UDM Campus Connection

April 26, 2016

Alumni Association hosts day of service

All faculty, staff, students and University community members are invited to join the Detroit Mercy Alumni Association Board for a day of service on Saturday, April 30 from 8:15 a.m. to noon, in conjunction with the national initiative I Make A Difference: National Jesuit Alumni Service 2016.

A light breakfast and registration will take place in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Following the breakfast, volunteers will divide into groups to help spruce up campus athletic fields, prepare Jesuit gardens for planting and clean up the McNichols neighborhood west of campus as well as Fraternity House Row on Fairfield Street. School of Law alumni will partner with the Pope Francis Center for a special project on the Riverfront Campus. To register and find out more information, visit the Service website.

Spirit of UDM video and gallery online

Spirit of UDM 2016 Honorees
The University celebrated the third annual Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards event, April 22. The event honored alumni from each of UDM's Colleges and Schools. For the list of awardees, videos of their remarks and a photo gallery of the event, see the Spirit of UDM page.

University Commencement, May 13-14

The 2016 Commencement ceremony for McNichols Campus graduates will be held on Saturday, May 14. Details about the McNichols Campus Commencement, including hotel accommodations, parking and the assembly, can be found online.

The 2016 School of Dentistry and School of Law Commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 13 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. respectively. For more information, refer to the UDMSOD and Detroit Mercy Law Commencement pages.

For the May 14 Commencement celebration, include the hashtag #udmgrad2016 on your social media posts to share your graduation comments and images with the world! (Remember that to reach the most people, your posts and/or account should be set as public.) For more information, see hashtag use information for Twitter and Instagram. You can also post to UDM's official Facebook page with #udmgrad2016 in your comment. Public posts with the #udmgrad2016 tag will be displayed on a screen in Calihan Hall preceding the May 14 Commencement ceremony for McNichols Campus graduates.

All three ceremonies will take place in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus. For friends and family who are unable to attend the McNichols Campus Commencement ceremony, UDM offers a live video stream of the event! Watch online here. The video will begin streaming at 12:45 p.m. Congratulations to all Detroit Mercy graduates!

Detroit Mercy students compete at Eco-marathon

Shell Eco 1
More than 1,000 high school, college and university students from seven countries across the Americas competed in the Shell Eco-marathon, one of the world's most energy-efficient races, April 23. The competition saw more than 120 teams showcase their custom-built super mileage vehicles. Detroit Mercy's team this year took 18th place overall and more than doubled its gas mileage from last year's competition, logging 357 miles per gallon. One student was interviewed by Fox 2 News and another took part in the Eco-marathon opening ceremony. See media coverage of the event.

Brand Study Presentation, May 5

Research consultant BD&E has completed its University brand study, consisting of focus groups, interviews and surveys with hundreds of current students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, teachers, counselors, civic leaders and employers. A brief presentation and preview of the new brand will be held on Thursday, May 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. BD&E President & CEO Jeff Flick will highlight information on the research findings and brand recommendations in support of the Detroit Mercy Strategic Plan goal to "heighten the distinction of the University."

NIH visits campus for ReBUILDetroit

NIH visits campus
ReBUILDetroit scholar Mary-Jacqueline Muli (left) greets National Institutes of Health (NIH) BUILD Program Officer Pamela Thornton during a recent site visit to the McNichols Campus. Several NIH officials were impressed with the new iNSPIRE Laboratory and the scholars' freshman research presentations. ReBUILDetroit is a consortium consisting of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College and Wayne State University. The consortium received a $21.2 million grant over five years by the NIH to implement a program encouraging more undergraduate students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research. The University is the grant's primary institution.

JAFD Spring Luncheon, May 19

The Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit (JAFD) Spring Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Avenue in Detroit. United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan Terrence G. Berg and his wife, Community Outreach Coordinator for Gesu School in Detroit Anita Sevier, will speak on "Faith, Love and the Unexpected." Network and socialize with friends of the Jesuits in the Detroit area following the program. Register online in advance by Sunday, May 15. For more information, see the JAFD Facebook and email questions to jesuitalumdetroit@gmail.com.

