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  • June 27: Rocket Mortgage Classic announces field for 2022 PGA event

    Monday June 27, 2022
    Nine PGA Tour golfers are featured on a red graphic for the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

    Detroit Mercy will once again host alumni and friends at the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic on July 28-31 at Detroit Golf Club.

    Prices for general admission range from $60-$80 per ticket. For an exclusive experience, you can join Detroit Mercy in a private cabana/suite near the 17th green, including food and open bar for only $500. A portion of the ticket price for the cabana/suite is a tax-deductible gift to Detroit Mercy Student Scholarships. In addition, Detroit Mercy’s new president, Donald Taylor, will be in attendance.

    Nine PGA Tour golfers are featured on a red graphic for the Rocket Mortgage Classic.Some of the top-tier players committed to the tournament this year are as follows:

    • Will Zalatoris — Runner-up at both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship this year, Zalatoris has top-eight results in six of his last eight major championships. Last year’s PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year and the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, he has quickly developed a reputation for playing well on the TOUR’s grandest stages and most difficult courses. The World No. 12 is currently eighth in the PGA TOUR’s 2021-22 FedExCup standings, and has eight top-10 finishes in 18 tournaments this season.
    • Tony Finau — The long-hitting two-time PGA TOUR winner and World No. 17 has represented the United States on its last two Ryder Cup teams. Last season, he finished No. 11 in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup standings after winning THE NORTHERN TRUST, a playoff event. He has 10 runner-up finishes on the PGA TOUR in the last four-plus seasons and five top-eight results in majors within the past three years (third at the 2019 Open Championship, T5 at the 2019 Masters, T8 at the 2020 U.S. Open and 2021 PGA Championship, and T10 at the 2021 Masters).
    • Justin Rose — The PGA TOUR’s most decorated Englishman is preparing to make his Rocket Mortgage Classic debut. Rose counts the 2013 U.S. Open among his 10 PGA TOUR victories and was the TOUR’s FedExCup champion in 2018. Internationally, the former World No. 1 won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, has represented the European team in five Ryder Cups and owns 11 other global titles.
    • Jason Day — The Australian and former World No. 1 owns 12 PGA TOUR victories, including the 2015 PGA Championship and THE PLAYERS Championship in 2016, and has played in four Presidents Cups representing the international team. He is set to make his third consecutive start in the Rocket Mortgage Classic, having placed T14 last year.
    • Cameron Young — Playing in his first full PGA TOUR season and set to make his Rocket Mortgage Classic debut, the 25-year-old is currently No. 17 in the PGA TOUR’s 2021-22 FedExCup standings and No. 32 in the world. This season, he has five top-three finishes, including a T2 at The Genesis Invitational – the only non-major tournament this season to field the world’s top 10 players – and a T3 at last month’s PGA Championship. He and Zalatoris were teammates at Wake Forest from 2015-2017.
    • Matt Kuchar — The American veteran who has played in four Ryder Cups and five Presidents Cups has also won nine PGA TOUR titles, including the 2012 PLAYERS Championship. The 1997 U.S. Amateur champion is set to play in his first Rocket Mortgage Classic.
    • Rickie Fowler — A Rocket Mortgage ambassador and a five-time PGA TOUR winner, Fowler has played on four Ryder Cup teams and appeared in three Presidents Cups and represented the United States in the 2016 Olympic Games. Fowler has played in the Rocket Mortgage Classic each year it has been held, with his best finish a T12 in 2020.
    • Kevin Kisner — The four-time PGA TOUR winner is No. 31 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Two weeks apart in March, he was runner-up (to World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler) at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and recorded a fourth-place finish at THE PLAYERS Championship. He has played in every Rocket Mortgage Classic, finishing third in 2020 and T8 last year.
    • Cam Davis – The Australian defeated 54-hole co-leaders Troy Merritt and Joaquin Niemann in a five-hole playoff to win the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic, earning his first career PGA TOUR victory in his 71st start. He has played in every edition of the Rocket Mortgage Classic and has three top-10 finishes this season.
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  • June 24: Research participants wanted for vision study

    Friday June 24, 2022

    Students, earn compensation or extra credit this summer through an eye movement and visual information processing study. Research participants are needed for the study, which will take just one hour.

