Martha Cook Building

Illustration from The Martha Cook Annual 1923
Illustration from The Martha Cook Annual 1923


Martha Cook always enjoys a full calendar of special events that bring both the residents and alumnae together:  Messiah Dinner, International Tea, Alumnae teas, Friday tea, themed dinners.   These traditions are what make Martha Cook special and dear to our hearts.



Spring Tea 2018: Life In Full Bloom

Patricia Joan (P.J.) Petitpren BA ’88

Despite the rain, sleet, and snow, Spring Tea lived up to its theme, Live Life in Full Bloom. The Building shone with wonderful spring fl owers and the smell of baked cookies, cake and other delicious food accompanied our hot tea. The stately hallway, Red Room and Gold Room buzzed as we caught up with old friends and made new acquaintances. Beautiful music by residents and alumna Wendy Rollin BA’69 enhanced the afternoon’s festivities.

photo Spring Tea

Tea Time with Alumna Artist Anita Gilleo '44

Marion Law

A highlight of Friday Afternoon Tea on October 20 was a visit by 1944 alumna Anita Gilleo. Anita graced us with her presence as she shared stories of her years in Martha Cook and as she commented on several of the sketches in the portfolio she has gifted the Building. The portfolio contains sketches of MCB residents of the 40s and they capture the sophistication and elegance of the women of that time period. Anita was a riveting speaker and all present could not help but be entranced with her stories and artwork.

photo Anita Gilleo

MCAA Homecoming Tea

At MCB’s Homecoming Tea on October 29, 2017, Red Berenson BS '62, MBA ’66, U-M’s recently retired hockey coach, entertained tea participants with stories of his experiences at Michigan as both a student athlete and head coach. Red’s wife, Joy Berenson, and Monica Schwebs, wife of U-M’s President Schlissel, were special guests.

photo Red Berensen

Friendship Celebrated at 2017 Spring Tea

By Melissa Gessner BA ’90, MA ’92; Liz Johnson BA ’68, MA ’72; and Anna Richert, BMus ’83, MMus’84, Spring Tea Co-Chairs

Sunshine filled the Martha Cook Building and gardens for the annual MCAA Spring Tea on April 8th. This year’s theme, “The Spirit of Friendship” was brought to life with an attendance of over 100 guests and residents, all of whom enjoyed tea, refreshments and each other’s company.

100th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Thank you to all Martha Cook alumnae and friends who attended events during our Gala Weekend, October 23-25. It was wonderful to see each and every one of you.

For everyone who was unable to attend, please know that you were in our hearts and thoughts. All Cookies are a part of Martha Cook’s long history and our friendship circle, composed of those who have gone before, the women currently living in beautiful MCB and those yet to come.

For additional candid photos, visit our Facebook page.

Martha Cook 100th Anniversary

International Tea 2015: Photos

The residents of the Martha Cook Building hosted their annual International Tea on March  20, 2015. Residents of the building hosted tables and provided guests with food from countries around the world.  This event was open to the entire U-M campus.

International Tea 2015