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May 2015


UDM Commencement 2015

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University of Detroit Mercy will welcome more than 1,500 graduates to the UDM Alumni Association during the weekend of May 8-9. The annual McNichols Campus commencement ceremony is Saturday, May 9 at 1:30 p.m. in Calihan Hall. The Baccalaureate Mass begins the day of academic celebration at 10 a.m. in Gesu Catholic Church. For a complete timetable, visit the Commencement website.

UDM School of Dentistry and the UDM School of Law commencement ceremonies are both hosted on the McNichols Campus on Friday, May 8. The School of Dentistry ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. and the School of Law ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

Anniversary LogoClass of 1965 Reunion

Members of the Class of 1965 are invited to the McNichols Campus to celebrate their Golden Jubilee on Saturday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room inside the Student Center. A complete RSVP list is included on the event page. Also, complete the profile form posted on the event page to update your fellow classmates on the past 50 years.

UDM Summer Camps

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Middle school and high school students can explore various academic programs this summer on University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. Students can choose from science, technology, engineering, math, architecture and more. The UDM summer programs provide enrichment for young students and give them a taste of college life at UDM. For more detailed information, please visit the summer program page.

School of Dentistry emergency response

On Wednesday, April 15, School of Dentistry Clinic faculty, students and oral surgery residents resuscitated a non-responsive patient in the clinic waiting room. Several faculty members, including Dr. Ayman Madaway and Nurse Sue Jones, began to administer CPR and applied an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator to the patient while EMS was summoned. After EMS arrived, the decision was made to allow clinic faculty to continue resuscitation efforts for over 30 minutes, resulting in the patient’s restored pulse and breathing. The sheer commitment and tenacity of the UDM faculty first responders is to be commended. See media coverage of the story.

Alumni Service Activity

Alumni Service

Thank you to the 25 UDM alumni and friends who joined together on Saturday, April 25 to help clean up two locations surrounding the McNichols Campus. View photos by visiting the UDM Alumni Association Facebook page.

Nursing students discuss infant mortality rate

Caitlyn Gauthier and Marcus Smith, UDM nursing students, appeared on WJBK-TV's Fox 2 News Morning show on Sunday, April 26, to discuss why Michigan's infant mortality rate is higher than the national average. Watch the video online.

Nurse Anesthesia highlighted

UDM’s Nurse Anesthesia program recently hosted an on-site visit by its programmatic accreditor, the Council on Accreditation (COA). The program was very pleased at the preliminary report and the council's findings will be reviewed at the COA meeting in October 2015.

Nurse Anesthesia students were recognized for their selfless voluntary missions overseas this winter. Bianca Fields cared for patients in Guatemala, while four other students traveled to the Philippines: Jeff Macuja, Zack Ismail, Elizabeth Smith and Satoya Troncoso. The overseas missions are not only a learning experience for UDM Nurse Anesthesia students but also a great way to give back to those less fortunate. Almost half of the last three graduating Nurse Anesthesia classes have traveled overseas in their senior years.