Save a Live: Marygrove College Blood Drive on Oct. 30th

Oct. 30 Blood DriveDETROIT, Mich. — The American Red Cross and Marygrove College Wellness will once again team up to save lives by holding a community blood drive Thursday (Oct. 30) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Marygrove’s campus. Taking place in the Madame Cadillac Building’s Alumni Hall, the blood drive is open to the public as Marygrove Wellness looks to continue their record-breaking donor numbers.

Spearheaded by William Pugh, Marygrove’s Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine & Wellness, the event marks the first of two blood drives to be held on the northwest Detroit campus during the 2014-15 academic year. Pugh, along with a great group of student leaders, led a blood drive in April (2014) that resulted in the collection of 38 pints of blood – potentially saving up to 114 lives. In all, Pugh has orchestrated two blood drives on campus for the past five years as the College continues to support the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross.

Much like last year, the upcoming blood drive will be co-chaired by a pair of Marygrove student-athletes representing the American Red Cross and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Leadership Program. Tico Dalipi and Kaitlyn Vigna will assist Pugh in making the day a success as they open the blood drive to the public. For his efforts, Dalipi was selected as one of a handful of students across the NAIA’s landscape to attend a two-week leadership summit last summer in Washington, D.C. Dalipi blogged about his experience in the nation’s capital here.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will receive priority so please schedule your appointment today. Interested donors can register online at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. If registering online, please use sponsor code: marygrovecollege.

The Oct. 30 drive features a drawing for a free iPod! Lucky Marygrove community members that attempt to give blood will be entered for a chance to win the iPod, courtesy of our good friends at Beaumont Health System.

“This is a critical time for our community’s blood supply,” said Pugh. “Cancer patients, trauma victims and victims of natural disasters, premature babies and those living with chronic blood diseases benefit from the generous donations of donors like you. I look forward to Thursday’s blood drive and thank everyone in advance for helping save lives in our community.”

Reminder: Next Lunchtime Conversation: October 28, from 12:00-1:15

Lunchtime Conversation - Oct. 28This is a reminder that the next Lunchtime Conversation will be held this coming Tuesday, October 28, from noon till 1:15 in the Employee Lounge in the ground floor of Liberal Arts.

The topic of this conversation will be “Strategies for Teaching Ethics.” It will be facilitated by Professor Jerry van Rossum, assistant professor of Business and co-chair of Business, CIS, and HRM; and Dr. Sarah Heidt, assistant professor of Philosophy. The conversation will include how to use the ethics of care, profession, justice, and critique as lenses through which to focus ethical decisions; and how to use cases to teach ethics in the classroom. The facilitators will invite participants to share their experiences teaching ethics.

Please note this topic represents a slight adjustment in the original schedule. The conversation that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, “Cool Teaching Strategies: Wicked Problems and Social Messies,” will be held next semester.

Please plan to join us on the 28th, and invite colleagues and students who would be interested in this timely and important topic.

Marygrove College Among Consortium of Colleges to Receive $21.2 Million

National Institutes of Health awards Detroit colleges $21.2 million to improve student diversity in biomedical research

Detroit – Oct. 22, 2014 – A consortium of Marygrove College, University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University has been awarded $21.2 million over five years by the National Institutes of Health to implement a program encouraging more undergraduate students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research.

The grant was awarded through the NIH’s Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) initiative, created to get more minority and economically disadvantaged students in the STEM pipeline, expose students to research in laboratories and enhance the research-training environment. Studies have shown students from underrepresented backgrounds enter early biomedical research training in numbers that reflect the general population, but they are less likely to persist.

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President Antoine M. Garibaldi, President M. Roy Wilson, President David J. Fike, and Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery.

The Detroit consortium’s project is called REBUILD Detroit — an acronym for Research Enhancement for Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity. During the first year of the grant, the four partner institutions will redesign their curriculum with an emphasis on peer mentoring, early introduction to laboratory research and dedicated faculty advising. The program will recruit its first cohort of students in the second year and begin their training.

In order to shift the paradigm of minorities in biomedical research, REBUILD Detroit’s goals are aggressive: To have at least 75 percent of its scholars graduate with baccalaureate degrees in biomedical science-related fields and have 50 percent of those graduates matriculate into biomedical research doctoral programs.

To recruit as broad and diverse of a group of students and offer them research training and mentorship activities in a variety of disciplines, the different but complementary Detroit institutions decided to collaborate. Combined, the four colleges and universities enroll more than 47,000 undergraduates, of whom more than 50 percent of whom are underrepresented minorities and/or qualify for federal financial aid.

