Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

July 11, 2017

Chow down with Metz


New University food service Metz is here and Detroit Mercy is excited! Stop by the Titan Dining Room through Friday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy a $5 all-you-can-eat lunch freshly prepared by Metz. Menu items include hand-made burgers, pizza, garden-fresh salads, various sides, desserts and more. To learn more about the Metz team, along with information on locations, menus and hours, visit

Time to talk basketball: Titan Luncheon, July 18

Detroit Mercy Titans Head Basketball coaches Bacari Alexander '99 and Bernard Scott will give a preseason pump up at the next Titan Luncheon on Tuesday, July 18, at noon in Calihan Hall's Ed & Brooks Room. Come and talk Titans basketball with alumni and faculty while enjoying some free Buddy's Pizza. Register online today.

Urban Agriculture course gives students a new perspective

Urban Landscape

Hundreds of Detroit housing lots formerly plagued by abandoned houses and crab grass are now home to chicken coops, flower and vegetable gardens, and large-scale drip irrigation fields blooming with crops of all kinds. To better understand the challenges and costs of maintaining urban farms, Detroit Mercy Law recently offered an immersion course in urban agriculture.

Through a series of guest speakers and site visits, students learned about the legal issues that face urban agricultural entities. Co-taught by Professor Jacqueline Hand and Adjunct Professor Amanda Gregory, the weeklong summer course addressed pressing needs for a growing industry, not just in Detroit, but in urban areas across the country. Read the full story online.

Alumna nominated for NCAA Woman Of The Year

Thompson golfing

After finishing one of the greatest careers in Titan history, golfer Sarah Thompson '17 was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletic excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. See her story online.

Civil Engineering alumnus receives humanitarian award

Neyer speaking

Civil Engineering alumnus Jerome Neyer '61 was awarded the Horace H. Rackham Humanitarian Award at the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) Annual Dinner, June 21. This recognition is ESD's highest honor and is awarded for outstanding humanitarian achievements as exemplified by meritorious technical accomplishments for the benefit of mankind. See the full story online.

Live6 Speakeasy talk on community engagement, July 21

The Detroit Mercy-sponsored Live6 Alliance will host its next installment of the community dialogue series, Speakeasy, on Friday, July 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the McNichols Campus. Speakeasy will open a discussion about the importance of community engagement. For more information, contact Lauren Hood with Live6 at 313-610-6004 or

Feast of St. Ignatius mass

The Detroit Area Jesuit Communities would like to invite all faculty, staff and administrators to a special mass and reception in honor of one of our founders: St. Ignatius of Loyola. The mass will be on Monday, July 31, at 4:30 p.m. in the St. Ignatius Chapel with a reception to follow. Please RSVP online before Wednesday, July 26.

Thumbs Up!

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Joseph Abisaid spoke with host Marie Osborne on WJR-760 AM about President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin, the outcome and the body language that took place.

Criminal Justice Instructor Erick Barnes recently spoke to The Detroit News, July 4, about the Detroit riots in 1967.

Career Education Center (CEC) Assistant Dean Elissa Clemons chaired the 2017 Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance Conference held at the Detroit Atheneum Hotel, attended by more than 160 career services professionals and recruiters from across the state. CEC Dean Sheryl Johnson-Roulhac served on the planning committee and moderated a panel discussion, "Innovative Ideas for Developing a Global Workforce in Michigan." International Services Office Director Weihong Sun served as a guest panelist. Clemons also recently represented Detroit Mercy at the National Association for Colleges and Employers "Strategies for Institutional-wide Competency Development" symposium at Clemson University, featured in the highlights reels from the symposium.

Adjunct Professor Mark Dietrick was featured in the Architect magazine article, "Embracing Reality Modeling for Historic Preservation," June 22. Dietrick and the School of Architecture are working to digitally record and preserve the ancient architecture of Volterra, Italy using reality computing tools such as drones and laser scanners. This project is based on historical research completed by Associate Professor of Architecture Wladek Fuchs. Read the full story online.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison's article, "Rx for Reading Detroit: Place-Based Social Justice Pedagogy," was published in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. The article is available online through the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning. A $3,000 Impact Detroit Community Innovation Mini-Grant allowed the children's literacy initiative Rx for Reading Detroit, directed by Harrison, to distribute more than 1,500 new books to Detroit children. See the news story online.

Associate Professor of Political Science Stephen Manning was interviewed from Beijing, China, by "Detroit Today" host Stephen Henderson on WDET-FM 101.9 FM, July 6, discussing the escalation of tensions with North Korea.

Associate Professor of Education and former Deputy Mayor of Detroit Isaiah McKinnon will be interviewed this Sunday, July 16, at 9 a.m. on "CBS Sunday Morning," Channel TV-62, discussing the upcoming film Detroit.

Associate Professor of Counseling & Addiction Studies Sheri Pickover's, "Through the Child Welfare Kaleidoscope," was recently published in Counseling Today, the monthly magazine of the American Counseling Association.

Associate Professor of Nursing Linda Thiel was selected for a 2017 Global Center Faculty Fellowship from Loyola University Chicago and the institution's John Felice Rome Center (JFRC). Read her story online.

Economics Lecturer Joseph Weglarz presented a paper, "The Natural Law Tradition of Grotius, Pufendorf, Carmichael, and Hutcheson Revisited," at the 44th Annual History of Economics Society Conference at Trinity College, University of Toronto, June 24.

African American Studies Director Alex Zamalin spoke about President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin on WJR-760 AM, July 7.

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