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December 2014


President’s Christmas Card

President Christmas Card

UDM Homecoming 2015

Homecoming Logo

Come home to McNichols and Livernois on Saturday, Jan. 17! Register today for the Homecoming Alumni Tailgate in the Student Fitness Center, featuring the Alumni Chili Cook-off. Registration includes access to Alumni Tailgate, a ballot for the Alumni Chili Cook-off and a ticket to the men’s basketball game. #UDMHomecoming2015

  • 1 p.m. – Alumni Tailgate, Student Fitness Center
  • 3 p.m. – Detroit Titans vs. Wisconsin Green Bay, Calihan Hall
  • Halftime – Former Student-Athlete Reception, Ed & Brooks Room, Calihan Hall
  • 5:30 p.m. – Mass, St. Ignatius Chapel, C&F Building

Spirit of UDM LogoSpirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards

This spring UDM will honor seven distinguished alumni with the Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission of excellence and service and bring pride to UDM. The 2015 awardees are:

  • Brian D. Cloyd ’73, ’76, Vice President, Global Relations, Steelcase, Inc.
  • The Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. ’61, ’66, Retired Housing Court Judge, Civil Court, City of New York
  • John C. ’79 and Nancy G. ’83 Kennedy, President & CEO, Autocam Medical and Quality Analyst, Autocam Corporation
  • Jeanette C. Klemczak ’65, Retired Chief Nurse Executive, State of Michigan
  • Walter Knysz, Jr., D.D.S. ’75, Chairman of the Board, UnifiedSmiles
  • Dr. Derrick M. Kuzak ’73, ’74, ’76, Retired Group VP, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company
  • Steven M. Pagnotta ’76, President & CEO, Bradford Companies

Wonderful Life LogoUDM Theatre presents It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Celebrate the Christmas season and join the UDM Theatre Company for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The production, based on the timeless classic It’s a Wonderful Life by Frank Capra, runs this weekend, Dec. 5, 6 and 7. For exact show times and to purchase tickets, visit the Theatre Company page.

2014 Faculty Recognition Awards: Gregory Ulferts and Jacob Kagey

UDM takes the opportunity to recognize faculty members every fall for their outstanding contributions to a UDM education. This November, UDM honored Gregory W. Ulferts, professor of Information and Decision Sciences, College of Business Administration, with the 2014 Faculty Excellence Award and Jacob D. Kagey, assistant professor of Biology, College of Engineering & Science with the 2014 Faculty Achievement Award. Did you have Ulferts or Kagey in class? To learn more about them, visit the press release.

School of Law shines at national competition

Congratulations to the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s Moot Court Board of Advocates, whose three teams placed high in national competitions in November. The teams’ briefs finished at or near the top of competitions in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio. The press release shares additional information on the winning teams.