Dora L. Ricks ’90 and her eight year old son recently published Children and God. It is a record of their coversations about God. The book has already been distributed in Russia, Conneticut, and Florida.You may preview their book at http://www.authorhouse.com/bookstore/ItemDetail.aspx?bookid=46424 . The book is also available as print on demand, through Amazon.com and major book retailers.
Janise Dybalski ’91 is teaching in a resource room at Detroit Community High School. She is currently working on a Master's of Education in Special Education/Learning Disabilities at University of Detroit-Mercy and two additional certifications in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Emotional Impairment at Wayne State University.
Earline Youngblood Phillips ’91, in conjunction with Diamond Tours, Inc. is organizing a tour to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, June 22-28, 2008. She would like to extend an invitation to all Marygrove College alumni, family and friends. The price is $629, which includes roundtrip motor coach from Detroit, 6 nights lodging and 9 meals, including an authentic New England lobster dinner. A $200 deposit is due immediately and final payment is due April 16th. Earline hopes that several of her fellow graduates will join her on this exciting trip. For more information, please call 313-835-3729.
Monique Kelly Brown ’93, one of Marygrove’s longest serving alumni board members, and her husband John welcomed their son, Jonathan Elijah Brown into the world Friday, March 28 at 5:11 a.m. “Little” Jonathan was 20 ½ inches long and weighed in at 9 pounds, 9 ounces!! Hopefully Marygrove will have a football team by the time he is 18 years old.
Sandra Brown-Ali Harris ’93 moved to Florida 13 years ago. She met a wonderful man at her church and got married 4 1/2 years ago. She is the proud mother of four children and four grandchildren. She is employed by the State of Florida and looking forward to retirement when she can take her grandchildren on long road trips in a luxury motor home.
Diane E. Banks’s ’94 son passed away.
Rita Edgeworth Field ’96 and ’02 has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Talent Management & Workforce Strategies for Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital! In her role she will be responsible for the entire scope of human resources for this new $400 million facility, including staffing for approximately 1800 positions.
Glennis Harvey ’96 passed away January 1, 2008.
Abby Allen-Murphy ’97 was recently promoted to represent Macomb County as a liaison with the Michigan Prisoner Reintegration program through the Department of Human Services. Michelle D. Anderson’s ’98 brother passed away.
John E. Kiger ‘98 was approved as the new assistant principal for East Liverpool, Ohio Middle School and High School. He is leaving his positions as special education teacher and athletic director to assume this position. He is excited and thrilled about his new position. "It's a great time to be here right now. We've turned the corner financially," he said of the school district, adding that he also believes the athletic program is now headed in the right direction. He said he will continue athletic director duties unofficially until his replacement is hired. He has been a teacher in East Liverpool for 20 years.
Khris Nedam ’98 was honored with the National Award for Citizen Diplomacy from the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. on February 12, 2008. Khris, along with her sixth grade students, founded Kids4AfghanKids, a non-profit organization whose goal is to re-establish educational facilities for boys and girls in Afghanistan. Within three years they had raised enough money to build a six-room schoolhouse in Afghanistan.
Linda D. Rizza ‘98 graduated with a BFA in studio art with a concentration in ceramic sculpture. She began teaching at Cranbrook in 1999 where she currently teaches K-4th Art at Brookside in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She was awarded Art Teacher of the Year by Art Serve Michigan in 2005 and was invited to participate in the People to People Ambassador Program to China. Her photos from a trip to China in 2005 and her 2007 trip to San Miquel de Allende in Mexico were recently featured in the Beyond Words Gallery in the Marygrove Library. The trip to Mexico was supported by Cranbrook and consisted of participation in regional fiber workshops and visits to local cultural institutions.
Nancy Berry Blakemore’s ’99 passed away February 22, 2006.
Barbara DeRosa Cannon ’99 passed away June 1, 2007.
Kathryn Fleming ‘99 loves to write songs and this year she has written Hallelujah to Peace and Seasons Greetings and Givings. Currently she is working on Aloha Kohala and a petite sonata and a rap song.
