Madonna University News : September 2016

Patriot Day

Madonna University Honored Veterans on Patriot Day

September 20, 2016

DETROIT, Mich. – Members of the Madonna University family observed Patriot Day by honoring veterans, police and first responders lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

Madonna University and its Center for Students in Transition were among the sponsors for the 5th Annual Patriot Day Observance Ceremony at Piquette Square in Detroit, a community for formerly homeless veterans. The solemn remembrance honored all first responders, veterans and family members who were injured or lost in the terrorist attacks 15 years ago, as well as all military personnel and families lost in the war on terrorism.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig, the event’s keynote speaker, identified “the need to unify our country, to dissolve political correctness and stand with those who lay down their lives every day to serve and protect.” His talk was followed by a “laying of the wreaths,” for those who passed on Sept. 11, the playing of Taps, and then refreshments were served. Donations of bottled water and packaged snacks for the residents were brought by the Madonna University volunteers.

The Madonna University community has an ongoing relationship with Piquette Square, a 150-unit apartment complex in Detroit that provides housing for homeless veterans, and offers comprehensive support services to help them develop self-sufficiency in order to reintegrate into the community.


Steve Largent

Pro Football Hall of Famer Largent Imparts Leadership Know-How

September 15, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University’s Leadership Speaker Series kicked off Thursday morning with an inspiring speech about leadership delivered by Pro Football Hall of Fame member and former U.S. Congressman Steve Largent.

“We need leaders who lead by personal example,” he told a crowd of approximately 150 business leaders, Madonna supporters and alumni. “People follow what you do, not what you say.” 

Largent, from Tulsa, Okla., graduated from the University of Tulsa. In 1989, he retired from professional football after 14 seasons as a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995; among his accomplishments were being the first receiver ever with 100+ touchdown receptions and holding all NFL receiving records upon retirement. He also served in Congress as a U.S. Representative for Oklahoma.

Drawing from his life experiences on and off the field, Largent shared his thoughts about what makes a strong leader – calling to mind the character, integrity and work ethic needed to be successful at the top.

“Humble people are able to accomplish more when they set aside their ego,” he said. “I was able to accomplish more because of my faith in Christ.” To the student-athletes present, Largent advised, “It's really important to figure out, early on, who you are and what you stand for, and then live by your beliefs.” 

Additional speakers are scheduled for Dec. 8, Feb. 9 and June 8. To become a member of the Leadership Speaker Series please contact John Doyle, director of development at 734-432-5737 or

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fall classes

Madonna University welcomes largest freshman class in six years

September 9, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – Fall classes are well underway at Madonna University, which welcomed its largest freshman class in six years.


The direct-from-high-school population is at 214 this year, compared to 178 a year ago. They join nearly 2,500 returning students pursuing degrees in any of more than 100 majors and minors.


President Michael Grandillo, in a state-of-the-university address to faculty and staff last month, said there is no place he would rather be than on the campus of a university in the fall. “This September we have the privilege of welcoming many new students from across the U.S. and the globe,” he said. “From Australia to Livonia, they are drawn to Madonna by her many degree programs, outstanding faculty and a reputation for academic excellence and public engagement.”

Grandillo said the large number of first-year students will “strengthen our community.” For example, the campus’ residence hall is at capacity with almost 300 students living on campus.

“We reach out to a diverse population to improve, one student at a time, the quality of their lives and the health of their communities,” Grandillo said. To those of us who work here, study here, or proudly place their framed Madonna diploma on their wall, we are one of a kind, caring, compassionate, and always proudly true to our Felician heritage.”

At the undergraduate level, Madonna University offers associate and bachelor’s degrees, and certificate programs. Its Graduate School delivers more than 30 master’s programs and one doctoral program as well as certificates. The University provides a comprehensive liberal arts education integrated with career preparation and service learning, to educate the whole person.

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