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February 2016


Homecoming is almost here!

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Join us Saturday, Feb. 13, for the 2016 Homecoming celebration—it's sure to be a fun time.

The day includes a women's basketball game at noon and a men's game at 3 p.m. followed by Mass at the St. Ignatius Chapel at 5 p.m.

Starting at 1 p.m., the Annual Chili Cook-off will challenge chefs from each college or school to win bragging rights for themselves and their college or school. New this year is a video booth where alumni can share their remembrances of the University, so start thinking about what makes UDM so special for you.

This year's chefs are:

  • Tim Flintoff '06, Architecture
  • Christina Pauken '12, Business Administration
  • Jon Lechner '91, '92, College of Health Professions
  • Anthony Sahadi '98, '05, Liberal Arts & Education
  • Andy Wakeland '07, Engineering & Science
  • Greg Ulrich '74, '77, Law
  • Zach Bolton '07, Titan Club
  • Theodore Degenhardt III '79, Dentistry

Bring your family, your appetite and your school spirit! Registration online today.

Meet the 2016 alumni honorees

Seven alumni will receive the 2016 Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award at a University event on Friday, April 22. The award honors distinguished alumni from each college and school.

This year, the seven honorees and the school or college they represent are:

  • Michael A. Carter '72, '78, Managing Partner, Pinnacle Construction Partners, LLC—College of Liberal Arts & Education
  • Eugene A. Gargaro Jr. '67, Legal Counsel and Officer, Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation—School of Law
  • Richard Golden, D.D.S. '71, President & Chief Executive Officer, Golden Laser Dental—School of Dentistry
  • Phyllis E. Peters Look '51, Retired Director of Professional Standards, Deloitte & Touche—College of Business Administration
  • Henry 'Hank' Nickol '55, Retired Vice President & General Manager for Vehicle Operations, North American Automotive Operations, Ford Motor Company—College of Engineering & Science
  • Meredith R. Phillips '94, '97, Chief Information Privacy & Security Officer, Henry Ford Health System—College of Health Professions
  • James Timberlake '74, Founder and Partner, KieranTimberlake—School of Architecture

Visit our Spirit of UDM page on our website and make plans to join us at the University-wide celebration on Friday, April 22 on the McNichols Campus.

Fr. StockhausenRemembering former President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J.

A special memorial website has been created to honor former UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., who entered eternal life on Jan. 12, 2016. Share a memory or story, add a photo or light a digital candle to remember Fr. Stockhausen, who fought an inspirational battle against leukemia.

Read other tributes by the Jesuits and in The Michigan Catholic, Omaha World-Herald, and Detroit Free Press.

Those who wish to make a contribution to the Rev. Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D. Scholarship, named in honor of Fr. Stockhausen's tenure at UDM, see the UDM Giving website and select the fund as your designation. The Rev. Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D. Scholarship provides scholarship funds for students studying at University of Detroit Mercy.

Students helping Flint

UDM students, faculty and staff and alumni are collecting water bottles and water filters at all three campuses to give to the residents of Flint to ease their water crisis. Bring single water bottles, cases or water filters to the Student Center Bookstore, Student Fitness Center, McNichols Campus Library, The Loft or Admissions Office on 1st floor of the Fisher Administration Center on the McNichols Campus. Donations can also be sent to the main offices of the Corktown and Riverfront campuses.

Collections will continue through Friday, Feb. 26. The water will be delivered through Detroit Sip, a new Live6 Alliance coffee shop, supported by FoodLab Detroit. For more information, contact Assistant Director of Student Life Drew Peters at 313-993-1593 or

Join us for Black History Month events

A series of events and lectures are planned for Black History Month and alumni are invited to attend. The events are free to students and alumni, except for Discover the D on Saturday, Feb. 27, a tour of historical Detroit churches, which is $5 a person. Several lectures, a book signing and a movie presentation offer something for everyone. For information, please see the special events page.

Host a current student for dinner

Would you like to meet a current student who is studying to enter your professional world? Can you offer a little advice and encouragement? Each year the Office of Alumni Relations asks alumni to host a student or two for dinner and conversation. This year, we are seeking alumni with careers using degrees in biochemistry, bio-genetics, pre-dental, pre-med, mechanical engineering, business, nursing and architecture. If you would like to host a student for dinner, please contact Linda Small in the Office of Alumni Relations at or 313-993-1540.

Fr. AlbrightCelebrating Father Gerald Albright's 90th

Planning is under way to celebrate Fr. Gerald Albright's 90th birthday on Sunday, April 3. A professor of Biology for 55 years, Fr. Albright is a fixture on the McNichols Campus and he will be honored for his years of service to the University and its students. Watch Alumni e-Connect for details.

We are headed to Florida

President Antoine M. Garibaldi and a few University representatives are taking a trip to Florida. If you live in the Naples area, join us and other alumni on Tuesday, Feb. 16 for a reception at Seasons 52 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information and to register, call 313-993-1540 or email Space is limited.

And we're coming to Chicagoland

Join other alumni and University representatives, including President Antoine M. Garibaldi, on Friday, Feb. 19 for a reception before the UDM basketball game, then help cheer the Titans to victory against UIC. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. at Hawkeyes on West Taylor, and the game will tip off at 7 p.m. in the UIC Pavillion. To register, please email or call 313-993-1540.

Fr. Tim McCabeJoin the Jesuits for a Lenten reflection

Join Timothy McCabe, S.J., for a morning of prayer, Mass and lunch reflecting and meditating on the Lenten Season on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Boulevard in Dearborn. Fr. McCabe is the associate pastor and director of the Pope Francis Center at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Detroit. This free event is open to the public, but registration is required. Please RSVP online by Thursday, Feb. 18. When responding, designate the Detroit event on Feb. 28 as the event you will be attending. Be sure to provide your name, phone number, email and name and number of guests.