Marygrove Recognized as Veteran-Friendly School by Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

mvaaMarygrove College announced today its recognition as a Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), a state government agency that connects veterans and their families to employment, education, health care and quality-of-life services throughout the state.

“At Marygrove, we know how critical it is for veterans and their families to have access to an affordable, career-enhancing education,” said Assistant Director of Admissions Steven Coddington. “Just as important, though, is a support system—something we are proud to say that we offer all of our veteran students.”

Marygrove College currently holds the MVAA’s Bronze-level status for veteran-centric services and programs such as veterans GI Benefits Assistance, access to a veteran-specific web portal, spouse and family support, competitive financial aid packages, an on-campus veteran’s lounge, and a designated point of contact for student veterans.

For more information about the Marygrove College’s veteran’s benefits program, visit or contact Steven Coddington, 313-927-1821 or

Join the IHM Sisters & Friends Team at AIDS Walk Detroit

347px-la_aids_walk_1AIDS Walk Detroit provides financial support for programs in HIV prevention, education and services for HIV positive individuals to ensure people living with HIV/AIDS are treated with dignity and respect.

Walk is Sunday, September 25. Royal Oak Farmers Market, on E 11 Mile Rd., south side of the street. Registration opens 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 pm. or, 248-399-9255.

Don’t miss the AIDS Quilt ceremony!

Get an AIDS Walk shirt by raising a minimum of $10. Join the IHM Sisters & Friends Team (see Sr. Barb at registration table), create your own team, or walk on your own.

Donations for the cause are welcome.

Photo Credit: Damon D’Amato

The Charles McGee Community Commons at Marygrove College Dedicated Friday, September 23, 5:30 p.m.


WHAT: Marygrove College has transformed the corner of McNichols and Wyoming into a community gathering space highlighting a sculpture by 92-year-old Detroit artist Charles McGee.  His “Playscape II” sculpture and the space will be officially dedicated.

WHEN: Friday, September 23, 2016, 5:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: The corner of McNichols and Wyoming in Northwest Detroit

BACK STORY: Upon their retirement, Professor Emerita Rose DeSloover, local artist and former art faculty member, and Professor Emerita Jane Hammang-Buhl, former vice president of academic affairs and business faculty member, embarked on this project to strengthen Marygrove and community connections in Northwest Detroit. The “Changing the Vibe at Six Mile and Wyoming” project transforms the corner of McNichols and Wyoming into a community gathering space.

Ninety-two-year old Charles McGee, the first Kresge Eminent Artist, has located his art studio across the street from Marygrove for over 50 years.  His work, “Playscape II,” is the focal point of the community commons. He is expected to attend the dedication.

This area of northwest Detroit is targeted for revitalization as one of Mayor Mike Duggan’s “20-Minute Neighborhoods.” This project is supported by a Public Spaces Community Places grant match from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation through the Patronicity CrowdGranting. It also received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation, and many individual donors.

“Productive Parent Partnerships”: A Discussion with Dr. Denise Powell

business-1564366_1280Join Dr. Denise Powell as she discusses how to build productive parent partnerships with parents, teacher candidates, and new teachers.

Thursday, September 22 from 6 – 8:30 p.m., Madame Cadillac Building, Denk Chapman Hall.

For more information, please contact Diane Brown, IHM, (313) 927-1237, dbrown1@marygrove. edu


“The Constitutional Debate Over Voter ID Laws”: Constitution Day at MG College

constitution-day2Every year the Political Science department at Marygrove celebrates Constitution Day, a U.S. federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. Yesterday, Marygrove students were lucky enough to sit in on Dr. Tal Levy’s discussion, “The Constitutional Debate Over Voter ID Laws.”

During this lecture, Dr. Levy explained that since 2011, 33 mostly Republican-controlled states have introduced laws demanding voters provide photo ID. The trend started when the Supreme Court, in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, struck down Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The Court argued that that this section was unconstitutional because it was not based on current demographic realities.

In effect, the Court now allows every state to pass laws (like voter ID laws) that may restrict voter participation.  Many argue that voter ID laws are disenfranchising minorities because they are less likely to have valid photo IDs.  They also argue that such laws contradict the Constitution’s 15th Amendment.

Light Up Livernois this Weekend at Marygrove College

The Live6 Alliance joins forces with Marygrove College and the Carr Center for Light Up Livernois @ Marygrove, a set of weekend events highlighting the creative culture in Northwest Detroit. This event is in conjunction with the Detroit Design Festival (DDF), an annual, citywide celebration of design whose theme is “Designing Detroit’s Future.”

Celebrations will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday September 23, with performances by Northwest Detroit dancers, musicians, and writers at the Marygrove College Theatre, part of Connecting Neighborhood Creatives’ dedication of the Charles McGee Community Commons at McNichols and Wyoming.

On Saturday September 24, the celebratory events extend from 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and include a neighborhood parade featuring the opening of the Charles McGee Community Commons on McNichols and Wyoming. School-age children of Marygrove faculty and staff are invited to join the parade and enjoy cider and donuts afterward. Next, musical and poetic performances curated by the Carr Center on Marygrove College’s lawn.  Performers include Collective Peace, Neighborhood Storytellers, Jessica Care Moore, and the New Breed BeBop Society Orchestra. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the music and spoken word performances.

Throughout the day, The Gallery at Marygrove College will be open so that visitors may see A Six Mile Connection, an exhibition of works by northwest Detroit area artists, curated by Marygrove’s Rose DeSloover.

Celebrations continue on 16651 Livernois, where Live6 will have a reception in its new headquarters to launch a collaboration with Model D. For those who are visiting the area, art installations at both Marygrove College and the Live6 headquarters will serve as beacons for the events.

Light Up Livernois continues on the historic Avenue of Fashion and features programming such as fashion shows, music and art pop-ups, and open houses for local businesses.

A free shuttle service will bring attendees to all events along the Livernois and McNichols corridors to encourage newcomers and residents alike to dive deeper into the rich art culture that thrives in the area. The shuttle will be running from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday 9/24.

For more information, see the poster below, contact, or visit For information on the Light Up Livernois events happening on the Avenue of Fashion go here: