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  • August 11: 2019 Valedictorian takes first vows with Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal

    Thursday August 11, 2022
    Mary Margaret Payne, on the left, and two other women smile for the camera outdoors next to a Christmas tree with blue water in the background. All three women are wearing shawls over their heads.

    Sr. Solanus Payne (Mary Margaret Payne), Detroit Mercy’s Class of 2019 valedictorian, recently took her first vows with Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal.

    Sr. Solanus’ first assignment will be in Drogheda, Ireland in early 2023.

    Revisit her journey to Detroit Mercy and eventually to a religious calling in a 2019 graduate profile.

    Mary Margaret Payne, on the left, and two other women smile for the camera outdoors next to a Christmas tree with blue water in the background. All three women are wearing shawls over their heads.Sr. Solanus, left, took her first vows in early August.
  • August 10: Promote campus events through Detroit Mercy Live

    Wednesday August 10, 2022

    Campus community, Detroit Mercy Live is a web portal to find student organizations and University events throughout the school year.

    The tool is useful for students to find events on campus, as well as student organizations at the University. It can also be used to organize your department or organization.

    Activate your Detroit Mercy Live account by visiting live.udmercy.edu and using your TitanPass credentials.

    Please contact University Services at universityservices@udmercy.edu for assistance and help in getting set-up with Detroit Mercy Live.

    More on Detroit Mercy Live.
  • August 08: President’s Convocation set for Aug. 16 

    Monday August 08, 2022
    President Donald Taylor stands behind a podium inside of the Student Union Ballroom, with a blue Detroit Mercy banner hanging on the podium and part of a University Ministry logo behind him on a projector screen.

    Employees from all of Detroit Mercy’s campuses are invited to attend the annual President’s Convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 16 in the Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus.

    Convocation formally opens the new academic year and will include President Donald B. Taylor’s State of the University address, where he will present his vision for Detroit Mercy. Attendees will also hear reports from the vice presidents for Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, Enrollment & Student Affairs and University Advancement on important updates and initiatives that are underway across our campuses.

    Information and dates for upcoming events will be shared, including: President Meet and Greets for employees and students; University Forums (formally Fiscal and University Briefings); Campus Beautification events; and more. We will also welcome new colleagues, announce the Faculty Recognition Awardees, recognize our emeriti faculty and present the Agere ex Missione Mission Leadership Awards to a staff member, an administrator and a faculty member.

    In order to assist in planning for food and seating, please complete this brief survey by Monday, August 8 if you are planning to attend.

    The President’s Convocation Day activities will begin with breakfast at 9:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:00 a.m.

    After the program, attendees will move to the new plaza on the south side of the Student Union. Boxed lunches will be available so we can share a meal, enjoy games (on the lawn and in the Student Union lower level) and, most importantly, introduce ourselves to new community members and renew old friendships. Casual summer attire is recommended so you can enjoy the morning and afternoon activities.

    For those who are unable to attend in person, the program will be shown live through a Zoom webinar. In order to view the webinar, you must register by 5 p.m. on August 15. After you register, you will receive a link for the webinar.

    Register for President’s Convocation (in-person) Register for President’s Convocation (virtual)

    President Donald Taylor stands behind a podium inside of the Student Union Ballroom, with a blue Detroit Mercy banner hanging on the podium and part of a University Ministry logo behind him on a projector screen.

  • August 08: Employees invited to participate in annual PTV service event

    Monday August 08, 2022

    Detroit Mercy’s Institute for Leadership and Service invites all faculty and staff to join incoming first-year students for the annual half-day of service during the Prologues, Transitions and Viewpoints (PTV) orientation program, Aug. 24-25 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Those interested in participating are asked to meet in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Union.

    This year’s event will focus on clearing overgrown lots in the Fitzgerald, Martin Park, Palmer Park and Hope Village neighborhoods — all of which are located just outside of the McNichols Campus. Some service volunteers will also be assigned to clearing spaces at Gesu Catholic School, Palmer Park Prep Academy and a retirement home near the Marygrove Conservancy, as well as painting a house and assisting with a local garden in the Fitzgerald neighborhood.

    Schedule for each day
    7:30 a.m. — Breakfast in Fountain Lounge
    8:00 a.m. — Orientation at pre-reflection
    9:05 a.m. — Departure for sites
    9:30  a.m. — 12 p.m. – Work at service sites
    12:30 p.m. — Lunch on McNichols Campus

    If interested, please contact Sr. Karen Dunville, RSM at dunvilmk@udmercy.edu with the day(s) you would prefer to work.

