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University Honors Program

Upcoming Events

Fall 2007

Honors University Event
Lecture: Professor Emeritus Donald J. Moore, S.J.
Fordham University
"Signs of Hope: Palestinian and Israeli Possibilites for Peace"
7pm, November 6, 2007
(Location TBA - Co-Sponsored with CLASA)

Honors University Event
Lecture: Professor Bert Schreiber
Wayne State University
"The Math Behind the Music"
12:45-2, Thursday, November 15, 2007
E220

Winter 2008

Honors Social Event
Game Night/Pizza Party
Early January 2008
(Details TBA)

Honors Social Event
Detroit Curling Club, Ferndale, MI
2-4pm, Saturday, January 19, 2008

Honors Group Service Project
Capuchin Soup Kitchen
4390 Conner Avenue, Detroit, MI
February 2008
(Details TBA)

Honors University Event
Sixty-Second Lecture
March 2008
(Details TBA)

Honors University Event
Honors Convocation
April 2008
(Details TBA)

 


Recent Events

Honors Group Service Project
Habitat for Humanity

October 20, 2007

Saturday, October 20th saw a group of Honors students hauling and laying sod, raking rocks, and planting trees for Habitat for Humanity of Detroit. Habitat-Detroit serves the communities of Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Harper Woods, Grosse Pointes, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Redford Township, Melvindale, Allen Park, River Rouge, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Wyandotte, Southgate and Grosse Ile, helping families in need to own decent, affordable homes of their own.


Honors Cultural Excursion
Detroit Zoo

October 13, 2007

On Saturday, October 13 a group of Honors students drove north to Royal Oak to visit the Detroit Zoo, which provides a broad audience with engaging, meaningful and memorable experiences, outstanding and unique educational opportunities that lead to the appreciation and stewardship of nature, and a concern with wildlife conservation and animal welfare. Among such experiences is the Arctic Ring of Life, a state-of-the-art, $14.9 million, interactive facility that encompassing over four acres of outdoor and indoor exhibits. In addition to showing a variety of fauna and flora, the exhibit explores the relationship between Arctic people (Inuit) and wildlife.


Annual Honors Induction Ceremony & Dinner
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Pasquale's Restaurant, Royal Oak, MI

On October 7, 2007, approximately 40 guests gathered for the official induction of nine of our forty incoming freshmen to the Program. After a blessing offered by Sister Sandra Yost, CSJ, everyone gorged themselves silly at Pasquale's in Royal Oak. Before dessert Professor of Management and "Final Lecturer" Gerald Cavanagh, S.J. about two important guides in life--our talents, and our heart--followed by the presentation of the Honors Triad and the awarding of pins to the new inductees. Dessert and coffee were then served, during which the Student Deans presented their plans for the upcoming year.


Gardella Honors House Dedication
Wednesday, September 19, 2007

On September 19, 2007, the former Gardella Chapel was officially re-dedicated as the Gardella Honors House. Above (from left to right), student deans Jennifer Janusch and Cassie Moran, UDM President Gerald Stockhausen S. J., George Gardella Jr., program director David Koukal, George Gardella III, and student dean John Chirco celebrate after the official ribbon was cut. For more details on the space and the dedication, click here.



University Honors Convocations
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Various Locations on Campus

On March 25, 2007, the University recognized the achievements of various students across the university. Students from the College of Engineering & Science made up the majority of those graduating from the University Honors Program this year. Above (left to right) Brian Jones, Phuong Nguyen and Adrienne Baran show off their Honors cords. Other CES honorees who will be wearing golden cords at graduation but who are not pictured are Mimi Tran Nguyen, Jessica Heidt and 2007 Valedictorian Riham Mazen Alwan.


Honors Co-Sponsored Lectures
Winter 2007 Term

The Honors Program has long been a co-sponsor of many worthy events that help enhance the intellectual life of the University. This winter has been no exception, as attested to by this list of distinguished speakers.

On January 24, Dr. John Paul Russo (above), Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Miami (FL), gave a talk based upon his award-winning book, The Future Without a Past: The Humanities in a Technological Society (University of Missouri Press, 2005), offering many provocative ideas about how technology is remaking the way we think and act, inside the university and in the larger world. This lecture was also sponsored by the Department of History, the Phil Alpha Theta Honor Society, and SENSOG.

