Congratulations to Our Colleagues for These Recent Achievements!

Jeanne Andreoli, associate professor of Biology and chair of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division, was an invited panelist for the Phase I: Career Program Module on Teaching at Wayne State University on September 21, 2015.  The panel presentation was part of the National Institutes of Health-funded BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) grant. Professor Andreoli has also been selected to lead a round-table discussion titled “Beyond Mentoring: Developing and Nurturing New STEM Faculty” at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning in Traverse City on October 15-17, 2015.  In addition, she will co-present with the two other ReBUILD Detroit Core leaders (Steven Chang of the University of Detroit Mercy and Andrew Feig of Wayne State University) at the American Colleges and Universities Network for Academic Renewal Conference: Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education to be held on November 12-14, 2015. Their presentation is titled: “REBUILDETROIT: A Systemic Inter-institutional Collaboration to Diversify the Biomedical Workforce.”

Erin Bell, adjunct instructor of English (and graduate of Marygrove’s master’s program in English), has published three articles: “Carson McCullers’ Court in the West Eighties and the Framed (Male) Object” in  The Explicator; “‘Like Some Long Lost Brother’: Allusions to Queer Public Sex in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road” also in The Explicator; and “’For All This We Thank the Fuhrer’: Bio-Politics and the Bare Life in A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City, A Diary” in Lilith: A Feminist History Journal.

Darcy L. Brandel, associate professor of English and chair of the English and Modern Languages Department, delivered a paper, “The Space between Pleasure and Pain: Deconstructed Binaries in Arielle Greenberg’s Poetry,” at the Women Writing Pleasure Conference in Liverpool, England on July 3, 2015. On May 12, she participated in a joint poetry reading entitled “Write Down Detroit: A Write-A-House Event Featuring Darcy L. Brandel and Morgan Willis” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Brenda Bryant, chair of the Social Justice Department; Jesse Cox, director of the office of Mission Integration; Karen Davis, associate professor of Humanities; Jann Hoge, associate professor of Social Work and co-chair of the Social Work Department, will join social work alumna Julie Laforet in presenting participatory action research projects that engage the Marygrove neighborhood at the Faculty Resource Network’s Community and Social Justice Conference in Washington, DC on November 21.

Mary E. Byrnes, assistant professor of Sociology, has recently contracted for two books, a co-edited collection of essays, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Making Inequalities Visible through Visual Sociology and her own project, Show Them Where I Live; Aging and Housing in Detroit.

Pao-yu Chou, professor emerita of Economics and author of Revolution and Counterrevolution: China’s Continuing Class Struggle since Liberation (Manila: Institute of Political Economy, 2012), published an essay and delivered a paper “Understanding how Mao mobilized Chinese People” in Taiwan at National Chiao-Tung University’s Inter-Asian Cultural Study Center on October 19, 2015.

Rose E. DeSloover, professor emerita of Art and former dean of Visual and Performing Arts, has three new screen prints (Obsession, Opulence, and Envy’s Eyes) in the opening exhibit of a new gallery, ArtnxT, in Birmingham, MI.  She and Jane Hammang-Buhl, have launched a new project, A Creative Survey in Northwest Detroit, a “hand-to-hand” postcard survey of artists in the zip codes 48235, 48221, and 48203. This survey is part of a larger undertaking examining the visual and performing arts in the Marygrove area, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Karen Doyle, assistant professor of Psychology, and Stephen B. Fountain of Kent State University presented “Rats Employ Both Association and Chunking Strategies to Produce an Interleaved Pattern” on October 16, 2015 at the fall meeting of the Comparative Cognition Society in Chicago.

Karen Ebeling, associate professor of Psychology and chair of the Psychology Department, and Tal Levy, Associate Professor of Political Science and chair of the Political Science Department, presented “Climate Reality and Political Action” at the Bioneers Conference at Marygrove on October 24.

