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 hosts GM Student Corps
The second GM Student Corps concluded its summer community initiatives on Aug. 19 with a day focused on college life at UDM's McNichols Campus. One hundred-six paid high school interns representing 12 schools, including the seven schools GM supports through the United Way Network of Excellence and Flint Southwestern Academy, spent the summer cleaning parks and schools, clearing bushes, planting flowers and shrubs, painting weather-beaten equipment and tackling other improvement projects they selected, planned and budgeted. They also took part in weekly life skills training sessions, toured GM facilities and businesses, and explored career and college opportunities. Sixty retired GM employees served as program mentors and volunteers. Thirteen UDM students were also hired as GM summer interns to provide additional guidance and project support.
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.
New Commerce Scholarship
Incoming freshmen with a high school grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, a composite ACT score of 30 or higher and significant community service or leadership experience will qualify for our new Commerce Scholarship, worth $25,000 per year. Additional scholarships are also available. Applicants to the MBA program who score 600 or higher on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) quality for a 50% reduction in tuition.
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.
College of Engineering & Science Hosts Student Research Symposium
University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science hosted its second annual Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposium in October 2014 to showcase student research in the College and raise greater awareness of the engineering and science fields to Detroit area high school students. The event was attended by 200 visiting high school students, with 100 E&S students and faculty presenting 60 research posters.
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.
CLAE Hosts First Sports Journalism Conference
The Communication Studies Department hosted its first sports journalism conference for high school students to highlight careers in sports communication. Students had the opportunity to speak with experts, including Tom Leyden, Channel 7 sports anchor; Lynn Henning, The Detroit News Tigers beat reporter; Joanne Gherstner, former espnW editor; Perry Farrell, Detroit Free Press sports reporter and Michael Happy, Fox Sports Detroit.
Law Firm Program
The School of Law offers specialty courses in the School’s Law Firm Program including:
- Advising Entrepreneurs in New Business Start-ups
- Anatomy of a Business Transaction
- Children and the Law
- Environmental Law
- Family Law
- Intellectual Property
- Pre-trial Criminal Advocacy
- Small Firm Practice
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.