Technology Assistant’s Corner

Technology Assistants are available in the STICC and the Library to assist students with most software technology issues.  This semester we highlight one who is in her third year with us.

Name: Ladreshalek (Dresha) Young
Major: Forensic Chemistry with a Minor in Criminal Justice
Career Plans: After I graduate with my bachelor’s degree, I plan to go on to medical school and become a Medical Examiner for a Federal Crime Lab.

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What made you decide to attend Marygrove? I decided to come to Marygrove because it is a small school. With Marygrove being a small school, I was able to connect more with my professors and when I need help I am able to get one-on-one assistance.
What has been your favorite class at Marygrove? My favorite classes at Marygrove so far have been Crime Scene and Evidence Collection, Criminal Law and Science Seminar: HIV/AIDS.
Describe your best moment at Marygrove. During my sophomore year in my Science Seminar: HIV/AIDS, my class and I had the chance to help run the Marygrove health fair. I was able to create a game that helped individuals learn the facts about HIV and AIDS. This was my best moment at Marygrove because I was able to help and teach other students about a subject I am passionate about.
Why do you like working in Technology? I like working in technology because there is always something new to learn, both personal and educational.
What do you like best about the position you’re in now? I am able to help students learn about the basic computer programs and I am also able to learn about new programs that I haven’t used before.
What is your favorite software program? Why? My favorite software program is Movie Maker. I like Movie Maker because you are able to be creative. You can fuse music, videos and pictures all in one slide show. It’s good software to use to create slide shows for graduation or any other parties you may have.
Any “Words of Wisdom” for students? Whenever you have a paper or presentation to do, DO NOT wait until the last minute to do it. These assignments take a while if you want them to be great.

The National Society of Leadership and Success — Marygrove College Chapter Fall 2014 Induction Ceremony

It’s that time of the year again. The Fall 2014 Marygrove College Chapter Induction Ceremony for The National Society of Leadership and Success was held on Friday, December 12, 2014 in the Library Lecture Hall at 6:00 pm. At this event attendees were able to meet the new inductees into full membership with The National Society of Leadership and Success. This ceremony marked the culmination of a period of hard work and personal growth, and we applaud their achievement!

The new inductees were:

• Sebehate Ajdini
• Deena Allen
• Franz Beauregard
• Imani Dorsey
• Hope Gibson
• Glenda McDonald
• Carla Pace
• Mario Pritchard
• Tina Silvestri
• Brittany Thomas
• LaKeisha Thomas
• Robert D. Tompkins
• Carolyn Vincent
• Faith Washington

In addition to those who were joining the ranks of the now over 280 society members on Marygrove’s campus – Jessica Tilson, an already inducted member, received the National Engaged Leader Award (NELA). This award is available for all members to achieve. To receive this award, you must complete an Orientation, a Leadership Training Day, 6 speaker broadcasts, 6 Success Networking Team meetings, and at least 5 hours of community service.

With family, friends, faculty, staff, and already inducted members in attendance it was truly a memorable evening. Those in attendance were able to celebrate as the inductees received their membership certificate.

- Yolanda Moore, Chapter Secretary

As part of the induction ceremony there were three speciality awards given out –

  • The Excellence in Service to Students Award which was given via a drawing to Yolanda Moore. This award is given to a non-faculty member on campus that exemplifies leadership and mentorship and has demonstrated commitment to bettering the lives of students.
  • The Excellence in Teaching Award which was given to Dr. Shameka Shelby. This award is given to an individual who teaches with passion and inspires students beyond the classroom, who demonstrates dedication to developing students beyond academic qualifications or someone who makes a positive difference in the lives of Society members.
  • Honorary Membership (Nomination for Non-Members Only) was also given to Dr. Shameka Shelby. This award is given to faculty, staff, or administrators who embody the mission of The National Society of Leadership and Success and demonstrate leadership qualities in a personal and professional capacity.

These amazing individuals join the ranks of the now over 280 members in Marygrove College’s chapter. This success is in part due to their leadership — the eBoard or Executive Board. With heartfelt thanks, Chapter Secretary Yolanda Moore wanted to thank Chapter President Robert D. Tompkins for his leadership in making sure the Society stayed active and on task.

  • President – Robert D. Tompkins
  • Vice President – Carolyn Vincent
  • SecretaryYolanda Moore
  • Treasurer – Tina Silvestri
  • Social/Society Events Chair – Ramona Douglas

The success of this year would not be possible without our Executive Board. I would like to recognize our Executive Board Members for all of their contributions and accomplishments this year. It has truly been a pleasure working with all of you and I appreciate all that you have done to serve and support our chapter this year.

 – Robert D. Tompkins, Chapter President

More pictures will be uploaded soon. Check back later.


