Madonna University News

  • Employee Grad Tuition Scholarship Recipients

Employee Grad Tuition Scholarship Recipients Are All Smiles!

September 1, 2015

Each Fall and Winter semester the GRADUATE School offers employee graduate tuition scholarships. The Employee Graduate Tuition Scholarship is a great employee benefit to support our Madonna University employees who are advancing their education.

Madonna University employees are eligible to apply for a scholarship after one year of full-time or 2 years of part-time employment. Scholarship announcements and application forms are distributed via “everybody” email September and March 1st, with applications being due October 1st for winter semester funding and April 1st for fall semester funding.  

Congratulations Fall 2015 employee scholarship recipients!!

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  • Health Sciences

Madonna University adds Health Sciences majors to meet emerging health care needs

August 31, 2015

LIVONIA, Mich. – Baby boomers are aging, people are staying active later in life, and health care continues to evolve. In response, Madonna University now offers two new health sciences majors to give students the skills needed for jobs changes in the health care system.

Students will be able to pursue a health sciences degree in one of two tracks: population health care management or health care informatics and quality systems management. Both tracks are delivered through Madonna’s College of Nursing and Health, with the informatics track offered in partnership with the School of Business.

Mary Mitsch, Ph.D., R.N., professor of nursing and health, said the program takes an interdisciplinary approach to provide a wide range of knowledge, including: psychology, aging studies, humanities, science and hospice, with special emphasis on cultural humility and social justice, (for the more vulnerable population) which ties in with Madonna’s Franciscan mission. “There is a tremendous need for advocacy as people transition and navigate the health care system,” she said.

Students studying population health care management will likely help patients manage their care, coordinate care transitions, promote good health habits, and educate patients in self-care. 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 and safety in health care. They’ll be able to address reporting errors and look for trends that could identify patients who need extra care or follow-up.

Each track requires two, semester-long internships, during which students work with health care professionals.

Because Madonna is a relatively small university, a team was able to move quickly to develop the tracks and get out ahead of the market, Mitsch explained. A community focus group of health executives was convened on campus to help determine the best response to new and emerging needs in health care, and ultimately collaborated with Madonna faculty on the development of the two academic concentrations in the new major.

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.

About Madonna University: Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks ofMadonna University since 1937. Conveniently located at I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia, Madonna offers more than 100 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs in the colleges of arts and humanities, science and mathematics, social sciences, education, and nursing and health, as well as the School of Business and the Graduate School. Michigan’s most affordable, independent, Catholic university, Madonna welcomes students from diverse backgrounds.


  • Aging Studies: SCAN scholarship

Madonna student among senior network scholarship winners

August 28, 2015

LIVONIA, Mich. – Cynthia Hardiman, a Madonna University student majoring in aging studies, was awarded one of the 2015 Carol Green Scholarships presented by SCAN Oakland at its meeting August 25.

Hardiman, a Royal Oak resident, said she was grateful to have received the $1,000 scholarship and that she plans to put the money toward books and other university costs. “The experience of participating and receiving the SCAN Oakland Carol Green Scholarship was an amazing feeling,” Hardiman said. “I plan to become active in supporting and participating in programs such as SCAN. I feel so humbled; it's unbelievable.”

SCAN (Senior Coordinating Aging Network) Oakland MI ( is a committed network of professionals serving the senior community in Oakland County. Through annual networking events and fundraisers, SCAN offers an annual scholarship to college students in senior, geriatric or social work fields of study. Applicants submitted essays explaining why they would be a good candidate for the scholarship. The board reviewed the applications and selected three scholarship recipients.

Madonna University’s Department of Aging Studies, which recently celebrated 40 years of academic excellence, is committed to preparing students to address the concerns of an aging population, and to promote the potential of people in their later years through its gerontology curriculum, field placements, and role in the aging services community that serves older adults in Southeastern Michigan.

  • Intercollegiate Athletics

Madonna University Adds Sports Teams to Enrich College Experience

August 12, 2015

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University President Michael Grandillo announced today that the University will be expanding its intercollegiate athletics program by eight sports, bringing the Crusaders’ roster to 19 teams. Madonna will add:
• men’s and women’s bowling
• men’s and women’s lacrosse
• men’s and women’s indoor track and field
• men’s and women’s outdoor track and field

According to President Grandillo the addition of these sports will increase enrollment, while enhancing the sense of community on campus. “I look forward to working with our fine athletics staff and coaches to build upon their winnings ways, as we provide greater opportunities for students to compete in the sports they love, while they pursue their academic goals,” said Grandillo. “Participation in athletics and student organizations enriches the college experience, which is why we are proud to offer Madonna students more choices for learning outside the classroom.”

