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Program Contacts

J. Todd Hibbard
Co-Director

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
4001 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221
Office: Briggs Building, Room 332
Office phone: 313-993-1088
Fax: 313-993-1166
Email: hibbarja@udmercy.edu

Todd Hibbard is a native Detroiter with a passion for his city. He has lived and taught in many other places in the United States, but was proud to join the University of Detroit Mercy faculty in 2011 and return "home." After graduating with a degree in religion from Lee University, he pursued master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!). His scholarly work focuses on Judaism and Christianity in the ancient world, primarily through study of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament. Beyond his work and family life, he is passionate about three things: good coffee, excellent jazz and the Detroit Tigers.


Jason J. Roche
Co-Director

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
4001 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221
Office: Briggs Building, Room 118
Office phone: 313-993-1092
Fax: 313-993-1166
Email: rochejj@udmercy.edu

Jason Roche grew up in Auburn, NY, home of Harriet Tubman and William Seward.  After graduating cum laude from Geneseo State University of New York in 1991 he completed his master’s degree at Syracuse University in 1994.  While teaching  part time at Cayuga Community College, Roche worked full time as a reporter and anchor, winning an Edward R. Murrow Award with the news team at WSYR in Syracuse in 2000.  Since that year he has been teaching full time at universities in upstate New York and at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  He moved to University of Detroit Mercy in 2009.  Professor Roche produces documentary films and records and produces electronic music.  He is also a third degree black belt in Beikokujin Soo Do, an eclectic American martial art.  


Ashley Cosenza
Student Dean

Ashley Cosenza grew up in Dearborn, Mich., where she graduated from Edsel Ford High School in 2012. She is a senior at UDM, pursuing a degree in Biology, with a concentration in Applied Genetics. She is a teaching assistant in the biology department. After graduation, Ashley plans to attend graduate school for her master's degree in Genetic Couneling. She hopes to enhance the sense of community among Honors students through group service and exploration opportunities.


Colleen Kurecka
Student Dean

Colleen Kurecka is from Saginaw, Mich., and is enrolled in UDM's Five Year MBA Program, in the College of Business Administration. She is very active on campus and holds leadership positions in the ISO's Conversation Partners Club, CBA Student Advisory Board and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, in addition to University Honors. She is a flutist in the Titan Pep Band, and enjoys attending UDM men's and women's basketball games. For the past two summers, she has interned in the financial services and automotive industries; this summer, she will be returning to the automotive industry to work in finance. One of her biggest passions is learning about other cultures' traditions while traveling. 


Navkiran Munday
Student Dean

Navkiran Munday was born and raised in Canton, Mich., and grew up with parents who are engineers. She decided to go a different route, however, as her passion for science grew. She came to UDM as a pre-dental student, wanting to not only pursue dentistry, but also to challenge herself academically and maximize her potential for knowledge and experience. The same drive motivated her to pursue the University Honors program. In addition to University Honors, Navkiran participates in the Pre-Dentistry Students' Association, Chemistry Club and Alpha Phi Omega, the national co-ed service fraternity. Outside of school, she engages in an Indian dance called Bhangra — she has even formed her own team that competes across the country.


Honors Facebook Page

The Honors Facebook page the main communication tool for the Program, and is meant to be a virtual forum for all members of the Honors program. Every member is encouraged to post anything that may be of interest to the entire membership.