National Institutes of Health awards Detroit colleges $21.2 million to improve student diversity in biomedical research

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Detroit – Oct. 22, 2014 – A consortium of Marygrove College, University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University has been awarded $21.2 million over five years by the National Institutes of Health to implement a program encouraging more undergraduate students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research.

The grant was awarded through the NIH’s Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) initiative, created to get more minority and economically disadvantaged students in the STEM pipeline, expose students to research in laboratories and enhance the research-training environment. Studies have shown students from underrepresented backgrounds enter early biomedical research training in numbers that reflect the general population, but they are less likely to persist.

The Detroit consortium’s project is called REBUILD Detroit — an acronym for Research Enhancement for Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity. During the first year of the grant, the four partner institutions will redesign their curriculum with an emphasis on peer mentoring, early introduction to laboratory research and dedicated faculty advising. The program will recruit its first cohort of students in the second year and begin their training.

In order to shift the paradigm of minorities in biomedical research, REBUILD Detroit’s goals are aggressive: To have at least 75 percent of its scholars graduate with baccalaureate degrees in biomedical science-related fields a nd have 50 percent of those graduates matriculate into biomedical research doctoral programs.  

To recruit as broad and diverse of a group of students and offer them research training and mentorship activities in a variety of disciplines, the different but complementary Detroit institutions decided to collaborate. Combined, the four colleges and universities enroll more than 47,000 undergraduates, of whom more than 50 percent of whom are underrepresented minorities and/or qualify for federal financial aid.

University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) is the grant’s primary institution responsible for managing the grant. UDM faculty will provide research opportunities and mentorship for program undergraduates.

“The NIH-funded REBUILD Detroit consortium will contribute significantly to the achievement of the nation's goal of annually producing 34 percent more undergraduate students with biomedical degrees over the next 10 years,” said Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, president of University of Detroit Mercy. "Our four institutions are uniquely qualified to address this major challenge because of our biomedical programs and the expertise of our faculty in those fields.

"Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College District will be pipeline partners for REBUILD Detroit, expanding the pool of students in the program and co-developing and implementing support programs that enable students to learn coursework necessary to enter research careers, in addition to participating in research and mentoring activities.

“Since the curricular design will impact all undergraduate students enrolled in biomedical science courses, we’re confident REBUILD Detroit will have a halo effect on far more students than those participating in the program,” said Marygrove President Dr. David J. Fike. “History has shown addressing challenges that disproportionately affect minority populations often have a transformative impact on the majority as well.”

WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis L. Ivery added, “The elements of REBUILD Detroit correlate strongly with retention of science majors for both underrepresented and non-underrepresented minority populations. It’s vital that students are aware of opportunities in the sciences as early as possible, and that we’re here to support them and ensure that they succeed.”

Wayne State will serve as the research partner in the consortium. As such, it will mentor faculty from other institutions in research skills; provide research-training opportunities; and provide REBUILD scholars skills development in grant applications, graduate school preparedness, and networking opportunities. Prior to joining WSU, President M. Roy Wilson co-chaired the NIH Common Fund programs, which resulted in the development of the BUILD funding opportunity.

“There are compelling reasons to promote diversity in biomedical research,” said Wilson. “It’s clear that diversity is fundamental to innovation. A variety of perspectives are critical to solve sciences’ most complex problems, and the REBUILD Detroit project will train a more inclusive group of researchers and scientific leaders.”  The principal investigators of the grant are Dr. Gary Kuleck, dean of the College of Engineering & Science, University of Detroit Mercy; Dr. Sally Welch, interim dean of New Program Development, Marygrove College; Dr. George Swan, III, vice-chancellor for External Affairs, Wayne County Community College District; and Dr. Ambika Mathur, dean of the Graduate School, Wayne State University.

At the conclusion of the BUILD projects, the NIH will disseminate successful approaches widely so that institutions beyond those directly supported by the program may adopt and implement the most effective strategies.

The National Institutes of Health grant number for this award is 1TL4MD009629-01.

About University of Detroit Mercy
University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest, private Catholic University with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges.

"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.

About Wayne State University
Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students. Through its multidisciplinary approach to research and education, and its ongoing collaboration with government, industry and other institutions, the university seeks to enhance economic growth and improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit, state of Michigan and throughout the world.

About Wayne County Community College District
WCCCD, the largest urban community college in Michigan, is a multi-campus district with five campus locations, the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center and the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education (MIPSE), serving nearly 80,000 students annually across 32 cities and townships, and more than 500 square miles. WCCCD is committed to the continued development of new programs, workforce transformation, hosting community-based training sessions, and improving student facilities and services. www.wcccd.edu.

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Marygrove Distinguished Alumni Award Winners Announced

DETROIT, Sept. 15, 2014 — Marygrove College is pleased to congratulate its Distinguished Alumni Awardees for 2014: Mary Ellen Johnson McCormick ’48, Yvonne Lawrence Larabell ’64, Anne Fitzgerald ’67, Patricia Dean Phillips ’13 and Alesha Jones, the Distinguished Alumna of Tomorrow.

The Marygrove College Distinguished Alumni Awards were established in 2002 to recognize and honor alumni of distinction. These awards celebrate Marygrove’s ideals of competence, commitment and compassion, with a separate honor going to the Distinguished Alumna of Tomorrow, which acknowledges a Marygrove junior or senior with high academic achievement, and who embodies these ideals.

This year marks the 13th Anniversary of the Distinguished Alumni Awards which will honor this year’s winners at a ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, in the Marygrove College Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

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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 committed to developing leaders for the new global society. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.

8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221

www.marygrove.edu

 

Marygrove Assistant Professor of Dance Tracy Halloran Pearson Awarded Kresge Fellowship

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.

Blight targeted in the Marygrove College campus neighborhood

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:

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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

 

 

Marygrove celebrates 26th Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series

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Event to feature current U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey

DETROIT, March 19, 2014— To commemorate its twenty-sixth year of bringing nationally-known authors to its campus for a public lecture and seminar, Marygrove's English and Modern Languages Department is pleased to announce that our current U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, will be the featured guest at its Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS) event to be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 on the Marygrove College campus. Ms. Trethewey will also host a class session for Detroit area high school students and teachers beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Marygrove College Theatre.

Trethewey is the second sitting U.S. Poet Laureate to visit Marygrove as part of CAALS. The first was Rita Dove in 1996. It was Dove who selected Trethewey’s Domestic Work as the inaugural winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet. Domestic Work also received the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. Dove has written, “Trethewey eschews the Polaroid instant, choosing to render the unsuspecting yearnings and tremulous hopes that accompany our most private thoughts – reclaiming for us that interior life where the true self flourishes and to which we return, in solitary reverie, for strength.” As Poet Laureate, Trethewey has been featured on PBS NewsHour poetry series known as Where Poetry Lives. Trethewey travels with Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown to different American cities in order to explore societal issues through literature. As part of this series, she visited participants in Detroit’s InsideOut Poetry in the Schools project for a program which aired on October 23, 2013.

CAALS will also celebrate this year’s event by featuring a class session conducted by Natasha Trethewey for Detroit area high school students. Over 300 students and teachers from Fordson, Cass Technical, Cody, Ferndale, Martin Luther King, Loyola, University of Detroit Jesuit and Detroit International Academy for Young Women will attend the class which begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Marygrove Theatre. Winners of the Mary Helen Washington Writing Contest will be recognized as well. Afterwards, students will enjoy lunch and a tour of the Marygrove College campus.

Natasha Trethewey will deliver the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014, in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove College campus.

Ms. Trethewey will be introduced by CAALS consultant Mary Helen Washington, Professor of English at the University of Maryland. Books by both Trethewey and Washington will be available for purchase, and after the reading both authors will sign copies of their work.

Read more: Marygrove celebrates 26th Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series

Marygrove College Adds Baseball as Varsity Sport

baseball announcementLearn More at www.marygrovemustangs.comDETROIT, Feb. 4, 2014—Marygrove College, a private four-year institution located in northwest Detroit, today announced the addition of baseball to their ever-growing athletics slate. A member of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Marygrove will sponsor baseball as a varsity sport for the first time during the 2014-15 academic year.

With the addition of baseball, Marygrove will offer 14 intercollegiate varsity sports – baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s indoor  track & field, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, and women’s volleyball.

 “Adding the sport of baseball in the city of Detroit and the southeast Michigan region as a whole makes perfect sense for Marygrove,” said Marygrove’s Director of Athletics, Steve Bloomfield. “Our leadership team came together and agreed that offering baseball at Marygrove is a natural fit. Today, we are working toward the next steps in the formation of the program and are excited about the opportunity the program will create for local student-athletes seeking a new baseball home.”