    To be eligible for the study, you must be 18-years old or older, have normal or corrected-to normal visual acuity (you must wear your glasses or contact lenses), and have no history of flicker-induced epilepsy. A mask must also be worn in the lab.

    Participants will direct their eyes towards a target on a computer screen when cued and will use a head-mounted video-based eye-tracker.

    Compensation for the study is $10. Those in participating Psychology courses may also earn extra credit towards their class. The study will take place in room 204 (Vision Research Lab) of Reno Hall, which is located on the McNichols Campus of Detroit Mercy.

    For further questions on the study or to make an appointment, please contact Professor of Psychology Harold Greene by email at

  • June 19: University recognizes Juneteenth holiday

    Sunday June 19, 2022

    To honor the Juneteenth holiday (June 19), commemorating emancipation of enslaved African Americans, join the University as we remember those from our past who strived to create change, and support those who continue to push forward in the name of equality today.

    From Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine, in his book Sources of the African-American Past, on Juneteenth:

    In the 1930s, the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration interviewed the last generation of American slaves before they passed. One of these was Felix Haywood, a 92-year-old resident of San Antonio, Texas. In this excerpt from his interview, he recounted the first Juneteenth, June 19, 1865, when Union troops arrived in Texas and declared an end to slavery there.

    “It’s a funny thing how folks always want to know about the War. The war weren’t so great as folks suppose. Sometimes you didn’t knowed it was goin’ on. It was the endin’ of it that made the difference. That’s when we all wakes up that somethin’ had happened…

    “How did you know the end of the war had come?” asked the interviewer. “How did we know it! Hallelujah broke out — And I ain’t goin’ get whipped any more. I got my ticket, Leavin’ the thicket, And I’m a-headin’ for the Golden Shore!’

    “Soldiers, all of a sudden, was everywhere — comin’ in bunches, crossin’ and walkin’ and ridin’. Everyone was a-singin’. We was all walkin’ on golden clouds. Halleluja!

    “Union forever, Hurrah, boys, hurrah! Although I may be poor, I’ll never be a slave — Shoutin’ the battle cry of freedom.’

    “Everybody went wild. We all felt like heroes and nobody had made us that way but ourselves. We was free. Just like that, we was free. It didn’t seem to make the whites mad, either. They went right on giving us food just the same. Nobody took our homes away, but right off colored folks started on the move. They seemed to want to get closer to freedom, so they’d know what it was — like it was a place or a city.”

    A red, black and green colored graphic featuring the text, Juneteenth Freedom Day.
  • June 17: Juneteenth celebration set for Friday, June 17

    Friday June 17, 2022

    On Friday, June 17, Detroit Mercy’s Student National Dental Association (SNDA) and the Diversity & Inclusion office of Detroit Mercy Dental are set to host a virtual conversation along with a freedom walk at the Dental school.

    The celebrating freedom walk is set for 5-8 p.m. in the Student Parking Lot and features food, fun, games and a DJ. The walk to freedom begins at 4:30 p.m. and participants will walk a path together around the Corktown Campus to commemorate Juneteenth. The event is free for all.

    A virtual conversation with Assistant Professor Candace Ziglor is slated for 12 p.m. over Zoom with Ziglor commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. Viewers will learn more about the milestone and its significance in African American history.

    Juneteenth marks its 157th anniversary in 2022.

    Join the virtual conversation.

    A graphic promoting Juneteenth, with colors filling the Juneteenth text. Also says Celebrating Freedom, 5-8 p.m., Student Parking Lot, Friday, June 17, 2022, Free Event. Sponsored by SNDA and the Diversity and Inclusion Office.

