This week on campus
Tuesday, Feb. 6
- All are welcome to join a short discussion at University Ministry Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Young Martyr's Chapel in Shiple Hall. FREE homemade food and refreshments will be provided.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
- All Detroit Mercy community members are invited to join CLASA from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 138 of the Commerce & Finance Building for the talk, "Sanctuary Then and Now." The Gesu Catholic Church Sanctuary Team will host a Salvadoran family, who will describe why they left El Salvador as well as their experience as immigrants in Michigan. Bill O'Brien and Jim Sweeney of Gesu Catholic Church will also speak on the church's initiative to build a Catholic network of congregations committed to immigrants.
- Join Detroit Mercy Theatre Company and the cast of A Bright New Boise at the Ferndale Area District Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for "Community Show and Tell: Music that Inspires," a gathering exploring inspirational music. Come and share a song or piece of music that inspires you.
Thursday, Feb. 8
- Paczki, "PUNCH-ki," "POONCH-key." It doesn't matter how you pronounce it; they are all delicious! Help support University Ministry on Fat Thursday, and buy a few (or a dozen) delectable paczki. All proceeds and donations will go toward funding this year's Alternative Spring Break Trip. The paczki will be sold at the University Ministry Office in the Student Union and in the McNichols Campus Library lobby until they are sold out.
- The Institutional Development Core within the ReBUILDetroit program is offering the following professional development seminar for interested faculty and staff: "Understanding Culture, Power, and Difference: Humanizing Pedagogy for Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diverse College Students," featuring keynote speaker Dorinda J. Carter Andrews. This event will be in the Presidents' Dining Room from 12:30 to 2 p.m. See the event page for more information and to register.
- Healthcare, compliance and elder law are among the fastest growing areas of law practice. As a student in the College of Health Professions, your expertise and qualifications will be an asset in the legal profession. Detroit Mercy Law will host an open house from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in the Dean's Conference Room of the Health Professions Facility. Come and learn more about how you can pursue a rewarding career with a graduate degree from Detroit Mercy Law. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Feb. 9
- Students: Join a small group session with the Center for Career & Professional Development and learn about how to make the most of your TitanCareerLink account. The group will meet during dead hour in Room 103 of Reno Hall. See the event page to register.
- Author Tiya Miles will discuss and sign her book, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straights, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Miles' book explores the city's early complicity in slavery. This event is part of Black History Month at Detroit Mercy.
Saturday, Feb. 10
- If you have tickets to The Theatre Company's evening performance of A Bright New Boise, join the cast and crew after the show for an afterglow reception.
Sunday, Feb. 11
- If you have tickets to The Theatre Company's afternoon performance of A Bright New Boise, join the cast and crew after the show for the discussion, "A Reason to Believe." A psychologist, philosopher and two cast members will take the group on an in-depth exploration on belief in a higher power despite life's challenges, struggles and conflicts.
February: Black History Month events
- University of Detroit Mercy will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a variety of events and engagements that are open to the public. All of the events are FREE and take place on the McNichols Campus. See the list of events online.
Next week on campus
Tuesday, Feb. 13
- City Year Detroit Regional Recruitment Manager Monique Zellars will host a workshop discussing the importance of developing a personal leadership mission statement during dead hour in Room 206 of the Student Union. Students will also participate in activities to create their own leadership mission statement.
- Take a minute to relax and reflect from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in the McNichols Library's first floor conference room. This mindfulness event is open to all faculty, staff and students. Tea and cookies will be available. Relax and Reflect gatherings will continue on the second Tuesday of each month. A different facilitator will lead a mindfulness or contemplative practice session at each meeting.
- Actor and magician Rory Riddick will portray the life of Henry "Box" Brown in this one-man show at 7 p.m. in the Student Union's Grounds Coffeehaus. Brown was shipped out of slavery in a box, became a prominent speaker and performer in the transatlantic antislavery movement, and toured after the Civil War as a mesmerist and magician. This event is part of Black History Month at Detroit Mercy.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
- Professor of History and director of the Black Abolitionist Archive Roy E. Finkenbine will host a bicentennial tribute to Frederick Douglass at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Finkenbine will talk about Douglass's escape northward to join his beloved Anna, their subsequent marriage and his importance as a black abolitionist speaker. The University Chorus will perform two spirituals related to Douglass's life. A dramatic reading by the Theatre Company of one of his most famous antislavery speeches will follow. This event is part of Black History Month at Detroit Mercy.
