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Marygrove College Appoints Alumna as President

DETROIT, January 19, 2016—Today Marygrove College announced that the institution’s Board of Trustees has unanimously approved Dr. Elizabeth Burns as the new President of the college. Dr. Burns is succeeding Interim President Dr. James F. Birge.

“I am honored to serve as the President of the College,” said Dr. Burns, whose appointment became effective January 18, 2016. “I look forward to working with the faculty and staff to ensure our students receive a quality education.”

“Dr. Burns is a strong and logical choice to take the reins of the school,” said former Interim President Birge. “Not only does she have a distinguished record as an administrator and educator in higher education, her work as a member of the board at Marygrove College and her role as Interim Provost have been instrumental to the success of the college.”

Burns, an alumna of Marygrove, has a long and distinguished career in higher education. Before becoming Interim Provost of Marygrove in August, she served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs and DIO at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo. Immediately prior to that, she served four years as President and CEO of the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. She recently rotated off the Marygrove Board of Trustees after 10 years of service.

After earning her B.S. magna cum laude from Marygrove, Dr. Burns went on to earn an M. D. degree from the University of Michigan and an M. A. from the University of Iowa College of Education, Division of Instructional Design and Technology, Health Sciences Education.

Following a two-year RWJ Foundation fellowship in Academic Family Medicine, Burns began her faculty career at the University of Iowa College of Medicine where she served a total of 11 years in a variety of administrative roles. She then served eight years at the University of Illinois at Chicago as Department Head in Family Medicine before re-joining the faculty. Following that she joined the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks; there, she served as Department Chair and Center Director for a National Center of Excellence in the Women’s Health Demonstration Project. She completed the American Council on Education/Bishop Fellowship in higher education leadership in 2005. In 2008, she moved to her position at the MSU Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies.

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Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning. The college’s commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.

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Knight Foundation

Grant Joins Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Stephen Henderson and Marygrove College

Detroit, MI – November 10, 2015 – Today Marygrove College announced the official launch of The Tuxedo Project, which coincides with a $150,000 grant recently awarded to the college by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The grant, which will be awarded over two years, will enable the college to transform 7124 Tuxedo, the now-abandoned and blighted childhood home of Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson, into a writer's residence and literary center.

In tandem with the restoration project at 7124 Tuxedo, the college’s English and Modern Languages department will begin a national search for the project’s first fellow who, in addition to teaching at Marygrove College, will also live in the restored house, run the literary center there, and provide outreach and resources to the community. “The Tuxedo Project provides a tangible way to link our discipline, our students, and the larger community in collaborative revitalization,” said Darcy L. Brandel, Associate Professor of English and Chair of English and Modern Languages at Marygrove College. “We are honored to share what we know about reading, writing, and storytelling in ways the neighborhood residents find most useful. We are very excited to move forward.”

Marygrove College was chosen from over 1,000 applicants and 70 finalists, and receives this grant as a part of the Knight Arts Challenge, a $9 million initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to engage and enrich the community through the arts.

“The grant awarded to us by the Knight Foundation allows Marygrove to truly set an example for what needs to happen if we are serious about revitalizing the entire city of Detroit,” said Marygrove Interim President James F. Birge. “The area near Grand River and Livernois is not one of the neighborhoods currently attracting investment or experiencing growth. The residents in this area, like the 5,000 residents in the area just outside our campus gates¬—some of whom are students at our institution—are looking for local leaders and anchor institutions like ours to do their part in revitalizing the community.”

Henderson, who is partnering with the college on the Tuxedo Project, has noted that Marygrove’s commitment to the city and to fostering urban leadership were what initially drew him to the institution. "Marygrove was a natural pick for the project, not just because it's close by, but because of the interest the college has already shown in Detroit neighborhoods, artistic and literary excellence, and revitalization. And the excitement of the administrators and faculty about the Tuxedo Project only confirmed that Marygrove was the right fit. I couldn't ask for a better partner."

