Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

September 12, 2017

Detroit Mercy earns strong rankings from U.S. News & World Report

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For the 17th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest Best Regional Universities in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's well-respected "Best Colleges." Detroit Mercy ranked No. 19 for Midwest Best Regional Universities and is the only university in Michigan to be listed in the top 25. Read the full story online.

Homecoming is two weeks away!

Homecoming Scavanger Hunt Group

Only two more weeks until our big Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 29 and 30. If you haven't seen the event lineup yet, make sure to check it out online. There is no cost for general admission, simply bring one canned good per person if you can. All participants who register before Sept. 25 will receive a free T-shirt. There will also be an opportunity to win more Detroit Mercy goodies, tickets for the upcoming Theatre Company production season, Greenfield Village passes and tickets to a Titans Men's basketball game by participating in our scavenger hunt! Register online today!

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Reminder: Celebrate Spirit! is Thursday

Don't forget that Celebrate Spirit!, Detroit Mercy's annual welcome event to the new school year, is Thursday. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to attend at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Fitness Center, featuring Mass celebrant Thomas Florek, S.J. The School of Dentistry has produced a video, "Driven to Serve," as the keynote presentation this year.

Following Mass, a picnic and the Student Organization Fair will be held around the Fisher Fountain. The McNichols Campus class schedule will be changed that day to accommodate Celebrate Spirit! attendance. See the Celebrate Spirit! web page for more information.

Celebrate Spirit! 2017 is co-sponsored by University Ministry and the School of Dentistry, celebrating the 85th anniversary of Detroit Mercy Dental's founding. The Celebrate Spirit! Student Organization Fair lunch is sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automotive.

Chemistry student to attend United Nations Climate Change Conference

Chemistry major Justin Pothoof earned selection through a national search to report on climate change at the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, in November.

For most college students, participating in a United Nations conference seems like a dream, but for one University of Detroit Mercy student, that dream is coming true. Chemistry major Justin Pothoof earned selection through a national search to report on climate change at the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, in November. The conference will focus on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Read the full story online.

Nurse Anesthesia students put clinical skills to use in the Philippines

Founded by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at St. John Providence Health System, Operation Care Abroad works with doctors at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao to provide anesthesia services for approximately 200 surgeries during its annual week-long mission trip. And each year, students from University of Detroit Mercy's Nurse Anesthesia program are among the volunteers.

More than 500 miles southest of Manila — and 8,500 miles outside of Detroit — is Davao City.

It is, by land mass, the Philippines' largest city, but third by population. Located on the island of Mindanao, it's an urban center known as the "Fruit Basket of the Philippines," a nod to its role as the island's leading exporter of fruits. But each January, it's also a destination for citizens in need of medical care, thanks to volunteers from metro Detroit nonprofit Operation Care Abroad.

Founded by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at St. John Providence Health System, Operation Care Abroad works with doctors at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao to provide anesthesia services for approximately 200 surgeries during its annual week-long mission trip. And each year, students from University of Detroit Mercy's Nurse Anesthesia program are among the volunteers. Read the full story online.

Detroit Mercy wins prestigious U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound Grant

Detroit Mercy has been selected to receive a U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound grant of $1.3 million over five years. The University's first-ever Upward Bound grant will assist 60 students annually from two high schools of the Detroit Community Public Schools to prepare for college. The nationally recognized federal program began in 1965 to increase the college opportunities of varied groups of secondary students. Read the full story online.

Upcoming events this week

Georgeen Theodore of Interboro PartnersAs part of its 2017-18 Lecture Series, Detroit Mercy School of Architecture (SOA) welcomes Georgeen Theodore of Interboro Partners on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building's Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center. This event is free and open to the public. See the SOA Lecture Series website for more events.

Midnight Bike Ride Photo 2016

Come experience a Detroit Mercy tradition at the Midnight Bike Ride on Friday, Sept. 15. Before the night is over, the 20-mile-round-trip excursion through Detroit will highlight some interesting places in the city, including a hot dog break at the famous Lafayette Coney Island. Cyclists should return to campus around 11:59 p.m. that same night (midnight, if we're a minute behind schedule). See the event page for more information and to get your ticket!

