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Homecoming 2019: Fall Festival

Sept. 20 & 21

Join alumni, students, staff and neighbors for our Fall Festival, Sept. 20 and 21. Sept. 21 events take place on the McNichols Campus. Fun for the whole family, with presentations, games, reunions, gaming tables, festival food and beverages.

Visit the Detroit Mercy Homecoming webpage to RSVP and to see the full schedule of events!
For a preview of events, see below.

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

Theatre Performance  - 7:30 p.m.
Grounds Coffeehaus
DESIRE: Three one act plays based on Short Stories by Tennessee Williams. The unraveling of nutty people holding onto immature love are explored in three plays by three female voices.

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 

Visit Day Registration, Resource Fair, Campus Tours - 8:30 a.m.
Opportunity for prospective students and their families to see and hear about life at Detroit Mercy. Call the admissions office for more details: 313-993-1245.

Tour du Titan Bike Ride - from Law School: 9:30 a.m. / from McNichols campus 11 a.m.
Embark on a bike tour through the city of Detroit and the neighborhoods surrounding the Law and McNichols campuses. Bike tour lead by Detroit Mercy alumnus Tom Page '71, '76. Cost is $10.

Congratulations, Arlyce Seibert '71 - Spirit of Detroit Mercy Recipient

Arlyce Seibert '71 Spirit of Detroit Mercy Alumni Achievement Recipient

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy chooses an alumnus of each of its Colleges or Schools to honor as someone who has excelled in his or her profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in work and devoted himself or herself in service to the larger community. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission of excellence and service and bring pride to their alma mater.

Arlyce Seibert is, for generations of students, the face and heart of Cranbrook Schools.

She began a 47-year career as a history teacher in 1971, became department chair, adviser, then moved into administration first as head of Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School and, in 1986, director of Cranbrook Schools. She retired in July.

During her tenure she spearheaded many initiatives for which the private educational community is known — building a separate girls middle school, new locker facilities for student-athletes and an ice arena to accommodate girls hockey. Under her leadership, Cranbrook Schools became a testing site for curriculum ideas from the Edgerton Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the only such partnership in the Midwest. She was named an outstanding head of school for her transformative leadership by the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education at Columbia University and is a past chair of the board of directors for the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.

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Alumni Achievement & the CLAE Hall of Honor


    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 O. Briggs Building.

    Honorees Past and Present

    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 Malcolm T. Carron, S.J., '39, president, University of Detroit
    Michael A. Carter, Sr. ’72, ’78, managing partner of Pinnacle Construction Partners, LLC
    Brian D. Cloyd, '73, '76, vice president, Global Corporate Relations, Steelcase Inc
    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
    John P. Hayes '71, president/owner of Third Avenue Media, LLC
    Tom Page, '71, '76, community activist
    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
    Arlyce Seibert '71, director of Cranbrook Schools (retired)
    Frederick M. Seibert '69, '73, owner and president, Preece, Inc.
    Neal Shine, '52, former managing editor and publisher, Detroit Free Press
    Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, Yale
    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

Notable Alumni

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.
• Arlyce Seibert '71,Director of Cranbrook Schools (retired)
• Thomas Page ’71, ’76, Community Activist
• John P. Hayes ’71, President/Owner Third Avenue Media LLC
• 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)