UDM Campus Connection

March 24, 2015

Honors Convocation, March 22

More than 570 awards were presented at this year's Honors Convocation, UDM’s annual celebration of student academic excellence and leadership, held on March 22 at various locations. Outstanding students from the Colleges of Health Professions, Business Administration, Engineering & Science, and Liberal Arts & Education were honored at their respective programs. Biology and pre-dental student Matthew Giordano was also named as the UDM Class of 2015 valedictorian.

Matthew Giordano
Pictured center: Class of 2015 valedictorian Matthew Giordano accepts the 2015 Engineering & Science Key Award with his parents Diana and Michael Giordano (left and right).

Master of Community Development Open House, March 28

UDM’s Master of Community Development (MCD) program will host its Open House on Saturday, March 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the second-floor Peter Peirce Room of the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on UDM’s McNichols Campus. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to attend to learn more about the MCD program and its holistic approach to the theory and practice of community development.

Walk-ins are welcome although RSVPs are requested. For further questions about this event, please contact MCD Director Virginia Stanard at 313-442-3520 or stanarvi@udmercy.edu.

Accepted Students Day, March 28

Faculty and staff are encouraged to join representatives of UDM Colleges and Schools at Accepted Students Day on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on UDM’s McNichols Campus. Information sessions and exhibits on service, leadership and the many organizations on campus will be presented. There will also be a panel by recent UDM graduates about their experiences as students and how UDM supported their personal, educational and career goals.

CLAE hosts Cushing Lecture, March 26

Messiah College Professor of Biblical Studies Emerson Powery will speak on the topic, “The origins of whiteness and the black (biblical) imagination: The Bible and the slave narrative," on Thursday, March 26 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Fountain Lounge on UDM's McNichols Campus. This Jane D. Schaberg Lecture in Scripture Studies is part of the Cushing Distinguished Lecture Series. See the event page for more information.

Michael Pyatok
Michael Pyatok

SOA Lecture: Michael Pyatok, March 25

The School of Architecture welcomes Michael Pyatok, principal of Pyatok Architecture + Urban Design, to speak as part of the SOA's 2014-15 Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Exhibition Center, Warren Loranger Architecture Building on UDM’s McNichols Campus. See the event page for more information.

Macomb University Center Open House, March 26

Macomb County residents are encouraged to learn about UDM programs at Macomb University Center by attending an Open House on Thursday, March 26 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on the Macomb Community College Campus, 44575 Garfield Road, in Clinton Township. Students can also attend a Michigan Transfer Agreement workshop and financial aid workshop. For more information, call the Macomb University Center at 866-622-6621.

Last week, UDM hosted a Transfer/Graduate Student Open House on UDM’s McNichols Campus. Approximately 45 students attended the event, showing interest in a variety of academic programs. Two breakout sessions on financial aid and one breakout session on the academic transfer process were presented.

Selma Revisited, March 27

Professors of History Roy E. Finkenbine and Gregory Sumner will host a "lunch and learn" event on Friday, March 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room on UDM’s McNichols Campus. Finkenbine and Sumner will discuss the film Selma and compare its context to the Civil Rights Movement and their impact in contemporary society.

Upcoming UDM Law events

UDM Law will host the 5th Annual Race for Justice 5K on Sunday, March 29 at 10 a.m. at Assumption Park in Windsor, Ontario. Both runners and walkers are welcome. Register online for $30 or sign up on race day for $40. Proceeds benefit the UDM Law Public Interest Fellowship Program, which provides stipends to students to serve during the summer months in areas of public service. This event is open to the public, and organized by the UDM School of Law’s Voice for Justice Committee in conjunction with the Student Bar Association.

UDM Law will also host the 12th annual Voice for Justice Auction on Saturday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stroh River Place Atrium, 300 River Place Drive in Detroit. The auction will include more than 200 items, including gift certificates, gift baskets, sports memorabilia, electronics, event tickets and events hosted by the faculty. Purchase tickets online in advance for $75 per person ($30 for UDM Law students) by Friday, April 10. Tickets at the door will be $100. For more information, see the Voice for Justice web page.

SOA and Gesu research collaboration

Fifth and eighth grade Gesu students visited with 2nd year architect students, to participate in hands-on activities to explore and imagine interactive space as a supportive environment for youth, March 18. The two architect classes have begun a preliminary design project for a cancer drop-in center for children, and asked the Gesu students to serve as “technical advisors.”

Law partnership with Jesuit Refugee Service/USA

UDM Law has partnered with the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA to address the issues surrounding child migrants and their families into the U.S. Clinical Associate Professor of Law David Koelsch will serve as the UDM leader in this partnership, meeting with School of Law Dean Phyllis Crocker as well as other Jesuit law school deans and Immigration Clinic professors at the American Association of Law Schools annual meeting in January. See press release for more information on the partnership.

CLAE Alumni Week

The College of Liberal Arts & Education celebrated CLAE Alumni Week, March 16-20, with a series of alumni class lectures presented by Nicole Schumack Marcot ’07, Mort Meisner ‘75, Lanita Norris ’98, Bill Pringle ’12, Greg Russell ’78, Bob Sadler ’88, Nick Sinacori ’72, Gerald Smith ’74 and Al Ward ’76.

CLAE Alum Photo
Pictured from left: CLAE Dean Mark Denham, Alumni presenters Gerald Smith '74 and Bill Pringle '12, and Instructor of History Daniel Kroupa celebrated Alumni Week in the Jane & Walter O. Briggs Building.

MCA recognizes UDM student of the day

The Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA) launched a collective marketing campaign, “We are the Independents,” designed to increase awareness of independent higher education options in Michigan. The campaign dispels myths about private education and helps promote the 15 MCA institutions, including UDM.

Cybersecurity student Marianne Grima was recognized as Student of the Day on Wednesday, March 26, and featured on the front page of the campaign’s website.

NBC mini-series finds research at UDM

NBC Mini-series photo
Members of the writing and research team (pictured from left: B. Swibel, William Brown and Adam Westbrook) for "Freedom Run," an eight-part, NBC mini-series based on the Betty DeRamus' novel, Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad, met with Professor of History and Director of the Black Abolitionist Archives Roy Finkenbine to gather research for the production. Motown legend Stevie Wonder is executive producer for the mini-series.

Phenomenal Women’s Dinner, March 19

Phenomenal Women Dinner
Approximately 150 people attended the 12th annual Phenomenal Women's Dinner, March 19 to celebrate the lives and contributions of women at the University of Detroit Mercy. The Ashly Grey Legacy Award was presented to Assistant Director of Financial Aid Kimberly Gooden, who gave the keynote address.

International Night Celebration, March 20

International Night
The International Services Office and Student Affairs hosted the 2015 International Night Celebration in the Student Center Ballroom, March 20. Faculty, staff and students enjoyed an evening exploring many cultures and traditions through art, dance, music, games and food. Approximately 300 people attended the event.

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Professor of English Michael Barry's essay, “Archaeology and Teleology in Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost,” was published in a recent issue of Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction (vol. 56, no. 2).

Assistant Professor of Counseling Jocelyn Bennett-Garraway was the keynote speaker at the Michigan Association of College Admission Counselors' Urban Counselor Workshop held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, March 17.

Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi discusses the severity of NCAA bracket betting in the WDIV Channel 4 video, “Don't get busted over NCAA brackets,” March 17. Bernacchi is also interviewed on the Fox 2 segment, “Let it Rip Weekend,” on ticket scalping legislation.

Associate Professor of Law Troy Harris was listed in the global edition report of Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2015 and was recognized in the Detroit Free Press, March 22. Harris is the only Michigan lawyer listed and only one of four American lawyers to be listed by the publication for both construction and arbitration in 2015.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison was interviewed on 104.3 FM WOMC’s radio program "Sunday Edition," March 1 (link will play MP3), discussing her literacy program, RX for Reading Detroit. Harrison was also interviewed on 760 AM WJR’s talk show with host Paul W. Smith, March 13 (link will play MP3). The latest RX for Reading library station has been established at the Detroit Community Health Connection Nolan Family Health Center in Highland Park, March 18.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Saran Hollier earned her Ph.D. from Wayne State University. For her dissertation research, Hollier developed an instrument that measured how African Americans cope with racism. As part of the process, she collected data to validate the instrument with mental health measures and bio-markers specific to cardiac health.

Associate Professor of Law Andrew Moore’s guest editorial, “On immigration, is Michigan on wrong side of history?” was published in The Detroit News, March 23.

Director of Islamic Studies Achmat Salie spoke on the topic, “Muslim Americans as Cultural, Spiritual & Political Citizens,” at Saginaw Valley State University, March 19. See the MLive article, “Islamic speaker coming to SVSU reaches out with compassion,” for more information.

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