ReBUILDetroit grant renewed for $19 million from National Institutes of Health

University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University’s ReBUILDetroit program recently received a renewal grant of more than $19 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The ReBUILDetroit program works to encourage undergraduate students from underrepresented or economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research. …

DCDC names new executive directors

University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) will celebrate its 25th birthday with new leadership. Christina Heximer and Ceara O’Leary, AIA, are now the new co-executive directors of the DCDC. “Christina and I are honored to step into these roles and continue to work with our team to collaborate …

Dan Pitera to be new dean of School of Architecture

Dan Pitera, FAIA, has been named the fourth dean of the School of Architecture (SOA) effective Aug. 1. For the past 19 years, Pitera served as executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit architecture and urban design firm dedicated to creating sustainable spaces and communities through quality design …

Class of 2019: A hope for the future from the Kresge Foundation’s Rip Rapson

We are reprinting portions of the commencement speeches given at Detroit Mercy commencement ceremonies. Today’s speech is by Rip Rapson, who spoke to the undergraduate class at the McNichols Campus. Rapson is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, a private, national foundation dedicated to expanding opportunities in America’s cities through …

Class of 2019: Three simple rules from dental alumnus Mark T. Murphy ’81

We are reprinting portions of the commencement speeches given at Detroit Mercy commencement ceremonies within the last weeks. Today’s speech is by Mark T. Murphy, D.D.S. ’81, who spoke to the graduating class of Detroit Mercy Dental. Murphy has practiced in the Rochester, Mich., area for more than 35 years. He …

Women’s softball wins Horizon League; to play in NCAA tournament

Junior Liz Murphy supplied the pitching, senior Kori Keyes provided offense and defense and seniors Jordan Manno and Courtney Gilbert produced the championship run as the University of Detroit Mercy softball team is heading to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Horizon League Championship on Saturday. The second-seeded Titans (31-26) needed to win two games over top-seeded UIC …