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Feb 11

Educators will tell you there is no substitute for hands-on learning. That’s why several high school students and their college student mentors from Marygrove College and Albion College are getting together each semester to study newly-restored wetlands just outside of Detroit.

This two-year collaboration, called the Third-90 Wetlands Restoration Program, allows University Prep High School, Detroit students to benefit from direct exposure to college students and faculty in a collegiate setting. University Prep Detroit prides itself on being a Third-90 high school, which means 90 percent of their students will graduate from high school, 90 percent of those will attend college, and 90 percent of those college students will earn a degree. This effort is particularly important in the City of Detroit, where high school graduation rates are among the lowest in the country.

Read more: Student Wetlands Project is Grounds for a Better Future.

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Jan 11

Marygrove College’s Art Department understands how small steps can sometimes lead to larger ones. Together with the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), they are helping people who have experienced great loss make that first stride to positive change and recovery-- by learning something new.

Twelve students have successfully completed their first course of digital media and video production, through a grant that helps the underserved in the city of Detroit. With the encouragement of Art Department Chair Jim Lutomski and Dean of Fine Arts Rose DeSloover, a syllabus was created by Tim Gralewski, Assistant Professor of Art.  Gralewski prepared a 14-week hands-on computer and video skills program, with projects that allow for self-expression and reflection.

Read more: Lessons in hope

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Jan 11

FIKE_HEADSHOT_FOR_WEB_STORIES_-_100x100Marygrove’s president, Dr. David J. Fike, will present on a panel called “Serving the Local Community: An Approach to Civic Engagement” at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities’ (ACCU) annual meeting, Jan. 29-31 in Washington, D.C. In addition, Amata Miller, Andrea Lee and Sharon Holland—all Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHMs)—Marygrove’s sponsor and founder, are involved in the conference’s plenary sessions.

Read more: President, distinguished IHMs to participate in ACCU conference

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Jan 11

Marygrove College was one of 30 organizations to receive a 2011 Martin Luther King Day Mini-grant. The grants were distributed by The Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Campus Compact, and Volunteer Centers of Michigan to support 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service projects across the state. Service projects are intended to tackle critical challenges in their communities, including education, economic opportunity, supporting veterans and military families, health, clean energy and environmental stewardship, disaster preparedness, and public safety. Grants range in value from $200 to $1,000.

Read more: Marygrove receives MLK Day mini-grant

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Dec 10
Dance Department Chair sets a Foundation for Growth

DanceNine years ago, Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson's first graduating class as Department Chair at Marygrove School of Dance graduated one single student. Ivanov-Ericson definitely had her work cut out for her, as she sought to grow the program into what now amounts to two thriving dance companies: that's 43 majors to be exact, including ten very talented graduating seniors. When it comes to success, Ivanov-Ericson never misses her mark.

Read more: Respecting the Art of the Dance