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  • January 24: Updates made to Face Covering (Mask) policy

    Monday January 24, 2022

    Starting Jan. 31, surgical or higher-grade face masks must be worn on all Detroit Mercy campuses. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors to all our campuses. The best protection is offered by N95, KN95, KF-94 or equivalent masks. Disposable surgical masks that fit snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin are also acceptable. The CDC recommends wearing a cloth mask on top of surgical masks to ensure a better fit. Per further CDC guidelines, masks with exhalation vents are not acceptable. Please review the Mask Guidelines in Titans Together.

  • January 24: Research by Detroit Mercy professor, student shows electrician need for BEV adoption

    Monday January 24, 2022

    Research conducted by Detroit Mercy Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Alan Hoback and student Brendan Lubiarz has determined that there needs to be 25% more electricians by 2050 to handle battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) adoption.

    The research, titled “Electrician Demand for Battery Electric Vehicle Charger Installation,” was published as a technical paper by SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers. The report analyzed human behavior and market projections for BEV adoption to determine the number of electricians needed to support the development of BEV infrastructure.

    Hoback and Lubiarz, an Architectural Engineering student from Warren, Mich., surveyed hundreds of homes in southeast Michigan to determine how easily they would be able to install electric vehicle chargers. They also interviewed electricians about installation times for various chargers, and compared the responses to published information on how to estimate construction times.

    “Most people want fast chargers, but they are more expensive to buy and install,” Hoback said.

    However, costs and installation times aren’t limited to consumers desiring a faster charger. Other factors include location of the charger, electrical grids, new electrical lines and ordinances.

    Once the surveying and interviewing were complete, Hoback and Lubiarz created a labor forecast based on the projected total work hours required to install the chargers.

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of electricians is projected to grow 9% between 2020-30. The projections note that more electricians will be required with the growth of alternative power sources, however, Hoback argues that they are not accounting for the sudden need for the installation of BEV chargers.

    “Many of these projections neglect to include or mention the need for help installing a charger at home or anywhere else in public,” he said. “If unaddressed, this could cause a massive labor shortage when the work is needed most.”

    Lubiarz conducted the research through an Electrical Building Systems honors class with Hoback.

    “I’ve been really fortunate to work on a project that can give me a different outlook on my career,” Lubiarz said. “Through this research, I’ve realized how different factors can affect the demand for labor and completely reshape a field.

    “This research is important because it identifies a crucial issue while it can still be addressed. If we begin now, programs can be altered before the demand for labor reaches its maximum.”

    To counter the need for electricians to support BEV infrastructure, Hoback and Lubiarz’s conclusion suggests altering training and education programs.

    “Becoming even an apprentice electrician is a lengthy process that discourages many potential workers, who may be interested in the other benefits if the training time is reduced,” Hoback said. “Until we develop a more attractive training program, it will be a constant struggle to maintain the current number of electricians, let alone grow them.”

  • January 24: Becoming A Better U returns March 19

    Monday January 24, 2022

    A graphic for Detroit Mercy Alumni Relations' Becoming a Better U program.Becoming a Better U returns to campus this spring as the Alumni Relations team invites all faculty, staff, alumni and students to a half day devoted to your personal and professional development.

    The half-day event is set to be held Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the McNichols Campus. Registration opens 8:30 a.m. the morning of the event.

    Workshops cover a wide variety of topics and are sure to have something for everyone.

    Breakfast and free professional headshots are included with the registration fee.

    Click the below link to see a full list of the workshops, as well as to register:

    Register for Becoming A Better U.
  • January 21: A Time to Breathe, Jan. 26

    Friday January 21, 2022

    A Time to Breathe is an opportunity for colleagues to gather for prayer, reflection and sharing over lunch.

    Hosted by the Office of Mission Integration, the next gathering will take place virtually over Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at noon.

    Register for A Time to Breathe.
  • January 21: OMI to host Justice Seminar, Jan. 28

    Friday January 21, 2022

    The Office of Mission Integration is set to host “Justice Seminar: Called to Care for the Stranger” on Friday, Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m.

    The Justice Seminar will explore the Sisters of Mercy’s critical concern of immigration, a concern reflected in the Jesuits’ apostolic preference of walking with the poor and the outcast, and its roots in Catholic social thought.

    At this virtual session, Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, assistant to the President for Mission Integration, will speak on the impact of racism on immigration law and policy through the lens of Catholic social thought.

    Interest attendees are asked to pre-register for the Zoom with the link below.

    Register for the Justice Seminar.
  • January 21: Examen of Consciousness, Jan. 28

    Friday January 21, 2022

    In lieu of the half-day retreat, Fr. Patrick Kelly, SJ, and Sr. Judy Mouch RSM, will be hosting and facilitating an Examen of Consciousness on Friday, Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to noon. It will be held virtually through Zoom.

    The examen is a tried and tested spiritual practice that will provide participants prayerful time to reflect on what is happening in their heart and spirit as we enter this new semester amidst much going on in the world.

    There will also be time to connect with colleagues about the challenges and graces of this unusual time.

    Interested participants are asked to pre-register at the Zoom link below.

    Register for Examen of Consciousness.
  • January 21: Booster clinic to be held Feb. 4

    Friday January 21, 2022

    Detroit Mercy is offering COVID-19 booster shots at a clinic Friday, Feb. 4, at the Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus.

    The clinic will be held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on February 4. Students and employees will be allowed to attend their scheduled appointment regardless of work or class schedule.

    To receive a booster-dose, you must complete the Sign-Up for the February 4th Booster Clinic. The sign-up will remain open until all spots are filled. You will receive an appointment time in the days prior to the clinic.

    Those interested in receiving a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for eligibility.

    Booster-dose clinic FAQs:

    • Only the booster dose will be administered at the Feb. 4 clinic. You must have already received full vaccination and meet the CDC criteria for the booster. Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for eligibility.
    • This clinic is for University of Detroit Mercy students and employees only. At this time, there are no plans to extend the clinic to friends and family or members of the community. If you are unable to attend that date, remember most medical facilities and pharmacy locations offer the booster dose.
    • Our clinic partner, RiteAid Pharmacy, will administer the vaccine. They will not have a copy of your current vaccination card, so you will need to bring proof of vaccination with you to the clinic.
    • You will receive further instruction and information on what to bring with you to the clinic appointment after you have registered.

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Wednesday January 19, 2022

Mitzi Saunders, professor and graduate coordinator for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS) programs, was elected president elect of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She will serve a three-year term, beginning in March 2022. Saunders assumes the role of president elect in March before serving as president for one year from March 2023 to March 2024 and then past president the following year (2024-25). Saunders was awarded a one-year sabbatical from the University in 2023.

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