2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients Announced

trophyThe Distinguished Alumni Awards were established in 2002 on the occasion of Marygrove College’s 75th Anniversary to recognize and honor alumni who have distinguished themselves and their alma mater.  It gives those of us at Marygrove great pleasure to announce this year’s honorees.

2013 Marygrove College Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Alumni of Tomorrow Award Recipients:

  • Dorothy Jones Hogan Sweeney ’48
  • Barbara Kent Freeman ’63
  • Suzanne Sattler, IHM ’65
  • Virginia Burdick Skinner ’67
  • Jane Hammang-Buhl ’68
  • Karel Bowlus Oxley ’72
  • Robert D. Tompkins ’14

The Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013, from 7-9:00 p.m. in the Marygrove College Theater.  The event is free and open to the public.

Invitation to tonight’s campus-community dialogue

box-29369_640If you haven’t already RSVPd for tonight’s campus-community dialogue, you are still welcome to quickly email Sister Barbara Beesley—or just show up if it’s after 5:30!  We’re meeting in Alumnae Hall from 6 – 8 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

This is a great time to have your voice heard within the campus community as we move forward to deepen our relationship within the community and focus on living the vision we desire as urban leaders committed to civic engagement.


Thank you for making Relay for Life a success!

relay for lifeWe would like to offer our most sincere thanks to the Marygrove Community for the support and encouragement extended during the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Event held last weekend on our campus.

The Grovers (our Marygrove Team) worked hard to prepare for this event and to date we have raised $2,589 and the Detroit Relay Event has raised $111,172.00!


Take control of your career. A free webinar today at 3:30!

Mona LisaMarygrove College is proud to present “Who Knows You? How to build an effective networking strategy,” a free webinar presentation by author and founder of SASHE, LLC, Jocelyn Giangrande.

On June 19 at 3:30 pm, Giangrande will help participants look at networking from a new perspective, while providing tools to build a strategy that will increase their professional connections and ensure they are confident about their approach.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Develop a powerful networking strategy
  • Enhance their professional relationships
  • Boost the return from networking efforts
  • Take advantage of social networking tools

Featured in Women’s Day Magazine, Black Enterprise  and author of “What’s In Your Sandwich; The Ten Surefire Ingredients for Career Success, Jocelyn Giangrande serves as the founder of SASHE, LLC and has been providing strategic career planning, development and coaching services for a decade.

Join us on June 19th at 3:30 pm for our FREE webinar. Register now by clicking here. 

If you can’t listen in real time, sign up anyway; we’ll email you the recording so you can listen at your own convenience.

Support Marygrove College’s Relay for Life Team!

relay-for-lifeThe Marygrove College Relay For Life Team, the Grovers, participates in Relay for Life because each member has been affected by cancer, personally, or through a family member or a good friend.  We know you have been too!  The Relay for Life is a 24 hour event that holds in remembrance all the people who live with cancer, those who care for them and for all our loved ones who have died.  Cancer never stops so for that 24 hour period neither do we!  Relay for Life will take place this Saturday June 15 beginning at 10 AM until Sunday June 16 ending at 10 AM. 

The Relay For Life raises money for people living with cancer, for research efforts and to care for those who have survived cancer.

Graduation Week at Marygrove Theatre

A quick heads-up for all Marygrove faculty, staff and students:

On Tuesday, June 11 at 3 pm, the Metropolitan Academy of Detroit’s kindergarten class will be holding their graduation in the Marygrove Theatre. Allen Academy’s 8th grade class will also be holding a ceremony at Marygrove on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 am. 

Expect visitors and less parking than usual.

Follow-up Community Engagement meeting on June 12

Thanks to all of you who contributed to the May 15 Co-Creating our Future gathering sponsored by the Service Learning Committee. 

We reviewed some of the IHM Sisters’ history of commitment to under-served youth at the college and to the surrounding neighborhood, and  the college’s present efforts to form “glocal” citizens.  In small groups we talked about various kinds of community, and then we explored what we would like our campus-community collaboration to look like in 2016.

We are clearly just beginning a process, so we agreed to continue by meeting again on Thursday, June 20,  from 6 – 8 p.m., in Madame Cadillac’s Alumnae Hall.  Light refreshments will be served.  Don’t hesitate to invite other interested campus or community members.  To make sure we have adequate accommodations, please RSVP to Barbara by Wednesday, June 12 (927-1403 or bbeesley@marygrove.edu ).

We will together explore our common ground, develop our communication loops, and identify ways to remove barriers, real or perceived.  And we will have some artistic expression(s) which may surprise and delight you.


Neighborhood Stabilization meeting


You are invited to attend this Thursday afternoon (2:30-5:30 p.m.) meeting of national and local leaders speaking about neighborhood stabilization.  This is one of the goals of our upcoming Strategic Plan, as well as a need in our various communities.

Unfortunately the RSVP email contact address seems to be incorrect and I gave away all my hard copies at the May 15 Co-Creating Our Community gathering, so you may wish to call Quicken Loans and see if you can leave a message if you plan to attend.


44th Annual Festival of Dance at Marygrove College

festival of danceBuilding relationships in the community through arts programming, master classes and performances is a mission of the Institute of Music & Dance. In particular, IMD has engaged with Performing-Arts- based high schools including Renaissance, Cass Tech, DSA, Martin Luther King, Arts Academy in the Woods, Novi H.S. and Harrison H.S.

This summer, the 44th annual Festival of Dance will take place from August 12-17th.  This year it will be a full day program (9:00am – 6:00pm) offering three technique classes per day and rehearsals of choreography by guest artists as well as Marygrove College dance faculty. A showcase performance will take place in the Marygrove College Theatre at the conclusion of the program.

We are pleased to announce that Gina Ellis, Director of Dance at Renaissance H.S., has informed me that Renaissance H.S., along with an outside donor, will subsidize 11 Renaissance dancers to attend the 44th Festival of Dance.

IMD welcomed many new faces at the scholarship audition for the program.  A number of them have already confirmed their attendance.

We look forward to a successful week of dance education.