Appreciated beyond words

“U of D Faculty provided the entire Jacobs family (two of my sons—Paul J. and Peter—graduated in the 1990s with D.D.S. degrees, too) with the finest enjoyable education that we appreciate beyond words. Dean Rene Rochon enabled me to try out in Olympic Tryouts while in Dental School. He was very supportive of athletes and was a personal friend of all students. I became a Nordic ski jumping judge and worked for the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and throughout Europe. I was also a ski jumping coach for many years. I was inducted in the Ski Jumping Hall of Fame in Red Wing, MN, in 2014.”

Paul A. Jacobs, D.D.S. ’58, ’70—School of Dentistry


Paul J. Jacobs, D.D.S., ski jumper.

A close-knit community helps you professionally

“I grew up around the University of Detroit, since our dad (Dr. Chuck Dause) was a professor, department chair then Assoc. Dean of Liberal Arts. We went to many of the home basketball games as kids watching future NBA players, coaches and commentators. Even though we lived only 25 minutes away, I chose to live on campus for my entire undergraduate time of U of D and loved it! The connection with my teacher/advisor, Cynthia Langham, was invaluable to my success as a student and opened multiple doors during and after graduation for experience and contacts in my field. She and I are still in contact today! She may not know the value and importance of networking with colleagues I come in contact with that she taught me; it has stayed with me into my professional career. Lifelong friendships were made on and around campus along with many life lessons learned while at U of D.

There is a huge advantage to alumni of such a close-knit school and community to stay in contact with one another and reach out to connect professionally.”

—Kathleen (Dause) Novetsky ’90 College of Liberal Arts & Education

Opportunities like no other place


“Let’s start with my father, William J. Giovan, Sr., a dentist. He told me once that he had made a generous contribution toward the construction of the Alumni Memorial Building, now known as Callahan Hall, because he never would have become a dentist, but for the University of Detroit Dental School, which was established just in time for him to be able to attend. He was a member of its first graduating class in 1935.

When I myself started as an undergraduate in 1954, similarly, it was the only affordable Catholic University I could attend. Besides giving me a quality education, U of D gave me the opportunity to participate in several extracurricular activities, and I spent all four years as a member of the fencing team, the U of D Players, and the debate team. I’m sure that all those facilities wouldn’t have been available to me at a smaller school, and I expect that the competition would have been a hindrance in a larger one.

I went on to a more or less successful career in the law. I doubt that all of this would have been possible had I gone to school elsewhere.”

—The Hon. William Giovan, Jr. ’58, College of Liberal Arts & Education

UDM alumnus pledges major gift for business student scholarship

Gary MacLean ’65 places a great value on strong education. Long a supporter of education, MacLean has contributed thousands of dollars to scholarships to help University of Detroit Mercy students pay for their education. In 2015, MacLean made a significantly larger investment in the University with a $250,000 gift for …