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04-14-spirit-of-udmtrue1429044600871nelsontd2015 Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award Honorees2015 Spirit of UDM/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/04-14-spirit-of-udmnelsontd1429044581865nelsontd1429044581865

University of Detroit Mercy will host its 2nd annual University-wide celebration Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards on April 17, 2015. The event honors distinguished alumni from each college and school with an Alumni Achievement Award.

This year’s recipients include:

College of Liberal Arts & Education

Brian D. Cloyd ’73, ’76

Vice President, Global Corporate Relations, Steelcase Inc.

During his 36-year career with Steelcase Inc., the Grand Rapids-based global leader in the office furniture industry, Brian D. Cloyd ’73, ’76 has distinguished himself as a corporate leader and champion of positive personal, community and corporate relations.

In his current position as vice president of Global Corporate Relations, he is responsible for coordinating Steelcase efforts in the areas of diversity, government relations and public policy, corporate relations, community giving and volunteer programs. He also works with the environmental team to support Steelcase’s sustainability strategies.

School of Law

The Honorable Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. ’61, ’66

Retired Housing Court Judge, Civil Court, City of New York

A distinguished and highly respected jurist, The Honorable Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. ’61, ’66 served as a judge of the Housing Court in the Civil Court of the City of New York from 1988 until his retirement in 2013. Recognized for his notable decisions in a wide variety of civil cases concerning landlord and tenant issues, he is a strong advocate for the establishment and maintenance of housing standards. More than 85 of his judicial decisions have been published in the New York Law Journal.

College of Business Administration

John C. Kennedy ’79

President and CEO, Autocam Medical

Nancy G. Kennedy ’83

Quality Analyst, Autocam Corporation

In 1988, John purchased Autocam Corporation and served as president and CEO until August 2014, when he sold much of his interests, maintaining only majority ownership of Autocam Medical. Under his leadership, Autocam had grown to an international family of businesses, including manufacturing, graphics, retail and real estate, with 13 facilities on four continents, 2,000 employees and more than $300 million in sales. Nancy currently holds the position of quality analyst at Autocam Corporation. Through the years, the Kennedys have been active in numerous civic and community organizations. They have focused much of their service and philanthropic efforts on educational institutions in western Michigan, where they live, including Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology. John also co-founded both Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy, a 6th through 12th grade college-prep school, and the AMP (Advanced Manufacturing Partnership), which provides work/study opportunities for young adults. Nancy served on the Grand Rapids Diocesan Finance Committee and was recently named to the Meijer Gardens Foundation Board of Trustees.

College of Health Professions

Jeanette Wrona Klemczak ’65

Retired Chief Nurse Executive, State of Michigan

As chairperson of the Michigan Nurses Association Political Action Committee, Jeanette Wrona Klemczak has been an influential representative of the nursing profession on healthcare at the local, state and national levels. Recognized for her innovative problem-solving skills and strong support of nursing education, she successfully led the Michigan Nursing Corps in securing additional state funding to address the growing nursing shortage.

School of Dentistry

Walter Knysz, Jr., D.D.S. ’75

Chairman of the Board, UnifiedSmiles

Knysz is recognized for creating a dental practice management company, UnifiedSmiles, which provides financial and administrative service to more than 200 dental offices throughout the country. Since founding UnifiedSmiles in 2012, he has provided independent dental practitioners with access to obtain exclusive purchasing power, networking and professional and staff development tools. Prior to UnifiedSmiles, Knysz founded MIDA Dental Plans and Great Expressions Dental Centers in 1982.  MIDA focused on providing high-quality dental service to individuals, businesses and unions in a managed care environment, was sold in 1996.  Great Expressions was developed as a dental practice management company, which provides business people to handle the financial and administrative aspects of running a dental office, allowing dentists and hygienists to focus full-time on patient care. Under Knysz’s leadership, Great Expressions, based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., successfully grew to more than 200 dental offices in seven states with about $275 million in annual revenue and recognition by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies.

College of Engineering & Science

Dr. Derrick M. Kuzak ’73, ’74, ’76

Retired Group VP, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company

After a distinguished 33-year career with Ford Motor Company, Derrick M. Kuzak ’73, ’74, ’76 retired in April 2012 as group vice president of Global Product Development. In this position, which he had held for six years, he led a team of 18,000 designers, engineers and technicians located in eight centers in the United States, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Under Kuzak’s direction, his team was responsible for the styling, design and engineering of all Ford vehicles globally. With an understanding of customer needs in each market and emphasis on advancements in innovative electric vehicle technology and fuel efficiency, Kuzak and his team led Ford to unprecedented heights in global product development systems, parts and platforms.

School of Architecture

Steven M. Pagnotta ’74, ’76

President & CEO, Bradford Companies

Steven M. Pagnotta ’74, ’76, a Chicago-based retail developer, relied on his business expertise, his understanding of the Chicago economy, and his ability to identify professionals with integrity and tenacity when he established Bradford Real Estate Companies in 1987, during one of the most difficult real estate markets in history. Pagnotta earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Architecture from University of Detroit. After graduating, he moved to Chicago and worked as an architect for seven years at two different firms. He eventually moved to a large national real estate development company, where he gained the experience and knowledge of regional retail centers that led to his founding to his companies, where he is currently president & CEO.

The Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award was established to recognize the University’s distinguished graduates, from each of its colleges and schools, who have excelled in their chosen profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in their work, and benefited the wider community through their support. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission of excellence and service and bring pride to their alma mater.

