Get to know: Faye Alexander Nelson ’75, ’81, working hard for the city she loves

In 2003, Faye Alexander Nelson ’75, ’81 became the inaugural president and CEO of Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.   Most people she talked to about the post told her it was a mistake, and that the project was a fool’s errand. No one wanted to visit downtown Detroit at the time and …

Get to know: Leanna Alaiwat ’18, ’19, demystifying gynecology on social media

During a lunch break one day at the OB/GYN clinic where Leanna Alaiwat ’18, ’19 works as a physician assistant, she found an empty examination room, and recorded a video for Instagram in which she described the process of getting a PAP smear. That was the first of hundreds of …

Get to know: Joseph Zalke ’60, giving back to the university he loves

In 2017, Joseph Zalke ’60 returned to University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols campus for the first time in 50 years. While he came back to share his passion and experience with students in the College of Business Administration, he found himself enriched by the visit.   “I was exhilarated by the …

Get to know: Richard Dolinski ’61, ’63, ’66, from chemist to community activist

Richard Dolinski ’61, ’63, ’66 used his University of Detroit degrees to springboard a 32-year career at Dow Chemical. With the company, he held prestigious positions such as president of Dow Automotive and corporate vice president.  But perhaps his most impactful professional accomplishments exist outside of his tenure at the long-time …

Get to know: Earl Cureton ’11, basketball legend works for Detroit’s communities

Earl Cureton ’11 has spent his adult life alongside some of the greatest basketball players in the world. The Detroit Mercy Titans Hall of Famer played 12 years in the NBA, sharing a court with Michael Jordan and a number of legends while winning a pair of championships. When his …

Get to know: Robert McKeon Aloe ’06, using science in pursuit of perfect espresso

Robert McKeon Aloe draws from his day job at Apple, his University of Detroit Mercy education and a passion for data science in creating a tiny cup of perfection. McKeon Aloe, a 2006 alumnus of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Sciences, works as a manager for Apple in California, …