First Lunchtime Conversation Thursday 10/3

brown bagThis is a reminder that the first Lunchtime Conversation of the academic year will be held this Thursday, October 3, from noon till 1:15 in the Employee Lounge in the ground floor of Liberal Arts.

The conversation will consist of a discussion of participants’ experiences in last summer’s Faculty Resource Network (FRN) activities at New York University. The FRN sponsors a variety of professional development programs for faculty from over fifty colleges and universities, including Marygrove.

Talking about their experiences will be:
Linda Brawner, Denise Powell, and Theodora Williams, discussing their seminar, “Play, Games, and Education in the Digital Age.”

Steffanie Bowles and Mary Byrnes, discussing their seminar, “Narrative Filmmaking as a Teaching Strategy.”

Vivian Johnson, discussing her seminar, “Cosmopolitanism and Pop Culture.”

Jennifer Tsui, discussing her seminar, “Evidence-based Biology Teaching: Just the Facts or Thinking Like Scientists?”

Loretta Woodard, discussing her seminar, “Contemporary Black Women Writers: Race, Gender, and Political Imagination.”

Technology, pedagogy, film, pop culture, science, and literature . . . something for everyone. After the presentations, you will hear about the range of opportunities the FRN offers its members.

Please plan to join us, and invite colleagues and students who would be interested in these timely and important topics.

As always, tasty refreshments will fuel our good discussions.

Study Abroad Student Reflections Luncheon

plane-92324_640Study Abroad Student Reflections Luncheon
Tuesday, October 1,  2013 at 12PM – 1:15PM
Denk Chapman

Free Lunch *Please RSVP: Seating and food are limited.

Please join us on Tuesday October 1 , from 12:00 – 1:15p.m. for our Annual Study Abroad Reflections Luncheon. Learn about student’s recent experiences to New Zealand, Italy, and Arizona!

Hear their stories, see the pictures and enjoy some cuisine. The event will be held in the Main Dining Room. Everyone is welcome. Please R.S.V.P.: or stop by the office MC358 so we can ensure an accurate count for food.

Students –  don’t forget to come and  to learn about the 2014 Travel Seminar!

Women’s Soccer Aims to Kick Cancer Tuesday

Kicking Cancer TogetherJoin the women’s soccer team as they set out to “kick cancer” Tuesday (Oct. 1) when the Mustangs host Grace Bible College at 4 p.m. A donation station will be available at the entrance of the soccer complex for those that wish to assist in the fight against breast cancer.

The women’s soccer team asks all attendees of Tuesday’s game to wear pink as part of their “pink out” efforts to help raise awareness for the day’s event and breast cancer awareness as a whole. On Saturday (Oct. 5), the Mustangs will host a bake sale during the men’s soccer game against Concordia-Ann Arbor. All proceeds from the bake sale will go toward the same effort. A donation station will also be available at Saturday’s bake sale.


Follow the Marygrove soccer teams on twitter: @MGroveWSOCCER | @MGroveMSOCCER

Meeting for Marygrove’s Indoor/Outdoor Men’s and Women’s Track

Track & Field MeetingAn informational meeting for Marygrove’s Indoor/Outdoor Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams will be held Monday, September 30, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.  in the  Madam Cadillac Building, room 003.

Please attend if and you are interested and have Experience (at any level) in the following event areas:

-Mid Distance/Distance
-Pole Vault
-High Jump
-Long Jump
-Triple Jump
-Shot Put
-Weight Throw


-12 credit hours
-2.0 GPA or higher


Head Coach LaCema Womack
313-927-1811: office
313-680-1942: cell

Faculty Achievements Update

Please join us in congratulating the following colleagues for their recent accomplishments.

Dena Scher’s work on the Novak Collection interviews featured in new Civil Rights book
A new book, Belles of Liberty: Gender, Bennett College And The Civil Rights Movement by Linda Beatrice Brown (Women and Wisdom Foundation 2013) includes four interviews collected by Dena Scher, professor of Psychology, as primary sources. The book details the actions of women from Bennett College in the historic 1960 Sit-in demonstrations at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro NC. These demonstrations resulted in a wave of similar sit-ins, which led to the integration of public restaurants. In 2004, 2010, and 2011, Dena traveled to Greensboro and Chicago IL to collect the oral histories of Bennett alumnae. The interviews included in Belles of Liberty were the recollections of Yvonne Revell, Gwendolyn Mackel Rice, Roslyn Smith, and Esther Terry. You can listen to the audio and read the transcripts of the Bennett College interviews at the Novak website:

Besides the Civil Rights interviews, the Novak Collection has been recognized for its interviews on migrations to Detroit. The migration interviews were featured in The Great Migration North: 1910-1970 (Laurie Lanzen Harris, Omnigraphics 2011) and as a featured educational link for IN MOTION: The African-American Migration Experience: The Second Great Migration.” IN MOTION was developed by The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Here is the link:

The Great Migration North: 1910-1970 can be found in the Marygrove Library reference room (call number 307.2 H242 2011).

