Inside View

• UDM cited for quality education, diversity and service
• Expansion and renovations continue on McNichols Campus
• Project 100 program celebrates 40th anniversary
• UDM honors faculty for teaching excellence
• School of Law and Monterrey Tech offer joint law degree
• Mert Aksu named new School of Dentistry dean
• H. Robert Steiman retires as dental dean
• Lights, camera...action!...Hollywood comes to UDM
• Sisters of Mercy form West Midwest Community
• Exciting changes for Titan Athletics
• Updates from the Schools and Colleges

UDM cited for quality education, diversity and service

U.S.News & World Report’s “2009-America’s Best Colleges” ranks UDM in Top Tier, again

usnewsFor the eighth consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwestern master’s universities in the 2009 edition of the U.S.News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”  The University was ranked one of the top 25 schools in its category, the highest-ranking school in Michigan.

UDM also placed second in the magazine’s “Economic Diversity Among Top-Ranked Schools” category, ninth in racial diversity and 41st in economic diversity.

“We are pleased to once again be recognized in the top tier of our peer institutions,” says University of Detroit Mercy President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J. “The University’s unique combination of high academic quality at a good value with a diverse student body makes UDM an ideal choice for students as evidenced by the record number of new students attending the University over the past few years.”

UDM receives President’s Honor Roll Award for its commitment to service

The Corporation for National and Community Service named University of Detroit Mercy to its President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

“College students are tackling the toughest problems in America, demonstrating their compassion, commitment, and creativity by serving as mentors, tutors, health workers, and even engineers,” David Eisner, the organization’s chief executive officer says. “They represent a renewed spirit of civic engagement fostered by outstanding leadership on caring campuses.”

In congratulating the winners, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings says, “Americans rely on our higher education system to prepare students for citizenship and the workforce. We look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic and economic future of our country.”

Expansion and renovations continue on McNichols Campus

tennispavilionRenovations continued on the McNichols Campus over the summer. New tennis courts and a spectator pavilion (renderings pictured at right) were built next to Calihan Hall. This new complex was completed with the start of the fall semester in time for the new men’s tennis team to begin practice. Other improvements include a “ring road” through campus to allow drivers to bypass the road between the Tower and Powerhouse buildings, and an additional 170 new parking spaces were created on campus. New energy-efficient windows were installed in Shiple Hall, as well as other residence halls improvements. The Barnes and Noble campus bookstore, President’s Dining Room and The Loft Dining area also received face lifts.

Project 100 program celebrates 40th anniversary

madonnaIn 1968, the University of Detroit established a Special Projects Office as part of its ongoing effort to address some of Detroit’s educational and social issues. U of D described it as “a demonstration model of the positive accomplishments that can be achieved by a private institution through the expenditure of intelligent, sincere and conscientious effort.”

One of these programs, Project 100, enrolled inner-city public and parochial high school graduates with high academic potential, who for financial and/or achievement reasons would otherwise be unable to attend U of D. After six years, 62 percent of the first class had earned degrees.

A physical tribute to Project 100 remains on campus. Spearheaded by Al Ward ’72, the Black Madonna and Child statue was donated by the inaugural class as a religious symbol that was, in his words, “more relevant to students of color.” Ward says of Project 100, “It took me out of my comfort zone. I was shy and introverted when I started as a UDM student. I became very involved in student governance. That involvement extended pretty quickly outside the campus.” Ward worked for New Detroit, Inc. and local political campaigns before his current position with the State of Michigan. Ward adds, “Project 100 gave me a school family. In a way, any success was a success for all of us.”

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Special Projects Office and Project 100, commemorative activities will be held Oct. 14 - 17, 2008. Sheryl McGriff, dean of the Career Education Center at UDM, who researched the program’s history and impact, is coordinating the retrospective. Slated events include a faculty-led academic symposium and panels; a commemorative dinner and a memorial service.