Like the college’s 2012 Building Our Leadership in Detroit (BOLD) initiative which, with the help of a $1.5 million grant awarded by the W. K. Kellogg foundation, allowed the college to restructure its entire academic curriculum and develop urban leadership and revitalization programs, The Tuxedo Project:

  • Encourages programs that promote the common good by fostering respect for human dignity
  • Promotes earth-care and sustainable communities
  • Seeks social justice for people and communities who suffer from the actions of more powerful groups
Renovation efforts of the Tuxedo Project not only include transforming the former home of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson into a writer's residence and literary center for children and adults in the neighborhood but also demolishing and reclaiming blighted property adjacent to 7124 Tuxedo.

 

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Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning. The College’s commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.
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ABOUT THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. Since 1950, the foundation has invested more than $841 million in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity, and create a culture of engagement.



ABOUT STEPHEN HENDERSON

A native of Detroit, Pulitzer Price-winning journalist Stephen Henderson is a graduate of University of Detroit High School and the University of Michigan. In addition to hosting two talk shows, “Detroit Today” on WDET and “American Black Journal” on Detroit Public Television, Henderson co-hosts the news show "MiWeek" on Detroit Public Television, and is a correspondent for WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) in Detroit. He is also the Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor. In 2014 he won both the Pulitzer Prize for commentary and the National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year Award for his writing on Detroit's financial crisis.

 

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Marygrove College names Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement


DETROIT, September 4, 2015 — Today, Marygrove College named Gregory L. Cascione, Ph.D. as the new Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Dr. Cascione, who has more than two decades of experience in development and higher education, will officially join the college on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.


“I am very excited to have Dr. Cascione join the leadership team at Marygrove College as the Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement,” said Dr. James F. Birge, Interim President of Marygrove. “Greg brings extensive advancement experience to the College and will be instrumental in helping us to enhance our fundraising, alumni, and communications operations.”


Cascione comes to Marygrove from a national consulting firm, The Reid Group, where he served as Senior Consultant specializing in fund development and assisting in strategic planning. He has experience at every level of advancement, from Catholic elementary and high school programs to elite public and private universities, including Fordham University, Harvard Law School, The Wharton School, the University of Michigan, and the University of Detroit Mercy. He has extensive experience in Catholic education and over 25 years in higher education.


During his tenure at the University of Detroit Mercy, Dr. Cascione served as Vice President for University Advancement, Associate Vice President for Development, and as Director of Development for the College of Business Administration. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. from the University of Edinburgh (U.K.), an M.T.S. in ethics from Harvard University, and a B.A. in philosophy from Fordham University.


Under Dr. Cascione’s leadership and with his fundraising expertise, Marygrove College will continue to build on recent successes, enabling the college to make continued improvements to benefit the Marygrove community, its neighborhood, and the city of Detroit.


“I am honored to serve as Marygrove College’s Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement,” says Dr. Cascione. “Marygrove’s commitment to its students and to Detroit is inspiring, and I look forward to working closely with Dr. Birge, the Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, students and alumnae/i in reaching new heights of generosity for the College. It is a privilege to join this outstanding community.”

 

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Marygrove College Launches Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Detroit, MI – June 15, 2015 – On Friday, July 3, Marygrove College will begin hosting a weekly Youth Entrepreneurship Program (Y.E.P. Detroit) designed to teach aspiring business owners between the ages of 6 and 14 about financial literacy, money management, and the essentials of becoming an entrepreneur. This is a five-week program that runs each Friday in July and costs $100.

Y.E.P. Detroit was designed and will be led by Sherika Cheney, M.Ed, in response to a still-sluggish job market, which is making it challenging for young people and recent college graduates to find financially-sustainable careers. “The Y.E.P. Detroit program is preemptive” said Cheney, “in that it teaches young people ages 6 to 14 how to develop, brand, and market their ideas, giving them access to transferrable skills that they will use in the university classroom and in the marketplace itself.”

Each Friday, grades 1-4 will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Grades 5-8 will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the campus of Detroit’s historic Marygrove College. Students will engage in hands-on lessons and activities designed to teach creative idea generation, book keeping, marketing and branding, as well as skills and strategies to help them develop a mission statement.

