Messages from Deans
Parting words from outgoing Dean John
On June 30, I will end three years as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education. Dr. Charles Marske, who shows every sign of being a wonderful new dean, will begin settling into the dean’s office in Briggs on July 1.
What has me writing this column are some rumors about why I am not continuing
as dean—some people heard that I don't like the job; some that I've
decided to leave UDM after 23 plus years here, leave permanently; I even
heard that I'd gotten fired. None of those rumors are accurate.
A message from incoming Dean Charles Marske
I am absolutely delighted to be joining the University of Detroit Mercy as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education. One of the most compelling reasons I accepted the position was because I believe that both the University and the College are exemplars of a value-based education that emphasize service for others. As such, I believe they both deserve the very best of our efforts and talents. My wife and I have believed in this University and what it stands for long before I ever envisioned working here, for our youngest son has attended and our daughter is attending UDM. That we entrusted our children to this institution and deeply appreciate that both of them have been well served by the University is testament to our longstanding feelings about the University of Detroit Mercy.
As you noticed when you first opened this alumni newsletter, the name has changed. The College met with the Liberal Arts & Education Alumni Council to determine a new name that best represents the diversity and cohesiveness of the CLAE.
Edward J. Wolff: A teacher of presidents
English professor is awarded emeritus status
After teaching at the University of Detroit Mercy for more than 50 years, Edward J. Wolff ’52, never expected to be surprised by anything. But this past April, upon being honored as Professor Emeritus during the University’s annual President’s Convocation, the former English professor learned that “back in the day” he taught an English literature course on Geoffrey Chaucer to UDM President Maureen A. Fay. O.P.
UDM at Cambridge
Last fall, Professor of History Roy Finkenbine was one of 90 historians from the U.S. and Britain invited to attend a specially convened conference to assess the current state of scholarship in nineteenth-century American history and to introduce new directions for research.
Publication examines cultural and social identity
Post Identity, the English Department's fully refereed journal of the humanities, is now available online.
Student Melissa Cobb enhances Catholic
Identity at UDM
At the end of each academic year during the Honor’s Convocation, the University recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement. One Liberal Arts and Education student, however, stood out amongst her peers for her accomplishments beyond the classroom.
Student writers awarded during Honors
The College of Liberal Arts and Education provides many opportunities for students to develop and showcase their writing talents, including the Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture and the Writing Center and through publications such as the Varsity News, Howling Wolf, [SIC], Post Identity and UDM Rewired.
Graduate Gudrun Marcotty trades in
retirement for the classroom
Most people are well into retirement by the time they reach their late 70s, but recent UDM graduate Gudrun Elsa Marcotty, who turns 80 in June, went back to school.
Theatre Company remembers Chi-Chi Regal
Friends and family of Geraldine “Chi-Chi” Regal, daughter of the Theatre Company’s longtime director and professor David Regal, gathered on April 16 to remember the young thespian.
brings week of celebration to UDM
The fall will bring an air of excitement and energy to the University of Detroit Mercy as it welcomes Rev. Gerard Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D., as its new president.