Community member addresses concerns at Speakeasy event

The Detroit Mercy-sponsored Live6 Alliance will host its next installment of the community dialogue series, Speakeasy, on Friday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Marygrove campus. Speakeasy will open a discussion about business and "cultural corridors." For more information, contact Live6 Alliance Director Lauren Hood with Live6 at 313-610-6004 or

Approximately 70 posters will be presented from ReBUILDetroit scholars who completed their 8-week Summer Research Experience during Research Day on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. This event will take place at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University. The ReBUILDetroit program provides opportunities to participate in learning communities and present research, which may lead to publishing opportunities and presentations at national conferences. Register online and the see the event page for more information.

Mark your calendars for next week's events

As part of Detroit Mercy's Constitution Day celebration, the University's Black Abolitionist Archive and Library will host a session titled, "African American Citizenship in the Civil War Era," at noon on Monday, Sept. 18, in the President's Dining Room. This session examines the troubling question of African American citizenship during the Civil War era — defining moment. See the event page for more information.

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Join the Detroit Mercy community on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to watch the Detroit Tigers battle the Oakland A's! Your game ticket includes an exclusive Detroit Mercy/Detroit Tigers ball cap, as well as pregame festivities. See the event page for more information and to register.

Atul Gawande, MDCome enjoy a free screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline film, "Being Mortal." Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members who care for them. See the film and be part of a national conversation that asks the important question: "Have you and your family had these important conversations and planned ahead?" This event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 124 of the Health Professions Facility. See the event page for more information.

Spruce up your resume and network

The Career Education Center will host a series of hands-on resume workshops this fall during dead hour in Reno Hall Room 165 on the McNichols Campus. From 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., there will be a basic (Sept. 19), intermediate (Sept. 28) and advanced (Nov. 16) workshop available. See the Calendar of Events for more information.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, the Detroit Mercy Fall Career/Networking Fair offers an excellent opportunity for students and alumni to network with employers and representatives from graduate and professional schools. Register online to attend this event from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

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Men's basketball schedule set

A trip to Wisconsin will begin Horizon League play for the University of Detroit Mercy men's basketball team, with the full conference schedule officially released. The Titans will start league play on the road at Green Bay on Thursday, Dec. 28, and at Milwaukee on Saturday, Dec. 30. Read the full story online and see the full schedule here.

Center for Social Entrepreneurship now accepting Boost Program applications

College of Business Administration's Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) is now accepting applications for its fourth cohort of the Boost Program, due by Friday, Sept. 22. Applications are available online.

Boost is a nine-week program that provides existing business owners who are solving social problems within Detroit with mentoring opportunities and resources to become financially sustainable. See the news story for more information.

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Biology Victor Carmona was recently published in Huitzil, Revista Mexicana de Ornitología, for his Fulbright field study project in El Salvador, using the theory of island biogeography to describe the diversity of birds in urban green-spaces in San Salvador.

Professor of Engineering Nihad Dukhan’s exhibit of Arabic calligraphy will continue to be on display in the McNichols Campus Library through Friday, Oct. 27. The opening reception, held on Sept. 6, gathered a large crowd including Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski, several Deans, and many faculty members, librarians, staff, students, alumni and members of the general public. The event was sponsored by CLASA and co-sponsored by the McNichols Campus Library and Students for Justice in Palestine. Dukhan will host an additional talk, “Fruit of the Reed Pen: Introduction to Arabic/Islamic Calligraphy,” on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. in Room 139 of the Commerce & Finance Building. This event is co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine and Muslim Student Association.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi was interviewed by Jack Krasula, host of AM 760 WJR News Radio’s “Anything Is Possible” program, Sept. 9. President Garibaldi discussed his background and upbringing in New Orleans, his 40-year career in education and the important work Detroit Mercy is doing in partnership with the Detroit community.

Clinical Track Associate Professor of Nursing Lori Glenn has been appointed to the Michigan Board of Nursing and was acknowledged in the news release published by the office of Governor Rick Snyder. Read the article online.

Associate Professor of Biology James Graves was invited to review a microbiology laboratory research paper for publication in the Journal of Environmental Engineering. The aims and scope of this journal are to present information on environmental engineering science, systems engineering and sanitation.

Institute for Leadership & Service Director of Service Learning Timothy Hipskind, S.J., was interviewed by Stephen Henderson, host of WDET-101.9 FM’s Detroit Today. Fr. Hipskind spoke on the topic, “What’s the relationship between faith and charity?”

Detroit Mercy Law Assistant Dean of Career Services & Outreach Jennifer Rumschlag was quoted in the Detroit Legal News article, “New data shows little change in number of minority attorneys,” Sept. 8.

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