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01-26-coatestrue1485534583824nelsontdUniversity of Detroit Mercy presents Ta-Nehisi CoatesTa-Nehisi Coates/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2017/articles/01-26-coatesnelsontd1485461933550nelsontd1485531894121

University of Detroit Mercy will welcome author, journalist, educator and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates on Tuesday, April 4 in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus. He will deliver a talk entitled “Between the World and Me” at 6:30 p.m.

Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates is one of the most original and perceptive black voices today – “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer).  He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me (2015), written as an open letter to his teenaged son which received the National Book Award for nonfiction. The National Book Foundation called it “a brutally honest portrayal of the plight of the African-American male in this country. Incorporating history and personal memoir, Coates has succeeded in creating an essential text for any thinking American today. The book was named one of the 10 best books of the year by numerous national newspapers and magazines.

Coates is also the author of a memoir, The Beautiful Struggle (2008), about growing up in Baltimore during the age of crack cocaine. Booklist called it a “beautifully written, loving portrait of a strong father bringing his sons to manhood.”

As a national correspondent for The Atlantic, he writes about culture, politics and social issues. His June 2014 feature on reparations won the prestigious George Polk Award for commentary and was described by New York magazine as “probably the most discussed magazine piece of the Obama era.” He has also received the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism and a MacArthur Fellowship, and last year was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

A former Village Voice writer, Coates serves as the Journalist-in-Residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He was previously the Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at MIT.

Admission for his talk is $10 to the general public and free to all University of Detroit Mercy students and colleagues with I.D.  Tickets are general admission and can be purchased online at: udmercy.edu/Coates.

This event is sponsored by University of Detroit Mercy’s Office of Academic Affairs,  Student Life and the College of Liberal Arts & Education.

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges."

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01-23-blume-named-2016-ncfr-fellowtrue1485534583824nelsontdLibby Balter Blume Named 2016 NCFR FellowLibby Balter Blume Named 2016 NCFR Fellow/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2017/articles/01-23-blume-named-2016-ncfr-fellownelsontd1485195446117nelsontd1485531820332The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has conferred its prestigious Fellow Status on Libby Balter Blume, Ph.D. She is a professor of Psychology at University of Detroit Mercy and a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).

Dr. Blume is recognized as a 2016 NCFR Fellow for her exceptional contributions to family scholarship and NCFR through innovative leadership and commitment to excellence in the practice and training of family scientists.

She has provided outstanding contributions to families and social justice in several areas, including practice, outreach and teaching. Through her roles as a journal editor, she has also provided vision and leadership to her field of study.

She is also the founding director of the Certified Family Life Education program at University of Detroit Mercy, where she mentors students who have made significant contributions to the field of family science and NCFR.

Dr. Blume earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University, her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Creative Arts and Education from San Francisco University, and her B.A. in Studio Art and Applied Behavioral Sciences from the University of California Davis.

01-23-2017
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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges."

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01-19-pierre-fauchard-academy-granttrue1485534583824nelsontdPierre Fauchard Academy grant aids special-needs dentistry educationPierre Fauchard Academy grant aids special-needs dentistry education/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2017/articles/01-19-pierre-fauchard-academy-grantnelsontd1484843883335nelsontd1485531801371A $10,000 grant from the Pierre Fauchard Academy will help University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry bring oral care to patients with special needs.

The grant will fund the Special Needs Clinic at Detroit Mercy Dental, which helps future dentists develop the skills and comfort level to treat special needs populations. The grant also provides funding for the treatment of underserved populations via the mobile dental clinic.

“Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is known for preparing dentists to function in the real world,” said Adjunct Professor Cheri Newman, D.D.S., ’98. “Experience with patients having significant physical or other challenges helps our graduates develop the confidence to welcome everyone in their professional practices.”

Serving people with special needs was a deep interest of Detroit Mercy Dental alumnus David Campbell, D.D.S., ’55. Campbell had a private practice in Dearborn, Mich., and taught at the School of Dentistry. He developed a curriculum for continuing education in the field of geriatric dentistry, which the University adopted. When he died in June 2016, a memorial fund was established to help the University treat special needs patients. 

Campbell served as president of the national and international branches of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, a nonprofit dedicated to building “leaders in the dental profession, their communities and society.”

01-18-2017
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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges."

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02-03-cba-hosts-free-income-tax-assistance-clinictrue1486182571840nelsontdCollege of Business Administration and Beta Alpha Psi host free income tax assistance clinicBusiness hosts free income tax assistance clinic/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2017/articles/02-03-cba-hosts-free-income-tax-assistance-clinicnelsontd1486182512181nelsontd1486182512181

The University of Detroit Mercy College of Business Administration and Alpha Xi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi in conjunction with the Accounting Aid Society are providing free income tax assistance for Detroit area residents and Detroit Mercy students.  Trained student volunteers will be assisting individuals on Feb. 4, 18, 25, March 18, 25 and April 1. The clinic will open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., located in Room 10 of the Commerce & Finance Building the McNichols Campus.