Spirit of UDM

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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering & Science will host its 25th Annual Technology Discovery Day Event– STEM SPRING FLING on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Over 700 high school students from Metro Detroit will be participating in this year's event.

Since 1990, UDM's College of Engineering & Science has hosted an annual Technology Discovery Day event for high school students and teachers in the metropolitan Detroit area. At "Tech Day," a variety of displays and activities from the College and local companies expose students to engineering and science.

"Competitions are meant to expand and challenge the minds of students interested in exciting career opportunities," said Pamela Rhoades Todd, director of Pre-College Programs for the College of Engineering & Science, and organizer of Technology Discovery Day, or "Tech Day."

"This is an opportunity for students to learn and to generate stronger interest in the engineering, science, technology and math fields by proving to them that science is more fun than most of us think," she added.

Competitions Include:

  • Catapult- How far can you fling it?
  • Egg Drop-How far can it fall before it breaks?
  • Jeopardy- Move over Alex...Teams compete on math, physics, chemistry, computers, biology and general science questions.
  • King of the Hill- Create a competition vehicle!
  • Rube Goldberg- You invent the perfect machine!
  • Screaming Contest- How loud can you scream?
  • Wipe Out - Tech Day Edition
  • Challenge 24
  • Toothpick Bridge- How much weight will it hold?

Other activities for Tech Day include the annual Chemistry Magic Show, sponsored by the students and faculty of the University's Chemistry Club, as well as an array of displays from local companies and departments throughout the College of Engineering and Science and Chemistry buildings and Calihan Hall.

An awards presentation will conclude the event at 12:15 p.m. in Calihan Hall to recognize the winners of the various competitions. Each registered high school student will receive a free Tech Day t-shirt for participating in the event.

UDM would like to thank Quicken Loans, Penske, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company and C.F. Burger Creamery for all their support with this year's Technology Discovery Day.

For more information about the event, please contact Pamela Rhoades Todd at 313-993-3374 or visit UDM's Tech Discovery Day site.

03-31-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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Young people can explore academic areas in exciting programs offered this summer on University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. Participants can choose from science, technology, engineering, math, architecture and more. These programs provide enrichment for young students and give them a taste of college life at UDM.

“Our summer programs immerse young people in hands-on programs that make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – or STEM – learning fun, innovative, engaging, challenging and rewarding,” said Pamela Rhodes Todd, director of Pre-College Programs for the College of Engineering & Science, which has run summer programs for many years.

“Aligned with the UDM mission, our summer programs seek to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of our participants,” she added. “Our goal is to get our program participants to imagine a better world – and then create it.”

For more information about any of these programs, please visit the Summer program page.

Architecture: For students completing grades 9-12, June 22-26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $400
High school students learn concepts of architecture, design and engineering through hands-on projects, learning how to use the professional-level equipment in the university studio.

Michigan Council of Women in Technology’s Camp Infinity: For girls ages 9-13, June 22-26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., approximately $45
This weeklong summer tech camp focuses on video game design, robotics and design techniques, presenting technology as a fun, fulfilling option for girls. Presentations from professionals from area companies by role models in the field are designed to encourage participants to continue learning about technology.

Digital Media: For students completing grades 9-12, June 22-26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $400
High school students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of digital media including design, graphics and video, working in the university studio.

STEPS: For girls in grades 9-12, July 6-17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $450
Science Technology Engineering Preview Summer Camp introduces high school girls to the world of engineering, science and robotics, giving them college-level activities, which include building and programming a robot.

TRANSIT Smart Moves: For students in grades 9-12, July 6-17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $450
High school students explore transportation and civil engineering through LEGO NXT Robotics. Labs and discussions led by university professors and high school science teachers are supplemented with presentations from Ford Motor Company, MDOT and more.

UNITE/SAT College Bound PREP: For students in grades 9-11, July 6-24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $600
Students experience a university freshman engineering curriculum, with lots of hands-on activities emphasizing teamwork.

Ford-UDM/Georgia Tech Innovation: For students in grades 9-12, July 14-24, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $450
Participants will use the latest design and collaborative software tools to design, test and manufacture complex systems. This unique program is for students in ninth through twelfth grades with an interest in pursuing engineering or related fields.

Dentistry Summer Enrichment Program: For students college-aged and on a pre-dental track, May 18 - June 26, 2015, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free (Camp enrollment is currently full)
The Summer Enrichment Program, conducted at the School of Dentistry, is a six-week summer program. The Summer Enrichment Program's purpose is to provide educational experiences to assist individuals toward matriculation and graduation from dental school, targeting educationally and/or economically disadvantaged applicants.

Summer Camp Programs

04-09-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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03-31-voice-for-justice-auctiontrue1427814255823nelsontdUDM School of Law hosts annual Voice for Justice AuctionVoice for Justice Auction/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/03-31-voice-for-justice-auctionnelsontd1427814238946nelsontd1428933973632

The 12th annual UDM Law Voice for Justice Auction will be held on Saturday, April 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Stroh River Place Atrium. This year’s auction will include more than 200 items, including gift certificates, gift baskets, sports memorabilia, electronics, event tickets, and events hosted by the faculty.  Advance tickets are $75 per person ($30 for UDM Law students) purchased online until noon on Friday, April 10 ($100 at the door).

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law strives to teach students to be both skilled practitioners and compassionate professionals. The Public Interest Fellowship Program expands the School’s long-standing tradition of service to the community and provides students the opportunity to succeed while making a difference in the community.