Jerry van Rossum gives national and international presentations
Assistant professor and coordinator of the Human Resource Management program Jerry van Rossum went to Okinawa last summer to lead two workshops on change management for the US Department of Defense Employees. He has been invited to lead a break-out session on “Ethics and Decision-making” for the National Education Conference of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals in Portland OR in May 2014; this is a reprise of his work at the 2013 conference.

 Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson asked to restage her original starring role
Having appeared as Juliet in the first American production of Romeo and Juliet with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson, division chair of Visual and Performing Arts and associate professor of Dance, has been contracted to restage and coach dance sequences from Romeo and Juliet at Point Park University in Pittsburgh for their full-length production in December. The gala performance is in honor of Nicolas Petrov, found of the Point Park University Dance Department and founder and former artistic director of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Jordeen can be seen in a clip from the original production (ca. 1975) here:


MG Art Department Partners with Senior Citizens from the Theresa-Maxis Apartments

8094326035_4bfffd89a5On Oct. 2, the Marygrove Art Department will be installing mosaic tiles made through the joint efforts of Marygrove students and senior citizens from the Theresa-Maxis Apartments. This event is part of a larger, ongoing project called Place 2 Place.

Next Wednesday, students will place “stepping stones” outside of the Marygrove College fence. Markers will be placed at .25 mile and every ¼ mile thereafter. Walkers will be encouraged to make the entire circuit, which will be 1-1/2 miles.

This project provides a way for Marygrove students to work with the community around them; it also works towards creating an outdoor space where people can be creative, observe their community, and be reminded that The City of Detroit is a beautiful place.

For more information, contact Mary Lou Greene at (313) 927-1853.

The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights presents, The Assault on Democratic Rights: The Supreme Court Decision and The Suppression of Voting Rights

bill goodmanThe Michigan Coalition for Human Rights presents, The Assault on Democratic Rights: The Supreme Court Decision and The Suppression of Voting Rights.

Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m.
Denk Chapman Hall, Marygrove College
8425 W. McNichols
Lighted, secure parking

This event will feature Civil Rights Attorney and Former Director of Center for Constitutional Rights, Bill Goodman

In the Supreme Court decision of Shelby, Alabama v. Holder, the court found section 5 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. Already states are making voting tougher by instituting voter ID laws and restrictions to expanded voting time and voter registration drives. Many of these changes have impacted people of color and minorities more. What must be done to protect the right to vote for all people?

Suggested donation $5

For more info: Call 313 579-9071 or go to Check out our Facebook page as well.

Marygrove College is planning to participate in the No Impact Experiment from October 7-14

shutterstock_80540356Marygrove College is planning to participate in the No Impact Experiment from October 7-14

The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse.  It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It’s not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern “conveniences” you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money.

The No Impact Week program toolkit was created to:

  • Give organizers everything they need to innovate within their community
  • Customize a program that will highlight the existing strengths of their campus
  • Spur inspiration for new change
  • Link your students to an international network of No Impact change makers!

The No Impact project was inspired by Colin Beavan’s one-year experiment with No Impact living in New York City.  The No Impact Experiment is an eight-day version of Colin and his family’s yearlong experiment. Each day of the program has its own theme and challenge that builds on the next so that by the end of the week you are virtually living No Impact. The daily challenges are as follows:

Sunday: Consumption
Description: Don’t buy anything new (except for food!)

Monday: Trash
Description: Don’t create any trash.

Tuesday: Transportation
Only transport yourself through environmentally friendly ways such as biking, walking, public transportation or carpooling.

Wednesday: Food
Description: Only eat local food and cut down on your meat consumption.

Thursday: Electricity
Description: Cut back on your electricity use or stop it all together.

Friday: Water
Description: Cut back on your water use.

Saturday: Giving Back
Description: Give back to your community.

Sunday: Eco-Sabbath
Description: Unplug and reflect. You and the environment take a break.  Reflect on this experience and its effect on your life and the earth.

Career Opportunities with Whirlpool Corporation and Spectrum Health

Dream JobLooking for an internship or a career opportunity? Take a look at these two great career opportunities!

Career Connection with Whirlpool Corporation
October 17th, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm, at Whirlpool in Benton Harbor, MI

An opportunity to discuss internship and full-time leadership development opportunities with a Fortune 500 Corporation. Whirlpool has positions available in Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing, and Global Information Systems.

There is no fee to participate, but an invitation must be extended (resume and portfolio will be pre-screened). To participate, submit your resume ASAP to Sherrie Konkus,; Madame Cadillac 301.

Career Connection with Spectrum Health
October 24th, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI

Spectrum Health is a non-profit dedicated to providing compassionate health care services. Their event is open to all majors; it will be an especially good fit for students with an interest in healthcare and technology.

There is no fee to participate, but an invitation must be extended (resume and portfolio will be pre-screened). To participate, submit your resume by October 14th to Sherrie Konkus,; Madame Cadillac 301.