2020 Detroit Mercy News Releases

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi recently penned the following op-ed for The Detroit News Dec. 28 edition titled “How our Detroit campus is combating COVID-19.” The University thanks The Detroit News for this opportunity and is happy to share this piece with all readers.

A statement from University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, mourning the loss of alumnus Benny Napoleon.

The William J. Gies Awards are the most coveted honors in oral health and dental education and recognize the efforts of individuals, institutions and organizations that exemplify the highest standards of vision, innovation and achievement in oral health and dental education.

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

The six new individuals appointed to Detroit Mercy's Board of Trustees have made global contributions to their professions and represented the Jesuit and Mercy traditions in those fields and in their communities.

Former Titan student-athlete and baseball coach Bob Miller passed away Saturday at the age of 94. Miller played 10 years for Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies before a 36-year run as the University's head baseball coach.

President Antoine M. Garibaldi discussed Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus Renovation Project, as well as the University's rankings and recent grants to help increase student success.

Timmy Nelson '11 is among the thousands of gamers worldwide who participate in Extra Life, an annual charity event where people marathon video games to raise money to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation project starts with a renovation and expansion of the Student Union, followed by multiple upgrades and new on-campus student apartments, among other projects.

Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering & Science will showcase nearly 50 research and design posters during the virtual event that highlight projects that Detroit Mercy students have been working on over the past year.

The week starts with a public webinar remembering the 31st anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador, followed by several events developed for Detroit Mercy students and employees.

Unless the public cooperates with public health agencies and hospitals to prevent the spread of COVID-19, hospitals will run out of beds, resources and staff, according to an extensive study by a Detroit Mercy faculty member and two students.

Jeffry Bauer ’80 originally took a class with the American Red Cross to get a tenant to stop pestering him. That led to volunteering with the Red Cross for 37 years and recently, the University of Detroit Law graduate was named the Chief Operating Officer for the Michigan Region.

Detroit Mercy's Antoine Davis, a two-time First Team All-Horizon League selection, earned a pair of preseason honors ahead of the 2020-21 men's basketball season.

What goes into hosting an NCAA national tournament or championship? How are hosts selected? University of Detroit Mercy has regularly answered these questions regularly over the past several years as Detroit has become a destination for the NCAA.

This five-year competitive grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III Part A Strengthening Institutions Program, which provides grants to institutions that serve a high percentage of traditionally underserved students.

Elise Pannemann dreams of taking her passion for performing to Hollywood and, one day, acting in films. But for now, the third-year Theatre student is honing her skills at University of Detroit Mercy.

September in Michigan has been officially designated Underground Railroad Month, and Detroit Mercy Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine played a crucial role in making that happen.

University of Detroit Mercy will honor fall 2019 and winter and summer 2020 graduates at three virtual commencement ceremonies on Sunday, Nov. 15.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Specialist in School Psychology program earned an important designation – Verified Course Sequence (VCS) – from the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

The fall semester at University of Detroit Mercy is in full swing, so what better time to check in with some of our freshmen students in our Freshman Q&A Series. We asked several new Titans how the year has been going and here’s what they had to say.

A new 40,000 square foot facility in Novi allows Detroit Mercy to expand graduate and health education programs and provide space for future offerings.

Detroit Mercy History Professor Gregory Sumner's research and presentation inspired two Fremont, Mich. residents to lead a fundraising effort to create a historical marker that now sits near the Gerber Products Company plant.

A consortium led by Detroit Mercy will make authentic research experiences more accessible for hundreds of students across the United States, thanks to a recent National Science Foundation grant.

Detroit Mercy’s Management and Accounting program recently earned national rankings in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges” 2021 edition.

University of Detroit Mercy’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) will continue to positively impact students’ college experience thanks to the U.S. Department of Education announcing a renewal of a five-year Student Support Services (SSS) grant of more than $1 million.

Detroit Mercy has once again ranked among the top 20% of all universities nationwide in The Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) college rankings that were released Sept. 17.

The October issue of National Geographic features the cover story “Reimagining Dinosaurs,” which includes the monumental discovery by Detroit Mercy Assistant Professor of Biology and National Geographic Explorer Nizar Ibrahim.

University of Detroit Mercy Professor of English Nick Rombes decided to do something creative for his creative writing class this summer, inviting several alumni to audit the class to create a mix of alumni and current undergrad students.

In addition to placing high in the overall national universities classification, Detroit Mercy received favorable recognition in four special categories.

The program's goal is to increase retention, graduation and employment rates of students underrepresented in STEM fields by providing them a support system that addresses personal, career and academic development.

