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January 2012

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UDM College of Engineering & Science part of $2.4 million Kern Family Foundation Grant

University of Detroit Mercy will be part of a three-year, $2.4 million grant from the Kern Family Foundation to develop ways to educate engineers to contribute to the entrepreneurial cultures of their companies. UDM has teamed with Baylor University, University of Dayton and Villanova University, and their industry partners, to build a curriculum that will help students better understand intrapreneurship and provide hands-on opportunities to put the practice in place. For more information about this collaboration, read the press release.

Chrysler logoChrysler Alumni Night

On Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, UDM alumni who work at or are retired from Chrysler are invited back to the McNichols Campus to cheer on the Titan men’s basketball team as it takes on the University of Illinois-Chicago. A pre-game reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Calihan Hall Ed & Brooks Room. Tip-off is 7 p.m. To register, visit the Online Community.

UDM School of Law gives back to community

The School of Law has a longstanding tradition of public service, and Wednesday, Dec. 14 was another example. The School of Law hosted a holiday party for 100 students, 100 parents, and the entire staff of Wayne Elementary School in Detroit.

Everyone was fed a delicious, hot holiday meal followed by a visit from Santa. To see what else the UDM School of Law is doing, visit law.udmercy.edu.

UDM Receives $1.5 million Foundation Grant

The University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) in the School of Architecture received a $1.5 million grant from the Ford Foundation to develop and implement a year-long civic engagement process that will yield a long-term land-use vision for the revitalization and growth of the City of Detroit. DCDC will work with the Detroit Works program to develop and implement the plan. For more information about this exciting project, read the press release.

UDM College of Engineering & Science part of $2.4 million Kern Family Foundation Grant

University of Detroit Mercy will be part of a three-year, $2.4 million grant from the Kern Family Foundation to develop ways to educate engineers to contribute to the entrepreneurial cultures of their companies. UDM has teamed with Baylor University, University of Dayton and Villanova University, and their industry partners, to build a curriculum that will help students better understand intrapreneurship and provide hands-on opportunities to put the practice in place. For more information about this collaboration, read the press release.

LutzAuto Executive Robert Lutz:
"Car Guys vs. Bean Counters"

Robert Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors in North America, will discuss his latest book, "Car Guys vs. Bean Counters" on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the newly renovated Chemistry Building on the McNichols Campus. The book presents his common-sense lessons, which apply in any business. To learn more and to register, visit community.udmercy.edu/lutz.

Alternative Spring Break

UDM has been coordinating service trips since 1989. Students just returned from the Alternative Winter Break (AWB) on Jan. 8. Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is March 3-10, and the International Service Experience (ISE ) is in May. Service trips provide students an opportunity to see the world in a different light, while offering service to those less fortunate. Participation gives students and colleagues a chance to live the charisms of the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. Students live the Jesuit goal of education in being "men and women for others" and the Mercy tradition of "compassionate service to those in need."

To sponsor a current "breaker," visit the UDM Ministry Service Immersion Trips page.

Chrysler logoChrysler Alumni Night

On Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, UDM alumni who work at or are retired from Chrysler are invited back to the McNichols Campus to cheer on the Titan men’s basketball team as it takes on the University of Illinois-Chicago. A pre-game reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Calihan Hall Ed & Brooks Room. Tip-off is 7 p.m. To register, visit the Online Community.

Reserve your place for the Alumni Tailgate!

Join us for the Titan Tailgate and Chili Cookoff on Sunday, Feb. 12. Begin the day with Mass at 10 a.m. in the St. Ignatius Chapel, C&F Building. Next enjoy a tailgate lunch, and cast your vote for the best chili at the Titan Tailgate in the Engineering Building Highbay. The men’s basketball team takes on Green Bay at 1 p.m. in Calihan Hall.

Alumni from the Class of 2011 and parents of current students get in FREE! Titan 10, alumni from classes 2001-2010, can purchase tickets at a discounted ticket price.

Register online today!

Greg Boyle, S.J., to speak on McNichols Campus

Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., founder and director of Homeboy Industries and an internationally recognized expert on gangs, will talk about his experiences and his perspectives on his work with Latino gangs in Los Angeles. This event, hosted by The Catholic Studies Program, will take place in the Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 113, from 7:30 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, as a part of UDM MLK Week. For additional information, read the press release).

UDM School of Law gives back to community

The School of Law has a longstanding tradition of public service, and Wednesday, Dec. 14 was another example. The School of Law hosted a holiday party for 100 students, 100 parents, and the entire staff of Wayne Elementary School in Detroit.

Everyone was fed a delicious, hot holiday meal followed by a visit from Santa. To see what else the UDM School of Law is doing, visit law.udmercy.edu.

Dick Vitale CourtDick Vitale Interview

Detroit honored a legend and treated a raucous crowd to a victory with a 69-63 win over St. John's at "Dick Vitale Court" dedication in Calihan Hall on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.  The court was named after Detroit's former head coach and athletic director in a pre-game dedication ceremony.

Listen to Dick Vitale reminisce about his time at the University during this WJR interview.

Milwaukee and Butler offer special basketball ticket prices

As the Titan men’s basketball team hits the road in January and February, make sure to take advantage of the alumni group ticket prices offered by their Horizon League opponents.

  • Saturday, Jan.  14: Detroit v. Milwaukee,
    Tip-off 8:00 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Arena.

    Purchase tickets for $10 per person ($5 tickets also available) by phoning the UWM ticket office at 414-229-4403.
     
  • Saturday, Feb. 4: Detroit vs. Butler,
    Tip-off noon in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

    Purchase tickets for $10 per person by phoning the Butler ticket office at 317-940-9390.

All game times are in EST.

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