James Harney (above) fields a question after his February 6 slide presentation and talk on the human cost of economic globalization. Harney, a photojournalist, storyteller and founder of the nonprofit organization Posibilidad, has traveled throughout Latin America. He was able to offer his UDM audience much first-hand insight in regard to the national debate on the fate of some 12 million undocumented people--from the other side of the border. Harney's presentation was sponsored in conjunction with the Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive.

On March 16, Dr. Mitch Kachun (above), associate professor of History at Western Michigan University, came to UDM to discuss his rediscovery and republication of The Curse of Caste, or The Slave Bride (1865) by Julia Collins, the first imaginative novel published by an African American woman. Kachun's research raises a number of questions about race and identity at the point that slavery was ending in the United States, and has received extended coverage in the New York Times. His talk was also sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Education, the Departments of English and History, the African American Studies Program, and the Black Abolitionist Archives.


Honors Cultural Excursion
Our Body: The Universe Within

February 24, 2007

On Saturday, February 24 a group of Honors students piled into a van and headed to the Detroit Science Center to see "Our Body: The Universe Within," an innovative exhibit that exposes the inner workings of human anatomy by presenting (get this!) actual human specimens, anatomical displays, reproductions of historic anatomical artwork and much more. Though the exhibit helped members to better understand their own bodies it didn't help their appetites, as afterwards everyone joined Molly Redigan in ordering vegetarian pies at Greektown's famous Pizza Papalis.


Honors Group Service Project: Arts & Scraps
January 20, 2007

Arts & Scraps recycles 22 tons of industrial scraps and serves over 200,000 children annually by providing them with safe and inexpensive creative material to actively involve them in learning, increase their confidence and encourage independent thinking. On Saturday, January 20th, a number of UDM honors students volunteered to assemble art kits for this non-profit organization, after which they repaired to their usual haunt, Buddy's Pizza, for some great pie and chicken soup.


Honors Cultural Excursion: George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
Detroit Opera Theater
October 27, 2006

Originally conceived by Gershwin as an "American folk opera," Porgy and Bess was first performed in the fall of 1935, but was not widely accepted in the United States as a legitimate opera until the late 1970s and '80s. It is now considered a part of the standard operatic repertoire, and is regularly performed internationally. On October 27 a group of Honors students had the opportunity to see this American classic at the Detroit Opera House.


Honors Group Service Project: Greening of Detroit
October 21, 2006

On a cold, damp and blustery Saturday morning, a dozen members of the Honors Program arrived on Detroit's east side to help beautify a stretch of Vernor Highway just north of Elmwood Cemetery. Above from left to right, Molly Redigan, John Chirco and Kori Loewe pose proudly with their young sapling (which they named Rupert).

This project involved over 100 volunteers, and was part of Greening of Detroit's larger efforts to improve the quality of life in Detroit by guiding and inspiring the reforestation of the city's neighborhoods, boulevards, and parks through tree planting projects and educational programs.

Since the group was already in the neighborhood, it stopped to take a look at the world-renowned Heidelberg Project, a testament to Detroit artist Tyree Guyten's long efforts to reclaim a blighted neigborhood through community and open-air art projects.


Honors University Event:
"Successes and Failures in the War on Terrorism"
A lecture by Dr. Juan Cole
Professor of History, University of Michigan
Thursday, October 19, 2006.

Juan Cole takes a question after his talk before a large audience at UDM on October 19. An expert on the modern Middle East and South Asian history, Dr. Cole has written extensively about modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf and South Asia, and he has given numerous media and press interviews on the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq. His current research focuses on Shiite Islam in Iraq and Iran, and the "jihadi" or "sacred-war" strain of Muslim radicalism, including al-Qaeda and the Taliban among other groups. His most recent book is Sacred Space and Holy War (2002). This lecture was sponsored by the Honors Program as part of 9/11: Five Years and Beyond, a series of commemorative and contemplative events on the past, present and future taking place at UDM over the fall term.


