Madonna University News


Madonna Supports Marygrove Community

August 15, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Madonna and Marygrove communities have enjoyed a very close relationship and have mutually assisted each other over the years, which made it even sadder for Madonna employees to learn that Marygrove College will close its undergraduate programs at the end of the Fall 2017 semester. 

Madonna’s President Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D., and the entire Madonna family, has pledged its continued support and assistance to the Marygrove community, through this difficult time.

Support and 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:

  • Maximizing the number of transfer credits for passing grades that Madonna will apply toward a Madonna degree.
  • Offering Madonna’s undergraduate tuition for 2017-2018 of $10,350 per semester for full-time students (12-18 credits) and $690 per credit hour for part-time students (1-11 credits).
  • Matching the out-of-pocket expense the student was paying Marygrove College for their most recent term of attendance. For example, if a student was paying $7,000 out-of-pocket to attend Marygrove in Winter 2017, Madonna will ensure that the student only pays $7,000 out-of-pocket in 2017-2018.
  • Providing a 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.
  • Visit Days, will provide Marygrove students the opportunity to visit Madonna, enjoy a complimentary breakfast, learn about Madonna’s academic programs, discuss financial aid, and tour campus.
    Thursday Aug. 17, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Marygrove students are encouraged to reach out to the staff in Madonna’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, anytime during the Fall Semester, to learn more about Madonna’s programs and the admissions process. They can be reached M-F at 734-432-5339, or

Madonna and Marygrove share similar Christian, humanistic values, a focus on student service and many of the same undergraduate degree programs. 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 beautiful main campus, conveniently located at I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia, 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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Silay Phillipines

Silay, Philippines Names Madonna Adopted University

June 28, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – When Madonna University Vice President Connie Tingson-Gatuz, nursing students and faculty members returned from the Philippines recently, they brought with them a resolution from the Mayor of the City of Silay, recommending Madonna as the Adopted University of Silay City. The framed resolution recognizes the “various humanitarian activities of officials and delegates, whose mission has been focused on the stakeholders of the City of Silay, especially the beneficiaries of the Gawad Kalinga-Fiat Village and Adela Plantation Village for three years.”

Joining Tingson-Gatuz and the students on the Study Abroad trip were nursing faculty members Pat De Guia, Roxanne Roth, and Kathleen Aseltyne as they provided health education and administered immunizations to children in the rural clinic as part of the NUR 4430 Population-focused Nursing Clinical Experience course. The students taught proper nutrition, dental hygiene, handwashing and the prevention of hypertension and diabetes. They conducted blood pressure screenings and taught mothers about postpartum and infant care. “The students did an amazing job providing service to the underserved,” said De Guia. “They demonstrated professionalism, cultural humility, and exemplified our Franciscan values.”

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Bethanie Saint Louis

Madonna University Alumna in Haiti Selected as Fulbright Scholar

June 22, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University 2015 alumna Bethanie Saint Louis was among 10 students in Haiti who were awarded 2017 Fulbright Scholarships. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries, while fostering academic excellence. Academically-gifted students from around the world are selected into the program to pursue master’s degrees at universities in the United States.   

Saint Louis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and leadership through Madonna University’s distance learning program in Haiti, participated in a rigorous selection process in order to be chosen from more than 150 applicants this year. The process consisted of an interview, an English exam, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 

In 2012, Saint Louis became a founding member and coordinator of an association of professional volunteers, "Youth Vision", which supports the academic and vocational training of children and young adults living in disadvantaged rural communities across Haiti. She currently works as a human resources officer at Catholic Relief Services. This fall, she plans to pursue a Master of Science in Public Policy at Western Michigan University.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Scholarship Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

More than 370,000 scholars have participated in the program since its inception. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Currently, the Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

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Solar Panels

Solar Panels Use Solstice Rays to Generate Power at Madonna University

June 22, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – On June 21, the summer solstice and the day when the Northern Hemisphere tallies the most hours of daylight for the year, Madonna University generated enough power via its solar panel system to run a coffee pot for an hour per day for a year, or to power six laptops for eight hours per day for a year.*

A bright, sunny day resulted in more than 430 kilowatt hours being generated from sunrise to sunset. This was the highest energy-producing day since June 12, when more than 450 kilowatt hours were produced during sunlight hours.

Since the panels’ installation late last year, nearly 73,000 kilowatt hours have been generated, enough to charge more than 3,000 electric cars or 13.5 million smartphones, and to avoid 44 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and offset 65,000 gallons of gasoline.

The 432 solar panels on the roof of Madonna University’s Franciscan Center are part of the Felician Sisters of North America’s solar project. The effort involved the installation of 1,032 solar panels at two Felician Ministries in Livonia, which included a 600-panel ground array on Newburgh Road that helps power the Montessori Center of Our Lady. A total of six Felician Sister sites across the country had solar panels installed as part of the Felician Sisters’ nationwide project.

The University’s solar panels directly supply a portion of the campus’s total electric power. Madonna University plans to incorporate the solar array into the University's larger sustainability program, offering students first-hand insight into the practical application of sustainable solutions.

Care for the earth is a cornerstone of the Felician Sisters’ core values and central to the centuries-old Felician Franciscan tradition. “This solar power project represents the next chapter in our ongoing efforts to care for and repair the earth,” said Sister Mary Jean Sliwinski, Felician Provincial Sustainability Coordinator. “It is also a wonderful opportunity to educate the larger community about renewable energy.”

*Source: Department of Energy