The State of Michigan’s Talent and Economic Development Department and Department of Education recently announced the first round of Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grant awardees. And University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science will play a significant role in this important new effort.

The State of Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has once again honored Detroit Mercy as a Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly School for 2018-2019. This achievement is based on the University’s efforts in helping student veterans achieve success during their studies.

Stephany (Filimon) Wilkes ’00 knows the story people want to hear from her: She rage-quit her job at a Silicon Valley tech firm and decided to become a sheep shearer. It’s a good story, she admits. The trouble is, it’s not true.

Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science, along with 146 sites throughout the world, will help kickoff the FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Detroit Mercy is pleased to announce the appointment of Georgette Morrow ’68 and Saad J. Nadhir ’80 to the University’s board of trustees.

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) has created a Part-Time Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PT BSN) program that can save students more than $13,000 in tuition costs over the length of the eight-semester program.

Detroit Mercy will host a friendly but competitive mathematics competition for high school students to test their problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in February 2019.

Get ready to cure the winter blues with our revamped winter celebration. Detroit Mercy will host the Titan Winter Blast Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus.

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) and University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry will launch a new interprofessional course to educate medical and dental students on how health care professionals collaborate for the benefit of their patients.

Detroit Mercy’s Happy, Health, Organizing-Change (H2O) organization recently launched the Student Food Pantry to help decrease food insecurity among students. In addition, the University Advancement Department has established a crowdfunding initiative to raise important funds in support of the food pantry.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is partnering with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, to launch an Environmental Law Clinic to aid organizational clients and teach students how to affect regulatory policy in all three branches of state, provincial and federal government in both the United States and Canada.

Detroit Mercy faculty, staff and leadership gathered together Nov. 2 to honor two faculty members at the 2018 Faculty Recognition Awards.

What started off as a simple idea will soon be enjoyed by thousands of children and adults at the Michigan Science Center. Thanks to a collaboration between University of Detroit Mercy, Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund), Detroit Cristo Rey High School and the Michigan Science Center, the science behind one Earth’s most fascinating phenomena is coming to the museum, in the form of an earthquake table exhibit.

Detroit Mercy Psychology graduate student Christina Nguyen won the Michigan Tutorial Association’s (MTA) Tutor-of-the-Year Award. She was honored at the MTA Connections Conference on Friday, Nov. 2, at Wayne State University.

Paul Butler, now a professor of law at Georgetown University, shared his experience and insight Oct. 22 at the inaugural Dewitt C. Holbrook Lecture on Social Justice at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Butler researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory.

Detroit Mercy will honor veterans on Veteran’s Day Nov. 12 with a special Pinning Ceremony.

The College of Liberal Arts & Education will host the annual Ethics Bowl on Nov. 9 at 12:30 in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Union on the McNichols campus.   

University of Detroit Mercy’s University Advancement Division announces the second annual “Clash of the Titans” giving competition to help support Detroit Mercy NCAA Division I athletic teams.

For the second year in a row, a group of University of Detroit Mercy students studied the American civil rights movement where it happened, as history professors Roy Finkenbine and Gregory Sumner led a weeklong trip through Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi in early summer 2018. The journey was part of a “Topics in African American History” class, and instead of reading about the Edmund Pettus Bridge and Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in a textbook, participants experienced these sites — and many more — in person. They returned home from the trip having eaten more than a little barbeque and with many stories to tell. One student, Mary Kate McNally, has agreed to share her experience on this eye-opening trip.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Professor Lawrence Dubin received the State Bar of Michigan’s John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award during the annual State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference in Grand Rapids.

Detroit Mercy Biochemistry Student Tiffany Tieu Ngo recently earned selection as one of only eight U.S. college students to serve as a student representative at the 2018 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24).

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi is representing his fraternity Sigma Pi Phi (The Boulè) as competition coordinator for the Base 11 $1 Million Space Challenge. This Challenge works to spur the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent among U.S. students.