Annual Honors Induction Ceremony & Dinner
Sunday, October 1, 2006
Pasquale's Restaurant, Royal Oak, MI

This fall the Honors Program accepted a record 60 freshmen. On October 1, 2006, twenty-two of these freshmen attended the annual Honors Induction Ceremony and Dinner, along with fifty other guests. After a blessing offered by Sister Brigid Johnson, RSM, everyone tucked into their savory sausage, roast chicken and mostaciolli. Before dessert Professor of Political Science and "Final Lecturer" Victoria Mantzopolous spoke to those assembled about the importance of mentorship in her life, and the duty of helping others. Afterwards, incoming Student Deans John Chirco, Jennifer Janusch and Cassie Moran presented the Honors Challenge Triad, and the new inductees came forward to receive their Honors pins (above), along with Honorary inductees Sister Brigid and Dr. Mantzopolous. Dessert and coffee were then served, during which the Student Deans presented their plans for the upcoming year, and encouraged the new members to get involved.


Honors University Event:
A reading by Sharona Muir,
Author of The Book of Telling
Friday, March 31, 2006.

Friday, March 31 saw author Sharona Muir in the Grounds coffeehouse reading from her novel The Book of Telling, the tale of a woman searching for the truth about her father and, ultimately, her own identity. Muir is also the author of a collection of poems, During Ceasefire, and a scholarly study of science fiction. She has won many awards for both her poetry and her prose, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her work has appeared in The Jerusalem Report and The Paris Review, among other publications. Muir holds an A.B. from Princeton University in Comparative Literature, a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, and is director of Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. This event was co-sponored by the English Department and the Women's Studies Program.


Honors University Event:
"Stop the Merchants of Death"
A lecture by Fr. G. Simon Harak, SJ
of the War Resister's League
Wednesday, March 22, 2006.

On Wednesday, March 22, the Honors Program co-sponsored a lecture by Fr. G. Simon Harak, SJ of the War Resisters' League. In exploring the connections between business and war, Fr. Harak argued that war profiteering has evolved to a point where "corporations more and more 'call the shots' when it comes to US war-making policy," as opposed to just rushing in to make their profits whenever a war arises. After presenting copious facts and figures to support his case, Fr. Harak suggested a nonviolent way to counter this trend through counter corporate recruitment. Other co-sponsors of this event were the Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive, the College of Business Administration and the Student Senate.


UDM Ethics Bowl 2006
February 3, 2006

The Honors Program has been a proud co-sponsor of the UDM Ethics Bowl since its inception in 2001, but this year's contest was noteworthy for the number of Honors students participating. Among those members taking part in the February 3 competition were Mary Webber, Carrie Da Via, Annie Kotynski, John Chirco, Chris Janusch, Deanna Renner and Cassie Moran. Jessica Givan was a member of the fourth-place Merovingians, and Patrick Halligan, Lauren McAuley, Josh Kushnereit and Laura Uschold were all members of the team placing third, Super Tutors & the Ringer. Honors student Mikhial Pasic (above left) was a member of the winning team (The Canadian Connection), and will be representing UDM with his teammates Peter Verschoote and Stephanie Hill at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl taking place March 2 in Jacksonville, FL. Honors student Emily Barone was instrumental in helping in the set-up of the UDM competition, and received the thanks of Ethics Bowl's organizers.


Honors Cultural Excursion: Holocaust Memorial Center
January 29, 2006

After meeting director Dave Koukal for a scintillating breakfast at the world's busiest IHOP in Livonia, a number of Honors students traveled to the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills on Saturday, January 29. The Center illuminates the story of the Jewish people, European anti-Semitism, the rise of Nazism in Germany, the Final Solution and the founding of Israel after WWII, and is dedicated to the memory of those who perished in one of history's most horrific episodes of cruelty and mass murder.


Honors Group Service Project: Focus Hope
January 14, 2006

On a chill and blustery January 14th, several members of the Honors Program traveled to Focus Hope in Hamtramck to pack food boxes for those in need. In an amazing display of hustle and spunky teamwork, a gritty rookie UDM Honors team (above) edged a much more experienced squad from Warren's De La Salle Collegiate High School, 660 boxes to 639. Honors "corn" man Phuong Nguyen (below) was voted the competition's MVP. Afterwards the exhausted but jubilant Honors team celebrated its hard-won victory at Buddy's Pizza (Detroit's #1 Square Pizza since 1946!)--though some settled for Buddy's tasty antipasto salad and a diet Coke.


