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2015 Detroit Mercy News Releases

Jennifer L. Dean has been named Dean of University Libraries and Instructional Technology and will begin effective Feb. 15, 2016.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Board of Trustees welcomes two new members: Rev. Joseph G. Mueller, S.J., S.T.D., associate professor of Theology, Marquette University and David Williams II, MBA ’79 and J.D. ’82, vice chancellor for University Affairs and Athletics, Athletics director and professor of law, Vanderbilt University.

Arnold D’Ambrosio has been named Vice President for University Advancement, effective Nov. 2, 2015 at University of Detroit Mercy.

University of Detroit Mercy will be honoring those who have served in a Veterans Day Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Building Ballroom on the second floor.

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration will honor four business men and women at the Business Leadership Awards ceremony in November.

The UDM Theatre Company announces the holiday production of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry, which will be presented at the Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family Y.M.C.A. in downtown Detroit. Performances of this beloved American classic will occur at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays from Dec. 3-13.

In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Week, Nov. 16-20, UDM will host several events.

Two outstanding University of Detroit Mercy faculty members will receive awards at the University’s annual Faculty Recognition Dinner, Nov. 6.

University of Detroit Mercy has teamed with the Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) to present a free interactive event designed to deepen the understanding and impact of MOT’s presentation of “The Passenger.”

Bags upon bags of Twix bars, Three Musketeers, Hershey’s and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups will be passed out to little princesses and ghosts during University of Detroit Mercy’s 26th annual Safety Street Celebration. More than 400 children from all over the Detroit area will come dressed in their favorite Halloween costume.

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science (E&S) presents its third annual Student Research Symposium to highlight the research of undergraduate and graduate students on Friday, Oct. 16 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. in the Engineering Building's High Bay.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) named University of Detroit Mercy and 12 other accredited architectural programs in the U.S. to be accepted for participation in their Integrated Path Initiative. The initiative encourages programs that are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) to propose a pre-graduation integration of education, professional education and the opportunity to take all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination.

University of Detroit Mercy will host an open house at the Macomb University Center on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 4:30-7 p.m. The University offers bachelor and master’s degree programs at Macomb University Center, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.

The UDM Theatre Company and the Ringwald Theatre announce their first artistic collaboration with their season opening production of The Whale. Performed at The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale, Mich., Samuel D. Hunter’s award-winning dark-comedy play The Whale will open Friday, Oct. 2 and run sixteen performances through Monday, Oct. 26.

University of Detroit Mercy has been awarded a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (GPA) to Brazil from Aug. 3, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2017. The program is open to up to four UDM faculty members and seven K-12 educators.

Civil rights pioneer, activist and writer Grace Lee Boggs, who died Monday at the age of 100 in her Detroit home, is the subject of a lecture at 5:30 p.m. today at University of Detroit Mercy.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host their 103rd annual Red Mass on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at noon at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church located at 629 E. Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit. The church is immediately adjacent to the School of Law Campus.

On behalf of the University of Detroit Mercy community, I extend a joyous welcome to Pope Francis on his historic visit to the United States.

Dental care is hitting the road in Wayne County in a customized motor coach funded by the Delta Dental Foundation that will treat thousands of children at schools across the county as part of a University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Dentistry’s program that connects dental students with school children.

More than 200 University of Detroit Mercy students on bicycles are expected to participate in the 27th Annual Midnight Bicycle Tour of Detroit on Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m.

For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest Best Regional Universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges." In addition to the University's ranking of #23 in the magazine’s annual list of regional universities, UDM was also named one of the "Best Colleges for Veterans" and "A+ Schools for B students."

University of Detroit Mercy Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison has been awarded the 2015 Bookwoman Award by the Women’s National Book Association Detroit Chapter. The award, which honors women in the book world who have made significant contributions to libraries, literacy or publishing, has been given biannually since 1991.

Leading community partners today announced the formation of a new organization that will coordinate and promote the revitalization efforts in one of Detroit’s strongest residential neighborhoods. The Live6 Alliance will focus on strengthening Livernois Avenue and McNichols Road (6 Mile Road) commercial corridor in Northwest Detroit. Funders have committed a total of $700,000 over two years to facilitate the Live6 Alliance’s work.

