Weekly Update – Halloween Edition

Have you wondered about what really happens in Room 1411? Check back every Friday for a behind-the-scenes look at the Office of Student Life!

Here are the highlights for the week of October 26…

Monday, October 26: I met with the president of Animal Awareness Group and talked about bringing puppies to campus in December for a finals relaxer.

Tuesday, October 27: We had our sixth Student Senate meeting. If you’re not involved yet, join us every Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Room 1000. All students are welcome! We are starting at the very beginning and we need all students to help us determine what’s most important. We are researching other college and university student governments and drawing out the things we like best and would work at MU.

Homecoming is coming… November 14… look for flyers around campus. Women’s Basketball game at 1:00 p.m., Men’s Basketball game at 3:00 p.m., and formal dance at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the dance will be on sale next week!

Wednesday, October 28: I met with faculty and staff as part of the Title IX Advisory Committee. I’m looking for student input on how to best communicate our policies with students – if you have thoughts, please email me.

Halloween Staff Meeting

Friday, October 23: The Student Life Assistants and I had a staff meeting to celebrate all that we’ve accomplished this semester. We also made some plans for the rest of the semester. Since it’s the day before Halloween, we had lots of treats and enjoyed spending time together.

Tonight, the Madonna Miles bus leaves campus at 6:30 p.m. for the Fisher Theater. Our group will be seeing Dirty Dancing. Also, I’ll be taking a group of students to U of M-Dearborn to visit their Student Government meeting. We’ll be doing research for the formation of our Student Senate.

Weekend Preview: Visit Day tomorrow – we’ll be welcoming prospective students and their families to campus. I’ll be presenting about all that students can get involved in if they choose to study at MU.

Have a spooky & safe Halloween!

Thanks for reading… I’ll be back next Friday with more updates!

–Amanda Geraci, Student Life Coordinator

ageraci@madonna.edu

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Whole Person Workshop: “Where Am I Now? Where Am I Going?”: Review

On Friday October 23rd, the The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Mission Integration hosted the Whole Person Workshop: “Where am I now? Where am I going?”. Students had the opportunity to attend two of four workshops presented by faculty and staff of Madonna. Dr. Ernest Nolan, Provost and Vice President for Academic Administration, held an academic workshop that examined how liberal arts education serves as a foundation for career preparation by developing skills and cultural competencies that contribute to professional success as well as to a happy and productive life. The Office of Student Life Assistants focused on the social aspect of whole person and discussed types of relationships and how they impact one’s personal success. Chris Brant and Lenore Kowalski of Career Services tackled the Career Key online assessment with students to help them learn about themselves to better identify careers and college majors that match their personality and interest. And finally, Dr. Rick Benedict, from the College of Education, took students through a well-being workshop and the importance of spirituality. The keynote speaker, Dr. Connie Tingson-Gatuz, Vice President for Student Affairs and Mission Integration, brought the workshop full circle with her definition of whole person, otherwise known as recognizing all of who you are. The four main points she discussed were: focus, energy, straightforwardness, and clarity. To end the morning, there was a raffle of Cash Course items from Dr. Jim O’Neill and the Financial Literacy Ad-Hoc Committee. All in all, the workshop was awe inspiring! Many thanks to Tommy Scott for leading the effort!

All About: The Office of Student Life

Do you have the 411?

The Office of Student life is where the magic happens. From ID pictures to graduation tickets, room 1411 is there for you from the beginning of your Madonna journey to the very end. Amanda Geraci, Nancy Penzato, and the Student Life Assistants (SLAs) are always ready to help connect you to events and opportunities that will enrich your college experience. Leadership development, community service, health and wellness, campus wide programs, and registered student organizations are some of the areas we can help you with. Connect with us on Facebook or just stop in and see us we love to make new friends!

Come get the 411 in room 1411!

https://www.facebook.com/MU.Student.Life

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Greenfield Village- Madonna Miles: Review

On Friday, October 17th Student Life hosted a spectacularly spooky Madonna Miles Trip to the Greenfield Village annual event, Halloween Night (and all at a low price)! Students took a bus together to the historical site and then enjoyed walking the jack o’lantern-lit path to explore all the festivities offered. Students saw everything from live sword swallowing, a vampire barbershop quartet, the headless horseman chasing Ichabod Crane, and even the Grim Reaper. All the while, Crusaders could enjoy tasty fall treats like cider and doughnuts. If you want to participate in another Madonna Miles Trip, you’re in luck! There are many trips coming up this school year and you can register in the office of Student Life.