Annual Honors Induction Ceremony & Dinner
Sunday, October 9, 2005
Pasquale's Restaurant, Royal Oak, MI

A record eighty-three guests attended the University Honors Program annual Induction Ceremony and Dinner at Pasquale's Restaurant in Royal Oak on Sunday, October 9, 2005. The assembled membership and their guests sat down to dinner after UDM President Gerard Stockhausen, SJ, offered blessings. Between dinner and dessert, Professor of Biology R. Gerard Albright, SJ, gave the annual "Final Lecture" in which he challenged the twenty-seven inductees to not waste their days of youth. After Father Albright's charming talk, inductees were then presented with the Honors Challenge Triad and came forward to receive their Honors pins (above), along with Honorary inductees Fathers Albright and Stockhausen. An addition to this year's dinner was the attendance of several already-inducted members who turned out to greet the new inductees, including Jennifer Janusch (below at far left) and John Chirco (far right), who are posing with outgoing Student Deans Jackie Eisel and Beth Reifert (center-left and center-right, respectively).


Honors Cultural Excursion: UDM Appreciation Night at Comerica Park
Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox
September 27, 2005

Left-fielder Craig Monroe (above) hustles to glove a long fly ball in a closely-played 3-2 Tigers win against the White Sox on September 27th. A group of Honors students went down to the game as part of UDM Appreciation Night and shivered in the early fall climate, but boistered by overpriced hotdogs and popcorn they cheered the hometown team to victory. The members assembled (below) went delirious as the final out sent the Sox home to do their laundry.


Honors Group Service Project: COTS
September 24, 2005

On Saturday, September 24th, some fifteen members of the Honors Program arrived to serve breakfast and lunch at the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in downtown Detroit. At top left Cassie Moran and John Chirco display grins of relief after finally filling the world's largest set of condiment containers; at top right Emily Barone prudently avoids the wicked blade of Chris Janusch, who really sticks it to a helpless stalk of celery. Afterwards a group repaired to the Magic Stick for pizza, where everyone patiently humored Joe Holbrook as he tried to claim a pie for himself.

COTS is always looking for volunteers, and Honors members are urged to contact them to fulfill a portion of their required service hours.


Honors University Event:
Author and UD Alumnus Elmore Leonard
Speaks at the University of Detroit Mercy
April 5, 2005

The Honors Program was pleased to bring author and University of Detroit alumnus ('50) Elmore "Dutch" Leonard back to his alma mater on April 5th, when he gave a talk in the School of Architecture's Loranger Center.

Mr. Leonard began his talk by reading a passage from his 1989 book Kill Shot, which is slated to be brought to the screen by directors Quentin Tarantino and John Madden. Leonard's characters often inhabit the fringes of society, which is brought to life by the rhythm of his authentic dialogue--prompting many convicts to write and ask if Leonard has ever done time (he hasn't). After sharing some of his prison fan mail, Leonard recited his famous Ten Rules of Writing and then took questions from an appreciative audience.

Leonard began his career writing westerns, but soon became a master of the crime novel. His best sellers include The Big Bounce, Glitz, Get Shorty, Rum Punch, and Out of Sight, all of which have been adapted to the screen. His most recent publications include a children's novel--A Coyote's in the House--as well as another crime novel--Be Cool--which has also been adapted to the screen, starring John Travolta and Uma Thurman and is currently playing in theatres.


University Honors Convocations
Sunday, April 3, 2005
Various Locations on Campus

On April 3, 2005, the University community gathered in various locations on and about campus to recognize students for their achievements both in and out of the classroom. The College of Liberal Arts and Education Honors convocation was held in the beautiful Gesu Catholic Church (shown above), just north of campus. During the ceremony the University Honors Program recognized thirteen graduating seniors.


