Study Abroad Group Pays it Forward

July 16, 2018

LIVONIA, Mich. – While Madonna staff member Beth Hoffman (pink shirt center), Professor Kathleen Edelmayer (pink shirt right), two guests and eight Madonna students were in Ireland for a humanities study abroad trip, they met Bert Cagehin, their tour bus driver. Cagehin would play a CD during the tour that included him, and his friends from the Bus Bar in Tullamore, singing some American favorites. He gave Hoffman his copy of “The Good Friday Agreement” CD. 

Hoffman’s Internet search revealed that the CD was created to help raise funds for the Ken Smollen Food Appeal, so she took up a free-will donation from others on the trip and chipped in some of her own, and sent 50 euro with a note to Cagehin and the folks at the Bus Bar. Soon after, a photo of Hoffman’s note, and one of the Madonna group appeared in a June 25 post on Bus Bar owner Aisling Owens’ facebook page, and Madonna University was tagged.

When asked about the post, Hoffman said, “I’m flabbergasted. I had no idea she would post it online. I wasn’t looking for any publicity. It was just a quiet little way to pay it forward.”

Hoffman had included Madonna’s Franciscan values on the back of the notecard; values lived out by the simple gesture to pay it forward. 

About Madonna: Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of a Madonna University education for 80 years. 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, Haiti and the United Arab Emirates. 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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