2016 International Festival at Madonna University



Another great and successful event took place this past week, at Madonna University!

Sponsored by the Institutional Standing Committee on Campus Diversity and Inclusion, the International Festival has been a colorful event which attracted students, educators, university’s staff and community’s members. The Franciscan gathering center was crowded thanks to food, performances, games, and a significant representation of international students from 27 countries all around the globe.

A delicious Lebanese, Chinese, Japanese, and Polish food selection delighted the most exigent palates; those amazing sausages and sauerkrauts will be hard to forget!

Ruffle prizes, Chinese Calligraphy and Origami, and Guess the Flag game functioned as a perfect fun and entertainment for all the most curious guests.

The music performances were absolutely gorgeous and rich in variety.

The Italian American choral group opened the event, under the direction of the Italian student Viviana Garabello, Music Education Major at Madonna. They performed the Italian National Anthem and The Star Spangled Banner with solemnity, majesty and powerful singing.

Other three national anthems followed; O Canada, beautifully sung by the student registered organization No Strings Attached (a cappella group) and the Chinese and the South Korean National Anthems, performed at the Keyboard by Katie Crombez, Piano Performance major.

Nice surprise for all the guests with the two medley of tunes, originally and wonderfully played by Garry Kaluzny at the Cajiun Accordion and Mary Ann Stokes at the Dulcimer. The afternoon was enriched by the solo performances of great artists, like Edwin Sibrian Pineda with his guitar and voice performing the songs Gustas and El perdon; the duet Kaba Gaida and John Carzon with their medley of Bulgarian tunes and, in conclusion, the medley of Celtic tunes performed by Doris Williams and her medieval lute and soprano voice.

On the second floor of the gathering space, interesting informational posters about countries were displayed all around, enriching the cultural experience for the guests, with pictures and description of China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.

Get ready to enjoy this incredible journey through the entire planet Earth, like a real tourist, just by comfortably walking at your Madonna University Franciscan Center!

Note the next appointment in your calendar for next year, February 2017!



Phi Alpha Theta at Madonna University


Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society Membership Drive – Applications due February 15

Have you heard of Phi Alpha Theta? Did you know Madonna has a chapter? Did you know we are currently accepting new members?

Phi Alpha Theta is a national honors society for History students. By joining Madonna’s Alpha-Lambda-Xi chapter, you will be able to count yourself a part of the more than quarter million members nationwide. Application and membership fee due February 15 at 4 PM to Room 2202. For a link to an application, click here.

Benefits of membership:

  • Resume builder – Phi Alpha Theta is good to have on a resume.  At least one case of one of our members has gotten a job because of her Phi Alpha Theta membership.
  • A one-year subscription to “The Historian,” a history journal published by Phi Alpha Theta, containing papers on a variety of world and U.S. topics
  • Scholarship opportunities available through the national website
  • Opportunities to present scholarship at conferences open only to members, student members included
  • Leadership opportunities through Madonna’s Alpha-Lambda-Xi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta
    • Officer positions
    • Planning Phi Alpha Theta events
    • Present scholarship you have prepared for History courses at chapter events


  • 12 s.h. in History
  • At least  4 courses in history (only 3 s.h. of AP, online, or transfer credits may count toward this requirement)
  • Overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.1 GPA in History
    • 5 GPA for graduate students, with 1/3 of residency requirements complete
  • A $45 initiation fee that includes a one-year subscription to “The Historian”

Contact & Questions:

  • Paul Radzilowski, History Department chair and faculty adviser: pradzilowski@madonna.edu
  • Phi Alpha Theta national website: http://phialphatheta.org/



Madonna Students #RockTheVote


“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who don’t vote” -George Jean Nathan.

With election primaries coming up, many college students will not think much of it because it is the same week as spring break. However, student votes are super important in choosing what our future will look like. Here are five reasons why all Madonna students should vote in the Presidential Primary Election on Tuesday, March 8th!

  1. Primary elections are arguably more important than general elections because they determine who the candidates will be in November. Every vote counts!

2. Michigan is an open primary state, meaning you do not have to be registered within a political party to vote, which makes it more convenient for all registered voters.

3. The election is on TUESDAY, MARCH 8th during Spring Break! This means you have no excuse to miss voting- you will not have to worry about class or working on assignments. If you’re on a vacation, you can also vote via an absentee ballot.

4. College is a key stage in the political socialization process, in which students truly develop educated opinions on topics they are passionate about. Have your voice heard through your vote in the primary election!

5. With so many candidates to choose from this is an exciting election year! To find out who you align with best, take this popular quiz:



To vote in the Primary Election, you must be registered by Monday, February 8. Voter registration forms and absentee ballots are available in the Office of Student Life in Room 1411. Happy Voting!


MLK Week of Service at Madonna University



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. accomplished many great things and left us with wisdom to live by. During the week of January 18-22, we held a week of service on- and off-campus to honor his legacy. The service projects varied from making fleece blankets for children in hospitals to going to Gleaners to pack food in Detroit. The candlelight vigil held on January 18 was very moving. Students from all walks of life shared important moments that occurred in Dr. King’s life with those that attended. A spoken word poem was performed by Kevin Finch and added a powerful message about how far we have come in America and how far we still have to go to make Dr. King’s dream a reality. This week was filled with education and opportunities to help others just like Dr. King would have wanted.

5 Ways to Make a Successful Semester

New semester, new opportunities!


Not only does 2016 bring a new year but a fresh semester full of new opportunities to improve yourself. With the semester starting  below are five ways to make this the your most successful semester yet!


  • Make new friends


Branch out of your comfort zone and talk to new people. Getting comfortable with classmates can make for a better learning environment.  


  • Get organized


Get a planner if you don’t already have one and organize your schedule that works for you. Color coordination, updating your planner regularly, and planning ahead are all methods that can help organize your life. Getting a head start on spring cleaning can also get your mind ready for a semester change.


  • Join new clubs


On January 12th the Registered Student Organization (RSO) Fair was held in the Franciscan Center Gathering Space from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Here students met club members and check out all the clubs offered on campus. From Student Senate to Archery Club, there are organizations for everyone to enjoy! If you still would like to join new clubs, no worries! Come to the Office of Student Life and request contact information about any organization!


  • Volunteer


Madonna University offers a copious amount of opportunities to get involved with community service. Student organizations such as Circle K and Stop A.V.T actively host collections drives and volunteer opportunities for students to get involved with. This semester you can even participate in Alternative Spring Break (ASB). If you are interested in volunteer opportunities or ASB, contact the Office of Student Life at studentlife@madonna.edu.


  • Study, Study, STUDY


Take advantage of a fresh set of classes by studying as much as possible to achieve that 4.0 GPA! Make a change to your studying routine- change your go-to study space, make a new study playlist, diligently take notes, and hit the books for  rewarding grades.
Bonus Tip: Actually go to class! Skipping class for no good reason is a waste of tuition money and will most likely negatively impact your grade.