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February 2015


Spirit of UDM Logo

University of Detroit Mercy will host its second annual University-wide celebration, Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards, on Friday, April 17. The event will honor distinguished alumni with Alumni Achievement Awards. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission of excellence and service and bring pride to UDM. For more information on the 2015 honorees, please visit the Spirit of UDM page.

Brian D. Cloyd '73, '76
Vice President, Global Corporate Relations, Steelcase Inc.
College of Liberal Arts & Education

The Honorable Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. '61, '66
Retired Housing Court Judge, Civil Court, City of New York
School of Law

John C. '79 and Nancy G. '83 Kennedy
President and CEO, Autocam Medical (John)
Quality Analyst, Autocam Corporation (Nancy)
College of Business Administration

Jeanette Wrona Klemczak '65
Retired Chief Nurse Executive, State of Michigan
College of Health Professions

Walter Knysz, Jr., D.D.S. '75
Chairman of the Board, UnifiedSmiles
School of Dentistry

Dr. Derrick M. Kuzak '73, '74, '76
Retired Group VP, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company
College of Engineering & Science

Steven M. Pagnotta '74, '76
President & CEO, Bradford Companies
School of Architecture

Detroit Titans LogoDetroit Titans vs. Oakland University, Feb. 15

Once again Valentine’s Day weekend hosts the men’s basketball match-up between the Titans and the Golden Grizzlies at the Oakland University O’rena. Tickets can be purchased through Detroit Titan Athletics by calling 313-993-1700. The match-up is part of the Metro Series Rivalry Competition. As of Jan. 30, 2015, the Titans are up 8-4!

Ford LogoFord Alumni Pre-game Reception

UDM alumni, who currently work for or are retired from Ford Motor Company, are invited to a pre-basketball game reception on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 5:15 p.m. in the Engineering Building High Bay. A brief program will include the presentation of graduate degrees and certificates to Ford employees. At 7 p.m. the Titans will challenge Valparaiso in Calihan Hall. Pre-game registration includes tickets to the basketball game. Register today!

Philanthropy Awareness Day

University Advancement, in collaboration with the Student Alumni Association (SAA), will host UDM Philanthropy Awareness Day on Thursday, Feb. 26. In fiscal year 2014, 7,414 alumni and friends donated more than $5 million dollars in support of current UDM students. Signage throughout campus will highlight areas made possible because of alumni support. Free hot chocolate and thank you letter writing booths will be in the Loft Dining Room and the Library. In addition, faculty and staff donors will proudly wear a pin showing their donor status. Thank you to all UDM donors!

Thank You Photo

Alexander Theatre LogoUpcoming Theatre Production

Join the UDM Theatre Company this March for “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” a delightful musical adaptation of the popular children’s book, which follows feisty Alexander and a series of unfortunate events. Opening night is Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. An Alumni Afterglow is scheduled for Saturday, March 21. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Theatre website.

Archdiocese of Detroit and UDM Education Program

UDM and the Archdiocese Detroit are partnering to provide professional development for educators and administrators who are part of Archdiocese of Detroit Schools. The partnership is authorized by the State Department of Education and will offer the local talent of faculty, alumni and current students to provide needs-based professional development programs. More information is included in the press release.

Engineering & Science Slide Rule Dinner

The 83rd Annual Slide Rule Dinner is Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Club Venetian Banquet Center in Madison Heights. The Slide Rule Dinner is the one major event that brings together all College constituents—students, faculty and staff, alumni, employers and industry advisors. The evening includes a cocktail reception and a dinner and awards ceremony, followed by music and dancing. For event information, please visit the Slide Rule web page.

Slide Rule Dinner