Great Things 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
UDM Recognized for Community Service
University Named to Co-op Hall of Honor
University of Detroit Mercy was inducted into the Co-op Hall of Honor in 2011 in recognition of its commitment for the past 100 years to cooperative education, and for its example and leadership, which has contributed to the advancement of cooperative education. The University was the fourth required co-op program established in the country and the first in Michigan.
Library Collections Now Online
University Libraries and Instructional Design Studio now has numerous unique university collections available online including the Commencement book collection; official history books of the University, the Varsity News student newspaper from 1917 forward, issues of Dichotomy, Architecture's student journals, and [SIC], the students arts journal published by the English department's Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture. A librarian is on duty all open hours to assist in your research.
Acceptance rates of UDM graduates to medical and dental schools are approximately double the national average.
Student Service Trips
University Ministry offers multiple service trips throughout the academic year: Alternative Winter Break (AWB) in early January, Alternative Spring Break (ASB) in mid-March, and the International Service Experience (ISE) in late April/early May.
These trips provide students an opportunity to see the world in a different light and build relationships of solidarity with one another. Participation gives students and colleagues a chance to live the charisms of the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. During the 2013-2014 school year, 70 students and colleagues traveled to such locations as New Orleans, Tuscaloosa, AL, Detroit, Chicago, Sacramento, Salem, WV and New Jersey to help those in need: building and rebuilding, dealing with immigration issues, hunger and homelessness, urban and rural poverty, and environmental sustainability.
Service Learning Classes
More than 90 courses across the University incorporate Service Learning in classes, resulting in course-related, direct services to the poor and marginalized in our community. Throughout the school year, approximately 1,800 UDM student volunteers provide service in conjunction with approximately 140 community service agencies.
Two Historically Significant Archives
The McNichols Library hosts two historically significant archives: the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive, which houses the papers of Fr. James Carney, S.J., a missionary whose life was dedicated to social justice for the poor and landless in Honduras; and the Black Abolitionists Archives, which houses a collection of materials documenting the efforts of more than 300 men and women involved in the abolitionist movement from 1760-1829.
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.
Michigan's Largest Catholic Institution of Higher Education
UDM is Michigan's largest Catholic institution of higher education and is sponsored by two religious orders: the Society of Jesus and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community.
During FY 2011-2012, 82 percent of UDM students received some form of financial assistance, totaling more than $129 million. The University provides scholarship support to students, averaging nearly $50 million annually.
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 US 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.
University of Detroit Mercy Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools® Designation
Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named University of Detroit Mercy to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
UDM Named in Top 10 Michigan Colleges with Best Return on Investment
University of Detroit Mercy has the seventh highest return on investment (ROI), in the State of Michigan, according to a list provided by Affordable Colleges Online. The data comes exclusively from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and the Carnegie Foundation.
Affordable Colleges Online is a website that assists students in identifying affordable college options and providing information about financial aid, college rankings as well as other factors that prospective students should consider when making a choice.
Schools were ranked by various factors including public or private institutions, tuition costs and their accreditations.
UDM Celebrates Scholarly Research
UDM held the eighth annual Celebration of Scholarly Achievement on April 16, highlighting research, writing and presentations by University faculty and students. For this year, the event boasted four books, 16 book chapters, 86 journal articles and 38 conference proceedings articles published by UDM authors. The Celebration also featured 66 poster presentations, five electronic presentations, four oral presentations and one non-print project.
Jesuit Superior General Meets with UDM Officials
On Oct. 11, Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus, met for the first time with all presidents and board of trustee chairs of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. During this historic meeting at Loyola University Chicago, Fr. Nicolás shared his thoughts on how the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola can inspire the presidents' and chairs' leadership of their institutions. Read the article for more.
UDM Offers Programs at WCCCD Eastside Campus
An agreement between University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and WCCCD allows students to take advanced courses from UDM in a variety of subjects either at WCCCD’s University Center (Harper Woods) or online. The UDM courses and degrees include a graduate certificate in finance; bachelor’s programs in health information management and social work; and master’s degree programs in educational administration, curriculum and instruction, and mathematics teaching. This convenient eastside location provides students in the St. Clair Shores, Eastpointe and Grosse Pointe communities an easier way to complete their degrees.
UDM Michigan Scholars Endowment Fund to Help Michigan Students Attend College
University of Detroit Mercy has established a Michigan Scholars Endowment Fund to increase the enrollment of academically talented Michigan high school graduates. Through the generosity of the Mary G. Stange Charitable Trust, which has pledged $1,000,000, UDM has begun to raise a match of $2 million for this newly created endowment scholarship fund. This 2:1 challenge grant will match gifts of all sizes for this endowment. When the challenge has concluded, at least $3,000,000 will have been raised to provide significant scholarship support for a distinguished group of high school graduates to attend UDM. The scholarship will be renewable annually. The challenge solicitation period began July 1, 2012 and will conclude on December 31, 2014.
