University of Detroit Mercy
|University of Detroit Mercy|
|Latin: Universitas Detroitensis Misericordia|
|Motto||Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (Latin)
Maria, Sedes Sapientiae (Latin)
|Motto in English||For the greater glory of God;
Mary, Seat of Wisdom
|Type||Private Nonprofit Coeducational|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic
(Jesuit / Sisters of Mercy)
|Endowment||US $40 million |
|President||Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.|
|Other students||1,041 (professionals)|
|Location||Detroit, Michigan, USA|
|Campus||Urban - Total: 91 acres (36.8 ha)|
|Former names||College of Detroit (1877)
University of Detroit (1927-1990)
Mercy College of Detroit (1941-1990)
|Colors||Blue Red White
|Athletics||NCAA Division I - HL & MAAC NLC|
|Sports||19 varsity sports teams
(9 men's and 10 women's)
The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) is a private, Roman Catholic co-educational university in Detroit, Michigan, United States, affiliated with the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy. Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., is the president. With origins dating from 1877, it is the largest Roman Catholic university in Michigan. UDM is one of the twenty-eight member Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States. Located across three campuses in Detroit, the school offers more than a hundred academic degrees and programs of study, including liberal arts, clinical psychology, business, dentistry, education, law, engineering, architecture, nursing and allied health professions. Listed below are some of the University's many distinguished alumni.
UDM was ranked in the top tier of Midwestern regional universities in U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" 2014 edition and has been for over a decade. In athletics, the University sponsors 19 NCAA Division I level varsity sports for men and women, and is a member of the Horizon League. The UDM men's basketball team won the 2012 Horizon League Championship.
- 1 History
- 2 Colleges and campuses
- 3 Greek life
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Notable faculty
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Photo galleries
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes
- 10 References and further reading
- 11 External links
The University of Detroit Mercy's origin dates back to 1877 with the founding of Detroit College by the Society of Jesus. The college expanded into the University of Detroit, and in 1927 established a second campus. In 1941, the Sisters of Mercy opened the Mercy College of Detroit. In 1990, University of Detroit and Mercy College of Detroit consolidated to become "University of Detroit Mercy."
Colleges and campuses
UDM comprises seven colleges and schools:
- School of Architecture
- College of Business Administration
- School of Dentistry
- College of Engineering & Science
- College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing
- School of Law
- College of Liberal Arts & Education
The University has three campuses in the city of Detroit:
- The McNichols Campus is located at 4001 W. McNichols Road, on the southeast corner of McNichols Road and Livernois Avenue, in northwest Detroit (near the University District, Pilgrim Village and Palmer Woods neighborhoods). The majority of the University's undergraduate and graduate programs are offered on this campus, as well as the University's main administration and athletic facilities like Calihan Hall. It is also the location of all six student residence halls.
- The Riverfront Campus is home to the School of Law in downtown Detroit at 651 East Jefferson (across from the Renaissance Center).
- The Corktown Campus, at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, has housed the School of Dentistry and Dental Clinic since 2008.
Aside from UDM's own campuses, the University offers undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs at Macomb University Center in Clinton Township, Mich. and at the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) University Center in Harper Woods, Mich. UDM has also partnered with Aquinas College and St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. to offer a Nursing prelicensure program.
A former campus at 8200 West Outer Drive in Detroit was home to Mercy College of Detroit from 1941 until consolidation in 1990. As part of University of Detroit Mercy, the Outer Drive Campus hosted UDM's Dentistry Clinic starting in 1997. UDM agreed to sell the Outer Drive Campus to WCCCD in 2003, and the UDM School of Dentistry and Clinic moved to the Corktown Campus in January 2008.
Fraternities and sororities (in alphabetical order)
- Fraternities - Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Delta Rho, Lambda Theta Phi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Phi Kappa Theta, Sigma Pi
- Sororities - Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Beta Gamma, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta
The Titans compete in NCAA Division I's Horizon League. The men's basketball team has consistently contended for the Horizon League title. On April 12, 2008, UDM hired Ray McCallum as Men's Basketball Coach. McCallum is a veteran of more than 20 years in college basketball, most recently as assistant head coach at Indiana University.
