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University of Detroit Mercy, designated a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will soon have another point of pride as it introduces an updated undergraduate curriculum, effective this fall.

University of Detroit Mercy held commencement ceremonies on May 11 and 12, 2018, and welcomed more than 1,500 students to the University’s alumni ranks. Congratulations to all graduates for achieving your academic goals!

The College of Liberal Arts & Education is pleased to honor our students for their academic excellence, service and leadership during the Honors Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at Gesu Catholic Church in Detroit.

Associate Professor of Psychology Kristen Abraham is the primary investigator on a three-year project awarded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The grant is titled “Social Determinants of Primary Care Utilization among Urban Community Mental Health Center Patients with Serious Mental Illness.”

In January, Jesuitical, a podcast presented by America Media, which publishes America, The Jesuit Review, posed the question “Is it possible to blend yoga and Catholicism?” On the podcast, Bobby Karle, S.J., answers questions about Ignatian Yoga, a new movement gaining attention and which he co-founded with Alan Haras, a 2016 graduate of University of Detroit Mercy.

More than 250 alumni and friends gathered on the McNichols Campus for the annual Titan tradition: Detroit Mercy’s Alumni Chili Cook-off, Feb. 24. Taste buds were sent into overdrive with pots of delicious chili created by representative teams of the University’s colleges/schools, as well as the Titan Club.

Tom Lokar ’88 knows a thing or two about leadership. Currently the chief human resources officer for telecommunications company Mitel, he has worked in similar positions for HP, AOL and Bristol Myers Squibb. He also founded and ran an online career management and talent management business, where he developed a series of assessment tools and feedback protocols to help those seeking jobs define their career plan, and help recruiters find the right candidate.

Samuel D. Hunter’s humorous and heartbreaking comedy A Bright New Boise continues the 47th season of the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Feb. 9-25. Performances will be at The Marlene Boll Theatre inside of the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit.

Studies show teens are most likely to get in trouble during the hours between the end of the school day and dinnertime. The University of Detroit Mercy Department of Social Work is working to help resolve that issue with a new Virtual After School Program.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced in late November that the Education program is one of 43 providers from 22 states and the District of Columbia to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs.

Congratulations to all of the 2017-18 Mission Micro Grant recipients. Recipients from the College of Liberal Arts & Education are: Mary-Catherine Harrison, Cynthia Spires, Jiawen Want and Damian Torres-Botello, S.J.

When Ebony Meads began suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving in the Iraq War, she had trouble finding a counselor who could relate to her experiences. So Meads decided to do something about that and is now studying Psychology at University of Detroit Mercy.

Kristen Abraham, Ph.D., received the 2017 Faculty Achievement Award at University of Detroit Mercy.

Jesse Stanfield knows a thing or two about leadership. Stanfield has spent seven years in the Army National Guard, including being deployed to Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011, and has worked his way up to the rank of Sergeant. When he enrolled at Detroit Mercy and into the Leadership Minor program, he didn’t think he would get much out of it. But even the grizzled veteran admitted, there’s always more to learn about yourself when it comes to leadership.

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