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April 2016


Spirit of UDM Logo 2016

Register today and join University of Detroit Mercy in celebrating distinguished alumni during the 2016 Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards event on Friday, April 22 in the Student Center Ballroom on the McNichols campus.

The Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award was established to recognize graduates from each of the colleges and schools, who have excelled in their chosen profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in their work, and benefited the wider community through their support. Award recipients reflect the University's mission of excellence and service and bring pride to their alma mater.

To learn more about the honorees, visit the Spirit of UDM website.

Alumni Day of Service

On Saturday, April 30 you are invited to join the UDM Alumni Association Board for a day of service from 8:15 a.m. to noon. Service activities will focus on areas near the McNichols Campus. A light breakfast and registration will take placein Calihan Hall from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. At that time, volunteers will divide into groups to help spruce up campus athletic fields, prepare Jesuit gardens for planting and clean up the McNichols neighborhood west of campus and on Fairfield Street (Fraternity House Row). School of Law alumni will receive a separate email about a special project around the downtown campus. To register and to see the registration list, visit the Service website.

This service activity is in collaboration with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities I Make A Difference: National Jesuit Alumni Service 2016 Initiative.

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Save the date: Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park

Join the University community at Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park as the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, Sept. 13. You will be recognized during pregame festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m.; the game begins at 7:08 p.m. Tickets cost either $21 or $36 and $5 from each ticket will go to UDM's General Scholarship Fund. Join the fun and show your school pride with Tommy Titan, the Pep Band, the Cheer Team and Dance Team, in addition to students, faculty and staff at this special evening. The first 500 to purchase tickets receive a UDM/Detroit Tigers baseball cap. More information will follow. Hope to see you there!

Save the Date Comerica

Boston Alumni Reception

UDM representatives are visiting several cities across the country to mix and mingle and share the University's progress on its major strategic initiatives. Our next destination is Boston on May 3. If you live in the Boston area, please join us for the 6 to 8 p.m. reception. Please visit the Boston Alumni Reception website to RSVP.

Class of 1966 Reunion logoClass of 1966 Reunion

University of Detroit Mercy will celebrate the Class of 1966's 50th Reunion on Saturday, May 14. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner in the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. For more information and to register, please visit the event page.

UDM ranked in 2017 U.S. News list

The 2017 U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate School lists have been released and UDM has risen in several rankings:

  • Best Nursing Schools: Master's - #85
  • Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - #92
  • Nursing-Anesthesia - #10
  • Physician Assistant - #81
  • Clinical Psychology - #177
  • Graduate Business Management Program - #16

Winning Video on Philanthropy

Thank you to everyone who voted in the UDM Philanthropy Awareness Day Video Contest! Videos were submitted explaining "what philanthropy means" by UDM student organizations for a chance to win $500. The Student Alumni Association, including Justin Elsesser, Austin Carlisle, Marco Ciavaglia, Nik Pinjarkar, McKenna Brohl and director Justin Collins, won the competition with their excellent video celebrating the many ways alumni giving impacts the UDM educational experience. Watch it online!

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Flint Water Initiative Update

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The University of Detroit Mercy community continues to work together and support the residents of Flint, Mich. UDM students, members of the UDM Student Social Work Association, and local partner Detroit Sip delivered three pallets of water along with plates, baby wipes, diapers, mouthwash and hand sanitizer to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church in Flint on March 19.

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Gerard Albright, S.J.Father Albright's 90th Birthday Celebration

UDM celebrated the 90th birthday of longtime Professor of Biology R. Gerard Albright, S.J., last Sunday. The celebration included a noon Mass at St. Ignatius Chapel and an open house at Lansing-Reilly Hall with a great turnout of faculty, staff, students and alumni in attendance.

Fr. Albright began teaching biology part time in 1955 and became a full-time faculty member in 1960. He has chaired the Biology Department, been dean of the College of Liberal Arts and served on many University committees during his tenure. See photo gallery online and visit Fr. Albright's celebration website for more shared memories.

Fr. Albright's 90th Birthday

Country singer, student praises Detroit Mercy Law

As a performer, singer Ty Stone earned praise and gigs when Kid Rock saw him onstage. Today, Ty Stone goes by his own name, Ryan J. VanOver as a student at University of Detroit Mercy's School of Law. Read his story in the Washington Times. VanOver will sing the National Anthem at this year's Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park on Thursday, Sept. 13.