Pulitzer Prize winner’s talk to headline Black History Month events

A talk by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author opens University of Detroit Mercy’s Black History Month 2021 celebration. W. Caleb McDaniel will discuss his book Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America in a virtual format Feb. 2 from 6:30-8 p.m. Sweet Taste of Liberty tells the story of …

Alumni Spirit Awards event rescheduled for Sept. 25

University of Detroit Mercy is suspending or canceling all student events, external events and events with 100 or more participants based on Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recommendations for controlling the spread of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, this includes Detroit Mercy’s Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards scheduled for Friday, April 24. We feel, however, it …

Class of 2020 Alumni Spirit Awards: Derk Pronger ’94 — COO, Munson Medical Center

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy chooses an alumnus from each of its Colleges or Schools to honor as someone who has excelled in his or her profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in work and devoted himself or herself in service to the larger community. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission …

CANCELLED: Michelle Obama to host When We All Vote Rally at Calihan Hall March 27

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of attendees and individuals traveling to Detroit, the When We All Vote event scheduled on March 27 at Calihan Hall has been cancelled. Event organizers will explore options to reschedule this rally for Detroit at another date. Organizers will release updates on …

Class of 2020 Alumni Spirit Awards: Eric J. Hespenheide ’75 — business and community leader

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy chooses an alumnus of each of its Colleges or Schools to honor as someone who has excelled in his or her profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in work and devoted himself or herself in service to the larger community. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission …

Class of 2020 Alumni Spirit Awards: Richard Persiani, D.D.S. ’73 — professor, medical missionary

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy chooses an alumnus from each of its Colleges or Schools to honor as someone who has excelled in his or her profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in work and devoted himself or herself in service to the larger community. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission …

Class of 2020 Alumni Spirit Awards: Clifford Cook ’69, ’70 — Oil industry executive

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy chooses an alumnus from each of its Colleges or Schools to honor as someone who has excelled in his or her profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in work and devoted himself or herself in service to the larger community. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission …

Class of 2020 Alumni Spirit Awards: Ven Johnson ’86 — Attorney and legal advocate

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy chooses an alumnus of each of its Colleges or Schools to honor as someone who has excelled in his or her profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in work and devoted himself or herself in service to the larger community. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission …

Class of 2020 Alumni Spirit Awards: Joseph Coriaty ’78 — Leader in green design

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy chooses an alumnus of each of its Colleges or Schools to honor as someone who has excelled in his or her profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in work and devoted himself or herself in service to the larger community. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission …

Class of 2020 Alumni Spirit Awards: Hank Durkin ’73 — IT pioneer

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy chooses an alumnus of each of its Colleges or Schools to honor as someone who has excelled in his or her profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in work and devoted himself or herself in service to the larger community. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission …