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Here are the most recent University of Detroit Mercy news releases. For more news, see the archive.

08-29-goodfellows-grant-supports-dental-outreachtrue1472499016927nelsontdGoodfellows grant supports dental outreach for kidsGoodfellows grant supports dental outreach for kids/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/08-29-goodfellows-grant-supports-dental-outreachnelsontd1472499005157nelsontd1472499005157

Detroit Mercy Dental’s community outreach programs for children in underserved communities got a boost with a $20,000 grant from the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit.

The School of Dentistry Pediatric Clinic will receive $5,000 of the grant and the remaining $15,000 is earmarked for the School’s mobile programs.

The Pediatric Clinic provides specialty care for infants and children through age 14 and is located on the School’s Corktown Campus. The School’s mobile programs provide services to thousands of children, adolescents, adult and geriatric populations in underserved areas each year.

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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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08-29-gold-certified-michigan-veteran-friendly-schooltrue1472496732701nelsontdDetroit Mercy recognized as Gold-certified Michigan Veteran-Friendly SchoolDetroit Mercy recognized as Gold-certified Michigan Veteran-Friendly School/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/08-29-gold-certified-michigan-veteran-friendly-schoolnelsontd1472496715193nelsontd1472496715193

University of Detroit Mercy has once again been designated a Gold-certified Michigan Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, the highest designation for any university or college in the state.

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The Michigan Veteran-Friendly School program is designed to formally recognize academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. The program promotes best practices by awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze-level status to institutions that offer veteran-centric services and programs.

 “These colleges and universities have proven their dedication to the men and women who have served their country by ensuring they succeed in achieving their educational goals,” said MVAA Director James Robert Redford.

Criteria for certification include: On-campus veterans coordinator or staffed veterans center, an active student veterans club or association, processes to best identify current student veterans on campus, systems to evaluate and award credit based on prior military training and experience, a well-maintained veterans-specific website, evaluation of student veteran academic retention and the knowledge of student veteran job placement rates post-graduate. See the PDF for the full ranking list in Michigan.

University of Detroit Mercy’s VA certifying official is Diane M. Praet, Associate Vice President and University Registrar. She can be reached at the Office of the Registrar at 313-993-3313, praetdm@udmercy.edu or registrar@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 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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08-22-sister-of-mercy-grant-first-gen-programtrue1471875581715nelsontdSisters of Mercy help fund programming for first-generation studentsGrant helps fund first-gen students/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/08-22-sister-of-mercy-grant-first-gen-programnelsontd1471875137006nelsontd1471875574732

A $25,000 grant from the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Mercy Ministry Grants will help fund programming for Detroit Mercy students who are the first in their family to attend college.

In 2015, Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison created 1stGen@UDM to address the particular needs of these students. First-generation students are those whose parents do not have a bachelor's degree. Currently just under 30 percent of Detroit Mercy students fall into this category.

Research shows that these students have significantly lower graduation rates than continuing-generation students, especially if they are also low-income students. Those studies indicate first-generation students leave college not only for academic and financial reasons, but also because they do not have family role models for success in higher education.

1stGen@UDM, whose name is now 1stGen Network, hosts bi-monthly campus events and off-campus outings all designed to create a community and support network for these students. University administration, faculty, students and alumni share their stories as first-generation college graduates and serve as mentors. The organization works in tandem with other on-campus programming.

The grant from the Sisters of Mercy will help the 1stGen Network expand its programming to include a speaker series and add to its library of videos of students, faculty and administration sharing their first-generation stories. Those videos can be found here.

The grand will also allow the program to hire a first-generation graduate student to serve as program coordinator and student mentor.

“We are thrilled that the Sisters of Mercy have put their support behind our students in the 1stGen Network,” Harrison said. “The Mercy mission is very much in line with our goal to support and empower these students. The Sisters of Mercy recognize that first-generation college graduates are absolutely critical to our University and our society. We are excited for what we will be able to do this year and for what our first-generation students will be able to accomplish in their lives and careers.”

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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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08-19-celebrate-spirittrue1471622491958nelsontdDetroit Mercy Students, Faculty and Staff: Celebrate Spirit!Celebrate Spirit!/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/08-19-celebrate-spiritnelsontd1471622479588nelsontd1471622479588

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy faculty, staff and students gather in the Student Fitness Center for the annual "Celebrate Spirit!" event. This longstanding tradition is a symbol of the beginning of the new academic year and will include a worship service for all faiths, picnic lunch, and student organization fair.

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The Mass of the Holy Spirit service will take place on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Fitness Center, presided by Rev. Gerald Cavanagh, S.J., welcoming all people to ask God’s blessing on the new school year. Homily will be by Rev. Phil Cooke, S.J., Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration.

Following this year’s program, "Competence, Compassion and Conscience," the guest speaker will be Crystal Windham '02, Director of interior Design, General Motors Corp. 

Windham earned a bachelor’s degree from the College for Creative Studies and an MBA in 2002 from the University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration. She is the first African-American woman to have become a Director of Design at General Motors, where she has designed the interior of Cadillacs and Chevrolet passenger cars and small SUVs, including the Impala, Malibu, G6 coupe, and other models.

She also spent a year on assignment at the GM Europe Design studio in Germany, where she worked on the Opel. In her spare time, she has served as a mentor for College of Business Administration students, as well as a member of the College’s Alumni Board and its Board of Advisors.

Windham’s work and community service have been widely recognized by the industry. Her awards include the 2013 Urban Wheel Designer of the Year, the Emerging Leader Award from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Global Automotive Summit, and inclusion among the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry by Automotive News.

Following her talk, the University community will gather for a picnic and student organization fair around the Fisher Fountain from 1 to 3:30 p.m.  Classes will resume at 2:30 p.m.

"Celebrate Spirit!" gathers the entire University community together to rededicate everyone to Detroit Mercy’s mission, to renew friendships and to welcome new friends. The yearly event is part of a religious tradition that dates back to the great European universities in the Middle Ages who celebrated the new school year. 

This event’s activities are open to the entire University of Detroit Mercy community. All are encouraged to attend and receive inspiration as we recommit ourselves to living the University’s mission in the city of Detroit.
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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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08-11-ford-global-challenge-mobility-apptrue1470928561631nelsontdFord Global Challenge gives University of Detroit Mercy $200,000 to develop mobility app for volunteersFord Challenge gives Detroit Mercy $200,000 to develop app/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/08-11-ford-global-challenge-mobility-appnelsontd1470928538906nelsontd1470928538906

Thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Bill Ford Better World Challenge, University of Detroit Mercy engineering professors, students and alumni will team up to develop an app that connects non-profit organizations with volunteers who can move resources and materials.

The new Bill Ford Better World Challenge grant is an innovative global program in which Ford employees work through the Ford Volunteer Corps on transformational community projects. The idea for the non-profit mobility app came from Ford employees Robert Collard, Cecil St. Pierre and Ashley Levi who envisioned a way Ford workers and others could assist non-profits by using the hauling power of their vehicles.

“It might be an organization like Habitat for Humanity that needs large items moved to a job site,” said Associate Dean for the College of Engineering & Science Katy Snyder.

Snyder said the grant is exciting for many reasons. First, two of the three people who came up with the plan for the app—Collard and St. Pierre—are alumni of University of Detroit Mercy. Also, she said it appears the app would be the first of its kind. The grant gives Detroit Mercy the ability to further develop and expand the app, providing the potential for broader impact in future releases.

The excitement can be felt over at Ford, too.

“This is a great opportunity to put Ford’s commitment to smart mobility to work for nonprofits and people in need,” said Janet Lawson, director, Ford Volunteer Corps, Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. “Ford and UDM have a long history of successful collaboration. UDM’s professors and students understand our mission to create a better world, and they have the engineering know-how and social awareness to make the most of this unique opportunity to help the most vulnerable in our communities.”

The project has an ambitious timeline, too. The University is to create a prototype by the end of this year and a fully operational product early in 2017. It’s partly because of this quick turnaround that the Better World Challenge granted the University twice the amount the app creators requested.

“I’m also excited about the impact this could have on our curriculum,” Snyder said. “This is a real-world experience, partnering with business, with the potential for social impact, which is the direction we want to take our program. I’m hoping this is just the first step to additional projects like this for our students and faculty.”

