2021 Detroit Mercy News Releases

President Garibaldi featured in podcast on ReBUILDetroit

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi was recently featured on the podcast, 鈥淒iversity, Equity, and Inclusion through Film, Video, and Podcast,鈥 a new podcast series from ReBUILDetroit.

Biochemistry senior finds career path, passions at Detroit Mercy

Coryn Le is passionate about her Biochemistry research and aspires to help others through her career. But she's already making an impact outside of science by mentoring young boys.

Detroit Mercy appoints new member to Board of Trustees

Sr. Helen Marie Burns, RSM, has been appointed to the University鈥檚 board of trustees.

Twenty MEAGN students stand outside of the Novi campus surrounding the big University of Detroit Mercy sign.

Twenty Detroit Mercy students who are currently enrolled in the Master鈥檚 Entry Advanced Generalist Nursing (MEAGN) program received white coats during a ceremony at the University鈥檚 Novi Campus facility.

Race and housing exhibit on display through end of semester

The exhibit examines the disparities formed in the founding of America鈥檚 cities and towns, which were built upon social, economic and government sanctioned racial segregation.

Detroit Mercy's Christmas card photo, featuring President Antoine M. Garibaldi and several students posing in front of a Christmas tree.

Detroit Mercy wishes students, their families, alumni and our community a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!

Student dedicated to helping boys become men

Baron Warren works with young men who may not have positive role models in their lives, providing them with often-overlooked skills and life lessons.

Detroit Mercy offers new accelerated 5-year  Health Services Administration Master’s program

Detroit Mercy鈥檚 Health Services Administration (HSA) program has announced the launch of a new accelerated 5-year Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree.

An American flag waves in the breeze on Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus. In the background, the clocktower is visible, beneath trees and foliage.

Student veterans at each of University of Detroit Mercy鈥檚 campuses have bravely served and defended our country in many different branches of the military. In recognition of Veterans Day, Detroit Mercy is proud to highlight several student veterans.

Detroit Mercy basketball returns for 2021-22 season

Detroit Mercy basketball returns this week as the Titans men鈥檚 and women鈥檚 teams open the 2021-22 season. Antoine Davis headlines the men's team, while the women's team consists of 14 new student-athletes from the United States, Spain and Canada.

Biology freshman eager to achieve dental dreams at Detroit Mercy

Hannah Benford, a Biology student from Bay City, Mich., dreams of one day becoming a dentist and owning her own practice. When the time comes, she hopes to continue her education at Detroit Mercy鈥檚 School of Dentistry.

A faculty member helps students with coursework at one of the desks inside the Loranger Architecture building.

The purpose of the rebranding is to highlight the school鈥檚 Master of Community of Development (MCD) program as well as its mission-driven, community-based work.

President Garibaldi to give inaugural Black Catholic History Month lecture

Garibaldi, the first lay and first Black president of Detroit Mercy, notes that there are nearly 3 million Black Catholics in the United States and he has researched the important contributions made by Black Catholics in Detroit in the 1960s and 1970s.

A graphic of Dave DeBusschere during his career with the Knicks, Titans and Pistons, featuring the NBA 75 logo (which features the regular NBA logo inside a diamond with 75 inside)

Dave DeBusschere '62 was a three-time consensus All-American under coach听Bob Calihan听during his career with the Titans and still ranks highly in several career marks.

A photograph of Matthew Hutnick with Rep. Lisa McClain on the steps of government buildings in Washington, D.C.

Detroit Mercy Student Government Association Matthew Hutnick reflects on his summer internship working for U.S. House Rep. Lisa McClain in Washington, D.C.

Norwegian student-athlete finds a home at Detroit Mercy

Daniel Larsson was eager to take a leap of faith by moving to another country to continue his academic and athletic career. He left Norway to study at Detroit Mercy, where he is a freshman Business Administration major and a defender on the men鈥檚 soccer team.

Veterans parade invites Detroit Mercy participants

The parade honors all military service personnel. Veteran organizations, community groups, marching bands and schools can show their support or register to participate in the parade.

Students listen to an instructor inside of a classroom with Detroit Mercy's ENP program.

Detroit Mercy鈥檚 College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing is the only Michigan university to offer an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) program. The ENP program is a one-year online program and is a post-Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) program. The ENP program offered by Detroit Mercy is one of only 14 across the country.