Jacqueline El-Sayed, vice president for Academic Affairs, published an article, “Education for Future Engineers,” in the spring 2015 issue of Technology Century. In September, Dr. El-Sayed presented “Transforming Curricula and Community through Research and Engagement” at the Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace (ESJP) Conference in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.  In August, she conducted a workshop on “Strategies to Engage and Sustain the Inclusive Classroom” with M. Oullett and Jeanne Andreoli for Rebuild Detroit at Marygrove. In June, she served on a panel considering “Best Practices for Diversity” at the Undergraduate Experience Committee (UEC), American Society of Engineering Education’s Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington.  After serving as the elected incoming co-chair for two years, Dr. El-Sayed ascended to the national co-chair of the Undergraduate Experience Committee (UEC) for the American Society of Engineering Education. She will hold this position for two years.

Steven Engel, assistant professor of English, collaborated with Marygrove graduate students Kerry Howell, Jacklene Johnson, and Jessica McGinnis on “Plagiarism and PTSD: The Case of Senator John Walsh’s Plagiarized Paper” in The CCCC-IP Annual: Top Intellectual Property Developments of 2014  for the Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication: In May, Dr. Engel and Jennifer Griggs presented “Retracted Papers—Why They Continue to Be Heavily Cited and What to Do about It: ‘There Ought to Be a Law.…’” as part of Good Advice: Case Studies in Clinical Research, Regulation, and the Law at the Clinical & Translational Science Institute of the University of Rochester.

Abigail Fusaro, assistant professor of Biology, joined three others including Marygrove student Velon Willis in presenting “Discovery and Population Genetic Patterns of Rhyacophila lobifera in an Urbanized Southeast Michigan Watershed” at the XVth International Symposium on Trichoptera, New Brunswick, NJ.

Penny Godboldo, associate professor of Dance, presented two master dance classes in Dunham and Horton Techniques to dozens of eager students from Detroit Public High Schools at Detroit School for the Arts on Saturday, October 17.  More than ten schools were represented in the classes and many students were enthusiastic about the prospect of attending Marygrove College.

Mary Lou Greene, assistant professor of Art, has had work in the following exhibitions: Urban Culture, Valley Arts Center, Chagrin, OH;  Being Human, juried exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA;  Dab Art’s Neoteric International Juried Exhibition, HUD Gallery, CA; 5 x 7 Show, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, national chapter, New York;  She curated Being Human: Reliving times of Laughter and Lament, invitational exhibition at Marygrove.  Professor Greene is  the 2012-2016 co-lead investigator (with Shlomo Sawilowsky of Wayne State University) for a four-year, Social Innovation Fund Federal Grant for Center for National and Community Service Assessment program of Arts-Infused education. She is the lead investigator, assessment of direct service for the community arts organization Living Arts’ grant reporting requirements (National Guild and Michigan Community Arts Association funders among others). She is also research lead investigator for a two-year Knight Foundation grant with Mosaic Youth Theatre. Professor Greene is a University Advisory Council appointee at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit and is the  project lead for the Cristo Rey Dual Enrollment project.

Jane Hammang-Buhl, professor emerita of Business and former Vice president for Academic Affairs, serves on the Detroit Cristo Rey Board of Trustees and leads its Mission Integration/Effectiveness Committee.  She also serves on the inaugural Gesu School Detroit Board of Regents. She and Rose E. DeSloover are collaborating on A Creative Survey in Northwest Detroit, a “hand-to-hand” postcard survey of artists in the zip codes 48235, 48221, and 48203. This survey is part of a larger undertaking examining the visual and performing arts in the Marygrove area, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jordeen Ivanov Ericson, associate professor of Dance and chair of the Visual and performing Arts Division, oversaw production of the Division’s first “Faculty Showcase” concert on October 9th.  Featured on the program in addition to Professor Ericson were faculty dancers Susan Panek, Judith Molina, Jonathon Cash, and Stephan Hadala; faculty musicians Rita Yevzelman, Ellen Duncan, and Zen Zadravec.  The evening concluded with the Faculty Show closing in the Gallery featuring faculty artists, Mary Lou Greene, Jim Lutomski, Rose DeSloover, and Tim Gralewski.