03-29-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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03-26-law-race-auction-justicetrue1427814285680nelsontdUDM School of Law hosts annual Race for Justice and Voice for Justice AuctionRace for Justice and Voice for Justice Auction/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/03-26-law-race-auction-justicenelsontd1427380140455nelsontd1427814280424

On Sunday, March 29, UDM School of Law will host its 5th Annual Race for Justice beginning at 10 a.m. The 5K course will begin at Windsor’s Assumption Park at the base of the Ambassador Bridge and continue along the beautiful Windsor River Walk.  Both runners and walkers are welcome.

The registration fee includes a t-shirt and a post-race celebration at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. The Race is organized by UDM Law’s Voice for Justice Committee in conjunction with the Student Bar Association. Proceeds benefit the UDM Law Public Interest Fellowship Program, which provides stipends to students to serve during the summer months in areas of public service. The race is open to the UDM community and the public. Registration is $30 in advance and $40 on race day. Register at www.active.com.

The 12th annual UDM Law Voice for Justice Auction will be held on Saturday, April 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Stroh River Place Atrium. This year’s auction will include more than 200 items, including gift certificates, gift baskets, sports memorabilia, electronics, event tickets, and events hosted by the faculty. Advance tickets are $75 per person ($30 for UDM Law students) purchased online until noon on Friday, April 10 ($100 at the door).

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law strives to teach students to be both skilled practitioners and compassionate professionals. The Public Interest Fellowship Program expands the School’s long-standing tradition of service to the community and provides students the opportunity to succeed while making a difference in the community.

03-20-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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03-24-biology-national-phage-genomicstrue1427380206054nelsontdBiology Department to participate in National Phage Genomics Research ProjectNational Phage Genomics Research Project/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/03-24-biology-national-phage-genomicsnelsontd1427217355909nelsontd1428933944194

University of Detroit Mercy has been accepted into the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance. UDM is one of 17 universities this year joining the Alliance through the Science Education Alliance Phage Hunter’s Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES), beginning in the summer of 2015.

As a member of the Alliance, faculty and undergraduate students in the Department of Biology of the College of Engineering & Science will participate in a three-year national phage genomics research project, in conjunction with faculty and students at over 70 colleges and universities around the country.

“The College of Engineering & Science has a strong track record of involving undergraduates in true scientific discovery,” said Gary Kuleck, dean of the College and professor of biology. “This program is an unparalled opportunity for our students to participate in authentic research from day one of their college experience, learning to think and act as scientists. It also gives faculty the opportunity to integrate innovative teaching and research components into the curriculum.”

HHMI established the Alliance in 2007 and the SEA-PHAGES program has been a major component of the success of SEA.  SEA-PHAGES includes a two-part, year-long course that enables students to make discoveries by doing research on bacterial viruses, called phage. Participating classes isolate phage and decode the genomes, making significant contributions to the field of genomics.

Stephanie Conant, associate professor of biology, and Jacob Kagey, assistant professor of biology, will jointly oversee and run the project in the coming academic year.

03-30-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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03-23-cushing-lecturetrue1427123020668nelsontdCushing Lecture Welcomes Biblical Studies Professor Emerson Powery2015 Cushing Lecture/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/03-23-cushing-lecturenelsontd1427122995421whitenjg1427721576245

UDM’s eighth annual Cushing Distinguished Lecture will be presented by Emerson Powery, Professor of Biblical Studies at Messiah College, on Thursday, March 26 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Student Center's Fountain Lounge on UDM's McNichols Campus.

Emerson B. Powery, Professor of Biblical Studies at Messiah College, received his B.A. from Lee University, Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and Ph. D from Duke University. Powery serves on the editorial boards of the Common English Bible and the Journal of Biblical Literature (2005-Present) and is a recent past regional President of the Society of Biblical Literature (SE Region; 2006-2007).

Among his publications are the co-authored Invitation to the New Testament (2008), edited volume True to Our Native Land: An African American NT Commentary (Fortress/Augsburg, 2007) and Jesus Reads Scripture (Brill, 2003). He resides in Enola, PA with his spouse, Kimberly, and their four sons.

The lecture is free and open to the public with no RSVP required. Cushing Distinguished Lecture events are sponsored by UDM's Religious Studies Department and are, "intended for the intellectual enrichment of students, faculty, and the community."  

For more information about this event, please contact Professor and Chair of Religious Studies James Tubbs at 313-578-0355 or by email at tubbsjb@udmercy.edu.

03-20-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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03-11-transfer-graduate-student-open-housetrue1426091155831nelsontdUDM Offers Transfer and Graduate Student Open HouseTransfer/Graduate Student Open House /www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/03-11-transfer-graduate-student-open-housenelsontd1426091144802nelsontd1426768414207

Transfer and graduate students are invited to attend University of Detroit Mercy’s Open House on Wednesday, March 18 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center's Fountain Lounge on UDM's McNichols Campus.

The Open House provides the opportunity for those interested in transfer or graduate programs to learn why UDM is a perfect fit. While on campus, you will have the opportunity to spend time with the UDM community and learn what it is like to be a Detroit Mercy student. Deans, faculty, alumni and current students will be on hand to discuss what UDM has to offer.

University of Detroit Mercy encourages transfer and graduate students, whether they have applied or not, to learn all about the academic programs available, discuss financial aid and scholarships, meet students and receive a tour of the McNichols Campus. It's also a good time to learn about important things like degree choice, campus life and career services available to all UDM students.

Parents and guests are welcome.

