College of Liberal Arts and Education News

CLAE proudly celebrates Alumni Week!


David Sampson ‘96 (right), CEO of Mariners Inn, with Associate Professor of Social Work Aloha VanCamp. Sampson spoke to VanCamp’s Social Welfare Policy class and was a former student of hers. His presentation addressed how to run a successful nonprofit based on his own experiences, which made Mariners Inn a 2013 finalist as a Crain’s Detroit Business Best Managed Nonprofit.

Eight College of Liberal Arts & Education (CLAE) alumni returned to their UDM home to speak with CLAE students during the week of March 17, 2014 for the College’s annual Alumni Week. CLAE extended a warm welcome to:

Joe Greene ‘70, who received an M.A. in Education, is the former president of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), and a retired vice president, AFL-CIO.

Charley Jackson Jr., ‘06, who earned a B.A. in Economics, is a contracting specialist at the U.S. Army TACOM.

Michael Martinez ‘12, who majored in Communication Studies/History, is a reporter at The Detroit News.

Greg Russell ‘78, a communication studies major, owns Wilshire One Productions.

Bob Sadler ‘88, a communication studies major, serves as director of marketing and sales at the Detroit Historical Society.

David Sampson ‘96, who earned a Bachelor of Social Work, is the CEO of Mariners Inn in Detroit.

Joel Stone ‘79 is also a communication studies major. He currently serves as the curator at the Detroit Historical Society.

Al Ward ‘76 earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College and is currently a manager at the Department of Human Services - Wayne County.

Religious Studies major receives Vivere ex Missione Award


Lakshimi-Kamra Head-Hancock

University of Detroit Mercy congratulates Religious Studies major Lakshimi-Kamra Head-Hancock, who received this year’s Vivere ex Missione award.

The Vivere ex Missione — Latin for “To Live Out the Mission” — is presented annually to one graduating student who best exemplifies the mission of UDM. Recipients are selected by the Mission, Urban and Social Justice Team, which reviews nominees’ intellectual, social, ethical and spiritual qualities.

Head-Hancock was selected for the award because of her strong leadership qualities, both on campus and off. Among her greatest accomplishments were a “stay-at-home tea” and “tea tables,” honoring Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, while also raising money to help a student attend nursing school in South Sudan.

“Kamra’s nominators describe her as a person of strong faith, and this spiritual commitment is apparent throughout her life,” says UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi. “She is a generous person who cares deeply for her family, classmates, students in faraway lands, and the hungry and homeless in this city. She lives the UDM mission with integrity and a generous heart.”

The Vivere ex Missione was presented to Head-Hancock at the commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 10 at Calihan Hall on UDM’s McNichols campus.

CLAE enters into three new or revised articulation agreements with Macomb Community College

These agreements make transferring to a baccalaureate program an easier process and maximizes the number of transfer credits. The agreements are for Addiction Studies, Financial Economics, and Legal Administration. These programs join other UDM programs already being offered at Macomb’s University Center.

UDM cosponsors Midwest Victorian Studies Association conference

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison organized the 37th annual conference of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association, which was held April 11-13 at the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Co-sponsored by the UDM Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Education and Office of Academic Affairs along with U-M departments, the conference featured lectures, panels and seminars on the topic of "Victorian violence." About 115 scholars in the fields of history, literature, art history, and musicology joined the conference from across the U.S. and Canada as well as England, Scotland, Australia and India.

UDM hosts economic symposium at Macomb University Center


Economics Instructor Harry Veryser presenting at the April 12 symposium

More than 100 people attended the symposium, "The State of the Economy," held April 12 at the Macomb University Center in Clinton Township, Mich. The event, sponsored by the UDM Department of Economics and the Michigan Council on Economic Education's UDM Center, offered a variety of perspectives on different aspects of the economy. The next symposium is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4.

The UDM Chorus will be revived in fall 2014

An enthusiastic musical director is identifying rehearsal space, piano availability and a music library. Financial support is also being sought. Students will be able to earn academic credit for their participation. Contact the College of Liberal Arts & Education if you would like more information (

College is increasingly present on social media

The CLAE Facebook page is approaching 1,000 likes and is actively posting content including student activities, events and faculty accomplishments. A popular new post is Throwback Thursdays, where an aspect of UDM’s rich history is featured. Be sure to like our page and stay connected.

Renovations to the Briggs Building continue

New TV monitors were placed on the first floor and in the lower level student lounge. The monitors allow television viewing, streaming of an events calendar and a visual showcase of student work.

UDM Theatre’s production of “Jordan Anderson Writes a Letter” performed throughout Detroit metro area

The multimedia presentation, written by Arthur Beer, professor of Performing Arts, and based on the research of Roy Finkenbine, professor of History—was performed 23 times in February and March, on the McNichols Campus and at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit. The production received nation-wide press coverage, and additional performances will be given at schools in the state.

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