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Being selected for a Fulbright is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But for Detroit Mercy Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nihad Dukhan, it’s now a twice-in-a-lifetime experience. Dukhan, who was a Fulbright Scholar during the 2014-15 school year, was recently selected as a Fulbright Specialist this summer at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul.

In May, the Michigan State Board of Law Examiners (BLE) released the February 2018 bar exam results, which indicates that Detroit Mercy School of Law graduates earned the school a second-place bar passage ranking among Michigan law schools for this cycle.

Zachary Klima ’12 was standing in line to use the restroom at a Detroit Red Wings game when he heard the crowd erupt with cheers, indicating that the Wings had scored the game-winning goal. “If only,” he thought, “there were a way to know how long the lines were, I might not have missed that goal.” That was in 2012 and it was one of those proverbial lightbulb moments that lead to innovations and new discoveries. For Klima, it led away from his full-time job and into the world of technology startups. WaitTime, which entertainment venues use to let fans know how long they’d have to wait in line at restrooms or concessions, is the result.

University of Detroit Mercy appointed Dr. Katherine Snyder as dean of the College of Engineering & Science effective May 7, 2018. Snyder has served as the College’s interim dean since May 31, 2017. Previously, she was the associate dean of Academic Affairs of the College of Engineering & Science, a position she held since 2010.

If you’ve spent time in the McNichols Campus Library, you’ve probably seen some of Maurice Greenia’s work. The library technician and preservation specialist is responsible for many of the creative displays that showcase special themes, exhibits and events.

University of Detroit Mercy held commencement ceremonies on May 11 and 12, 2018, and welcomed more than 1,500 students to the University’s alumni ranks. Congratulations to all graduates for achieving your academic goals!

Christen Kemp wasn’t quite sure what she was looking for in a college when she visited University of Detroit Mercy as a senior in high school. Still, her father elected to put down a deposit, encouraging her to study nursing. But as she nears graduation, where she will speak as the Class of 2018’s valedictorian on May 12, she knows Detroit Mercy was everything she could have ever wanted in a university and offered her opportunities she wouldn’t have had anywhere else.

Detroit Mercy President Dr. Antoine Garibaldi appeared on Nolan Finley’s radio show, talking about University of Detroit Mercy on May 4. Filling in for Nolan were hosts Matt Friedman and Dan Tanner of Friedman/Tanner.

Detroit Mercy engineering and nursing students joined forces with students from Lawrence Technological University and veterans over the past year to work on projects designed to ease challenges vets experience with everyday tasks due to physical disabilities.

Detroit Mercy honored seven alumni during the annual Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards. More than 280 people attended the awards gala and dinner celebration, which took place in the Ballroom of the Student Union on the McNichols campus.

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center at University of Detroit Mercy recently won a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the 2018 Design Futures Public Interest Design Student Leadership Forum. This forum takes place from May 21-25 on the University’s McNichols campus.

University of Detroit Mercy students had the opportunity to showcase their research projects on April 17, as the University hosted its annual Celebration of Scholarly Achievement in the Student Union Ballroom.

Oakland County Circuit Judge and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law alumna Denise K. Langford Morris '82 will be receiving the Mary S. Coleman award at the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) Centennial Gala on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Detroit’s Colony Club.

Detroit Mercy will hold its annual commencement ceremonies on May 11 and 12, 2018. Commencement ceremonies will take place in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus.  This year, when sharing photos and congratulatory comments on social media, make sure to include the hashtag #detroitmercy2018 so we can display your posts on-screen in Calihan Hall and the Student Fitness Center before the event!  Posts will be displayed from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

University of Detroit Mercy continues to provide a world-class education and top-notch services for military veterans and has once again earned the Military Friendly® School designation. The 2018-19 Military Friendly® list, now in its 17th year, aims to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

On Friday, the University community suffered the loss of one of its most recognizable and beloved members, recently retired Associate Professor of Health Services Administration Mary Kelly, R.S.M. ’68.

Spend a few minutes with Detroit Mercy’s new Director of Sustainability Victor Carmona and his passion for what he does will leave you inspired. Whether Carmona is talking about his research projects in El Salvador, Mexico and Costa Rica or his thoughts on how to bring students studying different disciplines together, he will make you think in a new light.

Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering and Science and the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE) recently signed a collaborative agreement to increase the number of under-represented minority students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Physician Assistant (PA) students Kristina Jennings and Ashley Meerschaert received grants from the Michigan Academy of PAs to attend a leadership conference in Virginia. The Leadership and Advocacy Summit in early March provides a way for PA students to meet other PA students and network with practicing PAs from across the country, said Amy Dereczyk, chair of Detroit Mercy’s PA program.

Associate Professor of Psychology Kristen Abraham is the primary investigator on a three-year project awarded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The grant is titled “Social Determinants of Primary Care Utilization among Urban Community Mental Health Center Patients with Serious Mental Illness.”

University of Detroit Mercy will welcome Professor Tiya Miles to campus to discuss and sign her latest book, "The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straights." This special engagement takes place on Friday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chemistry Building Room 114.

University of Detroit Mercy will host a special presentation by Carol B. Thompson, a professor emerita of political science at Northern Arizona University, who will present "The Future of Food: Lessons from African Smallholder Farmers." This special lecture takes place Thursday, March 29, from 6-7 p.m. in the College of Health Professions building, Room 124.

University of Detroit Mercy will host the Wheelchair Escalator Demonstration Event on Thursday, March 22, in the College of Engineering & Sciences High Bay from 1:30-4 p.m. Millions of Americans rely on wheelchairs or walking aids such as a cane every day. In fact, some 54 million Americans — a full 19 percent of the non-institutionalized population — suffer from a physical or cognitive disability.

The Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) at University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration is now accepting applications for its fourth cohort of Boost. Applications are due Thursday, March 22.

University of Detroit Mercy will serve as host for rounds 1 and 2 of the Division I Men's Basketball tournament on Friday, March 16 and Sunday, March 18 at Little Caesars Arena. Four years ago, the University submitted a competitive bid to serve as host in 2018 and beat out other institutions for this opportunity. As the City of Detroit's University, Detroit Mercy is proud to serve as the 2018 host for rounds 1 and 2.

The Campaign for Detroit Mercy has made considerable progress toward the $100 million fundraising goal by 2019 and students are seeing the results in expanded programming, new learning spaces and enhanced opportunities in the classroom.

University of Detroit Mercy Law students Jessica Gnitt and Matthew Tapia took first place at the 2018 Regional Transactional LawMeet held in Washington, D.C., on February 23. “I was proud to represent the school and bring home a win for us,” Tapia said. “My colleagues and friends work really hard, and it’s nice to have something we can all be proud of."

University of Detroit Mercy prays for the victims and those affected by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a Catholic university grounded in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, we are hopeful that communities will learn how to best help those in crisis and how to avoid these tragedies in the future.

In January, Jesuitical, a podcast presented by America Media, which publishes America, The Jesuit Review, posed the question “Is it possible to blend yoga and Catholicism?” On the podcast, Bobby Karle, S.J., answers questions about Ignatian Yoga, a new movement gaining attention and which he co-founded with Alan Haras, a 2016 graduate of University of Detroit Mercy.

Metro Detroit high school students are now eligible to earn a certificate in Business Administration from University of Detroit Mercy’s nationally ranked business school before they even graduate. Best of all, it’s free. Qualified high school students can register for college courses on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus for the fall and winter semesters each year, without paying any tuition. Beginning fall 2018, students who complete five or more designated courses in business and accounting will earn a Certificate in Business Administration.

More than 250 alumni and friends gathered on the McNichols Campus for the annual Titan tradition: Detroit Mercy’s Alumni Chili Cook-off, Feb. 24. Taste buds were sent into overdrive with pots of delicious chili created by representative teams of the University’s colleges/schools, as well as the Titan Club.

University of Detroit Mercy recently earned the selection bid to serve as host site for the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) in 2019. Detroit Mercy will welcome hundreds of students, faculty and administrators from more than 28 Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the country to McNichols Campus in July 2019.

Detroit Mercy’s Campus Kitchen has recently embarked on a national Crowdfunding fundraising competition titled “Raise The Dough” to help fund student-driven solutions to hunger and food waste in U.S. communities. The competition ends Feb. 23.

