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  • April 17: 人兽性交 hosts U.S. Sen. Peters and National Cyber Director Harry Coker Jr.

    Wednesday April 17, 2024
    More than a dozen students and others pose with Gary Peters and Harry Coker Jr. inside of the Engineering Building High Bay, with Vehicle Cyber Engineering on the wall above.

    U.S. Senator Gary Peters ’84, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and National Cyber Director Harry Coker Jr., visited 人兽性交 Monday to discuss the importance of preparing and recruiting a strong cybersecurity workforce.

    Peters, who earned an MBA from 人兽性交, and Coker visited 人兽性交’s Vehicle Cyber Engineering Program to see how students are engaging in critical cybersecurity labs. They also met with government and industry leaders to emphasize the need to develop a strong cyber workforce for Michigan’s defense and automotive industries.

    In 2021, 人兽性交 received a $1.12-million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to establish the Metro Detroit Regional Vehicle Cybersecurity Institute, a regional cybersecurity consortium. It is designed to expand and enhance the cybersecurity engineering workforce through a curriculum developed in consultation with industry partners. It supports upskilling and reskilling for vehicle cybersecurity by prioritizing underrepresented populations, military personnel and veterans. It includes scholarships to encourage students to enter the field. It received nearly $500,000 in additional funding earlier this year.

    “I was honored to host National Cyber Director Harry Coker Jr. in Michigan today to meet with innovative students and leaders in cybersecurity to discuss the importance of preparing a strong cybersecurity workforce,”?Peters said.?“As cybersecurity threats become increasingly common and complex, we must strengthen our defenses at every level — from our manufacturing and defense industries to health care and critical infrastructure. I am grateful to Director Coker for committing his time to meet with Michiganders and I look forward to continuing to work with him to address the many cybersecurity challenges facing our state and our entire nation.”

    Coker echoed those sentiments.

    “Today in Detroit, we saw not only a hub of innovation but also incredible cyber talent that we so badly need to protect this great nation,” Coker said. “Here in Michigan, there are nearly 10,000 open cybersecurity jobs and almost half of those jobs are in the Detroit area. Building a pipeline of talent to fill these vital positions is imperative to making sure our critical infrastructure and our nation remain secure, a key element of President Biden’s National Cybersecurity Strategy.”

    Coker said he was impressed by the “dedicated ecosystem of startups, schools and industry working together to facilitate that talent and I was particularly impressed by the thoughtfulness of the students.”

    After meeting the students and seeing the University’s programming, he told Peters, “Thank you for exposing me to what had been a hidden gem, is no longer hidden. We will be back.”

    During the visit, Peters and Coker met with 人兽性交 students and faculty to hear firsthand how students are being prepared to enter in-demand cybersecurity jobs across Michigan’s automotive and defense sectors. Peters has long recognized the need to help recruit, develop and retain highly skilled cybersecurity professionals and authored legislation that was?signed into law?to do so for the federal workforce. This law will help federal agencies defend networks and retain qualified cybersecurity employees.

    “It was a pleasure to host Senator Peters and Director Coker. We were excited to hear them talk about our initiatives and successes at 人兽性交,” said Pamela Zarkowski, provost?and vice president for Academic Affairs.?“More importantly, it allowed the Senator and Director to meet with and talk with our students their education and their experiences in cybersecurity.”

    Peters and Coker also met with industry and government officials to discuss how the federal government and industry can work collaboratively to address emerging issues related cybersecurity threats, vehicle cybersecurity, workforce development and artificial intelligence. These conversations were organized to provide insight into how the industry is working to protect against cybersecurity threats.

    Peters and Coker concluded their visit at Michigan Central Station to tour the new site of an innovation district. The space will be used to train and educate people of all ages for high-skilled cybersecurity jobs. Peters and Coker were joined by project leaders to highlight how this hub will help support a vibrant tech workforce in Michigan.

    More than a dozen students and others pose with Gary Peters and Harry Coker Jr. inside of the Engineering Building High Bay, with Vehicle Cyber Engineering on the wall above.

