2012-13 Mission Micro Grant Award Projects

Summaries of the 2012-13 MMG
Proposals that Received Funding

Maureen Anthony (CHP / McAuley School of Nursing): Material support for the purchase of a digital camera, photo books, and stethoscope to aid in connecting The McAuley School of Nursing students and a nursing student in South Sudan.

The McAuley School of Nursing faculty has elected to sponsor a nursing student in South Sudan, the world’s newest country, though Mercy Beyond Borders (MBB). The goal of MBB is to bring women in developing countries out of extreme poverty through education. Sr. Marilyn Lacey RSM founded this organization in 2008. As recently as 2009, less than a dozen females graduated high school in the entire country of South Sudan. The country has few health professionals and the world’s worst maternal/child health statistics. MBB is changing that picture by providing scholarships to young women at the high school level and beyond.

Our sponsored nursing student is Diko Jeska, a 22-yr old displaced woman, born in 1990 in South Sudan, who grew up in Alere Refugee Camp in northern Uganda, just below the border with South Sudan. She completed elementary and high school in the refugee camp. Her parents have since repatriated back into South Sudan (now that the war is over) but being subsistence farmers, they did not have the wherewithal to send Diko on to college.

Diko Jeska
Diko Jeska

By knowing more about Diko’s life, we hope to promote solidarity with the poor through prayer and stewardship. This project educates our faculty, our students, and a young woman in South Sudan. It assists our faculty and students to broaden their view of community to one of global proportions and, finally, it promotes advocacy of the poor of this world.

Communication with Diko at this point is very difficult due to lack of infrastructure in South Sudan. We recently received word that she has been accepted to nursing school, having successfully completed an internship with an expert nurse, Sr. Angela. Last April, Sr. Marilyn visited the McAuley School of Nursing and did a presentation for faculty on the work being done in South Sudan by MBB. With the funds from Mission Micro Grant, we presented Sr. Marilyn with a digital camera for Diko to record her nursing school activities. When we receive the photos we plan to make a photo book for her as a keepsake of her time in nursing school. We will also share the photos with our nursing students and encourage them to take photos of their school activities to send to Diko. Hopefully, once she is in school she will have at least some access to the Internet and we can begin to communicate with her on a regular basis.

To learn more about the incredible barriers to education that young women in South Sudan face, read see “Rebecca’s Story".

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Jocelyn Bennett-Garraway (School Counseling Program / Department of Counseling and Addiction Studies): Material support to provide learning materials and refreshments for parent workshops for the Detroit Public Schools Parent Resource Center.

The University of Detroit Mercy Mission Micro Grant provided support for parent training workshops for the Detroit Public Schools Parent Resource Center. The workshops were to address the emotional concerns and issues regarding the mergers and closures of schools within the Detroit Public School District. The plan was to hold three workshops addressing the issues and needs of elementary, middle, and high school parents and children. It was the hope that the content of these workshops would encourage parents to teach others in their community about dealing with the emotional issues resulting from the DPS school closures and mergers. However, the staff and parents involved at the Parent Resource Centers requested particular workshops to address issues and challenges regarding effective communication with their children.

Project: The workshop presentation and discussion was entitled “The Parent-Child Relationship”. The workshop was held on Tuesday, June 4th at 2pm at the Parent Resource Center at Marcus Garvey Academy. This presentation was developed and facilitated by my Counseling and Addiction Studies Graduate Research Assistants, Kylie Chaffin and Nadine Langley.

Project Benefits: Approximately 20 African American parents, grandparents, and teachers attended the workshop. The attendees were fully engaged in the topic, willing to openly discuss their experiences with their children/grandchildren, as well as their personal experiences with their own relationships with their parents/caregivers. 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. Plans are in progress to continue the workshops during the Fall 2013 semester. It is my goal to continue the relationship 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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Jocelyn Bennett-Garraway (Graduate Student Counseling Association / Department of Counseling and Addiction): Material support to provide food, resources, and gift materials for the Graduate Student Counseling Association (GCSA) Community Service Days at the Detroit Veterans Affairs Homeless Shelter and the Hospital of Michigan Burn Center children’s unit.

Project: The University of Detroit Mercy Mission Micro Grant provided support for the Graduate Student Counseling Association Community Service Days at the Detroit Veterans Affairs Shelter, November 17 and December 15, 2012. The 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 turkeys, deodorant, hair combs, hats, and gloves. The students actively engaged in collecting financial, clothing, and food donations from donors including University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry (200 toothbrushes & toothpaste); faculty from the Departments of Counseling and Addiction Studies, Education and Psychology; and Meijer (Rochester Hills - $150 Gift Card)

In addition, the University of Detroit Mercy Mission Micro Grant provided funds for toys for the Graduate Student Counseling Association Community Service Day at the Hospital of Michigan Burn Center, December 13, 2012. The funds allowed the organization to purchase new toys for hospitalized children who spent the Christmas holiday in the hospital. The GSCA was one of many Detroit organizations that contributed to this annual event. New toys are donated to the Burn Center and displayed for parents to select and present as gifts to their children for the Christmas holiday, at no cost to the parents. The GSCA was able to collect approximately $500.00 worth of toys for the Burn Center event.

Project Benefits: 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 5 – 17 volunteered to help stuff and distribute gift bags, greet the veterans, prepare the food, and serve the veterans. The veterans were also able to select clothes, coats, and shoes donated to support the veterans. 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. In addition, the veterans were entertained by Dr. Toni Booker and Company Gospel Group, who willingly volunteered their time and voices to support the November 17th event. The veterans were greatly appreciative of the gift bags, food, and musical entertainment.

It was also a wonderful opportunity for the students to support burn unit families during the holiday season. They were able to offer joy and healing during a time of physical and emotional pain. The Graduate Student Counseling Association plans to continue their relationship with and represent the University of Detroit Mercy at the Veteran Affairs Shelter and the Hospital of Michigan Burn Center. This relationship will continue to represent and promote the UDM’s identity of urban and service.

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Libby Balter Blume, Stephen Vogel (Architecture / Masters of Community Development Program): Material support for the two-term Community Development Capstone sequence (MCD 5900 & 5950), which requires Masters of Community Development (MCD) graduate students to engage with neighborhoods and partner organizations to which they are assigned.

