Wellness Fair Hits All-Time High

??????????The 2013 Marygrove College Wellness Fair was a great success under the direction of Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine & Wellness, William Pugh. The annual event featured free health screenings, HIV/AIDS testing, free massages, multiple vendor displays, and a series of skits performed by Professor Kalimah Johnson’s IS 326C HIV-AIDS class.

Professor Johnson’s class also performed short stories related to their course matter for those in attendance and played a myths & facts games regarding HIV/AIDS awareness.

The free health screenings offered blood pressure checks and sickle cell testing for the campus community. The Michigan Department of Community Health, Division of Health, Wellness and Disease Control, administered HIV/AIDS testing, and offered a STD test.

In total, well over 100 members of the Marygrove community (faculty, staff, and students) engaged in the variety of offerings throughout the course of the four-hour event held on Wednesday, March 20. The participation set record numbers for the annual event put on by [William] Pugh.

The Gift of Life was in attendance and received 30 signatures from members of the community willing to donate organs.

“The Wellness Fair was a great success this year,” said Pugh. “Our community came out in full force and treated themselves to one or more of the vital offerings. We’re proud of the turnout for the Wellness Fair and we thank the community for their support.”

Like every year, the Wellness Fair featured a raffle in which participants could be rewarded for their attendance. Winners of the 2013 Wellness Fair Raffle were: Diamond Cash (student), Darius Knox (student), Sholanda Presbery (student), and Ruby Williams (staff). Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Blood Drive Produces Record Results!

??????????On Tuesday, March 19, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine & Wellness, William Pugh, spearheaded the 2013 Red Cross Blood Drive with help from three Mustang student-athletes – Ysen Dalipi, Gaven King, and Kaitlyn Vigna. Pugh would follow up the Blood Drive with the annual Wellness Fair a day later to round out a successful 2013 Health Week.

This year’s event, co-chaired by the three aforementioned student-athletes representing the American Red Cross and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Leadership Program, helped potentially save an astounding 99 lives through the collection of 33 units (pints) of blood.

In addition to the recent record-breaking numbers, the NAIA Leadership Program and our campus came together to commit to an extra drive in October 2012. With the combined totals of both drives, Marygrove College Wellness helped collect 57 units of blood for a grand total of 167 lives potentially saved throughout the 2012-13 academic year! The total is a 78% increase from the 2011-12 academic year.

“I’m very pleased to announce the record numbers from our 2013 Red Cross Blood Drive,” said Pugh. “I am very proud of and thankful for the students that helped make the day a success. We look forward to breaking our record next year!”

The winner of the blood drive gift card raffle was Marygrove student, Maricela Ponce. Congrats, Maricela, and thank you for your donation!

The winner of the iPad Mini will be announced later this semester.


Ysen Dalipi (Men’s Soccer): The combination of the two blood drives were great events for the faculty, staff, and students of Marygrove College. With busy schedules, people tend to forget they have a chance to save three lives by donating blood. In the end, the blood drives are another example of how Marygrove College reaches out to the community.

Gaven King (Men’s Soccer): I enjoyed participating in the American Red Cross / NAIA Leadership Program because of the opportunity to make a difference for the College, the athletic programs, and the Red Cross. The blood drive was a chance for me to get more involved in a positive way and show the difference a Marygrove student-athlete can have in our community.

Kaitlyn Vigna (Women’s Soccer): My experience with this program helped me realize this is an area I truly want to be in the rest of my life. As a Nursing major, it was helpful for me to view my field of study and watch the nurses perform their jobs and interact with the donors. I look forward to helping save more lives in the future!

25th Annual CAALS Special Exhibit

CAALS ExhibitThe 25th Annual Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series Special Exhibit  begins on March 28th at 6:00 p.m.

Over the past 25 years, the annual lecture series has featured a number of critically acclaimed writers including Jamaica Kincaid, Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany, Paul Beatty, Harryette Mullen and more!  To commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the lecture series, 25 Metropolitan Detroit artists were invited to create art inspired by the themes & cultures of the featured authors.

