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Center Stage—College for Professional Studies News

Editor’s Note: “Center Stage” is a new feature that highlights news of interest from around our College for Professional Studies degree completion centers statewide and online program.

Siena Heights Opens New Center at Henry Ford College

On May 13, 2014, Siena Heights University opened a new University Center at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Mich. This is the first new SHU location since 2004. “Siena Heights University is pleased to expand its presence in metro Detroit with its partnership with HFC,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “By allowing Siena Heights to offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs on its campus, HFC is providing even more opportunities for students to continue their education on the Dearborn campus,” she added. “Our collaboration with Siena Heights University on this new University Center will serve as a model for future endeavors like this, and provides a strong foundation for increased student success,” said HFC President Stan Jensen. “Providing students the opportunity to complete their first years of college at HFC and save money, then work toward their bachelor’s degree on campus at a high-quality four-year institution like Siena Heights gives them the best of both worlds.” SHU’s office is located in the Welcome Center on the HFC campus.

Shane Horn
Shane Horn

Battle Creek

Shane Horn ’04 (left) was appointed the city administrator for the city of Adrian in March 2014. Horn previously served as utilities director for the city. He began with the city in 1992 as a wastewater treatment plant operator, was promoted to water plant superintendent and was then appointed utilities director in 2007.

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All in the Family

Three members of the Marowelli family—father Koby, daughter Tayleen and mother Donna, seen with daughter Tenille—received degrees May 3 from Siena Heights University. Photo courtesy of Lad Strayer—Adrian Daily Telegram.
Three members of the Marowelli family—father Koby, daughter Tayleen and mother Donna, seen with daughter Tenille—received degrees May 3 from Siena Heights University. Photo courtesy of Lad Strayer—Adrian Daily Telegram.

Marowellis Share in the Commencement Experience at SHU

By Dan Cherry—Daily Telegram Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: This is an edited version of a feature that ran in the Adrian Daily Telegram on Sunday, May 4, 2014. It is reprinted with permission.

Three members of the same family received degrees from Siena Heights University May 3.

Koby Marowelli; his wife, Donna; and daughter Tayleen participated in the University’s commencement ceremonies. Koby earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational studies with a minor in professional communication, Donna received a master’s degree in community counseling, and Tayleen a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a minor in psychology.

Koby and Donna’s other daughter, Tenille—Tayleen’s twin sister—is scheduled to graduate from Spring Arbor University in December with a degree in elementary education.

Donna said when they each started pursuing their degrees, they did not realize they would be participating in commencement ceremonies at the same time.

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One on One With . . . Bill Blackerby

Editor’s Note: This is a regular Reflections article series, and this issue features longtime Siena Heights business faculty member Bill Blackerby, who retired as a full-time instructor after more than 30 years and still teaches part-time. Reflections recently sat down with Bill to reflect on his time at Siena Heights.

1. First impressions of Siena Heights?

When I first came to Siena Heights, it was interesting for me because on the one hand I had attended private colleges as an undergraduate, so I wasn’t really shocked by the size of the place. But it was a very interesting experience because we were clearly a school that was in transition. We hadn’t really been coed that long, and the post-Vatican II Adrian Dominican faculty members were also interesting. I remember Jen Horninga asking me, ‘How do you tell which ones are Adrian Dominicans?’ I said, ‘Why don’t you just treat all of them well and you don’t have to worry about it.’ When asked by my sister when she came down to walk (she was a graduate of Southfield), she asked me, ‘What is the biggest change at Siena since you started?’ I said right away, ‘The students’ cars are much nicer now than when I came to Siena.’ We were really resource-poor. The school was what I would call a ‘bumblebee.’ On paper, it wasn’t supposed to fly, when you just looked at the financial resources. Yet it worked. And it worked well.

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