“The College of Engineering & Science has a long-standing special relationship with Ford,” said Gary Kuleck, dean of the College of Engineering & Science. “This grant award is an opportunity for our faculty and students to participate in an authentic design project that meshes nicely with the social mission of the College and the University. It is a terrific opportunity to create an app with the potential for long-lasting societal benefits.”

08-11-2016
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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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07-25-dental-cornerstonetrue1470431477726nelsontdDetroit Mercy Dental visiting Cornerstone School on Aug. 1-4Dental visiting Cornerstone School, Aug. 1-4/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/07-25-dental-cornerstonenelsontd1469458305454nelsontd1470431467931

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children. In the Detroit area, the number of third graders in need of immediate dental care is two and a half times higher than it is statewide.

On Aug. 1-4, University of Detroit Mercy’s Titans for Teeth School Based Mobile Dental Clinic visited Cornerstone School, 13436 Grove Street in Detroit. Dental students under the supervision of licensed dentists and/or dental hygienist faculty member provided free dental care to 19 children between the ages of three and twelve, including X-rays, cleanings, extractions and fillings.

The Titans for Teeth School-Based Mobile Dental Clinic was funded by a $585,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to help increase access to dental care for underserved children in Wayne County. This program also aligns with Delta Dental and Forgotten Harvest’s Healthy Food, Healthy Kids program, aimed at raising awareness about good oral health, providing access to nutritious food options, and building healthier communities in metro Detroit.

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07-25-2016
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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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07-22-million-dollar-gift-engineering-centertrue1471456262461nelsontd$1 million gift from alumnus helps University of Detroit Mercy create innovative engineering center for studentsMajor gift from alumnus for engineering center/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/07-22-million-dollar-gift-engineering-centernelsontd1469215910309nelsontd1471456256258

University of Detroit Mercy’s new Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education (CASEE) has received a major boost with a $1 million gift from William L. Kozyra (Class of 1980), July 20.

“There is no doubt in my mind that today I have a fabulous career and life as a result of the great education I received at University of Detroit Mercy,” Kozyra said. “I’m lucky enough to be in a position where I can thank the school and help the school provide to other young adults the educational opportunities and the life opportunities I received.”

Kozyra is the chairman, chief executive officer and president of Auburn Hills-based TI Automotive, an automotive supplier with more than 125 locations in 28 countries.

This gift is an important and significant investment in the future of the University and the type of education Kozyra believes the University will provide for tomorrow’s engineers, said Dean of the College of Engineering & Science Gary Kuleck.

“We are very thankful to Bill Kozyra for his generous donation to Detroit Mercy,” said University President Antoine M. Garibaldi. “His gift will not only advance our engineering program’s tradition of academic excellence, but also prepare our students for the kinds of leadership roles he has held in his field.”

“The Center represents a new chapter in the 105-year history of the College of Engineering & Science at Detroit Mercy,” Kuleck said. “Preparation of students for professional careers has always been the principal focus of the University’s engineering programs, but this center is a bold, innovative step forward.”

He added: “The creation of this state-of-the-art experiential learning facility will further expand opportunities for student engagement. CASEE introduces our undergraduate students to the vital area of systems engineering to better prepare them for the complexity of engineering projects and design at the earliest stages of their careers.”

The University has partnered with Ford Motor Co., GM Corp., DENSO North America Foundation and many others to equip the Center with cutting-edge technologies that students will use for research and design work. The center will be embedded into a reimagining of the engineering curriculum.

The 5,200-square-foot Center is designed to foster student teamwork on collaborative projects including competitive vehicle design, robotics and autonomous vehicle development. It will also allow undergraduate and graduate students to participate in faculty-mentored research projects, Kuleck said. Additional funding came from corporations, foundations and University of Detroit Mercy alumni.

Students will begin using the Center when school starts in August; the University will have an official dedication on Sept. 30, 2016, as part of Detroit Mercy’s Homecoming weekend.

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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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07-20-theatre-company-announces-46th-seasontrue1469044650428nelsontdThe Theatre Company announces its 46th seasonTheatre Company announces 46th season/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/07-20-theatre-company-announces-46th-seasonnelsontd1469044611770nelsontd1469044634778

The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy announces its 46th season. Performances will be held at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit.

“In the upcoming 2016-17 season, we are continuing to offer theatre that reflects our community,” states Managing Director Greg Grobis.

“Our 46th season has a little bit of everything: an impassioned charming drama, a truthful play centered on finding spiritual relevance, an uproarious American classic and a puppet filled adult musical comedy,” says Grobis.

The Theatre Company’s 46th season will include: the regional premiere of Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones, 100 Saints You Should Know by Kate Fodor, the American classic Bus Stop by William Inge, and the smash hit adult musical comedy Avenue Q by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx with book by Jeff Whitty.

The 46th season will feature the launch of a new project entitled the Detroit Theatre Discussion Project (DTDP). With grant funding pending, each production during the 2016-2017 season will feature free preview events at local libraries and community centers, five post-show discussions with local experts, free tickets and special pricing for community members, and local restaurant and parking incentives.  More information on the DTDP will be announced in August 2016.

Season ticket packages are available that include tickets to all four main stage productions with savings up to 30% off. Season ticket package pricing is $72 for adults, $60 for discount adults (seniors, UDM faculty, staff, alumni, donors) and $45 for students.  Individual ticket prices for season 46 are: (plays/musicals) adults $25/$30, discount adults $22/$27 and students $10/$15. Group rates are available for all shows. Tickets are on sale now at www.UDMarts.com

SEASON 46

Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones - Sept. 22 – Oct. 9, 2016

In 1959, a state librarian stands her ground in challenging a segregationist senator’s attempt to ban a simple children’s book about rabbits. Inspired by true events in Montgomery, Alabama, this impassioned drama is charming, nuanced, and dynamic! Directed by Jamie Warrow, Alabama Story will be a regional premiere and run Sept. 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 and Oct. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9.

100 Saints You Should Know By Kate Fodor – Nov. 3 – 20, 2016

The Detroit premiere of this truthful drama centers on a cleaning woman and a priest, who both are yearning to find spiritual relevance in a universe full of lost connections. Directed by Dr. Arthur J. Beer, 100 Saints You Should Know will run Nov. 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20.

Bus Stop By William Inge – Febr. 9 – 26, 2017

This American classic play explores what happens when a bus full of strangers get stranded at a bus stop due to a howling snowstorm.  The relationships formed by total strangers turns into an uproarious comedy that never strays from the romantic truth. Directed by Andrew Papa, Bus Stop will run Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26.

Avenue Q with Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and Book by Jeff Whitty – March 23 – April 9, 2017

Part puppet, part human, Avenue Q is the smash hit adult musical comedy that is packed with heart and big dreams.  This timeless story follows college grad Princeton as he moves to Avenue Q in New York City; broke, trying to find love, eager to make new friends, and striving to find his purpose in life. Winner of the 2004 TONY® “TRIPLE CROWN” for BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST BOOK, Avenue Q will have you laughing at its puppet filled rated-R realities.  Find out what the Internet is really used for! Directed by Greg Grobis, Avenue Q will run March 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9.

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.

The Theatre Company Ticket office is located in Reno Hall room 43 on the University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus.  The Ticket Office will open Tuesday, Aug. 16 with office hours of Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. To order tickets, call 313-993-3270.

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

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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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Science Technology & Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp is a two-week day camp, highlighting the exciting world of engineering, science, technology and robotics for young women between the 9th-11th grades.

STEPS participants are building and programming robots while gaining a better understanding of manufacturing techniques, robotic control systems, circuits and sensors. By the end of the two weeks, they have learned the theory of what makes things work as well as building on their own personal capabilities and potential.

The program was developed by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in 1997 to encourage young women to consider engineering and manufacturing as a career.

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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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Professor Karen McDonald Henning is the recipient of the 2016 James T. Barnes, Sr. Memorial Faculty Scholar Award at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. This prestigious award, named in honor of alumnus James T. Barnes, Sr. '40, recognizes a faculty member’s outstanding scholarship, teaching excellence and public service.

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Henning brings passion and commitment to her research and writing, which have made her well-known as a scholar and presenter across the United States. That commitment is mirrored in her devotion to teaching, as she is a leader in teaching innovation at Detroit Mercy Law.

