Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

August 1, 2017

Detroit Mercy packs boundless fun into Homecoming!

Detroit Decades Dash Start line 2016

Join the party at University of Detroit Mercy's 2017 Homecoming on Sept. 29 & 30, as we fill our campus with food, fun and community activities. The celebration is open to all; young and old, students and alumni, neighbors and out-of-towners, we want everyone to feel at home. Check out the featured events for the weekend online, and be sure to stay tuned into our social media feeds for future updates, videos and announcements. Let's build this Titan tradition together!

Upcoming community events on Livernois

Celebrate with the community on Livernois this Saturday, Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Jazz on the Ave. The Avenue of Fashion will feature an eclectic mix of fashionable shopping, food, art, family fun and music.

The Detroit Mercy-sponsored Live6 Alliance will host its next installment of the community dialogue series, Speakeasy, on Friday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Detroit Sip. Public Safety will deliver an update about the community and open a discussion about safety in our neighborhood. 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, Aug. 12. 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.

A day in the life of a dental student

Day in the life Dental student video

Take a look at this peek inside a day in the life of a first-year of dental student at Detroit Mercy Dental. From class and studying, to lunch and leisure activity, learn about the hard work and fun our successful dental programs provide to our students!

Support the Detroit Mercy Dance Team

Dance Crowdfunding video thumbnail

For the first time, the Detroit Mercy Dance Team traveled to the NDA Collegiate Camp in Louisville, Ky. for training and will compete in the NDA National Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla. in April 2018. In order to make this dream a reality, the team needs your help. Funds from a crowdfunding campaign will go toward new team uniforms, team apparel, costumes, choreographers, travel accommodations and music editing.

Otis W. Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society chief medical officer to visit this week

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. Brawley, a former Detroiter, will present the talk, "What is cancer control?" Though the talk is free and open to the community, attendees are asked to RSVP online here. See the news story for more information.

Detroit Mercy hosts Hip Hop Architecture Camp Aug. 7-11

Architecture Building facade

The School of Architecture will host the nationally renowned Hip Hop Architecture Camp Aug. 7-11 on the McNichols Campus. This one-week camp, created by architect Michael Ford '06, introduces under represented youth ages 10-17 to architecture, urban planning, creative place making and economic development through the lens of hip hop culture. During the camp, students are paired with architects, urban planners, designers and hip hop artists to design unique visions for their communities. See the full story online.

Our student-athletes show boundless success

Women's Track and Field athlete at long jump

Academic success is flourishing through Detroit Mercy Titan Athletics and we would like to showcase some major highlights:

Voluntary Early Separation Incentive Program

The University is offering 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.

Faculty and staff "give and get fit"

Detroit Mercy Bibliophiles at race

Pictured above are The Detroit Mercy Bibliophiles, participants in the recent Rhonda Walker Foundation seventh annual Give and Get Fit 5K/10K Run. Pictured from left to right are: Assistant Librarian Karl Ericson, Associate Librarian Jill Turner, Libraries & Instructional Design Studio Dean Jennifer Dean, Detroit Mercy Dental Library Assistant Vivian Palmer, Libraries & Instructional Design Studio Administrative Assistant Amy Keyzer, Marina Keyzer and Dennis Hillers.

Vivian Palmer created the team to represent the University at the race. Thank you to everyone who helped our faculty during this effort as they supported the Girls into Women program.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Law Khaled Beydoun was quoted in the Al Jazeera article, "It doesn't matter that an Arab will play Aladdin," July 19.

Professor of Mathematics & Director of Software Engineering Kevin Daimi was editor for "Computer and Network Security Essentials," which was recently published by Springer Publishing.

Associate Professor of Law & Kresge Law Library Director Patrick Meyer was highlighted in the Le Center Leader article, "Legal living: Le Center brothers share philosophies, career paths," July 19.

Associate Professor of Counseling & Addiction Studies and Director of the Counseling Clinic Sheri Pickover presented, "The Child Welfare Kaleidoscope," at the inaugural conference of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling at Marymount University, July 21.

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