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 …

For Valentine’s Day: A love story to last a lifetime

Though they don’t always tell us why they give to University of Detroit Mercy, donors have their reasons. We love when donors share their stories, like Mary Jane Gerow did in a letter that came with a recent gift. I am sending this donation to the University in remembrance of …

ROTC alumni share memories

At Homecoming on Sept. 29,  University of Detroit Mercy will symbolically break ground on a Veterans Lounge on the McNichols Campus. The lounge will be a place for students who are veterans of the U.S. armed services to relax, support and get to know each other. The lounge is being …

A great time to be an accounting student

We want to hear your memories about your time at Mercy College of Detroit, University of Detroit and University of Detroit Mercy. To tell us your story, click on Submit a Story Idea in the menu bar above. This submission is by Ed Farragher ’66, who was a college professor …

We want your stories!

It should come as no surprise to discover that alumni from Detroit Mercy are internationally known entrepreneurs and healthcare workers, award-winning entertainers and producers, athletes, coaches, volunteers and doers. Chances are, you can find yourself in one of those categories above. We want to tell your story, because in telling these stories, …

’55 graduate recalls his ‘criminal’ past

Ray and Dorothy LeBlanc recently held a reception for Detroit Mercy alumni who live in the Houston, Texas, area. Afterward, they chatted about their memories of their time on campus. For more memories, including how they fell in love and what life was like at University of Detroit in the …

Priceless friendships

“The time I spent at U of D was amazing and the friends I made were priceless, although we have lost touch. I hope this post will allow us to reconnect. My favorite professors were Dr. Cindy Langham and Michael McCoin. I can remember participating and competing against friends in the annual speech competition. If I remember correctly, the last time I competed it was against Lori Irla and Lauri McKinnon. Lori won first place and Lauri won second. I received a certificate of participation. It wasn’t the winning that mattered but being there with some truly great friends. As I write this I keep remembering other things, like working part time in the financial aid office, and just hanging out in the student center. These were definitely good times.”

—Felecia Seldon ’91 College of Liberal Arts & Education

Baking bread was a learning experience

“I had tremendous learning experience at UDM, all through my three graduate degree programs, 1992-94 M.E. Electrical Engineering, 1994-96 MBA, and 1996-1997 MA Economics.

I have many cherished memories from the times that I spent with learned professors under their astute guidance. But the most poignant one is that of my time working as a cook at the UDM Jesuit Residence — Lansing-Reilly Hall, during fall 1992. As an international student, this was my very first Job in the United States, earning a full $4.35/hr. I used to start my work at 5 a.m. and cook bread for the Jesuit priests. And had great privilege to serve them all different kinds of breads, as part of their morning breakfast. It was labor of love and gift to be in their service.

To this day, I cherish the values and virtues of humility, simplicity and transparency that I witnessed there.”

Himanshu Gandhi ’94, ’96, ’97 College of Engineering & Science, College of Business Administration

Grateful for a wonderful career

“When I began my University experience in 1961 (at the upper age of 26), the foundation of my chosen career also began. As I progressed, the University environment nurtured my development and helped to bring about the profession that I aspired to. Finally, in 1967, I became a Bachelor of Architecture, my diploma signed by my favorite Dean Bruno Leon, our great mentor.

As my profession unfolded, I felt the faculty inspiration and influence that I acquired during the years in the School of Architecture and the University itself. I am extremely satisfied with the impact that the U of D had on my life. For almost 50 years I have thoroughly enjoyed my profession that grew out of my education. I hope that the University of Detroit Mercy continues to do well as it has done for this grateful alumnus,

Our class of 1967 remained in close communication over the past 49 years. One of the highlights of our class was the 40th reunion that occured on May 19, 2007 in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building. The photo shows the classmates who attended.”

—August Caringi ’67 School of Architecture


This photo is of our 40th reunion in 2007 and was taken in the Warren Loranger Building on the McNichols Campus. The location of this photo was at the Detroit Mercy School of Architecture building when the 40th reunion took place. Our guest of honor was professor John Loss. Top row from left, Fran Scott AIA, Jim Meloche, Vince Lyons, Paul Mirski, Joe Vargo, Tom Paczkowski and Tony Mielke. Front row from left are professor John Loss, Robert Makara, Brian Miller, Anthony Buchinger, Tom Anglewicz FAIA, Frank Dolasinski and August Caringi AIA.

Jesuit education proved to be a moral compass

Jesuit philosophy has always been my moral compass. It guided my professional life as a teacher and later as a college administrator. U of D was always thoughtful toward students — an excellent model to follow during my career. Besides the regular academic curriculum, my peers and I were encouraged to be involved in university life. We worked on the yearbook and the great fund raising project , the Carnival. Friendships developed during those years (’49-’53) continue to be part of our lives today. I would hope that today’s students benefit from University of Detroit Mercy as much as we did.

—Edward Nussel ’53, College of Liberal Arts & Education