UDM Campus Connection

May 3, 2016

University Commencement, May 13-14

University Commencement ceremonies will be held May 13 and 14 in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus. Specific details include:

School of Dentistry Commencement

  • Time: Friday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: Calihan Hall
  • Keynote Speaker: Marko Vujicic, Ph.D, chief economist and vice president, Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association
  • Baccalaureate Mass: Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at Gesu Church, 17180 Oak Drive, Detroit
  • For more information, see the School of Dentistry Commencement website.

School of Law Commencement

  • Time: Friday, May 13 at 5 p.m.
  • Location: Calihan Hall
  • Keynote Speaker: Anthony Asher '61 '65, managing partner, Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C.
  • Honorary Degree Recipient: Honorary Degree presented posthumously to George J. Asher, received by Anthony Asher in his brother's honor
  • Baccalaureate Mass: Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, 438 St. Antoine Street, Detroit
  • For more information, see the School of Law Commencement website.

McNichols Commencement

  • Time: Saturday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Calihan Hall
  • Keynote Speaker: Margaret Auer, former Dean of University Libraries & Instructional Technology
  • Valedictorian: Sara Francis Zawacki, McAuley School of Nursing
  • Baccalaureate Mass: Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at Gesu Church, 17180 Oak Drive, Detroit
  • For more information, see the McNichols Commencement website.

Social Media

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.

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 University of Detroit Mercy graduates!

Brand Study Presentation, May 5

Research consultant BD&E will provide an update on the University brand study. 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."

"MiWeek" tapes program on McNichols Campus, May 5

Watch a live broadcast of Detroit Public TV's program, "MiWeek," on Thursday, May 5 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Channel 56 and online. Detroit Mercy will host presenters Stephen Henderson, Nolan Finley and Christy McDonald on the McNichols Campus, who will discuss the changes in Northwest Detroit neighborhoods surrounding Detroit Mercy, the Live6 Alliance and the University's interactions with the local community. Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera and Live6 Alliance Director Lauren Hood will take part in a panel session following the broadcast.

University community cleans up around campuses

Alumni Service Day
In conjunction with the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities national initiative, I Make A Difference: National Jesuit Alumni Service 2016, the Detroit Mercy Alumni Association Board hosted a day of service on both the McNichols and Riverfront campuses, April 30. On the McNichols Campus, approximately 30 volunteers cleaned the athletic fields, prepared Jesuit gardens for planting and cleaned up the McNichols neighborhood west of campus as well as Fraternity House Row on Fairfield Street. On the Riverfront Campus, approximately 40 School of Law alumni partnered with Ss. Peter and Paul Church and the Pope Francis Center to plant and landscape the courtyard, prepare food as well as collect and sort donations for the homeless in the Pope Francis Center, and clean around Ss. Peter and Paul Church and the surrounding neighborhood. See photo gallery of the event.

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.

UDMSOD climbs for lung disease awareness

The Sky's the Limit Detroit Mercy Team Stair Climb
The School of Dentistry's "The Sky's the Limit" team climbed proud at the American Lung Association's 2016 Fight for Air Climb at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Dental student Ryan Rivamonte and teammate Kacey Tulley won the event's overall male and female awards for racing up 71 floors of steps. Captained by Clinical Associate Professor of Periodontology & Dental Hygiene Laura Manning-Lese '95 '12, the team of 45 participants raised more than $5,000 towards lung disease awareness. UDMSOD Communications Coordinator and Graphic Designer Rhonda Evans also won the event's "Best Team Shirt" award for her design.

Detroit Mercy Night at Comerica Park registration now open

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, which includes a picnic dinner and one complimentary drink ticket. Five dollars 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. For more information and to register, see the event page.

UDM's story: Matt Guinta '07 '08

Matt Guinta '07 '08
Architecture alumnus Matt Guinta '07, '08 shares some of his memories and thoughts on what the University means to him. If you have a story to share from your experience at University of Detroit, Mercy College or Detroit Mercy, please let us know!

Jane on Six walk, May 7

The Live6 Alliance and Detroit Collaborative Design Center invite all members of the University community to participate in Jane on Six, the Live6 Jane Jacob's Walk, on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. Meet at the McNichols Campus entrance off McNichols Road.

Jane on Six is a two-mile walk around the Livernois & Six Mile corridors, which will focus on the history and culture of the area. For more information, contact Detroit Collaborative Design Center Consultant Julia Kowalski at 313-993-1037 or kowalskij.dcdc@gmail.com.

Thumbs Up!

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine gave the talk, "Rumley: An African-American Community in Nineteenth-Century Ohio," to the Anna District Historical Society in Ohio, April 26.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison spoke about children's literacy, book deserts and Rx for Reading Detroit on the Detroit Free Press podcast, "Detours." Listen to the podcast online.

Associate Professor of Education and Deputy Mayor of Detroit Isaiah McKinnon was interviewed on his retirement and his return to teaching at Detroit Mercy in the Detroit News article, "Detroit deputy mayor retiring, plans return to teaching," April 20. See media coverage in the Detroit Free Press, Click on Detroit, and B.L.A.C.

Associate Professor of Communication Studies Jason Roche moderated the panel discussion, "Connecting through Sports History," and gave a presentation about his research in producing the documentary, Stealing Home, at the Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas, Nev.

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