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Marygrove College to Recognize Distinguished Alumni & Distinguished Alumnus of Tomorrow at September 15 Award Ceremony

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Sep 11, 2017 1:19:22 PM


Renée Ahee
Phone: 313-927-1438

Marygrove College to Recognize Distinguished Alumni & Distinguished Alumnus of Tomorrow at September 15 Award Ceremony

DETROIT, MI, September 11, 2017—Marygrove College will award five alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award and one student with the Distinguished Alumni of Tomorrow Award at the institution’s annual Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony on Friday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m., in the Marygrove Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.

The recipients of these awards are Barbara Stanbridge, IHM (’63); Catherine Haven Rohlman (’72); Christine Kennedy (’72); Sylvia Colding Manlove (’82 and ’91); John Meulendyk (’97); and Dursey Wade, Jr., who will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni of Tomorrow Award.

Barbara Stanbridge, IHM, founded CHANGE Human Resource Development, a consulting and training firm. In addition to serving on the Detroit Cristo Rey Board of Trustees and on the founding board of Detroit’s Our Lady of Guadalupe School, she has served as president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and was named one of the 95 most powerful women in Michigan by Corp! magazine in 2002.

Catherine Haven Rohlman began working on The Little Black Book series with Bishop Ken Untener of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw in 1999. Despite Untener’s untimely death in 2004, Catherine continues to produce new Little Books for the Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter seasons. More than three million copies of the series—now printed in English, Spanish and Vietnamese—are distributed worldwide annually.

Christine Kennedy is an adjunct professor at Carlow University and a consultant with the Pennsylvania Early Intervention Technical Assistance network. In her four and a half decades of service on behalf of those with special needs, Christine has served the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, ACHIEVA, the Council for Exceptional Children: Division for Early Childhood, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and many more.

Sylvia Colding Manlove served Marygrove College as director of admissions and dean of student affairs from 1978 to 1997 before moving to Arizona. Until her retirement in 2011, she worked for the Maricopa Community College District in Tempe, Arizona in numerous capacities. In addition to receiving countless leadership awards, Sylvia has served the Interim House Shelter Board in Detroit, the American Heart Association, the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, and many others.

John Meulendyk holds degrees in biology, chemistry, dentistry, public health administration, osteopathic medicine, Catholic pastoral ministry, Lutheran theology, and general theological studies. He has been a teacher, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, a dentist, an anesthesiologist, a preventive medicine specialist, and a pastor. In 2013, John co-founded the Leadership Academy of Integrative Compassionate Care at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dursey Wade, Jr., is the recipient of the John E. Shay, Jr., Scholarship, The Briggs-Fisher Foundation’s Annual Scholarship for Urban Leadership, and the prestigious Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award. In addition to tutoring his peers in math, leading Bible studies, and serving The Gentlemen’s Round Table as vice president, Dursey also works with students at University High School Academy and Gesu Middle School in Detroit.



Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning. The College’s commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.


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