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Ask The Professor Live

Enjoy a decades worth of fantastic ATP broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

Episode # 2424

Air date: 2/18/24


With Professors Matt Mio, Beth Oljar, Jason Roche, Heather Hill, Stephen Manning, Erin Bell and Dave Chow.

Episode # 2423

Air date: 2/11/24


Host Matt Mio is joined in the studio by Professors Beth Oljar, Jim Tubbs, Stephen Manning, Dan Maggio and Dave Chow.

atp 2423 transcript


Episode # 2422

Air date: 2/4/24


With Professors Matt Mio, Kendra Evans, Jim Tubbs, Erin Bell, Stephen Manning, Dan Maggio and Dave Chow.

ATP Ep 2422 – transcript 


Episode # 2421

Air date: 1/28/24


Host Matt Mio is joined by Professors Erin Bell, Stephen Manning, Kendra Evans, Jim Tubbs, Dan Maggio and Dave Chow.

ATP 2421 transcript

Episode # 2420

Air date: 1/21/24


Originally aired in October 2004.  With Professors Kathy Bush, Jeffe Boats, Roy Finkenbine, Beth Oljar, Dan Maggio and Jerry Curtsinger.

ATP 2420 Transcript


Motown to be performed by Music Club, University Chorus

Music from Motown, Spirituals, Afrobeats and more will be presented at the concert celebrating Black History Month, performed by Detroit Mercy’s University Chorus and Music Club.

The concert is set for Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Sherwood Forest Branch of the Detroit Public Library.

The branch is at 7117 W. 7 Mile Road, just west of Livernois for the University community and neighborhood. Admission is free and open to the public.

Students will present solos and group numbers celebrating and honoring black artists over the last 150 years.

A colorful graphic in the Black History Month colors, with text reading Detroit Mercy Music Club and University Chorus, Concert celebrating Black History Month, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m., Sherwood Forest Branch of Detroit Public Library, 7117 W. 7 Mile Road.

Admissions Reply Deadline extended to June 1 due to FAFSA delays

Due to 2024’s FAFSA delay, the University has extended their reply deadline from May 1 to June 1.

For full information and next steps, visit udmercy.edu/admission/freshman/next-steps.php.

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Financial literacy series with Ryan Mack set for Feb. 24
Ryan Mack
Ryan Mack

The Charlton Center for Responsible Investing in partnership with Trio Student Support Services (SSS) continues its Finance Seminar Webinars on Tuesday, Feb. 24 with a virtual presentation by financial expert, author and renowned public speaker Ryan Mack.

Mack will lean an important and timely Zoom presentation, “Good Credit: How to Get it, Use it and Bad Credit: How to Fix It.” The virtual session begins at 12:30 p.m. and is open to the University community. Please register in advance.

A graduate of the University of Michigan Business School and a former Wall Street careerist, Mack’s passion for teaching financial empowerment and awareness led him to form his own financial awareness group, Main Street. Other colleges and universities, international communities, unions, non-profits and churches are among the beneficiaries of his comprehensive, exciting approach to teaching economic empowerment.

For more information, please call 313-993-1108 or email trio@udmercy.edu or edwarddj1@udmercy.edu.

Register now for Zoom session.

Faith with Friends: Share your experience over a meal, Feb. 25

Is it tough for you to figure out what faith means to you?

Come listen to other Detroit Mercy students share about their experience over a home-cooked meal on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Commerce & Finance Building, Room 118.

A meal featuring taco soup, bread, chips and drinks will be served for all who attend. See you there!

With any questions, please contact Jeff Dorr at dorrje@udmercy.edu.

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Professor of Physics Prasad Venugopal was featured on Detroit Evening Report Weekends, talking about race, gender and science and how he brings it into the classroom to build better scientists.

Venugopal talked in a 27-minute interview with WDET’s Sascha Raiyn about a course called Science, Technology and Race and why changing how scientists talk about identity leads to better science.

Full interview.

Monthly liturgy and lunch set for Wednesday, Feb. 21

The entrance of St. Ignatius Chapel, inside the Commerce and Finance Building at UDM.Detroit Mercy’s Office of Mission Integration will be celebrating their next special monthly liturgy Wednesday, Feb. 21 at noon in the St. Ignatius Chapel.

Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J., will celebrate the liturgy and preach on a theme related to our educational mission. There will be a pizza lunch afterwards in the Commerce & Finance Building, Room 218 and time to visit with colleagues.

At each monthly liturgy, colleagues will have an opportunity to reflect on a theme central to the University’s Mercy-Jesuit educational mission.

Persons of all religious backgrounds or who are not affiliated with a religious tradition are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Volunteers requested for 2024 Honors Convocation

Detroit Mercy community, the Dean of Students Office is requesting volunteers for the Honors Convocation ceremonies and liturgy Sunday, March 24, held on the McNichols Campus.

The Honors Convocation schedule is as follows:

  • College of Health Professions — 11:30 a.m., Student Union Building (Ballroom)
  • Liturgy — 1:30 p.m., St. Ignatius Chapel
  • College of Engineering & Science — 3 p.m., Student Union Building (Ballroom)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Education — 3:15 p.m., Gesu Catholic Church
  • College of Business Administration — 3:30 p.m., Student Union Building (Fountain Lounge)

Interested volunteers may join for part of the day, the entire day or for the liturgy. Volunteers must arrive at least one hour before the ceremony of their choice.

Please respond to Stephanie Wheeler at wheelesm@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1033, if interested. The deadline to sign up to volunteer is Friday, March 8.

National Alliance on Mental Illness presentation set for Feb. 22

All are welcome to attend a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) In Our Own Voice presentation Thursday, Feb. 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. on the McNichols Campus.

The presentation, hosted by the College of Health Professions and made possible by the Mission Micro-Grant, will take place in the Chemistry Building, Room 114.

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and ideas about people with mental health conditions. These presentations provide a personal perspective of mental health conditions, as leaders with lived experience talk openly about what it’s like to have a mental health condition.

The presentation provides:

  • An opportunity to hear open and honest perspectives on a highly misunderstood topic.
  • A chance to ask leaders questions, allowing for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispelling of stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that people with mental health conditions have lives enriched by hopes, dreams and goals.
  • Information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community.

With any questions or for more information, please contact Andrea Kwasky at kwaskyan@udmercy.edu or Mary Serowoky at serowoml2@udmercy.edu.

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TENN to host Buddy’s fundraiser, Feb. 22

Enjoy a Detroit pizza favorite, Buddy’s, on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 20% of the proceeds will support Detroit Mercy’s Titan Equity Nourish Network.

