Madonna University News


Intramural League Completes Inaugural Season

December 7, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Madonna University Intramural League was established this academic year, to offer students an opportunity to have fun, relieve stress and feel engaged on campus. Coordinated and directed by Jalen Harton and Donavan Seals of the Sport Management Society (SMS), the league chose basketball as the first sport to be introduced.

There were four teams that competed on the court during fall semester: The Purple Apes, MU Demons, Pep-Pep Boyz, and The Ballers. On December 5, 2017, the intramural league held its first championship game. The Purple Apes faced the MU Demons, whom they defeated 73-56 to win the championship title.

Members of SMS are working with the staff in Madonna’s athletics department to provide more intramural sports on campus in the future. During the winter semester, Harton and Seals would like to have more teams and players sign up to play.

“We hope to see more students take advantage of this opportunity,” said Harton. “And, since the league is co-ed, we are encouraging more women to participate,” Harton said.

The new season begins in February 2018 with the possible addition of indoor and sand volleyball and flag football. More information will be provided to students in mid-January. For any additional information please contact Jalen Harton at  

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Memorial Press Box

Madonna University Plans Golf Outing for Memorial Press Box

November 29, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Two years ago the Madonna University family lost alumnus and long-time Sports Information Director (SID) Patrick Moore at age 36. His colleagues mourned a professional gone too soon. Today, on the anniversary of his passing, University administrators and athletic staff are proud to announce plans to construct the Patrick Moore Memorial Press Box, for the soccer and lacrosse field, at the Madonna Athletic Complex, at the corner of Newburgh and 5 Mile Roads. To honor Moore and his legacy, the Press Box will be everything he would have wanted, so that current and future sports information directors can perform at the top of their games. In addition to private donations, the building will be funded with proceeds from a golf outing being planned for Summer 2018. 

“Patrick was a treasured member of the Madonna family,” said Madonna President Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D. “His dedication to and love for Madonna Athletics were unmatched, and so this is a fitting tribute to him. I encourage all alumni, athletes, parents and colleagues, whose lives were touched by Patrick, to support this Memorial Press Box.”

While earning his degree in journalism and public relations, Moore spent three years working in the sports information office at Madonna. He graduated in 2003, and returned to his alma mater four years later to direct communications for the Crusaders teams. He managed game-day operations, found scorekeepers and printed programs. He interviewed coaches and players, kept detailed statistics and biographies. He tirelessly updated the Crusaders website and had his finger on the pulse of every sports team, both Madonna's and the opposition’s.

Moore also played a key role in athletic communications for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) along with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).He blossomed into one of the best sports information professionals in the country and he had the awards to prove it. He was a three-time WHAC SID of the Year. His publications were rated in the top 10 in the U.S. no fewer than 26 times. His volleyball press guides ranked tops in the U.S. on four occasions.

Donations for the press box can be made online at

The golf outing will be a scramble format and registration will be available early in 2018. Foursomes, as well as event and hole sponsorships also will be available. “While the 2018 outing will support the Patrick Moore Memorial Press Box, future outings will be instrumental in raising funds to help our teams achieve success both on the field and in the classroom,” said Scott Kennell, Madonna athletics director.

For information about foursomes or to help with the inaugural golf outing, please reach out to Sheryl Jaeger at sejager@madonna.eduor 734-432-5546. To discuss golf outing sponsorship opportunities contact Karen Shellie at, or 734-432-5832.

To learn more about the plans for the press box, the golf outing and Patrick Moore’s legacy, visit

Madonna Crusaders Athletics, an NAIA Champions of Character program, competes in 19 Men’s and Women’s intercollegiate sports, and has earned a reputation as a University that simultaneously promotes competitive athletics, academic excellence and character values. 

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ABSN Program

Madonna University Fast-Tracks a Solution to the Looming Nursing Shortage

November 20, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – The nationwide nursing shortage is expected to hit critical levels over the next decade, and Southeast Michigan is no exception. If the number of registered nurse graduates remains constant, Michigan’s nursing shortage will reach 5,296 by 2018, according to Michigan Health Council 2016 data. That’s why Madonna University and Ascension’s St. John Providence are teaming up to offer a new, accelerated path to nursing.

Madonna University’s College of Nursing and Health is pleased to announce the launch of its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. Qualified students can transfer their college credit or non-nursing degrees to earn a BSN in 16 months through a combination of online coursework, onsite lab experience, and clinical placements through St. John Providence, the ABSN program’s academic practice partner.

“As the need for nurses increases, it is important for us to help meet the demand through more quality educational options,” said Catherine Griffin, Ph.D., RN, interim dean of Madonna University’s College of Nursing and Health. “Our new ABSN program provides the opportunity for more students to earn a BSN degree, so they can begin their careers of service in the community as soon as possible.”

Metro Detroit’s healthcare sector is a prime destination for registered nurses because of the rapidly aging baby-boomer population and retirement wave of registered nurses; 43 percent of the RNs in Southeast Michigan plan to retire within 10 years, according to 2016 data from the Michigan Center for Nursing. Michigan is one of ten states that are projected to represent half of the nursing job growth by 2022 (Strategic Programs, Inc., 2016).

“Developing qualified, career-ready nurses through an accelerated nursing program like this is essential for our community,” said Gay Landstrom, St. John Providence Chief Nursing Officer. “As the demand increases, it’s our responsibility as a healthcare leader to provide and foster solutions. That’s why we are proud to team up with Madonna University to help educate and prepare the nurses of tomorrow.”

Madonna University’s ABSN program has spots available now for qualified students.

