UDM Campus Connection

May 17, 2016

2016 Commencement photos and videos online

Vivere ex Missione Award
Detroit Mercy recognized College of Engineering & Science graduate Paige Dykema with its Vivere ex Missione Award, given to a graduating student who went beyond the norm to live the UDM mission. Dykema graduated with a biology degree with a concentration in applied genetics and a minor in leadership.

UDM School of Dentistry, School of Law and McNichols Campus graduates celebrated Commencement ceremonies, May 13-14.

School of Dentistry
Chief Economist and Vice President of the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association Marko Vujicic, Ph.D, provided the UDMSOD keynote address. See the Dentistry Commencement video and photo gallery online. The 2016 Dentistry graduates also shared a message on this major milestone in their lives with a special student-made video.

School of Law
Anthony Asher '61 '65, managing partner at Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C., delivered the Detroit Mercy Law keynote address, with some inspiring remarks. This year's Honorary Degree was presented to Asher's brother, George J. Asher, posthumously. See the Detroit Mercy Law photo gallery online.

Margaret Auer
Former Dean of University Libraries & Instructional Technology Margaret Auer

McNichols Campus
Director of Catholic Studies Simon Hendry, S.J. was presider and delivered the Homily at the Baccalaureate Mass prior to the Commencement ceremony. Former Dean of University Libraries & Instructional Technology Margaret Auer provided the keynote address on wordplay and concepts of happiness, integrity and service. See the McNichols Campus photo gallery online and speaker presentation. Posts from our #udmgrad2016 feed can be found online, recapping moments on Twitter and Instagram from the May 14 celebration.

See the Class of 2016 Valedictorian Sara Zawacki's speech from the ceremony as well as Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi's remarks on Commencement.

Congratulations to all University of Detroit Mercy graduates!

Blair White
Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi congratulates former Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver Blair White (pictured left) and his brother Nicholas, two new Detroit Mercy graduates of the UDMSOD D.D.S. program!

Camp College, May 19

University of Detroit Mercy, the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC) and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will host a Camp College event on Thursday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the McNichols Campus. Approximately 250 students from high schools and churches in the community will attend the one-day, conference-style workshop, encouraging underserved students to consider and prepare for higher education.

Presentations will be led by representatives from different colleges, including University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Lawrence Technological University and more. The keynote speaker will be Sarah Anthony, deputy director for Partnership and Advocacy for the Michigan College Access Network.

Engineering project helps people with wheelchairs

Capstone Engineering Wheelchair Project
An automated assistive apparatus that moves a wheelchair into and out of a car trunk was the product of a capstone design project by graduating mechanical engineering students, May 12, featured on WDIV Channel 4 News.

UDMSOD partners with Beaumont and Wayne County

UDMSOD partners with Beaumont and Wayne County
(Pictured from left to right) Cutting the ribbon to officially open the Wayne County Health Center in Wayne are Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Director of the Department Health, Veterans and Community Wellness Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, Wayne County Commissioner Al Haidous and UDMSOD Dean Mert Aksu.

UDMSOD is partnering with Beaumont Health, Wayne County and Wayne County Health Department to provide dental, behavioral health, nutritional, counseling, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology services, as well as immunizations and services in the Women, Infants and Children program to Wayne County communities.

Located at 33030 Van Born in Wayne, the 25,000-square-foot center has been transformed into a full-service, federally-qualified health center with eight remodeled exam rooms thanks to a $700,000 grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The clinic will serve as part of the UDMSOD Community-Based Education program as a local rotation. For more information, see the Detroit Free Press article, "Expanded county health center opens in Wayne," March 25.

Detroit Mercy offers pre-college summer camps

Deadlines are fast approaching for the many pre-college summer camps offered this year by the College of Engineering & Science, School of Architecture and College of Liberal Arts & Education.

Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of architectural design and digital media studies in the Architectural Design and Digital Media Design Summer Camps, June 20-24. In both the Michigan Council of Women in Technology's (MCWT) Camp Infinity, June 20-24, and STEPS Summer Program, July 11-22, young girls will be introduced to the world of engineering, technology, science and robotics. Students can also see how innovation and creative principles improve human life during the Design Thinking Summer Program, July 25 to Aug. 5.

See the Summer Camps web page for more information and application deadlines.

Titan Athletics hosts Round Ball Luncheons, May 25 and June 15

Titan Athletics will host two Round Ball Luncheons on Wednesday, May 25 and Wednesday, June 15 at noon in the Ed & Brooks Room of Calihan Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. Register online or contact Assistant Director of Marketing & Promotions Mitchell Sweet at 313-993-1705 or sweetmb@udmercy.edu.

Dual-enrolled students complete engineering course

Cristo Rey
Twelve dual-enrolled high school students from Detroit Cristo Rey High School successfully completed the ENGR 1080 "Foundations of Engineering Design" course, May 12.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Counseling & Addiction Studies Nancy Calleja was an invited speaker at the Ohio Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in Columbus, Ohio, May 28. Calleja presented two sessions on developmental-informed treatment for justice-involved adolescents titled, "The Forward-Focused Model."

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi wrote a guest editorial about Detroit Public Schools in the Detroit Free Press article,"Focus on Detroit's students," May 13.

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Dentistry Prashanth Konatham Haribabu recently participated in a unique workshop as an extension of the Indian Dental Conference held in New Delhi, India. The primary goal was to create awareness among oral health providers about the importance, implications and necessity to maintain, monitor and follow global standards of infection control and safety.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison was the invited speaker for the annual Seedlings Braille Books for Children banquet. Harrison talked about the shared mission of Seedlings and Rx for Reading Detroit in increasing literacy among populations of children who don't have equal access to books. Rx for Reading Detroit, the children's literacy initiative directed by Harrison, distributed 915 new books to children attending El día de los niños/El día de los libros in Southwest Detroit. Included were more than 400 Spanish and bilingual books that were provided through the School Psychology Literacy Fund.

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