Madonna University News

  • Kappa Delti Pi

Madonna students collect books to promote literacy among children

April 17, 2015

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University education honor society Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) members gathered more than a thousand books and put together 40 care packages for needy children in the community as part of the society’s Literacy Alive! challenge.

The Madonna students filled colorful pillowcases with toys, small games and a personalized note for children staying at the First Step domestic violence shelter in Wayne. The care package initiative is part of Kappa Delta Pi’s Project DREAM – Developing, Reading, Engaging and Memories. During the Milk and Cookies Read-in, May 2, KDP members will read to the children, help them make a craft and give each of them a care package.

The Project DREAM care packages were made possible through KDP student fundraisers, as well as grants totaling $1,000 received through Kohl’s Department Store Associates in Action program at the Canton store. In addition to financial support, five Kohl’s employees volunteered three hours to help KDP members write the notes and put together the packages.

In addition to new books donated by Kohl’s, Madonna University Kappa Delta Pi members collected gently used books, and will give more than 1,000 books to students at Gompers Elementary School in Detroit.

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  • Heart to Heart

Madonna University Receives Gift for Hospice Scholarships

April 15, 2015

LIVONIA, MICH. – Madonna University has been awarded a $28,500 gift from Texas-based Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation, an institution dedicated to supporting those at end of life, those with life-limiting conditions and the family members who care for them.

The funds will be used to create a $25,000 scholarship endowment for undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospice and Palliative Studies, as well as a $1,500 scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year for a graduate student in the Master of Science in Hospice and Palliative Studies program. The gift also includes a $2,000 donation to support the Transforming Loss Conference scheduled for fall 2015.  

Kelly Rhoades, professor and chair of the hospice and palliative studies program, said that the gift will have a significant impact on future hospice students.

“The students in the Hospice and Palliative Studies Department will benefit from the generous gifts made by the Foundation,” Rhoades said. “I am especially pleased to learn that an endowed scholarship was started, because this type of award establishes an ongoing legacy in the name of Heart to Heart Hospice for the hospice students who will be able to access financial support for years to come. We are so grateful,” she said.

Providing support for hospice education is a high priority for Heart to Heart Hospice according to Kelly Mitchell, CEO of the Heart to Heart Hospice Corporation and President of the Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation. “At the Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation we believe it is our responsibility and our privilege to promote quality of life for those with life-limiting conditions through patient/family grants and educational initiatives,” he said.

Madonna University was among the first institutions in the nation to offer a degree-based curriculum in end-of-life care. Since its inception in 1984 with a certificate at the undergraduate level, the program has grown to include both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Highlights of the program include a post-master’s certificate in bereavement (available online and on campus) and certificates in hospice and palliative studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Rhoades also expressed gratitude for the funds to support the conference in the fall. “The workshops at the conference will help create a greater awareness of the unique, quality educational offerings in the Hospice and Palliative Studies Department at Madonna University,” she said.

About Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation

Heart to Heart Hospice and the Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation dedicate their resources to supporting those at end of life, those with life-limiting conditions and the family members that care for them. They accomplish their mission by educating health care professionals, community members and caregivers, as well as providing critical need grants to patients and families in their care and in the community. The Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation also has targeted support programs for veterans and for those in the later stages of Alzheimer's disease. For more information or to make a donation, please visit the or contact the foundation at 1-855-HEART26.

About Madonna University

Liberal arts, career preparation and serving learning are the hallmarks of a Madonna University ( education. For more than 75 years, Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan has been preparing students for careers in nursing, education, business, social work, science, the arts and more than 100 other majors and minors. Its Graduate School offers master’s, doctoral and certificate programs in 30-plus areas of study.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Representatives of the Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation present the gift to Madonna University President Sister Rose Marie Kujawa, (center seated) Pictured with Sister are: Seated (L to R): Kimberly Dellinger and Terri Bailey, Heart to Heart Hospice; Kelly Rhoades, chair of Madonna’s hospice and palliative studies department. Standing (L to R): Ernie Nolan, Madonna provost and vice president for academic administration; Debbie Dunn, Graduate School dean; Lynn Jones and Gary Johnson, with Heart to Heart Hospice; Andrea Nodge, Madonna vice president for advancement.


  • McManus Distinguished Business Lecture

CEO of Presbyterian Village to Speak at Madonna about Marketing to Seniors

April 9, 2015

LIVONIA, Mich. — The McManus Distinguished Business Lecture, Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in Madonna University’s Kresge Hall will feature Roger Myers, President and CEO of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan (PVM). His lecture, Entrepreneurial Ventures for the Senior Market, is hosted by Madonna University’s School of Business and Madonna’s Aging Studies Department, both of which celebrate 40 years of academic excellence this year. He will share his expertise in marketing to, and developing creative programs and services for, senior citizens. The lecture is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of the Michael F. McManus Foundation.

A nationally recognized thought leader,Myers, has led PVM since 1992. His visionary work has contributed to dramatic and positive public policy initiatives that have improved quality of life for Michigan seniors.

Under Myers’ entrepreneurial leadership, PVM, a non-profit founded in 1945, has grown from five locations to twenty five; eight of which are in Detroit. Currently he is working with other Detroit leaders to prevent the displacement of seniors as new development occurs. The company serves more than 4,300 seniors of all faiths across Michigan.