Students and neighborhood residents who have an annual household income of $54,000 or less may qualify for this free face-to-face confidential income tax preparation and E-filing.

All accounting student and faculty volunteers have completed rigorous IRS training to prepare tax returns under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Detroit Mercy College of Business Administration Professors Jeanne David and Rose Yang lead the honor society for accounting students: Beta Alpha Psi.

“We are very proud to once again offer our services to those that need the assistance,” said David.  “Services will include filing individuals city, state, federal as well as heat and property tax credit forms.”

For more information on specific documentation needed to qualify or to make an appointment, call 313-556-1920.

02-03-2017
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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges."

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02-14-mcelroy-lecturetrue1487096945966nelsontd19th Annual Detroit Mercy Law McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion19th McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2017/articles/02-14-mcelroy-lecturenelsontd1487096912273nelsontd1487096912273

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host its 19th McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  This year's lecturer is Intisar A. Rabb, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. Rabb holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The title of her lecture is, "Qāḍī Justice: Islamic Law as Procedure."

Intisar A. Rabb
Intisar A. Rabb

The lecture will be held at the School of Law's Riverfront Campus, 651 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit on March 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. in room 226, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

Rabb has published on the topic of Islamic law in historical and modern contexts, including the monograph, “Doubt in Islamic Law” (Cambridge University, Sept. 2016), an edited volume, Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought (with Michael Cook et al., Palgrave 2013), and numerous articles on Islamic constitutionalism, Islamic legal maxims, and on the early history of the Qur’an text. 

The McElroy Lecture Series provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law, religion and society. It seeks to educate students, legal professionals and the wider public on a variety of questions related to moral philosophy, freedom of conscience, the interaction of legal and religious institutions and the role of religion in public life. Its goal is to encourage discussion of these issues in our community and deepen our understanding of them.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was the first to give the McElroy lecture in 1995. Since then, other notable lecturers have included Stephen L. Carter, Cardinal Adam Maida, Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr., Michael John Perry, Jaroslav Pelikan, Ph.D., Dennis W. Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Cass R. Sunstein, Noah Feldman, Leslie Griffin, Ph.D., Cardinal Roger Mahony, John Witte, Jr., Douglas M. Laycock, Marci A. Hamilton, Sarah Barringer Gordon, Nelson Tebbe and Kent Greenawalt, Andrew Koppelman and Michael Moreland.

The annual McElroy Lecture is made possible through a gift from the estate of alumnus Philip J. McElroy. Mr. McElroy received a bachelor of science and bachelor, master, and doctor of law degrees from the University.

The lecture is complimentary and open to the public. Parking is provided nearby at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in the parking garage at 611 Congress Street.

For additional details and to register online, visit Detroit Mercy Law.
02-14-2017
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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges."

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01-19-sutaruk-granttrue1485534583824nelsontdSutaruk Foundation grant provides engineering scholarshipsSutaruk Foundation grant provides engineering scholarships/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2017/articles/01-19-sutaruk-grantnelsontd1484772382875nelsontd1485531780936Engineering students are the beneficiaries of an $80,000 grant from the Sutaruk Foundation.

The scholarship has been an important financial resource for Detroit Mercy Engineering students for more than a decade. Since the 2005 when it was established, 115 students have received the Alex Sutaruk Scholarship. Of those, 54 received the scholarship more than once.

This academic year, 14 students are Alex Sutaruk Scholars.

The Sutaruk Foundation, established in 2003, honors the memory of Mechanical Engineering alumnus Alex Sutaruk and his parents, John and Catherine Sutar, and their commitment to self-reliance, independence, hope for the future and education.

01-19-2017
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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges."

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02-01-theatre-company-presents-bus-stoptrue1485982001865nelsontdUniversity of Detroit Mercy’s Theatre Company presents Bus StopTheatre Company presents Bus Stop/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2017/articles/02-01-theatre-company-presents-bus-stopnelsontd1485981818383nelsontd1485981818383

The Theatre Company of University of Detroit Mercy’s 46th season continues with William Inge’s Bus Stop, running Feb. 9-26, at the Marlene Boll Theatre at the downtown Detroit YMCA.

Bus Stop follows a bus full of strangers who find themselves stranded at a roadside dinner in Kansas City in the middle of a howling snowstorm.  All roads are blocked, and these weary travelers are forced to mingle and wait out the storm. As the evening progresses and personalities start to emerge, the relationships formed by total strangers turns into an uproarious romantic comedy that never strays far from the truth.

