University of Detroit Mercy
(UDM) is a comprehensive university
in Detroit, Michigan
, United States
, created in 1990. With origins dating from 1877, it is the largest Roman Catholic
university in Michigan
. UDM is one of the twenty-eight member Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
in the United States
. Located across three campuses in Detroit, the school offers more than a hundred academic degrees and programs of study, including liberal arts
, business, dentistry
, law, engineering
, nursing and allied health professions.
UDM was ranked in the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" 2009 edition. Athletically, the University sponsors 19 NCAA Division I level varsity sports for men and women, and is a member of the Horizon League. UDM is the host institution for the 2009 NCAA finals.
The University of Detroit Mercy's origin dates back to 1877 with the founding of Detroit College
by the Society of Jesus
. The college expanded into the University of Detroit
, and in 1927 established a second campus. In 1941, the Sisters of Mercy
opened the Mercy College of Detroit
. In 1990, University of Detroit and Mercy College of Detroit consolidated to become "University of Detroit Mercy".
Through its previous name as the "University of Detroit", the Roman Catholic purpose of the university was not always recognized by the general public.
Mission and vision
University of Detroit Mercy's mission and vision statements reflect the traditions of its religious sponsors. founded on their collective religious traditions.
The mission statement states:
The University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, exists to provide excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education in an urban context. A UDM education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of our students.
The vision statement proposes:
The University of Detroit Mercy will be recognized as a premier private university in the Great Lakes (North America) region, distinguished by graduates who lead and serve in their communities.
Like all universities, UDM strives to offer quality higher education, but it also is committed to service of faith and promotion of justice and compassionate service to persons in need, as articulated in the Jesuit worldview. Accordingly, the university, its students, staff and alumni aim to take an active role in strengthening Detroit, through community outreach and partnership with like-minded organizations.
Colleges and campuses
UDM comprises seven colleges and schools: the School of Architecture, College of Business Administration, School of Dentistry, College of Engineering and Science, College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing, School of Law, and College of Liberal Arts and Education.
The University has three campuses. The McNichols Campus is located on the southeast corner of McNichols Road and Livernois Avenue in northwest Detroit (near the Pilgrim Village and University District neighborhoods). The majority of the University's undergraduate and graduate programs are offered on this campus, as well as the University's main administration and athletic facilities like Calihan Hall. It is also the location of all six student residence halls.
The Riverfront Campus is home to UDM's School of Law in downtown Detroit at 651 East Jefferson across from the Renaissance Center.
The Corktown Campus, at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, houses UDM's School of Dentistry and Dental Clinic. The former Outer Drive Campus has been sold to the Wayne County Community College District.
The Titans compete in NCAA Division I's Horizon League. The men's basketball team has consistently contended for the Horizon League title. On April 12, 2008, UDM announced the hiring of Ray McCallum as Men's Basketball Coach McCallum is a veteran of more than 20 years in college basketball, most recently as assistant head coach at Indiana University.
McCallum's predecessor Perry Watson led a successful program at Detroit's Southwestern High School before coming to UDM and maintained strong recruiting ties within the city's public league. Watson guided Detroit Mercy to 10 winning seasons, three league titles, two NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Final Four during his 15 years with UDM. The Titans' two NCAA appearances also included victories over St. John's and UCLA. Between 1997-98 and 2000-01, the Titans had four straight 20-victory seasons
Dick Vitale, ESPN's most well-known college basketball commentator, was the University of Detroit men's basketball Head Coach for four seasons (1973-1977) before becoming the school's Athletics Director for 1977-78. The following year he left to coach the Detroit Pistons. In his final year as a college head coach in 1977, "Dickie V." led the Detroit Titans to a school record 25 victories and the Round of 16 in the 1977 NCAA Tournament before losing to Michigan, 86-81. Vitale rolled up a 78-30 career record as head coach of the Titans. Vitale went on to coach the Detroit Pistons before beginning his broadcasting career with ESPN in 1979. As its lead college basketball analyst, he helped make the network an integral part of the game's popularity. An author of six books chronicling his love affair with basketball, Vitale received the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy electronic media award (1988) and won the NABC Cliff Wells Appreciation Award in 2000.
Since 1996-97, Detroit Titans athletic teams have won 14 league championships and 15 teams have competed in NCAA championships. The men's golf team won the 2007 Horizon League championship. The University is the host institution for the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional and 2009 NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament at Ford Field in Detroit.
All home basketball games feature the Titan Pep Band which serenades audiences throughout the game.
The fight song for the University of Detroit-Mercy is The Titan Way
. The lyrics are:
Fight for the Titan Way!
Detroit is here to stay!
Red, White and Blue,
We know what to do,
Vic'try is ours today! U-D-M!
Come hold your heads up high!
Heed to the Titan cry!
