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Madonna University Becomes a HIMSS Approved Education Partner

May 21, 2018

HIMSS_approvedLIVONIA, Mich. – As a result of meeting the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) rigorous standards for quality health information technology (IT) and healthcare education, Madonna University, has been named as a HIMSS Approved Education Partner (AEP).

Madonna Universityjoins an exclusive group of organizations authorized to offer HIMSS-approved healthcare and health information technology education and training programs that prepare candidates for advanced knowledge in health IT or healthcare.

The Society commended the administration of Madonna University for offering a health sciences bachelor’s degree focused on the studies of population health, an increasingly important field of study.

There are two tracks of study available; Population Health Care Management and Population Health Care Informatics and Quality Systems. The programs are well rounded and focus on topics that include, but are not limited to, population health literacy, psychology, hospice, aging studies, systems analysis and design, project management, informatics, and clinical transformation with special emphasis on cultural humility and social justice. Each track requires two, semester-long internships, during which students work in a healthcare setting.

“Dr. Linda Nikpour and I are so proud to be named a HIMSS Approved Education Partner, and we are very excited for our students to have the opportunity to graduate from a program that has received this honor.” said Mary Mitsch, Ph.D., R.N., professor of nursing, and chair of Madonna’s health sciences program. She explained that the interdisciplinary program was developed through collaboration with Madonna’s School of Business, and an external executive advisory board.

Students studying population health care management will promote health, wellness and patient education. They will advocate for patients by assisting them to manage their care throughout a complex healthcare system. Possible jobs for a graduate include wellness coaches and consultants, community health liaisons, and care coordination specialists.

In the health care informatics and quality systems management track, students will learn to analyze data to improve quality, safety and transparency in healthcare. Identifying these trends could lead to designing new programs that would positively impact the healthcare system.

These programs also serve as a solid foundation to prepare the student to take the exam for either the Certified Associate in Health Information and Management Systems CAHIMS, or the Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems CPHIMS.  

Ewa Matuszewski, CEO of MedNetOne Health Solutions, and a member of Madonna’s health sciences advisory council, said, “Graduates of a values-based program, like Madonna’s, who also serve as health care advocates for vulnerable populations are attractive to organizations such as ours.” She noted that these academic programs will strengthen the skills, core capacities, diversity, preparation and responsiveness of health sciences majors.

“HIMSS is pleased to welcome Madonna University, as an Approved Education Partner. By earning this designation, the organization has demonstrated that their educational development activities meet the rigorous standards for quality as identified by HIMSS. With the AEP designation, Madonna University, establishes itself apart from others,” said Mara L. Daiker, senior manager, professional development, HIMSS.

About Madonna: Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of a Madonna University education for 80 years. In addition to the beautiful main campus, conveniently located at I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia, Madonna offers academic programs in Gaylord, Macomb, and online in China, Haiti and the United Arab Emirates. Michigan’s most affordable, independent, Catholic, liberal arts university, Madonna offers more than 100 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs in the colleges of arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, education, and nursing and health, as well as the School of Business.

About HIMSS

HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information and technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 70,000 individual members, 630 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work through HIMSS to leverage the potential of digital health to improve both the health status of populations, as well as the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare.

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Dance Program

Madonna University Approved to Offer Degrees in Dance

May 15, 2018

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University recently received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer two new undergraduate programs in dance, beginning this fall: the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance Performance, and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance.

“We are thrilled to be able to enhance our already strong liberal arts curriculum with these dance majors,” said Madonna President Michael A. Grandillo. “Along with art exhibitions in our Art Gallery, Lyric Theatre shows and music concerts, these new programs will further enrich the arts and cultural opportunities for members of the community.”

The BFA is aimed at those students who aspire to be professional dancers, while the BA degree is suited to students who would like to choreograph, work in a studio, or any number of dance-related careers. The programs include such courses as: The BFA is aimed at those students who aspire to be professional dancers, while the BA degree is suited to students who would like to choreograph, work in a studio, or any number of dance-related careers. The programs include such courses as: ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, dance composition, repertory courses, and production technology.

“Many prospective students as well as current students, particularly members of Madonna’s Dance team, have expressed interest in pursuing a degree in dance,” said Cam Cruickshank, executive vice president for enrollment and university advancement. “Madonna students engaged in our Lyric Theatre program will now be able to add a dance minor to their music degrees,” he added.

“We were most fortunate to recruit many of the acclaimed dance faculty members from Marygrove College, when they discontinued their undergraduate program,” Cruickshank said. “The faculty have hit the ground running and already have presented two master dance classes for intermediate- to advanced-level high school dancers, as well as a dance concert. Their energy and enthusiasm for dance will certainly attract students interested in dance who had not previously considered Madonna University.”

