Madonna University News

  • Liberator Award Nomination

Madonna Students’ Feature Film Nominated for Liberator Award

January 27, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University’s Broadcast and Cinema Arts students were recently honored with a nomination in the student category of the 2015 Liberator Awards, which recognize those working to end human trafficking.

The students’ full-length, feature movie, #Enough was produced as a Senior Capstone project. Based on a true story, the movie premiered at Emagine Novi theatre in December. There will be a showing on campus Friday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Kresge Hall. Everyone is welcome.

“The students are thrilled to have made a movie that helps put the spotlight on such a tragic topic,” said Madonna TV Operations and Production Manager Sue Boyd, who taught the class with filmmaker and Madonna alumnus Chris Nickin ’13.

The ceremony, held at Burton Manor in Livonia, honored those who are fighting human trafficking: individuals, student groups, law enforcement agencies, volunteers, organizations and survivors.

The Liberator Awards were created to unite people from around the state in their battle against human trafficking, and to highlight their work. The inspiration and namesake for this event is William Lloyd Garrison (1805-79), a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and social reformer who is best known for his work as the editor of the first abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator. In the 1870s, Garrison also became a prominent voice for the women's suffrage movement.

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  • forbidden art

Forbidden Art shares works created by concentration camp prisoners

January 19, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University is host to two powerful and poignant Holocaust art exhibitions through February 26, 2016. Forbidden Art, on display in Madonna’s Franciscan Center, is a collection of artwork created by prisoners of Auschwitz and other concentration camps. These works are pieces of history and include candid sketches, abstract representations and unique sculptures.

The Komski/Chumiecki exhibit, in Madonna’s Exhibition Gallery, features watercolor paintings and drawings by Jan Komski, a Polish prisoner who survived Auschwitz, and photography of Auschwitz today by Marcin Chumiecki, director of The Polish Mission in Orchard Lake, Mich.

Komski studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow when the city was occupied by German forces. He was arrested in 1940 and sent to Auschwitz, from which he made a daring escape. He was re-arrested and sent to several other camps including Dachau, where he was liberated in 1945.

Chumiecki’s haunting, atmospheric photographs of Auschwitz today resulted from his multiple engagements there to work with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

Chris Seguin, chair of Madonna’s Art Department led efforts to bring the exhibits to the University. “The artwork in these concurrent exhibitions conveys and preserves human memories of the Holocaust through the visual language of art,” she said. “While disturbing us with its difficult contexts, the work speaks of the power of creativity and endurance of the human spirit.”

Reinforcing Seguin’s description of the power of art, Deepinder Singh Uppal, assistant professor in the Religious Studies Department, and co-director of the Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue at Madonna added, “In the midst of profound loss, art became a means for prisoners to express their defiance and preserve something the Nazis could never take: their dignity.”

Sr. Nancy Marie Jamroz, also a co-director of the Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue, shared how the exhibits reflect the University’s mission. “Our mission receives its spirit from Franciscan values, two of which are respect for the dignity of each person and education for truth and service,” she said. “Realizing that these are actual works of people who lived in horror and unimaginable degradation and who still found a way to use their creative gifts as self-expression, or to document their unbelievable existence, makes a lasting impression as I view the work and read the commentaries.”

These exhibitions are hosted by the Madonna University Art Department in collaboration with the Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Forbidden Art is presented in North America by The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools in exclusive partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

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In coordination with the exhibits, the University offers the following events:

  • A discussion on Ideas of Justice with Paul Radzilowski, associate professor of history, and Deepinder Singh Uppal, Tuesday, Jan. 26.
  • A semester-long colloquium facilitated by professors in criminal justice, philosophy, sociology and more, scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m., Thursdays, Feb. 4, Feb. 25, March 24 and April 7.
  • Students will share their reflections on the exhibit and the Holocaust through a writing event hosted by the Madonna Writing Center
  • A collection of books related to the Holocaust will be on display in the library

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. Learn more at

About the Polish Mission: The purpose of The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools, which were founded in 1885 by Polish immigrants, is to preserve and promote Polish and Polish-American culture, tradition, and history for present and future generations.

The Polish Mission organizes programs, courses and events that highlight Polish and Polish-American culture and accomplishments, and ensures a repository for artifacts, archival materials, works of art, and publications. For more information, please visit

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  • Humanitarianism

Madonna Student Honored for Humanitarianism

December 9, 2015

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University criminal justice student Blanca Lopez-Garcia was selected by the faculty and administration at Madonna University to receive the St. Catherine Undergraduate Achievement Award for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Detroit chapter of Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society, offers the St. Catherine Medal to honor a junior student who represents the high ideals of a Catholic college education and maintains a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25. Lopez-Garcia with a 3.95 GPA, was selected based on her academic achievement, and leadership roles in church, campus and community. The medal is in honor of the third-century saint, Catherine of Alexandria, renowned for her love of learning and dedication to principles.

Connie Tingson-Gatuz, Madonna vice president for student affairs and mission integration, served on the award selection committee. She said that Lopez-Garcia’s high level of dedication and service to others made her the obvious choice.

“Blanca has achieved academic excellence and demonstrates qualities of leadership for the general community,” said Tingson-Gatuz.

A Southgate resident, Lopez-Garcia’s campus involvement includes Campus Ministry, the Student Ambassador Program, Alternative Spring Break, Ford Community Corp, and Eucharistic Minister, to name a few.

She serves as co-president of Caritas Madonna, a group of Campus Ministry students who assist the less fortunate through community outreach. Under her leadership, the group completed several hours of volunteer work for Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

For Lopez-Garcia, giving back to the community extends beyond Madonna’s campus. Working with others from St. Cyprian Church in Riverview, she assembles and delivers lunches to the homeless in Detroit. “It is a simple lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, water bottles, napkins, snacks and fruit, but these items are extremely helpful in providing nourishment to those who need it.”

She owes her passion for community service to the support from her parents and devoted Madonna staff. “The Madonna University community has changed my life in so many ways. Thank you for making an impact on me.”


  • Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs

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November 16, 2015

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