the purchase of refreshments for the MSON Senior Nursing Student Recognition Tea.

In an effort to groom our senior nursing students to become active alumni after graduation, the McAuley School of Nursing developed 2 events especially for them. The first is the Senior Nursing Student Convocation at the beginning of the academic year. At this event important information related to graduation and the National Certification Licensing Exam taken after graduation is distributed and reviewed. It is the belief that holding a special meeting for seniors underscores the difference and significance of the senior year and the completion of a rigorous program of study in preparation for one of the most respected professions in service to humanity.

The second event is the luncheon that was partially funded by the Micro Mission Grant. The Senior Nursing Student Recognition Luncheon was held on March 19th in the Fountain Lounge and was attended by 81 senior students. This event would not have been held if not for the monies from the Micro Mission Grant. The purpose of this event was to recognize the achievement of all seniors nursing students as well as those receiving the Academic Achievement Award and the Catherine McAuey Leadership Award.  Dr, Garibaldi was present at the event, which also included a presentation by Matthew Darden, an alumni of both UDM’s nursing and nurse anesthesia programs.

The positives that were noted by faculty and students are that all students were able to acknowledge the accomplishments of their classmates with whom they had spent 4 very significant years of study.  Most of the time only those students who receive honors attend the University Honors Convocation at which the above awards are presented. A second positive was that students were able to hear from an alumnus who had continued his education at UDM for an advanced degree.

The 4000-level faculty and I believe that, despite the overwhelming positive response of the students, there were several negatives. One negative was that the grant money was very minimal.  On a tight budget we were limited by the food items we could provide and had to self cater the event. Another negative was that some of the students had to leave due to core classes that they had to attend.

Overall, however, the 4000-level faculty believe that both events will help in promoting participation of our graduating senior nursing students as alumni.

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Beth Ann Finster, SSJ (University Ministry):

Material support to expand the urban garden on campus.

The purpose of this year’s MMG was expansion of the garden west of the Lansing Reilly parking lot, membership in the Detroit Garden Resource Collaborative, soil amendments, and to install fencing to keep out varmints (both two and four-legged.)

The first challenge was to prevent the University-hired landscapers from continually weed-whacking the plants which had taken root. They succeeded in cutting down, Fr. Staudenmaier’s white sage, Fr. Hendry’s raspberry bushes, and my asparagus and rhubarb. It was clear fencing was necessary to discourage these over-zealous landscapers.

I asked Facilities Operations for help, hoping they could provide a few metal posts and some chicken wire fencing. They responded by building a 4 foot (cut down to 3 foot) wooden corral, lined with vinyl fencing. The addition of an electrical tape would have allowed me to pasture cattle, had I been so inclined. The vinyl fencing lasted about a week, when large holes began to appear. It wasn’t the bunnies or squirrels (who were using the fence as a launching pad) but we surmise it was rats, who were chewing around the bottom of the fencing, and creating large holes. The vinyl fencing was replaced with wire mesh fencing, and the garden seems secure. Plant wise, we have rhubarb, and asparagus, and red raspberries (the black raspberries didn’t survive the fence project) which will yield within the next two years, and this year’s crop of onions, peppers, tomatoes, herbs (including Fr. Staudenmaier’s transplanted white sage), and a bumper crop of weeds. All in all, it has been a better year, but lacking in weeding has made it more of a jungle. A professional soil analysis will be necessary before next year’s planting, but I believe we will be able to improve it.

Any and all volunteer weeders are always welcome!

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Deborah Gibson (CLAE):

Material support to purchase test preparation materials for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).

The Education Department submitted the proposal to fund a Teacher Education Program Resource Room. After completing an internal investigation, the Teacher Education Council (TEC) found that students were scoring low in high need subject areas for teachers. As a result, the TEC decided to create a resource room for all teacher candidates to utilize study materials. These materials will be available to all education students during office hours and anytime when faculty members are available. It was the intention of the Education Department to use the Mission Micro Grant towards purchasing MTTC Practice Test materials for the Teacher Education Department Resource Room located in Reno Hall, 237. We purchased two books: XAM MTTC Basic Skills and XAM MTTC Special Education Emotionally Impaired. These materials can be utilized at no cost to the student.

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Lori Glenn (CHP / McAuley School of Nursing):

Material support for the printing of dating violence awareness cards to be distributed to students, and purchase of candles for a vigil for victims of domestic violence held in conjunction with the Domestic Violence Committee lecture, October 2011.

The TeLL Team consists of three UDM Doctorate of Nursing Practice students, one of whom is also faculty in the nursing program.

  • Lori Glenn
  • Terry Ames
  • Leslie Simons

The TeLL Team developed a plan to increase awareness and educate the campus community on dating violence with the overall mission to create a safe environment for students. The TeLL Team worked with key departments on campus, including the Dean of Students, Public Safety, and Counseling Center.  In October of 2011, a candle light vigil was held on the Kassab Mall to pay tribute to victims. An educational program was presented February 14, 2012 in partnership with the UDM’s Domestic Violence Committee. Featured were members of the TeLL team and a panel of representatives from key departments that deal with these issues. Informational materials were developed and distributed at that event and through the Public Safety Office and included an informational brochure and business card. The TeLL Team also contributed to changes in the Student Handbook that encouraged the use of university resources in the event of dating violence events. The TeLL Team will continue its work during Prologues, Transitions, and Viewpoints with incoming freshmen, and are planning another candle vigil for October 2012.  

The Micro Mission Grant was used to support the work of the TeLL Team. This offset the cost of printing brochures and business cards, as well as supplies for the candlelight vigil and campus wide presentation.



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Carla Groh (CHP / McAuley School of Nursing): 2 projects

1. Material support for Healthy Living Seminars conducted in collaboration with Greater Emmanuel Baptist Church.

The Proposed Project
The purpose of this project was to provide health education (e.g. exercise, nutrition, health life choices) to the congregants of Greater Emmanuel Baptist Church (10534 McNichols, Detroit).

Implementation of the Project
Carla Groh met with Twyla Branch, the health coordinator at Greater Emmanuel Baptist Church, to plan the four-hour event. Flyers were developed and posted at the church. We held the program Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 10am – 2pm in the rectory of the church. There were four components to the program: (1) Life Long Fitness provided the Powersit® chair exercise class which lasted 60 minutes; (2) Beverly Cameron, registered dietician, provided education related to healthy eating for 60 minutes; (3) Carla Groh and three graduate students provided education on the Affordable Care Act and services provided under that Act that have
no cost associated for the patient for 45 minutes; and (4) a healthy lunch with continued discussion of the educational material.

Outcome of the Project
Fifteen women and one man attended the Healthy Living Seminar,as well as three graduate students in the Health Service Administration program. The participants seemed to enjoy the seminar; they asked relevant health related questions and actively participated in the chair exercises. There was a fair amount of laughing and good cheer. Ms. Branch was pleased with the number of participants and has already asked us to return to discuss other health related topics.

Lessons Learned
The most important lesson learned was that people are truly interested in learning about living a healthier life but need knowledge about what a healthy lifestyle means in order to implement change.

Future Plans
The goal is to return this fall (2012) for a continuation of the Healthy Living Seminar series. Possible topics include depression, management of hypertension, management of diabetes, and/or developing healthy relationships.

2. Material support for children’s health program conducted in collaboration with Friends of Parkside.

The Proposed Project
The purpose of this project was to conduct a 2-hour physical activity and healthy eating program for children 6-10 years old who live in Parkside Homes, a public housing complex located at 5000 Conner Avenue, Detroit. We partnered with Friends of Parkside and United Healthcare. This project had two goals: (1) to have children engage in physical activities that are low cost and fun (e.g. jump ropes, hula hoops, relay races, hopscotch, basketball drills) and (2) to teach good hand washing technique and healthy eating education.

Implementation of the Project
Carla Groh and Gina Flannigan (nursing SDO student) met with Zachary Rowe, executive director of Friends of Parkside, to coordinate and plan the event. The event occurred Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 4:30-6:30pm. Those present included (1) Coach Autumn Rademacher and four of the female basketball players who taught the children basketball drills, (2) a representative from United Healthcare who provided healthy eating education in collaboration with Sesame Street, Food for Thought; (3) several volunteers from Friends of Parkside; and (4) five SDO nursing students. The event was set up in stations and the children went from one station to the next so they could experience all of the physical activities. The food/refreshments were provided towards the end of the two hours. The event was capped at twenty-five children (parental consent was required to participate).

Outcome of the Project
Twenty five children participated (several children were turned away). The children, as well as the adults, had a fabulous time – it was really fun. Coach Autumn and the student athletes were the most popular component of our program although the children enjoyed decorating the hula hoops and jump roping. It was great to hear to children laughing and playing so well together. The event was a great success.

Lessons Learned
The most important lesson learned was that children still enjoy doing kid stuff (e.g., jump ropes, basketball drills, hula hoops, coloring books, etc.). Also, many of the mothers and/or guardians volunteered to help and they seemed to enjoy being with their children doing “kid stuff” that didn’t involve technology.

Future Plans
Our relationship with Zachary Rowe, Friends of Parkside Homes, is on-going. McAuley Health Center participated in a health fair on site in July 2012 and we are partnering with them (and University of Michigan) on a text 911 research study related to emergency room utilization. Moreover, Zachary Rowe recently became a member of the Community Advisory Board for McAuley Health Center. I anticipate partnering with Parkside Homes on many future projects.

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Judith Mouch (CHP / McAuley School of Nursing):

Material support for student Community Health Nursing health promotion projects.

The Micro Mission Grant was used in the Community Health Nursing course, which requires students to design and implement a health promotion project for the clinical site to which they are assigned. Each clinical group that applied for the funds was required to submit an application that included information that is generally required by any funding agency. Two clinical projects were funded with Micro Mission Grant funds. A Diabetic Instruction Booklet was developed and printed in English and Spanish for Cabrini Clinic (http://www.cabriniclinic.org). Fifty booklets were printed. A home safety educational session was designed and implemented at Alternatives for Girls. Micro Mission Grant funds were used to purchase home safety items such as: a safety gate, electrical outlet patches, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and fire extinguisher.

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Cheryl Munday (CLAE / Psychology Clinic):

Honorarium support for The Community Speaker Series presentation by ACCESS (http://www.accesscommunity.org), a community organization providing comprehensive health, mental health and social support services, to address mental health needs in Arab American communities.

Gail Presbey (CLAE / Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive):

Honorarium support for presentations by Sr. Deirdre Mullan, RSM, Executive Director of Mercy Global Concern and Jacqueline Salamanca, an advocate and organizer working in Veracruz state with the Jesuit Service to Migrants.

The grant funds went toward honoraria for two speakers in Fall 2011: Sr. Deirdre Mullan, RSM, Executive Director of Mercy Global Concern and Jacqueline Garcia, an advocate and organizer working in Veracruz state with the Jesuit Service to Migrants. The speakers were part of the fall Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) speakers series, which has peace and justice issues as its theme, with a focus on Latin America. In some way, all CLASA speakers fit in with the mission of the university, especially in its attention to developing students intellectually, morally, and often spiritually. Since the limited funds could reasonably only go toward one or two speakers, CLASA decided to focus on two speakers directly addressing the Jesuit and Mercy identities and heritage of the university.

