From anime to sports, orgs. seek new members

The University of Detroit Mercy may be a small school but the amount of student organizations is anything but.

Following the annual Celebrate Spirit celebration, all students, faculty and staff were invited to the picnic luncheon and campus organization fair.

Fifty-five organizations had tables with information available. These touched on subjects ranging from motorsports and pep band to Greek life and the model United Nations.

Navigating through the sea of students was a challenge with so many organizations.

At the Chemistry Club table, Sabina Kurtovic was eager to great every guest and tell them about all Chem Club has to offer.   

“Chem Club is so much fun,” she said. “We blow stuff up.”

Further down the row of tables was the Muslim Student Organization. Mona Hammoud was representing for the group.

“We do a lot of community service, and we host events on campus, like the interfaith dinner and International Night,” Hammoud said.

Model United Nations was another group that was drawing a crowd. 

Nawrooz Putris, vice president, gave out information about the organization.

“We go to a conference with many other schools, and we are all assigned a country, and then we have to debate,” Putris said. “But in the end, we all have to come to an agreement.”

UDM Links was almost stationed in the middle of all the tables and saw a lot of traffic.

Sabrina Baghaie was collecting students to tell about the organization.

“We go to other clubs and facilitate discussion,” she said. “We want people to break out of their social groups and talk about things as a whole.”

Further down the seemingly endless lines of tables, the Student Social Work Association was determined to get some sign-ups.

“You don’t have to be a social work major in order to participate,” said Krista Norred. “We do a lot of community service, including helping with Campus Kitchens.”

Among the University Organizations was the Career Education Center. 

Assistant Dean Elissa Clemons and two additional career counselors handed out information sheets and talked to many prospective students about new career options, making appointments, and upcoming events, such as the Fall Career Fair on Oct. 8.

University Recreation and the Titan Fitness Center representatives were also excited to showcase their new happenings.

This fall, University Recreation has introduced the URec Adventure Series. 

With so many organizations on campus, there is something for nearly everyone.

“I always enjoy going to the org fairs,” said biology major Brie Wilcox. “It’s a really good way for all of the freshmen to see all of our different groups.”


Participants in the organizational fair:

Institute for Leadership and Service

Emerging Leaders/FCCP

Campus Kitchens

Biology Club

Titan Motorsports Racing

The Impact Movement


CBA Student Advisory Board

Business Law Association

Nu Omicron Delta

Chinese Student and Scholars Association

Young Americans for Freedom

UDM Veterans Student Organization

Psi Chi

Anime Enthusiasts

Chaldean-American Association

Pre-med Club

Healthy Detroit: UDM Chapter

Rebuilding Together – UDM

Chemistry Club

American Institute for Architecture Students

Pre-dentistry Students Association

Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity

Muslim Student Organization

Model United Nations

Men’s Club Volleyball

Women’s Club Volleyball

Pre-physician’s Assistant Club

Pep Band

Student Government Association

Student Programming Board

Hispanic-American Students Association

Student Social Work Association

Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity

Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority

Sigma Pi Fraternity

Kappa Beta Gamma Sorority

Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity

National Panhellenic Council

Lamda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity

Detroit Prevention and Awareness in the Community


Student Alumni Association


University Ministry

Career Education Center

UDM Library

Orientation Leaders

Fitness Center/University Recreation

Residence Hall Council

Titan Success Network

Men’s lacrosse Team

UDM Links

Titans for Life