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Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award ~ Friday, April 22, 2016, 6 p.m.

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UDM CLAE alumni panel on the Value and Versitility of a Liberal Arts Degree

UDM grads share expertise during CLAE Alumni Week

March 2016

The College of Liberal Arts & Education held its Alumni Week, March 14-18. Highlights included several in-class alumni engagement presentations and a keynote alumni panel on March 17 addressing "The Value & Versatility of a Liberal Arts Degree."

The classroom sessions offered an opportunity for UDM students to obtain career guidance and hear lessons-learned from alumni experienced in their professions. Presentations encompassed communications studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work and museum studies academic areas.

Alumni sharing their expertise in the classroom with UDM students this year were:

  • Kevin DiSalle '14 (economics & philosophy)
  • Meade Goedert '06 (social work)
  • Angela Jaroszewski '10 (communication studies)
  • Thomas Page '71, '76 (industrial/organizational psychology)
  • Bill Pringle '12 (history)
  • Greg Russell '78 (communication studies)
  • Nick Sinacori '72 (communication studies)
  • Mikhail Youdin '08 (political Science & economics)

Page also participated in the panel discussion and was joined by:

  • Bob Sadler '88 (communication studies)
  • Kathleen Walker '08 (education)
  • Molly Redigan '10, '15 (English)

Alumni Week is an annual event sponsored by the CLAE Alumni Council.

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Doing Great Things

Alumni from UDM's College of Liberal Arts & Education have many notable achievements. Just a few are listed here:

• Michael Martinez, ’12, Reporter, Detroit News
• Patrick Parsons, '98, Information Technologies Consultant, Deloitte & Touche
• David Sampson, ’96, CEO of Mariners Inn
• Keegan-Michael Key, ’93, Actor, Comedy Central, Key & Peel Show
• Ryan Irwin, '90, District Sales Manager, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
• Amy Merrill Salowitz, '89, National Advertising Manager, Domino's Pizza
• Bob Sadler, ’88, Public Relations, Detroit Historical Society
• Alison Payne, '85, News Anchor, WGN-TV, Chicago
• Terry Tyler, '78, Former Detroit Pistons Basketball Player
• Isiah McKinnon, ’75, ’78, Deputy Mayor, City of Detroit
• John Smyntek, '72, Editor, Special Features, Knight Ridder Inc.
• Thomas Page, ’71, ’76, Community Activist
• Michael Cavanagh, LA '62, LW '66, Justice, Michigan Supreme Court
• Neal Shine, '62, Retired Publisher, Detroit Free Press
• Rick Sylvain, ’69, Publicity and Public Relations, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
• Ed McNamara, '59, Wayne County Executive
• Elmore "Dutch" Leonard, '50, Author/Screenplay writer
• Jerome Horwitz, LA '42, GR '44, Scientist (discovered AZT)

Spiritus: The University of Detroit Mercy Magazine highlights UDM's past, present and future with a collection of feature articles, news, and alumni updates.  All University alumni receive a complimentary printed copy of Spiritus twice per year. Class Notes and In Memoriam are also updated throughout the year on the Alumni Community.

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Giving Back in So Many Ways

Since 2009, the College of Liberal Arts & Education has formally honored the the civic and professional achievements of individuals who also have given of their valuable time and resources to the College and the University in many different ways. Photos honoring these individuals hang on a wall of honor in the main hallway of the Jane and Walter Briggs Building.

Joseph A. Berkowski, '51, university registrar and director of admissions

Catherine A.Caraher, Ph.D., '53, '62, professor of history, University of Detroit Mercy

Reverend Malcom T. Carron, S.J., '39, president, University of Detroit

Brian D. Cloyd, '73, '76

Beuline Alexander Crawford, '65, social worker, community activist and philanthropist

Gretchen Elliott, '66, senior vice president, mission integration, Trinity Health

Thomas A.Emmet, Ph.D., '54, consultant, Higher Education Executive Associates

Margaret A.Farley, RSM, '57,'60, Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, Yale

Jerome P.Horwitz, '42,'44, professor emeritus, School of Medicine, Wayne State University

Charles S.Kassab, '54, chairman, CEO and president, Huntington Bankshares of Michigan

K. Noreen Keating, '63, president, Enhancing Your Nonprofit

Elmore (Dutch) J.Leonard, Jr., '50, novelist

Charles E.Lucas, M.D., '59, professor of surgery, Wayne State University

Marilyn Fisher Lundy, '46, president and CEO, Matrix Human Services

Jean Mayday, '62, director of scholarship and grants, Department of Education, State of Michigan

Susanne B.McMillan, '58, community activist

John R.Mulroy, '39, vice president of community relations, University of Detroit

Peter B.Neydon, '65, president, USF Holland

Geraldine A.O'Grady-Pershing, '55, educator, community activist and philanthropist

L. Brooks Patterson, '61, '67, county executive, Oakland County, Michigan

Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B, D.D., 68, Bishop, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Reverend Robert J.Scullin, S.J., 68, former provincial, Detroit Province Society of Jesus

Frederick M. Seibert '69, '73, owner and president, Preece, Inc.

Neal Shine, '52, former managing editor and publisher, Detroit Free Press

Ronald J.Thayer, '62, consultant, Continental Dining Services

Michael D.Ware, '67, managing director, Advance Capital Markets

Milford E.Woodbeck, Sr. '33,'38, chairman, Overhead Conveyer Co., Inc.

Dr. James Woodruff, former president, University of Detroit

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