Faculty Achievements Update: April, 2015

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Please join us in offering warm congratulations to the following colleagues for their recent accomplishments:

Dr. Jeanne Andreoli, associate professor of Biology and Division and Department Chair of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was awarded a sabbatical for winter 2016. Her projects involve disseminating two faculty development models in appropriate publications; submitting for publication a case study based on her pedagogical work in microbiology and biochemistry; and assessing the development of student critical thinking skills as they progress through the major at Marygrove.

Dr. Brenda Bryant, director of the Master of Arts in Social Justice Program, submitted an abstract for the 2015 Faculty Resource Network National Symposium in Washington, DC.

Dr. Mary Byrnes, assistant professor of Sociology, received a Junior Faculty Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. Dr. Byrnes will use the award to work on editing a volume of essays, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Making Inequalities Visible through Visual Sociology. Dr. Byrnes was also accepted into a New York University Faculty Resource Network 2015 Summer Seminar, “Yellow Peril: Understanding Xenophobia.”

Dr. Brian Crane, assistant professor of Mathematics, received a Faculty Scholarship Award for 2015-2016 to write an article on graph theory.

Professor Penny Godboldo, associate professor of Dance, was elected as Director of the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification for a 4-year term. The Institute for Dunham Technique Certification is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the legacy of dancer/choreographer/anthropologist Katherine Dunham (1909-2006).  The Institute maintains a professional standard for the teaching of Dunham Technique. Professor Godboldo shares the directorship with dance artist and college instructor Patricia Wilson of Brattleboro, Vermont.

Dr. Judith Gold, associate professor Computer Information Systems, has been asked to become a member of the conference committee for ePIC 2015. The 13th conference on ePortfolios, Open Badges and Identity brings together policy-makers, researchers, teachers, trainers, human resource managers and technologists to explore advanced practices in relation to Open Badges and ePortfolios, Social Networks and Personal Learning Environments, as well as Learning Management and Knowledge Management Systems, and Personal and System Analytics. The conference will be held June 8, 9, and 10 in Barcelona. The conference theme is “Disruptive Technologies for Transformative Learning.” She also submitted a research paper to the International Conference on Technology and Higher Education to be held June 14-17 in Marrakech, Morocco. The paper has been accepted for presentation. The research is titled, “A Design Model for Successful Online Learning Courses.”

Dr. Nikhil Gupta, assistant professor of English, published two articles: “Fashioning Bernice and Belinda: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Revision of Alexander Pope’s Mock Epic,” in Texas Studies in Literature and Language 57, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 31-52; and “‘No man can face the past’: Eva Gore-Booth and Reincarnation as Feminist Historical Understanding” in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 44, no. 2 (2015): 224-238. He presented a paper, “Crossing Between Restricted Spaces in Paul Muldoon’s Bandanna,” at the American Conference for Irish Studies, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 2015.

Professor Christine Hagedorn, adjunct instructor in Art, was in a three-person show at N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit from January through March 14, 2015.

Dr. Judith Heinen, dean of Academic Programs, was co-presenter at the Faculty Resource Network’s 2014 National Symposium entitled, “The Global Imperative for Higher Education,” held  November 21-22, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Marian Alumnae Advisory Council for Marian High School located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Dr. Vivian Johnson, associate professor of Education, was accepted into a New York University Faculty Resource Network 2015 Summer Seminar, “Achieving Gender Justice through Service Learning.”

Professor Cathy June, adjunct instructor in Science and Mathematics, will receive the 2015 Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence, Nursing in the Community on May 7th at Oakland University. The Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence celebration recognizes the hard-working, highly skilled, caring individuals who play such a vital role in our health care delivery system.

Dr. Thomas Klug, professor of History, was a participant in the book panel discussion about the new book by Charles Hyde, The Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II, at the North American Labor History Conference in October 2014 at Wayne State University. He presented a talk, “The Origins of U.S. Immigration Controls on the Canadian Border: the View from Detroit,” at the Roseville Public Library on January 20, 2015. He gave a talk, “The Employers’ Association of Detroit and the Making of the Motor City, 1902-1952,” as part of the “101 People, Places, and Things that Made Michigan” conference held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, Macomb Community College, on March 21, 2015. In December 2014, he was named by the History Department at Wayne State University to be the coordinator of the North American Labor History Conference for 2015.

Dr. Donald Levin, dean of the faculty and professor of English, gave a poetry workshop, “The Music of Language,” and a poetry reading at the Waterford Public Library on April 16, 2015.

Dr. Tal Levy, associate professor of Political Science, was awarded a sabbatical for fall 2015 to complete his research on the impact of religion on political violence in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Michael Martin, assistant professor of Philosophy and English, had his book, Literature and the Encounter with God in Post Reformation England (Ashgate, 2014) reviewed by Professor Edward Simon of Lehigh University in Journal of the Northern Renaissance (3/14/15). Dr. Martin was interviewed on the website Eastern Christian Books about his newest book, The Submerged Reality: Sophiology and the Turn to a Poetic Metaphysics (Angelico Press, 2015). Dr. Martin received a Faculty Scholarship Award for 2015-2016 to secure permission for the republication of works for his newest book project, and to buy books of translations and criticism for possible inclusion in the project.