Roll on to win,
Never give in,
Our spirit will never die! U-D-M!
Come hold your heads up high!
Heed to the Titan cry!
Roll on to win,
Never give in,
Our spirit will never die!
U-D-M, U-D-M, Go-o-o-o-o Titans!
U-D-M, U-D-M --Go Titans!
- Frank Murphy who served as Recorder's Court Judge trying the Ossian Sweet family murder trials, Mayor of Detroit, Governor of Michigan, the last Governor-General of the Philippines and the first High Commissioner of the Philippines, United States Attorney General, and United States Supreme Court Associate Justice.
- Joyce Carol Oates taught at the University of Detroit, publishing her first novel, With Shuddering Fall, when she was twenty-six years old. Her novel them received the National Book Award in 1970. She has taught at Princeton University since 1978.
- Tom Stanton teaches journalism at UDM. An author of several nonfiction baseball books, Stanton won the CASEY Award and the Dave Moore Award for his memoir The Final Season, and his book Ty and the Babe was a finalist in the 2007 Quill Awards in the Sports category.
- Anita Barone, actress.
- Bill Bonds, journalist and longtime anchor of WXYZ-TV's news.
- Thomas E. Brennan, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court (1967 -1973); served as Chief Justice from 1969 - 1970; founded the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1972.
- Kevin Boyle winner National Book Award 2004 for Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, Professor of History at Ohio State University
- Emil Brolick, chief operating officer and president of U.S. Brand Building, Yum Brands
- Michael F. Cavanagh, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, 1982–present (served as Chief Justice from 1991 to 1995).
- Maura D. Corrigan, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, 1998–present (served as Chief Justice from 2001 to 2004).
- Earl Cureton, former NBA player for the Philadelphia 76ers.
- Dave DeBusschere, NBA Hall of Famer, Played Basketball for the Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks, Former Coach of the Detroit Pistons. Also played professional baseball for the Chicago White Sox.
- Andrew "Anvil Andy" Farkas, All-American Football player at U of D, first round draft pick of the Washington Redskins in 1938, first to wear eye black in the NFL, founder of the Gus Dorais Foundation, holds the record for the longest completed pass (99 yards).
- W. James Farrell, chairman and CEO, Illinois Tool Works, 1995-2005.
- Willie Green, basketball player for the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.
- Roman S. Gribbs, mayor of Detroit, 1970-1974.
- Gary Habermas, PhD. philosophical theologian and apologist; defender of Christ's historical Resurrection.
- Spencer Haywood, UDM Basketball & NBA star (see ISBN 1-56743-042-2).
- Frank J. Kelley, longest-serving Attorney General in Michigan history (1961 to 1998).
- David Patrick Kelly, actor
- Keegan-Michael Key, film and television (madTV & Animal Planet) actor
- Elmore Leonard, author, several of his books have been made into movies, such as, Get Shorty, Be Cool, and The Big Bounce.
- John A. Lemke, class of 1884, first native born Roman Catholic priest to be ordained in America.
- Theodore Levin, U.S. District Court Judge (1946 to 1970), father of Charles and Joseph Levin and uncle of Senator Carl Levin and Representative Sander Levin.
- Glynn Lunney, NASA flight director.
- Ted Marchibroda, NFL Coach, twice head coach of Baltimore Colts/Indianapolis Colts, offensive co-ordinator for Buffalo Bills Super Bowl teams, current broadcaster Indianapolis Colts.
- Judge Greg Mathis, University of Detroit School of Law J.D. graduate. Mathis is a retired Michigan 36th District Court judge and syndicated television show judge.
- J.P. McCarthy, former radio host on Detroit station WJR.
- George Noory, syndicated radio talk show host (Coast to Coast AM).
- James J. O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations
- Allison Payne, news anchor for WGN-TV; founded the Kathryn Payne Memorial Scholarship fund, a UDM Scholarship in the name of her late mother, a former UDM mathematics graduate.
- Marlena Peleo-Lazar, chief creative officer, McDonald's USA.
- Ted Raimi, actor, best known for his roles on seaQuest DSV and Xena: Warrior Princess.
- James L. Ryan, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, 1975 - 1985; Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1985 - present.
- Neal Shine, former editor and publisher of the Detroit Free Press. The computer lab of the Varsity News, UDM's campus newspaper, is named in his honor.
- Robert P. Soulliere, president and chief executive officer of ThyssenKrupp Steel USA LLC
- Victoria Toensing, UDM law graduate, former US Deputy Assistant Attorney General, founding partner of DiGenova & Toensing, a Washington law firm.
- Amy Yasbeck, film and television actress; widow of John Ritter
Riverfront Campus (School of Law)
References and further reading
- Muller, Herman Joseph (1976). The University of Detroit 1877-1977: A Centennial History. University of Detroit. ASIN B0006CVJ4S.