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Commencement 17

Livonia Physicians to Address Madonna University’s 2017 Graduates

May 17, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Livonia husband and wife physicians were the keynote speakers at Madonna University’s 70th Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Suburban Collection Showplace, in Novi, Mich.

There were eight of 15 graduates from the Haiti Educational Leadership Program who came to commencement to receive their bachelor’s degrees in business administration. Every graduate has his or her own unique story about their journey to earn a degree. Many graduates are the first in their family to earn a college degree, some are non-traditional students earning a degree to change careers, and others have overcome incredible odds. Madonna students have indicated that it’s family, friends, and Madonna faculty members who help them persevere to graduation; for example, husband and wife nursing students achieved their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees together, and a mother and her daughter earned master’s degrees in pastoral ministry and nursing, respectively.

Stella Salgado Evangelista, M.D., spoke at the 10:30 a.m. graduation exercise for some 400 doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate nursing and health graduates. Jose Limjoco Evangelista, M.D., gave the address at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony, to approximately 700 undergraduate students in the school of business, and colleges of arts and humanities, education and natural and social sciences.

“We are honored the Evangelistas could share their secrets for success with our graduates this year, and we are pleased to bestow on them honorary doctorates,” said Madonna President Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D. “Medical trailblazers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, these accomplished doctors have achieved and led in a variety of endeavors, and they are staunch supporters of Catholic higher education,” he continued. “The Madonna community is blessed to have them take part in this exciting day for our students.”

The Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Timothy W. Turner, who graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. He went on to graduate from the Detroit Police Academy and to serve on the Wayne County S.W.A.T. Team. He also worked as an undercover narcotics officer with the Michigan State Police Narcotics Cocaine Task Force.

Following his law enforcement service, Turner achieved an extraordinary 30-year career providing leadership, expertise and service in the insurance industry. Currently, he is Chairman and CEO of RT Specialty, the wholesale brokerage operation of Ryan Specialty Group (RSG), a global specialty insurance organization.

About the Evangelistas:

The Evangelistas have worked to improve Filipino-American relations and to create jobs here in Livonia and southeast Michigan. In recognition of their exemplary contributions to ethnic diversity, they were inducted into the International Institute Hall of Fame in 1990, the first Filipinos and the first couple ever to be inducted. Both received the Asian American Hall of Fame Award in Medicine and Government Service, and were named one of twenty outstanding Filipino-Americans in the United States by the Fil-Am Image magazine of Washington D.C. They are the proud parents of six successful children, who have blessed them with four grandchildren. Their unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence across many aspects of life is held together by their faith and love of God.

An honorary doctor of humane letters degree was conferred upon servant of humanity, Stella Salgado Evangelista, who graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1963 from the Cebu Institute of Technology, and received a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Santo Tomas in 1968. From 1983 to 1993, she was Chief of Pediatrics at St. Mary Hospital in Livonia. She also served as president of the Association of Philippine Physicians in America from 1993 to 1994.  She was the first woman elected to the presidency, and the first Filipino and first Asian to be appointed to the Michigan State Board of Medicine, serving two terms from 1986 to 1993. Dr. Stella Evangelista served as executive director and later president of the University of Santo Tomas Medical Association Alumni Foundation. A former member of the Michigan State Board of Pharmacy, she became a member of the Congressional Asian American Pacific Caucus.

An honorary doctor of international relations degree was bestowed upon Jose Evangelista, who has spent the last 13 years serving as Honorary Consul General of the Philippines, our highest ranking Philippine official in the State of Michigan. He also is a former Chief of Staff at St. Mary Hospital in Livonia and a past president of the Association of Philippine Physicians in America. Since 1986 he has been the CEO of the J.S. Evangelista Development LLC, a construction and development company based in West Bloomfield, Mich.  He also is president and CEO of the Royal Management Company.  From 1994 to 2000 he served on the Board of the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation, of the United States Department of Education.


Hacking Health

Students’ App Wins Tech Award

May 10, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Congratulations to Madonna’s Drug Interaction (DxI) Team. DxI took the top USA Award at the Hacking Health III Hackathon at TechTown Detroit over the weekend. The Team created a prototype mobile app focused on reducing the knowledge deficit for patients' regarding medication interactions related to prescription and over-the-counter medications, allergies, and non-pharmaceutical interventions. According to Philip Olla, Ph.D., the team’s advisor, and director of Madonna University’s Center for Research, the idea was really well presented by the team, and the judges’ comments reflected the ingenuity applied by the students to address the problem.

“I am very proud of the students, who were professional, driven and extremely dedicated to their project all weekend,” Olla said. The idea started in the MIS 3350 Health Informatics class, then progressed to win at the Research Symposium AR pitch competition.


BCA Awards

Madonna Broadcast and Cinema Arts Students Win Awards

May 2, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) 2017 Michigan Regional Student Production Awards for excellence promote best practices to university/college and high school students. The awards are intended to be an incentive for the pursuit of excellence in television journalism and to focus public attention on outstanding achievements in television produced by students.

Of the six colleges and universities receiving nominations this year, Madonna Broadcast and Cinema Arts (BCA) students earned the second most with 14 nominations, and they tied with Michigan State for the highest number of awards; garnering six.

Representing Madonna at the NATAS 2017 awards ceremony, April 29, were the following students: Nancy Boyd, Maya Clark, Davis Clenny, William DeYonker, Meghan Griesbeck, Chelsie Husband, Will Julien, Chris Kemski, Kara Kwiecinski, Cristina Paglia, and Kelly Surmann. BCA Program Director Suzanne Boyd commended the students for their successes, and thanked Madonna faculty, staff and administrators for their continued support.

Bringing home the hardware were the following productions and students:

Director      Public Service Announcement      Video Essay (Single Camera)
Married on a Monday   Don’t Let Your First Date be Your Last   The Whitney
Nancy Boyd   Kara Kwiecinski   Nancy Boyd
Editor   Music Video   Writing
Married on a Monday teaser    Blonde in the Ballroom   Married on a Monday
Kelly Surmann   Nancy Boyd   Nancy Boyd
Chelsie Husband   Meghan Griesbeck   Meghan Griesbeck
    Davis Clenny   Chelsie Husband
        Kelly Surmann


Summer Tuition

Madonna University Reduces Summer Tuition; Offers Housing

May 1, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Students can take classes at Madonna University this summer semester at discounted rates. Tuition for summer classes, which begin the week of May 15, has been reduced to $590 per credit hour, from $650. Students who take six credits or more can live in the residence hall for only the cost of a meal plan. “As long as they are taking classes, students can live in the residence hall,” said Mark Schroeder, director of undergraduate admissions at Madonna. 

Schroeder explained that there is no charge for the room, but students must choose one of two meal plans:  students taking classes for 6 weeks or less must choose the $750 meal plan, and those taking classes for 7 weeks or more must pay for the $1,500 meal plan. 

“This summer tuition discount with housing is great for current students, and it provides new students an opportunity to start early,” said Schroeder. “It’s also attractive to students who have come back to the area for the summer and want to take a couple classes.”  

The last day to register for summer classes is Friday, May 19. Questions about this program should be directed to Madonna’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 734-432-5339.

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