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Dec 12

Marygrove College receives NEA grant to support

2013 Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series 

Detroit, MI, Dec. 10, 2012—National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Marygrove College is one of 153 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant.  Marygrove is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the 2013 Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series.  Since its inception 24 years ago, the series has emphasized the importance of African American literature and fulfilled the community’s desire to hear nationally recognized African-American writers discuss their work before a diverse audience. Marygrove celebrates the 25th anniversary of the series in 2013 by featuring National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes, author of four collections of poetry (Muscular Music, Hip Logic, Wind in a Box, and Lighthead).  Each installment of this distinctive series has four components: a  class session conducted by the author for students from Marygrove College and Detroit area high schools, a VIP reception and dinner honoring the author, two writing contests, and the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture—a reading open to the public. Hundreds of people—community leaders, students, and lovers of literature—from the metro area participate in each year’s event.  New this year is a fifth component: an art exhibit which expands awareness of the selected series authors and their influence on social and cultural environments.

Read more: Marygrove College receives NEA grant

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Nov 12

dr fike 2012Listen to Dr. David Fike’s Nov. 28, 2012 interview on First Shift with Tony Trupiano, a talk show that airs on 1310 AM, WDTW.

 

 

 

 

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Nov 12

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“Salute her towers, 
Her gleaming towers,
Ever aspiring to the sky…

It was a beautiful day in early June, 1929 at the newly renovated St. Mary’s Academy in Monroe. A thin ribbon of black smoke was discovered against the crisp blue sky, wafting from the east attic windows. The cast-iron gong was promptly sounded as the fire quickly grew out of control.

The Detroit News reported “300 girl students were at recess when the fire was discovered” and ran extras of the story as crowds gathered to watch the blaze. In the classic account, No Greater Service by Sister Rosalita Kelly (1892-1964), she details how Mother Domitilla Donohue (1863-1930) reminded the shaken congregation that “Buildings… could be restored, but the precious life of a child, never.” Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) and their devoted community were devastated by the fire that gutted their beloved academy,  “…mercilessly destroying the work of years.” 

Read more: Paving the way through brick and mortar and love: In thanksgiving of Marygrove women.

13
Nov 12

College ensures that finances will not be a barrier to graduation 

DETROIT, Nov.13, 2012 – Marygrove College is among only a handful of private colleges in Michigan that is taking action to support its students affected by new Pell Grant restrictions that went into effect in July, 2012. The College has committed to ensuring that ability to pay will not prevent students affected by the Pell Grant changes from graduating on time. A key part of this commitment comes from a generous matching gift pledge from new Marygrove Board of Trustees appointee and alumna Nan McDonough Geschke ’64, who has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, all alumni donations during Marygrove’s annual fall appeal.

The Pell Grant restrictions imposed by policymakers in Washington effectively “pulled the rug out” from students who, through no fault of their own, lost funding that they were depending on to complete their college education. New restrictions have increased the household income requirement, scales back the number of funded semesters and disproportionately affects lower income students. In fact, 150 Marygrove students were directly affected and were faced with putting their college dreams on hold because of an inability to pay. The College estimates it will cost between $1M and $1.5M over the next two years to carry out its mission to support these students. To this end, Marygrove has developed a funding strategy to help close the financial aid gap for students who will exhaust their Pell grant funding before completion of their degree. Through this strategy, Marygrove commits to fund the loss of Pell grants for up to the equivalent of two full time academic years, contingent upon students developing a degree completion Plan of Work with their academic advisor.

Read more: Marygrove College helps students affected by new Pell Grant legislation

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Nov 12

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Unrelenting means not giving in. Not letting up. “Unrelenting” is a dance number choreographed by Marygrove College Dance alumna Zandria Lucas, ‘12 and recently performed on campus for visiting Fellows from the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance (KFLA) Forum 2012. Nine minutes of captivating movement told a story set to the lyrics “Will I?” from the Broadway musical, RENT. Nine minutes of perpetual motion penetrated the hearts and minds of its riveted audience.

“Will I lose my dignity?…Will I lose my tomorrow?”  The athleticism and strenuous requirements of the dance are second only to the unfolding story of community that was enacted—a story familiar to anyone who has ever had a conflict in life and sought to resolve it with the help of others— only to come out of it feeling exhilarated, proud and resilient. [Resilience.]

There were moments when the spectators in the studio were overcome with emotion. Beauty can do that. But the tears that day were a profound reaction to a message that was more like a whisper, eluding the ears and the brain and leaping straight to the heart. Even after several months, the dancers said they weep at times, too. It is a platform that is hard to put into words, because it really transcends them.  [Transcendence.]

Throughout the performance, Marygrove Dance Company Manager and Dance Recruitment Counselor Jonathon Cash watched intently from the back. He says Unrelenting is a work that is so difficult, many dancers simply do not have the physical strength to perform it. A recent Marygrove graduate himself, Cash currently scours the country for urban dance students willing and able to make their marks on this fine, established dance company.

Known for their poignancy, Marygrove’s Dance programs never disappoint. As the students’ bodies were rising and falling to their knees—rising and falling, it begged the question: how many times has Detroit risen from the ashes? “Unrelenting” peels back layers of triumphs and challenges, exposing what it’s like to build community, revealing what it takes to be an urban college. And like Detroit, Marygrove is transforming. [Transformation.]

Read more: Building our Leadership in Detroit. Tell the story. Tell the truth. Be Unrelenting.

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