|University of Detroit Mercy|
|Motto||Ad maiorem Dei gloriam and Maria, Sedes Sapientiae ("Mary, Seat of Wisdom")|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic (Jesuit / Sisters of Mercy)|
|President||Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.|
|Location||Detroit, Michigan, USA|
|Colors||Red, white, and blue|
|Affiliations||AJCU, Conference for Mercy Higher Education, Horizon League|
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 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, 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 master's universities in U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" 2011 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. UDM was the host institution for the 2009 NCAA men's basketball Final Four and championship.
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".
Mission and vision
University of Detroit Mercy's mission and vision statements reflect the traditions of its religious sponsors. founded on their collective religious traditions.
The mission statement states:
The University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, exists to provide excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education in an urban context. A UDM education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of our students.
The vision statement proposes:
The University of Detroit Mercy will be recognized as a premier private university in the Great Lakes (North America) region, distinguished by graduates who lead and serve in their communities.
Like all universities, UDM strives to offer quality higher education, but it also is committed to service of faith and promotion of justice and compassionate service to persons in need, as articulated in the Jesuit worldview. Accordingly, the university, its students, staff and alumni aim to take an active role in strengthening Detroit through community outreach and partnership with like-minded organizations.
Colleges and campuses
Commons at University of Detroit Mercy
UDM comprises seven colleges and schools: the School of Architecture, College of Business Administration, School of Dentistry, College of Engineering and Science, College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing, School of Law, and College of Liberal Arts and Education.
The University has three campuses. The McNichols Campus is located on the southeast corner of McNichols Road and Livernois Avenue in northwest Detroit (near the Pilgrim Village and University District 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 University of Detroit Mercy 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, houses the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and Dental Clinic. The former Outer Drive Campus has been sold to the Wayne County Community College District.
Main article: Detroit Titans
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 announced the hiring of 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.
Detroit Titans logo (since Aug. 2008).
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 admitted to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.
Since 1996-97, Detroit Titans athletic teams have won 14 league championships and 15 teams have competed in NCAA championships. The men's golf team won the 2007 Horizon League championship. In 2009-2010 season the men's and women's golf teams won the Horizon League championship. 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, 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, University of Detroit, 1972 (?)
- 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.
- Anita Barone, actress
- Phil Cousineau, author, lecturer, independent scholar, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker
- David Patrick Kelly, actor
- Keegan-Michael Key, film and television (madTV and Animal Planet) actor
- J. Thomas McCarthy
- Ted Raimi, actor, best known for his roles on seaQuest DSV and Xena: Warrior Princess
- David A. Bozynski, Treasurer, Federal Mogul Corporation
- Kevin Burke, former Senior Vice President of Americas, Tech Team Global
- Matthew Cullen, President & COO, Rock Ventures LLC; CEO, Rock Gaming LLC
- Mark Ellis, Executive Vice President of Sales, AOL
- W. James Farrell, chairman and CEO, Illinois Tool Works, 1995–2005
- Nancy Hazely, President & CEO, Tax Trilogy LLC, Tax Accounting Firm
- Jeffrey Karafa – Senior VP & CFO, Fidelity Bank
- Peter Kennedy – Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager, Comerica Bank
- R. Michael McCullough, CEO Booz, Allen & Hamilton, 1984–1992
- James J. O'Sullivan, President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations
- Jim Padilla, former CEO, Ford Motor Company
- Mark A. Schmid, Vice President – Chief Investment Officer, University of Chicago
- Saad Chehab, CEO, Chrysler-Lancia
- Laura Soave, MBA '00, former head of Fiat Brand North America 
- John Sofia – Vice President, Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, American Axel and Manufacturing, Inc 
- Robert P. Soulliere, President and CEO, ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC
- Thomas Thewes, co-founder, Compuware Corporation
- 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
- Ken Fermoyle, journalist, editor & author, with 2,600 articles in publications ranging from Playboy, Popular Science & PC World to Newsweek, MacWeek & Motor Trend; co-author of "Vietnam Labyrinth" to be published in 2013
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, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, 1998–present (served as Chief Justice from 2001 to 2004)
- George Cushingberry, Jr., Michigan House of Representatives
- Robert A. Ficano, County Executive of Wayne County, Michigan
- Roman S. Gribbs, mayor of Detroit, 1970–1974
- Diane Hathaway, Michigan Supreme Court Justice
- Frank J. Kelley, longest-serving Attorney General in Michigan history (1961 to 1998)
- 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
- Judge Greg Mathis, University of Detroit School of Law J.D. graduate; retired Michigan 36th District Court judge and syndicated television show judge
- E. Michael McCann, former Milwaukee County District Attorney
- Thaddeus McCotter, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 11th congressional district
- 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
- James L. Ryan, 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
- 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, football player at U of D, first round draft pick of the Washington Redskins in 1938, first to wear eye black in the NFL, founder of the Gus Dorais Foundation, co-owns the record (with New York Giant Victor Cruz) for the longest completed pass (99 yards)
- Tom Finnin, former NFL player
- Willie Green, basketball player for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks
- 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 (1950–59) 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
- 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
Main UDM campus from Livernois parking lot
Warren Loranger - School of Architecture
College of Business Administration
College of Health Professions and the McAuley School of Nursing
Lansing Reilly Hall - Jesuit residence
Architecture detail (Lansing-Reilly Hall)
Chemistry Building detail
Entrance to Architecture Building on McNichols Campus
Riverfront Campus (School of Law)
Internal UDM law courtyard with views of St Peter & Paul Church's Cross and the General Motors logo
UDM is beside St Peter & Paul Jesuit Church
References and further reading
- Muller, Herman Joseph (1976). The University of Detroit 1877-1977: A Centennial History. University of Detroit. ASIN B0006CVJ4S.
Coordinates: 42°24′51″N 83°08′17″W / 42.41411°N 83.137922°W