Henning is a prolific scholar. Her publications include a critical article on prosecutorial immunity and her work on the co-authored text, Criminal Pretrial Advocacy. In particular, she developed the complex set of simulated litigation materials that accompany the text, which is separate from the equally complex Teacher’s Manual. In 2016, Henning completed a major revision of the text and its accompanying materials, and she completed and secured publication of her latest article on “good faith” exceptions under the Fourth Amendment in St. John’s Law Review. She has also presented papers to national audiences on her teaching areas and on legal pedagogy.

Henning teaches Applied Legal Theory and Analysis, Advanced Advocacy, Federal Jurisdiction and a Judicial Clerkship seminar. She serves as Chair of the Admissions Committee, coordinates the Writing for Publication Program and coaches national Moot Court teams for Detroit Mercy Law.

Henning received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Trinity College. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as an Executive Editor of the Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Collins J. Seitz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She then joined the litigation department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in the Washington, D.C. office and worked on a variety of matters before federal appellate and trial courts and administrative agencies. She subsequently served as an appellate attorney in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. She began teaching at Detroit Mercy Law in 2007.

07-13-2016
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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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The Kresge Foundation has approved a three-year grant totaling $250,000 for operating support for University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) to aid in its mission of helping community development organizations strengthen Detroit’s neighborhoods, June 29.

The grant is designed to build strategic cooperation among DCDC, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Michigan Community Resources and ARISE! Detroit, all organization with similar missions to help improve the quality of life for Detroit residents. All four organizations received Kresge Foundation grants for operating support.

“The really exciting piece that hasn’t been part of other grants we’ve received from The Kresge Foundation is the collaborative piece with the four organization,” said DCDC Associate Director Christina Heximer. “We’ve all worked together in the past on projects, but this will unite the four organizations and allow us to think about and plan what we can collectively work on and move community development forward in the neighborhoods.”

The four organizations have already met to determine goals for the partnership and will work to develop those goals and determine the most effective ways to join talents to benefit residents of the city of Detroit.

The Kresge Foundation funds projects that expand opportunities in American cities by investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development. It has long been a supporter of Detroit Mercy’s work in the community.

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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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University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science has been awarded $50,000 from the DENSO North America Foundation to develop student projects relating to self-driving vehicles.

The funding will be used to purchase equipment that will help project leaders Mark Paulik, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Utayba Mohammad, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, develop practical, hands-on class projects to ensure students keep up with the rapidly changing technology of advanced vehicle development. It will also be used to help students participate in the 2017 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition.

Through in-course projects and self-driving vehicle development, students will learn how to design sensing and control systems that permit cars to drive themselves while using automatic crash-safety and pedestrian-safety technologies.

DENSO North America Foundation has long been a supporter of University of Detroit Mercy and its College of Engineering & Science’s commitment to programs and integrated student projects that promote and enhance the acquisition of skills necessary for employment and research needed in today’s automotive industry.

With this support, Detroit Mercy has adapted and upgraded its engineering programming to stay on pace with the automotive industry. The University’s commitment is demonstrated in the construction of a new Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education, development of new bachelor and master-level programs in robotics and mechatronics engineering and an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship and innovation to train engineers to be problem solvers for tomorrow.

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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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06-21-law-104th-annual-red-masstrue1471456242269nelsontdDetroit Mercy Law to Celebrate 104th Annual Red MassDetroit Mercy Law to Celebrate 104th Annual Red Mass/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/06-21-law-104th-annual-red-massnelsontd1466535760259nelsontd1471456235567University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host its 104th annual Red Mass on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at noon at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church located at 629 E. Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit. The church is immediately adjacent to the School of Law Campus.

The Red Mass is an occasion for judges, attorneys, and officials of all faiths to pray together for guidance at the beginning of the new judicial term and join in the Renewal of the Lawyer’s Oath of Commitment.

The Oath is recited by all new lawyers in the State of Michigan as a mandatory part of swearing-in ceremonies. Renewal of the Oath is a voluntary means of reaffirming the pledge made at the onset of a lawyer’s career. This year, it will be led by the Honorable Victoria A. Roberts. Judge Roberts was appointed by President Clinton in June 1998 to serve as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Prior to that, she was managing partner of the Detroit law firm of Goodman, Eden, Millender & Bedrosian and was an Assistant U.S. Attorney. She also served as President of the State Bar of Michigan, the only black woman to have held that position. Judge Roberts received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.

The celebrant of the Mass will be Reverend Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D. Father Kammer is a priest, attorney, and a member of the Southern Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). He has been Director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans since 2009. Prior to that, he was the Provincial Superior, guiding their post-Katrina recovery and services. He was the President/CEO of Catholic Charities USA, the nation’s largest voluntary human service network, and he has worked in many programs for the underprivileged. He is also the author of three books on Catholic social thought, spirituality, and charities. Fr. Kammer received a Bachelor of Arts from Spring Hill College, a Juris Doctor from Yale University, and a Master of Divinity from Loyola University Chicago.

The custom of a special religious ceremony for all members of the bench and bar at the opening of each term of the court arose principally in England, France, and Italy in the early 13th century. A mass was celebrated in honor of the Holy Spirit, for which red vestments were worn. Hence, the celebration became known as the Red Mass.

Detroit Mercy’s annual Red Mass dates back to 1877, when Detroit College, as the University was then known, began its first year with a mass at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church to ask the blessing of the Holy Spirit on the coming year’s work. The School of Law continued the tradition when it opened in 1912, hosting the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Saints Peter and Paul through the present.

Today the Red Mass is attended by judges, lawyers and officials of all faiths, asking God to bless, strengthen and enlighten them, so that in cooperation and mutual trust they may effectively achieve justice for all.

For more information on the Red Mass, contact Denise Hickey, assistant dean of Alumni Relations, at 313-596-0202 or by e-mail at hickeydp@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 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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Students from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and Clinic hosted a Sealant program event for children in need of dental services at the New Breed Community Development Corporation’s temporary office location, June 20. Children received dental exams, sealants, varnishes, as well as an oral health kit – all at no cost. The Clinic will take place again on Monday, Aug. 1 at Cornerstone schools with the Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic.

This program, facilitated by an on-site dental hygienist and Detroit Mercy Dental students, has been supported by a $585,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to help increase access to dental care for underserved children in Wayne County, as well as partially funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Four Detroit Mercy Dental students provided the dental care on-site in portable chairs. The students who were supervised by faculty, received credit hours for the work performed and gained valuable experience in the field while providing care to children who need it.

This program also aligns with Delta Dental and Forgotten Harvest’s Healthy Food, Healthy Kids program, aimed at raising awareness about good oral health, providing access to nutritious food options and building healthier communities in metro Detroit.

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About Forgotten Harvest

Oak Park, Michigan-based Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest “rescued” 40 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from over 800 locations, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. Forgotten Harvest has been ranked as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator for ten consecutive years. Learn more about Forgotten Harvest online and how to help drive hunger from our community.

About the Delta Dental Foundation

The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina. The Foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit Delta Dental online.

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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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The University of Detroit Mercy men's basketball team will have a new home on the radio dial next season as the Titans and 910 AM Superstation have reached an agreement to broadcast every game over the air in 2016-17.

"The partnership with 910 AM Superstation and Kevin Adell is phenomenal and we keep findings ways to grow the partnership through radio and television," said Detroit Mercy Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. "I believe that this is a win-win for us on a station that covers our community as we develop and grow our assets. We can broadcast all of our games, develop a coaches show for our teams, reallocate our resources and connect and reach out to the neighborhoods in and around the campus."

"We are looking forward to bringing our listeners Detroit Mercy basketball games this upcoming season," said Kevin Adell, Founder and CEO of 910 AM Superstation.

910 AM transitioned to an urban talk-radio format after Kevin Adell – who also owns WADL, the television home for all Titan home games – bought the station in 2015.

The station carries a signal of 50,000 watts during the day and close to 30,000 at night as ears from Toledo, Ohio, all the way up north to Mackinac City can pick up the transmission. The station can also be heard online giving Titan fans numerous ways to follow #DetroitsCollegeTeam.

