Fall 2011
The Nautilus

In this issue of The Nautilus

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Feature Story

Architecture alumnus makes an impact on Chicago skyline

From packaging the financing, design and delivery of office towers and convention centers to retrofitting historic buildings and re-purposing closed Army bases, Mike Szkatulski ’76, has taken his architecture skills to new heights in Chicago. Read

Alumni updates

News about School alumni, including Saad Chehab ’92, who was recently appointed president and CEO of the Chrysler Brand. Read

UDM’s AIAS chapter receives top national award

The UDM chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) was recently named the recipient of the 2011 Chapter Honor Award for exemplary leadership, collaboration, scholarship, and service. Read

Volterra-Detroit Foundation benefits from IL VOLO concert

The Volterra-Detroit Foundation’s partnership with the Italian-American community in Michigan has resulted in an extraordinary event that nearly filled the Fox Theater on Oct. 16. It was a concert of the IL VOLO, the popular trio of young Italian tenors. Their performance was followed by an encore dinner to benefit the Foundation, together with two other outstanding charities. Read

2011/2012 Lecture Series and other upcoming events

School of Architecture Dean Will Wittig will present the fourth lecture in the 2011/2012 Great Lakes Fabricators & Erectors Association/UDM School of Architecture Lecture Series on Jan. 18, 2012 at 6 p.m. Also, former GM exec Robert A. Lutz speaks about "Car Guys vs. Bean Counters;" Theatre afterglows; and Designing Sustainable Detroit Symposium. Read

Faculty news

Environmental Design Research Association Best Paper Award; Annual Steel Design Competition; AIA College of Fellows; Tenure, and The Holcim Awards ceremony. Read

SOA news briefs

Student scholarship recipients; Class of 1971 reunion; School participates in The Alley Project; Stephen P. Vogel Endowed Scholarship update; Student achievements: TAP Gallery Project, Alternative Spring Break in Detroit, and 2011 Detroit Canstruction Design/Build exhibit. Read

A letter from the Dean

SOA Dean Will Wittig touches on an impressive list of recent accomplishments that demonstrates the success of the School. Read

Save the Date

Presidential Inauguration of
Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
Friday, April 13, 2012
For details, visit
the inauguration site.

New alumni benefit

UDM has connected with Quicken Loans to offer UDM alumni the opportunity to receive $500 at closing on a new or refinanced mortgage. For details, call 866-378-6088 or visit the Quicken Loans UDM page.

Shopping for UDM graduates?

UDM has the perfect gift. We have U of D and Mercy College of Detroit alumni t-shirts and U of D alumni ties. Find the order form on Community. Also, stop by the UDM Bookstore in the Student Center on the McNichols Campus for dozens of gift ideas.

Make the call to be included in the UDM Alumni Directory!

Over the next couple of months, Publishing Concepts, Inc. will contact UDM alumni via mail, email and phone to request your updated information for the UDM Alumni Directory, published every five years. The University thanks you in advance for your participation. For more about the directory project, visit the Online Community.

"Detroit is AWESOME, baby!"

UDM will honor  former Titan basketball coach Dick Vitale, on Monday, Dec. 5, with a 6:15 p.m. dedication and naming of the Dick Vitale Court in Calihan Hall. Join the celebration and see the Titan men’s basketball team take on St. John’s in a nationally televised 7 p.m. game. Purchase tickets today by visiting DetroitTitans.com or by calling 313-993-1700.