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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)
CLAE alumni and UDM International Students 2

CLAE alumni and UDM International Students 3

CLAE alumni and UDM International Students 1

CLAE Alumni Welcome UDM International Students

November 2015

While attending college as an international student is exciting, it can also be challenging. Looking to replace worry with a warm welcome, the CLAE Alumni Council and the UDM International Services Office (ISO) partnered to create a unique event to celebrate Detroit and the “great things” about college life at University of Detroit Mercy in a way that transcended generations and countries.

Three ingredients were needed: location, international students and alumni.

Bob Sadler, ’88 and a communications study major, is director of marketing and sales for the Detroit Historical Society. He had arranged the location and provided a group tour of the Detroit Historical Museum in Midtown.

Weihong Sun, director of the UDM International Services Office, spread the word to UDM’s international students and arranged for transportation.

“We had students from the College of Liberal Arts and Education and the College of Engineering & Science participate,” said Sun. “We are very grateful for CLAE alumni’s generous support so that the following students could benefit from this event: Hasan Asaibi, Ziad Elhajjaji, Kuang-chen Hsueh, Zhan Li, Musaud Mbark and Ibrahim Mohammed.”

And representing disciplines including communications studies, sociology, religious studies and political science UDM alums Robert Rogowski,'77; Harriette Ehnis, '58 (Mercy Nursing); Mary Ann Dinan, '58; Jamie Dylenski,'98; and Suzanne McMillan, '58, championed the welcome.

“Our goal was to introduce ourselves to UDM’s international students and provide a welcoming atmosphere as ambassadors of Detroit and the University,” said Dylenski. “We want to assist and encourage diversity in our student population through our sincere welcome. We hope to offer more events like this in 2016.”

Photos courtesy of Weihong Sun, director of the UDM International Services Office.

Past Events

Spirit of UDM Alumni Achievement Awards

Alumni Week 2015

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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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