Former Titan named head basketball coach

Bacari Alexander
Detroit Mercy Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. (right) announced that former Titan standout basketball player and assistant coach Bacari Alexander has joined Detroit Titans Athletics as the new head Men's Basketball Coach. See video coverage of the press conference.

Save the date: Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park

Join the University community at Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park as the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The University will be recognized during pregame festivities at 6:30 p.m. and the game will begin at 7:08 p.m.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • $21 - Game ticket in section 211-214
  • $50 - Game ticket in section 211-214 and tailgate
  • $36 - Game ticket in section 112-113
  • $65 - Game ticket in section 112-113 and tailgate

There will be a tailgate from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club preceding the game. The tailgate includes a picnic dinner, one complimentary drink ticket and a complimentary Detroit Mercy/Detroit Tigers baseball cap. $5 from each ticket will go to Detroit Mercy's General Scholarship Fund. The first 500 people to purchase tickets will receive a Detroit Mercy/Detroit Tigers baseball cap. Join the fun and show your school pride with Tommy Titan, the Pep Band, the Cheer Team and Dance Team, in addition to students, faculty and staff at this special evening. Stay tuned for more information online.

UDM's "Miss Michigan Earth" spoke at Earth Day Festival

Miss Michigan Earth
UDM ReBUILDetroit student and Miss Michigan Earth pageant winner Jasmina Cunmulaj gave a presentation on the call to action in aiding the Flint Water Crisis at the Michigan Earth Day Festival, April 23. The Michigan Earth Day Festival offered informative educational programs throughout the weekend covering a wide variety of green and wellness topics. See news release for more information.

Students win SAE design challenge

SAE design challenge
(Pictured from left to right holding winner's check) Engineering students Carl Williams, Yamin Zong, Isaac Trevino and Juan Islas won the SAE 2016 World Congress & Exhibition Hydrogen Society Mini-Design Challenge sponsored by Toyota Global, April 12-14.

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Professor of Counseling & Addiction Studies Nancy Calleja discussed sex offender legislation and treatment outcomes in her talk, "Adolescents who sexually offend: Current knowledge and complexities," to the Juvenile Division of the Oakland County Bar Association, April 14.

Career Education Center Assistant Dean Elissa Clemons co-presented the topic, "Academic and career advising: A collaboration for student success," at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Great Lakes Region 5 conference in Toronto, April 7. The session provided strategies to assist staff, faculty and administrators to develop ways to strengthen the partnership between academic advising and career advising as it relates to students' major and career selections and student retention efforts.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was reappointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission and was highlighted in the Michigan.gov article, "Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission," April 21.

Associate Professor of Biology James Graves served as a judge in the areas of microbiology, cellular biology and biochemistry at the 22nd annual Michigan Science and Engineering Fair for future college students, held at Kettering University in Flint, Mich., April 9.

Marketing & Public Affairs Web Communication Specialist Timmy Nelson won the Student Fitness Center Resolution Reboot Challenge, a rigorous four-week fitness program where participants received assigned points per exercise. Nelson accumulated more than 1,400 points and received a Fitbit Blaze smartwatch.

Associate Professor of Social Work Aloha VanCamp presented her research findings at the 58th Annual Conference of the Western Social Sciences Association held in Reno, Nevada, April 14-17. VanCamp's research, titled, "Legalization, decriminalization and medical marijuana: Emerging trends in higher education," focused on the changing attitudes and availability of marijuana and how it is impacting higher education social work programs.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski was the Daniel M. Laskin Professional Ethics Lecturer at Indiana University School of Dentistry, April 22. The Laskin Lectureship is focused on assisting oral health care providers to enhance their understanding of professionalism and the professional obligations of dentistry. The title of her presentation was the "Intersection of Ethics and the Law." Zarkowski also spoke to the Indiana School of Dentistry's Student Professional Ethics Association (SPEA), April 21.

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