Get to know: Justin Prinstein ’12, looking to change lives with baseball

Justin Prinstein ’12 says he still finds it hard to believe the impact his International Stars Baseball Academy has had on underserved children over the last seven years. The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law alumnus created the nonprofit organization in the winter of 2012 to introduce Detroit children …

Get to Know: Yolanda Grandison ’04, ’06, growing crops and jobs in Africa

Yolanda Grandison is a woman of many interests. After earning a biology degree elsewhere, she came to University of Detroit Mercy to earn a master’s degree in Health Services Administration and another in Computer Information. She has a full-time IT position in the medical field in Detroit. But it’s what …

Get to know: Mackenzie M. ’17, nursing, cheering and helping others

The roar of the crowd is amplified, the venue is larger, even the sport is different for University of Detroit Mercy dancer turned Detroit Lions cheerleader Mackenzie M. ’17. But there’s one thing in Mackenzie’s life that has remained consistent – her passion for helping others. “My whole life, I …

Get to Know: Michael Brunker ’74, spending ‘his Heaven doing good on Earth’

Michael Brunker remembers the exact moment his life changed. It was in 1963 on his 11th birthday. Ernie Harwell, then the Detroit Tigers’ legendary announcer, called his mother’s name in a local raffle. She won his-and-hers cars, which his father promptly sold. The 1963 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Fury helped …

Get to Know: Kaitlyn Miklovich ’18, ’19 is up to the mission of Challenge Detroit

Kaitlyn Miklovich grew up about 75 miles outside of Detroit in the small town of Clifford, Mich. So when she announced she was going to attend University of Detroit Mercy, it raised some eyebrows. “My mom was really, really worried about me coming to school in Detroit,” Miklovich said. “But …

Get to Know: Nathan Steinwascher ’14, ’16, knows a thing or two about goals

Nathan Steinwascher has lived a kind of double life over the last three years: By day, he’s a mild-mannered accountant, working with numbers and data, but at night, he is a fierce protector of a small-but-important square of grass. “It’s crazy to think about,” Steinwascher said. “I’m just so grateful …