Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

June 13, 2017

Detroit Mercy ranked for great value

University of Detroit Mercy recently earned a Best Value School award, one of only five Michigan schools out of 80 nationwide to earn this distinction! See the full ranking list online.

Athletics wins Michigan Emmy


The University of Detroit Mercy Department of Athletics, along with partner Good Problem Productions, added another trophy to its legacy in a 2017 Michigan Emmy. The Titans and Good Problem Productions earned the award in the Environment category for its video segment titled "Saving Home Court — Basketball & the Flint Water Crisis." Watch the segment online and see the news release for more information.

Live6 Speakeasy talk on neighborhood arts and culture, June 16

Live6 will host its next installment of the community dialogue series, Speakeasy, on Friday, June 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Marygrove College, 8425 West McNichols Road, in Detroit. Speakeasy will open a discussion on the importance of arts and culture in a community and how the neighborhood can improve through art and expression. For more information, contact Lauren Hood with Live6 at 313-610-6004 or

Summer Titan Caravans

Detroit Mercy Athletics is proud to announce the first-ever Titan Caravans this summer. In anticipation for the 2017-18 athletic season, Titan Caravans will convoy to six locations this year. At each event, those in attendance will have an opportunity to meet Titan coaches, staff and student-athletes and take home some awesome prizes. See below for dates and times. For more information, contact Assistant Director of Marketing & Promotions Mitchell Sweet at 313-993-1700 ext. 7364 or at

July 7

  • Detroit City FC vs. Ann Arbor
    Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck, 7:30 p.m.

July 12

  • Metro Detroit Youth Day
    Belle Isle in Detroit, 8 a.m.

July 14

  • Ferndale Pig & Whiskey Festival
    Ferndale, 4 p.m.

July 20

  • Ferndale Get REEL, Outdoor Movies
    Ferndale, 8 p.m.

July 22

  • STAY Fit for Health Run
    Plymouth Brennan Pool in Detroit, 10 a.m.

University District Neighborhood Garage Sale, June 24-25

Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to join the neighbors of the University District as they offer some great bargains on electronics, furniture, clothing, tools, rugs and more at the annual Neighborhood Garage Sale, June 24-25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bike, walk or drive through the neighborhood and take home some treasures!

Marketing & Public Affairs Department name change

Please note that the Marketing & Public Affairs Office is in the process of changing its official name to Marketing & Communications (MC). This change represents a more accurate title for the department and the work it will undertake in partnership with the entire University to reposition Detroit Mercy in the marketplace. The name change will take time to update on web sites, publications and other materials. If you have questions, please contact Gary Erwin at

Thumbs Up!

Assistant Professor of Law Wissam Aoun was featured in the IAM Magazine article, "The world's leading IP strategists," June 9.

Associate Professor of Law Khaled Beydoun was highlighted in the Detroit Legal News article, "Beydoun named to advisory committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights," June 5. Beydoun was also featured in the Michigan Lawyers Weekly article, "People in the Law: Honors," June 5.

Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Amy Dereczyk was recently selected to present the topic, "Implementation of an ultrasound curriculum into a physician assistant program," at the 5th World Congress Ultrasound in Medical Education seminar in Montreal this October.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was interviewed on the 910 AM Radio program, The Cliff Russell Slow, focusing on issues of race and white privilege in the era of Trump, June 6. Finkenbine also presented the paper, "Negro Town: A Farming Settlement of Runaway Slaves on Ohio's Wyandot Grand Reserve," at the Midwestern History Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., June 7.

Language & Culture Training Director Lara Wasner and Assistant Professor of Education Alan Grigg represented University of Detroit Mercy and the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad at the NAFSA International Education Conference in Los Angeles, Calif., May 30-June 2. Their poster presentation, "Internationalizing our curriculum through a Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad," was a featured part of conference programming. The weeklong national conference averages more than a million worldwide attendees. International Service Office Director Weihong Sun joined Wasner and Grigg for the Jesuit Colleges & Universities meeting held at the NAFSA conference. This year's meeting focused on increasing student education and mobility in a challenging political climate and building a stronger international network for faculty and student programming abroad.

Adjunct Professor of Law Amer Zahr was highlighted in the Richmond Magazine article, "Interfaith Dinner Promotes Unity, Aids Refugees," June 2.

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