Homes in Marygrove Neighborhood to Be Auctioned Off

Marygrove Neighborhood HomesAn Open House that will take place on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm to show homes that will soon be auctioned in the neighborhood adjacent to the Marygrove campus. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to purchase lovely homes at incredible prices, while helping to revitalize our community. Talmer Bank is offering a $25,000 forgivable loan to all home buyers who qualify and win a bid on a house being auctioned.

We encourage you to pass the word about this great opportunity.

Where (auction houses to be shown):

  • 16169 KENTUCKY
  • 16245 OHIO
  • 16530 OHIO
  • 16531 OHIO
  • 16558 NORTHLAWN
  • 16531 CHERRYLAWN
  • 16253 WISCONSIN
  • 16239 ROSELAWN
  • 16224 ROSELAWN
  • 16161 ROSELAWN

Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm


Marygrove Home Auctions begin: July 23-27

Marygrove Art Student Receives “Best in Show” at Lawrece Street Gallery Invitational

AR-140709794.jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667We would like to congratulate Marygrove College senior Ginette Balbin-Cuesta, who won Best of Show at this year’s Summer Invitational exhibit at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale! In addition to receiving Best of Show for her work, “Nuances of Expression,” Ginette was also profiled in the Oakland Press. You can read the entire article below.

Ginette Balbin-Cuesta of Northville won her first professional art award outside of school competitions — Best of Show — at this year’s Summer Invitational ’14 exhibit at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale. It is her second year exhibiting at the Summer Invitational.

Her piece, “Nuances of Expression,” was created using the intaglio printmaking technique. The artist cuts an image onto a printing surface, and the sunken area holds the ink for printing.

Balbin-Cuesta, who is starting her senior year this fall at Marygrove College in Detroit with a double major in art and biology, says she made a plate with a single image, and from there she experimented with materials. Beginning with a self-portrait, she printed the image repeatedly on different media with different colors, textures and opacities.

“I was trying to push the envelope of printmaking using different materials and experimenting,” she says. “It’s the same expression on each piece, but has a different feel to it. The way it hits the light gives it a nuance.”

Jan Brown, a gallery member since January 2011, says artists who exhibit at the gallery’s Summer Invitational ’14 must be invited by members. Balbin-Cuesta was invited to enter when gallery members saw her work at her school’s End of the Year Gallery Show.

The school show is juried by the faculty and invites members from the Lawrence Street Gallery to choose two pieces to exhibit at the Summer Invitational.

Balbin-Cuesta was introduced to the art of printmaking in a class last fall, where her professor encouraged students to experiment with different techniques.

“Because you can make multiple copies, you have more freedom to try different things,” she says.

Balbin-Cuesta says she loves science and research as much as art.

“I really like interdisciplinary education as well, and I think they are two different sides of the spectrum, but they do overlap,” she says. “With science I’m interested in doing research and thinking outside the box, and with art it’s another form of critical thinking.”

Balbin-Cuesta plans to pursue a doctoral degree, but before starting a medical program, she wants to take a year off to explore art.

“Yes I want to go to med school, but I think it makes sense to create artwork on the side and submit a couple pieces to one or two shows a year,” she says.




Marygrove College In the News

David Fike News Conference 1Earlier this morning, Marygrove College president David Fike held a news conference in which he called on President Obama to recognize the immigrant children coming across the border as refugees.

The news conference was covered by the following media:

Detroit News: “Detroit college chief: We’ll help Central American immigrants if Obama does”

Mlive: “President Obama called out by Detroit’s Marygrove College over refugee children crisis at border”

KSL Utah: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

ABC 7: Marygrove College stands up for U.S. immigrants

ABC 7 Video

Global News Wire: “Marygrove College Calls on President Obama to Resolve the Moral Crisis of Thousands of Refugee Children Fleeing the Violence in Central America”

Street Insider: “Marygrove College President David Fike to Hold News Conference to Call on President Obama to Resolve the Moral Crisis of Thousands of Refugee Children Fleeing the Violence in Central America”

Seattle PI: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

My Fox Detroit: “Marygrove College president wants to help child immigrants”

My Fox Detroit

SFGate: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

The Elkhart Truth: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

ABC 12 Flint: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

ABC 13 Toledo: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

9 & 10 News Michigan: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

Toledo News Now: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

WNEM Michigan: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

Houston Chronicle: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

Beaumont Enterprise: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

WSBT 22 Mishawaka: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

NBC 25 Mid-Michigan: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

Times Union Albany: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

Fairfield Citizen: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

Stamford Advocate: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

Westport News Connecticut: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

The Republic: “President of Detroit’s Marygrove College offers help for child immigrants from Central America”

