TONIGHT! The Institute of Music & Dance presents a night of Vivaldi

vivaldiTonight at 6:00, over 60 students and IMD faculty will tickle the ivories, strum guitars, fiddle some Vivaldi and belt out vocal selections in two concerts taking place in the Marygrove College Theatre.

Free Admission!
Marygrove String Ensemble
Friday, May 31 @ 6:00pm

Special Message from the President: Former Marygrove President John E. Shay’s passing

thumb_jack_shay_warm_brownDear Marygrove Community:

It is with deep sympathy that I inform you of the death of John E. Shay, Ph.D., the sixth President of Marygrove College. Dr. Shay passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, surrounded by his loving family. He served us well throughout some very difficult years for the College, from 1980 to 1997.  “Jack” was a steadfast leader, known for his disarming humor and quick wit, which he used to skillfully bridge gaps in a way that only he could. He enjoyed the challenge of a good argument, and is credited with working diligently alongside the Board of Trustees to ensure that Marygrove would continue to independently serve the people of Detroit, of all races and creeds, as a Catholic institution of higher learning guided by spiritual and human values.

To acknowledge his 17 years of exemplary service and loyalty to our beloved institution, I encourage you attend his funeral mass here at Sacred Heart Chapel on Thursday morning. We wish his wonderful wife, Patricia and their three children Maria, David and John, and their families, all of our love and prayers in this difficult time.

You may pay your respects to Dr. Shay and his family at Desmond Funeral Home at 32515 Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak:

Wednesday, May 15
2:00-8:00 p.m. Visitation
7:00 p.m. Scripture Service

Thursday, May 16
Sacred Heart Chapel, Marygrove College
9:30 a.m. Visitation
10:00 a.m. Funeral MassSincerely,

David Fike

Thank you, Marygrove! Commencement 2013

graduationGood morning, Marygrove!

It was wonderful to be a part of the Marygrove family that celebrated a new generation of leaders moving into the next chapter of their journey, their story.  We have all been blessed in the sharing!

For your time, your talents, the efforts you invested in making Baccalaureate and Commencement memorable events for the Class of 2013, we thank you!



Marygrove Feeds Midtown & More: 2013 Recap/Summary of event

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Marygrove Feeds Midtown & More 2013 was a GREAT SUCCESS!!! Words cannot express how thankful we are for each and every one of you that participated in this event in some way- the donations, the labor, the support, everyone was AMAZING and Saturday would not have been the same without you. We were so blessed to have been given such perfect weather as well. Thank you for making a difference!

We truly embodied the Mission of Marygrove College!

  • We demonstrated COMPETENCE in identifying the areas most in need, procuring the necessary materials to get the job done, and working together as an effective team!
  • We displayed COMPASSION to every individual and family we met, engaged with the community, and reached out to put food in the hands of those who needed it the most!
  • We showed our COMMITMENT to service by unselfishly giving our time on the first beautiful Saturday of summer vacation. We achieved Marygrove’s Social Work Department’s motto “Be prepared to get involved”, as Marygrove Feeds Midtown & More became a community wide event this year! Thank you everyone for going above and beyond and giving Saturday your all, and most of all, for making a difference and helping those in need.

FministryThis project began as a Network. Marygrove College’s Social Work Student Organization formed a planning committee, quickly collaborating with Phi Alpha, Marygrove Men’s Empowerment Network (MMEN), and a number of individual students.  It quickly spread to the greater community outside of Marygrove and members from the National Society of Leadership joined us on Saturday as well.

What a wonderful success! Combining college student organization funds, volunteers, monetary donations, food donations, faculty and staff support, and the TIME AND SERVICE of an inspiring group of people, we were able to feed 400 people!!!

  • Special thanks to Progressive Plumbing Supply Co., Randy’s Sausage Detroit Cheese Co., Entenmanns’s, Macy’s Lakeshore Grill, Trader Joe’s, Freedom Road Transportation, and Meijer for the in-kind donations.

The Student Rec. Room was an exciting place to be the morning of Saturday April 27, 2013 as about 20 people gathered to pack lunches. We had several stations of activity and everyone took action right away and worked together notoriously to get the job done!  Before we knew it, the number in volunteers doubled as we were finishing packing and getting ready to distribute.  Our wonderful bus driver, Calvin, showed up right on time and we were on our way.

