Madonna University News


Madonna University to Expand its Residential Offerings

March 30, 2017

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LIVONIA, Mich. – In response to increased demand for a residential university experience, Madonna University leaders have developed plans to expand the school’s residence life offerings over the next five years.

“The residential experience has always been important at Madonna University,” said President Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D. “We’re growing, and our academic programs are attracting students from greater distances. More and more students want to have the residential college experience. In fact, we’re short some 100 beds for next year’s incoming class of students.”

The first phase of the $8 million project involves construction of two residence halls on the northeast corner of campus near the current University Center housing. Madonna’s capacity for residential students will increase from 300 to 450. In addition, the new residence halls will provide the latest in student-housing amenities that will enhance students’ campus living and learning experience. The buildings are designed to attract students by creating a unique living situation that is not common among traditional higher education offerings.

Designed with freshman and sophomore students in mind, the first building – to open this August – will accommodate 98 total beds in a mix of private, and semi-private rooms. The three-story residence hall will feature two sections on either side of a common student lounge and dining area on each floor. The fully-furnished bedrooms will include private closets, and desks for each student. The residents on each floor will share private bathrooms, common laundry space, and common lounge space that includes a full kitchen and seating area.

The second building will be an apartment-style residence hall designed for juniors and seniors who want to remain on campus. It will provide room for 57 beds within a three-story building at approximately 21,000 sq. ft.  There will be 11 suites that can house five students each in private bedrooms. Also included on the 1st floor would be an apartment designated for a housing coordinator and a one-bedroom resident assistant room.  Student suites will share a full kitchen, living room, and two full bathrooms. Each suite will be fully furnished. You enter the suite through a shared lounge area to help promote interaction among residents. There will be common laundry areas and space available for various club meetings, studying and recreation.

After submitting a Request for Proposal to some 10 different companies, Madonna University has partnered with University Housing Solutions (UHS) for these new buildings. Based in Powell, Ohio, UHS has more than 30 years of experience in developing student housing projects. From site selection, planning and financing, through construction, UHS provides full-service support throughout all phases of the project.

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Crusaders at Comerica

Crusaders at Comerica Park April 19

March 8, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Madonna University baseball team, in conjunction with the University of Northwestern Ohio are excited to announce that the April 19 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference game will be played at Comerica Park, home of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers.

First pitch is at 7 p.m. with gates opening one hour prior. Tickets for the game, which is open to the public, are $10 for adults and $5 for students/children and are available here. Online ticket sales for the game will be available through Thursday, April 13. Tickets purchased prior to Sunday, April 1 will be mailed and all tickets purchased after that date will be available for pickup at the Will Call window at Comerica Park. Tickets also will be available the day of the game at the box office located outside gate A.

A student fan bus is being offered through the Madonna Student Life Office, with more details forthcoming.

Seating will be available as general admission on a first-come, first-served basis for sections 118-137, located behind home plate from dugout to dugout. Parking for the event will be available in lots 1 and 2 located in front of gate A for $6 per car.

The game will provide the student-athletes the chance to experience life at an MLB facility with the use of team clubhouses, batting practice on the field, infield and outfield as well as full use of the dugouts and bullpens.

Prior to the game, the Madonna University Advancement staff will host a tailgate at Cheli's Chili Bar, located across from gate A, from 5:30-7 p.m. A $5 donation per person to attend the tailgate will go to the Madonna Fund for scholarships, programs and other University needs. If you have any questions regarding the tailgate, please contact University Advancement at 734-432-5602.

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The Big Salad

Madonna Business Students Win Big with The Big Salad

February 28, 2017

Applied learning is a key strategy in Madonna University business courses. This fall, students in Nidhal Bouazizi’s marketing class partnered with The Big Salad, a catering company located in Novi, Troy, Ann Arbor and Grosse Pointe Woods, to apply what they had learned in class to a real marketing project for The Big Salad. Students were divided into six groups and competed to develop a unique food item and a marketing campaign for that item. The winning team’s product was a wrap sandwich called the “Soul of Detroit Wrap.” The winning team was selected by John Bornoty, The Big Salad CEO. His selection was based on sales of the wrap, customer service, enthusiasm, and teamwork. Each team member received a $50 amazon gift card for their winning entry.

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Innovation Lab

Innovation Lab Gives Students an Edge in Technology

February 24, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Students often get innovative when writing papers or completing class projects. Now there is a dedicated space at Madonna University for students to refine their ideas and apply their innovations to up-and-coming technology.

The Innovation Lab, in the Maertens Building, opened February 23. It houses three-dimensional (3-D) printers, virtual reality goggles, and other cutting-edge technology. “We’re trying to provide students with an experiential learning opportunity,” said Phillip Olla, Ph.D., Director for the Center for Research and professor of management information systems at Madonna. “We’re using it as a sandbox for experimenting with new technologies – a maker space, an innovation hub.”

Beginning this fall semester, the new Emerging Trends in Computer Technology and Applications class will use the Innovation Lab for class and assignments; the new class, designed for business majors, replaces a computing class. In addition to 3-D design and printing, students will be able to experiment with virtual reality, augmented reality, and designing infographics.

The Innovation Lab was funded by a generous grant from Bill Harahan, Director of the McManus Foundation, for the purpose of enhancing Madonna’s research community and 3-D printing lab.

Olla expects that eventually, the Innovation Lab will expand from the School of Business to the entire campus. The 3-D printer would be useful to students in several academic programs, e.g., forensic science students could design elements of a mock crime scene and chemistry scholars could create representations of molecules, etc. Eventually, Olla hopes to add brainstorming, prototyping, and even meeting with potential clients to the dedicated space for innovation and creativity.

The ability to work with more and more technology will be important to future business students and graduates as companies need useful ways to visualize, display and use data. “The skills students gain from working in the lab are transferable skills,” Olla explained. “This really does show that Madonna is an innovative University that does more than just lecturing. Experiential opportunities make learning interesting for students, and also help them in their careers.”

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