The final step of the MCD program is the creation of a comprehensive community development project that integrates human, organizational, physical, and economic concerns and addresses a real situation in a specific community. In the academic year 2012-13, material support was provided by the Mission Micro Grant for a Capstone project developed by a team of three MCD graduate students who worked with the College Core Block Club in the Fitzgerald neighborhood between UDM and Marygrove.

Their project focused on strengthening neighborhood identity and communication among residents, business and city leaders, and UDM. The final Capstone Presentation, held at the Livernois Community Storefront on a warm summer evening was open to the public and attended by the College Core Block Club President and neighborhood residents, MCD faculty, alumni, and current students as well as Dean Will Wittig of the School of Architecture and the President Antoine Garibaldi of the University of Detroit Mercy.
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Catherine Corrigan, Andrea Kwasky, Carmen Stokes (CHP / McAuley School of Nursing): Material support for the purchase of refreshments for the MSON Freshman Success Seminars.

Project: The purpose of this project was to provide freshman who enter the McAuley School of Nursing an environment where they can feel supported by providing them with valuable information related to their academic and professional nursing career. This project is in line with the university wide goal of increasing student retention and is fully supported by Dean Pacini (CHP). Refreshments were offered to provide the students with a more relaxed environment in which they could socialize while gaining information that would assist them with academic success.

Implementation: During the 2012-2013 academic year the Level 1 Committee (Carmen Stokes, Andrea Kwasky, Catherine Corrigan) hosted four, hour long, Freshman Success Seminars (two seminars during the Fall semester and two during the Winter semester, one of which was repeated two more times). The seminar topics included study skills and communication skills, designing your schedule to optimize your success, meet and greet the faculty, and caring for yourself. The programs were held on the following dates:

  1. October 16, 2012 – 3:30-4:30 p.m. (63 participants)
  2. November 27, 2012 – 12:45-1:45pm (35 participants)
  3. March 11, 2013 – 2:30 p.m.; repeated March 13 – 2:30 p.m. & March 14 – 10 a.m. (88 participants)
  4. April 15, 2013 – 2:30 p.m.; (42 participants)

Outcomes: The faculty deemed the seminars a success based on student attendance and positive feedback on the evaluations. Student comments included the following: 1) Some topics I knew about, but it was still beneficial to hear. 2) The information was so helpful; I know it improved my performance. 3) They told me about things I didn't even know to ask about. 4) I enjoyed the sessions and found them helpful. 5) Meeting in person clarified everything emails could not. 6) The meetings reminded me that everyone was struggling, but we could make it! 7) It helped me get through my classes!!! 8) This was a great way to meet other nursing students and feel included and informed. 9) made my transition to college MUCH easier.

Lessons Learned: The Level 1 Committee learned that it is important to have the meetings prescheduled at the beginning of the year so that students have advanced notice. Times and dates conflicted with student classes despite our effort to schedule based on a survey that asked about best times and dates; however, most students who did not participate indicated that the schedule was their reason for not attending.

The students’ university experiences involve more than acquiring academic knowledge; they appreciated information on the broader aspects of college life. Learning about physical self-care, medical, counseling, and psychological services availability helped students feel supported in the UDM community (feedback from survey). The Level 1 Committee feel the continuation of these seminars will be of great benefit to all future Freshman students entering the McAuley School of Nursing.

Future Plans: In the future the Freshman Success Series will be scheduled during university “down-time,” Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 pm. The events will be “pre-scheduled” events to ensure the best possible attendance. Dates and corresponding topics for the 2013-14 academic year:

  • October 3, 2013 - Study Habits, introduction to the Student Nurses Association
  • December 5, 201 3- Stress management, test anxiety, test taking
  • February 6, 2014 - Summer advising, schedule management, and self-care
  • April 3, 2014 - Orientation for sophomore (clinical) courses

A flyer was distributed at all of the SOARS summer sessions and discussed with parents to increase student participation, as well as being presented again at the freshman convocation. The flyer will be placed in the freshman folders by Dorothy Stewart and is being posted on the Freshman Success Blackboard site.

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Ann Eskridge (Language & Cultural Training): Material support for a Language and Cultural Training Conversation Partners ice skating event.

What does ice-skating at Campus Martius have to do with learning English? When domestic students and international students skate side by side, they can have some great conversations!

UDM has more than 400 international students; more than half are non-native English speakers. Many struggle with the rapidity of English, idiomatic expressions, and U.S. classroom culture. Some students lack the confidence to speak in class or make friends with U.S. peers.

UDM’s Conversation Partners program offers a structured environment where international students who are non-native English speakers can improve their listening and speaking skills while building friendships with U.S. students. Using an application process that matches students based on their interests, peers meet one-on-one or in small groups at least once per week. Additionally, a committee including both domestic and international students planned a variety of social events this past year.

This year, over 30 domestic and international students participated in activities that were held both on and off campus, including karaoke, pumpkin carving, bowling, and ice-skating.

International students, like their US peers, tend to self-segregate. The Conversation Partners context builds bridges between cultures and encourages students to dialogue with someone they might not otherwise speak to. New friendships are formed. A recent poll (Garies, 2012) revealed that forty percent of international students reported having no close friendships with U.S. students, yet they identified this as a factor in having selected a college in the U.S. The majority of students polled (80%) were East Asian and stated that limited English proficiency greatly contributed to their inability to make and maintain friendships.

This program unites students, builds friendships, and supports international students academically and socially. “Through friendships, international students have strong language skills, better academic performance, lower levels of stress, and better overall adjustment to culture” (Garies, 2012). According to Tiffany Brown, a UDM senior who traveled to China through UDM’s summer study program and who serves on the Conversation Partners planning team: “Once we start talking to each other, we quickly learn that we are more alike than we are different.”

UDM’s Conversation Partners Program 2012-13
UDM’s Conversation Partners Program 2012-13

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Beth Ann Finster, SSJ (University Ministry): Material support to improve the productivity of UDM’s on-campus urban garden and maintain membership in the Detroit Garden Cooperative.

