Marygrove Minute

This edition features the Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement, sponsoring a film and panel discussion to honor International Women's Day.

 

 

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2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations Being Accepted

Experience the Majesty of Prague, Vienna and Budapest with Marygrove Alumni in 2011!

Attention Michigan Educators!

Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement Sponsor Film and Panel Discussion to Honor International Women’s Day

Dinner and Theatre

Dust off those Dancing Shoes Because Ballroom Dance Classes are Back!

Get That Job! Workshops Coming this Spring

Greater Downtown Detroit Community Bus Tour and Lunch

Lend a Hand - Sandwich-to-Go Program

Marygrove Welcomes 2011 Contemporary American Authors Series Guest

Nominations being sought for Alumni Association Board of Directors and Alumni-Sponsored Committees

Opera at the Detroit Opera House

Save the Date – Homecoming 2011


2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations Being Accepted

The Marygrove College Distinguished Alumni Awards are honors bestowed by Marygrove College and the Marygrove College Alumni Association.  These awards have been established to recognize and honor alumni who have distinguished themselves and their alma mater.

All living Marygrove College alumni (those who have earned undergraduate or graduate degrees) are eligible for this award.  Alumni, family, friends, co-workers, faculty, staff and students may submit nominations.  Self-nominations are accepted.  The Alumni Association Advisory Council will review nominations and select the award recipients.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate the ideals of competence (the ability to understand and participate effectively in the promise of our evolving world), compassion (the capacity to care about and respect the worth and dignity of people), and commitment (the will to act responsibly based upon one’s beliefs and to contribute to the building of a more just and humane world), qualities that Marygrove has always tried to instill in its graduates. These awards honor graduates who have made significant contributions and demonstrated leadership in any of the following areas:

  1. Professional, educational or artistic endeavors
  2. The community through government service and/or civic organizations (such as Lions Club, City Planning Commissions, government committees, etc.)
  3. Political action, social justice or volunteer activities in schools, hospitals, etc.
  4. Marygrove College

Based on the number of qualified applicants, up to six awards will be given annually.  For one of these awards, special consideration will be given to alums who graduated within the last 15 years.  All nominations will remain on file and will be reconsidered for two consecutive years.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented on Friday, September 16, 2011, at a special recognition event during Homecoming weekend.

Nomination forms can be found at http://www.marygrove.edu/images/docs/alumni/Distinguished_Alumni_Nomination_Form.pdf or on page 11 of the winter edition of Tower Times.

Nominations are due no later than May 31, 2011.

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Experience the Majesty of Prague, Vienna and Budapest with Marygrove Alumni in 2011!

Imperial Cities Tour
Oct. 10 – 20, 2011

$3,449 – Includes roundtrip air from Detroit, hotel transfers, 15 meals and departure taxes.  $250 deposit due May 11, 2011 – Final payment due Aug. 10, 2011

Bask in the splendor and romance of Europe’s imperial cities, Prague, Vienna and Budapest with 3-night stays in each city.  In Prague, walk the Golden Lane, a delightful neighborhood of tiny, medieval houses.  Delight in Vienna’s glittering imperial heritage.  Visit a 14th Century Hungarian castle where knights recreate the days of chivalry. Visit a horse farm on the Hungarian Great Plain and thrill to the skilled horsemanship of the Csikos. Cruise the Danube River through the beautiful scenery of the Wachau Valley.

Alumni-sponsored travel is open to all alumni, family and friends of Marygrove College. Special accommodations can be made for people who need a departure city other than Detroit.  To request a brochure with the complete itinerary and registration materials or if you have questions or need more information, contact Diane Puhl, Director of Alumni Relations/Alumni Annual Giving at (313) 927-1443 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Attention Michigan Educators!
Marygrove now offers ten (10) online recertification courses for State of Michigan SB-CEU's.