  • April 15: Offer feedback for 人兽性交’s 2024 Strategic Plan virtually and in-person

    Monday April 15, 2024
    A dusk shot of the McNichols entrance of the University of 人兽性交.

    A dusk shot of the McNichols entrance of the University of 人兽性交.人兽性交 community, 人兽性交’s 2024 Strategic Plan is here and the University is offering both virtual and in-person opportunities for you to provide feedback on the plan and its associated initiatives!

    The two virtual sessions (register here by 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 21) are set for Monday, April 22 from 4-5:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 23 from 12:45-2:15 p.m.?These sessions will provide you with an overview of the planning process, introduce you to the two teams behind the plan — A Beacon of Change and For Titans and Detroit — and offer you the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback.

    In addition to the virtual sessions, opportunities are being provided at the McNichols, Corktown and Riverfront campuses to discuss initiatives in person with members of the Strategic Planning Council at the following dates:

    • Riverfront Campus — April 23, 1:30-5 p.m., Law School Atrium
    • McNichols Campus — April 24, 12-1:30 p.m., Fountain Lounge, Student Union
    • McNichols Campus — April 25, 12-1:30 p.m., Library lobby
    • Corktown Campus — April 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Special Functions Room

    人兽性交 is encouraging all employees and students to participate in these opportunities to learn about the Strategic Plan. We look forward to your input!

    The plan was crafted by the Strategic Planning Council after careful consideration from the University community and key stakeholders. It’s a mission-driven plan that addresses many facets of university life, including students, faculty, administrators, alumni and our wider community.

    Register for a virtual session!
  • April 15: De-stress Fest offers prizes, food, games and fun on April 18

    Monday April 15, 2024
    A collage of photos from previous De-Stress Fests featuring students having fun with games and activities is featured on a graphic for 2024 De-Stress Fest. Additional text reads, April 18, 2024, 4-7 p.m., Student Fitness Center. A logo for University Recreation is in the center.

    A collage of photos from previous De-Stress Fests featuring students having fun with games and activities is featured on a graphic for 2024 De-Stress Fest. Additional text reads, April 18, 2024, 4-7 p.m., Student Fitness Center. A logo for University Recreation is in the center.The annual De-stress Fest, set for Thursday, April 18 from 4-7 p.m., is a chance to unwind before finals week at the Student Fitness Center with delicious food, exciting games, prizes and fun with your peers!

    All students are welcome to join the festivities.

  • April 15: Senior send-off event celebrates Class of 2024 on April 25

    Monday April 15, 2024
    A graphic for the Senior Send-Off event on April 25, 4-6 p.m. The event will be held in the Titan Club and features a Champagne Toast with the President, Graduation Cap Decorating, Dinner and Dessert, Beer/Wine cash bar and mocktails, photo both. At the bottom of the graphic reads, scan the QR code to register or go to 人兽性交 Live.

    Prospective graduating seniors, it’s time to take a break from studying for the event of the year! 人兽性交 will host a Senior Send-off for the Class of 2024 on Thursday, April 25 at 4 p.m.

    It’s free for all graduating seniors to attend, but please register in advance!

    This new Senior Send-off event, in addition to the upcoming Destress Fest, will give graduating seniors the opportunity to celebrate the end of the 2023-24 school year, bid farewell to your undergraduate journey and celebrate with friends before moving into the new chapters of life!

    The event features:

    • Champagne toast with the President
    • Free Class of 2024 champagne glass
    • Free food, featuring an exclusive buffet which chicken and vegan options
    • Dessert bar
    • Mocktail bar — Margaritas and strawberry daiquiris
    • Cash only bar — Beer and wine
    • Graduating cap decorating
    • Photo booth

    The event is being hosted by the Student Alumni Leadership Council, Alumni Relations and the Student Life Office. With any questions, please contact Sonya Reyna at reynasv@人兽性交ercy.edu.

    Register now!

    A graphic for the Senior Send-Off event on April 25, 4-6 p.m. The event will be held in the Titan Club and features a Champagne Toast with the President, Graduation Cap Decorating, Dinner and Dessert, Beer/Wine cash bar and mocktails, photo both. At the bottom of the graphic reads, scan the QR code to register or go to 人兽性交 Live.

