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 …

Class of 2019: A hope for the future from the Kresge Foundation’s Rip Rapson

We are reprinting portions of the commencement speeches given at Detroit Mercy commencement ceremonies. Today’s speech is by Rip Rapson, who spoke to the undergraduate class at the McNichols Campus. Rapson is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, a private, national foundation dedicated to expanding opportunities in America’s cities through …

Class of 2019: Three simple rules from dental alumnus Mark T. Murphy ’81

We are reprinting portions of the commencement speeches given at Detroit Mercy commencement ceremonies within the last weeks. Today’s speech is by Mark T. Murphy, D.D.S. ’81, who spoke to the graduating class of Detroit Mercy Dental. Murphy has practiced in the Rochester, Mich., area for more than 35 years. He …

Class of 2019: Valedictorian urges grads to trust in God’s plan

We are reprinting portions of the commencement speeches given at Detroit Mercy commencement ceremonies last week. Today’s excerpt is from a speech by Class of 2019 Valedictorian Mary Margaret Payne, who spoke at the undergraduate commencement on Saturday, May 11.  Payne is a chemistry major who is entering religious life. …

MBA student project teams with nonprofit to create opportunities for women

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 website is the culmination of weeks of work by seven University of Detroit …