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Detroit Mercy Alum Helps Freshmen Clean Neighborhood

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August 30, 2018
Andy Wakeland poses with students after cleaning up neighborhood

Andy Wakeland, a Civil Engineering alumnus, spent the day with incoming freshmen during orientation and performed a day of service in the Fitzgerald neighborhood. This effort is part of the University's “Prologue, Transitions and Viewpoints” (PTV) program, which works to orient students into their college career and the Detroit Mercy Jesuit and Mercy traditions of service to the community.

“Being a Civil Engineer, it was interesting knowing they were doing so much work in the community,” Wakeland said.

Andy is currently Chair for the College’s Alumni Board and feels giving back is essential as an alumnus. “Volunteering today is an example of following the school’s mission to become leaders in our communities (urban context) leaving behind a footprint. This directly reflects on my time at the University of Detroit Mercy.”

Andy helped students reclaim the alleys in the Fitzgerald neighborhood, which was the top request by neighborhood residents. Students cleared trash and overgrown weeds from lots and assisted with gardens.

“It was a good group of hard-working students who all pitched in to do a good job for the neighborhood.”

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