- As part of its 2018 Winter Lecture Series, Detroit Mercy School of Architecture (SOA) welcomes Craig Wilkins, the 2017 Cooper Hewitt National Design awardee, in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building's Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center. The NOMA reception begins at 5 p.m. and the Wilkins lecture immediately follows at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. See the SOA Lecture Series website for more events.
Thursday, Feb. 15
- Join Detroit Mercy Law for a mock law school class with Professor Andrew Moore, an expert in immigration and human rights, during dead hour in the Presidents' Dining Room. Come and learn more about how you can pursue a rewarding career with a graduate degree from Detroit Mercy Law. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to email@example.com by Thursday, Feb. 8.
Friday, Feb. 16
- The Center for Career & Professional Development will host an interview preparation workshop from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in Room 143 of Reno Hall. This session will especially benefit students planning to attend this year's Spring Career Fair.
- Join the Detroit Mercy Writing Center (TWC) for an email/letter-writing event to learn more about the legal implications of the DACA decision, especially as it impacts Detroit Mercy students. This event begins at 4 p.m. in The Writing Center Office, Room 131, in the Jane & Walter O. Briggs Building. See the event page for more information and to register. RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 14.
- Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dog with the University community and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association. There will be FREE Chinese food, drinks, performances, games and awards from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
Saturday, Feb. 17
- If you plan to see The Theatre Company's evening performance of A Bright New Boise, all tickets are $10.
Sunday, Feb. 18
- If you have tickets to The Theatre Company's afternoon performance of A Bright New Boise, join the cast and crew after the show for the discussion, "The Architect of the Actor." Two cast members will be interviewed in style of the show Inside the Actors Studio. Learn about what inspires their work, influences their craft, mentors that encourage their life, and their process for creating their role in this production.
Save Tommy Titan! Give this week to the donor challenge
Have you made your donation yet? This week through Friday, Feb. 9, all students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University are encouraged to give to the Detroit Mercy vs. OU Donor Challenge. Choose where your contribution will go (any dollar amount) and together, we can beat Oakland! The losing school's mascot must wear the winning team's jersey at the game this Friday, so let's see what OU's Grizz looks like in Titan red. Watch the video above.
Learn more and give today on the Donor Challenge website. Don't forget to share this challenge on social media and encourage all family and friends of the University to help save Tommy Titan, too! #DontWearTheBear
Detroit Mercy crowdfunding initiatives
University of Detroit Mercy has launched several crowdfunding campaigns this month in conjunction with the Detroit Mercy vs. OU Donor Challenge, so you can direct your gifts to projects or programs that are most meaningful to you. Visit our Impact website and see how your contributions can help expand the reach of our various programs and projects.
The Theatre Company's A Bright New Boise opens this weekend
Get your tickets for The Theatre Company's production of Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise, Feb. 9-25. Performances will take place at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA, 1401 Broadway St., in downtown Detroit.
Visit the Theatre Company website or call 313-993-3270 for show times and ticket sales. Be sure to check out our stories above for special events surrounding the production.
Get up and move: Help us be the "most active Jesuit institution"
Need additional motivation to stay active in these cold, winter months? Join the Go Move Challenge and help Detroit Mercy staff and faculty compete with other Jesuit universities to determine which is the most active! Awards go to the university with "most total minutes logged" as well as the university with the "most number of minutes per participant." Every minute counts so get up, get moving, and start logging those minutes. Sign up today.
University Recreation's annual Biggest Loser competition is also in full swing. Great job to everyone who has stayed committed to his or her individual resolutions. Keep working hard and be sure to check in for Weigh In Wednesday tomorrow.
Associate Professor of Counseling Jocelyn Bennett-Garraway was the honoree and keynote speaker at the Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business Women In Business 20th Anniversary Banquet, Jan. 25. Bennett-Garraway is credited with being a central figure in the formation of this integral and lasting component of the Penn State community.
Professor of Business Administration Michael Bernacchi discussed this year's Super Bowl ads and was highlighted in the Bloomberg article, "Ram's Martin Luther King ad got panned. Did it still work?," Feb. 5, as well as the Chicago Tribune article, "Selling public service or Rams? Firm defends Super Bowl spot," Feb. 6.