Marygrove College Visit 4/15 & 4/17

welcome to marygroveOn Tuesday, April 15th and Thursday, April 17th, 80 ninth-grade students (40 students each day) from the Connecting to the Grove sister programs in Detroit area high schools (KCP sponsored programs), will visit Marygrove. Students will have an opportunity to explore careers and majors, tips on how to prepare for college admission processes and how to fund their education. Presentations from the Admissions and Financial-Aid offices will be followed by a campus tour, lunch, Greek step show, and a Marygrove student discussion panel.

If you have gift items (pens, pencils, stress balls, etc) or brochures/info cards that promote your department, division, program or office in sets of 40, please feel free to make a donation. If you do not have anything to donate, but happen to see a group of youngsters traveling across campus, a warm smile and a hearty “welcome to Marygrove College,” will be just as appreciated!

“Human Rights Are Everyone’s Rights”: A Social Work Senior Seminar Presentation

equalOn Monday, April 14, 2014 from 7:00-10:00 p.m., the Social Work Department will host its annual Senior Seminar Presentation. This year’s theme is entitled “Human Rights are Everyone’s Rights” and will be held inside Alumni Hall in the Madame Cadillac Building.

Faculty & Staff: Visit the IHM Motherhouse on April 11

IHM MotherhouseFRIDAY, APRIL 11 ● 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Are you new to Marygrove?
Or, has it been a while since you’ve visited the IHM Motherhouse?

All faculty and staff are invited to spend a day at the IHM Monroe Motherhouse
Reconnect to our roots. . .Hear the “Beginning Story”
Enjoy Lunch & Conversation with the IHM Sisters
Tour the renovated IHM Motherhouse – a national model for “Green Design”

Marygrove Spirit Bus Transportation
Leave Marygrove @ 8:30 a.m. & Return to Campus by 3:00 p.m.
RSVP Required to Jan Machusak NOW! – only 25 seats available ● 313.927.1301

Artist as Activist – Donna Diamond Returns to Detroit

DiamondHamtrckSPNeeds14bThe Institute of Music & Dance Welcomed Back to Detroit
An artist who reaches out into the community to encourage the exploration of the creative process through the individual’s unique voice.

Donna Diamond returned to Marygrove College and the Detroit Community to work with young and old in the creative process. The Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College was gratified to witness the engagement and growth of each group of participants during the workshops Ms. Diamond presented. The response from students and teachers was overwhelmingly positive. The joy expressed in the use of art as a means to express each individual’s voice rang out loud and clear from the things the students would keep safe in a jar to the color choices and brush strokes they created. The exclamation of a 2nd grader, at the Nataki Talibah charter school, after Ms. Diamond talked to the students about primaryDIAMONDNTSD14 colors and mixing colors was priceless…“I MADE PINK!!!” she shouted out in utter joy. A huge thank you goes out to Ms. Diamond as she rescheduled her return to New York in order to conduct workshops that had to be cancelled, on Wednesday, March 12th, due to a snow day.

Ms. Diamond came to Detroit, March 11 – 14, 2014 and worked with five distinctly different groups of participants:

• Seniors residing at McGivney-Bethune Apartments (a HUD subsidized apartment complex on the campus of Marygrove College (13 participants)
• Marygrove College undergraduate art therapy students (19 participants/1 teacher)
• Emotionally impaired high school students attending Hamtramck High School (21 students/3 teachers)
• Two classes of art students at MLKing High School in Detroit (57 students/1 teacher) DiamondNTSD14b
• Two classes of 1st – 3rd grade students at Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse Detroit (44 students/1 teacher)

A total of 154 participants and 6 teachers were engaged in the workshops. Each group was inspired by Ms. Diamond’s approach and positive feedback. Group discussion of individual’s work was encouraged and explored. At Hamtramck HS, some of the students who were waiting in the classroom for the workshop to begin were reading Bridge to Terabithia. Unbeknownst to the students and teachers, Donna was the illustrator for that Newbery award winning book! Everyone was so excited and felt they were being taught by a celebrity.

• Nataki Talibah – “I love art and I am going to write an essay about it”… “Wish we could do this all day”… “I got to paint things I love”… “I made beautiful colors different from anyone else”… Students were asked how the art workshop made them feel… “Happy, confident and that I am in a creative world”…”Made me feel awesome making a new invention by myself”… DiamondNTSD14e“That I am in a colorful world”… “Surprised that I can be creative.” When Ms. Diamond showed the students some of her artwork… one student raised her hand and said, “I know that picture it is from the book Bridge to Terabithia.”… this certainly confirms that pictures say a thousand words.

• ML King HS – “Art can dance and I made so many colors just using primary colors”…”The art we did today reminds me of free verse poetry, I LOVED IT!”… “I got to tell my story, my wonderful story without saying ANYTHING! …”I loved how Ms. Diamond monitored our painting and told us how good we were doing using our own voices”… “This taught me to let my mind be free”…”I learned that art comes from the heart and not from what others tell you.”

• Marygrove College Art Therapy – “ I learned a lot about bringing out the creative mind and thoughts in painting”…”Learned that art is the one thing you can’t get wrong if you are being yourself”…”Ms. Diamond, through her lecture, showed me that art is not about what the picture looks like, but how I feel while making art”… “My personality came out on the paper when I stopped thinking”… “I learned about the creative process and also met a famous children’s book illustrator who I read about in a children’s literature class”… “Ms. Diamond’s energy lit up the room.”

