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Last month, TeamSmile partnered with University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Dentistry and Clinic and the Detroit Lions to provide free oral health care to students at Loving Elementary School.

University of Detroit Mercy was proud to honor the academic commitment of two exceptional faculty members at our 2014 Faculty Excellence Awards, held earlier this month.

UDM Law will host a Legal Writing Institute Workshop with the topic, "Reaching, Teaching and Employing Today's Evolving Law Student," on Friday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. This event is co-hosted by University of Windsor Faculty of Law.

Physician Assistant students from University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions will be hosting a “Be the Match” bone marrow registry drive this week in the McNichols Campus Library.

University of Detroit Mercy would like to congratulate the School of Law’s Moot Court Board of Advocates, whose three teams placed high in national competitions over the weekend. The teams’ briefs finished at or near the top of competitions in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio.

University of Detroit Mercy and the three other institutions that make up the Detroit Area Catholic Higher Education Consortium (DACHEC) met on Nov. 10 to reaffirm the agreement that exists for the institution’s undergraduate students

University of Detroit Mercy will host a memorial event in honor of the 25th anniversary of the killings of Jesuit martyrs and civilians in San Salvador, El Salvador. The event, “Blood and Ink: The Challenge of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador Today,” will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 113 on UDM's McNichols Campus

The 15th annual University of Detroit Mercy Ethics Bowl, held Oct. 31, 2014, was once again an engaging campus-wide event as UDM student teams impressed judges with their answers to difficult ethical questions. After five hours of intense ethical debate, “I Think, Therefore I Win” came out on top and will be representing the University at the regional Ethics Bowl competition at Harper College in Chicago on Nov. 15.

University of Detroit Mercy student-athletes have once again received high marks in the annual Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figures released Tuesday, Oct. 28 by the NCAA. For the tenth straight year, the school ranks among the top five in the state with a score above 80 percent. The Titans finished with an overall score of 81 percent, while also having four teams with perfect scores.

TeamSmile is partnering with University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Dentistry and the Detroit Lions to provide free dental care to students at the New Paradigm Loving Academy. The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the New Paradigm Loving Academy, 1000 Lynn St., Detroit, MI 48211.

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 15 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.

A consortium of University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University has been awarded $21.2 million over five years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to implement a program encouraging more undergraduate students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture welcomes E.B. Min and Jeffrey L. Day of Min | Day Architects to speak as part of the SOA's 2014-15 Lecture Series. The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Exhibition Center in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on the McNichols Campus.

University of Detroit Mercy’s James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) welcomes Karla Lara to speak about the challenges occurring in the Latin American country of Honduras. The event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Ford Life Science Building, Room 113 on the McNichols Campus. The night will feature an interactive lecture and concert focusing on the political and social problems in Honduras.

Pounds of Snickers, Reese’s, Hershey and Twix bars were handed out to brave little goblins and ghouls visiting University of Detroit Mercy for the 25th annual Safety Street.

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science presents its second annual Student Research Symposium, Friday, Oct. 17 from 9:30 a.m.-noon in the Engineering Building High Bay.

The Emerging Leaders Program welcomes guest speaker and UDM alumnus John Kyees '74 on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The event is open to all students and will focus on the topic of team leadership in the workplace.

University of Detroit Mercy has been awarded a $702,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Professionals program.

University of Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering & Science is proud to be ranked in the 2015 edition of the U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges" guide. For the second year, U.S.News & World Report ranked the College's Engineering program among the best nationally.

High school students are invited to attend University of Detroit Mercy’s "Visit Day" on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon. Events will be held in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Center Building on the University’s McNichols Campus.

University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture (SOA) welcomes Enterprise Rose Fellow Ceara O'Leary to speak on "Fellowships in Community Development" as part of the SOA's 2014-15 Lecture Series.

University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University athletic departments have branded an annual rivalry called the Metro Series, driven by Trinity Transportation, which will be awarded to the school with the most head-to-head victories over the course of the academic year. The Titans and Golden Grizzlies will announce the rivalry at the Somerset Collection in Troy on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m.

University of Detroit Mercy's Detroit Sports History & Journalism class, taught by Professor Tom Stanton, will welcome retired NFL player Wallace "Wally" Triplett III for a Q&A on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 9:55 a.m. in the Jane & Walter O. Briggs Building Room 117 on UDM's McNichols Campus.

