Social Science Open House: Oct. 1st

Social Science Open HouseAll criminal justice, history, political science, psychology sociology, and social science majors, minors & interested students are welcome! Come by to meet social science faculty, learn about our programs and the exciting opportunities for students in the social sciences at Marygrove. Students will receive course scheduling guides for the majors and minors and can make appointments for an advising session.

  • When: Wednesday, October 1st at 12:00 pm
  • Where: Denk Chapman Hall, Madame Cadillac Building

For more information, contact Ann White O’Hara at or Karen Ebeling at

MAT Grad Named the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year - BannerJason Scott Proctor, 35, a Tahlequah high school math teacher, has been named the 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi made the announcement today during a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair.

Jason Scott Proctor, 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and Superintendent Janet Barresi“Congratulations to Mr. Proctor. I can tell he knows how to truly connect with his students. I know he will provide keen insights with his fellow Oklahoma educators over the next year,” Superintendent Barresi said.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year“Mr. Proctor was chosen from a group of 12 inspiring, talented and motivated teachers from every corner of our state. Choosing a single person for this title is something I could never do, but I’m thankful to the judges who did. All of our finalists are the best of the best, and I look forward to seeing their great successes.”

Proctor teaches Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Advanced Placement Calculus at Tahlequah High School in Tahlequah Public Schools. He also coaches track at the school.

He is a National Board Certified Teacher, holding his current position for eight years and teaching for a total of 12 years. He attended Ferris State University in Michigan for his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry Education. He also earned a master’s degree in “Art of Teaching” from Marygrove College, also in Michigan.

In a portfolio he submitted to be considered for the state title, Proctor wrote about the importance of building honest relationships with students.

“Years ago I learned that the results I witnessed from students directly correlated to the relationships I built with those students,” he said. “Developing a foundation of trust and genuine concern has been my goal with any and all students who are open.”

Proctor is Oklahoma’s 60th Teacher of the Year and the first from Tahlequah. He will represent Oklahoma in the National Teacher of the Year competition next spring.

All 12 finalists were also named Teachers of the Year in their respective school districts.

“They represent some of our state’s best and brightest educators. It’s been a pleasure meeting every one of them, and I know they will continue to be incredible leaders of their students,” Barresi said.

She also thanked 2014 Teacher of the Year Peter Markes, director of orchestras at Edmond North High School in Edmond.

“I’ve heard so many positive reviews of Mr. Markes’ appearances from educators all across Oklahoma. He’s put a lot of miles on the Teacher of the Year car, and I know he’s excited to be back in front of his orchestra at Edmond North High School.”

Committees of teachers, parents and community members from across Oklahoma selected the finalists from portfolios submitted to the competition. A state panel comprised of education, business and civic leaders chose the winner after interviewing all the candidates and viewing their submitted videos.

All of those videos have posted by OSDE here:

The Oklahoma Teacher of the Year program is organized by the Oklahoma State Department of Education in conjunction with the national competition.

Several sponsors helped support the title this year and reward the finalists. The gold sponsors are:

The Oklahoma State Fair, in conjunction with John Vance Auto Group, will provide Proctor with a new vehicle to drive to his appearances for the next year at no cost. The State Fair also awarded Proctor with an acrylic apple and State Fair Medallion.

The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma awarded Proctor and his district with $5,000 each, and gave the finalists $1,000 each.

American Fidelity Assurance Company presented Proctor with a $1,000 gift card; a $2,500 credit toward graduate classes, certification or professional development; $500 for a classroom makeover; two tickets to an Oklahoma City Thunder home game where he will be recognized; a personalized Thunder jersey; and a print from Oklahoma artist Greg Burns. American Fidelity also presented $100 gift cards to the finalists and two tickets each to a Thunder game where they will be recognized.

SMART Technologies, Inc. gave Proctor a SMART LightRaise interactive projector; a free Notebook Advantage classroom software management plan; and access to two education technology workshops he can take alongside fellow state Teachers of the Year. The finalists will also receive SMART Notebook Advantage and SMART Notebook Classroom licenses.

Many other companies and organizations — too many to be listed here — donated rewards for Proctor, the finalists and all the district teachers of the year in the state.

(Source: “Tahlequah math teacher named 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year at State Fair ceremony”)

Ice bucket Challenge in Honor of Barbara Johns, IHM: Volunteers and Other Participants Needed!

ice bucket challengeIn honor of Barbara Johns, IHM, former chair of Marygrove’s English & Modern Languages department, Dr. Darcy Brandel and Dr. Frank Rashid will take on the ice bucket challenge this Friday at 12:30 p.m. in the Keenan Courtyard.

Sister Johns, who has been living with ALS for 12 years, was a member at Marygrove faculty for eighteen years before moving into administration in 1998 and retiring in 2006.

You can show your support for Sister Johns by helping our junior colleagues in the English Department pour ice water—or you can join Dr. Brandel and Dr. Rashid and take on the ice bucket challenge with them!

Should you choose to take part in the challenge, please contact Dr. Rashid ( so that we can make the necessary preparations.  If you can’t make it on Friday but want to support ALS research, here is a link:

Dr. Barbara Johns, IHM, Professor Emerita of English was a member at Marygrove faculty for eighteen years before moving into administration in 1998 and retiring in 2006. She was a stalwart member of our faculty, and she had a major impact on her students, the English and Modern Languages Department, and the entire college. Barbara was a demanding teacher who expected discipline and seriousness of purpose, but she also had a wonderful sense of humor and took great pleasure in watching students blossom over time. Barbara brought her strong sense of academic rigor and her deep knowledge of the college and its sponsor to her work as chairperson, first of the Letters Division and later of the English Department. Under her leadership, the department added faculty, revised the writing program, strengthened the major, and enjoyed a period of pedagogical and technological innovation. She also oversaw the department’s move from Liberal Arts to Madame Cadillac.

A fine scholarly writer, Barbara published articles on Sarah Orne Jewett and other New England women writers, and her essay, “In Their Own Image: Shaping Women’s Education and Detroit’s Immaculata High School” in Building Sisterhood: A Feminist History of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary reveals that her scholarly skills went beyond literary criticism. Barbara loved academic writing and research. However, she sacrificed her career as a scholar to do the work that she felt the college needed her to do. She became the longtime editor of both Contact and Marygrove Matters. Her polished writing and rigorous editing brought substance and distinction to both publications. As a writer, she served the College in other ways. Even before becoming Special Assistant to the President in 2000, she wrote most of the honorary degree citations—as well as other award citations—given by the college during her long tenure on the campus. She was also the primary writer of almost every major grant proposal submitted by Marygrove College over a ten-year period. She was a demanding editor and critic, but she was hardest on her own work and uncompromising in her service to the college that she loved. For this reason, her colleagues chose her as the first recipient of Marygrove’s Presidential Award for Service.

Lunchtime Conversation Series: Sep. 30th

Lunchtime Conversation - Sep. 30We are pleased to announce the schedule for this semester’s Lunchtime Conversation Series. These are conversations on issues related to pedagogy, scholarship, and the intellectual enterprise, open to all and held in the Employee Lounge in the ground floor of Liberal Arts from noon till 1:15 pm.

Tuesday, September 30:
A discussion of participants’ experiences in the summer 2014 Faculty Resource Network (FRN) at New York University. The FRN sponsors a variety of professional development programs for faculty from over fifty colleges and universities, including Marygrove. This past summer six of our colleagues attended. After the presentations, we will talk about the various opportunities the FRN offers for its members.

As always, refreshments and good conversation are guaranteed. Look for reminders and additional information as the dates draw near.

“The Best of Enemies” in the Marygrove Theatre, This Weekend

The Best of EnemiesThis weekend is your chance to see “The Best of Enemies”, the unforgettable play about tension and mistrust between the races in the deep south during 1971, in the Marygrove Theatre.

  • Friday, Sep. 26th at 8 pm
  • Saturday, Sep. 27th at 8 pm
  • Sunday, Sep. 28th at 2 pm

For more information, contact the UDM Theatre at 313-993-3270 or at