Detroit Mercy Campus Connection

November 29, 2016


#GivingTuesday is today! All across the country people will be going online to make gifts supporting the charities of their choice. In the spirit of this season of giving, we are asking all our alumni and friends to consider making a gift to University of Detroit Mercy today.

What could be more important than to help build a boundless future for our students? Help us help them succeed by making your gift online today!

Rx for Reading Detroit has also launched a campaign to help purchase books and establish free libraries across Detroit. Any donation can make a difference.

Giving Tuesday

Visit Day, Dec. 10

The next Detroit Mercy Visit Day, Saturday, Dec. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon, is an opportunity for high school juniors, seniors and transfer students to spend time on the McNichols Campus and learn what it is like to be a Detroit Mercy student. Future students and their families will gather information on academic programs, scholarships, campus life and career services. Sign up on the Visit Day registration page or contact Associate Director of Admissions Colleen Moore at 313-993-1592 or

Native American History Month film screening, Nov. 30

Join the History and Religious Studies departments as they co-sponsor a special Native American History Month film screening of "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience" on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in Room 209 of the Commerce & Finance Building.

"Our Fires Still Burn," an exciting and compelling one-hour documentary, invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the Midwest, particularly Michigan. See the event page for more information.

Keegan-Michael Key at Thanksgiving Day Parade

Keegan-Michael Key
Detroit Mercy alumnus Keegan-Michael Key '93 (center), co-grand marshal of this year's 90th America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, proudly sports some new Detroit Mercy gear!

Rosa Parks Day, Dec. 1

Join the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Program (KCP) as it hosts a celebration of Rosa Parks on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the McNichols Campus Library Bargman Room. See flyer for more information.

Live6 Alliance and Model D present neighborhood dialogue

The University and neighborhood communities are invited to come together for a dialogue, "Speak Easy," hosted by Model D in partnership with the Live6 Alliance on Friday, Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Grounds Coffeehaus on the McNichols Campus. There will be a dinner from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a discussion focusing on the relationship between local institutions and the surrounding communities. Register online and see the Model D website for more information.

"Detroit: Then and Now"

Isaiah McKinnon and Bryan Barnhill
Associate Professor of Education and Former Deputy Mayor of Detroit Isaiah McKinnon shared his perspective of the recent history of Detroit with Bryan Barnhill, graduate of Renaissance High in Detroit and Harvard University, Nov. 16. Watch the video online.

Detroit Mercy Giving Tree

Sponsored by the Student Life Office, Student Program Board and Student Government Association, Detroit Mercy has planted a Giving Tree outside the Student Center Bookstore until Friday, Dec. 9. All Giving Tree items will be donated to the Christ Child House.

Select an ornament from the Giving Tree, purchase the item listed and drop off the gift unwrapped at the Student Life Office by Friday, Dec. 9. Help spread cheer this holiday season.

Nain Rouge book release event

The book, Things I Do in Detroit: A Guide Book to the Coolest Places by the Nain Rouge, written by Dave Krieger, will release with a book signing on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth Street in Detroit.

Things I Do in Detroit showcases the best of Detroit's theatres, arts organizations, architecture and events through the perspective of the Nain Rouge, a legendary creature tied to the history of Detroit's founding. Detroit Mercy was highlighted in the book as one of the many unique places in Detroit's heritage.

CLASA presents: Murilo Seabra

CLASA proudly presents Murilo Seabra, University of Brasilia & Philosophy Ph.D. Candidate at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, to speak on the topic, "Personal reflections on living in the Amazon among indigenous peoples and rubber tappers," on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 13 of the Jane & Walter O. Briggs Building. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Director of CLASA Gail Presbey at 313-993-1124 or See the CLASA event hub for list of events.

Jesuit Superior General Congregation 36 timeline of events

On Oct. 2, 215 delegates representing Jesuit provinces from around the world convened in Rome at General Congregation 36 (GC 36) and elected the new Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa, S.J. The general congregation is the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus. See the General Congregation timeline for more information on the event. See also an interview with Superior General Sosa as well as a reflection on the previous Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.

Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program

In addition to being a Military-Friendly School, Detroit Mercy announces its partnership with the Michigan National Guard for the State Tuition Assistance Program, otherwise known as MING-STAP or simply STAP. The program provides up to $3,000 a semester/$6,000 annually at no more than $500 per credit hour to eligible undergraduate and graduate students. See STAP website for more information and to apply online.

JAFD hosts winter luncheon

Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit (JAFD) will host a winter luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Avenue in Detroit. The luncheon's guest speaker will be President of America Media and Editor-in-Chief of America: The National Catholic Review Matt Malone, S.J. See JAFD November newsletter for more information.

Thumbs Up!

Director of Language & Cultural Training Lara Wasner and Associate Professor of Health Services Administration Renady Hightower joined more than 200 attendees at the annual AJCU International Education Conference, Nov. 23. Twenty-eight national consortium partners attended this year’s conference, as well as several Jesuit international partner organizations, including institutions in China, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Columbia and other partners located in Latin and South America and the Caribbean. The purpose of the annual gathering is to explore international partnership opportunities, discuss best practices for administering programs and minimize risk for students and faculty traveling abroad.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi signed a recently released "Statement of AJCU Presidents on undocumented students" in support of protecting the rights to education of all students, regardless of immigration status or religious allegiance." See ACJU press release for more information.

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