Martha Cook Building

Martha Cook Alumnae Association Constitution

We, the alumnae of Martha Cook Building of Ann Arbor, Michigan, now residents of the world, in order to deepen the bonds of our college friendships; to preserve our collegiate memories and reaffirm our loyalty to the University of Michigan; and to constitute a union which may be of practical support and benefit to the administrative board and present residents of the Martha Cook Building — do establish this constitution for the Martha Cook Alumnae Association.

Martha Wolford Cook

MCAA Membership and Voluntary Dues

All MCB Alumnae become members of the MCAA upon graduation.  Your voluntary dues support the Association including the Outstanding Resident Award, operating expenses, etc. and are requested in addition to your other financial gifts to Martha Cook.

If you would like to support the MCAA with you voluntary dues, please make checks payable to "Martha Cook Alumnae Association" and mail them to:

Mary Hoadley, MCAA Treasurer
7255 Merrybrook Drive
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Please note:  this gift is not tax-deductible.

 Martha Cook Building poster

The MCAA Board of Directors

The MCAA Board of Directors is made up of volunteer alumnae who are actively involved in serving the Association and the Building through their efforts.

Board members meet at the Martha Cook Building once a month, for eight months a year. Currently, meetings are held at 1 pm on 2nd Sundays.

You can reach the entire board at once by emailing


Martha Cook tea cup

About the Martha Cook Alumnae Association

In June 1918, alumnae who were visiting Martha Cook at commencement met and organized the original Martha Cook Alumnae Association.

In 1927, the Martha Cook Alumnae Association was reestablished. Formerly known as the “Martha Cook Alumnae Association of Detroit,” the present MCAA serves as the “mother” chapter of the organization.

The MCAA is managed by a Board of Directors, which consists of a group of Alumnae volunteers who are actively involved in serving the Martha Cook Building while maintaining contact among the Alumnae members.

Martha Cook's first graduating class - 1916

Stay Connected on CookieNet

By Lynn Zwinck B Mus ’06

The MCAA is on CookieNet with 419 members and counting! Residents and alumnae are encouraged to join this Facebook group. Network, meet, learn, support, and share. As a bonus, members receive advance notice of MCAA events. To join, email your name and graduation year to me at

Martha Cook Alumnae Association Voluntary Dues

All MCB alumnae become members of the MCAA upon graduation. Voluntary dues in any amount are appreciated and support the Outstanding Resident Award, MCAA operating expenses, etc. They are not tax deductible. Please make checks payable to the Martha Cook Alumnae Association and mail to:

Mary Hoadley, MCAA Treasurer
7255 Merrybrook Drive
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

MCAA President’s Report

By Patricia Joan (P.J.) Petitpren BA ’88

The MCAA Board Members worked hard this winter term to provide the traditions that Martha Cook residents have come to know. In February, Board Member Liz Johnson attended the Turnover Dinner (where current House Board hands over to the newly elected House Board the responsibilities of their positions) and presented more than a dozen gifts to outgoing House Board and resident staff.

Patricia Joan (P.J.) Petitpren BA ’88

JOIN the MCAA Board

We are looking for 4-5 more board members to join us for the 2017-18 academic year to keep up with the traditions and events/projects we like to host in 2017-18. Please contact PJ Petitpren, President at (248)722-7520 or if you’d like to join the board or contribute ideas. Currently, we meet on the second Sunday of the month at the Martha Cook Building at 1:00 pm for approximately 90 minutes.

Featured Cookie: Susan Gray Nordlinger

By Nancy Weiswasser Hirsch BA ’68

Susan Gray Nordlinger, Architecture & Design ’58, has walked a road of many colors throughout her lifetime. She has been an aspiring young musician, a teacher, editor, proud mother and family caregiver. But most exceptionally, Susan is an award-winning artist of vibrantly colored paintings.

Susan Gray Nordlinger

Submit a Cookie Crumb

Do you have news you'd like to share in a future Alumnae Newsletter? Send news about yourself, your family, and MCB friends to Kathy Moberg, via email, or use our online submission form.

Submissions must include your full name, graduation year, city, state, and any contact information you wish printed. High resolution photos are welcome but must contain at least one MCB alumna.

Martha Cook Building Records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan