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UDM Service

Posted by: oppenlgr | April 5, 2012 | No Comment |

Hey Everyone!

                UDM was founded on the basis of helping others.  The Jesuit Priests devote their lives to people.  The goal here at UDM is still the same.  This article has convinced me of it and makes me pretty proud to be a part of this faithful institution.

University of Detroit Mercy has been named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2012), the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The announcement was made at the American Council on Education’s 94th Annual Meeting Ahead of the Curve on March 12, 2012, in Los Angeles, CA.

Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

“Honor Roll schools such as University of Detroit Mercy should be proud of their work to elevate the role of service-learning on their campuses,” said Eduardo Ochoa, the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant secretary for postsecondary education. Galvanizing their students to become involved in projects that address pressing concerns and enrich their academic experience has a lasting impact – both in the communities in which they work and on their own sense of\ purpose as citizens of the world. I hope we’ll see more and more colleges and universities following their lead.”

Ochoa will be congratulating the University personally as he will be the University’s keynote speaker at the McNichols Campus commencement on May 12, 2012 in Calihan Hall.

Volunteering is common practice at the institution and as part of UDM’s celebration of the inauguration of President Antoine M. Garibaldi, UDM employees and students have been invited to participate in additional community engagement activities on April 7-15 at various not-for profit agencies in metro Detroit.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Easter.  He is Risen.

Glenn Oppenlander II

Civil Engineering/ Biology ?

Freshman

 

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Meeting Old Friends at UDM

Posted by: oppenlgr | March 27, 2012 | No Comment |

Hey Everyone!

                Have you ever walked around or were you in the middle of something when you noticed someone looking at you and you realized that you knew that person.  This has happened to me twice at UDM.  The first time was at the beginning of the year, and I ran into my good friend Ashley who I have known since 1st grade.  She told me that she was a student here and I couldn’t believe it.  We’ve like gone to the same school for 13 years!  It was pretty crazy seeing her.  I thought it was someone that looked a lot like her then she said my name, and I knew it was Ashley.  We see each other around campus from time to time, and we sometimes go to lunch.  But, I thought it was pretty cool.

            So it happened again today.  I was in the Chemistry lab putting some sodium hydroxide into my beaker and I noticed my high school classmate, Dawson, looking at me from across the room.  I was trying to figure out if it was him, then he waved and I realized that it was.  I talked to him for a bit, and he told me that he was going here next year for the 7 year dental program.  I told him that I might switch my major to Biology, so there would be a good chance that we could have a class together.  It was pretty cool talking to him because I had not seen him since I was in high school.  This sort of thing has not happened to me often, but it has twice here at UDM.  I guess it’s just that good of a school and everyone wants to go here.

Glenn Oppenlander

Civil Engineering/Biology ?

Freshman

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Dudley Randall Poetry Competition

Posted by: allanle | March 23, 2012 | No Comment |

Hello All!

I would like to share some good news:

In my design studio, we were asked to pick a social issue that we care about and to design a poster based on that—something that encourages change. I chose father absence. I was raised in a single-parent home so this is something personal as well as something that I see around me here in Detroit.

What I enjoy about this course in the Digital Media Studies program and in many other classes is that I get to explore things that I care about. I began researching facts and statistics dealing with father absence and even contacted the president of the National Fatherhood Initiative, Roland Warren, and got some feedback. I was deep in the issue and began to look at my life and myself and wonder how things may have been different if my father was in my life.

Over the summer, I taught kindergarten and first grade and took so much delight in the kids and wondered how anyone could not want to be a part of that and to help them blossom into young men and women. One student asked me something I will never forget: “Ms. Lori, am I going to college?”

Children have hopes and dreams and they look for someone to encourage them.

In my poetry class, we were asked to write about an issue we care about. What a coincidence! I wrote about father absence. After peer feedback and revising, I came to a “complete” poem (no poem is actually really finished, I believe). About a month later, my professor, Dr. Crabtree encouraged me to enter it into the Dudley Randall poetry competition here at the University. I won first place! I have joked that not having a father in the home apparently has its perks, but the truth is… it is a huge problem. 72% of African-American children are raised in single-parent homes. It leaves me wondering if there is a difference between who I am and who I could have been. I expressed that in the poem.

If you would like to see the poem, shoot me an e-mail. Allanle@udmercy.edu

Lori E. Allan

3rd Year

Digital Media Studies + Creative Writing

 

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UDM Professors

Posted by: oppenlgr | March 22, 2012 | No Comment |

Hey Everyone!

This has been a pretty stressful week for me.  Maybe some of you students out there feel the same.  I am thinking about switching majors from Civil Engineering to Biology.  Yes, I know, it’s a pretty significant change.  So, I registered for some Biology classes at Henry Ford Community College for the summer.  I also registered for Chemistry, here at UDM, for the summer.  Then today, I registered for classes for the fall.  This has been a pretty crazy time in my life.  I am still thinking about Civil Engineering as well as Biology and the Physician Assistant program offered here.

The one thing that has made this week better however, are the professors here at UDM.  I was able to walk in and talk with Dr. Grabowski about Biology classes for the Fall.  He was extremely encouraging, and convinced me to try out the Biology path and see how it goes.  I also talked with Dr. Andrzejak about it.  She is one of my professors for Natural Science, and she has helped me immensely in deciding what to do.  If it wasn’t for them I do not know what I would do.  They have been extremely helpful, and I am very thankful for their guidance.    UDM has been so great to me in so many different ways.  They have both programs that I am interested in, and the professors truly care about you and your desire to learn.  I have never felt so welcomed in all my life.  I truly felt like I was the only student that these professors dealt with.  It seemed that their ultimate goal was to help me with my situation.  I cannot say it enough, but I am truly grateful for the encouragement and instruction that Dr. Grabowski and Dr. Andrzejak have given me.  For any students contemplating on going here, you will not find more caring advisors and professors than the ones here at UDM.

Glenn Oppenlander

Civil Engineering/ Biology??

Freshman

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Posted by: oppenlgr | March 14, 2012 | No Comment |

Hey Everyone!

The weather outside this week has been pretty awesome.  It has been in the high 60’s, and I cannot get enough of it.  I actually just got done throwing a Frisbee around with some friends on campus.  I’m definitely looking forward to more of this kind of weather.

Well, this Friday is going to be pretty intense.  Your Detroit Titans will be playing the Kansas Jayhawks in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  I have confidence in my team, and I know that it would be difficult to pull out a victory but the Jayhawks better not take the Titans lightly.  The Titans were not very good at the beginning of the season, and look at them now.  Champions of the Horizon League and participants in the NCAA tournament.   If the Detroit Titans can pull out a win, it would be one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history.  I have faith in the Titans, and I believe that if any team can do this, it’s them.

It’s so awesome that I could see the Horizon League Championship on ESPN.  The Detroit Titans were on national television, and they sure did make the most of it.  During the regular season, Detroit lost to Valparaiso twice blowing big leads in the game.  But, in the Championship game it was a very different story.  The Titans were down by a few points going into half time, and you know that Coach McCallum had something to tell them in the locker room.  They came out in the second half as a whole different team.  Their defense was dominant, and they made every shot they threw up.  Watching that game made me proud to be a Titan.  So, if any of you athletes out there want to play for a real contender, Detroit Mercy is the place to be.  I hope the Titans can pull out an upset of a lifetime, and I think they have it in them.  Go Titans!!!

 

Glenn Oppenlander

Civil Engineering

Freshman

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Advising!

Posted by: allanle | March 13, 2012 | No Comment |

Hello Everyone!!!

I hope everyone is enthused and motivated during this last month and a half of school. Advising is going on this week! For prospective students who don’t know about it, advising is when you meet with a professor or dean that is assigned to you. They help you figure out what classes you should take the next semester. If they notice you are struggling in a class, they will suggest resources that can help you bring up your grades (such as the Learning Center in the library).

Advising has been very beneficial to me, especially when I wasn’t sure what classes I should be taking. An important thing about advising is that you can’t solely rely on your advisor to help you pick classes, you need to meet them halfway and discuss what you need (maybe you can only handle four classes this semester instead of six, let them know that!)

That’s one of the many things I like about UDM; I’m not on my own or left in the dark when it comes to what classes I should be taking and what’s best for me each semester.

Have a great day, all!

Lori E. Allan

3rd Yeard

Digital Media Studies + Creative Writing

 

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Break soon!

Posted by: allanle | March 1, 2012 | No Comment |

Visit Day:

Hi Everyone..

I know that everyone is excited for spring break!

I am spending mine in Auburn Hills, Michigan at my Grandmother’s house. I will also be getting some quality time in with my older sister. I have spent the last two spring breaks in Panama City, Florida with Campus Crusade for Christ.

I hope everyone has a wonderful break. I have been extra busy with midterms and final projects. I hope everyone has been enjoying the sunshine and lack of snow (despite the rain today!) Don’t forget to convert your meals to flex dollars after break. I have been running out, spending it all at Subway!

Best,

 

Lori E. Allan

3rd Year

DMS + Creative Writing

 


 

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Horizon League Tournament

Posted by: oppenlgr | February 29, 2012 | No Comment |

Hey Everyone!

                The UDM Titans are the 3rd place seed in the Horizon League tournament.  They defeated Youngstown State to take the seed, and they just defeated 10th place seed Loyola to advance farther in the tournament.  I love this time of year with all the college basketball.  The Month of March has become synonymous with college basketball madness.  There is definitely a lot of it here at UDM, for the men’s basketball team.  It’s pretty cool because the Titans are starting to get national attention.  Here is a recap of the game against Youngstown State.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio– Detroit clinched the third seed in the upcoming Horizon League tournament with a 76-74 win at Youngstown State Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center in the regular season finale for both teams. The Titans will play host to tenth-seeded Loyola on Tuesday night at Calihan Hall in the first round of the tourney.

YSU (15-14, 10-8 Horizon) will fall to the sixth seed in the tournament and will host the seven seed, Green Bay. Both teams were playing for the opportunity to nab the third seed in a jumbled Horizon League ladder.  Detroit (18-13, 11-7) seized the opportunity thanks to a balanced scoring attack that featured five players in double figures led by 18 from senior Chase Simon. Leading by two in the final ten seconds, Detroit got a slam by senior Eli Holman to push the lead to four and all but seal the deal. 

Kendrick Perry made a pair from the line and Ray McCallum was quickly fouled with 3.3 remaining.  McCallum missed the front end of the bonus opportunity but the rebound was deflected out of bounds and the Titans held on for the win.  Way to go TITANS!

Glenn Oppenlander

Civil Engineering

Freshman

 

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UDM Programs

Posted by: oppenlgr | February 23, 2012 | No Comment |

Hi Everyone!

                I really appreciate the fact that UDM offers so many opportunities to learn about the school, and all the programs that it offers.  I originally came here for the Physician Assistant program, but I switched majors and am becoming a Civil Engineer.  The reason I came to UDM was because they offered both programs that I was interested in.  I am still debating on becoming a PA and fortunately for me almost all my classes can transfer.  It’s really awesome that I can go to the Life Science’s building and just ask an advisor about the PA program.  I did not schedule an appointment and they allowed me to see the advisor right away.  At other Universities, you have to schedule an appointment, and it may be a while until you see the advisor.  That is one of the reasons why I really love UDM.  There are other people that want to come here for the amazing programs.  This is an excerpt from the UDM website that shows how intrigued people are by the programs offered here.

Transfer/Graduate Open House

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Student Center, Fountain Lounge, 5:30pm-7:30pm EDT

University of Detroit Mercy will host a Transfer/Graduate Open House in the Student Center Fountain Lounge on the McNichols Campus, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit. Students will be given the opportunity to meet with University advisers representing over 60 academic programs, have their questions answered about the University and academic life as well as financial aid.

On-site admission will be offered to students seeking an undergraduate degree. Students interested in on-site admission will need to complete an application for admission prior to the event at www.udmercy.edu/apply and bring student copies of transcripts from all schools previously attended.

Glenn Oppenlander

Civil Engineering

Freshman

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Concrete Canoe

Posted by: oppenlgr | February 16, 2012 | No Comment |

Hey Everyone!

This Saturday is a pretty big day.  It is the last Visit Day of the year, so there will be a lot going on, and many high school students will be contemplating about becoming a UDM Titan.  Also, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) are doing the pouring for the concrete canoe.

There is a challenge among different schools in the state to compete with their, concrete canoes, and race them.  Concrete Canoe is exactly what it sounds like, it’s a canoe made out of concrete.  I think the concept is pretty crazy and awesome at the same time.  Like come on, who makes a canoe out of concrete?!  Well I guess Engineers do.  That is why for the past few months the members of ASCE have been working extremely hard on this project.  They have made different concrete samples and are using the one that works the best.   First, they had to create the molds out of Styrofoam to pour the concrete into.  That was a very long and somewhat difficult process.  Then, they had to sand it down to make it smooth for both molds.  And now, they finally get to do the pouring of the concrete.  There were many other processes that went into creating the concrete canoe, but those were the main points of it.

By the way, for anyone who is interested in pouring concrete, you should definitely stop by the Engineering High Bay to help out.  Anybody who wants to help out can.  You do not have to be an Engineer, so I highly encourage whoever is reading this to help out.  The pouring is going to start this Saturday at 1:00 pm and will go on for a couple of hours.  Well, I know that I’m going to be there so  you all should come.

Glenn Oppenlander

Civil Engineering

Freshman

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