Donna Diamond, New York award winning and internationally exhibited artist, has turned her talent of artistic expression and creativity into working with seniors with dementia as well as school children with special needs. She has developed workshops in the creative process toDiamondMLKing14a include those groups along with students without disabilities. Embracing the premise that art is made with the head, the heart and the hand, each workshop incorporates experiences that appeal to the five senses and is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to explore and create art that is completely his/her own. Through art, participants become actively involved in the process of self-expression that is unmediated by words. They thus engage in telling the stories that only they can tell.

Thank you to the following administrators and teachers for their support of this outreach event
Jo Ann Cusmano, Mary Lou Greene, Michelle Pate, Denise Litterio, Veronica Lassen
Lela Creighton, Elijah Rozier, Joel Ostrowski, Ida Hawkins and Disheka Daniels


Lenten Soup and Spiritual Cinema Wednesday

soup and cinemaCome join us for hot soup, spiritual cinema and thought-provoking discussions at
the Lenten Soup and Spiritual Cinema Event!

March 26 from noon until 1:00 p.m.
Student Center, Green and Gold Room

Tick Tock Emporium
What do you do with the gift of time we’ve been given?
“How do you use your time, days, hours and minutes?”
The soup served will be White Chili

Get Your Free Spring Wellness Checkup Tomorrow!


wellness fairStop by Madame Cadillac Building for your 15-minute
Spring Wellness Check Up…… your body deserves it!

HIV/ AIDS SCREENING (Free T-shirt while last)
AND MUCH MORE…………………..

If you treat your body right, your body will treat you right.

Deadline to Nominate Commencement Speakers: Extended to Mar. 28th

Nominate Commencement Speaker ExtendedOnly one Graduate speaker nomination has arrived!

Please – consider GRAD STUDENTS. YOU are the “someone” that a student may need as a nominator for Commencement Speaker.

  • Who do you think best represents what Marygrove has to offer?
  • Who has distinguished themselves academically?
  • Who would you like to see at the podium on May 10?

Nominations (attached) must be emailed to Dr. Minnie Wilson at by 5:00 pm this FRIDAY, MARCH 28TH.

Commencement Speaker Form

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: “Are You Ticket Savvy?”

lunchtime-conversationThis is a gentle reminder to mark your calendar and join the Staff Advisory Council as we host the upcoming Brown Bag Lunch and Learn– “Are you Ticket Savvy?” on Thursday, March 27 from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in Denk Chapman.

It is our desire not only to communicate, but to educate. The more awareness you have regarding the processes of ticket/service requests, the more, we hope, you will become empowered to utilize the tools and resources currently available. So bring your lunch and join us as we become ticket savvy!

Thank you to those who have already confirmed their attendance. We look forward to seeing you there.


Marygrove Celebrates 26th Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series

CAALS 2014 BannerDETROIT, March 19, 2014— To commemorate its twenty-sixth year of bringing nationally-known authors to its campus for a public lecture and seminar, Marygrove’s English and Modern Languages Department is pleased to announce that our current U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, will be the featured guest at its Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS) event to be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 on the Marygrove College campus. Ms. Trethewey will also host a class session for Detroit area high school students and teachers beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Marygrove College Theatre.

Trethewey is the second sitting U.S. Poet Laureate to visit Marygrove as part of CAALS. The first was Rita Dove in 1996. It was Dove who selected Trethewey’s Domestic Work as the inaugural winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet. Domestic Work also received the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. Dove has written, “Trethewey eschews the Polaroid instant, choosing to render the unsuspecting yearnings and tremulous hopes that accompany our most private thoughts – reclaiming for us that interior life where the true self flourishes and to which we return, in solitary reverie, for strength.” As Poet Laureate, Trethewey has been featured on PBS NewsHour poetry series known as Where Poetry Lives. Trethewey travels with Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown to different American cities in order to explore societal issues through literature. As part of this series, she visited participants in Detroit’s InsideOut Poetry in the Schools project for a program which aired on October 23, 2013.

CAALS will also celebrate this year’s event by featuring a class session conducted by Natasha Trethewey for Detroit area high school students. Over 300 students and teachers from Fordson, Cass Technical, Cody, Ferndale, Martin Luther King, Loyola, University of Detroit Jesuit and Detroit International Academy for Young Women will attend the class which begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Marygrove Theatre. Winners of the Mary Helen Washington Writing Contest will be recognized as well. Afterwards, students will enjoy lunch and a tour of the Marygrove College campus.

Natasha Trethewey will deliver the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014, in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove College campus.

Ms. Trethewey will be introduced by CAALS consultant Mary Helen Washington, Professor of English at the University of Maryland. Books by both Trethewey and Washington will be available for purchase, and after the reading both authors will sign copies of their work.

The evening lecture is free and open to the community.

Sponsors for the 2014 CAALS include: The National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)/City of Detroit Recreation Department and the Skillman Foundation.

For more information, contact Laurie Kopack at (313) 927-1383 or You may also visit:


A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Trethewey has published four poetry collections: Domestic Work (2000); Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); Native Guard (2006); and Thrall (2012). Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Native Guard and has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Trethewey is currently Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University as well as State Poet Laureate of Mississippi.


This series, now in its twenty-sixth year at Marygrove, is an annual event bringing a nationally-known author to its campus for a public lecture and seminar with students.

It began when the late Frederick P. Currier, a former Marygrove College trustee, attended a reception on campus and remarked that he would like to bring a national writer to Marygrove for a weekend. Mr. Currier’s start-up check soon followed his suggestion, and on April 21, 1989 nearly 600 guests of the College heard Gloria Naylor inaugurate the series.

The series has flourished thanks in large part to the generosity of Lillian and Don Bauder whose endowment supports the evening lecture as well as the Mary Helen Washington Writing Contest in which local high school students respond in writing to the visiting authors’ works.

To date, nearly 10,000 people have joined Marygrove at the Friday night public readings to hear outstanding writers share their work.