Recent Upgrades to the Office 365 System

Greetings Marygrove College Community:

Recent upgrades to the Office 365 system have brought new tools and features to students email accounts.  These new tools are designed to increase productivity, simplify email, and make your overall experience better.  However, some of these new tools have caused confusion, and can result in missed messages if the user isn’t aware of how they work.  Once such new feature is the ‘Clutter’ folder.

‘Clutter’ is automatic. As new email comes in, it takes messages you are most likely to ignore and puts them into the ‘Clutter’ folder.

Clutter is an email filtering option available in Office 365.  It is similar to an anti-spam filter as it moves less important email (based on your reading habits) into a ‘Clutter’ folder where they can be ignored or reviewed later.  ’Clutter’ can help you filter low-priority email, saving time for your most important messages. The email server keeps track of the email you read and the ones you don’t.

Most of the mail going into the folder should be bulk mail (advertisements) and messages from mailing lists.  However, you will want to periodically check the Clutter folder as it may move legitimate email into this folder.

Moving something from the Inbox to the Clutter folder is the strongest indication that similar messages should be treated likewise.  Deleting a message immediately after it appears in the’ Inbox’ is another negative signal as is ignoring a message by leaving it unread in the ‘Inbox’ for a long time.  On the other hand, replying to a message from a particular user, or reading their messages are positive signals that this is the kind of item that should remain in the ‘Inbox’.

To mark misclassified messages as “not clutter”, either right click on the message and choose ‘Mark as not clutter’ or just drag it to the Inbox. If Office 365 is missing messages you want marked as clutter, right click and choose ‘Mark as clutter’ or drag it to the Clutter folder.

If you find ‘Clutter’ to difficult or problematic you can always opt to disable the feature. To change clutter settings Office 365, use the following procedure.

1.     Sign in to Office 365.
2.     At the top left corner of the page, select the App launcher App launcher buttonicon, and then select Mail.
Outlook on the web App Launcher
3.     On the top right corner of the page, go to Settings Settings: update your profile, install software and connect it to the cloud> Options > Mail > Automatic processing > Clutter.
4.     Choose Separate items identified as Clutter, then Save Save.
Clutter options
You can turn Clutter off anytime by selecting Don’t separate items identified as Clutter.
NOTE   The Clutter folder remains in Outlook after you turn off the Clutter feature. If you don’t want the folder listed under your Mailbox, move the emails from Clutter to other folders, as appropriate, and then right-click the Clutter folder and choose Delete Folder.


Marygrove Celebrates 28th Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series

Marygrove Celebrates 28th Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series
Event to feature award-winning poet Claudia Rankine

To commemorate its twenty-eighth year of bringing nationally-known authors to its campus for a public lecture and seminar, Marygrove’s English and Modern Languages Department is pleased to announce that award-winning poet and playwright Claudia Rankine will be the featured guest at its Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS) event.

In addition to delivering the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016, Rankine will also host a master class for Detroit-area high school students and teachers beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Marygrove College Theatre.

Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric (2014), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, and Nothing in Nature Is Private (1995), winner of the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. She is also author of two plays: Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue (2009) and Existing Conditions (2010), along with several edited collections.

CAALS will also celebrate this year’s event by featuring a master class conducted by Rankine for Detroit-area high school students. Over 300 students and teachers from Fordson, Cass Technical, Cody, Ferndale, Martin Luther King, Loyola, East English Village, and Detroit International Academy for Young Women will attend the class which begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Marygrove Theatre. Winners of the Mary Helen Washington Writing Contest will be recognized as well. Afterwards, students will enjoy lunch and a tour of the Marygrove College campus.

Claudia Rankine will deliver the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove College campus. Afterward, she will sign copies of her books, which will be available for purchase. The evening lecture is free and open to the community.

Support for this year’s CAALS event is provided in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Claudia Rankine, contact Erin Piscopink at 313-927-1438 or You may also visit:

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For her book Citizen, Rankine won both the PEN Open Book Award and the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was the first book ever to be named a finalist in both the poetry and criticism categories); and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in California and holds the Aerol Arnold Chair in the University of Southern California’s Department of English.