Honors Cultural Excursion: Phantom of the Opera
Friday, March 18, 2005
Masonic Temple Theater

Here's a post-show shot of a handful of the several Honors students who headed to the historic Masonic Temple Theater to see Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera on March 18. Prior to the popular musical all met at the original Buddy's Pizza at McNichols and Conant to scarf slices of one of Detroit's best pies. Then off to the cultural district to watch a ghost haunt an opera house for the sake of love. How romantic!


Honors Cultural Excursion: Faust
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Detroit Opera House

On November 20, over thirty Honors students gathered at Pizza Papalis in Greektown for some of the best deep-dish pizza your Director has inhaled since leaving Chicagoland. After a leisurely feast all parties walked to the Detroit Opera House to take in Charles Gounod's devilish opera Faust. After watching Satan utterly ruin a man's life we emerged from the opera house a little wiser, and Ryan Adams insisted on documenting this moment.


Honors Induction Ceremony and Dinner
Sunday, October 3, 2004
Pasquale's Restaurant, Royal Oak, MI

Over sixty people were in attendance when the University Honors Program held its annual Induction Ceremony at Pasquale's Restaurant in Royal Oak on Sunday, October 19, 2004. After blessings from Dr. Gerald F. Cavanagh, SJ, the assembled membership sat down with family and friends to break bread together. Between dinner and dessert, Dr. Elizabeth Oljar, Professor of Philosophy, gave the annual "Final Lecture" in which she expresssed her deep gratitude to her students for helping her live the philosophical life. After Dr. Oljar's talk, Honors Deans Chawn Cliborne, Jacqueline Eisel, Elizabeth Reifert and Adrienne Baran (ex officio) presented the Honors Challenge Triad. After the traditional candle-lighting ceremony, freshmen and other members who had not been formally inducted received their Honors pins. Honorary inductees included not only Drs. Cavanagh and Oljar, but also Dr. Charles Marske, new Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education, and Dr. Barbara Schirmer, new Academic Vice President and Provost of the University.


Pilot Program:
British Studies at Oxford Program

For 31 years UDM and Oakland University have run a British Studies at Oxford Program to offer UDM students a wonderful chance to study abroad at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Between July 4-24, 2004, the UDM Honors Program instituted a pilot program in order to determine whether or not it wants to pursue a more permanent relationship with the British Studies Program. Honors students interested in earning Honors credit in Oxford must file this form with the Honors Program Director. For more information on the British Studies at Oxford Program contact the Program co-director Professor Edward J. Wolff at mpigott1@comcast.net.


University Honors Convocation
Sunday, March 28, 2004

On March 28, 2004 the University community gathered in McAuley Auditorium at the Outer Drive campus to recognize students for their achievements both in the classroom and in society at large. The University Honors Program recognized six graduating seniors, four of whom are pictured here. From left to right: Michelle Jones (Honors Scholar), Melba Cantu (Honors Scholar Cum Laude), Kevin Kijewski (Honors Scholar Cum Laude) and Austin St. Peter (Honors Scholar). Not pictured are Katie Rosenthal (Honors Scholar Cum Laude) and Presidental Scholar Racine Miller, who was off celebrating with her family.


Honors Cultural Excursion: The Detroit Science Center
& Dinner at The Cass Cafe
Sunday, March 14th, 2004


Sunday March 14th saw members of the Honors Program traipsing through the Detroit Science Center filling their minds with the wonders of the physical universe. Besides visiting the MarsQuest exhibit and taking in two IMAX features ("Solarmax" and "Everest") while reclining on their backs in the Science Center's new dome theater, members brushed up on Newton's third law and bought cheesey plushy animals from the gift shop. Above, Chawn Cliborne (left) and Kyla Heusner cheerfully demonstrate how power is derived from the push of the wind on a sail's back surface when the sail is set at approximately a 90 angle to the longitudinal axis of the boat. Afterwards the group repaired for dinner at The Cass Cafe, where Kyla had Cajun-something, but said she's had hotter.