This is the third year that a Mission Micro Grant has been awarded for the creation, improvement, and maintenance of the organic vegetable garden located west of College of Health Professions/Lansing Reilly. The urban component of the University’s mission is important, and any attempt to attain sustainability in local food production emphasizes and enhances our commitment to the city of Detroit. We have rhubarb and asparagus plants in their second year, black and red raspberry bushes (planted by Fr. Si Hendry), tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and one surviving strawberry plant. We share some garden space with faculty members Yuping Yang and Fang Yang, who are growing vegetables used in Chinese cooking. The garden also is home to some thriving and spreading white sage brought by Fr. John Staudenmaier from the Pine Ridge reservation. As always, weeding is the biggest problem, although we have solved our critter problem using an organic deterrent spray. This year the tomato plants look healthy, (thanks to the rain and warm weather) and we will have some nice produce

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Lori Glenn (CHP / McAuley School of Nursing): Material support for the printing of dating violence awareness cards for the TeLL Team to distribute to students and the purchase of candles for a vigil for victims of domestic violence.

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, the first event was held, a candle light vigil was held on the Kassab Mall to pay tribute to victims.

Since then the TeLL team has presented an educational program to the campus 6 times. Featured are members of the TeLL team and a panel of representatives from key departments that deal with these issues including Public Safety, Student Health and Wellness Center, the Counseling Center, and Student Life. Informational material including a brochure and business cards were developed and distributed at these events as well as through the Public Safety Office. TeLL Team contributions to the Student Handbook that outlining the use of university resources in the event of dating violence events were put in place in 2012. The TeLL Team is featured on the Public Safety Community website that links to information and resources about dating and domestic violence. In the 2012-2013 academic year, the TeLL Team presented at Prologues, Transitions, and Viewpoints with incoming freshmen; had presentations and a candle vigil in October 2012 that was included a prayer by Father Staudenmaier; and another presentation to the Greek Conference in February 2013.

TeLL Candlelight Vigil 2012
TeLL Candlelight Vigil 2012

Student involvement has increased in the past academic year. Surveys of participants have been collected at each of the presentations. Findings from surveys support that the goals of increased understanding of dating violence and its impact on the physical and emotional health. Just as important, participants also indicate an increased likelihood to protect fellow students from potential abuse situations, report incidents to Public Safety, and utilize the Student Health and Wellness Center if injury occurs.

The outcomes of the TeLL Team work are going to be disseminated in two ways. The first is through a scholarly article in the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, due for publication this fall. The second is as a poster at the national Doctor of Nursing Practice Conference, September 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Funds from the Mission Micro Grant were utilized to print materials, have T-shirts made, and to provide food at events.

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Carla Groh and Andrea Kwasky (CHP / McAuley School of Nursing): Material support for the purchase of wristbands and refreshments to be distributed in conjunction with a February 2013 Self-Injury Awareness event.

Project: The purpose of this project was two-fold: First, to increase student, faculty and staff awareness that self-injury is a serious health issue in college age students. This was accomplished by hosting a panel discussion on self-injury. The panel consisted of Arecia Nelson Williams, a Care Coordinator Supervisor and Clinical Therapist with Team Mental Health Services; Erica Fritz, a Lead Peer Support at Team Mental Health Services, with a past history of self-injury who is now a peer support; and Jeanine, a friend of a person who self-injurers. The panel discussion was held March 13, 2013.

The second aim of this program was to provide educational material on self-injury and to distribute orange wrist bands that say “Self-Injury Awareness” (orange is the designed color for self-injury awareness). Wrist bands and brochures as well as a list of services that can help students who self-injure were distributed to those who attended.

Barriers and Challenges: The biggest barrier was determining a date for the panel discussion that would maximize student, staff, and faculty participation. One student who attended provided the following feedback on the evaluation form, “If you make it during dead hour I think more people would attend or at evening then you could do it longer and still get good attendance”. While planning this event the organizers found it challenging to secure a room that would accommodate a large turn out during the “dead hour”.

Implementation: Carla Groh and Andrea Kwasky enlisted two McAuley School of Nursing undergraduate nursing students to assist with the project: Jeanine Connell and Marybeth Flannigan. Ms. Connell and Ms. Flannigan were instrumental in developing and distributing the flyer planning and coordinating the panel discussion, and ordering the food. They also distributed the wrist bands and self-injury brochures. As a team, we met eight times to plan the event.

Outcomes: The turn-out was not as robust as we had hoped. Approximately 10 people attended. However, for those who attended, the panel discussion was insightful and thought-provoking. Ms. Fritz shared her experience with self-injury and the reasons that contributed to self-harm. The audience asked relevant questions that indicated their interest in the topic.

Feedback from the evaluations was overwhelmingly positive and included the following comments: “Very informational & helpful”, “Overall very good”, “I thought it was great! Glad I came. I think it should be mandatory for nursing students to hear this for community health”, and “Thank you. This was great. Wonderful panelists”.

Lessons Learned: The most important lesson learned was the importance of partnering with other departments and organizations that would be interested in the topic. We did approach WGS as well as the Psychology and Counseling and Addiction Studies departments. Although they were interested and appreciated that this topic was being presented, the faculty were not in a position to offer extra credit or to assign attendance as part of the course work since we approached them in February. If we decide to hold this event in 2014, we would definitely contact the appropriate departments and organizations in advance.

Future Plans: Drs. Kwasky and Groh believe self-injury is an important area of concern for the young adult students attending UDM. We are seriously considering presenting again in 2014 since there is a National Self-Injury Awareness Day. We would partner earlier with appropriate departments and organizations, and try a different format for presenting the content. Thank you for your support of this program – the money, resources and effort devoted to this project did impact those who attended. Our goal is to increase the number of participants in 2014.

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Erin Henze (UDMPU / Department of Psychology): Honorarium support to bring in a speaker from Southwest Counseling Solutions to discuss with Psychology graduate students factors to consider and strategies to use when working with low-income and disadvantaged populations.

The Mission Micro Grant funded a speaker from Southwest Counseling Solutions, an organization based in Southwest Detroit, to deliver a presentation to graduate students in the University of Detroit Mercy’s School Psychology Program. The School Psychology Specialist (PsyS) Program at UDM includes approximately 20 students who complete field experiences in public schools within the Metro-Detroit area throughout the three-year program. Because school psychologists represent a critical link between schools, key services, and children/families, it is imperative that school psychology students have the necessary knowledge and skills to work with a variety of children and families. Although field placements generally expose students to diverse populations (ethnically, linguistically, socioeconomically, and geographically), it is not guaranteed that students will have experiences with each of these populations. Thus, the purpose of the project was to examine factors to consider and strategies to use when working with diverse populations, especially those from low socioeconomic backgrounds. The goal of the project was to enhance students’ knowledge of and ability to work effectively within the high-need, urban areas of our community and surrounding regions. Students benefited from this activity by learning practical strategies for working with disadvantaged populations, addressing biases they may have, and by considering the children and families with whom they work from a broader cultural and social context.

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Gary Hillebrand (CES): Material support for the renovation of a new space for the Image of God Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Background: The Image of God Pregnancy Center, which resided in the school building at St. Augustine and St. Monica parish in East Detroit, needed to move to the basement of the parish’s rectory building, since the school building was being re-purposed to house a new charter school. This move was planned to occur in May 2013.

The UDM Mission Micro Grant of $125 was to be used to purchase painting and redecoration supplies to prepare the new location in the rectory for the Image of God center. In addition, the UDM Titans for Life pro-life student organization, which supports Image of God through baby shower and bottle drive events, would donate service time to help redecorate this space, using the materials purchased through the grant.

Results: As often happens, plans changed, but the grant money and service time were still most helpful in the moving process. The parish needed to accelerate the move to provide more time for renovation of the school building, so the pregnancy center—which includes office space, a classroom and counseling space, and a “Baby Boutique” for material goods—was moved in late December of 2012. Most of the physical moving of furniture, racks, shelves, and baby goods was done in one day, Friday, December 21 2012. A small but very energetic team of Titans for Life members moved things from the school building to the rectory, a distance of only a few hundred feet, but of course with stairs, bumpy concrete and paths and snow to deal with!

By the end of that day the new office, classroom and baby boutique were set up and ready for the center to resume serving its clients the following weekend. Titans for Life also had a second service day at Image of God in April. That day’s tasks included sorting a great amount of donated baby clothing, rearranging the office furniture to accommodate additional desks, and repairing some ceiling tiles and paneling from old water damage.

The grant money itself was spent on carpeting, which was sorely needed to cover the concrete floors in the rectory basement. Image of God Crisis Pregnancy Center is a pro-life advocacy program that helps women in crisis with spiritual and physical needs as an alternative to abortion. The center is a community outreach of the St. Augustine and St. Monica Parish and relies totally on volunteer help and donations to help its clients. The physical help and funding through this UDM Mission Micro Grant were, and are greatly appreciated by Deacon Joe Iskra, Director of the center, and all of the staff and clients.

Assessment: This project was planned to be assessed against two criteria:

  1. Completion of the room preparation and moving the center to its new space.
  2. Number of UDM students who help with the room prep and moving effort.

Certainly the first criterion was met—in fact our Titans for Life group accomplished it on their own in one day. Deacon Joe was amazed and pleased, and the carpeting was one of the elements that made the formerly rather dingy basement space look quite nice.

The number of students involved (the second criterion) could have been greater, but the change in move timing had a great influence on this. We lost a lot of planning time when the timing was changed from May to December, and, as it turned out, the move day was during the Christmas break, so even getting the half dozen volunteers we had was quite good.

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Sue Homant (McNichols Campus Library): Material support for the purchase of food and gas cards and bus tickets to be distributed by the Pay It Forward fund to UDM students in need of immediate assistance.

The Pay It Forward Committee formed in September 2012 to fill the immediate needs of food and/or transportation to and from campus for students. No judgment is made on the worthiness of the need; however, there is a $100 limit per semester per student.

Each of the four locations (UAS, Titan Information Center, Research and Information Services Desk in the McNichols Library, and University Ministry) started the year with $10 gas cards, $10 Munch Money cards, and $10 bus passes for each distribution location.

When the committee received $125 from the Micro Mission Grant program, it decided to expand its funds and purchased five $25 Kroger cards. Almost immediately, three cards or $75, were distributed, leaving two Kroger cards remaining—waiting to be given to students whenever necessary. Because most students hear about the fund through referrals, it is important that faculty and staff refer students to one of the four locations whenever they become aware of a financial hardship.

It is important to note that the donations are not handouts. Students are expected to pay back the money whenever they can: they are expected to Pay It Forward. They may repay the fund or help anyone, anywhere, at any later date.

The committee is hopeful to expand in the future to donations for textbooks, electricity bills, baby-sitting costs to attend class, etc. Individuals or organizations interested in donating should contact Sue Homant, 313-578-0577 (homantsj@udmercy.edu); Emilie Werthington, 313-578-0310 (gallegem@udmercy.edu); Dave Nantais, 313-993-1560 (nantaisd@udmercy.edu); or Dorothy Stewart, 313-9931033 (stewardm@udmercy.edu).

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Jean Kristyniak (Green Team): Material support for the startup of a Reno Hall Green Team recycling program.

Last summer a small group of staff and students who were interested saving energy and recycling formed the Green Team. We wanted the campus community to share our enthusiasm of becoming better citizens of the earth. Our goal was to encourage other members of the campus to think “Green,” to be aware of their energy consumption, and to produce less trash and recycle more.

Motion censored lighting in restrooms were installed to conserve energy; e-mail alerts were sent to encourage turning off and unplug our power source on the weekend and, when possible, use natural lighting to conserve. Outdoor placement of recycling bin for paper and cardboard at Reno Hall encouraged individuals to take action inside the building. We hoped to model ourselves after the Law School Campus, which placed receptacles throughout the inside of its building.

Mission Micro Grant money endorsed our first indoor project, partially funding a recycling receptacle; the majority of remaining funds were earned from fundraising on campus by selling tamales.

Our first sale “tapped into” UDM’s catholic identity with the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe as well as the Mexican cultural tradition of enjoying tamales. Traditionally, whenever tables are set up with food it gives a reason for students and staff to stop and inquire, accomplishing our goal of having a presence. As they gathered, information was shared, conversations held, and community awareness built.

Partnering with a family-owned business, Evie’s Tamales, also stimulated the economy in Detroit since hundreds of tamales were purchased. The success of our first sale encouraged two more. Remaining funds to reach our goal were solicited from the Deans of Career Education and CLAE. Reaching our goal an order was placed with Recycle Away and Green Team is proud to report our receptacle is manufactured in the United States.

Startup of a Reno Hall Green Team recycling program is ready to roll with the start of the 2013-14 school year! An attractive three-stream recycling receptacle will be placed on the first floor of Reno Hall. This strategic placement in the main hallway near the stairwell is the common space for all to participate: students, staff, and clients from psychology clinic.

As part of our UDM mission statement we seek to be ethical and draw upon the traditions of the Jesuits and the Sisters of Mercy. Producing less trash for our landfill and recycling of paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and cans is an ethical response and a good step in the right direction. Please see Green Team website for more details and for contact information.

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Jill Loewen (School of Dentistry / Department of Patient Management): The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Tobacco Prevention and Treatment Program was a recipient of one of the UDM Mission Micro Grant awards for 2012-13. The funds received were matched by the dental school to purchase a display board. The program has a display board that has been used since 2002 that was in desperate need of replacement.

The School of Dentistry received a grant to develop and launch a Tobacco Use Prevention and Treatment Program in the Fall of 2002. Jill Loewen has served as coordinator of the program since then. The initial grant funds received allowed for the purchase of needed supplies and materials to create the program and provide coverage to run the program for the first year. Third- and fourth-year dental students, second-year dental hygiene students, and Periodontal, Advanced Education in General Dentistry, and Accelerated Dental Program Residents are provided with program training and have case study assignments that are required. The dental school provides a tobacco dependency treatment service for our dental patients who use tobacco that would like help quitting. Since 2002, just under 500 patients have received this service. When the grant funds ended at the conclusion of the 2002 academic year, the dental school supported the continuation of the program.

We are proud of the developing program, greatly improved since 2002. Promotion is carried out regarding tobacco use prevention and treatment in various venues; to provide exhibits and displays for patients, students and other health care professionals. Encouraging other health professionals to take a more active role in helping patients stop tobacco use and to promote a tobacco free lifestyle to both patients and our students is an important part of the role as coordinator. These types of activities put the display board to good use and the new purchase is greatly appreciated, giving a fresh look to displays provided in various environments.

Jill Loewen (School of Dentistry / Department of Patient Management)

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Kathy Marshall and Andrea Kwasky (CHP / McAuley School of Nursing): Material support for the purchase of stress-relief items to use during stress management presentations.

“Laughter is the best medicine” is a brief intervention developed by Kathy Marshall and Andrea Kwasky, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners in the College of Health Professions, to assist individuals in identifying their personal stress and develop simple strategies to mitigate and manage their stress.

The intervention was utilized this summer at a Metro Detroit National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) community meeting. Participants included members with mental illness as well as family members. The June meeting was held at Providence Hospital and involved roughly 30 members of the community. Kathy and Andrea greeted members as they signed into the meeting and provided them with literature on identifying stressors, lists of common stressors as well as simple strategies including humor to defuse stress. In addition to the literature each participant was provided with a stress relieving squeeze man, purchased with Mission Micro Grant funds. Participants were able to engage in discussion with the Psychiatric Mental/Health Nurse Practitioners and were encouraged to take the information home and share it with family and friends.

Participants truly enjoyed the injection of humor provided by the stress relieving squeeze men. The evening’s meeting with discussions of serious issues around mental health was punctuated with bouts of appropriate humor and use of the stress relieving squeeze man.

The goals of the intervention were met when the participants utilized the material and were able to apply humor appropriately during the NAMI meeting. The NAMI meetings provide much needed support to clients and families dealing with mental illness. Often clients and families suffer in isolation with their mental health afflictions because of the still very prevalent stigma attached to mental illness. NAMI provides an open and secure environment where clients and families can openly discuss their struggles and receive support.

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David Nantais (University Ministry): Material support of the “Discover the D” Program trips for UDM students.

In the fall semester of 2012 University Ministry initiated a program called “Discover the D” (DtD). Our hope was to connect UDM students to a variety of neighborhoods and institutions in the city of Detroit. While our university is located in the city, many of our students are commuters, and those who live on campus do not often venture outside of the campus boundaries into other parts of the city. We thought that introducing students to some of the fun and interesting sights in the city would be a good way to enhance our mission as an urban institution.

We decided to plan monthly Discover the D programs, to be held on the weekend, when there is not much happening on campus. The fall semester was very successful. We averaged 10-12 students on each outing, which included trips to Eastern Market, Belle Isle, the old Tiger Stadium, Noel Night and St. Anne’s church in Southwest Detroit. Students were also able to enjoy lunch or dinner at a variety of great Detroit restaurants.

The Mission Micro Grant we received was used for the final Discover the D outing of the academic year, in early April. We planned a trip to the Motown Museum and, since the admission fee is $10.00 per person, we thought that this would be our most expensive DtD. Ten students signed up but only two showed up on the morning of our visit to the museum. The grant money paid for admission for these two students and lunch at Eastern Market afterwards. The students (both international students from China) very much enjoyed the day and would never have ventured to either the Motown Museum or Eastern Market. So we feel one aspect of the program was successful—helping connect UDM students to fun Detroit landmarks. However, we were disappointed with the low turnout. In the future we would schedule this outing for earlier in the semester. It is possible that, since final exams were approaching and it was so late in the semester, students were otherwise occupied. We are grateful for the Mission Micro Grant and we will likely apply again in order to support our Discover the D program.

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Patricia Rouen and Elizabeth Nagle (CHP / McAuley School of Nursing): Material support to sponsor a Healthy Cooking class for the uninsured, low-income women who participate in the McAuley Health Center WiseWoman Program.