Register for an upcoming Visit Day online or call the Office of Admissions at 800-365-5020.

03-09-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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03-11-law-incubator-program-granttrue1426510360411whitenjgGrant Benefits UDM Law's Solo & Small Firm Incubator ProgramIncubator Program Grant/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/03-11-law-incubator-program-grantnelsontd1426084077504whitenjg1427722012645

The Michigan State Bar Foundation has awarded University of Detroit Mercy School of Law a $10,000 grant to expand its Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program to include services to senior citizens in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

The incubator program is designed to provide a supportive environment for select new law graduates who are committed to beginning a solo or small firm practice serving low and moderate-income individuals.  Through this expansion, the incubator attorneys will begin providing free services to seniors, including educating them on their legal rights, self-help assistance with legal matters and appropriate referral sources.

The program was established in October of 2014 with one of only seven catalyst grants awarded to law establishments across the country from the American Bar Association.

Learn more in the article on the State Bar of Michigan site, "UDM Law's new solo and small firm incubator program aims to grow better lawyers."

03-21-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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02-27-stieffel-appointed-vptrue1425073311179nelsontdDeborah Stieffel Appointed Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student AffairsDeborah Stieffel Appointed VP/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/02-27-stieffel-appointed-vpnelsontd1425072586493nelsontd1426875675709

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., has named Deborah Stieffel as Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, effective immediately.

Debbie Stieffel

In this position, Stieffel serves as the University’s senior Enrollment & Student Affairs officer and has primary responsibility for leadership, management, policy development and administrative oversight for the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management division. She will also be a member of the UDM President's Council.

Stieffel has 30 years of experience in recruitment, admissions, financial aid and retention and enrollment management. "UDM is fortunate to have a seasoned professional like Debbie lead our Enrollment Management and Student Affairs offices," said President Garibaldi. "She is well known in national enrollment organizations." She came to UDM in 2013, as interim vice president, after six years in the same capacity at Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna University. Prior to that, from 1985 to 2007, she held positions of progressive responsibility in enrollment management at Loyola University New Orleans, advancing to the position of dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management, which she held for eight years.

Stieffel has supervised staffs ranging from 26 to 29 employees and has been responsible for financial aid budgets in excess of $30 million. At Susquehanna University, she and her staff increased both the number of applications and the number of first-time students. Additionally, she more than doubled the diversity of first-time students. She also implemented several communication strategies to increase conversion yields for prospects, applicants and admits.

During her tenure at Loyola University New Orleans, she was instrumental in recruiting the university’s largest incoming class prior to the impact of Hurricane Katrina. More than 78% of the 950 first-time students and over 92% of undergraduates returned to Loyola New Orleans in the spring, following the 2005 fall semester closure of the university. Throughout her career, she has been effective in engaging faculty, staff, alumni, and student and parent volunteers to achieve admissions, enrollment and retention goals.

Prior to joining Susquehanna, she was actively involved in the Conference of Jesuit Enrollment Managers, Conference of Jesuit Admission Directors and the National Catholic College Admissions Association. She was the president-elect of the National Catholic College Admissions Association for 2006-07. Additionally, she has been a Director and faculty member for MECA (Management Experience in College Admission) and the Chief Enrollment Officers Forum for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) as well as a College Board Institutional Representative.

Stieffel earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies and a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola University New Orleans, and took postgraduate coursework in Financial Management for Higher Education from the University of New Orleans.

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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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The Master of Community Development (MCD) program at University of Detroit Mercy is hosting its Open House on Saturday, March 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the second-floor Peter Peirce Room of the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on UDM’s McNichols Campus.

The MCD Open House is the perfect opportunity to meet current students, faculty and alumni and learn more about the program and its holistic approach to the theory and practice of community development.

This interdisciplinary graduate program has a foundation rooted in service, social justice and sustainability. The program integrates human, organizational, physical and economic (HOPE model) aspects of community development for a comprehensive approach to the renewal of communities.

In recent years, the MCD program was awarded a $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support students with scholarships, internship placements and fellowships as they learn to become leaders in sustainable community development.

Graduates of the MCD program hold positions at organizations such as the City of Detroit, Loveland Technologies, Wayne County EDGE and Urban Neighborhood Initiatives.

Walk-ins are welcome, though RSVP's are requested. For further questions about this event, please contact MCD Director Virginia Stanard at stanarvi@udmercy.edu.

To find out more information about the MCD program, visit the MCD web page.

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03-16-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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02-17-give-kids-smiletrue1424207656030nelsontdUDM Dental School Holds 14th Annual “Give Kids a Smile”Give Kids a Smile/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/02-17-give-kids-smilenelsontd1424207592796nelsontd1424207644822

Many children in Detroit have a lot to smile about after the 14th annual “Give Kids A Smile” day at UDM’s School of Dentistry. With the help of dentists, dental hygienists, faculty, staff and students, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry provided free oral health care services to children from low-income families in the Detroit area.

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With the assistance of 4th year dental students and faculty supervising, UDM provided 42 cleanings, 39 fluoride treatments, 94 sealants, 24 restoratives procedures and five extractions. "Give Kids a Smile,” a program hosted annually by the School of Dentistry, has been a success for the past decade.

"There are so many children in our area that have not seen a dentist," said Dr. Mert Aksu, dean of the School of Dentistry. "UDM's dental clinic provides care to the homeless, the elderly and AIDS patients, and this event reflects the University's mission to help others," he added.