The ABSN program will offer three start dates each year, Fall, Winter, and Summer. We are accepting applications now for our first start on August 27, 2018.

To learn more, visit or call 844-319-2107.           

About Madonna University:

Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of a Madonna University education for 80 years. Madonna degrees change the lives of students, and in turn, they change the lives of those they serve in their careers. In addition to the traditional Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, the College of Nursing and Health also offers the health sciences major with concentrations in Population Health Care Management and Healthcare Informatics and Quality Systems Management. Since the nursing program’s founding in 1962, more than 4,000 nurses across the country call Madonna University their alma mater. Within one year of graduation, 98 percent of nursing students are employed. Madonna faculty are highly regarded in the community for their experiential knowledge. 

About Ascension Michigan:

In Michigan, Ascension operates 15 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ more than 27,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension provided more than $250 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Michigan for over 170 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Visit


Feature Film

Feature Film Nears Completion

November 15, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – As part of their senior capstone project, Madonna broadcast and cinema arts students are currently in post-production on a full-length, feature film titled, People Like Me.

The class, which lasts an entire year, provides students as realistic a Hollywood experience as possible. They serve in any number of roles, from writer, producer, or director, to videographer, sound technician and publicist. Students worked with volunteer actors for a span of three weeks in August to shoot the film, done on location in communities near the University. That last student job went to St. Clair resident Levi Peters, who wrote several pieces of music for the film.

The film revolves around a 16-year-old girl named Lydia, who checks herself into a facility for treatment for bulimia. There, she befriends other young people who have adventures as they try to hold an impromptu prom for Lydia, who has missed hers in order to get better.

Despite working long hours many of the students said the project solidified their desires to work in the film industry after graduating.

They are working diligently to complete the film for a December premiere at an area theatre, then they’ll show it on campus in January.

Several teaser trailers have been released on the film's YouTube page. This is the fourth, feature film produced by Madonna students.

Here is the full Observer & Eccentric story.

Chameleon Association

Madonna Event Addresses Child Abuse in the Philippines

October 19, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – An event hosted during Madonna University’s Mission and Heritage week, in early October, generated awareness of the plight of children, particularly young girls, who have been victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Guest speaker Laurence Ligier, founder of the Chameleon Association, talked about the importance of helping girls rebuild their lives after they have suffered sexual abuse, quite often from family members. 

Ligier, originally from France, now resides in the Philippines, where she began her work in the late 90s as a student. Since 1997, in addition to the center in the Philippines, branches of the Chameleon Association have opened in Switzerland, France, and Luxembourg. The have assisted 900 children in getting an education, with 282 of those going on to receive college undergraduate degrees.

“The Chameleon Association is a wonderful nonprofit organization whose mission aligns with Madonna’s,” said Djennin Casab, director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement. “They are doing phenomenal work to help those who need it most. I see many opportunities for Madonna to partner with Chameleon, such as internships, donation drives, awareness campaigns, etc.”

Ligier is working to open another center in the Philippines, in the city of Silay, where Chameleon will work directly with the community to deploy the child advocacy program to create what she calls “The Chameleon effect” in which children can grow and build a better future together.

Madonna University, known for its commitment to Service Learning, has sent students, staff, and faculty to Silay City to volunteer, and to share healthy living and personal hygiene skills with women and children who are less fortunate.

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Puerto Rico Guest Student Program

Puerto Rico Opportunity Program

October 19, 2017

Madonna University offers Opportunity Program to Puerto Rican Students | Informacion en Espanol

Madonna’s President Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D. and the entire Madonna family pledges to support and the Puerto Rico community through this difficult time.

Any Puerto Rican college or university student who would like to continue their studies next semester, which starts January 8, may apply for the Opportunity Program at Madonna. The assistance involves delivering the following services with the same Madonna respect, compassion and Christian concern that Madonna staff and faculty show to anyone they encounter:

  • Free double room in the Residence Hall for full-time students for the 2017-2018 academic year (a $4,800 value), or the student can apply the $4,800 to a single, quad or apartment-style room for the academic year.
  • Match the out-of-pocket expense the student was paying for their most recent term of attendance. For example, if a student was paying $7,000 out-of-pocket to attend their current university Fall 2017, Madonna will ensure that the student only pays $7,000 out-of-pocket in 2017-2018. Students will be required to file a FAFSA and utilize Federal grants and loans toward the cost of attendance.

Submit an inquiry for our Puerto Rico Opportunity Program here.

“I think it’s wonderful what Madonna University and other schools are doing to help Puerto Rican college students continue their education,” said Delaney Blas-Martinez, pictured here, who grew up in Puerto Rico, and now lives in Canton. She is studying sign language interpreting at Madonna. “I think it’s a good idea to offer them this opportunity, because many students affected by the hurricane in Puerto Rico might be unable to attend college there for a couple semesters.”

College and University students in Puerto Rico are encouraged to reach out to the staff in Madonna’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions to learn more about Madonna’s programs and the admissions process. They can be reached Monday through Friday at 734-432-5339, or

An independent university, Madonna was established by the Felician Sisters and based upon the Christian, humanistic values of St. Francis of Assisi. For 80 years, the hallmarks of a Madonna University education have been liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning. While Madonna is a Catholic university, it enrolls students of all faiths and diverse backgrounds. Madonna degrees change the lives of students, who in turn, change the lives of those they serve in their careers.

In addition to the beautiful main campus, conveniently located in Livonia, Michigan, Madonna offers academic programs in Gaylord, Macomb, and online in China, and Haiti. 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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