About Madonna: Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of a Madonna University education for 80 years. In addition to the beautiful main campus, conveniently located at I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia, Madonna offers academic programs in Gaylord, Macomb, and online in China, Haiti and the United Arab Emirates. Michigan’s most affordable, independent, Catholic, liberal arts university, Madonna offers more than 100 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs in the colleges of arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, education, and nursing and health, as well as the School of Business.

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Student Senate Inauguration

Student Senate Inauguration and Spirit Rock Blessing

May 9, 2018

LIVONIA, Mich. – The 3rd Madonna University Student Senate Inauguration ceremony was held Friday, May 4 in the Franciscan Center Sr. Danatha Suchyta Gathering Center. Outgoing President Adam Lindoo swore in the 2018-2019 President and Vice President Elaine Hamilton and Sarah James. Hamilton and James also swore in new secretaries and senate representatives. The President and Vice President shared remarks about why they ran for office and their plans for another great year of Student Senate achievements.

Hamilton met James during a Study Abroad trip to London, and both served on the 2017-2018 Student Senate, so it was fitting that they would campaign together.

Following the Inauguration there was a ceremonial blessing of the Spirit Rock, in which Father Charles Morris splashed all of the holy water on the Rock. Donated by the Rock Shoppe in Plymouth, Mich., the Spirit Rock was the brainchild of the Student Senate. Members of both the 2017-2018 and next year’s Student Senate had their picture taken by the Spirit Rock. 

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 Student Senate Inauguration

Outgoing President Adam Lindoo swears in Elaine Hamilton (left) and Sarah James.

Father Charles Morris douses the Spirit Rock with holy water.

Father Charles Morris douses the Spirit Rock with holy water.



David Baker

Pro Football Hall of Fame CEO to Address Madonna University’s 2018 Graduates

May 1, 2018

LIVONIA, Mich. – David Baker, CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will speak at Madonna University’s 71st Commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Hall C, at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Mich.

Baker will give the keynote address at the 2 p.m. graduation exercise for some six doctoral, 225 master’s, and 729 undergraduate students in the school of business, and colleges of arts and humanities, education, natural and social sciences, and nursing.

“We are honored that David is speaking to our graduates this year, and we are pleased to bestow on him an honorary doctorate,” said Madonna President Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D. “A passionate leader in business, politics and sports, he will inspire our graduates to go forth and change lives with all they have learned at Madonna,” he continued. “The entire Madonna community is looking forward to having him join in celebrating our students’ success.”

Former Madonna President, Sr. Rose Marie Kujawa, Ph.D. also will be awarded an honorary doctorate during the ceremony. The Distinguished Alumna Award will be presented to Christina Kary, Ph.D., who graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.

About David Baker, Doctor of Laws

As president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, since January 2014, David Baker has transformed the Hall through his vision and leadership. By focusing on the organization’s powerful Mission and core values – commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence he dramatically expanded the Hall of Fame’s brand.

Baker is dedicated to inspiring exponential growth in people and organizations that seek to make a difference in their communities and the world. Under his guidance, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has broadened programming across the country; increased television ratings and exposure of its Mission, Vision and Values, and recorded the best financial results in the Hall’s 55-year history.

An attorney by trade, Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and criticism from the University of California at Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate from the Pepperdine School of Law. At Pepperdine he served as editor-in-chief of the Pepperdine Law Review. He played professional basketball in Switzerland and worldwide with a Christian basketball team.

Prior to joining the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Baker served as mayor and councilman of Irvine, California, and as managing partner for Union Village in Henderson, Nevada, the first integrated health village in the world. He also was commissioner of the Arena Football League where he established the first-ever Mission Statement and Fan Bill of Rights. In 2017, he joined a long list of distinguished winners, when he was bestowed the prestigious March of Dimes Sports Leadership Award.

The father of three sons and a daughter, Baker and his wife Colleen are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.

About Sister Rose Marie Kujawa, C.S.S.F., Ph.D., Doctor of Humanities

Madonna University’s sixth President, Sister Rose Marie Kujawa, retired in 2015 after 14 years of visionary leadership. She currently serves as Delegate for Consecrated Life for the Archdiocese of Detroit working with over 1,000 religious sisters, brothers and priests.

Sister Rose Marie took a hands-on approach to her work as President, creating distance learning degree programs and partnerships in Taiwan, China, Haiti and the United Arab Emirates; she also joined students and faculty members on a service-learning pilgrimage to Lourdes, France.

Under her leadership, retention improved by eight percent, the University’s first doctoral program (the Doctor of Nursing Practice) was launched, and Madonna became the first independent university in Michigan to be awarded the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She led more than $40 million in campus improvements, including construction of the school’s first stand-alone building in 40 years, and Livonia’s first LEED Certified building at the Gold Level.

