Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

May 30, 2017

Homecoming 2017 is Sept. 29-30

Homecoming Save the Date

University of Detroit Mercy's 2017 Homecoming will fill the weekend of September 29-30 with lots of fun and exciting events on the McNichols, Corktown and Riverfront campuses. "This year will be filled with several of the longtime favorites at Detroit Mercy as well as some new activities that alumni, neighbors and friends can enjoy together," Director of Alumni Relations Peggy Pattison explained. See the news release for a snapshot of the weekend festivities and stay tuned on the latest Homecoming 2017 news.

Distance runner outpaces the competition in the classroom and on the course

Runner Kendell

They say, "running is 90 percent mental and the rest is physical." Detroit Mercy distance runner Ben Kendell lives by this adage, and was named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District for Track & Field/Cross Country, May 25. Kendell, a junior, was the only runner from the Horizon League honored and the first Titan Men's Track & Field student-athlete selected since 2008. Kendell holds a 3.99 GPA and is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering as he continues to excel in both cross country and track & field. Read his story online.

Join the Detroit Mercy Bibliophiles walk team

University of Detroit Mercy Dental Library Assistant Vivian Palmer has created a team to represent the University at the Rhonda Walker Foundation's 7th annual Give and Get Fit 5K/10K Run/Walk on Sunday, July 30 along the Detroit Riverfront. The Rhonda Walker Foundation supports an excellent program for inner city girls: Girls into Women. If you would like to participate and join the Detroit Mercy Bibliophiles, register online.

Omar Aburashed '11: Lawyer by day, rapper by night

Omar Aburashed

Detroit Mercy Law graduate Omar Aburashed was inspired by a political theory class to pursue a career in law. "I was always the boy on the playground willing to stand up to the bully," he remembered. "That's why I wanted to go into law, standing up for the human aspect that's often lost." After graduation, Aburashed and fellow alumnus Sharif Aref '10 set up their own firm, Aref & Rashed P.L.L.C. Today, it is Aref Law P.L.L.C. After about five years of working on a variety of cases, Aburashed still felt something else calling for his attention and focus. Read his fascinating story online.

Cornwell humbled by winning Vivere ex Missione Award


Sarah Cornwell heard her named called when Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi announced the graduate winner of the Vivere ex Missione Award, but it took a minute for her to take it all in. "I looked to one of my classmates sitting next to me, and my eyes were really big, and I said, 'Did they just say Sarah Cornwell?' " Cornwell said. "She started laughing, and said, 'Yeah.' I said, 'Oh, my God.' Then I just kind of sat there and my classmates told me, 'You have to go up there.'"

Cornwell shouldn't have been too surprised. The award is presented annually to a student who best exemplifies the mission of Detroit Mercy and Cornwell has been living the mission of Detroit Mercy during her entire five years at the University. In fact, Cornwell was doing service work with Detroit Mercy before she even started classes. Read her story online.

Homebuyer education classes for Detroit Mercy employees

JVS, our partner in the Employee Home Ownership program, provides the University with valuable information about home ownership, as well as financial incentives for employees who choose to purchase a primary residence close to Detroit Mercy campuses. Even if you do not take advantage of the program, you may find the additional resources and information beneficial. See the flyer for a schedule of upcoming class sessions (The HBE fee is waived for Detroit Mercy employees.) For questions regarding the program, please contact Patricia Burkhardt at JVS at 248-233-4299.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Law Khaled Beydoun recently received the Barnes Faculty Scholar Award and was featured on the front page of the Detroit Legal News print edition, May 25. Read the article online.

Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies Director Tamara Shoemaker was interviewed at the Converge and BSides Conference in Detroit, encouraging future students to pursue a career in cybersecurity. Listen to the interview online.

Associate Professor of Law Pam Wilkins, Visiting Professor of Law Florise Neville-Ewell, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Alex Vernon, Assistant Professor of Law Catherine Archibald and Associate Professor of Law Andrew Moore recently sat on a panel discussion about how the Trump presidency is impacting minority groups and women. The professors were featured on the front page of the Detroit Legal News print edition, May 22. See the photo and caption online.

Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Alex Vernon was interviewed and featured on the Detroit Public Television program, "21 Days to Exile: Maria's Story," a series chronicling the story of Maria Garcia Juarez, an undocumented immigrant living in Detroit and facing deportation to Mexico. Associate Professor of Law Andrew Moore set up the interview.

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