Author: Michael Martinez

Alum profiles

Rick Sylvain: Journalist alum makes mark at Disney

Rick Sylvain says he has gone "to infinity and beyond" since graduating from the university in the 1960s and ascending to his current position as media director of Walt Disney World.Sylvain worked his way up in the communications field; starting as a lowly media intern to become the head "flack […]

Alum profiles

Kathleen Walker: Queen recalls breaking racial barriers

Homecoming Week always gets student mentor Kathleen Walker thinking about her days as an undegraduate.Twenty-two years ago this month, in 1988, Walker – then known as Kathy Smith – made campus history when she became the university's first African-American homecoming queen. Walker never dreamed it would happen. "I wasn't even […]

Classic Sports Features

Hockey comes to UDM

The UDM club hockey team began its inaugural season, splitting a pair of games against Lake Superior State University over the weekend at City Sports Center in Detroit. The team's first-ever victory came Friday night with a 6-5 win over the Lakers. Lake Superior regrouped Saturday, however, and defeated UDM […]

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Famous alums

Visiting author Elmore Leonard isn't the university's only famous graduate. Here are a dozen other notables who attended UDM (or its predecessors, the University of Detroit and Mercy College): * Keegan-Michael Key is best known for his portrayal of Barack Obama on "MADtv." He has also appeared in "Chocolate News," […]