IMD Dance Students Impress in Concert

The Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College applauds its dance students on three amazing performances in the Marygrove College Theatre on June 6th and 7th.

The Sunday performance was “Standing Room Only.” The dance students, ranging in age from 5 – 18 years old, strut their technical and artistic talents in the disciplines of ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop. Dance pieces were choreographed by IMD faculty: Veronica Williams Jakubus, Marnita Dickerson, Judith Molina, Taylor Jones and Jessica Thomas and guest artist: Anthony Levi.

Please take a peek at some of the dancers on stage.

The Art Department Welcomes Tim Gralewski as Director of The Gallery

the-gallery-marygrove-collegeThe Art Department would like to welcome Tim Gralewski as the new director for The Gallery at Marygrove College, and the Beyond Words Gallery at Marygrove College starting in the Fall ’15 term!

Tim has taught graphic design and print making in the Art Department for over 5 years.  He is also very active in showing and selling his own work in the Detroit area.  We look forward to his exciting gallery schedule that will begin with the first show in September.

If you would like to reserve either gallery for an event, or would like to propose a show in either gallery, please contact Tim, .

Community and Marygrove Campus Dialogues Happens Tonight

dialogueCommunity and Marygrove Campus Dialogues
Thursday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.
Denk Chapman Hall, Madame Cadillac Building

We want to consider:

o   Water shut-offs—exploring solutions–a  student’s view

o   Marygrove grant and community engagement

o   Invited–the Black Food Security Network, and the Coop on Puritan

o   Update on the People’s Platform’s Annual Meeting

o   Community calendar – summer events

All are invited.  Please RSVP to Sr. Barbara: 313-927-1403 (leave message) or

Marygrove College Launches Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program

youth_poster-page-001On Friday, July 3, Marygrove College will begin hosting a weekly Youth Entrepreneurship Program (Y.E.P. Detroit) designed to teach aspiring business owners between the ages of 6 and 14 about financial literacy, money management, and the essentials of becoming an entrepreneur. This is a five-week program that runs each Friday in July and costs $100.

Y.E.P. Detroit was designed and will be led by Sherika Cheney, M.Ed, in response to a still-sluggish job market, which is making it challenging for young people and recent college graduates to find financially-sustainable careers. “The Y.E.P. Detroit program is preemptive” said Cheney, “in that it teaches young people ages 6 to 14 how to develop, brand, and market their ideas, giving them access to transferrable skills that they will use in the university classroom and in the marketplace itself.”

Each Friday, grades 1-4 will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Grades 5-8 will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the campus of Detroit’s historic Marygrove College. Students will engage in hands-on lessons and activities designed to teach creative idea generation, book keeping, marketing and branding, as well as skills and strategies to help them develop a mission statement.

These classes are part of Marygrove’s Kids College Camps sponsored by the college’s Academic Success Center and Continuing Education departments. For more information and registration, contact Theresa A. Jordan by email at or by phone at (313) 927-1261. Additionally, Sherika Cheney can be reached at

Tim Johnston Named WHAC Mike Dean SID of the Year

tim_sid_of_the_yearMarygrove assistant athletics director for communications Tim Johnston was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Mike Dean SID of the Year. Johnston has served as SID at Marygrove for seven years and also handles game day operations for all sports. His willingness to always help, his work ethic, and his commitment to bettering the Mustangs’ brand were just a few of the things that prompted fellow SIDs in the league to honor him with the award.

“We are so proud and pleased that Tim received this year’s SID of the Year award,” said Marygrove athletics director Steve Bloomfield. “His creativity and passion for our student-athletes and teams are instantly apparent in everything he does and Marygrove is fortunate to have him as a member of our team.”

Johnston received his Bachelor’s degree in sports management and marketing from Rochester College (Mich.) and earned a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Marygrove. It’s education Johnston put to good use to build a larger fan base for Marygrove’s 12 varsity sports through social media and local media outlets.

In a very tough Detroit market that features four professional sports teams along with coverage of four NCAA Division I programs, Johnston and crew were able to get Marygrove highlights featured on metro Detroit television stations as a result of introducing live video streaming for the first time in school history this year.

In addition to his SID and game day operations duties for Marygrove, Johnston sits on the WHAC’s ratings oversight committee for men’s basketball and serves on the conference’s Honors Task Force. Locally, he is a guest speaker for the Student Broadcast Foundation. Johnston is also active at the national level, participating in this year’s convention as a table topic presenter for NAIA-SIDA and a panelist at CoSIDA. This year, he will be a tri-chair of CoSIDA’s New Media Committee.

“It is an honor to be named this year’s Mike Dean WHAC SID of the Year,” said Johnston. “I would like to thank the great SIDs in the conference, Marygrove’s administration, and extend a huge thanks to Jeremy Otto and our outstanding student staff for helping to improve our overall presence.”

The award, named after longtime WHAC statistician Mike Dean, has been given to just four people. Dean (2007-08), Aaron Sagraves of Davenport, now at Cornerstone (2008-09), Madonna’s Patrick Moore (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12), and Ryan Wronkowizc of Lourdes (2012-13, 2013-14).

Pat & Emilia: A Mixed-Media Chamber Opera Happens June 17

mxd mediaPat & Emilia: a mixed-media chamber opera
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7 p.m.
  • Congregational Church of Birmingham (1000 Cranbrook Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304)
For those who missed our American premiere at Marygrove in March (or those who just wish to see it again), join us for another Michigan performance of the new mixed-media chamber opera, Pat & Emilia this month! The staged work is based on the lives of two female artists—opera singer/MG alum [’53] Emilia Cundari (1930-2005), and photographer Pat Sturn (1910-2011). Called “an inventive and provocative collaboration,” Pat & Emilia is a celebration of new music, traditional opera, prose, theatre, journalism, historical/archival research, photography, and the experiences of women.
Featuring Marygrove music professor Tara Sievers-Hunt, soprano; Jocelyn Zelasko, soprano; Mary Siciliano, piano; Velda Kelly, violin; Nadine Deleury, cello; and Brian Bowman, clarinet.
Tickets – $20 at the door, $10 for students  
For more info, visit our website or Facebook page “The Pat Sturn/Emilia Cundari Project.”

IMD Music Performances

20150529_182739The Institute of Music and Dance at Marygrove College produced two music recitals during the May 29th weekend.

The Marygrove String Ensemble of 30 players performed classical and movie music. The Student and Faculty Music Recital found another thirty players playing piano, violin, cello, guitar, singing and playing in a jazz ensemble.

The universal language of music was passionately expressed by young and old alike. Bravo to all that shared their gift of music.

Please find excerpts from the Marygrove String Ensemble which was celebrating its 12th year under the Artistic Direction of Anida Margariti.