2019 Detroit Mercy News Releases

Recent charitable grants totaling more than half a million dollars will support scholarships, programs, faculty research and community outreach at University of Detroit Mercy.

On Dec. 14, Detroit Mercy celebrated the institution’s record-breaking $100-million campaign and began a new phase of growth for the next decade with a strong momentum. Detroit Mercy’s Build a Boundless Future: The Campaign for University of Detroit Mercy has exceeded the goal and surpassed $111 million in commitments, with a few weeks left before its conclusion on Dec. 31, 2019.

Through an educational workshop, Detroit Mercy students and faculty explored using models to solve differential equations. The workshop aims to blend pioneering research ideas with engaging narrative.

Kortney Hepting, Hyder Mirza and Dominique Mones received the 2019-20 scholarships based on their commitment to nursing and work in the classroom and commitment to healthcare in the Detroit area.

Detroit Mercy is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael J. Brenner ’67, Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., and Rev. Theodore Munz, S.J., ’67, ’68 to the University’s board of trustees.

Detroit Mercy undergraduate students have plenty of opportunities for research in just about any area of study. Students working in the lab of Rachelle Belanger are engaged in groundbreaking work studying the effects of atrazine on crayfish — research that could lead to drastic changes in the use of the common herbicide in the United States.

This is the fourth-straight year that the Titans have had a basketball game with proceeds benefitting DPS. In the last three years alone, the annual benefit game has raised more than $21,000 between ticket sales and matching donations from Michigan First Credit Union.

Michael Brunker ’74 got involved in coaching not to win titles, but to work with the children. Now, he gives back to children in the San Diego area through the YMCA and San Diego Regional Police Athletic League.

Detroit Mercy wishes students, their families, alumni and our community a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season! The University’s McNichols Campus and School of Law (Riverfront Campus) will close beginning Saturday, Dec. 21 in observance of Christmas and the holiday season. Normal operations and University bookstore hours resume on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. McNichols Campus and School of Law classes resume on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.

University of Detroit Mercy honored two faculty members at the 2019 Faculty Recognition Awards held earlier this month. Professor of Counseling and Director of Addiction Counseling Nancy Calleja received the Faculty Excellence Award and Terry Howard, lecturer in Decision and Information Sciences, earned the Faculty Achievement Award.

The first-time pass rate of Detroit Mercy accounting graduates who take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam is the best in the nation, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

When several circumstances in her life led to stress, anxiety, depression and destructive habits, Kerrie Trahan ’05 took care of herself through yoga. And now, she brings the health and wellness benefits of it to areas of Detroit that don’t often see it.

Janet Joiner, assistant professor of Social Work and chair of the University of Detroit Mercy Department of Social Work, was recently appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the Michigan Board of Social Work.

The Ireland of Catherine McAuley’s day is a world away from today’s Detroit, but it still holds lessons and inspiration for healthcare workers and educators.

Kaitlin Miklovich wants to be part of Detroit's bright future. The Detroit Mercy alumna, through the Challenge Detroit program, will spend a year helping to revitalize the city with her talents.

Students, police officers, attorneys or anyone curious about drug recognition now have a place to do research and learn the history of Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) at the Drug Recognition Center and Archives, located in University of Detroit Mercy’s Library Archives.

Theatre Professor Arthur J. Beer retired this past year from teaching and this December, he is performing in his last production, "Ebenezer."

The goals of this effort are to increase financial support for teams from alumni and friends, and create a friendly competition to determine which Detroit Mercy Division I team can raise the most funds to support specific program needs.

This new Detroit Mercy program responds to a local, state and national need for Big Data experts in most industry sectors.

This special holiday event takes place Thursday, Nov. 21 at Calihan Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the turkeys run out. Detroit Mercy student-athletes will be on hand in the parking lot of Calihan Hall to personally hand out turkeys and help make this Thanksgiving happier for metro Detroit families.

The School of Architecture (SOA) ranked #1 in the America’s Top Architecture Schools "Most Hired" 2020 report by DesignIntelligence (DI).