After enjoying pizza, head to the Detroit Mercy men’s basketball game at 7 p.m., to root on the Titans against Wright State from Calihan Hall. TENN staff will be at the game to share their work and get support.

RSVP by Monday, Feb. 19 to help make sure the event is a success!

Order pizza from the Buddy’s Pizza at 17125 Conant St. in Detroit. To order by phone, please call 313-892-6619. Be sure to tell them that you want 20% to go towards the TENN fundraiser.

You can also order online at www.buddyspizza.com/order-buddys. Enter the promo code of GIVEBACK when placing your order. Delivery orders must be called in or done on their website.

With any questions, please contact Chelsea Manning at mannincp@udmercy.edu.

RSVP for the fundraiser!

A graphic featuring pizza and a logo for Detroit Mercy's TENN and Buddy's Detroit-style pizza. Additional text reads, eat pizza and support TENN, TENN Pizza Fundraiser, order Buddy's Pizza on Conant on Feb. 22 and 20% will go to TENN! Tell the staff you're with the TENN fundraiser or provide the promo code GIVEBACK to online orders, delivery orders must be called in or done on their website, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 17125 Conant Street, Detroit, MI 48212.

Detroit Mercy Law’s annual Review Symposium set for March 8

Detroit Mercy Law Review hosts its 108th annual symposium, this year titled “Law School 101: An Exploration of Legal Pedagogy,” on Friday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Riverfront Campus. A reception in the atrium immediately follows the symposium.

The Law Review welcomes legal professionals, academics, scholars, practitioners, and other stakeholders from across the country to discuss topics involving legal pedagogy.

Legal pedagogy refers to the study and practice of teaching in law school. The practical side of teaching law—such as lesson planning, course design, and assessment methods—as well as the theoretical side, are both important aspects of legal pedagogy.

Effective legal pedagogy seeks to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical framework necessary to succeed in the modern legal field. This includes developing critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, as well as an appreciation for the importance of justice and fairness in the legal system.

Registration for the event closes Thursday, March 7 at 5 p.m. Visit the Law Review Symposium website for more information about the panel sessions, schedule of events, speakers and more.

With any questions, please contact Kevin Lynch at lynchke2@udmercy.edu.

Register now for free.

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Nominate: Mission Leadership Awards, due March 15
A student holds a lamp on a stage, wearing graduation attire, standing next to President Donald Taylor, wearing red Commencement robes.
Daniel Orhorhoro, left, receives of the Vivere ex Missione Awards, standing next to President Donald Taylor, at one of the 2023 Commencement ceremonies.

The University’s Mission Leadership Awards — the Vivere ex Missione Award and Agere ex Missione Award — are presented to members of the University community who exemplify and live the mission of the University.

The Mission Steward Award is presented to individuals who have played a particularly intensive, consequential, and ongoing role in stewarding one or multiple aspects of the University’s missions.

All members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters, are invited to nominate students and employees for the Vivere and Agere Missione Awards and Mission Steward Award.

If you know of someone who lives out the Jesuit and Mercy Mission of the University, be sure to nominate them. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 15.

With any questions, please contact the co-chairs of the Mission Effectiveness Team, Mary-Catherine Harrison (mc.harrison@udmercy.edu) or Lori Glenn (glennla@udmercy.edu).

Nominate now!

Alumnus Bill Priestap to give talk, “An Era of Global Insecurity,” March 13

Detroit Mercy alumnus Bill Priestap, a recognized leader in national security, will give a free talk, “An Era of Global Insecurity,” on Wednesday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m.

The event is open to all and will take place inside the Student Union Ballroom.

Priestap is co-founder of Trenchcoat Advisors and has a particular expertise in business security risks. As the former head of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, his responsibilities included the development and implementation of the organization’s global strategy to counter foreign nations’ intelligence efforts against the United States.

The event is being hosted by the Center for Practice and Research in Management and Ethics (PRIME Center).

Register now for the event!

A graphic featuring a photo of Bill Priestap and a logo for the College of Business Administration, Center for Practice and Research in Management and Ethics (Prime Center). Additional text reads 'An Era of Global Insecurity,' Bill Priestap, March 13, 2024 at 5:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom.

Student mental health and wellness: How faculty can help

The College of Liberal Arts & Education (CLAE) Development Committee invites faculty to the first of a two-part event series, beginning with a discussion on Student Mental Health and Wellness on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m.

The conversation on how faculty can support students in crisis will take place in the College of Health Professions, Room 124.

The second part of the series focuses on Critical Conversations in the Classroom, which revolves around how to navigate geopolitical conflicts in the classroom. That conversation is set for Thursday, March 14 at 4 p.m., also in CHP 124.

A red and blue graphic with large text reading Student Mental Health and Wellness and Critical Conversations in the Classroom. Additional text reads, the CLAE Faculty Development Committee invites faculty to a two-part event, on how faculty can support students in crisis, Feb. 22, 4 p.m., in CHP 124, March 14, 4 p.m. in CHP 124. A logo for the College of Liberal Arts and Education is at the bottom right on the graphic.

Submit now for WGS student writing competition

A graphic for the Women's and Gender Studies 2024 Writing Competition, with additional text reading, academic essay, poetry, short fiction, personal essay, March 18 deadline.The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program is now accepting submissions for the 2023-24 Undergraduate Student Writing Competition. The submission deadline is Monday, March 18.

All current undergraduate students at Detroit Mercy are encouraged to submit original work exploring issues of gender, sexuality, and/or feminist thought in up to two of the following categories:

  • Poetry
  • Short story
  • Academic essay
  • Personal essay

Prizes in the amount of $700 will be awarded.

For more information, please email wgs@udmercy.edu or visit the link below.

Full details and submission instructions.

Apply for 2024 Valedictorian, Kappa Gamma Pi honors society

Detroit Mercy students prepared for graduation in December 2023, May or August 2024 with a minimum GPA of 3.8 may apply to be selected as the 2024 Valedictorian.

While the tradition or valedictorians calls for academic excellence and instructional involvement, the role also calls for a graduate who has a meaningful message. Other important characteristics for valedictorian’s include: Well-rounded, strong leadership skills, organized, team player, excellent writing and speaking skills, flexible, versatile, sensitive towards others, able to meet deadlines.

The deadline for submitting your application and nomination is Monday, March 4. There will be no exceptions to this submission date. Additional information may be found here!

Students who graduated in December 2023 or have applied for graduation in May or August 2024 and have a minimum GPA of 3.3 may also be interested in membership in Kappa Gamma Pi, a national Catholic graduate honor society! A nominee must be:

  • Completing sufficient coursework to have attained a point-standing required for graduation with honors.
  • A leader in extracurricular on-campus or off-campus groups and activities; a volunteer for college, community or faith-based service projects.
  • One of not more than 15% of the students being graduated from your institution during the current academic year.
  • Willing to accept membership, knowing the responsibility for continued individual leadership in faith-based, civic and Kappa-sponsored activity that membership implies.