Fox 32 News Michigan: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

El Universo: “Universidad en Detroit ayudaría a niños migrantes”

WLNS: “Marygrove College Could Help Child Immigrants”

CBS Detroit: “Marygrove College Offers Help To Child Immigrants, If Obama Acts First”

Washington Times: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

El Nuevo Herald: “Universidad en Detroit ayudaría a niños migrantes”

The Michigan Catholic: “Marygrove president to Obama: Recognize child refugees and we’ll provide aid”

The Alpena News: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

WILX News 10 Lansing: “Marygrove College In Detroit Willing To Help Child Immigrants”

Noticias Terra: “Universidad en Detroit ayudaría a niños migrantes”

Reforma: “Ofrece rector ayuda a niños migrantes”

Midland Daily News: “Marygrove College could help child immigrants”

Click On Detroit: “President of Detroit’s Marygrove College offers help for child immigrants from Central America”

Yahoo! Finance: “Marygrove College President David Fike to Hold News Conference to Call on President Obama to Resolve the Moral Crisis of Thousands of Refugee Children Fleeing the Violence in Central America”

Campus Reform: “College opens doors as asylum for illegal immigrants”

Marygrove College President David Fike Holds News Conference on Refugee Crisis

Press Conference - LongEarlier today, July 17, 2014, Marygrove College President David J. Fike held a news conference concerning the humanitarian and refugee crisis occurring at the border.

The following are livetweets of that news conference.

Update on Participatory Action Research Work

urban leaderOn Saturday, July 12th, members of the Participatory Action Research Teaching & Learning Leadership Team (PAR-TLLT), alongside student and alumni volunteers from the Social Work and Social Justice Programs, welcomed 40 individuals from the neighborhood to share ideas and concerns. We began making plans for various community action projects. We also reached out to (and they to us) Maggie Lee’s Community Center, Puritan and Turner.

We are looking forward to building more meaningful relationships and continuing our work in the local community!

IMD Continues Outreach Into the Community

The Institute of Music & Dance continues to reach out into the Detroit metropolitan community to enrich students’ lives in the arts. On Wednesday, July 9th, IMD Director, Judith Molina and IMD dance faculty member, Taylor Jones, taught dance classes, talked about careers in dance and Ms. Jones also performed for Arts In The Woods Academy Arts Camp.  IMD helped to secure funding from MCACA for this event.


Marygrove Congratulates the 2014 IHM Congregation Jubilarians

7976480613_26a396ccdc_kThe last Saturday of July each year, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), founders and sponsors of Marygrove College, hold a special Jubilee celebration for those Sisters who have milestone anniversaries.

Most of these Sisters received their undergraduate degree at Marygrove and many of them have ministered here as well.

These dedicated women, together, have lived and worked as vowed religious for a total of 2,610 years!   Marygrove congratulates you!

80 Years
Charlotte Walby, IHM (BA ’53)

75 Years
Cecilia Campbell, IHM (BA ’53)
Norma Groth, IHM (BA ’57)
Paraclita Schnebelt, IHM (BA ’51)

70 Years
Catherine Broughton, IHM (BA ’60)
Audrey Bushell, IHM (BA ’58)
Patricia Cassidy, IHM (BA ’59)

  • Marygrove Registrar’s Office ’82-’83

Alys Currier, IHM (BA ’58)
Marguerite Gibbs, IHM (BA ’60)
Marie Gabriel Hungerman, IHM (BA ’53)

  • Marygrove Faculty – Philosphy ’61-’68, ’72-’74
  • Academic Dean, Dean of College ’68-’70
  • Trustee ’88

JoAnn McAnoy, IHM (BA ’59)

  • Faculty – Mathematics ’86-’00
  • Math Lab Coordinator Trustee ’78-’82

Marjorie McFarland, IHM (BA ’58)
Antoinette McNamara, IHM (BA ’60)
Marietta Murphy, IHM (BA ’58)
Mary Naughton, IHM (BA ’59)
Remi Pauwels, IHM (BA ’58)
Cecilia Schmidt, IHM (BA ’58)
Janet Sullivan, IHM (BA ’59)

