Celebrate the Titan Class of 2020

Detroit Mercy Class of 2020 graduate celebrating at Grad Salute.

Detroit Mercy is rolling out the virtual red (and blue) carpet celebrating the Titan Class of 2020 all throughout May! Join us on socials as we share our excitement across the Internet and recognize the tremendous accomplishments of our graduating students.

To be featured on our social media wall:

  • Post a photo, celebratory message, shout-out or send-off on Instagram with #DetroitMercy2020
  • Tweet a photo, celebratory message, shout-out or send-off with #DetroitMercy2020

Don’t forget to spread the word – parents, friends, fellow graduates, colleagues, professors and alumni can all join in the fun of a virtual graduation party. The University is also looking into how we can formally honor your achievements in the near future. Please stay tuned for more details as plans develop.

Follow our full Titan celebration at udmercy.edu/2020.

Congratulations Class of 2020 and GO TITANS!Female Detroit Mercy Class of 2020 graduate celebrating at Grad Salute.

A group of Detroit Mercy Class of 2020 graduates celebrating at Grad Salute.

Snapshots of a Pandemic

We may be in the middle of a pandemic, but life goes on. Detroit Mercy’s Marketing & Communications Team is collecting stories of the many inspiring and heartwarming ways our alumni, students and other members of the University community are responding.

In the series we are calling “Snapshots of a Pandemic,” healthcare workers tell about the stresses and the rewards of their work at this time, faculty members find ways for students to complete projects long-distance and student organizations work to keep their important community service operating.

Each day one or more short stories are posted, so check back often and see how Detroit Mercy’s Titans are making a difference. We think you’ll find hope, a way you can help, and pride in your fellow Titans.

If you have a story to share, please contact us at marcom@udmercy.edu. To stay up to date on the University’s coronavirus response, please visit udmercy.edu/coronavirus. To help students facing financial difficulties caused by the pandemic, please consider an online gift to the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund.

Click here to see all Detroit Mercy snapshots.

Professor of History Greg Sumner’s op-ed was recently published by the Detroit Free Press.  The article speaks to the Italian campaign in World War II — a point in history often overlooked in history. Sumner points out how approximately 8,000 American soldiers lost their lives before Allied troops finally entered …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was quoted in the Truthout op-ed, “Formerly Incarcerated People Should Be Compensated for Telling Their Stories,” May 17. The article compares ex-slaves who spoke for the antislavery movement with former prisoners who advocate for the prison-abolition movement.

Dual enrollment program prepares students for college and STEM fields

Wendy Montesinos discovered her passion for Engineering and could not wait to build on relationships with faculty. Paulina Torres-Guzman ’19 said she was prepared to tackle college on Day One. These University of Detroit Mercy students are just two of many who have flourished through the University’s dual enrollment program …

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Matthew Mio was interviewed and featured in the Chemical & Engineering News article, “Faculty open up about mental health under the COVID-19 pandemic,” May 18.

University announces plans for 2020-21 academic year

Detroit Mercy announces that all three of its campuses will remain fully in session throughout the 2020-21 academic year. The University’s main priority is the health and well-being of the University community. Throughout a coordinated planning process, the institution’s decisions, policies and procedures will follow guidance and recommendations issued by …

National Science Foundation selects professor for fellowship

Megan Conrad, an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Detroit Mercy, was recently selected as a National Science Foundation (NSF) ASCEND fellow. The ASCEND project — Advancing STEM Careers by Empowering Network Development — supports the advancement of mid-career women faculty and administrators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) …

Let’s Talk: Gratitude for Detroit Mercy

The latest reflection organized by Assistant to the President for Mission Integration Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos: Last week, we marked the dates that would have been commencement for undergraduate and graduate students on our three campuses. During the entire month of May, the University will continue to celebrate the growth and accomplishments …

Professor to work on motion planning of robots through Fulbright program

Several things have to fall into place for a professor to be chosen for a Fulbright Award, and it usually takes several applications. So, University of Detroit Mercy Professor Emeritus Mohan Krishnan was surprised when he was chosen by the international organization this year. But everything just seemed to work …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine published an invited article, “Black Abolitionists and the Fifteenth Amendment,” on the National Park Service website. The article highlights the Black Abolitionist Archive at Detroit Mercy.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison published, “An Ethics of Place: On North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell,” in My Victorian Novel, published by University of Missouri Press. The book is available as an eBook at the McNichols Campus Library or through Project Muse online.