In honor and recognition of Veterans Day, Detroit Mercy will host a Veterans Pinning ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. This special event is free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The University Ministry Office will host public witness on Nov. 12 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in front of the Commerce & Finance Building. In addition, from 12:45-1:45 p.m., University Ministry will hold a prayer service.

University of Detroit Mercy Assistant Professor of Biology Nizar Ibrahim wants young people to know there’s still plenty left to explore and discover in the world of science. That will be one of the themes when the Detroit Mercy professor and world-renowned paleontologist speaks at the USA Science & Engineering Festival X-STEM Puerto Rico event on Oct. 25.

Detroit Mercy's Chemistry Club continued its success by achieving a rating of “Outstanding” by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and earned the Green Chemistry Award.

Nathan Steinwascher has lived his version of a double life over the last three years: By day, he’s a mild-mannered accountant, working with numbers and data, but at night, he is a fierce protector of a small-but-important square of grass.

Jesuit universities Detroit Mercy and Xavier united to learn about food justice initiatives during a three-day immersive learning experience in Detroit.

Katie Lukovich, a third-year Physician Assistant student at Detroit Mercy, was one of 27 students in the United States to earn the national scholarship.

Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration (CBA) celebrated the annual Business Leadership Awards during a celebration at the Detroit Golf Club.

Over the years, most of the Sisters of Mercy were interviewed for this project and those interviews were captured on video. Later, the project was expanded to include local members of the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits.

Students accompanied world-renowned paleontologist and Detroit Mercy professor Nizar Ibrahim on an expedition to the Sahara this past summer.

College of Engineering & Science recently received significant support in its efforts to support women in STEM through a five-year collaboration funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $999,899.

This unique course is designed by Jay Pitter, MES, an award-nominated author and placemaker whose practice mitigates growing divides in urban centers.

This event will bring together hundreds of high school students, teachers, university faculty and organizational leaders to discuss the environment and changes.

Two Detroit Mercy leaders were featured in Crain’s Detroit Business’ Notable Women in Education Leadership 2019 report.

More than 1,500 alumni, students, friends and community neighbors joined in the fall festivities as Detroit Mercy celebrated Homecoming 2019 earlier this month.

The conference consists of three keynote events and 58 presentations, featuring speakers from across the world.

Detroit Mercy’s innovative online program prepares the FNP to provide urgent and emergent health care services to patients.

A journey across the pond and into her family heritage paid dividends for women's lacrosse sophomore Emily Beazley.

Detroit Mercy is ranked No. 179 for 2020 in the Best National Universities category.

For the first time in nearly 55 years, Detroit Mercy’s outdoor varsity athletic teams will play home contests under lights.

Detroit Mercy is ranked among the top 20% of all U.S. universities by The Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) college rankings.

Margaret Iwu has yet to take her first class at Detroit Mercy, but she already has boundless dreams for her future.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi chaired a national forum on Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

University of Detroit Mercy freshmen kicked off their college careers by performing a day of service work throughout Detroit on Aug. 21-22.

Business students looking to establish themselves as a writers and a researchers can begin submitting articles to the new Advances in Management & Ethics Research (AMER), a double-blind, peer-reviewed biannual journal.

Detroit Mercy is thrilled to welcome our new and returning students to our three campuses for the fall semester 2019!

Come on out to the ballgame and help support students studying nursing at Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing.

Join the Fall Festival-themed festivities as you reconnect with Detroit Mercy through two exciting days filled with food, fun and celebrations.

If you’re considering a career in nursing, then University of Detroit Mercy has the right program to fit your needs.

Emma Hagel, a senior studying civil engineering at Detroit Mercy, recently participated in a legislative fly-in for the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The state of community development education is a hot topic among educators in the relatively new field. It’s a major reason why the University of Detroit Mercy’s Master in Community Development program recently brought together top educators for the 2019 Community Development Education Symposium in Detroit.

