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  • June 24: University names new dean of Libraries

    Monday June 24, 2024
    Kate HargerKate Harger

    Kate Harger will join University of Detroit Mercy as the new Dean of Libraries. She will join the University August 1.

    Harger has more than 20 years of experience leading academic libraries in the metropolitan Detroit and Chicago areas. In addition to a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University, Harger has earned a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Baker College, a Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate from Lansing Community College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Hope College. She joins Detroit Mercy from Henry Ford College, where she was Director of Library & Academic Support Services.

    Prior to her position with Henry Ford College, Harger was dean/executive director of the library at McHenry County College, Ill., and library director at Baker College of Clinton Township. She has experience leading library teams through periods of transformational change, including library renovation projects and large-scale library system implementation projects. She is skilled at engaging stakeholders to better understand and anticipate evolving needs, aligning library initiatives with the strategic goals of the institution, and implementing innovative library resources and services that foster student and faculty success. A fan of all things Detroit, Harger has a particular fondness for Eastern Market and the Detroit Film Theatre. When she isn鈥檛 working, she enjoys swimming, flower gardening and traveling.

    She will replace Marilyn Dow, who served as interim dean for more than two years.

  • June 24: Center for Social Entrepreneurship invests in the community

    Monday June 24, 2024

    Eight people stand and mingle inside of Boost Detroit with photos, television screens and a countertop pictured in the photo. The words DETROIT BOOST are displayed on the wall.

    This story is featured in the听Spring 2024 Spiritus magazine, arriving in mailboxes this week.

    Dee Pearl stands holding a mechanical design inside of a computer lab.Dee Pearl

    Dee Pearl 鈥05, 鈥07 used to spend her summers as a teacher leading STEM-based camps in Detroit. It was a way for the longtime educator to introduce young children to science, engineering, technology and math. But a few years into it, she noticed something.听

    鈥淚 started realizing that I enjoyed my summers a lot more than I did my September through June,鈥 she said. 鈥淚f I鈥檓 still working with kids and able to have an impact, how can I translate the summer camps into a full-time position?鈥澨

    That realization was the inspiration behind her starting Pearl SMART School, a STEM preschool that focuses on early literacy. She opened her first preschool in Monroe last fall, with a Detroit location scheduled to open this year.听

    Pearl was able to move her business forward thanks to University of Detroit Mercy鈥檚听, which works with local entrepreneurs who want to address social issues and help communities through business.听

    The Center provides social entrepreneurs with skills, resources and mentorship through programming such as Boost, a 10-week intensive workshop for early-stage social enterprises.听听

    This work is the mission of the Center, which reached a long-awaited milestone this academic year by issuing the first loans to social entrepreneurs through its Social Innovation Fund.听

    Pearl and Jermaine Wyrick each received loans of $5,000 to help with their businesses after completing the Boost program and pitching their idea to the Social Innovation Fund鈥檚 loan committee. Wyrick started a law firm to represent men in their fight to maintain a presence in their children鈥檚 lives.听

    Social enterprises can face challenges raising funds or getting loans to support their businesses because 鈥渢hey鈥檙e not strictly motivated by profit,鈥 said听Derrin Leppek, the Center鈥檚 director. That鈥檚 where the Center and its Social Innovation Fund come in, providing initial support to help them achieve bank-readiness.听

    鈥淚t鈥檚 harder to get an investor, like a bank, or others to take on that extra risk that a social enterprise faces,鈥 Leppek said. 鈥淲e kind of bridge that gap to help them get that initial funding that they need to do important things.鈥澨

    Impacting the Community

    Jermaine Wyrick smiles standing in a suit and tie outdoors.Jermaine Wyrick

    Wyrick has worked as an attorney for nearly three decades. He started Father鈥檚 Justice Law in May 2021 because of his own 鈥渆xistential crisis.鈥澨

    鈥淚 went through a custody dispute involving my minor daughter,鈥 he said. 鈥淚t enlightened me in terms of advocacy that鈥檚 needed to fairly and justly handle cases on behalf of men in family court.鈥澨

