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March 2015


Spirit of UDM Logo

The second annual University-wide celebration, Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards is on Friday, April 17 on the McNichols Campus. The dinner will honor distinguished alumni with an Alumni Achievement Award. The 2015 award recipients reflect the University’s mission of excellence and service. For more information and to register, 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

Anniversary Logo50th Reunion Celebration

The Class of 1965 will celebrate its Golden Jubilee on Saturday, May 9. A reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the McNichols Campus Student Center, followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. After dinner, “golf cart” tours of the McNichols Campus will be available. For more information and to register, please visit the reunion web page.

Alex Theatre LogoMusical Theatre

Join the UDM Theatre Company 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.

CBA Alumni WeekCollege of Business Administration Alumni Week Activities

The College of Business Administration will once again host Alumni Week, March 16-20. A number of alumni will guest lecture in business classes throughout the week and a keynote presentation, “Cybersecurity: Crimes & Consequences,” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 at 1 p.m. in the Fountain Lounge, Student Center. The Keynote speakers are Meredith Phillips ’94, ’97, chief information privacy & security officer at Henry Ford Health System and Dominck Paluzzi ’04, ’07, attorney, McDonald Hopkins. For more information, please visit the College of Business Administration website.

UDM partners with Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education Mark Denham visited the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) in Beijing, China this January. Zarkowski and Denham met with BUCT Vice President Dongsheng Chen as well as approximately 70 students, who have enrolled in the BUCT Robotics program to complete their degree at UDM in Fall 2017 in an effort to solidify and develop a mutually beneficial relationship.

This agreement will likely include students in the Computer & Information Systems and Mechanical Engineering programs in the future. Zarkowski also signed an agreement to explore the idea of expanding our cooperative program to law students as well.

Detroit Titans LogoExciting time for Detroit Titan Athletics

March is an exciting month in the world of Titan Athletics. This past weekend, softball was in Baton Rouge, LA; the women’s tennis team won its straight match downing host Chicago State; the men’s track and field team competed in the 2015 Horizon League Indoor Championships at Youngstown State; and the men’s lacrosse team beat Bellarmine in Louisville, KY. Earlier this week the men’s basketball team hosted the first round of the Horizon League Championship in Calihan Hall and defeated Youngstown State. The Titans advance to the second round and play Cleveland State tomorrow evening at Valparaiso. For more information on the Titans, make sure to visit

Engineering & Science 83rd Annual Slide Rule Dinner and Dance

The 83rd annual Slide Rule Dinner and Dance is Saturday, March 14 at Club Venetian in Madison Heights. Slide Rule is the annual ceremony for all Engineering & Science alumni, students, faculty and staff. The evening includes dinner, awards and dancing. This year, the awards ceremony will honor six E&S alumni all-stars: James Held ’02, ’12, Thomas Sanday ’12, Pasquale Presti ’93, Nicole Najor ’05, Daniel Hegner ’04, ’10, and Joseph LaVere ’05. In addition Slide Rule will recognize the retirement of Leo Hanifin ’69, ’72, ’76 and a special honor of the Suturuk Foundation for its ongoing generous support.

Please contact Nicole Oliver, administrative assistant, Engineering & Science for more information and to register.

Slide Rule Photo