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  • December 06: Former Titan Ben Kendell qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

    Tuesday December 06, 2022
    A graphic featuring a photo of seven runners, with one in front wearing a bib that reads Kendell. Text on graphic reads, U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon, Ben Kendell, 15th, 2:15:49, California International Marathon, 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials, February 3, 2024, Orlando, Florida, Detroit Mercy Track and Field.

    Former Detroit Mercy track and field and cross country standout Ben Kendell ’18, ’19 has earned a bid to the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon, which will be held on Feb. 3, 2024 in Orlando, Florida.

    Kendell earned the opportunity to participate qualifying with a time of 2:15:49 at the California International Marathon on Dec. 4.

    The Titan harrier and College of Engineering & Sciences graduate had an outstanding collegiate career for Detroit Mercy from 2014-2019 in cross country and track and field, earning Detroit Mercy’s President’s Award for the top senior student-athlete and the Horizon League’s Coleman Medal of Honor, presented annually to the league’s top male and female student-athletes who best exemplify the dignity and high purpose of the league and its membership, in 2019.

    More on Kendell’s bid and Titan career.

    A graphic featuring a photo of seven runners, with one in front wearing a bib that reads Kendell. Text on graphic reads, U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon, Ben Kendell, 15th, 2:15:49, California International Marathon, 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials, February 3, 2024, Orlando, Florida, Detroit Mercy Track and Field.

  • December 05: McAuley School of Nursing partners with others to provide healthy food to homes

    Monday December 05, 2022
    Nursing students meet to discuss the nursing partnership, Fresh Prescriptions.

    A Nursing student meets with a resident while participating in the McAuley School of Nursing's new partnership, Fresh Incentive Program.Detroit Mercy empowers students and faculty to integrate their intellectual, spiritual and social development. Nowhere is this more clearly on display than in the McAuley School of Nursing’s Fresh Incentive Program.  

    This program began when Jonetta Banks, community representative for the Fitzgerald Neighborhood, learned about a program at Eastern Market called Fresh Prescriptions. The program delivered boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to individuals in neighborhoods who don’t have access to healthy food.  

    She brought the idea to Fr. Tim Hipskind, S.J., and shortly after, Fr. Hipskind brought McAuley School of Nursing Clinical Associate Professor Elaine Webber on board; she got the ball rolling. 

    “In order to participate in Fresh Prescriptions, we needed funding for the food that we would provide to these people,” Webber said. “Fr. Tim asked me to write a grant that would meet the needs of this community that is right in our backyard.” Funding was provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund. 

    The program aims to improve the health of participants of the Fitzgerald community by providing shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables right to the participant’s doors. In addition, Nursing students will be going to the participants’ homes, providing in-home healthcare services and helping them set goals for their health and wellness.  

    To accomplish this, Webber brought on board Karen Mihelich, assistant professor of Nursing, and chair of the graduate Nursing programs. Together, they started building a partnership. 

    “We pulled together with Farmacy Food, Eastern Market and Fresh Prescriptions to provide six weeks of prepared meals to the 11 participants within this pilot project,” Mihelich said. “We were able to develop a unique program that addressed some of the food insecurity issues for those who are disabled or suffering from chronic health conditions.” 

    Directed by their professors, students in the Doctor of Nursing Practitioner program did much of the work to design the program and carry out its implementation.  

    “With the help of the students and a variety of stakeholders including individuals here at the University, we pulled together with Farmacy Food and Eastern Market, and started to have some meetings to see what this project could look like in the Fitzgerald Neighborhood,” Mihelich said. 

    Nursing students meet to discuss the nursing partnership, Fresh Incentive ProgramThe Fresh Incentive Program serves not only to benefit the community participants, but the students as well. Webber feels this program has the potential to change how her students view public health.  

    “When students do community health, they are giving immunizations and participating in public health activities, but they are not really connecting with the people in the communities,” Webber said. “What is unique about this program is that students are going into individual homes, checking heart rate, blood pressure, providing support regarding their health conditions and teaching people about good nutrition and taking care of their health.  

    Among the students who worked to design and implement this partnership was Afsana Uddin ’16, ’22. She became integral to the project, working directly with the students and the Fitzgerald community members and is now adjunct clinical faculty implementing the program. 

    Uddin says that access to food and education about taking care of your health are the two largest barriers to eating well. 

    “Going into this, we thought that access to food would be a major deterrent,” Uddin said. “We are learning that education is a big part of that as well. The neighborhood itself does not have grocery stores or farmer’s markets, so they don’t have access to these resources that other communities do. It is an inconvenience to the community to have to leave and find those resources outside.” 

    Uddin and other students compiled the data they gathered and studied the results.  

    “One participant lost 10 pounds on the program,” Uddin said. “It’s interesting and heartwarming to see how, when given fresh meals, physical activity modules, education on nutrition and stress eating, you see the participants take this seriously, and get motivated to meet their health goals.” 