Sandra L. Jewell,  Adjunct Instructor in the Master in the Art of Teaching Program, published two articles in Free Education Resources: “Career and Technical Education Supports College and Career Readiness” and “College and Career Readiness for Adults: Going Back to School.” See and

Kalimah Johnson, assistant professor of Social Work, has trained five Women’s National Basketball Association teams (Indiana, Minnesota, San Antonio, LA and Chicago) with retired player, gold medalist, and domestic violence survivor Ruthie Bolton on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Professor Johnson also created and presented workshops on relationship safety for the newly drafted National Basketball Association (NBA) Rookies of 2015, the Player Development department, international players, and the security staff of the NBA.  She presented on community involvement and sexual assault at a conference on Sports Culture and Intimate Partner Violence in North Carolina with an organization (A Call to Men) founded by Ted Bunch and Tony Porter.  She will soon provide training for the entire NBA and act as an advisor to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. She also wrote and appears in a commercial for Viacom and Verizon Wireless related to domestic violence awareness month. Professor Johnson has been accepted into the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania for player development with the National Football League

Vivian Johnson, associate professor of Education, joined former Marygrove Education professor and current Reading Program Adjunct Jonella Mongo  and Oakland University Professor Emerita Toni Walters  in presenting “Between the Covers: Literature to Stimulate Reading, Reflection, and Resilience” at the National Black Child Development Institute 45th Annual Conference in Washington, DC on October 18, 2015.

Thomas A. Klug, professor of History and director of the Institute for Detroit Studies, spoke on “The Origins of US Immigration Controls on the Canadian Border: the View from Detroit,” before the Romeo-Indian Village Questor in Romeo, MI on September 17, 2015. Dr. Klug was awarded a Marygrove Summer Scholarship Stipend to conduct research on U.S. deportation policy during the early years of  World War I at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  He was also interviewed for “Shakespeare in Detroit” on Rendered, a podcast posted in May 2015 at and for “The Assassination of Jerry Buckley, Detroit’s Voice of the People,” episode 10 of Digging Detroit, podcast posted July 23, 2015 at Dr. Klug and Frank D. Rashid, appear in a series of mini-documentaries about Detroit neighborhoods—Conant Gardens, Warrendale, and the Avenue of Fashion— broadcast on Detroit Public Television this fall.  See and Dr. Klug serves  as editor of the Great Lakes Series of Wayne State University Press, a member of the editorial board of The Michigan Historical Review, a member of the advisory group for the “Detroit 1967 Project” of the Detroit Historical Society, and coordinator the of 37th annual North American Labor History Conference at Wayne State University on October 22-24, 2015.

Laurie LePain Kopack, adjunct instructor of English, presented a “learnshop” on the “Lexicon of Sustainability as a Tool for Change” at the 2015 Great Lakes Bioneers Conference, October 28-30 at Marygrove.

M.L. Liebler, adjunct professor of Creative Writing, has three new books in production for early 2016 from the Wayne State University Press: I Want To Be Once (New Poems), Bob Seger’s House: Short Stories by Michigan’s Best Writers, and Heaven Was Detroit: An Anthology of Essays on Detroit Music from Jazz to Hip Hop and Beyond. This spring, he gave six readings of his works in Israel, two in Germany one in New York City, and eleven in different libraries around Michigan. In April, he joined Edward Hirsch in a memorial tribute to Philip Levine at the Hannan House, and in July, he appeared with the Coyote Monk Poetry Band at the St. Clair Shores Memorial Park Concert. Since April, he has published poems in six literary journals and magazines. Professor Liebler filmed a TED X talk in April. He is the Founder/Director/Host of the 8th Annual Midwest Literary Walk in Chelsea, MI on April 25, 2015 and of the 4th Annual Midtown Detroit Literary Walk September 19, 2015.