The McAuley Health Center provides health care and health promotion services to the underserved population in Detroit and its surrounding communities. The center is also an academic learning center and provides mentorship and clinical experiences for students of the University of Detroit Mercy. As part of our work at McAuley, we participate in the WiseWoman project, a state-sponsored program to screen for cardiovascular risk among at risk women in the city of Detroit who are uninsured or underinsured. This program enables us to provide screening for high blood pressure, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia, the major cardiovascular risk factors. In addition to screening, we offer lifestyle counseling to assist with diet, exercise, and stress management to reduce risk and improve health. One of our challenges is helping women on-low incomes provide healthy low cost meals for their families. Gleaners Food Bank has developed a cooking class that includes a demonstration on preparation of low cost healthy meals. As part of the class, they make the food with the women and share the meal together. At the end of the class, the women are provided with all the materials to make that meal for their families. We are on a mission to offer that class to our women. This grant asked for material support to provide this class at McAuley for the WiseWoman program. This work supports the mission of the McAuley School of Nursing, the McAuley center and UDM to provide high quality health care services to the underinsured and uninsured citizens of the City of Detroit. It represents our commitment to the care of vulnerable populations in an urban setting.

Mission Micro Grant monies were able to serve our WiseWomen in a much greater way then we anticipated when we applied for the grant. The Gleaners Community Food Bank offered to provide us with volunteer chefs, so 100% of the Mission Micro Grant funds could support the purchase of food items for the participants to make the healthy dishes that were presented. We used the funds to purchase Kroger Gift Cards (total of 12 cards, $10 each) for the participants in the Cooking Matters Demonstrations. Our goal was to provide the class for 12 women. However, the initial demonstration class only had 6 ladies. We were able to offer an additional demonstration with 3 women participants. The remaining 3 cards and recipes from the two cooking classes were given to other low income WiseWoman participants who expressed financial need in purchasing healthy food for their families. Our January event was featured in the WiseWoman monthly newsletter.

Activity Summary

Jump Into January, McAuley Style
On January 23rd, we had a Cooking Matters Demonstration provided by Gleaner’s Community Food Bank. Six of our WiseWomen were able to attend. We watched, and assisted, Chef Derek prepare Turkey Chili with Vegetables, which was the perfect comfort food on a bitterly cold Michigan day. After the sampling and wonderful conversation, each of the ladies were given a Kroger gift card, provided by a Mission Micro Grant from the University of Detroit Mercy, to be used for the purchase of the Turkey Chili ingredients.

Sampling of Spring, McAuley Style
On April 24th, we were able to sponsor another Cooking Matters Demonstration provided by Gleaner’s Community Food Bank. Three of our WiseWomen were able to attend. We watched as Chef Barb prepared Vegetable & Rice Stir Fry, which was a wonderful introduction to all the fresh produce that would be coming this summer. After the sampling, each of the ladies was given a Kroger gift card, provided by the Mission Micro Grant from the University of Detroit Mercy, to be used for the purchase of the Veggie Stir Fry ingredients.

Healthy Cooking, McAuley Style
The three (3) remaining Kroger gift cards were given to new WiseWomen enrollees who expressed financial need in purchasing healthy groceries and a desire to have a healthier diet. Recipes from the previous cooking classes were also provided.

The February 2013 WiseWoman newsletter included the summary of our first demonstration that was shared with the entire WiseWoman community.

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Mitzi Saunders (CHP): Material support for the purchase of refreshments for a UDM-hosted meeting of the Michigan-Clinical Nurse Specialist (MI-CNS) organization.

The MI-CNS is a relatively new professional nursing group in Michigan. The role of the CNS is still not very wide spread in this state as it is in other states across the country. We do have a successful CNS program here at UDM that I started in 2007. Part of its success is that it is all on-line and a great majority of our students are out-of-state where the CNS role is better known and widely used. Our program has grown our alumnae population of CNSs over the years in Michigan and has contributed to health care organizations nation-wide by developing students in this unique role. CNSs are leaders who influence health care delivery and a vital link to enhancing safety and quality in nursing practice. The best hospitals in the U.S. employ Clinical Nurse Specialists. Michigan, unfortunately, has one of the lowest populations of CNSs and I am working to change this statistic. Enhancing participation in our own state CNS organization helps us to articulate who we are and how we can affect patient care outcomes. The purpose of our meetings is to discuss current issues as a group and to share knowledge to improve health care outcomes. By hosting a meeting at UDM, we assist in bringing together CNSs in the Detroit area as well as the state at large.

Our meeting was held on Tuesday, March 26th in the Maureen Faye Center. Mission Micro Grant monies were used to provide refreshments. The event was advertised well in advance to members of the organization as well as faculty at the College of Health Professions and the McAuley School of Nursing. I had two presenters on the topics of “CNS Led Initiative to Improve Influenza Vaccination Rates in Healthcare Workers” and “Adult Coronary Syndromes in Older Adults: A Review of Literature.” There were 21 members present. A survey was administered at the end of the meeting to assess the effectiveness of the meeting as well as future recommendations. Findings of the survey were shared with the board members. Overall, the meeting was a success.

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Constance Schmidt and Greg Grabowski (Physician Assistance Studies Program / Department of Biology): Material support for a Gesu student winter health event conducted by UDM’s Pre-Physicians Assistance student club.

The Pre-PA club is a new organization started in Fall 2012 that is dedicated to undergraduate students who are looking for information and opportunities relevant to their application and acceptance into an accredited PA program. One of the requirements for acceptance is experience in healthcare and service learning. The Pre-PA club would like to conduct an informational day with Gesu students, educating them on how to wash their hands and avoid spreading germs in order to keep themselves, their families and their teachers healthy this fall/winter cold and flu season. This initiative was successfully implemented last year on a larger scale by the graduate PA students funded by a Ford grant. We have already been in contact with Gesu and they are receptive to the opportunity. Students will be educated on what causes a cold/flu; how you get a cold/flu; proper hand washing techniques, and other methods of avoidance such as covering your mouth, and using a tissue. We would like to provide the students with a small bottle of antibacterial gel and a packet of tissue as a reinforcement of these techniques.

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Constance Schmidt and Sharon Moser (Physician Assistance Studies Program): Material support for a recruitment and education “Students of the CHP” video, to be created collaboratively by Nursing, Physician Assistant, Health Service Administration, and Communications Studies students.