University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University’s ReBUILDetroit program recently received a renewal grant of more than $19 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

For the third year in a row, a group of University of Detroit Mercy students studied the American civil rights movement and joined Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine on a week-long trip through Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. The journey was part of a “Topics in African American History” class that offers students a chance to experience these and other historical sites in person.

The third season of Live6 Alliance’s MarketOnTheAVE is open! Join in on the fun the second and fourth Saturday of each month, from June through September 2019.

Three University of Detroit Mercy students and a 2019 Detroit Mercy graduate are willing to endure the elements of the Sahara for 10 days this month for the opportunity to go on an expedition with world-renowned paleontologist and Detroit Mercy professor Nizar Ibrahim.

Detroit Mercy has appointed Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Ph.D., to the position of assistant to the president for mission integration. She will begin her new role Aug. 26.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., was recently elected to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Board of Directors effective July 1, 2019.

It was a memorable night for the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture at the recent AIA Michigan Honor Awards.

School records, a winning pedigree, excellent leadership, outstanding academics and commitment to her community are all traits that Jordan Manno displayed in her four years and for that, she received a high honor as the University of Detroit Mercy softball standout was named a candidate for NCAA Woman of the Year.

University of Detroit Mercy cross country and track and field standout Ben Kendell did nothing but break records in competition and achieve high marks in the classroom and for that brilliant career, he was named the winner of the Horizon League’s 2019 Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor.

University of Detroit Mercy alumna Tavala Luciow ’19 originally planned to attend medical school after graduation, but now she hopes to pursue a career in academia. Luciow was inspired to alter her career path by the relationships she built with Detroit Mercy administrators.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) will celebrate its 25th birthday with new leadership. Christina Heximer and Ceara O’Leary, AIA, are now the new co-executive directors of the DCDC.

A new agreement with Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine will provide positions for Detroit Mercy students at MSU’s medical school. Officials of Detroit Mercy, MSU College of Human Medicine and University partners in medical education programs came together June 25 to sign this agreement at Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield.

University of Detroit Mercy announces the appointment of Dan Pitera, FAIA, as the fourth dean of the School of Architecture (SOA) effective Aug. 1, 2019.

Detroit Mercy’s Libraries / Instructional Design Studio presents "Total Sensory Freak-out: Detroit's Zeitgeist Collective, 1997 to 2008." This art exhibit documents the 11-year life of the independent, community-run art gallery and theater.

Detroit Mercy’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology recently achieved a 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association.

Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science recently received The International Council of Systems of Engineering (INCOSE) award on Academic Equivalency for the INCOSE Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) and Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) certifications.

The third season of Live6 Alliance’s MarketOnTheAVE is open! Join in on the fun the second and fourth Saturday of each month, from June through September 2019.

University of Detroit Mercy students recently made a presentation of service learning projects supported by a $40,000 grant from The Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford Community Corps.

Due to the efforts of an MBA class project, a new e-commerce website will soon sell hand-made clothes, bags, blankets and other home goods to raise funds for the Inkster-based charity Zaman International and its clients.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic will make history in 2019 as the first PGA TOUR event held in the city of Detroit. Scheduled for June 27-30 at the historic Detroit Golf Club, the tournament will feature 156 of the world’s top players competing for a $7.3 million purse over four days of competition. The University of Detroit Mercy is offering tickets to the Detroit Mercy Premium Suite during the tournament.

Detroit Mercy’s commencement ceremonies on the McNichols Campus for the School of Dentistry, School of Law, graduate and undergraduate students wrapped up May 11 and faculty, staff and leadership could not be more proud of our graduates. This year marked the first time that the University held separate ceremonies for the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Four members of the University of Detroit Mercy Class of 2019 were unable to attend Saturday’s commencement because they were busy in Chicago winning the women’s softball Horizon League Conference Championship for the first time since 1992.

Matthew Northcott knew early in high school that he wanted to study architecture in college. Thanks to the Loranger Nautilus Endowed Scholarship, he was able to achieve his dream at University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture.

