TODAY, March 24, is the Deadline to RSVP for the CAALS VIP Reception and Dinner

RSVP DEADLINEThis year, Marygrove’s Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series welcomes US Poet Laureate NATASHA TRETHEWEY. She will read from her works at 8:00 p.m., April 4, 2014, in Alumnae Hall, with a book signing and reception to follow.

We hope that you and your friends will join us this year. As in previous years, the evening reading and reception are without charge. However, to keep the evening without charge, we are continuing to offer you two special opportunities.

First, we are offering you the opportunity to join us at a VIP reception and dinner honoring Natasha Trethewey prior to the reading. Along with benefactors and friends of the series, corporate and foundation donors will be on hand to meet Trethewey and the Marygrove community, and to honor Marygrove student winners of the Mary Helen Washington, and Frederick P. Currier/Amy S. McCombs Writing Awards, competitions held in conjunction with the series. Please note that

• Cocktails begin at 5:00 followed by dinner at 6:00.
• You will have a choice of a meat or vegetarian dinner entree.
• You will receive reserved seating at the reading.

Faculty and staff reservations are available at the reduced rate of $75 per person, a savings of $25 off the regular price. The cost for all others is $100 per person. You may arrange to pay through payroll deduction, but the full amount must be deducted prior to the event. If you would like to purchase dinner tickets, Tiffany Alexander would be happy to send you a printed invitation that includes a response card and return envelope. We will need the response card returned by Monday, March 24, 2014.

Second, we offer the opportunity to support the series as a friend. We would be pleased to have you counted among the loyal supporters, as many of you have been over the life of the series. Contributions of $10 or more will get you listed on the “Friends” page in the program. In order to include your name in the program book, we will need your contribution by Monday, March 24, 2014. Please send contributions to Tiffany Alexander, noting whose name should appear in the program. Contributions will be accepted after March 24, but we may be unable to include your name in the program.

Please join us the evening of April 4, 2014. If you wish more information, contact Tiffany Alexander at or (313) 927-1443.
Thank you for your continued support of the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series.

Don’t Miss The Orchid Ensemble Concert This Weekend!

Orchid_2011_posting_photo_closeup_croppedSunday, March 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Alumnae Hall
Madame Cadillac Building

This event is free and open to the community, so bring a friend!

Since 1997, the Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble has been blending ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating a beautiful new sound. The ensemble has embraced a variety of musical styles to its repertoire, ranging from the traditional and contemporary music of China, World Music, and New Music—

to Jazz and Creative Improvisation. The energetic performance style of the ensemble consistently intrigues and delights its audiences. Don’t miss the chance to hear this innovative ensemble of musicians.

Orchid Ensemble won an Independent Music Award last year for Best Eclectic Song: “Dancing Moon.”

Check out their website at

For more information, contact: Ellen Duncan (313) 927-1254 ·

Congratulations Student Art Show Award Recipients!

art showThe Art Department had their opening for The Student Show today, and we would like to recognize the students who won awards.

President’s Purchase Award:  Rashaun Rucker

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Student Membership Award: Lavonna Horton

Detroit Artist Market Solo Emerging Artist Exhibition: Ginette Balbin-Cuesta

Northville Art House Solo Emerging Artist Exhibition: Britney Kihlart show 2

Detroit Institute of Arts Best Emerging Experimental Work: Amalia Poling

Detroit Institute of Arts Best Emerging 3-Dimensional Work: Leo Kopak

Detroit Institute of Arts Best Emerging 2-Dimensional Work: Davonna Jackson

Next Lunchtime Conversation Happens 3/25

lunchtime conversationGreetings, all. This is a reminder that the next Lunchtime Conversation will be held on Tuesday, March 25, from noon till 1:15 pm in the Employee Lounge on the ground floor of Liberal Arts.

The topic will be the works of Natasha Trethewey, this year’s guest artist in Marygrove’s Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. Dr. Audrey Becker and Dr. Frank Rashid will facilitate the discussion as they introduce the craft and vision of the current US Poet Laureate.

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.

Trethewey will deliver the annual Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture on Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Alumnae Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

As always, tasty food will be plentiful at our Lunchtime Conversation.

Important Information Regarding Power Outages on Campus

power outageDear Campus Community:

As you may be aware, the College has experienced two power outages recently—both of which were caused by issues external to the campus. We want to reassure you that we are working closely with DTE Energy to resolve these issues as quickly as possible.

  • If you are experiencing  power outages, surges, etc., please contact Marygrove Campus Security at (313) 927-1411. Security will then notify facilities for you.
  • For all issues affecting computers and phones, please contact the Service Desk at (313) 927-1282 or Toll Free at (877) 448-1767.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work with DTE Energy to correct the situation.

Nominate a Commencement Speaker – Today!

commencement speaker

One of the highest honors a Marygrove College graduate can receive is being selected as a Commencement speaker.

Within the past few years, the Academic Events/Commencement Committee only sought nominations for Commencement Speakers from Faculty and Staff.  This year, we would like to engage and invite the students as well.

Given the CRITERIA that follows, this expanded nomination format presents these options:

1.       Any member of the Faculty or Staff could nominate a Graduate as Speaker by completing the 2014 Commencement Speaker Nomination Form (attached)

2.       A student could tender a 2014 Commencement Speaker Nomination Form for a Candidate (or self-nominate), BUT that student’s Nomination Form would also require a Faculty/Staff SIGNATURE of ENDORSEMENT, AND the endorsing Faculty/Staffer would then complete the 2014 Commencement Speaker Nomination Form (attached)

To be considered, ALL 2014 Commencement Speaker Nomination Forms for any/all Candidates from students and/or their endorsing Faculty/Staff are due by FRIDAY, 3/21/14 to: Dr. Minnie Wilson @ – SC 101 (Student Center Building)- 313.927.1258


As you complete the 2014 Commencement Speaker Nomination Form, consider that the Candidate:

1. Has a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

2. Has graduated during August or December 2013 or be eligible to graduate in May 2014.

3. Represents the graduating student body/serves as a role model.

4. Personally embodies the 3C’s – competence, commitment, compassion.

5. Demonstrates sensitivity/respect for Marygrove’s diverse community.

6. Exhibits the ability to write well – capturing the theme, writing with clarity, passion.

7. Is capable of engaging the audience in presentations, performances, creative works, etc.

8. Exhibits ability to speak publicly with clarity, confidence.

Nominated students will be notified 3/28/14 by email and will need to contact Dr. Wilson by 4/2/14 to confirm their interest and submit their BIO INFORMATION.  Then, Candidates will be called to schedule their audition (4/14-4/17).

Students not selected to give the “Salute to the Undergraduate or Graduate Students” will be offered alternative opportunities to give the Invocation at Commencement or Welcome! at the Baccalaureate.

Thank you for your timely consideration and support!

Institute of Music and Dance 2014 Spring/Summer Classes

IMD4Greetings from the Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College!

Just a reminder…

Our 2014 Spring semester begins Saturday, April 5

-Learn new skills
-Enhance current skill level
-Perform & Exhibit your work
-Be creative & have FUN

Seats are available for YOU, YOUR children & grandchildren!
View our Spring/Summer brochure: or call:  313.927.1306/1583

A Message From the Student Government Association

Student ConstitutionGreetings Marygrove Students!

Over the past seven months, a group of students have been working diligently on re-establishing the Student Government Association at Marygrove College (SGA). I am pleased to report that they have finalized the Constitution for the organization and it is ready for you, the student body, to approve. As the student organization which represents and advocates for you, it is your privilege and responsibility to formally establish this organization.

For the next 3 weeks, the Constitution may be found at for review. It is the first link below the Welcome paragraph.

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 we will have a SGA Rally at Noon, location to be announced. This will provide an opportunity to talk about the new organization, the proposed constitution and answer any questions you may have.

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014 we will have a campus wide election to ratify this constitution. Polls will open at 9:00 AM and will be open until 5:00 PM. The polling location will be announced in the coming weeks.  To ratify the constitution,  it will require a simple majority vote of students voting in the election to approve the document.

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014 we will announce the results of the Ratification at 10:00 AM via e-mail to the campus community.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact Brian Proffer at any time.  

Thank you so much!

~The Student Government Association Establishment Committee