The keynote speaker was Amy Kaherl,the Executive Director of Detroit SOUP. Amy received her MA in Theology (emphasizing in popular culture) in 2008 from Fuller Theological Seminary. Detroit SOUP is a micro-granting dinner that celebrates creative projects in the city and has helped Detroiters giving back to Detroiters raise over $80,000 towards art, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and urban agriculture. Amy and SOUP have recently been honored as a White House Champion of Change for their crowdfunding efforts and have been featured in O Magazine, the front page of the Sunday Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, New York Times, NPR, Fast Company, BBC, Dwell Magazine, and NBC Nightly News (among other wonderful publications). While not running SOUP Amy is involved in planning the after parties for the Detroit City Futbol League (a neighborhood based soccer league) and as DJ Amy Dreamcatcher with the monthly party, Nothing Elegant. For more information on SOUP please head to

Amy’s presentation spoke to the heart and lifestyle of a modern-day leader. Her speech was filled with humor, heart, and valuable life lessons.

- Carolyn Vincent, Chapter Vice President

This was an amazing group of individuals who pulled off an impossible task. At the end of each semester they hold induction ceremonies and provide a reception for the students and their families.  In the past three induction ceremonies , their guest speakers have been Dr. David Fike, Jane Hammang-Buhl and Jerry van Rossum.   This chapter recognized Jane Hammang-Buhl for her assistance in vetting and supporting the establishment of the Marygrove chapter as well as other faculty and staff who have helped in the development of the chapter and the students.

The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) is a relatively new organization — in that it was established in 2001 by a group of students. Since that time, it has grown into one of the largest honor societies in the USA. In Michigan alone, Sigma Alpha Pi has chapters in Saginaw Valley State, University of Michigan – Dearborn, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Northwood University and others.

The Marygrove Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) began a new chapter with their bi-annual recruiting activities at the beginning of this semester. All sophomore students with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA received a mailing explaining the merits of the society and an invitation to join.

Be on the lookout for more from this student organization in the future.

Rules in Microsoft Outlook

A rule is an action that is done automatically to incoming or outgoing messages, based on conditions that have been specified. It can be created from a template, from a message, or using your own conditions.

Note: these steps are for those using Microsoft Outlook 2010 (not the Web App).

Create a rule

Below are the steps needed to automatically categorize a message from your supervisor to the “From Supervisor” category. (If you haven’t created a category, see the March 20, 2014 post about this.)

1. Click on a message from your supervisor.
2. Home tab, Move group, Rules.
[Note the first option to always move messages from this person (to a designated folder). If this is the condition preferred, clicking here is a quick way to accomplish this rule. This is not what is being done here; continue to Step 3.]
3. Create Rule.
4. Click box in front of From [Supervisor’s name].
5. Since “Categorize” isn’t listed, click Advanced Options …
Rules Wizard opens, Step 1 (top part) shows the condition;
Step 2 shows the rule so far.
6. Click Next.
7. Click box in front of “assign it to the Category Category” (sets action);
Step 2 now shows the rule with this additional information.
8. Click on Category in the Step 2 area (bottom); established categories appear.
9. Click in the From Supervisor check-box and then click OK.
If this is the first time this category has been used, a dialog box opens asking if it should be renamed. If so, rename it and click OK.
The category name will now appear in the Step 2 area (below).
10. Click Next.
11. Select exceptions in Step 1, if any, then Next.
12. Rule name appears; give it a better description, if preferred.
Step 2 gives an option to run this rule for all messages already in “Inbox”. Click if preferred.
Turn on this rule (Step 2 area) should have a check mark in the box; if not, do so.
13. Finish (Runs the rule; if the option to run this for all messages appears, it may take a while as the rule is run.)
14. Make sure a check mark is in the box in front of the rule for this to run from this point forward.
15. Click OK to close the informational dialog box.

Review message list; if done correctly, all items meeting the criteria set (categorizing messages from Supervisor), should now be categorized as defined (have the color indicator with the message).

Student Tech Talk: Epsilen ePortfolios

In recent years, electronic portfolios have gone from being just a good idea to an essential tool for college students and job seekers. In an effort to introduce Marygrove students to the value of presenting their academic accomplishments and professional goals in a simple, but well-organized format, Educational Technology Services and the new TWIG Makerspace now provide training and support for an ePortfolio program called Epsilen.

Epsilen is a technology company that provides cloud based services to both K-12 and higher education institutions. Among them are assessment tools and learning management systems (similar to Blackboard). While most of their products are fee-based, they also offer a free ePortfolio tool, available to anyone with a .edu email address.

The free version of the ePortfolio creator is fairly basic, but allows students (as well as faculty and staff) to create a professional looking profile and upload a resume as well as anything that showcases their work and accomplishments, including documents, images, videos, and presentations. And Epsilen allows its users to decide which individual items are made available to the public and which are viewable only to a certain population.

Epsilen was formally introduced to Marygrove this fall, when Professor Jerry van Rossum asked the students in his Introduction to Business course to use Epsilen to create an employment ePortfolio. I conducted a training session for the class, and provided them with copies of a Quick Reference Guide to help them along. At the conclusion of the assignment, students were asked to complete a brief survey about their experience with Epsilen.