A statewide community outreach pilot program for pregnant women in high-risk populations and run by University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry will continue and expand, thanks to a $630,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF).

The University of Detroit Mercy softball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Horizon League Championship.

University of Detroit Mercy student Mary Margaret Payne was uncomfortable the first few times she worked with the poor and homeless. She knew she wanted to help, but she also knew she had to leave her comfort zone to be effective. Now, as Payne prepares to take the stage on Saturday, May 11 as the 2019 University of Detroit Mercy Valedictorian, she is a different person.

Danielle Maxwell is thankful for the relationships she built with her professors while at University of Detroit Mercy. In fact, she was so inspired by her professors it’s motivated her to pursue a career as a chemistry professor.

Nicholas Boynton started doing research at University of Detroit Mercy as a freshman because he thought it sounded interesting. He didn’t know the effect it would have on his life. The research led to an internship at NASA after his sophomore year.

University of Detroit Mercy will hold its annual commencement ceremonies on May 10 and 11, 2019, in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus. Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, will be commencement speaker for undergraduate graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 11.

University of Detroit Mercy will serve as host for the prestigious 2019 National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC). This year’s conference takes place on the McNichols Campus July 10-14, 2019. The theme for the conference is “Rising from the ashes” and student organizers are actively seeking sponsors to make this historic event a success.

Through Detroit Mercy’s ReBUILDetroit program, 2019 graduate Relicious Eboh says she learned about research, public health, serving others and, most important, a lot about herself.

Automation Alley unveiled the findings of its research report on Industry 4.0 at its Technology in Industry Reveal at the Detroit Institute of Arts. More than 300 guests were in attendance to hear the key findings of the Industry 4.0 report, titled Industry 4.0: From Vision to Implementation.

University of Detroit Mercy nursing faculty and students will be honored May 9 with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty and The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students. These awards are part of The DAISY Foundation's mission to express gratitude to nurses with programs that recognize them for the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care they provide patients and families.

Government, civic and neighborhood leaders announced the opening of Neighborhood HomeBase, a storefront community space in the Livernois-McNichols area that will provide residents with meeting and gathering spaces, while connecting them with neighborhood organizations, nonprofits and city government.

University of Detroit Mercy announces the creation of a new center of excellence in the College of Business Administration (CBA): The Charlton Center for Responsible Investing.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies will host more than 300 students, their mentors and coaches at CyberPatriot Con from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 3 at the McNichols Campus.

On Friday, April 12, Detroit Mercy honored eight special 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.

On Thursday, April 12, University of Detroit Mercy celebrated the dedication of the new Frederick and Suzanne Seibert Center for Innovation and Collaboration.

Students from University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions and Engineering & Science joined forces with the College for Creative Studies (CCS) Product Design students this year to develop assistive technology devices that improve the quality of life for veterans with disabilities and work conditions for plant employees.

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science has instituted a realignment in domestic tuition for engineering programs. This change is effective starting with the summer 2019 term, which begins May 7.

Detroit Mercy President Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi spoke with Chuck Stokes on WXYZ-TV, Channel 7's "Spotlight on the News." During this appearance, Dr. Garibaldi discussed the University's recent graduate tuition realignment, undergraduate tuition reset, the success of the University campaign, the Live6 HomeBase opening in late Spring, progress on enrollment and Antoine Davis’ freshman NCAA 3-point record.

University of Detroit Mercy alumna Sarah Hein is one of the few deaf graduates from the College of Health Profession’s McAuley School of Nursing, but she’s determined to make sure she is not the last.

Detroit Mercy’s MBA in management is once again ranked among the top 25 programs in the nation according to the 2020 edition of “U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate School Rankings.” Rankings were released on March 12, 2019.

Detroit Mercy’s world-renowned paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim might be best known for unlocking the mystery of the spinosaurus, the predatory, sail-backed dinosaur so large it even surpassed the better known Tyrannosaurus rex in body length. But to him, the discovery is just one piece in a much larger puzzle.