It was also announced that well-known Detroit radio personality Cliff Russell will serve as the voice of the Detroit Mercy men's basketball team. Russell is no stranger to college athletics as he played college basketball at UTEP under Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins before transferring to Wayne State to finish his career. He also called basketball and football games as well as public address announcing for his alma mater during his career.

Russell has worked at a number of local radio stations including WJR, WDET, WJZZ, WCXI, CKLW, WWJ, WCHB, and WQBH. He also was once a weekly columnist for the Detroit Free Press, worked as Mayor Dennis Archer's press secretary and was a Senior Director of Communications for the Detroit Tigers, the first African-American to hold the position in Major League Baseball history.

"I would like to thank CBS Radio and all they did for us the last three years," said Vowels. "The commitment that Mr. Adell has shown the Titans in the last few years is outstanding and this increased partnership will only make us more visible throughout the city of Detroit."

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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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University of Detroit Mercy presented its Vivere ex Missione Award to Paige R. Dykema, a biology major with a concentration in applied genetics and a minor in leadership. The graduate has already accepted a position in the clinical trials department at Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit and also volunteers in Detroit through the Institute’s cancer outreach programs.

The Vivere ex Missione — Latin for “To Live Out the Mission” — is presented annually to one graduating student who best exemplifies the mission of UDM. Recipients are selected by the Mission, Urban and Social Justice Team, which reviews nominees’ intellectual, social, ethical and spiritual qualities.

“Paige is a true example of living out the mission,” said UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi. As a Detroit Mercy student, she was an orientation leader, Campus Kitchens operations coordinator, Greek Council president and a member of the Chemistry Club, Student Alumni Association and the Alpha Phi Omega sorority. Her spirit and positive attitude inspire all who interact with her to do more.

Vivere ex Missione Award Paige Dykema

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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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Senior Sara Zawacki of the Titan women's soccer team was named Valedictorian for the Class of 2016 at the University of Detroit Mercy Honors Convocation on Sunday, March 20.

"Being named Valedictorian means a lot to me because UDM provided me with new opportunities to get involved beyond the classroom and the field," said Zawacki. "I've been able to learn so much from the Detroit community as a nursing student, a student-athlete, and a student leader for Rx for Reading Detroit. It's been an honor to wear Detroit on my jersey for the past few years and it will be an even greater honor to represent the Class of 2016 at commencements."

To be named Valedictorian, a student must demonstrate academic excellence by achieving a 3.7 or higher GPA, University involvement, service and leadership.

The Dearborn, Mich. native boasts a cumulative GPA of 3.98 in UDM's demanding nursing program and has been a vibrant piece of the Detroit community. In 2015, she was named the recipient of the Ford Community Corps Partnership Grant for her role with Rx for Reading Detroit, a non-profit literacy initiative that works to expand access to high-quality children's books and support families in reading with their children.

"I am extremely excited for Sara, it is a well-deserved honor and an extremely significant achievement," said Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. "As a former student-athlete myself, I know how demanding it is for student-athletes to balance education and athletics. To excel at the level Sara has – on the soccer field, in the community and especially in the classroom – is truly a testament to her character. She represents the very best in collegiate athletics and on behalf of the UDM Athletics Department, we couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments."

Zawacki becomes the fifth student-athlete since 1981 to earn the Valedictorian honor. The last to be recognized was Susan Kalkstein from track and field in 2012. Before Zawacki and Kalkstein, Katelyn McCutcheon from softball received the award in 2010, while Mead Goedert from track and field was named Valedictorian in 2006 and Todd Otten, also from track and field, earned the distinction in 1998.

"I'm very proud of what Sara has been able to accomplish," added women's soccer head coach Mike Lupenec. "Her impact on this program, both on and off the field, is truly exceptional. She has embodied everything that a student-athlete is supposed to be and her mark on this program will be around for a long time."

Zawacki, and the women's soccer program, is no stranger to academic success. The team has been recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for excellence in the classroom with Team Academic Awards in three of the last five years. Out of 859 total teams to receive the award in 2015, the Titans posted the fourth-best GPA in the nation, for both men's and women's teams across all NCAA divisions.

Individually, Zawacki has been a staple of the Horizon League's Academic Honor Roll and the UDM Athletic Director's Honor Roll, earning the accolades in every semester she has been eligible.

On the field, Zawacki has been an integral part of the Detroit women's soccer program that has amassed 27 wins during her UDM career. The Titans advanced to the Horizon League semifinals twice and reached the HL Championship in 2014 with Zawacki on the pitch.

She finishes her playing career with six goals and four assists for 16 points in 53 games played. One of Zawacki's best games came against Metro Series rival Oakland in 2014, when she scored twice – including the golden goal – in a 2-1 double-overtime win over the Golden Grizzlies.

Zawacki graduated this spring and delivered the valedictory address at the McNichols Campus commencement ceremony, May 14.

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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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University of Detroit Mercy, the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC) and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will host a Camp College event on Thursday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the McNichols Campus. Approximately 250 students from high schools and churches in the community will attend the one-day, conference-style workshop, encouraging underserved students to consider and prepare for higher education.

Several presentations will be led by representatives from different colleges, including University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Lawrence Technological University and more.

The keynote speaker will be Sarah Anthony, deputy director for Partnership and Advocacy for the Michigan College Access Network.

In her role as deputy director for partnership and advocacy, Sarah maintains existing partnerships and cultivates new college access partnerships across the state. Also in 2012, she was elected as a county commissioner in Ingham County.

For more information, please contact Jesse Vance, Assistant Director of Admission for Diversity at vancejl@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 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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05-05-miweek-special-live-event-detroit-mercytrue1463496826010nelsontdMiWeek: A Special Live Event at Detroit MercyMiWeek: A Special Live Event/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/05-05-miweek-special-live-event-detroit-mercynelsontd1462456399732nelsontd1463496813204MiWeek, Detroit Public Television’s (DPTV) weekly leadership and public affairs program broadcast live on Thursday, May 5, from the McNichols Campus of University of Detroit Mercy. The show featured interviews and in-depth panel conversations about the future of Detroit’s neighborhoods, newcomers versus long-time residents; inclusiveness; the cultural corridor compared to the economic corridor; and entrepreneurship.

The event was led by the MiWeek team of award-winning journalists Christy McDonald, Free Press Editorial Page Editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Henderson and Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley.

Special guests included: Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, President, University of Detroit Mercy; Dan Pitera, Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture; Rhonda Word Morris, owner of Lucki’s Cheesecake; Lauren Hood of Live6 Alliance; Kim Tandy, City of Detroit District 2 Manager and Gaston Nash, College Core Block Club Co-founder.

“As part of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, I am thrilled to be a part of MiWeek because this program is happening at a critical point in time,” said Dan Pitera, professor of architecture and DCDC director. “There is a renewed interest in the north Livernois Avenue area, home of the University of Detroit Mercy. More than ever it is very important to blend great existing community work with new ideas; build locally grown businesses while attracting new ones and celebrating existing residents while welcoming newcomers.

The show was taped in front of a live audience and broadcast on DPTV-Channel 56. See the video footage online. It was followed by a half-hour online only conversation starting at 8:30 p.m. The MiWeek Roadshow was made possible thanks to funding from the MASCO Foundation. See photo gallery of the event.

More than 1,800 households tuned in to watch the segment and more than 250 viewed the livestream footage. The program has been viewed more than 400 times on demand since it first aired.

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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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05-03-commencementtrue1463494473477nelsontdDetroit Mercy Commencement ceremonies to be held May 13 and 14Commencement 2016/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/05-03-commencementnelsontd1462305805847nelsontd1463494461795University of Detroit Mercy will hold its annual Commencement ceremonies on May 13 and 14, 2016.

All three Commencements ceremonies will take place in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus. In total, the University will graduate approximately 1,500 students during the three ceremonies.

Friday, May 13, School of Dentistry Commencement at 9:30 a.m. – Dr. Marko Vujicic, PhD, Managing Vice President, Health Policy Resources Center, American Dental Association, commencement speaker

Vujicic is responsible for overseeing the ADA’s policy research activities. Prior to joining the American Dental Association in 2011, he was Senior Economist with The World Bank in Washington D.C. where he directed the global health workforce policy program. He was also a Health Economist with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a visiting assistant professor at Tufts University in Boston. Vujicic obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from McGill University in Montreal.