One group (including the Marygrove bus) happened upon an unexpected yet perfect match for their first stop; Fishermen’s Ministry who were set up right off of 3rd street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., providing clothing and McDonald’s gift cards, so Marygrove joined in and ended up serving about 250 lunches and water there.  Another group went to Cass Park, Clark Park, and the surrounding areas.  A few students even broke off into smaller groups to pass out lunches to the people in between the specific locations and at their church.  We then stopped over on the East side at Matrix Human Services to drop off and distribute some more lunches.  Then, we distributed the final 40 or so lunches at the final destinations: Operation Get Down, and COTS/ Cass Park.

Again, thanks to everyone who was involved: students, members of student organizations, donors & volunteers, faculty advisors, faculty, staff, and members of the greater community. This could not have happened without all of your help.

Thanks again and have a wonderful summer!


Laura Wesley and Lauryn Pennington

Co-Chairs of Marygrove Feeds Midtown & More, 2013

Last-minute Baccalaureate reminders

The Presidential Party – Trustees, President, Senior Leadership & Deans, will meet and robe in Denk Chapman.
Please arrive no later than 6:15 p.m.
[Rain Plan – report to LA131]

Faculty/Staff – Cafeteria
Please arrive no later than 6:15 p.m.
[Rain Plan – report to Library]

Students –Main Dining Room
Please arrive no later than 5:45 p.m.
[Rain Plan – report to Library Lecture Hall]

Procession starts promptly @ 6:45 p.m. from Madame Cadillac to the LA Building via McNichols Road.

A Reception follows the Baccalaureate Mass in Alumnae Hall.



Need writing assistance this summer? The Geschke Writing Center has new hours

8232313269_bf1b07511c_zThe Geschke Writing Center will reopen on May 20 to assist all Marygrove students. Below you will find their new summer hours:

May 20–July 25, 2013
Mondays: 12:00-3:00
Tuesday: 3:00-6:00
Wednesdays: 3:00-6:00
Thursdays: 12:00-3:00

PHONE:         (313) 927-1278 to make an appointment


Spruce up your own backyard with the help of Sr. Kathryn T. Pierce, IHM

Jann Hoge, Chair of the Social Work Department and Jesse 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. Benefits/Proceeds raised will go towards the:intercultural




Put your talents to use; connect with our local community

connect-20333_640You are cordially invited to Wednesday evening’s campus-community dialogue: “Co-Creating Our Community” event.  We plan to have affinity flags on tables with these topics:  youth, women, neighborhood beautification, and agriculture/sustainability.

It has been suggested that we distribute a campus resource directory listing our resources and/or desires for community connection.  Those who wish to give their information to community residents are being asked to email Barbara Beesley a simple 2-3 liner message indicating your interest/field of expertise; the kind of resource you could be to the community or the kind of community connection you are seeking; and the best means of contacting you.  Here are a few examples:

–   Barbara Beesley, IHM, teaches in the Social Justice program and would like venues (particularly among high school age students) for graduate students to do Voter Education workshops in October-November and February.; 313-927-1403

–  Jesse Cox is concerned about Sustainability and Ecology.  He is involved with the Community Garden and the Herbal Healing Garden–a collaboration between the college, community partners and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters who sponsor Marygrove College.; 313-927-1404.

Please send your information by next Monday (5/13).

Faculty, it’s time to nominate your exceptional junior and senior students

trophyThe Alumni Association Recognition Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 Marygrove College Distinguished Alumna/us of Tomorrow Award.  This award was established by the Alumni Association in 2006 to recognize and honor an exceptional undergraduate junior or senior (2013/2014 academic year) who has made significant contributions to the Marygrove College community in ALL of the following areas:

  • Academic Accomplishment
  • Leadership
  • Service to the College and/or community

(Past award recipients were Brian Christian ‘07, Yesenia Lara ’07, Amy Pavlov ’09, Debra Barash ’09, Briana Williams ‘10, Angela Watley ’10, Brittany Mack ’12 and Jarell Williams ’12)

Nominations will be accepted from faculty and staff members only and are due no later than May 31, 2013.  The award will be presented at the Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony on September 20, 2013.  If you have questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

You can download the nomination form here: 2013 Distinguished Alumna(us) of Tomorrow Award nomination