Madonna University News

  • Residence Hall 2015

Fall Semester Kicks Off

September 8, 2015

LIVONIA, Mich. – Enrollment is up at Madonna University from last year, as more than 650 new students and nearly 3,000 returning students begin classes this week.

Those enrolled for fall semester include 450 first-year and transfer students and 150 graduate students. Classes started this morning.

The first official student event of the new semester will be the student convocation at 6 p.m., Thursday. Madonna will also celebrate a Week of Welcome Sept. 14-18, with social activities including card games, department open houses and a scavenger hunt. In addition, there will be research clinics and orientations in the library for new and returning students.

Another staple of the fall semester is the Madonna Golf Classic to benefit student scholarships. The 18-hole scramble takes place Friday, Sept. 18 at Western Golf and Country Club in Redford. Visit for more information.

Returning students will notice many changes to campus, including a new president; Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D., took office July 1. New full-time faculty members include two criminal justice professors, two business professors, a social work professor and a nursing professor.

New academic programs include a health sciences bachelor’s degree, with two available tracks; a graduate-level Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership; and a master’s level chaplaincy cognate. Also new this year are eight more intercollegiate athletics teams, with the addition of men’s and women’s bowling, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field.

In a State of the University address to faculty and staff last week, Dr. Grandillo said there was no place he’d rather be this time of year than on a college campus. He invoked the words of St. Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians: “Let us begin our school year with faith for our values and mission, hope for a better Madonna, and love for our students,” he said.


  • Employee Grad Tuition Scholarship Recipients

Employee Grad Tuition Scholarship Recipients Are All Smiles!

September 8, 2015

Each Fall and Winter semester the GRADUATE School offers employee graduate tuition scholarships. The Employee Graduate Tuition Scholarship is a great employee benefit to support our Madonna University employees who are advancing their education.

Madonna University employees are eligible to apply for a scholarship after one year of full-time or 2 years of part-time employment. Scholarship announcements and application forms are distributed via “everybody” email September and March 1st, with applications being due October 1st for winter semester funding and April 1st for fall semester funding.  

Congratulations Fall 2015 employee scholarship recipients!!

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  • Health Sciences

Madonna University adds Health Sciences majors to meet emerging health care needs

August 31, 2015

LIVONIA, Mich. – Baby boomers are aging, people are staying active later in life, and health care continues to evolve. In response, Madonna University now offers two new health sciences majors to give students the skills needed for jobs changes in the health care system.

Students will be able to pursue a health sciences degree in one of two tracks: population health care management or health care informatics and quality systems management. Both tracks are delivered through Madonna’s College of Nursing and Health, with the informatics track offered in partnership with the School of Business.

Mary Mitsch, Ph.D., R.N., professor of nursing and health, said the program takes an interdisciplinary approach to provide a wide range of knowledge, including: psychology, aging studies, humanities, science and hospice, with special emphasis on cultural humility and social justice, (for the more vulnerable population) which ties in with Madonna’s Franciscan mission. “There is a tremendous need for advocacy as people transition and navigate the health care system,” she said.

Students studying population health care management will likely help patients manage their care, coordinate care transitions, promote good health habits, and educate patients in self-care. Possible jobs for a graduate include wellness coaches and consultants, community health liaisons, and care coordination specialists.

In the health care informatics and quality systems management track, students will learn to analyze data to improve quality and safety in health care. They’ll be able to address reporting errors and look for trends that could identify patients who need extra care or follow-up.

Each track requires two, semester-long internships, during which students work with health care professionals.

Because Madonna is a relatively small university, a team was able to move quickly to develop the tracks and get out ahead of the market, Mitsch explained. A community focus group of health executives was convened on campus to help determine the best response to new and emerging needs in health care, and ultimately collaborated with Madonna faculty on the development of the two academic concentrations in the new major.

Ewa Matuszewski, CEO of MedNetOne Health Solutions, and a member of Madonna’s health sciences advisory council, said, “Graduates of a values-based program, like Madonna’s, who also serve as health care advocates for vulnerable populations are attractive to organizations such as ours.” She noted that these academic programs will strengthen the skills, core capacities, diversity, preparation and responsiveness of health sciences majors.

About Madonna University: Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks ofMadonna 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.


  • Aging Studies: SCAN scholarship

Madonna student among senior network scholarship winners

August 28, 2015

LIVONIA, Mich. – Cynthia Hardiman, a Madonna University student majoring in aging studies, was awarded one of the 2015 Carol Green Scholarships presented by SCAN Oakland at its meeting August 25.

Hardiman, a Royal Oak resident, said she was grateful to have received the $1,000 scholarship and that she plans to put the money toward books and other university costs. “The experience of participating and receiving the SCAN Oakland Carol Green Scholarship was an amazing feeling,” Hardiman said. “I plan to become active in supporting and participating in programs such as SCAN. I feel so humbled; it's unbelievable.”

SCAN (Senior Coordinating Aging Network) Oakland MI ( is a committed network of professionals serving the senior community in Oakland County. Through annual networking events and fundraisers, SCAN offers an annual scholarship to college students in senior, geriatric or social work fields of study. Applicants submitted essays explaining why they would be a good candidate for the scholarship. The board reviewed the applications and selected three scholarship recipients.

Madonna University’s Department of Aging Studies, which recently celebrated 40 years of academic excellence, is committed to preparing students to address the concerns of an aging population, and to promote the potential of people in their later years through its gerontology curriculum, field placements, and role in the aging services community that serves older adults in Southeastern Michigan.