  • June 13: Cuba immersion trip highlights similarities between cultures

    Monday June 13, 2022
    Nearly a dozen members of the immersion trip sit and stand around unique architecture and designs outdoors in Cuba.

    It took more than a year of waiting, thanks to COVID-19, but this spring, a group of University of Detroit Mercy students were finally able to travel to Cuba as part of a short-term study abroad program.

    To students like Tammie Perry, the wait was worth it when she and several other Detroit Mercy students arrived in Havana.

    For Perry, who recently graduated from the School of Architecture & Community Development’s Master of Community Development (MCD) program, it was the social connections that really stood out.

    The friendships formed in Cuba, both with her MCD cohort group and with a family in Havana who shared time with the group while there, were most meaningful.

    Nearly a dozen members of the immersion trip sit and stand around unique architecture and designs outdoors in Cuba.Members of the 2022 trip in Cuba.

    “The family in Cuba welcomed us like we were returning for a family reunion,” Perry wrote in a reflection following the trip. “They hosted us for dinner shortly after we arrived, and I looked forward to every visit with them. The welcome and engagement throughout the week was unparalleled. When I left Cuba, I felt like I was leaving family.”

    Fellow MCD student John Kraus saw the trip as an opportunity to learn about architecture, historic preservation and asset-based community development.

    “While there, my eyes were opened to a wide range of socioeconomic initiatives and programs that were each unique and intergenerational in scope, and the ways in which people can collaboratively contribute to a more sustainable future,” he wrote. “Residents can feel as if their voices are being heard, represented, and respected.”

    While Cuba might evoke images of vintage cars and thoughts of the Cold War for many in the United States, Detroit Mercy students who travel to Cuba were focused on making friends, improving their Spanish, mapping cultural assets and tracking how many UN sustainability goals Cuba has accomplished despite a six-decades-long embargo.

    Despite the lack of material goods and building supplies, Cuba is a leader in historic preservation and sustainability. The island nation boasts nine UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites and maintains some of the most well-preserved wetlands and rainforests in the western hemisphere.

    Nearly a dozen members of the trip listen to a guide inside of a school.Students learn about these in a Cuban history and culture class prior to the trip, and they witness projects in action from the time they land. They journal and discuss activities, which include visits to schools and community centers, cultural heritage sites and city planners and social workers. They learn about social considerations when buildings are rehabbed and about environmental considerations in the city and rural locations.

    At a visit to an organic farm on the outskirts of Havana, participants learned about cooperative farming, pesticide-free farming, and identified plants grown to feed local communities.

    Most visits to Cuba include stops at community centers and schools, where participants interact with seniors and children. This year, students learned in smaller forums about Cuba’s education and healthcare systems, its high literacy rate, low infant mortality rate, and the ways Cubans accomplish this with few external resources.

    In fact, the deciding factor for many students deciding whether to take the trip was Cuba’s successful fight to control COVID-19. When the Cuban government announced its borders would reopen to travelers from the United States, more than 80% percent of Cuban adults had received three or more doses of the vaccine, with numbers approaching 90% by the time the students arrived.

    The program has included students and faculty from multiple disciplines, as well as alumni. To synthesize their experiences while there, all participants focus on HOPE aspects — human, organization, physical (environmental) and economic — of their experience, as well as social justice and sustainability. While these principles undergird the MCD program, they are interdisciplinary and inclusive, creating a cohesive and holistic experience for all while there.

    This year, MCD graduate students Iva Williams and Alan Devlin integrated a storytelling project while in Cuba as an extension of their capstone project developed earlier in the year as part of a five-member capstone team, whose research in the MCD program this past year focused on the impact of storytelling on community engagement.

    Ten members of the Cuba immersion trip eat dinner, while smiling and sitting around a table.For Williams, the story of Cuba was one that resonated spiritually and included self-examination.

    “During my trip, I experienced a hard reality check about personal over-indulgence and disregard for excessiveness,” she wrote in a reflection. “In Cuba, nothing goes to waste: bottles are painted and decorated to enhance a table; tree bark is burned to create natural charcoal and used as garden pesticide; table scraps are plated on the street to feed wandering pets. My short journey to Cuba brought extreme clarity to careless habits we are conditioned to through excess that is often exacerbated by technology and modern conveniences. The kindred spirit of the Cuban people is a vibrant resilience, one that rests on ‘just enough.’ My biggest take away was that when we wake up in the U.S., many of us look at our cell phones. When Cubans wake up in the morning, they look for each other.”

    For John Kraus, it is the visible celebrations of cultural heritage, creative transformation of the built environment, and the people of Cuba that create lasting imprints.

    This year marks a decade of University-related travel to Cuba. Since 2012, Detroit Mercy students have traveled to Cuba due to the loosening of federal restrictions reinstating educational travel to Cuba. Dozens of students have been able to take advantage of generous grants awarded by Jamie Dylenski, a College of Liberal Arts & Education alumna who established grants for CLAE majors and minors to study in CLAE-based programming abroad, and her husband Robert. Students from other disciplines can access other grants to assist with travel costs.

    Program coordinator Lara Wasner said the decade has been marked by U.S. administrative changes governing legal travel to Cuba.

    “We have been fortunate that educational travel has remained one of the legal categories for travel to Cuba,” Wasner said. “The history and relationship between our two countries is more complex and interesting than many are aware of. We want to be more than travelers, we try to be good stewards. Every group traveling to Cuba creates a dynamic educational experience and an opportunity to build bridges through mutual understanding and diplomacy.”

    She says focusing on a common heritage is more meaningful and constructive than focusing on what separates people.

    “Traveling to Cuba changes perceptions and offers pathways to understanding one another that are greater than a 60-year embargo and the 90 miles of water that separate our two nations,” she said.

  • June 08: Students bring fruit fly science to kindergarteners 

    Wednesday June 08, 2022
    Detroit Mercy students work with local kindergarteners during an outreach science program.

    A kindergartener looks into a microscope as a Detroit Mercy student assists.Detroit Mercy senior Luciana Riachi spent her spring break not on some beach in a warm locale enjoying some much-needed relaxation. Instead, she spent time introducing high-level scientific concepts to young children.

    In early March, Riachi and several Detroit Mercy College of Engineering & Science students brought microscopes to show dozens of kindergarteners in Canton and Dearborn the science behind fruit flies. The educational outreach program is led by Associate Professor of Biology Jacob Kagey and is based on his own lab’s research, which involves mapping genetic mutations that cause tissue overgrowth, or tumors, in fruit flies.

    Working with kindergarteners was quite an experience for Riachi and her fellow Titans, who relished sharing their science expertise.

    “I love working with kids, especially when they’re so fascinated by science, something that I’m very passionate about,” said Riachi, a Biology major and Psychology and Leadership minor. “Even though I’m not a teacher, just feeling that role of being an educator is great.”

    The students helped the kindergarteners look at fruit flies underneath dissecting microscopes. They examined the differences in eye color and wing structure and attempted to count the number of living flies in a vial. A lab packet designed by Kagey allowed the kindergarteners to record their observations by coloring a cartoon fly.

    “It’s really exciting for them,” Kagey said. “They get to feel like they’re scientists, and they are, they’re collecting data. The beauty of working with fruit flies is you can ask these incredibly complex genetic questions in a very simple organism.”

    Although the kindergarteners seemed to enjoy looking at the fruit flies, there was some initial queasiness toward the insects.

    “A lot of them were a little squeamish,” Riachi said. “They thought it was disgusting and told us a few stories about how they found some fruit flies in their homes.”

    Kagey created the outreach program in 2017 when he learned that some science activities were being removed from his son’s kindergarten curriculum. He has since led groups of Detroit Mercy students to kindergarten classrooms throughout metro Detroit. This spring marked the first return to the classroom since March 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic.

