Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

February 13, 2018

This week on campus

Tuesday, Feb. 13

  • Actor and magician Rory Rennick will portray the life of Henry "Box" Brown in a 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

  • University of Detroit Mercy offers several locations and times for the community to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday. See the event page for times and locations. Ashes will also be available at the University Ministry Office, where short ash services will be held at the beginning of each hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 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' 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 by Thursday, Feb. 8.
  • Attention commuter students: Come to Room 139 in the Commerce & Finance Building from 1 to 1:45 p.m. for a special meeting of the Commuter Student Association. The meeting will focus on the results of the recent commuter survey, current ride-share initiatives and upcoming events. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • The Student Nurse Association will host a documentary and discussion about ending human trafficking at 5 p.m. in Room 114 of the Chemistry Building. Hear from representatives from Sanctum House as well as human trafficking survivors. Please consider bringing a First Aid item to donate such as alcohol wipes, Band-Aid, combs or shampoo.

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.
  • University Recreation will host a 4v4 volleyball tournament at 4 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center. Walk up teams are welcome. Final call for registration begins at 3:30 p.m. Contact Matt Higley at 313-993-1782 or for more information.
  • 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

  • The Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture and Broadside Lotus Press will host Broadside Lotus Press Poets' Theatre 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union's Grounds Coffeehaus. There will be a poetry workshop (bring your poems in progress) followed by an open mic session. This event is free and open to the public.
  • 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 the 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.

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. 20

  • The Student Alumni Association (SAA) will host the annual Day of Giving. Day of Giving focuses on educating students about the importance and need for alumni engagement and the role alumni play in meeting University priorities. See the event page for the list of activities, including a chance to win prizes throughout the day as well as a 30-minute mentoring session with Detroit Mercy alumni.
  • Come to the Writing Center's workshop from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in Room 129 of the Jane & Walter O. Briggs Building and learn more about maximizing the effectiveness of essay introductions and conclusions. Registration is limited to the first 10 students. Call 313-993-1022 or register in person at the Writing Center, Room 131.
  • Interested in traveling to China? The Beijing Center (TBC), the Jesuit University Shared Partnerships organization, will host an information session at 1 p.m. in Room 209 of the Commerce & Finance Building. The College of Business Administration will also be available to discuss an upcoming cultural and business trip to China through TBC.
  • College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing will host a Graduate Nursing Open House for all interested students from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Health Professions Facility on the McNichols Campus. Contact Graduate Nursing Recruiter & Admissions Coordinator Suzanne Erwin at or 313-993-1828 to register.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

  • Educator and documentary filmmaker Kamasi Hill '98 will screen his documentary, "Born in the Struggle," about the children of African-American radical activists of the 1960s and 1970s, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. A discussion will immediately follow the presentation. See the event page for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 22

  • Come have a FREE meal and casual discussion with fellow classmates at Soup & Substance from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Lansing-Reilly Hall on the McNichols Campus.
  • Detroit Mercy Campus Kitchen will host Taste of Diversity, a FREE tasting event open to all students, faculty, staff and administrators from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Union Fountain Lounge. Cooking teams will prepare dishes from their cultural background or heritage and teach patrons how food waste and hunger is relevant in different areas of the world.
  • The Autism Alliance of Michigan will host the second of its four professional development sessions, educating attendees on autism and its effect on learning for students diagnosed with the condition. This session will focus on "Difficult Conversations," and run from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 208 of the Student Union. See the event page for the other dates and topics.
  • All members of the Detroit Mercy community are welcome to attend the National Alliance on Mental Illness-In Our Own Voice presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 114 of the Chemistry Building. In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. The speakers take their audience on a journey discussing their dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills and successes, hopes and dreams. See the event page or Facebook page for more information.

Friday, Feb. 23

  • Students: Do you already have a resume, but would like a professional review? A career development facilitator will be available during dead hour in Room 103 of Reno Hall to provide tips on choosing proper resume formats, fonts and keywords to create a winning resume tailored to you. See the event page to register.
  • If you plan to see The Theatre Company's evening performance of A Bright New Boise, all tickets are $10.

Saturday, Feb. 24

  • Join University Ministry for a Discover the D field trip to Hitsville, USA, the Motown Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $2; meet at the University Ministry Office.
  • All Detroit Mercy students, faculty, staff and administrators are reminded to head online and register for the annual Alumni Chili Cook-Off at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Fitness Center. Enjoy Titan-famous chili, beverages and help decide who takes home the Best Chili trophy! Immediately following the cook-off, be sure to head to Calihan Hall to cheer on the Titans as they take on Green Bay. Click here for more information and ticket prices or call 313-993-1540. Admission includes food, beer and wine (21+), activities and a ticket to the basketball game. Student tickets are half price. Faculty, staff and administrators can register here.