$119 per course/2.4 SB-CEU's each

  • Creating the Inclusive Classroom:  Strategies for Success
  • Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom
  • Empowering Students with Disabilities
  • Solving Classroom Discipline Problems
  • Solving Classroom Discipline Problems II
  • Survival Kit for New Teachers
  • Teaching Preschool:  A Year of Inspiring Lessons
  • Teaching Students with Autism:  Strategies for Success
  • Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
  • The Creative Classroom

 Detailed information can be found at:  http://www.marygrove.edu/academics/professional-development-for-teachers.html

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Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement Sponsor Film and Panel Discussion to Honor International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women's Day, Marygrove’s Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement present the thought provoking film "The Bandit Queen," on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 in Denk Chapman Hall at 6:30 p.m.  The film is based on the life of Phoolan Devi, a remarkable woman who triumphed over obstacles bigger than most of us could imagine. She was repeatedly raped and abused, and eventually decided to avenge the wrongs that had been done to her.

Phoolan Devi became the contemporary “Robin Hood” of India - a superwoman to the economically and socially underserved people of the country. She symbolized people who, like herself, were oppressed and molested. Eventually she killed 22 of the men who had allegedly raped her. In 1981 she voluntarily surrendered and after 11 years in prison, the charges were dropped and she was freed.

Immediately following this powerful film will be a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Brenda Bryant, Dean of the Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement and Director of the Master of Social Justice Program. Invited panelists include: Nora Chapa Mendoza, artist, activist and Sun Dancer; Honorable JoAnn Watson, Detroit City Council and Ann Perrault, co owner of Avalon International Breads.  The event is free and open to the public, although attendees should note that this movie is not suitable for children. Light refreshments will be served.  If you have questions or need more information, contact Elena Herrada, Coordinator of the Masters of Social Justice Program at (313) 927-1418 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Dinner and Theatre

The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Directed by Andrew Huff

Marygrove College, Saturday, April 2, 2011
Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Theatre at 8:00 p.m.

To close the season, The UDM Theatre Company will revive the first play it produced 40 years ago. Considered to be one of Shakespeare’s greatest works, The Tempest tells the story of Prospero, played by Dr. Arthur Beer, who is fighting for justice after being deprived of his throne by his brother. This classic chess match of men vs. monsters celebrates its 400th anniversary this year.

The dinner will be in Madame Cadillac followed by the play in the Marygrove Theatre.  The cost is $35 per person for a wonderful dinner and a theatre ticket.

To make reservations, send a check (payable to Marygrove College) no later than Friday, March 25, 2011, to Marygrove College, attention: Diane Puhl, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221.  This promises to be a great experience.

If you have questions, contact Sheila Keefe ’56 at (586) 268-0481 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Dust off those Dancing Shoes Because Ballroom Dance Classes are Back!

Ballroom dancing is making a comeback and here is your chance to learn this elegant and graceful art form.  The Marygrove College Alumni Program Committee is offering eight 1.5 hour lessons followed by a dance where you can show off your newly acquired or finely honed skills.

Reuben Collier and Margo Lee ’00, both experienced instructors who love to dance, will guide you through the lessons and have you dancing like Fred or Ginger in no time. In addition to being fun, ballroom dancing is also very healthy, as it has physical, mental and social benefits. You can register on your own or with a partner. Leather bottom shoes are required.

Lessons, which are $5 for alumni and $3 for students with ID, will be held in the Main Dining Room in Madame Cadillac from 5:00 – 6:45 p.m. the following Thursdays: February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. The dance will be held in the Main Dining Room on Friday, April 8, 2011. Tickets are $15 and should be purchased in advanced. To register for the lessons, purchase tickets for the dance or for more information, contact Margo Lee '00 at (313) 402-7776 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Diane Puhl at (313) 927-1443 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let's show those "Dancing With The Stars" celebrities they have nothing on Marygrove Alumni!

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Get That Job! Workshops Coming this Spring.

