Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

November 14, 2017

This week on campus

Tuesday, Nov. 14

  • Campus Ministry, the McNichols Campus Library and The Writing Center invite all faculty, staff, administrators and students to take a few moments out of their day to relax, reflect and refresh your mind and body with an intentional set of non-sectarian practices during dead hour in the first floor Library Conference Room.
  • The Muslim Student Association invites all students, faculty, staff and administrators to participate in an Orphan Relief Dinner, as part of Hunger & Homelessness Week, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Food will be provided. Donations of $5 are requested at the event.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

  • Join Assistant Professor of Political Science Alex Zamalin from 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 208, second floor of the Student Union, to discuss his bookStruggle on Their Minds: The Political Thought of African American Resistance. See the event page for more information.
  • Meet at the University Ministry office in the Student Union to participate in a Service in the City event from 2 to 5 p.m., as part of Hunger & Homelessness Week.
  • Do you have what it takes to become a ping pong champion? Sign up today for the Intramural Sports tournament and show us your skills at 6 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center.

Thursday, Nov. 16

  • The Center for Career and Professional Development will host its advanced workshop course in resume building during dead hour in Room 165 of Reno Hall. Registration is required; see the event page for more information.
  • The Pre-PA Club has partnered with Chem Club, Bio Club and Detroit Mercy Campus Kitchen to host Inspired Kids Camp during dead hour in the Student Union Ballroom. Children from local Detroit grade schools will participate in activities that promote healthy activities, prevent bullying and encourage good lifestyle choices. All are welcome to attend. See the event page.
  • Detroit Mercy Campus Kitchen sponsors an annual dodge ball tournament, as part of Hunger & Homelessness Week, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center. Participation costs $5 and a food donation (fresh produce is preferred).
  • Are you a commuter at Detroit Mercy? Student Life Office is hosting an open forum for all commuters from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus. This is a chance for you, as a commuter, to let Detroit Mercy faculty and staff know what you want to see to help improve your experience as a student on campus.
  • Join the English Department for a Creative Writing Open House from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Room 205 of the Jane & Walter O. Briggs Building. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are welcome. Come and meet the creative writing faculty, learn about classes, and talk "craft." Feel free to bring your own writing to the workshop; food will be provided.

Friday, Nov. 17

  • Join Professor of History and Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive Roy E. Finkenbine for the lunch and learn event, "The Black Pioneer of Puritan Avenue: Another Side of Detroit 1967,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Presidents’ Dining Room. See the event page for more information.
  • Help patients pay for oral cancer biopsies at the upcoming Detroit Mercy Dental volleyball tournament fundraiser. Gather six to ten team members to participate at 5 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center. Each team member is required to pay $5 to play; money is due to Gina Diakonov in Room 419 on the Corktown Campus by Thursday, Nov. 16. Register your team online. If you are unable to play, come and cheer anyway!
  • As part of Hunger & Homelessness Week, there will be a Feminine Hygiene Product Drive on the McNichols Campus throughout the week. All are invited to join in package assembly of the products at 5:30 p.m. in the Fountain Lounge.

Saturday, Nov. 18

  • University Ministry's next Discover the D experience will be to a Hindu temple in Detroit, followed by lunch, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend; sign-up in person at the Ministry Office across from the Bookstore in the Student Union. See the event page for more information.

Next week on campus

Tuesday, Nov. 21

  • Students interested in learning about other cultures or studying abroad are encouraged to attend our International Hour during dead hour in the Fountain Lounge. College of Business Administration alumna and Ford Motor Company onsite warranty spend analyst Colleen Kurecka will speak about her experiences when she studied abroad in South Korea, followed by a discussion and question session. Food will be provided.

Thursday, Nov. 24

  • Happy Thanksgiving Detroit Mercy! May you all have safe travels over the long weekend and a wonderful holiday with friends and family. Let us all give thanks for the blessings in our lives and find ways to support those less fortunate than us.

Detroit Mercy honors veterans for their commitment and sacrifices

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As a Military Friendly School, University of Detroit Mercy is proud to honor all who have served in active duty for our country and our freedom. Watch the highlight video of our Veteran's Day program on the McNichols Campus.

Jesse Stanfield

Jesse Stanfield knows a thing or two about leadership. Stanfield has spent seven years in the Army National Guard, which included a deployment to Afghanistan from 2010-11, and has worked his way up to the rank of sergeant. When he enrolled at Detroit Mercy and into the Leadership Minor program in 2016, he was not sure how much he would get out of it. But even the grizzled veteran admitted there's always more to learn about yourself when it comes to leadership. Read his story online.