Honors Cultural Excursion: Jazz Friday at the DIA
& Dinner at Roma Cafe
Friday, February 20th, 2004

On Friday, February 20th several members of the Honors Program headed to the Detroit Institute of Arts for Jazz Friday. Besides being treated to two searing sets of the poetry-jazz of Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters, members participated in drawing workshops, took guided tours featuring "American and European Arts Highlights" and "The Four Continents and the Ancient World," meandered through the museum's amazing new galleries of African and Asian art, and posed with Henry Moore's Reclining Female Figure (above). Afterwards members feasted on baked lasagne and canelloni, chicken scaloppine al limone, Italian ices and canollis at the Roma Cafe in the Eastern Market, Detroit's oldest Italian restaurant (below).


UDM Ethics Bowl 2004
Friday, February 6th, 2004

For the fourth year in a row, the Honors Program co-sponsored the UDM Ethics Bowl. Ethics Bowl is inspired by TV's College Bowl, but modified rules adapt the game to the subject of ethics. Questions may address ethical problems on classroom topics (e.g. cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, medicine), or social and political ethics (e.g. free speech, gun control, etc.), with each team's answers being scored by a panel of judges.

After a very close final match with Darwin.com, Raoul's Raiders Vol. 2 (pictured above) repeated as the UDM Ethics Bowl champions. The Raiders went on to represent the university at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, which took place at the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics on February 26th, 2004.

From left to right on the back row: Chris Nowak, Kevin Peshl, Frank Mucci, and Tony Smykla. Angel Meadows is front and center.

Honors Cultural Excursion: Madame Butterfly
Saturday, November 15, 2003
Detroit Opera House

Fifteen members of the Honors Program trekked to the Detroit Opera House on Saturday, November 15 to experience the tragic opera Madame Butterfly. Before immersing themselves in Giacomo Puccini's heartrending tale of love and abandonment, opera buffs gathered at the Union Street Saloon for a dinner organized by Lenore Johnson, where Chawn Cliborne herself was inadvertantly abandoned until rescued by Racine Miller and Jim Hartley, who brought her safely to the Opera House.

Above, a group of emotionally drained Honors students gather for a photograph after the opera. At lower right, Adrienne Baran and Andy Ball are all smiles during intermission, before the tragedy starts in earnest. At lower left, Ryan Adams and Anton Espat look on as Jason Wah attempts to photograph the photographer. At center, the tragic geisha herself, Cio-Cio-San: Madame Butterfly.


Honors University Event:
"Reparations: The History of An Idea"
A lecture by Bill Lawson of
Michigan State University
Wednesday, November 12, 2003.
Student Center Ballroom

On Wednesday, November 12, the Honors Program co-sponsored a lecture by Professor of Philosophy Bill Lawson of Michigan State University, who spoke on "Reparations: The History of An Idea." Approximately 60 people gathered at 7:30pm in the UDM Student Center Ballroom to hear Professor Lawson argue for why reparations should be paid to African-Americans for the legacy of slavery and other forms of institutional racism, and why there is so much resistance to this demand for social justice. Other co-sponsors of this event were the departments of History and Philosophy, and the African-American Studies Program.

Honors Induction Ceremony and Dinner
Sunday, October 19, 2003
Pasquale's Restaurant, Royal Oak, MI

On Sunday, October 19, 2003 the University Honors Program held its annual Induction Ceremony at Pasquale's Restaurant in Royal Oak. After blessings from the president of the University of Detroit Mercy, Sister Maureen Fay, O.P., the assembled membership sat down with family and friends and shared a fine Italian meal. Between dinner and dessert, Dr. Clint Hirst, Professor of English, gave the annual "Final Lecture" in which he spoke of hope and Wordsworth, and it was very well received. Dr. Hirst's talk was followed by the presentation of the Honors Challenge Triad by Honors Deans Ryan Adams, Jacqueline Eisel, Elizabeth Reifert and Adrienne Baran (ex officio). After the traditional candle-lighting ceremony, freshmen and other members who had not been formally inducted were welcomed into the Program and received their Honors Pins. Twenty-three members were inducted (including Honorary Inductee Dr. Hirst), and a total of seventy people (including two Honors alumni from the 1960s) were in attendance. A good time was had by all.

(Your photographer apologizes for the poor quality of this picture. Hard to believe he used to be a professional.)


