Madonna University News : October 2017

Chameleon Association

Madonna Event Addresses Child Abuse in the Philippines

October 19, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – An event hosted during Madonna University’s Mission and Heritage week, in early October, generated awareness of the plight of children, particularly young girls, who have been victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Guest speaker Laurence Ligier, founder of the Chameleon Association, talked about the importance of helping girls rebuild their lives after they have suffered sexual abuse, quite often from family members. 

Ligier, originally from France, now resides in the Philippines, where she began her work in the late 90s as a student. Since 1997, in addition to the center in the Philippines, branches of the Chameleon Association have opened in Switzerland, France, and Luxembourg. The have assisted 900 children in getting an education, with 282 of those going on to receive college undergraduate degrees.

“The Chameleon Association is a wonderful nonprofit organization whose mission aligns with Madonna’s,” said Djennin Casab, director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement. “They are doing phenomenal work to help those who need it most. I see many opportunities for Madonna to partner with Chameleon, such as internships, donation drives, awareness campaigns, etc.”

Ligier is working to open another center in the Philippines, in the city of Silay, where Chameleon will work directly with the community to deploy the child advocacy program to create what she calls “The Chameleon effect” in which children can grow and build a better future together.

Madonna University, known for its commitment to Service Learning, has sent students, staff, and faculty to Silay City to volunteer, and to share healthy living and personal hygiene skills with women and children who are less fortunate.

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Puerto Rico Guest Student Program

Puerto Rico Opportunity Program

October 19, 2017

Madonna University offers Opportunity Program to Puerto Rican Students | Informacion en Espanol

Madonna’s President Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D. and the entire Madonna family pledges to support and the Puerto Rico community through this difficult time.

Any Puerto Rican college or university student who would like to continue their studies next semester, which starts January 8, may apply for the Opportunity Program at Madonna. The assistance involves delivering the following services with the same Madonna respect, compassion and Christian concern that Madonna staff and faculty show to anyone they encounter:

  • Free double room in the Residence Hall for full-time students for the 2017-2018 academic year (a $4,800 value), or the student can apply the $4,800 to a single, quad or apartment-style room for the academic year.
  • Match the out-of-pocket expense the student was paying for their most recent term of attendance. For example, if a student was paying $7,000 out-of-pocket to attend their current university Fall 2017, Madonna will ensure that the student only pays $7,000 out-of-pocket in 2017-2018. Students will be required to file a FAFSA and utilize Federal grants and loans toward the cost of attendance.

Submit an inquiry for our Puerto Rico Opportunity Program here.

“I think it’s wonderful what Madonna University and other schools are doing to help Puerto Rican college students continue their education,” said Delaney Blas-Martinez, pictured here, who grew up in Puerto Rico, and now lives in Canton. She is studying sign language interpreting at Madonna. “I think it’s a good idea to offer them this opportunity, because many students affected by the hurricane in Puerto Rico might be unable to attend college there for a couple semesters.”

College and University students in Puerto Rico are encouraged to reach out to the staff in Madonna’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions to learn more about Madonna’s programs and the admissions process. They can be reached Monday through Friday at 734-432-5339, or

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Public Safety Leadership Institute to Open at Madonna University

October 5, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University has established the Public Safety Leadership Institute to fill the void for public safety leadership training. According to the Institute’s Director, David Harvey, instructors at the Institute will provide professional development for current and developing leaders across a broad spectrum of disciplines within the public safety field, as well as other public service professions.

Training will be offered through seminars, lectures, workshops and a command college, and will also be coordinated with academic degree programs at Madonna.

“Creating a public safety leadership institute aligns with our core values at Madonna University,” said Tara Kane, director of Madonna’s criminal justice program. “We not only prepare future leaders academically, through our bachelor’s and master’s degrees, we also provide continuing education for leaders in law enforcement and public safety throughout the state.”

Harvey said, “Our aim is to deliver innovative, cutting-edge professional development in a variety of training modalities, so as to prepare our public safety leaders to provide first-rate public service while addressing contemporary challenges.”

The Institute’s first workshop will be held Friday, Nov. 3, in Kresge Hall. The topic of the program is: Not Just Protect and Serve Anymore: the expanding role and responsibilities of today's law enforcement, and evidence-based tools for addressing America's drug epidemic.

Having served as a public administrator, Harvey understands the challenges of accessing quality training on a limited budget. “At the Institute, we pledge to provide the best professional development by seeking out respected experts from local, state and national agencies to share their knowledge. And we will offer training at fair and reasonable rates,” Harvey committed.

Conveniently located on Madonna University’s campus on I-96, just east of I-275 in Livonia, Michigan, the Public Safety Leadership Institute is an easy commute for many public safety professionals. The University’s new residence halls will offer a comfortable option for those attending week-long training.

Director of Madonna’s Public Safety Leadership Institute, David Harvey
David Harvey

Prior to becoming director of Madonna’s Public Safety Leadership Institute, Harvey served for seven years as director of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. While his law enforcement career began as a United States Army military police officer, he spent most of his career as a police officer in Garden City, Mich., where he retired as chief of police. He also served as city manager for Garden City, and as police chief of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport Authority. Harvey has traveled to other countries to consult and speak on law enforcement issues. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Madonna University, and a master’s in public administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

About Madonna University 

Liberal arts, career preparation and service learning are the hallmarks of a Madonna University ( education. For 80 years, Madonna University professors have been preparing students for careers in criminal justice, nursing, education, business, social work, science, and the arts, through more than 100 majors and minors. More than 80 police chiefs and directors of public safety, in Michigan and other states, are graduates of Madonna University’s criminal justice program, which was launched in 1972. Madonna’s Graduate School offers master’s, doctoral and certificate programs in 30-plus areas of study, including a master’s in criminal justice leadership and intelligence.

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