School of Architecture & Community Development to host first lecture of 2021-22 on Oct. 29

The lecture focuses on the book, "Teaching and Designing in Detroit: Ten Women on Pedagogy and Practice," edited by former Dean Stephen Vogel and Professor Libby Balter Blume.

A graphic for Detroit Mercy Theatre Company's production of "Antigone" by Sophocles. Red and blue paint-like blobs are splattered on white background - an image of a statue of a woman holding a balance scale is in the right side of the graphic.

The story follows Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, as she defies her politician uncle Creon to give her brother a proper burial, even though the act is punishable by death. Antigone鈥檚 act of civil disobedience sparks a struggle between individual and state in this timeless tale which resonates in contemporary politics.

President Garibaldi reflects on General Colin Powell’s passing

Detroit Mercy president Antoine M. Garibaldi was interviewed on the Paul W. Smith show on WJR 760 AM about his relationship with听General听Colin L. Powell, who he worked closely with from 1996-2000.

Detroit Mercy students support MICU Advocacy Day efforts

Hundreds of students from Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities institutions came together to make important statements to lawmakers.

Alumna takes leap of faith to start Christian TV Network

Jenifer Young remembers what it was like on her first day of classes on Detroit Mercy鈥檚 McNichols Campus. 鈥淚 was standing in front of the Commerce and Finance building and holding my books and being so excited about the idea that one day I would be graduating,鈥 she said. That was almost 20 years ago. Today, at 37, Young is putting her Detroit Mercy education to use as the CEO of One God TV Network, a global Christian television network aimed at millennials. It鈥檚 a company she built from the ground up led, she says, by God.

Class project connects PA students, alumni

Assistant Professor Kelli Frost generally assigns students in her first-year Introduction to the PA Profession class service work in healthcare settings. This year, with clinic placements still scarce, Frost had to find another way. She turned to the program鈥檚 alumni.

Detroit Mercy's undergraduate nursing program earns national rank in U.S. News & World Report's 2022 rankings

University of Detroit Mercy鈥檚 undergraduate nursing program was ranked in the top 150 nationally by U.S. News & World Report, receiving a No. 148 rank in the Nursing category of 2022 鈥淏est Colleges鈥 rankings. The rankings were released by the publication Sept. 13.

A group of adults and one child pose for a photo in front of Detroit Mercy's Jesus statue. In the background, the clocktower, buildings and other people are visible.

More than 1,600 alumni, students, faculty and staff, family and friends attended nearly two dozen events on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2 to help celebrate Homecoming.

President Garibaldi and many other dignitaries cut the ribbon outside of the Live6 Alliance headquarters

President Antoine M. Garibaldi helped celebrate the grand opening of the revamped McNichols and 6 Mile streetscape just outside of the headquarters of the Live6 Alliance, roughly a half-mile west of Detroit Mercy.

President Garibaldi speaks with Annalise Frank of Crain's

President Antoine M. Garibaldi attended this year鈥檚 Mackinac Policy Conference. Since June 2011, this conference has provided the opportunity for him to speak with many local and state government officials, as well as business, civic and philanthropic leaders (several of whom are alumni) about the progress of the University.

A Detroit Mercy student moves yard waste into a wheelbarrow. In the foreground, a group of students work to clean up a park.

This is the fifth year in a row that the University has ranked among the top third of all U.S. universities in The Wall Street Journal鈥檚 (WSJ) 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) college rankings.

Detroit Mercy to host a Bioneers Pollinator Event, “One Earth Community” Conference

University of Detroit Mercy will host a Bioneers Pollinator event, the 16th annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD) Conference, titled 鈥淥ne Earth Community,鈥 Oct. 15-16.

Detroit Mercy celebrates Founders Week, Sept. 20-27

Founders Week celebrates Detroit Mercy鈥檚 Jesuit and Mercy founders with special events throughout the week.

Sophomore to compete on world roller figure skating stage

Detroit Mercy sophomore Jayanthesh Kalmat is preparing to compete at the World Roller Figure Skating Championships in Asuncion, Paraguay, later this month.

Backpacks line Sacred Heart Square in the Send Silence Packing exhibit. Signs read: 鈥淣o, REALLY. How are you?鈥, 鈥淪uicide affects people from ALL ages, races, genders and socioeconomic groups.鈥, and 鈥淪eeking HELP is a sign of STRENGTH.鈥

The powerful suicide awareness exhibit Send Silence Packing was displayed at Detroit Mercy during national Suicide Awareness Month. The exhibit was first displayed in 2008 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and has since toured the country, stopping at mostly college campuses.

Nationally known religious leader kicks off Detroit Mercy’s “Founders Week”

In celebration of Founders Week, Sr. Simone Campbell visits the University to address the topic of 鈥淪acred Listening.鈥

Detroit Mercy’s undergraduate business programs achieve national rank in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings

Two undergraduate programs in University of Detroit Mercy鈥檚 College of Business Administration achieved national rankings in U.S. News & World Report鈥檚 鈥淏est Colleges鈥 2022 edition.

Aerial shot of Detroit Mercy's campus.

Detroit Mercy was ranked among the top 200 national universities by U.S. News & World Report for a third year in a row, earning a No. 187 rank in the National Universities category of the publication鈥檚 鈥淏est Colleges鈥 2022 edition.

Hundreds of Detroit Mercy students watched as dozens of drones illuminated the night sky above the McNichols Campus during Welcome Week.

A group of Detroit Mercy freshmen walk together on the McNichols Campus.

University of Detroit Mercy welcomed 573 new freshmen this fall.听Approximately 544 of this total will attend the McNichols Campus, which represents the largest McNichols class in the past 12 years.听

Detroit Mercy designated Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly School

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency recognizes educational institutions for their commitment to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to student veterans and dependents utilizing a GI Bill and other educational benefits.

President Antoine M. Garibaldi and new students line up to start first-year convocation.

The University is thrilled to welcome our new and returning students to our three campuses for the 2021-22 academic year.

A pair of Detroit Mercy students shovel mulch during the annual service work portion of PTV.

Incoming freshmen will open their college careers by performing service work in the Fitzgerald Neighborhood in northwest Detroit. This program introduces new students to service learning while reinforcing the mission of the University.

President Antoine M. Garibaldi walks with students on Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus.

In a letter to the University community, Antoine M. Garibaldi reflects on his time as president of Detroit Mercy.

Detroit Mercy recognized in the 2021-22 Military Friendly list of schools

Detroit Mercy is recognized as a designated university committed to helping veterans and military personnel achieve success. The Military Friendly Schools list has set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

Detroit Mercy Law, Prosecutor’s Office to team up against wrongful convictions

The Conviction Integrity Clinic will give students the opportunity to provide access to legal services for people serving time for felony convictions, who claim they are innocent. The goal of this clinic is to educate law students about the issues that lead to wrongful convictions and to engage students directly in the review of innocence claims made by individuals who have been convicted of a crime.

 Detroit Mercy assists with launch of national campaign to #DoublePell

University of Detroit Mercy is proud to be part of a national campaign to double the maximum Pell Grant to $13,000 and help more students earn a degree, get a good-paying job and achieve a brighter future.

A woman doing cyber security research

The Metro-Detroit Regional Vehicle Cybersecurity Institute is designed to expand and enhance the cybersecurity engineering workforce through an applied curriculum developed in consultation with industry partners.

The clocktower on Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus, shown at night, with a religious statue in the foreground.

Michael Dundorf鈥檚 life has long been about giving. At 80, he still tutors high school and middle school students in math for the Boys & Girls Club. He has donated time and treasure for a local community college and hospital. Through his estate plan, those three institutions, along with Detroit Mercy, will feel the results of his generosity for many years to come.

Nihad Dukhan poses in front of calligraphic pieces.

When Nihad Dukhan isn't teaching Mechanical Engineering at Detroit Mercy, he's working on one of his longtime passions: calligraphy.

Titans student-athletes recognized with 2020-21 awards

Multiple Titans student-athletes were recognized as University of Detroit Mercy鈥檚 Department of Athletics recently announced its 2020-21 Athletic & Academic award winners.

Edward Martell poses for a photo in a courtroom.

Edward Martell '14, '18, has turned his life around thanks to a challenge by a judge and scholarships to University of Detroit Mercy.

Detroit Mercy to require COVID-19 vaccine for fall 2021

After careful review and consideration of guidance from medical and public health experts, all University of Detroit Mercy students, faculty and staff will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated on or before August 16, 2021.

Cynthia Guti茅rrez Navarro poses for a photo in front a windmill.

Cynthia Guti茅rrez Navarro is the first Detroit Mercy student to be awarded a Michigan Sea Grant (MISG) Environmental Internship and a MISG Community Engaged Internship this summer.