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in membership, complete the online Kappa Gamma Pi membership form. Your application and $75 fee must be received no later than Friday, Feb. 23.

Once you are a member of KGP, you will be eligible to apply for the 2024 KGP Cornaro Pi Scholarship for Graduate Studies. Two recipients will receive $3,500 each to be applied as needed for graduate expenses at any accredited college of university. This is a non-renewable grant.

Learn more about the Kappa Gamma Pi organization.

Check out The Pit Stop, open 24 hours a day in Shiple Hall

The Pit Stop is your new go-to shop for enjoyable and convenient food right here on the McNichols Campus! This micro market is located in Shiple Hall and is available for students 24 hours a day and for employees during Residence Life hours.

Stop by with your University ID to enjoy quick and delicious snacks! Meal plans, Munch Money, credit and debit are all accepted.

At The Pit Stop, you can expect a diverse range of snacks and beverages, a useable sink and microwave. The Pit Stop offers a Starbucks coffee kiosk, energy and protein drinks, chips, cookies, microwavable foods, ice cream, and more.

Whether you’re a resident looking for a 4 a.m. study snack or an employee seeking an accessible lunch, The Pit Stop is here to serve you with convenience.

Don’t miss out on the tasty snacks — and bring your friends! See you there!

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Fr. Patrick Kelly featured speaker at JFAN Detroit luncheon, March 7

Jesuit Friends and Alumni Network of Detroit logoFr. Patrick Kelly, S.J., author, alumnus and professor at Detroit Mercy, is the featured speaker at a Jesuit Friends and Alumni Network (JFAN) of Detroit luncheon, set for Thursday, March 7 at noon.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. inside of the Student Union Ballroom on UDM’s McNichols Campus. Connect with friends in the Detroit Jesuit family and enjoy a great lunch at the University!

Kelly, who has lectured globally on the human, cultural and spiritual significance of sport, will show how sports can be enjoyable and done for their own sake and also lead to our growth as whole persons. His presentation is titled, “Sport, Human Flourishing and the Common Good: Opportunities and Challenges Today.”

His influence in this area extends from the halls of the Vatican to ace Detroit Tigers pitcher Tarik Skubal, who credits his “Sports and Spirituality” class as a formative influence.

An individual ticket is $50 or a table of 10 can be reserved for $500.

More info/Register now!

Save the date: Celebration of Scholarly Achievement, April 18

The 16th annual Celebration of Scholarly Achievement (CSA) will be held Thursday, April 18 in the Student Union Ballroom and Fountain Lounge on the McNichols Campus.

It is a University-wide event featuring research posters, artistic displays, performances, lightning talks and much more. This event is an opportunity to be recognized for the hard work throughout the academic year and to learn about the research and achievements of fellow colleagues and students.

All students, staff and faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to register for an opportunity to display or present their academic achievements, research, innovations, community service, creations and talents. Enjoy a light lunch and engage with presenters to learn more about their research and achievements and participate in small breakout sessions for focused discussions on popular topics. The celebration will end with participant recognition and a keynote speaker.

A full schedule of events, session topics, as well as registration details are coming soon!

If you have an interesting topic for a breakout session, please contact Ann Serra at serraam@udmercy.edu.

Titan Winter Blast set for Feb. 17, featuring chili cook-off, family fun and more!

Three people, smile for the camera indoors, one a young boy with a face painting. Tommy Titan is the center of the photo.Join Detroit Mercy for its annual Titan Winter Blast, which is set for Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a UDM men’s basketball contest, all on the McNichols Campus.

All Titans — students, alumni, staff, faculty, friends, family and guests — are welcome for a day of fun!

The wildly popular chili cook-off featuring various teams from across the University’s campuses is back, as well as coney dogs, horse-drawn trolley rides, fowling, cookie decorating, kid-friendly games and activities and more!

Live music will be played by the Detroit Mercy Music Club and an open beer and wine bar will also be featured from North Center Brewing Company.

Following the fun at the Student Fitness Center, head over to Calihan Hall as the Titans battle Purdue Fort Wayne at 1 p.m.

Cost for attendance is $10 for students and $20 for alumni, faculty, staff and guests. Children 10 and under are free! Admission includes tastings at the chili cook-off, open beer and wine bar, picnic buffet, all games and activities and a ticket to the men’s basketball contest.

Register/Full Titan Winter Blast info.

A snowy graphic for the Titan Winter Blast, with Tommy Titan holding a shield over his nose and wearing a winter stocking hat.

Meet pioneering city council woman Gaby Santiago-Romero, Feb. 19

A flyer featuring Gaby Santiago-Romero, with text reading, meet Detroit City Council Woman Gaby Santiago-Romero, Feb. 19, 5 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, food and drinks will be provided, register on Detroit Mercy Live!Get to know more about Detroit Mercy alumna and Detroit City Council woman Gaby Santiago-Romero when she visits UDM’s McNichols Campus on Monday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m.

Santiago-Romero, an immigrant from Mexico and a Detroit native, will share her experiences of obtaining her undergraduate degree, her transition into the workforce, as well as other aspects of her life. Enjoy an appetizer from Metz while listening to dialogue inside of the Student Union Ballroom!

She’s the former policy and research director at We The People Michigan, which is based in Detroit. She also made history be becoming the first out female LGBTQ Detroit council member. She’s a community activist and organizer who has extensive experience working for Detroit non-profits and local government.

The event is being co-sponsored by Titan Dreamers, Peer Wellness Educators and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register here!

Open pickleball for staff, faculty to start at Student Fitness Center

A yellow and black flyer featuring pickleball items and players. Text reads, faculty and staff open pickleball, Tuesdays and Fridays, 5-6 p.m., paddles and balls provided, Student Fitness Center. A Detroit Mercy University Recreation logo is featured on one of the paddles.As part of University Recreation’s ongoing efforts to promote health and wellness within the Detroit Mercy community, we’re excited to announce faculty and staff open pickleball!

Whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting, the sessions are for all skill levels. We invite you to join us every Tuesday and Friday from 5-6 p.m. for fun and engaging pickleball games.

The Student Fitness Center offers two pickleball courts, with paddles and balls also being provided for FREE. Participation is completely voluntary and there’s no pressure to attend every session. Simply come as you are, ready to enjoy some friendly competition and Titan camaraderie!