Dr. Michelle Pate, adjunct instructor of Art Therapy, has completed her Doctorate of Art Therapy at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. She is the first person in Michigan to obtain this doctorate.

Dr. Steven Patterson, professor of Philosophy and chair of the Division of Letters, published an article, “The Methodological Usefulness of Deep Disagreement,” in Cogency vol 6 no 2 (39-66), Summer 2014.

Tracy Halloran Pearson, Assistant Professor of Dance, choreographed Nascent Transformation, an evening-length contemporary work at the DIA Detroit Film Theatre on April 9, 2015. The performance explored ideas surrounding rebirth and renewal. It was the premiere and launching performance of ConteXture dance Detroit, a contemporary dance company founded by Halloran Pearson, a Kresge Fellow. The performance is the artistic collaboration between her and performance artist and D.J., Joshua Harrison, who played his original score live as part of the Nascent Transformation performance. Immediately following the concert there was a talkback session with the artists who collaborated on the work and a question and answer section with the audience.

Dr. Denise Powell, assistant professor of Education, was accepted into a New York University Faculty Resource Network 2015 Summer Seminar, “Ditch the In-Class Lecture, Add Active Learning.”

Dr. Frank Rashid, professor of English, gave a talk, “The Exact Center of the Modern World: Philip Levine’s Detroit,” at the First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit on April 26, 2015. Dr. Rashid was awarded a sabbatical for fall 2015 to update the online Literary Map of Detroit; to prepare a paper for publication; and to undertake final edits on his co-edited book on Tiger Stadium.

Dr. Dena Scher, professor of Psychology, had a proposal, “Themes of Resilience from Migrant Workers,” accepted for a presentation at the Oral History Association conference in October 2015 in Tampa, FL.

Dr. Steven L. Scribner, associate professor of Chemistry, presented a paper at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition on March 22-26, 2015, in Denver, CO. The presentation’s title was, “Engaging undergraduates: Investigating local environmental issues at the intersection of science and society.”

Professor Jerry van Rossum, assistant professor of Business and chair of Business, Computer Information Systems, and Human Resource Management, was accepted into a New York University Faculty Resource Network 2015 Summer Seminar, “The Philosopher in the Marketplace: Market Morality and its Social Impact.” He is presenting a seminar on Ethical Decision Making for the National Education Conference of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals from April 28-30, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Li-hsuan Yang, assistant professor of Integrated Science, published a paper, “Exploring movement and interaction of molecules,” in the Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association Newsletter, Spring 2015.

She gave a presentation, “The Development of Critical Thinking Skills of Health Science Majors in an Urban Liberal Arts College,” with a Marygrove student, Silja Martinez, at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 2015

Conference on March 13, 2015, at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. With another Marygrove student, Joanne Brookes, she gave a paper, “Urban parents’ educational level, theory of intelligence and self-efficacy in helping their middle school children with homework,” at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April 16-20, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.


IMD Teaches the Importance of Earth Day In Program in Ecorse Public School, Ralph Bunche Academy

IMDThrough its outreach program at Ralph Bunche Academy, in the Ecorse Public Schools, the Institute of Music & Dance engaged kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade art students in the ways each of us can help keep our earth clean and protect our environment.

In the program, we discussed:

  • Simple methods to reduce water and electricity usage
  • Why we should substitute canvas/paper bags for plastic bags
  • The importance of recycling cans and bottles and toys
  • Picking up litter
  • Planting a tree or garden
  • Adopting a pet from a shelter

Art projects included: making owls with helping our environment statements; hand print earth day promises; designing Earth Day stamps; marbleized earths and worksheets.

The projects are displayed on the walls of Ralph Bunche Academy to encourage everyone to celebrate and save our planet.

“The Earth Day art exhibit proves the connection between the arts and core instruction is powerful. The students demonstrated an extensive knowledge of the importance of taking care of the earth and their exhibits highlight their understanding. “      

-Robin Porter, School Improvement Grant Coordinator

Keep Marygrove Beautiful: May 2 is Campus Beautification Day

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are invited to help beautify Marygrove’s campus campus beautificationon Saturday, May 2, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The schedule for the day includes flower planting, grounds clean-up, and lunch. While can’t guarantee that you won’t have sore muscles when you are done, we can guarantee that you will feel a sense of pride every time you drive through Marygrove’s gates and see the fruits of your labor.

If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by contacting Jan Machusak 313-927-1443 jmachusak@marygrove.edu OR Sr. Bar Beesley, IHM 313-927-1403 bbeesley1033@marygrove.edu

We will meet at the MC Building at 9 a.m.

IS 324 Presentations: Representation of Women in Advertising, 1960 to 2015

women advertisingThe students of IS 324B, Social Justice Seminar, Global Women’s Issues, are operating presentation tables in the main first-floor hallways of LA and MC buildings today and tomorrow.

Topic: Representation of women in advertising, 1960 to 2015.