    For Mihelich, this program speaks to a higher good as well, embodied in the mission of Detroit Mercy. 

    “I think that we very much believe, as a Jesuit and Sisters of Mercy institution, that it is important for us to connect with our community’s vulnerable populations, demonstrate compassion and take this opportunity to actually put our mission into action,” Mihelich said. “We talk about it a lot, but how do we put it into action, and how do we demonstrate this to others.” 

    Everyone involved in the project hopes for it to continue in future courses, however finding funding will be the big challenge moving forward.  

    “Farmacy Foods and Fresh Prescriptions have been great to work with, and they have been invested in the community, but if we have the ability to establish that program long term, it would really help,” Uddin said.  

    The program has set up a crowdfunding page, and they are seeking additional funding from outside grants. Everyone involved is hopeful this program can continue to serve the community and do good in their own backyard.  

    “I would love to see it continue, and possibly incorporate culinary education aspects,” Uddin said. “Not only providing the food and fresh meals, but the education on how to prepare good food.” 

  • December 05: Detroit Mercy Theatre Company continues award stream with ‘Antigone’

    Monday December 05, 2022
    A graphic featuring five photos of Antigone and one of Sarah Hawkins Rusk, with text reading, 'Antigone, EncoreMichigan2022, Best Play, Best Director Play, Director by Sarah Hawkins Rusk, Ticketing and Audience Development Coordinator, Adjunct Professor, Theatre Company, Detroit Mercy.'

    The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC) is the recipient of two 2022 Wilde Awards for outstanding work on the stage.

    “Antigone” won an award for Best Play and its director Sarah Hawkins Rusk, scored a Best Director award.

    “This recognition is incredibly significant for our program and for our students,” said Professor Greg Grobis, managing director of the DMTC. “Encore Michigan only recognizes professional theatre companies. This elevates the caliber of our University productions to professional status.”

    The Wilde Awards – named in honor of 19th Century playwright Oscar Wilde – recognizes the best productions, performances and technical work produced or presented by professional theaters across the state. Nominations are based on reviews written by EncoreMichigan.com’s team of professional critics.

    Earlier this year, the DMTC production of “Antigone” was awarded two national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, an honor last achieved in the 1970s.

    “Our theatre model stresses collaboration and mentorship with professional artists is clearly a winning formula,” said Grobis. “We are honored and humbled by these awards. And we are so excited for our students to receive this independent acknowledgement of their skills.”

    “The College is thrilled for DMTC to receive these awards,” said Jocelyn Boryczka, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education. “Theatre is central to the Liberal Arts. It draws on our fields of study — in this case philosophy, history and literature in ‘Antigone’ — to push us to think beyond what is known to what is possible.”

    The next DMTC production, “Pride and Prejudice,” hits the stage in February 2023. Tickets are available now at detroitmercyartsuniversitytickets.com.

    A graphic featuring five photos of Antigone and one of Sarah Hawkins Rusk, with text reading, 'Antigone, EncoreMichigan2022, Best Play, Best Director Play, Director by Sarah Hawkins Rusk, Ticketing and Audience Development Coordinator, Adjunct Professor, Theatre Company, Detroit Mercy.'

  • December 05: Announcing the 2022-23 Mission Micro Grant Awards

    Monday December 05, 2022

    The Mission Micro Grant Evaluation Committee and Office for Mission Integration are pleased to announce the 2022-23 Mission Micro Grant Awards:

    • Deanna Blevins (University Recreation) — Support for refreshments for a tree lighting and holiday de-stress event.
    • Holly Christian and Samantha Stiltner (School of Law) — Support for coaching costs and gift cards for guest judges assisting the Veterans Law Moot Court Competition team.
    • Megan Conrad and Alexa Rihana-Abdullah (College of Engineering & Sciences) — Support for purchase of books focused on negotiating strategies for women for the Society of Women Engineers student chapter library.
    • Nickolas Davis and Janet Joiner (College of Liberal Arts & Education) — Honorarium and refreshment support for the new Full-time Accelerated Social Work Track (FAST) student orientation.
    • Melissa Eckhause (School of Law) — Fee support for creators working with the Detroit Mercy Arts and Entertainment Law Clinic and identifying as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) to submit their copyright registration applications.
    • Lee Eschelmann (College of Liberal Arts & Education) — Support for refreshments for a retreat for an interdisciplinary junior faculty work group.
    • Cindy Gilham (McNichols Library) — Support for supplies and donations postage for the Seed Library.
    • Mary-Catherine Harrison (College of Liberal Arts & Education) — Support for Rx for Reading Detroit to build two free community libraries to be placed at Brilliant Detroit hubs in Grixdale Farms and McDougall Hunt.
    • Tim Hipskind, SJ (Institute for Leadership and Service/Titan Equity Nourish Network) — Support for produce deliveries made in collaboration with the Princeton Street Block Club (PSBC).
    • Andrea Kwasky and Mary Serowoky (College of Health Professions) —Honorarium support for a campus presentation by speakers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
    • Betsy Lozanao (SOD) — Support for Detroit Mercy Dental (DMD) students to provide onsite learning activities at Mercy Education Project with the Girls Tutoring Program.
    • Molly McClelland and Megan Conrad (College of Health Professions/College of Engineering & Sciences) — Gift cards for community clients working with nursing and engineering student teams in Prototype Design & Assistive Technology courses.
    • Becky Nauta (College of Health Professions) — Support for printing of patient and family educational materials in English and Spanish on chronic and end-of-life pain management, Grand Rapids – Aquinas Campus.
    • Jennifer Ruel (College of Health Professions) — Refreshments for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner certificate program’s three-day skills intensive.
    • Marisa Tucker (Financial Aid) — Food and hygiene items for the McNichols Campus Little Free Pantry.
    • Elaine Webber and Sonya Kowalski (College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing) — Art supplies for students’ personal spirituality projects in NUR 2100: Introduction to Nursing in the Mercy and Jesuit Traditions.