University Honors Convocation
Sunday, April 6, 2003

On April 6, 2003 the University community gathered in McAuley Auditorium at the Outer Drive campus to recognize students for their achievements both in the classroom and in society at large. The University Honors Program recognized fourteen graduating seniors, eight of whom are pictured here. From left to right: James Hartley, William Bowman, Denisse Barraza, Melissa Moccia, Gina Leclerc, Stephen Bardelline, Bridgett McCann and Paula Gillis.

Honors Cultural Excursion: Fine Arts Friday at the DIA &
Dinner at Fishbones in Greektown
Friday, March 14, 2003

March 14 saw the UDM Honors Program at the Detroit Institute of Arts for Fine Arts Friday. The evening included Florentine music performed by the Vox Early Music Society and La Gente d'Orfeo, a lecture on the images of Madonna and Child in Italian art, a workshop on pinwheels, and screenings of the 1926 German silent classic The Adventures of Prince Achmed, hailed as the first full-length animated film.

Afterwards we adjourned for a late dinner at Fishbones in Greektown. Famished culture vultures gorged themselves on such Cajun delicacies as deep-fried jumbo Gulf shrimp, gumbo, muffaletta, ribs, and crawfish smothered in something we couldn't quite figure out but which was delicious nonetheless. All in all, a delightful evening.

Honors Induction Ceremony and Dinner
Sunday, October 27, 2002
Roman Village Cucina Italiana Restaurant, Dearborn, MI

On Sunday, October 27, 2002 the University Honors Program held its annual Induction Ceremony. After blessings from Fathers Brian O'Donnell and John Staudenmaier, SJ, freshmen and other members who had not been formally inducted were welcomed into the Program and received their Honors Pins after sharing fine food and conversation.

In addition to adding a sit-down dinner to the Ceremony, the Honors Program resurrected an old tradition from the Honors Program at Mercy College of Detroit. Every year during the 1980s, Honors students at Mercy selected a speaker from the faculty, who was asked to imagine that "This is your last chance to speak to your students. What is the most important thing you have to say to them?" The "Final Lecture" was re-inaugurated this year by Dr. Carol Weisfeld (upper left), professor of psychology and former director of the Honors Program at Mercy College. Starting next year the Final Lecture will become a permanent feature of our Induction Ceremony, and the speaker will be selected by the general membership of the Honors Program.

At center-right, Honors Student Deans Steve Bardelline, Matthew Dick and Paula Gillis present the Honors Triad before presenting the inductees with their pins.

At bottom, the latest inductees to the UDM Honors Program. From left to right: Paul Burkett, Chris Rupp, Gina LeClerc, Nichole Wolinski, Paul Bristol, Bridget McCann, Adrienne Baran, Austin St. Peter, Sarah Fornath, Jesse Slimic, Ryan Adams (rear), Jacqueline Eisel.

Other pictures: miscellaneous festivities.

Move-In Day, August 24, 2002
Shiple Hall

With the help of their families and friends, freshmen Honors students move into the first Honors housing in the University's history. Many thanks are due to Monica Leonard and DuVon Waire of Residence Life, as well as to Sr. Nancy Surma, for making this happen. The Honors Program plans to have on-campus housing for all Honors students by 2005.

If you are interested in living on the Honors Floor, contact
Residence Life at 313-993-1230 or reslife@udmercy.edu.

1960s Honors Reunion, July 13, 2002
University of Detroit Mercy

On July 13, 2002, alumni from the first Honors Program at the University of Detroit (circa 1962-1966) came from all over the country (and Slovakia) to gather at the McNichols campus for a reunion. Director David Koukal joined the alumni for breakfast, spoke to them about the present Honors Program, and gave a tour of the campus. Many lively stories were told about the U of D in the 60s, and several alumni expressed interest in being involved with the present Program.

13 of the 25 Original Members of the Honors Program 1962-1966. Back Row: Mark Recor, Martin Ferrer, Martha (DeCraene) Goodman, Paul Murray. Middle Row: Al Raden, Len Daley, Gary Robertson, Dennis Gallus, Nikki (Gedeon) Westberg. Front Row: Mary (Finch) Daley, Jim Alef, Sharon (Bennett) Richardson, John Bonnell.