While students had few complaints about the process of registering for a free user account, and felt the guide was helpful, opinions were mixed when it came to the heart of building an ePortfolio: adding content (see below).


When asked what they liked best, some students responded:

“What I like best was how if you didn’t have a resume or portfolio they gave you a template to fill out . . .”

“I like the fact that it was very easy to use, the instructions were very precise and clear. . . I also like that I can control who sees what!!!”

Among the things students liked least, however were, “how long it takes to load up” and “how uncreative it was.” One student who found Epsilen “hard to understand” and “not . . . user friendly” thought a “video tutorial” on the product’s website would have proven useful.

Marygrove College does not currently subscribe to any ePortfolio service, so a product like Epsilen is seen as a suitable, no-cost option. Using the feedback from those who have already used Epsilen, ETS will take steps to improve the training process and overall user experience for anyone interested in creating a basic professional electronic portfolio.

Exciting Things are Happening in ETS!

Fall 2014 ushered in some very neat changes to the Educational Technology Services department, and I’d like to share some of them with you.

New Resources

In terms of new resources, I am extremely happy to announce the launch of a new technology facility called the TWIG (Technology Workspace for Innovative Geeks) which officially opened for business on October 13, 2014.


Located on the lower level of the Library, in room L003, the TWIG is a digital media makerspace.  The purpose of the TWIG is to provide a place where students, can access and experiment with tools and resources that will help them make the shift from “passive consumers” of digital content to “producers” of messages using images, language and sound.     On campuses across the country and at Marygrove, students are being prepared for 21st century life by not just being asked to outline and revise papers, but also to storyboard videos, build websites, and repurpose existing content that can educate, persuade, motivate and inspire others, in new, innovative and meaningful ways.

Students in all disciplines will benefit from the resources in the TWIG.  For example, an Education student might use resources in the facility to create an Infographic of the changing state of education in the Unites States, or to create an educational video game for first graders.  A student in any discipline might use the space to create a digital portfolio to showcase their growth and understanding of their discipline over time, and to store artifacts as proof of their achievement of learning outcomes, a Social Work student might create a visual essay to call attention to a social problem.  A CIS student might create a website of resources that are helpful in understanding complex topics in the major. An English student might create a book trailer (think movie trailer) for reporting on the salient parts of an assigned novel. A business student might use it to create a useful phone app that can be uploaded and sold online for profit, or to print a prototype of a product they designed.    A faculty member might use it to video record a lecture or to add audio to lecture notes.   All of these things and much more can be created in the TWIG.

TWIG resources

The following is a list of equipment/resources available in the TWIG:

  1. Makerbot 3-D Printer (print 3-D objects)
  2. Recording Studio (create podcasts, voiceovers, and other audio files)
  3. High end digital video camera (digital storytelling, creating visual essays)
    1. Green Screen (built in set which can be used as a background to conduct interviews, create a video, create a talk show)
    2. Software:  A variety of commercial as well as open source software is available  for creating all of the content types mentioned above

Training and Support

Personalized walkthroughs of the TWIG are available to faculty who are interested in learning more about TWIG resources and how non-traditional content types can be incorporated into their courses.  Faculty may also request an in class presentation for their students on TWIG resources.

There will be a Tea & Technology event that will provide an overview of TWIG resources and showcase projects and assignments that have been created by students at other institutions using similar resources.  Be on the lookout for the announcement for this event

One on one training will be available on an appointment basis for anyone interested in learning to use the equipment/software available in the TWIG.  Beginning in winter 2015 full workshops will be available on using many of the programs available in the TWIG.

New Programming

After a successful pilot during the winter 2014 semester, we have included the following workshops to our lineup:

Fall 2014

Game Development Basics

In this workshop participants will gain an exposure to game creation concepts, and will use the popular GameMaker software program to create a basic action game.

Work Smarter not Harder

Geared toward staff, but open to all members of the community, this four workshop series covers advanced Microsoft Word topics including creating forms, mail merge, templates and styles and integrating documents.

2014 Fall Semester ETS/STICC Workshops

Call 313-927-1582 or visit the STICC (L011) to register for these workshops.

Word 2010 – 1
Tues., Sept. 16 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 17 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Word 2010 – 2
Tues., Sept. 23 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 24 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Word 2010 – 3
Tues., Sept. 30 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 1 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
PowerPoint 2010 – 1
Tues., Oct. 14 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 15 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

PowerPoint 2010 – 2
Tues., Oct. 21 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 22 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

PowerPoint 2010 – 3
Tues., Oct. 28 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 29 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Excel 2010 – 1
Tues., Nov. 11 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 12 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Excel 2010 – 2
Tues., Nov. 18 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 19 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Excel 2010 – 3
Tues., Nov. 25 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 26 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Prezi – Create an on-line presentation
Thurs., Oct. 2 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Weebly – Create a website
Mon., Oct. 6 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 7 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Gaming – 1
Thurs., Nov. 13 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.