Highland Park native and University of Detroit Mercy graduate Michael Ford '06 will speak at the School of Architecture to discuss his hip-hop influenced exhibit.

A groundbreaking ceremony kicked off Phase I of the Livernois Streetscape Enhancement Project on Wednesday, September 17 across from University of Detroit Mercy's (UDM) McNichols Campus. The project will include pedestrian-oriented media improvements, sidewalk enhancements and new landscaping on Livernois Avenue from the Lodge Freeway to 8 Mile Road. Phase I has begun and is scheduled to be completed in November.

Beginning this fall, University of Detroit's Mercy's College of Engineering & Science has partnered with Seelio, a student portfolio network to help students in the competitive job hunt.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host its 102nd annual Red Mass and Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at noon. The Mass will be held at Detroit's historic Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, 629 East Jefferson Avenue, which is immediately adjacent to the Riverfront Campus. Mass will be followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium of the School. The Catholic Lawyers Society is co-sponsoring the Mass this year.

For the 25th consecutive year, UDM will host its annual Midnight Bicycle Tour of Detroit on Friday, Sept. 19 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

For the 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” rankings. UDM was also featured this year in the publication’s “A-Plus Schools for B Students” category.

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.

University of Detroit Mercy is one of three Michigan schools to receive nearly $700,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

UDM President Antoine Garibaldi was the featured guest on WXYZ-TV Channel 7's Spotlight on the News show, hosted by Chuck Stokes, the station's Editorial/Public Affairs director. The half-hour show about University of Detroit Mercy highlighted the University’s academic quality and students, special programs and community outreach, how UDM is working with civic and community leaders on rebuilding the city and its neighborhoods and our institution's future.

DETROIT – The second GM Student Corps ended today as General Motors executives, GM retiree mentors and GM student interns gathered to celebrate their summer of community revitalization. For many students and retirees, though, it’s only the beginning of new relationships aimed at helping students develop the teamwork and leadership skills to continue their success.

University of Detroit Mercy, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Detroit, will award a new Catholic Education University Grant of $5,000 annually for four years to qualified graduating seniors who enroll at UDM and attended Catholic schools from first grade through high school.

Looking for some cool events to heat up the rest of your summer? Look no further than Livernois Avenue, where the quickly developing area has a jam-packed calendar for the last full month of summer. Check out these great activities:

DETROIT, Mich. – On July 30, 2014, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) granted certification to the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s Intellectual Property Clinic. UDM joins 46 other law schools to receive USPTO certification. UDM law students will draft and file patent applications for clients and gain experience answering Office Actions and communicating with patent examiners regarding the IP Clinic’s applications. The selection committee chose UDM’s Intellectual Property Clinic based on its solid IP curriculum, pro bono legal services to the public, and community networking and outreach efforts.

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy faculty, staff and students gather in Calihan Hall for the annual "Celebrate Spirit!" event. This longstanding tradition symbolizes 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.

This fall, University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration will offer a new course from John Naglick, Jr., finance director & interim treasurer for the City of Detroit, on a subject with which Naglick has significant experience: “Accounting During a Cash Crisis.”

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is one of seven law establishments around the country to receive a $15,000 project grant from The American Bar Association. Grants are given through the Legal Access Job Corps initiative established by ABA President James R. Silkenat and are available to bar associations, courts, law schools or other groups that propose to employ new lawyers in innovative ways to address the legal needs of poor or moderate-income individuals.

niversity of Detroit Mercy will welcome Chris Dorle, of the City Systems Working Group for Detroit Future City, on July 22 at 6 p.m. in the Engineering Building, room E-212. Dorle will be discussing "Transit and Community Development" for the city of Detroit.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will hold a press conference on Thursday, July 17, 2014 to roll out the new “Military and Veterans Legal Resource Guide,” written by University of Detroit Mercy’s Veterans Law Clinic, at the request of the Attorney General’s Office.

University of Detroit Mercy is pleased to announce that the College of Engineering & Science has received a $50,000 award from the Denso North America Foundation. The funding will be used to explore multi-vehicle safety in order to keep pace with the rapidly changing technology of advanced vehicle development.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will honor retired Administrative Law Judge Roy Roulhac ‘75 on Tuesday, July 15 in the atrium of the school’s Riverfront Campus. A cocktail reception begins at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation by Roulhac, titled “From Busboy to Barrister: Reflections on Life as a Lawyer, Genealogist, Author, and Administrative Law Judge.”

