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September 2015


NSF Grant PhotoEngineering & Science receives nearly $600,000 grant for scholarships

In mid-August the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a 5-year grant to support undergraduate education to the UDM Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering program. The program is designed to address the ever-increasing need in industry for engineers with expertise in both electrical and mechanical systems. For more information, please visit the College of Engineering & Science web page.

Celebrate Spirit Logo and SponsorCelebrate Spirit!

Thursday, Sept. 10, the University will officially welcome students and faculty from all three campuses during the Celebrate Spirit! Mass and Picnic. The annual celebration asks for God's blessings as the University community starts the new academic year. Rev. Tim Hipskind, S.J., will lead the Mass of the Holy Spirit and welcome guest speaker Kerry Weber, managing editor, America Magazine, who will talk about her experiences as a Mercy volunteer. For more information and to learn more about the tradition, please visit the Celebrate Spirit! 2015 web page.

Thank you to our corporate sponsor Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Move In PhotoWelcome back UDM students

McNichols Campus classes started on Monday, Aug. 31. Members of the Class of 2019 moved onto campus on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and were welcomed with "Titan Snack Packs" filled with Detroit-made goodies provided by the Alumni Association. Move-in day was also highlighted on WDIV Local 4; take a look at the news clip.

Good luck to all UDM students! We wish them a very successful academic year!

Improved UDM Alumni Online Community

The UDM Online Community is a place where UDM alumni can become more engaged with their alma mater by learning about events and benefits. We are excited to announce a new and improved look and navigation that will be live by Oct. 1, 2015. The new website will feature a responsive format (easier to access from all mobile devices) and cleaner navigation allowing UDM alumni to easily see what is important. Stay tuned for more updates and visit to see all of the changes!

Pope Francis' Visit #JesuitEducated

To help celebrate the Pope's visit to the U.S. this month, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is encouraging Jesuit-educated alumni to share what makes them proud to be #JesuitEducated. Through Friday, Sept. 25 (the week of the Pope's visit), the AJCU will publish reflections (300-500 words) in the online publication, "Jesuit Educated," on Medium. To submit posts, please sign up via Medium or send your reflection to

Also, take a moment to drop us a line, send us a photo or even shoot a short video, then share it on Facebook or @UDMDetroit on Twitter or Instagram. And don't forget your hashtag!

Pope Visit

Grand Rapids Alumni Reception

Alumni and friends living in the Grand Rapids area are invited to join University of Detroit Mercy for a reception at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology in Grand Rapids, Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mix and mingle with fellow UDM alumni and supporters and learn about how UDM students are excelling in and out of the classroom. To register, visit the event registration page.

UDM Theatre Company

The UDM Theatre Company will launch its 45th season this academic year and is proud to announce partnerships with two local theatres: The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale and The Matrix Theatre Company of Detroit. The first production of the season is The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter at the Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale. We look forward to seeing you at one of the more than 15 productions. Help celebrate the arts at UDM and learn more about the UDM Theatre Company by visiting the Theatre page.

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