Read more: Marygrove College Adds Baseball as Varsity Sport

Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marygrove College

DETROIT, Jan. 28, 2014— Marygrove College today announced that Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed will become Marygrove College’s next Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective April 1, 2014. Dr. El-Sayed is currently the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan.

Having served in higher education for more than 25 years, Dr. El-Sayed brings exceptionally relevant experience to Marygrove and the Academic Affairs Division. Her leadership experience includes service as Kettering’s Chief Accreditation Officer, its Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and its Founding Chair of the Planning and Assessment Council. She also oversees the Registrar’s Office, the Academic Success Center, the Library, the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, the Center for Culminating Undergraduate Experiences and the Cooperative & Experiential Education Department. She has led many initiatives at Kettering, such as: development of enriched First Year Experience, Supplemental Instruction, Culminating Experience, and Experiential Learning curricula; a review of Graduate, and International Programs to enhance student support and oversight; development of a self-study on Faculty Compensation, Student Retention and in preparation for Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaccreditation, among others.

Read more: Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marygrove College

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

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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

Marygrove’s BOLD microsite a resource for its urban leadership initiative

 Office of Urban Leadership encourages campus community involvement 

DETROIT, Nov. 19, 2013 — Marygrove College today announced the addition of their BOLD microsite as an information resource for the College’s urban leadership initiative. BOLD, which stands for Building Our Leadership in Detroit, is a three-year, W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded effort for Marygrove College to develop an urban leadership curriculum, and a cornerstone in the building of the College’s strategic vision of fostering urban leadership. 

The urban leadership vision, which was inspired and championed by current Marygrove President Dr. David J. Fike, focuses the College on strengthening its understanding and expertise on contemporary urban issues, as well as its understanding and capacity to develop leaders. It commits the College to invest in faculty development to enhance the intellectual capital of the institution, and to support mechanisms (curricular and co-curricular) that utilize intellectual capital to develop its students to be leaders in urban areas. A key component of the BOLD initiative is the establishment of the Office of Urban Leadership (OUL). The OUL helps ensure facilitation, planning, and implementation of an integrated portfolio to advance urban leadership both internal and external to the campus.  

The Office of Urban Leadership is encouraging involvement in urban leadership initiatives and believes that the microsite will serve as a place where people can go to become informed about the urban leadership vision, find opportunities to engage, and be inspired to share their own stories of how they are helping to make a difference in our community.

To visit the BOLD site, go to http://urbanleadership.marygrove.edu/

Read more: Marygrove’s BOLD microsite a resource for its urban leadership initiative

Groups partner to honor renowned Detroit poets

Year-long series of events continues at Marygrove College on October10, 2013 

DETROIT, Oct. 7, 2013— The Dudley Randall Robert Hayden/Dudley Randall Centennial Project will commemorate, through a variety of programs and activities at different Detroit area sites, two renowned poets who grew up and began writing poetry in the Detroit communities known as Black Bottom and Paradise Valley. The purpose of these events is to examine the two poets’ contributions to American culture, to expose their work to new audiences, to provide opportunities for creative and scholarly expressions that intersect with their poetic legacies, and to acknowledge the historical occasion.

As part of Marygrove College’s Defining Detroit series, Marygrove professor Frank Rashid and Wayne State University professor Melba Joyce Boyd and will give a joint presentation on Robert Hayden and Dudley Randall.  Film clips and bio-critical discussion of the Detroit writers will trace the relationship between their lives and their writings. This event will take place on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marygrove College Theatre, 8425 West McNichols, Detroit, and is free and open to the public.  Call (313) 927-1383 for information. 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Robert Hayden was born on August 4, 1913 in Detroit, Michigan, and Dudley Randall was born on January 14, 1914 in Washington DC, but moved to Detroit with his family on January 1, 1920.  Hayden and Randall were first introduced to each other because they were poets.  This introduction in 1937 occurred during the Great Depression and when both were engaged in the labor movement in Detroit.  This relationship evolved into a life-long friendship.  Though they pursued higher education at different times in their lives, they both majored in English at Wayne State University, and they both secured graduate degrees at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor: Hayden in creative writing and Randall in library science.  Ultimately, both poets achieved international recognition and critical acclaim as poets; and as editors and educators, they made major contributions to the African American literary canon.

Read more: Groups partner to honor renowned Detroit poets

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

 

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

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