A group of seven nursing students recently raised more than $2,800, and nearly double that in donated goods to promote healthy living at the Operation Stand Down event for veterans. The students gave away 500 dental kits and other prizes via a prize wheel, which included first aid kits, blankets, flash lights, hats and other items veterans, many of them homeless, need.

The "voice" of the Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team, Cliff Russell, has passed away at the age of 61

Tom Lokar ’88 knows a thing or two about leadership. Currently the chief human resources officer for telecommunications company Mitel, he has worked in similar positions for HP, AOL and Bristol Myers Squibb. He also founded and ran an online career management and talent management business, where he developed a series of assessment tools and feedback protocols to help those seeking jobs define their career plan, and help recruiters find the right candidate.

Detroit Mercy will host a friendly but competitive Mathematics Competition for high school students to test their problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge April 14. But until then, high school students have a chance to gain invaluable practice at solving math problems each month through the monthly web puzzles.

It's official! University of Detroit Mercy defeated Oakland University in the 2018 Donor Challenge. The final tally: Detroit Mercy 697 donors, Oakland 683. Detroit Mercy was officially announced as the 2018 Donor Challenge winner during the Titans vs. OU Men's Basketball Game, Feb. 9, at Oakland University.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, chairman of the Board of Directors of Live6 Alliance, announced the selection of Cecily King as its new executive director. King began on Feb. 1, 2018. In addition, Live6 Alliance also selected Jeremy Lewis as the new commercial corridor manager of the organization.

As the son of an Episcopalian minister, the last place James Timberlake thought he would find himself was a Jesuit university. But it’s his education at University of Detroit he credits with giving him the skills and confidence to build a successful career in architecture helping design significant projects like, most recently, the U.S. Embassy in London with his Philadelphia-based firm KieranTimberlake.

University of Detroit Mercy has launched a crowdfunding initiative titled “Support Our Scholars,” which raises funds for the expendable scholarships at the University. This fund assists students who are struggling to fulfill basic needs and help them remain in college given unforeseen life circumstances they may experience.

Samuel D. Hunter’s humorous and heartbreaking comedy A Bright New Boise continues the 47th season of the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Feb. 9-25. Performances will be at The Marlene Boll Theatre inside of the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit.

Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., author of the 2016 National Book Award-winning "Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," will speak at University of Detroit Mercy on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This engagement is part of Detroit Mercy’s celebration of Black History Month on campus.

University of Detroit Mercy will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a variety of events and engagements that are open to the public. All of the events are FREE and take place on the McNichols’ campus.

Four University of Detroit Mercy business students placed in the top 25 in the world in the ETF Global Portfolio Challenge. Adam Ross finished in 10th place, Paige Fairchild 13th place, Spiro Pliakos 15th place and Holly Hedemark 21st place.

This Friday night, University of Detroit Mercy students will have a chance to skate after dark at Royal Oak’s John Lindell Ice Arena, as part of the University’s URec (University Recreation) Adventure series.

Detroit Mercy Master of Community Development student Eric Lofquist likes a good challenge, so what better way to challenge himself than becoming a Challenge Detroit fellow? “A friend of mine from the MCD program, Caroline Dobbins, works for Challenge Detroit, and she had been a fellow herself, so she told me about it,” Lofquist said. “I went to check it out, and I felt it not only went along with my degree but also some of the things I’m really interested in doing.”

Detroit Mercy will once again face off against Oakland University for the Detroit Mercy vs. OU Donor Challenge, which takes place Feb. 5-9. The winner is determined based on the number of donors during the competition time line and will be announced during the Detroit Mercy/Oakland University men’s basketball game on Feb. 9. The losing school’s mascot must wear the winning team’s mascot at the game.

Studies show teens are most likely to get in trouble during the hours between the end of the school day and dinnertime. The University of Detroit Mercy Department of Social Work is working to help resolve that issue with a new Virtual After School Program.

What a way to start 2018! Detroit Mercy recently received some considerable national press when The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the University (along with Wayne State) in an article titled “How to Market a College in a Troubled Locale” on Jan. 1, 2018.

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