Innovation and collaboration are hallmarks of Myers’ leadership style. Thome Rivertown Neighborhood, the newest venture for PVM, has been recognized as a national model of collaboration. The first of its kind in the country, Thome Rivertown provides a comprehensive array of accommodations, services, programs and care, at one location, for low-income seniors.

In concert with other partners Myers has significantly contributed to the landscape of innovations in the senior living, aging services and long-term care fields. He serves on the governing boards for several national, state, regional and local organizations.

For more information or to indicate your attendance, please call Lori at 734-432-5589.

Background: The McManus Distinguished Business Lecture Series at Madonna University was established by Michael F. McManus Jr., founder of Header Products Inc. in Romulus. The lectures celebrate his father’s entrepreneurial spirit and success. Michael F. McManus Sr. was an effective manufacturing agent for more than 50 years in the Detroit area. His sales efforts helped establish the Chicago Rivet and Machine Company. Although Michael McManus Jr. passed away in 2010, the lectures continue to run each spring and fall, thanks to his nephew William Harahan, president of the Michael F. McManus Foundation. 

Media Contact: Karen Sanborn, marketing director


  • Forensic Science

Madonna University signs Forensic Science articulation agreement with Washtenaw Community College

April 7, 2015

LIVONIA, MICH. — Administrators from Madonna University and Washtenaw Community College (WCC) signed an articulation agreement on March 23, 2015, providing WCC students an exceptional opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degrees at Madonnain forensic science.

This agreement provides students who earn an associate degree in biology the opportunity to transfer up to 87 credits from WCC; enabling them to finish their bachelor’s degree at Madonna University in just 40 credits.

“We are grateful for this collaboration and look forward to providing WCC students with an outstanding degree through our forensic science program,” said Michael O. Kenney, vice president for planning and enrollment. “We are a mere 20 minutes from WCC, and with free parking and block scheduling, this is a win/win.  That’s always our goal.”

Currently, Madonna is the only school in Michigan to offer a bachelor’s degree in forensic science accredited by Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Madonna also has a similar articulation agreement with Macomb Community College and is in the process of completing a comparable agreement with Mott Community College in Flint, Mich.

This agreement offers a unique opportunity for students interested in a career in forensic science, said Jodi Lynn Barta, Ph. D., associate professor in biological and health sciences and director of Madonna University’s forensic science program. “We have an active forensic science research facility here at Madonna, which also provides students access to experiential learning in research and development,” Barta said.

“Employers are now asking for forensic science technicians who have received a degree from a FEPAC-accredited program. We can provide our students with the tools they need to be successful in their field,” Barta said.

The requirements for WCC students who follow this articulation agreement include:

An Associate of Science in Biology degree with a Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) endorsement

An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.8

Students will enter the pre-forensic program as soon as they transfer and once they successfully complete the introductory survey course in forensic science, they will be eligible for acceptance into forensic science.

“We are very happy to enter into another articulation agreement with Madonna University,” said William Abernethy, WCC interim vice president for instruction. “As with our other articulation agreements, it will benefit students at both institutions and we look forward to continuing our valuable partnership.”

The agreement was signed by WCC President Rose Bellanca; William Abernethy; Brandon Tucker, WCC dean of advanced technologies and public service careers; Ruth Walsh, WCC department chair of public service careers; Madonna President Sr. Rose Marie Kujawa,; Ernest Nolan, Madonna provost and vice president of academic affairs; Theodore Biermann, dean, Madonna’s College of Science & Mathematics and Jodi Lynn Barta.

Forensic Science is a burgeoning field. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of forensic science technicians is projected to increase, growing six percent from 2012 to 2022. Scientific and technological advances are expected to increase the usefulness, availability, and reliability of objective forensic information used as evidence in trials. In addition, the use of forensic evidence in criminal proceedings is expected to expand. More forensic science technicians will be needed to provide timely forensics information to law enforcement agencies and courts.

For more information about the program at WCC, please contact Brad Hoth at 734-973-3676 or Ruth Walsh at 734-973-3689. For more on the Madonna University forensic science program, call Sue Sayers at 734-432-5523.


About Washtenaw Community College

Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan is a public college serving 18,000 students annually in southeast Michigan. Founded in 1965, WCC’s open-door admissions policy, affordable tuition rates, and high-quality classes have attracted students from local communities and around the world. To learn more about WCC, please visit us at or contact us at 734-973-3330.

About Madonna University

Liberal arts, career preparation and serving learning are the hallmarks of a Madonna University education. For more than 75 years, Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan has been preparing students for careers in nursing, education, business, social work, science, the arts and more than 100 other majors and minors. Its Graduate School offers master’s, doctoral and certificate programs in 30-plus areas of study.

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Lori Radwin of Ypsilanti, a senior in the forensic science program and Stephanie Gladyck of Clinton Township, a Master’s Degree student from Syracuse University who is also completing the Master’s Certificate in Applied Forensic Science Research through a dual enrollment program, listen as Dr. Jodi Lynn Barta, Director of the Forensic Science program instructs them in their lab work.