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UDM welcomes two new deans

Christine Pacini returns to UDM as dean of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing

Christine PaciniChristine M. Pacini has been named dean of University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing, effective Feb.1.

Pacini most recently served as the clinical director for professional development, research and innovation at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. In this capacity she had system-level strategic and executive accountability for overseeing nursing professional development, education and research across a multi-facility healthcare system. Prior to that, she held similar positions at the University of Michigan Health System and at Clarian Health Partners, Inc. in Indianapolis.

She has a strong affiliation with the University as an alumna, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in History at University of Detroit in 1970 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Mercy College of Detroit in 1974. She also served as a faculty member at Mercy College from 1979 -1988, and at University of Detroit Mercy from 1996 - 2003 in the positions of associate professor, assistant dean and finally associate dean and chairperson of the McAuley School of Nursing.

Pacini also earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Wayne State University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Michigan in 1997. She has consulted and presented in the area of educational redesign, clinical advancement and shared governance. Her recent publications address the utilization and application of conceptual models, most notably the Synergy Model, as frameworks for professional development, leadership development, educational redesign, and clinical transformation.

Joseph Eisenhauer brings Jesuit higher education experience to UDM as new dean of Business Administration

Joseph EisenhauerJoseph G. Eisenhauer will join the College of Business Administration as dean in June 2010. He most recently served as professor and chair of economics in the Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University, and professor of economics and finance in the Wehle School of Business at Canisius College. As the faculty research coordinator for the Wehle School, he edited a working paper series and founded the Business Research Consortium, a professional association promoting scholarship related to business.

Eisenhauer has been a visiting research fellow at the Catholic University of America and a visiting professor at the Universita di Roma, La Sapienza in Italy. He is a past president and distinguished fellow of the New York State Economics Association, and has been inducted into the business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Jesuit honor society, Alpha Sigma Nu. He has served as an external evaluator for public and private colleges, and as a reviewer for numerous manuscripts submitted to book publishers and scholarly journals.

Eisenhauer earned his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania before working in the banking industry. He then earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and later returned to the Wharton School as a post-doctoral fellow in risk and insurance.

Eisenhauer’s research focuses primarily on the economics of risk and ethical decision-making. He has published more than 80 articles and reviews in professional journals, and his work has been cited more than 350 times by other authors in books, journal articles, working papers, monographs, and doctoral dissertations worldwide.

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UDM Board of Trustees names new chair and three new members

John D. LewisUniversity of Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees recently announced that John D. Lewis ’74, was named Board chairman. Lewis is managing director at Donnelly Penman & Partners, an investment banking firm located in Grosse Pointe, Mich. He has been a member of the UDM Board of Trustees since 2005 and has chaired the Board’s Finance Committee.

The Board also added three new members: Hon. Denise Langford Morris, Derrick Kuzak and Terence V. Page.
Hon. Denise Langford Morris ’82, was appointed to the Oakland County Circuit Court in August 1992. She was then elected in 1994 and re-elected in 2000 and 2006.  
Derrick Kuzak ’73, ’77, is group vice president, Global Product Development for Ford Motor Company. He has overall responsibility for all aspects of the company’s Product Develop­ment System and reports directly to Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of the company.
Terence V. Page ’65, ’68, ’70, is a partner with Hardy, Lewis & Page, P.C., a professional corporation of attorneys, representing a wide variety of both private and public clients.

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New, robust Online Community makes it easier to stay connected to UDM and classmates

online communityThe University of Detroit Mercy launched a new and more robust Online Community on Feb. 10. The new community is open to all alumni, parents and friends of UDM and features a variety of tools to keep you connected.

The community has a fresh design and includes enhanced profile tools, searchable online directory of alumni, class notes, discussion boards, and online event registration.

Additional elements for the new Online Community will be rolled out within the next three months. Log on and visit the site frequently to see what is new! We will incorporate targeted content to match your interests, enable a community job board, ramp up the social networking tools, add additional search fields for class notes and create groups.

The Online Community is a great place to socialize and network with fellow alumni, parents and friends of UDM and to stay up-to-date with the many great things happening at UDM.
Let us know what you think by posting a message on the discussion board!

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All UDM parents are invited to join our Parent Program

The UDM Office of Annual Giving  is developing a new program to help keep you—our parents—in touch and engaged with what is happening at University of Detroit Mercy. If you are interested in becoming an active member of the UDM community, please contact Jackie Elliott, assistant director of Annual Giving, at 313-578-0324 or or visit the program website for more information.