    A scan of the worksheets kindergarteners received, asking them to draw the difference in wings between the flies and color the differences between fly eyes. Four flies are on the sheet.“I’m always blown away that I’ve never had any trouble getting student volunteers,” Kagey said. “Not that I think I would, but it is their spring break and they are more than excited to give up a day or a morning of their spring break to go work with these kindergarteners.”

    Representation is also important when visiting the kindergarteners to teach them about science, Kagey said, and the diversity among the Detroit Mercy students participating in the program helps with that.

    “One of the things I’m very cognizant of, and they’ve done studies since the 1970s, is that when you ask kids to draw a scientist, they basically draw me,” he said. “They draw an older white guy, scraggly hair, beard, glasses, kind of crazy-looking tall. One of the things I think is very powerful is that our student body here at Detroit Mercy is incredibly diverse, so it’s a wide range of students that widely represent the kindergarteners they’re seeing.

    “We go to a kindergarten class in Dearborn and they’re seeing students of Middle Eastern descent like they are, and I think that provides such a powerful, even if it’s not an obvious message, a subconscious message that ‘I can be a scientist too.’”

    Working with kindergarteners has inspired Detroit Mercy students to expand the outreach program to more schools. Kagey said he is planning additional visits to local elementary schools in May. Riachi, who works as a student ambassador for the College of Engineering & Science, took microscopes and fruit flies to a Catholic school in Lincoln Park in mid-March.

    “It was a great opportunity because I was able to learn how Dr. Kagey did it and take the project on my own and present it to other students,” Riachi said.

    While the main objective of the outreach program was to teach kindergarteners, Riachi and her fellow Titans also learned several things from the experience.

    “What I learned is their brains are a lot more elastic than we think they are. They absorb a lot more information than we tend to believe they do,” Riachi said. “I think a lot of times, we try to oversimplify things, but we don’t understand how much they actually do understand.”

    Kagey believes sharing fruit fly science with local kindergarteners is rooted in Detroit Mercy’s Jesuit and Mercy Mission.

    “There’s the old adage of academia being an ivory tower and the idea of, not just the Jesuit and Mercy mission, but the scientific mission, is dissemination, sharing what you find,” Kagey said. “And so for me, it’s just so great that we can take stuff we find and get it not just in the community, but get it in the young community, take into schools and be a part of that.”

  • June 07: Instructions for accessing email and other University services from abroad

    Tuesday June 07, 2022

    The Information Technology Services (ITS) Department has provided advanced instructions for managing multi-factor authentication (MFA) on your Detroit Mercy email account prior to traveling abroad.

    If you’re planning on leaving the country or if you are traveling to the United States from abroad, you may need to take steps to ensure that your MFA will work properly after your journey. To make sure your work won’t be disrupted while you are traveling, you should check whether your MFA method is dependent on phone or internet signal and make other arrangements, if necessary.

    Before you travel

    To check which MFA methods are associated with your account, go to “My Sign Ins,” log in with your Detroit Mercy email credentials and complete your MFA. From there, you will be able to add backup methods, remove methods you no longer use and select your default way to sign in with MFA. Please see the “Managing your MFA” setup page for detailed instructions.

    To ensure you don’t lose access to your account after your journey, you will need to make sure you have at least one way of getting into your account that doesn’t rely on a phone signal. Once you have arrived, you can log into “My Sign Ins” and add any further methods you’d like to use, such as a local mobile or landline phone. The main method of authenticating without a phone signal or internet connection is the Microsoft Authenticator app. Once you have set up your app, you can use a six digit code to log in without incurring any charges for using your phone abroad.

    Microsoft Authenticator

    The Microsoft Authenticator app can be used for two different types of MFA: notifications sent to your phone or time-based passwords. If you use the time-based password option, the Microsoft Authenticator won’t use the phone network or internet on your phone. Notification MFA does require a phone or internet signal to work, so you may not wish to use this option unless you have a local SIM card and data plan.

