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November 2015


Thank you for your help

You may have received emails from the University's Marketing and Public Affairs department regarding research being conducted about the University and its website. Your input is so valuable, so we hope you will take the time to give us your thoughts.

One survey will help us market and brand the University and asks for your impressions of UDM. If you receive a survey request from SimpsonScarborough, please take the time to participate. The second will help us design and organize our new website, which is scheduled to launch late next year. You can find that survey here.

Response to both surveys has been great so far, but we want to hear from as many alumni as possible. Don't be left out! Take your survey today.

Titan 10 Networking Breakfast

Alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years are invited to the annual Titan 10 Networking Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:15 a.m. at the Detroit Golf Club. The event is designed as a way to help recent graduates build their professional network and move forward in their careers.

Guest Speakers
Paul Britten '85 School of Architecture
President, Britten Studios, Incorporated
Helping some of the world's leading brands visually connect with their audiences.

Jason Vazzano '00 College of Business Administration
President, Vectorform
Inventing digital products and experiences for the world's leading brands.

To register and learn more about the speakers, please visit

Titan 10 Breakfast

Titans LogoBasketball season
has begun

Tonight, the women's basketball team holds its home opener hosting Lawrence Tech at 7 p.m. at Calihan Hall. Too late to make plans to come? The next home game is Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. when the Lady Titans take on Bradley.

The men's season has begun, and the home opener is Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. when the Titans take on Central State in Calihan. For a full schedule of both teams and other sports news and information, click here.

Take classes for free

Did you know that UDM alumni can take classes for free? Alumni may audit classes at or below the level of the degree awarded to them by the University (bachelor's, master's or doctorate). Registration and course fees apply, but the tuition is waived. In order to make use of the class audit benefit, alumni need to be in good financial standing with the University including no prior financial balance owed on their account.

No course credit is awarded, but they may be counted toward continuing education depending on your field. The class schedule is found here. Alumni audit requests are coordinated through the academic advisors in each college. To inquire about auditing a class, send your request to the advisor in the college/school where you want to attend class:

  • Architecture: Joseph Odoerfer, 313-578-0421
  • Business Administration: Leonard Kloft, 313-993-1118
  • Engineering & Science: Katy Snyder, 313-993-3362
  • Liberal Arts & Education: Victoria Mantzopoulos, 313-993-3254
  • Health Profession: Claudia Rowland, 313-993-1762

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#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and in the spirit of the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy.

UDM has launched a #GivingTuesday campaign that runs now through Dec. 1, which is Giving Tuesday. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where we will have lots of information about why we need your support.

Of course, we would also like you to make your gift. You don't even have to wait to make your gift count toward our #GivingTuesday efforts. Just visit us at to make your gift today!

Business Leadership Awards Ceremony

UDM's College of Business Administration (CBA) will host a Business Leadership Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 22. CBA will present two Lifetime Achievements Awards: one to George Barnes, Jr., president of Heritage Optical and Vision Center, and the other to Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C. '64, '66 former president of the University of Portland. There will also be two Rising Star Awards: one presented to Cassandra Moran '08 of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the other to Michael Ilitch III '13 of Little Caesar Enterprises.

The celebration will begin with Mass in the Commerce & Finance Building St. Ignatius Chapel at 10 am. Following Mass, there will be a brunch and the awards ceremony at the Detroit Golf Club, beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets are $50 each; please contact CBA Assistant to the Dean LySandra Hill at 313-993-1204 or