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UDM honors faculty for teaching excellence

In November, the University will recognize Oswald Mascarenhas, S.J. (pictured at right) with the  Distinguished Faculty Award and Barry Dauphin with the Faculty Achievement Award during the Faculty Recognition Dinner. The faculty excellence awardees are selected by their peers and honor faculty who represent the University with distinguished merit and achievement in their teaching and scholarship.

Oswald Mascarenhas, S.J., Charles H. Kellstadt professor of Marketing, teaches marketing strategy, new product development and global marketing strategies. His research deals with ethics of domestic and global marketing strategies, internet marketing and consumer/computer privacy on which he has published extensively. He holds a M.A. and L.Ph. in Philosophy, S.T.L. in Sacred Theology, M.A. in Economics from UDM, M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He was Best Teacher in 1992.

Barry Dauphin, assistant professor of Psychology, teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Child Therapy and Principles of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He published a book titled Tantalizing Times: Excitements, Disconnects, and Discontents in Contemporary American Society and has published in numerous publications. He received his B.S. in psychology from Tulane University, Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Syracuse University and a postdoctoral fellowship through Wayne State Medical School.

School of Law and Monterrey Tech offer joint law degree

“The NAFTA Lawyer Program” eliminates borders, offers unique opportunity for students to practice law in U.S. and Mexico

globeThe University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey Tech), Mexico’s leading private law school, recently created The North American Lawyer Multiple Degree Program, more commonly known as The NAFTA Lawyer Program. It is the only known joint-degree program, providing students with the educational background necessary to practice law in both the United States with a J.D. degree and an L.E.D degree in Mexico.

“The launch of this groundbreaking program offers students who are bilingual in Spanish and English a unique opportunity,” says Mark C. Gordon, UDM School of Law dean, and the Program’s co-founder. “By aligning UDM with one of the most prestigious Spanish-language law schools in Latin America, The NAFTA Lawyer Program prepares our students to represent clients in both the United States and Mexico and enables them to compete in a more global economy. Students who choose not to continue their studies in Mexico can study Mexican law in Detroit and take one-third of the credits required for their U.S. law degree in Spanish.”

Instead of completing the degrees separately within seven and a half years, students can complete both degrees in five. University of Detroit Mercy students would spend three years at UDM and two at Monterrey Tech. Students who begin at Monterrey Tech would spend three in Mexico and two at UDM.

The UDM School of Law will also offer 14 Mexican law courses in Detroit in Spanish by professors from Monterrey Tech. Students who may not want to participate in the full program can choose these courses as electives, which may count toward one-third of the credits required for their U.S. J.D. degree. UDM may be the only U.S. mainland law school to provide Spanish-speaking students with this opportunity.

“We are very pleased to enter this pioneering agreement with the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, an institution demonstrating very progressive thinking,” says Dr. Salvador Trevino, dean of ITESM’s Monterrey Campus School of Business (of which Law is one division).

While there are several joint-degree programs between Mexican and American law schools, they are traditionally focused on providing American and Mexican LL.M. (Master’s in Law) degrees or other kinds of certificates, which do not necessarily give students the educational credentials necessary to practice law in either country. Some states in the United States permit students to take the bar exam with an LL.M. degree while others do not.

This is not UDM Law’s first foray into creating unprecedented joint-degree law programs. The School has also joined forces with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law (in Ontario, Canada), and the two institutions offer students the only three-year J.D./LL.B program in the world. Now UDM has taken a bold step to include Mexico’s esteemed Monterrey Tech.

Mert Aksu named new School of Dentistry dean

mertaksuMert N. Aksu, D.D.S., was named dean of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, where he has served as a faculty member and administrator since 1993.

Aksu earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology from the University of Michigan Dearborn, a Master’s in Health Services Administration, a D.D.S. from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and a J.D. from Wayne State University. Aksu is a former attending staff member of Henry Ford Health Systems, a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and is a Fellow with the American College of Legal Medicine.

The new dean has held numerous admin­istrative positions at the School, including associate dean for clinic administration and most recently executive associate dean.

