Madonna University News : June 2016

Livonia Goodfellows

Livonia Goodfellows Establish Scholarship for Madonna Transfer Students

June 29, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Livonia Goodfellows – known for ensuring “No child without a Christmas” –brought Christmas to Madonna University in the form of a $180,000 check to establish an endowed scholarship fund for students transferring to Madonna from a community college in Southeastern Michigan.

According to Livonia Goodfellows President Jodee Hall, the organization was fortunate to recently receive two separate beneficiary distributions from the Norma Gerndt and Richard Smith estates. “The Livonia Goodfellows Endowed Scholarship was created using only these estate monies,” she said. She went on to reinforce how ongoing donations from the community enable the Goodfellows to help less fortunate children in Livonia, by assuring that “No child without a Christmas” is fully funded each year. “We must continue to receive these important donations to meet our regular needs,” she said.

Hall explained who the scholarships were meant to help, “The scholarships will assist Livonia residents in achieving a baccalaureate degree at Madonna University, by minimizing the amount of student loans they need to complete their degree,” Hall said. “We are proud to partner with Madonna University, a great Livonia institution, to provide this scholarship opportunity to transfer students.”

The Goodfellows Endowed Scholarship funds will be distributed annually to students who are transferring to Madonna as juniors with an associate degree or at least 60 credits. Recipients must have resided in Livonia for at least one year prior to transferring to Madonna.

“This is a great opportunity for Madonna University to serve local students who have excelled at a community college and want to continue their studies at Madonna,” said Cam Cruickshank, Ph.D., executive vice president for enrollment management and university advancement at Madonna. “We are extremely grateful for this partnership with the Goodfellows and we look forward to awarding the scholarships to deserving students.”

A representative from the Livonia Goodfellows will serve with two Madonna financial aid staff members to select the scholarship recipient.

The scholarship is applied to Fall and Winter semesters only and can be renewed for up to four semesters, as long as the student maintains a 2.8 GPA and full-time student status (12 credit hours per semester.) Transfer students need not complete a separate scholarship application, but rather apply for admission to Madonna and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Inquiries can be made through Madonna’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 734-432-5339, or


Haiti Mission

Madonna nursing brings health services to Haiti

June 15, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University nursing faculty, alumnae, a student and an advisor recently returned from what nursing professor Sr. Victoria Maria Indyk called an “awesome” mission trip to Haiti.

The trip, Sr. Victoria’s sixth, brought 20 duffel bags filled with medicine and medical supplies for St. Michel Hospital in Jacmel and the School of Nursing. In addition, clothing, shoes, toys, and supplies were brought for three orphanages, and health screening and teaching supplies and 200 pairs of eyeglasses were brought for children and adults.

Sr. Victoria and the nursing department raised money for the trip earlier in the year, securing a donation of $20,000 in medical supplies and medication for St. Michel Hospital through Detroit World Medical Relief. The hospital, decorated with wall-sized mosaics and already equipped with nursing desks and beds with privacy curtains, is set to open later this month.

Dr. Newton Jeudy, the director of St. Michel Hospital, was deeply appreciative of the supplies. “I have to thank you for your spontaneous interest towards St. Michel Hospital,” he wrote in an email to Sr. Victoria. “All the efforts you have already done and these ones to obtain and bring those medicines to us in donation are living proof of your compassion and generosity. I really appreciated it. Please receive my thanks and share it to the others who were with you. You will be always welcome at St. Michel.”

The eyeglasses were obtained from NEW EYES, and more than 50 people were assisted in selecting a pair that would help them to see more clearly. The volunteers also used the more than 100 donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, and bars of soap, to teach them how proper hygiene can help prevent disease. In addition, a tape measure and scale were set up to measure heights and weights of the children and adults.

From Jacmel, the group traveled to mountain clinics with the Mother Angela Mobile Clinic and performed several home visits in neighboring villages. They also visited several orphanages and healthcare sites, including a maternity care center.

According to Sr. Victoria, many of the participants were overwhelmed by the extensive poverty and poor living conditions of Jacmel. However, she added, “They were very happy to be able to help in the health-related activities planned as well as to see some very beautiful sites in Jacmel.”

Sr. Victoria's next Mission trip to Haiti is planned for Dec. 27, 2016 to Jan. 4, 2017.

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Nursing Sim Lab

Nursing programs earn 10-year accreditation

June 8, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University’s College of Nursing and Health was recently granted a 10-year accreditation, the longest available, for four of its nursing programs.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has granted full accreditation until June 2026 for Madonna University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Graduate APRN certificate.

The CCNE board determined that each degree program met all four standards with no compliance concerns. “This is a wonderful testament to the dedication and hard work of the faculty and staff in the College of Nursing and Health,” said Madonna University President Michael Grandillo.