Design Center Makes a Difference in Detroit
The School of Architecture's Detroit Collaborative Design Center is recognized worldwide for its exemplary work in community-based design. Their current work as leaders of the community engagement process for the Detroit Future City project for the city of Detroit received excellent feedback and promises to be groundbreaking in the field of urban design for post-industrial cities.
The School of Architecture has two great study abroad programs that allow students to complete a full semester in Europe. This year the School opened a newly renovated private facility in Volterra, Italy that gives students the chance to study for a full semester in Italy in a world class learning environment.
Dental Student Groups Win Recognition
The UDM chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) was recognized March 8 with a national award as the most improved chapter, during the ASDA's annual meeting in Atlanta. Across the country, at the annual meeting of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Seattle, the UDM ADEA student chapter was honored with both the Distinguished Chapter Award and Best Membership Communication Award by the ADEA Council of Students, Residents and Fellows, March 18.
New Degree Options
New E&S degree program options have been added:
- Architectural Engineering
- Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering- one of only five programs in the nation
- New Bachelor of Engineering program with focus in Environmental Engineering for international students from China
- Advanced Electric Vehicle Certificate program, now available online
- Master's Program in Mathematics Education (MATM) now available online
McAuley Health Center Locations Provide Primary Care
UDM's McAuley Health Center services are now available in Detroit at:
- Samaritan Center on the east side of Detroit
- Schulze School in Northwest Detroit
- Joy-Southfield Health and Education Center on the Westside
The locations allow MHC to nearly double the number of patients served annually, and to increase nursing students' experience in the city of Detroit. Last year, the centers provided care to approximately 2,800 patients
Nursing Professor Carla Groh Recognized
Professor of Nursing Carla Groh was inducted as a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing (ANA), at the Academy's annual meeting, Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C. Selection for fellowship in the Academy, which is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research, is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing.
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 Grace Jacek will participate in the project, which is anticipated to start in October. Out of 172 AHA grant proposals submitted, Stepping into Health is one of 29 that were funded.
Interim Dean Troy Harris (replaces Dean Lloyd Semple)
Interim Dean Troy Harris is equally accomplished as a practicing lawyer and as a legal scholar. His academic credentials include a J.D. from the University of Michigan, a PhD in Legal History at the University of Chicago, and a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. Before coming to UDM School of Law, he practiced international commercial arbitration and construction law with the Atlanta office of King & Spalding for more than a decade. He also has taught at Cornell Law School, Emory Law School and the College of Management at Georgia Institute of Technology. Interim Dean Harris is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Executive Committee of its North American Branch. His Scholarship focuses on international arbitration and commercial law.
The UDM School of Law provides legal outreach services to approximately 2,100 clients through the following community clinics:
- Appellate Advocacy Clinic—State Appellate Defenders' Office
- Criminal Trial Clinic
- Immigration Law
- Juvenile Law Appellate Clinic
- Mediation Training and Clinic
- Mortgage Foreclosure Defense 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.
Dean's Advisory Board
The Dean's Advisory Board included lawyers, judges, and other actively involved in the legal profession from across the country who advises the School about how best to prepare UDM law graduates, keeping UDM School of Law current with the changing demands of the profession.
Mobile Law Office
UDM School of Law is the only school in the nation to have a mobile law office that travels Michigan and the nation assisting veterans through Project SALUTE, our Veteran's Clinic.
Law Review Symposia
The Law Review at UDM School of Law has brought accomplished practitioners and legal academics to the School of Law to speak on a variety of timely legal topics. The 2013 Law Review Symposium, entitled Global Michigan: Immigration and Economic Growth, featured Governor Rick Synder as its keynote speaker and also included leading legal academics and policy makers from throughout the United States and Canada. Prior symposia have focused on intellectual property law, the jurisprudence of Justice Clarence Thomas, and Michigan's no-fault insurance scheme. This year's symposium will focus on urban agriculture.
The faculty members at the School of Law make presentations throughout the country, and their scholarship is published in a wide variety of journals throughout the United States. For example, in Fall 2013, Professor Peggy Costello will speak at the University of Iowa School of Law at a symposium that also features professors from the law schools at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and Washington University in St. Louis. In Summer 2013, Professor Cara Cunningham organized a highly successful conference (hosted by UDM School of Law) on Law and Education in the Americas: Comparative Perspectives. Recent faculty scholarship has appeared in or is forthcoming in a variety of journals, including the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy, the Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Right and Social Justice, the Clinical Law Review and others.