McCallum's predecessor Perry Watson led a successful program at Detroit's Southwestern High School before coming to UDM after some years as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan and maintained strong recruiting ties within the city's public league. Watson guided Detroit Mercy to 10 winning seasons, three league titles, two NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Final Four during his 15 years with UDM. The Titans' two NCAA appearances also included victories over St. John's and UCLA. Between 1997-98 and 2000–01, the Titans had four straight 20-victory seasons.
Dick Vitale, ESPN's most well-known college basketball commentator, was the University of Detroit men's basketball Head Coach for four seasons (1973–1977) before becoming the school's Athletics Director for 1977-78. The following year he left to coach the Detroit Pistons. In his final year as a college head coach in 1977, "Dickie V." led the Detroit Titans to a school record 25 victories and the Round of 16 in the 1977 NCAA Tournament before losing to Michigan, 86-81. Vitale rolled up a 78-30 career record as head coach of the Titans. Vitale went on to coach the Detroit Pistons before beginning his broadcasting career with ESPN in 1979 and was the color commentator for the first college basketball game carried by the new network. As its lead college basketball analyst, he helped make the network an integral part of the game's popularity. An author of six books chronicling his love affair with basketball, Vitale received the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award (1998), won the NABC Cliff Wells Appreciation Award in 2000 and was inducted to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2011, UDM named its basketball court at Calihan Hall in his honor.
Highlights from the Detroit Titans athletic teams include the recent appearances by the men's and women's basketball teams in the 2011-12 postseason. The women's basketball team participated in the WNIT Tournament for the first time ever and finished with its first 20-win season (20-14) since 1997 when the team made its only NCAA Tournament appearance. The men's basketball team captured the 2011-12 Horizon League Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in its history and first since 1999. The University of Detroit Mercy Lacrosse Team won the MAAC Championship in 20013 and went on to the NCAA tournament. The University was the host institution for the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional and 2009 NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament at Ford Field in Detroit.
All home basketball games feature the Titan Pep Band which serenades audiences throughout the game.
- Frank Murphy, Law instructor, a Michigan jurist, Mayor of Detroit, Governor of Michigan, the last Governor-General of the Philippines and the first High Commissioner of the Philippines, United States Attorney General, and United States Supreme Court Associate Justice.
- Joyce Carol Oates taught at the University of Detroit, publishing her first novel, With Shuddering Fall, when she was twenty-six years old. Her novel them received the National Book Award in 1970. She has taught at Princeton University since 1978.
- Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was visiting professor in the School of Architecture at University of Detroit, 1970. (See a YouTube video of Fuller at the University of Detroit on YouTube)
- C. Don Davidson was a professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, from 1965 to 1969. Davidson was the author of the Pontiac Plan; a 1966-79 urban renewal project for the city of Pontiac, Michigan. Circa 1970, Davidson became the stadium chief project designer of what would later become known as The Pontiac Silverdome under the direction of the architectural firm of O'dell, Hewlett & Luckenbach. In 1972, he started a weekly newspaper called "The Pontiac Times" to help further his vision for the city of Pontiac.
- E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., University of Portland's 19th President
- Andreas Blass, mathematician and current professor at the University of Michigan
- Kevin Boyle winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, Professor of History at Ohio State University
- Thomas Budzynski, American psychologist and a pioneer in the field of biofeedback
- John A. DiBiaggio, former president of University of Connecticut, Michigan State University and Tufts University
- Leonard Plachta, former president of Central Michigan University
Acting, theater, film & television
- Anita Barone, actress
- Phil Cousineau, author, lecturer, independent scholar, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker
- Christopher Darga, actor
- Angelina Fiordellisi, actress and co-founder of Cherry Lane Theatre
- David Patrick Kelly, actor
- Keegan-Michael Key, actor (Key & Peele, madTV, Animal Planet)
- Ted Raimi, actor, best known for his roles on seaQuest DSV and Xena: Warrior Princess
(See also #Journalism & writing for radio and TV news alumni)
- Emil Brolick, President & CEO, The Wendy's Company
- Matthew Cullen, CEO, Rock Ventures LLC; President & COO, Rock Gaming LLC
- Mark Ellis, Executive Vice President of North American Sales, Yahoo!
