College prepares for a moving experience
Construction of the new University of Detroit Mercy College of Health Professions facility is on target, with staff and faculty scheduled to move to the McNichols Campus, August 17.
“It’s exciting but it’s also a big undertaking,” reports Suzanne Mellon, College of Health Professions dean. “Everyone’s involved on at least one moving committee. We have teams for everything – communications, records, labs, you name it. We’re hoping to have everything in place by August 23.”
The College’s new 48,480 square-foot home “is a perfect blend of new and old,” says Mellon. “It reflects where we’ve come from and where we’re going.
“The new classrooms, laboratories and distance learning facilities are extremely high tech, allowing us to better serve a broader range of students – the traditional and returning students, and the growing number who are learning online. We’ll be connected to resources and students across the country and around the world.”
At the same time, the new facility will showcase stained glass windows from the Mercy Chapel, along with numerous other artifacts from the Outer Drive Campus.
A special task force cataloged and evaluated hundreds of items to determine which to move or store.
“We’re bringing many pieces to our new home. We’ll also be integrating furniture, artwork, statuary and other important items throughout the McNichols and Riverfront campuses,” says Mellon.
A dedication celebration is scheduled for Sept. 30, during a week of campus festivities culminating in the Oct. 1 inauguration of Rev. Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D., as UDM’s next president. Students, alumni and other guests will have the opportunity to tour the new facility as well as the recently restored Commerce & Finance Building, where many Health Professions classes will be taught.