    Based out of Taylor, Father鈥檚 Justice Law works with men in the areas of custody, parenting time, divorce and prenuptial agreements. Wyrick does this work to help ensure that men can be involved in all areas of their children鈥檚 upbringing.听

    鈥淲e鈥檙e not just looking at the short-term service that we give men while they鈥檙e facing a custody dispute or divorce,鈥 Wyrick said. 鈥淲e鈥檙e looking at 10, 15, 20 years down the road, when their kids grow up. Do they become a better, happier or more emotionally stable adult because they had their dad in their lives?鈥澨

    Wyrick says yes and he鈥檚 backed up by data. According to research collected by The Fatherhood Project, involved fathers who use authoritative and loving parenting can lead to better emotional, academic, social and behavioral outcomes in their children.听

    Getting a Boost

    The Center鈥檚 Boost program offers social entrepreneurs a thorough jumpstart in the early stages of their businesses.听

    A wide range of business fundamentals are covered in the program, from mission statements, legal and marketing to strategic thinking, finances and business models. Communication is a key aspect to help social entrepreneurs develop the ability to pitch their businesses.听

    Leppek teaches Boost to social entrepreneurs, but 麻豆传媒社区 alumni and students also play a role. Alumni mentor participants and give presentations on their expertise, while students assist by solving problems in the classroom. In return, some of the businesses have welcomed 麻豆传媒社区 students as interns.听

    Boost is taught by Leppek every fall and winter. More than 100 people have gone through the program, which is completing its 15th cohort. There is no cost to the social entrepreneurs for participating, as tuition is covered by alumni support and corporate sponsorships.听听

    Leppek sees the social entrepreneurs helping each other during class sessions.听

    鈥淭hey鈥檙e all giving input to each other and helping each other solve problems, which is really beautiful, because that peer support and sharing knowledge is highly effective,鈥 he said.听

    That peer support helped Wyrick, who was drawn to Boost because of its social impact, make partnerships with other participants in areas such as marketing.听

    Boost appealed to Pearl because of the Jesuit and Mercy values of giving back, which were instilled in her while studying at 麻豆传媒社区. She participated in two cohorts to solidify her business plan and believed that discussions with her peers were impactful.听

    鈥淎s a social entrepreneur, is it about the money or is it about the people you ultimately want to touch?鈥 Pearl said. 鈥淗aving those conversations and being in class with other social entrepreneurs, it definitely gave us a meaning point.鈥澨

    As Pearl SMART School grows, Pearl wants to be intentional when considering additional locations.听

    鈥淲e鈥檙e looking at areas that have childcare deserts,鈥 Pearl said. 鈥淭here鈥檚 a lot of data around the different counties that are struggling with the lack of preschools and childcare options. We鈥檙e looking for areas where we can be impactful in our state.鈥澨

    Making a Difference

    Issuing the first loans to social entrepreneurs through the Social Innovation Fund wasn鈥檛 an overnight process. It鈥檚 something Leppek had been working on for several years.听听

    After raising funds and getting everything in place, the Center held its first funding round during the winter 2023 semester.听

    During the funding round, entrepreneurs pitch their social enterprises to the Center鈥檚 loan committee, which consists of members from its advisory board and CBA students and faculty. The loan committee looks at two things, Leppek said: The ability of the loan to move the business forward and the social entrepreneur鈥檚 ability to repay it.听听

    After listening to pitches and asking entrepreneurs questions, a collective decision is made.听

    鈥淚t鈥檚 a process that works, because they get vetted pretty thoroughly,鈥 Leppek said. 鈥淪tudents get a great benefit from this, too, because they鈥檙e part of this process of determining if a business is loan worthy.鈥

    No loans were issued during the Center鈥檚 first funding round, but last fall, Pearl and Wyrick successfully pitched their businesses to the committee.听

    鈥淚t鈥檚 definitely given us a boost to continue with our work of impacting kids with our preschools,鈥 Pearl said.听