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Weekly Recap… a little late

Have you wondered about what really happens in Room 1411? Check back every Friday for a behind-the-scenes look at the Office of Student Life!

Here are the highlights for the week of October 19…

Tuesday, October 20: We had our fifth Student Senate meeting. If you’re not involved yet, join us every Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Room 1000. All students are welcome! We are starting at the very beginning and we need all students to help us determine what’s most important. We are researching other college and university student governments and drawing out the things we like best and would work at MU.

Friday, October 23: Some of the Student Life Assistants presented at the annual Student Success Workshop. If you didn’t have a chance to join the event, look for a recap on the blog.

Weekend Preview: Scream for a Cure is happening this weekend! Be The Change will host their second annual haunted hallway to benefit Stand Up 2 Cancer. Friday and Saturday night from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., enter at Kresge Hall. We’ll have a recap on the blog next week!

Thanks for reading… I’ll be back next Friday with more updates!

–Amanda Geraci, Student Life Coordinator

ageraci@madonna.edu

Dr. Grandillo Inauguration: Review

October 14th marked the beginning of the inauguration festivities officially welcoming Dr. Grandillo to the Madonna community. Wednesday’s reception brought faculty, staff, student, and alumni together for a landmark occasion of our seventh president and first lay president. 

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On the chilly, beautiful October morning Dr. Grandillo was officially inducted as the 7th president of Madonna University.  The inauguration began with Mass in the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent Chapel.  The Archbishop of Detroit, Allen H. Vigneron, gave the homily for the mass that blessed the new president.  

Student Life worker, Viviana Garabello, had an amazing solo during the mass singing Ave Maria.  The Chapel had very vibrant colors shining through the stained glass windows. The mass had about 300 guests in attendance including staff, faculty, and students.

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After mass there was a luncheon reception outside the Chapel in a large tent.  The luncheon had smoked salmon, salad, and cookies with coffee and warm apple cider.  The Installation Ceremony started with the Mace and Flag Bearers walking into the tent.  

The music was played by The Motor City Brass Quintet and the University Chorale. The Ceremony had a wide variety of speakers from students to the Provincial Minister of the Felician Sisters of North America.

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Tickle Your Taste Buds Tuesday- October 20, 2015

With Halloween approaching quickly, festive foods are a wonderful way of getting in the spooky spirit! With all things pumpkin spice and everything nice in stock at grocery stores and your favorite restaurants it is easy to deck out your plate in Halloween themed treats. Each of the snacks will take ten minutes or less to make, w   hich will leave you with more time to enjoy fall festivities. Listed below are dangerously delicious treats to tickle your taste buds.

  1. Banana Boos with Pumpkin Pals    

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Ingredients:
Bananas
Chocolate Chips

Small Oranges
Chopped Celery

Directions:
First, peel your banana. Then place three chocolate chips into the middle of the banana to form two eyes and a mouth. The finished product should resemble a booing banshee ghost.

2. Sucker Ghosties– perfect for a quick dessert and passing out to trick-or-treaters.

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Ingredients:
Bag of large sized suckers (like Tootsie Pops)
White, orange, black, or Halloween patterned ribbon
Black Sharpie marker
White napkins

Directions:
Lay out a white napkin and place a sucker in the middle of the napkin. Fold the napkin over the sucker so it is covering the candy. Then just under the candy, tie your ribbon tightly around the stick to secure the napkin. After the ribbon is tied, take the sharpie and draw three dots to form the ghost’s face.

3. Witch’s Brooms

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Ingredients:
Small pretzel sticks
Small peanut butter cups

Directions:
This one is incredibly simple, just lightly press a pretzel stick into the upside peanut butter cup to form a witch’s broom.

4. Witch’s Hats       

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Ingredients:

Sugar Cookies
Frosting
Sugar cones
Sprinkles

Directions:
Take a sugar cookie and spread on your frosting color of choice around the middle. Then, place a sugar cone on top of the frosted portion of the sugar cookie (the frosting will act as glue to keep the cone attached). Then place Halloween sprinkles around the base of the cone to decorate the witch hat. To make the hat spookier, you can decorate the sugar cone with frosting and sprinkles as well.

If you try out any of these Halloween goodies, send them to us by hashtagging a photo with #MadonnaUniversity on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!