Campus Upgrades Abound in 2020

Starbucks Sign Outside Take 5

LIVONIA, Mich. -- With an upgraded Campus Spirit Store moving into the beautifully renovated Stacks space in the Franciscan Center, Madonna University and Sodexo are excited to unveil upgraded offerings at the Take 5 Lounge. 

The Spirit Store, operated through the Tree of Life Bookstores, boasts new carpet, paint, and contemporary displays which host multiple brands of men’s and women’s apparel, alumni gear, children’s clothing, school supplies, nursing supplies, and unique gift sets, including Detroit’s own Shinola moleskin journal selections. 

“We are excited to be able to offer our students, faculty, staff, and alumni such quality merchandise in an inviting new space,” said  Connie Tingson-Gatuz, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs and mission integration. “It promises to be a refreshing shopping experience for all.”

Cruzer shopping for apparel

The store has traditional spirit wear including long and short-sleeved T-shirts, sweatshirts, quarter-zip pullovers, as well as new professional wear from reputable brands at a variety of affordable price points. Other spirit items available include banners, flags, lapel pins, and neckties. The store also offers a variety of technology necessities such as earbuds, charging cords, USB drives, and more. Cold beverages, including Starbucks products, will be sold. Visit the store and see for yourself! Current store hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional store hours will be posted soon. 

With the Spirit Store’s new location, previous Stacks offerings and several new items, have been relocated to a renovated Take 5.

“We are excited for the new look and ability to transform Take 5 into an enhanced dining experience,” said Sodexo General Manager Paul Daniels. “The remodel is almost completed and we are getting everything in line for a grand reopening on Aug. 31.”

The new-look includes a new Sodexo branded menu built by Madonna University’s Chef Carlos Garcia. The menu includes Craft It, The Farmhouse Breakfast, Grilled, Starbucks, Pizzetta, Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies, Dip-n-Dots, and Island Oasis.

Craft It is a made to order sandwich option, The Farmhouse Breakfast features made to order breakfast items, Grilled features all your grilled items including burgers, chicken, and fries. The full Starbucks menu will be relocated to Take 5 and will be accompanied by Island Oasis which will feature assorted smoothies including protein drinks. And for all the sweet-tooths on campus, Take 5 will also feature fresh-baked Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and Dip-n-Dots ice cream.

In addition to the new offerings, the area is being reconfigured to feature three check-out registers for faster service during peak hours and the updated Bite app will allow guests a hands-free option to order and pick up their meals. 

There will also be increased safety protocols to help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19. A limited supply of disposable masks will be available one-time for those who forget a mask,  hands-free hand sanitizer stations, and the hands-free order pick-up notification system which will replace the old pager system. Additional cleaning procedures have been implemented to create a hostile environment for the COVID-19 virus. 

Safety measures have also been implemented in the Dining Hall including one-way traffic flow, safe-service meals which include a served salad bar, beverages, including fresh-brewed Starbucks coffee, and desserts. There will be a 78-seat capacity limit and hours will be extended to be 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to download the Bite app on their mobile devices and for those interested in the Spirit Store but can’t make it to campus, you can visit them online at www.madonnagear.com


Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of a Madonna University education for more than 80 years. Conveniently located at I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia, Madonna is Michigan's most affordable, Catholic, liberal arts university. Veteran- and transfer-friendly, Madonna offers nearly 100 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs in the colleges of arts and sciences, education and human development, nursing and health, and the School of Business. Madonna boasts 23 men's and women's athletic teams, 35+ student organizations, and state-of-the-art residence halls.