University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) is the grant’s primary institution responsible for managing the grant. UDM faculty will provide research opportunities and mentorship for program undergraduates.

“The NIH-funded REBUILD Detroit consortium will contribute significantly to the achievement of the nation’s goal of annually producing 34 percent more undergraduate students with biomedical degrees over the next 10 years,” said Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, president of University of Detroit Mercy. “Our four institutions are uniquely qualified to address this major challenge because of our biomedical programs and the expertise of our faculty in those fields.”

Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College District will be pipeline partners for REBUILD Detroit, expanding the pool of students in the program and co-developing and implementing support programs that enable students to learn coursework necessary to enter research careers, in addition to participating in research and mentoring activities.

“Since the curricular design will impact all undergraduate students enrolled in biomedical science courses, we’re confident REBUILD Detroit will have a halo effect on far more students than those participating in the program,” said Marygrove President Dr. David J. Fike. “History has shown addressing challenges that disproportionately affect minority populations often have a transformative impact on the majority as well.”

WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis L. Ivery added, “The elements of REBUILD Detroit correlate strongly with retention of science majors for both underrepresented and non-underrepresented minority populations. It’s vital that students are aware of opportunities in the sciences as early as possible, and that we’re here to support them and ensure that they succeed.”

Wayne State will serve as the research partner in the consortium. As such, it will mentor faculty from other institutions in research skills; provide research-training opportunities; and provide REBUILD scholars skills development in grant applications, graduate school preparedness, and networking opportunities. Prior to joining WSU, President M. Roy Wilson co-chaired the NIH Common Fund programs, which resulted in the development of the BUILD funding opportunity.

“There are compelling reasons to promote diversity in biomedical research,” said Wilson. “It’s clear that diversity is fundamental to innovation. A variety of perspectives are critical to solve sciences’ most complex problems, and the REBUILD Detroit project will train a more inclusive group of researchers and scientific leaders.”

The principal investigators of the grant are Dr. Gary Kuleck, dean of the College of Engineering & Science, University of Detroit Mercy; Dr. Sally Welch, interim dean of New Program Development, Marygrove College; Dr. George Swan, III, vice-chancellor for External Affairs, Wayne County Community College District; and Dr. Ambika Mathur, dean of the Graduate School, Wayne State University.

At the conclusion of the BUILD projects, the NIH will disseminate successful approaches widely so that institutions beyond those directly supported by the program may adopt and implement the most effective strategies.

The National Institutes of Health grant number for this award is 1TL4MD009629-01.

Learn more about REBUILD Detroit at

Deadline for Winter “Tower Times” Submissions

Tower TimesWe are now accepting story ideas for the Winter edition of Marygrove’s Alumni Newsletter, The Tower Times. If you have programs, events (scheduled for January – April) or other information that would be of general interest to our alumni, you are invited to submit an article (300 words or less) along with any pertinent high quality photography to Colleen Cadieux by Friday, October 24, 2014. We can’t guarantee that all articles will be published, but we will make every effort to include as many as there is space provided. If you plan to submit an article, please let Colleen know as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Colleen Cadieux at

Next Travel Seminar Info Session: Oct. 22nd

2015 Travel SeminarAre you interested in participating in study abroad but aren’t sure about committing to an entire semester? Travel seminars are faculty led during the semester and the travel component is during the Spring Break or in May 2015.

Please consider a Travel Seminar in your Winter 2015 semester to London, New York, Switzerland, or Puerto Rico. This will fulfill upper level general education requirement — IS326B.

Applications are now available. Deadline is October 31st.

For more information, contact or stop by one of the following info sessions:

Wednesday, October 22nd at 12 pm
Conference Room A, 1st Floor, Madame Cadillac Bldg.
Lunch will be served.

Friday, October 31st at 12 pm
Conference Room A, 1st Floor, Madame Cadillac Bldg.
Lunch will be served.

Track Interest Meeting: Oct. 21st

Track Interest MeetingIf you’ve ever wanted to run for the Mustangs, this is your chance!

Join the track movement and be a part of what promises to be a highly successful year for the men’s and women’s programs. Call 313-927-1811 for more info!

WHAT: Track Interest Meeting
FOR: Any Marygrove student interested in joining the track team(s)
DATE: Tuesday, October 21
TIME: 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Madame Cadillac 003/004