SOUTHFIELD, MI – University of Detroit Mercy will become the 15th campus member of the longstanding private college collaborative, Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA). Founded in 1949, MCA is recognized nationally for its collective programming to support Michigan independent higher education in areas such as student access, enrollment, scholarships and career opportunities including partnerships with key employers across the state. As a group, the 15 college and university members represent more than 40,000 students, collectively the state’s “third largest university”.

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science is offering a series of camps this summer aimed at students currently in grades 4 through 12. These programs will allow participants to explore science, technology, engineering and math through the most current methods of innovation with fun, hands-on and engaging activities in a college setting. Space is limited, so sign up today! Please visit the summer camps page for full program details.

University of Detroit Mercy's College of Business Administration recently received two major awards for its hard work in helping our city and the community.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is the venue host for a job fair to be conducted by the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) on Friday, May 30, 2014, from noon to 4 p.m. at the School’s Riverfront Campus, located at 651 East Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit. The DLBA will conduct open interviews to hire forty part-time Event Support Associates and four full-time Customer Service/Intake Support Staff Members. Applicants are asked to bring a copy of their resumé with them. Additional details about the positions may be found on the School of Law’s website at www.law.udmercy.edu.

University of Detroit Mercy congratulates Religious Studies major Lakshimi-Kamra Head-Hancock, who received this year’s Vivere ex Missione award.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law student Nicholas Siewert made school history on Friday, May 9, when the Grosse Pointe Woods man became the first law school graduate to include a marriage proposal on stage during the commencement ceremony.

Dental grads achieve degree goals.

For 25 years, University of Detroit Mercy students have learned valuable life lessons by performing hands-on community outreach around the country and beyond as part of the University’s Alternative Spring Break program.

University of Detroit Mercy will hold its annual commencement ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students on Saturday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m. in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus.

"Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone." -Martina Navritilova Nobody lives that statement more than Kelsey Kleimola, Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2004, a 29-year-old women with celebral palsy and mother of two from Ypsilanti. She will be speaking on Thursday, April 29, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the College of Engineering and Science Building, Room #320 (McNichols) about overcoming challenges and how the assistive devices that UDM students made for her have helped her lead a full and productive life.

Dr. Nihad Dukhan, professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research and assess a new approach for enhancing teaching thermodynamics at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in Turkey. He will be teaching through the 2014-2015 academic year, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

University of Detroit Mercy honored seven distinguished alumni on April 11, 2014, when it hosted the inaugural Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards in the Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus.

Enjoy a spring evening on the Avenue of Fashion when Art Detroit Now’s “Third Thursday” program, which aims to draw patrons to Detroit’s many art galleries and venues, extends to Livernois Avenue on Thursday, April 17.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is home to one of the nation’s Top 20 Clinical Law Programs, according to a recent ranking by National Jurist magazine. This accolade reflects the strong commitment by UDM Law to developing the program, which provides excellent opportunities for legal learning to students while offering important services to the community at no cost.

Nearly 500 people joined University faculty, staff, students and alumni on Saturday, March 29 for Accepted Students Day on the University’s McNichols campus. Almost 200 high school students joined their parents and families for a day exploring campus life, Student Fitness Center activities and nearly every academic building, learning about the University’s strong academic experiences and individual attention at UDM.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) University of Detroit Mercy Student Chapter will host the organization’s 2014 North Central Student Conference March 28-30, 2014, marking the first time the conference will be held at UDM.

The heartwarming comedic drama Memory House will complete The Theatre Company’s 43rd season at the University of Detroit Mercy. Directed by David Regal, this moving account of a daughter, a mother, a paper and a pie is an emotionally charged story of learning and letting go. Kathleen Tolan’s Memory House will run six performances, March 28 through April 6, at the intimate 90 seat setting of the Grounds Coffeehaus on the UDM McNichols campus. Tickets are available by calling 313-­‐993-­‐3270.

University of Detroit Mercy will host and co-sponsor “Urban Health Issues: Impact of the Affordable Care Act,” an informational conference for healthcare professionals and interested students, on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 7:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus.

The annual McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, located immediately adjacent to the School of Law at 629 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit. This year's lecturer is Prof. Sarah (Sally) Barringer Gordon, Professor of Constitutional Law and History at the University of Pennsylvania. During her lecture, Gordon will discuss the history of American Catholicism and its engagement in corporate law, especially in the early national period.

