First Year

First Year Experience: Academics

Academic Advising Services

Academic Advising Services at Lourdes University offers a vast array of services to ensure students academic success. Advisors can assist students in developing a personalized educational plan. The location of advisement and registration depends upon the student’s academic major.

Academic Advising Services advises and registers students with the following majors:

  • Undecided students
  • Most first semester students
  • Business majors enrolled in their first semester
  • Pre-Education majors
  • English majors
  • History majors
  • Interdisciplinary Studies majors
  • Pre-Nursing majors
  • Psychology majors
  • Sciences majors
  • Theological majors
  • Post-Secondary Option students
  • Conditional Admission students

For more information, call 800-878-3210, ext. 3882 or visit

Academic Support Center (ASC)

The Academic Support Center (ASC) is a computer, tutoring and testing center. The Center offers students the opportunity to work together or independently to access a variety of multi-media technologies in a nurturing, student-centered environment.


The Academic Support Center is for all students. In fact, those students who take advantage of the Center receive better grades overall than their counterparts. So - make sure you stop in and become more familiar with this valuable resource.

For more information, call 800-878-3210, ext. 3748 or email or visit

Accessibility Services

Lourdes University strives to ensure equal access to programs and facilities, provide reasonable and appropriate auxiliary services, and improve the understanding and support of the campus community.

In compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/PL 93-112, Section 504, students who have an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has documentation of such an impairment, and demonstrates that the requested academic adjustments are necessary can participate in the Lourdes University accessibility services programs.

Disabilities served include, but are not limited to:

  • Chronic illnesses
  • Communication disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Auditory, mobility, systemic, emotional, and visual conditions

For more information on the program, contact Christine Miller at 800-878-3210, ext. 3834 or

Campus Library

Our Duns Scotus Library offers a wealth of resources to assist students with their learning. Lourdes University is a member of the Ohio Private Academic Library (OPAL) consortium of colleges and universities who share their resources electronically. OPAL allows students to access items electronically through this statewide library catalog. In addition, students may also request the items be delivered to the library.

For more information, call 800-878-3210, ext. 3761 or email

Campus Map

Lourdes University Campus Map (PDF) including Sisters of St. Francis buildings, campus accessibility, the bookstore and parking.

Center for Professional Studies (CPS)

Resource for Business & Leadership, Education & Social Work students

The Center for Professional Studies (CPS) offers discipline-specific resources for students in Business, Education, Leadership, and Social Work; however, all students are welcome! Amenities include 14 computer workstations, a Mac Station, 12 laptops available for check-out, three group study areas, and a multipurpose room for group study, meetings or working.

Print and electronic resources available

  • Business and education software
  • Periodicals and newspapers
  • Children and YA literature
  • Professional development books
  • Course reserve materials
  • Test preparation materials for Praxis I and II, GMAT and GRE

Services available

  • Tutoring and workshops – Praxis Prep, APA, LiveText, Microsoft Office, math, writing, reading and more
  • Copying
  • Printing
  • Laminating
  • Die cutting
  • Comb binding

For more information on the program, call 800-878-3210, ext. 3541 or email

FYE 100: The Lourdes Experience

Course Description

The FYE 100: The Lourdes Experience course is a comprehensive itinerary that assists students in their transition and integration into University life through academic, co-curricular and personal exploration. FYE is an inquiry into the academic expectations, resources, policies, Franciscan values and traditions of Lourdes University. Through FYE, students will be challenged to develop and apply critical thinking and communication skills, and help clarify academic paths for success.

FYE Learning Objectives
As a result of active participation in FYE, students will:

  • Develop a plan of study that will successfully lead them toward degree completion and graduation from Lourdes University.
  • Identify campus resources to support their individual and academic success.
  • Explore Lourdes’ mission, and its Catholic Franciscan heritage and values, as it relates to learning and future goals.
  • Engage in the Lourdes community by participating in co-curricular events, service, lectures and organizations.
  • Acquire an understanding of liberal arts learning.
  • Develop transferable success strategies (communication, time management and critical thinking) that will support their college experience.
  • Articulate their understanding of reverence in relationship to identity and diversity.
  • Provide examples of higher-level thinking through a cumulative final project.