Through his strong leadership, he began a number of activities to further the mission of UDM and the School.  He was the founding chairperson of the Department of Patient Management, enhanced community outreach opportunities, and fostered an environment of patient care, based on a comprehensive care model.

Through strong collaboration with faculty and staff, the School strengthened the delivery of oral health care and implemented a state-of-the-art electronic patient record system. Aksu was responsible for creating the vision for what is today the new location of the School at the Corktown Campus on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

And the future has never looked better as the new dean has helped position the dental school for strong growth in educating additional dental professionals and providing care for more patients who are underserved.

H. Robert Steiman retires as dental dean

steimanH. Robert Steiman, D.D.S., retired this past summer as dean of the School of Dentistry. He served the School for more than 40 years. He joined the School in 1967 as a faculty member in the Department of Physiology and graduated from the School of Dentistry with his D.D.S. degree in 1973. Upon completion of a residency program in Endodontics in 1979, Steiman joined the School’s Department of Endodontics, which he chaired for 21 years.

In 2000, Steiman was named interim dean, which led to his selection as dean of the School of Dentistry. During his tenure as dean, Steiman has pursued new levels of excellence, leadership and innovation in fulfilling the School’s mission of education, patient care, service and research. He has guided the School through strategic planning, a successful accreditation review and the relocation of the School to its new facility at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. As a change agent, he has helped position the dental school for future growth in educating additional dental professionals and providing care for more patients who are underserved.

The School and the University deeply appreciate Steiman’s commitment to the School of Dentistry in enhancing its dental education and patient care for students and the community.

Lights, camera...action!

Hollywood comes to UDM for “The Prince of Motor City”

princeABC’s big fall TV series is the show, The Prince of Motor City, about a college professor at Harvard who returns home to Detroit to take over his dad’s auto company (think modern-day Hamlet).

Location directors scouted 10 different schools and decided that University of Detroit Mercy would best mirror Harvard University. A large production crew rolled onto UDM’s McNichols Campus and shot scenes in the Chemistry Building lecture hall, June 30. The scenes are planned for the series pilot episode.

The cast of Prince includes Warren Christie and Aidan Quinn (who were on campus), as well as Rutger Hauer, Andie MacDowell, Piper Perabo, and Aunjanue Ellis. The pilot episode is directed by Jack Bender, executive producer and director of ABC’s hit series, Lost. (The crew at UDM included 12 Lost crew members who were on hiatus from Hawaii.)

Sisters of Mercy form West Midwest Community

New leadership team elected

srfrikkerOn July 1, the Sisters of Mercy in Detroit joined with five other Mercy regional communities to become the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas-West Midwest Community.

The new West Midwest Community includes almost 900 Sisters of Mercy and more than 500 Mercy Associates and Companions in Mercy from the former regional communities of Auburn, California; Burlingame, California; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Detroit, Michigan; and Omaha, Nebraska. It continues to be part of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, an international community of Roman Catholic women vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education, with a special concern for women and children.

The West Midwest counts among its sponsored/co-sponsored works four institutions of higher education (University of Detroit Mercy, Saint Xavier University in Chicago, College of Saint Mary in Omaha and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids) four healthcare systems, three retreat centers and many other ministries in housing, education and care of the elderly. Sisters and associates also serve in spiritual direction, parish work, social services and advocacy.

While West Midwest Community central offices are in Omaha, Nebraska, the community continues to have an office in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and sisters, associates and companions continue to live and maintain an active presence in the 32 states and four countries where they currently serve.

Judith Frikker, RSM ‘73, is one of six sisters elected to lead the new West Midwest Community of Sisters of Mercy. Sister Frikker holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from University of Detroit Mercy and graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine with an M.D. The leadership team also includes Norita Cooney, RSM, president; Judy Cannon, RSM; Michelle Gorman, RSM; Sheila Megley, RSM; and Kathy Thornton, RSM. 

Exciting changes for Titan Athletics

Detroit Titans usher in new athletics logo

titanlogoThe University of Detroit Mercy Athletic Department officially unveiled its bright, bold new logo, August 15, before a gathering of alumni, donors, staff, student-athletes and media at Calihan Hall.

“This was a perfect time to develop a new logo to highlight all the momentum surrounding the Detroit Titans athletic program. So many exciting things are happening, just beginning with the addition of our two new head basketball coaches, Ray McCallum and Autumn Rademacher,” Athletic Director Keri Gaither notes “We’ve added three new varsity sports, we’ve constructed a new tennis complex and lacrosse field and we’ve had a successful fund-raising campaign to renovate the men’s basketball offices. And, to top it off, UDM is serving as the host institution for the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four.”

“Our goal was to create a consistent and unique set of marks for Detroit Titan Athletics that would be instantly recognizable and serve to inspire our current students, athletes, coaches, staff, faculty and alumni,” Gaither adds. “We wanted a powerful logo that includes an element reflective of the University’s support and commitment to Detroit.”

The new insignia for Detroit Titan Athletics—designed by a Detroit-based firm, Starr Constand—replaces a logo which has been in use since 1993.

The new logo embraces the University’s traditional red, white and blue color scheme while adding gray as an accent color. The logo features the words “Detroit Titans” as well as a sword and shield. Secondary logos also include the sword element as well as the City of Detroit skyline. Additionally, separate word marks have been developed for each of the Titans’ varsity athletic teams as well as individual support departments.

Ray McCallum joins UDM as Men’s Head Basketball coach

mccallumRay McCallum, a veteran of more than 20 years in college basketball and, most recently, assistant head coach at Indiana University, has been hired as the University of Detroit Mercy’s new head coach.
McCallum becomes the 20th head coach in the rich history of Titans basketball.

“This is a tremendous day. UDM has a great basketball tradition and I’m glad to be part of the next chapter,” Coach McCallum says. “I have recruited in the area throughout my coaching career, and I know the passion for basketball Detroit fans do possess.”

McCallum brings 11 years of head coaching experience with him to UDM, having previously served in that role at his alma mater, Ball State (1994-2000), as well as Houston (2001-04). He took four teams to post-season play during his career at those schools. His experience is expected to pay dividends in bringing Titan basketball back to prominence.

“Coach McCallum’s track record speaks for itself, but I am also very pleased with the way he has put emphasis on the word ‘student,’ in talking of the many student-athletes from a wide variety of backgrounds that he has worked with during his career,” UDM President Gerard Stockhausen, S.J., says. “His vision for Titan basketball is very consistent with the mission of our University.”

“Coach McCallum brings with him all of the key elements we were looking for in our new head basketball coach,” Gaither adds. “He has a wealth of head coaching experience and he is a proven recruiter. Both of those qualities stood out during our search process. At the same time, his commitment to academics is exactly what we sought to benefit the student-athletes in our men’s basketball program. We think he is a great addition to our coaching staff.”

McCallum has brought a winner’s touch with him to all of the stops he has made in his 24-year coaching career, which began at Ball State in 1983-84 as a volunteer assistant coach.

Most recently, McCallum has been a key assistant on the coaching staffs at Oklahoma (2004-06) and Indiana (2006-08), and was a part of four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament with those teams. Recruiting classes at both schools, while McCallum was on their staffs, ranked among the Top 5 in the nation. Oklahoma won its first-ever Big 12 Conference Championship in 2005 while McCallum was a part of the Sooners staff. Among the coach’s proteges at Indiana was a pair of 2008 Associated Press All-Americans, D.J. White and Eric Gordon.

“I’m excited to have Ray join our family of men’s basketball coaches in the Horizon League. He is an experienced, veteran head coach, and I’m sure he will do a fantastic job at UDM,” HL commissioner Jon LeCrone says. “He’s great for our league and he’s great for UDM. With his experience and background, he’s really a very good fit. We’ve just added another outstanding coach to our league.”

