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UDM Students, Faculty and Staff Celebrate Spirit!

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September 03, 2014

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy faculty, staff and students gather in Calihan Hall for the annual "Celebrate Spirit!" event. This longstanding tradition is a symbol of the beginning of the new academic year for students, faculty and staff and will include a worship service for all faiths, picnic lunch and student organization fair.

Celebrate Spirit!

The Mass of the Holy Spirit service will take place on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Calihan Hall, led by Rev. Simon Hendry, S.J., welcoming people of all faith traditions to ask God's blessing on the new school year. Following the program, the University community will gather for a picnic and student organization fair around the Fisher Fountain at 1 p.m. Students attending "Celebrate Spirit!" will be given a ticket to be entered into a drawing for prizes, including an iPad, Alternative Spring Break Trip and gift cards at the picnic. Classes will resume at 2:30 p.m.

"Celebrate Spirit!" gathers the entire University community together to rededicate everyone to UDM's mission, to renew friendships, and to welcome new friends. The yearly event is part of a religious tradition that dates back to the great European universities in the Middle Ages who celebrated the new school year.

The guest speaker for the presentation of "Reflect. Imagine. Transform" will be Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz, the Roshan Institute Chair in Persian Language and Literature and Director of the Roshan Institute Center for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland. Dr. Keshavarz is an alumna of Shiraz University and the University of London. She taught at Washington University for 20 years, and chaired the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literature from 2004-2011. She has published numerous books, poems, and journal articles, and is the recipient of the Peabody Award and the Herschel Walker Peace and Justice Award.

This event's activities are open to the entire University of Detroit Mercy community. All are encouraged to attend and receive inspiration as we recommit ourselves to living the UDM Mission in the city of Detroit.

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