MCC Awards & Outstanding Student Service Awards

trophyThe Service Learning Committee shares below our selection of nominees for various Michigan Campus Compact Awards.  MCC sponsors the Civic Engagement Institute which this year will be held in Grand Rapids.  On the evening of February 3, the following people are invited to be recognized at the Institute’s dinner.

Please share your congratulations and encouragement to continue their fine work–and consider joining them at the dinner.  See the Michigan Campus Compact website for details.

  • Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award:  Loretta Woodard
  • Lifetime Achievement Award:  Dorothy Seebaldt
  • Campus-Community Partnership Award:  Marygrove’s Chemistry & Environmental Science Dept. and Five Detroit High Schools (University Prep, University Prep Science and Math, Cornerstone Academy, Henry Ford Academy, and Cass Tech
  • Network Leader Award:  Rita Smith


Community Action Meeting, Dec. 2

The next community action meeting “Co-Creating Community” will be held:groupphotocommunity

Monday, December 2, 2013 , 6:30-8 p.m. in Madame Cadillac Building, Denk Chapman Hall. Light refreshments included.

Since May this year Marygrove faculty, staff and students have been exploring ways to build bridges and community action with community residents. We decided to find ways to work together on “right now actions” as we explore how to build long-term relationships that strengthen our community. The December meeting will be our fifth gathering. Join in our community conversations that lead to action with Student Learning, Social Justice and Participatory Action Research students, faculty, and staff.

The following actions will be further explored at December’s meeting:

  • The Good Food Good Jobs Act—mobilizing to get this legislation on the City Council table after promises and no action,
  • recognizing institutions in the community that feed people who are hungry
  • a grass roots action fair, and
  • finding ways to assist Interim House residents.  Interim House is the only transitional housing in Detroit for survivors of domestic violence.

RSVP to Barbara Beesley at

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference: Extended!

Frequently at the end of the annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference, participants say “You should do this more often”. So, we have heard you and have scheduled another reconnecting event!

100% Clean Energy for and by the People
When: Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Where: Denk Chapman Hall, Madame Cadillac Building


This leading young change-maker turned entrepreneur is showing how, in this generation, we can shift from fossil fuels to a world 100% powered by clean energy, and we can do it in a way that makes all of us richer, healthier and happier. The only way it will happen is if we get involved and take power into our own hands. Solar Mosaic, the company he co-founded, is employing revolutionary crowd funding techniques to democratize investment opportunities and spread distributed energy.

For more information, please visit

Educational Technology Services Invites You to “Appy Hour”

Appy Hour Nov. 27th“Appy Hour” brings you the best Apps. We dig through ALL the clutter to find the apps you’ll love the most! New apps are discussed monthly to ensure that you won’t miss that amazing and groundbreaking app. We are always looking for the next great app to feature, so if you find out – let us know! Stop by to discover an app to engage, motivate, and inspire learning!

When: November 27th at 2:00 pm
Where: STICC, Library Lower Level, Room L011

IMD Facilitates Outreach Art Exhibit Tour/Lecture

The exhibit Collaborate, Connect, Reconnect curated by James Lutomski, Marygrove College Art faculty and Director of The Gallery, is on display in The Gallery at Marygrove College. The exhibition coincided with the annual Great Lakes Bioneers Conference at Marygrove College and showcases three local and regional artists whose creative endeavors, both collaborative and individual, focus on environment, ecological and community issues. Through their art, Andrew Martin, Sarah Nesbitt and Sadie Sheldon exemplify the “Artist as Activist.”

The Institute of Music & Dance seeks to provide opportunities to engage Detroit metropolitan High School students in: 1) the creative process 2) building technical proficiencies and 3) connecting them with urban leaders who make a mark on the world with their art. With assistance from the Kresge Foundation, Onstage!Program, IMD broadened the horizons of 20 Advanced Art and AP art students from Hamtramck High School. On November 21, 2013 the students along with their teacher, Veronica Lassen, attended a tour/lecture by exhibited photographic artist Sarah Nesbitt. James Lutomski also talked to the students about curating the exhibit.

