Fall 2009

Inside View

• UDM participates in plan to develop light-rail transit project
• Lloyd A. Semple named new dean of UDM's School of Law
• Other recent appointments
• History Professor Greg Sumner awarded second Fulbright Fellowship
• UDM Robotics Team takes first place at International Engineering Competition
• Faculty Book Shelf
• More than 1,200 low-income residents receive care during School of Dentistry's Michigan Oral Health Day
• Simulation suite provides nursing students with real-life patient experience
• Updates from the Schools and Colleges

UDM participates in plan to develop light-rail transit project

Plan could be first stage of a regional rapid transit system in Michigan

light rail system

University of Detroit Mercy’s commitment to serving its community may have reached a milestone with its participation in the Woodward Transit Catalyst Project, which when developed, could be the first critical stage of a regional rapid transit system. UDM and Deloitte & Touche LLP collaborated on developing the Woodward Transit Catalyst Project plan, completed in late 2007, to reinstate rail-based transportation from Detroit’s riverfront to the New Center Area.

The Woodward Transit plan was a project of the Michigan-Ohio University Transportation Center (MIOH-UTC), which involves five regional universities exploring transportation issues along with government and industry since 2006. UDM is the lead academic institution of the MIOH-UTC. Engineering & Science Dean Leo Hanifin serves as MIOH-UTC’s director and was the leader of the Woodward Transit planning project. MIOH-UTC is part of a nationwide academic network of transportation centers funded in part by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Woodward plan proposes a 3.4-mile light-rail line powered by overhead electrical wires. It would operate in the Woodward Corridor from Hart Plaza downtown to Grand Boulevard in the New Center Area, a route chosen for its destinations, relative ease of construction and expansion, connectivity to other current and planned transit systems, including bus and rail, and the opportunity it provides for transit-oriented business development. As explained in the system proposal, “An enhanced in-street system, pre-board fare payment and signal pre-emption (traffic lights to turn green for the train as it approaches) provide a near-rapid-transit level of service for a comparatively low cost.”

Each one-way train is projected to carry up to 221 passengers at speeds from 31 to 47 miles per hour. Maximum wait time between trains would be on the order of 10 minutes. All trains would stop at the southernmost Hart Plaza station and northernmost New Center station each trip but at the other 10 stations only when summoned. One-way travel time for the length of the system is estimated at 10 minutes.

Says Hanifin, “As this was a plan and not a detailed design document, some elements have changed and will continue to change as the design is finalized but the key elements—route, location in the street, general location of stations, ticketing concept—remain unchanged.”

Other participants in developing the plan include School of Architecture Dean Stephen Vogel, Architecture Professor Wladek Fuchs, Partner in ConstrucTWO LLC and former UDM Architecture Professor Julie Kim, ConstrucTWO Partner Paul Matelic, College of Engineering & Science Instructor Scott Anderson and Civil & Environmental Engineering Professor Alan Hoback.

“Since completing the plan, I have been on the Board of Directors of M1-RAIL (previously TRAIL), a private 401c3 corporation that is raising the money and is charged with building the system,” Hanifin adds. “Nearly all the necessary funds are committed to design and build the system, six pieces of enabling legislation have been passed, and the bids for design have been received. The bottom line is that all is on track to have this system operational.”

Matt Cullen ’83, a UDM Board member and president/chief operating officer of Rock Enterprises, serves as chief executive officer of M1-RAIL. Thomas Dekar ’71, ’75, a UDM Board member and vice chairman and regional managing principal of Deloitte & Touche USA, serves as M1-RAIL’s treasurer.

As reported in the media, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, led by businessman and supporter Roger Penske, is supervising the project at this stage. Other key leaders include John Hertel, chief executive officer of the non-profit Regional Transit Coordinating Council; Laura Trudeau of the Kresge Foundation, which provided a major financial award; Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans/Rock Financial; and Ann Lang, president, Downtown Detroit Partnership.

Goals of reinstating rail-based transit in Detroit and the region include fostering economic development and jobs, easing traffic congestion, reducing energy use and pollution, and improving civic pride and quality of life. According to the project proposal, “Recent systems across North America have proven light rail effective with regard to cost, popularity and stimulation of economic development. Urban areas around Portland, Denver, Dallas, St. Louis and many others have experienced the benefits of such systems.”

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Lloyd A. Semple named new dean of UDM’s School of Law

lloyd sempleLloyd A. Semple, former chairman and CEO of Dykema Gossett, PLLC, and Distinguished Visiting Law Professor at University of Detroit Mercy, has been named dean of the UDM School of Law.

In making the announcement, UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., says, “It is my hope that Lloyd Semple can continue the good and creative initiatives that the School of Law has set in motion. I and the rest of the UDM administration look forward to working with Lloyd to help make that happen.”