- W. James Farrell, chairman and CEO (retired), Illinois Tool Works, 1995–2005
- William Morrow, Executive VP/Operations, Crain Communications
- A. C. Muthiah, Chairman-Emeritus of Southern Petrochemical Industries Limited (SPIC); Chairman of Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering (SVCE)
- James D. Norrod, President & CEO, Infinite Power Solutions; former President & CEO, Segway Inc. (2005-2010)
- Jim Padilla, former CEO, Ford Motor Company
- Marlena Peleo-Lazar, VP and Chief Creative Officer, McDonald's
- Michael Roarty, Former Director of Marketing for Anheuser-Busch from 1977 to 1990, created "This Bud's for you" and "Weekends were made for Michelob" slogans.
- Mark A. Schmid, Vice President – Chief Investment Officer, University of Chicago
- Laura Soave, MBA '00, former head of Fiat Brand North America
- Dave Stangis, Vice President for Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, Campbell Soup Company
- Thomas Thewes, co-founder, Compuware Corporation
- Robert Thibault, President, North America Infant, Baby and Child Care, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
- Derrick Kuzak, retired Group Vice President, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company
- J. Thomas McCarthy
- Jim Padilla, former CEO, Ford Motor Company
- Otmar Szafnauer, COO Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team; formerly programs manager at Ford
- William C. Young, President, Absopure Water Corporation
Journalism & writing
- Bill Bonds, journalist and former longtime anchor of WXYZ-TV's news
- Ron Fournier, Associated Press, Chief of Washington Bureau
- Elmore Leonard, author, several of whose books have been made into movies, such as Get Shorty, Be Cool, and The Big Bounce
- Michael Martinez, journalist for The Detroit News
- J. P. McCarthy, former radio host on Detroit station WJR
- George Noory, syndicated radio talk show host (Coast to Coast AM)
- Neal Shine, former editor and publisher of the Detroit Free Press; the computer lab of the Varsity News, UDM's campus newspaper, is named in his honor
- Allison Payne, anchorwoman with WGN-TV, Chicago
Government & politics
- Richard Arrington, Jr., first African American mayor of Birmingham, Alabama
- Donald W. Banner, former United States Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks
- Thomas E. Brennan, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court (1967–1973); served as Chief Justice from 1969–1970; founded the Thomas M. Cooley Law School
- Vincent M. Brennan, Michigan politician
- James H. Brickley, 54th and 56th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan and a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court from 1982–1999
- Vern Buchanan, Republican Congressman representing Florida's 13th congressional district
- Tim Burns, Michigan politician
- Michael F. Cavanagh, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, 1982–present (served as Chief Justice from 1991 to 1995)
- Bob Constan, Michigan State House of Representatives
- Maura D. Corrigan, Director, Michigan Department of Human Services; former Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, 1998–2011 (served as Chief Justice from 2001 to 2004)
- George Cushingberry, Jr., Michigan House of Representatives
- Robert A. Ficano, County Executive of Wayne County, Michigan
- Walter R. Greene, Jr., Deputy mayor of Detroit, 1970–73, Chair of Michigan Civil Service Commission, 1976-1992
- Roman S. Gribbs, mayor of Detroit, 1970–1974, Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals
- Amy P. Hathaway, judge on the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan, Civil Division, 1995-2013 (retired) 
- Frank J. Kelley, longest-serving Attorney General in Michigan history (1961 to 1998)
- Jeanette Wrona Klemczak, Chief Nursing Executive, State of Michigan
- Theodore Levin, U.S. District Court Judge (1946 to 1970), father of Charles and Joseph Levin and uncle of Senator Carl Levin and Representative Sander Levin
- Greg Mathis, retired Michigan 36th District Court judge and syndicated television show judge
- E. Michael McCann, former Milwaukee County District Attorney
- Thaddeus McCotter, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 11th congressional district (2003-2012)
- Zanaida Moya, Mayor of Belize City, Belize, 2006–present
- L. Brooks Patterson, an American lawyer and politician, currently County Executive of Oakland County, Michigan
- Gary Peters, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 9th congressional district
- Haider Abbas Rizvi, former member of the National Assembly of Pakistan; a senior leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)
- James L. Ryan, retired Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, 1975–1985; Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1985–present
- Thomas Patrick Thornton, United States Federal Judge
Military & space
- Richard F. Abel, former United States Air Force Brig. General
- Paul Bikle, former Director of the NASA Flight Research Center
- Robert J. Elder, Jr, former United States Air Force Lt. General
- Glynn Lunney, NASA flight director
- Joseph M. Breitenbeck, eighth Bishop of Grand Rapids from 1969 to 1989
- Joseph Cassidy, Anglican priest
- Gary Habermas, PhD, philosophical theologian and apologist; defender of Christ's historical Resurrection
- Dario Hunter - The first Muslim-born person to be ordained a rabbi.
