UDM Campus Connection

September 16, 2014

Celebrate Spirit! acknowledges religious sponsors' jubilee year

Several Jesuits and Sisters of Mercy, who are celebrating their jubilee year as religious priests and sisters, were recognized at the Celebrate Spirit! liturgy. The complete list of jubilarians are:

  • Professor of Biology Gerard Albright, S.J. - 70 years in the Society of Jesus
  • Adjunct Faculty of Religious Studies Gilmary Bauer, RSM ’68 - 50 years as a Sister of Mercy
  • Professor of Business Management Gerald Cavanagh, S.J. - 50 years in the Society of Jesus
  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies Justin J. Kelly, S.J. - 60 years in the Society of Jesus
  • Associate Professor of Health Services Administration Mary Kelly, RSM ’68 - 50 years as a Sister of Mercy
  • College of Business Administration Board of Advisors member Maureen Mulcrone, RSM ’68 - 50 years as a Sister of Mercy
  • James E. O’Reilly, S.J. - 70 years in the Society of Jesus
  • Artist Cheryl Marie Phillips, RSM ’68 - 50 years as a Sister of Mercy
  • Professor of Religious Studies (ret.) John Saliba, S.J. - 60 years in the Society of Jesus
  • Gesu Church Pastor Robert Scullin, S.J. - 50 years in the Society of Jesus 

UDM is blessed by their presence and interaction with faculty, staff, students and alumni.


The jubilarians were recognized at the 2014 Celebrate Spirit! liturgy, Sept. 11 in Calihan Hall. Pictured are (left to right): Fr. Cavanagh, Sr. Gilmary, Fr. Kelly, Fr. Albright, Sr. Maureen, Sr. Mary and Fr. Saliba.

Photos from this year's Celebrate Spirit! event are now posted on UDM’s photo gallery!

Celebrate Spirit!

Rev. Simon Hendry, S.J., director of the Catholic Studies Program, was the Mass celebrant at Celebrate Spirit!

Livernois Streetscape Groundbreaking

On Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m., the UDM community is invited to attend the groundbreaking for Phase I of the Livernois Streetscape Enhancement Project. The event will take place in the greenery area on the west side of Livernois between Grove and Florence Streets. This phase of the project includes landscaping and median and sidewalk improvements on Livernois Avenue from the Lodge Freeway to 8 Mile Road.

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) provided funding for this approximately $1.3 million project phase, with matching funds from the Kresge Foundation, the City of Detroit, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and UDM. Construction will begin by the end of the month. Attending the groundbreaking will be representatives from the offices of the Governor, Mayor, Emergency Manager, DEGC and MEDC, the Kresge Foundation, and University of Detroit Mercy.

UDM celebrates Constitution Day

In honor of Constitution Day, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, UDM will commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens.

The McNichols Campus Library will dedicate a display to Constitution-related books, posters and documents. The Libraries/IDS Research Portal will feature links to Constitution Day information and websites. Second Life, an online three-dimensional exhibit, consists of a replica of the National Archive where the U.S. Constitution is displayed. The site will be available on a computer near the display cases in the McNichols Campus Library.

Fr. Mulligan
Fr. Mulligan

Jesuit author speaks on martyrs in El Salvador

UDM welcomes author Joe Mulligan, S.J., to speak about Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador on Monday, Sept. 22, from 10–10:50 a.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Exhibition Center of the Warren Loranger Building on the McNichols Campus. Fr. Mulligan works in Nicaragua with the Christian-based communities and is the author of The Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador: Celebrating the Anniversaries. For more information, see the event page.

This event is sponsored by the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA), the Jesuit Community at UDM, and co-sponsored by the Gesu Peace and Justice Committee.

UDM School of Law hosts 102nd annual Red Mass

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host its 102nd annual Red Mass and Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at noon. The Mass will be held at Detroit's historic Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church. The celebrant of the Mass will be The Most Reverend Donald F. Hanchon, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Mass will be followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium of the School. The Catholic Lawyers Society is co-sponsoring the Mass this year. For additional information, please visit the official press release.