Wendy Thornton ’99 has been named Director of Academic Excellence for White Hat Management. She has also published her first novel, "Forgiving Rage" and is currently studying for a doctorate in education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction.
Myrtle W. Beall ’00, an art instructor at Coschocton High School in Ohio has influenced many students. Her goal is to prepare her students for college-level course work in art. This year seven of her students are going on to major in fine art or art-related fields. After 23 years in the field, she has no regrets.
Granville Caldwell ’00 along with his co-author Ryan Marshall, will be having a book signing at Barnes and Noble! Thoughts & Lamentations of Urban Education is the saga of a year in inner-city schools, told through poetry, news flashes and takeoffs on pop songs. The book signing was held on Saturday, May 3, 2008 in Charlotte, NC. The book signing is part of the celebration of Educators Appreciation Week at this particular store. Grandville say" "As a Griot--class of 2000, by the way, naturally, I am very excited about this opportunity to become the latest Marygrove alum to make "mother" proud!"
Deacon Pamela Major ’00 is the Director of Jennifer’s Joy in the City Pre-School Academy. They are applying for NAEYC accreditation. She has been named to the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who 2008-2009.
Constance Sawyer ’01 passed away March 2, 2007.
Ruth Belli-Geci ’02 Some of you knew her as "Ruthie" but now she is known to my 22 month old son Juliano as "Mommy". Yes! She is married and has a child. Currently, she is teaching (subbing) part time so that she can be with her little boy.
Pamela F. Harrison ’04 teaches second year language arts at the Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education in North Carolina.
Chad T. Lower ’04 and his wife, Susan had a baby girl, Alessandra Chadee Lower on August 6, 2007. Beginning this fall he begins a new teaching position at the Pennsylvania College of Technology as a math professor.
Donna Wanshon ‘04 received a Master of Social Work degree in Interpersonal Practice Mental Health Social Work from the University of Michigan in December 2005. 1st Lieutenant Donna Wanshon is a newly appointed active duty clinical social worker for the United States Air Force in the Biomedical Sciences Corps. Lt Wanshon and her family are stationed at Hurlburt Field Special Operations Base in the Panhandle of Florida. She was named Employee of the Month in March 2007 for her positive and very teachable attitude and hard work eithic. She was recently selected to be included in the Cambridge Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals. Her daughter, Suzanne recently graduated for high school.
Debbie Hillebrand’s ’05 father passed away.
Jessica M. Nelson ‘05 received a full scholarship to Morgan State University to pursue a Master's degree in music based on her singing talents, musical abilities and her grades from Marygrove. She is also receiving stipend for two years to assist with her education.
Dorothy Cuyler Smith ’05 passed away December 25, 2007.
Rosa Lee Smith ’05 was honored with an award for music service in the City of Detroit at the Detroit Musicians Association Honors Luncheon, Saturday, October 13, 2007 which was held at the Focus Hope Conference Center. Rose DeSloover, Dean of Fine Arts and Anthony McGlaun, faculty member of the Music Department attended the event.
R.Morrison Borders ‘06 has been named as one of two new assistant principals at Howell High School. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, earned a bachelor's degree in physical education at Wayne State University, and received a master's degree in the art of teaching from Marygrove College. Currently, he is enrolled in classes leading to an education specialist degree at EMU. He has taught physical education and served as a building-level assistant athletic director at Farmington Public Schools.
Eddie M. Dixon ’06 was appointed by the Michigan Rehabilitation Advisory Council to represent current or former applicants for, or recipients of, vocational rehabilitation services for a term expiring in September 2008.
Felicia Davis Hunter’s ’06 brother passed away.
LaToya Jackson’s ’06 mother passed away.
Tia C. Littlejohn-Taylor’s ’06 mother passed away.
Darnell McClellon ’07 is a member of the Forces of Nature Dance Company in New York City.
Angela Pope ’07 moved to New York after she graduated, dances with the “Forces of Nature” company, and was recently featured on a giant billboard in Times Square. Darnell McClellon ’07 also dances with the same company.