Correction: Spring 2015 Tower Times “In Memoriam”

We would like to correct two misprints in the Spring, 2015 issue of Tower Times:

Please note that “In Memoriam” should have read:  HUSBAND of Juanita Pohl Hoban ’47. We extend our sympathies to Juanita (who assured us that she is alive and well!) and apologize for this error.

Additionally, please note that Anne Marie Abel Searer ’61 was mistakenly listed “In Memoriam.”  Anne Marie, we apologize for this error.

Alumni Reunion Weekend: Schedule of Events and Registration Information

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Alumni Reunion Weekend 2015 celebrates the graduating classes of 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010; however, everyone, regardless of graduation year is invited and encouraged to attend.

Thursday, September 17
14th Annual Jan Soleau, IHM Memorial Swing and a Prayer Golf Scramble

Friday, September 18
Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony and Reception
7:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Marygrove College Theatre and Denk Chapman Hall

All alumni are invited to attend the award ceremony in the theatre and then enjoy refreshments, conversation and live music at the reception that follows in Denk Chapman Hall

Saturday, September 19
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Madame Cadillac Building

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sacred Heart Chapel

An alumni choir, under the direction of alumnus Tom Zerafa ’91, will sing at this mass and you are invited to join them.

Class/Group Pictures
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Liberal Arts Building

Pictures will be taken of classes whose graduation year ends in 5 or 0 (1955, 1960, etc.) and of groups from the 80s through the present.

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Alumnae Hall

Campus Tours
2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Madame Cadillac Building

Sunday, September 20
Golden Jubilee Celebration Mass honoring the Class of 1965
11:00 a.m. – Noon
Sacred Heart Chapel

Brunch and Induction of the Class of 1965 into the Fifty Year Club and recognition of those who graduated prior to 1965
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Main Dining Room

Singers, Lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers Needed for Saturday Liturgy.
If you are interested in participating in the liturgy as a member of the choir, lector or Eucharistic Minister, please sign up on the registration form. Music and details will be sent to choir members and the choir will rehearse in the chapel at 9:00 a.m. prior to the liturgy.

Class Gift
In recognition of significant reunion years, you are invited to make a special reunion gift to Marygrove. Many reunion classes choose to support a special project, make a gift in memory of deceased classmates or in honor of special professors, or simply a donation in recognition of the outstanding education Marygrove provided. Please contact your reunion class representative for more information or make a contribution on the enclosed registration form

Hotel Information
A block of rooms is being held at The Doubletree by HiltonTM, which is located at 5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit, MI 48228. You may reserve a single, double, triple or quad occupancy room for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday night for a discounted rate of $114 per night.

To make reservations, call (313) 336-3340 or 1-800-222-TREEand identify yourself as a member of the Marygrove College 2015 Alumni Reunion. Reservations must be made by August 26, 2015 to guarantee this special rate which includes $4 per day parking surcharge and breakfast buffet in the Grille 39.

* Hotel room rates are subject to applicable surcharges, state, and local taxes (currently 15%) in effect at the time of check in.

14th Annual Jan Soleau, IHM Memorial Swing and a Prayer Golf Scramble Happens Sept. 17

golf-club-against-ball14th Annual Jan Soleau, IHM Memorial Swing and a Prayer Golf Scramble

We are looking for volunteers to help out at the Golf Course on the day of the outing, and, prior to the outing, on donations and sponsorships.

Any assistance is welcome! Whether you’re a Marygrove College Alumni, friend of Marygrove, family member of an Alum, friends of friends of friends!

We need YOU!

Sign up now! We’ll get details to you about our Kick-off Meeting to be held at Marygrove next week.

  • If you can’t come to the meeting, we’ll call you – email you – to include you in the planning.

If you have helped in the past, you will be familiar with the outing flier and the donor form. We will be providing Donor forms and Golf Outing fliers for your use.

  • We will need DONATIONS from friends and corporations for the Charity Auction table.
  • We will need GOLFERS! And the flyer will have the registration form attached.
  • We will also be looking for some SPONSORS and advertisement/sponsor levels vary.
    • A quarter page ad is $100 . . the Presenting Sponsor level is $2,500
    • A Hole sponsorship is available at $300
    • A Foursome with the Hole sponsorship is available for $700

Really, there’s something for everyone! A great event for a great cause – the Jan Soleau, IHM Student Support Fund.

So, signup today! Give a call, send an email to: Mark Bartnik; 586-306-4090. Or, Jan Machusak at Marygrove, or 313-927-1443

Photo credit: kulicki / Foter / CC BY

Meals on Wheels 2014, Alumni Service Project: Nov. 26

The Marygrove College Alumni Association is always looking for ways to give back! Please join us on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from 8:00- 10:00 a.m. to pack cold lunches for the Detroit Meals on Wheels program! Please arrive by 7:45 a.m. and dress in comfortable clothing. The address is 1980 Bagley, Detroit, MI. To volunteer or for additional details, please contact Gloria Brown-Banks ’11 at (313) 802-1246 or Frances Simmons ’85 at (248) 546-2876. 

meals on wheels

The Detroit Meals on Wheels Program is a state and federally funded program which offers home-delivered meals to home-bound older adults in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Harper Woods, and the five Grosse Pointes. The programs provide five nutritious meals per week. Participants may choose to receive either a hot meal delivered once per day, Monday- Friday or five frozen meals once per week.

The mission of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) is to educate, advocate, and promote healthy aging to enable people to make choices about home and community-based services and long term care that will improve their quality of life.

For more information on events and ways to get involved with the Marygrove Alumni Association, please contact the Alumni Office at (313) 927-1443 or 

Marygrove Alumni Go To The Opera: Nov. 21

Join the Marygrove College Alumni Association for an evening at the Detroit Opera House, Nov. 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. for Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Cost is $40 per person and seating is on the Main Floor. To secure your spot, please send a check, payable to Marygrove College, to the Alumni Office, 8425 W. McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221. For more information, contact Sheila Keefe ’56 (586) 268-0481 or


An unwary geisha abandons her culture to wed an American Navel officer, not realizing that she is a temporary amusement to him. “Butterfly” then faithfully awaits her husband’s return from a long mission, only to discover that he has remarried. The role of Cio Cio San (Butterfly) is among the most heartbreaking in the soprano repertoire.

Annual Campus Beautification Day

Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to help make Marygrove’s campus shine 7882795748_6d5c3c1d71on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The schedule for the day includes flower planting and grounds clean-up from 9 a.m. – noon, followed by lunch.  This is an excellent opportunity to come together to show your Marygrove love! You will have a hard time not feeling a sense of pride every time you drive through Marygrove’s gates and see the fruits of your labor.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tiffany Alexander, Interim Director of Alumni Relations/Alumni Annual Giving at 313-927-1443 or by April 25.

Save the Date – Alumni Reunion Weekend 2014


Thursday, Sept. 18 – 13th Annual Sr. Jan Soleau Memorial Swing and a Prayer Golf Scramble
Friday, Sept. 19 – Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony and Reception
Saturday, Sept. 20 – Mass/Lunch/Campus Tours
Sunday, Sept. 21 – Mass/Brunch/Induction of the Class of 1964 into the Fifty Year Club

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2014 celebrates the graduating classes of 1929,1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 however, everyone, regardless of graduation year, is invited and encouraged to attend. Information will be mailed to reunion classes in the spring and specific details will follow in upcoming issues of the Tower Times and Marygrove Minute.