By Amanda Allie

The two new wings were blessed by Father Sadjak in late May. Joining Father Sadjak (below)were several Felician sisters, faculty, and select students.

The blessing and dedication started out in the Franciscan Center. The event, emceed by Ernest Nolan, Provost, featured a heartfelt welcome by Harry Cendrowski, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Foundation Board Chairman.

His welcome was followed by Andrea Nodge, the Vice President for Advancement, who led those assembled in prayer.

The full room was then introduced to guest speakers, who offered remarks on Madonna's new renovations. The renovations consist of two new wings: the 1400 Wing and 2100 Wing, both inside the Academic Building.

Leonard Wilhelm, Vice President of Finance and Operations, shared that the renovations were done in a timely fashion, and within budget. Edith Raleign, Dean of the Graduate School, expressed extreme gratefulness for the new wings.

"Well, the difference is night and day," Raleigh remarked.

Raleigh calls the new wings the Graduate School's "new home," that will offer more space to graduate students. Graduate school staff, which recently had scattered offices on campus, will now have offices more closely together.

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the Graduate School, which began with 50 students and grew to 1,400. Students will be excited to discover new computers, a conference room, reception area, and altogether welcoming atmosphere.

Raleigh also reported $23,000 has been raised for students in graduate school in the last five years. Part of this money was raised through the annual "Bowling for Scholars" event, which was held recently at Woodland Lanes in Livonia.

Dan McDougall, Chair of Sign Language Studies, showed enthusiasm for the newly renovated Sign Language Studies Lab in the 1400 wing. He started by thanking the Felician Sisters for all their hard work, and for instilling the mission statement and values at Madonna on a day-to-day basis. McDougall stressed the importance of technology today and noted a lack of academic achievement for young, deaf people.

"We need more people, especially in Michigan, that can make lives better for deaf children and deaf adults," McDougall commented.

Teresa Cervantez Thompson, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health, expressed hope for the doctorate program. There are currently 50 students enrolled, 14 who have graduated. Thompson said the new nursing and simulation lab in the 1400 hallway will be of great aid to graduate students in Nursing and Health.

After all remarks were made, Nolan introduced Sister Rose Marie Kujawa, President, who offered inspiring words.

"You can't get where you're going by yourself. It takes other people to help, and to motivate," she said.

With the crowd in high spirits, Father Sadjak conducted the blessing. Attendees, all well-dressed, then rose and sang "God's Blessings Send us Forth" as they headed to the 2100 wing. There, the Graduate School Main Office, Web Services, and other helpful rooms were introduced.

After the hall was blessed and songs were sung, the group moved along to the 1400 wing to view more renovations. The new 1400 wing in addition to the Nursing and Sign Language Studies labs, now holds the Career Services Office, Student Life, Campus Ministry, and much more.

The blessing and dedication wrapped up in the 1400 wing with accompanying refreshments and excited chatter.



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