Gwen Lindsay, adjunct instructor and technical director/production manager of the Marygrove College Theatre, has been the Charge Artist for The Explorer’s Club at Meadowbrook Theater and for its production of The Bikinis: A New Musical Beach Party. She designed the lights and scenery for Shakespeare in Detroit’s production of King Lear, and she has been the light designer for ConteXtures Art X performance at the Art X Kresge Showing and for ConteXtures Illumination of Process. She designed the lights for all recent Institute of Music and Dance and Marygrove Dance Company productions and for the October 9 Performing Arts Faculty Show. She was also designer of the Bioneers background.  In June, she taught a master class on theatrical design for the University of Michigan Detroit Outreach Center’s summer theater program.

Michael Martin, assistant professor of English and Philosophy, gave a talk, “Sophia, Sophiology, and Poetry,” sponsored by the Religious Studies Department of Michigan State University on September 10, 2015 at 7:00. His book, Literature and the Encounter with God in Post-Reformation England, was reviewed by Journal of the Northern Renaissance:, Seventeenth-Century News and Renaissance Quarterly. His other  book,  The Submerged Reality: Sophiology and the Turn to a Poetic Metaphysics was reviewed by Solidarity Hall:!.

Chiquita McKenzie-Bennett, adjunct instructor in Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Justice, and Political Science, presented “An Umbrella of Completion-African American/Minority/Underprivileged Male Life” at the 13th Annual Males of Color 2015.

Diane McMillan, associate professor of Social Work, collaborated with Fay Martin in test preparation for the Michigan Professorial Addiction Exam for the Wayne State University School of Social Work Continuing Education Program, Taylor, Michigan. In May, she was a panelist in the Make Government Work, Public Forum and in June for Building Bridges: Accessing Support Networks at the Women’s Conference sponsored by Quality Health Behaviors in Detroit. On October 22, she served on a panel for the Social Justice: Advocacy, Action, Activism of the Statewide Social Work Forum in Detroit. Professor McMillan has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Detroit NAACP Policy Education Committee.

Judith Molina, director of the Institute of Music and Dance at Marygrove College, was appointed as the rehearsal director for children and supernumeraries for American Ballet Theatre’s new production of Sleeping Beauty at the Detroit Opera House. The production will take place March 31 – April 3, 2016. Choreographed by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, this new take on the classic will also feature costumes and design from Richard Hudson, who won a Tony Award for his work on The Lion King musical. Newly appointed principal dancer Misty Copeland will be featured in the production.

Chukwunyere E. Okezie, associate professor of Education, joined Judy Alhamisi and Blanch Glimps, former assistant professors of Education, in authoring “Implementing the Understanding by Design Framework in Higher Education” in Cases on Research-Based Teaching Methods in Science Education edited by E. de Silva. Another book chapter, “The Promise for African-American Male Students in Teacher Education at Marygrove College” will appear in a book co-edited by Dr. Glimpse in 2016.  In addition, Dr. Okezie’s paper titled: “The Promise and Challenges of recruiting African American Males in our Public Schools” was accepted by the National Association for Multicultural Education in October 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Okezie has just returned from Ohio for a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) site visit.

Catherine Orban, associate professor of Sociology, a member of the Sculptors Guild of Michigan, has four pieces in show from Oct. 6-Nov. 7 at Gallery 194 in Lapeer, Michigan.

Steven W. Patterson, professor of philosophy, is lead author of the “Core CT Project,” published by Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking (AILACT) Innovation Committee. He was invited to serve as the keynote speaker at the AILACT meeting held concurrently with the American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting in Chicago in February, 2016. Dr. Patterson is now an area editor for the category “Informal Logic” at PhilPapers, “a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. Using advanced trawling techniques and large scale crowdsourcing, [PhilPapers] monitor[s] all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics.”  This site has “the largest open access archive in philosophy. PhilPapers has over 110,000 registered users.”

