IMD Infuses The Concept Of Urban Leadership In Students In Ecorse

The Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College provides arts enrichment classes to two schools, Ralph Bunche Academy and Grandport Academy, in the Ecorse Public School System.  Under the tutelage of IMD drama faculty member, Milfordean Luster, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders, attending Ralph Bunche Academy, became “artists as activists” by using their newly found dramatic talent to perform for seniors at Ecorse Manor Senior Co-Op Apartments on May 6, 2015. The students learned a wonderful lesson of giving back to their community.

Everyone benefits from this outreach opportunity.

Dahlia Sale – Fundraiser to Support Intercultural Consultation Services (ICS)

dahliaJesse Cox, Director of Campus Ministry would like to invite you to support Sr. Kathryn T. Pierce, IHM, the Executive Director of Intercultural Consultation Services.  Sr. Kate has a remarkable green thumb and is selling Dahlia Plants to support her work. Sister Kate’s office is located on campus in Hartmann Hall.

Dahlias are a beautiful addition to any garden and the flowers are suitable for cutting and bringing beautiful color inside your home. You will also receive a “How to care for your Dahlias” worksheet free of charge!

Now is a great time to purchase your DAHLIAS at a very reasonable price. DAHLIAS are springing forth and will be ready for planting. Soooooooo place your order or buy early to beat the rush. Quantities are limited. Benefits/Proceeds raised will go towards the Intercultural Consultation Services.

ICS trains missionaries for overseas, intercultural ministry

  • All interested DAHLIA growers please email
  • Or phone (313) 645-6929 to place your order.
  • If Sister Kate is away contact Jesse Cox at extension # 1404
  • Pickup availability will be discussed at the time of purchase confirmation.
  • Prices range from: Regular Size Blossom $4 or 3 for $10.
    Dinner Size Blossom $5.

Deadline for Cobo Center 30/60 Video Scholarship Challenge is June 5

cobo-3060-video-scholarship-information-page-001We’d like to post one last reminder about the Cobo Center 30/60 Video Scholarship challenge. We’re about halfway through the challenge, and most of our entrants are concentrated to only a couple of the schools. We want to make sure this opportunity is available to as many students as we can reach in the tri-county area.

We understand this a very busy time of the year for students and we have added an additional tour date for students to film at Cobo Center.

The list of tour dates is as follows; Friday, 5/15, Monday 5/18, Friday 5/22 (1:00pm-2:30pm) and Thursday 5/28 (schedule time between 4:00-8:00pm.) We will have an event in the building (USA Volleyball) on Friday May 22, so Cobo Center will be full of people, and the Detroit Shoppe will be open. We think this is a great opportunity for b-roll shots. We’ve also added the night tour so students that have busy day schedules can attend and to offer a variety of shots. Adding a night tour will allow students to capture the gorgeous sunsets we see over the Detroit River.

We will also host a second Twitter chat (#3060chat) on Tuesday, May 19. The chat will be co-hosted by Detroit filmmaker, Stephen McGee and Detroit Free Press photo and video editor, Kathy Kieliszewski. If you would like to register for the chat, please RSVP here.

We’re excited to see the work that local students come up with and can’t believe the scholarship challenge is halfway completed. (Reminder: all submissions must be entered by Friday, June 5.)

Important Information and Updates for Commencement, 2015

commencementCOMMENCEMENT will be held outside, in front of the Liberal Arts Building, TOMORROW, Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. rain or shine!  

  • We are praying for dry, comfortable day, right?!  But, in case of rain, rain ponchos will be provided for the Presidential Party-Trustees and Honorees, Senior Leadership, Deans, Faculty, Staff, and Grads]


The Presidential Party – Trustees, President, Honorees, Senior Leadership, Deans, Alumni Association President – will meet and robe in Denk Chapman.

Please arrive no later than 9:30-9:45 a.m.

Protocol binders, with printed programs included, will be in Denk Chapman.

9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Photos
10:45 a.m. Procession begins when DFike reenters Madame Cadillac following Pebble Ceremony with Grads in Keenan Courtyard

Faculty/Staffenter campus through the WYOMING GATE and meet in the Cafeteria

Please arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.

Printed programs will be at the Cafeteria.

 FYI Parking for Commencement:

  • People may still park in the East Lot adjacent to the Liberal Arts building via the entrance on McNichols
  • The exit gate at McNichols will also be open to allow people to access the parking lot adjacent to the Florent Gillet Residence Hall
  • All Marygrove Street gates will be open, along with the Wyoming gate, to allow parking in the East Lot and the rear of the LA building

10:30 a.m. Faculty/Staff led by Marshalls line up & process from front entrance of Madame Cadillac to form Honor Guard for Grads – one line on each side of the road along the S. face of Hartman Hall

After Grads move through Honor Guard, Staff/Faculty follow – to McNichols, through front gates to OL Marygrove, to your seats.

