UDM Campus Connection

March 3, 2015

Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards

UDM will host its second annual University-wide celebration, Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards, on Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center’s Ballroom. The event will honor distinguished alumni with Alumni Achievement Awards. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission of excellence and service and bring pride to UDM. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. This year’s honorees include:

Brian D. Cloyd '73, '76
Vice President, Global Corporate Relations, Steelcase Inc.
College of Liberal Arts & Education

The Honorable Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. '61, '66
Retired Housing Court Judge, Civil Court, City of New York
School of Law

John C. '79 and Nancy G. '83 Kennedy
President and CEO, Autocam Medical (John)
Quality Analyst, Autocam Corporation (Nancy)
College of Business Administration

Jeanette Wrona Klemczak '65
Retired Chief Nurse Executive, State of Michigan
College of Health Professions

Walter Knysz, Jr., D.D.S. '75
Chairman of the Board, UnifiedSmiles
School of Dentistry

Dr. Derrick M. Kuzak '73, '74, '76
Retired Group VP, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company
College of Engineering & Science

Steven M. Pagnotta '74, '76
President & CEO, Bradford Companies
School of Architecture

Spirit of UDM

Pamela Zarkowski Award
Thomas R. McLean and Pamela Zarkowski

Pamela Zarkowski named Honorary Fellow

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski was named an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine at the ACLM Annual Meeting on Saturday, Feb. 28 in Las Vegas, NV. ACLM President Elect and Acting President Thomas R. McLean, MD, MS, JD, FCLM presented the award.

Second Wednesday Series on misconduct prevention and response

UDM’s Second Wednesday Series event entitled, “Engaging faculty and staff in prevention and response to sexual misconduct,” will be held on Wednesday, March 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 324 of the UDM McNichols Campus Library. Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Monica Williams will present information about the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act and how federal statutes can build a community around prevention of unwanted sexual conduct. To help plan future Second Wednesday Series events, please complete this survey.

Mission Micro Grant funds self-injury awareness panel

The third annual Self-Injury Awareness panel and discussion will take place on Wednesday, March 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 114 of the Chemistry Building on UDM’s McNichols Campus. There will be a panel comprised of a person with a history of self-injury as well as mental health professionals who will share resources and information. All students, faculty, and members of the community are welcome to attend. This event is funded by a Mission Micro Grant for the Women's and Gender Studies program, the McAuley School of Nursing and the Athletic Department. See the PDF flyer.

E&S 83rd Annual Slide Rule Dinner, March 14

The College of Engineering & Science presents its 83rd Annual Slide Rule Dinner on Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m. at the Club Venetian Banquet Center, 29310 John R Road, in Madison Heights. The Slide Rule Dinner is the one major event that brings together all E&S constituents—students, faculty and staff, alumni, employers and industry advisors. The evening includes reception, dinner and awards ceremony, followed by music and dancing. The event cost will be $60; for more information or to RSVP, please visit the Slide Rule Dinner web page.

Theatre Logos

UDM Theatre announces two upcoming productions

UDM Theatre Company presents Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, to be performed in the Grounds Coffeehaus on UDM’s McNichols Campus on the following dates:

  • Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. (An afterglow follows this performance.)
  • Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a delightful musical adaptation of the popular children’s book, which follows feisty Alexander and a series of unfortunate events that occur throughout his day. For more information, please email theatre@udmercy.edu or visit the UDM Theatre Company page. To purchase tickets, click here.

UDM Theatre Company also presents Low Hanging Fruit, a staged reading about Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), on Tuesday, March 10 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in the Student Center’s Grounds Coffeehaus on UDM’s McNichols Campus. This event is free of charge and light refreshments will be provided.

Transfer/Graduate Student Open House

UDM Office of Admissions encourages faculty and staff to inform prospective students of the upcoming Transfer/Graduate Student Open House on Wednesday, March 18 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center on UDM’s McNichols Campus. At this event, students interested in transfer or graduate programs will meet advisors representing UDM's more than 100 academic programs and find out how to finance a UDM education. To pre-register, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800-635-5020 or admissions.events@udmercy.edu. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Best Psychology Logo

CLAE recognized for Addiction Studies program

UDM’s College of Liberal Arts & Education has been recognized by online blog Best Psychology Degrees as one of the “30 great small colleges for a counseling degree (bachelor’s)” for its Addiction Studies program.

Colleague Development Days proposals deadline

The 2015 Colleague Development Days call for proposals is now open. This year’s Colleague Development Days will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18 and Wednesday, Aug. 19. Faculty and staff are invited to submit program proposals that provide new thinking and engage fellow faculty and staff in interactive activities approximately 60-75 minutes long.

Proposals must be submitted online by Monday, March 30 at 11:45 p.m. Final notification of proposals accepted for Colleague Development Days will be sent to all by Friday, April 17. For more information, please contact Dean of Career Education Services Sheryl Johnson-Roulhac at mcgrifsj@udmercy.edu.

UDM celebrates Philanthropy Awareness Day

Philanthropy Thank You
On Thursday, Feb. 26, UDM celebrated Philanthropy Awareness Day on the McNichols Campus. The Alumni Association handed out free hot chocolate and students wrote personalized “thank you” messages to our generous alumni donors. Many McNichols faculty and staff donors also wore their donor recognition pins. UDM School of Law and School of Dentistry will recognize their faculty and donors on Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 19, respectively.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Psychology Steven Abell discusses the importance of early childhood literacy in The Detroit News article, “Reading helps kids, period — So help us help them,” Feb. 26.

Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi comments on GM’s Academy Awards commercial in the Detroit Free Press article, “Academy Awards tease: GM shows new Cadillac,” Feb. 23. Bernacchi also discussed the rise and fall of malls in The Detroit News article, “Shopping trends conspire to close Northland mall,” Feb. 25.

School of Law Dean Phyllis Crocker will speak at the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Reception for Education and Community Leadership on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Great Lakes Culinary Center, 24101 West Nine Mile Road, in Southfield. Together, with Michigan State University College of Law Dean Joan W. Howarth and Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson, the trio will speak in a “TED” Talk, “Toasting education of dynamic women.”

Professor of History Roy Finkenbine was featured in the NPR History Department article, “How black abolitionists changed a nation,” Feb. 26. This article was featured in additional media coverage, including KPBS of San Diego State University, Minnesota Public Radio, New England Public Radio and WCAI (Cape Cod NPR). Finkenbine also gave the talk, “Solomon Northup’s America,” at the Grosse Ile Book Club, the Wixom Public Library and the Novi Public Library on Feb. 6, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, respectively.

Associate Professor of Computer & Information Systems Jeffrey Ingalsbe spoke on the Michigan government’s cyber attacks in an NPR (WDET) interview, Feb. 26. Listen to the full interview.

Professor of Business Administration Suk Kim had his textbook, Global Corporate Finance, Focused Approach 2nd edition, published through Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. in February. Kim also had two journal articles published: “U.S.-China trade relations: Causes and possible solutions” in the Journal of Applied Business and Economics as well as “The survival of North Korea: A case for rethinking the U.S.-North Korea nuclear standoff,” in the North Korean Review.

Dean of Career Education Services Sheryl Johnson-Roulhac was mentioned in the Detroit Free Press article, “Free Press writer and others pedal historic route,” March 1. Johnson-Roulhac participated in the 2015 Selma to Montgomery Bike Ride, an approximately 52-mile bike route between the Alabama cities commemorating the Selma to Montgomery marches. This year celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the marches, which resulted in the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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