University of Detroit Mercy faculty member Rosanne Burson recently received a prestigious 2019-20 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant. This is her first Fulbright Award.

University of Detroit Mercy announces a significant adjustment in the tuition structure for the institution’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Master of Community Development (MCD) program through the School of Architecture will host an open house on Saturday, March 23, from 1-3 p.m. The special event takes place in the Peter Peirce Room of the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on the McNichols Campus.

Detroit Mercy announces an adjustment in graduate tuition for the institution’s MBA, Master of Community Development and graduate programs in Architecture, Nursing and Engineering.

Congratulations to the Titans’ Antoine Davis, who broke the NCAA Division I freshman 3-point record last night at Calihan Hall in a 87-85 win over IUPUI.

Convincing young people to consider a career in math and science can be challenging. Students in a classroom setting don’t necessarily get to experience how fun and exciting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields can be. University of Detroit Mercy’s new “innovating Detroit’s Robotics Agile Workforce” (iDRAW) program uses robotics as the primary theme to show students the fun in STEM.

As a student in Detroit Mercy’s Master of Community Development program, Annie Mendoza ’14, ’16 knew she wanted to put her degree to use benefitting the city of Detroit.

Detroit Mercy recently received a $6.1 million estate gift to endow a new chair in the College of Business Administration. This is the largest single gift in the history of University of Detroit Mercy.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host “Detroit’s Abolitionist Moment: 160 Years of Fighting for Justice,” a symposium celebrating the historic March 12, 1859 meeting of famous abolitionists Frederick Douglass and John Brown at the home of William Webb in Detroit.

Automation Alley is bringing back its collaborative team of academic and corporate partners to create a data-rich guide to Industry 4.0 implementation, to be released April 29 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. University of Detroit Mercy is once again an academic research partner.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., created the University of Detroit Mercy Liturgical Space Consulting Service, a national service that has been involved with a number of award-winning projects.

Board of Trustee member David Williams II passed away suddenly on Friday, Feb. 8.

University of Detroit Mercy students are currently preparing to help global communities through the institution’s annual University Ministry Service Immersion Trips. But to get there, students need the help of supporters through a special Detroit Mercy Crowd Funding effort.

Detroit Mercy is launching a series of crowdfunding initiatives through the Office of Annual Giving that will impact the success of students as they work toward their degrees.

Grants totaling $1.45 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Kresge Foundation will support the work of the Impact Detroit Network, of which the University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is one of the leaders. These grants will support a major initiative designed to improve the lives of Detroit’s youngest residents.

Detroit Mercy’s annual Day of Giving event is set for Feb. 12 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Student Union Fountain Lounge. The event will feature free lunch, a photo booth and several ways to win prizes.

University of Detroit Mercy will once again face off against Oakland University for the Detroit Mercy vs. OU Donor Challenge, which takes place Feb. 11-15.

Student president of the Detroit Mercy Chemistry Club to receive the American Chemical Society Leadership Institute Award from the American Chemical Society.

Three Detroit Mercy business students placed in the top 25 in the world in the fall 2018 ETF Global Investment Challenge.

The agora was the center of public life in ancient Greek city-states. It was there residents gathered to shop, watch or take part in athletic activities and participate in the philosophical and political life of the city. University of Detroit Mercy’s Department of Philosophy hopes its new initiative — The Agora Dialogue — will capture the spirit of that open exchange of ideas.

University of Detroit Mercy will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a variety of events and engagements that are free open to everyone.

The Campaign for University of Detroit Mercy has reached its $100-million goal a year ahead of schedule.

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company will present a devised theater piece Feb. 1-3 at The Marlene Boll Theatre inside the Boll Family YMCA. The project, entitled American Privilege, was made possible in part by a $15,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as part of its Project Support Program.

Detroit Mercy has selected April Lynch as the institution’s new associate vice president for Human Resources & Payroll. She will begin at Detroit Mercy on March 11, 2019.

Detroit Mercy offers opportunities for community members to join faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends during Martin Luther King Day of Service 2019.

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.