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U of D Engineering and Architecture
Class of ’69 Celebrate Detroit Reunion

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 – Detroit is Alive and Well . . . come and see

eng sci building

12 p.m. - Lunch and getting re-acquainted with fellow alumni 

Z's Villa
42 Piquette Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

(free attended parking for the afternoon at the restaurant)

Ray Chadwick, Engineering ’69, will be the MC for this opportunity for all of you to share a bit about what you’ve been up to for the last 50 years.  Dean Katherine Snyder, College of Engineering & Science will also share a few highlights of what’s up in engineering today.

1:30p.m. - Guided Tour of the “New Detroit” aboard the Q-line Detroit Q line

Free day passes for the Q-line will be provided by M-1 Rail

This ride on the Q-line will be led by two U of D alumni, Steven Vogel and Tom Page.  The ride will point out many of the over $9 billion in investments in Downtown and Midtown areas and emphasize the dramatic changes that impact all of Detroit.  This will include a stop and private tour of the new Little Caesar’s Arena

Stephen Vogel, Distinguished Professor at Detroit Mercy and previously Dean of Architecture, is an expert in historic preservation, urban design and the history of Detroit.  Steve has been a leader in many important projects in Detroit, including creation of the preliminary plan for the Q-line.

tiger stadiumTom Page '71, '76, former Detroit and Los Angeles police officer, has taken on the roles of ad hoc ambassador for the City of Detroit and promoter and devotee of bicycling in the city. Tom lives in Midtown Detroit and can offer unique insights into the area’s evolution and vibrancy.

3:00 p.m. Tour and presentation on the history of M-1 and the engineering of the Q-line

q linePenske Technical Center, M-1 Rail Headquarters                    

The Beginnings, Technical Challenges and Solutions of the Q-line – Paul Childs, Chief Operating Officer – M-1 Rail Paul Childs has led the design and operations at M-1 for over eleven years, facing many unique challenges related to the re-introduction of electric rail transit in Detroit after over 50 years’ absence. Steve Vogel will also describe how a team of seven UDM engineering and architecture faculty members created the preliminary plan for what is now the Q-line. The resulting Q-line implemented many several groundbreaking technologies.

4:30  Adjourn

Additional options for Friday evening:

Smaller groups of alumni may wish to dine together or go to the Tiger’s 7 pm game against the White Socks (and relive the great World Series victory in the fall of our senior year).  You can even ride the Q-line again to dinner or the game!


Don’t Forget the 50th Reunion Dinner for 1969 graduates of all colleges   

5 – 8 PM, Saturday, September 21, 2019

And all of the other homecoming events on campus on Saturday


Go to https://community.udmercy.edu/homecoming for more information and to register.