Unemployed?  Underemployed?  These are difficult economic times for so many people.  Marygrove alumni are not immune to loss of jobs and the associated economic hardships. To respond to this reality, The Marygrove Alumni Association in collaboration the Business Department and the Marygrove Library, are offering a series of job search workshops this spring.  This series is designed to refocus, revitalize, and reinvent your job search strategy. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with recent Master’s in Human Resource Management Program graduates who are involved with recruitment and selection activities in various business settings.

Participants may attend a single workshop or all three. Although there is no fee for attending, registration is required.

“Get That Job:  A Workshop in 3 Parts”

Session I – Getting Started:  The Job Search Process
Monday, March 21, 2011, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Session II – Networking:  Traditional Techniques and Use of Social Media
Monday, April 4, 2011, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Session III – Interviewing:  How to Open the Door and Close the Deal
Monday, April 11, 2011, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Group sizes are limited.  For questions or to reserve your spaces now, contact Diane Puhl at (313) 927-1443, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You will be advised of the workshop locations after you have registered.

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Greater Downtown Detroit Community Bus Tour and Lunch

Saturday, March 19, 2011
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Come and spend a Saturday morning learning some history and interesting facts about Detroit. Join fellow Marygrove alumni and friends on a two hour bus tour of this beautiful city. We will visit some important landmarks including the Heidelberg project, Belle Isle, the Guardian Building, River Plaza/Dequindre Cut and the Earthworks Garden. Immediately following the tour we will enjoy lunch at Traffic Jam Restaurant located at 511 West Canfield (tour begins and ends at the Traffic Jam.)  The cost of the trip is $30.00 and includes the bus tour and lunch. To make a reservation, mail your check, payable to Marygrove College, to Diane Puhl 8425 West McNichols Road Detroit, Michigan 48221-2599l. If you have any questions please contact Yesenia Lara ’07 at (313) 587-2914.

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Lend a Hand - Sandwich-to-Go Program

Saturday, April 9, 2011
10 a.m. – Noon

The Alumni Association has volunteered once again to assist with the Cass Community Social Services’ Sandwich-to-Go Program on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m.- Noon at the Scott Center, 11850 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Detroit.  This program funds a significant number of Cass Community Social Services’ projects including homeless services, medical services and mental health services.

We will prepare hundreds of sandwiches that will be distributed to Detroit Police Department precincts. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, contact Frances Simmons at (248) 546-2876 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Those who have participated in the past have expressed their appreciation for having the opportunity to bond with their fellow alumni while offering assistance to an organization that provides vital services to thousands of people in Detroit.

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Marygrove Welcomes 2011 Contemporary American Authors Series Guest
Harryette Mullen

Marygrove’s English and Modern Languages Department is pleased to announce that the award-winning poet and literary scholar, Harryette Mullen will be the 23rd guest in its Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. Professor Mullen will deliver the Lillian and Donald Bauder Lecture in Alumnae Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2011.  Earlier in the day, she will conduct a class session for students from local high schools and Marygrove.

The author of five books of poetry, Mullen has taught at Cornell University and now teaches creative writing and African-American literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has received the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry, a PEN Beyond Margins Award, and the 2010 Jackson Poetry Prize. She also has been a finalist for the National book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Mullen was born in Alabama and raised in Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, Austin and her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Her poems challenge us to rethink our ideas about gender, race, language, politics, and popular culture by engaging in wordplay: puns, jokes, acrostics, and anagrams. Elisabeth A. Frost has written, "Crossing the lines between often isolated aesthetic camps, Harryette Mullen has pioneered her own form of bluesy, disjunctive lyric poetry, combining a concern for the political issues raised by identity politics with a poststructuralist emphasis on language." As Carol Muske-Dukes says, Mullen’s poetry is “a little like the Muse playing scrabble.”

The Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series began in 1989. Since then, the series has welcomed to Marygrove three National Book Award recipients, three American Book Award recipients, two Pulitzer Prize winners, seven MacArthur Award grantees, the 1993-5 Poet Laureate of the United States, and the 2008 Presidential Inaugural Poet.

