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Jul 14

tracy holloran pearsonWe are pleased to announce that Tracy Halloran Pearson, Assistant Professor of Dance at Marygrove College, has been selected as one of 18 recipients of the 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowship Award.

The Fellowships, funded by The Kresge Foundation and each consisting of a $25,000 prize and professional practice opportunities, are awarded annually to metropolitan Detroit artists for their exceptional commitment to artistic achievement and strong contributions to their respective communities.

To be awarded a Kresge Fellowship and acknowledged by a panel of such extraordinary talent is a high honor that is not lost on Tracy. “To be recognized by your peers is a great moment in one's life—but to be recognized by such accomplished artists is even more rewarding,” she said.

This year’s panelists—including Grammy Award-nominated composer Carl Craig and Academy Award-winning director and producer Sue Marx—noted the difficulty they faced in selecting 18 Fellows from among hundreds of extraordinary applicants in Dance/Music and Film/Theatre. The distinguished panelists for both categories commented repeatedly on the scale, scope and caliber of creative work represented in the applications.

This is the first time Tracy has applied for a Kresge Fellowship, but her oeuvre speaks for itself. In addition to producing and choreographing a sold-out performance of Intersections at the Rabbit Hole in Detroit, she has been the rehearsal director for works choreographed by Peter Sparling and Artistic Director of Peter Sparling Dance Company, amongst others. She has also choreographed works for Illinois Ballet Theater, the University of Michigan’s Department of Dance, Noretta Dunworth School of Dance, The Academy Dance Alliance, and Dance Masters of Michigan. Tracy holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Marygrove College and an M.F.A. in Choreography from the University of Michigan.

Although Fellowship recipients were just announced, Tracy already has extensive plans for how she will use her Fellowship to impact the community. “I am planning on collaborating with other dance artists and musicians and will have several new performances in the city of Detroit throughout the next year.”

To learn more about Kresge Arts in Detroit and this year’s Fellows, go to kresgeartsindetroit.org.

09
Apr 14

Dr. David Fike joined Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan at an April 9th press conference to unveil a neighborhood rebuilding program. The first phase of this effort will target blight in the neighborhood near the Marygrove College campus. Last December, the College hosted a federal task force on blight, which recently completed a survey of blighted and abandoned homes and buildings in Detroit.

More about this exciting news can be found in the links below.

Links to news stories:

Marygrove area first up in Detroit blight blitz
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140409/METRO01/304090024#ixzz2yPNWfuyb

Duggan to target Marygrove area in crackdown on Detroit's neglected homes
From the Detroit Free Press: http://www.freep.com/article/20140409/NEWS01/304090028/Detroit-blight-Mike-Duggan

Here’s a photo from Marygrove’s “live tweet” of the event:

drfike duggan twitter

 

Updates  

Marygrove area first up in Detroit blight blitz
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140409/METRO01/304090024#ixzz2yPNWfuyb

Duggan to target Marygrove area in crackdown on Detroit's neglected homes
From the Detroit Free Press: http://www.freep.com/article/20140409/NEWS01/304090028/Detroit-blight-Mike-Duggan

$1M in forgivable loans available to rehab homes near Marygrove College
http://www.freep.com/article/20140409/NEWS01/304090028/Detroit-blight-Mike-Duggan

Detroit Blight Authority steps aside in demolition efforts
From Crain’s Detroit Business: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/mobile/article/20140409/NEWS/140409833?X-IgnoreUserAgent=1

Tweet featuring President Fike and Mayor Duggan:

https://twitter.com/MGCollege/status/453966020437225472/photo/1

 

 

11
Dec 13

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The Great Depression was a trying time for an entire nation, and Marygrove College was no exception. Having leveraged an enormous debt for the construction of the campus in 1927, the administration led by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) was feeling the pressure to deliver on the promises it had made to its congregation and student community. The IHM order had offered up its very best teaching talent, working tirelessly to implement the highest quality programs for women to be found anywhere at the college and university level. Consequently, the lack of finances and general hard times did not stop students from enrolling in record numbers.

“Marygrove was the place to be,” said Marie Ankley Drouillard, ’34, and at 101 years, the oldest known living alumna of Marygrove College. “The reputation of the IHMs and the schools they opened and supported were well known.”

Marie Ankley was only seven years old when both of her parents were taken from her by the flu epidemic of 1918-20. Her heartbreak on a Michigan farm 10 miles north of Imlay City presented many challenges early on; challenges that would not get the best of her, through the help of key mentors in her life.

“The Depression was tough, but it’s not like we all sat around and said, ‘Oh, what a terrible Depression we’re having,’” Marie says, with a refreshing sarcastic wit. “We just made do; we were all in the same boat.” She endured a cruel upbringing at the hands of her mother’s sister, who beat her “while no one was looking” for bringing pork chops back from the butcher with too much fat on them. She summed up her childhood as performing endless household chores while her cousin menacingly practiced piano scales over and over again. When she graduated high school early at age 16, she was abruptly asked to leave and find work. “As a child, I was just glad to have a roof over my head,” Marie remembers. “But when I had to go off on my own, I felt relieved.”

Read more: 101-Year-Old Alum Bears Witness to a Full Circle of Stewardship

16
Jul 13

 

DETROIT, July 16, 2013—Marygrove College today announced that its Master of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management program has been officially recognized for its alignment with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) requirements for HR degree programs.

“There is no shortage of programs offering HR-related degrees,” explains Jerry van Rossum, Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the program. “The problem is that there is little consistency amongst them—and the lack of industry and program standards is costly not only to graduates, but also the businesses that are looking to hire them.”

Read more: Marygrove’s Human Resource Management program recognized by professional HR society

13
May 13

thumb jack shay warm brownDr. John E. ShayJust one week into what would become his nearly two-decade tenure as President of Marygrove College, Dr. John E. Shay, or “Jack,” as most of us call him, was asked what had originally attracted him to a small, liberal arts college in the Midwest. His answer perhaps mirrors the reasons many of us have found ourselves at Marygrove.

Marygrove was small. Intimate. It took care to cultivate relationships with its students. These things, he said in a 1980 interview, were precisely what made the college “an increasing asset.” These were the things that separated us from the “bureaucratization” found at so many other institutions.  

While larger, state-funded institutions may have seen Marygrove as what Dr. Shay called, “a very small frog in a very large pond,” he knew that our independence was what enabled us to “make judgments based on educational goals not politics and state budgets.” Other distinguishing features were Marygrove’s commitment to the liberal arts, and perhaps most importantly, our refusal to compromise our Catholic roots. These things, Dr. Shay believed, were what would ensure the success of Marygrove College.

Read more: Finding Innovation by Honoring Tradition: Remembering Former-President, Dr. John E. Shay

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