Sr. Maureen Fay

Remarks of remembrance of Sr. Maureen Fay, O.P. President Emerita, University of Detroit Mercy by current Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi.

Detroit Mercy President Emerita Sr. Maureen Fay passes away

Sr. Maureen served Detroit Mercy with distinction from 1990-2004. Prior to her leadership at the University, she was president of Mercy College of Detroit from 1983-90.

Vivere ex Missione winners display leadership, service and scholarship

The听Vivere ex Missione听awards are presented each year to four graduating students whose time at University of Detroit Mercy was marked by leadership, service and scholarship.

Business ethics team places high in national competition

A team of three business students earned high marks 鈥 including a first place 鈥 in the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition hosted by Loyola Marymount University in April.

Class of 2021 students throw their caps up in the air in celebration!

That's a wrap! University of Detroit Mercy honored the Fall 2020 and Winter and Summer 2021 graduates with virtual commencement ceremonies, May 14-15. The University also hosted an On-Campus Graduation Celebration on Sunday, May 16. Hundreds of graduates returned to the McNichols Campus to receive recognition and gifts for their dedication and hard work.

Cannonball moment: a primer on Ignatian Year

During this Ignatian year, we will have several opportunities at Detroit Mercy to reflect.

Nurzahan Rahman smiles while giving her valedictorian speech for Detroit Mercy's virtual commencement.

As a child, Nurzahan Rahman dreamed of being her school鈥檚 valedictorian. That dream is now a reality, as Rahman was named the University of Detroit Mercy Class of 2021 valedictorian.

Dalonzo Curges points to the camera during a photograph.

Helping others feel equally welcome and making a difference at Detroit Mercy have been priorities for Dalonzo Curges.

From left to right: Taylor Kile, pictured giving an architecture presentation, walking near a fountain in New York during a conference, standing with friends in front of a church in Cuba during a study abroad experience, holding a pair of lawn tools while volunteering in the surrounding community during PTV, and sitting on a table in New York during a trip for a conference.

Taylor Kile came to University of Detroit Mercy wanting to become an architect. After four years, she completes her undergraduate career knowing exactly how she can impact the world.

Bonanza Cummings prepares for a track and field race while competing for Detroit Mercy.

In 2017, Bonanza Cummings left Jamaica, the only home he had ever known, to attend Detroit Mercy in pursuit of a better future, to grow academically, spiritually and athletically as a sprinter for the Titans鈥 men鈥檚 track and field team.

Two students walk away from Health Professions Facility.

To show its appreciation for essential workers just entering their profession, Carhartt and CID have donated 336 pairs of scrubs to the graduating class of Detroit Mercy鈥檚 College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing.

Detroit Mercy School of Law announces appointment of new dean

Detroit Mercy announces the appointment of Jelani Jefferson Exum as the new dean of the School of Law, effective July 1. She is a nationally recognized expert in sentencing law and procedure and joined the University's faculty in 2019.

President appears on Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “Celebrating Diverse Voices” webinar

President Antoine M. Garibaldi discussed how creating equitable access to higher education opportunities can impact communities and the many ways Detroit Mercy supports access to higher education for students.

The clock tower, pictured at night, on Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus.

Detroit Mercy is hosting several virtual summer camps for students in southeast Michigan. Camps are geared toward students ages of 13-17, as well as college juniors and seniors. These programs offer an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn about interesting fields of study while having fun with their peers.

Detroit Mercy President statement on Derek Chauvin verdicts

University Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi's statement on the Derek Chauvin verdicts.

CHP students practice bedside manner with a mannequin and mannequin baby.

The University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)听program听and Master of Science in Nursing program are ranked among the nation鈥檚 elite.

Detroit Mercy hosts National Book Award Finalist for book talk

National Book Award Finalist Jerald Walker will present a talk and reading on April 8 at 6:30 p.m. about his recent book How to Make a Slave and Other Essays, which was nominated for the 2020 National Book Award for nonfiction.

Detroit Mercy students studying by a window.

University of Detroit Mercy鈥檚 MBA program achieved a top 25 ranking among the nation鈥檚 best Management programs for 2022 according to U.S. News & World Report鈥檚 鈥淏est Graduate School Rankings.鈥 Rankings were released on March 30, 2021.

Detroit Mercy statement on Atlanta attacks

This week鈥檚 fatal shootings of eight people in the Atlanta area, six of whom were Asian American women and a Caucasian male and female, was another tragic and unnecessary loss of human life in this country.听

The clock tower on Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus, pictured at night.