Mercy Cross

Mercy Day activities

UDM celebrates Mercy Day, Sept. 24, by recognizing what “mercy” means to its students, faculty, and alumni.  Share your thoughts by completing this form. The McNichols Campus Library will post the comments on a display the week of Sept. 22. Other Mercy Day activities include:

  • Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m.– A Sister of Mercy will speak at Mass followed by a reception, hosted by University Ministry. The Mass will be held in the St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building on the McNichols Campus.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24 – A tea party will be held in honor of Sisters of Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley from 1-3 p.m. in the lobby of the McNichols Campus Library.

SOA welcomes Michael Ford and Hip Hop Inspired Architecture

The UDM School of Architecture (SOA) welcomes Michael Ford of Flad Architects to speak on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Exhibition Center of the Warren Loranger Building on the McNichols Campus. Ford will speak on "Hip Hop Inspired Architecture." Both the Hip Hop Inspired Architecture and The Alley Project (TAP) Gallery of Southwest Detroit exhibits will be on display in the Warren Loranger Building from Sept. 22-26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, see the event page.

The Best of Enemies

UDM Theatre Presents: The Best of Enemies

The UDM Theatre Company presents The Best of Enemies, a Michigan premiere production written by Mark St. Germain, to be performed at the Marygrove Theatre on the following dates:

  • Friday, Sept. 26, from 8-11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 27, from 8-11 p.m. (An afterglow follows this performance.)
  • Sunday, Sept. 28, from 2-4 p.m. (A show discussion follows the performance.)
  • Friday, Oct. 3, from 8-11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8-11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2-4 p.m.

The Best of Enemies depicts how respect, understanding and trust can be delicately forged to resolve deep and bitter differences. For more information or to purchase tickets, please email theatre@udmercy.edu or visit the UDM Theatre Company page.

Panel discusses health and architecture

Dr. Richard Jackson and panel

Pictured above (left to right): During the Sept. 9 architecture lecture, UCLA Department of Public Health chair and keynote speaker Dr. Richard Jackson, UDM Professor of Health Professions Carla Groh, Wayne State University Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Robin Boyle, Lawrence Technological University School of Architecture and Design Dean Glen LeRoy and Professor of Architecture Stephen Vogel discuss the relationship between public health and community development.

Titan Success Network to survey students

The Titan Success Network (TSN) Fall Transition Survey, a campus-wide initiative designed to improve student success and retention at UDM, is available for First Year and Sophomore students to take until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Visit the TSN page for more information.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of Marketing Mike Bernacchi was quoted in the Detroit News article, “Pointes moms swap 'stuff' as online swap sites grow,” discussing the success of one Grosse Pointe mother using online swap sites, Sept. 6. Bernacchi has also been quoted in both the USA Today article, “Retailers already wooing holiday shoppers,” as well as the Detroit Free Press article, “Georgea Kovanis: Look for longer hours, bigger deals for the holidays,” about upcoming holiday shopping and the expected boom of promotions and store hours, Sept. 14.

Dean of the College of Business Administration Joseph Eisenhauer was quoted in the Crain’s Detroit Business article, “Investing in an HR team can ease the burden of mass hiring,” regarding human resources investments with business owners, Sept. 7.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Justin Kelly, S.J., will host a fall seminar titled, “Seeking a credible faith: How my mind has changed, and stayed the same,” at the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills from September through December.

Professor of Political Science and CLAE Associate Dean Victoria Mantzopoulos was quoted in The Detroit News article, “Gov. Snyder as you've never heard him before,” commenting on the change in Gov. Rick Snyder’s voice in his new campaign ads, Sept. 13.

Associate Professor of Communication Studies Jason Roche’s film, Stealing Home, has been selected for the 9th annual Baseball Film Festival at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. The film fest runs the weekend of Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21. For more information, see the press release.

Marketing & Public Affairs Communications Specialist Amy Skimin’s article, “New UDM, Archdiocese of Detroit Partnership Helps Local Catholic School Grads,” was published in the September issue of the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities' newsletter, Connections.

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