"Give Kids A Smile" is a program designed for children ages four through 16 who would not normally have dental care available to them. The children received comprehensive dental care and were provided vouchers to come back to the UDM Dental Clinic for additional care. All participants took home a free oral health kit containing toothpaste, floss… and a big smile.

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02-14-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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02-10-law-annual-mcelroy-lecturetrue1424199665935nelsontdLegal Scholar Nelson Tebbe to speak at UDM Law McElroy LectureUDM Law McElroy Lecture /www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/02-10-law-annual-mcelroy-lecturenelsontd1423675868399nelsontd1424199651938On Wednesday, March 4, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will present a lecture by Nelson Tebbe of Brooklyn and Cornell Law Schools, as part of its annual McElroy Lecture Series on Law and Religion. Tebbe’s topic will focus on “Religion and Social Coherentism: A Progressive Theory of Religious Freedom.” The lecture begins at 5:00 p.m. in room 226 of UDM Law, which is located at 651 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit.  The lecture is complimentary and open to the public.  Parking will be provided nearby at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in the parking garage at 611 Congress Street.
Nelson Tebbe
Nelson Tebbe

Currently a professor at Brooklyn Law School and Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School, Tebbe teaches courses on constitutional law, religious freedom, freedom of speech, legal theory, and professional responsibility.  His scholarship focuses on constitutional law, and in particular the relationship between religious traditions and democratic governments, both in the United States and abroad.  His articles have appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, Journal of Religion, Michigan Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Virginia Law Review.  He has published in Slate and The New York Times.  He is co-organizer of the Annual Law and Religion Roundtable and he serves on the Board of Consultants of the Journal of Religion, which is peer edited and published at the University of Chicago.

Before teaching, Tebbe clerked for Hon. John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced law at the American Civil Liberties Union and at Davis Polk & Wardwell.  He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Tebbe received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Brown University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and his Juris Doctor Degree from Yale Law School.  He also received a Ph.D. in Anthropology and the Sociology of Religion from the University of Chicago, with distinction.

In February 1998, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law began the McElroy Lecture Series to address prominent issues of religion, law and society.  Prior lecturers have been U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Stephen L. Carter, Adam Cardinal Maida, Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr., Michael John Perry, Jaroslav Pelikan, Dennis W. Archer, Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Cass R. Sunstein, Noah Feldman, Leslie Griffin, Roger Cardinal Mahony, John Witte, Jr., Douglas M. Laycock, Marci A. Hamilton, and Sarah Barringer Gordon. The McElroy Lecture is sponsored by UDM Law through a bequest from alumnus Philip J. McElroy.

For more information about the McElroy Lecture, please visit the UDM Law website.

02-16-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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02-09-professor-finkenbine-love-stories-from-underground-railroadtrue1423843036244skiminabUDM Professor Discusses: "Love Stories from the Underground Railroad"Love Stories from the Underground Railroad/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/02-09-professor-finkenbine-love-stories-from-underground-railroadnelsontd1423514706918nelsontd1423514706918

University of Detroit Mercy Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine will discuss “Love Stories from the Underground Railroad” on Feb. 13 at noon in the Ballroom of the Student Center on the McNichols Campus.

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Most individuals who ran away from slavery were single young men fleeing bondage alone or in pairs.  A number of couples also escaped along the Underground Railroad, however, motivated by the desire to be married and raise families in freedom. 

Finkenbine will discuss three of these couples, including teenage lovers George and Edy Duncan, who helped pioneer the route taken by freedom seekers heading to Canada; Lear Green, who shipped herself northward in a box to rejoin her free black husband; and the light-skinned Ellen Craft, who posed as a master traveling with his slave as she and her husband William ran away to freedom. 

Finkenbine, Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive at UDM, has written and lectured extensively about the Underground Railroad, seeking to put a human face on the phenomenon.  His talk is one of several events sponsored by UDM during February to celebrate Black History Month.  The talk is also timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the Black Abolitionist Archive.  A light lunch will be served.

For more information, contact Roy E. Finkenbine at 313-993-1016 or by email at finkenre@udmercy.edu.

02-09-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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02-09-kern-family-foundation-granttrue1423843036244skiminabKern Family Foundation Grant Continues to Support UDM's College of Engineering & ScienceKern Family Foundation Grant/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/02-09-kern-family-foundation-grantnelsontd1423513219623nelsontd1423763011489

The College of Engineering & Science received a grant of $64,000 from the Kern Family Foundation to continue the implementation of the Kern Engineering Entrepreneurship Network (KEEN) over the next two years.

This award continues a long tradition of KEEN funding, giving more than $500,000 in the past five years, to embed innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the engineering curriculum. The grant will be used to prepare UDM students for the very competitive global environment in which they will spend their careers.

UDM has teamed with Baylor University, University of Dayton and Villanova University, and their industry partners, to build a curriculum that will help students better understand intrapreneurship and provide hands-on opportunities to put the practice in place. Possible courses include an in-depth study of intra-preneurship, innovation in a corporate context, a seminar series, an intra-preneurship-focused opportunity evaluation and a venture-planning course and workshop.

The end goal is to form a Helping Hands Dense Network, which will change the culture in the way engineers are educated and create practicing engineering graduates who are technically competent, innovative and business savvy.

"The Kern Family Foundation is eager to support this joint initiative of four prestigious universities that desire to work together to change engineering education for the benefit of their engineering students," said Dr. Timothy J. Kriewall, program director for the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) "Their graduates will be effective team players who will be entrepreneurially minded and who will be able to deploy technology to benefit people around the world."

