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January 2015



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Homecoming is almost here! Homecoming is 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.

  • 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

Detroit News editorial highlights NIH grant

UDM, in collaboration with Wayne State University, Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College District, was awarded a $21.2 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to develop biomedical academic programs that attract students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Read more about this exciting new program in the recent Detroit News editorial.

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Alumni FacesMichigan Colleges Alliance recognizes UDM alumnus and students

Designed to increase awareness of independent higher education in Michigan, the Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA) launched a new marketing campaign, “We are the Independents.” The campaign promotes private education and the 15 MCA institutions, including UDM.

UDM students and alumni will be featured throughout the campaign. Michael Talbot ’71 was recognized as the Alumnus of the Day on the MCA campaign’s website Monday, Dec. 8. Natalie Dumais was recognized as Student of the Day on Friday, Dec. 12. Look for student Amador Olvera’s profile on Jan. 9.

Visit Day, Feb. 14, 2015

A UDM education offers students an excellent liberal arts foundation in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, which underscore the power of education to change the world. Join us for Visit Day on Saturday, Feb. 14 on the McNichols Campus in the Student Center’s Fountain Lounge. For more information and to register, click here.

Jesuit institutions make the case for the Liberal Arts

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) published a series of articles promoting a Liberal Arts education in the December edition of Connections, an online newsletter. Heather Hill-Vasquez, associate professor of English, contributed the article, “Clarity, grace, passion: UDM students and alumni make the case for liberal arts.

Campus Kitchen LogoUDM Campus Kitchen fundraiser

The Campus Kitchen at UDM will host its annual winter fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 8 at St. Hugo’s in Bloomfield Hills, MI, immediately following the 5 p.m. Mass. The fundraiser includes a soup dinner and features singers Ed Guay and Cindy Daily. Freewill donations are requested. To learn more about Campus Kitchen, please visit the web page.

Alternative Winter Break

UDM’s faculty, staff and students participated in an Alternative Winter Break from Dec. 18-22. UDM representatives traveled to Cincinnati to serve the hungry and homeless. During spring break, Feb. 28 – March 7 student groups will travel to Salem, W. Va., Pittsburgh, Pa., South Bend, Ind., Chicago, Ill., and Milwaukee, Wis. A group of students will also stay in Detroit for a four-day urban experience.