Bring along any colleagues or invite one outside guest for a $5 guest fee. Let’s come together to stay active, have fun and build connections through pickleball. We look forward to see you on the courts!

Join the staff and faculty pickleball group.

Student business pitch competition awards cash stipends, scholarships

The Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA) is once again hosting the Campus Community Challenge.

Scholarships up to $7,500 will be awarded to winning students/teams that are selected to be included in the final pitch competition. In addition to the opportunity for scholarships, all projects selected for the final competition will net a $250 cash stipend.

The M-C3 program challenges students to develop and present a written and video proposal that seeks to:

  • Improve a local community in the state and/or create positive social change
  • Help solve a problem/address an opportunity for a Michigan organization or business
  • Develop a new product or service idea

Individuals or teams may opt to work with a community partner, business, organization, or faculty member on their project ideas. Project ideas also will be solicited from major employers and community organizations through the Talent for Michigan platform and teams may opt to address a company-sourced project idea.

The due date for submission is Wednesday, March 20.

Since 2012, some 280 students, faculty, community leaders, and others have participated in MCA project learning programs, with nearly $285,000 awarded in stipends and scholarships.

Please contact Derrin Leppek at leppekdj@udmercy.edu if you are interested or for further information on the competition.

CES to host Systematic Innovation Workshop, March 22

The College of Engineering & Science is set to host a Systematic Innovation Workshop, set for Friday, March 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. inside of the Siebert Innovation Center in the Engineering Building on the McNichols Campus. The registration fee is $50.

The workshop is designed for engineers passionate about mastering systematic innovation. At the heart of this event is the belief that innovation is not just an idea or a corporate initiative; it’s a skill that can be cultivated and mastered. Yet, many engineers lack exposure to practical innovation techniques.

Driven by this need, our distinguished presenters, Jonathan Weaver and Darrell Kleinke, bring you an interactive workshop packed with insights, hands-on, eye-opening experiences and systematic innovation techniques.

For any inquiries, please contact Jonathan Weaver at weaverjm@udmercy.edu.

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Dine with the Director: Offer feedback for new Metz manager

Open to all Detroit Mercy students, Dine with the Director on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14 at noon in the Titan Dining Room. Dine with the new Metz manager, Nancy, and give her your feedback on all things Metz.

Do you have opinions on the Titan Dining Room, The Loft, or The Bookmark and The Pit Stop?

Nancy will be in the TDR ready for your feedback.

A graphic featuring cartoon food with text reading, Dine with the Director, Titan Dining Room, meet the new Metz manager and give your feedback on TDR, The Loft, and the Pitstop, Wednesday, Feb. 14 at noon. There's a University of Detroit Mercy logo also on the graphic.

Student auditions for two Theatre Company’s productions to be held Feb. 13-14

Student auditions for the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company‘s productions of “Kayak” and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 13-14.

The auditions are set for Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. inside of Reno Hall, Room 164. Callbacks will be the following evening, Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. All gender identities will be considered for all roles.

For the audition, please prepare the two of the following sets of audition pieces:

  1. Two contemporary monologues (one comedic and one dramatic). Each piece should be two minutes or under.
  2. 12-lines of Shakespeare from any Shakespeare play. NO SONNETS. This can be on book (not memorized), but should be prepared and presented “as if” it is being performed. Any questions about this requirement, reach out to Andrew Papa.

The callbacks will consist of improv and cold readings from the scripts. Scripts and sides will be available through the DMTC Blackboard page. To request access, email theatre@udmercy.edu.

Character Breakdown — “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” (All gender identities will be considered for all roles)

  • Jess: The Scholar. Clearly wants to honor Shakespeare’s profound influence on literature and the theatre.
  • Adam: The Dunce. Adam wants to make Shakespeare fun and accessible, but oftentimes gets it WAY wrong.
  • Daniel: The Go-To. Daniel is reliable, wanting to keep the show flowing, and sometimes has to keep Jess/Adam on track.

Character Breakdown — “Kayak”

  • Annie (female identifying): Middle-aged homemaker who lives comfortably with her husband, Herb, and her son, Peter. She wants what is best for her son, but heavily treads the line of being a ‘helicopter mom.’
  • Peter (male identifying): College graduate, little bit of a ‘mama’s boy,’ but seeking to claim his independence and find his place in the world.
  • Julie (female identifying): College student/environmental activist and outdoor enthusiast.
  • Female & Male Newscaster: Associated press presence…experience with dialects a plus.
  • Narrator: Will be cast from auditions (no sides for this role).

If you have any further questions about the processes listed above, please reach out to Andrew Papa at papaam@udmercy.edu.

A light green slide with promo posters for plays, Kayak and the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Text on it reads, AUDITIONS! Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Reno Hall, Room 164, Theatre Company Detroit Mercy.

Ash Wednesday Mass schedule at Detroit Mercy

Wednesday, Feb. 14 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Roman Catholic Church’s celebration of Lent. With this in mind, the University is offering several Masses across the campuses:

McNichols Campus
  • 7 a.m. — Prayer service with distribution of ashes
  • 8:15 a.m. — Mass with distribution of ashes (Gesu School Mass — all are welcome)
  • Noon — Mass with distribution of ashes in St. Ignatius Chapel
  • 5:30 p.m. — Mass with the distribution of ashes

Throughout Lent: Guided Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday at 12:45 p.m. in St. Ignatius Chapel.

Corktown campus (DENTAL)
  • 12:30 p.m. — Mass with distribution of ashes in the Reflection Room (4th Floor)
Riverfront campus (LAW)
  • Noon — Mass with distribution of ashes (at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church)
  • 7 p.m. — Mass with distribution of ashes (at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church)

For those at the Law School Campus who are unable to attend Mass, please feel invited to stop by Assistant Dean Kurt Godfryd’s office from 7:30-10 a.m. or from 12-2 p.m. for imposition of ashes from Deacon Kurt.

Please contact the University Ministry office at 313-993-1560 if you have any questions or need more information.

Triptych series features poet Donika Kelly on Feb. 15

Detroit Mercy’s English Department will host poet Donika Kelly as the second author in the 2024 Triptych visiting author series on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The virtual event is free and open to the community.

Kelly is the author of The Renunciations, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf book award in poetry, and Bestiary, winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hustron/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa.

The Triptych series, hosted by Detroit Mercy’s poet-in-residence Stacy Gnall, takes place on the third Thursday of January, February and March at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. They are all open and free to the community.

The event is co-sponsored by UDM’s African American Studies program, Women’s and Gender Studies program, Student Life and the Office of Title IX.

Save the date for the next Triptych series events when Farnaz Fatemi joins on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. and a Triptych+1 student reading takes place Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Pages Bookshop.