The Kern Family Foundation chose UDM and their partner institutions because they are "best-in-class in project-based learning in engineering innovation education."

Since 1911, the UDM College of Engineering and Science has awarded more than 13,000 engineering degrees in 17 different undergraduate and graduate programs.

01-01-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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02-03-justice-zahra-law-talktrue1423843036244skiminabAlumnus Justice Brian K. Zahra To Speak to UDM Law StudentsJustice Brian Zahra speaks/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/02-03-justice-zahra-law-talknelsontd1423067896525nelsontd1423067896525

UDM School of Law alumnus and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra '87 will be speaking to law students on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 226 at the Riverfront Campus, 651 Jefferson Avenue, in Detroit.

Zahra, a 2014 Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award recipient, has served on the Michigan Board of Law Examiners and will discuss with UDM Law students the importance of character and fitness aspects in the Michigan Bar application process.

Zahra received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Wayne State University and graduated with honors in 1987 from the University of Detroit School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and served as Articles Editor of the State Bar of Michigan’s Corporation and Finance Business Law Journal.

Gov. John Engler appointed Zahra to the Wayne County Circuit Court in 1994. Two years later, Zahra was elected to a six-year term on the circuit court. In Dec. 1998, he was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals, where he was elected to two consecutive six-year terms, beginning in 2000.

From Dec. 2005 to Jan. 2007, he served as the Court of Appeals’ Chief Judge Pro Tem. Justice Zahra was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court on Jan. 14, 2011 by Gov. Rick Snyder, and he won election to the Court in November 2012.

He has served on many professional and legislative committees, including the Michigan Civil Jury Instructions Committee, the Circuit Court Appellate Rules Committee, the Domestic Violence Legislation Implementation Task Force and the advisory committee for the Michigan Judicial Institute Domestic Violence Benchbook. Zahra also served on the Michigan Board of Law Examiners.

The event is hosted by the 3L Day Class and the Student Bar Association.
02-03-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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01-30-campus-kitchen-benefit-dinnertrue1423843036244skiminabCampus Kitchen at UDM Hosts Annual Benefit Dinner and ConcertCampus Kitchen at UDM Fundraiser/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/01-30-campus-kitchen-benefit-dinnernelsontd1422631897537nelsontd1422631897537

The Campus Kitchen at UDM will host its annual winter fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Hugo of the Hills Church (2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304) immediately following the 5 p.m. Mass. The fundraiser includes a soup dinner and features musical artists Ed Guay and Cindy Daily.

UDM Campus Kitchen's mission is to distribute unserved cafeteria food to senior citizens and shelters in the community who need food. It is a student-run organization that trains students to manage and operate anti-hunger, non-profit organizations.

“The program (the first of its kind in the state), is in keeping with the University’s mission of being a student-centered program,” commented Drew Peters, assistant director of UDM's Student Life Office. “Student responsibilities include planning a menu, cooking, organizing drivers and completing paperwork. The program allows students to build leadership and team building skills.”

“The program is run by University students and the outreach is to the local community, which reflects the mission of reaching out in an urban context,” Peters said. UDM encourages its students to engage in service and the immediate community around the University.

To RSVP for this special fundraising event, please contact Ann Niebrzydowski, volunteer in UDM's Institute for Leadership and Service, at 313-993-2003 or by email at niebrzam@udmercy.edu.

If you are unable to attend, you can still make a donation by sending a check to University of Detroit Mercy c/o Campus Kitchen at UDM at 4001 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI, 48221-3038.
01-30-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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Since 1985, University of Detroit Mercy Marketing Professor Michael Bernacchi has hosted the "Super Bowl Ad Nauseum," where hundreds of high school students discuss the effectiveness of the advertisements aired during the big game. The annual event will be held Monday, Feb. 2 at noon in the UDM Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus.

“The Super Bowl is a huge event for the advertising world, since a lot of business occurs during the commercial breaks,” Bernacchi explained. During the Ad Nauseum session, he will discuss advertising and what students should be aware of when watching the commercials. "If students are talking about the game, why not have them learn about the business behind the messages.” This year, the Super Bowl spent up to $4 million for a 30-second advertisement spot.

Again this year, prior to the press party at noon, local participating high school students will attend America’s Marketing High School College Road Trip from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. This “road trip” includes academic program presentations, interaction with UDM students, a campus tour and listening to a presentation by Eli Bayless, director of Promotions and Special Events for the Detroit Tigers, who will speak about the “promo biz” of baseball. Pizza, pop and snacks will be provided in the Student Fitness Center for the 250 high school students from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties in attendance.

All students and teachers attending the event have been asked to “Tackle Hunger” by donating canned food to benefit “Kids Against Hunger.” These items will be donated to “Kids Against Hunger” and distributed throughout Metro-Detroit by Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Bernacchi is co-founder of the website, "America's Marketing High School," found at americasmarketinghighschool.org, with Paul Galbenski of Oakland County Schools. Both Bernacchi and Galbenski developed marketing and advertising course work related to the Super Bowl, which can be found on the website, for high school teachers across the nation to use.

UDM offers competitive scholarships to prospective students pursuing their undergraduate degree in marketing or related fields. The America's Marketing High School Scholarship is worth up to $1,500 per year.
01-12-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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01-29-mba-alum-leadership-slamtrue1423843036244skiminabMBA Alumnus Returns for Leadership SlamLeadership Slam/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/01-29-mba-alum-leadership-slamnelsontd1422544152678nelsontd1423498214486

University of Detroit Mercy’s Emerging Leaders Program will conduct its Leadership Slam with guest speaker and MBA alumnus Michael Carter ‘78. He will speak to UDM students on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. in room 234 and at 5:30 p.m. in room 138 of the Commerce & Finance Building on the McNichols Campus.

