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President Garibaldi participates in education symposium with U.S. Secretary of Education

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi was one of more than 40 practitioners, policy experts, researchers and higher education administrators selected to participate in a one-day education symposium on Jan. 30 in Washington, D.C. The event was part of President Obama’s 2020 goal to make the United States once again the country with the highest college attainment rate in the world. President Garibaldi was chosen for his years of research on the topic and for his implementation of academic support and retention programs.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan convened the educators with many of the nation’s leading researchers and policy experts to identify evidence-based best practices that work to increase college completion in America. Duncan addressed the symposium, challenging participants to think creatively about ways to substantially boost college completion.

U.S. News & World Report’s “2012-America’s Best Colleges” ranks UDM #23 in Top Tier

For the eleventh consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest Regional Universities in the 2012 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” With 146 schools ranked in UDM’s category, the University made the top 25 schools in its category (#23), one of the highest-ranking Michigan universities to make the list.

 “We are very pleased that University of Detroit Mercy has once again been named one of the best universities by U.S.News & World Report,” said UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi. “UDM’s Top 25 ranking among regional universities is a great tribute to our excellent faculty and staff who provide a well-rounded quality education to our students,” he added.

Two Sisters of Mercy join Board of Trustees

new board members University of Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees recently elected two new members to the board:

Mary Ann Dillon, RSM (pictured at right, first photo), is the senior vice president of mission and sponsorship for Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 

Linda Werthman, RSM (pictured at right, second photo), was most recently on the Institute Leadership Team for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, for the Detroit region, from 2005-2011. In addition to her prior roles, Sr. Werthman was appointed the associate vice president of Academic Affairs at University of Detroit Mercy 1994, and was associate provost & dean of Continuing Studies at UDM from 1991-1994.

UDM students serve communities throughout the country

Alternative Spring Break group
(Pictured:) In Tuscaloosa, from left: Drew
Peters, UDM University minister, Virginia Stanard
, adjunct professor of Architecture and urban
designer in UDM’s Detroit Collaborative Design
Center, and students Tracy Hrabovsky, Jill Johnson,
Samantha Rekuta, Amy Meldrum, Prabuddh a
Mohanty and Elizabeth Kreska.

UDM’s Alternative Winter Break (AWB) service experience was held from Jan. 1-8 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where the city was hit by a 1.5-mile-wide tornado in April 2011. The week involved home reconstruction, as well as engagement with residents, public officials and rebuild task force members. AWB partnered with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the nonprofit humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church.

During Spring Break (March 3 - 10), a group of UDM students took part in the University Ministry’s 23rd annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB). Students participated in several volunteer opportunities across the country, including trips to Washington, D.C., Nogales, Arizona, New Orleans, Louisiana, Salem, West Virginia, Chicago, Illinois and back home in Detroit.

President Garibaldi visits area high schools and community colleges

President Garibaldi with Region HS students
(Pictured:) UDM President Antoine M.
Garibaldi with students at Regina High School.

UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi has been visiting with area high schools, meeting with principals, teachers and counselors, as well as the superintendent of the Archdiocese of Detroit Schools, the Emergency Financial Manager of the Detroit Public Schools and other superintendents. On March 1, he met with students and administrators at Regina High School in Warren, Mich. Currently, 33 graduates of Regina are students at UDM. Most of the students Garibaldi met at Regina have visited UDM or have UDM students or alumni in their families. Other schools Garibaldi has visited include: U of D Jesuit, Loyola, Mercy, Bishop Foley, Brother Rice, Cass Tech, Catholic Central, De LaSalle, Divine Child, Renaissance, and the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. He also began meeting recently with officials at area community colleges.

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