For many years, Marygrove students have competed for the Amy S. McCombs and Frederick P. Currier Writing Awards presented as part of this series. This year, through the increased generosity of long-time series supporters Lillian and Donald Bauder, the College has established the Mary Helen Washington Writing Awards, a contest for high school students named after the great scholar and Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series consultant. The recipients of these awards will be recognized prior to the Bauder Lecture on April 15.

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Nominations being sought for Alumni Association Board of Directors and Alumni-Sponsored Committees

The Marygrove College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Alumni Association Board of Directors, as well as alumni-sponsored committees.  If you are proud to call Marygrove College your alma mater, are invested in the future of the College and your fellow alumni, and desire to be a leader and inspiration for current and future alumni, we hope you will seriously consider becoming involved.

The purpose of the Alumni Association is to foster unity and loyalty among alumni, to provide opportunities for lifelong learning and growth, and to promote the ideals and interests of Marygrove College.  Board members serve as a link between alumni and the College and are elected to a three-year term, which is renewable.

In addition to board members, we are also seeking alumni and supporters of Marygrove College to serve on the following alumni-sponsored committees:

Admissions/Retention: works with the offices of student affairs and admissions to develop and implement strategies that utilize alumni in promoting and marketing Marygrove College to prospective and accepted students and increase student retention.

Affinity: assists the Director of Alumni Relations/Annual Giving in cultivating and recognizing supporters of the College; coordinates fundraising efforts for the Alumni Association; assists with college-wide fundraising initiatives; recognizes the accomplishments and/or significant events in the lives of alumni; and develops innovative strategies to bond alumni with the College, with each other and with current students.

Program: develops and implements programs designed to meet the educational, professional, social and spiritual needs and interests of Marygrove’s diverse alumni population.

Nominations are being considered for the term beginning August 2011.  If you would like to nominate yourself, another Marygrove College graduate or a current student for the Alumni Board or an alumni-sponsored committee, please send the nominee’s name, address, phone number, email address, graduation year, your name, and reason for the nomination to Diane Puhl, Director of Alumni Relations/Alumni Annual Giving, Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI, 48221 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2011.

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Opera at the Detroit Opera House

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
Friday, May 20, 2011

Verdi’s dramatic tragedy Rigoletto tells the tale of a razor-tongued court jester with a paternal curse that renders him powerless against his enemies. Fooled into assisting in the abduction of his own daughter, Rigoletto’s heart is pushed to the limit as he is forced to watch her suffer at the hands of his licentious master, the Duke of Mantua. Enraged, he plans the perfect revenge – death for the Duke and retribution for his daughter. As the plot twists, the power of the curse is realized and Rigoletto is left holding the shards of his broken life.

From the beloved “La donna e mobile,” one of opera’s most famous arias, to the exquisite “Cara nome,” the immortal melodies of Verdi’s first great masterpiece continue to move audiences worldwide.

The cost for this event is $55, which includes a main floor ticket (valued at $86) as well as a private gathering in the Lomason Lounge (3rd Level – elevator accessible) at 5:45 p.m.

There will be an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

To make reservations, send a check (payable to Marygrove College) no later than Friday, April 29, 2011 to Marygrove College, attention Diane Puhl, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221. For questions about this event, contact Sheila Keefe ’56 at (586) 268-0481 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Save the Date – Homecoming 2011
September 15-18, 2011

Thursday, September 15 – 10th Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble

Friday, September 16 – Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony and Reception

Saturday, September 17 – Mass/Lunch/Campus Tours

Sunday, September 18 – Mass/Brunch/Induction of the Class of 1961 into the Fifty Year Club

Homecoming 2011 celebrates the graduating classes of 1931, 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006; however, everyone, regardless of graduation year, is invited and encouraged to attend. Information will be mailed to reunion classes in the spring and specific details will follow in upcoming issues of The Tower Times and Marygrove Minute.

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Alumni Relations Contact Information

For more information, contact Colleen Cadieux, Director of Alumni Relations/Alumni Annual Giving at 313-927-1443 or ccadieux9185@marygrove.edu.

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