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 …

Class of 2019 Spirit Awards: Nancy Glen ’86 and Ralph McDowell ’86, attorneys

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 2019 Alumni Spirit Awards: John D. Lewis ’74, business 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 …