The seventh annual Cushing Distinguished Lecture in Religious Studies presents the 2014 George Pickering Memorial Lecture in Ethics. The talk will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 7:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. in the Student Center Fountain Lounge on the McNichols Campus. The event will feature "Catholic women and gender equality: Models of renewal since Vatican II," by Lisa Sowle Cahill, the J. Donald Monan Professor of Theology at Boston College.

Kerry Weber, associate editor of the national Catholic weekly America Magazine will visit University of Detroit Mercy on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center, Fountain Lounge on the McNichols Campus to talk with students on modern faith. She’ll also discuss her new book, Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job.

"DETROIT: Beyond Bankruptcy" University of Detroit Mercy's College of Business Administration will hold its annual Alumni Week March 17-21, 2014. More than two dozen distinguished UDM business alumni and alumnae will return to campus to deliver guest lectures and presentations, including John Naglick, ’78, MBA ‘ 83, Finance Director and Interim Treasurer for the City of Detroit.

University of Detroit Mercy welcomes two new members to the Board of Trustees: Angelo Vitale of Quicken Loans and Nancy Susick of Beaumont Health Systems.

In 1820, fugitives from slavery in the American South began showing up at harbors such as Sandusky, Cleveland, Fairport, and Ashtabula on the southern shore of Lake Erie. These and other places soon joined the Detroit River and the Niagara frontier as major crossing points for freedom seekers going to Canada.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation the University of Detroit Mercy in partnership with the Chrysler Group LLC announces four free performances of the multimedia docudrama Jordan Anderson Writes A Letter. Written by UDM Theatre Professor Dr. Arthur J. Beer, Jordan Anderson Writes A Letter will be performed on the University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols campus in the Life Science Building room 113 on February 21 and 22, 2014. To reserve your seat please call 313-993-3270. Donations are encouraged.

The University of Detroit Mercy announces the appointment of Phyllis L. Crocker as the Dean of the School of Law, effective July 1, 2014. Crocker joins UDM from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, where she is a Professor of Law and recently served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “The University looks forward to welcoming Professor Crocker to the University of Detroit Mercy community and seeing the many contributions she will make in advancing the School of Law,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H.

High school students are invited to attend University of Detroit Mercy’s “Visit Day” on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon. It will be held in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Center Building on the University’s McNichols Campus.

Many children in Detroit will have a lot more to smile about. With the help of dentists, dental hygienists, faculty, staff and students, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry will provide free oral health care services to more than 150 children from low-income families on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on UDM's Corktown Campus.

Obsessed with celebrities? Jane Martin’s screwball comedy about America’s fixation with celebrity and fame continues The Theatre Company’s 43rd season at University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Arthur J. Beer directs this hilarious comedy that takes direct aim at Hollywood and celebrity culture. Somebody/Nobody runs six performances, February 7 through 16, at the Marygrove Theatre.

For the past 29 years, University of Detroit Mercy Marketing Professor Michael Bernacchi has hosted thousands of high school students on campus for his annual “Super Bowl Ad Nauseum,” an event held the day after the Super Bowl aimed to inform high school students on the advertising methods used during the game and discuss the effectiveness of the spots. For the first time, Bernacchi will be adding a pregame event when he hosts his first annual “Super Bowl Blast,” for University alumni, students and friends. This event, to be held Thursday, Jan. 30 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Chemistry Building, room 114 on the McNichols Campus, will be different.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with University of Detroit Mercy friends who care about hunger and homelessness in our community. UDM in partnership with U of D Jesuit High School are sponsoring the “Valentine Soup Supper and Concert” on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 from 6-8 p.m., following the 5 p.m. Mass, at St. Hugo of the Hills Church, 2215 Opdyke Road in Bloomfield Hills. Detroit tenor Edmond Guay will be performing romantic music for Valentine's Day, with area musicians for the event. Guay is Cantor for St. Hugo of the Hills Church in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Since 1985, University of Detroit Mercy Marketing Professor Michael Bernacchi has hosted the "Super Bowl Ad Nauseum," where hundreds of high school students discuss the effectiveness of the advertisements aired during the big game. The annual event was held Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at noon in the Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus.

The University of Detroit Mercy community will join together to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day next week. The remembrance begins on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 12:45 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building, room #115 with a UDM student kick-off event discussing the black leader’s passion for life and the need to give back to others. Martin Park Association community leaders LeVetria Johnson and Gordon Nash will discuss projects that students, faculty and staff can get involved in.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host an Open House on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Law School Atrium, 651 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit.

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