It all began little more than a decade ago. "In the 1990's, our department was organized like most other small liberal arts colleges," says Jeanne Andreoli, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Co-chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics. "We offered the typical majors in biology, chemistry or mathematics." But Andreoli and Welch had begun to immerse themselves in Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), an undergraduate STEM organization sponsored by the National Science Foundation. PKAL advocates strong, integrated undergraduate programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. "PKAL showed us how important it is to use an interdisciplinary approach to learning...it was like rediscovering the world is not flat!" Andreoli said.
PKAL also positions educators as facilitators, rather than the traditional notion of teachers as "managers" of a student's learning. "We were so inspired by what they had to say...PKAL completely changed the way I viewed teaching," said Sally Welch, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Co-chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics. Their students are the lucky beneficiaries of an energized faculty.
'Energized' is probably an understatement when you realize the leaps and bounds the department has made in recent years. "With the support of our leadership team, and the help of Dr. Barbara Johns, IHM, we co-wrote and received a Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education," Welch said. Title III-A grants are awarded to colleges and universities for academic improvements, and are not easily achieved. The time commitment is significant, but definitely worth it.
Transforming a department required a major overhaul in every sense of the word. Labs were built; classrooms became "smart" with updated, state-of-the-art computers and equipment. Faculty members who had been teaching their own way for years, were now challenged to embrace newer, more integrated teaching methods. It sounds a little daunting, but not to these two. "It wasn't scary at all—it was a dream." Welch says. "We were given the chance to realize our dreams for our faculty and our students, it has been amazing."
Andreoli agrees. "I feel it was a lot like working on a jigsaw puzzle from the inside out—we didn't know where the borders were, we just knew what the core should be. There should be no limits for students who want to reach as far as they can. Learning in a supportive environment where boundaries are stretched and broken down fosters better learning...that's 21st century scholarship."
Today, the Science and Math Department at Marygrove is a place where students are given the tools to learn, to carve out their own path. Curriculum enhancements are numerous, with built-in flexible tracks for students interested in industry or teaching. By design, there is a social science component in every course offering, so that students graduate with an appreciation for how the real world operates. They are prepared to be compassionate, productive workers in their chosen fields.
Consequently, field experience like internships and volunteerism is not only encouraged, it is required. Welch says it's a cultural change that has opened doors for unprecedented partnerships—just the type of change needed for a city like Detroit, where Marygrove's human service mission is deeply rooted:
Marygrove partners with the Detroit Science Center for teacher enrichment courses. The premise is common sense. Expose primary and secondary school teachers to new science and math concepts, and students gain greater preparation for college coursework.
As a means to get students interested in the environment, an important partnership through the Michigan Colleges Foundation brings students from other colleges together to problem-solve, such as the current Michigan wetlands project with Albion College. Welch serves on the board of the River Raisin Institute and would like to see more freshmen get involved in environmental issues.
In January, Marygrove will be sending its first cohort to Oakland University for the accelerated nursing program—a vital partnership that arose out of a collegial appreciation for how Marygrove addressed the underserved student in science and math.
The programs are gaining momentum as capacity for them grows.
"Our department's new Health Sciences major is rolling along quickly because of the local need for jobs," Welch says. "Plus, through the vision of Dr. Steve Scribner, Associate Professor of Chemistry, we have redesigned our Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies program and a four-class certificate program which seems to be getting a lot of attention." Forensic Science at Marygrove is also relatively new, offering up exciting career options on a national scale, as in border patrol or white collar crime.
What it all boils down to, truly, is the organic chemistry of Andreoli and Welch, which has a magic power of its own. Their strong partnership sets the tone for the entire department, and eventually cascades throughout Marygrove's hallowed halls."You have to model good behaviors," Andreoli said. "We never wanted to approach this reform as telling anyone what to do—we just wanted to provide a way for all involved to do it better."
Nine 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.
DETROIT, Mich., Nov. 17, 2010 —Marygrove College today announced that Dr. Juliana Mosley will be Marygrove College's next Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Dr. Mosley will officially begin her work with Marygrove on January 1, 2011.
Marygrove College today announced that Dr. Juliana Mosley will be Marygrove College's next Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Dr. Mosley will officially begin her work with Marygrove on January 1, 2011.
