UDM Campus Connection

August 23, 2016

President's Convocation starts academic year

The 2016-2017 academic year began with the annual President's Convocation, Aug. 16. New employees and retirees were recognized and special awards and recognition were announced.

Agere ex Missione Awards
The University presented the Agere ex Missione Faculty Award to Professor of Law Gary Maveal for his 28 years of service as a faculty member and administrator. The Agere ex Missione Staff Award to McNichols Library Head of Circulation Betty Nelson for her 35 years of service, including 25 years as head of circulation.

Faculty award recipients were also announced: Mark Benvenuto, professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, received the Faculty Excellence Award and J. Richard Broughton, School of Law associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of Law, received the Faculty Achievement Award. They will be recognized at the Faculty Recognition Awards Celebration this fall.

President's Convocation Lunch
Faculty, administrators and staff enjoyed a delicious lunch on the McNichols Campus following the President's Convocation. See the photo gallery online!

Colleague & Academic Advisor Training & Development Days a success

More than 200 Detroit Mercy faculty, staff and administrators participated in the 6th Annual Colleague & Academic Advisor Training & Development Days, Aug. 17-18. Overwhelmingly positive feedback was received regarding this year's organization, session diversity and overall experience. The opening plenary "The University of Detroit Mercy Assurance Argument: A Community Dialogue" and the wine and cheese plenary, "The New University of Detroit Mercy Identity: Brand Position and Messaging" were both well received. Participants have been asked to check junk mail folders for a Survey Monkey link to evaluate the event and help improve next year's sessions.

The call for proposals for the second annual Mid-Year Colleague Development Days, tentatively scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Jan. 5-6, 2017 will be publicized soon. 

Colleague Dev Days
Reflecting on this year's Colleague & Academic Advisor Training & Development Days, a recently hired employee was quoted: "I was impressed by the warmth and care expressed by faculty who were willing to escort me to campus buildings and answer questions. I enjoyed opportunities to network and meet colleagues from areas across campus. This is a very worthwhile event."

Celebrate Spirit! Logo

Join us for Celebrate Spirit!, Sept. 15

To officially welcome the new school year, all Detroit Mercy students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to attend the annual Celebrate Spirit! event, Thursday, Sept. 15. Celebrate Spirit! welcomes people of all faith traditions to ask God's blessing on the new school year.

The day begins with an 11:30 a.m. Mass in the Student Fitness Center, featuring celebrant Gerald Cavanagh, S.J., homilist Phillip Cooke, S.J. and keynote speaker Crystal Windham '02, director of North American Interior Design for General Motors Corporation.

Also, President Antoine M. Garibaldi will unveil the University's new logo and brand identity, the result of an in-depth study over the last year.

Following the Mass, a picnic and the Student Organization Fair will take place around the Fisher Fountain. The McNichols Campus class schedule will be changed on Sept. 15 to accommodate attendance. See the Celebrate Spirit! website for more information.

Celebrate Spirit! 2016 is co-sponsored by:

  • University Ministry,
  • the Institute for Leadership and Service and
  • the College of Business Administration, which is celebrating its centennial year.

Movie Night at Calihan Hall and Block Party, Aug. 27

Come join current students, faculty and alumni as we fill Calihan Hall at the inaugural Movie Night at Calihan Hall on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Following a viewing of the film, Remember the Titans, there will be a Detroit Mercy Block party, featuring food trucks, games and a music stage with a "live mike" for student performances behind Calihan Hall from 9 to 11 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Titans Movie Night

Homecoming Logo

Homecoming Weekend 2016

FRIDAY, Sept. 30

Join our Colleges and Schools as they host activities designed to entertain, inform and inspire. This is a great day to visit faculty, meet current students and reunite with other alumni. All the Colleges and Schools come together in the evening for an all-campus Homecoming BBQ.

  • School of Dentistry, Continuing Education Program
  • College of Business Administration, Viewing of 9 Businesses, a film about Detroit entrepreneurs
  • College of Liberal Arts & Education & University Libraries, Ask the Professor
  • College of Engineering & Science, CASEE Lab Dedication & Ribbon Cutting
  • School of Architecture, Reception and Innovation Talk
  • School of Law, Golf Outing & Dinner
  • Campus-wide BBQ


Relive the spirit of Detroit during this day of fun, festivities and fellowship. There is something for everybody from our 5K run to our Detroit Street Fair, athletic activities, family fun center and a vow renewal Mass. Bring your family and friends and come back home to Detroit Mercy.

  • 5K and Fun Run/Walk: Detroit Decades Dash
  • Detroit Mercy Scavenger Hunt
  • Detroit Street Fair
  • Fun Center
  • Alumni Basketball Game
  • CBA Financial Market Demonstrations
  • Engineering and Chemistry Buildings Open Houses
  • Architecture Building Open House
  • Pictorial Display of University's History
  • St. Francis-style Tug-of-War and Party
  • Titans Women's Soccer Game
  • Vow Renewal Mass and Reception

Click here for more information or to register online! Volunteers are needed for Saturday's Homecoming activities; contact Director of Alumni Relations Peggy Pattison at 313-578-0327 or peggy.pattison@udmercy.edu.

Detroit Decades Dash 5K registration now open

Get in on the ground floor of a new Detroit tradition: The Detroit Decades Dash! This year's theme for the 5K Run/Walk is the 1980s, and there are cash prizes for the best costumes. So dig out your pink and black Spandex, your power suits with big shoulder pads, your biggest hair and that Members Only jacket.

Detroit Decades Dash


Upcoming JAFD events

Join the Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit (JAFD) this September for two special events! On Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. connect, socialize and relax with the JAFD on the rooftop of the Park Shelton, 15 E Kirby Street in Detroit. See PDF flyer for more information and registration.

JAFD will also host a Fall Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Avenue in Detroit. The luncheon's guest speaker will be Loyola University of Chicago Chancellor and Society of Jesus Secretary for Higher Education Michael Garanzini, S.J. See PDF flyer for more information and registration.

Campus developments continue

Progress CHP Addition
University of Detroit Mercy continues to invest in the improvement of the McNichols Campus, including the development of the iNSPIRE Lab, CASEE lab and addition to the Health Professions facility. The University was recently highlighted in The Detroit News article and video, "Detroit Mercy invests millions in campuses," Aug. 15.

Get your tickets for the University District Home Tour

The University District Community Association (UDCA) will host its annual home and garden tour on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the tour beginning at Gesu Church, 17180 Oak Drive in Detroit. Tickets can be purchased online and will be $18 in advance and $20 at the door. The six homes on this year's tour were built between 1920 and 1936, and one of the homes was built by the Spoon Brothers, who were known for their opulent craftsmanship. Visit the UDCA website to register, learn more about the event and keep in touch with upcoming University District news!

Vintage flyer for the Hollywood Ballroom
A vintage flyer for the Hollywood Ballroom promises air conditioning and "75 charming girl partners."

Detroit Mercy Libraries adds lost Detroit culture collection

Peer into Detroit's past at the exhibition, "Lost Cultural Venues of Detroit: Social Spaces and Playgrounds," now on display in the McNichols Campus Library through Saturday, Sept. 10.

Visit the Library's main lobby and see some relics of long-lost Detroit bars, coffeehouses, nightclubs, ballrooms and other venues, curated by Library Preservation Specialist Maurice Greenia, Jr. The exhibit will change and grow, so be sure to stop in often!

Tickets selling fast for Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park

Tailgate tickets to the Detroit Athletic Club are sold out, but there are still tickets available for the game at Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Get your RSVP in right away!

Thumbs Up!

School of Dentistry Dean Mert Aksu and Associate Professor of Periodontology & Dental Hygiene Anthony Neely were mentioned in The Detroit News article, "Rubin: At a loss over dental floss," Aug. 22.

Associate Professor of Biology Stokes Baker and Associate Professor of Biology James Graves attended the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT) Next Generation DNA Sequencing Group Workshop, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and National Science Foundation, for undergraduate educators at California State University in Los Angeles, June 27 through July 1. Baker also received the 2016 Samuel Noel Postlethwait Award for outstanding service to the Teaching Section of the Botanical Society of America. Baker presented a workshop on using next generation sequencing technology as well as a scholarly paper, titled, "Using RNA-seq data in an Ecology Laboratory Inquiry Investigation," at Botany 2016, the annual meeting of the Botanical Society of America.

Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi was highlighted in The Detroit News article, "Racy Olympic apparel designed in Metro Detroit," Aug. 5. Bernacchi was also mentioned in The Detroit News article, "FCA, GM and Ford bringing classics to Woodward," Aug. 14.

Associate Professor of Law Khaled Beydoun wrote the Time article, "3 Olympic athletes show the positive power of Islam," Aug. 16. Beydoun wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post, titled, "America banned Muslims long before Donald Trump," Aug. 18. Beydoun was also mentioned in the B.L.A.C. article, "Blacks and Arabs: The Conversation," Aug. 5.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison and her children's literacy, Rx for Reading Detroit, distributed over 10,000 books to children in Detroit. In addition to its clinic and community libraries, Rx for Reading Detroit provided books for community organizations and events across the city. Read more about the organization online in an alumna guest post by Nicky Marcot '07.

Professor of History Gregory Sumner was highlighted in the Ingham County Legal News and Macomb County Legal News article, "Lawyer details Detroit's contribution to World War II efforts," Aug. 4 and Aug. 12, respectively.

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