We brought Sr. Deirdre Mullan in to speak on October 24 which is United Nations Day. It is her job to be the liaison between the organization, Mercy Social Concern and the U.N. In this way students could hear how the Sisters of Mercy, as a Religious order and one of the founding orders of our university, are actively addressing peace and justice issues on the international level. Sr. Deirdre also focused on two topics: one, the concrete examples of service in which the Mercy sisters are engaged around the world, and two, the Mercy commitment to protect women who are vulnerable and suffering. She explained how the Mercy Sisters address these issues on an institutional level through Mercy Global Concern. Our second speaker was Jacqueline Garcia Salamanca, who works with the Jesuit Service to Migrants in Veracruz State in Mexico. She familiarized our students with the plight of undocumented migrants who are drawn to the US in search of survival for their families, and the plight of women and children often left behind. She shared the fact that the Jesuits as an order are supporting the work of her office so that families can get help in their challenging situations. Both events had very good attendance, with 60-80 students present at each event, as well as some faculty and the general public.


(L to R): Jacequline Garcia Salamanca (guest speaker), Gail Presbey (CLASA director), Roberta Cottman (Professor Emeritus of WSU)

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Patricia Rouen (CHP / McAuley School of Nursing):

Material support for purchase of a plaque to display the mission of the McAuley Health Center.

For the past ten years, the McAuley Health Center has provided high quality primary care health services to over 2500 patients in the metropolitan Detroit community. Congruent with the University and McAuley School of Nursing mission, the nurse managed center emphasizes care of the community and in particular, underserved and vulnerable populations. In addition to providing health care services, the center provides a rich practice environment that supports graduate and undergraduate nursing students along with students from architecture and engineering. This Mission Micro Grant award provided material support to purchase a plaque to display the mission of the McAuley Health Center on the main hallway of the facility:

The mission of the McAuley Health Center is to provide high quality primary health care and health promotion services to the metro Detroit community, particularly its underserved. As a nurse managed center, faculty strive to model competent practice, dynamic leadership, and stewardship of scarce resources for students who will practice and learn at the center.

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Mitzi Saunders (CHP):

Material support for creation of conference display posters of graduate students’ Adult Health projects.

A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice nurse with a master’s or doctoral degree as a clinical expert in a specialty area. The outcomes of CNS practice are improvements in patient care, nursing practice, and health care delivery systems. At UDM, we have a successful CNS program in Adult-Gerontology advanced nursing practice. The program is on-line with many students who reside out-of-state.

One of the competencies of CNS practice is to articulate one’s professional work because the CNS is a pioneer and innovator in enhancing quality in complex health care environments. In our program, students complete a large health care system improvement project to show their own competency in the role of the CNS before graduation. Students identify a critical patient care issue, develop and implement interventions to address the issue, and evaluate outcomes at the end of the semester. Students use as one of their guiding frameworks Catherine McAuley’s “Care Model” to assist them in choosing a project which will help the most in need. At the end of the project, CNS faculty assists students to articulate their work in the form of a poster and to present/share their work in a student-led, on-line poster symposium. In years past, many of the students’ projects have been worthy of formal presentation beyond the classroom. However, students, busy with other curricular requirements, time and money constraints, have failed to move forward in that direction. With the support of the Micro Mission Grant, I moved three students forward in this process through on-going mentorship and providing the funds to purchase high quality posters for them to present at a nursing conference.  

Three students attended and presented their work at a local nursing conference (see attached posters). I was present to see students acting in the professional role of the CNS using their poster as a visual display of their work and how poised they were in answering questions posed by attendees.

After the conference, students were given time to reflect upon and answer the following questions about the experience:

  1. What kinds of feedback did attendees give about your work?
  2. How well do you feel you did at answering their questions/comments?
  3. How did their comments and/or questions make you feel?
  4. Were there certain repeating issues or themes from attendees?
  5. What did you learn about yourself (positive/negative) that you did not know before this experience?
  6. How will this experience shape or influence your career and/or future projects?