The production of this video is to serve a dual purpose: education and information. The video will highlight the rules, responsibilities and education of each of the respective disciplines in the College of Health Professions as well as provide information about these career paths. The video will also highlight what types of service learning opportunities are available for students pursuing a healthcare education and will document the numerous ways these students are involved in the community including collecting donations, volunteering time to World Medical Relief and other UDM sanctioned activities such as Safety Street. We would like to post the video on the CHP website for review by interested students pursuing a UDM education and also use it as a recruitment and education tool for High School students interested in the programs offered at UDM.

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Shirley Sherrick-Escamilla (McAuley School of Nursing): Material support for The McAuley School of Nursing “Blessing of Hands” student ceremonies.

In the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy and the Jesuits, the McAuley School of Nursing would like to build on the Celebrate Spirit Theme of Healing Hands by holding a “Blessing of Hands” ceremony for the new sophomore and second degree option nursing students as they have completed skills lab and are going into the acute hospital setting for the first time. The ceremony will take place on the last day of skills here in the CHP 207. We plan on inviting both Dr. Pacini and Dr. Baiardi. Dr. Pacini will be asked to repeat her message from Celebrate Spirit and Dr. Baiardi will do the blessing of the hands. We plan on buying oil for the hands as a symbol of the blessing and having cookies and punch for after the brief ceremony. We have saved the “Healing Hand’s” Posters from Celebrate Spirit and will reuse them for this ceremony.

Shirley Sherrick-Escamilla (McAuley School of Nursing)January 2013 SDO Nursing Student cohort

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Karen Springsteen (UDM Writing Center): Material support for travel to the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication to present on community literacy work with veterans' writing groups.

I have been invited to speak at the 64th annual Conference on College Composition and Communication, which will take place March 13-16, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. I will be presenting on my community literacy work with veterans' writing groups as part of a panel titled Productive Tensions: Ideological Conflict and the "Next Generation" of Support for Veterans. The working title of my presentation is “Veterans Writing and Civilian Witnessing.” My presentation will allow me to detail how rhetorics of witnessing and listening allowed the explicitly anti-war origin of the writing group I have facilitated (as part of the national Warrior Writers project) to be cast in such a way as to draw in student-veterans and veteran community members who embody a wide range of ideological standpoints. Gathered together in writing, veterans have revealed that stringent critique of war and military culture is not incompatible with pride in military identity or commitment to post-war peace and reconciliation. Thus, witnessing and listening to veterans’ writing may complicate civilian notions of a pro-vet/anti-war dichotomy and reduce the likelihood that our attempts to connect with veterans will stall or backfire on ideological grounds. Because they are effective in these ways, rhetorics of witnessing and listening may be of interest to anyone who works with veterans on campus or within community literacy contexts in Detroit.

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Mary Tracy-Bee (Department of Biology): Material support for bus transportation of Detroit Cristo Rey High School students to UDM campus.

In collaboration with UDM Physician Assistant students, we invited a unique group of high school students from Cristo Rey to the campus.  Detroit Cristo Rey High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school located in Southwestern Detroit, Michigan. The school recently formed in August, 2008.  It operates within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit and is sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Basilian Fathers.  The students reinforced their understanding of anatomy as they visited the anatomy lab, viewed the simulation labs housed in the nursing college, viewed a physiology demo at the Biology department, and had an opportunity to meet with college athletes at a visit to Callihan Hall. The students spent nearly the entire day enjoying the spirit of UDM.

Visiting students represented the future for their families. Many were the first to attend school past the 8th grade and many will be the first high school graduates in their family. With some of our UDM team members having prior experience tutoring several of these young people and serving at Cristo Rey high school, it was apparent the Cristo Rey students have the aptitude for college and a strong desire to learn. Exposure of the students to the graduate anatomy laboratory, university students, and high-level demonstrations nurtured their passion for learning and motivate them to realize their potential to eventually becoming university students.

In addition to learning more about anatomy the students also felt the special culture of UDM and some stated that they would consider UDM when applying to university. The Mission Micro Grant covered the cost of bus transportation for the senior high school students from Detroit Cristo Rey to University of Detroit Mercy.  A private donor matched our funds to cover the cost of the student’s and university helper’s lunch. This outstanding day would not have been possibly without the efforts of our alumnus, Mary Therese Aubrey. I thank Suzanne Guzelaydin, and Ervis Fama for their involvement. This was truly a life-changing and inspirational event for everyone involved.

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Colleen Trombly and Chantal Letts (McAuley Health Center): Material support to provide several McAuley Health Center patient families with a healthy holiday meal.

We received funding from the Micro Mission Grant Program that we were able to increase with additional donations from our staff and their families, which allowed us to deliver three wonderful and much needed gift baskets to three very deserving families during the Christmas holidays.

We changed gears from our original proposal of delivering five food baskets that were worth $50 each to five deserving families along with nutritional information for good choices down the road, to going with a smaller number of families so that the gifts could be larger and would include items which the families were more in need of due to their circumstances at that point in time. Two of the three families we chose had just lost a significant loved one just recently, so we decided to provide gifts that would be given directly to the grandchildren that were most affected by the loss of a grandparent so recently. This decision was made after consulting with the families to find out what they would like to receive based on their greatest need at that time.

The gifts were very well received and so very much appreciated by all recipients! Our staff got as much reward as the families did in being involved in this donation!

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Coleen Trombly and Tiffanie Dobbins (McAuley Health Center): Material support for a “Let’s Get Healthy” project to market the McAuley Health Center’s Schulze Academy location.

Due to the low patient volume and visibility at McAuley Health Center’s Schulze Academy location, the implementation of a marketing project will assist to combat these inefficiencies. This marketing project, “Let’s Get Healthy”, will promote the importance of primary care and promote preventive services. It will market to parents, informing them of this convenient location that is a “one-stop shop” for the entire family. A packet will be sent home with students that will include a flyer of information about McAuley Health Center (MHC) and an authorization form that will allow MHC staff to treat a student for emergency situations and provide much needed primary/preventive care. The flyer will contain information about the services provided at MHC, by whom, the insurances accepted, contact information, etc. To make this initiative exciting for the student population, students will be competing with other grade levels to turn in the most authorization slips. For example, the kindergarten classes will be split in half to compete against one another, first graders will be competing against second graders, and third graders will be competing with fourth graders and so on. There will be a total of five winning grades. The winning classes will be rewarded with pizza and water for their participation in returning of the authorization forms. The “Let’s Get Healthy” initiative will also create a bulletin board at the school outside of the clinic with health tips and health information in addition to being presented at parent-teacher conferences to inform parents of its location on-site at Schulze Academy.

