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  • September 17: Titans Together: COVID-19 data update, Sept. 17

    Friday September 17, 2021

    University of Detroit Mercy is posting active and cumulative cases of COVID-19 for fall 2021 on the Titans Together page. These figures will be updated weekly and each week’s numbers will be included in the weekly Campus Connection email.

    As of Friday, Sept. 17, there were 11 active cases of students or employees who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 since Aug. 31, 2021; they are in isolation. There were 23 total cases for fall 2021. The total number of known cases among students or employees since March 2020 is 369.

    Visit the Titans Together website at udmercy.edu/titanstogether.

    Titans Together Logo

  • September 16: Creative Writing Collective to host first meeting of semester, Sept. 20

    Thursday September 16, 2021

    the logo for the Detroit Mercy Creative Writing CollectiveThe Creative Writing Collective is hosting its first meeting of the fall 2021 semester on Monday, Sept. 20 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the McNichols Campus’ Outdoor Fountain Area.

    Creative writers of all genres and levels of experience are invited meet at the tables along the wall of the Student Union for discussion, idea sharing, feedback and writing. Students, employees, alumni and friends are all welcome to attend.

    Topics for the meeting include “From the big picture to a closer look: Using perspective and scale in your writing,” “How do we write a millennium or a moment?” and “The cosmic or the microscopic?”

    Keep up with the Creative Writing Collective and the Detroit Mercy English Department on Facebook.

    Contact english@udmercy.edu to be included in the Creative Writing Collective mailing list.

  • September 16: Celebrate Founders Week, Sept. 20-27

    Thursday September 16, 2021

    Founders Week celebrates Detroit Mercy’s Jesuit and Mercy founders with special events throughout the week.

    Events include “Mercy Doing Justice: A View from Honduras,” a Zoom webinar with Sr. Mary Kay Dobrovolny, RSM, Mary Anne Perrone and Gail Presbey on Sept. 20 from 6:45-8 p.m., the annual Red Mass on Sept. 21 at noon, and a talk on “Sacred Listening” by Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

    Learn more and register for Founders Week events.

    A flyer for Founders Week. Several events are listed as well as the "We are Mercy" and "We are Jesuit" phrases. Logos include Detroit Mercy's, Office of Mission Integration, CLASA, Detroit Mercy University Ministry and Department of Catholic Studies. The background of the flyer is an aerial photo of Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus with the clocktower in the background.

  • September 16: Sophomore boat cruise is Sept. 24

    Thursday September 16, 2021

    Detroit Mercy sophomores can experience Detroit’s Riverfront aboard the Diamond Jack for a boat cruise on Sept. 24 from 7-10 p.m.

    Sophomores can register for boat seating and bus transportation at the Titan Information Center, also known as Parking and ID, or by contacting Associate Dean of Students Dorothy Stewart at 313-993-1033 or email stewardm@udmercy.edu.

    Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional transportation will be provided if needed. Free parking is available on the RiverWalk’s western side at Rivard Plaza, 1340 Atwater St.

    Learn more about the sophomore boat cruise.
  • September 16: Nationally known religious leader kicks off University of Detroit Mercy’s “Founders Week”

    Thursday September 16, 2021

    A photograph of Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, in front of the Network Nuns on the Bus vehicle. The text on the bus includes "on the road to Mar-a-Lago" and many signatures on the bus are visible.Nationally renowned religious leader, activist and speaker Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, is helping kickoff “Founders Week” at University of Detroit Mercy Sept. 21.

    Sr. Simone will address the topic of “Sacred Listening” at 7 p.m. in Room 114 of the Chemistry building on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. The event is free to the first 100 people who register.

    Sr. Simone has served as executive director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice from 2004-21 and is also an attorney, poet and activist for many issues.

    In 2012, she helped organize the first “Nuns on the Bus” tour to oppose the “Ryan Budget” approved by the United States House of Representatives. The budget would decimate programs meant to help people in need and the tour received national attention from religious communities, elected officials and media. She has led six cross-country trips focused on tax justice, healthcare, voter turnout, bridging the divides in politics and society, among other issues.

