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Mercy Heritage Site Visit Summer 2019

September 27, 2018

The Mercy heritage site visit will focus on nursing education and practice in Ireland for nurses graduating from a School of Nursing grounded in the Mercy tradition.  Students who participate will be exposed to an international perspective of health care.  Cultural and spiritual immersion experiences will be used to reinforce the Mercy based values of Catherine McAuley while introducing students to the Irish social service, health care and academic environments.  This 10-day experience will significantly enrich students’ understanding of the role of Catherine McAuley in shaping the experiential and educational foundation of a graduate from the McAuley School of Nursing in Detroit, Michigan. 

Students will engage in, be exposed to, and discover:

  • The life, work, and history of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, as well as the meaning of a Mercy based education.
  • The Mercy International Centre - located in the first House of Mercy built by Catherine McAuley in response to the needs of the poor of Dublin.
  • The story of Catherine McAuley by exploring Dublin and visiting many landmarks of importance in the life of Catherine and the history of the Sisters of Mercy.
  • Lectures and discussions about the Irish health care system.
  • A tour and opportunity to speak with staff and administrators of the Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) University Hospital.
  • Travel to Cork to tour Mercy University Hospital, the first Mercy Hospital in Ireland, and meet the faculty, staff and students of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing.
  • Attend mass at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.
  • Tour both the city and countryside, and observe traditional Irish dance and music.

Throughout the experience students will examine and compare the cultural beliefs, values and healthcare practices of the Irish people with those found in the United States or more specifically the metro Detroit area.

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the entire Detroit Mercy community came together for Celebrate Spirit! “Be the Joy” in the Fitness Center. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and friends of the University celebrated this annual event to welcome everyone to the fall semester and set our spiritual path for the year.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that the College of Health Professions' (CHP) McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) was selected to receive a grant to support the Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing on Oct. 10, 2018.

University of Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant (PA) student Mary Beth Couretas knew she wanted to do something special for her elective clinical rotation. Couretas accomplished that by becoming the first Detroit Mercy PA student to do an international clinical rotation, completing a rotation in Mombasa, Kenya.

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!

Christen Kemp wasn’t quite sure what she was looking for in a college when she visited University of Detroit Mercy as a senior in high school. Still, her father elected to put down a deposit, encouraging her to study nursing. But as she nears graduation, where she will speak as the Class of 2018’s valedictorian on May 12, she knows Detroit Mercy was everything she could have ever wanted in a university and offered her opportunities she wouldn’t have had anywhere else.

On Friday, the University community suffered the loss of one of its most recognizable and beloved members, recently retired Associate Professor of Health Services Administration Mary Kelly, R.S.M. ’68.

Physician Assistant (PA) students Kristina Jennings and Ashley Meerschaert received grants from the Michigan Academy of PAs to attend a leadership conference in Virginia. The Leadership and Advocacy Summit in early March provides a way for PA students to meet other PA students and network with practicing PAs from across the country, said Amy Dereczyk, chair of Detroit Mercy’s PA program.

University of Detroit Mercy will host a special presentation by Carol B. Thompson, a professor emerita of political science at Northern Arizona University, who will present "The Future of Food: Lessons from African Smallholder Farmers." This special lecture takes place Thursday, March 29, from 6-7 p.m. in the College of Health Professions building, Room 124.

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.

A group of seven nursing students recently raised more than $2,800, and nearly double that in donated goods to promote healthy living at the Operation Stand Down event for veterans. The students gave away 500 dental kits and other prizes via a prize wheel, which included first aid kits, blankets, flash lights, hats and other items veterans, many of them homeless, need.

Chris Fette was born in Virginia and spent most of his life in Pennsylvania, but it was one year in Detroit as a child and unquestioned kindness by the Religious Sisters of Mercy that changed his life and inspired a major gift to the College of Health Professions.

For the second year in a row, University of Detroit Mercy’s Physician Assistant program celebrated a 100 percent first-time test-taker pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) for the Class of 2017.

After graduating high school, Allison Kubasiak wasn’t sure what career she wanted to pursue, so she joined the Navy because it would allow her to pick any career path when she got out. That path led her to the University of Detroit Mercy, where she is currently studying Nursing.

The McAuley Health Center, University of Detroit Mercy’s nurse-led primary care clinic on Detroit’s east side, will soon offer expanded behavioral health and substance abuse services for adults and children, thanks to a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Join the party at University of Detroit Mercy's 2017 Homecoming on Sept. 29 & 30, as we fill our campus with food, fun and community activities. The celebration is open to all; young and old, students and alumni, neighbors and out-of-towners, we want everyone to feel at home. Let's build this Titan tradition together!

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