They invite everyone to stop by, watch the PowerPoint slide show, pick up a little brochure, complete a simple survey, and have a piece of candy!

Today, Wednesday Noon to 1:00 pm and 4:00-5:00 pm

Tomorrow, Thursday, Noon-1:00 pm and 4:00-5:00 pm

This is their class all-term-long project, the leadership “action plan” they chose and developed, based on their readings and other research on this topic.

Explore Your Watershed: An Earth Day Celebration

Earth DayYour are invited to join students in the Environmental Policy Social justice Seminar and the Dance Department who will collaborate on a Marygrove Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, April 22 from 10-noon in the Fisher Room of the Library.

Michigan stewards a significant supply of fresh water. Interdisciplinary Studies students will be discussing their research on issues in the Southeast Michigan’s watersheds: Rouge, Huron, Clinton and Saginaw. They prepared informative posters dealing with each watershed’s key problems, water quality, social justice advocacy group activities, and recommendations for individuals involvement in water stewardship. The posters will be available all day in the library.

At 11 AM in the Fisher Room Dance majors will perform “ Women of the Water,” a choreography set by Professor Penny Godboldo and initially performed in the March 2015 “The Beginnings” dance concert. The choreography uses the Dunham Technique theory and philosophy to emphasize the ability to become activists by speaking up for issues that affect the quality of our lives, particularly for those who cannot speak up for themselves.

For more information, contact: Penny Godboldo, Jane Hammang-Buhl, or Steve Scribner.

Photo credit: bark / Foter / CC BY

Marygrove Visual Arts to Partner with Beaumont Orthopedics in Community Restoration Project

playground-slide-1As a part of the Visual Art Department’s Arts and Civic Engagement agenda, we are excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant to complete a restoration project in Detroit (Lollo Playground, Detroit, MI at the crossroads of Puritan Ave and Cherrylawn St.).
This park restoration has been a project lead by Detroit College Core Block Club, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, and the Beaumont Orthopedic Department.  That group invited Marygrove’s Visual Arts Department to design and install a mural as part of the restoration. The project will be entirely funded by the Beaumont Orthopedic Department.
Faculty member, Sarah Nesbitt, will be in charge of this project which will be completed this summer. She will be working with her summer ART105 students as well as many volunteer Visual Art Department students who are focusing on Arts and Civic Engagement as their profession.

Worteh Sampson Named Women’s Soccer Head Coach

coach_sampson_new-1Worteh Sampson, most recently an assistant coach on the men’s staff at Marygrove and a former Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) standout himself, has been named the Mustangs head women’s soccer coach, director of athletics Steve Bloomfield announced Monday (April 20). Sampson becomes the fourth head coach in the brief but rich history for Marygrove women’s soccer, taking over a program that boasts one national championship and a trip to the WHAC playoffs.

Sampson, 33, is a familiar face at the four-year, private school in northwest Detroit after serving as the lead assistant coach for the highly-successful men’s soccer team at Marygrove over the past six years. Serving as the men’s soccer assistant coach since the program’s inception in 2009, Sampson will transition to the office next door as he attempts to lead the women’s soccer program back to its early success in his first head coaching stint at the collegiate level.

“Elevating Sampson to women’s soccer head coach was a no-brainer for us at Marygrove,” said Bloomfield of the recent hire. “Sampson is extremely familiar with our athletic department, our admissions standards and scholarship structure, which will ultimately allow for a smooth transition. Sampson has been an invaluable piece to the puzzle on the men’s side and is one of the reasons why Matt Johnson’s program has grown into an annual contender. While he was on our men’s staff, Sampson has maintained a steady presence in the women’s club scene by manning the post for nearby organizations.”

At the club level, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) C License holder has coached three different teams for Plymouth Soccer since September 2008. During his time with the Plymouth Soccer Club, Sampson coached the U17 boys as well as the U14 and U17 girls. The well-rounded coach has also led the ODP 99 boys since 2011 for Michigan Youth Soccer.

The young coach will look to mold the time on the Mustang men’s soccer sideline with his playing experience in the WHAC and at the professional level as he begins to rebuild the women’s program at Marygrove. Collegiately, Sampson played at Schoolcraft before starring at Madonna – becoming only the second from the nearby school to play professional soccer at the time. While at Madonna, Sampson was a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-Region and All-American honoree in 2003 and 2004. The native of Monrovia, Liberia was also named WHAC Player of the Year in 2003 and was a two-time All-Conference first team selection.

Professionally, Sampson played for four different organizations from 2005-2011, most recently for the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).

“I am excited for the opportunity to lead the women’s soccer program at Marygrove,” said Sampson. “The goal is the same (as on the men’s side), build a program that everyone can be proud of both academically and athletically. We are going to get out and recruit immediately and attempt to build a winner from day one. We will look to the club scene without question, but our first priority is to hit high school games and recruit hard-working young ladies who want to achieve lofty goals on-and-off the field. I look forward to the challenge of bringing Marygrove women’s soccer to a place that alums, parents, fans and current student-athletes can all be proud of.”

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