Autumn Rademacher returns to UDM as Women’s Basketball coach

rademacherA former Detroit star came home recently with UDM Athletic Director Keri Gaither’s announcement of the hiring of Autumn Rademacher ’97, as the new Titans women’s basketball head coach.

Rademacher is the third-leading scorer in Titans’ history with 1,686 career points. She returns to UDM after four years on the staff at UW-Green Bay, which won four Horizon League regular-season championships and two post-season titles (2005 and 2007) during her tenure on the coaching staff. Before joining the Phoenix, Rademacher spent seven years as an assistant coach at Western Michigan.

“We’re really excited to have Autumn back on the UDM campus,” Gaither says. “She has a great working knowledge of Titan basketball and the Horizon League, and I think she’ll do a terrific job as our head coach. We had a solid pool of candidates to look at, and Daron Montgomery, senior associate athletic director, did an excellent job heading up the search process. I have great confidence in Autumn’s ability to turn our women’s basketball program back around.”

Rademacher feels it’s quite special to coach at a school she once represented as a player.

“I am thrilled to be named the new head women’s basketball coach at the University of Detroit Mercy. I want to thank the administration for believing that I am the right person to lead this program and for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to coach at my alma mater,” Rademacher says. “After walking into Calihan Hall, seeing all the familiar faces and receiving such a warm welcome, I knew instantly, there really is no place like home.”

During her tenure at Green Bay, the Phoenix compiled a sparkling 104-22 record, dominating the Horizon League in the process while making a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.

Rademacher helped Western Michigan to a 108-100 mark during her seven years with the Broncos. The squad advanced to post-season play four times during her stint there, including a berth in the 2003 NCAA Tournament following its Mid-American Conference tournament title.

Rademacher played for the Titans from 1993-97. She earned first-team All-Conference honors in 1996 and again in 1997, and was a second-team and All-Newcomer Team honoree as a freshman in 1994. She currently ranks in the Top 10 in multiple statistical categories after four seasons as a starter at UDM, including career assists (third, 439) and career three-point field goals (second, 201). She led the Titans to a Horizon League post-season championship, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, as a 1997 senior.

A native of Traverse City and a third-team All-State selection at Traverse City High School, Rademacher graduated from UDM in 1997 with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Updates from the Schools and Colleges

Architecture: The Detroit Collaborative Design Center, in collaboration with the Downtown Development Authority, the Planning and Development Department, the City Planning Commission, and area stakeholders, developed an urban design plan for the Paradise Valley Cultural and Entertainment District in downtown Detroit. This area, bounded by Randolph, Centre, and East Grand River, and centered around Harmonie Park, is slated to become a small-scale culture, music, and entertainment district, mirroring Detroit’s larger entertainment district.

Business Administra­tion: The College is proud to announce the graduation of Cohort III and the arrival of Cohort IV of Global Entrepreneur Master of Business Administration (GEMBA) students from Taiwan. GEMBA, a joint program of Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan and UDM, began in 2004. Since then, it has attracted some of Taiwan’s top students including CEOs and high-level government officials.

Engineering & Science: The E&S team took home the top prize at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. Forty-seven teams representing 40 schools constructed their robots and competed against other universities throughout the world including Princeton, Cornell, University of Wisconsin Madison, Georgia Tech, Delhi College, Lawrence Tech, Hosei (Japan), Panamerica, and Ecole de Technologie Superieure (Quebec, Canada). 

Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing: CHP was recently awarded a grant for $258,280 from the Michigan Nursing Corps for its proposal addressing the nursing shortage issue. Health Professions Dean Suzanne Mellon received the award from the State of Michigan’s Department of Community Health and the Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

Liberal Arts & Education: The National Council on Economic Education and the Michigan Council on Economic Education have designated UDM at Macomb University Center as a Center of Economic Education. The goal of the center is to promote economic literacy in area schools through teacher professional development, while increasing the number of economic education programs from kindergarten through grade 12, as well as on the university and adult levels. UDM will achieve this through teacher training, consulting and community outreach programs.

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