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 and will include a worship service for all faiths, picnic lunch and student organization fair.

The third GM Student Corps ends Wednesday, Aug. 19 as UDM student leaders, General Motors executives, GM retiree mentors and GM high student interns gather 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 has been designated a Gold-certified Michigan Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. The Michigan Veteran-Friendly School program is designed to formally recognize academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. The program promotes best practices by awarding Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-level status to institutions that offer veteran-centric services and programs.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is pleased to announce the founding of the Hon. Lawrence Paul Zatkoff Endowed Scholarship, made possible by the Zatkoff family, in memory of the late judge. This gift is the first million-dollar scholarship the law school has ever received, to date.

First-generation, economically disadvantaged and/or students with disabilities will soon receive even greater support at University of Detroit Mercy through a new five-year $1.1 million Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This is the University’s first TRIO Programs grant.

The UDM Theatre Company announces its 2015-2016 season with new artistic partners and new performance locations. The season includes one Midwest Premiere, two new provocative pieces and a holiday classic.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will offer new programming this fall to meet the needs of its entrepreneurial-minded students and graduates interested in developing their own law practices. The School was awarded a $30,000 grant from the DeWitt C. Holbrook Memorial Fund to fund and expand its Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program to add workshops through a new Center for Solo and Small Firm Practice.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Board of Trustees welcomes new member Jim Holland ’89 MBA of Ford Motor Company. Holland is vice president of vehicle component and system engineering for the automaker. With more than 30 years experience at Ford, Holland’s current role is central to the company’s commitment to developing vehicles with top quality, fuel efficiency, safety and smart technology.

If you live with a mental illness or developmental disability, many times you have to take medications that can be very hard on your teeth and gums. After years of taking medication, serious dental issues may arise and that’s why Community Living Services has partnered with the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) to provide some relief.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law announces a $100,000 endowed scholarship funded by Howard James Ford in memory of his late wife, Judith V. Ford, a 1990 alumna of the School. The first Judith V. (Judy) Ford Endowed Memorial Scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded this fall to a second-year law student for the 2015 - 2016 academic year. Ford established the scholarship to provide financial support to students who, like his wife Judy, are seeking a law degree to pursue a second career path in life and demonstrate a strong commitment by excelling academically their first year of school.

Dental care will literally travel to thousands of underserved Wayne County children starting this fall thanks to a new University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Dentistry “mobile dental coach” announced today and funded by the Delta Dental Foundation.

University of Detroit Mercy was ranked 17th out of 50 Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. according to College Choice’s "2015 Rankings of National Catholic Colleges and Universities." Factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost and success of graduates in the post-college job market.

Young people can explore academic areas in exciting programs offered this summer on University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. Participants can choose from science, technology, engineering, math, architecture and more. These programs provide enrichment for young students and give them a taste of college life at UDM.

University of Detroit Mercy presented its Vivere ex Missione Award to Architecture graduate Miranda Dufresne at its May 9 commencement ceremony on the McNichols Campus.

University of Detroit Mercy held its annual commencement ceremonies on May 8 and 9, 2015.

Associate Professor of Law Cristina D. Lockwood is the recipient of the 2015 Barnes Faculty Scholar Award at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. This prestigious award recognizes a faculty member’s outstanding scholarship, teaching excellence, and public service.

University of Detroit Mercy will host its 2nd annual University-wide celebration Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards on April 17, 2015. The event honors distinguished alumni from each college and school with a special award.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will hold its 102nd annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 8 at 6 p.m. at Calihan Hall on the University’s McNichols Campus. This year’s keynote speaker is United States Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.

University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Dentistry is proud to present its 2015 graduating class on Friday, May 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus.

University of Detroit Mercy has been accepted into the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance. UDM is one of 17 universities this year joining the Alliance through the Science Education Alliance Phage Hunter’s Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES), beginning in the summer of 2015.

University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering & Science will host its 25th Annual Technology Discovery Day Event– STEM SPRING FLING on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Over 700 high school students from Metro Detroit will be participating in this year's event.

