Celebrating Artists in Northwest Detroit

instagrAMCreate some buzz with us in the MC 1st Floor Corridor Thursday afternoon from 3:30 – 4:30 PM to support “Celebrating Artists in Northwest Detroit,” an event sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Residential Life. You can join in the fun using silly props to take selfies and post them to @changingthevibe313. We’ll have some props, and also encourage you to bring your own artistic props (instrument, smock, craft tool, etc.). You will also be able to check out our Facebook page; ‘like’ it, and invite your friends to ‘like’ it.


Marygrove Dance Majors Perform MLK Remembrance Event in Traverse City

traverseMembers of the Marygrove College Dance Company performed on January 18 & 19, 2016 at the MLK Remembrance Day event at the State Theatre and at East Middle school, both located in Traverse City, MI.  Dance majors Katelyn Colling and Dwaylan Jones collaborated with local pianist Mike Jellick to create fitting musical celebrations of the legacy of the great civil and human rights leader.

In addition to the multiple performances wtraverse 2hich were all well done and very well received, Katie and Dwaylan had a myriad of interaction with members of the TC community representing all ages and backgrounds. We are proud of these students for representing Marygrove and serving the community so admirably.  They were an integral part of this successful project honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.!

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Marygrove Preps for NEA Event Featuring Detroit Artist Satori Shakoor

ShakoorAs many of you may recall, last year Marygrove College announced a new project, “Community Engagement in Northwest Detroit: Celebrating Neighborhood Artists.” This project, made possible in part by a grant awarded to the college by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), will bring Satori Shakoor, Executive Director of the Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Story-Telling, to the college where she will lead a series of workshops for beginning storytellers. Shakoor will begin working with novice storytellers in February.

These efforts will culminate in a three-day-long series of events on September 22-24 on the campus of Marygrove College in the Theatre in the Liberal Arts Building.

In addition to featuring the work of Shakoor’s students, this three-day celebration will also showcase music and choreography by Marygrove’s Dance & Music Departments and include other programming about neighborhood artists, including Marygrove’s Institute for Music & Dance.

This celebration will be the culmination of a yearlong series of activities that will mark the opening of the Charles McGee Community Commons, a new green space planned for the Wyoming & McNichols corner of the Marygrove campus. The Commons will feature a relief sculpture created by Charles McGee, Kresge Foundation’s Inaugural 2008 Eminent Artist.

In preparation for the event, the NEA Committee and Marygrove’s Institute for Detroit Studies are sponsoring a panel discussion, “What Is the Relationship Between Creative Vitality and Healthy Communities?” on Wednesday March 9, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Marygrove’s Alumni Hall in the Madame Cadillac Building.

For further information about this event, contact Dr. Thomas Klug, Director of the Institute at (313) 927-1291 or tklug@marygrove.edu.

For information about the Creatives Survey, currently underway, and the storytelling workshops, please contact Kay Johnson at (313) 927-1538 or kjohnson17@marygrove.edu.

Follow the Facebook page for this project, Connecting Northwest Detroit Creatives, https://facebook.com/changingthevibe.

The Marygrove Graduate Fair is Happening NOW!


Whether you are receiving your Bachelor or Master’s degree and have completed your requirements in August 2015 – December 2015 or on target for May 2016, this message is for you!

Wednesday, February 24
Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Main Dining Room
Madame Cadillac Building


The Grad Fair will offer you the opportunity to meet with representatives from:

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  • Order class rings/announcements
  • You may “Cash & Carry” your academic regalia – cap-tassel/gown/hood


  • Want to be in the 2016 Class Composite Photo?  If so, bring $14 (exact cash-check-charge) and be photo-ready!

Photographer will be on-site.  No appointment necessary.  The academic regalia will be provided for your sitting.

Marygrove  Success Center

  • Career Coach
  • Office of Disability Support Services

Marygrove Masters’ Programs

Marygrove Alumni Association

And more!  Find out about Commencement Speaker Nominations.  See clips of Commencement and the Undergrad Hooding Ceremony.

LOOK for a POSTCARD mailed to your address of record with this and more information!

. . .and be sure to check your Marygrove email for news/updates, as well as the MG News Blog.


Chamber Music at the Scarab Club to Perform at Marygrove College

Sunday, January 31st at 3 p.m. Korngold and Piazzolla

Don’t miss Chamber Music at the Scarab Club’s upcoming concert in Madame Cadillac Hall on the beautiful campus of Marygrove College. The program features the engaging Folias Duo (flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron) in music by Piazzolla and Bergeron. In addition, you’ll enjoy a performance of Erich Korngold’s melodic and exhilarating Piano Quintet!

