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UDM’s AIAS (Architecture) Chapter Receives Top National Award

University of Detroit Mercy’s Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) was named the recipient of the 2011 Chapter Honor Award. Each year, the AIAS honors individuals and groups for their exemplary work in areas such as leadership, collaboration, scholarship, and service. The AIAS Honor Awards were developed to publicly recognize outstanding achievements by students, educators, and practitioners who have exhibited an exemplary commitment to the education and development of architecture students.

According to a letter from the Honor Awards committee, the jury was impressed with how the UDM chapter has continued to illustrate the importance of the School of Architecture not only within the university but to the larger community as well. Out of all the nominations received, judges believed UDM students were the top chapter as they have improved the quality of life within the School of Architecture and creating programs that assist students in becoming well-rounded professional and leaders.

University of Detroit Mercy’s chapter will be named the top chapter at the Grassroots Leadership Conference next week in Washington, D.C. and the AIAS will confer the award officially at the AIAS Forum held from December 29 - January 1 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Release date: August 14,2011

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, offering approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

For the 11th consecutive year, UDM was ranked among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" – 2012 edition.

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