Summer in the Sahara: Students join professor on dinosaur hunt

The Sahara Desert is one of the most remote places on Earth for a reason: it’s unbearably hot, there’s virtually no rainfall and the high position of the sun makes for extremely long days. Three University of Detroit Mercy students and a 2019 Detroit Mercy graduate are willing to endure …

School of Architecture faculty, alums earn AIA Michigan awards

It was a memorable night for the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture at the recent AIA Michigan Honor Awards. Former School of Architecture Dean Will Wittig earned the AIA Michigan President’s Award. Wittig recently stepped down as after serving as dean for eight years. “It is truly a …

Class of 2019: Tavala Luciow, changing her plans

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. “I would like to be a dean …

DCDC names new executive directors

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. “Christina and I are honored to step into these roles and continue to work with our team to collaborate …

Let’s Talk: Professor Roy E. Finkenbine discusses reparations in Slate

Today’s scheduled congressional hearing on reparations is guaranteed to get people talking. Recently, the online political magazine Slate gathered four leading scholars — including Detroit Mercy’s Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine — to discuss the topic. We thought it would be an interesting addition to Let’s Talk, our new …

Generous donor helps women athletes put up a good fight

Mark Misko ’87 is a big supporter of women’s athletics at University of Detroit Mercy. But it started in a small way. About seven years ago, Misko attended what is known as The Pink Game, a game played to raise awareness of breast cancer. All proceeds from the game go …

Dan Pitera to be new dean of School of Architecture

Dan Pitera, FAIA, has been named the fourth dean of the School of Architecture (SOA) effective Aug. 1. For the past 19 years, Pitera served as executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit architecture and urban design firm dedicated to creating sustainable spaces and communities through quality design …

Remembering when the Titans played Notre Dame at Briggs Stadium

This remembrance of a special event at University of Detroit is part of our occasional series called Detroit Mercy Moments, which retells stories of the unique history of University of Detroit, Mercy College of Detroit and University of Detroit Mercy. It was written by Fred Lauck ’65, ’69 based on news …