Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

September 27, 2016

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Detroit Mercy Homecoming is this weekend!

Are you ready? The University celebrates Homecoming this weekend and there will be something for everyone! Whether you're dressing up in '80s attire and running the Detroit Decades Dash 5K, strolling across campus on a scavenger hunt, visiting Colleges/Schools open houses or shopping at the Fountain Area street fair, we're excited to see you on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1!

Any student, faculty, staff or alumni can still sign up for the (free) tug-of-war competition on Saturday! Get your team together a get ready to pull for prizes!

Check out our schedule of events and RSVP today.

Tug-of-War and Decades Dash

Architecture Lecture Series: Detroit Innovators

As part of its 2016-17 Lecture Series, Detroit Mercy School of Architecture (SOA) presents a panel discussion featuring four Detroit Innovators as well as a special exhibit showcasing the impact on Detroit's resurgence completed by approximately 25 recent alumni. The exhibit will be on display on Friday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building's Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center followed by a reception and panel discussion at 5 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Innovators include:

  • Julia Schlau '15, architecture project coordinator, Bedrock Detroit
  • Larissa Carr '14, Grand River work place manager, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation
  • Carl Bolofer '07, senior designer, Hamilton Anderson Associates
  • Kaija Wuollet '10, founding partner. Laavu

This event is free and open to the public. See the SOA Lecture Series website for more events!

Theatre Company presents Alabama Story

The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company kicks off its 46th season with Alabama Story, being performed Sept. 29-30 as well as Oct. 1, 2, 6-9. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows begin at 3 p.m. at the Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA, 1401 Broadway Street in Detroit. The play focuses on a state librarian who, in 1959, stands her ground in challenging a segregationist senator's attempt to ban a simple children's book about rabbits. Inspired by true events in Montgomery, Alabama, this impassioned drama is charming, nuanced and dynamic!

See the Theatre Company web page and press release for dates, show times and ticket pricing. The Theatre Company also welcomes everyone to join in community post-show discussions following specific performances.

Alabama Story

Minor and Certificates Fair, Oct. 6

The College of Liberal Arts & Education will host a Minor and Certificates Fair on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sacred Heart Square. Enjoy hot dogs, chips, water and an informal discussion about more than 30 minor or certificate programs offered at Detroit Mercy.

Visit Day, Oct. 8

The next Detroit Mercy Visit Day, Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to noon, is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to spend time on the McNichols Campus and learn what it is like to be a Detroit Mercy student. Future students and their families will gather information on academic programs, scholarships, campus life and career services. Sign up on the Visit Day registration page or contact Associate Director of Admissions Colleen Moore at 313-993-1592 or

ReBUILDetroit professional development session, Oct. 7

ReBUILDetroit's Institutional Development Core will host a professional development opportunity for Detroit Mercy faculty, staff and administrators on Friday, Oct. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Katherine Rowell, professor of sociology at Sinclair Community College, will lead participants in gaining an understanding of the importance of “teacher empathy” and how it relates to student success and completion. RSVP online today!

Submit a Mid-Year Colleague Development Days proposal

Proposal submissions for the 2017 Mid-Year Colleague Development Days, which will be held Jan. 5-6, 2017, must be submitted online by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The planning committee seek program proposals that provide new thinking and best practices, engage faculty, staff and administrators in discussion, and encourage dialogue before, during and after sessions. All faculty and staff are invited to submit a proposal as a solo presenter or with a colleague.

Final notification of proposals accepted for the Mid-Year Colleague Development Days will be sent via email by Tuesday, Nov. 15. For questions about Colleague Days, contact Career Education Center Dean Sheryl Johnson-Roulhac at

Nominate a colleague for the Commitment to Excellence Award

Faculty, staff and administrators are reminded to submit nominations for the 2016 Commitment to Excellence Awards before midnight on Monday, Nov. 7. All full-time staff (non-exempt) and administrative (exempt) employees of the University are eligible. Recipients will be selected by the end of November and the awards will be presented at the annual Employee Christmas Party & Colleague Recognition event on Friday, Dec. 16.

Criteria and nomination form can be found online. Completed forms should be emailed to Paper copies should be sent to Commitment to Excellence Award 2016, Human Resources Office, FAC 200, McNichols Campus. Please direct any questions to

Econ Award

Economics program ranked

The College of Liberal Arts & Education online Economics program has been ranked sixth for "Best Value Colleges for an Online Master's in Economics" by College Values Online. See the full ranking list online.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Law Khaled Beydoun was highlighted in the AOL article, "Rep. Steve King links Colin Kaepernick to ISIS just because his girlfriend is Muslim," Sept. 15. Beydoun also wrote the Aljazeera article, "Rami Malek: An Arab in Hollywood?" Sept. 20. Beydoun was interviewed and featured on the front page of the Detroit Legal News in the article, "Detroit Mercy Law professor is an expert on Islamophobia," Sept. 27.

Professor of Counseling & Addiction Studies Nancy Calleja presented the webinar, "The forward-focused model: Developmentally-informed treatment for justice-involved youth," hosted by the Global Forensic Research Institute, Sept. 19.

Professor of Philosophy David Koukal presented the paper, "The Battle for Philosophy at the University of Detroit Mercy (and Elsewhere)," at the regional conference Teaching Philosophy in the Michigan Area, sponsored by Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., Sept. 24-25.

Professor of History Gregory Sumner will keynote The Victory Gala, in support of the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial to be built in Royal Oak's Memorial Park, on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend. See event website for details and ticket pricing.

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