FYE projects to be completed in 3-credit hour course

  • Dinner & Book Discussion
  • Mapping academic life plan at Lourdes
  • Career Services inventory and feedback session
  • Franciscan Journey with campus ministry
  • Service learning project
  • Campus Life events and reflection projects


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. For a list of these rights, view the FERPA Informational Guidelines (PDF).

A student has 14 days from the first day of each semester to notify the Registrar in writing that the student does not want any or all FERPA-approved information about the student designated as directory information. To contact the Registrar, call 800-878-3210, ext. 3817.

FYE Calendar (Important Dates)

Registration Dates

The dates for the 2013 Gray Wolf Registration Days (and locations) are as follows - There will be 6 days to help best serve our students:

  • Saturday, March 16 - Dining Hall and Ebeid
  • Saturday, April 20 - Dining Hall and Ebeid
  • Wednesday, June 19 - Franciscan Center
  • Thursday, June 27 - Franciscan Center
  • Saturday, July 13 - Franciscan Center
  • Saturday, August 9 - Franciscan Center

New Student Orientation

  • Spring - Saturday, January 12 at 2 p.m. in the Lourdes University Franciscan Center
  • Fall - Thursday, August 22 at TBD

Contact Beth Radecki by phone at (419) 517-8967 or via email at for additional information.

Locating Your Classroom Online

Finding your class room on campus can be difficult for first year students. Here are some steps you can take to help make locating your classroom easier.

  1. Before reporting to your first session of each class, visit Catalog, Courses and Schedules page and click on “Undergraduate” under Fall 2013.


  2. Click on “Download a printable schedule.”
  3. Then choose your class based on the department. The most up-to-date classroom assignments will be found online.


Quick References




Academic Advising

Robert Detwiler


Book Store



Pat Gray


Café Lourdes/ AVI food service

Chris Loe


Campus Ministry

Sr. Barb Vano


Campus Safety/Security

Michelle Vollmar


Technology Services

Alisa Smith


The Duns Scotus Library

Sr. Sandra Rutkowski



Michelle Rable


Welcome Center



Academic Support Center

Chrissy Knapke





Vice President for Student Life/
Dean of Students

Roseanne Gill-Jacobson


Accessibility Services

Christine Miller



Randy Smith


Athletic Director

Andre Smith


Career Services

Andrea Domachowski


Counseling Services


Diversity/ Multicultural
Student Services

Tonya Colbert


Financial Aid

Deb LaJeunesse


First Year Experience

Rachel Duff Anderson


Residence Life

Todd Matthews


Student Activities and Orientation

Becky Tobias


TRiO Student Support Services

Teddi Moorman


Veterans' Support

Michael Gill-Jacobson


ROTC at Lourdes University

Lourdes University provides outstanding opportunities for personal and intellectual growth. The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), a partnership with The University of Toledo, is an excellent example.


Army ROTC is an elective program designed to complement virtually every academic discipline. The Army ROTC curriculum will enhance a student’s educational experience by providing hands-on leadership and management training, as well as other skills that students can use no matter what career path they pursue.


Students who choose this option will have a normal college student experience but upon graduation, will have an extra edge to succeed in any competitive environment.

TRiO Student Support Services

The TRiO Student Support Services program offers tutoring, personal and career counseling, cultural enrichment and mentoring to all eligible students. A federally-funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, TRiO identifies promising students and prepares them for college level work.


TRiO specifically serves students who meet one of three criterion:


  • First generation college student (one of the students’ parents has not graduated from college)
  • Low-income
  • Disabled

The TRiO program offers:


  • Helpful information about career and financial opportunities
  • Academic assistance – tutoring, mentoring, and supplemental instruction
  • Opportunity for cultural enrichment

For more information on the program, contact Teddi Moorman at 800-878-3210, ext. 3837 or You can also visit the TRiO web page for additional information as well as download a brochure and application form.