  • August 08: Register for Colleague Development Days, set for Aug. 17-18

    Monday August 08, 2022

    University community, registration is open for the annual Fall Colleague Development Days on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus.

    The programming takes place Aug. 17-18, with both in-person and virtual sessions covering a variety of topics. Sessions begin each day at 9 a.m. with four different time slots each day and the final session concluding at roughly 4 p.m. each day. In partnership with the BUILD program, a third day has been added for a peer mentoring workshop on Thursday, Aug. 25.

    Registration will close on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Please be sure to register before then to confirm your reservations.

    Among the highlights this year:

    • An introduction by Detroit Mercy Provost Pam Zarkowski.
    • Keynote speaker Mark Ostach, who will focus on how to foster better relationships and more satisfaction at work. In Ostach’s uplifting talk, he will explore the importance of digital wellbeing and communication in times of change.
    • Day two online featured speaker Marla Guerrero, DEI advocate and chair of the Dreamers Support Committee at Marquette University, will outline how members of the Detroit Mercy community can best support students who are DACA recipients and Dreamers.

    In addition to the featured speakers, there will be two days of concurrent sessions in four tracks that will be relevant to the entire University community, highlighting a wealth of knowledge from our colleagues that is certain to inspire all with a new school year drawing near.

    Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to review the session descriptions and objectives to learn more about the content for each session. Check out the link below for a complete schedule and to register for the sessions.

    With further questions or assistance, please email cetl@udmercy.edu or Mia Hairston, program coordinator, at hairstti@udmercy.edu.

    Register for development days.
  • August 08: Faculty needed for PTV skits

    Monday August 08, 2022

    Detroit Mercy faculty are needed to participate in a skit on college classroom etiquette, which will be performed during the Prologues, Transitions and Viewpoints (PTV) orientation program Aug. 24-25.

    The short skit, acted out by faculty for incoming freshmen, illustrates what not to do to be successful in college, including not doing homework and coming late to class.

    The skit will be performed once per day on Wednesday, Aug. 24 and Thursday, Aug. 25 beginning at 2 p.m. Each skit would last nearly 30 minutes, with 15 minutes dedicated to discussing classroom etiquette with the freshmen. Faculty are asked to gather for nearly 30 minutes before the scheduled time to choose roles for the skit.

    If you are interested in participating in these helpful skits, please contact Professor of Chemistry Mary Lou Caspers at casperml@udmercy.edu.

  • August 08: Jesuit Fathers visit for presentations on social justice and ecology, Aug. 8-9

    Monday August 08, 2022
    A graphic featuring a photo of two Detroit Mercy students gardening. Text reads 'Jesuit Justice and Ecology Priorities ... Challenges and Opportunities,' Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 from 10-11:15 a.m., Room 226 of the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, 651 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI, 48226Jesuit Fathers Xavier Jeyaraj and Ted Penton will offer two brief panel presentations on Jesuit efforts in social justice and ecology from a global and national perspective followed by a discussion on the Detroit context.

    The first discussion is from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, both virtually as well as in-person in Room 139 of the Commerce and Finance Building on the McNichols Campus.

    The in-person presentation is set for 10-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 in Room 226 at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. A virtual presentation is also available for those who register. Parking is free at the Riverfront Campus.

    Jeyaraj is the director of Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) of the Society of Jesus in the General Curia in Rome. He has 30 years of field experience as a social worker, human rights lawyer and activist.

    Penton is the secretary for the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and entered the Society of Jesus in Canada.

    Three members of the Detroit Mercy staff will also be on-hand during Monday’s presentation to offer Detroit Mercy perspective — Associate Professor of Biology Victor Carmona, Dean Emeritus Stephen Vogel and University Minister for Justice and Service Sr. Erin McDonald, CSJ.

    The presentation is open to Detroit Mercy faculty and staff, parishioners, alumni and others who wish to attend. Coffee and other refreshments will be served following the presentation.

    Register for in-person Monday | Register for in-person Tuesday Register for virtual MondayRegister for virtual Tuesday

    A graphic featuring a photo of two Detroit Mercy students gardening. Text reads 'Jesuit Justice and Ecology Priorities ... Challenges and Opportunities,' Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 from 10-11:15 a.m., Room 226 of the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, 651 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI, 48226

     

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