Dr. Mosley joins the College after serving for more than five years as Vice President for Student Affairs at Philander Smith College (PSC) in Little Rock, Arkansas. At PSC, she oversaw departments and activities critical to student success, including: Residential Life, Counseling and Disability Services, Career Services, Student Involvement and Leadership, Religious Life, Student Government Association, Judicial Affairs, Health Services, and Campus Security. She developed innovative programs to address student needs, including a "Pathfinders Mentoring Program" for first-year students, a "Platinum by Design" program for female students, and an intensive Freshman Academic Advising program. In addition, Dr. Mosley served as primary writer and editor of PSC's self study for its comprehensive accreditation review in 2007, supervised the efforts by PSC to join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 2008, and collaborated with PSC's Fiscal Affairs division to renovate an existing campus building to serve as an honors residential hall (opened in 2009) and the construction of an apartment/suite residential facility (opened this fall). Prior to her tenure at PSC, Dr. Mosley gained experience working in the Office of the President at Kentucky State University and in Multicultural Affairs at John Carroll University in Cleveland.
Dr. Mosley has earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership with a concentration in Administration as well as an M.A. in Curriculum and Teacher Leadership with a concentration in Urban Education, both from Miami University of Ohio. Her B.S. in Business Education is from Ball State University. Her research interests include Black Women's leadership, racial identity, attitudes of Black students, culturally relevant curricula and communities, mental health issues among Black college students and first generation college students. She has been an invited presenter on these topics at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Arkansas and Miami University of Ohio, as well as making numerous presentations to the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). She has served as a board member for the IV-West Region of NASPA (2006-2008) as well as a member of NASPA's National Advisory Board for Historical Black Colleges and Universities (2006-2010) and, in 2003, was the only non-faculty recipient out of 100 educators in higher education to receive an "Excellence in Education Award" from Ohio Magazine.
"[Study abroad] will advance your education. It will expand your sense of possibilities and it will make you more competitive for the jobs of the future. But more importantly it will also show you just how much we all have in common -- no matter where we live in the world."- First Lady Michelle Obama
Celebrate! Celebrar! Euphraino! November is International Education Month at Marygrove College, a celebration of study abroad programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. “The actual week is November 15-18, but we’re extending it to the entire month because it is so important to us,” said Michelle Cade, MBA, Director of International Programs at Marygrove. “All month long, we’ll embrace the value of our cultural diversity, and get the word out about the many travel opportunities that exist right now for our students.” Why? Study abroad prepares students to become leaders in their chosen fields.
DETROIT, Mich., Oct. 25, 2010 —Detroit City Council recognized the Institute of Music and Dance (IMD) at Marygrove College recently for its distinguished service to the community through a Testimonial Resolution signed by Council President, Charles Pugh along with other members of the council.
The resolution states that, “The Detroit City Council recognizes and acknowledges the Institute of Music and Dance at Marygrove College with accolades for their many years of artistic service to the community, and extends best wishes for continued success in their role of enhancing the arts.”
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Globe-traveling elephant sculpture aims to start discussions about conservation.
DETROIT, Mich., Sept. 28, 2010 —In specific response to pressing local and global issues involving environmental sustainability and earth care, Marygrove College, with funding support from DTE Energy, will host Nomkhubulwane (Nom-koo-bull-WAH-nee, Zulu for Mother Earth), an elephant sculpture created by South African sculptor Andries Botha. This life-size sculpture, made of galvanized steel and recycled truck tires, is traveling around the world to raise awareness about how people can creatively address issues caused by the expanding human ecological footprint. Nomkhubulwane is one of 17 elephants on display globally by the Human Elephant Foundation (www.humanelephant.org).
In keeping with Marygrove College’s strategic vision of fostering urban leadership to promote progressive and positive change, which was born out of and inspired by its historical commitment to the City of Detroit where it was founded over 80 years ago by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the College has named Ms. Brenda Price, former program director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Detroit and, until recently, also in Gary , Indiana, as Marygrove’s first Urban Leadership Fellow. The Urban Leadership Fellow will be an active learning member and catalyst for innovation with the various teams of faculty and staff involved in designing and leading the College’s Urban Leadership Initiatives. In addition, as this is an area of interest for Knight, the foundation has committed to making a planning grant to Marygrove to support this work.
Marygrove College receives $20K grant from the Erb Foundation
For the second year in row, Marygrove College is hosting the Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD) annual conference October 15-17. It is a reunion of like minds, and a celebration of common goals through education. Bioneers care deeply about their connection to community, and the planet at large. They advocate progress without disrupting the greater web of life, by championing simple concepts—the kinds of things we all learn as children—and giving them relevance on a larger scale: Don’t litter. Leave things the way you found them. Don’t take more than you need. Applying state-of-the-art technologies to these fundamental lessons is the challenge for today’s leaders and scientists. In the tradition of Marygrove’s founder and sponsor, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), Marygrove is continuing the dialogue: How to make the world a better place.