Friday, May 13, School of Law Commencement at 5 p.m. – Anthony Asher of Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C.  (B.S.S. ’61, J.D. ’65), commencement speaker

A Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, will be given posthumously to George J. Asher, for whom the Asher Law Clinic Center is named. The son of Syrian immigrants, Asher left high school after his parents died to support his family. After helping raise his brothers and sisters, he entered law school at Detroit Mercy Law. He died in 1963 of complications of hemophilia, just months before finishing his degree.

His brother Anthony, who was a first-year law student at the time George died, became a managing partner in the Southfield-based firm of Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C. Anthony (B.S.S. ’61, J.D. ’65) made the generous gift to the University that helped purchase and renovate the building that houses the legal clinics. Anthony will be the commencement speaker.

Saturday, May 14, Undergraduate/Graduate Commencement at 1:30 p.m. – Margaret Auer ’65, former Dean of Libraries and Instructional Technology, commencement speaker; Sara Francis Zawacki, McAuley School of Nursing, Valedictorian

Delivering the valedictory address at the undergraduate and graduate commencement will be Sara Francis Zawacki.  Recently she was named the Valedictorian for the Class of 2016.  For that honor, a student must demonstrate academic excellence by achieving a 3.7 or higher GPA, University involvement, service and leadership. The Dearborn native boasted a cumulative GPA of 3.98 in UDM's demanding nursing program and has been a vibrant piece of the Detroit community. In 2015, she was named the recipient of the Ford Community Corps Partnership Grant for her role with Rx for Reading Detroit, a non-profit literacy initiative that works to expand access to high-quality children's books and support families in reading with their children.

The commencement speaker will be Margaret Auer ’65, former Dean of Libraries and Instructional Technology.  She worked as a dean for 34 years and for the University since 1961, typing catalog cards in the early days to help pay for her tuition.

Heading the library, Auer was responsible for management, planning, personnel, and budget of the McNichols Campus Library, School of Dentistry Library, Instructional Design Studio, University Archives and Special Collections as well as the UDM nursing collection at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

For friends and family who are unable to attend the McNichols Campus Commencement ceremony, UDM offers a live video stream of the event. Watch online here. The video will begin streaming at 12:45 p.m.

The 2016 graduates of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry also shared a message on this major milestone in their lives. Congratulations to all graduates!

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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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04-25-miss-michigan-earth-spoke-earth-day-festivaltrue1461600023965nelsontdUDM's "Miss Michigan Earth" spoke at Earth Day FestivalUDM's "Miss Michigan Earth" spoke at Earth Day Festival/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/04-25-miss-michigan-earth-spoke-earth-day-festivalnelsontd1461599777240nelsontd1461600015289UDM student and Miss Michigan Earth pageant winner Jasmina Cunmulaj gave a presentation on the call to action in aiding the Flint Water Crisis at the Michigan Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23. The lecture was held in Rochester, MI at Municipal Park.
Jasmina Cunmulaj
Jasmina Cunmulaj

The Michigan Earth Day Fest offered informative educational programs throughout the weekend covering a wide variety of green and wellness topics.

Without a traditional pageant, Cunmulaj earned her role as Miss Michigan Earth through a series of interviews where she emphasized her need for a platform to speak out on environmental issues.

“I want to use my crown and my title as a way to promote environmental awareness, especially with the Flint Water Crisis going on this year,” said Cunmulaj.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to go forward and try to change things.”

Her 45-minute presentation encouraged safer water alternatives for the residents of Flint and stressed the nurturing of the environment to prevent a future crisis.

“I didn’t want to talk more politics. I specifically focused on speaking for the children and people [affected by the Flint Water Crisis] and what we can do to help them out,” said Cunmulaj.

Cunmulaj has always been passionate about the environment and promoted awareness to protect the planet.

“In second or third grade, I tried to get everyone excited to print out these Earth Day flyers that I was making on my own,” said Cunmulaj.

“Everyone was making fun of me because I wanted to post [the flyer] around the neighborhood. I’ve always been super enthusiastic about [Earth Day].”

Cunmulaj is a freshman at UDM and a member of the ReBUILDetroit program, which offers intensive training for students interested in pursuing academic, research or industry careers in biomedical, behavioral, clinic or social sciences. Students are given guidance by mentors while engaging in paid research experiments throughout the year.

As a Pre-Med and Psychology major, Cunmulaj is pursuing a career in neuropsychology. This stems from exposure to concussions as a lacrosse player at Novi High School.

She will be competing for the title of Miss Earth United States in August 2016.

Photo Credit: Carlos Garcia

For more information on her appearance at the Michigan Earth Day Festival, please visit http://www.migreenteam.com/miedf.
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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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If coming home once was nice and twice was better, then the third time is the best as University of Detroit Mercy Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. announced that former Titan standout basketball player and assistant coach Bacari Alexander will be the 21st head coach in Titan history.

The announcement was made on Friday morning with a press conference set for 11 a.m., inside historic Calihan Hall. Alexander's hiring is also pending a standard human resources background check.

"It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I welcome coach Alexander and his family back to his home," said Vowels. "We had many qualified and outstanding individuals as candidates for our head men's basketball coach, but after a thorough and extensive search, none matched the experience, knowledge and passion for this University that he will bring."

"Coach Alexander is recognized for excelling academically and athletically at his alma mater as a student and assistant coach," said University of Detroit Mercy President Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi. "I feel confident that his example and leadership will be shared with our student-athletes so they can collectively achieve their goals in the classroom and on the basketball court."

Alexander, who has served as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan for the last six seasons, was born and raised in the Motor City and transferred to Detroit for his final three years of college. He later began his coaching career at his alma mater after spending two years with the Harlem Globetrotters.

"My family and I are excited to rejoin the Titan family," said Alexander. "Over the years, I have been able to work with a number of great mentors and coaches that have fully prepared me for this opportunity. I am excited to be able to work under the leadership Athletic Director Robert C. Vowels, Jr. and President Dr. Antoine Garibaldi and all of the staff at the University. This team is filled with potential and I can't wait to work with all of our student-athletes."

The pride of Detroit's Southwestern High School, Alexander graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance. After starting his collegiate career at Robert Morris College from 1994-96, where he played in 55 games and was named to the Northeast Conference's All-Newcomer Team as a freshman, he decided to transfer back home to Detroit. He would go on to start 57 of his 62 career games for the red, white and blue and helped Detroit reach championship heights on the hardwood as the Titans won back-to-back Midwestern Collegiate Conference (MCC) regular-season titles. He also helped his alma mater earn NCAA Tournament bids in 1998 and 1999, where Detroit posted first round wins over St. John's and nationally-ranked UCLA.

As a senior, Alexander was named to the MCC All-Defensive Team and received the President's Award as UDM's most outstanding senior student-athlete in 1999. He is still the last men's basketball player to garner that accolade.

After college, he began a professional career working with the Detroit Pistons as a Player Programs Coordinator and then playing with the Harlem Globetrotters for two years before returning to UDM again as an assistant coach under Perry Watson. He spent six seasons (2001-07) on the sidelines next to his collegiate coach, helping Detroit post 96 wins and finishing over .500 in conference play five times. The Titans had three seasons with 18 or more wins, made four trips to the Horizon League Championship semifinals, one finals appearance and an NIT berth in 2002.

Alexander just finished his sixth season with Michigan under head coach John Beilein in 2015-16. In his six seasons, Alexander helped the Wolverines to five NCAA Tournament bids (2011, '12, '13, '14 & '16), with a trip to the 2013 Final Four and national title game -- the first for the program in 20 years, followed by a return trip to the Elite Eight in 2014.

U-M averaged 24 wins per season in his tenure, including a school record tying 31 during the 2012-13 campaign. Michigan claimed a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular-season title with a 13-5 record -- the first for the program since 1986 – and also helped the team win its first outright Big Ten title in 28 years in 2014 with a 15-3 record.

He worked and helped eight Wolverine players garner All-Big Ten honors -- Darius Morris (2011), Trey Burke (2012 & '13), Tim Hardaway Jr. (2012 & '13), Nik Stauskas (2014), Caris LeVert (2014), Derrick Walton Jr. (2016) and Zak Irvin (2016). The Wolverines also had back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Years with Burke in 2013 and Stauskas in 2014. In addition, Burke went on to be named a consensus National Player of the Year and All-America honors in 2013.

