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FIKE_HEADSHOT_FOR_WEB_STORIES_-_100x100Marygrove’s president, Dr. David J. Fike, will present on a panel called “Serving the Local Community: An Approach to Civic Engagement” at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities’ (ACCU) annual meeting, Jan. 29-31 in Washington, D.C. In addition, Amata Miller, Andrea Lee and Sharon Holland—all Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHMs)—Marygrove’s sponsor and founder, are involved in the conference’s plenary sessions.

Amata Miller, IHM, will be presented with the Monika K. Hellwig Award, ACCU’s honor for significant contributions to Catholic higher education through service and academic work. Sister Amata is an economics professor and director of the Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity at St. Catherine University. She is a former Chief Financial Officer of Marygrove College and currently teaches two economics courses in Marygrove's Master in Social Justice program. She will be the presenter at Sunday’s plenary session: Infusing Catholic Identity Throughout the Campus.

Sister Amata is a nationally recognized authority on domestic and global justice issues, socially responsible investing and Catholic Social Teaching. She directs the Myser Initiative that integrates Catholic Social Teachings throughout the curriculum by sponsoring speakers, faculty education and other programs. She holds an honorary doctorate degree from Marygrove College, as well as from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and Holy Cross College, both in Indiana.

Sr. Sharon Holland, IHM ‘69, Canonical Consultant and 2009 Marygrove Distinguished Alumni recipient, will be presenter of Sunday’s plenary session entitled: Sponsorship & Catholic Higher Education.

Sr. Andrea Lee, IHM, President, St. Catherine University and a member of Marygrove’s Board of Trustees, will be a Presidential Responder at Sunday’s plenary session entitled: Newman and Ex Corde: Proud to be Catholic.


The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities is a voluntary association founded in 1899 by fifty-three delegates from Catholic colleges throughout the United States.  Since then the Association has grown fourfold to represent more than ninety percent of accredited Catholic institutions of higher learning in the United States, plus approximately two dozen international universities. The president/rector of each institution serves as its voting member.

ACCU’s principal purposes are to help member institutions strengthen their stated Catholic mission and to foster collaboration among Catholic colleges and universities.