These classes are part of Marygrove’s Kids College Camps sponsored by the college’s Academic Success Center and Continuing Education departments. For more information and registration, contact Theresa A. Jordan by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (313) 927-1261. Additionally, Sherika Cheney can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Marygrove welcomes Andrea Lee as its twenty-seventh in Marygrove's Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series.

Lee will deliver the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Fiction writer and journalist Andrea Lee will be the twenty-seventh guest in Marygrove’s Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. She will deliver the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Lee is the author of a memoir: Russian Journal (1981), two novels: Sarah Phillips (1993) and Lost Hearts in Italy (2006), and a collection of short stories: Interesting Women (2002). She is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine and has been published in Vogue, Time, and the New York Times, among other publications. Russian Journal won a National Book Award nomination in 1981; Lee is also the recipient of the Jean Stein Award, granted by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1984.

An expatriate, Lee spans the globe in her work, taking readers from the Soviet Union to France, the United States, and Italy. Publisher’s Weekly proclaims Lee’s work is “infused with international glamour and a particular brand of American world-weariness.” Susan Richards Shreve writes, “Andrea Lee’s authority as a writer comes of an unstinting honesty and a style at once simple and yet luminous.”

Her work considers race both within national boundaries and beyond, providing a poignancy of perspective enriched by these border crossings. Veronica Chambers asserts that “in Lee’s work, there is the power of race, both when it is present and when it is not.” Indeed, Lee’s exploration of racial assimilation and privilege reveals the often fraught complexity of contemporary racial identity. Donna Seaman notes that Lee “deftly decodes the tricky dynamics of sexual, racial, and cultural trespass,” and observes that in her work, “each encounter is choreographed with the deadly elegance and precision of a fencing match.”

Lee earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Harvard University. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in Turin, Italy with her husband and two children.

Ms. Lee will be introduced by the renowned scholar, Mary Helen Washington of the University of Maryland.

This series at Marygrove College is an annual event bringing a nationally-known author to our campus for a public lecture and seminar with students. It began when the late Frederick P. Currier, a former Marygrove College trustee, attended a reception on campus and remarked that he would like to bring a national writer to Marygrove for a weekend. Mr. Currier’s start-up check soon followed his suggestion, and in 1989 nearly 600 guests of the College heard Gloria Naylor inaugurate the series.

Since then, through the generous support of corporate donors, foundations, advertisers, friends, alumni, the Marygrove College Board of Trustees, and particularly S. Martin Taylor of DTE Energy, Dr. Lillian Bauder of MASCO Corporation, and the Lillian and Donald Bauder Endowment, we have been able to keep the Series free and accessible to the entire metropolitan Detroit community. To date, over 8,000 people have joined us at the Friday night public reading to hear outstanding writers share their work. The Friday evening reading/lecture is followed by a book signing.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, this event is free and open to the public.

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Mary Helen Washington Writing Award Contest Winners Announced

DETROIT, March 10, 2015 — The Department of English and Modern Languages at Marygrove College has just completed the judging for the fifth year of the Mary Helen Washington Writing Award Contest, offered in conjunction with its Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS). Named after nationally-renowned scholar, editor, essayist, and teacher Dr. Mary Helen Washington, and supported through the generosity of series sponsors Lillian and Don Bauder, this annual contest asks students to write essays in response to the works of the CAALS guest artist, which this year is writer and journalist Andrea Lee. Students were asked to present a critical analysis of Lee’s work or offer personal reflections on an aspect of her work that the student writer found significant.

The College is pleased to congratulate the 2015 winners, listed below with their schools:

First Prize:

McKenna Voss of Ferndale High School for her essay titled “My Roots Like to Roam.”

Second Prize (three winners):

Isobel Edwards of Ferndale High School for her essay titled “Identity.”

Emily Cole of Ferndale High School for her essay titled “Family Ties, Everlasting Home, and Definitions in “Anthropology.”

Shannon Gardner from Ferndale High School for her essay titled “A Relationship between Past and Present.”

Honorable Mentions (three winners):

Abdul Mahbub from Cass Technical High School for his essay titled “Helping Hands.”

Sakila Islam of Detroit International Academy for her poem titled “My Sisters Hide Knives in Their Mouths.”