During Alexander's stint with U-M, six Wolverines reached the NBA: Morris (2011, No. 41 by Los Angeles Lakers), Burke (2013, No. 9 by Utah Jazz), Hardaway (2013, No. 24 by New York Knicks), Stauskas (2014, No. 8 by Sacramento Kings), Mitch McGary (2014, No. 21 by Oklahoma City Thunder) and Glenn Robinson III (2014, No. 40 by Minnesota Timberwolves).

Throughout his coaching career, Alexander has developed over 80 percent of his former frontcourt players to gain opportunities to play professional basketball at various levels.

Alexander came to Michigan after spending two seasons at Western Michigan (2008-10), where he worked with the Broncos' frontcourt players. The Broncos would go on to win their second-straight MAC West Division championship in 2009. Prior to his work with the Broncos, he spent one season at Ohio University (2007-08), where the Bobcats won 20 games and made the second round of the College Basketball Invitational.

As a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, he toured in 13 countries while also directing several camps for the team around the United States. He also served as an "Advance Ambassador" for the Globetrotters, performing public relations duties, while making media and school appearances. In 2002, he along with all past and current Globetrotters were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In high school at Southwestern, he won a state championship as a freshman with his future college coach Perry Watson leading the way. As a senior, he was Third Team All-PSL by the Detroit Free Press and Honorable Mention All-Metro and All-State by the Detroit News. He was also Southwestern's Scholar-Athlete award winner.

Alexander and his wife, Kesha, have one son, Mekhi.

What They Are Saying About Coach Alexander

"It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I welcome coach Alexander and his family back to his home. We had many qualified and outstanding individuals as candidates for our head men's basketball coach, but after a thorough and extensive search, none matched the experience, knowledge and passion for this University that he will bring." - Robert Vowels, University of Detroit Mercy Director of Athletics

"Coach Alexander is recognized for excelling academically and athletically at his alma mater as a student and assistant coach. I feel confident that his example and leadership will be shared with our student-athletes so they can collectively achieve their goals in the classroom and on the basketball court." - Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., University of Detroit Mercy President

"Bacari has a deep history in the Horizon League, beginning in 1997 as a student-athlete. He has proven himself as an outstanding coach and leader, and he brings the skill set and values we embrace in the Horizon League." - Jon LeCrone, Horizon League Commissioner

"Bacari is such a perfect fit for Detroit. He is an extremely talented basketball coach and is 100 percent ready to lead the Detroit basketball program now and into the future. He has always cherished his time as a student and assistant coach at his alma mater and now he gets to fulfill a dream of being the head coach of the Titans. His ties to the University, the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan will help him on the recruiting trail, as well as enhancing his relationships with students, fans and his fellow alums." - John Beilein, University of Michigan head men's basketball coach

"This is a great hire for the University and the city of Detroit. Bacari brings so much enthusiasm, ability and leadership to the program. I have known him since he was a kid and through his upbringing, you can tell he was destined for something great. I always thought he would be a great mayor for the city because that is that type of leader he is and he has earned this opportunity to lead his alma mater." - Perry Watson, former Titan head coach

"Bacari is the epitome of a Titan. I can't think of a better ambassador of the men's basketball program moving forward. UDM hit a home run and Coach Alexander will hit many home runs during his lengthy time at Detroit. I have known Bacari as a player and he was fearless. I have known Bacari as student and he was all business. I have known Bacari as co-worker and he was a great teammate. Now, I will get to know him as a head coach. I know he will do an outstanding job representing UDM on and off the court." - Kevin Mondro, Eastern Michigan assistant men's basketball coach and former teammate and assistant coach at Detroit

"Coach Alexander was easily one of the most important people to me during my time at Michigan. He is a great basketball coach and has a natural talent of connecting with everyone on a personal level. I couldn't be more happy for him and his family. It couldn't be more deserved." - Jordan Morgan, former Michigan men's basketball player

Bacari Alexander Head Coach Welcome Home

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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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04-21-law-commencementtrue1464117848442nelsontdDetroit Mercy Law celebrated Commencement and honored alumnus George J. AsherDetroit Mercy Law celebrated Commencement and honored alumnus George J. Asher/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/04-21-law-commencementnelsontd1461257129931nelsontd1464117835310University of Detroit Mercy School of Law held its 103rd annual commencement ceremony on May 13 at Calihan Hall on the University’s McNichols Campus.

A Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, was given posthumously to George J. Asher, for whom the Asher Law Clinic Center was named. The son of Syrian immigrants, Asher left high school after his parents died to support his family. After helping raise his brothers and sisters, he entered law school at Detroit Mercy Law. He died in 1963 of complications of hemophilia, just months before finishing his degree.

His brother Anthony, the Commencement keynote speaker, was a first-year law student at the time George died, became a managing partner in the Southfield-based firm of Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C. Anthony (B.S.S. ’61, J.D. ’65) made the generous gift to the University that helped purchase and renovate the building that houses the legal clinics.

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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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04-06-dpac-movement-step-up-awareness-eventtrue1460042428798nelsontdDPAC hosts MoveMENt Step-Up to raise awarenessDPAC hosts MoveMENt Step-Up to raise awareness/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/04-06-dpac-movement-step-up-awareness-eventnelsontd1459972019552nelsontd1461257167340Detroit Prevention and Awareness in the Community (DPAC), a University of Detroit Mercy student organization, will host the "MoveMENt Step-Up" walk event Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Student Center Fountain Lounge on the McNichols Campus. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the walk at 10 a.m.

Male advocates will walk a mile in high-heeled shoes or decorated sneakers to raise awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence and educate the community about consent and bystander intervention. DPAC will also be providing information about service, counseling and support regarding these issues.

Registration costs $10 and includes water, a t-shirt, continental breakfast and a light lunch. Donations will also be accepted. All proceeds will assist DPAC in their consciousness and prevention efforts on campus and in the community by donating to local agencies that help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

People of all ages and genders are welcome to participate in this event. Register or sign up to volunteer online.

For more information, please contact Dean of Students Monica Williams at 734-718-1546 or DPAC@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 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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University of Detroit Mercy will host its 3rd annual university-wide celebration Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards on Friday, April 22. The event honors distinguished alumni from each college and school who reflect the University’s mission of excellence and service and bring pride to UDM.

This year, the seven honorees and the school or college they represent are:

  • Michael A. Carter '72, '78, Managing Partner, Pinnacle Construction Partners, LLC—College of Liberal Arts & Education
  • Eugene A. Gargaro Jr. '67, Legal Counsel and Officer, Richard & Jane Manoogian Foundation—School of Law
  • Richard Golden, D.D.S. '71, President & Chief Executive Officer, Golden Laser Dental—School of Dentistry
  • Phyllis E. Peters Look '51, Retired Director of Professional Standards, Deloitte & Touche—College of Business Administration
  • Henry 'Hank' Nickol '55, Retired Vice President & General Manager for Vehicle Operations, North American Automotive Operations, Ford Motor Company—College of Engineering & Science
  • Meredith R. Phillips '94, '97, Chief Information Privacy & Security Officer, Henry Ford Health System—College of Health Professions
  • James Timberlake '74, Founder and Partner, KieranTimberlake—School of Architecture

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. Admission will be $50 per guest and RSVP is required.

For more information, visit the Spirit of UDM website or please contact Angelina Jaroszewski, assistant director of Alumni Relations, at 313-993-1540 or angelina.jaroszewski@udmercy.edu.

Spirit of UDM 2016 Honorees

Spirit of UDM 2016

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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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UDM will celebrate the 90th birthday of longtime Professor of Biology R. Gerard Albright, S.J., on Sunday, April 3. The event will open with a Mass at noon in the St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce & Finance Building on McNichols Campus. An open house will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in Lansing-Reilly Hall. All alumni, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by and wish him well.

Gerard Albright, S.J.
Gerard Albright, S.J.

Albright began teaching biology part-time in 1955 and became a full-time faculty member in 1960. He has chaired the Biology Department, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and served on many University committees during his tenure. Over the past 55 years, he has taught 19 different lecture and laboratory courses, including comparative and human anatomy, histology and embryology, to more than 4,000 students. He also developed a new core science course specifically dealing with evolution and developed the course, “Science for Non-Science Majors.”

