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Metro Detroit high school students are now eligible to earn a certificate in Business Administration from University of Detroit Mercy’s nationally ranked business school before they even graduate. Best of all, it’s free. Qualified high school students can register for college courses on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus for the fall and winter semesters each year, without paying any tuition. Beginning fall 2018, students who complete five or more designated courses in business and accounting will earn a Certificate in Business Administration.

More than 250 alumni and friends gathered on the McNichols Campus for the annual Titan tradition: Detroit Mercy’s Alumni Chili Cook-off, Feb. 24. Taste buds were sent into overdrive with pots of delicious chili created by representative teams of the University’s colleges/schools, as well as the Titan Club.

University of Detroit Mercy recently earned the selection bid to serve as host site for the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) in 2019. Detroit Mercy will welcome hundreds of students, faculty and administrators from more than 28 Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the country to McNichols Campus in July 2019.

Detroit Mercy’s Campus Kitchen has recently embarked on a national Crowdfunding fundraising competition titled “Raise The Dough” to help fund student-driven solutions to hunger and food waste in U.S. communities. The competition ends Feb. 23.

A group of seven nursing students recently raised more than $2,800, and nearly double that in donated goods to promote healthy living at the Operation Stand Down event for veterans. The students gave away 500 dental kits and other prizes via a prize wheel, which included first aid kits, blankets, flash lights, hats and other items veterans, many of them homeless, need.

The "voice" of the Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team, Cliff Russell, has passed away at the age of 61

Tom Lokar ’88 knows a thing or two about leadership. Currently the chief human resources officer for telecommunications company Mitel, he has worked in similar positions for HP, AOL and Bristol Myers Squibb. He also founded and ran an online career management and talent management business, where he developed a series of assessment tools and feedback protocols to help those seeking jobs define their career plan, and help recruiters find the right candidate.

Detroit Mercy will host a friendly but competitive Mathematics Competition for high school students to test their problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge April 14. But until then, high school students have a chance to gain invaluable practice at solving math problems each month through the monthly web puzzles.

It's official! University of Detroit Mercy defeated Oakland University in the 2018 Donor Challenge. The final tally: Detroit Mercy 697 donors, Oakland 683. Detroit Mercy was officially announced as the 2018 Donor Challenge winner during the Titans vs. OU Men's Basketball Game, Feb. 9, at Oakland University.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, chairman of the Board of Directors of Live6 Alliance, announced the selection of Cecily King as its new executive director. King began on Feb. 1, 2018. In addition, Live6 Alliance also selected Jeremy Lewis as the new commercial corridor manager of the organization.

As the son of an Episcopalian minister, the last place James Timberlake thought he would find himself was a Jesuit university. But it’s his education at University of Detroit he credits with giving him the skills and confidence to build a successful career in architecture helping design significant projects like, most recently, the U.S. Embassy in London with his Philadelphia-based firm KieranTimberlake.

University of Detroit Mercy has launched a crowdfunding initiative titled “Support Our Scholars,” which raises funds for the expendable scholarships at the University. This fund assists students who are struggling to fulfill basic needs and help them remain in college given unforeseen life circumstances they may experience.

Samuel D. Hunter’s humorous and heartbreaking comedy A Bright New Boise continues the 47th season of the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Feb. 9-25. Performances will be at The Marlene Boll Theatre inside of the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit.

Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., author of the 2016 National Book Award-winning "Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," will speak at University of Detroit Mercy on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This engagement is part of Detroit Mercy’s celebration of Black History Month on campus.

University of Detroit Mercy will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a variety of events and engagements that are open to the public. All of the events are FREE and take place on the McNichols’ campus.

Four University of Detroit Mercy business students placed in the top 25 in the world in the ETF Global Portfolio Challenge. Adam Ross finished in 10th place, Paige Fairchild 13th place, Spiro Pliakos 15th place and Holly Hedemark 21st place.

This Friday night, University of Detroit Mercy students will have a chance to skate after dark at Royal Oak’s John Lindell Ice Arena, as part of the University’s URec (University Recreation) Adventure series.

Detroit Mercy Master of Community Development student Eric Lofquist likes a good challenge, so what better way to challenge himself than becoming a Challenge Detroit fellow? “A friend of mine from the MCD program, Caroline Dobbins, works for Challenge Detroit, and she had been a fellow herself, so she told me about it,” Lofquist said. “I went to check it out, and I felt it not only went along with my degree but also some of the things I’m really interested in doing.”

Detroit Mercy will once again face off against Oakland University for the Detroit Mercy vs. OU Donor Challenge, which takes place Feb. 5-9. The winner is determined based on the number of donors during the competition time line and will be announced during the Detroit Mercy/Oakland University men’s basketball game on Feb. 9. The losing school’s mascot must wear the winning team’s mascot at the game.

Studies show teens are most likely to get in trouble during the hours between the end of the school day and dinnertime. The University of Detroit Mercy Department of Social Work is working to help resolve that issue with a new Virtual After School Program.

What a way to start 2018! Detroit Mercy recently received some considerable national press when The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the University (along with Wayne State) in an article titled “How to Market a College in a Troubled Locale” on Jan. 1, 2018.

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