Great Things at UDM
Below are just some of the distinguishing features and faculty that reflect educational excellence at UDM.
UDM ranks #14 in the "2015 College Choice Ranking"
UDM ranks #14 in the "2015 College Choice Ranking of Regional Universities – Midwest." The "2015 College"Choice Ranking of Regional Universities – Midwest" is based exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to the most recent nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, these factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Each of these factors was weighted equally in the ranking and data was derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.
UDM to award $20,000 and $10,000 Catholic Education University Grants to Catholic school graduates
University of Detroit Mercy, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Detroit Schools, will award a new Catholic Education University Grant of $5,000 annually for four years to qualified graduating seniors who enroll at UDM and have attended Catholic schools from first grade through high school. Students who have attended and graduated from a Catholic high school and enroll at UDM will receive a $2,500 annual Catholic Education University Grant for four years. Both grants will be available to first-time, full-time students entering UDM in fall term 2015.
UDM’s School of Architectrue received an eight-year accredictation from the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB), the new maximum term length.
The School of Architecture is a multiple national award winner from the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards for our innovative “integration of practice and the academy.”
School of Architecture faculty played a key role in the City of Detroit’s “Detroit Future City” project, which has established new cutting edge planning and development ideas for the city.
Associate Professor of Architectrue and Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center Dan Pitera was awarded the 2014 AIA Michigan President’s Award for contributions to the profession.
The School of Architecture is the only school in the area with its own private, custom designed facility in Italy, giving students the chance to spend a full semester in Tuscany for about the same cost as living on campus.
Alumni Week 2014
During its annual Alumni Week, the College of Business Administration brought more than two dozen distinguished alumni and alumnae back to campus as guest speakers, including three who participated in a panel discussion on the future of Detroit. Among the speakers were vice presidents of IBM, Absopure Water, Delphi, Comerica Bank, and Talmer Bank, as well as the head of the FBI’s criminal investigation division for Michigan. Emil Brolick, president and CEO of The Wendy’s Company, received the 2014 Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award.
At the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session held in March 2014, the UDM ADEA chapter received the Award for Outstanding Chapter Organization, which recognizes students who create programs, sponsor events and educational activities and support advances in dental education.
The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) annual Gold Crown Awards recognized Graham Greenland ‘10, current ASDA Chapter President, with the District 6 Delegate of the Year Award for his personal dedication and outstanding achievement on behalf of ASDA and its local chapter members.
Dr. Riyad Al-Qawasmi, associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics, was awarded the American Association of Orthodontists’ 2014 Subtelny, Baker, Eastman Teaching Fellowship Award of $15,000 for research to evaluate the heritability of smile genetics in non-treated siblings.
UDM Engineering Ranks among Top 100 in U.S.
University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science has been named one of the top Engineering programs in the country again in the 2015 edition of the U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges."
Nursing Students Experience Study Abroad
The McAuley School of Nursing debuted its first nursing learn abroad opportunity with students traveling to Dublin, Ireland, in May to immerse themselves in the Mercy tradition while spending time at the original House of Mercy, two hospitals and a school of nursing. Students learned about the life, work and history of Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy. This experience emphasized the meaning of a Mercy-Jesuit, values-based education.
Psychology Provides Summer Enrichment Program
The Doctoral Program was awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Health Career Opportunities Program (HCOP) to provide an educational experience for economically and educationally disadvantaged undergraduates. The grant assisted these students in developing skills to apply for and be accepted into graduate school in a behavioral health profession.
Law Review Symposia
The Law Review at UDM School of Law brings accomplished practitioners and legal academics to the School of Law to speak on a variety of timely legal topics. The 2014 Law Review Symposium was entitled Going to Seed: Urban Agriculture in Distressed Cities. It featured Canadian and American (both national and local) scholars and activists involved in the legal issues surrounding the urban farming movement. UDM’s own Dan Pitera, associate professor in the School of Architecture and director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, delivered the keynote address. Prior symposia have focused on immigration policy and economic growth, intellectual property law, and the jurisprudence of Justice Clarence Thomas.
Titan Classic Sports: The new 24-hour TV network
This fall, UDM partnered with WADL-TV to launch the Titan Classic Sports Network, a new channel devoted to Detroit Titans sports 24 hours a day! It is only the third network in the country dedicated to the athletics of a single university, broadcasting games from decades of University sports history.