The 12th annual UDM Law Voice for Justice Auction will be held on Saturday, April 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Stroh River Place Atrium. This year’s auction will include more than 200 items, including gift certificates, gift baskets, sports memorabilia, electronics, event tickets, and events hosted by the faculty.

The Michigan State Bar Foundation has awarded University of Detroit Mercy School of Law a $10,000 grant to expand its Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program to include services to senior citizens in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

On Sunday, March 29, UDM School of Law will host its 5th Annual Race for Justice beginning at 10 a.m. The 5K course will begin at Windsor’s Assumption Park at the base of the Ambassador Bridge and continue along the beautiful Windsor River Walk. Both runners and walkers are welcome.

UDM’s eighth annual Cushing Distinguished Lecture will be presented by Emerson Powery, Professor of Biblical Studies at Messiah College, on Thursday, March 26 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Student Center's Fountain Lounge on UDM's McNichols Campus.

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., has named Deborah Stieffel as Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, effective immediately.

The Master of Community Development (MCD) program at University of Detroit Mercy is hosting its Open House on Saturday, March 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the second-floor Peter Peirce Room of the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on UDM’s McNichols Campus.

University of Detroit Mercy's College of Liberal Arts & Education will sponsor Alumni Week, Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20, 2015. Many prominent UDM alumni are scheduled to visit classes and discuss their experiences in the professional world with current UDM students.

Transfer and graduate students are invited to attend University of Detroit Mercy’s Open House on Wednesday, March 18 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center's Fountain Lounge on UDM's McNichols Campus.

Starting this year, University of Detroit Mercy will partner with the Archdiocese of Detroit to provide professional development for educators and administrators who are part of Archdiocese of Detroit schools.

On Wednesday, March 4, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will present a lecture by Nelson Tebbe of Brooklyn and Cornell Law Schools, as part of its annual McElroy Lecture Series on Law and Religion. Tebbe’s topic will focus on “Religion and Social Coherentism: A Progressive Theory of Religious Freedom.”

Many children in Detroit have a lot to smile about after the 14th annual “Give Kids A Smile” day at UDM’s School of Dentistry. With the help of dentists, dental hygienists, faculty, staff and students, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry provided free oral health care services to children from low-income families in the Detroit area.

University of Detroit Mercy is observing Black History Month in February with several events related to the theme, "Becoming the Beloved Community: Celebrating Our Diverse Heritage."

University of Detroit Mercy Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine will discuss “Love Stories from the Underground Railroad” on Feb. 13 at noon in the Ballroom of the Student Center on the McNichols Campus.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Emerging Leaders Program will conduct its Leadership Slam with guest speaker and MBA alumnus Michael Carter ‘78. He will speak to UDM students on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. in room 234 and at 5:30 p.m. in room 138 of the Commerce & Finance Building on the McNichols Campus.

High school students are invited to attend University of Detroit Mercy’s “Visit Day” on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 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.

UDM School of Law alumnus and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra '87 will be speaking to law students on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 226 at the Riverfront Campus, 651 Jefferson Avenue, in Detroit.

The Campus Kitchen at UDM will host its annual winter fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Hugo of the Hills Church (2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304) immediately following the 5 p.m. Mass. The fundraiser includes a soup dinner and features musical artists Ed Guay and Cindy Daily.

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 will be held Monday, Feb. 2 at noon in the UDM Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus.

In celebration of his many contributions to racial equality, UDM will be hosting events on Monday, Jan. 19 and Thursday, Jan. 22 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

UDM's School of Architecture welcomes architect and University of Michigan associate professor of architecture Perry Kulper to open their 2015 Lecture Series.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Board of Trustees welcomes new member Sean P. Moran ‘93 of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. With 21 years of experience at Morgan Stanley, Moran acts as senior vice president, financial advisor and senior investment management consultant.

The College of Engineering & Science received a grant of $64,000 from the Kern Family Foundation to continue the implementation of the Kern Engineering Entrepreneurship Network (KEEN) over the next two years.

Happy New Year from University of Detroit Mercy!

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