The cast – a mixing of resident professionals with students from the acclaimed acting program — includes professionals Jahnay Clabon as Grace Hoylard, Joel Mitchell as Carl, Sam Pollak as Dr. Gerald Lyman, Pat Loos as Will Masters, and Theatre Company alumnus Pat Caporuscio as Virgil Blessing. Rounding out the cast are Detroit Mercy students Autumn Russell as Cherie, Dalton Hahn as Bo Decker and Savanah Wright as Elma Duckworth.

Director Andrew Papa is making his Theatre Company directorial debut with this production. Papa joined the faculty of Detroit Mercy as an instructor in 2015. Hailing from Central Michigan University and Wayne State University, Papa has an impressive professional acting career with performances at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Shakespeare Royal Oak, and the Matrix Theatre Company, among several others, and has appeared in the recently released SAG film, Beyond the Mask. He also works as a dialect/speech coach at the Tipping Point Theatre and Wayne State University’s Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres.

The production team features Associate Professor Melinda Pacha as the scenic and costume designer, Amy Schneider as lighting designer, Anthony Petrucci as technical director, Christian Plonka as stage manager and Greg Grobis as managing director.

Inge immerged as a leading American playwright writing about life in small Midwest towns in the 1950s. Receiving an Oscar for his original screenplay for Splendor in the Grass, he also wrote other notable theatrical works such as Farther Off From Heaven, Come Back, Little Sheba, Picnic (which won the Pulitzer Prize), The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs and A Loss of Roses.

Bus Stop will feature seven events associated with The Detroit Theatre Discussion Project (DTDP), which include post-show talkbacks following the Thursday and Sunday performances.

Saturday, 2/11: Afterglow: Mingle after the show with the cast and crew.  Free food and discount drink specials at a local restaurant.

Sunday, 2/12: Post-show discussion with the director, cast and crew of Bus Stop.

Tuesday, 2/14: 6 to 7 p.m. at The Detroit Public Library: “Behind the Scenes discussion of Bus Stop.” The event will feature a discussion with the production staff and a performance by the cast. Guests attending will be entered into a drawing for free tickets to the show.

Thursday, 2/16: Post-show discussion, “The Pursuit of Love: What Compels Us to Pursue It or Keeps Us From Reaching It?” featuring experts from Detroit Mercy’s psychology clinic.

Sunday, 2/19: Post-show discussion, “Scenic Design and the Timeless 1950’s dinner” featuring experts from Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture.

Thursday, 2/23: Pub Trivia Night: “American Classics (Books and Plays)” Trivia Night at the Detroit Beer Company.  Supported by the University’s Department of English.

Sunday, 2/26: Post-show discussion, “The Importance of a Father Figure Relationship: Examining Virgil and Bo’s Relationship.” Featuring experts from Detroit Mercy’s psychology clinic.

Tickets to Bus Stop can be purchased online at www.UDMarts.com or over the phone at 313-993-3270. Individual ticket prices are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $10 for veterans and $10 for students (with valid ID). Groups of 15 or more can receive up to a 30% discount on ticket rates. 

The Theatre Company is also proud to announce a new Thursday Community Night Series. During the 2016-17 season, every Thursday performance will celebrate our community with $10 tickets for plays and $15 for the musical, a savings of more than 50%. 

The Theatre Company’s 46th season will be presented at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA at 1401 Broadway St. Detroit, MI 48226. This intimate black box theatre seats between 90-140 seats depending the production. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Due to limited seating patrons are encouraged to secure their tickets early.

For more information about The Theatre Company please visit us at www.UDMarts.com or www.TheTheatreCo.com.

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02-01-2017
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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges."

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01-31-three-million-dollar-engineering-gifttrue1485982810845nelsontdGift provides $3 million for Engineering scholarships at University of Detroit Mercy$3 million Engineering scholarship gift/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2017/articles/01-31-three-million-dollar-engineering-giftnelsontd1485982660619nelsontd1485982802031

Engineering students at University of Detroit Mercy will benefit from one of the largest gifts ever given to the University by an alumnus.

Bernard A. Schlaff, who died in 2015 at the age of 95, left $3 million to the University in his will to establish an endowed scholarship for students studying Engineering in the University’s nationally recognized College of Engineering & Science.

Schlaff, who graduated from the University of Detroit in 1944 with a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering degree, had a long career, with positions at NASA’s Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company and Boeing Aircraft Co.

“Bernard was always impeccably dressed, a gentleman’s gentleman, extremely well-mannered,” his Trustee Pat Bye said. “He was an artist who loved to draw portraits, cars, landscapes and was involved in car design competitions. He was highly respected in the aeronautical world and sought after for his unending forward thinking.”

Three boxes of effects forwarded to the University late last year included his report cards, letters, graduation programs, University of Detroit yearbooks and other mementos of his educational experience.

“This generous gift from Mr. Schlaff reflects the deep appreciation he held for this University,” said Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, president of University of Detroit Mercy. “This endowed scholarship will provide an engineering education for current and future Detroit Mercy students forever, while also perpetuating the memory of Bernard Schlaff.”

01-31-2017
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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges."

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