Silay, Philippines Names Madonna Adopted University

June 28, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – When Madonna University Vice President Connie Tingson-Gatuz, nursing students and faculty members returned from the Philippines recently, they brought with them a resolution from the Mayor of the City of Silay, recommending Madonna as the Adopted University of Silay City. The framed resolution recognizes the “various humanitarian activities of officials and delegates, whose mission has been focused on the stakeholders of the City of Silay, especially the beneficiaries of the Gawad Kalinga-Fiat Village and Adela Plantation Village for three years.”

Joining Tingson-Gatuz and the students on the Study Abroad trip were nursing faculty members Pat De Guia, Roxanne Roth, and Kathleen Aseltyne as they provided health education and administered immunizations to children in the rural clinic as part of the NUR 4430 Population-focused Nursing Clinical Experience course. The students taught proper nutrition, dental hygiene, handwashing and the prevention of hypertension and diabetes. They conducted blood pressure screenings and taught mothers about postpartum and infant care. “The students did an amazing job providing service to the underserved,” said De Guia. “They demonstrated professionalism, cultural humility, and exemplified our Franciscan values.”

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