Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

October 31, 2017

This week on campus

Wednesday, Nov. 1

  • As part of its 2017-18 Lecture Series, Detroit Mercy School of Architecture (SOA) welcomes #DetroitDelegation on Wednesday, Nov. 1 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.

Thursday, Nov. 2

  • New LinkedIn users, please join the Center for Career & Professional Development in Room 165 in Reno Hall during dead hour to learn how we can help you maximize LinkedIn to reach your career-related goals. Register online.
  • All Detroit Mercy students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the festival of lights (Diwali) with the Indian Student Association from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. There will be fun cultural performances and free Indian food.

Friday, Nov. 3

  • Mark your calendars for the 17th annual Detroit Mercy Ethics Bowl. A campus-wide tradition at Detroit Mercy, the Ethics Bowl is inspired by TV's College Bowl, but modified rules adapt the game to the subject of ethics. This year's bowl will be held in the Fountain Lounge on the McNichols Campus from 12:30 to 6 p.m. See the Ethics Bowl website for more rules, case scenarios and more information.
  • The MSA & Student Program Board present a Henna & Comedy Night in the Student Union's Grounds Coffeehaus. From 4:30 to 6 p.m., we have a cultural design presentation and demonstration on henna. Immediately following, there will be a comedian performing a set. Admission is free, though a $5 donation to hurricane relief is suggested.
  • Come to the McNichols Campus Library from 6 to 9 p.m. for games, pizza, pop, snacks and prizes! VR headset, video games, board games and card games will be available. Bring your own or use what we have in the library. Bring your student ID and get a ticket on the way in for the prize drawing at 8:45 p.m. This event is open to all Detroit Mercy students, employees and families.

Next week on campus

Tuesday, Nov. 7

  • Any student preparing for or actively involved in the search for an internship or full time employment is encouraged to attend the workshop, “I.T. Application in the Workforce,” in Room 165 of Reno Hall during dead hour. See the event page for more information and to register.
  • The Detroit Prevention & Awareness in the Community is offering a free self-defense class taught by two Texas police officers. This is a comprehensive course that allows students/participants to get to know how to defend themselves in situations of sexual assault or violence. Join in the class from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. RSVP online.
  • Detroit Mercy Law will partner with the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Detroit Chapter and the Michigan Catholic Conference to host an Interfaith Religious Freedom Conference. This event welcomes people of all faiths to explore civic and legal challenges to religious freedom, and practical measures that may be taken to support religious freedom in daily life. Read the full story online and see the event page. Though the event is free, registration is still required.

Wednesday, Nov. 8

  • Do you have questions about career paths, professional development, networking, or life after college? Sit down with a Detroit Mercy alumni mentor for just 30 minutes in the Presidents’ Dining Room. Registration is required. Click here to view available times.
  • Find out more information about Detroit Mercy’s Civil Rights Movement travel course at an information session from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 138 of the Commerce & Finance Building. This year's Civil Rights Movement travel course is scheduled for May 13-20, 2018. See the event page for more information.
  • All Detroit Mercy students, faculty and staff are invited to join the National Society of Leadership and Success for a broadcast featuring author, motivational speaker and marketing consultant Simon Sinek from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Thursday, Nov. 9

  • University Ministry will offer an orientation event for service and immersion trips from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Grounds Coffeehaus. University Ministry trips provide experiences of direct service rooted in relationship. They offer students the opportunity to work for the common good, encounter new realities and reflect on their experiences in the context of a diverse community.

Friday, Nov. 10

  • The Veterans Days ceremony will recognize the contributions and sacrifices of those who defend freedom in the armed forces. As a Military Friendly School, Detroit Mercy is proud to honor all who have served in active duty with the Veterans Day program. Join us from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. There will be a special Veteran's Day Mass from noon to 1 p.m. in the Commerce & Finance Building's St. Ignatius Chapel.

Saturday, Nov. 11

  • To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riot/rebellion in 1967, Detroit Mercy Law will host a housing symposium over a three-day period, beginning on Saturday, entitled HUD's Past, Present and Future. The symposium will bring together the public, scholars and community experts to evaluate the impact of HUD (U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) and propose expansions or alternatives to make HUD more effective in the future. See the event page for registration and more information.

New alumni website is live

Forever Titans Logo

Alumni Relations just launched a new website: Forever Titans.  The site features a mentoring platform to promote organic networking opportunities, an extensive, user-friendly directory, photo galleries, event information, job boards and various news and social media feeds.

