Maxwell Perkins Prize Winning Author and Marygrove Graduate Gabrielle Burton Dies at 76

13Burton-obit-master675Maxwell Perkins Prize winning author, feminist, screenwriter, and Marygrove College graduate Gabrielle Burton passed away earlier this month.

We would like to acknowledge this amazing woman, her work, and her fiery spirit, which will surely continue to inspire all of those who knew her.

To read more about this extraordinary woman, click on the link below.

Alumni Reunion Weekend Information and Mailing

41626558_ca46da0ce9_zIf you are a Marygrove alumni who graduated in a year ending in “0” or “5” and plan on participating in Alumni Reunion Weekend, please note that important information has been mailed to you.

If you did not receive this information, please click here for a complete schedule of events and registration information. In addition to this, please contact Jan Machusak so that we can update our records with your correct contact information!

Jan Machusak, Director of Alumni Relations

Photo credit: mrjoro / Foter / CC BY-NC

Alumni Event: Take the Marygrove College Campus Tour Extreme

campus tourInterested in taking a tour of your alma mater’s campus? The Alumni Association is offering a guided tour of Marygrove on July 18, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until noon. This tour will include the Liberal Arts (LA) building, Madame Cadillac building, the Student Center (former convent), the Dining Hall and the Florent Gillet Residence Hall. We will meet in the Marygrove Theatre, on the west end of the LA building at 10 a.m.

If it has been a number of years since you’ve set foot on Marygrove’s lovely grounds, you’ll be pleased to see numerous updates to some of your favorite spots as well as additions to campus, including but not limited to:

  • The newly named Nancy A. McDonough Geschke Library
  • Beyond Words Gallery
  • Nancy A. McDonough Geschke Writing Center
  • The Staff Lounge
  • The renovated Main Dining Room and Kitchen
  • Keenan Courtyard
  • The Marygrove Mustangs Soccer Field
  • Tom Doak-designed golf practice course, utilized by Midnight Golf
  • Barnes & Noble Bookstore
  • Fitness Training Center
  • Soccer Fields

Come prepared to walk and climb! Afterwards, as an option, we will go to Lou’s Deli for lunch. There is no fee for attendance. If you have special requests for the tour, email or call to let us know.

If you have further questions or comments, contact:
Mark Bartnik ’79, (586) 306-4090 or;
Yesenia Lara Romero ’07 at (313) 587-2914 or;
Jan Machusak at (313) 927-1443 or

Correction: Spring 2015 Tower Times “In Memoriam”

We would like to correct a few 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 and Maria Grimminger were mistakenly listed “In Memoriam.” The announcement for Maria Grimminger should have read: Husband of Maria Grimminger.

Alumni Reunion Weekend: Schedule of Events and Registration Information

mg_ext_bigAlumni Reunion Weekend: Schedule of Events and Registration Information

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