The Master’s Entry Advanced Generalist Nursing (MEAGN) program is built for students seeking a second degree in nursing, allowing them to become registered nurses in less than 17 months.

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity works with colleges, universities, organizations and individuals to help increase productivity, establish and maintain work-life balance, create broad networks of collegial support on campus and develop a committed stance toward their institutional home.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, graduate student Anna Orletski suddenly found herself with a lot of free time. Instead of letting it go to waste, Orletski decided to tap into her creative side and, with partner Sidd Finch, created the book “Change of Plans,” which documents and highlights Detroit artists and creatives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students arrived at Shiple Hall and other Detroit Mercy residence facilities from many parts of the country this week.

The innovative online program prepares the Family Nurse Practitioner to provide urgent and emergent health care services to patients of all ages.

WDIV spent considerable time at both the McNichols Campus and School of Dentistry campus in Corktown to find out how Detroit Mercy is prepared to welcome students back to school in a safe manner.

Lori Caloia '00 made an impact on the softball diamond for Detroit Mercy, but is now stepping up to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as a medical director in Kentucky.

Daniel Doyle’s college career didn’t get off to a stellar start. But Doyle stuck with it, working with the Student Success Center and his professors. The result was not only did he graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science, he was also awarded the Catherine A. Caraher History Prize, presented to a history major in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.

Sarah Hirschmann played women's soccer at Detroit Mercy, but made an impact off the field by starting a non-profit group, volunteering and playing a key role in a number of University events.

Detroit Mercy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski will participate in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s virtual forum titled, “Promoting Health on Campus During COVID-19.” This forum takes place on Wednesday, July 15.

The Horizon League is launching the “We Are All One Team” platform to provide student-athletes with an even greater role in responding to a variety of social issues. The platform is designed to expand and amplify the League’s commitment to unity, service, learning and engagement.

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) expresses grave concern about guidance for international students released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday, July 6.

Detroit Mercy has created a new resource that will help speed up entry into campus.

A standout on the field and in the classroom, Detroit Mercy men's soccer senior Garret Weaver earned the Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor, the Horizon League’s highest honor for a student-athlete.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi and other leaders at AJCU colleges and universities highlight the impact of Jesuit education in a powerful video celebrating the AJCU’s 50th anniversary.

Members of the University of Detroit Mercy Community are stepping up in different ways to combat the COVID-19 crisis. We are sharing their stories here.

SEA-PHAGES is profoundly impacting Detroit Mercy students because it’s designed to excite students about scientific research. The yearlong freshman laboratory course allows students to discover, isolate and analyze bacterial-killing viruses known as bacteriophage, or phage for short.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi's statement about the tragedy in Minneapolis.

Justin Prinstein '12 created International Stars Baseball Academy in the winter of 2012 to introduce Detroit children to baseball. But the lessons extend far beyond the playing field: the non-profit organization helps children by providing mentorship, extracurricular programming and a support system.

Detroit Mercy Assistant Professor of Biology, TED Fellow, and National Geographic Explorer Nizar Ibrahim returned to the dig site in the Sahara Desert where he originally discovered Spinosaurus fossils and elected to remove more than 15 tons of rock because he felt there was more to be discovered.

Detroit Mercy's dual enrollment program with Detroit Cristo Rey High School provides a hands-on university experience, including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, to creative, engaged students from underserved populations.

Each year, during Women’s History Month, University of Detroit Mercy’s Department of Student Life recognizes an employee with its Phenomenal Woman Award. This year, Student Life recognized Amber Johnson, director of the TRiO Program.

University of Detroit Mercy junior Juliana Jakubczak is a co-author on Nizar Ibrahim’s groundbreaking article in the prestigious journal Nature, which showed Spinosaurus was aquatic and used tail-propelled swimming locomotion to hunt for prey.

Plans offer new model and schedule for McNichols Campus and allow students to return home before December to complete semester and final exams online.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Megan Conrad was recently selected as a National Science Foundation (NSF) ASCEND fellow, a program that supports the advancement of mid-career women faculty and administrators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

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.

Brynne Gustafson came to Detroit Mercy to study engineering and do something outside of the classroom. After four years, she leaves the McNichols Campus well-equipped for the professional world and with lots of memories from competing for the Titans track and field team.

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. He was inspired to research hydrocephalus because its a disorder his twin brother has lived his entire life with.

Detroit Mercy has once again been honored 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.

Sarah Hirschmann is not too disappointed that her senior year at Detroit Mercy was cut short by a global pandemic. Or that, as valedictorian, she will not be giving the address she worked so hard on. That's because her life was greatly impacted by COVID-19.

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.