    Working with the social enterprises, Leppek sees the 麻豆传媒社区 students applying what they learn in the classroom. 鈥淥n top of that,鈥 he said, 鈥渢hey鈥檙e engaging with local businesses that are doing good. It shows that business can be done in this way that helps others.鈥澨

    Participating in the loan committee and learning from people experienced in business was effective for Jason Zanchetta, a student in the five-year MBA program.听听

    鈥淎ll of these businesses that are pitching to us have some kind of core value in improving community,鈥 Zanchetta said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 very fulfilling to be able to be involved in giving out these loans, but it has a higher purpose.鈥澨

    With the Center鈥檚 first loans issued, Leppek is hopeful that the businesses can be successful and have a positive impact in the community.听

    鈥淲e owe it to Detroit to help make our community better, and that鈥檚 what we鈥檙e doing at the most basic level,鈥 he said. 鈥淚 want the entrepreneurs to be successful more than anything, because if they鈥檙e successful, everybody wins. They鈥檙e better because they have a sustainable living, they鈥檙e comfortable, but they鈥檙e improving the lives of others.听听

    鈥淏eing able to serve in this way to make Detroit a better place for everyone, it鈥檚 something I鈥檓 really proud of. I鈥檓 happy that we can do this for everybody involved.鈥

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  • June 23: 麻豆传媒社区 to hold information sessions for in-demand health career programs

    Sunday June 23, 2024

    A photo of healthcare professionals gathering in a circle to discuss something.University of Detroit Mercy鈥檚 online Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) and Post-Master鈥檚 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs will host information sessions this June and July.

    Information sessions for the AGCNS program are scheduled for Thursday, June 20 and Thursday, July 25, at 1p.m., while听Post-Master鈥檚 DNP program information sessions are scheduled for Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m.; June 27, at 1 p.m.; and Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m.

    The AGCNS program gives graduate degree-seeking students the transformational experience of becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). This program also provides an easy pathway to complete a student鈥檚 remaining DNP program requirements.

    CNS professionals help change the trajectory of care for populations of patients听to exceptional outcomes by prescribing advanced, compassionate, holistic care to patients/family caregivers. In addition, CNS professionals receive advanced training and education to make nursing and medical diagnoses. These highly trained APRNs also prescribe pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical care options while assessing the nursing environment and bringing best protocols to the bedside.

    Coursework for the AGCNS program is 100% online and conducted asynchronously through active engagement with faculty. This program equips students with the knowledge they need to be independent clinicians and to practice across clinical settings. Students are trained to be a generalist AGCNS overall, and skills will merge with their specialty or setting of choice in their CNS career.

    The program is also distinctively different from others because it incorporates several doctoral level courses, which allow students who complete AGCNS requirements to finish their doctoral work now or at a future time. This aspect of the program is delivered through a blend of asynchronous and synchronous learning, which culminates with a DNP project.

    The Post-Master鈥檚 DNP welcomes master鈥檚 prepared certified APRNs in the clinical specialties of nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and CNS. Additionally, MSN-prepared nurses in specialty areas such as nurse administration, executive leadership, and nursing informatics are also encouraged to apply to the program. The online program builds upon a student鈥檚 current skills to become effective leaders in healthcare as they work to improve the health outcomes of patients. The DNP represents the highest level of clinical nursing competence鈥攕tudents gain in-depth knowledge of nursing, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences. Using sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology, they develop collaborative strategies to optimize the health of individuals, families, communities, and 麻豆传媒社区鈥檚 faculty and student mentoring approach, flexibility in clinical experiences, and affordable tuition makes this Post-Master鈥檚 DNP a unique experience.

    Information Sessions

    For more information on the AGCNS Program and/or to sign up for an information session, .

    For more information on the DNP Program and/or to sign up for an information session, .

    You may also contact Julie Bazydlo, recruiter for 麻豆传媒社区 Graduate Nursing, at gradnursing@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1828.

  • June 23: University to honor employee with a tree

    Sunday June 23, 2024

    Chaka HughesChaka Hughes was more than just a member of University Mail Services; he was a cherished friend, a bright smile, and a positive presence who touched many lives every day at University of Detroit Mercy.

