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
Library is a Literary Landmark
UDM's McNichols Library is designated a literary landmark in honor of Dudley Randall, the former Detroit poet laureate and University librarian.
Architecture Magazines Recognize SOA
In 2012, Architectural Record magazine listed UDM SOA as one of 9 universities in the country with outstanding community design programs. In 2010 Architect magazine named UDM SOA one of 6 schools in the country committed to social justice.
Alumnae Recognized for Success
Three outstanding College of Business Administration alumnae were recognized at the 2013 Commencement. Jane Kay Nugent ’48, a pioneer among female business leaders, received the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, and Jennifer Schneider ‘00, President of the College Alumni Board, addressed the graduates on behalf of alumni. Kaitlin Avery ’13, who received the Cavanagh Scholarship for her extensive service-learning projects, which became the source of her senior honors thesis, served as the Valedictorian.
Renewed Funding to the Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs received renewed funding of over $300,000 for UDMSD’s pipeline programs. The grant funds assist pre-doctoral and pre-hygiene students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programs help underrepresented minorities (URM) learn about the opportunities in the oral health care profession. Additionally, the funding will assist in the educational development of URM allied health faculty, along with providing resources for the UDMSD Sealant Program.
Leader in Robotics Competitions
In the past seven years, the UDM robotics team has placed first three times and third twice in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC), fourth in the ASME Student Design Competition (a robotic window washer), and third in the ASME Innovation Show (a robotic assistive device) . . . all national competitions involving well over 100 engineering colleges.
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.
Law Clinics Address Community Legal Needs
The UDM School of Law provides legal outreach services to approximately 2,100 clients through the following community clinics:
- Veterans’ Appellate Clinic—State Appellate Defenders' Office
- Criminal Trial Clinic
- Immigration Law
- Juvenile Law Appellate Clinic
- Mediation Training and Clinic
- Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic
- Veterans' Appellate Clinic
- Urban Law Clinic
- Veterans' Law
The clinics are now housed in the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center in the Water Buhl Ford III Hall, a beautifully renovated historic firehouse adjacent to Dowling Hall on UDM's Riverfront Campus.
Detroit Titans Postseason Highlight
The 2013 Titans made four postseason appearances (two NCAA appearances), three conference players of the year, two conference championships, one All-American, and the unique status of being among the nation's best Division I-AAA schools. During the 2012-13 season only four of the 32 Division I universities that all compete in men's and women's basketball, men's lacrosse and women's golf reached the postseason. Detroit was the only DI-AAA member in the group, which included three powerhouse programs, Duke, North Carolina and Notre Dame, all of which will be in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2013-14.