Madonna University competes in the 12-school Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The addition of these eight sports marks the first new teams added at Madonna since 2005, when men’s and women’s cross country brought the total to 11 teams.

These additional sports have been in the planning stages for a number of years as evidenced by the installation of men’s and women’s lacrosse lines during the construction of the University’s synthetic turf field, at the Madonna Athletic Complex. Athletics Director Bryan Rizzo, who has begun recruiting coaches and athletes for these sports, said that for bowling as well as track and field, the University plans to develop partnerships with bowling and track facilities in the local community.

Rizzo said that the time is right for Madonna University to begin these sports that continue to gain popularity. The teams may begin as club programs before reaching varsity status to enable proper growth and development of quality teams, he explained. In total, an enrollment growth of 100-200 students should be accomplished over the implementation period for all eight sports.

The new student-athletes will join a department that has excelled academically in addition to its athletic accomplishments. Consistently, over the last decade, Madonna University student-athletes have posted a department-wide grade point average (GPA) above a 3.0, including the 2014-15 school year, when the Crusaders recorded a 3.32 department GPA.

Bowling Facts
• Over the last 10 years the number of boy’s high school programs grew from roughly 1,400 to over 2,000.
• The number of girl’s high school bowling programs has seen similar growth nationally with more than 2,000.
• More than 350 Michigan high schools offer boy’s and girl’s bowling.
• The WHAC was the first NAIA conference to offer a league title in bowling, in 2012.
• Seven WHAC schools offer bowling.
• 41 NAIA schools compete in men’s and women’s bowling.
• Initially each bowling team will consist of eight student-athletes with potential expansion to more than 20 per team.

Lacrosse Facts
• According to the latest survey conducted by US Lacrosse, the number of boys playing the sport at the high school level has grown from 97,000 in 2006 to nearly 170,000 in 2013.
• In the same US Lacrosse survey, the number of girls playing the sport doubled from 65,000 in 2006 to nearly 121,000 in 2013.
• The number of boy’s high school teams has doubled in the last 10 years nationally to over 2,500, while the number of girl’s teams has surpassed 2,300. Michigan saw an 18 percent growth in the total number of players from 2009-13.
• The WHAC was the first NAIA league to sponsor lacrosse as a conference sport with championships in 2012. Currently six WHAC schools offer men’s and women’s lacrosse.
• On the national level, lacrosse is in the “invitational” stage within the NAIA, meaning that both sports are in the process to become fully sanctioned by the NAIA and could hold a national championship as early as the 2017-18 school year.
• Initially each team will consist of approximately 25 players, with potential to grow to more than 40 on each roster.

Track and Field Facts
• As of the 2013-14 school year, track and field was the second most popular high school sport in terms of participants according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.
• In Michigan, more than 600 high schools offer boy’s and girl’s track and field programs.
• The WHAC has sponsored track and field championships since its inception in 1992, and seven league schools currently offer the sport.
• The NAIA has sponsored a national championship in track and field since 1951.
• Nearly 140 NAIA schools sponsor track and field both indoors and outdoors.
• Generally, new track and field team rosters include approximately 20 male and 20 female student-athletes and could grow to more than 75 on each team.

About Crusader Athletics: Madonna University currently sponsors the sports of baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and volleyball. Crusader teams have been members of the WHAC since 1997 and members of the NAIA since 1987 when volleyball became the university’s first varsity sport. Since joining the WHAC in 1997, Madonna University teams have won over 50 conference titles and made more 30 appearances at their respective NAIA National Championships.

About Madonna University: Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of Madonna University since 1937. Conveniently located at I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia, Madonna offers more than 100 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs in the colleges of arts and humanities, science and mathematics, social sciences, education, and nursing and health, as well as the School of Business and the Graduate School. Michigan’s most affordable, independent, Catholic university, Madonna welcomes students from diverse backgrounds.

Bryan Rizzo, athletics director

Karen Sanborn, director of marketing