    He passed away suddenly on Oct. 8, 2022. To honor his memory and his lasting impact on the McNichols Campus, friends and co-workers are raising funds to plant a memorial tree on the Detroit Mercy campus. Alongside the tree, a plaque will be placed to commemorate his life and the joy he brought to the Detroit Mercy community.

    They hope to raise $400 to cover the costs of installing the plaque. Your generous donation, no matter the size, will help create a lasting tribute to Hughes鈥 memory and his contributions to our community.

    Donations can be made online听听or dropped off to Darrin Brown in University Advancement on the Second Floor of the Student Union.

    To mail a donation by check, make it out to University of Detroit Mercy with 鈥淐haka Hughes tree dedication鈥 in the memo line and send it to: University Advancement, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221.

  • June 22: Earn $40 through Detroit Mercy鈥檚 mental health study

    Saturday June 22, 2024

    Detroit Mercy students, staff and faculty can earn $40 through a mental health study at the University. The Department of Psychology is looking for participants for the study.

    To qualify, you must be 18 or older, have experienced a traumatic event and have the ability to complete questionnaires and interview about current mental health symptoms in English. Each in-person appointment will take approximately 60-90 minutes.

    Participants will be asked to fill out a few self-report questionnaires relating to traumatic experiences, relationships, emotions and coping. They’ll also be asked to participate in a confidential videotaped clinical interview regarding traumatic experiences.

    The study will use the information to help clinicians diagnose trauma-related conditions and design better programs for people who have experienced traumatic events.

    Please call 313-993-1486 or email Katelyn Lowe at loweke@udmercy.edu with any questions or to see if you may quality for the study.

  • June 21: Tickets available for PGA Tour鈥檚 2024 Rocket Mortgage Classic

    Friday June 21, 2024

    A collage of photos featuring people and the private suite at PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

    For the sixth-straight year, the PGA Tour returns to Detroit for the 2024 Rocket Mortgage Classic, which will be held June 27-30 at the Detroit Golf Club.

    University of Detroit Mercy is offering the Titans and the community several ticketing options for the tournament, including a discounted rate for private suite tickets next to green of hole No. 15.

    Suite tickets are only $250 for each day of the tournament, Thursday through Sunday. General admission tickets range from $65-80. Suite tickets include complimentary food and beverages.

    A portion of the ticket price is a tax-deductible gift to Detroit Mercy Students Scholarships. Since 2019, 麻豆传媒社区’s partnership with the Rocket Mortgage Classic has helped raise more than $45,000 for scholarships.

    This year’s field includes defending champion Rickie Fowler, several players ranked in the top-50 in the world rankings including Will Zalatoris, Tom Kim, Cameron Young, Akshay Bhatia, Chris Kirk and Min Woo Lee, among others. Also included are major champions Gary Woodland, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson and Stewart Cink. Miles Russell, a 15-year-old phenom, will also make his PGA Tour debut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. He became the youngest player ever to make the cut on the Korn Ferry Tour earlier this season.

    More information/purchase tickets!
  • June 21: Summer food drive to benefit 麻豆传媒社区 organizations, pantries

    Friday June 21, 2024

    Little Free Pantry is stocked with food outside of the stairwell that leads to TDR.The HIVE student pantry, Office of Admissions, Little Red Pantry and Little Free Pantry are looking for food donations this summer.

    The food donations include any non-perishable food items, pasta, soups, and boxed or canned items. Male and female hygiene products will also be accepted. The drive will run from May 28 through June 30.

    These is a donation box located in the lower level of the Student Union, next to the vending machines.

    Each person that donates any items will also be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 gift card or Detroit Mercy apparel.

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Monday June 24, 2024

College of Health Professions Dean Ahmed Radwan was recently featured on the APTA-Michigan Oncology Rehab SIG (Special Interest Group) Podcast. He discussed a recent publication that he co-authored titled, “Top 10 Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology.” Listen to the podcast on Spotify.

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