"Lending a hand to our students as they prepare for and face the ups and downs of life is itself a wonderful and worthwhile enterprise,” said Albright.

“But to help them more intimately bring God into the picture is of key importance, and by far the greater challenge for me.  Looking back over the decades, as well as ahead toward whatever is to come, I view this as the essence of what my call from God to life as a Jesuit is really all about,” Albright added.

His students have gone on to become leading scientists, physicians and dentists serving Detroit and the world.

While the event is free, reservations are required. Contact Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Angelina Jaroszewski,  at 313-993-1540 or vestaj@udmercy.edu or visit community.udmercy.edu/Albright.

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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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The University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company will host An Evening With David L. Regal on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. The event will take place in the Marygrove Theatre, 8425 W. McNichols Rd. in Detroit.

David L. Regal
David L. Regal

Tickets include admission to see Regal perform as John Barrymore in Barrymore by William Luce and will be followed by a strolling dinner reception with an open bar. The entire evening will celebrate Regal, who will retire in May 2016 after 44 years in the Performing Arts department at UDM.

Regal is a founding member of The Theatre Company at UDM and has taught Fundamentals of Acting and upper division acting courses. He has directed and performed in countless productions with the Theatre Company and has won several awards for Best Actor, Best Director and Supporting Actor from the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and The Oakland Press.

He took a leading role in developing the age-appropriate casting philosophy in the undergraduate setting at UDM. By placing young actors onstage with professional artists and faculty, Regal created an apprenticeship style of training that became the hallmark of the company. Exposing students to these “real world” conditions enabled them to transition more readily into careers in theatre, film and television.

“David always seemed like an Old Testament kind of guy—always ready to erupt, to shake down the Philistines’ temples,” recalls the former Detroit Free Press theatre critic Lawrence Devine.

“I first saw him, years before The Theatre Company, as the belligerent Bill Walker in the 1969 Hilberry Theatre production of ‘Major Barbara.’ Over the 46 years since, that noisy Sixties ruffian became the face of valuable theater on W. McNichols, never dandifying his mission or reviving ‘Evita.’ He kept together an experienced cadre of really gifted production artisans and developed young actors over a nomadic series of at least four or five venues.”

Tickets are $50 and include a $30 tax-deductible receipt. To purchase tickets, please visit www.UDMarts.com or call 313-993-3270. Limited tickets are available for the event.

Funds raised from An Evening With David L. Regal will support the Theatre Program Fund, which provides support for department scholarships, programming, master classes, and leadership development.

For tickets or for more information, contact Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Greg Grobis at 313-993-3269 or at gregory.grobis@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 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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UDM welcomes Detroit-based, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Desiree Cooper to lead a lecture and discussion on Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m. The event will take place in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on the McNichols Campus.

Desiree Cooper
Desiree Cooper

The discussion will focus on Cooper’s new collection of short stories titled “Know the Mother,” released on March 15. Cooper uses the medium of “flash fiction” to explore racism, sexism and intimate spaces in order to reveal what it means to be human.

Cooper was recently named a 2015 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Callaloo, Detroit Noir, Best African American Fiction 2010 and Tidal Basin Review, among other online and print publications. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets, and is currently a Kimbilio fellow, a national residency for African American writers.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact English Department Chair Michael Barry at 313-993-1050 or barrymg@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 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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03-22-graduate-rankings-us-news-world-reporttrue1458738076104nelsontdUDM Graduate Schools Earn Top Rankings in 2017 U.S. News SurveyUDM Graduate Schools Earn Top Rankings in 2017 U.S. News Survey/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/03-22-graduate-rankings-us-news-world-reportnelsontd1458676759018nelsontd1458738068042U.S. News & World Report released the list of “2017 Best Graduate Schools,” ranking University of Detroit Mercy’s Nurse Anesthesia program as the 10th best program in the nation, as well as the Graduate Business Management program as the #16 best.

In addition, University of Detroit Mercy was awarded top-tier rankings in the following departments:

  • Best Nursing Schools: Master’s - #85
  • Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - #92  
  • Physician Assistant - #81
  • Clinical Psychology - #177

The 2017 edition of the rankings includes admissions information for those aspiring to study law, business, medicine, education, engineering and nursing. For the first time, U.S. News has two separate rankings of nursing schools for Master's programs and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice programs.

Graduate schools are evaluated on criteria such as grade-point averages of incoming students, acceptance rates and employment outcomes of graduates. The rankings methodology varies across disciplines to account for differences in each graduate program. The nursing school rankings, for example, take into account the percentage of faculty members still actively working in hospitals and other medical settings, while business schools are evaluated in part by how corporate recruiters rate MBA programs.

“We are pleased once again to be recognized by U.S. News as one of America’s leading Midwest universities demonstrating UDM’s commitment to providing a quality, values-based education,” said University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.

“This important award reflects our commitment to providing an excellent graduate education for students, best preparing them to be the next generation of leaders in their communities. It is a strong affirmation of the quality and value of the UDM experience for current students and a significant factor for prospective students to consider when choosing a university,” he added.

Since 1877, the University has offered students a value-centered and student-focused approach to learning, empowering them to develop themselves intellectually, professionally, personally, spiritually, ethically and socially. As a University firmly grounded in the Catholic traditions of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, UDM’s commitment to a holistic approach to teaching, learning and serving student’ needs is constantly evident, inside and outside the classroom.

03-22-2016
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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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UDM's College of Engineering & Science will host the 26th annual Technology Discovery Day on Friday, April 15. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Student Fitness Center and throughout UDM’s McNichols Campus.

“Tech Day” is an event that aims to introduce high school students and teachers in the metropolitan Detroit area to a variety of displays and activities from the College and local companies involving engineering and science. This will include nursing simulation labs, creative competitions, campus tours, a chemistry magic show, a drunk driving simulation and much more.

"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 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 will include:

  • Catapult – How far can you fling it?
  • Egg Drop – How far can it fall before it breaks?
  • King of the Hill – Create a competition vehicle!
  • Toothpick Bridge – How much weight will it hold?
  • Screaming Contest – How loud can you scream?
  • Challenge 24 – How fast can you use math to make 24?
  • Wipeout: Tech Day Mind Edition

An award ceremony will conclude the event beginning at 12:15 p.m. to recognize the winners of these competitions. Lunch will not be provided but will be available for purchase in the lobby of the Student Fitness Center. Each registered high school student will receive UDM swag for participating in the event.

Register for Tech Day online. Registration, as well as a UDM Photo Release Form for each student, is due by Friday, April 1.

For additional information about pre-college Engineering & Science programs at UDM, please contact Pamela Rhoades Todd at 313-993-3374 or toddpa@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 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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03-16-architecture-lecture-maurice-coxtrue1458154818507nelsontdDetroit Director of Planning and Development to Speak at UDMDetroit Director of Planning and Development to Speak at UDM/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/03-16-architecture-lecture-maurice-coxnelsontd1458154748870nelsontd1458154805609

UDM's School of Architecture welcomes Director of Planning and Development for the City of Detroit Maurice Cox to speak on Wednesday, March 23 at 5 p.m. There will be a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. and will take place in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on the McNichols Campus.

Maurice Cox
Maurice Cox

Cox is a nationally respected community designer and leader of the public interest design movement. He is a co-founder of the national SEED (Social, Economic, Environmental, Design) Network, a movement dedicated to building and supporting a culture of civic responsibility and engagement in the built environment and the public realm. Fast Company magazine named Cox one of America’s “20 Masters of Design” in 2004 for his practice of democratic design.

As a part of the SOA’s 2015-16 Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public with no RSVP required. For more information, please contact the School of Architecture at (313) 993-1532 or soa50@udmercy.edu.

03-16-2016
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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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University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host its 18th McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion on Wednesday, March 16. Kent Greenawalt, professor of Columbia Law School, will speak on the topic, Religious Exemptions in Same-Sex Marriages. He will be joined by two commentators:  Andrew M. Koppelman, John Paul Stevens professor of Law and professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, as well as Michael P. Moreland, professor at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and concurrent professor at University of Notre Dame Law School.

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Kent Greenawalt
Kent Greenawalt

Kent Greenawalt has been a professor at Columbia Law School since 1965. Before joining the Columbia faculty, he was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan. He also served as Deputy U.S. Solicitor General from 1971-72. His scholarship focuses on constitutional law and jurisprudence, with special emphasis on church and state, freedom of speech, legal interpretation and criminal responsibility. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College, Bachelor of Philosophy from University of Oxford and Bachelor of Laws from Columbia Law School.

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 (in chronological order) Professor Stephen L. Carter, Cardinal Adam Maida, Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr., Professor Michael John Perry, Professor Jaroslav Pelikan, Ph.D., Dennis W. Archer, Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Professor Cass R. Sunstein, Professor Noah Feldman, Professor Leslie Griffin, Ph.D., Cardinal Roger Mahony, Professor John Witte, Jr., Professor Douglas M. Laycock, Professor Marci A. Hamilton, Professor Sarah Barringer Gordon and Professor Nelson Tebbe.

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 begins at 5 p.m. in Room 226 on the Detroit Mercy Law Riverfront Campus, located at 651 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit. 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.
02-18-2016
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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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02-17-mcnichols-entrance-openstrue1457641744207mccartka2New McNichols Road Entrance Opens on CampusNew McNichols Road Entrance Opens on Campus/www.udmercy.edu/news_events/news/by-year/2016/articles/02-17-mcnichols-entrance-opensnelsontd1455719058005nelsontd1455898879162University of Detroit Mercy will unveil its new McNichols Campus gateway entrance with a dedication on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. This will mark the official opening since construction began last October.

All faculty, staff and students are welcome to join UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi in dedicating the new McNichols entrance for the McNichols Campus near the entry gatehouse. Director of Catholic Studies Simon Hendry, S.J., will give a short blessing, and the entrance will officially open following the ceremony.

This new gateway allows improvement in the University’s security and accessibility. It features a security camera system and a license plate reader that will ensure safety for all students, faculty, and visitors. Two lanes have been paved for incoming drivers that will eliminate potential backups onto McNichols Road. The entrance also showcases the stained glass windows on the chapel in Lansing-Reilly Hall.

Spanish tile was used on the gatehouse to match the other buildings on campus. This tile has a life expectancy of over 70 years and was unused material from previous projects, keeping in line with UDM’s green initiative of managing the environment and resources for the benefit of future students.

TMP Associates and McCarthy-Smith Contracting completed the architecture design and construction on the entranceway. Student interns in UDM’s Operations and Construction Management Department provided additional work on the project.

The new McNichols Campus entrance compliments the Livernois Streetscape Enhancement Project, which aims to revitalize the strip of Livernois Avenue from 8 Mile Road to the Lodge Freeway.

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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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The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an academic symposium. It will focus on the past, present and future legal issues facing the city of Detroit on Friday, March 4, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Riverfront Campus.

The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from the city of Detroit and across the country, to discuss legal issues confronted throughout the history of Detroit, today, and issues that may arise in the future. Speakers that will be attending are the Honorable Gerald E. Rosen, former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan, Isaiah McKinnon, Deputy Mayor of the City of Detroit, Eugene A. Gargaro ’67, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Honorable Michael Riordan ’91, First District Court of Appeals in Michigan and Brian Frye, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law.

To discuss Detroit in the past 100 years, the symposium will also feature UDM liberal arts professors Roy Finkenbine, Professor of History and Director of the Black Abolitionist Archives; Tom Stanton, Associate Professor of Communications and Gregory Sumner, Professor of History.

The Law Review has been devoted to discussing issues facing the Detroit Community since its inception in 1916. Therefore, it is only fitting that for the centennial symposium the Law Review will pay homage to its roots and motivation: the city of Detroit.

Founded in 1916, just for four years after the inception of the University of Detroit School of Law, the Law Review filled the void left by the Detroit Legal News when it stopped printing it’s weekly issue for a period of time. The student publication provided an essential service to the legal community by printing the most important cases from Michigan’s circuit Courts. Over time, the focus of the Law Review and its student editors turned to discussing legal issues in Detroit, the State of Michigan, and the United States, and finding practical solutions to these issues.

02-15-2016
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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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Since 1985, University of Detroit Mercy Marketing Professor Michael Bernacchi has hosted the "Super Bowl Ad Nauseum," where hundreds of high school students will gather the following day, to discuss the effectiveness of the advertisements aired during the big game. The annual event will be held Monday, Feb. 8 at noon in the UDM Ballroom on the McNichols Campus.

Michael Bernacchi
Michael Bernacchi

“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 the nuances 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, advertisers will spend up to $5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl advertisement spot.

These students will critically review and rate all of the Super Bowl ads by visiting the America’s Marketing High School website immediately after the game.

Again this year, prior to the Pizza and Pretzel Press Party at noon, local participating high school students will attend America’s Marketing High School College Road Trip from 9 to 11 a.m. This “road trip” includes academic program presentations, interaction with UDM students, a campus tour and listening to a “Professional Sports Marketing” presentation by Eli Bayless, Director of Promotions and Special Events for the Detroit Tigers. Pizza donated by Domino’s, as well as pretzels and pop will be provided in the Ballroom 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. These items will be donated to “Kids Against Hunger” and distributed to those in need throughout Metro-Detroit by Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Bernacchi is the co-founder of 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.

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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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In celebration of Black History Month, UDM will host guest speaker Patrick McGarrity, an independent scholar and longtime instructor of history at Belleville Area College in Illinois. The event will take place on Feb. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Center President's Dining Room on the McNichols Campus.

Patrick McGarrity
Patrick McGarrity

McGarrity, an Irish immigrant, will discuss connections between Northern Ireland and the southern Civil Rights Movement in his presentation, "The Civil Rights Movement and the Northern Ireland Struggle.” His discussion will focus on the influences that the southern Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. has had on Northern Ireland, his native home. In discussing the 1965 Selma movement, McGarrity’s presentation will also coincide with the Student Programming Board’s showing of the feature film Selma on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Grounds Coffeehaus also on the McNichols Campus.

Light refreshments will be provided. No RSVP is necessary. For more information contact Professor of History Roy Finkenbine at 313-993-1016 or finkenre@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 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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In honor of Black History Month, UDM will a panel discussion, book signing and reception for the book, A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom on McNichols Campus.

A Fluid Frontier

As collection of works from authors and editors specializing in American and Canadian history, A Fluid Frontier focuses on the founding of African Canadian settlements in the Detroit River region in the first decades of the 19th century. The book emphasizes on the strong and enduring bonds of family, faith, and resistance that formed between communities in Michigan and what is now Ontario.

The editors, Karolyn Smardz Frost and Veta Tucker, will lead a panel discussion along with a panel of local authors who contributed to the volume. The talk will allow for the sharing of stories of the local Underground Railroad.

There will be an opportunity to purchase a copy of the book and have it signed by the editors and authors. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, please contact Professor of History Roy Finkenbine at 313-993-1016 or finkenre@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 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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University of Detroit Mercy lost an exceptional leader and a wonderful friend on January 12, 2016, Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D. Fr. Stockhausen entered eternal life around midnight central time.  His body was cremated and a funeral Mass was held at Marquette University’s Gesu Church on Saturday, Jan. 16. A special memorial Mass was offered by the Jesuit community on Wednesday, Jan. 20. at Gesu Church, north of UDM's McNichols Campus. Fr. John Staudenmaier, S.J., a long-time colleague and friend of Fr. Stockhausen, celebrated the liturgy and gave the homily.

Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J.
Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J.

See the Jesuits obituary, The Michigan Catholic, Omaha Metro and Detroit Free Press release on Fr. Stockhausen's passing. See Fr. Stockhausen's memorial page to share a story, post a photo or light a memorial candle.

Since 2010, Fr. Stockhausen served as the Socius and Executive Secretary to the President and Director of Planning for the U.S. Jesuit Conference. He served UDM for 10 years, six years as president (2004-2010) and four years as provost and vice president for academic affairs (2000-2004).

We are extremely thankful for his leadership and commitment to University of Detroit Mercy’s mission of academic excellence and service and the traditions of its founding sponsors, the Jesuits and Sisters of Mercy.

May he rest in peace.

Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
President

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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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