Carter is the managing partner of Pinnacle Construction Partners, LLC, a Tennessee multi-state construction firm. He also serves as president of Operation Graduation and is a former chairman and trustee of the Nashville Public Education Foundation and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Board.

A native Detroiter, Carter is co-founder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a charter school in northwest Detroit. He has received many awards in recognition of his community service, including the Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr., Award of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, the Excellence in Volunteering Leadership Award, Nashville Chamber Volunteer of the Year, and the 100 Black Men Distinguished Member Award.

Leadership Slam is a discussion between experienced, professional leaders and UDM students. With topics ranging from global leadership to servant leadership, the event can be lecture or activity-based. The event is sponsored by UDM’s Emerging Leaders Program to assist students in developing their leadership potential through interaction with current leaders.

For more information on the Emerging Leaders Program and its Leadership Slam, please contact elp@udmercy.edu.

02-09-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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01-29-aod-udm-edu-partnerstrue1424099417883nelsontdArchdiocese of Detroit Partners with UDM Education ProgramAOD/UDM Education Program/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/01-29-aod-udm-edu-partnersnelsontd1422543617372nelsontd1425562805237

Starting this year, University of Detroit Mercy will partner with the Archdiocese of Detroit to provide professional development for educators and administrators who are part of Archdiocese of Detroit schools.

UDM has worked with Archdiocese of Detroit schools for many years placing Education Program students as fieldwork students and student teachers with teachers and administrative interns with building leaders.

However, through this new, more formalized partnership, authorized by the State Department of Education, UDM’s Education Program will offer the local talent of faculty, alumni and current students to provide needs-based professional development programs. UDM’s training sessions will focus on reading strategies and comprehension, differentiated instruction and leadership training. Faculty will also serve as local “mentors” with a shared Catholic mission.

Lorri MacDonald, UDM’s Education Department chair, said building relationships with local Catholic schools is good for the University as well. “The main advantage is that we are truly invested,” MacDonald said. “It’s a true partnership.”

In January 2015, UDM will implement a structured plan at two Archdiocese of Detroit schools and will eventually involve more schools throughout the year.
02-22-2015
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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01-16-black-history-monthtrue1424099471335nelsontdUDM Celebrates February with Black History Month EventsBlack History Month/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2015/articles/01-16-black-history-monthnelsontd1421441218990nelsontd1424099462438

University of Detroit Mercy is observing Black History Month in February with several events related to the theme, "Becoming the Beloved Community: Celebrating Our Diverse Heritage."

Throughout the month, numerous activities and opportunities will be available for students and the community to attend in celebration of diversity. Activities include lectures, movie screenings, a museum visit and a blues music night.

In addition to the events below, the Titan Dining Room will be offering the following menus in honor of Black History Month:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5: Caribbean dinner
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: Soul food lunch
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19: African dinner
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26: Creole lunch

February Black History Month Events:

Movie “Get On Up”: Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 7 – 9 p.m. in Grounds Coffeehouse at the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. Pizza will be provided. The Student Programming Board sponsors this event. No RSVP required.

Interfaith Dinner: Thursday, Feb. 5 from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Fountain Lounge at the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. No RSVP required.

Guest speaker, Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., will discuss “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis: Monday, Feb. 9 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. No RSVP required.

Whitehead lecture continued, “Letters to my Teenage Sons”: Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in the Fountain Lounge at the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. No RSVP required.

Tunnel of Oppression display: Feb. 9 – 13 in the Fountain Lounge at the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. The display is designed to create awareness of different types of oppression and its effects within society. Residence Life sponsors this event.

“Love Stories from the Underground Railroad”: Friday, Feb. 13 from noon - 1: 30 p.m. in the Fountain Lounge at the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. Light lunch will be provided; please RSVP to stewardm@udmercy.edu by Monday, Feb. 2.

Local spoken poetry with Keir Jackson: Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.in Grounds Coffeehouse at the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. The Student Programming Board sponsors this event. No RSVP required.

Movie “Freedom Summer”: Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 7 - 9:30 p.m. in Room 114 of the Chemistry Building on the McNichols Campus. No RSVP required.

Weekend trip to the Charles Wright Museum: Meet Saturday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at the University Ministry Office. Cost is $1. This event is sponsored by Discover the D, Student Life and Residence Life to encourage exploring African American Culture. No RSVP required.

 “Breaking Bread, Breaking Beats” discussion: Thursday, Feb. 26 from 7 - 9:30 p.m. in Room 113 of the Ford Life Science Building on the McNichols Campus. No RSVP required.

See the special events page for more information.

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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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In celebration of his many contributions to racial equality, UDM will be hosting events on Monday, Jan. 19 and Thursday, Jan. 22 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The week begins with a service opportunity through UDM’s Campus Kitchen on Monday, Jan. 19. The event, sponsored by Campus Kitchen and UDM’s service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, will give students the chance to give back on their day off.

Participants will be delivering food to Gleaners Community Food Bank, the largest nonprofit organization providing food for Southeastern Michigan. UDM students interested in volunteering must contact Rachel Joseph at CKUDM1@gmail.com by Friday, Jan. 16. Limited space is available.

UDM’s Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month committees, co-sponsored by Student Affairs, will host a commemoration discussion on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Fountain Lounge in the Student Center on the McNichols Campus.

