2016 - President Garibaldi in the Schools & Community

Sept. 9, 2016

Fitzgerald Neighborhood

President Garibaldi shares his remarks regarding the Knight Foundation's Reimagining the Civic Commons Grant competition and recent $4 million initiative to revitalize the nearby Fitzgerald Neighborhood.

“At the President's Convocation on Aug. 16, I indicated that after Labor Day a major announcement would be made about the Knight Foundation's Reimagining the Civic Commons Grant competition. This morning that announcement is being made in Philadelphia. And as you will see in the following local and national articles and press releases announcing Detroit as one of the four cities selected for this $8 million award, University of Detroit Mercy is a major partner in this initiative. The other three cities receiving a grant are Akron, Chicago and Memphis. The proposal process began in November 2015 and the funds will primarily be used to improve the Fitzgerald neighborhood west of the campus. As the City of Detroit, the University and our partners finalize the implementation plans, I will share them with you over the next few months. Thank you to everyone who assisted in the development of this important proposal.”

Knight Foundation Press Release
New $40 million initiative will “Reimagine the Civic Commons” in four U.S. cities
September 8, 2016

Media Coverage

Detroit wins national $4M grant for Fitzgerald project
The Detroit News
September 8, 2016

Efforts to revitalize Detroit's Fitzgerald neighborhood get $4M boost
Click on Detroit
September 8, 2016

Efforts to revitalize Detroit's Fitzgerald neighborhood get $4 million boost
Crain’s Detroit Business
September 8, 2016

National initiative targets Detroit neighborhood with $4 million grant
September 8, 2016

Fitzgerald Neighborhood To Receive $4 Million Matching Grant From Foundations
Daily Detroit
September 8, 2016

Creating Sustainable Cities by 'Reimagining the Civic Commons'
City Lab
September 8, 2016

Detroit awarded $4 million grant for Fitzgerald community
Michigan Chronicle
September 8, 2016

Aug. 9, 2016

AOD Visit 1

AOD Visit 2

AOD Visit 3

Dr. Garibaldi welcomed close to 700 hundred teachers and other professional staff and administrators from the Archdiocese of Detroit Schools for their 3rd Annual K-12 Teacher and Administrators Conference. This year’s theme focused on “Cultivating Positive School Culture: Mission is the Key.”

July 28, 2016

San Francisco Reception 2016

President Antoine M. Garibaldi and other Detroit Mercy representatives visited San Francisco, July 28, to mix and mingle and share the University's progress on major strategic initiatives. The president shared updates on University efforts toward community development, new grants, University rankings, and current enrollment statistics.

June 14, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi spoke on the Detroit Public Schools in the 101.9 FM WDET interview, "The uncanny, unsettling similarities between DPS and 1980's New Orleans schools," June 14. President Garibaldi was also featured in the annual Kresge Foundation report regarding the Live6 Alliance.

June 1-3, 2016

Topolski student

In a “coincidental meeting in the rain,” President Antoine M. Garibaldi bumped into Detroit Mercy nursing student Taylor Topolski while attending the Mackinac Policy Conference, June 1-3. Topoloski commented on her experience as a Detroit Mercy student, saying, “Becoming a part of Detroit Mercy was the best decision I ever made. I am so proud of the person I have become at UDM and don't know who I would be at any other university. I look forward to fulfilling the mission of Detroit Mercy and cannot ask for a better college choice. Thank you for everything you do!”

May 22, 2016

Pathways to Excellence Group

President Garibaldi spoke to about 40 Detroit-area high school students in the “Pathways to Excellence” (PTE) program, May 22. The PTE program is co-sponsored by Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity's Detroit Boule' and the Detroit Parent Network to promote the academic and social development of African American men in high school. This Saturday session at UDM was focused on how to choose a college.

May 14, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, School of Law and McNichols Campus graduates celebrated Commencement ceremonies, May 13-14. See President Antoine M. Garibaldi's remarks at the McNichols Commencement, May 14.

Vivere ex Missione Award
President Garibaldi presented College of Engineering & Science graduate Paige Dykema with the Vivere ex Missione Award, given to a graduating student who went beyond the norm to live the University mission. Dykema graduated with a biology degree with a concentration in applied genetics and a minor in leadership.

Dental Graduates
President Garibaldi congratulates former Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver Blair White (pictured left) and his brother Nicholas, two new Detroit Mercy graduates of the UDMSOD D.D.S. program!

May 2, 2016

President Antoine M. Garibaldi and Detroit Mercy representatives visited alumni in Boston, May 2, to mix and mingle and share the University's progress on its major strategic initiatives.

April 2, 2016

ACE Cleanup Project

Approximately 40 student volunteers, including members of Residence Life Hall Council, Tri Sigma, Sigma Pi and student-athletes, participated in a service day, cleaning garbage and debris on the McNichols Campus south side as part of the Altruistic Campus Experience (ACE) project, April 2. President Antoine M. Garibaldi and some Facility staff also participated in the clean-up event. See photo gallery of all their hard work!

March 28, 2016

100 Black Men of Greater Detroit

Members of the youth organization 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, a mentorship program dedicated to helping African-American youth achieve success in education, health, wellness and economic development, visited UDM's McNichols Campus, March 28. Students took a campus tour and UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi spoke on the importance of higher education.

March 23, 2016

Dollars for Scholars

The University hosted the 3rd annual Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars Celebration Luncheon in the Student Fitness Center, March 23, with a successful turnout. Notable speakers included Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, WJR radio host Paul W. Smith, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars President William Young, a Detroit Mercy trustee.

March 3, 2016

President's Freshman Luncheon

President Antoine M. Garibaldi hosted his annual luncheon for first-year students to hear about their experiences at the University, March 3. Sixteen students joined him this year in the President's Board Room.

Feb. 17, 2016

McNichols Entrance 2

McNichols Entrance 1

All faculty, staff and students joined Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi in dedicating the new McNichols entrance for the McNichols Campus, Feb. 17. Director of Catholic Studies Simon Hendry, S.J., gave a short blessing and the entrance officially opened following the ceremony.