Frank D. Rashid, professor of English and dean of the faculty was interviewed on July 30 as part of the Detroit Historical Museum’s Detroit 1967: Oral History Project. The interview is available at and Thomas Klug appear in a series of mini-documentaries about Detroit neighborhoods—Conant Gardens, Warrendale, and the Avenue of Fashion— broadcast on Detroit Public Television this fall.  See and With four others, he is editing a book on Tiger Stadium to be published by McFarland, for which he wrote the essay, “Losing Tiger Stadium, 1987-1999: A Detroit Story.”

Tara Sievers-Hunt, assistant professor of Music, will appear as a contributing author in a new music education book entitled: Musicianship: Composing in Choir, which is slated for release this winter by GIA Publications. Also, Pat & Emilia, the mixed-media chamber opera about photographer Pat Sturn and MG alum/former faculty member Emilia Cundari (MG ’53) that premiered here at Marygrove last March continues to find success. The opera, which Tara co-wrote with Marty Gervais and Jeff Smallman and performed as Emilia, is still booking performances throughout Michigan, Ohio and SW Ontario, including an upcoming collaboration with the Windsor Symphony in Feb 2016. The documentary about the project, Imagining Angels (produced by Canadian Arts Productions) which played at several Canadian film festivals, was mostly recently shown at the Mannheim International Film Festival in Germany.

Rita Smith, research assistant in Institutional Research and Assessment, is finishing a three-year term on the Michigan Association for Institutional Research (MI/AIR) Steering Committee, this year as Chair. One of her significant accomplishments was to lead MI/AIR though the process of incorporating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Marygrove College is the first private institution to have leadership representation on the Steering Committee. As Chair, Rita will host this year’s conference on November 5-6 in Traverse City. MI/AIR is a non-profit organization established for persons working or interested in institutional research. MI/AIR encourages the improvement and dissemination of research predominately of concern to institutions of higher education and provides collegiums for professional persons in a common profession.

Jerry Van Rossum, assistant professor of Business and chair of the Business and Computer Information Systems and Human Resource Management Department, published an article, “Just Because It’s Legal, Doesn’t make it Right,”  in the Fall 2015 issue of Government Connection Magazine. On April 29, he presented a break-out  session entitled “Four Lenses of Ethical Decisions in Business” at the Society of Government Meeting Professionals National Education Conference in Minneapolis and, on September 17, another session entitled “Ethical Dilemmas and Rights” at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ 22nd Annual Recipient Rights Conference in  Kalamazoo.  On July 15, he delivered the keynote address, “Got Ethics?  Ethical Decisions in a Market Driven Society,” at the Michigan Society of Government Meeting Professionals Luncheon in Lansing. He attended the Faculty Resource Center Seminar, “The Philosopher in the Marketplace: Market Morality and Its Social Impact,” at New York University in June.

Loretta Woodard, associate professor of English and director of the Honors Program, was recognized for her thirty years of service at the College in May and inducted as a Silver Star Soror (for 25 years of service) into Lambda Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. During the summer, she served as a mentor in the Winning Futures statewide mentoring program that helps to guide fifth grade students through a predesigned course to assist students plan for future success and was a specialist reader for Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. She moderated two panels, “Conflict in Novels and Ideas for Teaching Graphic Novels” and “Reflective Practices for Negotiating Conflict in Writing Classrooms,” at the annual Michigan College English Association (MCEA) Conference at Davenport University on October 16-17.  Dr. Woodard also serves on the Board of Directors of the MCEA. Dr. Woodard serves as a mentor for seventh graders in English in the Partner Morning Program at Madison-Carver Academy in Detroit.

Zen Zadravec, assistant professor of Music, accompanied Ukrainian folk artist Alexander Cap in a recently released CD. With his jazz trio, he performed frequently this summer at Detroit’s legendary jazz club Cliff Bells. Professor Zadravec is also preparing to record a new feature length Jazz CD in New York City with jazz legends Jack Dejohnette and Dave Holland.

Compiled by Frank D. Rashid, Dean of the Faculty

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