Monday, Feb. 26

  • Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., author of the 2016 National Book Award-winning Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, will speak at University of Detroit Mercy at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This engagement is part of Detroit Mercy's celebration of Black History Month on campus. See the press release for more information and to register for the event.

Detroit Mercy beats Oakland University at 2018 donor challenge

A defeated Oakland University mascot Grizz holds up the Titan red shirt next to Detroit Mercy Titans mascot Tommy Titan. Detroit Mercy beats Oakland University at 2018 donor challenge

It's official! University of Detroit Mercy defeated Oakland University in the 2018 Donor Challenge. The final tally: Detroit Mercy 697 donors, Oakland 683. See the results online.

Detroit Mercy was officially announced as the 2018 Donor Challenge winner during the Titans vs. OU Men's Basketball Game, Feb. 9, at Oakland University. OU's mascot Grizz wore a Titans jersey during the game.

This win would not have been possible without the incredible support of alumni, friends, current students, faculty and staff. Thank you for saving Tommy Titan! #DontWearTheBear #OUWho

Have you seen A Bright New Boise yet?

The Theatre Company's next production of Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise

Get your tickets for The Theatre Company's production of Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise, on stage through Feb. 25. Performances are 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.

#LiveYourBestLent Sticker

Live Your Best Lent on social media

The Michigan Catholic launches its second annual #LiveYourBestLent campaign, calling on metro Detroiters to share their plans to make this year's Lent their best yet. Download some Lenten quick tips here. Post your stories, photos, videos and inspiration to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #LiveYourBestLent; and join the conversation online.

Get up and move: Help us be the "most active Jesuit institution"

Go Move Challenge Logo

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.

Detroit Mercy Dental Instagram takeover

Detroit Mercy Dental Students

Detroit Mercy Dental encourages all dental students and organizations to apply for a @DetroitMercyDental Instagram Takeover. The goal of Instagram takeovers is simple: To showcase the unique student experience at Detroit Mercy to a diverse audience, including future and current students, alumni, community members and even other universities. Apply online and follow the takeover: @DetroitMercyDental

Alumnus highlight: James Timberlake '74

Alumnus James Timberlake '74

As the son of an Episcopalian minister, the last place James Timberlake thought he would find himself was a Jesuit university.

But it's his education at University of Detroit he credits with giving him the skills and confidence to build a successful career in architecture helping design significant projects like, most recently, the U.S. Embassy in London with his Philadelphia-based firm KieranTimberlake. Read his full story online.

New Live6 Alliance Executive Director and Commercial Corridor Manager named

New Live6 Alliance Executive Director Cecily King and New Live6 Commercial Corridor Manager Jeremy Lewis

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, chairman of the Live6 Alliance Board of Directors, announced the selection of Cecily King as its new executive director. King began on Feb. 1.

In addition, Live6 Alliance also selected Jeremy Lewis as the new commercial corridor manager of the organization. Read the full story online.

Partnering with Corporate & Foundation Relations

University Advancement's Corporate & Foundation Relations (CFR) works with faculty to develop non-government funding opportunities for programs, projects and research. Through CFR, resources are available for immediate and long-term funding support and planning. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Corporate & Foundation Relations Director Yvonne Lindstrom at 313-578-0328 or For more information, visit the CFR website and download the CFR quick guide here.

Thumbs Up!

Detroit Mercy Dental Student Affairs Director of Diversity & Inclusion Lola Banks was named a 2018 Fellow at the New Leader's Council (NLC) Institute, Detroit chapter. The NLC Institute was founded to build the progressive bench of next generation leaders and is the leading leadership development program for young professionals across the country. The incoming national cohort of 950 Fellows was carefully chosen from nearly 3,400 applicants; the Detroit chapter selected 20 Fellows.

Professor of Psychology Steven Huprich was quoted in the Health article, "What is High-Functioning Depression–and could you have it?" Read the full article online.

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science & Software Engineering Ioannis Souldatos gave a lecture on amalgamation property and the underlying property of model-existence at the University of Illinois, Feb. 1, and at the University of Notre Dame, Feb. 6. Souldatos also contributed to a paper recently published by Springer, titled, "Hanf number for Scott sentences of computable structures."

Assistant Professor of Law Alex Vernon was interviewed by Detroit Public Television's "One Detroit" team on common questions surrounding the immigration reform policy debate. Vernon was asked the question, "Why don't undocumented people obtain U.S. citizenship?" Watch his response online.

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