- John A. Lemke, class of 1884, first native born Roman Catholic priest of Polish descent to be ordained in America.
- Grady Alderman, NFL offensive lineman and former General Manager of Denver Broncos
- John Barrett, American Football
- Dan Boisture, coach of the Eastern Michigan (1967–73) and the Detroit Wheels (1974) football teams
- Lloyd Brazil, Football
- Frank Bucher, former NFL player
- Wes Carlson, former NFL player
- Walt Cassidy, former NFL player
- Gus Cifelli, Football
- Earl Cureton, former NBA player for the Philadelphia 76ers
- Dave DeBusschere, NBA Hall of Fame, played basketball for the Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks, former Coach of the Detroit Pistons; also played professional baseball for the Chicago White Sox
- Terry Duerod, former NBA player
- Andrew "Anvil Andy" Farkas, former NFL player
- Tom Finnin, former NFL player
- Willie Green, basketball player for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers
- Jody Handley, soccer player for the England women's national football team
- Spencer Haywood, U of D Basketball and NBA star.
- Dave Hill, former PGA Tour golfer with 13 Tour wins
- Joe Kopicki, former NBA player
- Dutch Lauer, former NFL player
- John Long, former NBA player
- Bruce Maher, former NFL player
- Ted Marchibroda, NFL Coach, twice head coach of Baltimore Colts/Indianapolis Colts, offensive co-ordinator for Buffalo Bills Super Bowl teams, current sports broadcaster
- Bob Miller, former MLB player (1949–58) and U-D Titans baseball coach (1965–2000); career Titans coaching record of 896-780-2; named to Titans Hall of Fame 1979
- Guy Murray, former student-athlete and current Detroit Titans cross country/track and field head coach
- A.C. Muttiah, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India from 1999 to 2001
- Tip O'Neill, former NFL player
- Andrew Ornoch, Mississauga Eagles FC
- Jimmy Simpson, former NFL player
- Guy Sparrow, former NBA player
- Terry Thomas, former NBA player
- Terry Tyler, former NBA player
- Owen Wells, former NBA player
Corktown Campus (School of Dentistry)
Riverfront Campus (School of Law)
UDM School of Law in the shadow of the Renaissance Center
School of Law is beside Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit
- The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy had a common early history with the University.
- Detroit Titans track and field
- Endowment according to internal UDM Finance Committee report as of June 27, 2014.
- "University of Detroit Mercy Sports".
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- "Detroit captures men's basketball championship". horizonleague.org. Horizon League. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "Programs at the Macomb University Center". University of Detroit Mercy website. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "Programs at WCCCD University Center in Harper Woods". University of Detroit Mercy website. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- Baiardi, Janet (28 September 2013). "Mercy Heritage Day remarks". UDM College of Health Professions website. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- Muller, S.J., Herman; Sabourin, RSM, Mary Justine; Cohen, Shari S. (2003). Legacy of Excellence: A Continuing History of Jesuit and Mercy Higher Education in Detroit. University of Detroit Mercy. p. 243.
