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Madonna professor earns professional IT achievement

Dr. Phillip Olla, Director of the Center for research, was awarded the 2014 Jane N. Ryland Fellowship by EDUCAUS, which is the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. The award brings financial support for professional development and recognizes past achievement, personal and institutional commitment, and potential benefit to the IT field.

Madonna BCA students earn awards at national level

This summer the Broadcast and Cinema Arts (BCA) students attended the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Michigan Chapter “Student Production Awards” this past Saturday night at the Riley Broadcast Center of Detroit Public Television.

This year, there were over 90 entries from Michigan universities and colleges. Forty-three of those entries received nominations in the 12 categories. Of the 43 nominations, 20 of them were from Madonna University students.

The 21 BCA students nominated include:

Ashley Benton, Benjamin Berg, Kevin Connor, Cory Davis, Sami DeLuca, Miranda Ferguson, Jonathan Gray, Jeff Graham, Tyler Henker, Chelsea Jenkins, Hyun-Jee Kim, Luke LaBenne Elizabeth Markey, Ashley De’La McClendon, Kyle McGrath, Christopher Merbler, Darryn Montgomery, Lauren Mora, Dean Olivas, Kathryn Rand, and Darious Thomas.

Of the twelve categories awarded, Madonna took home 4 of the 12 Student Awards for Excellence Crystal Pillars in the following categories:

Public Affairs/Community Service – Tyler Henker’s “York Apparel”

Photographer – Ashley Benton, Lauren Mora, Chelsea Jenkins, Sami DeLuca, and Tyler Henker: “He Doesn’t Know It Yet”

Editor – Miranda Ferguson’s “Florence”

Writing – Darious Thomas’ “Human”

Congratulations to all of our students who worked so hard earning the Academy’s recognition!


Felician Services Awards Two Grants for Collaborative Projects

The eight Felician-sponsored ministries that share the square mile of property in Livonia have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the St. Francis Fund of Felician Services, Inc. These ministries include Madonna University, Marywood Nursing Home, Senior Clergy Village, Ladywood High School, Angela Hospice, St. Joseph Care Center, Montessori Center of Our Lady, and St. Mary Child Care Center. They will collaborate on partnerships for joint programming throughout Mission and Heritage Week. Under the leadership of Dr. Connie TingsonGatuz, the project will also sponsor an annual Mission Integration Summit and Convocation to share model projects and celebrate successes through presentations and poster sessions. A second grant of $30,000 will support the adaptation of hospice/palliative studies and gerontology courses for online delivery to new populations of students, including representatives at other Felician-sponsored ministries as well as students at the three Felician colleges. Dr. Kelly Dumler, Sue Anne Sweeney, Dr. Elena Qureshi, and Dr. James Novak will form a project action team to repackage certificate programs about the issues and practical implications of changes in U.S. demographics in the next decade.

MCC Awards Venture Grant for S-L Class

Dr. Kenneth Thiel was awarded a Michigan Compact Campus Venture Grant for a project entitled “Brain Awareness: Sparking Scientific Inquiry” in the amount of $3,500. This co-curricular service project addresses the general need for neuroscience education in today’s primary schools. College students will prepare and present lessons to third-fifth graders that will highlight the importance of the brain and brain research. The elementary students will benefit from a thorough introduction to the inner workings of their brains, and the college students will benefit from the experience of communicating extremely difficult topics with effective teaching strategies. The ultimate goal will be to spark scientific inquiry in young children, and to develop an overall interest in brain health.

FMC Funds Community Corps for Third Year

Ford Motor Company Fund has approved a new $20,000 grant in support of the Ford-MU Community Corps project. This will be our third year of funding for this program; the new funds will be directed to program activities from August 2014 – May 2015.

AFCU Funded for Planning Grant

The 24 member colleges of the Association of Franciscan Colleges & Universities (AFCU) received a $100,000 planning grant from USA Funds to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive program to improve retention and student success.

Community Foundation of SE Michigan Awards Deaf Education Grant

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has made a $30,000 grant to Madonna University to sup- port the creation of a deaf education program. Currently no university in Michigan offers a program preparing students to educate deaf children.

The programs that existed in the past were based on oralism, an approach that emphasizes oral language by using lip reading, speech, and mimicking the mouth shapes and breathing patterns of speech instead of developing literacy in Sign language.

The Madonna University deaf education program will qualify students for teacher certification with an endorsement in teaching hearing impaired children. The distinctive feature of the program will be its foundation in a bilingual/bicultural approach based on fluency in ASL. At the master’s level, in-service teachers will also have the opportunity to earn deaf education endorsement and complete professional development.

The project is based on inter- disciplinary cooperation between the College of Education and the Sign Language Studies Department. The project will be led by Dr. Jill Robin- son, Program Director for Special Education, who will be assisted by a curriculum development team composed of Daniel McDougall, Chair of the Sign Language Studies Department, Sharon Meldrum and Debbie Mitre-Smith, both SLS faculty members, and Dr. Steve Schwartz, who teaches in the autism spectrum disorder program. Dr. Karen Obsniuk, Dean of the College of Education, will also be involved in the development and approval process for the new master’s level program.