60 Years
Carolyn Campbell, IHM (BA ’58; MEd ’68)
Jannita Complo, IHM (BA ’58)

  • Faculty – Education ’67-’69
  • Director of Student Teaching

Jane Farrell, IHM (BA ’51)

  • Faculty – History ’67-’70
  • Dean of Women
  • Trustee ’77-’81

Laura Hardage, IHM (BA ’58)
Shirley Houff, IHM (BA ’58)
Edith Marie Martinek, IHM (BA ’58; MEd ’69)
Mary McDevitt, IHM (BA ’58)

  • Faculty – Theology, Monroe campus ’62-’67

Madeleine Sophie Weber, IHM

50 Years
Lucy Abbey, IHM

  • MG Masters’ Social Justice alum
  • Taught a MG summer session on Sustainability (2011)

Gail Addis, IHM (BA ’68; MEd ’78)
Margaret Alandt, IHM (BA ’67)

  • Current IHM Leadership Councilor and Hartman Hall resident

Annemarie Askwith, IHM (BA ’63)
Camille Brouillard, IHM
Virginia Celmer, IHM (BA ’68)
Judith Coyle, IHM (BA ’68)
Mary Downey, IHM (BA ’68)
Carrine Etheridge, IHM
Mary Katherine Hamilton, IHM (BA ’68)

  • Current Faculty – Education 2007 – present
  • Past Trustee

C. Vita Pierce, IHM (BA ’68)

  • Past Trustee

Gloria Rivera, IHM

  • Coordinator, GLBD – BIONEERS

Margaret Schmidt, IHM (BA ’63)

  • Tutor-Writing Center ’81-’82

Marita-Constance Supan, IHM


Marygrove Faculty Diane Brown Received Into the IHM Congregation

Diane Brown and Sabrina Melni

Diane Brown

On Sunday, June 29, Diane Brown and Sabrina Melni were received as novices into the IHM congregation at a special ceremony during Mass at the Motherhouse.

Dr. Brown grew up in Lafayette, Ind., and earned a master’s degree from Indiana University and a doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University with a specialty in reading. She most recently served as chairperson of the education division at Marygrove College.

Ms. Melni, born and raised in San Diego, traveled across the country in June 2012 to settle in Monroe and finish her application to join the IHMs. Her bachelor’s degree from St. Leo University in St. Leo, Fla., is in social work, and she also enjoys working with older adults. She most recently ministered as a nursing assistant for a local private nursing agency.

A recording of the ceremony may be viewed via Livestream at

Student Government Inaugural Executive Board

Robert Crockett

Robert Crockett, President

It is with great pleasure to announce the inaugural Executive Board for the 2014-2015 Student Government Association. Our Student Body leaders are:

President, Robert Crockett
Secretary, Angela Allen
Treasurer, Duree Miner-Johnson

These three individuals have already begun the task of firmly establishing the Student Government Association here at Marygrove College. Over the next few months of their tenure, they will not only be establishing By-Laws, Codes, Processes, etc. for the organization, to ensure longevity and consistency, but also will be beginning their advocacy efforts on behalf of the Marygrove Student Body. They will also be opening up the process to fill the Vice President seat and Senator seats in early Fall.

Marygrove professor receives prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship Award

Tracy Halloran PearsonCongratulations to Tracy Halloran Pearson, Associate Professor of Dance at Marygrove College, for being selected as one of 18 recipients of the 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowship Award!

The Fellowships, funded by The Kresge Foundation and each consisting of a $25,000 prize and professional practice opportunities, are awarded annually to metropolitan Detroit artists for their exceptional commitment to artistic achievement and strong contributions to their respective communities.

This year’s panelists—including Grammy Award-nominated composer Carl Craig and Academy Award-winning director and producer Sue Marx—noted the difficulty they faced in selecting 18 Fellows from among hundreds of extraordinary applications in Dance/Music and Film/Theatre. The distinguished panelists for both categories commented repeatedly on the scale, scope and caliber of creative work represented in the applications.

To be selected as a Kresge Fellow is an extraordinary achievement and a high honor. We wish to extend our most sincere congratulations to Tracey!

To learn more about Kresge Arts in Detroit and this year’s Fellows, go to

Tracy received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Marygrove College and her M.F.A. in Choreography at the University of Michigan. She has worked as a performer, professor, choreographer and rehearsal director in the dance world. Most recently, Tracy produced and choreographed a performance in Detroit entitled Intersections at the Rabbit Hole, which performed to sold-out audiences.