Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

March 6, 2018

This week on campus

Spring Break

  • On behalf of Marketing & Communications, we wish students a fun-filled, responsible and relaxing spring break. Faculty and staff are reminded that the Student Fitness Center is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this week.

Next week on campus

Tuesday, March 13

  • 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.
  • Join the Michigan Opera Theatre for I, Too, Sing America: A Celebration of African-American Artists & Athletes from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Commerce & Finance Building's St. Ignatius Chapel. Through live music, poetry, narrative and video, this innovative performance highlights the stories and achievements of African-American artists and athletes who defied limitations and paved the way for integration in their fields. See the event page.
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit universities, will host a University-wide conversation and FREE dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parlor of Lansing-Reilly Hall. Guest speakers will include Associate Professor of Architecture Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., and Director of the Institute for Leadership & Service Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend.
  • The Arab Cultural Society and the Lebanese Student Association will host belly-dancing lessons with FREE food from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Union Fountain Lounge.
  • Students who participated in Alternative Spring Break will share stories at Ministry Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Shiple Hall's Young Martyrs Chapel. FREE food will be provided.

Wednesday, March 14

  • Female Detroit Mercy students are encouraged to attend the American Association of University Women Work Smart workshop for a crash course in salary negotiation. This event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Presidents' Dining Room in the Student Union. AAUW Work Smart is designed for women who are already in the workforce at any career level and helps women negotiate for new jobs, raises or promotions. Pre-registration is required. See the event page for more information.
  • As part of its 2018 Winter Lecture Series, Detroit Mercy School of Architecture welcomes Emily Kutil of Black Bottom Street View from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building's Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center. This event includes a preview of an interactive exhibition of panoramic photographs from Detroit's historic Black Bottom neighborhood, which will be on display through Tuesday, March 20. This event is free and open to the public. See the SOA Lecture Series website for more events.

Thursday, March 15

  • The Institute for Leadership and Service's Emerging Leaders Program presents a leadership slam featuring Chief Financial Officer at MoneyGram International Larry Angelilli from 11:20 to 12:30 p.m. in Room 238 of the Commerce & Finance Building. Refreshments will be served. For more information, see the Emerging Leaders Program website.
  • The Student Social Work Association and the Social Work Department will hold the second annual Just Walk Campus Tournament and Digital Blackout event in the Student Fitness Center. This event features two-person walking teams comprised of faculty, staff and students competing for a prize while learning to disconnect from technology every once in a while. See the event page for registration details, prizes and more information.
  • Students: Stop by the annual Grad Salute from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Union Fountain Lounge. This event is a centralized resource fair for graduating students to learn more about Commencement and other graduate-related activities. See the event page for more information.
  • Students who participated in Alternative Spring Break will once again share stories at a lunch and learn during dead hour in Grounds Coffeehaus. FREE food will be provided.
  • Join the African and Caribbean Students Organization as they host a short play, titled, "An African Love Story," from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. This evening will showcase music, dance and art from the African diaspora.

Friday, March 16

  • Students: Need help creating or updating your resume? A career development facilitator will be available from 1 to 1:45 p.m. 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.
  • The Center for Career & Professional Development will also 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.
  • Impact Movement Detroit will host its second Midwest Lock-In overnight from Friday March 16 at 7 p.m. through Saturday, March 17 at 8 a.m. Impact chapters are invited to join and enjoy food, dance, an open mic and networking activities. Register online.

Ibram X. Kendi at Detroit Mercy

Ibram X. Kendi

Turnout was great as award-winning historian and author Ibram X. Kendi spoke at University of Detroit Mercy about his book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction. See video highlights from his presentation.

Dust off your instruments: Detroit Mercy concert band

Attention faculty, staff, students and alumni: Musicians and former musicians interested in joining a University-wide concert band are encouraged to contact University Libraries & Instructional Technology Dean Jennifer Dean at The commitment will not be lengthy or challenging. This is meant to be fun and act as a new way to highlight the many artistic talents at Detroit Mercy.

Alumnus highlight: Alan Haras '16

Alan Haras '16

In January, Jesuitical, a podcast presented by America Media, which publishes America, The Jesuit Review, posed the question "Is it possible to blend yoga and Catholicism?" On the podcast, Bobby Karle, S.J., answers questions about Ignatian Yoga, a new movement gaining attention and which he co-founded with Alan Haras, a 2016 graduate of University of Detroit Mercy.

Haras, who came to Detroit Mercy to earn a master's degree in Religious Studies, said Ignatian Yoga draws upon the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises and, specifically, the Jesuit philosophy of cura personalis, or care of the whole person. It's about finding God in all things, including yourself, and giving thanks for the gift of life. Read his full story online.

Society of Jesus general treasurer gives global perspective

J. Thomas McClain, S.J., general treasurer of the Society of Jesus

J. Thomas McClain, S.J., general treasurer of the Society of Jesus, recently presented the topic, "Jesuit poverty: A global perspective from a local boy," to the Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit at the Detroit Athletic Club. For the event, Fr. McClain returned from Rome to his hometown of Detroit, where he graduated from Gesu School, U of D Jesuit High School and Detroit Mercy. Watch the full video online.

Immigration Law Clinic seeks volunteer translators

Detroit Mercy Law's Immigration Law Clinic is looking for volunteer interpreters and translators to assist clients either at the Law Clinic or remotely via telephone and e-mail. The need is greatest for Spanish, Arabic and French. To volunteer your time and resources, please contact Alesa Silver at

AJCU produces "Jesuit Educated" video

Jesuit Educated campaign logo

The 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States are committed to caring for each student as a unique person, and teaching them how to pursue the greater good. Learn more in this new video from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Detroit — It's GO Time

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau video

Have you seen the video from the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau? So many beautiful images — and a great reminder of why we love our city!

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Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mark Benvenuto and Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prasad Venugopal presented the topic, "Elemental Fictions: Storytelling and Narratives in Introductory Science," at the Michigan Science Teachers Association meeting in Lansing, March 2.

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi was chosen to give the commencement address at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Professor of Psychology Carol Weisfeld's book, The Psychology of Marriage, has been published and is now available online and on Amazon.

School of Dentistry Associate Professor of Clinical Essentials & Simulation Ibrahim Zakhary was recently approved to be an examiner in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the oldest and largest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges.

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