    When adding the Microsoft Authenticator as an MFA method in “My Sign Ins,” it will be automatically set up to use notifications, so make sure that you have a Wi-Fi connection if you do not want to use your phone’s data. Once you have finished setting up the app, you should check that your preferred MFA method is set as the default sign-in option within the “Security Info” section of “My Sign Ins.”

    For more information on the Microsoft Authenticator setup instructions, please see ITS’ Setup Instructions for the Authenticator App.

  • June 07: Summer at the Student Success Center

    Tuesday June 07, 2022

    Don’t forget that the Student Success Center is open this summer, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Apart from our Learning Communities, all other services are available.

    Need tutoring? Call 313-993-1143 or email to make a tutoring appointment for your summer classes!

    All testing will be by appointment only for the duration of the summer term. Students can make an appointment by calling the Student Success Center during hours of operation. Please note that 48 hours of advanced notice is preferred for appointments.

    More on Student Success Center.
  • June 06: Former Titan legend cherishes giving back to Detroit youth

    Monday June 06, 2022
    Earl Cureton, right, speaks to Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J.'s class during the fall semester.

    Earl Cureton, right, speaks to Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J.'s class during the fall semester.Earl Cureton ’11 has spent his adult life alongside some of the greatest basketball players in the world.

    The Detroit Mercy Titans Hall of Famer played 12 years in the NBA, sharing a court with Michael Jordan and a number of legends while winning a pair of championships. When his playing career ended, Cureton coached at various professional levels, including in the WNBA, for several years. 

    At an age when many people are beginning to slow down, Cureton, 64, is finding new purpose in giving back to people and communities in Detroit.

    Since 2013, Cureton has worked for the Detroit Pistons as a community ambassador to raise awareness for the franchise’s community outreach programs. His involvement includes neighborhood basketball court renovations, community events and Pistons governor Tom Gores’ Toys for Tots drive.

    The role allows Cureton, who calls Titans men’s basketball games as a color analyst, to connect with youth in Detroit. It’s something he cherishes. 

    Earl Cureton smiles for a photo while visiting the McNichols Campus“Sometimes, you can make a difference in people’s lives just by sitting down, talking to them and explaining things,” he said. “I like being out in the community and working with the kids.” 

    Cureton relates to the children he meets as a native Detroiter who was once in their shoes. He grew up playing basketball in the city, prepped at the former Finney High School and played collegiately at Robert Morris University and University of Detroit. 

    In two seasons with the Titans, Cureton helped the team win 36 games and earn a spot in the 1979 NCAA Tournament. More than 30 years after his collegiate playing career ended, he returned to the University to earn his degree, fulfilling a promise to his mother. 

    “The kids are always impressed to hear the stories about me playing with Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas and all these guys,” Cureton said. “Through these conversations, we start talking and they tell me about themselves and what they want to do. I just give them advice that they need to know, try to encourage them and let them know that they can do anything they want to do if they believe in themselves.” 

    Growing up, Cureton spent his summer days at various recreational centers or the historic St. Cecilia’s gym on Detroit’s west side. The gym, now part of St. Charles Lwanga Parish, was a safe haven for Detroit youth starting in the late 1960s and became a proving ground for budding basketball players. Cureton said that playing at the gym helped him earn a scholarship to play collegiate basketball. 

    “St. Cecilia was like the mecca for every basketball player in Detroit and outside of Detroit,” Cureton said. “It was so impactful.” 

    Cureton has countless stories about St. Cecilia’s gym and the legendary players who stepped foot on its court. But more importantly, he experienced firsthand the recreational center’s positive impact on youth during Detroit’s racial strife. 

    “So many people had opportunities to do something with their lives just by being in the gym. It kept kids off the street. We had race riots in Detroit in 1967; the gym opened up after that. That place was a melting pot. When you went into St. Cecilia, you saw every nationality together, playing basketball, talking, getting along and having a great time. 

    “It kept us off the street, kept us out of trouble and we learned so much from just being around each other and great mentors.” 

    Last year, the Pistons announced a partnership with Ceciliaville, a nonprofit on Detroit’s west side created with the help of the Archdiocese of Detroit and St. Charles Lwanga, to revitalize the gym and establish a community center near the parish.  

    Earl Cureton jumps for a slam dunk during his playing days at University of Detroit.Cureton, who is on Ceciliaville’s board of directors along with another Detroit Mercy alumnus, Isaiah McKinnon ’75, ’78, knows the past cannot be recreated, but is hopeful of the project. 

    “Make it a place where kids can come and not only get into sports but get a whole lot of other things out of it, too,” he said. “When you create an environment like that, you create an environment where they can have great mentors. I think of all the things I learned from the people at the recreation center. I was around good people; they gave me advice.” 

    However, Cureton’s advice isn’t limited to youth. As a coach, he took players under his wing as they tried to make it to the NBA. He also enjoys speaking to Detroit Mercy students, most recently visiting Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J.’s courses this academic year.

    As a guest speaker, Cureton shares his story about longevity in basketball, playing the sport professionally on three continents and working hard to achieve dreams. 

    “I try to encourage them to let them know whatever their dreams are, you’ve got to stay focused on what that dream is,” Cureton said. I also let them know the importance of education. I’m always honest about that; I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to that, but at the end of the day, I had to come back and get my degree. That’s going to last you a lifetime.” 

    Wisdom from Dick Vitale

    While at University of Detroit, Cureton’s basketball dreams crossed paths with then-Titans coach Dick Vitale, who later became a broadcasting legend known for his charity work. Although he never had the chance to play for Vitale—who left the University to coach the Pistons in 1978—Cureton still carries the lessons he learned to this day.

    “What I learned from Dick was invaluable. He taught me so much in a short period of time. He talked to us about life,” Cureton said. “Dick would always talk to us before practice, 35-40 minutes, about the importance of life. Basketball was one thing, but he talked about the importance of getting your education, getting ready for the next level and how to conduct yourself. It was always so impactful.

    “He’s raised millions for cancer. He would always tell you, ‘Use the basketball, don’t let the basketball use you. This ball will take you around the world.’” 

  • June 03: Submit proposals for Ford grants, earn support for creative service-learning project

    Friday June 03, 2022

    A second round of proposals has opened for the Ford Community Corps Partnerships (FCCP) grants. It’s a great way for Detroit Mercy students to earn grants to provide support for creative service-learning projects.

    The deadline for the next round of proposals is Friday, June 10, 2022.

    With these mini-grants from the Ford Fund, students can get leadership training and a generous salary to coordinate these projects. Faculty partners also get a stipend and money for materials.

    In the past, Detroit Mercy has provided funds for projects, such as:

    • Students from a Political Science class give support for an agency that helps people facing eviction.
    • Student from a Business Writing class creates Canva templates to help a non-profit organization enhance their social media presence, as well as many others.
    • Students from a Nursing course provided people facing homelessness with a health resources list.
    • Law students provided info to youth in a foster care facility about their legal rights.

    Take a look at all previous projects.

    If you are interested or if you’d like to stay up-to-date with the most recent developments, please email Fr. Tim Hipskind, S.J., at

    More information.

Student Spotlight

Tuesday June 07, 2022
Student Spotlight: Ahlam Al Mohammad
Ahlam Al Mohammad sits next to water with buildings, trees and a bridge in the background set against a sunset.

Our student spotlight shines on international student Ahlam Al Mohammad. Hometown: Homs, Syria Year and major: First year master’s student in Electrical Engineering Languages spoken: …

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    Student Success and Academic Support

    Student Success Center

    The Student Success Center offers a testing center, tutoring and study groups, professional mentoring, athlete study table, placement testing, and more. Some of the programs listed below are also part of the Student Success Center.

