Prayer Service in Honor of Mother Mary Lange

On Feb. 3, there will be a prayer service in honor of Mother Mary Lange in the student center chapel at noon.

Mother Mary Lange was the Foundress of the Oblates of Providence in 1829. Cardinal William H. Keeler and the Oblate Sisters have campaigned for her canonization and the Vatican has this under study.

Marygrove Connection: Theresa Maxis was a member of the Oblates of Providence before coming to Monroe, MI to become co-founder of the IHM Congregation with Louis Florent Gillet in 1845.

For more information, contact Jesse Cox, Campus Ministry – – 313.927.1404

Marygrove is Pleased to Present “Mixed,” a Play by Jennifer George

Mixed PlayOn February 28 at 8 p.m., Marygrove College will debut “Mixed,” a play by Jennifer George (an adjunct at the college) on being racially mixed in today’s society.

“Mixed” is a play that confronts issues of Diversity, Inclusion, Identity and Anti-Racism, from the unique perspective of bi-racial and multi-ethnic characters.

There is also a historical plot line woven in to the play that tells the story of three generations of African-American women in the post-Civil War South. It is entertaining, educational, thought provoking, and original. Suitable for audiences 14 and up. There is also a talk-back with actors & the author/director after the show.

TICKET INFORMATION: The box office will be open 45 minutes prior to the show on 2/28 for people to purchase their tickets with cash or check only. Ticket buyers may hold the number of tickets they want by calling 313 927-1522, or emailing

Tickets are $10 and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Detroit’s Future: What Will Work and Who Benefits? A Discussion With Peter Hammer

DetroitOn Feb. 25, Peter Hammer, Director of the Damon Keith Center for Civil Rights, will be speaking on the Present and Future of Detroit from 7-9 p.m. in Main Dining Room.

Hammer was the first openly gay male professor who was refused tenure at U of M Law School. Pastor Bill Wylie Kellerman (St. Peter’s, Detroit) will provide a brief response.

Photo credit: Jason Mrachina


Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marygrove College

Dr. Jacqueline El-SayedDETROIT, Jan. 28, 2014— Marygrove College today announced that Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed will become Marygrove College’s next Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective April 1, 2014. Dr. El-Sayed is currently the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan.

Having served in higher education for more than 25 years, Dr. El-Sayed brings exceptionally relevant experience to Marygrove and the Academic Affairs Division. Her leadership experience includes service as Kettering’s Chief Accreditation Officer, its Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and its Founding Chair of the Planning and Assessment Council. She also oversees the Registrar’s Office, the Academic Success Center, the Library, the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, the Center for Culminating Undergraduate Experiences and the Cooperative & Experiential Education Department. She has led many initiatives at Kettering, such as: development of enriched First Year Experience, Supplemental Instruction, Culminating Experience, and Experiential Learning curricula; a review of Graduate, and International Programs to enhance student support and oversight; development of a self-study on Faculty Compensation, Student Retention and in preparation for Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaccreditation, among others.

“In addition to her strong administrative background, I am confident that Dr. El-Sayed’s noteworthy experience as a faculty leader, teacher, and scholar will well serve our faculty and academic program development,” said Dr. David J. Fike, Marygrove College President. “We look forward to working with her and are excited about the new possibilities in store for Marygrove based on Jackie’s remarkable talents and professional experience.”

Dr. El-Sayed is currently an elected trustee of the Bloomfield Hills Board of Education; has been a four-time governor-appointed Commissioner to the state-wide Michigan Truck Safety Commission; is the national Chair of the Council of Fellows Professional Development Committee for the American Council on Education; is the national Co-Chair of the Undergraduate Experience Committee for the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE); has served as the national Treasurer for the Women in Engineering Division of the ASEE, and, as faculty at the Society of College and University Planners Institute.

“It is an honor to join Marygrove College with its strong mission and commitment to building future leaders for Detroit,” said Dr. El-Sayed. “I am excited to become a member of the warm Marygrove community of faculty, staff and students and looking forward to serving this historic institution.”

Dr. El-Sayed earned her Ph.D. and MSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri and her BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University formerly, General Motors Institute.

Marygrove Sociology Department Sponsors Talks on Inequality in the U.S.

David EmbrickYou are invited to the first of an ongoing discussion about inequality in America sponsored by the sociology program at Marygrove College. ‘What Does Diversity Mean in an Era of Colorblindness? Diversity Ideology in Post-Civil Rights America’ will feature David G. Embrick, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Sociology, Loyola University Chicago.

Date:  Monday, February, 24, 2014
Time:  4:15- 5:30 p.m.
Place:  Room 241, Liberal Arts
Marygrove College
8425 W. McNichols (Wyoming at McNichols)
Detroit, MI 48221

Parking is free. Park in the lot east to the Liberal Arts building.

For more information contact Dr. Mary Byrnes

Open Auditions for ‘Marygrove’s Got Talent’

Marygrove's Got TalentResidence Life and the Connecting to the Grove Program will be hosting open auditions for the “Marygrove’s Got Talent: 2014 Talent Showcase” coming in March.

Auditions are open to students, faculty and staff. If you think you have what it takes, come on out–we would love to see your talent. If you know someone perfect for the stage, please share this news!

Auditions will be held in the Florent Gillet Community Room on:

  • Thursday, Feb. 6—3:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 13—4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20—4:00- 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 21—3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

****Please come prepared to present an audition piece no more than 5 minutes in duration. All talent is welcome! Also, please bring your music if this is part of your act. Looking forward to seeing you!*******

How to Receive Emergency Notifications about Marygrove College

Lakeview, ChicagoMarygrove College participates in Wayne County’s emergency notification system called “Get Alerts.” This system will notify individuals via text and/or email (you can choose how to be notified) when the College is closed or if there is an emergency on campus.

In order to receive these alerts, YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE SYSTEM. Doing so is simple and only takes a minute. You can begin by visiting

The safety of our faculty, staff and students is of utmost importance and we encourage you to sign up to receive these alerts as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please direct them to or 313-927-1555.

The Next Campus Community Dialogue Happens Jan. 30

dialogueThe next community campus dialogue will be held Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Madame Cadillac Building, Denk Chapman Hall. Light refreshments included.

The December meeting was magic!  Together participants identified concrete needs and volunteered to help. Join in community conversations that lead to meaningful action.

The following may be further explored at January’s meeting:

  • Radical nuns and their vision for a vibrant community.
  • The Good Food Good Jobs Act—mobilizing to get this legislation acted on & Michigan Justice Fellowships—learn to organize!
  • Neighborhood stabilization—what is it?  What’s being done?  What remains to be done?
  • Ways to support Interim House residents in the only transitional housing in Detroit for survivors of domestic violence.

Come with your ideas and energy.  Please RSVP to

Chase Your Winter Blues Away at the Chamber Music Concert

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChase your winter blues away! In collaboration with the Marygrove College Department of Music, the Chamber Music at the Scarab Club presents a concert featuring music for voice, strings, and clarinet that’s sure to perk you up!

Don’t miss the Chamber Music Concert this Sunday, January 26th at 3:00 pm, in Denk Chapman Hall. The concert includes performances by Marygrove’s own Tara Sievers-Hunt, soprano, and Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt, piano. Free for Marygrove students, staff, and faculty with Marygrove ID.

For more information, please contact Ellen Duncan at or 313-927-1254. For other ticket prices and more information, see