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University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit mercy seal.PNG
Motto Ad maiorem Dei gloriam and Maria, Sedes Sapientiae ("Mary, Seat of Wisdom")
Established 1876
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit / Sisters of Mercy)
Endowment $22,114,675
President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J.
Students 5,723
Location Detroit, Michigan, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Red, white, and blue
              
Nickname Titans
Affiliations AJCU,Conference for Mercy Higher Education, Horizon League
Website www.udmercy.edu
UDM CMYK.svg

University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) is a comprehensive university in Detroit, Michigan, United States, created in 1990. With origins dating from 1876, 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, clinical psychology, business, dentistry, law, engineering, architecture, 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 was the host institution for the 2009 NCAA men's basketball Final Four and championship.

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History

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.

Entrance to Architecture Building on McNichols Campus.

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

Library on McNichols Campus has a cartouche by Corrado Parducci.

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.

Greek Life

Fraternities - Kappa Delta Rho, Lambda Theta Pi, Phi Beta Sigma, Phi Kappa Theta, Sigma Pi

Sororities - Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Beta Gamma, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta

Detroit Titans

Detroit Titans logo (since Aug. 2008).

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 after some years as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan 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 and was the color commentator for the first college basketball game carried by the new network. 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 Media Award (1998), won the NABC Cliff Wells Appreciation Award in 2000 and was admitted to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. [3]

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.

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Fight song

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!

Alma Mater

Loyal sons and daughters gather,
Raise your voices strong and true,
Sing of our proud Alma Mater,
And her flag red, white, and blue.

Alma Mater U-D-M,
Thy tower watches o'er us still,
With friendship borne on campus fair,
Thy hollowed charge we do fulfill.

Leading thee on toward success,
Detroit's unyielding constant gem,
We pledge our spirit and our hearts,
Our life-long faith to dear old U-D-M.

Notable professors

Notable alumni

Photo galleries

McNichols Campus

Riverfront Campus (School of Law)

See also

Notes

  1. ^ http://dondavidson.blogspot.com/
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  4. ^ Treppa, Alan R. Rev. John A. Lemke: America's First Native Born Roman Catholic Priest.St. Albertus.org. Retrieved on July 25, 2008.
  5. ^ Martin, Tony Investor has firm belief in hedging bets. Globe Advisor.com. Retrieved on November 30, 2008.

References and further reading

  • Muller, Herman Joseph (1976). The University of Detroit 1877-1977: A Centennial History. University of Detroit. ASIN B0006CVJ4S.  

External links

Coordinates: 42°24′51″N 83°08′17″W / 42.41411°N 83.137922°W / 42.41411; -83.137922


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