- Muller, S.J., Herman; Sabourin, RSM, Mary Justine; Cohen, Shari S. (2003). Legacy of Excellence: A Continuing History of Jesuit and Mercy Higher Education in Detroit. University of Detroit Mercy. p. 269.
- Peller, Laurie (Spring 2004). "Inside View: Vision 2020". Spiritus: The University of Detroit Mercy Magazine 11 (2): 8.
- "History of the School of Dentistry". UDM School of Dentistry website. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "Titan Basketball Detroit All-Time Scores". detroittitans.com. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
- "Hall of Fame Class of 2008". collegebasketballexperience.com. The College Basketball Experience. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "'It was Awesome, baby, with a capital A!'". detroittitans.com. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Sieden, Lloyd Steven (2000). Buckminster Fuller's Universe. Basic Books. pp. 434–435. ISBN 9780738203799.
- "Pontiac Silverdome | Conception, History and Facts: The Early Years - Planning and Construction". Pontiac Silverdome. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- "Pontiac Silverdome | Conception, History and Facts: The Pontiac Times Newspaper Era ... 1972-1982". Pontiac Silverdome. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Plachta, Louise. "Donor highlight: Dr. Leonard Plachta". The Current. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "The Wendy's Company Names Emil Brolick President & Chief Executive Officer". aboutwendys.com. The Wendy's Company. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Araj, Victoria. "Rock Ventures CEO Matt Cullen Named Humanitarian of the Year". quickenloans.com. Quicken Loans. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "Alumni week featured speaker (2012): Mark Ellis '90". udmercy.edu. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "About Crain: Our Leadership". crain.com. Crain Communications. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "Infinite Power Solutions Management Team". infinitepowersolutions.com. Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "James Norrod: Executive Profie & Biography". businessweek.com. Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Goddu, Jenn. "Peleo-Lazar to Join Mcdonald's". adweek.com. Adweek. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Kohler, Jeremy (2013-03-18). "Michael J. Roarty dies; oversaw famous A-B ad campaigns". Saint Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
- Kohler, Jeremy (2013-03-19). "Michael Roarty dies at 84; marketer helped build Anheuser-Busch brand". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
- "UDM business alumna Laura Soave adds panache to the Fiat brand". Spiritus. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "Campbell Soup Company Named by the Civic 50 as a Top 10 Company for Community Citizenship". campbellsoupcompany.com. Campbell Soup Company. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "Derrick Kuzak: Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development". media.ford.com. Ford Motor Company. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Vlasic, Bill (2012-02-09). "2 Executives at Ford to Retire; Inside Successors Named". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "Q&A with Otmar Szafnauer". forceindiaf1.com. Force India Formula One Team. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Spurgeon, Brad (2012-11-16). "An engineer's passion for his racing work". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "About Absopure". absopure.com. Absopure Water Corp. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "DHS - Maura D. Corrigan, Director". michigan.gov. State of Michigan. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Peters, Gary (27 Feb 2014). "In recognition of Judge Amy Hathaway's service to the residents of Detroit and Wayne County". Congressional Record. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
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- Treppa, Alan R. "Rev. John A. Lemke: America's First Native Born Roman Catholic Priest". stalbertus.org. Retrieved July 25, 2008.
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References and further reading
- Muller, Herman J.; Sabourin, Mary Justine; Cohen, Shari S. (2003). Legacy of excellence : a continuing history of Jesuit and Mercy higher education in Detroit. Detroit, Mich.: University of Detroit Mercy Press.
- Muller, Herman Joseph (1976). The University of Detroit 1877-1977: A Centennial History. University of Detroit. ASIN B0006CVJ4S.
- Sabourin, Mary Justine (1999). Risk & Hope: An Early History of Mercy College of Detroit, 1941-1966. Detroit, Mich.: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Detroit, in cooperation with the University of Detroit Mercy.
- University of Detroit Mercy
- Library holdings of books, maps, etc, relating to the history of the University of Detroit & the University of Detroit Mercy