Titan Basketball season is right around the corner, which means the return of the University of Detroit Mercy Basketball Coaches Show. The show will once again broadcast live on 910 AM Superstation at Dino's Lounge in Ferndale from 7 to 8 p.m. with the new "voice" of men's basketball, Dan Hasty, serving as host.

The weather was perfect for Detroit Mercy Homecoming 2018 on Sept. 28-29. More than 1,500 alumni, friends and community neighbors were on hand to enjoy festivities like the annual tug-of-war, law school golf outing, 50th reunion dinner for the class of 1968, Decades Dash run, a classic car show, DIA display on how artists work, soccer, lacrosse and tennis matches, and an ROTC reunion.

The national debate about policing, criminal justice and race relations will be front and center when Georgetown University Law Professor Paul Butler speaks at Detroit Mercy Law at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the University’s Riverfront Campus.

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the entire Detroit Mercy community came together for Celebrate Spirit! “Be the Joy” in the Fitness Center. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and friends of the University celebrated this annual event to welcome everyone to the fall semester and set our spiritual path for the year.

University of Detroit Mercy Assistant Professor of Biology — and world-renowned paleontologist — Nizar Ibrahim’s adventures in hunting for dinosaur fossils in the Sahara Desert will take center stage on Sept. 28, when he presents, “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous,” a National Geographic Live event, at The Smith Center in Las Vegas.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture's student journal Dichotomy won the 2018 Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals from the American Institute of Architects/Center for Architecture this past summer. The journal received an award of $2,000, which will help support publication costs in 2019.

For the fourth consecutive year, Detroit Mercy announces positive preliminary fall enrollment numbers for new students. Preliminary full-time undergraduate enrollment is 6.7 percent higher than last year on this date. The freshman enrollment for the fall 2018 stands at 587 students compared with 550 new freshmen last year. In addition, the new freshman class is the largest class since 2009.

For the second year in a row, the first-time pass rate of Detroit Mercy accounting students who took the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam ranks among the nation’s best. 

The graduation rate of Catholic colleges and universities is significantly higher than that of public schools, according to College Scorecard, a database of the U.S. Department of Education. The national average graduation rate was 42 percent in 2015, while the average was 59 percent at Catholic colleges and universities.

The University will celebrate Constitution Day with a variety of activities and events. Constitution Day is Monday, Sept. 17.

For the 18th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest Best Regional Universities in the 2019 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges.”

Detroit Mercy’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations reports that the institution has recently received charitable grants and corporate gifts totaling nearly $167,000. These grants and gifts will help support University of Detroit Mercy students, programs and community service through a number of initiatives.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that the College of Health Professions' (CHP) McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) was selected to receive a grant to support the Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing on Oct. 10, 2018.

The entire Detroit Mercy community welcomes our new and returning students to our three campuses for the fall semester 2018!

Detroit Mercy's 2018 Homecoming takes place on Sept. 28 – 29 and provides a wealth of opportunities for alumni, friends, family and the community to have fun and re-discover our historic city, Detroit.

Detroit Mercy’s Dan Pitera was named winner of the 2018 American Institute of Architect Detroit Chapter’s Charles Blessing Award. Pitera is executive director of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC).

Detroit Mercy is pleased to help celebrate the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the beginning of a vibrant legacy of service.

University of Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant (PA) student Mary Beth Couretas knew she wanted to do something special for her elective clinical rotation. Couretas accomplished that by becoming the first Detroit Mercy PA student to do an international clinical rotation, completing a rotation in Mombasa, Kenya.

Detroit Mercy invites high school students to attend "Visit Day" on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Events will take place in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Center on the University’s McNichols Campus.

Detroit Mercy freshmen will kick off their college careers by performing a day of volunteer work throughout Detroit August 22-23. This effort is part of the University's “Prologue, Transitions and Viewpoints” (PTV) program, which works to orient students into their college career and the Detroit Mercy Jesuit and Mercy traditions of service to the community.

For the second year in a row, a group of University of Detroit Mercy students studied the American civil rights movement where it happened, as history professors Roy Finkenbine and Gregory Sumner led a weeklong trip through Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. They returned home from the trip having eaten more than a little barbeque and with many stories to tell. One student, Mary Kate McNally, has agreed to share her experience on this eye-opening trip.

A group of 20 dental students from Detroit Mercy’s chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) will travel to Guatemala at the end of July to help patients with important dental care needs. But to get there, they need some assistance. 

Detroit Mercy announces an initiative that strengthens the institution’s ability to support U.S. military veterans who wish to pursue a degree and receive the assistance they need to be successful. The University's crowdfunding initiative “Veterans Helping Veterans” seeks contributions toward a crowdfunding goal of $50,000 to establish a new Veterans Lounge for student veterans who are studying at the University.

President Antoine Garibaldi recently attended an important international assembly of the leadership of Jesuit colleges and universities worldwide at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain.

The GM Student Corps celebrates its sixth year helping young people in underserved school districts transform their communities and jump start their futures. Students will spend the day at Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus on Thursday, July 19, engaging with faculty and learning important life skills as they prepare for college.

The point where driverless vehicles and the law intersect is nearly uncharted territory, but one University of Detroit Mercy alumna has positioned herself there to help keep an industry on the right road.

A wing of the University of Detroit Mercy Engineering Building is well on its way to becoming a living laboratory, thanks to a generous grant from DTE Energy — and a hardworking group of sophomore Engineering students.

Dozens of young African-American men gathered at University of Detroit Mercy for a weekend of inspiration and support.

Detroit Mercy School of Law Dean Phyllis L. Crocker recently received the Patriot Award administered by the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). This prestigious award recognizes employers who help foster a strong National Guard and Reserve force by practicing leadership and personnel policies that support Guard and Reserve members and their families.

Children ages 2 to 17 can hop aboard University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry’s Titans for Teeth mobile dental clinic this summer as the clinic rolls into neighborhoods to help people with dental needs. 

Michigan Women Forward (formerly Michigan Women’s Foundation) and Ford Motor Company Fund are helping launch successful social enterprises with the Second Annual EmpowerHER Summit on Wednesday, June 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Detroit Mercy's Student Union.

Detroit Mercy’s dean of the College of Business Administration, Joseph G. Eisenhauer, Ph.D., is among the world’s top scholars in the field of risk and insurance, according to a recent study. 

University of Detroit Mercy graduate Christina Jones tells anyone who will listen about the school’s ReBUILDetroit program and with good reason. Jones credits ReBUILDetroit with putting her on a path to success and opening up opportunities she never thought possible.

It’s set to be an eventful summer for the Live6 Alliance and the community surrounding Livernois and McNichols. Part of Live6’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and economic opportunity in Northwest Detroit and to create settings and experiences that serve and celebrate local culture and people. Here are some projects from Live6 to look for this summer and later this year:

University of Detroit Mercy is making it easier than ever to get involved in environmental issues like water quality, global warming, air quality or waste management with its accelerated Environmental Engineering master’s program.

The University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball program welcomes a successful and veteran coach to lead the Titans back to championship contention as Mike Davis was named the 22nd head coach in program history.

On Sunday, July 1, Ss. Peter and Paul Church next door to the Detroit Mercy School of Law will celebrate 170 years!

Detroit Mercy announces that the institution stands with all members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) against attacks and death threats issued against Chepe Idiaquez, S.J., rector of Central American University (UCA) of Nicaragua over the past several months.

Recently, University of Detroit Mercy President Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi was in California for the announcement of The Base 11 Space Challenge, where he spoke about the importance of STEM education.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi attended the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference to learn more about what’s in store for the state, business industry and higher education community.

University of Detroit Mercy, designated a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will soon have another point of pride as it introduces an updated undergraduate curriculum, effective this fall.

Being selected for a Fulbright is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But for Detroit Mercy Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nihad Dukhan, it’s now a twice-in-a-lifetime experience. Dukhan, who was a Fulbright Scholar during the 2014-15 school year, was recently selected as a Fulbright Specialist this summer at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul.

In May, the Michigan State Board of Law Examiners (BLE) released the February 2018 bar exam results, which indicate that Detroit Mercy School of Law graduates earned the school a second-place bar passage ranking among Michigan law schools for this cycle.

Zachary Klima ’12 was standing in line to use the restroom at a Detroit Red Wings game when he heard the crowd erupt with cheers, indicating that the Wings had scored the game-winning goal. “If only,” he thought, “there were a way to know how long the lines were, I might not have missed that goal.” That was in 2012 and it was one of those proverbial light bulb moments that lead to innovations and new discoveries. For Klima, it led away from his full-time job and into the world of technology startups. WaitTime, which entertainment venues use to let fans know how long they’d have to wait in line at restrooms or concessions, is the result.

University of Detroit Mercy appointed Dr. Katherine Snyder as dean of the College of Engineering & Science effective May 7, 2018. Snyder has served as the College’s interim dean since May 31, 2017. Previously, she was the associate dean of Academic Affairs of the College of Engineering & Science, a position she held since 2010.

If you’ve spent time in the McNichols Campus Library, you’ve probably seen some of Maurice Greenia’s work. The library technician and preservation specialist is responsible for many of the creative displays that showcase special themes, exhibits and events.

University of Detroit Mercy held commencement ceremonies on May 11 and 12, 2018, and welcomed more than 1,500 students to the University’s alumni ranks. Congratulations to all graduates for achieving your academic goals!

Christen Kemp wasn’t quite sure what she was looking for in a college when she visited University of Detroit Mercy as a senior in high school. Still, her father elected to put down a deposit, encouraging her to study nursing. But as she nears graduation, where she will speak as the Class of 2018’s valedictorian on May 12, she knows Detroit Mercy was everything she could have ever wanted in a university and offered her opportunities she wouldn’t have had anywhere else.

Detroit Mercy President Dr. Antoine Garibaldi appeared on Nolan Finley’s radio show, talking about University of Detroit Mercy on May 4. Filling in for Nolan were hosts Matt Friedman and Dan Tanner of Friedman/Tanner.

Detroit Mercy engineering and nursing students joined forces with students from Lawrence Technological University and veterans over the past year to work on projects designed to ease challenges vets experience with everyday tasks due to physical disabilities.

Detroit Mercy honored seven alumni during the annual Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards. More than 280 people attended the awards gala and dinner celebration, which took place in the Ballroom of the Student Union on the McNichols campus.

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center at University of Detroit Mercy recently won a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the 2018 Design Futures Public Interest Design Student Leadership Forum. This forum takes place from May 21-25 on the University’s McNichols campus.

University of Detroit Mercy students had the opportunity to showcase their research projects on April 17, as the University hosted its annual Celebration of Scholarly Achievement in the Student Union Ballroom.

Oakland County Circuit Judge and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law alumna Denise K. Langford Morris '82 will be receiving the Mary S. Coleman award at the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) Centennial Gala on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Detroit’s Colony Club.

Detroit Mercy will hold its annual commencement ceremonies on May 11 and 12, 2018. Commencement ceremonies will take place in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus.  This year, when sharing photos and congratulatory comments on social media, make sure to include the hashtag #detroitmercy2018 so we can display your posts on-screen in Calihan Hall and the Student Fitness Center before the event!  Posts will be displayed from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

University of Detroit Mercy continues to provide a world-class education and top-notch services for military veterans and has once again earned the Military Friendly® School designation. The 2018-19 Military Friendly® list, now in its 17th year, aims to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

On Friday, the University community suffered the loss of one of its most recognizable and beloved members, recently retired Associate Professor of Health Services Administration Mary Kelly, R.S.M. ’68.

Spend a few minutes with Detroit Mercy’s new Director of Sustainability Victor Carmona and his passion for what he does will leave you inspired. Whether Carmona is talking about his research projects in El Salvador, Mexico and Costa Rica or his thoughts on how to bring students studying different disciplines together, he will make you think in a new light.

Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering and Science and the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE) recently signed a collaborative agreement to increase the number of under-represented minority students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Physician Assistant (PA) students Kristina Jennings and Ashley Meerschaert received grants from the Michigan Academy of PAs to attend a leadership conference in Virginia. The Leadership and Advocacy Summit in early March provides a way for PA students to meet other PA students and network with practicing PAs from across the country, said Amy Dereczyk, chair of Detroit Mercy’s PA program.

Associate Professor of Psychology Kristen Abraham is the primary investigator on a three-year project awarded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The grant is titled “Social Determinants of Primary Care Utilization among Urban Community Mental Health Center Patients with Serious Mental Illness.”

University of Detroit Mercy will welcome Professor Tiya Miles to campus to discuss and sign her latest book, "The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straights." This special engagement takes place on Friday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chemistry Building Room 114.

University of Detroit Mercy will host a special presentation by Carol B. Thompson, a professor emerita of political science at Northern Arizona University, who will present "The Future of Food: Lessons from African Smallholder Farmers." This special lecture takes place Thursday, March 29, from 6-7 p.m. in the College of Health Professions building, Room 124.

University of Detroit Mercy will host the Wheelchair Escalator Demonstration Event on Thursday, March 22, in the College of Engineering & Sciences High Bay from 1:30-4 p.m. Millions of Americans rely on wheelchairs or walking aids such as a cane every day. In fact, some 54 million Americans — a full 19 percent of the non-institutionalized population — suffer from a physical or cognitive disability.

The Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) at University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration is now accepting applications for its fourth cohort of Boost. Applications are due Thursday, March 22.

University of Detroit Mercy will serve as host for rounds 1 and 2 of the Division I Men's Basketball tournament on Friday, March 16 and Sunday, March 18 at Little Caesars Arena. Four years ago, the University submitted a competitive bid to serve as host in 2018 and beat out other institutions for this opportunity. As the City of Detroit's University, Detroit Mercy is proud to serve as the 2018 host for rounds 1 and 2.

The Campaign for Detroit Mercy has made considerable progress toward the $100 million fundraising goal by 2019 and students are seeing the results in expanded programming, new learning spaces and enhanced opportunities in the classroom.

University of Detroit Mercy Law students Jessica Gnitt and Matthew Tapia took first place at the 2018 Regional Transactional LawMeet held in Washington, D.C., on February 23. “I was proud to represent the school and bring home a win for us,” Tapia said. “My colleagues and friends work really hard, and it’s nice to have something we can all be proud of."

University of Detroit Mercy prays for the victims and those affected by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a Catholic university grounded in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, we are hopeful that communities will learn how to best help those in crisis and how to avoid these tragedies in the future.

In January, Jesuitical, a podcast presented by America Media, which publishes America, The Jesuit Review, posed the question “Is it possible to blend yoga and Catholicism?” On the podcast, Bobby Karle, S.J., answers questions about Ignatian Yoga, a new movement gaining attention and which he co-founded with Alan Haras, a 2016 graduate of University of Detroit Mercy.

Metro Detroit high school students are now eligible to earn a certificate in Business Administration from University of Detroit Mercy’s nationally ranked business school before they even graduate. Best of all, it’s free. Qualified high school students can register for college courses on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus for the fall and winter semesters each year, without paying any tuition. Beginning fall 2018, students who complete five or more designated courses in business and accounting will earn a Certificate in Business Administration.

More than 250 alumni and friends gathered on the McNichols Campus for the annual Titan tradition: Detroit Mercy’s Alumni Chili Cook-off, Feb. 24. Taste buds were sent into overdrive with pots of delicious chili created by representative teams of the University’s colleges/schools, as well as the Titan Club.

University of Detroit Mercy recently earned the selection bid to serve as host site for the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) in 2019. Detroit Mercy will welcome hundreds of students, faculty and administrators from more than 28 Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the country to McNichols Campus in July 2019.

Detroit Mercy’s Campus Kitchen has recently embarked on a national Crowdfunding fundraising competition titled “Raise The Dough” to help fund student-driven solutions to hunger and food waste in U.S. communities. The competition ends Feb. 23.