Overall, in evaluating student responses, students realized their passion for excellence in nursing care and a more thorough understanding of the CNS role and its importance. Students also realized their own professional responsibility to articulate their work beyond their own organization to improving patient care outcomes on a national and global level. For these three students, the experience was quite positive and they indicated having a higher level of confidence in moving forward in their careers as a CNS and shaping health care in the future. Lastly, one of the student’s posters (Leslie Jackson) won the “most informative” poster award at the conference.

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Linda Thiel, OP (MSO):

Material support for transportation of students from the Grand Rapids campus who attended Celebrate Spirit Day, 2011.



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LaViettriea Terrell-Johnson and Tim Hipskind, SJ (Institute for Leadership and Service):

Material support for Lunch and Learn round table discussions at YMCA Interim House.

Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster, Gary Hillebrand, and Anjanette Turbiak (Institute for Leadership and Service / CES):

Honorarium support for speaker addressing life issues from a feminist/leadership perspective.

This Mission Micro Grant enabled the Institute for Leadership and Service and the UDM Titans for Life to co-sponsor a talk by Teresa Tomeo of Ave Maria radio. Ms. Tomeo spoke on campus March 27th; her presentation was titled “Extreme Makeover; Seeing and Leading Yourself Through the Eyes of Christ.”

About 40 people attended the presentation, which lasted about an hour plus about 30 minutes of questions and discussion. Approximately half in attendance were UDM students; the other half made up of faculty, staff, and outside visitors. The presentation centered on the image of women as portrayed by today’s popular media vs. that taught through the ages by the Catholic Church. Ms. Tomeo eloquently drove home the pointthat 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.

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Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster and Tim Hipskind, SJ (Institute for Leadership and Service):

Material support for student-led leadership workshop.

Emerging Leaders Program – Leading for Mission and Use of the Social Change Model

Students pursuing a Leadership Pin or Medallion created and delivered a workshop on how leaders engage in servant leadership and social change to serve the mission of UDM.  The workshop was promoted to all students and presented on April 12th. Specifically, students used Greenleaf’s principals of Servant Leadership and the UDM adaptation of the Social Change Model (Astin & Astin, 1996) to help students understand that “leadership” and “service” are inextricably linked at UDM. When students engage in community outreach and service they are building the community’s, as well as their own leadership capacity. Leaders at UDM, by definition, serve their community – whether that community is the City of Detroit, an agency, their student organization, or their own informal community of students on campus. This initiative was driven by the mission of the Institute which states:

The University of Detroit Mercy’s Institute for Leadership and Service provides opportunities for all members of the UDM community to engage in social change for the common good. The Institute upholds the ideals of our founders who believe in the promotion of justice and compassionate service to those in need as we are: Transforming Lives to Lead and Serve.

Approximately 20 students attended the presentation and provided supportive and positive feedback during a reflection discussion, after the event. The presentation lasted about 45 minutes with 15 minutes of questions and discussion. All of those in attendance were UDM students. The students enjoyed refreshments after the presentation. In addition, the students created a “replication manual” that includes documentation and materials for future students to continually offer the Social Change Model presentation to future Emerging Leaders and other students on campus.

All elements of the mission were addressed in the presentation to students. The importance of the urban setting was emphasized through student leaders sharing their experiences of community service and service learning. Integration of the intellectual, spiritual, ethical, and social development of students is a key component of the Social Change Model and was directly addressed and highlighted. As anticipated, the presenters had previously exhibited Community level leadership and service values and assisted the audience in understanding how to move and develop from the Individual level to the Group and Community levels. Aspects of the UDM Social Change Model include the following key mission related concepts: Compassion Through Service, Common Good and Social Justice, Engagement with Diverse Communities, and Social Change Through Service. Please see Social Change Model diagram below:

Mission Grant

For more information about the Emerging Leaders Program and the Social Change Model, please visit the Institute for Leadership and Service’s website .

Xiaohui Zhong (CES):

Material support for a Math and Computer Science workshop for high school students.

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