The CAALS series, now in its twenty-eighth year at Marygrove, is an annual event bringing a nationally-known author to its campus for a public lecture and seminar with students.

It began when the late Frederick P. Currier, a former Marygrove College trustee, attended a reception on campus and remarked that he would like to bring a national writer to Marygrove for a weekend. Mr. Currier’s start-up check soon followed his suggestion, and on April 21, 1989 nearly 600 guests of the College heard Gloria Naylor inaugurate the series.

The series has flourished thanks in large part to the generosity of Lillian and Don Bauder whose endowment supports the evening lecture as well as the Mary Helen Washington Writing Contest in which local high school students respond in writing to the visiting author’s works.

To date, nearly 10,000 people have joined Marygrove at the Friday night public readings to hear outstanding writers share their work.

Marygrove VPAA Jacqueline El-Sayed Presents at Federal Building for Women’s History Month

FBI Women History Month-1On March 22, Marygrove VPAA Jacqueline El-Sayed—who also served as former State Commissioner for the Michigan Truck Safety Commission, Michigan State Police—was invited to present as part of a panel for Women’s History Month at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at the Federal Building in downtown Detroit.

Photo: Melanie Grund, CEO GCB Strategies, Former Coordinator for Sander Levin, US House of Representatives Commander;  Jacqueline El-Sayed, Marygrove’s Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Tinesha Cherry, US Customs and Border Control, Homeland Security.

MG Professor Tracy Halloran Pearson Featured in Dance Teacher Magazine

TPearson002_2012_4be0759b2e1c5d3dc9a5506b67d8648cPlease join us in congratulating Assistant Professor Tracy Halloran Pearson, who is featured in the April 2016 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine.  The article, entitled “Up Close with Tracy Halloran Pearson,” is a personal interview in which Ms. Pearson discusses teachers’ tools and much more. Congratulations, Tracy!


3 Days Left to Fund the McGee Community Commons Project

Last month, we announced the official launch of a new crowdfunding campaign through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform, Patronicity. Funds raised through this joint effort between Marygrove College, The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) will support construction of the Charles McGee Community Commons, a greenspace planned for the Wyoming & McNichols corner of the Marygrove College campus.

There are only 3 days let in the campaign and we need your help to meet our goal!

To donate or learn more about the project, click on the link below.


Congratulations, 2016 Student Show Award Recipients

The Marygrove College Annual Student Art Show is up and running! Please stop by to see some of the amazing work that our students are producing! We invited representatives from local galleries to judge the work and to provide an award. Many of them were happy to offer up exhibition space so the students and their work can become part of the larger Detroit art community. We look forward to seeing their art in many other environments. So without further ado, the Marygrove College Art Department is very proud to present the 2016 Student Show Award Recipients:

Whitdel Arts Award:
Teshia Bradford
Diane Brown

MOCAD Award:
Teshia Bradford
Veronique Eason

Lawrence Street Award:
Teshia Bradford
Kristina Spencer

Northville Art House Award:
Veronique Eason

Women’s Caucus for Art Award:
Kristina Spencer

Marygrove Award:
2D: Teshia Bradford
3D: Leo Kopack
Experimental: Kristina Spencer

Marygrove President’s Award:
James Porter- still life
Michael Simpson- still life

A Recap of IMD’s “Snow Time Fun” Performance


On Saturday, March 12, 2016, the students in the Institute of Music & Dance’s Who Am I theater program performed for family and friends. The theme was Snow Time Fun. The students recited poems, sang songs, and danced to a rousing rendition of “Frosty the Snowman.” Some of the students posed with their certificates of participation. A wonderful time was had by all.

Marygrove College Ranked Among the Top 35 Most Innovative Small College Business Departments

Business-Research-Guide-Most-Innovative-College-Business-Department-291x300Marygrove College has been named as having one of the most innovative small college business departments in the U.S. by Business Research Guide! The ranking considered progressive majors and/or course offerings, global business emphasis, and wow factor.
The editors at Business Research Guide noted the numerous business degree concentrations offered by Marygrove College, highlighting the balance between business and liberal arts within these degree options.

The article and a high-resolution award badge can be found here: