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.

Ballroom Dancing Lessons

ballroom dance siloBallroom dancing has made a comeback and here is your chance to learn this elegant and graceful art form. The Marygrove College Alumni Program Committee is once again offering nine, 1½ hour lessons followed by a dance where you can show off your newly acquired or finely honed skills.

Reuben Collier and Margo Lee ’00, both experienced instructors who love to dance, will guide you through the lessons and have you dancing like Fred or Ginger in no time. In addition to being fun, ballroom dancing is also very healthy, as it has physical, mental and social benefits. You can register on your own or with a partner. Please note that leather bottom shoes are required.

If purchased individually, lessons are $7 for alumni and FREE for students with ID, however alumni can purchase all nine lessons in advance for $40. Lessons will be held in the Main Dining Room in Madame Cadillac Hall from 6- 7:30 p.m. the following Thursdays: February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10 and 24, 2014. The dance will be held in Alumnae Hall on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Tickets are $20. Tickets purchased by April 12 will be entered into a drawing to win fabulous prizes. Proceeds from the lessons and dance will benefit the Jan Soleau, IHM Memorial Scholarship Fund. To register for the lessons, purchase tickets for the dance or for more information, contact Margo Lee ’00 at (313) 402-7776 or

Pewabic Pottery Workshop and Tour

Marygrove College Alumni Association is organzing a hands-on workshop to be held at the historic Pewabic Pottery located on East Jefferson, just east of downtown Detroit on April 5 from 2-4 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to create a pottery project of their own. The instructor led, two-hour workshop will include a tour of the facility, followed by the hands-on pewabicportion of the event.

Pewabic Pottery is a hidden gem of the City; founded 1903 at the height of the Arts & Crafts movement in America. Pewabic’s current location was designed by architect William Buck Stratton in the Tudor Revival style. In 1991, the building and its contents were designated a National Historic Landmark and today is Michigan’s only historic pottery studio.

In Michigan, Pewabic installations can be found in countless locations – including our very own Madame Cadillac main entrance, churches, commercial buildings, public facilities and spaces. Pewabic pottery can also be found in many private and public collections—including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Cost of workshop and tour is $20, which includes materials. To register, send a check made payable to Marygrove College to Marygrove College, Attn: Alumni Relations, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221. Registration deadline is March 28, 2014.

If you have questions or need more information please contact Sam Blue ‘93 at or Frances Simmons ‘85 at or (248) 689-9782.

Forgotten Harvest Community Service Project

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Since 1990, Forgotten Harvest has been in business to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest relieves hunger in the Detroit metropolitan community by rescuing surplus, prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency food providers. In the fiscal year 2011 – 2012, Forgotten Harvest rescued a record 42 million pounds of food from a variety of sources such as grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, farmers, and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food – which would otherwise go to waste – is delivered free of charge to emergency food providers throughout metro Detroit (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties). Forgotten Harvest covers 2,000-square miles to feed hungry people.

The Alumni Association is pleased to support Forgotten Harvest by sponsoring a community service project for Marygrove alumni and friends at their warehouse on
Mar 1 from 1-4 p.m. We will spend an afternoon re-packing fresh nutritious food items that will be used to feed the hungry throughout the Detroit metro area.

Forgotten Harvest is located at 21800 Greenfield Rd., Oak Park, MI, 48237. Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age and are required to wear closed-toed shoes (no high heels.) The work area gets chilly so you may want to bring a sweater or light jacket. All other items needed for the work area will be provided so you are asked to leave personal items in your vehicle.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Gloria Banks ’11 at (313) 802-1217 or Francis Simmons ’85 at (248) 546-2876 no later than Feb. 28, 2014.

Alumni-Sponsored Dinner Theater

By Jane Martin – Directed by Arthur Beer
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, Marygrove College Theatre
Dinner: 6 p.m. * Play: 8 p.m.

Jane Martin’s “Somebody/Nobody” weaves the tale of Loli, a homespun nobody runaway and award-winning actress Sheena Keener. Sheena is seeking to leave the fame and fanfare of B-movie stardom behind, while Loli would like nothing more than to trade places with her. The action that ensues is a hilarious look at the cult of celebrity in the modern world.

Somebody/Nobody is a production by the University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company. The cost is $40 per person for a wonderful dinner with wine and a theatre ticket. Dinner will be in Madame Cadillac Hall, followed by the play in the Marygrove Theatre. Parking is free.

To make reservations, send a check (payable to Marygrove College) no later than Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 to Marygrove College, Attn: Alumni Relations, 8425 West McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221.

For questions about this event, please contact Sheila Keefe ’56 at (586) 268-0481 or

Alumni Book Discussion

Mother's Milk

The Winter Alumni Book Discussion will be discussing “Mother’s Milk” by Dwight G. Stackhouse. The event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 from 2 – 4 p.m. in room 225, Liberal Arts Building, Marygrove College. Dr. Loretta Woodard, Marygrove College English Professor, will be our facilitator. The author will be present and will autograph books on request.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake (Canada) and The Shaw Festival
June 18 – 19, 2014



TRIP COST: $325*
$100 deposit due April 4, 2014 — Final Payment due May 9, 2014

• Round trip deluxe Bianco motorcoach from Marygrove College (parking is guarded).
• One night accommodation at the Sheraton on the Falls – Niagara Falls Ontario
• Dinner at the Tower Hotel with a breathtaking view of the falls
• Shopping or time to visit sights in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
• Stop at winery on return trip.
• Ticket to The Philadelphia Story at the Shaw Festival – This beloved romantic comedy was written in 1939 by American Philip Barry and made famous by the film starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart. A high-end East Coast household is thrown into disarray as Tracy Lord’s wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and a journalist determined to dig up some tabloid dirt.

Seating is limited. Every traveler must have a passport or enhanced driver’s license. To make reservations, send checks (payable to Marygrove College) no later than the dates indicated above, to Marygrove College, attn.: Alumni Relations, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit MI 48221. For questions about this trip, please contact Sheila Keefe’56 at (586) 268-0481 or

*Per person based on double occupancy. The cost for a single is $384 and triple is $306 per person.