Great Things at UDM
Below are just some of the distinguishing features and faculty that reflect educational excellence at UDM.
Great Things University-wide
UDM Increases Standing in U.S. News RankingFor the thirteenth year, UDM ranks among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges"More
White House Representatives Visit UDM Campus
During the White House representatives’ visit to Detroit on Sept. 27, 2013, the White House announced the awarding of nearly $300 million to the City of Detroit from government, philanthropic and private sources. On the same day, the University of Detroit Mercy hosted a private discussion among a small interfaith, interdenominational group of local religious leaders and members of the Obama Administration. Among the guests were Secretary Shaun Donovan, Housing and Urban Development; Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council; and Don Graves, a deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Treasury and executive director of President Barack Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Graves is the administration's point person on the federal response to the financial crisis in Detroit. The meeting was an excellent exchange of ideas and recommendations among some of Detroit’s major religious leaders, including Archbishop Allen Vigneron and Bishop Don Hanchon.
The UDM Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (our central extra curricular student organization) won the Chapter Honor Award for 2011 –recognized as the best AIAS Chapter in North America.
Students Reflect Academic Quality
The College welcomed its largest freshman class in more than 20 years this fall, without sacrificing student quality. Incoming freshmen averaged 23.3 on the ACT, compared with a national average of 20.9 and an average of 19.9 for the State of Michigan.
ADEA/Zimmer Dental Implant Education Teaching Award
The Department of Restorative Dentistry received the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/Zimmer Dental Education Teaching Award in the amount of $25,000. The national award was presented to the dental educator team and the institution in recognition of their commitment to excellence and innovation in the field of implant dentistry education.
Student Chemistry Chapter Recognized
UDM’s Student Member Chapter of the American Chemical Society has been recognized with 18 awards in the last 18 years, 11 of them "Outstanding." This reflects the students who are very active in classrooms and lab, and outside of the classroom, propelling them to leadership in research and medical professions.
McAuley Health Center Wins Grant
The McAuley Health Center was awarded a grant by the American Heart Association (AHA) for "Stepping into Health," a community-based project to provide exercise and nutrition classes to underinsured and uninsured women with or at risk for cardiovascular disease. Professor Carla Groh and Associate Professor Patricia Rouen of the McAuley School of Nursing are the co-project directors with Nurse Practitioner Elizabeth Nagle. As part of her scholarship, Doctor of Nursing Practice student Grace Jacek will participate in the project out of 172 AHA grant proposals submitted. Stepping into Health is one of only 29 projects that were funded.
Communications Studies Professor Premieres Documentary
A documentary written, produced and directed by Assistant Professor of Communications Studies Jason Roche premiered at the Detroit Historical Museum in October.
The documentary, Stealing Home, highlights a group of determined Detroiters who have fought the blight and restored the grounds where Detroit's historic Tiger Stadium once stood. Watch a preview of Stealing Home on YouTube.
UDM Law Alumni
A loyal and highly regarded community of UDM Law alumni live and work throughout the U.S. and beyond, many of whom make themselves available to visit with current students at a Lunch With a Lawyer, a Preparing to Practice session, and more.
Michigan Emmy Given to Detroit Titans Court Report
Over the last three years, the Detroit Titans Court Report has profiled and followed the University of Detroit Mercy men's basketball team from the start of the season all the way through its postseason achievements. For its extraordinary programming last year, the series on FOX Sports Detroit won another Michigan Emmy for Outstanding Documentary (Historical) for the season’s first episode, Legends & Traditions.