A group of seven nursing students recently raised more than $2,800, and nearly double that in donated goods to promote healthy living at the Operation Stand Down event for veterans. The students gave away 500 dental kits and other prizes via a prize wheel, which included first aid kits, blankets, flash lights, hats and other items veterans, many of them homeless, need.

The "voice" of the Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team, Cliff Russell, has passed away at the age of 61

Tom Lokar ’88 knows a thing or two about leadership. Currently the chief human resources officer for telecommunications company Mitel, he has worked in similar positions for HP, AOL and Bristol Myers Squibb. He also founded and ran an online career management and talent management business, where he developed a series of assessment tools and feedback protocols to help those seeking jobs define their career plan, and help recruiters find the right candidate.

Detroit Mercy will host a friendly but competitive Mathematics Competition for high school students to test their problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge April 14. But until then, high school students have a chance to gain invaluable practice at solving math problems each month through the monthly web puzzles.

It's official! University of Detroit Mercy defeated Oakland University in the 2018 Donor Challenge. The final tally: Detroit Mercy 697 donors, Oakland 683. Detroit Mercy was officially announced as the 2018 Donor Challenge winner during the Titans vs. OU Men's Basketball Game, Feb. 9, at Oakland University.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, chairman of the Board of Directors of Live6 Alliance, announced the selection of Cecily King as its new executive director. King began on Feb. 1, 2018. In addition, Live6 Alliance also selected Jeremy Lewis as the new commercial corridor manager of the organization.

As the son of an Episcopalian minister, the last place James Timberlake thought he would find himself was a Jesuit university. But it’s his education at University of Detroit he credits with giving him the skills and confidence to build a successful career in architecture helping design significant projects like, most recently, the U.S. Embassy in London with his Philadelphia-based firm KieranTimberlake.

University of Detroit Mercy has launched a crowdfunding initiative titled “Support Our Scholars,” which raises funds for the expendable scholarships at the University. This fund assists students who are struggling to fulfill basic needs and help them remain in college given unforeseen life circumstances they may experience.

Samuel D. Hunter’s humorous and heartbreaking comedy A Bright New Boise continues the 47th season of the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Feb. 9-25. Performances will be at The Marlene Boll Theatre inside of the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit.

Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., author of the 2016 National Book Award-winning "Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," will speak at University of Detroit Mercy on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This engagement is part of Detroit Mercy’s celebration of Black History Month on campus.

University of Detroit Mercy will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a variety of events and engagements that are open to the public. All of the events are FREE and take place on the McNichols’ campus.

Four University of Detroit Mercy business students placed in the top 25 in the world in the ETF Global Portfolio Challenge. Adam Ross finished in 10th place, Paige Fairchild 13th place, Spiro Pliakos 15th place and Holly Hedemark 21st place.

This Friday night, University of Detroit Mercy students will have a chance to skate after dark at Royal Oak’s John Lindell Ice Arena, as part of the University’s URec (University Recreation) Adventure series.

Detroit Mercy Master of Community Development student Eric Lofquist likes a good challenge, so what better way to challenge himself than becoming a Challenge Detroit fellow? “A friend of mine from the MCD program, Caroline Dobbins, works for Challenge Detroit, and she had been a fellow herself, so she told me about it,” Lofquist said. “I went to check it out, and I felt it not only went along with my degree but also some of the things I’m really interested in doing.”

Detroit Mercy will once again face off against Oakland University for the Detroit Mercy vs. OU Donor Challenge, which takes place Feb. 5-9. The winner is determined based on the number of donors during the competition time line and will be announced during the Detroit Mercy/Oakland University men’s basketball game on Feb. 9. The losing school’s mascot must wear the winning team’s mascot at the game.

Studies show teens are most likely to get in trouble during the hours between the end of the school day and dinnertime. The University of Detroit Mercy Department of Social Work is working to help resolve that issue with a new Virtual After School Program.

What a way to start 2018! Detroit Mercy recently received some considerable national press when The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the University (along with Wayne State) in an article titled “How to Market a College in a Troubled Locale” on Jan. 1, 2018.