The conference brings greater consciousness for innovative, green-based ideas at a time when Detroit is faced with reinventing itself. Marygrove believes that its commitment to urban leadership in an evolving world is profoundly current, and can help guide our struggling city in a positive direction. “We’ll offer a variety of workshops that participants can tailor to their interests,” says Rose DeSloover, Conference Liaison and Dean of Fine Arts, Marygrove. “You can take a tour of Detroit’s urban community gardens, explore low-cost technologies for renewable energy, and even earn Continuing Education Units (CEU) through Marygrove by introducing students to Bioneers concepts…it’s very exciting to be a part of this movement.”
Roughly 600 participants from all walks of life are expected to attend this year. “It’s important to bring people together right here in the city, and give them a chance to see the bigger picture,” said Gloria Rivera, IHM Sister and GLBD Coordinator. Rivera also emphasizes the need for individuals to do their part —whether it’s joining a neighborhood improvement committee, or growing vegetables in the back yard. She advocates the Bioneer spirit of “getting involved any way you can, and be present…that’s how change happens.”
Area youth from grades seven through 12 are invited to Young Bioneers Day on Friday, Oct 15. There are hands-on workshops, and an organic, locally grown and prepared lunch. Students will learn how to re-define progress by staying connected to the natural world, and respecting the planet we depend on. Forward thinking and future-oriented, a young Bioneer holds the promise of engaging other students to look beyond the limits of their school’s recycling program.
Is it pie in the sky? It most certainly is…and more than likely… pesticide-free wild blueberry with a whole wheat crust. For example, chemicals polluting the air can cause ozone depletion, which affects the growth of plant life, which affects the number of bees that pollinate, which affects the amount of fruits and vegetables the earth bears. In short, the health of the sky can affect your pie. It is all linked. Bioneers believe the sooner we wrap our heads around it, the better off we’ll be; especially in Detroit, where the vestiges of a once-thriving manufacturing base has taken its toll on the environment and local economy. Through the power of partnership and education, Marygrove is positioned to make a difference. Join us!
For early registration information contact Rose DeSloover at (313) 927-1336. On-site registration begins Friday, October 15 at 8 a.m., on the campus of Marygrove, Madame Cadillac Building. Find out more at www.glbd.org.
Bioneer concepts are really nothing new for our sponsoring IHM Sisters. They renovated their 376,000-square-foot 1920’s home in 2003 to make it a sustainable dwelling to be enjoyed for many generations—at little cost to the earth. The Mother House in Monroe, MI houses over 200 IHM sisters and serves as headquarters for the IHM congregation. Wetlands were engineered on the property to recycle 40 percent of their waste water, and geothermal heating and cooling greatly reduce the home’s energy costs. Everything from the paint on the walls, to plumbing and electrical material was carefully chosen to be environmentally sound. The Sisters’ belief that “human progress has come at the expense of the entire community of creation” makes them Bioneers at their very core.
Author, filmmaker and founder Kenny Ausubel coined the term Bioneers in 1990 to describe an emerging culture: “Bioneers are social and scientific innovators …who have peered deep into the heart of living systems to understand how nature operates, and to mimic "nature's operating instructions" to serve human ends without harming the web of life. Nature's principles—kinship, cooperation, diversity, symbiosis and cycles of continuous creation absent of waste—can also serve as metaphoric guideposts for organizing an equitable, compassionate and democratic society.”
Sustainability is defined as meeting ecological, societal, and economical needs without compromising any of these for future generations. Sustainable living is described as making choices to live within the above parameters, efficiently and responsibly. Choices are made based on reducing an individual’s carbon footprint.
The term carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon (C02) we emit individually in any one-year period. C02 is produced from many sources and is the primary gas responsible for Global Warming and the resulting alarming changes in our climate. Nearly everything we do in our modern society requires energy. This energy is generated primarily by burning fossil fuels. From all sources, the average American is responsible for approximately 19-21 tons of carbon emissions annually. This is an average. For some Americans, this tonnage is less. For others, it is considerably more. The US as a whole is responsible for emitting 25% of all global greenhouse gas emissions every year while we are only 5% of the world’s population.