News Release

UDM Co-Op Celebrates 100 Years of Service to Students

University of Detroit Mercy will commemorate 100 years of cooperative education on Feb. 14, 2012 in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Center Building (McNichols Campus).  UDM has coordinated events during the day a luncheon and awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and a UDM student and alumni job fair at 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The University is known for establishing the first continuous cooperative education program in Michigan and the third oldest in the nation.

While many corporations have been hiring UDM students for decades, DTE Energy has been a longtime partner of the program and will be named the University’s Co-op Centennial Employer at the event. Other business partners being honored will be: Aquinas Nursing Co-op Employer of the Year: Spectrum Health; McNichols Nursing Co-op Employer of the Year: St. John Providence Health System; Employer Volunteers of the Year: Quicken Loans and Valassis; Engineering Co-op Employer of the Year: Denso International America and Architecture Co-op of the Year: Resendes Design Group.

Co-op students of the year being honored will be: Dawn Kosal, nursing technician with Beaumont Hospital-Royal; Christina Moenart, student nurse extern, University of Michigan; Stacey L. Smith, intelligence research specialist, Department of Homeland Security Immigration & Customs Enforcement; Herto Lusho, distribution operation planning and design intern, DTE Energy and Emily Scrimger, architectural intern/co-op, Detroit Collaborative Design Center at UDM.

The University’s Cooperative Education program was established in 1911 to give students a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience in their designated field. A cooperative education experience, commonly known as a "co-op", provides academic credit for structured job experience.

For more information about the event or the co-op program, contact the Career Education Center at 313-993-1017 or

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Release date: February 10,2012

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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.