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Carol Weisfeld and Sarah Frost (Department of Psychology): Material support for the design and printing of campus posters addressing the issue of miscommunication between males and females.

Overview and Goals: From a Darwinian viewpoint, there are powerful sex differences in reproductive strategies, and these differences are likely to cause misunderstandings. Within that evolutionary framework, Haselton & Buss (2000) constructed Error Management Theory, which proposes that humans predictably commit decision making errors based on the premise that some errors are less costly than others. They predict that males often misinterpret friendliness as sexual interest whereas females misunderstand males' sexual interest as friendship. That is, males tend to make false-positive (Type I) errors, by over-inferring a female's sexual interest to minimize missed opportunities. Conversely, females are more likely to commit a Type II error, that is, to under-infer a male’s commitment and therefore minimizing the risk of becoming pregnant by a male who might later abandon her. This results in males being more eager for sex and females being more choosy and likely to reject male advances. These adaptive decision-making errors contribute to misunderstanding between males and females in the area of sexual interest (Buss, 2005). Course review from multiple sections of an undergraduate Human Sexuality class supports wide-spread occurrence of these types of errors in communication. The present project is an attempt at an intervention using evolutionary psychology ideas to assist males and females in improving skills of cross-sex communication. The goal is to prevent problems by helping students think about sexual communication in a broader, more accurate way. Our project is a pilot intervention on a college campus, providing an opportunity to discuss sources of misunderstanding around dating issues.

Methods and Outcomes: We enlisted the help of an artist (Steve Keiser Graphics: sdkeiser@gmail.com) who designed a cartoon poster depicting miscommunication between males and females around sexual overtures. Two dozen copies of his “Consent Is Unambiguous” posters were mounted on UDM McNichols campus buildings for one week. Then 50 students participated in an hour-long discussion, completing pre- and post-discussion surveys, under the direction of the artist and two individuals from the UDM Psychology Department. (All steps in the protocol, including informing volunteers and obtaining consent, had received approval by the UDM Internal Review Board, under their guidelines for protection of human subjects.) The participants (32% male, 68% female) ranged in age from 18 to 32 years. Seventy percent of the students had noticed the poster on campus within one week of it being displayed. Seventy seven percent of students indicated that the poster was a useful way to introduce the subject of miscommunication between males and females.

Discussion points included the following types of probes: Do you communicate differently with members of the opposite sex? No means no, but what else means no? Are female's responses meant to be a rejection? The discussion disclosed ambiguous strategies which females utilize to put males off, without understanding complications caused by ambiguity, and it disclosed difficulties males have in understanding when a message is a “No” message. While 88% of students responded that the discussion helped them reflect on their intentions, only 32% said they regularly have opportunities to discuss these issues, and 46% said that they do not often have opportunities to discuss these issues. This result demonstrates a need for more opportunities for discussion about male and female communication. This is an example of a comment from one student: “’Too nice’ isn’t always a good thing. Also, people should avoid putting themselves in situations that make them vulnerable.”

We did additional analyses of the students’ responses and made the following conclusions:

  1. Qualitative and quantitative results demonstrate Haselton and Buss (2000) are correct in their description of the types of errors males and females make.
  2. Visual representation of male and female errors are easily recognized by students, readily generating constructive dialogue in a supervised setting.
  3. Students self-assessment post-discussion shows growth in “thinking about things in a new way.”
  4. Additional applications of these types are worthy of investigation, particularly applications which measure level of cognitive functioning in participants.

Based on our findings, we submitted a proposal to the Summer Institute of the International Society for Human Ethology and our proposal was accepted. On August 7, 2013 the three of us presented a poster entitled “Poster-within-a Poster: Improving Male-Female Communication Regarding Sexual Overtures” in Ann Arbor, MI. We will obtain feedback on our work and we hope to connect with collaborators who might seek to duplicate the research in other settings. We hope to continue this research and we thank the Mission Micro Grant Program for getting us started.

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Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster (Institute for Leadership and Service): Material support was provided for the Institute for Leadership and Services’ Emerging Leaders Program student workshops.

Students pursuing a Leadership Pin and/or Medallion participated in a series of workshops that included several of the nine components of the UDM adaptation of the Social Change Model (Astin & Astin, 1996). To help students better understand that “leadership” and “service” are inextricably linked at UDM, these workshops focused on encouraging emerging leaders to engage in servant leadership and social change as they live the mission of UDM. The Fall and Winter schedules also include related events that were occurring on campus that “count” toward the students’ pursuit of enhancing their leadership capacity and recognition.

The workshops sponsored with these funds were promoted to all students and presented throughout the academic year. Students participating in Alternative Winter and Spring Break and serving as PTV leaders were also encouraged to participate. 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

Transforming Lives to Lead and Serve

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

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Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster (Institute for Leadership and Service): Material support was provided for the Institute for Leadership and Services’ Emerging Leaders Program to develop a brochure for marketing and tracking student progress.

In order to grow the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) an innovative and eye-catching brochure was created and printed. The ELP is a co-curricular program of the Institute for Leadership and Service that allows students to enhance their leadership and service capacity and earn recognition by receiving a Leadership Pin or Medallion upon graduation. After its third year of existence, the Emerging Leaders Program has attracted over 300 UDM student leaders and awarded approximately 40 Pins and 60 Medallions. Despite this growth, we also wanted to continue to get the message out to students that everyone has the capacity to lead and serve. By virtue of their enrollment in UDM’s mission-driven institution, they are already “emerging leaders.” Because of who we are as an institution, many students engage in campus life and participate in service in a variety of ways. Many students have nearly earned the Pin without really knowing it or receiving recognition for their good works. This new brochure will assist in getting the word out about the ELP. In addition, because of a new partnership forged with the Department of Athletics, more student athletes will engage in the program and see themselves as leaders.

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

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