Detroit Mercy鈥檚 University Advancement Division is one of only three in the category of private research/doctoral institutions with less than $740 million in endowment that is being recognized nationally with the CASE 2020 Education Fundraising Award in Overall Performance.

Grants aid Detroit Mercy programming

University of Detroit Mercy has received $316,900 in grants recently to support University programming. Many are in support of Detroit Mercy Law鈥檚 Veterans Law Clinic, as it seeks to expand its work.

Photo of Touchdown Jesus statue on Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi announces plans for a primarily in-person semester for fall 2021.

A graphic of Hitchcocked: An Audio Serial

The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC) is drawing inspiration from the past with the presentation of Hitchcocked!: An Audio Serial, an original, five-episode adventure comedy based on the work of Alfred Hitchcock.

Detroit Mercy President remembers his friend, Vernon Jordan

Vernon E Jordan Jr., a major African American leader, who passed away at the age of 85 earlier this month, deserves more than just a temporary remembrance. He was and should continue to be recognized for his advocacy of voting and civil rights, historically Black colleges and universities and the need for more diversity in corporations鈥 boardrooms and executive suites.

A major gift from a special former faculty member

Florence Tetreault, a beloved alumna and former faculty member, created and endowed a scholarship so that generations of students can afford a Detroit Mercy education.

Students involved in TENN volunteer in the community throughout the year, as pictured here during spring 2020.

After a decade serving the Detroit community, Detroit Mercy's student organization dedicated to food justice is rebranding.

Get to know: John ‘Cal’ Freeman, celebrating Detroit Mercy through poetry

John Freeman's new poem is a love letter of sorts to the University and the people and events who shaped him. It weaves together names of Titans men鈥檚 basketball greats and professors who influenced him and his writing into a brief and moving memoir.

Basketball student-athlete Antoine Davis attempts a free throw for Detroit Mercy during the 2020-21 college basketball season.

Four Detroit Mercy basketball student-athletes earned Horizon League recognition as the conference recently released its postseason awards.

An aerial photograph of Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus.

The word 鈥渃ivility鈥 is frequently used in discussions on how to heal the deep political and personal divisions in this country. But a new book by Detroit Mercy Assistant Professor of Political Science Alex Zamalin argues that the word has been used historically to silence people working toward a more just society.

Detroit Mercy recognized as Military Friendly School

Detroit Mercy is recognized as a designated university committed to helping veterans and military personnel achieve success.

Theatre students earn honors at festival

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company students and faculty and staff participated in the Kennedy Center College Theater Festival held virtually this year.

Joseph Alvaro, left, works with a family to tell their story.

Detroit Mercy alumnus Joseph Alvaro understands that it鈥檚 how a person responds to life鈥檚 challenges that defines him.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Logo

Detroit Mercy has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a series of events that will celebrate Detroit-based African American arts, culture and design.

ofGod performing its song, "Miracles," in a forest. The band consists of lead singer and keyboardist Miles (a husky dog), drummer Tammy (a fox) and Joi (a bear) and Shawn (a cheetah), who play guitar.

From early at-home productions, to high school marching band and choir, music has been a constant in David Tumpkin 92鈥檚 life. Over the past year, the University of Detroit Mercy alumnus has used this passion to spread the message of God to children.

Detroit Mercy’s online graduate nursing program earns national ranking

Detroit Mercy鈥檚 College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing offers three 100% online graduate nursing specialties: Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and Health Systems Management (HSM).

A photo of the clock tower on University of Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus.

The University is celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.鈥檚 legacy and Black History Month with a series of virtual events and programs throughout January and February.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s talk headlines Detroit Mercy’s Black History Month events

Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America tells the story of Henrietta Wood, who twice survived slavery and successfully sued her captor, receiving the largest-known amount of restitution for slavery awarded by a federal court.

President appears on Detroit Public Television's American Black Journal

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi and host Stephen Henderson discussed the University鈥檚 response to the pandemic, the McNichols Campus renovation currently underway and other University issues.

Detroit Mercy president and AJCU leaders speak out on Capitol Hill violence

Detroit Mercy president and AJCU leaders speak out on Capitol Hill violence.

Joyce Choi poses for a photo.

It took three years of work, but what has happened since Joyce Choi published a research paper on a disease she originally knew little about, could be life changing 鈥 for her and people half a world away.