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June 2016


Save the Date Comerica

Make sure to get your tickets for Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park on Tuesday, Sept. 13 to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins. The University will be recognized during pre-game festivities to showcase the Detroit Mercy Pep Band, Cheer Team, Dance Team and Tommy Titan. The National Anthem will be sung by Detroit Mercy Law student Ryan VanOver, also known as Ty Stone, and the first pitch will be thrown by Detroit Mercy Men's Basketball Coach Bacari Alexander '99. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and the game begins at 7:08 p.m. The first 500 people to purchase tickets will receive a Detroit Mercy/Detroit Tigers baseball cap, so don't wait!

We are hosting a tailgate from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club preceding the game. Tickets for this include a picnic dinner and one complimentary drink ticket.

Ticket prices are as follows (Five dollars from each ticket will go to Detroit Mercy's General Scholarship Fund):

  • $21 - Game ticket in section 211-214
  • $36 - Game ticket in section 112-113
  • $50 - Game ticket in section 211-214 and tailgate
  • $65 - Game ticket in section 112-113 and tailgate

Save the Date Homecoming

We are looking for alumni volunteers to help with activities during Homecoming Weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The family friendly activities, which are still being planned, include a kid fun zone, scavenger hunt, St. Francis Club-style tug-of-war and 5k/fun run. If you are interested in helping out, please email

Titan 10 Wine Tasting

Join fellow graduates from the classes of 2006-2016, and a select number of established and motivational Detroit Mercy alumni from many professional fields for a special evening at the Detroit Yacht Club (DYC) on Belle Isle on Thursday, June 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. We'll have a selection of wines from several regions in Europe for your tasting pleasure. Registration is $15 per person and includes four tastings, one glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres. RSVP required. Please visit the event page to find out more and register.

Wine Tasting Titan 10

Titan Golf Outing scheduled for August

Calling all golfers! Registration is now open for our annual Titan Golf Outing on Monday, Aug. 1, at Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center in Plymouth, Mich. The $140 registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, four drink tickets and a buffet dinner. Those looking to only attend the dinner can do so at a cost of just $35. Visit the Detroit Titans website for more information and to register.

Save the Date Titan Golf Outing

Host a language training session at your job!

As part of its outreach to local businesses, UDM's Language & Cultural Training Department has provided ongoing language instruction and cultural training sessions at corporations in the metro Detroit area throughout the year. These include ongoing foreign language classes at Denso International in Southfield, Mich., as well as training sessions focusing on business and cultural practices in Austria, Germany, China, Japan, South Korea and Mexico at Magna Powertrain in Troy and Magna Electronics in Auburn Hills.

Alumni interested in holding a similar language training session at their job site can contact Director of Language & Cultural Training Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191.

Make a gift today!

In mid-May, University of Detroit Mercy hosted commencement ceremonies for the Law School, Dental School and undergraduate and graduate students from the McNichols Campus.

As alumni and friends of University of Detroit Mercy, you know how truly special this moment is and how many special people helped make it possible. In recognition of the special memories you have of UDM, and the success of our graduates who now join the ranks of UDM alumni, we hope you will consider making a gift this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

To show your support for UDM and the unique educational experience we provide, please see the donation form online.

Welcome to the Alumni Association and your Alumni e-Connect newsletter!

You are now one of more than 87,000 living Detroit Mercy alumni. Upon graduating from the University, you are automatically a member of the Detroit Mercy Alumni Association, which brings a ton of benefits. These benefits include invitations to alumni events, class auditing, insurance discounts, access to the Detroit Mercy alumni directory, access to the University libraries and computer labs and athletic ticket discounts. See the full listing here. The best part is there are no dues.

To top that, all recent graduates become members of a group called Titan 10. This is a program for graduates of the past 10 years, and Detroit Mercy coordinates special events and programming just for this group. Last year, the Alumni Association held a networking breakfast at the Detroit Golf Club and a Pub Night at Punch Bowl Social. On June 23, there is a Titan 10 Wine Tasting at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle, and future events to come. Aside from recent graduate events, you'll receive invitations to and discounts on other alumni events. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn to stay up to date.

Lastly, we still have Class of 2016 T-shirts for sale. They are now discounted, so get your T-shirt online for only $10 or call 313-993-1540 to place an order over the phone. Shipping included.

Welcome Class of 2016

Commencement Selfie

Detroit Mercy proudly welcomed nearly 1,200 alumni into the Alumni Association in May. Sara Zawacki was recognized as the Class of 2016 Valedictorian, and Paige Dykema was awarded the Vivere ex Missione Award, given to a graduating student who went beyond the norm to live the Detroit Mercy mission. Director of Catholic Studies, Fr. Simon Hendry, S.J., was presider and delivered the Homily at the Baccalaureate Mass, and former Dean of University Libraries & Instructional Technology Margaret Auer provided the keynote address on wordplay and concepts of happiness, integrity and service. See the McNichols Campus photo gallery online and speaker presentation. Posts from #udmgrad2016 feed can be found online, recapping moments on Twitter and Instagram from the May 14 celebration.

New York Save the Date

Alumni and friends living in New York City are invited to join University of Detroit Mercy for a reception at the New York Athletic Club on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., will share the progress on the University's major strategic initiatives. Stay tuned for more information.