This exhibit features artwork by local talented artists: Corrie Baldauf, Christopher Batten, Jennifer Mercedes Boyak, Taurus Burns, Sue Carman-Vian,  John Corbin, Rose E. DeSloover, Mantrell Goodrum, Tim Gralewski, Mary Lou Greene, Christine Hagedorn, Lisa Luevanos, James Lutomski, Erin Marie McDonald, Alaina Plowdrey, Kathy Rashid, Rachel Reynolds, Karen Sanders, Tylonn J. Sawyer, Sally Schluter Tardella, Vito Jesus Valdez, Robert Zahorsky, and John Zawadski,

Beyond Words Gallery at Marygrove College
8425 West McNichols Detroit MI 48221

The Institute of Music and Dance would like to thank Selena Watkins

SelenaCass3The Institute of Music & Dance would like to thank Selena Watkins—a mentor and educator for wellness, fitness and self-esteem. Not only did Watkins  share her own brand of fitness and dance classes (Socanomics) with neighboring students, she also acted as a mentor to them.

Because of her generosity and determination, we were able to engage with over 150 students from Marygrove College, Cass Technical High School, Detroit School of the Arts, Arts Academy in the Woods and Pointe Academy Dance Center!

Click here to see what they did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN2rK169Bbc

Congratulations to Members of the Marygrove Gentlemen’s Round Table

0321131021a GRTLansing02We would like to congratulate members of the Gentlemen’s Round Table (GRT) for their success during a recent visit to Lansing to observe votes on House Bills 4399, 4274 and 4275. Although the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) vote was delayed due to party discussions, Marygrove GRT members were still able to observe elected officials in action, network inside the capital with staff members, and go on a guided tour of the capitol building!

It is also worth noting that Marygrove GRT members spoke at length with Senator Virgil Smith Jr., who noted not only that his office door was open as a resource for them, but that he would gladly write letters of recommendation on their behalf.

This is a great strategic and professional development “game changer” for GRT members and we believe their efforts merit a round of applause!


Performing arts recital tonight at 7:00

You are cordially invited to attend the Senior Recital presented by performing arts major Jeriel Woods at 7 p.m. today in Denk Chapman Hall. Jeriel will be singing, dancing, and acting his way through a wonderful variety of musical genres and styles, ranging from classical to popular to Broadway. Please join us for a very entertaining evening.

Save the date: Social Work Senior Seminar on April 15

???????????????????????The Social Work Department and its graduating senior class cordially invites you to attend its annual SW 496 Senior Seminar Presentation.  This year’s topic is Violence.  This enlightening and informative event will take place on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. 

Due to the nature of the topic, this event is for adults only.  More specific details will follow very soon.  Please save the date!

Congratulations, Marygrove 2013 Honors Recipients

Honors-ConvocationMarygrove College would like to congratulate and recognize all undergraduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding leadership in 2013. For a complete listing of awards and recipients, browse the full 2013 Honors Convocation program by clicking here.
All students who have received awards for the:

  • Dean’s List – F12, W12
  • National Deans List
  • Who’s Who
  • Departmental Awards
  • Honor Societies
  • High Honors

are asked to pick-up their certificates in the Vice President for Academic Affairs Office, Liberal Arts Building 107 B.

Join the Grovers and take part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

american-cancer-society-marygrove-collegeMarygrove College will be the host site for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life Detroit 2013, which will be held June 15-16, 2013.

This marks the 11th year that the ACS’s signature event will be held on our beautiful campus. The two-day event draws many different sectors from the community and surrounding areas. Various teams, fraternities, sororities, cancer survivors, families and neighborhood groups will participate.

The Grovers are a Relay for Life team consisting of Marygrove College students, faculty, Staff, and Alumni, etc. We join together to raise funds in memory of our co-workers, family and friends who have lost their lives to cancer. In addition, we honor cancer survivors and support the ACS in finding a cure.

We would like to invite you to join our team. If you are interested and would like more information, please send us an email to tgrovers@marygrove.edu. If you are already a member, please send us an email confirming that you are still on board.

We hope that you will participate in this endeavor as we continue to fight against cancer. Together, we can make a difference.



Marygrove College Students to Receive Michigan Campus Compact Award for Dedication to Community Service

MCCWe are pleased to announce that two students from Marygrove College will be awarded for their dedication and commitment to community service during the 17th annual Outstanding Student Service Awards Celebration, April 13, 2013, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Mich.

Each year, Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) awards students from member colleges and universities across the state for their outstanding commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Three types of awards are given: the Outstanding Community Impact Award, the Commitment to Service Award and the Heart and Soul Award. This year, more than 450 students from 33 member campuses will receive awards.

Angel Count and Melody Farr will receive the Heart and Soul Award. This award is given to students to recognize their time, effort and personal commitment to their communities through service.

MiCC will honor all award recipients at an awards brunch on April 13, 2013, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. MiCC promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement. For more information, please visit www.micampuscompact.org.