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UDM experience goes beyond the classroom

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June 27, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy provides an outstanding academic experience that goes beyond the traditional classroom.

Student hiking tripStudents at UDM benefit from greater interaction with faculty due to the low faculty to student ratio and the university’s commitment to educate and care for the entire person, cura personalis.

Each year following the winter semester, faculty members lead students on a weeklong backpacking excursion.

“It is a time for students with demonstrated leadership potential to meet, reflect and converse,” said Dr. Katy Snyder, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering & Science.

This year the group hiked 5 to 10 miles a day at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Highlights of the trip included hiking on the Appalachian Trail viewing waterfalls along the way.

“I enjoy the challenge and beauty of the outdoors, and being able to interact with students in a different way from my usual role as associate dean,” said Snyder.

Students who participated in the experience are:

  • Kimberly Barbour, Chemistry
  • Tiffany Tieu Ngo, Biochemistry      
  • Stephanie Spitery, Biology
  • Mary Payne, Biochemistry
  • MaryKate Kirksey, Civil Engineering

Faculty members who accompanied the students included:

  • Dr. Mary Lou Caspers, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Fr. Gerry Cavanagh, College of Business Administration
  • Dr. Katy Snyder, Associate Dean, College of Engineering & Science.

Congratulations on your accomplishments!

Student hikers

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