September 29, 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 www.madonna.edu/golf 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.