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.

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.