Marygrove College undergraduate students, in Karen Sanders’ photography class, also attended the tour/lecture. The experience provided the students with another perspective in using photos in the creation of art.


Comments from Hamtramck students included:

1. “I didn’t realize that anything could be used as art and that art could be more than a decoration. Art can be used to make a statement. I see that anything, as long as it’s what you feel, is art.”

2. “I thought the exhibit was very intriguing. It gave me some motivation to start creating my own work. Sarah was a very amazing speaker and she brought me into her own little world.”

3. “I really liked my experience in the master class/lecture led by Sarah Nesbitt. The art works are unique and creative. Since I am creative and love doing art I’m really inspired.”

Visitors Welcome at Senior Seminar Presentations

The Faculty of the Business Department invite you

to the Research Presentations of the

BUS 496A Senior Seminar –

Current Problems & Issues in Business


Through readings and discourse, students have looked at influences which impact American competitive advantage through the lens of globalization, sustainability, and innovation.6128145330_b2ff46de14

This is an exciting opportunity to come and view the student showcase of the hard work that has been done on various research projects, ideas that emerged as strong topics of interest with the students. We meet in LA 242 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  The presentations will be given on Thursday, December 5th and 12th.

Business majors who are sophomores or juniors are encouraged to attend.

Additional information and topics included below. If you have further questions, please contact Theodora Williams,

Thursday, December 5

• Dana Thompson  “The Lack of Participation in Health & Wellness Programs”   6:15 p.m.

•Randall Jones II “Business and Social Media”  6:50 p.m.

•Jaelon Parker-Humphries  “Data Mining and Privacy Management” 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 12 

•Jad El-Zein “Social Media and the Effects on Organizations and Employees” 6:15 p.m.

•Muntadhar Al-hussain “Is College Worth It: The Incentive of Higher Education” 6:50 p.m.

•Michael Collins  “Economic Sustainability for Small Businesses” 7:30 p.m.

•Alia Zeidan   “Medical Interpreter:  A Navigator Between Culture &Health Care” 8:10 p.m.

Last Weekend to See ‘This Is How It Goes’

This Is How It GoesHave you seen the current production in the Marygrove Theatre, This Is How It Goes? The Detroit Free Press gives it 3 out of 4 stars! This weekend is your last chance to catch this fantastic play.

Ticket offers:

  • Friday, Nov. 21st (8 pm) is a PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN performance. FREE for students!
  • Saturday, Nov. 23rd (8 pm) & Sunday, Nov. 24th (2 pm) are BUY-ONE-GET-ONE-FREE! (Be sure to mention this when ordering.)

Reserve your tickets by calling 313-993-3270 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm, or come to the theatre prior to curtain. The ticket office opens up at the theatre 45 minutes prior to show time.

BOLD Formally Announces Launch of The Official Urban Leadership Website

marygrove logoWe are pleased to formally announce the launch of the official Marygrove Urban Leadership website!

As the College continues to implement the BOLD initiative, we would like to encourage the community—both internally and those outside the campus gates—to use this site. Here you will not only find useful content, resources and information about our initiative, you will also have the opportunity to share any BOLD-related stories, ideas, and events with readers.

Please stop by the website, watch this video to learn about “Our Story,”  read the official press release, and find out how you can support this exciting initiative!

We encourage you to share your stories about how Marygrove is making a difference in our community, by contacting


IMD Students Help The Detroit Zoo Shine

Detroit ZooOn Saturday, Nov. 23rd (5:30pm) IMD Students in the Absolutely Acting class will don red Marygrove Sweatshirts and Santa Hats and dance to a Techno version of Ode to Joy!

Our IMD student urban leaders, once again, give back to the Community with their Art!

The piece was choreographed by IMD faculty member Taylor Jones who is also a Marygrove College undergraduate dance student


The Detroit Zoo will light up the night this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular holiday light display.

For 24 nights, more than two million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and animal sculptures on a half-mile trail through the front of the Zoo.

Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities for guests of all ages.