Board of Trustee member David Williams II passed away suddenly on Friday, Feb. 8.

University of Detroit Mercy students are currently preparing to help global communities through the institution’s annual University Ministry Service Immersion Trips. But to get there, students need the help of supporters through a special Detroit Mercy Crowd Funding effort.

Detroit Mercy is launching a series of crowdfunding initiatives through the Office of Annual Giving that will impact the success of students as they work toward their degrees.

University of Detroit Mercy will once again face off against Oakland University for the Detroit Mercy vs. OU Donor Challenge, which takes place Feb. 11-15.

Detroit Mercy’s annual Day of Giving event is set for Feb. 12 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Student Union Fountain Lounge. The event will feature free lunch, a photo booth and several ways to win prizes.

Grants totaling $1.45 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Kresge Foundation will support the work of the Impact Detroit Network, of which the University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is one of the leaders. These grants will support a major initiative designed to improve the lives of Detroit’s youngest residents.

Student president of the Detroit Mercy Chemistry Club to receive the American Chemical Society Leadership Institute Award from the American Chemical Society.

Three Detroit Mercy business students placed in the top 25 in the world in the fall 2018 ETF Global Investment Challenge.

The agora was the center of public life in ancient Greek city-states. It was there residents gathered to shop, watch or take part in athletic activities and participate in the philosophical and political life of the city. University of Detroit Mercy’s Department of Philosophy hopes its new initiative — The Agora Dialogue — will capture the spirit of that open exchange of ideas.

University of Detroit Mercy will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a variety of events and engagements that are free open to everyone.

The Campaign for University of Detroit Mercy has reached its $100-million goal a year ahead of schedule.

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company will present a devised theater piece Feb. 1-3 at The Marlene Boll Theatre inside the Boll Family YMCA. The project, entitled American Privilege, was made possible in part by a $15,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as part of its Project Support Program.

Detroit Mercy has selected April Lynch as the institution’s new associate vice president for Human Resources & Payroll. She will begin at Detroit Mercy on March 11, 2019.

Detroit Mercy offers opportunities for community members to join faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends during Martin Luther King Day of Service 2019.