Students –Undergrads to Alumnae Hall & Masters Candidates to Main Dining Room

Please arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast – fill out Grad Images photo card
9:45 a.m. Line up alphabetically, by degree
10:15 a.m. Procession, led by Mace Bearer, moves to Keenan Courtyard for Pebble Ceremony with Dr. Fike
10:45 a.m. Procession resumes – printed programs handed to you before you pass through Honor Guard, to McNichols, through front gates to OL Marygrove, to seats.

Procession starts promptly!  Moves from Madame Cadillac to the LA Building via McNichols Road.

Please call Janice Machusak at 313.927.1443 with any questions.

Faculty Achievements Update: April, 2015

faculty achievements
Please join us in offering warm congratulations to the following colleagues for their recent accomplishments:

Dr. Jeanne Andreoli, associate professor of Biology and Division and Department Chair of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was awarded a sabbatical for winter 2016. Her projects involve disseminating two faculty development models in appropriate publications; submitting for publication a case study based on her pedagogical work in microbiology and biochemistry; and assessing the development of student critical thinking skills as they progress through the major at Marygrove.

Dr. Brenda Bryant, director of the Master of Arts in Social Justice Program, submitted an abstract for the 2015 Faculty Resource Network National Symposium in Washington, DC.

Dr. Mary Byrnes, assistant professor of Sociology, received a Junior Faculty Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. Dr. Byrnes will use the award to work on editing a volume of essays, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Making Inequalities Visible through Visual Sociology. Dr. Byrnes was also accepted into a New York University Faculty Resource Network 2015 Summer Seminar, “Yellow Peril: Understanding Xenophobia.”

Dr. Brian Crane, assistant professor of Mathematics, received a Faculty Scholarship Award for 2015-2016 to write an article on graph theory.

Professor Penny Godboldo, associate professor of Dance, was elected as Director of the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification for a 4-year term. The Institute for Dunham Technique Certification is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the legacy of dancer/choreographer/anthropologist Katherine Dunham (1909-2006).  The Institute maintains a professional standard for the teaching of Dunham Technique. Professor Godboldo shares the directorship with dance artist and college instructor Patricia Wilson of Brattleboro, Vermont.

Dr. Judith Gold, associate professor Computer Information Systems, has been asked to become a member of the conference committee for ePIC 2015. The 13th conference on ePortfolios, Open Badges and Identity brings together policy-makers, researchers, teachers, trainers, human resource managers and technologists to explore advanced practices in relation to Open Badges and ePortfolios, Social Networks and Personal Learning Environments, as well as Learning Management and Knowledge Management Systems, and Personal and System Analytics. The conference will be held June 8, 9, and 10 in Barcelona. The conference theme is “Disruptive Technologies for Transformative Learning.” She also submitted a research paper to the International Conference on Technology and Higher Education to be held June 14-17 in Marrakech, Morocco. The paper has been accepted for presentation. The research is titled, “A Design Model for Successful Online Learning Courses.”

Dr. Nikhil Gupta, assistant professor of English, published two articles: “Fashioning Bernice and Belinda: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Revision of Alexander Pope’s Mock Epic,” in Texas Studies in Literature and Language 57, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 31-52; and “‘No man can face the past’: Eva Gore-Booth and Reincarnation as Feminist Historical Understanding” in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 44, no. 2 (2015): 224-238. He presented a paper, “Crossing Between Restricted Spaces in Paul Muldoon’s Bandanna,” at the American Conference for Irish Studies, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 2015.

Professor Christine Hagedorn, adjunct instructor in Art, was in a three-person show at N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit from January through March 14, 2015.

Dr. Judith Heinen, dean of Academic Programs, was co-presenter at the Faculty Resource Network’s 2014 National Symposium entitled, “The Global Imperative for Higher Education,” held  November 21-22, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Marian Alumnae Advisory Council for Marian High School located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Dr. Vivian Johnson, associate professor of Education, was accepted into a New York University Faculty Resource Network 2015 Summer Seminar, “Achieving Gender Justice through Service Learning.”

Professor Cathy June, adjunct instructor in Science and Mathematics, will receive the 2015 Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence, Nursing in the Community on May 7th at Oakland University. The Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence celebration recognizes the hard-working, highly skilled, caring individuals who play such a vital role in our health care delivery system.

Dr. Thomas Klug, professor of History, was a participant in the book panel discussion about the new book by Charles Hyde, The Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II, at the North American Labor History Conference in October 2014 at Wayne State University. He presented a talk, “The Origins of U.S. Immigration Controls on the Canadian Border: the View from Detroit,” at the Roseville Public Library on January 20, 2015. He gave a talk, “The Employers’ Association of Detroit and the Making of the Motor City, 1902-1952,” as part of the “101 People, Places, and Things that Made Michigan” conference held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, Macomb Community College, on March 21, 2015. In December 2014, he was named by the History Department at Wayne State University to be the coordinator of the North American Labor History Conference for 2015.

Dr. Donald Levin, dean of the faculty and professor of English, gave a poetry workshop, “The Music of Language,” and a poetry reading at the Waterford Public Library on April 16, 2015.