“I really like the fact that my daughter, Grace (Patti) is getting such a well-rounded education with an emphasis on social responsibility," says Angelo Patti '78, father of Grace Patti, who recently completed her junior year at UDM.

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UDM School of Law offers courses on Mexican law

In January, UDM School of Law launched an introduction to “Mexican Law and Spanish Legal Terminology,” the first in a series of three courses now offered at the law school as part of its “Degrees of the Americas” program. The first course builds students’ Spanish language skills in order to prepare students for Mexican Law electives scheduled for the coming summer and fall terms at UDM. Basic proficiency in Spanish is required for this introductory course. Taught by Gabriela Sakmar, a licensed Mexican attorney, the course began with the history of Mexico—its culture, customs, educational program—and basic legal vocabulary. As the course progresses, participants—law students, faculty and staff—learn about the structure of the Mexican government as well as its politics and economy. Sakmar uses a comparative approach to look at issues that arise in both the U.S. and Mexico, such as the individual rights included in the Mexican Constitution and the U.S. Bill of Rights.

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UDM School of Dentistry gives kids a smile

Give Kids a SmileKids might not always think that there is a lot to smile about when going to the dentist, but staff at the UDM School of Dentistry did their best to make the kids’ experiences positive during the 8th annual Give Kids a Smile Day, Feb. 6, 2010. UDM, in partnership with the Detroit, Oakland and Macomb District Dental Societies, once again participated in the American Dental Association’s “Give Kids a Smile” program that began in 2002. Dental and dental hygiene students provided free oral health care services to as many as 600 Detroit area children, ages 4-16, from low-income families. Children also took home a free oral health kit containing toothpaste, floss...and a big smile.

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Show off your alma mater

Meet our FacultyLooking for a way to introduce people to UDM? Try showing them a special PowerPoint presentation that was made just for that purpose. Download the presentation. It features great photography, current facts, animation and video clips to highlight the great things about UDM.You can also “Meet our Faculty” by viewing profile video clips of many of our current faculty.

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Annual post Super Bowl “Ad Nauseum” attracts high school students to UDM

Super Bowl Ad Nauseum“Water Cooler Mondays” have never been the same since UDM Marketing Professor Michael Bernacchi began hosting his annual post Super Bowl event on campus for University and high school students. Since 1985, Bernacchi has hosted his renowned “Super Bowl Ad Nauseum,” a live discussion analyzing Super Bowl ads and their effectiveness to get viewers to buy their products/messages. This year’s event was held Feb. 8 in the Student Center Ballroom.

Students from Oakland Schools Technical Campus, Holly High School, Lake Shore High School, Hamtramck High School, Rochester Adams High School, Flint Southwestern Academy High School, Henry Ford II High School, and Waterford Mott High School attended. Other schools viewed the Super Bowl lecture live on the program’s web site, and more than 1,600 students, including 178 students at Deltona High School in Florida, voted for the most effective spots.

During Ad Nauseum, Bernacchi discusses advertising and what students should look for while watching the spots. “When the night is over,” Bernacchi says, “There will be some winners and some big losers. We look forward to analyzing the spots the next day with UDM and high school students from across the country.”

See how students rated the commercials. View a podcast of the event.

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Maureen A. Fay, O.P., to receive honorary degree from UDM

Maureen A. Fay, O.P.As University of Detroit Mercy recognizes the 20th anniversary of the consolidation of Mercy College of Detroit and University of Detroit, its co-architect and former president, Maureen A. Fay, O.P., will be presented with an honorary degree during the 2010 Commencement ceremony on May 15, 2010. Sr. Maureen served as the president of Mercy College for seven years up until consolidation. She then assumed the presidency of University of Detroit Mercy until her retirement in 2004, when she was named president emeritus of UDM.

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UDM participates in “No Worker Left Behind” retraining

UDM’s participation in Michigan’s No Worker Left Behind program has enabled unemployed workers to seek or complete programs at UDM while pursuing jobs in high-demand occupations, offering tuition assistance of up to $10,000 over two years as part of retraining. State statistics show that three-quarters of workers who completed retraining are now employed. As a state-approved NWLB retraining site, UDM provides a crucial opportunity to both retain and retrain students who are unemployed.Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans

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Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans

UDM is proudly participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

This unique benefit allows colleges such as UDM to enter into dollar-for-dollar matching agreements with the federal government to pay veterans’ educational costs above those covered by the base GI Bill benefit. The program varies by state and is tied to undergraduate, resident public university tuition rates.