Register now!

A bright graphic featuring a photo of Donika Kelly. Text reads, Triptych, part 2, Donika Kelly, author of The Renunciations, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m., Triptych is a virtual author series featuring three writers for readings and conversations.

Diya Abdo to give talk, Re-envisioning Campuses as Refuge, Feb. 15
Diya Abdo
Diya Abdo

The founder of Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR), Diya Abdo, is set to give a virtual talk from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. The talk is titled, “Re-envisioning Campuses as Refuge.”

Faculty, staff and administrators are all invited to attend the free talk.

The talk will address key points and invite you to re-envision campuses as a culture of refuge and an element of change and involvement with communities in need. Topics will include:

  1. Inspiration and the need for continuation of this work
  2. Logistics such as financial expenses, federal approvals, MOUs, certificates, educational courses, student involvement, duration, approval process
  3. Proposed training sessions, certificates, and funding opportunities to consider for transitioning campuses into refuge — it would be wonderful to know the purpose met with each training, certificate, and funding that we might consider.

Abdo is the Lincoln Financial professor of English in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Guilford College. A second-generation Palestinian refugee born and raised in Jordan, Abdo’s teaching, research and scholarship focuses on Arab women writers and Arab and Islamic feminisms. She has also published poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Her first book, American Refuge: True Stories of the Refugee Experience, was published in 2022 by Steerforth Press.

With any questions, please contact Assistant Professor of Chemistry Marwa Abdel Latif at abdellmk@udmercy.edu.

Register for the talk.

X-Golf fundraiser to raise money for Titan golf teams, March 10

Detroit Mercy Athletics will hold a Titans X-Golf Fundraiser on Sunday, March 10 from 1:30-4 p.m. at X-Golf in nearby Royal Oak. Players who sign up get to play in a 9-hole alternate shot tournament. The fundraiser is open to all who wish to participate!

Food, drinks, awesome auction items and prizes, including a long drive and closest to the pin competition, will be part of the tournament. Both golf teams will be on hand and UDM Director of Golf Jordan McArleton will also conduct a 15-minute clinic, beginning at 2 p.m.

The price per golfer is $100, which includes food and drink tickets. Registration fee for non-golfers, which includes food and drink tickets only, is $25.

Teams of four will be playing against each other (total of 10 teams and 40 golfers, one for each of the five hitting bays). Each team will have an assigned captain, who is responsible for recruiting their team. Mulligans can also be purchased and Titan golfers will be assigned to each team and will hit shots.

Individuals can contact men’s golf assistant coach Chuck Batcheller at 248-234-1867 with questions or gift, auction and sponsorship opportunities.

Full information/sign up!

A graphic featuring a photo of two Titan golfing student-athletes. Text reads, Titans X-Golf Fundraiser, Sunday, March 10, 1:30-4 p.m., at X-Golf in Royal Oak, Michigan, 9-hole Alternate Shot, Tournament, Food, Drinks and Awesome Prizes, DetroitTitans.com/xgolf.

Meet Campus Activity Board: Engaging students through events 

From time to time, Detroit Mercy’s Marketing & Communications highlights student organizations on the University’s McNichols Campus. This month, we have selected Campus Activity Board.

The Campus Activity Board (CAB) at University of Detroit Mercy is a space of creativity and collaboration formed to create as many campus activities as possible to engage the student body. It is tasked with planning annual favorites such as the Halloween Boo Bash and the new Ugly Sweater Contest hosted in December. 

“We have gotten accustomed to the campus being dormant,” said Kailah Collins, the club president and founder. “Because it seems dormant, it is easy for students to get stuck in that routine of class, schoolwork and going home.”

Members are encouraged to pitch ideas freely, fostering an environment where the students’ vision shapes the events. Larger events undergo a more meticulous process, balancing budget constraints, practicality and general appeal. Then the ideas are submitted for approval by Adam Hollmann, the club moderator and assistant director of Student Life programming, who ensures that each event aligns with the club’s overarching mission.

“I try to make sure it is a very collaborative space,” Collins said. “We focus on what the students want to see, and ask ourselves, ‘What do we, as students, want to see?’”

This collaborative spirit is accomplished through CAB’s leadership structure. Members are divided into four committees, each with a unique focus, though they can work with multiple committees as they please. 

The recreational and daily activities committee, led by both commuter and residential chairs, orchestrates events on Tuesdays and Thursdays, ensuring a consistent flow of engagement. The social media marketing committee tackles the challenge of student participation head-on, recognizing UDM’s commuter majority and potential class conflicts. The cultural and multicultural committee fosters inclusivity by celebrating the rich tapestry of heritages and serving as a liaison with other cultural clubs. Lastly, the special events committee brings the campus together during holidays, creating memorable experiences.  

Each committee is helmed by two chairs, one commuter and one residential, ensuring a comprehensive approach to event planning and execution.

“Our main goal is to create things that are fun and entertaining for students to do, things that are convenient that commuters can participate in, and what will keep everyone active and entertained,”  said Collins.  

While still fine-tuning its marketing approach, CAB utilizes several promotional activities, including both traditional methods like flyers posted around campus and focusing energy on building a strong social media presence. In the future, the club plans to have informational tables in high-traffic areas like the McNichols Library where students can ask questions about CAB and get involved. The club thrives on the energy and enthusiasm of its volunteers, making it an excellent avenue for those seeking service hours.

“What I love about CAB is how accepting they are,” said Makayla Patterson, social media chair. “They want to hear your ideas and you can come to them with anything. It’s an open experience. If you are interested in being part of things on campus, CAB is a great opportunity.”

Students interested in contributing or volunteering can connect with Hollmann or Collins via email.

– By Marketing & Communications student intern Sam Gillmore 


Gary Erwin, associate vice president of the Marketing & Communications Department, recently had an excerpt from his novel in progress titled Cut River Redemption published in the literary journal, Trace Fossils Review.

The excerpt is available at tracefossilsreview.com/tool-and-die.

Well-Being Survey for students offers feedback, chance to win prizes

An outdoor photo of the Quads dorms with the Wellness Center in the foreground, a student walking on a snowy sidewalk and the clock tower looming beyond the dorms.The Wellness Center and the Dean of the Students Office is conducting a Well-Being Survey, with every student at the University having the opportunity to participate in the survey, as well as winning great prizes!

The survey will strengthen what we know about our campus and student well-being, and in turn, enable us to make more positive changes at Detroit Mercy. The goal is to understand more of what contributes to students thriving at UDM and more about some of the challenges that students face.

The survey is confidential and will close on Monday, Feb. 12. If you provide your email at the end of the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for UDM swag and/or gift cards.