Prior to her presidency, Sister Rose Marie served 17 years as academic vice president during which she led the college’s transition to a university, and six years as Provincial Secretary of the Felician Sisters. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Madonna University, in 1966, and taught high school and college mathematics. She received her master’s and Ph.D. from Wayne State University.

Kujawa was extremely active in Livonia and surrounding communities, serving on the boards of the Livonia Chamber of Commerce and the Livonia Symphony, and working with the Livonia Rotary Club. A trustee and executive board member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Michigan Catholic Conference, she also served on several other higher education and health-related boards.

About Christina Kary, Distinguished Alumna

After earning her degree, Christina Kary, earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1973 from the University of Missouri. She began her career at Dow Chemical where she was trained in toxicology. She worked there for five years. Kary’s post-doctoral work took her to Baylor University in Houston, where she spent four years, after which she joined Shell Oil as a supervisor. Later she was promoted to manager of toxicology. Her next career move was to Ashland Oil in Ashland, Kentucky, where she was director of toxicology and a consultant.

Kary spent some time consulting for ENSR in Chicago, before returning home to Michigan, as a consultant for Ground Water Technology in Farmington Hills. Fittingly, she finished her career where she had started, working in toxicology for Dow Chemical.

As a hobby, Kary helps her brother John produce wine, calling herself “his top assistant.”

During Madonna’s Homecoming Weekend 2017, she was on campus for a special art exhibit of her parents’ collection of Polish Folk Art, which Kary and her brother donated to the University.

“The time I spent at Madonna set me on a path for my whole career. My education sustained me throughout.”

About Madonna: Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of a Madonna University education for 80 years. In addition to the beautiful main campus, conveniently located at I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia, Madonna offers academic programs in Gaylord, Macomb, and online in China, Haiti and the United Arab Emirates. Michigan’s most affordable, independent, Catholic, liberal arts university, Madonna offers more than 100 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs in the colleges of arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, education, and nursing and health, as well as the School of Business.

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Escape Room

Documentary and Panel Discussion at Madonna

April 13, 2018

LIVONIA, Mich. – The public is invited to Madonna University to watch the documentary “Escape from Room 18”, about John Daly, an ex-Neo Nazi who fled to Israel when his gang tried to kill him for being Jewish. An old Skinhead friend finds Daly 25 years later and suggests they visit concentration camps in an effort to make amends for their past.

The movie and panel discussion will take place Thursday, April 19, from 7-9 p.m., in Madonna University’s Kresge Hall.

Free and open to the public, this event is sponsored by the Madonna University Criminal Justice Department, Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.

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Little Women

Madonna Students to Present Musical Production of Little Women

March 27, 2018

LIVONIA, Mich. – Performers in Madonna University’s Lyric Theatre Program will present Jason Howland’s musical rendition of Louisa May Alcott’s timeless novel Little Women, April 13-15 at Madonna University’s Kresge Hall. This is the first Lyric Theatre production by guest music/stage director Emily Smokovich, D.M.A.

The musical is a shorthand version of the classic, coming-of-age tale of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. With their father away during the American Civil War, the sisters and their beloved mother discover heartache, joy and love in life’s small details.

“Theatre has a great power to cause people to think, and on the best of days, be moved and uplifted. I think Little Women offers that; humor, sadness, hope, and romance,” said Smokovich, adjunct assistant professor in Madonna’s Music Department. “What’s so great about this story is it has endured through the ages, and there are characters to which everyone can relate. It is full of humanity.”

Performances are Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. in Madonna University’s Kresge Hall. General seating tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens, $14 for adults, available online at www.madonna.edu/lyric-theatre , or at the door. 

The show’s cast is a majority Madonna University students with a few community members (marked with an *):

Jo March - Brittany Dimmitt Meg March/Clarissa - Shivonne Matthews* 
Beth March - Alisa Pullum  Amy March - Natalie Aguirre
Marmee - Shacai Pittman Aunt March - Kelly Ryan
Mr. Laurence/Knight - Randy Branton*  Mrs. Kirk - Chartease Jackson
Laurie/Rodrigo - Stephen Riesen  John Brooke/Braxton - Joel Twitchell 
Professor Bhaer - Brenden Delaney Clarissa - Elizabeth Manning 
Troll - Elisha Holmes  Hag - Alyssa Schultz
Hag - Cassandra Held Ensemble - Amber Watson* 


About Performing Arts at Madonna: Lyric Theatre produces two varied productions each year that appeal to students and audiences that enjoy opera/operatic or musical theater. In addition, students can continue to pursue their passion for the performing arts in the Madonna Chorale, Dance Team, Pep Band or Gospel Choir. The University offers a performing arts scholarship for students involved in any of these ensembles. For more information visit www.madonna.edu/perform.

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