    In 2020, Sister Simone led a virtual “Nuns on the Bus” tour, completing 63 virtual events in the days and weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election. She has been featured in the national and international media, including 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

    In 1978, Sr. Simone founded and served as the lead attorney for the Community Law Center in Oakland, Calif. for 18 years. She served the family law and probate needs of the working poor in her county. She is also an author and has published several books.

    “Founders Week” runs Sept. 20-27 with several events that lift up the values of the University’s founders.

    Founders Week events

    • Mercy Doing Justice: A View from Honduras (Zoom event), Monday, Sept. 20, 6:45-8 p.m.

    • Red Mass at the Law School (SS Peter and Paul Jesuit Church), Tuesday, Sept. 21, Noon

    • Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, “Sacred Listening” (CHEM 114), Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.

    • Mass for World Day of Migrants and Refugees (Most Holy Trinity Church), Wednesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m.

    • Ministry Day of Service with T.E.N.N. (Shiple Hall), Friday, Sept. 24, 10:15 a.m.

    • Mass with Mercy Reflection (St. Ignatius Chapel), Sunday, Sept. 26, 9 p.m.

    • Mass with Reflections on “Celebrating the Ignatian Year” (St. Ignatius Chapel), Monday, Sept. 27, Noon

    More on Sister Simone Campbell.

    Learn more about Detroit Mercy’s Founders Week.
  • September 13: Detroit Mercy ranks again among top U.S. universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings of Best Colleges

    Monday September 13, 2021
    An aerial photo of the McNichols Campus

    An aerial photo of the McNichols CampusDetroit Mercy was ranked among the top 200 national universities by U.S. News & World Report for a third year in a row, earning a No. 187 rank in the National Universities category of the publication’s “Best Colleges” 2022 edition. Twelve other Michigan universities earned a place in this year’s National University category. Detroit Mercy ranks fourth in the state and is the highest ranked private university in Michigan. 

    Detroit Mercy also received favorable recognition in the following categories:

    • Best Value Schools, National Universities – No. 35
    • Best Undergraduate Business Programs, Finance – No. 42
    • Best Undergraduate Business Programs, Management – No. 27
    • Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs – No. 148
    • Best School for Veterans, National Universities – No. 121
    • Top Performers on Social Mobility – No. 120
    • A+ Schools for B Students

    Best Colleges U.S. News & World Report National Universities 2022 badge“University of Detroit Mercy is gratified to be recognized again as one of the top 200 institutions in the country by U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 ‘Best Colleges’ edition,” said President Antoine M. Garibaldi. “This national recognition confirms the exceptional quality and affordable Jesuit and Mercy education that our excellent faculty and staff provide to talented students who will soon join the ranks of more than 100,000 successful alumni around the world.”

    When the pandemic began in March 2020, the higher education community across the world faced historic challenges. Detroit Mercy quickly convened a COVID-19 Task Force comprised of faculty and staff to help transition to virtual learning and focused on helping students stay on track with their studies. Additionally, the Detroit Mercy community collectively developed ways to make the University’s campuses safe as students returned this fall for in-person instruction.

    That collective action has paid off immensely. The University welcomed 573 new freshmen this fall. Approximately 544 of this total will attend the McNichols Campus, which represents the largest McNichols class in the past 12 years. In total, the University anticipates about 5,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students for the fall. Last year, the University’s fall enrollment was 4,987.

    The 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings once again reaffirm the quality of Detroit Mercy’s education and the strength of the University’s Jesuit and Mercy traditions in helping to develop students into men and women of purpose and service. The new rankings also provide an opportunity to highlight several important initiatives that are currently underway at the University.

    These initiatives include the expansive McNichols Campus Renovation Project, which will transform the northwest Detroit campus and provide an enhanced student experience. The renovated center will open in the summer of 2022 and will offer students a one-stop, state-of-the-art facility where they can complete financial aid, registration and other student services, eat, congregate and socialize. The new student union will be followed by the eventual demolition of the University’s Fisher Administration Center and Reno Hall. The multi-phase plan also includes new on-campus student apartments, greenspace on newly acquired land and a Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, among other projects.