The survey will ask questions about social interactions and involvement in activities, stressful experiences on campus and beyond, social supports and coping strategies, mental health, help-seeking skills and the use of campus resources in all these areas.

It’ll also give students information about UDM’s wellness and mental health resources. The Dean of Students Office and the Wellness Center will also offer follow-up opportunities through focus groups to enhance the survey data.

Take: Well-Being Survey.

Help celebrate Tommy Titan’s birthday, Feb. 12

Tommy Titan’s birthday is Monday, Feb. 12 and to celebrate the University is throwing a party complete with cake and photos at 1:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Student Union.

Students, staff, faculty and others are welcome to come and wish Tommy a happy birthday, while also enjoying a slice of cake and taking a photo with the birthday celebrant!

Help wish our beloved mascot the best birthday ever!

More on Tommy’s birthday/origins.

A graphic featuring photos of Tommy Titan with text reading, You're Invited! What: Tommy's Birthday! When: Monday, Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m., Where: Lower Level, Student Union, What to expect: Photos and cake! Help give Tommy Titan the best birthday ever!

Learn about Busy Persons Retreat through information session, Feb. 9

Titans, have you ever wondered what the Busy Persons Retreat was about or thought about signing up, but didn’t know if it was right for you?

Come to an informational session over Zoom on Friday, Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m. to learn more about it. University Ministry will also be talking about a second retreat option called Come and See, which is a program for those interested in group spiritual direction rather than one-on-one spiritual direction.

Learn more!

A graphic with a logo featuring University Ministry and text reading, Busy Person's Retreat, open to all students, faculty and staff, 4-week retreat in daily life, March 11 through April 5, prayer materials and reflections provided, meetings with a spiritual companion once a week to talk through your spiritual journey, there is no cost to participate.

DMTC presents “Photograph 51” about scientific hero Rosalind Franklin, Feb. 9-18
Katherine Mutschler playing Rosalind Franklin.
Katherine Mutschler as Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51.

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC) presents the Michigan premiere of Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, a captivating and thought-provoking play that tells the story of unsung scientific hero Rosalind Franklin, at the Marlene Boll Theatre inside Detroit’s Boll Family YMCA.

Photograph 51 runs six performances Friday through Sunday, Feb. 9-11 and the following weekend, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 16-18. All Friday and Saturday shows are set for 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday performances are both at 3 p.m.

Set in the 1950s, the play explores the intense competition among scientists as they race to unravel the secrets of the double helix structure of DNA, the biological organism containing each individual’s genetic code. At the heart of the story is Franklin, a brilliant and determined scientist whose work is overlooked and undervalued due to her gender.

“Rosalind’s passion to discover and seek out the unknown is familiar to me. Her fight and endurance in pursuit of a technological breakthrough against cultural restraints and pressure teaches me,” said director Kennikki Jones-Jones. “I love that she is rooted in truth, that she was a real woman who walked this Earth, and I am grateful that I get to share her story with the world.”

With wit and passion, Photograph 51 takes the audience on a journey through the exhilarating and often treacherous world of scientific discovery and raises important questions about the nature of scientific progress, the role of women in science and the ethics of scientific competition.

“Although set in the 1950s, the story still resonates today, especially as we see more and more women entering STEM careers and fighting for the same understanding and recognition as their male counterparts,” said Andrew Papa, chair of Detroit Mercy’s Department of Performing Arts.

With wit and passion, Photograph 51 takes the audience on a journey through the exhilarating and often treacherous world of scientific discovery and raises important questions about the nature of scientific progress, the role of women in science and the ethics of scientific competition.

Individual ticket prices are $25 for adults, $18 for seniors and Detroit Mercy faculty, staff and alumni, $10 for veterans and students (ages 4-college). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. To schedule your group, contact Sarah Rusk at 313-993-3273. The DMTC ticket office is open Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is located on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. You can call the DMTC ticket office at 313-993-3270.

Purchase tickets online!

Motown Museum tour set for Saturday, Feb. 10

Join fellow Titans for a private tour of Detroit’s Motown Museum on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is part of Detroit Mercy’s celebration of Black History Month.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 from the Student Life Office on the McNichols Campus, and includes admission into the museum and the tour. A limited number of tickets are available.

With any questions, please contact the Student Life Office at 313-993-1154.

A blue graphic featuring a photo of Hitsville U.S.A. and a Detroit Mercy Student Life logo. Text reads, Motown Museum Tour, tickets are limited, $10 cash, Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Berry Gordy Jr. Boulevard, 2468 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI, 48208.

Volunteer in making Valentine’s Day cards with TENN, Feb. 12

A pink Valentine's graphic with text reading, TENN Valentine's Volunteer Shift, Feb. 12, Help TENN make Valentine's Day cards for our community partners, Feb. 12, 2:30-3:20 p.m., C&F 208, scan the QR code to sign up! A logo reads, Detroit Mercy TENN, Titan Equity Nourish Network.Join Detroit Mercy’s Titan Equity Nourish Network (TENN) in making Valentine’s Day cards for our community partners Monday, Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Students will earn service hours while helping to show appreciation to our amazing community.

The card-making will take place in the Commerce and Finance Building, Room 208.

With any questions, students can contact Chelsea Manning at mannincp@udmercy.edu.

Sign-up here!

Submit by Feb. 9: Dudley Randall Poetry Prize for undergrad students
Poet, publisher and University of Detroit Mercy librarian and poet-in-residence Dudley Randall
Dudley Randall

Each year, the Detroit Mercy English Department honors Dudley Randall, the late poet, publisher and University librarian and poet-in-residence, by sponsoring a poetry competition in his name.

Now in its 54th year, the prize continues Dudley Randall’s legacy of amplifying creative voices within the Detroit Mercy community.

Detroit Mercy undergraduate students are eligible to submit one poem of 55 or fewer lines, with all topics and poetic forms welcome. The winner of the first prize ($150) must be available to read the poem at the annual Honors Convocation on March 24.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 9. Following the first prize of $150, second prize earns $75 and third nets $50. This year’s judges for the contest are Casey Bell, Farnaz Fatemi and Isaac Pickell.

Find out more about the Dudley Randall Poetry Prizes and read winning poems from previous years at udmercy.edu/dudley.

Please contact UDM’s Poet-in-Residence Stacy Gnall at gnallsc@udmercy.edu with any questions or for more information.

Submit a poem for the contest.

Alumnus’ research in ‘Science’ highlights new plastic material

Nick Boynton's headshot is next to the cover of Science, in which his paper was published. The cover has a planet with the text "in hot water" as a headline.As humans work toward a more sustainable future on Earth, imagine having one material that can act like many of the plastics used in daily life. Now consider those same principles being used in outer space, where resources and capacity are precious commodities. 

