Marygrove College Closed for Winter Break

Closed for Winter BreakThe Marygrove College campus will be closed Wednesday, December 24th through Sunday, January 4th. The campus will reopen on Monday, January 5th.

The Admissions Office will be open the following dates:

  • December 26th, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • December 29th, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • December 30th, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • January 2nd, 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • January 3rd, 10:00am – 1:00pm

We wish everyone a safe and happy holidays!

Marygrove Offers Support for Disabled American Veterans

DAVWe would like to share great news for all Marygrove students, faculty-staff, or alums who are:

  • Current Military Personnel (Active – Reserve)
  • Veterans
  • A Military Spouse – husband or wife
  • A Child/Dependent of Military

Beginning in January 2015, Marygrove will be hosting a DAV DSO one day/month on campus!

Toni Moses, a Department Service Officer with the Detroit Office of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and current Marygrove student, will be able to answer your questions, assist with DAV benefits/paperwork, or work to retrieve military medical records with you.

Toni, in her role as a DSO with the DAV will be on campus:

FRIDAY – JANUARY 9, 2015  so CALL or TEXT her @ 586-215-0457 for an appointment

Set up your appointment today! Then meet with her in the Veterans’ Resource Room (LA 031), Liberal Arts Building.

The National Society of Leadership and Success — Marygrove College Chapter Fall 2014 Induction Ceremony

It’s that time of the year again. The Fall 2014 Marygrove College Chapter Induction Ceremony for The National Society of Leadership and Success was held on Friday, December 12, 2014 in the Library Lecture Hall at 6:00 pm. At this event attendees were able to meet the new inductees into full membership with The National Society of Leadership and Success. This ceremony marked the culmination of a period of hard work and personal growth, and we applaud their achievement!

The new inductees were:

• Sebehate Ajdini
• Deena Allen
• Franz Beauregard
• Imani Dorsey
• Hope Gibson
• Glenda McDonald
• Carla Pace
• Mario Pritchard
• Tina Silvestri
• Brittany Thomas
• LaKeisha Thomas
• Robert D. Tompkins
• Carolyn Vincent
• Faith Washington

In addition to those who were joining the ranks of the now over 280 society members on Marygrove’s campus – Jessica Tilson, an already inducted member, received the National Engaged Leader Award (NELA). This award is available for all members to achieve. To receive this award, you must complete an Orientation, a Leadership Training Day, 6 speaker broadcasts, 6 Success Networking Team meetings, and at least 5 hours of community service.

With family, friends, faculty, staff, and already inducted members in attendance it was truly a memorable evening. Those in attendance were able to celebrate as the inductees received their membership certificate.

– Yolanda Moore, Chapter Secretary

As part of the induction ceremony there were three speciality awards given out –

  • The Excellence in Service to Students Award which was given via a drawing to Yolanda Moore. This award is given to a non-faculty member on campus that exemplifies leadership and mentorship and has demonstrated commitment to bettering the lives of students.
  • The Excellence in Teaching Award which was given to Dr. Shameka Shelby. This award is given to an individual who teaches with passion and inspires students beyond the classroom, who demonstrates dedication to developing students beyond academic qualifications or someone who makes a positive difference in the lives of Society members.
  • Honorary Membership (Nomination for Non-Members Only) was also given to Dr. Shameka Shelby. This award is given to faculty, staff, or administrators who embody the mission of The National Society of Leadership and Success and demonstrate leadership qualities in a personal and professional capacity.

These amazing individuals join the ranks of the now over 280 members in Marygrove College’s chapter. This success is in part due to their leadership — the eBoard or Executive Board. With heartfelt thanks, Chapter Secretary Yolanda Moore wanted to thank Chapter President Robert D. Tompkins for his leadership in making sure the Society stayed active and on task.

  • President – Robert D. Tompkins
  • Vice President – Carolyn Vincent
  • SecretaryYolanda Moore
  • Treasurer – Tina Silvestri
  • Social/Society Events Chair – Ramona Douglas

The success of this year would not be possible without our Executive Board. I would like to recognize our Executive Board Members for all of their contributions and accomplishments this year. It has truly been a pleasure working with all of you and I appreciate all that you have done to serve and support our chapter this year.

 – Robert D. Tompkins, Chapter President

More pictures will be uploaded soon. Check back later.

The keynote speaker was Amy Kaherl,the Executive Director of Detroit SOUP. Amy received her MA in Theology (emphasizing in popular culture) in 2008 from Fuller Theological Seminary. Detroit SOUP is a micro-granting dinner that celebrates creative projects in the city and has helped Detroiters giving back to Detroiters raise over $80,000 towards art, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and urban agriculture. Amy and SOUP have recently been honored as a White House Champion of Change for their crowdfunding efforts and have been featured in O Magazine, the front page of the Sunday Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, New York Times, NPR, Fast Company, BBC, Dwell Magazine, and NBC Nightly News (among other wonderful publications). While not running SOUP Amy is involved in planning the after parties for the Detroit City Futbol League (a neighborhood based soccer league) and as DJ Amy Dreamcatcher with the monthly party, Nothing Elegant. For more information on SOUP please head to

Amy’s presentation spoke to the heart and lifestyle of a modern-day leader. Her speech was filled with humor, heart, and valuable life lessons.

– Carolyn Vincent, Chapter Vice President

This was an amazing group of individuals who pulled off an impossible task. At the end of each semester they hold induction ceremonies and provide a reception for the students and their families.  In the past three induction ceremonies , their guest speakers have been Dr. David Fike, Jane Hammang-Buhl and Jerry van Rossum.   This chapter recognized Jane Hammang-Buhl for her assistance in vetting and supporting the establishment of the Marygrove chapter as well as other faculty and staff who have helped in the development of the chapter and the students.

The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) is a relatively new organization — in that it was established in 2001 by a group of students. Since that time, it has grown into one of the largest honor societies in the USA. In Michigan alone, Sigma Alpha Pi has chapters in Saginaw Valley State, University of Michigan – Dearborn, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Northwood University and others.

The Marygrove Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) began a new chapter with their bi-annual recruiting activities at the beginning of this semester. All sophomore students with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA received a mailing explaining the merits of the society and an invitation to join.

Be on the lookout for more from this student organization in the future.

Please Join Us for Senior Holiday Delivery Program: Dec. 20th

OrnamentEach year prior to the holidays, volunteers donate food and other gift items for Focus: HOPE’s Senior Holiday Program. Volunteers deliver these packages to over 800 low-income senior citizens. Please help us provide a little holiday cheer for someone in need!

  • Saturday, December 20, 8:00 am
  • Focus: HOPE B Building, Central Warehouse, 1200 Oakman Blvd, Detroit

Donations Needed! We are in need of non-perishable food, assorted toiletries and gifts for the seniors.

Volunteers Needed! We need help preparing delivery packages; We also need drivers to deliver the food boxes.

For More Information or to sign pp: please call 313.494.5520 or email:

Jan. 27: Give Blood, Save Lives at the Marygrove Blood Drive

red-cross-22Marygrove College and the American Red Cross are partnering up to coordinate another blood drive on campus.

Donating a single pint of blood will save up to 3 lives! Come in and make a difference

Date, Time & Location:
Tuesday, January 27th from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Hall (Madame Cadillac building)

William Pugh 313-779-2024 (faculty representative) Ysen “Tico” Dalipi (student representative)

Busy Person’s Retreat Series: Dec. 17th

Busy Person's Retreat Series - Dec. 17It’s the busiest – and most stressful – time of the year. Take time for yourself by attending the annual “Busy Person’s Retreat Series”.

  • Wednesday, December 17th, 12:00 pm
  • Student Center Chapel

Prayer/reflection and you’ll still have time to go for lunch! For more information, contact Jesse Cox at or 313-927-1404.

Former Men’s Soccer Standout El-Zein Signs Pro Contract


Former Marygrove men’s soccer standout Jad El-Zein recently achieved a longstanding goal by signing a professional contract, returning home in the process to play in the Lebanese Premier League (LPL). The former four-year starter inked a two-year deal to join Tadamon Sour (pronounced soor) in his hometown of Tyre, Lebanon, after agreeing in principle to the contract earlier this fall.

“I spent a few weeks with the team in August and received an offer at that time,” said El-Zein. “However, it was very important to me and my family to remain in Detroit to finish my degree this semester. Now that I have achieved that goal, I will be flying to Lebanon to join the team this week.”

By joining Tadamon Sour, one of twelve teams in the LPL, El-Zein will get the opportunity to play in front of 50,000 fans when traveling to Beirut to meet up with reigning champion Al-Nejmeh. El-Zein joins a Tadamon Sour club that has produced players such as Lebanon national team captain, Roda Antar, who went on to play in the Bundes Liga for Hamburger SV and SC Freiburg, as well as Mohamed Kallon, a former member of Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A.

During his time at Marygrove, El-Zein amassed 29 goals and 12 assists for a 70-point career. The impressive numbers places the former four-year starter second all-time in program history all three categories.

As a senior in 2013, El-Zein tallied 27 points (11 goals, 5 assists) for the Green and Gold, a total good for third overall in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). El-Zein ranked second in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 2013 after seven of his 11 goals came in game-winning fashion. To culminate his strong senior season, El-Zein was named a United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-American and a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) First Team selection. Showcasing his commitment to the classroom, El-Zein was also tabbed as a member of the WHAC’s All-Academic Team during his junior season.

El-Zein has remained close to the Marygrove program since his collegiate playing days ended, joining head coach Matt Johnson‘s staff as a student assistant coach in 2014.

“Jad was a fantastic player for us during his four years at Marygrove,” said Johnson. “He developed into a leader for us on-and-off the field and is most certainly ready to take the next step professionally. Our entire program will be following as Jad’s journey begins over the next few years. We wish him the best of luck.”

Busy Person’s Retreat Series: Dec. 10th

Busy Person's Retreat Series - Dec. 10It’s the busiest – and most stressful – time of the year. Take time for yourself by attending the annual “Busy Person’s Retreat Series”.

  • Wednesday, December 10th, 12:00 pm
  • Student Center Chapel

Prayer/reflection and you’ll still have time to go for lunch! For more information, contact Jesse Cox at or 313-927-1404.