Serene Abdouni from Fordson High School for her essay titled ‘Culture and Heritage.”

The first and second-prize winners will receive their certificates of achievement and awards, and the students receiving honorable mentions will receive their certificates of achievement at the Master Class with Andrea Lee on April 17.

This year marks the 27th Anniversary of the Bauder Contemporary American Authors Lecture, and features a reading and book signing by Ms. Lee, which will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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Marygrove College and Gesu Catholic Church to host free tax foreclosure workshops

DETROIT, March 10, 2015— The Marygrove College Institute for Detroit Studies and Gesu Catholic Church are collaborating to host two free tax foreclosure workshops for Detroit and Wayne County residents. The first will be this Saturday, March 14, from 1-4 p.m. in the Main Dining Hall of the Madame Cadillac Building at Marygrove College, 8425 West McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221. The second will be on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Social Hall of Gesu Catholic School, 17139 Oak Drive, Detroit, MI 48221.

Counseling will be provided by staff members from the United Community Housing Coalition and Michigan Legal Services. Marygrove students and Gesu parishioners are among the volunteers coordinating these workshops.

Although these workshops are intended for residents of the northwest Detroit communities near Marygrove and Gesu, any Wayne County residents who are facing foreclosure may attend. They should bring the following documents with them:

  • A copy of the deed or lease (if available)
  • A driver’s license or state identification card
  • A recent DTE bill, phone bill, or other letter with the resident’s name and address on it
  • Any and all correspondence from Wayne County


Of the 97,000 Wayne County properties subject to foreclosure this year, 62,000 are located in the city of Detroit; of these, more than 50,000 are occupied. Twenty-thousand more are in reversion (again in foreclosure after being bought at previous tax auctions, often leaving unsuspecting occupants in danger of losing their homes).

United Community Housing Coalition is a Michigan non-profit dedicated to the prevention of homelessness, and Michigan Legal Services is a Michigan non-profit anti-poverty advocacy group, both active in Detroit for the past 40 years. In 2003, at the behest of the late Detroit City Council President Maryann Mahaffey, they formed the Tax Foreclosure Prevention Project, through which they have helped well over 10,000 families keep their homes.

Contacts: Michael Davisson, 313-963-3310 x230, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sarah Hackett, 248-719-1733 or 313-341-1931, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Frank Rashid, 313-927-1448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Marygrove sophomore Jeremy Otto is featured on We Are the Independents, an outreach program of the Michigan Colleges Alliance – a collective of the top 15 excellent independent colleges and universities located throughout Michigan—including Marygrove College.

Here is Jeremy’s profile:
My name is Jeremy Otto and I'm a sophomore at Marygrove College. My major is business, but I hope to get into the broadcasting field when I graduate. This is my sixth year working in broadcasting, a journey which began when I was a freshman at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School.Jeremy-Otto At first I was a little leery to go on-air, but this is something that has grown into a passion for me. I worked very hard in high school, covering 60-80 games alone for U of D while also serving as the network, play-by-play voice for the Detroit Catholic League video championship productions beginning my sophomore year.

Following graduation, I was "recruited" by Marygrove’s Sports Information Director, Tim Johnson, to help form a deeper broadcasting footprint at the college. When I arrived here as a freshman, Marygrove was only covering men's and women's basketball. With my help, the department expanded to cover men's and women's soccer and volleyball. This year, we added the element of live video to every home broadcast; we will also add baseball to the list of sports covered, since the program is in its first year of existence.
Besides serving the role of play-by-play announcer for all broadcasts on the Mustang Sports Network, our live streaming platform, I also work as a student sports information assistant. This involves a wide range of duties including producing video content and updating social media for the athletic department. This year I also had the opportunity to call the Detroit Catholic High School League Game of the Week on 92.7 FM & 1400 AM, The Patriot. I also work with CMNTV as a fill-in announcer for their coverage of high school sports on local television in Oakland County.