University designated Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly School for 2019-2020

The State of Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has once again honored Detroit Mercy as a Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly School for 2019-20, based on the University’s efforts to help student veterans achieve success during their studies. Detroit Mercy is one of several dozen Michigan institutions honored with the veteran-friendly status. The program …

Mechanical Engineering graduate takes advantage of all University has to offer

When choosing which college she wanted attend, Brynne Gustafson’s wish-list was concise: study engineering at a small university and be involved in something outside of the classroom. University of Detroit Mercy checked all Gustafson’s boxes back in 2016, and four years later, she leaves the McNichols Campus well equipped for …

Brother’s health concerns lead ReBUILD student to research path

Mitchell Mims graduates this month with credentials most students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology don’t have: A published research paper in a national, peer-reviewed journal. Mims is one of several people listed as authors of an article in Digital Medicine, a medical journal affiliated with the well-respected scientific …

University proudly honors 2020 Vivere ex Missione Award winners

Detroit Mercy is pleased to honor the winners of the 2020 annual Vivere ex Missione Award, which is typically presented each year during commencement exercises to graduating students who best exemplify the mission of Detroit Mercy. This year’s winners are Dohna A. Dudley (College of Business Administration undergraduate student), Vania …

‘Detroit Mercy showed me mercy in my time of need:’ An Iraq War vet’s story

Every college graduate has obstacles they have to overcome along the way; Nick Summerlee’s list just happens to be longer than most. Summerlee was a high school dropout. He fought in the Iraq War and, as a result, battled mental illness. But through it all, Summerlee kept on fighting, believing …

Support #GivingTuesdayNow

In response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, Tuesday, May 5 has been designated as #GivingTuesdayNow, a day of giving, generosity and unity. #GivingTuesdayNow hopes to inspire donations and citizen engagement to support communities and nonprofits around the world. The #WorldNeedsTitans more than ever during this unprecedented time. Read …

New fossils rewrite the story of dinosaur evolution and ecology — and change the appearance of Spinosaurus

Scientists have long opposed the idea that dinosaurs lived in aquatic habitats. Now, an international team of researchers, led by National Geographic Explorer and University of Detroit Mercy professor Nizar Ibrahim, has discovered unambiguous evidence that Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, the longest predatory dinosaur known, was aquatic, and used tail-propelled swimming locomotion to …

Writing Center offers virtual appointments for summer students

The Writing Center will continue to provide resources and virtual consultations for Detroit Mercy summer semester students starting Monday, May 4. Students can book individual, half-hour appointments two weeks in advance and review all policies and instructions online. For proof of attendance, students are advised to share a screenshot directly …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine published the article, “Teaching the Underground Railroad,” on michiganology.org, the digital arm of the Michigan History Center. Read the full article online.

CARES Act grant and other assistance help students maintain progress during pandemic

UPDATE 4/24: Detroit Mercy is happy to announce that in addition to undergraduate students, graduate, law and dental students will also qualify for summer 2020 CARES Act grant. Detroit Mercy recognizes the global impact of the coronavirus on students and their families, as well as the financial hardship they are …

Associate Professor of Biology Rachelle Belanger has been nominated as candidate for Chair of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology: Division of Neurobiology, Neuroethology, and Sensory Biology (SICB-DNNSB). The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) is one of the largest and most prestigious professional associations of its kind. …

Data Analytics program trains students for Big Data careers

Detroit Mercy’s Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics seeks students interested in Big Data careers. The application period for this program is now open for summer and fall enrollment. This new program is built on an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary foundation that draws on courses from several Detroit Mercy departments, …

As we seek connection even in our isolation, Professor of English and Co-Director of the University Honors Program Nick Rombes meditates on the “lockdown” of COVID-19 in an article published in 3:AM Magazine. He says, “There’s an invitation in the way those hands touch that reaches, miraculously, across time to …

Ibrahim helps discover new species of flying reptile from 100 million years ago

An international team of paleontologists, including University of Detroit Mercy’s Nizar Ibrahim, has described a new species of flying reptile (pterosaur), which flew over North Africa 100 million years ago during the time of the dinosaurs. The new species belongs to a bizarre group of pterosaurs called Tapejarids and it …

Assistant Director of Admissions Kal Riebau was featured in the Hometown Life article, “Former college coach brings instant credibility to Bloomfield Hills basketball program,” March 25. Click here to read the full article.