    In July, Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science was awarded $1.12-million from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to establish the Metro-Detroit Regional Vehicle Cybersecurity Institute, a regional-based, cybersecurity consortium. Led by Detroit Mercy, the consortium consists of multiple academic institutions in southeast Michigan and includes University of Arizona as a research partner. This consortium is designed to expand and enhance the cybersecurity engineering workforce through an applied curriculum developed in consultation with industry partners. The consortium also supports upskilling and reskilling for vehicle cybersecurity by prioritizing underrepresented populations, military personnel and veterans. Instruction began this fall.

    In recent weeks, Detroit Mercy also implemented new academic programs that fit well with industry and student needs and interest. These programs include

    • A Master of Science in Cybercrime offered through the Department of Criminal Justice that can be completed online.
    • A new five-year accelerated Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration/Master of Health Services Administration.
    • A new 15-credit graduate certificate in Applied Data Science available through the College of Engineering & Science in the Electrical & Computer Engineering & Computer Science department.

    These milestones, coupled with the undergraduate tuition reset in 2017 that lowered tuition from $41,000 to $28,000, and the graduate tuition reset in 2019 for MBA, Master of Community Development and graduate programs in Architecture, Nursing and Engineering, make the institution’s nationally ranked, Jesuit and Mercy education affordable for all students.

    Since 2020, Detroit Mercy continues to be ranked among the best institutions in the national universities category. Prior to 2020, Detroit Mercy was ranked in the top Midwest regional universities category by U.S. News & World Report for more than 18 consecutive years.

    Background on U.S. News & World Report Rank Carnegie Classification  

    U.S. News collects data on more than 1,800 independent regionally accredited institutions. Before calculating the rankings, U.S. News groups colleges into categories based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the most widely accepted classification system in U.S. higher education. Carnegie makes updates every few years and U.S. News follows these updates accordingly.

    U.S. News & World Report released the 2022 rankings Sept. 13. For more, please visit https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges.

  • September 13: Drone show lights up McNichols Campus sky

    Monday September 13, 2021
    The word Titans is spelling out with drones as students watch the drone show.

    Hundreds of Detroit Mercy students watched as dozens of drones illuminated the night sky above the McNichols Campus during Welcome Week. The drone show, put on by Detroit-based Firefly Drone Shows, featured an array of colorful shapes, objects, words and numbers, including “Titans” and “2021.”

    Check out a video from the drone show.

    The word Titans is spelling out with drones as students watch the drone show.

Student Spotlight

Monday June 07, 2021
Student Spotlight: Mike Doryen
International student Mike Doryen poses with his new diploma.

Our Student Spotlight shines on international student and 2021 graduate Mike Doryen! Hometown: Monrovia, Liberia Year & Major:  2021 graduate, Master of Business Administration and …

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

    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.

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    Important Dates

    Important Date Info for Fall Term 2021

    • March 15, 2021: Advising Begins For Term I Fall 2021-2022
    • March 22: Registration Begins For Term I Fall 2021-2022
    • August 13: Deadline For December 2021 Graduation Applications
    • August 27: Drops for Non-payment at Close of Business
    • August 29: Last Day to Make a Payment for Term I Fall 2021-22 without a Late Fee Assessment
    • August 30: CLASSES BEGIN
    • September 5: Last Day to Register, | Add/Drop Ends | Last Day for 100% Refund, to Drop a Course Without a "W",  to Declare Audit or Pass/Fail Option
    • September 4-6: Labor Day Holiday (UNIVERSITY CLOSED)
    • October 11-12: Fall Break - University Open but NO classes
    • November 1: Advising For Term II Winter and Summer 2021-2022 Begins
    • November 9: Registration For Term II Winter and Summer 2021-2022 Begins
    • November 22: Last Day to Withdraw From Class
    • November 25-28: Thanksgiving Recess (UNIVERSITY CLOSED)
    • December 14-18: Final Exam Week
    • December 18: Official End of Term
    • Academic Calendar | Registration ScheduleOffice of the Registrar

     

    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

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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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