All faculty and staff are welcome to join the website and connect directly with our alumni. If you are an employee and also work for the University, please make sure to choose alumni as your affiliation to the University. Read more about the website launch online.

University announces $100 million Campaign

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi announced the official launch of The Campaign for University of Detroit Mercy, a $100-million fundraising effort.

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi announced the official launch of The Campaign for University of Detroit Mercy, a $100-million fundraising effort that will support student scholarships, academic programs, faculty research and state-of-the-art facilities. Read the full story online.

Theatre Company presents: A Bright Room Called Day

A Bright Room Called Day poster

The Theatre Company of University of Detroit Mercy presents Tony Kushner's acclaimed drama A Bright Room Called Day, Nov. 3-19. Performances will occur at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA, 1401 Broadway Street, in downtown Detroit. A Bright Room Called Day examines unstable times in concert with alternative ideologies.

A Bright Room Called Day will have performances at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18 and 3 p.m. on Nov. 5, 12, and 19. Tickets can be purchased online at or over the phone at 313-993-3270.  See the news release for more information and be sure to visit the The Theatre Company website and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on performances, tickets and more.

Safety Street sends trick-or-treaters home with a smile

Detroit Mercy Dental booth at Safety Street 2017

What a frighteningly fantastic turnout! Thank you to everyone who came out to support our 28th annual Safety Street! Children of all ages poured onto the University's McNichols Campus to trick-or-treat and enjoy face painting, balloon animals, and of course, pounds of candy. Detroit Mercy students in Halloween attire distributed candy in hand-painted booths and helped spread Halloween spirit! See the photo gallery online.

A taste of the neighborhood

The neighborhood will gain a new coffee shop next month with the opening of Detroit Sip at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. Detroit Sip will be located right next to the future home to the Live6 Alliance offices and HomeBase. Be sure to check it out and grab a cup of caffeinated deliciousness.

Speaking of delicious, have you tried 1917 American Bistro yet? If you haven't, try it today. Located at 19416 Livernois in the heart of the Avenue of Fashion, 1917 American Bistro encourages all Detroit Mercy faculty, staff, students and alumni to stop by and grab a bite! 

Community joins freshmen to improve Fitzgerald neighborhood

Sstudents assist in cleanup at Fitzgerald neighborhood

So proud of our Titans! With all the improvements coming to the Fitzgerald neighborhood, and the recent groundbreaking of the Live6 Alliance headquarters, Detroit Mercy students, faculty, staff and alumni dig in and do their part to help their surrounding community. Check out the video online.

Ford grant funds autonomous vehicles research at Detroit Mercy

The need for cameras on vehicles continues to skyrocket with the ongoing research and development of autonomous vehicles and a new law requiring all cars have backup cameras beginning in 2018. As this need rises, so does the need to keep those cameras clear of rain, snow, ice, mud, dirt and other debris. University of Detroit Mercy aims to advance the research of air and fluid cleaning jets for automotive cameras thanks to a $60,000 grant from Ford Motor Company. See the full story online.

Clash of the Titans begins next week

Clash of the Titans Logo

Things are revving up as we prepare for our upcoming “Clash of the Titans” giving competition to help our Titan Athletic programs. Check it out and support your favorite team online. Stay tuned for more promotions on social media this week as we launch on Monday, Nov. 7.

Students collaborate to develop assistive technology

WDIV-TV's Local 4 featured the Detroit Mercy engineering and nursing collaboration where students built assistive technologies to help disabled individuals.

WDIV-TV's Local 4 featured the Detroit Mercy engineering and nursing collaboration where students built assistive technologies to help disabled individuals. Watch the video online.

Nominate a colleague for the Commitment to Excellence Award

All Detroit Mercy faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to nominate co-workers who are deeply committed to the success of Detroit Mercy's future for this year's Commitment to Excellence Award. We have many deserving and hard-working staff members and administrators, so please consider nominating a deserving individual. The deadline for nominations is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6. See the Commitment to Excellence page for more information and nomination forms.

Thumbs Up!

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi was featured on WXYZ-Channel 7 “Spotlight on the News,” talking with host Chuck Stokes about several projects at the University. Watch the video online.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes’ essay, “Punk Movies,” appeared in the book, Punk Is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night, published by Zero Books.

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