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Fall 2007

Inside View

• Keri Gaither is appointed UDM's new athletic director
• Recent achievements in UDM Athletics
• School of Law to establish clinic to assist veterans
• School of Dentistry celebrates its 75th anniversary
• UDM Board appoints five new members
• Updates from the Schools and Colleges

Keri Gaither is appointed UDM’s new athletic director

gaitherKeri Gaither, a veteran athletic administrator with almost two decades of experience with Detroit Titan Athletics, was named as the University’s new athletic director.

“UDM has so many exciting plans and major events, including hosting the Final Four, in our future, and Keri will lead the department well,” says UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J.

For the five months prior to her appointment, Gaither had been working as the interim athletic director for UDM’s NCAA Division I program. Prior to that, she served as the senior associate athletic director and the senior women’s athletics administrator. Gaither was second in command in the department during that time, and she also managed the department’s business operations and the administration of nine women’s varsity sports.

“Keri has played a major role in advancing the Athletics program,” says Michael Joseph, vice president for University Advancement and Enrollment Management. “We believe she will continue to benefit the University and our student-athletes successfully with new and exciting plans for the University’s bright future.”

Gaither has always been an advocate of helping student-athletes succeed at UDM. “Athletics have long been an important part of so many students’ lives on campus, whether as athletes or spectators,” Joseph says, “I know that Keri has always made sure that our students remained successful in the game and inside the classroom. Her years of working closely with Brad Kinsman will serve her well,” he adds. Gaither succeeds Athletic Director Emeritus Brad Kinsman, who stepped down after 25 years in the position.

In addition to her other responsibilities at UDM, Gaither was instrumental in planning and implementing women’s golf, a sport which has quickly seen much success finishing second in the 2007 Horizon League Championship. During her tenure, Gaither has held various positions within the department including assistant business manager, ticket manager, director of athletic facilities and events, director of business operations, and assistant athletic director.

While a member of the 2006 UDM Self-Study Steering Committee for NCAA Athletic Certification, Gaither also served on the Equity and Student-Athletic Welfare Sub-Committee and was designated the campus liaison during the certification process. Shortly after the University received its full certification in April, Gaither was asked by the NCAA to serve as a Peer-Review Team Member and began preparation in June.

“This is a tremendous honor, says Gaither. “The University has enjoyed a rich tradition of athletic and academic excellence, and I am both excited and honored to accept the position of athletic director. Detroit Titan Athletics has been in my blood for almost 20 years. As a student, alumnus, and employee, I have experienced and loved this University, and I am committed to continuing our tradition of excellence.”

Recent achievements in UDM Athletics

• Titan student-athletes recognized by NCAA
Four UDM teams—men’s basketball, women’s golf and men’s and women’s fencing—have been honored for high academic achievement by the NCAA’s Academic Performance Program. The NCAA public recognition awards recognize the top 10 percent of teams in each sport based on their NCAA Academic Progress Rate, or APR. The APR measures term-by-term academic progress for every student-athlete on Division I sports teams. The highest possible APR score of 1,000 was attained by UDM teams in women’s golf and in men’s and women’s fencing.  And in basketball, Titan men’s and women’s teams had the highest APR scores of any Michigan college.

• Men’s and Women’s Golf capture Horizon League titles
The Men’s Golf team finished first in the Horizon League Championships, their second such title in the past three years. The Women’s Golf team ended the season in second place.

• Men’s Basketball locker room “flooring” wins awardtitan flooring
The new Willie Green Men’s Basketball Locker Room recently won the Architectural Contractors Trade Association 2006 INTEX award in the flooring category. The award went to Master Craft Carpet for its high level of quality in both design and craftsmanship and its striking inlaid designs.

School of Law to establish clinic to assist veterans

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will establish a temporary unit within its existing Urban Law Clinic to provide legal assistance and representation to veterans seeking assistance. With this new unit, the law school will house the only clinical program in the Great Lakes region dedicated specifically to addressing veterans’ issues.

As part of this effort, the School also will begin scheduling its Mobile Law Office (MLO) to make stops at centers and other locations where veterans congregate. The School will also seek funding to create a permanent freestanding veterans clinic in order to assist veterans in a more extensive manner.

The UDM School of Law is the only law school in the country with an MLO, a 27-foot recreational vehicle that has been outfitted as a law office. Through the MLO, volunteer attorneys and students in UDM’s clinics have counseled and assisted more than 600 people during the past year. While the MLO makes numerous stops at senior centers, churches, and other similar facilities, it will add a series of regular stops at facilities where veterans congregate.

“We have all followed the recent revelations regarding the treatment of our soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan,” says School of Law Dean Mark Gordon. “Whatever one’s position on the wisdom of this war, there is no disagreement that our veterans deserve the best care available. With this new unit, we will be able to provide needed assistance to veterans seeking disability benefits. In addition, in coordination with our Urban Law Clinic, we will also be able to assist veterans facing certain housing problems and other similar issues.”