Dr. Tal Levy, associate professor of Political Science, was awarded a sabbatical for fall 2015 to complete his research on the impact of religion on political violence in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Michael Martin, assistant professor of Philosophy and English, had his book, Literature and the Encounter with God in Post Reformation England (Ashgate, 2014) reviewed by Professor Edward Simon of Lehigh University in Journal of the Northern Renaissance (3/14/15). Dr. Martin was interviewed on the website Eastern Christian Books about his newest book, The Submerged Reality: Sophiology and the Turn to a Poetic Metaphysics (Angelico Press, 2015). Dr. Martin received a Faculty Scholarship Award for 2015-2016 to secure permission for the republication of works for his newest book project, and to buy books of translations and criticism for possible inclusion in the project.

Dr. Michelle Pate, adjunct instructor of Art Therapy, has completed her Doctorate of Art Therapy at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. She is the first person in Michigan to obtain this doctorate.

Dr. Steven Patterson, professor of Philosophy and chair of the Division of Letters, published an article, “The Methodological Usefulness of Deep Disagreement,” in Cogency vol 6 no 2 (39-66), Summer 2014.

Tracy Halloran Pearson, Assistant Professor of Dance, choreographed Nascent Transformation, an evening-length contemporary work at the DIA Detroit Film Theatre on April 9, 2015. The performance explored ideas surrounding rebirth and renewal. It was the premiere and launching performance of ConteXture dance Detroit, a contemporary dance company founded by Halloran Pearson, a Kresge Fellow. The performance is the artistic collaboration between her and performance artist and D.J., Joshua Harrison, who played his original score live as part of the Nascent Transformation performance. Immediately following the concert there was a talkback session with the artists who collaborated on the work and a question and answer section with the audience.

Dr. Denise Powell, assistant professor of Education, was accepted into a New York University Faculty Resource Network 2015 Summer Seminar, “Ditch the In-Class Lecture, Add Active Learning.”

Dr. Frank Rashid, professor of English, gave a talk, “The Exact Center of the Modern World: Philip Levine’s Detroit,” at the First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit on April 26, 2015. Dr. Rashid was awarded a sabbatical for fall 2015 to update the online Literary Map of Detroit; to prepare a paper for publication; and to undertake final edits on his co-edited book on Tiger Stadium.

Dr. Dena Scher, professor of Psychology, had a proposal, “Themes of Resilience from Migrant Workers,” accepted for a presentation at the Oral History Association conference in October 2015 in Tampa, FL.

Dr. Steven L. Scribner, associate professor of Chemistry, presented a paper at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition on March 22-26, 2015, in Denver, CO. The presentation’s title was, “Engaging undergraduates: Investigating local environmental issues at the intersection of science and society.”

Professor Jerry van Rossum, assistant professor of Business and chair of Business, Computer Information Systems, and Human Resource Management, was accepted into a New York University Faculty Resource Network 2015 Summer Seminar, “The Philosopher in the Marketplace: Market Morality and its Social Impact.” He is presenting a seminar on Ethical Decision Making for the National Education Conference of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals from April 28-30, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Li-hsuan Yang, assistant professor of Integrated Science, published a paper, “Exploring movement and interaction of molecules,” in the Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association Newsletter, Spring 2015.

She gave a presentation, “The Development of Critical Thinking Skills of Health Science Majors in an Urban Liberal Arts College,” with a Marygrove student, Silja Martinez, at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 2015

Conference on March 13, 2015, at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. With another Marygrove student, Joanne Brookes, she gave a paper, “Urban parents’ educational level, theory of intelligence and self-efficacy in helping their middle school children with homework,” at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April 16-20, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.


IMD Teaches the Importance of Earth Day In Program in Ecorse Public School, Ralph Bunche Academy

IMDThrough its outreach program at Ralph Bunche Academy, in the Ecorse Public Schools, the Institute of Music & Dance engaged kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade art students in the ways each of us can help keep our earth clean and protect our environment.

In the program, we discussed:

  • Simple methods to reduce water and electricity usage
  • Why we should substitute canvas/paper bags for plastic bags
  • The importance of recycling cans and bottles and toys
  • Picking up litter
  • Planting a tree or garden
  • Adopting a pet from a shelter

Art projects included: making owls with helping our environment statements; hand print earth day promises; designing Earth Day stamps; marbleized earths and worksheets.

The projects are displayed on the walls of Ralph Bunche Academy to encourage everyone to celebrate and save our planet.

“The Earth Day art exhibit proves the connection between the arts and core instruction is powerful. The students demonstrated an extensive knowledge of the importance of taking care of the earth and their exhibits highlight their understanding. “      

-Robin Porter, School Improvement Grant Coordinator

Keep Marygrove Beautiful: May 2 is Campus Beautification Day

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are invited to help beautify Marygrove’s campus campus beautificationon Saturday, May 2, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The schedule for the day includes flower planting, grounds clean-up, and lunch. While can’t guarantee that you won’t have sore muscles when you are done, we can guarantee that you will feel a sense of pride every time you drive through Marygrove’s gates and see the fruits of your labor.

If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by contacting Jan Machusak 313-927-1443 OR Sr. Bar Beesley, IHM 313-927-1403

We will meet at the MC Building at 9 a.m.