What motivates you to succeed?
What motivates me to succeed at Marygrove are the opportunities that have already been presented to me and the ones waiting ahead. I realize the only way to open up new doors is to keep working hard—or even harder than I am right now.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I have a few: one would be simply how fast the Mustang Sports Network has grown and improved in the less than two years it has been in existence. We continue to add elements to the broadcast to make it the best it can be. Another accomplishment would be getting my first radio gig at 92.7 & 1400. Before this year, all my work had been broadcasted via streaming. 

What is your next big goal?
My next big goal is to break into the broadcasting industry after I graduate. I want to build upon the experience I already have and then take it to the next level. 

Why do you believe it is important to choose your own path?
This is important because every person is a unique; no one has the same path to success or life. It is ok to look up to and emulate people in your potential field, but it is important to realize that you are your own person. 

What is your favorite place on campus?
The athletic facilities and offices. This is where I spend the majority of my time…I love what I do!

The We Are the Independents campaign was launched in late 2014 to promote the benefits Michigan’s private colleges have to offer. To learn more about it and the Michigan Colleges Alliance, go to: http://wearetheindependents.com/

 

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8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221
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Partnership Brings Southwest Detroit High School Students to Marygrove

DETROIT, Jan. 21, 2015—On Thursday, Jan. 22, approximately 58 Detroit Cristo Rey High School (DCRHS) students, Frank Venegasalong with their parents, will meet on the campus of Marygrove College to be oriented into a dual enrollment program that will help them earn college credit when they become seniors in the fall of 2015.

Detroit Cristo Rey seniors with the skills to succeed in college, and was inspired by local businessman Frank Venegas, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Detroit-based Ideal Group. Venegas was instrumental in the growth of Cristo Rey, and his love of the students has led him to his latest venture, helping Cristo Rey students get ready for college

The program brings in over 50 seniors each week to Marygrove’s campus, Monday through Thursday. Students take humanities and math courses taught by Marygrove professors and are in class alongside Marygrove students. This provides Cristo Rey students with opportunities to not only earn free college credit, but helps equip them for their freshman year through real college experiences.

Venegas’ idea to send Cristo Rey students to Marygrove is based on the close connection he feels to its students. He also saw a need to help support students who are often the first in their families to attend college. Higher education is a new experience for many students’ families—some find the process of preparing for college difficult and scary. Sending students to Marygrove gives these students the tools they need to be better prepared.

“Frank comes from a place that has a deep love for the community and an amazing depth of commitment to Detroit,” said Marygrove President Dr. David J. Fike. “His enthusiasm is infectious and his idea was a great one, so we committed to make it happen. In developing the program, we took a conscious developmental approach consistent with best practices in education, and specially designed courses with these students in mind. We are focused on giving them the opportunity to hone their college skills, keep them prepared, and orient them to paths of study.”

Dual-enrollment programs are a cost-effective way to earn college credit while still in high school, but Marygrove and Detroit Cristo Rey have an innovative approach to the current paradigm. “This isn’t just an introduction to the college catalog, or a way for students to pile up college credits. We are immersing them in the college experience,” Fike explained.

Now in its second year, the program has proven successful. In fact, seven students who participated in the program last semester are currently enrolled at Marygrove College and enrollment is up for the winter semester as well. Additionally, the College has expanded its curriculum and the students are pleased with their progress.

Karina Cebrero-Moreno, a former DCRHS student who took advantage of the dual-enrollment program and is currently a full-time student at Marygrove, has described the program as a “huge blessing,” one that challenged her, helped make the transition from high school to college much easier, and allowed her to get ahead. “As a dual-enrollment student, I was lucky because I was able to form relationships with Marygrove professors while I was still in high school,” said Cebrero-Moreno. “I got to know them; I got to know the students, so once I became a Marygrove student I didn’t feel alone. I wasn’t lost in my classes and I already knew where I wanted to go with my education.”

Although DCRHS, located in southwest Detroit, educates students from forty zip codes, the student population is predominantly Hispanic. Venegas, with an acute cultural knowledge of his community, understands how significant family is to DCRHS students; some are reluctant to go off to college and leave their families to pursue higher education. “Marygrove is a perfect fit for these kids,” Venegas says. “Family is important to them. They can stay at home, work at home, help at home, and go to school locally, all while earning a college degree.”