Tickets – $22 at the door, $18 in advance, $10 for students
For tickets and more info – (248) 474-8930   chambermusic@scarabclub.org     www.scarabclub.org/chambermusic
**Anyone showing current Marygrove ID at the door will be admitted free.

Marygrove College is located in Detroit at 8425 West McNichols Road, at the corner of McNichols and Wyoming

Folias Variations (2014) – Andrew BERGERON
Carmen Maret – flute       Andrew Bergeron – guitar

Angel Suite – Astor PIAZZOLLA / arr. Bergeron and Maret
Carmen Maret – flute       Andrew Bergeron – guitar
Laura Roelofs – violin     Velda Kelly – violin
Romona Merritt – viola   Nadine Deleury – cello

Piano Quintet in E Major, Op. 15 (1921) – Erich Wolfgang Korngold (b. 1897-1957)
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Velda Kelly – violin     Laura Roelofs – violin
Romona Merritt – viola   Nadine Deleury – cello

Chamber Music at the Scarab Club is excited to collaborate with the Marygrove College Department of Music in presenting this varied and inventive program. The Folias Duo, consisting of flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron, will appear for the second time on a CMSC concert. This talented duo will perform a recent composition by Andrew Bergeron cleverly titled Folias Variations. It’s based on the beautiful La Folia theme, most famously heard in music by the Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli.

The duo will then be joined by a string quartet to perform Astor Piazzolla’s Angel Suite, skillfully arranged for this combination of instruments by both Maret and Bergeron. Piazzolla wrote two pieces from this suite at the request of playwright Alberto Rodriguez Muñoz as incidental music for his play titled El Tango del Angel. The music is very much in the ‘new tango’ style that Piazzolla created and made famous, strongly rooted in the classic tango but also reflects elements of jazz and classical chamber music.

Austrian composer Erich Korngold was an incredible child prodigy. Most renowned for his film scores and operas, his Piano Quintet, Op. 15 was written when he was already a respected and seasoned composer, at the ripe age of 24! In three movements, the piano quintet is full of romantic intensity, expansive and heroic style as well as simple, straightforward melodies. This work is one that keeps listeners on the edges of their seats!

Chamber Music at the Scarab Club is a popular series dedicated to presenting fine chamber music programs in informal, intimate settings that encourage a close rapport between audience and performers. The series includes performances at Detroit’s historic Scarab Club, The Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church and Marygrove College. Innovative programming and a connection with literature and the visual arts have assured this small series an important place in the metropolitan Detroit arts scene.

Join Marygrove Fraternities in Collecting Water Donations for Flint

Flint MI Water Donation Drive 2On behalf of the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Sigma Delta Lambda Chapter, and the Pi Upsilon chapter here at Marygrove, we would like to invite you to participate in a water drive for the residents of Flint, MI.

For those that are interested in donating water, please feel free to drop cases or individual gallons off to Joshua Kennedy in the Office of Admissions (LA117).


Tomorrow: Marygrove Professors Featured in an Interfaith Panel Discussion at Lawrence Tech.

new-religionsProfessors George Alcser and Sarah Heidt will be featured in an interfaith panel discussion being held on the theme: “Should religion adapt to modernity?” The event is being held at Lawrence Technological University in the University Technology Learning Center this coming Wednesday, 20th January, from 7-9 PM.

The panel includes: Dr. Sarah Heidt (moderator, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Marygrove), Rev Dr. Benjamin Baker (Christian), Dr. Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM (Christian), Dr. Fatima Al-Hayani (Muslim), Dr. Narajamaswamy Sangkagiri (Hindu), Dr. Rabbi Louis Finkelman (Jewish), and Prof. George Alcser, also of Philosophy and Religious studies at Marygrove. Please do not miss this opportunity to see your excellent Religious Studies colleagues in action.

The panel discussion coincides with an exhibition of rare texts sponsored by the Remant Trust. Though some are religious in nature, all are not, and the exhibition offers a very rare opportunity to handle and examine the manuscripts. The exhibit opens at 6:00 that evening so that attendees may have a look at the manuscripts before the event. Come see the books, and stay for a lively, collegial and stimulating discussion!

We hope you can join us!

Photo credit: Jon Díez Supat via Foter.com / CC BY-SA