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Spirit of Detroit Mercy Alumni Achievement Award

Michael A. Carter, Sr. ’72, ’78, managing partner of Pinnacle Construction Partners, LLC, received the 2016 Spirit of Detroit Mercy: Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts & Education last April. His story is inspiring. Also in 2016, he established the Delores Penn Davis Scholarship in honor of his University counselor who made such an impression on his life.

Notable Alumni

• Michael Martinez, ’12, Reporter, Crain's Detroit Business
• Patrick Parsons, '98, Information Technologies Consultant, Deloitte & Touche
• David Sampson, ’96, CEO of Mariners Inn
• Keegan-Michael Key, ’93, Actor, Emmy winner, Comedy Central, Key & Peel Show
• Ryan Irwin, '90, District Sales Manager, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
• Amy Merrill Salowitz, '89, National Advertising Manager, Domino's Pizza
• Alison Payne, '85, News Anchor, WGN-TV, Chicago
• Terry Tyler, '78, Former Detroit Pistons Basketball Player
• Isiah McKinnon, ’75, ’78, Former 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)



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Past Events


    CLAE Alumni Share Expertise with Students during Alumni Week

    The College of Liberal Arts & Education held its Alumni Week, March 14-18, 2016. 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 University of Detroit Mercy 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 Detroit Mercy 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.

Giving Back in So Many Ways


    About the CLAE Hall of Honor

    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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