Goal Set for GiveCampus Online Campaign EXCEEDED!

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We are elated to announce that, thanks to your generosity, the goal set for the GiveCampus Online Campaign has been EXCEEDED!

We want to offer our most sincere gratitude to all of you who donated, spread the word about the campaign, and shared & liked our posts on social media. YOU are the reason for our success!

For those who have not yet donated, but would like to: Please know that the GiveCampus Online Campaign does not officially end until 11:59 p.m. tonight, so there is STILL TIME TO GIVE!

Department of Dance Wraps Successful MCDC Summer Event

8116The Department of Dance has concluded another successful MCDC Summer Event.  July 27-29 marked the third annual offering of free Master Classes taught by Marygrove College Dance Faculty and guest artists.

Averaging 50 students per day/per class, dancers ages 12 and up from various high schools, private studios, and colleges visited our campus to share their passion for dance.  In addition to gaining the expertise of our acclaimed faculty, these students had the opportunity to receive talent scholarships, free classes during the upcoming academic school year and the privilege of dancing with members of the Marygrove College Dance Company and various alumni.


Restorative Justice Focus of Marygrove B.A. Online Criminal Justice Degree

400px-New_York_Police_OfficerMarygrove College announced July 26 its new online bachelor of arts in criminal justice degree, a program with a restorative-justice emphasis designed for current or aspiring criminal justice professionals. The program is currently accepting applications for the fall semester, which begins Sept. 6, 2016.

“In this time of crisis, where there is distrust between law enforcement and the community,” said Marygrove College Provost Sally Welch, “our institution is prepared to help bring about peace and reconciliation through its online bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice based on Restorative Justice principles.”

Restorative Justice is a victim-centered response to crime that views criminal behavior not as a violation against the state, but one against people and relationships. As a result, those who practice restorative justice respond to crime by transforming the traditional relationship between communities and government, giving all stakeholders — both the victim and perpetrator — the opportunity to identify and take steps to repair harm.

Marygrove College’s bachelor of arts in criminal justice is offered completely online and has been designed for those interested in law enforcement, corrections, parole, probation, fire science, and nonprofit careers.

To learn more about Marygrove College’s bachelor of arts in criminal justice program, visit https://www.marygrove.edu/academics/undergraduate-academics/undergraduate-programs/criminal-justice.html, call 313-927-1240, or email info@marygrove.edu.

Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning. The college’s commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit at 8425 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221; www.marygrove.edu.

Photo: See-ming Lee from New York, NY, USA (Gay Pride New York 2007 / SML) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Four Things Melania Trump’s Convention Speech Can Teach Us about Plagiarism

Melania_Trump_LARGE 2Recently, Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention was criticized for “plagiarizing” Michelle Obama’s 2008 address. What can learn from this political example? Is there more going on that just similar words?

Plagiarism is a literacy practice: Composition scholar Kathryn Valentine argues that plagiarism isn’t found only with words on the page, it is something that people do with words in a social context. This example of plagiarism isn’t only about Melania Trump’s speech sitting side-by-side with Michelle Obama’s speech. It also involves the speechwriters, the contexts of the political races, the audience members and readers, as well as the speakers themselves. How important is context here? Consider: Would it be different if the speech were given on America’s Got Talent? What if Bill Clinton had used the same language in discussing Hillary?

Plagiarism isn’t just similarity: The term plagiarism encompasses many different practices. Composition scholars often talk about non-attribution of sources (problems with citations), patchwriting (piecing together fragments of other writers—often the way in which we learn how to compose in new genres of writing), and cheating (intentionally offering up another’s writing as one’s own) as three of the most common practices. Copying words from one text without attribution is the most common and easiest to identify. Look at how the case was reported: side-by-side comparisons of the speech. Was this a case of merely failing to acknowledge the source? Was it a case of trying to get away with something by misleading the audience? Was it an example of a novice speech writer (Trump) relying too closely on a model text? It seems that there are elements of all three in this moment.

Authorship depends on the situation: There have been a lot of contradictory statements about whom we can consider the author of the speech. Was it all Trump? Was it her speechwriter? Michelle Obama? It is interesting to note that the standards for authorship are very different for political speeches and academic essays. Almost every public speaker has professionals who will help shape the message and words of a speech. Similarly, when students write essays, they get assistance from peers in workshops, from writing center consultants, and from their instructors. We are never completely isolated from others when we write (or speak)

Citations are tricky: Before Donald Trump gave his convention speech, his campaign staff claimed that the speech would be wholly original without any traces of borrowed phrases. To prevent accusations, the campaign released a transcript of the speech with over 280 footnotes. At least one of the cited authors claimed that the speech inaccurately represented her work. While not plagiarism, using sources responsibly is at the heart of the citation practices. Citations are not just for attribution. Writers include citations in order for readers to see the pathway of their thinking.