The majority of schools that are participating are private, non-profit universities like University of Detroit Mercy, although proprietary institutions are also well-represented on the list—and they historically attract the greatest numbers of veterans attending college on GI Bill benefits.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Veterans should complete and submit the application form available online and apply for the program. For more information on the program, visit:

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UDM is offering three new degree options to students in 2010

new degreesThe College of Business administration began offering a new MBA concentration for healthcare professionals in January. The degree prepares students for careers in managing patient-focused businesses in the ever changing healthcare industry.

The program was designed for clinicians and others with minimal formal business training including doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians, medical office staff, etc. Each new “class” is a cohort of 20-25 students that progresses through the curriculum together. It is held at a location that will minimize student travel time and maximize available time for learning. The program can be completed in six semesters over two years.

The College of Engineering & Science will offer a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering in the fall. The degree will provide engineering students a more comprehensive understanding of architectural design. This new degree is like no other in the U.S., as students will take the same set of classes as first year architecture students and also be required to take a co-op.

Graduates of the program will work in areas related to building planning, design and construction. The specialty of building electrical and mechanical systems is in particular demand. As energy prices go up, and as the country places stronger emphasis on sustainable practices, there is a need to make new buildings that are green, and renovate older ones to be more efficient. This program comes at a crucial time for Michigan because the economy needs to diversify into areas with green jobs.

The McAuley School of Nursing is planning a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Mandated by a change in national standards by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the DNP will be the expected educational preparation for advanced practice nurses after 2015. The DNP is a terminal clinical practice doctorate representing the highest level of professional nursing competence. The DNP program has been approved by the University and is awaiting final approval from the Higher Learning Commission this spring.

The DNP is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of nursing and associated sciences, informatics and decision-making technology, to develop strategies that optimize the health of patients, families, and communities. An emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration is a distinctive feature of the DNP degree and faculty experts across the University contributed to the program’s development. Grounded in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions, the DNP program emphasizes the student’s development as an expert clinician with strong leadership capacity, a commitment to service, and skills to act as change agents, translating clinical research to improve care.

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UDM partners with Engineering Society of Detroit and Ford Motor Co. to offer Advanced Electric Vehicle programs

electric carThe University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science in conjunction with Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) are introducing a new Advanced Electric Vehicle (AEV) graduate certificate program this summer. The curriculum emphasizes core electric and hybrid vehicle engineering expertise, such as power electronics, power flow, energy management and system architecture. Courses will be taught at the ESD Headquarters, 20700 Civic Center Drive in Southfield.

The program was designed to educate and retrain traditional automotive engineers, providing them with the skills and expertise to develop the next generation of advanced electric and hybrid vehicles.

“UDM has created seven new courses that are directly responsive to the educational needs of the automotive and defense ground vehicles industries,” says Leo E. Hanifin, dean of the College of Engineering & Science. “The competencies achieved by these courses will enable teams from automotive OEMs and suppliers to develop the electric and hybrid vehicles that will keep the global leadership of the auto industry for this critical segment of the world’s transportation future right here in southeastern Michigan."

The AEV program provides engineers with the technical and systems knowledge needed to be effective contributors to the development of world-class advanced electric vehicles. Courses include: Introduction to AEVs, Electric Drives/Electromechanical Energy Conversion, Controls Modeling & Design for AEVs, Systems Engineering for AEVs, Innovation and Systems Architecture for AEVs, Energy Storage Systems/Battery Technologies and Power Electronics for Electric Vehicles.

The summer schedule for the program is available at This program is an extension of UDM’s recent partnership with Ford Motor Company to retrain Ford engineers to develop advanced electric and hybrid vehicles. As vehicle electrification plans expand, the automotive industry’s need for electric vehicle savvy engineers also is growing, creating increased demand for electrical, mechatronics, systems and controls engineering education. Ford and UDM have collaborated to create a new graduate-level curriculum focused on key engineering skills for the development of electrified vehicles.

The UDM program will supplement Ford’s internal electrical engineering training courses as the company retrains its own employees to deliver the company’s aggressive electric vehicle product strategy. The course series, which began in January 2010, is designed to advance the knowledge and capabilities of technological team members in the automotive and defense ground vehicle industries.