    • Academic Interest and Major Exploration (AIME)- Developmental advising and peer mentoring to conditionally admitted students.

    • Disability Support Services- available to all currently enrolled students who have documented disabilities that substantially limit them in one or more major life activities. Individuals eligible for services may have, but are not limited to, the following types of disabilities: mobility, orthopedic, hearing, visual, learning, psychological and attentional.

    • KCP Program - Michigan students who can benefit from improving their academic skills. Professional, confidential academic support.

    • Personal Counseling - Professional outpatient counseling and psychotherapeutic treatment is available to students at no charge.

    • Tutoring Appointments - SSC offers free tutoring in most freshman and some upper-division courses, including math, chemistry, biology, languages, philosophy, history and English. Make an appointment.

    • Learning Studios - Weekly study sessions by tutors who help with specific sections of courses throughout the term. Includes courses in Math Functions (Algebra), Math Analysis (Calculus), Physical and Natural Sciences, Health Sciences and English.

    TRiO Student Support Services

    TRiO is a federally funded program designed to provide underrepresented student populations. It provides assistance with scholarship applications, academic success planning, mentoring and more.

    The Writing Center

    Work on any stage of the writing process. with peer consultants. Review your assignments, drafts, instructor feedback and questions. Get support if English is not your first language.

    Student Advising

    Work with your faculty advisor to reflect on your academic and career goals and to track your academic progress.


    Important Dates

    Important Dates for Winter 2022

    • Nov. 8: Registration Begins 
    • Jan. 9: Registration Ends
    • Jan. 10: Classes Begin
    • Jan: 16: Last Day to Add a Class / Last Day to Delete a Class without a W grade
    • Jan. 17: MLK Holiday (UNIV CLOSED)
    • Feb. 11: Deadline for Fall "I" grades
    • Mar. 7-12: Mid-Winter/Spring Break
    • Mar. 30: Last Day to Withdraw (full semester course) Mar 30
    • Apr. 15-17: Easter Recess (UNIV CLOSED) 
    • Apr. 26-30: Final Exam Week 
    • Apr. 30: Official End of Term II/Winter
    • May 14: Baccalaureate/Commencement
    • Academic Calendar | Registration ScheduleOffice of the Registrar

    Important Dates for Summer Term III 2022

    • Nov. 8: Registration Begins 
    • May 8: Registration Ends
    • May 9: Classes Begin
    • May 15: Last Day to Add a Class / Last Day to Delete a Class without a W grade
    • May 31: Memorial Day (UNIV CLOSED)
    • June 24: Deadline for Fall "I" grades
    • July 4: Independence Day (UNIV CLOSED) 
    • July 25:  Last Day to Withdraw (full semester course) Mar 30
    • Aug. 8-11: Final Exam Week 
    • Aug. 11: Official End of Summer III/Summer

    See Academic Calendar for Summer 7-week sessions

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    Emergency Assistance

    In case of emergencies outside of Wellness Center and Clinic hours, please contact the following:

    Emergency Assistance

    911 Police – Fire – Medical

    University of Detroit Mercy Public Safety/Emergency Line — 313-993-1123

    Call for help

    University of Detroit Mercy Public Safety Escort Services
    McNichols Campus — 313-993-1234
    School of Law — 313-993-1234
    School of Dentistry — 313-494-6706

    TALK National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7) — 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255

    HELP Treatment Referral Hotline (Substance Abuse) — 800-662-HELP (800-662-4357)

    Crisis Text Line Get Help Now (24/7) — Text START to 741-741

    Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network Sexual Assault National Line — 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)

    Rape Victim’s Assistance Program at Detroit Police Department Crisis Line — 313-833-1660

    Collegiate Assistance Program (Nurse Line 24/7) — 877-643-5130

    Center for Disease Control, National STD and AIDS Hotline — 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)

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