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

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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.]

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Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance Joins Forces with Marygrove Friday, Oct. 12.

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Marygrove College is living proof that the city of Detroit is so much more than its often-reported headlines of failing schools and lost opportunities. As hosts of a Community Session on Urban Leadership for the national Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance (KFLA) on Friday, Oct. 12, the College is helping to rewrite the story about what is strong in Detroit; like the will of its people or the resolve of its long-standing institutions to provide access to quality education.

Roughly six years of thoughtful planning and hard work has come to fruition this year for Marygrove with an exciting award of $1.5 million in funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the country’s leading philanthropic institutions. The grant is supporting the College’s Urban Leadership Vision in the form of a program called Building Our Leadership in Detroit (BOLD). The program is designed to transform the way students develop as leaders at Marygrove College.

Executed through the College’s Office of Urban Leadership, BOLD seeks to partner with national experts such as the KFLA to build ongoing community outreach programs. The grant will be used over the course of three years for programming and additional staff, to ultimately help position Marygrove as a qualified center for urban study and leadership. The phased program will eventually mandate a signature, four-year iterative academic experience for ALL students, regardless of major.

“As an institution serving the community of Detroit, I believe that we have a responsibility to capitalize on our location and improve outcomes for students and families,” says Dr. David J. Fike, Marygrove College President. “With the support of KFLA, BOLD will enable the College to sustain a long-term commitment to enhance urban leaders, and produce meaningful community change.”

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Two of Marygrove’s Distinguished Alums Receive High Honor in Catholic Education.

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Two out of the six Elizabeth A. Seton Awards given this year were received by women who began their life’s journey at Marygrove College in Detroit. Nancy A. Geschke,’64 and her husband, Charles M. Geschke and Lorraine A. Ozar, ‘68 were honored Oct. 1 at the Annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. It is the highest honor given by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). 

One Saint. Two Distinguished Alums. Three C’s.

Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) is popularly known in this country as a patron saint of Catholic education. She was born in late eighteenth century America, a time when the original thirteen colonies were not tolerant of Catholicism, or Popery, a then commonly used pejorative. Life was hard. Saint Elizabeth Seton was only 46 when she died, but was able to accomplish more in those short years for American Catholic education than most could do in a lifetime.

Elizabeth was born in the colony of New York to a prominent Episcopalian family. After enduring more than her share of typical hardships of the day— including severe illness, the deaths of many loved ones and abject poverty— she sought comfort in the Roman Catholic faith and converted in 1805 at the age of 31. Several friends and family members rejected her.

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Applied Professional Education Seminars

Marygrove College, Social Work Department
and Division of Continuing Education

Present

Applied Professional Education Seminars
for Addiction Specialists

(and Others in the Helping Professions)

These dynamic, highly interactive seminars will address the specific needs of helping professionals working with addiction issues in short, half-day forums that will earn 3 CEU hours towards the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals.

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NEW IHM LEADERSHIP TEAM TAKES OFFICE

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MONROE, Mich. – On Saturday, June 30, the six members of the 2012 Leadership Council of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) took office during a Liturgy in the IHM Motherhouse Chapel.

The six sisters are Mary Jane Herb, IHM, president; Sharon Holland, IHM, mission councilor/vice president; Helen Ingles, IHM, mission councilor/chief financial officer; Margaret Alandt, IHM, mission councilor; Mary Ann Bredice, IHM, mission councilor; and Patricia McCluskey, IHM, mission councilor. They will serve until 2018.
The new Leadership Council members voiced their pledge to living “the liberating mission of Jesus challenged by the Gospel, the spirit of Vatican II, the Earth Charter” and the IHM commitment to sustainability.

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