Students, faculty, staff and community are invited to discuss and examine how Dr. King's message can guide us in light of the recent events in our country around race, class and socio-economic disparity.

This event is open to the public with no RSVP required. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information about this event, please contact Drew Peters, Assistant Director of Student Life, at 313-993-1593 or by email at petersas@udmercy.edu.

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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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High school students are invited to attend University of Detroit Mercy’s “Visit Day” on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon. Events will be held in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Center Building on the University’s McNichols Campus.

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Visit Day is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to spend time with the UDM community as they learn what it is like to be a college student. Deans, faculty, alumni and current students and their parents will be on hand to discuss what UDM has to offer.

University of Detroit Mercy encourages high school students, whether they have applied or not, to learn all about the academic programs available, discuss financial aid and scholarships, meet students and receive a tour of the McNichols Campus. It's also a good time to learn about important things like choice of major, campus life and career services available to all UDM students.

Parents and guests are welcome.

To register for Visit Day, go to: www.udmercy.edu/visitday or call the Office of Admissions at 800-365-5020.  If you have questions, call the office or go to: admissions.events@udmercy.edu.

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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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University of Detroit Mercy’s Board of Trustees welcomes new member Sean P. Moran ‘93 of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. With 21 years of experience at Morgan Stanley, Moran acts as senior vice president, financial advisor and senior investment management consultant.

Sean Moran
Sean P. Moran ‘93

A fully licensed investment professional with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Moran has achieved a great deal of success in business, family and the community by focusing on commitment and loyalty. His business success has been derived from his personal commitment to assisting clients.

In his position, he organizes and manages his clients’ financial affairs to match their unique goals and needs. Moran’s solution-based approach encompasses a broad range of financial issues that ensures a consistent financial plan.

Along with UDM, Moran is active with many local philanthropic institutions including co-founding Racquet Up Detroit, which serves the youth in Detroit through an after school educational and athletic program. He also serves on the boards of The Parade Company, the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, the Academy of the Sacred Heart and The Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) Foundation.

As an alumnus of University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Moran continues to expand his learning by participating in numerous industry-related educational programs that keeps him in tune with the ever-changing financial landscape.

Moran is the immediate past president of the DAC, the 94th president of its 125-year history. Moran and his wife are the proud parents of four children and reside in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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UDM's School of Architecture welcomes architect and University of Michigan associate professor of architecture Perry Kulper to open their 2015 Lecture Series.

Perry Kulper

The event will take place on Wed., Jan. 28 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Exhibition Center in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on the McNichols Campus.

Prior to his arrival at the A. Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan in 2006, he was a SCI-Arc Faculty member for 16 years as well as in visiting positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University. Subsequent to his studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Columbia University, he worked in the offices of Eisenman/ Robertson, Robert A.M. Stern and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown before moving to Los Angeles.

Kulper's interests include the roles of representation and methodologies in the production of architecture and in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination.

This event is open to the public with no RSVP required. For more information about this event, please contact the School of Architecture at 313-993-1532 or by email at soa50@udmercy.edu.

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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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University of Detroit Mercy's College of Liberal Arts & Education will sponsor Alumni Week, Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20, 2015. Many prominent UDM alumni are scheduled to visit classes and discuss their experiences in the professional world with current UDM students.

Notable UDM Liberal Arts and Education Alumni Week participants include:

Monday, March 16

Al Ward of Broadside Press speaks to Associate Prof. Michael Barry’s Study of Poetry (ENL 1310) class at 6:40 p.m. in Briggs 005.

 Tuesday, March 17

Bob Sadler, director of marketing & sales for the Detroit Historical Society, speaks to Prof. Vivian Dicks’ CST 4990 Capstone Seminar class at 9:55 a.m. in Briggs #27.

Lanetia Norris of Self Help Addiction Rehabilitation, Inc. (SHAR) speaks to Associate Prof. Aloha Van Camp’s Social Welfare Policy (SWK 3100) class at 11:30 a.m. in CF #212.

Wednesday, March 18

Greg Russell, former Detroit radio personality, TV reporter and current host of “Movie Show Plus” on WMYD-TV 20, speaks to Associate Prof. Jason Roche’s Audio Production (CST 2110) class at 11 a.m. in Briggs #117.

Nick Sinacori, 1972 CST graduate, author and president of the Village of Fairview Historical Society, speaks to Associate Prof. Jason Roche’s Documentary Film Production (CST 4120) class at 1 p.m. in Briggs #117.

 Thursday, March 19

Bill Pringle, a curatorial assistant at the Detroit Historical Society, and Gerald Smith, senior manager of government affairs for Comcast and the first African American member of UDM’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter, speak to history majors and Phi Alpha Theta members at 2 p.m. in Briggs #340.

 Friday, March 20

Mort Meisner, a former Detroit TV news executive who now represents and places broadcast talent as owner of Mort Meisner Associates, speaks to Associate Prof. Jason Roche’s Visual Communications (CST 1120) class at 9 a.m. in Briggs #117.

Nicole Schumack Marcot, 6-8 grade English teacher, Westside Christian Academy speaks to Associate Prof. Michael Barry’s History of English class (ENL 1310) at noon in Briggs #023.

This is the second year UDM's College of Liberal Arts & Education has offered Alumni Week. All participating classes are located on UDM's McNichols campus. Participants are subject to change.

For more information, contact UDM'S College of Liberal Arts & Education at 313-993-1287.

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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 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.

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