Spring 2007 Issue Table of Contents
Cover Story: PROTECTING OUR BORDERS
UDM degree programs and graduates safeguard our borders from threats to homeland security
Terrorism. Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “The calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.”
Though terrorism has existed forever, its horror hit home almost six years ago with the tragic and unexpected attacks of September 11, 2001. Recognizing the need for heightened safety awareness, University of Detroit Mercy has delved into the serious area of homeland security. Through the recent efforts of both UDM faculty and alumni, the University is playing a significant role in the efforts to protect our borders from the threat of global terrorism.
Two specific undertakings—UDM’s new master’s programs in Information Assurance and Intelligence Analysis—will be instrumental in this fight. Both programs will help our country’s increasing need for security and, hopefully, put UDM on the national map as a security-education destination. The fear of terrorism will not go away, but thanks to some forward-thinking UDM faculty and a lot of determined students, it’s up against some tough competition.
Peter Munoz '78, turns interest in law enforcement into fulfilling career protecting Michigan citizens
Although he originally intended to earn a degree in business administration, it only took a few criminal justice courses at the University of Detroit to hook Peter C. Munoz ’78, on law enforcement. It turns out this decision would impact the state of Michigan in a significant way as Munoz is now the sixteenth director of the Michigan State Police (MSP), leading an agency of approximately 2,700 employees with a total budget of $569 million . More...
Andrew Arena '88, assumes lead post in charge of FBI Michigan operations
Although a typical day for Andrew Arena ’88, may begin calmly with an early morning workout, he juggles an intense workload as a high-level officer in the FBI.
Interviewed just seven days prior to starting a new job as the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit division, Arena says he looks forward to returning home where several family members have served on the police force and where he graduated from Gabriel Richard High School. Arena will oversee 11 FBI satellite offices within the state of Michigan. More..
Spiritus Feature: New location for UDM School of Dentistry
The University of Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees approved plans for the University’s School of Dentistry to relocate to Detroit’s former Kindred Hospital near downtown Detroit on Martin Luther King Boulevard and I-96.
The School and clinic will remain in operation on the Outer Drive Campus until they move to the new location in January 2008. More...