  • April 15: Learn inclusive teaching practices in laboratory spaces for neurodivergence, April 16

    Monday April 15, 2024

    A virtual learning community development event, “Inclusive Teaching Practices in Laboratory Spaces for Neurodivergence,” with Jennifer Leigh and Orielia Egambaram is set for Tuesday, April 16 at 12:45 p.m.

    Explore social models for inclusive teaching environments in laboratory spaces and academia. Resources for faculty, staff and students to incorporate in their teaching and curricular design will be shared.

    With any questions or for more information, please contact Marwa Abdel Latif at abdellmk@人兽性交ercy.edu.

    Register now!
  • April 15: 人兽性交 to celebrate student, faculty research projects

    Monday April 15, 2024
    A head shot photo of Terrell Strayhorn, wearing a suit.Terrell Strayhorn

    人兽性交 will recognize the academic work of students, staff and faculty at the 16th annual Celebration of Scholarly Achievement (CSA) on Thursday, April 18 on the McNichols Campus.

    This University-wide event will feature traditional research posters, artistic displays, performances, lightning talks, a keynote address by an internationally known speaker and more.

    The event begins noon in the Student Union Ballroom with presentations of more than 150 research and creative exhibits including research posters, lightning talks, costume displays, poetry readings, product demonstrations and more. Box lunches will be available.

    A reception is planned for 4 p.m. in the Ballroom followed by a 5 p.m. presentation by Terrell Strayhorn titled “Fostering Students’ Sense of Belonging and Success through Undergraduate Research Engagement.”

    Drawing on a growing body of empirical evidence and theoretical insights, Strayhorn will highlight how active involvement in research projects, service and creative activities are integral to students achieving their academic goals, building social skills and developing personal identities that foster life-long success.

    Strayhorn is a leading authority in the fields of education, psychology and leadership. He has written more than 12 books and hundreds of academic publications. He is a professor of education and psychology and vice provost at Virginia Union University.

    His talk is designed to inspire educators and administrators to cultivate an environment where research engagement is a key driver of student belonging, engagement, and success.

    All events are free and open to everyone. Registration is required for the keynote speaker.

    CSA events are made possibly through the support of Alliance Catholic Credit Union, the Delta Dental Foundation, ReBUILDetroit and RIIS.

    For more information, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Activities at 313-993-1469.

  • April 15: Prepare for finals week with Study Retreat on April 21

    Monday April 15, 2024
    A graphic for the Study Retreat, Sunday, April 21, Maxis Spirituality Center, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., All transportation and food provided, questions, email lawleran@人兽性交ercy.edu. Also features a 人兽性交 University Ministry logo.

    A graphic for the Study Retreat, Sunday, April 21, Maxis Spirituality Center, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., All transportation and food provided, questions, email lawleran@人兽性交ercy.edu. Also features a 人兽性交 University Ministry logo.University Ministry is hosting a retreat that allows you to bring your school work with you!

    The Study Retreat, set for Sunday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., is a chance to get off campus, study in a quiet and relaxing space and have built-in optional study breaks that provide self-care and spiritual care into your life.

    It will be held at Maxis Spirituality Center in Riverview, Mich. All transportation and food will be provided. The retreat will end on campus with dinner provided by University Ministry.

    We will have time to share home-cooked meals together and be able to enter into finals prepared and equipped with the tools to take care of our whole persons, as our mission calls us to through cura personalis, which is the “care for the whole person, body, mind and soul.”

    There is limited space for this retreat in order to create an ideal study environment for participants.

    The last day to register is Wednesday, April 17 at 5 p.m.

    With any questions or concerns, please contact University Minister for Faith Formation Anna Lawler at 313-993-1925 or lawleran@人兽性交ercy.edu.

    Register here!

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Wednesday April 17, 2024

Phillip Olla, associate professor in the College of Health Professions, served as moderator of a panel at the April 16 MedHealth Summit at Ford Field. The discussion focusing on the use of AI, simulations, virtual and mixed reality and the need for innovative training methods in the healthcare industry.

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