This case brings to light all of the complications and moving parts involved in writing when we see it as a social activity. As a result, we see that writing (and politics) is never simple, even when the evidence is in black and white.

15430347515_3520ca47c9_zDr. Steven Engel is Marygrove College Assistant Professor of English.  His research interests include writing pedagogy with an expertise in the area of plagiarism.  Dr. Engel received his PhD from the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan. He can be reached at sengel@marygrove.edu.

Melania Trump Photo: Marc Nozell from Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA (20160208-DSC08088) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Rise to the Marygrove Challenge!

Summer has arrived at Marygrove and the College has received a Challenge Grant from an anonymous donor for $500,000!  We need your help to spread the word!

As we get closer to meeting this challenge, we now look to our amazing network of alumni, student, faculty, staff, and friends.  With your help, we want to get 100 donors to give by July 31st!!

To donate to the Marygrove Challenge, click here: https://www.givecampus.com/schools/MarygroveCollege/rise-to-the-marygrove-challenge/?a=127048

By making a gift to Marygrove College now, your investment will help us support our students and faculty. Your donation goes even farther this year!

At Marygrove College we take great pride in our mission of fostering the competence, compassion, and commitment of each student.  Gifts to the Marygrove Challenge will help ensure that great ideas and great urban leaders continue to thrive here.  Every dollar counts!

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#Hashtag Lunchbag Detroit Presents: We ❤ Detroit Edition!

Hashtag lunchbagHashtag Lunchbag Detroit has partnered with over 50+ Detroit-based brands & companies for their July event to feed those in need.

Come out to pack lunches while representing your favorite Detroit-based brand or clothing line!

Sunday July 31, 2016

Marygrove College
8425 W. McNichols Rd. Detroit, MI 48221
Madame Cadillac Building (Main Dining Hall)

Assembly: 10:30 a.m. sharp
Distribution: 12:00 p.m.

We are asking volunteers to bring a $10 donation to help cover the cost of groceries for our upcoming events.

No RSVP. No guest list. Just show up!

Email hashtaglunchbagdetroit@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

-Team #HashtagLunchbag
Ending world hunger, one lunchbag at a time.
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Marygrove College Finds Vibrancy in Community Beyond Its Borders


“The Michigan Catholic” recently published an article featuring Marygrove College. We have included an excerpt here, but if you would like to read the article in its entirety, click on the link below:


The gates of Maryrove College are never closed, and were built 90 years ago “to keep the cows out.”

As such, they were never intended to keep the rest of the Immaculate Heart of Mary-sponsored school’s neighbors away.

That sentiment from Marygrove College president Elizabeth Burns, Ph.D., was shared during her address to alumni, faculty and friends at the President’s Gala on June 23 to highlight the need for Marygrove to be an active neighbor in its northwest Detroit neighborhood.

“Marygrove College was founded by brave, visionary women, who knew education of women was import to Detroit,” Burns said. “Engaged in teaching the liberal arts, Marygrove was all women until 1971, but was never a ‘finishing school.’ We taught the art of making a living with the liberal arts. The city of Detroit needs cultural innovations, with leaders who have bold visions, to provide for the people of Detroit.”

The gala served as an “open house” for the college to the community, showcasing how the school is working to collaborate with its neighbors both during the school year and over the summer.

Through the Marygrove Community Association, the college has long been a good neighbor to the surrounding area, which is bounded by Wyoming, Greenlawn and Puritan avenues and McNichols Road, a section of the Fitzgerald Neighborhood.

The college hosts the Marygrove Community Association garden, where people can grow vegetables and fruits, as well as a clothing closet for women in need. The MCA is also partnering with Talmer Bank and Trust to renovate three houses in the neighborhood and clean up vacant lots.


Marygrove’s Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed Presents at Ed. Conferences in New Orleans & Grand Rapids

AmWUDVOk_400x400We’d like to give a big shout-out to Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed, who recently presented:

MG’s Art Department Announces Mary Lou Greene as New Director for College Galleries

marylou_MG_4907The Art Department would like to formally announce Mary Lou Greene as the new Director for The Gallery and the Beyond Words Gallery here at the college.

Mary Lou is the Chair of the Art Department as well as the Director for the Institute of Arts Infused Education.  She has been with the College for over 10 years and has had her hands in numerous programs not only through Marygrove, but through the community as well.  We are very excited to see the new work that she will be introducing to the College!


Marygrove College Alumna Nettie Harris Seabrooks Interviewed by We Are the Independents

Nettie Harris Seabrooks, who earned her BA in Chemistry from Marygrove and was also awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the college, was recently interviewed by We Are the Independents!

Check out what she had to say by clicking on the link below!