Semple joined the UDM School of Law faculty in 2004 after more than 40 years practicing law with Dykema. He practiced general corporate and healthcare law, including acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and financings. He served as outside counsel for several Michigan-based business enterprises, primarily in the health care and automotive industries, and as securities and bond counsel for several health care institutions. He has also advised boards of directors of public and not-for-profit companies in recapitalization transactions and governance matters.

Semple was chairman and CEO of Dykema from September 1995 through April 2002.  Prior to that time, he served for many years on the Executive Committee and as Dykema’s Corporate Finance Practice Group Leader. He retired from Dykema in July of 2004, although he remains affiliated with the title of Chairman Emeritus.

One of Detroit’s top legal professionals, Semple has been active in public service and has considerable experience in dealing with governmental agencies and regulators. He has served as a director and officer of several prominent businesses and organizations, including: chair of the board of the Detroit Medical Center (1997-2001), directing the reorganization and financial turn-around of one of the country’s largest health care systems; chair of the executive committee of the Detroit Zoological Society; vice chair of the National Audubon Society; and chair of the Michigan Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Since 2004, he has also served on the board of directors of Argon ST, Inc., headquartered in Fairfax, Va.

In addition to teaching courses in corporate law and corporate procedure at the School of Law, he was a member of the School’s Curriculum Committee, co-creator of the School’s nationally recognized Law Firm Program, and the School’s first Distinguished Visiting Professor.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as a Distinguished Visiting Professor over the past five years,” says Semple. “As dean, I look forward to working with the UDM faculty and community to build upon the ground-breaking initiatives of recent years, while also addressing the evolving demands of providing a practical legal education.”

Semple received his B.A. from Yale and his J.D. (with distinction) from the University of Michigan.

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Other recent appointments

pam zarkowskidenise williams mallettgreg cascioneThe University recently announced that Pamela Zarkowski has been named vice president for Academic Affairs. Zarkowski had served as interim vice president for Academic Affairs. Denise Williams Mallett was promoted to vice president for Enrollment and Student Affairs. Mallett previously served as associate vice president for Enrollment Management. Greg Cascione, formerly associate vice president for Development, was
promoted to vice president for University Advancement.

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History Professor Greg Sumner awarded second Fulbright Fellowship

greg sumnerThe Council for the International Exchange of Scholars has awarded University of Detroit Mercy History Professor Gregory D. Sumner his second William J. Fulbright Lectureship to the Unversita di Roma Tre, beginning in February 2010. Sumner will live in Italy for four months, teaching students in Rome.

A native of Indiana, he has taught history at UDM since 1993, and is currently the director of the Liberal Studies program at the University. Sumner received his M.A and B.A degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington and a J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School.

“I feel doubly blessed—not only because I had to forego a Fulbright to Japan in 2006 due to personal reasons, but because second Fulbright awards, especially to high demand destinations like Rome, are extremely rare,” says Sumner.

The professor has authored several publications and two books including Dwight McDonald and the Politics Circle: The Challenge of Cosmopolitan Democracy and Kurt Vonnegut and the Crisis of Humane Values.

“It is an honor for the College of Liberal Arts & Education to have another Fulbright Scholar representing University of Detroit Mercy,” says Liberal Arts & Education Dean Charles Marske. “The Unversita di Rome Tre is extremely fortunate to have him for another term.”

Sumner joins eight other UDM faculty members who have previously been awarded Fulbright Scholarships. They include Claire Crabtree and Gail Presby from the College of Liberal Arts & Education, Yogendra S. Chadda from the College of Engineering & Science, Suk H. Kim and Daniel Shoemaker from the College of Business Administration, Carla Groh from the College of Health Professions, and Anthony Martinico from the School of Architecture.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. The program is sponsored by the U. S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 58 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, governors and senators, ambassadors and artists, prime ministers and heads of state, have studied, taught or done research abroad through the Fulbright Program.

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UDM Robotics Team takes first place at International Engineering Competition

For the second consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy took home the top prize at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, held June 5-8 in Rochester, Mich.

IGVCFifty teams representing 43 schools constructed their robots and competed against other universities throughout the world. These included nationally recognized leaders in engineering education such as Princeton, Cornell, Georgia Tech, Olin and Rose-Hulman, and other Michigan universities: Michigan Tech, Lawrence Tech, Wayne State and University of Michigan-Dearborn. Competitors also included state universities from across the nation, including Florida, Maryland, Wisconsin, California, Nebraska, Texas and Pennsylvania, and international universities including University of Toronto and Ecole de Technologie Superieure (Canada).

The IGVC is an annual international competition created to offer cutting-edge design experience to engineering students. The competition consisted of three challenge events: Autonomous Challenge, Navigation Challenge, and the Design Competition. The scores from each of these events are combined to determine the overall First Place Grand Award winner. The UDM team received the 2009 First Place Grand Award. University of Delaware placed second.

“This win reflects not only the hard work and competitiveness of our team and faculty mentors, but also UDM’s innovative curriculum that employs autonomous vehicles as a vertically integrative platform,” says UDM Engineering & Science Dean Leo Hanifin. “It’s a major accomplishment to win the IGVC Grand Prize for the second year in a row. This team’s success, and that of other UDM student teams, demonstrates the unparalleled competence of our students in designing and building complex systems that work.”

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Faculty Book Shelf

text bookThe University of Detroit Mercy held its 4th annual Celebration of Faculty Authors on March 19 to honor its academic authors for their recent written work. A Cultural Dictionary of Punk, 1974-1982, written by Professor of English Nicholas Rombes, is one of the books (partial list below) that was recently published by a faculty member. Faculty also regularly publish journal articles, book selections or conference proceedings, which can be viewed on the UDM Libraries web site.

Howard Abrams, professor of Law, The Law of  Copyright
Libby B. Blume, professor of Psychology, and M.J. Zembar, Middle Childhood Development:A Contextual Approach
Martin G. Leever, associate professor of Philosophy and P. Connolly, D. Keller, Ethics in Action: A Case-Based Approach
Donald DiPaolo, assistant professor of Education, Leadership Education at American Univer­sities: A Longitudinal Study of Six Cases
Lawrence Dubin, professor of Law, and G. Weissenberger, A.J. Stephani, Michigan Evidence Courtroom Manual
Victoria Mantzopoulus, associate professor and chair of Political Science, Foundations in Statistics, 2nd Edition
John Molinari, professor and chair of Biomedical Sciences, and Jennifer Harte, Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry, 3rd Edition
Dennis Olson, visiting professor of Law, Cases on the First Amendment, 1st Edition
Kirstie Plantenberg, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Graphics Essentials with AutoCAD 2009 Instruction
James Tubbs, professor and chair of Religious Studies, A Handbook of Bioethics Terms
Carla Groh, associate professor of Nursing, and Joan Urbancic, adjunct professor of Nursing, eds., Women’s Mental Health: A Clinical Guide for Primary Care Providers
Shuvra Das, professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Nader Zamani, adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering, ABAQUS FOR CATIA V5 Tutorials AFC V2.5
Jonathan Weaver, professor and chair of Mechanical Engineering, and Nader Zamani, adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering, CATIA V5 Tutorials: Mechanism Design & Animation: Release 17

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More than 1,200 low-income residents receive care during School of Dentistry’s Michigan Oral Health Day

oral health dayWhen times get tough and people lose their jobs, preventive dental care seems to be one of the first things they eliminate. As a result, many people suffer from acute dental problems, some of which can be life threatening.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Community Health hosted the Michigan Day of Oral Health Outreach on May 16 on the Corktown Campus.

More than 440 adults in need received basic dental services such as fillings, extractions and minor denture repairs. Many of these adults could not otherwise afford dental care. More than 1,500 procedures were performed, valued at more than $150,000 in free dental care. Along with the services, the clinic also provided oral health education for adults that attended.

UDM’s College of Health Professions provided blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol screenings. Patients also received 164 free prescriptions from Walmart pharmacy. By 9 a.m., the event had attracted over 1,000 people interested in receiving dental services. In addition to the 440 people seen, more than 250 vouchers for care were provided to those who had waited in line but could not be seen that afternoon, due to the overwhelming response.

The focus of the event was to:
• Provide free access to immediate care for treatment of dental infections or pain.
• Raise public awareness of the increasing difficulty low-income adults face in accessing critical dental care.
• Increase awareness of the importance of oral health to maintaining body health; tooth infections and periodontal disease have been associated with premature birth, increased complications of diabetes, heart disease, increase risk of pneumonia in the elderly, and death.
• Challenge Medicaid, the public, policy makers, and dental professionals to work together to improve the oral health of those who are underinsured or uninsured.

The event was part of Governor Jennifer Granholm’s oral health initiative announced during her annual State of the State Address. “We were extremely pleased so many dental professionals in our area, came together to volunteer their time and talents for those in need,” says Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S., dean of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and Clinic.

Through his strong leadership, he began a number of activities to further the mission of UDM and the School such as this event. Aksu was the founding chairperson of the Department of Patient Management, enhanced community outreach opportunities, and fostered an environment of patient care, based on a comprehensive care model. This event was coordinated by Vinod Miriyala, D.D.S., director of Community Outreach and Multicultural Affairs at the School of Dentistry.

Granholm called for the Michigan Day of Oral Health Outreach in her 2009 State of the State address to mobilize volunteer dentists, hygienists and other health professionals to provide free access to dental care services and oral health care education and prevention services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured adults with immediate dental care needs.

Granholm and Aksu thanked the volunteers for making it happen at the event.

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Simulation suite provides nursing students with real-life patient experience

nursingSimulation education catapults the baccalaureate nursing students in the McAuley School of Nursing to the head of the class with its ability to create real-life hospital and healthcare environments in which they can learn.
The Simulation Technology Electronic-Informatics Preparatory System (STEPS) provides students with actual healthcare experiences that teach them how to use the Cerner electronic health record system for informatics literacy and a hand-held personal data resource (I-touch) device for point-of-care reference purposes. Additionally, they develop familiarity with distance-care coordination, called tele-health technology, and most importantly, they interact with a computerized patient-simulation manikin.

Students determine how to care for the simulated patient, who is programmed with a healthcare diagnosis and is fully interactive with them. The simulated patient can talk with the students, answering their questions and is programmed with all the cardiac, respiratory and bowel sounds a person would have. The simulated patient also has pulses, blood pressure, inflatable lungs and intravenous access.

The class becomes a medical team taking turns providing the care a student nurse would give during a clinical experience. They discuss what the care-of-the-day should be. If the student does not realize that the head of the patient’s bed is too low, the patient becomes short of breath prompting the student to react accordingly. Some students represent family members, which gives them the opportunity to discuss the patient’s care with sensitivity and to learn to be a patient advocate.

“We digitally record the 20-minute simulation and use it in a debriefing for class discussions,” says Suzanne Guzelaydin, coordinator of the Simulation Center/STEPS Project. “We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from students and a lot of ‘aha’ moments.”

During the debriefing, the students note where they need improvement and discover what they overlooked. Guzelaydin burns a DVD for them so that they begin building an e-clinical portfolio. As the students progress through the baccalaureate nursing program, the STEPS program will challenge them by simulating eight to 10 patient scenarios that will unfold with level-appropriate content.

A three-year Nurse Practice and Retention grant of $1,027,795 from the Health Resources and Services Administration Division of Nursing made it possible to build and implement STEPS. A newly renovated space on the second floor in the Health Professions facility houses the suite, which is the first nursing program in metro Detroit to offer these four technology strategies. The space includes two simulation rooms with a control room in-between equipped with one-way glass mirrors. A fully constructed adult patient room is in full operation. A room equipped for pediatric and OB patients was furnished in August. Guzelaydin plans to acquire a birthing simulator and an infant manikin to diversify the students’ experience.

While it’s not Grey’s Anatomy, it is the closest thing to real drama that the McAuley School of Nursing can provide; and the best part is that it coaches students through the very important steps of providing safe and effective care while communicating with their patients.

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Updates from the Schools and Colleges

Architecture: The Design Center’s St. Joseph Rebuild Center was recognized by NCARB, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, with one of four $7,500 cash prizes in its 2009 NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. The Center, a safe refuge that serves as a day center for homeless individuals in New Orleans, evolved out of the post-Hurricane Katrina relief efforts that began soon after the storm’s destruction in 2005.  
Business Administra­tion: The College has two new, talented faculty members in 2009-10. Robert Hutchinson joins the CBA as assistant professor in Accounting and Omid Sabbaghi joins the faculty as assistant professor of Finance.
Engineering & Science: Alumni Derrick Kuzak ‘73, ‘74, ‘76, group vice president for Global Product Development at Ford Motor Company, and Michael J. Rokosz ‘70, who founded MJR Labs, a technical consulting firm, and is currently president of the company, were named Alumni of the Year by the College of Engineering & Science in recognition of their contributions to engineering and science. The award recipients were honored at the 77th Annual Slide Rule Dinner Dance, March 28 at the Detroit Cobo Conference Center.
Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing: The Health Services Administration faculty and staff are proceeding with updating and revising the Master of Health Services curriculum to meet the growing demands of health care. Students who enroll in the master’s program in Fall 2008 and beyond will follow the new curriculum that includes courses in health care marketing and population health. Students who enrolled before Fall 2008 have the option to follow the new curriculum or continue with the previous course offerings. These changes are part of the ongoing effort to achieve accreditation status through the Commission on Healthcare Management Education.
Liberal Arts & Education: The University was awarded a $551,500 federal contract from QSS Group, an award-winning, high technology services company. UDM’s project will support faculty in the Information Assurance Program (IA), a national center of academic excellence in information assurance, to carry out cyber security research. Dan Shoemaker, IA director and chair of the Department of Computer and Information Systems, is the program’s principal investigator for the project. The aim of the project, which involves researchers from other universities and organizations, is to develop and disseminate the knowledge necessary to ensure that the software that enables America’s business and critical infrastructure is safe and secure.

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