Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

July 18, 2017

Alumni profile: Emily Doerr '12, a passion for service

Alumna Emily Doerr '12

As a program manager of the Community and Economic Development division at the City of Flint, Emily Doerr is in prime position to do what she loves. "I want to be someone who can make change happen, on the ground, one day at a time," she said. Read her story online.

Reminders: Live6 Speakeasy and Market On The Ave this weekend

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 Live6 Alliance Director Lauren Hood with Live6 at 313-610-6004 or

The next installment of Market On The Ave, Live6's farmers and artisan market, will be from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 22. Market On The Ave will continue on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, running through October, at the lot across from the University, between Florence and Grove Street. Click here for more information.

AJCU seeks 2017-18 publication topics

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has begun collecting articles for its 2017-18 issues of Connections. The AJCU represents the 28 Jesuit institutions of higher education located in the United States. Each Jesuit institution is allowed two articles per year. Detroit Mercy's Marketing & Communications Department will select, compose and submit the two stories that best represent our University. If you have a story you'd like us to consider for Connections, please fill out our Submit a Story form.

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 seventh annual Give and Get Fit 5K/10K Run/Walk on Sunday, July 30, along the Detroit Riverfront. The Rhonda Walker Foundation supports Girls into Women, an excellent program for inner city girls. If you would like to participate and join the Detroit Mercy Bibliophiles, register online.

Detroit Mercy Dental completes 5th successful Summer Enrichment Program

SEP student laughing during enrichment program with skeleton model

For five weeks, Detroit Mercy Dental hosted 18 pre-dental students in the 2017 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). SEP provides educational and professional development experiences for underrepresented and disadvantaged students who are current college juniors, seniors or recent graduates. The goal of the program is to help participants successfully gain admission into dental school and pursue a career in dentistry. See the full story online.

Special Mass for St. Ignatius

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.

What to do if you receive a media inquiry

The Office of Marketing & Communications reminds employees that should you receive inquiries from the external media about specific subjects, such as personnel and fiscal issues, please contact our office at 313-993-1254 before you respond. We can then work with you to develop an honest and appropriate response based on available facts. This will also ensure that senior leadership and the University board of trustees are not surprised by any commentary in the media, or put in an uncomfortable position if and when they may be required to respond to specific questions from the media. For more information, please contact Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communications Gary Erwin at or Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications Gary Lichtman at

University of Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering & Science and ReBUILDetroit will host Otis. Brawley, M.D., chief medical
Otis W. Brawley, M.D.

American Cancer Society chief medical officer to visit Aug. 4

University of Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering & Science and ReBUILDetroit will host Otis W. Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. This special event takes place Friday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Student Center Ballroom on the McNichols Campus. See the news story online.

Voluntary Early Separation Incentive Program

The University now offers a Voluntary Early Separation Incentive Program (VESIP) to eligible full-time employees. See the VESIP webpage for a full description, eligibility criteria, benefit details and frequently asked questions. To be eligible to participate in the VESIP, as of Dec. 31, 2017, you must have been a full-time employee of the University for a minimum of 10 years and be age 55 or older. Please notify Human Resources if you are considering applying for the VESIP. The Human Resources Office will then work with managers and supervisors to facilitate personnel planning.

Join the conversation at Colleague Development Days this fall

All faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to participate in the seventh annual Fall Colleague Development Days on Thursday, Aug. 17, and Friday, Aug. 18, on the McNichols Campus. The Thursday event offers 21 concurrent sessions, which will assist in updating and educating faculty, administrators and staff.

On Friday, two plenary sessions will help faculty, staff and administrators "meet, understand and teach today's learners: Generation NeXt." See the session overview for more details or visit the Colleague Development Day website. If you have questions, contact the event's coordinator Sheryl Johnson-Roulhac at 313-993-1017 or

Thumbs Up!

Career Education Center (CEC) career development facilitators Cedric Brooks and Gene LaPouttre instructed a resume writing workshop for 30 teens participating in the UTOOLS program. UTOOLS is a 10-week summer experiential learning program held at the University of Michigan–Dearborn. The program is designed to teach youth involved in the foster care system vital skills needed for career and college success.

Associate Professor of Biology James Graves, representing the Engineering Society of Detroit, visited the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Detroit, the first USPTO office outside of Washington, D.C., for innovators, June 2.

Adjunct Professor of Law Richard Krisciunas was highlighted in the Detroit Free Press article, "Man kills pit bull that attacked his dog on walk in Roseville," July 10.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes' essay on David Lynch's series Twin Peaks and silent cinema, appeared in Filmmaker Magazine.

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