Becoming a Better U

Becoming a Better U

Join us as we cultivate a culture of life-long learning. This event is created specifically for the alumni of Detroit Mercy to expand their horizons within their professional careers and personal lives.

Saturday, March 19
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - Registration Opens

  • Photographer is set up to take head shots. Will be available all morning.

9:15 a.m. - Keynote and Breakfast

Easter and Lenten Traditions from Around the Globe – Easter is a time of celebration and new life. Come explore some of the most interesting Easter traditions from cultures all around the world.


—Dr. Mary Gresens, D.L.S.

—Beth Allison, Parish Engagement Coordinator, St. Aloysius
Founder, FULL Ethiopia Immersion Experience

be inspired and inspire10:15 a.m. - Break out sessions I

Cybersecurity Do’s and Don’ts
By following some simple guidelines you can avoid scams, safeguard your credit and protect your data. 
—Gregory Laidlaw, DMIT, CISSP, C|EH, Department Chair, Cybersecurity and Information Systems, University of Detroit Mercy

The Road to a Better Memory
Learn some simple, everyday tips from an education professional that will improve your memory and increase information retention. 
—Tom Daniels, ’70, Retired Educator

The Landscape of the New Job Market
Review how the pandemic, government policy and the labor shortage have changed the job market
—Darrell Whitney, ’96, VP and Chief Human Resource Officer, Meritor

Making The Ultimate TikTok Video
Take direction from Detroit Mercy’s talented Admissions Social Media experts and develop your own entertaining TicTok videos.
—Speakers TBD

11:30 a.m. - Break out sessions II

be inspired and inspire - matt mio professor of chemExercise Techniques for the Person on the Go
Having difficulty finding time for exercise? Pick up new habits and get moving with simple stretching and exercise techniques you can do anywhere, at any time.
—Michael Novak, President, CrossFit Platoon, Personal Trainer

Beers & Bites
Learn about beers, how they’re made and how they pair with different foods.  Enjoy this sampling of different beers and foods that mesh together for a tasty treat.
—Kevin DeGrood, ’04, Managing Officer, North Center Brewing.

Understanding Cryptocurrency
What is cryptocurrency and how does it impact you? Find the answers to these simple questions, plus a whole lot more as we take you into this emerging realm.
—Speakers TBD

Anxiety and Depression – Warning Signs & Resources
Identify worrisome behaviors in people of all ages and learn discussion steps that can be taken to help people in your life demonstrating these traits.
Ashley Gray, ‘05, LCSW, CAADC, MSYT, CTS, Co-Founder, E3 Michigan