University of Detroit Mercy alumnus Nicholas Boynton ’19 has pondered these “grand challenges” the past three and a half years. Thanks to his research, these concepts may one day become a reality. 

Boynton and a team of nine researchers have created a new plastic material that can change its shape and properties through tempering, the rapid heating and cooling of a substance. Boynton was first author of the findings published in Science, one of the world’s top academic journals, on Feb. 1. 

“This is really exciting because generally, when you make a new material, you’re designing the material for one specific thing,” said Boynton. “What we wanted to do was design a material that you could take to, say the Moon or Mars, and instead of having to bring 20 different types of materials for all the different things that you would need, you can just bring one and turn it back and forth into whatever you need. And once you’re done with that application, you can just reprocess and do it again. This is, quite literally, as easy as putting it in an oven at a set temperature.” 

Boynton and the other researchers took thermosets, a type of polymer, and added dynamic bonds, which can break and reform at room temperature. They found that they could control how much of the material is bound when the material is heated at high temperatures, and when cooled, the material would retain the number of bonds that were fixed. 

Stem cells were the inspiration for this new plastic material, according to Boynton, who is studying for his Ph.D. in molecular engineering at the University of Chicago. 

He and the other researchers wanted to make a pluripotent — meaning able to change cell types — synthetic material that, like stem cells, could be used in a variety of ways. They found that the pluripotent plastic could be reprocessed as needed and hold its shape for more than a month. 

“We think that this is maybe the start of thinking about materials with these pluripotent properties, where you can get this huge range of properties out of it,” Boynton said. 

Boynton’s journey into space science started on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. 

He joined Chair and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Matthew Mio’s research lab as a freshman and spent the next two years working with polyimide aerogels as an intern at NASA. After balancing academics and athletics — he played four years with the Titans’ men’s lacrosse program — Boynton graduated from UDM in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. 

His relationship with NASA has continued into graduate school — Boynton’s Ph.D. is funded through its Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities program. 

Boynton never imagined that the past several years would unfold this way, culminating with being first author of a paper in Science. This research also caught the eye of the New York Times, which wrote about it in a Feb. 1 article called “A shape-shifting plastic with a flexible future.” 

“I still remember the day I got the email for the first internship at NASA, when I was at UDM,” he said. “I think that was a really exciting day, and I think even in that moment, it was clear that things were probably going to be different moving forward. It was clear that all the work I put in with Professor Mio in the Chemistry lab and starting that research journey kind of paid off there. And then trying to move myself at NASA. 

“I think it’s really cool. I don’t know if I would’ve necessarily predicted it.” 

After closely watching Boynton develop into a chemist at UDM, Mio is proud of his mentee’s latest accomplishment. 

“From the first time I met Nick at Detroit Mercy, he showed a passion for learning about and developing new materials chemistry,” Mio said. “His publication achievement would be the pinnacle of any modern scientist’s career, so to have it happen even before he has finished his graduate work speaks of Nick’s leadership potential in the field. I am so happy for Nick to have realized his dream and look forward to his future contributions.” 

As humans try to implement sustainable and environmentally friendly practices into their lives, Boynton wonders how they could also be applied in space. 

“There’s this huge push towards sustainability now, and for very good reasons of trying to understand how to make plastics that are recyclable. I think there’s this other side of sustainability of how can we move and have humans live beyond Earth,” Boynton said. “And to do that, you have to have materials that do things that you’re not used to.” 

Boynton acknowledges that this is the first generation of these pluripotent plastics and there is more work to be done. But he hopes his paper in Science inspires others to think differently about the way they make materials. 

“I think a lot of people are super focused on making materials for one specific thing, when I think there’s a lot of potential materials that can do a ton of different things, beyond just like multifunctional,” he said. “We’ve seen some really exciting work that others are doing, and we hope that this turns the gears a little bit and gets people thinking in that direction.  

“For us, we want to keep going. Because, really, it’s how do you make a material that can be on the Moon or Mars. I think these ones would leave a little bit to be desired in those environments, but perhaps we can really use all the insights to really move in that direction. I think we’re really starting to do that. That would be the ultimate goal, to eventually have something that can be on a spaceship with humans to the Moon or Mars.” 

— By Ricky Lindsay. Follow Detroit Mercy on FacebookLinkedInTwitter and Instagram. Have a story idea? Let us know by submitting your idea.

David Neuhaus, S.J., to speak on crisis in Holy Land, Feb. 12
David Mark Neuhaus, SJ
David Mark Neuhaus, SJ

Listen to reflections on contemporary events unfolding in the Holy Land, including Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel with David Mark Neuhaus, S.J., speaking virtually Monday, Feb. 12 from 5-6:30 p.m.

The talk is free and open to the public. To register, please visit udmercy.edu/clasa.

Neuhaus is a member of the Jesuit community in the Holy Land. He is emeritus Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew Speaking Catholics, Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Israel. He has many scholarly publications as well as articles in America magazine. At present, he resides and works in Jerusalem and in Johannesburg.

The event is sponsored by the Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) and is co-sponsored by the Office of Mission Integration, the Arthur J. McGovern Catholic Studies Program and the Department of Religious Studies.

Register for event.

Join colleagues for ‘A Time to Breathe,’ Feb. 9

Join colleagues for “A Time to Breathe” on Friday, Feb. 9 from 12-1 p.m.

Pause the workday and join fellow Detroit Mercy colleagues for a time of reflection and sharing inside of the Student Union, Room 208.

This opportunity is for all UDM staff and faculty to step away from the business of the workday to just take the time to breathe and build community with colleagues. Those attending may bring their own lunch if they wish to eat during the gathering.

To register, please email Judy Wernette at wernetjm@udmercy.edu and indicate “A Time to Breathe” on the subject line.

UDM online graduate programs ranked among best by ‘U.S. News & World Report’

A woman uses her computer during an MBA class.

Two of University of Detroit Mercy’s graduate programs were ranked among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs for 2024.

UDM was ranked 13th nationally in the Best Online General Management MBA Programs category, while its online Graduate Nursing Program was No. 62. Both rankings were the best in Michigan.

“It is a tremendous honor for our online graduate programs to rank among the best universities,” said President Donald B. Taylor. “These rankings mean that people all across the country can receive an excellent UDM education by joining the Titan family.”

UDM’s College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing offer one fully online graduate nursing specialty: the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program. The program features flexible curriculum plans that cater to working professionals.

The University’s College of Business Administration is among the 5% of business schools in the world with Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International accreditation.

Last fall, The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked University of Detroit Mercy among the top institutions of higher education in the United States for 2024. UDM ranked No. 52, which made it: 

  • Michigan’s second highest-ranking university on the list. 
  • Michigan’s highest ranked Catholic university. 
  • Fourth among Catholic institutions nationally, behind only Georgetown University, Boston College and University of Notre Dame. 
  • The third-highest ranked Jesuit university and only Mercy institution ranked.

Also last fall, UDM ranked among the top national universities by U.S. News & World Report for a fifth year in a row, earning a No. 185 rank in the National Universities category of the publication’s “Best Colleges” 2024 edition. The University ranked fourth in the state and received favorable recognition in several categories, including: Best Value Schools, National Universities (No. 31); Best Undergraduate Business Programs, Management, (No. 22), Entrepreneurship (No. 31) and Finance (No. 50); and Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs (No. 183).

Nominate for 2024 Spirit Awards, alumni achievement honorees

A Spirit Awards logo, with text including University of Detroit Mercy Alumni Achievement, 2024.Detroit Mercy is once again looking for Spirit Award nominations, which honors alumni achievement at the University. Online nominations for 2024 will be accepted until Thursday, Feb. 29.

If you know of any alumni who are making or have made extraordinary achievements in their careers, please nominate them for this prestigious recognition.

Award criteria includes:

  • Nominee should be a respected member of his/her profession (active or recently retired).
  • Nominee has been recognized in their industry for exemplary professional achievements.
  • Nominee should be engaged in the community either with Detroit Mercy or another civic/community organization.
  • Nominee has demonstrated a willingness to financially support Detroit Mercy at some level either in the past or in the future.
  • Nominee must be available to accept the award in person.
  • Nominee shall not have received any University of School/College award in the last five years.

The Spirit Awards are held annually during Homecoming weekend.

With any questions, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations Peggy Pattison at 313-578-0327 or pattisma@udmercy.edu.

Nominate for the 2024 Spirit Awards.


Senior Lecturer in Decision Sciences Terry Howard was elected to the board of directors for a three-year term (2024-27) at the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) Annual Conference in Knoxville, Tenn.

Howard is the president and executive director of Alpha Iota Delta, the international academic society of Decision, Information, and Operations sciences. Alpha Iota Delta is a member of ACHS.

The Association of College Honor Societies is a visibly cohesive community of national and international honor societies, individually and collaboratively exhibiting excellence in scholarship, service, programs and governance.

Winter career and co-op fair set for Tuesday, Feb. 6

The Center for Career & Professional Development and the College of Engineering & Science is set to host the 2024 Winter Career and Co-op Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 3-6 p.m.

The fair will be held inside of the Student Union Ballroom and is open to all current students as well as recent UDM graduates.

Sponsored by Alliance Catholic Credit Union, the fair features more than 65 organizations and is a great opportunity for students to meet with a variety of employers as well as graduate schools to discuss full-time employment, graduate school options, co-op and internship positions as well as volunteering opportunities.

For more information or with any questions, please contact the Center for Career & Professional Development directly at 313-993-1017 or by email at careerlink@udmercy.edu.

Students may register on Handshake.

More: Winter 2024 Career & Co-op Fair.

More than a dozen people talk during the 2023 Fall Career and Co-op Fair inside of the Student Union Ballroom.

Interfaith dinner celebrating religious diversity, Feb. 7

A blue graphic featuring an image of cartoon people sitting around a globe. Text reads, Interfaith Dinner, Wed., February 7, join the Detroit Mercy community in celebrating our religious diversity, we will share food together, learn about various religious perspectives and enjoy a wonderful speaker on the topic of 'caring for all beings' from a Buddhist perspective, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Student Union Ballroom, free food, halal and vegetarian options included, +1 spirituality/service hours app, contact Anita Klueg at kluegag@udmercy.edu.Join the Detroit Mercy community in celebrating our religious diversity with an interfaith dinner for all on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. inside of the Student Union Ballroom.

We will share food together, learn about various religious perspectives and enjoy a wonderful speaker on the topic of “caring for all beings” from a Buddhist perspective.

Free food will be on hand for all in attendance and will feature halal and vegetarian options.

It’ll also be a +1 spiritual and service hour opportunity for UDM students.

For more information, please contact Anita Klueg at kluegag@udmercy.edu.

RSVP for the dinner!

E&S to host science communications art show, Feb. 5-9

The College of Engineering and Science is hosting a week-long science communications art show during the first full week of February, Monday through Friday, Feb. 5-9.

The CNXNS: SciComm Art Show is free for all and takes place from 3-8 p.m. each day inside of the Architecture Exhibition Space in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building. The show will feature a broad range of art pieces created by UDM faculty, staff and students.

The shortest path between two points isn’t just a straight line, it’s a connection! From umbilical cord to last embrace, from the subatomic to the celestial, from mathematical to emotional, this science-informed art show explores the connections that hold together the fabric of our reality.

CNXNS, pronounced connections, is the University’s first science communication art exhibit. This event/project is made possible in part by the Titan Innovation Fund.

A graphic for the CNXNS SciComm Art Show, with additional text reading, please join us for CNXNS SciComm Art Show, February 5-9, 3-8 p.m. each day, Admission is free.

Antoine Davis returns for UDM Night at Motor City Cruise game

Join fellow Titans for University of Detroit Mercy Night as the Motor City Cruise welcome Titan alumnus and former star guard of the Titan men’s basketball team, Antoine Davis, and the Rip City Remix on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

The game will be played at Wayne State Fieldhouse in Detroit.

Click here to purchase tickets, which are buy one, get one free.

There will be a meet and greet with Davis following the game between the Cruise and Remix.

Travel to India in 2025: Information session on Feb. 6

Travel to India with Detroit Mercy in May 2025! Learn more about the trip with a virtual information session on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6:15 p.m.

Registration for the Zoom session is required.

Students will learn more about the trip dates, costs, and student grant opportunities.

Visit United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites in the cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra, including a visit to the famous Taj Mahal.

Register for the info session!

Photos of India, with students and members of Detroit Mercy's 2023 trip in the photo on the left with the Tahj Mahal in the background.

Creative Writing Collective’s next gathering set for Feb. 6

the logo for the Detroit Mercy Creative Writing CollectiveAll are welcome to join Detroit Mercy’s Creative Writing Collective on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 5:15 p.m. with Professor of English Nick Rombes set to lead. The gathering will be held in the Briggs Building, Room 205.

No writing experience is necessary, just an interest in exploring and developing your creative inclinations. UDM students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends are all invited!

For more information or to join the CWC mailing list, email english@udmercy.edu.

SAVE THE DATE: The next Creative Writing Collective is set for Tuesday, March 11.


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