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Dear Marygrove Alumni and Friends,

This is the October 2011 issue of Marygrove Minute -- Marygrove College’s way of keeping you up-to-date on the College’s news and events. Marygrove Minute is meant to supplement The Tower Times, our alumni print publication, which is published three times annually.

Marygrove Minute is a collaborative effort between Marygrove’s Alumni Relations and Communications and Marketing departments. We hope you enjoy it!

A Message From Kenneth Malecke, VP for Institutional Advancement:

Dear Marygrove Alumni and Friends,

On behalf of the Institutional Advancement Division, I am pleased to share some good news regarding a few important initiatives which, after months of planning and development, are now being launched. I hope you will share my enthusiasm, as these projects help distinguish Marygrove as a vibrant and growing institution of higher learning, that is committed to the future and well being of our faculty, students, staff, alumni and community.

Marygrove Joins WHAC

Marygrove was recently accepted into the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, which is an important milestone in our athletics program. The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference is a partnership of student-focused institutions with a shared commitment towards academic achievement, service to community and developing life skills through character-driven athletics.

Marygrove is the first NAIA school from the City of Detroit that was asked to join The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference—which makes us very proud. Participation in this Conference will provide more opportunities for all of our student-athletes by elevating the competitive field—for example, we will now be able to compete with schools such as Madonna University and Sienna Heights, among others. For more information, read our press release.

Golf Practice Facility Grand Opening Press Event

On Monday, Oct. 3, Marygrove celebrated the official grand opening of our new Golf Practice Facility with a press event for local and national media. The event was a huge success with over 250 people attending. Featured speakers included: David Fike; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; Tom Doak, course designer; Earnie Ellison, Jr., Director of Business and Community, PGA of America; Andre Spivey, Detroit City Council; Harold Curry, Chairman of the Board, Midnight Golf Program; and Renee Fluker, Founder/Executive Director, Midnight Golf Program. Reporters and invited guests had the opportunity to speak with student golfers from Marygrove’s new golf team as well as Coach Frank McCauliffe.

The purpose of this event was to inform the larger community and, indeed, audiences across the U.S., about the Golf Practice Facility’s uniqueness in terms of its urban land use plan, environmental fertilization as well as the opportunities it affords to our City’s youth.

The entire Marygrove College community can be extremely proud of the fine work that was done to represent the Institution in such a positive light to our larger community and a national audience. Below are links to media coverage we received:

Media Coverage

Against long odds, Tom Doak opens a short course in the heart of Detroit (This also appears on the front page of
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The Detroit Regional News Hub re-posted this blog and are in the process of writing a new article, so we get double exposure:

Marygrove College opens Tom Doak-designed golf practice facility

Metro + state: Marygrove College opens facility for new program (Free Press small blurb)

Marygrove College in Detroit Debuts Golf Practice Facility

Detroiter brings golf to kids as they prepare to graduate high school

Doak Opens Short Course in Detroit

Channel 4 news also did a report during the 5-6 News Hour on Monday, Oct. 3.

These are some of the low-res photos taken by professional photographer Brian Walters--they're quite beautiful and there are some particularly great shots of Dr. Fike getting a quick lesson on swinging a club!

Marygrove Website Upgrade

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This project began as an aesthetic resurfacing of our website’s homepage, and ended in a complete rebuild of the entire website.  We are excited to announce that the first-phase rollout of the new Marygrove College website began on Friday, Oct. 7.

Increasingly, the College’s website is the primary avenue for prospective and current students, the community, faculty, and staff to obtain information about Marygrove College. Often, it is the first impression many people have of the College and is an important marketing and recruitment tool. Nearly every page, therefore, was designed with the following in mind:

  • How does a page feel from a visitor’s perspective?
  • Is each page attractive in comparison to the best EDU websites that exist?
  • Is the navigation intuitive and helpful for browsing content?
  • In light of the forthcoming microsites, what is the purpose of a page?*
  • Does the page adhere to standards and best practices?
  • Will search engines be able to index a given page easily?

* Over the course of this academic year, we will launch new “microsites”—websites residing within the domain, but containing information specific to a given academic area. The new microsites were chosen based on the College’s focus on the following program-specific growth areas:

  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Science and Math
  • Social Work

A microsite strategy for the remainder of the academic areas is being developed and we will be sharing that with you in the near future.

Marygrove Campus Mini-buses

We are pleased and excited to announce the recent arrival of two brand new 14-passenger buses to the Marygrove campus, just in time for the 2011-2012 academic year. The buses will be used for sports-related events, as well as other activities, in order to meet many of our off-campus local and long distance travel needs. Our new Mustang Mini-Buses are complete with TV & DVD monitors and comfortable seating. Additionally, each vehicle was “wrapped” -- creatively enhanced -- on exterior surfaces to prominently highlight new Marygrove branding elements.


Alumni Book Discussion

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Thursday, October 27, 2011

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Royal Oak - Home of Kay Hughes ’66

 Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells- taken without her knowledge- became one of the most important tools in medicine.