Allison Kubasiak

After graduating high school, Allison Kubasiak wasn't sure what career she wanted to pursue, so she joined the Navy because it would allow her to pick any career path when she got out. That path led her to the University of Detroit Mercy, where she is currently studying Nursing. Read her story online.

Ebony Meads

When Ebony Meads began suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving in the Iraq War, she had trouble finding a counselor who could relate to her experiences. So Meads decided to do something about that and is now studying Psychology at University of Detroit Mercy. Read her story online.

Information Sessions on Potential Tuition Reset for University of Detroit Mercy

This past year has been one of excitement for the University and our students. We have experienced a number of new, positive developments, the City of Detroit renaissance continues and student success moves forward on an upward trend.

Today, Detroit Mercy invites all students, faculty, staff and administrators to learn about a possible new initiative that the University is considering to stimulate domestic (non-international) new student enrollment in undergraduate programs.

If the institution decides to implement a tuition reset, it would help provide more accurate information to prospective students and parents in Michigan and the local region about the real cost to attend Detroit Mercy, which would help increase interest among those who once thought our tuition was out of reach.

It is not a price reduction, but it is a reset of our published tuition price for full-time undergraduate students who may be new students entering in Fall 2018 as well as continuing full-time undergraduate students in Fall 2018.

We want to share the details of this initiative with you by offering the following information sessions. Please consider attending one of these sessions:

Students (pizza and prizes at each session)

  • Thursday, Nov. 16, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., Student Union Ballroom.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom.
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Room 2440, Corktown Campus (for Dental Hygiene full-time undergraduate students DH-1).
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Albertus Hall, Lower Level, Aquinas College Campus, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Faculty, staff and administrators

  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, 12:45 to 2 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Building.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 to 5 p.m., Student Union Ballroom.

Information provided at the sessions will not be released to the public until after Tuesday, Nov. 21; please do not post information to social sites or other public venues until after Nov. 21.

Students provide hand-made blankets to those in need

As the service component of the Michigan Geography Class, Detroit Mercy students (from left to right) Mary Warr, Antony Nedanovski, Faith Abrahamian, Charles Murphy and Kiana Williams made felt tie blankets to give to patients currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

As the service component of the Michigan Geography Class, Detroit Mercy students (from left to right) Mary Warr, Antony Nedanovski, Faith Abrahamian, Charles Murphy and Kiana Williams made felt tie blankets to give to patients currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

Resolution Ramp Up is in full swing

As the days get shorter and the holidays approach, food portions get bigger and fitness is not usually a priority until January. Rather than wait, all faculty, staff, administrators and students are invited to join Resolution Ramp Up at the Student Fitness Center, running through Dec 1. Practice healthy habits and earn raffle tickets to win a duffle bag filled with all kinds of great gifts.

Whether you're taking fitness classes, participating in Intramural Sports, or just like to lift, you can earn raffle tickets for doing the things you love to do! Sign up today at the Fitness Center. The winner will be drawn on Monday, Dec. 4.

Your last chance to see The Theatre Company's A Bright Room Called Day

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The Theatre Company of University of Detroit Mercy presents Tony Kushner's acclaimed drama A Bright Room Called Day. 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., Nov. 17 and 18, and 3 p.m., Nov. 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.

Participate in Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for the University community to think about what we are each thankful for, share our compassion with neighbors who are experiencing homelessness and work toward a world where no one has to experience hunger or homelessness. See our Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week events in the above post, "This week on campus."

Register for Mid-Year Colleague Development Day, Jan. 4

Detroit Mercy will host the annual Mid-Year Colleague Development Day on Thursday, Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on the McNichols Campus. The day will include an informative plenary session followed by a mix of 60- and 75-minute workshops and presentations to inform, educate and inspire faculty, staff and administrators.

See the Colleague Development Days website for session times and topics. Register online by Tuesday, Dec. 19. For more information, please contact Center for Career & Professional Development Dean Sheryl Johnson-Roulhac at 313-993-1017 or

Thumbs Up!

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Todd Hibbard received a grant from the Catholic Biblical Association and the CCD for field research in Jerusalem in February–April 2018. The grant awarded is related to Hibbard’s project on the rhetoric of urban destruction in the prophetic books of the Old Testament. This research will inform the forthcoming monograph, Prophets and Prophecy in Ancient Israel and Judah: A Phenomenological Approach. Read more about the announcement online.

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