ABOUT IDEAL GROUP
Founded in 1979, the Ideal Group employs nearly 500 people with annual revenues approaching $250 million. The Ideal Group consists of seven companies including, Ideal Contracting, Ideal Setech, Ideal Setech Share-The-Spare, Ideal Shield, Ideal Surplus Sales and newly formed Ideal Utility Supply. Ideal is a ten time General Motors Supplier of the Year, has received multiple safety awards and is a member of the Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council (MMSDC), Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC) and the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. Located in Southwest Detroit, the Ideal Group believes in taking care of the community in which it resides. Using this philosophy, Ideal Group works with non-profits in Southwest Detroit including Detroit Cristo Rey, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation (DHDC), LA SED, Ser Metro, Southwest Environmental Vision (SDEV), and private projects such as Cadillac Urban Gardens on Merritt and Scarcyny Park & Gardens. For more information, visit www.weareideal.com.

ABOUT DETROIT CRISTO REY HIGH SCHOOL
Detroit Cristo Rey High School is a coed Catholic high school that provides high-quality college preparatory education to students from economically disadvantaged families in Detroit. The school is sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Congregation of St. Basil. Cristo Rey utilizes a longer school day and year, academic assistance, and counseling to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. All students at Cristo Rey participate in a work study program through which they finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self-confidence, realize the relevance of their education, and look forward to a brighter future.

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Marygrove College Announces Commitment to Expand College Access
at White House Event

DETROIT, Dec. 4, 2014—Today, Marygrove College President Dr. David J. FikeDr Fike will join President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.

Marygrove College, along with fellow member institutions of the Yes We Must Coalition (Ferrum College, Trocaire College, Keuka College, Mount Aloysius College, Union College, Bethune-Cookman University, Paul Quinn College, and Metropolitan College of New York),
have committed to increase graduation rates from low-income and first generation students by at least 1,000 additional graduates by 2020.

The Yes We Must Coalition is a three-year-old organization of small, non-profit, private colleges and universities where 50 percent or more of each campus’ undergraduate enrollment is Pell-eligible. The Coalition’s purpose is to share resources, information and promising practices to improve the success of low-income and first generation students and to be a voice for these students in the policy arena.

To help schools in the coalition reach their completion goal, Yes We Must will create an Institute that will work with campuses to develop implementation plans and outcome measures focused in three key areas to build greater support to disadvantaged students. The Coalition will:

  • Explore financial models, including financial aid, revenue generation and cost cutting, for small, underfunded institutions in order to streamline costs, control student debt and stabilize institutional financial health;
  • Improve the curriculum-to-career connection from the beginning of the academic journey and strengthening the career services offered to students throughout their college career; and
  • Develop more streamlined and deliberate pathways to graduation and use learning outcomes assessments that are relevant for these student populations.

Key researchers and facilitators in the Coalition will assist campuses in researching evidenced-based practices in each of the three areas, and the Institute will provide the opportunity to share, discuss, and adopt promising and effective practices across campuses. The Coalition anticipates seeing changes resulting from their work through the Institute to be implementation ready for students entering in the fall of 2016 with anticipated increases in graduation outcomes from 2020 onward.

Today’s participants were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The President will announce new steps on how his Administration is helping to support these actions, including announcing $10 million to help promote college completion and a $30 million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college. Today’s event is the second College Opportunity Day of Action, and will include a progress report on the commitments made at the first day of action on January 14, 2014.

Expanding opportunity for more students to enroll and succeed in college, especially low-income and underrepresented students, is vital to building a strong economy and a strong middle class. Today, only 9 percent of those born in the lowest family income quartile attain a bachelor’s degree by age 25, compared to 54 percent in the top quartile. In an effort to expand college access, the Obama Administration has increased Pell scholarships by $1,000 a year, created the new American Opportunity Tax Credit worth up to $10,000 over four years of college, limited student loan payments to 10 percent of income, and laid out an ambitious agenda to reduce college costs and promote innovation and competition.

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ABOUT MARYGROVE COLLEGE
Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning. The College’s commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.
8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221
www.marygrove.edu
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