School of Dentistry celebrates its 75th anniversary

As of 2006, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry has awarded degrees or certificates to 4,449 dentists, 1,865 dentaldental hygienists and 356 dental assistants. In addition, 349 postgraduate students have received specialty certificates and/or master’s degrees. The School also serves more than 15,000 people each year in clinics at the Outer Drive Campus, the University Health Center and various outreach sites throughout the metro area, including nursing homes and homeless/low-income clinics.

These demonstrations of success and excellence will be acknowledged this year and into 2008 as the School of Dentistry celebrates its 75th anniversary. Along with the move to its new facility near downtown Detroit, the School has a number of events planned for alumni and students to join in the celebration.

Dental Alumni 75th Anniversary and Alumni Day

Friday, April 18, 2008
Detroit Institute of Arts Gala

Saturday, April 19, 2008
Alumni Day at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Dearborn with speaker Bruce Christopher

Sunday, April 20, 2008
Tour of the new school and dean’s brunch  

Read more information on the events listed here and other activities.

UDM Board appoints five new members

Carl T. Camden, Thomas Dekar ‘71, ‘71, ‘75, Michael T. McNamara, Sandra E. Pierce and Peter J. Treboldi ‘70, were recently elected to the University of Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees for four-year terms.

Carl T. Camden is president and CEO of Kelly Services Inc., a global provider of staffing services. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke University Fuqua School of Business and the Oakland University School of Nursing.

Thomas Dekar ‘71, ‘71, ‘75, is currently the vice chairman of Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP and is the regional managing principal of Deloitte’s north central region. He is also a board member of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Detroit Area Council Boy Scouts of America, and many other Metro Detroit companies and organizations.

Michael T. McNamara is the executive vice president and CFO for Hollingsworth Logistics Group, LLC in Dearborn, Michigan. With a strong background in financial accountability, budgeting, and forecasting, McNamara leads the organization’s administrative and information technology operations department. One of the founding members of the Father Vincent Welch Fund, he has helped raise over $1.4 million for scholarships and athletics at University of Detroit Mercy, Loyola Academy, and other various Catholic schools.

Sandra Pierce is currently president and CEO of Charter One Bank, Michigan and Indiana. Still staying true to her community involvement, Pierce serves as a member of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Economic Club, Detroit Investment Fund, Detroit Regional Society, Detroit Renaissance Inc., Detroit Zoological Society, and many other Metro Detroit companies and organizations.  

Peter J. Treboldi ‘70, is the director of Doeren Mayhew & Co., CPA and is also a current member of the Executive Committee. In past positions, he was president, treasurer and chairman of the finance committee at Angels Place for the development of homes for disabled adults. Treboldi also sits on various boards that include: Oakland Community College Foundation, Loyola High School and Pine Lake Country Club.

Updates from the Schools and Colleges

Architecture: Professor of Architecture Tony Martinico has been selected to receive a Fulbright Award as a senior lecturer. He will lecture at the Politechnika Warszawska in Warsaw, Poland, for nine months beginning in September, where he will focus on architectural history and theory, specifically American architecture and urbanism in the 19th and 20th centuries and architectural theory from 1965 to the present. Martinico is the first faculty member from the School of Architecture to receive a Fulbright Award.

Business Administra­tion: UDM has officially launched a new master’s program in Business Turnaround and Transformation Management (BTM). This program focuses on the analysis, diagnosis and recovery of ailing companies in a comprehensive and coordinated way. A 19-member steering committee of turnaround firm executives are assisting with the planning of course content, teaching in the classroom and collaborating with students and faculty. This one-of-a-kind program offers both an M.S. degree in BTM as well as a certificate.

Engineering & Science: Shulamith Schlick received a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation, Division of Materials Research. The award comes with a renewal of grant funding for polymer research that Schlick is conducting under the auspices of the foundation. She was one of five out of 180 fund grantees who were presented with this award.  

Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing: Through the project, “Hereditary Breast Cancer: Increasing Awareness and Reducing Barriers of Access in the Low Income Arab-American Community,” Dean Suzanne Mellon is helping Arab-American women in the metro Detroit area receive the education they need about hereditary breast cancer. Dean Mellon and Ahmad Hammad from the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services have taken the lead to increase the awareness of breast cancer risk and inform the public about cancer genetic counseling services for at-risk individuals in the Arab-American community in southeastern Michigan.

Liberal Arts & Education: The CLAE has received notification from the Council of the International Exchange of Scholars that its application for a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence has been approved. Professor Oriare Nyarwath from the University of Narobi, Kenya will be joining the Department of Philosophy beginning in the winter semester 2007-08.