The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still in use today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, over a period of 10 years, to learn about Henrietta Lacks and her “immortal cells’.

As the author so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family-- past and present-- is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.  (Summary by LitLovers.)

Kay Hughes’66 will host the discussion at her home in Royal Oak.

To register, contact Sheila Keefe’56 at (586) 268-0481 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Frances Simmons ‘85 at (248) 546-2876 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 21, 2011. Directions to Kay’s home will be provided. We look forward to a great turn-out to discuss this highly acclaimed novel.

Wine Dinner

Sunday, November 6, 2011

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Le George Mediterranean Bistro

Enjoy a fabulous five-course Mediterranean dinner prepared by George Farah along with 12 great wines paired with the various courses.  Family, friends and alumni are welcome. Nominal price of $45.00 per person includes the meal and wines, a customized wine gift, tax and gratuity: a $75 dollar value! Please specify your choice of Red or White for your wine gift when making your reservation.

Le George Mediterranean Bistro is located at 124 E. Main Street in Northville, MI. Space is limited and we anticipate an enthusiastic response. To register, send payment to Marygrove College, Attn: Diane Puhl, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221 by October 17, 2011. If you need more information, please contact Mark Bartnik ‘79 at (248) 689-9782.

Opera at the Detroit Opera House

The Marriage of Figaro

Performed in Italian with English supertitles

Friday, November 18, 2011

One of the most celebrated and delightfully amusing operas ever written, Mozart’s Figaro involves a wildly entertaining parade of mistaken identities, cross-dressing and infidelity, but of course all are fated to end up happy.

A sequel, of sorts, to Rossini’s Barber of Seville, the opera recounts a single “mad” day in the palace of Count Almaviva. The Count’s wife Rosina, unhappy in her married life, is pursued by the count’s page.  At the same time, the Count is pursuing his servant Susanna, who is engaged to Figaro, the Count’s valet. The marital madness comes to a head that evening when all find themselves on the palace grounds in a hilarious series of events that result in the Count’s humiliation and forgiveness by the Countess.

The cost for this event is $55, which includes a main floor ticket (valued at $86) as well as a private gathering in the Lomason Lounge (3rd Level-elevator accessible) at 5:45 pm. There will be a delicious assortment of hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The opera itself begins at 7:30 p.m.

$10 parking is available in the Opera House Garage as well as on nearby parking lots. 

To make reservations, send a check (payable to Marygrove College) no later than Friday, November 4, 2011 to Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI, 48221 (attention Diane Puhl).  For questions about this event, contact Sheila Keefe,’56 at (586) 268-0481 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Frances Simmons,’85 at (248) 546-2876 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christmas Brunch at the Whitney

4421 Woodward at Canfield, Detroit

Sunday, December 4, 2011

2:00 p.m. 

Join Marygrove Alumni for a holiday brunch buffet at the historical Whitney Mansion. The mansion will be beautifully and festively decorated for Christmas. Our delicious buffet will include a variety of entrees, salads, assorted pastries and breads, non-alcoholic beverages and unlimited mimosas. The cost is $45 per person, which includes tax and gratuity.

This event was extremely popular last year and we expect another enthusiastic response. To make reservations, send a check (payable to Marygrove College) no later than Wednesday, November 23, 2011 to: Marygrove College, attn: Diane Puhl, 8725 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221. For questions about this event, contact Dr. Vanessa Ghant ’92 at (248) 352-6331 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2011 Annual Business Lecture

“Kiva Detroit: Champions for Small Businesses/Changing Lives”


Darryl Redmond and Delphia Simmons

From Kiva Detroit 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

7 – 9:00 p.m.

Marygrove College

Denk Chapman Hall

Madame Cadillac Building

Join us for an engaging perspective from two speakers associated with the Kiva Detroit organization.   Detroit is the first Kiva City in the United States, a program where Kiva works with community organizations to provide microloans to small businesses.  Kiva Detroit is the product of a partnership between Michigan Corps, ACCION USA, Knight Foundation and Kiva International.

Darryl Redmond , co-chair of the Kiva Detroit board became involved with Kiva  while he was a professor at the University of Michigan.  An entrepreneur, a pastor, and former elected political official, he also serves on the Knight Foundation Advisory Board.

Delphia Simmons, co-chair of Kiva Detroit, is an inaugural recipient of a Kiva Detroit loan, which is being used to launch Thrive Detroit Street newspaper.  She is a Project Manager and Program director for the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Come, listen, and learn from these inspiring speakers, one a Kiva donor and another, a Kiva recipient.

This event is free and open to the public.

All are welcome.

For further information, contact Theodora Williams, (313) 927-1572, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

© Marygrove College 2011 | 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221 | 313.927.1200

Alumni Relations Contact Information

For more information, contact Janice Machusak, Director of Alumni Relations/Alumni Annual Giving at (313) 927-1443 or