“The era of electric vehicles is here, and it’s critical that we meet this technology challenge by retraining our engineers with a broad range of new skills and competencies,” says Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development and UDM Board of Trustees member. “This program, together with internal training, will support Ford’s aggressive plans to roll out electric and hybrid vehicles in the coming years.”
Ford engineers are already at work developing three distinct types of electrified vehicles—hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure battery electric vehicles.

Kuzak adds that the magnitude of the training program will be similar to the educational programs undertaken by Ford during the late 1980s when mechanical engineers were trained on electrical engineering.
The UDM Advanced Electric Vehicle Program began with the first group comprised of current engineers from Ford and its suppliers. Team members apply the program’s coursework in developing the next generation of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Approximately 125 Ford engineers will participate in the program over the next several years.  For more information about either of these Advanced Electric Vehicle programs at UDM, contact Duane Spytman at 313-993-1128 or

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Homecoming 2010—See the photo gallery

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Henry Ford Health Systems continues partnership with Titan Athletics

Henry Ford Health System logoHenry Ford Health Systems entered their third year of a corporate partnership with Detroit Titan Athletics during the 2009-10 academic year—and it is a relationship that benefits a record number of student-athletes in Titan territory.

"Our relationship with Henry Ford Health System is worth so much more than just the advertising dollars," said Keri Gaither, UDM's Director of Athletics. "Mike Miller (Director of Sports Medicine) has a tremendous rapport and line of communication with Dr. Workings and some of the best physicians in the area.  We are able to give Titan student-athletes the best possible care, and in a timely fashion."

Dr. Michael Workings serves as the lead team physician for Detroit's athletics program, and is complemented by Dr. Terence Lock, who acts as the primary orthopedic physician.  Both are well-known and respected in the sports community, with Workings also serving as team doctor for the Detroit Tigers, and Lock serving in a similar capacity for the Detroit Lions.

"Our affiliation with Henry Ford Health is an instrumental part of the services we provide to our student-athletes," commented Miller. "Dr. Workings and Dr. Lock are tremendous to work with."

The Henry Ford Health Systems sponsorship deal includes arena scoreboard signage, print advertisements, and television commercials in conjunction with Titan Basketball broadcasts on FOX Sports Detroit.  The current agreement between HFHS and the University of Detroit Mercy's athletics department extends through 2011.

Henry Ford Health System is one of the country's largest health care systems, and it includes the 1,000-member Henry Ford Medical Group, seven hospitals, and 27 primary care centers located throughout southeastern Michigan.

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Updates from the Schools and Colleges

Architecture: The Detroit Collaborative Design Center was featured in the book Design Like you Give a Damn, published by Metropolis Books and edited by Architecture for Humanity. In the 2009 architecture school review edition of Architect magazine, the SOA was listed as one of six schools that focus on social justice issues in architecture. 

Business Administra­tion: CBA presented a sustainability forum, “Sustainability Creates Business Value,” on March 23. Forum panelists Gerald Cavanagh, S.J., Eric Hespenheide ’75 and Daniel Saint ’89, with moderator Andy Acho ’67, explored the case that sustainability can create measurable value for an enterprise and its stakeholders. The forum began with keynote speaker David Stangis ’87, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, Campbell Soup Company.

Engineering & Science: E&S held its 78th annual Slide Rule Dinner on March 27. The Engineering Alumnus of the Year award went to William Kozyra ’80. Kozyra is chairman of the board, CEO and president of TI Automotive Ltd. Lawrence Berkowski ’83, ’85, received the Science Alumnus of the Year award. Berkowski is group vice president of BASF Corporation.

Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing: The CCNE accreditation site visit  for the MSON occurred from Feb. 8-10, 2010. The preliminary findings from the site visitors indicated that all four standards were met for both the baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. The Accreditation Review Committee will meet in July, with a final determination made by the CCNE Board of Commissioners in October.

Liberal Arts & Education: Charles Marske will step down as CLAE dean at the end of the school year to become a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice and work with the Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies. Marske joined UDM from St. Louis University in July 2004. During his tenure as dean, he has strengthened the College by reviving or creating pillars of support, such as the CLAE Alumni Council, CLAE Strategic Implementation Team, CLAE Dean’s Advisory Board, and CLAE Dean’s Student Advisory Board.

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