Theatre Company expands programming

In addition to great theater, University of Detroit Mercy’s Theatre Company is presenting a major expansion in programming designed to make the carefully chosen theatrical works even more relevant to the community. Every show in the company’s 46th season will feature a number of opportunities for audience members to discuss …

Congratulations to Luther Keith ’72, a Michiganian of the Year

The Detroit News named 10 Michiganians of the Year today and University of Detroit Mercy graduate Luther Keith ’72 was among them. Keith, 66, who is founder of ARISE Detroit! was honored for “his commitment to bringing people together to improve Detroit’s neighborhoods.” ARISE Detroit! connects people and more than 400 …

Advanced Group Names Julie Bell, ’03 as Chief Human Resources Officer

The Advanced Group, an industry-leading diversified professional staffing, consulting, and outsourcing organization, announced the recent appointment of Julie Bell, ’03 as Chief Human Resources Officer.  Bell earned her  masters in Industrial Organization Psychology from University of Detroit Mercy. Read the story. posted in Financial Buzz

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

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

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