    Many thanks to all who submitted applications and the the Evaluation Committee for their work in support of the program. For more information about Mission Micro Grants, please visit https://udmercy.edu/about/mission-vision/micro-grant or contact Rosemary Weatherston, director of Mission Micro Grant Program, at weatherr@udmercy.edu.

  • December 05: Support Children’s Literacy with a gift to Rx for Reading Detroit

    Monday December 05, 2022
    Rx for Reading logo, Raising Readings One Book at a Time

    Since 2014, Detroit Mercy’s Rx for Reading Detroit has distributed over 200,000 books to low-income children and families in Metro Detroit. That’s more than one book for every child in the city of Detroit.

    Rx for Reading Detroit logoNow through the New Year, a loyal Rx for Reading Donor is matching all donations up to $5,000. It is easy and fast to give a gift through the Detroit Mercy Giving Page.

    Or, give the gift that keeps on giving. In less than two minutes, Detroit Mercy employees can set up automatic payroll deduction (designate Rx for Reading as the College/School/Program): https://www.udmercy.edu/giving/forms/fac-staff-giving-and-payroll-deduction.php.

    2 minutes + $5 a paycheck = 175 brand new books

    In just one year of giving, $5 per paycheck allows us to purchase 175 brand new books for children who need them. That means every single month you’ll be giving 14 books to kids in our community!

    Give a gift to Rx for Reading Detroit and help raise the next generation of readers and leaders—and future Detroit Mercy college students!

    Give to Rx for Reading!

    Rx for Reading logo, Raising Readings One Book at a Time

     

  • December 05: Celebrate TENN with holiday social event on Friday, Dec. 9

    Monday December 05, 2022
    A graphic titled Holiday Social Event Team Party, come celebrate our volunteers, members in the Student Union Building, December 9, 2022, 1-2 p.m., learn about upcoming TENN events and volunteering opportunities!

    Help celebrate the Titan Equity Nourish Network with a holiday party in the lower level of the Student Union on Friday, Dec. 9 from 1-2 p.m.

    Celebrate TENN’s volunteers and members and meet TENN’s new manager, Chelsea Manning. Also learn about upcoming TENN volunteering opportunities. Cookies and snacks will be provided!

    A graphic titled Holiday Social Event Team Party, come celebrate our volunteers, members in the Student Union Building, December 9, 2022, 1-2 p.m., learn about upcoming TENN events and volunteering opportunities!

  • December 05: Join Detroit Mercy’s first cohort for Search Advocate Training

    Monday December 05, 2022

    Do you want to advocate for diversity and inclusive excellence in the search process?

    Detroit Mercy is offering search advocate training with four sessions in the next month, two before Christmas and two after the New Year. The dates are:

    • Tuesday, Dec. 20 — 9 a.m. to Noon (Engineering, Room 120)
    • Thursday, Dec. 22 — 9 a.m. to Noon (Engineering, Room 120)
    • Wednesday, Jan. 4 — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (College of Health Professions, Room 124)
    • Friday, Jan. 6 — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (College of Health Professions, Room 124)

    Learn strategies to mitigate implicit bias. Be the person on the search committee who ensures that all voices are heard and encourages communication between the committee, candidates and other stakeholders.

    Learn tips to be better prepared to actively participate in all phases of the search process at Detroit Mercy.

    The Search Advocate trainers for Detroit Mercy are: Jahazara Mayes, Juliette Daniels, Mara Livezey and Yvonne King. Please register by Friday, Dec. 16.

    Note that to complete the training, attendance is required at each one.

    With questions or for more information, please contact Jahzara Mayes by email at otoojm@udmercy.edu.

    Register for Search Advocacy Training.

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Friday December 02, 2022

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Patrick Kelly, S.J. was recently featured in a Q&A interview with USC’s Institute of Advance Catholic Studies. He answered questions on how he got involved working in sports and spirituality, Pope Francis, the Vatican Summit, among other topics. Read the full interview.

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