Since the nursing program’s founding in 1962, more than 4,000 nurses across the country call Madonna University their alma mater. 98 percent of students are employed within one year of graduating. The nursing simulation labs transform nursing education, bridging theory and practice in patient care. For more information about Madonna University’s nursing programs, visit


Bowling for Scholars

Fundraiser supports graduate students

June 7, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – Strikes were bowled, a Team Spirit trophy was awarded and prizes were won, but the real winners of the Madonna University Graduate School Bowling for Scholars event will be two future scholarship recipients.

More than 100 bowlers and spectators participated in the fundraiser last month, which raised enough to award $1,500 scholarships to two students pursuing their graduate degrees at Madonna University.

Winner of the Team Spirit award was Team Laabs, led by Tom Laabs and other members of the Madonna University Financial Aid Office.

The Graduate School at Madonna has offered graduate programs since 1982 and now boasts more than 30 degree and certificate programs, including one doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Beginning this fall is a Master’s in Social Work. For more information on graduate programs at Madonna University, visit


Haiti - Business Cohort

Madonna to admit next group of business students into Haiti program

June 1, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – This fall, two dozen students will begin a Madonna University School of Business program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, continuing the University’s commitment, made six years ago, to provide high-quality university education there.

Paul DeNapoli, science instructor, and Don Conrad, Ph.D., accounting and business law professor, recently returned from Haiti where they interviewed potential students and tested their language skills; ultimately selecting about 25 to take part in Madonna’s business degree program. This marks the sixth cohort of Haitian students to pursue a Madonna degree. This group is expected to graduate from the three-year program in 2019.

Students will earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration, conducted fully online, through the Madonna University School of Business. To be considered for the program, students must already have earned an associate degree and have taken prerequisite classes, which include accounting and English.

DeNapoli explained that a degree from an accredited American university can carry a lot of weight when it comes to job offers and networking. As a result of its program, Madonna University has graduates working in government, for large corporations, and in other prestigious positions in Haiti. “Our goal is to continue our educational leadership, but also for them to be successful in the industry so their success will be our new students’ success,” he said.

DeNapoli and Conrad will return to Haiti this September to conduct student orientation and to host an alumni event for previous graduates. “We want them engaged,” he said of the students.

He hopes soon to offer a certificate in hospitality and tourism in addition to the business degree.

DeNapoli said Madonna University created the degree program to help develop business leaders who could rebuild Haiti after the devastating earthquake in January, 2010. Under the leadership of past Madonna University president Sr. Rose Marie Kujawa, CSSF, the School of Business worked to create an established relationship and “a sustainable, long-term program,” DeNapoli said.

He hopes that eventually the program will be able to sustain itself. “We’re looking to create a successful mission, and then make a successful exit,” he said.

DeNapoli credited the program’s success in part to the support from Madonna administrators and professors, including: Conrad, Associate Professor Michelle Proctor, Adjunct Professors Marian Gonsior and Gerald Charbonneau, and others in the School of Business, who may teach some of the online classes or otherwise support the program.


Health Services

Pilot program partners Madonna with health services business

June 1, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – A new partnership between Madonna University and a local health care business will give students hands-on, real-world experience.

As part of their senior year degree requirements, six students in Madonna’s new health sciences major will be doing internships with MedNetOne Health Solutions (, which offers infrastructure, technology and clinical services to health care providers, as part of their requirements for their senior year.

MedNetOne works with providers to transition to fully-integrated, population-based, patient-centered practices that meet health reform mandates. Its CEO, Ewa M. Matuszewski, was an early supporter of Madonna’s health sciences major.

“As interns, Madonna students will work with mentors to provide holistic approaches to health care across populations,” said Mary Mitsch, PhD, RN Professor of Nursing and Director of the Health Sciences Program. She explained that their duties would include: learning how to manage quality improvement programs and use decision-making strategies while collaborating with patients and staff to improve outcomes. “We want to make sure our students are prepared for employment,” she said.

Given the recent growth in the health care industry, Mitsch said it is really gratifying to see Madonna students get internship placements right off the bat. “Plus, it will provide MedNetOne a link to academic partners and potential future employees, and keeps everyone up-to-date on the latest research. Their expertise and our expertise are a win-win situation,” Mitsch said.

Denise Brothers, assistant professor of Aging Studies, said demand for interns is higher than what Madonna can currently provide. “It speaks to the quality of the program and the importance of the major,” Brothers said.

Madonna University began offering its Health Sciences major last academic year as a result of aging baby boomers and evolution of the health care industry. Students can pursue a 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.

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. In the health care informatics and quality systems management track, students will learn to analyze data to improve quality and safety in health care, including reporting errors and looking 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.