Victoria Ryce knows the challenges of attending college while working full-time and raising children. But the reward has been worth the many sacrifices.

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science will host the second annual Engineering & Technology Teacher Boot Camp from July 20-24 and 27-30. This boot camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and is free to area high school teachers and instructors.

Nick 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 in himself and earned a bachelor of science in Biology from University of Detroit Mercy.

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 hunt for prey in a massive river system.

An international team of scientists has published a comprehensive review of fossil vertebrates from the Cretaceous of Morocco.

AnnMarie Gilbert is taking over as head coach of Detroit Mercy's women's basketball team after amassing nearly 300 coaching wins across several levels of the NCAA.

Detroit Mercy is pleased to offer undergraduate students a one-time Detroit Mercy CARES Act grant for summer 2020, along with other forms of assistance.

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.

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.

Detroit Mercy junior Sara Abdulelah is one of 396 students in the United States to earn the prestigious national scholarship.

Detroit Mercy has created the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund, a crowdfunding effort that provides emergency funding to students impacted by the coronavirus.

As a result of the Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 guideline that gatherings of more than 50 people should not be held over the next eight weeks, the President’s Council has decided to postpone the May 8 and 9 McNichols Campus, School of Law and School of Dentistry 2020 Commencement Ceremonies.

During times of uncertainty such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is healthy to have an emotional reaction. Sudden changes in our lives can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. To help navigate this time of transition and to manage emotional responses, Director of Detroit Mercy’s Wellness Center Annamaria Silveri has provided these action steps.

The Detroit Jesuits are offering people a chance to pray, reflect and connect online during the coronavirus crisis.

Detroit Mercy’s Nurse Anesthesia program has achieved a top 10 ranking since 2012.

Recent charitable grants totaling more than half a million dollars will support scholarships, programs, faculty research and community outreach at Detroit Mercy.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Nizar Ibrahim was part of an international team of scientists, led by Baylor University’s Megan Jacobs and including and researchers from England and Morocco, that identified three new species of toothed pterosaurs.

This is the sixth year in a row that Detroit Mercy’s MBA program has been ranked among the nation’s top 25.

The 20/20 Vision grant is designed to ensure continued safety for students living on campus by serving as a deterrent to sexual misconduct.

Becca Zarras has been hooked on music for as long as she can remember. The Detroit Mercy School of Law student's rock-star story is one of discovery and following passions.

UPDATE: Detroit Mercy's Master of Community Development open house has moved online! Please join us Saturday, March 28 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. The event will include an informational presentation, and faculty, students, alumni and community partners will be available to answer questions until 2:30pm.

Multi-year, multi-million-dollar project for McNichols Campus focuses on efficiency, sustainability and state-of-the-art facilities, and serves as a model for campus enhancement at urban universities across the U.S.

Yolanda Grandison ’04, ’06 is a woman of many interests. But it’s what she’s doing half a world away that feeds her passion.

Students from University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Dentistry will be serving even more members of the community free of charge thanks to a grant from the American Dental Association Foundation’s E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award.

Three Theatre students represented the University at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s regional festival as Detroit Mercy Theatre Company earned several forms of recognition.

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

Detroit Mercy was to host former First Lady and When We All Vote Co-chair Michelle Obama at the organization's first rally of 2020.

Shonda Buchanan's book, Black Indian, explores her family's legacy of being African-Americans with American Indian roots and the societal exclusions the combination brought. 

Detroit Mercy’s online graduate Nursing program is ranked among the top programs nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs” edition.

Latest report shows that Detroit Mercy Private colleges provide higher financial returns than public colleges.

Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration (CBA) hosts a public presentation by Denise Morrison, former president of Campbell Soup. Her discussion is the first of a new national speaking series offered through the CBA’s Center for Practice & Research in Management & Ethics (PRIME), which opened in October 2019.

Detroit Mercy is celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a series of events and programs in January. Community members are invited to join students, employees, alumni and friends as the University commemorates King and prepares for Black History Month.

Fifteen people will be inducted into the Detroit Mercy Athletics Hall of Fame, while three former men’s basketball players earn the distinction of having their number retired.

Detroit Mercy celebrates Black History Month throughout February with a variety of events and engagements that are free and open to everyone.

The Titan Winter Blast, Detroit Mercy’s signature winter celebration, returns Saturday, Jan. 25. Join students, employees, alumni, friends and neighbors as we turn up the heat with homemade chili, toasty drinks and Titan camaraderie.

Detroit Mercy will once again face off against Oakland University for the Detroit Mercy vs. OU Donor Challenge, which takes place Jan. 27-31. This is the final donor challenge in this series, which is tied 2-2.